Jaime Hayon designs The Standard Bangkok hotel’s colourful interiors
The Standard Bangkok hotel, the brand’s first Asian property, opens with Jaime Hayon-designed interiors that draw on local art, folklore and nature
Twenty-three years since The Standard opened its first hotel in Los Angeles, and changed the course of hospitality ever since, the iconic hotel group has unveiled its first Asian property, The Standard Bangkok, with interiors designed in collaboration with Jaime Hayon. Located within the King Power Mahanakhon skyscraper in Bangkok’s bustling Central Business District, the hotel blends The Standard’s design hallmarks with Thai cultural features to transport visitors into a fantasy world that seduces on all levels.
Welcoming yet still filled with wonder, The Standard Bangkok brings a fresh twist to its familiar aesthetic. With Hayon at the helm, whimsical notions abound, from the large artisan-made rattan lamps that create a canopy above the main entrance to the shelves in the lobby adorned with porcelain vessels and objects from both local and international artists. The public spaces have been realised in rich swathes of colour and textures to complement the vibrant city location. Equal parts old and new, the hotel’s multi-layered appeal riffs on the tension between the contemporary and traditional.
‘Bangkok is such a dynamic and interesting city, with so much going on in music, gastronomy, design and the arts,’ says Hayon, who worked with The Standard’s in-house design team to create the Bangkok hotel’s interiors. ‘I wanted to bring this vibe into the design of the hotel and to create a hotel that has an interaction with the cultural background of what is going on in the community.
‘Art and folklore are a great inspiration in this project. Right when you enter the check-in, immediately you can tell there is a care about the arts. There is a care about the objects. We went around the city selecting objects and elements, and designed things that would be combined with some vintage furniture, created specific kinds of lights and selected pieces of art to be combined together with the colourful and organic interiors. In Thailand, you have this feeling of the jungle and nature. We incorporated that symbolism throughout the lobby to make it a green oasis in the heart of urban Bangkok.’
Meticulous attention to detail is evident at every turn. From the exquisite, reflective interiors of Ojo, a Mexican-inspired restaurant situated on the building’s 76th floor, to the playful glamour of Tease, a surrealistic tea room inspired by Josef Hoffmann and 1920s Vienna, thus drenched in black and white, each corner of the hotel has been lovingly carved into its own immersive experience.
This extends to each of the 155 guestrooms, the pool on a roof terrace and Sky Beach, the hotel’s rooftop bar (also the highest in all of Bangkok).
‘With each of our hotels, we learn and evolve,’ says Verena Haller, chief design officer of Standard International Management. ‘To be able to create a flagship hotel in Bangkok, in such an iconic building, was a challenge and journey. We created this property in the thick of Covid, during a time when nobody could travel. We needed to go deep and that extra effort made this hotel so special.
‘I truly believe we created a design and environment that you don’t want to leave and will not be looked at as just a hotel but a restaurant, a bar, a lounge and a gym you want to come to over and over again. More than ever, travellers are looking for an experience, places that inspire and stimulate, for sensitive and thoughtful interactions. With this hotel, we wanted to create a place that inspires and feels like home.’ §