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Vertical Forest: A New Take on Urban Design

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The Vertical Forest is a model for a sustainable, residential building and a project for metropolitan reforestation contributing to the regeneration of the environment and urban biodiversity. With increasing numbers of people opting for city, apartment living over suburban family homes, designers are having to get creative about how they can inject greenery into their […]


Virtuzone: Why is Obtaining an Interior Design License Important?

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How to Obtain an Interior Design License: In many parts of the world including the UAE, interior design is a licensed profession. This means you must have at least a certain level of qualification and a license to practice professionally.   Whether you’re looking to set up your own company, work as a freelancer or work […]


Tutor Spotlight: Alison Grace-Gahan

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“I have so many experiences I love passing on to new, up and coming designers” – Alison Grace-Gahan Meet NDA Senior Tutor in Dubai, Alison Grace-Gahan. Alison joined the National Design Academy to support the team in Dubai, and deliver in-studio courses to international students at the NDA Dubai studio. Since joining, she has already carried […]



Celebrating 300 Years of Thomas Chippendale

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2018 marks 300 years since Britain’s most influential Furniture Maker, Thomas Chippendale was born. Source: Chippendale 300 Born in Otley, Yorkshire on June 5th, 1718, we know very little of Chippendale’s early years. However, following his marriage to Catherine Redshaw in 1748, in London, Chippendale moved to St. Martin’s Lane, where he set up both […]



Student Spotlight: Kate Stephenson

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From Mum & Marketeer to Dream Interior Design Career… We recently had the opportunity to visit National Design Academy Alumni, Kate Stephenson in her beautiful Interior Design studio. We caught up with Kate after seeing herself, and her flourishing business featured in a magazine and discovered, not only has Kate’s dream Interior Design business, Interiors Designed grown in […]


TREND: Five Key Design Trends for 2018

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Step into spring with the hottest design trends of 2018 In this blog we’re looking at 5 key design trends emerging for 2018. The 5 trends are all extremely different pulling inspiration from different eras and societal needs making for an interesting mix of styles. Terrazzo Source: Nicolas Dorval-Bory Architects The trend of bringing serious […]


A Dulux Colour Workshop with Marianne Shillingford

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“Colour is a power which directly influences the soul” – Wassily Kandinsky The NDA Team recently had the chance to enjoy an action packed Colour Workshop with Colour Expert and Dulux Creative Director, Marianne Shillingford. The day allowed tutors, who already have a deep knowledge of colour, and support staff who also have a keen interest, […]