A TASTE OF THE FUTURE
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