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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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Surface Design Show brings back ‘New Talent’ to support emerging creatives

Surface Design Show brings back ‘New Talent’ to support emerging creatives Back by popular demand at Surface Design Show, ‘New Talent’ supports emerging creatives, specialising in producing interior and exterior surface materials and lighting design… Surface Design Show, which takes place from February 11 – 13, will bring back New Talent, with the aim to support emerging talent in surface…

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Competition: Kaldewei spreading festive cheer with a range of prizes

Competition: Kaldewei spreading festive cheer with a range of prizes Play and discover with the Kaldewei online Advent Calendar competition. Tackle 24 games, make new discoveries and scoop one of three top prizes… With Christmas coming up, Kaldewei is once again sweetening the run-up with its online Christmas Time competition featuring 24 exciting puzzles, games and discoveries. In keeping with…

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The Brit List designers of 2019 (Part 1)

The Brit List designers of 2019 (Part 1) In the coming weeks, Hotel Designs will be profiling the individuals who made it into The Brit List 2019. We start by profiling The Brit List Designers 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…

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What makes Versa Wallcovering sustainable without sacrificing style?

What makes Versa Wallcovering sustainable without sacrificing style? Launched in 1999, Versa Wallcovering is a leading wall covering brand for commercial interiors, finding the balance to find the perfect formula to create sustainable and stylish surfaces. Business Development Manager Paul Gibson explains…  Innovative, creative, sustainable, classic to contemporary and subtle to sensational are the driving principles for Versa Wallcovering. Our award winning design…

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Checking in: Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain, Saint Lucia

Checking in: Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain, Saint Lucia With his aim fixed on understanding how one jaw-dropping location can harbour two very different – but no doubt both luxury escapes – editor Hamish Kilburn travelled to Saint Lucia to review the wonders of Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain… On the western stretch of Saint Lucia, an island that last…

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GROHE joins forces to reduce plastic waste

GROHE joins forces to reduce plastic waste Recommended Supplier GROHE has united with the Pacific Garbage Screening Project as it continues its eco mission…  Soon after announcing that it will go carbon-free in manufacturing by 2020, GROHE has shared its support of the Pacific Garbage Screening (PGS) project of architect Marcella Hansch. Together with an interdisciplinary team of natural scientists,…

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CASE STUDY: How YOTEL utilised space in design and hospitality

CASE STUDY: How YOTEL utilised space in design and hospitality In the wake of a plethora of announcements regarding hotel openings to expand the YOTEL portfolio, editor Hamish Kilburn sat down with the hotel brand’s CEO, Hurbert Viriot, to understand more about the company’s ethos and methods to grow…  It’s safe to say that the international hotel design and hospitality…

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New report reveals impact of washroom design of wellbeing

New report reveals impact of washroom design of wellbeing A new study, commissioned by Armitage Shanks and led by chartered architect and academic at the Belfast School of Architecture, Dr Saul Golden, has looked into the wellbeing impact commercial washroom design can have on user experience… Bathroom manufacturer Armitage Shanks has published a new report that has concluded that wellbeing…

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10 reasons why glazed titanium-steel is the material for the hotel bathroom

10 reasons why glazed titanium-steel is the material for the hotel bathroom Bette explains some of the benefits of using glazed titanium-steel for baths, shower trays and washbasins… What makes glazed titanium-steel so perfect for hotel baths and should more hotels be choosing it for shower trays too? German manufacturer, Bette, has been supplying hotels with baths and shower trays made…

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EXCLUSIVE ROUNDTABLE: Meaningfully differentiating luxury in hotel design

EXCLUSIVE ROUNDTABLE: Meaningfully differentiating luxury in hotel design To continue Hotel Designs’ series of articles to put sustainability under the spotlight, editor Hamish Kilburn chairs an exclusive editorial roundtable, in collaboration with Minotti London, to understand how today’s leading designers are sensitively working to create a more meaningful luxury hotel design landscape. Joining us on the Minotti sofa to discuss…

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Checking in to Inhabit Hotel, sheltering a new level of eco design

Checking in to Inhabit Hotel, sheltering a new level of eco design During the London hotel’s soft launch period, editor Hamish Kilburn checks in to discover Inhabit’s debut property, which in the process earns his eco stamp of approval… Last year, an insightful study revealed that the city of London had the eighth highest level of pollution in the world,…

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Sustainable bamboo signage from Signbox

Sustainable bamboo signage from Signbox Continuing this month’s spotlight on sustainability, Hotel Designs has identified Signbox’s Hybrid Sign System, made from Bamboo, the most sustainable wood in the world…  Hybrid from Signbox is a premium modular outdoor sign system that combines the relentlessly durable and sustainable qualities of exterior-grade composite bamboo with powerful materials, such as painted MDF, glass and…

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GROHE pledges to have carbon-neutral production by 2020

GROHE pledges to have carbon-neutral production by 2020 With the aim of becoming the first manufacturer of the sanitary industry to achieve carbon-neutral production by 2020, GROHE has once again stepped up its pledge… Less than a month after editor Hamish Kilburn unveiled Independent Hotel Show’s Conscious Bedroom Report to highlight that a whopping 76 per cent of guests believe…

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GREEN WELLNESS CONCEPT: The eco-friendly luxury spa

GREEN WELLNESS CONCEPT: The eco-friendly luxury spa To continue the editorial team’s efforts to position sustainability firmly under the spotlight this month, Hotel Designs dives in to understand Recommended Supplier Starpool’s eco credentials in its wellness products… While recent statistics have highlighted that consumers are demanding for hotels to do more to become greener, luxury spa manufacturer Starpool believes that hospitality businesses…

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Swissotel aquires Hotel Allegro in Bern, to reopen property in Autumn 2020

Swissotel aquires Hotel Allegro in Bern, to reopen property in Autumn 2020 As part of this exciting next chapter for the property, Kongress + Kursaal Bern AG will invest approximately 16 million Swiss Francs on remodeling the property’s 171 guestrooms and public areas.  More than 20 years after opening, the Kursaal Bern enters a new chapter in its history. Kongress…

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PRODUCT WATCH: Mixing Beer and music to create sustainable sound waves

PRODUCT WATCH: Mixing Beer and music to create sustainable sound waves A Scottish craft brewer has collaborated with a digital audio device manufacturer to create signature SuperConnect radio… Following Hotel Designs’ month putting sustainability under the spotlight, a Scottish craft brewer Innis & Gunn has collaborated with Revo to produce its latest item from its ‘Project Ampersand’ collection, which is a…

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Eco gem: The Tongsai Bay, Koh Samui

Eco gem: The Tongsai Bay, Koh Samui In search of eco gems, as we continue putting sustainability under the spotlight this month, journalist Sara Darling has committed to long haul, and Asia is firmly on her agenda. Removed from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, Koh Samui is Darling’s next adventure as it is home to one of the world’s few fully…

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Parkside unveils “most sustainable tile material on the market”

Parkside unveils “most sustainable tile material on the market” To kickstart Hotel Designs’ month with ‘Sustainability’ under the spotlight, we investigate Parkside’s Sequel Vibe, a material from yesterday made for tomorrow… While the company settles in to its new design studio in the Cotswolds, Parkside has launched Sequel Vibe, the most waste-efficient and sustainable tile readily available to designers and architects…

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Naturalmat announces new collaboration

Naturalmat announces new collaboration Leading eco bed supplier Naturalmat launched Another Bed, a collaboration with Another Country, at Decorex International… Another Bed marries Another Country’s honest furniture forms with Naturalmat’s excellence in craftsmanship and organic credentials. Oak and upholstery are fused with beautiful dovetail detailing and a piped seam, to realise a timeless design with a double-sided headboard allows the option for either…

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MINIVIEW: Austin Proper to open in December 2019

MINIVIEW: Austin Proper to open in December 2019 Austin Proper Hotel and Residences offers an artful immersion in lifestyle and well-being. Ahead of its official opening in December, editor Hamish Kilburn took a sneak peek inside.. Following the opening of Santa Monica Proper in July, Proper Hotels has extended its portfolio with the launch of Austin Proper Hotel and Residences. Also designed…

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Checking in to a urban landmark: The Edwardian Manchester

Checking in to a urban landmark: The Edwardian Manchester The Edwardian Manchester, which joins The May Fair as Edwardian Hotels London’s second Radisson Collection property, has recently completed a £12m renovation. Editor Hamish Kilburn was invited to exclusive review the 263-room hotel…  A coherent blend of old and new is my first impression when, stood under a glass box that…

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Editor Checks In: The new luxury for AW/19 and beyond

Editor Checks In: The new luxury for AW/19 and beyond Following an enlightening month at the helm of the editorial desk, Hamish Kilburn pauses for just a moment on whether or not consciousness is the new luxury in design, architecture and hospitality… Am I accurate in saying that a few years working on the international hotel design scene can often…

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Permission submitted to integrate 400,000 plants within façade of new London hotel

Permission submitted to integrate 400,000 plants within façade of new London hotel Set to radically change the city’s landscape and add to its eco hotel offering, hotel developer Dominvs Group and architecture firm Sheppard Robson have submitted permission for a living wall to be the façade of a new London hotel, with the aim to absorb more than eight tonnes of…

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In Conversation With: Britain’s design legend Martin Brudnizki

In Conversation With: Britain’s design legend Martin Brudnizki Last year’s crowned Interior Designer of The Year at The Brit List Awards, Martin Brudnizki, invites editor Hamish Kilburn to his Chelsea London studio to explain some of the major milestones in his career as well as how he logistically manages his time in a truly international market… Design gems are not…

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New research suggests that hotels are not doing enough to be eco-friendly

New research suggests that hotels are not doing enough to be eco-friendly New research published by the Independent Hotel Show London has revealed that 76 per cent of holidaymakers feel as if hotels could do more to be greener and become more eco-friendly. Editor Hamish Kilburn took to stage to present the findings and writes…  I am sick to death…

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In Conversation With: Andrew Sadler from CTD Architectural Tiles

In Conversation With: Andrew Sadler from CTD Architectural Tiles Editor Hamish Kilburns sits down with the Andrew Sadler, CTD Architectural Tiles specifications sector manager, to discuss how the industrial trend in surfaces is evolving, sustainable wall covering solutions and how tech is driving a new age in tile design…  2019 is proving to be a pivotal year for surfaces. While trends are…

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Six Senses to open first hotel in the Galápagos Islands

Six Senses to open first hotel in the Galápagos Islands Opening 2021, Six Senses’ first hotel in the Galápagos Islands will be designed by world-renowned bamboo architect Simon Velez…  Following a rise in demand for hotels to open in far-flung destinations around the world, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has announced that its first resort in the Galápagos Islands will…

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Accessibility championed at inaugural Blue Badge Access Awards

Accessibility championed at inaugural Blue Badge Access Awards The Blue Badge Access Awards, which took place last night at The Langham London, has created a pivotal moment in international design by celebrating and championing thoughtful accessible design…  Last night, the inaugural Blue Badge Access Awards were held at The Langham London with the support of charity Leonard Cheshire Disability. Thirteen winners…

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EXCLUSIVE ROUNDTABLE: Adding personality in hotel public areas

EXCLUSIVE ROUNDTABLE: Adding personality in hotel public areas In partnership with Arte Wallcoverings, editor Hamish Kilburn invited some of the leading hotel designers and architects to Design Centre Chelsea Harbour for a live debate on how to add sustainable personality in the ever-evolving arena of public areas. In addition to being involved in the engaging conversation, the designers, directors and…

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In Conversation With: British designer Bim Burton

In Conversation With: British designer Bim Burton Following the unveil of his latest collaboration with bathroom manufacturer Kaldewei, Bim Burton sits down with Hotel Designs to discuss sustainability in design and the inspiration behind ‘those bath chairs’…  Bim Burton is an innovative modern furniture maker and designer, creating timeless design with space saving ideas. Taking this year’s themes of (Re)act at designjunction, Bim…

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A new look and feel for Momentous

A new look and feel for Momentous Momentous, the specialist logistics company that has recently become Recommended Supplier, has just launched a fresh new look and feel for its international business…  Momentous, which is part of AGM Group, has just pressed the button on a new website that has been dynamically designed specifically to highlight the company’s three core areas…

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Editor Checks In: Everyone’s gone eco!

Editor Checks In: Everyone’s gone eco! This September, editor Hamish Kilburn has seen a rise in biophilic and eco design at London Design Festival as he prepares to go on stage at next month’s Independent Hotel Show (October 15) to put the topic firmly under the magnifying glass… I’ve got a confession to make. I’m not a naturally born eco…

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

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

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Bette

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

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

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

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

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

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Marriott International to eliminate single-use shower toiletry bottles

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

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Roca inspires with new Escuadra brassware range

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

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1 Hotels to debut in Canada

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

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Starpool

Starpool is an international luxury spa and wellness brand with 40 years of experience and more than 3.000 project implementations in Europe and all over the world. Starpool products are manufactured to the highest standard, using only the top-quality materials to deliver exceptional eco-friendly spa and wellness facilities that represent true luxury. Pool & Spa Consulting: At Starpool we offer…

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LDF 2019 announces further festival commissions, projects and speakers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Has IHG just marked the end of bathroom miniatures forever?

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

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Trends forecast ahead of Independent Hotel Show London 2019

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

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FEATURE: Sustainable materials in signage design and interior finishes

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

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Six Senses to open new property in Loire Valley in 2022

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

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Fabric trends to bookmark for 2019 and beyond

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

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100% Design unveils 2019 plans

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

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PRODUCT WATCH: Roca launches new flat brassware range

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

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TRENDS: Eco-friendly design ideas for the hotel bathroom

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

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DESIGN CONCEPT: Hotel of 2119 imagined by Hilton

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

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

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

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Six Senses to arrive in Costa Rica and Iceland

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

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Independent Hotel Show Amsterdam to return in 2020

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

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Global awards launches to challenge industry standards around accessible design

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

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GROHE and Mosa partnership celebrates success at Clerkenwell

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

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Editor’s round up of Clerkenwell Design Week 2019

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

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True-to-life surfaces from your local distributor

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

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Samsung joins Hotel Summit and becomes a Hotel Designs Recommended Supplier

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

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PREVIEW: Independent Hotel Show Amsterdam

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

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The designer shaping the future of water at GROHE

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

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BESPOKE DESIGN: Italian boutique hotel inspired by natural elements

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

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Bathroom specialist Utopia Projects rounds up ISH 2019

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

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Leading designers and architects spoke at the inaugural IDAS

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

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Editor Checks In: April ‘19

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

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NH Hotel Group unveils hotel room of the future

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

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Spotlight On: May’s features announced

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

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New bathroom designs join Crosswater’s affordable Essentials Collection

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

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CASE STUDY: Surfaces in flexible working areas

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

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LIVE FROM MILAN: Pedrali unveils new collection

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

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

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

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Fabric interior design trends

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

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

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

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

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

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OPINION: Designing hotel lighting with a different perspective

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

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Anantara to debut in Mauritius

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

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