Editor checks in: November 2018

    Hamish Kilburn
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    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 in next month’s Spotlight On feature.

    Following the incredible activities, exclusives and far too many after parties that surrounded Show Season 2018, the industry was in desperate need of a show-stopping climax. And that, this year, came in the fashionable form of The Brit List 2018, which showed up in an unlikely – yet warmly received – location and delivered an evening of celebrations and understated glamour. Deliberately designed this year take the industry outside of the hotel arena, The Brit List 2018 took place in a private members club, BEAT London. Enjoying that scene, and celebrating Britain’s leading figures in hotel design, were guests from the likes of Gleneagle’s Conor O’Leary, Ennismore’s Charlie North, HBA London’s Constantina Tsoutsikou, and Richmond International’s Terry McGillicuddy among many others; the room was heaving and further defined Britain as a major international hotel design hub. If you haven’t yet seen who the winners are (where have you been) click here.

    Another event which settled into a new home this year, as it outgrew the Business Design Centre in Islington, was SLEEP + EAT which was warmly welcomed to Olympia London. Introducing what were, in my mind, the best Sleep Sets were four fabulous design houses, which all pushed boundaries under the umbrella theme of ‘collaboration’. HBA London partnered with the National History Museum, Yasmine Mohmoudieh linked arms with Penguin Books, AB Concept stirred the mix with Maison Pierre Hermé Paris, while Denton Corker Marshall kicked off a partnership with West Ham United. Each set was stunning and being in the audience of the Sleep Sets lecture, where each designer explained their concept, was inspiring as it was interesting; a real personal treat.

    “This month has allowed our editorial team to mingle and meet up with old friends, while meeting new faces who are at the cusp of taking our industry forward.”

    This month’s hotel review opened up our eyes to disobedient interiors in the shape of Hotel Gotham. Together with our photography partners, ACT Studios, we were able to bring you into the review with us. This, our second interactive hotel review, comes as the hotel group prepares to welcome a new member to the Bespoke Hotels family.

    I believe that November 2018 was a significant 30 days in the calendar for designers, hoteliers, architects and key-industry suppliers for a number of reasons. The first being that it welcomed and encouraged the industry – through various means and methods – to network with like-minded people. Secondly, it invited a number of major product launches, many of which were from our Hotel Designs Recommended Suppliers (which can be accessed here). And thirdly, this month has allowed our editorial team to mingle and meet up with old friends, while meeting new faces who are at the cusp of taking our industry forward. Long may that continue!

    Editor, Hotel Designs

    Hamish Kilburn / 30.11.2018


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