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Posted by Karen Thornalley

Merete Broen



From childhood I have grown up with designer items, furniture pieces from famous Danish designers such as Arne Jacobssen, Verpan, and George Jensen to name a few. These furniture designs were used in many Danish homes. At an early age I started to appreciate beautifully designed furniture pieces and architecture. I witnessed plenty of possibilities and options available from my native country Denmark.

When I arrived in Dubai in 1995, after graduating from the UK, I noticed that there were limited choices available in terms of furniture and interior design services which were almost non-existent (not like now). In fact very limited resources were available at that time, in terms of furniture supply, flooring materials, fabric, wall decoration, lighting and accessories. At an early stage I had a dream of one day opening our own Interior design company, and to specialize in residential interior design. This dream was achieved in 2003 when we managed to save enough capital to open the first Furniture show room on Sheikh Zayed Road in Al Barsha. We have always had a passion for interior design and creating stunning homes as we would always come up with creative ways of putting furniture and fabric colors together to create a certain room setting.

Within months of being open we landed our first interior design project which was to design and furnish an 86 bedroom hotel apartment in Dubai, including the reception area and the main restaurant. The furniture which we used was from our own signature furniture range made in Indonesia. After our first large project, clients started to request us to design their villas and apartments. At that time the services we offered was only Bespoke Interior Design solutions. However, we later increased our company repertoire by coming up with the idea of offering a full turnkey furniture solution, which nobody had ever introduced in the market before. This meant taking an empty apartment or villa and completely furnishing the space allowing the client to simply move-in with their personal belongings.

There was definitely a need to form Zen Interiors as there was not a company in Dubai which would specialize only in residential interior design and offer a wide range of furniture and accessories at the same time. We have always believed in the highest standard/quality of furniture, value for money and excellent service. Our designs are in tune with international designer palettes which have been handcrafted and executed with superb craftsmanship, thus bringing to life an eclectic selection of influences and style directions.

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