How light was key to designing the interior of new restaurant Toplum

Founder and creative director of XO Atelier, Vera Dieckmann, took on the six-month project

New eatery Toplum's interiors were designed to shine in a highly competitive market.

We speak to founder and creative director of XO Atelier, Vera Dieckmann, to find out the inspiration and influence behind the restaurant's look.

Summer holidays in Europe were incorporated into the design language of the the six-month project, to create an interior that subverted old notions of luxury and pays homage to regional Mediterranean architecture.

She says:

“I wanted to create a contemporary design language incorporating classic forms of Mediterranean architecture, evoking the region’s rich materials, soft palette and lighting.

"Harmonising all these elements, created the distinctive atmosphere and lifestyle we experience and enjoy on trips to Italy or Greece.”

She adds: “I like places to be functional, uncluttered and sleek. My clients now want something functional and streamlined, but with sustainable materials, a timeless approach and really beautiful materials that are luxurious without being gauche.”

Key elements:

XO Atelier worked with Preciosa Lighting to execute the design of the sunset-inspired light feature and Sklo, another Czech lighting brand, to produce the custom BALANCE Pendant, a sweeping, symmetrical version of the brand’s standard BALANCE light.

For the furniture, XO Atelier engaged Billiani Italy and Kvadrat Fabrics, integrating their Nordica and Load pieces. Billiani also created customised table bases in harmony with the material chosen by the design team.

Need to know:

Located in Mirdif City Centre, the restaurant was founded by Sheikha AlMheiri, who also owns Society Café & Lounge in Jumeirah and is operated by MAD Hospitality Investment.

Fit-out contractor for the project was Pinnacle Interior LLC.

  

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