ED­I­TOR’S LET­TER

Architectural Digest (UAE) - - Contents -

As a new year be­gins, it’s cus­tom­ary to think about what has gone be­fore and fo­cus on goals for the fu­ture, which is ex­actly what this is­sue of the mag­a­zine does. And as we come to end of cel­e­brat­ing the Year of Zayed in the UAE, it seems fit­ting that Qasr Al Hosn, the her­itage site in Abu Dhabi, was re­opened in De­cem­ber with a suite of new ar­chi­tec­tural in­no­va­tions that re­spect the past while look­ing con­fi­dently to the fu­ture. Sur­vey the spec­tac­u­lar re­sults on page 28.

The sto­ries in our Port­fo­lio sec­tion all show­case a thought­ful meld­ing of old and new, from in­te­rior de­signer Katharine Poo­ley’s trans­for­ma­tion of two May­fair town­houses into a chic home for a Mid­dle Eastern fam­ily (p.90), to Jean-Louis De­niot’s re­mod­elling of a Hauss­mann-era Paris apart­ment into a pied-à-terre for a mil­len­nial tech millionaire (p.114). What could be more 2019 than that? Else­where in the is­sue, we pro­file peo­ple who are forg­ing a more fu­tur­is­tic path. Read about the young Mid­dle Eastern de­sign­ers who are set­ting the cre­ative agenda in the re­gion (and be­yond) on page 20. They are def­i­nitely three names to know.

An­other no­table in­no­va­tor fea­tures on this month’s cover. I flew to Manila to meet the prop­erty en­tre­pre­neur Rob­bie An­to­nio, whose bil­lion dol­lar start-up Rev­o­lu­tion Precrafted is aim­ing to bring mod­u­lar homes to the masses with the help of some of the world’s most in­flu­en­tial ar­chi­tects. It’s a no­ble aim and I hope An­to­nio achieves his demo­cratic de­sign vi­sion on a global scale. He al­ready has $9 bil­lion dol­lars of deals on his books – in­clud­ing two projects in the Mid­dle East – so it looks like 2019 is set to be a stel­lar year.

En­joy the is­sue!

Talib Choudhry

Ed­i­tor-in-Chief Fol­low us on in­sta­gram @ad­mid­dleeast

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1. THE LATE UAE LEADER HH SHEIKH ZAYED BIN SUL­TAN ALNAHYAN AT QASR AL HOSN 2. MY­SELF 3. THE JEAN-LOUIS DE­NIOT DEC­O­RATED APART­MENT IN PARIS 4. AN­CIENT EGYPT-IN­SPIRED JEWELS BY HEMMERLE, P.544

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