Hong Kong-based lifestyle guru and interior designer Louise Kou has been commissioned by Canvas Developments, the developer of the exclusive new St. Regis Resort & Residences, Bali, to design interior styling concepts for the two and four bedroom private residences.

Ms. Kou’s chic designs were presented at her unique lifestyle boutique “KOU” in Hong Kong’s Central district at a private reception held on Thursday, May 10. 

The event preceded the official sales launch and exhibition of the luxury St. Regis Resort & Residences, Bali at The Ritz Carlton, Hong Kong on Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13.

The Residences, designed by Grounds Kent Architects and Samson Almario, are bought unfurnished but come immaculately finished and complete with fixtures and fittings including flooring and bathroom and kitchen appliances.  Owners of the two, three and four-bedroom residences are now being offered the opportunity to commission ‘Lu’ Kou to decorate and furnish their villa with her exclusive interior designs. 

The opulent new resort, nestled in an enclave on Bali’s most beautiful beach at Nusa Dua and bordered by Bali’s leading golf club, is scheduled for completion in 2008.  It is the first and only luxury property of its kind in Bali which offers residences for private ownership and is situated on the last beachfront site within the Nusa Dua area.

Kou is a veteran of the global fashion industry, having held top management positions with some of the world’s leading luxury fashion brands including Joyce, Swank and Escada Asia. Her lifestyle consultancy KOU Concept specialises in sourcing high-quality furnishings from the best of the world’s designers, ranging from handpicked crystal glassware from Belgium and France and exquisite cutlery from Thiers, the ‘capital of cutlery’, to outdoor furniture by Kettal, the most renowned label in Spain, and luxury books from Taschen.

Her chic range embraces works of art and sculptures by masters, antiques collected from around the world, unique ornaments, Persian rugs from Isfahan and Baluchi tribes, exotic accessories by Tina Barratt of France and themed table settings which include the best European tableware and flatware, while her kitchens are styled with top quality cookware and accessories. KOU Concept has designed the homes of numerous Hong Kong socialites and business professionals.

“We are delighted to be working with a prominent Hong Kong designer of Louise Kou’s stature, who provides the absolute best in unique, high quality designs, products and materials. This will be of enormous value to our residence owners who will be offered the opportunity to commission her work,” said Peter Chambers, Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director, Rajawali Corporation, the parent company of Canvas Developments. 

The new St. Regis resort is the first in Asia to provide buyers with the opportunity to own luxury residences managed, maintained and marketed by one of the world’s most admired hotel and resort operators – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

With beach and golf-view locations and set in their own landscaped gardens with private pools, the 22 residences now available are generously sized, from 483 to 900 sqm of land area and 259 to 451 sqm of built up area, and are designed by international architects, Grounds Kent Architects, in traditional Balinese style.

Ms Kou said: “Creating harmony in lifestyle is the essence of my philosophy and vision for interior designs of the residences at St Regis Resort & Residences, Bali. Every detail reveals a passion, experience and sense of style. The very best of fashion and homeware items from around the world has been hand-picked to express style and individuality.”

ABOUT ST. REGIS

St. Regis Hotels & Resorts includes the most celebrated properties in the world.  Founded by John Jacob Astor with landmark St. Regis Hotel, New York over a century ago, the company will unveil highly anticipated St. Regis properties in Punta Mita, Mexico (2007), Singapore (2007), Anguilla (2008), Atlanta (2008), Bali (2008), Costa Rica (2008) Deer Valley® (2009), Mexico City (2008), Bahia Beach, Puerto Rico (2009), Macao (2010), Bal Harbour, FL (2010) and Baha Mar (2011) that will further enhance the brand’s legacy.  Personalized service and amenities, enviable locations and luxuriously localized design are recognized worldwide as hallmarks of the St. Regis experience. For more information on St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, please visit www.stregis.com.

For more information on St. Regis Resort and Residences, Bali, please visit www.stregisresidences.com/bali. Kou Concept’s website is http://www.kouconcept.com/.

(information provided by the pr company)

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