Accor Group, Department for Design, Luxury & Premium Brands, Paris/France
Using the SO Feng Shui DesignSecond Nature®model, Simone created the Feng Shui Wellness Design guidelines for the Raffles 'Design for Harmony' within the 'Emotional Wellbeing' program, which launched in October 2020. These guidelines are now mandatory for all new Raffles hotels, and the principles of the guidelines are being applied to existing Raffles hotels.
Based on the Feng Shui principles Yin & Yang, the Five Elements of Feng Shui and the Qi energy flow, the guidelines included recommendations on purposeful choices of materials, FF&E, lighting, signage, technology, artwork, layouts and colours. The guidelines addressed the effects of the built environment and how it impacts human health and well-being through the senses of sight, sound, smell, touch, familiarity, comfort and safety. Completing this all-around approach to a total wellness concept are the guidelines on electric radiation, magnetic fields, radiofrequency waves and noise levels.
The Feng Shui Wellness Design guidelines covered general rules applicable to all hotel spaces and areas and specific rules for Raffles Iconic spaces. Second Nature® key benefits and impact ratings, and explanatory imagery have yielded a very practical handbook for the design department and individual hotel management alike.
Simone continues ongoing consultancy partnership with the Raffles Design department.
This project was completed in collaboration with Jeanette Ho, Vice President Raffles Brand & Strategic Relationships for Accor Hotels Luxury Division, Federico Toresi, Global Vice President of Design, Luxury & Premium Brands at Accor and Lindsay Madden-Nadeau, Global Director of Wellbeing, Luxury Brands Accor Hotels.
Raffles Maldives, Meradhoo Island
After a total renovation of Raffles in the Maldives and during the pre-opening phase, Simone held a 10-day on-site Feng Shui Wellness Design Consultation. The aim was to increase the well-being factor even further while achieving a successful opening.
The consultation included the island and water villas, spa, F&B outlets, boutiques and General Manager and staff offices being assessed on Feng Shui and wellness principles. A one-day workshop was held with the General Manager and key staff to discuss the findings and implementation of recommendations.
Some recommended changes included bedding material (EMF shielding sheets to reduce radiation around the bed for enhanced sleep experience) and guest villa furniture positioning for a smooth flow of energies to increase familiarity and comfort. Plus, accessories placements such as anti-slip bathmats and outdoor steps for easy access from indoors to outdoors to improve safety, plant positioning for enhanced energy flow, and rearrangement of staff office desks and office furniture (to name a few).
Our recommendations were implemented in guest villas and shared areas to increase well-being, sales and bookings and within staff facilities to enhance well-being for Raffles team members and facilitate efficient collaboration and communication across departments.
This project was completed in collaboration with General Manager Olivier Larcher.
Raffles Seychelles, Praslin Island
During the planning stages of the renovation of Raffles Seychelles, Simone conducted a Feng Shui Wellness Design Consultation, including a four-day on-site assessment and report, to consult on renovation plans, successfully relaunch the resort, ensure Raffles standards and increase the well-being factor.
The report served as a practical handbook for the design department and the hotel management, covering general rules applicable to all hotel spaces and areas and specific rules for Raffles Iconic spaces.
Based on the Feng Shui principles Yin & Yang, the Five Elements of Feng Shui, and the Qi energy flow, the guidelines included recommendations on purposeful choices of materials, FF&E, lighting, signage, technology, artwork, layouts, and colours. The guidelines addressed the effects of the built environment and how it impacts human health and well-being through the senses of sight, sound, smell, touch, familiarity, comfort and safety. Completing this all-around approach to a total wellness concept are the guidelines on electric radiation, magnetic fields, radiofrequency waves, and noise levels.
Simone's suggestions included identity reinforcements, enhanced arrival experience, wayfinding signs, location signs, location layouts, kids club embellishment, and safety measures for raised walkways. Plus, technology standards and furniture positioning in guest villas for a smooth flow of energies to increase comfort, rearrangement of back-office desks and office furniture to enhance staff efficiency and well-being, and recommendations were made to increase bookings and sales.
This project was completed in collaboration with General Manager Edouard Grosmangin.
Natural Instinct Healing, Ubud Bali
Natural Instinct Healing is an award-winning detox retreat in central Ubud, Bali. Simone was brought in for a Feng Shui Wellness Design consultation on the new Elite retreat centre to be built on the outskirts of Ubud in a natural forestry area.
After a two-day on-site assessment of the grounds, Simone created guidelines for the project's architect to facilitate and optimise the energy flow for financial success and well-being. The guidelines included general rules for Feng Shui-friendly building and specific recommendations on plot space planning, landscaping with driveways, water features, walkways of the entire resort and layouts for resort facilities.
Simone recommended purposeful allocations and layouts for the reception area, office, kitchen, communal dining areas, workshop spaces, yoga and meditation sala, spa, consultation and treatment rooms and guest accommodations.
This project was completed in collaboration with retreat owner Patrick Reardon.
Zoya's House, Istanbul Turkey
Zoya's House is a restaurant located in the prestigious area of Nisantasi in Istanbul, Turkey. Simone aimed to provide recommendations for a complete make-over of the restaurant using the Feng Shui Wellness Design and the Second Nature® model to increase revenues and cater to the area's elite clientele.
The consultation included recommendations for business success through exterior and interior enhancements, such as layout for reception, table settings, and walkways. Simone's on-site assessment and on-spot consultation were held in collaboration with interior designers and included assisting in the selection of Feng Shui-friendly furniture and fit-out material at local suppliers.
Additionally, wellness recommendations were made to address the effects of the built environment and how it impacts human health and well-being through the senses of sight, sound, smell, touch, familiarity, comfort and safety. Guidelines on electric radiation, magnetic fields, radiofrequency waves and noise levels completed this all-around approach to a total wellness working environment.
This project was completed in collaboration with Interior Design company EDNAS Interior Design LLC, Dubai.
SO Feng Shui Design’s private consultations assist clients with their homes, which provide them with a multitude of benefits to their overall well-being, including better sleep, improved health and finances, job success and other life aspects. Our private consultations also assist clients who are building a new home by recommending layouts and space planning for the architects and guidelines for the interior designers.
SO Feng Shui has been fortunate to have undertaken over 40 projects with ruling families, government dignitaries, HNWI’s, and prominent families across the MENA region.
Arena Middle East and Asia, Dubai UAE
After a merger with a new company that included property assets and personnel, a member of the globally renowned Arena Group, Arena Middle East and Asia, is designing and delivering structures for the most exclusive public, corporate and private events.
Simone was brought in for a Feng Shui Wellness Design Consultation using the Second Nature® model for their new premises in Jebel Ali and existing premises in Al Quoz, Dubai, UAE. The Arena Group wanted to understand the most beneficial use of locations for selected departments and personnel to enhance revenues and staff well-being.
The consultation included recommendations on the distribution of management and staff across the two locations and specific allocations of key personnel such as management, finance, sales and marketing departments to increase the business's success. Simone provided recommendations for the two locations on exterior driveways, arrival experience, walkways, signage and water features. Plus, the reception areas, offices and shared spaces.
Interior design guidelines included recommendations on layouts for best energy flow and the use of colours and materials based on the Five Elements of Feng Shui. Additionally, wellness recommendations were made to address the effects of the built environment and how it impacts human health and well-being through the senses of sight, sound, smell, touch, familiarity, comfort and safety. Guidelines on electric radiation, magnetic fields, radiofrequency waves and noise levels completed this all-around approach to a total wellness working environment.
This project was completed in collaboration with Design Director Elaine O’Dwyer.
Previous project history also includes the UAE Government, providing FF&E consultation and delivery.
The Executive Office - Emirates Towers, Dubai
The Executive Council - Emirates Towers, Dubai
Prime Minister's Office, Ministry of Cabinet Affairs - Emirates Towers, Dubai
Dubai Economics Dept. Business Centre, Dubai
Our commercial clients
Workshops & Presentations
Bloomingdale's Dubai, UAE
Simone presented to Bloomingdales VIP (IO) customers on 'Feng Shui Friendly Bedrooms for Healthy Sleep,' introducing the audience to Feng Shui while making recommendations on Bloomingdale's bedroom furniture and accessories.
Ethan Allen Dubai, UAE
In collaboration with Ethan Allen and Benjamin Moore paints, Simone presented to Ethan Allen customers on 'Colours in Feng Shui,' plus a showroom walk-through that showcased Feng Shui-friendly furniture and accessories.
MGallery by Sofitel, The Retreat Palm Dubai, UAE
Simone held a Feng Shui workshop on 'How to Re-balance your Living Space through Feng Shui Wellness Design' within the launch of MGallery's new Well-being experience, 'Ignite your inner spark.' The participants were international Instagram influencers.
IKEA Yas Island Abu Dhabi UAE
Over four weekend days, Simone held full-day private consultations for IKEA customers on 'Feng Shui Friendly Bedrooms for Healthy Sleep' with recommendations on IKEA products.
NHS Highland, Scotland UK
Simone held an interactive coffee break workshop session for a selected group of members of the NHS Highland, recommending Feng Shui Wellness Design tips to create a more pleasant and effective workspace within their homes.
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