Media One Hotel in Dubai Media City has recently undergone a refurbishment of its lobby, bar, café and office lobby. The central theme that was selected was ‘media’ – relating to the location of the property within Media City, as well as the key business interests of many of its guests.
LW design team, led by Pooja Shah-Mulani, senior interior designer, was briefed to make the space more exciting; to give visitors something to think about. Mulani speaks to designMENA about the inspiration behind the project, the main design features and how different quirky elements and signage added to the overall atmosphere.
This was translated into some of the playful pieces that adorn the lobby, café and bar. Visitors will notice abundant white monkeys holding lights (by Seletti World) – a nod to the ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’ premise. There are also sheep, by Jean Luc Cornec, featuring old fashioned telephones on their faces: a reminder of how far communication devices have come.
Overall, there were no major changes made to the structure or the flooring, keeping disruption to the operation of the hotel to a minimum. An eclectic mix of furniture and fixtures has been configured into social yet intimate meeting spaces through the clever use of sliding barn doors.
The bar, named QWERTY after the first letters on a keyboard, boasts bold statements and art on the walls that reflects pop culture and a gastro pub vibe. By simple changes to cushions, artwork and lighting, the space is transformed from daytime to night.
CaféM is located on the ground floor and is a relaxed, fun meeting place serving wholesome food all day long. Here, suspended metal fixtures provide storage and display space above the serving counter. Bespoke cabinetry creates a welcoming home for plants and books related to the media theme whilst the different types of seating makes the café a great place for informal meetings and casual meals. Bold statements adorn the wall, giving visitors a talking point.
Work on the hotel rooms and suites is currently under way.
Look our for a full case study in June issue of Commercial Interior Design magazine.