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    Sony reveals how TV has impacted the living room through the decades

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    Sony reveals how TV has impacted the living room through the decades

    Sony’s ‘Evolution of the Living Room’ report reveals how (TV) inch size does indeed matter for guests who are checking in… 

    Despite changing décor, consumer behaviour, streamed content taking a leap forward and hoteliers wanting to steer guests to utilise public areas, the TV is still the heart of the guestroom according to the ‘Evolution of the Living Room’ report, released in conjunction with a survey of 6,000 European consumers and commentary from industry experts.

    Informed by experts including Italian design duo Stefano Mich and Alessandro de Pompeis,Sonia Solicari the director of the Geffrye Museum of the Home and psychologist Emma Kenny, the report reveals how the living room has evolved to fit in with our modern-day lives and is centred around the TV, which has evolved with it – as have the designs of modern hotel guestrooms as a result.

    The findings demonstrate how the modern-day television set now completes a living space, while also exploring the modern phenomenon of on-demand and streamed services, as well as the growing inch size of televisions.

    Covering off topics such as how streaming has infiltrated the living room, the continued increase in TV size despite the increase in popularity of smaller, portable devices, it provides a unique insight into how technology and society have shaped its development.

    “64 per cent of people said that they watch just as much or more TV now than they did 10 years ago.”

    Since the first Sony TV was created in 1960, it quickly became a central and integral part of the living room as the popularity of TV grew – with a third (32 per cent) of people saying it is the most important item, coming second only to the sofas they watch it on. This trend is showing no sign of slowing down either, as 64 per cent of people said that they watch just as much or more TV now than they did ten years ago.

    Sixty years ago, families huddled around an 8inch TV set but present-day living rooms now have a cinema-style feel – with TVs going up to 75 inches in size.

    The report also found that people now prefer streamed content over watching scheduled TV. Reasons given for this include the flexibility streaming offers rather than be restricted to the show on TV (50 per cent), fitting programmes in around longer working hours (32 per cent) and being able to watch with friends/or a partner (31 per cent).

    “Television isn’t simply a medium that enables you to enjoy a variety of content,” said UK TV psychological expert and media commentator, Emma Kenny. “It represents so many different variables, and reaches individuals in completely unique ways.”

    While society has changed significantly since the introduction of the first TV to the present day – along with design innovations of the TV as a result of seamless collaborations – many of our social behaviours remain the same. We’re still social beings who value family time, and with a certain nostalgia linked to ‘TV time’ across Europe, it doesn’t surprise me that families continue to enjoy TV together as a shared experience.

    Despite the increase in popularity of portable devices, TVs are getting bigger, with more than a third of people now wanting a TV more than 55 inches and 16 per cent desiring a 65+ inch set.

    Almost half (48 per cent) of people want a bigger TV than the one they have now, but men are 10 per cent more likely than women to want a bigger TV.

    Kenny adds: “Like it or otherwise, we associate owning items that really ‘stand out’ as a marker of success. The market for large TV’s has grown, and this has made it a competitive environment. If you want your home to appear modern and your lifestyle to seem successful, then status symbols are important. This bigger is better belief system has never been so prominent than in the world of TV.

    “Living rooms are transported into home cinemas, making the viewing experience the best that it has ever been. Whilst for many of us affording a season ticket to watch your favourite football team is out of reach, yet you can feel as if you are at the match when you have a large, quality TV screen in front of you”

    *Research of 6,000 Europeans carried out by One Poll in April, 2019

    Main image credit: Sony

    Samsung joins Hotel Summit and becomes a Hotel Designs Recommended Supplier

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    Samsung joins Hotel Summit and becomes a Hotel Designs Recommended Supplier

    The leading technology company, Samsung, is the latest top supplier to announce that it is attending the highly anticipated Hotel Summit at Heythrop Park from July 8 – 9, 2019… 

    From smartphones to TVs, WiFi to tablets, Samsung is unquestionably a leading technology supplier in the hotel design industry – and is the most recent company to announce its attendance to this year’s Hotel Summit, which takes place at Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire, from July 8 – 9.

    By signing up to the Summit as a Gold Partner, the company automatically is given the benefit of becoming a Hotel Designs Recommended Supplier for one year. The premium company will now benefit from monthly coverage on Hotel Designs for 12 months, promoting the brand’s product launches as well as having the opportunity to comment in many of the relevant topics that are explored throughout the year, including features on technology and sustainability.

    The Hotel Summit is specifically organised for senior professionals who are directly responsible for purchasing and procurement within their organisation, and those who provide the latest and greatest products and services within the sector.

    A highly focused event that brings together hotel professionals and key industry solution providers, the Summit consists of one-to-one business meetings, interactive seminars and valuable networking opportunities; in less than two days!

    How to register 

    If you are a supplier to the hospitality industry looking to meet top hotel professionals, contact Jennie Lane at j.lane@forumevents.co.uk– or click here to book your place.

    If you are a hotelier and would like a complimentary ticket to attend the Summit, please contact Liam Cloona on l.cloona@forumevents.co.uk – or click here to book your place.

    Samsung 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.

    LIVE FROM MILAN Foster + Partners and LG unveil world’s first rollable LED TV

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    LIVE FROM MILAN Foster + Partners and LG unveil world’s first rollable LED TV

    Architectural firm Foster + Partners has collaborated with LG to design and launch the world’s first rollable OLED TV during Milan Design Week…

    Launching during Milan Design Week, architectural firm Foster + Partners has unveiled the world’s first rollable OLED TV in reaction to the rising demand for discreet technology. Raising the bar in consumer technology, the new LG SIGNATURE OLED TV R, the world’s first rollable TV.

    The practice has designed the TV’s external geometry and finishes as well as playing an active part in creating specific internal mechanisms. The screen technology is set to redefine the idea of the television and the living spaces it occupies.

    “The design is a creative response to the challenge of creating invisible technology that is unobtrusive with a quiet sculptural presence,” said Mike Holland, Head of Industrial Design at Foster + Partners. “It dematerialises the screen, which can be automatically rolled in and out of a discreet minimalist rectangular enclosure when needed, offering a sense of liberation to design interior spaces.”

    The television is omnipresent in most living spaces, and with screen sizes getting bigger it often dominates a room even when not being used. The new LG OLED rollable screen allows freedom from walls and offers a sense of liberation to design interior spaces. It features a sculptural minimalist rectangular volume crafted from aluminium, which contains the rolling mechanism and integrated speaker, fronted by matching tonal fabric. The ultra-thin screen rises from the top of this box, supported by a sprung steel backing and slender arms. The minimal detail and simplicity of design allows it to become part of a variety of interior spaces.

    The stand will be on display at Tortona Zone, Superstudio Più from April 9th to April 14.

    Main image credit: Foster + Partners/LG

    SPOTLIGHT ON: IHG pilots new lighting technology

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    SPOTLIGHT ON: IHG pilots new lighting technology

    The new lighting technology that is being piloted by IHG is designed specifically to help guests sleep better…

    InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has partnered with Healthe® by Lighting Science, a global leader in innovative LED lighting solutions, to pilot the use of state-of-the-art circadian lighting to help guests sleep better while travelling.

    Crowne Plaza® Atlanta Airport will be the first IHG property to install the JOURNI™ Mobile Task Light in guestrooms. Designed using Healthe®’s patented GoodDay® and GoodNight® spectrum technologies, JOURNI allows access to the alertness and focus-enhancing spectrum during the day, and then easily change to the warm, sleep-enhancing spectrum at night. This versatile, dual-spectrum luminaire can help you to effortlessly bring energy-efficient, circadian lighting right to your hotel room.  Ultimately, JOURNI also helps to regulate the body’s circadian rhythm or 24-hour internal body clock which effects important biological functions such as sleep, hormone levels, body temperature and metabolism.

    Committed to investing and leading the way in the latest innovations and technologies to help guests sleep better, IHG already has programs in place across its brands based including:

    • Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts Sleep Advantage™ Programme has been designed to improve the quality of sleep during hotel overnights, improving the quality of the following day. The bed linens provide unbelievable softness and the programme’s unique This Works aromatherapy line contains pure essential oils that help the customer to recover from the day’s stress and to sleep more soundly.
    • EVEN® Hotels lighting profiles allows guests to change the colour of the lighting in their rooms to blue, red, green or yellow to either energise or relax
    • The Holiday Inn® Pillow Menu gives guests the option to choose between a varied range of pillows, from firmness to type and even filling

    “At IHG, we want to make sure our guests are getting the best night’s sleep possible across our 5,600 hotels and portfolio of more than 15 brands,” said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President of Global Guest Experience Shared Services, IHG. “We are continually testing ways we can enhance the guest experience, loyalty and ultimately, owner value. Our circadian lighting technology pilot is the latest example of the work we are doing to innovate the guest experience. We’re excited to be the first hotel company to pilot Healthe®’s JOURNI product and are already working on what’s coming next.”

    Main image credit: IHG

    Hamilton Litestat’s ‘satin’ metallic accessories bring PANTONE’s Colour Of The Year to life

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    Satin Chrome and Satin Stainless-Steel accessories from Hamilton Litestat bring added energy to Pantone’s vibrant Colour of the Year 2019…

    The 2019 must-have palette for interior design, fashion and furnishings is set to include PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral, which has been named Pantone Colour of the Year.

    Selected by colour trend experts at the Pantone Color Institute, Living Coral is described as an ‘animating and life-affirming coral hue’. As with such announcements and the subjective nature of colour choice, it has received mixed reviews. Amongst the debate and deliberation, the name ‘living coral’ and its wider social commentary on global warming and the state of our diminishing coral reefs has divided opinion. It’s certainly struck a nerve, with some in full support and others slating it as ‘another marketing ploy’.

    Whatever your thoughts on the new Pantone Colour of the Year, there’s no getting away from its warm tones bringing energy yet calmness to a space. It’s buoyant, positive and light-hearted. When used in interior design, PANTONE Living Coral rugs, blankets and upholsteries can create a warm and nurturing feeling, while wall colourings and decorative accessories add a dramatic pop of colour.

    The vivid sunset hue works well in monochrome schemes and finds a dynamic partnership with blue, reflecting coral’s harmonious relationship with the sea. In the home, it is complemented by Hamilton’s decorative wiring accessories in Satin Chrome and Satin Stainless finishes, whose metallic and reflective tones link to water and bring extra life and sparkle to the on-trend colour.

    In addition to the satin chrome and stainless-steel finishes, Satin Brass and Hamilton’s cost-effective white plastic finish in the Hartland CFX design, create crisp, contemporary interiors. For a more coordinated alternative, Hamilton’s Paintables range allows you to exactly match the Pantone as a plate finish, with this option available in Hartland CFX or Sheer CFX.

    With a wide range of designs and finishes, along with functionality to suit the modern, connected household or high-end hotel – including dual 2.4A USB double switched socket plates – Hamilton’s electrical wiring accessories provide the perfect finishing touch for any interior scheme, whatever the shade or design.

    Hamilton litestat, which celebrated a major milestone in 2018 when the business reached its 50th anniversary, 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.

    Main image credit: Hamilton Litestat

     

    Hamilton Litestat has the perfect accompaniment to Spiced Honey

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    British electrical solutions provider Hamilton’s bronze electrical accessories a perfect match for Dulux Colour of the Year 2019…

    Paint brand Dulux has announced ‘Spiced Honey’ its Colour of the Year 2019 as it forecasts the home colour trends for the upcoming year. The warm and earthy deep ochre hue is balanced by mid-brown and burgundy to create a contemporary and versatile shade that is complemented by sophisticated bronze, brass and copper finishes.

    Each year, international design authorities gather to discuss global design trends that best capture the current times. Following a period of unpredictability, the warm, comforting and classic tone of Spiced Honey has been selected during expert trend analysis for signalling optimism, positivity, energy and transformation as we move into 2019.

    “Hamilton’s bronze switch plates and sockets are available in Copper Bronze, Connaught Bronze, Etrium Bronze and Richmond Bronze finishes.”

    The contemporary yet classic shade can be paired with diverse palettes and different materials to create a range of moods with a space, from calming through to energising. Bronze, brass and copper are particularly complementary materials, with Hamilton Litestat’s electrical accessories in these finishes bringing both contemporary and sophisticated accents to Spiced Honey for on-trend interior schemes.

    “Brasses and bronzes are very much the finishes of 2019,” says Rob Matthews of interior design & architecture team, Matthews Mee. “The warm metallic tones bring a sophisticated, luxe finish to a space, whether that’s with a high shine or brushed matte finish, and complement Spiced Honey. Having featured Hamilton’s decorative wiring accessories in a recent five-star hotel project, I’m an advocate of the high-quality electrical solutions, with its Richmond Bronze finish adding subtle elegance and refinement.”

    Hamilton’s bronze switch plates and sockets are available in Copper Bronze, Connaught Bronze, Etrium Bronze and Richmond Bronze finishes, while its Antique Brass finish also enhances Spiced Honey.

    Offering a wide range of modern functionality – including dual 2.4A USB double switched socket plates – Hamilton’s solutions are specified in high-end hotels and residencies to deliver a sophisticated finish. All five brass and bronze finishes are available in Linea plate designs, as well as Hamilton’s Hartland CFX and Sheer CFX designs, while Antique Brass is also available in Hartland and Sheer collections.

    Hamilton litestat, which celebrated a major milestone in 2018 when the business reached its 50th anniversary, 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.

    Main Image caption: Matthews Mee brought elegant sophistication to the ‘Anne Boleyn Wing’ in Hever Castle, Kent, with Hamilton’s Hartland CFX® decorative plates in a Richmond Bronze finish. This renovation of the five-star period property aimed to bring together historical elements, modern comforts and contemporary style.

     

    Understanding lighting technology with Hamilton Litestat

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    Following on from Hotel Designs’ Spotlight On’ feature of Technology last month, editor Hamish Kilburn sat down with the marketing manager of Hamilton Litestat to explore lighting trends, clever ways to illuminate the guestroom and how products are changing…

    Last month, Hotel Designs lit up the conversation around in-hotel technology and where trends are heading in the near future of hotel design. One conversation that came up time and time again was the idea of designers using lighting in more savvy ways to create a certain ambiance. With this in mind, I decided to ask the experts at Hamilton Litestat who are ahead of the curve and in-the-know when it comes to the future of lighting technology in the guestroom and beyond.

    Hamish Kilburn: How has lighting recently become more of a focus in guestroom design?

    Gavin Williams: Lighting has always played a significant role in the guest experience of a hotel. First impressions count and from the moment a guest sees the hotel building and walks into reception, lighting is being used to create a statement about the hotel.

    Lighting control certainly doesn’t need to be complicated

    Within a hotel’s guestrooms, lighting control provides important functionality. In the week, many guests are business people who need to use their rooms as a place of work during the day. Then, in the evenings – as well as weekend guests – they want to use the space to relax. Lighting control transforms these spaces between the different functional requirements, easing from bright work-appropriate lighting into softer mood lighting at the touch of a button or swipe of a finger.

    This also applies to the function rooms, restaurants and bars within a hotel. The atmosphere – and therefore the lighting requirements – for breakfast is very different to an evening meal setting, so lighting control can support this space transformation too.

    We take the brief and turn it into the desired solution with no headaches

    HK: I think a lot of designers shudder at the thought of lighting control in the guestroom. Can you put their minds at ease by telling us what makes Hamilton’s products user friendly?

    GW: Lighting control certainly doesn’t need to be complicated. From a designer’s perspective, all they need to do is tell Hamilton what effects they want to achieve, and our team will deliver a pre-programmed system to suit. Designers don’t need to know the ins and outs of how the system works, that’s Hamilton’s job! We take the brief and turn it into the desired solution with no headaches.

    Our solutions offer a range of effects, so designers should consider the result they’re after and whether they’d like dimming control, the ability to mix light and colour with DMX options, or the ability to set scenes. If they’re unsure, they can visit Hamilton’s showrooms in Bristol or at the Mere facilities to talk through the options and see demonstrations so they have the confidence that the system will deliver their lighting ideas.

    And, even more importantly, our smart lighting control solutions make things simple for guests too. They can be controlled by simple yet elegant button switches that are available in a range of designs, easy-to-use glass control panels or via an accessible app on a smart device.

    We’ve found exhibitions such as Decorex, The Independent Hotel Show and the recently rebranded SLEEP+EAT particularly helpful for keeping abreast of the latest trends

    HK: Do you keep track of trends, and what lighting products are most popular for hotels?

    GW: Yes, we make sure we take notice of the lighting trends within the hotel sector, and the general design trends. Both are very important to our business. Our smart lighting control solutions can help achieve these looks, but as we also design and manufacture decorative wiring accessories, we offer switched plates and sockets with the latest on-trend finishes.

    We’ve found exhibitions such as Decorex, The Independent Hotel Show and the recently rebranded SLEEP+EAT particularly helpful for keeping abreast of the latest trends. We exhibit at these shows and have both hoteliers and designers visit our stand, so we often find ourselves discussing current trends and themes that require lighting control. We also participate in the Hotel Designs networking events, which we find very useful. Hamilton’s solution is very flexible and can be programmed to deliver more complex solutions as and when new trends and requirements come in, but we’re also always happy to build a bespoke system to meet a specific design brief.

    HK: Can you explain the creative elements with regards to what goes into designing a new product?

    GW: Products are bought, not sold, so new product development must be driven by talking to customers and uncovering what is missing from the current market offering, or what is not working with existing products on the shelves. In terms of the crucial elements when designing a new product, function and form has always been important to Hamilton and balancing these two elements is something we pride ourselves on. We ensure our products deliver smooth, seamless and effective functionality in a product that’s attractive and well-designed.

    In a hotel, the bulk of any lighting control system will be installed out of view in the hotel’s hub room. It’s only the control plates that are visible in guestrooms so, typically, a designer wants to create a special control plate, one that has a unique shape or finish to coordinate with other wiring accessories in the design scheme.

    The majority of Hamilton’s products are manufactured in our factory in Bristol

    As pioneers in the manufacture of decorative plates for switches, sockets and lighting controls, Hamilton has accrued 50 years’ experience in meeting the specifications of designers and hoteliers. We simply need some guidance on the function, style and finish that’s being sought, and we will interpret these wishes to provide a suitable solution. The Hamilton design team can offer 3D CAD drawings so that customers can view product designs from different angles and perspectives to ensure it meets the most exacting requirements. This also shortens the lead time from design to product sampling. We’re also happy to create highly finished sample prototypes for a designer to present to their client to help them buy into their design ideas.

    HK: How are Hamilton Litestat products made?

    Image caption: Gavin Williams

    GW: The majority of Hamilton’s products are manufactured in our factory in Bristol: we’re a family-run business producing British-quality solutions. Our production facility includes complete CNC, Laser and Water Jet Cutting capability. In addition to our standard selection of finishes, we can provide bespoke premium finishes, including PVD, in a choice of finishes such as Nickel or Antique Gold. If required, we can print text or graphics on plates by Laser Etch, Pad Printing or Engraving. In short, it’s a mixture and both machine and hand finishing to ensure our customers get a quality product both in terms of design and manufacture.

    Hamilton Litestat are 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.

    Light, modern newly unveiled guestrooms

    St. James’ Court, A Taj Hotel, unveils renovated premium guestrooms

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    Following a nine-month refurbishment, the renovated areas boast a blend of heritage and contemporaneity design…

    St James’ Court in Westminster, operated by Taj hotels, has officially launched its newly renovated guestrooms at the Almoners Townhouse, as part of a multi-million pound refurbishment.

    In accordance with the hotel’s commitment to ‘reinventing tradition’, the renovation complements the “English Classics, Reinvented” series, which gives literary classics a new lease of life as Taj partners with contemporary British artists to create a selection of limited edition covers for UK’s best loved tales.

    The award-winning hospitality and residential architects and interior designers, Dexter Moren Associates, alongside interior design consultant Sue Freeman, are carrying out the entirety of the project, working to create an equilibrium between the historic design features and a fresh contemporary finish.

    Embodying the magnetism of the unique location, the new premium guestrooms have been infused with the modern influence of present-day London, yet maintaining comfort and convenience, rooted in the hotel’s legacy, providing guests with a welcoming retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city.

    Among the spaces seeing that have recently completed are the guestrooms located in Almoners townhouse. Following a nine-month refurbishment, the renovated areas boast the perfect blend of heritage and contemporaneity; Taj’s historic design features marry with a bold, contemporary finish, reminiscent of a modern townhouse. The use of pale hues accentuates the abundance of natural light, giving the new rooms and suites a bright and airy feel that ultimately creates a light and welcoming environment.

    The areas boast ample space and a variety of earthy and soothing colour pallets which draw inspiration from the surrounding meandering cityscape, evident in the decorative bespoke maps that are suspended throughout.

    Neutral tones and cleverly-crafted light installations provide the entrance lobby and hall with a sophisticated appeal, resembling an archetypal arcade. Showcasing simple paneling, elegant edges and steady trimmings, these rooms are quintessential gateways to the luxurious offerings synonymous with St. James’ Court.

    “Since opening its doors in 1902, St. James’ Court, A Taj Hotel has symbolised union between Taj’s Indian heritage and timeless British pedigree,” comments the UK Area Director and General Manager, Digvijay Singh. “Hosting more than a 100,000 travellers every year, the renovation marks an exciting new era for the hotel by boosting its offerings to serve the ever evolving needs of the modern traveller”.

    The renovation will also see the opening of new spa facilities in August 2018.