In the past decade, Kuala Lumpur has been busy transforming the design of its skyline in collaboration with local and international architects, counterpointed by new thinking in interiors and how we live in cities. When Space first launched there in 2007, it was just the start of what has become a whole new direction in regional architecture.
What began as a new masterplan for the city's south has developed into some of the region's most exciting building projects across a city that is a juxtaposition of urban sprawl and natural tropical beauty. Lush gardens are the prevailing ecosystem central to so many new residential buildings and this momentum for international ideas around city-making has opened up new thinking in residential interiors.
When Space first launched a showroom in Kuala Lumpur – a stones throw from its Asia flagship in Singapore – it was arguably the first contemporary design powerhouse on the block. This year the Space Kuala Lumpur showroom turns 10, and it celebrated with a re-launch as well as the addition of new furniture brands, including the Australian brand SP01, which made its international debut last year, and the much-anticipated return of Italian brand Cassina, with its iconic collections by Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand, as well as more recent pieces by Konstantin Grcic, Jean-Marie Massaud and Patricia Urquiola.
It is this approach to building a diverse collection of international design brands, and bringing together collections by the world's best designers, that has supported the growing international design platform, and for architects, designers and their clients the access to brands and collections straight off the 'runway' from Milan Design Week. In the past decade the Space showroom has become a destination for clients to experience first-hand how the Ray sofa by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia, for example, compares to the Beam Sofa System by Patricia Urquola for Cassina,, see the latest international interior design ideas in curated design collections, and take part in regular talks and launches.
As Kuala Lumpur continues to develop its love of contemporary design, with architects, designers and retailers helping to build a broader appreciation of design locally, it is exciting to see the growing following of quality brands and design craftsmanship supporting Kuala Lumpur's international approach to urban design.
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