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Dubai’s Media One Ho­tel has un­der­gone a re­fur­bish­ment of its lobby, café, bar and of­fice lobby.

Pooja Shah-Mu­lani, LW’s se­nior in­te­rior de­signer, was tasked with mak­ing th­ese spa­ces more ex­cit­ing while re­flect­ing the ho­tel’s lo­ca­tion in Media City and the busi­ness in­ter­ests of guests.

This brief led to the use of play­ful pieces, such as the abun­dant white mon­keys hold­ing lights – by Seletti World – while there are also sheep, by Jean Luc Cornec, fea­tur­ing old fash­ioned tele­phones on their faces, re­mind­ing vis­i­tors of the dra­matic changes in com­mu­ni­ca­tion meth­ods in re­cent years.

Dis­rup­tion within the ho­tel was kept to a min­i­mum, as there were no dra­matic changes made to its struc­ture or floor­ing, while the use of slid­ing barn doors has helped to cre­ate so­cial yet in­ti­mate meet­ing spa­ces.

Tim­ber pan­els and cladding have been in­tro­duced to add warmth to a ground floor fea­tur­ing cool white mar­ble, while con­tem­po­rary fab­rics have brought in­ter­est­ing tex­ture to seat­ing ar­eas.

The ho­tel’s re­cep­tion desk has been re­lo­cated to the rear of the lobby space, while the QWERTY bar boasts pop art on its walls.

The ground-floor CafeM fea­tures sus­pended metal fix­tures that pro­vide stor­age and dis­play space above the serv­ing counter, with be­spoke cab­i­netry cre­at­ing a home for plants and books re­lated to the media theme.

Food is served all day here with dif­fer­ent types of seat­ing mak­ing the café a pop­u­lar place for in­for­mal meet­ings and ca­sual meals.

Work on the ho­tel rooms and suites is cur­rently un­der way.

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