What’s the first thing you notice when you arrive at a hotel? Next to the mini bar, I’ve always liked to marvel at the interiors. Perhaps it’s the art major in me that gravitates towards the styling and décor, and more so, the art that gives the blank walls a kick of character.
A swatch of one of Bea Valdes' art installations for Shangri-La at the Fort.
Recently we came across the newly opened Shangri-La at The Fort where bag and jewelry designer Bea Valdes was given the task to add swag to the cosmopolitan space by creating unique pieces of art for its lobby and ballroom. It was the Shangri-La Group’s art consultant Miguel Rosales who first approached Bea and her team back in 2015 when they said they “wanted to create pieces that did not necessarily read like traditional embroidery,” as Bea shares to us.
The task was to make use of dense and heavy materials—such as metal mesh and resin—and render them in such a way that contradicted their very nature. “That was our physical challenge,” says Bea who incorporated her skills in hand-sewn techniques into the massive art installations that sum up the identity of the lifestyle complex: modern and stylish.
“I had hoped to express something that would flow into the next piece, that physical aspect of movement, of pushing into the adjacent space was something that intrigued me, always returning to the idea of momentum and permanence.” – Bea Valdes
Bea says of one of the pieces that first greet you upon entering the hotel is a “swatch of something cyclical in nature.” It’s a curved piece that was inspired by the image of currents and progressing waves that took a total of seven months to complete with its intricate embroidery that several fabricators collaborated on. Just image all the hands working together to create something of a singular vision. Truly there is a sense of “bayanihan,” Bea shares that it solidified this vision and brought the pieces to life.
Photos from @beavaldesdesign on Instagram