REDEFINING LUXURY DESIGN INTO ICONIC MASTERPIECES
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Brand van Egmond was founded by William Brand in 1989. The atelier, based in The Netherlands, is well known for their artistic and sculptural approach towards lighting.
As all lighting is created by hand, there is also the opportunity for tailor-made lighting: allowing for a perfect customised lighting sculpture for any given space.
Every year new collections are born, and find themselve in some of the most beautiful spaces across the globe. Their clientele ranges from Royals till Rappers. Luxury firms like Louis Vuitton, Chopard and the Four Seasons hotels have invited Brand van Egmond to lighten up their spaces, but also some of the most exquisite private residences have embraced their characterful designs.
Visit their newly opened boutique in Kuala Lumpur, where guests can experience their lighting sculptures and receive professional advice.
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DARE TO IMPRESS With travellers becoming increasingly discerning with respect to luxury stays that appeal to the soul as well as one’s sense of aesthetics, more designers are stepping up the ante in terms of hotel and hospitality design with a multifaceted element.
ilson Associates, our featured firm in this edition of H+R, is certainly no stranger to dashing design giving rise to unforgettable, customised experiences. A collection of global studios and design-minded creatives, this noteworthy company’s impressive portfolio includes some of the most iconic commercial and hospitality institutions in the world, such as the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong and Armani Hotel Dubai. Owing to its diverse approach and modern take on classic luxury, it’s no surprise that Wilson Associates continues to be a go-to pick where style, substance and wellbeing are concerned. It’s truly an honour to showcase their cutting edge work and signature projects in this issue. As for other things H+R, I’m pleased to announce that we’ll be providing more live updates on our website in due time, so our readers are advised to stay tuned for an official announcement. On that note, I’d also like to take this opportunity to invite designers, studios and firms, large and small, to submit their work online. Got something noteworthy to share? Show us the goods by uploading relevant images and text. We await you with bated breath! Inching into 2019, we are greeting the new year with joy and optimism as H+R expands its worldwide reach with respect to readership and clientele. We hope you’ll continue to stick with us as we explore projects and places, and uncover exciting frontiers where only design boldly dares to go. Kenneth Khu firstname.lastname@example.org
FREISTIL 135 ROLF BENZ
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OFFICE CONCEPT V11N3
DECEMBER EDITION 2018
THEBRIDGE TO THE FUTURE: CONNECTING DIVERSE AND COLLABORATIVE BUSINESS COMMUNITIES
THEBRIDGE BY SPACE MATRIX
DEFINE, DIVIDE AND CONQUER KETTAL IS UPPING THE OFFICE FURNITURE GAME WITH THE OFFICE PAVILIONS AND SPACE DIVIDER, WHICH ARE DESIGNED WITH THE NEEDS OF THE MODERN OPEN-PLAN WORKPLACE IN MIND. DEFY GRAVITY COSM SETS A NEW STANDARD FOR PERSONALIZED ERGONOMIC COMFORT, THANKS TO ITS SOPHISTICATED DESIGN FEATURES THAT ADJUSTS TO YOUR BODY AUTOMATICALLY. THE ART OF WORKSPACE DESIGN CREATIVE INNOVATION AND A KEEN SENSITIVITY TOWARDS TODAYâ€™S WORKPLACE TRENDS PUT ARTWRIGHT IN THE SPOTLIGHT AS A BRAND RENOWNED FOR ITS FUTURE-FORWARD OFFICE INTERIOR SOLUTIONS. OFFICECONCEPT.ASIA
ALBERT & ILE by MINOTTI
ALFRED by GIORGETTI
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140 CHALICE 48 METALLIC GREY by MOOOI
ATOLL by B&B ITALIA
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editorial MANAGING EDITOR Kenneth Khu DEPUTY EDITOR Pang Yin Ying EDITOR Christine Lee design ART DIRECTOR Eric Phoon SENIOR DESIGNER Sandy Liew
credits PHOTOS: Except otherwise noted, all photos and drawings are owned by photographer or design studio. acknowledgement COVER: Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay designed by Blueplate Studios
contributors WRITERS Adele Chong, Dorothy Lung, Giovanni Lee, Lily Wong DESIGN STUDIO Wilson Associates sales & marketing SENIOR SALES MANAGER Edward Chen SALES EXECUTIVE Kelvin Ong publication PUBLISHER Kenneth Khu enquiries ADVERTISING email@example.com SUBMIT EDITORIAL firstname.lastname@example.org CONTRIBUTOR email@example.com SUBSCRIPTION firstname.lastname@example.org website www.hrdesign.asia | www.kennethmedia.asia contact KENNETH MEDIA SDN BHD 1002 Block D Tiara Kelana Jalan SS7/19 Kelana Jaya 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Malaysia. T: +603 7887 4525 printer PERCETAKAN IMPRINT (M) SDN BHD No.538, Jalan 20 Taman Perindustrian Ehsan Jaya, Kepong 52100 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. permit number KDN PP18850/09/2015(034307) MCI(P) 135/01/2018 magazine H+R | HOSPITALITY+RESIDENTIAL is published three times a year and is circulated throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Opinions expressed are those of the contributors and not necessarily endorsed by the publisher. copyright notice All rights, including copyright, in the content of this publication are owned by Kenneth Media Sdn Bhd, Malaysia. You are not permitted to copy, broadcast, download, store in any medium,transmit, show or play in public, adapt or change any in any way the content of this publication for any other purpose whatsoever without the prior written permission of Kenneth Media Sdn Bhd, Malaysia.
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SHIFTS IN FREQUENCY
OPEN AIR APPEAL
While the expression ‘man is not an island’ rings true in most cases, this sofa ‘archipelago’ by Rolf Benz emphasises how much of a blessing it can be to spend time in the cosy company of others. Sturdily upholstered with a low back to accommodate varied sitting styles and positions, the Freistil 135 was created with mixed living situations in mind. Easily configurable, it ingeniously celebrates living at its most versatile.
Devised as a combined respite for body and soul, the Radar chair’s soft but decisive lines are evocative of a retro science fiction film. Its simple, rational lines are a relief to rest one’s eyes upon while its wide and sumptuously curved back provides ample support for one’s weary limbs. The broad swivel base is also a clever and aesthetically complementary addition, allowing the sitter to pivot and recline with ease.
Designed by Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan for Minotti, this striking modular seating system takes a cue from the classic teak duckboard used in the yachting industry to facilitate the outflow of water. Composed of suspended square platforms, the exceptionally lightweight Quadrado is intended for outdoor spaces. Featuring solid wooden bases and a varied reconfigurable typology, whereby sitting elements are punctuated with purposeful wooden surfaces, Kogan’s laidback design is complemented by its nature-inspired palette.
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FUNDAMENTALS OF LUXURY
BENDING THE RULES
EVERYTHING IN PLACE
The sleek lines and lavish materiality of this statement-making sofa make it a godsend. Consisting of several well-formed elements that come together to make a cohesive whole, the Essential sofa holds true to its namesake. An indispensible inclusion in chic households, its adaptable and approachable nature makes friendly get-togethers an experience to remember. The velvet-smooth cover and draped armrests are definite highlights, ensuring for comfort in every sense of the word.
Thereâ€™s been a lot of press about Ceccotti Collezioni as of late, and for good reason. Since its inception, the Italian furniture brand has been consistently churning out beautiful, purposeful designs that dazzle the imagination. The RONDINE chair, envisioned by collaborators Mattia Albicini and Luca Martorano, certainly belongs in the aforementioned category. Made of solid American walnut, the sinuous curves of this eye-catching piece truly make it a work of art.
Emulating the magical movement of a fan, the Alfred is a wonder to behold. Fitted with pivoting hidden compartments for all your indispensible kitchen objects and accessories, this freestanding sideboard-cumchest of drawers by Giorgetti is sure to win a special place in the hearts of devotees of hyper-organised living. Utilitarian features aside, the Alfredâ€™s solid walnut Canaletto wood make and marble top give this rolling piece an affably stylish feel.
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SHAPE OF SLEEP
AT YOUR BACK
Designed by Roberto Lazzeroni, the Pegaso is a uniquely crafted bed that sets the stage for a restful yet stylish night’s sleep. Created with the explicit intention of redefining the sleeping area, its sensuously curved headboard wraps purposefully around the top part of the double bed, shielding the sleeper from random distractions. The distinctive structure brings the design’s lightweight nature to the fore while the pared-back palette spells rest and relaxation.
Piero Lissoni never ceases to surprise and delight with his gorgeously thought-provoking designs. Proving the point is the organically shaped Eda-Mame sofa, a clever fusion of three types of seating, namely, high-back chair, easy chair and pouf. Paying tribute to the quirky form of a soy bean, the strong sculptural contours of Eda-Mame’s moulded foam seat and backrest make this impressive piece boldly impactful in both residential and public areas.
Created as a framework for modern living, it’s an added benefit when furniture also instills a sense of security and wellbeing. The Lock chair was made to fulfill this purpose. Designed by Alexanndra Busana for Bonaldo, the piece’s circular look and feel deliberately exudes a sense of comfort and protection, namely via a folded padded strip that fashions itself into a supportive backrest. Available in a four-legged or swivel base format.
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Rolf Benz knows a thing or two about fine craftsmanship and engineering. Demonstrative its industry know-how, the ever-progressive German brand teamed up with Berlin designers Böttcher & Kayser to dream up Freistill 133. Described as a sofa that ‘combines bear and bird legs’, the composition of this unique piece toys with the idea of balance; the voluminous framework is daringly perched on slim metal legs, giving off a feeling of precariousness.
Albert & Ile is a family of vintage-inspired pieces that differ in shape but are united in terms of their overall design. Created as an homage to Minotti’s late founder Alberto and his wife, Ileana on their 70th anniversary, the collection’s latest edit, which features a range of seating as well as a coffee table, reinterprets the aesthetics of the 50s and 60s. Simultaneously fun and sophisticated, the pieces do justice to Minotti’s vibrant outlook.
Inspired by terra cotta, Obon is a three table-range that bring to mind archaeological sites and ancient rituals. The culmination of a painstaking process involving the combination of shapes and volumes, these simple yet graphically striking pieces take on the essence of precious discoveries and the sense of returning to a fascinating age defined by folklore and tradition. Contemporary yet curiously antiquated in form, Obon endows living spaces with a touch of earthy sophistication.
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Ceccotti Collezioni has a penchant for elegant furniture with an edgy twist. The Italian premium brand’s Roberto Lazzeroni-designed PIRUETTE chair has hit a high note with admirers of its signature approach to luxury furniture. The piece’s intricate solid American walnut frame cuts a fine figure, winsomely showcasing a curved plywood seat upholstered in fabric leather or natural leather. At once bold and delicate, PIRUETTE truly lives up to its spritely sobriquet.
Flora and fauna have always fueled the design imagination. The designers at Edra have taken this to an exciting new extreme with the Rose chair. A wonderfully picturesque piece dressed in luxurious materials, Rose’s unique composition entrances while offering its sitter ample support. Made with individual precision and clad in sumptuous red velvet, the seat’s petals-cum-padding make the chair an extra welcoming respite while moulded metal legs function as a sturdy base.
Treat yourself to a sleek new office chair upgrade in the form of this impeccably put together number by Giorgetti. Dubbed CLIP and designed by M2atelier, this stunning chair is fitted with all the right features for a chic work session. Upholstered in saddle leather and composed in solid walnut Canaletto wood, CLIP’s scintillating curves go from top to bottom, right down to the refined design of its hollowed rolling canisters.
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SPHERE OF INTEREST
REASON TO CELEBRATE
Fond of bouquets and expressive light fixtures? Moooiâ€™s Chalice 48 Metallic Grey affably combines the two. Enhanced by a soft metallic grey body, this eclectically wrought chandelier by Dutch designer Edward van Vilet features a cluster of translucent silver glass chalices that are fastened with black rings at the base. Available in two sizes, this vaguely disco ball-like light piece, which also doubles as a ceiling sculpture, may be dimmed for additional atmosphere.
Preciosa, the designers of the Pearl Wave were tasked with a very specific brief: create an interactive light installation that could be installed on a yacht or cruise ship. The extraordinary piece also had to embody the ability to surprise incoming visitors and make them smile. Itâ€™s safe to say that the final breathtaking result, featuring a mix of handmade opal spheres hung from gold metal rods, fulfilled the aforementioned criteria and then some.
Spatial acoustics are kept consistently in check with Silent Field, an innovative LED-based ceiling light by Artemide with energy-friendly properties. Long acknowledged as a pioneer of cutting edge light works and installations, the Italian brand has clearly gone all out with the design of this multi-purpose piece. A slightly space age vibe is reinforced by its flattened geometry, which serves as a soundabsorbing surface characterised by round threedimensional hollows of varying depth.
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CREATURE COMFORTS Toeing the line between whimsy and function, Moooi’s designs are anything but run-of-the-mill. This unique set of jewel-like, animal-shaped table lamps by Marcel Wanders is characteristic of the Dutch design house’s penchant for quirky light pieces that lend atmosphere and fun to spaces, large and small. As cheery as their names suggest, Uhuh, Purr & Noot Noot exude a cosy wintery feel, making them the delightful accessories for the season.
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NAUTICAL NOSTALGIA NATURAL AND HIGH-TECH MATERIALS COMBINE WITH AN ARTISANAL TECHNIQUE TO MAKE THE NAUTICAL-INSPIRED BITTA SERIES THE PERFECT FOIL FOR ANY OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE.
THIS PICTURE: In addition to dining and club armchairs, and dining tables, the Bitta collection also includes daybeds, deckchairs, swing clubs and sofas, stools and bar stools.
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THIS PICTURE: The modular pieces in the Bitta ensemble can be mixed and matched to furnish any living space, whether large or small as well as indoor or outdoor.
“MY AIM WAS TO CREATE DENSE BRAIDING THAT WOULD STILL ALLOW AIR THROUGH, RESULTING IN THE PIECES LOOKING LIGHTWEIGHT, WHILE RESEMBLING COSY NESTS IN NATURAL COLOURS TO SIT BACK AND RELAX IN.” Rodolfo Dordoni
he Italian architect and designer Rodolfo Dordoni had ropes on his mind when he created the Bitta series of outdoor furniture for Kettal, the Spanish outdoor furnishings company, in 2009. Merging artisanal techniques with both earthy and modern materials, the designer turned to traditional rope braiding, albeit with polyester cords, to fashion the seats which are tethered to aluminium frames. “My aim was to create dense braiding that would still allow air through. The braiding is reminiscent of the ropes used to moor boats — hence the name Bitta, which means ‘mooring’ in Italian — resulting in the pieces looking lightweight, while resembling cosy nests in natural colours to sit back and relax in,” Dordoni said. A modular collection that includes dining armchairs, stools, 2- and 3-seater sofas, corner and central modules, daybeds and swings, the pieces can be combined in any way to create the perfect décor for any personal outdoor space. All the pieces are made from waterproof materials such as the aluminium
MIDDLE & BOTTOM: Made up of aluminium frames with hand-braided polyester cord, deep cushions and teak legs, the Bitta 2-seater sofas are an embodiment of lightweight cosiness.
ALMOST A DECADE ON, THIS KETTAL ICON IS NOW A CLASSIC THAT HAS BEEN UPDATED AND REINVENTED, THANKS TO ITS FORM AND RATIONAL CONCEPT.
frames and polyester seats while the table tops are crafted from teak and stone. The chairs, stools, sofas, modules and daybeds also boast deep cushions. Almost a decade on, this Kettal icon is now a classic that has been updated and reinvented, thanks to its form and rational concept. Without departing from the original design, a new version features new finishes such as aluminium and teak legs as well as Bela ropes and Parallel fabrics. The colour palette of the cords has also been expanded to include Kaki, Marengo and Grey. An extendable table is the newest member of the collection, and is available with a teak, marble or aluminium top. A point of pride for Kettal: Its European-made quality products are manufactured in the firmâ€™s plant in a small coastal town 45 km from Barcelona. Having an in-house manufacturing facility means paying close attention to details and having the capability to customise the products according to clientsâ€™ individual requirements, making each piece of furniture personalised and exclusive.
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TOP: The dense braiding of Bitta armchairs, sofas and daybeds looks compact but still allows air through, and recalls the braiding of ropes used to moor boats.
LEFT & RIGHT: Featuring teak legs, Bela ropes and Parallel fabrics, the Bitta dining armchairs evoke a modern elegance that is perfect for the outdoor garden, balcony, terrace and dining room.
THIS PICTURE: Kettal has expanded the original colour palette of warm, natural colours to include Kaki, Marengo and Grey for its cords.
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GRAND OPENING AFTER 6 MONTHS OF MUCH ANTICIPATION, THE GRAND CAFE AT GRAND HYATT HOTEL, JAKARTA, INDONESIA, FINALLY REOPENED ON 14 MAY 2018. BELIES THE SCALE OF THE SPACE, THERE IS A FEELING THAT YOU ARE EMBRACED BY A WARM AND HOMEY ATMOSPHERE. ILLUMINATE LIGHTING DESIGN, CLOSELY WORKING WITH F&B INTERIOR DESIGNER SOCIAL F+B, SHARES THE INTERIOR LIGHTING APPROACH.
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THIS PICTURE: Main dining hall where the integration of light and interior elements create a cosy ambiance.
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THIS PICTURE: With clear visual hierarchy, lighting pulls the eyesâ€™ attention towards the feature wall that highlights Indonesian arts and crafts.
”IT’S ALWAYS INTERESTING WORKING ON A FOOD AND BEVERAGE SPACE AS YOU NOT ONLY NEED TO BE CREATIVE IN YOUR INTENT, CAREFUL OF YOUR COLOUR TEMPERATURES, BUT YOU ALSO NEED TO ESTABLISH LIGHTING LAYERS AT AN EARLY STAGE, THIS ENSURES YOU HAVE THE FLEXIBILITY IN COMMISSIONING ESPECIALLY WHEN TABLE ARRANGEMENTS ARE CHANGED.” Anni Kurniawati, Senior Designer at Illuminate Lighting Design
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patially, the interior plan adheres to a typical anatomy of a house. Upon entrance, a vestibule that is also a retail space holds and re-directs guests to the hallway, which opens up to the heart of the interior. A massive activity space, the kitchen features five live stations and buffet. Much like a typical house, the kitchen is adjoined by dining hall, guest lounge, parlour and gallery -- which welcome guests to sit down, dine and socialise. To complement the interior design concept of a home, the lighting design had to deliver performance that resonates with one’s feeling at home: at ease, relaxed and comfortable. On the flip side of the same
coin, functionally the lighting delivers a flexible installation which could be varied throughout the day as the all day dining operates from breakfast to dinner. ‘We wanted guests to feel encouraged to explore and pick a location they felt happy with, with its large footplate there were many opportunity to introduce different levels of ambience creating spaces that we hope would cater for a large varied audience’ says Simon Berry (Partner at illuminate). Defining the lighting vernacular is integration, with downlights blend seamlessly to ceiling in thoughtful positioning, such that lighting fixtures enhances the visual order and symmetry of space. Built
TOP: Gallery area overlooking the private dining room shows layered of lighting approach that highlights featural elements of the interior.
in lighting fixtures impart ambience luminescence to the atmosphere from the meet and greet at the entrance through to the heat and drama of the open cook / buffet space, all the way to the more relaxed seating areas which also consisted of a drinks / servery area requiring its own treatment. ‘It’s always interesting working on a food and beverage space as you not only need to be creative in your intent, careful of your colour temperatures, but you also need to establish lighting layers at an early stage, this ensures you have the flexibility in commissioning especially when table arrangements are changed’ say Kurniawati (Senior Designer at illuminate) The colonial style interior adopted high contrast finishes dominated by dark timber screens and panelling. Here, close offset graze lights not only impart
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TOP: The lighting in the main kitchen or buffet space is uncluttered, giving clear visual direction in this main traffic area.
BOTTOM: Lighting frames the visual by addressing the details.
DEFINING THE LIGHTING VERNACULAR IS INTEGRATION, WITH DOWNLIGHTS BLEND SEAMLESSLY TO CEILING IN THOUGHTFUL POSITIONING, SUCH THAT LIGHTING FIXTURES ENHANCES THE VISUAL ORDER AND SYMMETRY OF SPACE.
THIS PICTURE: TArchitectural lighting highlights the decorative lighting to create a sense of glamour in this private dining area and bar.
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THIS PICTURE: Private dining room where light brings warmth to ambiance.
textures, it also adds warmth to the atmosphere by picking up the honey-hued materials at warm colour temperature of 2700K. The marriage of light treatments with decorative elements in sectioned areas such as the gallery, lounges and private dining rooms brings â€˜old glamourâ€™ to mind. In these areas, layers of light creates rich atmosphere, punching accents to highlight displayed decorations, whilst illuminating functional surfaces and filling pockets of interests with luminous glow. Ultimately, an unforgettable dining experience is one that thrills all senses and Grand Cafe exceeded on all counts. It is hard to imagine a more luxurious restaurant in Jakarta to lounge your afternoon away.
TOP: Library area where light fills the volume of the space through clever integration with architectural elements.
BOTTOM: Luxury is seamless integration of lighting with interior architectural elements.
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LEGACY OF LUXURY SWITH 10 STUDIOS ACROSS THE GLOBE, WILSON ASSOCIATES PUSHES THE BOUNDARIES OF HOSPITALITY DESIGN FOR PREMIUM BOUTIQUE BRANDS, ELEVATING ICONIC LUXURY DESIGN TO THE NEXT LEVEL.
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ilson Associates is a leading global interior architectural design firm at the cutting-edge of contemporary creative culture. The firm is a collection of 10 global offices and nearly 300 design-minded creatives providing interior architectural design, architecture, art consultancy, architectural concept development, and food & beverage consultancy. Wilson Associates has been innovating hospitality design for luxury and boutique brands for nearly 50 years. Today, Wilson Associates offers a range of design services and specialty studios to meet clients’ needs in the ever-evolving hospitality industry. Wilson Associates’ dynamic talent and collaborative spirit have inspired and created some of the world’s most iconic and avant-garde spaces, among them the Conrad Koh Samui; The Venetian Las Vegas; Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve; and the Armani Hotel Dubai. Wilson Associates is constantly evolving and growing to anticipate the changing world of travel and hospitality, from establishing design studios in emerging markets to developing niche service offerings and forming strategic partnerships with brands at the forefront of design. In 2017, Wilson Associates joined forces with Zaha Hadid Architects and Arcplus to establish a
strategic alliance, offering clients wholly integrated project delivery at the forefront of master planning, architecture, interiors, and engineering technology. Of the three partners, Zaha Hadid Architects continues to redefine architecture for the 21st Century with a repertoire of designs that have captured imaginations across the globe; Wilson Associates is a worldwide leader in hospitality design, working with clients who have global reach and reputations for excellence and creating interiors for some of the most acclaimed hotels and resorts around the world; and Arcplus is China’s largest design group, covering civic, transport, and corporate architecture. Together, Zaha Hadid Architects, Arcplus, and Wilson Associates are committed to a common goal: to redefine the future of design and architecture and deliver projects with long-lasting and positive impact in the built environment and a symbiotic relationship with the destination. In addition to the strategic partnership with Zaha Hadid Architects and Arcplus, Wilson Associates has established a new office in Clerkenwell, central LondonIn 2018, Wilson Associates announced two additional international office locations in Bangkok and Tokyo as well as a strategic office relocation in Dubai, to offer expanded services to clients and
increased project opportunities. Wilson Associates now has 10 locations around the world, including New York, Dallas, Los Angeles, Paris, Singapore, Shanghai, Dubai, London, Bangkok, and Tokyo. The firm also welcomed Beth Campbell as its new Chief Executive Officer in August 2018. With more than 25 years of experience in the design industry, Campbell is a highly acclaimed strategic leader who brings passion and innovation to build upon Wilson Associates’ worldwide reputation for excellence. Campbell is a formidable trailblazer with an exceptional ability to navigate extremely complex scenarios. A LEED-certified registered architect, Campbell has overseen a robust portfolio of highprofile projects. “I’m excited to join Wilson Associates at this pivotal point in the firm’s history. I see a group of passionate people who know design -- they’re creative and innovative. It’s an enormous and thrilling challenge to be able to bring my strengths in order to build upon the firm’s legacy,” said Campbell. “I look forward to developing Wilson Associates’ global network while empowering talent and delivering world-class projects.”
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BESPOKE AUTHENTICITY WITH ITS NOSTALGIC YET YOUTHFUL DESIGN, RENAISSANCE XIâ€™AN REDEFINES THE ORIENTAL DESIGN PHILOSOPHY INTO A STUNNING MIX OF PAST AND PRESENT.
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THIS PICTURE: Featuring a vibrant palette, there is a mix of daytime casualness and nightlife energy at the bar.
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THIS PICTURE: Guests stepping into the exclusive lounge are greeted with a chic palette featuring a harmony of decorating accessories.
TO STIMULATE THE FEARLESS CURIOSITY FROM WITHIN GUESTS, THE TEAM CHALLENGED THE IDEA OF “TRUE AUTHENTICITY” AND PROPOSED A VISUAL ANSWER VIA FORGOTTEN MATERIALS.
i’an served as the imperial capital during dynastic China and is steeped in some of the richest cultures and historic events of that time. It is famously home to the terracotta army of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. In more recent times though, the city is also wellknown for integrating modern city planning amongst the well-preserved buildings and palaces from the days of yore. With a diverse mix of the now and the traditional, Xi’an is the ideal city to breathe new life into the Renaissance brand, which aims to court a particular type of clientele: the fearless explorer who expects the unexpected or the experimental braves who desire to uncover urban legends or hidden cuisines for that euphoric sense of new knowledge, and of course, wanderlust. The design team at Wilson Associates rose to this challenge by creating a play of contrasts – nostalgic yet young design – for the Renaissance Xi’an Hotel. Known for their advanced understanding of individualism and social structure at that time, the design team from Wilson Associates recreated the configuration of the ancient housing systems joined with a central courtyard by spreading out and connecting nodes of smaller spaces (families) via a centralized interactive area (courtyard). And to stimulate the fearless curiosity from within guests, the team challenged the idea of “true authenticity” and proposed a visual answer via forgotten materials, such as scavenged terracotta roof tiles reassembled as a feature wall whose texture and color suggest the distinctive ridgelines of China’s mountains. While these sustainable design elements bring an industrial appeal to the table, bespoke furniture pieces paired with fabric colour accents inspired by different dynasties of historic China coalesce into a contextual connection with a twist, hence delivering mixed features of ‘High and Low’, ‘Old meets New’ approach.
MIDDLE: With a diverse mix of the now and the traditional, Xi’an is the ideal city to breathe new life into the Renaissance brand.
BOTTOM: Unique details are implemented throughout the interior to infuse a sense of wonder and curiosity.
DIFFERENT DYNASTIES OF HISTORIC CHINA COALESCE INTO A CONTEXTUAL CONNECTION WITH A TWIST, HENCE DELIVERING MIXED FEATURES OF ‘HIGH AND LOW’, ‘OLD MEETS NEW’ APPROACH.
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TOP: Warm and welcoming dining spaces offer guests a relaxing place to unwind.
The Instagrammable grand staircase leads to the second level and features a retake on an ancient detail coupled with a bold architectural language. Other unique pieces like the mobile DJ booth on a local tricycle, retail caravan, or even sudden design gestures of unfinished material surfaces add another level of unexpectedness. Renaissance Xi’an Hotel consists of 395 hotel rooms and every unit is characterized to be spaciously cosy and timelessly newfangled. With the target to create a benchmark product, Wilson Associates underwent meticulous studies of guest needs and guestroom facilities. Household items taken from the olden days such as washboards and pole ladders are creatively integrated into the rooms as storage shelving, ‘Tangram’ puzzble sofa settings can be altered to any individual’s likings, and traditional artworks are reimagined as their contemporary cousins, bringing dabs of modish vibrant colours into the rooms and evoking an unscripted touch of nostalgia and playfulness. Breaking away from the norms, designated suites have the capability to divide into smaller guestrooms or form spaces to host smaller niche / culinary events.
THIS PICTURE: Restaurants feature creative, contemporary decor with menus focused on Cantonese, Sichuan, Xiâ€™an and Xinjiang cuisines.
RENAISSANCE XIâ€™AN HOTEL CONSISTS OF 395 HOTEL ROOMS AND EVERY UNIT IS CHARACTERIZED TO BE SPACIOUSLY COSY AND TIMELESSLY NEW-FANGLED.
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THIS PICTURE: The ballrooms are also decorated with the same palette to keep the design cohesive.
PROJECT DETAILS PROJECT: Renaissance Xi’an Hotel CLIENT: Qujiang New District, Xi’an LOCATION: Qujiang New District, Xi’an SCOPE: Hotel DESIGN TEAM: Wilson & Associates – Aldwin Ong, Principal; Sandra de Souza, Art Director PHOTOGRAPHY: Limelight Studio
TOP: Traditional artworks bring dabs of modish vibrant colours into the rooms.
Guests stepping into the exclusive lounge can feel the instantaneous change to a masculine yet residential design approach. Tailored with clean-cut vertical expressions of dark wood panels and bespoke integrated furniture pieces, the guests unwind in the lounge with activities such as relaxing with a book from the complimentary library whilst enjoying the signature afternoon tea. Around the corner there is an installation of books hanging off of over-size hairpins, and bold guests can leave their mark on a page, bridging a moment of intimacy between hotel and guest.
MIDDLE: With the target to create a benchmark product, Wilson Associates underwent meticulous studies of guest needs and guestroom facilities.
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ARTISTIC EXPRESSION LUXURY MEETS COMFORT IN SIGNIEL SEOUL WHERE A HARMONIOUS COMPOSITION OF EAST AND WEST AESTHETICS PUT AN ELEGANT TOUCH TO THE HOTEL INTERIOR.
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SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
THIS PICTURE: Set against a backdrop of Mugunghwa flowers, the hotelâ€™s reception desk is inspired by the traditional Korean household table.
ilson Associates brings a revolutionary design to the Signiel Hotel situated between levels 76 to 101 of the 555-metertall landmark Lotte World Tower, Seoul’s tallest and the fifth highest building in the world. Regarded as Korea’s most luxurious hotel, Signiel Hotel offers an extravagant experience for guests and introduces the world to Seoul’s newest sensation. Inspired by the idea of a “mansion in the sky,” Wilson Associates combined comfort and luxury with a twist on traditional Lotte properties. The design team used height as a key element in this project and featured double-height ceilings to embody a sense of airiness, reminiscent of floating clouds and to evoke a sense of grandeur as guests experience each of the spaces. Signiel Hotel’s interior harmoniously blends the elements of East and West and showcases a contemporary aesthetic mixed with Korean influences from art, ceramics and calligraphy. Korean culture and heritage can be found in every room in the form of Mugunghwa: Korea’s national flower, which symbolizes peace, happiness and unity. In the lobby, the main staircase encircles a flower installation representative of Mugunghwa, offering guests a 360-degree view of the cascading piece. The hotel’s reception desk is inspired by the traditional Korean household table and also set against a backdrop of Mugunghwa flowers completely crafted by local artisans and made from white Korean ceramic. Each of the 235 guest rooms at Signiel Hotel were uniquely designed to not only reflect the building’s
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TOP: For Signiel, Wilson Associates blend comfort and luxury with a twist on traditional Lotte properties.
BOTTOM: Signiel Hotel offers an extravagant experience for guests and introduces the world to Seoul’s newest sensation.
THIS PICTURE: Signiel Hotelâ€™s interior harmoniously blends the elements of East and West and showcases a contemporary aesthetic mixed with Korean influences from art, ceramics and calligraphy.
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THIS PICTURE: A dazzling lighting piece at the lift lobby delivers a sense of drama to the space.
“A HOTEL CONCEPT HAS TO HAVE A STRONG STORY BEHIND IT AS PEOPLE REMEMBER A STORY MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE AND YOU WANT THEM TO EXPERIENCE THE LAYERS BEHIND THE STORY AS THEY TRANSITION FROM SPACE TO SPACE, WITH THE STORY UNFOLDING BEFORE THEIR EYES.” Leonard Lee, Wilson Associates Regional Creative Officer & Regional Managing Director, Asia Pacific.
tapering shape but also to draw design cues from Korean heritage. References to Korean culture are found throughout such as the custom-made hand embroidered wallcovering above the bed, depicting a Mugunghwa tree gently swaying in the breeze with the intention to have guests “rest” under the tree. The hand-tufted rug in every bedroom has patterns found on the traditional Korean costume “Hanbok”. The team also used a palette of purples and pale blues - two unconventional colors - for a soft, luxurious feeling in the guest rooms. These two colors were selected as they are commonly found in Korean ceramic ware. The Royal Suite features a two-story living room with a large chandelier and custommade mother of pearl elements. The bathroom of the Master bedroom has a large soaking Jacuzzi tub located next to the curtain wall, providing dramatic sunset views. One of the many design highlights of the hotel is Bar 81, an upscale champagne bar paired with a panoramic sky view. Wilson Associates enveloped the double-volume space in white stone caged in satin brass compartments, a play on the traditional cellars found in Europe. Inspired by the song “Champagne Supernova” by the band Oasis, the team worked with
TOP: Equipped with a luxuriously designed interior, The Lounge is the ultimate healing space that brings out the luxurious and unique image of Seoul.
BOTTOM: Designed to resemble a European library, the Salon de Signiel on the 79th floor is a place where you can try different types of tea and coffee while enjoying a view of the Han River.
renowned glass lighting makers, Lasvit, to create a sea of hand-blown crystal bubbles suspended over the entire bar. Drama has always been part of the designer’s storytelling, mastering spaces that have a chance of creating a soul. Patrons to the bar will be able to enjoy Champagne under a sea of ethereal fizzy bubbles. “Hotel design is about the holistic integration of all the elements within that space. That’s why a hotel concept has to have a strong story behind it as people remember a story more than anything else and you want them to experience the layers behind the story as they transition from space to space, with the story unfolding before their eyes,” comments Leonard Lee, Wilson Associates Regional Creative Officer & Regional Managing Director, Asia Pacific. “I would like people to remember what they have experienced and the emotions they felt in a particular space. It is a comforting experience to know that people from different cultures and religions can share a space together as strangers, and the design enhanced and contributed to that experience.” Wilson Associates demonstrates creativity and boldness in its latest architectural design delivered in Seoul. Signiel Hotel reflects a unique and revolutionary design which sets a new precedent for hotels in Asia and globally.
PROJECT DETAILS PROJECT: SIGNIEL Seoul CLIENT: LOTTE LOCATION: Seoul, South Korea SCOPE: Hotel TOTAL AREA/SIZE: 805,872 square meters DESIGN TEAM: Wilson & Associates – Leonard Lee, Regional Creative Officer & Managing Director AWARD: Restaurant & Bar Design Awards – Shortlist, Bar 81 at Signiel Seoul Hotel, AHEAD Asia, Nominee, Urban Hotel – Newbuild, Signiel Seoul, SBID International Design Awards – Finalist, Bar 81 at Signiel Seoul
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TOP: The bathroom in the Master suite has a large soaking Jacuzzi tub located next to the curtain wall, providing dramatic sunset views.
BOTTOM: Each of the 235 guest rooms at Signiel Hotel are uniquely designed, drawing design cues from Korean heritage.
SIGNIEL HOTEL REFLECTS A UNIQUE AND REVOLUTIONARY DESIGN WHICH SETS A NEW PRECEDENT FOR HOTELS IN ASIA AND GLOBALLY.
THIS PICTURE: One of the many design highlights of the hotel is Bar 81, an upscale champagne bar which offers a panoramic sky view.
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CITY ACCENTS ORIGINAL ART, EXQUISITE MODERN DESIGN AND HIGH-TECH FEATURES ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS OF HILTON JINAN SOUTH HOTEL & RESIDENCES.
THIS PICTURE: Restaurants are designed to optimize the surrounding views using wall-to-ceiling glass windows.
he Hilton Jinan South Hotel & Residences is a refreshing urban hotel near the city core, with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, natural springs and lush scenery. The hotel thoughtfully incorporates original art, modern architecture, distinctive dining experiences, and seamless technology into the design and guest experience. The hotel interior has a spatial advantage of vast, unobstructed double volumes in open areas such as lobbies and the all-day dining restaurant. On multiple levels, the volume of space is constantly mimicked with canopies of intrigue and metal screens to accentuate an effortless spatial transition between rooms. Decorative soft free-standing leather panels further layer these spaces with a nod to delicate stitching details and spring-inspired artwork while concealing service doors and creating aesthetic anchoring backdrops to reception counters.
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TOP: Delicate details and artistic accents create anchoring backdrops at the reception area.
BOTTOM: Bold colours are used to infuse spaces with a vibrant outcome, like in one of the dining spots.
THIS PICTURE: Heritage elements enhance the atmosphere of the hotel while creating a personalized appearance.
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THIS PICTURE: Most of the furniture, fixtures and equipment are modern, bespoke pieces that exude luxury with fresh, neutral materials.
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THIS PICTURE: Bathroom suites feature a palette of soft neutrals paired with different materials to bring out a sense of serenity.
THE HILTON JINAN SOUTH HOTEL & RESIDENCES IS A REFRESHING URBAN HOTEL NEAR THE CITY CORE, WITH PANORAMIC VIEWS OF THE SURROUNDING MOUNTAINS, NATURAL SPRINGS AND LUSH SCENERY.
Most of the furniture, fixtures and equipment are modern, bespoke pieces that exude luxury with fresh, neutral warm materials. The palette of finishes is accentuated by bold navy blue hues to create a strong visual expression of the materials, finishes and textures. The design of the hotel also pays tribute to the renowned local springs with impressions of watery strokes throughout the property, evidenced in art installations and richly coloured plush carpets that emulate slow romantic drifts of fallen flowers in the spring.
PROJECT: Hilton Jinan South Hotel & Residences CLIENT: Luneng Group LOCATION: China, Shandong Province SCOPE: Hotel TOTAL AREA/SIZE: Total 66,360 square meters (3,670 square meters of event space) DESIGN TEAM: Wilson & Associates – Aldwin Ong, Principal; Sandra de Souza, Art Director AWARD: 2017 International Property Awards, Best Hotel Interior China, Asia Pacific Property Awards – Best Hotel Interior China, Asia Pacific Property Awards – Hotel Interior Asia Pacific (Nominee), CODA Awards – 2017 Winner (Hospitality)
TOP: The hotel also offers guests a fully-facilitated gym with windows that look out to the city vistas.
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LACE OF INSPIRATION INSPIRED BY THE BEERALU LACE, THE DESIGN OF WELIGAMA BAY EXPRESSES A CONTEMPORARY OUTLOOK THAT BRINGS TOGETHER A WARM AND EYE-CATCHING ATMOSPHERE.
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WELIGAMA, SRI LANKA
WELIGAMA BAY MARRIOTT RESORT & SPA
THIS PICTURE: Weligama Bay breaks away from the rustic and more Mediterranean style typical of most hotels in the area and has a bold, contemporary design.
WELIGAMA BAY COMMISSIONED WILSON ASSOCIATES TO TRANSFORM THE PROPERTY INTO A CONTEMPORARY URBAN RESORT TO ATTRACT BOTH INDEPENDENT INTERNATIONAL TRAVELLERS AND FAMILIES.
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THIS PICTURE: An outdoor bar completes the outdoor pool area while lush landscaping provides a refreshing ambience.
eligama Bay, the Marriott Resort & Spa commissioned Wilson Associates to transform the property into a contemporary urban resort to attract both independent international travelers and families. The property breaks away from the rustic and more Mediterranean style typical of most hotels in the area and has a bold, contemporary design in keeping with its imposing edifice. Wilson Associates renovated the lobby areas, guestrooms, food and beverage spaces, health club, ballroom and spa. The inspiration behind the design was based on Beeralu Lace, a type of lace famous across Sri Lanka and used in all kinds of fabric applications. The patterns of the lace are prevalent as a motif throughout the hotel, in the guestrooms and the walls, both to provide a touch of Sri Lankasense of the destination and to create a warm atmosphere contrasting with the structure of the hotel. Key design features include the lobby and reflective pool with the lobby offering the best view of the sunset whilst the space is designed to enhance the panoramic view of the ocean. Wilson Associates also created an elongated fireplace in the middle of the reflective pool to turn on once the sun has set to provide a point of visual interest for diners. At the seafood bar, Wilson Associates created stilts to mirror fishermen fishing in the sea. Most of the materials were sourced in Sri Lanka or India. Lace, rattan, timbre and stones were all obtained locally, making up about 80 percent of the materials. The artwork was created by local artists to ensure a Sri Lankan feel and to champion local talent.
TOP: The hotel exterior facade orients towards the ocean, providing each room with a beautiful beachfront view.
MIDDLE: Key design features include the lobby and reflective pool with the lobby offering the best view of the sunset.
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THIS PICTURE: The grand ballroom is done up in a floral-inspired theme complemented by the teardrop lighting pieces above.
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TOP: Marble bathrooms in the guest rooms feature his-andher vanity top as well as a luxurious tub.
BOTTOM: Guest rooms are bright, airy and spacious with superb views of the ocean.
THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE DESIGN WAS BASED ON BEERALU LACE, A TYPE OF LACE FAMOUS ACROSS SRI LANKA AND USED IN ALL KINDS OF FABRIC APPLICATIONS.
THIS PICTURE: Warm neutrals and nature-inspired decor enhance the suites with a local touch yet they ensure everything remain cohesively modern.
THE PATTERNS OF THE LACE ARE PREVALENT AS A MOTIF THROUGHOUT THE HOTEL, IN THE GUESTROOMS AND THE WALLS, BOTH TO PROVIDE A TOUCH OF SRI LANKA SENSE OF THE DESTINATION.
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THIS PICTURE: Rooms are fully-furnished with all the amenities that a guest would need to feel comfortable during their stay.
PROJECT DETAILS PROJECT: Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa CLIENT: East-West Properties LOCATION: Weligama, Sri Lanka SCOPE: Beach Resort TOTAL AREA/SIZE: XXX sq ft DESIGN TEAM: Wilson Associates â€“ Aldwin Ong, Principal PHOTOGRAPHY: East-West Properties, Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa
BOTTOM: Furniture is meticulously selected to blend with the lace-inspired concept and complement the colour palette of the guestroom.
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KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
FRENCH AFFAIR CHIC LAVISH DESIGN AND CLASSIC FRENCH RIVIERA STYLE EFFORTLESSLY COALESCE, ENGENDERING ELEGANCE AT SOFITEL DAMANSARA.
THIS PICTURE: A cosy ambience is immediately evident as guests step into the lobby and take a breather at the adjacent lounge.
THE FIRST SOFITEL TO OPEN IN MALAYSIA, THIS 17-STORY, 312-ROOM HOTEL IS SITUATED IN THE RESIDENTIAL AREA OF DAMANSARA HEIGHTS.
he first Sofitel to open in Malaysia, this 17-story, 312-room hotel is situated in the residential area of Damansara Heights. Wilson Associates was awarded the full scope for the hotel; from the guest rooms to the lobby, all day dining, restaurant, health club, ballroom, meeting rooms and executive lounge. Guests are greeted at the entrance of the lobby by a 10-meter suspended art installation, an abstract expression of the constant rain in Kuala Lumpur with the legends of local folklore inscribed into the transparent pieces. The guestrooms include a walk-in closet that are contemporary in design with French influences evident in the burgundy accents, velvet and bespoke details. The rooms play on the definition of being â€œFrenchâ€? or how the French value personal appearances: a feature wall consists of a series of carved vanity mirrors and whimsy is added with bespoke throw pillows in the bedrooms, with sunglasses and eyelashes representing men and women, respectively.
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TOP: Sofitel Damansara welcomes guests with its impressive grand entrance, hinting at luxury and style immediately.
BOTTOM: On the third level, the pool and gardens lull you into a state of relaxation.
THIS PICTURE: A touch of French-inspired style merges with the bright palette, infusing the main spaces with a feeling of delight.
DINING EXPERIENCES ARE MADE EXCITING AT SOFITEL DAMANSARA WITH A CHOICE OF CUISINES AVAILABLE AT THEIR COSY, ELEGANTLY-DESIGNED RESTAURANTS, BARS AND DELI.
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THIS PICTURE: Plush furnishing complements the dining area that comes complete with an open kitchen opposite it.
Art pieces are integrated into the wall panels with a morphed Malaysian and French context displaying Malaysian flora and fauna with French prose. The circular Chinese restaurant, Wan Chun Ting, mimics the Tulou architectural form, creating a focal communal dining theatre, with private dining rooms and other function spaces radiating from the centre. The dining theatre creates a central arena for the Ă -la-carte dining guests, flanked by towering Chinese timber pivot screens, with axial views toward the open duck kitchen, the tea display, and the Chinese accent metal sculptures that adorn the space.
TOP: Kwee Zeen features an interactive kitchen which provides resplendent arrays of pan-Asian dishes with a gastronomic French twist.
BOTTOM: The circular Chinese restaurant, Wan Chun Ting, mimics the Tulou architectural form, creating a focal communal dining theatre, with private dining rooms and other function spaces radiating from the centre.
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THIS PICTURE: With its sleek curvature and intricately designed avant-garde â€˜Wau Bulanâ€™ sculpted ceiling, the Wau Bulan ballroom is a vast meeting space that combines local motifs with chic French style.
PROJECT DETAILS PROJECT: Sofitel Damansara Kuala Lumpur CLIENT: Guocoland SCOPE: (Business hotel, beach resort, residential, restaurant, etc.): Business/Leisure Hotel DESIGN TEAM: Wilson Associates â€“ Aldwin Ong, Principal PHOTOGRAPHY: Sofitel Damansara Kuala Lumpur
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TOP: The guestrooms include a walk-in closet that are contemporary in design with French influences evident in the burgundy accents, velvet and bespoke details.
BOTTOM: Rooms include playful features to offer a touch of chic whimsy to its overall theme.
SOFITEL DAMANSARAâ€™S LAVISH ROOMS AND SUITES ARE DESIGNED WITH FRENCH INGENUITY, PROVIDING GUESTS WITH COMFORT AND THE LATEST MODERN AMENITIES TO KEEP THEM ENTERTAINED.
THIS PICTURE: Designed with French savoir faire, the Luxury Room offers space and flexibility with stylish modern amenities.
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IMMERSIVE ELEGANCE INTRIGUING DESIGN DETAILS COMPLEMENT A DISTINCTIVE CLASSICAL APPROACH, RESULTING IN A LUXURIOUS OUTCOME AT THE HUAFA GUANGGANG SHOWFLATS AND SALES CENTER.
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HUAFA GUANGGANG SHOWFLATS AND SALES CENTRE
THIS PICTURE: A collection of contemporary furniture pieces is employed to showcase a bold sense of taste in the showflats.
WILSON ASSOCIATES HAS SPEARHEADED THE RESIDENTIAL SHOWFLATS AND SALES GALLERY LANDSCAPE IN CHINA WITH THE GROUND-BREAKING DESIGN OF HUAFA GUANGGANG SHOWFLATS AND SALES CENTER.
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THIS PICTURE: Prominently displayed textures with intuitive detailing emphasize the tactile experiences within each space.
ilson Associates has spearheaded the residential showflats and sales gallery landscape in China with the groundbreaking design of Huafa Guanggang Showflats and Sales Center, an unprecedented residential project completed in April 2017. The concept is a celebration of the rebellious spirit felt during the French Revolution, in which intriguing architectural icons were heralded both for being impactful and provocative. Wilson Associates shared the same spirit of innovation when designing Huafa Guanggang Sales Center and Showflats and brought a unique and distinctive concept in residential architecture in China. By creating very individual and intriguing pieces throughout the space and balancing those with a well-crafted modern interpretation of a classical architectural language, the Huafa Guanggang Showflats and Sales Center reflect an atmosphere of luxe
and glamour. Wilson Associates created a contemporary interpretation of a modern yet classic interior architecture with strong emphasis on black and white contrasting hues. The design team curated a collection of contemporary furniture pieces to show a bold sense of taste for a discerning clientele, to prominently display textures, and to emphasize the tactile experiences with intuitive detailing. The sensitive balance of contrasting black and white with bold furniture pieces positioned in the lobby and bar is comparable to the engaging balance of abstract impressionism in art, where the furniture pieces perform as sculptures within a strong visual architectural canvas. The â€œ168â€? Huafa Guanggang Showflat is targeted towards a mature family demographic and showcases a flexible use of space by creating distinct pockets of social zones, such as the open kitchen, dining area, and the study which can also be deconstructed into
TOP: Materials that depict a sense of luxury like polished marble are used throughout the spaces.
one generous-sized social zone. Minimal hues are used in the interior architecture but complemented with bold fabric selections for the furniture pieces and paired with other elements such as bespoke walk-in closets with leather hand-stitched drawers, curated wood veneer panels, and Italian white marble-adorned bathroom walls and countertops to create a luxurious, crafted atmosphere. The unique layout for the oft-challenging small footprint presents a circulation flow by connecting spaces and creating an interesting lifestyle concept that is quite unseen in China. Another distinct feature is the guest bedroom, where the door can be opened 180 degrees allowing its en suite bathroom to transform into a powder room. These are unique features that provide flexible use of space according to individual preferences.
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TOP: Custom-designed headboards match with the bedroom palette, exuding a warm and enticing atmosphere.
PROJECT: Huafa Guanggang Showflats and Sales Center CLIENT: Huafa Group LOCATION: China SCOPE: Showflats and Sales Center TOTAL AREA/SIZE: 1,891 square meters DESIGN TEAM: Wilson & Associates â€“ Aldwin Ong, Principal PHOTOGRAPHY: Huafa Group AWARD: 2018 Real Estate Design China Award â€“ Gold Award, 2017 Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards for Elite, Model House Excellence Award
MIDDLE: For the master bathroom, things are kept sleek and elegant with linear lines and sophisticated features.
THE CONCEPT IS A CELEBRATION OF THE REBELLIOUS SPIRIT FELT DURING THE FRENCH REVOLUTION, IN WHICH INTRIGUING ARCHITECTURAL ICONS WERE HERALDED BOTH FOR BEING IMPACTFUL AND PROVOCATIVE.
THIS PICTURE: Minimal hues are used in the interior architecture but complemented with bold fabric selections for the furniture pieces.
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DELECTABLY STUNNING THE ESSENCE OF CALIFORNIAN AND ASIAN DESIGN IS CAPTURED IN THE DESIGN OF THIS GORGEOUS RESTAURANT THATâ€™S BRIMMING WITH CHARMING LIVELINESS.
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MARINA BAY SANDS, SINAGPORE
ADRIFT BY DAVID MYERS
THIS PICTURE: This eclectic and lively restaurant within the Marina Bay Sands Resort celebrates the wanderlust spirit of restauranteur David Myers.
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THIS PICTURE: The cocktail bar features a collection of vintage accents including diffused lighting, leather bar stools, antiqued metal screens and charred timber decorative.
stunning urban restaurant unlike anything else in Singapore, Adrift, combines contemporary design with nostalgic charm, blending the essence of California and Asia in all aspects of the design. This eclectic and lively restaurant is a sculptural masterpiece within the Marina Bay Sands resort that pays homage to the wanderlust spirit of restauranteur David Myers. The cocktail bar alludes to a vintage speakeasy with diffused lighting, leather bar stools, antiqued metal screens and charred timber accents – it’s the ideal stage for artisanal mixology. This nostalgic ambiance echoes throughout the entire restaurant. In the garden parlour, timber benches hang from the ceiling. The space is enchanting and ethereal with subtle floral accent pillows that allude to the wall of greenery outside. It’s an unexpected contrast to the bar’s urban undertones. The private dining room has a surrealist library aesthetic with quirky accessories and vintage photographs set inside light boxes. This space was designed to host intimate conversations over bottles of wine and shared small plates. While the Blueplate design team worked to create a variety of spaces with distinct personalities, they infused each one with hints of energizing greenery: hanging terrariums, planted centerpieces, and succulent accents – adopting a garden theme inspired by Singapore’s vision as a green city and the surrounding landscape of Marina Bay Sands and adjacent Gardens by the Bay.
TOP: Rustic charm meets chic contemporary design in this well-styled restaurant space created with a sense of intimacy.
The project site uniquely challenged the team to design a space from an architectural perspective that could live in the iconic 50-story atrium at Marina Bay Sands. It needed to be both congruent with the existing aesthetic and also have a unique identity. The Blueplate team created an alluring “peek-a-boo” enclosure, which lures guests inside, and once there, kept them engaged. The layered timber and metal construction is a beautiful backdrop for the restaurant’s cocktail bar and lounge area. Chef David Myers designed the kitchen, and Blueplate designed the show kitchen to be clad in reclaimed barn wood from the USA, allowing the renowned American chef a sense of place for his first restaurant in Singapore. To design a celebrity chef restaurant in the heart of such an iconic hotel was a massive opportunity for a design studio. It was also the perfect project for an interior design practice to express their ideas in both large-scale architectural form as well as delicate interior detailing. We aim to create branded environments, where the guest can engage with the concept’s DNA. We’re fortunate to have worked with some of the world’s most esteemed chef’s and restaurant developers who have a defined vision and clear understanding of who they are.
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PROJECT DETAILS PROJECT: Adrift by David Myers CLIENT: David Myers LOCATION: Marina Bay Sands, Sinagpore SCOPE: Food & Beverage DESIGN TEAM: Blueplate Studios, Singapore Office
BOTTOM: The layout is spacious, offering plenty of space to accommodate several seating areas under one roof.
A STUNNING URBAN RESTAURANT UNLIKE ANYTHING ELSE IN SINGAPORE, ADRIFT COMBINES CONTEMPORARY DESIGN WITH NOSTALGIC CHARM.
THIS PICTURE: This restaurant stands out within the iconic 50-story atrium at Marina Bay Sands, thanks to its unique vintage-oriented approach.
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FLIGHT OF FANCY WITH ITS DISPLAY OF IMAGINATIVE FEATURES, THE CONCEPT OF FLIGHT INSPIRED BY THE AERODYNAMIC CHARACTERISTICS OF AN AIRCRAFT IS REFLECTED CREATIVELY IN THIS RESTAURANT.
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PLANE FOOD BY GORDON RAMSAY
THIS PICTURE: Movement is portrayed through design features like bands flowing through the restaurant and subtle chamfered corners.
FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS SET BY THE GORDON RAMSAY GROUP, THE RESTAURANT WOULD CATER TO A WIDE RANGE OF PASSENGERS, FROM THOSE LOOKING FOR A QUICK BITE TO THOSE HUNGRY FOR A FULL MEAL.
rue to its concept, “to enter and exit on a breeze,” the interior design of Chef Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant at Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 emphasizes movement through design features like bands flowing through the restaurant and subtle chamfered corners. The architecture is modern, taking inspiration from the sleek and aerodynamic features of planes. Further reinforcing the concept of flight, suspended lighting channels hover over the main dining area, providing diffuse and directional lighting. Furniture, fixtures, and other equipment provides a touch of nostalgia through pieces such as antique looking bar stools and tweed seat cushions. The main bar’s backdrop for wine and liquor shelves is made up of different-sized beveled mirrors, reminiscent of crystal whiskey glasses. Following requirements set by the Gordon Ramsay Group, the restaurant would cater to a wide range of passengers, from those looking for a quick bite to those hungry for a full meal. The space planning translates to areas based on how much time passengers have before their flight. The grab & go is nearest to the entrance, while a private dining area is furthest within the restaurant. This approach, along with a color scheme of “summer & autumn” tries to inject a fresh vibe and warmth to the restaurant.
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TOP RIGHT: The main bar’s backdrop for wine and liquor shelves is made up of different-sized bevelled mirrors, reminiscent of crystal whiskey glasses.
TOP LEFT: Set within an open plan layout, dining areas also provide ample views of the airport.
THIS PICTURE: Bold colour chairs that line up against the bar counter infuses the spaces with a cohesive colour theme.
THE SPACE PLANNING TRANSLATES TO AREAS BASED ON HOW MUCH TIME PASSENGERS HAVE BEFORE THEIR FLIGHT.
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THIS PICTURE: The front of the restaurant is eye-catching with its bold signage and a direct view of the interior within.
PROJECT DETAILS PROJECT: Plane Food by Gordon Ramsay CLIENT: Gordon Ramsay Group LOCATION: Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 SCOPE: F&B Interior Design TOTAL AREA/SIZE: 730sqm total area with 418sqm frontof-house, one level DESIGN TEAM: Blueplate Studios, Singapore Office PHOTOGRAPHY: Gordon Ramsay Group
MIDDLE: The “grab & go” is nearest to the entrance, while a private dining area is furthest within the restaurant.
BOTTOM: A colour scheme of “summer & autumn” injects a fresh vibe and warmth to the restaurant.
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WAREHOUSE LUXE WITH ITS INDUSTRIAL CHIC APPEARANCE ENHANCED WITH WHIMSICAL DETAILS, BREAD STREET KITCHEN OFFERS A UNIQUE SENSE OF PLACE THATâ€™S MEMORABLE ALL THE WAY.
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MARINA BAY SANDS, SINGAPORE
BREAD STREET KITCHEN BY GORDON RAMSAY
THIS PICTURE: To further achieve the eclectic industrial vibe with hearty doses of luxury, the furniture, finishes and fixtures are a mix of vintage and modern influences.
A SENSE OF NOSTALGIA MAKES THE BREAD STREET KITCHEN EXPERIENCE NOVEL, YET FAMILIAR.
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THIS PICTURE: The design team re-invented certain brand elements to create a distinct sense of place, starting with the floors and ceilings.
read Street Kitchen at Marina Bay Sands brings Chef Gordon Ramsay’s signature British European cuisine to Singapore. Like its sister properties in London and Hong Kong, Bread Street Kitchen is an intimate, atmosphere-driven dining experience that is part industrial warehouse chic and part bustling city brasserie. Designed by Wilson Associates’ Blueplate Studios, the two-story restaurant and bar stays true to the brand’s East London industrial roots. However, the design team re-invented certain brand elements to create a distinct sense of place, starting with the floors and ceilings. The Blueplate team re-configured the iconic black-and-white tiled floors, turning them into abstracted geometric patterns that add a quirky playfulness to the venue and help distinguish the different dining environments. The ceilings on the ground level, a woven orange checkerboard, bring warmth and dimension to the glass enclosure. The main entrance of the restaurant is a collaged walkway of authentic Singaporean manholes. These manholes are a playful reference to the Bread Street Kitchen. To the left of the walkway sits the venue’s focal point: the bar. The bar is a tribute to the
mezzanine wine cellar in the London location. The back wall of the bar features a series of black metal shelves and large wine fridges. These state-of-the art, temperature-controlled fridges are backlit, which highlights the grid pattern façade. A mounted, metal-bladed fan and decorative pendant lighting further allude to the industrial aesthetic. The bar front is comprised of backlit wire mesh, which marries the black and white marble chevron floor with the polished wood bar top. Mustard leather bar stools complete the indoor bar space. The bar opens up to the Marina, which is lined with palm trees and overlooks Singapore’s Central Business District. Bread Street Kitchen at Marina Bay Sands is an eclectic industrial collection of marble, bronze, mixed timbers, and leather that creates an intimate, bespoke dining experience for a variety of patrons. Overall, the bar at Bread Street Kitchen has masculine undertones that soften as the sun sets. The suar wood and leather compliment the bronze and black metal, creating a dynamic bar environment perfect for a beer among friends or a specialty cocktail like a Jasmine Faith or Brits Spritz. Blueplate Studios stayed true to the brand’s DNA: black and white tiled floors, mustard yellow leather
TOP: The bar front comprises backlit wire mesh, which marries the black and white marble chevron floor with the polished wood bar top.
and iconic columns, but we added various ‘layers’ to give it cultural context, eliciting the streets of Singapore.” Bread Street Kitchen is an intimate space with a bold personality. For a two-story restaurant space, the team viewed size as an opportunity rather than a deterrent in creating a collection of bespoke dining experiences that exude the East London vibe, while staying true to its Singaporean setting. To further achieve the eclectic industrial vibe, the furniture, finishes and fixtures are a mix of vintage and modern influences. Exposed pipework, wire mesh, black mirrors, and vintage-inspired lighting and accessories complement the tufted banquettes and dark-stained timber. Black-and-white photos of St. Paul’s Cathedral hang on the wall, alluding to the location of “Bread Street” within the Old City of London. They also enhance the sense of nostalgia that makes the Bread Street Kitchen experience novel, yet familiar.
PROJECT DETAILS PROJECT: Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay CLIENT: Gordon Ramsay Group LOCATION: Marina Bay Sands, Singapore SCOPE: F&B Interior Design DESIGN TEAM: Blueplate Studios, Singapore Office PHOTOGRAPHY: Benoit Florencon, Marina Bay Sands AWARD: 2016 Finalist AHDA Awards, 2016 Finalist SBID Awards
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MIDDLE: A mounted, metal-bladed fan and decorative pendant lighting further allude to the industrial aesthetic.
BOTTOM: The bar opens to the Marina, which is lined with palm trees and overlooks Singapore’s Central Business District.
DESIGNED BY WILSON ASSOCIATES’ BLUEPLATE STUDIOS, THE TWO-STORY RESTAURANT AND BAR STAYS TRUE TO THE BRAND’S EAST LONDON INDUSTRIAL ROOTS.
THIS PICTURE: Exposed pipework, wire mesh, black mirrors, as well as vintage-inspired lighting and accessories complement the tufted banquettes and dark-stained timber.
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design library | OUTDOOR FURNITURE
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UNEQUIVOCALLY URQUIOLA FROM RETRO-MODERNIST CHIC TO POST-MODERNIST CHARM, KETTAL’S VIMINI AND ROLL COLLECTIONS OOZE PERSONALITY, FUNCTION AND FLAIR.
THIS PICTURE: The Vimini, a new collection of outdoor furniture designed by designer Patricia Urquiola for the Spanish label Kettal, is inspired by Nanna Ditzel’s Basket chair from the 1950s.
“THE GOAL WAS TO USE JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF OUTDOOR WICKER WITH A ROUGHER WOODEN FRAME. IT DOESN’T HAVE THE SAME MODERNIST SPIRIT AS THE BASKET, BUT IT’S FAMILIAR ENOUGH SUCH THAT IT STIRS A MEMORY AND MAKES YOU FEEL AT HOME.” Patricia Urquiola
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THIS PICTURE: The dining armchair, defined by a woven wicker basket seat with ample backrest cushions, exudes a contemporary laid-back appeal that blends easily with the classic braiding.
he iconic wicker Basket chair by Nanna Ditzel may be bound to the â€™50s. But for Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola, the ties that bind are still as strong as ever. One of her latest collections, the Vimini is a retro-inspired spin of the Basket chair. The chair, which consists of a basket-like seating with large backrest cushions, has a modernist vibe viewed from the back and sides, which perfectly balances the traditional feel of the braiding. The result is both light and positively inviting. Developed for the Spanish label Kettal, Vimini, which is wicker in Italian and rhymes with Bimini, an island the designer is fond of, was officially launched during Milan Design Week 2018. The pieces feature wooden frames with woven wicker basket-like seats that boast cushions for added comfort. The collection includes sofas, dining chairs, and centre and side tables.
TOP & MIDDLE: Imbued with a feel-good familiarity that is refreshingly timeless, the Vimini dining armchairs and 3-seater sofa wonâ€™t fail to turn the patio into an alluring outdoor oasis.
A COLOURFUL AND JOYFUL COLLECTION, THE ROLL’S POST-MODERNIST DESIGN SETS ITSELF APART FROM KETTAL’S OTHER CONTEMPORARY COLLECTIONS.
“The goal was to use just the right amount of outdoor wicker with a rougher wooden frame. It doesn’t have the same modernist spirit as the Basket, but it’s familiar enough such that it stirs a memory and makes you feel at home,” Urquiola explains. Another of the designer’s 2018 creations, also for Kettal, is the Roll chair. Not your average upholstered outdoor furniture, the Roll features a powder-coated aluminum frame that supports separate seat and back bolster cushions that are tethered together by colourful straps. Two pins at the top of the vertical supports on either side of the back secure the straps in place, and can be pulled out to render the cushions easily removable during inclement weather. The seat cushion is covered in a semi-transparent weather-proof fabric while the straps come in various hues to set-off the upholstery. The Roll chair is available in two versions, Dining and Club, and is complemented by a side table in two different dimensions. The table tops come in different materials such as aluminium, aluminium/enamel, teak wood or marble, while the ostentatiously oversized aluminium base sits poised on architectonic concrete.
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TOP: Not your average upholstered outdoor furniture, the Kettla Roll dining chair adds a dose of personality and pizzazz to any outdoor space.
BOTTOM: An embodiment of post-modernism, the table tops are available in different materials such as aluminium, enamel, teak wood or marble, while the ostentatiously oversized aluminium base sits poised on architectonic concrete.
THIS PICTURE: The low-slung aluminium frame of the Roll Club chair supports separate seat and back cushions that are tethered together by colourful belts, which are secured to the frame by two pins.
design library | TIMELESS PRODUCTS
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SET APART BY EXQUISITE WOOD CRAFTSMANSHIP, IMPECCABLE FINISH AND LONG-LASTING QUALITY MATERIALS, GIORGETTI FURNITURE IS EMBLEMATIC OF THE PERSONALITY, PRECISION AND PANACHE THAT ARE SYNONYMOUS WITH THE “MADE IN ITALY” MONIKER.
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THIS PICTURE: The time-tested craftsmanship of Italian luxury furniture-maker Giorgetti has melded seamlessly with modern technological processes to produce a pedigree defined by quality, comfort and stylish design.
“MADE IN ITALY HISTORY AND TRADITIONS ARE BASED ON AGE-OLD EXPERTISE, MANUAL DEXTERITY AND DIGITAL INNOVATION.” Antonio Calabrò, ‘Object to Project – Giorgetti design since 1898’
LUXURIOUS YET RESTRAINED, OPULENT YET RELAXED, THIS ELEGANT NEOCLASSICAL STYLE COLLECTION OF SOFAS, ARMCHAIRS AND BAR STOOLS IS A HUG “CLASSIC WITH A CONTEMPORARY TWIST,” INTRODUCING THE COMFORT AND COSINESS OF TRADITIONAL PIECES ALONG WITH THE CLEAN PROFILES AND UNDERSTATED HUES OF MODERN FURNITURE.
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THIS PICTURE: The wooden frame of the low-slung Hug armchair merges with the softly-shaped upholstery that conveys an illusion of being entwined by the solid walnut canaletto wood.
iorgetti’s origins may have been humble, but its furniture products are as inventive 120 years on. Having begun from a small workshop for the production of cushioned furniture in the city of Medea in the north of Italy, where designing a sublime piece of wood furniture was an achievement, its founder, Luigi Giorgetti, had unwittingly laid down the marker for furniture making. Today, Giorgetti is one of Italy’s most respected furniture names. Steeped in the Italian tradition of finely crafted cabinet and furniture-making, Giorgetti products are designed and manufactured in Brianza, Italy, as they have been for over 100 years. Boasting an exuberant freshness and innovative style, Giorgetti’s collections adhere to an overarching imperative: every piece is subject to a rigorous, systematic approach to woodworking developed more than 100 years ago. To mark Giorgetti’s 120th anniversary in 2018, the company has befittingly unveiled a new logo, a book and a film, and a commemorative piece of furniture, and re-issued a duo of works.
TOP: Available in five finishes, the Move rocking armchair constitutes 30 pieces of solid ash wood that form two lightweight and interlocking wooden structures.
BOTTOM LEFT: A fusion of tailor-made craft skills and centuries-old knowledge characterises craftsmanship at Giorgetti where consummate skills are an integral part of the company’s DNA.
BOTTOM RIGHT: Timber is chosen carefully to meet the details and finish required of a project, and a sawmill cuts each piece to order.
The new logo, while retaining its original spiral motif, exemplifies the uniqueness of Giorgetti manufacturing, and is a reverential nod to one of the brand’s icons - the signature curved armrests shaped like antique cane handles of the Progetti armchair, first introduced in 1987. ‘Object to Project – Giorgetti Design since 1898,’ is the name of the film and the book that not only lift the lid on the sophisticated world of high craftsmanship founded in the traditions of the Italian Brianza district, but also pay homage to the key players who have made the company into one of Italy’s leading design brands. The Cabinet of Memories designed by Chi Wing Lo, is a cabinet-sculpture with 120 compartments in maple wood and carbon, and rendered primarily by an ancient and exceptionally precise woodworking technique. To further celebrate the milestone, Dry and 50250 by Matrix, a chair/compact armchair assembled with an interlocking technique, and a highly innovative folding armchair, respectively, have been relaunched.
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THIS PICTURE: Introduced in 1987, the Progetti armchair is a Giorgetti icon that has beguiled with its dignified, upright design and signature curved armrests shaped like antique cane handles.
“I WAS COLLECTING STICKS AND ONE EVENING, AMONG 50 STICKS, MY EYE WAS DRAWN TO ONE WITH A CERTAIN SHAPE. I STOPPED, TURNED BACK, GRABBED A PENCIL, AND THE PROGETTI CHAIR WAS BORN.” Carlo Giorgetti, President of Giorgetti until 2015 ORO
THIS PICTURE: The Oro is a dapper dresser consisting of a series of drawers in three different sizes and two storage doors with internal drawers and a hidden glove box.
design library | UNUSUAL TABLE
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STRAIGHT EIGHT AN ABSTRACT DEPICTION OF ORDER IN DISORDER, OCTA’S DISTINCTLY CLEAR-CUT DESIGN PERFECTLY BRINGS OUT THE BEAUTY OF ITS EYE-CATCHING LEGS – ALL EIGHT OF THEM.
THIS PICTURE: Octa’s name came from the Greek word octo, which means eight to represent its eight metal rods legs.
INSPIRED BY THE GAME OF MIKADO PICK-UP STICKS, THE OCTO LEGS ARE, IN FACT, THE TRUE STARS OF THE NEW PROJECT BY BARTOLI DESIGN: THEY LEND THE TABLE AN UNUSUAL VISUAL LIGHTNESS, IN ADDITION TO GREAT SOLIDITY AND STABILITY.
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THIS PICTURE: The extending table model with its rectangular top is available in a broad variety of finishes, including the innovative ceramic table top (LaminamÂ®) as well as lacquered wood, solid wood or glass table top.
hen viewed from the top, the Octa table draws your eye to its unique surface, beckoning your curiousity for further inspection. Shift your attention to its sides, and you are visually rewarded with a mesmerizing crisscrossing set of slender metal rods that make up Octa’s legs. Look closely: the intersecting lines aside, there are eight legs that hold this table up in all its glory. This is the moment that Octa’s name makes perfect sense. Derived from the Greek word octo, which means eight, this masterpiece of a table by Bartoli Design for Bonaldo is casually named Octa to represent its eight metal rods legs which are inspired by the game of Mikado pick-up sticks. While Octa’s legs are the showstoppers, its table top has its own story of beauty to tell as well. There’s the option of a fixed table which can be paired with a rectangular, round or ceramic top. For more surface space, the extending table model with its rectangular top is available in a broad variety of finishes, including the innovative ceramic table top (Laminam®) as well as lacquered wood, solid wood or glass table top. Both versions feature a base in painted metal, chromed metal or black nickel. Catching the eyes of discerning homeowners and design aficionados alike, the Octa table has been awarded the prestigious Good Design Award in 2013.
TOP: Octa’s fixed table model can be paired with a round glass top or ceramic top.
design library | SOFA ARMCHAIR
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ne look at Little Giraffe is all it takes to confirm its status as an often overlooked classic. Designed by Arne Jacobsen, the versatile chair dates back to 1959, when the Danish design great was mulling over designs for the now famous SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. Owing its curious moniker to its high backrest, the Giraffe was reportedly something of an obsession for Jacobsen, who ruminated over the design and made several different versions until he arrived at the interpretation that is now experiencing a rebirth, thanks to the Fritz Hansen brand. Created for use in canteens, meeting areas, the dining room table of a stylish home and naturally, hotel lobbies, this lovingly wrought four-legged wonder of a chair dresses up each and every space with its stunning make and subtly opulent materiality. Embodying aesthetics and comfort, the Little Giraffe isnâ€™t just a chair; it also tells a story about Jacobsen visionary prowess in addition to the impeccable upholstery skills that continue to make a name for Fritz Hansen worldwide. Tidily clad in the finest leather and set on a polished chrome base, the sheer simplicity of this piece astonishes and entrances as a paean of mid-century Danish design.
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TOP: The Little Giraffe chairâ€™s flawlessly constructed seat cover comes in several flattering hues, as does its base, making it a versatile fit for home and office.
BOTTOM: Defined by its distinctive high backrest, Little Giraffe was created by Arne Jacobsen, as part of the overall design for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen.
EMBODYING AESTHETICS AND COMFORT, THE LITTLE GIRAFFE ISN’T JUST A CHAIR; IT ALSO TELLS A STORY ABOUT JACOBSEN VISIONARY PROWESS IN ADDITION TO THE IMPECCABLE UPHOLSTERY SKILLS THAT CONTINUE TO MAKE A NAME FOR FRITZ HANSEN WORLDWIDE.
THIS PICTURE: A breathtaking vision of sleek simplicity, this once-overlooked treasure in Jacobsen’s oeuvre is wonderfully suited for commercial and domestic spaces alike.
design library | SOFA VERSATILE SOFA
ATOLL EPITOMISES MODULAR LUXURY IN A CONTEMPORARY MANNER WITH A DYNAMIC AESTHETIC THAT CAN BE CONFIGURED TO YOUR HEARTâ€™S DESIRES.
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“B&B ATOLL IS A VERSATILE COLLECTION THAT CAN BE USED IN A WIDE RANGE OF SETTINGS, FROM THE MOST FORMAL, WHEN PARTNERED WITH THE ARMCHAIRS, TO INFORMAL SITUATIONS, THANKS TO THE POSSIBILITY OF CREATING AN L-SHAPED CONFIGURATION WITH THE DAYBED AS END ELEMENT.” Antonio Citterio
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TOP: Atoll is supported by light, slender frames that are applied on high die-cast supports with metal profile.
BOTTOM: The armrest and backrest elements can be placed in a variety of ways to create your desired seating configuration.
racefully versatile in every way, the Atoll modular seating is reminiscence of twentieth century design, but with a distinctive twist that makes it relevant in today’s interiors. Designed by world-renowned furniture designer Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia, this seating system is aptly named after coral formations called “atolls”, reflecting the mystifying adaptability of isles and reefs to conform to its oceanic surroundings. Like coral reefs, the highly adaptable Atoll can be effortlessly configured to respond to different spatial requirements – achieved via its armrest and backrest elements. Built upon three basic platforms, these elements can be placed in a variety of ways to create your desired seating configuration, including a sofa, dormeuses, corner-end modules or single or modular elements with chaise longue and pouf. To complement its modularity, Atoll expresses a sense of lightweight elegance. With emphasis on its outline between its structure and upholstery, Atoll is supported by light, slender frames that are applied on high die-cast supports with metal profile. Strapped in leather to its die-cast structure are also two bolster options which provide even more design possibilities. The bolster can be used as an additional armrest or backrest; or offer enhanced comfort when inserted between the seat cushion and the base structure. Atoll is available in two finishes – pewter and black chrome to match a diverse palette of trendy hues.
TOP: Built upon three basic platforms - 190 cm and 240 cm, both with 90 cm depth, and 130 cm with 140 cm deep, Atoll can be outfitted with armrests, bolsters and backrests to create a range of seating arrangements.
TOP: Two finishes are available: pewter and black chrome which blend elegantly with contemporary palettes and colour themes.
design library | EASY CHAIR
MAMMA MIA TIMELESSLY VERSATILE IN ITS OWN UNIQUE WAY, MIA NEVER CEASES TO AMAZE THE EYE AS IT FITS AND FLATTERS ANY SPACE WITH ITS WELL-PROPORTIONED FORM AND AGELESS AESTHETICS.
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THIS PICTURE: Dressed up entirely in leather, this Mia chair is perfect for sophisticated interiors.
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THIS PICTURE: Mia is made complete with a headrest and enhanced with a loinrest cushion to offer more ergonomic comfort.
BLENDING THE BRANDS’ EXCLUSIVE ARTISAN TRADITION WITH TODAY’S CONTEMPORARY TRENDS, MIA PROVIDES JUST THE RIGHT DOSE OF COMFORT AND STYLE THROUGH THE USE OF REFINED MATERIALS AND SUPERB CRAFTSMANSHIP.
uietly confident in a corner yet the centre of attention in a lively atmosphere, Borzalino’s Mia armchair can enliven any space with its own unique Tuscan-inspired charm. Blending the brands’ exclusive artisan tradition with today’s contemporary trends, Mia provides just the right dose of comfort and style through the use of refined materials and superb craftsmanship. Slim contours outline Mia’s silhouette, that when viewed from any angle, it instantly appeals to our visual appetite for balance and proportion. Depending on the scale of your space, Mia can appear large or small, but never out of alignment with the dimensions of your room. Moreover, with a variety of materials like leather and upholstered fabric to choose from, Mia seamlessly accustoms itself to different interiors, from private residences to luxury hotels. Each piece is made complete with a headrest and comes with the option of a made-to-match footrest, all of which makes Mia even more inviting. Its sleek slightly tilted back is complemented by a loinrest cushion to enhance ergonomic comfort. Held up by a strong metal base, Mia is reassuringly sturdy, subtly expressing that it will stand the test of time and trends.
TOP: Mia is supported by sturdy metal bases, giving it a solid and durable form.
BOTTOM: Mia seamlessly blends in with different interiors, from private residences to luxury hotels.
design library | MODULAR FLOORING SYSTEM
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SEAMLESS TRANSITIONS SEAMLESSLY BLEND BEAUTIFUL SOFT AND HARD FLOORING WITH THE INTERFACE MODULAR FLOORING SYSTEM
nce you get to know the Interface modular flooring system, there’s no going back. Every time you visit a hotel, restaurant or airport that’s been given the Interface treatment, you recognise the unmistakable feel of a flooring design that has been crafted without limits. It’s hard not to appreciate the intricate transitions, subtle texture changes and nature-inspired random patterns. Conversely, when you are confronted with traditional broadloom carpeting, you are immediately struck by its limitations. There are only so many ways to design a garish carpet pattern that hides stains, wear and discolouration. Flooring is relegated to a functional afterthought, rather than being a fundamental part of the overall design theme. Synonymous with high-end carpet tiles, Interface added hard floor coverings to its product range in 2017 to make their offering a true ‘flooring system’. The stone and wood-like Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT) fit together seamlessly with its modular carpet tiles because they are carefully engineered to the exact same height, width and depth. This allows designers to create mixed-use spaces that move from hard to soft and back again without the use of unsightly transition strips. Now, transitions between hard and soft floors don’t need to work in fixed, straight lines or within rigid boundaries. Hard flooring can intermingle with carpet, while irregular-shaped carpeted zones can sit like inviting islands in vinyl tiled highfootfall areas. Interface’s first luxury vinyl tile collection, Level
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Set™, features natural stone and woodgrain designs in distressed, textured and weathered options. Their latest LVT range, Boundary™ Metallics, is a modern take on concrete flooring that gives the appearance of eroded, metallised surfaces. Level Set’s woodgrain tiles work perfectly with the Portmanteau™ Collection, Interface’s bold new carpet tile range created specifically for the hospitality sector. The collection consists of six luscious patterns, each with two accompanying tile designs that incrementally diffuse the texture – plus a fourth loosely woven texture compatible with all six patterns. Transitions of pattern density can move slowly across the floor or change abruptly for dramatic effect. Classical bordered carpet designs can be created for hallways, intricate rug-like designs combine effortlessly with woodgrain luxury vinyl tiles in reception areas, while hotel rooms are on-trend with deep colours in a single pattern. Portmanteau™ makes it a joy to carry an opulent, consistent theme throughout a hotel. As inspiring as its products are, Interface is much more than a product supplier. It’s a people-focused company with a serious claim to being a trend setter in well-being and sustainability – and its design ethos, +Positive spaces™, is testament to that. Interface defines positive spaces as architectural spaces designed with the well-being of the end-user in mind. A positive space could be a small rest area or a sweeping botanical garden, what matters is that the space helps people feel more in touch with their purpose and allows them to enjoy a more fulfilling
THE STONE AND WOOD-LIKE LUXURY VINYL TILES (LVT) FIT TOGETHER SEAMLESSLY WITH ITS MODULAR CARPET TILES BECAUSE THEY ARE CAREFULLY ENGINEERED TO THE EXACT SAME HEIGHT, WIDTH AND DEPTH. THIS ALLOWS DESIGNERS TO CREATE MIXED-USE SPACES THAT MOVE FROM HARD TO SOFT AND BACK AGAIN WITHOUT THE USE OF UNSIGHTLY TRANSITION STRIPS.
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life. Interface products are a favourite of today’s designers and architects who are driven by a desire to create spaces that have a positive impact on people’s lives. For these designers, it’s not about creating statement buildings and interiors that scream “look at me!”, it’s about designing liveable, usable spaces that support the health and well-being of visiting guests. A strong advocate of nature-inspired or biophilic design, echoes of nature run through everything that Interface does. Backed by extensive research, the theory is that bringing elements of nature indoors and blurring the lines between inside and outside space helps guests to feel closer to nature. This makes them happier, more relaxed and more likely to enjoy their stay. Towards the end of the last century, many manufacturing companies didn’t give a passing thought to recycling or sustainability – but Interface did. Ahead of the game then and world-leaders in sustainability now, all Interface products are carbon neutral at no extra cost. The company is on target to offset more than 400,000 tonnes of carbon in 2018 and is planning to begin drawing carbon from the atmosphere with its mission: Climate Take Back™. Their ambitious plan is to run their business in a way that will help to reverse global warming and create a climate fit for life. The functionality of their modular flooring system also means that Interface’s tiles are easy to replace, extending the life of an installation and reducing waste. Although single tiles aren’t visible once they are installed, they are easily lifted and replaced by in-house staff so you don’t have to worry about a statement floor design that could show wear after a year or two. Interface’s modular flooring system really does change the way that interior designers think about flooring. Instead of thinking in terms of hard-edges and single materials on a room-by-room basis, flooring is elevated to a limitless design consideration with a vital part to play in any interior. Floor coverings can be selected by zones within a room, chosen to fit the purpose of each space, used to soften transitions between spaces and to provide cues about the intended use of a space. A modular system also means a broad range of textures, materials and colours can be combined to create endless variations and transitions. Above all, Interface’s modular flooring system allows designers to break free from the sameness of hospitality flooring and create floor designs with individuality that truly reflect a hospitality brand’s personality.
INTERFACE’S MODULAR FLOORING SYSTEM REALLY DOES CHANGE THE WAY THAT INTERIOR DESIGNERS THINK ABOUT FLOORING. INSTEAD OF THINKING IN TERMS OF HARD-EDGES AND SINGLE MATERIALS ON A ROOM-BY-ROOM BASIS, FLOORING IS ELEVATED TO A LIMITLESS DESIGN CONSIDERATION WITH A VITAL PART TO PLAY IN ANY INTERIOR.
choice | ODE TO ART
Autumn Haze 40x40cm
Approaching Shadows, Emmental 120x150cm
CAPTURING THE SPIRIT BY RONNIE FORD I
f one ever makes the mistake of dismissing landscape painting as monotonous and uninspiring, one only needs to refer to Ronnie’s paintings to dispel such a misconception. The fields, trees, seas and skies of his paintings are not just animate objects that collectively present a conventional beauty that are easily overlooked; instead, they reflect astonishing spirit and character of a place, giving it human qualities and emotions such as joy, contentment, sorrow and anticipation. His paintings can hence be perceived as magnificent projections of the modern desire to flee from the cacophony of everyday life into the calm, vast, meditative spaces of the natural world. Indeed, one of Ronnie’s many talents as an artist is his ability to capture the spirit of a place and its essence. Our memories of a place are always more vivid and palpable in hindsight than seeing it in real time. One key point of Ronnie’s style of painting is that he rarely paints on location, but chooses to “look, photograph and sketch” his immediate impressions of the landscapes he traverses, before returning home to paint them in detail. As such, his paintings commemorate the authenticity and rawness of his most instinctive responses to these landscapes, and convey a sense of deep-seated intimacy with his subject matter. His art has also evolved to explore and articulate the epistemology of Asian art, perhaps due to the fact that he has lived and worked in Hong Kong for more than ten years. His paintings are bathed in vibrant, compact colours that bring the entire landscape to life; coupled with usage of other mediums to create the textures and depth, his texturescapes become a unique and distinctive experience of viewing art for art lovers. In line with Eastern philosophy, his paintings display acceptance of our ultimate mortality, but also seek to celebrate the occasional moments of beauty in our lives. Lovers of vibrant post-Impressionistic works will be enthralled by Ronnie’s obvious commitment to the sentiment and style of the former, and contemporary art enthusiasts will appreciate his sensitive and refreshing take on a subject that has been studied by artists since the beginning of time. In an art world where concept has become more pivotal than technique, it is ironic that it has become so difficult to admire objects and subjects of unembellished simplicity.
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A SCULPTURE FOR VISIONARY THINKERS. Tama Desk is applied art. Sculpture, statement, commitment. A balancing act of horizontal and vertical surfaces, lightness and strength, dynamism and calm. Masterly crafted veneer, bronze blade legs, elegant lines and tiered layers. The redefinition of the desk as a think piece. Design: EOOS. www.walterknoll.de
WILSON ASSOCIATES: REDEFINING LUXURY DESIGn INTO ICONIC MASTERPIECES