For the Muraba Residences, located on the man-made Palm Jumeira island, RCR Arquitectes used Living Divani furniture to frame views of Dubai’s ever-changing skyline.
When RCR Arquitectes designed Dubai’s Muraba Residences, they envisioned – in their words – “a piece of artwork for living.” Surrounded by the Burj Khalifa, Atlantis and the Persian Gulf, the 50-unit building would sit on (and indeed define) Palm Jumeira, the city’s man-made island. With an eye towards framing views of Dubai’s skyline and its jaw-dropping natural surroundings, the 2017 Pritzker Prize laureates firm needed to get Muraba’s interiors right. So it turned to Living Divani.
With 46 apartments and four penthouses on site, the Catalonian architecture firm wanted to create luxurious spaces that were simultaneously timeless and futuristic. With Living Divani showcasing an exclusive collection at Le Cercle – one of the Middle East’s go-to boutiques for contemporary furniture, located in the Dubai Design District (D3) – it made for an ideal partner. Known for harmoniously proportioned, Italian-made furniture and collaborations with high-profile designers, the brand helped transform RCR’s blank canvas into places to rest, relaxation and living.
For the penthouse spaces, Living Divani had the benefit of working with natural light; these units have more than 1,300 square feet of windows. Living rooms became a set, anchored by Pierro Lissoni’s Neowall sofa – one of the company’s signature pieces – which is defined by surprising asymmetric armrests. Lissoni’s extra-soft poufs were added, creating a configurable seating cluster.
The grouping, envisioned as an archipelago, orbits around the Massimo Mariani-designed Plane coffee table, which joins two tempered-glass panels with a slab of walnut of Carraba marble. It’s a delicate (yet quietly sturdy) centrepiece for Muraba’s living areas.
Next, Living Divani furnished two different sleeping spaces: the master bedroom and a guest suite. The former is defined by the elegant Chemise Bed, designed by Lissoni, which encases a mattress with fabric volumes. Made from a poplar plywood frame and a tubular and drawn-steel headboard, the Chemise – true to its French moniker – is covered in a structural elastic material.
With leather and fabric upholstery options and a Velcro-attached cover, it can be as muted or vibrant as any space requires. Here, it’s a piece that encourages relaxation while enjoying sunset views of the Persian Gulf.
Guest suites feature the Avalon bed, designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune’s Eero Koivisto, which is defined by its sinuous contours. Made with a double-panelled pine and poplar headrest and slender stainless steel frame, Koivisto’s design adds a dose of future-forward minimalism to the rooms. Both the Avalon bed and the Neowall bed – a twist on a Lissoni-designed couch – can also be found in other Murabi suites.
The terraces, where views of the skyline are unencumbered, are a critical part of the Muraba Residences. Here, Living Divani supplied the outdoor variant of their Ile Club daybed, which places waterpoof cushioning atop a slender stainless-steel skeleton. With an adjustable backrest, the daybed enables gatherings or solo sunning sessions – ideal for Dubai’s hot-year-round climate.
Living Divani admits that the Muraba Residences are in “a corner of paradise,” and though luxurious, their furniture accents the project with a deliberately light touch. Paradise, indeed.
This content was published by Azure on behalf of Living Divani.