Visitors to the Fairmont Singapore have enjoyed a slow unveiling of the multimillion-dollar renovation of the hotel—earlier this year the property’s staid jazz bar Ink transformed into the glitzy craft cocktail bar Antidote, replete with luxuriant velvet couches and mirrored interiors. California-based designers Hirsch Bedner Associates and EDG are behind the renovation and communicated their vision of modern Peranakan culture through extravagant art installations like the lobby’s Playing with Wind (Petra Dickova’s 800 hanging bohemian crystal glass balls, each hand-blown) and Diversity (textile designer’s Claudia Caviezel massive 7.7 by 4.6 meter abstract mural). The 365 guestrooms of the North Tower also received a makeover, with bespoke carpeting resembling clay tile floors of Peranakan homes and delicate curtains mimicking traditional kebayas or Nyonya garb. Plantation shutters bedeck guest bathrooms and art by local digital artist Andre Tan graces headboards with distinctly Singaporean flourishes.
For more information, visit Fairmont Singapore (80 Bras Basah Road; 65/6339-7777; rooms from US$300).