The design brief called for a delicate coupling of past and present, all set against the bustling backdrop of the Marina Bay waterfront.The sprawling 1,636-square-foot Presidential Suite offers an artful amalgamation of varying ethnic ethnicities, which reflect the cosmopolitan population, including Chinese, Malay, Indian, Peranakan and Colonial influences.
“The Presidential Suite is almost double the gross floor area of the hotel's other suites,” says Christina Chew, director of LCL Architects. “We chose to maintain some cohesion for continuity and to ensure guests would identify strongly with the Presidential Suite’s sense of place."
"The Suite is embellished with objet d’art—canvases, lamps, appliqués and textile-art either sourced from private collections and galleries, or in some cases custom designed and crafted.”
The Suite features four East-meets-West envisioned rooms, including a living and dining area, a lounge and game room, a study and of course, an impressive bedroom, all boasting a soothing palette of muted hues in warm caramels, creamy beiges and chocolatey browns.
Although the palette is rather subdued, highlighted by the heavy use of golden Maple with rosewood wall panels, the fabrics and furnishings used within the suite are both supple and highly contemporary.
Featuring high-sheen lacquers on the tables, cut-out couches and chairs upholstered with thick velvets and intricately carved tables and dressers, the suite achieves its ultimate goal, actively offering an aesthetic that is at once au courant and echoes the history of Singapore.
“The ‘feature’ chandelier over the dining table, living room and master bedroom table lamps and wall sconces were selected for their aesthetics; they are essentially beautiful pieces of art,” explains Chew. “The chandelier is reminiscent of classical pendants however the table lamp and sconces are contemporary pieces.”
In the bedroom, guests will discover circa mid 18th-century green silk valances with gold couching and seed stitching resting on the wall above the bed, acquired from a Malaysian art collector.
Countering the antiques with a contemporary flair is an abstract 3-D collage of crystal, glass, porcelain and metal resting on top of the console in the dining room.
“All of this reinforces the essence of Singapore," says Chew. "It is very much an Asian city but it is globally positioned to experience the best the world has to offer.”