Italianità in Qatar
If you’re visiting Doha on the Persian Gulf you should make certain to enjoy promenading along the corniche by the beach: The sidewalks run a full seven kilometers next to the seaside in Qatar’s capital, flanked by parks, many small stores, and a marvelous view of the glittering skyline. Among the luxurious large-scale projects on the peninsula are the Divan Emiri, the residence of the ruling emir, and the Hotel Fraser Suites Doha. Architect Matteo Nunziati dreamed up the project, a building inspired by the Art Deco of the 1920s with almost 50 stories and over 300 rooms. Long-standing Italian furniture makers Molteni&C fitted it out – with an array of products that ensure the spacious rooms feel homely, too.
Guests can enjoy taking a break, for example, on an “Allure” armchair designed by Matteo Nunziati, which with its bent steel base boasts flexible upholstery made of polyurethane and cold foam to meld clear lines and comfort superbly. Likewise very comfortable is “Breeze”, a sofa purpose-designed by Matteo Nunziati – with its compact shape and end-to-end seating surface it focuses on the essentials. They are flanked by the generously proportioned “Doda” armchair, the brainchild of Ferruccio Laviani. Anyone preferring a slightly lower backrest will no doubt love the “Doda low” version. Laviani also masterminded the “Mandrague” armchair, which with its organic shape and high backrest and armrests enables the sitter to withdraw from the world for a moment, while placing a tiny cup of piping hot Arabic coffee on the “45°/Tavolino” side-table, designed by Ron Gilad for the Grado collection – a cube or block-shaped table series with transparent crystal-glass tops held by slender wooden profiles. For a little more of an eye-catching table, you can choose finished for the outer and inner sides of the wooden profile that are dyed in different colors. For dinner you then take your seat on “Glove” by Patricia Urquiola – a chair with a light metal structure completed covered with taut leather to give the feel of being completely coherent. (am)