Caroline’s Mansion occupies the intersection of past and present, grandeur and timelessness. As St. Regis Singapore’s newest venue, its design draws inspiration from American high society elegance, translating it for the modern guest.
The 4000sqft venue previously housed the hotel’s indoor tennis court. Avalon Collective transformed the entire space into a ballroom, pre-event area and foyer. A seamless arrival experience was designed to connect the Mansion to the main hotel building.
A grand welcome awaits all who enter. Flanked by bevelled glass panels and framed in solid mahogany, the arched double entryway opens up to a voluminous, 9-metre-tall foyer. The double-height ceiling was retained to magnify the extravagance of the space.
Every aspect of the design recreates the experience of a luxury New York townhouse. Inspired by the home of Caroline Astor, socialite mother of John Jacob IV (founder of the St. Regis hotel brand), the entire Mansion is the embodiment of exclusivity and opulence.
Drawing from 19th-century residential elements, the fittings and finishes are lavish yet approachable. Timber marquetry was paired with modern chandeliers to accentuate the foyer and pre-function area. The intimate ballroom features handmade brass wall fixed above a monolithic fireplace, which harkens back to private fireside chats. The brass trimmings and custom-made glass panels on doors and walls are inspired by Caroline Astor’s jewellery collection.
We also commissioned bespoke lighting pieces that reflect these graphic arches on the portals and walls: mouth-blown bubbled glass crystal pendant lights and elegant wall sconces.
New World PJ Hotel (in collaboration with ACID KL) rises high against the surrounding skyline as one of the tallest hotels in the area. Design elements were inspired by Malaysia’s rich culture and heritage.
The Collective designed the hotel’s 316 guestrooms and suites, as well as the Pasar Baru restaurant, spa and rooftop bar. A simple interior architecture language was chosen to allow the local interior accents to stand out. Contemporary classical lines set against sophisticated grey tones and earth colours set the stage for a truly modern Malaysian hotel experience.
Upon entering the hotel, guests are welcomed by an impressive custom-made structure in the lobby, featuring a six-metre high “wau” (traditional Malaysian kite and a colossal 3-metre gasing (traditional Malaysian top), designed to bring the local heritage and culture to life. More gasing and wau of different dimensions and forms are placed strategically throughout the hotel, creating a sense of discovery for guests.
Guestrooms and suites feature subtle nods to local culture, such as bamboo flooring and Malaysian-themed artwork. The main restaurant, Pasar Baru, is designed to reflect the country’s cultural and culinary melting pot. As a nod to the distinctive red stools found on the streets, the Collective designed and custom-made striking red chairs as a way of bringing the bustling market culture indoors.
Kempinski Hotel Hangzhou lies on the riverbank of the Jing-Hang Grand Canal. Influenced by the beauty of Hangzhou’s West Lake, the interior design delivers a sophisticated representation of the lake and river’s fluidity and romantic charm.
Traditional elements from both Oriental and European heritage are stripped down and reimagined into an elegant and modern space. The hotel interior seamlessly marries the property’s natural surroundings with a luxurious design.
For a grand entrance, the lobby features larger-than-life chandeliers inspired by the snowtipped branches of willow trees that dot the banks of the West Lake.
In guestrooms, the Collective’s design references the neighbouring Grand Canal, and uses a Hangzhou celadon-inspired palette for the colours and materials. The gentle curves, cool timber flooring and elegant finishing featured in the open-plan guestrooms reflect the bends of the Grand Canal as well as the tranquillity and fluidity of water. Sheer, hand-painted fabrics, each embroidered with images of Tang Dynasty court ladies weaving Hangzhou silk, adorn the sliding panels on the wall, a subtle nod to the area’s history.
Hyatt Regency Shanghai Global Harbor is designed to connect business and pleasure travellers to all Shanghai has to offer. Every detail is meant to convey a lived-in feel.
Based on the concept of simple luxury, Avalon Collective approached the hotel interiors with an elegant but restrained hand. Much of the visual language is composed of straight, sleek and defined lines and a neutral palette. The result is a clean canvas upon which the furniture and artwork come alive.
Custom-designed water features by the Collective were inspired by elements found around the locale and emphasizes the intimate connection between the hotel and the surrounding neighbourhood. Guestrooms offer panoramic floor-to-ceiling views of Shanghai and are designed to reflect a modern home away from home. Furniture and fixtures have elegant, contemporary silhouettes.
Four Seasons Private Island Voavah, Maldives is designed to reflect the travels, temperament and trinkets of those who are accustomed to the finest things in life.
The private island residence takes guests on a global ‘voyage of discovery’ through handselected details that enhance the unassuming ‘at home’ vibe and intimate service that the island offers.
The island’s buildings and facilities are designed for the ultimate private getaway experience. Avalon Collective worked with Voavah’s existing beauty and allowed the layout and design to reveal itself. Great care was taken to honour and protect the original foliage and site by restricting the accommodations to the periphery. With most of the island left untouched, guests enjoy a heightened sense of having their own island to explore.
Upon entry, the welcome jetty is adorned with an abundance of bespoke, naturally crafted art that invites further exploration and contemplation. Across the island, each building and villa takes aesthetic cues from different cultures: Arabic and Southeast Asian design details connect the private island to a truly luxurious journey around the world.
The interiors complement Mother Nature’s magnificence, and each villa is designed to give an impression of balance in seclusion. A neutral colour palette and lack of walls extend ‘inside to outside’ and create a true sense of remoteness. Guests experience this ‘voyage of discovery’ through the use of carefully considered natural resources and a unique selection of artefacts gathered from Asia and beyond. The result is an enticing and eclectic ‘at-home’ feel.
InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort sits on the southernmost tip of the tranquil Raa Atoll, one of the most secluded locations in the Maldives. This exquisite resort was designed to offer guests an irresistible sense of freedom.
Guests are presented with the time and space to disconnect from the everyday in an environment designed to enhance the unrivalled beauty, light and landscape of the atoll. Every detail is in perfect synergy with the incredible surroundings and views.
Welcoming guests to the reception lobby is an awe-inspiring overwater hammock, one of the largest in the Maldives. The centrepiece light installation, conceived by the Collective, reimagines the ‘message in a bottle’ in an abstract, modern style. Completing this sense of arrival is a sprawling patchwork carpet, which invites guests to take their shoes off, reconnect with nature and experience island life.
In crafting the interior for the resort, Avalon Collective looked to the “musafir” (Arabic for traveller) for inspiration. The private villas are a modern interpretation of the musafir’s nomadic free-spirit: the space is left open and free from internal walls to convey a sense of true freedom. Instead, a series of free-standing screens and furniture are used to frame the space. Here, guests could feel and live as they pleased, ready to embark on their next adventure whenever they wished. Privacy and intimacy co-exist harmoniously with breathtaking vistas of the Indian Ocean.
Avalon Collective provided interior architecture services for the entire project, including the villas, lobby, common spaces, spa and other facilities. Some of the resort’s restaurants and bars were also designed by the Collective.