We are all broken. That’s how the light gets in.
Among numerous accolades, Isabel was named the Middle East’s most influential designer in Commercial Interior Design Magazine’s Top 50 Power list for 2019. Other awards include the Design Leader of the Year award by INDEX, as well as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by identity Magazine in 2018.
As Regional Managing Director for Africa, China, and Middle East markets, Isabel is responsible for the Dubai and Shanghai design studios of Wilson Associates, which she guides with her business acumen and leadership. Isabel oversees the initial design direction for each project, applying her invaluable familiarity of the region’s culture and how it influences the design. With a constant pulse on the region’s ever-changing landscape, she generates opportunities for Wilson’s global design studios, having more than two decades of experience in the business, with nearly 20 years of which she has spent living in the Middle East.
For as long as she can remember, her passion has been for design. Isabel kindles her creativity by trekking in the mountains, camping in the desert, and hosting dinner parties for friends. Much of her inspiration is found through her love for travelling, watching people on the street, and visiting exhibitions by an eclectic roster of artists and designers.
Commercial Interior Design “The Top 50 Power List,” 01: Isabel Pintado, December 2019
Design Middle East “Creative 30”, 01: Isabel Pintado, December 2019
Commercial Interior Design “The Top 50 Power List,” 03: Isabel Pintado, December 2018
INDEX Architecture & Design Awards “Design Leader of the Year,” March 2018
CID Awards 2018 “Interior Design Firm of the Year”, September 2018 - Winner
CID Awards 2018 “Best Interior Design – Office: Wilson Associates Dubai Office and Studio - Shortlisted
CID Awards 2018 “Best Concept – Hotel: Marriott Taghazout Bay Resort - Shortlisted
identity Design Awards Lifetime Achievement Award, October 2018
Commercial Interior Design “The Top 50 Power List,” 01: Isabel Pintado, December 2017
SLOAN! “Design Hotspot: Dubai,” Isabel Pintado, July 2017
Architectural Digest ME “Tastemakers,” Isabel Pintado, May/June 2017
Gulf News “Design consultancies freshen up F&B concepts,” Isabel Pintado, June 2017
Better Homes Magazine “Ask A Designer,” Isabel Pintado, June 2017
Gulf Construction “Hub for Design,” Isabel Pintado, May 2017
Harper’s Bazaar Arabia “Beyond Minimalism,” Isabel Pintado, April 2017
WILD – Round Table Discussion – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 2020
WILD – Design Meets Design Showcase – Speaker – Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2020
DIBLA Awards – Speaker – Sofia, Bulgaria, 2019
Global Leadership Meeting / Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts – Speaker – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 2019
Unfold Art XChange – Speaker – Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2018
Middle East Lighting Design Summit “Daylight Design Strategy” – Panelist – Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2018
INDEX Design Talks “Market Trends Evolving Structure of the Regional Interior Design Sector” – Panelist – Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2018
INDEX Awards 2017 – Judge – Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2017
Sleeper AHEAD MEA – Judge – Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2017