• Top 5 stories of the week: Lighting the mood, surface trends and Meet Up developments

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    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 of new hotel spaces. Designers working outside the box establish how they can create a timeless statement scan the floors of the trade shows. The next in the calendar is the Surface Design Show in London (February 5 – 7). Ahead of the show, this week we took a closer look at the trends on the walls, floors and ceilings. Closer to home, Hotel Designs had some developments of its own to announce. Here are the top five stories of the week.

    1) 6 trends to look out for at Surface Design Show 2019

    dark bathroom design

    Image credit: SIBU

    Taking place next week in London’s Business Design Centre, Surface Design Show will showcase the latest products and technology in surface design. Ahead of the event, as Hotel Designs is a media partner of #SDS19, here are top surface trends to be mindful of.

    > Read more about the trends here

    2) Meet Up London: 30 Under 30 Announces Early Bird Tickets

    Until February 7, designers, architects, hoteliers and suppliers will be able to purchase early bird tickets for Hotel Designs‘ highly anticipated Q1 networking evening, Meet Up London: 30 Under 30.

    Exclusive style partner: Minotti London

    Exclusive headline partner: Hamilton Litestat

    > To book your tickets, click here

    3) One-third of consumers believe lighting helps to eliminate January Blues

    A study has revealed that one in three people believe that lighting is important to creating a relaxed and calm atmosphere before bed.

    As the January blues well and truly set in for some, new research has revealed how lighting can have direct impact on mood and wellbeing in the hotel environment.

    > To read more about the study, click here

    4) SUSD gains planning consent for hotel and members club on the River Thames

    render of the exterior of a manor-like building

    Image credit: SUSD

    SUSD, the developer behind two of London’s most successful hybrid destinations, The Curtain Hotel & Members Club and Devonshire Club, has just won planning consent, subject to finalising the S106 Agreement, for a third development, this time on the banks of the Thames near Pangbourne, Berkshire.

    > To read more about the plans, click here

    5) Editor Checks In: January ’19

    To round up January – and to help understand the crossroads many designers are at – it felt appropriate to use the metaphor of two worlds colliding. I am, of course, referring to the opportunities that result from authentic collaborations.

    > To read my editor’s letter, click here

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    Main image credit: ITC Natural Luxury Flooring

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    Hamish Kilburn

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