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LIVE FROM MILAN: Mario Bellini granted Salone del Mobile’s Special Award

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LIVE FROM MILAN: Mario Bellini granted Salone del Mobile’s Special Award

The Italian designer and architect was awarded the Special Lifetime Award during Salone del Mobile. Milan…

The Salone del Mobile.Milano has celebrated its 58th edition with an evening at Palazzo Marino during which it has presented a Special Lifetime Award to Mario Bellini, the multifaceted and innovative Milanese designer, many of whose furnishings and objects have become icons capable of anticipating or revolutionising taste and style.

The award has been made in recognition of his creativity and talent, as a plaudit for his ability to translate ideas and projects into products, initiatives and architecture, and as a thank you for his huge contribution to the Salone del Mobile through his collaboration with so many exhibiting companies.

The official motivation for the award is as follows: “For the genius with which he has conceived both design masterpieces and great pieces of architecture For the consistency with which he has built his work and the story of Italian design For his tireless desire to innovate and explore new frontiers For his constant dialogue with the business world For his generosity in his relationships and for having always believed in and supported his city, Milan For his contribution to the Salone del Mobile through his collaboration with the many, leading companies for whom he has designed iconic products that have helped forge the history and the success of the event.”

Modern table

Image credit: Mario Bellini, Grand Canyon Oak Design

The evening, one of the many climaxes of Milan Design Week was a perfect occasion for thanking the exhibiting companies for their productive and organisational commitment, which has, yet again, gone into making the Salone a unique experience, and for paying tribute to all the designers and people who do their utmost to make Milan the most attractive place in the world for an entire week. During the show, Bellini has been presenting his latest creation, the tables ”Canyon and Grand Canyon” produced for Oak Design.

Main image credit: Diego Ravier

Hotel Designs’ 30 Under 30: Winners announced

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Hotel Designs’ 30 Under 30: Winners announced

Hotel Designs’ unveiled the winners of its 30 Under 30 initiative at Meet Up London on March 28, 2019…

40 shortlisted 30 Under 30 finalists were among the more than 200 interior designers, architects, hoteliers and key-industry suppliers who gathered at Minotti London on March 28 for Meet Up London. The event, which was Hotel Designs’ first networking event of the year, witnessed the unveiling of Hotel Designs’ 30 Under 30.

Speaking at the event, editor Hamish Kilburn said: “I have to say, as a young design editor, I support this initiative with every fibre in my body. Throughout this whole process I have been so impressed to see such interesting in-house schemes in leading design and architecture firms in order to give credit to the rising stars of our industry. But I have been as impressed with individuals going it alone and really proving themselves to be creative geniuses.”

Below are the final winners who have been listed in alphabetical order.

Adam Crabtree
Studio: Chelsom Lighting

Role: Technical Engineer

Adam Crabtree works closely with the sales and projects team to develop solutions for all bespoke lighting enquiries. As a fundamental part of the Technical team Adam is involved in development of the project all the way from design concept stage to final product installation.

Projects:

  • Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park, London
  • Tottenham Hotspur Football Club
  • The Peninsula Hotel, London
  • Le Meridien, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
  • Great Scotland Yard
  • One Aldwych
  • Plan B
  • Puro Lodz
  • Six Senses, New York

Ali Bacon
Studio: The Gettys Group

Role: Senior Project Designer

Ali Bacon is a dynamic and talented designer who creates thoughtful, memorable places for The Gettys Group’s diverse hospitality clients. She brings more than a decade of experience designing for commercial clients, and her wide-ranging expertise in hospitality, retail, and multi-family residential applications can be found in projects throughout the country and beyond.

Projects:

  • The Blackstone, Autograph Collection, Chicago, IL
  • Hotel LeVeque, Autograph Collection, Columbus, OH
  • White House Napa Valley Inn, Napa Valley, CA
  • Hilton Portland Downtown, Portland, OR
  • Claridge House, Chicago, IL
  • World of Wine, Porto, Portugal
  • Hyatt Centric City Center, Sacramento, CA
  • Sheraton Ft. Worth, TX

Anya Gordon Clark
Dexter Moren Associates
Role: Interior Designer

The most important feature of Anya Gordon Clark’s personality as an interior designer is her desire to create non-banal spaces with a strong mark of her personality along with unstoppable wish to learn new and improve her existing skillset.

Projects:

  • Avon Gorge Hotel
  • Vintry & Mercier hotel

Catherine van der Heide
Studio: HASSELL
Role: Interior Designer

Catherine van der Heide puts a key focus on a project’s complexity to extract a meaningful and bespoke narrative. As an interior designer at HASSELL, Heide has collaborated on a diverse range of projects throughout the UK, South East Asia and Australia.

Charlotte Roe
Studio: WISH London
Role: Interior architect

Since joining WISH London last year, Charlotte Roe has become an invaluable team member who has contributed to the successful design of a variety of projects. Working primarily in the hospitality and commercial sectors, Roe has immersed herself in all aspects of interior design from concept to completion.

Charlotte’s passion for current trends and fine detail has shown through in a recently completed high end commercial project based in Windmill Street, Fitzrovia.

Projects:

  • The Nadler Hotel, Covent Garden

Daniela Anedda
Studio: M Studio London
Role: Interior Designer

Daniela Anedda gained a Bachelor degree in Architecture at the University of Cagliari, Italy, and then moved to London in 2016 to study Interior Design at KLC School of Design. During her course, she had the opportunity to work for the Lelievre showroom where she could deepen her knowledge about fabrics and schemes and have a first glance of the interior design world. With M Studio London she now works on high-end residential and commercial projects, following all stages of the design process.

Projects:

  • InterContinental, Porto

David Jelensky
Studio: M Studio London

Role: Interior Designer

David Jelensky moved to the UK in 2011 to enrich his abilities at University Campus Suffolk, studying Interior Architecture & Design. As an innovative designer, passionate about architecture and design, he is characterised by precision and exquisite attention to detail creating elegant technological designs representing purity, sophisticated use of materials, environmental responsibility. This has been captured through his successful design projects as he was rewarded by first class in Bachelor of Arts, Interior Architecture and Design. His skills has been enriched in London and Dubai working on high-end residential and hospitality projects.

Projects:

  • InterContinental, Porto

Gina Langridge
Studio: WATG
Role: Designer

Gina Langridge is an ambitious and passionate designer who utilises design as a tool to create exciting human experiences. She strives to design spaces that harmonise within the landscape setting, delivering the best possible design solution for both client and guest.

Langridge has experience working on a wide range of projects throughout the UK, Europe, Australasia, and the Middle East. She has a solid grounding in the design of tourism and hospitality facilities, and her involvement in hugely successful renovation projects has strengthened her construction experience.

WATG has a robust internal leadership programme, providing a voice and a platform for our young designers to flourish. As one of WATG’s brightest rising stars, Langridge has been selected to take part in the 2019 programme for her excellent communication skills, strong self-awareness and a passion for excellent design.

Langridge is a leader of tomorrow and has been successful in exceeding expectations at every turn.

“Gina is a talented and astute landscape architect. She has been involved in the design and delivery of some of our most memorable recent work, including refurbishments, which are extremely difficult to deliver,” said John Goldwyn, Vice President, Director of Planning & Landscape, WATG. “Gina demonstrates the perfect blend of skill in client focus and attention-to-detail that hospitality projects require.”

Gioia Corrada
Studio: M Studio London
Role: Interior Designer

Gioia Corrada gained her degree in Interior Design at IED in Milan and then a Master’s degree at Polytechnic of Milan. By the end of her studies, she had learnt how to manage projects, be a team player and to work to high standards with attention to detail. Gioia went on to work for a Design and Architecture studio in Milan which gave her the chance to work on a project for the Salone del Mobile in 2014. After moving to London, she joined M Studio in March 2018 to pursue a career in the world of Interior Design and get a first-hand insight into the world of high-end luxury design.

Harry Allnatt
Studio: Richmond International
Role: Interior Designer

Harry Allnatt, a product and furniture design graduate, joined Richmond in 2011 following a placement year in Milan as part of his degree, which resulted in steering his career direction towards interiors in the hotels and hospitality sector.

With a strong eye for detail, Harry enjoys challenging the norm to achieve sophisticated design solutions on many complex projects.

Allnatt has consistently shown creativity, responsibility and an unwavering level of commitment which has resulted in our recognition of his skills, rapidly progressing him to the position of Senior Designer.

Projects:

  • Langham Boston
  • Cosmopolitan Las Vegas
  • P&O Britannia
  • Four Seasons Hvar

Jen Lees
Studio: HBA London
Role: Interior Designer

Jen Lees found her passion for interiors whilst successfully completing her BA (Hons) in Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design degree from Leeds Arts University. Throughout her studying, Jen created a number of her own personal collections, aimed at the interior design sector, gaining a wide understanding of the importance of innovation and originality within design.

After exhibiting her degree show at New Designers 2016, she began her internship placement year at HBA London, working on a variety of global luxury projects. Now a Designer, with a strong focus on FF&E specifications, she applies her eye to detail and knowledge in material culture to create dynamic and fresh aesthetics to suit every client’s vision, whilst still pushing the boundaries of design to form a unique space.

Projects:

  • Amadria Park Capital Zagreb, Croatia
  • InterContinental Munich

Jodie Hatton
Studio: Brintons
Role: Designer

Jodie Hatton was one of the designers at Brintons behind the award-winning collaboration with design studio Timorous Beasties. Unlike most other carpet manufacturers, Brintons designs and develops all of its own looms and supplies carpet to both commercial and residential markets globally.

Projects:

  • Kimpton Fitzroy London
  • Holland Casino, Rotterdam
  • D&D London

Jordyn Dickson
Studio: The Gettys Group
Role: Designer

Designer Jordyn Dickson is a native of Chicago’s north suburbs. She draws interior design inspiration from trends in the world of fashion, and — as a talented musician herself — she spends most of the day plugged into artists like Kurt Vile to fuel her creativity.

Dickson holds a degree from the CIDA-accredited design program at Indiana University.

Projects:

  • Hampton Inn Public Area Prototype Refresh,
  • Hilton Worldwide
  • Hampton Inn Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • Holiday Inn Orlando – Disney Springs, FL
  • TownePlace Suites Colorado (5 locations)
  • Residence Inn Deerfield, IL
  • Fairfield Inn San Diego, CA

Josh Piddock
Studio: Project Orange
Role: Architect

Josh Piddock completed his RIBA Part 2 at Sheffield School of Architecture in 2015 and joined Project Orange later that summer having travelled India in between. He completed his Part 3 at the University of Bath and fully qualified as a RIBA chartered Architect in 2017.

Piddock is currently working on an exciting custom build project in Norfolk, amongst other early stage projects in the office, whilst outside office life most of Josh’s time is taken up in the renovation of his flat in Hackney and in entering architectural competitions with his self-confessed wacky ideas.

Projects:

  • My Fortune Guntur, India
  • The Park Hotel Bangalore
  • NHOW London
  • Room 2, Southampton.

Kate Jarrett
Studio: Scott Brownrigg
Role: Interior Designer

Kate Jarrett is a creative young designer who thrives in all elements of the design process, from initial concept to project management and site installation. Having joined Scott Brownrigg in 2016, she has excelled in winning the respect of every client she works with. Jarrett has worked closely with glh Hotels and Hard Rock in delivering the public areas for the exciting new hotel located in London’s Marble Arch. She has also been intrinsic in creating a fun, young and Instagram-able hot spot and destination 10th floor bar on the edge of Leicester Square. A key strength is Jarrett’s all-round ability to communicate extremely well with clients, design team, consultants and contractors, with an end goal to produce an exceptional and innovative final product.

Projects:

  • GLH Hotels
  • Hard Rock Hotel London

Kayleigh Jones
Studio: Brintons
Role: Designer

Kayleigh Jones joined Brintons in 2016 as the result of a close working relationship between the carpet manufacturer and Birmingham City University’s (BCU) School of Fashion and Textiles. Impressed by the originality and inspiring nature of her material concepts, the Brintons panel had no hesitation in awarding the prize to  Jones, a graduate of BA (Hons) Textile Design (Constructed Textiles), for her project ‘Puff, powder, Gloss – cosmetictactility’ which was influenced by the seductive materiality of cosmetics. Following this, Brintons decided to offer the young designer the opportunity of joining their busy design department.

Lauren McEwen
Studio: Goddard Littlefair
Role: FF&E Designer

Lauren McEwen began her career with a five-year stretch at David Collins Studio, establishing herself as an FF&E specialist, with standout schemes for luxury hospitality projects including the Delaire Graff Estate in South Africa and the award-winning Gleneagles Hotel. McEwen was also involved in the design of the public spaces at the prestigious Ritz-Carlton Residences, housed within Ole Scheeren’s Maha Nakhon tower in Bangkok, Thailand, one of the most architecturally significant developments in the region. The project won several major awards including the ‘Best Luxury Condo Development’ at the Thailand Property Awards.

McEwen joined Goddard Littlefair in 2018, which has also challenged her ability to design within budget, another constraint the studio believes makes designers become more creative.

A committed advocate of craft, McEwen regularly keeps up to date with the latest techniques, visiting workshops and factories to reinforce her understanding of how things are made.

Projects:

  • Delaire Graff Estate
  • Ritz-Carlton Residences, Bangkok
  • Gleneageles, Scotland
  • Hilton Vienna
  • Grosvenor Hotel, London

Lisa Liu
Studio: WATG
Role: Architect

Lisa Liu is a RIBA and ARB qualified architect, with a Master’s degree from London’s distinguished Bartlett School of Architecture. Born in China, raised in New Zealand and now living in the UK, Liu has a diverse understanding of culture and locale, which is showcased throughout her work.

Having worked on a variety of land-uses; mainly hospitality, residential, and commercial projects; throughout Europe, Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East, she’s contextual within her design process, bringing the local surroundings into the heart of the project. Lisa has been involved in the design and delivery of some of our most memorable recent work.

“Lisa is a very talented architect, with great design skills. She has designed some of our most outstanding hospitality projects, and has a great sensibility for context and local culture” Nic Jacobs, Vice President, WATG.

Her advanced technological skills have allowed her to become a leader in emerging digital programmes at WATG. She has been a trailblazer in the use of the innovative software, particularly Grasshopper, and is able to use these tools, alongside her impeccable design skills to create a fantastic project.

Liu is a natural leader and an incredible asset to WATG and the architectural profession. We look forward to watching this talented individual grow and flourish.

Mahesh Parekh
Studio: ARA Design
Role: Junior Designer

Mahesh Parekh’s culturally rich background and his travels back home in India have placed him in a strong position for a colourful career in design.

Working his way up the ladder from an intern at ARA Design to now being a junior designer, Mahesh has grown into a confident young creative member of the team who has proven his skills in a number of projects, one of which is Isrotel Hotels.

Marion Pierru
Studio: Wilson Associates
Role: Junior Designer

Marion Pierru is a Junior Designer at the Wilson Associates’ Paris office, leveraging nearly five years of professional experience in the architecture and design industry.

Prior to joining the Wilson Associates team, Pierru was with George Wong Design, where she worked with clients such as Hyatt’s Hotel Louvre in Paris. Having won the opportunity to be on the design team through a student design competition, the Hotel Louvre project sparked Marion’s passion for the hospitality industry and became the catalyst for the career that has followed in the years since. Marion has also worked on projects such as the renovation of Un Hotel Trait D’Union and Baton Rouge Pigalle in Paris.

At Wilson Associates, Pierru assists in all phases of a project’s design. With the approval of the project manager and design director, she prepares a preliminary budget and purchase estimate, secures product samples, and creates specification books and presentation boards. As a primary contact with the purchasing agent, Marion prepares FF&E specifications to adhere to the client’s budget and the overall design direction for the project. At Wilson Associates, Marion works with the design team in Paris on projects across the globe and locally, including the Hotel Scribe in Paris and a range of properties for luxury brands such as Park Hyatt, Carlton and Jumeirah.

Nicola Brook
Studio: Nicola Brook Design
Role: Director

With more than eight years’ experience in the superyacht interior design sector, Nicola Brook recently set up her own firm, a human-centred interior design and creative consultancy studio based in London. Nicola is looking to broaden the studio’s portfolio into hotel design, believing that this fast-paced sector has many close links to the superyacht market which shaped her creative vocabulary.

Omar Nakkash
Studio: Nakkash Design Studio
Role: Co-founder, Designer

Omar Nakkash launched NAKKASH Design Studio which specialises in contemporary designs and furniture sourcing as well as designing signature commercial spaces such as Nourish and Parlour Boutique. Nakkash, who is based in Dubai, made his debut as a solo product designer with Trinity, a sculptural table lamp, at the Beirut Design Fair 2018.

His ability to look past design for aesthetical purpose and more for functionality made him a strong candidate in Esquire 100, which is described as “a list of men and womden who have helped the publication become the voice of the modern man.”

Patrick McCrae
Studio: ARTIQ
Role: CEO

This year, Patrick McCrae celebrates the tenth anniversary of ARTIQ, the art consultancy he first launched in 2009 to bridge the gap between the art and business worlds and to promote fair pay for artists.

Today, ARTIQ is one of the UK’s leading art consultancy, working with an extensive client base throughout the EMEA to bring outstanding art and experiences to businesses and brands and to push barriers constantly in terms of what art can achieve and who it can reach and engage with.

Projects:

  • Gleneagles, Scotland
  • Sessions House
  • Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik
  • Mode Aparthotel Arc De Triomphe
  • The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square

Rebecca Quickfall
Studio: Diamond Interiors
Role: Interior Designer

Formally a designer at Jasper Sanders + Partners, Rebecca Quickfall is a burgeoning talent defined by energy and enthusiasm, as both studios will agree.

Quickfall was an integral part of helping bring Jasper Sanders + Partners’ projects to life. Her creative and thoughtful contribution to every project gives clients the confidence that the solutions are right for their business.

Designing for people and creating valuable experiences that are not just intelligent spaces, Quickfall thrive as part of a team and believe collaboration is essential to good design.

Rosalynn Youdan
Studio: Jestico + Whiles
Role: Designer

Immediately after graduating with a first-class honours degree from Falmouth Rosalynn Youdan joined Jestico + Whiles in 2014 and has since played a pivotal role on several unique hotel and hospitality projects across the globe.

Her wide experience at Jestico + Whiles also includes the award-winning micro-brewery and pub Shilling’s Brewing Co. in Glasgow, which graced the cover of FX magazine in 2018, and the latest venture for etc Venues at London’s historic County Hall.

With experience in cruise liner design Youdan was lead designer for areas of Iona, the first of the next generation of ships for P&O. The ship launching in 2020 is set to be the largest cruise ship to be built exclusively for the British cruise market, with capacity for 5,200 guests and more than five speciality restaurants

Projects:

  • InterContinental Hotel Tbilisi
  • Old Spitalfields Market
  • Ted & Muffy Boutique
  • Shillings Brewing Co.
  • London County Hall
  • Hard Rock Hotel Malta
  • Hard Rock Hotel Berlin
  • Project Gala Cruise Ship
  • W Hotel Edinburgh
  • Hotel Palace Lucerne Switzerland
  • Hotel Titlis Palace Engelberg
  • W Marrakesh

Sarah Murphy
Studio: Jestico + Whiles
Role: Architect

Sarah Murphy joined Jestico + Whiles in 2014 after graduating from the University of Manchester with a First-Class Honours degree in Architecture.

Throughout her time in the practice she has been studying to qualify as an Architect and is currently undertaking her Part III.

Her architectural design background has been reinforced through the wide range of hotel and hospitality projects in which she has played a key role. Murphy has formed invaluable connections with the extensive design team and with self-determination remains close to the project to ensure the final product is as faultless as it can be.

Murphy is currently leading design of key areas of the design of Titlis Palace Hotel, a beautiful grande dame hotel in a mountainous area of Engelberg, Switzerland,  nestled below the shadow of Mount Titlis.

Projects:

  • Paul Street Hotel, London
  • Odeon, Shaftesbury Avenue, London
  • Hard Rock Hotel Malta
  • Hard Rock Hotel Berlin
  • Hotel Palace Lucerne Switzerland
  • Hotel Titlis Palace Engelberg

Scarlett Supple
Studio: Soho House Design
Role: Senior Interior Designer

Scarlett Supple has now been working in the industry for seven years.

It was during her second year as an interior designer that led the design of the main farmhouse, 5 cabins and 2 of the main barns at Soho Farmhouse in Chipping Norton. She said of the project: “The architects and I worked closely to develop a design that was true to the existing features of the space and celebrated the local materials as well as designing bespoke furniture and lighting that made each area unique.”

Arguably, her largest achievement since joining Soho House Design in 2015 was leading the design of Soho House Mumbai. “My time was spent designing bespoke fabric, with inspiration taken from traditional Indian motifs and patterns, working with local craftsman developing bespoke furniture and lighting as well as working with external developers and suppliers to ensure a successful opening of our first Soho House in Asia,” she said.

Projects:

  • Soho House West Hollywood
  • Soho House Greek Street
  • Babbington House
  • Soho House Mumbai
  • Soho House Paris

Simona Mirón
Studio: Gensler
Role: Architect

Simona Mirón taps into her boundless creativity to design unique and contemporary hotel environments – providing design expertise on projects from concept through to completion – for some of the most challenging clients not just in the Europe but also in Saudi Arabia, Malta and North Africa among others. Mirón is currently leading on the design of a complex 5* Hotel in the Middle East that’s part of a $300 million redevelopment. Her responsibilities include providing design expertise, collaborating and coordinating with 11 consulting firms in order to develop solutions that embody her client’s vision and needs.

Her growth within the profession over the last few years has been a joy for her colleagues to observe. Tom Lindblom, Hospitality Leader and Principal at Gensler comments: “Simona has developed a very strong design language for hotel and hospitality design. She makes the very important connection between master planning and architecture to create holistic designs for our clients on projects in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. Her combination of clear design thinking, team spirit, amazing computer skills, and relentless work habits allows Gensler to continue to make innovative and successful projects. We look forward to great things for Simona.”

Achievements:

Leading the design of 5* Hotel that’s part of a $300 million redevelopment in the Middle East.

Winner of Europan 13, biennial competition for young architects under 40 years of age to design innovative urban design schemes across Europe, out of 1,862 entries across 15 countries for her Stavanger Project.

Winner of Gensler’s Design Excellent Award which celebrates the company’s most innovative projects.

Stephanie Riedl
Studio: B3 Designers
Role: Interior Architect

Stephanie Riedl’s career began in Stuttgart, Germany, where she gained her Bachelor of Arts in Interior and Architectural Design in 2016. During her studies Steph carried out a number of internships covering interior design, carpentry and residential design consultancy.

Riedll began working for Dittel Architects in Stuttgart after completing her studies and worked on a number of interior and branding projects. She then moved to G20 Architects where she freelanced and assisted in the design of a new build hotel.

Upon moving to London in June 2017, Steph joined B3 Designers; an award-winning interior design and branding studio specialising in restaurants, bars and hotels.

Most recently, Riedll also assisted with the design and attended the opening of the recently refurbished Champions Bar & Restaurant at the Marriott Hotel in Frankfurt.

Yosola Akinwumi
Studio: HBA London
Role: Junior Designer

From a young age Yosola Akinwumi has always been mesmerised and taken inspiration from the built environment she is surrounded by and her educational paths have guided her in the pursuit of her architecture dreams.

She studied Interior Architecture and Design at Nottingham Trent University, which gave her the opportunity to complete a year’s internship with HBA London. After completing her university degree, Akinwumi joined HBA London as a Junior Designer in 2016, fast expanding her skills in technical drawings and FF&E design. She continues to evolve in her design knowledge and flair, creating tailored design solutions. Since working with HBA London, she has been involved with projects in the Middle East, China, Maldives and Europe.

Projects:

  • Waldorf Astoria, Doha
  • Luxury Collection, Doha
  • Raffles Hotel and Residences Istanbul

The full gallery of Meet Up London, where the 30 Under 30s were unveiled in spectacular fashion, can be accessed here.

Duravit wins iF DESIGN AWARD for XSquare bathroom furniture range

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Duravit continues to confirm the success of its innovative bathroom products by winning an iF Design Award… 

Duravit was among the winners at this year’s iF DESIGN AWARD; the award went to the XSquare bathroom furniture series, created by Duravit in conjunction with the designer Kurt Merki Jr.

The XSquare furniture range is both impressive and striking, with contemporary, elegant style. The quadrant-shaped chrome profile which edges the furniture emphasizes its characteristic design. On the floor-standing model, the transition from the body of the furniture to the base is absolutely seamless.

The chrome profile accentuates the frame of both floor standing and wall hanging variants and continues around the corner radius of the washbasin, creating harmony and at the same time a distinctly unique touch. The vanity units, mirrors, and mirror-cabinet solutions from the range are also designed with the elegant chrome profile, enabling a luxurious washing area to be created.

Three new, special furniture finishes (Matt Light Blue, Matt Concrete Grey, and Satin-Matt Aubergine) plus the linen décor finish, complete the wide colour palette; there are 28 furniture finishes in décor matt or lacquer; satin-matt or high-gloss are also available.

Modern bathroom

Image credit: Duravit

The console panel is available in one of the cabinet colours or additionally in solid Natural Walnut which creates a variety of completely new and individual colour combinations for XSquare.

Two or even three colours can be used in combination with the lacquer finish, chrome profile and console panel creating new contrasts and high-class designs.

Handle-free fronts with push-to-open technology subtly highlight the elegant and inspiring overall design. The new furniture range has a striking effect, creating clearly structured features in the room.

For 65 years, the iF DESIGN AWARD has been a recognised trademark for outstanding design all over the world. The iF DESIGN AWARD is one of the most prestigious awards in the world. It is awarded once a year by the world’s oldest independent design institution, iF International Forum Design GmbH in Hanover. The 67-strong, independent, international expert jury selects the winners of the coveted quality seal from among 6,375 entries from 52 countries.

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SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED: Hotel Designs’ 30 under 30

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SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED: Hotel Designs’ 30 under 30

Hundreds of entries have been whittled down to just 40 talented designers and architects under 30… 

Following its search to find the industry’s next rising stars, Hotel Designs has announced the shortlist of its 2019 30 Under 30 initiative…

Nominations, which closed on February 15, came in from many leading design firms such as HBA London, The Gettys Group, WATG, Richmond International, Gensler and many more.

Further to being recognised as rising stars on the international hotel design scene, the shortlisted finalists will also be invited, courtesy of Hotel Designs, to Meet Up London to network among a sea of other leading leading names in the industry.

“Our aim for the 30 Under 30 initiative is really to bridge the age gap between designers, hoteliers, architects and key industry suppliers,” said Katy Phillips, publisher of Hotel Designs. “Our events are often attended by directors and principals of studios, but we would like to extend the invitation now to include the young talented individuals who are shaping the future of our industry.”

The shortlisted finalists are:

Adam Charlap Hyman – Charlap Hyman & Herrero

Adam  Crabtree – Chelsom

Alaa Mohamed – Pallavi Dean Interiors

Ali Bacon – The Gettys Group

Amber Peters – Bluehaus

Andre Herrero – Charlap Hyman & Herrero

Anya Gordon Clark – Dexter Moren Associates

Beatrice Fischel-Bock – Hutch

Catherine van der Heide – HASSELL

Charlotte Roe – WISH London

Daniela Anedda – M Studio London

David Jelensky – M Studio London

Gina Langridge – WATG

Gioia Corrada – M Studio London

Harry Allnatt – Richmond International

Jen Lees – HBA London

Jodie Hatton – Brintons

Jordyn Dickson – The Gettys Group

Josh Piddock – Project Orange

Karolina Samuilaite – Modus

Kate Jarrett – Scott Brownrigg

Kay Jones – Brintons

Lauren McEwen – Goddard Littlefair

Lily Kwong – Studio Lily Kwong

Lisa Liu  – WATG

Mahesh Parekh – ARA Design

Marion Pierru – Wilson Associates

Natasha Ahmed – Lulie Fisher Design Studio

Nicola Brook – Nicola Brook Design

Omar Nakkash – Nakkash Design Studio

Patrick McCrae – ARTIQ

Rasha All-Tekreeti – MMAC Design

Rebecca Quickfall – Jasper Sanders + Partners

Reem Moussalli – Dress The Space F.Z.E

Rosalynn Youdan – Jestico + Whiles

Sarah Murphy – Jestico + Whiles

Scarlett Supple – Soho House Design

Simona Miron – Gensler

Stephanie Riedl – B3 Designers

Yasmin Farahmandy – Gensler

Yosola Akinwumi – HBA London

About Meet Up London

More than 200 hospitality professionals are expected to attend Hotel Designs’ highly anticipated networking event, Meet Up London.

Following the success of previous networking events, such as The Brit list 2018 and Meet Up North, Hotel Designs’ Meet Up London will adopt the theme of 30 under 30. The leading hotel design website has asked its readers to nominate designers, architects and hoteliers of the age of 30 and under who are fast climbing the ranks to become leading practitioners.

The event, which is being styled exclusively by Minotti London, will provide a unique opportunity to network over drinks and canapés with the largest names in hospitality, interior design and architecture.

Address: 77 Margaret St, Fitzrovia, London, W1W 8SY
Time: 6pm – 9pm

For more information about becoming a Hotel Designs Meet Up sponsor, contact Zoe Guerrier on 01992 374059 or email z.guerrier@forumevents.co.uk.

To purchase your tickets to Meet Up London, click here.

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Top stories of the week: futuristic hotel reviews, amazing architecture and rounding up MAISON&OBJET

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In the same week that the Surface Design Show opened in London and Dubai welcomes a new stylish neighbour (W Dubai – The Palm), Hotel Designs asked the former presenter of The Gadget Show, Jason Bradbury, to review a hotel 30 years in the future. Here are the top five stories of the week, as selected by editor Hamish Kilburn… 

This week, we published a story announcing yet another Hotel Designs’ traffic record. With January 2019’s readership peaking at more than 67,000 readers, the website has never been more popular internationally among designers, architects, hoteliers and industry suppliers. For that reason, this week has felt like a mini milestone on the editorial desk. Adding to that warm and fuzzy feeling, is our exclusive hotel review with Jason Bradbury, the former presenter of The Gadget Show. Equipped with a camera and the latest technology products, Bradbury spent the night in Eccleston Square Hotel in London future-gazing, as he reviewed the hotel in a unique format – 30 years in the future. Following on from MAISON&OBJET last month, the Surface Design Show, of which we are a media partner for, opened its doors at the Business Design Centre to a flood of new and exciting surface companies exhibiting its latest products. Ahead of that review going live, here are what I consider to be the top five stories of the week.

1) Jason Bradbury reviews Eccleston Square Hotel, London

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Healing heating, holographic entertainment and a toilet that tells you your food printer what snacks to make, technology expert and futurist Jason Bradbury spent a night future gazing in the technologically enhanced 19th Century luxury of Eccleston Square Hotel, London.

> Click here to read the full review

2) Editor’s round-up of MAISON&OBJET Paris and Deco Off 2019

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The streets of Paris at any time of the year ooze chic style, sophistication and a certain ‘je-ne sais quoi’. During January, though, it is a bustling haven for designers seeking inspiration on emerging trends, new pieces and exhaustive conversations. Between both Deco Off, which in my eyes is Paris’ answer to Clerkenwell Design Week, and MAISON&OBJET, an ocean of exciting products displayed from a plethora of exhibitors, Paris in January is quite simply unlike anywhere else on the design globe.

> Click here to read the round-up

3) W Hotels arrives on The Palm, Dubai

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“The desert just got hotter,” is how W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International Inc., announced the opening of W Dubai – The Palm, located on the Palm Jumeirah, the largest man-made island in the world and one of Dubai’s most iconic attractions.

> Click here to read the story

4) Deadline for 30 Under 30 applications announced

With less than two weeks before the deadline, time is running out for interior designers, architects and hoteliers to submit their entries for the 30 Under 30 list that will be unveiled at Meet Up London: 30 Under 30.

> Click here to apply/nominate

5) 5 awe-inspiring hotel architecture projects currently on the boards

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

> Click here to read the story

Main image credit/caption: Torno Subito at W Dubai – The Palm

Maggie’s St Barts awarded Supreme Winner at Surface Design Awards 2019

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13 awards were presented to the winners of Surface Design Awards 2019… 

The winners of the 2019 Surface Design Awards have been announced, hailing the best and most impressive use of materials in, and on, architectural projects from around the globe.

The beautiful new Maggie’s Centre Barts, London has been declared the Supreme Winner, capturing the judge’s hearts and minds. A beacon of design in the charity sector, the building by Steven Holl Architects’ was shortlisted in the Public Building Exterior category, gaining acclaim from the judges, including Christophe Egret, who stated “You really feel that a person dealing with cancer might feel elevated in this space.”

Across 13 categories entrants to the Awards comprised a who’s-who in architecture and design from around the world. Zaha Hadid Architects, Steven Holl Architects, Studio Egret West and Chris Dyson Architects from the UK, Rockwell Group from the USA, and Kengo Kuma & Associates from Japan were among the shortlist.

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The Surface Design Awards, announced at the annual Surface Design Show, recognise and celebrate the best use of innovative surface materials in architecture and design internationally.

Launched five years ago, the Awards have grown year-on-year to become one of the most respected accolades in the design awards realm. The 2019 shortlist consisted of an impressive 43 projects from 9 countries, each entry an exemplary example of creative and innovative use of materials and lighting in both interior and exterior schemes. Some projects won nominations across several categories, resulting in 48 finalists.

The 2019 judging panel was co-chaired by Christophe Egret, Founding Partner at Studio Egret West, and Paul Priestman, Chairman at PriestmanGoode. The full panel comprised Cany Ash, Partner at Ash Sakula Architects; James Soane, Director at Project Orange architecture & interior design; Jeremy Offer, Chief Creative Officer at future-focused vehicle designers Arrival; Katie Greenyer, Creative Talent & Network Director at Pentland Group; Paul Edwards, Head of Creative Design at Airbus and Roz Barr, Director of Roz Barr Architects.

The Surface Design Awards 2019 winners in full:

Award: Retail Interior
Project: Aesop flagship store
Designer: Snohetta

Award: Retail Exterior
Project: Lava Stone Shopfront
Designer: STAC Architecture

Award: Public Building Interior
Project: Writ in Water
Studio Octopi with Mark Wallinger

Award: Public Building Exterior
Project: Maggie’s Centre St Barts
Studio: Steven Holl Architects

Award: Commercial Interior
Project: The Veil
Studio: Giles Miller Studio & Orms

Award: Commercial Exterior
Project: Morpheus Hotel
Studio: Zaha Hadid Architects/ Isometrix Lighting Design

Award: Temporary Structure
Project: TED Theatre
Rockwell Group

Award: Sustainable Interior
Project: SGS Berkeley Green
Studio: Hewitt Studios

Award: Sustainable Exterior
Project: Cultural Village
Studio: Kengo Kuma & Associates

Award: Light & Surface Interior
Project: Gymbox Mopheus Hotel Atrium
Studio: Zaha Hadid Archtiects/ Lightivity Lighting Design/ Isometrix Lighting Design

Award: Light & Surface Exterior
Project: Black Prince Road Story Wall
Studio: Michael Grubb Studio/ AF Lighting

Award: Housing Interior
Project: Powis Cloud
Studio: Lily Jencks Studio

Award: Housing Exterior
Project: Fajal House
Studio: Mole Architects

Main image credit: Surface Design Show Awards/Maggie’s Centre St Barts/Steven Holl Architects

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

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 25 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

Ben Adams – Ben Adams Architects

Established in 2010, Ben Adams Architects has quickly developed a reputation for elegant, contextual architecture balancing function with an appropriate degree of innovation and flair. Its portfolio demonstrates an ability to design buildings that fulfi ll clients’ immediate needs, but which also provides enough fl exibility to meet changing requirements in the future.

Ben Adams, the founding director, has a particular expertise in the intelligent refurbishment of existing buildings, delivering projects which are contemporary yet respectful of their site, surroundings and historic conditions. The company diagnose the existing strengths and weaknesses of a building to fully unlock its potential, rationalising circulation, entrances or social spaces to add experiential and commercial value.

Caroline Smith – WISH London

Caroline Smith has been working in professional practice for more than 30 years, a decade of which she spent working with Fox Linton Associates. In 2009 she set up WISH London with the backing of specialist multidisciplinary surveying and design consultancy, GIA.

Over the course of her career, Smith has designed architectural interiors for many private clients, hoteliers and luxury brands, as well as some of the main commercial developers in the UK. WISH recently provided the concept scheme and narrative for a 223-key design hotel in Eastern Europe.

David Archer – Archer Humphyres Architects (winner of Inspiration in Design – Architect of the Year award)

Archer Humphyres were presented with the Inspiration in Design – Architect of the Year award on the night of The Brit List 2018 for 15 years’ experience, working with clients such as Great Northern Hotel, LaLiT London and The Gainsborough Bath and Spa. The practice was praised by the judging panel for its way of designing hotels with a strong focus on the people who would use the spaces.

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.

Geoff Hull – EPR Architects

Geoff Hull has more than 30 years’ experience specialising in hotels and hospitality including new builds, conversions, refurbishments, restoration and heritage schemes in listed buildings for budget, boutique and luxury brands.

Hull was responsible for the multi award-winning Rosewood London along with Hotel Russell and The Waldorf Hotel.

Gordon Ferrier – 3D Reid

As Head of Hotels for 3D Reid, Gordon Ferrier brings with him more than 30 years’ hospitality experience on a wide range of hotel projects, covering both new-builds, refurbishments and conversions.

Projects that Ferrier has led include Gleneagles, The Principal Manchester, Three Quays London and Cameron House Hotel.

The Brit List 2018 – hotelier 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 25 winning hoteliers 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 hoteliers

Barney Cunliffe – The Gilpin 

Barney Cunliffe is the Managing Director of the truly family run The Gilpin. At the heart of the hotel is a very passionate family and team, dedicated to creating lasting memories for guests who return time and again for romance, celebrations and escapes.

For Cunliffe and his team, hospitality starts with a very warm welcome and ends with a friendly goodbye, with extraordinary service, exquisite décor and stunning culinary experiences in between.

Brian Benson – The Gainsborough

Brian Benson’s genuine charm and warmth, which echoes throughout The Gainsborough, makes him a truly exceptional hotelier in Britain today.

The hotel, which was reviewed by Hotel Designs, was opened in 2015 with interiors by celebrated designer Alexandra Champalimaud. It prides itself as Bath’s most exclusive hotel as it is the only hotel spa in the city that taps into the natural heated thermal springs.

Conor O’Leary – Gleneagles (Winner, Inspiration in Design – Hotelier of the Year)

Conor O’Leary, who brings more than 20 years’ experience to his role, first joined Gleneagles in November 2016 when he took up the position of Hotel Manager, with chief responsibility for all food and beverage operations across the hotel and estate.

Since then, he has exceeded in his mission to enhance the reputation of Perthshire and to position Gleneagles as Scotland’s luxury playground with a number of pursuits, activities and opportunities outside a typical hotel. The most recent addition to the hotel is Ochil House, featured as part of a review by Hotel Designs as an exceptional add-on meeting area designed by Ennismore’s design team, led by Charlie North.

David Morgan-Hewitt – The Goring

The charismatic Managing Director is as much of an institution as the hotel itself, having been with The Goring since 1990. In his 25 years at the hotel, he has overseen some of its greatest and exciting periods of transformation.

This year, Morgan-Hewitt was named Top General Manager of the Year Worldwide by Luxury Travel Advisor. In addition to leading the hotel
forward, he also sits on the Executive Committee of the Master Innholders and is an Honorary Catering Advisor to the Army.

Debrah Dhugga – Dukes Hotel London

Whilst the hotel’s interiors boast a home-away-from-home feel, it is DUKES LONDON’s impeccable service which truly makes it one of the best boutique hotels in London. Debrah Dhugga, Managing Director of DUKES COLLECTION, ensures that each team member offers a five-star guest experience, helping to create lasting memories throughout the stay within an iconic, yet chic environment. The Mission Statement for DUKES LONDON’s team is: “A hidden gem where we create personalised experiences with passion. It is somewhere rather special”.

The intimate and exclusive hotel has been welcoming guests for 110 years and features 90 rooms, including 11 suites and one Penthouse Suite. DUKES LONDON boasts a Drawing Room and Conservatory, the signature restaurant GBR, the renowned DUKES Bar, a gym and health club, a Cognac & Cigar Garden, as well as three well-appointed meeting rooms and elegant wedding facilities. Dhugga is, as far as we could find, the only female hotel Managing Director in London.

Students from Peru Receive “Water Research Prize” at the World Architecture Festival

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GROHE and the World Architecture Festival (WAF) awarded the winner of the International Water Research Prize in Amsterdam, the Netherlands…

Hotel Designs Recommedned Supplier GROHE and World Architectural Festival presented the Water Research Prize to Benen Desmaison who accepted the accolade on behalf of her students of the Pontificia Catholic University of Peru (PCUP). She received the prize money of £10,000, sponsored by WAF and founder partner GROHE. The presentation of the prize took place at the three-day festival’s kick-off.

GROHE and WAF awarded the prize to a small-community water management system in the Amazon Rainforest. The area has the world’s highest precipitation rate per year, yet just under a third of its population has access to water. The PCUP team has developed a solution that collects, stores and processes rainwater using pipes. The project won against twelve competitors. The finalists on the competition’s shortlist were selected out of a total of 60 submissions.

Work on the production of a rainwater storage system continues

Commenting on the win, Desmaison said: “We are very grateful for this award as it will allow us and the communities in the Amazon Rainforest that work with us to continue to explore alternatives for the provision of water to peri-urban and rural areas. We aim to use this opportunity to work on the production of a rainwater storage system made using local materials and knowledge that can be easily integrated with traditional architectural typologies.”

“First, when we were identifying projects with water scarcity issues, I could not imagine that the Peruvian Amazon would place on the shortlist,” said Michael Seum, Vice President Design at GROHE. “However, this carefully considered project highlights that less than a third of the population has access to water and the proposal of a communal water management system integrating pre-existing water networks sounds like a pragmatic and innovative solution. We are proud to present the £10,000 prize money for this research project.”

The Water Research Prize, which GROHE and WAF use to support the PCUP team’s existing research, is based on the WAF Manifesto published last year. It describes the most important challenges for architects within the next ten years. Proper handling of water is a top priority. Other categories include topics such as the ageing of society and health, climate, energy and carbon, ethics and values, power and justice, smart cities, building technologies, recycling and virtual worlds.

“At GROHE, we want to contribute to a better understanding of how water relates to its built environment. As such, we’re more than happy to support an architectural award that honours relevant research initiatives,” said Christopher Barger, Senior Vice President of Global Projects at GROHE. “I would like to thank the students of PCUP for bringing this specific water-related issue in the Amazon Rainforest to our attention. In addition, I want to congratulate them on the innovative solution that they have developed for this problem.”

In addition to other Manifesto-related awards, the WAF also honours numerous architecture awards. In 2018, a total of more than 500 projects from over 50 countries have been shortlisted for awards in more than 30 categories. During the three-day event the finalists present live to the panel of international jury across three days of live judging. As in the past year, GROHE sponsors the “World Building of the Year Award”, which will be presented on 30th November. In addition, GROHE supports the awards in the categories “Hotel and Leisure” and “Housing and Residential”.

 

Duravit sweeps the board at the German Design Awards winning four awards

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Duravit stands out at the 2018 German Design Awards with a Special Mention for the new Brioso bathroom furniture range and three “Winner” accolades for the XSquare, Shower+Bath and DuraSystem series…

Recommended Supplier Duravit has come away from the 2018 German Design Awards with a total of four awards and new titles, as the panel of judges recognise key products in the brand’s portfolio.

The Special Mention recognises works with designs demonstrating particularly successful details or solutions. This award honours the commitment of companies and designers.

Brioso by Duravit received the Special Mention award. With “Brioso”, Duravit and designer Christian Werner have created a range of furniture that represents relaxation, freshness and “joie de vivre” for contemporary bathroom interiors. Its distinctive features include a precise, finely nuanced geometry produced by slender cabinet frames that form the edge of the furniture, mirrors, and mirror cabinets.

The prestigious German Design Award 2019’s goal is to “discover, present, and honour unique trends in design.”

XSquare – Winner
Duravit’s XSquare was another winner of the evening. The furniture ranged was designed with Kurt Merki Jr. to match the style of the DuraSquare washbasins. The quadrant-shaped chrome profile which edges the furniture emphasises the striking design. While on the floor-standing model, the transition to the base is absolutely seamless, the chrome profile accentuates the frame of both variants.

Shower + Bath – Winner
The ingenious Shower+Bath, which unites a contemporary idea with creative use of space: the design by EOOS features a walk-in shower and bathtub in one, was the third winner of the evening. The integrated glass door turns the bathtub quickly and easily into an open shower with straightforward access.

Duravit has already received ten awards in 2018.

DuraSystem® – Winner
With the DuraSystem installation frames, Duravit offers an entire range of bathroom fittings, in front of and behind the wall, from a single source. The electronic “A2” sensor plate in white glass permits contact-free operation.

The German Design Award is a premium international prize given by the Rat für Formgebung (Council for Design). Each year high-calibre submissions in product and communication design are recognised, each in its own way a pioneer in the international design landscape.

Duravit has already received ten awards in 2018 including the IF Award, the Red Dot Award and now the German Design Award 2019 as well as more than 170 international design awards since the start of the 1990s.

Duravit is one of our recommended suppliers. To keep up to date with their news, click here. And, if you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, click here.

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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: Days to go

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There are now just four days left for interior designers, hoteliers, architects and key-industry suppliers to claim their tickets to one of the most anticipated hotel design awards events of the year… 

With just four days until The Brit List 2018 is unveiled – and the winners of the six newly launched events are announced – time for designers, hoteliers, architects and key-industry suppliers to purchase their tickets to meet up with Britain’s leading influencers in international hotel design is running out.

Hamilton Litestat is confirmed to switch on The Brit List 2018 to unveil the top 75 interior designers, hoteliers and architects operating in Britain today. Following this, the winners of The Brit List’s newly launched awards will also be crowned. The categories are:

  • Inspiration in Design – Interior Designer of the Year (Award Sponsor: Tarkett Flooring)
  • Inspiration in Design – Hotelier of the Year
  • Inspiration in Design – Architect of the Year
  • Inspiration in Design – Innovative use of Technology (Award Sponsor: DLAppTapp)
  • The Eco Award
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Hotel Industry

Studio directors, managing directors and general managers from companies such as HBA LondonGA DesignRPW DesignWATGGoddard LittlefairEPR ArchitectsBespoke HotelsGleneaglesRosewood Hotels and Hotel Gotham are all among those who have confirmed their attendance at The Brit List 2018.

The Past President of the British Institute Interior Design (BIID) and co-founder of Leon Black Architecture and Interior Design, Charles Leon, will speak on Britain’s position in international hotel design and hospitality post-Brexit. Leon, who was one of the five judges for The Brit List 2018 and the awards, said ahead of the awards: “I am delighted to have been asked to speak at The Brit List 2018. Two of the UK’s major contributions to why Britain holds its place as a major international hub has always been its quirky education system and its ability to send out into the world innovative thinkers, not just in design and the arts, but in science, technology and research too. If we don’t teach people how to think, rather than what to think, our future is doomed – and I am excited to speak about this and the future of British hotel design and architecture on the night.”

In addition to Leon’s speakership, guests will also enjoy a talk by lighting expert to the stars, Moritz Waldemeyer. The experimental lighting expert, who exhibited a tactile personalised lighting display at London Design Festival this year, will speak to the audience on how hotel lighting has changed in recent years how lighting technology is allowing for more creative interiors.

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, and The Brit List 2018 winners unveiled
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

Directions to BEAT London:

Address: 48 Margaret St, Marylebone, London W1W 8SE
Nearest tube station: Oxford Circus

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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The Brit List 2018 Innovation In Technology Award Sponsor: DLAppTap

THE BRIT LIST 2018: One week to go

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In seven days time, the UK’s leading designers, hoteliers and architects will gather at BEAT London for what is being dubbed the ‘after-party of Show Season 2018 for a networking event like no other…

With just seven days until The Brit List 2018 is unveiled and the winners of the six newly launched events are announced, time for designers, hoteliers, architects and key-industry suppliers to purchase their tickets to meet up with the UK’s leading influencers in international hotel design is running out.

Studio directors, managing directors and general managers from companies such as HBA LondonGA DesignRPW DesignWATGGoddard Littlefair, EPR ArchitectsBespoke Hotels, Gleneagles, Rosewood Hotels and Hotel Gotham are all among those who have confirmed their attendance at The Brit List 2018.

With highlights of the evening including headline speaker, Charles Leon from Leon Black Interior Architecture discussing Britain’s position in international hotel design and hospitality post-Brexit, the networking event will conclude this year’s insightful show season and will give delegates and suppliers the opportunity to discuss the highlights of hotel design in 2018.

How to attend

The last remaining tickets available can be purchased by clicking here.

If you would like to talk about sponsorship opportunities, or to request the latest attendee list, 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

Directions to BEAT London:

Address: 48 Margaret St, Marylebone, London W1W 8SE
Nearest tube station: Oxford Circus

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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The Brit List 2018 Innovation In Technology Award Sponsor: DLAppTap

New award sponsor announced for The Brit List 2018

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Hotel Designs welcomes flooring manufacturer Tarkett as an award sponsor to the Brit List 2018, which takes place on November 22 at BEAT London…

As the industry prepares to celebrate the leading British influencers in hotels, interior design and architecture, Hotel Designs is proud to welcome the flooring experts Tarkett, which will sponsor the Inspiration in Design – Interior Designer of the Year award.

“Tarkett has over 130 years of experience in the flooring industry – with an impressive range of multi-purpose flooring options to suit any hospitality space. In the hospitality sector, it’s all about designing for a memorable experience. Tarkett believes that floors are the ideal playground on which to deliver this, by creating a truly experiential space for visitors. Designers can personalise both Tarkett’s LVT and DESSO carpet flooring ranges, to strengthen brand positioning and enhance customer experience, ultimately attracting and retaining guests and customers. We are delighted to partner with Hotel Designs at this prestigious event,” said Mark Burton, National Sales Manager for Retail and Hospitality at Tarkett.”


The Brit List itself is gathering momentum and tickets are selling fast – so far, attendees include the likes of EPR Architects, InterContinental Hotels Group, RPW Design, Richmond International, Rosewood Hotels, Hotel Gotham, Gensler, Gleneagles, Bespoke Hotels, Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, Tate Harmer, Dexter Moren Associates, Principal Hotels and Hirsch Bedner Associates plus many, many more.

How to attend this year’s Brit List and join the elite!

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

If you are a buyer 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 Katy Phillips on +44(0)1992 374050

Designers, hoteliers and architects reflect on what Brit List means to them

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As the 2018 Brit List award ceremony fast approaches, Hotel Designs caught up with last year’s winners in order to investigate just how important it is to recognise Britain’s best interior designers, hoteliers and architects…

Last year, Hotel Designs brought you the inaugural Brit List, a nationwide search for the top 25 interior designers and top 25 hoteliers in Britain. The task to find Britain’s best took our editorial team and judges on a journey to find hidden gems in somewhat unexpected corners of the UK while also allowed the team to meet the world-class talent that is keeping Britain’s hotel design industry alive and ahead of the curve.

“Firstly, this year’s list will be 25 names longer, as the team behind The Brit List have included architects in the mix in order to complete the triangle.”

Taking place on November 22 at BEAT London, this year, the Brit List, which this year welcomes the British Institute of Interior Design as an industry partner, is back with a bang with added sparkle. Firstly, this year’s list will be 25 names longer to bring the total to 75 leaders and visionaries, as the team behind The Brit List have included architects in the mix in order to complete the triangle. With the aim to recognise the most exceptional designs that have helped to keep Britain the international design hub it is today, The Brit List this year will also award six individual awards, which are as follows:

  • 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

With Britain being known as a congested island full of hotel designs talent, we went behind the scenes to find out what the Brit List means for some of our previous winners:

“Inclusion on the 2017 Brit List was a tremendous honour for myself, as well as a powerful recognition of the hard work of my colleagues, and each of the teams at Bespoke properties across the country,” said Robin Sheppard who is the Chairman of Bespoke Hotels. “It is an accolade that recognises not only commercial influence, but the wider design-led and holistic impact an individual has made within our industry.” Sheppard, who in the last few years launched the Bespoke Access Awards in order to support design catering for all guests, was a worthy winner for his dedication to the hotel industry as a whole.

“Being nominated for the Brit List is the highest accolade.”

Since winning in last year’s Interior Designer category, Dexter Moren from Dexter Moren Associates has unveiled a number of cutting-edge new hotel projects. “Dexter Moren Associates finds that the high level to which British Design is revered internationally is a great marketing tool for our practice, both in the UK and abroad, and being nominated for the Brit List is the highest accolade.”

RPW Design’s Managing Director, Ariane Steinbeck was also included in last year’s list for . “As a leading hospitality interior design practice, we are always thrilled to be associated with The Brit List, which provides British designers, hoteliers and architects with a fantastic opportunity to be recognised as exceptional within their field,” said Steinbeck. “This year marks our 30th anniversary as a creative and unique tour de force on the London design scene and our passion for quality, chic and function continues to be at the forefront of our identity and throughout our portfolio of global projects. This year, we completed the creation of The Capital Suite at the InterContinental London Park Lane, are under construction with projects in Hungary, Bulgaria, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Malta and soon, Bahrain and hopefully a floating project very soon.  We look forward to seeing the nominations this year and wish all practices the best of luck.”

How to attend this year’s Brit List

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

BRIT LIST 2018 Industry partner: British Institute of Interior Design

 

Surface Design Awards returns for 2019 with a star panel of judges

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The Surface Design Awards recognise the best use of innovative surface materials in architecture and design internationally. Entries to the awards close on 28 September.

The awards ceremony takes place on the 7 February at the annual Surface Design Show, the UK’s only trade event dedicated to interior and exterior surface materials. Visitors from the architecture and design community discover thousands of surface solutions that range from traditional hand-made products to entirely new, smart materials and the best in sustainable surfaces.

Since its launch in 2013 the Surface Design Awards have grown in stature and are recognised as one of the most respected events in the design calendar. The awards generate more than 100 entries from countries including America, China, Italy, India and Portugal. There are 13 awards that recognise exterior and interior surfaces for different sectors of design, including commercial, housing, light and surface, public building, retail, sustainable, and temporary structure.

“It is a testament to the increasing profile of the Surface Designs Awards that we are able to call upon the expertise of such a prestigious line-up of judges,” said Christopher Newton, Director of Surface Design Show. “I’m very excited to see the entries for 2019.”

The judging panel of high-profile industry professionals including architects, interior designers and brand experts will take a view of each entry and award the winners based on the particular use of materials, the type and finish of surface and the overall look and feel of the aesthetic design.

The 2019 panel:

Christophe Egret, Studio Egret West

Paul Priestman, Priestman Goode

Paul Edwards, Airbus

Katie Greenyer, Pentland Group

Jeremy Offer, Arrival

James Soane, Project Orange

Cany Ash, Ash Sakula Architects

Roz Barr, Roz Barr Architects

In 2018 the awards generated a multitude of entries from dozens of countries. The winner of the Supreme Award was the Portuguese entry The Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon, by AL_A. The project was praised for its use of traditional craft for the ceramic façade which is made up of almost 15,000 three-dimensional crackle glazed tiles.

Main image caption: 2018 Supreme Winner: Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) by AL_A

Brit List: Less than two weeks in order to claim your early bird tickets

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There are less than two weeks to go in order to claim your early bird tickets to this year’s Hotel Designs Brit List…

Calling all British interior designers, architects, hoteliers and key-industry suppliers, early bird tickets for this year’s Brit List are only available until September 16.

The Brit List ceremony, which will take place on November 22 at BEAT London, 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.

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)

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.

Brit List early bird offer: Less than three weeks to go

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The early bird ticket offer to attend this year’s Brit List ends on the September 16…

There’s less than three weeks to go in order to secure your early bird tickets to this year’s Brit List ceremony, which will take place at BEAT London on November 22.

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 25 British designers, hoteliers and architects) but also the winners of the six new awards up for grabs.

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)

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, click here.

 

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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Hotel Designs launches six new awards for HD Brit List 2018

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Hotel Designs Brit List 2018 returns on November 22 at BEAT in London…

Following much anticipation in the industry after launching last year, Hotel Designs Brit List will return in 2018 with an evolved concept that will further amplify the best hotel design influencers in Britain. This year, as well as celebrating the Top 25 of the most influential hoteliers and the top 25 of the most inspirational interior designers, The Hotel Designs Brit List will also launch six coveted awards that are up for grabs.

The awards, judged by independent judges, that will be handed out on the night include:

  • 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
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Hotel Industry
  • The Eco Award

On November 22, designers, architects, hoteliers and suppliers will gather at BEAT to witness the winners of the six new awards being announced. “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 editor of Hotel Designs Hamish Kilburn. “The winners of these awards will be further examples of how the UK continues to be a strong presence in international hotel design.”

To register your interest, contact Phoebe Kasapi on 01992 374059 or via email by clicking here.

Instructions on how to nominate will be unveiled soon.

Conrad London St. James

Conrad London St. James named winner at the 2017 World Luxury Hotel Awards

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Conrad London St. James is delighted to announce it has won three accolades at the prestigious World Luxury Hotel Awards. The award ceremony took place in St Moritz, Switzerland on 2nd December, and saw participants from more than 50 countries come together to celebrate the luxury hospitality industry.

The World Luxury Hotel Awards recognises elite hotels and resorts in over 60 categories on a country, regional, continent and global basis. This year the awards celebrated its 11thanniversary in awarding the world’s finest hotels for their high-end offerings and exceptional service delivery.

Conrad London St. James was announced as the UK winner in the Luxury Contemporary Hotel category and in addition, the hotel was awarded the regional winner in the Luxury City Hotel and Luxury Art Hotel categories for London. All the winners are determined by a public voting system during a six-week process and Conrad London St. James received over 300,000 votes from international travellers.

Beverly Payne, General Manager at Conrad London St. James said: “We’re thrilled to have won several awards at World Luxury Hotel Awards this year. Recognised as the best luxury contemporary hotel in the whole of the UK is a real honour. We are also delighted with our London awards, as we know the competition is always so steep. We often refer to the hotel as a living art gallery so we are particularly happy to receive the award for luxury art hotel, as our collection is something we are very proud of. Similarly to have won the luxury city hotel category, for London, is really exciting as it reflects the work and dedication from the whole team to create a memorable and luxury experience for guests.’

Anton Perold, Managing Director for the World Luxury Hotel Awards said: “We wish to congratulate all our winners for the 2017 award year, who through their tireless efforts and unbounded passion to satisfy their guests needs, have received this honour. True luxury is no small feat, it takes a team of highly dedicated staff willing to go the extra mile and stop at nothing to ensure that no request goes unanswered. This is the definition of luxury, this is what defines a World Luxury Hotel Awards winner.”

With a prime London location on the doorstep of Westminster, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, Conrad London St James is perfectly placed in the heart of the city and a smart choice for the modern-day traveller. Representing the best of iconic London, the hotel offers sleek interiors, state-of-the-art facilities and legendary hospitality.

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Luv collection by Duravit wins at DKB Awards 2017

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On Wednesday 22nd November, Duravit, a leading international manufacturer of designer bathrooms, was invited to attend the 15th Annual 2017 Designer and Kitchen and Bathroom Awards.

Held at The Bloomsbury Big Top in central London, around 400 professionals from the kitchen and bathroom industry, came together to celebrate excellence in professional residential design and innovation in new product design.

Duravit’s Luv collection, designed by Cecilie Manz, received the award for ‘Innovation in Design’ in the bathroom products category. Seven experienced and highly respected judges recognised the collections’ timeless design merits, high quality materials and innovation.

Luv by Cecilie Manz wins at the Annual 2017 Designer Kitchen and Bathroom AwardsStrictly Come Dancing star Claudia Winkleman presented the award to Martin Carroll, Managing Director, Duravit UK who commented: “We are delighted to be recognized as an industry leader in product innovation by the judges at the Designer Kitchen and Bathroom Awards. Our close collaboration with internationally renowned designers such as Cecilie Manz has enabled us to make designer bathrooms come alive by combining the highest quality original design and innovative materials with comfort-enhancing technology.”

Luv was launched at ISH 2017 and combines Nordic purism and timeless elegance. Gentle forms follow a sharp geometry. The selection of materials and colours is testament to Cecilie Manz’s refined sense for nuanced form. Her colour palette of matt lacquers and glazes in soft shades was developed exclusively for Duravit and emphasises the fresh character of Luv.

Versital announced as finalists for top design award

Versital announced as finalists for top design award

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Luxury surface manufacturer, Versital is a finalist for the second year in a row in the ‘Product of the Year: Surface’ category for the Mixology North Awards 2017.

Versital is delighted to announce that its signature ‘faux’ cultured marble surface material has been selected yet again as a finalist for a prestigious design award.

This year the brand new ‘Metallic Marble’ finish has been short listed as a contender for product of the year. The Mixology Awards acknowledge the very best in design; awarding products that bring something truly unique to the industry. The shortlist was selected by a panel of judges made up of architects and industry experts. Finalists have been judged based on a criteria that considered factors such as sustainability, design originality, aesthetics, ease of use and commercial viability.

Gemma Stockberger, Marketing Director for Versital, comments: “We couldn’t be more delighted to have been short listed for the second year in a row for our brand new Metallic Marble finishes. A Mixology award is the stamp of approval in the interior design and hospitality industry. Our surfaces bring a fantastic solution to the industry and have been specified in a number of upmarket projects both in the North and the rest of the UK this year, including Whitbread and Mitchells & Butlers.”

Versital - Bathroom DivisionThe Mixology North Awards were created by the team behind the highly regarded design publication, Mix Interiors, to support and recognise the many dynamic brands within the interior design industry, regardless of their size. The winners will be announced on the 7th December 2017 in a ceremony at Manchester Central that will be attended by over 800 members of the interior design community.

Versital’s product offering for the hospitality sector includes bespoke bar tops, table tops, washroom vanities, shower trays and shower panels in faux marble and granite, as well as high gloss and high sparkle finishes. Versital’s shares the same classic and stylish looks as the natural material, however is non-porous, 100% waterproof and stain resistant, and is available in a vast range of colours and made to order sizes and shapes.

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IHS Awards

IHS Awards winners revealed

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The winners of the Independent Hotel Show Awards, in association with Sky – Independent Hotelier and Outstanding New Hotel – were revealed this week.

Paul Bayliss MBE, manager of Carden Park in Cheshire took the Independent Hotelier of the Year crown while Bath-based property No.15 Great Pulteney was given the Outstanding New Hotel of the Year award.

Bayliss MBE told the gathered crowd: “Well done to all the nominees, I am elated to win award. This really is a nice surprise, and a big surprise as I’ve only been in the hotel industry for nine years.”

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“Thank you, on behalf of everyone at No. 15 Great Pulteney, we are truly delighted to win the outstanding new hotel award – this is the one we wanted to win,” Jonathan Walker, managing director of No.15 Great Pulteney, said.

Independent Hotelier shortlist:
Claire Randall, Lucknam Park
Neil & Zoe Kedward Grove of Narbeth,
Justin & Charlotte Salisbury Artist Residence
Nicholas Dickinson Congham Hall
David & Charlotte Reilly Yorebridge House
Paul Bayliss MBE Carden Park

Outstanding New Hotel shortlist:
The Painswick
The Pig at Combe
Foxhill Manor
No. 15 Great Pulteney
King Street Townhouse
Brocco on the Park

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GROHE wins nine awards at the Iconic Awards 2017

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Every year, the Iconic Awards recognise visionary buildings, innovative products, and sustainable communication in the architecture, construction and production industry sectors.

This year, GROHE has been announced as the winner of nine coveted awards in the categories “Product“, “Communication“ and “Architecture“. The official award ceremony will be held on the 4th of October 2017 at BMW Welt in Munich.

– “Product” category: three “Best of Best“ Iconic Awards 2017 for Blue Home, Concetto Professional and Euphoria 260 as well as awards for the Sense and Sense Guard, Lineare, Essence Professional and Smart Control Concealed
– ”Communication“ category: award for the publication series “GROHE Architekturlösungen” (“GROHE Architectural Solutions”)
– “Architecture“ category: award for GROHE’s trade fair booth at ISH 2017

The GROHE Blue Home water system, the Concetto Professional kitchen tap and the Euphoria 260 shower head each won a “Best of Best” Iconic Award 2017 in the “Product” category. At the touch of a button, the GROHE Blue Home water system delivers delicious filtered water chilled to the perfect drinking temperature in three options: sparkling, lightly sparkling or still, directly into your glass. The system, which combines timeless design with innovative technology, consists of an elegant kitchen tap and a high-performance cooler with integrated filter. This “private water source” will ensure you remain refreshed in the most sustainable and resource-saving way possible.

GROHE SmartControl Concealed with SmartboxWith its GrohFlexx and EasyDock M technology, the GROHE Concetto Professional kitchen tap is incredibly flexible and easy to use. The tap has a silicone hose with an integrated metal spring, allowing it to turn 360 degrees, and a button for simple switching between normal water flow and a jet spray – perfect for washing dishes, rinsing vegetables and filling tall pots effortlessly.

The Euphoria 260 shower head transforms showering into a soothing and personalised experience, with its 260mm diameter and three zone features. The user can change the flow of water to suit their mood, choosing between a powerful concentrated jet to a stimulating and invigorating stream and even a full soft rain shower by simply turning the SmartControl panel.

In the “Product” category, GROHE has also won Iconic Awards for its Lineare and Essence Professional tap collections, the concealed shower control element SmartControl Concealed and GROHE Sense and Sense Guard, the new water security system. With its clear lines, the Lineare mixer range is designed to create contours in your bathroom, while the Essence Professional tap line makes your work in the kitchen more efficient and comfortable. The flush and minimalist designed SmartControl Concealed can be controlled by intuitive push and turn technology. Meanwhile, the innovative and smart water safety system consisting of Sense and Sense Guard detects and protects homes against water damage.

Brit List 2017: Designer profiles

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In the coming weeks, Hotel Designs will be profiling the 50 finalists in the HD Brit List 2017 – this week, we start with the first five designers…

ROBERT ANGELL – ROBERT ANGELL DESIGN INTERNATIONAL
Robert AngellBorn and raised in Dorset, Robert’s passion for design started at a young age when he became fascinated with making and creating things. Robert began his career being mentored by the late great David Collins, working together for 15 years, before launching his own design studio: Robert Angell Design International in 2010.

Since then, Robert has developed his own timeless and bespoke style, with design steeped in masterful glamour and luxury; he has designed some of the most talked-about hospitality spaces including the Award-winning Piccolino Cicchetti, London and Marcus at The Berkeley.

SUSIE ATKINSON – STUDIO ATKINSON
Recognising the importance of how a space will be used and that the architecture is only ever enhanced by a considered interior finish, Susie’s designs eschew the ‘fashionable’Susie Atkinson to bring a room to life with exquisite colours, contrasting textures, surprising and delightful pieces of furniture.

She builds on these elements in a design process that is about the balance of texture and mixing these with different textured surfaces such as wood, zinc or granite. Her timeless interiors can be found in private country houses, London town houses, boutique hotels – including Babington House – clubs, restaurants and spas.

GRAEME BANKS – BARR + WRAY
Graeme BanksWith 50 years’ experience Barr + Wray are the UK’s leading provider of spa engineering solutions and ideas for water and thermal experiences. Most of the spas commissioned are located within hotels and resorts of exceptional style and presence and their aim is to design and build spas to compliment a guest’s surroundings in every respect.

Graeme is design director at B+W’s Dubai office, and has played a crucial role in the operational design, interior design and technical design that goes towards creating B+W’S ‘unique spa experiences’ in what has become an over-saturated spa market.

DAVID CARTER – ALACARTER DESIGN
David is a celebrated London based interior designer, who works principally on high-end residential and commercial projects in the UK and abroad. He has been running his interior design practice for almost 25 years, providing his expertise to an international clientele. He works for clients who don’t want an ‘off-the-peg’ design solution, but who are looking for something genuinely bespoke and different.

His unique vision and the haunting beauty of his interiors have always attracted a huge amount of coverage in the world’s most influential design magazines. He has twice been shortlisted for the highly prestigious Andrew Martin International Interior Designer of the Year Award.

HENRY CHEBAANE – BLUE SKY HOSPITALITY
Henry ChebaaneBlue Sky Hospitality is a multi-disciplinary design studio specialised in the creation and development of hotel, retail, restaurants, bars, clubs and leisure branded concepts. The studio was created in 2002 by Henry Chebaane following 18 years of experience working for several international designers and luxury hospitality brands. The experience of the studio is built on over 250 projects in 39 countries.

Henry Chebaane, speaking about Blue Sky’s work at the Fireworks Steakhouse at the JW Marriott Absheron in the Azerbaijan capital Baku, said it was ‘inspired by the cultural and culinary lineage of fire within Caucasus’ – having been given the brief of creating a ‘land of fire’.

Virtuoso Collection Awards

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

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International luxury travel network Virtuoso announced the winners of the eagerly awaited 2017 Best of the Best awards at the 29th annual Virtuoso Travel Week.

The 11th annual ceremony celebrated this year’s top 11 hotels and hoteliers before 1,600 of luxury travel’s crème de la crème attending the Hotels & Resorts Dinner. Of particular note, Palazzo Seneca in Italy received the sought-after “Hotel of the Year” honour.

Virtuoso received input from its 800-plus travel agency partners and more than 16,000 professional travel advisors to name the winners in each category, from best dining experience to best wellness program.

Editors of VIRTUOSO LIFE, the network’s multi-award-winning magazine, offered their expert insight and hotel savvy to select the nominees on which the advisors voted. This year’s Best of the Best award recipients will be highlighted in the publication’s September/October.

With a broad-ranging portfolio of more than 1,200 hotels, resorts, villas and private island retreats in over 100 countries, Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts is revered as the industry’s most prestigious hotel program,e. Founded in 1992 with just 20 hotels, Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts is marking its 25th anniversary in 2017, celebrating the remarkable growth, quality and diversity that have become trademarks of the program over the past quarter-century.

2017 Virtuoso Best of the Best categories and winners:

Hotel of the Year: Palazzo Seneca, Norcia, Italy
“The Bianconi family doesn’t just own a lovely hotel. They are beautiful people indeed, who care for others less fortunate, love the land where they were born, and take good care of this land.” – Julia Kostina, Renshaw Travel, a Virtuoso Agency

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Best Achievement in Design
: Six Senses Douro Valley, Lamego, Portugal
“What sets this resort apart is that it retains the charm and beauty of a large country manor set among rolling hills and vineyards. There’s a prevailing sense of quiet, calm and relaxation as soon as you enter.” – Linda Zelisko, Travel Experts, a Virtuoso Agency

Best Dining Experience: La Terrazza – Hotel Eden Rome, Rome, Italy
“Have you ever eaten pasta surrounded by vapored dry ice? It is simply the most innovative dish I have ever seen.” – Jonathan Phillips, Camelback Odyssey Travel, a Virtuoso Agency

Chef Fabio Ciervo in his kitchen

Chef Fabio Ciervo in his kitchen

Best Bar: Bar Hemingway – Ritz Paris, Paris, France
“Walking into Bar Hemingway is like stepping back in time. Head bartender Colin Field is a book of stories. You can sit back, listen and just imagine.” – Liora Manilof, Forest Travel Agency, a Virtuoso Agency

Best Family Programme: The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, Naples, Florida, USA
“They have great options for families to visit local museums, bird sanctuaries, and a special program with a local artisan who leads their glass blowing classes. They really go out of their way to make the experiences as engaging as possible for the kids.” – Nick Cutrone, Vista Travel Consultants, a Virtuoso Agency

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Best Wellness Programme: Canyon Ranch, Tucson, Arizona, USA
“The combination of four areas – physical, emotional, spiritual, and medical – is very unique in the wellness community. Most spas will cover a couple of the areas. Canyon Ranch can do it all. It has a wider range of options for the consumer than any other spa and the quality is outstanding!” – Peggy Purtell, Travel Experts, a Virtuoso Agency

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Best Virtuoso Experience
: Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
“From the moment you arrive in the Sanctuary Lounge and make a wish by throwing a little stone in the cenote, you know you are in a special place. Everything in the hotel is an experience so that makes it unique.” – Areli Guzman, Viajes Terranova, a Virtuoso Agency

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Best Virtuoso Newcomer
: Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown, New York, New York, USA
“The large wrought iron front doors give a luxurious first impression. But the standout feature is the beautiful spiral staircase and long hanging cascading sculpture on the ground level.” – Sylvia Betesh Lebovitch, Ovation Vacations, a Virtuoso Agency

Best of the Best Award Winners Named at Virtuoso Travel Week
Sustainable Tourism Leadership
: Cavallo Point – the Lodge at Golden Gate, Sausalito, California, USA
“Sustainable tourism can sometimes lead to unexpected opportunities. It’s a tale of tourism helping transform swords into plowshares.”- Costas Christ, Global Strategist, Sustainability, Virtuoso, of the former military base now transformed into an urban eco-resort

Best of the Best Award Winners Named at Virtuoso Travel Week
Best Virtuoso Hotel Ambassador
: Kees Hogetoorn – Grand Hotel Amsterdam, an Accor Hotel
“I knew nothing about his hotel prior to meeting Kees and he truly allowed the property to come to life. His passion and enthusiasm is unmatched.” – Jessica Renshaw, Renshaw Travel, a Virtuoso Agency

Best of the Best Award Winners Named at Virtuoso Travel Week
Hotelier of the Year
: Susanne Hatje – Mandarin Oriental, New York, New York, New York, USA
“There is a peace of mind when I send clients her way because I know they will be taken care of by her amazing team that lead by her example. She makes every client stay memorable. She has an incredible vibrant and energetic personality, always engaging with guests.” – Miriam Omphroy, Forest Travel Agency, a Virtuoso Agency

Best of the Best Award Winners Named at Virtuoso Travel Week

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Brit List 2017

Brit List 2017 Hoteliers Profiles

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In the coming weeks, Hotel Designs will be profiling the 50 finalists in the HD Brit List 2017 – this week, we continue with five more of the top 25 hoteliers…

ROBIN SHEPPARD – BESPOKE HOTELS
Together with his business partner Haydn Fentum, Robin launched the now supremely successful Bespoke Hotels back in 2001 as a management company, which nowadays comprises more than 170 hotels and 8,000 employees in the UK and abroad.

Given his wealth of experience in the sector, earlier this year, Robin was recognised by the government’s Office for Disability Issues as its ‘Hotel Sector Champion’ – a cause close to his heart; and his tireless commitment to ensuring the hospitality industry continues to improve its approach to access and experiences for disabled guests means he is a worthy winner at this year’s Brit List.

ANDREW THOMASON – GRAVETYE MANOR
Andrew’s culinary beginning in hospitality manifested itself in the running of a number of restaurants in Surrey before entering the hotel business. Andrew credits his four Robin Sheppardyears at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons under Raymond Blanc as Resident Manager with instilling him with a passion for luxury hotels and hospitality. He claims managing Gravetye Manor fulfils his true passion for country house hotels.

This passion for the sector has been vital for Gravetye Manor following its multi-million pound refurbishment programme, and his stewardship has seen the country manor become one of England’s top properties in the sector.

TONY TROY – PRINCIPAL HOTELS
Tony acts as CEO of the Principal Hotel Company, operator of more than 45 hotels throughout the UK under the lifestyle brands of Principal and De Vere. A career hotelier with over 25 years in the industry, Tony has helped shape the UK hospitality landscape from his first management buy-out in 1994 to managing a multi-billion pound capital investment and restructuring programme over the course of the last decade, acquiring some of the industry’s most prominent assets along the way.

Tony’s most recent undertaking, the £200m investment in landmark city and country estate hotels supported by Starwood Capital, a private alternative investment company which manages over $53 billion in assets, ensures the restoration of some of the UK’s finest hotels to their former glory.

ANDREW WILDSMITH – WILDSMITH HOTELS
Andrew made a monumental career change when he swapped the laboratory of a Cambridge-graduate chemist for being a hotelier in the stunning, remote landscapes of the Lake District. Since, he has opened three fantastic properties; Hipping Hall in Kirby Lonsdale, Ryebeck in Bowness-on-Windermere and his latest – Forest Side in Grasmere, which has recently been awarded a Michelin star for its superb dining offering.

Following extensive flooding in the winter of 15/16, Cumbrian tourism took a considerable hit. Its testament to Andrew and his team’s hard work that Wildsmith Hotels is now flourishing and quickly becoming talk of the industry.

SUE WILLIAMS – WHATLEY MANOR
Sue WilliamsSue’s storied career in hospitality has taken in the likes of Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons and Bath Priory – with arguably her finest achievement coming at Cliveden House, turning the fortunes of that Berkshire property around. Now hoping to do the same at the Relais & Chateaux property Whatley Manor, Sue’s passion and energy can already be seen in her short time there.

Here tonight at the Brit List, we honour her continued commitment to nurturing young talent in the hospitality industry with the Ten out of Ten programme, now in its seventh year of giving youths a chance to work at some of the UK’s top hotels.

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Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof spa receives award

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THE SPA at the Grand Hotel Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof has gained a “Luxury Hotel” commendation at the 2017 World Luxury Spa Awards in Hanoi (Vietnam) and has thus won the immediate right to designate itself as a “2017 World Luxury Hotel Spa Winner”.

The World Luxury Spa Awards are a world-recognised public event that has been in existence since 2007. They acknowledge hotels with outstanding health and beauty spa areas and restaurants on an annual basis. More than 1,000 luxury hotels and resorts from 150 countries compete in 50 categories to acquire a nomination. The crucial criteria are an innovative overall concept, the very highest level of quality and comfort and excellent service performance on the part of the hotel.

The exclusive Day Spa extends over an area of 1,000 m2 and features a combination of health and beauty and body care treatments. THE SPA at the Frankfurter Hof is not merely a premium venue for relaxation and regeneration. Professional beauty experts are also on hand to offer first class body care from head to toe. Exclusive cosmetic products are used to provide individual hair, nail and make-up treatments.

Further highlights include an unusually designed hamam, an extensive sauna area and a Private Spa Suite which is the first of its kind in Frankfurt.

The décor at THE SPA reflects a timeless elegance in its combination of warm shades of cream and brown and dark-coloured high-quality woods. Whereas clear and calm lines predominate in the relaxation rooms, the Private Spa Suite and the sauna area, the ornamental mosaics in the hamam conjure up an oriental atmosphere.

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Brit List 2017 Hoteliers Profiles

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In the coming weeks, Hotel Designs will be profiling the 50 finalists in the HD Brit List 2017 – this week, we continue with five more of the top 25 hoteliers…

OLIVER HEYWOOD – FLAT CAP HOTELS
With a family history steeped in hospitality, Oliver (alongside his brother Dominic) was in prime position to make his mark in the industry. And since 2015’s launch of The Vicarage Freehouse & Rooms, the north western-based and brilliantly-named Flat Cap Hotels hasn’t looked back.

The brand’s concept built around unique hotel accommodation, food-led experiences in stunning locales has proven to be a winner, thanks to the vision of Oliver and his team. With plans to expand quickly by 2019, we have a feeling Oliver and Flat Cap Hotels will be a force to be reckoned with for a while yet.

CHRIS HURST – HAMBLETON HALL
Chris Hurst has been general manager at Hambleton Hall since 2003, and under his guidance, this Rutland gem has continued to be named amongst the finest hotels in the UK. Bought originally by Tim and Stefa Hart in 1979, the couple are still involved with the hotel and its interior design and are still at the heart of everything the hotel stands for.

Chris’ longevity at the property is shared with several other members of the senior staff, something that has contributed to the success of the hotel for nearly 40 years.

OLIVIA IMMESI – ACE HOTEL SHOREDITCH
The Ace concept was born in a hip neighbourhood of Seattle, soon spread to New York and Los Angeles, and the grittiness of east London has been the perfect location for it here in London.

Olivia, having served in the commercial side for another of the city’s coolest properties (The Hoxton), has been general manager at the capital’s next up-and-coming, trendy hangout for only a few months, managing to maintain the brand’s concept, ensure excellent service standards but without overplaying the ‘boutique clichés’.

PJ KENNY – THE HOXTON HOLBORN
Few names in the hospitality industry strike up the ‘visual imagery’ of The Hoxton – it has been one of the big success stories in the boutique sector of the last decade. The roaring success of the Shoreditch property led to the opening of a Holborn property, of which PJ Kenny has been manager since 2016.

He has more than a decade of experience as hotel manager across brands such as Jurys Inn and Hilton Worldwide and brings his skills of people management and guiding new-builds through the early years to this most exciting of boutique hotel projects.

JAN-PAUL KROESE – BELMOND LE MANOIR AUX QUAT’SAISONS
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons is synonymous with luxury hospitality and some might have argued that following Philip Newman-Hall’s departure, Jan-Paul had big shoes to fill. That Le Manoir continues to be held in such sway internationally for its culinary and hospitality excellence, shows just how well Jan-Paul has settled in.

Jan-Paul’s international experience over 25 years across four continents coupled with his approach to staff management, sustainable practice and technology in hospitality has seen this already-world-class establishment maintain its lofty position as one of the world’s best.

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Mitre Linen awarded Feefo Gold Service Award 2017

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Experienced hospitality provider Mitre Linen has won a Feefo Gold Service award, an independent seal of excellence that recognises businesses for delivering exceptional experiences, rated by real customers.

Created by Feefo, Trusted Service is awarded to businesses that use Feefo to collect genuine ratings and reviews. A badge of honour, this accreditation remains unique as all the awards are based purely on the interactions with verified customers. This feedback has been collated by the Feefo review platform, with the accolades being awarded based upon performance.

Mitre Linen met the criteria of collecting at least 50 reviews between January 1st 2016 and December 31st 2016, and achieved a Feefo service rating of between 4.5 and 5.0. The company has won the award for four consecutive years.

Jim Mangan, Mitre Linen’s Managing Director, said: “It’s a real honour to receive this award from Feefo. To be recognised for delivering exceptional experiences to our customers is a great achievement.

“We’ve been working hard to ensure our customers receive the best service possible, and being able to listen, understand and respond to their needs has enabled us to improve our offering. We’re looking forward to another successful year ahead.”

Andrew Mabbutt, CEO at Feefo said: “We would like to offer our congratulations to all the winners of this year’s Feefo Trusted Service award. We are so proud that so many businesses are putting customer service first.

“We have been working closely with all our customers to build trust and transparency online, and ultimately helping shoppers buy with confidence and make better decisions.”

Feefo is a ratings and reviews, and customer analytics platform. It collects genuine, purchase-verified reviews on behalf of over 3,000 businesses. Feefo ensures that all feedback is authentic by matching it to a legitimate transaction and believes this is the best way to combat the rising issue of fake reviews.

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In the coming weeks, Hotel Designs will be profiling the 50 finalists in the HD Brit List 2017 – this week, we start with five of the top 25 hoteliers…

MARK BEVAN – CHEWTON GLEN
Mark is the definition of someone who has seen many of the sides hospitality has to offer, working his way up through the ranks from head waiter to general manager via a Catey Award for Restaurant Manager of the Year in 2009; several of his positions being served at Chewton Glen.
As an active and decorated member of the hospitality industry, Mark’s work at Chewton Glen has seen the Hampshire country house hotel become not only a favourite with discerning guests, but with fellow hoteliers too, fully justifying his nomination for the Brit List 2017.

PAUL BRACKLEY – SHANGRI-LA THE SHARD
Paul is a Master Innholder and has held management positions within the InterContinental Group – at Crowne Plaza London The City – as well as Taj 51 Buckingham Gate and St. James Court Hotel before joining Mayfair’s Beaumont Hotel as managing director. Paul’s 30 years’ of experience in the industry now sees him head up one of the most exciting properties in London.

Paul’s commitment to the future of the hospitality industry cannot be questioned either, with him being a fellow of the Institute of Hospitality and a keen supporter of the Oxford Brookes University’s Bacchus Mentoring Programme since its inception.

LYNN BRUTMAN – FOUR SEASONS HOTEL HAMPSHIRE
Lynn has been a Four Seasons stalwart since 1991, even being part of the location move of the brand’s flagship Toronto property. Lynn’s journey to Hampsire was via several Four Seasons hotels in the United States and Canada, as well as Four Seasons Canary Wharf.
At the Four Seasons Hampshire, Lynn is heading up the brand’s only ‘country house’ property in the UK; having to balance this traditional aesthetic and vibe with the globally accepted modern Four Seasons standards. Within a few months of managing the Hampshire property, Brutman has felt completely at home, and her goal is to maintain the hotel’s ever-growing reputation.

PATRICK BURKE – THE ATLANTIC HOTEL
Having a father who was a prominent hotelier on Jersey before him, it is hardly surprising that Patrick Burke became anything but a hotelier and his own contribution to the island’s hospitality industry cannot be underestimated. Taking over the reins at the stunning Atlantic Hotel thirty years ago, what Patrick has achieved has been nothing short of remarkable.

The Atlantic and its Michelin-starred Ocean restaurant have been receiving accolades for a number of years, but Patrick’s commitment to the wider industry has been monumental also; having served as a Director of Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) since 1999 and his admission as the sole Channel Island member of the Master Innholders.

MARWAN HEMCHAOUI – THE VINEYARD HOTEL
During a distinguished career which has seen him work at the likes of the Dorchester and InterContinental London, Marwan has forged a reputation for a dedication to excellence. And that reputation followed him when he took over the reins at The Vineyard in Newbury just shy of four years ago.

Overseeing a team of some 140+, three team members to every guest, Marwan is proud of the award-winning, world-class passionate service his team offers at this uniquely conceptual hotel – home to 49 rooms, a 3 AA Rosette restaurant and a cellar of some 30,000 wines.

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Hypnos celebrates prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise

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Hypnos chairman, Peter Keen, and group managing director, Stephen Ward, swapped the sights of Hypnos for the grand scenes of Buckingham Palace, when they attended a ceremony to celebrate receiving the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade with Her Majesty the Queen.

The award is only presented to those who demonstrate the highest levels of excellence within their field and Hypnos, which was bestowed the accolade in recognition of its substantial growth internationally, was invited to a private ceremony in London where Queen Elizabeth II met with select companies who received an award.

Peter Keen, Chairman of Hypnos, comments: “Attending an event at Buckingham Palace with Her Majesty the Queen in celebration of The Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade was a truly special day and a remarkable moment in the history of our business, which has been operating for over 100 years.

“This award is widely regarded as one of the most significant honours a business can receive, so we’re incredibly excited and proud to have achieved this and it’s all down to the hard work and effort of the entire company. We’ve come a long way in the past five years and have invested a significant amount of time in to growing and developing our global footprint. Our efforts have allowed us to secure a strong international position, whereby 120 retail stores around the world have our product and we can serve our global hotel customers through our 20 international manufacturing licensees.

“As a UK operated family-run business, it’s incredibly exciting to see that our family values and the quality of our offering and products is valued around the world.”
Hypnos, which has held a Royal Warrant since 1929, supplies ethically made and sustainable beds and mattresses to some of the UK’s and world’s finest homes, palaces and hotels. The business also has a strong CSR focus and is the only UK bed manufacturer to be awarded carbon neutral status and both its Princes Risborough and Castle Donington factories have achieved FSC and PEFC certification, ensuring timber is sourced from managed forests.

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Brit List 2017: Winners honoured at party in London

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The Brit List – a celebration of the most influential and inspirational individuals in the hotelier and design industries – was revealed last night (12th July) at the Urban Coterie sky bar and restaurant.

The event was organised by Hotel Designs, the leading online news and analysis site for hoteliers and interior designers. The UK’s Top 25 hoteliers and Top 25 interior designers were all honoured at a party attended by more than 200 of the industry’s biggest names at the M by Montcalm in Shoreditch.

The Hotel Designs Brit List features some of the names behind the UK’s most notable hotels and chains, plus the creative minds behind their celebrated interiors.

Hotel Designs editor Daniel Fountain said of the evening: “It was fantastic to host such a varied mix of influential and interesting people. We wanted to celebrate the fantastic hard work of some of the best hoteliers working in the UK and Ireland right now, and the vision of some of the finest architects and interior designers working in the industry today.

“This being the inaugural Brit List, we cannot wait to make this a regular event and we look forward to doing it all again next year. A big thank you to our sponsors Stylo, Hansgrohe and Bathroom Brands, everyone who attended and hosted the event, we hope everyone had a good time,” he added.

Hotel Designs will be profiling the final fifty in the coming weeks; if you missed the Brit List event – you can find out about all the winners.

The UK’s Top 25 Most Influential & Inspirational Hoteliers

* Adolf Schauer: General Manager, The Landmark London
* Andrew Thomason: Managing Director, Gravetye Manor
* Andrew Wildsmith: Owner, Wildsmith Hotels
* Arun Kumar: General Manager, The LaLiT London
* Bharat Rai: General Manager, Grange Tower Bridge Hotel
* Charles Lowther: Owner, Askham Hall
* Chris Hurst: General Manager, Hambleton Hall
* Geraldine Milsom: Milsom Hotels & Restaurants Group
* Jan-Paul Kroese: General Manager, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons
* Jennifer McCabe: General Manager, Charlotte Street Hotel
* Louise/Andrew Macbeth: Owners, Beck Hall
* Lynn Brutman: General Manager, Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire
* Mailo Power: Director, Athenaeum House
* Mario Ovsenjak: General Manager, Hotel Gotham
* Mark Bevan: General Manager, Chewton Glen
* Marwan Hemchaoui: Manager, The Vineyard Hotel
* Oliver Heywood: Founder, Flat Cap Hotels
* Olivia Immesi: Manager, Ace Hotel Shoreditch
* Patrick Burke: Owner/Manager, The Atlantic Hotel
* Paul Brackley: Manager, Shangri-la, The Shard
* Peter McCarthy: Chairman, Clevedon Hall
* PJ Kenny: General Manager, The Hoxton Holborn
* Robin Sheppard: Chairman, Bespoke Hotels
* Sue Williams: General Manager, Whatley Manor
* Tony Troy: CEO, Principal Hotels

The UK’s Top 25 Most Influential & Inspirational Interior Designers
* Andrew Linwood: Head of Design, Areen Hospitality
* Andy Cooper: Head of Design, Oulsnam Design
* Ariane Steinbeck: Interior Designer, RPW Design
* Bee Osborn: Director, Osborn Interiors
* Conrad Smith: Co-Founder, Reardonsmith Architects (Posthumous award)
* David Carter: Designer, A La CarteR
* David Richard Mellor: Principal/Head of Design, David Richard Mellor
* Deema Sahyoun: Founder, IND Creations
* Dennis Irvine: Founder, Dennis Irvine Studio
* Dexter Moren: Director, Dexter Moren Associates
* Emma King: Head of Interior Design Europe, IHG
* Graeme Banks: Design Director, Barr + Wray
* Helen Fewster: Director, Suna Interior Design
* Henry Chebaane: Designer, Blue Sky Hospitality Space
* Janine Powell: Designer, Hampton Design Studios
* John Lewis: Associate, Richmond International
* Lucy Goddard: Creative Director, NoChintz
* Michael Simmons: Founder/Designer, Space I.D.
* Michael Squire: Senior Partner, Squire & Partners
* Michelle Holland: Associate, Goddard Littlefair
* Nicholas Hollinshead: Senior Designer, NH Interiors
* Patrick Tyberghein: Director, Carter Tyberghein
* Robert Angell: Principal/Director, Robert Angell Design
* Sarah Ramsbottom: Managing Director/Head of Interior Design, Elle R Leisure
* Susie Atkinson: Founder, Susie Atkinson Design

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Brit List 2017: One day to go, last chance to book your place…

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With just one day to go (12th July) until the Hotel Designs Brit List 2017 event, this is your last chance to get your tickets and get your name on the guest list for this event, from 7-11pm at the Urban Coterie Sky Bar and Restaurant at M by Montcalm.

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HD Brit List will be taking in some of the biggest names in the UK hotelier and design industries. For the past few months, Hotel Designs has been taking soundings and nominations to create the Brit List – a celebration of the most influential and inspirational hoteliers and interior designers.

With such a fantastic array of industry figures all in one room, you don’t want to miss an opportunity to get your company name on show – a limited number of sponsorship opportunities are still available for the Hotel Designs Brit List. To find out more contact Jennie Lane on 01992 374098 or email j.lane@forumevents.co.uk. Alternatively, contact Victoria Petch on 01992 374082 or email v.petch@forumevents.co.uk

Architect Sadie Morgan named New Londoner of the Year 2017

Architect Sadie Morgan named New Londoner of the Year 2017

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Sadie Morgan, founding director of dRMM and member of the National Infrastructure Commission, has been named New Londoner of the Year 2017 at the New London Awards, a celebration of the very best new architecture and development in the capital.

Organised by New London Architecture (NLA) and supported by the Mayor of London, additional top prizes went to Wickside masterplan in Tower Hamlets by BUJ Architects and Ash Sakula, named Overall Winner; the Central Parade Creative Hub in Waltham Forest by Gort Scott Architects, awarded the Mayor’s Prize; and the Belarusian Memorial Chapel in Woodside Park by Spheron Architects, which won the public vote to take the People’s Choice.

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Belarusian Memorial Chapel in Woodside Park © Joakim Boren

From a shortlist of over 150 projects, a total of 31 winning schemes were celebrated across all sectors of London’s built environment, ranging from Housing to Offices, Education to Transport & Infrastructure, and Public Spaces to Masterplans & Area Strategies. Each scheme was selected by a prestigious international jury, advised by London-based experts, for having both the highest design quality and most positive social and economic impacts for London.

Central Parade Creative Hub, © Dirk Linder

Central Parade Creative Hub, © Dirk Linder

Sadie Morgan was honoured as New Londoner for her work in championing the importance of design at the very highest political level. Alongside reporting directly to the Secretary of State as Chair of the Independent Design Panel for High Speed Two, she is also a commissioner for both the National Infrastructure Commission led by former Cabinet Minister Lord Adonis, and the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission.

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Peter Murray, Chairman of New London Architecture said: “Architects, and built environment professionals generally, have not been very good in recent years in helping to set the political agenda. Sadie Morgan is an exception. She has key advisory roles addressing important environmental issues of the day. dRMM were the very first winners of the Pipers Next Generation Award in 2003, and under Sadie’s leadership, have gone on to deliver with the steadfast belief in the importance of design that connects back to people and place.”

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Polar Bath, © Edmund Sumner Photography

Speaking at the ceremony Sadie Morgan said: “When you’re surrounded as I am in the roles that I do – I sit on the National Infrastructure Commission, the Thames Estuary Growth Commission, I chair the independent design panel for High Speed 2, and I’m a professor at Westminster – all of those things need an independent voice and a voice that asks government in particular why so often, people and place aren’t thought about.

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Boxpark, © Filthy Media Nick Caville

As a creative industry one thing that we’re incredibly good at is thinking about the future because we’re innovative and we come at things laterally. Design isn’t just about aesthetics, it’s about problem solving, and those are the kinds of people that you need really early on in the process, be it policy-making, be it building.

If you integrate design early on it doesn’t cost money, it saves money because it helps you anticipate not only the problems but the opportunities. If we can learn to take risks, we can learn to put our head above the parapet, then we will start to reimagine our built environment which is I think one of the most extraordinary opportunities that we have.”

Cadogan Café wins at New London Architecture Awards

Cadogan Café wins at New London Architecture Awards

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Cadogan is delighted to announce that the Cadogan Café has won the Hotels & Hospitality category at the New London Architecture Awards. The award celebrates the best new and proposed projects that enhance London’s leisure offer for tourists, business people and Londoners in the capital.

The state-of-the-art Cadogan Café will be located in the largely Grade II-listed Duke of York Square, adjacent to the main thoroughfare to the Saatchi Gallery and set slightly back from the King’s Road. It has just commenced construction, and will complete in late 2018.

Cadogan Café wins at New London Architecture Awards

Championing the best of modern design in harmony with its heritage and surroundings, the café will include the UK’s first innovative glass facade which will lower into a single-storey basement during fine weather.

The state-of-the-art Cadogan Café will be located in the largely Grade II-listed Duke of York Square, adjacent to the main thoroughfare to the Saatchi Gallery and set slightly back from the King’s Road. It has just commenced construction, and will complete in late 2018.
It also includes a circular roof terrace open to the public as an additional green space to relax, overlooking the ‘running track’ famed as Roger Banister’s training ground for the four-minute mile. The innovative design was created by Nex, following an international architectural competition.

The state-of-the-art Cadogan Café will be located in the largely Grade II-listed Duke of York Square, adjacent to the main thoroughfare to the Saatchi Gallery and set slightly back from the King’s Road. It has just commenced construction, and will complete in late 2018.
Supported by the Mayor of London, the New London Architecture Awards seek projects of the highest design.

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Brit List 2017 winner awarded for lobby work at Baku property

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Henry Chebaane is 2017 winner for best Hotel Lobby/Public Areas in the Global category of the International Hotel & Property Awards.

Acclaimed international hospitality designer and conceptual artist Henry Chebaane, founder and creative director of Blue Sky Hospitality, won the awards for his 2 projects “Artscape Lobby” and “The Tea Lounge”, both in the JW Marriott Absheron Hotel in Baku, Azerbaijan.

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Chebaane has created what might be a world’s first: a public space, formed by reception area and lobby cafe, that looks and feels like a giant immersive art gallery but performs and functions like a hotel lobby.

To define an experience for the guest which is deeply rooted in a sense of place, the public space is a representation of the region, its culture and nature.

For the ARTSCAPE LOBBY, the main source of inspiration was the old Persian name of the city Baku (the “wind-pounded city”) and the surrounding Absheron peninsula (“place of salty waters”) as well as the rich nature of the nearby Caucasus mountains, where the Walnut tree is one of the dominant species.

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The adjacent TEA LOUNGE has been designed to express the duality between heritage and innovation, permanence and transition. Conceived like a luxurious “chaikhana” (the traditional Central Asian tea house) for modern nomads, the space is anchored by a central tea studio, where the various rituals of tea-making are enacted live.

The public space of the JW Marriott Absheron aim to redefine the experience of a classic hotel lobby and lounge by immersing guests into an ancient narrative with a strong regional identity within a contemporary lifestyle.

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Rosewood London wins ‘Hotel of Year’ at Catey Awards

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Rosewood London is delighted to announce that the hotel has been named ‘Hotel of the Year’ in the Group category at the industry’s most prestigious awards, The Catey Awards 2017.

Running for the 34th year, The Catey Awards recognise the strongest performers, latest emerging brands and highest flyers in the sector, as determined by the industry itself.

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The winners were announced at a glittering ceremony this week at London’s Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel, following a rigorous selection process by a committee of more than 140 judges chosen for their expertise and industry knowledge.

Rosewood London saw off strong competition from an esteemed selection of luxury hotels across the country to secure the accolade.

“We are thrilled to be named ‘Hotel of the Year’ at this year’s Catey Awards,” said Rosewood London Managing Director, Michael Bonsor. “This is a highly prestigious accolade and we are very proud to be recognised by our top industry peers.”

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Brit List 2017: Crosswater confirmed as VIP guests

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We’re just a week away from the Hotel Designs Brit List event, which will be taking in some of the biggest names in the UK industry.

For the past few months, Hotel Designs has been taking soundings and nominations to create the Brit List – a celebration of the most influential and inspirational hoteliers and interior designers.

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The full Hotel Designs Brit List will be revealed via a glossy print publication this summer, with a party to celebrate the List taking place at Urban Coterie, London on Wednesday July 12th.

And we’re delighted to announce that representatives from Crosswater are booked on as VIP guests at the event – if you are interested in taking advantage of a VIP guest package, contact Jennie Lane on 01992 374098 or email j.lane@forumevents.co.uk.

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Independent Hotel Show Awards nominations now open

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Who do you think stands out as a deeply passionate, creative and innovative independent hotelier? Which new hotel do you believe has made a significant impact on the industry in a short space of time?

Setting the stage for the industry to recognise its champions, the Independent Hotel Show (17-18 October) invites you to nominate and vote in the Independent Hotel Show Awards in association with Sky.

The Independent Hotel Show defines five differentiating factors for today’s independent hotel: individuality, locality, freedom, personality and innovation. The awards celebrate the manifestation of these factors in two categories:

Independent Hotelier
The Independent Hotelier award recognises the spirit of an individual who drives the luxury boutique hotel sector forwards with creativity and wisdom. The individual will have made a significant contribution to the independent hotel sector and has a reputation for pushing boundaries and creating exceptional guest experiences. Above all, the winner is someone committed to the development of their team, the success of the establishment and the industry at large.

Outstanding New Hotel
The Outstanding New Hotel award celebrates an independent hotel (operating for no more than three years) that brings dynamism and coveted ideas to the sector. A game-changer with a unique style, the hotel has influenced attitudes within the sector, whilst providing exemplary service and amazing guest experiences, as well as demonstrating remarkable business efficiency.

Hoteliers and hotels are now able to submit their applications via the Independent Hotel Show website. Nominations close on Friday 14 July. A shortlist of six nominees for each category will be created by a panel of industry experts. The winners will be chosen by you, the industry, by voting via the show registration form, and will be announced on Tuesday 17 October at the Independent Hotel Show.

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HD Brit List 2017: Attendee list keeps on growing…

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We’re just one month away from the Hotel Designs Brit List event, which will be taking in some of the biggest names in the UK industry. For the past few months, Hotel Designs has been taking soundings and nominations to create the Brit List – a celebration of the most influential and inspirational hoteliers and interior designers.

The attendee list keeps on growing, with some fantastic representatives from across the hotelier and interior design industry already confirmed to be at the event; including Fairview Hotels, RPW Design, Hotel Gotham, Goddard Littlefair, Hypnos, Crosswater, the Dorchester Hotel, InterContinental Hotel Group, Rethink Interiors and GLH Hotels to name but a few.

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With such a fantastic array of industry figures all in one room, you don’t want to miss an opportunity to get your company name on show – a limited number sponsorship opportunities are still available for the Hotel Designs Brit List. To find out more contact Jennie Lane on 01992 374098 or email j.lane@forumevents.co.uk.

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HOTEL DESIGNS BRIT LIST: The Long List

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Who are the most inspirational and influential names in the UK hotel business?

The finalists in the Hotel Designs Brit List have been named, taking in some of the biggest names in the UK industry. For the past few months, Hotel Designs has been taking soundings and nominations to create the Brit List – a celebration of the most influential and inspirational hoteliers and interior designers.

The final list will be unveiled on the evening of Wednesday July 12th at the vibrant Urban Coterie sky bar and restaurant. It’s free to attend if you work in the sector – to find out more click here.

The shortlist is now being studied by our panel of judges, who will decide the 25 top hoteliers and 25 top interior designers. The panel includes Dr Vanessa Brady OBE, President of the Society of British & International Design; Glyn Adams, Academic at the Edge Hotel School; Patrick Goff, Founder of Goff Associates; Daniel Fountain, Editor of Hotel Designs.

The finalists are:

Hoteliers
Andrew Wildsmith – Owner, Wildsmith Hotles
Louise & Andrew Macbeth – Owners, Beck Hall
Mailo Power – Director, Athenaeum House
Bharat Rai – General Manager, Grange Tower Bridge Hotel
Marwan Hemchaoui – Manager, The Vineyard
Patrick Burke – Owner/Manager, The Atlantic Hotel
Paul Brackley – Manager, Shangri-La, The Shard
Peter McCarthy – Chairman, Clevedon Hall
Robin Sheppard – Chairman, Bespoke Hotels
Aidan Flanagan – Manager, Muckrach Country House Hotel
Tony Troy – CEO, Principal Hotels
Michael Obray – General Manager, Lords of the Manor Hotel
Lynn Brutman – General Manager, Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire
Charles Lowther – Owner, Askham Hall
Chris Hurst – General Manager, Hambleton Hall
Andrew Thomason – Managing Director, Gravetye Manor
Jennifer McCabe – General Manager, Charlotte Street Hotel
Tom Ross – General Manager, The Pig Near Bath
Mario Ovsenjak – General Manager, Hotel Gotham
Adolf Schauer – General Manager, The Landmark London
Mark Bevan – General Manager, Chewton Glen
Olivia Immesi – Manager, Ace Hotel Shoreditch
Jan-Paul Kroese – General Manager, Belmond Le Manoir aux Qaut’Saisons
Sue Williams – General Manager, Whatley Manor

Designers
Conrad Smith – (Posthumous award) – Reardonsmith Architects
Ariane Steinbeck – Interior Designer, RPW Design
Emma King – Head of Interior Design Europe, IHG
Geraldine Milsom – Milsom Hotels & Restaurants Group
Sarah Ramsbottom – Managing Director, Elle R Leisure
Deema Sahyoun – IND Creations
Andrew Linwood – Areen Hospitality
Dennis Irvine – Dennis Irvine Studio
Dexter Moren – Director, Dexter Moren Associates
Malgosia Hendzel – Architect, Alex Kravetz Design
Henry Chebaane – Designer, Blue Sky Hospitality Space
Graeme Banks – Design Director, Barr + Wray
Michelle Holland – Associate, Goddard Littlefair
Alesia Sirokina – Senior Designer, Project Orange
John Lewis – Associate Director, Richmond International
Bee Osborn – Director, Osborn Interiors
David Richard Mellor – Principal/Head of Design, David Richard Mellor
Yasmine Mahmoudieh – Yasmine Mahmoudieh Architecture & Design
Patrick Tyberghein – Director, Carter Tyberghein
Helen Fewster – Director, Suna Interior Design
Robert Angell – Principal/Director, Robert Angell Design
Michael Simmons – Founder/Designer, Space ID
Nicholas Hollinshead – Senior Designer, NH Interiors
Lucy Goddard – Creative Director, NoChintz
Michael Squire – Senior Partner, Squire & Partners
Susie Atkinson – Founder, Susie Atkinson Design
Andy Cooper – Head of Design, Oulsnam Design
Esra Kumbasar – Senior Designer, Wrothams
Elizabeth Warden – Principal, Elizabeth Designs
David Carter – Designer, A La Carte R

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The Ritz London named ‘best hotel in Europe’ for a second time

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The Ritz London has been named the best hotel in Europe for a second time at the annual Ultimate Luxury Travel Related Awards (ULTRAs).

It is the second consecutive year that the property has received the accolade, which is voted for by the readers of the Daily Telegraph’s Ultratravel magazine. The luxury hotel was just pipped to the ‘best hotel in the world’ title, losing to the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah in Dubai.

Princess Eugenie of York presented the award to the Ritz.

Sal Gowili, General Manager, said: “We are extremely proud and honoured to have been awarded the highest of accolades by Ultratravel’s discerning, experienced and well-travelled readers. This award is recognition of the team’s continued commitment to offering the very best levels of service and luxury to every Ritz guest.”

What do you think – a justified winner?

Please note that image within this story was supplied courtesy of Marco Verch

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Brit List 2017: Ticket, sponsorship prices

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Hotel Designs is producing the Brit List 2017, a celebration of the country’s most inspirational and influential hoteliers and designers.

The full Hotel Designs Brit List will be revealed via a glossy print publication this summer, with a party to celebrate the List taking place at Urban Coterie, London on Wednesday July 12th.

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Via the Hotel Designs website and weekly newsletter, we have been asking our readers to nominate those people who inspire and influence them. The individuals nominated can work in sectors across the broad spectrum of the industry.

For those wishing to attend the event in July, ticket prices are £150. Sponsorship packages start from £1,000 plus there are a limited number of advertising opportunities available for this prestigious and influential publication.

For more details contact Jennie Lane on j.lane@forumevents.co.uk, or call 01992 374098.

Lowry Hotel Manchester wins ‘Best Bedroom Award’ at CHS Awards

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The Lowry Hotel has scooped the Best Bedroom Award in the CHS Awards 2017 – held at the Royal Armouries, Leeds earlier this month.

The CHS Awards provide hotels and venues with a unique opportunity to showcase their facilities. The Awards are judged by an independent panel of over 50 event professionals from leading agencies throughout the UK. The Lowry Hotel fought off tough competition from the likes of the Seaham Hall in Durham and the Principal York Hotel to prove to the judges that its suites offer something special.

In 2016 the Lowry Hotel underwent a £5.25m refurbishment of six of its suites inspired by artworks of the internationally acclaimed, Oldham-born Alan Rankle – helping to further cement the Lowry Hotel’s standing as the art hotel of the North of England.

Riverside Suite, Lowry Hotel ManchesterThe project was delivered by boutique global architecture and interior design practice Arney Fender Katsalidis (AFK), in collaboration with the renowned artist. AFK designed all six bespoke suites, each of which correspond to unique abstract artworks by Rankle. The six abstract artworks are reflected within the space through the selected colour schemes of the textiles and furnishings.

Each suite contains an extraordinary over-scaled headboard, curved slightly around the bed, depicting an image of the original artwork. The art has been printed onto the 4m x 2.5m upholstered headboard, which is reflected into two mirrored doors opposite, allowing guests to view the piece from multiple vantage points in the room.

With floor-to-ceiling windows and views of the River Irwell, Salford’s Calatrava Bridge and Manchester beyond, the suites enjoy some of the best views of the city.

On the 4 May 2017, the Lowry Hotel was acquired by Singapore-Based CDL Hospitality Trusts for £52m.

Adrian Ellis, General Manager at the Lowry Hotel said: “We are delighted to win such a prestigious award. The collaborative restoration project proved to be a great success and the feedback from our customers has been outstanding. However, to win this award really reinforces this and helps to strengthen our standing as one of the country’s most established art hotels.”

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Brit List 2017: Judge Profile – Jayne Alexander

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Here at Hotel Designs, we’ve been asking our readers to select who they think should be included in the UK’s top 25 hoteliers and 25 leading design professionals – to nominate those they think are deserving of recognition in both fields.

The selections then go to our advisory board of judges, representatives from across the hotel and design industry.

Here we’re profiling our next judge, The Dovetail Agency MD Jayne Alexander…

Jayne’s career extends across the entire sphere of luxury travel and lifestyle, having worked for Inter-Continental Hotels and The Virgin Group before launching The Dovetail Agency 20 years ago.

The Dovetail Agency is a brand communications agency specialising in luxury travel and lifestyle. The team develop unique strategic plans for each client, integrating key elements including media relations, branding, creative consulting, event marketing, strategic partnerships, advertising and traditional public relations. Founded on the idea that great  service, strong relationships, strategic thinking and flawless execution should be the foundation of an agency’s work, The Dovetail Agency has grown and prospered to become one of the UK’s most respected travel and lifestyle brand agencies.

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Formerly sales and marketing director within Virgin, Jayne has successfully built up an excellent industry profile. With a proven track record, achieving all targets set in previous job roles, both in PR and marketing management, Jayne is results-driven and promises effective implementation of a new project or strategy with outstanding results. Jayne’s experience includes a launch project for The Virgin Group. Virgin Ultimate was developed as a luxury collection of UK and international properties. Each hotel or resort was required to meet a high standard in order to be aligned and promoted alongside Necker Island and La Residencia. Virgin Gift Cards were developed from Jayne’s own initial business idea, working closely with Richard Branson and all companies within the Group.

Jayne works with each client to develop an all-encompassing business strategy and tactically to counteract need periods and weaker areas of a client’s business. As Marketing Director with Virgin and in-house Sales Director at Inter-Continental Hotels, clients involve Jayne in the planning and implementation of the overall sales, marketing, product and PR planning process.

 

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Hotel Designs Brit List 2017: The Long List

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Who are the most inspirational and influential names in the UK hotel business?

The finalists in the Hotel Designs Brit List have been named, taking in some of the biggest names in the UK industry.

For the past few months, Hotel Designs has been taking soundings and nominations to create the Brit List – a celebration of the most influential and inspirational hoteliers and interior designers.

The final list will be unveiled on the evening of Wednesday July 12th at the vibrant Urban Coterie sky bar and restaurant. It’s free to attend if you work in the sector – to find out more click here.

With such a fantastic array of industry figures all in one room, you don’t want to miss an opportunity to get your company name on show – a limited number sponsorship opportunities are still available for the Hotel Designs Brit List. To find out more contact Jennie Lane on 01992 374098 or email j.lane@forumevents.co.uk

The shortlist is now being studied by our panel of judges, who will decide the 25 top hoteliers and 25 top interior designers. The panel includes Dr Vanessa Brady OBE, President of the Society of British & International Design; Glyn Adams, Academic at the Edge Hotel School; Patrick Goff, Founder of Goff Associates; Daniel Fountain, Editor of Hotel Designs.

The finalists are:

Hoteliers
Andrew Wildsmith – Owner, Wildsmith Hotles
Louise & Andrew Macbeth – Owners, Beck Hall
Mailo Power – Director, Athenaeum House
Bharat Rai – General Manager, Grange Tower Bridge Hotel
Marwan Hemchaoui – Manager, The Vineyard
Patrick Burke – Owner/Manager, The Atlantic Hotel
Paul Brackley – Manager, Shangri-La, The Shard
Peter McCarthy – Chairman, Clevedon Hall
Robin Sheppard – Chairman, Bespoke Hotels
Aidan Flanagan – Manager, Muckrach Country House Hotel
Tony Troy – CEO, Principal Hotels
Michael Obray – General Manager, Lords of the Manor Hotel
Lynn Brutman – General Manager, Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire
Charles Lowther – Owner, Askham Hall
Chris Hurst – General Manager, Hambleton Hall
Andrew Thomason – Managing Director, Gravetye Manor
Jennifer McCabe – General Manager, Charlotte Street Hotel
Tom Ross – General Manager, The Pig Near Bath
Mario Ovsenjak – General Manager, Hotel Gotham
Adolf Schauer – General Manager, The Landmark London
Mark Bevan – General Manager, Chewton Glen
Olivia Immesi – Manager, Ace Hotel Shoreditch
Jan-Paul Kroese – General Manager, Belmond Le Manoir aux Qaut’Saisons
Sue Williams – General Manager, Whatley Manor

Designers
Ariane Steinbeck – Interior Designer, RPW Design
Emma King – Head of Interior Design Europe, IHG
Geraldine Milsom – Milsom Hotels & Restaurants Group
Sarah Ramsbottom – Managing Director, Elle R Leisure
Deema Sahyoun – IND Creations
Andrew Linwood – Areen Hospitality
Dennis Irvine – Dennis Irvine Studio
Dexter Moren – Director, Dexter Moren Associates
Malgosia Hendzel – Architect, Alex Kravetz Design
Henry Chebaane – Designer, Blue Sky Hospitality Space
Graeme Banks – Design Director, Barr + Wray
Michelle Holland – Associate, Goddard Littlefair
Alesia Sirokina – Senior Designer, Project Orange
John Lewis – Associate Director, Richmond International
Bee Osborn – Director, Osborn Interiors
David Richard Mellor – Principal/Head of Design, David Richard Mellor
Yasmine Mahmoudieh – Yasmine Mahmoudieh Architecture & Design
Patrick Tyberghein – Director, Carter Tyberghein
Helen Fewster – Director, Suna Interior Design
Robert Angell – Principal/Director, Robert Angell Design
Michael Simmons – Founder/Designer, Space ID
Nicholas Hollinshead – Senior Designer, NH Interiors
Lucy Goddard – Creative Director, NoChintz
Michael Squire – Senior Partner, Squire & Partners
Susie Atkinson – Founder, Susie Atkinson Design
Andy Cooper – Head of Design, Oulsnam Design
Esra Kumbasar – Senior Designer, Wrothams
Elizabeth Warden – Principal, Elizabeth Designs
David Carter – Designer, A La CarteR

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Brit List 2017: Hotelier, designer nominations still coming in…

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Hotel Designs is producing the Brit List 2017, a celebration of the country’s most inspirational and influential hoteliers and designers.

The full Hotel Designs Brit List will be revealed via a publication this summer, with a party to celebrate the List taking place at Urban Coterie, London on Wednesday July 12th. We’ve been asking our readers to select who they think should be included in the UK’s top 25 hoteliers and 25 leading design professionals – to nominate those they think are deserving of recognition in both fields.

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And they’ve come up with some huge names in both fields, here is just a selection so far:

Hoteliers
– Andrew Wildsmith (Owner of Wildsmith Hotels)
– Robin Sheppard (Chairman of Bespoke Hotels)
– Michael Obray (General Manager at Lords of the Manor Hotel)
– Robin Hutson (CEO at The Pig Hotels Group)
– Mark Bevan (General Manager at Chewton Glen)

Designers
– Ariane Steinbeck (Interior Designer at RPW Design)
– Andrew Linwood (Areen Hospitality)
– Dexter Moren (Director at Dexter Moren Associates)
– John Lewis (Associate at Richmond International)
– Bee Osborn (Director at Osborn Interiors)

There are a limited number of advertising and sponsorship opportunities available for this prestigious and influential publication – for more details contact Jennie Lane on j.lane@forumevents.co.uk, or call 01992 374098.

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Brit List 2017: Judge profile – Dr. Vanessa Brady OBE

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Here at Hotel Designs, we’ve been asking our readers to select who they think should be included in the UK’s top 25 hoteliers and 25 leading design professionals – to nominate those they think are deserving of recognition in both fields.

The selections then go to our advisory board of judges, representatives from across the hotel and design industry.

Here we’re profiling our first judge, Dr. Vanessa Brady OBE…

Vanessa is an international multi-award winning interior designer, Business Consultant and Founder of the Society of British and International Design with over thirty years’ experience in B2B procurement and post analysis of the design profession.

She has been acknowledged for a number of high level business and design achievement awards; such as the 2013 Woman in the City, Woman of Achievement Award for the Built Environment and in 2014 was awarded an OBE for her services to the design industry and UK economy.

In 2015, she also received an honorary degree titled Doctor of Design from Southampton Solent University, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the interior design industry.

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Versital nominated in BKU Awards

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Versital is delighted to have been nominated for the BKU Awards as ‘Best Shower Brand’.

Launched in 2015, the BKU Awards have quickly gained a reputation as an authority on exceptional design and quality in the bathroom and kitchen industry.

In the bathroom brand awards there are 5 categories, including ‘Best Ceramic Brand’, ‘Best Tap Brand’, ‘Best Furniture Brand’, ‘Best Accessory Brand’ and ‘Best Shower Brand’ for which we are nominated.

“We are over the moon to be recognised and nominated by our peers in the highly competitive bathroom industry as a brand of quality. We have been manufacturing bathroom and shower products for over 30 years, offering a range of made to order bathroom products, including bespoke shower trays, shower panels and vanity tops.

“Our products are often chosen to solve an issue where others have failed, especially our bespoke shower trays, which are one of the best selling bespoke shower tray brands in the UK.”

You can vote by visiting the BKU website www.bkuawards.co.uk/vote

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Brit List 2017: Venue profile – Urban Coterie, Shoreditch

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Situated in one of London’s most vibrant areas, and location of Hotel Designs’ ‘Brit List 2017’ party on July 12th, ‘Urban’ represents our Shoreditch edge as well as the infectious buzz surrounding Silicon Roundabout, both of which have greatly influenced our vibe.

A place to connect with likeminded people, ‘Coterie’ represents the new place to enjoy wonderfully British tipples and seasonal dishes, which let beautiful ingredients shine. All of this is complemented by engaged service and stunning views over London.

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Modern-day, informal dining serving up home-grown British ingredients and moreish snacks alongside a thoughtfully curated wine list. Letting ingredient-led seasonal cooking do the talking, our dishes are as aesthetically pleasing as the views.

Urban CoterieThe cutting edge restaurant redefines dining in the sky. Our team of talented chefs have designed a menu that is all about letting ingredient-led seasonal cooking do the talking. The stylish bar showcases a thoughtfully curated range of British spirits, an established and affordable wine list, including a proud range of sparkling wines in the sky lounge.

Hotel Designs is producing the Brit List 2017, a celebration of the country’s most inspirational and influential hoteliers and designers.

Barnett Hill Country House Hotel, a stunning wedding venue set in the Surrey Hills, has been awarded with two rosettes and four stars from the AA

Barnett Hill scoops awards following renovations

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Barnett Hill Country House Hotel, a stunning wedding venue set in the Surrey Hills, has been awarded with two rosettes and four stars from the AA.

Owned by Alexander Hotels and Utopia Spas in 2016, the property has since undergone a number of renovations. Its 18 bedrooms, restaurant and public guest areas were all recently refurbished.

The hotel’s newly appointed executive head chef Lee Young received two rosettes for his work at The Oak Room restaurant.

Tim Hall, general manager, commented: “On behalf of all the team at Barnett Hill I am delighted and extremely proud of all the hard work and dedication that everyone has shown in striving to achieve our AA four star rating and two AA rosettes awarded for the quality of our food at the first attempt.

“My congratulations go out to all those involved but in particular to Lee Young, our executive head chef, who has done an amazing job having only joined Barnett Hill just under three months ago.

“We are all very excited to have become part of the Alexander Hotels family and we are looking forward to welcoming guests to the new look Barnett Hill Hotel.”

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Everything you need to know about Brit List 2017

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Hotel Designs is producing the Brit List 2017, a celebration of the country’s most inspirational and influential hoteliers and designers.

The full Hotel Designs Brit List will be revealed via a glossy print publication this summer, with a party to celebrate the List taking place at Urban Coterie, London on Wednesday July 12th.

We’ve been asking our readers to select who they think should be included in the UK’s top 25 hoteliers and 25 leading design professionals – to nominate those they think are deserving of recognition in both fields. You can also do the same by simply emailing Hotel Designs editor Daniel Fountain via d.fountain@forumevents.co.uk briefly explaining why an individual should be considered for the Brit List. We will follow up with a request for more information at a later date. You can nominate yourself, a peer, a client or even a competitor.

The Hotel Designs Brit List glossy publication will feature profiles of all 50 winners. There are a limited number of advertising and sponsorship opportunities available for this prestigious and influential publication – for more details contact Jennie Lane on j.lane@forumevents.co.uk, or call 01992 374098.

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Still time to nominate designers, hoteliers for Brit List 2017…

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Hotel Designs would like your help in selecting the UK’s top 25 hoteliers and 25 leading design professionals by asking you – our readers – to nominate those you think deserving of recognition in both fields.

Nominations have been coming in for several weeks from around the industry with big names such as Dexter Moren and Andrew Linwood to Andrew Wildsmith and Tony Troy having already been put forward. There is still time to nominate more inspirational and influential figures…

To lobby, simply email Hotel Designs editor Daniel Fountain via d.fountain@forumevents.co.uk briefly explaining why an individual should be considered for the Brit List. We will follow up with a request for more information at a later date.

You can nominate yourself, a peer, a client or even a competitor. The closing date for nominations is April 30th.

Chelsom

Chelsom honoured with Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade

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Chelsom has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade in recognition of its outstanding export achievements over the past three years. As Britain’s most coveted commercial prize, the awards celebrate and encourage business excellence in the UK. Chelsom has demonstrated outstanding results, achieving 131% growth in international sales over that period.

Chelsom designs and manufactures decorative lighting for the global hotel and marine industries. Innovative in-house designs, high quality manufacturing and excellent service levels have contributed towards winning prestigious projects in 70 countries across the world. Exports now account for around 40% of all sales and Chelsom has built an exceptionally strong client base including major hotel operators such as Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, Starwood, Hilton, Accor, Marriott and on the marine side, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Crystal Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Lines.

QA 2017- International Trade - ChelsomRobert Chelsom, Chairman, commented, “I am extremely proud that Chelsom is one of only 102 companies across all industries to be honoured with the award for International Trade this year because it acknowledges the hard work, dedication and passion that every employee has shown in helping to drive the business forward internationally. The award comes in Chelsom’s 70th anniversary year making it fitting recognition that a third generation family business is continuing to expand and develop.”

Will Chelsom, Managing Director, has been instrumental in driving the Export division and diversifying into the marine sector. He says, “We have achieved remarkable export growth particularly in North America, the Middle East and Europe. Major investments in our international sales team, our branding and overseas exhibitions have raised our international profile and have all been critical to our success. I am pleased to say, however, that we have maintained equal focus on the UK market which has also grown by almost 45% over the same period. Winning this export award is a great honour but it is also confirmation that our product design, overseas sales strategies and all the accompanying hard work are taking us to the forefront of our global industry.”

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GROHE wins five Red Dot Awards 2017

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GROHE received five of the most sought-after design awards for its Blue Home water system, Sensia Arena shower toilet, Lineare bathroom mixer and Concetto Professional and Essence Professional kitchen tap lines.

The Red Dot Award is known as one of the most coveted awards honoUring exceptional design performance. GROHE’s recognition brings the total number of Red Dot Awards 2017 for LIXIL Corporation, a global sanitary ware market leader which includes premium brands such as GROHE, to six.

The international design competition Red Dot is held by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Germany and appraises the best products of the year. Designers and manufacturers from all over the globe submit their products and a jury of 40 specialised experts evaluate those products on innovation, functionality, ergonomics, durability and ecological compatibility. In 2017, more than 5,500 products were submitted from 54 countries around the world.

GROHE Red Dot Award - Essence Professional matte dark greyGROHE presented an exceptional variety of products offering intelligent solutions in modern designs for the bathroom and kitchen. As the worldwide leading provider of sanitary fittings, GROHE successfully proved its leading market position by receiving five sought-after Red Dot Awards for its Blue Home water system, the Sensia Arena shower toilet, GROHE’s Lineare bathroom mixer and the brand’s kitchen tap lines, Concetto Professional and Essence Professional.

The GROHE Blue Home is a private water source for ultimate taste and enjoyment, supplying filtered and chilled water with three selectable carbonation levels straight from the kitchen tap. Removing the need for industrialised mineral water, it cuts drinking water costs by at least 50 percent and reduces carbon emissions by 61 percent compared to bottled water.

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Soughton Hall

‘Downton Abbey’-style hotel named in UK top ten thanks to interiors

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A ‘Downton Abbey’ style former mansion house in Flintshire has been named as one of the UK’s top 10 hotels because of its stylish interior.

Soughton Hall Hotel, a popular wedding venue in Northop, near the border with Chester, was the only North Wales finalist in the Best Hotel Interiors category at the Laterooms.com Simply The Guest Awards 2017.

The annual accolades, now in its fifth year and run by the leading online accommodation website, is the UK’s only hotel awards based entirely on guest reviews. It uses guest reviews and ratings published on Laterooms.com to recognise and reward the highest standards in the industry.

Soughton Hall Hotel is a 14-bedroom mansion house which was built in 1714 by Edward Conway and remodelled by the famous Sir Charles Barry whose iconic work includes the Houses of Parliament and Highclere Castle – home to the aristocratic Crawley family in the smash hit ITV series Downton Abbey. Sir Charles was good friends with William John Bankes whose family took over the Grade II* listed Hall in 1815 and lived in the home until it was sold and turned into a hotel in the 1980s.

Sarah Ramsbottom is joint Managing Director with her husband James of Castlefield-based Elle R Leisure which is well-known for its successful Dukes 92 and Albert’s Restaurants in Manchester. They also own a luxury Leeds boutique historic hotel specialising in weddings called Woodlands.

Sarah Ramsbottom MD for family run business Elle R Leisure at Soughton Hall.

The family-run leisure firm took over Soughton Hall Hotel just over a year ago and has since invested more than £150,000 into transforming the interior of the former stately home. Sarah, who leads the in-house interior design team at Elle R Leisure, said: “The house is so stunning from the outside and as it comes into view from the long driveway, you cannot help but be wowed. There is absolutely nothing you need to do to improve it.

“When we took it over last year, we knew we had to create an interior to match but one that didn’t lose the homely and familiar attraction of the house which is an architectural jewel in the crown for the area.

“It was once a very grand home for a family and we didn’t want to lose sight of that and it is an atmosphere we wanted to create for the people who come here to get married or enjoy a stay in spectacular surroundings.

“Our aim and the theme of our interior design was to create a luxurious home from home feel so that our guests, especially the brides and grooms, could come here and feel like Lord and Lady of the Manor for their special day.

“We have an in-house interior design team which created the look and we used a lot of fabrics from GP & J Baker who are holders of the Royal Warrant since 1982 and supply the Queen’s household. The look is a mix of the new with the old and we have bought and displayed a lot of antique pieces which have come from auctions and flea markets.

“Ironically, we have managed to pick up a few pieces which once belonged to the Hall which we found in a local auction including a big burr walnut chest which now takes pride of place on the first floor landing of the hall.

“It is one of my particular favourites and looks great because it fits in perfectly, like it has always been there and I suspect contained all sorts of treasures at one stage!”

Sarah added: “To have this finalist award, based on the experience of people who have stayed with us is a real feather in our cap. It’s great reassurance that the interior transformation we are continuing to undergo at Soughton Hall is bringing a lot of enjoyment to people’s stay with us and we are very proud to receive this finalist status with Laterooms.com

“Today’s customers, both bridal parties and those who enjoy a leisure break with us, are very discerning. People are much more design savvy and expect when they come and stay at a great house like Soughton Hall that it should have an interior to match.

“That’s always been our goal right from day one and it is terrific news to have this wonderful feedback that we are achieving this.”

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Principal York

The Principal York awarded ‘best hotel interiors’ in the UK

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The Principal York, formerly The Royal York Hotel, has been awarded ‘Best Hotel Interiors’ in the UK, according to a national accommodation ranking.

York’s historic grand lady, which reopened on 1st November 2016 following a sensitive £20 million refurbishment, has been crowned at Lateroom.com’s 2017 Simply The Guest Awards.

The Principal York joins 24 other hotels across the country to be recognised as one of the UK’s best hotels thanks to the magnificent restoration of the historic railway hotel. The Principal York’s lobby, reception, Garden Room, entrances and corridor spaces, as well as all 159 bedrooms and suites, were revived by interior architects Goddard Littlefair as a paean to Victorian grandeur.

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Now in its fifth year, Lateroom.com’s Simply The Guest Awards are the only hotel industry awards based exclusively on genuine guest reviews and feedback from customers who have stayed at the property.

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A modern and softer interpretation of a country house, The Principal York combines historic architectural detail with all the comforts of the modern day. Interesting antiques and unique artworks of bye gone York Races or images from royal historic society gatherings in York feature at the hotel giving a strong sense of local character. Once a stopover for Queen Victoria en route to Balmoral, the first-class hotel can be reached from London’s Kings Cross Station in less than two hours.

The Principal York’s new accolade follows a series of award wins since its regeneration including a Gold Award at Hospitality Interior Design at the London Design Awards 2016. The hotel recently enjoyed double success at the Visit York Tourism Awards, where it won both Conference Venue of the Year and the overall Hotel of the Year crown. The Principal York was also shortlisted twice over for the refurbishment of its public spaces at the EHDAs (European Hotel Design Awards) at the end of 2016.

The Bonham in Edinburgh, part of The ‘PRINCIPAL’ family – a collection of historic landmark hotels in UK city centres to which The Principal York belongs, was also awarded by Laterooms.com as the UK’s Best Boutique Hotel. Richard Mansell, General Manager at The Principal York said: “We’re beyond delighted to be named as having the UK’s Best Hotel Interiors – not only is it a win for the hotel but also for the city of York and tourism in the region.”

Goddard Littlefair Director and Co-Founder Jo Littlefair added: “Our overall ambition was to breathe life back into every artery of the hotel’s interior. Giving a nod to tradition and heritage, but also creating a tremendously warm, light and welcoming contemporary environment for guests.

“We were briefed to reinstate the hotel’s essential character and to pay respect to its original architecture, whilst at the same time ensuring a feeling of comfort, restfulness, so that The Principal York was once again a true destination hotel.”

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Originally opened in 1878 as The Station Hotel, The Principal York is a magnificent Grade-II-listed hotel situated just outside the Roman walls of one of Britain’s most notable cities. One of Britain’s greatest examples of Victorian railway hotels, The Principal York features an impressive Italianate façade of Scarborough brick and Tadcaster stone designed by architect William Peachey.

The Principal York is also home to The Refectory Kitchen & Terrace, the hotel’s restaurant, housed in a conservatory-style dining and adjacent to the restaurant, the lively Chapter House Bar that serves local craft beers, spirits and cocktails. The hotel’s elegant Garden Room, next to the main lobby and its sweeping grand staircase, is where guests can enjoy traditional British afternoon tea whilst looking out across manicured lawns to York Minster in the distance.

With a purpose-built events centre, The Principal York offers ten meeting and event spaces as well as a gym and indoor pool.

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Announcing the Hotel Designs Brit List – nominate now…

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Hotel Designs is delighted to announce the Brit List, a celebration of the country’s most inspirational and influential hoteliers and designers.

The Hotel Designs Brit List will be revealed via a glossy print publication this summer, with a party to celebrate the List taking place at Urban Coterie, London on Wednesday July 12th.

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Hotel Designs wants your help in selecting the UK’s top 25 hoteliers and 25 leading design professionals – by asking you, our readers, to nominate those you think deserving of recognition in both fields.

To lobby, simply email Hotel Designs editor Daniel Fountain via d.fountain@forumevents.co.uk briefly explaining why an individual should be considered for the Brit List. We will follow up with a request for more information at a later date. You can nominate yourself, a peer, a client or even a competitor. The closing date for nominations is April 3rd.

Once all nominations have been received, our Advisory Board judging panel – made up of figures from across the hospitality and design sectors – will select the final 50 most inspirational designers and hoteliers.

The Hotel Designs Brit List glossy publication will feature profiles of all 50 winners. There are a limited number of advertising and sponsorship opportunities available for this prestigious and influential publication – for more details contact Jennie Lane on j.lane@forumevents.co.uk, or call 01992 374098.

Four Seasons Hotel London

Four Seasons Hotel London scoops double 5-star rating from Forbes

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Forbes Travel Guide has bestowed Five Stars, its highest designation on both Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane and the Spa at Four Seasons for the fifth consecutive year, making the hotel the only establishment in the city to ever achieve ten stars.

Commenting on the news, General Manager John Stauss said: “This is once again an outstanding honour for us all here at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane. We could not be more delighted to be the only Hotel in London to have ever been awarded 5 stars for both the Hotel and Spa from the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide. We look forward to continuing to create incredible experiences for our guests”

Four Seasons Hotel London

Established London since 1970, Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane reopened in 2011 after an extensive two-year transformation. Its crowning glory is the Spa at Four Seasons, located on the 10th floor atop the Hotel with sweeping views of the city.

Four Seasons Hotel London

Star ratings are awarded by a team of anonymous professional inspectors. In the words of Forbes Travel Guide, its inspectors “travel the world to assess hotels, restaurants and spas against up to 800 objective standards.” Star ratings ultimately emphasise quality of service. Five-Star properties are defined as “outstanding, often iconic properties with virtually flawless service and amazing facilities.”

Worldwide, 30 Four Seasons hotels and resorts earned the coveted Five-Star designation in 2017, setting the record for the highest number of Five-Star awards given to a single brand in the history of the Forbes Travel Guide Ratings.

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Versital named Best of Houzz 2017 winner

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Versital are delighted to have been announced as a winner of the Best of Houzz 2017 Awards, winning a prize in the Customer Service category. Houzz, the leading platform for home renovation and design has a community of more than 40 million monthly unique users, a million of which are home building, home improvement and design industry professionals.

Versital is a family-run British manufacturer producing bespoke stone resin bathroom surfaces such as shower panels, vanity tops and shower trays in luxurious finishes such as granite, gloss and faux marble. Their products are used on major commercial and residential projects including the Andaz Liverpool Street hotel and Greenwich Peninsular.

“We are delighted with the win”, says Gemma Stockberger, Head of Marketing and Sales at Versital. “We really try to inspire and this award is testament to the high standard we always strive to deliver from specification through to delivery, and it is fantastic that our efforts have been recognised and rewarded. Versital products are the perfect solution for any home – the final look is incredibly bespoke.”

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The Best of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. The Customer Service honours are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. Winners are awarded a “Best of Houzz 2017” badge that will appear on their Houzz profiles, as recognition of their commitment to excellence. This in turn will help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals on Houzz.

Andrew Small, MD of Houzz UK and Ireland says, “We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals. Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

Click here to visit Versital’s Houzz profile and view their ideabooks, projects and customer reviews.

Es Saadi Resort, Marrakech

Es Saadi Marrakech Resort recognised in Condé Nast Gold List

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Es Saadi Marrakech Resort is pleased to announce its inclusion in the latest edition of the US Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List.

The Palace features as one of only five mentioned hotels in Morocco. A leading voice in luxury travel the Gold List recognises Condé Nast Traveler’s best and most favourite hotels in the world, where uniqueness and authenticity are paramount and the hotels offer you an unforgettable experience.

Es Saadi Marrakech Resort boasts the most exceptional offerings in hospitality, accommodation and over all experience and is why the team at Condé Nast Traveler have chosen to include it as one of the best places to stay in this vibrant city. The Palace knows it is important for guests to feel welcome visit after visit, whilst offering an extraordinary stay. With these outstanding attributes, it’s an honour to see the resort on the Gold List, celebrating iconic hotels and old favourites.

Es Saadi Resort, Marrakech

The Bauchet-Bouhlal family are honoured to see the Resort featured in the Gold List. Acknowledging the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List, the Resort Development Director Caroline Bauchet-Bouhlal commented: “We are delighted to be recognised by such a renowned and world-class publication. We take huge pride in offering our guests the ultimate and most unforgettable experience possible.”

Es Saadi, which means “The Happy One”, was created by Jean Bauchet and his wife in 1966, artists and owners of the Moulin Rouge and Casino de Paris. It has been in the Bauchet-Bouhlal family for three generations, run with passion and dedication.

Es Saadi Resort, Marrakech

Located in the heart of the ‘Golden Triangle’ of Marrakech, in the quiet residential district of Hivernage and facing the snowy summits of the Atlas. Es Saadi is an oasis of splendour, mixing luxury, refinement and Moroccan tradition. Surrounded by eight hectares of majestic gardens, planted with orange trees, bougainvillea, roses, palm trees, banana trees and has a “lagoon” swimming pool of 2400 m2 with a circular bar immersed in water.

The Palace is a majestic building and offers 92 suites, 10 private villas around the gardens and 8 Ksars. All suites overlook the garden and have views of the Atlas Mountains. The furniture is built in accordance with this tradition. The 3,000 m2 Palace Spa, built around a 100-year-old eucalyptus, offers a unique wellness experience, offering traditional and technical care, signature massages, chronotherapy and also daily yoga for maximum relaxation and serenity.

Es Saadi Resort, Marrakech

On the third floor, the restaurant ‘La Cour des Lions’ is a perfect fusion of modernity and traditional, in an oriental palace, offering its guests a panoramic view of the park and menu, elaborated by the chef Fatéma Hal, honouring the forgotten traditional dishes.

Culture plays a large part of Es Saadi’s charm which the hotel hosting frequent events, such as exhibitions, auctions, theatre, etc. The hotel also exhibits Madame Elisabeth Bauchet-Bouhlal’s stunning collection of Moroccan paintings and contemporary art for all to enjoy.

In 2017, the hotel will be celebrating its 50th anniversary and the Palace’s 10th. For this monumental occasion, to be recognised in the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2017 is an honour and a great reward.

Trevira Gold 2017 - Kobe

Sixth consecutive Trevira Gold membership for Kobe

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Kobe has won its sixth consecutive Trevira Gold membership award at the annual Trevira CS Club ceremony, in Frankfurt, Germany.

The award was presented to the luxury fabric specialist at the Heimtextil International Trade fair and reinforces the company’s continued successful partnership between the Trevira brand and its contract collections.

Trevira’s focus on innovation and quality complements the company’s passion for fabrics which reflect the very latest trends for today’s high-end domestic and contract markets.

Many of Kobe’s collections feature a wide range of 100% Trevira CS fabrics – regarded as the highest quality in FR – and are enjoyed by the company’s partners, customers and contract projects worldwide.

Trevira is a global supplier of a complete range of polyester products for residential and contract markets, apparel, automotive interiors, hygiene textiles and technical applications.

Kobe’s UK operation is based in Crowthorne, Berkshire. The company has been supplying UK interior design and soft furnishing customers for more than 20 years and has a first class reputation for outstanding quality, innovative design and excellent customer service.

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Geberit Awards winners are revealed

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Recognising industry talent and a commitment to producing work of the highest quality, the 2016 Geberit Awards winners have been announced.

The standard of nominations this year was extremely high, with the judges having a hard task separating some of the most stand-out entries in each category.
Jonathan Terry scooped the title of ‘Best Domestic Bathroom Installer’, after being nominated for the title by Taylors Etc. in Cardiff. The bathroom showroom regularly recommends Jonathan to its customers due to his exceptional workmanship. Geberit Awards judges agreed, commenting on one particularly complex install by saying: “Attention to detail and impressive installation practice has resulted in a very neat finish.”

Second place in this category was awarded to Steve Phippard of ASP Plumbing, with Mark Fowdon of Studio One South West scooping the third-place spot. The very best examples of how teamwork pays off were on display in the ‘Best Installer Team’ category, with Sanctuary Bathrooms taking the top spot. Their work installing a master en-suite incorporating Geberit products to wall-mount the sanitaryware and maximise on space particularly impressed the judging panel. Judges comments included: “The overall finish is of a high standard, extremely neat and you can clearly see the installation team have a keen eye for detail.”

Jonathan Terry scooped the title of 'Best Domestic Bathroom Installer'

Jonathan Terry scooped the title of ‘Best Domestic Bathroom Installer’

Taking second place in the ‘Best Installer Team’ category went to Dunster Biomass Heating who chose Geberit Mapress when fitting a woodchip biomass system at a privately owned property in Sussex. The remaining spot was awarded to Designer Group, for their excellent team work while installing Geberit HDPE in student accomodation in Dublin.

The many advantages of specifying Geberit Mapress were maximised by the winners of the ‘Best Supply Systems Installer’ category, with Derek Barclay of K J Quinn Services taking the title. Using his initiative and drawing on his expertise, Derek specified Geberit Mapress Carbon Steel as the best fit for a complete boiler room installation for the M.O.D in Wiltshire.

Completing the project to exacting timescales, Derek was praised by Geberit Awards judges, who said: “This entry detailed the time constraints K J Quinn Services faced with this job. After finding Geberit Mapress as an alternative method they managed to halve their intitial installation time from 8 weeks to 4 weeks. The care and attention to the individual stages of the installation made this a stand-out entry.”

'Best Supply Systems Installer' category was won by Derek Barclay of K J Quinn Services

‘Best Supply Systems Installer’ category was won by Derek Barclay of K J Quinn Services

An exceptional commitment to the job was also shown by second place ‘Best Supply Systems Installer’ Mark Griffiths, who used Geberit Mapress for the efficient installation of a twin air source heat pump system. Third place in this category went to Christopher Flaherty of Vietec Heating. Again, Geberit Mapress was the piping solution of choice for Christopher when tasked with fitting a new heating system into a private residence in London.

The overall winner of each category picks up a cheque for £1,000, with Makita Drill Sets and Radios for the runners up.

“It is great to see so many installers taking pride in their work and always striving to achieve the very best,” commented Raffaela De Vittorio, Geberit Marketing & Brands Director. “Each of the winners and runners up has clearly demonstrated how Geberit products can be utilised to their best effect.”

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The Principal York becomes triple award winner

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It was confirmed last month that The Principal York (designed by Goddard Littlefair and one of the launch hotels for PRINCIPAL, a collection of landmark hotels in UK city centres) has won the Gold Award for Hospitality Interior Design at the London Design Awards 2016, to be presented at a ceremony in March of this year.

The new award is in addition to the hotel’s double success at the Visit York Tourism Awards, where it won both Conference Venue of the Year and the overall Hotel of the Year crown. The Principal York was also shortlisted twice over for the refurbishment of its public spaces at the EHDAs (European Hotel Design Awards) at the end of 2016.

The magnificent, Grade-II-listed hotel, boasting beautiful gardens and views over York Minster, was originally one of Britain’s greatest Victorian railway hotels, housed in a purpose-built building in yellow Scarborough brick by architect William Peachey and first opening its doors in 1878. After the hotel was acquired by Starwood Capital, Goddard Littlefair was commissioned to redesign its public spaces, including the lobby, reception, Garden Room, entrances and corridor spaces, as well as all 159 bedrooms and suites. The full design team on the project also included Michaelis Boyd (who redesigned the bar and restaurant at the hotel), whilst architects 3D Reid oversaw the structural works on the project.

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“Our overall ambition was to breathe life back into every artery of the hotel’s interior,” Goddard Littlefair Director and Co-Founder Jo Littlefair explained. “Giving a nod to tradition and heritage, but also creating a tremendously warm, light and welcoming contemporary environment for guests. We were briefed to reinstate the hotel’s essential character and to pay respect to its original architecture, whilst at the same time ensuring a feeling of comfort, restfulness, so that The Principal York was once again a true destination hotel.”

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Space-planning and Structure
The hotel originally had two entrances, with the first on the garden side of the hotel for guests arriving by coach or car and a rather secondary entrance on the other side for guests arriving by rail. One of the first key elements of Goddard Littlefair’s new plan was to ensure both entrances were of equal importance so that all guests had a real sense of arrival, with both routes quickly joining one of two main public space circulation axes – the Promenade or the Colonnade. The ‘business’ of arrival is now contained within a relocated reception area, located off the Promenade, so the overall public space feels less transient and suitcases can disappear quickly into this dedicated and spacious contained room.

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Opening up views throughout was key and two brand new entrances were cut into the Garden Room, alongside three more into the relocated reception area, so that the ground floor is flooded with light and there are tempting glimpses of spaces beyond, whichever way guests traverse the building. The new public and lounge spaces are bright and generously-proportioned and offer food and beverages throughout the day, from teas and coffees to afternoon tea or an evening menu, maximising revenue possibilities from the fabulously light and welcoming space.

Interior Design Concept
The central design concept was to create a modern and softer interpretation of a country house, featuring over-scaled furniture, such as large wing chairs, to ensure an instant feeling of welcome, combined with a light and soothing colour palette, featuring a gentle and fairly neutral base with softer highlights in shades such as eau de nil and lavender. Similarly, the furniture is in colours such as tan, buff and charcoal, with small amounts of texture and pattern for added interest.

Interesting and unique art and antiques give the interiors a sense of heritage and character, whilst traditional, high-quality materials, including linen, leather, wool and linen velvet express both comfort and authenticity. A sense of place is incorporated through, for example, artworks referencing York Races or images from historic society gatherings in York, particularly involving the Duke and Duchess of York. The design team also integrated architectural drawings of Castle Howard and other local stately homes, as well as antique maps.

The Principal York - The Garden Room
The whole scheme features a series of antique objects, hand-picked by Goddard Littlefair from antique markets around the country, including old trunks, for example, and beautiful stone dogs. The furniture throughout is also bespoke. This ensures a unique environment and is part of the Goddard Littlefair design approach, looking to create as many bespoke items as possible, so that they are always designed with the exact location, function and end-user in mind – and also embody a certain location-specific exclusivity.

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The Colonnade, which proceeds from a glass-roofed original hexagonal arrival space, now gives a real sense of arrival for guests arriving via the railway station, stretching out towards the main public spaces beyond. Ten custom-made mirrors, some full-height and some sitting above doors, line the space and give it a rhythm, whilst glass and brass pendant lanterns add yet more light and warmth via a specialist, subtly-sparkling antiqued finish. The mirrors feature antiqued glass set within carved, frames with a moon gold finish and are a great way of indulging visitors’ desires for subtle people-watching, as well as increasing a sense of space. Because of their immense proportions, the glass had to be manufactured in separate pieces and then assembled on site. Curtains hang alongside the mirrors in a soft brown colour with a darker trim near the bottom.

The Colonnade has also been made warmer through the addition of bespoke, comfortable, high-backed wing chairs in mink brown leather along with tables with lamps. Cushions are in a green silk velvet with an oyster silk band, echoing the band on the curtains. The carpet is a bespoke design for the project, by Goddard Littlefair in conjunction with Hotel Design partners Brintons – as with the carpets throughout the project. A discreet concierge station awaits guests at the top of the Colonnade, so that guests arriving this way can be accompanied to the reception room.

The Principal York
The Promenade, which meets the Colonnade at a T-junction at its top end, runs the full width of the ground floor area and is punctured along its length by entrances. At its centre, it becomes a seamless part of the Lobby Lounge. The design treatment for the Promenade features the same pendant lights as the Colonnade, artworks that are top-lit by a brass light fitting and a grey carpet from Brintons with a darker border.

The new reception is located next to the garden entrance and is a spacious and light and dressed with furniture that has a pronounced residential flavour, including two large desks designed to ressemble giant trunks; two tall bookcases behind the reception and a central display of framed vintage keys, as well as large and small-scale artwork (selected with art consultants Visto) and a separate seating area, with wingback chairs arranged around a newly-installed fireplace. Lighting is in the form of two French chandeliers suspended on heavy-duty dark metal chains, with desk lamps on the reception and in the seating area.

The Principal York
The heart of the new scheme is made up of two wonderful, large and light-filled open spaces, punctuated by handsome original columns with ornate capitals, all of which have been refurbished. These are the Lobby Lounge, which contains the hotel’s wonderful, dramatic staircase and the Garden Room beyond, which looks out, as its name suggests, onto the hotel’s extensive gardens. There are clear views through from one to the other, to ensure they interact, via the existing central and the two new entrances. Both spaces – as well as the reception room – feature oiled oak flooring from Havwoods with a special ‘sawn’ surface and laid in a herringbone pattern. The timber was deliberately chosen for its informal, not overly-polished look. Inset rugs are by Brintons.

Beautiful, bespoke chandeliers, made up of faceted, cut crystal baguettes set within in bronze frames, which Goddard Littlefair developed together with Heathfield, punctuate the two spaces. There are three chandeliers in the Garden Room and three more in the Lobby Lounge, one of which, which hangs down through the stairwell, is triple-tiered.

At the left-hand side of the Lobby Lounge is the staircase, which has been refurbished and re-carpeted with a bordered goose eye patterned carpet. New wall mouldings and panels have been added as guests go up the stair, acting as a background to the stair’s dramatic new decorative feature – a five-storey-high eclectic collection of mirrors with picture lights above, all in different shapes, sizes and frames, which allow views down, through and across the hotel and which also maximise light and reflectiveness.

The Principal York
For the furniture within the Lobby Lounge and Garden Rooms, every aspect was carefully considered, so that the heights of the seats correspond perfectly with the table heights, for example, ensuring guests can eat and drink in the public and lounge spaces with ease. The Garden Room is a particular highlight of the final design and is a beautiful, long, light and elegant space, complete with Chesterfield sofas, wing chairs and marble-topped tables, making it the perfect location to relax and enjoy afternoon tea – and more. The sofas here are upholstered in an Evitavonni fabric with bespoke, highly-detailed cushions featuring trimmings by Samuel & Sons and fabrics including Primavera by Rubelli and Plaza by Casamance. Tall plan chests around the edges of the room conceal waiter stations, as well as refrigerated drawers and storage space for point-of-sale materials.

Set dressing here includes an array of antique objects, hand-picked by Goddard Littlefair from antique markets around the country for this project, such as antique books, old trunks and beautiful stone dogs. These suggest heritage and reflect the hotel’s long-standing and established reputation and also ensure that the environment is unique and not filled with things guests might see in other places. The hotel’s own archives were thoroughly investigated too in the search for treasure from the past, revealing such gems as a collection of old thank-you letters from the 1930s through to the 1950s, which have been used for display in the corridor approaching the restaurant.

The Principal York
Upstairs, the suites boast great proportions, plenty of natural light and have a natural, high-ceilinged elegance. Each one is comprised of a sitting area with sofa, bedroom and bathroom. The design accent here was on relaxation, answering a brief to be residential in feel and scale, so that guests feel at ease the moment their suitcases are out of their hands. A dado rail and wooden panelling add layers of interest, with added warmth from the wood. Fabric headboards add softness with an unusual concertina design adding interest and creating a sense of movement. Picture lights and room art create added visual interest via country-inspired imagery of wild flowers, horses, dogs and period cartography.

For the suites and bedrooms, all bed divans and mattresses are by Moonraker, whilst the throws, in a beautiful soft wool, were bespoke-designed for the project and supplied by Bute Fabrics. The sofas are bespoke, as is all the furniture throughout. The wood panelling in the rooms is carried on through to the bathrooms, which feature a roll-top standalone bath, marble flooring and bespoke washstand and mirror in pre-aged timber.

Jo Littlefair concluded on the overall scheme: “This project has been a great experience for us. It has been incredibly rewarding and we feel privileged to have been involved. We love restoration projects and challenges – particularly, as here, when we can address the whole space, be creative and successfully breathe new life into a property.”

Photos: Gareth Gardner, PRINCIPAL and Daniel Fountain
Hotel Designs also visited The Principal York in September 2016

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GROHE FootControl - kbbreview Awards

GROHE announced as finalist for kbbreview Awards 2017

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GROHE is delighted to announce that it has been shortlisted for the kbbreview 2017 Retail & Design Awards. Once again, GROHE is up for a key industry accolade, and this time, it is for its range of FootControl kitchen taps.

GROHE is competing for the Kitchen Product Innovation of the Year Award. The FootControl kitchen tap showcases innovative tap technology, which allows for greater flexibility in the kitchen. A gentle tap on the base unit with your foot will activate the tap, so no hands are needed. The hands-free operation promotes a more hygienic kitchen tap, with the additional benefit of preventing cross contamination between different types of food. The product also incorporates EasyTouch technology, allowing the user to pre-set the water temperature, for added comfort and convenience.

The kbbreview Awards are one of the most prestigious and longest-running awards in the industry and with a record number of entries this year, the judging process is a rigorous one with finalists having to present their shortlisted designs to the judging panel at an event in February. The ceremony is scheduled to be held on 27th March at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.

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St. Davids, Wales. Roch Castle

Pembrokeshire hotels awarded highest AA 5 gold star rating

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Two luxury heritage hotels in Pembrokeshire are celebrating being awarded the prestigious AA 5 Gold Star rating.

Roch Castle (pictured, above) and Penrhiw Hotel are two luxury hotels and exclusive stay properties on the St Davids peninsula, created by Welsh-born international architect and patron of contemporary art, Keith Griffiths.

Roch Castle, a meticulously restored 12th century Norman castle, and Penrhiw Hotel, a luxuriously appointed former vicarage, have each received a 5 Gold Star Award by the AA – the organisation’s ‘supreme accolade for guest accommodation.’

Penrhiw Hotel

Penrhiw Hotel

According to the AA’s rating system, this accolade recognises the hotels’ ‘excellent levels of quality throughout and outstanding levels of hospitality and service’ and ‘luxurious accommodation.’ Both properties have also received AA Breakfast Awards for their emphasis on freshly prepared local ingredients and presentation quality. Breakfast at Roch Castle and Penrhiw Hotel is made using fresh local produce.

Meadow Suite Bedroom Penrhiw-Hotel

Meadow Suite Bedroom Penrhiw Hotel

Paula Ellis, Group General Manager and a recent finalist in the Boutique Hotelier Service Star awards said: “We are thrilled to receive such high acclaim from the AA for our hospitality. The wonderful comments made by the inspectors mirror our aim to provide guests with a warm Welsh welcome and the highest quality of service, comfort and cuisine.

“Personally, in almost twenty years of working in Wales’ leading hotels, I have not experienced so many marvellous accolades achieved by properties so soon after opening,” added Paula Ellis.

Ap Gruffydd Bedroom, Roch Castle, Pembrokeshire

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Roch Castle

 

Together with sister property Twr y Felin Hotel, also located on the St Davids peninsula, Roch Castle and Penrhiw Hotel form a trio of luxury hotels on the Pembrokeshire coast. Since October this year Twr y Felin Hotel and Roch Castle have been listed in the Sunday Times Ultimate 100 British Hotels list, Twr y Felin has been awarded Best Serviced Accommodation over 12 rooms at the Pembrokeshire Tourism Awards and has been shortlisted in the Civic Trust Awards. Roch Castle has also been shortlisted in the Welsh Hospitality Awards.

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Versital up for an award

Versital is a finalist at Mixology North Awards 2016

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Versital is delighted to announce that its signature ‘faux’ cultured marble surface material has been selected as a finalist for a prestigious design award.

The Mixology Awards acknowledge the very best in design; awarding products that bring something truly unique to the industry. The shortlist was selected by a panel of judges made up of architects and industry experts. Finalists have been judged based on a criteria that considered factors such as sustainability, design originality, aesthetics, ease of use and commercial viability.

Gemma Stockberger, Marketing Director for Versital, comments, “A Mixology award is the stamp of approval in the interior design and hospitality industry – so we couldn’t be more delighted to be a finalist. Our surfaces bring a fantastic solution to the industry and have been specified in a number of upmarket projects both in the North and the rest of the UK this year.”

Versital up for an award

Photography: Daniel Parker

The Mixology North Awards were created by the team behind the highly regarded design publication, Mix Interiors, to support and recognise the many dynamic brands within the interior design industry, regardless of their size. The winners will be announced on the 8th December 2016 in a ceremony at Manchester Central that will be attended by 700 members of the interior design community.

Versital’s product offering for the hospitality sector includes bespoke bar tops, table tops, washroom vanities, shower trays and shower panels in faux marble and granite, as well as high gloss and high sparkle finishes. Versital’s shares the same classic and stylish looks as the natural material, however is non-porous, 100% waterproof and stain resistant, and is available in a vast range of colours and made to order sizes and shapes.

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Crowne Plaza Reopening - Catey Award

Flood-hit Leeds hotel is shortlisted for prestigious Catey Award

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Following the flooding of Boxing Day 2015 one of the worst affected businesses in Leeds, Crowne Plaza Hotel has received the honour of being shortlisted for the Hotel Cateys Extra Mile Award.

One of only four shortlisted, and the only hotel outside of London, the Crowne Plaza Leeds team have been selected for going above and beyond in the course of their everyday duties.

The hotel saw an incredible level of devastation following the 2015 Boxing Day floods, resulting in £1.2m worth of repairs and the hotel’s closure until March 2016. Along with the investment required for repairs and refurbishment, the hotel had to manage the loss of £1.5m worth of revenue through the cancellation of more than 3,000 reservations.

Crowne Plaza flooding - Leeds - up for Catey Award

Crowne Plaza, members of Leeds Hotels and Venues Association, were supported by neighbouring hotels and venues during the extensive refurbishment which saw the entire IT system and electrics destroyed. The team at Crowne Plaza worked worked tirelessly to place booked guests and conferences into neighbouring hotels within the immediate stage of the flood. Nearby Novotel provided immediate relief, taking the majority of guests needing to be relocated around the Christmas and New Year Period. Within a month a small part of Crowne Plaza made it into various hotels across the city that had the availability, which included the Leeds Marriott Hotel and Radisson Blu.

The Hotel Cateys Extra Mile Award recognises those working at any level of the hotel industry. All previous winners, such as Chris Penn, Sylla “Amara” Ibrahima, David Mead-Male and Veronica Kingham, have undertaken something extraordinary, whether it is anticipating guests’ needs, helping colleagues or supporting charities.

Lynda Coaley, General Manager of the Crowne Plaza comments: “Although I was based at a sister hotel at the time, I watched from afar and was astonished and proud of the dedication shown by all the managers, team members and regional support team in handling such a large crisis. Since arriving at the Crowne Plaza Leeds you can still see – and will for many years to come – the special bond between the team that were on site at the time and although we would never like to be in that position again, we all have personal fond memories and stories of the floods of 2015. As such being shortlisted for such prestigious awards like this gives us great privilege and allows us to reflect on how far we’ve come.”

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CP Leeds

Gordon Jackson, Chairman of the Leeds Hotels and Venues Association and General Manager of Thorpe Park Hotel and Spa comments: “The floods of Christmas 2015 were not only incredibly destructive but also a huge test of the Crowne Plaza team’s morale at what should have been the most magical time of year. It was with great strength that their solidarity turned disaster into success when they re-opened in March with a renewed spirit and determination to be better than before. The combined support provided by Leeds Hotels and Venues Association meant that Crowne Plaza could concentrate on their refurbishment, knowing that they could call on us at any time. We’re absolutely delighted that they’ve been nominated – completely deserved and I know that Leeds will keep its fingers crossed for the 25 November.”

The winners will remain a closely guarded secret until they are announced at a celebratory dinner on 25 November at London’s Park Plaza Westminster Bridge hotel.

GROHE Eurocube Joy Mixer Range

GROHE wins two golds at the Designer Kitchen and Bathroom Awards

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The GROHE Sensia Arena shower toilet has won the gold award for Innovation in WiFi and App Technology, while GROHE’s EuroCube Joy mixer range also won the GOLD award for Innovation in Sustainability at the recent Designer Kitchen and Bathroom Awards.

Raj Mistry, GROHE UK Marketing Director, commented: “We are delighted to be a double gold winner in the Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Awards, recognising two of GROHE’s core strengths: our commitment to sustainability and position as a market leader in technological development.”

With the design of the Sensia Arena (pictured below), GROHE has used its unique expertise to bring a new generation of highly advanced products to consumers that define a new standard for the future of personalised, clean comfort.

Sensia Arena

The GROHE Sensia Arena harnesses the gentle and effective cleansing benefits of water to help deliver optimum hygiene levels in the bathroom. The shower toilet features the latest in technology, including app control which allows you to create and remember personal profiles on any Sensia Arena anywhere in the world.

The Eurocube Joy mixer range (pictured, main) combines striking geometric design with a host of design features and innovative GROHE technologies, including sustainable EcoJoy. This reduces water consumption without impacting on product performance or user enjoyment.

The Designer Kitchen and Bathroom Awards are one of the kitchen and bathroom industry’s most respected and anticipated events of the years, awarding products that bring a unique quality to the market. This year, the awards were held on 9 November at the exclusive Supernova in London.

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Gallery Direct - Sittingbourne Business of the Year

Gallery Direct wins local business of the year award

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Gallery Direct were delighted to win the Sittingbourne Business of the Year at last month’s Swale Business Awards.

The awards, which are widely regarded as the borough’s most prestigious business event, are held annually, to recognise local excellence and bring businesses together.

The judges look at financial performance, entrepreneurial spirit, environmental credentials, marketing skills, community links, staff welfare and a range of other attributes that when combined make businesses stand out.

Peter Delaney, Managing Director of Gallery, commented, “It is the first year we have entered the awards, so we were thrilled to win the Sittingbourne Business of the Year. Our investment in our Swale head office and recent huge warehouse expansion, along with the introduction of our own transport fleet, has resulted in a fourfold expansion of our workforce in recent years. Our commitment to the area and quality of our business was obviously appreciated by the judges.”

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Summertime Villas in Goa, India

Summertime – luxury villa in Goa – wins World Boutique Hotel award

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Summertime, a luxury holiday villa in Goa, is thrilled to announce that it has won the award for Best Romantic Boutique Hotel 2016, from World Boutique Hotel Awards (WBH) in London; this highly prestigious international award was presented in London earlier this month.

Hans Tuinman, a Dutchman who together with his Indian wife Sucheta built this spectacular villa, said: “It is very rewarding to be recognised in this way after just one year of operation as a very special place to stay, as a place that has character, an intimate feel and most importantly, a place that offers guests a unique experience.”

He adds “All this is especially humbling as we are not professionally-trained hoteliers or architects, and Summertime is simply our personal idea of the perfect holiday home: relaxing from the moment you enter the gates, but also sumptuously comfortable.”

Summertime is a luxury holiday rental villa in Goa. Secluded, yet very easy to get to from the popular Calangute and Candolim beaches, Summertime perches on a hilltop overlooking paddy fields and a lush tropical garden. Summertime is a rare villa which enjoys two acres of private gardens, shared with birds, butterflies and tranquility which is fast disappearing even from Goa. There is a large infinity pool which overlooks the gardens and the valley, a waterfall and a koi pond.

Inside, a double-height living-dining area is filled with light and breeze. The three generous master suites – identical in size but charming and individual in character – have large dressing areas, palatial bathrooms and choicest of furniture sourced from travels to Bali and places in India. Fully staffed with a cook, gardeners and security, Summertime is the perfect place for a family or a group of friends to relax and recharge their batteries. Though Summertime has been designed to give six guests a private, serene experience, the views it commands and its abundance of delightful nooks are what make this villa such a perfectly romantic getaway as well.

Summertime’s owners also run the Solita, a classic luxury yacht available for exclusive charter. A completely different way of exploring Goa, the Solita will take you out to sea to spot dolphins and down Goa’s secret backwaters and past quaint villages – an experience from a more elegant time.

Both the Solita and Summertime can transport you into a novel world, into the Goa you dream about, one filled with balmy sea breezes, soothing greenery, gently lapping water and birdsong.

Independent Hotel Show Awards

Independent Hotel Show Awards – the nominees…

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An opportunity for the industry to recognise and toast the sector’s trailblazers at a relaxed reception, the Independent Hotel Show Awards in association with Sky takes place annually within the confines of the show on the first evening and celebrates the Independent Hotelier and Outstanding New Hotel.

The two main categories are Independent Hotelier of the Year and Outstanding New Hotel, see the list of nominees below…

Independent Hotelier of the Year
– Ian and Christa Taylor – Abbey Hotel
– Paul Milsom – Milsom Hotels and Restaurants
– Richard Ball – Calcot Hotels
– Edmund and Charles Inkin – The Griffin, The Gurnard’s Head, The Old Coastguard
– Kate Levin – The Capital Hotel
– Andrew Wildsmith – Wildsmith Hotels

Oustanding New Hotel
– The Laslett, Notting Hill
– Penally Abbey, Tenby
– Soho Farmhouse, Oxfordshire
– The Pig at Combe, Devon
– Padstow Townhouse, Cornwall
– The Royal Oak, Swallowcliffe

To find out more about the Awards and the nominees, click here. . .

Enterprise Centre - BREEAM approved shortlist for Building Awards

Importance of BREEAM recognised with Building Awards shortlist

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The importance of BREEAM, the internationally recognised measure of sustainability for buildings and communities, has been recognised with 7 out of the 10 projects shortlisted for the Sustainability Project of the Year category having achieved BREEAM certification.

The projects span a range of sectors from hotels to offices, education to laboratories and research facilities. They are The Enterprise Centre, designed by architects Architype for client Adapt and University of East Anglia; 5 Broadgate, designed by Make architects for British Land; Centre for Medicine designed by Associated Architects for University of Leicester; Land Rover BAR HQ designed by HGP Architects; 7 Air Street, London, designed by Barr Gazetas for The Crown Estates; Penarth Learning Community by HLM architects for Vale of Glamorgan Council; and Hub by Premier Inn designed by architects Axiom.

In the creation of these buildings, the projects teams have all strived to embed sustainability through innovative design and procurement. There has been a clear focus on delivering exceptional schemes that look to the future and place emphasis on the building performance and the users well-being. In many instances the way in which these projects have been delivered and their environmental impact and performance will influence the design of many other schemes.

For example, the Enterprise Centre is the first building in the UK to be wrapped in thatched timber cassettes, combining traditional construction with modern techniques whilst 5 Broadgate features a super-insulated primary solid envelope that helps to reduce solar heat gain and helps the building to be almost 50% more energy efficient than the requirements of Part L of the Building Regulations. Elsewhere, 7 Air Street has demonstrated how a 1920’s office building can be refurbished to create a modern office that will save 350 tonnes of carbon per year whilst introducing green lease tenancies designed to encourage occupants to adopt energy saving practices. With an aim to be the most sustainable sports team in the UK, Land Rover BAR have shown that through the creation of a small garden on their site, ecology can be integrated into a project. The garden is now home to 69 new species, compared to eight prior to the development of the building.

“Each of the shortlisted projects has embraced sustainability in a different way and they should all be commended on their efforts to create low energy buildings that respect their surroundings and provide adaptable space for occupants and future generations,” commented Martin Townsend, Director of Sustainability at BRE Global. “The fact that the vast majority are BREEAM certified is testimony to the global position the standard holds and further illustrates BREEAM’s importance in driving innovation and best practice through the application of sustainability.”

The Building Awards are being held on the 8th November at the Grosvenor House, London.

Dorsett Shepherds Bush

Dorsett Shepherds Bush lands International Architecture Award

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Just a matter of months after it won a well-deserved Green Tourism Award, Dorsett Shepherds Bush has been awarded the prestigious International Architecture Award 2016.

Awarded by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, the winning projects for 2016 were selected in Milan during the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale.

Since 2004 The International Architecture Awards have been dedicated to honouring the finest, significant new buildings and planning projects designed and built by the world’s leading architects and urban planners.

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The awards are committed to the recognition of excellence in architecture and urbanism from a global point of view, while they also highlight the directions and understanding of current and cutting-edge processes consistent with today’s design thinking.

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Dorsett Shepherds Bush was recognised as the winner of the International Architecture Awards 2016 by a panel of distinguished architects, journalists and educators; having been selected from a competitive pool of 130 projects from over 40 nations.

The award was given for the work by the architects, Flanagan Lawrence, for the exterior design and the public areas of the interior.

Hilary Cross, the General Manager of the Dorsett Shepherds Bush Hotel commented “It is an honour to accept the International Architecture 2016 Award on the hotel’s behalf. This accolade is a rewarding acknowledgement of the hotel design team’s dedication to creating a stylish city hotel that blends the best of the East with the West.”

Separate facets of the interior were led by Wendy Chiu, Senior Vice President of Interior Design at the hotel. Wendy and her team have used a simple and elegant aesthetic to capture the unique Dorsett Hotels & Resorts brand essence, where Asia’s heritage of hospitality excellence meets British traditions of classic grandeur with a modern edge. Celebrating these two vibrant cultures, the 317 uniquely decorated rooms at Dorsett Shepherds Bush have been thoughtfully designed to combine traditional Asian warmth with British charm; with each room and suite featuring hints of 1930s Shanghai.

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The Asian British fusion is continued thoughout the hotel creating unity between its lively and inviting private and communal areas, resulting in dynamic spaces that provide a more energised business and leisure travel experience. Behind the Grade II-listed façade is a striking black, gold and white lobby, two sumptuous restaurants – Pictures and Shikumen, and a destination bar, Jin, located in the hotel’s memorable atrium. The harmonious union of two remarkable cultures, through architecture and design, has been truly recognised in receiving this fantastic award.

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Hansgrohe Talis Select

Product Spotlight: Hansgrohe’s Talis Select wins design award

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Last week, at the annual Mixology Awards in London’s Old Billingsgate, Hansgrohe won the award for Product of the Year – Interior Accessories, for its Talis Select basin mixers.

Now in its 11th year, a record 1,100 guests attended the Mixology award ceremony and summer ball to celebrate the best achievements in Projects, Products, Companies and Individuals from across the dynamic interior design sector.

There was a Product of the Year award for Furniture, Lighting & Technology, Surfaces, and Interior Accessories for which Hansgrohe was the happy recipient. The award was accepted by Hansgrohe K Managing Director, Martin Mongan.

With simple push on/off ‘Select’ operation, Hansgrohe Talis Select basin mixers combine attractive, modern design with intuitive use for all ages. There are two versions: with a flat or a round spout, each with a seamless transition from spout to mixer body.

Ease of use adds to the universal appeal of Select along with reliable technology that requires no electricity and a hassle-free installation process. The complete Hansgrohe Select portfolio also includes showers, thermostatic controls and kitchen mixers where no hands are needed to turn on the tap – just push with the elbow or arm.

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Kyoto by Morgan Studio - London Design Week

Product Spotlight: Design Guild Mark for Morgan’s Kyoto

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Morgan is delighted to have been awarded a 2016 Design Guild Mark for their Japanese inspired Kyoto collection. Designed by Morgan Studio, Kyoto is a system of linear benches that interlock to create informal seating. It is fully upholstered and features timber, glass or marble table tops.

Set-up to reward excellence in the design of volume furniture production, the Design Guild Marks are awarded by a distinguished panel of judges from the fields of furniture, hospitality, commercial, retail and media. There were a record number of entries again this year which were assessed for excellence in design, the use of materials, manufacture and function.

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Morgan Managing Director, Rodney McMahon, comments, “This is our seventh Design Guild Mark since they were introduced by The Furniture Makers’ Company in 2008. This one is particularly satisfying as it underlines our successful growth into the workplace sector, for which these benches are a great solution for receptions, presentation areas and adhoc meetings.”

For more information about Morgan, visit www.morganfurniture.co.uk, or email info@morganfurniture.co.uk

Family Business Award win 2016 - Hypnos Beds

Hypnos celebrates double award win

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British bed manufacturer, Hypnos, is celebrating after scooping two prestigious industry awards, Most Highly Renowned Luxury Bed Company at the Lux Hospitality Awards 2016, and Family Business of the Year for the South and South West Region at the Family Business Awards.

The business, which has held a Royal Warrant since 1929 and remains a close family-run business now in its fifth generation of family members, supplies beds, mattresses and sofa beds to some of the world’s largest hotel chains including IHG and Marriott and to some of the finest hotels such as Corinthia Hotel London and JW Marriott in Dubai. The prestigious Lux Hospitality Award was given to Hypnos for its success in the industry, its UK and international growth and for creating supremely comfortable beds designed to enhance sleep quality within the hospitality market, including stylish centrepieces for boutique hotels and serviced apartments.

The Family Business of the Year Award adds to the company’s list of accolades after it was honoured with the title for its family ethos and strong values which include ethically sourcing the materials used to make all its beds, as well as giving back to the community as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility policy which includes educational school tours, tree planting programmes and charitable donations.

Hypnos’ Marketing Director, Chris Ward, comments: “Winning these awards is great for the company and they show that our performance, the quality of our offering and also the ethical production of our beds, is being recognised by those in the industry.

“We supply supremely comfortable beds to hotels and serviced apartments around the world and we’re over the moon to have received recognition through awards such as this. Not only do they help us to differentiate ourselves from our competitors, they also help us to showcase our brand values, as well as our strong family ethos and encourage us to continue to strive to create stylish yet practical sleep solutions for the hospitality industry.”

The family-run company received the spate of award wins for the comfort, quality and style of its beds, as well as its ethically and environmentally friendly design, which uses sustainable materials including FSC or PEFC certified timbers that have been sourced from managed forests, meaning all beds are 100% recyclable at the end of their life. Hypnos is also the first carbon neutral bed maker in the country, has passed the rigorous Sedex Ethical Trading Audit and has invested in a dedicated service and business to collect, dispose and recycle old beds, turning them into recycled raw material for re-use in other industries.

For more information about Hypnos, or to view the full product range, please visit www.hypnoscontractbeds.com

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A quartet of Design Guild Mark awards for ACID members

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The Furniture Makers’ Company announced the winners of the prestigious Design Guild Mark awards for 2016 at a packed ceremony at the Goldsmiths’ Centre in Clerkenwell and three ACID members scooped up Awards and the final accolade, The Jonathan Hindle award for excellence, “The Best of the Best” was awarded to Simon Pengelly.

Dids Macdonald, OBE, CEO of ACID said: “Each year the bar goes higher and I am delighted to see that ACID members consistently scoop up these marks of excellence. As members of ACID, all of them take the protection of their intellectual property very seriously, and why not? It is the lifeblood of all their brands. Many congratulations and a special acknowledgement to Simon Pengelly being doubly recognised for his amazing designs.”

UNNIA range by Simon Pengelly

UNNIA range by Simon Pengelly

Now in its ninth year, the Design Guild Mark Awards promote excellence and raise the profile of British design and innovation. They recognise and reward designers working in Britain or British Designers working abroad. The award demands the highest standards in the design of furniture for volume production.

Nineteen designs were awarded the coveted mark and the ACID member awards were as follows:
DGM 146 – Pilot Chair Designed by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby for Knoll
DGM 147 – Column Bookcases Designed by Samuel Chan for Channels
DGM 148 – Magnus Chair Designed by Samuel Chan for Channels
DGM 159 – Kyoto Bench System Designed by Morgan Studio for Morgan (MAIN PICTURE)
DGM 160 – UNNIA Chairs Designed by Simon Pengelly for Inclass

Alexander Gifford, Chairman of the Design Guild Mark said: “This year the criteria for the Design Guild Mark were curbed to shift emphasis onto volume production and as a result the entries reflected the higher quality of applications we had hoped for. Once again, the entries were equally diverse, from contract to retail, from residential to hospitality and workplace, as were the applicants themselves. Chairing the judging process, for the second year, was a great honour, and watching the great minds in our industry critique the great output of British design was a real pleasure.”

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International media award for Axor One by Hansgrohe

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The Editor-in-Chiefs of 25 Elle Decoration country editions awarded the Axor One shower control unit the ‘Elle Decor International Design Award (EDIDA)’ in the “Best Bathroom Design” category.

Philippe Grohe, Vice President Design Management at Hansgrohe SE, accepted the award with design partners Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby during the Salone del Mobile in Milan.

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This media accolade from one of the most renowned lifestyle and décor magazines highlights a growing trend – namely the bathroom is becoming increasingly important, and the focus of design-led customers, who value customised solutions.

Grohe said: “The fact that Axor, with its new design partners Barber & Osgerby, has won the coveted EDIDA straightaway just reconfirms what we believe: it is not only designers, but also customers interested in design, who are paying more and more attention to the bathroom and our innovations.”

Trevira CS Club Gold Award 2016 - for Kobe

Kobe wins fifth consecutive Trevira Gold membership award

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Kobe won its fifth consecutive Trevira Gold membership award at the annual Trevira CS Club ceremony, in Frankfurt, Germany earlier this month.

The award was presented to the luxury fabric specialist at the Heimtextil International Trade fair and reinforces the company’s continued successful partnership between the Trevira brand and its contract collections. Trevira’s focus on innovation and quality complements the company’s passion for fabrics which reflect the very latest trends for today’s high-end domestic and contract markets.

Many of Kobe’s collections feature a wide range of 100% Trevira CS fabrics, regarded as the highest quality in FR and are enjoyed by the company’s partners, customers and contract projects worldwide.

Trevira is a global supplier of a complete range of polyester products for residential and contract markets, apparel, automotive interiors, hygiene textiles and technical applications.

Kobe’s UK operation is based in Crowthorne, Berkshire. The company has been supplying UK interior design and soft furnishing customers for 20 years and has a first class reputation for outstanding quality, innovative design and excellent customer service.

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