LIGHTHOUSE SHOP AND KITCHEN OPENS IN d3
The Lighthouse, a new concept store, features exclusive design brands alongside relaxed dining
The Lighthouse, a new concept store and kitchen offering a curated selection of food and design, is now open in Dubai Design District’s Design Quarter. A range of design and gift items including lifestyle and tabletop accessories, glass and serving ware, books and stationery for adults and children are available at the store. The kitchen offers a Mediterranean-inspired menu designed by Chef Izu Ani .
A nod to one of The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the name, according to Founder Hashem Montasser and co-Founder Hany Bassiouny “was inspired by Virginia Woolf’s seminal novel ‘To the Lighthouse’ and her Bloomsbury Group, which met over ‘lingering breakfasts’ and ‘painting lunches,’ an indication of how central fresh, well prepared dishes were to the way the group socialized — a principal tenet of The Lighthouse’s philosophy.”
The Lighthouse, designed by Anne and Alexandra Cantacuzene from Dubai-based AAC Interiors, has an airy indoor and outdoor space where guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner or an after work aperitivo. Its brand identity, using the Fresnel lens used in lighthouses as a design reference, was created by graphic and type designer Lara Assouad.
Chef Izu and his team bring expertise to The Lighthouse kitchen, open from 8 am daily. The Lighthouse bakes all its bread in-house and offers a selection of broad Viennoiserie including freshly baked croissants, brioche and Danish pastries. Signature dishes include spicy tomato shakshouka, sea bream carpaccio, grilled lamb cutlets and baked sea bass with ras el hanout and harissa wrapped in vine leaves. For dessert, guests will be in a quandary between the Popelinis, the passion fruit and yuzu cheesecake or the apple and olive oil cake served with homemade malt ice cream.
The space is designed to offer guests an inspiring daytime venue, inviting them to enjoy a coffee, meal or bring their laptops and work on the mod-inspired Beetle Chairs by Danish furniture maker Gubi. In the evenings, the mood is set with nu-disco lounge music mixed by Mykonos icon and Solymar guest DJ John Hanlidis for an eclectic crowd to enjoy an aperitivo at the mezze bar.
Home to more than 30 international design brands, The Lighthouse features many iconic design brands including Alcarol (Italy), a design duo that makes resin-dipped wood furniture; SIWA (Japan) and its minimal cases made out of Washi paper; HAM (UK), chronicling the life of a rabbit through mugs, wall stickers and stationery; Miller Goodman (UK), specializing in wooden Facemaker and Shapemaker puzzles; MoMA Design Store (USA), the museum gift shop; Maison Baluchon (France) with its whimsical lifestyle accessories; Skogsberg & Smart (Sweden), whose glassware is produced in Bohemia by artisanal glassblowers; as well as the famous Brooklyn chocolate bars by Mast (USA) and Unelefante (Mexico), makers of graffiti- and Jackson Pollock-inspired chocolate.
Mohammad Saeed Al Shehhi, COO of Dubai Design District, commented: “We’re delighted to welcome The Lighthouse to the d3 community. Bringing unique retail concepts such as these to Dubai Design District is instrumental in our vision of creating a design destination and thriving creative community and we wish The Lighthouse every success.”
Located at the corner of Building 6, with a view of the Downtown Dubai skyline, The Lighthouse kitchen serves food all day, and operates a ‘walk-in’ policy starting 8 am. The store is open daily from 10 till 10.