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Beneath the surface of the Surface Design Show 2019

Hamish Kilburn

With less than one month before the Surface Design Show 2019, Hotel Designs identifies what to look out for at this year’s event… 

From February 5 – 7, Surface Design Show 2019 will take place at London’s Business Design Centre to provide a platform for architects, designers and specifiers to explore the best in interior and exterior surface materials, lighting design, development and innovation.

For more than ten years Surface Design Show has been the place where industry professionals immerse themselves in the latest materials for the built environment, gain new insights and network with like-minded designers, architects and suppliers. More than 150 exhibitors will showcase an exciting range of products including natural stone, acoustics, recycled materials, living walls and architectural lighting.

Exhibitors returning to the Show include ColourGrain SurfacesSoundspace and Pixalux UK, whilst amongst those making their debut are Artistic LicenseOber SurfacesTrocellen and Greenlam.

Surface Design Show 2019 also features some 40 talks from over 50 industry professionals, all designed to engage and inspire.

Extreme close up of 3-d surface which looks like a flower

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The Opening Night Debate returns from 6.30pm on the first day of the Show, Tuesday February 5. Organised in association with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and New London Architecture (NLA) it will discuss whether factory-made housing can provide Londoners with better places to live. The panel will be chaired by Peter Murray of NLA, with Ben Derbyshire of HTA Design and RIBA President, Carl Vann of Pollard Thomas Edwards and Hazel Rounding of shedkm debating the topic ‘Factory-made Housing: is this the solution to building better homes long term?’. The debate is sponsored by Bruceshaw.

Also returning for 2019 is the ever popular PechaKucha Evening, hosted by Chris Dyson of Chris Dyson Architects on February 6 from 6.30pm, sponsored by Parkside. Speakers include Nigel Ostime of Hawkins Brown; Soraya Khan of Theis and Khan Architects; Alex Scott-Whitby of ScottWhitbyStudio; Stuart Piercy of Piercy and Co; Simon Fraser of Hopkins Architects; Alison Brooks of Alison Brooks Architects; Lucia Berasaluce of Haptic Architects and Ben Cousins of Cousins & Cousins Architects. Presenters will discuss ‘Identities and Boundaries: site specific responses to modern architecture’ in an exciting and inspiring format using 20 images, each discussed for 20 seconds. Sponsored by Parkside.

Stone Gallery, which is officially supported by Stone Federation GB whose Stone Knowledge Hub forms a focal point for the event, will also be returning to Surface Design Show 2019. Stone Gallery, which is also supported by media partner Tomorrow’s Tile & Stone, is an industry-leading event for architects and designers to meet and specify natural stone. The Stone Hub stage will host a series of presentations curated by Arup.

Now in its fifth year, Light School is the home of architectural lighting, allows architects and designers to touch, compare and learn about innovative lighting and technology products. The Light School arena, Light Talks, will return once again supported by the Institution of Lighting Professionals and LED Linear.

Since 2013 the show has hosted the Surface Design Awards, now recognised as one of the most respected events in the design calendar. The awards distinguish the best and most interesting exterior and interior surfaces for different sectors of design. The 2019 awards received entries from across Europe, the USA, Australia, China, Korea and India. The shortlist consists of an impressive 43 projects across seven categories. A multi-category Finalist is the Morpheus Hotel by Zaha Hadid Architects and Isometrix Lighting Design. The hotel, which is in China, was praised by all judges, with James Soane commenting: “I can’t help but admire the mastery, it is extraordinary, I am drawn to it.” The awards presentation at #SDS19 will take place on the morning of Thursday February 7.

Free registration to #SDS19 is available via this link.

Hotel Designs becomes media partner of Surface Design Show

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Surface Design Show 2019 will celebrate the best in new and innovative surfaces…

Hotel Designs has confirmed that it is a media partner for the Surface Design Show 2019, which takes place From February 5 – 7 at London’s Business Design Centre.

Providing a platform for architects, designers and specifiers to explore the best in interior and exterior surface materials, lighting design, development and innovation, the show is the only event in the UK that focuses solely on interior and exterior surfaces.

For more than ten years Surface Design Show has been the place where industry professionals immerse themselves in the latest materials for the built environment, gain new insights and network with like-minded designers, architects and suppliers.

“As technology opens up the floor for new and creative surfaces, we are delighted to help put the spotlight on the Surface Design Show 2019 as a media partner,” said editor of Hotel Designs Hamish Kilburn. “As well as showcasing the latest surface trends within the design sphere, the show’s talks and social opportunities make this event one of the most interactive design networking events in the calendar.”

Surface Design Show 2019 also features some 40 talks from more than 50 industry professionals, all designed to engage and inspire.

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The Opening Night Debate returns from 6.30pm on the first day of the Show, Tuesday 5 February. Organised in association with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and New London Architecture (NLA) it will discuss whether factory-made housing can provide Londoners with better places to live. The panel will be chaired by Peter Murray of NLA, with Ben Derbyshire of HTA Design and RIBA President, Carl Vann of Pollard Thomas Edwards and Hazel Rounding of shedkm debating the topic ‘Factory-made Housing: is this the solution to building better homes long term?’.

Returning for 2019 is the ever popular PechaKucha Evening, hosted by Chris Dyson of Chris Dyson Architects on 6 February from 6.30pm. Speakers include Nigel Ostime of Hawkins Brown; Soraya Khan of Theis and Khan Architects; Alex Scott-Whitby of ScottWhitbyStudio; Stuart Piercy of Piercy and Co; Simon Fraser of Hopkins Architects; Alison Brooks of Alison Brooks Architects; Lucia Berasaluce of Haptic Architects and Ben Cousins of Cousins & Cousins Architects. Presenters will discuss ‘Identities and Boundaries: site specific responses to modern architecture’ in an exciting and inspiring format using 20 images, each discussed for 20 seconds.

Stone Gallery, which is officially supported by Stone Federation GB whose Stone Knowledge Hub forms a focal point for the event, will also be returning to Surface Design Show 2019. Stone Gallery, which is also supported by media partner Tomorrow’s Tile & Stone, is an industry-leading event for architects and designers to meet and specify natural stone. The Stone Hub stage will host a series of presentations curated by Arup.

Image credit: Soundspace

Now in its fifth year Light School, the home of architectural lighting, allows architects and designers to touch, compare and learn about innovative lighting and technology products. The Light School arena, Light Talks, will return once again supported by the Institution of Lighting Professionals and LED Linear.

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. There are 13 awards that recognise exterior and interior surfaces for different sectors of design, including commercial, housing, light and surface, public building, retail, sustainable, and temporary structure.

The shortlist for this year’s Surface Design Awards consists of an impressive 43 categories across seven categories, including entries from Zaha Hadid Architects, Studio Egret West and Chris Dyson Architects from the UK, Rockwell Group from the USA, and Kengo Kuma & Associates from Japan. Each entry is an exemplary example of creative and innovative use of materials and lighting in both interior and exterior schemes. Some projects received nominations across several categories, resulting in 48 finalists. The Awards Presentation will take place on the morning of Thursday 7 February, at Surface Design Show. Tickets to the Presentation are available via the Surface Design Show website. Award partners include; James Latham, Finsa, Business Design Centre, Soluis and Roof Maker.

To register for your tickets, click here

Independent Hotel Show 2018 exceeds expectations

Hamish Kilburn
Hotel Designs was proud to be a media partner of Independent Hotel Show 2018, which proved to be a huge success ahead of the show’s arrival in Amsterdam next year…

Flawlessly bringing together the UK’s best independent hoteliers with premium and innovative suppliers, delivering insightful seminars and creating a myriad of opportunities to network, the seventh Independent Hotel Show, presented by James Hallam Insurance Brokers, has been heralded a great success.

“We were delighted to see the first-class and visionary quality of the show exceeding all expectations once again,” said Event Director Miranda Martin. “The UK’s most talented hoteliers, industry stalwarts, innovative entrepreneurs and influential media attended in droves, whilst an impressive number of exhibitors rebooked for next year (15 &16 October) on the spot. The feedback about the design features has been amazing and comments from visitors about their experience are evidence of yet another great show for the sector.”

Inspiring new features were found in every corner of the show at Olympia London on 16 and 17 October, including live installation ‘The Hotel Room of the Future’ created by Two’s Company Interiors.

Providing a glimpse into the near future, the Hotel Room of the Future buzzed with excitement and conversation over the two days. The room offered intuitive tech to enhance the guest experience, rather than to taint it with confusing switches and screens, the bed incorporated tech, scent and science for a night of deep sleep, while the futuristic design of the bathroom provided the essential instagrammable feature.

Many hoteliers headed for The Dyson Meeting Space designed by Galapagos to take part in facilitated speed networking sessions. Offering a ‘conversational menu’ as a prompt for peers to share views and experiences on various themes and topics such as ‘The Future is Female’, ‘Multiple Site Operators’ and ‘Future Leaders’, this new feature at the show was a success for encouraging interaction and making new contacts.

Conducive to further networking was The Lobby, designed by Capellini. Located at the heart of the show with a range of seating options and tables, warm lighting and vibrant green foliage, it provided a calm space for conversation.

Over the two days, thought leaders from across the industry discussed a range of hot topics – from service and staffing to technology, design, loyalty, marketing and wellness – in front of packed audiences at the Business Theatre, in partnership with Sky and designed by sofa.com and the Innovation Stage, in partnership with eviivo, designed by Elli Popp.

Over in the Business Theatre, Hotel Designs’ editor Hamish Kilburn moderating an engaging panel with leading figures such as Emma King (Head of interior design at IHG, europe), Chris Hill (Hotels Operations Director, House of Daniel Thwaites), Anant Sharma (CEO, Matters of Form) and Jonathon Slater (Owner, Oddfellows Management).

Panelists in The Great Service Debate 2018, led by EP Business in Hospitality and Penshee, delved deep into the subject of service – attributing good service to five key pillars – low effort (installing systems to allow staff to attend to guests), personality, adaptability, empathy and authenticity.

Recruitment was hot topic at the Business Theatre with HR consultant Claire Elston joined by Adam Rowledge of Georgian House, Sarah Powell of Soho Farmhouse and Babington House and Dee Smith of Springboard, who gave invaluable advice on how to inspire and engage the workforce.

On the Innovation Stage, ‘The Hotel Room of the Future’ was discussed by Gilly Craft, BIID President and Partner & Designer at Two’s Company Interior Design and Rodney Hoinkes, Chief Insight and Innovation Officer, Fresh Montgomery, who talked through the journey of the room, from research to reveal.

“The talks, panel discussion and power breakfast gave us lots to think about and actions to put in place back at our hotel” – Hoteliers Julia and Nick Davies, Owners of The Cottage in the Wood.

UK Hospitality’s CEO Kate Nicholls gave an overview of UK Hospitality and talked about strategies to address the industry’s labour shortage by making it an appealing place to work. Nicholls said work was underway to convince the Government that the sector is not a low-skilled one, but a semi and soft-skilled one and to promote the sector as an attractive and viable place to build a career.

Other events at the show included a rare chance to hear former Waterside Inn Maître D’ Diego Masciaga reveal what it was like to front the three Michelin-starred restaurant for 30 years. Diego shared his service tips in a keynote interview with Peter Hancock, Chief Executive of Pride of Britain Hotels.

Throughout the show, esteemed speakers, VIP hoteliers, show partners and their guests were invited to visit The Suite designed by Valdivian. Bold colours, striking patterns and beautiful furniture set the scene for networking, meetings or simply catching up.

Consistent with every year of the Independent Hotel Show, hoteliers, returning and new exhibitors alike were impressed with the high standards and calibre of opportunities and leads.

“We loved the Independent Hotel Show,” said hoteliers Julia and Nick Davies, Owners of The Cottage in the Wood. “The talks, panel discussion and power breakfast gave us lots to think about and actions to put in place back at our hotel. We met with key suppliers that we were looking for as well as new ones too. The Hotel Room of the Future was fascinating and gave us lots of ideas for our upcoming rooms refurbishment.

Barry Stuart, UK Sales Director Key Accounts, ADA International, whose company also fragranced the show, said: “The Independent Hotel Show 2018 has been one of the best exhibitions I’ve been to in a decade. Our stand was at its best and the footfall has been brilliant with the quality of attendees high.”

Thibault Gence, Co-Founder of tech provider Hotelhero: “This year was our first time exhibiting at the Independent Hotel Show and I have been impressed by the design of the Show and quality of stands. It’s more personal and on-point than other trade shows I’ve been to and is the best one for independent hotels – it’s not just about business, or branding, but about everything relevant to hoteliers.”

Nina Tarnowski, Director and Designer, Woodchip & Magnolia, the Show’s wallpaper partner, said: “Our business has only been going for 18 months, so being at the Show has been about brand recognition as well as connecting with hoteliers. Previously, we’ve only exhibited at design shows. The response we had to our mural in the foyer was amazing, so we’re thrilled to have been able to show our work in key places as well as have a stand.”

The Independent Hotel Show Awards for Independent Hotelier and Outstanding New Hotel were given to Adam Rowledge, general manager of Georgian House, and Another Place, The Lake.

The Independent Hotel Show will be back for its eighth year on 15 & 16 October 2019.

 

EquipHotel outlines 2018 show

Hamish Kilburn
The event will showcase multiple trends based around five sectors: restauration, design, well-being, technology and services…

The landmark French event, EquipHotel 2018 returns this November, where more than 105,000 professionals, 1,600 exhibitors and 133 countries will be represented.

Taking place from November 11 to 15, 2018 inside the exhibition space Porte de Versailles, Paris, guests will get to witness some of the latest developments and innovations in the hotel and restaurant sector.

The event will showcase multiple trends based around five sectors: restauration, design, well-being, technology and services.

From furniture and interiors, kitchen equipment and food products, to spas, bathrooms and tech innovations, visitors will have access to a wide-range of items all making an impact on the sector.

Over 1,600 French and international exhibitors will fill the show floor, meanwhile the upcoming edition will take the form of multi-faceted inspiration laboratory, to provide a greater experiential experience, with a focus on a stronger than ever Design Hub.

Bringing together hotel and restaurant professionals, Equip Hotel aims to offer a 100 per cent immersive design experience through the profusion of styled ‘labs’ created by architects, interior designers, atmospherists and other stylists.

Plus, the show will also give chefs the opportunity to show off their skills at the cordon bleu restaurant and during cookery contests.

Other highlights expected at the event include Casa de Luz, a motionless journey imagined by Sandrine Alouf & Thierry Virvaire; the Signature Space, with its set design signed by Alnoor & Eric Lentulo of Etendart Studio; the Wellness Centre and its design by Didier Knoll & Elodie Goddard; the Cozy Lazy and its rule-breaking room designed by Fabrice Knoll.

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Virtual Reality is changing the game in hospitality

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

Virtual Reality (VR) was once the realm of extreme gamers, but in recent years it has made some big promises about bringing disruption that will span industries. In hospitality virtual reality solutions are already being exploited to bring new and exciting customer experiences.

One key use of VR technology is to enhance the relationship between hotel and visitor. VR ad company Advrtas are exploiting VR in the hotel industry to elevate the consumer-brand relationship, with top of the range immersive experience used to promote luxury hotels.

In hospitality, being ahead of the curve with the latest technology can be the difference which sets you apart from your competitors.

Others, like 36 Zero VR, are using this high-end tech to offer virtual tours, engaging their visitors with the lure of information hot spots.

While offering VR services to your customer base may still feel very sci-fi for now, anyone working in hospitality needs to be aware of the waves it’s already making in the industry. In hospitality, where customers are always looking to be wowed, being ahead of the curve with the latest technology can be the difference which sets you apart from your competitors.

If you want to find out more about innovative technology for hotels, or meet the key players changing the game in hospitality, you need to be at Hotel & Spa Tech live – the UK’s most exciting event for the technology, systems, products, and services that are breaking new ground in the hotel and spa sector.

As technology becomes more critical to the hospitality industries, Hotel & Spa 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.

Hotel & Spa Tech Live takes place at the London ExCel on the 25th – 26th September 2018, and tickets for this amazing event are FREE! Find out more about the future of hotel tech and register for your ticket on their website.

Associate Design to showcase the best of portugal at Decorex International 2018

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On the September 16 – 19, Decorex International will shelter the best of Portuguese furniture, lighting and objets d’art..

Associate Design will present a fine selection of luxury and contemporary Portuguese design at Decorex International 2018 . With its motto ‘a space for beauty to flourish’, Decorex provides the ideal platform on which to showcase some of Portugal’s best design and innovation. Portugal is a country with a proud history of craft and manufacturing: today, its skilled artisans draw on that history, with a wealth of highly original designs that capture Portugal’s creative verve.

Recognising the importance of promoting Portuguese design on a world stage, Associate Design was established by the Portuguese Association of Wood and Furniture Industries (AIMMP). Associate Design works to exhibit the best of Portugal at some of the most discerning and distinguished international design shows. At Decorex International 2018, expect to find an eye-catching collection of Portuguese furniture, lighting and objets d’art, featuring a cleverly curated mix of playful, novel, deluxe and aesthetic pieces. Focusing on hotels, offices and retail, the Associate Design showcase will demonstrate Portugal’s burgeoning design relationship with the luxury contract market.

Portugal is a country with a proud history of craft and manufacturing

Brands and products at Associative Design’s Decorex International 2018 Showcase Portuguese brand Bateye was founded in 2011 by architect Marco Sousa. Creating furniture that represents a ‘convergence between art and the city’, Bat eye’s goal is to make passionate pieces that provoke, stimulate and seduce. The brand will present decorative furnishings from its London collection, inspired by the grandeur of the city’s palaces and parks. Pieces include the new Divinity mirror, a design inspired by the gates at the Palace of Westminster, and the Golden Lake tables, a reference to the nature found in London’s Hyde Park.

Corque Design combines sustainability and originality to produce well-designed objects using cork, one of Portugal’s greatest natural resources. Corque Design’s Cellula bookcase, a playful interpretation of cork’s microscopic cellular structure, is a clever modular storage system comprising six construction pieces.

Image caption: A series of Corque Design products

Starting out as a family-owned wood workshop in the early 1970s, Defontes was established in 1989 and today works across the interior design, automotive, nautical and aviation sectors. Skilfully making products from a selection of exquisite materials, De Fontes created its Royal Club range. The brand will present Fugu, a sharp dining table (named after the Japanese pufferfish) with an explosive atomic-nucleus-style base, and Tulip, a simple, elegant lamp inspired by the flower of the same name.

With the motto ‘design to die for’, Duquesa & Malvada is a luxury Portuguese brand creating designs that reflect a refined urban sensibility. The brand will present a number of deluxe pieces, including the elegant Kate bar stool (inspired by the Duchess of Cambridge), the bold Marble side table, the decorative Minerva sideboard, the sumptuous Desire sofa and the petite Anne stool (inspired by Anne Boleyn).

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Creative studio Emotional Brands champions a select group of six young, high-end Portuguese design brands, each combining personality, design vision, innovation and artisanship. The brands—Creative Mary, Emotional Projects, Malabar, Ottiu, Porus Studio and Wood Tailors Club—will present contemporary pieces from their respective collections.

The NUUK sideboard is a well-made piece that showcases MBN Tailor’s use of beautiful materials

Portugal-based Green Apple is a luxury brand exporting made in Portugal design throughout the world. Creating and manufacturing furnishings and lighting for the residential and hotel sectors, Green Apple’s extensive collection mixes ornate, graphic and contemporary styles.

Founded in 1980, furniture manufacturer MBN Tailor applies traditional knowledge, a creative mindset and a fastidious sprinkling of extravagance and exquisite detailing, to its eclectic range of products. The NUUK sideboard, designed by Hugo Pereira, is a well-made piece that showcases MBN Tailor’s use of beautiful materials and its meticulous level of craftsmanship.

Muranti is a Portuguese furniture brand whose work seeks to create a balance between the mind and the heart. Its luxury pieces seek to add colour, style and elegance to both modern and exclusive home interiors. Muranti will present its Onyx sideboard, Csarite cabinet and Pyrite wall lamp. The striking and opulent Onyx and Csarite designs are wonderfully visual characterisations of their respective gemstone-inspired names. In contrast, the more restrained Pyrite lamp has a classically retro shape.

Image caption: Onyx by Muranti

Nauu Design was created in the Portuguese port town of Setúbal. Producing luxury and bespoke furniture, Nauu Design’s distinctive collection is imbued with personality, elegance and passion. The Empire wall mirror is a reflection of the golden days of ancient civilisations and is made using wood covered with shiny copper leaf. The A Duquesa sofa recalls the classic Chesterfield sofa, but adds a certain Portuguese flair with Portuguese tiles applied to the base.

Hailing from Oiã in Portugal, OIA was born in 2017. A modern-day brand, its products combine traditional stone craftsmanship with cutting-edge technology. OIA creates designs that are functional and that emphasise the need for emotion and identity. The brand will present: Cosmos, a range of stone laminated side and coffee tables inspired by a sense of weightlessness; Kandinsky, a series of geometric side tables inspired by Wassily Kandinsky, a Russian pioneer of abstract modern art; and Orbiter, a marble-topped dining table whose base is made up of a repeated series of metal strips.

Created in Lisbon, Se7e symbolises the city on seven hills. Its handmade Berço chair is a cradle-like rocking chair designed for children and adults alike. Personalised for each individual customer, Berço is numbered with a serial number and the production year.

Portuguese brand That Place was established in 2004. Since then, it has explored the concepts of fluidity, simplicity and functionality in both interior and exterior design. Its Pendant Globes by Liga Narciso draw inspiration from jewellery design—they express a certain sensuality and add both harmony and beauty to a space.

Hotel Designs is a recognised media partner for Decorex International 2018. To register for the show, click here.

 

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.

Style Library Stand - BCFA Open

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.

BCFA Open – Manchester – Johnson Tiles

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.

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