White kitchen in Burj Khalifa apartment
Ellen Bishop of Bishop Design is behind this crisp clean kitchen. She explains how the look came together. ‘One of the main challenges with this kitchen was that in the Burj Khalifa, you have these massive columns in the middle of the dining room, so we made the corner of that column into a sideboard for that room and the kitchen. We created storage around it and added the flute vases from Roche Bobois as a decorative element. The client wanted a space for entertaining family and friends, and they were keen to have an open-plan solution for the kitchen.
The brief was to keep the kitchen integrated with the dining space and since it is open to the formal areas, I thought it should be as neutral as possible and have a very elegant and light impression. This kitchen shouldn’t necessarily be something you notice when you walk in. White offers a classy look and the kitchen is from Purity so it’s high-end, too, which makes it all the more beautiful when you use white. The top-quality spec gives you a beautiful result.
I love the fact that everything is integrated. We built it in a way that gave us maximum storage without looking bulky, and the bar in the middle creates a very social atmosphere.’
www.bishopdesignme.com (04 399 0271).
Get the look
1 For accessories that look great but don’t break the bank, try Home Centre. The store has a selection of bright vases that can be used as accents in any room.
Home Centre, various locations including Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, www.homecentrestores.com (04 341 4441).
2 Ikea’s high-gloss kitchens are easy to install.
Ikea, Dubai Festival City, www.ikea.com/ae (04 203 7555).
3 Head to Inspired Lighting on Sheikh Zayed Road for some outstanding light fittings.
Inspired Lighting, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.inspiredlighting.ae (04 338 3448).
Living room in DIFC
Paula Evans, lead designer at Elemento Design, details the challenges of creating this luxury living space. ‘Our design brief was to deliver a stylish, comfortable and luxurious apartment that was also functional, incorporating office space. The client loves to entertain, so it was essential to provide a relaxing area where he and his guests could be completely at ease. One particular design element, which was extremely challenging, was the requirement to accommodate my client’s extensive collection of books, records, CDs, DVDs and cassettes, plus his vast array of audio equipment. The core request was simple, but it was challenging to achieve – the apartment had to reflect my client’s lifestyle without appearing to be an office, bookshop or record store.
Nothing is on display, but is instead incorporated into areas that are perceived to be a series of bespoke panels. Even the office blends into the rest of the apartment, with one area seamlessly flowing into the next. Everything in the room is bespoke – the rugs, the curtains, cushions, all furniture. We didn’t purchase anything from any major retailers because the purpose of the project was to deliver a unique look where every aspect of design was tailored to this end.’
Elemento Design, www.elementome.com (04 399 1140).
Get the look
1 H&M has recently launched a new range of home accessories with a host of stylish cushions and curtains.
H&M, various locations including The Dubai Mall, www.hm.com/ae (04 330 8327).
2 Pop into Marina Home Interiors for unique accessories and artwork.
Marina Home Interiors, various locations including The Walk, JBR, www.marinahomeinteriors.com (04 340 1112).
3 For custom-made curtains contact Dubai Curtains. The team can also make matching pelmets, cushions and tie-backs to complete the look.
www.dubaicurtains.com (800 368 8759).
Garden in Arabian Ranches
Toscana Landscaping and Pools
Bart Lauwers, swimming pools manager at Toscana, details the highlights of this stunning garden. ‘We had a compact plot where the client requested lots of functionality such as dining and sitting areas, as well as a spa and a fire feature. The villas in Arabian Ranches are quite contemporary in build and we were requested to individualise the look and feel of the garden by creating unique elements such as glass pool walls, sunken seating with fire features and wall features.
The functionality of the barbecue area is characterised by a wood-fired pizza oven as well as a marble countertop, which adds a feel of luxury to the whole area. This garden took about four months from design to completion and my favourite features in it are the glass pool walls and the sunken seats with fire feature.’
www.toscanalandscaping.com (04 340 3504).
Get the look
1 Dubai Garden Centre has plenty of plants and flowers for gardens of all shapes and sizes, and staff there will help you pick out the right flora and fauna for you.
Dubai Garden Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.dubaigardencentre.ae (04 340 0006).
2 Ace Hardware stocks an extensive range of barbecue cookers and outdoor kitchens.
Ace Hardware, Al Quoz, www.aceuae.com (04 341 1906)
3 Ikea’s outdoor living section has a pretty good selection of outdoor loungers and splash-proof cushions.
Dubai Festival City, www.ikea.com/ae (04 203 7555).