4-6 September 2018
Dubai World Trade Centre
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Day 1 - Agenda


Register to attend Middle East Stone and gain FREE ENTRY to the CPD certified Designers’ Forum. Every session you attend can help you collect up to a total of 21 CPD certified hours. 

To receive your certificate you must have attended your chosen session for 30 minutes minimum. All certificates will be emailed to you after the event.

  • Registration

  • Opening remarks from the Chair

    Scott Coombes

    Director and Managing Partner, AESG

  • Masters of Design Panel: Innovation, aesthetics and cost-effectiveness

    This session will bring together some of the top talents in regional and international interior design to share their thoughts not only on new high-impact surface design innovations revolutionizing interiors, but also what products can offer cost-effective, sustainable solutions for designers. Our Masters of Design will share their views on:

    • What are the biggest new innovations and advancements in interior design? In surface design?
    • How has interior design changed in the past 12 months and what do you forecast for the year ahead?
    • What materials do you feel are best used in a range of project finishes from ultra luxury to more budget-conscious projects and why?
    • In your experience, what are some of the best surface design products in terms of both aesthetics and meeting a design vision, but also in terms of durability, service life and cost-effectiveness?
    • From where do you currently source the majority of your materials and why?
    • What would you like to see from the covering industry in terms of new product innovation?
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    Jim Hieb

    Executive Vice President and CEO, Marble Institute of America (MIA)

    Christian Merieau

    Managing Director, MMAC Design Associates

    Jamie Sandy

    Interior Designer, EDGE Design

    Vibha Sawhney

    Senior Architect &Interior Designer Head of Hospitality Design Division, Modo Milano

    Adil Amin

    Associate, Bluehaus Group

    Sophie Johnson

    Assistant Professor, Canadian University Dubai

  • Surface Design Trends 2016

    An inspirational look at the new materials and trends taking off in 2016 as well as insights into what is likely to take the market by storm in 2017 and beyond.

    Mahesh Punjabi

    Principal, Mahesh Punjabi, Principal, Mahesh Punjabi Associates

  • Break and visit the Middle East Stone Show

  • Local Inspiration Panel: Contemporary design incorporating local and cultural influences

    The Middle East has a rich cultural heritage and diverse history that serves as a fascinating backdrop for the fusion of contemporary and traditional design elements seen in buildings and cities across the region.  This session will provide guidance on how you can best incorporate local and cultural influences into fresh, modern design with emphasis on materials and unique design features.

    Scott Coombes

    Director and Managing Partner, AESG

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    Amyas Wade

    Director, Kinnersley Kent Design

    Andrew Hughes

    Director, 7lines Engineering Consultants

    Rashad Bukhash

    Head of Architectural Heritage Department, Dubai Municipality

    Tarek F. Ardakani

    Director, LOCI Architecture+design

  • Designers' Showcase: Achieving beautiful interiors reflecting cultural detail

    Jamie Sandy

    Interior Designer, EDGE Design

  • Designers' Showcase: Classic, contemporary elegance with local inspiration in residential design

    This session will look at the cultural inspiration and concept for a large-scale villa including a local and international study of innovative materials and products and how the designers achieved a balance between the innovative proposed designs and the clients need to incorporate traditional methods and products.  It will also look at examples of innovative wall coverings materials as an artistic element rather than just a functional material and provide 3D visuals of the project.

    Dana Sharif

    Head of Design/Architect, Zan Interior Design

  • End of The Designers' Forum Day 1

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