Lighting Powerlist 2023 – SoMA STUDIO
SoMA Studio is a Dubai-based boutique interior brand agency and lighting design firm. Rich Semple founded the company in 2019, drawing inspiration from independent record labels, innovative lighting design practices, and artisan product designers. As a proud advocate for diversity and equal opportunities, SoMA has a multicultural workforce with a majority female-led management team.
WE HAVE BUILT AN AMAZING TEAM AT SOMA AND WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO 2024 WHERE WE WILL CONTINUE TO CEMENT OUR POSITION AS THE REGION’S COOLEST AND MOST DYNAMIC LIGHTING AND INTERIORS SUPPLIER.
SoMA Studio has built an eclectic portfolio of innovative and artisan brands covering lighting, architectural hardware, electrical accessories, and furniture. SoMA seeks to provide a forum for interior brands to advertise and present their products throughout the Middle East, just how independent record labels provide a platform for new and upcoming artists to showcase their work to a bigger audience. SoMA proudly represents over 15 brands in the region, with new additions like Greypants, Bent Hansen, Secto, and String Furniture adding to the already impressive portfolio.
SoMA also provides a comprehensive turnkey lighting design and supply service and thinks that every project, regardless of size, deserves exceptional lighting. SoMA has become a trusted lighting partner for some of the region’s most talented design houses, including Finch, Bishop Design, ROAR, and Mitchell and Eades, as well as top fit-out contractors, including INC, MILO, KPS, BW Interiors, and Al Tayer Stocks, thanks to the design flair and attention to detail provided on all projects.
In 2023, SoMA will take over numerous fascinating projects, including The Guild, one of the region’s largest and most innovative F+B concepts, located in the premium ICD Brookfield Tower. SoMA was entrusted by local fashion brand L Couture to develop the lighting design for the roll-out of their new concept stores around the UAE, working alongside Interior Design studio Finch, with three locations set to open in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the coming months.
SoMA Founder Rich Semple noted: “2023 has been a massive year for SoMA, with the opening of our new office and showroom in Al Quoz, introducing furniture brands to our unique offering and handing over our largest and most prestigious project to date, The Guild. We have built an amazing team at SoMA and we are looking forward to 2024 where we will continue to cement our position as the region’s coolest and most dynamic lighting and interiors supplier.”