I don’t have a particularly strong opinion about The Merlion Hotel, the marquee installation of the 2011 Singapore Biennale. Others’ reactions have ranged from “surreal” to “not exactly profound” to “awful.”
I am, however, enchanted by the Toile de Jouy-inspired wallpaper that lines this luxurious room. How much do I admire this fabric that originated in France in the late 18th century? Our home has handmade throw pillows, bound journals, and a fabric-covered bulletin board (crafted with a meter of vintage toile with lawn tennis motifs).
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the artist turned this wallpaper, featuring Sir Stamford Raffles, the Merlion, and a Chinese temple, into fabric? I could do so much with a bolt of Singapore-inspired toile.