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The Brit List 2018 – designer profiles

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In the coming weeks, Hotel Designs will be profiling the 75 finalists in the Hotel Designs Brit List 2018. We continue with profiling our winning designers in alphabetical order…

This year’s The Brit List 2018 concluded on November 22, when leading designers, hoteliers and architects gathered at BEAT London to find out which of them made it on to this year’s The Brit List 2018. The hundreds of nominees and entries were whittled down by the event’s five judges, who were:

  • Gilly Craft, President of the British Institute of Interior Design
  • Charles Leon, founder of Leon Black Architecture and Interior Design
  • Gerri Gallagher, former associate editor, Tatler
  • Lysbeth Fox, founder and director of Fox PR
  • Hamish Kilburn, editor, Hotel Designs

Top designers 2018

Katherine Neathercoat – Head of interior design, Scott Brownrigg 

Katherine Neathercoat joined Scott Brownrigg’s award-winning interior design team in 2017 as director/head of UK interior design. Based in the Endell Street office, Neathercoat leads the creative design direction of the interior design service for the brand. Working closely with the team, she is responsible for growing the interiors business, expanding its client base and developing the studio’s multi-sector offering, together with supporting Scott Brownrigg’s wider international growth initiatives.

As the head of interior design, she is integral to ensuring the success and high calibre of every project and has worked on numerous notable schemes for clients as diverse as Hard Rock, Expedia, Berkeley Homes, Thomson Reuters, glh Hotels, Canary Wharf Group and Lendlease.

Kim Partridge – Founder and Director, Kim Partridge Interiors 

Kim Partridge Interiors creates high-end hospitality and residential spaces with a personal touch. New to hotel design, Partridge has made a statement entrance having just completed the award-winning Neo-Gothic flavour interiors for Adare Manor.

“There is much that I find rewarding about my work, but essentially, I get the most thrill out of sourcing those final pieces that make a space personal,” Partridge said on her website. “I absolutely love books and libraries, so often aim to find something unusual relating to the project that will tell a story.”

Maria Vafiadis – Managing Director, MKV Design 

The founder and managing director of MKV Design, Maria Vafiadis is an established thought-leader within the interior design world. With her body of work expanding more than two decades, Vafiadis’ ‘every project is one-off’ approach reflects her constant quest for new ideas.

Her ability to celebrate location is at the heart of the new Bürgenstock Hotel, which is located 500m above Lake Lucerne in Switzerland.

Martin Brudnizki – Director, MBDS (winner – Innovation in Design – Interior Designer of the Year)

Martin Brudnizki is one of the world’s most acclaimed designers – and for good reason. Previous prevalent projects in the hospitality industry include The Ivy in Soho, Sexy Fish and The Beekman in New York. His recent works include Cambridge’s new hotel, University Arms, and Annabel’s nightclub in London. Brudnizki’s love for design started from a young age. His mother was a stylist and his father a mechanical engineer; the combination of these elements embedded a deep understanding of aesthetics alongside a grounding in functionality.

Following a number of successful positions at renowned interior design firms, Brudnizki established his eponymous studio in London in 2000 and later in 2012 launched a New York studio in response to the growth in demand.

Nicholas Stoupas – Director, Twenty2degrees 

Nicholas Stoupas has successfully led a number of prestigious projects including Hyatt Abu Dhabi, Hyatt Regency Minsk, Hilton Bankside, InterContinental Westminster, Aloft Abu Dhabi and Russel Hotel London. Working with Joseph Stella, he is currently working on projects such as Le Meridian Abuja, Hyatt Regency Rawalpindi, Four Points Sheraton Abuja, Westin Abuja.

Hard Rock Hotel London unveils Rock Royalty level accommodation

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The Rock Royalty level has been revealed one year prior to the Hard Rock Hotel London opening its doors to the public…

Ahead of its highly anticipated launch in 2019, Hard Rock Hotel London has lifted the lid on its Rock Royalty level, offering exclusive rooms and suites, alongside luxurious perks.

Imagined by Scott Brownrigg design firm, the hotel when open next year is said to boast around 1,000 stylish rooms and suites, together with two vibrant bars, a lively Hard Rock Cafe® and the world famous Rock Shop®.

From Abbey Road Studios and Camden’s Roundhouse to the historic 100 Club, London has undeniable music heritage. With Hard Rock Hotel London promising to be the city’s next iconic live music hot spot, the Rock Royalty programme offers an elevated experience so guests can live out their rock star dreams.

The package is truly pioneering

The 103 Rock Royalty rooms and 14 suites, designed by Scott Brownrigg, are located on the third floor of the hotel and have been custom designed for luxury and comfort. Decorated in post box red and royal blue, each lavish room features a hand-crafted Hypnos bed, flat screen digital TV, minibar and a nightly turndown service as well as a nod to the Hard Rock International brand with a branded guitar pick.

“While we will treat every guest at Hard Rock Hotel London like a VIP, our Rock Royalty programme offers an extra special experience,” said Oliver Kahf, General Manager of Hard Rock Hotel London. “The package is truly pioneering; from door to door luxury airport transfers and exclusive access to local music events to bespoke amenities tailored to each guests’ Ultimate Room Rider. We want every guest to know how it feels to be treated like a Rock Star.”

Next year’s opening will serve as yet another milestone for the growing Hard Rock International brand

Rock Royalty guests will have access to bespoke services such as taking advantage of Hard Rock Hotel London’s Ultimate Room Rider, which adds personalised touches to each Rock Royalty room including a choice of pillows, in-room scents and bath bombs. Guests can also expect to find their personal choice of spirits, soft drinks and sweet treats waiting in the mini bar and their favourite music track playing in their room on entry.

When they aren’t relaxing in their room, the luxurious Rock Royalty lounge will provide an exclusive home away from home hangout. Perfect for escaping the paparazzi, Rock Royalty guests will enjoy a host of complimentary services, from breakfast and afternoon tea to evening canapés and cocktails. The lavish lounge will also feature carefully curated items from Hard Rock’s extensive collection of music memorabilia.

To ensure guests not only feel good but look good too, Rock Royalty Suites come with complimentary shoeshine and pressing services to ensure every guest is stage ready. Rooms will also have a coffee table book showcasing the history and stories of the hotel’s most famous – and infamous – guests.

Next year’s opening will serve as yet another milestone for the growing Hard Rock International brand, which currently operates in 74 countries worldwide, and will continue to cement its place in the industry as one of the most globally recognised companies.

 

First inside look at the Hard Rock Hotel, London

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As it prepares to check in to the capital for spring 2019…

 Hard Rock Hotel London has given Hotel Designs an exclusive first look inside the new hotel ahead of opening its doors in spring 2019.

Drawing on the legacy of the greats who stayed here in decades past – and an inspiration to those who are yet to write their own story – the Hard Rock Hotel London will stand alone as a haven for music lovers and cultural explorers everywhere.

Designed by the award-winning architectural and interior design practice, Scott Brownrigg, and catering to the needs of both business and leisure travellers, Hard Rock Hotel London will boast around 1,000 stylish rooms and suites, together with two vibrant bars, a lively Hard Rock Cafe® and the world famous Rock Shop®.

Taking the London experience to another level, luxurious Rock Royalty rooms and suites offer extra perks including a personal concierge and access to a lavish Lounge.

Built in one of London’s most iconic locations – on the corner of Oxford Street and Park Lane – the hotel will shelter guests steps away from London’s buzzing city centre, West End theatres and the glorious greenry of Hyde Park.

Each Hard Rock Hotel has an incredible memorabilia collection – and Hard Rock Hotel London’s interiors will pay tribute to former residents such as Jimi Hendrix, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder and Madonna along with the crème de la crème of contemporary artists.

Slated to be the ultimate urban hang-out, visitors will experience a true taste of London, as Oliver Kahf, General Manager of Hard Rock Hotel London, comments: “Hard Rock is a world-class institution where contemporary style and comfort meets rock star service. This building has stood at the intersection of British music and fashion since the 1930s and when we open in spring 2019, it’s sure to become a go-to London hotspot once again.”

Internationally recognised as a world-class entertainment and lifestyle brand, Hard Rock Hotels offers stylish and contemporary design mixed with unparalleled service and the thread that unites them all – music.

Hard Rock Hotels cater to the evolving and distinctive needs of today’s cosmopolitan, modern travellers, who seek a reprieve from traditional, predictable experiences, whether for business or leisure travel.

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