Taking a cue from his father, Neel draws his inspiration from nature and good design with qualities of both function and aesthetics. Frank Lloyd Wright and Salvador Dali are the two design icons he seeks inspiration.
Neel looks after some of the most expensive homes around the world, particularly in the Middle East, Russia and India. A polymath by his very nature, Neel also designs his own lighting (from beautifully simple lamps to stunningly complex chandeliers) that can be admired in various palaces and hotels around the globe (including President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s palace in Abu Dhabi). He considers his involvement with the Burj Al Arab for its decorative lighting as a pivotal point in his career.
Four Seasons Ramesh Gallery was founded in 1971 by his father Ramesh Shukla, from humble beginnings, it has grown to become the largest supplier of artworks, picture frames, decorative lighting and furniture to the hospitality industry in the middle east. He established the gallery’s framing division more than 15 years ago, and it has since grown to be the largest picture framing facility in the Middle East, because he knows the importance a frame can have on a piece of artwork.
It also boasts an impressive collection of more than 600 mouldings, and is equipped with state of the art picture framing equipment. The framing division has a passionate team of people who are expertly trained and frequently updated on all current framing practices.
1. You are also an acclaimed designer, artist. Tell us a little bit about your design philosophy.
I draw inspiration from good design with qualities of both function and aesthetics, I’m inspired by the world’s architectural marvels which draw their design from nature. I love nature. I am also a forward-thinking person who is driven by art and design whilst seeking inspiration from nature and technology. I embrace technology as it plays an important role in my life.
Dubai becoming a Sustainable City is no longer a choice, it has become a necessity. Recycled and sustainable material choices in Design & Fashion arena is the new frontier for luxury brands in this region.
2. How is luxury design evolving in Dubai? Where do you see it moving?
Dubai becoming a Sustainable City is no longer a choice, it has become a necessity. Recycled and sustainable material choices in Design & Fashion arena is the new frontier for luxury brands in this region. The city has become more conscious and specific in their likes toward sustainable brands. Businesses will have to follow sustainability guidelines & practices to become successful in the long term by choice.
3. Please share some of your Top projects in Dubai. What are you working on currently?
Some of the Top Projects include Burj Al Arab, Grosvenor House Dubai, Sheraton Grand Hotel Dubai, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, Etihad Museum. One of our recent project is the W Hotel
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