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perspectives interview
By Rebecca Lo
Photography by Alex Chomicz, Graz Lam, and Khoo Guo Jie

1. An escalator
surrounded by pinprick
lights in a geometric
motif for a dramatic
kaleidoscopic effect
leads guests to 1880's
reception area.

MATERIAL MEN

Simon Laws and Timothy Oulton find beauty in
their surroundings

Simon Laws had been working in construction
since the age of 17, and though the native
Queenslander never formally trained as an
architect, he started designing and building
houses just two years later. He went on
to establish Hong Kong-based Anthill

Constructions, working primarily on highly
customized houses before a trip to China in 2010
sent him on a different journey.
While there, he met British antique dealer
and furniture extraordinaire Timothy Oulton,
who had transformed his father's shop, Halo
Antiques, into the renowned furniture company
known today. The two hit it off and began
working together on Oulton's Foshan showroom,
which is covered in 2,000 antique French oak
doors that he collected over the years. Laws
stood out, Oulton says, because he "just never
gave up. It's not easy to get things done in China,
especially as a foreigner, but not only did Simon
bring in projects on time and budget, they were
beautiful and demonstrated a deep appreciation
for the local context, as well as the unique skill
set we had cultivated in the furniture business,
marshalling these forces into something new."
For his part, Laws saw Southern China
as "an amazing candy shop for designers," he

explains. "You can make anything there." He
spent those early years working on the solid
prefabricated timber and sustainably built
Dome Home not far from Oulton's four-level,
40,000-square-foot showroom. Nestled in a
lychee garden complex and surrounded by seven
brick-clad Round Houses, the construction
feat-boasting a completely self-supporting
shell-serves as the anchor of the artist
compound, built as a place for Oulton's team and
international designers alike to engage in candid
and inspirational conversations. "These projects
were both very inspiring, taking the company's
design well beyond furniture and into full spatial
experience," notes Oulton. This led the pair to
formally set up Timothy Oulton Studio in 2015,
with Oulton
"working
new materials and
1. Polizzi
stands inon
front
techniques
for the business,"
and Laws taking
of a fireplace
in the
Kipling
suite
at Brown's
"those ideas
and
realizing
them into concrete
Hotel in London.
project outcomes," he says.
Though Laws is in Hong Kong, he still

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hospitality Design - August 2018

Hospitality Design - August 2018
Contents
From the Editor
Behind the Design
People: CitySCENE: Washington, DC
Sketchbook
Installations: Salone
Spec Sheet
HD Expo Recap
Interview: Simon Laws and Timothy Oulton
5 Questions for Bella Gomez
Profile: Bobby Berk
Profile: Brady Legler
Profile: Lara Bohinc
Profile: Margo Selby
Profile: Masquespacio
Profile: Matthew McCormick
Emerging Designers
Women in Design
Trends: Blush
Trends: Dark Green
Trends: Vivid Patterns
Upholstered Furniture
Carpet
Textiles
Surfaces
Window Coverings
Projects
Statement Makers: Shoreline Hotel Waikiki
Statement Makers: Hyatt Centric MG Road Bangalore
Statement Makers: Las Chicas, Los Chicos y Los Maniquís
Statement Makers: Sands Hotel & Spa
Statement Makers: Akira Back
Statement Makers: Feast India Co.
Ad Index
Back Space: Tom Dixon
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - Intro
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - Hospitality Design - August 2018
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - Cover2
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Hospitality Design - August 2018 - Contents
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Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 9
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - From the Editor
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 11
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 12
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 13
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - Behind the Design
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 15
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - People: CitySCENE: Washington, DC
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 17
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Hospitality Design - August 2018 - Sketchbook
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Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 22
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - Installations: Salone
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 24
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Hospitality Design - August 2018 - Spec Sheet
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 34
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Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 36
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 37
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 38
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - HD Expo Recap
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 40
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 41
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 42
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - Interview: Simon Laws and Timothy Oulton
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 44
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Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 46
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 47
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 5 Questions for Bella Gomez
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 49
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 50
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - Profile: Bobby Berk
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 52
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 53
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 54
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - Profile: Brady Legler
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 56
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - Profile: Lara Bohinc
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 58
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - Profile: Margo Selby
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 60
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - Profile: Masquespacio
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 62
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - Profile: Matthew McCormick
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 64
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - Emerging Designers
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 66
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 67
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 68
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 69
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 70
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - Women in Design
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 72
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Hospitality Design - August 2018 - Trends: Blush
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 78
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Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 80
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - Trends: Dark Green
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 82
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 83
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 84
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - Trends: Vivid Patterns
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 86
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Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 88
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 89
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 90
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - Upholstered Furniture
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 92
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 93
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 94
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - Carpet
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 96
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 97
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 98
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - Textiles
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 100
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 101
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 102
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - Surfaces
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 104
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 105
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Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 107
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 108
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - Window Coverings
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 110
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - Projects
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - Statement Makers: Shoreline Hotel Waikiki
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 113
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - Statement Makers: Hyatt Centric MG Road Bangalore
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 115
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - Statement Makers: Las Chicas, Los Chicos y Los Maniquís
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 117
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - Statement Makers: Sands Hotel & Spa
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 119
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - Statement Makers: Akira Back
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 121
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - Statement Makers: Feast India Co.
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 123
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 124
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 125
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - Ad Index
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - 127
Hospitality Design - August 2018 - Back Space: Tom Dixon
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