Marina Arcade Luxury Show Apartment
Dubai, UAE
Completed 2017
225 sqm

The brief was to design and fit-out a three-bed show apartment for a luxury residential tower. Specifically, the developer wanted a striking, aspirational design that would lure potential buyers while browsing magazines and websites – and immerse them in a high-design, high-fashion lifestyle when they came to visit. In short, we set out to create the experience of a boutique design hotel.

We began by creating a sense of continuity throughout the building, so the colour palette takes its cues from the reception lobby – a muted, neutral base palette. For the main accent colours we chose blue and mustard yellow. The blue is inspired by Emirati artist Mattar bin Lahaj’s Galloping Horse painting in the reception lobby.

The materials and textures include routed wooden wall panelling, coated with textured paint. It adds a layer of depth that really helps generate the luxurious, hand-crafted hospitality feel we were going for. The use of mirrors and reflective surfaces gives a sense of the apartment being flooded with natural light, and makes it feel larger. We’ve custom-designed most of the wallpapers, based on a series of bold graphics.

IDentity magazine described it as “a captivating show apartment. Pallavi Dean’s signature creative process captured the spirit of the property and the imagination of its cosmopolitan clients.” (You can find it here)

Products / Lighting - Rubn Lighting pendant light, Anglepoise desk lamp, Furniture - West Elm dining chairs, Tom Dixon desk chair, Armada and Double Zero lounge chairs by Moroso, lounge chairs and sofa from TheOne Fusion and Crate & Barrel.

Materials / Lacquered wall panelling, Colortek paints, custom designed vinyl wallcovering.