Category Archives: Middle East

Blacksheep and Jamie’s Italian collaborate for exciting international expansion

Posted on January 20, 2014 by Liz

Autumn 2013 saw Blacksheep,  the hospitality design and branding agency, unveil their latest designs for three brand new Jamie’s Italians in overseas Dubai, Singapore and Istanbul. Blacksheep have worked with the brand for four years and thus understood that they had to reflect the traditional and classic Jamie’s Italian concept, whilst also considering the cultures and customs unique to those regions, ensuring that local guests and holiday makers alike, can enjoy the true Jamie’s experience. The team’s success came from their ability to build close partnerships with local craftsman and artisans to ensure each restaurant could relate to its locality, whilst also remaining true to the unique Jamie’s brand.

Emma Freed, Interior Designer at Blacksheep commented: “The best thing about working on Jamie’s Italian for the international market, is the fact that they represent something fresh and new to those regions. In Singapore for example, although they are familiar with the brand, it is many people’s first time experiencing a Jamie’s. There is something very rewarding and special about the excitement and anticipation which surrounds these projects.”

Main dining area and feature dividing screen, Dubai

Blacksheep’s launch of their very first international collaboration with the household name, in the form of Jamie’s Italian, Jumeirah Beach Hotel Dubai, marks the strength in their relationship with Jamie’s as they move to expand the brand internationally. Situated within the Jumeirah Beach Resort, the prestigious location of the restaurant was to be key to the brief. With striking views to the iconic Burj Al Arab already framing the destination, the team enhanced this feature whilst embracing the existing architecture of the new build site. Blacksheep created a semi enclosed circular space within the centre of the restaurant to form an intimate dining experience, framed by metal screens with open and closed glass detail. The overall result provides the guest with privacy whilst also reminding them of the wider restaurant setting and beautiful views throughout.

Rear dining room with antipasti bar, Singapore

With Jamie’s Italian in Singapore, the key focus was on reclaimed and homely materials to contrast with the clean lines of the shopping centre environment of where it is situated in Vivo City, one of the region’s largest and busiest retail destinations. Blacksheep created a range of different dining spaces to fulfil the brief including an arbour, private dining area and outside terrace providing stunning views across the harbour. The entrance is key as it allows open views into the bar and deli area enticing passers-by, as well as drawing their eye to the central views of the terrace area beyond. Reclaimed timber beams and vintage reclaimed lighting are amongst the key materials used in this location.

Feature wine display, Instanbul

Jamie’s Italian in Zorlu shopping Centre Istanbul, undoubtedly challenged the Blacksheep team as it marks the biggest Jamie’s Italian the creative agency has designed to date. The team looked to create a different dining experience on each level. The ground level presents a daytime sanctuary and includes an antipasti bar and theatrical kitchen with an emphasis on colour and the building’s grand ceiling heights. The first level provides a more intimate dining experience whilst also remaining an accessible dining space for all. This area also includes a striking wine display, its very own antipasti bar as well as a pizza oven and private dining area for those wanting to experience the brand in the intimacy of their friends and family. The destination restaurant also offers two standalone terrace areas to enjoy the Jamie’s experience.

Arbour dining area with feature chandelier, Singapore

All three restaurants also include glazing which can be folded back at night-time allowing guests inside to enjoy the outside atmosphere, something which is popular amongst diners in such tropical climates. Blacksheep continue to work with the brand on developing new sites in 2014. The team at WIN look forward to seeing more translations of this UK favourite, both at home and in more exotic destinations!

Moroccan Bazaar

Posted on October 14, 2013 by Megan

Moroccan Bazaar is a leading supplier and manufacturer of exquisite Moroccan interiors, a family business spanning three generations dating back to 1946. Today, the company, which initially started out as a wholesale supplier, has evolved into a well known and trusted name in the manufacture and distribution of home and contract furnishings. A range of over 3000 products can be viewed and are available to purchase at its West London showroom as well as Moroccan Bazaar’s stylish online website. 

Over the years Moroccan Bazaar’s products have been used throughout the world, catering to the retail and events industries as well as in luxury hotels and private residences. It has also supplied production companies for well known film and television shows and home improvement programmes. Moroccan Bazaar work tirelessly to provide high quality authentic furnishings, this ranges from intricate fine lighting through to beautiful furniture collections made from many different materials, all produced in its own workshops in Morocco.

Quality is the company’s key principle; its approach in conducting its business with honesty and integrity is adopted by its talented craftsmen who ultimately form the foundation of the partnership. A network of over 1000 craftsmen who work exclusively with the family ensures a constantly evolving product range which is high in quality and consistency.

The company prides itself on its comprehensive traditional range, as well as collections which are more suited to a contemporary living space, where a touch of something exciting and different is desired. For inspiration, the projects gallery offers an insight into a handful of completed Moroccan interior design projects the company have undertaken and browse through the online catalogue for their range of Moroccan Decor.

Some of Moroccan Bazaar’s beautiful products will be illuminating the Saatchi Gallery on 28 November as World Interiors News reveal the winners of this year’s interior design awards. To see who is coming or to get involved, visit www.worldinteriorsnews.com or contact Naomi for more information.

Retail Interiors make a splash

Posted on November 27, 2012 by Megan

The WAN Retail & Leisure Interiors Awards are well under way and submissions have included many innovative designs. The variety of projects have been impressive as this year the award stretches across four distinct categories: Bars & Restaurants, Hotels & Service outlets (such as spas), Arts and Leisure (including museums, cultural centres and exhibitions), and Retail Outlets.

With such a wide range of projects included, this year’s award is set to be a design extravaganza that will showcase many different and unusual designs. An eye-catching entry this week comes from Orbit Design Studio (Bangkok, Thailand) for their project, Allure. The design for restraunteur Cipriani’s new yacht club in Abu Dhabi is modern and refined. Using texture and form, Orbit creates an adaptable interior that lends itself to the luxury nature of the brand. Lighting and the division of space, through modular furniture and screens, add to the contemporary environment.

Allure by Cipriani, Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi. By Orbit Design

Closer to home, Leicestershire based design studio officeTwelve were invited by Speedo to design and build an event space in the prestigious Harrods department store. The ‘Swimming Pool’ installation would attract over 5,000 customers over a 4 week period and would present female fashion swimwear, male and female training swimwear and the new Hero Collection range.

The ‘Swimming Pool’ concept displayed diving mannequins entering from the ceiling into a pool of water which coincided with water effect lighting. Bubble walls encasing running water provided an added sensory experience with pool ladders also entering from the ceiling all complete the underwater experience that attracted huge interest from tourists all over the world.

“The Harrods team was really impressed with the result,” said the Speedo Trade Marketing Manager.

“The head of retail for Sports said it was the best execution in that area he had ever seen!”

Speedo at Harrods by officeTwelve

The Retail and Leisure Interiors Award closes at the end of the year so there is still plenty of time to enter your project. We are looking for all types of interior design across the four categories listed above from small independent shops to large superstores, pop-up exhibitions and hotel suites.

For all the information you need on submission guidelines and how to enter your projects, just visit our website. We are looking forward to seeing the full spectrum of projects, from the luxury to the obscure, the aesthetically indulgent to the down right practical!

To check out the competition and view all the latest entries just visit our project page.

We look forward to reading your comments!

Sarah