Discover Kuala Lumpur’s Art and Design Culture with Tsyahmi

Travel Diary Discover Kuala Lumpur’s Art and Design Culture with Tsyahmi

Design-forward fashion designer Tengku Syahmi is constantly inspired by his city of Kuala Lumpur. His bold collections take pieces of his culture with designs inspired by the city’s dreamlike architecture, or his choices of color and fabric, influenced by the vibrancy of traditional Malaysian textiles. The pride he has for his country’s love of design shines through his stunning work and there is no better way to feel that inspiration than by wandering through Kuala Lumpur’s vast variety of design shops.

We took a ride with the designer to explore the city’s best places to spot art and interior design, starting at the wonderland of W Kuala Lumpur where he shows off his own designs on model Alicia Amin, along with other like-minded designers like A-Jane and Jonathan Liang.


Alicia Amin (L) is wearing top by A-Jane and skirt by Tengku Syahmi. Alicia Amin (R ) is wearing top by A-Jane and skirt by Jonathan Liang.
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W Kuala Lumpur

Aurora Tower, 121,

Jalan Ampang


Whether it’s the kaleidoscope-inspired staircase, the W suites bursting with vibrant patterns and colors, or just the view of the city landscape – W Kuala Lumpur’s design aesthetic took inspiration from every corner of the city and put it all in one, stunning location.

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Naiise at The Zhongshan Building

Jalan Rotan, 

Kampung AttapMenara KEN TTDI, No. 37


This art and design building is filled with galleries and shops to explore, including Naiise which brings local design goodies, cool clothing and homewares, and workshops to those who want to be inspired.


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17, Jalan Telawi 3,

Bangsar Baru


This cute shop has everything from handmade pottery to avant-garde bags to swimwear to design books, all under the theme of “things that make us happy.” And yes, they certainly do.

TSyahmi's Kuala Lumpur Design Tour

1. W Kuala Lumpur

From the W sign to the epic views from the suite, design is in every corner.

2. The Zhongshan Building

A vibrant arts and design building filled with galleries and shops to explore.

3. Snackfood

A shop with books, art, and clothes that make us happy.

W Kuala Lumpur
Your creative home base where you will always be surrounded by art and design.