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Quarterly Newsletter | December 2023




 

We are thrilled to unveil a major milestone at Miaja Design Group— our involvement in the transformative design journey of the iconic W Maldives and Sheraton Full Moon Resort & Spa Maldives. Throughout the year, our dedicated team has passionately crafted designs for the imminent renovations, promising a new look and feel from guestroom experiences to public areas at these iconic Maldivian properties. We look forward to sharing more in the coming year and are excited to be a part of shaping the next chapter for these esteemed destinations.

 

Since our last newsletter, we've been actively involved in the design community through participation in round-table discussions and contributing to the 7th inaugural Singapore Interior Design Awards (SIDA). This had been a year of pushing boundaries, reviewing the work of our fellow design enthusiasts, and celebrating their remarkable project achievements. It's been a dynamic period of collaboration and inspiration, and we're excited to continue contributing to the vibrant design landscape.

 

Finally, wishing you a festive season filled with joy, surrounded by friends and family. We look forward to welcoming 2024 and sharing more memorable moments with you!


– Isabelle Miaja, Managing & Creative Director

 

| Project Highlight |

W Maldives

On-going Project



Following the winning announcement at HICAP 2022, we're thrilled that the W Maldives and Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa was honoured as Merger & Acquisition of the year. Acquired by KSL Capital Partners from Universal Enterprises and Marriott International, both properties are set for an extensive renovation, and Miaja Design Group has been entrusted to design and shape the next chapter for these iconic destinations.


W Hotels, renowned for its aspirational, stylish, and modern design identity, has taken on a new meaning since its rebranding in 2022 – Luxury, Liberated. This guiding principle has been at the forefront of Miaja Design Group's approach in planning and designing the new guestrooms and public areas for the resort. Working closely with Marriott, our shared goal is to ensure that returning guests feel the essence of luxury and liberation from the moment they step off the sea plane upon completion.


Stay tuned for more exciting updates in the new year as we unveil the transformations at W Maldives. Watch this space for further details!


 

| Project Highlight |

Sheraton Full Moon Resort & Spa On-going Project


Sheraton Hotels, a trusted name synonymous with hospitality, has consistently provided guests with the enduring promise of a welcoming community. Building on its legacy, Sheraton underwent a branding refresh in 2021, maintaining its time-honoured commitment while introducing fresh, contemporary updates. This revitalized concept aims to offer guests all the familiar comforts associated with the Sheraton brand, now infused with a modern touch.


Armed with a new design brief, our dedicated team has been hard at work envisioning and executing plans to refresh the beach and overwater villas of this property. We eagerly anticipate sharing more updates and, most importantly, extending a warm welcome back to guests upon the completion of this exciting transformation. 


Stay tuned for further details on the enhanced Sheraton experience that awaits!

 

| Past Events |


Villroy & Boch Round Table


On September 28, Tatler Homes and luxury German ceramics brand, Villeroy & Boch, joined forces to host an engaging discussion exploring the interplay between design and wellness in the bathroom. Renowned for their impeccable quality and timeless elegance, Villeroy & Boch's versatile range spans from dining to bathroom, featuring products that embody wellness through exceptional design.


Guided by Tyler Wisler, design director of YWA Interior, the intimate panel included key figures in the design industry: Katharina Klotz, head of marketing APAC for Villeroy & Boch, Julian Miaja, director of Miaja Design Group, and Dennis Cheok, founder and creative director of local design studio UPSTRS_.


Photo credit: Tatler, Terrix Lin The Panelist for the evening discussions Dennis Cheok, Julian Miaja, and Katharina Klotz



Drawing inspiration from the organic shapes of the Antao collection, resembling a dewdrop on a leaf, the panel discussed wellness against this beautiful backdrop. Here are three key takeaways for your next bathroom renovation: 


  1. Embrace natural finishes: Cheok highlighted a shift in bathroom design trends, moving away from highly polished, perfect surfaces to embrace organic, real, and handcrafted elements. The appeal lies in imperfections, bringing a more genuine and tactile feel to the space.

  2. Make the bathroom the highlight: Miaja urged the audience to reconsider the significance of bathrooms in daily life. Instead of treating it as an afterthought, he suggested making the bathroom the focal point of a home's design. Drawing from his experience in designing island resorts, Miaja emphasized that the bathroom can take center stage in the overall aesthetic.

  3. Invest in quality products: Klotz emphasized the importance of choosing well-designed, high-quality products for bathroom renovations. While the process may be daunting, she stressed that investing in pieces with thoughtful design and durability ensures a timeless appeal. Quality products, where every detail is meticulously considered, stand the test of time and provide enduring value.

As the conversation delved into these insightful perspectives, the event underscored the evolving dynamics of bathroom design, encouraging a harmonious blend of aesthetics and well-being.



 

| Past Events |


SIDA Awards 2023 - Isabelle

Isabelle Miaja, a founding member of the Singapore Interior Design Society (SIDS), had the honour of serving as a judge for the prestigious Singapore Interior Design Awards 2023. Organized by SIDS, the awards aim to raise the standards and global profiles of interior designers, making it the premier interior design awards program in Singapore.


The 7th edition of the awards ceremony took place at Marina Bay Sands Singapore, creating an evening filled with celebration and recognition of talent from across the region. It was a remarkable night where exceptional design took centre stage, and congratulations are extended to all the award winners for their outstanding contributions to the field!


SIDA Awards 2023




 

| Press |

Tatler Homes: December 2023 Issue


 
 

"The Essence of Style is to Live the Art of being Unique..." -Isabelle Miaja

 

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