Qantas unveils design of new first class lounge in Singapore using virtual reality

Qantas is using virtual reality (VR) in the development of its new First Lounge at Singapore Changi Airport, which is set to open at the end of 2019.

Industrial designer David Caon and his team have created an immersive virtual reality representation of the design concept, providing a better way for Qantas to preview and fine tune lounges. A similar approach is being used for the airline’s upgrade of its A380 cabins.

Qantas is working with David Caon in collaboration with Akin Atelier, to build a First Lounge for 240 customers, offering a luxurious design and premium dining inspired by Singapore’s vibrant culture. The new lounge is being designed to suit transit travellers with shower facilities, a la carte dining including an open kitchen, a cocktail bar and plenty of device charging stations.

Qantas International CEO Alison Webster said VR gives the airline a completely new way to make sure a lounge meets customer needs well before the build begins.

“While we already use VR technology to promote destinations, this is the first time we have used it to better understand a lounge design. Being able to immerse ourselves in a virtual lounge gives us a more accurate sense of space and an understanding of how it will look to scale,” said Ms Webster.

“We know Qantas customers like to dine in the lounge to maximise sleep onboard, so the layout will offer generous and comfortable seating options, ideal for eating, working or relaxing.”

“As Qantas’ largest hub outside of Australia, Singapore is an extremely important part of our network. There is strong demand for travel in premium cabins to Singapore and we are looking forward to complementing the First class experience with a new lounge.”

Unveiling detail of the interiors today, designer David Caon said a neutral colour palette, luxurious materials and leafy green highlights will make customers feel relaxed as soon as they enter the lounge.

“The interiors achieve a synergy with other Qantas First Lounges on the network, using key materials like marble and oak from the Sydney flagship lounge, combined with finishes reflecting the lively culture of Singapore,” said Mr Caon.

“With a continued focus on wellness, we’ll be looking at including the latest advances in light technology, allowing passengers to better synchronise their body clocks with future time zones.

David Caon said using Virtual Reality has revolutionised the design process between designer and client.

“Virtual reality brings the 2D drawings and photos to life, and for this project in particular, it has sped up the consultation process between our design team and Qantas,” said Mr Caon.

The Qantas First Lounge in Singapore is expected to open in late 2019, while the existing Business Lounge will be expanded and is due to open mid-year. The overall lounge capacity in Singapore will increase by 60 percent, and combined, the First and Business Lounges will offer seating for more than 800 customers.

Qantas operates over 50 return services in to and out of Changi Airport each week, making it one of the largest foreign airlines to operate out of the Singapore airport. From Singapore, Jetstar Group operates 298 weekly return flights to 26 destinations.

In addition to Qantas’ investment in Singapore, the airline recently announced it will upgrade its lounges in Tokyo, Auckland, Sydney, Brisbane and Hobart.

David Caon said using Virtual Reality has revolutionised the design process between designer and client.

“Virtual reality brings the 2D drawings and photos to life, and for this project in particular, it has sped up the consultation process between our design team and Qantas,” said Mr Caon.

Source: Qantas 


LANCÔME: Discover the new Absolue Soft Cream

Discover Lancomes’ New Absolue Soft Cream range. Establish Absolue’s rose biotech expertise via Grand Rose extracts, the one legendary ingredient.

The star cream Absolue Soft cream features a cutting edge formula combining exceptional efficacy and ultimate sensoriality: the TTT texture.

The entire range in a new premium packaging. A modern renovation with refills demonstrating luxury with conscience.

Absolue Soft cream   RRP $400  (Refill RRP $340)

Absolue rich cream    RRP $420 (Refill RRP $360)

Absolue Oleo Serum  RRP $330

Source: Lancome


A new direction for fashion label LOVER featuring Sarah Ellen and Yan Yan Chan

Fittingly on Valentines Day, the annual celebration for lovers, LOVER has launched the first in a series of initiatives that will define the new direction for the label.

In celebration of Valentines Day LOVER have collaborated with photographer Nick Tsindos on a video series titled “LOVER for lovers”. The videos feature four influencer couples including Sarah Ellen with partner Caleb Jackson, Yan Yan Chan with boyfriend Nathan Jolliffe and model Angela Yu with girlfriend Emma Boseley. Nick also features in the campaign alongside his girlfriend Mimi Elashiry.

Inspired by the famous line spoken by Lady McBeth “Look like the innocent flower but be the serpent under it”, and filmed in voyueristyic style, the videos capture an intimate moment with each of the lovers, in play and in passion.

The video series will launch the LOVER Autumn/Winter 2019 collection. Titled Liberty, the collection is inspired by the renewed wave of female empowerment ushered by the Time’s Up movement. This is translated in 1970’s inspired floral prints and voluminous silhouettes that float around the body and create space for taking big steps.

Hotsprings CEO Joanne Goldman says “Hotsprings acquired LOVER in 2017 with the intention of reviving the cult of LOVER globally. The past 14 months has been spent behind the scenes, realigning design, production, marketing and the retail offer in preparation for the next era for this iconic Australian brand. This is the first campaign for the new LOVER. We want to push the boundaries and explore modern love and romance”.

Concurrent with the launch of the new-look LOVER, co-Founders Susien Chong and Nic Briand will depart the label in late March. Joanne Goldman said “Nic and Susien created a much-loved fashion label. We are grateful for their passion and creativity, as well as their collaboration over the past 14 months. A new era for LOVER will now start and we are extremely confident in the future success of this iconic Australian brand. We look forward to making announcements in the near future”.

Born from the paradox of two paramours, LOVER is a celebration of two people with two different aesthetics, a beauty in the differences. The brand brings together an innocence of spirit against a technical savoir-faire, the romantic and the ethereal, versus the dark and irreverent to create considered detailing, feminine silhouettes and precision tailoring. LOVER is worn by enigmatic women worldwide including Alexa Chung, Miranda Kerr and Beyonce.

Lover is owned by Hotsprings, an Australia-based, family-owned fashion conglomerate based in Sydney. Hotsprings’ stable of Australian fashion brands includes P.E. Nation, Rebecca Vallance, Cooper St Clothing, Vestire and Jasmine and Will.

Source: Lover


YESTERDAY movie: here’s the trailer

Yesterday, everyone knew The Beatles. Today, only Jack remembers their songs. He’s about to become a very big deal. From Academy Award®-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) and Richard Curtis, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually and Notting Hill, comes a rock-n-roll comedy about music, dreams, friendship, and the long and winding road that leads to the love of your life.

Jack Malik (Himesh Patel, BBC’s Eastenders) is a struggling singer-songwriter in a tiny English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie (Lily James, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again). Then, after a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed … and he finds himself with a very complicated problem, indeed.

Performing songs by the greatest band in history to a world that has never heard them, and with a little help from his steel-hearted American agent, Debra (Emmy winner Kate McKinnon), Jack’s fame explodes. But as his star rises, he risks losing Ellie — the one person who always believed in him. With the door between his old life and his new closing, Jack will need to get back to where he once belonged and prove that all you need is love.

Featuring new versions of The Beatles’ most beloved hits, Yesterday is produced by Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner (Love Actually, About A Boy, the Bridget Jones series) alongside Matthew James Wilkinson and Bernie Bellew. Curtis and Boyle also produce. Nick Angel and Lee Brazier serve as executive producers.

Cast: Himesh Patel, Lily James, Kate McKinnon, Ed Sheeran
Director: Danny Boyle
Writer: Richard Curtis
Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Bernie Bellew, Matthew James Wilkinson, Richard Curtis, Danny Boyle
Executive Producers: Nick Angel, Lee Brazier

Source: Yesterday


Mr Black x Bar Swift at Charlie Parker's

Legendary coffee liquor brand Mr Black and London’s Bar Swift, voted Best New International Cocktail Bar, are joining forces next month to bring some of London’s finest classic tipples and never-before-tasted Mr Black cocktails down under for one night only. Set to take place on Wednesday 13th February, Swift Bar’s Managing Director, Bobby Hiddleston, and Hamish Dowie, Winner of the 2018 Mr Black x Swift Bartender Competition, will curate a bespoke menu of Mr Black and Swift classic cocktails, with drinks from the night being available for a limited time in Charlie Parker’s, in case you miss out. 

Bar Swift London has cemented itself as one of Europe’s top spots, recently adding World’s 50 Best Bars to its bevy of awards. During the evening, Bobby and Hamish will delight patrons with a theatrical cocktail experience, doing what they and Mr Black do best, taking coffee and good times late into the night.

On the menu will be Bar Swift favourites Sgroppino, an unexpectedly delicious fusion of prosecco and lemon sorbet, as well as Hamish Dowie’s winning cocktail, Higher Ground – a smooth blend of Mr Black, Mr Black Amaro, orange bitters and coconut. Cocktails will be paired with popular items on Charlie Parker’s menu including oysters, potato croquettes with smoked burrata and salsa brava, and the pork and veal meatballs.

Commenting on the collaboration, Mr Black Co-Founder, Tom Baker says, “Swift opened in London in 2017 and quickly established themselves as one of Europe’s best cocktail bars. At Mr Black, we’re proud to be the coffee of choice for many of the world’s best bars and restaurants, and it’s our pleasure to bring these titans of London’s industry to Sydney to showcase the future of coffee and cocktails.”

In case you won’t be in Sydney on Wednesday 13th February, Charlie Parker’s will be hosting a selection of the best Mr Black and Swift Bar cocktails for a limited time. It’s not every day that two of the world’s best bartenders and local legendary coffee liquor team up, so grab your friends and head to Charlie Parker’s. Entry is on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Source: Mr Black