We recently completed the fit-out of a 2000 sq.ft. real estate office located in Business Bay, the central business district of Dubai. The client envisioned a contemporary space that exudes sophistication, they wanted a clear distinction between the ambience of lounge and the rest of the office area. They required the lounge to have a homely and welcoming atmosphere. This is where our challenge laid of how to blend perfectly two types of environments whilst keeping an overall corporate feel.
I must admit every time i enter a space which needs transformation my mind is a blank slate. It is a scary feeling because while i proclaim to be the better designer in reality i have no clue of how i am going to pull this off! My loved ones always tells me i am often self-deprecating but in my defence it keeps me on my toes. The realisation that there is so much to learn keeps me going. Staring at a blank canvas is terrifying & exhilarating all at once. As i delve head first to soak in my pool of inspiration, my mind drifts into the imaginary world and magically the ideas come flooding in through the crevices of my brain. The endorphins start to flow and i feel inflated floating away in my happy space. The reason i describe this is because it is what keeps me coming back to the drawing board, the endorphins that flood my system the feel good factor that accompanies it. I feel blessed to have a job that has this effect on me.
Coming back to the project, we first focussed on making the layout as functional and practical as possible then we elaborated on how to introduce the design elements subtly yet with maximum impact. We played with colours of the logo which were orange and grey. Orange was used in accessories and partitions as an accent colour. Keeping the nature of the business in mind we used a customised map of Dubai as the wallpaper in the lounge and meeting room which were also in the colours of the logo. It is a feature that is not only decorative but interactive for a real estate office such as this. We balanced task lighting with accent lighting to highlight design elements and provide proper illumination in work areas. For the lounge we used a timeless leather chesterfield sofa, the tan of the leather complimented the orange accents beautifully. We used rugs and accessories such as the Rory dobner art piece which infused the space with warmth of a home yet did not stick out like a sore thumb in the corporate environment.
Even though the design is simple and the colours used are subtle, we have received much appreciation from our clients and their customers who visited the space. That in itself is the greatest joy and satisfaction of delivering a project. When your hearts in your work you will rarely disappoint or be dissapointed… so until next time “Stay True and Stay Funky”…..