Issue 11

Some highlights from our current issue, as well as a few extra images we just couldn’t squeeze in.


Products / New collections and collaborations
Read / Upcoming and recent books on design, art, interiors, urbanity and architecture from the world’s best publishers
Read / A new monograph by Laurence King Publishing explores the prodigious career of designer and crafstman Samuel Chan
Curated / Our Best of Show picks from this autumn’s edition of Maison&Objet Paris
Co-working Space, Hong Kong / Architecture firm Bean Buro has created a flexible, modern space for start-ups in Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay
Furniture Design / A new furniture company wants to change your mind about ‘Made in China’ quality
Retail Space, Seoul / Shanghai-based design duo Neri&Hu have created an intriguing new store concept for Sulwhasoo
Studio / Our regular feature on craftspeople behind the scenes visits the Laotian workshop of Soi de Lune weavers


Art Destination / An expansive botanical garden scattered with interactive installations, the Inhotim Sculpture Park in Brazil is every art lover’s fantasyland
Travel, Indonesia / For the sybarites, we present the Aman group’s fixed and floating hotels that dot the Indonesian archipelago
Hotel, Beijing / Newcomer to the scene CHAO hotel is setting a new standard for lifestyle hotels in China
Hotel, Bangkok / The renovated Mandarin Oriental Bangkok maximises the existing structure and adds refined touches
Hotel, Jakarta / We speak with designer Alexandra Champalimaud about her inspiration behind the spectacular new Four Seasons, Jakarta
Openings / The best of the new boutique and luxury designer hotels from around the world


Placemaking / What is the value of public art? Erika Wong makes an argument for inclusion of art in everyday spaces in this thought- provoking essay
Profile / Curator of the 2012 inaugural Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India and this year’s Yinchuan Biennale in China, Bose
Art Scene / We survey the deep and diverse art world of Indonesia that, for outsiders at least, can be a bit of a mystery


Sydney / With an ideal perch overlooking the Sydney Harbour, this Lawless & Meyerson- designed home is the definition of casual luxury
Hong Kong / This 300-square-metre apartment overlooking the dense cityscape of East Kowloon is a serene, highly crafted example of vertical living
Singapore / For a newly married young couple, local design firm Takenouchi Webb redesigned their early 90s condominium into a tropical chic oasis in downtown Singapore
Paris / The Haussmann-style flat of artist and interior designer My-Hanh Bello on Avenue George V in Paris explores glossy modernism to its fullest


Heritage Restoration / A 1920s art deco performance theatre in Penang is restored to its former glory under the masterful direction of Singapore’s Ministry of Design
Venice Biennale / With its historic first participation in the Venice Biennale of Architecture, the Philippines pavilion opens a thought-provoking conversation on the topic of heritage architecture and what is truly at risk in its capital city of Manila
Urban Development / Julia Nebrija explores the parallel experiences of Bangkok and Manila, two Asian cities that are rediscovering their riverfronts as the gateway to a new urban trajectory


The Flâneur / A Flâneur is an urban explorer — a connoisseur of the street. In our rotating column, guests share their musings, observations and critiques of the urban environment in cities around the world. Hong Kong-based art critic, curator and urban planning activist John Batten is this issue’s Flâneur