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Keane completes design for two restaurants at W Dubai hotel

Keane completes design for two restaurants at W Dubai hotel

Akira Back is one of the restaurants designed by Keane for W Dubai.
Akira Back is one of the restaurants designed by Keane for W Dubai.

Interior design firm Keane and fit-out company ISG have completed two award-winning restaurants for the newly-opened W Dubai - The Palm hotel. 

Korean and Japanese fusion restauarant Akira Back, and "destination bar" SoBe are located on the fifth floor of the five-star hotel, both featuring panoramic views over the sea and the Dubai Marina skyline, both outlets totaling in 3,126m2 of F&B space.

The design of both spaces was conceptualised by Keane, with the scheme for Akira Back incorporating elements of the Michelin-starred Chef Akira’s heritage, with features including the chef’s mother’s celebrated artwork in the form of graffiti art of flocking Korean cranes, as well as decorative broken tiles inspired by the Japanese ‘Kintsugi’ technique.

"These projects were a real labour of love for us. From the very early days we sat in a room with our founder, Aidan Keane and Akira and his team; dreaming up what the Akira Back space needed to deliver in terms of both feel and functionality. It’s been a brilliant immersion into the W brand. We hope we’ve successfully translated Akira’s passion and creativity with W’s design philosophy, whilst honouring the location and honouring the impressive views back to the mainland," said Helen El Mettouri, regional director at Keane. 

SoBe draws inspiration from the iconic South Beach neighbourhood in Miami, with the darker, more under-ground scene found in the back-streets, being a particular reference point.

"Within each of the schemes there are many bespoke features," said ohn Rowley, head of Projects at Keane.

"The combined package consisted of approximately 5,000 items, including integrated and loose furniture, custom lighting, bespoke metal works, carpets and artworks. That level of bespoke detailing required meticulous attention to detail to successfully deliver. The development of each bespoke piece was only achieved with the co-ordination of both the client’s design team, our dedicated team of design managers and ably assisted by the team at ISG." 

ISG delivered the entire fit-out of the two venues, including the procurement, supply, logistics and installation of the complete fixtures, fittings and equipment (FF&E) package.

"Using high-quality local supply chain partners is an important factor for ISG, helping support local communities, enhance efficiencies and create a sustainability benefit and, on both projects, the company sourced almost 80 percent of FF&E elements locally," a release states. 

ISG also worked with the Keane to consolidate the final concept to assess its buildability in compliance with local authorities’ requirements.

Other Dubai-based firms also worked on various areas of W Dubai including dwp and Bishop Design. Take a video of the W Dubai -The Palm's interiors here. 

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