03 Apr 18
Award-winning international interior design studio, Lulie Fisher Design Studio, has been appointed to design the luxury beach and golf-front villas recently launched as the first phase of the landmark Blue Amber resort in Zanzibar. Developed by Pennyroyal Ltd, Blue Amber Zanzibar is a luxurious tropical island resort development that blends contemporary living with world-class hospitality facilities. Once complete, it will be Africa’s largest mixed-use development, and will include five international hotels, an Ernie Els signature 18-hole golf course, a water park, and an underwater restaurant and nightclub.
“We are thrilled to announce that we recently appointed Lulie Fisher as the Interior Designer of the Blue Amber Resort, residential units,” said Saleh Said, Managing Director of Pennyroyal Limited. “Her depth of experience and detailed industry knowledge of over 25 years will raise the bar on design standards, enabling potential investors a glimpse into the dream lifestyle on offer in Zanzibar.”
Before launching Lulie Fisher Design Studio in 2016, Fisher spent more than 25 years of working as an architect and interior designer at Foster + Partners in London, one of the world’s top architecture firms, and later at Aedas Interiors’ Studio in Dubai. During her time at Foster + Partners, Fisher worked on high-profile projects including the LSE Library, the Robert Gordon University, The Bexley Business Academy and Canary Wharf Underground Station, London. Projects she directed and led have won awards including RIBA best building, London Civic Trust, Scotland Civic Society and runner up in the most prestigious of all Architectural Awards, the Stirling Prize for Architecture.
Already, Lulie Fisher Design Studio has won a number of significant awards. “Before our first-year anniversary, we took home the award for Best Concept Design 2017 at the Middle East and North Africa Interior Design Awards for the re-purposing of the Louvre and Guggenheim Galleries at the Manarat al Saadiyat for the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Cultural Authority,” says Fisher.
The first residential phase at Blue Amber Zanzibar consists of 47 luxury double storey villas designed to maximise the spectacular views of either ocean, lakes, or golf course.
“The beauty of the site is unprecedented for us and the vision for its sustainable development is very exciting,”
says Fisher, adding that the design language she has developed for the villas reflects the rugged land and the tranquil blue waters of the extraordinary island site, translated through the use of natural, earthy palettes and textured surfaces.
“We knew we wanted to create a very contemporary, timeless and luxurious atmosphere but also integrate elements from the history and aesthetic of Zanzibar that provide the development with a strong sense of place and unique attributes,” she says. “We sought to create an elegant, neutral backdrop using rich materials and finishes while adding key ‘feature’ walls and furniture pieces that either incorporate or are directly inspired from African design, colours, textiles and textures.”
These natural palettes are juxtaposed with elements of luxury and sophistication including elegant and functional kitchens and bathrooms. Dreamy pale blues have been introduced into the sanitary ware collections in the form of free standing sculptural bath tubs with floor mounted faucets and stunning wash basin vessels mounted on live edge timber vanities.
“We are absolutely delighted to be appointed to collaborate with Pennyroyal on this truly wonderful and unique project,” says Fisher.