Thinking of redecorating? Or just after that special statement piece? We bring you our ten favourite homeware shops in the UAE.
For those investment pieces: Cities
Cities is the place to go for unusual, high-design pieces that you’re unlikely to find elsewhere. From beautiful books by Taschen to classic Tom Dixon designs and quirky furniture by Duffy of London, this Dubai and Riyadh based boutique offers a veritable feast for the eyes. It is pricey, though, so come here for those big statement pieces that you’ll keep for life.
Cities, The Galleria Mall, Jumeirah, Dubai, www.citiesstore.com
For gifts: Bloomingdale’s Home
It’s an old favourite but Bloomingdale’s Home is still one of the best places to shop for gifts, particularly if you’re strapped for time. There’s an incredible array of things on offer, from candles to cushions and notebooks to tableware. And who doesn’t love receiving a Bloomies box on their birthday?
Bloomingdale’s Home, The Dubai Mall
For everyday staples: Zara Home
Zara Home is the place to go for those affordable accents. When your décor needs a bit of a refresh but you don’t want to spend a fortune, you can just pop into Zara Home and pick up a few bits and bobs. There’s a constant stream of new products on offer, so you’ll never be strapped for choice.
Zara Home, in all major malls across the UAE
For Middle East inspired accessories: Mosaique
Located in Abu Dhabi’s Nation Galleria, Mosaique is a stark, white gallery-like space that stocks an eclectic selection of high-end fashion accessories and funky furniture from established designers and up-and-coming artists from the region and beyond, with many brands exclusive to Abu Dhabi.
Mosaique, Nation Galleria, Abu Dhabi, www.mymosaique.com
For eclectic accents: Chattels & More
The Chattels & More showroom on Dubai’s Umm Hurair Road offers something for everyone. The left hand part of the store is dedicated to more classic pieces of furniture – but the right hand side is home to German brand Kare, where you’ll find a crazy assortment of furniture and accessories. It’s perfect for those quirky pieces that will introduce a touch of humour to your space.
Kare at Chattels & More, Umm Hurair Road, Dubai; www.chattelsandmore.com
For contemporary carpets: Iwan Maktabi
The Iwan Maktabi store in The Dubai Mall is the place to go if you are prepared to spend good money on a carpet that doubles as a work of art. Stocking brands such as Jan Kath and Hossein Rezvani, which combine contemporary design with age-old carpet making techniques, Iwan Maktabi offers a gorgeous range of products. They’re a big investment – but you’ll keep them forever.
Iwan Maktabi, The Dubai Mall; www.iwanmaktabi.com
For kitchens: Kaiser
The newly opened Kaiser showroom on Umm Suqeim Road offers high-quality German kitchens at affordable prices. If your kitchen is starting to look a little tired, this is where you need to be.
Kaiser, Umm Suqeim Road, Dubai; www.kaiserme.com
For outdoor furniture: Fiore Rosso
Given the amount of time we are able to spend outdoors in the UAE, and the fact that the climate renders cheap outdoor furniture unusable after a single season, it is always worth investing in proper, well-made furniture for your garden or balcony. Fiore Rosso offers some beautiful pieces, whether you’re looking for simple table-and-chair sets or elaborate day beds.
Fiore Rosso, Mushrif Mall, Abu Dhabi and Sheikh Zayed road, Dubai; www.fiore-rosso.com
For interesting one-offs: Concept-Me
It’s not easy to find but it’s well worth the effort. Founded by architect and designer Nina Parvaresh, this two-storey warehouse space in Al Quoz features a beautifully curated collection of eclectic pieces, including limited-edition, handcrafted accessories from Concept-Me’s own Zero line.
Concept-Me, Al Quoz 3, Dubai; www.concept-me.com
For kitchenware: Dari Home
With a new branch in Mercato Mall, Dari Home is the place to go for high-quality kitchenware by brands such as Arshia, Vigar, TVS, Toyo Sasaki, Billi Product, Luminarc, Giorinox, Rice DK, Claytan and Zielonka. From home appliances to colourful knifes and ceramic cookware, there’s plenty here to make your life easier and your kitchen brighter.
Dari Home, Mercato Mall and www.darihome.com