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“COVID-19 pandemic will put sustainability on hold,” experts warn

“COVID-19 pandemic will put sustainability on hold,” experts warn Analysts at GlobalData have predicted that the global outbreak of COVID-19 will steer the UK consumer’s attention off sustainability… Sustainability was the buzz word of 2019 and would have continued to increase in prominence in 2020. However, the COVID–19 pandemic will bring progress to a halt, according to GlobalData, a leading…

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CASE STUDY: utilising sustainability and emotional practice in hotel design

CASE STUDY: utilising sustainability and emotional practice in hotel design Conscious, emotion and sustainability formed the design recipe for Kalukanda House, as interior designer Dee Gibson from Velvet Orange explains… As an interior designer, I have always extolled the virtues of how a successful design makes my clients feel – and the aesthetics form only a part of that. A…

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Bill Bensley launches ‘Sensible Sustainability Solutions’ White Paper

Bill Bensley launches ‘Sensible Sustainability Solutions’ White Paper Why? Because thinking about sustainability is the right thing to do… Last year, Hotel Designs put sustainability and designing conscious spaces at the root of many of its editorial and feature concepts, including speaking on the topic at the Indepdnenet Hotel Hotel London where editor Hamish Kilburn unveiled new research on consumer demands…

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Part 39: Sustainability in hotels – are you doing your part?

GTHD A GUIDE TO HOTEL DESIGN PT 39: Sustainability in hotels – are you doing your part? Sustainable tourism is not just a rising travel trend. Sustainability also quickly becoming a priority – if not a moral imperative – for hospitality leaders and hotel businesses around the world. Hotel Bookings resource STAAH explains… Guide to Hotel Design Image credit Inhabit…

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Viceroy Residences at Ombria Resort wins prestigious sustainability award

Viceroy Residences at Ombria Resort wins prestigious sustainability award Continuing our theme this month to put sustainability under the spotlight, Viceroy Residences at Ombria Resort has been recognised for its commitment to the environment, winning Best Sustainable Residential Development, Portugal at the European Property Awards…  Luxury real estate development Ombria Resort in the heart of the Algarve, which is slated to…

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Part 37: Putting sustainability front and centre in the bathroom

GTHD PART 37: PUTTING SUSTAINABILITY FRONT AND CENTRE IN THE BATHROOM Recommended Supplier Roca discusses sustainability in order to highlight how the international hotel design industry can save water and reduce wastage…  Water consumption varies in hotels depending on the presence of swimming pools, saunas, laundry and catering facilities. However, water accounts for 10 per cent of utility bills in many…

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New ‘super boutique hotel’ in London to become leader in sustainability

New ‘super boutique hotel’ in London to become leader in sustainability Edwardian Hotels London has secured a £175 million Green Loan from HSBC UK that will help make its new ‘super boutique hotel’, The Londoner, one of the most environmentally friendly in the UK, with sustainability at its core… Edwardian Hotels London has secured a £175 million Green Loan from…

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GROHE continues to demonstrate sustainability commitment

GROHE continues to demonstrate sustainability commitment GROHE has launched a number of innovations that save energy, water and materials as the company continues to keep sustainability an integral strategy… GROHE has presented a record number of new solutions that help save water, energy and material resources, many of which were unveiled at ISH last month. These serve to underline the importance of…

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Two dynamic designers chosen to bring creative vision and ‘story of sustainability’ to life at Cadogan Hotel

Young designers Mac Collins and Antonia Packham were chosen from more than 3,000 designers to bring their creative vision to life at the Cadogan Hotel… Luxury travel brand Belmond has chosen two talented young designers to bring their creative vision to life at its historic Cadogan Hotel in Chelsea when the property reopens later this year. Mac Collins, a product and furniture designer and soon-to-be…

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Green Tourism outlines new sustainability check

Green Tourism has detailed its latest ‘Green Check’ offering for tourism businesses seeking a sustainability award. Kicking off on November 13th, the sustainability check will run until the end of January next year, which will see Green Tourism offer businesses a pre-assessment review. The ‘Green Check’ will include a series of questions taken from the Green Tourism rating system, which…

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Marriott unveils global sustainability, social impact plan

From human rights protections to sustainable hotel development, Marriott International has now launched a new sustainability and social impact initiative designed to foster business growth while balancing the needs of associates, customers, owners, the environment and communities. Under Serve 360: Doing Good in Every Direction, Marriott’s new Sustainability and Social Impact Platform seeks to continue the company’s 90-year commitment to…

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TOPHOTELS Guest Blog: Sustainability and hotel design

TOPHOTELPROJECTS talks about hotel sustainability and how it’s shaping the design and construction of hotels around the world… Sustainability has long been a buzzword within the design community, and hoteliers in particular have been latching onto the idea of the past number of years. Not only is it a response to an increased awareness of climate change and the impact…

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Sustainability Focus: Going green with German hotel group Maritim

Germany’s largest owner-managed hotel group has increased its conference and incentives offer by upgrading more than a quarter of its German portfolio and introducing green initiatives. Expanding on the company motto ‘Conference and living under one roof’, more than 3,000 rooms, bathrooms, public areas, meetings and events spaces have been refurbished as part of a comprehensive redevelopment programme. These new…

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Whitepaper: Sustainability enhancing ‘competitive positioning’

The Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index) has released their first Whitepaper – “Sustainable Destination Management Trends and Insights: A Path to a Brighter Future” at IMEX Frankfurt. The Whitepaper identifies how Destination Management Organisations and Convention Bureaus are using sustainability to drive the development and implementation of robust destination sustainability strategies. These strategies are supporting their city’s overall social, environmental…

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Phi Phi Island Village Resort committed to sustainability

From coral clean-up to sustainable water sourcing, Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort is leading the way in eco-sustainability within the luxury travel sector. Currently in the midst of an extensive £3.5 million renovation aimed at eco-sustainability, Phi Phi Island Resort is committed to protecting the beautiful nature that surrounds this spectacular destination. The resort recently installed a new reverse…

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Sustainability focus: Balmoral Hotel buzzing for new concept

News has emerged this week that a colony of honey bees have checked in on the rooftop of Edinburgh’s luxury hotel The Balmoral in a bid to produce home-grown honey for guests to enjoy at mealtimes in the luxury boutique. It follows the work being carried out at London Hilton Bankside with jewellery designer Alex Monroe. A similar concept is…

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Hurawalhi Maldives: Sustainability in tandem with luxury

Five-star luxury and sustainability have been seamlessly integrated at Hurawalhi Island Resort – a combination worthy of making any environmentally-aware urban dweller green with envy. In a fragile environment like the Maldives, eco-conscious operations should be the norm and this brand new island has gone the extra mile to put as much back into its surroundings as it takes out.…

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Guest Blog: James Fisher – sustainability in practice in existing buildings

Investors and owners of large commercial property portfolios throughout Europe are constantly on the hunt for a distinctive edge that will set them aside from the competition. The never-ending battle for an increase in rental yield, lower management costs, fully leased properties and happy tenants is something that we are all too familiar with. Couple that with some of the…

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Sustainability Focus: Hilton Bankside and Alex Monroe collaborate on beehives

Hilton Bankside is delighted to announce a partnership with British jewellery designer Alex Monroe for the design of its newly installed beehives. The Bankside beehives are housed on the meadow garden located 4 floors up on Hilton Bankside’s large green roof terrace, aptly named ‘The Meadow’. Each of the four beehives have been designed and painted by Alex Monroe in…

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Q&A: Pergo’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Tim Mulle

In our guest blog last week, Hotel Designs Directory members Pergo shared their ethos and approach to environmentally responsible and sustainability-conscious design and manufacture of their products. This week, their chief sustainability officer Tim Mulle expands on this and explains in more detail… Q. How does Pergo view sustainability? A. Unusually for our industry we have a whole department dedicated…

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Technology, sustainability demands having impact on hotel design

The traditional get-away-from-it-all break is fast becoming the stay-connected-to-everything trip, with travellers expecting hotels to provide smart technology, charging points and free internet access. A survey by E.ON of 2,000 people – both leisure and business customers – found hotel guests’ expectations have changed significantly, especially in the last five years. Travellers now take 40% more gadgets away with them…

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Manufacturers tackling water sustainability issues through design

Water sustainability in the hospitality industry is an issue beginning to raise its head above the metallic-edged parapets of hotels springing up all over the world. It’s no secret that water consumption levels in the industry could definitely be reduced and cannot be maintained at its current levels. Indeed, some statistics recently printed in a recent issue of HD member…

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Hypnos wins The Furniture Makers Guild Sustainability Award

Bed Manufacturer of the Year and Royal Warrant holder, Hypnos has been crowned winner of The Furniture Makers Guild Sustainability Award 2015. This prestigious accolade has been awarded to Hypnos by a panel of renowned experts in the field of furniture making including, Paul von der Heyde, the Master of the Furniture Makers Guild and Phil Reynolds of FIRA. This…

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Backhausen

Ever since its foundation in 1849, Backhausen has been renowned for the production of high-end woven textiles. Craftsmanship, heritage, individuality and sustainability form the foundation of the brand. All of Backhausen’s fabrics are manufactured in Hoheneich, located in the Waldviertel region of Austria, with a continuous focus on premium quality, aesthetics and natural fibres, together with innovative designs from its…

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Bill Bensley has designed a ‘human zoo hotel’ concept

Bill Bensley has designed a ‘human zoo hotel’ concept Architect Bill Bensley responded to a hotel brief by designing a hotel where guests are caged while wild, exotic animals roam free… Known for his bohemian and brilliant ideas when it comes to sustainability, architect Bill Bensley has perhaps new creative heights by designing a concept to flip the idea of…

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MAAPS Design & Architecture

The MAAPS studio (founded in 2010) is steered deftly by industry stalwart Peter Mance. With more than 30 years in his design career, Peter’s experience spans most sectors from hospitality, residential and education through to retail, exhibition, marine and office environments. One of MAAPS key areas of expertise is the thoughtful reimagining and adaptation of existing space. As a much-respected…

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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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Hotels that are self-isolating in style (part 3)

Hotels that are self-isolating in style (part 3) The editorial series continues with part three, as editor Hamish Kilburn mentally checks in to some of the best hotels that are self-isolating in style… The weeks are starting to feel like years. As the number of cases of COVID–19 increases day-by-day, so too do our social restrictions. From our new-found goldfish…

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Naturalmat launches 500 thread count, organic percale bed linen

Naturalmat launches 500 thread count, organic percale bed linen Made by hand in Devon, Naturalmat’s new luxury 500 thread count, organic cotton percale bed linen is the answer to a good sleep, which is what we all need right about now…  Naturalmat, the award-winning brand in organic and ethically made mattresses and beds that has been supplying the industry for…

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MINIVIEW: Escape to nature at Anantara Iko Mauritius Resort

MINIVIEW: Escape to nature at Anantara Iko Mauritius Resort The architecture and interior design narrative of Anantara Iko Mauritius Resort & Villas has been inspired by its natural surrounding beauty. As the world daydreams about travel, editor Hamish Kilburn writes…  For luxury travellers already aware of the Anantara brand, they will recognise the brand’s DNA of connecting people to genuine…

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5 new elements to look out for at Clerkenwell Design Week 2020

5 new elements to look out for at Clerkenwell Design Week 2020 At an exclusive press launch in London, editor Hamish Kilburn learns how the organisers of Clerkenwell Design Week 2020 are preparing to make this year’s festival of design bigger and better than ever before… Members of the press gathered at The Charterhouse last week in the heart of…

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5 reasons to attend Hotel Summit 2020

5 reasons to attend Hotel Summit 2020 Hotel Summit, the original hotel meet-the-buyers event that last year was shortlisted at the Indy Awards, is gearing up to once again bridge the gap between hotel operators and suppliers with engaging talks and networking opportunities throughout…  For more than 20 years, Hotel Summit has been bridging meaningful relationships between suppliers and hotel…

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Taste of the future: personalised water for all

Taste of the future: personalised water for all Yes, it’s a thing! Water Station from LUQEL offers a multi-stage filtration system, which allows every user to draw their favourite personalised quality water from more than 30 recipes with a simple press of a touchscreen. Editor Hamish Kilburn sat down with the company’s President to find out more…  The benefits of…

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PREVIEW: Duravit’s sleek appearance at the Ideal Home Show

PREVIEW: Duravit’s sleek appearance at the Ideal Home Show Bathroom brand Duravit will exhibit new products at the Ideal Home Show, between March 23 and April 13… Duravit’s products have been selected by Owl Design to feature in The Future Living Home one of the homes featured within this year’s Show Village.  The Future Living Home created as a modular…

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5 Minutes With: Emma Masters, associate at Richmond International

5 Minutes With: Emma Masters, associate at Richmond International Taking five minutes out of planning and designing luxury hospitality scenes of the future, Emma Masters, Associate at Richmond International, speaks to editor Hamish Kilburn about landscape changes, client demands and over-used words in the industry… Hamish Kilburn: How long have you been involved in interior design, and how has the…

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Part 42: Using a 360-degree approach in bathroom design

GTHD A GUIDE TO HOTEL DESIGN PT 42: USING A 360-DEGREE APPROACH IN BATHROOM DESIGN Aiming to reduce the number of out-of-service rooms when a bathroom product malfunctions, bathroom specifier Utopia Projects explains why their 360-degree approach is vital when designing bathrooms and wet rooms for the modern traveller… Guide to Hotel Design Imagine this all-too-common scenario in a hotel:…

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Sindhorn Midtown hotel opens in Bangkok

Sindhorn Midtown hotel opens in Bangkok The opening in Bangkok marks the new hospitality brand’s debut in Thailand…  Sindhorn Midtown, the flagship property of a stylish new Thai-inspired hospitality brand, opens in the heart of Bangkok’s Langsuan neighbourhood.  Inspired by local artistry and designed for a sophisticated lifestyle, Sindhorn Midtown introduces a contemporary Thai hospitality experience for today’s business and…

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Editor Checks In: Colouring outside the lines, searching for creativity

Editor Checks In: Colouring outside the lines, searching for creativity Casting back to a two-dimensional art classroom, editor Hamish Kilburn has a few confessions to make regarding the creativity of his sketch book before rekindling his relationship with art in design… As someone who regularly rushed his art homework in blue biro ink at the back of the school bus,…

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SHOW PREVIEW: Clerkenwell Design Week 2020

SHOW PREVIEW: Clerkenwell Design Week 2020 Clerkenwell Design Week returns on May 19 – 21 for the 11th edition of the UK’s leading independent design festival, London’s most creative district… Last year, 34, 185 individuals of the international design community flocked to the streets of Clerkenwell to attend one of the most-anticipated design festivals in the design calendar. Since its…

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Surface Design Awards 2020: Winners announced

Surface Design Awards 2020: Winners announced The winners of the Surface Design Awards 2020 have been announced at the 15th Surface Design Show in London. Editor Hamish Kilburn was at the breakfast ceremony to catch the winners being crowned… The final day of the Surface Design Show 2020 started in spectacular fashion, with the winners of the Surface Design Awards…

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Still to come at the Surface Design Show 2020

Still to come at the Surface Design Show 2020 As the final day of Surface Design Show approaches in London, there is so much still to look forward to, including an engaging panel discussion hosted by editor Hamish Kilburn… Celebrating 15 years, Surface Design Show (#SDS20) has once again stolen the limelight early in the season, with an impressive 170…

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Versa’s new Invinci surface collection harnesses art and tech

Versa’s new Invinci surface collection harnesses art and tech Versa’s new surface collection, Invinci, harnesses art and technology to create one-of-a-kind textures, intriguing embossings and multi-faceted prints… From subtle textile effects to dramatic iridescent mylars, the expansive Invinci collection from Versa Designed Surfaces delivers the right aesthetics to achieve your design vision. Choose from a range of textile designs that…

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Bette launches its first circular built-in bath

Bette launches its first circular built-in bath The sustainable, recyclable and luxurious BettePond bath is made from the company’s signature glazed titanium-steel… Bathroom manufacturer Bette has launched the first built-in circular bath, BettePond, made of glazed titanium-steel, which uses only natural materials in its production. The generously proportioned 150cm diameter BettePond bath is made from durable glazed titanium-steel,  which keeps…

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Everything you need to know about Hilton’s new lifestyle brand

Everything you need to know about Hilton’s new lifestyle brand Last month, Hilton dropped the news that it was launching a new lifestyle brand. Tempo by Hilton is an elevated and approachable brand offering thoughtful design, efficient service and exciting partnerships. Editor Hamish Kilburn investigates… With no less than 30 hotels under development – and 30 more pending deals –…

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Discussing biophilic design in hotel surfaces

Discussing biophilic design in hotel surfaces Ahead of their panel discussion at the Surface Design Show next week, editor Hamish Kilburn and Parkside Architectural Tiles’ architectural consultancy manager Fraser Lockley discuss sustainable surfaces in hotel design…  Design is all around us, and we interact with it from the moment we get up in the morning, through our working day and…

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Hypnos

Sustainability pioneer and luxury bed manufacturer, Hypnos Contract Beds (HCB), is internationally renowned as an expert in creating pocket sprung mattresses, beds and sofa beds for the finest hotels, serviced apartments and hospitality properties around the world. As a Royal Warrant holder, Hypnos Contract Beds combines traditional skills, refined from more than 100 years’ experience, with constant innovation and modern…

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VIP ARRIVALS: Top hotels to open in February 2020

VIP ARRIVALS: Top hotels to open in February 2020 With the aim to cut through the noise in a contemporary tone, Hotel Designs has the scoop on which statement and game-changing hotels are expected to open in February, 2020… The hotel industry never ceases to amaze with its ability to break through hard barriers to take design, architecture and creativity…

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Hypnos sows the seed for conservation

Hypnos sows the seed for conservation British bed manufacturer and Royal Warrant holder, Hypnos Beds, has donated and planted 200 tree saplings to Castlefield Wood… In partnership with Queens Award-winning Chiltern Rangers, a Buckinghamshire based social enterprise committed to protecting the Chilterns landscape with the community, Hypnos Beds has donated and planted 200 tree saplings to Castlefield Wood.  As part…

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Industry insight: What is driving the digital bathroom trend?

Industry insight: What is driving the digital bathroom trend? As Hotel Designs continues to put technology under the spotlight, Nick Brown, hospitality channel manger for GROHE UK, explains why digital modern bathrooms are going to be trending for a while…  In recent years, the hotel guest experience has undergone a mass transformation. As seen in Hotel Designs’ Year in Review…

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Part 40: How to design luxury accommodation in pub hotels

GTHD A GUIDE TO HOTEL DESIGN PT 40: HOW TO DESIGN LUXURY ACCOMMODATION IN PUB HOTELS Following a rise in smaller and boutique design projects emerging on the hotel design scene, interior designer Sarah Ward offers tips and tricks for designing bespoke luxury accommodation in pubs… Guide to Hotel Design I’m sure I’m not the only one who is glad…

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Checking in: Heckfield Place

Checking in: Heckfield Place Former senior stylist for House & Garden and The Brit List Awards 2019 judge, Florence Rolfe, checks in to the award-winning Heckfield Place to discover how the hotel is anything but ‘greenwashing’ in both its design and operation… I recently received a dream invitation to the highly acclaimed country manor hotel Heckfield Place. Naturally, I obliged.…

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Laufen’s technology secret: it’s all in the material

Laufen’s technology secret: it’s all in the material Design reduced to the essentials, SaphirKeramik has been bathroom manufacturer Laufen’s trade technology secret since 2013. Since then, the material has been used to create some of the most stunning bathroom products… With SaphirKeramik the Swiss bathroom specialist Laufen is setting a new trend in bathroom design. SaphirKeramik is an innovative ceramic…

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Tomorrow’s hotel technology unveiled at CES 2020

Tomorrow’s hotel technology unveiled at CES 2020 With CES 2020 currently taking place in Las Vegas, Hotel Designs launches technology as its January Spotlight On by futuregazing at tomorrow’s products that are expected to further evolve the international hospitality scene (edited by Hamish Kilburn)… Question: how far are you willing to stretch your imagination in search of finding the latest technology…

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PARIS PREVIEW: What to expect at MAISON&OBJET and Deco Off 2020

PARIS PREVIEW: What to expect at MAISON&OBJET and Deco Off 2020 As Paris prepares to welcome designers from around the world for Maison&Objet and Deco Off, editor Hamish Kilburn previews what he expects to be the most significant products to launch at both shows…  Maison&Objet and Paris Deco Off never fail to attract and engage a large international crowd, and with…

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The Brit List Hoteliers of 2019 (Part two)

The Brit List Hoteliers of 2019 (Part two) This December, Hotel Designs has profiled the individuals who made it into The Brit List 2019. We conclude by referencing part two of The Brit List Hoteliers of 2019 (in alphabetical order)… The Brit List 2019 is Hotel Designs’ annual nationwide search to identify the top 25 designers, top 25 architects and top 25 hoteliers…

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Six Senses to arrive in London in 2023

Six Senses to arrive in London in 2023 The hotel, which will mark Six Senses’ debut in the UK, will reside in the iconic former Whiteleys department store in West London… Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has announced the brand’s highly anticipated debut property in the UK with the opening of Six Senses London in 2023. Residing in the former art…

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Resort in the Cayman Islands achieves Silver LEED certification

Resort in the Cayman Islands achieves Silver LEED certification Developed by Dart and designed by SB Architects, Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa and The Residences at Seafire in the Cayman Islands have achieved LEED Silver sustainability certification… Following a rigorous certification process, Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa and The Residences at Seafire have achieved LEED Silver certification, becoming the first resort…

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The world’s first ‘energy-positive’ hotel to open in 2022

The world’s first ‘energy-positive’ hotel to open in 2022 The 99-key Svart hotel will incorporate stilted, circular design, and will be positioned atop of the Holandsfjorden Fjord, allowing guests to enjoying an unparalleled 360-degree view of the Svartisen Glacier… The world’s first ‘energy-positive’ hotel, Svart, will open in Norway’s Arctic Circle in 2022. The property will have a 360-degree view…

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The Luxury Collection arrives in the Seychelles

The Luxury Collection arrives in the Seychelles North Island in the Seychelles joins The Luxury Collection as the portfolio’s first private island destination… Following Marriott International’s ambitious plans to unveil more than 30 new luxury hotels in 2019, The Luxury Collection has announced the arrival of North Island, Seychelles into its portfolio of world-renowned hotels and resorts. With just 11 villas,…

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Last chance to apply for Outstanding Property Award

Last chance to apply for Outstanding Property Award Calling all interior designers, architects and developers: The deadline to submit international projects for Outstanding Property Award, of which Hotel Designs is a proud media partner of, is December 15… December 15, this Sunday, is the deadline to submit entries for Outstanding Property Award (OPAL). The global search to find the best architecture, interior design and…

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Hotel specifies flooring made from 540 recycled bottles

Hotel specifies flooring made from 540 recycled bottles The newly rebranded DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate Majestic Hotel & Spa, which has just opened in the historic spa town, has specified a revolutionary carpet underlay company that uses recycled bottles within its flooring solutions…  The newly rebranded DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate Majestic Hotel & Spa, which has just opened in the…

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Corinthia London sells luxury penthouse for £10m on one condition

Corinthia London sells luxury penthouse for £10m on one condition The perfect night’s sleep costs £10,750,000 apparently, according to one lucky person who purchased the penthouse of the Corinthia London as long as it was furnished with a Hypnos Mattress...  For most guests, the perfect night’s sleep is priceless, but as Corinthia London recently found, £10 million pounds is a…

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In Conversation With: The founders of design studio BARANOWITZ + KRONENBERG

In Conversation With: The founders of design studio BARANOWITZ + KRONENBERG With W Ibiza about to open, Hotel Designs gets a backstage pass to exclusively interview the design and architecture heroes behind the project. The founders of BARANOWITZ + KRONENBERG, Irene Kronenberg and Alon Baranowitz, have led the completion of some of Europe’s most iconic hotels. Editor Hamish Kilburn joins the pair to understand…

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World Architecture Festival 2019 welcomes 2,300 professionals

World Architecture Festival 2019 welcomes 2,300 professionals World Architecture Festival 2019, sponsored by GROHE, welcomed 2,300 professionals from 75 countries and hosted 39 exhibitors… At this year’s World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, founder sponsor GROHE celebrated another year of success, welcoming more than 1,000 visitors from the international architecture and design world to its dynamic booth. “We are…

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Surface Design Show brings back ‘New Talent’ to support emerging creatives

Surface Design Show brings back ‘New Talent’ to support emerging creatives Back by popular demand at Surface Design Show, ‘New Talent’ supports emerging creatives, specialising in producing interior and exterior surface materials and lighting design… Surface Design Show, which takes place from February 11 – 13, will bring back New Talent, with the aim to support emerging talent in surface…

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Competition: Kaldewei spreading festive cheer with a range of prizes

Competition: Kaldewei spreading festive cheer with a range of prizes Play and discover with the Kaldewei online Advent Calendar competition. Tackle 24 games, make new discoveries and scoop one of three top prizes… With Christmas coming up, Kaldewei is once again sweetening the run-up with its online Christmas Time competition featuring 24 exciting puzzles, games and discoveries. In keeping with…

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The Brit List designers of 2019 (Part 1)

The Brit List designers of 2019 (Part 1) In the coming weeks, Hotel Designs will be profiling the individuals who made it into The Brit List 2019. We start by profiling The Brit List Designers of 2019 (in alphabetical order)… The Brit List 2019 is Hotel Designs’ annual nationwide search to identify the top 25 designers, top 25 architects and top…

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What makes Versa Wallcovering sustainable without sacrificing style?

What makes Versa Wallcovering sustainable without sacrificing style? Launched in 1999, Versa Wallcovering is a leading wall covering brand for commercial interiors, finding the balance to find the perfect formula to create sustainable and stylish surfaces. Business Development Manager Paul Gibson explains…  Innovative, creative, sustainable, classic to contemporary and subtle to sensational are the driving principles for Versa Wallcovering. Our award winning design…

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Checking in: Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain, Saint Lucia

Checking in: Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain, Saint Lucia With his aim fixed on understanding how one jaw-dropping location can harbour two very different – but no doubt both luxury escapes – editor Hamish Kilburn travelled to Saint Lucia to review the wonders of Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain… On the western stretch of Saint Lucia, an island that last…

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GROHE joins forces to reduce plastic waste

GROHE joins forces to reduce plastic waste Recommended Supplier GROHE has united with the Pacific Garbage Screening Project as it continues its eco mission…  Soon after announcing that it will go carbon-free in manufacturing by 2020, GROHE has shared its support of the Pacific Garbage Screening (PGS) project of architect Marcella Hansch. Together with an interdisciplinary team of natural scientists,…

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CASE STUDY: How YOTEL utilised space in design and hospitality

CASE STUDY: How YOTEL utilised space in design and hospitality In the wake of a plethora of announcements regarding hotel openings to expand the YOTEL portfolio, editor Hamish Kilburn sat down with the hotel brand’s CEO, Hurbert Viriot, to understand more about the company’s ethos and methods to grow…  It’s safe to say that the international hotel design and hospitality…

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New report reveals impact of washroom design of wellbeing

New report reveals impact of washroom design of wellbeing A new study, commissioned by Armitage Shanks and led by chartered architect and academic at the Belfast School of Architecture, Dr Saul Golden, has looked into the wellbeing impact commercial washroom design can have on user experience… Bathroom manufacturer Armitage Shanks has published a new report that has concluded that wellbeing…

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10 reasons why glazed titanium-steel is the material for the hotel bathroom

10 reasons why glazed titanium-steel is the material for the hotel bathroom Bette explains some of the benefits of using glazed titanium-steel for baths, shower trays and washbasins… What makes glazed titanium-steel so perfect for hotel baths and should more hotels be choosing it for shower trays too? German manufacturer, Bette, has been supplying hotels with baths and shower trays made…

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EXCLUSIVE ROUNDTABLE: Meaningfully differentiating luxury in hotel design

EXCLUSIVE ROUNDTABLE: Meaningfully differentiating luxury in hotel design To continue Hotel Designs’ series of articles to put sustainability under the spotlight, editor Hamish Kilburn chairs an exclusive editorial roundtable, in collaboration with Minotti London, to understand how today’s leading designers are sensitively working to create a more meaningful luxury hotel design landscape. Joining us on the Minotti sofa to discuss…

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Checking in to Inhabit Hotel, sheltering a new level of eco design

Checking in to Inhabit Hotel, sheltering a new level of eco design During the London hotel’s soft launch period, editor Hamish Kilburn checks in to discover Inhabit’s debut property, which in the process earns his eco stamp of approval… Last year, an insightful study revealed that the city of London had the eighth highest level of pollution in the world,…

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Sustainable bamboo signage from Signbox

Sustainable bamboo signage from Signbox Continuing this month’s spotlight on sustainability, Hotel Designs has identified Signbox’s Hybrid Sign System, made from Bamboo, the most sustainable wood in the world…  Hybrid from Signbox is a premium modular outdoor sign system that combines the relentlessly durable and sustainable qualities of exterior-grade composite bamboo with powerful materials, such as painted MDF, glass and…

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GROHE pledges to have carbon-neutral production by 2020

GROHE pledges to have carbon-neutral production by 2020 With the aim of becoming the first manufacturer of the sanitary industry to achieve carbon-neutral production by 2020, GROHE has once again stepped up its pledge… Less than a month after editor Hamish Kilburn unveiled Independent Hotel Show’s Conscious Bedroom Report to highlight that a whopping 76 per cent of guests believe…

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GREEN WELLNESS CONCEPT: The eco-friendly luxury spa

GREEN WELLNESS CONCEPT: The eco-friendly luxury spa To continue the editorial team’s efforts to position sustainability firmly under the spotlight this month, Hotel Designs dives in to understand Recommended Supplier Starpool’s eco credentials in its wellness products… While recent statistics have highlighted that consumers are demanding for hotels to do more to become greener, luxury spa manufacturer Starpool believes that hospitality businesses…

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Swissotel aquires Hotel Allegro in Bern, to reopen property in Autumn 2020

Swissotel aquires Hotel Allegro in Bern, to reopen property in Autumn 2020 As part of this exciting next chapter for the property, Kongress + Kursaal Bern AG will invest approximately 16 million Swiss Francs on remodeling the property’s 171 guestrooms and public areas.  More than 20 years after opening, the Kursaal Bern enters a new chapter in its history. Kongress…

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PRODUCT WATCH: Mixing Beer and music to create sustainable sound waves

PRODUCT WATCH: Mixing Beer and music to create sustainable sound waves A Scottish craft brewer has collaborated with a digital audio device manufacturer to create signature SuperConnect radio… Following Hotel Designs’ month putting sustainability under the spotlight, a Scottish craft brewer Innis & Gunn has collaborated with Revo to produce its latest item from its ‘Project Ampersand’ collection, which is a…

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Eco gem: The Tongsai Bay, Koh Samui

Eco gem: The Tongsai Bay, Koh Samui In search of eco gems, as we continue putting sustainability under the spotlight this month, journalist Sara Darling has committed to long haul, and Asia is firmly on her agenda. Removed from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, Koh Samui is Darling’s next adventure as it is home to one of the world’s few fully…

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Parkside unveils “most sustainable tile material on the market”

Parkside unveils “most sustainable tile material on the market” To kickstart Hotel Designs’ month with ‘Sustainability’ under the spotlight, we investigate Parkside’s Sequel Vibe, a material from yesterday made for tomorrow… While the company settles in to its new design studio in the Cotswolds, Parkside has launched Sequel Vibe, the most waste-efficient and sustainable tile readily available to designers and architects…

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Naturalmat announces new collaboration

Naturalmat announces new collaboration Leading eco bed supplier Naturalmat launched Another Bed, a collaboration with Another Country, at Decorex International… Another Bed marries Another Country’s honest furniture forms with Naturalmat’s excellence in craftsmanship and organic credentials. Oak and upholstery are fused with beautiful dovetail detailing and a piped seam, to realise a timeless design with a double-sided headboard allows the option for either…

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MINIVIEW: Austin Proper to open in December 2019

MINIVIEW: Austin Proper to open in December 2019 Austin Proper Hotel and Residences offers an artful immersion in lifestyle and well-being. Ahead of its official opening in December, editor Hamish Kilburn took a sneak peek inside.. Following the opening of Santa Monica Proper in July, Proper Hotels has extended its portfolio with the launch of Austin Proper Hotel and Residences. Also designed…

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Checking in to a urban landmark: The Edwardian Manchester

Checking in to a urban landmark: The Edwardian Manchester The Edwardian Manchester, which joins The May Fair as Edwardian Hotels London’s second Radisson Collection property, has recently completed a £12m renovation. Editor Hamish Kilburn was invited to exclusive review the 263-room hotel…  A coherent blend of old and new is my first impression when, stood under a glass box that…

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Editor Checks In: The new luxury for AW/19 and beyond

Editor Checks In: The new luxury for AW/19 and beyond Following an enlightening month at the helm of the editorial desk, Hamish Kilburn pauses for just a moment on whether or not consciousness is the new luxury in design, architecture and hospitality… Am I accurate in saying that a few years working on the international hotel design scene can often…

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Permission submitted to integrate 400,000 plants within façade of new London hotel

Permission submitted to integrate 400,000 plants within façade of new London hotel Set to radically change the city’s landscape and add to its eco hotel offering, hotel developer Dominvs Group and architecture firm Sheppard Robson have submitted permission for a living wall to be the façade of a new London hotel, with the aim to absorb more than eight tonnes of…

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In Conversation With: Britain’s design legend Martin Brudnizki

In Conversation With: Britain’s design legend Martin Brudnizki Last year’s crowned Interior Designer of The Year at The Brit List Awards, Martin Brudnizki, invites editor Hamish Kilburn to his Chelsea London studio to explain some of the major milestones in his career as well as how he logistically manages his time in a truly international market… Design gems are not…

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New research suggests that hotels are not doing enough to be eco-friendly

New research suggests that hotels are not doing enough to be eco-friendly New research published by the Independent Hotel Show London has revealed that 76 per cent of holidaymakers feel as if hotels could do more to be greener and become more eco-friendly. Editor Hamish Kilburn took to stage to present the findings and writes…  I am sick to death…

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In Conversation With: Andrew Sadler from CTD Architectural Tiles

In Conversation With: Andrew Sadler from CTD Architectural Tiles Editor Hamish Kilburns sits down with the Andrew Sadler, CTD Architectural Tiles specifications sector manager, to discuss how the industrial trend in surfaces is evolving, sustainable wall covering solutions and how tech is driving a new age in tile design…  2019 is proving to be a pivotal year for surfaces. While trends are…

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Six Senses to open first hotel in the Galápagos Islands

Six Senses to open first hotel in the Galápagos Islands Opening 2021, Six Senses’ first hotel in the Galápagos Islands will be designed by world-renowned bamboo architect Simon Velez…  Following a rise in demand for hotels to open in far-flung destinations around the world, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has announced that its first resort in the Galápagos Islands will…

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Accessibility championed at inaugural Blue Badge Access Awards

Accessibility championed at inaugural Blue Badge Access Awards The Blue Badge Access Awards, which took place last night at The Langham London, has created a pivotal moment in international design by celebrating and championing thoughtful accessible design…  Last night, the inaugural Blue Badge Access Awards were held at The Langham London with the support of charity Leonard Cheshire Disability. Thirteen winners…

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EXCLUSIVE ROUNDTABLE: Adding personality in hotel public areas

EXCLUSIVE ROUNDTABLE: Adding personality in hotel public areas In partnership with Arte Wallcoverings, editor Hamish Kilburn invited some of the leading hotel designers and architects to Design Centre Chelsea Harbour for a live debate on how to add sustainable personality in the ever-evolving arena of public areas. In addition to being involved in the engaging conversation, the designers, directors and…

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In Conversation With: British designer Bim Burton

In Conversation With: British designer Bim Burton Following the unveil of his latest collaboration with bathroom manufacturer Kaldewei, Bim Burton sits down with Hotel Designs to discuss sustainability in design and the inspiration behind ‘those bath chairs’…  Bim Burton is an innovative modern furniture maker and designer, creating timeless design with space saving ideas. Taking this year’s themes of (Re)act at designjunction, Bim…

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A new look and feel for Momentous

A new look and feel for Momentous Momentous, the specialist logistics company that has recently become Recommended Supplier, has just launched a fresh new look and feel for its international business…  Momentous, which is part of AGM Group, has just pressed the button on a new website that has been dynamically designed specifically to highlight the company’s three core areas…

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Editor Checks In: Everyone’s gone eco!

Editor Checks In: Everyone’s gone eco! This September, editor Hamish Kilburn has seen a rise in biophilic and eco design at London Design Festival as he prepares to go on stage at next month’s Independent Hotel Show (October 15) to put the topic firmly under the magnifying glass… I’ve got a confession to make. I’m not a naturally born eco…

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Michaelis Boyd unveils plans for ‘Social FlexAbility’ bar scene at Sleep & Eat

Michaelis Boyd unveils plans for ‘Social FlexAbility’ bar scene at Sleep & Eat Award-winning architecture and design studio, Michaelis Boyd, has revealed a glimpse into its vision for this year’s pop-up bar at Sleep & Eat 2019… Sleep & Eat has unveiled the first teaser of Michaelis Boyd’s Sleeper Bar, which will be unveiled at this year’s event that takes…

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Bette

Bette – Innovation and 30-year warranty With a passion for innovation, bathroom manufacturer Bette creates baths, basins and shower areas in one of the most beautiful, durable and easy-to-clean materials: glazed titanium-steel. The result is award-winning designs with a 30-year warranty. Its baths, basins and shower floors are available in a huge range of designs, sizes and colours, and in gloss…

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