DesignLab is a hospitality design firm, Asian-born with an international outlook. We offer master planning, architecture and interior design services. Our leadership all have a strong design background and a wide range of experience working on hotel and resort projects throughout the world in Europe, Middle East, Central America, China, India, Asia and the Pacific.
We do not have a predetermined design style, rather we approach each project as unique where the site, local culture, and vision from the client and operator all inform a holistic design approach.
From experience we know that a resort must be commercially and operationally viable as well as beautiful. Turning a design into reality is a team effort where we work closely with other design and technical consultants, the operator and the client.
Founder/partner of DesignLab Alvaro Paredes is involved in the conceptual design stage of each project in the office. Alvaro began his career in his native Spain and London before moving to Asia to work with renowned hospitality architects Denniston International. While there he worked on a wide range of hospitality projects in Brazil, Malaysia, Bali, Portugal, China for a range of operators such as Aman Resorts, Hyatt and Mandarin Oriental.
Virginie de PaeuwDesign Director
Leading DesignLabʼs Interior Design team, Virginie de Paeuw has 17 years of experience working in diverse locations including Spain, Vietnam, Japan, France, Belgium Malaysia and Bali for studios including Kengo Kuma and Denniston International. At Denniston, she was the project lead for a Cheval Blanc property in Central America and also the Aman Resort Amanoi in Vietnam where she took the project from documentation to supervising construction on site.
Paul FranceyAssociate Director
As the leader of DesignLabʼs architecture team, Paul Francey brings 22 years working for companies specialized in hospitality, where he has worked in diverse locations such as Spain, Fiji, Malaysia and Macau and for celebrated offices including Denniston International and Wynn Resorts. Over the years he has worked on all stages of design from concept through to construction in various locations for operators including Wynn Resorts, Hyatt, Hilton, Fairmont and GHM.