Architect and Interiors India|June 2020
When one of the world’s leading design firms is given an exciting, vibrant brief, you know you’re in for something special. This was certainly the case when LW Design Group were commissioned to create the interiors for Mr Taco, a Mexican restaurant in Dubai’s Le Royal Méridien Resort & Spa. We talk to the designers about their firm, their work and trends in hospitality interior design.
No tale about Mr Taco would be complete without taking a look at the firm that revamped its interiors to such great success. In 2019, LW Design Group did something remarkable. Or rather, they did something remarkable, again.
Last year saw the international design firm, which has offices in Brazil, Hong Kong and the UAE, win ITP Media Group’s Commercial Interior Design Awards Interior Design Firm of the Year for an unprecedented fourth time. Founded in 1999 by Jesper Godsk, the firm has gone from strength to strength. Over 100 staff work in three offices, with one in Aarhus, Denmark, opening in the next few months.
The firm’s outlook is based around spaces that engage and dialogue with the local culture through pinpoint accuracy and detailing. With a vast portfolio of over 200 restaurants and hotels, LW Design Group has worked with a series of well-known names in Dubai, including The Accor Group, Al Futtaim Group, Dubai International Airport, Emaar Properties, and Emirates Airlines.
Designers Rachel Kidd and Jacqueline Craft worked together to refurbish and revitalise Mr Taco’s distinctive interiors. A smaller space than LW Design Group typically works with, Mr Taco presented challenges along the way. Nevertheless, the refurbishment was an unbridled success, resulting in a unique space that speaks of authentic Mexican experiences and that is a wonderful environment in which to dine.
At the client’s request, the contemporary Mexican-inspired interior was firmly aimed at the Instagram generation, and sought to engage the senses and the younger generation’s desire to communicate and tell their own stories. Kidd and Craft worked to create a unique interior, one that spoke of identity and individualism. “Our clients often ask for a feature that will be Instagrammed and remembered. Whether it is an artwork, a caption, or a sculpture, there needs to be something that engages with the customer and guest,” says Kidd.
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