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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

The Brit List 2018: Days to go

Hamish Kilburn

There are now just four days left for interior designers, hoteliers, architects and key-industry suppliers to claim their tickets to one of the most anticipated hotel design awards events of the year… 

With just four days until The Brit List 2018 is unveiled – and the winners of the six newly launched events are announced – time for designers, hoteliers, architects and key-industry suppliers to purchase their tickets to meet up with Britain’s leading influencers in international hotel design is running out.

Hamilton Litestat is confirmed to switch on The Brit List 2018 to unveil the top 75 interior designers, hoteliers and architects operating in Britain today. Following this, the winners of The Brit List’s newly launched awards will also be crowned. The categories are:

  • Inspiration in Design – Interior Designer of the Year (Award Sponsor: Tarkett Flooring)
  • Inspiration in Design – Hotelier of the Year
  • Inspiration in Design – Architect of the Year
  • Inspiration in Design – Innovative use of Technology (Award Sponsor: DLAppTapp)
  • The Eco Award
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Hotel Industry

Studio directors, managing directors and general managers from companies such as HBA LondonGA DesignRPW DesignWATGGoddard LittlefairEPR ArchitectsBespoke HotelsGleneaglesRosewood Hotels and Hotel Gotham are all among those who have confirmed their attendance at The Brit List 2018.

The Past President of the British Institute Interior Design (BIID) and co-founder of Leon Black Architecture and Interior Design, Charles Leon, will speak on Britain’s position in international hotel design and hospitality post-Brexit. Leon, who was one of the five judges for The Brit List 2018 and the awards, said ahead of the awards: “I am delighted to have been asked to speak at The Brit List 2018. Two of the UK’s major contributions to why Britain holds its place as a major international hub has always been its quirky education system and its ability to send out into the world innovative thinkers, not just in design and the arts, but in science, technology and research too. If we don’t teach people how to think, rather than what to think, our future is doomed – and I am excited to speak about this and the future of British hotel design and architecture on the night.”

In addition to Leon’s speakership, guests will also enjoy a talk by lighting expert to the stars, Moritz Waldemeyer. The experimental lighting expert, who exhibited a tactile personalised lighting display at London Design Festival this year, will speak to the audience on how hotel lighting has changed in recent years how lighting technology is allowing for more creative interiors.

Event timings: 6.30 p.m. – 10.30 p.m.

6.30 p.m. Welcome drinks are served
7.00 p.m. Welcome speech from Hotel Designs Editor, Hamish Kilburn, and The Brit List 2018 winners unveiled
7.15 p.m. Canapés are served
7.15 p.m. Headline speaker, Charles Leon, Leon Black Interior Architecture addresses the Brit List 2018 – Britain’s position in international hotel design and hospitality post-Brexit
7.30 p.m. Awards presentation commences
8.00 p.m. Headline speaker, Moritz Waldemeyer, Studio Moritz Waldemeyer addresses The Brit List 2018 – Hotel lighting; how it has changed in recent times and how is lighting technology allowing for more creative interiors
8.15 p.m. Celebrations and networking

Directions to BEAT London:

Address: 48 Margaret St, Marylebone, London W1W 8SE
Nearest tube station: Oxford Circus

BRIT LIST 2018 Industry Partner: British Institute of Interior Design

BRIT LIST 2018 Event Sponsor: Hamilton Litestat

BRIT LIST 2018 Supporting Partner: Studio Moritz Waldemeyer

BRIT LIST 2018 Award Sponsor: Inspiration in Design – Interior Designer of the Year: Tarkett

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The Brit List 2018 Innovation In Technology Award Sponsor: DLAppTap

With Brexit looming, the UK hospitality industry must invest to retain talent, study suggests

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With two-thirds of hospitality works planning on quitting their jobs in the near-future, but what can be done ahead of Brexit to retain employees? 

Invest in your staff in order to retain them is the clear message to employers in the hospitality industry in light of new research from Caterer.com. A survey of 21,000 global hospitality workers released today reveals that two thirds (65 per cent) of hospitality workers plan on quitting their jobs in the near future. Worryingly, over half of those workers (59 per cent) plan on moving in the next six months.

The research explored the key attributes which tempt hospitality workers to explore new pastures. Findings demonstrate that career progression is the most important factor (16 per cent) showing employees want long term prospects within a company.  Surprisingly, salary (14 per cent) came in second, followed closely by training & development (13 per cent) – showing staff want to feel invested in by their employers.

“The industry is facing increased staffing and recruitment pressures due in part to uncertainty ahead of Brexit.”

The hospitality sector is big business and the UK’s third biggest employer[1], providing jobs to 2.9 million people (7 per cent of the working population). The industry is facing increased staffing and recruitment pressures due in part to uncertainty ahead of Brexit.

Highlighting the importance of the survey’s findings, Neil Pattison, Director from Caterer.com said, “The hospitality employers who show career progression opportunities will find it easier to attract new employees and retain current staff. With hospitality looking to be one of the hardest sectors hit post-Brexit, it’s fascinating to reflect on the clear call from workers for investment in their future. With 65 per cent of respondents saying that they plan to quit their job in the near future and high competition among employers, investing in your staff will help to alleviate the lure of a role from elsewhere.”

The survey of over 21,000 hospitality workers from across the globe highlights the importance of employment progression for retaining staff in what can often feel like a seasonal or transient industry.

The fast-paced nature of hospitality is a key draw for 12 per cent of workers, while teamwork ranked highly for 14 per cent of those surveyed.

The sector has seen a reduction in apprenticeships since the Apprenticeship Levy was introduced in 2017 with a low uptake from small businesses and in turn, less opportunities have been available for young people to enter the industry. The Autumn Statement saw the chancellor announce that the Government will half the amount small businesses have to contribute from 10 per cent to 5 per cent when taking on apprentices. – a move hoped to increase industry apprenticeships and on the job training.

Hotel Designs would like to know how your practice is preparing for Brexit. Please Tweet us @HotelDesigns

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MINIVIEW: New-look Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik

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Design firm Goddard Littlefair injects golden-age glam into the former The Grand Hotel Imperial…

Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik, situated just above Dubrovnik old town, was originally built in the 1890s and went on to serve the great Mediterranean cruise liners docking in the city in the early 20th century. Then called ‘The Grand Hotel Imperial’, with a French Riviera feel and the glamorous cachet of an international clientele, the hotel was a roaring success for many decades, but, during the Yugoslav war, it was shelled and then used to house refugees. The hotel was subsequently brought back to active life in 2005, and most recently was renovated under the watchful eye of design house Goddard Littlefair.

“When we were first commissioned, the hotel was already very well established and incredibly popular, with a wonderful location overlooking the old fort and the Adriatic, right on the edges of Dubrovnik’s historic old centre,” commented Martin Goddard, Director and Co-founder of Goddard Littlefair. “Whilst it had been majorly refurbished in 2005, costly building works meant that the interiors weren’t the main priority at that time and were primed therefore for a completely new treatment.”

“The brief to the design team was to unlock the true potential of the four-storey hotel’s spectacular location, architecture, reputation and history.”

Goddard Littlefair was initially commissioned towards the end of 2016 for a phased set of redesign works, with the first two now completed and including the reception and lobby, The Lobby Lounge, The Imperial Bar, The Executive Lounge, all connecting and guest-room corridors and all of the hotel’s 149 standard and executive rooms and nine suites. A refurbishment of the hotel’s existing restaurant, Porat, on the lower-ground floor, will follow in late 2019.

The brief to the design team was to unlock the true potential of the four-storey hotel’s spectacular location, architecture, reputation and history. “Our inspiration lay in bringing back the romance of the hotel’s former glories,” Goddard commented. “Layering glamour into each individual space by means of a Riviera palette, soft detailing, a 1920s yachting influence and a subtle evocation of the hotel’s original elegance, whilst at the same time balancing that with clean and contemporary lines.”

Reception

Guests enter via a metal revolving door into a stunning, double-height reception, with tall, arched windows and cool ceramic flooring in a bespoke two-tone diamond pattern, created by Goddard Littlefair and inspired by the old stone streets of the city. The reception is spacious, soothing and calming, so that guests relax instantly, especially during the intense heat of the summer season.

The visitor’s eye is immediately taken by a spectacular central chandelier, made up of eleven, sculptural, globe-shaped and antiqued brass pendant lights, hanging from chains in rows of three on antiqued brass rods. Each individual pendant light within the chandelier houses seven fluted, ribbed glass tubes, concealing the bulbs, with the ribbed glass treatment used matching seven bespoke vertical wall lights in the reception’s waiting area. The feature light was designed by Jana Novakovic, Interior Designer at Goddard Littlefair and was manufactured by Croatian lighting company Dekor, who worked on most of the lighting on the project. The scheme’s overall lighting consultant, especially focusing on architectural lighting, was DPA Lighting Consultants.

The ceilings in the reception feature newly-instated decorative mouldings, whilst the walls are clad in inset dove-grey panels at the upper level, with feature areas of moulded timber panelling at ground floor level, located around and behind the reception desk and also enclosing the lobby waiting area opposite, where huge-scale arched windows – technically at first floor level – flood the space with natural light, with glare lessened by transparent sheer curtain panels and off-white blinds with a striking blue trim at the top of the windows.

A bespoke, three-person reception desk is to the left of entry. The desk features a Carrara marble top and dark-stained timber panelling to the front, matching the wall panelling behind, with sculptural brass desktop lights by Dekor at each end. Behind the desk, set within timber-panelled wall surround, is a triptych of artworks by Croatian artist Antonia Čačić, specially-commissioned for the project by the scheme’s art consultants ARTIQ. The 3m-long abstract triptych incorporates a palette of soft hues inspired by the colours of the Dalmatian coast.

Reception desk with bespoke marble-topped and timber-panelled desk with rear artwork triptych by Croatian artist Antonia Čačić

Image caption: Reception desk with bespoke marble-topped and timber-panelled desk with rear artwork triptych by Croatian artist Antonia Čačić

The Lobby Lounge

Two lighting features immediately take the eye, one at the centre of each area. First, a bespoke chandelier in The Lobby Lounge, inspired by 1950s bathing caps, has cascading white porcelain petal shapes set on a brass framework and was made by Imagin. Secondly, The Imperial Bar meanwhile features a bespoke, six-armed chandelier in brass with spherical opal glass shades, designed by Goddard Littlefair and manufactured by Dekor. Wall lights in the space, with ribbed, cylindrical glass surrounds are identical to those in the reception waiting area.

The ceiling in The Lobby Lounge area is painted white with new added decorative mouldings. The right-side wall is painted a pale shade of blue, as are the inner arches of the French doors that line the wall and open out on the terrace. Pole-hung curtains line the French doors in off-white, with a blue leading edge.

The spaces feature three zoned seating arrangements, demarcated by individual rugs in blues and whites with a touch of coral, in a take on an antique Persian rug, set on top of timber chevron flooring that runs through the entire space. The three rugs were designed by Goddard Littlefair and made by Hotel Designs Recommended Supplier Brintons. The two end ones are identical, whilst the central one is subtly different. Each seating zone features a table, with a Carrara marble top and either fine brass legs or a more substantial dark-timber pedestal, and each has a different seating arrangement. Chairs at both the end-of-room set-ups are scoop-back armchairs in a blue-grey velvet with a woven pale grey fabric back, whilst the central chairs are all in grey with a contrasting dark blue piped edging and antiqued brass studs. Sofas are in upholstered in a linen fabric, whilst scatter cushions are either in blue with contrast piping or else in blue or rust, introduced here in small doses for contrast, with a central textile-design panel. A number of higher tables for dining line the inside wall of the space, in Carrara marble and brass, with peacock blue velvet-upholstered ‘shell’ design chairs with ebonised timber legs.

The Imperial Bar

Image caption: The Imperial Bar

The Imperial Bar

The Imperial Bar has a pronouncded deco feel. Located at the far end of the space, the bar is announced via a demarcating, stand-out brass surround screen, featuring brass shelving and fretwork panels set within its side arches and across its top section, where LED lights are also concealed. The screen was manufactured, along with all joinery, mouldings, case goods and furniture on the project by Internova. Dark timber detailing links the screen to the dark timber used for the furniture legs. The brass screen was also specially-designed to house a spectacular art piece – a second commission by Croatian artist Antonia Čačić, which sits at the centre of the screen and is in fact a triptych once more. Two of its three sections sit within the screen, with one facing each way, with the third at the other end of the space, to the rear of The Lobby Lounge. Further artwork in the bar area includes a series of 12 specially-commissioned monochrome photograms of local flowers, printed as negatives and arranged on unique, vertical-rod brass picture rails.

The ceiling in The Imperial Bar is painted blue, for added drama and a moodier feel. The windows in the bar all have classic, white-painted shutters at their sides, for a subtly different feel from The Lobby Lounge. The bar also has its own table and chair arrangements with a more silky, cocktail feel to the furniture including a ‘love seat’ sofa, banquettes by the windows and small, round scatter cushions in gathered brown velvet with a trim and central large button either in the same brown or contrasting orange piping.

The Executive Lounge

Immediately beyond The Lobby Lounge and The Imperial Bar is the 88 sq m Executive Lounge, a further long and slim space, with entry through a double door. Hilton grades its rooms as standard, executive or suites and The Executive Lounge is for the exclusive use of guests who have booked executive rooms or suites. Essentially, rather like an airport lounge, this space offers a quieter area for guests, who can to use the space all day long and have breakfast here in the morning for example or make use of the complimentary afternoon wine and cheese served here.

The Executive Lounge features a refurbished white ceiling and applied mouldings to the walls, with inset panels in a rattan wall covering from Phillip Jeffries. Flooring, for the upper two thirds of the space, is an inset carpet with a timber outer layer and brass trim from Ulster Carpets. Two gilded mirrors at the far end are by Water Gilders, with a small salon-hang arrangement of art between the mirrors, once again curated by ARTIQ. Bespoke tables run along the far end and down both sides of the room, with table tops featuring two different designs in Carrara and Nero Marquina marble, with ebonised timber pedestals. Bespoke seating includes three sofa seats below the antiqued mirrors in a peacock-blue velvet with ribbed scroll backs, with chairs opposite featuring a pale blue leather seat pad, a dark timber frame and a cane back. Seats accompanying the tables down the sides are in a dove grey with an ebonised timber frame and scatter cushions feature fabrics from Tissus d’Hélène. Curtains on the outer side of the room are full-height in an off-white with a blue leading edge, featuring the same design used for The Lobby Lounge.

A long, thin island credenza runs down the centre of the space, with timber ribbing and brass detail shadow gap, a Carrara marble top and integrated timber trays, accessorised by a small terrarium of succulent plants set beneath bell jars, as well as a number of books and geometric objects of interest. Table lamps here have a brass stand and ribbed ivory shades. Armchairs to either side feature a dark timber frame and caramel leather upholstery, whilst small accompanying incidental tables have a Carrara marble and timber top with criss-cross brass and bronze legs. Above the central credenza is the room’s major lighting feature – a four-part brass ring chandelier with crystal elements and inset LED lights, bespoke-designed by Goddard Littlefair and made by Northern Lights.

Each room features a bespoke Axminster rug from Brinton's

Image caption: Each room features a bespoke Axminster rug from Brinton’s

Guestrooms and Corridors

The hotel features an Imperial Suite, together with eight other suites and 149 executive and standard rooms. Linking corridors are inset-carpeted with timber borders in light oak and carpet runners, with a bordered bespoke design in a subtle colourway running from greys to varying shades of blue, so that it seems to fade at the border, made specially for the project by Brintons. Walls are in a pale off-white wall covering from Muraspec. Room numbers are announced via bespoke wall lights in a brass finish, with layered bronze plates announcing the room number via a cut out number in the front plate, visible against the second plate thanks to a subtle shadow. These were made to Goddard Littlefair’s design by Dekor.

The design feel of all the rooms is light and fresh, with classical clean lines and a refined and elegant colour palette of blues and silvers, plus the sparing use of pale pinks. Flooring is a natural light oak, supplied by a local company in Dubrovnik and arranged in a herringbone pattern. Each room features a bespoke Axminster rug from Brinton’s, with two used for the suites. The rugs in the suites are in a pattern that suggests the Middle East, with a whipped-edge border and the colour palette inverted from one to the other in blues, turquoises and ivories, with a touch of gold, whilst the standard room rugs have a more abstract, floral pattern.

In the guestrooms hang a combination of prints by Raul Perčič and another local artist, Branka Ridicki. Hanging squarely above the bed, Branka’s paintings imagine townscapes in abstract composition and were selected for their success in capturing the feeling of Dubrovnik’s winding streets and undulating roof-scapes. Photos and prints of Dubrovnik centre on the sea and seaside life, with blues and oranges giving way to some hints of orange. The pictures hang in pairs with brass picture lights above, whilst the suites feature four works of art each.

The beds feature full-height panelled headboards with the panels arranged in a single ‘bird’s beak’ pattern, with a blue-painted frame and upholstered in a soft gold silk-linen. The bed linen is all in white and the bedside tables alongside are oval-shaped, with a small inset drawer and open shelf, in dark-stained timber with a timber top and drawer, along a laminate body in grey with a linen texture and timber plinth. The bedside lights are fixed to panels and are in a geometric leaf print on linen with antiqued brass, made by Dekor. A floor light has a metal base and is finished in bronze and a softly-curved geometric four-section shade in ivory linen. Some rooms alternatively feature a fully-metal, slightly shorter floor light with a demi-globe rounded head. The hotel bathrooms were also lightly refreshed in the scheme, with new wall-lights, mirrored panels and decorative mirrors with brass frames and leather-hooked top detail.

Circular dining tables/desks are in timber with a bell-shaped solid wood pedestal and additional gilding at the pedestal neck. The minibars are rectangular and panelled with chamfered edges, finished in dark-stained timber, together with a lacquered, low-sheen turquoise finish, with circular pulls for the drawer handles in a dark metal. Furniture in the rooms also includes an armchair and, depending on the room, a mix of other items including a stool, chaise or bench. The chaise, where present, is upholstered in a textured grey fabric with a ribbed back, a bolster and scatter cushions, which are made up of a variety of silk and linen materials with either geometric or abstract prints with a deliberately ‘worn-in’ look to the textile pattern. The bench is in a pinkish blush faux leather with tufted buttons and piping details, whilst the stool is in a turquoise faux leather with a turquoise top and piping and a base upholstered in a sandy colour. The armchair is upholstered in sky blue velvet, with ribbing to the inside of the back with a double-layered rear detail.

The Imperial Suite contains a living room, dining room, bedroom and bathroom and has great views out from the front second storey of the hotel, overlooking the town’s famous old fort and the sea.

For this and other suites, the design treatment links to the standard rooms, with subtle differences, including a marble-print fabric for the wall-lights, for example, and headboards with a padded chevron treatment in a light blue faux leather and a brass trim between the upholstery and the framing timber surround. Curtains in the suites uses the same fabric as the wall lights, coupled with white sheers. All suites have applied moulding and panelling featuring a pale grey wallcovering and a white paint surround.

All the suites also have sofas, upholstered in a very light off-white linen-type material with arms that splay outwards and a long and loose back cushion. Armchairs in the suites are slipper-style. upholstered in duck-egg blue velvet with a contrast trim. Bedroom armchairs are curved with vertical piping detail to the interior of the back panel that looks like ribbing and are upholstered in a grey woven material, whilst a rectangular ottoman features a turquoise faux leather top and fabric sides that match the textile used for the armchair.

Lighting for the suites includes four-armed chandeliers, suspended on a chain, with a linen shade. A table lamp has a faux-leather wrapped brown base, a linen shade and a contrast trim to the top and bottom in dark brown. A coffee table has a Carrara marble top and timber legs, whilst two side tables are black-lacquered demi-lunes. Bedside tables are in a linen-effect laminate with brass legs and handles and a timber trim.

Image credit: Gareth Gardner

Rixos Hotels opens first hotel in Abu Dhabi

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The hotel group opens a 378-key luxury hotel in Abu Dhabi, the brand’s fourth hotel in UAE…

Turkish-grown hospitality brand Rixos Hotels has opened its first resort in Abu Dhabi. Rixos Saadiyat Island prides itself on offering ‘pure luxury’ in an opulent setting, inspired by the palaces of the Ottoman Empire, with dazzling interiors reflecting gemstone shades of green, blue and turquoise throughout. Situated on Saadiyat Island, the resort is expected to become the most successful, fully integrated resort in the Emirates.

“We are thrilled to be expanding Rixos Hotels into Abu Dhabi, showcasing our first all-inclusive, all-exclusive resort in the capital,” said Fettah Tamince, Founder and Chairman of Rixos Hotels. We hope to show visitors from around the world how to create a fully integrated resort that delivers ultra-luxury, innovation in cuisine and the highest standards of service. We are extremely proud of our new resort and of the team, we can’t wait to mark a new chapter in our expansion and welcome guests to Rixos Saadiyat Island.”

Image caption: Rixos Saadiyat Island Abu Dhabi

Image caption: Rixos Saadiyat Island Abu Dhabi

With panoramic views overlooking a sprawling private beach and across the Arabian Gulf, the 378-key resort comprises of 366 rooms and suites, plus 12 three and four-bedroom villas, each boasting either shared or private pools, direct access to the beach and the dedicated services of a butler. Conveniently located less than 30 minutes away from all of Abu Dhabi’s most thrilling attractions, guests can indulge in the feeling of hiding away in an exclusive island enclave while still benefiting from proximity to city highlights including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, and Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Rixos Saadiyat Island boasts a water park complete with wave pool for all ages and a children’s Aqua Park to keep the little ones happy. Nestled away within the resort’s verdant gardens, Rixos Saadiyat’s Spa is inspired by the age-old wellness customs of Turkey. The dramatic design reflects traditional Ottoman architecture to create a truly luxurious indoor and outdoor sanctuary where guests enjoy complimentary use of the facilities, which includes a steam room, sauna, a private outdoor pool, and an ice room. A collection of luxury treatment rooms and a traditional Turkish Hammam await those who wish to book a pampering spa treatment, with expert therapists on hand to restore balance for mind, body and soul.

Following the opening of Rixos Saadiyat Island, Rixos Hotels will operate four hotels in the United Arab Emirates –Rixos Premium Dubai, Rixos The Palm Dubai, Rixos Bab Al Bahr and Rixos Saadiyat Island.

Brintons lays new bespoke carpet designs for Kimpton Fitzroy London

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Hotel Designs’ Recommended Supplier Brintons created bespoke carpet design for The Principal London, which has recently become Kimpton Fitzroy London…

Brintons supplied carpets for key public areas within Kimpton’s first London hotel, formally known as The Principal London. Sheltered within a Grade II listed landmark building, which now dominates the area as a five-star hotel on the eastern flank of Russell Square in Bloomsbury, the now Kimpton Fitzroy London, which re-opened as The Principal London in April 2018 after undergoing a multi-million pound renovation and only recently rebranded as an IHG hotel, features a bespoke, contemporary carpet design in the key public areas within. The pattern features a strong linear border, bringing a modern element that harmonises with the period of the building.

The interior design renovation was led by Tara Bernerd & Partners and Russell Sage studio. The designers chose to use cream drapery with light and feathery fabrics and featured artwork that responds to the Bloomsbury neighbourhood’s artistic and literary heritage. Working in harmony with the design brief, Brintons created 4,600 sqm of bespoke carpets for the hotel’s corridors from floors one to eight, including the main staircase and the gallery. The carpet features a steel grey and neutral colour palette, which complements the sophisticated and contemporary interiors.

The three-year renovation, overseen by the Principal Hotel Group, has successfully maintained many stylistic elements of the hotel’s exciting past through the interior décor. The hotel features more than 300 rooms and suites and is close to many central London destinations, including the British Museum and Lamb’s Conduit Street.

The newly unveiled Kimpton Fitzroy London is named after the original architect of the building, Charles Fitzroy Doll, a significant figure of British architecture in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Next year will see even further growth of the Kimpton brand, with additional openings in tier-two cities including Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester. The brand also recently announced its debut in Bangkok, which is slated to open in 2020.

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Hilton perpares to more than double its footprint in Africa

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The announcement comes as Hilton Hotels opens ‘legend hotel’ Lagos Airport, Curio Collection by Hilton…

As it continues to grow its presence in Africa by introducing new brands and entering new countries, Hilton has announced it is on track to more than double in size in the next five years with the opening of Legend Hotel Lagos Airport, Curio Collection by Hilton – the company’s first Curio Collection by Hilton hotel in Africa.

Legend Hotel Lagos Airport is located at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, which serves more than eight million passengers each year. The stylish hotel is adjacent to the airport’s private jet terminal and has an exclusive immigrations and customs desk in the hotel for private jet passengers. Handpicked to be part of the exclusive collection of one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts celebrated for their individuality, the hotel joins more than 60 Curio Collection hotels around the world. This is Hilton’s first hotel in Lagos and its second in Nigeria, with an additional seven hotels in its development pipeline for the country.

Speaking ahead of the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) in Nairobi, Hilton’s President and CEO, Chris Nassetta, said: “We continue to innovate in Africa with new brands and products, and we are pleased to introduce our Curio Collection brand here with the opening of Legend Hotel Lagos Airport. As the continent continues to undergo rapid urbanization, with the UN forecasting that the world’s 10 fastest-growing cities will all be in Africa by 2035, this hotel is a part of our strategy to connect guests to key cities and airport locations across the region.”

Hilton is seeing strong demand for its brands across the continent and expects to open eight hotels in total across Africa this year, three of which will fly under the Hilton Garden Inn flag. This brand appeals to the rising tide of middle class travelers into and across Africa and the company expects to open at least 16 Hilton Garden Inn hotels in the coming five years, including brand entries in Kampala, Ghana, Malawi, eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) and many other strategic locations across sub-Saharan Africa.

Last year, Hilton launched the Hilton Africa Growth Initiative, which will support the conversion of existing hotels to Hilton brands with an investment of US$50 million over five years. During that period, Hilton expects to secure 100 conversion opportunities with some 15-20,000 rooms added to its portfolio to meet the growing need for quality branded hotels across the continent.

Hilton is committed to growth and opportunity across Africa and has been a continuous presence on the continent since 1959. With 41 open hotels and 53 in its development pipeline in Africa, Hilton expects to double its footprint across the continent in the next five years. This includes market entries in 13 countries where it does not currently operate including Botswana, Ghana, eSwatini (formerly Swaziland), Uganda, Malawi and Rwanda.

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Natural designs, timeless quality and flexibility for modern guests are the top trends to follow in hotel design, reports The Independent Hotel Show 2018

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Just as nit is in hotels itself, design plays an integral part in this year’s Independent Hotel Show. Ahead of the show, we have identified three design trends as highlighted by design partners, exhibitors and speakers at #IHS2018…

As the Independent Hotel Show creeps nearer, we have identified three major themes that visitors should expect to see at this year’s event.

Back to nature
Over the years nature has played an important part in inspiring interior designers and as we move into the future, this will continue, particularly in the independent, boutique and luxury hotel sector where guests seek calm environments to relax in.

“Any design with a connection to nature will be popular,” says Katja Behre, creative director of Elli Popp, design partner to The Innovation Stage which will feature a pink tropical leaves mural and floral displays from a designer at Kew Gardens.

“People always feel comfortable with designs that connect them to nature – whether that’s plants, flowers, insects or animals,” adds Behre.

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Nina Tarnowski, of Woodchip & Magnolia, Wallpaper Partner to the Show says there is a growing trend towards murals and wallpapers which ‘evoke beautiful scenes.’

The exhibitor’s Land of Milk & Honey collection of wall murals and wallpapers is inspired by English Victorian glass houses and is a fresh interpretation of the continuing trend in botanical prints.

“The growing trend towards murals and papers which evoke beautiful scenes, evoke a narrative or transport you to a magical place, lends itself perfectly to hotel interiors,” she says. “After all – what are we after when we stay in a hotel? Escapism!”

VIP hoteliers, speakers, partners at this year’s Show will be able to see the natural escapism look portrayed at The Suite where contract furniture manufacturers Valdivian promise to transport attendees to somewhere ‘between reality and imagination’ with deep purple and green walls accented with floral murals.

Timeless quality
While the pressure may be on to champion the latest interior design trends, conversely, it is the hoteliers who shun the hottest design trends and opt for classic, well-made furnishings who are truly the trend-setters.

“Invest in quality. Guests may not see it, but they will feel it,” says Rebecca at Cappellini, design partner to central networking space The Lobby at the Independent Hotel Show.

“I always try and create timeless designs, which from time to time happen to be in trend,” says Katja Behre of Elli Popp. “Most of our best-selling designs are between one to six years old and still don’t seem to fade out.”

For inspiration, look to companies such as flooring specialist Tarkett – exhibiting at this year’s Independent Hotel Show – with its Desso Carpet Collections. Its Axminster, Desso&Ex and made-to-measure rug collections are perfect for independent hoteliers and designers looking for quality, durability and design.

“The future of hotel interior design will continue to have the luxe factor with opulent fabrics taking centre stage,” says Nick Sunderland of Two’s Company Interior Design, the interior design company responsible for putting together exciting new live installation ‘The Hotel Room of The Future’ at this year’s Show.

“Customers are wanting to experience 6* comfort. Hoteliers tell us that it’s all about the detail for their guests, be it stunning sofas and chairs, beautiful curtains, baby soft towels or sumptuous linen, all these aspects have to be considered.”

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Flexibility
The rise of leisure travel, mobile working and more flexible working patterns means that guests will be using hotels in more diverse ways in the future.

Daniel Corney, director at Compact Workspace, an exhibitor at the Independent Hotel Show 2018, says to improve the design of their property a ‘hotelier needs to consider different guests’ wants and needs’ so advocates the selection of flexible furniture so that space can easily be adapted for use at any event – from a conference to a wedding.

For hotels without conference and event space, the same notion of flexibility applies.

“This year we think the mobile working trend will have a big influence on hotel design,” he says. “Business travellers need appropriate places to work. So, rather than letting guests working off their lap or a coffee table in the hotel lobby, hotels should provide furniture that is both practical and comfortable to work from.”

The same flexible approach can also be applied to interior design, says Woodchip & Magnolia’s Nina Tarnowski who sees a big movement towards utilizing the fourth wall – the ceiling.

“It’s been popular for several years in interior decorating, but mostly confined to the use of paint. We’re being asked to create wall murals and papers specifically for high impact statement ceilings from interior designers, and it’s an exciting trend,” she says.

Hotel Designs is a media partner for the Independent Hotel Show 2018. To meet the Hotel Designs teams at the show please visit stand 628. Editor Hamish Kilburn will be hosting a panel discussion entitled ‘Power Hour: Designs For Life’ at the show, for more details please click here.

Natural designs, timeless quality and flexibility for modern guests

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Just as it is in hotels itself, design plays an integral part in the Independent Hotel Show. Here we pick up three top design trends as identified by design partners, exhibitors and speakers at #IHS2018.

Back to nature

Over the years nature has played an important part in inspiring interior designers and as we move into the future, this will continue, particularly in the independent, boutique and luxury hotel sector where guests seek calm environments to relax in.

“Any design with a connection to nature will be popular,” says Katja Behre, creative director of Elli Popp, design partner to The Innovation Stage which will feature a pink tropical leaves mural and floral displays from a designer at Kew Gardens.

“People always feel comfortable with designs that connect them to nature – whether that’s plants, flowers, insects or animals,” adds Behre.

Nina Tarnowski, of Woodchip & Magnolia, Wallpaper Partner to the Show says there is a growing trend towards murals and wallpapers which ‘evoke beautiful scenes.’

The exhibitor’s Land of Milk & Honey collection of wall murals and wallpapers is inspired by English Victorian glass houses and is a fresh interpretation of the continuing trend in botanical prints.

“The growing trend towards murals and papers which evoke beautiful scenes, evoke a narrative or transport you to a magical place, lends itself perfectly to hotel interiors,” she says. “After all – what are we after when we stay in a hotel? Escapism!”

VIP hoteliers, speakers, partners at this year’s Show will be able to see the natural escapism look portrayed at The Suite where contract furniture manufacturers Valdivian promise to transport attendees to somewhere ‘between reality and imagination’ with deep purple and green walls accented with floral murals.

Timeless quality

While the pressure may be on to champion the latest interior design trends, conversely, it is the hoteliers who shun the hottest design trends and opt for classic, well-made furnishings who are truly the trend-setters.

“Invest in quality. Guests may not see it, but they will feel it,” says Rebecca at Cappellini, design partner to central networking space The Lobby at the Independent Hotel Show.

“I always try and create timeless designs, which from time to time happen to be in trend,” says Katja Behre of Elli Popp. “Most of our best-selling designs are between one to six years old and still don’t seem to fade out.”

For inspiration, look to companies such as flooring specialist Tarkett – exhibiting at this year’s Independent Hotel Show – with its Desso Carpet Collections. Its Axminster, Desso&Ex and made-to-measure rug collections are perfect for independent hoteliers and designers looking for quality, durability and design.

“The future of hotel interior design will continue to have the luxe factor with opulent fabrics taking centre stage,” says Nick Sunderland of Two’s Company Interior Design, the interior design company responsible for putting together exciting new live installation ‘The Hotel Room of The Future’ at this year’s Show.

“Customers are wanting to experience 6* comfort. Hoteliers tell us that it’s all about the detail for their guests, be it stunning sofas and chairs, beautiful curtains, baby soft towels or sumptuous linen, all these aspects have to be considered.”

Flexibility

The rise of leisure travel, mobile working and more flexible working patterns means that guests will be using hotels in more diverse ways in the future.

Daniel Corney, director at Compact Workspace, an exhibitor at the Independent Hotel Show 2018, says to improve the design of their property a ‘hotelier needs to consider different guests’ wants and needs’ so advocates the selection of flexible furniture so that space can easily be adapted for use at any event – from a conference to a wedding.

For hotels without conference and event space, the same notion of flexibility applies.

“This year we think the mobile working trend will have a big influence on hotel design,” he says. “Business travellers need appropriate places to work. So, rather than letting guests working off their lap or a coffee table in the hotel lobby, hotels should provide furniture that is both practical and comfortable to work from.”

The same flexible approach can also be applied to interior design, says Woodchip & Magnolia’s Nina Tarnowski who sees a big movement towards utilizing the fourth wall – the ceiling.

“It’s been popular for several years in interior decorating, but mostly confined to the use of paint. We’re being asked to create wall murals and papers specifically for high impact statement ceilings from interior designers, and it’s an exciting trend,” she says.

 

Hotel Designs is a media partner for the Independent Hotel Show 2018. To meet the Hotel Designs teams at the show please visit stand 628. Hotel Designs Editor, Hamish Kilburn, will be hosting a panel discussion entitled ‘Power Hour: Designs For Life’ at the show, for more details please visit here: https://hoteldesigns.net/industry-news/editor-of-hotel-designs-to-host-power-hour-at-independent-hotel-show/

Checking in to The Gainsborough Bath and Spa

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Editor of Hotel Designs Hamish Kilburn checks in to the only hotel in Bath that taps into the natural thermal springs of the city, designed by the one and only Alexandra Champalimaud…

“First and foremost, the location is what really sets this project apart,” says Alexandra Champalimaud who, to me, looks far too composed and relaxed for two reasons as we meet for breakfast. For starters, although her soft English accent would suggest otherwise, Champalimaud is actually based in the loud, sleepless city of New York. And secondly, we are catching up at the same time of London Design Festival, when more than 450,000 designers, architects and creatives from around the globe descend onto the capital to catch the latest trends, discussions and product launches. Never before has the analogy of a duck above water been so apt than in this situation right now, and it’s inspiring to watch. “Bath is an actual treasure, a world UNESCO World Heritage Site, and frankly I think it’s one of the most magical places in the UK,” she says passionately as we begin to talk about The Gainsborough Bath and Spa, the five-star hotel that stole both of our hearts.

A few weeks before, I was checking in to the hotel for the first time. The precious interiors and renowned spa that are housed within The Gainsborough Bath and Spa are on a need to know basis. Tucked away from the rest of the town, yet very central in its address, the hotel among the locals is known for its luxury edge over the rest of the hotels in the area.

Just a two-hour drive from London’s thick smoke (and even quicker on the train), the feeling of tranquilly is immediately apparent upon arrival. “I can always tell if a guest is from London,” said Brian Benson, the hotel’s general manager as I arrived through the doors and into the large, open lobby. “Our guests from London always arrive in a hurry and look stressed. What I love about my job, and this hotel, is that guests always leave calmer than when they arrived.”

The lobby at The Gainsborough

Image caption: The lobby at The Gainsborough

Like many buildings in the hilly town of Bath, the hotel was once a Georgian-era hospital. The British painter Thomas Gainsborough had spent time there, which inspired the name. “The building itself looks grand, but it’s actually quite cosy,” says Champalimaud. “There’s an intimacy there that’s unmatched by other hotels in the area. The building is also Grade II listed; visitors will find that there are a lot of original details throughout the hotel.”

“Champalimaud and her team have created several dramatic scenes within the hotel’s public areas.”

The hotel’s look and feel is – like its staff – inviting, warm and naturally comfortable to be around. Deliberate attention to detail has been given to ensure that the modern hotel gives an appropriate nod to its storied past, with several references of traditional items evident in the public areas. Such as the Turin Portantina Seden Chair, which once in the 17th Century was used to carry royalty and now sits at the bottom of the main staircase in the lobby, creating a lasting first impression. The artefact is one of around 50 known to exist of its shape.

-The Gainsborough Restaurant

Image caption: -The Gainsborough restaurant

Champalimaud and her team have created several dramatic scenes within the hotel’s public areas. “We realised that we didn’t want to detract from the building’s historical charm, but simply enhance it,” says Champalimaud. “Whenever possible, we highlighted some of the hotel’s original features by employing design details that were reflective of the Roman and Georgian history of the city. Overall, the design is transitional – weaving in the classic English cosiness with a contemporary point of view.” One of these moments is the dynamically obscure chandelier that hangs in between the large main staircase. Another example of drama is quite literally written on the walls. Several pieces of contemporary art around the hotel, at first, look impressive and well placed. However, when learning that the artists are in fact local art students, the walls all of sudden have a different dimension. “What do you think it is,” said the waiter as I stood in front of a large abstract art piece which was full of dashes and colour. Tilting my head, I saw it. The piece of art, again imagined and created by local student artists was a contemporary representation of the restaurant we were actually stood in.

The Canvas Room at The Gainsborough

Image caption: The Canvas Room at The Gainsborough

On the lower level, the hotel’s main unique selling point is another classy reference to the town’s infamous past. The spa, which I have read about – and have wanted to experience – since it opened, is incomparable. It’s truly world-class, a feeling that has recently been shared by Condé Nast Traveller readers who have just voted it the second-best spa in the UK. That may well be because it is the only hotel spa in the city that actually taps into the natural thermal springs, meaning that the several therapy pools are all organically heated. “The spa is a dream,” says Champalimaud. “Located near one of the town’s thermal reserves the spa pool inside of the hotel contains the sought after precious healing waters that made Bath so famous.”

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Image caption: The Gainsborough

Although much of the attention at the hotel in the press is focused on the spa, the guestrooms and suites are equally as striking and impressive. Dressed to feel appropriately residential, with a colour palatte of duck egg blue, white and soft browns. My suite (room number 310) was defined as a junior suite, complete with a large living area, modest bathroom and a large bedroom. “Georgian design references are very much present in the guestrooms,” explained Champalimaud. “We wanted the rooms to feel comfortable, yet rich, so we focused on creating delicate layers with the tones, textures, and furnishings within them. The colours are contemporary and alluring while maintaining an air of subtlety – conjuring a sense of quiet. A number of the guestrooms have high ceilings that we accentuated with long curtains trimmed with a Roman inspired border, which complements the ornately patterned carpet. The furniture is all contemporary with a classic familiarity.”

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Image credit: The Gainsborough

Despite the design project running relatively smoothly, as with all grade II listed structures, unexpected delays in the design process were almost inevitable. “Since we were working with a Grade II structure, we had to be patient with the construction phase of the project,” explained Champalimaud. “The building had to be excavated as ancient artifacts were found while they were breaking ground – which was unexpected. From an interiors perspective, the hotel’s listing made us very mindful of maintaining the building’s original integrity with every design decision we made.”

Since experiencing the hotel in all its finery, The Gainsborough Bath and Spa has entered a special place in my heart – which is the same, it seems, for among many of its visitors who walk through its calming entrance. A little more than 100 miles from the centre of London, it is a South west gem, and certainly gives five-star hotels in the captital a run for their money. I checked out of The Gainsborough Bath and Spa and left with a much lower heart rate from when I arrived and a new-found appreciation for Georgian heritage buildings that shelter stunning hotels spas. The answer, perhaps, is in the waters.

 

 

 

Top stories of the week: Brit List deadline approaches, interactive reviews and art outside the frame

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Hotel Designs editor Hamish Kilburn breaks down this week’s top stories…

Here we are again, just days away from London Design Festival and already the beady eyes of the design world are focusing their attention on Britain – as if their focus was ever elsewhere. In the week leading up to when London comes alive as it unveils more trends, products and fabulous discussions – all of which I will be following and sharing live updates on Hotel Designs – we have been at the centre of some major headlines. Our brand takes a leap in welcoming new interactive photography technology into our hotel reviews, and art outside the frames in the public areas was another hotly discussed topic. In addition, do not forget, the deadline to enter this year’s Hotel Designs Brit List is this Sunday, as is the cut-off date for purchasing early bird tickets. So, as I set my out of office ahead of London Design Festival – and advise people to tweet @hoteldesigns if you want to schedule a meeting with the team – here are the top five stories of the week.

1) BRIT LIST: Just three days left to secure your early bird tickets

There is just three days left in order to claim your early bird tickets to this year’s Brit List, which will take place on November 22 at BEAT London.

2) Art outside the frame in the hotel lobby

Earlier this month we discussed how the hotel lobby’s purpose in international hotel design has changed in recent years to cater to the increasing demands of modern travellers. What once was a place to sit and wait when checking in and out has now opened new possibilities to provide meeting areas, lounges, bars and even – in some extreme circumstances – nightclubs. At the forefront of this shift is the overall attention to detail when designing the lobby to create a lasting strong first impression – and much of this detail is focused on the walls.

3) New Amy Winehouse artwork revealed at Hard Rock Hotel London

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Despite its opening not being unveiled until Spring next year, Hard Rock Hotel London is fast becoming London’s most anticipated opening in 2019 as it has now revealed a sneak peek of the specially commissioned that will be put on display in the hotel’s 1,000 guestrooms and suites.

4) Four statement features for your boutique hotel

The word ‘boutique’ is symbolic of something that extra bit special. Therefore, when looking to create memorable rooms, making sure each of them features a design, theme or piece of furniture that aids their originality is key to transforming your residence from a basic place to stay to a special boutique hotel.

5) Stepping in before checking in

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Surprises, when it comes to the overall hotel look, feel and experience, are not often well received among modern travellers when checking in to a design hotel. A hotel, thats photographs online do not reflect the reality, are setting their guests – and their business for that matter – up for a loss. Instead, modern guests strive for a seamless experience led by the clever design of the building and its interiors. Reflect this in the marketing, and you are on to a winner, will allow your guests to check in to a familiar home.

 

 

 

BRIT LIST: Less than three days to claim your early bird tickets

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THE DEADLINE TO CLAIM YOUR EARLY BIRD TICKETS TO THE AWARDS CEREMONY OF THIS YEAR’S BRIT LIST IS SEPTEMBER 16, 2018…

There is just three days left in order to claim your early bird tickets to this year’s Brit List, which will take place on November 22 at BEAT London.

The Brit List ceremony will welcome the leading interior designers, hoteliers, architects and key suppliers within the industry who will gather to witness the announcement of not only this year’s The Brit List 2018 (the top 75 British designers, hoteliers and architects) but also the winners of the six new awards up for grabs, which are:

  • Inspiration in Design – Innovative use of technology
  • Inspiration in Design – Boutique Hotelier
  • Inspiration in Design – Interior Designer of the Year
  • Inspiration in Design – Architect of the Year
  • The Eco Award
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Hotel Industry

On the night itself, guests will be greeted by a exclusive drinks reception before the Brit List and the six award winners are announced. After several talks, designers, hoteliers, architects and key-industry suppliers will enjoy drinks, canapés and, thanks to the setup of the event, will be able to network with true leaders and visionaries in the industry. “Hotel Designs prides itself on delivering quality networking experiences for designers, hoteliers, architects and key-industry suppliers,” said Publisher of the brand Katy Phillips. “Our events put our guests’ needs first, so that they meet like-minded professionals. The Brit List, launched last year, is an extension of that.”

Early-bird tickets

Delegates and suppliers who purchase their tickets to the event before the nominations cut-off date of September 16 will take full advantage of the sizable discount on offer:

Delegates: £10 + VAT (£20 + VAT after September 16)
Suppliers: £150 + VAT (£175 + VAT after September 16)

In addition to the early bird ticket cut-off,the deadline to enter this year’s Brit List is also September 16.

If you are a supplier to the hospitality industry looking to meet the top hoteliers, interior designers and hoteliers at The Brit List, click here to book your place.

If you are a delegate to the hospitality industry (architect, designer or hotelier) and would like to attend The Brit List 2018, click here to book your place.

To discuss the various sponsorship packages available, please contact Phoebe Kasapi on +44(0)1992 374059

For more information on how to nominate or apply, click here.

BRIT LIST: Less than one week to go to claim your early bird tickets

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The deadline to claim your early bird tickets to the awards ceremony of this year’s Brit List is September 16, 2018…

There is less than a week left in order to claim your early bird tickets to this year’s Brit List, which will take place on November 22 at BEAT London.

The Brit List ceremony will welcome the leading interior designers, hoteliers, architects and key suppliers within the industry who will gather to witness the announcement of not only this year’s The Brit List 2018 (the top 75 British designers, hoteliers and architects) but also the winners of the six new awards up for grabs, which are:

  • Inspiration in Design – Innovative use of technology
  • Inspiration in Design – Boutique Hotelier
  • Inspiration in Design – Interior Designer of the Year
  • Inspiration in Design – Architect of the Year
  • The Eco Award
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Hotel Industry

Early-bird tickets

Delegates and suppliers who purchase their tickets to the event before the nominations cut-off date of September 16 will take full advantage of the sizable discount on offer:

Delegates: £10 + VAT (£20 + VAT after September 16)
Suppliers: £150 + VAT (£175 + VAT after September 16)

In addition to the early bird ticket cut-off,the deadline to enter this year’s Brit List is also September 16.

If you are a supplier to the hospitality industry looking to meet the top hoteliers, interior designers and hoteliers at The Brit List, click here to book your place.

If you are a delegate to the hospitality industry (architect, designer or hotelier) and would like to attend The Brit List 2018, click here to book your place.

To discuss the various sponsorship packages available, please contact Phoebe Kasapi on +44(0)1992 374059

For more information on how to nominate or apply, click here.

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Top 5 stories of the week: Spanish arrivals, setting trends and luxury on a cliff edge

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Hotel Designs editor Hamish Kilburn breaks down this week’s international hotel design headlines…

September has kicked-off with a number of exciting news stories that have, quite literally left the industry on a cliff hanger. Firstly, the iconic EDITION brand has expanded its empire with the hotel announcing its arrival in Barcelona. Elsewhere, Hotel Designs recommended supplier Duravit are setting trends in the bathroom, and a Six Senses opening sends ripples through the industry with its jaw-dropping – and totally unmatched – coastal views. Here are our top five stories of the week.

1) The Edition brand lands in Spain as the brand’s luxury empire expands

Ian Schrager’s rising global influence has arrived in Spain, adding another luxury property to the EDITION empire. The Barcelona EDITION combines the personal, intimate, individualised and unique hotel experience that Schrager is known for.

2) Inside Denmark’s first chemical-free hotel

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Hotel Herman K, Denmark’s first chemical-free hotel, is a converted station situated in the heart of Copenhagen. We took a sneak peak at the raw architecture within the bespoke hotel…

3) TREND ALERT: Favourite shades of grey in the bathroom

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Sharing the same opinion as that of the new Managing Director of WATG London, Martin Pease, bathroom specialist Duravit believes that grey is one of the best-loved colours in architecture and interior design. Evident in Duravit’s recent collection, the colour is used to further creates the clarity and sense of space to emphasise the impact of rooms, interiors, and therefore architecture.

4) Brit List: Less than two weeks in order to claim your early bird tickets

Calling all British interior designers, architects, hoteliers and key-industry suppliers, early bird tickets for this year’s Brit List are only available until September 16.

5) Six Senses continues to rapidly expand with opening of Uluwatu luxury hotel

Our ‘most read’ story of the week is the opening of Six Senses’ 16th property. The opening marks an exciting time for the international hotel brand as it plans to triple its portfolio size in the next five years.

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TREND ALERT: Favourite shades of grey in the bathroom

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Hotel Designs editor Hamish Kilburn – with the help of bathroom specialists Duravit – investigates why grey continues to be the colour trend of choice for many designers and architects in the bathroom…

Sharing the same opinion as that of the new Managing Director of WATG London, Martin Pease, bathroom specialist Duravit believes that grey is one of the best-loved colours in architecture and interior design. Evident in Duravit’s recent collection, the colour is used to further creates the clarity and sense of space to emphasise the impact of rooms, interiors, and therefore architecture.

“Grey provides a perfect contrast in combination with wooden furniture.”

Referenced in a press release by the bathroom manufacturer, grey is also becoming more popular in the bathroom, as exposed concrete or tiles in a range of grey shades, soft grey wall paint through to dark anthracite tones and accessories are today’s trends. Grey provides a perfect contrast in combination with wooden furniture; in interaction with sober colours such as the new Duravit furniture colour matt concrete grey it underlines a uniform, timeless look.

The Stonetto shower tray, too, is setting the tone in colour terms: in addition to the stone shades white, sand, and anthracite, the successful collaboration between Duravit and the Viennese design group EOOS is now available in the colour concrete, which creates a new and fresh effect within the room.

The Stonetto features a stone-like yet uniform texture. The silky-soft surface is incomparable to the touch. It is matt and at the same time anti-slip and scratch-proof. Stonetto is made from Durasolid Q, a high-grade cast mineral material. Stonetto is also impressive in functional terms. Its high surface hardness and density mean that the shower tray is extraordinarily resistant to damage and dirt.

The barely visible slope of the tray enables water to drain away perfectly. Even large quantities of water flow quickly through the powerful drain. The homogenous covering enables ease of cleaning. Stonetto can be installed flush with the floor, recessed or floor-mounted. Duravit also supplies Stonetto in twelve sizes.

Duravit 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.

Hotel Designs Brit List announces judging panel

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The Brit List, which celebrates Britain’s top 25 influential interior designers, hoteliers and architects, has announced the judging panel for this year’s awards taking place on November 22 at BEAT London…

Ahead of this year’s anticipated Brit List, which launched last year with the aim to raise the profile of British creatives in the industry, Hotel Designs has confirmed the five judges who together will agree on which designers, hoteliers and architects deserve to be recognised in the 2018 Brit List.

In addition to The Brit List, Hotel Designs has also launched six new awards that will also be presented to the winners on the night The Brit List 2018 is unveiled. These awards are:

  • Inspiration in Design – Innovative use of technology
  • Inspiration in Design – Boutique Hotelier
  • Inspiration in Design – Interior Designer of the Year
  • Inspiration in Design – Architect of the Year
  • The Eco Award
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Hotel Industry

To apply for free to this year’s Brit List, please click here and click the ‘nominations’ tab to apply.
Nominations close on September 16

The Brit List 2018 judges are:

Gilly Craft, President of the British Institute of Interior Design 

As well as the BIID becoming the event’s industry partner, Gilly Craft brings with her a wealth of interior design experience as well as a deep understanding for trends and recognising potential in creatives. “I am very excited to be one of the judges for the Brit List this year,” said Craft on accepting the role as a judge. “It is important that designers have the opportunity to be recognised by their peers in this way.”

Charles Leon, founder of Leon Black Architectural

In 1994, Charles Leon established his own design practice, CLA which specialised in hospitality and residential design. In2010 he was joined by Nicholas Black and in 2014 they formed the partnership Leon Black.

Leon Black specialises in Residential and Hospitality Design and Interior Architecture. Charles, the former president of the BIID, also lectures on design theory, innovation, emotion and the workings of the designer’s mind. He is a guest lecturer at Middlesex University and The Interior Design School.

“I am very honoured to take part as a judge for the Hotel Designs Brit List this year and to have the opportunity to celebrate the breadth and depth of UK designers and hoteliers,” said Leon.

Gerri Gallagher, former associate editor, Tatler

Drawing on 25 years of editorial experience at Tatler with specific emphasis on luxury travel, an extensive global knowledge of five-star hotels and spas and a unique US/UK perspective, Gerri Gallagher is a highly-respected professional who combines a strong creative vision with an astute understanding of what discerning international clients expect.

“I was honoured to be asked to participate in the Hotel Designs Brit List 2018. In my professional capacity as a hotel/spa consultant I work with some of the finest hoteliers and designers in the world,” said Gallagher. “To sit on the panel of judges for this prestigious event is an exciting opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the industry’s British superstars.”

Lysbeth Fox, founder and director of Fox PR

Lysbeth Fox is the Managing Director of luxury travel, wellness and gourmet agency Fox PR, whose portfolio of clients includes some of the most prestigious in the world. Lysbeth is currently in India building a school with her daughter so was unable to supply a quote for this announcement. I am honoured to be amongst such a prestigious panel of judges –  and for such an important award,” said Fox. “As a longtime advisor and strategist for luxury hotels – it has been my privilege to work with some of the most innovative and stylish destinations in the world.  I am looking forward to reviewing this year’s best of British nominees.”

Hamish Kilburn, editor, Hotel Designs

Overseeing the panel is Hamish Kilburn, the editor of Hotel Designs. Kilburn has reviewed some of the most spectacular hotels around the world and has his finger on the pulse when it comes to the latest happenings in the world of international hotel design.

Together with the strong team behind the brand, he is helping to strengthen Hotel Designs’ events offering including The Brit List, Hotel Summit, Meet Up and the launch of a new event for interior designers and architects that will launch in 2019.

If you, or an individual you know of, deserves to be recognised in this year’s Brit List, please click here and click the ‘nominations’ tab to apply for free.

Once all nominations have been received by the closing date of September 16, the judging panel will select the final 75 most inspirational and influential people in British design, hotels and architecture.

On November 22, designers, hoteliers, architects and key suppliers to the industry will gather at BEAT London where The Brit List 2018 will be unveiled.

Industry suppliers and delegates will be able purchase tickets to attend the awards ceremony, and there are a limited number of sponsorship opportunities available for this prestigious and influential event. For more details contact Phoebe Kasapi by emailing p.kasapi@forumevents.co.uk, or calling 01992 374059.

Top 5 stories of the week: Furniture in the fast lane, VR insights and flawless flooring trends

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As Hotel Designs continues to focus on Hotel Concepts and Flooring & Carpets, Editor Hamish Kilburn breaks down this week’s top news stories…

Throughout this week, we have had a bit of everything – from flooring trends to Lamborghini sofas, from VR insights to hotels inspired by nature. This is somewhat not surprising considering the two vast topics that we’re shining the spotlight on this month. Here are this week’s top five stories.

1) Virtual Reality is changing the game in hospitality

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Hotel Spa Tech Live describes how Virtual Reality is changing the face of international hotel design and service…

2) 7 flooring trends that are leaving clear footprints in 2018

This month, as we focus our lens on hotel flooring, Hotel Designs is going all out to give you an accurate take on how the flooring trends are shaping up for the back end of this year. From what our editorial team can see, rules have been broken – and rightly so. Here are a few top trends to keep an eye on for the rest of the year.

3) Nature-inspired villa suites open at Son Brull, Mallorca

With a noticeable nod to nature, Son Brull in Mallorca has completed the design of two brand-new villa suites. The two-bedroom villa suites are situated in the hotel’s idyllic gardens and offer the ideal combination of space and privacy while remaining fully serviced. Located in the northern Mallorca near Pollensa, the family owned and managed hotel is housed in a former monastery that dates back to the 12th century, in a peaceful rural setting for guests looking to disconnect and spend some quality time surrounded by nature.

4) Chic bungalow-style, luxury-chic hotel to open in the City of Angels

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A new chic 23-key boutique hotel created by Jeff Klein’s JK Hotel Group and designed by Rita Konig is slated to open Autumn 2018…

5) SPOTLIGHT ON: Bentley Hotel rooms and Lamborghini furniture in the fast lane

With this month’s focus being on weird and wonderful Hotel Concepts around the globe, Hotel Designs stitched the lining of these very quirky – and slightly ‘out there’ automotive designs and Lamborghini sofas…

Spotlight On: Hotel Concepts and Flooring & Carpets

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Throughout August, Hotel Designs will be putting the spotlight on two massively talked-about areas of international hotel design, namely: Hotel Concept and Flooring & Carpets…

Next month, Hotel Designs will be digging beneath the surface to uncover the most extraordinary hotels from around the globe as we celebrate the weird, the wonderful and the very brave world of Hotel Concepts. In addition, we will be laying down all the latest from flooring and carpets as many flooring suppliers gear up to present their latest collections at London Design Week in September.

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The editorial team at Hotel Designs is always on the hunt for bold hotels that unapologetically stand out from the crowd. Next month, we want to celebrate these fine examples of truly exceptional spaces by revealing the craziest hotel concepts from around the world. We’re looking for overnight accommodation that completely challenges conventional hotel design.

Flooring & carpets

Technological advances in flooring manufacturing continue to dictate the trends. Vinyl can now mimic hardwood, stone, concrete and much more, while random-coloured woods – or replications of wood in vinyl or laminate – marry together to create an interesting and playful look and feel.

Waterproof carpets are making a splash with their durable qualities making it ideal for heavily used areas in hotels. Many companies are choosing to go ‘carbon-neutral’ in an effort to be more green, and abstract patterns are making their way to the front with a number of companies using aerial shots as inspiration to create some truly unique products.

If you’re a supplier in either of these categories and want your products to reach more than 41,000 hoteliers, interior designers and architects per month, there are plenty of ways you can get involved with these features next month, from supplying an opinion piece to working with us on a targeted mini-series.

If you wish to find out more, please contact Phoebe Kasapi on 01992 374059 or p.kasapi@forumevents.co.uk

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Forum Events Ltd launches two new hospitality events

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The leading events company, Forum Events Ltd, has added Catering Equipment & Services and Hospitality Tech & Innovation to its rowing portfolio…

Following the growing demand in innovation around catering and technology in the international hospitality market, the parent company of Hotel Designs, Forum Events Ltd, has launched two new industry events to its annual calendar.

Catering Equipment & Services and Hospitality Tech & Innovation will take place on March 25 – 26, 2019 at Whittlebury Hall, Northampton, England, with the aim to bring together professionals and suppliers in both the catering and technology market.

98 per cent of those who have attended our events say that they are a better way to find new suppliers than a traditional trade show

Both events will comprise of separate one-to-one business meetings, interactive seminars and valuable networking opportunities. The dedicated team at Forum Events Ltd will organise personalised appointments for the professionals and suppliers attending. Each supplier will have a series of 25-minute pre-arranged meetings with key decision makers throughout the two days, over lunch and during our networking gala dinner on day one.

“98 per cent of those who have attended our events say that they are a better way to find new suppliers than a traditional trade show and we are very proud to be ahead of the curve in launching these two highly focused networking opportunities,” said Sarah Beall, Managing Director of Forum Events Ltd. “By launching Catering Equipment & Services and Hospitality Tech & Innovation, we will help to bridge the gap between delegates and suppliers, while encouraging quality business relationships to be formed.”

Forum Events Ltd, which has recently been recognised in the top 25 SME companies for cultural leadership, hosts 27 events in total throughout the year that span across a number of industries. To find out more information, please visit the events page of the Forum Events Ltd website.

How to secure your place

There are limited spaces available for these highly targeted events.

If you are a supplier to the hospitality tech industry and would like to attend Hospitality Tech & Innovation, click here. Alternatively, please contact Craig Ross at c.ross@forumevents.co.uk, or call 01992 376726

If you are a supplier to the catering and equipment industry would like to attend Catering Equipment & Services Forum, click here. Alternatively, please contact Craig Ross at c.ross@forumevents.co.uk, or call 01992 376726

To register your interest as a delegate for Hospitality Tech & Innovation, click here. Alternatively, please contact Liam Cloona at l.cloona@forumevents.co.uk, or call 01992 374089

To register your interest as a delegate for Catering Equipment & Services Forum, click here. Alternatively, please contact Liam Cloona at l.cloona@forumevents.co.uk, or call 01992 374089

 

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Hotel Designs expands sales team with new media sales executive

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Hotel Designs is pleased announce the arrival of Phoebe Kasapi as the brand’s new media sales executive…

Phoebe Kasapi has been appointed as media sales executive at Hotel Designs, marking the continued growth of the leading hotel design website for interior designers, architects, hoteliers and industry suppliers. Having previously worked for Sky Media as a sales assistant, Kasapi brings with her to the role a wealth of experience in order to help grow the business, service clients and monitor campaigns.

The new media sales executive joins Hotel Designs at a vital time ahead of two major events, Meet Up North and Brit List.“We are thrilled to be welcoming Phoebe to the team,” said Katy Philips, publisher of Hotel Designs. “Phoebe’s timing couldn’t be better – Hotel Designs has had a fantastic start to the year. Not only are we experiencing record traffic to the website, but we have also witnessed a sell-out Hotel Summit and huge interest in our Meet Up networking events.”

Kasapi will work across all of the publication’s key products as well as working closely with our recommended suppliers while establishing relationships with interior designers, architects and hoteliers.

In addition, she will play a key role in the Hotel Designs Brit List 2018, which now includes a host of awards to recognise industry greats.

If you are attending our Manchester Meet Up next week on July 18th, then please look out for Phoebe and the rest of Hotel Designs team.

To contact Phoebe directly, please email p.kasapi@forumevents.co.uk, or call +44(0)1992 374059

 

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David Collins Studio Unveils The Carriage House

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Marking the final stage of a groundbreaking transformation, The Carriage House, designed by David Collins Studio, opens…

Adare Manor has announced the completion of its restoration, renovation and expansion, with the highly-anticipated debut of The Carriage House. Designed by the leading architects and designers at David Collins Studio, London, The Carriage House is complete with an exceptional grill restaurant, glamorous cocktail bar and lounge, spacious glazed terrace, cigar lounge and private dining chamber.

Every detail of the interior design has been chosen to celebrate the natural beauty of Adare Manor’s estate and to foster a sense of effortless opulence. The lobby sets the tone as the grand entrance, with a replica Benz Patent-Motorwagen centrepiece, a soaring ceiling and stone steps that lead up to a distinguished colonnade and rotunda. As guests proceed through to the rotunda they are greeted by an impressive wine and champagne selection and an exquisite vaulted ceiling.

The Lobby

The Terrace

The glazed Terrace is a culinary destination serving breakfast and lunch daily. Boasting striking views of the putting green and manicured landscape, the Terrace perfects the transition between indoors and out. Taking centre stage is the open show-kitchen, allowing guests to observe as chefs artfully prepare refined salads, sandwiches and gourmet pizzas. Adjoining the Terrace through a glazed wall is the intimate Cigar Lounge, perfect for those yearning to pair their smoke with a rare Irish whiskey from the hotel’s exceptional collection.

The Terrace

The Carriage House Restaurant:

The architectural highlight of the restaurant is its beautiful central skylight and delicate seeded glass panels that allow natural light to flood the room, offering an artfully lit ambiance from day to night. For private dining, The Carriage House offers an elegant private chamber to accommodate parties up to 28 persons, which can also double as an exclusive meeting room. The chamber is lit with leaf motif wall-lights in a brass finish and adorned with original artworks reflecting some of the very best of Irish talent.

The Restaurant

The Bar

The Bar is the social heart of the hotel, offering light bites alongside a remarkable collection of fine wines, craft beers, and sophisticated cocktails. Designed as a perfect union of traditional Irish culture and elevated contemporary styling, the rich leathers, dark-stained oak furnishings and an impressive Breccia Capraia marble framed fireplace, offer a sense of timeless luxury.

The Bar

The Golf Course at Adare Manor

Playing host to expert team, The Carriage House offers a comprehensively stocked Pro Shop and welcoming locker rooms for golfers in the clubhouse. On the heels of an April launch that brought together star golfers Rory McIlroy, Padraig Harrington, Paul McGinley and Shane Lowry for a €500,000 charity match, The Golf Course at Adare Manor is already making a name for itself in the lead up to the JP McManus Pro-Am 2020.

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Meet Up North: One month to go!

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This time next month, hoteliers, designers, architects and suppliers will gather at Kings Street Townhouse hotel in Manchester for the inaugural Meet Up North

Taking the successful ‘meet up’ networking concept up North for the first ever, Hotel Designs will next month host Meet Up North, a social event that aims to bridge the gap between designers, architects, hoteliers and suppliers alike.

The venue

Meet Up North will take place in one of Manchester’s finest hotels, Kings Street Townhouse, which The Telegraph recently described as,”the antithesis to a chain hotel,” comparing the experience of staying there similar to “staying with a rich friend who has extremely good taste.” The hotel is situated in an Italian Renaissance-style former bank dating from 1872, on a quiet side street within central Manchester’s historic Upper King Street Conservation Area. AEW Archtiects, whose directors will attend the event, was engaged in the design and transformation of the hotel, and completed the project in February 2016.

The agenda

The evening will commence with an official welcome from the newly appointed editor, Hamish Kilburn, who will briefly talk about the history of Meet Up, it’s purpose and why this year it’s being taken outside of London.

The mic will then be handed over to the award-winning Principal of Richmond International Fiona Thompson. The celebrated visionary designer will speak the the audience about past projects, future predictions and the significance of worthy collaborations. “Only through a thoughtful collaborative process, which acknowledges individual skills, talents and perspectives, can a project be successfully completed,” Fiona said ahead of the event. “Richmond International is extremely excited to take part in Meet Up North, an event which honours the significance of professional collaboration, and in turn reflect on the successful partnerships Richmond International has had the pleasure of being part of over the past 51 years.”

Completing the line-up of speakers will be the headline sponsors of the event, Marca Corona. The Italian ceramic tile specialists will provide the audience with an in-depth industry insight and will be available to answer questions after.

How to get involved

The evening will then continue with all the ingredients for a successful networking recipe. Canapés and complimentary drinks will be served on the balcony of Manchester’s most talked about hotel in 2017 and 2018.

If you are a hotelier, architect, designer or supplier and would like to also benefit from the event, there are very limited available. Please head over to the website where you can secure your place.

 

Hotel Designs becomes official media partner for designjunction

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Hotel Designs is delighted to announce that it has become an official media partner for designjunction 2018.

Connecting the world’s most renowned design brands, designjunction will take place this year between September 20 – 23 around the South Bank, one of London’s most well-known cultural hubs.

As an official media partner, Hotel Designs will work in collaboration with the designjunction to cover the event from an editorial perspective, amplifying product launches, discussions and key emerging trends.

“It’s no coincidence that so many of our industry’s international trade fairs choose London as their backdrop,” said editor of Hotel Designs Hamish Kilburn. “This year, designjunction continues to be a ‘must-go-to’ event in the annual calendar for thousands of designers and architects as it prepares to light up the South Bank with the industry’s best brands.”

Delegates attending this year’s designjunction can expect to see showcased a mix of international furniture, lighting, accessory, material and technology brands alongside pop-up shops, installations, and interactive features. designjunction presents more than 200 of the world’s most iconic design brands to the world’s leading design professionals. Written in its name, the event is a junction that helps connects the industry, and is a place to meet, do business and be inspired.

For more information on designjunction, and what to expect this year, click here.

 

Top 5 stories of the week

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Here are our top five stories of the week…

  1. Gleneagles unveils Ochil House for meetings and events
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    Our top performing story of the ween, the glorious playground of country pursuits Gleneagles, located just 40 minutes from Edinburgh, has launched Ochil House, a unique new meeting and events space.
  2. The Hotel Designs Brit List is back, this year launching 6 new awards
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    Following much anticipation in the industry after launching last year, Hotel Designs Brit List will return in 2018 with an evolved concept that will further amplify the best hotel design influencers in Britain. This year, as well as celebrating the Top 25 of the most influential hoteliers and the top 25 of the most inspirational interior designers, The Hotel Designs Brit List will also launch six coveted awards that are up for grabs.
  3. Grand Hyatt debuts in Abu Dhabi 
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    Hyatt Hotels has announced the opening of Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Residence Emirates Pearl, the first Grand Hyatt hotel to open in the United Arab Emirates’ capital city, Abu Dhabi.  The luxury property combines iconic brand elements and awe-inspiring design and architecture with a central location in the capital that offers easy access to world-class shopping, dining and cultural events.
  4. Westin Hotels & Resorts to debut in the UK
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    Poised to set a new standard for wellbeing in the Heart of the Capital, The Westin London City, designed by Dexter Moren Associates, is scheduled to open in 2020…
  5. Swire Hotels announces official opening of The Middle House Shanghai 
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    The latest addition from Swire HotelsThe Middle House, provides guests with an intimate and urban sanctuary in Shanghai, one of the world’s most dynamic cities in the world.
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Gleneagles unveils Ochil House for meetings and events

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Inspired by original private members clubs of its time, Ochil House in Gleneagles is a collection of exclusive use spaces for meetings and events and the latest strand of the hotel’s investment programme. Editor of Hotel Designs Hamish Kilburn was among the first to experience…

The glorious playground of country pursuits Gleneagles, located just 40 minutes from Edinburgh, has launched Ochil House, a unique new meeting and events space.

The 850-acre estate, which has been a destination for gatherings and historic meetings since 1924 – including the 31st G8 summit in 2005 – is a place of lively celebration and animated conversation. Ochil House, the latest strand of the hotel’s investment programme, pays homage to the inventors, dreamers, pioneers and partiers who helped shape Scottish history.

Inspired by the original private members clubs, Ennismore Design Studio has carved out each of the six rooms available to hire to create light, open and refined meeting spaces. Named after their original rooms in the hotel – including The Card Room, The Reading Room, The Writing Room and The Broadcasting Room – these spaces give an appropriate nod to the hotel’s storied history.

“Ochil House brings that warmth, heritage and vivacious spirit to life,” said Charlie North, design director at Ennismore. “The overarching ambition of the design was to inspire, arouse ideas and stimulate conversation – encouraging guests to look around, explore and discuss, rather than sit at a table in a blank function room.” He added: “It’s a reinvention of the meeting space concept – somewhere that’s not just practical but also beautiful, as well as homely, welcoming and fun – and a place where people naturally want to gather and enjoy conversation.”

The design team sourced British and French antiques and used the finest fabrics, materials and bespoke craftsmanship to blend country-house tradition with a warm, relaxed atmosphere and contemporary touches.

Contrasting to the traditional look and feel throughout the corridors, lobby, Century Bar and The American Bar which were designed by David Collins Studio last year, Orchil House offers a home-from-home experience with wooden flooring, which juxtapose to the green-carpeted hallways of the hotel, that leads to the light and airy rooms.


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The team also created a range of ‘inventor blue prints’ and illustrations which decorate the walls of Ochil House. These honour the great Scottish inventions and ideas – from the bicycle to the gin & tonic, from the television to the telephone, and from shortbread to the first flushing toilet – and provide talking points throughout the space, reflecting the fun and lively spirit of Ochil House.

The overarching ambition of the design was to inspire, rouse ideas and stimulate conversation – encouraging guests to look around, explore and discuss, rather than sit at a table in a blank conference room.

Exclusive use of Ochil House benefits from private access and beautiful outdoor breakout lawns. The individual rooms can also be booked privately to cater for both business meetings and social events.

The Pantry

The relaxed kitchen area is similar to a traditional country-house pantry, with a muted blue colour palette and plenty of natural daylight. The homely and stylish break-out space provides a more informal atmosphere for guests to network around the kitchen table.

The warm and inviting atmosphere is enhanced by the collection of gathered antiques – such as traditional weighing scales, cooking utensils and antique French tureens – while a touch of elegance is created by the kitchen island in beautiful Italian feature marble; the checkerboard honed marble floor; the mahogany dining table; and the pale blue armchairs set in the bay window.

The Drawing Room

The most elegant room in Ochil House is reminiscent of a grand drawing room in a traditional country house and offers private access to the Garden Café Lawn. Overlooking the putting green and the croquet lawn, it boasts some of the best views from Gleneagles, and a south-west-facing aspect provides an abundance of natural light.

A light blue colour scheme provides the room with enough flexibility to enable groups to stamp their own identity on the space for any celebration or event. The wallpaper features a faded pheasant and woodland theme, in celebration of the local countryside and the hotel’s sporting heritage, while the gold painted plaster panel moulds and bespoke neo-classical style chandeliers add a sense of grandeur to the space. This is further enhanced by the room’s inspiring artwork – a range of reproductions of oil portraits of the great Scotsmen and Scotswomen whose ideas have helped shape history.

The Broadcasting Room

With echoes of a library or smoking room within a stately Perthshire property, The Broadcasting Room takes its name from an original space within the hotel. The original broadcasting room famously transmitted Scotland’s first ever outside radio broadcast – regarded as a technical miracle at the time. The new room provides a traditionally-styled and inspiring setting for boardroom meetings and intimate private dinners for up to 14 people and has direct access to The Pantry.

A 14ft antique Regency-style flame mahogany dining table provides a beautiful focal point, while a bespoke-designed burl inlaid bookcase, which spans the whole width of the room and is filled with antique Scottish literature, generates a stately private members club vibe.

The Assembly Room

The Assembly Room is a flexible space comprising three separate rooms – The Reading Room, The Writing Room and The Card Room – for parties between 10 – 16, with partition walls that can be opened up to create one larger room accommodating groups of up to 60. Overlooking The Garden Café lawn, The Assembly Room can also be set up to provide one meeting space with one or two adjoining breakout rooms.

A light colour scheme ensures the room has the flexibility to be personalised for any event, while traditional touches – including white plaster panel mould details; a Sheraton revival mahogany sideboard; Scottish antique marble base lamps; and antique French chairs which have been reupholstered in tapestry inspired fabric – fill the room with all the warmth and charm of a great country house.

The Study

With views out on to The Garden Café lawn and essential AV equipment, the study is the perfect location for board meetings of up to 10 people, for presentations to a small group or for an intimate private dinner.

A Hamilton Weston wallpaper design in deep rusty red and salmon pink tones, inspired by an original 1850s heritage print, gives the room a rich, intimate and opulent feel – enhanced by the 10ft antique Regency-style flame mahogany dining table.

Now under new ownership with Ennismore, the unveiling of the meeting areas follows the aim to create a timeless look and feel that lives up to the modern business traveller of today.

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Hotel Designs launches six new awards for HD Brit List 2018

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Hotel Designs Brit List 2018 returns on November 22 at BEAT in London…

Following much anticipation in the industry after launching last year, Hotel Designs Brit List will return in 2018 with an evolved concept that will further amplify the best hotel design influencers in Britain. This year, as well as celebrating the Top 25 of the most influential hoteliers and the top 25 of the most inspirational interior designers, The Hotel Designs Brit List will also launch six coveted awards that are up for grabs.

The awards, judged by independent judges, that will be handed out on the night include:

  • Inspiration in Design – Innovative Use of Technology
  • Inspiration in Design – Boutique Hotelier
  • Inspiration in Design – Interior Designer of the Year
  • Inspiration in Design – Architect of the Year
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Hotel Industry
  • The Eco Award

On November 22, designers, architects, hoteliers and suppliers will gather at BEAT to witness the winners of the six new awards being announced. “With the UK being seen by the rest of the world as one of the largest design hubs, it’s important for us to support exceptionally talented individuals and firms by giving them platform to help amplify their work,” says editor of Hotel Designs Hamish Kilburn. “The winners of these awards will be further examples of how the UK continues to be a strong presence in international hotel design.”

To register your interest, contact Phoebe Kasapi on 01992 374059 or via email by clicking here.

Instructions on how to nominate will be unveiled soon.

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Seven minutes with lighting experts Robert and William Chelsom

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Following the recently launched Edition 26, Hotel Designs editor Hamish Kilburn caught up the father-and-son duo Robert and William Chelsom to understand how the firm is planning to light up the world, one hotel at a time…

Two years after the lighting company’s last major launch, Chelsom has just debuted Edition 26 in the appropriately majestic One Marylebone in London. With such a unveiling of so many new and dynamic products, we wanted to put the spotlight on the creative leaders behind the brand’s success.

Hamish Kilburn: What’s been the most challenging part of creating Edition 26?

William and Robert Chelsom: In all the years we have been working within the lighting industry, never has there been a more exciting time to be designing lighting. Triggered by fashion cycles, interior trends are moving increasingly faster and in doing so constantly stimulate new design directions when it comes to finishes and materials, which is something we have given careful consideration to and is what makes designing a new collection equally exciting and challenging. An increasing thirst for individuality is something which is equally important for us when it comes to refining our new collections. We are constantly looking to evolve new concept directions and as such, we do start with a clean white sheet of paper, albeit the paper may be framed by the restrictions of budget, function and dimension. That is the design challenge and that is the fun! Edition 26 has been a fantastic collection to produce – we think it’s our most ground-breaking to date.

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Left: Icicle by Chelsom Right: Radar by Chelsom

“Good design is not limited to aesthetics and should incorporate function, durability, the latest technology and value engineering.”

HK: Can you explain the hands-on approach you both take when it comes to designing the collection. What key elements do you think about?

W/RC: For Chelsom, design has always been the driving force. We recognise that well-designed and unique lighting products can enhance and transform an interior design scheme. An intimate knowledge of various client market sectors helps us to shape initial design concepts which then become sketches, technical drawings, 3D renderings and prototypes – all produced in-house. Good design is not limited to aesthetics and should incorporate function, durability, the latest technology and value engineering.

Today’s traveller notices and appreciates good detail and understands that it sets one hospitality brand apart from another. Chelsom constantly design into their ranges those small but significant details which make a product unique and stand out. Engineering details improve quality and function too, ensuring designs incorporate the latest technology and last for the long term.

At Chelsom we are pretty unique in that we design the entire collection in house from initial product sketches to. Despite our collection having only just launched, we are already thinking about Edition 27 – design never sleeps! We make a concerted effort to keep up to date with emerging industry trends and developments and make sure they are fundamental in our product designs whilst also working closely with clients to understand their pressures and requirements from multiple perspectives including design, quality, function and budget among others.

Given that we specialise in one area which is the Hospitality sector (Cruise included), we design products that designers and operators can use specifically in these applications which helps us stay focused and ensures our designs are relevant and on the button.

The launch event of Edition 26

The launch event of Edition 26

HK: What would you say are the main emerging lighting trends at the moment?

W/RC: Lighting is, as with all areas of design, constantly evolving and never stands still. This makes it an exciting industry to be part of. Having said that, though, it’s unlikely there will be much in the foreseeable future to rival the LED boom which has really transformed and shaped the future of lighting in recent years. We are working hard to develop even smarter ways of integrating LED light sources without losing ambiance, such as increasing the options with diffused and reflected light. In terms of the aesthetic side of things, trends come and go but clients will always want a little something extra when it comes to product design- it’s about adding small design intricacies to make a fairly simple product special.

There has been a distinct shift in the style of hotel lighting schemes over the last 18 months. People definitely want to see more individuality when it comes to design. We are starting to see a much more eclectic mix in terms of both styles and fittings especially in the guestrooms. Colours are bold and designs are becoming more out there and individual leaving behind the ‘co-ordinated’ style that has been so popular previously.

The lighting in public spaces is all about taking this idea of individuality using it to create a unique lighting experience by commissioning bespoke pieces and spectacular show-stopping designs integrated in to ceiling structures.

Another key trend is the rise of the residential look. Guests want hotels to feel like a luxurious home away from home and they want their guestroom lighting in particular to reflect this, to be stylish yet functional. One of the big challenges for us is creating this residential look yet maintaining the contract function and quality.

After threatening to do so for a number of years, brass is definitely making its comeback. Previously, polished brass has been the fashion, but this time it’s much more in the way of alternative brass finishes that are becoming the most popular choices including satin, antique and brushed.

HK: What’s next for Chelsom Lighting?

W/RC: That would be telling….. In all seriousness our plan is to stick to what we know and strive to keep doing it better and better. We don’t want to diversify and want to continue to be seen as one of the best decorative lighting suppliers to the global contract market. We are lucky enough to work on respected projects around the world and long may that continue.

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Constellation by Chelsom

HK: How can designers use lighting to lift a period building’s interior while remaining sensitive to its heritage?

W/RC: Often the heritage of a building and inspirations from the surrounding area in which it’s located are intrinsically woven in to the interior design scheme and lighting is no exception. It’s important to get the blend right between embracing developments in design and new technology whilst at the same time remaining sympathetic to traditional features, allowing the lighting to enhance the interior and authenticity of the building as opposed to dominating the whole aesthetic design process.

A recent example of where we were briefed to execute such a lighting scheme was for Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park London where we took inspiration from the textures, forms and colours found in London’s iconic Hyde Park and worked closely with the interior design team to create an eclectic range of fittings in a variety of different materials all of which required a complex range of manufacturing techniques. In keeping with the nearby Royal Horseguards Parade, corridor and bathroom light fittings were manufactured using synthetic horse hair. Bathroom wall sconces show the hair wrapped tightly around metal backplates to act as reflectors to the backlit light sources while magnanimous square pendants adorned with ribbed glass rods and ponytails of hair line the corridors to give a truly unique experience. In the public areas we remained sensitive to the period architecture of the interior creating modernised balustrade mounted light fixtures in the main entrance lobby which continued the overarching theme of crackled glass tones with rich brass metalwork.

The Murray Hotel, Hong Kong, opens contemporary interiors in a 1970s building

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Located in between Hong Kong Park and the Botanical Gardens, The Murray Hotel opens and its interiors “breathe new life into the classic Hong Kong building,” says Luke Fox, senior executive partner and head of studio…

Recalling the tradition of grand hotels, The Murray Hotel has opened in Hong Kong in a 1970s period building. Award-winning design firm Foster and Partners has been responsible for the restoration and renewal of the emblematic building – including its interiors, creating a unique destination for Hong Kong.

“With the Murray Building, we have been able to reconnect an important civic landmark with the city,” says Luke Fox, senior executive partner and head of studio, Foster + Partners. “This project draws on key areas of our expertise in urbanism, architecture and interiors, and our design breathes new life into this classica Hong Kong building by creating a unique hotel and leisure destination for international visitors and locals to enjoy.”

Defined by its distinctive three-storey arches and unique recessed windows, the original structure was designed by British modernist architect Ron Phillips in 1969, and is seen as an early pioneer in sustainable and energy efficient design. Led by Colin Ward in Hong Kong and Armstrong Yakubu in London, Partners at Foster + Partners, the new design retains elements of tradition and adapts to the needs of sophisticated contemporary living and discerning global travellers.

With the primary focus being to enhance the relationship of the building with the surrounding landscape, “the ground plane is much more important than the height of the building,” adds Ward. “The design therefore, opens up the base of the building, which creates new connections between Hong Kong Park and the Botanical Gardens.

Modest in height compared to its city neighbours, The Murray is surrounded by much taller buildings and is overlooked by many from quite a distance, which presented its first potential challenge for the design studio. “The roof, being lower than the other buildings, forms a ‘fifth elevation’, with many people looking down to the site from the surrounding areas,” explains Ward. “With this is mind, we designed the roof terrace as a continuation of the green landscape, hence it becomes the centre of attraction.”

Creating a dialogue between old and new, Foster and Partners have managed to preserve the building’s original charm, which is first evident upon arrival. “Revealing a real sense of arrival, a private forecourt with the historic cotton tree at its centre forms the hotel drop-off and entrance, from here the visitors walk through the majestic arches rising three stories from the ground level into the hotel lobby, explains Ward. “An elegant staircase connects to the Garden Level encompassing a beautiful lounge and restaurant.”

In the guestrooms, the strong geometry of the building’s shell frames stunning views of the city skyline. “The interiors are open and transparent, with carefully considered proportions, and infused with materials, furniture and art that evoke an inherent sense of elegance and beauty,” says architect and partner of Foster and Partners Armstrong Yakubu. “The concept was to showcase the inherent beauty of the materials – there are no applied finishes such as paint; all the materials are expressed honestly and come together to redefine luxury. We have used a luxurious palette of materials throughout that conveys a sense of exclusivity and elegance.”

Evoking a contemporary look and feel, the bathrooms highlight simple and elegant features. Warm metals in the tap fittings marry up with large mirrors and white- and black-marbled surfaces.

 

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Kartell by Laufen continues to grow with its innovative and functional vision of the bathroom…

Bathroom specialist Laufen has expanded its Kartell range, which now includes elegant new washbasins with a variety of vanity unit combinations, new decors for the floorstanding washbasin, new furniture elements, a rimless floorstanding WC-combination and a free-standing bathtub.

First presented to the public in April 2013, Kartell by Laufen embodies a complete synthesis of the values and distinctive characteristics of the two companies: design excellence, innovation, quality and functional efficiency, all interpreted to bring a new dimension to bathroom furnishings. In the Kartell by Laufen collections, design and technology find a dynamic balance which produces unexpected, flexible, versatile solutions. The products rely on a fresh, living language, surprising for its daring, always sustained by a concrete foundation based on research, experience and experimentation.

New & Extended Collection

Clean forms and well-gauged expressive minimalism are the key traits of the new collection, now enhanced by four new built-in slim washstands, featuring a slender, elegant border, with a discreet squared design. Made with fine fireclay, a very hygienic and strong ceramic material, they have precise edges and smooth planar surfaces, extending to 600mm in the largest version.  These washstands are available in a range of solutions complete with cabinets with large drawers.

The new entries also include two rimless floor-standing WCs, which provide an efficient, practical and hygienic solution, including a combination floorstanding solution.

The existing range of bathtubs expands with a fresh, new freestanding version, with a built-in overflow valve. Its elegant silhouette, made in Sentec, has minimal thickness like that of the washstands, and rounded ergonomic lines that form a contrast with the more austere geometric design of the other models.

The collection also includes a new series of storage modules, columns and hanging cabinets, designed to make optimal use of space in the bathroom and to create a sense of perfect harmony between the ceramic fixtures and the furnishings. In particular, a side board cabinet with an extremely small depth (270 mm) has been created, offering an ideal solution for small bathroom spaces.

A new line of finishes expands the present chromatic range with modern hues for all tastes: matte white, gravel grey, slate grey.

Ludovica and Roberto Palomba have also imagined and designed three different geometric motifs, bringing new decorative and personalized options to the surfaces of the column washstand already in the collection, thanks to the application of a coloured film prior to the final process of glazing and firing.

New colours

All the accessories and furnishings in plastic have been updated with two new colours: powder pink and emerald green. The colours opaque white and opaque black will be available for mirrors, shelves and towel racks.

Behind all the creations of Kartell by Laufen there is a tenacious effort to intercept and respond to the widest range of needs of a variegated, multifaceted and international public, in search of innovative, efficient and emotionally engaging solutions. Thanks to this approach, Kartell by Laufen is regularly specified in major contract projects all over the world, collaborating with leading architects at the highest levels. This success has led to the continued expansion of a distribution network that now covers a total of 1,000 points of sale on a global scale.

New brassware

The Kartell by Laufen brassware line perfectly combines high-quality design with perfect ergonomics. Thanks to their maximally reduced cylindrical design, the taps harmonise both with the Kartell by Laufen complete bathroom concept, and with other bathrooms with modern design language.

Together with the classic version in chrome, the Kartell by Laufen washbasin taps are now available in the UK with a PVD coating in three new colours; stainless steel look, brushed anthracite (black) and copper. The PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) coating lends the taps both a beautiful appearance and a special resilience. Taps with PVD coating demonstrate a very high level of hardness, and so are particularly resistant to wear. Thanks to the coating the smooth surface not only looks elegant but is also easy to clean.

 

Hotel Designs hits new traffic high in April

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Hotel Designs has enjoyed a record-breaking month, with visitors to the website in April topping 49,000.

It’s an 18 per cent leap on traffic generated by the site over the previous month, with Hotel Design’s social media channels also seeing a boost – Twitter followers now stand at over 13,000; with Facebook and Instagram figures both exceeding 1,500.

“We’re proud to create great content that gets right to the heart of the industry,” said publisher Katy Phillips. “Our continually good traffic figures demonstrate that Hotel Designs resonates with the community.”

During 2018 Hotel Designs continues to build on that community, with the March Meet Up event selling out. The Meet Up heads north this summer, with 200+ hoteliers, interior designers and architects expected to attend the networking event at King Street Townhouse, Manchester on the evening of July 18th. For ticket enquiries click here.

Meanwhile, the Hotel Summit takes place on June 4th & 5th at the Radisson Blu Hotel, London Stansted. This unique event matches hoteliers with suppliers for a series of pre-arranged, face-to-face meetings. Find out more here.

Bee Osborn

Q&A: BEE OSBORN, OSBORN INTERIORS – FROM SELLING HOUSES TO CREATING EXTRAORDINARY DESIGN PROJECTS

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Hotel Designs recently caught up with Bee Osborn, owner of Osborn Interiors to discuss her design process and why it is so important to believe in your own ability.

Bee has been an interior designer for over two decades. She draws inspiration from classic design and proportion. She is extremely passionate about lighting and considers is a vital element of any project.

We begin…

How did you get in to the industry and why?

Bee Osborn: About 20 years ago I started buying and selling houses as a way to make ends meet and support my two young daughters.  Often when I did up a house to sell, friends would ask me if I could help them decorate theirs.  Eventually after years of being asked this I plucked up to courage to help a friend decorate her house from top to bottom, one thing led to another and before I knew it, it became a full time business.

Do you believe that training on some level is important or that certain industry qualifications help you to win business?

BO: Definitely, not only does it give you confidence in yourself but I’m sure it gives clients confidence in you too.  Doing the Inchbald course taught me how to draw plans, elevations, perspectives, spacial planning, as well as learning about architecture & the history of design.  Despite years of doing interior decorating before completing the Inchbald course, the process took me to the next level and I really felt able to call myself an interior designer as opposed to a decorator.

What or who inspires your design projects?

BO: Any type of travel inspires me enormously. Just getting out and about and seeing new things, shapes and textures gives you ideas.  Also the headspace you gain whilst walking, frees your mind to receive creative ideas. Other designers who inspire me are Veere Greney, Stephen Gamble & Anouska Hemple all for their bold designs that are traditional but with a contemporary twist.

You have worked in this industry for a number of years. Over your time spent designing for both commercial and residential projects what has been your favourite and the one you are most proud of and why?

BO: Hotel Le Toiny in St Barth’s. It had a very quick turnaround, from the initial site visit to the installation (incorporating the complete redesign of the entire hotel) was just 5 months. The client was very supportive and approved everything immediately and it was transformed from a dark, rather gloomy space to a light, calm, beautiful hotel.  In addition we were able to use lots of wonderful materials: petrified wood, handmade linens, bleached sycamore, oyster shells, mother of pearl, antique mirror & lots of bespoke items giving it a unique, understated, luxurious look.  It was an utter joy to work on, except the tight time frame meant I didn’t sleep for those 5 months!

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You have incorporated many of the latest technology and innovation offerings in to your designs – which has excited you most?

BO: Hiding electronic chips into leather key fobs.  It doesn’t impact on the design but does alert the PA system when a guest has left the room so that housekeeping and maintenance can go in freely.  It also takes the lighting and air-con down to the minimum level, which reverts as soon as the guest re-enters the room again.  It saves on energy without compromising on style.

What is it that you like so much about a hotel design project?

BO: The freedom to create exciting, comfortable spaces that people can dip into and escape from their everyday lives.

Why do you believe lighting is so important to a design project?

BO: Lighting is all about creating atmosphere and can make or break a scheme.  I believe it should be subtle, with pockets of light in layers from the floor to the ceiling.  I like it when you hardly notice the fitting, and just feel the gentle light it emits.  Ambient, accent and task lighting, are all equally important in creating a balanced, visually comfortable space.

Can you make a project practical whilst maintaining something that is visually pleasing?

BO: This is hard!  Practicality can curb design, but on hotel projects it is very important to think comfort and practicality first.  Obviously guests aren’t as careful when staying in a hotel as they are in their own home, so you need to consider this carefully.  We use lots of indoor/outdoor fabrics to aid with spillages and wear & tear.  We are mindful when choosing finishes for furniture and it is a constant battle of trying to achieve the look you want with a practical finish.  In St Barth’s every single piece of upholstery had to have loose covers so it could be removed for washing.  It is hard to create a sharp clean look with loose covers but not impossible.  In addition, all 3,000 metres of the handmade linen that we used had to be pre-washed and shrunk before making up, which was a job itself!

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What is the biggest change you’ve witnessed since being an interior designer and starting out over two decades ago?

BO: The increase of the digital world.  From old fashioned physical mood boards that we used to present with, now it is all done electronically with presentations on iPads and CGI’s. With SketchUp models, clients being able to walk around the space and feel what it will be like before it is even built.  However, some clients still love our hand drawn perspectives as they are so beautiful and softer than CGI’s.

List 3 pieces of advice you would pass on to a budding interior designer who is just starting out?

BO: Believe in yourself is my number one.  Having a positive outlook too, even if things don’t feel positive at the time, fake it to make it.  Both are key to any success in life.  But as far as interior design is concerned, learning to be still and visualise, picture the space in your mind and hold it there, until it becomes a reality.

Hotel Summit

Register now for the Hotel Summit 2018

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Places are now open for the Hotel Summit 2018, which will be celebrating its 20th anniversary next year, at the Radisson Blu London Stansted on 4th-5th June.

A unique event in the hotel and interiors industries, the two-day summit allows hoteliers and suppliers to meet through a carefully-selected itinerary of face-to-face meetings, engage with hot topics in the sector via a full seminar programme as well as forge new connections during numerous networking opportunities.

Sectors in the industry serviced by the Hotel Summit include bathrooms, fixtures & fittings, floors & lighting, furnishings, garden & exterior, spas, security and many more.

As our VIP guest you will, of course, receive full hospitality throughout – including all meals and refreshments, overnight accommodation and an invitation to our gala dinner with entertainment.

For more information or to booking a place, please contact Jennie Lane on 01992 374098 or j.lane@forumevents.co.uk or click here

Join us at the HD Christmas Party at Home House, London

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Join us at the stunning Home House, London and embrace the spirit of the Christmas holidays a little early this year as we usher in the end of the year with a celebratory bang at our Christmas Party.

A chance to wine, dine and network with some of the most influential figures in hotels and interior design, the Christmas Party will take place at Home House, Portman Square in London on November 8th from 6pm until 10pm. As well as celebrating all that’s good about our industries and those who work in them, as always we will be offering the opportunity to make new connections and catch up with old friends among the canapés.

Meet up with professionals in a relaxed environment and sip down some Christmas spirit and look back on a year of uncertainty and change within an ever-moving industry. This will mark the third get-together in a year from Hotel Designs; an event popular with hoteliers, designers and architects, and offers a unique insight into the heart of the industry.

“Our Meet Ups are all about giving the Hotel Designs audience the opportunity to network and networking as we all know, is such a valuable way to expand your knowledge,” said Hotel Designs Publisher Katy Phillips. “Learn what your peers have been up to in 2017, share and reflect on your own business success from across the year and possibly most important, make new business connections and potentially new lifelong friends.”

“We hope to see you at the event for a festive tipple or two.”

And to add a special touch to this festive event,  we are offering an opportunity for a design partner to ‘takeover’ the Winter Marquee at Home House – and bring a touch of yuletide glamour to the party. To find out more about this opportunity and how to get involved, please contact Jennie Lane on 01992 374098 or j.lane@forumevents.co.uk.

Attendance is free for those working in the hotel industry and interior designers – you can book your places here

Are you a supplier to the hotel and interiors industries? Click here to book your place or contact Jennie Lane at j.lane@forumevents.co.uk or 01992 374098.

Become a ‘style partner’ for HD Christmas Meet Up

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The next edition of the Hotel Designs Meet Up is just a few months away, and we are offering an opportunity for a design partner to ‘takeover’ the Winter Marquee at Home House.

Hotel Designs has been working closely with interior designers and product suppliers for nearly two decades; cutting edge, impressive design is at the heart of everything we cover.

Daniel Fountain, Hotel Designs editor said: “We work with some supremely talented designers and suppliers of excellent quality products, this ‘design takeover’ is a great chance to create something really spectacular and showcase a unique concept in front of some of the leading names in the industry.”

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With a blank canvas to create a bespoke design concept in line with the Christmas Party theme, this is a fantastic opportunity for a firm or studio to showcase their work in a room of senior figures from across the hotel industry and some of the most influential names in interior designers. As the lead design partner, there is also an opportunity to work with various suppliers to source products to build the concept.

To find out more about this opportunity and how to get involved, please contact Jennie Lane on 01992 374098 or j.lane@forumevents.co.uk.

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Hotel Designs Reader Survey 2017-2018

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Here at Hotel Designs, we like to provide content that is both engaging and useful for our audience.

As we continue to move forward, we’d like to get some feedback from our readers in order to continue bringing you what you want to see.

Our 2017-2018 reader survey gives you the chance to let us know what content you currently like and content you want to see more of, as well as suggesting other topics you would find the most useful. We are continuing to evolve the HD brand, so it’s important to us that we listen to what our readers want and need from the website.

We would be grateful for just 5-10 minutes of your time to share your thoughts here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HDreadersurvey

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Announcing the Hotel Designs Brit List – nominate now…

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Hotel Designs is delighted to announce the Brit List, a celebration of the country’s most inspirational and influential hoteliers and designers.

The Hotel Designs Brit List will be revealed via a glossy print publication this summer, with a party to celebrate the List taking place at Urban Coterie, London on Wednesday July 12th.

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Hotel Designs wants your help in selecting the UK’s top 25 hoteliers and 25 leading design professionals – by asking you, our readers, to nominate those you think deserving of recognition in both fields.

To lobby, simply email Hotel Designs editor Daniel Fountain via d.fountain@forumevents.co.uk briefly explaining why an individual should be considered for the Brit List. We will follow up with a request for more information at a later date. You can nominate yourself, a peer, a client or even a competitor. The closing date for nominations is April 3rd.

Once all nominations have been received, our Advisory Board judging panel – made up of figures from across the hospitality and design sectors – will select the final 50 most inspirational designers and hoteliers.

The Hotel Designs Brit List glossy publication will feature profiles of all 50 winners. There are a limited number of advertising and sponsorship opportunities available for this prestigious and influential publication – for more details contact Jennie Lane on j.lane@forumevents.co.uk, or call 01992 374098.

Hotel Designs Meet-Up

Just over a month to book your spot at Hotel Designs Meet-Up…

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We’re just over a month away from the inaugural Hotel Designs Meet Up networking event, being held on 13th July at the Royal Suite at The Grange, St. Paul’s.

Already signed up for this first edition are senior designers from Twenty 2 Degrees Design, KAI Design and Black Box Interiors; representatives from hotels such as M by Montcalm and the Seraphine Group as well as senior figures from Genson Construction.

Do you want to meet with a host of senior figures from across the hotel industry and some of the most influential names in interior design? The Hotel Designs Meet Up is the perfect opportunity to catch up, meet and network in an informal and relaxed setting.

Having a unique position at the heart of the industry, Hotel Designs can build events like the Hotel Designs Meet Up that deliver targeted audiences for its partners’ trade messages.

For more information on attending the event, please contact Victoria Petch on v.petch@forumevents.co.uk or 01992 374082.

If you would like more information on sponsoring the event, please contact Jade Oliver on j.oliver@forumevents.co.uk or 01992 374054


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