Design Shanghai returns with an exploration of creative identity in an increasingly globalised world – and an in-depth look at the shifting landscape of the workplace
From March 14 to 17, the Shanghai Exhibition Centre once again throws open its doors to welcome Design Shanghai, Asia’s pre-eminent design event. Leading international brands including Zaha Hadid Design, Kelly Hoppen Interiors, Lalique, Swarovski and Miele, as well as emerging and innovative studios, make it the year’s best opportunity for networking and industry exchange, for architects, product designers, developers and retailers based in Asia and beyond.
Featuring five themed halls – Contemporary, Classic & Luxury, Workplace, Kitchen & Bathroom and Collectible – and more than 40 of the brightest design minds in the world offering insights at Design Forum, the 2018 edition demonstrates why Design Shanghai has become established as one of the world’s most keenly anticipated design events.
Featuring five themed halls – Contemporary, Classic & Luxury, Workplace, Kitchen & Bathroom and Collectible – and more than 40 of the brightest design minds in the world
[caption id="attachment_20839" align="alignnone" width="800"] Design Shanghai 2018 with see five separate halls; Contemporary, Classic & Luxury, Workplace, Kitchen & Bathroom and Collectible[/caption]
Designers to watch
Over the course of four days, Design Shanghai’s Design Forum provides a platform for some of the world’s most renowned and innovative creatives to share their insights. This year it explores the need for wholesale social change and authentic cultural identity, and how they inform each other in the global marketplace.
[caption id="attachment_20845" align="alignleft" width="300"] Frank Chou of Frank Chou Design Studio[/caption]
As founder of what is widely regarded as one of China’s most prominent independent design studios, Frank Chou has chosen to focus on the interplay between object and material, and the relationship between East and West to create design pieces that are the pinnacle of modern Chinese expression in a global context. Chou is best known for his Salone del Mobile SaloneSatellite Awardwinning Ping Screen and HC28’s Bold Armchair, a NYCxDESIGN Awards nominee.
With the world’s biggest hoteliers focused on Asia, South Korean interior designer, architect and product designer DB Kim will be busy for the foreseeable future. Bringing his signature cross-cultural humanism to the hospitality industry, Kim’s fingerprints can be seen on the Wanda Group’s luxury hotel division and its vision for the future, and on the reinvigoration of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide (for W, Westin and Sheraton).
[caption id="attachment_20843" align="alignright" width="300"] Jiang Qiong Er, the founder of brand Shang Xia, will also present at Design Shanghai[/caption]
Emerging from Toronto to become one of the most recognisable global design brands, the multi-disciplinary Yabu Pushelberg is also one of the most collaborative, having worked in product design, lighting, textiles, architecture and interiors. Its work can be seen and felt in 16 countries, in locations as diverse as residences at Brickell House in Miami, retailing at Barneys New York, and products from Avenue Road Furniture to Czech glass and lighting brand Lasvit.
JIANG QIONG ER
Founder, artistic director and chief executive of lifestyle brand Shang Xia, Jiang Qiong Er’s bi-cultural experience (after studying in Europe for many years) can be seen in her designs – be it a porcelain teapot or a ready-to-wear tunic dress – which elegantly balance tradition and modernity, heritage and innovation. Jiang has created a truly international 21st-century brand, with her creations finding a place inside Paris’s Musée Guimet and Musée des Arts Décoratifs, as well as the British Museum.
[caption id="attachment_20846" align="alignnone" width="800"] Speaker Stefano Giovannoni will speak at Design Shanghai 2018[/caption]
Milan-based Stefano Giovannoni is one of Italy’s most successful and best-selling industrial designers, having worked with brands such as Lavazza, Alessi, Magis, Fiat, Oregon, Honeywell, and SodaStream among countless others over the course of his 30-year-plus career. The Design Plus award winner recently launched the affordable, “new generation brand” Qeeboo, the ethos of which is exemplified by his Rabbit chair.
This is an excerpt from “Shanghai in focus", an article from the March issue of Perspective magazine.
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Hella Jongerius, Dutch industrial designer and creator, talks about her recent exhibition at London’s Design Museum, and the way in which we all view the world
A particular shade of blue can determine whether or not we buy a chair for our home, while the wrong kind of pink can mean a perfectly cut shirt still won’t find a place in our wardrobe. The emotional and psychological influence of colour is undoubtedly powerful. But exactly how important is it when it comes to design?
[caption id="attachment_20026" align="alignnone" width="800"] Vitra’s East River chair range (Photo. Marc Eggimann / Vitra)[/caption]
One person who can shed light on the matter is Dutch industrial designer Hella Jongerius, who was awarded the 2017 Sikkens art prize for her contributions to the field of colour. Jongerius has created products for brands such as Droog Design, IKEA, Camper and KLM, but is best known for her textile, furniture and crockery designs. In 2007, she became the art director for colours and surfaces at Swiss furniture company Vitra, where she has spent the last decade developing new shades for the fabrics and finishings in the company’s colour and material library.
[caption id="attachment_20027" align="alignnone" width="800"] Jungerius’ Knots & Beads curtain for the United Nations North Delegates Lounge, New York (Photo. Frank Oudeman)[/caption]
This year, Jongerius presented Breathing Colour – an installation-based exhibition at London’s Design Museum. Employing hundreds of dynamic elements – from textiles and porcelain tiles to multi-faceted geometric mobiles that Jongerius calls ‘3D colour wheels’ and ‘colour catchers’, the exhibition explored the way colour interacts with form, materials, light, reflections and shadows, and examined the dynamics of colour in life, art and design.
[caption id="attachment_20028" align="alignnone" width="800"] Hella Jongerius’ colour palette for Vitra’s Hopsak fabric (Photo. Marc Eggiman / Vitra)[/caption]
“My studies on colour are inspired by its effect on volumes and shapes, hard or soft edges, smooth or tactile surfaces, shadows,” says the designer. “Many questions pop up, such as ‘How do shadows interact with a colour?’ and ‘How can I make use of colour reflections?’ This research is an endless study on the nature of colour, which is strongly related to the individual’s perception.
[caption id="attachment_20029" align="alignnone" width="800"] Rotterdam’s Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen exhibited 300 porcelain vases in shades applied by the designer (Photo. Gerrit Schreurs)[/caption]
“I try to develop this knowledge with daily objects in mind. After all, high-quality colours can engender a fascinating and subtle communication with people, and thus deserve to be experienced in our daily lives,” adds Jongerius, who believes that ‘seeing colour’ is an activity. “It is my task as a designer to trigger this process and re-emphasise experience. My goal is to call attention to colour as a mysterious, ever-changing entity. Questioning the nature of colour and our relationship with it is, in essence, a never-ending process,” she says.
This is an excerpt from the "Rainbow warrior” article from the December 2017 issue of Perspective magazine.
Recognising excellence in architecture and design, Asia's prestigious A&D TROPHY AWARDS 2017 by Perspective magazine has announced its 2017 winners
The 2017 gala presentation evening for the A&D Trophy Awards 2017 was successfully held in Hong Kong. Winners this year ranging from international architecture firms to startup design practices, such as Aedas, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, Barrie Ho Architecture Interiors, PDP London, Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, Cheng Chung Design, via architecture, Nelson Chen Architects, Linehouse, who joined other over 200 guests to celebrate the very best in the design industry.
Neri&Hu Design and Research Office has won multiple awards from Architecture to interiors, including the Best of Best award for Suzhou Chapel in China. Singapore's The Warehouse Hotel by Asylum Creative was awarded Best of the Best in Interiors category, while the best in Product Design was given to Roca's Inspira collection, and Hannah Chu from Hong Kong Polytechnic University was recognised with her Zion chair in Students category.
Best of Category awards and Certificates of Excellence were also given in each category. One Plus Partnership, Hirsch Bedner & Associates, NC Design & Architecture have made their names to the winning list with projects spread in Hong Kong, China, Asia and overseas.
Winners were called to stage to collect their trophies, award certificates and yearbooks at A&D Trophy awards.
Held at hmv Kafé Flagship Store, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, the exclusive glamorous gala night and award ceremony are attended by shortlisted award winners, international judges, renowned architects and designers, as well as board members from leading local architect and design associations. Created in 2004 to celebrate excellence in architecture, interior design and product design across Asia-Pacific and beyond, the celebration has become the must-attend event for the architecture and design business.
This year has seen a boom in the interior design category, in terms of both quantity and quality. China has topped the list, with projects not only in major metropolises such as Shanghai and Guangzhou, but also second-tier cities like Changsha and Wuhan. Beijing’s INS Architecture Studio, Shenzhen-based Matrix Interior Design, to name just two, are among the many practices acknowledged by the international judging panel.
Full details of the winners and projects can be found here, and click here for more photos of the awards.
Hong Kong Interior Design Association (HKIDA) hosts annual gala dinner and awards ceremony in recognition of the industry’s best
The Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards (APIDA), presented by the HKIDA, have been a driving force in discovering and nurturing young interior design talents in Asia Pacific for the past 25 years. They are among the most prestigious awards of their kind in Hong Kong – a benchmark of achievement for many young interior designers.
[caption id="attachment_19648" align="alignnone" width="770"] (From left) Louisa Young, Vice Chairman of HKIDA; Joey Ho, Chairman of HKIDA; Horace Pan, Vice Chairman of HKIDA; and Enoch Hui, Chairman of APIDA 2017, officiated the awards ceremony[/caption]
This year’s ceremony marked the awards’ silver jubilee this year, and was held on November 23 at Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, with 300 industry professionals and guests joining forces to celebrate the creative spirit of interior design and propel the industry forward.
[caption id="attachment_19649" align="alignnone" width="770"] (From left) Guests including Enoch Hui, Chairman of APIDA 2017; Prof. Patrick Lau Sau Sing, SBS, JP; Timothy Cheng, HKIDA Member; Ivan Dai, HKIDA Fellow Member; Janet Cheung, Vice Chairman of Hong Kong Fashion Designers Association; Tino Kwan, Local Judge of APIDA 2017; Steve Leung, President of IFI & HKIDA Fellow Member; Victor Tsang, Head of Create Hong Kong; Ron Leung, Chairman of Hong Kong Designers Association; and William To, Local Judge of APIDA 2017, celebrated the industry's best[/caption]
The night concluded with the awards presentation, when Gold, Silver and Bronze awards were given to winners in 13 categories, including Hotel Space, Installation and Exhibition Space, Living Space, Public Space and Shopping Space. They were chosen by a panel of local and international interior design professionals.
[caption id="attachment_19651" align="alignnone" width="770"] (From left) Enoch Hui, Chairman of APIDA 2017; Kinney Chan, Fellow Member of HKIDA; and Horace Pan, Vice Chairman of HKIDA, performed as a band to celebrate the 25th anniversary of APIDA[/caption]
“APIDA 2017 received 700 submissions from the Asia Pacific regions including those from mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Macau,” said Joey Ho, chairman of HKIDA. “Once again, APIDA attained new standards and will no doubt set design trends in the region.”
For the list of winners, visit here.
Maxime Dautresme’s company A Work of Substance has injected renewed excitement into the Hong Kong boutique hotel landscape with The Fleming, offering a quintessential cruise through 1970s design and a clever exploration of the city’s nautical nostalgia
[caption id="attachment_19452" align="alignnone" width="800"] Nautical-feel lifts are all reminiscent of Hong Kong[/caption]
Maxime Dautresme is sitting at a table in Osteria Marzia, the Italian eatery at The Fleming, Hong Kong. He is all unflappable scruffy chic: a motorcycle helmet is tucked under one arm and a canvas satchel at his feet. But the cool exterior belies a perfectionist’s streak that emerges as he makes his way through the hotel, where his design agency A Work of Substance has been engaged in a two-year project. The agency’s creative director and co-founder, Dautresme admits to a healthy degree of fastidiousness. He constantly adjusts accessories and reorganises linens. He frets over a 14-hour playlist he created for the reception that’s not playing. He wonders where the new iPod is. “I micromanage. I’m involved in all the parts.” And just ahead of The Fleming’s re-opening late last month, he had been micromanaging – but not without an equally healthy dose of self-aware humour.
[caption id="attachment_19453" align="alignnone" width="800"] The nautical theme is maintained in the Osteria Marzia restaurant with lamps curved like the ribbing of boats[/caption]
The Fleming began life as a typical mid-rise block in the booming early ’70s, lean on the kind of pricy glass now associated with Grade A offices and upscale residences. Though the building’s history only goes back 40 years, it was on the harbour-front before later land reclamation, and that position was Substance’s jumping off point for the hotel’s reinvention. “The maritime feel was obvious,” explains Dautresme. “For that maritime concept we looked at what needed to be done for a hospitality project, and the values that came out were of practicality – because this is a business hotel – of a celebration of culture without being a cliché, and of the social. To be a place to come and socialise.”
[caption id="attachment_19454" align="alignnone" width="550"] Head of design practice A Work of Substance, Maxime Dautresme[/caption]
He and his young team decided the way to approach a redesign was from the outside in, the only solid demand being that the final product incorporate a strong F&B element that would drive traffic and rejuvenate the street in the future. Dautresme credits owner John Hui with the foresight to plug a hole in the market currently dominated by just a few properties (such as The Upper House, Pacific Place). “He saw a shift in hospitality, where there was a need for a neighbourhood hotel with boutique appeal. It was a challenge to make that shift because they were running at 98 per cent occupancy,” Dautresme notes.
This is an excerpt from the "Of sea, style and substance” article from the November 2017 issue of Perspective magazine.
Hong Kong’s leading conference for creatives, Business of Design Week, returns with a bigger than ever line-up of innovators – and a partnership with Italy Business of Design Week (BODW) is organised by the Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC) and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), with CreateHK as major sponsor. The week-long annual conference on design, innovation and brands runs from December 4 to 9, and will once again put the design world under the spotlight, gathering business leaders and international designers from around the world to share their opinions at a wide array of insightful programmes. Themes include Brands & Innovation, Communication & Design, Product & Design, Design for Asia, Space & Design, Culture & The City and, for the first time, Heritage & Design.
[caption id="attachment_19514" align="alignnone" width="770"] Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas[/caption]
A star-studded line-up of professionals and experts from the business of architecture will be in attendance, including Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas (Studio Fuksas); professor Jacques Herzog (Herzog & de Meuron); Alberto Meda (Alberto Meda Design); Mario Bellini (Mario Bellini Architects); Sou Fujimoto (Sou Fujimoto Architects Inc.); Marco Balich (Balich Worldwide Shows); Ben van Berkel (UNStudio); Dr Paul Thompson (Royal College of Art); artist Edoardo Tresoldi; Mitja Borkert (Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.); Oscar Farinetti (Eataly) and Rocco Yim (Rocco Design Architects Ltd).
[caption id="attachment_19508" align="alignnone" width="770"] Kartell LED lamps designed by Alberto and Francesco Meda[/caption]
With design heritage and sustainability forming a major part of BODW’S focus, a string of designers and speakers, including Lapo Vettori (Paolo Vettori Daughter & Sons), Giulio Vinaccia (Giulio Vinaccia & Associates), Jacopo Foggini (Galleria Jacopo Foggini), musician and independent producer Zhu Zheqin aka Dadawa (KANJIAN Creation), will contribute to the Heritage & Design session.
[caption id="attachment_19509" align="alignnone" width="550"] Italian artist Jacopo Foggini reinterprets the sixteenth-century church of San Paolo Converso with the huge heart Devotion[/caption]
BODW has also formed partnerships with different countries to bring cutting-edge design to the limelight. This year sees Italy returning as official partner country after 10 years, with a group of leading Italian and international designers across various fields to present at the conference and host exhibitions and seminars. With the theme Italy Makes a Difference, BODW 2017 will explore the innovations and creativity of Italian architecture, interior design, automobiles and luxury goods, as well as unlock new business opportunities for those attending.
[caption id="attachment_19511" align="alignnone" width="770"] The M+ museum in West Kowloon Cultural District designed by professor Jacques Herzog of the architectural firm Herzog & De Meuron[/caption]
The multi-disciplinary event provides a valuable platform for professionals across industry sectors to network, exchange ideas and explore collaborations. Programme highlights include the BODW summit, a gala dinner and networking events, as well as a fascinating roster of satellite events such as DesignInspire, deTour 2017 and Fashion Asia 2017 taking place throughout Hong Kong.
[caption id="attachment_19516" align="alignnone" width="770"] Guest speakers this year include Hong Kong renowned architect Rocco Yim whose new project Hong Kong Palace Museum forms part of the West Kowloon Cultural District blueprint[/caption]
The HKDC also organises the annual DFA Awards, taking place from December 6 to 8, which recognise outstanding designs that have an Asian perspective produced by both established designers and emerging talents from Hong Kong and across the region. A presentation ceremony at the BODW gala dinner will be held on December 8 to honour this year’s winners, including Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto (DFA Lifetime Achievement Award 2017), founder of Amanresorts Adrian Zecha (DFA Design Leadership Award 2017) and Hong Kong design guru Alan Chan (DFA World’s Outstanding Chinese Designer 2017). For more information about this year’s programme and tickets, visit here. Business of Design Week 2017 Date: December 4-9 Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Car interiors have come a long way, marrying look and feel with maximum safety, but what will the advent of the self-drive vehicle herald in terms of motoring comfort? More room to move perhaps
In 1917, the average saloon car accommodated four to six average-sized humans in two rows. Instrumentation and controls were positioned within easy sight and reach of the driver. Window area was maximised for all-round visibility. Out of necessity, interior surfaces were made from wood, leather, textile and metal. Sound familiar?
[caption id="attachment_19388" align="alignnone" width="800"] State-of-the-art luxury in 2017 – the wood, steel, leather and textile interior of the Rolls-Royce Phantom (Photo. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars)[/caption]
That’s not to say nothing has changed in a hundred years. Over the last 70 years, for instance, cars have progressively become lower, forcing drivers and passengers to adopt a reclined, close-to-the-floor seating position. Doors have become thicker and beltlines higher to accommodate side-impact beams, airbags and motors for powered windows and locks. Injection-moulded plastics have allowed for the surfaces around driver and passenger to be integrated into a more-or-less continuous, soft-touch form. Sit in almost any 2017 saloon car and the sum total of all this evolution is obvious: while undoubtedly a safer, physically more comfortable place to be than its forebears, the car has also become more claustrophobic, with driver and passengers hemmed in by gun-slit windows, vault-like doors, and thick, blind-spot inducing pillars.
[caption id="attachment_19389" align="alignnone" width="800"] Maserati Ghibli Ermenegildo Zegna Edition: A combination of leather and distinctive Zegna silk give this contemporary luxury-cum-sport interior a fashion industry crossover twist (Photo. Maserati)[/caption]
THE SAME – BUT DIFFERENT
Naturally, fashion too is a powerful influence on how car interiors look and feel. Though the designer’s basic material palette of wood, leather, metal and textile has remained almost static, their treatment fluctuates – careening between
futurism, retro, stark practicality and luxury, depending on the brand, prevailing social preferences and the market position of the individual model. Epitomising the very peak of the market is Rolls-Royce. No other car so clearly articulates what has remained the same in interiors since 1917. Even in the latest Phantom, Wraith or Ghost, dashboards are veneer boards, everything that looks like chrome is chrome, and everything that looks like leather is leather. What was hand-wrought in these elemental materials 100 years ago out of necessity is now a matter of choice – and a substantial price tag befitting ‘the finest of the fine’.
[caption id="attachment_19390" align="alignnone" width="800"] The Audi Aicon concept car paves the way for an autonomous future – with swivelling, lounge-type seats (Photo. Audi)[/caption]
But even here, a slow transformation is underway. Though the materials in the latest Rolls-Royce are traditional, their forms have become less baroque and more minimalist over the last two decades. And subtly creeping in behind the traditional facade is cutting-edge technology: an infotainment screen concealed behind a veneer flap on the dashboard; fibre-optic ‘stars’ embedded in the wool headliner; a four-camera panoramic view system; and the inevitable Wi-Fi.
Carmakers lower down in the market hierarchy may not handcraft their interiors; the ‘veneers’ and ‘leathers’ in a mid-range saloon probably have more in common with petrochemicals than trees and cows – but they still strive to at least simulate the Rolls-Royce experience. Where simulated wood, leather and metal isn’t present, simulated carbon fibre or glossy piano-black finishes are substituted as a gesture toward futurism.
This is an excerpt from the "Interiors Motives” article from the November 2017 issue of Perspective magazine.
Young Dutch hospitality brand citizenM debuts in Asia with citizenM Taipei North Gate, its 11th hotel to date
Since its inception in Amsterdam in 2008, citizenM has been revolutionising the traditional hospitality by infusing its core DNA – contemporary design, easy accessibility, cutting-edge technology and art-inspired communal area – all in an affordable price into its chain of properties in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, London, Glasgow, Paris and New York. This year marks a significant milestone for the brand as it forays into Asia with its inaugural hotel, citizenM Taipei North Gate, a collaboration with Artyzen Hospitality Group.
[caption id="attachment_19237" align="alignnone" width="425"] Standing 26 storeys, citizenM Taipei overlooks the Tamsui River with unobstructed view[/caption]
Overlooking the historical North Gate, citizenM Taipei North Gate is centrally located with only a few minutes’ walk to Taipei Main Station and Airport Express terminal and adjacent to the popular Ximending shopping area. With 267 smart rooms, the hotel offers view of Tamsui River and the mountains beyond.
Adopting a vertical rather than horizontal expansion, the hotel signals a departure from the brand’s signature modular construction method. This is also the brand’s tallest hotel so far with 26 storeys complemented by LED-lit contemporary exterior. “This is traditionally built as we have observed the restrictions with construction and the limit with height to stack up in Taiwan,” says Robin Chadha, Chief Marketing Officer of citizenM. “But look at the contemporary exterior, the black facade versus vertical lighting. It’s a good starting point for architecture.”
[caption id="attachment_19233" align="alignnone" width="770"] The wall-to-wall windows allow guest to enjoy the best view of the Taiwan capital[/caption]
All citizenM hotels rooms are equipped with XL size beds, wall-to-wall windows, power showers. But it is the smart technology that sets them apart from the rest.
The intuitive and handy in-room tablet moodpad enables guests to adjust everything from the television, alarms to room temperature, blinds and ambient lighting, to just the way they like it.
[caption id="attachment_19236" align="alignnone" width="770"] Guests are greeted with a anime art piece by Taipei graffiti artist, ANO, at the exterior entrance[/caption]
citizenM is also dedicated to bringing art into local community. Before walking into the stylish entrance with self-check-in kiosks and its signature oak-cladded spiral staircase, guests will be greeted with a vibrant anime and pop culture art piece by Taipei local graffiti artist, ANO, at the exterior entrance.
The living-room lobby concept also plays a pivotal role in welcoming guests, making it a communal space for relaxing, socialising and working. The living room is filled with local items and souvenirs, books and the latest collection of iconic Vitra furniture pieces.
The focus on art and style is prominent throughout the hotel with art sourced from around the world, including works from famous Taiwanese photographer Chou Ching Hui’s Animal Farm collection and Taiwan contemporary artist Hung Tung-Lu’s interactive art piece Lightbox.
[caption id="attachment_19232" align="alignnone" width="770"] Taiwanese photographer Chou Ching Hui’s Animal Farm is the centrepiece in the hotel's living room[/caption]
The next step for the hotel is to invite a group of local art students to create artworks to be displayed in the rooms and adorn the facade. “Our philosophy is to give back to the community. We hope to give local artist a platform to showcase their talents,” comments Edmond Ip, Vice Chairman of Artyzen Group.
One other signature to the Taipei property is the noodle station in canteenM, the dining and cocktail space inside the Living Room on the first floor that opens 24 hours a day. Aside from barista-made coffee, pastries, light sushi lunches and hot feasts, guests can prepare their own Asian-flavour cup noodle for the late night snacks.
[caption id="attachment_19234" align="alignnone" width="428"] The noodle bar is a first for citizenM where guests can mix their own bowl of instant noodle[/caption]
After setting the footprint in Taipei, citizenM will continue its regional expansion in Asia. The next to open will be Shanghai and Kuala Lumpur in 2018, with Jakarta and Hong Kong in the pipeline.
Allan Yip, Vice-President of Marketing, Distribution and Brands at Artyzen Hospitality Group says the brand is catering to the changing need of the customers, whether for business or travel, “For us, it’s key to get cities like Shanghai, Beijing, Singapore and Hong Kong. Lots of business hotels still run traditionally, but look at our product, our DNA, location and view, I think we’re in a strong position.”
[caption id="attachment_19240" align="alignnone" width="395"] The signature oak-cladded spiral staircase connects the stylish entrance and the living room[/caption]