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Editor Checks In: The hospitality industry fights back

Editor Checks In: The hospitality industry fights back In his monthly column, editor Hamish Kilburn, like others, is self-isolating. He is reflecting on where it all went wrong – and, crucially, how we can make it right again for the hospitality industry. In the eye of the COVID–19 storm, which will pass, he finds himself praising the hospitality industry for…

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Editor Checks In: Colouring outside the lines, searching for creativity

Editor Checks In: Colouring outside the lines, searching for creativity Casting back to a two-dimensional art classroom, editor Hamish Kilburn has a few confessions to make regarding the creativity of his sketch book before rekindling his relationship with art in design… As someone who regularly rushed his art homework in blue biro ink at the back of the school bus,…

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Editor Checks In: Is it time to reinvent the hotel design experience?

Editor Checks In: Is it time to reinvent the hotel design experience? Steering away from the days of absurd tech-flooded hotels, editor Hamish Kilburn has identified a number of factors in the industry that are acting as catalysts to pave a more meaningful hotel design landscape… The hotel design industry is a shrinking violet, said nobody… ever. And you can…

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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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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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Editor Checks In: Everyone’s gone eco!

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

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Editor Checks In: Home comforts in hotel design

Editor Checks In: Home comforts in hotel design In August 2019, editor Hamish Kilburn concludes that trends are overrated when a project close to his heart reaches its highly anticipated conclusion… I can’t quite believe it has been almost one year since we first started following the award-winning designer Nicky Dobree on her journey to complete her debut hotel design…

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EDITOR CHECKS IN: Proud of diversity in British design

EDITOR CHECKS IN: Proud of diversity in British design As the world focuses its attention on amplifying equality in all forms, editor Hamish Kilburn believes now is the time to break down why diversity in British design is something the industry should celebrate and be proud of… We’ve come a long way, and although the journey hasn’t exactly been a…

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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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EDITOR CHECKS IN: Running on empty in Clerkenwell

EDITOR CHECKS IN: Running on empty in Clerkenwell Editor Hamish Kilburn explains some of the benefits that come with being a runner on the editorial desk – especially during Clerkenwell Design Week…  I believe that nine problems out of 10 within this ever-evolving industry can be solved with a fresh perspective. Whether the issue is a lack of inspiration or…

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Editor Checks In: April ‘19

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

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Editor Checks In: March ’19

Editor Checks In: March ’19 Reviewing March: here’s to the future… One of the many treasures of being a young design editor comes the morning after the night before. Waking up fresh-faced, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed wouldn’t be possible if I didn’t feel as if what we achieved last night at Meet Up London was nothing short of being exceptional! Ever…

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Editor checks in: February ’19

It’s in with the new… This month has been about discovery over on the editorial desk at Hotel Designs HQ. At the beginning of February we opened entries and nominations for our 30 Under 30 initiative, which was the start of our global search for the industry’s rising stars. Make no bones about it, this is Hotel Designs’ pledge to help…

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Editor checks in: January ’19

When two trendy worlds collide in January… Excitement and optimism are both thick in the January air. My train carriage on the Eurostar is full to the brim of creative people. Half the passengers on board are interior designers on their way, like me, to Maison&Objet. The other half are fashionistas, bloggers and journalists preparing to arrive at Men’s Paris…

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Editor checks in: December 2018

Colouring outside the trendy lines… The sun is falling on 2018 – and this particular sunset is filtered in a warm, peachy orange glow, also known as Living Coral or Pantone 16-154. Despite December traditionally being a month of reflection, it’s also a time to sprinkle a hint of optimism on the horizon as the industry turns its head to leading…

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

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

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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 mood, surface trends and Meet Up developments

Concluding January and looking ahead to the future of lighting, surfaces and hotel development, Hamish Kilburn writes the top five stories of the week… As January turns to February, there is much anticipation in the air around developing trends. The must-watch lists of hues, textures and materials that landed in my inbox on January 1 have filtered subtly into the designs…

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FEATURE: COVID–19 pandemic is forcing an evolution in wellness

FEATURE: COVID–19 pandemic is forcing an evolution in wellness When we eventually return to ‘normal’ life following the worldwide pandemic of COVID–19, we will all have become acutely aware of how Mother Nature can rapidly alter the status quo and severely affect each and every one of us; where we go, who we see, what we do. Room to Breathe…

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Hotels that are self-isolating in style (part 3)

Hotels that are self-isolating in style (part 3) The editorial series continues with part three, as editor Hamish Kilburn mentally checks in to some of the best hotels that are self-isolating in style… The weeks are starting to feel like years. As the number of cases of COVID–19 increases day-by-day, so too do our social restrictions. From our new-found goldfish…

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Hospitality trends that we expect will evolve in 2020

Hospitality trends that we expect will evolve in 2020 To see continued success, hoteliers and designers need to be prepared for inevitable changes. We’ve asked STAAH to round up the trends in hospitality to help our readers stay ahead of the curve… This month, technology trends have been in the spotlight. And while there is a need for new innovation,…

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In Conversation With: Hotelier of the Year 2019, Thomas Kochs

In Conversation With: Hotelier of the Year 2019, Thomas Kochs The Managing Director of Corinthia London, Thomas Kochs, has confidently evolved – and arguably led – the luxury hospitality scene in London for decades. Editor Hamish Kilburn joins the man of the moment who was recently crowned Hotelier of the Year at The Brit List Awards 2019… London’s luxury market…

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Checking in: Heckfield Place

Checking in: Heckfield Place Former senior stylist for House & Garden and The Brit List Awards 2019 judge, Florence Rolfe, checks in to the award-winning Heckfield Place to discover how the hotel is anything but ‘greenwashing’ in both its design and operation… I recently received a dream invitation to the highly acclaimed country manor hotel Heckfield Place. Naturally, I obliged.…

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EXCLUSIVE ROUNDTABLE: Meaningfully differentiating luxury in hotel design

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

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MINIVIEW: Balancing heritage and playful design inside Maximilian Hotel

MINIVIEW: Balancing heritage and playful design inside Maximilian Hotel Known locally as one of Prague’s most established boutique hotels, redesigning the 71-key Maximilian Hotel called upon experienced minds and skilful to sensitively reimagine and redesign the hotel’s interiors. Editor Hamish Kilburn checks in for a sneak peek… Situated on Haštalská Street facing the Haštal Church – close to Prague’s Old…

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INTERACTIVE HOTEL REVIEW: Monkey Island Estate, Bray-on-Thames

INTERACTIVE HOTEL REVIEW: Monkey Island Estate, Bray-on-Thames Unearthing eight centuries of history, editor Hamish Kilburn checks in to Bray-on-Thames’ Monkey Island Estate to interactively review a new kind of private countryside luxury… Travel upstream from London and you eventually arrive in the quintessentially British surroundings of Bray-on-Thames, a quiet suburban village that is arguably most for harbouring two of the…

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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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Checking In: Wyndham Grand Athens

Checking In: Wyndham Grand Athens With unparalleled views casting over the ancient city below, Wyndham Grand Athens opened in 2017 to capture the city from a unique perspective. Editor Hamish Kilburn checks in two years later to explore just how timeless the interiors really are… It seems to me that Greece – and Athens in particular – is a magnet this…

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Checking In: Down the rabbit hole in Devon’s Glazebrook House Hotel

Checking In: Down the rabbit hole in Devon’s Glazebrook House Hotel In search for English eccentricity, editor Hamish Kilburn checks in to Glazebrook House Hotel to explore the Alice-in-Wonderland meets Rule Britania interiors, designed by Timothy Oulton… When Peter and Fran Hamman, the owners of Glazebrook House Hotel, originally embarked on their tremendous journey to open a statement luxury boutique hotel…

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Concept to Completion: Nicky Dobree creating Plaza 18 (part three)

Concept to Completion: Nicky Dobree creating Plaza 18 (part three) While Hotel Designs is exclusively following Plaza 18’s creation, editor Hamish Kilburn checks in on designer Nicky Dobree as the project is just weeks from completing… With her sleeves rolled up, designer Nicky Dobree is on the home straight in the race to design her first hotel project. The finish…

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The designer shaping the future of water at GROHE

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

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Checking In: MOB Hotel Paris, where it all started

HD Checking In: MOB Hotel Paris, where it all started On the doorstep of Paris’ infamous flea market, MOB Hotel Paris – the original MOB – is designed ‘for the people’. Editor Hamish Kilburn checks in to see where the MOB Hotels story started… In order to understand MOB Hotels’ style, ethos and energy you must first, in my opinion,…

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From textiles factory to New Road Hotel

Being the ‘first’ in international hotel design is a daring move, but one that carries ample rewards if conceived well. Editor of Hotel Designs Hamish Kilburn checks in to the newly opened New Road Hotel to explore what’s underneath the fossil that is a former textiles factory in London’s said-to-be up and coming neighbourhood of Whitechapel… Knocking on the back…

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Checking in to The Gainsborough Bath and Spa

Editor of Hotel Designs Hamish Kilburn checks in to the only hotel in Bath that taps into the natural thermal springs of the city, designed by the one and only Alexandra Champalimaud… “First and foremost, the location is what really sets this project apart,” says Alexandra Champalimaud who, to me, looks far too composed and relaxed for two reasons as…

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Top 5 stories of the week: Mountain-mad retreats, chart-topping hotel groups and cliff-hanging hotel design

As our month of threading together the latest in fabrics and soft furnishings comes to a close, we wrap up another fast-paced week in the creative world of international hotel design with the top five stories of the last five days… Following on from the successful Meet Up North networking event we hosted in Manchester’s King Street Townhouse, this week we’ve covered hotel…

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Opposites attract at Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay

Nestled behind vibrant streets, where thousands of Gap-Year backpackers find shelter in cheap hostels, rises a luxury hotel with personality, style and unmatched ocean views. Editor Hamish Kilburn checks in to the Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay to see for himself how opposites in South East Asia can attract after all… Perched on a hilltop facing south, with Phuket’s Patong Beach to…

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