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In Singapore, an Art Library Designed to Record Forgotten History

Sep 10

“To achieve the right design that would satisfy this nuanced balance (between conservation and innovation, the past and the present) was to frame it in a way that would pay homage to the space itself.”

Brewin Design Office’s Principal, Robert Cheng, sat down with The New York Times Style Magazine in the National Gallery Singapore’s new Rotunda Library & Archives just before the circuit breaker, to share his thought process behind the design of the museum’s library – home to one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of archival and reference resources on 19th and 20th century Southeast Asian art.

Access the article here.

Watch the video here.

 

An organic approach for this apartment in residential Thomas Heatherwick tower in Singapore

Sep 2

“A luxury residential tower designed by renowned English architect Thomas Heatherwick in collaboration with Swire Properties accommodates just 20 exclusive apartments—each occupying a single floor. Among them is one with the most intriguing interiors.”

More on this Brewin Design Office project in the feature by Elle Decor here.

 

Humanising Spaces

Jun 2

The talented team behind the online publication HNWorth conducted a candid interview with Robert earlier this year, capturing so accurately the beliefs and interests that have been the driving force behind Brewin Design Office these past 8 years.

Read: How Designer Robert Cheng Humanises Spaces

 

Wallpaper* on EDEN: A Garden Home Designed as a Plant Paradise

May 8

“For Robert Cheng, dream projects tend to be the ones that allow him to ‘operate “end to end”, and to design the interior architecture, right through to selecting artworks and creating bespoke furniture pieces for the project. His latest work – the 20th-storey suite in the new 20-unit EDEN condominium designed by Thomas Heatherwick – fits the bill precisely.

Heatherwick’s work on Eden is unique for its sensitivity to nature and its quiet references to traditional colonial typologies. ‘It was important for us to create an interior that complimented his detailing but without replicating his language, ’ says Cheng.

Wallpaper* magazine perfectly describes Brewin Design Office’s approach to the interiors at EDEN. Read about it here.

 

Building an Information Trove Under the National Gallery Singapore’s Rotunda

Apr 2

National Gallery Singapore’s Rotunda Library & Archive opened to the public late 2019, after a year-long renovation and conversion that involved close collaboration between the Gallery, National Heritage Board, and Brewin Design Office.

In this informative article by the gallery’s Perspective magazine, learn all about the transformation of this heritage space, as well as the behind-the-scenes efforts to prepare the archival collection for the big move.

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Habitus Living – ‘Conrad Centennial Pool Lounge & Spa’, selected as 1 of 5 Exceptionally Designed Food & Beverage Venues From 2019

Dec 24

A good restaurant, bar, or cafe is more than the food and drinks that it serves. It is an immersive experience, meticulously designed – right down to its finest detail.  Anchoring on Brewin Design Office’s reputation for designing highly detailed projects with an emphasis on programmatic innovation, the design responded to the client’s brief for a contemporary and intimate renovation, complementing existing spaces of the hotel, and stays true to Conrad Hotel’s brand identity.

Read the article here

 

Habitus Living – All or Nothing at ‘The Keraton At The Plaza’

Dec 16

Residents of a Keraton Apartment in Jakarta bought the residence as a bare bones structure, before engaging Brewin Design Office for a full scope design. Brewin Design Office took responsibility for the entirety of this project from spatial planning to furniture, finishings and hardware, forming an ideal blank canvas rivalling that of a new build. Read the full story by ‘Habitus Living’ here.

 

Rising Stars in Architectural and Interior Design

Sep 2

Robert Cheng, Design Principal of Brewin Design Office, has been included as a Rising Star in Luxury Design offering fresh perspectives on contemporary luxury, alongside 4 other creatives behind some of the most prestigious developments internationally– ranging from New York’s One Hudson Yards to The Berkeley Hotel in London.

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A collection of crafted details in the Repulse Bay Apartment

Aug 2

The Repulse Bay Apartment is a project designed with incredibly detailed craftsmanship. From the bespoke custom-designed furniture pieces, to six different methods of incorporating American white oak in the interior wood-work, every aspect of the design was conceived to allow the materiality to speak.

 

Blossom Restaurant wins the 2019 Prix Versailles Special Prize

Jun 25

Brewin Design Office is delighted to share that the newly minted Blossom Restaurant has been awarded the Special Prize for South Asia & Pacific Restaurant Interior Category, in the 2019 Prix Versailles World Architecture & Design Awards. Prix Versailles is an annual award dedicated to recognizing stores, hotels and restaurants around the world that are particularly remarkable in both their exterior architecture and interior design. Discerned at the headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris by an independent judges panel, it is the world architecture award that combines the fields of creation, art and economics.

View 2019 award recipients here