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    Editor Checks In: April ‘19

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    Editor Checks In: April ‘19

    Everyone is talking about Milan…

    Italy’s city of the future, which is also its fashion, culture and design quarters, thrives in between Gothic architecture. The fast-paced metropolis of Milan comes alive in April for what is seen as the largest design event in the calendar, Milan Design Week. Leading designers, architects and journalists from all corners of the world descend onto the city. Visitors are warned pre-show by the festival guides to expect the unexpected – and each year, companies come to premiere new collections. Over the six days, everyone is talking about Milan.

    But with all the pre-event noise in the world, nothing could have prepared us for what came next. Having attended the annual event now for five years running, the British designer Tom Dixon decided it was time to make his permanent mark on the city. Instead of exhibiting in the traditional way – on a stand at Salone del Mobile – he opened a restaurant and showroom in time for this year’s activities, allowing visitors the ability to browse the studio’s products in an active context.

    Witnessing the constant stream of ideas, launches and collaboration announcements made the week an incredible time to be curating the content on the editorial desk – albeit remotely at times. Salone del Mobile recorded 386,236 attendees, over the six days, from 181 different countries. That is what the Italians would regard as a ‘successo’.

    Back on home soil, last month I was fortunate enough to check in to what was one of last year’s most anticipated hotel openings. The University Arms in Cambridge, designed by The Brit list 2018’s Interior Designer of the Year, Martin Brudnizki, is a jewel in the heart of a city riddled in history. Taking an aptly earnest approach (when in Cambridge), we published the interactive hotel review after speaking with both Brudnizki and John Simpson from John Simpson Architects who were the visionaries behind the reinvention of the heritage hotel that now shelters a modern soul.

    As the sun sets on yet another incredible, immersive and influential Milan Design Week, I am reminded that there’s never a dull day in the life of a design editor (I’m writing this in between seminars at the inaugural Interior Design & Architecture Summit (IDAS)). There’s optimism in the air and London, which has been at the centre of the world’s attention recently for putting the magnifying glass on climate change, is calling for more to be done in terms of building sustainable cities and hotels around the world. As we gear up for Clerkenwell Design Week , will sustainability dominate the talks and sessions as it has at IDAS? Well check out our recently published pre-event guide identifies the major product launches to look forward to.

    During May, Hotel Designs will be putting Bathrooms and Bars & Restaurants under the spotlight. If you would like to contribute to these topics, please do not hesitate to email me.

    Editor, Hotel Designs

    Editor Checks In: March ’19

    730 565 Hamish Kilburn
    Editor Checks In: March ’19

    Reviewing March: here’s to the future…

    One of the many treasures of being a young design editor comes the morning after the night before. Waking up fresh-faced, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed wouldn’t be possible if I didn’t feel as if what we achieved last night at Meet Up London was nothing short of being exceptional!

    Ever since I arrived at Hotel Designs in May of last year, I have taken tremendous pride in the fact that I have the tools and the ability to help open up the integral relationship between our readers and our brand.

    While the industry gathered at Minotti London for Meet Up London last night, I realised that our relationship opened up even wider when we welcomed a large handful of our industry’s rising stars. With the aim to bridge the age gap in international hotel design, we announced our 30 Under 30, which is made up of incredible talent. From those quickly climbing the ranks within leading design and architecture firms to others who are bravely going it alone to set up their own studios, all finalists in our 30 Under 30 have proven themselves to be creative geniuses.

    Although by the contents of our newly unveiled 30 Under 30 the future is looking bright, it was put upon James Soane from the London School of Architecture to address the elephant in the room when looking into the future of hotel design as he took the stage as our headline speaker at the event. “The hotel industry has a great opportunity to demonstrate alternative sustainable ways of designing, living and adapting,” he said during the engaging presentation. Soane’s passion balanced with knowledge took what could have been seen as a dry lecture and turned it around to be an alluring and healthy debate with great relevance.

    “Welcome to the new Hotel Designs.”

    While we are on the topic of talking about great opportunities, welcome to the new Hotel Designs. On a fresh website, all of our conversations, opinions, news and features are open for all to enjoy. This new platform is the result of the largest rebrand the title has ever seen. Our new slogan, “defining the point on international hotel design,” shows that we are prepared more now than ever before to cut through the noise in order to give our readers quality, relevant and engaging content.

    To mark the new era of Hotel Designs, we’ve dedicated the first sentence of our new chapter to a true design icon. Isle Crawford, the founding Editor-In-Chief of Elle Decoration turned award-winning interior designer, said in a recent Netflix documentary Abstract: The Art of Design: “Design thrives on restrictions.” Crawford has metaphorically cut the silk ribbon by being the subject of the first article to be published on the new website.

    And now it’s time to put all of our visions and ideas into practice. Subscribe and join us on our journey, complete with regular check ins, as we take international hotel design up a notch or two.

    Editor, Hotel Designs

    Editor of Hotel Designs confirmed to speak at IHS Amsterdam

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    Editor Hamish Kilburn has been confirmed to host ‘Designing for Bleisure’ on the Hotel Vision Stage at Independent Hotel Show Amsterdam on May 8… 

    As a proud media partner of the Independent Hotel Show Amsterdam, Hotel Designs has announced that it will take an active role in the two-day exhibition that takes place on May 8 – 9 with its editor, Hamish Kilburn, is now confirmed to moderate a unique and engaging panel discussion.

    Title: Designing for Bleisure
    When: Wednesday May 8

    Time: 17.00 – 17.45
    Where: Hotel Vision Stage, Amsterdam Rai Hall 5
    Moderated by: Hamish Kilburn, Hotel Designs
    Panelists: Hans Meyer, Zoku and Rob Wagemans, Concrete

    Summary of session

    Whether travelling for business or leisure, humans are seeking great experiences from their hotel stay. Kilburn will moderate the session ‘Designing For Bleisure’ and will ask important questions such as how we should define a bleisure guest while also confronting whether or not the hospitality and design community is reacting well to this need by designing spaces for ‘bleisure’.

    Joining Kilburn on the stage for the session will be one of Amsterdam’s most known, and much-admired, hoteliers Hans Meyer who is the brainchild of Zoku and Rob Wagemans who is the founder and creative director of architecture studio Concrete.

    “In order to nail consumer demands so that we can then go on design better hotels and better cities, it is vital to put this topic under the magnifying glass,” said Kilburn. “Designing for bleisure is not about designing separate areas for different types of guests, but more around designing flexible spaces that are timeless, which I look forward to discussing live on stage at the Independent Hotel Show in Amsterdam.”

    To resister for the show in order to secure your place in the audience at the Designing For Bleisure session, please click here. In addition to partaking in the speaker programme, Hotel Designs will also be exhibiting at the show on stand no. F64.

    Editor checks in: February ’19

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    It’s in with the new…

    This month has been about discovery over on the editorial desk at Hotel Designs HQ. At the beginning of February we opened entries and nominations for our 30 Under 30 initiative, which was the start of our global search for the industry’s rising stars. Make no bones about it, this is Hotel Designs’ pledge to help and really support young designers who are proving themselves to be leaders in the making on the vast international hotel design scene.

    “With the aim to do more than just list 30 incredible names, Hotel Designs is also inviting all 40 shortlisted candidates to our Q1 networking event, Meet Up London.”

    Whittling down the hundreds of entries and nominations has allowed us to really unearth raw potential and realise that the future of our industry is in good and capable hands. As a 26-year-old design editor myself, I can relate to individuals in our field who deserve to be defined and judged not by their date of birth, but by the work they produce. The time has come to change the perception of young designers form being junior to being superior by showcasing to the world some of the spectacular projects that are being worked on by designers and architects 30 years old or younger.

    With the aim to do more than just list 30 incredible names, Hotel Designs is also inviting all 40 shortlisted candidates to our Q1 networking event, Meet Up London, which takes place on March 28 at Minotti London’s fabulous Fitzrovia showroom. There are still tickets available if you would like to join us in bridging the age gap between designers, hoteliers, architects and key-industry suppliers.

    If you are a designer, architect or hotelier, please purchase your tickets here
    If you are a supplier, please purchase your tickets here. 

    February is over almost as soon as it began, but what a month it has been! Marching on, we have some exciting brand news to reveal to you shortly…

    Editor, Hotel Designs

    Hotel Designs welcomes new editor, Adam Bloodworth

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    Hotel Designs is delighted to welcome Adam Bloodworth to the team as the brand’s new editor.

    Up until now, Bloodworth has been working for a wide range of publications as a freelance writer including Metro.co.uk, FoodSpark, London Evening Standard and South China Morning Post.

    Prior to this, he was also the in-house editor for restaurant openings website, Just Opened London, where he spent three years in the business.

    With his wealth of experience as a writer, Hotel Designs is looking forward to see where he can take the brand in the future.

    “It is an exciting time to be joining the brand. With the new year well under way, we have a huge number of exciting features planned including hospitality driven interior design, bathroom and lighting design, outdoor furniture and spas, fabrics and textures plus lots more,” said Katy Phillips, publisher of Hotel Designs.

    “In addition, we also have a number of highly focused events planned too – those of you that know our well-established Meet Up brand will have seen that the spring soiree at The London Edition on March 21 is now available to book on to. We also have the hugely popular Hotel Summit now in its 20th year. If you are a hotelier or supplier to the hotel industry you cannot miss this event.”

    Bloodworth can be contacted on a.bloodworth@forumevents.co.uk or 01992 374101.