A white BMW X7 M50d in front of the 7132 in Vals, Switzerland

BMW x MONOCLE #2.

Superior presence: the BMW X7 M50d.

BMW x MONOCLE #2.

Superior presence: the BMW X7 M50d.

BMW x MONOCLE #2.Superior presence: the BMW X7 M50d.

Four BMW models as design objects, four designers as experts. Internationally sought-after interior designer Joyce Wang talks about comfort and well-being, both driving influences on her work, which focuses mainly on hotels and restaurants. Corresponding to Wang's philosophy, the BMW X7 M50d (fuel consumption combined: 7.4 – 7.0 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 193 – 185 g/km) is photographed in front of the striking architecture of the 7132 Hotel in Vals, Switzerland – a five-star luxury hotel and wellness retreat with world-class cuisine, located within the picturesque setting of a traditional Swiss alpine village.

 

 

// The international lifestyle magazine Monocle has offices in global art and design hotspots such as London, Tokyo, Zurich and Hong Kong. In its latest issue, four international designers talk about their inspiration and understanding of luxury, innovation and technology.

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Leather interior in black and red of a BMW X7 M50d
Leather interior in black and red of a BMW X7 M50d

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Monocle Magazine: What does luxury mean to you?

 

Joyce Wang: Comfort and privacy. We first became known for using metals and hard, masculine shapes, but I’m now focusing more on comfort. Society is so obsessed with the shape of things but actually being cocooned by a slouchy couch can be luxurious.

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Interior Designer Joyce Wang interview with Monocle Magazine

Interior Designer Joyce Wang interview with Monocle Magazine.

Interior Designer Joyce Wang interview with Monocle Magazine

What are elements of the Joyce Wang signature style?  

 

We don’t have a set style – more of a set approach, maybe. I like to give common materials another chance by placing them in an environment that elevates them. For Ammo (editror's note: a Hong Kong based restaurant designed by Wang) we used copper piping from a local store for the light fixtures and it was perceived as a luxurious finish. That made me think that I want an element of that in all of our projects.  

 

// Joyce Wang graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Architecture and Materials Science and has maintained studios in Hong Kong and London since 2013. Wang's work includes designing the interiors of world-class hotels and restaurants around the world, including in Las Vegas, Vancouver and Hong Kong. Her reinterpretation of the traditional Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London in 2017 caused a sensation. With her designs, Wang creates a microcosm of well-being in which the guest feels at home in a cocoon of luxurious comfort. As she reveals, she finds inspiration in travel, fashion and film.

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How do you stay successful while continuing to have fun?  

 

I really like the people I work with. That’s the main thing. Even when I talk about work with my team we can still joke around. We’re only doing design at the end of the day, so it helps that we can laugh at ourselves and not take it too seriously. 

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Red leather seat of a BMW X7 M50d
Red leather seat of a BMW X7 M50d

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// Joyce Wang and the BMW X7 M50d are only part of the BMW x Monocle Magazine interview series. In addition, Patrick Grant gives insights into his inspirations and takes a look at the M850i xDrive Coupé. Also in Monocle: the BMW 7 Series and the BMW 8 Series Cabriolet.  


You can read all of the interviews with the biggest names from the world of design in the April issue of Monocle or online here:

 

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A white BMW X7 M50d drives on a snowy bridge in the Swiss Alps
A white BMW X7 M50d drives on a snowy bridge in the Swiss Alps

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BMW X7 M50d:
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 7.4 - 7.0
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 193 - 185

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  • The models illustrated include optional equipment.

    The values of fuel consumptions, CO2 emissions and energy consumptions shown were determined according to the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version applicable at the time of type approval. The figures refer to a vehicle with basic configuration in Germany and the range shown considers optional equipment and the different size of wheels and tires available on the selected model. 

    The values are already based on the new WLTP regulation and are translated back into NEDC-equivalent values in order to ensure the comparison between the vehicles. [With respect to these vehicles, for vehicle related taxes or other duties based (at least inter alia) on CO2-emissions the CO2 values may differ to the values stated here.] 

    The CO2 efficiency specifications are determined according to Directive 1999/94/EC and the European Regulation in its current version applicable. The values shown are based on the fuel consumption, CO2 values and energy consumptions according to the NEDC cycle for the classification. 

    For further information about the official fuel consumption and the specific CO2 emission of new passenger cars can be taken out of the „handbook of fuel consumption, the CO2 emission and power consumption of new passenger cars“, which is available at all selling points and at https://www.dat.de/angebote/verlagsprodukte/leitfaden-kraftstoffverbrauch.html.

    All vehicles, equipment, combination possibilities and varieties shown here are examples and can differ in your country. In no way do they constitute a binding offer by the BMW M GmbH. Visit your local BMW website or see your authorised BMW M Retailer for accurate details on the offers in your country.