Charlie & Friends Restaurant

XO Atelier‘s design for Charlie & Friends in Dubai embodies Mediterranean essence through curated lighting by Nemo Lighting and bespoke elements, blending culture and artistry for a unique dining experience.

  • area / size 1,830 sqft
  • Year 2023
  • Type Restaurant,
  • Capturing the essence of the Mediterranean while redefining contemporary dining aesthetics, the interior showcases exclusive Artwork by acclaimed Lebanese artist, Tamer Kamerji, weaving together elements of culture and artistry that resonate with patrons. Central to the project was the careful orchestration of lighting elements. Collaborating with Nemo Lighting and incorporating bespoke wicker lights from Indonesia, XO Atelier was able to capture the essence of the Mediterranean light. This artful illumination weaves seamlessly throughout the space, embracing patrons with its serene curves and soothing luminosity. Aiming to transcend conventional dining norms, XO Atelier ingeniously brings together a casual elegance with meticulous craftsmanship and visionary creativity, bringing to life the unparalleled atmosphere of Charlie & Friends.

    Charlie & Friends is a retreat set against the picturesque backdrop of JBR beach life. The design philosophy draws inspiration from the colors of sunsets and infuses bespoke elements, such as custom-made terrazzo. The centerpiece of Charlie & Friends’ design narrative is the ingenious use of hand-developed ombre lava stone, skillfully juxtaposed with dappled lighting that casts an inviting glow, reminiscent of the sun-kissed Mediterranean coastline.

    Design: XO Atelier
    Photography: courtesy of Nemo Lighting