about us


Award winning Interior Design firm, Studio M, was originally established in 1999 by Abboud Malak in Los Angeles under the name of Studio Ethos, Inc. Studio M has operated out of the DIFC as a high-end, multidisciplinary Interior Design practice. Abboud Malak’s established track record as one of the leading design professionals in his field speaks for itself and can be witnessed through the diverse portfolio primarily located in Los Angeles (USA) and Dubai (United Arab Emirates). The company’s skill base includes interior architecture, project management and project supervision. 

In line with the DIFC’s commitment to provide International Standards to their clients, and building on the success and interest in the DIFC Headquarters’ level 14 of the Gate Building, Studio M specializes in similar turn-key solutions to commercial tenants. A one-stop approach, where the disruption and turmoil of opening a new office is fully managed by the Studio. This sought after service is in great demand due to the influx of world-class tenants, whom are accustomed to high levels of service but currently struggle to identify a specialized partner that meets their criteria.

The ethos of Studio M is a commitment to design excellence and sound execution. Ultimately, the studio seeks to ensure that the client receives a positive and seamless experience.


Noble materials, light, space, luxury – These are all terms that encapsulate Studio M”s philosophy.

We create architecture that is seductively simple yet luxuriously detailed. A balance between beautiful form serving function.

Though we are consistent in our design philosophy, we don’t have a recurring formula to our work. Each project provokes a new set of ideas, investigations and solutions tailored to our clients needs and desires.


Studio M embraces a minimalist approach to design. The main focus is always on architecture. This attitude underpins each and every project it undertakes. Though the Studio is consistent in its design approach, it does not have a repeated formula or style to its work. Each project provokes a new set of ideas, investigations and solutions.

In its approach, the studio strives to reinterpret local aesthetics and cultural sensibilities in a contemporary manner. The success of the Studio has been its ability to fuse the two different design approaches of the East and West and recast them in modern settings.


Studio M is a Tier 1 Interior Design firm, operating in the high-end sector of the commercial and residential market. The studio specializes in the interior design and architecture, space planning and project management of medium-size projects. These can be corporate offices, retail outlets, hospitality and residential spaces. The Studio’s involvement starts at the inception of a project and with the designer maintaining direct involvement throughout the project’s duration.

Studio M offers a tailor made service that caters to the specific needs of the client. This can also include a “one-stop” service. The team will work closely together with the General Contractor and other consultants within the building environment in developing the overall design and construction of the property.

This comprehensive design package includes suggestions for landscaping, audio-visual equipment, home automation, specialist lighting, etc. This service can extend to organizing Staff relocation, flower décor and all other aspects of the Interior. Should clients choose to- they can move into a totally well organized and fully functional environment. Every attention is paid to detail ensuring that the client has complete trust and satisfaction during and after completion.

The firm is fluent in such design specific fields as architecture, interiors, graphics, lighting, landscaping, textiles, furniture design and product sourcing.


Clients include corporate or government-related entities such as Dubai Holding, and newly licensed companies locating to Dubai and surrounding GCC countries.

In addition to designing offices and public spaces for a list of commercial clients, Studio M will also undertake private commissions including apartments as well as commercial mandates such as hotels, retail outlets and restaurants.


Under the commercial name of Studio Ethos, in Los Angeles, the young Studio was awarded the AIA (American Institute of Architects) Merit Awards for interior design in 2002. This honor is awarded once a year for Interior Design Excellence for projects on the West Coast of the USA. This and other projects were published in several books on Interior Design and architecture in the USA.

Since then, Studio M has received multiple awards ranging from Best Residential, Best Corporate, Best Hospitality and Best Cultural Spaces. The pursuit of perfection is ongoing.

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