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Cork is turning Japanese with Granorte

Cork is turning Japanese with Granorte Harnessing the natural beauty of cork while bringing new meaning to its aesthetic, Tatami is a wall covering from Granorte, inspired by traditional Japanese tatami rice straw mats… Designed by Marco Carini for Granorte, Tatami creates its effect through contrasting 3D lines that can be installed in horizontal or vertical arrangements. Bringing subtle depth…

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PRODUCT WATCH: Granorte launches vingtage-style cork wall tile collection

PRODUCT WATCH: Granorte launches vingtage-style cork wall tile collection Groovy is the latest cork wall tile from cork innovator Granorte, bringing a stylish vintage edge to contemporary spaces… Made entirely from 100 per cent post-industrial recycled cork, Groovy’s linear design is CNC grooved into its face then dyed in one of seven colours, or as an all-over treatment in the…

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Product watch: make more of your walls with Modular by Granorte

Product watch: make more of your walls with Modular by Granorte Modular is a 3D tile from cork pioneer Granorte that brings Mondrian linearity to walls… Using CNC machined linear grooves in three geometric designs, Modular lets you explore the forms typified by Piet Mondrian’s works on walls. Installed in combinations and arrangements, the large format cork tiles create an…

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Winners of The Brit List Awards 2020 unveiled

Winners of The Brit List Awards 2020 unveiled Hundreds of designers, architects, hoteliers, developers and suppliers tuned in today to watch the awards ceremony that crowned the winners of The Brit List Awards 2020… Hotel Designs’ nationwide search to find the top designers, architects, hoteliers and suppliers operating in Britain came to a head yesterday as the winners of The…

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A modern tradition – introducing a new range by Granorte

A modern tradition – introducing a new range by Granorte As we continue our journey looking at innovative sustainable solutions, editor Hamish Kilburn casts his eyes on Tradition, a range of glue-down cork floor tiles from Granorte… As we spend more time in our home during the new normal, we’re increasingly conscious of the materials and finishes we choose and…

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Sustainable surfaces: a playful way to connect with nature

Sustainable surfaces: a playful way to connect with nature 3DForms by Granorte is a sustainable collection of wall tiles with three-dimensional structures that can be used in various arrays to create one-of-a-kind textured walls that also benefit from the natural properties of cork… Designed by Alzira Peixoto and Carlos Mendonca of SimpleFormsDesign, 3DForms takes inspiration from Portuguese ceramic wall tiles…

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Product watch: Carioca by Granote brings colourful new meaning to walls

Product watch: Carioca by Granote brings colourful new meaning to walls Designed by famed Italian interior designer Marco Carini to bring a colourful new meaning to walls, Carioca is a striking cork tile concept from Granorte… Offering two extra-large formats (900 x 150mm and 900 x 300mm), Carioca is a range of bold colour infused cork tiles that can be…

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The Brit List Awards 2020: Shortlist announced

The Brit List Awards 2020: Shortlist announced The shortlist for The Brit List Awards 2020 has been announced, with more than 120 individuals and projects selected across eight categories… Known as the industry’s most widespread search to identify the leading designers, architects, hoteliers and suppliers, The Brit List Awards 2020 has unveiled this year’s shortlist. The finalists, listed below, have…

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Product watch: wall tiles by Granorte bring new meaning to natural aesthetic

Product watch: wall tiles by Granorte bring new meaning to natural aesthetic With the natural aesthetic of cork, Decodalle wall tiles from Granorte offer something new for high-end interiors. Hotel Designs explores… Delivering a rich collection of decorative cork veneers, Decodalle presents the depth and variety of finishes achievable in this natural and sustainable material, proving its association with retro…

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PRODUCT WATCH: A Moment of Mondrian from Granorte

PRODUCT WATCH: A Moment of Mondrian from Granorte Designed by Carlos Mendonca, Mondri is the latest digitally printed floor from cork maestros Granorte… Heavily influenced by the paintings of Diet Mondrian and the De Stijl movement, Mondri Pale presents a vector and modular composition intervened by soft colours for a pattern that brings a sophisticated and subtle interpretation of the…

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PRODUCT WATCH: A floor for tomorrow’s hotel

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

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FEATURE: The ever-growing importance of biophilic design

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

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INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Shining light on cordless luxury for 2020

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Shining light on cordless luxury for 2020 While new technologies are coming to the surface as the industry starts to emerge from lockdown, Hotel Designs asks Voltra Lighting to explain why designers are switching their attention to cordless luxury… What is it about a luxury hotel that makes it so desirable to the discerning traveller? Be it the…

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Granorte

Granorte is a leading cork coverings manufacturer, producer of thrilling environmentally responsible products, ranging from stunning wall and floor coverings, to striking furniture and statement pieces. Since the beginning Granorte has dedicated its attention to product research and development, resulting in innovative production processes and technical excellence. Its significant know-how in cork allowed them to develop into an expanding producer…

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PRODUCT WATCH: Jackie by Granorte proves to be no wallflower

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

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Biophilic design highlights of Surface Design Show 2020

Biophilic design highlights of Surface Design Show 2020 More than 170 exhibitors showcased the latest in surface design, with nearly 5,000 architects, designers and specifiers visiting Business Design Centre over the packed 2 ½ days of Surface Design Show 2020…  Surface Design Show 2020, which took place at London’s Business Design Centre from the February 11 – 13, sheltered more…

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Apurva Kempinski Bali unveils new design-led villas

Apurva Kempinski Bali unveils new design-led villas Newly launched villa collection, designed by Trivium Design Group, marks the competition of The Apurva Kempinski Bali… Nestled in tropical gardens on the clifftops of Nusa Dua, The Apurva Kempinski Bali has completed its design renovation, which results in the launch of 43 new villas.  Named after the mighty kingdoms that once ruled…

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IN PICTURES: Meet Up North 2019

IN PICTURES: Meet Up North 2019 Hotel Designs’ premium northern networking event, Meet Up North 2019, took place in Club Brass, Hotel Gotham’s spectacular rooftop private members’ bar…  Meet Up North 2019, which took place on July 1, took over Manchester’s iconic Hotel Gotham. Hotel Designs’ premium northern networking event, which was sponsored by Hamilton Litestat, Architextural and Atlas Concorde,…

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Leading designers, architects and hoteliers to attend Meet Up North 2019

Leading designers, architects and hoteliers to attend Meet Up North 2019 Meet Up North, which takes place on July 1 at Hotel Gotham’s Club Brass, will be attended by leading hoteliers, designers and architects… Following the success of Meet Up London in March, Hotel Designs is weeks away from heading up to Manchester with Meet Up North. The event, which…

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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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Clerkenwell Design Week 2019 launches and new designs to bookmark

Clerkenwell Design Week 2019 launches and new designs to bookmark Ahead of Clerkenwell Design Week, which takes place from May 21 – 23, Hotel Designs takes a closer look at some of the major product launches and new designs to look forward to…  Now that the sun has set on Italy’s capital following yet another successful Milan Design Week, Hotel…

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BRITISH STYLE: Questioning design like Ilse Crawford

BRITISH STYLE: Questioning design like Ilse Crawford To launch the new chapter of Hotel Designs, Hamish Kilburn investigates how one woman, her editorship and her questions over convention helped to change modern international hotel design by challenging the very foundations it sits on… Every now and then, the world is introduced to a design icon who, through making their visions…

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Moooi teams up with Arte to launch wallcoverings range inspired by extinct animals

Arte’s Extinct Animals wallcoverings are inspired by Moooi’s Museum of Extinct Animals… Launched at Deco Off in Paris, the Extinct Animals wallcoverings range is the result of a unique collaboration with Arte and Moooi. Both leading brands have launched the collection in order to celebrate nature’s diversity, stimulating to stretch the limits of imagination. Within the Extinct Animals wallcovering collection,…

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First look: At one with nature at The Apurva Kempinski Bali

As the hotel is on the cusp of opening, Hotel Designs takes a sneak peek of the naturally striking design sheltered within the 475-key The Apurva Kempinski Bali… Kempinski Hotels is preparing to usher in a new era of first-class hospitality in Bali with the opening of The Apurva Kempinski Bali, a luxurious haven that captures the essence of Indonesian culture, art…

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The Brit List 2018: Architect 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 architects 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 Brit…

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Editor checks in: November 2018

And that’s a wrap! Show Season 2018 was a delicious cocktail of all the freshest, and tastiest, ingredients. Served up in a number of containers, each event unique in its structure, content and general look and feel. Sheltering insights of the future as well as game-changing product launches, the whole season has been one to remember, as we will review…

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Sleep Sets 2018: Behind the keyhole

Four international leading design houses were set the challenge to collaborate with four separate companies for this year’s Sleep Sets at SLEEP + EAT. Hamish Kilburn investigated how each designer turned vision into reality… It’s not an easy task by anyone’s imagination, but someone has to do it. Reviewing the Sleep + Eat Sleep Sets this year was an experience that inspired…

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SLEEP + EAT: One week to go before the event debuts in west London

Here’s what to look forward one week before the world of hotel design prepares to descend on London for Sleep + Eat, followed by The Brit List 2018…  Just one week remains before Europe’s globally acclaimed hospitality design event Sleep + Eat opens its doors at London Olympia on November 20-21. With this year’s theme of Recognisable and New, visitors are…

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Sleep conference programme announced

The organisers of Sleep + Eat have just announced the line-up for this year’s Sleep Conference… Taking place on November 20-21 at London Olympia, Sleep + Eat promises once again to be packed with foremost influencers shaping the industry today. The free-to-attend two-day Sleep Conference at Sleep + Eat 2018 show will be joined by a new Eat Conference. Image caption:…

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Top five stories of the week: Sleep set dreams, Roman spa experience and reflecting on London Design Festival

Following a busy London Design Festival, editor of Hotel Designs Hamish Kilburn breaks down this week’s major conversations… A storm was brewing last week as more than 450,000 designers, architects and creatives from around the world descended onto the Capital to learn about the latest products, trends and discussions. As UK continues to be seen as a major international design…

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SLEEP + EAT reveals sneak peek of this year’s Sleep Sets

The first glimpse of this year’s Sleep Sets for Sleep + Eat have been revealed… Sleep + Eat, which takes place at London’s Olympia on November 20 – 21, has unveiled a glimpse of this year’s highly anticipated Sleep Sets. Reflecting recognition of the role Sleep Set plays in moving the design conversation on, the participants are all leaders in their…

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Associate Design to showcase the best of portugal at Decorex International 2018

On the September 16 – 19, Decorex International will shelter the best of Portuguese furniture, lighting and objets d’art.. Associate Design will present a fine selection of luxury and contemporary Portuguese design at Decorex International 2018 . With its motto ‘a space for beauty to flourish’, Decorex provides the ideal platform on which to showcase some of Portugal’s best design…

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Combining textures and colours at London design aparthotel slated to open this September

Rockwell East is a new 57-key aparthotel owned by London-based property developers Marldon and designed by Waldo Works with deliberate clashes of textures and bold colours.. Located on the fringes of London’s city centre, Rockwell East is a 57-key aparthotel the ideal destination for travellers who are staying in town for one night or several months. Apartments at Rockwell East are spacious and have all the features of…

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Sleep Sets for SLEEP + EAT 2018 introduces unusual partnerships

Sleep + Eat has announced the theme for this year’s Sleep Sets, as well as the four design companies inspired to create the concept rooms… image caption: Yasmine Mahmoudieh Sleep + Eat has announced the theme for this year’s Sleep Sets, as well as the four design companies inspired to create the concept rooms. The challenge for each designer is…

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Soho House to open in Amsterdam this Summer

The 79-key Soho House Amsterdam will open in the city’s The Bungehuis building in July 2018… Following the coverted launch of White City Soho House, the hotel group Soho House has announced that it will open a 79-key property in Amsterdam’s The Bungehuis building this Summer. Soho House Amsterdam will also include the brand’s much-loved signature rooftop pool, a floor…

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LIVE FROM HOTELYMPIA 2018: What to spot on the showfloor

The country’s biggest and boldest event for Hoteliers is back this week, from Monday March 5 to Thursday March 8 at the massive ExCeL London, and there’s plenty to see and find across the showfloor. A goliath event made up of four hotel shows; The Professional Kitchen Show; Hospitality Tech Show; The Foodservice Show and The Interiors & Tableware Show…

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Soft Furnishings Focus: Kobe – Upholstery colours, designs for 2017

As 2017 sees bold colours and motifs continue in soft furnishings, David Harris, managing director of luxury fabric specialist, Kobe UK, takes a look at some of the vibrant new colours and designs in upholstery fabrics. The latest trends include collections where each fabric has an individual identity. Rich, dark greens are back in fashion, especially botanical patterns and jungle…

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Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort launches in Portugal

Making its debut into Europe, Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas brings its authentic luxury to southern Portugal’s picturesque Algarve coast with the launch of Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort. Nestled amongst orange grove trees and undulating wetlands, the resort brings to life Anantara’s ethos of connecting modern travellers with authentic destinations and ensures the brand’s signature Thai hospitality is paired with…

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Guest Blog: Kobe UK – Bring on the botanicals in 2017

Luxury fabric specialist, Kobe UK, predicts a ‘botanical Britannia’ for Spring/Summer 2017. David Harris, managing director, said: “Rich, dark greens are back in fashion, with bags of opportunity to experiment with botanical patterns. Look out too, for jungle printed jacquards, woven with metallic yarns, paired with the young, modern look of natural materials, wood, cork or marble. This year it’s…

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EVEN Hotel Brooklyn opens its doors

The EVEN Hotel in Brooklyn, NY – the latest IHG hotel designed by Gene Kaufman Architect – opened this month. The 13-storey, 202-room hotel has been developed by CBCS Equities and Barone Management. The steel structure has a modern and contextual design. An accentuated corner treatment at the intersection of Nevins and Schermerhorn streets, location of the hotel’s entrance, softens…

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Permission granted for Hotel Indigo Bath construction

Permission has been granted to the St James’ Hotel Group to begin construction work on the new 117-room Hotel Indigo Bath. Operating under a franchise agreement in conjunction with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), the hotel will also feature a restaurant, bar and gym and is scheduled to open at the end of 2017. The boutique hotel is being formed from…

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Tektura Wallcoverings once again exhibiting at Decorex 2015

After an eight year break, Tektura Wallcoverings will once again be exhibiting at Decorex International.Launching over 19 new designs for the hotel and high-end residential interiors market, this season’s introductions include many fabric-backed vinyl wallcoverings. Here’s a glimpse at what’s on offer: Quartz Block: Combines swirls of colour and shimmering metallic foils with dramatic effect. Reminiscent of artisanal marbled papers,…

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Kimpton opens a new Vintage in Downtown Portland

Kimpton Hotels has uncorked a new version of the iconic Hotel Vintage, with a 16-million dollar transformation and redesign. The theme of Oregon wine is front and center as each of the 117 newly re-imagined guest rooms are named for an Oregon winery, emphasizing the hotel’s commitment to the Willamette Valley and giving a nod to local vintners who pour…

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Chelsom Product Watch: Screw

The distinctive elegance of the Screw table lamp makes it one of the signature fittings from Chelsom’s latest collection, a true statement piece ideal for public areas and prestigious guestrooms. Understated in terms of its design, the beauty of the lamp comes from the handmade ceramic corkscrew shaped base as inspired by the current trend of working geometric shapes in…

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Le Belmont, Paris (Daniel Goff)

In March I made a long overdue trip back from the antipodean colonies to the motherland. To break up the frenetic efforts to see everyone, I took a short trip across La Manche to stay briefly in picturesque Paris and lodging at a French classic, Le Belmont. Le Belmont is a four star hotel in the heart of the city.…

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Exhibition Centre Liverpool Reaches Key Milestone With Topping Out

ISG has reached a key construction milestone at its £66+ million Exhibition Centre Liverpool and Pullman hotel development. A ceremonial event held at the prominent ACC Liverpool waterfront site, which is already home to BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena, saw the signing and installation of a specially commissioned steel beam at the highest point on the striking building –…

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Kimpton’s Hotel, Vintage Park, in Downtown Seattle Transforms into Hotel Vintage

Kimpton’s Hotel Vintage Park has transformed into the Hotel Vintage, with a multi-million dollar renovation and top-to-bottom redesign. Each of the 125 newly re-imagined guest rooms are named after a Washington winery, highlighting a strong partnership with local vintners. Guests will feel this dramatic change when stepping into the lobby, now reminiscent of a tasting room, emphasising Washington as one…

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Now Open: Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen

Just minutes from Hong Kong and within hopping distance from Guangzhou and Macau is a completely different destination: Shenzhen. Already well known to the electronics industries and the banking and financial world, this modern powerhouse city is to become more accessible than ever before with the opening of the new Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen.Located in the heart of the vibrant…

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