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LW Design appoints three new Directors

Sleeper Magazine

Enthusiasm, expansion and esprit de corps: luxury hospitality design leader LW Design takes a leap into the future

Step into any of the four international offices of LW Design in Dubai, Hong Kong, Sao Paulo or Aarhus, and you would hardly know the world has been through 18 months of disruption and uncertainty. The mood is positively buoyant and changes are afoot, with three new Design Directors bringing fresh energy to the group’s new office in Denmark, marking its expansion into Europe with a raft of interior design and architecture projects in the works.

Established in Dubai in 1999 by founder and CEO Jesper Godsk, LW Design has been envisioning hospitality and dining spaces across the Middle East and beyond over the past 22 years. From Zabeel House to Grosvenor House, Hyatt Regency to JW Marriott Marquis, and the Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, to more recent projects such as The Dubai Edition and Waldorf Astoria, Godsk has a wealth of experience under his belt.

For Godsk, Dubai offered immense potential to become the world’s next design hub. He utilised the city’s impressive spatial resources and unique heritage to develop resorts, hotels, showrooms, and F&B outlets. Godsk also wanted to channel his creativity through guidance and leadership, and the region offered a canvas for him to practice his skill. Through leadership, he instils a sense of confidence in his design team, allowing them to reach new heights of creativity while staying within the lines of reality.

The LW partners – Jesper Godsk, Colin Doyle, Cristina Wakamatsu, Jimmy Hansen and newly appointed partner Adrian Battisby – have recently promoted senior team members to carry forward the enthusiasm within the ever-growing studio. The new Design Directors – Rachel Kidd, Pooja Shah-Mulani and Andrew Harms – also strive to advocate a fluid and flexible studio ethos where design teams intentionally challenge one another. They are keen to encourage imagination and talent and explore each other’s ideas so that the entire team is boosted to full potential with a broader spectrum of projects.

“The collective strength is so much more than the sum of each part; the team is a super-skilled hybrid model,” says Battisby. “The breadth and depth of experience, skill and of course originality and creativity. Our brand is incredibly strong and together they are working on a number of exciting international projects. I am looking forward to seeing these projects being globally recognised and to the growth in terms of size of the studio. It’s about taking LW to the next level.

“Let me refer to a really great quote by Simon Sinek from his book Start with Why: ‘The role of a leader is not to come up with all the great ideas, the role of leader is to create an environment in which great ideas can happen.’ This is so true, and we are, happily in that space with a solid management structure in place.”

Shah-Mulani adds: “As a team, we are like a family, a happy family. I am looking forward to strengthening our design vision, having the opportunity to push the creative boundaries on our projects. What will always be the same is the excellent team spirit we have at LW and our unique ability to create award-winning designs.”

Kidd agrees: “Pooja, Andrew and I work together to ensure the LW legacy continues. We work alongside Jesper to ensure every project is of the expected LW standard whilst also continuing to grow and develop the Interiors division both in the Middle East and internationally.”

Harms, who is taking on the role of Technical Design Director, comments: “I believe the three of us played a significant part in the success of keeping to our core principles in delivering to our clients and keeping the togetherness of the team. We now look forward to leading the way with optimism for our team and individuals to grow. Firstly, I believe the strength of it has come from the different ways the three of us approach situations. We very much appreciate and respect each other’s opinion which makes it very easy to move forward in a unified direction. With our combined experience, we can cover all aspects of a project, and I look to both Pooja and Rachel, not only from a strong design background but also both have a strong history with LW.

“Secondly and equally as important is our flexible approach. Now more than ever we deal with the challenges of changing project scheduling and client requirements on a regular basis. To stay agile, we have to be very flexible in how we approach every situation. LW has always had a tried and tested way of delivering our projects, which is now constantly being challenged and requires flexibility with our output to stay current and on top of our game”.

During the pandemic, Harms, Shah-Mulani and Kidd have smoothly transitioned through a flexible approach and promoting solidarity and optimism within the team. The global pandemic has led LW Design to face challenging client requirements and schedules.

“With the legacy of LW we have a solid foundation,” concludes Shah-Mulani. “We can only go up from here. We have been very successful in the region, echoed by our winning best interior design company of the year two years in a row. Our goal is to take the success story global. The financial climate has been challenging, but we are still doing unique projects in amazing places. We have a fantastic studio with talented designers and I’m proud to be leading this team with Rachel and Andrew.”

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Intermediate Designer - Hong Kong

LW has openings for experienced hospitality Interior Designers to join our Hong Kong studio.

  • Hospitality background is a MUST
    • Preference for a candidate from a large international hospitality firm (adept at dealing with a large volume of work)
    • Industrious and independent
    • Eager to grow and develop further skills (possibility for career progression when appropriate)
    • PR not required
    • Multiple language skills not a must
    • Ideally 4-5 years of experience

Please contact our team at:

hk@lw.co

DUBAI, UAE

Our LW Dubai studio opened in 1999 and is under the exceptional leadership of Founder & CEO Jesper Godsk and Founding partner Colin Doyle. the office is home to our passionate Architects and Interior Designers who work alongside to deliver world-class projects from hotels, residential buildings, bars & restaurants worldwide.

We are proud to say many employees have been with LW from the beginning and each designer’s expertise, experience, and passion plays an important role in accomplishing and delivering to our exceptionally high standards.

Technical Architect - Dubai

We are looking for an experienced technical-based Architect to join our Dubai studio.

Representing LW as an Architect you will work alongside our talented team, creating residential, mixed-use and hospitality projects for clients based in the UAE and globally.

Candidates must have:

8-10 years industry experience post RIBA part 3

Experience developing residential and hospitality projects

Proficiency in 2D/3D software, such as REVIT, Autocad, SketchUp, and InDesign

Must be creative, proactive, self-motivated and able to achieve results at a fast pace

Please submit your CV and portfolio showcasing your previous experience to:

Contact@lw.co

HONG KONG, CHINA

LW Hong Kong is located in what is arguably one of Asia’s most vibrant and exciting cities, at a cultural crossroads Hong Kong embraces a bold and forward thinking design scene. The cities’ exhilarating urban energy is constantly evolving, and has led to the creation of many trend setting food and beverage concepts.

LW Hong Kong is within easy reach of APAC, south west Asia, and mainland China. It is perfectly placed to take advantage of opportunities in the region.

The studio is led by Associate Director Adrian Battisby, he brings over two decades of hospitality experience and knowledge. Adrian leads with an energetic and charismatic approach, actively supporting an international team of designers.

SÃO PAULO, BRASIL

Established in 2015 the LW SP studio reflects our commitment to build our relationships in the region with developers, operators, other creative minds and strengthens the firm’s position for future growth.

The Sao Paulo studio immerses us within an eclectic design community and is known for bold, contemporary designs with a talented team that works in an atmosphere of creative collaboration.

Cristina Wakamatsu, Design Director and Partner, is responsible for guiding the office’s culture and work product, ensuring they embody LW’s values and commitment to produce outstanding design solutions.

At LW SP studio we have a talented and passionate team dedicated to the firm’s core values of design excellence. The future is bright, and I am excited to be a part of a team working to better our collective future through collaboration, innovation and design problem solving.”

AARHUS, DENMARK

LW Aarhus is keen to take the time and establish the design team in Denmark. They allow themselves the luxury of time to absorb the DNA of Aarhus and the rest of Europe. Operators are keenly centered around nurturing the right partnerships to create exceptional lifestyle hotels that will contribute to innovative and high-end experiences. The team is playful and delivers exceptional results; they possess the modernity that can render nods to history and seamlessly combine contemporary design. They are brand storytellers. LW Aarhus consociates with appropriate global operators and progressively nurtures their relationships. They allow themselves to breathe so that they have the space to create a unique experience, whether in the luxury or lifestyle arena.

Hospitality Interior Designers

LW has openings for experienced hospitality Interior Designers to join our Dubai studio.

Representing LW as an Interior Designer you will work with the Design Directors and will be responsible for designing alongside a team of designers. You will be expected to work on large-scale 4 and 5-star hotels and a variety of F&B projects and will also be expected to contribute and develop the design to an international level while ensuring the project meets LW standards. The applicant must be willing to contribute to the social environment and be part of creating an inspirational atmosphere.

To be considered for this position you must be/have:

  • Minimum of 6 years proven experience in hospitality Interior Design working on large-scale projects for both lifestyle and luxury brands
  • Proficient in AutoCAD, PowerPoint, Photoshop and Sketch Up. Revit would also be a benefit
  • Experience in technical coordination and delivering 4 and 5-star hospitality documentation packages
  • Must be creative, proactive, self-motivated and able to achieve results at a fast pace

Please submit your CV, with a selection of works in a portfolio that showcases your presentation skills, renderings, drawings and detailing capabilities, FF&E specification examples to:

Contact@lw.co

Hospitality Interior Designers

LW has openings for experienced hospitality Interior Designers to join our Aarhus studio.

Representing LW, as an Interior Designer you will work with the Design Directors and will be responsible for designing alongside a team of designers. You will be expected to work on large-scale 4 and 5 star hotels and a variety of F&B projects and will also be expected to contribute and develop the design to an international level while ensuring the project meets LW standards. The applicant must be willing to contribute to the social environment and be part of creating an inspirational atmosphere.

To be considered for this position you must be/have:

  • Minimum of 6 years proven experience in hospitality Interior Design working on large-scale projects for both lifestyle and luxury brands
  • Proficient in AutoCAD, PowerPoint, Photoshop and Sketch Up. Revit would also be a benefit
  • Experience in technical coordination and delivering 4 and 5-star hospitality documentation packages
  • Must be creative, proactive, self-motivated and able to achieve results at a fast pace

Please submit your CV, with a selection of works in a portfolio that showcases your presentation skills, renderings, drawings and detailing capabilities, FF&E specification examples to:

Contact@lw.co