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Hamish Kilburn, Tina Norden, Balkaran Bassan and Vince Stroop on stage at HIX

HIX panel discussion: Designing hospitality for the ‘WFHotel’ generation

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HIX panel discussion: Designing hospitality for the ‘WFHotel’ generation

One of the stand-out moments from HIX 2021 was undoubtedly the installations that were displayed in the Hotel Tomorrow gallery. Designed collaboratively by Conran and Partner, Areen Design and stroop design, the aim was to reflect the coming together of co-working spaces and hotels. Editor Hamish Kilburn, who spent six months following the designers, moderated the panel discussion on the HIX Talks stage that explored every corner of the concept in detail. Pauline Brettell writes…

Hamish Kilburn, Tina Norden, Balkaran Bassan and Vince Stroop on stage at HIX

HIX 2021 has been two years in the making – like the entire hospitality industry, the event was subjected to Covid-19 cancellations and delays – but finally, last week saw the experiential trade show in the spotlight at London’s Business Design Centre. True to its manifesto and guiding principles, HIX presented us with not only new products and practical design solutions to marvel over, but it also opened discussion and debate around issues of direction, design and, of course, sustainability.

The spaces in which this spirit of debate and conversation were most visible, were the two installations, along with the discussions that were taken to the HIX Talks stage as a result.

The first of these immersive settings was the WFHotel installation, which presented designers with the challenge of re-looking at the hotel as a “new productive, fluid and well workplace”, and all that that means. It was a collaborative installation by the design studios of Areen Design, Conran & Partners, and stroop design. The three hand-selected studios worked together to present us with emerging possibilities. The designers representing the studios,  Balkaran Bassan, Tina Norden and Vince Stoop joined forces with editor Hamish Kilburn on the HIX Talks stage to explain the process and discuss the thoughts and ideas that resulted in the set, and just how the conversation developed into one that hopefully initiated debate and discussion rather than coming up with a formulaic answer or response. “The access we had into these studios was unprecedented,” said Kilburn. “It allowed us to follow the process from concept through to completion, to understand how each area of the installation evolved and mutate over time. “For me, though, the most inspiring element of this project was how it changed from being a competition between three studios to a purposeful collaboration, which really helped enforce this year’s theme of HIX: ‘all together now’.”

Although the project was a collaborate effort, each designer was able to create their own section within the overall installation. While there is clearly a need to overlap and integrate, the installations and the conversation that followed could be broadly divided into community and function, comfort and cocooning and wellness and nature. “It was inspiring to see how each design studio approached the brief differently,” Kilburn explained. “Conran and Partners injected the energy of community when they decided to launch workshops on their pod on the hour so that the space would transform in time. Meanwhlile, Areen Design created an art installation-style safe cocoon nest that brought down the heart rate. stroop design, very much inspired by its own situation of launching recently with no physical base, was inspired by nature – and unveiled its co-working pod as a walk-in-the-park experience. Outside these three areas, the studios worked together to help set the scene, using visuals and sound as tools for transformation from one area of the show to another.”

Discussing the question of community and function, Conran & Partners developed an interactive and community based focus to the design question. As explained by Tina Norden, while hotels have clearly always had to design for people, this concept took it a step further, encouraging the people using the space to define it and refine it, according to function and needs. Rather than over designing a space, the circular workspace was stripped back to allow for flexibility – flexibility of space and design being a key them throughout the discussion – to allow the people using the space to use it according to their needs in that moment.

The theme of wellness was explored by stroop design. Identifying the ‘work from wherever’ fluidity that has emerged out of the pandemic, and combining it with the importance of nature, especially in the urban built environment, was the focus. Stroop spoke about the need to maximise the ‘pockets of nature’ presented to us, along with the importance of nature in our wellbeing and therefore the importance of integrating that into the workplace and in so doing, ensuring a work, wellness balance.

Becoming a lot more introspective, and really championing the ‘circle of life’ motif that ran through all three installations, Areen Design created a soft and fluid quiet space, a space to cocoon. It was a place for thought, which provided an important counterbalance to the busy communality of the other spaces. Heightened by soft surfaces and lack of colour interference, this space gave a heightened sense of calm, and was a design devoid of unnecessary distraction.

“Not long after being presented with the brief and exploring initial ideas, the conversation soon developed from one of competition into one of collaboration – and this ethos was a positive note that sounded throughout the discussion.”

Having identified the differences, it was soon clear in discussion that the overall installation was all about collaboration and commonality. It was a process that, as mentioned by Kilburn, started out as a competition; a call to arms for three design studios to compete and establish who could come up with the best workplace solution. However, not long after being presented with the brief and exploring initial ideas, the conversation soon developed from one of competition into one of teamwork – and this ethos was a positive note that sounded throughout the discussion.

There was, as already mentioned, a clear theme or key word which emerged out of this discussion; flexibility. The need for flexible spaces and flexible design, to accommodate flexible purpose and mood. Coming out of the pandemic, lines and boundaries have been blurred as our personal spaces have had to be more multi-functional. We are now projecting those experiences onto what we want from public and hospitality spaces, specifically when it comes to design requirements around our co-working space. All three designers discussed at length the need for the need for that concept of flexibility to be applied to the design process as much as to the design itself. People have had to find the ‘space’ at home for work, play and wellness, and now expect hotels to deliver the same. A successful co-working space is about more than providing a socket to charge your phone, people are demanding a place that allows them to be creative, to work, to be responsive.

Tina Norden, Balkaran Bassan and Vince Stroop on stage at HIX

Image caption: Balkaran Bassan, Tina Norden and Vince Stroop were on the HIX Talks stage last week, explaining how their WFHotel concepts developed. Image credit: HIX

Another key theme of this discussion was that, along with the spirit of partnership, there developed an understanding of what we have in common rather than differences, so while on the surface the studios offered three very different design solutions, there was, as discussed by Tina Norden, Conran and Partners, “the red thread that ran through the designs”. The points the installations had in common were as important as their differences, and in fact ideally, aspects of all were required for a successful WFHotel space. The singularity of purpose, that red thread, strengthened the individual designs as they all presented us with different aspects of that flexible new space.

All three designs brought something different into the mix and highlighted the different elements that are required when we are looking critically at hotel design for tomorrow, a tomorrow which is rapidly becoming today. As with a lot of subjects, the questions around co-working spaces and design requirements where already happening before society got locked down, but Covid-19 and the ensuing shifts in society have accelerated this discussion. The WFHotels installation can therefore be seen as a starting point, and possibly even a challenge to start thinking more critically. As Bassan, succinctly put it, these installations should be seen as “conceptual thought bubbles,” that float into other conversations rather than a prescriptive solution.

The entire installation was described by stroop design as a “palette cleanser” from the main exhibition hall – it was a place to decompress after the hard sell of the main event where people where visually vying for space. In this space it was palpably quieter, and a lot calmer. There was a sense of community and common purpose, yet within that there remained space for so many different threads to be followed and discussions to be had.

If it was about creating an experience, then the circle of life swathed in fabric by Areen Design certainly did that, and as you walked into and quietly took time to explore the folds of fabric, you were confronted with the words of Haruki Murakami; “you won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm is all about”

The storm isn’t over, and the world is certainly not the same, but the conversation about what that means for the industry is certainly taking place as we try and work out exactly what the storm is all about. Hopefully, we are able to take back the narrative, and ensure that with some conscious and considered design we can somehow  charge the conversation with an increased positivity and energy.

And the suppliers…

The designers have expressed their sincere gratitude to the companies that and people who helped them throughout this process (and in some instances at very last minute) to achieve each their visual goals. Below is a nod to those brands; the often forgotten or at the very least, under-amplified, manufacturers that are vital part of the puzzle.

Conran and Partners: Alt Collective, Table Place Chairs, Matter of Stuff, Foresso, Fredericia, Carl Hansen & Son, Double Decker, Tomoko Kakita, Muuto
Areen Design: Alt Collective, Table Place Chairs, The Romo Group, Villa Nova, Latham Timber
stroop design: Technogym London, Elite Wallcovering by Article, Leaflike, Gubi, Ligne Roset, Astro Lighting, Romo Fabrics, Solid Surfaces, The Alt Collective, The Sunbeam Group

Main image credit: HIX

Minimal white shower with wood accents and GROHE Tempesta 100 shower rail set - C2C Certified

Live from HIX: Grohe launches its cradle to cradle products

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Live from HIX: Grohe launches its cradle to cradle products

Marking the first industry exhibition for GROHE since the onset of the pandemic, HIX is also the first event where the brands newly accredited Cradle to Cradle Certified products are on show. We headed over to stand 7 to learn more…

Minimal white shower with wood accents and GROHE Tempesta 100 shower rail set - C2C Certified

Shortlisted at The Brit List Awards 2021 in The Eco Award category, the Cradle to Cradle (C2C ) concept by GROHE is a design process that can drastically reduce the use of new resources, as a product is designed and manufactured with the intent of using its components in its end-of-life-phase for the creation of new products. To coincide with the showcasing of their C2C products, GROHE is also launching the next module in its series of RIBA approved CPDs: Circularity in the bathroom and kitchen with Cradle-to-Cradle certification. Amongst the first sanitary ware brands globally to achieve C2C certification, GROHE has developed this informative and inspirational session to guide design professionals on how to achieve greener projects that offer C2C credentials. Hoteliers and other professionals can visit the Grohe stand at the show to be amongst the first to register for the new CPD session, hosted by GROHE’s team of experts.

“We are really excited to be a part of the very first HIX design show, a much anticipated event that is long overdue for the industry as we emerge from the pandemic,” said Ebru Bircan, Leader, Marketing Activation UK, LIXIL EMENA and GROHE UK. “Our stand and the innovations we are presenting focus on two very integral aspects of the current hospitality design landscape: wellness and sustainability. We want to continue to work with more and more hotel brands to provide sustainable solutions that offer tangible results in the reduction of water, energy, materials and waste. We’re also continuing to create this immersive narrative within the hotel bathroom around wellness and health through water. We see these two key design considerations to be integral to shaping the future of hotel design.”

GROHE is inviting guests to immerse themselves in the serene ambience of its spa-inspired room set, as part of a new premium spa and wellness-focused concept currently in development. The space will be created with re-envisioned designs of its popular Allure brassware range.

white ceramic handbasin and minimalist chrome mixer by grohe

Image credit: GROHE

Alongside showcasing its latest innovations designed to support sustainable and premium hotel projects, GROHE is also sponsoring the Meaningful Value keynote speech, presented by leading hospitality consultant, Horwath HTL’s James Chappell. The staged discussion will look at how brands and hoteliers can create hotel experiences that matter in the modern, post-Covid age.

GROHE is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

Main image credit: GROHE

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Live from HIX: Hypnos unveils new mattress in Hospitality Origins Collection

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Live from HIX: Hypnos unveils new mattress in Hospitality Origins Collection

First unveiled at the Independent Hotel Show, the stylish and sustainable Hospitality Origins Collection by Hypnos has been turning heads at HIX Event. Editor Hamish Kilburn heads over to stand 28 to learn more about the brand’s second new product, the Woolsleepers Pillow Top mattress…

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Hypnos Contract Beds is at HIX Event launching the second new product from its sustainable and stylish Hospitality Origins Collection. Introducing the Woolsleepers Pillow Top mattress.

This latest addition offers supreme comfort with integrity, thanks to its luxurious and comfortable built-in pillow top layer. In addition, the no-turn mattress features natural, ethically sourced materials of the highest quality, meaning hotel guests will enjoy a luxurious night’s sleep on an honest bed. 

Designed with the hotel’s housekeeper in mind too, the Woolsleepers Pillow Top mattress requires no turning, minimising housekeeping and offering a practical, time saving solution for hoteliers without compromising on comfort and ethics. The mattress also features 1,000 ReActivePro pocket springs for a luxurious feel while evenly distributing weight across the expanse of the bed, providing optimum support for hotel guests. 

Each Woolsleepers Pillow Top mattress is made using up to 660g of 100 per cent British Wool that’s fully traceable to its origin from Red Tractor Assured farms. This super-fibre is naturally antibacterial, breathable and responds to natural fluctuations in body temperature by wicking away moisture, making it a perfect material for beds.

The new collection embodies sustainable style at its greatest and each mattress can also be paired with Hypnos’ range of chic headboards, bed bases and a wide choice of fabrics, from neutral shades through to deep, rich hues.

“Every one of our mattresses and beds in our Hospitality Origins Collection is made using only the finest natural materials, meaning they’re 100 per cent biodegradable and recyclable at the end of their life.” – Carolyn Mitchell, Sales and Marketing Director at Hypnos Contract Beds.

“Hypnos is no stranger to pushing boundaries and as such we are constantly innovating our design and bed creation processes and our latest product offering is a testament to this approach,” explained Carolyn Mitchell, Sales and Marketing Director at Hypnos Contract Beds. “As a brand that prides ourselves on crafting sustainable sleep solutions, we are delighted to be able to offer environmentally-conscious hoteliers a robust, hygienic and supremely comfortable bed that’s been made using sustainable fillings with our new Woolsleepers Pillow Top mattress.

“With sustainability and the environment increasingly in the spotlight, and consumers placing more emphasis on the provenance of where things come from or how they’re designed, we’ve made it our mission to not just give eco-conscious guests a great night’s sleep on a sustainable mattress, but to also support hoteliers in delivering their eco-conscious commitments too. After all, every one of our mattresses and beds in our Hospitality Origins Collection is made using only the finest natural materials, meaning they’re 100 per cent biodegradable and recyclable at the end of their life. It’s the perfect bed for hoteliers who are trying to be greener and take greater control over their environmental footprint.”

Extending Hypnos’ existing Origins story to the hospitality sector, the brand-new collection, consisting of three luxurious, durable mattresses, represents a new era of sustainable sleep solutions for hoteliers, that offers eco-conscious guests the ultimate in comfort with integrity.

Indeed, Hypnos has been on a decade-long sustainability journey, achieving many pioneering firsts, from becoming the world’s first bed company to be carbon neutral to the development of sugar cane packaging.

> Since you’re here, why not read about Cult Hotels and Hypnos’ recent collaboration in pursuit for sustainable luxury?

Hypnos is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

Main image credit: Hypnos

the organic shapes and natural matrials of the criaterra tile collection by parkside

Live from HIX: Up close to Parkside’s new zero waste tile

730 565 Pauline Brettell
Live from HIX: Up close to Parkside’s new zero waste tile

Made from 100 per cent natural materials, Criaterra tiles are a new addition to the Parkside portfolio. We thought we  would get up close and personal on stand 52A and find out a little more about the design and production process… 

the organic shapes and natural matrials of the criaterra tile collection by parkside

Earlier this year, Parkside unveiled the Criaterra tiles, a new collection of 100 per cent natural, ‘zero waste’ wall tiles. And we have waited until now to get our hands on them. Fortunately for us, and those visiting the Business Design Centre this week, the team at Parkside have them on display on their stand.

Made from stone powders, clays and plant fibres cast in three-dimensional patterns that fuse geometric and organic forms, and available in colours derived from natural pigments, Criaterra is a unique decorative wall tile that challenges the conventions of production and design. Being 100 percent biodegradable, as strong as concrete and with six times the thermal resistance, Criaterra takes a bold step towards product circularity. The practicality of the tile, and its environmental credentials, along with its unique forms and natural palette, make it an exciting addition to the Parkside tile portfolio.

“We’re hugely excited to welcome Criaterra into our portfolio as it makes inroads in tackling the environmental challenges we face as an industry,” commented Brian Linnington, managing director, Parkside. “The tile’s ability to deliver performance as well as 100 percent product circularity is hugely impressive, but it is also incredibly beautiful to look at. Already gracing commercial interiors in EMEA, we’re looking forward to seeing how UK projects make use of the unique geo-organic forms and thoughtful natural palette.”

It’s not just about the material, but also how the tiles are made, and Criaterra have been developed with a 90 percent energy saving in production against ceramics, and using up to 70 percent upcycled quarry waste material, the tiles use Advanced Earth Technology, the result of an intensive five-year scientific R&D project. This innovative technology re-engineers the way tiles are manufactured and introduces a fully regenerative product, as well as replacing conventional high temperature firing with a low temperature process that reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

natural materials and colours along with organic shapes of the criaterra tiles

Image credit: Parkside / Criaterra Studio

Criaterra is available in eight geometric shapes which can be organised into limitless combinations in Quad or arranged through the irregular hexagon and concave form of Hex to reference the shape’s common occurrence in the natural world. A nine-strong palette of clay like tones, from pale Dolomit through to Onyx and Ruby, give a strong ‘from earth’ feel, making Criaterra well-suited to commercial interiors heavily influenced by natural materials. The square, rectangular and rhombus flat shapes of Quad also ground the tile well in more ordered contemporary schemes.

contemporary work surface and chairs with wood surfaces and criaterra tiles

Image credit: Parkside / Gidon Levin

Suitable for internal decorative wall use only and designed to work best without grout, Criaterra is a natural alternative to mass produced ceramic tiles.

Parkside, which won Best in British Product Design at The Brit List Awards 2020, is one of our recommended suppliers and regularly feature in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

Main image credit: Parkside / Criaterra Studio

contemporary Roca bathroom fittings in white by roca

Live from HIX: Roca showcases new smart products

730 565 Pauline Brettell
Live from HIX: Roca showcases new smart products

It’s all about smart design and sustainability on stand 4 with Roca – from the fabrication of the stand itself, to the brand’s latest products and projects on display…

Roca, known for design led bathroom products which combine innovation and product knowledge with a respect for the environment, have kept sustainability as its guiding ethos.

contemporary Roca bathroom fittings in white by roca

This is reflected not only through the products on display at HIX, but also in the fabrication of their stand, which has been designed with sustainability at the heart. Materials used include recycled copper, acrylic and plastics. Parts of the stand will also be repurposed for future events, to ensure its longevity.

The hospitality industry has seen an increased emphasis on hygiene with unprecedented demand for non-contact products in hotels and restaurants. Roca’s selection of products on display at HIX highlight the brand’s touchless solutions, such as the EP-1 and EP-2 electronic operating plates which offer touchless flushing capabilities for wall-hung and back-to-wall WC’s. With a stylish, contemporary design and easy installation, they are simply activated by the wave of a hand, providing an extra layer of safety and reassurance within the hotel or restaurant bathroom.

Roca’s range of electronic basin mixers, including the L70 and Loft collections, feature an infrared sensor which activates the water flow when presence is detected and shuts off automatically when the hands are removed, avoiding direct contact. The lack of contact not only improves hygiene, it also prevents the build-up of droplets and fingerprints on its surface, resulting in a cleaner product for longer. Roca’s electronic basin mixers offer a hygienic and effective solution to fight the spread bacteria and to reduce the use of water in hospitality settings.

A modern hotel bathroom not only stands out for its state-of-the-art technology, it also offers functionality, comfort and a stylish design aesthetic. The ground-breaking new In-Wash In-Tank toilet meets all three requirements and provides state-of-the-art technology, without compromising on its main function: bringing a total hygiene experience to the WC.

While coloured ceramics may remain a controversial subject, Roca’s luxurious bathroom collections are the ideal solution to create a harmonious and memorable space. Discover Roca’s Beyond, Inspira and Ruy Ohtake basins, available in unique colours and finishes, and designed with organic lines and a timeless aesthetic in mind. The result: beautifully sculpted exclusive basins, to transform any hotel bathroom into an elegantly completed space.

Roca also continues to innovate with its brassware portfolio thanks to the introduction of two new finishes to its stunning Insignia and Naia ranges. Complete with Everlux finish, the two new additions are now available in stylish rose gold and brushed titanium black. Also on display on Roca’s stand at HIX is the Carelia, Pals and Cala brassware collection in chrome. All these ranges offer unique and stylish design options.

“We’re delighted to be exhibiting at the much anticipated HIX event,” commented David Bromell, Head of Marketing, Roca. “We’ll be showcasing some of our latest products, including our innovative In-Wash In-Tank Smart WC, which combines the personal hygiene functions of In-Wash, with the unique integrated cistern of our In-Tank technology. These innovations sit alongside collections which embrace the latest possibilities in materials and colours, to support the design process through significant customisation options, and include our award-winning basin collection designed by Ruy Ohtake.”

While Roca’s Cratos shower trays manufactured in Senceramic® give us all the benefits of an extra-slim design, it also invites the user to enjoy different natural textures which are warm to the touch. The material Senceramic® is made of a unique mixture of high quality vitreous china and enamel, creating a textured finish in the production process. Not only are these shower trays beautiful to look at, but the textured surface also provides strong anti-slip properties.

Roca’s innovative Smart Shower is another product being showcased on their stand that combines design with technology and sustainability. It uses smart technology to provide a unique showering experience, with easy to use, customisable settings, the Smart Shower is a beneficial addition to any bathroom design.

Roca is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

Main image credit: Roca

AXOR One tap in gold

Live from HIX: hansgrohe & AXOR unveil ‘groundbreaking’ bathroom design innovations

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Live from HIX: hansgrohe & AXOR unveil ‘groundbreaking’ bathroom design innovations

Hotel Interiors Experience (HIX) has united Europe’s foremost designers, consultants, architects and emerging talent across the hospitality sector at London’s Business Design Centre. Among the exhibitors this year is hansgrohe, which is unveiling its latest bathroom design products. Editor Hamish Kilburn nipped over to stand 17 to find out more…

AXOR One tap in gold

At this year’s show, bathroom manufacture Hansgrohe, comprising brands AXOR and hansgrohe, will be showcasing ‘groundbreaking’ innovations in bathroom design. With working water displays and its latest products on show, visitors are invited to stand 17. As one of the founding sponsors of HIX 2021, Hansgrohe will be sponsoring the talk, ‘Quietness with Attitude’, in partnership with Hotel Designs at 11- 12pm on Friday 19 November.

HIX is also the platform from which Hansgrohe is presenting its latest ranges, including Pulsify, RainDrain, Finoris, Vivenis, AddStoris and AXOR One. This is the first time some of these products will be available for viewing at an event in the UK.

AXOR One

Image credit: Hansgrohe/AXOR

“Designing for wellness has never been more important,” Jay Phillips, Managing Director at Hansgrohe UK told Hotel Designs. “The mental and physical health impact of the last 18 months has opened up important conversations around personal and corporate wellbeing, so much so that designers and architects need to work increasingly harder to create spaces that calm, rejuvenate and cocoon its users. Whether through applying biophilic principles, using clever lighting and layouts, or simply harnessing the restorative power of water when it comes to bathroom planning, good design has the power to transform the guest experience. Hansgrohe, with its brands AXOR and hansgrohe, is delighted to be sponsoring this event where such an important topic is top of the agenda.”

Hansgrohe is one of Hotel Designs’ recommended suppliers. To keep up to date with supplier news, click here. And, if you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips by clicking here.

Main image credit: Hansgrohe

Trip lighting from LEDS C4

Live from HIX: LEDS C4 presents ‘best choice’ of new products

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Live from HIX: LEDS C4 presents ‘best choice’ of new products

LEDS C4 is presenting its ‘best choice’ of new products at Hotel Interiors Experience (HIX). Editor Hamish Kilburn heads over to stand U36 to learn more about the Tubs, Trip and Noway collections…

Trip lighting from LEDS C4

LEDS C4 is at Hotel Interiors Experience (HIX) this week in London. The lighting company over on stand U36 at this year’s event – and has also lent a few items to Hotel Designs on stand U54. LEDS C4 is an official sponsor of this year’s edition, supporting the organisation with an interesting series of discussions involving famous names such as Tom Dixon. For this London event, the brand will highlight some of the best sellers from its Decorative Collection catalogue – and here’s what caught our eye…

Tubs

The design by Nahtrang Design is a set of geometric lines that make versatility its main strength, with almost endless composition possibilities. Its linear forms combine to create visual poetry in the form of latticework. The Tubs collection has four families: pendant, table, wall and floor. Each piece is a living element that can be infinitely extended; they can also be built in smaller versions that adapt to more limited spaces.

Recently, the collection was extended with a new felt fitting, providing spaces with a greater decorative element and improved acoustic quality.

Trip

LEDS C4 has opted for the Trip collection at the HIX event: a family of wall lights that decorates and illuminates. This soft, diffuse and asymmetric light point adapts easily to any space: “When the piece and the light effect it produces are designed in full harmony, the possible applications of the luminaire are endless”, explains LEDS C4.

Trip is intended to decorate with its mere presence. To do so, it’s available in two sizes (300 and 460 mm), in metallic gold and black, and there is the option of combining two or three luminaires. It’s made from steel and aluminium.

The glass version, TRIP GLASS, connects the design of the piece with light effects, and transparency is the key to its design. It comes in three diffuser colours: Amber, Fumé and Opal. Measuring 270mm, it uses E14 bulbs with IP20 protection.

Noway

LEDS C4 will also present the Noway collection, which is now available this year with a new pendant version. Not only does Noway boast a character based on simplicity and purity, but it also provides visual comfort through high-quality indirect lighting.

Noway, which is a design by Francesco Vilaró, is a luminaire with notable dematerialisation, fully ceding relevance to the light through a surprising effect of weightlessness and lightness that helps it offer high visual comfort with minimal material. This collection offers different options, from purer versions to other more complex choices, playing with a double shade (the colours of which can be combined) and with light effects to provide more visual presence. It’s available in black and gold finishes, with or without a floor counterweight.

LEDS C4, which will also display its Tubs lighting products on Hotel Designs’ stand on U54, is one of our recommended suppliers and regularly feature in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

Main image credit: LEDS C4

contemporary seating design with arte wall coverings

Live from HIX: Arte unveils L’Invite collection of wallcoverings

730 565 Pauline Brettell
Live from HIX: Arte unveils L’Invite collection of wallcoverings

Inspired by the world of French Haute Couture and fashion, L’invite is the latest collection from Arte. From Greek scenes to French Toile de Jouy, these elegant new additions to the brand’s portfolio, on display on stand 58 caught our attention. Pauline Brettell went over to have a closer look…

contemporary seating design with arte wall coverings

L’invite is the latest collection from Arte, and is an elegant wallcoverings collection consisting of six designs full of geometric patterns, Greek scenes and elegant plains. Neoclassical in style, L’Invite offers a modern colour palette of soft pastels, as well as deeper blues, greens, and earthy tones across clever imitations of natural textiles and textures, including rattan, lace, woven paper and French Toile de Jouy.

Washable, lightfast, and durable, this collection of non-woven designs is perfect for both residential and commercial use, and areas with high traffic. The range of designs offer a surprising trompe de l’oeil effect; each with a layered and textural finish, giving the impression of touches of lace, natural fibres, and rattan, as well as woven jacquard patterns – all of which add a play of colour and subtle nuances of light and shade.

The Designs:

Le Sommet – This playful zigzag pattern takes you to unprecedented heights, breathing innovation thanks to the geometric motifs inspired from around the globe. The zigzag motif draws the eyes, giving a feeling of height and elegance with a palette that includes more muted natural shades through to bold blues and deep red.

Le Papier Tissé – Le Papier Tissé is inspired by the subtle patterns within woven paper. The fine structure of the paper strips presents the layers of natural fibres, with each linear detail giving a subtle play of slight colour nuances and delicate textural interest. Available in a soft colour palette of natural hues including lavender, pistachio, honey and eggshell.

Le Rotin – This tone-on-tone pattern is a natural imitation of rattan, barely distinguishable from the real thing, and evoking a contemporary hand-woven aesthetic with a nod to nostalgia. Through the imperfect variegation of fibres, is a nuanced shadow play of light and dark, with the coloured background enhancing this effect.

Le Mythe – This unusual wallpaper takes you back to the rich past of the Greeks with stately temples and mysterious myths. The monochrome design is inspired by French Toile de Jouy, a fabric known for detailed, romantic designs and replicated here as a wallpaper, evoking the printed fabric finish on the wall.

bedroom in neutral tones and natural textures with walpaper Le Mythe by Arte

Image credit: Arte

Le Prestige – Le Prestige exudes luxury with its layered patterned design that takes its inspiration from lace and jacquard woven textiles, while at the same time being durable and hardwearing. The perfect balance of delicacy and strength. It plays with small, geometric shapes in combination with relief inks.

Cream sheepskin carpet and neutral tones with wooden surfaces with Arte Le Prestige wallcovering

Image credit: Arte

L’Extase – Closed, geometric shapes capture the eye in this mobile pattern with detailed and intricate patterns that offer a nod to fine lace, creating an instant feeling of luxury.

> Since you’re here, why not check out more designs from Arte?

Arte is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

Main image credit: Arte 

A bedside table lamp in hotel

Here’s what Chelsom will be presenting at HIX Event

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Here’s what Chelsom will be presenting at HIX Event

Lighting brand Chelsom will be exhibiting at the upcoming HIX Event on November 18 – 19, 2021 at the Business Design Centre in London. Through expo, talks, installations and networking, Hotel Interiors Experience (HIX) celebrates and brings together the people that represent the hotel interiors supply chain, connecting both established and emerging brands. Let’s take a sneak peek…

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Visit stand 21 at HIX Event in order to meet the team at Chelsom, where there will be a selection of products on display from the brand’s latest collection, EDITION 27. Although launched in September 2020, this is the very first time that Chelsom have been able to fully present their latest designs in person.

Image caption: The Hybrid set | Image credit: Chelsom

Image caption: The Hybrid set | Image credit: Chelsom

The new collection has been designed entirely in-house and harnesses and refines the latest design trends, materials and finishes. Drawing on their vast experience in the industry, designers Will and Robert Chelsom have been able to create product that is wholly suited to the global hospitality and marine marketplaces, expertly fusing function and aesthetics throughout.

Image caption: LED EYE | Image credit: Chelsom

Image caption: LED EYE | Image credit: Chelsom

“HIX is an exciting new interiors exhibition for the hospitality market and we are thrilled to be able to present our latest collection in the flesh for the first time in HIX’s debut year,” said Managing Director, Will Chelsom. “Being able to see what the wider market is up to is really inspirational and it’s a great environment for companies to promote their latest product designs and innovations in such a fresh new format. The show has already become an industry talking point and a key date in the diaries of many leading hospitality professionals so it’s exciting for us to be finally exhibiting a selection of exceptional pieces from what is undoubtedly our most eclectic collection to date.”

Chelsom is one of our recommended suppliers and regularly feature in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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In the HIX seat: is London still a design & hospitality hub?

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In the HIX seat: is London still a design & hospitality hub?

London is the theme of Joel Butler’s second column for Hotel Designs, as we ask the co-founder of HIX Event to use pedal power to explore the current hospitality and design scene in the big city…

“Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner, that I love London town!” The theme of this article takes me back to my roots, and should therefore, in theory at least, should be a relatively straight-forward piece to write about.

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I was born in West London, and I have lived in the East End for 20 years. My work places have zig zagged across town throughout this time. And yet, I feel completely in the deep end writing about the capital at time when the city doesn’t feel like itself – but it is arguably more important to write about it now than it was pre-Covid.

“London is Europe’s beating heart of hospitality and design because…” A wave of hackneyed words envelope my mind: “diversity, history, innovation, fast-paced, energy and culture.” I realise that as valid as these words may be, they’re already very much accepted by everyone within our industry. I strike a line through these cliches as I think of the wonderfully quotable yet horribly over-used Samuel Pepys’ line: ‘A man who is bored of London…something something something” – I vow to not use this Pepys quote in the article.  

Following Lockdown 2.0, and as we drift into the uncharted territories of Tier 3, we are in an extended lockdown that doesn’t feel quite like the first one. There’s now light at the end of the tunnel yet the days seem colder and darker than the first time around. In short, there’s not much hospitality in London to write about so I get on my bike to look for it.

London is a collection of villages: lots of neighbourhoods connected – even the city’s square mile is a village. I set off from my East End village of Leyton and hit the canal, graffitied walls overlooking water make for a huge, damp art gallery that delights and challenges at once. Through Victoria Park and Bethnal Green and there’s no hospitality design to write about because it’s all essentially (or ‘non-essentially’) closed, independent cafes: closed, local pubs: closed. I speed into Old Street and hospitality offerings become lifestyle and boutique, but the doors are locked for now.

“It’s a Tour de Hospitality but I’m the only one racing.” – Joel Butler, Co-founder, HIX Event.

My route zooms past me at speed, Clerkenwell to Midtown, across the bridge to Waterloo, Southwark and into the city. I can’t help but notice the hotels that I pass. It’s a Tour de Hospitality but I’m the only one racing. The Zetter, The Hoxton Holborn, Rosewood London, ME London, crossing the bridge is like a low-budget zombie film where you might glimpse the odd bus or taxi ruining the idea of the apocalypse. Down into Lower Marsh and past the Ruby Lucy, The Hoxton Southwark, The Mondrian, Citizen M and Hilton London Bankside, and across the bridge back into the city to pedal past The Andaz, Mama Shelter, and back into the East End to pass the same closed pubs and cafes but in reverse.

This article, which is all about London being a major hot spot for hospitality and design, isn’t going too well and that hackneyed Pepys quote presents itself again as the easy option: ‘A man who is bored of London…’ I’ll google it when I get home. 

The sun is setting as I free-wheel home and at this point it’s my home of Leyton that single handedly writes the article…

“Londoners design, provide and demand hospitality that reminds us that we’re alive” – Joel Butler, Co-founder, HIX Event.

A restaurant that has been closed since March has suddenly metamorphosised into a pop up takeaway over night, serving really delicious Indonesian food. The queue is socially distanced and snakes 20 deep down the street. The beer and wine shop next-door is taking orders from those queuing and serving drinks, including mulled wine. Drinks are firmly categorised and consumed as takeaway. It smells like winter and the sky is turning orange and pink. People are talking through masks and across 1.5 metres gaps. A man sits on a bench and plays The Kinks’ Waterloo Sunset and it hits me: it’s Friday and I’m in London. The simplicity of this statement is joyous, so I join the queue and write these words on my phone: “Londoners design, provide and demand hospitality that reminds us that we’re alive, we’re in London and it can always feel like Friday.”

It’s a start, and those hotels, design studios and supplier showrooms that I cycled past today are literally bursting to re-open, and there’s no doubt that they’ll be back stronger than ever because of the enduring fact that London keeps going. Pepys’ quote comes to me in a flash as I order a signature lager, brewed just down the road: “A man who is bored of London clearly hasn’t cycled around town for his allocated daily exercise during lock-down.”

HIX Event is the Networking Partner for The Brit List Awards 2020, and Hotel Designs is with HIX every step of the way, as it prepares to launch in November 2021. Between now and then, we’ve scooped Joel Butler up as our resident columnist to inject our pages with a bit of fun and allow our readers to see the industry from a slightly wider perspective.

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HIX announces postponement of debut event

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HIX announces postponement of debut event

As a result of the uncertainty that remains in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, HIX has made the decision to postpone its debut event until 2021…

2020 has been a painful and frustrating year for the events industry. Within the realms of hotel design, Salone del Mobile, the Independent Hotel Show, Clerkenwell Design Week and Hotel Designs’ much-loved networking events have all been indirect victims to the virus.

While the pandemic continues to force travellers from certain regions to quarantine and while businesses are encouraged to adapt to new social distancing guidelines as measures to prevent Covid-19’s spread tighten once more, there is heavy sense of uncertainty in the air. HIX, an ever-changing design experience that was expected with high anticipation to launch this year, has released an official statement announcing that it will postpone the debut event until November 2021.

“We made this decision based on uncontrollable factors but just one question: ‘can we guarantee a brilliant HIX experience this year?’ – HIX.

“It hurts to write the above statement because we are still buzzing from our launch and [we] feel a huge sense of gratitude for your support in making HIX London’s only hotel design event… all in the space of six months,” the event organisers expressed in the statement. “We made this decision based on uncontrollable factors but just one question: ‘can we guarantee a brilliant HIX experience this year?’ The potential implications of the uncontrollables made it impossible to answer that question with a confident ‘yes we can!’

“So we made the call; despite our own sense of adventurous optimism, despite the Government announcement for events to go ahead from October and despite our exhibitor’s consensus view of ‘if you guys open this year then we’ll do it with you‘.

“And this brings us to the good news. The HIX 2020 exhibitors have pledged their support for 2021 and with 15 months before the event, we have already allocated most of the stand spaces. So we now have the time and clarity to reflect, discuss, sketch and then create the hotel design experience that the community deserves.

“At this point in the announcement we’re supposed to provide a polished and sensible quote from us, ‘the organiser’. But we reckon that Anand from Hansgrohe summed it up pretty well on a zoom call this week:‘It’s sad not do it this year, but we’ll all build HIX 2021 to be something credible, meaningful and something for the future’. That’s exactly what we would have tried to say. Thank you Anand.”

HIX, which is fully supported by Hotel Designs, is now scheduled to take place at the same venue, sheltered inside London’s Business Design Centre, on November 18 – 19, 2021. Watch this space, we’re with HIX.

Main image credit: HIX