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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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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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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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Gessi

Made in Gessi – design and manufacturing excellence. Gessi has been designing and manufacturing exclusive bathroom and kitchen fittings and furnishing for over 20 years. Today, the Gessi brand is acknowledged worldwide for its fashionable bathroom designs in all types of living environments including hotels, spas, yachts and private residences. Umberto Gessi and his son Gian Luca founded Gessi SpA…

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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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