EDITION Dubai an exercise in understated luxury: Pooja Mulani
EDITION Dubai: where sophisticated design meets understated luxury.
LW’s Pooja Mulani’s sophisticated interiors for the EDITION Dubai take home the first prize at the Creative Spark competition at TOPHOTELWORLDTOUR Dubai.
The designers behind the EDITION Dubai attended the recent TOPHOTELWORLDTOUR event in Dubai to present their designs as part of the Creative Spark competition.
We take a look at this stylish and luxurious interior, which took home the top design prize of the day.
Creative Spark winner presents EDITION Dubai
The latest installment of the now legendary TOPHOTELWORLDTOUR day-long networking event and conference took place on September 16th in the Dusit Thani Hotel in Dubai.
As is now customary, attendees waited with bated breath to hear all about the latest and greatest designs coming out of Dubai’s hospitality market.
There were, as usual, three projects in the running, and the one that took home the winning prize was the EDITION Dubai by hospitality design wizards LW. Pooja Mulani, the lead senior interior designer at LW, was on hand to talk delegates through LW’s winning design
Subtle sophistication at EDITION Dubai
Mulani and LW describe their vision for the EDITION Dubai as one of understated luxury combined with comfort, saying, “How to feel cozy, how to feel nice, how to make you feel you want to stay there” – those were the priorities of the design.”
The external architecture is a gold gilded box with generous fenestration the designers were able to take full advantage of. They chose to emphasize the volumes of the interior architecture by carving out a triple-height arched ceiling in the lobby and framing the iconic Burj Khalifa in the floor to ceiling window in the lounge area.
On top of this, there was a clear mission on the part of the design team to create different volumes within the spaces.
Mulani says, “Most of the time I’d say you have to think outside the box, but in this particular case we actually had to think inside the box, as we had to resegment all this space into boxes.”
She also elaborated on the different tones of each area, saying, “I try to differentiate the segmented areas with their particular identity but still all coming together. Instead of having a dark lobby, the place happens to be somewhere you feel fresh, you feel light.”
She also focused on the guest’s journey, which begins in the lobby and ends in the rooms. “In traditional hotels, you have the lobby lounge and the reception desk for the check-in and that’s where the lobby ends, they don’t have any other function. There is a beautiful chandelier in the lobby, the challenge was to make it simple but dramatic and definitive on the space,” she commented.