I was invited by Mona and Frida to come to Dubai’s showroom to discuss something with them. They wanted to present “the legacy collection” during Dubai Design Week and asked if I wanted to collaborate.
I was given a very nice space in the showroom on the right side, a room with Burj Khalifa, and I was allowed to select furniture from the new collection
Back at the Studio, I organized a workshop to come up with ideas for the project. We came up with 3 pre-concepts.
1. The strong element of design to put in the ceiling is the main focus
2. Involving elements throughout the room.
3. Hand-painted wallpaper surrounding the room.
Organized a meeting with them to present our 3 ideas and they selected the first.
Now the challenge was to choose a representative element
That identifies immediately the Christopher Guy brand. Obviously went to the mirrors and artwork and immediately I recognize Rosa’s Artwork as our element.
Then I thought about how this could stand out.
so I thought of painting the room in black, burgundy, or dark green. I also looked at the furniture of the new collection, and then after selecting the furniture.
I made a fabric selection.
Once I had chosen the furniture and fabrics, it was obvious to me that the room should be black.
The furniture was ordered 3 months before the event and we were worried it would arrive on time due to the problems of shipping during post-Covid but finally, all arrive on time.
2 weeks before we put the mouldings and painted it Black. Then an artist reproduced the Rosa on the ceiling in big dimensions with gold leaf. Looked amazing! 3 days before we set up the furniture and were done.
During the presentation, everyone liked it and said that it was Christopher Guy’s, and lots of people commented on the furniture and other elements. Success!!!
– Guillermo Blanco