“Storytelling is probably one of the most underrated elements—yet for me, design is an empty shell without it,” says Australian interior designer Marcos Cain. A self-taught creative, Cain entered the hospitality industry at the tender age of 12, and went on to hone his skills at restaurants, bars, and hotels across Australia as well as in Asia and the Middle East. In 2009, he founded Shanghai and Dubai-based studio Stickman Tribe. Today, the firm’s client list brims with high-profile hotel groups—Hilton Worldwide Holdings, Marriott International, and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company among them.

In March, while under a two-week quarantine

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