Singapore Revels in Updated Batik Fabric for New Living Room Design -Runway Girl

For the design of its new lounges at Changi Airport, Singapore Airlines is delightfully inspired by the new bespoke batik pattern it has been using since its introduction last year. In total, the four lounge complex is a truly impressive set of new facilities that mark a strong sense of identity while remaining elegant and cultured.

The richness of the design of the four lounges is exceptional – so much so that we will only cover two of them today: the First Class Lounge, available to Singapore Airlines First Tier cardholders as well as passengers from premieres and suites, and The Private Room, the airline’s famous super-premium lounge for first and suite class passengers only, often considered one of the the best salons in the world.

The First Class lounge is decorated in a set of warm neutral tones, with muted jewel tones as accents in the leather, fabrics and ceiling trim. Rich textures at every turn play with light and dark, a must for this living room, which is a master class in how to design a living room for a windowless space.

Various tables with sage green chairs are set up for dining in the First Class Lounge.

The first-class dining room adds warm jewel tones to the palette. Picture: Singapore Airlines

A stunning bar echoes in form the iconic ‘Gardens by the Bay’ columns in central Singapore, with glossy white accent pieces in a starfish pattern by Lalique glassmakers, who also team up with the airline for in-flight glassware and amenity kits.

Batik patterns return in various places, including in some whimsical plaster-effect reliefs behind the low rounded cabins on the back wall of the expansive dining room.

A table is surrounded by a semicircular stand and two sage green chairs.

The batik pattern appears delightfully and elegantly. Image Singapore Airlines

A pair of meeting rooms serve colleagues – or even families – traveling together, while a glass-walled telephone call room offers what can be considered the only truly acceptable off-bar use of the high stool, we imagine avoiding it becoming the private office of a single passenger.

As well as the latest evolution of the Singapore Airlines multi-function pod in a gorgeous dark teal, there’s a new pair of modular seats that include low armchairs, a shared side table and easily accessible power outlets – the living room’s holy grail.

Pod-style workstations in the Singapore Airlines First Class Lounge with everything a traveling businessman might need

It’s wonderful to see the latest release of these excellent pods. Picture: Singapore Airlines

Higher and further in the complex of lounges we come to the private room. This super premium lounge space is small, low, dark and intimate, like an upscale private club, in shades of medium petrol blue, copper and beige.

And that intimacy is key to the success of the living room design, allowing people who want to be seen – dare we say the words Crazy Rich Asians? — to position themselves in the foreground, and those for whom luxury is deprived to cocoon themselves.

A larger open seating area sits in the center of the room with more private cubic spaces running down each side of the room.

The variety of spaces and seating in the private room is excellent. Picture: Singapore Airlines

Clever fabric, glass and copper room dividers create intimate spaces, while in a delightful change from the super premium lounges, I spot plenty of comfy chairs at tables with power outlets close at hand. The Holy Grail, twice in two shows!

A chair and table sit alone in a modern cubic in the Singapore Lounge.

These spots correspond to the holy grail of living rooms. Picture: Singapore Airlines

The Private Room also includes a dining area, a playroom to keep the little ones busy, and a variety of seating options that are perfect for solo travelers, couples, and families.

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Here too, Lalique inspirations include a domed light blue element.

The space is a real departure from the previous double-height private room, which was impressive in size but almost cathedral-like.

But the real magic of the Private Room does not come from its space, but from the quality of its staff and the service it offers.

Indeed, for all these shows, this will be the real test.

Throughout, the batik motif and the partnership with Lalique bring a real sense of identity to living rooms – a kind of refined fantasy – that otherwise might not shine through in decidedly elegant spaces.

A large light art installation adorns the living room ceiling.

The private room light fixture is very impressive. Picture: Singapore Airlines

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