Rumah Interiors have been shortlisted for Interior Design Scheme – Global Award in The International Design and Architecture Awards 2020.
A home designed for modern, suburban living; this villa was designed for an expatriate family of 5 in the heart of Dubai. The overriding brief given to Rumah Interiors was to breathe life into a building which had been empty and neglected for several years by the Master Developer, before the owner purchased it with a vision and determination to make this his future family home.
The home underwent a total renovation, making it almost unrecognisable to what Rumah Interiors faced on their first site visit. The designers started by establishing the base material palette, which consisted of a limited set of standard finishes that appear in every space. From the natural oak used in the joinery and wood flooring, matt black metal accents, grey concrete floor and wall features in various forms, and a beautiful vein cut silver travertine cladding that punctured through all four levels around the lift shaft. The individual spaces were then given their own personality to reflect the main user of each space, through careful curation of furniture, joinery works and accent pieces.
The client wanted to maintain a consistent identity throughout the interior space, which aligned with Rumah Interiors way of working. The reason this design works so well was due to the meticulous devotion to the base material palette all through the property to achieve the client’s vision. Every decision was taken with patience and respect for the principal to connect the various levels and rooms by not drifting away from the established intentions. With a nod to the owner’s childhood home, where the door was inscribed with a hand carved Arabic saying translating to “In the name of God, God has willed, there is no power but with God”, Rumah Interiors worked with local furniture manufacturer City Palace LLC to design a custom main door that fuses the modern sleek aesthetic in keeping with the house design, with a bespoke part of their history.
One of the upgrades that Rumah Interiors proposed to their clients was to replace the thick white mullions in the windows with curtain wall glazing, which immediately opened up the property to its surrounding area with tremendous impact. As designers, Rumah Interiors appreciate that ‘design’ is not just about aesthetics – it is also materiality and function. The harsh climate of the Middle East makes durability important to withstand the temperatures. This informed many of their decisions with regard to materials.
To Rumah Interiors, this property not only reflects the personality of the family who reside in it, but perseverance, and represents what can be achieved by determination and hard work.
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