Harper's Bazaar Interiors Awards 2017: Meet The Judges
BY Harper's Bazaar Interiors /
Oct 17 2017 /
Bazaar Interiors introduces you to the celebrated judges who make up the panel for this year's event that's devoted to celebrating the best in art and design
Harper's Bazaar Interiors Awards 2017 judges
Alexandra Cantacuzene: French-born interior architect Alexandra moved to Dubai in 2000 and started working in the hospitality field at LW Design. She then joined Anne, her partner, at AAC Interiors in 2002 developing high-end projects in the residential, corporate and retail sectors. AAC Interiors has worked on large-scale projects around the region and in Europe, including Expo 2020 and the Ministry of State offices. Their latest additions are the Lighthouse concept store and Chez Charles restaurant in Dubai Design District. From professional to residential spaces, Alexandra’s objective is to translate each brief through creative input on volumes, light, space and, of course, her passion for design.
Farshid Moussavi: An internationally acclaimed architect and Professor in Practice of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Farshid was previously co-founder of the London-based Foreign Office Architects (FOA). Moussavi has completed her first USA commission, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland (2012), its installation at the 13th Architecture Biennale in Venice (2012), the Victoria Beckham Flagship Store in London (2014) and is currently working on a wide range of prestigious international projects. She is also the author of several books on architecture.
Gordon Campbell Gray: The founder and creative force behind CAMPBELL GRAY HOTELS, Gordon is involved in every aspect of the creation, design and philosophy of his hotels as well as personally puts together their extensive contemporary art collections. He is also an advisor to various companies, both hotel and non-hotel related. A trained hotelier, Gordon was named ‘Hotelier of the Year’ in the UK, and was given the ‘Leading Legend’ award by Leading Hotels of the World at their annual convention in Tokyo, and was also given the ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Hotel Industry’ award at the Hotel Cateys in London.
Jafar Dajani: The work of Jordanian-born and Dubai-based interior architect spans across an array of high-end residential projects. After working with Dar Al Handasah in Cairo, Consolidated Consultants in Amman and Depa Interiors in Dubai, Jafar established his own design firm in Dubai in 2013 and designs bespoke furniture for his projects. He participated in several design fairs and has recently launched his de stijl-inspired collection at Dubai Design Days 2017. His pieces are manufactured locally in the UAE. He has been on the list of top 50 regional talents in architecture and interior design for two consecutive years and also designed the trophies for Harper’s Bazaar Interior Design Awards 2016.
Martin Brudnizki: The founder and principal of Martin Brudnizki Design Studio (MBDS), Martin established his eponymous Studio in London in 2000 and a New York Studio in 2012. Now an internationally acclaimed interior architecture and design practice, the Studio works across the world with notable clients including Four Seasons, Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, Soho House Group, Caprice Holdings, The Royal Academy of Arts, Nobu Matsuhisa and Daniel Boulud. In 2015, Martin established And Objects, a separate product design studio built on his experience in interior design. Recent collaborations include collections with Drummonds and The Urban Electric Co.
Mohammed Bin Zaal: An entrepreneur from the UAE who has helped shape the property landscape in Dubai, through his work at Al Barari and Sustainable Builders LLC, Mohammed launched the KOA brand, a unique concept that brings a new definition to residential living. Named in the “Construction Power 100” and “100 Most Powerful Arabs Under 40,” Bin Zaal has earned numerous accolades. Through The Zaal Group (ZMZ Investments), he continues the proud, dynamic ambition of the Zaal heritage that dates back to the early 19th century.
Rue Kothari: London-born Rue Kothari has built considerable local knowledge over a decade living in the UAE. Rue spent 11 years working in consumer publishing across a range of branded titles before becoming the Editor in Chief of Harper’s Bazaar Interiors, creating and launching the very first HBI Design Awards. As the current Fair Director of Downtown Design, she will celebrate the fifth edition of the Middle East’s leading design fair with a presentation that has doubled in size from the previous year, including an even greater diversity of established and emerging design brands from around the world.
Chakib Richani: Venezuelan-born Lebanese architect Chakib Richani’s eponymous studio has helmed various projects across Europe and the Middle East. He has worked on residential and commercial projects for the likes of fashion designer Elie Saab, having designed his Paris apartment as well as villa and headquarters in Beirut. Since graduating from the American University of Beirut in 1991, Richani has become known for his holistic sense of design and flair for creating seamless spaces. In 2005, he launched his furniture and accessory collection offering a range of furniture, decoratives and lighting.