Is simplicity now more valuable than gilding? Does wellness outshine indulgence? Does mindset transcend jetset? How and why have consumer expectations changed in the luxury hospitality arena, and how is the hotel industry responding?
Singapore Indesign 2017’s Design Conversation session ‘What Does Luxury Hospitality Mean Today?’ has invited hospitality experts to share their insights on the demands and expectations of the new consumer, and how notions of ‘luxury experience’ are being flipped and redefined.
Meet the experts:
Creative Director – designphase dba
Joris Angevaare is one of Singapore Indesign 2017’s Ambassadors. He graduated from the interior architecture programme at Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam and further enriched his credentials with a degree in business economics. He answered Asia’s siren call in 2000 and joined designphase dba, one of Singapore’s most experienced interior firms, as a Design Director. Today, Angevaare is the firm’s Creative Director. He will share his insight on interior design as an effective tool for establishing a connection with today’s hospitality audience.
Project Director – HBA Singapore
Claudio Bardi is an award-winning interior designer with a global body of work and over a decade of experience in luxury hospitality design, retail design, multi-unit residential development, marketing and branding sectors. He is currently a Project Director at HBA Singapore, leading a dedicated Singapore-based team in creative and technical hospitality design for Asia Pacific.
Vice President, Asia Pacific – Design Hotels
Seoul-born, US-educated Jinou Park is the Vice President, Asia Pacific at Design Hotels, a company that represents a curated collection of over 270 independent hotels in 50 countries across the globe. He brings more than 20 years of experience leading global brands to Design Hotels. Prior to joining the company, he worked with Intercontinental Hotels in the US, Disney Parks & Resorts in Hong Kong, and Asurion in Korea. He will share his insights about crafting and curating original experiences to cater to today’s luxury market.
Wong Chiu Man
Founder and Principal – WOW Architects | Warner Wong Design
Architect Wong Chiu Man holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Southern California (magna cum laude) and a Master in Architecture from the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. He established architectural practice WOW Architects| Warner Wong Design with partner (and fellow Harvard graduate) Maria Warner Wong in 2000. Combining Asian heritage with international design experience, WOW Architects has built a strong hospitality portfolio that includes Conrad Manila Bay, Hyatt Hotel Saba Saba in Tanzania and St Regis Maldives.