Transforming spaces into inspiring experiences that resonate with the spirit of place.

LTW Designworks

Interior Design

We are designers, innovators and narrators of space. Our passion is for luxury hospitality and residential interiors, crafting compelling design narratives rooted in the authentic spirit of place. We are West and East, creating ideas that are grounded in local geography, heritage, culture and customs, yet which have the wings to travel the world.

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LTW Designworks

Leading the regional design scene since 1980, LTW is an international studio specialising in luxury hospitality interiors. With a portfolio that includes the world’s top hoteliers and luxury developers, we have designed more than 100 hotels on five continents and currently have over 20 projects in development.

Based in Singapore with satellite offices in Beijing and Shanghai, we are passionate about creating exceptional interiors that are culturally and geographically grounded, yet speak to the comfort and functionality of the luxury hospitality experience. We pride ourselves on our ability to adapt to different projects and cultures, combining inspired concepts, technical proficiency and innovation to create unique design solutions.

RECENT DESIGN AWARDS
Year
Project
Award
2019
Four Seasons Seoul
AHEAD Global Awards
Finalist – Lobby & Public Spaces and Spa & Wellness
2018
Grand Hyatt Changsha
The International Hotel & Property Awards
Finalist – Hotel Design - Asia Pacific
2018
Grand Hyatt Changsha
AHEAD Asia Awards
Finalist – Lobby & Public Spaces
2018
Cordis Shanghai
AHEAD Asia Awards
Finalist – Guestroom
Finalist – Spa & Wellness
2017
Kohler Experience Center
IDCS Design Excellence Awards
Silver – Best Exhibition Space
2017
Four Seasons Seoul
AHEAD Asia Awards
Spa & Wellness
2017
Four Seasons Seoul
AHEAD Asia Awards
Lobby & Public Spaces
2016
Studio City Macau - Spotlight
Hong Kong Interior Design Awards
Gold – Casual Dining Restaurant Category
2015
Shangri-la Lhasa
Asia Hotel Design Awards
Spa & Wellness
 
Photo: Kohler Experience Center
 

LIM HONG LIAN

Founder and Principal Partner

“When we start on a project, we carefully consider multiple factors. Location is vital to our research and understanding of the cultural and historical context, and influences how we layer a sense of place into the design.”

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LIM HONG LIAN

Born in Singapore and educated in the UK, Hong Lian (“HL”) began his design career in London working in the hospitality industry. Returning to Asia in 1979, he was named Managing Partner for the Singapore office of Chhada Siembieda & Associates in 1981. During his decade-long tenure there, he grew the company’s luxury hotel portfolio and established his reputation as one of Asia’s most respected designers. In 1991, he founded H.L. Lim & Associates, known now as LTW Designworks, which quickly became the design studio of choice for the world’s leading luxury hoteliers and hospitality operators.

Teo Su Seam

Partner

“Luxury design is all about craftsmanship and thoughtful attention to detail, executed in a timeless manner. That is the allure of creating a bespoke design.”

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Teo Su Seam

Born in Singapore, Teo Su Seam is an industry veteran who obtained both her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Interior Architecture degrees from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, USA in 1989. Su worked with notable interior design firms in the US and Singapore before joining H.L. Lim & Associates in 1994, steering the firm’s growth and overseeing a number of its landmark projects. Su Seam was named an Associate in 1997 and became a Partner of what is now LTW Designworks in 2001.

ROBERT SHEN

Head of Business Development

"Great artists need great clients" — I.M. Pei

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Robert Shen

Based in Singapore, Robert brings over 20 years of design, management and business development experience in his drive to expand LTW’s growth across the region and into new markets, strengthening the firm’s global footprint. Prior to joining LTW, Robert served in various capacities for Wilson Associates, including Executive Director, Chief Representative in China, and most recently Vice President of Business Development, Asia-Pacific and Americas. Before moving to Asia Robert practiced architectural and interior design in San Francisco, and holds a degree in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley.

MARINA BARACS

Director, Europe

"Designing original spaces is all about creating emotions. This dynamic immerses the end-user with the physical space and invites them to participate in the journey we've crafted."

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Marina Baracs

Marina Baracs is based in Milan, Italy and has been a Partner at LTW Designworks since 1996, setting up a branch office of LTW in Milan, which she headed from 1999 until 2014, working on prestigious five-star hotels in Europe, Africa, North America and Asia. Specialising in hotel and resort interior design, Marina is frequently invited as a lecturer and project leader at prestigious institutions, including the Politecnico di Milano, Scuola Politecnica di Design, Domus Academy Milan, and The Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University, China.

SAM KHOUVONGSAVANH

Design Director
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Sam Khouvongsavanh

Born in Thailand and based in Singapore, Sam has 13 years of experience designing and completing luxury hotels around the Asia-Pacific region. As a design director at LTW Designworks, he has been an integral part of the conceptualisation, documentation and execution of iconic hotels such as Park Hyatt Phu Quoc and Conrad Kuala Lumpur. He oversees the design team in all aspects of the design process from space planning and concept design to documentation, specifications and construction administration.

Prior to joining LTW, Sam served as a design director for interior design firm Yabu Pushelberg.

JONATHAN SOTTO

Design Director

"Luxury design doesn't have to be grandiose; a design that has a quiet confidence and at the same time a strong point of view is equally as luxurious. There is a reverence that comes through design that is thoughtful, honest and exercises restraint. This is how you create something that leaves a lasting impression and lingers in minds of those that experiences these spaces."

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Jonathan Sotto

Born in Canada, Jonathan received his BFA in Interior Architecture & Design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He joined Yabu Pushelberg and remained with them for over 12 years, starting as a Designer then holding the position of Project Leader. As a design director at LTW Designworks, Jonathan will lead the design team to ensure documentation, detailing and communications both internally and externally are maintained from the project's conception until completion.

WE AS A WHOLE

Our Team

Collaboration is our cornerstone, forged through shared experiences, proactive dialogue and a mutual passion for design. It shows in the stories we tell through the spaces we create. Every individual element unique in itself, thoughtfully connected, more impactful and engaging as a whole.

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