MAYA AL-AMIN: ON GO­ING GREEN

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“MA The Dif­fer­ence is in The De­tails,” the brand name of the De­sign & Ex­e­cu­tion Di­vi­sion at RE­VIEW S.A.R.L, with more than 40 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the real es­tate and de­sign fields, spe­cialises in cus­tom high-end residential and com­mer­cial de­signs and ex­e­cu­tion. Nayla Kurd meets the cre­ative in­génue at its helm, Le­banese in­te­rior de­signer Maya Al-Amin.

Hav­ing stud­ied in­te­rior de­sign at LAU, and worked for lux­ury de­sign firms for a cou­ple of years be­fore launch­ing her own busi­ness, Maya Al-Amin was al­ways inspired by the mix of old and new styles. “My job is to tell a story, some­times we en­counter sim­i­lar sto­ries, but the beauty is that the end­ing is al­ways chang­ing.”

“Through­out the years, we have man­aged to build a pow­er­ful and re­li­able rep­u­ta­tion in all fields re­lated to our scope of work, and this was due to our in­ten­sive knowl­edge of the mar­ket, good re­la­tion­ship with our cus­tomers, and our pro­fes­sional team. We are a full-ser­vice in­te­rior de­sign and

ex­e­cu­tion firm, work­ing on residential and com­mer­cial projects. Our ul­ti­mate goal is to cre­ate a beau­ti­ful, well-de­signed space that re­flects the per­son­al­ity of the owner. We be­lieve that dec­o­ra­tion is about cre­at­ing qual­ity and beauty in life, where our client’s taste is the most el­e­men­tal fac­tor in any pro­ject we un­der­take, no mat­ter how ex­trav­a­gant their ideas, be­cause in­te­rior dec­o­ra­tion should re­flect the client’s per­son­al­ity and lifestyle along with the de­signer’s sig­na­ture prints and style.”

But, in our con­tem­po­rary world of mass pro­duc­tion, one can of­ten over­look the im­por­tance of de­sign­ing in a green and sus­tain­able way. “De­sign­ing in sym­bio­sis with na­ture and the needs of fu­ture gen­er­a­tions is the only way for­ward for mankind,” Al-Amin says. She be­lieves that cre­at­ing sus­tain­able in­te­rior en­vi­ron­ments is the main pil­lar to build upon for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. She be­lieves that with cre­ativ­ity, the in­ge­nious abil­ity to use the ma­te­ri­als around us, and skil­ful, sen­si­tive de­sign one can achieve sig­nif­i­cant re­sults. “In­te­rior en­vi­ron­ments are the places that meet hu­man needs,” she goes on to say. It is the in­stinc­tive ap­pli­ca­tion of in­di­vid­u­als’ needs through de­sign into our en­vi­ron­ment; whether by us­ing agri­board pan­els (car­bon neg­a­tive pan­els made out of wheat and straw), soy and wa­ter based inks, eco-friendly paint, la­tex and wool fab­rics in fur­ni­ture pro­duc­tion or energy ef­fi­cient prod­uct in light­ing fix­tures.

In de­sign­ing the in­te­ri­ors of to­mor­row, Al-Amin ad­vo­cates the cre­ation of ‘greener in­te­ri­ors’ that op­er­ate at half the energy and re­source re­quire­ments of a con­ven­tional home, yet pro­vide beau­ti­ful and con­tem­po­rary liv­ing spa­ces. “These spa­ces should live and breathe like our plan­ets,” Al-Amin says. “Work­ing on projects that have neg­a­tive ef­fects on the en­vi­ron­ment is the main goal of our firm. We have a strong back­ground in healthy ma­te­ri­als, fin­ishes and fur­nish­ings that make ef­fi­cient use of re­sources,” she adds.

Hu­man sus­tain­abil­ity brings many op­por­tu­ni­ties for de­sign­ers to bring in­no­va­tive prod­ucts to the masses. Whether these in­no­va­tive green home ware prod­ucts ex­ists on a large scale or a smaller in­di­vid­ual, made-to-mea­sure ba­sis, they rep­re­sent hu­mankind’s in­ge­nu­ity to in­no­vate the fab­ric of mankind ex­plains AL-Amin. Ad­dress Hamra main street - Modca build­ing 8th Floor Tel 009611341666 - 009611349666 P.O. Box 113-6388 Beirut, Le­banon Web­site www.mayaalamin.com Email maya.a.alamin@gmail.com Face­book Maya Al-Amin: The dif­fer­ence is in the de­tails In­sta­gram Thed­if­fer­en­ceisinthede­tails

in­te­rior de­signer Maya Al-Amin

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