Most recently the business has expanded to creating inspiring commercial and hospitality spaces with great success. Elemento have transformed a variety of spaces from magnificent Montgomery Maisonnettes in Emirates Hills, a tranquil beauty spa, and luxury office spaces to bespoke waterfront penthouses.
Elemento provide the complete end to end solution to interior design, and complete all stages of the design process right through from concept design, specifications, layout planning, 3D visuals, procurement, technical details, custom furnishings, MEP detailing, fit out, to project management and implementation.
Meet the team
Kris Wanamaker - Owner and CEO
Kris Young is a business woman and entrepreneur who is driven by the need for excellence. Her background in project management and property consulting combined with her passion for customer satisfaction ensures that each project completed by Elemento is done in the most efficient way possible. Kris brings with her a wealth of experience having business interests in real estate, eco friendly industrial product distribution and previous experience in the telecoms industry. Kris ensures that all commitments and deadlines are met throughout the design and execution of projects, and is instrumental in developing relationships with every client so that the whole process is both pleasant and enjoyable. With Kris’s extensive knowledge and networks of related industry leaders, Elemento can guarantee unique exposure and opportunities at the best prices and with the best products available.
Karen Hatherley-Greene – General Manager
Karen, General Manager of Elemento, brings a huge amount of skills and experience to the Elemento team. Having spent 30+ years in the UK, New Zealand and Dubai working across a diverse range of sectors including education, banking, facilities management, and real estate, Karen understands how the local business landscape works and has a strong network established around her.
Karen has an eye for detail, bringing her financial oversight experience to bear upon other areas of Elemento’s business. Recently responsible for upgrading Elemento’s digital software to include two web-based packages for accounting and project management, Karen hopes these additions will continue to add value both to the current business practices in addition to Elemento’s growing customer base.
Anno Defeche - Interior Architect & Designer
Born in Luxembourg in 1977, Anno is a Belgian SENIOR INTERIOR DESIGNER with over 14 years of experience in high end residential and commercial. Anno graduated in 2001 from the CAD, Brussels, most of the projects she has worked on are based in places like Brussels, New York, The Hamptons, Paris, London, Las Vegas and Dubai. Anno's inspiration and life experience have enabled her to strengthen her professional experience and today, Anno is always looking for improving and sharing this experience with a new team in the very exciting Dubai. She brings with her project research, lighting planning, customized furniture design, FF&E specification and procurement as well as brilliant space planning abilities.
Louisa Mackley - Interior Architect & Designer
As an enthusiastic and creative designer Louisa is always keen to take on new and exciting challenges. Throughout her design career she has enjoyed the roles of Stylist, Interior Designer, Architect, Space Planner and Project/Design Manager. She has excellent client liaison skills throughout a project, and a passion for presenting her ideas and solutions. Louisa's experience of working as sole designer and as part of a team has given her an assorted design portfolio of projects from the residential, commercial, retail and hospitality sectors. Her knowledge of design styles, trends, inspiration sources and suppliers has allowed her to successfully design and manage projects of various sizes from start to finish.
Victoria Pustovita - Interior Architect & Designer
Victoria is an international interior designer with over 8 years of experience in interior design. Working with corporate, commercial and residential clients as well as within the hospitality industry, throughout the UK, UAE and Latvia. Victoria has successfully managed and undertaken projects working with multiple cultures to deliver projects such as large scale renovations, bespoke furniture design, landscaping and exhibition events. For her communication is the most important part, understanding the client’s needs, wants and desires, as well as working with the implementation team to make it happen down to the finishing touches.
Rima Makhlouf - Interior Designer
Rima Makhlouf, an interior design department graduate from American University in Dubai, has gained invaluable experience in planning and designing interior settings for residential, universal and commercial projects. Rima excels in directing all aspects of design projects, from working with clients to determining needs, preparing design presentations and proposals. Rima thrives while installing furniture and accessories.
Ana Cipriano - Interior Designer
Ana Cipriano is architect/interior designer. She have been working 2 years in Dubai on large scale projects for high profile clients and 10 years in Brazil with the most important architects/interior designers. Always seeking to mix the simplicity of the lines with the most beautiful classic and contemporary concept. She also believes that it's necessary to break boundaries constantly, aligning technical knowledge and good taste, making viable ideas to deliver unforgettable projects for your clients.
Ace Oreal Parungo - Interior Designer
Ace is one of Elemento’s own homegrown talent. He started out as a set decorator / set up assistant and has proven himself to be a valuable member of the Elemento team. Material selection, spec sheets, soft furnishings, accessories is part of his role and he is responsible for adding the final touch to create a homely space. Ace loves working with neutrals and metallic together with bold colours to make modern spaces pop. He loves taking care of the final details. Ace enjoys sourcing new and interesting pieces which transform a home from ordinary to extraordinary.
Redda Shahzad - Junior Designer
Born & raised in Dubai, UAE, an Interior Design Graduate from Ajman University of Science & Technology. Assist & support senior designers in design process, sourcing materials, suppliers, specifications sheet and sample ordering.
Shelley Watkinson - Interior Designer
Shelley is a designer with a passion for transforming spaces into visual delights. She is an integral part of the design team at Elemento overseeing all the details on a project from beginning to end. She has a great ability to understand a client brief and translates it into reality. Shelley loves meeting clients and talking to them about their dream, whether their home, office or retail outlet – what it could look like and how she can translate that into reality. She loves discovering new trends and how best she can incorporate it into her design. Shelley holds a Diploma from Limbert’s Academy of Design in Ireland.
Cynthia Sandoval – Senior Account Manager
Cynthia, a highly motivated and experienced professional who achieved operation and superior management skills in communication, negotiation, and leadership in her many years working in Los Angeles for a successful property management company where she launched her passion for interior design while working on many new redevelopment projects. Cynthia's extensive experience of working within the most prestigious and elite circles has proven her ability to build and offer a complete concise service creating a unique, confident and trustworthy relationship with all of Elemento's clients. Focusing professionally and passionately on nurturing client relationships Cynthia's confidence knowledge and ability to evaluate and guide reassures longstanding loyal and referring clientele. With these expertise Cynthia is an integral part of the Elemento team and provides client care, sales and account management to all our clients.
Prakash Devadiga - Finance Executive
Prakash takes care of the day to day business at Elemento. Responsible for all our accounting, budgets, cash flow, procurement, invoicing and payments to liasing with both suppliers and clients, Mark ensures that everything runs smoothly. And having five years’ experience in banking sector and five years’ experience in Exhibition and Interior Design Company.
Liezl Guillermo - Office Administrator
Liezl is responsible for ensuring that the Elemento office runs smoothly, greeting everyone with a friendly smile. She ensures that suppliers are taken care of and further assists the project teams to ensure that deliveries happen according to schedule. Liezl is inspired by the design process itself, the choice of colours and how it translates into the final product. She is passionate about customer service and looks forward to ensuring that the Elemento ethos is brought to fruition from the first point of contact.
Richard El Hajj - Technical Design Director
With over 15 years of experience in interior design, Richard brings a wealth of design expertise and creative flair to his role as Design Director. Richard has worked on a range of projects in Bahrain, Senegal, Nigeria, Syria, USA, Kuwait, KSA, Lebanon and the UAE designing interiors of private yachts, hospitality, residential, commercial and branded projects.
Richard's leadership of the design team and close collaboration with project managers to produce the best of all outcomes – happy clients, on time, on budget.
Sagar Anand Kadam - Design Technical Manager
Sagar brings 15+ years of experience to the team. His goals are to work in a growing environment as well as self development. Sagar's expertise ensure that the technical requirements of all projects are mastered.
Francis Tolentino - Project Engineer / Architect
Francis is responsible for handling our project execution. This requires detailed coordination, dedicated management and careful site supervision. His background as an architect, and his previous roles in site supervision, both in Dubai and in his native Phillipines ensures that he brings a wealth of experience to the Elemento team. Francis provides technical support to the design department and he prepares plans and drawings when required. He ensures that the job delivery details are followed according to approved drawings, often making on the spot decisions for conflicts between drawings and site conditions. He is constantly striving to ensure overall client satisfaction for each job that Elemento does and works tirelessly to keep our clients happy and get their projects handed over.
Lijo Anthony - 3D Visualiser & Architectural Draughtsman
Lijo is responsible for interior space planning, and 3D visual designs at Elemento. His 3D visuals allow clients to see the interior perspectives before we commence production. He holds a Masters diploma in architectural design and has a flair for translating a brief into visuals. Lijo is also responsible for furniture design drawings for production and enjoys the process of Interior space planning and fit outs. A hardworking and dedicated team member with a strong ability to accurately translate our designers vision into 3D views.
Sirajudheen Ahamad - PRO
Siraj is responsible for ensuring that all company matters are taken care of from documentation being updated to purchasing and leasing with government bodies. He enjoys seeing the final product when jobs have been handed over. Siraj is an all-rounder providing the team with invaluable support during the course of their day to day activities.
Arturo M. Taylan JR. - Librarian
Arturo is our resident librarian who answers queries and utilises his adept research capabilities to gather formal information for projects and client requests. Arturo operates efficiently within the Elemento team and proves to be a valuable resource.