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New ‘super boutique hotel’ in London to become leader in sustainability

New ‘super boutique hotel’ in London to become leader in sustainability Edwardian Hotels London has secured a £175 million Green Loan from HSBC UK that will help make its new ‘super boutique hotel’, The Londoner, one of the most environmentally friendly in the UK, with sustainability at its core… Edwardian Hotels London has secured a £175 million Green Loan from…

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GROHE continues to demonstrate sustainability commitment

GROHE continues to demonstrate sustainability commitment GROHE has launched a number of innovations that save energy, water and materials as the company continues to keep sustainability an integral strategy… GROHE has presented a record number of new solutions that help save water, energy and material resources, many of which were unveiled at ISH last month. These serve to underline the importance of…

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Two dynamic designers chosen to bring creative vision and ‘story of sustainability’ to life at Cadogan Hotel

Young designers Mac Collins and Antonia Packham were chosen from more than 3,000 designers to bring their creative vision to life at the Cadogan Hotel… Luxury travel brand Belmond has chosen two talented young designers to bring their creative vision to life at its historic Cadogan Hotel in Chelsea when the property reopens later this year. Mac Collins, a product and furniture designer and soon-to-be…

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Green Tourism outlines new sustainability check

Green Tourism has detailed its latest ‘Green Check’ offering for tourism businesses seeking a sustainability award. Kicking off on November 13th, the sustainability check will run until the end of January next year, which will see Green Tourism offer businesses a pre-assessment review. The ‘Green Check’ will include a series of questions taken from the Green Tourism rating system, which…

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Marriott unveils global sustainability, social impact plan

From human rights protections to sustainable hotel development, Marriott International has now launched a new sustainability and social impact initiative designed to foster business growth while balancing the needs of associates, customers, owners, the environment and communities. Under Serve 360: Doing Good in Every Direction, Marriott’s new Sustainability and Social Impact Platform seeks to continue the company’s 90-year commitment to…

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TOPHOTELS Guest Blog: Sustainability and hotel design

TOPHOTELPROJECTS talks about hotel sustainability and how it’s shaping the design and construction of hotels around the world… Sustainability has long been a buzzword within the design community, and hoteliers in particular have been latching onto the idea of the past number of years. Not only is it a response to an increased awareness of climate change and the impact…

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Sustainability Focus: Going green with German hotel group Maritim

Germany’s largest owner-managed hotel group has increased its conference and incentives offer by upgrading more than a quarter of its German portfolio and introducing green initiatives. Expanding on the company motto ‘Conference and living under one roof’, more than 3,000 rooms, bathrooms, public areas, meetings and events spaces have been refurbished as part of a comprehensive redevelopment programme. These new…

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Whitepaper: Sustainability enhancing ‘competitive positioning’

The Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index) has released their first Whitepaper – “Sustainable Destination Management Trends and Insights: A Path to a Brighter Future” at IMEX Frankfurt. The Whitepaper identifies how Destination Management Organisations and Convention Bureaus are using sustainability to drive the development and implementation of robust destination sustainability strategies. These strategies are supporting their city’s overall social, environmental…

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Phi Phi Island Village Resort committed to sustainability

From coral clean-up to sustainable water sourcing, Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort is leading the way in eco-sustainability within the luxury travel sector. Currently in the midst of an extensive £3.5 million renovation aimed at eco-sustainability, Phi Phi Island Resort is committed to protecting the beautiful nature that surrounds this spectacular destination. The resort recently installed a new reverse…

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Sustainability focus: Balmoral Hotel buzzing for new concept

News has emerged this week that a colony of honey bees have checked in on the rooftop of Edinburgh’s luxury hotel The Balmoral in a bid to produce home-grown honey for guests to enjoy at mealtimes in the luxury boutique. It follows the work being carried out at London Hilton Bankside with jewellery designer Alex Monroe. A similar concept is…

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Hurawalhi Maldives: Sustainability in tandem with luxury

Five-star luxury and sustainability have been seamlessly integrated at Hurawalhi Island Resort – a combination worthy of making any environmentally-aware urban dweller green with envy. In a fragile environment like the Maldives, eco-conscious operations should be the norm and this brand new island has gone the extra mile to put as much back into its surroundings as it takes out.…

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Guest Blog: James Fisher – sustainability in practice in existing buildings

Investors and owners of large commercial property portfolios throughout Europe are constantly on the hunt for a distinctive edge that will set them aside from the competition. The never-ending battle for an increase in rental yield, lower management costs, fully leased properties and happy tenants is something that we are all too familiar with. Couple that with some of the…

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Sustainability Focus: Hilton Bankside and Alex Monroe collaborate on beehives

Hilton Bankside is delighted to announce a partnership with British jewellery designer Alex Monroe for the design of its newly installed beehives. The Bankside beehives are housed on the meadow garden located 4 floors up on Hilton Bankside’s large green roof terrace, aptly named ‘The Meadow’. Each of the four beehives have been designed and painted by Alex Monroe in…

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Q&A: Pergo’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Tim Mulle

In our guest blog last week, Hotel Designs Directory members Pergo shared their ethos and approach to environmentally responsible and sustainability-conscious design and manufacture of their products. This week, their chief sustainability officer Tim Mulle expands on this and explains in more detail… Q. How does Pergo view sustainability? A. Unusually for our industry we have a whole department dedicated…

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Technology, sustainability demands having impact on hotel design

The traditional get-away-from-it-all break is fast becoming the stay-connected-to-everything trip, with travellers expecting hotels to provide smart technology, charging points and free internet access. A survey by E.ON of 2,000 people – both leisure and business customers – found hotel guests’ expectations have changed significantly, especially in the last five years. Travellers now take 40% more gadgets away with them…

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Manufacturers tackling water sustainability issues through design

Water sustainability in the hospitality industry is an issue beginning to raise its head above the metallic-edged parapets of hotels springing up all over the world. It’s no secret that water consumption levels in the industry could definitely be reduced and cannot be maintained at its current levels. Indeed, some statistics recently printed in a recent issue of HD member…

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Hypnos wins The Furniture Makers Guild Sustainability Award

Bed Manufacturer of the Year and Royal Warrant holder, Hypnos has been crowned winner of The Furniture Makers Guild Sustainability Award 2015. This prestigious accolade has been awarded to Hypnos by a panel of renowned experts in the field of furniture making including, Paul von der Heyde, the Master of the Furniture Makers Guild and Phil Reynolds of FIRA. This…

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Michaelis Boyd unveils plans for ‘Social FlexAbility’ bar scene at Sleep & Eat

Michaelis Boyd unveils plans for ‘Social FlexAbility’ bar scene at Sleep & Eat Award-winning architecture and design studio, Michaelis Boyd, has revealed a glimpse into its vision for this year’s pop-up bar at Sleep & Eat 2019… Sleep & Eat has unveiled the first teaser of Michaelis Boyd’s Sleeper Bar, which will be unveiled at this year’s event that takes…

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Bette

Bette – Innovation and 30-year warranty With a passion for innovation, bathroom manufacturer Bette creates baths, basins and shower areas in one of the most beautiful, durable and easy-to-clean materials: glazed titanium-steel. The result is award-winning designs with a 30-year warranty. Its baths, basins and shower floors are available in a huge range of designs, sizes and colours, and in gloss…

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Curio Collection by Hilton debuts in South East Asia with hotel in the Maldives

Curio Collection by Hilton debuts in South East Asia with hotel in the Maldives The new 198-key property will form part of the first integrated resort in the Maldives… Hilton has announced the opening of SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton, a free-spirited tropical escape that offers sun, sea, style and sustainability, creating a playful getaway for groups of…

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INDUSTRY INSIGHT: The changing colour of hotel bathrooms – going greener

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: The changing colour of hotel bathrooms – going greener In the second part of our colour series (click here for part one), Recommended Supplier UKBathrooms explain how and why designers should opt for greener designs in bathrooms… Bathrooms make up a huge proportion of a hotel’s water and energy usage, which on average is 84 to 173 gallons…

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Marriott International to eliminate single-use shower toiletry bottles

Marriott International to eliminate single-use shower toiletry bottles By December 2020, the hotel group will introduce new, large amenity bottles to reduce plastic waste… Following on from IHG’s big announcement last month to ban miniatures, Marriott International is the latest hotel group to announce a change in policy when it comes to bathroom amenities, with the company announcing that it…

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Roca inspires with new Escuadra brassware range

Roca inspires with new Escuadra brassware range Roca has added to its brassware offering with its latest collection, Escuadra. With its contemporary single lever design, Escuadra creates a stylish impression in any bathroom space… A versatile choice, Escuadra is available in a range of brassware options, including basin, bidet, bath and shower mixer styles. “When it comes to brassware, there…

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1 Hotels to debut in Canada

1 Hotels to debut in Canada 1 Hotel Toronto, which is being designed using reclaimed materials, will be unveiled next year as a design-led, sustainable urban retreat… Barry Sternlicht, 1 Hotels Founder and CEO & Chairman of Starwood Capital Group, who earlier this year announced a new lifestyle hotel brand, has confirmed plans for 1 Hotel Toronto. The hotel, which is…

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LDF 2019 announces further festival commissions, projects and speakers

LDF 2019 announces further festival commissions, projects and speakers With weeks to go until the city comes alive for London Design Festival, new details have emerged of even more commissions, projects and speakers… The hotly anticipated London Design Festival (LDF) has revealed the finer details around a number of holistic design experiences, installations and insightful talks in order to make this…

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designjunction’s speaker programme set to challenge, provoke and engage

designjunction’s speaker programme set to challenge, provoke and engage designjunction, which is preparing to showcase more than 200 world-class international brands during London Design Festival, has just announced its speakership programme for 2019 which will be sheltered at Everyman Cinema in King’s Cross…  This year designjunction will launch a brand new talks programme at the Everyman Cinema in King’s Cross,…

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EXCLUSIVE: Pre-show interview with designer of The Conscious Bedroom

EXCLUSIVE: Pre-show interview with designer of The Conscious Bedroom The Founder and Creative Director of Harris & Harris London, Alex Harris, gives Hotel Designs‘ editor, Hamish Kilburn, a sneak peek of The Conscious Bedroom that he and his team are designing for The Independent Hotel Show London 2019…  It was at the beginning of 2019 when Harris & Harris, the…

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In Conversation With: Unidrain’s Kenneth Waaben on modern bathrooms

In Conversation With: Unidrain’s Kenneth Waaben on modern bathrooms Hotel Designs exclusively sits down with innovative head designer at Unidrain, Kenneth Waaben, to understand more about the process behind the brand’s design of the modern bathroom…  With the aim to “create aesthetic and functional designs that enhanced the company’s existing portfolio,” Kenneth Waaben started working for Unidrain in 2014. Since…

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In Conversation With: Versa’s Paul Gibson on sustainable wallcoverings in EMEA hotels

In Conversation With: Versa’s Paul Gibson on sustainable wallcoverings in EMEA hotels As part of its expansion plans for 2019 and beyond, Versa Wallcovering has recently turned up the volume in amplifying its products in Europe. Hotel Designs editor Hamish Kilburn sits down with the company’s new Business Development Manager (EMEA), Paul Gibson, to understand more about his vision and…

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Has IHG just marked the end of bathroom miniatures forever?

Has IHG just marked the end of bathroom miniatures forever? Following hotel group IHG‘s plans to remove miniatures from all of its hotels, editor Hamish Kilburn investigates the significance of opting for bulk-size amenities to reduce plastic waste… If it takes for David Attenborough to take over the Glastonbury Pyramid Stage in order for the world – and our industry – to…

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Trends forecast ahead of Independent Hotel Show London 2019

Trends forecast ahead of Independent Hotel Show London 2019 Ahead of the Independent Hotel Show London 2019, which takes place on October 15 – 16 at Olympia London, design partners and exhibitors identify four key areas predicted to be hot in hotel design…  Now that registration is officially open for the Independent Hotel Show London 2019 – and following the…

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FEATURE: Sustainable materials in signage design and interior finishes

FEATURE: Sustainable materials in signage design and interior finishes In order to confront the growing issue of sustainability, Signbox explains how the company is putting in measures to ensure that its products are eco-friendly… Sustainability is a hot topic when it comes to modern design for business environments, workspaces and, potentially, architectural signage. As a company we have always been…

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Six Senses to open new property in Loire Valley in 2022

Six Senses to open new property in Loire Valley in 2022 Six Senses continues to expand into Europe with Six Senses Loire Valley, France  slated to open in 2022… Following the news last year that the hotel brand was joining IHG, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas is expanding further into Europe with the 2022 opening of Six Senses Loire Valley, France,…

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Fabric trends to bookmark for 2019 and beyond

SPOTLIGHT ON: Fabric trends to bookmark for 2019 and beyond While Hotel Designs is shining the spotlight on fabrics, Hotel Designs has identified interesting trends and innovate materials on the market…  There are many factors that determine the trends and movements of which fabrics designers use within products. Sustainability, durability and feel to the touch are all among them. With…

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100% Design unveils 2019 plans

100% Design unveils 2019 plans With less than three months to go, 100% Design unveils this year’s plans with Hotel Designs on board as a media partner…  100% Design will  this year celebrate its 25th anniversary with an array of show stopping brands, thought-provoking features, interactive experiences and world renowned speakers. A host of carefully curated world leading interior brands will form Design London including contemporary Italian furniture…

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PRODUCT WATCH: Roca launches new flat brassware range

PRODUCT WATCH: Roca launches new flat brassware range Recommended Supplier Roca flourishes with new flat brassware range…  Roca, a leading manufacturer of bathroom products, has launched Flat, its latest brassware collection. Flat epitomises minimalist design with its square silhouette and soft edges, it offers a functional yet sophisticated brassware style for any bathroom space. The collection is available in a…

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TRENDS: Eco-friendly design ideas for the hotel bathroom

TRENDS: Eco-friendly design ideas for the hotel bathroom In the wake of protests in London, designers and architects have responded by becoming more conscious in their design decisions recently. Crosswater explains some of the benefits of an eco-friendly hotel bathroom… Large or compact, traditional or modern, boutique or luxury, hotel bathroom design has become increasingly influenced by eco-conscious product innovations, in…

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DESIGN CONCEPT: Hotel of 2119 imagined by Hilton

DESIGN CONCEPT: Hotel of 2119 imagined by Hilton To celebrate the hotel group’s 100th anniversary, Hilton has just unveiled what it believes will be the hotel in 100 years from now… Intergalactic getaways, fast-food nutrient pills, two to three hour working days and adaptable, personalised rooms that can transport guests everywhere from jungles to mountain ranges; in celebration of its…

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In Conversation With: Senior designer Kate Jarrett on Hard Rock Hotel London

In Conversation With: Senior designer Kate Jarrett on Hard Rock Hotel London Since becoming a Hotel Designs’ 30 Under 30, Kate Jarrett, senior designer at Scott Brownrigg has completed the Hard Rock Hotel London. Sitting down with editor Hamish Kilburn, Jarrett talks job satisfaction, preferred materials and the challenges that come with being a young designer in 2019… The early…

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Six Senses to arrive in Costa Rica and Iceland

Six Senses to arrive in Costa Rica and Iceland The hotel brand, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, that recently joined IHG has announced two significant opens in both Costa Rica (2021) and Iceland (2022)… Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has announce two of the latest projects in the group’s expanding portfolio with Six Senses Papagayo in Costa Rica – opening 2021…

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Independent Hotel Show Amsterdam to return in 2020

Independent Hotel Show Amsterdam to return in 2020 The Independent Hotel Show Amsterdam, which debuted last month for the first time outside London, has announced that it will return to the Amsterdam next year on March 17 – 18…  The Independent Hotel Show Amsterdam, of which Hotel Designs was an official media partner for, has announced that it will return…

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Global awards launches to challenge industry standards around accessible design

Global awards launches to challenge industry standards around accessible design The Blue Badge Access Awards launches and questions why accessible design is not as large a talking point as sustainability currently is. Editor Hamish Kilburn attended the launch event in London and writes… Blue Badge Access Awards has launched raising some much-needed debates around the current industry standards around accessible…

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GROHE and Mosa partnership celebrates success at Clerkenwell

GROHE and Mosa partnership celebrates success at Clerkenwell GROHE enjoyed its second taste of Clerkenwell Design Week in partnership with tile manufacturer, Mosa… Following a successful collaboration in 2018, GROHE and Mosa reunited once again to celebrate their common heritage around the topic of sustainability. “We are delighted to be able to share our passion for delivering sustainable solutions to…

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Editor’s round up of Clerkenwell Design Week 2019

Editor’s round up of Clerkenwell Design Week 2019 The streets of London’s Clerkenwell came alive once more for another three days of exhibitions, installations and product launches. Editor Hamish Kilburn rounds up Clerkenwell Design Week 2019 as the festival enters double digits… There is no other design festival in the world that harnesses the natural swagger to be able to…

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True-to-life surfaces from your local distributor

True-to-life surfaces from your local distributor UNILIN division panel surfaces, provide architects and specifiers with fast access to its UNILIN Evola decorative panels through a nationwide network of distributors… Through UNILIN it’s easy to find your nearest knowledgeable distributor ready to help unlock the creativity of UNILIN Evola and its 168 decorative options, covering faithful recreations of natural materials to bold…

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Samsung joins Hotel Summit and becomes a Hotel Designs Recommended Supplier

Samsung joins Hotel Summit and becomes a Hotel Designs Recommended Supplier The leading technology company, Samsung, is the latest top supplier to announce that it is attending the highly anticipated Hotel Summit at Heythrop Park from July 8 – 9, 2019…  From smartphones to TVs, WiFi to tablets, Samsung is unquestionably a leading technology supplier in the hotel design industry…

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PREVIEW: Independent Hotel Show Amsterdam

PREVIEW: Independent Hotel Show Amsterdam With just days to go until the first ever Independent Hotel Show Amsterdam, Hotel Designs, which will be moderating a panel discussion at the event, shares some of the main events that will be on stage in the city famed for its alternative creativity…  Designed to support hoteliers with an independent attitude, Independent Hotel Show…

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The designer shaping the future of water at GROHE

The designer shaping the future of water at GROHE Post-ISH, Grohe’s Vice President of Design, Michael Seum, sits down with Hotel Designs to explain how its latest innovations are vastly reshaping the bathroom industry. Editor Hamish Kilburn writes… If one were to imagine the bathroom industry as a quiet, glass-like lake, surrounded by tranquil surroundings, then ISH 2019 was a…

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BESPOKE DESIGN: Italian boutique hotel inspired by natural elements

BESPOKE DESIGN: Italian boutique hotel inspired by natural elements Design studio Boxx Creative has completed the interior design of Miramonti, a 21-key boutique hotel in the Italian mountains. Editor Hamish Kilburn writes… Inspired by its natural surroundings, Miramonti, meaning mountain view, draws its name and design from nature. A deep terracotta facade, which dates back to 1958, evokes the changing seasons…

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Bathroom specialist Utopia Projects rounds up ISH 2019

Bathroom specialist Utopia Projects rounds up ISH 2019 To kick-start our month of putting bathrooms under the spotlight, Utopia Projects reviews ISH 2019 by sharing its highlights of the show…  In March, the world’s largest bathroom and heating trade fair, ISH, took place in Frankfurt Germany. With the exhibition taking place every two years, ISH this year attracted around 190,000…

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Leading designers and architects spoke at the inaugural IDAS

Leading designers and architects spoke at the inaugural IDAS Taking place yesterday at Hilton London Tower Bridge, the Interior Design & Architecture Summit sheltered some interesting debates for designers and architects – all of which looped back to the elephant-in-the-room topic, sustainability in our hotels and cities… The sold-out inaugural Interior Design & Architecture Summit (IDAS) took place yesterday at…

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Editor Checks In: April ‘19

Editor Checks In: April ‘19 Everyone is talking about Milan… Italy’s city of the future, which is also its fashion, culture and design quarters, thrives in between Gothic architecture. The fast-paced metropolis of Milan comes alive in April for what is seen as the largest design event in the calendar, Milan Design Week. Leading designers, architects and journalists from all…

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NH Hotel Group unveils hotel room of the future

NH Hotel Group unveils hotel room of the future The innovative concept of The Mood Room allows guests to customise their guestroom using a tablet to control lighting, music, curtains and temperature to suit their emotions and specific needs… NH Hotel Group, Signify and CYBEROBICS have launched Mood Room, the “room of the future”, at NH Collection Berlin Mitte, the…

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Spotlight On: May’s features announced

Spotlight On: May’s features announced Hotel Designs has officially dropped its May editorial features, which are Bars and Restaurants and Bathrooms…  Throughout May, Hotel Designs’ Spotlight On features will look at two highly topical features, namely Bars & Restaurants and Bathrooms – both areas of which are transforming drastically in order to cater to modern travellers’ demands. Bars and Restaurants Image credit: Dukes Dubai…

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New bathroom designs join Crosswater’s affordable Essentials Collection

New bathroom designs join Crosswater’s affordable Essentials Collection For more than 20 years, the Crosswater brand has been associated with quality bathroom solutions. Its new Essentials collection continues this strong tradition by presenting a range of modern and stylish products at an affordable price point.  The latest designs are brought together to offer customers a top-to-bottom product offering that makes…

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CASE STUDY: Surfaces in flexible working areas

CASE STUDY: Surfaces in flexible working areas Creating a fresh new look for its offices and stores, Belgian supermarket giant, the Colruyt Group, has turned to UNILIN, division panels, to help it complete the circle and repurpose its old retail and office interior fittings… The family-owned Colruyt Group is famed for its sustainable approach to retailing and is active in…

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LIVE FROM MILAN: Pedrali unveils new collection

LIVE FROM MILAN: Pedrali unveils new collection Pedrali has presented its latest collection at Salone del Mobile during Milan Design Week…  Ten new products are currently being presented by Pedrali at the Salone del Mobile during Milan Design Week. The pieces are being unveiled alongside some of Pedrali’s more iconic collections, giving character to the Palace of Wonders. Soul Outdoor…

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LIVE FROM MILAN: First images of Swedish Design Moves’ exhibition

LIVE FROM MILAN: First images of Swedish Design Moves’ exhibition The first images of Swedish Design Moves’ returning exhibition at Milan Design Week have been released… Inspired by sustainable materials and the complex relationship between nature and technology, Swedish Design Moves’ HEMMA gone wild has launched during Milan Design Week. The exhibition, which takes place until April 14 in the…

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Fabric interior design trends

SPOTLIGHT ON: Fabric interior design trends As part of Hotel Designs’ month of putting interior design in the spotlight, Mitre Linen breaks down some of the emerging trends in fabric design…  Sustainability, classic neutral tones and tactile fabrics are key themes in interior design this year. The hospitality industry continues to adopt an environmentally friendly approach to all aspects of…

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SALT of Palmar opens in Mauritius as brand’s first hotel

SALT of Palmar opens in Mauritius as brand’s first hotel SALT of Palmar, the first hotel in a new sub-brand from The Lux Collective, has opened in Mauritius… With a strong commitment to sustainability, SALT of Palmer opens in Mauritius. Setting the foundations for a series of planned openings within the SALT brand, the 59-key hotel introduces a new breed…

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Zuri Zanzibar becomes first hotel awarded EarthCheck’s Sustainable Design Gold Certification

Zuri Zanzibar, the recently launched design-led resort has become the first hotel in the world to be awarded EarthCheck’s Sustainable Design Gold Certification… EarthCheck has awarded Zuri Zanzibar, the stylish beachfront 13-acre Jestico+Whiles-designed resort, a Sustainable Design Gold Certification. The resort, which is located in Kendwa, on the the idyllic northern west shores of Unguja, provides a seamless blend of contemporary design,…

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OPINION: Designing hotel lighting with a different perspective

To launch our Spotlight On Guestroom Lighting, Recommended Supplier Chelsom shares its knowledge on what designers should consider when lighting the hotel guestroom…  Designing good lighting for hotels is about more than creating stylish products that are on trend and look the part. It’s about top quality products that provide efficient lighting and enhance the guest experience, whether through multifunctional…

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Anantara to debut in Mauritius

Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas is entering the luxury hospitality sector on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius with the announcement of Anantara Mauritius Resort – a new luxury property on the South Eastern coast which is scheduled to open in Q4 2019… Part of an integrated coastal development, a new Anantara resort located near Blue Bay Marine Park will…

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Alila in Bali achieves zero waste to landfill

The luxury lifestyle brand, Alila Hotels & Resorts, which pledged the sustainability initiative in August 2016, has announced it has now achieved zero waste to landfill among four of its flagship properties… Alila Hotels & Resorts has succeeded in piloting a zero waste to landfill initiative across four of its flagship properties in Bali: Alila Villas Uluwatu, Alila Ubud, Alila…

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ISH Preview: Laufen to exhibit collaboration with Patricia Urquiola

At the upcoming edition of ISH, Laufen will present SaphirKeramik in all its forms with the return of Sonar, the refined collection designed for the Swiss company by Patricia Urquiola… Laufen is enthusiastically preparing to participate at the upcoming iteration of ISH, the indispensable biennial event in the field of bath furnishings. Always on the front lines of research and…

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Editor’s round-up of Surface Design Show 2019

Taking place from February 5 – 7 at Business Design Centre London, the Surface Design Show gave a platform to more surface material and lighting specialists than ever before. Editor Hamish Kilburn was there and reports… More than 5,000 architects, designers and specifiers from 47 countries descended on London earlier this month for the much anticipated Surface Design Show. Over the…

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INNSiDE by Melia opens first hotel in France

Spain’s largest hotel brand, Meliá Hotels International, unveils the new INNSiDE Charles de Gaulle located at Paris’ international airport… Meliá Hotels International’s INNSiDE has arrived in Paris with the 266-key hotel at Charles De Gaulle’s airport. Relaunching this year, INNSiDE by Meliá is adapting its business strategy to captivate the younger generation of business and leisure travellers, as well as…

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Six Senses joins IHG

IHG has welcomed a new family member to its portfolio of brands, with the acquisition of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas… Six Senses, which is renowned for its wellness and sustainability offerings, with each hotel and resort set in locations of incredible natural beauty that will stop you in your tracks, has joined IHG. Featuring properties in 12 countries, Six Senses is behind some…

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It’s a hat trick for Scape Design Associates as it completes three landscape design projects for Grecotel

Internationally acclaimed landscape design practice, Scape Design Associates, has completed the refurbishment of three Grecotel resorts in readiness for the 2019 holiday season… Design firm Scape Design Associates has recently completed renovations on Casa Marron in the Greek Peloponnese, Pella Beach in Halkidiki on Greece’s Cassandra Peninsula and the Corfu Imperial, located on the tip of the private peninsula of Kommeno on…

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Camouflaged hotel architecture of the 21st century

As we continue putting architecture and construction in the spotlight, Hotel Designs reveals some of the world’s most spectacular hidden architectural gems… Following our search to unveil impressive architectural drawings that are currently on the boards, this week Hotel Designs is investigating architecture’s largest, most impressive, magic trick; to make a building disappear. With hotel owners and operators around the…

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Melia Hotels International opens first property in Prague

Meliá Hotels International, Spain’s largest hotel brand, unveils INNSiDE Prague Old Town, its latest property and first hotel in the Czech capital… Designed by Spanish architect Meritxell Cuartero, INNSiDE Prague Old Town will open in March as the first Meliá Hotels International’s hotel in the Czech capital. The hotel marks a new era for the INNSiDE by Meliá portfolio, fitting perfectly into…

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Kaldewei unveils new digital stand concept for ISH

Kaldewei’s forum delivers an interactive brand experience, demonstrating its role as a digital pioneer. The leading bathroom manufacturer is exhibiting at ISH on stand D79 – Hall 3.1… Kaldewei will be exhibiting on stand D79 – Hall 3.1 at ISH from March 11 – 15 with a completely new stand concept, demonstrating its unrivalled position as a leading bathroom manufacturer.…

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SUSD gains planning consent for hotel and members club on the Thames

The hotel developer, SUSD, has just won planing consent to convert the estate into luxury retreat, complete with a 53-key hotel… SUSD, the developer behind two of London’s most successful hybrid destinations, The Curtain Hotel & Members Club and Devonshire Club, has just won planning consent, subject to finalising the S106 Agreement, for a third development, this time on the…

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Meliá Hotels International’s INNSiDE announces brand relaunch

To cater to millenials’ evolving lifestyle, Spain’s largest hotel brand, Meliá Hotels International, has announced a brand launch for INNSiDE in 2019…  At the Spanish International Tourism Fair, FITFUR, Melia Hotels Internaitonal announced that it will rebrand INNSiDE to bring a stronger leisure and wellness offering to its portfolio. With the reinvention of INNSiDE, the Spanish hotel brand is preparing to…

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Hotel to open largest seafront pool in Crete

Elounda Peninsula all-suite hotel introduces the largest seafront pool on the Greek island of Crete… Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel has introduced new seafront pools for 2019, which will include the largest on the island of Crete. The new main pool and accompanying children’s pool have been introduced to open in May 2019 by the Kokotos family at a cost of €700,000.…

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New beach villas unveiled at Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort

Ushering in the New Year with a bright contemporary look, Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort has unveiled luxuriously refurbished beach villas… Nestled among lush foliage and silvery shores, the Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort has opened 75 new beach villas retain the resort’s relaxed beach ambiance, whilst now offering guests a refreshed palette of sophisticated neutral tones that reflect the island’s natural hues. “Darker timbers…

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The Maldives’ first immersive art resort opens

Joali in The Maldives has unveiled a full immersive array of ec0-inspired artworks and high-concept sustainable design throughout…  Conceived as an immersive island retreat, Joali Maldives has opened with an array of original, experiential works of art and dynamic design, reflecting the beauty of nature, and with sustainability at their core. Situated on the idyllic isle of Muravandhoo in the…

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Major hotel openings for Q1 & Q2 2019

Hotel Designs is starting the New Year fresh by focusing the spotlight on significant hotel openings for 2019 that together are expected to transform the landscape of international hotel design. Here are our top picks of hotels that are launching in Q1 & Q2… Looking ahead, and kickstarting our Spotlight On feature on Hotel Openings, here are the most anticipated ribbon cuts that are…

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IN CONVERSATION WITH: Patrick McCrae, Co-founder and CEO of art consultancy ARTIQ

As our ‘Spotlight On’ feature on Art and Photography becomes even more colourful, editor of Hotel Designs Hamish Kilburn caught up with the charming, and equally talented, visionary who is ARTIQ‘s co-founder and CEO Patrick McCrae. Together the pair discuss talent searching and how the art consultancy firm is leading art in hotels into uncharted waters… Earlier this month, ARTIQ inspired me – as…

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The BIID celebrates successful annual conference

The British Institute of Interior Design (BIID), which is the proud industry sponsor of The Brit List 2018, held its eighth annual conference exploring many engaging hotel interior design design topics…  Guests from across the design spectrum, last week attended the eighth British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) conference, Inside Knowledge 2018: The BIID Business Success Conference. Taking place at 30…

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IHG opens first voco on Australia’s Gold Coast

HD IHG opens first voco on Australia’s Gold Coast World’s first IHG voco™ opens on Australia’s famed Surfers Paradise on Gold Coast… Following the exclusive unveiling of the new branding just five months ago, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has opened the first hotel globally for its new upscale hotel brand: voco™. Owned by Australian property investment firm SB&G Group and…

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IN CONVERSATION WITH: Executive Vice-Chairman & CEO, Meliá Hotels International

To identify what it takes to be at the helm of one of the most established luxury hotel brands, editor of Hotel Designs Hamish Kilburn sat down with Executive Vice-Chairman & CEO, Meliá Hotels International Gabriel Escarrer Jaume to discuss core values, sustainable goals and all things design… Since first meeting Gabriel Escarrer Jaume three years ago at what was the…

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Westin Brisbane: rewriting the approach to luxe hotels

With its evolution of the hotel check-in, and grounded in a deep sense of place, Woods Bagot has designed a new, luxe prototype with Brisbane’s latest luxury hotel… At the newly opened The Westin Brisbane guests are welcomed in the luxe lobby on the ground floor, which flows into the hotel’s street side jazz bar. Woods Bagot principal and hotel…

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Westin Hotels & Resorts heads to the Maldives

The opening of The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort signals a new wave of well-being in the heart of the Maldives… Westin Hotels & Resorts has expanded into the Republic of Maldives with the opening of The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort. Developed by Belluna Co. Ltd, Japan and Asia Capital PLC, Sri Lanka, the hotel signals the brand’s wellness positioning in…

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Is the hospitality sector doing enough for eco travellers?

The ethical consumer is on the rise, with two thirds of travellers wanting to stay in green hotels. Clare Taylor, Marketing Manager at Hypnos Contract Beds, explains how hotels can boost their eco credentials so that they and their guests can sleep comfortably…  The hospitality industry is under pressure to respond to changing customer preferences, embrace initiatives such as recycling…

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SPOTLIGHT ON: British independents taking international hotel design to new heights

All this month we are shining the spotlight on independent hotels. As we prepare for this year’s much-anticipated Independent Hotel Show, editor Hamish Kilburn investigates inspiring hotels that are independently leading the way in international hotel design… Last week, we announced which handful of the industry’s best will join my panel discussion entitled ‘Power Hour’ at this year’s Independent Hotel Show.…

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Editor’s round-up of London Design Festival 2018

As the 16th edition of London Design Festival comes to a close, Hamish Kilburn shares the interior design moments, trends and discussions that made London’s design scene roar once more… Ten design districts, nine days, eight talks, seven parties, six after parties, five exhibitions, four hours sleep between each day, three fabulous media partners, two tired legs and ONE city. This…

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100% Design opens colourful doors to this year’s show

100% Design, of which Hotel Designs is a proud media partner of, has opened its very colourful doors to the public… As part of the nine-day London Design Festival, 100% Design has opened its doors unveiling this year’s theme to the eyes of the design world. Speaking at the exclusive press launch, Max Fraser, the content editor for the show…

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Going green: How hotels can embrace eco-friendly principles

Biodegradable packaging expert Elizabeth Raw from R+R Packaging explains how a hotel can adapt to be more eco-friendly… With 65% of travellers looking to stay in an eco-friendly friendly hotel in 2017, consumers’ choices are becoming driven more and more by an increased environmental conscience. This means it’s important for your hotel, from both an environmental and business perspective, to act as a…

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LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL: What to look out for

Visiting London Design Festival this week. Here’s what to look out for… London Design Festival returns for the 16th year in 2018, celebrating 10 years at the V&A as the official Festival hub. London will be transformed with an inspiring programme of Landmark Projects, installations and events throughout the city from 15-23 September 2018. DECOREX (Hotel Designs is a proud…

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From floor-to-wall, fresh Bauhaus-inspired surface solutions

Commercial interior surfaces specialist Altro has introduced new high-design surface ranges to its floors, doors and walls package… Delivering premium aesthetics with outstanding durability, all backed by Altro’s sector-leading support and expertise, Altro Ensemble modular flooring system and Altro Whiterock wall designs wall sheet are ideal for hospitality environments. New Altro Ensemble modular flooring system is said to be the…

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The Edition brand lands in Spain as the brand’s luxury empire expands

The 100-key Barcelona Edition has arrived as the brand continues to rapidly expand its international portfolio… Ian Schrager’s rising global influence has arrived in Spain, adding another luxury property to the EDITION empire. The Barcelona EDITION combines the personal, intimate, individualised and unique hotel experience that Schrager is known for. This delicate balancing act encompasses not only exceptional design and true innovation,…

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Six Senses continues to rapidly expand with opening of Uluwatu luxury hotel

The hotel group’s 16th opening, Six Senses Uluwatu, is just the beginning, with plans to triple the brand in size over the next five years… Sharing the same spectacular views over a rugged cliff edge as the island’s famed Uluatu Temple, Six Senses Uluwatu, Bali is now open, adding another exciting destination to the group’s portfolio. Drawing upon the renowned Six…

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Storytelling in the hotel lobby

Hotel Designs editor Hamish Kilburn and Richmond International’s Fiona Thompson together investigate just how the hotel lobby has evolved in recent years and why, perhaps, the modern hotel lobby is having to work harder than it ever has done before… I believe the best way to describe how a hotel’s design experience to a consumer or guest is to compare…

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Top 5 stories of the week: Asian gems, new collections and Europe is booming

Hotel Designs’ editor Hamish Kilburn reflects on the weeks headline stories… The sun setting on August means only one thing in the international design world: London’s show season is in sight! As we prepare for Decorex, designjunction, 100% Design and the Hotel Tech & Spa Live, this week has lifted the lid on a number of milestone headlines. Here are…

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