MO Bar, Mandarin Oriental Singapore

Inspired by the Orang Laut, a Malay seafaring ethnic group, the design narrative was based on their nomadic culture and relationship with the sea, tides, seafaring tales, moon and stars. Most distinctive are the featured gilded laser-cut panels on the ceiling and walls. Interpreted from Orang Laut tattoos, the pattern abstracts the geometrical animal and human symbols used in their tattoo traditions. Even subtle details, like the fascia of the bar, has a unique fluted design with a wavelike print that points to a seafaring lifestyle.


  • Singapore
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