With the year now passed the halfway point, Commercial Interior Design looks back on the stand-out projects we spoke about in June 2019.
While it may have been a quiet month for business, great interior design projects were dusted off in the Middle East — and further afield.
Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Theatre
Funded by UAE President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the 19th century Imperial Theatre at Chateau de Fontainebleau was restored after a 12-year renovation.
It has been renamed the Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Theatre in his honour and was originally built between 1853 and 1856 under the reign of Napoleon III.
Fosters + Partners
It was revealed last month that UK-headquartered architecture and design practice Fosters + Partners completed a collection of railway stations for the 450km-long Haramain high-speed rail line in Saudi Arabia.
The stations are located in Mecca, Medina, Jeddah, and King Abdullah Economic City – a megaproject rising from the ground that is being led by a subsidiary of Dubai real estate giant Emaar Properties.
The Seven Gym
EDGE Architects revealed it had completed The Seven Gym in Jumeirah, which looks more like a contemporary art gallery than a place to get sweaty and burn calories.
The high-end fitness centre provides gym-goers with a view of the Burj Al Arab and the interior design was completed by EDGE Architects – the company behind the minimalist high-end residential tower 1/JBR that remains under construction.
Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait
Yabu Pushelberg revealed that it had completed the interior design for the new Four Seasons hotel in Kuwait City, which is inspired by Middle Eastern architecture with a modernist reinterpretation.
Soaring ceilings at the luxurious hotel are designed to enhance the quality of the building’s architecture, while gold and geometric patterns accentuate the majesty of what will become one of the city’s most popular spots.
In the food and beverage sector, Emaar’s in-house design team completed work on Junipers bar in Emirates Hills, which opened its doors and started pouring juniper-based drinks in June 2019.
The spacious yet somehow cosy bar is designed to resemble and an old library, with wood-clad walls, comfy armchairs, bookcases stacked with vintage classics, and artwork and accessories provided by Capsule Art.