Case study: Media One Hotel redifines itself with edgy interior makeover designed by LW

Media One Hotel in Dubai Media City has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment of its entire ground floor, including lobby, bar, café and office lobby. LW’s design team, led by Pooja Shah-Mulani, senior interior designer, was briefed to make the space more exciting and give visitors something to think about.

The central theme that was selected was ‘media’ – relating to the location of the property within Media City, as well as the key business interests of many of its guests.

This was translated into some of the playful pieces that adorn the lobby, café and bar.

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“We were given a lot of freedom to really push the boundaries for design and choose fun elements to bring the space to life,” Mulani tells Commercial Interior Design.

Overall, there were no major changes made to the structure or the flooring, keeping disruption to the operation of the hotel to a minimum. The designers relocated the reception desk to the back of the lobby space. Not a traditionally obvious place for this function, but as Mulani explains, the new layout now adds to the aspect of social interaction.

“One of the things that we wanted to initiate as a design company was moving away from a traditional reception desk at the entrance,” she says. “With a lifestyle brand, the lobby is one of the most difficult spaces to activate because people use it as a grazing space. We wanted this area to become a social hub where people meet and greet and socialise. We wanted to create a space where you want to go rather than a place where you have to go just to check-in.”

White marble runs throughout the ground floor so the design team decided to introduce timber panels and cladding to add some warmth.

The fabrics chosen are contemporary and eclectic, adding texture and interest to seating areas, often punctuated by pops of blue. Most of the furniture in the lobby area was custom-made. Wooden flooring has been introduced into the outlets, complementing the use of marble, wood and metal on furnishing.

In the lobby area, visitors will notice abundant white monkeys holding lights (by Seletti World) – a nod to the ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’ premise. There are 78 monkey lights in total throughout the space and Mulani says this feature wall is one of the most Instagrammable features.

“Being a media hub, one of the main inspirations was how to incorporate the evolution of media throughout the years and generations,” adds Mulani.

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