Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet unveiled their latest lounge in Asia recently as part of the Art Basel 2019. The new lounge was designed by Brooklyn-based designer, Fernando Mastrangelo. Speaking to L'Officiel Arabia, Mastrangelo said: “It has been so rewarding to work with such a wonderful team on the Audemars Piguet Lounge. When I visited Audemars Piguet’s home in Switzerland, I was struck by the location’s timeless beauty and the technical mastery demonstrated by its watchmakers. Material elements are integral to their roots and at the core of my practice. The result is a design that experiments with forms, materials, and textures and creates a universe inspired by the Vallée de Joux.”
The new lounge also has a smaller, more intimate area called the "Escape Lounge", which according to the team is "designed for visitors to relax and experience a moment transported to the Vallée de Joux at sunset." The area is inspired by the complex geometry of Audemars Piguet's new watch collection (think curved walls and lighting which imitates the natural light of the Vallée de Joux.
Olivier Audemars, Vice President of the Board of Directors said to L'Officiel Arabia, “It gives us great pleasure and pride to present a new lounge concept by Fernando Mastrangelo at Art Basel Hong Kong, marking a continuity in Audemars Piguet’s relationship with an artist whose concepts directly parallel the artisanal quality and craftsmanship at the heart of our heritage. Our partnership is a natural fit given Fernando’s technical mastery, skilful precision and dedication to creatively presenting the natural world around him.”