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Less than 1 week until Hotel Designs LIVE

Less than 1 week until Hotel Designs LIVE Calling all designers, architects, hoteliers and developers: Hotel Designs LIVE is a free one-day conference that takes place on October 13… On October 13, designers, architects, hoteliers and developers will virtually gather to attend Hotel Designs LIVE, sponsored by Technological Innovations Group in association with Crestron. Whether you are in need of…

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AQATA joins iconic shower brand AQUALUX

AQATA joins iconic shower brand AQUALUX Private investment business Intrinsic Equity, has acquired shower brand AQATA Limited… Based in Hinckley, Leicestershire, AQATA one of the UK’s most respected luxury shower enclosure manufacturers now joins Intrinsic Equity’s family of KBB and design related brands. The iconic shower brand Aqualux was acquired from Dutch bathroom giant Fetim in late 2019 and early…

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Confessions of a lighting designer – what is lighting design?

Confessions of a lighting designer – what is lighting design? Throughout October we are, for the second time this year, putting the spotlight on lighting. To kickstart this series, we reach out to Gary Thornton, senior project designer at neolight global, to understand lighting design from the inside. The profession of architectural lighting design is a relatively young industry, even…

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Checking in to Villa Copenhagen, a new brand of conscious luxury

Checking in to Villa Copenhagen, a new brand of conscious luxury A much-anticipated addition to the Danish capital city, Copenhagen, transforms an iconic architectural landmark into a modern oasis of cool. Writer Collette Swindells explores… It is not often that a space of more than 25,600 square metres becomes available in the centre of a European capital – least of…

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Part 50: How to design for social distancing

GTHD A GUIDE TO HOTEL DESIGN PT 50: HOW TO DESIGN FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING The hospitality sector has been deeply impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. As lockdown eases, hotels are navigating the effects of social distancing and new safety guidelines for their design and guest experience. Giles Fuchs, owner of Burgh Island Hotel, safely guides us through what to consider…

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New speakers announced for Hotel Designs LIVE

New speakers announced for Hotel Designs LIVE Calling all designers, architects, hoteliers and developers: you can secure your complimentary seats in the audience for Hotel Designs LIVE, which takes place on October 13, by clicking here… With just a few weeks to go until Hotel Designs LIVE on October 13, new speakers have been announced for the one-day virtual conference.…

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Supplier insight: the indispensability of hygiene

Supplier insight: the indispensability of hygiene For commercial interiors, the Covid-19 pandemic will leave a lasting legacy in the demand for surface finishes that can contribute to improved hygiene, says UNILIN… More often only thought about in sensitive environments, hygiene has quickly become a factor in the specification of materials where before it wasn’t considered a concern. Now everywhere demands…

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MEET UP North Paypal Test

About. TEST In response to the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic, MEET UP North has been forced to postpone its plans until next year. The event, which is Hotel Designs’ leading networking evening in the north, will return to Stock Exchange Hotel in Manchester on May 6, 2021. Considering the vast amount of hotel projects currently on the boards in the north…

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#2 Safe design & guest emotional wellness

#2 Safe design & guest emotional wellness For article two in the Hotel Designs LAB series, Hotel Designs and Arigami move past sound in design. Founder of Arigami Ari Peralta and editor Hamish Kilburn compile the thoughts of neuroscientist at NASA Human Research Program and a neurofeedback technologist at MuArts to dive beneath the surface of safe design and emotional…

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“Fit is the new sexy,” and it’s here to stay in hospitality!

“Fit is the new sexy,” and it’s here to stay in hospitality! In an exclusive editorial to celebrate the upcoming ‘WELLNESS’ concept coming to ‘ACCOR by Bergman Interiors, Hotel Designs takes a look at the future of wellness in hospitality… A few years back, gyms were a place where you trained, lost weight or gained muscle. Today, gyms are part…

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The complete bathroom solutions from Ambiance Bain

The complete bathroom solutions from Ambiance Bain With more than 60 years’ experience in developing inspirational bathroom furniture and shower spaces, Ambiance Bain works closely with customers to understand their needs to deliver solutions… Ambiance Bain’s hotel furniture collection with a comprehensive range of shower trays and wall panels in co-ordinating or contrasting colours, offers a package which is not…

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DESIGN CONCEPT// A vision for a new New York City

DESIGN CONCEPT// A vision for a new New York City Design and architecture firm WATG has shared its urban planning solution that shapes a new vision for a greener New York City – one that underscores the unforeseen positives revealed during the pandemic… While the Covid-19 crisis and lockdown took force of major metropolises, an unusual thing happened across the…

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Editor Checks In: the price tag eliminating diversity in design

Editor Checks In: the price tag eliminating diversity in design An independent investigation on diversity in design, carried out by Hotel Designs, has highlighted the potentially ‘unethical’ lengths that studios are willing to go to in order to win projects on the international hotel design scene. Editor Hamish Kilburn writes… Traditionally – as well as recently – in the international…

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Bette supports hospitality with discussion on new hygiene demands

Bette supports hospitality with discussion on new hygiene demands Bathroom brand Bette supports the hospitality sector with HotelForum discussion on hygiene demands that have been created by Covid-19… As a member of the European Networking Architecture, German bathroom manufacturer, Bette, has created a panel of leading design and hotel industry professionals, which will discuss whether there are ‘new guidelines for…

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5 minutes with: Ian Gell, head of new product design at Aqualisa

5 minutes with: Ian Gell, head of new product design at Aqualisa Following the launch of Aqualisa Smart Quartz Collection of showers, Hotel Designs catches up with Ian Gell, the brand’s head of new product design… The recent launch of the new Aqualisa Smart Quartz Collection of showers shows that the shower brand is firmly in the driving seat for innovative…

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The Brit List Awards 2020: entries close this week

The Brit List Awards 2020: entries close this week Designers, architects, hoteliers and suppliers have until August 27 (this Thursday) to submit your free entry for The Brit List Awards 2020… The Brit List Awards 2020 is Hotel Designs annual nationwide search to find the top designers, architects, hoteliers and suppliers who are operating in Britain. CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT…

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HIX announces postponement of debut event

HIX announces postponement of debut event As a result of the uncertainty that remains in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, HIX has made the decision to postpone its debut event until 2021… 2020 has been a painful and frustrating year for the events industry. Within the realms of hotel design, Salone del Mobile, the Independent Hotel Show, Clerkenwell Design Week…

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5 minutes with: the founders of Avenue Interior Design

5 minutes with: the founders of Avenue Interior Design Following the completion of a handful of luxury hospitality projects in the States, Avenue Interior Design has become known for its refusal to be defined by any one style, as editor Hamish Kilburn learns when he interviews the firm’s founders… Avenue Interior Design, led by founders Andrea DeRosa and Ashley Manhan,…

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Using UVC technology to help hospitality reopen safely

Using UVC technology to help hospitality reopen safely The Safeology Tower leverages the science of UV light to inactivate a wide array of pathogens, including the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)… As hotels and other businesses struggle to survive amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Safeology has released a video demonstrating new technology that will allow them to safely reopen, stay open and return to a…

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The Brit List Awards 2020: entries close soon!

The Brit List Awards 2020: entries close soon! Calling all designers, architects, hoteliers and suppliers: the deadline to submit your free entry for The Brit List Awards 2020 closes on August 27 (two weeks from today)… Free to enter, The Brit List Awards 2020 is Hotel Designs’ nationwide search to find the top designers, architects, hoteliers and suppliers who are…

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Insane hotel concepts for the post-pandemic world

Insane hotel concepts for the post-pandemic world To celebrate Hotel Concepts being this month’s ‘Spotlight On’ feature, here are some insane hotel renderings that offer drastic solutions for hospitality and hotel design in the post-pandemic world… Let’s face it, it’s going to be a while before the industry reflects the same buzz and energy as it did before the Covid-19…

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Feature: a new era of luxury hospitality has begun

Feature: a new era of luxury hospitality has begun To coincide with the opening of Birch, which has been described as a ‘next-generation escape’ hotel just outside London, editor Hamish Kilburn considers how Covid-19 has challenged the luxury hotel market by hearing from international architecture and interior design firm Red Deer on the luxury hotel’s design story… Even after lockdown, Covid-19…

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Industry insight: adapting public areas to the “new normal”

Industry insight: adapting public areas to the “new normal” Hotel Designs is on the hunt for stylish ways to adapt public areas. Reintroducing Adrenalina, the upholstery label by DOMINGO SALOTTI… The Adrenalina first made it onto Hotel Designs’ radar in 2018. The Sir-Pent was a functional, quirky and certainly different furniture option. Two years later, in a very different landscape,…

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Hotel Designs LIVE: speakers & sessions announced

Hotel Designs LIVE: speakers & sessions announced Designers, architects, hoteliers and developers can attend Hotel Designs LIVE for free on October 13, 2020… Following the success of our first ever virtual conference, Hotel Designs LIVE is back on October 13, complete with new sessions and speakers. Hotel Designs LIVE was born out of the idea to keep the industry connected…

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INDUSTRY INSIGHT: specifying fabrics for contract markets

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: specifying fabrics for contract markets There are a lot of things to take into account when specifying fabrics for contract environments and it can sometimes be a bit of a minefield, especially as different sectors often have different requirements and regulations. Edmund Bell explains… Below are some key considerations to bear in mind when specifying contract fabrics: Different…

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Stock Exchange Hotel in Manchester to re-open in August

Stock Exchange Hotel in Manchester to re-open in August Stock Exchange Hotel in Manchester, which will host MEET UP North on May 6, 2021, has sensibly decided to delay its reopening until August 28, allowing its team to put… Following the government announcement on June 23, which highlighted that the hospitality sector could re-open once more from July 4, The…

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Aberdeen project trials NASA technology to purify air

Aberdeen project trials NASA technology to purify air A leading Aberdeen accommodation provider has become the first in its sector to trial an innovative system which uses technology developed for NASA to achieve the highest levels of hygiene and cleanliness… City centre-based Skene House Serviced Apartments is currently trialling the innovative Room to Breathe cleaning process from Glasgow-based Insite Group…

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FEATURE: inside Hilton Garden Inn at Heathrow airport’s £4.2m renovation

FEATURE: inside Hilton Garden Inn at Heathrow airport’s £4.2m renovation For optimists, the timing couldn’t be better for Hilton Garden Inn Heathrow Airport Hotel to unveil the result of its £4.2m renovation, which now shelters new guestrooms, meeting areas and a few Covid-friendly adaptations. Editor Hamish Kilburn takes a look inside… Following a number of openings and completed projects that…

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Marriott International opens 800th property in Asia Pacific

Marriott International opens 800th property in Asia Pacific A milestone opening underscores the continued development of the Marriott International portfolio in Asia Pacific with brand debuts expected across the region throughout 2020… Months after claiming to open more than 30 luxury properties in 2020, Marriott International has announced the opening of its 800th property in Asia Pacific, the JW Marriott…

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FEATURE: Geberit lifts the lid on bathroom hygiene

FEATURE: Geberit lifts the lid on bathroom hygiene While the fallout from Covid-19 has been felt everywhere, it’s fair to say that the impact has been particularly felt in the hotel industry. Here, Sophie Weston, channel marketing manager at Geberit, discusses the ‘new normal’ and examines the significance of the bathroom space in putting hygiene front-of-mind – and how existing…

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The Brit List Awards 2020: applications are open and FREE

The Brit List Awards 2020: applications are open and FREE FREE TO APPLY: Hotel Designs’ The Brit List Awards is back for another year to identify the leading interiors designers, architects, hoteliers and suppliers operating in Britain… Following last year’s spectacular event, The Brit List Awards is back for another year, and the nationwide search to find Britain’s leading interior…

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Hotel Designs updates in-house event calendar

Hotel Designs updates in-house event calendar In the wake of pandemic, Hotel Designs has made a few amendments to this year’s in-house event calendar. Editor Hamish Kilburn explains… The internal whole team at Hotel Designs and Forum Events have been working tireless, reacting to the latest government guidelines, in order to organise premium networking events that are safe and effective…

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In Conversation With: Penta Hotels’ new MD, Rogier Braakman

In Conversation With: Penta Hotels’ new MD, Rogier Braakman In February 2020, weeks before the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared a pandemic, the new Managing Director of Penta Hotels Worldwide was announced. Following what we can only imagine was a turbulent start to his role, Editor Hamish Kilburn catches up with Rogier Braakman to understand his plans for the lifestyle…

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INDUSTRY INSIGHT: enhancing guestrooms and suites post-pandemic

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: enhancing guestrooms and suites post-pandemic While public areas in hotel design are having to adapt in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak, Hotel Designs asks the experts at Billiards how their products can add entertainment in suites and large guestrooms… With the hospitality industry seeking creative responses to the short and long term effects of the Pandemic, Hoteliers…

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Hotel Designs LIVE – what you missed

Hotel Designs LIVE – what you missed The debut Hotel Designs LIVE, which took place during lockdown on June 23, broadcasted four engaging virtual seminars. Editor Hamish Kilburn and publisher Katy Phillips share the highlights… On June 23, hundreds of leading designers, architects and hoteliers from around the world tuned in for the debut of Hotel Designs LIVE. The new…

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5 Minutes With: Sarah Beall on how Forum Events went digital

5 Minutes With: Sarah Beall on how Forum Events went digital Like all businesses, Forum Events & Media Group (owner of Hotel Designs, Hotel Summit and Interior Design & Architecture Summit) has been forced to adjust its operations in the face of Covid-19 and the resulting lockdown’. Managing Director Sarah Beall explains how Forum has used technology to take its…

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Unveiled: the 2020 Indoor Collection by Minotti

Unveiled: the 2020 Indoor Collection by Minotti It may not be the unveiling that the Italian furniture brand had in mind, but the 2020 collection of indoor furniture pieces by Minotti reaffirms its identity and reputation in the luxury interior design arena. Editor Hamish Kilburn learns more… Celebrating the arrival of a new collection by Minotti has become somewhat of…

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UPDATE: Sleep & Eat goes virtual for 2020

UPDATE: Sleep & Eat goes virtual for 2020 This year’s Sleep & Eat, which was due to physically take place at Olympia London in November, will now happen in a virtual format… The highly anticipated Sleep & Eat event, which year-on-year welcomes designers, architects and suppliers from across the UK and Europe, has announced that the 2020 event will go…

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FEATURE: To mask or not to mask – will you ask your staff to wear one?

FEATURE: To mask or not to mask – will you ask your staff to wear one? Following the positive news that hoteliers can now begin to welcome guests back into their establishments, there also comes a heightened responsibility for hotel managers to ensure they are creating Covid-19 policies to protect both their guests and their staff. The Fine Cotton Company’s…

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Checking in to Hotel Brooklyn, the best of both worlds

Checking in to Hotel Brooklyn, the best of both worlds Two years after Hotel Designs reviewed Hotel Gotham, editor Hamish Kilburn is transported to New York City without having to leave Manchester as he checks in to review Hotel Brooklyn…   Could checking in to places like Hotel Brooklyn – experiencing the unequivocal flair and flavour of a destination from…

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Falcon Contract Flooring: the people behind the brand

Falcon Contract Flooring: the people behind the brand To celebrate putting flooring under this month’s editorial spotlight, Hotel Designs was given access into one of the industry’s most trusted carpet and vinyl specialist brands. Editor Hamish Kilburn learns more about Falcon Contract Flooring’s ethos and the people who are driving its continued success… By the time Charles and Tom Hassall…

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Technology talk with Technological Innovations Group

Technology talk with Technological Innovations Group Following lengthy debates regarding technology that took place at Hotel Designs LIVE, editor Hamish Kilburn caught up Technological Innovations Group’s Director of Hospitality, Leisure and Retail (EMEA) Christophe Malsot…   Technological Innovations Group (TIG) was the headline sponsor of Hotel Designs LIVE, the new one-day virtual conference that was born out of the idea to…

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How hotels can shelter wellbeing with cleaner air

How hotels can shelter wellbeing with cleaner air With hospitality re-emerging in England, hotels would’ve spent the last few weeks closely reviewing and creating Covid-19 policies so that hygiene and wellbeing are a top priority. Victor Kristoffersson, Business Development Manager EMEA at Swedish air purifier brand Blueair, explains the wellbeing benefits of clean air… Due to restrictions on travel we…

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FEATURE: How ‘hometels’ and long-term stays will thrive

FEATURE: How ‘hometels’ and long-term stays will thrive The extended stay portion of the lodging business continues to see strong demand. But are extended stay brands doing enough to keep up with travellers’ evolving tastes and needs? Editor Hamish Kilburn speaks to Sam Ghosh, Vice President at STAY… A few weeks ago, during Hotel Designs LIVE, former presenter of The…

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Editor Checks In: Celebrating ‘Hollywood’s Architect’

Editor Checks In: Celebrating ‘Hollywood’s Architect’ Having followed a month of tempestuous headlines, editor Hamish Kilburn has come to the stark realisation that more education is needed in order to project equality in the global architecture and design arena… I sat alone peering over London’s Leicester Square from a unique vantage point at a swanky rooftop bar. Glancing down, I…

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PRODUCT WATCH: The Air-Reviver

PRODUCT WATCH: The Air-Reviver Air-Reviver has introduced a range of air purification and disinfection systems that benefits from state of the art virus, bacteria and parasite eradicating technology… One of the only available products of its type in the UK, Air-Reviver products clean and disinfect the air, creating a much healthier environment for enclosed spaces while also providing peace of…

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Rosewood brand to arrive in Spain in 2021 as part of European expansion

Rosewood brand to arrive in Spain in 2021 as part of European expansion The iconic Hotel Villa Magna in Madrid is, in 2021, to become the first hotel in Spain to operate under Rosewood Hotels & Resorts… Following the group’s recent announcement to take over Le Guanahani in St. Barth, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has been selected by RLH Properties…

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OPINION: “Now is the time for your interiors to ‘WOW’

OPINION: “Now is the time for your interiors to ‘WOW’ For anyone or any business about to reopen to the world, here’s Interefurb’s Gary Crosbie ‘hints and tips’ checklist on how to make your interiors sparkle post-pandemic… There have been some interesting and engaging articles on Linkedin and teleconferencing discussions about ‘out with the old, and in with the new’.…

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Renovation revealed: Marriott Cancun collection reopens

Renovation revealed: Marriott Cancun collection reopens Following a recently completed interior design renovation project, The Marriott Cancun Collection (JW Marriott Cancun and Marriott Cancun) is reopening calming spaces to cater to modern travellers’ demands in the post-pandemic climate. Editor Hamish Kilburn gets a closer look inside… Only last week, I positioned Mexico’s region of Riviera Nayarit under our editorial spotlight…

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Signbox creates new social distancing signs and graphics for hotels

Signbox creates new social distancing signs and graphics for hotels The signage company Signbox has adapted its portfolio to include stylish social distancing signage and graphics for when the hospitality industry reopens… As many venues start to reopen their doors to their employees and guests in readiness for the ‘new normal’, Signbox, the award-winning signage designer and manufacturer, is helping…

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INDUSTRY INSIGHT: The ‘anything is possible’ approach in interior design

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: The ‘anything is possible’ approach in interior design Timothy Oulton is a British designer who has mastered the ‘anything is possible’ approach greater than most when it comes to interior and product design. Hotel Designs gets comfortable in the Apollo to learn its secrets…  Nothing epitomises the ‘anything is possible’ ethos that Timothy Oulton Studio is famous for…

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IN PICTURES: Italy’s Paragon 700 Boutique Hotel & Spa opens

IN PICTURES: Italy’s Paragon 700 Boutique Hotel & Spa opens The sensitively designed 11-key boutique jewel has opened in the heart of Italy’s White City, Ostuni, Puglia… With Covid-19 stalling its inaugural opening, the team at Paragon 700 Boutique Hotel & Spa are finally able to officially open the doors.  The elegantly restored red palace in the heart of Puglia’s White…

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INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Visualising the future of F&B spaces in hotel design

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Visualising the future of F&B spaces in hotel design Hospitality will awake from the pandemic to face new challenges when it comes to designing F&B spaces. Hotel Designs turns to the CGI experts at North Made Studio to try and visualise the future of these public-facing outlets… With the industry on a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic,…

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The Backhausen Bespoke Service – the fabrics dreams are made of

The Backhausen Bespoke Service – the fabrics dreams are made of The Backhausen Bespoke Service allows designers to explore a world of fabric possibilities. Hotel Designs explores… Backhausen, as highlighted in previous articles, is renowned for its luxurious fabrics which are immersed in heritage, craftsmanship and quality. Its dedication to innovation, individuality and exclusivity is represented by its venture into…

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Helping hotels heal: The service bringing re-opening advice directly to the door

Helping hotels heal: The service bringing re-opening advice directly to the door In the wake of editor Hamish Kilburn interviewing Katie McCarthy, the founder and design director of Design Equals, Hotel Designs asks the firm to explain more about its Design= in a box… In the absence of government guidance Design Equals, an agency network of creative experts for the…

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PRODUCT WATCH: TIG launches Virtual Experience Space for smart spaces

PRODUCT WATCH: TIG launches Virtual Experience Space for smart spaces Technological Innovations Group (TIG) the EMEA sales agency offering integrated technology solutions for residential and commercial smart spaces… On the same day the company has been announced as headline partner of Hotel Designs LIVE, TIG has launched its Virtual Experience Space to showcase the impressive portfolio of AV, UC, IT…

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IHG to open InterContinental in Rome

IHG to open InterContinental in Rome InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announces the signing of a franchise agreement with Westmont Hospitality Group and funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P., for a captivating property in the heart of Rome… As the industry prepares to rebuild following the destruction caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, and while hotel chains are predicted to announce…

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VIRTUAL ROUNDTABLE: The role of UV lighting in hotel design

VIRTUAL ROUNDTABLE: The role of UV lighting in hotel design With the industry’s attention focused towards possible solutions following the Covid-19 crisis, Hotel Designs, in collaboration with the human-centric lighting brand humanlumen, has brought together a handful of industry experts to discuss UV lighting’s role in the post-pandemic world. Editor Hamish Kilburn moderates…  On the panel:  Andrew Boydell, Director of…

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Editor Checks In: “And we’re going live in 3, 2, 1…”

Editor Checks In: “And we’re going live in 3, 2, 1…” During the COVID–19 pandemic, the team at Hotel Designs have announced initiatives to help further create conversations like no other. It’s safe to say that the editorial team have been anything but taking it easy during lockdown, as editor Hamish Kilburn explains…  I have come to the conclusion this…

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PRODUCT WATCH: USM’s take on ‘screen time’

PRODUCT WATCH: USM’s take on ‘screen time’ USM introduces protective attachment screens that are suitable for USM Modular Furniture… The hotel landscape has changed, and the design of the reception area needs to evolve to support this. Organisations are already investigating how they can make hotel spaces safer, effective, and efficient whist still adhering to government guidelines of social distancing.…

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Is UVC lighting on your design agenda for the post-pandemic world?

Is UVC lighting on your design agenda for the post-pandemic world? Lighting brand humanlumen has introduced Clean Air Series, UVC lighting that actively reduces bacterial and viral charge. Hotel Designs investigates… humanlumen, a lighting brand that prides itself for having a uniquely human-centric approach, has introduced the Clean Air Series, a range of UVC Air Sterilisation Units. The Clean Air…

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INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Air quality and your guests

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Air quality and your guests Over the past few months, the majority of us have been forced into our homes with the door locked. And while the planet is enjoying a quality break from pollution, is the inside air we are breathing safe? Hotel Designs asks air purifier manufacturer Blueair to explain… Did you know indoor air can…

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Blueair

Blueair’s air purifiers are designed to clean the air in a room up to five times an hour. Thanks to proprietary HepaSilent™ technology, Blueair’s air purifiers remove at least 99.97 per cent of all airborne particles as small as 0.1 microns in size. This includes pollen, smoke, dust, mould spores, germs, pet allergens and microplastics. Swedish air purification expert Blueair…

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5 Minutes With: Talking modern spas with designer Beverley Bayes

5 Minutes With: Talking modern spas with designer Beverley Bayes With pools and spas dominating the headlines on Hotel Designs this month, editor Hamish Kilburn has five minutes with Beverley Bayes, Director of Sparcstudio, which is responsible for the design schemes inside Cottenmill Spa at Sopwell House, The Spa at South Lodge and many more luxury wellness hubs that have…

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INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Striving for a more sustainable future in hotel design

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Striving for a more sustainable future in hotel design With Covid-19 taking up much of the industry’s attention at the moment, it’s important to keep sustainable design high on the agenda, as Senior Associate at HBA EMEA Erica Pritchard explains… It wasn’t all that long ago that hotels could be praised for putting in LED lights, or banishing…

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HD launches a one-day virtual conference, Hotel Designs LIVE

HD launches a one-day virtual conference, Hotel Designs LIVE Hotel Designs LIVE, which takes place online on June 23, will consist of engaging seminars by the leading figures on the international hotel design scene, while also putting the latest products and innovations under the spotlight… If you are designer, architect, hotelier or developer, secure your complimentary place at Hotel Designs…

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Hotel Designs LIVE

About. The next Hotel Designs LIVE will take place virtually on May 11, 2021 The virtual event, which was recently shortlisted for the ‘Best webinar series’ at the Digital Event Awards 2021, is FREE to attend if you qualify as a designer, architect, hotelier or a development (booking form takes less than two minutes to complete). Click here to participate.…

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INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Should business hotels go ‘FIFO’?

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Should business hotels go ‘FIFO’? No, it’s not a rendition of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ “Hi ho hi ho it’s off the work we go”. Instead, designer Peter Mance, the director of MAAPS Design and Architecture, explains how hotels in the hospitality industry could adapt the ‘Fly in/fly out scheme… FIFO (Fly In/Fly Out) is a…

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A textile brand is manufacturing non-medical masks during pandemic

A textile brand is manufacturing non-medical masks during pandemic Hotel Designs learns more about how textile brand Backhausen is doing more than its bit, by designing non-medical masks, during the fight against the spread of COVID–19 coronavirus… As COVID-19 started to spread around the globe, businesses in all industries started adjusting to the “new normal” by assessing core functions, as…

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Do you have the exclusive report on what your staff want post-lockdown?

Do you have the exclusive report on what your staff want post-lockdown? Gradually countries and businesses around the world are starting to think about life post-lockdown and smart hotels are looking to their employees to drive a successful bounce back, writes Planday’s industry expert Oskar Karlsson… The hotel businesses I speak to everyday tell me COVID-19 is still continuing to…

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Independent Hotel Show London postponed until 2021

Independent Hotel Show London postponed until 2021 Due to the significant impact coronavirus (COVID-19) is having across the world, Independent Hotel Show, the business event for luxury and boutique hotels, will be postponed to October 4 – 5, 2021… The Independent Hotel Show has released a statement explaining why it has made the decision to postpone its London trade show…

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Art logistics company helping to reconfigure offices post-lockdown

Art logistics company helping to reconfigure offices post-lockdown Momentous Global, a leading art logistics company, has announced that it will help offices to reconfigure their workspaces so that they are adhering to social distancing measures… There are whispers that the the UK government will ease the current lockdown measures from next week onwards. With workplaces, such as design and architecture…

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Architect designs hotel prototype of the wardrobe purifier

Architect designs hotel prototype of the wardrobe purifier A new battery-powered wardrobe purifier that is suitable for hotels has been designed by Carlo Ratti Associati, which uses ozone to help remove most micro-organisms, bacteria, and viruses from clothes… It is anyone’s guess as to what the ‘new normal’ will be like after the COVID–19 pandemic has passed. And while it…

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In (Lockdown) Conversation With: Robert Whitfield, GM of The Dorchester

In (Lockdown) Conversation With: Robert Whitfield, GM of The Dorchester With the UK hospitality industry drastically adjusting its strategy during lockdown, Hotel Designs takes the opportunity to re-connect with one of the world’s most prestigious hotel brands, Dorchester Collection. Editor Hamish Kilburn speaks to Robert Whitfield, the brand’s Regional Director (UK) & General Manager of The Dorchester… For centuries, Mayfair’s leafy Park…

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Editor Checks In: Emerging from pandemic paralysis

Editor Checks In: Emerging from pandemic paralysis As the lockdown measures continue to the halt the industry’s reawakening from its slumber, editor Hamish Kilburn confronts the pandemic from a new vantage point… The front cover of this month’s US Condé Nast Traveler has managed to harmonise the opinions of the uncertain, and no-doubt anxious, hospitality, design and travel industries worldwide.…

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SPOTLIGHT ON: The challenges of creating the modern spa

SPOTLIGHT ON: The challenges of creating the modern spa Spas are often considered an essential part of a hotel offering. To kickstart Hotel Designs putting ‘spas’ under the editorial spotlight this month, Beverley Bayes, Creative Director at Sparcstudio explains how to create a modern spa in 2020 and how to avoid the common pitfalls of design and build… Spas are…

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Virtual roundtable’s response: “Personal and social hygiene awareness has increased exponentially”

Virtual roundtable’s response: “Personal and social hygiene awareness has increased exponentially” Following the expert opinions being amplified in Hotel Designs’ first ever virtual roundtable, exploring the long-term impact of COVID–19 to the hospitality and design industry, Room To Breathe shares its response from a hygiene perspective… The virtual roundtable discussion on the future of the hospitality industry after the COVID–19…

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First glimpse at concepts to be explored at Sleep & Eat 2020

First glimpse at concepts to be explored at Sleep & Eat 2020 The organisers of Sleep & Eat have lifted the curtain on this year’s show, which returns to Olympia London on November 17 and 18… With an aptly tweaked concept to specifically support hospitality businesses across the spectrum with the aim to lift the trammelled spirits of the hospitality…

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Rosewood launches relief to support communities during pandemic

Rosewood launches relief to support communities during pandemic The luxury hotel group has launched Rosewood Raise, a relief initiative to support associates and communities that have been affected by COVID–19… Rosewood Hotel Group has launched Rosewood Raise, a comprehensive relief initiative developed in support of the Group’s associates who have been impacted by the COVID-19, as well as the communities…

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Designing the boutique hotel in uncertain times

Designing the boutique hotel in uncertain times As the current pandemic forces the industry to address change in how we work and how the world communicates, Harris Jackson Design offers some advice on how boutique hotels can re-open strong… We are currently experiencing very different times and are all aware of how the hospitality industry is dealing with the fallout…

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‘All together now’ is the theme for HIX 2020, the new hotel interiors event

‘All together now’ is the theme for HIX 2020, the new hotel interiors event HIX, Europe’s all-new hotel interiors event announces its 2020 concepts and exhibitor line-up… HIX is the ever-changing design experience that makes hotels incredible that will make its debut on November 19 – 20 at at Business Design Centre in London. Each edition will be designed to…

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INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Mothballing your property during the pandemic

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Mothballing your property during the pandemic With the current slump in trade, operators are being forced to close sections of their properties or indeed whole buildings. Hotel Designs asks Interior Refurbishment Contractor, Interefurb, how hotels can best utilise this quiet spell during the pandemic. Gary Crosbie explains… The COVID–19 pandemic continues to halt the hotel design and hospitality…

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Edinburgh hotel donates 1,000 free nights to medical staff during pandemic

Edinburgh hotel donates 1,000 free nights to medical staff during pandemic Workers of the pandemic frontline in Edinburgh have booked 1,000 free nights and meals at the Best Western hotel, Ten Hill Place…  Owned by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RSCEd), Ten Hill Place in Edinburgh has donated 1,000 of its rooms to NHS medical workers during the…

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VIRTUAL ROUNDTABLE: COVID–19’s impact on hospitality and hotel design

VIRTUAL ROUNDTABLE: COVID–19’s impact on hospitality and hotel design To understand the long-term impact COVID–19 will have on the hospitality and hotel design industry, editor Hamish Kilburn asked a handful of leading designers, architects and hoteliers to remotely partake in Hotel Designs’ debut virtual roundtable… Meet the panel Hamish Kilburn, editor, Hotel Designs Fiona Thompson, Principal, Richmond International Michael Bonsor,…

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BREAKING: Independent Hotel Show 2020 forced to cancel

BREAKING: Independent Hotel Show 2020 forced to cancel The organisers of Independent Hotel Show Amsterdam have made the difficult yet responsible decision to cancel this year’s physical show in response the global pandemic of COVID–19… The Independent Hotel Show Amsterdam 2020, which was originally due to take place in March 17 – 18 but was then postpostend until June 24…

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The hospitality social media campaign sweeping the nation

The hospitality social media campaign sweeping the nation James & Cranwell, a luxury hospitality headhunters company, has presented the ‘Hospitality 4 Heroes Challenge’ in aid of NHS workers during the COVID–19 pandemic… The Hospitality 4 Heroes Challenge is a simple social media champaign that has emerged during the COVID–19 pandemic with the aim to raise funds for the NHS front line…

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MINIVIEW: A story of sustainable design inside Heritance Aarah, Maldives

MINIVIEW: A story of sustainable design inside Heritance Aarah, Maldives The recently opened Heritance Aarah resort was the first property to be awarded gold for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Hotel Designs takes a peak inside the sustainable masterpiece… Opened last year in the  Raa Atoll of the Maldives, Heritance Aarah has not sacrificed style or design in its…

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Outstanding Property Awards’ 2020 winners announced

Outstanding Property Awards’ 2020 winners announced Outstanding Property Award London (OPAL), which Hotel Designs is a media partner of, has announced the winners of this year’s international awards… Outstanding Property Award London (OPAL)’s global search to find the best architecture, interior design and property development projects from around the world has come to a close as the winners have been announced. With entries…

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VIP Arrivals: hotels opening in April 2020

VIP Arrivals: hotels opening in April 2020 Despite COVID-19 putting the brakes on hotel development activity, Hotel Designs’ Hamish Kilburn wants to still celebrate the hotels that were originally planned to open in April so that we have something to look forward once the crisis is over… It was all going so well. Only last month I wrote that 2020…

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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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How the hospitality industry is responding to COVID–19 pandemic

How the hospitality industry is responding to COVID–19 pandemic As the world settles in to the realities of lockdown, editor Hamish Kilburn has noticed a number of hospitality brands going above and beyond to help prevent the spread of COVID–19… The industry may be on its knees financially, with hotels having to remain shut following the outbreak of COVID–19, but…

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Hotels that are self-isolating in style (part 2)

Hotels that are self-isolating in style (part 2) While the entire world continues to feel the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hotel Designs is turning up the temperature on the editorial desk. Part two in the series ‘Hotels that are self-isolating in style’ takes editor Hamish Kilburn on a journey of discovery without his feet even leaving the ground…  The…

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Talks for hotels to be turned into temporary hospitals

Talks for hotels to be turned into temporary hospitals Hotels are in logistic talks with the Government about giving up empty hotel rooms to vulnerable groups or medical professions… The hospitality industry has proved time and time again that it is both adaptable and resilient. Following the recent outbreak of COVID-19 in the UK, major hotel chains are in discussions…

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IHG’s display of hope and love for locals in lockdown

IHG’s display of hope and love for locals in lockdown The major hotel group IHG has amplified a statement of hope by lighting up many of its empty rooms with signs of love as the world faces prospect of lockdown. Editor Hamish Kilburn writes… Last night, while the majority of hotels around the world remained empty as the industry suffers…

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BREAKING: MEET UP London postponed until September

BREAKING: MEET UP London postponed until September BREAKING NEWS: MEET UP London, which is Hotel Designs’ premium networking evening for designers, architects, hoteliers, developers and suppliers, has postponed this year’s event until September 15 in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak…  MEET UP London was due to take place at Minotti London on May 13, but in response to the…

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SPECIAL FEATURE: Crisis mitigation – gaining back control of your hotel

SPECIAL FEATURE: Crisis mitigation – gaining back control of your hotel COVID-19 has attacked, and crisis is looking through the door. What are the smart ways to manage your hotel during this crisis? How did we recover when something similar hit the industry in past? The experts at STAAH and the team at Guestjoy explore further…  The occupancy rates in…

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Petition for Government to support UK hospitality industry

Petition for Government to support UK hospitality industry A petition has appeared online to call the government to support the UK’s hospitality industry through the Coronavirus crisis… The hospitality industry, the third largest industry in the UK, is calling the Government for support as the Coronavirus crisis continues to affect individuals and businesses. The petition, which can be signed here,…

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BREAKING: Clerkenwell Design Week 2020 postponed

BREAKING: Clerkenwell Design Week 2020 postponed BREAKING NEWS: Clerkenwell Design Week 2020, which Hotel Designs is a proud media parter of, has postponed this year’s event in response to the latest developments in the coronavirus spread… Clerkenwell Design Week 2020 was due to take place between May 19 – 21, but in response to the coronavirus outbreak and the World Health…

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Company debuts first hypoallergenic hotel rooms

Company debuts first hypoallergenic hotel rooms Months ahead of Hotel Designs putting accessibility under the spotlight in a panel discussion at Hotel Summit, Room To Breathe has given the industry a sigh of relief by unveiling a six-step hypoallergenic process of cleansing air in hotel rooms…  Regardless of size and status, all hotels with any sense will be putting in…

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