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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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Feature: a new era of luxury hospitality has begun

Feature: a new era of luxury hospitality has begun To coincide with the opening of Birch, which has been described as a ‘next-generation escape’ hotel just outside London, editor Hamish Kilburn considers how Covid-19 has challenged the luxury hotel market by hearing from international architecture and interior design firm Red Deer on the luxury hotel’s design story… Even after lockdown, Covid-19…

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Editor checks in: calling for intelligent hospitality

Editor checks in: calling for intelligent hospitality The measure of intelligent hospitality is the ability to adapt. In his latest column, editor Hamish Kilburn explores this statement while explaining the motives behind Hotel Designs’ upcoming events… Earlier this month, the long-awaited good news arrived that hospitality businesses were serving once more. While that was a monumental leap forward amidst the…

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INDUSTRY INSIGHT: specifying fabrics for contract markets

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: specifying fabrics for contract markets There are a lot of things to take into account when specifying fabrics for contract environments and it can sometimes be a bit of a minefield, especially as different sectors often have different requirements and regulations. Edmund Bell explains… Below are some key considerations to bear in mind when specifying contract fabrics: Different…

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Hotel Designs LIVE: ‘eco warrior’ Bill Bensley confirmed as headline speaker

Hotel Designs LIVE: ‘eco warrior’ Bill Bensley confirmed as headline speaker Back by popular demand, following last months debut event, Hotel Designs LIVE, which will take place on October 13, has  announced the renowned ‘eco warrior’ Bill Bensley as its headline speaker… Last month, the industry gathered for Hotel Designs’ debut virtual conference, which broadcasted a series of debates and…

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SPOTLIGHT ON: anti-microbial fabrics – a question of balance

SPOTLIGHT ON: anti-microbial fabrics – a question of balance To conclude our month putting fabrics and soft furnishings under the spotlight, we hear from The Lindhurst Group about anti-microbial fabrics in the post-pandemic climate… The ramifications of Covid 19 may well be with us for months if not years. There is a new way to meet, greet, socialise and travel…

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INDUSTRY INSIGHT: sustainable art in hotels

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: sustainable art in hotels Driving the industry to search for and specify sustainable art, Artelier explores sustainable artwork in luxury contexts… The drive for sustainability has grown tremendously in the last few years, with individuals and businesses alike becoming committed to sustainable values. Image credit: Artelier Image credit: Artelier The drive for sustainability has grown tremendously in the…

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FEATURE: How commercial spaces can adapt to social distancing measures

FEATURE: How commercial spaces can adapt to social distancing measures Now that the industry is reopening its doors, many wonder ‘how’, ‘when’ and ‘where’ to implement social distancing barriers in order to keep guests safe while also keeping the consumer journey smooth. KAI Interiors shares its views… KAI Interiors is an award-winning interior design studio that has been at the…

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3D printing in bathroom brassware design: GROHE publishes first RIBA-approved CPD seminar

3D printing in bathroom brassware design: GROHE publishes first RIBA-approved CPD seminar GROHE published the seminars 3D Printing for Advanced Bathroom Fittings on July 2 and 8, sharing its expertise on 3D printing manufacturing innovations and its potential to transform the bathroom design landscape… GROHE, global supplier of complete bathroom solutions and first leading European sanitaryware brand to launch 3D-printed…

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Hotel Designs LIVE – what you missed

Hotel Designs LIVE – what you missed The debut Hotel Designs LIVE, which took place during lockdown on June 23, broadcasted four engaging virtual seminars. Editor Hamish Kilburn and publisher Katy Phillips share the highlights… On June 23, hundreds of leading designers, architects and hoteliers from around the world tuned in for the debut of Hotel Designs LIVE. The new…

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SPOTLIGHT ON: how Edmund bell grew as a textile brand

SPOTLIGHT ON: how Edmund bell grew as a textile brand To celebrate Soft Furnishings and Fabrics being placed under the editorial spotlight this month, Hotel Designs asks the team at Edmund Bell to explain its past, present and predict its future… Ever since Edmund Bell was founded in 1855, as a merchant converter in textiles, it has always been proud…

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TREND ALERT: Natural stone in hotel design lighting

TREND ALERT: Natural stone in hotel design lighting With designers and architects looking for new innovative ways in which to inject biophilic design, Voltra Lighting takes a look at beneficial properties of natural stone… Cappadocia, an ancient district in Turkey, never fails to capture the imagination of discerning travellers with its high-end rock-cut hotels that exude pure elegance and character. Everything…

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The sleep brand that has provided quality solutions for decades

The sleep brand that has provided quality solutions for decades Silentnight Group is the home of the most trusted sleep brands in the bed industry, including Silentnight, the UK’s leading sleep brand and Sealy, the largest bed brand in the world. Sales Director David Lawernson explains more… We, Silentnight Group, have been providing quality sleep solutions for the hospitality market…

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Sleep & Eat launches three-day virtual event

Sleep & Eat launches three-day virtual event The new virtual event, Designscape, will take place August 11 – 13… From the creative minds behind Sleep & Eat, Designscape aims to bring together those at the forefront of residential, hospitality and retail at a time when physical networking and deal-making is unfeasible. The three-day programme will look into the future of…

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Inspired by Japanese design: ION by Woven Image

Inspired by Japanese design: ION by Woven Image Inspired by the intricate beauty of Japanese design, Woven Image’s ION is the latest edition to a series of tactile wall panel that Hotel Designs has got its hands on…  Woven Image continues to innovate with the introduction of ION a beautiful embossed wall panel which is part of the Exquiste Evolution…

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OPINION: “Now is the time for your interiors to ‘WOW’

OPINION: “Now is the time for your interiors to ‘WOW’ For anyone or any business about to reopen to the world, here’s Interefurb’s Gary Crosbie ‘hints and tips’ checklist on how to make your interiors sparkle post-pandemic… There have been some interesting and engaging articles on Linkedin and teleconferencing discussions about ‘out with the old, and in with the new’.…

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PRODUCT WATCH: A floor for tomorrow’s hotel

PRODUCT WATCH: A floor for tomorrow’s hotel Granorte’s Trendcollection makes the beauty, sustainability and performance of cork flooring accessible to today’s hotels. From traditional cork tiles right through to printed designs using the latest solid rigid core technology, it’s a formidable collection that brings cork right up to date… Nowhere is this better captured than in DESIGNTrend, a floor that…

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In (Lockdown) Conversation With: Dean Winter, Managing Director, Swire Hotels

In (Lockdown) Conversation With: Dean Winter, Managing Director, Swire Hotels Following his recent appointment as Managing Director of Swire Hotels, Dean Winter sits down (virtually) with editor Hamish Kilburn to explain the brand’s change of direction… Swire Hotels, which shelters luxury and lifestyle brands The House Collective and EAST, has recently announced a new Managing Director. Dean Winter, who first…

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GROHE achieves carbon-neutral production

GROHE achieves carbon-neutral production Achieving carbon-neutral production is an important milestone in GROHE’s 360-degree sustainability strategy, and is now working to ensure that all sales offices are climate-neutral by 2021… As one of the first leading manufacturers for full bathroom solutions and kitchen fittings, GROHE has now achieved carbon-neutral production, achieving its pledge the brand announced in November 2019, a…

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FEATURE: The ever-growing importance of biophilic design

FEATURE: The ever-growing importance of biophilic design While sustainability remains high-up on the agenda, and following editor Hamish Kilburn’s panel discussion at the Surface Design Show on biophilic materials in surface design, Nest explores the importance of bringing nature in… If there’s one thing we’ve noticed over the past few months, it’s been how much people have been connecting with…

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PRODUCT WATCH: Energy-saving Cheetah by Quintex

PRODUCT WATCH: Energy-saving Cheetah by Quintex It has been described as “Europe’s leading on-demand energy saving control”, Cheetah is a high-impact smart technology for a busy hotel kitchen. Hotel Designs explores… The Cheetah system by Quintex has been saving energy and making a huge impact in hotels across Europe for more than 15 years – Claridges in London reported a…

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The Backhausen Bespoke Service – the fabrics dreams are made of

The Backhausen Bespoke Service – the fabrics dreams are made of The Backhausen Bespoke Service allows designers to explore a world of fabric possibilities. Hotel Designs explores… Backhausen, as highlighted in previous articles, is renowned for its luxurious fabrics which are immersed in heritage, craftsmanship and quality. Its dedication to innovation, individuality and exclusivity is represented by its venture into…

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INDUSTRY INSIGHT: How to embrace the artisan revival

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: How to embrace the artisan revival With the modern consumer more aware than ever before when it comes to sustainability, and clients willing to broaden their imagination when it comes to signing off new materials and products that can stand the test of time, the era of artisan is having a moment. Felicity Randolph from Cheeky Chairs explains…

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Judges announced for Surface Design Awards 2021

Judges announced for Surface Design Awards 2021 Steve Webb of Webb Yates Engineers and Basha-Franklin’s Creative Director, Nicola Osborn, have been appointed as Co-Chairs of the  Surface Design Awards for 2021… Steve Webb and Nicola Osborn have joined the judging panel of the Surface Design Awards 2021, and will be joined by a multi-disciplinary team of fellow judges selected from…

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CASE STUDY: Carpeting 1 Hotel South Beach Miami

CASE STUDY: Carpeting 1 Hotel South Beach Miami Hotel Designs goes behind the scenes to understand Barry Sternlicht and his team’s unique design ethos for 1 Hotel South Beach Miami, and why Ulster Carpets had the ultimate solution when it came to the commercial carpet design… As designers and manufacturers of wool rich bespoke carpets, we have always been in…

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Bringing the outside in & reconnecting with nature

Bringing the outside in & reconnecting with nature To continue our time putting outdoor style under the editorial spotlight, Hotel Designs reconnects with Harris Jackson Design to learn more about how to bring nature in… In our last article we approached the issues facing hoteliers in the current climate of the COVID-10 pandemic. To follow on we would like to…

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INDUSTRY INSIGHT: An ode to sustainable refurbishments

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: An ode to sustainable refurbishments Designer and architect from Flair Studios Federico Schilling explains the challenges and solutions regarding sustainable refurbishments… Until the lockdown, we have seen a strong momentum for environmental causes culminating with the Extinction Rebellion movement and more industry-specific calls to action (including the RIBA Climate Challenge). Architects and interior designers are called to take…

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Editor Checks In: “And we’re going live in 3, 2, 1…”

Editor Checks In: “And we’re going live in 3, 2, 1…” During the COVID–19 pandemic, the team at Hotel Designs have announced initiatives to help further create conversations like no other. It’s safe to say that the editorial team have been anything but taking it easy during lockdown, as editor Hamish Kilburn explains…  I have come to the conclusion this…

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INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Air quality and your guests

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Air quality and your guests Over the past few months, the majority of us have been forced into our homes with the door locked. And while the planet is enjoying a quality break from pollution, is the inside air we are breathing safe? Hotel Designs asks air purifier manufacturer Blueair to explain… Did you know indoor air can…

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Blueair

Blueair’s air purifiers are designed to clean the air in a room up to five times an hour. Thanks to proprietary HepaSilent™ technology, Blueair’s air purifiers remove at least 99.97 per cent of all airborne particles as small as 0.1 microns in size. This includes pollen, smoke, dust, mould spores, germs, pet allergens and microplastics. Swedish air purification expert Blueair…

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INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Striving for a more sustainable future in hotel design

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Striving for a more sustainable future in hotel design With Covid-19 taking up much of the industry’s attention at the moment, it’s important to keep sustainable design high on the agenda, as Senior Associate at HBA EMEA Erica Pritchard explains… It wasn’t all that long ago that hotels could be praised for putting in LED lights, or banishing…

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“Hygiene is a top priority for bathroom designers”, says GROHE

“Hygiene is a top priority for bathroom designers”, says GROHE The bathroom manufacturer GROHE tells Hotel Designs that a new approach to the topic of hygiene will significantly change the work of architects in the future… Bathroom supplier GROHE has reported unprecedented demand for hygienic touchless taps in the wake of the coronavirus COVID–19 crisis. At a time when the…

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Artelier

Artelier is an art consultancy providing specialist art market research, curatorial expertise and bespoke art commissioning services. As art consultants we develop and deliver expertly curated art collections for luxury hotel, residential, superyacht and cruise ship projects. Image credit: Artelier Our key principles: 1. Embedded in arts communities With a respected reputation amongst arts communities, our art consultancy is connected…

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Virtual roundtable’s response: “Personal and social hygiene awareness has increased exponentially”

Virtual roundtable’s response: “Personal and social hygiene awareness has increased exponentially” Following the expert opinions being amplified in Hotel Designs’ first ever virtual roundtable, exploring the long-term impact of COVID–19 to the hospitality and design industry, Room To Breathe shares its response from a hygiene perspective… The virtual roundtable discussion on the future of the hospitality industry after the COVID–19…

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Hypnos receives prestigious Queen’s Awards for Sustainable Development

Hypnos receives prestigious Queen’s Awards for Sustainable Development Ethical British bedmaker, Hypnos, is celebrating after receiving the prestigious Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in Sustainable Development for its pioneering commitment to sustainable and ethical manufacturing… Hypnos has been awarded The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in Sustainable Development.  This respected achievement is the second Queen’s Award for the company after it won one…

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PRODUCT WATCH: Jackie by Granorte proves to be no wallflower

PRODUCT WATCH: Jackie by Granorte proves to be no wallflower Inspired by geometric forms, the pop art shapes of Jackie by Granorte bring sustainable chic to walls… 2020 sees four new designs from the STORYWALL collection of cork wall tiles from Granorte. STORYWALL is inspired by traditional designs from cultures across the globe which are then applied onto cork using…

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INDUSTRY INSIGHT: The meaning of hospitality in a hostile world?

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: The meaning of hospitality in a hostile world? Designer Peter Mance, who the director of MAAPS Design and Architecture, takes a thorough look at why design in hospitality will change post-pandemic…  Me: “Alexa, define ‘hospitality’.” Alexa: “The definition of hospitality is the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers.” A new viral guest is…

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The fabrics of Backhausen’s ‘Made in Austria’ heritage

The fabrics of Backhausen’s ‘Made in Austria’ heritage With its DNA firmly rooted in Austrian heritage, Backhausen’s quality and style of fabrics is a result of the brand’s authentic craftsmanship. The company’s Maria Florencia Caruso shares its narrative… Austria, a place known as the home of music, culture, the waltz, ski resorts, palaces, outstanding museums and dramatic landscapes. However, the…

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Woven Image

Established in 1987, Woven Image is an international interior finishes company with sustainability and design leadership at its core. Originating in Australia, Woven Image now has offices throughout China, Hong Kong and Singapore and a network of distributors covering all major markets including the UK & Europe, North America and Indo-Pacific regions. Image credit: Woven Image In addition to commercial…

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VIRTUAL ROUNDTABLE: COVID–19’s impact on hospitality and hotel design

VIRTUAL ROUNDTABLE: COVID–19’s impact on hospitality and hotel design To understand the long-term impact COVID–19 will have on the hospitality and hotel design industry, editor Hamish Kilburn asked a handful of leading designers, architects and hoteliers to remotely partake in Hotel Designs’ debut virtual roundtable… Meet the panel Hamish Kilburn, editor, Hotel Designs Fiona Thompson, Principal, Richmond International Michael Bonsor,…

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Backhausen

Ever since its foundation in 1849, Backhausen has been renowned for the production of high-end woven textiles. Craftsmanship, heritage, individuality and sustainability form the foundation of the brand. All of Backhausen’s fabrics are manufactured in Hoheneich, located in the Waldviertel region of Austria, with a continuous focus on premium quality, aesthetics and natural fibres, together with innovative designs from its…

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Bill Bensley has designed a ‘human zoo hotel’ concept

Bill Bensley has designed a ‘human zoo hotel’ concept Architect Bill Bensley responded to a hotel brief by designing a hotel where guests are caged while wild, exotic animals roam free… Known for his bohemian and brilliant ideas when it comes to sustainability, architect Bill Bensley has perhaps new creative heights by designing a concept to flip the idea of…

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MAAPS Design & Architecture

The MAAPS studio (founded in 2010) is steered deftly by industry stalwart Peter Mance. With more than 30 years in his design career, Peter’s experience spans most sectors from hospitality, residential and education through to retail, exhibition, marine and office environments. One of MAAPS key areas of expertise is the thoughtful reimagining and adaptation of existing space. As a much-respected…

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MINIVIEW: A story of sustainable design inside Heritance Aarah, Maldives

MINIVIEW: A story of sustainable design inside Heritance Aarah, Maldives The recently opened Heritance Aarah resort was the first property to be awarded gold for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Hotel Designs takes a peak inside the sustainable masterpiece… Opened last year in the  Raa Atoll of the Maldives, Heritance Aarah has not sacrificed style or design in its…

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Hotels that are self-isolating in style (part 3)

Hotels that are self-isolating in style (part 3) The editorial series continues with part three, as editor Hamish Kilburn mentally checks in to some of the best hotels that are self-isolating in style… The weeks are starting to feel like years. As the number of cases of COVID–19 increases day-by-day, so too do our social restrictions. From our new-found goldfish…

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Naturalmat launches 500 thread count, organic percale bed linen

Naturalmat launches 500 thread count, organic percale bed linen Made by hand in Devon, Naturalmat’s new luxury 500 thread count, organic cotton percale bed linen is the answer to a good sleep, which is what we all need right about now…  Naturalmat, the award-winning brand in organic and ethically made mattresses and beds that has been supplying the industry for…

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MINIVIEW: Escape to nature at Anantara Iko Mauritius Resort

MINIVIEW: Escape to nature at Anantara Iko Mauritius Resort The architecture and interior design narrative of Anantara Iko Mauritius Resort & Villas has been inspired by its natural surrounding beauty. As the world daydreams about travel, editor Hamish Kilburn writes…  For luxury travellers already aware of the Anantara brand, they will recognise the brand’s DNA of connecting people to genuine…

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5 new elements to look out for at Clerkenwell Design Week 2020

5 new elements to look out for at Clerkenwell Design Week 2020 At an exclusive press launch in London, editor Hamish Kilburn learns how the organisers of Clerkenwell Design Week 2020 are preparing to make this year’s festival of design bigger and better than ever before… Members of the press gathered at The Charterhouse last week in the heart of…

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5 reasons to attend Hotel Summit 2020

5 reasons to attend Hotel Summit 2020 Hotel Summit, the original hotel meet-the-buyers event that last year was shortlisted at the Indy Awards, is gearing up to once again bridge the gap between hotel operators and suppliers with engaging talks and networking opportunities throughout…  For more than 20 years, Hotel Summit has been bridging meaningful relationships between suppliers and hotel…

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Taste of the future: personalised water for all

Taste of the future: personalised water for all Yes, it’s a thing! Water Station from LUQEL offers a multi-stage filtration system, which allows every user to draw their favourite personalised quality water from more than 30 recipes with a simple press of a touchscreen. Editor Hamish Kilburn sat down with the company’s President to find out more…  The benefits of…

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PREVIEW: Duravit’s sleek appearance at the Ideal Home Show

PREVIEW: Duravit’s sleek appearance at the Ideal Home Show Bathroom brand Duravit will exhibit new products at the Ideal Home Show, between March 23 and April 13… Duravit’s products have been selected by Owl Design to feature in The Future Living Home one of the homes featured within this year’s Show Village.  The Future Living Home created as a modular…

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5 Minutes With: Emma Masters, associate at Richmond International

5 Minutes With: Emma Masters, associate at Richmond International Taking five minutes out of planning and designing luxury hospitality scenes of the future, Emma Masters, Associate at Richmond International, speaks to editor Hamish Kilburn about landscape changes, client demands and over-used words in the industry… Hamish Kilburn: How long have you been involved in interior design, and how has the…

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Part 42: Using a 360-degree approach in bathroom design

GTHD A GUIDE TO HOTEL DESIGN PT 42: USING A 360-DEGREE APPROACH IN BATHROOM DESIGN Aiming to reduce the number of out-of-service rooms when a bathroom product malfunctions, bathroom specifier Utopia Projects explains why their 360-degree approach is vital when designing bathrooms and wet rooms for the modern traveller… Guide to Hotel Design Imagine this all-too-common scenario in a hotel:…

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Sindhorn Midtown hotel opens in Bangkok

Sindhorn Midtown hotel opens in Bangkok The opening in Bangkok marks the new hospitality brand’s debut in Thailand…  Sindhorn Midtown, the flagship property of a stylish new Thai-inspired hospitality brand, opens in the heart of Bangkok’s Langsuan neighbourhood.  Inspired by local artistry and designed for a sophisticated lifestyle, Sindhorn Midtown introduces a contemporary Thai hospitality experience for today’s business and…

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Editor Checks In: Colouring outside the lines, searching for creativity

Editor Checks In: Colouring outside the lines, searching for creativity Casting back to a two-dimensional art classroom, editor Hamish Kilburn has a few confessions to make regarding the creativity of his sketch book before rekindling his relationship with art in design… As someone who regularly rushed his art homework in blue biro ink at the back of the school bus,…

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SHOW PREVIEW: Clerkenwell Design Week 2020

SHOW PREVIEW: Clerkenwell Design Week 2020 Clerkenwell Design Week returns on May 19 – 21 for the 11th edition of the UK’s leading independent design festival, London’s most creative district… Last year, 34, 185 individuals of the international design community flocked to the streets of Clerkenwell to attend one of the most-anticipated design festivals in the design calendar. Since its…

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Surface Design Awards 2020: Winners announced

Surface Design Awards 2020: Winners announced The winners of the Surface Design Awards 2020 have been announced at the 15th Surface Design Show in London. Editor Hamish Kilburn was at the breakfast ceremony to catch the winners being crowned… The final day of the Surface Design Show 2020 started in spectacular fashion, with the winners of the Surface Design Awards…

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Still to come at the Surface Design Show 2020

Still to come at the Surface Design Show 2020 As the final day of Surface Design Show approaches in London, there is so much still to look forward to, including an engaging panel discussion hosted by editor Hamish Kilburn… Celebrating 15 years, Surface Design Show (#SDS20) has once again stolen the limelight early in the season, with an impressive 170…

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Versa’s new Invinci surface collection harnesses art and tech

Versa’s new Invinci surface collection harnesses art and tech Versa’s new surface collection, Invinci, harnesses art and technology to create one-of-a-kind textures, intriguing embossings and multi-faceted prints… From subtle textile effects to dramatic iridescent mylars, the expansive Invinci collection from Versa Designed Surfaces delivers the right aesthetics to achieve your design vision. Choose from a range of textile designs that…

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Bette launches its first circular built-in bath

Bette launches its first circular built-in bath The sustainable, recyclable and luxurious BettePond bath is made from the company’s signature glazed titanium-steel… Bathroom manufacturer Bette has launched the first built-in circular bath, BettePond, made of glazed titanium-steel, which uses only natural materials in its production. The generously proportioned 150cm diameter BettePond bath is made from durable glazed titanium-steel,  which keeps…

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Everything you need to know about Hilton’s new lifestyle brand

Everything you need to know about Hilton’s new lifestyle brand Last month, Hilton dropped the news that it was launching a new lifestyle brand. Tempo by Hilton is an elevated and approachable brand offering thoughtful design, efficient service and exciting partnerships. Editor Hamish Kilburn investigates… With no less than 30 hotels under development – and 30 more pending deals –…

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Discussing biophilic design in hotel surfaces

Discussing biophilic design in hotel surfaces Ahead of their panel discussion at the Surface Design Show next week, editor Hamish Kilburn and Parkside Architectural Tiles’ architectural consultancy manager Fraser Lockley discuss sustainable surfaces in hotel design…  Design is all around us, and we interact with it from the moment we get up in the morning, through our working day and…

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Hypnos

Sustainability pioneer and luxury bed manufacturer, Hypnos Contract Beds (HCB), is internationally renowned as an expert in creating pocket sprung mattresses, beds and sofa beds for the finest hotels, serviced apartments and hospitality properties around the world. As a Royal Warrant holder, Hypnos Contract Beds combines traditional skills, refined from more than 100 years’ experience, with constant innovation and modern…

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VIP ARRIVALS: Top hotels to open in February 2020

VIP ARRIVALS: Top hotels to open in February 2020 With the aim to cut through the noise in a contemporary tone, Hotel Designs has the scoop on which statement and game-changing hotels are expected to open in February, 2020… The hotel industry never ceases to amaze with its ability to break through hard barriers to take design, architecture and creativity…

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Hypnos sows the seed for conservation

Hypnos sows the seed for conservation British bed manufacturer and Royal Warrant holder, Hypnos Beds, has donated and planted 200 tree saplings to Castlefield Wood… In partnership with Queens Award-winning Chiltern Rangers, a Buckinghamshire based social enterprise committed to protecting the Chilterns landscape with the community, Hypnos Beds has donated and planted 200 tree saplings to Castlefield Wood.  As part…

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Industry insight: What is driving the digital bathroom trend?

Industry insight: What is driving the digital bathroom trend? As Hotel Designs continues to put technology under the spotlight, Nick Brown, hospitality channel manger for GROHE UK, explains why digital modern bathrooms are going to be trending for a while…  In recent years, the hotel guest experience has undergone a mass transformation. As seen in Hotel Designs’ Year in Review…

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Part 40: How to design luxury accommodation in pub hotels

GTHD A GUIDE TO HOTEL DESIGN PT 40: HOW TO DESIGN LUXURY ACCOMMODATION IN PUB HOTELS Following a rise in smaller and boutique design projects emerging on the hotel design scene, interior designer Sarah Ward offers tips and tricks for designing bespoke luxury accommodation in pubs… Guide to Hotel Design I’m sure I’m not the only one who is glad…

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Checking in: Heckfield Place

Checking in: Heckfield Place Former senior stylist for House & Garden and The Brit List Awards 2019 judge, Florence Rolfe, checks in to the award-winning Heckfield Place to discover how the hotel is anything but ‘greenwashing’ in both its design and operation… I recently received a dream invitation to the highly acclaimed country manor hotel Heckfield Place. Naturally, I obliged.…

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Laufen’s technology secret: it’s all in the material

Laufen’s technology secret: it’s all in the material Design reduced to the essentials, SaphirKeramik has been bathroom manufacturer Laufen’s trade technology secret since 2013. Since then, the material has been used to create some of the most stunning bathroom products… With SaphirKeramik the Swiss bathroom specialist Laufen is setting a new trend in bathroom design. SaphirKeramik is an innovative ceramic…

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Tomorrow’s hotel technology unveiled at CES 2020

Tomorrow’s hotel technology unveiled at CES 2020 With CES 2020 currently taking place in Las Vegas, Hotel Designs launches technology as its January Spotlight On by futuregazing at tomorrow’s products that are expected to further evolve the international hospitality scene (edited by Hamish Kilburn)… Question: how far are you willing to stretch your imagination in search of finding the latest technology…

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PARIS PREVIEW: What to expect at MAISON&OBJET and Deco Off 2020

PARIS PREVIEW: What to expect at MAISON&OBJET and Deco Off 2020 As Paris prepares to welcome designers from around the world for Maison&Objet and Deco Off, editor Hamish Kilburn previews what he expects to be the most significant products to launch at both shows…  Maison&Objet and Paris Deco Off never fail to attract and engage a large international crowd, and with…

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The Brit List Hoteliers of 2019 (Part two)

The Brit List Hoteliers of 2019 (Part two) This December, Hotel Designs has profiled the individuals who made it into The Brit List 2019. We conclude by referencing part two of The Brit List Hoteliers of 2019 (in alphabetical order)… The Brit List 2019 is Hotel Designs’ annual nationwide search to identify the top 25 designers, top 25 architects and top 25 hoteliers…

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Six Senses to arrive in London in 2023

Six Senses to arrive in London in 2023 The hotel, which will mark Six Senses’ debut in the UK, will reside in the iconic former Whiteleys department store in West London… Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has announced the brand’s highly anticipated debut property in the UK with the opening of Six Senses London in 2023. Residing in the former art…

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Resort in the Cayman Islands achieves Silver LEED certification

Resort in the Cayman Islands achieves Silver LEED certification Developed by Dart and designed by SB Architects, Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa and The Residences at Seafire in the Cayman Islands have achieved LEED Silver sustainability certification… Following a rigorous certification process, Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa and The Residences at Seafire have achieved LEED Silver certification, becoming the first resort…

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The world’s first ‘energy-positive’ hotel to open in 2022

The world’s first ‘energy-positive’ hotel to open in 2022 The 99-key Svart hotel will incorporate stilted, circular design, and will be positioned atop of the Holandsfjorden Fjord, allowing guests to enjoying an unparalleled 360-degree view of the Svartisen Glacier… The world’s first ‘energy-positive’ hotel, Svart, will open in Norway’s Arctic Circle in 2022. The property will have a 360-degree view…

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