Wander around The Ritz-Carlton Maldives to discover 17 curated modern Art pieces that celebrate contemporary art and nature.
Follow me for a guided tour and feed your soul.
The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands takes a minimalist approach to luxury. The contemporary hotel blends thoughtful design & architecture, intuitive services and excellent dining together with a beautiful art collection exclusively curated for the hotel.
The hotel pieces are crafted and designed by distinguished artists, local master crafters and renowned designers from around the world.
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- Arts are deeply rooted in The Ritz-Carlton Hotels philosophy
- The Ritz-Carlton Maldives Art Collection
Arts are deeply rooted in The Ritz-Carlton Hotels philosophy
Art is deeply rooted in The Ritz-Carlton philosophy. The luxury hotel brand believes in the connection between Art and Travel and invites guests to discover more about the culture of their chosen destination.
As such, if you stay at a Ritz-Carlton hotel, you will have the opportunity to enjoy various art pieces and exhibitions, permanent or temporary within the vast majority of their properties around the world. Exhibitions showcase both international and local artists.
The Ritz-Calton Maldives Design and Art Curators
Created by the award-winning Kerry Hill Architects, a multi-award-winning Singapore-based agency, the hotel boasts an outstanding design inspired by the water and circular movement in the Maldives called Circle Of Life.
To complete this Circle of Life, The Ritz-Carlton Maldives asked The Artling, an international Art and Design consultancy and online gallery focused on highlighting the best of contemporary art and design, to create an artwork collection that reflects the resort serene surroundings and its architecture.
The Artling created site-specific artworks for all 100 villas of the resort, along with outdoor sculptures and accessories for the Food & Beverages spaces and public areas.
The Ritz-Carlton Maldives Art Collection
The following artworks can be seen in all 100 villas of the resort, along with outdoor sculptures and accessories installed at various bars, restaurants and around the island.
Artist, Cheng Tsung Feng. Taiwan
This simple wheel sculpture was inspired by bamboo and rattan baskets found in Zhushan, a countryside town in Taiwan, the artist’s home country. Cheng is fascinated with traditional utensils, which is reflected in his style of art.
Artist website \ chengtsung.com
Cheng has crafted this ring sculpture using a traditional fishing trap weaving method from an indigenous tribe called ‘Thao’ in Taiwan.
This art installation resembles the breeze of the forest and waves in the ocean, with soft curves sculpted by bamboo.
Artist, Armen Agop. Egypt
This sculpture is part of a meditative series that is research to pursue one central form that balances stillness and movement, created by Armen Agop, an Egyptian-Armenian based in Pietrasanta, Italy. It was created by Zimbabwean black granite.
Artist website \ armenagop.com
Artist, Carla O’Brien. USA
This large-scale light art installation is a life-size depiction of a fully grown female Bull Shark, fabricated from a laser and hand-cut metal and LED Neon Flex, a revolutionary replacement for glass neon.
The US-born artist, Carla, is best known for the NEON ANGEL WINGS, which went globally viral in 2016 when Katy Perry posted on social media, a photo of herself ‘wearing’ the Wings at the Burning Man festival in Nevada, the USA, in 2016.
Artist website \ carlaobrien.com
Artist, Windy Chien. USA
This custom piece from the Linescape series was inspired by the unique silhouette of an island against the setting sun. The Chinese-American artist, Windy, is best known for her 2016 work, The Year of Knots, in which she learned a new knot every day for a year.
Artist website \ windychien.com
PLT 61, PLT 63, PLT 66
Artist, Haffendi Anuar. Malaysia
Haffendi, a Malaysian born artist, drew reference from traditional Malaysian columns, or pilotis architectural features that lift buildings above ground or water. These architectural structures were fundamental to create abstract forms by turning store-bought melamine tableware into freestanding pillar structures.
Artist website \ haffendianuar.net
Artist, Sebastian Di Mauro. Australia
These stainless steel sculptures resemble lotus buds. Bloom was designed by Sebastian Di Mauro, an Australian born artist. The Lotus flower has existed on the planet for over 145 million years. Symbolically rich, the lotus appears in the mythologies of many cultures and have been used in food, medicine and art.
Artist website \ sebastiandimauro.com
Artists, Tibetan Artisans. Design by ccTapis. Italy
This rug is by ccTapis, an Italian company based in Milan, known for contemporary hand-knotted rugs crafted in Nepal by expert Tibetan artisans. With a strong respect for culture, this piece is a hand-knotted rug made of Cotton weave and Himalayan wood.
website \ cc-tapis.com
Artists, Bungalesh Artisans. Design by Shannon Sheedy The Dharma Door. Australia
The founder Shannon Sheedy spent a year travelling in India and Nepal, where she saw the plight of Tibetan refugees, who inspired her to design The Dharma Door’s first product, which is a reinterpretation of the culture’s traditional fabric prayer bag. Then later led her to work with women artisans in a rural community of Bangladesh.
This hand-woven jute mandala is crafted by women in rural Bangladesh from circular rows of hand woven macrame patterns attached to two bamboo rings.
website \ thedharma-door.com.au
Ayeratukko Woven Elephant Grass Basket
Artists, Master Weavers from Ghana via Baba Tree. Canada
This beautiful basket comes from Baba Tree Basket Co, a company that has worked with the Gurunsi community in Bolgatanga for the last 15 years. The company works with about 250 artists, preserving the local tradition of using elephant grass, and each basket is with the signature of the individual’s very own “rhythm and flow”.
website \ babatree.com
Artist, John Sheppard. USA
These ceramic pods were hand-sculpted by a New York City-based ceramic artist, John. His work is characterized by clean geometric shapes inspired by various influences, including nature, Brutalism, Richard Serra, Art Deco, and outer space.
These art pieces are geometric and organic, made from flat slabs of rich red-brown stoneware, treated with a fine wash of white porcelain for a delicate crackle finish resembling a seashell.
website \ johnsheppard.net
Euphoria Botani 1 & 4
Artist, Sumit Mehndiratta. India
Euphoria Botani is a digitally manipulated photographic series inspired by psychedelic patterns created by Sumit Mehndiratta, a Delhi-based self-taught multi-disciplinary artist with a Master of Science in international fashion marketing from Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.
These visual representations of the psychedelic visions showcase what we usually see as normal into something more vibrant.
website \ sumitmehndiratta.com
Euphoria Botani n.4
Euphoria Botani n.1
The Sphere Collection
Design Brand, 101 Copenhagen. Danemark
The Sphere collection by 101 Copenhagen celebrates unique silhouettes and textures.
These are elegantly sculpted, each finished in intricate ornate detailing, centered in a fusion of the Scandinavian design tradition influenced by the timeless Japanese approach to material and techniques.
website \ 101cph.com
Lava Volcanic Rocks
Design Studio, PECA. Mexico
These pieces were hand-polished by craftsmen with a millenary tradition by PECA, an independent design studio based in Guadalajara, Mexico, founded by Caterina Moretti. This company brings the true spirit of innovation and rich traditions by collaborating with local artisans and invited designers.
The dual texture of the Lava plates pays homage to Mexican tradition and its progressive direction towards modernity.
website \ peca.com.mx
Artists, Maahy, Shimhaq and Cartman Ayya. Maldives
Ukiyo, in Japanese, means “The Floating World”. This mural was painted by Maldivian artists, an interpretation of life’s connection to mother nature, designed for adults and children.
The interconnecting strokes and the petals and patterns sprouting and floating depicts coexistence.
instagram and website \ instagram.com/maahyart // instagram.com/shimhaq // cartmanayya.com
Meet the Artists and Discover more about their Works
Each of The Ritz-Carlton art piece is handmade and unique.
All of these works and many more are available to see at the artist and designer websites indicated for each piece.
If you love art, want to wander around in a virtual art gallery ( which is good for the soul ) or learn more about the local communities behind these beautiful pieces, go discover their works and stories.
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