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Spotlight On: A Year In Review (products)

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Throughout December, Hotel Design’ Spotlight On will be throwing it back to the major products that have launched over the last 12 months… 

Next month, as the industry starts wrapping up the year, Hotel Designs will be giving you the ultimate throwback, highlighting the major products that dropped in the hotel industry this year.

By revisiting this year’s international trade shows – including Milan Design Week, Clerkenwell Design Week, Decorex, 100 % Design, designjunction and SLEEP + EAT – we will bring you all the hottest product launches.

We will cover everything from the idea of personalised lighting to new bathroom furniture, impressive carpet collaborations to apps that allow consumers to purchase items in the hotel (and everything in between). Hotel Designs will be celebrating the products that have launched to become gamechangers in 2019 and the international hotel design.

If you wish to find out more, or know of a product that we should be talking about, please contact Zoe Guerrier on 01992 374059 or z.guerrier@forumevents.co.uk

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7 flooring trends that are leaving clear footprints in 2018

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With this month’s ‘Spotlight On’ focusing on Flooring & Carpets, Hotel Designs lays out the fabulous flooring trends the industry is witnessing in 2018 and beyond…

This month, as we focus our lens on hotel flooring, Hotel Designs is going all out to give you an accurate take on how the flooring trends are shaping up for the back end of this year. From what our editorial team can see, rules have been broken – and rightly so. Here are a few top trends to keep an eye on for the rest of the year.

1) Zig zagging all over the place

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The days of blending into your surroundings are long gone. As tech improves, designers becoming braver and the designs become bolder. Skandi design has, in the past, dictated crisp, clean lines and minimalist surfaces, and adding a bit of personality into these interiors can be a task. Could the answer be asymmetric, random zig zags? Some designers believe so. Havwoods’ Chevron Collection adds flair and fun back into the modern floor.

2) Going Greige with age

Last year, grey was all the rage. It was everywhere; in the walls, in the fabrics and in the flooring. Evolving drastically from the ‘grey days’, beige is creeping back in – mainly due to its versatility and practicality as a colour.

3) Layering up

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Creating what it says to be endless possibilities in international hotel design, Amtico’s Signiture Collection of vinyl flooring products is the result of sophisticated manufacturing. This creates another dimension and can help to set your hotel apart from others competing in the same space.

4) Clashing chords

Piano by Mutina

Piano by Mutina

Clashing in the most spectacular fashion, Piano by Domus launched at Clerkenwell Design Week as a striking, colourful partially glazed porcelain tile collection available exclusively from Domus in the UK.

With the Piano collection, Mutina re-discovered the technology of double charged clay, enabling them to obtain different textural effects in a wide range of colours. The slight variation in size and specific use of glaze creates a ‘vibrating’ effect, similar to the shimmering image of reflections on the water, creating an optical illusion of a non-geometrical figure.

5) Blonde bombshell 

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Making a room look and feel bigger without physically knocking down walls is a challenge for even the most established designers. Blonde could be the answer. Adding accents of lighter shades in the flooring will automatically lift the interior space, and modernised the hotel guestroom without taking away from the character.

6) Handscraped flooring

Wooden flooring in contemporary interiors

Steering away from gloss, the days of achieving ‘perfect’ interiors are behind us. Now, it’s all about bringing the outdoors indoors, and welcoming imperfection, to reflect the natural, authentic beauty of the wood grain, while also making the surface look worn in.

7) Go big or go home

2018 has been said to be the year of loud and in-your-face ceilings. But as the curve is predicted, the adventurous designers rebel and have this time responded with the statement being amplified from the floor, creating the same quirky result. So, if this trend is anything to go by, be bold – go big or go home.

The most romantic destinations for a royal honeymoon in 2018

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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 own cabin in the Swiss Alps, Mason Rose’s selection of options offers something for every couple to enjoy.

Indulge in honeymoon bliss in Venice

Where: JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa, Isola delle Rose, Venice, Italy

Why go: Settled on its own private island, JW Venice offers a full package of romantic treats for newlyweds. The Honeymoon Bliss package includes a champagne and chocolate-covered-strawberries welcome on arrival and a 50-minute massage for two in the privacy of a GOCO Spa Venice Spa Suite, as well as a free upgrade upon availability and late check-out.

Rate: The Honeymoon Bliss package is available from 599EUR per night (approx. £530).

Booking: Visit jwvenice.com or call +39 041 852 1300 and quote the promotional code ‘HON’

A princess-perfect honeymoon in Marrakech

Where: Royal Mansour, Marrakech

Why go: The exquisite Royal Mansour – one of the world’s most discreet hotels and owned by King Mohammed VI of Morocco –  is designed to regal standards, fit for any princess. The ‘rooms’ are set in 53 individual Riads with exquisite craftsmanship throughout and the hotel is just a stone’s throw from the medina and a short distance from the recently opened Yves Saint Laurent Museum (October 2017). It has an exceptional spa which – among its myriad relaxing treatments – offers one of the best hammam experiences in the world.

Rate: The ‘Romance’ package starts from 3,300EUR (approx. £2,903) and is based on two people sharing a Riad. Valid until 27 December 2018.

Booking: royalmansour.comTremezzo for two

Where: Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como, Italy

Why go: A three-night stay in the palatial, historic Grand Hotel Tremezzo – lauded as that ‘happy, sunny place’ by Greta Garbo in 1932 film Grand Hotel – is the picture-perfect location for a honeymoon to rival any movie star. The special offer promises luxury accommodation with lake views and a special champagne and strawberries welcome. Wake up to breakfast served every day in your room, or at the gourmet La Terrazza buffet, and enjoy a romantic three-course à la carte dinner for two at La Terrazza, masterminded by the late, award-winning chef Gualtiero Marchesi.

Rate: The ‘Tremezzo for two’ offer is available from 900EUR (approx. £798) per night, based on two people sharing a Lake View Prestige Room, and stays can be extended at a favourable rate.

Booking: Please contact reservations@grandhoteltremezzo.com and quote ROMANTIC15 or call +39 0344 42491

Desert island romance at the new JOALI Maldives

Where: JOALI Maldives, Muravandhoo Island, Raas Atoll, Maldives

Why go: Opening in the last quarter of 2018, the new JOALI Maldives is a sophisticated and artistic luxury retreat. Celebrating the joy of life, JOALI is a honeymoon hideaway that represents the ultimate romantic desert island dream; with a focus on sustainability, creativity and individual flair, it couldn’t be further from the feeling of a chain resort.

Booking: For bookings and further information please visit joali.com

Rustic romance in your own Alpine cabin

Where: Gstaad Palace, Berner Oberland, Switzerland

Why go: Rustic, cosy and incomparably peaceful, Gstaad Palace’s Shepherd’s or ‘Walig’ Hut – built in 1783 and changed little since – can be hired for an exclusive overnight stay, warmed by candlelight and log burning stoves and complete with a mouth-watering three-course dinner complimented by Swiss wine. With the building sitting proudly at 1,700m above tPatrickhe Gsteig region, couples can enjoy an inimitably romantic evening gazing over Gstaad and the Saanenland.  Pair with a luxurious stay at the fairy tale Gstaad Palace itself.

Rate: The Alpine Night at Walig Hut is available from 1,600CHF (approx. £1,220. Summer season only). The Time For Romance package is on offer on select dates subject to availability, from 1,973CHF (approx. £1,505)

Booking: Contact info@palace.ch or call +41 33 748 50 00

Free ski pass for two across Colorado

Where: The Little Nell, Aspen, Colorado

Why go: Ski stylishly into married life together by exploring the stunning scenery over Aspen, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass with two free daily ski passes for every night at this luxurious mountain haven (based on a minimum three-night stay).

Rates: The Ski Free package is available from 585USD (approx. £421) per night, based on a three-night stay in a Town Side Guest Room

Booking: Visit thelittlenell.com and quote promotional code NSKIF

Sony outlines new interior trends for 2018

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Sony has highlighted some upcoming home styling trends for 2018, with the help of interior stylists Selina Lake and Cate St. Hill.

To coincide with Sony’s recently launched pop-up space in Shoreditch featuring its Life Space UX range, new themes that the firm has revealed include Lagom, Painterly, Wabi-Sabi, Botanicals and more.

Lagom is a Swedish word that translates to ‘not to little, not too much’ and follows the hygge trend from Denmark and embraces ideas for a scandi style interior which is cosy, cool and relaxing.

Wabi-Sabi is an ancient Japanese philosophy turned décor trend that is about embracing your own authentic, and the imperfections of your space, while Painterly is the trend that celebrates colour.

Lastly, Botanicals brings the outside in with houseplants and as the trend continues into 2018, designers are thinking up new ways to give outside spaces even more Botanical style.

Other new trends set to make an impact in 2018 include rich earthy colours, slender furniture legs and jewellery-inspired lighting.

Sony’s Life Space UX design-led pop-up space is open from 11am to 7pm until January 18, 2018 at 188 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6HU.