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Features & Interviews
Audrey Yeo, President of AGAS, on Elevating Art Galleries and Fostering Art Appreciation in Singapore
AGAS (Art Galleries Association Singapore) serves as the unified voice for art galleries, advocating their interests with government agencies, arts organisations, the media, and the public, both locally and internationally. AGAS also upholds professional and ethical gallery practices in Singapore, raises awareness about art dealer responsibilities, and promotes art appreciation in the community. It is the leading national organisation representing gallery owners and operators in Singapore. We had the privilege of speking with Audrey Yeo for this exclusive interview.
September 22, 2023
An Insider’s Look: Mondrian Singapore Duxton
For the inaugural Mondrian property in Southeast Asia, The Artling worked as the art consultant to create an inspiring artwork collection for the hotel. The hotel is in the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District, serving innovation and creativity for everyone to indulge. Known for its design and progressive programming, Mondrian’s art collection comprises commissioned works by local artists as well as artworks by well-known international artists, strategically placed in the guestrooms and public areas.Mondrian is more than a hotel: it's a way of travel. The core of the Mondrian experience revolves around design, with hotels crafted by internationally renowned architects and designers, including notable figures like Philippe Starck and Marcel Wanders. Presently, Mondrian has nine properties spread across key cities such as Los Angeles, Miami, New York, London, Doha, Mexico City, Cannes, Seoul, and Singapore. This expansion is marked by substantial growth, as there are upcoming launches in destinations like Ibiza, Bordeaux, Australia's Gold Coast, and more.
September 05, 2023
An Insider's Look: Capella Sydney Art Collection
Nestled within the glorious Sandstone district in Sydney, bustling with activity sits the newly-opened Capella Sydney, the latest opening from the Capella Hotel Group. Built in the 1900s and formerly operating as the Department of Education building, it has since been restored, refreshed and redesigned by Pontiac Land Group.
July 10, 2023
Mod Dogs: A Showcase of Emanations, Fragments and Wayward Artifacts
From 10 - 25th June 2023, artists Stephen Brameld and Jay Staples unveiled their brainchild, Mod Dogs; a showcase of world-making through large scape painting, sculpture, video and performance at the PS Art Space in Fremantle, Australia.
June 30, 2023
Comité de Proyectos on Creative Freedom and Local Collaborations
Comité de Proyectos is a Mexico City-based interior design company, founded in 2014, by Andrea Flores and Lucía Soto. We ask the duo questions about their processes, upcoming plans and their upcoming 10th Anniversary in 2024.
June 27, 2023
Ivo Christow on Mixing Scenography and Interior Design
Ivo Christow is the creative force behind some of Europes most noticeable hospitality concepts as the Head of Design at Krucker & Partner.
June 20, 2023
Capella Sydney Opens in Australia!
After a seven-year restoration and renovation process, Capella Sydney is now open. Occupying an entire city block just moments from Circular Quay, the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, the hotel welcomes its guests to a benchmark destination of luxury accommodation, exceptional cuisine, and unrivalled cultural immersion.The Artling was appointed as the art consultant for this new establishment and worked with Capella Sydney to curate an Australian-focused art collection. Featuring a vast array of pieces ranging from ceramics, paintings, site-specific murals, textile works, photography, and more.Capella Sydney is housed within the Department of Education building, originally designed in the 1900s by NSW government architect George McRae. Forming part of the city's prestigious Sandstone Precinct, the building has been meticulously restored and reimagined by Pontiac Land.
March 14, 2023
Portrait Art 101 - A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Buy Portraiture Art
Everyone knows what a portrait is, where all you need is a face, a chosen perspective, and a painter’s eye. Every art collector should own a portrait, and The Artling’s guide will explain how to look at, choose and buy portraiture art!
January 07, 2023
Best of The Artling: 2022 Highlights
Another year has flown by and we're nearing the end of 2022! Before we move into the new year, we reflect on the year that has passed and some of our accomplishments. The world re-opened, and we were pleased to still see strong interest in supporting artists and designers from all over the world. We worked on some exciting projects this year such as public murals, office spaces and hotels, and we even presented an exhibition in Zurich. Read on to find out more!
December 26, 2022
Benjamin El Doghaili on Creating Europe's Most Exciting Hotel Concept
Mama Shelter is probably one of the most exciting new hospitality concepts in Europe. Launched in 2008 by the Triagno family, the brand shook up the hospitality scene with their daring "urban refuge" concept. Their very first property opened in Paris's 20th district and quickly became famous for their one-of-a-kind concept which combines hospitality, cheekiness, food and good people. Since 2008 the brand has grown and is now embracing properties in three different continents, nine countries and fourteen cities with more opening in the pipeline. We sat down with Benjamin El Doghaili, the Head of Design for Mama Shelter and a creative mastermind in his own right. You are the Head of Design for Mama Shelter, a hospitality brand which is inspired by the idea of creating a different kind of hotel experience combining urban design, affordability and a touch of new-wave glamour. Can you tell us a little more about the Mama Shelter vision? Mama Shelter is a brand created 14 years ago by Trigano gang, Serge, the father, Benjamin and Jérémie, the two sons. The initial idea was to create something never seen before in the hospitality business. Some glamourous places in an area where there used to be no hotels, with a certain kind of social approach. The staff is careful but never stays standing by a front desk. They’re young and fancy looking. These are the people you see down the street. Design was unique due to the amount available for that, a very low one. From this difficulty, you make choices, you simplify and finally you have a kind of subtract that makes it so unique in its radicality. Everybody is welcome at Mama Shelter, youngsters, families, elders, you can be on your own or with your team! You feel this everywhere in every corner, from the restaurant to the bar, from the lobby to the rooms, everywhere. How would you say Mama Shelter distinguishes itself from other hotels? First, when you come from a big city, you don’t really think about Mama Shelter as a hotel but more as a restaurant, bar with hotel rooms. This seems accepted in our habits nowadays but imagine this thought 14 years ago. The design is very specific because it’s a complete piece of design. Everything you see is developed by me and my team so you will never see the same thing somewhere else. I insist on the fact that these are hotels made of design with some decoration and not decoration with some design. There is a guarantee to be out of the ordinary as I don’t want to follow design trends.
December 14, 2022
Futura2000 Unveils 'Pointman - River Warrior' in Singapore and Bali!
New York City artist Futura2000, in collaboration with Potato Head, has created two sculptures titled 'Pointman - River Warrior', which were unveiled in Singapore and Bali. Created using waste collected across the island of Bali, Pointman speaks to Potato Head's ideation that sustainability can be beautiful. Initially lauded as a pioneering graffiti artist, Futura2000 is known for his ground-breaking use of abstraction in the 1980s and has always been progressive in his philosophy, methodology, and practice of art. Adjacent to his body of abstract paintings, he has developed a universe and lexicon around an otherworldly character: the Pointman. Over the years, Pointman has taken many forms across drawing, painting, and sculpture.
December 14, 2022
An Interview with Kevin Poon, the Founder of WOAW Gallery
Kevin Poon is a Hong Kong-based entrepreneur, fashion designer, and collector, as well as the founder of WOAW Gallery. He is the consummate networked creative figure, acting as a hub and a filter through his many entrepreneurial and artistic projects. Fuelled by Kevin's love for art and inspired by the years of building relationships and realising collaborative projects around the globe, WOAW Gallery is a dynamic, flexible, and multifaceted hub for artists, curators, galleries, and entrepreneurs. WOAW Gallery will also be opening its fourth space in Singapore on 12 January 2023, adding to its locations in Hong Kong and Beijing. Located at 4 Ang Siang Hill in the vibrant enclave of Chinatown, the launch of the new space will mark the gallery's first and only Southeast Asian outpost. This week, The Artling had the opportunity to speak to Kevin about how he started WOAW Gallery, his collecting journey, and Hong Kong's art scene. Scroll down to find out more!
December 12, 2022