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The Brit List Awards 2019 becomes sold-out event

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The Brit List Awards 2019 becomes sold-out event

With less than three weeks to go until Hotel Designs’ premium annual award ceremony, The Brit List Awards 2019 becomes a sold-out event… 

Following unprecedented demand, The Brit List Awards 2019, which takes place on November 21 at Patch East London, is now sold out. The event, which is Hotel Designs’ annual award ceremony, will be attended by the industry’s leading designers, architects, hoteliers, developers and suppliers.

The only way now to attend The Brit List Awards 2019 is to become the event’s last remaining partner, which can be secured by contacting Katy Phillips by email or by calling +44(0)1992 374050.

“The overwhelming demand to attend The Brit List Awards 2019 is a clear indication that Britain remains a strong creative capital on the international design and hospitality scene,” commented editor Hamish Kilburn. “We very much see the event as the after party of show season, and the whole team at Hotel Designs is looking forward to welcoming and celebrating the creative genius’ who are keeping Britain’s design hub an innovative and exciting place to operate – and write about!”

The event, which is sponsored by Crosswater, Hamilton Litestat, the British Institute of Interior Design and SYS Visual, will be attended by more than 300 of the industry’s finest. These include individuals from the likes of David Collins Studio, Goddard Littlefair, Dexter Moran Associates, Jack Irving Design, Jestico + Whiles, 3D Reid, EPR Architects, Richmond International, ReardonSmith Architects, IHG, Eccleston Square Hotel, Great Scotland Yard Hotel, Inhabit Hotels and Rosewood London, among many others.

 

The nationwide search to find the most influential designers, architects and hoteliers operating in Britain began months ago when Hotel Designs opened up nominations and applications to readers.

Since then, an independent panel of expert judges have gathered to select this year’s individual award winners and also to confirm the 75 individuals who have made it into The Brit List 2019.

Individual award categories:

  • Interior Designer of the Year
  • Architect of the Year
  • Hotelier of the Year
  • Best in Tech
  • The Eco Award 
  • Best in British Product Design – NEW CATEGORY FOR 2019
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Hospitality Industry

The Shortlist for The Brit List 2019 can be viewed here.

#TheBritListAwards2019

Headline Partner: Crosswater

Event Partner: Hamilton Litestat

2019 Industry Partner: BIID

Videography Partner: SYS Visual

Zaha Hadid Architects to open Concept to Completion exhibition at LDF 2019

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Zaha Hadid Architects to open Concept to Completion exhibition at LDF 2019

Following our closer look at The Morpheus, Zaha Hadid Architects’ is giving visitors to London Design Festival 2019 an exclusive look at some of its projects on the boards and about to be unveiled…

During London Design Festival 2019, Zaha Hadid Gallery in London will present ‘Concept to Competition’, an exhibition that will showcase architecture projects by Zaha Hadid Architects set to open in 2020.

The exhibition, which celebrates and embraces the holistic journey of a live architecture project, will feature Bee’ah HQ in the United Arab Emirates, King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) Metro Station in Saudi Arabia, and One Thousand Museum in the United States.  The projects will be presented through the stages of concept, design, detail and construction, highlighting how the design intentions for a building evolve and develop as a part of the design process.

Zaha Hadid Gallery is offering two architect-guided tours of ‘Concept to Completion’ on Wednesday, September 18 at 2pm and Thursday, September 19 at 5 pm.

The Zaha Hadid Gallery showcases the latest in architecture, interiors, furniture, and product design through curated exhibitions, and provides insight into the process, and ethos of the architecture practice, and design studio that was founded by Zaha Hadid more than 40 years ago.

Main image credit: King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) Metro Station. ©Picture Property of RDA – All Rights Reserved

FINAL CALL: Applications for The Brit List 2019 close this week

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FINAL CALL: Applications for The Brit List 2019 close this week

FREE TO APPLY, nominations for The Brit List 2019 close on Friday August 9… 

Calling all interior designers, architects, hoteliers and suppliers who operate in Britain, you have until Friday to submit your free entries for The Brit List 2019. Once all nominations/applications have been gathered, the expert judging panel will decide who will from this year’s The Brit List. All will be unveiled – including the individual award winners – on November 21 at an exclusive awards ceremony and evening drinks reception.

APPLY/NOMINATE SOMEONE FOR THE BRIT LIST 2019 BY CLICKING HERE

The concept of The Brit List, which launched in 2017, results in 75 names, split into three categories (designers, architects and hoteliers), being listed as true movers and shakers. The list will be created around the nominations (applications close on August 9) from the following awards that are up for grabs:

  • Interior Designer of the Year
  • Architect of the Year
  • Hotelier of the Year
  • Best in Tech
  • The Eco Award 
  • Best in British Product Design – NEW CATEGORY FOR 2019
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Hospitality Industry

Suppliers: £150 + VAT (Please click here if you are a supplier to the industry to secure your ticket)
Designers, hoteliers, developers and architects: £20 + VAT (Please click here if you are either a designer, hotelier, developer or architect and secure your ticket)

In addition to attending The Brit List 2019 Awards, there are also various sponsorship opportunities for suppliers. If you would like to know more about these, please contact Katy Phillips on email or by calling 01992 474050.

Headline Partner: Crosswater

Event Partner: Hamilton Litestat

2019 Industry Partner: BIID

Leading designers, architects and hoteliers to attend Meet Up North 2019

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Leading designers, architects and hoteliers to attend Meet Up North 2019

Meet Up North, which takes place on July 1 at Hotel Gotham’s Club Brass, will be attended by leading hoteliers, designers and architects…

Following the success of Meet Up London in March, Hotel Designs is weeks away from heading up to Manchester with Meet Up North. The event, which is designed to bridge the gap between designers, architects, hoteliers and suppliers will this year carrying the theme of ‘Creativity Outside the Capital’.

Directors and/or partners from the likes of Denton Corker Marshall, Gensler, AEW Architects, Fusion by Design, LDA Design Consultants, Utopia Projects and Abode Architecture are among the designers and architects that will be attending the evening networking event.

In addition, general managers from the likes of The Stock Exchange Hotel, Hotel Indigo Chester and Hotel Gotham will be among the hoteliers attending the event.

Meet Up North, which returns to Manchester for a second year following clear indications that the city continues to be a hotel development hotspot, will include an insightful talk and presentation by Tom Lindblom, Principal and Hospitality Leader at Gensler (London), which will be entitled Hospitality is way more than hotels.’

How to purchase your tickets to Meet Up North

If you are a supplier to the industry and would like to purchase your ticket to Meet Up North for £150 + VAT, click here.
If you are a designer, architect or hoteliers to the industry and would like to purchase your ticket to Meet Up North for £20 + VAT, click here.

In additionl, there are still various sponsorship opportunities and packages available for Meet Up North. If you would like to discuss these with our team then please contact Zoe Guerrier by either emailing z.guerrier@forumevents.co.uk or calling 01992 374059.

The inaugural Meet Up North took place last year at King Street Townhouse and was attended by more than 200 designers, architects, hoteliers and key-industry suppliers.

About the venue

Hotel Gotham is sheltered in what is arguably the city’s grandest properties and is an exclusive city-centre sanctuary, previously a bank that was designed in 1935 by none other than architect Edwin Lutyens.

The hotel, which opened in 2015, prides itself on offering a modern and comfortable experience in a unique and luxurious environment, with exquisite service all within a bespoke private club in the heart of Manchester.

Hotel Indigo to make its debut in Chester

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Hotel Indigo to make its debut in Chester

Hotel group IHG has unveiled a first glimpse of its much-anticipated new boutique hotel, Hotel Indigo Chester, which is slated to open later this year under a franchise agreement with Castlebridge Hospitality… 

Located at the heart of Chester, Hotel Indigo Chester combines the local character and charm with vibrant colours and textures to give the hotel a residential look and feel. Just as no two places are alike, no two Hotel Indigo properties are the same.

Each boutique hotel draws inspiration from the local neighbourhood, culture and popular trends in food, drink and design to create a warm and vibrant atmosphere.

The 75-key new build hotel has been designed by architects Franklin Ellis taking inspiration from three key elements of the city; the material layers of its architecture, the iconic 1897 Eastgate Clock and the world-famous Chester Racecourse. Guests can expect an eclectic combination of fabrics, wood panelling and references to historic people and dress from the city’s past.

The design of the 96-cover restaurant will nod to the chef’s, award winning 2015 MasterChef champion Simon Wood, signature style to create a relaxed natural environment in which to enjoy his unintimidating fine dining making it the perfect new outlet for locals to dine in.  At the heart of the restaurant will be the chef’s table and theatre kitchen providing the perfect vista for guests to watch Simon and his team as they work. The restaurant will also feature a private dining room that will accommodate up to ten people for a meeting or dinner. Guests will be able to enjoy Simon’s tasting menus as part of any event or occasion.

“At Hotel Indigo we believe in providing more than just a good night’s sleep, we want to create an experience as unique as the neighbourhood in which we are found,” said Bethan Johnston, General Manager, Hotel Indigo Chester. “It’s really important to us that we reflect the community around us and offer a personalised stay that is tailored both to the city and the guest.

“It’s a high end boutique experience but without ever being stuffy, we will offer top quality service that, like Simon’s food, is unintimidating, relaxed and welcoming. We believe we will offer something different to any other hotel in Chester.”

“We have added unique elements to the interiors that are relevant to the area, including artwork of local landmarks and items that are made locally.” – Ben Dudley, Franklin Ellis Architects

Partner at Franklin Ellis Architects, Ben Dudley, commented: “It’s been a real joy to be involved in this hotel and signature restaurant project. Like all Hotel Indigo properties, this one is inspired by the city it’s located in and seeks to reflect the surrounding architecture and character. We have added unique elements to the interiors that are relevant to the area, including artwork of local landmarks and items that are made locally.

“On a personal note, it’s fascinating to work with Chef Simon Wood and see how his attention to every detail ensures his guests have a wonderful dining experience. I’m certain this project will be a fabulous new venue for Chester and a delightful place to stay.”

Main image credit: Hotel Indigo

Meet Up North: Early bird promotion expires today

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Meet Up North: Early bird promotion expires today

There are now just a few hours remaining for designers, hoteliers, architects, developers and suppliers to take advantage of Hotel Designs’ early bird promotion for Meet Up North, which takes place on July 1 at Hotel Gotham, Manchester…  

The early bird promotion for Meet Up North 2019 ends today!

On July 1, leading designers, architects, hoteliers and key-industry suppliers are expected to gather at the hotel’s exclusive members-only rooftop bar, Club Brass, for drinks and canapés above the city.

The VIP lounge on the 7th floor of the hotel was chosen as the venue for Meet Up North after editor Hamish Kilburn described Hotel Gotham as Manchester’s decadent playground in his interactive hotel review that was published last year.

Suppliers: £99 + VAT (£150 + VAT after early bird offer expires after April 30).
Designers, architects and hoteliers: £10 + VAT (£20 + VAT after early bird offer expires after April 30).

If you are a supplier to the industry and would like to attend Meet Up North, click here.
If you are a designer, architect or hoteliers to the industry and would like to attend Meet Up North, click here.

There are various sponsorship opportunities and packages available for Meet Up North. If you would like to discuss these with our team then please contact Zoe Guerrier by either emailing z.guerrier@forumevents.co.uk or calling 01992 374059.

Agenda for Meet Up North 2019

18.00:
Welcome drinks

18.15: 
Canapés are served

18.30:
Opening address by Editor, Hamish Kilburn

18.45:
Headline speaker: Tom Lindblom, Principal and Hospitality Leader at Gensler (London)
Title: Hospitality is way more than hotels

19.15 – 21.00:
Networking

The inaugural Meet Up North took place last year at King Street Townhouse and was attended by more than 200 designers, architects, hoteliers and key-industry suppliers.

About Hotel Gotham

Hotel Gotham is sheltered in what is arguably the city’s grandest properties and is an exclusive city-centre sanctuary, previously a bank that was designed in 1935 by none other than architect Edwin Lutyens.

The hotel, which opened in 2015, prides itself on offering a modern and comfortable experience in a unique and luxurious environment, with exquisite service all within a bespoke private club in the heart of Manchester.

Main image credit: Hotel Gotham

Hotel Designs launches into a stylish new era at Meet Up London 2019

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Hotel Designs launches into a stylish new era at Meet Up London 2019

The hotel design industry’s finest gathered at Minotti London last night for Meet Up London, Hotel Designs’ first networking event of 2019, which unveiled many causes for celebrations…

London was at the centre of the design world once more last night, as hundreds of designers, architects, hoteliers and key-industry suppliers descended on city’s Fitzrovia district for Meet Up London.

Providing the perfect stage for Hotel Designs’ first networking event of the year, Minotti London opened its showroom doors to the sea of leaders and visionaries who attended the event.

Among the guests were young designers, directors and principals from studios such as Richmond International, Conran & Partners, WATG, Jestico + Whiles, ARA Design, Scott Brownrigg, Gensler and many more.

Unique to this year’s format, Meet Up London hosted the final of Hotel Designs’ 30 Under 30 initiative. All 40 shortlisted finalists were invited, courtesy of Hotel Designs, following the title’s aim to help bridge the age gap in international hotel design. “Tonight’s concept, and its very important theme, has evolved in order to make our networking events more relevant to our audience,” said editor Hamish Kilburn who made the sofas of Minotti his stage for the evening. “Since the success of The Brit List 2018 Awards last year, we have decided to lightly theme each of our networking events. Tonight, it is about celebrating and profiling young designers and architects who are proving themselves to be true leaders in the making, if not so already.”

Following the unveiling of the final 30 Under 30, the evening’s programme gave guests a sneak peek of Hotel Designs’ new branding and website ahead of its highly anticipated launch that was announced today. “I am delighted that we are turning this page so publically here this evening in order to start our new chapter.” explained Kilburn. “Our new slogan is: ‘Defining the point on international hotel design,’ and we believe that events like these that are attended by so many of you, our readers, do just that.”

Meet Up London continued with an engaging talk from the London School of Architecture’s Director of Critical Projects, James Soane. Aptly entitled Repairing The Future, Soane’s presentation captured the audience’s attention and imagination into understanding how we can, as a collective creative industry, design and build better cities and hotels. “Are you doing what you believe in and are you practicing what you preach” Soane asked the audience. “Or are you just preaching what you would like to practice? Design can make the world a better place. It has a lot to do with equality and the future.”

Attendees were then able to use the evening as a networking event to catch up with like-minded industry experts, while also learning about the latest products on the market from suppliers such as Hamilton Litestat (exclusive headline partner), Tarkett (event partner), Minotti London (style partner), Crosswater, Brintons, Laufen and many more.

Ensuring that no guest left empty handed, gifting partner Aslotel supplied all attendees with a generous goody bag that included a selection of its luxury amenity products.

The full gallery of the evening – and the details for Hotel Designs’ next networking event, Meet Up North – will be announced shortly.

BRITISH STYLE: Questioning design like Ilse Crawford

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BRITISH STYLE: Questioning design like Ilse Crawford

To launch the new chapter of Hotel Designs, Hamish Kilburn investigates how one woman, her editorship and her questions over convention helped to change modern international hotel design by challenging the very foundations it sits on…

Every now and then, the world is introduced to a design icon who, through making their visions into reality, helps to shift attitudes by challenging conventional forms.

For Ilse Crawford, the founding Editor-In-Chief of British Elle Decoration, the design world was somewhat lacking reference of everyday movement when she decided to step into the shoes of her designer readers.

In 1997, a decade on from founding British Elle Decoration, Crawford asked the world to “liberate your senses and change your life” when she published her first book, Sensual Home, which mapped out how the living environment can engage us sensually as well as visually from the perspective of sight, sound, taste, touch and smell. And was, for Crawford, the start of a new journey.  “Writing the book was the ‘ah-hah’ moment, because it wasn’t the current understanding of design,” she explained in the Netflix documentary, Abstract: The Art of Design. “The days of being a two-dimensional person were over.”

The defiant leap from narrator to creator came one year later after she signed off as Editor-In-Chief. Having completed her mission to launch a contemporary magazine for a wide audience, Crawford worked for Donna Karan and getting her hands dirty, she became a maker. Crawford’s first hotel interior design brief was presented to her immediately after she left Elle Decoration when she was asked to convert a stately home for Nick Jones of Soho House into what we now know of as Babington House. “Nick originally wanted this place to look and feel like a stately home, but I was very clear that that’s the last thing it should be,” Crawford explained in Abstract: The Art of Design. “My proposal was that it should be a very informal place where you could just treat as if it was your own, like a family house of a friend where the parents had gone away and left the key the drinks cabinet.” Breaking the rules of the time, Crawford’s design stole the headlines and her journey as an interior design began.

“The project saw the transformation of a former industrial building in the Meatpacking district into a 27-key design hotel.”

From the rural British countryside to the bustling scene of Manhattan, Crawford’s skillful and sensitive approach was called upon to create the first outpost of Soho House outside the UK. The project saw the transformation of a former industrial building in the Meatpacking district into a 27-key design hotel, including bars, a restaurant, cinema and rooftop pool. Soho House New York opened to become the definitive third space for the transatlantic media crowd.

Her aim as an interior designer is to put human needs and desires at the centre of all that she does. Working in commercial and residential design, and blurring the lines between both, Crawford has changed many environments for the better of those who use them. Ett Hem Hotel was a conversion project of a former arts and crafts building. The 12-key guesthouse is described by Crawford as “a place to stay for the modern traveller, a home-from-home, where flexibility of space and function is central to the hotel’s operation,” she says. “There is no division between front and back of house – anything can happen anywhere at any time.”

Residential style in the hotel

Image caption/credit: Ett Hem Hotel. Interiors by Ilse Crawford

As someone who truly lives and breathes the industry in which she used to curate on the pages of Elle Decoration, Crawford wears many hats as a modern designer. In her own admission to Interior Design magazine, she confessed that “the line between my work and life is thin to non-existent.”  Working from her London studio, which is directly below her home, Crawford’s knowledge in interiors has allowed her to extend her portfolio to include product design. The Sinnerlig Collection for IKEA includes 30 pieces of of furniture, lighting and tabletop collection. “They explore natural materials and are simple,” Crawford explains on her website. “They are helpful, background pieces, not showstoppers.” Tactile materials such as cork, ceramic, glass, seagrass and bamboo appealed in the design concept because they felt as good as they looked.

“Maison&Objet awarded Crawford the prestigious title of Designer of the Year 2016.”

The Together Table was another design that challenged existing products on the market. Confronting the design of conventional four-cornered tables, Crawford simply rounded the edges of the table, which as a result naturally invited people to move around it more freely.  The Ilse Sofa was the result of a collaboration with British furniture brand George Smith. The height and depth of the product’s arms and back were calculated and tested to ensure that the sofa supports as many sedentary habits of modern life. “We like to think of it as a room within a room,” Crawford explains when describing the tactile experience.

Beige modern, long, thin table

Image caption/credit: The Together Table by Ilse Crawford

Two years after she was awarded an MBE in recognition for her work in design, Maison&Objet awarded Crawford the prestigious title of Designer of the Year 2016. Since then, the modest designer has continued to evolve the hospitality landscape with completing projects such as The Lounge Plaza 66, Cathy Pacific’s iconic airport lounge in Hong Kong and the warm and inviting home-from-home that is Bukowskis.

Crawford’s philosophical visions to challenge the norm leaves a clear path for young designers who aspire, like her, to make a difference through design. As the founder of the department of Man and Wellbeing at the Design Academy Eindhoven, Crawford’s mission as a visionary is explained on her website as “nurturing a new generation of students to always question why and how their work improves the reality of life.” Her philosophy to improve the future through considered design is what makes her the leader she undoubtably is today. Her work – and her working style – is a simple, effortless reflection of the questions she asks of the designs of today and the possibilities that are garnered by second guessing what the future should look and feel like.

Crawford, an ever-evolving icon of British and international design, has metaphorically cut the ribbon to launch Hotel Designs’ new website by being the subject of the first editorial feature of the title’s new era. The newly launched slogan “defining the point of international design” is a pledge from the editorial team to its readers to cut through the noise to publish conversation starters that will filter into many debates on the hotel design scene that we all know and love. That conversation starts here, with a question that Crawford asks herself when confronted with a new project: “How can design strategically make things better?”

Main image credit: Ilse Crawford/StudioIlse

Crosswater becomes headline partner for The Brit List 2019

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Following the success of last year’s event, leading bathroom manufacturer Crosswater has become the headline partner for The Brit List 2019…

The Brit List, which is Hotel Designs‘ nationwide search to find the top interior designers, hoteliers and architects, has confirmed that Crosswater, part of Bathroom Brands‘ portfolio, will be the headline partner for the 2019 event.

“Operating in the UK, with its vibrant design community is an honour,” said Mike Bone, Director of Group Projects at Bathroom Brands. “So much of our success, as a business, is generated together with the creative visions developed by this community. Furthering our brand and products in the hearts and minds of designers and architects is critical to our future success.

“Our decision to participate as headline partner at this year’s Brit List is a demonstration of our commitment to support, celebrate and recognise the very best of interior designers, architects and hoteliers today.”

Attended by more than 200 interior designers, hoteliers, architects and key-industry suppliers, The Brit List 2018 was hailed a success among the industry’s finest practitioners:

“The Brit List recognises the UK’s best Hotel Design talent and we at IHG are proud to be recognised for the hard work we have done to the interior design of our brands in recent years. We are humbled by the huge amount of design talent amongst the other winners. Congratulations to all involved.” – Emma King, Head of Interior Design Europe, IHG

“We are truly honoured to be included in the Brit List” – Bee Osborn, Creative Director, Osborn Interiors

“Some moments in your life are special.  Some are more special than others, so it was a very very special moment for me to receive the Brit List 2018 Outstanding Contribution to the Hospitality Award.  I propose to enjoy the moment as Britain remains the very heartbeat of stylist design of the globe.” – Robin Sheppard, CEO, Bespoke Hotels. Winner of Outstanding Contribution to the Hospitality Industry

“I am delighted to have been recognised as one of Britain’s top 25 hoteliers in The Brit List 2018. My team and I are proud of our continued hard work and extraordinary attentiveness to our customers’ satisfaction here at The Gainsborough Bath Spa. It is important to me to go the extra mile for both my guests and staff to ensure everyone has an enjoyable and memorable stay with us in beautiful, historic Bath” – Brian Benson, General Manager, The Gainsborough Hotel and Spa

With further details around The Brit List 2019 to be unveiled soon, including how to nominate and how to apply for this year’s list, the concept will return to London this November. Venue and date TBC, for now.

Headline partner: Crosswater

5 awe-inspiring hotel architecture projects currently on the boards

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5 awe-inspiring hotel architecture projects currently on the boards

To kickstart our month shining the spotlight on architecture and construction, Hotel Designs highlights five groundbreaking projects that are currently in planning… 

Long before the Burj Al Arab made its magnificent entrance onto the shores of Dubai in 1999, architects have competed with one another to break into the clouds of possibilities within international design.

Although there have always been groundbreaking architectural projects to rise from the earth, the advancement of technology over the last 20 years in particular has enabled practitioners to take architecture into a new era. The result is game-changing. No longer are guests’ first impressions made in comfort the hotel lobby. Instead, mass opinions are divided when the architects, who strive to constantly push the boundaries of what is possible, unveil their masterplans. To celebrate the architects are the top of their game, here are five projects that are currently in construction, which will shelter luxury hotels.

1) Rosewood Bangkok 

Skyline of Bangkok, which clearly shows the Rosewood Bangkok building

Image credit: KPF Architects

The award-winning building, designed by KPF Architects, was inspired by the graceful Thai hand gesture of the wei. The distinct slant of the building has opened up the opportunity for terraces, shrinking floorplates, and unique, occupiable spaces. With interior design by Ceilia Chu Design, the 30-storey high-rise tower will feature two restaurants, two bars, a luxurious spa, an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre. In addition, the hotel will shelter residential-style meeting and function space and the top-floor Sky Villa event venue will boast panoramic views of the capital’s iconic skyline.

> Read more about the project here

2) art’otel London, Battersea Power Station 

Birdseye render of the site

Image credit: Foster + Partners

Phase three of a major part of the regeneration of the Battersea Power Station site has been designed by Gehry Partners and Foster + Partners. In addition to 1,300 new homes, the new development will include the 160-key art’otel London. The Skyline, which is the building designed by Foster + Partners that will shelter the hotel, will feature an outdoor rooftop pool and bar overlooking the chimneys of the iconic Battersea power station.
> Read more about the project here

3) Four Seasons Golf Resort and Residences, Goa

Render of striking public areas on the coast

Image credit: WATG

Architecture and design firm WATG were appointed to create the exterior of the 125-key hotel in order to include design details that celebrates the history of Goa through Colonial Portugese structure and contemporary form. The hotel has been designed to attract erudite travellers from around the world to experience beauty, relaxation and Indian hospitality. Using the rugged coast as an architectural reference, the firm’s renders tell a quintessential local design story that, when completed, will anchor the architectural theme throughout.

> Read more about the project here

4) KoolKiel, Germany 

Render of the complex which depicts the two high-rise buildings

Image credit: MVRDV

The most recent update on this project is that the mixed-use development building’s form will be determined in consultation with the community. The Koolkiel complex, which is being designed by MVRDV, will include two buildings that will be wrapped by customisable concrete panels. With the aim to amplify the city’s creative edge, each of these silhouette-like panels can be cast in different shapes. Although the brand and name is yet to be announced, a 250-key hotel will be sheltered in the complex.
> Read more about the project here 

5) Murcury Tower, Malta

View of Murcury Tower in Malta

Image credit: Zaha Hadid Architects

The renovation and redevelopment of Mercury House, led by Zaha Hadid Architects, integrates residential apartments and boutique hotel within Malta’s most dynamic urban environment. Creating new public spaces and amenities for the island’s residents and visitors, the design responds to Paceville’s key urban challenges by investing in its civic realm and increasing its limited housing supply.

Derelict for more than twenty years, the 9,405 sq.m. site includes the remaining façades of the old Mercury House that date from 1903. Two underground vaults created during the Cold War are also within the site’s boundary.

The 31-storey tower of residential apartments and hotel is aligned at street level to integrate with Paceville’s existing urban fabric and to reduce its footprint, maximizing civic space within the new piazza.

Conceived as two volumes stacked vertically, the tower incorporates a realignment that expresses the different functional programmes within.

> Read more about the design here

Main image credit: WATG

Meet Up London: 30 Under 30 launches early bird tickets

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Early bird tickets are now available for Meet Up London: 30 Under 30, which this year will run with the theme 30 Under 30… 

Until February 7, designers, architects, hoteliers and suppliers will be able to purchase early bird tickets for Hotel Designs‘ highly anticipated Q1 networking evening, Meet Up London: 30 Under 30.

The event, which is being exclusively styled by Minotti London and will take place in the showroom in Fitzrovia, will help to further bridge the gap between designers, architects, hoteliers and key-industry suppliers. “We hope that by launching the ’30 Under 30′ element to the evening that the event will become more than just a networking event for industry leaders,” said editor of Hotel Designs Hamish Kilburn. “We are excited to shine the spotlight on the rising stars of industry, to the individuals who are fast climbing the ranks to push international hotel design into a new and exciting chapter. This is therefore the perfect event for individuals from across the industry to gather to help further bridge the gap between designers, architects, hoteliers and key-industry suppliers of all ages.”

Early bird ticket prices

Suppliers: £99 + VAT (£150 + VAT after early bird offer expires after February 7)
Designers, hoteliers and architects: £10 + VAT (£20 + VAT after early bird offer expires after February 7)

To purchase your tickets, click here.

Venue:
Minotti Showroom,
77 Margaret St, Fitzrovia, London, W1W 8SY

Date: March 28, 2019

How to apply for the 30 Under 30 list

If you are/or know of a deserving designer, architect or hotelier who is 30 years old or younger, please send in your application/nomination to: h.kilburn@forumevents.co.uk with the following:

  • 200-400 word bio, which acknowledges achievements to date and why you/he/she deserves to be recognised
  • Name of company you/he/she currently works for
  • Profile image

The final 30 will be confirmed to attend the event with Hotel Designs‘ compliments and the winners will be notified in due course ahead of the networking evening.

How to attend Meet Up London: 30 Under 30

If you are a supplier to the hospitality industry looking to attend the event, contact Zoe Guerrier on 01992 374059 or on z.guerrier@forumevents.co.uk – or click here to book your place.

If you are an interior designer or architect and would like to attend the Hotel Designs Meet Up London: 30 Under 30, click here to confirm your attendance.

Exclusive style partner: Minotti London

The Brit List 2018: Architect profiles

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In the coming weeks, Hotel Designs will be profiling the 75 finalists in the Hotel Designs Brit List 2018. We continue with profiling our winning architects in alphabetical order…

This year’s The Brit List 2018 concluded on November 22, when leading designers, hoteliers and architects gathered at BEAT London to find out which of them made it on to this year’s The Brit List 2018. The hundreds of nominees and entries were whittled down by the event’s five judges, who were:

  • Gilly Craft, President of the British Institute of Interior Design
  • Charles Leon, founder of Leon Black Architecture and Interior Design
  • Gerri Gallagher, former associate editor, Tatler
  • Lysbeth Fox, founder and director of Fox PR
  • Hamish Kilburn, editor, Hotel Designs

Top architects 2018

Howard Jones – Archer Humphryes Architects

Working with David Archer, Howard Jones is a Project Director with 20 years’ experience specialising in delivering a diverse portfolio of building typologies
including commercial, residential, retail, large single mixed-use developments and more recently hotels and hospitality since joining the practice eight
years ago.

The architecture and design that comes out of the London-based studio displays a keen sense of how people behave, or can behave, within a built environment. Within all past projects there is a harmony and unity between architecture, the interiors, the location and the provenance, which creates a great sense of continuity and congruence.

James Dilley – Jestico + Whiles

Qualified as an architect, James Dilley also has particular expertise in interior design and so, where possible, Jestico + Whiles’ hospitality projects, such as W Edinburgh in the heart of the city’s UN World Heritage site are delivered under combined architectural and interior design services.

Notable projects already completed include the ‘ultraluxe’ Yas Abu Dhabi, W London and Andels Lodz in Poland.

James Twomey – ReardonSmith Architects

With more than 25 years’ experience of architectural practice, much of it focused on luxury hotel refurbishment, James Twomey has been responsible for statement projects such as The Beaumont, Four Seasons Park Lane and Four Seasons St Petersburg.

Twomey is currently leading the teams responsible for the Adare Manor Hotel, and the proposed Wanda Hotel in Nine Elms London, currently in the early stages of construction.

John Denton – Denton Corker Marshall 

John Denton’s principal interests in both architecture and urban design have shaped a range of projects over more than 40 years of owning the company. Denton, who is the founding partner of the London-based studio, lectures to schools of architecture, professional institutes and is a well-known keynote speaker.

Denton has internationally recognised skills in the design and leadership of major institutional and public building projects, evidenced through the practice’s significant number of national and international awards for major buildings under his control.

John Simpson – John Simpson Architects

John Simpson pioneered mixed-use sustainable urban design long before it was adopted as government policy in the UK.

Most recently, Simpson has worked on the new public facilities at Kensington Palace as well as landmark projects such The Royal Household of Buckingham Palace and The Royal Collection, St James’ Palace.

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Inside The Brit List 2018

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The Brit List 2018 took place last night at BEAT London, welcoming the top interior designers, hoteliers, architects and key-industry suppliers to network and mingle to celebrate Britain’s position in international hotel design. Here are the official images of the evening… 

Hotel Designs‘ nationwide search to find Britain’s top interior designers, hoteliers and architects came to a close last night as the leaders of our industry gathered for the awards ceremony. The winners of The Brit List 2018 awards were crowned and the top 75 influencers in British hotel design were announced.

Here are the official photographs inside The Brit List 2018.

If you have images of the night that you wish to share, please use the hashtag #TheBritList2018

THE BRIT LIST 2018: Just three weeks to go

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Hotel Designs unveils the latest leading figures who will be attending The Brit List 2018 as time is running out for designers, architects, hoteliers and suppliers to secure their place…

With just three weeks to go until The Brit List 2018, time is running out to book your tickets to Britain’s leading networking evening for interior designers, hoteliers, architects and key-industry suppliers.

The latest leading names and firms to be added onto the guest list include Minotti London, The Ned, Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, Project Orange, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Tara Bernerd & Partners and Yasmine Mahmoudieh.

On November 22 at BEAT London, as well as unveiling the 75 most influential designers, hoteliers and architects who deserve their place in The Brit List 2018, Hotel Designs will also announce the winners of the six newly launched awards. These include:

  • Inspiration in Design – Innovative use of Technology
  • Inspiration in Design – Hotelier of the Year
  • Inspiration in Design – Interior Designer of the Year
  • Inspiration in Design – Architect of the Year
  • The Eco Award
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Hotel Industry

How to attend

To register your interest, purchase tickets or talk about sponsorship opportunities please contact Katy Phillips on 01992 374050 or via email by clicking here.

If you are an interior designer, hotelier or architect you can book tickets for £20+vat per person here

If you are a supplier to the hotel industry you can book tickets for £175+vat per person here

Event timings: 6.30 p.m. – 10.30 p.m.

6.30 p.m. Welcome drinks are served
7.00 p.m. Welcome speech from Hotel Designs Editor, Hamish Kilburn, to include unveiling of The Brit List 2018 winners
7.15 p.m. Canapés are served
7.15 p.m. Headline speaker, Charles Leon, Leon Black Interior Architecture addresses the Brit List 2018 – Britain’s position in international hotel design and hospitality post-Brexit
7.30 p.m. Awards presentation commences
8.00 p.m. Headline speaker, Moritz Waldemeyer, Studio Moritz Waldemeyer addresses The Brit List 2018 – Hotel lighting; how it has changed in recent times and how is lighting technology allowing for more creative interiors
8.15 p.m. Celebrations and networking

BRIT LIST 2018 Industry Partner: British Institute of Interior Design

BRIT LIST 2018 Event Sponsor: Hamilton Litestat

BRIT LIST 2018 Supporting Partner: Studio Moritz Waldemeyer

BRIT LIST 2018 Award Sponsor: Inspiration in Design – Interior Designer of the Year: Tarkett

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Brit List 2018: Leading designers, hoteliers and architects confirmed to attend

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With The Brit List 2018 fast approaching, leading industry names have confirmed their attendance to help Hotel Designs celebrate the top 75 influencers British in international hotel design and hospitality…

Rosewood London, HBA London, RPW Design, WATG, Wimberly Interiors, Gleneagles, EPR Architects, Bespoke Hotels and The Mandrake are among the brands that have confirmed their attendance The Brit List 2018.

Taking place on November 22 at BEAT London, The Brit List 2018 provides a platform for the leading influencers in British design, hotel and architecture. Launched last year, the Brit List 2018 awards will not only unveil the top 75, but will also, for the first time, announce the winners of six newly launched awards.

The long list, which was officially announced last week, is available to view here.

Event timings: 6.30 p.m. – 10.30 p.m.

6.30 p.m. Welcome drinks are served
7.00 p.m. Welcome speech from Hotel Designs Editor, Hamish Kilburn, to include unveiling of The Brit List 2018 winners
7.15 p.m. Canapés are served
7.15 p.m. Headline speaker addresses The Brit List 2018
7.30 p.m. Awards presentation commences
8.00 p.m. Headline speaker addresses The Brit List 2018
8.15 p.m. Celebrations and networking

In order to secure your place, click here to purchase tickets. 

To discuss the various sponsorship packages available, and to enquire for the full attendee list, please contact Katy Phillips on +44(0)1992 374050.

BRIT LIST 2018 Industry partner: British Institute of Interior Design

BRIT LIST: Less than one week to go to claim your early bird tickets

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The deadline to claim your early bird tickets to the awards ceremony of this year’s Brit List is September 16, 2018…

There is less than a week left in order to claim your early bird tickets to this year’s Brit List, which will take place on November 22 at BEAT London.

The Brit List ceremony will welcome the leading interior designers, hoteliers, architects and key suppliers within the industry who will gather to witness the announcement of not only this year’s The Brit List 2018 (the top 75 British designers, hoteliers and architects) but also the winners of the six new awards up for grabs, which are:

  • Inspiration in Design – Innovative use of technology
  • Inspiration in Design – Boutique Hotelier
  • Inspiration in Design – Interior Designer of the Year
  • Inspiration in Design – Architect of the Year
  • The Eco Award
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Hotel Industry

Early-bird tickets

Delegates and suppliers who purchase their tickets to the event before the nominations cut-off date of September 16 will take full advantage of the sizable discount on offer:

Delegates: £10 + VAT (£20 + VAT after September 16)
Suppliers: £150 + VAT (£175 + VAT after September 16)

In addition to the early bird ticket cut-off,the deadline to enter this year’s Brit List is also September 16.

If you are a supplier to the hospitality industry looking to meet the top hoteliers, interior designers and hoteliers at The Brit List, click here to book your place.

If you are a delegate to the hospitality industry (architect, designer or hotelier) and would like to attend The Brit List 2018, click here to book your place.

To discuss the various sponsorship packages available, please contact Phoebe Kasapi on +44(0)1992 374059

For more information on how to nominate or apply, click here.

Hotel Designs Brit List announces judging panel

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The Brit List, which celebrates Britain’s top 25 influential interior designers, hoteliers and architects, has announced the judging panel for this year’s awards taking place on November 22 at BEAT London…

Ahead of this year’s anticipated Brit List, which launched last year with the aim to raise the profile of British creatives in the industry, Hotel Designs has confirmed the five judges who together will agree on which designers, hoteliers and architects deserve to be recognised in the 2018 Brit List.

In addition to The Brit List, Hotel Designs has also launched six new awards that will also be presented to the winners on the night The Brit List 2018 is unveiled. These awards are:

  • Inspiration in Design – Innovative use of technology
  • Inspiration in Design – Boutique Hotelier
  • Inspiration in Design – Interior Designer of the Year
  • Inspiration in Design – Architect of the Year
  • The Eco Award
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Hotel Industry

To apply for free to this year’s Brit List, please click here and click the ‘nominations’ tab to apply.
Nominations close on September 16

The Brit List 2018 judges are:

Gilly Craft, President of the British Institute of Interior Design 

As well as the BIID becoming the event’s industry partner, Gilly Craft brings with her a wealth of interior design experience as well as a deep understanding for trends and recognising potential in creatives. “I am very excited to be one of the judges for the Brit List this year,” said Craft on accepting the role as a judge. “It is important that designers have the opportunity to be recognised by their peers in this way.”

Charles Leon, founder of Leon Black Architectural

In 1994, Charles Leon established his own design practice, CLA which specialised in hospitality and residential design. In2010 he was joined by Nicholas Black and in 2014 they formed the partnership Leon Black.

Leon Black specialises in Residential and Hospitality Design and Interior Architecture. Charles, the former president of the BIID, also lectures on design theory, innovation, emotion and the workings of the designer’s mind. He is a guest lecturer at Middlesex University and The Interior Design School.

“I am very honoured to take part as a judge for the Hotel Designs Brit List this year and to have the opportunity to celebrate the breadth and depth of UK designers and hoteliers,” said Leon.

Gerri Gallagher, former associate editor, Tatler

Drawing on 25 years of editorial experience at Tatler with specific emphasis on luxury travel, an extensive global knowledge of five-star hotels and spas and a unique US/UK perspective, Gerri Gallagher is a highly-respected professional who combines a strong creative vision with an astute understanding of what discerning international clients expect.

“I was honoured to be asked to participate in the Hotel Designs Brit List 2018. In my professional capacity as a hotel/spa consultant I work with some of the finest hoteliers and designers in the world,” said Gallagher. “To sit on the panel of judges for this prestigious event is an exciting opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the industry’s British superstars.”

Lysbeth Fox, founder and director of Fox PR

Lysbeth Fox is the Managing Director of luxury travel, wellness and gourmet agency Fox PR, whose portfolio of clients includes some of the most prestigious in the world. Lysbeth is currently in India building a school with her daughter so was unable to supply a quote for this announcement. I am honoured to be amongst such a prestigious panel of judges –  and for such an important award,” said Fox. “As a longtime advisor and strategist for luxury hotels – it has been my privilege to work with some of the most innovative and stylish destinations in the world.  I am looking forward to reviewing this year’s best of British nominees.”

Hamish Kilburn, editor, Hotel Designs

Overseeing the panel is Hamish Kilburn, the editor of Hotel Designs. Kilburn has reviewed some of the most spectacular hotels around the world and has his finger on the pulse when it comes to the latest happenings in the world of international hotel design.

Together with the strong team behind the brand, he is helping to strengthen Hotel Designs’ events offering including The Brit List, Hotel Summit, Meet Up and the launch of a new event for interior designers and architects that will launch in 2019.

If you, or an individual you know of, deserves to be recognised in this year’s Brit List, please click here and click the ‘nominations’ tab to apply for free.

Once all nominations have been received by the closing date of September 16, the judging panel will select the final 75 most inspirational and influential people in British design, hotels and architecture.

On November 22, designers, hoteliers, architects and key suppliers to the industry will gather at BEAT London where The Brit List 2018 will be unveiled.

Industry suppliers and delegates will be able purchase tickets to attend the awards ceremony, and there are a limited number of sponsorship opportunities available for this prestigious and influential event. For more details contact Phoebe Kasapi by emailing p.kasapi@forumevents.co.uk, or calling 01992 374059.

New luxury hotel set to change the face of hospitality and design in Grenada

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Changing the face of Grenadian hospitality and design, the fabulously chic Silversands Grenada, designed by Aw2 Design, will comprise 43 suites and nine residential villas, and also be home to the longest pool in the Caribbean…

Launching this November 2018 on the ivory white sands of Grand Anse beach, Silversands Grenada is slated to introduce a new way for discerning travellers to experience the unspoiled island of Grenada – the ‘Spice of the Caribbean.’ Sleek and modern in its design, unlike anything else in the Caribbean, the all-suite resort and residential project will offer a chic luxury experience perfectly befitting the warmth and authenticity of a true Grenadian lifestyle, as well as the opportunity to purchase a slice of paradise with Grenadian citizenship included.

A new member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Silversands Grenada’s minimalist design aesthetic was imagined and created by architecture and interior design firm AW². Having worked on the project since 2014, the firm’s partners, Reda Amalou and Stéphanie Ledoux, set Silversands Grenada apart from any other resort in the Caribbean. This is ‘next generation Grenada’, with a design-savvy traveller in mind. The linear architecture and design is deliberately cool, slick and understated, using pale marble and light wood while playing with a neutral colour palette of grey, blue and hues of cream. Bringing the lush surrounding landscape into focus, the resort’s aesthetic blends authenticity, nature, luxury and modernity in a stunning display of clean lines against the undulating sands of Grand Anse beach and its rugged beauty.

Day bed areas and pools are all designed to blend seamlessly into the architecture

“The client was looking for a project who will give a contemporary vision of tropical resorts and architecture,” explained Ledoux. “This is something that we have developed over the years in many different countries. Even if the conditions are always different, the design process remains the same: how to make the best use of site context, in order to create a unique destination with a strong sense of place.”

The layout has been designed to showcase the spectacular sea views, while simultaneously ensuring the utmost privacy and providing unique spaces for guests’ relaxation. Exterior spaces echo the architecture’s modern lines through gardens, courtyards and water features. Terraces, day bed areas and pools are all designed to blend seamlessly into the architecture, with the setting lulling guests down to the rhythm of the island in a sea of bright whites, natural teak and neutral tones. The view lines and spaces are wedded to Grenada’s contrasting green landscape, encouraging well-heeled travellers to get out and explore the island and forge a personal connection with the Caribbean’s last undiscovered hideaway.

 The resort is also intersected by an artfully-designed 100-metre outdoor infinity pool, the longest in the Caribbean

Silversands Grenada will be home to 43 studio suites and a mix of nine Hillside and Beachfront residential villas unobtrusively peppered into the surrounding landscape. The resort is also intersected by an artfully-designed 100-metre outdoor infinity pool, the longest in the Caribbean.

Accommodation will span across two main buildings off Grand Anse Beach, encompassing 39 open-plan guestrooms, three one-bedroom suites, and a sprawling 2,066ft² penthouse with sweeping views of the sea and resort grounds from two private terraces. All rooms, suites and villas will feature modern open floor-plans with floor-to-ceiling windows, flooding the rooms with natural light and perfectly complementing natural wood and stone textures and light hardwood floors. Rooms include king size platform beds surrounded by remote controlled curtains ideally situated for maximum views.

Nine residential villas will be discreetly dotted into Silversands Grenada’s lush surrounding landscape

Minimalistic furniture and muted colours will be wedded to a high-spec entertainment system, with portable technology granting unlimited access to video entertainment, glossy publications and newspapers. A curated selection of original artwork will be featured in every guestroom, as well as throughout the resort. Each en-suite bathroom is designed with the modern traveller in mind, with space, privacy and light reigning supreme. All bathrooms include at least 134ft² of space outfitted with a deep soaking tub and separate rain shower, double vanity units, frosted glass water closet, and ample storage – all connecting to a dressing room with built-in wardrobes. One-bedroom suite and Penthouse Suite bathrooms feature floor-to-ceiling louvered windows with spectacular ocean vistas.

“A ‘modern traveller’ to us is a person who is travel savvy,” said Ledoux. “They have been to many places, know some great hotels, and expects a lot more than just a hotel. We design with this very demanding person in mind. We concentrate on the project. If the design is carefully brought to fruition, it will be strong enough to become a fascinating social media subject. To try and do the opposite may be instagrammable, but does not always make a good project. So we work on what we know best to do: design.”

Nine residential villas will be discreetly dotted into Silversands Grenada’s lush surrounding landscape. Creating a limited opportunity to claim an everlasting piece of one of the Caribbean’s last secret hideaways, villas include five 6,000ft² Beachfront Villas with lot sizes ranging from 22,290ft² to 26,350ft², and four 5,000ft² Hillside Villas with lot sizes ranging from 13,500ft² to 17,600ft². Beachfront Villas will offer direct access to the sand, while the Hillside Villas feature awe-inspiring views of the resort grounds, Grand Anse Beach and the sea. The villas will provide owners elite access to the resort’s 24-hour service and premium experiences, and the chance to be a part of the island’s exciting revival. Each individual bedroom is a master bedroom, built as its own standalone pavilion with indoor and outdoor showers and deep-soaking bathtubs for the utmost luxury and unparalleled privacy. Adding further incentive to residential investment, villa owners will also have the option to purchase design packages in keeping with the resort’s sleek-chic aesthetic, and the ability to rent their villas through the resort when not in residence.

9 eye-catching hotel concepts from around the world

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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 in the lobby, the guestroom, the F&B areas or whole exterior shell of the property, leading designers get a thrill out of unveiling something that no guest – or architect – has ever seen, nor experienced, before. To kick-start this month’s Spotlight On feature on ‘hotel concepts’, Hotel Designs has scoured the globe to find the most eye-catching hotel designs.

1) IceHotel, Sweden

Every year, when Sweden’s Torne River turns to ice, a new ICEHOTEL is created in the small village of Jukkasjärvi. The ice of the river transforms to design and sculpt the ICEHOTEL, an art project and the world’s first, and largest hotel built of snow and ice.

ICEHOTEL 365 is the latest concept to evolve. It’s a specially designed 2,100 square-metre ice art hall that is open 365 days of the year and run on solar power from the midnight sun. Working with Swedish architect and sustainability designer Hans Eek, ICEHOTEL 365 combines state-of-the-art architecture and sustainable energy with the ice art that draws winter visitors from more than 80 countries every year. This part of the hotel is a permanent construction and accommodates nice Deluxe Suites with private sauna (yes, a sauna in an ice hut), bathroom and relax, 11 Art Suites, an ice gallery and ICEBAR Jukkasjärvi; all hand carved by select artists from around the globe.

2) Keemala, Phuket

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Taking an eco-friendly approach to design, Pisud Design Company utilised the natural surroundings when creating Keemala, Phuket. The result is a totally different hotel accommodation type for Phuket, Thailand and in fact the world. “The project has been designed to keep the original contour of the land as much as possible,” said designer Pisit Aongskultong, Design Director at Pisud Design Company. “We took inspiration from rocks, straw, clay and wood and didn’t feel it would be appropriate to build large buildings.”

3) Matetsi Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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Victoria Falls is known in local Zimbabwean Tonga as “The Smoke that Thunders”. It is a magnificent UNESCO world heritage site that is classified as the largest waterfall in the world.

44 km east, set on the banks of the mighty Zambezi river, is Matetsi Victoria Falls – a new luxury retreat that bravely pushes design boundaries in all aspects of its creation. At the heart of the property, the hotel’s villa and suites are canopied in the shade of large riverside trees. Matetsi River Lodge and Matetsi River House together aim to redefine luxury accommodation. Here, raw textures marry to chic interior design. Throughout the property, the theme of bringing the outdoors inside is a constant reference to the uniquely beautiful landscape that surrounds.

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Designed with bookworms in mind, this hotel has a room (and writer) for every letter of the alphabet. Located in Paris’s chic 8th arrondissement, just a short walk from the Avenue des Champs-Élysées and the River Seine, the  four-star luxury boutique hotel’s room reflect the personalities of famous writers. Le Pavillon des Lettres is privately owned and operated by the Chevalier family, who own two other Parisian hotels: Le Pavillon de la Reine in the Place des Vosges, and Hôtel du Petit Moulin on the Rue du Poitou.

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Crafted around the enigmatic shipwrecks that line Namibia’s Skeleton Coast, there’s nowhere on the continent – or the world – quite like Shipwreck Lodge. The raw and rugged shells of each shack is matched in the interiors with shabby blinds and rough wooden walls. Adding comfort, the soft furnishings and fur throws make the inside feel cosy – almost a home-from-home. The impossibly remote slice of African wilderness, where towering dunes and wind-swept plains roll as far as the eye can see, is buffeted by the icy Atlantic seas.

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THE MURAKA is the first of its kind. More than just a luxury retreat with stunning rooms, it features the only hotel guestroom where guests can look out through a single window into an unobstructed, 180-degree panoramic view of coral and marine life, in natural surroundings. Mike Murphy was the engineer behind the largely ambitious project of creating the ultra-luxurious two-level residence that comprises of an above-sea residence and an undersea level, which is completely immersed in the ocean.

7) Four Seasons Bora Bora

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Overwater bungalows and underwater adventures welcome guests at the sand-fringed idyll in the shadow of Bora Bora’s Mount Otemanu. Guests can toast sunsets from their private plunge pool, marvel at the Tahitian night sky, or simply lose themselves in the resort’s lagoon, where the waters teem with exotic reef fish and colourful corals.

8) Hotel Costa Verde, Costa Rica

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The 727 Fuselage Home is said to be the most exclusive hotel suite in Costa Rica. Hotel Costa Verde has refurbished a vintage 1965 Boeing 727 airframe, which, in its prior life, shuttled globetrotters on South Africa Air and Avianca Airlines (Colombia). This fully outfitted, meticulously detailed, two bedroom, Boeing 727 fuselage suite jets out from the jungle canopy, taking suite life to new heights. Why not?

9)  Hotel Seven, Paris

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Inspired by everyone’s favoutite British secret agent with a licence to kill, the James Bond Suite in Hotel Seven Paris in France offers all the class of 007, complete with a dome-like seating area lit with dramatic spotlights and wallpaper that reflects the iconic silhouette seen in each of the film’s opening sequence.

Main image credit: Natural Selection 

 

The Brit List 2018 nominations are now open

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Hotel Designs has opened the The Brit List 2018 nominations to interior designers, hoteliers and architects…

Date of nominations closing: September 16
Awards ceremony: November 22 at BEAT, London

Hotel Designs is delighted to announce that nominations for this year’s Brit List are now open, welcoming you, our loyal readers and supporters, the opportunity to put forward entries from all exceptional British interior designers, hoteliers and architects.

If you, or an individual you know of, deserves to be recognised in this year’s Brit List, please click here and click the ‘nominations’ tab.

  • Category (Interior Design, Architecture, Hotelier)
  • Name
  • Profile image
  • Any relevant supporting images (max 3)
  • Company name
  • Job title
  • Reason for entering (max 300 words)

Once all nominations have been received by the closing date of September 16, the judging panel – made up of figures from across the hospitality and design sectors – will select the final 75 most inspirational and influential people in British design, hotels and architecture.

On November 22, designers, hoteliers, architects and key suppliers to the industry will gather at BEAT London where The Brit List 2018 will be unveiled. “With the UK being seen by the rest of the world as one of the largest design hubs, it’s important for us to support exceptionally talented individuals and firms by giving them platform to help amplify their work,” says publisher of Hotel Designs, Katy Phillips. “The winners of these awards will be further examples of how the UK continues to have a strong presence in international hotel design.”

In addition to The Brit List, Hotel Designs has also launched six new awards that will be presented to the winners on the night The Brit List 2018 is unveiled. These awards are:

  • Inspiration in Design – Innovative use of technology
  • Inspiration in Design – Boutique Hotelier
  • Inspiration in Design – Interior Designer of the Year
  • Inspiration in Design – Architect of the Year
  • The Eco Award
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Hotel Industry

Industry suppliers and delegates will be able purchase tickets to attend the awards ceremony, and there are a limited number of sponsorship opportunities available for this prestigious and influential event. For more details contact Phoebe Kasapi by emailing p.kasapi@forumevents.co.uk, or calling 01992 374059.

 

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Meet Up North: Three days to go!

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On July 18, Hotel Designs will bring the successful networking concept of ‘Meet Up’ up North to Manchester…

There are just three days left in order to secure your place at Meet Up North, the UK’s leading networking event for hoteliers, architects, interior designers and key-industry suppliers.

In the heart of Manchester, King Street Townhouse, which The Telegraph concluded it was “like staying with a rich friend who has extremely good taste”, has been chosen to shelter the Northern soiree. “Manchester, for many reasons, is a hive for hotel design,” said Hamish Kilburn, editor of Hotel Designs. “In particular, with its outstanding terrace on the sixth floor, King Street Townhouse aligns perfectly to our networking event Meet Up North.”

Located within the upper King Street Conservation Area of Manchester city centre, the hotel is an impressive 1870s Italian renaissance building, designed by local architect Edward Salomons for the Manchester Salford Trustees Bank. In 2016, AEW Architects, who will be at the networking event this week, converted the building from an office into the high-end 40-bedroom boutique hotel that stands proud over the city today.

Speaking at Meet Up North will be Fiona Thompson, Principal of Richmond International. Thompson will be sharing her thoughts on past projects, future predictions and the value of collaboration.

Completing the line-up of speakers will be the headline sponsors of the event, Marca Corona, which will provide the audience with an in-depth industry insight and will be available to answer questions after.

Agenda for the evening:

6.00 p.m. – Event starts on the 6th floor terrace and lounge  at the King Street Townhouse
6.30 p.m. – Welcome speech courtesy of Hotel Designs editor, Hamish Kilburn
6.45 p.m. – Headline speech courtesy of Fiona Thompson, Principal of Richmond International
7.00 p.m. – Insights from event Headline Partner, Marca Corona
7.15 p.m. – Canapés are served
9.30 p.m. – Event finishes

If you are a supplier to the hospitality industry looking to meet the top hoteliers and interior designers, contact Jennie Lane on 01992 374098 or on j.lane@forumevents.co.uk – or click here to book your place.

The Hotel Designs summer Meet Up is completely free for hoteliers, interior designers and architects; click here to confirm your attendance.

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Meet Up North: one week to go

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Calling all designers, architects, hoteliers and key-industry suppliers: There is now just one week left until Hotel Designs takes the successful networking experience, Meet Up, up north to King Street Townhouse in Manchester…

On July 18, designers, architects, hoteliers and key-industry suppliers will gather in Manchester’s King Street Townhouse for the first ever Meet Up North.

The event, which aims to bridge the gap between hoteliers, architects, interior designers and key-industry suppliers, is your chance to meet up and networking with many of the leaders and visionaries in the industry.

The latest confirmed attendees include architects from DV8 Designs, JSA Design and Project M as well as representatives from Marriott V&A and CitySuites.

The evening will include a welcome speech from the Hotel Designs editor Hamish Kilburn as well as talks from Richmond International’s principal Fiona Thompson and Marca Corona, which is the headline sponsor of the event.

Last chance to register

Time and allocations are running out quickly. In order to secure your place at the first ever Meet Up North, follow the instructions below.

If you are a hotelier, architect, designer or supplier and would like to also benefit from the event, there are very limited spaces available.

If you are a supplier, click here to book your place.

If you are hotelier, interior designer or architect, click here to secure your place.

 

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Meet Up North: One month to go!

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This time next month, hoteliers, designers, architects and suppliers will gather at Kings Street Townhouse hotel in Manchester for the inaugural Meet Up North

Taking the successful ‘meet up’ networking concept up North for the first ever, Hotel Designs will next month host Meet Up North, a social event that aims to bridge the gap between designers, architects, hoteliers and suppliers alike.

The venue

Meet Up North will take place in one of Manchester’s finest hotels, Kings Street Townhouse, which The Telegraph recently described as,”the antithesis to a chain hotel,” comparing the experience of staying there similar to “staying with a rich friend who has extremely good taste.” The hotel is situated in an Italian Renaissance-style former bank dating from 1872, on a quiet side street within central Manchester’s historic Upper King Street Conservation Area. AEW Archtiects, whose directors will attend the event, was engaged in the design and transformation of the hotel, and completed the project in February 2016.

The agenda

The evening will commence with an official welcome from the newly appointed editor, Hamish Kilburn, who will briefly talk about the history of Meet Up, it’s purpose and why this year it’s being taken outside of London.

The mic will then be handed over to the award-winning Principal of Richmond International Fiona Thompson. The celebrated visionary designer will speak the the audience about past projects, future predictions and the significance of worthy collaborations. “Only through a thoughtful collaborative process, which acknowledges individual skills, talents and perspectives, can a project be successfully completed,” Fiona said ahead of the event. “Richmond International is extremely excited to take part in Meet Up North, an event which honours the significance of professional collaboration, and in turn reflect on the successful partnerships Richmond International has had the pleasure of being part of over the past 51 years.”

Completing the line-up of speakers will be the headline sponsors of the event, Marca Corona. The Italian ceramic tile specialists will provide the audience with an in-depth industry insight and will be available to answer questions after.

How to get involved

The evening will then continue with all the ingredients for a successful networking recipe. Canapés and complimentary drinks will be served on the balcony of Manchester’s most talked about hotel in 2017 and 2018.

If you are a hotelier, architect, designer or supplier and would like to also benefit from the event, there are very limited available. Please head over to the website where you can secure your place.

 

Architect James Wood: “I’ll work as long as I make positive contributions”

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James Wood, architect, generates all of his work from word-of-mouth recommendations. He has designed quaint Thameside houses in Bray, arts and craft centres in the home counties, and is now working on an exciting new proposed development in Cuba.

He gave Hotel Designs his pearls of wisdom.

It’s important to keep your work diverse. Following graduation in architecture and becoming a Chartered Member of the RIBA, I worked on a wide range of projects that included schools, churches, housing and master planning both in the private sector and for local authorities.  Recent projects have included the master plans for new hotel/resort complexes in different parts of the world. Some are remote enough to require the infrastructure for a small village to house local people who will service the proposed project.

I try not to rely on one particular style. I prefer to relate buildings to location and local style of architecture and surroundings.  I hope my work has shown an evolution over time driven by learning and, to a certain degree, with technology. 

There are no global ‘styles’. I work mainly on hotel and hotel resort projects, and I have noticed that there is not so much a global style, but more a tendency to mix styles from different countries.

Environmental considerations are key. Working on international resorts, we consider the impact of the proposed project on the environment and people who may have little say in local politics.  We take care to protect, and reduce any impact on, scarce resources.  Environmental considerations are always a key part of our plans and these are indivisible from the final proposal.

I am inspired by people I meet and work with. They push me to try harder, to push myself a bit more and not to take the first, or even second, solution to a problem.  Buildings remain long after the architect has died, and those buildings affect locality and people in a major way for a long time. I believe architects and engineers should never under-estimate the effect large constructions have on people – for good and bad.

I’ll carry on as long as I make positive contributions. My ultimate aim is to do the best I can in my own small way as part of a complex team, so that the outcome for the project is positive and delivered within the parameters set out for us.  With my type of work there is no retirement age so I am still learning and still enjoying the work and as long as I can continue to make a positive contribution to the projects I am happy to carry on.

 

Architects given permissions for 191-room hotel in The City

Architects given permission for 191-room hotel in The City

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The City of London Corporation has recently granted planning permission to Eric Parry Architects to build a 10-storey, 191-room hotel on Holborn Viaduct at the current site of Morley House.

The planning application was approved at the Corporation’s Planning and Transportation Committee and is the second hotel approved in the City this year. There are now 35 hotels in the City of London, with a further 14 hotels under construction and three permitted sites yet to begin construction.

Hotel stock in the City has risen in recent years from 3,780 bedrooms to more than 5,000 bedrooms between 2011/12 and 2016/17. By 2023/24 the City is projected to have 7,800 hotel rooms.

These plans also include the bottom two floors of neighbouring City Temple to be leased by Morley House owners for flexible office use, adding to the offer of the hotel and securing the long term future of City Temple – an international church located in Holborn since 1974.

City Temple accommodates church halls, residential accommodation and meeting rooms used by organisations such as Sainsbury’s, the NHS and City Law School.

Chris Hayward, Chairman of the Planning & Transportation Committee at the City of London Corporation, said: “The City of London is a changing business environment and we are committed to supporting the growth of financial and professional services. With an additional 1.25 million square metres of office space under construction, we have the potential to accommodate a further 75,000 workers. But we also need to make sure that there is sufficient accommodation across the City on offer.

“We have also recently approved student accommodation in the City helping London to remain competitive with education providers globally. City Temple is currently falling into disrepair. This development demonstrates the benefits of mixed use developments and how the City is uniquely able to combine culture and heritage with the modern needs of our visitors and workers.”

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Christmas Meet Up: A month to go…

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We’re a month away from the Hotel Designs Christmas Meet Up event, which has already seen some biggest names in the UK hotel and design industries confirm their place for an evening of drinks, canapes and an end-of-year celebration.

Embrace the spirit of the holidays a little early this year and join us all at Hotel Designs as we usher in the end of the year with a bang at Home House in Marylebone, London on 8th November 2017 from 6-10pm.

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Home House - Christmas Meet Up

The attendee list is filling up, with some fantastic representatives from across the hotel and design industry making an appearance. Last month we announced Marriott International, Shangri-La at The Shard, Rosewood London, York & Albany Hotel and The Wellesley Knightsbridge. We are now pleased to announce Bermondsey Square Hotel, InterContinental, The Montcalm and The Montague on the Gardens Hotel will also be in attendance.

Home House Winter Marquee.Attendees from firms in the design industry already confirmed to attend included Twenty2Degrees, Areen Design, Atelier Lux and inD Creations. We can now announce Design Clarity, Milan Babic Architects, Harrier Forde Design, Hendry Associates Architects and ReardonSmith.

If you are a suppliers to the hospitality industry looking to meet top names from both industries, contact Jennie Lane on 01992 374098 or on j.lane@forumevents.co.uk – or click here to book your place.

The Christmas Meet Up is completely free for hoteliers and designers; click here to confirm your attendance.