MY STORY SO FAR...

Born in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, I graduated from the American University in Dubai (BFA '00) and founded Saifee Interiors in Dubai in 2001. In 2014 I graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY with an MS in Interior Design.

Mies van der Rohe poetically said that “architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together.” Similarly, I believe that design happens when we create with an awareness that we are doing something that reaches at least a little beyond the practical and begins to say something about the world in this moment - when it begins to take on the qualities of art. I want to create beautiful spaces that make people feel and also make them think; inspiring serenity or exhilaration, while reflecting the consciousness of our time through fluid forms.

A thorough understanding of the design process and the opportunity to live and work in different countries have given me a breadth of inspiration to draw from and allowed me to immerse myself in my passion for design. My work has been showcased at many exhibitions and galleries in New York City, Copenhagen and Dubai. Among my achievements as an international designer are:

  • ICFF - chair design selected to represent Danish Institute for Study Abroad

  • Dubai Art Week - chair design showcased at the dXb Store at Art Dubai, Design Days Dubai and Sikka Art Fair

  • STORY Pushcart - Pratt team designer; product design selected for fabrication 

  • Commercial Interior Design’s Top 50 Offices - M-Can Branding 

  • Commercial Interior Design’s Top 50 Retail Spaces - Etisalat Dubai Mall

  • RTA Award of Excellence - outstanding contribution to the launch of the Dubai Metro

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