Osh La Mer, Dubai. 2019
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The capital of Uzbekistan, the city of Samarkand, is called the ancient pearl of the East, the Garden of the Soul and the Face of the Earth for its magnificent architecture?
The client wanted to reflect exact copies of the city’s architectural masterpieces interiors in the design of Osh, a restaurant taking up two floors of the La Mer public complex in Dubai. Sundukovy Sisters were asked to work out a concept that blends into the general concept of La Mer: a modern style, dominated by open metal structures, panoramic windows and unexpected lighting solutions.
Reflection in Our Design
To focus on the East, without overloading the perception of the guest, designers combined elements of national architecture with simple concrete surfaces, wood and comfortable modern furniture in neutral shades.
Stucco, imitating concrete slabs and fragments of national painting were used on walls of the first floor. Stacked natural wood, toned in numerous shades, is emphasized by concrete inserts.
To fence the stairs and partitions, S+S chose black metal perforated with gradient traditional patterns. The pattern only peeks through the first floor, fully unfolding into metal “lace” on the second. A solemn arched vault of suspended lights – a modern interpretation of ancient architecture – is placed in the center of the first floor hall. A hookah and high carved columns from eastern architectural ensembles take up the atrium space.
Modern furniture, comfortable for long feasts, is upholstered with natural linen, as discreet as possible, so as not to distract attention from the luxurious azure vaulted ceiling – an exact replica of halls in Samarkand. The mosaic of subdued shades along the ceiling line emphasizes the bright colored central arches. Concrete partitions with plants between sofas make another modern detail that clearly distinguishes the classic national surroundings.
A subtle eastern pattern continues on the terrace: mosaic in the form of an enlarged national ornament on the floor, oriental candlesticks and curtains combined with modern plastic furniture of unusual shapes.
Key Points for Success
The idea was that the first floor, more democratic in design and intented to attract visitors from the beach, catches their attention with oriental elements, while the second floor teleports guests completely into Samarkand.
A unique light object unites the two levels: a brass spiral staircase, which immerses patrons in the atmosphere of relaxation and eastern leisure. A thin neon tube curves and rises upwards in the air like rings of smoke. The unusual light object envelops history in a modern frame, shaping a whole perception of the interior and providing unique cultural experience.
An outdoor sea view terrace with a cozy lounge area draws patrons from the street to enjoy the sunset. Soft, comfortable sofas, wicker chairs, a glass table, overlooking the sea, make Osh terrace the ideal breezy dining spot.