From his beginnings at Covent Garden’s Opera House where he met and became friends with the artist/director, Sam Taylor Wood, Patrick LeLarge joins Blanchard in Dubai after moving from London where he was lead designer at prestigious firm, The Studio Harrods.
It was an interesting time for the store as it had recently been sold by Mohamed Al Fayed to Qatar Holdings and the new owners were implementing a lot of positive changes including a 2,200 sqft executive office suite.
LeLarge also did a proposal for redesigning Qatar Holdings’ headquarters in Doha.
“Both these projects were extremely fast-paced with no room for error given the status of the client, and the pressure to deliver such a high profile project was tremendous. The client loved the end result which made it all worthwhile,” he said.
Blanchard is currently looking to further expand its portfolio into the hospitality sector including bars, restaurants and hotels.
“I am very excited to have joined Blanchard to continue developing the niche expertise we are known for, providing tailor-made and unique residential designs, both for interior premises and architecture,” said LeLarge.
“We are also looking to expand the Blanchard brand/ethos into the hospitality sectors such as bars, restaurants and hotels. I feel the hospitality sector lacks a more personal design approach which is what Blanchard is known for.
With our proven track record in the residential sector and my experience in similarly high end commercial and hospitality sectors, I want Blanchard to be involved in more hotel/resort projects. The end result would stand out from the crowd.”
The designer said the Middle East is an exciting place to be right now in terms of architecture and interior design. He added the scope and quality of projects such as Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi, Infinity Tower in Dubai Marina, Zabeel Saray hotel on the Palm and Doha’s new international airport are perfect examples of high quality projects which are unique to the region.
“I joined Blanchard for its innovative approach to design and for its proven record of delivering quality projects to its clients. I was keen to join an office where attention to detail is carried through, from the conceptual design phases to the on-site presence,” he said.
“From my earlier experiences working within an architectural office, I am delighted the firm offers an holistic approach to its designs, seamlessly marrying architecture and interiors within one studio.”
LeLarge, who won two commendations for Kitchen and Bathroom Designer of the Year 2007, recently completed an installation for Blanchard promoting sustainable design for Index called Chic Green. He is working on the conversion of two penthouse apartments in Oceana on the Palm, and a residential new build in Ras Al Khaimah. The studio is also about to start work on an art gallery in Dubai.