March 27, 2014

Memo From Kuala Lumpur: People Are Talking About

Spanning 12,000 square feet, Space Furniture’s new gallery-like showroom at the Intermark Building in Ampang Park takes the company’s fastidious sense of display to another level. Pieces by celebrated brands like Giorgetti and Fritz Hansen are given their due thanks to Malaysian-born designer Benson Saw’s flair for sensible minimalist layouts and strategically lit spaces that allow for a “staged” effect.

At Starhill Gallery, the Louis Vuitton flagship store by LV Architects similarly perpetuates the feeling of meandering through the home of a fashionable friend, with an interiors concept that Peter Marino Architect originally developed for the brand’s Plaza 66 store in Shanghai. Throughout its sequence of intimately lit rooms, there’s a quiet sense of decadence; cerused oak surfaces treated with gold leaf lend a luxurious feel to displayed wares, as do a selection of furniture made from such materials as straw marquetry and precious woods. Atmospheric spaces created for women and men correspond with Marino’s concept of an interior palette that gradually fades from light to dark. Tables clad in leather from Tannerie la Comète are an apt finishing touch, alluding to the brand’s signature bags and luggage.

The fashionably famished can head to Troika Sky Dining, a triumvirate of dapper dining experiences with design concepts by Sydney-based Hecker Guthrie and spread over the 24th floor of Troika, a luxury condo development by Foster + Partners. Whether you’re indulging in the foie gras satay at Cantaloupe, the French fine dining restaurant, or downing a complex red at Strato, the wine bar, the views from Troika’s soaring, floor-to-ceiling windows will evoke the feeling of having the world at your feet.

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