First look: Paul Bishop designs vibrant interiors for Dubai Waka restaurant

Waka, the newly opened restaurant in The Oberoi Dubai Hotel, boasts vibrant interiors, inspired by the colourful diversity of Latin American culture. From the decoration on the floors to the artwork adorning the walls, every detail has been curated by Dubai-based designer Paul Bishop and his team.

Deriving from the word ‘huaca’ which means ‘blessed’, Waka’s cuisine fuses Latin American flavours combined with Japanese seasonings and is launched by the team behind Craft Café in d3.

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The space is divided into two areas – the main restaurant which seats up to 90 guests, and the Chef’s Bar seating up to eight people.

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According to the designers, the aim was to create an original and contemporary Latin American dining experience with its own identity and familiarity – a place where people can experience the best of Latin American cuisine.

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The main entrance is composed of an impressive and authentic wooden door leading into the casual bar/lounge area adorned with traditional Peruvian accessories, patterned fabrics and tapestries with natural rustic wall claddings.

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The space features a ceviche counter that opens up into a kitchen. Ornate wrought-iron bi-folding panels divide the lounge and dining area and visually shield the two spaces from one another, giving them their own identity.

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The dining area features artwork with strong visual content, bespoke furniture and authentic materials such as weathered bricks and patina copper which translates into a contemporary yet traditional environment.

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The numerous ceiling designs running through the space, such as tapered panels and double reclaimed vaulted brick claddings. The flooring design was derived from traditional and authentic Peruvian patterns featuring two tones that converge, fusing together to create movement on a static surface.

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The diverse selection of materials and design aesthetics used in this venue enabled us to create a memorable space where its clientele is immersed into a different culture and experience.

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