Meet Champalimaud Design

Meet Champalimaud Design

Based in New York City, Champalimaud Design is an award-winning multi-disciplinary firm recognised for its visionary concepts which span both hospitality and residential projects.

Founded almost 30 years ago by Lisbon-born Alexandra Champalimaud, the studio is now run by five Partners who are all specialists in their respective fields. In addition to Alexandra Champalimaud, Partners include CEO Ed Bakos, Jon Kastl, Winston Kong, and most recently, Anna Beeber.

As they develop each project’s unique expression, Champalimaud Design’s atelier of designers considers all of the elements that define a space-history, setting, purpose and, above all, people. The result is a space which has been infused with modernity yet which maintains its integrity, character and a sense of place.

Raffles Singapore

Raffles Singapore

The studio’s designers possess a rich understanding of all aspects of a project, from strategic planning through expert craftsmanship and elegant styling, that enable the creation of bespoke luxury environments.

Known for creating luxury environments for a global client list which includes the likes of The Plaza New York, The St. Regis Bejing, the legendary Troutbeck hotel in Upstate New York and The Gainsborough Bath Spa, Champalimaud Design was approached in 2013 by Raffles Singapore and tasked with the monumental goal of a complete redesign of Singapore’s oldest and most iconic hotel. The studio was presented with a unique challenge of maintaining an ambience intrinsically tied to the hotel’s unique 130 year-long history, whilst at the same time taking the hotel in a renewed design direction through a meticulous update and refresh.

The newly restored property offers a reinvigorated and charming environment familiar to the original Raffles Singapore hotel, but which now introduces renovated dining options, updated accommodations, and a new suite category. By incorporating local influences throughout and remaining true to its heritage, Champalimaud Design thoughtfully layers a memory of old Singapore with a contemporary and artful approach.

Raffles Singapore

Raffles Singapore

The coming year will see Champalimaud Design take on a number of high profile openings. In addition to Raffles Singapore, the studio has recently unveiled their highly-anticipated design for Halekulani in Okinawa, Japan; a hotel that fuses luxury with the island’s energy, as well as the just-opened Monkey Island Estate, a picturesque retreat with a charming history in Bray-On-Thames, England. One Waterline Square, a luxury high-rise development on the Hudson River in Manhattan which represents an unprecedented approach to urban living, as well as Su Casa, a private retreat nestled in Puerto Rico’s most exclusive resort which has undergone a complete renovation by Champalimaud Design following Hurricane Maria which ravaged the island in 2017. Other projects include several luxurious Hong Kong residences at Mt. Nicholson and 77 Peak, and the forthcoming premium lounge at the Bahrain Airport.

About Champalimaud Design

Based in New York City, Champalimaud Design is an award-winning multi-disciplinary design firm with a commitment to creating unparalleled spaces with their clients and collaborators. Run by five partners, including the company’s founder, Alexandra Champalimaud, the studio celebrates design excellence and the traditions of craftsmanship – a pairing that has allowed them to explore and redefine designing for impact. For the last quarter-century, Champalimaud Design has been recognised internationally for its visionary design concepts and keen ability to infuse spaces with modernity while maintaining integrity, character and a sense of place.

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