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

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

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Architecture trends for 2021 & beyond

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

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Jean-Michel Gathy on hotel design and architecture trends in 2017

Master architect Jean-Michel Gathy is the visionary behind some of the world’s most iconic luxury hotels, resorts and landmarks from the Marina Bay Sands swimming pool in Singapore, Cheval Blanc Randheli by LVMH in the Maldives, The Chedi Muscat in Oman, The Setai Miami to many of the most recognized Aman Resorts around the world. Specialising in luxury hospitality design,…

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Project Spotlight: Jean-Michel Gathy on leading hotel architecture trends

Master architect Jean-Michel Gathy is the visionary behind some of the world’s most iconic luxury hotels, resorts and landmarks from the Marina Bay Sands swimming pool in Singapore, Cheval Blanc Randheli by LVMH in the Maldives, The Chedi Muscat in Oman, The Setai Miami to many of the most recognised Aman Resorts around the world. Specialising in luxury hospitality design,…

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

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

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Colour trends: A return to nature is calling

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

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ME Dubai re-emerges with award-winning architecture status

ME Dubai re-emerges with award-winning architecture status The striking ME Dubai, which is sheltered inside Zaha Hadid Archtiects’ latest award-winning building, has reopened its doors as hospitality in the Middle East enters into a cautious era…  ME Dubai inside The Opus by Omniyat, which considered an architectural masterpiece and was a winner at The Brit List Awards 2020, has reopened…

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TRENDING // bathroom tap trends emerging in 2020

TRENDING // bathroom tap trends emerging in 2020 According to UK Bathrooms, taps in a range of metallics and subtle brushed finishes are trending in the bathroom for 2020 and beyond… Gone are the days when your choice of tap colour was high shine chrome or high shine chrome. Taps with matt or brushed finishes are flooding into the most…

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Editor Checks In: Embracing meaningful trends

Editor Checks In: Embracing meaningful trends Following a colourful year in the hot seat at Hotel Designs, editor Hamish Kilburn looks ahead to a more meaningful future of interior design moments and trends as he gives his thoughts on Pantone’s Colour of the Year, Classic Blue… If I have learned anything in 2019 from listening to the leading designers, architects, hoteliers and…

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World Architecture Festival 2019 welcomes 2,300 professionals

World Architecture Festival 2019 welcomes 2,300 professionals World Architecture Festival 2019, sponsored by GROHE, welcomed 2,300 professionals from 75 countries and hosted 39 exhibitors… At this year’s World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, founder sponsor GROHE celebrated another year of success, welcoming more than 1,000 visitors from the international architecture and design world to its dynamic booth. “We are…

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THROWBACK: Duravit looks back on 2019’s top bathroom trends

THROWBACK: Duravit looks back on 2019’s top bathroom trends As we hurtle into Q4 of 2019, Bathroom manufacturer Duravit is taking a look back at some of this year’s top bathroom trends that are still holding strong. From organic shapes to matte finishes, these are the looks to add a high-end touch to any designer bathroom into the coming season and…

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Hotel bathroom trends that guarantee to make a statement

Hotel bathroom trends that guarantee to make a statement Ahead of London Design Festival 2019, bathroom manufacturer Crosswater identifies some of the major emerging design trends in international hotel bathrooms…  Hospitality is one of the biggest industries in the world as well as being one of the most important branches of commercial design. Acting as a fundamental factor, hotel décor can…

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Floral interior design trends to fall in love with for SS19

Floral interior design trends to fall in love with for SS19 Ahead of the inaugural Interior Design & Architecture Summit next week, VIP Buyer Delegate Partner TRENIQ has identified some of the major SS19 floral interior design trends… 2019 has announced floral maximalism as an emerging trend and a big favourite among designers. In the wake of such verdicts, we can’t…

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Top stories of the week: design love from Bangkok, hide and seek architecture and a new hotel chapter

With architecture and construction firmly in the spotlight, Hotel Designs has witnessed another jam-packed week full of interesting stories that highlights our love in design and architecture. Breaking down these headlines is editor Hamish Kilburn…  New York, New York! Is there anywhere else on the planet quite like it? In the original metropolis where possibilities soar high above the bustling streets…

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Top 5 stories of the week: Spanish arrivals, setting trends and luxury on a cliff edge

Hotel Designs editor Hamish Kilburn breaks down this week’s international hotel design headlines… September has kicked-off with a number of exciting news stories that have, quite literally left the industry on a cliff hanger. Firstly, the iconic EDITION brand has expanded its empire with the hotel announcing its arrival in Barcelona. Elsewhere, Hotel Designs recommended supplier Duravit are setting trends…

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Interior Design & Architecture Summit

About. The next Interior Design & Architecture Summit (IDAS) will take place on June 30, 2021 at Hilton Canary Wharf IDAS is Hotel Designs’ premium meet-the-buyer event for designers, architects and suppliers. Don’t just take our word for it…  “Couldn’t fault the organisation and we also got some decent opportunities.” – Schlüter Systems (supplier) “Very worthwhile, very informative” – Koubou…

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5 soft furnishings and fabrics trends for 2018

To kick-start our spotlight this month on fabrics and soft furnishings, here are some of the hottest trends we are seeing at the moment… 1) Imperfection blends well It seems as if the ’70s are back this summer when it comes to colour in interior design. Bright, loud accents can really help an interior space to pop. Rubelli’s Kieffer collection,…

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Get involved with Hotel Designs’ Architecture & Interior Design month

In February, Hotel Designs will be focussing on architecture and interior design. We will look at current trends in architecture to determine what we might expect to see more of as hotel projects continue to crop up all over the world – from floating pools and sustainable wooden buildings to working with organic materials. Our clients within this sector include…

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Decorative Accessories: 2017 Winter colour trends in design

Creating furniture with the right colour palette is extremely important if you are aiming to astonish with your project. Natural tendencies are foreseen, earthy shades, sandy hues. Specifically keep an eye on smokey grey, tending to go a bit in the direction of blue hues like navy blue. In general, the key colours are based on neutral tones, many of…

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Guest Blog: Style Library – Trends in design 2017

To mark another successful London Fashion Week and the beginning of the interiors events season, Style Library Contract share four things they see having the greatest influence in global hospitality trends in design in 2017… Individuality More than ever before, hotel operators aim to create memorable destinations. Wanting good off-the-shelf designs and more. Interiors need to captivate, inspire and perform.…

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Adaptation is the design trend to celebrate in 2021

Adaptation is the design trend to celebrate in 2021 Hotel Designs goes behind the scenes of one of the leading design firms, Wimberly Interiors, to understand what hotel designers are expecting to be the major design trends of 2021… Since 2021 started, we have deliberately put an emphasis on trends – from surface design trends to architecture trends and recently…

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Inside W Melbourne, the brand’s second opening in Australia

Inside W Melbourne, the brand’s second opening in Australia In the heart of an eclectic dining and edgy fashion district, W Melbourne arrives, with design by Hachem, to shake things up a bit. Editor Hamish Kilburn explores… W Hotels, part of Marriott International, is on a roll and has officially opened the doors to Melbourne’s first W Hotel. Situated in the…

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Renders unveiled for St Regis Los Cabos

Renders unveiled for St Regis Los Cabos SB Architects and The San Francisco branch of design firm HBA has unveiled interior renders of The St. Regis Los Cabos, which will open in 2022 as the debut St. Regis hotel in Los Cabos, Mexico… The first St. Regis in Los Cabos, Mexico, the exclusive property is being designed by interior design…

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Wink Hotels has arrived in Vietnam with a fresh eye for design

Wink Hotels has arrived in Vietnam with a fresh eye for design Wink Hotels has arrived in Vietnam, entering the hospitality arena by opening its debut hotel this March. Hotel Designs exclusively catches up with AW2, the Parisian based architecture firm, that designed the brand’s design scheme… Wink is a new hotel brand and new concept, aimed at a young…

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Case study: making style a priority in Hilton at Gatwick

Case study: making style a priority in Hilton at Gatwick Putting the spotlight for a moment on style, lighting brand Franklite reveals how its products were used to created timeless design inside Hilton London Gatwick Airport… What factors do you consider when making a hotel reservation? Location? Route accessibility? Price? Whilst these are all important factors, equally important ones to…

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Meet The Brit List Hoteliers of 2020

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

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Meet The Brit List Architects of 2020

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

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Meet The Brit List Designers of 2020

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

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Confessions of a lighting designer – what is lighting design?

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

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TREND ALERT: 2020 outdoor/interior design styles

TREND ALERT: 2020 outdoor/interior design styles Whether you are designing for a small patio, a city-sized rooftop area or a large piece of land, each outdoor living trend can be adapted to suit any interior/exterior style, writes Paisley Hansen… Following on from predicting 2020 interior trends at the backend of last year, here are some ideas that will help designers…

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Sleep & Eat 2020 Introduces ‘hotel guestroom 2035’

Sleep & Eat 2020 Introduces ‘hotel guestroom 2035’ International hotel groups, students, architects and designers are collaborating to create concept guestrooms of the future, which will be unveiled at Sleep & Eat 2020… Sleep & Eat, which recently announced the plans around this year’s virtual event, has unveiled the hotel brand partners that will be working with award-winning architecture and…

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PRODUCT WATCH: Crogiolio tiles by Casa Ceramica

PRODUCT WATCH: Crogiolio tiles by Casa Ceramica Crogiolio by Casa Ceramica is a series consisting of small-sized ceramics and stoneware tiles, with multiple identities… Crogiolio is a collection of seven; ‘Lume, Zellige, Scenario, D_Segni Blend, D_Segni Scaglie, D_Segni Colore and D_Segni’, that together interprets the craftsmanship and manual skills of traditional potters. This caters for contemporary taste, while retaining their uniqueness.…

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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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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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CASE STUDY: Breathing new life into a ruined monastery in Naples

CASE STUDY: Breathing new life into a ruined monastery in Naples Kaldewei bathroom solutions perfectly blends a stylish mix of historical and modern styles inside this restored monastery in Naples, Italy… It took one year and two months and a handful of premium Kaldewei bathroom products to restore a ruined monastery in Naples into a stylish, modern residential abode. From…

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Hotel Designs LIVE: Technology’s role in tomorrow’s hotel with Jason Bradbury

Hotel Designs LIVE: Technology’s role in tomorrow’s hotel with Jason Bradbury On June 23, Hotel Designs hosted its first ever virtual conference. To kickstart Hotel Designs LIVE, sponsored by Technological Innovations Group, editor Hamish Kilburn welcomed tech influencer and the former presenter of The Gadget Show Jason Bradbury to discuss technology’s role in tomorrow’s hotel… Following a warm welcome from…

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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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Part 44: 6 ways to add nature into interior design

GTHD A GUIDE TO HOTEL DESIGN PT 44: 6 WAYS TO ADD NATURE INTO INTERIOR DESIGN Getting in touch with nature has moved from the eco-friendly fringes to the mainstream in the hospitality industry. Designer and author Angelina Schmidt shares tips on how designers can seamlessly add natural elements within an interior design scheme…  Guide to Hotel Design The indoor-outdoor…

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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 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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In conversation with: Pierre Yovanovitch, interior design’s answer to haute couture

In conversation with: Pierre Yovanovitch, interior design’s answer to haute couture With his latest project Hotel Le Coucou in the French Alps as an apt backdrop, Wallpaper*’s Designer of the Year Pierre Yovanovitch joins editor Hamish Kilburn to discuss milestones, new directions and his signature couture approach to interior design… In my official review of Hotel Le Coucou, I mention…

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INSIGHT: 5G and hotel security technology in the ’20s

INSIGHT: 5G and hotel security technology in the ’20s To launch the next few weeks putting Technology under the spotlight, Mark Tucknutt, the owner of specialist security consultancy Toren Consulting Ltd, breaks down some of the cyber security issues the design, architecture and hospitality sector will face in the Roaring 20s… It’s pretty hard to resist a technology forecast at the…

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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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Editor’s round-up of Sleep & Eat 2019

Editor’s round-up of Sleep & Eat 2019 Rounding off this year’s show season, editor Hamish Kilburn attends Sleep & Eat 2019 on the search for new product launches, sensational design concepts and more brands under one roof than in any other hotel design trade show in Europe… It is often said that the sequel is never as impactful as the…

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GROHE’s answer to the digital revolution of the modern shower

GROHE’s answer to the digital revolution of the modern shower GROHE launches Rainshower SmartConnect 310 head shower, combining tech and wellness to create its answer to meaningful bathroom design…  Digitalisation and wellness-inspired spaces are two mega-trends that are changing the way we perceive bathroom design. The two may seemingly juxtapose one another but with the Rainshower SmartConnect 310 head shower,…

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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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Urban development completes to welcome Hoxton Southwark

Urban development completes to welcome Hoxton Southwark Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands completes a new kind of hotel in London, the Hoxton Southwark… Architecture firm Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands has completed work on an ambitious mixed-use development in Southwark, which shelters Hoxton Hotel’s third property in London, Hoxton Southwark. Complete with 192 rooms as well as restaurants, bars and function rooms and 4,000…

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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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In Conversation With: Outstanding Property Award London’s Jesper Thomsen

In Conversation With: Outstanding Property Award London’s Jesper Thomsen Making its debut on the international design stage, Outstanding Property Award London (OPAL) has begun its global search to identify the most innovative design and architecture projects. As the exclusive media partner of the awards, Hotel Designs speaks to OPAL’s  co-founder to understand what sets the initiative aside from others. Editor…

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The Standard London, Camden’s new kid on the block

The Standard London, Camden’s new kid on the block In search of a new standard in design, creativity and urban hotels, editor Hamish Kilburn checks in to London’s most talked-about hotels this year to explore another world. The Standard London has opened, making a bold statement on the capital’s new hospitality scene…  Something significant is happening in London’s King’s Cross…

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Top furniture looks to come out of London Design Festival

Top furniture looks to come out of London Design Festival Are you sitting comfortably? Here is Hamish Kilburn’s editor’s pick of the most innovative furniture pieces that were exhibited at London Design Festival 2019… With the design world watching, London Design Festival (LDF) once again delivered a spectacular performance full of colour, shapes and thoughtful design. Full of twists and turns…

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Accor’s JO&JOE brand moves in with IKEA in Vienna

Accor’s JO&JOE brand moves in with IKEA in Vienna Construction work will commence in January 2020 on the seven-storey IKEA in Vienna, which will shelter a 345-key hotel… Accor’s JO&JOE lifestyle brand is partnering with IKEA to open an innovative hospitality concept: the two upper floors of the building will contain an Open House by JO&JOE. After openings in Paris and…

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SPOTLIGHT ON: 7 hotel concepts on the boards that will rock your world

SPOTLIGHT ON: 7 hotel concepts on the boards that will rock your world During this month’s Spotlight On Hotel Concepts, editor Hamish Kilburn identifies the projects on the boards that are taking international hotel design to unseen heights… The hotels that are currently opening around the globe are impressive, innovative and are a reaction to the ever-evolving demands of the…

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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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In Conversation With: Simon Naudi, CEO of Corinthia Hotels

In Conversation With: Simon Naudi, CEO of Corinthia Hotels With a Dubai debut around the corner, Corinthia Hotels is strategically expanding its luxury arm one region – and one hotel opening – at a time. Editor Hamish Kilburn caught up with the CEO of Corinthia Hotels, Simon Naudi, to understand the trials and triumphs of evolving one of the world’s…

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EDITOR CHECKS IN: Making debuts in international hotel design

EDITOR CHECKS IN: Making debuts in international hotel design Editor Hamish Kilburn has noticed an influx in hotel groups debuting lifestyle brands in far-flung destinations around the world…   Whenever I disembark a long-haul flight I appreciate further just how small the world really is; it’s tiny in fact. The realisation that you can travel from one side of the…

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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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5 examples of art outside the frame at Clerkenwell Design Week

5 examples of art outside the frame at Clerkenwell Design Week Clerkenwell Design Week once again inspired designers, architects and Londoners alike to celebrate London as a creative design hub. Editor Hamish Kilburn identifies five installations that took art outside the frame… In seven exhibitions across London’s much-loved design district, exhibitors at Clerkenwell Design Week displayed the latest products and…

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Hotel Indigo to make its debut in Chester

Hotel Indigo to make its debut in Chester Hotel group IHG has unveiled a first glimpse of its much-anticipated new boutique hotel, Hotel Indigo Chester, which is slated to open later this year under a franchise agreement with Castlebridge Hospitality…  Located at the heart of Chester, Hotel Indigo Chester combines the local character and charm with vibrant colours and textures to…

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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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MEET UP NORTH: Headline Speaker announced

MEET UP NORTH: Headline Speaker announced Tom Lindblom, Principal and Hospitality Leader at Gensler (London), has been confirmed as the Headline Speaker for Meet Up North, which takes place at Hotel Gotham, on July 1, 2019… Hotel Designs has confirmed that Tom Lindblom, The Brit List 2018 finalist from Gensler, will be the Headline Speaker at Meet Up North, which…

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Hotel Designs’ 30 Under 30: Winners announced

Hotel Designs’ 30 Under 30: Winners announced Hotel Designs’ unveiled the winners of its 30 Under 30 initiative at Meet Up London on March 28, 2019… 40 shortlisted 30 Under 30 finalists were among the more than 200 interior designers, architects, hoteliers and key-industry suppliers who gathered at Minotti London on March 28 for Meet Up London. The event, which…

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SPOTLIGHT ON: April’s features announced

HD SPOTLIGHT ON: April’s features announced Hotel Designs has officially dropped its April editorial features, which are Interior Design and Outdoor Style…  Throughout April, Hotel Designs’ Spotlight On features will look at two highly topical features, namely Interior Design and Outdoor Style. Although on the surface these topics suggest that we will be investigating separate areas of the hotel, with the major indoor/outdoor trend showing…

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In Conversation With: Damien Perrot on defining ibis Hotels’ new design era

The world’s most iconic budget hotel brand is undergoing a major redesign following the growing demands of the modern traveller. To understand all the design details of the new generation of ibis Hotels, editor Hamish Kilburn sat down with Damien Perrot, Senior Vice President, Design Solutions for Accor, to find out more about how the new ibis was conceived in…

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Editor’s round-up of Surface Design Show 2019

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

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The interior designer behind Rosewood Bangkok

HD The interior designer behind Rosewood Bangkok As its highly anticipated opening is imminently on the horizon, the Rosewood Bangkok’s interior design story is one yet to be unveiled in detail. Editor Hamish Kilburn caught up with interior designer Celia Chu to establish the narrative told within the walls of the soon-to-open 159-key luxury hotel… The interior designer Celia Chu…

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Kaldewei unveils new digital stand concept for ISH

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

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Hotel Designs closes January with online traffic record

The leading international hotel design website closes January with a record-breaking 67, 792 readers….  By exploring hotel openings and spas as its Spotlight On features during January, Hotel Designs has smashed its online monthly traffic record, which was previously hit in November, by amassing more than 67,000 readers to the website. Hotel Designs, which last year attracted more than half a million…

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Top 5 stories of the week: Lighting the future, Madrid arrivals and Nobu expansion

From lighting insights to hotel group milestones, here are Hotel Designs’ top stories of the week… As we continue our Spotlight On hotel openings, this week’s headlines have suggested a theme of hotel chains arriving in new destinations. From BLESS Collection Hotels opening its first hotel to Bali welcoming the Kempinski brand, it’s been an exciting week to report the hotel design headlines.…

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SPOTLIGHT ON: February features announced

Hotel Designs has officially dropped its February editorial features, which are Surfaces and Architecture & Construction…  Throughout February, Hotel Designs’ Spotlight On features will look at two highly topical features, namely Surfaces and Architecture and Construction. These features to run throughout the month have been carefully selected by the editorial team in light of both topics harbouring popular debates among industry…

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The Brit List 2018 – Designer Profiles

In the coming weeks, Hotel Designs will be profiling the 75 finalists in the Hotel Designs Brit List 2018. We continue with profiling our winning designers in alphabetical order… This year’s The Brit List 2018 concluded on November 22, when leading designers, hoteliers and architects gathered at BEAT London to find out which of them made it on to this year’s The…

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Hotel Designs becomes media partner of Surface Design Show

Surface Design Show 2019 will celebrate the best in new and innovative surfaces… Hotel Designs has confirmed that it is a media partner for the Surface Design Show 2019, which takes place From February 5 – 7 at London’s Business Design Centre. Providing a platform for architects, designers and specifiers to explore the best in interior and exterior surface materials, lighting…

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The Brit List 2018: Designer profiles

In the coming weeks, Hotel Designs will be profiling the 75 finalists in the Hotel Designs Brit List 2018. This week, we begin by profiling our winning designers in alphabetical order… This year’s The Brit List 2018 concluded on November 22, when leading designers, hoteliers and architects gathered at BEAT London to find out which of them made it on…

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Hamilton Litestat has the perfect accompaniment to Spiced Honey

British electrical solutions provider Hamilton’s bronze electrical accessories a perfect match for Dulux Colour of the Year 2019… Paint brand Dulux has announced ‘Spiced Honey’ its Colour of the Year 2019 as it forecasts the home colour trends for the upcoming year. The warm and earthy deep ochre hue is balanced by mid-brown and burgundy to create a contemporary and…

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Design-led NHow Hotel to arrive in London in Summer 2019

nhow London will be a disruptive twist on traditional British icons… Designed by Project Orange, the 190-key nhow London will arrive in the British capital in summer 2019. Located between Islington and Shoreditch within the ‘250 City Road’ development designed by acclaimed architectural firm Foster + Partners, the four-star hotel will be NH Hotel Group’s second property in the UK. Under the theme ‘London…

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Wall murals in hotel design; the possibilities are endless

As Hotel Designs continues to shine the spotlight on art and photography, editor Hamish Kilburn caught up with wall murals artist and interior designer Lawrence Hosannah Myse to discuss how personality and character can literally be written on the walls… It was at a restaurant launch in Kent, England, where I first met the talented Lawrence Hosannah Myse, a New York-based…

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Maison & Objet Paris

Maison & Objet is a biannual fair that has become one of the most important for international designers. Year after year, the objects shown at the week-long exhibition reverberate well past the event’s end date and travel throughout the whole design season and year. Maison & Objet is the international authority for home decor, interior design, architecture and lifestyle culture and trends through…

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Colour trend: Are neon and avocado bathrooms the future?

Throwbacking it back to the ’70s, one design firm believes that neon and avocado bathrooms are coming back… Following this year’s London Design Festival (LDF), which saw a rise in bathroom colour with the launch of a new collection by Laufen, architecture and interior design firm Boundary Space has gone further to propose neon and avocado may soon be colour trends in the modern hotel…

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Editor’s round-up of London Design Festival 2018

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

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Art outside the frame in the hotel lobby

As Hotel Designs continues to focus the lens in and around the hotel lobby, editor Hamish Kilburn investigates the importance of art outside the frame in the public areas… Earlier this month we discussed how the hotel lobby’s purpose in international hotel design has changed in recent years to cater to the increasing demands of modern travellers. What once was…

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TREND ALERT: Favourite shades of grey in the bathroom

Hotel Designs editor Hamish Kilburn – with the help of bathroom specialists Duravit – investigates why grey continues to be the colour trend of choice for many designers and architects in the bathroom… Sharing the same opinion as that of the new Managing Director of WATG London, Martin Pease, bathroom specialist Duravit believes that grey is one of the best-loved colours in…

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BIID announces plans for London Design Festival 2018

The British Institute of Interior Design (BIID), which has been named the industry partner of this year’s Hotel Designs’ Brit List, has announced its plans for the three major events during the anticipated London Design Festival… The British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) will be celebrating London Design Festival 2018 with a number of talks and events across the city.…

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Hotel Designs Brit List announces judging panel

The Brit List, which celebrates Britain’s top 25 influential interior designers, hoteliers and architects, has announced the judging panel for this year’s awards taking place on November 22 at BEAT London… Ahead of this year’s anticipated Brit List, which launched last year with the aim to raise the profile of British creatives in the industry, Hotel Designs has confirmed the…

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Could the bathroom spa become the hotel bathroom of the future?

Hotel Designs investigates why the conventional bathroom could soon be a thing of the past… As we come to the end of technology’s month in the spotlight, the editorial desk at Hotel Designs is somewhat looking towards to future, to every possibility. Everything as we know it has been scrutinised right up to the point where there have been questions…

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MINIVIEW: HBA London completes a new jewel in Jerusalem

We took a closer look at the timeless details that make up the new hotel on the block, The Orient Jerusalem by Isrotel Exclusive Collection… Following Hotel Designs exclusive discussion with the design firm’s senior designer Constantina Tsoutsikou, HBA London has completed the interiors of The Orient Jerusalem by Isrotel Exclusive Collection. Beginning with the cherished Song of Jerusalem ‘A timeless love song to the…

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Seven minutes with lighting experts Robert and William Chelsom

Following the recently launched Edition 26, Hotel Designs editor Hamish Kilburn caught up the father-and-son duo Robert and William Chelsom to understand how the firm is planning to light up the world, one hotel at a time… Two years after the lighting company’s last major launch, Chelsom has just debuted Edition 26 in the appropriately majestic One Marylebone in London. With such a unveiling…

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Seven minutes with HBA London’s creative director

Hotel Designs editor Hamish Kilburn sits down with Constantina Tsoutsikou to discuss emerging trends, common pitfalls and future projects… “We would never design a hotel that felt out of place,” leaks a confident and assured spark in Constantina Tsoutsikou, creative director of HBA London. I first met the now award-winning designer at Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol at the backend of 2015,…

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Surface trend alert: Caesarstone launches new industrial-themed collection

The new Caesarstone Metropolitan Collection, launched last night in London, comprises of nine surface products that reflect the UK industrial design trend… Surface manufacturer Caesarstone has launched the Metropolitan Collection in the UK. The new collection welcomes five new products, which join the four already launched surfaces. Interior designers, members of the press and friends of the brand gathered last night at rough and…

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Spotlight On: Outdoor furniture and Spa

Throughout April Hotel Designs will focus on two timely sectors – outdoor furniture and spas If you want to get your company and products in front of an audience of interior designers, procurement specialists and hoteliers for a month of specially focussed commentary, this is a fantastic opportunity. OUTDOOR FURNITURE SEES A RESURGENCE OF NATURAL MATERIALS AND SOOTHING COLOURS We…

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Interior designers reveal the biggest misconceptions about their industry

What is it, exactly, that interior designers do? What keeps them awake at night? Are they basically just like the hosts of Changing Rooms, throwing pillows and cushions at problems? Absolutely not! We found a bunch of interior designers to reveal the biggest misconceptions about their industry. Straight from the horse’s mouth… Here are 5 interior designers keen to tell…

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Hotel Designs Meet Up March 2018 welcomes award-winning interior designer Gilly Craft as headline speaker

Hotel Designs Meet Up March 2018 is delighted to welcome its keynote speaker, Gilly Craft, who as well as being President elect of the British Institute of Interior Design, runs her own award-winning multi-disciplinary design and architecture firm, Koubou Interiors. Gilly will bring her kaleidoscopic knowledge of interior design and architecture to the Meet Up, where industry buyers and suppliers…

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Our ultimate guide to London Design Week 2018

If you’re after design inspiration, London Design Week 2018 is where world-leading creatives and amateur design lovers in equal measure go to be inspired. London Design Week 2018 boasts hundreds of producers, showrooms and immersive design experiences. It’s the go-to for the inspiration hungry – whether you work in the industry or not. Visitors get, in Design Week’s words, “the…

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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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Guest Blog: TOPHOTELS – Five luxury brands to watch

As summer ends, TOPHOTELS takes a look back over the year so far and round up our pick of the top five luxury hotel brands of 2017, selecting the ones that have impressed us the most with their services and properties. FAIRMONT HOTELS Recently acquired by Accor Hotels, who have seen their profits rise 0.9% since the 2016 acquisition, the name…

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