The Porcelain
The spatial solutions are highly graphic and stylised with the porcelain emblem
serving as motifs in its various forms - from prints to actual vases and bowls
decorating the spaces, to the various guests rooms inspired by the porcelain motifs
Year: Completion 2011
Type: Hospitality   /  Services: Interior, Branding
Team: Tiah Nan Chyuan, Torrance Goh, Gene Tan, Susanne Teng   /  Photographer: Jeremy San Tzer Ning
 
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The project began with a first time hotelier in need of creating a hotel concept with rooms already planned out. We were tasked to make an all-round brand experience that is both unique in a popular hospitality spot and befitting the existing planning conditions.

The key was the location. The hotel, located in historic Chinatown, is also along Mosque Street (which was named after the Jamae Mosque at the end of the street). This provides an interesting proposition - the hotel can possibly express this confluence of cultures. "Blue Flowers" porcelain (青花 in mandarin) was subsequently devised, as it was developed in China
during the Tang Dynasty using cobalt blue pigments originating from the Middle East.

The spatial solutions are highly graphic and stylised with the porcelain emblem serving as motifs in its various forms - from prints to actual vases and bowls decorating the spaces, to the various guests rooms inspired by the porcelain motifs. A key feature that is consistently applied in the lobby and most rooms is the overhead circular barrisol light ceiling with intricate imprints of the Porcelain branding, suffusing the rooms with a gentle glow. Elsewhere, this graphic hand is carried throughout to the special interior fittings such as mirrors and various wayfinding elements.