Commercial Interior Design - - Editor's Letter - Jane O'Neill Editor

Slowly but surely, life feels like it's re­turn­ing to nor­mal. Some things are back to the way they were be­fore, while oth­ers are markedly dif­fer­ent.

The lay­outs of our favourite restau­rants have shifted to em­brace so­cial dis­tanc­ing and in this is­sue's cover fea­ture, we see what de­sign­ers have to play with when cre­at­ing stylish but safe en­vi­ron­ments for din­ers.

Our spe­cial re­port this month ex­plores the land­scape of sur­face de­sign, with a fas­ci­nat­ing up­date from aca­demics from He­riot-Watt Univer­sity Dubai. The pres­ti­gious learn­ing es­tab­lish­ment is rais­ing the de­sign­ers of to­mor­row and it's clear the fu­ture is in very knowl­edgable hands – al­beit not in the class­room or stu­dio right now.

Delv­ing into sur­face de­sign also gives us the chance to meet artists cre­at­ing eye­catch­ing pieces for a va­ri­ety of com­mer­cial spa­ces as part of the ex­pertly cu­rated Arte­lier Artists Walls.

Work­ing with a dif­fer­ent kind of sur­face we pay a vir­tual visit to the stu­dio of Wood Cul­ture DXB, where un­usual pieces are up­cy­cled from ex­otic lum­ber by founder Ja­cob Ge­orge and his team.

What isn't re­cy­cled is our reg­u­lar opin­ion piece, which this month sees con­sul­tant Esra Lem­mens ru­mi­nat­ing on the fu­ture of con­tem­po­rary de­sign.

As al­ways, en­joy!

Screens pro­tect din­ers at Dolci & Capricci in Abu Dhabi

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