Shacking a shell beauty

May 31, 2016

The Maine Oyster Bar and Grill project in Dubai brought a number of challenges to the creative procurement approach. We worked closely with the restauranteur to translate his vision of the interior design into the finished look. Some of the most impressive and imposing elements of design are the chandeliers, which have been developed, designed and handmade for this project. It took over three months of skilled craftsmanship, but the final effect is a great symbiosis of a modern, non-pretentious design with a great link to the delicious oysters served in the restaurant.

The centerpieces have been meticulously crafted from Capiz shells for a reason. The Maine is most of all a seafood restaurant, where chefs are shacking fresh oysters everyday, therefore, the use of this beautiful, natural product was a great fit with the restaurant’s marine theme and laid-back New England retro style.

 

Capiz is known as the Windowpane Oyster, and is an edible mollusk commonly found off the coast of several Asian countries. Due to its abundance in its native region, the Capiz shell has been developed into several different uses, and continues to be a valuable commodity. With their beautiful translucent structure nothing is thrown to waste: from the meat up to the shell - everything has its own use.

 

The manufacturing process begins with the shell being collected by hand, and then cleaned to remove salt water and other imperfections. The Capiz shell is then polished, coated, and cut into the shape it is needed. The shells are extremely versatile and add a sophisticated elegance within the restaurant interior. From a plain shell turned into beautifully designed chandeliers, it is a real gift of nature.

 

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