Finding Design Made Happy in Singapore

What makes Singapore a global city? Is it the skyscrapers, the fancy airport, or the grandeur and lavishness depicted in Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians?  We break down exactly what draws international creators and travelers to this city. From where to stay, what to eat, and where to find to inspiration.

Stay at the Warehouse Hotel

In 1856 a godown or warehouse was built by the banks of the Singapore River. The warehouse stood proud, with peaking roof overlooking the trade ships and boats passing by. In its heyday, the godown was in the center of it all: the Malacca trade route, the business society, and even the illicit trades.

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Today it stands, after being meticulously restored, as a 37-room boutique hotel. Interiors are modern, while the hotel experience celebrates Singapore’s creators, makers, and do-ers. Everything from the eco-friendly bath soaps, and the coffee served to you in the morning are all proudly, Singaporean.
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Dine at Pó

At the Warehouse Hotel’s flagship restaurant, indulge in an authentic Singaporean meal. Each dish is cooked to taste like your Singaporean popo or grandma found out you were in town! For a Singaporean starter-pack chow down on their hot noodle soup, rendang, popiah, and goreng pisang. Did we mention their interiors are absolutely to-die-for?
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Pó exhibits the best of Singapore’s global sensibilities with a nod to local and even regional heritage. Inside the restaurant, textures are understatedly tropical with rattan and weaving. While colors are kept natural with different shades of brown, taupe, and green. This is a place to keep coming back to, a place where your popo or grandma is waiting to cook you an authentic Singaporean meal.

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Be Inspired at Working Capitol

A trip to Singapore will most likely mean business. If you’re not a member already, grab a day pass to Singapore’s Working Capitol. Two locations are available, one in Keong-Saik Road and Robinson Road. The one along Keong-Saik Road is built in a historic Sophouse row built in the 1920s. Today it includes office spaces, collaboration areas, beer garden, café, showers, outdoor balcony, and more. The Working Capitol in Robinson Road includes a pool area, gym, sky garden, café, restaurant, bar, and more. Sadly, we don’t have photos. But do check out their instagram or website to see exactly what we’re talking about!

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Get Lost in Haji Lane

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Once an obscure row in Singapore’s Kampong Glam, Haji Lane today is a must-see for any visitor. Located in the Muslim Quarter, Haji Lane draws visitors for its unique vibe. The streets are lined with discreet shops, cafés, and restaurants. Walk around with a camera in tow because you do not want to miss an instagram opportunity!

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Unwind at Looksee Looksee

Looksee Looksee is a reading room and tea salon, where you can cozy up with a good book or magazine, or catch up with your friends. Off Haji Lane, you can find Looksee Looksee along Beach Rd. As you come through the archway you’ll find bespoke furniture pieces in muted pastels, and walls in neutral. The interiors are simple but draw your attention. Best part is they serve free tea!
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A global hub doesn’t have to lure you in with the glamour of skyscrapers or a fancy airport. Instead, it is well-built and well-designed. From the city grid, to the interiors of the building, the people who built Singapore and its latest additions have an artful and thoughtful approach to design, ensuring visitors and residents live happy.

The Warehouse Hotel
320 Havelock Road, Robertson Quay, Singapore 169628
+65 6828 0000
320 Havelock Road, Robertson Quay, Singapore 169628
+65 6828 0007
Looksee Looksee
267 Beach Road, Level 1, Singapore 199545
+65 6338 8035
The Working Capitol
Keong Saik
1 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089109
140 Robinson Road, Singapore 068907

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