Kuwait Luxury Residence
The brief was to create a family home in the heart of the capital, Kuwait City. The client is a well-travelled individual, and wanted to retain the traditional functions of a Kuwaiti home – such as a separate majlis area – but in a contemporary, international way.
The ‘flow’ through the property reflects this integration of traditional and modern design. We minimized the number of physical walls to allow a seamless transition from reception area, through the living and dining rooms and into the show kitchen used by the family (the back kitchen used by staff is completely separate). However, as a nod to the cultural importance of privacy, we employed the subtle use of screening, so that spaces are partly concealed, partly revealed. In some areas we custom designed screens, in others we used furniture such as free-standing bookshelves and consoles.
One unique feature is that all bedrooms are duplex. This is a conscious effort to take inspiration from two international design styles: loft living and boutique hotels. As for the majlis, it is very traditional in functionality – a private space with open seating to encourage group discussions - but the look and feel is ultra-contemporary, taking inspiration from cigar lounges, libraries and hotel lobbies.