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al­ways wanted to live in a ho­tel, but never have to pay the bill or check in or out,” ex­plains Tai­wanese in­te­rior de­signer Eu­gene Yeh with a smile. His so­lu­tion was “to build my own ho­tel.” And so, in 2012, af­ter 20 months of care­fully planned con­struc­tion work, Eu­gene opened the Cabo­chon Ho­tel – an ele­gant, colo­nial style build­ing in the heart of Bangkok. With a clear vi­sion in mind, he de­signed the Cabo­chon (which means a pol­ished gem) from the ground up to en­cap­su­late his re­fined aes­thetic sen­si­bil­i­ties. Eu­gene, who lives both in Tai­wan and Thai­land and owns res­tau­rants and a thriv­ing in­te­rior de­sign busi­ness in Taipei, set out to cre­ate some­thing unique. Al­though a new build­ing, the ho­tel feels au­then­tic as it em­bod­ies the pe­riod fea­tures and the sul­try, se­duc­tive style of colo­nial In­do­chine, mixed with all the con­tem­po­rary com­forts and mod­ern-day ameni­ties that guests re­quire. The iconic ivory-coloured, four-storey build­ing – with its clas­si­cal French doors open­ing to shady, over­hang­ing ve­ran­das and finely dec­o­rated col­umns – cap­tures a qual­ity of life and an old-world charm from a by­gone age that is fast dis­ap­pear­ing in South­east Asia. “Ev­ery­where I go, face­less, mod­ern ho­tels lack­ing in char­ac­ter are be­com­ing the norm,” Eu­gene says. “I wanted to cre­ate some­thing very dif­fer­ent from the chain ho­tel. I am prob­a­bly quite dif­fer­ent from other Asian in­te­rior de­sign­ers. I find that many Asian peo­ple have trou­ble un­der­stand­ing my aes­thetic. They only value things that are new and bling – but my style is

FROM LEFT At the en­trance to Eu­gene Yeh’s apart­ment at the Cabo­chon ho­tel, guests are greeted by a Panama hat col­lec­tion; Eu­gene has an affin­ity for dark wood an­tiques, such as his din­ing room ta­ble

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