Singapore Design Week 2019 has dawned upon us and one very interesting programme that we got to experience was Project 210.
Named after the hotel room number, the vibrant accommodation in Naumi Hotel Singapore is designed by students from Temasek Polytechnic and supported by Goodrich Global, XTRA, Guerilla X and Matsushita.
We sat down to have a chat with the final-year Retail and Hospitality Design students, (left to right) Tracy Lim (who could not join us), Nuri Khairiyyah, Nia Astira and Nurul Hanis.
Hi girls, what were your first thoughts when you knew you were selected to spearhead Project 210?
The first part of the competition was just the conceptualising of the room idea…we didn’t really think so much about being chosen for the competition, it was more of building up our portfolio.
Can you share with us the inspiration behind the room design, and what led you to go ahead with it?
When we saw the brief, it was very vague. They used keywords like ‘new-age travellers’ and ‘Instagram-worthy’, so our lecturers told us to think about an artist that impacted our lives or someone that we look up to.
The design was inspired by the music we listen to and the clothes that we wear. Our peers are very influenced by Tyler, The Creator, because of the bold colours…and how he has influenced design and things in design school.
What are some of the major Tyler, The Creator references can we see in Project 210?
We got our reference from one of Tyler’s albums, where the wall behind the bed frames is quite similar to the colour on the ‘Flower Boy’ cover. The gradient wallpaper was designed by us and we got it digitally printed by Goodrich Global.
We also have acrylic bees cutouts and hive [that were designed and sketched out personally by Hanis], and sunflower decorating the room.
My favourite part of the room was the playful mirror image frame when reflected says, “I Bloom, I Grow, (I Glow)”, a line from the lyrics of Where This Flower Blooms, which I could not get enough of. If only I could bring it home!
Another element that stole the attention was the blue oriental-inspired screen that cleverly separates the bedroom and the dressing area.
The desk that once stood awkwardly between the two spaces of the room is now replaced with a full-length mirror, well-thought-out by the students, who knows fully-well the needs of this Instagram generation.
To immerse myself in the room, I put on Tyler, The Creator’s songs, while laying in bed and soaking in the cheery vibes of the room.
I remembered asking the girls if there was a theme to tie in all the design elements in the room, what would it be? And the two words they gave were “growth” and “self-care”, which resonated throughout my stay for the night.
Acting upon the wise words from the neon light feature taken from the lyrics of Boredom by Tyler, I found some time to take a break from the hustle and bustle and truly enjoyed my stay in Project 210. Every corner and detail of the room had perfectly hit the mark of being Insta-worthy, as required in the design brief for Project 210.
It took the girls just an impressive two weeks to finalise the design of the room, and my heart swells at how they’ve managed to juggle their final-year project to ensure their ideas for Project 210 came to fruition — indeed, they’ve bloomed, grow, and are glowing from it.
And if you think the room is lit, just wait till you check out the infinity pool to laze the day away in. Here’s a hidden spot to have a view of the skyline of Singapore, I guess not many people know about.
Project 210 will be refreshed with a new design by students from various tertiary institutions every quarterly. Don’t miss the chance to experience Naumi Hotel Singapore’s first collab with the TP students from now till 15 June 2019, and fill your Instagram with bold colours from the room.
Prices: S$250++ per night (inclusive of breakfast for two) for Singapore Design Week from 4 – 17 March 2019.