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The Best of Middle East & Africas (Residential) vol. 3

The International Design & Architecture Awards 2021: Volume III

C’est Ici Make The Shortlist

C’est Ici mainly focussed on contemporary interior design, creating elegance and luxury, but what underlies is a hint of playfulness in the selection of colour, and the choice of objects and furniture. The most outstanding architectural elements of this project are the double height ceilings and windows featured in the formal living room and dining room, allowing natural light to be one of the main architectural features. To complement its modern and contemporary architecture, C’est Ici chose asymmetrical elements, geometric shapes, and the use of natural materials such as oak, stones and rare materials in the walls and bespoke pieces incorporated by a team of experts in each field.

Shortlisted for Interior Design Scheme – Global, and Living Space – Global

Designer in Profile: Sonal Kotecha of Rumah Interiors

How would you describe your personal design style?
I would call my personal design style very eclectic, and that is probably a product of my background. I grew up as a second generation British-Indian, to parents who were born and raised in Kenya, by their parents (my grandparents!) who themselves were born and raised in India!

I have spent over a decade in the Middle East now – which is very much the place I now call home, with my husband who, just to add to the mixture, is born and raised in South Africa! I feel drawn and connected to many different people and I feel that the same is translated in my work and personal design preferences.

Look Back At 2017: Winning Project

Etcetera Living’s client, Abwab Real Estate, built 11 of these low-rise buildings each comprising of only 4 or 5 floors with apartments varying in size from 1650 sq. ft. to 6500 sq. ft. The buildings are dotted around a parkland area giving all residents spectacular views, either green spaces, tree line views or Dubai skyline views. The apartments are situated directly opposite 7th Heaven, at the water’s edge and have views across the waterway to the retail area where there are restaurants and cafes directly on the water.

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