Capsule Arts on the judging panel for the 2014 Commercial Interior Design Awards

We are delighted to announce that this year our very own Rachael Brown, co-founder and Director of Capsule Arts, is one of the judges for the 2014 Commercial Interior Design Awards. The CID Awards recognise interior design projects across seven categories in sectors like hospitality, institutional, office and residential. The awards also honour individuals and firms that have made an impact on design this year.

Rachael will be in good company - with other confirmed judges including Dean Skira, founder of Skira lighting; Barbara Bochnak, lead architect, Zaha Hadid Architects; Michelle Evans, creative director, AyKa design; Godwin Austen Johnson, founder of Luxury Interior Design blog; Alfred Johnson, founder and principal of Alfred Johnson Design; and Linsey Thomson, interior design teaching fellow, Heriot-Watt University Dubai.

Speaking to DesignMena about her inclusion on this year's judging panel, Rachael says, “I have followed the awards closely over the years and have been continuously impressed by the calibre of the nominees and also of the other judges. At Capsule Arts, we work closely with interior designers for our bespoke art consulting projects, so I hope to bring a new perspective to the panel, drawing upon my experience as an art consultant.”

Rachael's top pick of the categories: Leisure and Entertainment“We’re working on a lot more restaurants at Capsule Arts and it’s here that we have seen some really adventurous and unique concepts that show a highly creative and often quite playful approach to interior design.”

Read more on DesignMena.com 

 

Objects of Desire: Capsule Arts' Lust List

The cover of our favourite new office book, Objects of Desire, Volume IV
The cover of our favourite new office book, Objects of Desire, Volume IV

Last Wednesday, Capsule Arts attended the launch of the newest instalment in the Objects of Desire series of publications by Commercial Interior Design magazine. The launch took place at Dubai-based creative space, The Mine, in Al Quoz, and was accompanied by an exhibition of some of the lustworthy design objects featured in the book.

The fourth edition of Objects of Desire brings together a vast array of design practices, from pared down Scandinavian design to more whimsical and playful objects, and features big time designers like Zaha Hadid alongside emerging talent like Farg & Blanche.

Here we bring you our personal picks from the book and exhibition, along with a photo diary of the exhibition.

Our highlights:

Deepa's top pick from the book - Richard Hutton's Layers Cloud Chair. Made using 840 square meters of textiles, the chair weights almost 300kg!
Deepa's top pick from the book - Richard Hutton's Layers Cloud Chair. Made using 840 square meters of textiles, the chair weights almost 300kg!
Rachael Brown's (Director and co-founder) top pick: the Fallen Tree bench by Benjamin Graindorge. Expertly sculpted from natural oak, the bench seems to unravel to reveal the natural forms from which it was borne.
Rachael Brown's (Director and co-founder) top pick: the Fallen Tree bench by Benjamin Graindorge. Expertly sculpted from natural oak, the bench seems to unravel to reveal the natural forms from which it was borne.
Amy Sutcliffe's (Retail & Marketing Manager) top pick - Hammock or bath? Both are combined in Splinter Works' hybrid bathtub, Vessel
Amy Sutcliffe's (Retail & Marketing Manager) top pick - Hammock or bath? Both are combined in Splinter Works' hybrid bathtub, Vessel
Kouichi Okamoto's Liquid Lamp is somewhat sinister in appearance, and seems to be melting before your eyes
Kouichi Okamoto's Liquid Lamp is somewhat sinister in appearance, and seems to be melting before your eyes
Erwan Boullard's blingtastic wardrobe, Rosanna, is inspired by 1960s design
Erwan Boullard's blingtastic wardrobe, Rosanna, is inspired by 1960s design
Studio Job's Archives, a wacky wallpaper collection that acts as a retrospective by compiling all of the studio's past designs
Studio Job's Archives, a wacky wallpaper collection that acts as a retrospective by compiling all of the studio's past designs
Charlie Styrbjorn Nilsson's quirky ladders can be used as either functional or decorative objects
Charlie Styrbjorn Nilsson's quirky ladders can be used as either functional or decorative objects

Some snaps from the exhibition:

Delicious snacks were served from a vintage Citroen van  by the fantastic Ghaf Kitchen
Delicious snacks were served from a vintage Citroen van by the fantastic Ghaf Kitchen
Capsule Arts Director Deepa Bhatia in disguise at the exhibition
Capsule Arts Director Deepa Bhatia in disguise at the exhibition
One of design studio Ayka's fantastical abstract rug creations on display at The Mine
One of design studio Ayka's fantastical abstract rug creations on display at The Mine