Top 5 stories of the week: Artistic graduates, wall-mural opportunities and the Brit List clock is ticking

    Hamish Kilburn
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    With just three weeks to go until The Brit List 2018 is revealed, Hamish Kilburn breaks down the major headlines from the past five days…

    After much anticipation, I’m excited to announce our ‘Spotlight On’ feature this month focusing on art and photography is well and truly underway. The topic, as well as releasing some serious creativity on the editorial desk, is a significant one for Hotel Designs. It arrives as rumours emerge that too many hotel owners around the world are cutting art budgets and are, therefore, refusing to see the value in art in international hotel design. Starting with a whistle-stop tour around seven of the world’s finest art hotels, we would like to share our admiration for those who do see the value, and I promise to, over the next 28 days, recognise and amplify those hotels from around the globe that are using art and photography to stand out from the crowd.

    Here are the top five stories of the week:

    1) SPOTLIGHT ON: 7 inspiring art and photography hotels from around the world 

    Image credit: 21C Museum Hotel Nashville

    To kickstart this month’s spotlight focus on Art and Photography, Hotel Designs has scoured the globe – from Africa to London – for interior design made inspirational by the use of thoughtful art and photography…

    2) THE BRIT LIST 2018: Just three weeks to go

    With just three weeks to go until The Brit List 2018, time is running out to book your tickets to Britain’s leading networking evening for interior designers, hoteliers, architects and key-industry suppliers.

    The latest leading names and firms to be added onto the guest list include Minotti LondonThe NedMartin Brudnizki Design StudioProject OrangeWyndham Hotels & ResortsTara Bernerd & Partners and Yasmine Mahmoudieh.

    3) Wall murals in hotel design; the possibilities are endless

    As Hotel Designs continues to shine the spotlight on art and photography, we caught up with wall murals artist and interior designer Lawrence Hosannah Myse to discuss how personality and character can literally be written on the walls…#

    4) First look at Liverpool’s latest design hotel 

    New design renders have been released showcasing Liverpool’s latest design hotel, Seel Street Hotel by EPIC, which is scheduled to open to the public in early December 2018.

    The exclusive visuals of the 128-key hotel, developed by Elliot Group and designed by Liverpool-based Falconer Chester Hall, throw the spotlight on the property’s flagship ‘WOW! Suite’ – a striking corner suite with external space providing sensational city views and set to raise the bar in the city’s expanding hotel sector. With scaled-back interiors, completed with industrial-like exposed wardrobes and a palette of warm blues and browns, the rooms are cosy, inviting and modern.

    Also revealed is the hotel’s spacious Super Luxe suites with outside terraces and skyline vistas, and the ultra-contemporary Cinema Room, offering what is said to be the ultimate guest experience without having to leave the room.

    5) Winner and runner-up of Graduate Art Prize 2018 are crowned

    As Hotel Designs continues to focus this month’s spotlight on art and photography, Hotel Deisgns joined the 23 talented shortlisted BA & MA students of  The Graduate Art Prize 2018, who gathered at the London offices of Herbert Smith Freehills on November 1, to find out which one of them would take the crown of being the winner of…

    Concluding this year’s nationwide search to find Britain’s top young artists, 23 shortlisted students -from Brighton to Newcastle – were invited to last night’s final of the Graduate Art Prize 2018. Launched in 2012 by art consultants ARTIQ, the awards ceremony, which this year was sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills and Atlantis Art Supplies, is recognised as a major platform for young artists to amplify their work to leading designers and hoteliers in Britain and beyond.



    Hamish Kilburn / 02.11.2018


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