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THE BRIT LIST 2019: Nominations are open and FREE to apply

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THE BRIT LIST 2019: Nominations are open and FREE to apply

FREE TO APPLY: Nominations for The Brit List 2019, which are NOW OPEN, will close on August 9… 

The Brit List 2019 is back, once again launching its nationwide search to find Britain’s leading interior designers, hoteliers and architects. Nominations are now open and, what’s more, the process in which to apply for The Brit List 2019 remains completely free.

Simply click here to apply/nominate.

Following popular demand, this year’s awards will also include a dedicated supplier category with the aim to recognise, celebrate and support British manufacturers.

Once all nominations have been received by the closing date of August 9, the judging panel – made up of figures from across the hospitality, design and architecture sectors – will select the final 75 most inspirational and influential people in British design, hotels and architecture, as well as selecting this year’s individual winners of the following awards:

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

“We have, yet again, deliberately kept nominations for The Brit List 2019 free for all to apply in order to maintain a fair opportunity for all designers, hoteliers, architects and suppliers who believe they deserve to be profiled in The Brit List 2019,” – Hamish Kilburn, editor of Hotel Designs.

On November 21, the shortlisted finalists of designers, hoteliers, architects as well as key suppliers to the industry will gather at Patch East, London where The Brit List 2019 will be unveiled along with the individual winners . “We have, yet again, deliberately kept nominations for The Brit List 2019 free for all to apply in order to maintain a fair opportunity for all designers, hoteliers, architects and suppliers who believe they deserve to be profiled in The Brit List 2019,” explains Hamish Kilburn, editor of Hotel Designs. “As a judge, I am personally looking forward to leading another nationwide search in order to find and platform exceptional creative thinkers who are operating or manufacturing in Britain today.” Patch East, London is a fabulous venue for our non-traditional awards ceremony, and we look forward to welcoming the industry’s finest for a night of celebration and high-profile networking.”

Early-bird tickets for the award ceremony are now available to purchase: 

Suppliers: £99 + VAT (£150 + VAT after early bird offer expires after August 4)
Designers, hoteliers, developers and architects: £10 + VAT (£20 + VAT after early bird offer expires after August 4)

Please click here if you are a supplier to the industry to secure your ticket NOW!

Please click here if you are either a designer, hotelier, developer or architect and secure your ticket NOW!

The judges for The Brit List 2019

Last year’s winners of The Brit List, who were crowned at an exclusive drinks evening in London, included Martin Brudnizki from Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, Conor O’Leary from Gleneagles and Robin Sheppard from Bespoke hotels, among many others.

Please note that there is NO FEE to nominate and/or apply for The Brit List 2019. 

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Event Partner: Hamilton Litestat:

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Wilton Carpets delivers a speedy service

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Wilton Carpets delivers a speedy service

Ready to Go is the name for the initiative from British carpet designer and manufacturer, Wilton Carpets.

Anyone involved in the specification of carpets can enjoy beautifully woven, tufted wool-rich carpets within just 14-days.

The service isn’t limited to a minimum order quantity and offers a great way to unlock the creativity of the Wiltshire-based manufacturer across a range of modern and traditional carpets with the performance for demanding hospitality environments.

With ranges spanning the stylish Havana through to the contemporary plaid of Nova Scotia, Ready to Go delivers elegantly styled off-the-shelf carpets that are designed to work across a broad spectrum of interiors.

For high footfall areas, the 10-strong range of wool-rich Axminster styles are highly suited and available in a range of functional palettes that suit bars, pubs, hotels and other hospitality and leisure spaces. Available in broadloom or narrowloom and ideal for complex layouts, the carpets are woven in the UK in a performance 80/20 wool nylon blend for quality and practicality.

The five collections available in a tufted construction are ideal for hotel bedrooms, corridors, meeting rooms and offices; featuring contemporary designs in a broad range of colourways. Each using the same quality 80/20 wool-rich blend, Ready to Go tufted designs deliver performance and value.

Used by hospitality businesses right across the UK, Ready to Go gives carpet specifiers fast-access to high-quality commercial carpet for a wide range of locations.

Wilton Carpets 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.

Full details on Wilton Carpets can be found here, within their Hotel Designs Recommended Supplier Directory listing.

And, to see the Wilton Carpets most up to date product collection, click here.

 

Image Credit – Wilton Carpets

London’s first hotel unveils new lobby design by Olga Polizzi

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London’s first hotel unveils new lobby design by Olga Polizzi

Brown’s, a Rocco Forte Hotel, has unveiled the new British springtime-inspired floral front lobby, which has been designed by Olga Polizzi…

Since opening in 1837, Brown’s, which is London’s first hotel, has always been at the forefront of design and, in this latest unveiling, Olga Polizzi, Director of Design for Rocco Forte Hotels pays homage to Brown’s British heritage and illustrious legacy through the exquisite décor and ornately crafted patterns of its new reception area.

The piece de resistance of the new front hall is the hand painted wallpaper featuring whimsical wisteria, created exclusively for Brown’s by renowned British Interior Designer and Artist, Adam Ellis.

Olga Polizzi, the creative mind behind the design process commented: “I wanted to convey the quintessential English garden feel in a fun and playful way. The oversized wisteria, the bright colours and strong patterns are an ode to spring in the United Kingdom and make the front hall interesting and joyful.”

The harmonious palette of blue and mint green hues combine to create a residential-style space where guests are welcomed to their home-away-from-home. The new front hall also features a signature belvedere glass roof that brings an abundance of natural daylight into the centre of the space.

“The new Belvedere glass roof has flooded the reception with light and added a sudden skyward view,” said Polizzi. “The concierge team also now have their own reserved area where they can attend to guests in private.”

Stuart Johnson, Managing Director of Brown’s Hotel, said of the new design: “Olga Polizzi has triumphed once again in completing the final piece of the jigsaw and remodelling the entire ground floor, with an opulent space and feeling of a walk through an English country garden.”

The new front hall follows a larger restoration of Brown’s. The signature Donovan Bar exudes luxury with rich green velvety tones and the restaurant Beck at Brown’s boasts playful foliage patterns. Both spaces were renovated in 2018, and collectively furnish a stunning new look for the entire ground floor.

The front hall celebrates a fresh new approach to welcoming guests whilst continuing Brown’s legacy of being London’s original luxury hotel for more than 180 years.

IN THE FACTORY with Knightsbridge Furniture

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IN THE FACTORY with Knightsbridge Furniture

To stitch together how Knightsbridge makes its contract furniture, editor Hamish Kilburn travels up to Bradford in West Yorkshire to step inside the modern factory that chooses to do things the traditional way…

Priding itself on being 100 per cent British-made is something that has become somewhat of a unique selling point for contract furniture company Knightsbridge.

Giving ‘in-house’ a whole new meaning, every item that has a Knightsbridge logo on it was conceptualised, sketched, prototyped and produced in the hearty West Yorkshire town of Bradford – and has been for 80 years.

In an average week, around 700 items of furniture are made in the Victorian factory – and all pieces start as nothing more than a stacked load of timber or Birch plywood, which is imported from Russia and Europe. While many factories internationally have chosen to use automated machinery to carve their frames, Knightsbridge is among the minority that still, to this day, cuts its materials by the hands of skilled workers. “Many of our employees come through the apprenticeship scheme, which is something we are very proud of,” said Craig Weston, Operations Manager at Knightsbridge. “Because everything at Knightsbridge is handmade and hand-cut, the role in the factory therefore requires a very specific set of skills, which isn’t easy to teach just anyone.”

Stack of timber

Image credit: Knightsbridge Furniture

As we walk from process to process, I notice that an arm of a chair starting to take form. “This is one of the most difficult pieces we make,” says Weston who points to the worker on the cutter who is meticulously carving out detailed incisions. “As a strategy, we ensure that we always have a higher stock of the items that are more complex to produce.” With high demand for Knightsbridge products and limited facilities, this is a resourceful method that reduces the possibility of delays in the manufacturing process.

Contract chair in the process of being upholstered

Image credit: Knightsbridge Furniture

Once each frame is cut, sanded, assembled, tinted, polished and dried, it is then ready for the upholstery process. On average, it takes the team at Knightsbridge approximately one hour to upholster a typical sofa. As the demand in hotel interior design renovations increases, the company also offers a reupholstery service whereby it will reupholster any piece of furniture (even if it’s not a Knightsbridge product). The cluster of seamstresses working is impressive and the decision to keep a cap on fabric stock is reassuring. “To reduce waste and save space, we only stock as much material as we need in this area,” Weston explains. “What’s more, although we have colour and fabric options, we will match any colour the client wants.”

Seamstress working

Image credit: Knightsbridge Furniture

Elsewhere in the factory, away from the main production line, is the design and development team. Led by Director Jason Brown, who lives and breathes by the ethos that you can’t turn down the volume on creativity, the soul of the factory is my home-from-from during my visit. “I have every furniture designers’ dream job, right?” laughs Brown. “It’s such a privilege being able to have all the tools, kit and skills to be able to prototype products in-house.” Brown is a man after my own heart who seems to wear many hats in his role. “The most obvious element to my role is that I sketch and design the future collections,” he explains. “But what most people perhaps don’t know is that my team, which is magic by the way, also have to provide the factory workers with all the technical drawings when we start producing a new product. As you can imagine, there is no margin for error in this department. We are always looking for new ways to be innovative, while being mindful of time, quality and cost for the overall business.” For Brown, like all great designers, thinking creatively and thinking commercially are difficult plates to spin at the same time. “It’s a challenge, but that’s why I love it,” he adds.

Despite Knightsbridge having the ultimate in-house design dream team, led by a visionary who clearly leads within the pack, the company is also proud to work with outside influences when designing future products. The latest collaborations to come out the factory include the likes of John Coleman, Sean Dare, Jim Hamilton and David Fox.

Knightsbridge is a modern company like no other. Proud of its heritage and confident to push boundaries, it seems as if this British-born company has all the materials, workforce and ideas – all stored under one roof – to lead the contract furniture market into another 80 successful years of business.