“The studio grounds its work in a philosophy that each project is carefully calibrated; balancing materials and complex details to achieve timeless results that are authentic and rich in character.”

–Robert Cheng

Brewin Design Office

Brewin Design Office is a multi-disciplinary practice that specialises in Interior Architecture and Design. Established in 2012 by Robert Cheng, our Singapore-based Studio works across a diverse range of large-scale and intimate residential, hospitality, commercial and cultural projects throughout Asia – each project grounded in instinctive design whose rich character responds to the setting and brief, whilst being defined by timeless craft.

Our work is especially known for their bold and original concepts which we achieve through a mix of rigorous research and innovation, and unbridled imagination. In particular, each commission is based on carefully creating a detailed architectural, spatial framework over which we layer complex interior design details that are thoughtfully selected and beautifully textured.

Guiding the entire creative process is our Principal who works with our tightly-knit team in the planning, testing and refinement of every design option. Such thoughtful attention to detail and commitment to the bespoke experience ensure every Brewin commission is imprinted with a distinctive DNA that is timeless in its aesthetics, authentic to experience, and always elegant to the eye.

Works

Our portfolio continues to evolve, with notable works including Park Nova, a luxury condominium in Singapore; Oma by the Sea, a prestigious seaside residential development in Hong Kong; penthouses and interiors in buildings by globally renowned architects Jean Nouvel, Thomas Heatherwick, Robert A.M. Stern, Kengo Kuma; Restaurants and Lounges at the Capella Hanoi; Multi-generation Family Offices in Hong Kong; the 61 Robinson and Capital Square commercial towers in Singapore’s Central Business District; the Rotunda Library & Archives at the National Gallery Singapore; and ongoing luxury boutique hotels in Japan.

Robert Cheng, Founder & Principal

Curiosity. A passion for crafting bespoke details. A commitment to creating beautifully detailed design of uncompromising quality. An unusual sensitivity to art and architecture, and an abiding love for interior and furniture design and their storied history.

These are the touchstones of Robert Cheng’s practice – the qualities that shape not just the way he looks at the world and also the work that his multi-disciplinary Studio produces in various scales and typologies.

The foundation for this approach was laid at an early age when he began living, studying and travelling abroad in Asia, Europe and America, absorbing at every turn, the joy of a beautifully crafted building, an appreciation for the provenance of a piece of furniture, or the clean lines of a thoughtfully designed room.

These early cross-cultural lessons in good design and the warm emotions it can evoke were further refined when he studied architecture at Rhode Island School of Design, and then Urban Design at Harvard Graduate School of Design. But it was his apprenticeships with Calvin Tsao at Tsao & McKown Architects in New York, and Jean Nouvel at Atelier Jean Nouvel in Paris. Both masters of their craft, these legendary architects recognised and honed Robert’s love and talent for design, nurturing in him an enduring appreciation for conceptual design, and a passion for tectonics, craftsmanship and a rich palette of materials.

Personally overseeing every commission, Robert always insists on creating a level of luxurious detailing for which his studio is synonymous. Whether an intimate city apartment, a boutique resort in the mountains, or the sophisticated lobby of an office building, this commitment to what he calls ’the art of making things’ becomes an important benchmark in the studio – especially for clients who prize custom design, luxurious bespoke details, and beautifully finished joinery and furniture.

“Art is the genesis of all things design. It gives meaning and a sense of soul to function and rigidity, giving life to what would otherwise be measured and predictable.”