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Designing Instagrammable: Big data = big opportunities for hospitality design

In part four of Designing Instagrammable, Scott Valentine, the Managing Director of Valé Architects, explains the benefits and potential of analysing big data… There’s a funny internet meme doing the rounds of a little boy asking Mark Zuckerberg if it’s true what his dad says that Facebook is spying on people, to which Zuckerberg simply responds ‘he’s not your dad’.…

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Designing Instagrammable: Does my art look big on this?

In the third instalment of Designing Instagrammable, Valé Architects explores how public art can be used as a not-so-secret weapon to create an authentic sense of place… Pablo Picasso once said that art’s purpose is to wash daily life’s dust off our souls. If that’s true, then we owe a great debt to the many public and street artists for…

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Designing Instagrammable: understanding the psychology of Instagram

All this month, Hotel Designs are working with Australian-based architecture firm Valé Architects to investigate how to design the Instagrammable hotel. In PART ONE of FIVE, Scott Valentine, the firm’s Managing Director, explains the psychology of Instagram… Instagram remains firm in being go-to tool for any business that’s serious about growing its brand identity. This year, the platform is fast overtaking most other forms…

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Behind the scenes: designing the ‘hottest boutique hotel’ in Dublin

Behind the scenes: designing the ‘hottest boutique hotel’ in Dublin The Mayson is said to be Dublin’s ‘hottest new boutique hotel’ and one of the most modern and architecturally striking hotels added to the Dublin skyline. Editor Hamish Kilburn checks it out… Located in the heart of Dublin Docklands, The Mayson is an exciting restoration project by ODOS of 45,000…

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Make hotels more instagrammable with UNILIN

A recent British survey suggests that more than 40 per cent of millennials choose their holiday destination based on its Instragammability, so what can you do to make hotel interiors more instagrammable? UNILIN explains… To find out, UNILIN, division panels, makers of Evola decorative panels have turned to Kel Wouters of So Buzzy, a social media marketing agency that counts…

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Top 14 most tagged interior design trends on Instagram

With Instagram becoming the most popular social media channel for sharing and absorbing inspiration, here are the most tagged interior trends on Insta…  With so many interior design trends, it can be difficult to choose a style that fits a particular space best. While most of these trends intertwine, some are undoubtedly more popular than others. Since its launch in 2010,…

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DESIGN TALK: Instagrammable interiors with Kate Watson Smyth and Paul Craig

Live from London Design Festival, interiors influencer Kate Watson Smyth and photographer Paul Craig explain how to make your designs insta-worthy… To kick-start London Design Festival, bathroom specialist Victoria + Albert hosted a unique talk at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour about the secrets to styling and sharing interiors on social media. Kate Watson Smyth, who is the proud owner of…

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FIRST LOOK: Apex unveils Insta-worthy London suite

Apex Hotels has unveiled the Temple Suite in London that has been designed with Instagram in mind…  Following the Hotel Designs’ series, Designing Instagrammable, Apex Hotels has revealed a sneak peek at the fabulous, ‘Instagrammable’ interiors that lie within the £6 million extension to its hotel on London’s Fleet Street. The Temple Suite is considered the jewel in the crown…

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New research suggests the design and connectivity are key to attracting millennial hotel guests

To understand how hoteliers can win over the most competitive demographic in the hospitality sector – millennials – hotel furniture manufacturer Knightsbridge Furniture surveyed 1,000 18 – 34-year-olds to understand just how important design is in the modern hotel…  A recent survey, carried out by Knightsbridge Furniture, revealed that an overwhelming 87 per cent of consumers aged between 18 – 34…

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Storytelling in the hotel lobby

Hotel Designs editor Hamish Kilburn and Richmond International’s Fiona Thompson together investigate just how the hotel lobby has evolved in recent years and why, perhaps, the modern hotel lobby is having to work harder than it ever has done before… I believe the best way to describe how a hotel’s design experience to a consumer or guest is to compare…

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Discussing luxury furniture design with Oki Sato, founder of Nendo

Discussing luxury furniture design with Oki Sato, founder of Nendo Following our official ‘first look’ of the 2020 Minotti Collection – and to mark putting furniture under the editorial spotlight this month – editor Hamish Kilburn speaks to one of the designers behind the collection; Oki Sato, founder of Nendo… Airy with constructive details linked to Japanese tradition, the Torii…

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Hotel Designs updates in-house event calendar

Hotel Designs updates in-house event calendar In the wake of pandemic, Hotel Designs has made a few amendments to this year’s in-house event calendar. Editor Hamish Kilburn explains… The internal whole team at Hotel Designs and Forum Events have been working tireless, reacting to the latest government guidelines, in order to organise premium networking events that are safe and effective…

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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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Unveiled: the 2020 Indoor Collection by Minotti

Unveiled: the 2020 Indoor Collection by Minotti It may not be the unveiling that the Italian furniture brand had in mind, but the 2020 collection of indoor furniture pieces by Minotti reaffirms its identity and reputation in the luxury interior design arena. Editor Hamish Kilburn learns more… Celebrating the arrival of a new collection by Minotti has become somewhat of…

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Mirror Mania

Established for more than 20 years, Mirror Mania is family run, independently-owned British company, with a large Workshop and Showroom based in idyllic Norfolk, handcrafting mirrors and decorative glass products. We are one of the leading manufacturers of bespoke mirrors and decorative glass in the UK. Headed by one of the Britain’s leading Mirror Artists – Phillip Orr, we understand…

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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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LOCATION WATCH: Hot hotels opening soon in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

LOCATION WATCH: Hot hotels opening soon in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico Ever since Hotel Designs started the concept-to-completion article series with SB Architects to cover the honest journey to design and build Conrad Punta Mita, Riviera Nayarit has been on our editorial team’s radar. Here editor Hamish Kilburn discovers which other hotels are opening in the area soon… Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit,…

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In (Lockdown) Conversation With: Design legend Jean-Michel Gathy

In (Lockdown) Conversation With: Design legend Jean-Michel Gathy If the renders on the boards are anything to go by, Jean-Michel Gathy, who is widely considered as one of the industry’s finest, has embarked on one of his most ambitious hospitality projects to date, to design Amaala Island. Editor Hamish Kilburn learns more… There is not a hotel designer or architect…

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Voltra Lighting

Voltra Lighting provides the intimacy of candlelight through superior craftsmanship and a focus on the technical needs of the hospitality industry. Our lights have been engineered and tested to the highest standards. We bring together experts in design, production and hospitality to create technically advanced lighting that enhances every moment. Feel the atmosphere come alive as you see your home,…

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5 Minutes With: Talking modern spas with designer Beverley Bayes

5 Minutes With: Talking modern spas with designer Beverley Bayes With pools and spas dominating the headlines on Hotel Designs this month, editor Hamish Kilburn has five minutes with Beverley Bayes, Director of Sparcstudio, which is responsible for the design schemes inside Cottenmill Spa at Sopwell House, The Spa at South Lodge and many more luxury wellness hubs that have…

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Hudson Valley Lighting Group

Hudson Valley Lighting Group (HVLG) has been designing and manufacturing luxury lighting for the American market for more than thirty years. With a creative approach that pioneers blending classic design with trend-led pieces, it has some of the foremost lighting brands in the US and has now bought their unique style to Europe and the UK. Image caption: The Bristol…

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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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Bushtec Creations

Bushtec Creations is a leader in authentic, innovative and award-winning custom lodge design. Bushtec Creations is a specialised division of the Canvas and Tent group, a tent manufacturer located in South Africa.  It’s been over 50 years since the group first began manufacturing outstanding quality tents. Today, we are a world leader in conceptualising, designing, building and maintaining world-class tented…

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Lusso Stone

Founded in 2014, Lusso has quickly become one of the most recognisable names in luxury bathroom furniture and brassware. Stone resin baths and basins comprise an integral part of the “Lusso” luxury bathrooms collection, in which we are continually evolving and designing new lines. Image credit: Lusso Stone Image credit: Lusso Stone Our uniqueness is the bespoke services we can…

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In Conversation With: Geraldine Dohogne, former designer at Zannier Hotels

In Conversation With: Geraldine Dohogne, former designer at Zannier Hotels The designer behind many of Zannier Hotels’ authentic properties, Geraldine Dohogne, is expanding her horizons to go solo on the international design scene. Speaking exclusively to editor Hamish Kilburn, the designer unveils the truth behind her unorthodox arrival into the industry, discusses the challenges she encountered when designing many of…

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Harris Jackson

Founded in 2012 Harris Jackson is a Hampshire based interior design practice working in the residential & boutique hotel sector. At the helm of Harris Jackson is Samantha Crockett who has over twenty years’ experience in the design industry in various realms. Based in Lymington on the edge of the New Forest, the Harris Jackson studio encompasses both London and…

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Masiero

Masiero is a story of an Italian  family company, which was formed back in 1981 as a B2B business under the name Emme Pi Light. It took the name of Masiero in 2005 when Enrico Maria Masiero, the son of the company’s founders, joined the firm. Masiero set itself up as a reference brand for the hi-end decorative lighting market.…

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Heathfield & Co

Decorative lighting for beautiful spaces. Heathfield & Co collaborate with interior designers to create decorative lighting for fine interiors. For over 40 years, we have refined the process of designing and constructing exceptional lighting. Each project is guided by a shared vision in response to the unique demands of the space. Image credit: Heathfield & Co Image credit: Heathfield &…

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In Conversation With: Interior Designer of the Year 2019, Jo Littlefair

In Conversation With: Interior Designer of the Year 2019, Jo Littlefair Securing her place in the history books, Jo Littlefair came out on top last year at The Brit List Awards 2019, spectacularly winning the coveted title, Interior Designer of the Year. A few months later, she welcomes editor Hamish Kilburn into the Goddard Littlefair HQ to give him a…

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Hotel Designs speaking at HRC next month

Hotel Designs speaking at HRC next month As part of Hotel Designs’ media partnership with Hospitality Restaurant and Catering, editor Hamish Kilburn will speak on both the Vision Stage as well as the TechX area of the show…  With less than a month until the industry gathers at ExCeL London for Hospitality Restaurant Catering, Hotel Designs has announced its movements…

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Still to come at the Surface Design Show 2020

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

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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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In Conversation With: The founders of design studio BARANOWITZ + KRONENBERG

In Conversation With: The founders of design studio BARANOWITZ + KRONENBERG With W Ibiza about to open, Hotel Designs gets a backstage pass to exclusively interview the design and architecture heroes behind the project. The founders of BARANOWITZ + KRONENBERG, Irene Kronenberg and Alon Baranowitz, have led the completion of some of Europe’s most iconic hotels. Editor Hamish Kilburn joins the pair to understand…

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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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Ideal Standard

Ideal Standard International is a leading provider of innovative and design-driven bathroom products, with 100 per cent focus on bathroom and washroom solutions, their brand portfolio includes the two most recognised and respected bathroom brands in the United Kingdom, Armitage Shanks and Ideal Standard. Armitage Shanks is a British institution, established in 1817 the Company have remained at the very…

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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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The value of consciously designed HVAC when building eco-friendly hotels

The value of consciously designed HVAC when building eco-friendly hotels Confronting huge pressure from the changing the demands of modern travellers, Gallant believes that the effort to build hotels consciously should start early on in the hotel design process. Editor Hamish Kilburn speaks to the company’s Business Development Director, Lee Bell, to understand more… With so much emphasis on eco-friendly initiatives…

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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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In Conversation With: Fashion designer Jack Irving

In Conversation With: Fashion designer Jack Irving Having previously designed statement outfits for many international music and fashion icons, Jack Irving’s alternative style has recently spilled out onto the hotel design scene. Editor Hamish Kilburn joins the fashion designer, in between photoshoots, to understand how two worlds have recently collided… The brand ‘Jack Irving Studio’ and the creative man behind…

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HOTEL CONCEPT: Cliff-hanging hotel on the boards

HOTEL CONCEPT: Cliff-hanging hotel on the boards A spectacular architecture concept has emerged from a Turkish architectural design studio showing plans for a luxury boutique hotel to be built into a cliff… Istanbul-based Architecture firm Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio. has released the first renders of a new project that shows a luxury hotel built into the side of a 2000-foor…

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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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Andronis Arcadia opens in Santorini

Andronis Arcadia opens in Santorini Offering “unrivalled luxury”, earthly Andronis Arcadia shelters 53 design-led pool suites on Santorini, Greece, all with striking vistas towards the Aegean Sea and the island’s unforgettable sunsets… Andronis Arcadia is the latest addition to the Andronis Exclusive family of five-star hotels and villas. The hotel, which is named after the mythical home of Greek God…

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In Conversation With: Jacu Strauss, designer & founder of Lore Studio

In Conversation With: Jacu Strauss, designer & founder of Lore Studio An architect or a designer can become one of the most dynamic hoteliers, as editor Hamish Kilburn learns when sitting down with Jacu Strauss, the founder of Lore Studio and the mastermind behind some of the world’s most awe-inspiring hotels… “Being a great storyteller is essential,” says designer Jacu…

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Inspirational design hotel bars and restaurants in London

SPOTLIGHT ON: Inspirational design hotel bars and restaurants in London To round off our Spotlight On topic of Bars & Restaurants, Hotel Designs headed into London to pick out the best F&B facilities that are serving up a treat on the international hotel design scene… Editor Hamish Kilburn edits… Since hotels became much more than simply a bed for the night, the…

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SPOTLIGHT ON: 10 inspirational hotel bars and restaurants

SPOTLIGHT ON: 10 inspirational hotel bars and restaurants To kickstart our Spotlight On topic of Bars & Restaurants, Hotel Designs has scoured the globe to highlight hotel F&B gems that deserve to be recognised. Editor Hamish Kilburn edits… In 2018, according to Technomic, overall consumer spending for hotel food and beverage showed a solid 5.5 percent annual growth since 2011.…

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Hotel Brand Dakota launches in Manchester

Hotel Brand Dakota launches in Manchester Slated to open later this month, Dakota Manchester is expected to bring a touch of Mayfair to Manchester when it officially opens this month, bringing with it the largest suite in Manchester, a Champagne Room and a Cigar Garden… Situated on Ducie Street close to Piccadilly Station, Dakota Manchester will transform the city’s skyline, offering…

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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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Top 5 stories of the week

HD Top 5 stories of the week From an ibis insight to the three-year growth strategy for Marriott International, Hotel Designs has published some pretty juicy stories over the past five days. Editor Hamish Kilburn breaks down the headline-grabbers as he selects the top five stories of the week…  I feel as if we are almost bidding farewell to an old…

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In Conversation With: Tom Lindblom, Gensler

Lifting the curtain to peak inside one of the largest architecture firms in the world, editor Hamish Kilburn heads to Gensler’s UK headquarters to catch up with hospitality leader, Principal and Brit List 2018 finalist Tom Lindblom… “Designing a hotel is a theatre production,” Tom Lindblom, hospitality leader and Principal at Gensler explains. “If you have ever been backstage at…

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Part 31: Tips to make your hotel bathroom cost effective

GTHD A guide to hotel design Part 31: Tips to make your hotel bathroom cost effective Produced in collaboration with CCL Wetrooms  –  UK’s leading wetroom supplier offering an unrivalled range of innovative products designed to create stylish contemporary wetrooms. Credit: Duravit Hotel rooms are a natural extension of the brand, and the bathroom is no exception. They can either make or break…

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Le Sereno St Barth’s completes renovation following destruction of Hurricane Irma

Following Hurricane Irma, the iconic hotel on Grand Cul de Sac debuts fresh look following design vision from Parisian designer Christian Liaigre… Sereno Hotels has announced that Le Sereno St. Barth’s has reopened following the damage it sustained from the passing of Hurricane Irma in September 2017. The decision to rebuild from scratch a significant part of the property came from the Contreras family with…

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Hotels At New Heights: Airlines’ race to launch luxury suites in the sky

With international hotel design pushing boundaries further than ever before, can the designers in the field benefit from an insight into other industries when it comes to designing the hotel room of the future? Hamish Kilburn kicks off our series, Hotels At New Heights, by investigating how the airlines have raced to design suites in the sky… Travelling the world today…

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Boutique design team completes first hotel project

Paradigm Design Group’s boutique design firm, PDG Studios, completes its first hotel renovation…  PDG Studios, which is the newly launched in-house boutique interior design team at Paradigm Design Group, has recently completed the renovation of Weare Cottage, coastal boutique hotel located in Maine, New England. With a backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean and the Maine cliffscape, Weare Cottage at Cliff…

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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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Live from LDF: New design furniture store arrives in London’s Shoreditch

Premium designer furniture brand KENT & LONDON, which opened its London showroom this week, has launched #WellMadeLDF18, a design challenge for members of the public and designers during London Design Festival… For the first time KENT & LONDON, a sharp designer furniture brand, has opened its doors during London Design Festival. The official launch on Tuesday evening welcomed press, international…

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Checking in to King Street Townhouse, Manchester

With hotel design in the north enjoying a major moment, editor of Hotel Designs Hamish Kilburn checked in to the design-led King Street Townhouse, to marvel over Manchester from a totally unique perspective… “Manchester is a shrinking violet,” said no designer, ever! It’s impossible to ignore the scale of construction that is happening right now in the UK’s third largest city. It has become,…

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INSIGHT: How is the hotel market performing online?

The Hotel Sector Report has published a brief look into who is winning and who is losing the battle in the hotel sector online… The Hotel Sector Report, produced by digital marketing specialists Inside Online, ranks 46 of the leading websites within this competitive market according to their online performance. The annual study reveals the successes and shortcomings of each website,…

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Seven minutes with Fiona Thompson, Principal of Richmond International

Hotel Designs editor Hamish Kilburn caught up with Richmond International’s award-winning designer, and this year’s headline speaker at Meet Up North, Fiona Thompson, to find out how technology is influencing modern hotel design… As we sit down to discuss what’s happened in the last three years, I am reminded of how much travelling is actually required to being the Principal…

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Seven minutes with Ed Ng from design house AB Concept

Hotel Designs caught up with co-founder of luxury design powerhouse AB Concept to discuss technology, trends and what’s next for AB Concept Following on from last month’s focus on restaurants, we caught up with co-founder of luxury design powerhouse AB Concept, which has recently completed Mei Ume, an east-meets-west designed restaurant in Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square, London. Editor of Hotel Designs Hamish Kilburn spoke to Ed…

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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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A Guide to Hotel Design Pt 31: Tips To Make Your Hotel Bathroom Cost Effective

 Produced in collaboration with CCL Wetrooms  –  UK’s leading wetroom supplier offering an unrivalled range of innovative products designed to create stylish contemporary wetrooms. Hotel rooms are a natural extension of the brand, and the bathroom is no exception. They can either make or break your guest’s stay. It is critical therefore to have bathrooms are stylish and breath-taking to your guests.…

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Are your Hotel bathrooms cost effective?

Hotel rooms are a natural extension of the brand, and the bathroom is no exception. They can either make or break your guest’s stay. It is critical therefore to have bathrooms are stylish and breath-taking to your guests. The clean elegance of a wetroom is ideal for a stylish, modern hotel brand. Today a bathroom is so much more than…

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