The Little Black Door is an understated yet elegant New York style speakeasy bar in the Conrad Hotel, Dubai. The client’s design brief required the Interior to be a ‘gateway’ of expectation to the service and product all the while expressing a quiet confidence. The Interior was to be a mix of classic and contemporary, an Italian Milano’s gentleman’s living room combined with a New York speakeasy with the soul of Kate Moss as its muse. A colour palette of sumptuous earth tones, rustic bronze and predominate metals should demonstrate a good connection with the black and white photography. Whilst the lighting was to be classic yet contemporary with an urban touch.
The Interior oozes a ‘provocative exclusivity’ whilst full of atmosphere and a refreshing approach to the suggested “speakeasy”. Little Black Door is a place to ‘live it easy’ a source of refueling, a consistent necessity to carry on with the upcoming rigors of the next day. “What happens behind the Little Black Door, stays behind the Little Black Door” however, what the Interior looks like behind each door should have a different feeling worth being spoken about. The Interiors aesthetics evoke a somewhat ‘steam punk’ dynamic. Walls are adjourned with a combination of weathered plastered slip bricks, ornately cast concrete mouldings, intricately detailed wrought iron works juxtaposed with industrial elevator grates, natural stone clad columns which complement the exquisite chestnut claddings of the main/back bar counter. The flooring is an intelligent use of contemporary innovative materials such as Lindura and Senso that allow for an enhanced visual experience.