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Autograph Collection Hotels to grow by 25% in Europe in 2019

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Autograph Collection Hotels to grow by 25% in Europe in 2019

Autograph Collection Hotels set to grow in europe by more than 25% this year, debuting in 10 new destinations…

Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott International’s diverse and dynamic portfolio, has announced plans to welcome 12 one-of-a-kind hotels to its European portfolio this year, each hand-selected for their distinct perspective on design and hospitality.

Hotels set to debut as part of Autograph Collection Hotels this year, include: Aegon, Mykonos, a stunning beach resort complete with harmonious spa and private beach club; Hotel Universo, a sixteenth-century palace in the medieval walled city of Lucca near Florence; Schloss Lieser, a fairy-tale castle in Germany’s Moselle region, an idyllic landscape famed for its wine-growing; Academia of Athens in Greece, with design inspired by Greek Philosopher Plato; and The Shelbourne, the enduringly iconic hotel that’s been at the heart of Dublin society since opening in 1824. Each hotel truly is a product of passion and a personal realisation of its individual founder’s vision, making each one singular and special: Exactly Like Nothing Else.

Launched in 2010, the hotel brand has become a pioneer in the independent hotel space and has rapidly grown from five hotels to more than 160 in nine years. Continuing to grow around the globe, Autograph Collection’s global pipeline comprises nearly 100 properties.

Image credit: Academia of Athens, Autograph Collection_Suite

“With the depth and diversity of Autograph Collection Hotels, we have the unique opportunity to create one-of-a-kind, memorable experiences for travellers,” said John Licence, VP Premium & Select Brands Europe, Marriott International. “The brand’s significant growth momentum throughout Europe solidifies it as an established leader in the independent hotel space, and we are thrilled to welcome 12 exceptional hotels to our European portfolio in 2019.”

At a time when Booking.com revealed that 53 per cent of global travellers plan to take more weekend trips in 2019, Autograph Collection Hotels is offering travellers rich immersive moments that leave a lasting imprint, with five restored architectural gems slated to join Autograph Collection Hotels in Europe this year.

Exemplified by the latest addition to Autograph Collection’s portfolio of London hotels, The Dixon – just opened in January – was originally designed as a Magistrates’ Court and police station in 1905 by John Dixon Butler. The building has undergone extensive restoration to restore its original features, including its spectacular grand courthouse. A stunning interior design concept showcases the hotel’s passion for art with curated artworks set against a backdrop of contemporary and heritage design.

Situated in the Moselle region of Germany, Schloss Lieser resides in a breath-taking castle originally built in 1885. Linked to pivotal moments in both German and Dutch history, previous owners include Clemens Freiherr von Schorlemer-Lieser, a wealthy politician who was related to the Dutch Royal Family. Over the centuries, politicians regularly gathered at the castle to discuss the future of Germany. In 2007, the castle was transformed into the independent, boutique hotel it is now.

Championing Individuality through Distinct Perspectives on Design

Autograph Collection hotels advocate for the original and individual through unique perspectives on design, enabling travellers to make a serious travel statement, even on the shortest of getaways. Academia of Athens, set to become Autograph Collection’s third property in Greece when it opens later this year, is inspired by its namesake, historical landmarks and the vibrant culture of the contemporary city. Global design and architectural firm HOK juxtaposes the heritage of the city of Athens with a bold and modern exterior. Inside there are visual cues from ancient Greek scholar Plato’s Three Orders; Science, Philosophy and Arts, with each principle brought to life throughout various spaces within the hotel.

“Ten of the 12 planned openings in 2019 will mark the brand’s debut in new cities and resort destinations.”

Autograph Collection Hotels Expected to Debut in 10 New European Destinations This Year

Autograph Collection Hotels is set to continue adding to its existing roster of 47 properties across 17 countries in Europe, with new destinations that provide one-of-a-kind hotel stays for even the most discerning global traveller. Ten of the 12 planned openings in 2019 will mark the brand’s debut in new cities and resort destinations, offering more choice and trip inspiration than ever before. New destinations include Lieser, Germany; Athens and Mykonos, Greece; Lucca, Italy; Montreux, Switzerland; Paris and Reims, France; and Seville, Spain.

The planned opening of Sapphire House late in 2019 in the vibrant city of Antwerp will mark Marriott International’s first hotel in the city. Expected to provide travellers with insight into the city’s traditions and fascinating past in gem-trading, Sapphire House will invite guests to discover the quirks of this inconspicuous destination. Occupying the site of the city’s original Royal Exchange, known as Den Grooten Robijn (The Great Ruby), Sapphire House will be a stunning addition to Antwerp’s boutique hotel scene.

Autograph Collection Hotels Leave a Lasting Impression with ‘The Mark’

Ensuring every stay is unique, Autograph Collection Hotels’ handpicked portfolio of properties each offer their own unique ‘Mark’ – a signature moment within the hotel that is bespoke for each property and enhances the guest experience. No two hotels share the same story and therefore none share the same Mark.

Scheduled to join the brand in autumn 2019, Hotel Querencia de Seville, in the Old Town of Seville will perfectly represent the Mark concept. The hotel’s unique offering of music, arts, crafts, creative gatherings and artisanal workshops will bring a flare of Spanish craftmanship and everyday life to visitors, guaranteeing guests a genuine cultural experience.

The anticipated spring opening of La Caserne Chanzy in the heart of Reims will provide guests with an immersive environment to explore the gastronomy of Reims. A restored firehouse will be transformed into a new restaurant – La Grande Georgette – offering reinvented local gastronomy, signature dishes and cocktails using evocative smoke, and even a food truck fashioned from an old fire engine.

Main image credit: Aegon, Mykonos, an Autograph Collection Hotel 

Kohler announces plans for Milan Design Week 2019

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Bathroom brand Kohler has lifted the lid on its sensory plans for Milan Design Week from April 9 – 13…

Kohler will return to Milan Design Week to host an enticing sensory experience inside the historic Palazzo Del Senato (via Senato, 10, 20121 Milan, Italy). The large-scale immersive exhibit will showcase the bathroom brand’s bold approach to design and its products through an artful combination of water, technology, texture, and color. The installation will be open April 9 through April 13 from 10am – 7pm daily.

“Milan Design Week is the ultimate celebration of creativity and innovation among the global design community,” said Jim Lewis, Vice President of Kohler Kitchen and Bath Global Marketing. “The energy and spirit of the event make it the perfect place to explore new ideas and celebrate our latest design expressions with an inspirational audience of designers from around the world.”

Nature will play a pivotal role with the inclusion of a “digital garden” at the entrance of the exhibit as well as an infinity garden that whimsically juxtaposes Kohler’s Smart Home collection. Kohler’s space will also feature a bar and lounge area for guests to relax and recharge.

Additionally, Kohler will use the Palazzo as the platform for the launch of the company’s second global design theme, Experiential Luxury, an examination of the details and layers that create rich and dynamic environments.

Products featured at this year’s exhibition include the latest from Kohler Co. brands KOHLER, KALLISTA and ANN SACKS.

Image credit: Kohler

Smart home/Smart hotel

Intelligent Toilets offer the perfect combination of sophisticated design and unmatched technology to deliver the finest in personal comfort and cleansing. Extensive customisation – from ambient lighting and wireless music to temperature control, create a truly personalised experience.

Digital Showering transforms users’ daily routine by allowing customisation down to the tiniest detail. It invites users to orchestrate spray experiences, steam, music and lighting to create a personalized escape. Kohler’s portfolio of Smart Room products help create the world’s smartest bathrooms.

Color, material, finish

With a full range of colors, Kohler finishes visually set the tone for any space’s story and convey a unique personality. A two-tone finish with etched patterns – launching on the Components Collection – offers a beautiful, subtle gradient between two finishes with a precise graphic pattern. A wide range of colors and detailed graphics continue to draw the eye in for a beautiful, decorative impact.

Steeped in Japanese culture, Kensho conveys the story of decorative stitching known as sashiko by using patterns etched in stone. It also leverages the Italian etching technique known as acqueforti, marrying metals and marbles to create a distinctive level of ornamentation. The shape is gorgeous, the real stone adds texture and variation, and the decorative techniques are stunning.

With precise cuts and ultra-flat surfaces, the Parallel Collection of faucets and accessories brings sophistication to the modern bathroom through controlled expression. The dichotomy of round and square forms is unified by characteristic angles that deliver beautiful reflections and precise alignment. Smaller details deliver character originality and heighten the collection to a higher level of sophistication.

In partnership with parent company, Kohler Co., ANN SACKS debuts The Crackle Collection by Kohler WasteLAB, an innovative tile series that employs Kohler’s unfired pottery cull as its medium, transforming the waste into a responsive tile body. Handcrafted in the WasteLAB located in the Kohler, Wis. enamel factory, the bespoke collection was one of the initiatives spun from the Kohler Innovation for Good program.

Main image credit: Kohler

 

Leading supplier of luxury hotel cosmetics confirmed as Gifting Partner for Meet Up London

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With less than a month to go until the event, Aslotel has been confirmed as the Gifting Partner for Hotel Designs’ Q1 networking event, Meet Up London…

Hotel supplier Aslotel has been confirmed at the Gifting Partner of Meet Up London, which takes place on March 28 at Minotti London.

As well as sponsoring the event, the leading luxury hotel cosmetics supplier will also provide samples for attendees to take home.

“We are delighted to be gifting partners for the Hotel Designs’ Meet Up in London,” said Stephanie Ibbotson from Aslotel. “As leading suppliers of luxury hotel cosmetics and equipment items, Aslotel hopes that the attendees will be able to take away a taster of what our company can offer.”

Agenda for Meet Up London: 

 

How to attend Meet Up London 

If you are an interior designer, architect, operator or hotelier and would like to attend Meet Up London, click here to book your place.

If you are a supplier to the hospitality industry looking to attend the event, contact Zoe Guerrier on 01992 374059 or on z.guerrier@forumevents.co.uk – or click here to book your place.

For more information about becoming a Hotel Designs Meet Up sponsor, contact Zoe Guerrier on 01992 374059 or email z.guerrier@forumevents.co.uk.

Exclusive style partner: Minotti London

Exclusive headline partner: Hamilton Litestat

Event partner: Tarkett

Gifting Partner: Aslotel

GROHE unveils universal solution of concealed shower installations

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GROHE Rapido SmartBox is now compatable with more than 170 different GROHE trim designs…

Since its initial launch in 2017, the GROHE Rapido SmartBox in combination with the SmartControl Concealed trim sets has ensured the easy installation and premium performance of concealed shower systems, helping to support the trend for minimalist interiors in both residential and commercial projects. With its “push, turn, shower” functions, it offers individual and intuitive control combined with a space-saving and slim design.

Now, the Rapido Smartbox can be used as a universal shower solution thanks to its compatibility with more than 170 different GROHE trim designs, offering architects, designers, specifiers and installers freedom of planning and efficient installation when working on projects. Plus, with an installation depth of only 75mm, the GROHE Rapido SmartBox fits into every kind of wall, even particularly narrow ones. Furthermore, its recent successful WRAS accreditation pays testament to its high standards when it comes to compliance with water regulations. The esteemed approval by the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme also enables the Rapido Smartbox to be specified by housebuilders for property development.

The Rapido Smartbox now matches perfectly with three different styles of trim set; two-handle thermostats, single-lever mixers and the SmartControl Concealed, all of which are available in an array of colours, finishes, shapes and sizes. All three styles offer varying functionalities, aesthetics and price points, catering for all projects regardless of space, size and budget.

Rapido Smartbox: Efficient, universal installation

The extensive range of trim set designs which allows greater freedom over aesthetic and functionality for customers is made possible by the exciting innovations that lie behind the wall within the Rapido Smartbox. With three outlets, the Rapido Smartbox facilitates a wider range of showering options, for which previously two rough-ins would have been required. This helps to make the complexity of concealed showering more accessible for both installers and customers alike. In addition, the GROHE Rapido SmartBox makes adapters dispensable as it has ½ inch outlets to which all standard tubes can be connected. Designed with easy installation in mind, the Smartbox is equipped with inlets that connect from below, allowing a direct connection to the hot and cold water supply. Therefore the use of 90-degree fittings is eliminated.

This innovative shower mechanism also provides many other benefits for installers including:
• Subsequent adjustment of the trim set by six degrees post-installation to perfectly align with tiles and joints is possible thanks to long holes in the unit.
• Optional service stops for retrofit allow installers to gain complete access over the water supply in just a few steps. During maintenance, each of the Smartcontrol or Smartbox fittings can be closed directly and separately.
• The GROHE Rapido SmartBox can be retrofitted with a safety protection against backflow and meets the EU standard 1717 when installed with an integrated bath-fill and overflow unit.
• Easy on-site installation is made possible thanks to the helpful brass outlets which allow connection to the pipes to be installed with the use of a pipe wrench. This means mounting can be carried out quickly and easily on-site and a bench vice is not necessary.

SmartControl Concealed: Ultra-thin design for additional space in the shower

For bathrooms where space is extremely limited, GROHE offers a particularly “slim” solution: GROHE SmartControl Concealed in combination with the new GROHE Rapido SmartBox. The installation of the behind-the-wall technology combined with the ultra-slim design of the trim which projects just 43 mm from the surface of the wall, creates a minimalist look and gives the feeling of additional space in the shower. SmartControl Concealed is controlled using intuitive push-and-turn technology to individually select the preferred shower spray type and control water volume. Each shower trim, available in a round or square design, can operate up to three functions from head shower to hand shower and bath filler to body jets, for a truly customised shower that meets the demands of each individual bathroom’s needs. In addition, several styles are available: a classic Chrome finish or a discreet, elegant MoonWhite acrylic glass design. The SmartControl shower mixer trim is also available in SuperSteel and Brushed Hard Graphite and as of May 2019, there will be seven other metallic finishes on offer, complete with GROHE’s unique PVD coating which provides long-lasting colour and durability.

Two-handle thermostats: Simple operation delivers precise control

The new two-handle thermostats have been designed to offer convenient temperature and water flow control, using the same iconic visual icons as the SmartControl. They are compact, space-saving and combine precise performance with a slim, minimalist design. GROHE thermostats excel in delivering ease of operation, safety, comfort and above all, a relaxing shower experience. Equipped with leading technology, the GROHE TurboStat thermostat reacts within fractions of a second to pressure and temperature fluctuations. The mixing ratio of cold and hot water is continuously adjusted so that the temperature selected remains constant. Both head shower and hand shower can be controlled by intuitive rotation of the Aquadimmer handle, the upper control on the trim set. Turning the upper control slightly to the left will activate the hand shower, and by simply continuing to turn to the left, the water flow and power of the spray will increase. When the head shower is required, simply switch the control to the right and once again, increase volume by continuing to turn.
The two-handle thermostats are newly available in a slimmer profile, with only 43mm projection from the wall, and are offered in both round and square designs. In addition to the single-function models, models with two functions are now available, with clear pictograms used to indicate head and hand shower or shower and bath filler.

Single-lever mixers: Comfortable and simple operation for unlimited showering pleasure

GROHE single-lever mixers are designed for functionality and offer a stylish, sleek look that will prove popular with consumers. The latest additions to the range now make three-way functionality a reality, where only single and two-way systems were possible before. Users can now choose from three different types of spray pattern using the upper button on the mixer; from a powerful jet spray, to a relaxing rainshower or a practical hand shower. Meanwhile, the lower handle provides comfortable and intuitive temperature and water control. The trim sets, which have been designed to match all GROHE brassware ranges to ensure coordinated design in bathroom projects, are easy to install thanks to GROHE QuickFix, which reduces fitting time by up to 50 per cent.

Tarkett confirmed as Event Partner for Meet Up London

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Flooring company Tarkett, with more than 130 years’ experience in the industry, has been confirmed as an event partner for Hotel Designs’ exclusive Q1 networking event, Meet Up London… 

As leading designers, architects, hoteliers and suppliers prepare to attend Hotel Designs’ Meet Up London on March 28 at Minotti London, flooring company Tarkett has been confirmed as an event partner.

Mark Burton, National Sales Manager for Retail and Hospitality at Tarkett said about the announcement: “Tarkett has more than 130 years of experience in the flooring industry – with an impressive range of multi-purpose flooring options to suit any hospitality space “In the hospitality sector, it’s all about designing for a memorable experience. Tarkett believes that floors are the ideal playground on which to deliver this, by creating a truly experiential space for visitors. Designers can explore and personalise Tarkett LVT and wood, alongside DESSO carpet flooring ranges, to strengthen brand positioning and enhance customer experience, ultimately attracting and retaining guests and customers. We are delighted to partner with Hotel Designs at this prestigious event.”

In addition to welcoming leading figures of all ages in international hotel design, Meet Up London will also carry a light theme to support young creatives. Attending the evening, courtesy of Hotel Designs, the 40 shortlisted finalists for Hotel Designs’ 30 Under 30 initiative will find out on the night who among them have made the final 30 Under 30.

About Meet Up London

 

Meet Up London, which is being styled exclusively by Minotti London, will provide a unique opportunity to network over drinks and canapés with the largest names in hospitality, interior design and architecture.

Venue:
Minotti London Showroom,
77 Margaret St, Fitzrovia, London, W1W 8SY

Date: March 28, 2019

 

Evening agenda:

18.00: Guests arrive
18.30: Welcoming speech from editor of Hotel Designs’ Hamish Kilburn
18.45: Unveiling of Hotel Designs’ 30 Under 30
19:00: Presentation by London School of Architecture’s James Soane (topic TBC)
19:15 – 21.00: Networking over complimentary drinks and canapés

How to attend

If you are an interior designer, architect, operator or hotelier and would like to attend Meet Up London, click here to book your place.

If you are a supplier to the hospitality industry looking to attend the event, contact Zoe Guerrier on 01992 374059 or on z.guerrier@forumevents.co.uk – or click here to book your place.

For more information about becoming a Hotel Designs Meet Up sponsor, contact Zoe Guerrier on 01992 374059 or email z.guerrier@forumevents.co.uk.

Exclusive style partner: Minotti London

Exclusive headline partner: Hamilton Litestat

Event partner: Tarkett

Leading designers and architects confirmed to attend Interior Design & Architecture Summit

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Two months before the inaugural Interior Design & Architecture Summit, the event has unveiled who among the architecture and design community will be attending… 

Following the announcement of the ‘Rising Ceiling of Creativity’ panel discussion at the event, the Interior Design & Architecture Summit (IDAS) has just announced the attendees list for the meet-the-buyers event.

Dexter Moren Associates, EPR Archtiects, Goddard Littlefair, MKV Design, ReardonSmith Archiects and Zannier Hotels are all among the leading design firms that have confirmed to attend IDAS as delegates.

The event, , is aimed to bridge the gap between designers, architects, hoteliers and key-industry suppliers.

About IDAS

The one-day event, which will take place on April 29 at Hilton Tower Bridge London, is designed to connect senior executives working within the sector with product and service suppliers for face-to-face meetings and business networking.

The Summit aims to support the design and architecture sector with a unique platform to help create long-lasting and mutually beneficial business connections.

The design and architecture companies confirmed to attend IDAS are:

Aaron Chetwynd Architect Studio
Abode Architecture
Ana Engelhorn Interior Design Ltd
Anita Rosato Interior Design
Brompton Cross Construction
Burke Rickhards Ltd
Burrell Mistry Architects
CMT Design & Construction
CS Design
Dexter Moren Associates
DesignLSM
EPR Architects
Fiona Barratt Interiors
FL Interiors
Forster
Gauri Dole Design Studio
Goddard Littlefair
GA Design
GA Architect
Gereghty Taylor Architects
Gunter & Co Interiors
Harp Commercial Interiors
Hartmann Designs Limited
Harriet Forde Design
HBA London
Henry Prideaux Interior Design
Hyphen
InD Creations
Je Ne Sais Quoi
JPA Design
JCC
Jo Berryman Studio
Koubou Interiors
Kim Partridge
KCA International Designers Ltd
Lambart & Browne
LDA Design
LXA Projects
Materialise Interiors
Mangera Yvars Architects
MKV Design
Natalia Interior Design
NBBJ
NSI Design Ltd
Nine Yard Club
One Creative Environments Limited
Panache Interiors
Project (SW) Ltd
Rebecca James Studio
ReardonSmith Architects
Run for The Hills
RWD
Sapphire Spaces
Suited ID
Stop and Smell the Roses
Studio Mica
Tara Bernerd and Partners
Toca
Temza
Twinning Design
Wilson Associates
Watson Batty Architects
Woods Bagot
WS Design
Yasmine Mahmoudieh
Virserius Studio
Zannier Hotels

If you are an architect or interior designer and would like to attend the Summit, there are very limited spaces available. Please contact Kerry Naumburger on k.naumburger@forumevents.co.uk – or click here to book your place.If you are a supplier to the hospitality industry looking to meet the top architects and interior designers, contact Victoria Petch on v.petch@forumevents.co.uk – or click here to book your place.

Click here for more information about IDAS.

Media partner: Future Contractor & Architect

London School of Architecture confirmed as headline speaker for Meet Up London

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James Soane, Director of Critical Practice at the London School of Architecture, will speak at Meet Up London which takes place on March 28 at Minotti London…

Meet Up London has confirmed James Soane, Director of Critical Practice at the London School of Architecture, as its headline speaker for the networking event which takes place on March 28 at Minotti London’s showroom.

In addition to welcoming leading designers, architects, hoteliers and suppliers of all ages, Meet Up London will also carry a light theme to support young creatives. Attending the evening, courtesy of Hotel Designs, the 40 shortlisted finalists for Hotel Designs’ 30 Under 30 initiative will find out on the night who among them have made the final 30 Under 30.

“Our aim for this event has always been very clear; to support young designers and architects who are proving themselves to be rising stars on the international hotel design scene,”  said Hamish Kilburn, editor of Hotel Designs. “It is therefore my honour to invite James Soane to speak at the event in order to share his experience of working with and supporting young talent within in our industry. We hope that by having James speak at this event it will help to further bridge the age gap between designers, hoteliers, architects and suppliers.”

About Meet Up London

More than 200 hospitality professionals are expected to attend Hotel Designs’ highly anticipated Q1 networking event, Meet Up London.

Following the success of previous networking events, such as The Brit list 2018 and Meet Up North, Hotel Designs’ Meet Up London will adopt the theme of 30 under 30. The leading hotel design website has asked its readers to nominate designers, architects and hoteliers of the age of 30 and under who are fast climbing the ranks to become leading practitioners.

Meet Up London, which is being styled exclusively by Minotti London, will provide a unique opportunity to network over drinks and canapés with the largest names in hospitality, interior design and architecture.

Address: 77 Margaret St, Fitzrovia, London, W1W 8SY

Evening agenda:
18.00: Guests arrive
18.30: Welcoming speech from editor of Hotel Designs’ Hamish Kilburn
18.45: Unveiling of Hotel Designs’ 30 Under 30
19:00: Presentation by London School of Architecture’s James Soane (topic TBC)
19:15 – 21.00: Networking over complimentary drinks and canapés

If you are an interior designer, architect, operator or hotelier and would like to attend the Hotel Designs Meet Up London: 30 Under 30, click here to book your place.

If you are a supplier to the hospitality industry looking to attend the event, contact Zoe Guerrier on 01992 374059 or on z.guerrier@forumevents.co.uk – or click here to book your place.

For more information about becoming a Hotel Designs Meet Up sponsor, contact Zoe Guerrier on 01992 374059 or email z.guerrier@forumevents.co.uk.

 

Exclusive style partner: Minotti London

Exclusive headline partner: Hamilton Litestat

 

 

 

ISH Preview: Laufen to exhibit collaboration with Patricia Urquiola

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At the upcoming edition of ISH, Laufen will present SaphirKeramik in all its forms with the return of Sonar, the refined collection designed for the Swiss company by Patricia Urquiola…

Laufen is enthusiastically preparing to participate at the upcoming iteration of ISH, the indispensable biennial event in the field of bath furnishings.

Always on the front lines of research and experimentation, Hotel Designs Recommended Supplier Laufen brings its finest innovation to Frankfurt: SaphirKeramik. High-tech and ecological, this ceramic material patented by the company has launched a new trend in the world of bathroom design, which has continued with growing success since 2013, in applications for both the residential and contract sectors.

The technical characteristics of SaphirKeramik are enviable, and never cease to amaze due to the infinite range of potentialities yet to be fully explored. Qualities like extreme strength, lightness and slimness have stimulated great designers to work with SaphirKeramik, in collaboration with Laufen, in an unprecedented exploration of form with a spirit of boundless creativity. Alongside the other collections, visitors will rediscover the allure and elegance of Sonar, designed for Laufen by Patricia Urquiola.

Winner of the iF Design Award 2018 in the Product category, Sonar has proven its capacity to bring out the exceptional qualities of SaphirKeramik. Based on a creative process full of stimulating ideas, the pieces in the collection embody a sculptural aesthetic through symmetrical volumes, minimal lines and a sophisticated balance of angles and curves. The thin, bright and lightweight surfaces of Sonar give rise to an innovative, sophisticated design that perfectly combines beauty and functional quality. Another feature also enhances the refined forms of the collection: the very fine three-dimensional texture created by Patricia Urquiola to add a decorative sign to the ceramic material. Inspired by sound waves that spread in water, the motif on the external walls of the basins runs vertically, also producing a pleasing tactile sensation.

The Sonar collection is composed of freestanding or wall-mounted, single or double washbasins in SaphirKeramik, a bathtub in Sentec, and a series of wooden cabinets. Technology is a constant presence in Laufen’s products, and once again in this case Swiss quality translates into painstaking attention to detail. Thanks to intensive design research, the flow of water is optimised and perfectly channelled, facilitating operations of cleaning and maintenance, in solutions that guarantee maximum functional performance and sustainability.

Main image credit: Laufen

Editor’s round-up of Surface Design Show 2019

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Taking place from February 5 – 7 at Business Design Centre London, the Surface Design Show gave a platform to more surface material and lighting specialists than ever before. Editor Hamish Kilburn was there and reports…

More than 5,000 architects, designers and specifiers from 47 countries descended on London earlier this month for the much anticipated Surface Design Show. Over the course of three days, the show provided a packed schedule of insightful and entertaining panel discussions, informative CPDs and talks, trend forecasts and allowed exhibitors to display new products.

Presenters included New London Architecture and RIBA who hosted the Opening Night Debate; Chris Dyson who presented the PechaKucha Evening; Hannah Malein of Colour Hive; Oliver Heath of Oliver Heath Design and Daniel Hopwood representing Design Guild Mark, all kept visitors engaged as they educated on ways of thinking about materials, current industry issues and trends.

crowd gathering around the stand

Image credit: Surface Design Show 2019

There were a number of stand-out motifs among the 150 exhibition stands that displayed a positive look at where surface design is heading. The most prominent themes were:

Acoustic walls 

The surface experts at Armourcoat were at the show unveiling its new Acoustics Plaster System, which is designed with hotels and restaurant designers in mind with the aim to optimise the acoustics of interior spaces. While many acoustic surfaces are often bulky and not stylishly flexible, The Acoustic Plaster System offers a clean and smooth mineral surface that can be applied seamlessly over large expanses such as hotel lobbies or restaurants.

Meanwhile, anne kyyro quinn, which produces bespoke three-dimensional acoustic walls coverings, supplied the backdrop for the main stage. The handmade textile wallcoverings are natural, durable, versatile and are therefore suitable for commercial as well as residential projects.

Sustainability

Ethically handmade by master craftsmen, the premium patchwork cowhide rugs from Mosaic that were displayed on the stand were fabricated with 100 per cent recycled hides. Unlike other vendors which buy in full leather hides, Mosaic only use recycled hides from off-cuts of the luxury furniture and leather goods industry. The result, aesthetically, is a completely unique and customisable rug ideal for boutique hotels seeking characterful floors.

Elsewhere, Friends of Wilson displayed its Tessellate acousitic wall panel, which is made from 100 per cent polyester fibres containing a minimum of 60 per cent post-consumer recycled material (PET bottleflake).

Taking this concept into new territory were you designers Poppy Pippin and Emma Raybould over on the Spotlight Surface Live stand. Pippin’s Moss Tiles product has been designed specifically to encourage moss growth in order to improve air quality in the urban environment by absorbing carbon dioxide. Raybould’s silicastone design, displayed at the show, is an eco-architectural alternative to quarried stone for solid surfaces, which was developed at the University of Central Lancashire.

Since 2013 the Show has hosted the Surface Design Awards, now recognised as one of the most respected events in the design calendar. The 2019 Awards received 197 entries from 22 countries,
including America, Italy, China and India.

In a ceremony held over breakfast, the beautiful new Maggie’s Centre St Barts, London was declared the Supreme Winner, capturing the hearts and minds of the stellar panel of judges from the world of architecture and design. A beacon of design in the charity sector, the building by Steven Holl Architects was shortlisted in the Public Building Exterior category, gaining acclaim from the judges, including architect Christophe Egret of Studio Egret West, who stated “You really feel that a person dealing with cancer might feel elevated in this space”.

The 2019 awards ceremony was presented by architecture and design writer Aidan Walker, who cited the specialist focus of the show as key to its success now and for the future: “Surface Design has become one of the most compelling areas of innovation and imagination in design and architecture in the last few years. Driven by technology on one hand and the imperative for sustainability on the other, the application of new techniques and materials to cladding, walls, floors and ceilings has enlivened practice in a way unimaginable 10 years ago. Surface Design Show is perfectly positioned to express, exploit and support this rich seam of imagination and creativity. I see a great future for both the show and its Awards scheme.”

Hotel Designs was a proud media partner for the event.

Main image credit: Surface Design Show 2019

SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED: Hotel Designs’ 30 under 30

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SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED: Hotel Designs’ 30 under 30

Hundreds of entries have been whittled down to just 40 talented designers and architects under 30… 

Following its search to find the industry’s next rising stars, Hotel Designs has announced the shortlist of its 2019 30 Under 30 initiative…

Nominations, which closed on February 15, came in from many leading design firms such as HBA London, The Gettys Group, WATG, Richmond International, Gensler and many more.

Further to being recognised as rising stars on the international hotel design scene, the shortlisted finalists will also be invited, courtesy of Hotel Designs, to Meet Up London to network among a sea of other leading leading names in the industry.

“Our aim for the 30 Under 30 initiative is really to bridge the age gap between designers, hoteliers, architects and key industry suppliers,” said Katy Phillips, publisher of Hotel Designs. “Our events are often attended by directors and principals of studios, but we would like to extend the invitation now to include the young talented individuals who are shaping the future of our industry.”

The shortlisted finalists are:

Adam Charlap Hyman – Charlap Hyman & Herrero

Adam  Crabtree – Chelsom

Alaa Mohamed – Pallavi Dean Interiors

Ali Bacon – The Gettys Group

Amber Peters – Bluehaus

Andre Herrero – Charlap Hyman & Herrero

Anya Gordon Clark – Dexter Moren Associates

Beatrice Fischel-Bock – Hutch

Catherine van der Heide – HASSELL

Charlotte Roe – WISH London

Daniela Anedda – M Studio London

David Jelensky – M Studio London

Gina Langridge – WATG

Gioia Corrada – M Studio London

Harry Allnatt – Richmond International

Jen Lees – HBA London

Jodie Hatton – Brintons

Jordyn Dickson – The Gettys Group

Josh Piddock – Project Orange

Karolina Samuilaite – Modus

Kate Jarrett – Scott Brownrigg

Kay Jones – Brintons

Lauren McEwen – Goddard Littlefair

Lily Kwong – Studio Lily Kwong

Lisa Liu  – WATG

Mahesh Parekh – ARA Design

Marion Pierru – Wilson Associates

Natasha Ahmed – Lulie Fisher Design Studio

Nicola Brook – Nicola Brook Design

Omar Nakkash – Nakkash Design Studio

Patrick McCrae – ARTIQ

Rasha All-Tekreeti – MMAC Design

Rebecca Quickfall – Jasper Sanders + Partners

Reem Moussalli – Dress The Space F.Z.E

Rosalynn Youdan – Jestico + Whiles

Sarah Murphy – Jestico + Whiles

Scarlett Supple – Soho House Design

Simona Miron – Gensler

Stephanie Riedl – B3 Designers

Yasmin Farahmandy – Gensler

Yosola Akinwumi – HBA London

About Meet Up London

More than 200 hospitality professionals are expected to attend Hotel Designs’ highly anticipated networking event, Meet Up London.

Following the success of previous networking events, such as The Brit list 2018 and Meet Up North, Hotel Designs’ Meet Up London will adopt the theme of 30 under 30. The leading hotel design website has asked its readers to nominate designers, architects and hoteliers of the age of 30 and under who are fast climbing the ranks to become leading practitioners.

The event, which is being styled exclusively by Minotti London, will provide a unique opportunity to network over drinks and canapés with the largest names in hospitality, interior design and architecture.

Address: 77 Margaret St, Fitzrovia, London, W1W 8SY
Time: 6pm – 9pm

For more information about becoming a Hotel Designs Meet Up sponsor, contact Zoe Guerrier on 01992 374059 or email z.guerrier@forumevents.co.uk.

To purchase your tickets to Meet Up London, click here.

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Top stories of the week: design love from Bangkok, hide and seek architecture and a new hotel chapter

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With architecture and construction firmly in the spotlight, Hotel Designs has witnessed another jam-packed week full of interesting stories that highlights our love in design and architecture. Breaking down these headlines is editor Hamish Kilburn… 

New York, New York! Is there anywhere else on the planet quite like it? In the original metropolis where possibilities soar high above the bustling streets below, the hotel scene is staggering. It’s latest luxury neighbour is situated on 701 Seventh Avenue on the corner of 47th Street, Times Square, and features 452 guestrooms. With four levels of public space, the hotel is, much like the area it surrounds has already done over many decades, evolving with the trends to cater to the modern man and woman.

Changing perceptions has been a theme that has stitched together this week’s headlines – and I have been fortunate enough to be the first to tell many of this week’s main features. From spending quality time in the company of interior designer Celia Chu as she prepares to complete Rosewood Bangkok, to continuing to follow Nicky Dobree on her quest to open her first hotel; it’s been a great week to be part of the industry. To top it off, we are hours away from closing the applications/nominations process for our 30 Under 30 initiative. As a young editor (26 years old), I am personally proud to support this scheme – to support young talent in our industry – with every fibre of my body.

Here are the top stories of the week:

1) EDITION arrives in New York’s Times Square

black armchair infront of black wallcoverings

Image credit: EDITION Hotels

“The Times Square EDITION is an entirely new lens on Times Square. From an aerie above the hubbub below, you can engage, observe or withdraw. The hotel is an oasis of sophistication brought to you through the insight of the incomparable Ian Schrager, my friend and partner. There is simply nothing like it,” said Arne Sorenson, President and CEO, Marriott International.

> Click here to read the full story

2) The interior designer behind Rosewood Bangkok

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Image credit: Rosewood Hotels

As its highly anticipated opening is imminently on the horizon, the Rosewood Bangkok’s interior design story is one yet to be unveiled in detail. We caught up with interior designer Celia Chu to establish the narrative told within the walls of the soon-to-open 159-key luxury hotel.

> Click here to read the feature

3) Six Senses joins IHG

Aerial shot of a Six Senses hotel in the ocean

Image credit: Six Senses

The milestone moment, where IHG aquired Six Senses happened on Wednesday. As part of the IHG family, Six Senses is expected to expand to 60 properties within the next 10 years. This includes incredible new Six Senses hotels and resorts from a restored 14th-century fort in Rajasthan, to villas on a private island in Cambodia, and the brand’s first hotel in North America – a contemporary duo of twisting towers designed by Bjarke Ingles near the High Line in Manhattan’s West Chelsea.

> Click here to read the full story

4) Camouflaged hotel architecture of the 21st century

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Image credit: treehotel

As we continue putting architecture and construction in the spotlight, Hotel Designs reveals some of the world’s most spectacular hidden architectural gems.

> Click here to read the full story

5) From Concept to Completion: Restoring a 19th-century house to create Plaza 18 (part two)

Moodboard of ideas

Image credit: Nicky Dobree

In part two of our From Concept to Completion series, where we are closely following the design story of Plaza 18, Dobree’s first hotel project is beginning to take form. The building’s design is approaching the final stages before the grand reveal this Easter. Meanwhile, interior designer Nicky Dobree is able to step away from the project for five minutes – something I believe the designer is not accustomed to – in order to explain more about her relationship with the soon-to-be hotel.

> Click here to read the feature

Main image credit: Rosewood Hotels

 

Chapter Roma to open this spring

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The 42-key hotel, designed by Tristan Du Plessis of Studio A, will be the first property to open in the newly established Chapter Italia portfolio…

Opening in the vibrant and historic Regola neighborhood of Rome this spring, the 42-room hotel Chapter Roma will create an intimate atmosphere for those checking in. The first location in the newly established Chapter Italia Portfolio developed by Marco Cilia (formerly of Hotel Americano in New York City), Chapter Roma will open in March 2019. The hotel, proudly part of the Design Hotels collection, will act as a catalyst for change for Italian travel by providing something currently unattainable – an accessibility to luxury that is not just saved for five-star hotels.

 Embodying a true fusion of gritty and glamorous, with a contemporary and classic aesthetic, South African based designer Tristan Du Plessis of Studio A has breathed new life into the building which dates back to 1880. Chapter Roma’s laidback yet spirited vision in contemporary interiors brings Du Plessis’ signature industrial-chic, sultry style and strong local connection to this ancient cosmopolis. The guest rooms are centered on a few statement pieces in otherwise minimalistic spaces with clever custom-made vanity-cum-storage solutions.

“We wanted to create a design that stood out for its youthfulness whilst still respecting the traditions of the city.” – Tristan Du Plessis of Studio A

A Rome native, Cilia has seen the modern-day city change and develop over time. “We are introducing a new vibe for hospitality in Regola with the opening of Chapter Roma,” he said. “I was born here, and it is important that we put our guests in the Italian state of mind; protecting Rome’s design heritage while celebrating the future with genuine and original design, service, and food and beverage offerings. With Chapter Roma we’re telling the first part of our story, we want to create a place where guests truly feel like they’re living like a local.”

Green bed and wooden flooring

Image credit: Chapter Roma

Cilia decided upon Regola due to the area being commemorated with the names of the winding cobblestone streets. Chapter Roma itself is on Via di Santa Maria dei Calderari, or the “street of the blacksmiths,” and Du Plessis has paid tribute to this lineage by using a variety of metals throughout the property. Du Plessis employs elements of raw steel, brass, copper and bronze, adding an industrial touch to an elegant space with high ceilings, herringbone floors, and mid-century Italian furniture. The dramatic setup is rounded off nicely with a palette of dark green and rust and soft-to-the-touch velvets.

“We wanted to create a design that stood out for its youthfulness whilst still respecting the traditions of the city, by using local craftsmen, materials and aesthetics for a large amount of the hotel and collaborated with young local and international artists as well as furniture and lighting manufacturers to imbed a spirit of rebellion throughout the design,” added Plessis. “The age of the building was both inspiring and challenging, but the old walls and ancient layout made sure that each room has a unique footprint which has lent us the opportunity to create varied and interesting room types.”

Inspired by the streets of Rome along with the neighborhood’s cutting-edge galleries and furniture boutiques, a contemporary artwork by CYRCLE, a two-man collective made up of American artists David Leavitt and David Torres, as well as graffiti by local artist Alice Pasquini grace the walls of the Chapter Roma’s lobby bar.

Opening on to Via Santa Maria dei Calderari the bar features Roman arches wrapped in raw steel throughout and will be a hybrid space for work, play, and everything in between. Chapter Roma will also feature an all-organic daytime market, delivering a new kind of accessible luxury to the modern in-the-know traveler and, later on in the year, a signature restaurant.

 

FINAL CALL FOR ENTRIES: 30 Under 30

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The deadline for entries for Hotel Designs’ 30 Under 30 initiative is tomorrow…

Time is running out for interior designers, architects and hoteliers to submit their entries for the 30 Under 30 list that will be unveiled at Meet Up London: 30 Under 30.

Styled by Minotti London and hosted at the luxury furniture company’s luxury showroom, the event has launched the list with the aim is to bridge the age gap between interior designers, architects, hoteliers and key-industry suppliers.

How to apply for the 30 Under 30 list

If you are/or know of a deserving designer, architect or hotelier who is 30 years old or younger, please send in your application/nomination to: h.kilburn@forumevents.co.uk with the following:

  • 200-400 word bio, which acknowledges achievements to date and why you/he/she deserves to be recognised
  • Name of company you/he/she currently works for
  • Profile image

Deadline: February 15, 2019

The final 30 will be confirmed to attend the event on March 28 with Hotel Designs‘ compliments and the winners will be notified in due course ahead of the networking evening.

How to attend Meet Up London: 30 Under 30

If you are a supplier to the hospitality industry looking to attend the event, contact Zoe Guerrier on 01992 374059 or on z.guerrier@forumevents.co.uk – or click here to book your place.

If you are an interior designer or architect and would like to attend the Hotel Designs Meet Up London: 30 Under 30, click here to confirm your attendance.

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Editor’s round-up of MAISON&OBJET Paris and Deco Off 2019

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With the aim to unearth new talent among the sea of exhibitors, as well as identifying emerging trends in all markets, editor Hamish Kilburn reviews MAISON&OBJET Paris 2019…

The streets of Paris at any time of the year ooze chic style, sophistication and a certain ‘je-ne sais quoi’. During January, though, it is a bustling haven for designers seeking inspiration on emerging trends, new pieces and exhaustive conversations. Between both Deco Off, which in my eyes is Paris’ answer to Clerkenwell Design Week, and MAISON&OBJET, an ocean of exciting products displayed from a plethora of exhibitors, Paris in January is quite simply unlike anywhere else on the design globe.

Despite the social unrest in France recently, more than 84,000 visitors from 160 countries dodged yellow vests when descending on to the City of Light for the 21st edition of MAISON&OBJET Paris.

“2,910 exhibitors in total where represented at the show, 603 of which were new exhibiting brands.”

With each MAISON&OBJET fair traditionally exploring a key trend, this year’s exhibition pinned the Excuse My French! concept to the walls in order to challenge designers to highlight the Parisian influence, which is once again being felt across the world. The immersive experience offered in the Trend Forum set the scene for the unmistakably French art of cultivating paradoxes and twisting classics. It confirmed the creative excitement generated by French-made brands and a whole new generation of creators.

Stand at the show

Image credit: MAISON&OBJET

2,910 exhibitors in total where represented at the show, 603 of which were new exhibiting brands. Although it was impossible to have visited every stand, it was clear that on the surface there were common themes on what was expected to be popular in 2019. Nonetheless, each supplier pushed its limits to unveil to the world what was new in 2019. Above anything, it’s inspiring how ‘trend forecasts’ have been read but not necessarily adhered to. Here are a snippet of our highlights.

Let there be light

Combining functionality with decorative excellent, there were a number of lighting brands at the show that exhibited a range of innovative designs. Design By Us was among the leading exhibitors with its New Ocean Wave Optic Wall Lamp that provided a spectacular lighting installation, which glowed unapologetically outside its perimeters.

Door to the right and the Design By Us light to the left

Image credit: Design By Us

Elsewhere in the show, attendees were drawn the elegant stand of Glammfire. Its Thales pieces where centre stage of the stand, creating a dramatic ambiance. Whatsmore, the company also displayed the result of an interesting and colourful collaboration with artist Luio Onassis. With a sculptural design and simply charismatic, Thales is the world’s first suspended fireplace with a bioethanol automatic burner, designed from the drawing of a circle, is a versatile and adjustable piece that reveals the beauty of the integral view of the flame.

Husband and wife duo Verglass Luminaires exhibited bespoke lighting products such as Azur, Pop, Lotus and Cal. Established is 2007 by Scottish-born Julie Johnson and Eric Lemarie, there was a sense of personality on the stand.

Light in the middle of a kitchen

Image caption: POP by Verglass

Portugese-based Villa Lumi impressed attendees at the show with its Pendent that stood out not as lighting, but more as a piece of art which one can imagine would sit effortlessly on a mantlepiece, alone, in a quirky hotel lobby.

Meanwhile, Voltra Lighting, which was among the stand-out lighting companies that emerged in many of the London fairs in 2018, displayed its new generations of table-level lamps, which created a warm, intimate environment with the subtlety of candlelight – a welcome break from the harsh exhibition lighting.

Retro-fitting the future of lighting

Image caption: Delightfull’s Botti

There seems to be a influx in lighting specialists designing products that blend into their surroundings; perhaps this is the result of consumers becoming more savy around lighting and becoming more reactive when experiencing bad lighting (design suicide to many). Delightfull’s Botti sent sound waves of excitement through the hall as it was displayed on the company’s ever-colourful stand. The embodiment of the most famous wind instrument of them all, Botti mid-century table lamp was inspired by a classic trumpet. Its unique shades are handmade in brass with a gold-plated finish to resemble the instrument. The base can be produced in Nero Marquina or white marble, as well as black nickel or any other finish of your choosing. It is a tall table lamp, very hard to miss, with almost 55 pounds, making it the ideal choice for a classic living room design.

Celebrating imperfections in design

Attendees at the show questioned the definition of perfection at many areas of the show. What was concluded was that there’s a clean line between precision and perfection. While Tom Dixon’s precise craftsmanship never ceases to amaze new audiences, it was the imperfection that impressed visitors at the stand as the London-based studio unleashed a range of new collections. Swirl, one of the accessories launched at the show, is a mysterious new material that resembles 3D-marbeled paper yet has the weight of a stone. Perhaps the most interesting quality of this product is that no two pieces will ever be the same, giving each product its own personality. Displaying its qualities on apt newspaper was a touch that brought with it class, sophistication and a sense of headline-grabbing drama.

Storytelling on the walls, in the furniture and in the carpets

2018 closed with opinions being divided around which colours will dominate over the coming 12 months. While many companies amplify their answer to ‘the colours of the year’, wallcovering expert Arte decided to narrate the story of extinct animals. Partnering with Moooi, the company launched Extinct Animals, which brings the walls to life. Launched at its showroom in Saint-Germain-des-Prés during Deco Off, the showroom was a jungle of designers getting up close to animals that time had forgotten.

image of jungle wallpaper

Image credit: Arte/Moooi

Just down the road at Holland & Sherry’s showroom, the focus was on fabrics, colour and layers. Its signature weaving tradition has come to life in nine elegant handwoven designs. In addition, the showroom presented an array of unique trims that have been purposefully designed to compliment the company’s core fabric collection.

Back over at MAISON&OBJET, storytelling took many shapes and forms. From experimental lighting company Lumneo presenting neon mirror lamps to rug company Slinke displaying, as the name suggests, slinky-inspired patterns in pastel colours, each stand had its own narrative to tell. Wallpeper on the other hand took art outside the frame to be able to sustainably display in unique wallpaper.

Striking design of wallpaper on the walls

Image credit: Wallpepper

Meanwhile, using denim in a contemporary format, Japanese company Shin-Denim emerged to display a series of hard-wearing products. From a residential-styled reclined sofa to a striking wall partition, the material used in this way gave each product an usual, yet fresh, style.

Contract furniture company SCP exhibited a variety of design collaborations from the likes of Piet Hein Eek, Faudet-Harrison, Matthew Hilton, Reiko Kaneko, Phillipe Malouin, Donna Wilson and Jasper Morrison. Meanwhile, Pedrali opted for simple luxury displaying a glimpse of its SS19 collection with its latest modern colour twist on the classic Nolita range.

Green grass, yellow umbrella and chairs

Image credit: Pedrali, Nolita

Bringing the indoors outdoors

Following on from last year’s dominant trend to blur the lines between areas, many outdoor furniture companies were further muddying the waters by exhibiting indoor-looking outdoor furniture. The designs of which were determined on consumer behaviours, as Hugo de melo Lourenco from Sachi explained: “I don’t look at trends too much, because I prefer to understand behaviour and ergonomics of our products. Research has shown us that the luxury market is currently looking for outdoor furniture that is slim and minimalist.” Other companies that displayed new lines of outdoor furniture collections included Skyline Design, 10Deka, Tucci, SUNSO and Mobika Garden.

Image credit: Manta

While many exhibitors displayed sun loungers and shade options, handmade stone specialist Manta exhibited something out of the ordinary, an oversized outdoor (or indoor) marble seat as part of the company’s melting collection. The one-of-the-kind product oozed character and a high level of personality. Also adopting the same theme, Domani displayed a large selection of robust outdoor pots which stacked together to demonstrate the scale of different designs suited for a variety of spaces.

Once again, MAISON&OBJET has set the industry up for an exciting year of developing trends and themes. My time at the show would not be complete without a sneaky exclusive interview with the fair’s Designer of the Year, which this year was awarded the multi-talented Sebastian Herkner. All that is left to say is Bon Voyage, Paris, for another year – the journey into the world of 2019 interiors continues.

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Deadline for 30 Under 30 applications announced

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Hotel Designs is broadening its search to find 30 young inspirational designers, hoteliers and architects. The deadline for applications for its 30 under 30 list has been announced for February 15…

With less than two weeks before the deadline, time is running out for interior designers, architects and hoteliers to submit their entries for the 30 Under 30 list that will be unveiled at Meet Up London: 30 Under 30.

Styled by Minotti London and hosted at the luxury furniture company’s luxury showroom, the event has launched the list with the aim is to bridge the age gap between interior designers, architects, hoteliers and key-industry suppliers.

How to apply for the 30 Under 30 list

If you are/or know of a deserving designer, architect or hotelier who is 30 years old or younger, please send in your application/nomination to: h.kilburn@forumevents.co.uk with the following:

  • 200-400 word bio, which acknowledges achievements to date and why you/he/she deserves to be recognised
  • Name of company you/he/she currently works for
  • Profile image

Deadline: February 15, 2019

The final 30 will be confirmed to attend the event on March 28 with Hotel Designs‘ compliments and the winners will be notified in due course ahead of the networking evening.

How to attend Meet Up London: 30 Under 30

If you are a supplier to the hospitality industry looking to attend the event, contact Zoe Guerrier on 01992 374059 or on z.guerrier@forumevents.co.uk – or click here to book your place.

If you are an interior designer or architect and would like to attend the Hotel Designs Meet Up London: 30 Under 30, click here to confirm your attendance.

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5 awe-inspiring hotel architecture projects currently on the boards

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5 awe-inspiring hotel architecture projects currently on the boards

To kickstart our month shining the spotlight on architecture and construction, Hotel Designs highlights five groundbreaking projects that are currently in planning… 

Long before the Burj Al Arab made its magnificent entrance onto the shores of Dubai in 1999, architects have competed with one another to break into the clouds of possibilities within international design.

Although there have always been groundbreaking architectural projects to rise from the earth, the advancement of technology over the last 20 years in particular has enabled practitioners to take architecture into a new era. The result is game-changing. No longer are guests’ first impressions made in comfort the hotel lobby. Instead, mass opinions are divided when the architects, who strive to constantly push the boundaries of what is possible, unveil their masterplans. To celebrate the architects are the top of their game, here are five projects that are currently in construction, which will shelter luxury hotels.

1) Rosewood Bangkok 

Skyline of Bangkok, which clearly shows the Rosewood Bangkok building

Image credit: KPF Architects

The award-winning building, designed by KPF Architects, was inspired by the graceful Thai hand gesture of the wei. The distinct slant of the building has opened up the opportunity for terraces, shrinking floorplates, and unique, occupiable spaces. With interior design by Ceilia Chu Design, the 30-storey high-rise tower will feature two restaurants, two bars, a luxurious spa, an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre. In addition, the hotel will shelter residential-style meeting and function space and the top-floor Sky Villa event venue will boast panoramic views of the capital’s iconic skyline.

> Read more about the project here

2) art’otel London, Battersea Power Station 

Birdseye render of the site

Image credit: Foster + Partners

Phase three of a major part of the regeneration of the Battersea Power Station site has been designed by Gehry Partners and Foster + Partners. In addition to 1,300 new homes, the new development will include the 160-key art’otel London. The Skyline, which is the building designed by Foster + Partners that will shelter the hotel, will feature an outdoor rooftop pool and bar overlooking the chimneys of the iconic Battersea power station.
> Read more about the project here

3) Four Seasons Golf Resort and Residences, Goa

Render of striking public areas on the coast

Image credit: WATG

Architecture and design firm WATG were appointed to create the exterior of the 125-key hotel in order to include design details that celebrates the history of Goa through Colonial Portugese structure and contemporary form. The hotel has been designed to attract erudite travellers from around the world to experience beauty, relaxation and Indian hospitality. Using the rugged coast as an architectural reference, the firm’s renders tell a quintessential local design story that, when completed, will anchor the architectural theme throughout.

> Read more about the project here

4) KoolKiel, Germany 

Render of the complex which depicts the two high-rise buildings

Image credit: MVRDV

The most recent update on this project is that the mixed-use development building’s form will be determined in consultation with the community. The Koolkiel complex, which is being designed by MVRDV, will include two buildings that will be wrapped by customisable concrete panels. With the aim to amplify the city’s creative edge, each of these silhouette-like panels can be cast in different shapes. Although the brand and name is yet to be announced, a 250-key hotel will be sheltered in the complex.
> Read more about the project here 

5) Murcury Tower, Malta

View of Murcury Tower in Malta

Image credit: Zaha Hadid Architects

The renovation and redevelopment of Mercury House, led by Zaha Hadid Architects, integrates residential apartments and boutique hotel within Malta’s most dynamic urban environment. Creating new public spaces and amenities for the island’s residents and visitors, the design responds to Paceville’s key urban challenges by investing in its civic realm and increasing its limited housing supply.

Derelict for more than twenty years, the 9,405 sq.m. site includes the remaining façades of the old Mercury House that date from 1903. Two underground vaults created during the Cold War are also within the site’s boundary.

The 31-storey tower of residential apartments and hotel is aligned at street level to integrate with Paceville’s existing urban fabric and to reduce its footprint, maximizing civic space within the new piazza.

Conceived as two volumes stacked vertically, the tower incorporates a realignment that expresses the different functional programmes within.

> Read more about the design here

Main image credit: WATG

Top 5 stories of the week: Lighting the mood, surface trends and Meet Up developments

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Concluding January and looking ahead to the future of lighting, surfaces and hotel development, Hamish Kilburn writes the top five stories of the week…

As January turns to February, there is much anticipation in the air around developing trends. The must-watch lists of hues, textures and materials that landed in my inbox on January 1 have filtered subtly into the designs of new hotel spaces. Designers working outside the box establish how they can create a timeless statement scan the floors of the trade shows. The next in the calendar is the Surface Design Show in London (February 5 – 7). Ahead of the show, this week we took a closer look at the trends on the walls, floors and ceilings. Closer to home, Hotel Designs had some developments of its own to announce. Here are the top five stories of the week.

1) 6 trends to look out for at Surface Design Show 2019

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Image credit: SIBU

Taking place next week in London’s Business Design Centre, Surface Design Show will showcase the latest products and technology in surface design. Ahead of the event, as Hotel Designs is a media partner of #SDS19, here are top surface trends to be mindful of.

> Read more about the trends here

2) Meet Up London: 30 Under 30 Announces Early Bird Tickets

Until February 7, designers, architects, hoteliers and suppliers will be able to purchase early bird tickets for Hotel Designs‘ highly anticipated Q1 networking evening, Meet Up London: 30 Under 30.

Exclusive style partner: Minotti London

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> To book your tickets, click here

3) One-third of consumers believe lighting helps to eliminate January Blues

A study has revealed that one in three people believe that lighting is important to creating a relaxed and calm atmosphere before bed.

As the January blues well and truly set in for some, new research has revealed how lighting can have direct impact on mood and wellbeing in the hotel environment.

> To read more about the study, click here

4) SUSD gains planning consent for hotel and members club on the River Thames

render of the exterior of a manor-like building

Image credit: SUSD

SUSD, the developer behind two of London’s most successful hybrid destinations, The Curtain Hotel & Members Club and Devonshire Club, has just won planning consent, subject to finalising the S106 Agreement, for a third development, this time on the banks of the Thames near Pangbourne, Berkshire.

> To read more about the plans, click here

5) Editor Checks In: January ’19

To round up January – and to help understand the crossroads many designers are at – it felt appropriate to use the metaphor of two worlds colliding. I am, of course, referring to the opportunities that result from authentic collaborations.

> To read my editor’s letter, click here

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6 trends to look out for at Surface Design Show 2019.

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Taking place next week in London’s Business Design Centre, Surface Design Show will showcase the latest products and technology in surface design. Ahead of the event, as Hotel Designs is a media partner of #SDS19, here are top surface trends to be mindful of…

The Surface Design Show, taking place on February 5 – 7, will again provide architects and designers with an exciting and inspirational range of surface designs and materials.

Speaking before the show opens trend forecaster and curator of the Show’s Surface Spotlight Live feature, Sally Angharad enthused: “There are a number of distinct trends coming out of Surface Design Show that visitors will pick up. Once again the Show will set the scene for the next year in terms of design ideas.”

Here are some of the 2019 trends to look out for are:

Scallop Shapes
Scallop shape tiles create decorative patterns in a combination of solid colours and patterned finishes. Blueprint Ceramics, Finsa and Viuva Lamego will both be exhibiting scallop shapes

Sumptuous Neutrals
Warm neutrals replace grey with shades of brown adding depth to tactile surfaces. Look out for Saint- Gobain, Off the Wall Coverings and ITC Natural Luxury Flooring.

Image credit: ITC Natural Luxury Flooring

Dynamic Patterns
A combination of tile formats creates complex designs for statement features. Exhibitors include Blueprint Ceramics and Viuva Lamego

Patina Effects
Weathered metals inspire luxurious patina effects on a variety of surfaces from flooring to finishes. PowderTech (Corby), MUUNA and Finsa will be stands to visit.

Indulgent Darks
Dark colours are key for glazed and tonal finishes to create dramatic yet welcoming effects. SIBU Designs, Grestec Tiles and Sterling Studios will be exhibitors to seek out.

dark bathroom design

Image credit: SIBU

Nature/Nurture
Organic materials translate into surfaces for walls and lighting that bring comforting textures indoors. Exhibitors include Freund, Innerspace Cheshire and PHEE. A range of new materials, prototypes and innovations can be seen on Surface Spotlight Live curated in collaboration by trend expert Sally Angharad and trend, colour & material forecast agency; Colour Hive.

Surface Design Show opens on February 5 from 6.00pm – 9.00pm; February 6 from 11.00 -9.00pm and February 7 from 11.00 – 5.00pm.

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Domus launches new colourful glazed porcelain tile collection designed by Studiopepe

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The Pittorica collection by Domus is suitable porcelain tile for interior walls and floors…

Launching in the UK in February exclusively at Domus, Pittorica is a new colourful glazed porcelain stoneware collection suitable for interior walls and floors, designed by Studiopepe creative directors Arianna Lelli Mami and Chiara di Pinto. Research by the two designers led to the creation of a collection comprised of 14 plain solid colours in three palettes – neutral, background and bold colours, and available in three different shapes, a triangle, a square and a brick shape.

In a silky matt finish, the tiles are mutually compatible and can be used singularly or coordinated to create complex and highly creative decorative layouts, bringing out the full, modern spirit in expressive colour. With a retro feel, the colours span from dark shades to soft greys and neutrals along with pink, blues, green and terracotta shades, expressing the universe of colour though an extremely current palette, offering elegance and modernity to any interior space.

Suitable for both walls and floors, the decorative ability of Pittorica is enhanced by the rectified formats which guarantee layouts and installation with minimum grout lines where the colour stands out. The statement triangular shape formats are a key feature statement in the collection and guarantee a decorative capacity to characterise interior surfaces. The solid matt colours give the collection a silky consistency, which is further enriched with a textured canvas weave print which is stamped into each tile. Each tile has a unique, subtle, almost imperceptible variation.

Studiopepe proudly describe their collection, saying: “The mystery of colour in the game of perception and illusion. Pittorica is the poetry of the imagination, rhymes of graphic patterns and hues of colour put together in freedom and fun.”

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Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts to arrive in Okinawa, Japan

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Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Okinawa, which will shelter 120 guestrooms and suites, is expected to complete in 2023…

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Berjaya Okinawa Development Co. Ltd. (“Berjaya Okinawa”) have announced its new development on the island of Okinawa. The project will debut as part of the development’s master plan as Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Okinawa.

Comprising a total of 100 acres (more than 40 hectares) of beachfront, the project site is located along the western coast of the island, approximately 31 miles (50 kilometres) northeast of Naha International Airport, with easy access by highway from the airport and close to tourist attractions. The Resort will comprise 30 acres (12 hectares) of the project development land area, with 120 hotel rooms, 120 residences and 40 villas. The project is expected to take approximately four years to complete with a total development cost of USD 400 million and estimated gross development value of USD 1 billion.

“Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Okinawa is another iconic project in Japan for the Berjaya Group, emulating the success of Four Seasons Hotel and Residences Kyoto, which officially opened in December 2016,” said Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Vincent Tan (“TSVT”), Founder and Executive Chairman of BCorp. “I am sure that with the prestigious Four Seasons branding and management, along with its strategic location in central Okinawa, the hotel will be one of the best on the island of Okinawa.”

“We are proud to continue our successful partnership with Berjaya Group with another exceptional project in Japan, extending our presence in the region and offering both guests and residents more chances to experience Four Seasons,” says Bart Carnahan, Executive Vice President, Global Business Development, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “Together with Berjaya, we will not only create the very finest resort and residences of the highest quality, but will also offer a level of unparalleled service, one that is synonymous with the name Four Seasons around the globe.”

The master plan for Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Okinawa, including planning and landscape architecture, is developed by internationally renowned landscape architecture and urban design firm EDSA Inc, and world-renowned Japanese architects Kengo Kuma and Kuniken will serve as joint architects of the project. Kengo Kuma’s work has been internationally acknowledged and he was chosen to design Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium for the 2020 Olympic Games recently; and Kuniken is the largest architecture firm in Okinawa.

The vision is to create a destination that portrays the cultural heritage of Okinawa island along with its natural landscape and resources. The Resort will be anchored by a resident beach club nestled on the east side, where guests as well as the homeowners will be able to access the natural beach. Additionally, the low-density layout of the resort will also allow guests and homeowners to access every amenity by foot, bicycles or golf carts. The resort facilities will include an all-day dining restaurant, specialty dining and lounge, retail shops and recreation facilities, as well as public grounds and gardens.

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Top stories of the week: Trending interiors, suites at sea and anti-social hotel rooms

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Following a bustling Maison&Objet and Deco Off, interior trends have been trending throughout this week’s headlines. Hamish Kilburn breaks down the top stories of the week…

Whoever thought that January was a soft landing was seriously mistaken – or didn’t work in the hotel design arena. My inbox over the last 25 days has been inundated with press releases from hotel groups announcing their vast expansion plans. This week alone, Melia Hotels International, Nobu Hospitality and Kimpton Hotels all announced dramatic plans to open new luxury properties in new destinations. Suggesting a serious change in travellers’ behaviour, the hotel industry is not the other luxury market that is adapting its strategy to cater towards the modern traveller. Concluding our series, Hotels at New Heights, I spoke to the hotel designers that have turned their heads towards the cruise industry.

Here are the top stories of the week.

1) Nobu Hotels announces plans to arrives in Poland

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Nobu Hospitality, a global luxury lifestyle brand founded by Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro and Meir Teper, has announced its continued global expansion into Warsaw, Poland…

On track to have 20 hotels within its portfolio globally by 2020, Nobu Hotels has announced plans to open Nobu Hotel Warsaw.

2) Inside the world’s first hotel room that determines room rate based on social media addiction

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That’s right, a hotel in Gothenburg, Sweden, has launched a new policy where the room rate is determined by how much time guests spend surfing on social media…

With the number of social media users worldwide in 2018 reaching a staggering 3.196 billion, up 13 per cent year-on-year according to Smart Insights, it was only a matter of time before hotels would launch schemes in order to help guests reconnect with the world around their screens. With the aim to take this initiative further, a hotel in Gothenburg, Sweden, has actually launched a hotel room where its rates will be determined by how much the guest spends on social media platforms.

3) Top 14 most tagged interior design trends on Instagram

With so many interior design trends, it can be difficult to choose a style that fits a particular space best. While most of these trends intertwine, some are undoubtedly more popular than others.

4) Hotels at New Heights: suites on the high seas

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To conclude our series, Hotels at New Heights, I investigate why more and more hotel designers are taking to the seas to design the luxury cruise vessels’ suites of the future.

5) Meet Up London: 30 Under 30 launches early bird tickets

Until February 7, designers, architects, hoteliers and suppliers will be able to purchase early bird tickets for Hotel Designs‘ highly anticipated Q1 networking evening, Meet Up London: 30 Under 30.

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Get ready for Maison et Objet 2018

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Providing the ultimate lifestyle hub, Maison et Objet 2018 is the biggest event for the industry professionals and design aficionados to discover the new trends and expressions in a wide range of sectors, including decoration, design and furniture.

The upcoming edition is set to return to Paris’s Nord Villepinte, from 19-23 January 2018 and promises to deliver a creative, diverse and business atmosphere full of uniqueness.

MAISON&OBJET PARIS now offers a clearer perspective of three main areas: MAISON and its wide range of interior decoration, organised into different worlds; OBJET, the show’s concept store, ideal for retailers; and finally INFLUENCES and its unique itinerary. A new offer that has been created to facilitate communication and the unearthing of new products.

Like in the previous editions, the prestigious venue has already named the designer of the year, the extremely versatile Dutch designer Cecilie Manz (above). The Dutch designer is always experimenting and, in January, she will present her latest pieces. The exhibition will feature existing products and new designs, displayed in a warm and cosy atmosphere, a theme that is evidently delineated in her creations.

www.maison-objet.com/en/paris

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Product Spotlight hansgrohe RainSelect at Sleep 2017

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RainSelect, launched at November’s Sleep show, is an intuitive and convenient central control unit, providing control of between two to five shower functions, along with the regulation of water temperature and quantity.

Generous, 70 x 70 millimetre switches make selecting shower settings a tactile experience. Underlying this is hansgrohe’s Select technology, which controls the various functions on a purely mechanical basis.

hansgrohe RainSelectIts aesthetically sophisticated design and linear, horizontal shape make it a striking addition to the bathroom. Its unique, sleek silhouette, which gives the wall a clean and uncluttered look, was developed in collaboration with Phoenix Design.

There are two models to choose from: for the shower area, and a separate solution for bathtub showers. Three surface finishes enable customised and consistent bathroom design: white or black-backed glass, or the more traditional chrome-coloured metal.

Sleep 2017: Round Up – another successful edition…

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This year’s Sleep event came to a close on 22nd November, with some calling it the best edition yet.

Around 190 exhibitors were at the show to display their products and services, with many of Hotel Designs’ clients exhibiting – including Chelsom, Crosswater (Bathroom Brands), Curtis Furniture, Skopos, Hypnos, SekersBrintons, hansgrohe, Sleep partners GROHE, Style Library and Kobe.

The highlight of Sleep events is the ‘Sleep Set’. The brief for designers in the 2017 Sleep Set competition was Loyalty: Lessons in Love. The challenge? To create and disrupt – and create an experience so memorable that loyalty becomes love. Stonehill Taylor (who won the competition), MKV Design, il Prisma and 1508 London all took up the challenge and created some stunning concepts.

The 2017 Sleeper Bar was designed by Olga and Irina Sundukovy,  the founders of the Moscow-based practice Sundukovy Sisters studio.

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Likewise, a programme of seminars and talks was held across the two days with topics ranging from design to fast food, from ‘Post-Cool hotels’ to ’emotional modernism’.

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Sleep 2017 Live: Kelly Hoppen joins forces with Brintons

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Kelly Hoppen MBE has joined forces with leading carpet manufacturer Brintons to create a bold new collection of contemporary woven carpets.

The new venture is the renowned interior designer’s first ever carpet collection and will be launched at this year’s Sleep, the annual hotel design event taking place in London today and tomorrow.

The Kelly Hoppen Collection by Brintons brings the designer’s unparalleled eye for trend-leading design to the commercial carpet sector. The result is a distinctive new contemporary aesthetic that completely eschews the typical ‘swirl and block’ patterns for which the commercial/hospitality sector is traditionally known.

Instead, the dynamic collection consists of 13 geometric and organic designs in on-trend colourways that reflect the designer’s award-winning design style and pared-back aesthetic. Kelly Hoppen took inspiration from diverse influences ranging from geometric shapes to elements found in everyday surroundings such as cracks in a pavement and splashes of paint.

“I wanted to do something quite cutting edge and out there compared to what we see at the moment…I think it’s different and it’s in the forefront of design in terms of commercial carpeting, so I am extremely excited,” she says.

Kelly Hoppen - Brintons - Sleep 2017The collection is suitable for a wide variety of hospitality applications including hotels, casinos, cruise ships or airports. Each Kelly Hoppen by Brintons design is woven to order in the full range of specifications that combine Brintons’ patented blend.

After 41 years in design, Kelly Hoppen relished the fresh challenge of designing her first contract carpets: “It’s been fun, it’s been enlightening and I’ve learnt a lot from it. Carpet is an interesting product to design. There is an array of materials and textures and it’s a challenge to design a carpet that is hardwearing but also luxurious, beautiful and comfortable. Although you think of it as a flat surface, it is three-dimensional so the design process is complex. You have to think carefully about scale too as the design needs to work in large expansive areas as well as in narrower spaces such as guestrooms and corridors. Not only that, you need to design a surface that other designers can put their own style on too. Once you get it right though, you just know.”

The designer continued: “In terms of the collaboration with Brintons, there is mutual admiration and respect -Brintons is an incredible company with great heritage. I think this is just the start of a really wonderful collaboration. With this collection, each piece that we’ve created is different and is a statement in itself. I think it’s going to be brilliant.”

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Sleep 2017 Live: Italian ‘Daydream’ flair

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Sleep is one of Europe’s premier hotel design events, and took place in London 21st-22nd November 2017, at The Business Design Centre, Angel.

The brief for designers of this year’s Sleep Set edition is ‘Loyalty: Lessons in Love’: a hotel not as just a place to sleep, but a real experience. Brilliant hotel design creating enduring memories and guest loyalty.


This idea inspired ‘DayDream’ – a suite-stand set up by Studio CaberlonCaroppi from Milan, Italy. A space where technology creates an evolving environment, a changing and engaging hospitality experience.

It’s a choice that celebrates Italian excellence where Italamp perfectly fits the stylistic mood of the installation with elegant design and quality details. The company will be showing the Lily Collection – wall, table and floor lamps – in light gold finish and shade made with a geometrical fabric by Dedar; and Olimpo, a contemporary chandelier with black matte finish and light gold details.

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Sleep 2017 Live: HD partners on show…

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The annual Sleep event is once again upon us. Hotel Designs partners AXOR/hansgrohe, Kaldewei and Morgan are showcasing their latest collections at the Business Design Centre, Islington from 21st and 22nd November.

Karen, Steph, Paris and myself will be there all day tomorrow, and on Wednesday Karen, Kate and Desi will be attending. If you need to contact us during the event, please feel free to call Karen on: 07973 655343.

Below is a short summary of what to expect:

AXOR and hansgrohe – Stand G23
The AXOR and hansgrohe brands are delighted to be exhibiting once again at the Sleep Event on Stand No G23. Visitors at this year’s event will see an inspiring portfolio of products for hotel bathrooms including new AXOR showers featuring a revolutionary spray type: PowderRain, plus hansgrohe RainSelect – an intuitive unit providing control of between two to five shower functions, along with the regulation of water temperature and quantity in one convenient unit.

Kaldewei – Stand V10
Kaldewei looks forward to exhibiting at Sleep. In addition to their new product launches, colour will play a prominent role on Kaldewei’s stand V10. Here they will display washbasins and shower surfaces in the exclusive matt shades of the Coordinated Colours Collection and providing a ‘Perfect Match’, one harmonious design vocabulary in a single material, throughout the bathroom.

Morgan – Stand M23C
Morgan, the design-led British manufacturer of contract furniture will once more be exhibiting at Sleep on Stand M23c, showcasing a selection of their inspiring designs including; the Goodwood console and coffee table. These are the most recent additions, to the Goodwood collection, which includes; a group of armchairs featuring a distinctive timber detail. The Havana and Valencia collection will also be on show, including the statement Valencia daybed as well as a new banquette option. Additionally, there will also be updates from Morgan’s Pimlico collection, and some exciting new tables are to be launched at Sleep.

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Sleep 2017 Live: Five reasons to visit this year…

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Sleep opens its doors for two days of hotel design business this morning – don’t forget that you can register here for fast track entry and pick up your badge on arrival – and here are five key reasons to be here this year…

Keep up with a fast-changing market
Sleep is globally acknowledged for ideas, installations and experiences that tap into the pulse of the hotel design industry. And things are changing fast. Travel numbers are rising. The number of hotel projects for Europe is currently beaten only by Asia Pacific; and the latest from TOPHOTELPROJECTS indicates a 300% increase in openings in 2018 compared to 2017. What will this mean for your clients and your business? Take stock at this year’s event…

New trends, new products, new launches
Discover newly launched and innovative products from renowned UK & global brands – from GROHE to Brintons (HD clients), Vescom to Fabbian, Sans Souci to Bang & Olufsen and VitrA to Kobe (HD clients) – in a line up that’s more international than ever, with 32% of exhibitors coming from Italy, France, Germany, Portugal, Denmark, Holland and the USA. Inspire new directions for your projects and buy new products in advance from 50+ debut brands – exclusively and only at Sleep.

Grow your network
If you envisage the entire hotel supply chain as a room full of people all networking and discussing projects… then you’re at Sleep. This is the meeting place for the global hotel and design community. From Conran and Partners to Best Western Hotels and Resorts, Gensler to Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Zaha Hadid Architects to AccorHotels, Aukett Swanke to Hilton International, Wates Construction to IHG and Project Orange to Carlson Rezidor – make the connections. Have the conversations. Create the business.

Sleep Conference – new insights and knowledge
Hear from the influencers shaping global hospitality, debate the challenges and aspirations driving the industry and tap into the undercurrents shaping its future. From fast food to slow design, new concepts of luxury to post-cool hotels; development to loyalty, hear from Tristan Auer, Eero Koivisto, Blanche van Berckel, Hannah Carter Owers, 25hours Hotels and David Collins Studio – part of a line-up of 25+ international speakers.

Fresh inspiration – Sleep disrupts and challenges
Think different. From the science behind the experience economy and the show theme of Loyalty; Lessons in Love to the conceptual playground of the Sleep Set pop-up guest rooms, Sleep aims to provoke, disrupt and inspire. Wander through the immersive Spaces with installations of roof terraces, wetrooms and more. Loyalty is more than points. Great design wins business.

More information here…

Chelsom are delighted to announce that they will once again be exhibiting at the annual Sleep Event, which takes place at the Business Design Centre

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Chelsom are delighted to announce that they will once again be exhibiting at the annual Sleep Event, which takes place at the Business Design Centre in London on 21st-22nd November 2017.

Sleep is Europe’s leading trade event for interior hospitality products providing an annual meeting for those at the forefront of hotel design, development and architecture.

This will be Chelsom’s 11th consecutive year at the event and this year they will be exhibiting a selection of stunning custom designed products created specifically for the refurbishment of the guestrooms and suites of The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park London.

In addition Chelsom will also be providing an exclusive preview of brand new pieces from the upcoming collection, Edition 26, as designed entirely in-house by Robert and Will Chelsom and will be available from May 2018 onwards.

Managing Director, Will Chelsom said: “Sleep is the number one UK show in terms of interior design for the hospitality market and we are very pleased to be back again. Being able to see what the wider market is up to is really inspirational and it’s a great environment for companies to showcase their latest product designs and innovations.

“Sleep has become a key date in the diaries of many leading hospitality professionals so it’s exciting for us to be promoting our new off-shoot collection and promoting a selection of new pieces from what is undoubtedly our most eclectic collection to date,” he added.

www.chelsom.co.uk

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HD Christmas Meet Up

Gallery: HD Christmas Meet Up, Home House London

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The Hotel Designs Christmas Meet Up networking event was held on 8th November at Home House Portman Square in London with more than 160 people in attendance.

Representatives Marca Corona, headline sponsor of the event, said they were delighted to be partnering with the event and found it useful to network with designers, architects and hoteliers in the London market and the UK as a whole.

Meanwhile, Boca do Lobo were the event’s style partner – and showed off some stunning pieces of furniture, lighting and decorative accessories throughout the space.

Sound was provided by showcase sponsors AT&C and Bang & Olufsen who also displayed their stunning tile-effect sound system at the event.

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Wake up to the inspiration of Sleep with HD clients

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More exhibitors than ever before have chosen to reveal their new collections at Sleep this year (21st – 22nd November at the Business Design Centre in London). They include the following (Hotel Designs clients in bold)…

Brintons
Leading carpet manufacturer, Brintons, has joined forces with renowned interior designer, Kelly Hoppen MBE, to create her first collection of contemporary woven carpets that will debut at Sleep. The dynamic range will consist of 13 geometric and organic styles in on-trend colourways that reflect the designer’s style and pared-back aesthetic. Kelly will be at Brintons’ stand DG9 on 21st November to personally introduce her designs and discuss her inspiration behind the collection.

Throughout its exciting schedule at Clerkenwell Design Week Brintons is inviting design savvy visitors to join them at its London Design Centre between the 24th to the 26th MayBang & Olufsen
Bang & Olufsen, who has long been synonymous with seamlessly integrating innovative sound technology with iconic design, will be launching its brand new BeoSound Shape – a wall-mounted audio system created for the hospitality market. The fully scalable and modular wireless speakers are ideal for hotel lobbies and restaurants and are capable of delivering immersive staging and customisable design layouts whilst improving room acoustics through integrated noise dampers.

Camira Fabrics
Camira Fabrics will be previewing their hospitality range comprising a wide choice of materials from plain fabrics and luxurious leathers to jacquard weaves and bold prints.

hansgrohe
Well-established as a premium bathroom brand supplying hotels around the world, hansgrohe will introduce its latest generation of Select products – RainSelect. This will include the RainSelect control, an intuitive unit providing control of between two to five shower functions, along with the regulation of water temperature and quantity in one convenient unit.

hansgrohe MetropolVitrA
Another much-respected name in bathroom manufacturing, VitrA, will be introducing their Water Jewels Bath, Eternity Accessories by Sebastian Conran, Outline Basins, Suit brassware and Miniworx tiles to the UK market at this year’s Sleep.

Newmor Wallcoverings
Newmor Wallcoverings will be bringing a total of nine new designs to this year’s Sleep: Leaves, Loom, Plateau, Firefly, Harlowe, Harmony, Malazo, Ridge, and Shoji Screen.

Newmor 50th anniversary collectionSan Souci
Sans Souci, known for specialising in the design and production of custom-designed decorative light fixtures, lighting objects and architectural features, will be presenting two new products, developed in collaboration with two international designers. AURORA by Katarina Kotulacova is a dramatic installation made of two-layer hand-blown glass, which uses iPod-controlled, colour-changing LEDs to imitate the aurora borealis, whilst Symphony by Jiri Krisica required applying new coating technology to crystal tubes in a way that produces a subtle and impressively decorative gradient.

CANDIA
Greek mattress manufacturers, CANDIA, has announced a unique new Bodyfix Collection, made entirely by hand by skilled artisans with 100% natural materials and fabrics treated with olive oil. This innovative process offers antibacterial protection whilst also allowing the sleeper to benefit from the restorative properties of the oil.

Moduleo
Moduleo has extended its range of luxury vinyl flooring to include five woods, one stone and three abstract designs. The new wood lines are Santa Cruz Oak, Bohemian and Laurel Oak, providing light washed, chevron and smooth ‘no knot’ effects, as well as rustic-look Sierra Oak and elm-style Marsh Wood in a total of 11 colourways. Their Impress stone design, Mustang Slate, mimics natural slate, whilst their abstract products give 3D illusions and offer flexible finishes.

Moduleo set to Impress with next gen designsFabio Alemanno Design
Fabio Alemanno Design will be bringing their flagship Cleopatra model, infrared heated lounger to Sleep, with exciting new combinations of natural stone. Additionally, they will be showcasing Diva, their latest lounger which utilises high-tech materials and techniques for maximum flexibility and design options.

KAI
KAI is a fabric company producing contract collections that fuse the contemporary with the classic. Ranges to be launched at Sleep include the subtly rustic Basel, Amalfi, sophisticated neutral Como, and quilted satin Tallis.

Ligne Roset
The prominent supplier of luxury furniture, Ligne Roset, whose collections and bespoke pieces grace many a hotel, will be revealing a number of design-led ranges including Amédée by Marie-Christine Dorner, Humphrey by Evangelos Vasileiou, Oxydation by Kateryna Sokolova and Mold by Kateryna Sokolova.

Installations and a thought-provoking Conference with Roundtable discussions, hosted by leading figures within the hotel industry, will take place alongside the exhibition.
For more information about Sleep 2017 and to register for a complementary visitor pass, visit www.thesleepevent.com

Hotel Summit

Hotel Summit 2018 now taking shape…

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Places are filling up for Hotel Summit next year, which will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2018, 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.

Suppliers confirmed to be at the event include Salto Systems, Chroma Global Flooring Solutions, QCR Recycling Equipment, Wandsworth Group and Centrica Business Solutions which have all taken up the Gold Package, while Crosswater and Birchall Tea are attending on a Silver Package.

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

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HD Christmas Meet Up now sold out…

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The Hotel Designs Christmas Meet Up networking event on 8th November (6pm-10pm) at Home House Portman Square in London has now sold out.

Hotel Designs is delighted to announce Marca Corona as headline sponsor of the event, while Boca do Lobo are the event’s style partner – the first time the opportunity has been offered, Boca do Lobo will be responsible for designing the interiors of the Winter Marquee for the event.

The event will see some biggest names in the UK hotel and design industries for an evening of drinks, canapes and an end-of-year celebration.

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The attendee list includes Marriott International, Shangri-La at The Shard, Rosewood London, York & Albany Hotel and The Wellesley Knightsbridge. And from the design world, we are pleased to announce Twenty2Degrees, Areen Design, Atelier Lux and inD Creations, Design Clarity, Milan Babic Architects, Harrier Forde Design, Hendry Associates Architects and ReardonSmith.

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HD Christmas Meet Up: One week to go…

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It’s just one week to go until the Hotel Designs Christmas Meet Up networking event, being held on 8th November at the Home House, Portman Square in London between 6pm-10pm.

We are delighted to announce InterContinental, The Montcalm, The Montague on the Gardens Hotel and Bermondsey Square Hotel will also be in attendance, as well as Design Clarity, Milan Babic Architects, Harrier Forde Design, Hendry Associates Architects and ReardonSmith.

Hotel Designs is delighted to announce Marca Corona as headline sponsor of the event, which takes place on November 8th at Home House in London, from 6pm until 10pm. Boca do Lobo are the event’s style partner – the first time the opportunity has been offered, Boca do Lobo will be responsible for designing the interiors of the Winter Marquee for the event, which has already seen some biggest names in the UK hotel and design industries confirm their place for an evening of drinks, canapes and an end-of-year celebration.

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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 Christmas Meet Up that deliver targeted audiences for its partners’ trade messages.

If you are a suppliers to the hospitality industry looking to meet top names from both industries, contact Jennie Lane on 01992 374098 or on j.lane@forumevents.co.uk – or click here to book your place.

The Christmas Meet Up is completely free for hoteliers and designers; click here to confirm your attendance.

Lighting trends at Decorex 2017

Surface and light – endless solutions at Sleep

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The interaction between surface and light defines a guest’s perceptual experience of the lobby, bar or guestroom – and Sleep holds endless solutions to create this experience.

Enter the show to Johnson Tiles and Quasar Holland, discover new ranges from Mundy Veneer and Hotel Designs clients Chelsom on the Mezzanine level, and be inspired by The Lamp Factory and Alpi in the Gallery.

And keep exploring Sleep – there are over 60 material and lighting brands to discover. Book your ticket for the show here.

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“Lighting within a hotel is of exceptional importance as it provides different moods and holds the power to completely transform spaces from day to night,” says Peter Joehnk, co-managing Director, JOI-Design.

Chelsom: Winner of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise: International Trade 2017, Chelsom will feature stand-out pieces from its Edition 25 collection, designed with the international hospitality marketplace at its core.

Egoluce: Italian brand Egoluce will showcase three new collections at Sleep: Otello, a collection of LED desk lamps; Pupilla, wall lamps; and Megavide ceiling and suspension lights with indirect and diffused illumination.

Mullan Lighting: Mullan will showcase a new range of hotel lights, including Uppsala, which comprises a solid brass, two-arm table lamp and wall light, and the Perth table lamp created with an elegant, slender wooden stem.

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“Our material choices are of the utmost importance and should not only give a sense of luxury, they must also be hardwearing and, wherever possible, sustainable. The natural can be used alongside innovative synthetics to create elegant and imaginative interiors that will stand the test of time,” says David Morris, Creative Director, Studio Proof.

Mundy Veneer: Mundy Veneer inspires top designers and makers by celebrating the huge diversity of wood veneer with a hand-picked and sustainably-sourced imaginative collection plus personalised sampling.

Arte: Arte is a passionate designer & manufacturer of sophisticated wallcoverings.The company, owned by the family Desart, has been in play since 1981. Arte wallcoverings adorn the walls of both residential homes and project interiors in over 80 countries worldwide.

Johnson Tiles: With extensive expertise in the hospitality sector, Johnson Tiles allows designers and architects to create bespoke, tailored schemes for each hotel project.

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Boca Do Lobo announced as Style Partner

HD Meet Up: Boca do Lobo confirmed as Style Partner

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Hotel Designs is delighted to announce Boca do Lobo has been confirmed as Style Partner for the upcoming Christmas Meet Up at Home House in London on 8th November (6pm-10pm).

The first time the opportunity has been offered, Boca do Lobo will be responsible for designing the interiors of the Winter Marquee for the event, which has already seen some biggest names in the UK hotel and design industries confirm their place for an evening of drinks, canapes and an end-of-year celebration.

Boca do Lobo furniture is an exclusive emotional experience, a sense of belonging and a state of mind. The team strives to encourage sensational experiences by creating beautiful pieces which are passionately inspired and handcrafted in Portugal by a staff that loves what they do; experiences which pass on the feeling of exclusivity.

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Their artisan’s wisdom, accumulated from years of experience, is instilled with love and dedication in the art that they perform. No detail or element is overlooked as we offer the best at the frontier between design and art. Each piece will bring you on a journey to sources of pleasure you may have forgotten, and take you to places you have never been before; a journey to Boca do Lobo’s world – a world of emotions.

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Boca do Lobo join Marca Corona (Headline) and AT&C Professional Systems (Showcase) as sponsors/partners for the event.

Boca Do Lobo announced as Style Partner for the HD Christmas Meet UpBarbara Neto, UK Client Relations and Business Development at Boca do Lobo, said: “We are extremely excited about this event, and to be able to bring our pieces in front of an audience of the biggest names in the hotel and design industries, and it’s a great opportunity to meet UK hoteliers, designers and architects and present.”

If you are a suppliers to the hospitality industry looking to meet top names from both industries, contact Jennie Lane on 01992 374098 or on j.lane@forumevents.co.uk – or click here to book your place.

The Christmas Meet Up is completely free for hoteliers and designers; click here to confirm your attendance.

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HD Christmas Meet Up: Just two weeks to go…

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We’re just two weeks from the Hotel Designs Christmas Meet Up networking event, being held on 8th November at the Home House, Portman Square in London between 6pm-10pm.

Already signed up for this festive edition are senior designers from Marriott International, Shangri-La at The Shard, Rosewood London, York & Albany Hotel and The Wellesley Knightsbridge; representatives from the design industry confirmed to attend include Twenty2Degrees, Areen Design, Atelier Lux and inD Creations.

We are now pleased to announce Bermondsey Square Hotel, InterContinental, The Montcalm and The Montague on the Gardens Hotel will also be in attendance. Plus we can now announce Design Clarity, Milan Babic Architects, Harrier Forde Design, Hendry Associates Architects and ReardonSmith.

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Meanwhile, AT&C Professional Systems have been confirmed as Showcase Sponsors at the event. One of the UK’s leading audio visual technology integrators, AT&C will be displaying during the event.

AT&CDo 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 Christmas Meet Up that deliver targeted audiences for its partners’ trade messages.

If you are a suppliers to the hospitality industry looking to meet top names from both industries, contact Jennie Lane on 01992 374098 or on j.lane@forumevents.co.uk – or click here to book your place.

The Christmas Meet Up is completely free for hoteliers and designers; click here to confirm your attendance.

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Christmas Meet Up: Marca Corona named headline sponsor

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We’re just over two weeks away from the Hotel Designs Christmas Meet Up event, which has already seen some biggest names in the UK hotel and design industries confirm their place for an evening of drinks, canapes and an end-of-year celebration.

And Hotel Designs is delighted to announce Marca Corona as headline sponsor of the event, which takes place on November 8th at Home House in London, from 6pm until 10pm.

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Since 1741 Marca Corona has been producing top quality ceramics and has undertaken to spread Made in Italy style worldwide. At the Hotel Designs Christmas Meet Up, Marca Corona Project Division will present 4 brand new collections, just launched at Cersaie 2017, and provide some insights of the wide range of floorings, coverings and mosaics, designed to meet any aesthetical and technical requirement.

“We are extremely proud to attend this international event, next to big names of the hotel and design industries,” says Nick Bicknell, UK Project Division Promoter. “It’s a great opportunity to meet top and emerging UK hoteliers, designers and architects and present Bleecker, Type, Chalk, Maiolica and all our technical solutions,” he added.

If you are a suppliers to the hospitality industry looking to meet top names from both industries, contact Jennie Lane on 01992 374098 or on j.lane@forumevents.co.uk – or click here to book your place.

The Christmas Meet Up is completely free for hoteliers and designers; click here to confirm your attendance.

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

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VitrA joins with world-renowned designers for Sleep

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At Sleep this year (21-22 November 2017), VitrA will be introducing products from world-renowned designers such as Sebastian Conran and Matteo Thun alongside furniture from burgbad, a subsidiary of the Eczacıbaşı Group, and tiles from the company’s own tile division.

Imagined around the concept of ‘Sleeping Beauty’, this year’s display will focus on bathroom accommodation that champions rest, recuperation and relaxation. Suited for all hotel budgets whether refurbishment, new build, off site, budget or grand-luxury specification, highlights on the stand will include the new luxurious Water Jewels bath.

This freestanding 190-by-90cm tub is doubleended and can have a chrome or gold waste. Also on show will be the elegant Outline basins and Suit brassware as well as the Diva 2.0 and Mya furniture ranges from burgbad.

“No matter what kind of hotel or guest house, bathrooms today are about as far from the old basin, pedestal bath and WC as you can get,” comments Margaret Talbot, Marketing Manager of VitrA. “These products are at the luxury end of the market but we offer something to suit every hotel from B&B to five stars. VitrA is very much a dedicated bathroom destination for specifiers and designers as we offer sanitaryware, furniture, accessible products, baths, accessories and brassware as well as the technical knowledge and experience to create stunning bathrooms,” she adds.

The full range will be showcased at the VitrA stand (G17) on 21 and 22 November 2017.

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Fresh inspiration for hotel design from GROHE at Sleep 2017

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Have you booked your tickets to The Sleep Event yet? Visit the only dedicated event for design, architecture and development of hotels.

GROHE will present a selection of new products and will welcome our customers and guests in the VIP Business Lounge.

Time to Rethink the Definition of “Luxury Hotels”
Luxury isn’t what it used to be, at least not for the hotel industry. Traditional concepts of luxury may still have their place in the market but they are increasingly being replaced with new forms, as the tastes, habits and desires of the guests who can afford such properties change. Read more from Matt Turner, Editor-in-Chief at the show’s magazine Sleeper in the GROHE Water Intelligence Enjoyment book.

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The Smart Choice – New Smart Control Concealed

This innovative technology was developed to provide perfect ease of operation: push the button to start the shower, turn to adjust the water volume, and push again to pause or stop the shower. Perfect for hotel use as the intuitive control of the push button is ideal for the first time user.

Have you booked your tickets to The Sleep Event yet? Visit the only dedicated event for design, architecture and development of hotels
You can click here for your free entrance ticket – by pre-registering you will save time getting into the event. At the end of the registration process you will have the additional benefit of entering a draw to win a GROHE Blue Home and GROHE Red.

GROHE VIP Business Lounge (by invitation) and stand G4 opposite the lounge
The Sleep Event, 21st – 22nd November, Business Design Centre, London
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Ahead of the Independent Hotel Show in October, Hotel Designs caught up with the event director Miranda Martin to get her thoughts on this year's edition...

IHS Live 2017: Seminar programme highlights

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Independent Hotel Show has built up a reputation for offering high-quality, focussed and insightful seminars during the two days of the event. This year’s edition has been no different.

Hotel Designs picks out the highlights from Tuesday and Wednesday’s programme…

UK Independent Hotels
This ‘state of the industry’ address featured vital intel on the health of the hospitality sector right now.

Thought Leader Forum
George Titlow hosted a panel featuring some of the finest hospitality minds, as they interpreted the over-arching trends from the show’s in-house expert’s landmark presentation. 

Power Couples: Owners and Operators
Owners aren’t always operators – too many hotel success stories include a driven, savvy entrepreneur working alongside an experienced hospitality professional. 

I’m With the Brands: Partnerships
‘Brand partnerships’ – that’s shrewd hook-ups with other like-minded businesses are an excellent way to accelerate the growth of your brand identity.

The Guest Journey: Stairways to Heaven
The ‘guest journey’ refers to your customers’ sensory experience, and its consistent presence during their stay from the satisfying crunch of the gravel on the driveway to the cosy glow of the bedside…

Oh! What a Lovely Brexit!
Tourism is one British industry that actually could benefit from the infamous referendum result and with hotel bookings from abroad up, it actually already is. 

The New Era of F&B
Formal hotel dining is a thing of the past, and while Britain may be leaving the EU cosmopolitan, continental dining habits will thankfully be sticking around.

Instagram 1.01
The hot photo-sharing application is considered the lifestyle sector’s most powerful social media tool. But it can be harder to have a ‘lit feed’ than it first appears…

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IHS 2017 Live: The ‘Perfect Hotel Bedroom’

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What makes the ‘perfect hotel bedroom’? New for this year’s show – the Independent Hotel Show is trying to determine exactly that.

Having commissioned a survey of consumers to find out their preferences and tastes, they assigned the design of the perfect hotel bedroom, which is to be presented by Chic Retreats.

Questions in the survey revolved around the design of the room, bedding, lighting, technology and many other factors.

The results formed the basis of a report which dictated the design of the room – being carried out by Harriet Forde Design Studio – and can be seen in person at this year’s show.

Some of Hotel Designs’ clients that contributed and supplied to the project include Hypnos Beds, Vaughan, Chelsom and Hamilton Litestat.

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IHS 2017 Live: Join Hotel Designs at the biggest event of the year…

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This year’s Independent Hotel Show, the most comprehensive and best loved business event on the market for the luxury, boutique and independent hotel sector, is now open!

With record hotelier attendance in 2016 and 66% of exhibitors already booked into their stands for 2017, the buoyancy of the industry is clear and the organisers are thrilled to provide a means to support this exciting and flourishing sector year on year.

According to the Tourism Alliance, the numbers of international travellers to the UK are rising. A weaker pound will drive an increase in staycations, and now more than ever, hoteliers need to invest in their properties to ensure they keep up with the competition.

Moreover the growth of the number of hotel rooms in the UK shows no sign of slowing. With 11,400 regional and 7,200 London rooms due to be added to the hotel supply chain in 2017 alone, the business opportunities are vast.

Comprised of a curated exhibition of over 300 suppliers, a complimentary programme of educational seminars, multiple networking opportunities and the Independent Hotel Show Awards; the Independent Hotel Show is proven to bring thousands of hoteliers together to share ideas, do business and network.

You can join Hotel Designs at our stand on M5 at this year’s show. . .

BCFA Open - Manchester

BCFA’s Manchester Open held at Museum of Science & Industry

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The BCFA Open series continued last week on 4th and 5th October with its second Manchester Open hosted at the iconic Museum of Science & Industry.

Held on the second floor of the Museum, in a light and airy space, this exhibition gave you the opportunity to meet and catch up with 27 BCFA Members based in the north and see their latest and best contract furnishing products.

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Style Library Stand – BCFA Open

A small but quality event meant that you were really able to talk to the exhibitors. Some of the stands that really stood out were Maine who showcased some amazing rust-effect cabinets; Johnson Tiles whose simple yet elegant stand showed off their products beautifully; and Tektura Wallcoverings who had a monochrome and bold geometric theme for their stand.

The first day was concluded with a ‘In Conversation With’ discussion which was led by Tonje Odegard from SPACE magazine who discussed the hospitality market with Founder and Creative Director of NoChintz, Lucy Goddard.

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They touched on the importance of ‘Instagram-ability’ of a space today, discussing how the smaller details are important and how the end-user really appreciates them. They also went on to discuss new hotel concepts that we are increasingly seeing pop up including a trend towards the ‘new-age’ style like, forest retreats or yoga inspired hotels.

Following the discussion guests and exhibitors could enjoy a well-deserved drink and were treated to a selection of tasty nibbles and canapes. Throughout both days there was also a chance to get your hands-dirty and get involved with some creative workshops. These included the return of the wonderful Patternistas who held their pattern-making workshop. You could also practice your print-making techniques with Sheffield-based artist Samantha Groom.

www.BCFAopen.com

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Christmas Meet Up: A month to go…

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We’re a month away from the Hotel Designs Christmas Meet Up event, which has already seen some biggest names in the UK hotel and design industries confirm their place for an evening of drinks, canapes and an end-of-year celebration.

Embrace the spirit of the holidays a little early this year and join us all at Hotel Designs as we usher in the end of the year with a bang at Home House in Marylebone, London on 8th November 2017 from 6-10pm.

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The attendee list is filling up, with some fantastic representatives from across the hotel and design industry making an appearance. Last month we announced Marriott International, Shangri-La at The Shard, Rosewood London, York & Albany Hotel and The Wellesley Knightsbridge. We are now pleased to announce Bermondsey Square Hotel, InterContinental, The Montcalm and The Montague on the Gardens Hotel will also be in attendance.

Home House Winter Marquee.Attendees from firms in the design industry already confirmed to attend included Twenty2Degrees, Areen Design, Atelier Lux and inD Creations. We can now announce Design Clarity, Milan Babic Architects, Harrier Forde Design, Hendry Associates Architects and ReardonSmith.

If you are a suppliers to the hospitality industry looking to meet top names from both industries, contact Jennie Lane on 01992 374098 or on j.lane@forumevents.co.uk – or click here to book your place.

The Christmas Meet Up is completely free for hoteliers and designers; click here to confirm your attendance.

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Brit List 2017: Designer Profiles

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In the coming weeks, Hotel Designs will be profiling the 50 finalists in the HD Brit List 2017 – this week, we continue profiling our winning designers…

MICHAEL SIMMONS – SPACE I.D.
Space I.D. was founded by three award winning directors from one of the premier European design agencies – Michael Simmons being one of them – who oversee a core team consisting of passionate and dedicated interior designers and architects. Space I.D. clients in Dubai and neighbouring emirates in the UAE include the likes of Forte Grand, Hilton Hotels, Hyatt, IHG and Sheraton.

Closer to home, Space I.D. has worked on projects in both England and Scotland; including Boclair House Hotel in Glasgow, Vermont Hotel in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Ramside Hall in Durham and Aysgarth Falls in the Yorkshire Dales.

CONRAD SMITH – REARDONSMITH ARCHITECTS
Conrad died suddenly on October 3, 2016, which caused a seismic shock amongst his many friends and throughout the industry he served. Conrad had practiced as an architect specialising in the hotel and leisure sector for over 30 years.

As managing director of ReardonSmith Architects for two decades, he helped develop the business into an award-winning and internationally respected practice, broadening the project portfolio to include a full spectrum of hospitality work across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. We, his friends and colleagues, miss him still.

MICHAEL SQUIRE – SQUIRE AND PARTNERS
Under senior partner Michael’s guidance, Squire and Partners is an architecture and design practice of some 150 employees with experience spanning four decades, earning it an international reputation for rigorously detailed design.

In addition to architectural design, the practice has a dedicated interior design department, which has created a number of bespoke hospitality product ranges over the years – including The Bulgari Hotel & Residences London, St. Edmund’s Terrace, The Rockwell Hotel and at The Knightsbridge. Michael’s work over the years has led him to being called an ‘understated master of architecture.’

ARIANE STEINBECK – RPW DESIGN
Ariane’s award-winning career has spanned throughout the United States, Asia and Europe, with key projects featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and CNN. Among the many projects she has worked on, highlights include the refurbishment of the Peninsula flagship – the Peninsula Hong Kong, the storied Fairmont St. Andrews and the historic Marriott County Hall in London.

Ariane was appointed the firm’s Managing Director to build on RPW’s considerable worldwide recognition, adding a new dimension to existing skills and contributing to the performance of the many successful projects. An ideal complement, Ariane and the RPW team combine their skills into an exciting synthesis of talent and personality. She is also an active contributor to the hospitality and interior design industry, serving as a frequent speaker and mentor.

PATRICK TYBERGHEIN – CARTERTYBERGHEIN
As managing director at CARTERTYBERGHEIN, Patrick leads a strong, talented team of creative interior designers, architects and support staff all passionate about their work. Brought up in France, Patrick studied interior architecture in Paris and moved to London honing his skills working with several renowned interior designers before establishing his London-based firm in 1997.

The work carried out by the firm at the Hotel le Chalet Blanc, Montgenevre, in France has piqued considerable interest around the sector – so much so, it has led Patrick to be included in this year’s Brit List.

Christmas Meet Up: List of attendees keeps on growing…

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We’re not far away from the Hotel Designs Christmas Meet Up event, which will see some of the biggest names in the UK hotel and design industries all in one room for an evening of drinks, canapes and a end-of-year celebration.

Embrace the spirit of the holidays a little early this year and join us all at Hotel Designs as we usher in the end of the year with a bang.

The attendee list is filling up, with some fantastic representatives from across the hotel and design industry; including Marriott International, Shangri-La at The Shard, Rosewood London, York & Albany Hotel and The Wellesley Knightsbridge. And attendees from firms from the design industry confirmed to attend include Twenty2Degrees, Areen Design, Atelier Lux and inD Creations.

If you are a suppliers to the hospitality industry looking to meet top names from both industries, contact Jennie Lane on 01992 374098 or on j.lane@forumevents.co.uk – or click here to book your place.

The Christmas Meet Up is completely free for hoteliers and designers; click here to confirm your attendance.

Biggest issues, hottest trends at IHS 2017

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The hotel industry’s biggest issues and hottest trends will be put under the spotlight at this year’s Independent Hotel Show in partnership with James Hallam.

Returning for its sixth year at Olympia London, the Show on 17th and 18th October will provide a hotbed of ideas and inspiration for those working in the hotel industry.

Thought-provoking and inspiring seminars will take place over both days in three areas: The Business Theatre, The Innovation Stage and Gymnasium for The Mind by Shape with more than 100 hotel professionals speaking in 30 seminars and workshops covering areas such as design, recruitment, technology, marketing and health and well-being.

On Wednesday 18th October head to the Innovation Stage to find out about the latest design innovations in Design Forum 2107 before visiting Gymnasium for The Mind to hear Hotel Designs editor Daniel Fountain and fellow experts discuss how technology is shaping design.

The show embraces this year’s strongest design trends: natural and individual combined with clever lighting.

Benedict Wilhelm, who is designing the Show’s main networking area – The Lobby – this year, says hotel design now includes a stronger emphasis on combining more tactile, natural, raw materials with carefully designed details.

Harriet Forde, founder of Harriet Forde Design, who will create a live version of The Perfect Hotel Bedroom – a new feature for this year – agrees that the use of natural materials as well as clever lighting have become an integral part of hotel bedroom design.

“Lighting… can make a huge difference to the ambience of a bedroom,” she says. “Meanwhile, natural materials in hotel accommodation is increasing, with wooden floors gaining popularity as well as the use of marble and coloured glass.”

Other hotel trends highlighted and discussed in more detail at #IHS17 include an emphasis on sourcing more local produce, personalised marketing, mindfulness and smarter staffing.

To register to attend the Independent Hotel Show 2017, visit www.independenthotelshow.co.uk

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Hansgrohe, AXOR to attend Sleep 2017

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From 21st – 22nd November 2017, the AXOR and hansgrohe brands will once again exhibit at Sleep – the Hotel Design event in London, on Stand G23 in the Business Design Centre, Islington.

AXOR and hansgrohe are well-established bathroom brands serving global hotel brands through to independent boutique hotels. With more than 800 WRAS approved products and over 116 years of experience, quality and reliability come as standard.

Hansgrohe, AXOR at Sleep 2017At the Sleep Event, the AXOR brand will present an inspiring portfolio of products with trend-setting solutions for hotel bathrooms including the award-winning AXOR Uno collection and AXOR 350 overhead shower which showcases a revolutionary new spray type: PowderRain which envelops the skin like a silky rain shower and completes the luxurious shower experience.

Hansgrohe, AXOR at Sleep 2017From the hansgrohe brand, taking centre stage is the new RainSelect control – an intuitive unit providing control of between two to five shower functions, along with the regulation of water temperature and quantity in one convenient unit. Jay Phillips, Director of Sales – Global Projects, comments, “hansgrohe RainSelect is the latest generation of Select products to incorporate forward-thinking push button technology, something the hansgrohe brand developed with Select five years ago.

Taking the simplicity of showering to another level, its clean uncluttered look creates a lavish sense of space and features large buttons for ease of use. Incorporating reliable technology and with no electricity required, it offers a hassle-free installation process which is ideal for premium high quality hotels.”

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Hotel Tech Live 2017

Hotel Tech Live: Sneak Peek

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Here are some of the highlights of the two-day event Hotel Tech Live – find Hotel Designs on stand 4102…

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Hotel Tech Live: Tuesday’s seminar highlights

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Hotel Tech Live is now underway and Hotel Designs can bring you some of the highlights of the fantastic speaker programme at this year’s event live from the floor of the show…

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11.45 – Keynote Theatre 2 – Magdelana Osmola – Marketing Director at the Macdonald Monchique, Portugal – The presentation will look at challenges of getting a new hotel brand noticed in a saturated market. We will look at practicalities of an integrated marketing strategy and its implementation – what worked and what did not, no secrets! A down to earth review of new and old techniques (blogger outreach, online PR, email, PPC, content, brand identity). We will also look at what’s next for the travel industry covering most up to date trends.

12.30 – Theatre Hall 4 – David Beasley, VIP Worldwide – How to drive engagement, reach a wider audience, increase booking revenue and excite your customers using Virtual Reality, Film, Video Marketing and Video for Social Media. David will be sharing his insights on why the moving image should be an integral part of your marketing strategy.

14.00 – Theatre Hall 3 – Larry Mogelonsky – Leading hospitality consultant, writer – Travellers have more options now than ever before and they know where to find the best deals. If your brand doesn’t differentiate itself, it will be left behind in the face of alternate lodgings, meta-search, mobile booking behavior and a host of other industry disruptors. The key differentiating factor for all properties is its guest service delivery, and technological innovations can be applied to many hotel operations to keep this in top shape.

15.00 – Panel Theatre Hall – Guest Personalisation and loyalty through Technology – Due to the latest advancements in technology, hoteliers now have greater access to customer data, enabling them to give their guests a more personalised experience and create long-lasting customer relationships. As a result, personalisation has emerged as the hottest new trend for 2017. Sit in on this session to brush up on how you can foster greater loyalty by creating a more personalised guest experience for your customers.

16,15 – Keynote Theatre 2 – John Abbot – Director of Business Growth, Yoti – We can board planes, watch TV and buy stuff with our phones but we still have to carry paper ID documents. It just doesn’t make any sense. Imagine a world where your customers had their IDs on their phones. Door staff wouldn’t need to worry about fake IDs. You wouldn’t need to spend your Monday mornings trying to track down owners of lost IDs. You could even let your customers pour themselves a beer – no need for your staff to check their ID because your customer can prove their ID to the pump with their phone. Magic. Yoti is your ID on your phone and a global identity platform that lets businesses verify their customers’ identities in seconds. We have teamed up with DrinkCommand and Deltic group to make the future of self-service age verification a reality today.

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Hotel Tech Live: Visit Hotel Designs on 4102

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Hotel Tech Live – running alongside several design and technology shows – is the UK’s biggest event for the technology, systems, products, and services that are breaking new ground in the hotel and hospitality sector.

As technology becomes more critical to the hotel and hospitality industries, Hotel Tech Live provides you with an unprecedented opportunity to find the very latest cutting edge supplies designed to create a truly unforgettable experience for your customers, from the innovators behind these industry-transforming solutions.

With hundreds of companies exhibiting at the event showing off the latest technology, tools, systems and advancements and the very future of the hotel industry, there will be no shortage of people to meet and things to see. Meanwhile, the show brings some of the brightest and ambitious minds who, across two days of seminars and panels, will be sharing their insight and knowledge on how hoteliers can transform their business for the future.

Hotel Designs will be exhibiting at both days of the show, come along and say hello to editor Daniel Fountain and sales manager Jennie Lane on stand 4102

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.

Brit List 2017: Designer Profiles

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In the coming weeks, Hotel Designs will be profiling the 50 finalists in the HD Brit List 2017 – this week, we continue profiling our winning designers…

DEXTER MOREN – DEXTER MOREN ASSOCIATES
Dexter is the founding director of Dexter Moren Associates and is recognised as an industry leader in the hotel & leisure sector. DMA is an award-winning hotel, hospitality and residential architects & interior designer firm based in London. Over the last quarter of a century, it has established a worldwide reputation in the hotel sector.

DMA projects in recent years include New Drum Street Hotel in Aldgate, Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre and Llana Beach Resort in Cape Verde. However it’s for his work at Hilton London Bankside which Dexter is being recognised here tonight.

BEE OSBORN – BEE OSBORN INTERIORS
Bee is renowned for creating beautiful spaces and over the past two decades she has designed a vast array of residential and commercial properties, both in the UK and overseas. Bee draws inspiration from classic design and proportion, but always likes to infuse her work with a modern up to date energy. She is passionate about lighting, considering it key to any project.

Bee has recently worked on Hotel Le Toiny, St. Barts where the goal of the refurbishment for Osborn Interiors was to bring a hint of glamour to the public spaces, without compromising on the comfort which is the focus of this hotel.

JANINE POWELL – HAMPTON DESIGN STUDIOS
Hampton Design Studios was established in 2005 and has forged a reputation in architectural interiors and the hotel & leisure sector. Working closely with architects, hotel chains and contractors, award-winning Janine Powell heads up the design team, offering a tailor-made service. She personally oversees every project from the beginning through to completion, ensuring the company’s reputation for innovative design, quality, style and attention to detail is delivered on all projects.

The company has extensive experience in both new build and refurbishment projects, working throughout the UK, Europe and Africa. Hampton Design provides a full design service, from initial concept sketches, design boards, drawings and specification documents through to ‘turn key solutions’.

SARAH RAMSBOTTOM – ELLE R LEISURE
Sarah runs the in-house interior design team at Elle R Leisure, which recently acquired Soughton Hall, and has taken the lead in the £150,000 transformation of the former stately home in north Wales.

Sarah Ramsbottom is joint Managing Director with her husband James of Castlefield-based Elle R Leisure which is well-known for its successful Dukes 92 and Albert’s Restaurants in Manchester.

They also own a luxury Leeds boutique historic hotel specialising in weddings called Woodlands. The ‘Downton Abbey’ style former mansion house in Flintshire has been voted as one of the UK’s top 10 hotels because of its stylish interior.

DEEMA SAHYOUN – inD CREATIONS
Having worked as a product designer at the beginning of her career, and falling into a hotel design job by chance, Deema fell in love with the hospitality sector – especially as she puts it: ‘the creativity it allows, the challenges you face and the joy you can bring people through a space is my favourite.’

Freelancing for around five years, Deema then started her own firm – inD Creations – and in the four years since has crafted a niche for herself in the boutique and independent hotel, where Deema says it’s more rewarding to ‘create beauty on a tighter budget’.

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Decorex 2017: Successful show for Hypnos, exhibiting to thousands

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Multi award-winning British bed manufacturer and Royal Warrant holder Hypnos, exhibited its latest collections to thousands of attendees at this year’s Decorex show in London.

From September 17th–20th, Hypnos showcased its latest innovations to interior designers, including the Regal Signature no turn mattress, a luxury, handcrafted product and the new Paris sofa bed, specifically designed to meet the demands and rigours of the hospitality sector.

The bed manufacturer also showcased its Continental split divan, Alpaca topper and stylish Eleanor headboard, along with the company’s latest fabric collections.

Clare Taylor, Marketing Manager at Hypnos, comments: “Unveiling our new range of products and fabrics at Decorex was a huge success. We were able to showcase our latest innovations to thousands of interior designers, demonstrating first hand just how versatile our range is.

“The Hypnos brand is synonymous with luxury, quality and the ultimate in comfort and support, enabling designers and accommodation providers to trust that our products will ensure their clients get a great night’s sleep.”

Hypnos specialises in the production and installation of supremely comfortable, hygienic and safe mattresses, beds and sofa beds for the hospitality and retail markets. It also provides a supreme range of design-led, comfort focused beds for retailers and designers.

It is this dedication and attention to detail which has won Hypnos numerous awards, including the prestigious Queens Award for Enterprise for International Trade and most recently the National Bed Federation’s 2017 “Bed Manufacturer of the Year” accolade.

Furthermore, the Hypnos brand is reinforced by a rich heritage and royal warrant which has been appointed by HRH the Queen. It is this reputation for superior quality and expertise that has allowed Hypnos to cement this prestigious reputation both in the UK and around the world.

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Decorex 2017: Cultural-Agenda’s client launches on show

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With Decorex International 2017 fast approaching, here’s a pick of Cultural-Agenda client product launches, events and installations to look out for at the UK’s leading destination for interior design…

DEDAR
Dedar will present its new collections at Decorex International 2017. The firm will launch a tactile collection of wallcoverings inspired by traditional Chinese lacquerware techniques. Developed using a unique beeswax coating, the vinyl wallcoverings have a singular luminous look with superior resistance and fire retardancy, perfect for the contract and hospitality sectors. Natural wood tones, pops of geometric colour, ancient lacquer shades, metallic finishes and precious metal hues combine to create lavish contemporary wallcoverings.

Stand D30 / For further information or if you wish to make an appointment please contact dedar@cultural-agenda.com

SHALINI MISRA
Shalini Misra unveils a spectacular concept at Decorex International’s prestigious Champagne Bar, inspired by The Great Exhibition of 1851. Celebrating the show’s 40th anniversary, the design will feature a dramatic central canopy in red velvet, a ruby-shaped bar with metallic fretwork and a bespoke chandelier featuring handcrafted parrots and a waterfall design.

For further information or if you wish to make an appointment please contact shalini@cultural-agenda.com

Cultural-Agenda clients at DecorexVANDERHURD
Vanderhurd launches new A/W rug collection and fabric collection at Decorex 2017. Internatioanlly acclaimed bespoke luxury textile maker will present two of its new collections at Decorex international for the first time. The new Autumn/Winter 2017 rug collection, “From the Point” will be presented alongside new fabric design ‘Aerial’ as well as fresh new colourways to some of its most popular embroidered collections: Verde, Saffron, Aqua, Lapiz, Cloud and Blush.

Stand A40 / For further information or if you wish to make an appointment please contact vanderhurd@cultural-agenda.com

VISPRING
Vispring will showcase its exclusive collection with Missoni Home at Decorex 2017. At this year’s Decorex International, British luxury bed maker Vispring will present a limited-edition bed collection designed using iconic fabrics from renowned Italian brand Missoni Home. The designs demonstrate Vispring’s exceptional craftsmanship and combines its bespoke expertise with Missoni Home’s creativity and fashion influence.

Stand E49 / For further information or if you wish to make an appointment please contact vispring@cultural-agenda.com

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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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Brit List 2017: Designer profiles

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In the coming weeks, Hotel Designs will be profiling the 50 finalists in the HD Brit List 2017 – this week, we continue profiling our winning designers…

DENNIS IRVINE – DENNIS IRVINE STUDIO
Dennis’ background in interior design is a rich one having grown up drawing and making, his passion for all things creative led him to studying interior architecture, to working with Mary Fox Linton to eventually setting up his eponymous design studio. It’s from this standpoint that Dennis was tasked with breathing new life into the Estate House, Jumby Bay in Antigua.

Combining the colonial impressions of the main resort with a contemporaneous perspective on the locale, the Estate House’s redesign represented a challenge of capturing the spirit of the island, something wholly embraced by Dennis.

EMMA KING – INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL GROUP
Emma leads InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) Interior Design team in Europe and is responsible for the design, development and product quality of all new openings andEmma King refurbishments. Since joining IHG in January 2013, Emma has become an integral part of the Design & Engineering team. She is leading the design of IHG’s big capital investments including InterContinental London Park Lane, InterContinental Paris Le Grand and InterContinental Berlin.

Emma and her team have been instrumental in positioning the Hotel Indigo brand with a “neighbourhood story” led design for each site. No brand has been left untouched, with IHG’s long stay offering, Staybridge Suites, also being redesigned with investment potential in mind.

JOHN LEWIS – RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL
John LewisRichmond have designed some of the world’s most prestigious hotels, in locations from London to Barbados, since its establishment in 1966. John Lewis, as an associate, forms part of the team of directors and designers who have worked on Richmond’s projects in recent years which include London West Hollywood, The Beaumont Hotel and Hilton Opera Paris.

Perhaps the most striking project in the last two years has been Richmond’s work at The Langham London on its Regent Wing, as part of the hotel’s 150-year anniversary celebrations, with suites designed to incorporate Regency-style design with ‘modernised, discrete technology’.

ANDREW LINWOOD – AREEN DESIGN
As head of Areen Hospitality, Andrew is involved in a host of aspects surrounding a project from inception to installation. He has designed interiors for many of the world’s leading hotel groups from Hilton to Marriott, Radisson to Starwood.

An Interior Design degree-holder, having worked in the UK, across Europe, and in both Hong Kong and Singapore; Andrew has been monumental in making Areen Hospitality the force in the interior design world it currently is. Areen Hospitality has projects under way in Europe, the MENA region, India, Central Asia and China.

DAVID MELLOR – DAVID RICHARD MELLOR DESIGN
David’s key aim with his commercial interior design service is to create ‘inspiring environments’ that welcome and relax. His bespoke approach to each project and contemporary design solutions are used to transform and optimise the hotel spaces around the country; whether it is a hotel requiring a complete refurbishment or a specific rooms in need of a refresh.

His work can be found in The Royal Oak Hotel in Welshpool, The Churchill in York, The Crown Hotel, Harrogate; Corus Hotels as well as several Best Western properties.

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Lighting trends at Decorex 2017

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For forty years, Decorex has been the UK’s leading luxury interiors showcase and where the design-minded come to discover trends and gain new inspiration from over 400 exhibitors and this year will be no exception.

Showing the bright side of design will be London-based designers Margit Wittig, Naomi Paul and Sotis Studio, exhibiting pieces made from a range of materials; ceramics, textiles, bronze and resin.

With designs inspired by those of the historical architect, Lutyens will be adding a nod to the past with their furniture and lighting collections. Among those illuminating this year’s sculptural trends are hand-blown glass specialist Curiousa and Curiousa and glassware installation brand Lasvit.


Lighting at Decorex 2017: 1. 24 carat gold, black and textured pendant lights by Sotis Studio, (www.sotis.co.uk)
2. ‘Crystal Rock’ light by Arik Levy for Lasvit, (www.lasvit.com) 3. Table Lamp by Lutyens Contemporary, (www.lutyens-contemporary.com4. ‘Simple Shade 5’ by Naomi Paul, (www.naomipaul.co.uk) 5. bespoke floor lamp by Margit Wittig, (www.margitwittig.com) 6. ‘Tigerlily’ light by Curiousa & Curiousa (www.curiousa.co.uk)

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In the coming weeks, Hotel Designs will be profiling the 50 finalists in the HD Brit List 2017 – this week, we continue profiling our winning designers…

ANDY COOPER – OULSNAM DESIGN
Andy is a RIBA-accredited architect with Oulsnam Design, the brainchild of David and Georgina Oulsnam, and architecture and interior design firm based in Bakewell, with 35 years’ experience working in the Peak District National Park. Some of the recent projects Oulsnam Design has worked on include:
– The Belfry Hotel, Birmingham
– Bagshaw Hall & Lodge, Derbyshire
– Fischers Baslow Hall Hotel, Derbyshire
– The Maynard Hotel, Grindleford, Sheffield
– Worplesdon Place Hotel, Guildford

HELEN FEWSTER – SUNA INTERIOR DESIGN
Suna Interior Design is an award-winning boutique interior design consultancy who provide interior services for property developers and the hospitality industry. This year’s Brit List finalist Helen heads up the London-based studio alongside Rebecca Tucker, and takes great pride in the work Suna carries out all with a consistently personal service.

Carried out earlier this decade, a recent commercial highlight in the Suna portfolio was the work Helen and her team completed at Flemings Mayfair; after an initial design for five rooms, Suna were commissioned with six further designs across 50 rooms at the iconic Mayfair property.

LUCY GODDARD – NOCHINTZ
Lucy has owned and been creative director of NoChintz for a decade now; according to the company ethos NoChintz believes in good old-fashioned hard work and creativity. It balances cool with commercial to inspire and delight.

The company started life delivering contemporary furniture packs to property developers. A few private residential briefs and several commercial projects later, NoChintz quickly became one of the UK’s leading creative interior design studios with a portfolio of over 1000 projects and more than 250 clients – including The Inn at John O’Groats.

MICHELLE HOLLAND – GODDARD LITTLEFAIR
Goddard Littlefair Associate Michelle Holland joined the firm in early 2013 and has since worked on luxury show-flat schemes for the Canaletto in City Road; international hotel schemes for Corinthia and Hilton Hotels in Budapest and Cologne and on a number of major rebranded refurbishments for Starwood’s Principal Hotel Group in Glasgow, Edinburgh and York.

Although Michelle enjoys the full design process, her particular passion is the creative concept stages and project specification. She has no fear of numbers or figures, but is always happiest at the outset, putting together fabulous colour schemes, mood boards and sketches.

NICHOLAS HOLLINSHEAD – NH INTERIORS
Nicholas is renowned for his motto: “…minimalism is not a word in my vocabulary.” And that should give you some idea of how he approaches his work and the projects his NH Interiors firm are commissioned with. For more than ten years, Nicholas has been involved with leisure, private residence and hospitality projects providing interior design and consultancy services.

His work at Bovey Castle Hotel in Dartmoor, a luxury hotel in Devon, saw a £2 million restoration and refurbishment of the property. Nicholas’ work spanned the entire ground floor, transforming the restaurant, the bistro and the public rooms, plus a new boutique shop and the spa which has been refurbished in an Art Deco style.

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In Conversation: Miranda Martin, IHS event director

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Ahead of the Independent Hotel Show in October, Hotel Designs caught up with the event director Miranda Martin to get her thoughts on this year’s edition…

Hotel Designs: First off, how is everything going with the show planning?
Miranda Martin: We have a simply brilliant team of people here at Independent Hotel HQ. We’re super committed to delivering great experiences for everyone who attends the show. Every detail matters and a huge amount of effort has gone into making this edition remarkable. I’m confident that this year will truly be the best yet. We’re lucky because we’re confined by a finite space in the halls so when the stands sell out we get to focus on making the rest of the show even better.

One of the key tasks for this year was to focus on turning the heat up on design. Our exhibitor list is reflective of the hard work the team have put into researching and discovering brilliant brands to bring value and inspiration to our audience of luxury and boutique hoteliers. And the designed features at the show are the ‘pièce de résistance’. I can’t wait for people to see them.

Ahead of the Independent Hotel Show in October, Hotel Designs caught up with the event director Miranda Martin to get her thoughts on this year's edition...HD: Could you tell us what familiar features of the Independent Hotel Show guests can expect this year, but also anything new with this year’s edition we can look forward to?
MM: As always, guests can expect a strong line up of speakers revealing trends and practical solutions, together with a fully relevant collection of exhibiting companies showing the latest products and services available for hoteliers today.

New for this year’s event we have introduced ‘The Perfect Hotel Bedroom’ thread in partnership with Chic Retreats. We conducted a consumer survey to help generate answers around what makes the perfect hotel bedroom. And Harriet Forde Design studio is bringing that to life at the show. We propose to bring you ‘The Perfect Hotel Bedroom’ at the Independent Hotel Show. Come tell us what you think!

The Gymnasium for The Mind is a new concept too. Taking on board mindfulness and wellbeing trends as well as the need to mix up the format of the ‘stuff to do’ at the show, we’ve introduced a workshop area where guests will be encouraged to remove shoes and coats, sit on gym balls, and get stuck in; exercising their minds in an unusual format. Workshop topics will include design, artificial intelligence, cyber-crime prevention and spas for men….

HD: What are the key things you hope guests come away with from the show?
MM: The discovery of something they’ve never seen before; connections and relationships that will change their businesses forever; inspiration and motivation to make change and having had a terrific experience.

HD: Just how important are shows like IHS to the industry?
MM: We strive to serve and support independent hoteliers from across the land to help them stay current and deliver unforgettable experiences for their guests whilst optimising profitability and efficiency.

Ahead of the Independent Hotel Show in October, Hotel Designs caught up with the event director Miranda Martin to get her thoughts on this year's edition...Consumer demand changes at a rapid pace and so must the hotel industry if it wishes to keep up. We offer an annual touch point where hoteliers can network with likeminded people, see the latest products and hear future forecasts and trends. It’s the industry’s show. It’s a great show. It’s a great opportunity. You never know what connections you could make in a face to face environment. Done right, business events of this kind are invaluable.

HD: Thinking about the wider industry, how do you see Brexit affecting the independent/boutique market?
MM: Occupancy reports from this quarter have been hugely positive with an increase in inbound tourism and staycations. I don’t think hoteliers need to fear for a lack of demand
Of course staffing issues will arise but I see this as an opportunity for hoteliers to reimagine their recruitment and training processes, perhaps creating better opportunities in hospitality careers. I think people are going to have to up their game to make their businesses attractive places to work.

Attend our talk ‘Oh! What a Lovely Brexit!’ at the show to find out how Tourism can benefit from a new 21st century ‘Brand Britain’.


HD: And what trends are you seeing coming to the fore in this market?

MM: Mindfulness is everywhere, infiltrating many industries and led ultimately by a widespread consumer interest, hence our introduction of the Gymnasium for the Mind.
People are the priority. In a Brexit landscape, there are natural concerns about our workforce thus there’s a push on recruiting, training and creating an attractive career proposition for domestic staff. The show this year will focus heavily on this in our role of supporting independent hoteliers.


A focus on sustainable and seasonal menus, a continuation of a trend we’ve seen growing every year of the show, with a strong focus on grow-your-own, locally sourced, authentic propositions that are becoming increasingly supplier-led. Brand extensions – clever and strategic partnerships to engage the right type of consumer with your brand and widen your marketing message.

HD: Lastly, what does the future have in store for IHS – is expansion on the horizon?
MM: We have big plans. Not for this small but perfectly formed London edition… watch this space!

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17-18 October 2017, Olympia London

Rhu hotel declared hotel restaurant of the year

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The Garden Rooms Restaurant at the Rhu’s Rosslea Hall Hotel has been awarded the title of ‘Hotel restaurant of the Year’ at The Food Awards Scotland.

The hotel is managed by the leading independent hotel management in Britain, which holds national recognition in the hospitality industry through its partnership with some of the most prestigious international hotel brands, including IHG, Hilton, Accor, Marriott and Wyndham.

The win comes following head chef Tony Quinn’s regional success in the South West category for the last two consecutive years, and the team believe the locally sourced fresh produce and first-class service are the winning properties they will continue to champion into 2018 and beyond.

“We are over the moon that our Garden Rooms Restaurant has been recognised on the national stage by The Food Awards Scotland,” said Don McGregor, general manager of Rosslea Hall Hotel. “Tony and his team were up against some fantastic Scottish hotel restaurants and to pick up the overall award for Scotland shows they really are doing something right.”

Brit List 2017: Designer profiles

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In the coming weeks, Hotel Designs will be profiling the 50 finalists in the HD Brit List 2017 – this week, we start with the first five designers…

ROBERT ANGELL – ROBERT ANGELL DESIGN INTERNATIONAL
Robert AngellBorn and raised in Dorset, Robert’s passion for design started at a young age when he became fascinated with making and creating things. Robert began his career being mentored by the late great David Collins, working together for 15 years, before launching his own design studio: Robert Angell Design International in 2010.

Since then, Robert has developed his own timeless and bespoke style, with design steeped in masterful glamour and luxury; he has designed some of the most talked-about hospitality spaces including the Award-winning Piccolino Cicchetti, London and Marcus at The Berkeley.

SUSIE ATKINSON – STUDIO ATKINSON
Recognising the importance of how a space will be used and that the architecture is only ever enhanced by a considered interior finish, Susie’s designs eschew the ‘fashionable’Susie Atkinson to bring a room to life with exquisite colours, contrasting textures, surprising and delightful pieces of furniture.

She builds on these elements in a design process that is about the balance of texture and mixing these with different textured surfaces such as wood, zinc or granite. Her timeless interiors can be found in private country houses, London town houses, boutique hotels – including Babington House – clubs, restaurants and spas.

GRAEME BANKS – BARR + WRAY
Graeme BanksWith 50 years’ experience Barr + Wray are the UK’s leading provider of spa engineering solutions and ideas for water and thermal experiences. Most of the spas commissioned are located within hotels and resorts of exceptional style and presence and their aim is to design and build spas to compliment a guest’s surroundings in every respect.

Graeme is design director at B+W’s Dubai office, and has played a crucial role in the operational design, interior design and technical design that goes towards creating B+W’S ‘unique spa experiences’ in what has become an over-saturated spa market.

DAVID CARTER – ALACARTER DESIGN
David is a celebrated London based interior designer, who works principally on high-end residential and commercial projects in the UK and abroad. He has been running his interior design practice for almost 25 years, providing his expertise to an international clientele. He works for clients who don’t want an ‘off-the-peg’ design solution, but who are looking for something genuinely bespoke and different.

His unique vision and the haunting beauty of his interiors have always attracted a huge amount of coverage in the world’s most influential design magazines. He has twice been shortlisted for the highly prestigious Andrew Martin International Interior Designer of the Year Award.

HENRY CHEBAANE – BLUE SKY HOSPITALITY
Henry ChebaaneBlue Sky Hospitality is a multi-disciplinary design studio specialised in the creation and development of hotel, retail, restaurants, bars, clubs and leisure branded concepts. The studio was created in 2002 by Henry Chebaane following 18 years of experience working for several international designers and luxury hospitality brands. The experience of the studio is built on over 250 projects in 39 countries.

Henry Chebaane, speaking about Blue Sky’s work at the Fireworks Steakhouse at the JW Marriott Absheron in the Azerbaijan capital Baku, said it was ‘inspired by the cultural and culinary lineage of fire within Caucasus’ – having been given the brief of creating a ‘land of fire’.

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House & Garden launch first design collection at Decorex 2017

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As the ultimate launchpad for new talent and the show of choice for the discerning interior design market, it was fitting for House & Garden to select Decorex International as the platform to debut their exciting new venture in collaboration with Arlo & Jacob.

To celebrate their 70th anniversary, House & Garden are launching their first ever furniture collection at the UK’s leading interior design fair this September.

Conceived by House & Garden decoration director, Gabby Deeming, and designed to keep the price accessible, each piece has considered proportions that are at once elegant and comfortable, with stylish details such as single seat cushions and painted legs.

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Inspired by English country house style, with an emphasis on deep comfort and a sense of prettiness, this design collection offers statement pieces that would also make chic additions to sophisticated townhouse interiors. A contemporary take on classic shapes, each piece is instantly recognisable for its smart, refined design.

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Arlo & Jacob were an obvious partner for the House & Garden Collection; a fresh, young brand with ambition, underpinned by craftsmanship and a heritage of almost a century of manufacturing in Long Eaton. With a broad collection of popular designs, the brand has the heritage and skills needed to bring the House & Garden Collection into reality.

The collection includes six elegant designs: three sofas, two chairs and a footstool. Each piece can be upholstered in up to 20 fabrics chosen by House & Garden, over 120 of Arlo & Jacob’s fabrics, as well as customers’ own fabrics.

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100% Design announces features and installations for 2017 show

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100% Design, the largest design trade show in the UK and the commercial cornerstone of London Design Festival, has announced a programme of specially commissioned installations at Olympia London as part of the show which runs 20-23 September.

From an immersive entrance feature curated by design writer Max Fraser to the pivotal central bar and surprising features across the five distinct show sections, each installation explores the this year’s unifying theme of Elements. This considers everything from the fundamentals of design to the component parts that make up a product, the materials used to the stories and processes of development.

The bespoke features complement the presentations of hundreds of exhibitors, showcasing the very latest products across the 22,000 sqm grand hall at Olympia, which is flooded with natural day light. Whether in Design & Build, Interiors, Workplace, Kitchens and Bathrooms or Emerging Brands, many of this year’s displays have also been inspired by the show’s theme.

The entrance feature ‘Elements’ by Max Fraser
Max Fraser’s entrance feature brings together an edited selection of iconic products from the past and present, celebrating an element of each which boasts intelligent design solutions, sophisticated tooling or innovative production techniques. The aim is to spotlight just one aspect or detail, informing the visitor about the hidden research and development that goes into a product.

The feature focuses on the slender engineered leg of a sofa, the material join on a chair or the concealed tech within a light fitting. Each item will be accompanied by a succinct text explaining the specific element. The chosen products emphasise the importance of R&D and bring to our attention the exceptionally detailed elements that we might not normally notice, understand or appreciate.

The installation is supported by large geometric shapes, incorporating the show’s creative aesthetic for 2017. They dramatically cascade down from the distinctive Olympia ceiling and take visitors on a journey through timeless design classics.

The Central Bar
A symbolic juncture at the heart of both the show itself and the wider design industry, the Central Bar at 100% Design has always been a hub for networking and professional engagement. Focusing on this year’s theme Elements, Sally Hogarth has designed a seating area which features upright blocks in geometric shapes to create an abstract city skyline. Also defining the area and providing a moment of shelter are some greenery and foliage, which adds a metropolitan feel and seamlessly adapts with the environment.

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Taking inspiration from mosaics and the show’s theme, the feature in the Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms section showcases tiles by Kaza Concrete in an interactive setting. Forming the word ‘Elements’, each letter focuses on an element in design; line, shape, texture, form, colour, space, detail and craft.

Using an angled reflective surface which allows visitors to view the feature from a different perspective, the mosaic showcases tiles from various exhibitors in a unique setting.

100% Design 2017Design & Build Bar
Inspired by London bar design, this installation by Ross Bennett features a variety of elements found in the urban environment, such as London stock bricks made from the clay that the city sits on, pitted concrete similar to that of the Barbican Centre and oak referencing the river Thames. The bar also features playful materials such as brass, tin, rubber mac and bands which actually stand for objects that were of huge importance in historic London. For example, the capital had a royal monopoly on brass goods imported from the continent in the 17th century and the first patent for the idea of preserving food in tin cans, made by the merchant Peter Durand.

100% Design 2017Auditorium Café
New talent Benjamin Craven, who exhibited earlier this year at the One Year On showcase at New Designers, is designing a bold display of fabrics for the Auditorium Café. From screen-printing to digital, Craven uses heavy geometric lines that give order to what appears to be a haphazard array of clashing colours and patterns, resulting in designs that are anything but accidental.

100% Design 2017The Arper Bloggers Lounge returns to 100% Design
Furniture brand Arper hosts, for the second year, the digital hub of 100% Design: #ArperBloggersLounge. Centrally located, the Lounge is a dedicated area for bloggers and online media. It is the ideal place to work and network, hold interviews and meetings, all in an inspiring environment.

100% Design 2017Furnished with Arper’s colourful and distinctive pieces, the Lounge will echo the design of the central bar area whilst conveying its own distinctive feel. Vibrant and welcoming, it is fully equipped with free wi-fi and charging points, as well as refreshments. Official interviews and informal talks will be hosted in the Lounge with a programme of events to be announced shortly.

Abstracta at the Restaurant
Abstracta is creating a calm and peaceful atmosphere at the restaurant of the fair. The acoustic panels of the Swedish brand come in geometric and elegant shapes in nuanced and subtle colours. The sound-absorbing panels and modules can be assembled in a virtually infinite number of ways.

100% design 2017

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Brit List 2017 Hoteliers Profiles

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In the coming weeks, Hotel Designs will be profiling the 50 finalists in the HD Brit List 2017 – this week, we continue with five more of the top 25 hoteliers…

ROBIN SHEPPARD – BESPOKE HOTELS
Together with his business partner Haydn Fentum, Robin launched the now supremely successful Bespoke Hotels back in 2001 as a management company, which nowadays comprises more than 170 hotels and 8,000 employees in the UK and abroad.

Given his wealth of experience in the sector, earlier this year, Robin was recognised by the government’s Office for Disability Issues as its ‘Hotel Sector Champion’ – a cause close to his heart; and his tireless commitment to ensuring the hospitality industry continues to improve its approach to access and experiences for disabled guests means he is a worthy winner at this year’s Brit List.

ANDREW THOMASON – GRAVETYE MANOR
Andrew’s culinary beginning in hospitality manifested itself in the running of a number of restaurants in Surrey before entering the hotel business. Andrew credits his four Robin Sheppardyears at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons under Raymond Blanc as Resident Manager with instilling him with a passion for luxury hotels and hospitality. He claims managing Gravetye Manor fulfils his true passion for country house hotels.

This passion for the sector has been vital for Gravetye Manor following its multi-million pound refurbishment programme, and his stewardship has seen the country manor become one of England’s top properties in the sector.

TONY TROY – PRINCIPAL HOTELS
Tony acts as CEO of the Principal Hotel Company, operator of more than 45 hotels throughout the UK under the lifestyle brands of Principal and De Vere. A career hotelier with over 25 years in the industry, Tony has helped shape the UK hospitality landscape from his first management buy-out in 1994 to managing a multi-billion pound capital investment and restructuring programme over the course of the last decade, acquiring some of the industry’s most prominent assets along the way.

Tony’s most recent undertaking, the £200m investment in landmark city and country estate hotels supported by Starwood Capital, a private alternative investment company which manages over $53 billion in assets, ensures the restoration of some of the UK’s finest hotels to their former glory.

ANDREW WILDSMITH – WILDSMITH HOTELS
Andrew made a monumental career change when he swapped the laboratory of a Cambridge-graduate chemist for being a hotelier in the stunning, remote landscapes of the Lake District. Since, he has opened three fantastic properties; Hipping Hall in Kirby Lonsdale, Ryebeck in Bowness-on-Windermere and his latest – Forest Side in Grasmere, which has recently been awarded a Michelin star for its superb dining offering.

Following extensive flooding in the winter of 15/16, Cumbrian tourism took a considerable hit. Its testament to Andrew and his team’s hard work that Wildsmith Hotels is now flourishing and quickly becoming talk of the industry.

SUE WILLIAMS – WHATLEY MANOR
Sue WilliamsSue’s storied career in hospitality has taken in the likes of Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons and Bath Priory – with arguably her finest achievement coming at Cliveden House, turning the fortunes of that Berkshire property around. Now hoping to do the same at the Relais & Chateaux property Whatley Manor, Sue’s passion and energy can already be seen in her short time there.

Here tonight at the Brit List, we honour her continued commitment to nurturing young talent in the hospitality industry with the Ten out of Ten programme, now in its seventh year of giving youths a chance to work at some of the UK’s top hotels.

Hotel Designs in media partnership with Sleep 2017

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Hotel Designs is delighted to announce, once again, its media partnership for the 2017 edition of Sleep, being held at London’s Business Design Centre on 21-22 November.

As Hotel Designs continues to maintain its position within the interior design and hotel industry, partnering with shows of the pedigree of Sleep is the perfect way to reach key influencers and figures from across the industry.

At Sleep 2017, attendees can:
– Meet over 4,600 of the global hotel design, development and architecture community
– Discover how hotel brands can deliver beyond the functional for lasting memories that inspire
– Source the best products for hotel design from the finest hand-picked suppliers
– Explore unique installations and exclusive design collaborations from renowned industry names
– Hear from the visionaries pushing boundaries from the heart of the sector at the annual industry Conference
– Network with those inspiring hotel interiors globally at show hub and renowned social destination The Sleeper Bar

Joel Butler, the brand director said: “We are delighted to be working with Hotel Designs and looking forward to a very exciting show that brings the global hotel design, development and architecture community together at Sleep on 21-22 November.”

Daniel Fountain, editor of Hotel Designs, added: “Having attended Sleep for several years now, I am delighted we will continue to have a presence at one of most well-known shows in the sector. Its reputation for being the place to meet and discover new people and trends, it’s at the top of most design professionals’ lists of must-attend-shows. I am excited Hotel Designs can be part of Sleep’s ever-increasing popularity,” he added.

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Brit List 2017 Hoteliers Profiles

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In the coming weeks, Hotel Designs will be profiling the 50 finalists in the HD Brit List 2017 – this week, we continue with five more of the top 25 hoteliers…

GERALDINE MILSOM – MILSOM HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS GROUP
The history of the Milsom group can be traced back almost seven decades, which has seen the group grow into one of the premium providers of accommodation and restaurant experiences in the Essex and Suffolk area. Geraldine and Paul Milsom opened Milsoms in 2001, and having undergone a refurbishment in 2015, the property has gone from strength to strength.

As someone who could appear in either side of the Brit List, the design of the refurbishment was led by Geraldine herself, which ensured the history and aesthetics of the building were retained, all while injecting a vibrant look for the future of the property.

MARIO OVSENJAK – HOTEL GOTHAM
Mario Ovsenjak arrived at Hotel Gotham in 2016 and has led the property from strength-to-strength ever since. The property has quickly established itself as one of the most buzzed-about hotels in the UK under his stewardship. Having worked extensively across the Bespoke Hotels portfolio, he boasts experience leading teams at a range of fine country house properties, including The Lambert Arms in Oxfordshire, Shaftesbury’s Grosvenor Arms, as well as the Prince Regent Hotel.

Prior to this, he held positions at several London establishments, including the Corus Hyde Park Hotel, The Royal Trafalgar and Piccadilly Hotels, as well as the Colonnade and Hotel Xenia.

MAILO POWER – THE ATHENAEUM HOUSE HOTEL
Mailo PowerThe owner of Athenaeum House Hotel in Waterford, Mailo has the Irish hospitality industry very close to her heart. The Athenaeum came about as a marriage of both hotel management and interior design, with Mailo’s background being in the latter across many hospitality and leisure projects.

Together with her husband Stan, himself an accomplished hotelier, Mailo has turned this Georgian gem into one of the best hospitality offerings in Waterford and the south-east of Ireland all whilst capturing the essence, heritage and history of Ireland. Mailo’s infectious passion for the hotel industry is clear to all those who meet her.

BHARAT RAI – GRANGE TOWER BRIDGE HOTEL
Bharat has more than 10 years’ professional experience within the hospitality industry with skills across a whole host of aspects of the industry, including strategic planning, Bharat Raimarketing, and sales initiatives, financial planning and analysis.

At the Grange Tower Bridge, he heads up a team of up to 250 employees and has consistently achieved against all expectations, surpassing KPI projections for revenue and guest services, and under his stewardship the hotel has become synonymous with affordable five-star luxury in the heart of the capital.

ADOLF SCHAUER – THE LANDMARK HOTEL
Adolf SchauerAdolf’s career in hospitality has taken in various aspects of the industry, from an early career in the kitchen, to financial controller to hotel manager – in both Germany and the UK. In January 2015, Adolf was appointed hotel manager at The Landmark London (having previously served as financial controller) and since, he has been responsible for the day-to-day management of the hotel and its staff, focusing on continually improving the guest experience.

His long and celebrated history in both the front-of-house operations and the financial aspect of hospitality means he has been the perfect appointment for this iconic London property and its continued place at the top table of the capital’s properties.

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Kobe UK to showcase ranges at Sleep 2017

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Luxury fabric specialist, Kobe, will join other prestigious brands to introduce its new window décor, upholstery and soft furnishings collections at Sleep in November.

The two-day event takes place at the Business Design Centre in London where Kobe will unveil its latest ranges including its new room high and Boutique collections.

Kobe’s new range of room highs – the stylish, extra wide fabrics for window décor – are more than 300cm high with the pattern printed or woven horizontally across, making matching patterns and sewing seams a thing of the past.

The three new flame retardant collections include Arrow, a woven jacquard with a geometric pattern in 14 colours. Lines has a mix of matt and metallic look yarns in complementing and contrasting colours to create an all-over abstract design, available in 11 metallic tinted colourways.

Enchanted by Kobe
Buccari is a marquisette fabric woven with 100% Trevira CS yarns. The metallic look yarns create an elegant, supple fabric and come in 27 shades.

David Harris, managing director of Kobe UK, said: “We are excited to be part of Sleep again this year and to be showcasing our newest collections including Arrow and Lines.

“This season room highs will make a big impact. These fabrics make matching patterns and sewing seams a thing of the past and create striking, seamless drapes from ceiling to floor.”

Boutique Collection from Kobe UK

The Boutique collection of curtain and upholstery fabrics, is suitable for both domestic and contract use. This lavish mix of innovative textiles features sumptuous velvet, woven jacquard, cool cotton and a soft satin appearance. A palette of rich deep and softly nostalgic tones complements the geometric, floral, paisley and botanical patterns.

The collection includes Clemence and Adore, the former featuring a beautiful floral pattern on a subtle satin base and is available in three colours. Adore is woven with a range of vibrant coloured matt and shiny yarns, in a stunning paisley design to create a multi-dimensional effect on the damask pattern. It is available in eight colours.

Another range within the Boutique collection is Henry, a sumptuous velvet, made from 30% cotton, 20% polyester and 50% viscose. The palette of rich deep and neutral tones comes in a range of nine colours .

As Kobe’s Boutique upholstery collections are above 80% natural fibres, they are FR exempt when used in conjunction with a suitable flame retardant interliner. Alternatively they can be supplied with an ACE FR treatment which passes domestic upholstery (cigarette and match) BS5852 part 1, source 0 and 1, and contract upholstery (Crib 5) BS 5852 part 1, source 5 (Crib 5).

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Hotel Summit

Hotel Summit to return in 2018

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Forum Events is delighted to announce the return of the Hotel Summit in 2018. Hotel Designs is a proud partner of the event, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year.

Taking place on 4-5 June 2018 at Radisson Blu London Stansted, the Hotel Summit is specifically organised for senior professionals who are directly responsible for procuring and purchasing within their organisation, and those who provide the latest products within the sector.

Aiming to build long-lasting business relationships between product and service suppliers and hotel owners and designers, the Summit matches hoteliers with hotel suppliers for a series of pre-arranged one-on-one meetings. In addition, a series of informative and inspirational seminars are hosted, while a gala dinner with evening entertainment, plus other networking opportunities, provide further business opportunities and peer-to-peer engagement.

One of the highlights of the 2016 incarnation was the news that Global Design Concepts quoted a £1 million project as a result of meetings at the Summit. And the success of the event was echoed by delegates and suppliers who attended.

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

www.hotel-summit.co.uk

Independent Hotel Show

Independent Hotel Show now open for registration

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The Independent Hotel Show, presented by James Hallam Hospitality & Leisure, returning to Olympia London on 17 and 18 October, is now open for registration.

Now in its sixth year, the Show is the only UK business event dedicated to the independent, luxury and boutique hotel sector and returns with new feature areas, a stimulating list of industry experts, business seminars and key note sessions, as well as a feast of ideas, inspiration and insight.

A carefully-curated list of over 300 exhibitors – from guest room amenities to interior design agencies and technology suppliers – will be present, informing visitors about the latest products and services for the independent hotelier while over 100 industry professionals will speak in more than 30 seminars covering design, marketing, branding, social media, recruitment, wellness and more across three stages – Business Theatre, Innovation Stage and The Gymnasium for the Mind.

IHS 17 Logo GoldFor the first time, attendees will be able to find out what makes The Perfect Hotel Bedroom after the results of a survey, carried out in partnership with Chic Retreats, determined consumer preferences in lighting, soft furnishings, storage and more.

The Perfect Hotel Bedroom, created and built to scale by Harriet Forde Design, will be a key feature, with products from the Show’s exhibitors used to furnish the room and visiting hoteliers, journalists and industry thought-leaders invited to get “in bed” to share opinions about it.

The show will also feature the celebrated Independent Hotelier and Outstanding New Hotel Awards which will recognise those which have made a significant contribution to the industry over the past year.

Miranda Martin, Event Director at Independent Hotel Show said: “The 2017 Independent Hotel Show offers everything the independent, luxury and boutique hotelier needs to help inspire and develop their business. As with previous years we have secured an exceptionally strong line-up of industry experts and exhibitors, proving how invaluable the show is to all areas of the sector. We are particularly excited to be revealing such an insightful and potentially controversial feature in The Perfect Hotel Bedroom and look forward to feedback from visitors”

For more information on the Independent Hotel Show 2017 and to register to attend for free, visit www.independenthotelshow.co.uk.

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Decorex announces seminar programme

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Among the most highly acclaimed features at Decorex International, the UK’s leading destination for interior design, is that of the Seminar Programme.

The much anticipated programme of talks will return to Syon House to offer visitors an extensive series of insightful debates that will explore industry relevant topics through detailed discussions hosted by experts from the world of design. A diverse and dynamic array of design experts join this anniversary year to discuss current trends, projects and predictions as well as share their expertise in the Seminar Theatre.

DecorexHighlights include a discussion on the future of design by acclaimed stylist Emilio Pimentel-Reid, Francis Sultana and Kirstie Carey from Cole & Son and on designing for the millennial with multi-award winning Afroditi Krassa. A session on taking your brand global heads Monday’s line up featuring panelists Nina Campbell, Katharine Pooley, Sophie Ashby, Natalia Miyar. Acclaimed interior designer Shalini Misra will be discussing using art within interior design. Discussing modelling a business for design will be panelists Charles Leon, Anna Burles and Lambert and Browne’s Freddy Van Zevenbergen. Design faux pas will be settled once and for all in the much anticipated Design Room 101 with an expert panel including interior designers Simon Hamilton, Sue Timney and Joanna Wood.

For those passionate about interior design or those launching their own successful business Polly Williams, the Designers’ Advisor at the award-winning Camberyard, will host a panel talk along with designers Ana Azevedo, Kay Westmaas, Emma Hooton and Robin Sprong offering expert industry mentoring and advice to interior design professionals. With 12 years of expertly honed knowledge advising an interior design studio Polly will lead the discussion offering key business and marketing strategies for establishing and running your own interiors business.

For colour trends, don’t miss the discussion with ColourHive. Sophie Conran, Beata Heuman, Kim Kuhteubl and Farrow and Ball’s Joe Studholme will partake in a candid charrette about vision, communication and business strategy with women in design Other design sessions include a conversation between designers Martin Hulbert and Jay Grierson with Carole Annett as well as a discussion with leading interior designer Guy Oliver.

To see the full Seminar Programme, visit the Decorex website.

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Crosswater confirmed as Hotel Summit 2018 attendees

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With the Hotel Summit coming back in 2018 for it’s 20th anniversary edition, Forum Events Ltd is delighted to announce the attendance of Crosswater at the event.

The Hotel Summit is specifically organised for senior professionals who are directly responsible for purchasing and procurement within their organisation, and those who provide the latest and greatest products and services within the sector; an event media partners Hotel Designs are proud to be associated with.

A highly focused event that brings together hotel professionals and key industry solution providers, the Summit consists of one-to-one business meetings, interactive seminars and valuable networking opportunities; across two days – 4th-5th June 2018 at the Radisson Blu London Stansted.

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Leaders in bathroom design, Crosswater has been welcomed by the specialist bathroom market since it was established in 1998. Crosswater offers a comprehensive range of unique brassware solutions designed by a pool of carefully selected leading European designers to bring you unparalleled design, superior materials and function.

David Balmer of Crosswater Projects said: “We’re very excited about attending the Hotel Summit. With exciting new products being launched across our ranges, we’re looking forward to meeting key influencers and industry experts at the event and continuing to grow our projects portfolio.”

If you are interested in taking advantage of this fantastic opportunity, contact Jennie Lane on 01992 374098 or email j.lane@forumevents.co.uk.

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Brit List 2017 Hoteliers Profiles

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In the coming weeks, Hotel Designs will be profiling the 50 finalists in the HD Brit List 2017 – this week, we continue with five more of the top 25 hoteliers…

OLIVER HEYWOOD – FLAT CAP HOTELS
With a family history steeped in hospitality, Oliver (alongside his brother Dominic) was in prime position to make his mark in the industry. And since 2015’s launch of The Vicarage Freehouse & Rooms, the north western-based and brilliantly-named Flat Cap Hotels hasn’t looked back.

The brand’s concept built around unique hotel accommodation, food-led experiences in stunning locales has proven to be a winner, thanks to the vision of Oliver and his team. With plans to expand quickly by 2019, we have a feeling Oliver and Flat Cap Hotels will be a force to be reckoned with for a while yet.

CHRIS HURST – HAMBLETON HALL
Chris Hurst has been general manager at Hambleton Hall since 2003, and under his guidance, this Rutland gem has continued to be named amongst the finest hotels in the UK. Bought originally by Tim and Stefa Hart in 1979, the couple are still involved with the hotel and its interior design and are still at the heart of everything the hotel stands for.

Chris’ longevity at the property is shared with several other members of the senior staff, something that has contributed to the success of the hotel for nearly 40 years.

OLIVIA IMMESI – ACE HOTEL SHOREDITCH
The Ace concept was born in a hip neighbourhood of Seattle, soon spread to New York and Los Angeles, and the grittiness of east London has been the perfect location for it here in London.

Olivia, having served in the commercial side for another of the city’s coolest properties (The Hoxton), has been general manager at the capital’s next up-and-coming, trendy hangout for only a few months, managing to maintain the brand’s concept, ensure excellent service standards but without overplaying the ‘boutique clichés’.

PJ KENNY – THE HOXTON HOLBORN
Few names in the hospitality industry strike up the ‘visual imagery’ of The Hoxton – it has been one of the big success stories in the boutique sector of the last decade. The roaring success of the Shoreditch property led to the opening of a Holborn property, of which PJ Kenny has been manager since 2016.

He has more than a decade of experience as hotel manager across brands such as Jurys Inn and Hilton Worldwide and brings his skills of people management and guiding new-builds through the early years to this most exciting of boutique hotel projects.

JAN-PAUL KROESE – BELMOND LE MANOIR AUX QUAT’SAISONS
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons is synonymous with luxury hospitality and some might have argued that following Philip Newman-Hall’s departure, Jan-Paul had big shoes to fill. That Le Manoir continues to be held in such sway internationally for its culinary and hospitality excellence, shows just how well Jan-Paul has settled in.

Jan-Paul’s international experience over 25 years across four continents coupled with his approach to staff management, sustainable practice and technology in hospitality has seen this already-world-class establishment maintain its lofty position as one of the world’s best.

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In Conversation: Lucy Mortimer, Galapagos Designs

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Lucy Mortimer, director at Galapagos Designs – a design partner with this year’s Independent Hotel Show – talks about how an individualistic approach and the use of heritage-inspired furniture continues to be a big trend in the world of hotel design…

Hotels are eschewing a uniform look and are taking a more individualistic approach to design to help mark them out and convey a sense of warmth, that’s certainly what we’re seeing our clients come to us for.

A good example of that is The Ned in London which is looking back to an Art Deco styling to create a very eclectic and individualistic look across the rooms. Hotels are no longer applying that ubiquitous, formal look to rooms, but are making them more warm and inviting with a heritage angle. Mixing a bit of old and new in together helps add more depth of character to a room.


We are certainly seeing design being used to reflect the personality of the business more. Even when hoteliers have a new-build property, they are seeking out a more individual edge. There’s less use of ubiquitous artwork and more of a focus on sourced products rather than something that is bought. Of course, it all depends on the hotel and the target audience. This look might be less appropriate for a business hotel but certainly there’s a cluster of hotels catering for high-end business customers who want to provide something other than just great Wi-Fi and room service.

We’ve been working on a big hotel project recently which combines the vintage mid-century stuff we produce with newly-made classic-style furniture. We are finding more and more customers are approaching us for a similar style.

Overall, hotels want to create an inviting space, so the type of material used is gaining importance. A lot of velvet is being used now by our customers – the term we use is ‘layering’ which is bringing more than one dimension to a room. You can do that with touches, maybe through old furniture, more accessories or using more classic style lighting over the beds, which can look really lovely rather than just a standard lamp.

Heading into the future, I think we’ll see more of this. Every hotel project we’re working on is using a mix of velvets with more British heritage fabrics like Bute Fabrics. Good, strong, old brands which have a sense of history.

This thoughtful approach to putting together a room is something that will continue. Now, we’ll almost always supply products to hotels that, even if they aren’t vintage, look vintage. That heritage look is quite a strong trend and that’s what we’ve got with the range of furniture we’ll be showcasing at this year’s Independent Hotel Show at our stand and in the VIP Lounge.

We’ve launched our Heritage Collection in partnership with a brand called Howard Keith, or HK. It was a huge brand in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s and supplied all the furniture to the QEII Officers’ lounge and royal residences. They closed in the noughties, but we have partnered with them under licence to bring back some of their furniture under a heritage collection which is made exactly the same as the 1950s models but mixed today with fabric featuring cutting-edge designs from Japanese designers. That mixture of old and new is what you’ll find in our chairs and what you’ll find us showcasing more at the show.


Galapagos Designs is one of the design partners at this year’s Independent Hotel Show, taking place at Olympia, 17 & 18 October. Galapagos is designing the Suite for VIPs and select partners to use. Lucy says: “We’ve chosen to marry luxury fabrics and furnishings with a slightly wild, colonial feel for the Suite – the theme is Hot House Jungle, so expect a lot of tropical planting and sumptuous chairs you’ll sink into lush green velvets and singing hot colour accents from our fabric partners ROMO, Linwood and Designers Guild, and some beautiful metallic accents in the lighting and accessories from Pooky Lighting and Rockett St George. We’re making the space into a real retreat, where hoteliers can take 10 minutes away from the crowds to recuperate or send a few emails, or have a private meeting in comfort.”

www.galapagosdesigns.com

www.independenthotelshow.co.uk

Brit List 2017 Hoteliers Profiles

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In the coming weeks, Hotel Designs will be profiling the 50 finalists in the HD Brit List 2017 – this week, we start with five of the top 25 hoteliers…

MARK BEVAN – CHEWTON GLEN
Mark is the definition of someone who has seen many of the sides hospitality has to offer, working his way up through the ranks from head waiter to general manager via a Catey Award for Restaurant Manager of the Year in 2009; several of his positions being served at Chewton Glen.
As an active and decorated member of the hospitality industry, Mark’s work at Chewton Glen has seen the Hampshire country house hotel become not only a favourite with discerning guests, but with fellow hoteliers too, fully justifying his nomination for the Brit List 2017.

PAUL BRACKLEY – SHANGRI-LA THE SHARD
Paul is a Master Innholder and has held management positions within the InterContinental Group – at Crowne Plaza London The City – as well as Taj 51 Buckingham Gate and St. James Court Hotel before joining Mayfair’s Beaumont Hotel as managing director. Paul’s 30 years’ of experience in the industry now sees him head up one of the most exciting properties in London.

Paul’s commitment to the future of the hospitality industry cannot be questioned either, with him being a fellow of the Institute of Hospitality and a keen supporter of the Oxford Brookes University’s Bacchus Mentoring Programme since its inception.

LYNN BRUTMAN – FOUR SEASONS HOTEL HAMPSHIRE
Lynn has been a Four Seasons stalwart since 1991, even being part of the location move of the brand’s flagship Toronto property. Lynn’s journey to Hampsire was via several Four Seasons hotels in the United States and Canada, as well as Four Seasons Canary Wharf.
At the Four Seasons Hampshire, Lynn is heading up the brand’s only ‘country house’ property in the UK; having to balance this traditional aesthetic and vibe with the globally accepted modern Four Seasons standards. Within a few months of managing the Hampshire property, Brutman has felt completely at home, and her goal is to maintain the hotel’s ever-growing reputation.

PATRICK BURKE – THE ATLANTIC HOTEL
Having a father who was a prominent hotelier on Jersey before him, it is hardly surprising that Patrick Burke became anything but a hotelier and his own contribution to the island’s hospitality industry cannot be underestimated. Taking over the reins at the stunning Atlantic Hotel thirty years ago, what Patrick has achieved has been nothing short of remarkable.

The Atlantic and its Michelin-starred Ocean restaurant have been receiving accolades for a number of years, but Patrick’s commitment to the wider industry has been monumental also; having served as a Director of Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) since 1999 and his admission as the sole Channel Island member of the Master Innholders.

MARWAN HEMCHAOUI – THE VINEYARD HOTEL
During a distinguished career which has seen him work at the likes of the Dorchester and InterContinental London, Marwan has forged a reputation for a dedication to excellence. And that reputation followed him when he took over the reins at The Vineyard in Newbury just shy of four years ago.

Overseeing a team of some 140+, three team members to every guest, Marwan is proud of the award-winning, world-class passionate service his team offers at this uniquely conceptual hotel – home to 49 rooms, a 3 AA Rosette restaurant and a cellar of some 30,000 wines.

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Shalini Misra to design Champagne Bar at Decorex 2017

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Decorex has an international reputation for showcasing luxury products, so it should come as no surprise that top designer, Shalina Misra, was handpicked to design the show-stopping centerpiece of the exhibition: The Champagne Bar.

Decorex Champange Bar to be designed by Shalini Misra

Inspired by the Great Exhibition of 1851
Misra’s Champagne Bar will take pride of place at the center of this year’s 40th Anniversary Decorex. Misra has based her design on the Great Exhibition of 1851, which has proven to be an inspirational choice.

The 1851 Great Exhibition held in Crystal Palace was undeniably magnificent. Paintings of the time show how the designers of the day created an awe-inspiring glass conservatory, which soon became known as the Crystal Palace. The enormous glass structure was large enough to accommodate full-size trees, as well as hundreds of Victorian inventions and other marvels of the time.

Crystal Palace Inspired Champagne Bar
The original Crystal Palace was disassembled following the exhibition and moved to Sydenham Hill, where it eventually burned down in 1936. Luckily, we have numerous paintings that illustrate how impressive the structure was and Shalina Misra has used these, along with drawings and prints, as her creative inspiration.

Since Decorex International is synonymous with luxury, this year’s design for the Champagne Bar needed to reflect this. Misra understands this perfectly. She has created a hexagonal central bar with four sweeping roof structures, which are highly reminiscent of the 1851 Crystal Palace that welcomed millions of people back in its heyday.

Victoriana Design Influences
A dramatic central canopy hangs over the central bar, which features plenty of ironwork detailing and backlighting. The Victorian Age is linked to the Industrial Revolution, so metal is an apt choice of material. In 1851, the rail network was in an expansion stage and many visitors to the Great Exhibition arrived via train. Misra has incorporated Victorian motifs and detailing into her overall design, along with a decadent color palette that harks back to the 19th century.

Opulent Fabrics and Relaxing Décor
Inside the Champagne Bar, you will find plenty of opulent fabrics, including rich velvets, decorative screens, and potted palms. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a glass of champagne while exploring the Decorex exhibition.

Misra describes her design as “…a contemporary interpretation of a glasshouse infused with graphic pattern, luxe detailing and curiosities.”

An Award-Winning Design Portfolio
Of course, design enthusiasts will know that Shalina Misra is no stranger to masterful, contemporary designs. Her award-winning design practice was first established in 1996 and has since been responsible for a diverse range of projects in London, Delhi, New York, and Dubai. She is well known for her timeless interiors and functional spaces that are full of character and creativity. In fact, Shalina Misra regularly collaborates with many of the world’s leading craftsmen and women, artists, and antique experts to pull together her amazing designs.

The Decorex Champagne Bar is a prestigious design commission and previous creators include the Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, Martin Hulbert Design, and Russell Sage.

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Kobe to unveil new collections at Decorex

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Luxury fabric specialist Kobe will join other prestigious brands to introduce its new window décor, upholstery and soft furnishings collections at Decorex International in September.

The four-day event takes place at Syon House in London where Kobe will unveil its latest ranges including the new Boutique collection.

David Harris, managing director of Kobe UK, said: “We are excited to be part of Decorex again this year. This is the perfect backdrop for luxury design and the ideal platform for us to reinforce our brand and showcase our new contemporary and classic collections.”

Boutique’s curtain and upholstery fabrics are suitable for both domestic and contract use. This lavish mix of innovative textiles features sumptuous velvet, woven jacquard, cool cotton and a soft satin appearance. A palette of rich deep and softly nostalgic tones complements the geometric, floral, paisley and botanical patterns. The collection includes Clemence and Adore, the former featuring a beautiful floral pattern on a subtle satin base and is available in three colours. Adore is woven with a range of vibrant coloured matt and shiny yarns, in a stunning paisley design to create a multi-dimensional effect on the damask pattern. It is available in eight colours.

Adore Kobe's Boutique collectionAnother range within the Boutique collection is Henry, a sumptuous velvet, made from 30% cotton, 20% polyester and 50% viscose. The palette of rich deep and neutral tones comes in a range of nine colours.

As Kobe’s Boutique upholstery collections are above 80% natural fibres, they are FR exempt when used in conjunction with a suitable flame retardant interliner. Alternatively they can be supplied with an ACE FR treatment which passes domestic upholstery (cigarette and match) BS5852 part 1, source 0 and 1, and contract upholstery (Crib 5) BS 5852 part 1, source 5 (Crib 5).

Complementing the Boutique upholstery collection is Volterra, a co-ordinating plain velvet, with a matt and natural cotton look and feel. Volterra is woven in the latest timeless and on-trend shades with 65% cotton and 35% polyester yarns in warp and 100% polyester yarns in weft with 100% polyester yarns as pile. The Boutique range includes a wide choice of room highs, the stylish, extra wide fabrics for window décor. The room-high fabrics are more than 300cm high with the pattern printed or woven horizontally across, making matching patterns and sewing seams a thing of the past.

Kobe – Volterra

Also unveiled at the show will be the latest collection from the fresh and contemporary Essente, designed to reach a broader clientele, looking for a cost effective option, with the quality and reassurance of the Kobe name.

All Kobe’s upholstery fabrics offer exceptional durability, scoring highly on the Martindale Rub Test.

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Future Heritage announces new makers for Decorex 2017

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Future Heritage returns to Decorex this year, showcasing the names to commission and collect in British contemporary craft. Curated by renowned applied arts and design critic and curator, Corinne Julius, the acclaimed feature will showcase new pieces made exclusively for the show by 15 makers, working in a variety of different materials.

Curator Corinne Julius comments: “I am really excited about this year’s Future Heritage. As curator I encourage the very talented makers to produce new and unexpected work for the show. I have taken the Decorex 2017 theme of collaboration as a starting point; several of the exhibitors are already working in partnership with other designers, but all of them have collaborated with me for the show, to investigate new processes, push their materials and liaise with other specialists. All have upped their game, in terms of ambition, quality and scale.

All but one of the makers will be creating their largest work yet, with one-off pieces that will demonstrate the possibilities of their craft. They are working with a range of natural materials including wood, metal, textiles, leather, glass and ceramics, but are extending traditional techniques and combining them with new processes.”

Meet the Makers
Ceramicist David Marques will present three intricate installations including ‘Cherry Blossom’ and ‘Bazaar’. Inspired by spring, ‘Cherry Blossom’ combines brass branches with clusters of porcelain cup flowers, while ‘Bazaar’ is a delicate, Moroccan inspired work made up of brass and stained porcelain. All three of his installations can be adapted to any space, whether private or commercial. Ceramicist Lauren Nauman, explores the boundaries within clay through experimental processes. Her striking lantern-like sculptures are made of ceramic, some incorporating silver wire. She has acquired a new kiln to make especially large scale pieces for Future Heritage.

Ceramicist Matt Davis and interdisciplinary designer Naomi McIntosh both use a combination of digital and traditional methods. Davis, who is known for his hyperreal vessels, challenges visual perception and the nature of traditional craft with a series of new vessels and a range of ceramic tiles. Using modern tools and traditional hand-making techniques; he employs multiple software stages to generate models that are 3D printed, moulded and slip cast in bone china. McIntosh, who trained both as an architect and a jeweller, manipulates surfaces to create sculptural objects, transforming 2D surfaces into 3D objects, that results in work that appears to be organic. She presents a striking and original walkthrough of gently curving wooden screens.

DecorexZac Eastwood Bloom also exploits the potential of computer technology to create arresting marble tables that look as if they are being consumed. The consoles sit alongside his brand new marble wall tiles and are the result of his collaboration with Italian marble workshop Torart.

Makers Helen Carnac & David Gates collaborate to produce wood and metal cabinets and a console enhanced with enamel panels and vessels. Carnac creates a series of original interlocking enamel wall panels, to complement Gates’ asymmetrical furniture, which draws upon the visual and structural elements of industrial and agricultural buildings. The theme of collaboration is embraced by Adam Blencowe, who shows not only his own vases, made by casting melting ice forms in powdered plaster, but also a flexible and elegant shelving and seating system made of brass and wood, designed in collaboration with Thor ter Kulve. He also shows his brilliantly coloured double sided Motley Rug Collection, designed with Marine Duroselle.

Collaborations continue with Merel Karhof and Marc Trotereau’s ‘Forest of Light;’ a light installation that includes ‘The Totem’, a slowly rotating light some 4 metres high. Based on the form and construction of the classic lampshade, this series explores a new language of lighting by combining and deforming this familiar object.
Recent graduate ceramicist Ilona Broeseliske also plays with scale, in her case the tiny. She presents a series of precious porcelain boxes and contemporary netsuke – hand holdable treasures. Pia Wüstenberg’s pieces also confound expectations of scale. She celebrates the glories of blown glass, in new collections of brightly coloured tables and vessels in which she combines glass with traditional Sicilian basketry.

Traditional materials and processes are also celebrated and tweaked n a contemporary way by Simon Hasan, renowned experimenter in leather. He presents an installation of leather furniture, wall panels, vases and lighting. This celebration of natural materials is in contrast to furniture maker Richard Lowry’s approach; he celebrates the man-made. His ‘Liquid Plastic’ table collection examines man’s relationship with plastics, demonstrating that plastic can look and be a precious material. His new ‘Bricolage’ series exploits the structural potential of paper and card combined with plastic coating.

Experimentation is the key to pushing design development and no one takes this further than experimental designer Marlène Huissoud. Known for her use of unusual natural materials, she presents a new collection of cabinets created from cocoons and bio resin. In a second series she explores the cocoon form still further, casting it in metal to create sculptural furniture.

Julius continues: “Through Future Heritage, Decorex is giving these makers the opportunity to work in new ways; to explore the process of making, to experiment with materials and to investigate existing and new technologies to transform natural materials to create works relevant to both public and private interiors.” Each maker will be at Future Heritage during the course of the four-day show and will be available to discuss their work and the commissioning process.”

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Hotel Designs Brit List

Brit List 2017: One day to go, last chance to book your place…

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With just one day to go (12th July) until the Hotel Designs Brit List 2017 event, this is your last chance to get your tickets and get your name on the guest list for this event, from 7-11pm at the Urban Coterie Sky Bar and Restaurant at M by Montcalm.

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HD Brit List will be taking in some of the biggest names in the UK hotelier and design industries. For the past few months, Hotel Designs has been taking soundings and nominations to create the Brit List – a celebration of the most influential and inspirational hoteliers and interior designers.

With such a fantastic array of industry figures all in one room, you don’t want to miss an opportunity to get your company name on show – a limited number of sponsorship opportunities are still available for the Hotel Designs Brit List. To find out more contact Jennie Lane on 01992 374098 or email j.lane@forumevents.co.uk. Alternatively, contact Victoria Petch on 01992 374082 or email v.petch@forumevents.co.uk

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Brit List 2017: Crosswater confirmed as VIP guests

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We’re just a week away from the Hotel Designs Brit List event, which will be taking in some of the biggest names in the UK industry.

For the past few months, Hotel Designs has been taking soundings and nominations to create the Brit List – a celebration of the most influential and inspirational hoteliers and interior designers.

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The full 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.

And we’re delighted to announce that representatives from Crosswater are booked on as VIP guests at the event – if you are interested in taking advantage of a VIP guest package, contact Jennie Lane on 01992 374098 or email j.lane@forumevents.co.uk.

Hotel Designs partners with Decorex International for second consecutive year

Decorex 2017: Celebrating 40 years of ‘exceptional design’

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Decorex, the UK’s leading destination for interior design, will take place this September as the opening destination of the London Design Festival celebrating 40 years of design. Many of this year’s talented exhibitors, both established and emerging, have reason to celebrate alongside Decorex with anniversaries ranging from a successful first year of trading to over two centuries of design practice.

Manufactured in Britain since 1877, Lincrusta continues to make its deeply embossed wallcoverings in the UK and this year will be celebrating its 140th anniversary. With heritage skills and crafts that have stood the test of time, the brand is highly desired and admired across the world to this day. From the White House to the Titanic, Lincrusta has graced the walls of some of the world’s most iconic interiors and continues to enhance the walls of the most desirable addresses the world over.

Formed in the late 1980s, Lutyens Furniture & Lighting will celebrate 30 years of quality design at this year’s Decorex. Leading the way in bespoke reproductions of the furniture and lighting designs of Sir Edwin Lutyens, they specialize in fully bespoke and made to order pieces and are increasingly adapting their range by standardising some of Edwin’s own designs, developing a broader portfolio of new designs and moving into both accessories and new materials.

Decorex 2017: Celebrating 40 years of 'exceptional design'
Emerging brand and Manchester based bespoke design studio, BOBO1325 specialises in creating contemporary patterns for home and interior decoration and will be celebrating their first year of trading with their latest collection of bright, playful prints for wallcoverings and textiles. Expect tropical tones, floral motifs and intricate illustrations.

To mark a decade of exhibiting at Decorex, Hyde House bespoke furniture will launch a brand new and exclusive collection at this year’s edition. To celebrate this landmark occasion, three leading interior designers, Staffan Tollgard, Laura Hammett and Chris Dezille, have been invited to create a piece of furniture in their patented and trademarked specialist resin finishing system, Resinate, which will be showcased for the first time at Decorex.

Sofa & Chair Company will present their newest collections at Decorex to celebrate their 15th anniversary. Known for offering a tailored service, the brand creates handmade upholstered furniture for trade and retail, alongside bespoke interior pieces. See their latest pieces including the Sophia sofa from the New Feminine line, their Ottoman with peacock feather motifs and the curvy Mouna sofa attracts attention with its rich, luscious green tones.

For artist turned designer Susi Bellamy, it’s been just two years since she first launched her cushion collection to great success. With artwork based on the landscape and inspired by nature, still-life photos and abstract landscapes provide the backdrop for Susi’s luxurious velvet cushions. This year will mark another milestone for Susi as debuts her first wallpaper and fabrics at the show.


Leading the way in creative floor solutions since it was founded in 1986, Crucial Trading will celebrate 30 years of designing and manufacturing in-house innovative flooring and textiles at this year’s show. Remaining true to its heritage, Crucial Trading relies on artisanal craftsmanship to continuously explore new weaves, textures and patterns using 100% natural materials.

To celebrate their 5th birthday, Jennifer Manners Design will debut their first collaboration with luxury silk bedding company, Gingerlily. Bringing the outside in, Jennifer is inspired by nature in her latest ‘Stone Collection’ with a nod to quartz, marble, morganite, travertine, granite and other previous materials. Each collection pairs tactile materials with elegant twists – think metallics and velvets coupled with rich textured wool and lustrous bamboo silks.

One of the world’s most respected fused glass designers, Jo Downs will showcase her instantly recognisable collections in a celebration of 21 years of business. Expect a vibrant and stimulating body of work featuring a new lighting range with Jo’s signature patterns and colours, in addition to bright and bold glass finish installations, which will be flanked by illuminated samples for bespoke pieces.

Family-run business, Knots Rugs, who specialise in exquisite, hand-knotted floor coverings, will be marking its 10th anniversary by collaborating with three preeminent artists in the UK – Michal Cole, Arthur Lanyon and George Marton-Clark – on a series of abstract carpets that marry age-old production techniques with contemporary art. The new range will be unveiled at this year’s Decorex.

Social enterprise Fine Cell Work, is celebrating 20 years. Known for its needlework projects, it has created heritage pieces for the likes of the V&A, English Heritage, HRH Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. This year its Founding Director, Katy Emck, was awarded an OBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list. The charity has become a national brand for top quality products handmade in British prisons and will be presenting its latest designs at Decorex.

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Independent Hotel Show Awards

Independent Hotel Show Awards nominations now open

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Who do you think stands out as a deeply passionate, creative and innovative independent hotelier? Which new hotel do you believe has made a significant impact on the industry in a short space of time?

Setting the stage for the industry to recognise its champions, the Independent Hotel Show (17-18 October) invites you to nominate and vote in the Independent Hotel Show Awards in association with Sky.

The Independent Hotel Show defines five differentiating factors for today’s independent hotel: individuality, locality, freedom, personality and innovation. The awards celebrate the manifestation of these factors in two categories:

Independent Hotelier
The Independent Hotelier award recognises the spirit of an individual who drives the luxury boutique hotel sector forwards with creativity and wisdom. The individual will have made a significant contribution to the independent hotel sector and has a reputation for pushing boundaries and creating exceptional guest experiences. Above all, the winner is someone committed to the development of their team, the success of the establishment and the industry at large.

Outstanding New Hotel
The Outstanding New Hotel award celebrates an independent hotel (operating for no more than three years) that brings dynamism and coveted ideas to the sector. A game-changer with a unique style, the hotel has influenced attitudes within the sector, whilst providing exemplary service and amazing guest experiences, as well as demonstrating remarkable business efficiency.

Hoteliers and hotels are now able to submit their applications via the Independent Hotel Show website. Nominations close on Friday 14 July. A shortlist of six nominees for each category will be created by a panel of industry experts. The winners will be chosen by you, the industry, by voting via the show registration form, and will be announced on Tuesday 17 October at the Independent Hotel Show.

Brit List

Brit List 2017: Attendee numbers hit more than 200…

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We’re just over two weeks away from the Hotel Designs Brit List event, which will see some of the biggest names in the UK hotel and design industries all in one room for an evening of drinks, celebration and networking.

For the past few months, Hotel Designs has been taking soundings and nominations to create the Brit List – a celebration of the most influential and inspirational hoteliers and interior designers.

The attendee list has now hit more than 200 people, with some fantastic representatives from across the hotel industry; including InterContinental Hotel Group, Hotel Gotham, Fairview Hotels, Mondrian London and Montcalm Hotels. And attendees from firms from the design industry confirmed to attend include Reardonsmith Architects, NH Interiors, Rethink Interiors, Goddard Littlefair and RPW Design. Suppliers looking forward to meeting top names from both industries include Hypnos, Crosswater, HEWI, Hansgrohe, Sleepeezee and Kohler to name but a few.

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Also covering the event on behalf of the media will be members of the press from the Times, the Daily Telegraph and the New York Times. With such a fantastic array of industry figures all in one room, you don’t want to miss an opportunity to get your company name on show – a limited number sponsorship opportunities are still available for the Hotel Designs Brit List.

To find out more contact Jennie Lane on 01992 374098 or email j.lane@forumevents.co.uk.

100% Design

100% Design announces Kitchens & Bathrooms and Design & Build brands

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100% Design, the UK’s largest design trade show, returns to Olympia London from 20-23 September. Taking place in the burgeoning design district of West Kensington over four days, 100% Design showcases leading national and international exhibitors, many of whom will be launching new products at the show.

Split into five sections, the show presents products across Interiors, Workplace, Kitchens & Bathrooms, Design & Build and Emerging Brands. With a combined spending power in excess of £3.9 billion, the show provides an unrivalled business experience for architects, interior designers and other design and construction specialists. Attracting more than 27,000 professional visitors, 2017 marks 23 years of London’s iconic design show.

100% Design
For this year’s edition 100% Design hosts Dealer Day, a professional programme of networking, seminars and talks for this influential design community.

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Ceramics feature heavily across both the Design & Build and Kitchen & Bathroom show sections, whether it’s in the form of new flooring ranges from Grestec Tiles, a Portuguese ceramics showcase from Apicer, or Concrete LCDA’s concrete for interior architecture.

Many exhibitors are utilising natural materials in response to growing demand for homes and buildings that demonstrate harmony with the natural world. Design & Build exhibitor Mobilane UK will show their ranges of living walls, while in Kitchens & Bathrooms, Esthec Terrace will launch a 100% recyclable and sustainable terrace system at the show.

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Hotel Designs partners with Decorex International for second consecutive year

HD partners with Decorex International for second consecutive year

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Hotel Designs is delighted to announce, once again, its media partnership for the 2017 edition of Decorex International, being held at Syon Park, London on 17-20 September.

As Hotel Designs continues to grow its name within the interior design and hotel industry, partnering with shows of the pedigree of Decorex is the perfect way to reach key influencers and figures from across the industry.

With a rich heritage of 40 years, Decorex is internationally renowned for being the destination where interior design professionals discover the finest and most coveted luxury products from new, emerging and established talent.

Decorex LogoDaniel Fountain, Hotel Designs editor, said of the partnership: “We thoroughly enjoyed partnering with Decorex last year, and I am delighted we will have a presence at one of most well-known shows in the sector once again.

“For four decades, Decorex has more than earned its reputation as one of the key places for interior design professionals to discover the very latest trends, luxury products and innovative design. I am truly excited that Hotel Designs can be part of one of the most coveted shows in the business,” he added.

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Announcing the House and Garden Festival at Olympia

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Coming to Olympia London this summer, for the very first time, is the House & Garden Festival. The four-day event will bring together three leading lifestyle events: Spirit of Summer Fair, The HOUSE Fair and GROW London, to create the ultimate celebration of summer and stylish living.

The House & Garden Festival is offering an eclectic mix of interior and lifestyle brands to explore and shop, all hand-selected by an expert team, including the editorial team powering House & Garden. Style-seekers will have everything they need at this ultimate destination for summer living inspiration and shopping. GROW London is bursting with ideas on how to transform your outside space, from garden design to furniture, sculptures, plants, gadgets, pots and tools. The Spirit of Summer Fair offers an extensive mix of independent boutiques and lifestyle products, accompanied by a collection of the country’s finest artisan producers including Great Taste Award winners. The HOUSE Fair adds design inspiration and interior products to suit any style; including furniture, fabrics, cushions, bespoke lampshades, rugs, lighting and accessories.

House and Garden Festival
The House & Garden Festival will play host to over 550 exhibitors from Wednesday 21st to Saturday 24th June. Showcasing a hand-selected treasure trove of interior, garden and lifestyle brands to buy or be inspired by, the Festival will welcome over 23,000 visitors.

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‘Style Rooms’ and ‘Decorated Spaces’, will be designed by stylists using their favourite pieces from the huge array of products available at the Festival, the event will also offer inspiration alongside beautiful feature gardens jam-packed with ideas for visitors to steal for their own gardens, including a garden installation by Richard Miers in association with Quintessentially Travel. Guests will also be able to enjoy a Mosimann’s pop-up restaurant and two Louis Roederer champagne bars.

House and Garden Festival
Show Manager, Thi Dinh of the House & Garden Festival says: “The House & Garden Festival is the perfect marriage of three great brands. We’re very excited to be launching this summer and bringing unrivalled inspiration and professional advice to our visitors. We have everything you need for stylish summer living. Gardening lovers will enjoy the relaxed and fun atmosphere with GROW London. Shoppers will be tantalized by the Spirit of Summer’s array of accessories, fashion, jewellery and children’s clothing. While The HOUSE Fair is the perfect place for design inspiration and beautiful interior products. Our experts top it all off with great guidance on how to bring it all together for all round ultimate summer style.”

House and Garden Festival
The Festival will be offering a whole host of free seminars, talks and interactive workshops. The timetable boasts leading interior, garden and lifestyle experts offering all-round interior and design inspiration with specialist insight, key design tips and practical advice.

Tickets are on sale for £16 in advance (£20 on the door) at www.houseandgardenfestival.com.
The House & Garden Festival takes place from Wednesday 21st – Saturday 24th June 2017, open from 10am-5pm daily, 10am-6pm on Saturday at Olympia London, W14.

Brit List

HD Brit List 2017: Attendee list keeps on growing…

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We’re just one month away from the Hotel Designs Brit List event, which will be taking in some of the biggest names in the UK industry. For the past few months, Hotel Designs has been taking soundings and nominations to create the Brit List – a celebration of the most influential and inspirational hoteliers and interior designers.

The attendee list keeps on growing, with some fantastic representatives from across the hotelier and interior design industry already confirmed to be at the event; including Fairview Hotels, RPW Design, Hotel Gotham, Goddard Littlefair, Hypnos, Crosswater, the Dorchester Hotel, InterContinental Hotel Group, Rethink Interiors and GLH Hotels to name but a few.

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With such a fantastic array of industry figures all in one room, you don’t want to miss an opportunity to get your company name on show – a limited number sponsorship opportunities are still available for the Hotel Designs Brit List. To find out more contact Jennie Lane on 01992 374098 or email j.lane@forumevents.co.uk.

Clerkenwell Design Week 2017

Clerkenwell Design Week 2017 in review…

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Over 34,000 design professionals from 73 countries at London’s most important commercial design festival.

The eighth edition of Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW), sponsored by Renault, delivered huge benefit to London’s creative hub with over 57,000 new business leads generated during the three-day festival. With more than 200 brands exhibiting across the 7 venues and 92 showrooms, CDW brought life to the area from 23-25 May and further cemented the festival as a key event on the international design calendar.

Clerkenwell Design Week 2017This year’s festival focussed on refining the visitor experience and access to the extensive combination of exhibitions, installations and over 300 live events. The eye-catching way-finding, designed by Space Agency and sponsored by URW++ was a vital aspect of this and guided visitors easily through the Clerkenwell Exhibition Trail, along which visitors experienced immersive installations including the ambitious 8m tall Beacon at Design Fields and The Bolt: A Celebration of Craft, an impressive structure created by Giles Miller and Shinola.

CDW 2017 Facts and figures…
• 34,128 total visitors
• 64% visitors were architects or designers
• 57563 business leads captured at the show
• Visitors from 73 countries
• 300+ events
• 92 showrooms
• 209 exhibitors

The Conversations at Clerkenwell series, sponsored by eporta, staged in a specially designed talks space located within Design Fields, included a host of design thinkers and influencers including Doshi Levien, Sebastian Cox and many more. The eighth edition also welcomed 25 fringe partners, including the Museum of London, who organised themed walks on the past, present and future of making in Clerkenwell and Craft Central who presented a collaboration with TfL, celebrating TfL’s unique heritage of design with a specially commissioned collection of thirteen brand new Underground-inspired brooches.

Clerkenwell Design Week 2017Daren Newton, Managing Director of Clerkenwell Design Week, commented “The eighth edition of Clerkenwell Design Week was hugely successful and has proven that the festival is a substantial player in the global design scene. The festival saw some of the best global design brands occupy the unique setting of medieval and victorian Clerkenwell and we have had brilliant responses from exhibitors and visitors alike. The new layout for the festival was cemented this year through enhanced wayfinding, making the festival a much more complete experience – aided significantly by the great weather! We are now very much looking forward to next year.”

Max Fraser, specialist in contemporary design was announced as Content Editor last month and going forward, will advise on the content curation, strategy and programming for Clerkenwell Design Week. He will also take on the same position on 100% Design (20-23 September), the cornerstone event of the London Design Festival.

Clerkenwell Design Week 2018 will take place Tuesday 22- Thursday 24 May.

Decorex 2017 exhibitors announced

Decorex 2017: Exhibitor list now live

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Decorex International, the UK’s only show for high-end interior design, has announced its initial list of exhibitors for 2017.

Taking place this September [17-20] as part of the London Design Festival, the highly anticipated event will see more than 400 established and emerging designers descend to the historical grounds of Syon Park, to launch new collections – from furniture, lighting and decorative accessories to fabrics, wallpapers, tiles and architectural elements – over the course of four days. Expect something special in 2017, as Decorex celebrates its 40th anniversary and will be exploring 40 years of design collaborations, both past and present.

A loyal community of established exhibitors return to Decorex each year and 2017 is no exception; A Rum Fellow, Benchmark, Cox London, Julian Chichester, Nicholas Haslam, Original House, Royal Crown Derby, Sebastian Cox, Tom Faulkner and Vispring to name a few. Renowned for always supporting and celebrating rising talent, Decorex will also host a selection of exciting, new industry names, both from the UK and overseas.

Hunt & Hope, a design duo based in London, are creators of modern, vibrant, hand-stitched needlepoint designs using traditional techniques, but with a fresh and modern approach. Look out for their debut collection of bold and colourful patterns. Larusi will also be exhibiting for the first time
this year. The company has built up a large collection of crafted and weaved textiles from all over the world, some of which will be on display at the show. Artist, Margit Wittig, will offer seven striking, A Rum Fellow Ptolemy Mann sculptural lamps, while Jonathan Rogers will present his range of contemporary hand-blown glass designs. Ceramicist Fenella Elms will showcase her intricate, nature-inspired porcelain panels, and Sotis Studio will also be presenting his ceramic pieces, inspired by his childhood spent by the sea in Greece.

Dutch company, Beck & Kinch will showcase an array of design items, taking visitors on an emotional journey through all sensual inputs. Italian firm, Turini & Werich, born out of Carlotta Turini’s and John Werich’s mutual love for Italian furniture and design, will showcase their line of high quality furniture.

While Layered, a new Swedish fashion interior brand, will present its latest collection of woven rugs. Other new exhibitors to look out for this year include Boho 1325, Charlotte Jade, Materiko, SkinFlint, Susi Bellamy, Zoe Glengross and Witch & Watchman.

To view the full list, visit the Decorex website: www.decorex.com/uk/exhibitors

Brit List ticket price

Brit List 2017: Ticket, sponsorship prices

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Hotel Designs is producing the Brit List 2017, a celebration of the country’s most inspirational and influential hoteliers and designers.

The full 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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Via the Hotel Designs website and weekly newsletter, we have been asking our readers to nominate those people who inspire and influence them. The individuals nominated can work in sectors across the broad spectrum of the industry.

For those wishing to attend the event in July, ticket prices are £150. Sponsorship packages start from £1,000 plus there are a limited number of advertising opportunities available for this prestigious and influential publication.

For more details contact Jennie Lane on j.lane@forumevents.co.uk, or call 01992 374098.

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Brit List 2017: Judge Profile – Jayne Alexander

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Here at Hotel Designs, we’ve been asking our readers to select who they think should be included in the UK’s top 25 hoteliers and 25 leading design professionals – to nominate those they think are deserving of recognition in both fields.

The selections then go to our advisory board of judges, representatives from across the hotel and design industry.

Here we’re profiling our next judge, The Dovetail Agency MD Jayne Alexander…

Jayne’s career extends across the entire sphere of luxury travel and lifestyle, having worked for Inter-Continental Hotels and The Virgin Group before launching The Dovetail Agency 20 years ago.

The Dovetail Agency is a brand communications agency specialising in luxury travel and lifestyle. The team develop unique strategic plans for each client, integrating key elements including media relations, branding, creative consulting, event marketing, strategic partnerships, advertising and traditional public relations. Founded on the idea that great  service, strong relationships, strategic thinking and flawless execution should be the foundation of an agency’s work, The Dovetail Agency has grown and prospered to become one of the UK’s most respected travel and lifestyle brand agencies.

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Formerly sales and marketing director within Virgin, Jayne has successfully built up an excellent industry profile. With a proven track record, achieving all targets set in previous job roles, both in PR and marketing management, Jayne is results-driven and promises effective implementation of a new project or strategy with outstanding results. Jayne’s experience includes a launch project for The Virgin Group. Virgin Ultimate was developed as a luxury collection of UK and international properties. Each hotel or resort was required to meet a high standard in order to be aligned and promoted alongside Necker Island and La Residencia. Virgin Gift Cards were developed from Jayne’s own initial business idea, working closely with Richard Branson and all companies within the Group.

Jayne works with each client to develop an all-encompassing business strategy and tactically to counteract need periods and weaker areas of a client’s business. As Marketing Director with Virgin and in-house Sales Director at Inter-Continental Hotels, clients involve Jayne in the planning and implementation of the overall sales, marketing, product and PR planning process.

 

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Hotel Designs Brit List 2017: The Long List

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Who are the most inspirational and influential names in the UK hotel business?

The finalists in the Hotel Designs Brit List have been named, taking in some of the biggest names in the UK industry.

For the past few months, Hotel Designs has been taking soundings and nominations to create the Brit List – a celebration of the most influential and inspirational hoteliers and interior designers.

The final list will be unveiled on the evening of Wednesday July 12th at the vibrant Urban Coterie sky bar and restaurant. It’s free to attend if you work in the sector – to find out more click here.

With such a fantastic array of industry figures all in one room, you don’t want to miss an opportunity to get your company name on show – a limited number sponsorship opportunities are still available for the Hotel Designs Brit List. To find out more contact Jennie Lane on 01992 374098 or email j.lane@forumevents.co.uk

The shortlist is now being studied by our panel of judges, who will decide the 25 top hoteliers and 25 top interior designers. The panel includes Dr Vanessa Brady OBE, President of the Society of British & International Design; Glyn Adams, Academic at the Edge Hotel School; Patrick Goff, Founder of Goff Associates; Daniel Fountain, Editor of Hotel Designs.

The finalists are:

Hoteliers
Andrew Wildsmith – Owner, Wildsmith Hotles
Louise & Andrew Macbeth – Owners, Beck Hall
Mailo Power – Director, Athenaeum House
Bharat Rai – General Manager, Grange Tower Bridge Hotel
Marwan Hemchaoui – Manager, The Vineyard
Patrick Burke – Owner/Manager, The Atlantic Hotel
Paul Brackley – Manager, Shangri-La, The Shard
Peter McCarthy – Chairman, Clevedon Hall
Robin Sheppard – Chairman, Bespoke Hotels
Aidan Flanagan – Manager, Muckrach Country House Hotel
Tony Troy – CEO, Principal Hotels
Michael Obray – General Manager, Lords of the Manor Hotel
Lynn Brutman – General Manager, Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire
Charles Lowther – Owner, Askham Hall
Chris Hurst – General Manager, Hambleton Hall
Andrew Thomason – Managing Director, Gravetye Manor
Jennifer McCabe – General Manager, Charlotte Street Hotel
Tom Ross – General Manager, The Pig Near Bath
Mario Ovsenjak – General Manager, Hotel Gotham
Adolf Schauer – General Manager, The Landmark London
Mark Bevan – General Manager, Chewton Glen
Olivia Immesi – Manager, Ace Hotel Shoreditch
Jan-Paul Kroese – General Manager, Belmond Le Manoir aux Qaut’Saisons
Sue Williams – General Manager, Whatley Manor

Designers
Ariane Steinbeck – Interior Designer, RPW Design
Emma King – Head of Interior Design Europe, IHG
Geraldine Milsom – Milsom Hotels & Restaurants Group
Sarah Ramsbottom – Managing Director, Elle R Leisure
Deema Sahyoun – IND Creations
Andrew Linwood – Areen Hospitality
Dennis Irvine – Dennis Irvine Studio
Dexter Moren – Director, Dexter Moren Associates
Malgosia Hendzel – Architect, Alex Kravetz Design
Henry Chebaane – Designer, Blue Sky Hospitality Space
Graeme Banks – Design Director, Barr + Wray
Michelle Holland – Associate, Goddard Littlefair
Alesia Sirokina – Senior Designer, Project Orange
John Lewis – Associate Director, Richmond International
Bee Osborn – Director, Osborn Interiors
David Richard Mellor – Principal/Head of Design, David Richard Mellor
Yasmine Mahmoudieh – Yasmine Mahmoudieh Architecture & Design
Patrick Tyberghein – Director, Carter Tyberghein
Helen Fewster – Director, Suna Interior Design
Robert Angell – Principal/Director, Robert Angell Design
Michael Simmons – Founder/Designer, Space ID
Nicholas Hollinshead – Senior Designer, NH Interiors
Lucy Goddard – Creative Director, NoChintz
Michael Squire – Senior Partner, Squire & Partners
Susie Atkinson – Founder, Susie Atkinson Design
Andy Cooper – Head of Design, Oulsnam Design
Esra Kumbasar – Senior Designer, Wrothams
Elizabeth Warden – Principal, Elizabeth Designs
David Carter – Designer, A La CarteR

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Hansgrohe showcasing ISH products at Clerkenwell

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Hansgrohe UK, the award-winning kitchen and bathroom specialist, is showcasing a selection of their latest products straight from ISH, in Frankfurt, for the first time in the UK.

The new products will be installed at The Water Studio as part of Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW), the UK’s leading independent design festival from 23rd-25th May.

The Water Studio is Hansgrohe UK’s hub of inspiration in the heart of Clerkenwell and is the number one destination for anyone serious about creating show-stopping bathrooms. From 23rd – 25th May, The Water Studio will be an open house for visitors to come and explore, ask questions, try out different working products and meet the Hansgrohe Project Team.

Following the success of ISH where the Hansgrohe Group exhibited over 500 new products and had a record number 61,000 visitors, on display at The Water Studio, Hansgrohe UK will display a new line of showerheads and taps with expressive and consistent geometric design. Also showcasing is an innovative solution for the comfortable and convenient control of multi-jet showers. From the AXOR brand, a new unprecedented spray type, which has been perfected during years of research and is a unique homage to the precious element of water, elevates showering to a luxurious experience in new dimensions.

Product highlights in 2017 will include AXOR Uno and Metropol.

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Brit List 2017: Hotelier, designer nominations still coming in…

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Hotel Designs is producing the Brit List 2017, a celebration of the country’s most inspirational and influential hoteliers and designers.

The full Hotel Designs Brit List will be revealed via a publication this summer, with a party to celebrate the List taking place at Urban Coterie, London on Wednesday July 12th. We’ve been asking our readers to select who they think should be included in the UK’s top 25 hoteliers and 25 leading design professionals – to nominate those they think are deserving of recognition in both fields.

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And they’ve come up with some huge names in both fields, here is just a selection so far:

Hoteliers
– Andrew Wildsmith (Owner of Wildsmith Hotels)
– Robin Sheppard (Chairman of Bespoke Hotels)
– Michael Obray (General Manager at Lords of the Manor Hotel)
– Robin Hutson (CEO at The Pig Hotels Group)
– Mark Bevan (General Manager at Chewton Glen)

Designers
– Ariane Steinbeck (Interior Designer at RPW Design)
– Andrew Linwood (Areen Hospitality)
– Dexter Moren (Director at Dexter Moren Associates)
– John Lewis (Associate at Richmond International)
– Bee Osborn (Director at Osborn Interiors)

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.

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Brit List 2017: Judge profile – Dr. Vanessa Brady OBE

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Here at Hotel Designs, we’ve been asking our readers to select who they think should be included in the UK’s top 25 hoteliers and 25 leading design professionals – to nominate those they think are deserving of recognition in both fields.

The selections then go to our advisory board of judges, representatives from across the hotel and design industry.

Here we’re profiling our first judge, Dr. Vanessa Brady OBE…

Vanessa is an international multi-award winning interior designer, Business Consultant and Founder of the Society of British and International Design with over thirty years’ experience in B2B procurement and post analysis of the design profession.

She has been acknowledged for a number of high level business and design achievement awards; such as the 2013 Woman in the City, Woman of Achievement Award for the Built Environment and in 2014 was awarded an OBE for her services to the design industry and UK economy.

In 2015, she also received an honorary degree titled Doctor of Design from Southampton Solent University, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the interior design industry.

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Versital nominated in BKU Awards

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Versital is delighted to have been nominated for the BKU Awards as ‘Best Shower Brand’.

Launched in 2015, the BKU Awards have quickly gained a reputation as an authority on exceptional design and quality in the bathroom and kitchen industry.

In the bathroom brand awards there are 5 categories, including ‘Best Ceramic Brand’, ‘Best Tap Brand’, ‘Best Furniture Brand’, ‘Best Accessory Brand’ and ‘Best Shower Brand’ for which we are nominated.

“We are over the moon to be recognised and nominated by our peers in the highly competitive bathroom industry as a brand of quality. We have been manufacturing bathroom and shower products for over 30 years, offering a range of made to order bathroom products, including bespoke shower trays, shower panels and vanity tops.

“Our products are often chosen to solve an issue where others have failed, especially our bespoke shower trays, which are one of the best selling bespoke shower tray brands in the UK.”

You can vote by visiting the BKU website www.bkuawards.co.uk/vote

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Brit List 2017: Venue profile – Urban Coterie, Shoreditch

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Situated in one of London’s most vibrant areas, and location of Hotel Designs’ ‘Brit List 2017’ party on July 12th, ‘Urban’ represents our Shoreditch edge as well as the infectious buzz surrounding Silicon Roundabout, both of which have greatly influenced our vibe.

A place to connect with likeminded people, ‘Coterie’ represents the new place to enjoy wonderfully British tipples and seasonal dishes, which let beautiful ingredients shine. All of this is complemented by engaged service and stunning views over London.

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Modern-day, informal dining serving up home-grown British ingredients and moreish snacks alongside a thoughtfully curated wine list. Letting ingredient-led seasonal cooking do the talking, our dishes are as aesthetically pleasing as the views.

Urban CoterieThe cutting edge restaurant redefines dining in the sky. Our team of talented chefs have designed a menu that is all about letting ingredient-led seasonal cooking do the talking. The stylish bar showcases a thoughtfully curated range of British spirits, an established and affordable wine list, including a proud range of sparkling wines in the sky lounge.

Hotel Designs is producing the Brit List 2017, a celebration of the country’s most inspirational and influential hoteliers and designers.

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