Przemek Sobocki brings design, colour to W Maldives

W Maldives has introduced its recent creative collaboration with Tokyo-based illustrator and designer Przemek Sobocki via a series of onsite projects.

Coming directly from Japan to the Maldives, the Tokyo-based Polish illustrator and designer Przemek brings W Hotels’ passion for design to life at W Maldives. The artist is taking his illustrator’s skills to create custom designs for the resort’s new luxury golf cars, key rings, luggage stickers and tags.

Przemek Sobocki. PHOTO/ W MALDIVES

“During my artistic residency at W Maldives in September 2017, I tried to catch the uniqueness of the Fesdu island. The inspiration came from the natural environment as well as from the intimate atmosphere of this W Hotel, which is called a ‘W Escape’ for a particular reason! I have always been attracted to the contrast of the light and shadows, and here I found stunning patterns of the shadows being cast by the rich flora of the island. After selecting eight different species of the indigenous plants, I mixed their leaf shapes with the W vibe and its bold colours. In total, eleven colour combinations were created for all eleven buggies at the resort,” Przemek was quoted in an announcement, as saying.

“The key rings, luggage stickers and tags were also inspired by the colourful fauna of the island, crystal clear water, beautiful beaches, tranquility, twinkling stars and, of course, the hospitality of the W team.”

According to W Maldives, these items will also be available for purchase in the Escape’s W The Store.

While Przemek’s background is in Interior and Fashion Design, he is dividing his professional time between Tokyo and London, where beside editorials his work also covers collaborations, packaging, murals, space and display design.

Przemek’s award-winning client list includes Louis Vuitton, Shiseido, Guerlain, Bally, Farfetch, Alain Mikli Japon as well as publications such as Numero Tokyo, Vogue Japan, Madame Figaro Japon, Elle Japan, Harper’s Bazaar (Japan, Korea, Taiwan), A Magazine Curated by Stephen Jones to name few.

For his projects for Alain Mikli Japon and Vermeerist Beams, the artist received three DSA Japan Space Design Awards in 2015 and 2017. In 2005, he won the prestigious V&A Illustration Award for Best Editorial. Przemek is also a Lecturer of Design Basics and Drawing at VANTAN Design Institute in Tokyo.

Through his haunting and soulful illustrations, Przemek is a masterful storyteller who depicts gloriously magical and cinematographic worlds that are tinged with a dash of mystery and occasional humour.

W Maldives offers 77 escapes and suites located both ashore and overwater, including 28 Wonderful Beach Oasis, 46 Fabulous Overwater Oasis, 3 WOW Ocean Escape and one Extreme WOW Ocean Haven (the W brand’s interpretation of the Presidential Suite). Each chic and spacious escape features infinity plunge pool.

There is a mixture of six bars and restaurants at W Maldives. Kitchen, the all-day dining bistro, and Fire, where guests have their choice of four different barbecues, provide menus for everyone’s palate. Swim up to the pool bar Wet and order a light lunch. There is even a dining option on the resort’s private desert island, Gaathafushi, or Fish, the resort’s specialty seafood restaurant set over the water and under the stars. Fifteen Below is the only underground club in the Maldives, with its own resident DJ and a sushi bar Sushi Beat.

Guests can also spoil themselves with a selection of over 125 treatments at the award-winning overwater Away Spa.

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