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perspectives

5 questions for

loh lik peng
Founder and Director
Unlisted Collection

1
2

It's been said you fell into hotels accidentally.

I was a lawyer doing a lot of bankruptcy work, and I noticed
a lot of beautiful buildings coming across my desk that were
being sold at a fraction of their previous value. One of them
came up again and again, which turned out to be what is now
Hotel 1929 in the red light area of [Singapore's] Chinatown.
That was my first hotel, which opened in 2003.

Your seven boutique hotels-in London, Singapore,
Shanghai, and most recently Sydney-are in
unusual buildings or off the beaten path. How do
you pick the locations?
A lot of it is opportunistic. Generally speaking, people
introduce a property to me, and I fall in love with it, and then
it happens, rather than me going out looking for it. They
tend to be buildings with a lot of character or conservation
buildings, in some odd locations.

3

And each property has an individual spirit.

That's the idea around the name, Unlisted Collection. We
don't have a brand because each project tends to be a oneoff individual. There are not obvious connections between
the different hotels [except they] happen to be owned and
managed by me.

4

Many of your hotels have whimsical interiors.
What's your approach to design?

5

You also operate some 20 restaurants-how did
that come about?

People always say they want their hotels to be a home away
from home. I want my hotels to be nothing like my home. I
want a different experience. We want designers to push the
envelope a bit, because we're not trying to design for a broad
demographic-we're trying to design for people for whom
design matters and would find the neighborhoods appealing.
It's a conscious decision. Our demographic is a bit more
adventurous.

I didn't think of doing restaurants, but because we were
doing hotels, we had to have restaurants, and we were lucky
that the first few were immensely successful-they came
to be almost equals to the hotels, which is slightly unusual.
It led us to branch off into doing independent restaurants.
You can't really do a hotel every year; restaurants, you can
do three or four a year. I became in a sense an accidental
restaurateur.


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Online Toc
From the Editor
Behind the Design
People
Perspectives
Sketchbook
Places: Philadelphia
Brand Identity: Kimpton
Interview: Rakel Cohen
5 Questions for Loh Lik Peng
Products
Profile: Deborah Lloyd
Trends: Custom Art
Lighting
Textiles
Surfaces
Special Feature: The Challenge of Creativity
Projects
The Asbury
Mar Adentro
Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina
Hotel Saint George
Valencia Lounge Hostel
Hilton Wenchang
Ad Index
Back Space
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Hospitality Design - September 2016 - Interview: Rakel Cohen
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Hospitality Design - September 2016 - Profile: Deborah Lloyd
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Hospitality Design - September 2016 - Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina
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Hospitality Design - September 2016 - Hotel Saint George
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