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Art Design Watch: Tatler Design Awards 2020 Embraced Retro Style And Feted Inspiring Homes

Watch: Tatler Design Awards 2020 Embraced Retro Style And Feted Inspiring Homes

Watch: Tatler Design Awards 2020 Embraced Retro Style And Feted Inspiring Homes
By Hong Xinying
By Hong Xinying
February 20, 2020
Held at The Alkaff Mansion, the Tatler Design Awards 2020 honoured the legacy of its historic venue while celebrating the achievements of the winners

The influence of yesteryears reigned at Tatler Design Awards 2020, which was all decked out to celebrate the styles of the past. Guests playfully dressed to match the theme, attired in bold patterns and vibrant tones that paid tribute to fashion across the decades.

(Related: Tatler Design Awards 2020 Celebrated Retro Trends And Stunning Homes)

Stylish attendees included Nancy Ong and Sonia Ong, who embraced the retro-influenced theme with aplomb
Stylish attendees included Nancy Ong and Sonia Ong, who embraced the retro-influenced theme with aplomb
Ed Ng, co-founder of AB Concept and jury member of the Tatler Design Awards 2020
Ed Ng, co-founder of AB Concept and jury member of the Tatler Design Awards 2020

Among the notable attendees was Ed Ng, co-founder of AB Concept and a jury member of the Tatler Design Awards. “As designers, we’re actually designing moments,” says Ng. “When we create an exciting project that touches your emotions, it creates a moment that becomes an important memory and the memory (in turn) creates the motivation to come to or revisit this space.”

(Related: Meet The Jury Of The Tatler Design Awards 2020)

 
Held at Spanish restaurant Una at The Alkaff Mansion, the Tatler Design Awards 2020 gathered industry insiders and homeowners to fete the winners of the night.
Floral arrangements by Fiore Dorato were crafted in jewel tones inspired by the theme
Floral arrangements by Fiore Dorato were crafted in jewel tones inspired by the theme
Highlights on the menu include the Bacalao confitado con migas, a rustic-style dish inspired by the Basque region, comprising Atlantic cod fish, chorizo bread crumbs, broccolini, jamon and butterbean with tomato
Highlights on the menu include the Bacalao confitado con migas, a rustic-style dish inspired by the Basque region, comprising Atlantic cod fish, chorizo bread crumbs, broccolini, jamon and butterbean with tomato

During the event, the four-course dinner served by Una was an exquisite symphony of flavours inspired by dishes from the Basque region in Spain, accompanied by floral arrangements by Fiore Dorato that elevated the elegant setting.

This year’s 10 award categories were sponsored by Arova, Florim, Galleri 1819, Hunter Douglas, MM Galleri, Roche Bobois and Spin.

(Related: How The Alkaff Mansion Was Redesigned As A Dream Wedding Venue)

Luther Seet of Al+, the Best Tropical Concept recipient with architects Diong Fuhan and Jason Tan
Luther Seet of Al+, the Best Tropical Concept recipient with architects Diong Fuhan and Jason Tan
Angela Ngoh-Low and Alex Lo view the artworks on display by Gallery 1819
Angela Ngoh-Low and Alex Lo view the artworks on display by Gallery 1819

Backed by 70 years of history in furniture design, French brand Roche Bobois certainly knows how to make an indelible first impression. During the Tatler Design Awards, guests were greeted by a colourful alcove furnished by Roche Bobois at the entrance lounge of The Alkaff Mansion. Upholstered in vibrant textiles from Missoni Home, the Mah Jong sofa set designed by Hans Hofer for Roche Bobois embraced the seventies’ flower child spirit while providing a stunning prelude to the evening’s nostalgic theme. 

Another surprise awaited guests upstairs. The bar area was given an artistic flourish, especially for the evening with a pop-up exhibition by Gallery 1819. On display were artworks from the Yangshuo Revisited series by Cultural Medallion recipient Thomas Yeo, which were paired with an elegant selection of Chinese ink paintings by Chinese artist Niu Zhiye and local artist Aaron Gan.

Derek Lo, Course chair of School of Design at Temasek Polytechnic and jury member of the Tatler Design Awards
Eric Lim, director of Arova, at the Tatler Design Awards 2020
Attendees of the awards night included homeowners and representatives from furnishing brands and interior design firms such as Alvin Ling (left) and Joanne Lee (right) of The Scientist
 

Also unveiled at the awards night was the trophies that were custom-made by stone specialist MM Galleri and designed by Celine Ng of homegrown studio Fraction. The trophies were crafted as table lamps that were also emblematic of the winners’ achievements. The trophy’s curved silhouette harks to the triumphant form of an Olympic swimmer, while the in-built LED bulb illuminates the beautiful grains of the onyx veneer that the lamp was made with.

(Related: How The Tatler Design Awards 2020 Trophies Were Designed As Beacons Of Inspiration)

The trophies custom-made for the Tatler Design Awards were produced by MM Galleri and designed by Celine Ng of local studio Fraction
The trophies custom-made for the Tatler Design Awards were produced by MM Galleri and designed by Celine Ng of local studio Fraction

Top honours of the night include the Design Project of the Year, which was awarded to Jewel Changi Airport, designed by Safdie Architects in collaboration with firms including RSP Architects Planners & Engineers, Benoy, PWP Landscape Architecture and ICN Design International. Another notable recipient was Singapore-based practice Design Intervention, which won the Best Use of Colour and the Best Bespoke Concept categories.

(Related: The Winners Of The Tatler Design Awards 2020)

Andrea Savage, partner of Design Intervention
Andrea Savage, partner of Design Intervention

“Colour is the most transformative tool that a designer has. Its impact goes beyond aesthetics—colour affects emotions. So harnessing it successfully is an art that we are particularly proud of. Thank you, Tatler Homes, for the award,” says Andrea Savage, partner of Design Intervention, who accepted the award on the firm’s behalf.

Nikki Hunt, principal of Design Intervention, concurs. “The jury really identified what it is that we stand for as a studio. Our belief is that your home should be your sanctuary, a place that nurtures and restores you. That is why every design decision is tailored to reflect each client’s particular needs and aesthetic style. This is our aim for each and every project so it is indeed an honour to win in these categories.”

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