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Lulie Fisher, born and raised in the small sea­side county of Es­sex in the south of Eng­land, has al­ways had an affin­ity for the sea­side, coastal views and vast open spa­ces. Her cre­ative par­ents and grand­par­ents in­stilled a pas­sion for art, ar­chi­tec­ture and lit­er­a­ture in her and, fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of her grand­mother – the first ever fe­male ar­chi­tect to study at the Ar­chi­tec­tural As­so­ci­a­tion in Lon­don – she went on to make a name for her­self in the world of ar­chi­tec­ture. More re­cently, she’s added in­te­rior de­sign to her con­sid­er­able tal­ents. Af­ter her stud­ies at Liver­pool John Moores Univer­sity, she joined Fos­ter and Part­ners’ stu­dio in Lon­don in 1991, where she worked as an ar­chi­tect for 16 years on many pres­ti­gious, award-win­ning projects. It was dur­ing her time at Fos­ter and Part­ners that Fisher devel­oped a real love for in­te­rior de­sign.

As a re­sult, Lulie Fisher De­sign Stu­dio was es­tab­lished in 2016. It is a multi-award­win­ning bou­tique stu­dio spe­cial­is­ing in in­te­rior de­sign, and a cre­ative force to be reck­oned with. Just re­cently, Lulie Fisher and her in­cred­i­ble team of cre­atives have been ap­pointed to de­sign the lux­ury beach and golf front vil­las as the first phase of Blue Am­ber Zanz­ibar’s Pri­vate Villa Col­lec­tion – a lux­ury trop­i­cal com­mu­nity, mas­ter-planned to host a va­ri­ety of ex­clu­sive res­i­dency op­tions, from beach­side vil­las to pri­vate is­lands. We caught up with Fisher to find out more about her vi­sion for what will soon be Africa’s largest mixed-use de­vel­op­ment on the trop­i­cal is­land of Zanz­ibar.

SLOW: Since the in­cep­tion of Lulie Fisher De­sign Stu­dio in Dubai, you have won a num­ber of pres­ti­gious awards, in­clud­ing Best Con­cept De­sign 2017 at the Mid­dle East and North Africa In­te­rior De­sign Awards for your work at the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Cul­tural Au­thor­ity. What sets Lulie Fisher De­sign Stu­dio apart from the rest?

Lulie Fisher (LF): We are a small, friendly and ded­i­cated team and have gained our ex­pe­ri­ence from large, well-known, in­ter­na­tional ar­chi­tec­ture and in­te­rior de­sign stu­dios. We are able to bring with us the wealth of knowl­edge and best prac­tice learnt in these en­vi­ron­ments, into a bou­tique stu­dio. Due to our small size, we are able to of­fer our clients a very per­sonal ser­vice and one which is de­liv­ered with a real pas­sion for de­sign.

We are a globe-trot­ting, in­ter­na­tional bunch and be­tween us have worked in Lon­don, Mi­lan, Los An­ge­les, In­dia and Dubai, whilst work­ing on projects across Europe, the Mid­dle East, South East Asia and the USA.

We ap­proach all our projects with a com­pletely open mind. To­gether with my small team of de­sign­ers we brain­storm ideas and a con­cept, al­ways look­ing for a fun and un­usual an­gle to pro­vide de­sign in­spi­ra­tion. Our de­sign style is quirky, colour­ful and eclec­tic. These traits are not nec­es­sar­ily ap­pro­pri­ate for all projects and de­sign so­lu­tions, and we some­times have to work at con­trol­ling them! Our team is pas­sion­ate about all fields of de­sign and this is vi­tal to be­ing an in­te­rior de­signer. I know that sounds ob­vi­ous but read­ing, vis­it­ing ex­hi­bi­tions, vis­it­ing build­ings, trav­el­ing and fash­ion – all pro­vide im­por­tant and rich sources of in­spi­ra­tion and in­spire all our projects on a daily ba­sis.

SLOW: Your team has re­cently been ap­pointed to de­sign the lux­u­ri­ous in­te­ri­ors for the trop­i­cal is­land re­sort Blue Am­ber Zanz­ibar’s Pri­vate Villa Col­lec­tion. What is your vi­sion for the de­sign of this lux­u­ri­ous space?

LF: Blue Am­ber is a place to un­wind and soak up the tran­quil­lity and beauty of its nat­u­ral sur­round­ings. The colours and tex­tures of this ex­tra­or­di­nary site have been trans­lated into a de­sign lan­guage through the use of nat­u­ral, earthy pal­ettes and tex­tured sur­faces, re­flect­ing the rugged land and the tran­quil and im­pos­si­bly blue wa­ters. These nat­u­ral pal­ettes are jux­ta­posed with el­e­ments of lux­ury and so­phis­ti­ca­tion and some play­ful touches to cre­ate el­e­ments of sur­prise. These fea­tures com­bine to cre­ate an in­te­rior de­sign which is ca­sual yet re­fined, and sim­ple yet lux­u­ri­ous.

SLOW: What is the over­all de­sign lan­guage you want to bring to the space that in­cor­po­rates a true African feel? What are some sig­na­ture pieces you want to in­clude?

LF: We knew that we wanted to cre­ate a very con­tem­po­rary, time­less and lux­u­ri­ous at­mos­phere, but also in­te­grate el­e­ments

from the his­tory and aes­thetic of Zanz­ibar that pro­vide the de­vel­op­ment with a strong sense of place and unique at­tributes. We sought to cre­ate an el­e­gant, neu­tral back­drop us­ing rich ma­te­ri­als and fin­ishes. We still wanted to add key “fea­ture” walls and fur­ni­ture pieces that ei­ther in­cor­po­rate or are di­rectly in­spired from African de­sign, colours, tex­tiles and tex­tures. These came, in part, from the dy­namic Moroso M’afrique col­lec­tion which em­ploys tra­di­tional weaves in ul­tra-mod­ern ways to cre­ate de­light­ful and in­trigu­ing forms.

SLOW: How have you in­cor­po­rated the his­tory and aes­thetic of Zanz­ibar in your vi­sion?

LF: The spicy and earthy colours, in­tri­cately carved doors with their brass de­tail­ing, the some­times rich, some­times weath­ered tim­bers, and colour­fully pat­terned fab­rics that em­body the ver­nac­u­lar of Zanz­ibar have pro­vided strong in­spi­ra­tion for the de­sign. Lo­cal hand­craft and art pieces will be used to ac­ces­sorise, cre­at­ing an un­mis­tak­able Zanz­ibar­ian feel.

Lulie Fisher and her team’s vi­sion for this lux­ury re­sort de­vel­op­ment, blend­ing con­tem­po­rary liv­ing and world-class fa­cil­i­ties with the his­tory and aes­thetic of the trop­i­cal African is­land of Zanz­ibar, is noth­ing short of in­spir­ing. Her affin­ity for the sea­side fuses seam­lessly with her pas­sion for cre­at­ing beau­ti­ful in­te­ri­ors that speak boldly of the spirit of the land and its beauty. Watch this space.

For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit For more in­for­ma­tion on Blue Am­ber Zanz­ibar, please visit www.blueam­berzanz­

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