The Lounge at Grand Hyatt Dubai
Wednesday 12 Jun 2013
The Lounge is a place that reflects the energy and vibrancy of Dubai; a melting pot of style and culture. The layout of the space is composed of a central bar with off-shoots of smaller intimate ‘lounge' spaces. A sunken lounge with a long curved feature wall is to one side of the central bar. The main bar counter is clad in textured metal sourced from De Ferranti, a London based company who specialise in unique and innovative finishes. The concept is carried into each of the lounge's, this then links each room with the next space through open portals or apertures. Thus each room has its own bar, an extension of the main bar counter, creating an independent space that can be fully stocked and self-serviced. The open portals provide a glimpse into the room or space beyond, playing into the VIP culture. The ceiling of the main bar is a series of ‘light boxes' at varying heights, allowing different scenes to be set as the evening progresses with colour changing LEDS.
Another pinnacle feature is framing the food as art. The cheese room is flanked by floor to ceiling wine towers providing a view into the live kitchen. The window is framed with a large picture frame. In regards to the art, the concept was to work with different media such as glass and metal to create dimension and a unique experience. The doors were created as 2 m x 2 m artworks. When closed, the doors no longer appear as doors. Hollywood glamour plays a role with iconic images printed onto aluminum sheets and clad to the doors for a contemporary look. The doors can be alternated so the artwork changes between the two images. Much of the artwork was commissioned for the project from the "White on White' oil on Aluminum piece by UK based artist Julia Brooker. Especially commissioned art in collaboration with famed London photographer Gianni Mosella, involved creating unique pieces printed onto aluminum.
The Velvet Lounge takes inspiration from the Middle East's love of colour. The space incorporates vivid hues of purples and magenta with a hint of gold. The room has a velvet sheen and softness, articulated in the curved walls, padded in soft leather. The floor compliments the walls with leather floor tiles. A strip of carpet runs from the entry of the room across the floor all the way up the facing wall, all of the furniture, including tables is padded and upholstered in leather, velvets and richly patterned fabrics. The transition from floor to walls is curved to emphasise softness.
The European Lounge has Louis VX chairs upholstered in modern day fabrics and pearlised leathers with black lacquer frames. The architectural colours are white on white, carried through in the oil paintings on aluminum metal by Brooker. The room is punctuated by tones of grey and vivid orange. As guests enter the room through a glowing burnt orange portal constructed in high gloss lacquer, it creates a grand sense of entry. In line with the Louis XIV chair, an entire wall is clad in antiqued mirror and through this is wall is the portal that glimpses into the Velvet Lounge.
The Chinese Lounge is punctuated with two oversized heavily adorned chandeliers in crystal and velvet. The chandeliers were sourced from a local supplier, Petals, known for flamboyant designs. One wall is attributed to a photographic scene from a Chinese nightclub. The dress of the central figure in the scene of a woman was coloured to match the silk fabrics panels around the room. The well-choreographed art and interior design program provides a focal point seen from all around the room and create a unique atmosphere unlike anything found in Dubai.