Rengy John: Hospitality Guru
Millennials are looking for a ‘story to tell’

Singapore-based resort designer Rengy John shares some insights into Southeast Asia’s rapidly changing hospitality sector.

After working for 14 years with Singapore-based interior design firm Wilson Associates, Rengy John has now made the move to BLINK Design Group, where he joins creative giant Clint Nagata as Co-CEO of an outfit that has worked on luxury hotel and resort projects from Bali to Istanbul. The heavyweight designer spoke to Southeast Asia Globe about seeking a holistic, intuitive approach to hotel design and the changing face of luxury in the Asian century.

How has people’s perception of luxury changed over the years?

If I were to look at it right now as to where we stand and where Asia is, I think the luxury market has become a lot younger. You find a lot of younger folk in their mid-twenties to their mid-to-early-thirties who are fairly affluent, want to travel, want to experience something, and that section is one we should pay attention to They’re not looking for what their parents were looking for — they’re after different experiences. They’re looking for satisfaction, for a story to tell. They’re expecting to spend time with their friends — that is their version of the luxury.

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This article was published in the July 2017 edition of Southeast Asia Globe magazine.