Private Investment Office
JLT, Dubai, UAE
This project was an exercise in ‘design with restraint’. The design builds on contrasting values; hard corporate values such as professionalism, integrity, quality, excellence and efficiency were paired with softer, more human values such as nourishing and nurturing people and relationships, courtesy, maturity and authenticity. The trick was to blend them together seamlessly, as for this client, the corporate and the human values must co-exist.
A minimal approach to the material palette and space planning defines the overall aesthetic of this office - rejecting the current fad for hipster, loft-style workspaces. Hard surfaces such as marble and herringbone wood flooring were balanced with an overload of soft finishes like rugs, upholstery, wallpaper and plants. The outcome is a sense of quality and excellence when you enter the space. It is not intimidating, but warm and welcoming with a sense of calm authority. This is not an office designed to impress. It’s a serene environment that inspires people using it to think, collaborate and create their best work.
Products / Bene desks, Vitra chairs, custom-designed joinery and shelving made locally in Sharjah. Lighting design by Flos, Silo, Roll and Hill, Huda Lighting & Dtales.
Materials / Travertine, Interface carpet, glass partitions by Kaprel, herringbone wood floor, Jotun paint, back-painted white glass and champagne metal trims.
Winner of Identity Awards 2017 Best Boutique Office