Bokja's Migration sofa has a drawer at its base that calls to mind a suitcase full of clothes. Courtesy Bokja
Bokja's Migration sofa has a drawer at its base that calls to mind a suitcase full of clothes. Courtesy Bokja

The Hot List: Neutral shades make for subtle yet striking interiors

1 On the move

Bokja will present its new Migration range during Milan Design Week in April. The collection references stories of movement and change, capturing the experience of bundling up belongings and moving on. The Migration sofa, for example, appears to be carrying a load of rolled up rugs and bedding on its back, while a drawer at its base calls to mind a suitcase full of clothes. The collection's wallpaper and rug components feature stunning motifs of migrating birds. If you can't make it to Milan but still want a Bokja fix, check out the Beirut-based design studio's beautiful Sufi chairs at this month's Design Days Dubai. The chairs will be at the show courtesy of Kuwait's Contemporary Art Platform.

Milan Design Week will take place between April 9 and 12. Design Days Dubai is being held from March 18 to 21

2 Right in white

Indigo Living has unveiled its Spring 2013 collection. Influenced by the pure white, flowing gowns dominating the catwalks this season, Indigo Living has put together a fresh, minimalist collection composed of nine lines. From the Italian-inspired Milan Collection featuring low-lying furniture to the Lille Collection of occasional tables inspired by Asian design, the look is sleek, subtle and minimal.

Parquet Trunk, Dh1,890, Indigo Living showrooms, Dubai

3 Adler in Dubai

We couldn't be more excited by the news that Jonathan Adler products are now being stocked in Dubai's Valleydez boutique. The iconic potter, designer and writer is best known for his ceramics, but is the brainchild behind a global brand that offers everything from bedding, furniture and bath accessories to candles, rugs, lighting and, most recently, handbags. The brand's guiding motto: "If your heirs won't fight over it, we won't make it" sums up Adler's commitment to creating quality objects that you'll want to keep forever.

Dh395, Valleydez, Sunset Mall, Dubai

4 Write off

Emma Bridgewater's Black Toast Hatch collection is now available at Harvest Home. A classic combination of cream and two-tone black, Black Toast Hatch is covered in swirls, cartouches and elaborate calligraphy. Whether you're looking for a tea caddy or a cake tin, this is bound to add a touch of class to your kitchen. "These are some of the most desirable things we've done for years," says Bridgewater. We tend to agree.

Black Toast Hatch Tea Caddy, Dh55, Harvest Home, Jumeirah Centre, Dubai

5 A good yarn

lnspired by a love of architecture, poetry and traditional crafts, French designer Sylvie Johnson creates custom, handmade fabrics in her workshop in Paris. She works with clients to design unique, tailor-made solutions for soft furnishings and other interior elements, artfully combining unusual yarns and fabrics from around the world - whether it's silk, horsehair, leather, cashmere or gold and silver thread - to stunning effect.

For more information on Sylvie Johnson, see


UAE group fixtures (all in St Kitts)

  • Saturday 15 January: UAE beat Canada by 49 runs
  • Thursday 20 January: v England
  • Saturday 22 January: v Bangladesh

UAE squad:

Alishan Sharafu (captain), Shival Bawa, Jash Giyanani, Sailles
Jaishankar, Nilansh Keswani, Aayan Khan, Punya Mehra, Ali Naseer, Ronak Panoly,
Dhruv Parashar, Vinayak Raghavan, Soorya Sathish, Aryansh Sharma, Adithya
Shetty, Kai Smith

Springtime in a Broken Mirror,
Mario Benedetti, Penguin Modern Classics


Company profile

Company name: Fasset
Started: 2019
Founders: Mohammad Raafi Hossain, Daniel Ahmed
Based: Dubai
Sector: FinTech
Initial investment: $2.45 million
Current number of staff: 86
Investment stage: Pre-series B
Investors: Investcorp, Liberty City Ventures, Fatima Gobi Ventures, Primal Capital, Wealthwell Ventures, FHS Capital, VN2 Capital, local family offices


Company: Eco Way
Started: December 2023
Founder: Ivan Kroshnyi
Based: Dubai, UAE
Industry: Electric vehicles
Investors: Bootstrapped with undisclosed funding. Looking to raise funds from outside

Getting there

Etihad Airways flies daily to the Maldives from Abu Dhabi. The journey takes four hours and return fares start from Dh3,995. Opt for the 3am flight and you’ll land at 6am, giving you the entire day to adjust to island time.  

Round trip speedboat transfers to the resort are bookable via Anantara and cost $265 per person.  

The End of Loneliness
Benedict Wells
Translated from the German by Charlotte Collins