HH Sheikh Sultan bin Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Nahyan opened the first Abu Dhabi mono brand store of B&B Italia, contemporary furniture design company present on the market with the two distinctive brands B&B Italia and Maxalto.
The opening was attended by HH Sheikh Rashid bin Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, HH Sheikh Saeed bin Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Italian ambassador Giorgio Starace, other officials, personalities, design agency representatives and B&B Italia top management.
Mr Hassan Badr, General Manager of Living Interiors Furniture Trading, Abu Dhabi agents for B&B Italia, explained that the new branch in Al Ain Tower in Al Khailidiya comprises the latest products in decoration and design furnishing, the right products to meet the needs of the local market including palaces, private villas, hotels, resorts, companies, government offices, airports and other establishments in the UAE. The opening of this B&B Italia’s first mono brand store in Abu Dhabi is reflecting the increasing demand for design products by nearly 25 per cent in Abu Dhabi and Dubai this year because of ongoing expansion in the hospitality sector, hotels and other institutions.
“There is a continuous development of the general design trend and tastes in the UAE and this is pushing up demand,” said Mr.Hassan Badr. “We expect demand to remain buoyant in the country until 2020 due to the construction and tourism boom,” he added.
B&B Italia, a family run business, was founded in 1966 and is a leading Italian company in the international scene of design furnishing for both home and contract. Its products have contributed to writing the history of Italian design and through taste, technology and creativity have made Italy famous throughout the world.
Local data showed the design and interior décor market in the UAE is estimated at more than Dhs nine billion, the second largest in the Middle East.