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How will hotel public spaces overcome Covid-19?

How will hotel public spaces overcome Covid-19? To kickstart ‘public spaces’ being placed under the editorial spotlight this month, Emma Cook takes the reigns to explore how the pandemic will evolve hotel lobbies, hotel arrival and the hospitality experience in general once more… Hotels: the home away from home. Except, now, we want to be anywhere but our homes! Endless…

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HRC 2021 cancelled due to Covid-19

HRC 2021 cancelled due to Covid-19 The 2021 edition of the Hotel, Restaurant and Catering show (HRC) has been cancelled  due to the Covid-19 crisis…  The organisers of the Hotel, Restaurant and Catering show (HRC) have made the difficult yet responsible decision to cancel its 2021 physical event in response the ongoing global pandemic. In a statement issued by the…

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Covid-19 Update

Forum Events & Media Group Limited, which is the parenting company of [Hotel Designs], is constantly assessing the situation around the COVID–19 pandemic in order to comply complicity with the correct government protocols and World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines. As a leading events and media company, with a plethora of engaging events and experiences that span many sectors, synchronising businesses…

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1 million room nights donated across America during COVID-19 Pandemic

1 million room nights donated across America during COVID-19 Pandemic Hilton and American Express will donate one million hotel room rights across the USA to frontline medical professionals leading the fight against COVID-19 pandemic… Beginning next week, Hilton and American Express will make rooms available without charge to doctors, nurses, EMTs, paramedics and other frontline medical staff who need a…

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“COVID-19 pandemic will put sustainability on hold,” experts warn

“COVID-19 pandemic will put sustainability on hold,” experts warn Analysts at GlobalData have predicted that the global outbreak of COVID-19 will steer the UK consumer’s attention off sustainability… Sustainability was the buzz word of 2019 and would have continued to increase in prominence in 2020. However, the COVID–19 pandemic will bring progress to a halt, according to GlobalData, a leading…

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UK hotels to become shelters for homeless people during COVID-19 outbreak

UK hotels to become shelters for homeless people during COVID-19 outbreak Hotels will be transformed into emergency safe spaces, outlines a new national action plan to fight the Coronavirus COVID–19 pandemic… In a new action plan drawn up by government outlines that hotels will be converted into temporary safe spaces after the government was accused of “sleepwalking” on homeless people’s…

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VIP arrivals: Hottest April hotel openings

VIP arrivals: Hottest April hotel openings The industry is gearing up for a summer of hospitality, is the feeling the editorial desk at Hotel Designs has as it selects the most exciting hotel openings expected in April 2021. Editor Hamish Kilburn writes… Blink and you will miss it! With vaccine updates, hotel re-opening strategies being across social media and conversations…

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Weekly briefing: Hyatt milestones, a D.C. check-in & HD Live returns

Weekly briefing: Hyatt milestones, a D.C. check-in & HD Live returns Editor Hamish Kilburn here with your weekly briefing, a safe place where you can catch up on all the hottest hotel design and hospitality stories from the last couple of days. This week’s round-up includes our latest hotel review and your chance to join us for free at Hotel…

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Hotel review: Checking in to Riggs Washington D.C.

Hotel review: Checking in to Riggs Washington D.C. Sheltered in a former bank in the capital city, Riggs Washington D.C. is emerging from the pandemic as a statement hotel that offers a new kind of luxury on the east coast. Writer and cine​matic storyteller Ollie Wiggins checks in to the Caroline Harrison suite and interviews interior design legend Jacu Strauss…

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Registration now open for Hotel Designs LIVE in May

Registration now open for Hotel Designs LIVE in May Hot off the heels of the success of Hotel Designs LIVE in February – and following being shortlisted in the ‘Best Webinar Series’ category at the Digital Event Awards – Hotel Designs’ one-day online conference will return on May 11, with world-renowned designers, architects and hospitality specialists confirmed in the speakership…

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Hyatt opens 1,000th hotel worldwide

Hyatt opens 1,000th hotel worldwide With the opening of  Alila Napa Valley in St. Helena, Hyatt, which arrived with its first property in 1957, has officially opened the brand’s 1,000th hotel worldwide. Editor Hamish Kilburn writes… We love a milestone at Hotel Designs! For any brand to claim that they have opened 1,000 hotels is an enormous feat, but considering…

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(In video) Hotel Designs LIVE: The new era of wellness

(In video) Hotel Designs LIVE: The new era of wellness The final session at Hotel Designs LIVE, which took place on February 23, focused the lens on wellness. Armed with the knowledge shared in the previous sessions, editor Hamish Kilburn invited world-renowned designers and architects to discuss how wellbeing should be sheltered in hotel design… The third Hotel Designs LIVE…

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What’s in the spotlight this April on Hotel Designs?

What’s in the spotlight this April on Hotel Designs? This April, Hotel Designs is serving up a multiple stories that will be dedicated to public areas and architecture & construction; two areas in hotel design that go hand-in-hand when looking at meaningful solutions for tomorrow’s hotel design scene… Throughout April, Hotel Designs will be putting both public areas and architecture &…

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Product watch: TSAR launches the Chromatic carpet collection

Product watch: TSAR launches the Chromatic carpet collection Talk about taking art outside the frame… the Chromatic carpet collection by TSAR distills feelings of otherworldly escapism into new Axminster carpet designs… With the A/W 2020 Chromatic collection debut, Melbourne-based TSAR Carpets offers end-users reprieve from a troubled world through a synesthetic experience that evokes feelings of optimism and delight. Centered…

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(In video) Hotel Designs LIVE: Sense of sound in hotel design

(In video) Hotel Designs LIVE: Sense of sound in hotel design The third session at Hotel Designs LIVE, which took place on February 23, turned the audience’s attention towards sound. Going deeper than simply discussing acoustics, editor Hamish Kilburn invited a leading designer, architect and sound architect to explore sound’s role in hotel design and hospitality… Designers, architects and the…

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Bespoke design in a post-pandemic era of hospitality

Bespoke design in a post-pandemic era of hospitality The very essence of bespoke design conjures up feelings of luxury, exclusivity and comfort, all of which are vital feels to capture in hospitality in a pandemic world. To understand the role of bespoke in tomorrow hotel, we catch up with Will Chelsom, Managing Director at Chelsom… Designing something to perfectly suit…

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Feature: A green (and happy) recovery for hotels?

Feature: A green (and happy) recovery for hotels? If there’s one phrase that’s inspired equal parts optimism and frustration this year in hotel design, it’s the idea of a green recovery, writes Amrit Naru, Studio Director, ADP Architecture… Last July, the UK government’s announcement of a funding boost to help with green industry was met with a mixed reception, and…

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(In video) Hotel Designs LIVE: Sustainability beneath the surface

(In video) Hotel Designs LIVE: Sustainability beneath the surface On February 23, designers, architects, hoteliers and developers from around the globe tuned in to watch Hotel Designs LIVE. In the second panel discussion of the day, editor Hamish Kilburn was joined by leading hospitality figures to discuss sustainability beneath the surface… With so much noise around sustainability at the moment,…

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Hotel technology: Solutions for tomorrow’s hospitality

Hotel technology: Solutions for tomorrow’s hospitality Gary Yeames-Smith, Director at Yeames Hospitality who presented a Product Watch Pitch at Hotel Designs LIVE, explores hotel technology available today to safeguard guests throughout the pandemic and beyond... The hotel guestroom has undergone many changes over the years to keep up with the lives, both social and physical, of the ever changing demands…

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Upholstery & surface design: The rise of vinyls

Upholstery & surface design: The rise of vinyls With surface design heavy on the agenda for the design community, Hotel Designs takes a look at SMD Textiles, a brand that offers no less than 165 vinyl upholstery fabrics… The 165 vinyl upholstery fabrics within the collections at SMD Textiles have been intelligently designed to cater to every aspect of the contract…

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(In video) Hotel Designs LIVE: The hotel experience 10 years from now

(In video) Hotel Designs LIVE: The hotel experience 10 years from now To kickstart Hotel Designs LIVE on February 23, editor Hamish Kilburn hosted a panel discussion with leading designers and architects entitled: Floor 20, room 31, which virtually checked in to the hotel experience 10 years from now… On February 23, 2021, Hotel Designs‘ editor Hamish Kilburn returned to host…

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VIP arrivals: Hottest March hotel openings

VIP arrivals: Hottest March hotel openings Back by popular demand after publishing our two-part series on hotel openings in 2021, Hotel Designs is serving up the hottest, most spectacular March hotel openings. Editor Hamish Kilburn writes… Despite uncertainty around travel in the near-distant future, Hotel Designs’ editorial team has detected optimism on the international hotel design scene. And with this positivity comes…

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Weekly briefing: A new design podcast, Moxy arrivals & 2021 colour trends

Weekly briefing: A new design podcast, Moxy arrivals & 2021 colour trends Huddle in, folks. Editor Hamish Kilburn here with your weekly briefing of the biggest stories that have been published on Hotel Designs in the last few days. Is everyone sitting comfortably? Let’s begin… “Finally some good news,” said nobody, ever, on the editorial desk at Hotel Designs, because despite…

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Colour trends: A return to nature is calling

Colour trends: A return to nature is calling A year after hospitality lost its colour due to the outbreak of Covid-19, we’ve asked brand strategist Emma Potter to inject our pages with some vibrancy. Here, she explores colour’s role in post-pandemic hospitality and hotel design… The pandemic has created a seismic shift in human behaviour. We have adapted well to new…

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GROHE launches ‘GROHE X’, a new digital experience hub

GROHE launches ‘GROHE X’, a new digital experience hub In an industry-first, On March 16, 2021, Hotel Designs will join LIXIL EMENA to launch a digital platform enabling visitors to experience exclusive GROHE brand insights and product news first-hand… With GROHE X, LIXIL EMENA launches an industry-first digital platform for its leading global sanitary brand, GROHE. Visitors to the hub…

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Weekly briefing: Wellness takes over, architecture trends & new podcast incoming!

Weekly briefing: Wellness takes over, architecture trends & new podcast incoming! Editor Hamish Kilburn here with your weekly briefing. It’s been another busy week on the editorial desk and there’s a a lot to get through – so let’s get started, shall we? Following last week’s story of February VIP Arrivals, in the last few days we’ve heard from a…

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Geberit launches Hotel Guest Experience Report

Geberit launches Hotel Guest Experience Report Bathroom designer and manufacturer, Geberit, has launched a Hotel Guest Experience book in collaboration with some of the UK’s leading architects and design experts… The exclusive publication examines what the future may hold for hotel guest experience, exploring the challenges facing future design in the wake of Covid-19 and the complex changing needs of…

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Architecture trends for 2021 & beyond

Architecture trends for 2021 & beyond To cut through the noise of emerging architecture trends, we hear from architecture firm SB Architect’s President and Principal, Scott Lee, and Senior Vice President and Principal, Bruce Wright… Last week, we published our close look at surface trends, where it was concluded that strict pre-pandemic industry standards mean that hospitality design is “well-placed…

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JW Marriott celebrates opening of 100th property worldwide

JW Marriott celebrates opening of 100th property worldwide The milestone hotel, which becomes the 100th property in the JW Marriott portfolio, is expected to ‘redefine luxury hospitality’ in Tampa with stunning design, sheltering a ‘holistic approach to wellbeing’… Following the Marriott International’s recent announcement to open almost 100 hotels in Asia Pacific this year, JW Marriott’s 100th property, JW Marriott…

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How surface design can elevate guest experience

How surface design can elevate guest experience With public healthcare in the spotlight like never before, the Covid-19 pandemic is challenging hoteliers to rethink the entire guest experience. Here we hear from Harris Jackson on the role of surface design… From bringing the outside in to focusing on building a sense of community, wellness is high on the agenda for…

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Weekly briefing: Tech talk, art escapes & beyond the surface of trends

Weekly briefing: Tech talk, art escapes & beyond the surface of trends ‘Ey-up’, Hamish Kilburn here to deliver your weekly briefing. Over the last couple of days, we have showered our readers with exclusives, the latest news and insightful features. For those of you on-the-go, here are this week’s hottest stories in one easy-to-consume story… If you only read one…

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How will the pandemic affect hotel design and development?

How will the pandemic affect hotel design and development? Tom Bishop, Director of Project Management at Concert, is here to offer some clarity and perspective on the current Covid-19 situation and answer how the pandemic will impact the hotel design community… Using the word ‘post’ in the title seems very optimistic when we consider the current situation. Covid-19 has had…

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5 minutes with: The hotel designers behind Ostuni’s new boutique jewel

5 minutes with: The hotel designers behind Ostuni’s new boutique jewel Pascale Lauber & Ulrike Bauschke, owners and hotel designers of Paragon 700 Boutique Hotel & Spa, have not had the smoothest ride to open their labour of love. Hotel Designs’ Hamish Kilburn catches up with the duo as they prepare to welcome the world to their dream boutique hotel……

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Hotel SOS: Falcon are on the case

Hotel SOS: Falcon are on the case It would be hard for anyone to say Covid-19 has not affected their business. With three national lockdowns in the UK, events being cancelled and tourism at an all-time low, hotels need to be ready to welcome guests back into their establishments when restrictions are lifted. Falcon Contract Flooring explains… Some financial reviewers…

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CES 2021: Best hotel design tech trends

CES 2021: Best hotel design tech trends Technology’s role in hotel design has arguably never been so relied upon. If you happened to miss CES 2021, fear not as editor Hamish Kilburn and wellbeing expert Ari Peralta – together, an editorial dream team – are here to share the best hotel design tech trends that emerged from the show… Each…

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Product watch: Leaflike has a green wall message of positivity

Product watch: Leaflike has a green wall message of positivity With the demand for sustainable surfaces being at an all-time high, it’s an exciting time for Leaflike, which has been successful in providing planting solutions to hospitality venues for more than 20 years… Working with the likes of Savoy, Hilton Park Lane, London EDITION, Shangri-La Hotel and The View from…

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#4 Wellness dining – from indulgence to purpose

#4 Wellness dining – from indulgence to purpose For article four in the Hotel Designs LAB series, Hotel Designs and Arigami explore wellbeing through the lens of F&B. Helping us reimagine the wellness dining experience are gastrophysicist and award-winning neuroscientist Prof. Charles Spence (Oxford University), nutrition coach Carola Becker and multi-sensory chef Jozef Youssef (Kitchen Theory). Ari Peralta writes… Our…

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Case study: Why Hotel Indigo Bath chose Hamilton Litestat

Case study: Why Hotel Indigo Bath chose Hamilton Litestat When finding the balance between contemporary and classic, Hotel Indigo Bath ‘fell in love’ with Hamilton’s Hartland CFX wiring accessories in Antique Brass – and here’s why… Just a stone’s throw from the vibrant city centre, Hotel Indigo Bath provides a unique stay in the historic Somerset location famed for culture,…

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In the HIX seat: recovering from Covid ‘all together now!’

In the HIX seat: recovering from Covid ‘all together now!’ Wearing his most comfortable slippers – working from home really does have its perks – our columnist Joel Butler, co-founder of HIX Event, explores the power of ‘all together now’. Can the events industry and the hotel design community work in tandem to recover and reopen following the Covid-19 outbreak? Let’s…

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7 innovative hotel hygiene solutions

7 innovative hotel hygiene solutions To kickstart Hotel Designs’ mission to put ‘Safe Design’ under the editorial spotlight – and following a lot of confusion when it comes to which hotel hygiene solutions are most appropriate for the hospitality industry – here are a handful of innovations that will help hospitality back on its feet. Editor Hamish Kilburn writes… Despite…

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Weekly briefing: insane hotel concepts, sustainability answers & Ace arrivals

Weekly briefing: insane hotel concepts, sustainability answers & Ace arrivals Good afternoon and welcome to this Friday’s briefing, with me, editor Hamish Kilburn. In this round-up we take a look at the hottest hotel design stories that have been published over the last five days… It hasn’t been the easiest of starts to the year – today the UK hospitality…

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Colour & pattern trends for 2021 and beyond

Colour & pattern trends for 2021 and beyond In order to establish some positivity in what is otherwise a rather bleak hospitality landscape at the moment, we’re leaning on Parkside to lift the lid – and the mood – on colour and pattern trends that are shaping interiors over the next two years… “There’s got to be more to colour…

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Hygiene, there’s a RIBA approved CPD module for that!

Hygiene, there’s a RIBA approved CPD module for that! GROHE has launched its third RIBA approved CPD module, Hygiene Optimisation for Sanitary Facilities, which will be hosted by editor Hamish Kilburn and presented by GROHE’s Karl Lennon, on February 9, 2021… In response to the increasing demand for hygiene-optimised solutions since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, GROHE has launched…

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Dominvs Group secures £68.5m for two flagship UK hotels

Dominvs Group secures £68.5m for two flagship UK hotels Dominvs Group has secured almost £70 million of fresh-bank funding from Coutts and Clydesdale Bank Plc for two new flagship hotels in London and Oxford… Dominvs Group, a London real estate development and investment group, has successfully secured £68.5 million of fresh funding, facilitated by Coutts and Clydesdale Bank Plc in two separate facilities;…

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5 reasons to attend Hotel Designs LIVE in February

5 reasons to attend Hotel Designs LIVE in February Hotel Designs LIVE returns on February 23 to keep the industry connected and to serve our readers with relevant and engaging conversations that are unlike any other. With just over a month before the virtual event, editor Hamish Kilburn is here to explain to you why you should attend… Back by…

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Is it really ‘in with the new’ for the hospitality industry?

Is it really ‘in with the new’ for the hospitality industry? “Out with the old and in with the new,” but what do you do in hospitality, when what’s about to come looks exactly the same as what’s just gone? Luckily, we have hear from psychotherapist, expert speaker and author Daniel Fryer to help hospitality through… It’s that time of…

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Editor Checks In: don’t make me round-up 2020

Editor Checks In: don’t make me round-up 2020 “For someone who always tries to see the positive in everything, this year has been a challenging and turbulent journey that has been full twists, turns and dead ends,” editor Hamish Kilburn writes when trying to round-up 2020… It’s 21:00 GMT on a stormy evening in December. The eyes of the world…

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Meet The Brit List Hoteliers of 2020

Meet The Brit List Hoteliers of 2020 Each year, Hotel Designs unveils The Brit List, a publication that lists the top 25 designers, top 25 architects and top 25 hoteliers who are operating in Britain. Following the official unveiling of The List at this year’s virtual award ceremony, please meet The Brit List Hoteliers of 2020… For more than four years now, The…

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IVC Commercial opens new London workplace

IVC Commercial opens new London workplace IVC Commercial has announced a new London workplace at The Gallery Clerkenwell… A few days ago, Unilin announced that it was opening a new hybrid showroom in Clerkenwell. Well, IVC Commercial is moving in with a unique meeting point and place to explore its Carpet Tiles, Luxury Vinyl Tiles and Heterogeneous Vinyl solutions. Situated…

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Embracing nature – a 2021 trends forecast we can relate to

Embracing nature – a 2021 trends forecast we can relate to With the aim to inspire a deeper connection with nature, this 2021 trends forecast by Modieus consists of four key themes, which are grounded, green utopia, textured layers and crafted… Developed post lockdown, each this trends forecast reflects our freedom from isolation; it embraces nature, craves the simplicity and…

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Meet The Brit List Designers of 2020

Meet The Brit List Designers of 2020 Each year, Hotel Designs unveils The Brit List, a publication that lists the top 25 designers, top 25 architects and top 25 hoteliers who are operating in Britain. Following the official unveiling of The List at this year’s virtual award ceremony, please meet The Brit List Designers of 2020… For more than four…

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In Conversation With: the filmmakers who designed Great Plains

In Conversation With: the filmmakers who designed Great Plains Having spent more than 40 years exploring Africa as photographers and filmmakers, Dereck and Beverly Joubert, the founders of Great Plains, have new standards in sustainability, hospitality and humanity. Editor Hamish Kilburn catches up with the dynamic duo to understand authentic luxury hotel design through a wider lens, capturing a broader…

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Checking in: The Idle Rocks, St Mawes, Cornwall

Checking in: The Idle Rocks, St Mawes, Cornwall During the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, editor Hamish Kilburn managed to escape briefly to check in to The Idle Rocks, St Mawes in Cornwall – a hotel that knows a thing or two about battling adversity – which shelters an unmatched personality, character and style… Being close to the water’s edge – so…

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5 minutes with: Julie Ingham & Burlington on bespoke bathroom design

5 minutes with: Julie Ingham & Burlington on bespoke bathroom design Following the spectacular launch of Burlington’s Bespoke Collection earlier this year – and to mark the start of our Year in Review series – editor Hamish Kilburn caught up with Burlington’s marketing manager, Faye Froy, and Julie Ingham who was the designer behind that colourful and eclectic range of…

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Speakers announced for first Hotel Designs LIVE event in 2021

Speakers announced for first Hotel Designs LIVE event in 2021 Following two successful events, Hotel Designs LIVE will return on February 23, 2021, with a global line-up of speakers who will appear in a series of four engaging panel discussions. Editor Hamish Kilburn, who will host the event, reveals all… It all started in June 2020. The temperatures in the…

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The real definition of ‘glamping’ in hotel design

The real definition of ‘glamping’ in hotel design To complete our editorial series with Exclusive Tents, we ask Paul Zway, the brand’s founder, to push the preconceptions to one side and tell us what glamping really looks like on the international hotel design scene… The word glamping is a portmanteau of “glamorous” and “camping”. It was first used in the…

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The Modernist Athens – designed for the urban explorer

The Modernist Athens – designed for the urban explorer With a statement as grand as that headline, it was only ever a matter of time before Hotel Designs took a sneaky peek inside the latest boutique beauty to arrive in Athens: The Modernist. Sheltering a design that is said to inspire curiosity, we find out how this new 38-key hotel…

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Spotlight on: December (Hotel Designs’ ultimate throwback)

Spotlight on: December (Hotel Designs’ ultimate throwback) Hotel Designs’ December editorial feature has landed, which is ‘Year in Review’, an ultimate throwback to 2020’s more signifiant product launches… It has become a tradition at Hotel Designs to spend December reflecting the editorial spotlight on the year’s most groundbreaking product launches. In 2020 – the year when Covid-19 caused chaos to all areas…

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Industry insight: bathroom planning for the future of hotels

Industry insight: bathroom planning for the future of hotels As the pandemic continues to challenge existing hotel concepts in all sectors of hospitality, the conventional bathroom and wellness area is being confronted. Tony Taylor-Sherif, Area Specification Consultant at Schlüter Systems who delivered a PRODUCT WATCH pitch at Hotel Designs LIVE, explains… It is no secret that 2020 has been an…

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Anything but business as usual: the demand for outdoor heating

Anything but business as usual: the demand for outdoor heating Following presenting a dynamic product pitch at Hotel Designs LIVE, Bromic Heating discusses how hotels can re-purpose their spaces with outdoor heating to ensure they’re both compliant with Covid-19 regulations and deliver a premium guest experience… With the current pandemic effectively halting the global hospitality industry, hotels around the world would…

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The Brit List Awards 2020: the winners’ story

The Brit List Awards 2020: the winners’ story The Brit List Awards 2020 came to a dramatic climax yesterday, when the individual winners – in seven categories – were announced in the virtual awards ceremony that was broadcasted live from London. Editor Hamish Kilburn, who hosted that ceremony, has the winners’ story… Earlier this year, when we were all adapting…

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Winners of The Brit List Awards 2020 unveiled

Winners of The Brit List Awards 2020 unveiled Hundreds of designers, architects, hoteliers, developers and suppliers tuned in today to watch the awards ceremony that crowned the winners of The Brit List Awards 2020… Hotel Designs’ nationwide search to find the top designers, architects, hoteliers and suppliers operating in Britain came to a head yesterday as the winners of The…

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The architecture of luxury tented accommodation

The architecture of luxury tented accommodation As many areas of the world continue to hunker down in the Covid-19 crisis, we take a look at Exclusive Tents and architect Patrice Belle and the value of luxury tented accommodation in a pandemic world…  Tents have afforded shelter and respite in the histories of most cultures around the globe, since ancient times.…

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5 Minutes With: Karen Richards, co-founder and designer, The Idle Rocks

5 Minutes With: Karen Richards, co-founder and designer, The Idle Rocks During a laid-back luxury experience at The Idle Rocks, editor Hamish Kilburn catches up with co-founder and designer Karen Richards to understand the hotel’s design narrative, and how it has adapted since lockdown… Framing unparalleled coastal views that overlook the harbour in St Mawes, The Idle Rocks is my…

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In the HIX Seat: the journey back to ‘in real life’

In the HIX Seat: the journey back to ‘in real life’ Joel Butler, Co-Founder of HIX Event, has become a monthly columnist for Hotel Designs. In his first published opinion piece, Butler contemplates challenging times and asks ‘what’s next’ for the industry and its much-loved series of trade events… I was on a zoom call last week with a designer.…

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(In video) Hotel Designs LIVE: Reassuring the post-corona consumer

(In video) Hotel Designs LIVE: Reassuring the post-corona consumer In the third session of Hotel Designs LIVE, editor Hamish Kilburn was joined by hoteliers from around the world in St Lucia, France, Zimbabwe and the UK to ask how we will reassure tomorrow’s travellers in a post-pandemic world… In the second edition of Hotel Designs LIVE, sponsored by Technological Innovations Group in…

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Feature // Is Covid an opportunity for cleaner, greener hotels?

Feature // Is Covid an opportunity for cleaner, greener hotels? Following an engaging discussion about sustainability with Bill Bensley at Hotel Designs LIVE, we asked session sponsor Silentnight Group how Covid-19 will impact the industry’s stance on hygiene and eco-friendly behaviour. Sales Director, David Lawenson writes… The past seven months has been challenging for the hospitality industry. The current global…

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Hygiene vs sustainability: the ‘new normal’ in hotel guest experiences

Hygiene vs sustainability: the ‘new normal’ in hotel guest experiences Following Hotel Designs LIVE, where both topics were put under the spotlight, we asked session sponsor GROHE how hygiene and sustainability can work together to create a ‘new normal’ in hotel guest experiences… Not so long ago, the average hotel guest might have put king size beds, room service and…

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Weekly briefing: lighting confessions, new arrivals & a contactless check in

Weekly briefing: lighting confessions, new arrivals & a contactless check in Only got a minute? It’s been a busy week on the editorial desk but we have have compiled our top stories, including a confession of a lighting designer, multiple hotel debuts and a panel discussion on the future of public areas… As we gear up to unveil the winners…

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SNEAK PEEK // INNSIDE Newcastle to open in December

SNEAK PEEK // INNSIDE Newcastle to open in December Meliá Hotels International, Spain’s largest hotel group, has released new CGI renders of INNSiDE Newcastle, which is slated to open this December… The 161-key INNSIDE Newcastle, designed by Faulknerbrowns Architects, will be located in the heart of the city on the historical Quayside, offering breath-taking views across the River Tyne and an…

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The multi-room smart air purifier designed for the hospitality industry

The multi-room smart air purifier designed for the hospitality industry With air hygiene front of mind, we learn more about Air-Reviver Cube, a product that has been designed to add a new layer of hygiene in hospitality… Never has air quality and cleanliness been given as much attention as it is today. Over the past few years health concerns regarding…

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Checking in to a contactless hotel (with touchless tech from TIG)

Checking in to a contactless hotel (with touchless tech from TIG) Technological Innovations Group (TIG) has played a key role in helping BLOC Hotels develop and implement new ‘touchless’ hotel technology. In an exclusive video review, editor Hamish Kilburn checks in to discover what the contactless hotel experience is all about… The BLOC hotel at Gatwick Airport is a advanced…

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(In video) Hotel Designs LIVE: Adding personality in public areas

(In video) Hotel Designs LIVE: Adding personality in public areas In the second session of Hotel Designs LIVE, editor Hamish Kilburn was joined by Constantina Tsoutsikou, founder of Studio LOST; Eric Jafari, CDO of Locke and Erik Nissen Johansen, Founder of Stylt to discuss adding personality in public areas… In the second edition of Hotel Designs LIVE, sponsored by Technological…

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Weekly briefing: arriving in Miami, a cave retreat and going LIVE with Bensley

Weekly briefing: arriving in Miami, a cave retreat and going LIVE with Bensley Only got a minute? Our editorial team have compiled the top design stories that they have published this week, including a live chat with Bill Bensley, an exclusive review of Kent’s most luxurious hotel and news of a new boutique gem arriving in Miami… We appreciate you…

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In Conversation With: Dale Atkinson, Founding Director, Rosendale Design

In Conversation With: Dale Atkinson, Founding Director, Rosendale Design Editor Hamish Kilburn catches up with Dale Atkinson, Founding Director of Rosendale Design, to understand more about his latest project inside The Stafford London as well as how F&B design on the luxury scene is changing… It is arguably more important now than ever before to support those who are leading…

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(IN VIDEO) Hotel Designs LIVE: Discussing sustainability with Bill Bensley

(IN VIDEO) Hotel Designs LIVE: Discussing sustainability with Bill Bensley To kickstart Hotel Designs LIVE on October 13, editor Hamish Kilburn discussed sustainability and purposeful eco solutions for the post-pandemic world with designer Bill Bensley… Hotel Designs LIVE, sponsored by Technological Innovations Group, took place on October 13. The one-day conference welcomed world-renowned interior designers, architects and hoteliers to discuss…

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TIG opens new ‘Experience Spaces’ in Frankfurt and London

TIG opens new ‘Experience Spaces’ in Frankfurt and London Technological Innovations Group (TIG), headline partner for Hotel Designs LIVE, has opened two of its brand-new series of Experience Spaces – in Frankfurt and London… These innovative spaces will welcome integrators, consultants, specifiers and end-users and showcase TIG’s impressive ecosystem of AV, UC, IT and control solutions from brands at the…

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Weekly briefing: a London opening & the ‘new normal’ of luxe design

Weekly briefing: a London opening & the ‘new normal’ of luxe design Only got a minute? Our editorial team have compiled the top design stories that they have published this week, including a roundtable that targets health and wellness and luxury designers’ predictions of the ‘new normal’… What has become clear in recent weeks is that even with the best…

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Virtual Roundtable: health & wellbeing in hospitality and hotel design

Virtual Roundtable: health & wellbeing in hospitality and hotel design With a question mark on what the future of health and wellbeing will look like in tomorrow’s hotel, editor Hamish Kilburn, in collaboration with HDR | Hurley Palmer Flatt, asks industry’s experts to decipher what’s fact and what’s myth when predicting tomorrow’s wellness scene… One of the major challenges that…

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How luxury hospitality designers are adapting to the ‘new normal’

How luxury hospitality designers are adapting to the ‘new normal’ To cut through the noise, Hotel Designs has teamed up with J Public Relations to ask how designers Rosendale Design, Nicola Harding, Goddard Littlefair and David Collins Studio are adapting to meet new demands from travellers. Editor Hamish Kilburn writes… One thing that has become apparent as we stand in…

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Less than 1 week until Hotel Designs LIVE

Less than 1 week until Hotel Designs LIVE Calling all designers, architects, hoteliers and developers: Hotel Designs LIVE is a free one-day conference that takes place on October 13… On October 13, designers, architects, hoteliers and developers will virtually gather to attend Hotel Designs LIVE, sponsored by Technological Innovations Group in association with Crestron. Whether you are in need of…

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AQATA joins iconic shower brand AQUALUX

AQATA joins iconic shower brand AQUALUX Private investment business Intrinsic Equity, has acquired shower brand AQATA Limited… Based in Hinckley, Leicestershire, AQATA one of the UK’s most respected luxury shower enclosure manufacturers now joins Intrinsic Equity’s family of KBB and design related brands. The iconic shower brand Aqualux was acquired from Dutch bathroom giant Fetim in late 2019 and early…

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Confessions of a lighting designer – what is lighting design?

Confessions of a lighting designer – what is lighting design? Throughout October we are, for the second time this year, putting the spotlight on lighting. To kickstart this series, we reach out to Gary Thornton, senior project designer at neolight global, to understand lighting design from the inside. The profession of architectural lighting design is a relatively young industry, even…

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Checking in to Villa Copenhagen, a new brand of conscious luxury

Checking in to Villa Copenhagen, a new brand of conscious luxury A much-anticipated addition to the Danish capital city, Copenhagen, transforms an iconic architectural landmark into a modern oasis of cool. Writer Collette Swindells explores… It is not often that a space of more than 25,600 square metres becomes available in the centre of a European capital – least of…

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Part 50: How to design for social distancing

GTHD A GUIDE TO HOTEL DESIGN PT 50: HOW TO DESIGN FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING The hospitality sector has been deeply impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. As lockdown eases, hotels are navigating the effects of social distancing and new safety guidelines for their design and guest experience. Giles Fuchs, owner of Burgh Island Hotel, safely guides us through what to consider…

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New speakers announced for Hotel Designs LIVE

New speakers announced for Hotel Designs LIVE Calling all designers, architects, hoteliers and developers: you can secure your complimentary seats in the audience for Hotel Designs LIVE, which takes place on October 13, by clicking here… With just a few weeks to go until Hotel Designs LIVE on October 13, new speakers have been announced for the one-day virtual conference.…

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Supplier insight: the indispensability of hygiene

Supplier insight: the indispensability of hygiene For commercial interiors, the Covid-19 pandemic will leave a lasting legacy in the demand for surface finishes that can contribute to improved hygiene, says UNILIN… More often only thought about in sensitive environments, hygiene has quickly become a factor in the specification of materials where before it wasn’t considered a concern. Now everywhere demands…

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MEET UP North Paypal Test

About. TEST In response to the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic, MEET UP North has been forced to postpone its plans until next year. The event, which is Hotel Designs’ leading networking evening in the north, will return to Stock Exchange Hotel in Manchester on May 6, 2021. Considering the vast amount of hotel projects currently on the boards in the north…

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#2 Safe design & guest emotional wellness

#2 Safe design & guest emotional wellness For article two in the Hotel Designs LAB series, Hotel Designs and Arigami move past sound in design. Founder of Arigami Ari Peralta and editor Hamish Kilburn compile the thoughts of neuroscientist at NASA Human Research Program and a neurofeedback technologist at MuArts to dive beneath the surface of safe design and emotional…

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“Fit is the new sexy,” and it’s here to stay in hospitality!

“Fit is the new sexy,” and it’s here to stay in hospitality! In an exclusive editorial to celebrate the upcoming ‘WELLNESS’ concept coming to ‘ACCOR by Bergman Interiors, Hotel Designs takes a look at the future of wellness in hospitality… A few years back, gyms were a place where you trained, lost weight or gained muscle. Today, gyms are part…

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The complete bathroom solutions from Ambiance Bain

The complete bathroom solutions from Ambiance Bain With more than 60 years’ experience in developing inspirational bathroom furniture and shower spaces, Ambiance Bain works closely with customers to understand their needs to deliver solutions… Ambiance Bain’s hotel furniture collection with a comprehensive range of shower trays and wall panels in co-ordinating or contrasting colours, offers a package which is not…

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DESIGN CONCEPT// A vision for a new New York City

DESIGN CONCEPT// A vision for a new New York City Design and architecture firm WATG has shared its urban planning solution that shapes a new vision for a greener New York City – one that underscores the unforeseen positives revealed during the pandemic… While the Covid-19 crisis and lockdown took force of major metropolises, an unusual thing happened across the…

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Editor Checks In: the price tag eliminating diversity in design

Editor Checks In: the price tag eliminating diversity in design An independent investigation on diversity in design, carried out by Hotel Designs, has highlighted the potentially ‘unethical’ lengths that studios are willing to go to in order to win projects on the international hotel design scene. Editor Hamish Kilburn writes… Traditionally – as well as recently – in the international…

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Bette supports hospitality with discussion on new hygiene demands

Bette supports hospitality with discussion on new hygiene demands Bathroom brand Bette supports the hospitality sector with HotelForum discussion on hygiene demands that have been created by Covid-19… As a member of the European Networking Architecture, German bathroom manufacturer, Bette, has created a panel of leading design and hotel industry professionals, which will discuss whether there are ‘new guidelines for…

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5 minutes with: Ian Gell, head of new product design at Aqualisa

5 minutes with: Ian Gell, head of new product design at Aqualisa Following the launch of Aqualisa Smart Quartz Collection of showers, Hotel Designs catches up with Ian Gell, the brand’s head of new product design… The recent launch of the new Aqualisa Smart Quartz Collection of showers shows that the shower brand is firmly in the driving seat for innovative…

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The Brit List Awards 2020: entries close this week

The Brit List Awards 2020: entries close this week Designers, architects, hoteliers and suppliers have until August 27 (this Thursday) to submit your free entry for The Brit List Awards 2020… The Brit List Awards 2020 is Hotel Designs annual nationwide search to find the top designers, architects, hoteliers and suppliers who are operating in Britain. CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT…

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HIX announces postponement of debut event

HIX announces postponement of debut event As a result of the uncertainty that remains in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, HIX has made the decision to postpone its debut event until 2021… 2020 has been a painful and frustrating year for the events industry. Within the realms of hotel design, Salone del Mobile, the Independent Hotel Show, Clerkenwell Design Week…

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5 minutes with: the founders of Avenue Interior Design

5 minutes with: the founders of Avenue Interior Design Following the completion of a handful of luxury hospitality projects in the States, Avenue Interior Design has become known for its refusal to be defined by any one style, as editor Hamish Kilburn learns when he interviews the firm’s founders… Avenue Interior Design, led by founders Andrea DeRosa and Ashley Manhan,…

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Using UVC technology to help hospitality reopen safely

Using UVC technology to help hospitality reopen safely The Safeology Tower leverages the science of UV light to inactivate a wide array of pathogens, including the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)… As hotels and other businesses struggle to survive amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Safeology has released a video demonstrating new technology that will allow them to safely reopen, stay open and return to a…

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