Come say goodbye to the New Majestic Hotel

Among the art to check out at New Majestic Hotel is this installation by artist Sam Lo, better known as Sticker Lady.
Among the art to check out at New Majestic Hotel is this installation by artist Sam Lo, better known as Sticker Lady.ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

Head to New Majestic Hotel for a weekend of food, crafts and art before it closes its doors on Wednesday

For its last hurrah before it closes next week, the New Majestic Hotel is hosting a showcase of work by Singapore creatives this weekend.

Multiply: A Majestic Playground sees more than 60 designers, artists, craftsmen and chefs take over the hotel's 30 rooms to set up pop-up ateliers, art installations, tasting bars and workshops.

In March, the hotel's owner Loh Lik Peng announced that the four- storey boutique property in Bukit Pasoh Road was closing after 11 years.

From Thursday, new tenants Straits Clan will turn the trendy hotel into a private members' club, which is slated to open next year.

Straits Clan is co-organising this weekend's event with its curator, designer Carolyn Kan, who started artisan jewellery label Carrie K.

Foodies should start with the first floor where brands such as ice- cream chain Creamier and Demo Choco, known for its handmade chocolate truffles, have set up shop.

Also look out for art installations in the lobby, including one by Ms Priyageetha Dia, who sparked a debate with her "golden staircase" creation in her Housing Board block two months ago.

  • VIEW IT / MULTIPLY: A MAJESTIC PLAYGROUND
     

    WHERE: New Majestic Hotel, 31 Bukit Pasoh Road

    WHEN: Today and tomorrow, 11am to 10pm

    ADMISSION: Free

On the second floor, visitors can peek into the "studios" of artists, craftsmen and designers.

Watch botanical watercolourist Lucinda Law create life-like watercolour paintings or smell the scents of Singapore - think tropical thunderstorms and lush frangipani - at Code Deco Perfume's Singapore Stories installation.

The third floor is for fashionistas looking to snag apparel from designers such as Max Tan and Gin Lee.

There is more art on the fourth floor, which has been named the Artists' Attic.

Check out interactive art installations by artists such as Sam Lo, who is better known as Sticker Lady; or get inked at The Tattoo Parlour, helmed by female tattoo artists from studios such as Vagabond Ink and King Kong Tattoo.

Ms Kan, 44, says the event is a fitting goodbye for the hotel that wowed with interiors done by Singapore creatives - including fashion designer Wykidd Song and theatre director Glen Goei - when it opened in May 2006.

Ms Kan adds: "New Majestic Hotel was the first hotel to shine the spotlight on the creative scene here.

"Now as it closes, this weekend will be a show and tell of some of Singapore's best designers and artists - just like how it started."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 27, 2017, with the headline 'Majestic farewell'. Print Edition | Subscribe