In her new role at dwp, Kurniawan is entrusted with the significant responsibility of fortifying the hospitality team. Her primary objective is to bolster the team’s capacities, ensuring that they not only match but also go far beyond the capabilities of other prominent hospitality firms in the region. By concentrating on both nurturing existing talent and recruiting new expertise, Kurniawan aims to make dwp a powerhouse in the hospitality design sector. This strategic endeavour ensures that the firm remains at the forefront of the industry, effectively competing with yet setting new benchmarks for regional hospitality firms.
Kurniawan’s design odyssey began in the bustling scene of Singapore, where she honed her craft at renowned design houses. Her bold leap to Dubai in 2016 heralded a new era in her career, enabling here to carve a distinct name for herself in the region’s design landscape. Her time in Dubai has offered her a rich palette of experiences, including working with an array of notable design firms. Mira has worked on luxurious hospitality projects within the region and has a deep understanding of the region’s design tastes. These direct interactions provided Kurniawan with an insight into client and operator needs, a perspective she intricately weaves into her work at dwp.
“As a hospitality interior designer, I have a deep understanding of how space can influence emotions and experiences,” says Kurniawan. “My personal goal is to channel this knowledge into creating a haven where guests feel a seamless blend of tradition and modernity, evoking both nostalgia and anticipation. In essence, I dream of offering more than just a dining spot. I aim to present a carefully crafted work of art, where design and gastronomy come together to celebrate the joys of hospitality and connection.”
Charlie Kelly, Managing Director Middle East at dwp, shared his thoughts on the firm’s latest addition: “We couldn’t be more delighted to have Mira join our team. Her rich experience, creativity and exceptional understanding of client needs are already making a profound impact. As we look to the future, we are confident that with Mira at the helm of our hospitality portfolio, our growth in the region will continue to be marked by remarkable designs that resonate with our clients’ vision.”