_Twenty Seven Twelve Group
Creative Direction & Environmental Design:
_Twenty Seven Twelve / Carlos Gris
_Carlos Gris / Freddie Denton / Sara Ahmed / Tamer Temsamani / Jorge Portillo
_MIC / FujSeng
_Nikola Stokanovic - Oculis Project
Steki, which means ‘hangout place for friends’ in Greek, is an intimate new restaurant located on a beach in Fujairah, looking out on to the Indian Ocean in the UAE. The interior is inspired by the natural and organic forms found in marine life and the movement of water found around coastal islands.
Parallels were drawn between the location of Fujairah and the chosen Greek cuisine. Both have similar marine life, which are seen illustrated in to the decorative, bespoke floor. Both have organic coastal alcoves that twist and curve around undulating mountainous islands. Also, Fujairah and Greece have a palette of softened pink – seen in the sunrise and painted on the walls of the traditional Cyclades houses.
The curving floorplan was created from tracing over the movement of fish and water around Fujairah and Greece. Without one single straight surface, the walls were sketched directly on to the floor whilst on-site, making the environment an illustration in itself. Special care was then taken to make a snaking & organic sofa, it had to be templated closely around the complex walling.
Fusing intimacy with glamour, the venue offers the local residents comfort whilst also offering premium cuisine.