AB Concept has tempered Shanghai-style flamboyance with a sense of refinement. Reinterpreting neoclassical style, Shàng-Xí’s soaring ceilings, bronze finishes and marble interiors suggest European opulence. To counter the sumptuousness with subtlety, sino-centric motifs, shapes and colours hint at oriental glamour while the deco-inspired furnishings reveal AB Concept’s appreciation for timeless elegance.
Reinforcing AB Concept’s ability to capture a sense of place and offer a fresh perspective, the design draws on Shanghai’s rich history by combining the architectural forms of Shanghai’s neoclassical buildings within the French concession with traditional Chinese motifs.
Discreet and exclusive, Shàng-Xí comprises five private dining rooms and an intimate public space for 22 guests. Inspired by traditional Chinese cultural icons, AB Concept has designed each room to evoke the colours and qualities of a rare semi-precious stone.
The reception features beige parchment panels complemented with bold bronze accents and jade inserts, leading to two full-length mirrored doors. Beyond the entrance, guests step into an expansive corridor finished in mosaic titles, its walls lined with hand-painted silks. AB Concept shaped the recessed ceiling with Chinese bat motifs and a Celestial cloud, a traditional Chinese symbols that represent prosperity, happiness and longevity and recur throughout the restaurant.
Artfully designed with privacy and luxury as the guiding concepts, Shàng-Xi’s six dining rooms are destined to be Shanghai’s premier venues for high-powered lunches, exclusive gatherings and intimate celebrations.
The individual dining rooms – named Tiger Eye, Pearl, Amber, Agate, Jade and Purple Jade – radiate from this central corridor. Inspired by the auspicious character and luxury of the semi-precious stones, each salon is distinguished by its own palette and design narrative. Within each private space, the doors, furniture and walls are inlaid with the room’s namesake stone.
Tiger Eye, the public dining area, is the largest of the individual salons. Accommodating up to 22 guests, AB Concept designed this room to take full advantage of the full-length windows and breathtaking views of Shanghai. Embodying the spirit of classic French design, the room’s double-height doors, cloud-shaped chandelier, marble pillars and textured carpets capture a sense of elegance.
The Pearl private dining room employs a masculine scheme of dark timbers, heavy velvet fabrics and confident splashes of purple. Anchored by the 10-seater dining table, a recamier sofa runs parallel to the full-length window while Deco-inspired lighting fixtures frame the room.
The Amber and Agate dining rooms can each welcome up to 10 guests. Since Shàng-Xi will be the venue of choice for discerning diners, political leaders and business executives, the restaurant’s interiors needed to reflect a dignified grace. Yet AB Concept has skillfully struck a delicate balance, imbuing the space with an elegant yet warm atmosphere. While the Amber and Agate dining rooms express stately elegance, their sun-kissed shades of gold offset by timber accents project a vitality and natural energy.
Embracing the traditional qualities of their namesake stones, the Jade and Purple Jade dining rooms convey serenity, prosperity, grace and glamour. While both salons seat twelve, Jade benefits from its corner position, allowing space for a private lounge area and highlighting the views of the surrounding greenery. Bronze finishes add warmth to the jade palette while the ceiling, inlaid with mother-of-pearl panels, introduces a new texture.
As purple is the rarest colour of jade, this spacious room is suitably opulent with its rich fabrics, eclectic artifacts and a striking custom-made light fixture that evokes Deco style.
To enhance Shàng-Xi’s home-like setting, AB Concept has also created intimate transitional spaces – verandahs and alcoves – between the private dining rooms.
The porte-cochère resembles a Chinese pavilion with its imposing grandeur, central axis, ochre-red lacquer exterior and traditional lattice patterns. Dominating the entrance are three overhead lights, evoking images of traditional wisdom lanterns. In the hotel’s majestic lobby and reception area, AB Concept has taken full advantage of the 8.5m ceiling, using repeated patterns to capture a mood of harmonious elegance.
Drawing on Chinese architectural customs, the design team adapted the traditional Lo Shu Square pattern throughout the hotel, repeating the graphic in ceiling reliefs and in the marble floors.
Beyond the foyer, two full-grown trees frame the courtyard, which serves as an entrance to the Lobby Lounge. Optimizing the natural light and surrounding greenery, floor-to-ceiling glass windows offer guests all-encompassing views of the Qufu landscape.
Inspired by Singapore’s heritage, the modern design pays homage to traditional Chinese design, creating a space of quiet beauty. Befitting the tranquil setting, designers used a recurring cloud motif to create a dream-like scene. For added depth and texture, AB Concept has emboldened the natural palette with punches of purple and subtle gold accents, tempting guests to indulge and submit themselves to the sensory journey.
Creating a space of quiet beauty, AB Concept has designed the spa at the Mandarin Oriental, Singapore. A cloud silhouette, its multiple layers lit from below, welcomes guests at the reception.
Lacquered panels and concealed lighting, crafted to resemble louvered shutters, line the walls, reinterpreting 19th-century architecture and suffusing the interiors in a dreamy glow. Natural wood finishes, red velvet flourishes and mosaic tiles stand out against glass screens and mother-of-pearl accents, creating a delicate landscape of contrasting textures.
Intimate and inviting, the spa comprises six treatment rooms, including two couples’ suites. A separate manicure-pedicure section, a tea lounge and one-to-one consultation pods enhance the spa’s personal ambience.
Inspired by soft, morning dews, these units’ refreshing contemporary pale lavender and light-textured stone landscape is dynamically accented with polished steel and glossy lacquer. The open kitchen designs here deliver spectacular panoramic Victoria Harbour views and ensure homes always remain full of vitality.
Simple and ingenious, a sliding wall makes the space between living area and bedroom even more fashionable. Equipped with a rotating flat-screen TV, the wall can be used as a partition or to maximise versatility when slid fully back. Suites are further distinguished by a Finn Juhl Pelican Chair whose striking contemporary lines catch the eye and set the tone.
This high end French restaurant is a welcoming blend of nostalgia and modernity, where high quality home dining allows guests to eat in style, but still let down their guard. The refined olive palette creates a sense of tranquility and the scheme is decorative in a subtle, architectural way. Stealing the show and layering the space is the restaurant’s oversized motif, where hand-beaten wrought iron and textured glass meet in a series of modern screens inspired by antique French windows.
With Victoria Harbour laid out through double-height floor to ceiling windows, the main lounge has been designed to blend rather than compete. Rich carpeting, textured stone tiling and ornate wrought iron detailing contrast with pared down Gallic-inspired furniture.
This luxury retreat may be dressed to impress the trend-setting hipsters of the Seminyak strip, but the design roots it deeply, and rather distinctively, in its host culture. Working for one of the most innovative hotel brands of the moment, AB Concept was able to craft a radically new Balinese narrative, combining a neon colour palette with distinctive architectural shapes, and a very relaxed attitude to the boundaries between indoors and out.
The scheme pulls in the coastal landscape at every turn. Day beds are strewn through the open-sided W Lounge, where the wind whistles musically through capiz shells in hand blown glass jars. Bathers in guestrooms can greet the weather through open skylights, while those in some of the villas soak it up from private inner courtyards. A sense of place is also found in the furniture, among great slabs of tropical wood or synthetic rattan homages to leaf fronds and pagoda roofs, while the quirky contours of the lobby bar reinterpret the traditional architecture in resin. Playful furniture and top of the line entertainment systems bring a social sprit to the retreat’s expansive WOW and Extreme WOW suites, firming their reputation for high-style fun.
In creating a flagship mid-range model for the Shangri-La brand, AB Concept chose to strip away preconceived ideas about hotel design, retaining just the purely functional and the inherently memorable. This can be seen in the combination of warm textured woods and soft grey travertine stone and in the simple innovations in guest rooms.
Comparatively small sleep spaces have been opened out, modernized and flooded with natural light, while a contemporary Chinese accent twists its way subtly and symbolically through to the rest of the hotel - from the wall of stacked Chinese roof tiles and terraced cast iron lilies that greet guests in the lobby, to the honest, thoughtful proportioning of space and materials.
Inspired by the retro glamour of Hollywood in its heyday, AB Concept matched the interiors of this 750sq m showhouse with the prestige of its South Bay address. A dark, glossy palette and select luxury accents define its lower floor, among them panels in sting ray leather, woven leather curtain and glass inlaid with horsetail hair. The studio chose to eschew paintings or sculpture in favour of iconic furniture pieces, each of which projects a unique personality.
The stage here is set for entertaining and the roof deck is dressed accordingly with an open kitchen, lounge area and Jacuzzi. However the mood on the second floor has been softened to an amber-coated intimacy. Delicate floral touches in the master bedroom meet the latest in entertainment technology, complete with plasma screen and a colour changing mood programme, with a touch of academia in the rich leather and lacquered panelling.