Vancouver Development

Designer Profile: Nahal Gamini, Co-owner & Creative Director of Vancouver Development

Name: Nahal Gamini Vancouver Development

Company: Vancouver Development

Position within company: Co-owner & Creative Director


Tell us a little about your background in design:

I’ve been creating interiors for more than 15 years from hospitality to bespoke residential designs. I strive to create timeless and inspiring interiors with new elements informed by my travels and consistent visits of numerous design-build exhibitions around the world.

I’m always grateful for my eight years of experience in Roche Bobois designing some of the finest homes for prominent clients and learning everything about furniture customization with highest industry standards but eventually I started to shift my attention to Interior Architecture world with my partner’s support who is an amazing builder.

I truly believe knowledge is the power. After I graduated from Interior Design at BCIT, I decided to achieve my real estate license to have a deeper understanding of property developments. Currently I am a candidate at CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) and NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) and working my way to achieve the designations and pursuing my Master’s in Interior Architecture & Design.

How would you describe your personal design style?

I start each project with a white canvas and always push and challenge my creative boundaries to come up with a new concept and style. I enjoy creating minimalistic designs with indoor/outdoor feel as much as designing a luxury Parisian mansion with Nouveaux Classiques.

Where does your design inspiration come from?

I draw my inspirations from everything around the world but mainly from nature and my innate love for the natural world sometimes makes me wonder about the coincidence of my name meaning (Young tree in Farsi) and being born on Earth Day.

In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?

Fresh, forward-thinking & sustainable design with functional merits.

Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2020 and beyond.

  • Sustainability
  • Living In Place
  • Biophilic design
  • health and safety ergonomics in the workplace
  • Green Building

If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be?

Work hard to create an amazing and authentic design concept that will lead to a successful outcome.

How important are The International Hotel & Property Awards?

I truly believe Designers have a mission to simply inspire people with their creativity and touch people’s heart by exposing their imagination worldwide.  These Awards creates a platform and global recognition for talents, their growth and appreciation in our industry.

What projects are you currently working on?

Our current projects range from Mixed use developments, office, wine bar and luxury single family homes.

What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?

We are expanding internationally and growing our team. Our commitment is to create astonishing designs-build results that go beyond clients’ expectations. This year we are nominated for 9 awards and look forward to the continual unveiling of our design journey as we progress in our new projects.

Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations:

Your most treasured possession?

Antique rug that I inherited from my Great-grandfather which is approximately from 300 years ago.

Your favourite holiday destination?


Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar?

. Town House Galleria, Milan

. The Mayfair Supper Club, Las Vegas

Your favourite book, film & song?

Book: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

Film: Friends TV series

Song: T’es Beau by Pauline Croze

Your favourite food and drink?

Le Vieux Pin Petit Blanc with creative presentation of any International delicious healthy food.

Your favourite way to spend an afternoon?

In my spare time, I like to walk or bike around Stanley Park on the Seawall, or experience the exciting shopping and dining options in Downtown Vancouver.

If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?

Probably an Architect or a Fashion Designer.

Vancouver Development / Nahal Gamini have been Shortlisted for Lobby/Public Areas – Global Award and Bar/Club/Lounge – Global Award in The International Hotel and Property Awards 2020.

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