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Wilson Associates’ Dubai studio has unveiled its renovation for Pai Thai, a fine dining restaurant located inside of the Jumeirah Al Qasr Resort in Dubai. The firm was tapped to refresh the restaurant’s interiors while increasing dining capacity, season-proofing the exteriors for year-round service, and creating efficient patterns of mobility and flow for patrons and staff.

The senses served as inspiration for the design concept, with each element permeated in the scents, sounds, and lighting of Thai culture. Traditional Thai umbrellas, the soft glow of candlelight, and the scent of jasmine welcome patrons as they arrive by boat and step up to the main entrance. The sound of water and the aroma of incense await at the grand arrival pavilion. These sensorial ambiances continue throughout the various spaces, with curated music further immersing guests.

The interiors refresh resulted in a buzzy, yet intimate experience. Keen to maintain Pai Thai’s eclectic character, the client asked the design team to honor the restaurant’s charm while refreshing the offering to stay competitive in Dubai’s increasingly saturated food and beverage market. Throughout the process, it was important to the team––in keeping with the studio’s design philosophy––to use as much of the existing restaurant and be as sustainable in its refresh as possible. Bringing this ethos to Pai Thai’s cultural inspiration, a selection of wallcoverings was installed, including eight wall panels in the bar upholstered in Jim Thompson tiger print fabric, and an Ananbo tropical print that adorns the family dining room.

Photo: Courtesy of Wilson Associates


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