Wilson Associates is a pioneer and trendsetter in the design industry, creating luxury experiences all over the world for discerning travelers. The Dubai office of Wilson Associates, a global interior architectural design firm, is expanding its design talent and leadership with the addition of Tom Skyring as Design Director and Hilda Impey as Associate Design Director. Both bring a wealth of talent and experience to the team.
Tom Skyring joins Wilson Associates’ Dubai studio after nearly 30 years as an interior designer, 15 of those at the helm of his own namesake studio where he specialized in restaurant and bar design. Often regarded as New Zealand’s leading F&B designer, his projects range from gastropubs to signature restaurants for celebrity chefs and international hotel brands such as Westin and Hilton. Skyring’s distinctive design style is recognized in such award-winning restaurants as the Bangalore Polo Club, Ballarat Trading Co., and Dine.
As Design Director, Skyring will act as the primary liaison between the client and the design team. By overseeing the project from start to finish, he conceptualizes the design intent and crafts project goals, reviews all documentations, facilitates meetings and negotiations, and manages the team closely to ensure the client’s vision is realized.
“I’m honored to be part of the growing creative team at Wilson Associates, and equally excited to contribute to the exciting projects the design team is creating,” said Skyring.
Joining Wilson Associates’ Dubai studio as Associate Design Director, Hilda Impey brings more than 15 years of interior design experience and an acute specialization in FF&E (furniture, fixtures and equipment). Born and raised in Mexico, Impey’s international career in textiles and interiors began early, and in 2002 she was awarded first place in the International Design Biennale in Mexico City. She received a master’s degree in textile futures from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art & Design in London, U.K., and her deep knowledge of textiles and passion for interiors bring a unique approach to her methodology. She has worked as a creative head launching textile ranges for the interiors industry, and as a fabric buyer, product developer, and interiors trend forecaster for suppliers around the world.
Previously an associate head of FF&E at Godwin Austen Johnson’s Dubai headquarters, Impey is known within the interiors and hospitality industries for her particular and exciting creative style. She will work across all projects in Wilson Associates’ Dubai studio as head of FF&E, assisting the team in creating unique concepts with flair.
“I have reinforced an already superb team through Hilda’s addition as well as the addition of our new Design Director Tom Skyring,” said Managing Director Isabel Pintado. “Having them in the team allows us to deliver a much higher output and guarantees superb designs. Both are perfectionists in their fields, eager to design and deliver exquisite and creative environments. All in all, I am over the moon with their decision to join us and look forward to spending many hours over sample boards and schemes together.”
Impey previously worked with Pintado at GAJ, and the two have since developed a friendship and “mutual respect for each other’s designs.”
“I am tremendously excited to join the internationally renowned Wilson Associates, and in particular, I am happy to once again be united with Isabel Pintado, a former colleague who I professionally admire and respect,” said Hilda. “I am thrilled be part of a newly selected team who share the same passion for creativity and design that I do. I have no doubt of the success stories that will follow our new team. Under Isabel’s leadership we will face any challenge and produce outstanding design.”
“My work methodology is based on empowering designers, making them feel confident in what they do and supporting their performance with accuracy, from concept to site delivery,” said Hilda. “I love to create stories that are followed by fabrics, furniture, lighting, rugs and accessories that always link back to the original concept. When a project arrives to the table, I like spend time discussing the strategy in order to balance time, speed, attention to detail, and quality to deliver the best product for our clients.”
The growth of design talent and leadership in Wilson Associates’ Dubai studio creates opportunities for the studio to deliver even more outstanding designs for clients as well as expand the firm’s portfolio of luxury projects in the Middle East region.
Pintado joined Wilson Associates in June to lead the Dubai office as Managing Director after Firas Alsalih was promoted to Executive Vice President, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, and Global Head of Business Development for Wilson Associates. He is overseeing the firm’s business development teams in every region and serves as a global brand ambassador, further developing key relationships and growth for the firm.