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Hotel Designs to put ‘accessibility’ under the spotlight at Hotel Summit 2020

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Hotel Designs to put ‘accessibility’ under the spotlight at Hotel Summit 2020

Editor Hamish Kilburn will deliver a live interview at Hotel Summit with the owner and design team of Hotel Brooklyn, the new contemporary hotel in Manchester that has been designed to be seamlessly accessible… 

Hotel Summit, which this year takes place on April 27 – 28 at Five Lakes Resort Colchester, will take on the theme of accessibility in the seminar rooms.

The panel discussion, which will take on April 28 from 11.20am – 12.00pm, and will challenge pre-existing attitudes towards accessibility in design as the industry focuses more on designing meaningful spaces for modern travellers.

Accessibility doesn’t have to be boring and un-sexy. In a perfect world, hotels wouldn’t simply embrace making their rooms and public spaces accessible to guests of all physical abilities – they would also keep accessibility in mind throughout the entire design process.

One hotelier who has spent the last decade actively pioneering new thoughts on how designers and hoteliers should think about accessibility is Robin Sheppard, the Chairman of Bespoke Hotels, the Chairman of the Institute of Hospitality and who won the Outstanding Contribution Award at The Brit List Awards 2018. Sheppard’s latest hotel, Hotel Brooklyn, is a contemporary gem located in the beating heart of Manchester. It stands for the entire industry as a modern example of the paramount importance of weaving accessibility into the whole design of a property – regardless of the overall brief.

Editor of Hotel Designs, Hamish Kilburn, will host a live interview with Sheppard and Ed Warner, founder of accessible design firm Motionspot which collaborated with Brooklyn interior designers, Squid Inc. This exclusive panel discussion will give delegates unprecedented insight to the design decisions involved in the creation of this 189-key hotel. “I have watched this hotel develop from concept stages right through to completion,” said Kilburn. “Our delegates will learn a lot from what Robin and Ed, and I am hoping that this session marks the start of more hotels considering accessibility throughout the entire design stages of any renovations.”

For two decades, Hotel Summit has been bridging the gap between leading hospitality professionals and key-industry suppliers with pre-arranged, face-face meetings, seminar topics that become conversation starters and a popular gala dinner.

How to register 

If you are a supplier to the hospitality industry looking to meet top hotel professionals, contact Jennie Lane at j.lane@forumevents.co.uk– or click here to book your place.

If you are a hotelier and would like to attend the Summit for free, please contact Kerry Naumburger at k.naumburger@forumevents.co.uk – or click here to book your place.

*Please contact Kerry Naumburger for complete delegates list.

Bang & Olufsen completes Bronze Collection with four new products

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Bang & Olufsen completes Bronze Collection with four new products

A selection of the complete Bronze Collection was showcased at the renowned avant-garde gallery Spazio Rossana Orlandi during Milan Design Week 2019…

With its earthy aluminium bronze tone, bespoke multicoloured yarn from Kvadrat and premium walnut wood, Bang & Olufsen’s Bronze Collection takes inspiration from the architectural and interior trends of using warm colours and contrasting materials.

Bang & Olufsen completes the collection by adding four new products: the Beovision Eclipse TV, the iconic Beolab 18 and Beolab 50 loudspeakers and the Beoplay H9i noise-cancelling headphones.

Iconic gallerist, curator and doyenne of design Rossana Orlandi is showcasing a selection of the Bronze Collection in her gallery during Milan Design Week— a testament that technological products becoming a more integral part of the interior; they are no longer hidden, but exposed as genuine pieces of art.

“I have been a fan of Bang & Olufsen for many years and have always appreciated their simplicity and formal purity, in addition to their great quality, of course. I find that they have maintained a coherent philosophy evolving and growing over the years, to create collaborations with big names of design like Michael Anastassiades who designed an exceptional product, where interaction with the user becomes an integral part of the object itself”, says Rossana Orlandi on her collaboration with Bang & Olufsen.

Installation: Halo – Celebration of Light

Since the gallery opened in 2002 in Milan’s Magenta neighborhood, it has been the eclectic frontrunner and esteemed platform for avant-garde design and lifestyle. On the first floor of the gallery, the Rossana Orlandi home is adorned with various Bang & Olufsen speakers, and in the basement, Mandalaki Design Studio has incorporated the Beoplay H9i headphones into a holistic, site-specific installation bordering art and industrial design, dream and reality. Light and Sound will become tangible elements, creating a unique and metaphysical sensorial path. The sound is created by artist Sergio Ratti and is experienced through the most luxurious Bang & Olufsen headphones, the bronze Beoplay H9i.

Main image credit: Bang & Olufsen

MEET UP NORTH: Headline Speaker announced

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MEET UP NORTH: Headline Speaker announced

Tom Lindblom, Principal and Hospitality Leader at Gensler (London), has been confirmed as the Headline Speaker for Meet Up North, which takes place at Hotel Gotham, on July 1, 2019…

Hotel Designs has confirmed that Tom Lindblom, The Brit List 2018 finalist from Gensler, will be the Headline Speaker at Meet Up North, which takes place this year at Hotel Gotham’s rooftop bar on July 1, 2019.

Carrying the light theme of ‘creativity outside the capital’, the event aims to bridge the gap in the north between designers, hoteliers, architects, developers and key-industry suppliers.

During his talk entitled ‘Hospitality Is Way More Than Hotels’, Lindblom will share selected projects and his understanding and appreciation for unique opportunities that the hotel sector is currently experiencing. “I am looking forward to a lively session to exchange ideas about the very dynamic hospitality market – all in the fantastic Hotel Gotham,” Lindblom told Hotel Designs. The architect’s presentation will explain how statement hotels can have the power to change the perspective of an entire destination. Closer to home, he will review hotspots in the UK that are seeing/or will see significant growth in hotel investment. Lindblom will also briefly summarise ideas and trends the Gensler Research Institute has uncovered with our Hospitality Experience Index – EXI.

As well as being Principal and Hospitality Leader at Gensler, Lindblom also teaches and lectures on architecture, lighting design and museum design. He recently sat down with Hotel Designs’ editor, Hamish Kilburn, where he granted the publication with an exclusive look inside the inner workings of the architecture firm. “We are really excited that Meet Up North is returning to Manchester for the second year running and I am delighted to welcome Tom as our headline speaker for this event,” explains Hamish Kilburn, editor of Hotel Designs. “His unquestionable knowledge and his unteachable charm enables Tom to effortlessly cut through the noise in order to participate in conversations and debates that actually go on to make a difference on the international hotel design scene.”

Early bird tickets now available

Between now and April 30, 2019, early bird tickets for the event are available to purchase:

Suppliers: £99 + VAT (£150 + VAT after early bird offer expires after April 30).
Designers, architects and hoteliers: £10 + VAT (£20 + VAT after early bird offer expires after April 30).

If you are a supplier to the industry and would like to attend Meet Up North, click here.
If you are a designer, architect or hoteliers to the industry and would like to attend Meet Up North, click here.

There are various sponsorship opportunities and packages available for Meet Up North. If you would like to discuss these with our team then please contact Zoe Guerrier by either emailing z.guerrier@forumevents.co.uk or calling 01992 374059.

The inaugural Meet Up North took place last year at King Street Townhouse and was attended by more than 200 designers, architects, hoteliers and key-industry suppliers.

About Hotel Gotham

Hotel Gotham is sheltered in what is arguably the city’s grandest properties and is an exclusive city-centre sanctuary, previously a bank that was designed in 1935 by none other than architect Edwin Lutyens.

The hotel, which opened in 2015, prides itself on offering a modern and comfortable experience in a unique and luxurious environment, with exquisite service all within a bespoke private club in the heart of Manchester.


Main image credit: Hotel Gotham

Top 5 stories of the week

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Top 5 stories of the week

From an ibis insight to the three-year growth strategy for Marriott International, Hotel Designs has published some pretty juicy stories over the past five days. Editor Hamish Kilburn breaks down the headline-grabbers as he selects the top five stories of the week… 

I feel as if we are almost bidding farewell to an old friend, as this will be the last ‘Top 5 stories of the week’ to be published on the current website.

In the same week when the team at Hotel Designs HQ put the finishing touches onto the new site before launching on March 29 at 12.00 (GMT), there have been many major stories that the title has broken. Here are the top five stories of the week.

1) In Conversation With: Damien Perrot on defining ibis Hotels’ new design era

Modern Scandinavian room with flexible living spaces

Image credit: FGMF/ibis hotels

The world’s most iconic budget hotel brand is undergoing a major redesign following the growing demands of the modern traveller. To understand all the design details of the new generation of ibis Hotels, Hotel Designs sat down with Damien Perrot, Senior Vice President, Design Solutions for Accor, to find out more about how the new ibis was conceived in three separate designs.

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2) Meet Up London – March 28

With less than a week to go until the industry pour into Minotti London’s fabulous showroom in Fitzrovia for Meet Up London, we have released the latest names of who will be attending.

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3) Editor of Hotel Designs confirmed to speak at Independent Hotel Show Amsterdam

As a proud media partner of the Independent Hotel Show AmsterdamHotel Designs has announced that it will take an active role in the two-day exhibition that takes place on May 8 – 9 with its editor now confirmed to moderate a unique and engaging panel discussion.

Title: Designing for Bleisure
When: Wednesday May 8

Time: 17.00 – 17.45
Where: Hotel Vision Stage, Amsterdam Rai Hall 5
Moderated by: Hamish Kilburn, Hotel Designs
Panelists: Hans Meyer, Zoku and Rob Wagemans, Concrete

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4) Marriott International announces three-year growth plans

Image credit: Marriott International

Marriott International has presented the company’s three-year growth plan, which includes opening more than 1,700 hotels around the world, at its meeting with institutional investors and security analysts at the New York Marriott Marquis.

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5) Rosewood Hotels arrives in Hong Kong

Rosewood Hong Kong has opened as a magnificent new ultra-luxury property in the heart of the Victoria Dockside district on the shores of Victoria Harbour. Situated on one of Hong Kong’s most significant waterfront locations in Tsim Sha Tsui – Kowloon’s dynamic, culturally compelling heart – the property is set to become a grand icon for the city, celebrating the area’s role as Hong Kong’s new creative and cultural epicentre.

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Launching on: 29.03.19 at 12.00pm (GMT)
Head over to our Hotel Designs Instagram channel for all the updates.

If you would like to contribute to new content for Hotel Designs, please contact the editorial desk. April’s features have been announced as Interior Design and Outdoor Style. 

Editor of Hotel Designs confirmed to speak at IHS Amsterdam

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Editor Hamish Kilburn has been confirmed to host ‘Designing for Bleisure’ on the Hotel Vision Stage at Independent Hotel Show Amsterdam on May 8… 

As a proud media partner of the Independent Hotel Show Amsterdam, Hotel Designs has announced that it will take an active role in the two-day exhibition that takes place on May 8 – 9 with its editor, Hamish Kilburn, is now confirmed to moderate a unique and engaging panel discussion.

Title: Designing for Bleisure
When: Wednesday May 8

Time: 17.00 – 17.45
Where: Hotel Vision Stage, Amsterdam Rai Hall 5
Moderated by: Hamish Kilburn, Hotel Designs
Panelists: Hans Meyer, Zoku and Rob Wagemans, Concrete

Summary of session

Whether travelling for business or leisure, humans are seeking great experiences from their hotel stay. Kilburn will moderate the session ‘Designing For Bleisure’ and will ask important questions such as how we should define a bleisure guest while also confronting whether or not the hospitality and design community is reacting well to this need by designing spaces for ‘bleisure’.

Joining Kilburn on the stage for the session will be one of Amsterdam’s most known, and much-admired, hoteliers Hans Meyer who is the brainchild of Zoku and Rob Wagemans who is the founder and creative director of architecture studio Concrete.

“In order to nail consumer demands so that we can then go on design better hotels and better cities, it is vital to put this topic under the magnifying glass,” said Kilburn. “Designing for bleisure is not about designing separate areas for different types of guests, but more around designing flexible spaces that are timeless, which I look forward to discussing live on stage at the Independent Hotel Show in Amsterdam.”

To resister for the show in order to secure your place in the audience at the Designing For Bleisure session, please click here. In addition to partaking in the speaker programme, Hotel Designs will also be exhibiting at the show on stand no. F64.

Creative Director of HBA London confirmed as headline speaker of Interior Design & Architecture Summit

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Constanina Tsoutsikou, the creative director of HBA London has been confirmed as the headline speaker of Interior Design & Architecture Summit (IDAS) which takes place on April 29 at Hilton London Tower Bridge… 

Following her crowd-pleasing Sleep Set that was exhibited at SLEEP + EAT – and being highly commended at The Brit List 2018 in the Interior Designer of the Year category – Constantina Tsoutsikou, the creative Director of HBA London has been confirmed as the headline speaker of IDAS 2019.

The Summit, which will take place on April 29, 2019 at Hilton Tower Bridge is a one-day event, designed to connect senior executives working within the sector with product and service suppliers for face-to-face meetings and business networking.

Tsoutsikou has been asked to speak at the event as she is proving herself to be a leader not only as the creative director of HBA London, but also as a true visionary in the arena of international hotel design. Her latest project to come out of the studio will launch soon and will be sheltered in a beautiful heritage building in Zegreb, Croatia; an area that Hotel Designs is pinpointing as a major design and travel destination in 2019.

Tsoutsikou will take the microphone to talk to delegates about HBA London and how the firm has established itself as a leading international interior design studio, sharing key moments in her career that helped her excel. She will then join the editor of Hotel Designs, Hamish Kilburn for a live on-stage Q&A session.

Speaking about being the confirmed headline speakers, Tsoutsikou said: “it is sometimes hard to carve out time for networking and collaborating opportunities in the day-to-day life of a designer.

“Events such as the Interior Design & Architecture Summit allow for the industry as a whole to get together to not only do business, but also to discuss major topical issues, from one designer or architect to another. It’s also a great place to meet up with and make new friends.

“I am delighted to be invited as the headline speaker of the event – I really look forward to catching up with Hamish on stage while making a great days out of it!”

IDAS aims to support the design and architecture sector with a unique platform to help create long-lasting and mutually beneficial business connections. “I have had the pleasure of watching Tsoutsikou, over four years, grow from the senior designer she was four years ago into one of the world’s most popular Creative Director that she is now today,” said Kilburn. “With her distinct ability to light up any room with knowledge and inspiration, I look forward to hearing Tsoutsikou speak at the event and interviewing her in front of our audience of delegates.”

How to register your interest in attending

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.

If you are an architect or interior designer and would like to attend the Summit, please contact Kerry Naumburger on k.naumburger@forumevents.co.uk – or click here to book your place.

For more information on the event, click here.