The Manhattan Bar at the Singapore Regent Hotel

Design practice HASSELL has merged with Singaporean design studio Distillery, as part of a commitment to Singapore as an international work hub.

Distillery is known for its work in the hospitality, retail, food and beverage, and residential design sectors, and will now take on the HASSELL name.

“Our clients both in Singapore and internationally will benefit from the collective design talent, knowledge and resource base of the two practices,” HASSELL managing director Robert Backhouse said.

“Collaboration, openness and a desire to create places people love are part of the DNA for both practices.”

Distillery principal Paul Semple said the two practices had like-minded design teams.

“Our two practices share common values and the integration of the teams has been a natural evolution,” he said.

“Distillery’s way of working and ethos will now continue under the HASSELL name – so it’s a genuine coming together signified in both name and joint sense of purpose.”

HASSELL has appointed Su Lim to the new role of global head of client engagement, to based in Singapore, and will relocate principal and board member Caroline Diesner from Perth to Singapore.