UAE: Italo Rota, best known for his interior design of the Cavalli Club in the Fairmont Hotel, Dubai, has been hired by Jean Samman, CEO, Byblos Hospitality, to design The Chameleon nightclub, which opened at the Byblos Hotel in Tecom, this month.
The Euro 4.5m venue has been under construction for two years and has a 6.5 metre by 5.5 metre chameleon covered in 15,000 LED lights with a tongue that rolls across a heart shaped ceiling as the centerpiece of the club.
With over 65,000 LED bulbs incorporated into the design, the lighting will change colour in time to the music.
Rota said Samman asked him to create something unique and different to anything else in Dubai.
He said all his ideas stem from the chameleon itself, which is seen ‘as a dragon, a reptile, something to be scared of, but, the beautiful creature is actually a loving animal, a cuddly pet even’.
He wanted to capture the characteristics of the chameleon, such as the colour changing, as the concept for the club.
“I had this image for a while about the chameleon and how it changes colour and the significance of such a wonderful thing,” he said. “This started as my inspiration, which has evolved into this fantastic place that is like nowhere else. Your mind will be blown away by the lights, colours and atmosphere and this is exactly the effect we wanted to achieve.”
Samman said the quirky interior offers something different for clubbers in Dubai.
With VIP rooms, a vintage-style Victorian alcove and a separate restaurant, each room offers a different atmosphere and concept.
After entering the lift from the hotel lobby, which is adorned in black and crystal-dusted tiles, guests arrive at the Penthouse level which leads into the club.
The VIP area, has soft-leather sofas and thousands of skylight installations that create patterns on the ceiling. Then, there is a pink dining area, covered in LED lights housed in acrylic wall boxes.
The floor is covered in pink and crystal-dust tiles that reflect light throughout the space and has hot pink dining chairs and tables. The colour pink portrays the connotation of love and there are heart shaped windows and a heart shaped ceiling.
The restaurant offers Italian and Japanese cuisine by chefs Alessandro Miceli and Myo Zaw Aung (who used to work at Zuma), respectively.