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sometime in late 2005, I sat with hotelier and visionary Loh Lik Peng to discuss his latest project. He had just acquired a row of conservation buildings in bukit pasoh street in singapore and had plans to turn them into a designer boutique hotel. He had engaged colin seah at ministry of design to oversee the restoration and transformation of the building, and was looking to invite five creative personalities to design a room each in the hotel.

not many people get a chance to create their very own hotel room , and i dived straight into the project with much gusto and enthusiasm. i knew from the very start that i wanted a room that reflected the industry i worked in. i wanted to also draw upon the history of the place ( bukit pasoh was also known as mistress street, as this was where the clan associations used to house their mistresses in the distant past ) . it had to be different, unpredictable, sexy , risqué yet comfortable.

i decided to draw inspiration from one of my favourite photographers, david lachapelle, and put together a room that looked like a set from a lachapelle shoot. we decided on a bold palette of hot pink, royal blue and blood red. I designed a mosaic wall of gold rays radiating from a blue background for the toilet that drew reference from one of David’s pictures. likewise , a mural of sunrays bursting through a bunch of surreal clouds that was painted on the ceiling. I added a mirror over the vintage four poster bed, and commissioned welsh fashion designer lezley george to  create a fushia pleated textured bedspread. there was a red bar in one corner of the room ; a vanity that was reminiscent of the dressing rooms of the hollywood of a bygone era. the finale flourish came in the form of a huge pink neon mermaid, a replica of a tattoo i have on my back ( drawn by british designer helen littler of fashion label elvis jesus and co. couture )

ImageImageImageImageImageImage one of our most exciting finds when scouring the vintage shops was this amazing throne. according to the owner, it is the original chair that was made for the very first miss universe competition in singapore ( unverified – we took his word for it ). it wasn’t for sale, but he kindly agreed to let us make a reproduction, which sits proudly in one corner of the pussy parlour.Image the bath – not for the shy and inhibited  Image ImageImageImage highly visible from the street – a room thats designed to stand outImage the lobby of the hotel is a quirky place, with a great selection of designer chairs ( many from peng’s personal collection ), a dramatic stairway that leads directly to the pool, and many unexpected retro touches ImageImageImageImage love the recurring motif throughout the hotel, inspired by the original balcony design ImageImage the pool is my fave part of the hotel ( apart from the pussy parlour ). three voyeuristic potholes allow swimmers to peek at diners at the majestic restaurant below ( and vice versa ) Image took advantage of the chinese new year holidays to book a staycation at the hotel, and bumped into a bunch of friends ImageImageImageImage men’s luxury magazine chrome shot a fashion spread set in the five personality rooms Image “wayang” by theatre director glen goeiImage “werk” by art director theseus chanImage “untitled” by furniture designer patrick chia Image “fluid” by fashion designer song wykidd Image Imagehttp://www.newmajestichotel.com

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