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The 2019 Forecast

In 2019 I think we’ll be seeing a noticeable shift towards stylish, yet more approachable designs. The rise of social media has resulted in design-led operations that prioritise people focusing on the aesthetic as opposed to the actual experience. This often results in linear designs that are wonderful Instagram shots but become one-time visits, where […]


F&B Trends in Singapore

Florian Sander Interview: On hospitality and F&B trends in Singapore Are we too reliant on hyped food and leisure pursuits? OCT 26, 2018 WORDS BY DERRICK TAN In contemporary culture, everyone is striving to be relevant. As the adage goes: you’re nobody unless you’re talked about. In the F&B and entertainment industry, we see this with restaurants constantly updating their […]

October 28, 2018
Esquire Magazine

5 Life Lessons with Florian Sander

Have you ever gone into one of your favourite bars or restaurants and wondered just who designed it? Well, this is what today’s ‘Life Lessons’ feature is exactly about – the brains behind the designs. Meet Florian Sander, an award-winning major player in the hospitality design industry and the Founder and Managing Director of iThink […]

September 25, 2018
BLLNR Magazine

Going Beyond the Flo

“Without travelling, I won’t be able to do what I love,” chuckles Florian Sander, founder and managing director of iThink Consulting Group. Often flying between Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok (which he nicknames his “Asia’s Bermuda Triangle”), Sander manages one of the region’s leading boutique consulting firms. He and his team of specialist consultants helped […]


What is shaping hospitality design

The uninitiated might miss the entrance to Employees Only (EO), billed as a cocktail bar and speakeasy, in Hong Kong’s Lan Kwai Fong area. It is deliberately downplayed – its initials worked out like a secret code on the marquee, a neon sign that can be glimpsed through a curtained window, no more than a […]



In the finicky world of F&B, only the most consistent and distinctive survive. Florian Sander, founder and managing director of hospitality consultancy iThink Consulting Group should know, having seen his fair share of hits and misses in the 16 years he has worked in the industry. Early in his career, Sander developed La Scala at The Sukhothai Bangkok […]

July 6, 2018
RobbReport Singapore

Ann Siang House

Visit the row of shophouses along Ann Siang Road in the evening and you will enjoy its vibrant, cheerful atmosphere, with crowds patronising the many restaurants, cafes and drinking holes that line the street. To add to the lively environment is the well- appointed Ann Siang House, which has breathed new life into the corner […]

Home & Decor

Ann Siang House Opens in Singapore

If you’re looking for an alternative to the big brand hotels next time you visit Singapore, Ann Siang House is a dynamic new lifestyle-led hotel that has opened in the city’s vibrant Chinatown. Housed in a tastefully restored heritage building, with just 20 well-appointed guest rooms, the new hotel defines a new modern style for […]

The Art of Business Travel

Employees Only HK Has Opened

We haven’t had a chance to review the new Employees Only HK, but it has opened to much fanfare in the city. Here’s what you should know. Designed by iThink Consulting Group, Employees Only Hong Kong will be a reiteration of the original in New York City — from the Art Deco-inspired aesthetic and hidden […]


New York speakeasy bar and restaurant opens in Hong Kong

From its luxury restaurants to its tasty local delights, Hong Kong is one of the best places in the world for dining out. The latest opening to hit  the Lan Kwai Fong area already has branches in New York, Singapore and Miami. So you definitely need to check out Employees Only for its fantastic cocktails, great service and late-night […]

The Honeycombers