Singapore-based luxury design studio LTW Designworks unveils three new hospitality projects in Asia
LTW Designworks, an international studio specialising in luxury hospitality interiors, has recently completed interiors for three hotels in Asia - Cordis Shanghai, Hongqiao; Grand Hyatt Changsha; and Shangri-La Colombo in Sri Lanka.
Located in Puxi's commercial and transportation nucleus the Hub, the 396-room Cordis Shanghai, Hongqiao pays tribute to 1920's Shanghai with vintage street scenes subtly articulated in the design through contemporary expressions – as seen in the backlit display boxes in the bar depicting Shanghainese street scenes from the early 20th century, and elegant etched-glass murals showing stylised Chinese women and cherry blossoms.
The hotel lobby showcases commissioned artwork by Chinese sculptor Xie Aige, depicting five sculptures entitled Ceramic Women and a custom-designed chandelier floating above them, evoking scenes of daily life from a bygone era.
The Grand Hyatt Changsha, situated at the apex of a landmark 61-storey building, has a different take, with a modern Chinese aesthetic but one which also pays homage to the region's landscape and history. Inspired by two classic Chinese red-ink paintings, Changsha by Fu Baoshi and Ten Thousand Hills in Red by Li Keran, the design employs a palette of red and white, a reference to the autumn maple trees found around Yuelu Mountain and Xiang River. The lobby features a two-storey-tall red-and-white feature wall with dramatic vertical fins rendered in lacquered wave patterns, portraying the ceaseless energy of the Xiang River.
Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo is inspired by the city's coastal setting, with a design typical of the hotel group's oriental elegance, fused with modernity inspired by the country's natural beauty. The interior scheme – from the architectural forms and design details to the colour palette – evokes the tropics, while the hotel entrance features a magnificent sculptural water-lily art piece that cascades with stylised crystal petals.