Richmond checks into Chinese hotel

Swedish designer and manufacturer of paper products, Ordning & Reda, opened its first shop in the UK yesterday with interiors by Swedish designer Tommy Martensson.

Swedish designer and manufacturer of paper products, Ordning & Reda, opened its first shop in the UK yesterday with interiors by Swedish designer Tommy Martensson.

Martensson has created a unique atmosphere at the 80m2 site in London’s Covent Garden by designing the interiors to enhance the brightly coloured stationery products, says Ordning & Reda UK managing director Gustaf Frithz.

“It is a Minimalist environment with a wooden floor, white shelves and lots of light,” he adds.

Ordning & Reda has 12 shops in Sweden, one in Copenhagen, and is looking to open two more this year in London’s West End, both of which will be designed by Martensson.

Graphic Partners has designed packaging for a Ballantine’s 15-year-old whisky brand extension.

Richmond International has won its first project in China, to design interiors for the Omni Marco Polo Hotel in Wuhan.

The project, which is being managed by the consultancy’s Hong Kong office, includes designing all public areas, a new health and leisure club and new shopping mall adjacent to the existing hotel.

Richmond will also create concepts for the refurbishment of two executive floors in the hotel.

“The Marco Polo brand is deluxe and our brief was to create a dramatic modern classic – as much to appeal to international business travellers, shoppers and local people as to local guests,” says Denis Mulhern, director of Richmond’s Hong Kong office.

The consultancy won the job as the result of previous work with the Omni group in Singapore and Hong Kong.

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