Inside Choices

02 Jan 2012
POSTED BY Y Magazine

Nidhal Al Brashdi, a designer for ‘N Dot Interiors’

Tell me about your new business:

I took a leap of faith and started my own interior design business – N Dot Interiors – earlier this year. It’s the best decision I ever made because it’s been such an interesting and stimulating experience. Of course, there are times when you face difficulties that take you out of your comfort zone, but they nearly always teach you things that you wouldn’t have learnt otherwise.

How do you help your clients?

I’m very intuitive because the main part of my job is to make people happy with their space, but turning their vision into a reality requires cooperation and communication. Some people can’t express themselves the way they would like to, so it’s important to listen to what they have to say or put yourself in their shoes. Of course, I also want to make a statement, so I’ll often introduce innovative ideas to the client, and encourage them to be brave and push boundaries. As you can imagine, it’s a fine balance.

What’s been the high point of your career thus far?

The highlights are yet to come, but I treat every project as a momentous one. I’m truly thankful to have had the opportunity to design two commercial projects already. The very first was ‘Yogelato’ at the Muscat Grand Mall and the second was ‘Raz Spa’ at Madinat Qaboos. I am currently working on the interior of a new location for ‘Dar Al Aseel’, a fashion retail store for women, as well as a few other residential projects.

How do you chill out?

I am really passionate about what I do, and constantly find things to inspire and motivate me. I like to think of myself as a hard worker, but when I want to relax I’ll either read nonfiction books or snack while watching sitcoms.

Nidhal’s Work Philosophy

1. Listen to your client
2. Aim to bring people’s dreams to life
3. Strike a balance between innovation and practicality

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