After the success of its past iterations, Singapore Indesign was back with an exciting new format. Between 9 and 10 July 2015 the show was on, bringing you two days of high-impact, concise and focused design experiences. Do you already know where you will stay? See the suggestions of Hotel Interior Design.
A revamped historic hotel on a Chinatown street in Singapore once notorious for housing wealthy men’s mistresses, the New Majestic, with its shop house façade, blends perfectly with the neighborhood. But inside, the juxtaposition of antique and modern, interior and exterior, provides a theatrical environment where guests can indulge their imaginations. The 30 guestrooms are individually crafted visions by a diverse group of creatives enlisted by Colin Seah of Ministry of Design. His core crew came up with four room ‘typologies,’ including the Hanging Bed Rooms where larger-than-life murals span whole walls, and the sensuous Loft Room where vintage twin tubs look up on an attic-area sleeping space that appears to float. In the hotel’s restaurant, ceiling portholes open onto the floor of the outdoor pool, as swimmers cast shadows onto the tables below, while the sensuously curved white staircase seems to invite a line of chorus girls. Majestic, indeed.
Combining a sense of artistic whimsy with cutting-edge design, the Wanderlust in Singapore’s Little India was created with adventurous travelers in mind. Hotel owner Loh Lik Peng, a local hero after the success of his New Majestic Hotel, gave four design firms one floor each to create their own interpretation of contemporary style and comfort. Designed by Asylum, the lobby has a glam industrial vibe. Upstairs, the 29 guestrooms run the gamut from vivid candy colors (Phunk Studio) and arty black-and-white minimalism (DP Architects) to one-of-a-kind duplex apartments (fFurious). Set in a historic 1920s building, the beautiful Art-Nouveau mosaic on the Wanderlust’s facade hints at the cheeky patchwork of 21st-century design it now houses. The hotel’s casual French restaurant Cocotte, meanwhile, has proved to be an instant hit with the locals. With eye-popping design and friendly service, Wanderlust delivers on Peng’s desire that his hotels be like ‘playgrounds for grown-ups.
Not many hotels ensconce their check-in counter in a five-meter stainless steel orb or invite guests to lounge upon a seductive Moraine sofa by Zaha Hadid in their lobby. As guests step through the glass doors of klapsons, the combination of five-star luxury and a distinctive sensitivity toward contemporary design immediately makes itself apparent. William Sawaya of Sawaya & Moroni spearheaded the design team, giving each guestroom at klapsons an individualized design identity so that no two are alike, ensuring that visitors have a new experience, and discover new comforts and indulgences with every stay at this innovative hotel. The element that unites the klapsons experience is without a doubt the opulent pampering, whether luxuriating in Egyptian cotton sheets topped with goose-down bedding or indulging in drinks at Fabrika, the alfresco sky terrace bar on the 17th floor. Subtle yet suitable for the savviest and most discerning travelers, klapsons charts a new frontier in hotel ideology in Singapore’s Central Business District.