28 Nov 2018 | 13:00 - 13:45 | Drawing Inspiration from Vernacular Design for Future Innovation
Maja Kozel Design is an award-winning spatial design boutique firm based in the United Arab Emirates. Maja Kozel is a passionate principal designer of Dutch origins who holds a degree in spatial design from the prestigious Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam the Netherlands.
Kozel has worked in Europe, Asia and the Middle East and has been working in Dubai since 2008 on various projects throughout the UAE. The discipline of Spatial Design crosses boundaries of architecture, interior design, landscape, service design and public art.
The boutique firm has worked on a variety of indoor and outdoor Spaces, which includes interior design, furniture design, product design and exhibition design.
"At Maja Kozel Design, we pride ourselves on being sensitive designers and designing for the people and their needs, rather than following a certain trend or style. We work closely with clients and contractors from concept to completion to create spaces that are customized and reflective of the client or a brand’s identity. Located in UAE, a culturally rich country, we draw our inspiration from its people and traditions and merge artistic expression into practical, socially responsible and sustainable designs.” - Maja Kozel
Maja Kozel's Design practise aims for a social impact through our designs and inspires not just the users, but also the next generation of designers. Repurposing, recycling, and preserving is an important element of the firm's design process.
A good example of implementing these values is their continuous participation in the design competition by Surge for water, which focuses on sustainable product designs. In 2017 together with Hernan Hoentsch, they won the Overal Competition award 2017 for their lighting Design TUBO.
Through hard work and dedication, Maja Kozel has made a well-esteemed name for herself in the industry while their portfolio continues to grow. Including projects as Pastryology in Port Rashid, Cinema Akil and Chaiwala in Alserkal Avenue, The HQ office design of the Heart of Sharjah, the HQ office design of Shurooq Sharjah Investment and development authorities and one of Maja’s personal favourites; a private music studio in Dubai.