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issue 42 - February/March 2018
CURVE magazine cover February/March 2018
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A FOODIE'S DREAM

A Fusion of Style and Taste

The UAE's Boutique Interior Design Firm of the Year 2017, Pallavi Dean Interiors' first restaurant design concept, Shababeek, is now open. The team developed a design story around the concept of 'fusion' to reflect both the collision of architectural and design styles which has existed in Lebanon for centuries and the restaurant's eclectic array of influences: from Mediterranean cuisine to Khaleeji wildlife, French fashion to Romanesque and Islamic architecture. The exceptional detail poured into the design is combined with a vibrant color and materials palette of rich greens, brushed brass and neutral tones. The result is a restaurant with an elegant, sophisticated and, above all, contemporary design language.

The client, HH Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, a senior member of Sharjah's ruling family, gave an incredible brief: to create a destination restaurant for the Northern Emirate, a world class outlet that would raise the bar for the restaurant scene across the entire emirate. Shababeek is a refurbishment of an established Lebanese restaurant in Sharjah.

Working on the food, Beirut based celebrity chef Maroun Chedid developed a menu that blends the best of Lebanese and Emirati cuisine, and design work began in late 2016, finishing in November of 2017. The birds that flock to the prominent olive tree are represented in the custom designed wallpaper on the ceiling by Pallavi Dean, with images of birds, plants and trees found in both the Levant and the Gulf.

This series of digital collages is created by Dubai based art collective, The Attic. Their fascination with the UAE's natural environment has been an ongoing focus of their work. In this mural the artists created a series of ornate patterns from plants native to the UAE.

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