Cover Designed by André Fu Studio, the recent renovation of the rooms at Capella Singapore feature custom furnishings in earthy tones, coupled with the cosy comfort of natural textures. Image: Capella Singapore

Hong Kong-based practice André Fu Studio has given the rooms of Capella Singapore a new look as part of the hotel’s recent refurbishment

Even with the blitz of hotel openings and more new properties coming up, you can count on the stalwart names for excellent hospitality and a relaxing day away from home. The ongoing travel restrictions have heightened interest in daycations (mini half-day getaways) and staycations (including themed ones where you can bring your pets), as many of us look to recreate a holiday mood at local hotels and resorts.

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Among the properties of note is Capella Singapore, a sprawling resort in Sentosa designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Norman Foster and late interior designer Jaya Ibrahim. The six-star hotel opened in 2009 and has recently undergone a year-long renovation by André Fu Studio that gives its rooms and villas a subtle and soothing design refresh.

Comprising two colonial bungalows from the late 19th century, the refurbishment of the 110 suites and villas features a calming, earthy palette livened up by green accents that reference the flourishing greenery surrounding the property. The custom furnishings combine tropical elements with mid-century influences with its curvy silhouettes and organic textures while taking reference from Fu’s eponymous home decor and furniture brand André Fu Living.

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These influences are seen in the prominent use of natural materials such as teak, oak, rattan and rugs made with jute and cotton, and the subtle nods to Asian-style designs with the use of interlocking panels and elegant, angular forms that draw on the typology of traditional furniture. Other thoughtful elements include the deep-set sofa at the living area that can function as an informal workspace for laptop users as well as the tiered dining table, which can double as a desk.

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“I wanted my presence to be complementary (to Jaya Ibrahim’s original design). Jaya represented the first generation of modern Asian designers,” says André Fu, principal and founder of André Fu Studio. “My perspective acknowledges that the world has become larger. For me, design now crosses cultures and geographical locations whether you’re in Singapore, Tokyo, London or Aix-en-Provence. So, it’s not about designing a new room just for the sake of being new... It’s about evolving a space through design.” 

Like many other projects by the celebrated designer—which include Andaz Singapore and the Fullerton Bay Hotel in Singapore—the final result epitomises a sense of utmost tranquility; exactly what hotel visitors desire, the moment they step in.

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