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Luxury Lifestyle Awards Middle East: Winner Interviews WINNER “Luxury Interior Design Company” United Emirates United Arab Emirates, Firas Al Sahen – Managing Partner at 4SPACE Interior Design… READ INTERVIEW WINNER: “Luxury Interior Design Studio”, Kazakhstan Batyr Ospanov – Owner and Designer at BATYR OSPANOV DESIGNS … READ INTERVIEW WINNER “National Brand”, Qatar Ms. Razan Suliman – Owner and Founder at Fanilla Couture … READ INTERVIEW WINNER “Luxury Residential Real Estate”, Saudi Arabia Dr. Mesfer Alqahtani – General Manager at Tatweer Housing Company… READ INTERVIEW WINNER “Luxury Jewelry Brand”, United Arab Emirates Kholoud Kurdi – Owner and Designer at TOUJOURS JEWELLERY… READ INTERVIEW published in partnership with the Luxury Lifestyle Awards

INTERVIEW Luxury Lifestyle Awards Middle East Winner, “Luxury Jewelry Brand”, United Arab Emirates Kholoud Kurdi – Owner and Designer at TOUJOURS JEWELLERY What is the biggest strength of TOUJOURS JEWELLERY? What skill-set do you require to have to stay on top of the jewelry game? TOUJOURS biggest strength is offering different exclusive Designs. Different in concept, materials and execution; in order to survive in the jewellery industry and succeed, one should always invent new concepts and create interesting pieces. The gold & Diamond industry is very sensitive to skills, craftsmanship, finishing and manufacturing. Therefore, to succeed we highlight the beauty of these elements in every single piece. What business development options do you have? Do you plan on expanding your operations abroad? Expanding is always a great option for any brand to spread out internationally, and we are already planning to open in Saudi Arabia as well as London. What are the…

Luxury Lifestyle Award Middle East Winner “National Brand”, Qatar Ms. Razan Suliman – Owner and Founder at Fanilla Couture INTERVIEW Your latest Ramadan collection is full of color and energy, what is the process behind envisaging such masterful pieces at Fanilla Couture? Being in the creative industry is very challenging since the designer has to seek inspiration in all their surroundings regardless of any work or personal pressures. Although I find it challenging but it is also rewarding and fulfilling to create something out of nowhere. Generally I get easily touched by simple things around me on which I can create an entire collection. Ideas simply hit me out of the blue; sometimes while driving or walking I get distracted by something which can be the thread I weave an entire collection on. For my Ramadan collection there are two kinds of designs some are a little bit cluttered and…

INTERVIEW Luxury Lifestyle Awards Middle East Winner “Luxury Residential Real Estate”, Saudi Arabia Dr. Mesfer Alqahtani – General Manager at Tatweer Housing Company As one of the major housing developments in Riyadh, how does Canary Villas of the Tatweer Housing Company plan to evolve its dwelling options? Our company is having complete professional plan that fit with modern fashionable styles and high quality of construction. What are the main objectives when employing building professionals for your construction objects? The employees should have high level of education in the field of professional construction as well as enough experience. They also should be creative. What features do the owners of real estate at Canary Villas praise the most? The owners at Canary Villas will praise modernity in styles, beautiful insights, comfortable and hygienic atmosphere, high quality construction with credibility in guarantee. Can you share some of the luxurious experiences you provide in…

Winner: “Luxury Interior Design Company”, United Arab Emirates Firas Al Sahen – Managing Partner at 4SPACE Interior Design INTERVIEW For 4 SPACE Interior Design everything starts with a vision, can you share with us the process of creating grand designs for your clients? Our work is a conjuncture of our collective vision of fusing functionality, uniqueness and stylish elegance. It all start with the concept, after many brainstorm sessions the concept created by 3D generated perspectives, mood boards and material selection. Details design stage comes next to provide full solutions, then followed with all necessary documentations to finales the presses. How do you work with the contractor firms you employ? Is there any selection particular selection process so that you designs come out as perfect as they do? The evaluation and selection of contractors leading to the award of execution contracts is a vital part of the execution process. The…

Luxury Lifestyle Awards Middle East Winner, “Luxury Interior Design Studio”, Kazakhstan Batyr Ospanov – Owner and Designer at BATYR OSPANOV DESIGNS INTERVIEW BATYR OSPANOV DESIGNS is a renowned force in designing various luxury buildings; do you plan on grasping any new markets in your region or abroad? For me there are no geographical limitations in terms of where to run a design project. We had experience in designing remote projects in Central Europe, where we did the concept ideas and handed it to the local contractors. Currently we are working on a yacht design concept for the client who is based in UAE. This is still a confidential project and I hope that soon we would be able to present the project to media and showcase it on our website. Business development is a key not only to stay afloat, but to preserve your achievements so far, would it make sense to focus on…

INTERVIEW Born with yachting in his veins, Douglas McFarlane CEO of Lomond Yachts, has dedicated his life to the waters and exquisite vessels upon which to enjoy them. His firm is focused on the finest Super Yachts built for entertainment and luxury at the highest levels. Built and designed with great attention to detail and care for the needs of those that will enjoy them, providing chartered vacations and other services like crew, celebrity entertainment and other pleasures for the yachter are at your disposal. We spoke with Mr. McFarlane about his passion for yachts and he shared with us his expertise and advise on buying a yacht. What awoke your passion for yachts? “Nae son of mine will go into the yards”. I remember it clearly as if it was spoken yesterday. It was the first thing my father said when I was discussing career opportunities as a teenager.…

LUXURY MARKET TRENDS Our Editor in Chief and Luxury Lifestyle Presenter Richard Crawford of Richard Crawford Luxury shares his perspective on the luxury sphere. As an expert on the luxury market, you travel a lot; what changes in audiences’ preferences did you notice in 2014? I have noticed in the last few years that consumers are learning to appreciate the experience of luxury more.  Its not just about the brand name or its product function, its about understanding creative process or ideals and making an emotional connection with the brand.  A more in depth appreciation leads to a much fuller and integrated experience for the consumer and ultimately an extremely satisfying one.  It’s not unusual now to see brands offer an experiential and interactive element as part of the sales approach and consumers are quick to participate. What in your view are the features that distinguish a luxury brand from…

Konstantin Chaykin: design engineer, inventor, clockmaker. The creator of complex astronomical clock. Author of many complex time functions such as indicators of various world chronology, astronomical signs and other devices and watch complications. Chaykin is repeatedly mentioned by critics as one of the world’s experts of Haute Horlogerie. Member of the International Academy of Independent Watchmakers. Member of Honorary Jury Set at Luxury Lifestyle Awards 2014, Russia. Known as a watchmaker, the first in Russia who designed and built a desktop clock with a tourbillon, and watch with every year passing date of the Orthodox Easter. Currently headed by its own full-cycle for the production of luxury-class hours. INTERVIEW How would you describe the process of a new idea birth? Are you looking for inspiration consciously or new discoveries find you by themselves? New ideas come to me through different ways. It may be a random inspiration that comes in…

Tradition plays an important role at the Grandhotel Hessischer Hof. Wolfgang Prince of Hesse’s former city residence was converted into the Hotel Hessischer Hof after the bombings of the Second World War. In 1952 the hotel opened, offering 35 rooms. In the subsequent years it was transformed into the leading hotel we know today – into the gorgeous Grandhotel Hessischer Hof. As a part of the “House of Hesse”, the hotel perfectly combines modern comfort with tradition. All over the hotel you can find artifacts from past centuries that have been made available by the “Hessische Hausstiftung” foundation, infusing their hotel with its unique charm. Since 1928 the “Hessische Hausstiftung” has set itself the goal of preserving Hessian cultural assets. Their owner Heinrich Donatus Landgrave of Hesse is Chairman of the Supervisory Board. The Grandhotel Hessischer Hof was interviewed as a nominee for the Luxury Lifestyle Awards 2014 How has…

Situated in the tranquil enclave of Guía de Isora, this fine luxury hotel exemplifies the delicate harmony that can exist between man and nature. From its highest point upon the smooth slopes of The Teide, to its exclusive stretch of sandy beaches, the beauty of nature abounds at The Ritz-Carlton, Abama. At The Ritz-Carlton, Abama, lush vegetation flourishes throughout their majestic, Moorish-inspired hotel grounds, imparting an entrancing floral fragrance to the fresh ocean air. Under the shining sun, gorgeous gardens add cheerful warmth, while in the evenings they create an air of romance and mystique. Interview with Claire Seneca of The Ritz-Carlton Abama, a Luxury Lifestyle Awards 2014 Nominee Could you share with us the history of creation Abama Golf & Spa Resort? Melvin Villaroel, architect of a Latin-American origin, is known for a constant use of binomial architecture – vegetation in all his construction, integrating plants and flowers in…

“The rich flavors of Turkey are to be discovered at Raika ” Raika serves a great variety of Anatolia’s regional and ethnic specialties in an innovative and creative style all its own. The restaurant, located at The Marmara Taksim, offering a spectacular panoramic view of the city from its terrace floor, has a seating capacity of 190 diners. For special events, a 40- person capacity meeting room is available. One of the oldest and noblest traditions of the Anatolian table culture, “sharing” is revered at Raika as a serving style. What is unique about Raika’s location? Raika is located in the center of Taksim square which is accepted as the heart of Istanbul, a cosmopolitan city with a very rich historical and cultural texture. The restaurant offering a spectacular panoramic view of Istanbul, presents its’ guests clear vision of both Asian and European continents as well as historical landmarks such…

Residential complex Sun Terraces, created in perfect harmony with the unique landscape of Jurmala. Sun Terraces is an ideal place to find peace from city bustle. Every apartment features a spacious terraces finished in Western red cedar wood, representing a sweet spot of warmth and cosiness with a distinctive and microclimate. The three floors of two modern buildings feature 42 apartments with areas varying from 110 to 261 m² including spacious penthouse apartments on the top floors. Meticulously developed interior design of each apartment has 2 to 4 bedrooms, spacious and bright dwelling space, large panoramic windows, high ceilings and open terraces. Complex has gated territory with inner yard, children’s playground and a private underground parking. The project Sun Terraces was designed in the style of Scandinavian functionalism. The exterior is finished only with exclusively selected materials — Western red cedar and Italian travertine. Main distinctive elements of the exterior…

Ekaterina Timofyeyeva Ekaterina Timofyeyeva is a vice president of Crystal Group Ukraine, international diamond expert, gemologist, designer, art historian in jewelry. She has an influential reputation among famous European jewelers. Her works include exclusive jewelry pieces designed according to her sketches are produced in Italy, Spain, France and the USA. She also provides expert assistance and advice in forming jewelry collections for show business stars and celebrities. We had the great pleasure of spending a moment with this impressive, talented woman who is as beautiful as the gems she works with. We spoke to her about her passion for jewelry. What inspired the founding of the Crystal Group? A desire to be engaged into my favorite activity. As it pertains to design in this culturally connective world, where do you think the design of fine jewelry is headed? To a personal design. Today the customer wants not just a piece…

Founder of L’OBJET Elad Yifrach The L’OBJET philosophy is firmly rooted in a great respect for time, honoring the creativity and masterful skills of the artisans that bring your collections to life. Precious metals, natural patterns, and sumptuous textures are central to the majority of L’OBJET’S exquisite work. There is no doubt that Elad’s background and success in luxury interior design has provided a solid foundation for L’OBJET. Interior design requires a discerning eye in order to create distinctive rooms, which provide a harmonious and inviting residence. What was your journey from interior design to creating your own exquisite collection? I started very young and without any training or education in industrial design. My background was in interior architecture and I wanted to expand beyond curating a space, to creating the actual pieces. It started with a small collection of plates and objects that were very colorful and played with…