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  • Top five stories of the week: hellish hacks, Sleep Set success and redefining luxury with art

    Hamish Kilburn
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    With Sleep + Eat’s Sleep Sets declared as another successful installation following it taking shelter under a new home and Marriott Starwood suffering from a terrible hacking incident, this week has been a mix of highs and lows. Here are the top stories of the week, as selected by the editorial team at Hotel Designs…

    As we close November, we can reflect on a sensational month of understanding art and photography in international hotel design. With our Spotlight On feature of the month catapulting this topic into the fabrics of our writing, we have learned how art and photography has the power to completely define a hotel’s sense of place. While THE Park Hotels has enjoyed positive coverage around its vibrant collection of art-infused hotels, Marriott Starwood on the other hand has endured negative press around the security of its data. Here are the top five stories of the week:

    1) Half a billion people could be affected by major Marriott Starwood hack

    The hotel chain, Marriott Starwood, faces backlash as half and billion people’s data is feared to have been compromised. In a statement today, the hotel brand said that there have been unauthorised access to the database, which contains information such as encrypted payment card numbers made on or before September 10 of this year.

    2) Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa unveils $20 million renovation

    Designed by boutique multi-disciplinary design practice, Topo Design Studio, the newly transformed Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa now exhibits beautiful Maldivian architecture with a contemporary twist, reflecting the five-star experience guaranteed at the property.

    3) Sleep Sets 2018: Behind the keyhole

    Four international leading design houses were set the challenge to collaborate with four separate companies for this year’s Sleep Sets at SLEEP + EAT. Hamish Kilburn investigated how each designer turned vision into reality.

    4) Creative Director of HBA London confirmed as headline speaker of Interior Design & Architecture Summit

    Following her crowd-pleasing Sleep Set that was exhibited at SLEEP + EAT – and being highly commended at The Brit List 2018 in the Interior Designer of the Year category – Constantina Tsoutsikou, the creative Director of HBA London has been confirmed as the headline speaker of IDAS 2019.

    5) Redefining luxury hotels in India with clever injection of design and art

    Following THE Park Hotels celebrating 50 years of being unlike any other Indian hotel group, Priya Paul sat down with editor of Hotel Designs Hamish Kilburn to discuss the role of art in the hotel brand.

    Hamish Kilburn / 30.11.2018

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