We recently traveled to Beirut to one of our clients’ homes – a truly outstanding architectural achievement by Raëd Abillama Architectural Associates, situated in the mountains of Faqra at one of the world’s first private ski resorts.
The architectural design includes large expansive spaces overlooking Faqra, Beirut and beyond. Every angle of the home has been cleverly designed, using sky lights to absorb the sun and place emphasis on the raw materials of the building.
In addition to a bespoke, turnkey design service, Harrods Interiors also offers an interior planning service, helping clients to plan a single plan layout or curating accessories for an entire property. We work closely with our furniture brand partners within Harrods or specifying bespoke pieces where necessary.
On this project, we were tasked with selecting extremely sleek, modern and cutting edge furniture. We followed a muted colour palette of white, ash grey and charcoal, introducing pops of colour and texture to complement the predominately concrete and timber minimalist structure.
One of the most stunning features of this property, is the use of shadows and light. For instance, I love the way the sky light in the underground pool area casts geometric silhouettes onto the wall.
Sloped skylights create interesting silhouettes. Part of the challenge with this project was selecting pieces which not only work for the client’s lifestyle but which work in harmony with the architectural features of the home. The clean lines and mottled grey fabric of these Ligne Roset daybeds, for example, work perfectly in the setting.
Upstairs, we wanted to select a piece which echoed the juxtaposition of such a contemporary building with the beautiful natural setting. This B&B Italia rocking chair does just that, combining a sleek and modern silhouette with sleigh legs and pony skin effect seat.
The living area is a fabulous example of how the architect has used the raw materials as part of the colour palette. The neutral, cooler tones of the concrete are warmed up by the walnut panels of the walls. We chose an indigo B&B Italia sofa to add a darker, inkier element. The table choice was also dictated by the design of the room – using the furniture that is architectural in form, with different shapes and dimensions.
For me, designing is all about matching the interiors with a client’s lifestyle. These particular clients love to play the host, so seating for a large party was key. The minimalist theme echoes throughout the home with only necessary and essential pieces being included in the design. We selected a bespoke Roche Bobois dining table with sleek black chairs.
The crisp blue of the sky works beautifully with the warmth of the wooden panels and the concrete flooring. The design of this room, the main living space, is genius. The expansive space revealed by the large glass wall and vast, angled skylights allows the landscape to dominate. In this case, all that is required of the furniture is something discreet and meaningful to complete the palette and we chose a light grey sofa by Flexform for this space.
In the snug play area, comfort was key. A pale décor style is offset by the indigo tones of the ‘Bend’ sofa by B&B Italia – which is also one of the most comfortable I have ever come across!