One of the most distinctive characteristics of Studio Matteo Nunziati is their capacity to work in a skilful and consistent manner across a range of different design sectors – from interior design and architecture to industrial design and Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment – linking them together with coherence and creating a sense of harmony between the parts. Thanks to this characteristic, the Milan-based studio has been able to make a name for itself and assume over the years a prominent role in the design of spaces for the hospitality sector. One of their most significant projects, begun in 2009 and recently completed, has been developed in the Middle East and commissioned by an important Qatar family. Here Studio Nunziati was commissioned to design a luxury 5-star hotel to be built in one of the most prestigious areas of the Persian Gulf. This gave rise to the Fraser Suites: sophisticated hospitality spaces with sea views across West Bay Doha housed in a 50-storey residential tower that presents a sophisticated take on Arab decor style. Inside the complex, an articulated interior design project defines the spatial qualities of the 388 apartments, as well as the communal areas.
Every part of Studio Nunziati’s design has been conceived to create a strong balance between aesthetic results and economic aspects. With this in mind, suppliers were brought in from Italian companies able to constitute a point of reference in their own sector at an international level, not just in terms of the elevated standards of quality but also the quality of assistance offered. The original interpretation with a contemporary twist of a series of traditional Arab expressive elements was the design concept adopted to give life to a sophisticated and dynamic setting with a strong character that is at the same time homely and welcoming. The large residential apartments, all with kitchen areas, are destined for long-term stays by clients accustomed to travelling around the world in search of surprising spaces, out of the ordinary yet able to make one feel at home. Along with Molteni (furniture), Fontana Arte (lighting) and Teuco (sanitary fittings), a particularly prominent role was played by Fiandre for the floors and walls, a partner who enabled the designers to express their creativity to the full, enhancing the emotional qualities of the Fraser Suites.
For the design of the Fraser Suites, Fiandre supplied an extensive range of stylish ceramic tiles, specifically for different functional areas of the building. The Travertino Maximum stoneware tiles, characterised by the welcoming colours articulated by the marble veining, add to the elegance of the lobby, evoking soft nuances of desert sand and offering guests a cosy and relaxing atmosphere. Calacatta Maximum, surrounded by Middle-Eastern ornamental patterns, brings out the intense luminosity and stylistic sophistication of the restaurants while Gold Onyx Maximum is the specific expressive note that distinguishes the lounge at the 32nd floor. Every element used is brought out by the polished surfaces and elegant details. The porcelain stoneware tiles, all from the Marmi Maximum collection, are proposed in the particular maxi format of 300x150 cm, that ensures a strong impact on large surfaces, reducing the number of interruptions with floor joints. To this characteristic is added that of the minimal thickness of just 6 mm that guarantees notable advantages in terms of transport, installation and structural interaction, thanks to its considerable lightness.
The “supersize format”, great lightness and high levels of resistance, as well as the sophisticated design of the surfaces, place the qualities of Marmi Maximum Fiandre in strong competition with those of the finest marbles. What is more, the reduced need for maintenance, possibility of laying over existing surfaces and guaranteed long life make this product ideal for application in commercial spaces of various kinds especially those in which there is a high flow of people. This combination of aesthetic qualities and high performance has enabled Fiandre to come up with an increasingly versatile range of products, that represent a dynamic tool for the realisation of ideas by architects and interior designers. To these characteristics, in the case of the design of the Fraser Suite, has been added the constant and detailed assistance of Fiandre over the course of the entire project, from commercial negotiations to the final execution of the work. “Made in Italy” has thus been interpreted not so much as a style but as a profound approach to design, able to define and create spaces in every possible variable and to take architecture and interiors to a new level of quality.