Wondering how it looks a flat at the top of the Burj Khalifa? Voilá! This episode is to welcome you back on the blog after the summer with a new story about a super modern penthouse in one of the most iconic building ever built (I love the design of the Burj!).
Mr O.L. had opened the doors of his home just for us. Unfortunately, the day I took the photos there was a huge sandstorm and the view from higher than 100 floors was pretty sandy…anyway, the house looks great and completely different from what we have seen lately.
The owner, a french banker living in Dubai for eleven years, is passionate about italian design, and he told me he had a very clear idea of what to do in this big space. He is an enthusiastic traveller, and going around the world inspired him with colours and influences from Malibu, one of his favourite places; this explains the blue walls and the marble surf boards all around the house. Here, the interplay of elements—clean lines, sporty pieces, modern furnishings and fine upholstery, —results in a surprisingly warm home with flowing spaces bathed in light. The idea of the big living space was essential; a pure desire to ensure that everything was as open as possible.
Who is inviting The Sandy Side at home today?
How did you choose your home and why?
Did you have a decorating vision in mind before you started decorating it?
Where does your interest for interior design comes from?
Which is your favorite part of your home and why?
How would you define the style of your home?
Tell us about your favorite object in your home.
The big painting from eL Seed, bought here in Dubai. I know the artist personally, he is a french-tunisian street artist, whose works incorporate traditional Arabic calligraphy, in a style that he calls calligraffiti. You can find his amazing works in his gallery in Alserkal Avenue.
Was the flat very different when you first entered?
Yes. It was divided in three different rooms where you now see this big living room space. We have knocked down the walls to get this amazing open area with this magnificent light coming through the rounded glass facade; I really wanted everything to be flowing in the living zone, with the cinema room open and the gym area on the other side as well. Then you have a guest bedroom, the master and a big closet. I have also changed the stones in the bathrooms, that were originally very dark, with something lighter. I’ve chosen a bright blue colour on the main wall and kept the high ceiling. I think it came out much nicer, I love it.
What is your dream object that is missing in your home?
An address to recommend in Dubai?
DECO NOTES from O.L.’s addresses in Dubai
El Seed STUDIO: http://elseed-art.com
Alserkal Avenue, warehouse 75
Beautiful and unique works of art.
B e B Italia: https://www.bebitalia.com/en/stores/bb-italia-dubai
Umm Al Sheif Road, Umm Suqueim 1, Jumeirah 3
One of the best italian brands, great for sofas and customised closets.
653 Jumeirah Road, Umm Suqueim 1