Inspiring Restaurant Design by Kokaistudios at the Four Seasons Kuwait
Creating a beautiful, unique, functional, and overall fabulous restaurant design takes talent. And if the project is for the Four Seasons the talent must be top-notch. So, when the Four Seasons Kuwait at Burj Alshaya needed two stunning restaurant designs. Award-winning Kokaistudios got the job. Read on to learn more about the ultra-talented Kokaistudios. And see Dai Forni and Sintoho, the stunning dining spaces they created at the Four Seasons Kuwait.
Architecture and interior design firm Kokaistudios began in 2000 in Venice, started by Italian architects Filippo Gabbiani and Andrea Destefanis. In 2002, the duo decided to headquarter their firm in Shanghai. Since, Kokaistudios has grown into a multi-cultural firm of 60 people. The firm works on a global scale with projects in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and North America. Kokaistudios partners with its clients to collaboratively develop innovative and groundbreaking projects in diverse fields of design.
Primarily the full-service architectural and interior design team focuses on developing cultural, corporate, commercial, hospitality and retail projects. However, they have also worked extensively on urban regeneration projects involving the requalification of heritage locations.
Kokaistudios aims to develop projects that add positively to the built environment and social fabric of the cities and countries in which they are located.
INSPIRING RESTAURANT DESIGN
Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait Sintoho Restaurant
Sintoho offers an Asian signature dining experience to Four Seasons’ guests. The restaurant overlooks the Persian Gulf from the top floor of the building. The goal of the restaurant design was to create a destination that could elevate the street foods of Singapore, Tokyo and Hong Kong to fine-dining status.
The restaurant features a live dim sum station; robata grill; teppanyaki tables; a live teaology station; and specialty Asian afternoon tea. Thus, Kokaistudios conceived the restaurant design around the following. “The idea of celebrating the diversity and excellence of Asian cuisine and creating spaces and opportunities for the guests to experience the sights, smells and tastes of these food cultures up close.”
Kokaistudios looked to the commonalities between the cultures and created a design language that united them. Rather than looking at current times in these countries, they looked to the past. And specifically how Chinese culture has played a role in them over time.
The end result – a beautiful, rich and dynamic space. A perfect place to experience the cultures from which the cuisine originates. A space filled with delightful handcrafted materials and intricate details that play together in beautiful harmony.
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Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait Dai Forni
Next door to Sintoho, and sharing the top floor’s large outdoor terrace, is Dai Forni. The restaurant was conceived to bring the freshness and tastes of Italy to Kuwait. Thus Kokaistudios began their design process by deciding which area of Italy to focus on. The team quickly selected the Mediterranean, and in particular the island of Sicily; a meeting point between the cultures of the Middle East and Europe.
Throughout the space one finds testaments to Sicily. The semi-circular seating and custom-designed chandeliers take inspiration from traditional Sicilian woven baskets. And the intricately carved doors and sun-screens in the restaurant’s private dining rooms are inspired by traditional Sicilian lace patterns.
Kokaistudios describes the process that led to the sensational end result. “By working with world-renowned craftsmen from Italy to Australia and points in between; employing subtly design instruments; and a focus on appealing to all the six sense we have created a project that is simultaneously rooted in Middle Eastern culture while being a true embodiment of Mediterranean and Sicilian food culture.”
We envisioned the space as an oasis for all the senses with the entrance characterized by an immense green wall; itself an innovative structure filled with local desert plant varietals; and large fire pillars that frame the entrance experience and bring the guests along a sandstone floored corridor into main dining areas centered by an expansive antipasti counter covered in a pink-hued hand treated cooper from Italy.Kokaistudios
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The design of these two stunning spaces showcases Kokaistudios amazing talent for creating architecturally charged interiors. Through their original use of materials and light, they create expressive spaces that mystically connect with people.
Words by Anna Beck Bimba
All Photos by Seth Powers / Courtesy of Kokaistudios