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The designer shaping the future of water at GROHE

The designer shaping the future of water at GROHE Post-ISH, Grohe’s Vice President of Design, Michael Seum, sits down with Hotel Designs to explain how its latest innovations are vastly reshaping the bathroom industry. Editor Hamish Kilburn writes… If one were to imagine the bathroom industry as a quiet, glass-like lake, surrounded by tranquil surroundings, then ISH 2019 was a…

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BESPOKE DESIGN: Italian boutique hotel inspired by natural elements

BESPOKE DESIGN: Italian boutique hotel inspired by natural elements Design studio Boxx Creative has completed the interior design of Miramonti, a 21-key boutique hotel in the Italian mountains. Editor Hamish Kilburn writes… Inspired by its natural surroundings, Miramonti, meaning mountain view, draws its name and design from nature. A deep terracotta facade, which dates back to 1958, evokes the changing seasons…

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Bathroom specialist Utopia Projects rounds up ISH 2019

Bathroom specialist Utopia Projects rounds up ISH 2019 To kick-start our month of putting bathrooms under the spotlight, Utopia Projects reviews ISH 2019 by sharing its highlights of the show…  In March, the world’s largest bathroom and heating trade fair, ISH, took place in Frankfurt Germany. With the exhibition taking place every two years, ISH this year attracted around 190,000…

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Leading designers and architects spoke at the inaugural IDAS

Leading designers and architects spoke at the inaugural IDAS Taking place yesterday at Hilton London Tower Bridge, the Interior Design & Architecture Summit sheltered some interesting debates for designers and architects – all of which looped back to the elephant-in-the-room topic, sustainability in our hotels and cities… The sold-out inaugural Interior Design & Architecture Summit (IDAS) took place yesterday at…

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Editor Checks In: April ‘19

Editor Checks In: April ‘19 Everyone is talking about Milan… Italy’s city of the future, which is also its fashion, culture and design quarters, thrives in between Gothic architecture. The fast-paced metropolis of Milan comes alive in April for what is seen as the largest design event in the calendar, Milan Design Week. Leading designers, architects and journalists from all…

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NH Hotel Group unveils hotel room of the future

NH Hotel Group unveils hotel room of the future The innovative concept of The Mood Room allows guests to customise their guestroom using a tablet to control lighting, music, curtains and temperature to suit their emotions and specific needs… NH Hotel Group, Signify and CYBEROBICS have launched Mood Room, the “room of the future”, at NH Collection Berlin Mitte, the…

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Spotlight On: May’s features announced

Spotlight On: May’s features announced Hotel Designs has officially dropped its May editorial features, which are Bars and Restaurants and Bathrooms…  Throughout May, Hotel Designs’ Spotlight On features will look at two highly topical features, namely Bars & Restaurants and Bathrooms – both areas of which are transforming drastically in order to cater to modern travellers’ demands. Bars and Restaurants Image credit: Dukes Dubai…

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New bathroom designs join Crosswater’s affordable Essentials Collection

New bathroom designs join Crosswater’s affordable Essentials Collection For more than 20 years, the Crosswater brand has been associated with quality bathroom solutions. Its new Essentials collection continues this strong tradition by presenting a range of modern and stylish products at an affordable price point.  The latest designs are brought together to offer customers a top-to-bottom product offering that makes…

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CASE STUDY: Surfaces in flexible working areas

CASE STUDY: Surfaces in flexible working areas Creating a fresh new look for its offices and stores, Belgian supermarket giant, the Colruyt Group, has turned to UNILIN, division panels, to help it complete the circle and repurpose its old retail and office interior fittings… The family-owned Colruyt Group is famed for its sustainable approach to retailing and is active in…

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LIVE FROM MILAN: Pedrali unveils new collection

LIVE FROM MILAN: Pedrali unveils new collection Pedrali has presented its latest collection at Salone del Mobile during Milan Design Week…  Ten new products are currently being presented by Pedrali at the Salone del Mobile during Milan Design Week. The pieces are being unveiled alongside some of Pedrali’s more iconic collections, giving character to the Palace of Wonders. Soul Outdoor…

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LIVE FROM MILAN: First images of Swedish Design Moves’ exhibition

LIVE FROM MILAN: First images of Swedish Design Moves’ exhibition The first images of Swedish Design Moves’ returning exhibition at Milan Design Week have been released… Inspired by sustainable materials and the complex relationship between nature and technology, Swedish Design Moves’ HEMMA gone wild has launched during Milan Design Week. The exhibition, which takes place until April 14 in the…

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Fabric interior design trends

SPOTLIGHT ON: Fabric interior design trends As part of Hotel Designs’ month of putting interior design in the spotlight, Mitre Linen breaks down some of the emerging trends in fabric design…  Sustainability, classic neutral tones and tactile fabrics are key themes in interior design this year. The hospitality industry continues to adopt an environmentally friendly approach to all aspects of…

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SALT of Palmar opens in Mauritius as brand’s first hotel

SALT of Palmar opens in Mauritius as brand’s first hotel SALT of Palmar, the first hotel in a new sub-brand from The Lux Collective, has opened in Mauritius… With a strong commitment to sustainability, SALT of Palmer opens in Mauritius. Setting the foundations for a series of planned openings within the SALT brand, the 59-key hotel introduces a new breed…

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Zuri Zanzibar becomes first hotel awarded EarthCheck’s Sustainable Design Gold Certification

Zuri Zanzibar, the recently launched design-led resort has become the first hotel in the world to be awarded EarthCheck’s Sustainable Design Gold Certification… EarthCheck has awarded Zuri Zanzibar, the stylish beachfront 13-acre Jestico+Whiles-designed resort, a Sustainable Design Gold Certification. The resort, which is located in Kendwa, on the the idyllic northern west shores of Unguja, provides a seamless blend of contemporary design,…

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OPINION: Designing hotel lighting with a different perspective

To launch our Spotlight On Guestroom Lighting, Recommended Supplier Chelsom shares its knowledge on what designers should consider when lighting the hotel guestroom…  Designing good lighting for hotels is about more than creating stylish products that are on trend and look the part. It’s about top quality products that provide efficient lighting and enhance the guest experience, whether through multifunctional…

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Anantara to debut in Mauritius

Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas is entering the luxury hospitality sector on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius with the announcement of Anantara Mauritius Resort – a new luxury property on the South Eastern coast which is scheduled to open in Q4 2019… Part of an integrated coastal development, a new Anantara resort located near Blue Bay Marine Park will…

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Alila in Bali achieves zero waste to landfill

The luxury lifestyle brand, Alila Hotels & Resorts, which pledged the sustainability initiative in August 2016, has announced it has now achieved zero waste to landfill among four of its flagship properties… Alila Hotels & Resorts has succeeded in piloting a zero waste to landfill initiative across four of its flagship properties in Bali: Alila Villas Uluwatu, Alila Ubud, Alila…

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ISH Preview: Laufen to exhibit collaboration with Patricia Urquiola

At the upcoming edition of ISH, Laufen will present SaphirKeramik in all its forms with the return of Sonar, the refined collection designed for the Swiss company by Patricia Urquiola… Laufen is enthusiastically preparing to participate at the upcoming iteration of ISH, the indispensable biennial event in the field of bath furnishings. Always on the front lines of research and…

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Editor’s round-up of Surface Design Show 2019

Taking place from February 5 – 7 at Business Design Centre London, the Surface Design Show gave a platform to more surface material and lighting specialists than ever before. Editor Hamish Kilburn was there and reports… More than 5,000 architects, designers and specifiers from 47 countries descended on London earlier this month for the much anticipated Surface Design Show. Over the…

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INNSiDE by Melia opens first hotel in France

Spain’s largest hotel brand, Meliá Hotels International, unveils the new INNSiDE Charles de Gaulle located at Paris’ international airport… Meliá Hotels International’s INNSiDE has arrived in Paris with the 266-key hotel at Charles De Gaulle’s airport. Relaunching this year, INNSiDE by Meliá is adapting its business strategy to captivate the younger generation of business and leisure travellers, as well as…

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Six Senses joins IHG

IHG has welcomed a new family member to its portfolio of brands, with the acquisition of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas… Six Senses, which is renowned for its wellness and sustainability offerings, with each hotel and resort set in locations of incredible natural beauty that will stop you in your tracks, has joined IHG. Featuring properties in 12 countries, Six Senses is behind some…

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It’s a hat trick for Scape Design Associates as it completes three landscape design projects for Grecotel

Internationally acclaimed landscape design practice, Scape Design Associates, has completed the refurbishment of three Grecotel resorts in readiness for the 2019 holiday season… Design firm Scape Design Associates has recently completed renovations on Casa Marron in the Greek Peloponnese, Pella Beach in Halkidiki on Greece’s Cassandra Peninsula and the Corfu Imperial, located on the tip of the private peninsula of Kommeno on…

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Camouflaged hotel architecture of the 21st century

As we continue putting architecture and construction in the spotlight, Hotel Designs reveals some of the world’s most spectacular hidden architectural gems… Following our search to unveil impressive architectural drawings that are currently on the boards, this week Hotel Designs is investigating architecture’s largest, most impressive, magic trick; to make a building disappear. With hotel owners and operators around the…

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Melia Hotels International opens first property in Prague

Meliá Hotels International, Spain’s largest hotel brand, unveils INNSiDE Prague Old Town, its latest property and first hotel in the Czech capital… Designed by Spanish architect Meritxell Cuartero, INNSiDE Prague Old Town will open in March as the first Meliá Hotels International’s hotel in the Czech capital. The hotel marks a new era for the INNSiDE by Meliá portfolio, fitting perfectly into…

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Kaldewei unveils new digital stand concept for ISH

Kaldewei’s forum delivers an interactive brand experience, demonstrating its role as a digital pioneer. The leading bathroom manufacturer is exhibiting at ISH on stand D79 – Hall 3.1… Kaldewei will be exhibiting on stand D79 – Hall 3.1 at ISH from March 11 – 15 with a completely new stand concept, demonstrating its unrivalled position as a leading bathroom manufacturer.…

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

The hotel developer, SUSD, has just won planing consent to convert the estate into luxury retreat, complete with a 53-key hotel… 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…

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Meliá Hotels International’s INNSiDE announces brand relaunch

To cater to millenials’ evolving lifestyle, Spain’s largest hotel brand, Meliá Hotels International, has announced a brand launch for INNSiDE in 2019…  At the Spanish International Tourism Fair, FITFUR, Melia Hotels Internaitonal announced that it will rebrand INNSiDE to bring a stronger leisure and wellness offering to its portfolio. With the reinvention of INNSiDE, the Spanish hotel brand is preparing to…

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Hotel to open largest seafront pool in Crete

Elounda Peninsula all-suite hotel introduces the largest seafront pool on the Greek island of Crete… Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel has introduced new seafront pools for 2019, which will include the largest on the island of Crete. The new main pool and accompanying children’s pool have been introduced to open in May 2019 by the Kokotos family at a cost of €700,000.…

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New beach villas unveiled at Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort

Ushering in the New Year with a bright contemporary look, Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort has unveiled luxuriously refurbished beach villas… Nestled among lush foliage and silvery shores, the Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort has opened 75 new beach villas retain the resort’s relaxed beach ambiance, whilst now offering guests a refreshed palette of sophisticated neutral tones that reflect the island’s natural hues. “Darker timbers…

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The Maldives’ first immersive art resort opens

Joali in The Maldives has unveiled a full immersive array of ec0-inspired artworks and high-concept sustainable design throughout…  Conceived as an immersive island retreat, Joali Maldives has opened with an array of original, experiential works of art and dynamic design, reflecting the beauty of nature, and with sustainability at their core. Situated on the idyllic isle of Muravandhoo in the…

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Major hotel openings for Q1 & Q2 2019

Hotel Designs is starting the New Year fresh by focusing the spotlight on significant hotel openings for 2019 that together are expected to transform the landscape of international hotel design. Here are our top picks of hotels that are launching in Q1 & Q2… Looking ahead, and kickstarting our Spotlight On feature on Hotel Openings, here are the most anticipated ribbon cuts that are…

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IN CONVERSATION WITH: Patrick McCrae, Co-founder and CEO of art consultancy ARTIQ

As our ‘Spotlight On’ feature on Art and Photography becomes even more colourful, editor of Hotel Designs Hamish Kilburn caught up with the charming, and equally talented, visionary who is ARTIQ‘s co-founder and CEO Patrick McCrae. Together the pair discuss talent searching and how the art consultancy firm is leading art in hotels into uncharted waters… Earlier this month, ARTIQ inspired me – as…

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The BIID celebrates successful annual conference

The British Institute of Interior Design (BIID), which is the proud industry sponsor of The Brit List 2018, held its eighth annual conference exploring many engaging hotel interior design design topics…  Guests from across the design spectrum, last week attended the eighth British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) conference, Inside Knowledge 2018: The BIID Business Success Conference. Taking place at 30…

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IHG opens first voco on Australia’s Gold Coast

HD IHG opens first voco on Australia’s Gold Coast World’s first IHG voco™ opens on Australia’s famed Surfers Paradise on Gold Coast… Following the exclusive unveiling of the new branding just five months ago, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has opened the first hotel globally for its new upscale hotel brand: voco™. Owned by Australian property investment firm SB&G Group and…

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IN CONVERSATION WITH: Executive Vice-Chairman & CEO, Meliá Hotels International

To identify what it takes to be at the helm of one of the most established luxury hotel brands, editor of Hotel Designs Hamish Kilburn sat down with Executive Vice-Chairman & CEO, Meliá Hotels International Gabriel Escarrer Jaume to discuss core values, sustainable goals and all things design… Since first meeting Gabriel Escarrer Jaume three years ago at what was the…

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Westin Brisbane: rewriting the approach to luxe hotels

With its evolution of the hotel check-in, and grounded in a deep sense of place, Woods Bagot has designed a new, luxe prototype with Brisbane’s latest luxury hotel… At the newly opened The Westin Brisbane guests are welcomed in the luxe lobby on the ground floor, which flows into the hotel’s street side jazz bar. Woods Bagot principal and hotel…

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Westin Hotels & Resorts heads to the Maldives

The opening of The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort signals a new wave of well-being in the heart of the Maldives… Westin Hotels & Resorts has expanded into the Republic of Maldives with the opening of The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort. Developed by Belluna Co. Ltd, Japan and Asia Capital PLC, Sri Lanka, the hotel signals the brand’s wellness positioning in…

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Is the hospitality sector doing enough for eco travellers?

The ethical consumer is on the rise, with two thirds of travellers wanting to stay in green hotels. Clare Taylor, Marketing Manager at Hypnos Contract Beds, explains how hotels can boost their eco credentials so that they and their guests can sleep comfortably…  The hospitality industry is under pressure to respond to changing customer preferences, embrace initiatives such as recycling…

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SPOTLIGHT ON: British independents taking international hotel design to new heights

All this month we are shining the spotlight on independent hotels. As we prepare for this year’s much-anticipated Independent Hotel Show, editor Hamish Kilburn investigates inspiring hotels that are independently leading the way in international hotel design… Last week, we announced which handful of the industry’s best will join my panel discussion entitled ‘Power Hour’ at this year’s Independent Hotel Show.…

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Editor’s round-up of London Design Festival 2018

As the 16th edition of London Design Festival comes to a close, Hamish Kilburn shares the interior design moments, trends and discussions that made London’s design scene roar once more… Ten design districts, nine days, eight talks, seven parties, six after parties, five exhibitions, four hours sleep between each day, three fabulous media partners, two tired legs and ONE city. This…

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100% Design opens colourful doors to this year’s show

100% Design, of which Hotel Designs is a proud media partner of, has opened its very colourful doors to the public… As part of the nine-day London Design Festival, 100% Design has opened its doors unveiling this year’s theme to the eyes of the design world. Speaking at the exclusive press launch, Max Fraser, the content editor for the show…

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Going green: How hotels can embrace eco-friendly principles

Biodegradable packaging expert Elizabeth Raw from R+R Packaging explains how a hotel can adapt to be more eco-friendly… With 65% of travellers looking to stay in an eco-friendly friendly hotel in 2017, consumers’ choices are becoming driven more and more by an increased environmental conscience. This means it’s important for your hotel, from both an environmental and business perspective, to act as a…

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LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL: What to look out for

Visiting London Design Festival this week. Here’s what to look out for… London Design Festival returns for the 16th year in 2018, celebrating 10 years at the V&A as the official Festival hub. London will be transformed with an inspiring programme of Landmark Projects, installations and events throughout the city from 15-23 September 2018. DECOREX (Hotel Designs is a proud…

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From floor-to-wall, fresh Bauhaus-inspired surface solutions

Commercial interior surfaces specialist Altro has introduced new high-design surface ranges to its floors, doors and walls package… Delivering premium aesthetics with outstanding durability, all backed by Altro’s sector-leading support and expertise, Altro Ensemble modular flooring system and Altro Whiterock wall designs wall sheet are ideal for hospitality environments. New Altro Ensemble modular flooring system is said to be the…

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The Edition brand lands in Spain as the brand’s luxury empire expands

The 100-key Barcelona Edition has arrived as the brand continues to rapidly expand its international portfolio… Ian Schrager’s rising global influence has arrived in Spain, adding another luxury property to the EDITION empire. The Barcelona EDITION combines the personal, intimate, individualised and unique hotel experience that Schrager is known for. This delicate balancing act encompasses not only exceptional design and true innovation,…

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Six Senses continues to rapidly expand with opening of Uluwatu luxury hotel

The hotel group’s 16th opening, Six Senses Uluwatu, is just the beginning, with plans to triple the brand in size over the next five years… Sharing the same spectacular views over a rugged cliff edge as the island’s famed Uluatu Temple, Six Senses Uluwatu, Bali is now open, adding another exciting destination to the group’s portfolio. Drawing upon the renowned Six…

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Storytelling in the hotel lobby

Hotel Designs editor Hamish Kilburn and Richmond International’s Fiona Thompson together investigate just how the hotel lobby has evolved in recent years and why, perhaps, the modern hotel lobby is having to work harder than it ever has done before… I believe the best way to describe how a hotel’s design experience to a consumer or guest is to compare…

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Top 5 stories of the week: Asian gems, new collections and Europe is booming

Hotel Designs’ editor Hamish Kilburn reflects on the weeks headline stories… The sun setting on August means only one thing in the international design world: London’s show season is in sight! As we prepare for Decorex, designjunction, 100% Design and the Hotel Tech & Spa Live, this week has lifted the lid on a number of milestone headlines. Here are…

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The director of the Independent Hotel Show’s take on Amsterdam as a design hub

Following the Independent Hotel Show’s major announcement to take the unique exhibition overseas to Amsterdam, Hotel Designs editor Hamish Kilburn caught up with the show’s director, Miranda Martin, to find out more… Earlier this month, the Independent Hotel Show (IHS) let the cat out of the bag that it will launch the inaugural IHS Amsterdam next year. Considering it’s the…

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The benefits of designing a modern eco-hotel

As the spotlight this month continues to shine on Hotel Concepts, Ali Howe explores the benefits of an eco-hotel in the congested arena of international hotel design… While only 6.8 per cent of hotel reviews mention sustainability, the ones that do are almost exclusively positive. This in turn leads to customers who frequently return to the hotel and advertise it to…

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The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort to open in Q4

Milan-based design firm PEIA Associati is expected to complete the project in the Maldives in October 2018… Marriott International has announced the forthcoming debut of Westin Hotels & Resorts in the Republic of Maldives with the opening of The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort in October 2018. Developed by Belluna Co. Ltd, Japan and Asia Capital PLC, Sri Lanka, The Westin…

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Kaldewei steel enamel: material for an eternal bathroom

Bathroom specialist and Hotel Designs Recommended Supplier Kaldewei explains the benefits of Kaldewei steel enamel… Designers around the world have always been fascinated by the unique symbiosis produced by two natural materials. Bathroom specialist Kaldewei fuses robust steel and exquisite glass together to create superior Kaldewei steel enamel. Bringing 100 years of experience to bear, the company today produces premium bathroom solutions…

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Foster + Partners completes final element of Central Park Precinct, Sydney

Four Points by Sheraton, a new four-star 297-key hotel that is strategically located as part of DUO Central Park, has just opened in Sydney… Architectural Design & Engineering Firm Foster + Partners has completed final stages of work in Sydney on DUO, a multicomplex which comprises of a hotel, apartments, offices and a creche. The new property is part of a…

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9 eye-catching hotel concepts from around the world

As Hotel Designs begins to shine the spotlight on ‘hotel concepts’ this month, the editorial team have pulled together a handful of the most striking hotels from around the world… The hotel design industry is overflowing with innovative drawings and exceptional design concepts that year after year complete to unveil buildings that further challenge conventional overnight accommodation. Whether it be…

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Associate Design to showcase the best of portugal at Decorex International 2018

On the September 16 – 19, Decorex International will shelter the best of Portuguese furniture, lighting and objets d’art.. Associate Design will present a fine selection of luxury and contemporary Portuguese design at Decorex International 2018 . With its motto ‘a space for beauty to flourish’, Decorex provides the ideal platform on which to showcase some of Portugal’s best design…

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Designing fabrics and soft furnishings with purpose

Threading together design and sustainability, textiles expert Michelle Tonta explains why sustainable development should be on the minds of all designers when innovating new fabrics, soft furnishings and even flooring… I, like many designers, adore rich textural surfaces and luscious fabrics, but whilst colour, print and pattern are key principles of fabric selection for interior designers, sustainable development and practice is without a doubt the rising…

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Intermediate architect/project manager

Architecture in Formation is looking for an intermediate architect/project manager to join its team in New York, USA. Architecture in Formation is an award-winning architecture firm based in New York City. We are a highly collaborative, detail-oriented, and process driven practice committed to design excellence and to the long-term and personal growth of every member of our team. At AiF,…

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Seven minutes with the Managing Director of Duravit

As Duravit opens its new Clerkenwell showroom, the editor of Hotel Designs, Hamish Kilburn, went behind the scenes to ask the Managing Director of Duravit, Martin Carroll, ‘why here’, ‘why now’ and ‘what’s next’… Duravit has long been a leader in bathroom interior design, and the news of a swanky showroom unveiling in London’s Clerkenwell district – which is home to…

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Interface declares all its products are carbon neutral

All carpet tiles and luxury vinyl tiles at Interface are now included in new Carbon Neutral Floors™ programme… Modular flooring company Interface is the first global flooring manufacturer to declare that all of its products– including all carpet tile and luxury vinyl tile (LVT) – are carbon neutral across the entire product lifecycle. The company is now offering its Carbon Neutral…

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Viceroy at Ombria Resort unveils first design phase

Ombria Resort has unveiled the design ethos behind its first phase with WATG’s Wimberly Interiors at the design helm… With an initial investment of €100 million, Ombria Resort’s first development phase in the Algarve will welcome the arrival of a new five-star Viceroy hotel. The overall design aesthetic has been developed in partnership with WATG who are responsible for the…

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Kaldewei joins WWF’s Southeast Asia marine conservation programme

Project to reduce plastic waste through sustainable waste management. Bathrooms specialist Kaldewei has joined forces with the WWF’s marine conservation programme in Southeast Asia, with the aim of improving waste management in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. Announcing the drive, the company cited forecasts that by 2050 the oceans will contain as much plastic waste as fish. The first indications are already visible today: animals…

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INTRODUCING PAINTFINITY, A TRULY SUSTAINABLE PAINT

Paintfinity – the sustainable paint tailored to the contract interiors market from a certified Carbon Neutral company. Sustainability is a big buzz word right now and using products which are sustainably sourced is of paramount importance. As a result, businesses are now required to become much more transparent about their environmental practices and think of innovative ways to support the…

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Scotland’s Green Tourism efforts applauded

Sustainable tourism business in Scotland has saved 1 million tonnes of water and ¼ million tonnes of carbon according to an impacts report published by the sustainable accreditation organisation, Green Tourism. The report, entitled ’20 years of making a difference’, addresses the positive impact Green Tourism accredited businesses have had on the environment over a period of twenty years. Green…

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An in-depth look at Roca’s new Armani and Modo bathroom ranges

“Always attentive to the changes in society relating to water,” Roca make bathroom solutions that are both sustainable and stylish. The Spanish company founded in 1917 have just released two new ranges, Roca and a Georgio Armani collaboration, Armani Roca. Roca have taken home awards for sustainability and innovation, and have grown to become one of the world’s leading providers of…

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Bill Bensley, designer of sustainable resorts: “Luxury is dead”

The first thing visitors see on Bill Bensley’s website is the word disruption in block caps. The word is scrawled over a photograph of two people in a taxidermy shop. One is surreptitiously singing into a vintage microphone, while the other looks on, anguished, and a dog looks away. Welcome to the mad design world of Bill Bensley, designer of…

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Sleep in this sustainable shipping container on an Australian island

An island off the Australian coastline near the city of Perth houses the country’s loudest new design statement: Contained Perth. Contained on Cockatoo Island is a hotel, urban winery, restaurant and living space, celebrating sustainability. It’s built entirely from re-purposed shipping containers, which have been made luxury with statement bespoke furnishings. The limited space inside the containers has been interpreted…

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The Sheldon Chalet designer and founder: “I’ve visited the summits of the world, none of them compare to this”

Built dramatically onto the fringes of the tallest land-based mountain on Earth, Sheldon Chalet offers incredible “luxury on a glacier”. The chalet is built on the designs of famous explorer Don Sheldon and his wife Roberta, who first dreamt of creating accommodation in these supposedly uninhabitable mountains in the Sixties. You can see the Northern Lights, hike Denali’s ridges, fly in a chopper…

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The most romantic destinations for a royal honeymoon in 2018

As Prince Harry and Megan Markle prepare to tie the knot this spring, Mason Rose has compiled a list of the world’s most romantic spots for a royal honeymoon this year. Whether your dream is to live like north African nobility at the Royal Mansour in Marrakech – owned by King Mohammed VI of Morocco – or cosy up in your…

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Hotel Summit welcomes innovative light specialists Pulsar Light to 2018 event

The Hotel Summit celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2018 and is pleased to announce that the latest confirmed attendee is Pulsar Light. The Hotel Summit is the hotel industry’s premier networking event, where industry suppliers and buyers meet and will this year be held at the Radisson Blu, London Stansted on June 4th – 5th. Click here for all the details.…

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ROCA CREATES NEW FORMS WITH MODO

Roca places a huge importance on innovation, design and style and its new Modo collection is the epitome of all three. Modo’s unique quality is that it can be moulded and sculptured into bespoke and individual pieces ready to suit all interior décors. It has been created using Roca’s new and exclusive material SURFEX® – a breakthrough in manufacturing technique…

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Stylish and Sustainable: High-end hotels get green

Social enterprise Bouteco has released their first ever global trends report ‘Stop, Think, Discuss’, offering an industry overview on sustainability for stylish hotels in the boutique-hotel sector. Key findings include: • 42% of respondents would pay more for a sustainable hotel but would not compromise on comfort or luxury. • 64% of respondents consider environmental and green issues the most…

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Rosewood Phuket – immersive design by Bar Studio

Within a jungle forest on the shoreline of the Andaman Sea, Rosewood Phuket captures the essence of the island’s spirit, culture and environment, with a design inspired by the concept of a luxurious beach residence. Renowned Melbourne-based design firm BAR Studio seamlessly blended contemporary aesthetics with the tropical surrounds to celebrate a connection between landscape, light and views. Rosewood Phuket…

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Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour opens

The much-anticipated Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour has opened its doors, making it the first new-build, international luxury hotel to open in Sydney’s CBD this millennium. Centrally located opposite the International Convention Centre, the AUS$500m (£281 million) Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour will play a major role in the ongoing revitalisation of the vibrant Darling Harbour precinct. It also heralds the renaissance…

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New design-led hotel transforming Rhodes – Gennadi Grand Resort

A new resort set on the coast overlooking the azure waters of the Aegean, Gennadi Grand Resort opens in May 2018 and will set a new standard for five-star hospitality in the Greek islands. Part of Lindos Hotel Group, this eco-friendly luxury resort redefines modern luxury, offering a true sense of locality and with an emphasis on bringing the outside…

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11-17 November: Top 10 stories of the week…

From hotel openings to product spotlights to everything in between, we collate the top 10 most read stories on Hotel Designs this week… 1. RENAISSANCE HOTELS OPENS DOORS IN DUBAI Located in the thriving Business Bay district, which was recently listed in Lonely Planet’s ‘10 of the World’s coolest neighborhoods to visit right now,’ the new Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai boasts…

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Marriott reveals ‘IoT’ hotel room of the future…

As technology continues to evolve and play an increasingly active role in our daily lives, Marriott International has teamed with two leading companies – Samsung and Legrand – to launch the hospitality industry’s first Internet of Things (‘IoT’) hotel room to inspire the ultimate hotel experience of the future. The IoT Guestroom Lab – powered by Marriott’s Innovation Lab at…

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Versital announced as finalists for top design award

Luxury surface manufacturer, Versital is a finalist for the second year in a row in the ‘Product of the Year: Surface’ category for the Mixology North Awards 2017. Versital is delighted to announce that its signature ‘faux’ cultured marble surface material has been selected yet again as a finalist for a prestigious design award. This year the brand new ‘Metallic…

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Dexter Moren designing Croydon ‘hospitality hub’

The site for a new £90 million hospitality hub in Croydon, developed by LHG (London Hotel Group) and designed by award-winning hotel architects Dexter Moren Associates, was included as one of the strategic projects in a study tour organised by New London Architecture. Local stakeholders, including council representatives, occupiers, developers and investors, enjoyed a walking tour of the Growth Zone…

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Style-centric Lodge at Solent is a ‘shore’ thing

It’s been 210 years since British hospitality firm Thwaites was conceived by its namesake, Daniel. His mission was delivering fine hospitality alongside fine ale. His company has come a long way from its roots in the Lake District, recently named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. About 200 miles, to be precise – to Fareham, home of its farthest-flung spa…

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Guest Blog: ‘How to design a boutique hotel’

Lillian Connors is Senior Digital Marketing Strategist at Bizzmark – a hub for business journalists and bloggers – and here she shares her thoughts on how to design the perfect boutique hotel… The two main features of boutique hotels are luxury and individuality. These are achieved through style, practicality and attention to detail. The style needs to tell the story…

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Bankside – a new design-led hotel for London

Bankside, a design-forward hotel for London, is set to open in September next year on the south bank of the Thames. Just minutes from the City and close to some of the capital’s best loved landmarks – Tate Modern, the National Theatre and Borough Market – the hotel will be opening in one of the trendiest areas of the city.…

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The Tulum Treehouse – private jungle retreat opens

This September, in the dense mangrove vegetation of Tulum, a secret retreat is ready to welcome discerning adventurers and respite-seekers worldwide. Nestled amongst a swaying sea of lush emerald palms, the Tulum Treehouse is a private home located a stone’s throw from the heart of Tulum — yet it is a flourishing jungle setting near the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve that…

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Awards: ‘Best of the Best’ named at 2017 Virtuoso Travel Week

International luxury travel network Virtuoso announced the winners of the eagerly awaited 2017 Best of the Best awards at the 29th annual Virtuoso Travel Week. The 11th annual ceremony celebrated this year’s top 11 hotels and hoteliers before 1,600 of luxury travel’s crème de la crème attending the Hotels & Resorts Dinner. Of particular note, Palazzo Seneca in Italy received…

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Wiltshire Council resolve to grant permission for new Longleat Hotel

Longleat’s plans to build a new 240 room hotel, with water park and business conference facilities on the edge of its Estate near Warminster have been approved by Wiltshire Council, subject to views of Highways England on the impact of the proposal to the strategic road network. The approval provides a green light for the development which, it is anticipated,…

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Six Senses plans to develop resort and spa in Kitzbuhel, Austrian Alps

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas is set to add yet another extraordinary destination to its portfolio of properties in some of the world’s most beautiful and inspiring locations. Set in the breathtakingly picturesque Austrian Alps, Six Senses Kitzbuhel Alps showcases its stunning environment through all seasons: from winter’s snow covered terrain with high-end ski activities, to spectacular summers when the…

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STR Case Study: Impact of terrorism on UK hotel performance

A number of people have asked themselves how the recent tragedies in the UK might have affected the market’s hotels. While there is still not a long enough range of data to draw any definitive conclusions, STR thought it important to take this opportunity to look into it in some detail. According to STR figures, the UK hotel market has experienced…

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Largest Holiday Inn Express property in the Americas opens in Hawaii

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the opening of the 44-storey, 596-room Holiday Inn Express Waikiki hotel — the largest Holiday Inn Express property in the Americas region. Located just three blocks from Waikiki Beach, two blocks from Luxury Row shopping and four blocks from the Hawaii Convention Centre, this hotel is well-suited for both business and leisure travelers visiting…

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Wilderness Safaris opens Bisate Lodge, Rwanda

Wilderness Safaris is proud to announce the opening of Bisate Lodge, situated next to the renowned Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Comprising just six spacious forest villas, Bisate offers a luxurious base from which to enjoy an extraordinary gorilla conservation experience and life-changing journey to this beautiful region. Situated within the amphitheatre of an eroded volcanic cone, the 42-hectare Bisate…

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Style Library launches – home to six iconic British brands

Style Library officially launched at the opening of their state of the art new 280m2 showroom in Design Centre Chelsea Harbour this week. The home of six iconic, authentic British brands: Zoffany, Harlequin, Sanderson, Morris & Co., Scion and Anthology, Style Library has made it their mission to Inspire Creative Living in all. Style Library is the global one-stop-destination for…

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25-30 June: Top 10 Stories of the Week

From hotel openings to product spotlights to everything in between, we collate the top 10 most read stories on Hotel Designs this week… 1. IN CONVERSATION: REDEFINE|BDL’S SUSAN BLAND ON BREXIT PLANS As Brexit negotiations kick off and uncertainty lingers following the general election, there are growing concerns over the UK’s pipeline of skilled employees, particularly within the hospitality industry.…

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Kengo Kuma to develop ‘eco-luxury’ 1hotel in Paris

Kengo Kuma is planning a Parisian project which hopes to incorporate sustainability and hospitality design into an ‘innovative eco-luxury hotel’ which will ultimately serve as a landmark, as well as a popular destination. The building, which will be called ‘1hotel Paris’ will be bedecked with greenery, becoming what the firm is calling a ‘green lung’ for the neighbourhood. Wooden façade…

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Six Senses Ibiza opening 2020

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has announced the latest addition to their portfolio, Six Senses Ibiza. Set to open in 2020, the resort will be tucked away on the peaceful northern tip of Ibiza in the crystalline Cala Xarraca Bay. With its unobstructed westerly sunset views, dramatic rocky beach and picturesque seafront with yacht access, this full-service resort, spa and…

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Guest Blog – TOPHOTELS: ‘Italy, a sure thing for hotel developers’

Italy has an ever-appealing charm – the food, the passion, the beautiful coastline and incredibly historic cities, the architecture and of course, the landscapes. For centuries, Italy has attracted holidaymakers, and continues to do so today, making it almost a sure thing for hotel developers. One of the more recent hotel projects to open was the La Bagnaia Golf &…

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26 May-2 June: Top 10 Stories of the Week

From hotel openings to product spotlights to everything in between, we collate the top 10 most read stories on Hotel Designs this week… 1. PRINCIPAL HOTELS ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR THE GRAND HOTEL IN BIRMINGHAM The hotel at The Grand, one of Birmingham’s most iconic buildings, is to be redeveloped into a luxury, 180-room hotel through a partnership announced between Hortons’…

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