The First Jaime Hayon-designed Fritz Hansen Lounge in SEA

This interior project reiterates the purpose behind the Spanish designer’s 10-year collab with the iconic Danish furniture brand: to crank up Scandi mid-century design in a modern Art Deco setting.

Portrait of Tammy Strobel

In the design world, Fritz Hansen (FH) is one of the greats, with icons like its Hans J. Wegner China chair, and its Arne Jacobsen Series 7 and Egg. Generally, when you have such iconic status, you don’t want to mess with your legacy. 

My Reading Room

Prior to Fritz Hansen’s SG Lounge, its first in South-east Asia (SEA), Jaime Hayon designed Room 506 of the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Copenhagen; the Fritz Hotel in Allerod, Denmark; and the Fritz Hansen Gallery in Xi’an, China. 

But that isn’t the thinking at FH. Instead, the brand knows that the more people associate you with a distinct sensibility – in this case, Danish modern – the more they tend to pigeonhole your potential.

My Reading Room
My Reading Room

[left] Aside from the throw on the couch, and [right] the silkscreen art, all the other Jaime Hayon-designed accessories are for sale. 

That’s why, for the last 10 years, it has worked with the award-winning Jaime Hayon, known for his contemporary take on Art Deco, to showcase minimalism in a less, well, minimalistic way. Their 23rd and latest project at Tan Boon Liat Building (#13-08) is a home-like space sectioned into five rooms – three living and two dining. Each is designed using colour psychology to create different moods (calming cerulean blue for one of the living rooms and “appetite-enhancing” terracotta for one of the dining areas), and partitioned with geometric metal gates or walls with doorways.

Big enough to hold 200 people, the FH Lounge isn’t just a destination for its best and newest offerings; it’s also there to inspire. – HT