The Making of Tangia- Grand Opening

Five months of blood sweat and a lot of tears (to be honest), Tangia had its grand opening September 15th, 2012.  The Ambassador from Morocco was the appointed ribbon cutter.  I had made the ribbon a bit too decadent with a few layers, so he struggled to cut through.  There were a few awkward glances being cast my way by the hotels general manager, so I went over to help but he had just finished cutting through on his own thankfully.   I was introduced to the ambassador over dinner and he said he felt at home being in the restaurant which was a very kind praise.  

Prepping for the first dinner!

Prepping for the first dinner!

I was doing last minute preparations on the ribbon. 

I was doing last minute preparations on the ribbon. 

The grand opening is finally here!!!

The grand opening is finally here!!!

Struggle bunny ribbon cutting but he did it!  I photo bombed with a simile because it was taking a while to cut through! 

Struggle bunny ribbon cutting but he did it!  I photo bombed with a simile because it was taking a while to cut through! 

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Paparazzi! 

Paparazzi! 

The staff!

The staff!

The men of the hour. 

The men of the hour. 

The Making of Tangia- Moroccan Gypsum Carving

Tangia is located in the lobby of Wyndham Grand Regency hotel in Doha, Qatar.  I needed to create a dramatic entrance to sweep lobby guests out of Doha, and in to Morocco upon entrance.  What better way than to introduce the restaurant with traditional Moroccan gypsum carvings.   I was able to hire and entire Moroccan staff to execute the entrance to ensure authenticity.  They worked hard for a week on these three walls and I think the end result is rather spectacular.  They taught me their techniques each step of the way and I've laid them out visually for you to see! 

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The Making of Tangia- Photography

I blew up and framed a handful of photos I took in Morocco, to decorate the walls of Tangia.  Since most of the decor photos don't show them up close, I thought I'd show case them here.  

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