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Interior Design Excellence

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Lucid Exo, the quintessence of futuristic design and craftsmanship, featuring MONAD Studio´s signature 3D forms. The radical three-dimensionally of the EXO creates a sense of futuristic opulence highlighted by the seamless, fluid elegance of the sculptural EXO skeleton that frames the Grand Piano´s instrumental core. Its radical new forms invoke a sense of arresting elegance, blending cutting-edge 3D technology with Blüthner Pianoforte Fabrik sonic expertise.












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hat is the home for all of us? For me the home is my sanctuary, a place where I can find inspiration but meanwhile feel completely relaxed. The home should be a magic space for each of us where the will to create can be expressed unchecked and without imaginary barriers. Every object has its own meaning and tells a story of those who live in the house. I hope you will find our updated Design Trends section inspirational. The latest fabrics and textures alongside elegant lighting and stimulating furniture will help you to express fully your fantasies. Of course we have reserved a special content for you: our Dubai City Guide. For all design enthusiasts who are looking to discover the most exclusive brands, the guide opens with Downtown Design, the leading furniture fair in the Middle East where design meets commercial opportunity. Flipping through the pages, you will find the best hotels and restaurants where to stay and eat. And finally a selection of projects in Dubai that represent the evolution of modern architecture to visit. I hope you enjoy this edition!


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PLACES Malaysian chic AB Concept realized Yun House, The Lounge and Bar Trigona for Four Seasons Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.


Benguela Cove The considered architectural design by SAOTA and Interiors by ARRCC of this holiday house in negotiate the inherent paradox of such exposure to nature – how to shackle the extreme elements – sun, salt, rain.


EVENTS International Apparel and Textile Fair (IATF), the industry’s biggest showcase platform in the MENA region, the sourcing hub for fabrics, textile, apparels and more, will be held from 12 – 14 November, 2018 at Dubai World Trade Centre, Hall 6.

ARCHITECTURE The three bedrooms apartment designed by ARRCC in Paris




Design trends Timeless pieces with a refined aesthetic make up the new selection of design trends. Make your home an art space by luxurious nuances and stylish atmosphere.

Nur Reversed Pendant light by DOUNIA HOME

Melange Small elongated pendant by KELLY WEARSTLER

Sirius Chandelier by PRIVATE LABEL

Twiggy Table lamp by JETCLASS

Morganite Wall lamp by MURANTI

Burj Wall lamp by LUXXU

Marshmalloe Ceiling Lamp by ROYAL STRANGER


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Taif Chandelier by BAROVIER&TOSO

Trinket Lamp by PORTA ROMANA

Light Rain Sailing Lamp by ROYAL STRANGER

#TRENDS2018 Catalonia Cushions by CLARKE&CLARKE



Niemeyer Armchair by INSIDHERLAND Marshmallow Single sofa by ROYAL STRANGER Nukie Armchair by MURANTI Seine Pouf by HUGUES CHEVALIER

Marshmallow Dining chair by ROYAL STRANGER Eclipse Sofa by ELNAZ NAMAKI 18 | G&G _ Magazine

#TRENDS2018 Bronx Lamp by PIETER ADAM Vendôme Buffet by HUGUES CHEVALIER


Haia Armchair by LASKASAS


Hex High chair by ESTEMPORANEO

Y5 Chair by HANSK

Mondrian Sideboard by BOCA DO LOBO

Kubiac Side table by NAUU DESIGN

Sahara Caravan rug by TIMOTHY OULTON

#TRENDS2018 Sirius Coffee table by MisuraEmme


Cosmos Dining table by JETCLASS

Celestine 149 Painting by ANNE B. SCHWARTZ Collection Opera Belief by FRANCESCO PASI

Cosmo Suspension by CIRCU

Victorian with Hand Shower Tap by MAISON VALENTINA

Grace Armchair by JETCLASS

Crochet Washbasin by MAISON VALENTINA

Marshmallow Fur Puff by ROYAL STRANGER


Tropical rainforest Kaikaya is the first tropical sushi restaurant in Valencia, designed by Masquespacio. Above, the design needed to contain a strong splash of color, together with an eclectic style that could mix the 2 concepts of Japan + Brazil without being conventional. Thereby, in first case we can recognize the use of materials that remind to Japan like wood and raffia, together with elements that bring in the tropicalismo from the samba country with its colorful patterns made of mosaic tiles, parrots and an overwhelming incorporation of plants. 24 | G&G _ Magazine

Space for designers & architects Laurameroni has opened in London an unprecedented exhibition space for architects and designers, not the classic showroom, but a workplace and a basis for collaborations and projects in the United Kingdom. The elegant space, located in the Earl's Court area, fully reflects its aesthetic and refined style, strongly represented by the many products present in the location that Bartoli Design has designed for them over time.

Fall / Winter 2018 Bold architectural and geometric silhouettes, contrasting textures, and jewel-toned graphic inspired patterns lend an unexpected and approachable modernist vibe to the newest Kelly Wearstler designs launching this Fall. Iconic lines and artisanal nuances abound in furniture, lighting, rugs, fabrics & wallcoverings and home accessories.

Stellar and super stellar The Stellar and Super Stellar candleholders are imbibed with “the emotional evocation of starlight, movement, combustion and constellation.” Adam Court has also used a name which will remind people of the tragic and sensual women of Tennessee William’s A streetcar named desire and Dicken’s Great expectations applying “the dynamics of opposing forces; two intersecting planes colliding to create new perspectives and alternative dimensions”.

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Restaurant with view Cava Drink & Restaurant’s project comes from the customer’s need for a versatile outdoor covering, able to increase the number of covered outdoor seats and to offer a proper shelter in any climatic condition. KE Outdoor Design suggested the Gennius family’s newest addition, the pergola awning structure ISOLA 3. Isola 3 can be perfectly inserted into any architectural context, thanks to its strongest points: modularity, lines and profiles’ lightness.

Outfit your office! A nickel-plated frame and fourstar base makes the Meredith Meeting Chair an elegant and modern choice for conference seating. The chair’s leather-like upholstery is stain-resistant and therefore easy to clean-perfect for conference rooms where catered lunches are served and spills are likely to happen.

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The Technova College in Ede, The Netherlands officially opened doors on October 18th. The new school building of the Regional Education Center ROC A12 offers space for the departments of Technology & Technology, Media & ICT and Sound & Vision. The new accommodation contains a mix of class rooms for theoretical and practice lessons and is a breeding ground for developments in technique. It is entirely focused on cooperation and interaction internally, but also with the regional business community. Thailand In October 2018 Nahoko Kojima unveiled her latest handmade Paper Cut Sculpture, ‘Shiro’ at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre in Thailand. This is the artist’s largest piece to date, a life-sized depiction of a 32m Blue Whale and her debut solo show in Thailand. With thousands of daily visitors, the show was hugely popular with Bangkok art lovers.

Starbucks Mooncakes Balancing cultural tradition with bold disruptive design, the first project to launch from Design Bridge Shanghai Studio celebrates the Mid-Autumn festival in China.

Strategic openings Manital, an Italian company that has been manufacturing design handles for 28 years, announces the opening of two monobrand showrooms: in Shanghai and in Shenzhen, strategic cities with a very sensitive design made in Italy. These investments are in line with the expansion program in international markets which has always distinguished the Bresciabased company (85% of turnover comes from over 70 different countries); expansion also supported by the ability to grasp the trends and requests from the various countries. 28 | G&G _ Magazine

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A bamboo forest Located close to Lake Taihu in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, China, the Wuxi Taihu Show Theatre concept was inspired by the Sea of Bamboo Park in Yixing, the largest bamboo forest in China. The 2000 seat theatre has been designed to house a permanent water show by Franco Dragone and it is due to open in 2019. The building’s appearance is composed of three primary elements, the columns, the shade canopy and the building envelope. Representing an abstract impression of a bamboo forest, the slender white columns are positioned around the perimeter of the building in such a way as to provide a screen between the building façade and surrounding landscape.

Luxe materials Featuring imported Icelandic sheepskin and sleek blackened metal legs, the Vik chair seamlessly blends comfort with luxurious elegance. The chair is light yet impactful and would serve as a statement piece in any contemporary environment. StewartSchafer works directly with farms in Iceland to handpick each hide. Each chair is handmade in Brooklyn.

Coal Drops Yard Originally part of Lewis Cubitt’s plan for King’s Cross in central London, this pair of elongated Victorian warehouses was built between the 1850s and 60s to store and transfer coal across London, delivered by rail from northern England. The studio was commissioned by the King’s Cross Development Partnership to revitalise the site into a retail quarter. The grandeur of the twostorey coal drops had faded with the demise of coal production. Crowned with slate hipped roofs, their ornate cast-iron and brick structures had become partially derelict, serving light industry, warehousing and nightclubs before partial abandonment in the 1990s. 30 | G&G _ Magazine

Sexy, Lux & Fun After the successful collaboration between Masquespacio and Houtique with the Wink lamp and Arco furniture collection, the 2 Spanish companies have decided to join forces for the long term to create a brand that seeks to break with traditional market rules. Masquespacio as a co-partner will be leading the visual strategy of the brand, developed below the values “Sexy, Lux & Fun�, while Houtique will contribute its wide experience on a production level, together with its passion for design acquired through more than 10 years of dedication to the management of multiple furniture and decoration brands.

“Private club” One of Finland’s leading advertising agencies, Bob the Robot found a new home in the old bread factory in fall2018. Like many creative agency, Bob the Robot did not want an ordinary office space. They came up with a concept “private club” a space where both the employees and the customers could feel they had a privilege to be members of. The over 6-meter-high industrial space was transformed into House of Bobs by Studio Joanna Laajisto. The 1,500m² space was divided in to public and private areas to ensure interaction in different levels. In public areas, such as lobby and café, both customers and employees can freely mingle. The meeting rooms are also located in the public section along with a long corridor. 32 | G&G _ Magazine


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Dubai Design District (d3), Waterfront – Dubai, UAE 12 - 16 November 2018

Downtown Design is the leading design fair in the Middle East, where international and regional industry professionals can experience a broad spectrum of original high-quality design. The commercial centrepiece of Dubai Design Week, Downtown Design is a strong platform and a dynamic environment where design meets commercial opportunity. The event is an active agent for enabling the region’s creative community and industry, whilst driving growth for the region’s design and interiors sector, integrating design in the region’s cultural development. Trade professionals and consumers can discover the latest trends from around the world and connect with the regional creative community to buy, commission and engage with contemporary design. Taking place in its custom-built 6,000 sqm exhibition space on the d3 Waterfront in Dubai Design District, the event creates a highly curated experience by selecting both established and emerging brands to create a 44 | G&G _ Magazine

dynamic atmosphere. A showcase for discovery of the latest trends, whilst gaining insight into industry news and updates, the fair presents a selection of high-end exhibitors across product categories including furniture, lighting, bathrooms, kitchens, carpets and flooring, wall coverings, materials and accessories. With +15,000 visitors in 2017, Downtown Design attracts high-end design trade visitors and decision makers from the design industry; from the principals of international architecture firms, to renowned interior designers, collectors of design, retail and hospitality specifiers, press and influencers.

Downtown Editions This year’s edition of Downtown Design will introduce Downtown Editions, presenting a showcase of limited edition design for the first time during Dubai Design Week 2018. Presenting hand-made and bespoke pieces by individual studios, designer collaborations and established as well as emerging design brands, Downtown Editions will bring a brand-new element of discovery of design and fostering the rising talent to the fair. Downtown Editions will occupy a distinct 1,000sqm area within Downtown Design’s exhibition space and will be highly curated to ensure quality and originality, whilst casting a spotlight on rising regional designer talent. Bringing limited-edition and bespoke design into the fold of Downtown Design is a way of joining the dots of commerce, creativity and culture, whilst celebrating and stimulating the regional design scene.

The fair will present a carefully chosen roster of 150 brands alongside new fair features including creative pop-up cafes, a multi-functional indoor recreational garden space with enhanced outdoor features, designed by landscape design studio desert INK and an engaging and interactive materials library within a pavilion situated in the very centre of the fair.

Alongside the exhibition, the fair presents a wide programme including a series of industry talks, panel discussions and workshops, allowing visitors to gain valuable insight into the region's rapidly evolving design industry, innovation in design and market changes.

Supported by Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (DCAA), and staged in partnership with Audi Middle East, Downtown Design is owned and managed by the Art Dubai Group; A key catalyst in the growth of Dubai’s creative industries and key in the UAE’s journey towards becoming a leading global destination for arts and design through producing highly successful events, exhibitions and festivals.

Responsible for the 2018 fair design and aesthetic around the theme ‘Livable Cities’ are the awardwinning and Dubai-based architects H+A who are experts in the fields of healthcare and hospitality and will enrichen the experience at the fair, for trade and consumer visitors alike.

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This edition of Downtown Design is set to significantly enhance the visitor experience, interactive features and content, providing a unique environment for new brands launching new products and for trade and consumer buyers to discover the best design products from around the world.

ITALIAN CRAFTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST Explore all design news of the most relevant Italian brands at Downtown Design: from furniture and lighting to materials and details.

Natural aesthetics and design for the new 2018 Alpi wood collections and Alpi-On and Alpikord collections For ALPI the exploration of the beauty of wood and its forms continues this year, with the presentation of the new collections of wood surfaces that set new aesthetic standards, given concrete form in material and cultural quality and the company’s unique approach to design thinking. Stand B08

DIVA design ed by Carlo Bimbi for BORZALINO The original and decorative lines of Art Deco characterise this small armchair with a wraparound backrest, creatively shaped like a shell. The revolving one is ideal for tea-time or conversation, the fixed version is perfect for a waiting room. Can also be used at the dining table or as a small sofa.

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Dynamic piece proposed by CASSINA Accordo low table designed by Charlotte Perriand for in 1985 on occasion of a retrospective dedicated to her at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Cassina re-released it in 2009, only producing it in the black lacquered wood finish. Today the table is enjoying a second life thanks to the introduction of new lacquered finishes in glossy colours: China red, marron glacé and black, which give it a youthful feel that is highly practical in modern spaces. Stand D09

The chromatic variation The bath Reflex by antoniolupi is the symbol of harmony and minimalism. Reflex is the first transparent bathtub made of Cristalmood, the new material patent antoniolupi. Baptized Cristalmood due to its transparency and sheen, a new generation colored resin and versatile. It has developed ten new trendy colors that are added to the Fumè proposal, thanks to which identity is awarded to the item, integrating it best in the context of bathroom style. Italian Pavilion



Acute angles Mosaico+ presents Diamond, an innovative, pure line of the way it references the history of leaded mosaic windows making from glass that refracts light, creating shapes that dance. Diamond goes beyond the concept of patterns to inhabit space itself; it enables to leave its traditional image behind in favor of simple, elegant geometric forms. Diamond is the collection that evokes the architecture of the cathedral with vein patterns steeped in history, and references modern architecture with the Art Deco of the Chrysler Building by William Van Alen and the pure geometry of Frank Lloyd Wright. Stand B26

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Rug Best Seller Illulian is about to make its mark at the fair, presenting a carefully selected roster of rugs among its best seller and new entry. RAW from Design Collection: new aesthetic codes celebrate the unfinished, rough surfaces and essential character. A rug with a worn look and the irresistible charm of the “uncompleted� style. Stand D13

Essential in luxury Fratelli Frattini presents Luce Suits: luxury at home, an extravagant charm, made up of modern and traditional lines. The taps are produced in Italy in dezincified brass, in compliance with the most rigorous environmental impact regulations. Stand B05

The art of leather working Baxter Furniture’s story is about the feeling that Made in Italy design is able to evoke and about the balance of the ingredients that, like in a perfect recipe, make truly unique the experience of looking at an object, touching it and plunging into its mood. At Downtown Design you will find the Cabinet Selene designed by Hagit Pincovici with circular Ocean Storm marble. Baxter is curated in UAE by Maison Lamassu and has a mono brand showroom in Jumeirah Road, opposite to Burj Al Arab. Stand D08

Exclusive creations Fantini’s unmistakable quality of excellence and artistry pay tribute to the splendour of one of the modern wonders of the ArabIslamic world: The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. The unprecedent marble and mosaic work throughout the building structure, both inside and outside, exemplified and proven as the product of 4 years of commitment and dedication in Italy and Abu Dhabi. Italian Pavilion 52 | G&G _ Magazine

Natural finesse The collaboration between Patricia Urquiola and cc-tapis continues. The new creative chapter leads to the birth of the Slinkie collection: a stylistic tale focused on color, a succession of chromatic evolutions developed in a composite universe of organic forms. Each carpet, through a digital design, performs a real evolution of the lane that juxtaposed to one another, sometimes unpredictably, outline advanced chromatic knots. A visual exercise aimed at the intangible idea of nuance in a sophisticated product of fine output. Stand E08

Stone for any space Giovanni Barbieri proposes RR Collection made by ARTO Los Angeles, the engineered Marble carved tiles suitable any installation and climate condition even where natural stone is not suggested. Giovanni Barbieri will be glad to help you design and produce your project in the best way you desire, even for a unique exclusive design and custom made single production for you. Stand E35 Essential lines Discover Nahoor’s Margot table lamp in copper finishes with reflector in Opal Murano glass designed by William Pianta. With this piece Nahoor work also with Burnished Brass and all other metals enhances the individual peculiarities, that acquire even more value in combination with wood, glass and marble. Stand A11 Emerald Autumn From the High Residential Collection 2018, this Hand Tufted sample by CHI DESIGN is made with 3 different colors that recall autumn atmosphere. Finest yarns have been used to craft it, as the soft and precious Delicate Silk from China. Italian Pavilion

TOP OF THE HOTELS From environment intimate and the experience priceless, G&G _ Magazine’s list highlights the best Dubai hotels where to stay enjoying unique hospitality excellence. Each hotel is capable of transporting their guests into a novel world through its history, culture and own stylistic flair.

Gevora Hotel Redefining 4-star hospitality, Gevora Hotel stands tall at 356 meters with a prime location in the heart of Dubai. A modernday marvel, the hotel features 528 deluxe rooms and suites, 5 unparalleled dining experiences, leisure facilities with a main pool deck and a fully equipped health club. Overlooking the beautiful city of Dubai, the hotel is the ideal option for the modern business traveler, couples or families. Whether for business or leisure, guests are welcomed in comfortably, spacious rooms that offer all the amenities for a convenient stay. Sheikh Zayed Road, Trade Centre Area, Next to Al Attar Tower, 2260 - Dubai

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Four Seasons Resorts Dubai at Jumeirah Beach The beachside resort is a traveller’s playground, with the waters of the Arabian Gulf on one side and Dubai's iconic cityscape on the other. Dine alongside views of the Burj Khalifa at sunset at our openair Mercury Lounge, join us on an adventure of a lifetime in the desert, or simply spend the afternoon relaxing poolside in your private cabana. Drawing inspiration from Dubai’s vibrant culture, Arabian design motifs blend with cool, contemporary décor in a palette of blues, greens and taupes, reminiscent of the Arabian Gulf and desert surroundings.

Jumeirah Beach Road - Dubai

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai The 5-star sophisticated JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai is located within two iconic towers in Business Bay on Sheikh Zayed Road. The hotel provides everything the clients need for a truly special stay in the United Arab Emirates. It’s a restful oasis in meticulously appointed accommodation for people, which features plush bedding, modern technology and a marble bathroom. Many of the rooms and suites also provide views of the water or of the Dubai skyline. There are also a swim in the outdoor pool and a workout in the fitness center, followed by a relaxed treatment at SARAY Spa. The hotel offers delicious cuisine to suit every taste - from Indian classics to flavorful steaks. Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay, 121000 - Dubai

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Fairmont Dubai Fairmont Dubai is an icon in Dubai, located in the heart of the shopping capital of the Middle East and the land of perennial sunshine and pristine beaches. Modeled after an Arabic wind tower (barajeel), this 34 story property features 394 guestrooms and suites. Polished granite floors and soft luxurious fabrics are united to create a soothing atmosphere, complemented by stunning panoramic views of the city. Three Imperial suites, the largest in the collection, boast two storeys, highlighted by floor to ceiling windows running along the length of the astonishing 548 square meter penthouse. Fairmont Gold is a ‘hotel within a hotel’, designed to meet the needs of the most discerning guests, complemented by the exclusive Fairmont Gold Lounge benefits. Ten contemporary dining and entertainment venues offer guests an array of gastronomic delights to amuse the palate. The Spa provides over 40,000 square feet of relaxation and rejuvenation, whilst two terraced rooftop swimming pools are offering mesmerizing views overlooking Dubai skyline. Sheikh Zayed Road, 97555 - Dubai

Four Seasons Hotel DIFC A boutique-style sanctuary located in the heart of dynamic Dubai, Four Seasons Hotel DIFC offers you an intimate home away from home, designed for both relaxation and productivity with exceptional Four Seasons service. Take in stunning city views from its glass-enclosed rooftop pool, join the city’s elite for a night to remember at Luna Sky Bar, and retreat to our modern suites for the rest you need.

Difc 4 St, Gate Village, 507027 - Dubai

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Address Downtown An award-winning, iconic flagship hotel and a veritable landmark of luxury situated in the very centre of Downtown Dubai, Address Downtown, which stands tall near Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Mall, is a haven for connoisseurs of refined indulgence. Whether for business or leisure, Address Downtown presents the future of hospitality. An exceptional selection of innovative restaurants, an invigorating spa, state-of-the-art Fitness Centre, versatile meeting rooms and world-class amenities ensure that your stay is marvelously memorable, while young children can look forward to revelling in the immersive activities in Qix club. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Boulevard, Downtown Dubai - Dubai

Dubai stylish lunch The new selection of the best places where to eat in Dubai celebrates design. Spaces of exciting colors, prestigious furniture and elegant atmosphere make a virtue of their excellence eating experience.

ZUMA: Renowned for its contemporary Japanese cuisine and super chic setting, Zuma, was cofounded by Rainer Becker and Arjun Waney in 2002 where they opened in London’s fashionable Knightsbridge area. The Dubai venture was launched in the prestigious DIFC, as one of the first fine-dining concepts to arrive in the area. With a key focus on paying attention to detail and offering a superior experience to its patrons, the award-winning destination maintains its position as the leader in the industry, offering an unbeatable combination of setting, cuisine and ambience. Gate Village 06, DIFC - 506620, Dubai

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Kelly has seductively designed the living room with her love of hosting in mind. Great wooden panels were added to the impressive pre-existing columns framing the room. These QUATTRO PASSI DUBAI: Thisto the space, add monumentality authentic Italian ristorante is a must for Italian food lovers looking to experience a real taste of the Amalfi Coast. Guests can expect delicious classic flavours of Southern Italy, including a range of pasta, seafood, grilled and roasted meats, sharing platters, and assorted pastries and desserts, prepared by Quattro Passi Dubai’s Giuseppe Pezzella. The décor and style are upmarket but unpretentious, drawing upon a rustic Italian style with rich terracotta colours that are warm and welcoming. No 1, Palm Jumeirah, FIVE Palm Jumeirah –6438, Dubai

MARINA SOCIAL: The restaurant is the social space where whims and fantasies are recognized and indulged. Experience creativity, conversation, class and comfort within a relaxed, social atmosphere against the backdrop of the stunning panoramic views of the waterfront, overlooking the buzzing Dubai Marina. The British-Mediterranean inspired menu includes dishes such as Seared yellow fin tuna, avocado puree, salted cucumber and wasabi; Duck leg agnolotti, white onion puree, duck crumble and cooking juices and snacks such as Goat's cheese 'churros’ and truffle honey. Social Sweets include "Banoffee Pie" souffle and caramelised tart Tatin of apples. InterContinental Dubai Marina, King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud St. – 393080, Dubai

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MAIDEN SHANGHAI: Influenced by four distinct regional cuisines -Cantonese, Sichuan, Shanghai and Beijing -Maiden Shanghai's food reimagines Chinese home cooking. The menu offers a variety of hot and cold starters and main courses featuring poultry, meat, seafood and vegetarian options, all of our dishes are MSG-free. Try its signature dish, Chef Bing’s organic Peking duck, one of the most special dishes in Dubai. The cocktail menu is thoughtfully innovative, using fresh ingredients and premium liqueurs, crafted to create unusual, oriental-inspired combinations. No.1, Palm Jumeirah, FIVE Palm Jumeirah –6438, Dubai

CERTO: The restaurant is an award-winning establishment that offers a culinary tour of the traditional tastes of Italy. Choose from classic pasta, risotto, or meat entrées or opt for a pizza fresh from the woodfired oven. Certo offers lunch and dinner menus as well as special monthly promotions. Lunch specials run from Sunday through Thursday. Due to the restaurant's popularity, reservations are highly recommended. Radisson Blu – 211723, Dubai

BASTA! BY DAVID MYERS: Expertly fusing the food and feel of a Roman trattoria, Florentine steakhouse and Neapolitan pizzeria into one buzzing restaurant, BASTA! serves up full-flavoured Italian cuisine in a seriously stylish space within the Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai. Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai Marasi Drive, 191984 - Dubai

TOM & SERG: This Melbournianinspired café is Bull & Roo’s debut concept. Tucked away in a corner of Al Quoz, it served its first plate of deliciousness back in November 2013. Born out of a desire to dish up honest, wholesome fare and great coffee to Dubai residents from all walks of life, the urbanindustrial space was one of the first in the city to pair casual and gourmet. Things haven’t changed much since we opened. Although we’ve up-scaled the expansive space’s gritty-chic feel with a characterfilled, contemporary palette and a few other stylistic tweaks, our comeback-soon service and beautiful servers with positive vibes are still the same as the last time you dropped by. 15 A Street, Al-Joud Center, Al Quoz, Dubai 64 | G&G _ Magazine

BLEU BLANC BY DAVID MYERS: Savour refined southern French farmhouse flair by celebrity chef David Myers. A wood-fired grill takes centre stage while our refined bar is a meeting point for guests to socialize and enjoy an aperitif, accompanied by eclectic beats. Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai, Marasi Drive, 191984 - Dubai

BHAR: BHAR, the Arabic word for ‘spice’, is designed to awaken the senses, evoking a feeling of tradition in a contemporary Middle Eastern style brasserie. It’s a place where the dishes on the tables are just as playful as the restaurant’s color palette, and guests are encouraged to come as they are. From sunrise to sunset, BHAR will add a little spice to your life. From fattoush and falafel to labneh and lamb chops, Chef Mohanad has added his signature flair to every item on the menu. With modern techniques infused into traditional classics, and contemporary twists on Middle Eastern family recipes, BHAR takes you on a culinary journey across the region and across time. Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai, Marasi Drive, 191984 - Dubai

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MYTHOS: Mythos brings authentic Greek food to the table. The simple, yet appetizing menu is a compilation of traditional Greek recipes and dishes. As you feast on your favorite specialties, you'll find that all the food is prepared with the freshest, handselected ingredients creating a style that’s pure, light and healthy. The dÊcor echoes the details of a modern taverna - a classy upgrade to the traditional charm, without losing its fun spirit, warmth and vibrancy - it is reinvented for today. B1 Level, Armada BlueBay Hotel, Cluster P, JLT, Dubai


BOULEVARD PLAZA | Andrew Bromberg at Aedas They claim an attention all their own: enigmatic, tall, almost identical office buildings - one 36 storeys high the other 30 storeys - obsidian megaliths left over from before the time the sands overtook the UAE peninsula. But these are too sleek for a Palaeolithic origin. Although they are like no other Muslim building anywhere, their shapes are redolent of classical Islamic form: the pointed arch, the systematic detailing of the external glass cladding. 68 | G&G _ Magazine

The glazing patterns on the long sides of the two buildings are random stripes of darker glazing dropping down from the apex of the long elevations. They are in fact an element in the unitised glazing system fixed proud of the main glazing and incorporating a reflective blue film while the main glass has a reflective neutral film. Both the relief and glass allow for significant solar gain reduction which reduces mechanical cooling loads. The pointed arches are ambiguous because they are unitised curtain walling attached to the steel and concrete floor structure - not the stone which is essential to the structural nature of the pointed arch. That is underlined by the way the curving walls do not meet at the top. What on first sight seems to be simple powerful, logical forms turn out to be a rather more complex working out of Bromberg preoccupations with approximation, with deliberate non-alignment and with symbolic ambiguity. These two buildings could also be thought of as great, cavernous barns lit front and back through clear glass walls. Yet the cladding of the main walls is also glass which despite its dark layered strips and its modestly reflective surface, which from certain angles renders them a very dark colour, is actually the primary source of light for the offices.

IN DUBAI OCEAN HEIGHTS | Andrew Bromberg at Aedas Andrew Bromberg at Aedas is always aspired to design his projects in response to the context. The design concept of Ocean Heights was driven by the beautiful ocean view from Dubai Marina. In order to allow the apartment units, even those at the back, a view toward the ocean, the building deliberately twists on three of its faces as it rises. The twist of the building’s cross section begins immediately at its base to separate it from its neighbour to the south. As the tower rises the floorplates reduce in size, making the twist even more pronounced. At 50 storey, the building rises over its neighbours and allows two faces of the building with unobstructed views to the ocean. The tower breaks away from the orthogonal grid and reorients the project toward one of Dubai’s Palm Islands to the north. The result is a structure whose architecture sets it apart from its neighbours, yet at the same time ties it to its surroundings.

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ASPIRE SPORTS STADIUM | RMJM In 2010, RMJM was invited to take part in a competition to provide architectural and engineering consultancy services on the proposed Multi-Purpose Sports Hall at the Aspire Zone in Doha, Qatar. RMJM’s vision provides a truly flexible world class multi-purpose sports facility with an identity and a character that is both innovative and inherently Qatari. The key to its proposal is the flexibility of the venue whilst not compromising the performance of the facility between the events hosted. A shell structure using advanced lightweight translucent materials is structurally independent from the bowl seating structure, allowing for a truly flexible space. The stadium has exceptionally high levels of natural illumination whilst simultaneously offering both spectators and athletes a fully temperature controlled environment. The architectural concept is conceived as an organic, free-form shell which references Qatar’s maritime roots, whilst providing a highly efficient membrane that mediates the harsh climatic conditions and which fully enclose the functional and programmatic components of the stadium. Technologically the design represents the cutting edge of lightweight membrane structures and will place Qatar both at the fore-front of modern sports venues and firmly on the global sports stage.


COCRETE | OMA Located in Dubai’s Al Qouz industrial area, Alserkal Avenue was founded with the aim of promoting cultural initiatives in the region. Since then, it has become Dubai’s most important art hub with twenty-five galleries and art spaces. Concrete, a new venue, addresses the districts growing need for a centrally located public space which can host a diverse program. 72 | G&G _ Magazine

The 1,250 m2 former warehouse provides a multi-purpose venue to accommodate a series of public events, including exhibitions, performances, lectures, and fashion shows. The planning strategy focused on maximizing the event area. All the services were consolidated on one end of the building, allowing the entrance and event spaces to be situated closer to The Yard, the district’s main outdoor public square.

The original front façade of the ware-house has been replaced with poly-carbonate cladding and full height operable doors. When the doors are open, the exterior and interior space can merge, activating the courtyard. The connection to the exterior is reinforced by the translucent poly-carbonate, which brings the view, daylight and outdoor activities into the interior space.

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DUBAI METRO | Aedas The Aedas-designed Dubai Metro has two lines. The Red line extends from Dubai airport, across Dubai Creek, past the financial centre of the city and down to Dubai Marina. The shorter Green line, which is largely underground, serves the older Bur Dubai District along Dubai Creek opposite the Dhow Harbour.

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Each of the stations is based on two levels: the platforms on one, the ticket office concourse and retail franchises on the other, with the level containing rail track and platforms typically above the ticket barrier level according to whether the lines are elevated, on the Red Line the most frequently occurring configuration. But the arrangement can vary for ground level and underground stations. In its search for form references, the team pondered the history and traditions of old Dubai and its heritage as a pearling village. The team attached to the idea of the rough outer surface of pearl shells and how different and smooth were the shell's

interiors. With those broad ideas of shell and rough and smooth on board they began to explore appropriate shapes and what that might mean in terms of construction. The end solution was a cone-like shape from which the double ended armadillo-like shell was developed. For the more modest scale of a Dubai Metro stations it turned out that the most economical solution which used a lot less steel was a row of hoop-shaped ribs spanning the platforms and tracks of each station which support curtain wall glazing and a skin of quadratic flat panels which wraps over the functioning parts of the station.

IN DUBAI MARINA HEIGHTS TOWER | RMJM RMJM were appointed as design consultants and project manager for the Marina Heights Tower for The Abdul Salam Al Rafi group. Completed in 2006, the 208 m high, 55-storey building incorporates both commercial and retail space within the podium. The building utilises the use of sliding timber screens at podium level to allow both introverted and extroverted outlooks from the podium residential units. Pre-cast screens provide solar and wind protection to the side elevations.

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ETIHAD MUSEUM | B Light Dubai’s Etihad Museum is totally dedicated to the promotion of history, culture and artistic heritage of the United Arab Emirates. Each detail of the structure, a magnificent pavilion of 25.000 sqm, was studied in order to transmit values which, in 1971, led to the union of seven Emirates (Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujaira, Ras al-Khaima, Sharja e Umm al-Qaywayn) in one nation. The intention of the building’s futuristic design, through the symbology of the elements used, is to offer a visual representation of UAE’s history. The aim of the project is to make the Museum’s stunning architecture stand out and to emphasize the uniqueness of its structure. The wavy shape of the building is designed to remind us of the shape of the unification Treaty of the UAE, whilst the seven tapering columns symbolize the pens used by the Founding Fathers of UAE, the seven sheiks who signed the Union Agreement in 1971. The technical-lighting project was realized by Umaya Lighting Studio based in Dubai, one of the most innovative emerging lighting studios in the Middle East market. Umaya used B Light’s know-how for the outdoor lighting of this majestic project.


DUBAI MARITIME MUSEUM & RESEARCH CENTER | Niko Kapa Purpose of the Maritime Museum and Research Center is to present and protect the marine and cultural heritage of the UAE. The Museum – Research Center will provide the marine enthusiasts, environmentalists and tourists with a unique sustainably created sea-based attraction that will serve as an Ecotourism hot spot. Relating to both the sea and the city and in constant dialogue between them, the building is an extension of the city to the sea and viceversa. Conceived as a continuation and a transition through the wide public space, the building dives into the ocean and merges with it. It develops as a triangular sharp form, which concentrates the public routes to the museum, through an inviting shape that draws visitors to the entrance and distributes them to the interior. Concept follows the idea that buildings are not simply physical objects, but artifacts with meaning or signs dispersed across some larger social text. The museum itself is an artifact, an artificial underwater environment organized under an immense glass roof that has been designed in order to give the maximum view of the ocean and intensify the feeling of diving into the seabed. By optimizing the maritime-themed environment and combining it with breathtaking underwater views, the museum reflects in a sincere manner its function.

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CAMEL | Ivo Buda architect The tower of 165m projected by Ivo Buda , Manfredo Bianchi, Tomaz Kristof, will be a viewing tower with congress centre, kid's library, gallery and restaurant on the total floor area above grade 2030m². The tower aims to capture the image of the camel represented in an organic form that elegantly reaches to the sky and at the same time keeps the natural shape of the slow movement of a camel. A strange perspective of four distorted legs invites the visitor to explore the tower from all possible angled around it, as the image of the structure is completely different seen from different sides or even distances. Therefore the approach to the tower follows a spiral line with tower in the center. It begins already on the highway - since there are not many buildings around, the tower is well-visible from a distance. The spiral continues through the local road and parking lot, than the entrance to the park, pathways, and finally the ramps that lead to an entrance podium 5m above the ground. To offer a visitor a final tour around (and under) the building before entering it, the ramps are curved around the legs of the tower, creating octopus shape with entrance podium in the center. These walkways provide a more private and intimate approach to the building and establish a spatial separation from the park and the green areas that are left slowly below.


TECHNOSPHERE | James Law Cybertecture Dubai's 10 million sq. ft futuristic mini city project designed as a micro planet containing residential, commercial, retail, entertainment and hotel complexes within mega structure that has on roads. Higher degrees of sustainability is achieved by combining solar energy, water and waste recycling, and green agriculture within the infrastructure.

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MOSQUE OF THE LIGHT | Niko Kapa The inspiration for the Mosque of the Light came from the light fabric structures erected in public spaces of Dubai, such as the tents on the souq market, as well as the Arab Bedouin’s tent. Under such structures people gather to socialize and exchange ideas. Today, civic participation is commonly promoted in mosques. Because of the importance in the community, mosques are used for preaching peaceful coexistence with non-believers, even in times of adversity. The mosque is thus an ideal place for the youths to strengthen the spirit of virtue and increase awareness of the current issues. Purpose of the Mosque is not only to serve as a place where people can come together for prayer, but also to reflect the daily vitality to the Muslim Ummah (community).

CULTURES’ UNION CARBONDALE designed the Dolce&Gabbana store in Venice expressing the diversity and richness shared by both the Venetian and fashion house cultures through an architectural experience of discovery by unveiling historical treasures and exemplary contemporary design to celebrate a brand and a city. 82 | G&G _ Magazine


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he 800 square meter store location was perfectly selected to fulfill the design strategy as a pinnacle of Venetian culture. Situated over two levels along Via XXII Marzo the store combines remarkable contemporary design with the breathtaking historical Palazzo Torres originating from 1880. For a brand defined by contrasts, the interior design explores and accentuates the contrasts between the “historical” and the “contemporary” with a spatial design inspired by the Italian palazzo model with their distinctive rooms each with a characteristically different colors and finishes.

Eric Carlson’s modern interior design pays homage to traditional Italian and Venetian artisans by working with centuries old family companies to craft spaces and furniture in marbles, stone and glass mosaics, inlayed wood marquetry, woven silk damasks fabrics and hand blown Murano glass.

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MEDITERRANEAN WEAVING Blacksheep redesigns Quattropassi al Pescatore on Costa Smeralda Restaurant is first in a five-phase contemporary update for Sardinia’s iconic Hotel Cervo.

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ondon-based multidisciplinary F&B design studio Blacksheep has recently redesigned Quattropassi al Pescatore (formerly Il Pescatore), a renowned seafood restaurant in the heart of Porto Cervo on Sardinia’s breathtaking Costa Smeralda. Set within the quintessentially Sardinian Hotel Cervo, the restaurant is the first of five spaces to be redesigned by Blacksheep. Built by the Prince Aga Khan, in the 1960’s, Hotel Cervo is designed in a distinctive organic architectural style for the region. The intimate connection to nature is the essence of the site and played a central role in Blacksheep’s redesign of the space. Hotel Cervo briefed Blacksheep to create a holistic new vision for the restaurant interiors and brand (which will also extend to the additional four F&B offerings in due course). For Quattropassi al Pescatore, Blacksheep chose to retain the fabric and unique character of the architecture and focus on enhancing this with new design elements and the introduction of classic furniture pieces. Blacksheep’s overall design narrative sought to introduce a sense of contemporary luxury whilst also proving a timeless aesthetic, executed through a sensuous new colour palette, dynamic material exploration and a connection to nature. The interior spaces have been redefined with monolithic, sinuous travertine blocks, creating a new bar, fish counter and a host desk. Sculptural glass pendant lighting is juxtaposed with rough unfinished stonewalls and exposed roof beams, celebrating the natural elements and the original architecture. Nature continues to be a theme through the dressing of the space with the use of terracotta tiles, rattan pendants and bespoke timber banquettes.

The dining area seamlessly transitions to a drinks and dance floor and a new feature bar has been created with a travertine stone DJ booth. Travertine can be seen in numerous key design elements, to resonate with the rawness of the Sardinian landscape. The exterior terrace of Quattropassi al Pescatore offers sweeping views of the Tyrrhenian Sea. To frame this breath-taking view, Blacksheep has introduced understated modern timber furniture, woven pendant lighting and sheer drapes. Externally, the front and rear gardens have been replanted with local Sardinian herbs and the entrance signage redesigned based upon the original hand-drawn typeface and constructed using local timber. Local materials and construction methods were closely referenced and utilised when architectural remodeling of spaces was undertaken. In a region where new interior typologies are still few and far between, Blacksheep has reimagined a 1960s classic and updated it for the modern age. The design is a celebration of merging contemporary design cues with idiosyncratic elements and forms of the original building. 94 | G&G _ Magazine

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Exceptional Interiors Sybille de Margerie realized the interiors of Mandarin Oriental Paris and shares her views on what a hotel must be. The entrance porch and the majestic lobby are a shimmering jewel of stone, lacquer and gold leaf that bring a touch of true magic. Noble materials in a haute-couture style, bold colours arranged in a subtle harmony of grey, plum, rose, mauve and ecru. A green haven where Nature penetrates the interior, and butterflies flutter and perch. Some are embroidered on cushions, or made of crystal and ceramic in an installation by the sculptor Marcello Lo Giudice. Others are printed or painted, embodying Nature’s delicate enchantment which floats in the air. In her search for a striking work that would fit within the hotel, Sybille de Margerie turned to the artist Nathalie Decoster, who has imagined Air, a sculpture that suspends fragile liberty from a thread.

ÂŤInterior design is not the same as decoration. An interior designer does more than simply put paintings on walls and swags on armchairs. Interior design is about inventing the layout of a place. It focuses on finding a balance and ensuring the easy flow of people through that space. This is why interior design really is the work of an architect who imagines, designs organises indoor space as part of a global system. My work for Mandarin Oriental, Paris began precisely with this organisation of space. I then defined a concept and a visual identity; a unique Parisian style and atmosphere that exactly fit with the image and values of the Mandarin Oriental Group. My concern was to blend with the architectural style of the building, so I chose a very modern, uncliched version of Art Deco. I also wanted this luxury hotel to have its own distinctive feel, one which transpires in its haute-couture style through collaboration with leading names in art and fashion, such as Ali Mahdavi and Ateliers Lesage. Hence it was my role to take all the strategic decisions that would forge this identity, such as the choice of colours, materials and elements of comfort.Âť Photography by Alexis Anice & George Apostolidis

Entirely devoted to well-being and relaxation, the Spa at Mandarin Oriental Paris offers a holistic experience to promote complete mind-body harmony. At 1,200 square metres, this is one of the city’s largest hotel spas. Sybille de Margerie has imagined the entrance to this retreat as a vast pearly sphere. That Instantly sets a relaxing mood. The sensory journey continues with the unique, refined experience of the fifteen-metre indoor pool. This part of the Spa is embellished in powdery, pearly whites and pinks. Moving shadows cast a poetic, foliage-inspired world on the walls in a dreamlike work that has been specially created for the Spa.

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ÂŤI see my work as a sensual quest for comfort, and the pleasure of the finest quality in the smallest detail. In my mind, a luxury hotel must spark emotions; it must elicit what I would call a vibration that will touch the heart of its guests.Âť

My approach is more open. I look for creative solutions that exactly match my client’s identity and their global image in the world. These creative solutions aim to adapt that image in the most attractive way possible to the country, city or neighbourhood where the hotel is located. With these two objectives uppermost, my personality and subjectivity show naturally: femininity is important to me, as is a brand of elegance underpinned by refinement. 100 | G&G _ Magazine

Situated almost exclusively on the highest floors, these suites have a very special appeal thanks to their unusual layout, as these luxury cocoons unfold on different levels or as a succession of rooms. They open onto treelined balconies and look over the indoor garden, and are decorated in a palette of ecru and coral, or ecru and plum. Sybille de Margerie has chosen the world of haute couture as the theme for the Couture Suites. She has delved into Lesage’s abundant archives and named them Fils de Soie, Broderies, Perles, Coromandel and Arabesques.

the Chinese cuisine in the heart of London

The Hong-Kong-based design powerhouse, AB Concept, designed Mei Ume, the best overall luxury restaurant in the United Kingdom.

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he Chinese-cuisine restaurant, Mei Ume, is located in the heart of the Square Mile at Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square. The project showcases exquisite interior designs specially curated using techniques that draw both on the cultural significance of the heritage building and the inspired concepts derived from the duo’s immense experience in hospitality design.

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The main statement piece, a plum blossom-adorned triptych, is testament to this as it encompasses the entire project design incentive in its projection of tradition. By reflecting the original purpose of the building as a gateway for traders from the East, the triptych sets the tone for the entire restaurant by embodying the fusion of ‘East meets West’.

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AFRICAN ART The Johannesburg home of an international businessman has been perfectly expressed to suit his passion for African art and his love of entertaining. Designed by local architecture firm Cimato Moroldo Architects, its interiors were brought to life by leading Cape Townbased interior studio ARRCC, with contemporary furniture and objets d’art by design studio OKHA.

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The simple, graphic wooden screen that runs along the entrance hall, offers a peek into the living areas beyond, with the ground floor holding the dining room, bar, cinema, formal lounge, family room and kitchen. The brass-clad Solar Mirror designed by Adam Court of OKHA greets one in this space. Its reference to the cosmos that connects the universe adds to the welcoming visual language.


ays ARRCC director Mark Rielly, ‘This house had to be as multi-functional as possible, so that it could adapt to family holidays, feasts with friends, and more formal moments when hosting executive guests.’ Mark and his team achieved this by maintaining an uncluttered thread throughout the five-bedroom home, while linking spaces that could be used simultaneously. The double-volume entrance, reached by way of a concrete bridge placed over a welcoming water feature, is encased in dark grey walls on the exterior, providing a cocoon-like enclosure to lead one into the glass-fronted doorway. Once inside, the stark contrast of white surfaces and light-filled spaces offers a switch in perception. ‘The move from dark walls to expansive, open spaces created an indoor environment that allowed us to give breathing space to the owner’s impressive art collection and introduce very specific furniture pieces that have their own voice within this space,’ Mark explains. ‘The home is almost gallerylike, while still maintaining the casual comfort of a living environment.’ Pops of greenery from the garden and patio beyond can be appreciated from this entrance, the screen being both a separation and a link to the open-plan home. ‘It was inspired by the work of Japanese architect Kengo Kuma,’ explains Mark of the screen, ‘and adheres to the interior’s philosophy of natural, simple, bold elegance.’ 110 | G&G _ Magazine

The kitchen adjacent to this family room is replete with monochromatic, functional design, with only the necessary equipment in sight, as all peripheral elements are cleverly tucked away through careful design considerations.

In the formal lounge, OKHA’s clean-line, pureform furniture pieces create an environment of easy-living elegance that epitomises African luxury. Two large-canvas artworks hold the room together, accenting its lines and forms. Charged with poetic mystery, the

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subtly coloured triptych by South African Penny Siopis offers an element of movement in the otherwise formal space, while the stronger lines in the work by Burundi-born Serge Alain Nitegeka offer a dynamically bold and overtly graphic attraction. ‘The tension between these two works enlivens the room,’ says Mark. More casual in its function, the family room is nevertheless carefully considered, with coffee tables custom designed by OKHA. Powdercoated steel legs with acid-etched and sandblasted marble tops come together as two separate yet connected circular spheres that allow the contoured sofa to mimic their fluid edges. Maintaining the muted colour palette of the home, each item of furniture is expressed as an artwork of high quality refinement – a nod to OKHA’s respect for traditional craftsmanship and material, says the design studio’s director, Adam Court.

The garden, deck and splash pool offer an entirely alternative living environment, with dining, lounging and barbecuing needs all catered for through the clever layout of tables, sofas and deck chairs. ‘By creating entertainment pods outdoors, we’ve cosied up the deck, allowing the owner to entertain friends and family in a very unique way,’ Mark explains.

The upstairs landing further conveys the artistic bend of this interior, a Big Shadow standing lamp by Marcel Wanders for Cappellini and collage artwork by Asha Zero filling the volume that leads to the bedrooms. These en-suite bedrooms offer individualised comfort, each one furnished with a different accent colour. In the master suite, a painting by Conrad Botes brings brightness to the predominantly grey room. Textures of wood, marble, wool and ceramic further enliven the bedroom. ‘Besides being a space for entertaining, this is a house in which to lie back, relax and just enjoy being home,’ says Mark.


The Chevallier Architectes team designed the house by optimizing space in the Alps of southern France.

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The site is very close to the boundary of a protected wilderness, making the building’s orientation and structure key constraints for the team to study and solve. Working in the heart of a large and unavoidable green space, we were able to give the cottage its proper place, including a spectacular view of three iconic peaks, the two Drus and the Aiguille Verte. The building’s main structure features a classic design, in sharp contrast with its modern addition, which is characterized by generous windows and impressive volumes. The materials were chosen and sourced through careful research. For example, the many wood construction elements were recycled, requiring significant colorimetry work to ensure suitably consistent tones.

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The architects wanted it to be possible to see the Aiguille Verte and the Drus from the kitchen, or even from the swimming pool in the basement. Accordingly, one of the kitchen walls is a glass panel facing the Whymper Couloir, while the pool features a window well affording a view of the spectacular scenery. The stone subbasement supports the cottage and unifies its volumes.

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The mezzanine, suspended above the lounge, is an example of a solution implemented to fulfill one of the owner’s desires – without compromising the view of the Aiguilles de Chamonix mountains. The building is equipped with the latest technology, including highly advanced home automation systems, integrated into the project from the very beginning.

SHADES OF GREY Ippolito Fleitz Group developed interior designs and furnishing concepts for an apartment in Putuo, one of Shanghai’s ten inner-city boroughs.

This apartment has part of an exceptional project “CEG Schwarzwald” with which the project developers of China Eagle Group (CEG) are sending a positive message for a new consciousness in China. Amidst a forest of 20.000 trees, the “Schwarzwald” apartment towers offer the unique synthesis of living a modern urban life in a quality environment. Many metropolitans are longing for a place of tranquility and relaxation where their families might adopt a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. To meet these desires, CEG created an innovative and forwardthinking project, satisfying the highest standards with regards to comfort and quality of life.

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rue to its name, the central theme of the “Shades of Grey” show apartment focusses on a full range of grey nuances. With its elegant and meditative calm, the apartment would perfectly suit a globetrotter’s desires after a long and tiring trip. Layers and interactions of premium materials, fascinating textures and highcontrast surfaces turn this 250-square-metre apartment into a metropolitan sanctuary with a breath-taking view of Shanghai’s skyline. Upon entering the apartment, a piece of art in green tones instantly attracts the visitor’s attention. A spacious living-dining area with an integrated floor-to-ceiling kitchen extends across the entire apartment width. From the balcony on the northside, through the interior and all the way to the horizon on the opposing side, nothing in the apartment blocks the clear view. A painted aluminium slat ceiling both zones the living-dining area and creates a cosy atmosphere through indirect lighting. Filigree and nearly invisible, a glass shelve separates the dining table from a spacious couch arrangement and offers space for memories. Herringbone-patterned parquet flooring in dark grey literally lays the foundation for the “Shades of Grey” theme, whereas contrasting hues of green and blue create highlights and support the apartment’s modern, elegant and calm atmosphere. Thanks to a variation of textured plaster and paint surfaces, the 20-metre wall opposed to the entrance visually comes alive.

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The contrasting, yet matching mix of materials creates an atmosphere of both calm intimacy and excitement in the living area. Here, earth and gold-toned accessories provide an extra touch of luxury. Merely separated from the living area by ceiling-high glass, there is a small, half-open workspace with a comfortable sofa corner.

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Grained Chinese marble not only graces the detached workspace and kitchen worktops, but also a segment in the living area where a television is embedded into the wall. In the bathrooms and bedrooms it serves as the primary wall covering.

Kelly has seductively designed the living room with her love of hosting in mind. Great wooden panels were added to the impressive pre-existing columns framing the room. These add monumentality to the space,

Warm shades of grey, natural wooden surfaces, indirect lighting and luxuriant fabrics tastefully contrast with the bedrooms’ smooth surfaces and create a relaxed ambience. With “Shades of Grey” Ippolito Fleitz Group invites people into the beautiful and diverse world of grey nuances. The tasteful application of layers, transparencies and interactions never ceases to generate excitement and to offer new perspectives.

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Thanks to a sophisticated combination of vivid marble grains, unpretentious white sanitary items and accessories in black and gold, the bathrooms unfold in an aura of classic and timeless taste.

Maurizio Pellizzoni has applied his Italian appreciation of style and design to his new project in the center of London. The idea behind the interior design of this two bedroom penthouse was to bring something unique and exclusive to the property market in one of the most exclusive areas in London. The concept of this collaboration was to showcase the very best of 'Made in Italy' in Mayfair. Maurizio was given carte blanche to design the interior and chose one of the finest brands to champion this concept by exclusively furnishing the penthouse with Minotti London.

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As a penthouse, the space is naturally filled with sunlight, so Maurizio designed a blue / grey scheme to keep the interior scheme light and airy. Polished brass and chrome finishes were used to accent the look. Artwork was selected from Maddox Gallery for the final layer of the design. He chose a selection of key pieces by contemporary artists to add a final touch to this luxurious scheme. The concept of ’The Italian Collective’ was to create something different in a difficult market, something special that truly stands out from a typical refurbishment of a Mayfair apartment. Maurizio was chosen as part of the collaboration to give the property a unique edge - it's very different to anything else on the market in the area in terms of appeal and style. It’s a far cry from a show home development that’s typically been home staged. Approximately 740ft and originally two separate apartments, this penthouse has been completely reconfigured using the most premium of luxury furnishings and the latest air conditioning, sound proofing, upgraded insulation and underfloor heating. The concept of ’The Italian Collective’ was to create something different in a difficult market, something special that truly stands out from a typical refurbishment of a Mayfair apartment. Maurizio was chosen as part of the collaboration to give the property a unique edge - it's very different to anything else on the market in the area in terms of appeal and style. It’s also a far cry from a typically home staged show home development. Designed with luxury and lifestyle in mind, the property would appeal to the international buyer’s market and will likely be used as a pied a terre.

Sweeping views of the London skyline, it’s situated in the heart of London with excellent access to transport links, restaurants, nightlife and luxury shopping destinations, - perfectly suited for business professionals. The launch is a new and exclusive luxury penthouse development that brings together the very best in Italian design to curate and offer a lifestyle concept via this new collaborative venture.

THE POWER OF DELICATE COLORS Young architect Monise Rosa created a cozy home of light colors for a couple with a 10 years old daughter in the east area of São Paulo city.

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“The inspiration for the project was a family apartment, using neutral tones and elegant, cozy and sophisticated materials. To accomplish this, we use neutral and elegant coatings that matched well with the style of the design and even gave a special touch to the apartment. In addition, the choice of furniture made the difference in the apartment. We chose modern furniture with neutral fabrics according to the taste of the couple. To make the environments more welcoming, we chose to use wallpaper. The paper leaves the environment cozier by its brightness and texture.�

The apartment is located in Mooca, a neighborhood situated in the east area of SĂŁo Paulo. The owners wanted a home that was versatile and could accommodate all their family and friends. They wanted a home that attend their day-to-day needs. To attend their expectations we integrate the living room, the home theater and the balcony. The designer includes a sliding glass door between the living room and balcony creating the possibility of integrating them or not. Besides she increased the size of the living room and integrated with the home theater. 138 | G&G _ Magazine

The client wanted something very discreet and that would match the tones tones of the living room for its home office, so the designer made it with white woodwork and a beige wallpaper to give warmth to the environment. For the daughter's room, it made a more romantic atmosphere in pink and white woodwork. In the master room the design team used light colors and the highlight in the cushions, but still, following the same color palette of the rest of the room. For the toilet it opted for an elegant ambiance with gold accents.

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LIVING FOR DANCING Dank Architects redesign an atypical 3 story house contacted us with a strong intention to transform an existing small living room into a large contemporary and minimalistic space.

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The architects worked on the re-organization of the living spaces, having in mind the view from the inside and the interior light. They also wanted the terrace to become an extension of the living room. Two wooden triangles define the house extension. They connect the new living rooms to the existing building. Inside, we designed an entrance with a large opening.

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The kitchen is minimalist. It faces the garden and is located next to a spacious dining place with a direct relation to the terrace. Ahead of the glassed windows, a large ceiling window integrated into the terrace surface brings light to an underground office.

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Storage and kitchen partition walls are made of the wooden structure and black Valchromat panels, with an integrated Vipp kitchen. We tried to keep all the interior pure and minimalist: black custom furniture, light grey resin floor and triangle plywood panels for the ceiling.

BLOCKS’ FINEST EVER Mecanoo architecten realized in collaboration with AYESA the Palace of Justice composed by courthouse with 26 courtrooms, a wedding room, a Forensic Institute, offices, a cafe, an archive, a prison and a parking garage in Córdoba.

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The new Spanish Palace of Justice in Cรณrdoba is located in Arroyo del Moro which is characteristically dominated by anonymous housing blocks, products of the rapid urban development of 21st century Spanish cities. The blocks that characterize the urban fabric of the zone were not capable of generating public space or offering something new to the city, but collectively they form a compact and coherent urban identity. The addition of a public institution to the area creates the opportunity to upgrade the public realm and add a civic quality to this relatively new neighborhood. This responsibility to strengthen the public identity informed the concept for the Palace

of Justice. While the Cordoba city center is located south-east from the site, the building volume was condensed to create a generous entrance square to the north which connects it with the existing Huerta del Sordillo gardens. The massing strategy creates urban integration through fragmentation. It follows a similar strategy to the spontaneous growth process of medieval cities resulting in a volume which is carefully sculpted to adapt to the surrounding context. This results in a puzzle-like structure which hints its process of formation and emulates the experience of the dense historical center of Cordoba.

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The vertical fractures that are introduced in the building mass create patios, relating the local courtyard typologies. These fractures provide natural light and ventilation in the central zones of the large building. One can say that the sustainability of the building is not achieved by expensive technological mechanisms but by an intelligent interpretation of the vernacular architecture.

The building is elevated two meters from the street level and is accessed by the sloping entrance square. This elevation gives a symbolic power to the building while solving problems of privacy and security created by the insertion of semi-open patios. Since the Palace is divided into several independent departments, the building requires several entrances that are positioned based on both internal and external hierarchies. You can access the building either from the main entrance square or smaller open patios carefully placed along the other 3 sides of the building. From the main entrance, the interior organization is easily recognizable. A central spine creates a circulation axis which connects to the various the programs of the building. This space spans through several floors across the length of the building and articulates each department. It also links the public circulation with the exterior patios. The spine echoes the architectural language of the exterior massing, with multi-level day-lit voids creating sculptural atriums throughout the building. The internal functions become more private higher up the building. At the level of the square, the courthouse features an open ground floor that contains the most public sections such as courtrooms, marriage registry and restaurant. High security offices are situated off the upper courtyards and the archives and jail cells are found below ground level.

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The line expression The architectural project formed by the fusion of traditional design schemes with modern ones is highlighted by its curved shapes inside the mountains of South Korea.

Architects: JOHO Architecture Architects of Record: Jeonghoon LEE Project Team: Il-Sang Yoon, Gae-hee Cho Photography: Sun Namgoong

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The terrains of Mt. Gwanggyo flow low above the lot and the lot displays the entire view as if it responds to the graceful flow. At this site, the land is the proof of space and everything about the substance. The shape created here contains the sky as an earthenware jar and displays the potentiality of land as a spatial substance. It draws a shape, but creates a space that shows the sky outside the shape to hide itself in nature. Korean traditional spaces have pursued the shape that is not completely hidden in nature yet beautifully harmonized with surrounding nature. It is based on the post-dualistic beauty of harmony that proves its existence while hiding in nature rather than dominating nature with its shape and lines. The summer breeze coming down from the

mountain ridge circulates the air around the building thus reducing the heat load. Also, each room has windows for cross-ventilation and is planned to allow natural circulation of air. The motorized window on top of the living room can release heated air in summer for air circulation triggered by the difference in temperature known as stack effect. The staircase to the north is planned to serve as a buffer of air against the freezing northwestern winds in winter to minimize heat loss. The front windows facing the south allow sufficient sunlight in winter to maximize energy efficiency with natural sunlight. In particular, the ceiling is also diversified to invite as much natural light as possible into the building to control illumination naturally.

The ash-colored bricks (traditional bricks) embrace the concrete surface as fish scale while slightly altering the angles. The traditional bricks used for this project have silver water-repellent coating on the surface and show sentimentality different from the rough surfaces of their tops and bottoms. The bricks with two different surfaces were piled to form a certain pattern from angles 1° through 25°. In other words, the variation of angle is another way how the outer skin in the shape of a concave lens facing south defines its existence. The shadow of the brick wall caste as the Sun moves converts the flow of lines into the subtle change of the outer skin. The variation of the brick surface is intended to read the entire mass differently according to the perspective of incomer and the perspective of viewing the images from the mountains. The flow of space was borrowed from the method of handling the flow of air in traditional Korean homes. In detail, the pilotis on the bottom expands the surface of volume exposed to outer air to reduce the load of heat energy and allows natural ventilation in summer. This is similar to the principle of open living rooms in Korean traditional spaces. It means that the entire building allows ventilation to keep the building cool. In 156 | G&G _ Magazine

winter, on the other hand, the concrete floor is made as thick as possible as a thermal mass, similar to Ondol floors of Korean traditional architecture for maximum insulation, to block the cold air from the underground. Also, the interior space of the second floor has an open living room, bedroom, and kitchen which can be divided and combined flexibly with sliding doors for different needs. This is a modern reinterpretation of the variable space of Korean traditional homes that can be used either as a big room or as smaller individual rooms.

At livingroom wide pamorama view to see Mt. Gwanggyo is created and each slit windows work as a view frame to enjoy scenery.

Main facade facing the south side has double glazed window to get more sunlight during the winter time.

Slit window at sides and movable doors create a smooth horizontal ventilation, and the motoroperated window at roof make a vertical ventilation.

The rough texture of the traditional bricks interprets the lot in a different way in combination with the property of highly reflective stainless steel. The skies and nature reflected on the stainless steel surface distort what the true substance is to break the boundaries between shapes and texture. Unlike the rough texture of ceramic bricks, the stainless steel used on the front and on the side reflects the surrounding landscapes to make itself disappear. If the bricks reveal themselves by the change of light and shadow, the stainless steel de-materializes itself by making itself disappear in nature. Such contrasting textures have different properties and confront each other in a single mass, but they ultimately establish balance through the extinction and reflection of light.

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BLACK ROCK MUS ARCHITECTS realized the new project for a single-family in Bielsko-Biała, Poland.The main idea was to create something different and original. Not just a single-family house, but an abstract form.

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The architects wanted to create a building that refers to the mountainous area, a house that seems to be a result of tectonics and not design processes. This thought was the starting point of the project and the frame that kept the space composition in check. Therefore, MUS Architects tried to design and implement the concept of a space by escaping the standards associated with single-family houses. They wanted this house to appear like an erratic boulder embedded in a mountain slope, not an architectural form with walls, windows and a roof. The plot is situated on the slope of the mountain. It has a clear decline both in the south and east. The initial plan of the house was adjusted to the slope so that the entire ground floor sits on the ground surface. Based on the natural terrain, the horizontal floor plan was broken half way through. As a result, the entrance zone with a garage and supplementary rooms 162 | G&G _ Magazine

is on a different level from the living room, kitchen and dining room. A half-floor has been created so the entire living area is directly connected with the terrace and garden. This design process led to the division of floors in the night part of the house (first floor) and as a consequence we created the multi-pitched roof, whose refractions follow the faults resulting from the house’s functional layout in the actual area. The building's geometry was built into the topography of the mountain, highly impacting the house’s structure and its final dynamic form. There is a strong relationship between the building and the surrounding landscape. The external character of the house is formed by its multi-layered form as well as by the material which was used as a packaging of the function. The homogeneous and raw black shell conceals internal spaces and levels.

The building was located along the northern side of the plot. The entrance is planned from the west side, away from the border in such a way that it is easy to access and park at the property. A large part of the plot in the south remains undeveloped - there is a garden and terraces with the view of the mountains.

The ground and first floors are connected by a single-flight, reinforced concrete staircase. A non-usable part of the attic is accessible via a folding loft ladder. The building is a monovolume compact house. The form and dimensions of the building result from functional conditions as well as from the plot. It has characteristic contemporary, simple shape. The building is detached, with a multipitched roof (a slope of 25⠰ and 42⠰ ). The walls and roof of the building are homogeneous and uniform - finished with the same material. The niches in the black block of the house are finished with a larch elevation board. In the south, large solid glazing and windows provide direct access from the living room to the terrace and from the rooms on the first floor – to the balcony and loggias.

The ground floor is mainly composed by a living area with open kitchen, dining room and living room. There is also a toilet and a technical and utility room accessible from the double garage with a passage directly to the house via a vestibule. The night zone is on the first floor where there are three bedrooms, a bathroom accessible and closet accessible from the master bedroom. All rooms, through large glazing, have access to a loggia facing the south. 164 | G&G _ Magazine

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