For Robinsons’ first store in Kuala Lumpur, Indonesia, the Singapore-based retailer repositioned itself as a contemporary yet romantic specialty department store. Taking inspiration from the mall name – The Garden – the store’s circular ceiling details mimic ripples on a pond and create visual interest overhead. And in the handbag area, curved shelf supports suggest bamboo poles.
Throughout the multilevel store, small details make a big impact. Elegant chandeliers denote the bedding area. Inset bookshelves lend masculinity to the men’s department. And in the young women’s department, illuminated square wall cutouts and mod furniture give a fashion-forward feel.
Client: Robinsons & Co., Singapore
Design: VMA Pte. Ltd., Singapore – Jose Maria Bustos, design director
Kingsmen Design PTE Ltd., Singapore – Gerald Tay
General Contractor: VMA Pte. Ltd., Singapore; Kingsmen Design Pte. Ltd., Singapore
Flooring: Godfrey Hirst (S) Pte. Ltd., Singapore (carpet); Apex Stone Product Sdn. Bhd., Malaysia, Selangor (homogeneous tile); Ekowood M Sdn. Bhd., Malaysia (timber flooring)
Furniture: Kingsmen Projects Pte. Ltd., Singapore
Laminate: TAK Products & Services Pte. Ltd., Singapore; EDL Pte. Ltd., Singapore; Lam Chuan Import-Export Pte. Ltd., Singapore
Lighting: Lumilux Design Pte. Ltd., Singapore
Metalworks: Kejuruteraan Fong Hong Sdn. Bhd., Malaysia, JB
M&E: Parsons Brinckerhoff Pte. Ltd., Singapore
Wallcoverings: Goodrich Global Pte. Ltd., Singapore; Xessex Pte. Ltd., Singapore
Photography: Vernon Leow, Vital Images, Singapore