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The BIID celebrates successful annual conference

Hamish Kilburn

The British Institute of Interior Design (BIID), which is the proud industry sponsor of The Brit List 2018, held its eighth annual conference exploring many engaging hotel interior design design topics… 

Guests from across the design spectrum, last week attended the eighth British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) conference, Inside Knowledge 2018: The BIID Business Success Conference. Taking place at 30 Euston Square, London, delegates enjoyed a packed programme of diverse, inspirational talks led by industry experts.

This year, the conference featured five sessions on the theme of business success, providing interior designers with real, actionable advice that guests were able to take away from the event and apply straight into their own business.

Following a welcome and introduction from BIID President, Gilly Craft, the audience was captivated by the first thought-provoking session of the day, the Keynote Conversation with Olga Polizzi. Hosted by Studio magazine’s editor, Kate Burnett, this engaging conversation offered key insights into the acclaimed hotelier and interior designer’s career, her design philosophy, personal life, recent projects, career advice and what led her to become one of the country’s most successful designers.

The first business success case study of the day saw interior designer, John Evans, explain to the audience how dividing his company into two distinct brands, John Evans Interior Architecture and Design Ltd (residential) and JE+1 Interiors (retail), transformed his business. He explained how this separation benefitted him and allowed him to retain clients and target different audiences more successfully, with advice for interiors designers on how to balance this in the best possible way.

The lively panel discussion hosted by Daniel Hopwood, ‘Finding My Niche Market,’ provided attendees with valuable insights from BIID members including May Fawzy of boutique interior architecture practice MF Design, who specialises in commercial workplace interiors, April Russell of The Art of Interiors, who blends art with interior design, and Rhian Barker of high-end residential practice Accouter Design, who offers their clients a 15 working day turn around on FF&E Projects. The mix of specialisms allowed for a thought-provoking debate on how to grow professional expertise in a specific market, how it enables businesses to stand out, and the challenges this generates compared to a broader ‘generalist’ approach to interior design.

For the second business success case study of the day, the audience heard from Seana Clarke from leading residential practice Holland Green on how integrating interior design and architecture benefitted her design projects. She shared her experiences of working collaboratively with architectural teams to offer a holistic design service and explained how this can improve interior designers’ value and the relationship with their clients.

Interior Designers were taken on whistle-stop journey through the apps and technologies in use by design studio teams today, in the quick-fire panel discussion, ‘The App That Changed My Life.’ Hosted by Susie Rumbold, each of the seven speakers took it in turns to explain why their favourite app should be part of every interior designers working tool kit, including Kia Stanford on Basecamp, Simone Suss on Instagram, Peter Staunton on Sketchfab, Natalia Shchyra on Kubity, Sarah Ahluwalia on Estimac, Harriet Forde on Pinterest, and Gilly Craft on Xero.

Interior designer and sustainability and wellbeing expert, Elina Grigoriou, discussed how becoming a SKA rating assessor has added to her skills as an interior designer in her business success case study at the conference. She explained why the issue of sustainability is important for interior designers and how her training in this sector has allowed her business to grow.

“The aim of the event is to inspire and motivate interior designers and design professionals, and to provide advice and guidance to support their professional development,” said Gilly Craft, BIID President. “I’d like to thank all of our incredible speakers who gave up their time to share their knowledge, our fantastic supporters who made the event possible, and for all of the attendees who joined us on the day.”

BIID Past President, Charles Leon, closed the day with a panel discussion on ‘The professional design buyers view: a client perspective of working with interior designers.’ With experiences shared from Emma King, Head of Interior Design at InterContinental Hotels Group, Andy McLoughlin, Director Capital Projects, Hilton, and Lester Bennett, BIID Director and Design Consultant, the audience gained a wealth of insight and practical advice to take away for future projects.

Inside Knowledge 2018 was supported by Conference Partner, Tradelinens, and Official Supporters; Craig & Rose, eporta, Havwoods, James Latham, MAISON&OBJET.

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Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted unveils new meetings & event space

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Ahead of it being the venue of the 20th Anniversary of Hotel Summit next month, the Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted unveils fully refurbished meeting and event spaces…

Located just 500m from Stansted Airport and a short walk from the new Stansted Arrivals building launching in 2020, Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted blends sophisticated design within its newly refurbished modern meeting facilities.

Following a £660k investment in the meetings & events facilities as part of a wider £6 million project, the hotel is now home to the largest meeting and event space in the area. Interior Design firm Trevillion were appointed to create a contemporary interior solution to meet the high demands of today’s corporate clientele. “Our scheme delivers a crisp colour palate, integrating “lifestyle” breakout facilities all conducive to today’s business community,” says Frances Blackham, design director at Trevillion.

“The simple furnishings and detailing is embellished with art inspired by the hotels identity as part of the London Stansted environment,” added Blackham.

Modifications have been made to the main ballroom space known as the Essex Suite, increasing its capacity to 350 people for dinner and 600 for theatre style presentations. In addition, there are now two new spaces dedicated to meeting breaks, offering fully furnished networking spaces.

A retractable wall and mobile bar allow convenient flexibility in the standard meetings rooms and rooms may be configured dependent on the client’s needs and meeting specifications.

All meeting rooms have been upgraded with high quality wireless internet and new tables and chairs. The larger meeting rooms also feature advanced Barco Clickshare systems. With a focus on allowing natural light to enter the space, the spacious and intelligent meeting rooms are the ideal location for business meetings and even themed leisure events.

The now sold out Hotel Summit takes place on June 4 to 5, 2018.

If you are a hotelier and would like to attend the 20th anniversary of the Hotel Summit, there are still limited spaces available on first serve basis.

For more information and what to expect from the two-day event click here

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Golden Tulip Holland Resort new shining star in Batu, Malang Indonesia

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Louvre Hotels Group has announced it will operate a new Conference Centre in Kota Batu, Malang alongside the largest Resort in Kota Batu, Malang.

Golden Tulip Holland Resort Batu & Conference Centre will offer state-of-the-art audiovisual & telecommunications technology. Previously, major meetings have predominately been held in Surabaya. The centre is ideally situated adjacent to the new 5-star, 260-room resort featuring 22 Sky Villas. Golden Tulip Holland Resort Batu is due to open in Quarter 1, 2017.

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CEO; PT Sunrise International Persada, owners of Golden Tulip Holland Resort Batu; Mr. Aditya K. Njonoriswondo said: “We are excited to partner with Golden Tulip and launch this new flagship property in beautiful Batu City. This European brand has been growing rapidly in Indonesia in the past few years and its own heritage has significant historical connection to the region. Our company’s investment is a testament to total belief in Tourism in East Java. We have bought in an internationally experienced team of hoteliers to train our young team and endeavor to be the shining star in Batu City, Malang.”