Armed with a Master in Architecture from Harvard University, Chi Wing Lo is respected as an architect as much as he is for the other design disciplines he has embraced in his career, from interiors to furniture. “The challenge is the same for all. They all require the same sensibility of finding an expression of our everyday life in beautiful forms,” says Chi Wing, who has just completed the Giorgetti showroom (pictured) in the new Space Asia Hub building in Bencoolen Street, Singapore. Chi Wing started working with Giorgetti in 1994 at a time when founder Carlo Giorgetti was looking towards the East for his furniture collections. One of Chi Wing’s pivotal designs for Giorgetti was the REA bed, awarded the Best Bed of 2006 by Wallpaper* magazine. His architecture and designs have been awarded, exhibited and published internationally, including Radio Television Hong Kong broadcasting a documentary of his life and work in 2007. Like Giorgetti’s signature for timeless design, Chi Wing’s creations build on his past designs. “Not many people could date my furniture to 1996 from my more recent designs,” says Chi Wing.
Chi Wing has recently applied his fine sensibility to the new Space Asia Hub, beautifully weaving the past with the present. “There’s a certain overlapping of fragility with boldness, ornate with plain, as well as the contrast between timber and brick versus glass and steel. The intention was to see the historical richness of this country and the cultural richness she bestows,” says Chi Wing, who describes the new Giorgetti showroom as having the ‘spirit of timelessness, suspended between the glamour of Victorian charm and the simplicity of Le Corbusier’s purity’.
The Giorgetti showroom is beautifully restrained, with no partitions touching perimeter walls. The colour palette of the showroom is restrained with no superfluous detailing. Poetically conceived, Chi Wing describes his fit-out as ‘no visible price tag, yet no illegible figures; no music, yet it must sing; and no perfume, yet it must be aromatic’.