founder & designer
Melanie Hall, Founder & Designer
Melanie has a rich international background, growing up in the British Virgin Islands, Nigeria and St Lucia in the Caribbean, during which time she boarded at Millfield School in the UK, completing her last 2 high-school years at St Lucia A’ Level College. It was this international perspective, combined with the exposure to great modernist architecture by her acclaimed architect father, Alan Chambers, that honed her inherent interest in modern design and world travel.
Melanie started her career at the renowned Harrods Department store in London back in 1985, where she enrolled on the Management Training Scheme and worked her way up over five years to Sales Manager & Assistant Buyer in Menswear, describing her experience as “The foundation of her life career path”. She then moved on to become the UK Head of Visual Merchandising for Polo Ralph Lauren. Following which, she worked as UK Head of Visual, for Men’s and children’s wear for House of Fraser’s 52 Department stores.
In 1996 she made the move to Asia, as Head of Creative for Calvin Klein Asia, based in Hong Kong, reporting to the New York Head Office, where she was responsible for overseeing the roll-out of over 50 Calvin Klein shops across the region, as well as managing the many product launches and event set-ups, whilst reporting to the New York Head Office.
She then moved to Jakarta in 1998 to join her banker fiancé, Stewart Hall, whom she later married. During their 12 years there, Melanie started her own design company, renowned for her avant-garde interior design work, and furniture & carpet design, as well as completing several concept designs for hotel developments. Over the years, Melanie and Stewart enjoyed opportunities to collate a sizeable land portfolio around the region. In 2003, they purchased a prime beachfront site in Seminyak, Bali; they identified a niche gap in the market, to create a new concept of ‘private hotel’ which would raise the benchmark in hospitality, by way of its prime location, its visionary design, its superstar service and unrivalled wining & dining experience…all within the intimacy of a home. Hence, Melanie created Luna2 private hotel, which ‘landed’ in fashionable Seminyak, Bali, in 2007.
Melanie and her family then moved to Bali in 2010, to begin the process of construction of her second hotel, neighbouring Luna2 studiotel, which later opened in April 2013. Melanie designed the architecture, interiors, furniture, carpets, curtain fabrics and some of the artwork.
Melanie’s design ethos for Luna2 is that she “Respects the past, welcomes the futures and likes to have fun in the process!” This developed from her love of great modernist works of the past, combined with passion for innovation of the future, all fuelled with a sense of humour – a signature style which Melanie refers to as ‘FUNked-up modernism’.
Melanie says, “I have a keen eye for design, instilled in me by my architect father as an acclaimed 1950s/60s modernist architect; this, combined with my creative experience in the world of international fashion, and extensive travel, has instilled my passion for design”.
Following her years in Bali, the Halls had a three-year stint in Singapore, during which time Melanie’s children attended Marlborough College Malaysia. Melanie recently returned to London with her husband Stewart and their three children – Daniel, Jasper and Macy – who all now attend Millfield School. She spends much of her time in Bali overseeing the business. She likes to travel far and wide with her family and friends, enjoys a passion for fashion, fine food & wine and art, and likes to keep fit in the process!
Melanie is accredited by the Society of British and International Design, as a Design Professional. She is a Global Ambassador for Nth Degree, London’s most exclusive private dining club.