Singaporean addition for Design Hotels

48-room heritage boutique, 21 Carpenter, features a Michelin-starred chef

Design Hotels has welcomed a second property in Singapore to its global portfolio with the addition of the Lion City’s newest heritage boutique hotel, 21 Carpenter. A heritage structure dating to the 1930s augments a striking five-storey cubic extension with a rooftop infinity pool and street-level neo-bistro and bar helmed by Michelin-starred chef Andrew Walsh as the culinary director.

Throughout the hotel, esteemed local partners provide everything from the in-room snacks to the art on the walls.

Nestled at the intersection of Clarke Quay, a neighbourhood known for its nightlife and dining scene, and the old-world charm of Chinatown, the hotel seamlessly blends tradition and innovation, with thoughtful touches throughout.

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21 Carpenter opened its doors in December 2023. At the hotels core are four historic shophouses dating back to around 1936. The buildings served as the Chye Hua Seng Wee Kee remittance office of Lee Wee Nam, who went on to become one of the founders of the Overseas Chinese Banking Corporation. The hotel’s heritage structure now stands as a testament to Singapore’s rise to prosperity.

From the property’s street-level neo-bistro and bar to its 48 rooms and rooftop infinity pool and lounge, contemporary elements appear in thoughtful dialogue with history. Restored solid Chengal wood floors and paned windows beautifully contrast bespoke furniture designed by WOHA with Asian modernist and Art Deco influences. Hassell created headboards based on calligraphy inspired by historic remittance letters, while other unique artworks, curated in collaboration with The Artling, spotlight the local community. Renowned Singaporean artist Heman Chong created a massive tapestry for the lobby’s towering triple-height ceiling, painter Khairulddin Wahab’s specially commissioned canvases hang in the neo-bistro, and guests will discover linen bed throws and pouches designed by emerging artist Liu Liling in their rooms.

21 Carpenter, Singapore

Further defining 21 Carpenter as a place of community is Kee’s, a destination neo-bistro and bar carefully designed to bring visitors and locals together during shared epicurean experiences.

21 Carpenter approaches sustainability holistically. The aluminum façade follows a sustainability-focused approach to design, with the metal effectively dissipating the tropical heat and contributing to a cooler interior. This, in turn, reduces the energy consumption required for in-room cooling.

On level nine, there are also 16 solar panels intended to provide the energy requirements for the operations of that level. Throughout the property, local partners are prioritised in everything from the artworks on walls to the fresh produce in the restaurant’s kitchen.

Meanwhile, Purezza provides water-bottle refill stations, custom bathrobes are by Singaporean clothing brand In Good Company, and cups and saucers are from Un Studio, a local furniture and ceramics studio. By sourcing such items—alongside all of the artwork—locally, 21 Carpenter’s carbon footprint is significantly reduced.

Design Hotels’ only other property in Singapore is The Warehouse Hotel. Design Hotels is a member of Marriott International and its loyalty program, Marriott Bonvoy.


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