Dé­cor re­view

Masti at La Mer, Dubai is a cel­e­bra­tion of colours with In­dian flavours

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Cheer­ful in­te­ri­ors of Masti at La Mer

As the name sug­gests, ‘Masti’ which trans­lates to fun and mis­chief, is truly what this place is all about. As you en­ter the place, it wel­comes you with stunning glass chan­de­liers, bril­liant por­traits on the wall, mon­key artwork which is witty, and vi­brant colours which can be seen in ev­ery item of de­sign and dé­cor. The beach­front ter­race and lounge al­lows guests to en­joy the fresh sea breezes, and a laid­back, yet play­ful ex­pe­ri­ence. The up­stairs bar area of­fers the panoramic views of the Ara­bian Gulf with com­fort­able low lounge seat­ing and high ta­bles, per­fect for a re­laxed out­ing.

The ground floor is a textured blue shell against which all other el­e­ments sit. With a busier back­drop of the Ele­phant Bar, the first floor shell is kept grey with neg­a­tive spa­ces high­lighted with a matt gold line draw­ing bor­rowed from the stained glass pat­terns. Hand glazed tiles and hand­crafted brass basins ac­cen­tu­ate the re­strooms. Sim­ple brass spac­ers laid as a grid into poured con­crete floors off­set the vis­ual drama of the in­te­ri­ors. A more in­tri­cate Ko­lam-in­spired pat­tern de­fines the floor­ing pat­tern at the en­try pavil­lions.

In­dian de­sign firm, Delhi-based Studio Lo­tus, worked to­wards the in­te­ri­ors of this place. Asha Sairam, team leader and project de­signer, Studio Lo­tus, says “The vi­sion for the project was to make it a mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary des­ti­na­tion that is bold and vi­brant and buzzing with en­ergy, much like the na­tion that in­spired the con­cept. The site is a two-sto­ried beach­front prop­erty with stunning views of the Ara­bian Gulf and the city sky­line. Studio Lo­tus was ap­proached to de­sign the in­te­ri­ors for the 743sqm pro­gram com­pris­ing an all-day din­ing, bar, evening lounge, pri­vate din­ing room and Gin Room across an equal mix of in­door-out­door spa­ces seat­ing about 200. With the pro­gram clearly defin­ing dis­tinct day and night spa­ces, the core de­sign ap­proach was to cre­ate a se­ries of zones that would seg­re­gate each ex­pe­ri­ence as one moves through them.”

Space is dot­ted with mod­ern ex­pres­sions of In­dian art, craft and ar­chi­tec­ture set against a vi­brant pal­ette of colours. “The ex­pe­ri­ence is made play­ful with whim­si­cal el­e­ments like the hand­crafted stained-glass ele­phant bar, the in­layed mar­ble game ta­bles and quirky graphic prints on the cush­ions and up­hol­stery, in­spired by the In­dian nar­ra­tive,” adds Sairam.

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