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The managing partner of HBA Dubai talks about some of his favourite places and spaces in the emirate
Eduan R. Maggo
For over a decade David T’Kint has been turning imagined spaces into hospitality realities as design director and partner of Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) Dubai. His role has taken him around the world from Los Angeles to Singapore and back to Dubai, all the while keeping a trained eye on how spaces present themselves to the designer’s imagination.
The sight that inspires me the most in Dubai is… day and night light hit the Burj Khalifa in many different ways. Each time you look at the building, it appears different. This single architectural feature has endless expressions.
The building I feel most connected to in the city is… Many of the projects we work on are abroad, therefore travel is part of my weekly routine. Luckily Dubai has one of the best airports in the world.
A recent “find” is… the Emirates Youth Symphony Orchestra. I have the utmost respect for those who pursue their passion.
An object from outside my city that sits in my home is… My travels bring me to all corners of the planet, from where I bring back art and furniture. My home very much reflects Dubai’s multicultural mix.
On my coffee table you’ll always find… my kids’ mess.
My favourite space in my city is… the roads towards the desert at sunset — it’s just magical.
The last gift I received from someone in the city was… dog figures as a Chinese symbol of good fortune for the Lunar New Year.
My next investment… will be outdoor lounge furniture, which is proving very difficult to decide on. You might find that an odd thing for a designer to say, but when it comes to ourselves we are impossible to satisfy.
My last memorable trip was to… Amboseli in Kenya several months ago. It was a complete departure from my typical travel experience.
The thing I most look forward to coming back to is… my family, and the luxury of sleeping in my own bed.
If I didn’t live in my city I would live in… potentially many different places, although at this point in my life Dubai is where I