Distillery merges with Hassell

Australian architecture practice Hassell has announced its merger with Singapore-based interior design studio Distillery.

The merger sees Australian duo Matthew Shang and Paul Semple, directors of Distillery, join Hassell as principals and take a stake in the firm’s equity.

Distillery is known for its bespoke hospitality and projects including the Manhattan Bar at the Singapore Regent Hotel and the Malmaison by the Hourglass store.

“This merger has brought together two like-minded creative teams,” said Paul Semple in a statement on Distillery’s website.

Hassell principal Robert Backhouse described Singapore as a “centre of gravity” for the world’s hospitality sector. The merger is set to give Hassell a boost to its Asian presence, which already has 40 staff in its Singapore office.

Read Distillery’s interview with Singapore Tourism Board about what they love and have learned about the island city.

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