the founder

GERARD GLINTMEIJER, Founder and Lead Concept Designer

Gerard Glintmeijer, a Dutch native, is the Founder and Lead Concept Designer of GDS and is also a co-founder of Amsterdam-based FG stijl. Drawing on his 24 years of experience spanning high-end hospitality, select residential and F&B projects in Europe and the world over, Gerard has established his Dubai practice in 2014 and is fully committed to the region he now calls his second home.     

A true hospitality insider, Gerard has graduated from a hotel school followed by studies in interior styling, where he excelled at creating spaces and experiences through visual expression. Conceptually cutting-edge and unconventional, Gerard’s vision was brought to life in an array of spaces – from landmark projects such as Park Hyatt Vienna, BMW Welt and Mandarin Oriental Munich to boutique properties such as Sir Nikolai Hamburg or five of Holland’s Michelin-star restaurants. Gerard is also an expert at creating exclusive residential properties, such as the largest house of the Netherlands that was designed down to the smallest detail or Villa 19, a GDS project showcasing the potential for transformation of a typical Jumeirah villa into a contemporary Middle East meets LA lifestyle concept.

GDS team describe Gerard as a fun and quirky leader, who inspires and creates a fostering culture at the studio, while sharing his personal realities and a profound understanding of lifestyle expectations by GDS’ clients. Together with his team, Gerard’s mission is to bring hospitality on a higher level and to be true makers of spaces from the inside out.