Sabwa, Luxury Café in Medina
Location: Medina, Saudi Arabia
Scope of services: Interior Design and Decoration
Date: February 2019
The role of cafes in modern cities has assumed great importance as we seek more places in which to socialize and establish connections with others. The luxury café in Medina is one such space, designed to encourage conversation in an elegant and relaxing surround. Luxurious and stylish, the café uses subtle nuances in the décor that pay tribute to its location in the strategic city of Medina in Saudi Arabia.
Styled in a neutral beige, the soft creamy color palette is instantly appealing to patrons of all ages, from young to old. The intent was to quickly make guests feel relaxed and at ease, irrespective of their age.
Plush pale pink upholstery complements the light-colored walls and flooring and provides a pleasant contrast to the dark gray sofas. Hanging chandeliers and chains wow visitors from the moment they step into the café, drawing their attention to the magnificent splendor of the tall ceilings and vibrant interiors.
The layout is kept simple: rectangular tables with sofa seating and chairs line one wall, while modern-styled booths provide slightly more privacy on the opposite wall. The pink rose, a popular flower in the city of Medina, symbolizes the café’s location in this religiously significant city. Extravagant clusters of pink roses line the elegant glass display behind the marble-clad counter. A delicate bouquet of roses forms a striking centerpiece on the tables.
The booths on the lower level are designed to offer guests a greater degree of privacy. The tall seatbacks act as low partitions, making each booth a private enclave for conversation. Modern in their design, they give the luxury café in Medina a hip, contemporary vibe.
Lighting also plays an important part in putting guests at ease. Brightly lit with a variety of light sources, the café is vibrant and energizing, equally suitable for an enjoyable conversation or focused work.
White and gold wall sconces complement the metallic globes suspended amidst the avant-garde chain fixtures. Strip LED lighting under counters and on stair treads are a safety feature but also add to the brightness by reflecting off the high-gloss flooring. Flush-mounted ceiling spotlights supplement the overhead lighting. The café’s logo is backlit, making it a focal point immediately visible to patrons when they enter.
A piano is used to entertain guests with soothing music to enhance their experience.
The upper-level seating area offers additional tables for small groups, decorated using the same color scheme as the ground level. Set amidst profuse runners of pink roses that embellish the dividers, the upper-level seating is cozier and more intimate.
The designers have tried to provide an immersive experience for patrons by invoking all the senses. Visually striking, the significance of the roses is further emphasized through the air-conditioning system, which diffuses a rose oil into the atmosphere. Combined with the soft, melodious tunes from the piano and the taste of delicacies from the café’s menu, visitors are treated to a complete experience that goes far beyond what you might find in most other cafes in the city.
The soothing décor extends to the bathrooms, which are simply finished with subway tiles. A black-edged oblong mirror adorns the wall behind a white wash basin mounted atop a marble counter. White fittings complete the clean, modern look of the bathrooms.
Moving outdoors, umbrellas, which are a classic symbol of the city, are used to provide shade from the hot sun. Adorned with tassels, these umbrellas offer shade for the center row of tables. They are flanked on either side by tables with chairs and built-in wooden seating. The entire arrangement is enclosed by gray powder-coated sections with plexiglass roof and wall partitions. Palm trees stand like tall sentinels on either side of the seating arrangement.
Globular lighting, reflective of the fixtures used in the interiors, provides elegant illumination over the tables. The modern vibe of the indoors is reflected in the outdoor seating as well.
Glamour and elegance define this luxury café in Medina. Designed for comfort and luxury, the soothing décor and brightly lit interiors make this the ideal place for visitors who want to relax after a long and tiring workday.