Design Destination | Intersect By Lexus

BY Nada Bokhowa / Dec 19 2016 / 19:53 PM

Bazaar Interiors delves into the design domain of Intersect by Lexus, following the venue winning the Best Regional Interior Design at the Harper’s Bazaar Interiors Awards

Design Destination | Intersect By Lexus
The interiors of Intersect by Lexus in DIFC. Photography by Gregory Davies

Characterised by leather banquettes, intricate bamboo wall façades and a ceiling evoking sand dunes in the desert, Intersect by Lexus presents an exceptionally unique space in DIFC. The design was conceived by the Japanese interior designer Masamichi Katayama, founder of the Tokyo-based design practice, Wonderwall Inc. and implemented locally by the design firm, LXA in partnership with Al-Futtaim. The director of LXA, Sarah-Jane Grant unveiled the inception and development of the unique dining and lifestyle destination. “We worked with Wonderwall on a weekly basis to understand their direction, their intent with what Intersect by Lexus would be” explains Sarah-Jane. She adds, “We then brought it to the space, we project managed it and we also made it fit within that very unique location in DIFC.”

The décor infuses design elements from Japan and the Middle East 

Signature design elements manifested within the venue include a wall intricately displayed with over 1,000 miniature Lexus car models chronicling the history of the brand. Black and white hexagon tiles emanate tire tracks, while a bamboo spindle wall allows natural light to filter into the space. Regional design elements which were implemented include the curvilinear forms of the ceilings – designed to reflect sand dunes. An additional adaptation from the Japanese prototype was the cuisine and the dimensions of the tables. “A really important point is how we eat in the Middle East,” explains Sarah-Jane. “We like a little bit of more room. The size and heights of tables, all of this was considered specifically for the Middle East market,” she says. Sarah-Jane reflects on the success which Intersect by Lexus has achieved over the past year. She says,

“Working with a different culture of design has been brilliant for everyone involved”

She adds, “Approaching design slightly differently has been a great process for us. Being associated with the Lexus brand has also been wonderful for us.”

Following Intersect by Lexus winning Best Regional Interior Design at the Harper’s Bazaar Interiors Awards, the General Manager of Intersect by Lexus, Benjamin Nicholas says, “I feel very proud and honoured to be able to collect such a prestigious award on behalf of Wonderwall and LXA, and I’m so pleased to see the Dubai design community appreciate and have welcomed Intersect by Lexus into this city.”

Further information on Intersect by Lexus can be found here and at Wearelxa.com and Wonderwall Inc.