Designed by 4Space Interior Design, the latest M’oishi ice cream parlour located in Dubai Opera House presents an amalgam of new flavours, but also a cultural essence. As a Japanese brand, the project entailed for the concept to be inspired by its culture. “The client wanted not only for the concept to be inspired by the Japanese culture, but also to reflect the variety of its ice cream products in the design by making it colourful, playful and authentic,” says Firas Alsahin, managing partner, 4Space Interior Design, a Dubai-based boutique design firm which was shortlisted in the 2017 CID Awards’ Interior Design of the Year: Food and Beverage category for its Nurai restaurant in Business Bay.
Alsahin shares that the main challenge was incorporating all the Japanese elements in a small space. “We created a bamboo-inspired led lighting feature which changes colours to create a visually exciting element which also encourages public interaction. The different colours represent all the available flavours of the ice cream and the rounded lights mimic the ice cream itself,” he says.
While the ice cream brand’s City Walk outlet is presented in a kiosk format, its Dubai Opera House branch is a full-service eatery which focuses on Japanese cultural nuances in greater detail.
“From the floor to the walls and the ceiling, we were able to play with the interiors and come up with an attractive aesthetics, yet a functional space,” says Alsahin.
The result of combining all the Japanese elements comes across in the entire narrative. Alsahin shares: “We used terrazzo and took it to the next level by adding a circular pattern and different shades, which together resemble a Zen Garden of rock and sand. On one of the walls, we have a Japanese mural that’s inspired by the floral motifs of traditional kimonos. To add a touch of nature, we included more than one bonsai tree, which create a very harmonious ambience. To reflect the traditions of making rice flour dough, we used a wooden barrel as tables with real rice grains inside. And to complete the overall concept, the bamboo rods were used as a ceiling feature with dimming led light technology that changes the café mood every minute, providing diners with plenty of Instagram moments.”