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Weekly briefing: Nobu exclusive, Rosewood footprints & sustainability explored

Weekly briefing: Nobu exclusive, Rosewood footprints & sustainability explored Editor Hamish Kilburn here with your weekly briefing. This week’s round-up includes an exclusive lighting feature, details about Rosewood’s second hotel in London and how to watch out latest panel discussion on sustainability beneath the surface… 2021 is shaping up to be an extremely exciting year on the hotel design front.…

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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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Virtual roundtable: Stylish sustainability in wellness

Virtual roundtable: Stylish sustainability in wellness For our next magic trick – AKA virtual roundtable – we’ve invited industry experts to take on the topic of stylish sustainability in wellness. Editor Hamish Kilburn leads the discussion that is sponsored by GROHE, a bathroom brand that has put sustainability at the core of each and every decision for more than 20…

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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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GROHE celebrates trio of international sustainability success

GROHE celebrates trio of international sustainability success Bathroom brand GROHE has been named one of the “50 Sustainability & Climate Leaders” and has also become double winner at the German Sustainability Awards 2021 as sustainability continues to fuel the brand’s growth… As part of its global initiative, bathroom brand GROHE is driving sustainability based on the 17 UN Sustainable Development…

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Sustainability in the bathroom – it’s all in the materials

Sustainability in the bathroom – it’s all in the materials The Swiss bathroom specialist, Laufen, has set new sustainability trends in bathroom design. Editor Hamish Kilburn investigates… With unprecedented performance properties, the revolutionary SaphirKeramik, found in all Laufen products, bestows possibilities and versatility never seen before, enabling exceptional shaping where finely-defined curves and tight edge radii of 1-2mm are created.…

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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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Spotlight on: November features (sustainability and art)

Spotlight on: November features (sustainability and art) Hotel Designs’ November editorial features have landed, which are Sustainability and Art… A meeting of two relevant and engaging topics, this November Hotel Designs will position both Sustainability and Art under the editorial spotlight in order to continue  defining the point on international hotel design. In lockdown, global daily emissions of CO2 fell by…

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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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GROHE receives nomination for the German Sustainability Award 2021

GROHE receives nomination for the German Sustainability Award 2021 Going further than other brands in its quest to design a sustainable future – with its 360-degree sustainability approach – GROHE is a candidate for the 13th annual German Sustainability Award… Bathroom brand GROHE has once again been nominated for the German Sustainability Award following last year’s successful top 3 ranking…

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Bathroom goals: when sustainability meets design

Bathroom goals: when sustainability meets design Leading Austrian Architectural firm STEINBAUER architektur+design used natural materials to design a family home, and specified Kaldewei products to create a bathing experience unlike any other… Sustainability meets design in Austria’s Winzendorf-Muthmannsdorf municipality. Surrounded by grapevines, and set on a sloping plot of around 1,600 square metres, is a detached house in harmony with…

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How hotels are keeping sustainability front and centre

How hotels are keeping sustainability front and centre To celebrate sustainability in practice, Hotel Designs asks Paisley Hansen to investigate what hotels are doing today in order to preserve tomorrow… Everyone strives to be as kind to the environment as they can and hotels are no exception. As a matter of fact, with the amount of traffic they receive, hotels…

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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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CASE STUDY: utilising sustainability and emotional practice in hotel design

CASE STUDY: utilising sustainability and emotional practice in hotel design Conscious, emotion and sustainability formed the design recipe for Kalukanda House, as interior designer Dee Gibson from Velvet Orange explains… As an interior designer, I have always extolled the virtues of how a successful design makes my clients feel – and the aesthetics form only a part of that. A…

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Bill Bensley launches ‘Sensible Sustainability Solutions’ White Paper

Bill Bensley launches ‘Sensible Sustainability Solutions’ White Paper Why? Because thinking about sustainability is the right thing to do… Last year, Hotel Designs put sustainability and designing conscious spaces at the root of many of its editorial and feature concepts, including speaking on the topic at the Indepdnenet Hotel Hotel London where editor Hamish Kilburn unveiled new research on consumer demands…

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Part 39: Sustainability in hotels – are you doing your part?

GTHD A GUIDE TO HOTEL DESIGN PT 39: Sustainability in hotels – are you doing your part? Sustainable tourism is not just a rising travel trend. Sustainability also quickly becoming a priority – if not a moral imperative – for hospitality leaders and hotel businesses around the world. Hotel Bookings resource STAAH explains… Guide to Hotel Design Image credit Inhabit…

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Viceroy Residences at Ombria Resort wins prestigious sustainability award

Viceroy Residences at Ombria Resort wins prestigious sustainability award Continuing our theme this month to put sustainability under the spotlight, Viceroy Residences at Ombria Resort has been recognised for its commitment to the environment, winning Best Sustainable Residential Development, Portugal at the European Property Awards…  Luxury real estate development Ombria Resort in the heart of the Algarve, which is slated to…

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Part 37: Putting sustainability front and centre in the bathroom

GTHD PART 37: PUTTING SUSTAINABILITY FRONT AND CENTRE IN THE BATHROOM Recommended Supplier Roca discusses sustainability in order to highlight how the international hotel design industry can save water and reduce wastage…  Water consumption varies in hotels depending on the presence of swimming pools, saunas, laundry and catering facilities. However, water accounts for 10 per cent of utility bills in many…

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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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The Other House: The new luxury/lifestyle brand ‘revolutionising hospitality’

The Other House: The new luxury/lifestyle brand ‘revolutionising hospitality’ Naomi Heaton, CEO of The Portfolio Club, dropped the name of the company’s new lifestyle brand and residents’ clubs during a panel discussion at Hotel Designs LIVE. The Other House will launch in the Spring of 2022 with a stunning property in London’s famed Covent Garden neighbourhood. Editor Hamish Kilburn has…

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In pictures: The Grove shelters masterful revamp from Martin Hulbert Design

In pictures: The Grove shelters masterful revamp from Martin Hulbert Design Guests checking in to The Grove in Hertfordshire, England, can expect a ‘transformed and elevated experience’, following a recent renovation to public areas and guestrooms which was led by award-winning design studio Martin Hulbert Design… In just a few days time, on May 17, The Grove, which is a…

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19 of the most incredible hotels around the world

19 of the most incredible hotels around the world We’re jumpstarting your Monday with positive energy as we remind you (and ourselves) why we fell love with incredible hotels and one-off travel experiences the first place. We’re doing this by teasing your travel senses with these extraordinary examples of architecture, design and hospitality. Edited by Hamish Kilburn…  Whether it’s been…

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Sneak peek: Inside Six Senses Ibiza

Sneak peek: Inside Six Senses Ibiza Catapulting the Balearic Island into a different league, Six Senses Ibiza will offer a way of life that embraces music, culture, art, spirituality, fashion, wellness and sustainability. Hotel Designs gets an early check-in before it officially opens in July… Following the opening of the brand’s latest hotel in Botanique in Brazil, Six Senses has unveiled…

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Part 54: How virtual reality can transform the hotel experience

GTHD A GUIDE TO HOTEL DESIGN PT 54: HOW VIRTUAL REALITY CAN TRANSFORM THE HOTEL EXPERIENCE Agnieszka Wilk, Co-Founder & CEO of Decorilla Online Interior Design, reveals how virtual reality (VR) can transform hotel design and the hospitality industry… Guide to Hotel Design Even before we were stripped of many fundamental aspects of our regular lives due to the pandemic,…

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Hilton London Metropole to ‘radically’ transform guest experience

Hilton London Metropole to ‘radically’ transform guest experience Hospitality design firm Perkins&Will have been appointed to completely refurbish Hilton London Metropole, which is the largest Hilton outside of the USA… As part of a multimillion-pound renovation, Hilton London Metropole has briefed design firm Perkins&Will to ‘radically transform the guest experience’. The renovation, which due to be completed by summer 2021,…

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INNSiDE by Meliá Madrid Gran Via opens

INNSiDE by Meliá Madrid Gran Via opens The new 117-key hotel in Madrid is the result of the total renovation of the old TRYP Cibeles Hotel, which is situated in one of the liveliest districts in the capital, with an abundance of local art and culture that connects with the essence of the INNSIDE by Meliá brand… At number 34…

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Product Watch: The Seasons Collection by Siminetti

Product Watch: The Seasons Collection by Siminetti During Hotel Designs LIVE on February 23, Siminetti, which was a Product Watch Pitch Partner at the event, unveiled the sustainable and luxurious Seasons Collection… “Hotel Designs LIVE was a fantastic experience for us; seeing the best the hospitality industry has to offer all in one place,” said Simon Powell CEO of Siminetti.…

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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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In Conversation With: Atlas Concorde on surface design

In Conversation With: Atlas Concorde on surface design In the wake of Hotel Designs’ spotlight on surfaces throughout the month of February, editor Hamish Kilburn gets a behind-the-scenes perspective of one of the leading ceramic surface brands in the industry. Matteo Martini, UK & Northern Europe Sales Director at Atlas Concorde, joins Kilburn to explore surface trends, creative materials and…

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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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Virtual roundtable: Bespoke possibilities in luxury design

Virtual roundtable: Bespoke possibilities in luxury design To specify or not to specify, that was the initial question that editor Hamish Kilburn put forward to our expert panel of designers and lighting masterminds for our latest roundtable, in association with bespoke lighting brand Dernier & Hamlyn, on bespoke possibilities in luxury design… There are a plethora of well-documented benefits linked…

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More than 12,000 designers & architects tuned in to ‘GROHE X’

More than 12,000 designers & architects tuned in to ‘GROHE X’ Dubbed the ‘industry’s answer to Netflix’ – and we can see why now – GROHE X launched this week and attracted more than 12,000 visitors to explore the Grohe hub. Following the impressive start, things are just getting started as editor Hamish Kilburn prepares to host two sessions today…

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Industry insight: Redesigning an already ‘recognisable’ hotel (part 1)

Industry insight: Redesigning an already ‘recognisable’ hotel (part 1) Do owners and the project designers feel the pressure of redesigning an established hotel where a previous brand had found its rightful place in an area of a city? Tom Bishop, Director of Project Management at Concert, explores… Taking a popular hotel and creating a new chapter of the story through…

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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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In Conversation With: Lucienne Walpole, Vice President, SB Architects

In Conversation With: Lucienne Walpole, Vice President, SB Architects SB Architects recently appointed Lucienne Walpole as the firm’s new Vice President. Following Walpole’s participation in Hotel Designs LIVE conference, editor Hamish Kilburn caught up with the architect to learn more… Since joining SB Architects in 2007, Lucienne Walpole has played a valuable role on the design team for a number…

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Kaldewei launches Digital Innovation Summit 2021

Kaldewei launches Digital Innovation Summit 2021 Kaldewei invites designers, architects and hoteliers to the Global Digital Innovation Summit 2021, which will feature 60 talks, 100 speakers on engaging topics and innovations in 14 languages… International architecture and design trends, sustainability, first-hand industry insight and product innovations are on the agenda at the Kaldewei Digital Innovation Summit 2021 from March 22…

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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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Product watch: Wood flooring from sustainably managed forests

Product watch: Wood flooring from sustainably managed forests Havwoods, which recently presented a Product Watch Pitch at Hotel Designs LIVE during a panel discussion on the topic of sustainability, has introduced HavSeal stamp of approval to further encourage sustainable and responsible procurement of wood flooring within its supply chain… Environmentally sustainable design is the philosophy of designing physical objects, the…

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Saving energy: Utility Team launches ‘game-changing’ software

Saving energy: Utility Team launches ‘game-changing’ software Utility Team has officially launched its new ARC (Automated Response Command) energy efficiency software. The energy-saving solution was designed and built to optimise the cooling loads of commercial and industrial chiller plant… Utility Team has launched its new ARC energy efficiency software following live field tests of the new ARC software from across…

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Early check in: MarBella Elix, a design hotel inspired by the sea

Early check in: MarBella Elix, a design hotel inspired by the sea The latest design hotel to arrive in the MarBella Collection portfolio, MarBella Elix, which is about to open on the mainland of Greece, is the brainchild of Konstantinos Kydoniatis and Dimitris Thomopoulos… MarBella Elix, which Hotel Designs first took a sneak peek of early last year,  is an…

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5 minutes with: Mark Harper, Head of Design at Dernier & Hamlyn

5 minutes with: Mark Harper, Head of Design at Dernier & Hamlyn Ahead of Hotel Designs’ next roundtable, in association with Dernier & Hamlyn, on bespoke possibilities in luxury design, editor Hamish Kilburn caught up with the brand’s Head of Design, Mark Harper to understand bespoke lighting’s role in tomorrow’s hotel… Mark Harper is Head of Design at bespoke lighting…

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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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Bring your vision to life and make it sustainable

Bring your vision to life and make it sustainable Leaflike is on a quest to help customers with their sustainability agenda, switching to recycled planters, introducing hydroculture planting, flower rejuvenation programmes and green walls… Leaflike saw an increasing trend for sustainability within the Christmas packages last year, from a decorative tree made with recycled glass bottles at the Holiday Inn…

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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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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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New architectural wrap patterns now available from William Smith

New architectural wrap patterns now available from William Smith William Smith Group leads the way in architectural wrap solutions with 500 3M DI-NOC patterns now in stock… A major investment in 3M DI-NOC stock now places a choice of 500 patterns (half the entire 1000 pattern collection) at the fingertips of William Smith Architextural division’s customers. All stock is available…

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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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In pictures: Inside Six Senses Botanique, Brazil

In pictures: Inside Six Senses Botanique, Brazil The latest hotel to open in the Six Senses portfolio lies at the confluence of three river valleys in the heart of the Mantiqueira Mountains in Brazil. Hotel Designs takes a sneaky look inside…  Bookmarked by our editorial team as one of 2021’s hottest hotel openings, Six Senses Botanique, Brazil, which has been…

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Seychelles debut for Waldorf Astoria and Canopy by Hilton

Seychelles debut for Waldorf Astoria and Canopy by Hilton Hilton has announced to bring its iconic luxury brand, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, as well as lifestyle brand, Canopy by Hilton, to the Seychelles in 2023… Things are heating up in the development team at Hilton Hotels after the company has signed for two hotel brand debuts in the Seychelles.…

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Hypnos awarded carbon-neutral certification

Hypnos awarded carbon-neutral certification Bed manufacturer Hypnos has been awarded The Planet Mark – Carbon Neutral Certification for its decade-long commitment to carbon-neutral production… Royal warrant holder and leading sustainable sleep brand, Hypnos, has announced that its decade-long commitment to carbon neutrality and environmentally-friendly product design has been recognised with a prestigious The Planet Mark – Carbon Neutral Certification. Having…

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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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Surface trends for 2021 & beyond

Surface trends for 2021 & beyond Strict pre-pandemic industry standards mean that hospitality design is “well-placed to weather the storm” without a major supply-side rethink. Meghann Day, partner, HBA San Francisco, walks Oriana Lerner through what’s ahead for surface design trends in 2021 and beyond… Travel won’t look the same for months, at least. With a tentative return to ‘normal’ still…

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Industry insight: The thrill of designing a new hotel in an old shell

Industry insight: The thrill of designing a new hotel in an old shell With a little help from our friends at ADP Architecture, we explore how a hospitality brand’s personality can burst with creativity inside a heritage hotel. Amrit Naru, Director of ADP architecture, writes… It’s no secret that finding a suitable spot to build a new hotel is incredibly…

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

What’s in the spotlight this February on Hotel Designs? Hotel Designs’ February editorial features have landed, which will explore Technology and Surfaces, two ever-changing areas in the hotel design arena… Throughout February, Hotel Designs will be putting both technology and surfaces under its editorial spotlight in order to continue to define the point on international hotel design. Technology From clean tech…

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New event: Workspace Show launches in London in November

New event: Workspace Show launches in London in November Brand new design event, Workspace Show, is expected to launch in London this November with a mission that Hotel Designs is fully behind, which is ‘to bring together the commercial interiors community’… Workspace Show, which Hotel Designs is a proud media partner of, is an exciting addition to the global design…

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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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Bathroom design: Gessi spotted in beautiful projects around the world

Bathroom design: Gessi spotted in beautiful projects around the world From stunning hotels to chic private residences, Gessi is able to offer a style in wellness areas that is unlike anything we have seen before. Here, we celebrate the brand’s couture-like take on bathroom design…  Chic hotels and spas, dream residences, and yachts exhibit a style of living and travelling…

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ADRENALINA launches new eco furniture collection

ADRENALINA launches new eco furniture collection ADRENALINA presents LEO ‘The Green Warrior’, a beautifully designed eco furniture collection in collaboration with Russian designer Daria Zinovatnaya… Daria Zinovatnaya’s design signature is the stark and bare relationships between colour and geometry. This is brought beautifully into the world of soft furnishing with the refined finishes and the impeccable workmanship that is the…

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ADP Architecture

ADP has been designing exceptional buildings since 1965, and our architectural and interior design teams are working on an ever-growing portfolio of exciting hotel and leisure projects. We work with international brands, and are currently delivering high quality buildings and interiors for clients across the globe. Image credit: ADP Architecture The places we eat, sleep and relax away from work…

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Virtual roundtable: ‘sustainable does not mean natural’ in surface design

Virtual roundtable: ‘sustainable does not mean natural’ in surface design With ‘greenwashing’ still an all-too-common term in the global ‘sustainable’ hotel design and hospitality arena, we gather a cluster of designers and architects to attend a virtual roundtable, sponsored by Architextural, to discuss sustainability solutions in surface design. Editor Hamish Kilburn leads the discussion…  With rapid population growth, urbanisation and…

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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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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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Hotel concept: designing a sustainable floating resort

Hotel concept: designing a sustainable floating resort With the aim to design a hotel resort that offers guests an unparalleled at-one-with-nature experience, AMA Design has developed a hospitality concept called GAIA, a floating eco hotel that pushes boundaries to re-connect people with nature. Editor Hamish Kilburn explores… Focusing on the positive possibilities of the future, boutique design studio AMA has…

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Hottest hotel openings arriving in 2021 (Q3 & Q4)

Hottest hotel openings arriving in 2021 (Q3 & Q4) Dubbed ‘The Hot List’ by our readers, we start every year as mean to go on; with a positive mindset to get ahead of the curve to reveal what we believe will be the hottest hotel openings of 2021. Following on from part one, which was published last week, here are…

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UK Bathrooms

UK Bathrooms is the leading, independent, online retailer of premium bathroom brands based in Ripon, North Yorkshire. Image credit: UK Bathrooms Trusted by the world’s best bathroom brands the company is seeing an increasing number of big names from the international design scene working on bathroom collections, collaborating with manufacturers to create a huge variety of bathroom products ideal for…

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Hypnos issues a message of reassurance for hospitality

Hypnos issues a message of reassurance for hospitality Bed manufacturer Hypnos puts planning and communication front and centre with its hospitality partners… Hospitality businesses are currently operating in a new landscape, as they adapt to overcome the unique set of challenges that the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have thrown at them, coupled with more cautious guests. However, one thing that…

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Case study: designing the bathrooms in the UK’s ‘most sustainable hotel’

Case study: designing the bathrooms in the UK’s ‘most sustainable hotel’ Award-winning sustainable hotel, The Bull Inn, Totnes, which Hotel Designs reviewed recently, specified Bette shower trays and baths… The Times and The Sunday Times’ Eco Hotel of the Year 2020, The Bull Inn, Totnes, selected Bette to provide shower trays and baths that fit with its focus on sustainability.…

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Product watch: Geberit launches two newly-named collections – Select and Aspire

Product watch: Geberit launches two newly-named collections – Select and Aspire To continue our Year in Review, which is a December tradition here at Hotel Designs where we look back to the most eye-catching product launches from the past 11 months, we throwback to Geberit’s announcement to celebrate a new chapter for the bathroom brand… Geberit extended its offering in…

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Meet The Brit List Architects of 2020

Meet The Brit List Architects 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 Architects of 2020… For more than four years now, The…

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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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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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In the factory with sustainable bed & mattress manufacturer Naturalmat

In the factory with sustainable bed & mattress manufacturer Naturalmat With its fascinating storyline stretching from luxury superyachts to international hotels, bed and mattress brand Naturalmat’s stamp of approval can be traced right back to the source, as editor Hamish Kilburn learns when he pays a visit to the brand’s HQ in Topsham, Devon… The story behind the success of…

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Meliá Hotels International to open fourth hotel in Milan

Meliá Hotels International to open fourth hotel in Milan The 70-key five-star hotel, which will be sheltered inside one of the most recognisable buildings in Piazza Cordusio, will become Meliá Hotels International’s fourth property in Milan when it opens in 2023… Following the reopening of ME Dubai this week, Meliá Hotels International and Generali Real Estate have announced that they…

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Hypnos launches carbon neutral eco-packaging solution

Hypnos launches carbon neutral eco-packaging solution Sustainable bed manufacturer Hypnos has pioneered a ground-breaking carbon neutral packaging that could help with carbon reduction efforts across the bed and furniture industry… After 18 months of intensive research and development, Hypnos has successfully developed another industry first by creating a new recyclable, eco-friendly packaging solution which will be used for their beds…

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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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Arte

Arte is a passionate designer & manufacturer of sophisticated wallcoverings. The company, owned by the family Desart, has been in play since 1981. Arte wallcoverings adorn the walls of both residential homes and project interiors in more than 80 countries worldwide. Image credit: Arte Every year, an in-house team of experienced designers creates several new collections. All of these new…

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KEUCO

KEUCO, a family run company founded in 1953, was originally renowned for designing and manufacturing premium bathroom accessories but has evolved over the years and now provides a full range of high-quality bathroom furnishings. KEUCO currently has a catalogue of more than 6,000 products; encompassing taps & showers, accessories, light mirrors, mirror cabinets, washbasins, bathroom furniture and now hygiene products. …

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Look of the month from Kobe: worry less, live more

Look of the month from Kobe: worry less, live more This month’s fabric and soft furnishing inspiration comes from FIBREGUARD upholstery collections by Kobe, which offer luxury style and easy-to-clean design… This month’s look from fabric supplier Kobe is more of a feeling rather than a look: worry less, and live more, which taps into comfort, balance and creating the…

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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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(In video) Hotel Designs LIVE: The revival of smart tech post-pandemic

(In video) Hotel Designs LIVE: The revival of smart tech post-pandemic In the final session of Hotel Designs LIVE, editor Hamish Kilburn was joined by global industry experts to discuss the revival of smart tech after he checked in to a completely contactless hotel experience… The final session that took place during Hotel Designs LIVE was entitled: The revival of…

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