In pictures: official images released from MEET UP North 2023

The hotel design and hospitality community gathered at YOTEL Manchester on July 6, 2023, for MEET UP North 2023 – and it was unlike any other event hosted by the team at Hotel Designs. Here’s why…

MEET UP North 2023 collage

Taking over YOTEL Manchester – and sheltering an immersive panel discussion on ‘blurring the boundaries between spaces’ that aptly travelled around the venue’s public areas – MEET UP North on July 6 was unlike any other networking event for the hotel design community in 2023.

Interior designers, architects, hoteliers and suppliers alike gathered at the quirky hotel in the vibrant Spinningfields neighbourhood to partake in Hotel Designs‘ fourth edition of MEET UP North. The event kicked off with an opening speech from Editor Hamish Kilburn, which filtered into the panel discussion between Katie Edgar, Director of Interior at YOTEL; Joe Lane, Creative Director at 93ft and Luke Artingstall, Director and Founder, Artin Light.

The discussion, which was divided into three topics and locations around the venue, touched on unconventional ways to amplify brand identity, making use of in-between spaces and moments and ensuring that all design narratives are cohesive and accessible to every body checking in. “This year, following popular demand from the industry, we wanted to add content and context to this particular networking event,” Kilburn commented. “We couldn’t have found a better panel, and I am grateful to Katie, Joe and Luke – all of whom see this conversation from different vantage points – for confidently approaching this topic in an honest and progressive manner.”

Following the live conversation, which sparked debate throughout the evening, guests were able to authentically make new connections while catching up with like-minded individuals.

Here are the official images from MEET UP North 2023:

MEET UP North is brought to you by the team at Hotel Designs. The brand’s next major industry networking event will be The Brit List Awards 2023, which takes place on November 1 at Circa Embankment. The application process for this event is now open – and tickets are on sale.

Sponsors and partners:

Image credit: Hotel Designs / Tangerine Event Photography