Stu­dio Urquiola

Wallpaper - - Singapore Revealed -

For the Span­ish-born, Mi­lan-based designer, fresh per­spec­tives are par for the course, an out­look seen to best ef­fect in her in­te­ri­ors work on the Wo­hade­signed Oa­sia Ho­tel Down­town in Sin­ga­pore’s Tan­jong Pa­gar quar­ter, which she says was in­spired by the build­ing’s voids. ‘We trans­formed them into sky-ter­races so the oc­cu­pants can have a di­rect ex­pe­ri­ence with the city.’ What is the best ad­vice you have re­ceived about de­vel­op­ing your de­sign and busi­ness skills? Achille Castiglioni taught me to iden­tify ‘the fun­da­men­tal el­e­ment’ around which ev­ery project re­volves. Some­times you com­pro­mise and you lose the ini­tial sense of what you thought a de­sign was about. The fun­da­men­tal el­e­ment keeps you on track. How do you rec­on­cile the need to in­no­vate with the busi­ness of de­sign? There are con­stant func­tions, but they are evolv­ing con­tin­u­ously. Some­times the bound­aries blend. The way we use a sofa now is not the same as in the past. What sur­prises you most about the de­sign and ar­chi­tec­ture of Sin­ga­pore? It’s in con­tin­u­ous de­vel­op­ment. I find this very stim­u­lat­ing. The ar­chi­tec­ture is im­pos­ing, but what im­presses me most is the vast green­ery in a coun­try where land is so lim­ited. pa­tri­ci­au­


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