ART LOUNGE/NUZUL AL FUNOON GUESTHOUSE, COURTYARD, DUBAI
Conversion of a former furniture store at the Courtyard into a Guesthouse called “Art Lounge/ Nuzul Al Funoon”. The store was designed and built with extensive attention to detail and intriguing rooms and corridors depicting the architecture and design of Arabia, and has been part of the memory of Dubai’s residents for over 20 years. Our intention is to preserve the spirit of the space and retain its essential elements while upgrading it to a contemporary habitable space of 13 to 15 rooms with modern facilities and comfort with a decorative twist. We hope to bring the local craftsmen and artists together to create one-off bespoke art pieces for styled rooms and unique interiors. Combining grandeur and charm of Arabia with hideaway nooks, terraces and the greenery in the Courtyard; and creating a guesthouse in the center of Dubai’s new Creative Free Zone, The Art Lounge / Nuzul Al Funoon aims to be a place to kick back and enjoy the tranquility of a hidden space before stepping outside to the buzzing art neighborhood.
RESIDENTIAL LOFT, DUBAI, 2008
Designed residential loft with salvaged objects from places like Dubai's Jadaf shipyard. Some of the objects that are now part of the loft include wooden ribs from a yurt, a Central Asian tent, as well as knives salvaged from the remains of a factory fire.
MANHATTAN LOFT FIT-OUT, 515 BROADWAY, SOHO-CAST IRON HISTORIC DISTRICT, MANHATTAN, NEW YORK
Dream Live/Work loft in the heart of SoHo. This massive open loft is filled with original details that the lofts in SoHo are famous for. Soaring 12ft ceilings and a parade of 10 original wood columns running all the way down the center, original refinished wood floors. Eight over-sized windows, morning light from the wall of eastern facing windows, as well as afternoon light from the south facing courtyard. The loft is completely open space with two full bathrooms. The spa-like marble master bathroom features a deep soaking tub and separate shower. The newly updated kitchen features a sub-zero fridge, Bosch DW and oven, W/D from Maytag. Key-lock elevator building.
The building was constructed in 1884 as a store and loft building for the estate of D.H Haight, replacing what was once the largest and most luxurious hotel in the world. The St. Nicholas Hotel had stood on this site since 1853, built at a time when this area around Broadway was a fashionable entertainment and shopping district. With room for up to 1,000 guests, the marble-fronted St. Nicholas was the first New York City building to cost $1 million in construction, and it set a new standard for luxury, expense and lavish appointments, replacing the Astor House as the premier hotel in the city. The present six-story, block-through, Queen-Anne style building was converted to residential co-operative use in 1978 and exists as the largest co-op building in SoHo.
FARM HOUSE INTERIORS
Designed the interiors of a private house with a farm, incorporating the surrounding nature, in a mountain village. The amount of furniture in the house is kept to a minimum to enhance, work, complement, to fit, adjust, and to take in the landscape. Importance was given to feeling, understanding and respecting the surrounding environment.
PERSIAN RESTAURANT INTERIORS, 2018
In collaboration with Shaqayeq Arabi. The two story restaurant serves high quality Persian food for contemporary lifestyles in a fast casual restaurant style. Open from 3am-10pm everyday, it serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and features an open style kitchen and employs traditional methods of cooking. The restaurant has a different menu everyday – specializing in different regional Persian cuisine, and serves traditional herbal teas. The interior design is contemporary with a touch of the past.
PERSIAN RESTAURANT LIGHTING, 2018
In collaboration with Shaqayeq Arabi. Salvaged the lights from old local light shops and reassembled the pieces to put them in a new form that suited the purpose of the restaurant.
PERSIAN RESTAURANT CUISINE AND TABLEWARE, 2018
In collaboration with Shaqayeq Arabi.
PERSIAN RESTAURANT ART, FURNITURE, SIGNS AND SYMBOLS, 2018
In collaboration with Shaqayeq Arabi. Involved the resoration of historical ceilings from the Zand and Qajar Dynasties, carefully brought back to life by the artist Shima. The ceilings were sourced from the collection of F.Ave. Design and execution of graffiti art was by the passionate and creative graffiti artist X One.
PERSIAN RESTAURANT UNIFORM DESIGN, 2018
In collaboration with Shaqayeq Arabi. The handwoven fabric used to create the uniforms was sourced from local fabric weavers in Yazd.
RESTAURANT ON A LAKE
COMMERCIAL BANK OF DUBAI HEADQUARTERS, DUBAI, 2001
Project Manager of Interior Design. Completed the interior fit-out and installation of marble mosaic flooring for the prominent bank's headquarters. Mosaic art is on the floor. The striking architecture of the Commercial Bank of Dubai (CBD) is the result of intricate design expertise and quality products, many of which were supplied on a local basis. Total Design, a leading art and design company based in Dubai, was involved with the mosaic art floor panels located at the ground level, lobbies and level 9. These panels vary in size and comprise of small pieces of marble in a variety of colors, joined together to form intricate designs, which elaborates on Total Design’s scope of work.
NAIF POLICE MUSEUM, FOR DUBAI MUNICIPALITY, DUBAI, 2002
INTERIOR FIT OUT, DUBAI, 2002
Project Manager, Senior Architect. Along with Makiya Associates, studied, designed and supervised the reconstruction project, which involved one of the wings of Naif Fort's conversion into Naif Police Museum. Naif Fort is the first police station in Dubai. In the early 1990s, the Fort was renovated while preserving its archaeological features and in 1997, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum ordered to convert one of the wings of the fort into the Naif Police Museum, for visitors to learn about the history of the police in Dubai. Visitors to the museum will have an opportunity to view models of police uniforms, which have evolved from a local traditional clothing to a modern one, in addition to the medals and badges of police ranks, along with the equipment and weapons of the police since its formation up until now, and the models of arrest and detention rooms. The museum also provides information, historical documents and decrees issued by Dubai Police since its formation in 1956 and allows visitors to view profiles of the Dubai Police leaders since its foundation.
DUBAI MUSEUM INTERIOR FIT-OUT, IN ASSOCIATION WITH EVENT HERITAGE, DUBAI, 1995
Since 1971, Al Fahidi Fort has been home to Dubai Museum, the main museum in Dubai. The museum was opened by the Ruler of Dubai, with the aim of presenting the traditional way of life in the Emirate of Dubai. The Museum houses artifacts which give a fascinating insight into the history and culture of the region.
FOSSIL HALL IN THE OMAN NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, MUSCAT, OMAN, 1995
Executor for this project. Project completed in association with Event Communications. The museum has detailed coverage of Oman's flora and fauna, with displays of indigenous mammals, insects, birds and botanical gardens. One of the highlights of the museum is the fossil hall.
PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT OMAN OIL AND GAS EXHIBITION CENTER, MUSCAT, OMAN, 1995
Executor for this project. Project completed in association with Event Communications. The center was opened in November 1979 and after extensive remodeling, it was re-opened in November 1995 as a gift to the nation to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the reign of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said. Six permanent displays are designed to explain how crude oil and natural gas are formed underground from layers of organic matter deposited in oceans and lakes millions of years ago as well as how they are then found, brought to the surface, delivered to processing facilities and how the end products are ultimately used.
ARUSHI TAILORING AND FASHION HOUSE, DUBAI, 1985
Designed the interiors for Arushi, a tailoring and fashion house based in Dubai.
STAGE DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION AND TECHNICAL CREW, OHLONE COLLEGE, FREMONT, CALIFORNIA & BRITISH COUNCIL THEATER, DUBAI