Blue Sky Hospitality completed the interiors of an Italian dining destination at the JW Marriott Absheron Baku. The bar and restaurant, known as OroNero, is said to be inspired by the mineral wealth of Azerbaijan.
The design concept – which plays with the idea of “black gold” – was created by Henry Chebaane, founder of Blue Sky Hospitality. Chebaane drew inspiration from Azerbaijan’s mineral wealth to design JW Marriott Absheron Baku’s new dining establishment, choosing oil, gold and jewels as central elements.
The OroNero lounge is styled as a private jet, with burnished gold buffalo leather panels, pink gold snake upholstery, black gold leather seats and fretwork panels in ebonized timber. Also available are the prosecco bar, grappa library and salumi kitchen clad in black marble.
Furthermore, the restaurant is anchored by a walk-in wine cellar, and – an alternative to the show kitchen idea – the cooking area is enclosed by translucent golden mosaic screens, so that only the shadows and movements of the chefs working behind it can be seen by the diners.
In keeping with the “black gold” theme, the timber flooring – specially developed by the Blue Sky Hospitality design studio – is amber with black veins. Similarly developed exclusively for the restaurant, the bespoke wool carpet evokes splashes of coffee, prosecco, olive oil and fine balsamico.
Subsequently, there are a number of artworks at OroNero, including “Golden Beluga”, a sturgeon sculpture made of carbon fibre, 24ct gold plated steel and Titanium F1 car parts; and “EVOO (Extra Volatile Organic Object)”, an installation of mouth-blown drop-shaped glass bottles, some filled with extra virgin oil and others with crude oil.
Gold also features prominently in the wine cellar.