Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts' entry into fine dining Kuwaiti-style makes the most of the outdoors, despite the fierce Middle Eastern heat. Part of the Gensler-designed Burj Alshaya Centre, two of the Four Seasons Kuwait's F&B outlets are perched atop its roof, overlooking Kuwait City and the Persian Gulf.
Shanghai-based Kokaistudios teamed with the upmarket resort group for the third time to create Dai Forni (Sicilian) and Sintoho (Asian) restaurants that together cover some 1,100sqm (12,000sqf) 0f the Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait. They are linked first by a wall of Kuwaiti greenery and then by an expansive terrace, whose glass sculpture recalls the pool of an oasis.The major statement pieces at Dai Forni – literally, 'from the oven' – are its dominating copper wood-burning stoves. Around them, Kokaistudios has incorporated metal mesh and laser-cut curtaining, as well as diffuse lighting. This has the dual effects of minimising heat gain and marrying cultural elements of the Middle East and the Mediterranean.
Kokaistudios teamed with the resort group for the third time to create Dai Forni and Sintoho restaurants that together cover some 1,100sqm 0f the Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait
Traditional Sicilian weaving motifs bring cohesion to the space in chandelier fixtures, semi-circular seating and golden Mediterranean hues. Mashrabiya lattice patterns and traditional Sicilian ones blur the lines between the two regions.Tonally, Sintoho is Dai Forni's night-time complement, with soothing water towers and colours recalling nocturnal Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo, whose signature cuisines bring Southeast and East Asian repurposed street-food to Kuwait.
Kokaistudios jettisoned kitschy orientalism, instead emphasising diversity and modernism. A shared Chinese heritage is incorporated in traditional Chinese embroidery, linens and a welcoming tea wall, forming Sintoho's connective tissue. Silver pendant lights recall Southeast Asian raindrops, while Zen-like geometry, burnt-wood countertops and open kitchens bring an element of excitement to teppanyaki and dim sum.