Switch Restaurant by Karim Rashid

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Designer Karim Rashid has completed the interior of a restaurant in Dubai, UAE.

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Called Switch, the restaurant is arranged along undulating walls that change colour continuously.

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The ceiling is decorated with Arabic writing, lit from behind.

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“The wall is inspired by the Arabic letter S turned on its side. 'Shin,' like the Greek Sigma, a play on the word Switch," explains Rashid.

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"Shin as a prefix even means “which,” going along with the name of the restaurant, Switch," he continues. But switch is also something like a change of direction, a transformation. The space actually transforms, and takes one on a journey. It is a truly unique environment.”

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More about Karim Rashid on Dezeen:

Fluxus by Karim Rashid and Michela Vianello
Doride lamp by Karim Rashid
Snap chair

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Here's some more information from Rashid:

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SWITCH Restaurant

I wanted Switch to be a strong, symmetrical vision composed of a continuous, undulating wall that wraps around the space. The design creates an interesting texture for light and shadow, evoking the sand dunes in the desert. It is a unique environment of symmetry and balance that completely envelops the guests.

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Every experience is composed of views, smells, tastes and sounds; here, the senses create individual backgrounds for a truly amazing global dining experience. The backlit ceiling artwork consists of stylized inspirational Arabic phrases. The continuous wave seating provides an efficient and dynamic operating system.

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I wanted to create a powerful, clean space that offers a beautiful perspective. I wanted to create an oasis free from chaos. My intention was to create a truly unique space for the Dubai Mall that will become an iconic reference, not only in Dubai, but also in the rest of the world.

CLIENT: ALBASSAM GROUP
CATEGORY: RESTAURANT
LOCATION: DUBAI MALL, DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
FACILITIES: 97 SEAT RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE
AREA: 200 SQM / 2150 SQF

  • http://www.twitter.com/youQuaren LotsaOoohs

    I think you over-did it.

  • aylin aydin

    had a cup of coffee there…awful acoustics…

  • abed

    All of you Europeans and foreigners sound like a group of haters, taking into consideration the many awful design that you describe as beautiful, designs such as the architecture of Antonio Gaudi and the mockingly childish design of the dancing house. Architecture could also be a personal expression that you want to show to the world.

  • fetto

    Would you people stop picking on Karim?! He’s done a great job.