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Singaporean design prodigy Christopher Chua will take charge of four offices spanning four countries and be responsible for a 120-strong team when his promotion to Managing Director of BLINK Design Group takes effect later this month. 

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BW Christopher Chua

BLINK’s head office remains in Bangkok, where the design firm was founded, but Mr Chua will manage operations from the firm’s fast-growing Singapore studio, including client service and business development hubs in New Delhi and Shanghai.

“This is a great honour and a step up in responsibility,” Mr Chua said. “I’m up for the challenge. I believe in BLINK; we have a great, talented team and the work we are doing at the moment in the luxury hospitality sphere stacks up well against what else is out there.”

BLINK was founded in Bangkok eight years ago by Clint Nagata, who remains in overall charge as Senior Creative Director, but Chua will be very much on the front lines in managing the company.

Mr Nagata said: “Congratulations to Chris; he’s bubbled to the top at BLINK in a few short years, and I have full confidence in his ability to take on the role. He has been instrumental in our rapid growth in China and his own design inspirations are great. Not only that, he is also a good leader and a strong team player.”

Mr Chua’s new position was announced in the same week the firm learned it had received a Highly Commended honour at the 2014 Asia-Pacific Hotel Awards in the Best Hotel Interior, Thailand category for its benchmark-setting work on the recently opened Regent Phuket Cape Panwa.

unnamed (12)BLINK is Regent’s go-to design firm in the current quest to resurrect the fortunes of the legendary luxury hospitality icon, having also worked on hotels and resorts in Bali, Taipei and China.

The firm is also currently immersed in creating a new Hilton in Goa, and breaking new ground with The Grove, a unique mixed-use hotel and retail complex in architecture’s new frontier: Nairobi, Kenya, in Africa.

For the past three years, Mr Chua has been based in the firm’s Bangkok headquarters. “In reality, it doesn’t matter much where I am based, because I spend most of my time travelling.” he said.

Mr Chua said the Singapore move would also give him more face time with the firm’s recent hires and big-ticket talents, interiors guru Zia Hansen and former key designer of several Aman resorts, Pietro Campanella.

He had no plans to tinker with the company’s philosophy and recipe for success, namely, allowing everybody to contribute to each project and ensuring every idea is heard.

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