Blink Breaks New Ground In South Korea As Design Firm Wins Renovation And Expansion Of Renowned Hyatt Regency Jeju
BLINK Design Group has been chosen to reimagine the flagship Hyatt Regency Jeju resort, a comprehensive, long-term design project in South Korea that lends weight to the company’s vision of growing its business beyond its traditional markets in China and Southeast Asia. Hyatt Regency Jeju is BLINK’s first ‘built’ project in South Korea and will be managed out of the Singapore office by the company’s founder and senior creative director, Clint Nagata and Associate Director of Interior Design, Zia Hansen.
The brief is in two phases, comprising an initial interior renovation of selected areas, which has already been implemented ahead of a larger master planning project including architecture and interiors for new construction and a more comprehensive renovation of the existing hotel structure.
“We are taking inspiration from the stunning site location, and the uniquely shaped hotel perched on a cliff hovering above the beach,” Mr Nagata said. “The hotel offers breathtaking views of cliffs, sandy beaches and a golf course canyon.
“The tonalities of the sandy beaches, drift wood and the calm colours of the ocean are inspiring the interiors. Jeju is known for its efforts in sustainability, with an emphasis on preserving the poetic beauty of the island. The heaviness of the existing solid architecture will be counterbalanced by lighter elements such as screens inspired by local culture and crafts.”
Light wood finishes with colour accents are derived from Korean fabrics and screen details.
A new and fresh beach resort ambiance was the direction for the Regency Executive Lounge, created by using simple light colours and materials accentuated by strongly featured white marble, Asian artefacts and soothing fabrics.
“The newly renovated executive suite emphasizes the beach resort ambiance embellished with touches of Korean and Asian detailing,” he said “The furniture is contemporary and creates a comfortable clean-line residential experience with a casual character. The materials are light wood finishes with colour accents from Korean fabrics and exquisite Korean screen details.”
BLINK continues on a strong growth trajectory as it maximises opportunities for hotel owners, developers and management companies in Asia, with other recent project announcements including the Regent Jakarta, Kempinski Kuala Lumpur, Six Senses Uluwatu in Bali and the Alila Salalah in Oman.
Mr Nagata said he was looking forward to challenges like the Kempinski Kuala Lumpur, a Malaysian Ringgit 4 billion mixed-use project sprawling over 1.6ha in upscale Jalan Conlay.
“I’m also thrilled and proud that we have finally found the right projects to team up with great Asian boutique brands like Alila and Six Senses,” he said.
Beach resort ambiance is echoed in contemporary and casual furnishings.
BLINK Design Group managing director Christopher Chua said it was gratifying to see a spread of prestigious projects for important flags in BLINK’s ‘backyard’, while also pressing on to new markets like South Korea and continuing to make great strides in China, the region’s dominant economy and most opportunity-rich environment for hospitality design.
BLINK operates out of four offices in Asia, in Bangkok, New Delhi, Shanghai and Singapore, maximising synergies between all offices to create exceptional design for its portfolio of clients. The BLINK approach combines the firm’s renowned dedication to deep dive research into every aspect of a project with its reverence for the power of first impressions, the primacy of instinct in the pursuit of creative breakthroughs, and a willingness to leave no idea unheard when it comes to designing the hospitality icons of tomorrow.