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CO MMENT Hello and welcome to the third issue of the year. As we continue through lockdown and attend Zoom meeting after Zoom meeting, we can now hopefully see the light at the end of the tunnel as more and more hotels around Europe are reopening, and next month if all goes to plan, properties in the UK will finally reopen under clear government guidelines. Running on from this, in this issue I catch up with Stefan Leser, CEO Langham Hospitality Group, a hotel group which initiated their first phase of recovery back in March (page 38), and my good friend Filip Boyen, CEO Forbes Travel Guide who talks about the changes we might see going forward (page 42). In addition, I catch up with David T’Kint, Partner of HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates EMEA who discusses the direction of the newly formed EMEA studio and their work on one of London’s recent hotel openings, Great Scotland Yard (page 54), and then we cross the pond to catch up with Founder and Principal Adam Tihany and managing partner Alessia Genova of New York studio Tihany Design to hear about their plans for the future (page 48). Also in this issue the team at Hospitality Interiors takes a look at some of the most beautiful projects from around the world, including: Boho Club located in Marbella, created by the award-winning Swedish design agency Stylt; The Berkeley, London, with a who’s who international line up of designers which includes AFSO, Robert Angell and of course the late David Collins; and the Asbury Ocean Club in New Jersey delivered by visionaries Anda Andrei, Bonetti/Kozerski Architecture, David Bowd and Gary Handel. Just a note of housekeeping, if you haven’t already, please feel free to email me with your home address so I can make sure to send you a hard copy to keep you up to date with the latest news in our brilliant industry – especially while many of you are working remotely. Stay safe and see you soon. Can

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Wilson Associates expands Los Angeles studio under new leadership Leading global interior architectural design firm Wilson Associates has announced three new hires to its Los Angeles studio. The recent additions follow Darrell Long, who was welcomed to Wilson Associates as Regional Managing Director and Design Principal (Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Dallas) and Martin Vasquez, Project Director last December,

and Danielle Hirsch as Design Manager this Spring. The new team includes Dane Quay, Senior Project Designer; Jaclyn Wang, Senior Designer; Niloofar Khalighi, Senior Designer. “The recent growth of the Los Angeles studio showcases Wilson Associates’ commitment to amplifying the level of talent and experience on the West Coast,” says Darrell Long, who

oversees Wilson Associates’ Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Dallas outposts. “We are excited to have these new team members on board to help evolve and expand our reach within the region. These individuals are extremely driven, and we look forward to seeing them become design leaders at the forefront of the everevolving hospitality industry.”

Maybourne Hotel Group, London’s leading luxury hotel operator announce the name of their first international hotel as The Maybourne Beverly Hills Maybourne Hotel Group, operator of London’s most legendary and prestigious hotels Claridge’s, The Connaught and The Berkeley announce that their newest addition, and first international hotel, located in Los Angeles, California will be named The Maybourne Beverly Hills. The hotel, in the heart of the exclusive city of Beverly Hills, was previously known as the Montage Beverly Hills and since May 28th 2020 is now owned and fully operated by Maybourne Hotel Group. The Maybourne Beverly Hills will reflect the contemporary spirit and style of the golden state of California, whilst nodding to the British roots of the group’s London properties.

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Oetker Collection introduces new Chief Executive Officer

HOTEL DU CAP-EDEN-ROC to reopen 1st July 2020 The iconic Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, part of the prestigious Oetker Collection hotels, will reopen its doors on Wednesday 1st July 2020 and welcome back its illustrious guests for its 150th anniversary season, just in time for the height of summer. Hidden away on the southernmost tip of Cap d’Antibes, this legendary place has played host to some of the greatest names in art, cinema, literature, politics and business over the past 150 years, and remains beloved the world over by generations of families who return year on year. The grand dame has withstood the test of time and evolved gracefully, ever since Queen Victoria first visited the area in 1882 drawn by warmer winters and took with her a steady stream of English aristocrats, thereby sealing the Riviera’s reputation for years to come.

Oetker Collection introduces its new Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Timo Gruenert. Dr. Gruenert took over leadership of the company on 1 May 2020, succeeding Mr. Frank Marrenbach. Dr. Gruenert began his career with the Oetker Group as Assistant to the Managing Partner in 2005 after receiving his PhD from University of Giessen with a thesis on Mergers & Acquisitions in corporate crisis. In 2009, Dr. Gruenert co-led the founding of Oetker Collection and has served as Co-Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer ever since. Over the past 11 years, Dr. Gruenert has overseen the steady growth of Oetker Collection’s hotel portfolio from four Masterpiece Hotels in 2009, to nine in 2020.

Rosewood Hotel Group appoints Joanna Gunn as Chief Brand Officer With the appointment of Joanna Gunn as chief brand officer, Rosewood Hotel Group has added strong leadership to the company’s brand, marketing and communications team to support its ambitious expansion and growing presence in the global luxury hospitality arena. Gunn will oversee marketing direction for ultra-luxury Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, deluxe New World Hotels & Resorts and business lifestyle KHOS hotels.

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Six Senses to expand into Italy with the opening of Six Senses Rome - Opening 2021

Jumeirah Al Naseem in Dubai becomes first hotel in the world to receive prestigious Bureau Veritas Safeguard label Guests staying at Jumeirah Al Naseem in Dubai can be assured of the highest hygiene standards after the five-star resort was awarded Bureau Veritas’ Safeguard Label – the first hotel in the world to receive the prestigious certification. Jumeirah Group has implemented a series of protective measures in its hotels around the globe, designed to keep guests and colleagues safe. These include usage of protective masks, daily temperature checks and extensive hygiene training for all colleagues, strict social distancing across all areas of the hotel including beaches, pools and gyms (when open), tripling fresh air in public areas, sanitisation fogging – up to three times a day depending on footfall – and strict lift etiquette to ensure guests are travelling alone. In guest rooms, housekeeping vigorously clean and aerate every day and provide sanitising and hygiene amenities including mask, gel and wipes. Pillows and duvets

undergo a thermal hygiene process while pillow and mattress protectors are changed after each checkout. Rooms are left vacant for three days after each stay as an additional safety measure and, where this is not possible due to high occupancy, the room undergoes a complete sanitisation fogging process. José Silva, Chief Executive Officer of Jumeirah Group, said: “The safety of our guests and colleagues has always been our utmost priority. We have a longstanding relationship with Bureau Veritas, working with them since 2018 to oversee our HACCP certification for food safety and implementing health, safety and environment compliance audits globally. The current situation requires us to go even further to validate the protective measures in place and achieving the Bureau Veritas Safeguard Label is an important step in restoring confidence and demonstrating our commitment to operate our hotels to the highest global standards.

The hotel will be located in the Palazzo Salviati Cesi Mellini on the Piazza di San Marcello, a quiet and colourful oasis named after the 16th century titular church. The palazzo building lies in the centre of ancient Rome, just blocks away from the Fontana di Trevi and Pantheon. The property will be home to 95 distinct guest rooms and suites, a spa, restaurant, events terrace, outdoor courtyard garden and rooftop terrace with panoramic views of the city. Neil Jacobs, Chief Executive Officer says: “As stewards of such a cultural and historical site, we are responsible for celebrating its past and conserving its potential for future generations.” “It also speaks to my heart. I studied culture and art in Florence and feel at home in Italy. This is more than a building to me. It is a human project, which is why we are teaming up with the architects and designers who feel as passionate and excited as I do.” The interior design will be overseen by Patricia Urquiola, a Spanish architect and designer who was awarded the “Order of Isabella the Catholic” by King Juan Carlos I of Spain and was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame in 2011.

Jonathan Young Associates Limited Launch JYA (Jonathan Young Associates) Limited, are pleased to announce a new consultancy and product sourcing solutions business for the hospitality and high-end residential market sectors. Principal of JYA, Jonathan Young, has had significant leadership experience over many years in the hospitality sector, and his background has taken him across continents, living and working in the UK and USA, and developing and executing growth strategies for businesses across international regions. This gives him a unique perspective and insight of the markets. Jonathan Young Associates will be partnering with key suppliers in the hospitality furnishings market who differentiate through their quality of product and service, and where possible working with sustainable, environmentally friendly materials. This includes Axminster Carpets, the holder of a Royal Warrant, and Majestic Mirror and Majestic Lighting. In addition JYA will be working in collaboration with Tessere to offer a custom carpet and rug service for architects and interior designers in the hospitality and commercial markets.

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Forbes Travel Guide launches luxury hospitality ‘Best Practice Guidelines’ and Virtual Training Forbes Travel Guide (“FTG”), the world-recognised authority in genuine Five-Star service, today introduced a new set of complimentary Back-to-Work Best Practice guidelines, coupled with a new Virtual Training program to support luxury hospitality establishments across the world with postquarantine service changes. Both resources have been launched to assist hospitality professionals in reimagining luxury service while they adhere to national and local government policies related to the pandemic. They follow FTG’s recent poll of 1,200 hospitality professionals, where 67% of respondents said they expected significant changes in service delivery due to the pandemic. The newly published guidelines are available and are intended as a living document to provide guest-service guidance for hospitality experts as they reopen for business. FTG has taken a considered approach to address elements of guest service in: Cleanliness & Sanitation, Communication, Social Distancing, Food Presentation Safety, Health & Hygiene, as well as Touchless and Limited-Contact Services. The guidelines also include helpful service hints that illustrate how best to apply the recommendations while maintaining an exceptional level of service.

NH Hotel Group will re-open 55% of its hotels worldwide during the month of June NH Hotel Group has launched a plan to gradually reopen its hotels around the world, in line with the easing of restrictions in most countries and with a view to reactivating activity as demand increases. Southern Europe As of June, the Company will progressively reopen 57% of the hotels it operates in this region (100 out of 177 hotels). Thus, NH Hotel Group plans to reach 60 operating hotels in Spain, 27 in Italy, 9 in Portugal and 4 in France by the end of the month. The first hotel to reopen at the beginning of June was the NH Nacional hotel in Madrid, whose facilities serve as a model for monitoring the new protocols implemented by the Company to ensure maximum health and safety in all its hotels. Northern Europe In recent weeks, NH Hotel Group has begun to resume its activity in the north of the continent, such as The Netherlands and Germany among others. In this Business Unit, the Company plans to double the number of hotels in operation by the end of June, reaching 83 hotels out of the 127 operating in these countries. Latin America The Group’s hotels in Latin America will be the last to progressively reopen their doors, as this continent was the last to be affected by mobility restrictions imposed by the health crisis. The Company currently has a limited number of properties open in some major cities such as Bogota and Buenos Aires, among others, and plans to begin reopening more hotels in July.

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Ulster Carpets supporting the community Ulster Carpets have always taken its role within the community very seriously supporting many charities and community initiatives since it was founded over 80 years ago. Now is no different, with the company helping in a number of ways during these difficult times. A £50,000 donation to support front line workers in Craigavon Area Hospital, which serves the town where the company still manufacturers today has been made through a trust fund set up by Ulster Carpets. This has purchased over 9,000 bottles of hand sanitiser for hospital staff from a local business who has switched production to supply this much needed product. A further £15,000 donation has also been made by the trust to support the Southern Area Hospice Services in its vital work in the local area. The Southern Area Hospice Services is a charity dedicated to the equitable delivery of specialist palliative care to patients who have Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease and AIDS and to their relatives and carers. Like many charities it has seen its funding drop dramatically over the past few months and this donation will help to ensure these services can continue.

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Imagin partners with Dexter Moren to launch world’s first decorative wall-mounted hand sanitiser

Introducing Nobu Hotel Warsaw – Opening 3rd August 2020 The city’s first design hotel and internationally acclaimed chef-led restaurant opening in the vibrant heart of up-and-coming Warsaw. Nobu Hotel Warsaw will open its doors on 3rd August 2020 – Nobu Hospitality group’s first hotel in Poland. This will mark the 12th hotel and 43rd restaurant to open globally for the luxury lifestyle brand, founded by Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert de Niro and Meir Teper. The hotel will have 117 sleek and spacious rooms, thoughtfully tailored meeting and event spaces, an expansive fitness centre and an iconic Nobu Restaurant & Café. The city’s first true design hotel, Nobu Hotel Warsaw is a combination of two wings: the ‘classic’ is housed in an Art Deco building, the former Hotel Rialto, which dates back to

Decorative lighting design company Imagin has partnered with hospitality design expert Dexter Moren Associates (DMA) to launch the world’s first decorative wall-mounted touch free hand sanitiser dispensers, the CleansePoint Collection. Comprising four bespoke finished designs, The Windsor and The Richmond in collaboration with Dexter Moren; The Henley and The Marlow by Imagin’s designers, the CleansePoint decorative wall-mounted automatic hand sanitiser collection was conceived in response to the expected far reaching impact of Covid-19 on hotels. Produced to order, design features include optional finishes, colours and materials; motion sensing technology; optional room numbers for use in hotel corridors; easily refillable, with an optional light.

1920s inter-war Poland, and the ‘modern’ is an ultracontemporary, new build – designed through a transformational, cross-continental collaboration: a concerted effort between Polish architectural firm, Medusa Group, and California-based Studio PCH. Respecting the city’s history and resilience, the result tells the story of present-day Warsaw: open, modern and diverse. The rooms span classic to ultramodern, representative of Poland’s rampant revival, allowing guests to choose the style to suit their taste. All exude a sense of calm with Japanese design, and those in the contemporary new wing feature floor-to-ceiling windows with either city or skyline views. All public spaces throughout the hotel house modern Polish art masterpieces from the Jankilevitsch Collection.

Chelsom is honoured with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade Chelsom has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade for the second time in 3 years in recognition of outstanding export achievements over the past three years. As Britain’s most coveted commercial prize, the awards celebrate and encourage business excellence in the UK. Chelsom has demonstrated outstanding results, achieving 59% growth in international sales over that period. Chelsom designs and manufactures decorative lighting for the global hotel and marine industries. Innovative in-house designs, high quality manufacturing and excellent service levels have contributed towards winning prestigious projects in over 70 countries across the world. Exports now account for around 58% of all sales and Chelsom has built an exceptionally strong client base including major hotel operators such as Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, IHG, Hilton, Accor, Marriott and on the marine side, Disney Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Virgin Voyages, Celebrity Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Lines.

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‘Who will be the traveller of the future’ – lunchtime webinar The UK chapter combined forces with the Paris & Milan Chapters to offer members and friends a lunchtime webinar to discuss ‘Who will be the traveller of the future’. Led by UK Past president Jonathan Young, the esteemed panel included Melissa Messner (Marriott International), Sergio Cassarini (Atlas Concorde), Ariane Steinbeck (RPW Design), Gordon Anderson (Bluemoon Procurement) & Jo Littlefair (Goddard Littlefair). Melissa opened the discussion with her belief that ‘Privacy is the new Luxury’; that wellness now takes precedence in hospitality, and that a new found emotional luxury is the key to an enhanced travelling experience going forward. Sergio discussed his views on the need for the ongoing reassurance of guests regarding their health and safety, as well as revised criteria that would ensure all products available on the market are easy and fast to clean for the hoteliers, whilst responding to the needs of the guests. Describing current times as a ‘blip’ in our lives, Ariane’s opinion was that we need to take a step back; a step back towards simplicity for design which considers simplicity for cleaning and results in an all-round more successful interior. She believes that it is time for a positive societal change and that the message we need to convey is that it is now the responsibility of the hotel operators to review how they manage cleaning the spaces – not least by scrapping the previous

Left to right: Ariane Steinbeck, Gordon Anderson, Melissa Messmer, Sergio Cassarini, Jo Littlefair

25-30minute rushed time slots for the task. Talking to us from his Italian residence, Gordon began by thanking all of the suppliers who continue to support the industry through this difficult time by keeping budgets going and providing sampling. He considered the positive way in which designers can tackle the market; not by necessarily spending lots of money on new products, but by revisiting the flows and circulation of spaces, removing some seating and considering the new needs of the clientele. Jo’s focus on the future of the industry was on the connection to nature and the localities of each hotel’s design. Her view was that hotels now more than ever need to have an honesty to their offering - how will they react and adapt to the ‘new normal’? She stressed the importance that spaces still maintain a level of ambience; a natural environment that doesn’t feel like a medical assignment, and encourages us all to

use this as a ‘reset’ mode, moving forward with an awareness of how powerful our planet is, and designing respectfully and harmoniously with this in mind. With 110 participants at this inaugural webinar, the chapter aims to continue in this success with a series of virtual discussions. Thank you to Atlas Concorde for sponsoring the event.

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Wilson Associates’ Gwendoline Theodet named President of NEWH Paris Chapter Gwendoline Theodet, Regional Business Development Director of Wilson Associates’ London, New York, and Paris Studios has been appointed President of the NEWH Paris Chapter. Widely recognised as the network for relationshipbuilding in the hospitality industry, its NEWH Paris Chapter is committed to serving the local design community through educational programs, volunteer projects, and supporting educational institutions. In this new role, Theodet will oversee all aspects of the chapter, bringing with her a breadth of expertise in fashion, retail, communications, architecture, and design.

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Following the success of our Sunset Yoga event last year; with the panoramic views across London from UBM’s office; deciding on a repeat event was an easy choice for our 2020 Social Calendar. With the new restrictions around the World and the UK, the obvious need to move to a virtual event did have its benefits however, not least that it meant you could turn up in your pyjamas to fall straight into Bed afterwards! Stephen Marks (Wellness Consultant & Mind Body Building Specialist) led a varied class that included a discussion on the science of Sleep, a light Yoga Class and an introduction to Nidra style meditation. With the changes to life as we know it, a lot of us are struggling with increased negative emotions, and the

class seemed really eager to learn more about sleep, and specifically, how do we get better quality sleep during this period? Our pre-conceptions of Sleep were challenged, and we learnt some handy tips from ideal room temperature, to the perfect materials for soft furnishings and improved lighting. A lot of this information will not be new to our Design Community, and Stephen also draws on 20 years’ experience in Property and Hotels to provide helpful insights. The biggest takeaway was that we all need to be giving ourselves a break from screens. Not easy when nearly all our work and leisure activities have moved online, but very important for our wellbeing and improved sleep. At the end of the session, there were noticeably less people saying ‘bye’ whilst logging off, the reason, they had fallen asleep following the Meditation. Probably the best praise we can give Stephen for his class! A big thank you to Crosswater for sponsoring the event.

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HOW CAN YOU JOIN THE INTERNATIONAL HOSPITALITY DESIGN SECTOR’S BIGGEST NETWORKING ORGANISATION? NEWH is constantly looking for new members for its UK Chapter - there are two options for joining:

PERSONAL MEMBERSHIP Are you an individual looking to join? Then this is the membership for you, with an annual fee of £90

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THE GARDEN TRADE FAIR COLOGNE, 06.− 08.09.2020

VISIT THE WORLD‘S BIGGEST TRADE FAIR FOR GARDEN LIFESTYLE In these current times, it is becoming clear to most people how important having one’s own patch of green is – the garden has become an indispensable place of retreat. Outdoor living must also continue to play its crucial part in reviving the industry. That is why we are working flat out to make sure spoga+gafa, the largest platform of the green industry, takes place from 6 to 8 September 2020. The safety of exhibitors and visitors will always be a priority, and we will implement extensive measures to ensure this. We look forward to welcoming you and to experiencing an inspiring trade fair! Secure your tickets now at: www.spogagafa.com/tickets Tel. e-mail

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Banyan Tree Krabi Singapore-based Banyan Tree Holdings Ltd has announced plans to open a new luxury hotel near the Thai town of Krabi later this year. Currently under development by its in-house design team in a serene location on Tubkaek Beach, Banyan Tree Krabi fronts powdery white sands and the shallow-shelved coast of the Andaman Sea. The new resort will offer 72 pool suites and villas, among them seven two-bedroom options and one three-bedroom villa. Facilities include a ballroom, wedding chapel, beach club, a kids’ club, fitness centre, and – in keeping with Banyan Tree’s wellness branding – a rainforest-themed spa. Banyan Tree Krabi is chiselled into a hillside where it commands a direct view of a dozen spectacular karst limestone towers protruding from the sapphire sea.

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Buda Resort Located in the Visegrad Hills of Hungary, an unfinished and derelict concrete construction – dormant since the early 2000s and built on an old stone quarry – has been re-imagined by Johannes Torpe Studios around its unique location into a luxury spa and wellness resort concept with 210-rooms. Situated 50 km North of Budapest, in a hilly landscape surrounded by lush green forests, near the bank of the tortuous Danube River; the Buda Resort project blends the functionality of a modern spa hotel with conference and event facilities. The studio’s vision was to develop a holistic retreat which fostered a greater sense of togetherness between humankind and the therapeutic qualities of nature. The hotel concept comprises a grand lobby area, two restaurants, café and deli, indoor and outdoor cocktail lounges, ballroom, and ten conference rooms with private gardens and outdoor areas. www.johannestorpe.com

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Alma Emblematic of Vietnam’s evolving maturity as a destination, the bold and spacious Alma resort commands 30 hectares of ocean-front on the Cam Ranh Peninsula, with 580 over-sized suites and pavilions that afford sweeping vistas of the ocean. The contemporary three-bedroom seaside pavilions sprawl over 224m2 with a living room, kitchen, four bathrooms and a private pool. Alma features a broad spectrum of restaurants helmed by top chefs, a food court with an array of local and international cuisine, as well as a classical bar, pool bar and beach bar. The resort’s other highlights include 12 swimming pools cascading down to the beach, a water-park, 13-treatment room spa, 70-seat cinema, convention centre, amphitheatre, art gallery, science museum, gymnasium and yoga room, 18-hole mini golf course, a youth centre with virtual reality games, a kid’s club, water-sports centre. www.aradesign.co.uk

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The Chedi Kudavillingili Located on a 1km coral island called Kudavillingili, the 99-villa Chedi Kudavillingili plans to open later this year with 36 over-water villas, a 150-metre-long central pool with MalĂŠ International Airport, a 25-minute speedboat ride away. While the overwater villas fishtail off one end of the island, a bridge on the opposite end leads to the spa on a kidney-shaped islet where 8-10 treatment rooms each occupy a water-borne perch of their own. In between are a variety of health and wellness venues including a long pool segmented for privacy, a basketball court, a football pitch, courts for tennis, badminton and volleyball, a yoga pavilion, secret garden and water sports centre. There will be a library and cigar lounge for the more passively inclined; a health club and gymnasium for the fitness-minded; and a pot-pourri of dining options, from a beach club and bar, an all-day dining restaurant and the Hawker Restaurant with four live cooking stations plating up Indian, Chinese, Thai and international dishes. www.aradesign.co.uk

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Tribe Manchester Acco has signed a Tribe hotel at Manchester Airport, in partnership with H3 Hotels S.à.r.l. The new 12,300sq m development will become the first Tribe hotel in England – and second in the UK – and will feature 412 rooms and suites. The Tribe brand aims to surprise travellers with an original, exciting and carefully curated offer that focuses on style rather than price, making it a leader in the design-led affordable luxury sector. The nine-storey hotel will feature four restaurant and bar areas, working spaces, a gym and a crew lounge for airline staff travelling through Manchester, the UK’s third largest airport. Construction of the new-build hotel, for which planning permission has recently been granted is scheduled for later this year (subject to Covid 19 considerations), with the development expected to take two years to complete. The design for Tribe Manchester, by Dexter Moren, aims to give the hotel a distinct urban identity within the Manchester Airport City masterplan, bringing a youthful energy with bold colour, contemporary architecture and materials. www.dextermoren.com

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With a pedigree that flows from the acclaimed Palace Hotel Tokyo and designs on rewriting the playbook for lifestyle brands, the management arm of Palace Hotel Co Ltd has announced the opening of Zentis Osaka, the first property of its new hospitality brand. Top UK designer, Tara Bernerd, has been tapped for the property’s modern interiors while Café Co – the esteemed operator behind the one Michelinstarred Craftale in Tokyo – will develop and operate the hotel’s restaurant, bar and lounge. An entirely new build, the 16-storey property will feature 212 guestrooms with a contemporary feel that take inspiration from the intuitive functionality of bento boxes. The culinary direction of Up Stairz, the hotel’s dining venue, will be guided by the acclaimed head chefs wealth of experience in France and Japan. The hotel will also feature a 24-hour fitness centre. Zentis Osaka is situated where the picturesque, riverside area of Dojimahama and the high-end business entertainment district of Kita-shinchi meet.

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“What I love most is working with my team of talented, passionate and energetic individuals”

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Stefan Leser CEO Langham Hospitality Group Stefan Leser, Chief Executive Officer at Langham Hospitality Group, talks to Can Faik about how they are making guests feel welcome across their portfolio of luxury hotels ... As the wholly-owned subsidiary of Great Eagle Holdings, Langham Hospitality Group encompasses a family of distinctive hotels under The Langham Hotels and Resorts and Cordis Hotels brands with more than 30 projects currently either confirmed or in a developed stage of negotiation from Asia, Europe and North America to the Middle East. The Group takes its name from the legendary Langham in London which was widely recognized as Europe’s first Grand Hotel. For over 155 years, this flagship hotel has represented sophisticated and gracious hospitality, a philosophy that reflects elegance in design, innovation in hospitality, sincere service and captivation of the senses across all properties.

company’s vision, implementing organisational processes, lead and drive global expansion.

What was your background prior to working for Langham Hospitality Group? Travel and hospitality has always been part of my professional journey. Prior to joining Langham Hospitality Group, I was at Jumeirah International where I was the group chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors. Prior to joining Jumeirah, I spent more than a decade at Kuoni Travel Holding Ltd., the leading Swiss travel services provider. As a member of Kuoni’s executive board and executive vice president of the outbound and specialists division, I directed the company’s travel businesses, covering the Nordics, United Kingdom, Benelux, India, China, Hong Kong, and Switzerland. I was also responsible for all businesses specialising in inbound destination management which had a purview of US$3 billion in revenues and 8,000 employees. Prior to joining Kuoni, I spent six years working in the information technology industry with Swissair and EDS Corporation.

It’s a difficult time for the hospitality industry. What do you think will be the hospitality sectors biggest challenge post COVID? The pandemic has changed the way we travel globally and it is understandable that people are worried about travelling until the crisis is over. The most important thing is for the hotel industry to come together, work with the travel industry and government and support and help the community we operate in and re-build life to normalcy. Travel especially long-haul will not be immediate and will take time but I have no doubt, travel will return and the demand will be strong again. Luxury hotels always have had high hygiene and sanitation standards, but new rules and regulations may apply which the hospitality industry needs to already have in place and ready to roll out once travel resumes. Thermal sensors installed at all venues, temperature taking, some form of distancing when dining, frequent sanitisation are all part of the new normal. Flexibility is also important, things evolve quickly so being adaptable and allowing people to make changes if needs be will provide the much needed assurance for travel.

What does your current position involve? I oversee all aspects of the group’s global portfolio of hotels, resorts and residences, and give strategic guidance to achieve the

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What do you love most about what you do? What I love most is working with my team of talented, passionate and energetic individuals. This diverse and dynamic group of people inspire me with their positive attitudes and dynamism. I also especially love creating unforgettable memories for people. Everyone is busy and when we travel or are on holidays, we want to have the best time and in creating the best memories and I have always wanted to be part of the process.

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The hospitality (and travel) industry will positively manage through today’s challenging environment just as we have steered through difficult events in the past. To me, what is more important and remarkable is the immensely resilient spirit, determination and talent demonstrated by the entire hospitality industry. Despite one of the most difficult period experienced, we have all seen the outpour of care, concern for each other, guests, colleagues and the communities we operate in. How is Langham Hospitality planning to ‘hit the ground running’ again in the coming months? Do you have any new project ideas in the pipeline? We have never slowed down. In addition in putting in place robust recovery plans, we have the following projects in the pipeline: Later half of this year, we are looking forward to opening The Langham, Nymphenburg Residence, Munich, located within the stately 490-acre imperial estate of Nymphenburg Palace, just a 15-minute drive from the Munich city centre. This one key exclusive private residence is steeped in royal Bavarian history; guests will enjoy the privacy and exclusivity of this 18th century manor with a privileged location next to the Royal Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory which is renowned for exquisite avantgarde and tailor-made designs for four centuries. We are opening The Langham, Jakarta in the first quarter of next year, our debut into Southeast Asia. It is located in a triple ‘A’ location and a jewel in our portfolio with exciting F&B experiences. We are also opening another Langham hotel in Changsha, the

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capital of central China’s Hunan province, a large ancient city with a 3,500 year history dating to the Zhou dynasty. We are also busy with the renovation of The Langham, Boston, which is housed in the old Federal Reserve Bank. I am confident it will be the most luxurious heritage hotel in North America after the renovation. What do you think will be the biggest change in how you do your job post-COVID-19? One of the key priorities during this pandemic is to provide all the support our colleagues, guests and communities we are operating in to overcome the Covid-19 crisis. I also want to emphasize that we can never be over prepared when it comes to managing a crisis so one of my key responsibilities is to ensure all our teams in the hotels are all equipped and prepared in managing the current and future crisis – which will continue to a focus post Covid-19. This pandemic has taught us that there’s no such thing as being overprepared. In such a high-care, people-oriented industry, one never knows what will happen from day to day, minute to minute. I am a firm believer in expecting and working toward the best outcomes, but to really succeed, I would always advise to plan for the worst scenarios: To be able to overcome adversity is what signifies strength, resilience, thoughtfulness and stability. To that end, not just luxury hotels but the hospitality and travel industry must have a comprehensive crisis management plan and I will emphasize that we as an industry should spare no expense in training our

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colleagues regularly to make sure they understand the protocols to help them be better prepared in all extraordinary circumstances. What’s one unexpected shift that you’ve seen in guest expectations or demands in the last five to ten years? People are well travelled and with so much information at their fingertips, they expect personalised, authentic experiences and not cookie cutter approaches. What is the biggest challenge that you’re facing to improve the guest experience today post Covid-19? We need to acknowledge the world has changed and be empathetic to the concerns of our guests. The levels of guests’ expectations have widened and different people have varying needs based on their own experiences.

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What role does Europe and the Middle East play in Langham Hospitality Group international growth? Europe is a key travel destination and will still be when travel resumes. When I joined Langham Hospitality Group two years ago, expansion to Europe was my key focus and remains today. Middle East continues to be a key market for our growth and expansion. How important is interior design within your hotels? Interior design is extremely important as it defines the space, elevates the environment without compromising the comfort and functionality of the hotel.

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Have you noticed any particular trends in interior design? I think it is more important that each hotel, property has its own personality and essence that reflects the location. Take for example, The Langham, Nymphenburg Residence in Munich which is located next to the Royal Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory features a specially curated selection of pieces from the porcelain workshop that will be placed throughout the 9,000 square foot Residence. Renowned for their collaborations with celebrated artists and fashion designers such as Karl Lagerfeld, Miuccia Prada, Christian Lacroix, and Elie Saab to name but a few, some of the extraordinary works at the Residence will include two impressive porcelain “Myth and Legend” sculptures by Damien Hirst in the dining room, Commedia Dell’Arte couture edition figurines by Vivienne Westwood and photographer Nick Knight’s limited edition representation of supermodel Kate Moss. Other fine porcelain accents which include hand painted butterflies, dancing goldfishes in luxurious bathrooms to chandeliers are all part of the specially curated design that is exclusive to this property.

mental and physical well-being. They will travel with purpose and want experiences that connect with communities. In the shorter term, staycations, road trips, inter-cities domestic holidays will be more popular. And people are seeking more private space, so luxury villas in resorts or exclusive private residences like The Langham, Nymphenburg Residence in Munich will be what people aspire and expect of luxury retreats / hotels. How do you think the influence of new technology affects the luxury traveller now and in the future? Technology will play an important role to minimize interaction mobile check-ins, robots to deliver room service or do easier tasks. We will leverage on technology more but it will not replace the hi-care in luxury hospitality.

What are the key components of luxury and luxury design? It needs to be exclusive, beautiful, functional and yet comfortable.

What does this mean for the future of hospitality? We as an industry have been through and learnt a lot from this crisis but I have no doubt the industry will be back in gear to welcome people and show them a good time when they are ready to start travelling again.

How do you think people’s expectations of luxury hotels are changing? Luxury hotels have had the highest standards of hygiene even before the pandemic and security and privacy will be important factors. People will want to travel better than before and are seeking natural destinations, awe-inspiring experiences that will improve

What plans and aspirations do you have for Langham Hospitality Group? Our goal is to have The Langham hotels in key capital and gateway cities around the world, but we are very measured and we focus in the pace of our growth. The key priority is to be in the best location in these cities and as we will not compromise on this detail, we’d

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rather take our time than lend our brand name at a subpar location. I am very proud and encouraged by the immensely resilient spirit, determination and talent demonstrated by my colleagues care and concern for each other, our guests, and the communities in which we operate during this pandemic. With everyone working together, I firmly believe that our hotels and group are in very good hands and we look forward to welcoming all our guests back to our hotels when this is all over and give them the same unforgettable experience we are known for. Tell me something exclusive which we can expect from Langham Hospitality Group in the coming years, maybe a new opening? You will see The Langham Hotels and Resorts growing strong globally from Munich, Venice, Paris, San Francisco, Tokyo and in China – Hangzhou, Suzhou, Nanjing. What would be your dream hotel project? Free rein, from architecture, design, experiences to destination. What would you say are the three best places you’ve ever stayed? I look for experiences in different destinations. The best places I really like staying at is The Langham, London. It is a beautiful property with exciting gastronomic experiences (Artesian is one of the world’s best bars, Roux at The Landau by Michel Roux. Jr is a triumph, The Wigmore offers elevated pub food & drinks in a stylish, retro-inspired space and Palm Court is the birthplace of afternoon tea first served at a hotel). We even have a cooking school, Sauce, right at the hotel.

I also really like the Aman resorts in Bali. A destination I really love is the Maldives as it best exemplifies barefoot luxury to me. I can kick off my shoes when I arrive and only put them back on when I depart. Let’s finish with the issue of personal and work life balance. How do you aim to achieve a good balance and what do those closest to you think of your attempts? I like what I do so I do not regard my job as work. For balance, my family home in Switzerland is a good distraction when I get the chance to go back. It is secluded and up in the mountains so close to nature where I re-charge. In terms of my attempts to achieve a good balance, my wife will say I can improve on it. Lastly, share some good news! Have you done anything to stay busy in these crazy times? We are actually busier than ever. China and Hong Kong were in the pandemic earlier than the rest of the world and cases have decreasing confirmed cases and re-emerged from the crisis earlier so we are rolling out a robust recovery plan. F&B is also busy and positive as people in this region have started dining out as per normal but with group restrictions, precautions and distancing between tables in place. What is the motto that you are living by during this period? Take good care of each other, stay positive and keep moving forward. Together, we will emerge from this turbulent period stronger. www.langhamhospitalitygroup.com

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Filip Boyen CEO Forbes Travel Guide Forbes Travel Guide’s inspirational leader, Filip Boyen, talks to Can Faik about emerging from lockdown with a more agile and stronger brand than ever before … Forbes Travel Guide is the global authority on luxury hospitality. Their professional inspectors travel the world to assess hotels, restaurants, and spas based on 900 objective standards that determine their coveted annual Star Ratings. What was your background prior to working for Forbes Travel Guide? I joined Forbes Travel Guide in September 2018 and before that, I was CEO of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, an affiliation company with 520 hotels in 82 countries. Prior to that, I spent 18 years working for Orient-Express going from General Manager of several hotels worldwide to vice president of operations, then senior vice president, then COO. What does your current position involve? Forbes Travel Guide has been in operation for 62 years and during that time, we’ve built a great reputation as the only independent global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas. My role first and foremost, is to lead my team in upholding that reputation and maintaining the integrity of the brand. A key part of that is to grow and evolve the brand and to make sure that we are responding to client needs. What do you think will be the biggest change in how you do your job post-COVID-19? The pandemic’s impact is that we are all now living in a very different world but with the same people. It’s been a catalyst for many changes at Forbes Travel Guide, for example, to develop our digital service offerings. My team has been remarkable and worked hard to create several initiatives to support the industry. In April, we launched Hospitality Strong, a ten-week series of

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complimentary eLearning webinars to keep furloughed, laid-off, and working hospitality staff engaged during the pandemic. It’s been well received and kept our ears close to the ground of our client’s rapidly changing needs. We recently polled 1,200 hospitality professionals, and 67% said they expected significant changes in service delivery due to the pandemic. So, we have, of course, been preparing for this with new services and offerings to reflect some of the changes that are set to occur within hospitality. We’re more agile than ever before and are communicating differently, and I believe we’ll also see changes to the frequency of our travels. What’s one unexpected shift that you’ve seen in guest expectations or demands in the last five years? The shift from ‘all bells and whistles’ luxury to more emotional and experiential experiences with a sense of discovery and adventure. It’s a difficult time for the hospitality industry. What do you think will be the hospitality sectors biggest challenge post COVID? Every hospitality professional worldwide is challenged with how to bring confidence back to travellers. We have stayed connected with Star-Rated properties over the past few months and can see how overwhelming it is for them as they adopt the myriad government health protocols. There’s one common concern amongst the properties, which hasn’t been addressed and that’s how to maintain luxury service amid the new health protocols. That’s why we have launched our complimentary Back-to-Work Best Practice guidelines, together with a new Virtual Training program so we can support luxury hospitality establishments across the world with post-quarantine service changes. The resources address elements of guest service including: Cleanliness & Sanitation, Communication, Social Distancing, Food Presentation Safety, Health & Hygiene, as well as Touchless and

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Limited-Contact Services. We share lots of helpful service hints that illustrate how best to apply the recommendations while maintaining an exceptional level of service. But, all the protocols and service guidelines in the world will be meaningless if we cannot convince the client to travel in the first place so that’s the first challenge to overcome and one that is very much in the hands of all the governments worldwide. What should those in the hospitality industry be doing now to help them prepare for the coming months? I was a hotel GM for many years early on in my career, and what I’m witnessing as the hospitality industry prepares to emerge from lockdown is akin to the process of opening a new hotel. Hospitality professionals have to reimagine every single touchpoint for both their employees and guests. It’s a huge undertaking, but I see an opportunity for them to use this time to build something new and compelling despite the unprecedented situation. Those who will do well will demonstrate creativity and find an authentic way to create a safe environment for employees and guests. Social distancing does not mean that they can’t provide an exceptional guest experience.

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Do you think there is a difference in tone and texture between ideas of hospitality in the Far East and the West? Most definitely. I’ve been lucky enough to visit over 300 Forbes Travel Guide Star – Rated hotels and visited many more properties during my forty years in this industry. Cultural nuances drive the differences. In Japan, for example, guests experience an incredibly elegant and gracious service. In the US, service is less formal but extremely friendly and enjoyable. In Italy, the character and flamboyancy of the employees perfectly represents the destination. What is the biggest challenge that you’re facing today? The lack of a crystal ball. The situation is very fluid, and it is hard to foresee when a recovery is going to start, and when travel will really begin to come back in a meaningful way. I’m hoping for the best, but I also have a healthy dose of realism. How important is interior design within your Forbes Travel Guide rating? Very important! If done well, design permeates the entire guest experience and is key to creating a hotel’s soul. Design is as much about the service you receive as what the space around you looks

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like. They have to go together. And that doesn’t happen by accident. It takes real thoughtfulness that goes way beyond your interior designer and architect – it’s the responsibility of every member of your staff; the doorman, the front desk, the housekeeper, and the cook your preparing breakfast. We believe truly amazing design is for and about the people; therefore, several standards in our inspections consider how architecture and design create a sense of place at the hotel entrance, in public spaces, and in the guest room. It’s also important to understand that our rating system doesn’t differentiate or discriminate between design styles in our ratings – we welcome sleek modern, opulent, classic, boho chic. How important do you feel the designer and supplier is for a hotel brand when launching a hotel? New hotels shouldn’t be treated like a masterpiece painting – finished, framed, and hung up for all to admire from behind a velvet rope. They are instead living spaces – full of people, life, and constantly in a state of change. Design is every action that goes into the very real experience of a new hotel; therefore, all stakeholders – architects, interior designers, and suppliers must come together with the same vision to create the experience. Similarly, in the post-quarantine recovery, all stakeholders should be working together flexibly and efficiently to reimagine the new luxury service levels. The situation will be changing continuously, and we all need to be able to react quickly.

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Have you noticed any particular trends in hotel design? In the pending recovery, it will be vital to position safety as fashionable and to present it in a lighthearted and humorous way. Humor reduces tension, and this is precisely what is needed at this time. How do you think people’s expectations of luxury hotels are changing? Guests who pay for Five-Star service, will expect nothing less but that. Yes, luxury hospitality service is going to look very different in a post-quarantine world, but I believe guests will continue to expect and demand service excellence and personalisation.

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What plans and aspirations do you have for Forbes Travel Guide, as I know you mentioned you would like to introduce a Forbes Travel guide rating for cruise ships, is that still the plan? The pandemic has put a pause on our plans to rate cruise ships at least until 2021. The cruise industry has been severely impacted, but I have every faith that they will come back stronger than ever before. We are excited about this prospect because the product and service quality on some cruise ships is comparable with luxury hotels and resorts. We currently support 14 industries with bespoke training solutions, evaluation services, and the creation of custom service standards. We work with other service-oriented businesses, such as luxury residential, healthcare, and private clubs. We recently partnered with private aviation company Jet Linx in a deal that sees us training its team and creating customized, proprietary Jet Linx standards of excellence. Service excellence is universal. Everybody working in a people-facing industry needs service excellence. So, I see even more opportunity for us in the future.

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Tell me something exclusive which we can expect from Forbes Travel Guide in the coming years? We have made tremendous progress in re-engineering our business model to create an efficient and attractive way of delivering our services to our clients in the new normal. It’s the beginning of many changes set to come in the years ahead. And lastly for someone who travels so much throughout the year, what two items do you never leave home without? Bose cordless headphones and my Forbes Travel Guide Five and Four-Star pins. To view The Best Practice Guidelines please visit www.forbestravelguide.com/bestpractices

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Adam D. Tihany & Alessia Genova Tihany Design The management team behind Tihany Design talks in depth to Can Faik about the iconic hospitality projects the studio has completed and what the future holds for one of the world’s leading interior design studios. Founded in 1978, Tihany Design is a New York-based luxury hospitality design firm led by Founder and Principal Adam D. Tihany and Managing Partner Alessia Genova. The firm is known for creating bespoke hotel, dining and cruise ship interiors at some of the most iconic and luxurious properties around the world, including The Beverly Hills Hotel, Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice, Four Seasons Dubai DIFC and The Oberoi New Delhi. Upcoming project openings include an expedition cruise ship for Seabourn, the new Mandarin Oriental Bosphorous in Istanbul, as well as new and renovated venues at The Breakers in Palm Beach as part of the firm’s ongoing redesign of the iconic property. Tell me about your role at Tihany Design? AG: Earlier this year I became Adam’s first partner in the 42-year history of Tihany Design, which was a big step for both of us. I joined the firm right out of college and have spent my entire professional career with Adam, always working very closely and collaboratively. Adam is creative director of the studio, so he and I design all projects together and give direction to the team. Before becoming Partner, I was Studio Director, managing operations strategy & concept development for all the projects. The managing aspect has not really changed in the last couple of months, the only difference is the way we communicate with our team and clients. It has been a challenge, but also an opportunity to lead more effectively and empathetically, even if it’s through a screen or over the phone. What three words would you use to describe Tihany Design? ADT: Who we are: Creative, Mindful and Collaborative. Our signature: Luxurious, Timeless & Memorable.

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It’s a difficult time for the hospitality industry. What do you think will be the hospitality sectors biggest challenge post COVID? ADT: The challenge is restoring confidence - how to successfully make people feel safe and protected. The allocation and use of space is a critical factor. The challenge is how to provide great service and make people feel safe and comfortable at the same time. AG: I think all designers are in a position to help create a safe and comfortable environment. This is something we are working for our clients now as well. As Adam says, ‘thinking about what a meal at our favourite restaurants will look like as they start to reopen is stressful, but not thinking about it is disastrous.’ With this in mind we are designing screens tailored to the existing interiors of restaurants – all lightweight, easily moveable and stored and easily cleaned and maintained. This ‘public privacy’ provides guests a more intimate focus on the food and the person in front of them while still being present inside a buzzing restaurant. What services can you offer to guests without little interaction at these times now? AG: We design luxury hotels and restaurants so our observations here are directed to that segment of the industry. The key factor is how to keep the high level of personal service and yet minimizing the level of contact. Reservations will be a must due the new rules that will take place to reduce number of seats, spacing, etc. Some aspects of the dining experience can be organised in advance without completely losing the ceremony of dining out. You might be able to have a conversation with the host at the time of booking, select your food and wine, your favourite water and bread so you will be served with less contact by the staff. There

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The Beverly Hills Hotel

“Design for Hospitality is the art of moving people through spaces” - Adam D. Tihany

might be a similar approach by hotels with pre-checking and check out availability and personal, more private greetings at arrival and during the stay. What do you think will be the biggest change in how you do your job post-COVID-19? ADT: The biggest change for me will be in the frequency of travel. Before the lockdown I was traveling every couple of weeks. I think aside from the initial caution and reduced event activity, we might see a lesser demand in business travel. AG: The office will definitely look and behave differently when we return, hopefully next month. We are a small, hands-on studio of 15 designers, so we will be taking extra precautions like masks, gloves and more extensive and frequent cleaning standards to ensure the safety of the team. Being based in New York which projects are you currently working on, and are you working in Europe or the Middle East? ADT: Most of our projects are international and outside of NYC. We continue our long time collaboration with the Breakers in Palm Beach with the new restaurant Henry’s, a Grab and Go and ongoing room renovations. We have Mandarin Oriental Hotels underway in Istanbul and Riyadh as well as two Cruise ships in construction and several projects ongoing in Hawaii. On the drawing board we have projects in Europe and The Middle East, but these are still confidential. Perhaps more to chat about next time? How high on the list is revenue creation for designers? ADT: Our clients invest large amounts of money. Clearly, return on investment is a major issue. We are entrusted to create venues

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that people will find attractive, exciting and worth frequenting time and time again. With Social media, especially Instagram, becoming an increasingly important marketing tool for hotels. What are your thoughts on this, and do you take this into account when designing spaces? ADT: While the ‘Instagrammable moment’ or the photo-opt are not the “Reason D’être” of the design, a lot of projects end up having one or several focal points that become the “signature” of the project and are also a social media sharable moment. Our philosophy is to create spaces that surprise and delight. Design that is meant to be discovered and shared. AG: These days social media is more than just a tool for sharingit’s a tool for communicating a brand in a way that is more relatable and personal. We design spaces to be special, to be memorable and to best represent our clients. Being ‘Instagrammable’ is a byproduct of this. How can design be used to manage the guest’s expectations of the hotel experience? ADT: Design is the first impression, the first communication of the brand, the DNA and the narrative. The design not only sets the stage for the experience to unfold, but it facilitates that experience from the moment a guests walks through the door. Turning to the topic of authenticity of experience, how do you approach each project? ADT: Every project is an opportunity for an interesting, site specific narrative, a unique answer to a challenge. We go to great lengths

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to fully immerse ourselves in each project’s location, to understand the culture, taste and spirit of place in order to be authentic, rooted and site specific.

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I had the same question be asked of me by two hoteliers, and that was If you had a limited budget to spend on design, what area would you focus on? i.e. guestrooms, public spaces, F&B and spa? AG: It depends on the type of hotel. A couple of examples: for an urban hotel focusing on becoming a neighbourhood destination drawing local and non-hotel guests, the public areas and F&B spaces become the focus. In resorts the focus is typically on the recreation areas and wellness such a spa and entertainment. How important are public spaces in hotels? Are there ways in which you’ve used innovative design in these areas to facilitate innovative usage? ADT: Design for Hospitality is the art of moving people through spaces. We deliberately control how we position guests in a space and move them along so we can tell a story. Public spaces are where the design story begins. One example is our redesign of the iconic Oberoi New Delhi - we changed the way people experience the hotel by redirecting their path and movement in the space, shifting the order in which the guest discovers the hotel. Instead of entering directly towards the reception area, we placed a beautiful metal screen in front of the entrance shifting traffic to the double height marble archway along the garden-facing windows. This gesture signals the new chapter in the hotel’s history. Another example is our design for the Seabourn ships Encore and Ovation. Seabourn Square is the centre “Piazza” of the ship. We converted what was an enclosed central concierge area to an open

welcoming space. It completely changed the spirit of the spaceand that quickly became the signature space of the ship. With so many hospitality designers in the industry, how does Tihany Design stand out from the rest? AG: In addition to 42 years of experience in the Hospitality field, what sets us apart is our unique studio dynamic. Adam has always kept a small studio so he and I can be personally involved in every aspect of each project. The entire team always contributes whether in the concept, development or the detailing phases- It is very hands on and personal.

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Do you have a most memorable experience with interior design; something you saw that changed or inspired you? AT: The first time a visited Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. I looked around and knew that “Everything Design” is possible. AG: The Jewish museum in Berlin by Daniel Libeskind. The tension between the architecture, its interior spaces, the history and the story it tells all comes together in a very strong and memorable experience that is still inspiring today. It is an architecture and a space of emotions!

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What’s next for you and the studio? AG: We continue to develop our long term hotel, restaurant and cruise ship projects. The renovations that were put on hold will hopefully re-start soon and we are keeping a keen eye on new opportunities on the horizon. Tell us something surprising about yourself that people may not know? ADT: I always wanted to play the bass- late nights in a smoke filled and dimly lit jazz club in Paris. AG: My dream was to be a pilot. I always loved the idea of flying, floating in the air, looking things from a different point of view and prospective. Somehow this dream today is a reality since I have now - metaphorically speaking - the opportunity to do so alongside my Partner Adam! What would be your dream hotel project? ADT & AG: We would love to work on the six Italian Belmond properties. www.tihanydesign.com

“We design spaces to be special, to be memorable and to best represent our clients” - Alessia Genova Belmond Hotel Cipriani Venice

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“The function of the public areas is likely going to change to accommodate social distancing and privacy is something we have to factor into design”

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David T’Kint Partner HBA EMEA Can Faik speaks to David T’Kint, Partner and the creative vision behind HBA EMEA …

Leading hospitality design firm HBA recently announced the formation of HBA EMEA. The announcement sees the joining of the firm’s London and Dubai studios under the direction of Partner David T’Kint. With specialist divisions including lighting, graphics and art curation, HBA EMEA’s end-to-end offering will produce inspired, brand-strengthening design experiences that reflect a true sense of place. What three words would you use to describe HBA EMEA? Talented. Versatile. Pragmatic. You are taking the reins at an unprecedented and challenging moment. How will COVID-19 change the hospitality industry? No one can guess what exactly will happen in the foreseeable future. Whilst many countries are reopening, one can expect a revival of travel this summer however will people have the spending power to make up for three months of losses? Will the upcoming months be about revenge travel followed by an acute downturn? What we do know is we are going through a huge shift – designers will have to work very hard, and in very tight collaboration with operators and developers to ensure they can successfully meet the upcoming new challenges and remain flexible as there is no set response as of yet. Technology will surely have a huge part to play here, from the lobby to the guest room and we will see a shift towards mobile ordering, mobile check in and mobile concierge. The function of the public areas is likely going to change to accommodate social distancing and privacy is something we have to factor into design. Such challenges often bring about innovation and there are positives to take from this. For example, in the luxury industry sustainability has become a more urgent priority and there is a distinct focus on building for quality and longevity, as well as

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sourcing locally in design. The industry is evolving and adapting, and I have no doubt it will endure this test. Do designers think about loyalty when they design a hotel or is it just an operators concern? A key aspect of loyalty is for a brand to provide the same minimum standards across their properties. Beyond getting an upgrade, a free glass of wine or points to accumulate, a guest is likely to remain loyal to a brand which provides things like a certain bed comfort, shower experience or amenities. It is therefore crucial for the designer to implement these and maintain the brand’s standard. How can design be used to manage the guest’s expectations of the hotel experience? With the amount of competition worldwide, guest expectation levels are high. Building a narrative, a story one will remember, certainly helps to manage such expectations. Design doesn’t matter to everyone though - some guests stay at a hotel because of its price, location or brand. However, it is still the designer’s responsibility to originate an experience whilst making it work from other perspectives such as smooth guest flow, proper back-ofhouse connections, dynamic vertical and horizontal connections and efficient space planning, which I would consider to be the basics. Turning to the topic of authenticity of experience, how do you approach each project? When I start a project, I search, explore and investigate before starting any design work. A hotel needs to be relevant to many things, including the brand, the target market, the location, the

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competition and its history if it’s a renovation. Sometimes we also have input from the developer. Using this information, I create a narrative. This doesn’t mean developing a thematic design. It means creating a true identity, unique to the project, which acts as a thread between all spaces of the hotel, even if each space has a distinct atmosphere. It is a very exciting and challenging part, which I often start before signing the contract! How important are public spaces in hotels? Are there ways in which you’ve used innovative design in these areas to facilitate innovative usage? Many brands have changed the way they use and market public spaces. A meeting can be held in a lobby lounge, work can be done in a lobby, bars and restaurants attract non-staying guests and spas and gyms offer membership programmes. Eventually the public spaces become the heart and soul of the hotel, whereas the guestrooms are a retreat.

At Great Scotland Yard in London, the overall approach to public spaces was also different. The guest enters the hotel through a lounge, which is the spine connecting the bars and the restaurant. There is no lobby, check-in happens in a room on the side. The basement is designed as an apartment, which houses co-working spaces, meeting spaces and a fitness room. How did your partnership with the Great Scotland Yard hotel begin? I was invited to pitch for the project. With the team, we created a leather pouch embossed with the initials G.S.Y. which contained three booklets. Each of them presented a different approach to the design for the project. None of them were selected, but our approach and design process was rewarded. We then started working with the operator, F&B consultant, the architect of record and the owners to develop the interiors. The process took four years. How high on the list is revenue creation for designers? If I wanted to become a billionaire, I would have chosen a different career. It is important that some members of our team have a business-oriented mind to ensure the viability of what we do, but I design because that is my passion, not to make lots of money.

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With social media, especially Instagram, becoming an increasingly important marketing tool for hotels, what are your thoughts on this and do you take this into account when designing spaces? Operators have actually briefed me on “social currency”. It is an invaluable marketing tool for the brands and it’s good for a designer’s ego! I don’t believe, however, that this should drive

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our work - it often works the other way around. We create an experience, which earns a “snapshot” when successful. How do you think the influence of new technology affects the luxury traveller now and in the future? We are all affected one way or another by new technology, sometimes even against our will. Some guests avidly embrace these new developments, whereas some find it difficult. As for many aspects of hotel design, our aim should be to find the right balance to cater to a wide audience. It should be integrated but remain very simple to use. A guest should be given the option of using technology, without being forced into it. Do you believe simple design has become luxurious? In some places, such as Europe or Japan, luxury is space. Since it’s very expensive and there isn’t enough of it, it has become a luxury. Minimalism is cited as starting in New York after WWII, however I believe Mies van der Rohe was already doing so in the 1920s. Simplicity in design is stripping down to the bare minimum to focus on the proportion of the volume, as well as how light affects its perception. It is usually technically complex to manufacture anything minimalistic and it’s therefore expensive. What was originally a philosophical movement has become a trend of luxury. What particular trends have you noticed in hotel interior design? Because of the time it takes to design and build a project, a hotel typically takes longer to capture trends unlike other sectors. Sustainability, ergonomics, technology, individuality, wellness

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are key aspects to be considered across all tiers of hotels today. Budget and mid-scale hotels are no longer excluded, they actually become more on-trend than luxury hotels because they are easier and cheaper to implement. What does design mean to you? Design is creating environments that have been developed around the needs of people. This works for spaces as well as objects. Whilst we thrive to make it aesthetically pleasing, we should be governed by its function first. I believe something is flawed if it looks good but doesn’t work. I had the same question be asked of me last night by two hoteliers, and that was if you had a limited budget to spend on design, what area would you focus on? i.e. guestrooms, public spaces, F&B and spa? I would still focus on all areas. Budget is a consideration a hotel designer cannot get around because a hotel is, with some exceptions, a financial investment. Our strength is to make the best of it, focus on key elements or be theatrical in order to bring the attention on certain elements rather than all. We shouldn’t forget very few guests look at spaces the way we designers do. Where do you see hotel design in the future? Hotel design used to be harmonised across properties of a brand, but today everyone fights for individuality to a point where brands become diluted. I believe some harmony will come back without denying the locality of each property. On another note, brands are

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working hard to reinvent themselves to fight against the growing number of home stays. What are your thoughts on the wellness trend in luxury hotels? I believe this is not just happening in hotels. The rhythm of life imposed to many of us is quite hectic. Internet has connected us all, but it means that everything is continuous, without any break. Or, when there is a break, the world goes upside down. Naturally, guests and people more generally, are looking for a pause from time to time, as we simply cannot function permanently. This involves keeping in shape through exercise, being healthy through quality food, maintaining your body through treatments. I can only imagine the trend will further develop Is there anything exciting that you’re working on which you can tell us about? Managing HBA EMEA is the result of my career evolution. By training, I am an interior designer and this remains as my driver. I work on selected projects because I cannot do everything and I want others in our team to evolve and succeed. Some of the ongoing work includes a boutique hotel in London, an iconic hotel in Riyadh and a heritage hotel in Cairo. What’s next for you and HBA EMEA? I have been a part of HBA for many years and have seen continuous transformation. We believe we always have to adapt and part of this is the future of HBA EMEA. Whilst it makes sense to group parts of the world, it is important to understand that many countries and areas have their own identity and approach design in a very different way. The future for us is to set up several smaller

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offices throughout our region in order to serve our clients’ needs locally whilst being part of a global set-up with a specific DNA and an organised approach. What would be your dream hotel project? I still have many dreams, such as a hotel in New York, a jungle mountain resort and a camp, amongst others. Something that becomes more and more important to me is the relevance of what we do. Instead of being just a financial investment, I would like projects to become an integrated investment, which includes communities and nature around the project. Instead of making money and distributing part of it to charity, spend the effort to involve and teach in order to give others the opportunity to be independent. www.hba.com

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HOSPITALITY LEADERSHIP AND DESIGN CONFERENCE

Adam Tihany

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Hospitality Leadership & Design Conference launches stateside

Presented in association with Hospitality Interiors magazine, and following the amazing international response to our inaugural London event, we are proud to announce our second Hospitality Leadership & Design Conference at the impressive Park Hyatt New York, October 13th – once again gathering together the industry’s foremost leaders and creatives to discuss the wealth of activity and opportunity within the hospitality sector. The key tenets of many progressive and successful hospitality businesses are clear – creative thinking, innovation and communication.

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To successfully scope, conceptualise and deliver a given project – whether it is a luxury hotel in the Maldives to an urban city hotel – the combination of inspiration and communication is paramount. With this founding principle at its core, Hospitality Interiors created the Hospitality Leadership & Design Conference – a platform where the visionaries and design leaders of our industry could come together to discover and debate key issues and opportunities in hospitality design and delivery.

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HOSPITALITY LEADERSHIP AND DESIGN CONFERENCE

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Presidents, CEOs and senior management from leading investment companies, hotel brands, cruise lines and design studios – including Adam Tihany, Therese Virserius, Simon Rawlings, Julie Frank, Dan Thorman and Sybille de Margerie, to name just a few – will

Joe Ginsberg and Virserius Studio. Such is the array of design leaders at the event, Rolls Royce Motor Cars, Voltra and Camron PR are also supporting the event. “With the calibre of speakers, sponsors, supporters and participants we have gathered

be speaking on the panel discussions. Further leading speakers to be confirmed in the next few weeks. The respected Filip Boyen, chief executive of Forbes Travel Guide, will also be guest speaking at this event. Our founding sponsors – Axor, Laufen, BECK, Lasvit and SLH – are in place, while a plethora of internationally acclaimed design businesses and brands from across the industry are confirmed supporters of the event, including Wilson Associates, WATG, David Collins Studio, Yabu Pushelberg, Tihany Design, Richmond International, HBA, SB Architects, Jeffrey Beers International, Dennis Irvine Studio, AB Concept,

so far for our New York event, I feel confident the informative and inspiring programme of panel discussions and Q&As promises a hospitality conference like no other!” says event diector and Hospitality Interiors’ editor, Can Faik. Delegates can take advantage of scheduled networking sessions, providing invaluable opportunities to meet face-to-face with those shaping the future of hospitality and hospitality design. A limited number of delegate tickets are available via the contact form on the website.

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The Berkeley London, UK Based in Knightsbridge, The Berkeley is the essence of contemporary chic and innovative luxury. With stunning rooms and suites, Michelin-starred cuisine from Marcus Wareing, cocktails in the Blue Bar and The Berkeley Health Club & Spa complete with rooftop pool, The Berkeley exemplifies modern extravagance...

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The Berkeley has been the epicenter of London glamour for over a century and following a recent redesign by a team of leading international designers, you can see why this hotel deserves all the credit it’s been receiving over the last year. After the successful launch of the luxurious Opus Suite at The Berkeley in 2014, acclaimed architect Andre Fu and his design studio AFSO returned to this classic Knightsbridge hotel to create two new contemporary super-suites, The Crescent Pavilion and The Grand Pavilion. Fu’s design for these two exceptional suites was inspired by his admiration for the free-standing glasshouse that epitomised the golden era of modernism, Set within new glasshouses by Rogers & Partners that are cleverly integrated within the hotel’s existing outside terraces, each pavilion exemplifies Fu’s signature language of relaxed luxury and contemporary classicism with an emphasis on understated English sensibilities. Crescent Pavilion Conceived to reflect the look and feel of a contemporary English country house, the 3200 square-foot Crescent Pavilion suggests the experience of a private residence surrounded by a lush English garden. With the focus on generous comfort, the Suite is also created as an ideal location for entertaining.

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Guests enter this luxurious suite through a wood panelled passageway lined with delicate gold patina fabric to discover an exquisite living salon designed for small, intimate gatherings. At the end of the living salon, a curved portal sculpted entirely in solid volakas white marble heralds the suite’s most stunning design feature– a vast 800 ft² glasshouse designed as a contemporary sunroom with 270 degree views over London. Set within this pavilion is an area for entertaining that adjoins an alfresco lounge, as well as a dining space that seats twelve. The glasshouse is imbued throughout with Andre’s

personal design touches – from the bespoke hexagonal rock glass chandelier, the intricate stained oak partitions with interlocking brushed brass brackets, to an island bar decked in precious Quartzite Aqua marble. The hand-tufted carpet in mint green and mineral grey, by Taiping Carpets, evokes the verdant lushness of the terrace in this city retreat. Fu has continued the spirit of the living space into the master bedroom and a second ensuite bedroom with a palette of pale racing green, mineral grey and champagne gold, allows Andre’s vision to extend from the outdoor garden into the suite interior. The Grand Pavilion Perched as the pinnacle of all hospitality experiences, the Grand Pavilion suite offers a two-bedroom sanctuary that will provide discerning guests with the ultimate urban escape. Entering through a hallway decked with gloss-lacquered warm grey English panelling and upholstered with emerald green silk, guests are immediately confronted with the dramatic views of an open-fire pit, contrasted with a series of stone plinths that sets the base for an extensive lounge. The adjoining landscape is also distinctly sculptural and pure to echo the understated calmness of this unique emotional journey. Within the Suite, guests are led to a dining salon that can host up to eight guests, Adorned with natural light and positioned to adjoin the outdoor terrace, the dining room is decorated with a backdrop of hand-embroidered wallcovering that echoes in hues of grey, mauve and ivory the rhythmic silhouette of raindrops, a pattern inspired by the works of the late JeanMichel Frank.

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Adjoining the dining room is the main living room that is housed within the glass pavilion. Enveloped by a frame of continuous floor-toceiling glazing, guests will be intrigued by the juxtaposition of the hotel’s classic façade with this very contemporary design. Set at the other end of the glass pavilion is the master bedroom. With 3-sided full height glazing and its own private terrace, the room features sculptural artworks by Conrad Shawcross, a king-size bed, a separate dressing area, as well as individual ‘his and hers’ walk-in wardrobes. Meanwhile, the master bathroom epitomises Fu’s signature style of relaxed luxury - a freestanding cast stone bathtub proudly stands in front of an impressive sculptural stone backdrop with solid Baltic grey marble carved into a series of full height ‘petals’ that appears to fold and unfold into each other. This expression of tactility is further enhanced with the antique brass bathroom fixtures by Kallista. Fu has created two extraordinary glasshouse suites that exude modern luxury, experimenting with texture and colour to create sanctuaries of tranquility and unparalleled comfort. The experiential visual narrative is influenced by traditional English sensibilities combined with an expression of relaxed modernity, heralding a new era of hospitality.

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Blue Bar The most atmospheric room in The Berkeley is the Blue Bar, designed by the late David Collins. The walls are painted in a mix made up from 50 shades of the colour, entitled ‘Lutyens Blue’, named after the original panelled walls designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, which came from the original Berkeley hotel when it was based in Piccadilly. Drop in for some of the most colourful cocktails in town. Or discover the Blue Bar’s contemporary side by scoring a table in the state-of-the-art glass extension. Spacious and impeccably stylish, this is a bar whose sparkling energy is sure to leave you spellbound. Collins Rooms Walking into the Collins Rooms is like taking a breath of fresh air. After a six month restoration created by acclaimed designer Robert Angell, the protégé of the late David Collins whom the restaurant is named after. Angell’s interior design has simply enhanced the overall experience, creating a serene spaced filled with natural light illuminating the contemporary new look, this charming dining room has become a firm favourite with fashionistas and food-lovers alike.

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The Berkeley Bar & Terrace It may be new, but the roots of The Berkeley Bar & Terrace stretch back 400 years thanks to a singular tree: The Fulbeck Walnut. Part of the Fulbeck Estate, it fell in the Great Storm of 2007. But this end was just a new beginning. The timber was salvaged, cut and transformed by expert craftsmen and is now celebrated in every line, accent and panel of our timeless interior. Continuing the celebration of craftmanship is the bar itself – spacious and cosy in equal measure. Inside, carved plasterwork, coral tones and curved edges set an elegant scene, with wooden accents that were hewn from a single tree.

“Spacious and impeccably stylish, this is a bar whose sparkling energy is sure to leave you spellbound” Marcus One of London’s most acclaimed restaurants, Marcus – named after acclaimed chef Marcus Wareing, creates inventive, Michelin-starred modern British dishes. Everything – from the menu and ingredients to the relaxed ambience which sets the tone beautifully in the contemporary dining room. The Maybourne Hotel Group which owns and manages The Berkeley, Claridge’s and The Connaught recently added their first international property, The Maybourne Beverly Hills – four of the world’s most renowned hotels. The groups hotels have histories that stretch back over a century. And, while each one retains its timeless appeal and individual nature, they are committed to ensuring they are always in tune with the wants and wishes of today’s discerning guests. www.the-berkeley.co.uk

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Asbury Ocean Club Hotel Asbury Park, New Jersey The recent introduction of a dream-like the 54-room hotel occupying the fourth floor of the Luxurious Asbury Ocean Club delivers the in-demand effortless luxury this impressive East Coast US location demands.

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The combined talents of design visionaries Anda Andrei, David Bowd, Bonetti/Kozerski Architecture and Gary Handel recently joined forces for this the Asbury Ocean Club Hotel in New Jersey, another jewel in the crown of the multi-billion dollar redevelopment by iStar. Picture a fantasy beach house: magical ocean views, hand-picked, one-of-a-kind furnishings, and lush greenery, with sunlight streaming through floor-to-ceiling glass -tranquil simplicity and natural beauty at every turn, just 70 minutes from New York City. Asbury Ocean Club Hotel brings that dream to life on Asbury Park’s vibrant waterfront. An elevated beach experience, literally, the entire 54-room hotel is elegantly set on the fourth floor of Asbury Ocean Club, the luxury residential building opened last summer. The effect is a beach hideaway in the sky; ingenious design means every room at the hotel has a view of water or dunes from its own terrace. Asbury Ocean Club once again brings together the distinguished and award-winning team behind The Asbury Hotel (America’s Best

New Hotel by USA Today): Anda Andrei (11 Howard, Gramercy Park Hotel + Residences), the design lead for the multi-billion-dollar Asbury Park redevelopment project; New York’s acclaimed Bonett /Kozerski Architecture (Public Hotel New York, PACE Gallery); and hotel innovator and operator David Bowd of the sought-after Salt Hotels brand (Eben House, The Chequit). Together joined by the esteemed Gary Handel of Handel Architects (Dream Downtown Hotel in Manhattan, Rosewood Hotel in Abu Dhabi), the hotel boasts unparalleled service, sophisticated amenities, and astonishing design, offering the Shore’s first luxury five-star boutique experience, just steps from the beach. Years in the making, Asbury Ocean Club is the crown jewel of real-estate leader iStar (NYSE: STAR), a passionate partner in bringing the Asbury Park magic to a new generation, whose roots in town stretch back more than a decade. Innovative and design-inspired iStar CEO, Jay Sugarman, deliberately hand-selected partners like Andrei, Handel, Bonetti / Kozerski and Bowd to manifest his vision. iStar acquired 35 acres in the city and has spent more than $300m on its efforts to date. The developer is

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first arrive at the beach and delivers the pure joy and happiness that comes along with it. Handel Architects brought that exhilaration to life through the building itself -- its long vertical plane rises from the ocean and sweeps towards the west, and its glass and natural materials infuse the experience with light and openness. A visually striking addition to the East Coast shoreline, the hotel provides a refuge and retreat from everyday life, where every whim is anticipated, and expectations are exceeded. Asbury Ocean Club Hotel has a luxe, intimate residential feel -- warm, welcoming, and alive with brilliantly understated design. After checking in through gleaming bronze doors on the ground floor, guests will be whisked up to the fourth-floor gallery - the opposite of a conventional lobby - and enter a carefree world. “When you arrive, you’ll have a moment of relief, of escape from the noise -- I’m here, I’ve arrived, and everything from that moment on will be taken care of,” said David Bowd. “Checkin will not feel like a transaction, but a welcome. This is truly a luxury, five-star experience in a

modern way. Service is attentive, but a little less formal. It’s more suited to the personality of Asbury Park.” Anda Andrei agreed. “There’s a kind of magic to being at the beach, in any season or weather, and that’s what’s captured in every detail of the Asbury Ocean Club Hotel,” she said. “The hotel conveys a feeling you usually have to travel very far to experience - the peace and relaxation of a one-of-a-kind oasis. With that in mind, our design is focused on connecting every guest with gentle dunes and tranquil reflecting pools.” The lobby overlooks the pool deck, which serves as an extension of the property with deep sofas, sunken beds and floor pillows. Surrounded by trees and greens acting as the walls of the space, outside becomes an oasis. The 65 x 30-foot pool overlooks the ocean and is outfitted with a full-service bar and grill, where flora is entangled throughout the pergola that hangs above. With a roaming granita cart, guests can also expect fresh juice, smoothies, and tiki cocktails.

the force behind a 10-year, multi-billion-dollar redevelopment plan for a 1.25-mile stretch along the Asbury Park waterfront that includes The Asbury Hotel, Monroe condominiums, and the newly reopened Asbury Lanes, the legendary bowling alley-turned music venue christened by Bruce Springsteen last summer. While previous developers had tried for years to renew the waterfront, Sugarman and iStar have fully succeeded with the landmark Asbury Ocean Club. Bringing to life his dream of effortless living, the long-awaited luxury residences that house the Asbury Ocean Club Hotel, are a milestone for the city, for New Jersey, and for the East Coast. The building stands coolly and confidently against the shoreline -- a symbol of the new era it represents for the iconic Jersey coastline. “Asbury Ocean Club is not just a building; it’s the resurrection of Asbury Park,” says Sugarman. “It is a symbol of the return of this town to its rightful glory and an opportunity for us to create the ultimate beach lifestyle for those who want the very best.” Through its breathtaking architecture and design, Asbury Ocean Club Hotel captures the exciting sense of anticipation when you

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Uncomplicated luxury defines Asbury Ocean Club Hotel. The heart of the property is the Drawing Room -- an awe-inspiring “glass house” floating on a glistening reflection pool at the centre of the property. Designed to feel like a home rather than a hotel, the space functions as a living room, open kitchen doubling as a bar, music room, and all-day retreat. Visible from anywhere inside the hotel – sunlit by day, illuminated by night – the Drawing Room is just as notable for Andrei’s design as for brilliant all-day programming. A large fireplace, finished with olive green handmade tiles, serves as the heart of the room and the divider between the living room area and an open kitchen. A solid oak communal table makes for an ideal spot to sip afternoon tea or a classic cocktail made to order tableside. In the afternoon and

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evenings, a champagne cocktail cart floats throughout the room, offering guests the perfect pairing with delicacies of caviar or raw-bar items as soft tones waft from the Drawing Room’s black baby-grand piano. An ideal space for enjoying Asbury Ocean Club’s natural surroundings year-round, the “glass house” has an ocean view deck on one side while also offering views of the spectacular sand-dune landscape by garden designer Madison Cox (Majorelle Gardens in Marrakech). Andrei and the Bonetti/Kozerski Architecture team source their furniture and accessories all over the world, much as a homeowner would layer their decor with personal touches that reflect their travels and passions. Shelves bearing hundreds of pieces of colored glassware, and warm hand-painted fabrics, complement soaring ceilings, floor-to-ceiling glass, and striking design objects: A limited-edition leather chair by Charles Kalpakian, vintage Ultra Fragola by Ettore Sottsass, Jasper Morrison chairs, Paola Navone wicker love seats, and custom Apparatus Studio pendant lights. Each guestroom at the Asbury Ocean Club Hotel feels like a private beach loft, with

jaw-dropping 11-foot ceilings in wood that match the wood-panelled floors. All of the understated-luxe design choices by Andrei and the Bonetti / Kozerski Architecture team amplify the distinctive quality of sunlight, relaxing open space, and laid-back ocean front living that defines Asbury Park. Each room boasts a daybed or banquette where guests can recline while savouring ocean or dune views. Designing the balconies to extend out to accentuate the horizontal quality of views, Handel also added a gentle curvature to the building to reflect the shoreline. Enclosed in glass, showers let light in to replicate the sensation of showering outdoors. Among the 54 rooms, four one-bedroom suites come fully equipped with kitchens, two full baths, and a dining area, with natural light spilling into a large, open living room and expansive terraces with spectacular views. Seven studio lofts are larger than the standard and executive rooms and include sofa beds. Many of the lofts have corner seating banquettes that serve as a working and dining surface. Hand-picked in-room amenities reveal the attention to detail that Bowd is renowned for bringing to his hotel projects. Body wash and conditioner come from Manhattan brand MiN.

Palermo Body, the beloved bodycare brand from New York, will provide soaps – its first hotel partnership. Australian-born organic skincare line Grown Alchemist will offer smaller amenities, like body sprays and scrubs. “We chose all of these partners because we love their products,” Bowd said. “Every other hotel offers one brand. Our guests mix products at home, so we’re having fun with that.” A first for Asbury Park: the Asbury Ocean Club Hotel will pair each guest with a Beach Bellperson, there to take care of any whim. The Beach Bellperson will set up a guests’ towels, chairs, and umbrellas on the beach, bring lunch, or deliver cold bottles of water, enabling guests to fully enjoy a sunny day on the beautiful, wide sandy beaches. Guests will enjoy a clean, Mediterraneaninspired all-day menu served in the Drawing Room, at poolside, in guestrooms for 24-hour full room service and The Gallery, a casual-cool indoor dining space whose centre-piece is an enormous Italian table carved from a single piece of wood. On the ground floor, a fine-

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dining restaurant helmed by a high-profile chef, as well as 22,000 square feet of retail with a stimulating mix of local, and national brands, will debut in 2020. Local partnerships remain an important element of the property’s culinary offerings and will include a bespoke gin from Asbury Park Distilling Co., a signature coffee blend from nearby Maiden Coffee, and a summer shandy from Asbury Park Brewery. Unrivalled wellness offerings will make the Asbury Ocean Club Hotel feel like a rejuvenating escape. A wellness coach, part of the hotel’s executive team, worked with Bowd to create a state-of-the-art Technogymequipped gym designed by Jay Wright of New York’s bespoke-fitness brand The Wright Fit, pampering spa, and daily classes like yoga, meditation, tai chi, and Pilates, along with guided shoreline runs and even aromatherapy. A tablet in each room will allow guests to have everything at the touch of a finger including streaming classes from sources like Peloton. And partnerships with local gym and spa operators ensure that “whatever else you want, we’ll find,” Bowd said.

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Contacts Anda Andrei, www.anda.com David Bowd, www.salthotels.com Bonetti/Kozerski Architecture, www. bonettikozerski.com Gary Handel, www.handelarchitects.com Credits Photography © Nikolas Koenig

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Boho Club Marbella, Spain How do you turn a rundown 1960’s recreational centre into one of Marbella’s most talked about resorts? Award-winning Swedish design agency Stylt did the trick when they created Boho Club and brought bohemianism and hippie-chic to the Golden Mile.

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Built in the 1960’s, Centro Forestal Sueco in Marbella used to be a recreational centre for the Swedish Forest Agency. When Swedish property developer Quartiers Properties bought the premises more than 50 years later, it had definitely seen better days. The property was run down and sadly forsaken, but the new proprietaries saw the potential. With the ambition to offer something slightly different to the luxurious Marbella market, hospitality design experts Stylt created a new concept, a brand and interior design to what would become Boho Club - an upscale and stylish retreat, yet bohemian and eclectic in a laid-back style. Being the opposite to impersonal large hotels chains as well as old fashioned luxury, Boho Club is an independent brand that offers an intimate and friendly ambience with the sense of a private members

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“An upscale and stylish retreat, yet bohemian and eclectic in a laid-back style”

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club mentality. This mindset is embodied by Stylt’s design for the luxury boutique resort. Featuring guest rooms, two pools, 19 bungalow suites and a private villa. The resort comprises two restaurants – Boho Restaurant and Bernie’s, each with their own distinct feeling and tone. Both restaurants are run by the acclaimed fine dining chef Diego del Río. Boho Club brings a new dimension, one that reflects on laid back luxury. As you arrive you will experience an eclectic air, a feeling of excitement. Playful, Alice-down-the-rabbit-hole moments catapult you on arrival from a pink onyx reception desk into a garden that unfurls around a turquoise pool. The interior design is characterised by great personality and well-matched contrasts. Modernity meets classics in bold and surprising mixes of bamboo and velvet, golden

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mosaics and traditional rustic tiles, strong colours and soft natural fabrics. Handpicked and sometimes odd furniture, objects and art add a personal fingerprint, far from traditional and often flat Marbella luxury. The brave blend of the bohemian and stylish gives Boho Club its relaxed atmosphere with a big wow-factor. Crowned with a 30.000 sqm. lush garden and hangout areas, this is a well-curated and well-crafted place, yet playful, informal, vibrant and fun. In the 2019 Outstanding Property Award London (OPAL), Stylt and Boho Club became Platinum winners for best interior design. With 30 years in the business, that makes Stylt one of the world’s most awarded agencies within hospitality design. www.bohoclub.com www.stylt.se

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Walker Hotel Tribeca New York The Walker Hotel Tribeca is a new luxury boutique hotel in New York’s Lower Manhattan lively Trebeca neighbourhood. A quintessential and poised design, the ten-storey property has been skilfully re-imagined by New York design collective, Bridgeton, led by Atit Jariwala to provide that rare combination of professional yet homely property with deft attention to detail, smart yet cosy rooms and a diversity of engaging public spaces.

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Built in 1899 in the Renaissance Revival style, Walker Hotel Tribeca is a new luxury boutique hotel located in New York City’s historic Tribeca neighbourhood. Situated on the south side of Lower Manhattan’s Walker Street, taking over the entire 175-foot block-front with three street frontages – Broadway, Walker, and Cortlandt Alley – the 10-storey, 171-room property is owned by hospitality company Bridgeton. Within the hotel are six distinct food and beverage venues, including a rooftop bar, a ground floor communal lobby and lounge, a cellar reading room, a subterranean cocktail bar, a Blue Bottle coffee shop, and a full-service restaurant by an award-winning chef. Originally conceived as a button and ribbon factory by architect William H Birkmire, Walker Tribeca marries New York’s vibrant energy with the spirit of its timeless, Golden Age past through a mosaic of lasting and quintessential design elements paired with modern furnishings. The hotel offers luxurious rooms with focused detail, public spaces thriving with energy, a restaurant from a dynamic culinary voice, and a rooftop overlooking an ever-changing skyline. Its sprawling lobby is an architectural feat paying homage to both the neighbourhood’s legacy and progression — featuring a mix of iconic mid-century and classic furniture, lush textiles, and contemporary light fixtures.

Upon entry, guests are offered the choice of a traditional check-in downstairs or a more social check-in at the lobby above, flanked by a marble bar, marble fireplace and a warm rosewood library with Borsani shelving. Seating throughout the lobby includes Mogensen sofas, Pierre Jeanneret loungers, and Philippe Bestenheider’s Lu V chairs, which have all been upholstered and rei-magined in a modern palette of Schumacher velvets, ikats, and linens. Drawing from the distinctive character of the neighbourhood and its history, each of the 171 guest rooms has a timeless and progressive charm with efficient footprints, high quality finishes, and elevated details. Cosy rooms indicative of old New York boast marble baths, rain showers, tobacco leather professor chairs, herringbone wood floors, and crisp linens. The property features many distinct room types, ranging from lofted queens to corner kings,

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all featuring large loft-style windows offering inspiring views of the Midtown or downtown skyline. Historically known as being Manhattan’s industrial hub, the hotel is centred in the lively neighbourhood of Tribeca, which in recent years has experienced an immense shift—the bustling cultural scene is now home to renowned restaurants, exciting nightlife, high-end shopping, scenic parks along the Hudson River, and an internationally-acclaimed film festival. Today, the neighbourhood is also quickly gaining a new status as New York City’s art mecca, with a wave of high-profile art galleries such as Bortolami, Alexander and Bonin, and James Cohan leaving the famed Chelsea neighbourhood for Tribeca’s chic and spacious lofts. Located within The Walker Hotel, the 45-seat full-service restaurant will serve seasonal fare from an acclaimed New York-based chef. The

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vegetable-forward menu is intended to appeal to both locals and the growing population of wellness focused, eco-conscious diners in the New York area and beyond. Designed by Craig Shillito of Cycle Projects, the minds behind beloved institutions such as Lilia and abcV, the space features a light-filled

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dining room with an elegant, modern aesthetic, woven together by a palette of soft earth tones and natural materials like stone tile, marble and plaster. During the day, the restaurant is open to The Walker Lobby, welcoming guests inside for breakfast and lunch. In the evenings, the restaurant transforms into a more formal dining experience with a dedicated entrance in Cortlandt Alley. The Walker Lobby serves as a 50-seat lounge, open day and night. An energising environment, the Lounge is a versatile area to read over an afternoon coffee or socialise. On Friday and Saturday nights, a DJ spins music from 9pm onward, making it ideal to grab a cocktail and experience a taste of NYC nightlife. For guests looking for a quieter counterpart to the bustle of the Lobby, the 24-seat Reading Room allows guests to order an espresso drink, cocktail, or lounge menu item from a server and work peacefully in the library-like setting. The Reading Room can also be rented out or split into two rooms for events. Located two grades below ground in an excavated room and vault, the subterranean cocktail bar is an intimate space envisioned by John McCormick Design, who is behind notable hospitality projects such as Maison Première and Smith and Mills. An architectural

relic from the late Victorian Era, walking into the bar feels as though one has walked into a New York City time capsule. The speakeasy offers an extensive menu of cocktails from the beginning of the 20th century accompanied by an assortment of provisions. The Walker Terrace, on the 11th floor rooftop, offers commanding views of NYC to the north, and a fascinating corridor view down Broadway to the south. With a capacity for 160 people, the Walker Terrace will celebrate its fundamental attraction of both celestial and earthly views. The cocktail menu will make playful nods to astrological and navigational allusions. A classic coffee shop and New York favourite, Blue Bottle will serve hand-crafted beverages to guests and local Tribeca residents daily from the hotel lobby. “Walker Tribeca has been a really exciting project,” says Bridgeton’s Atit Jariwala, “especially looking back at how our plans have changed over the years as we discovered new opportunities and challenges. Working with a building that is 120-years old, one of our challenges with redesigning the interiors was that every corner of the building is slightly off 90° which was to accommodate the block layout back from when Canal Street was an actual canal.”

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PROJECT SPEC Date completed: December 2019 Project scale: 171 guest rooms, full service restaurant, cocktail lounge, rooftop bar, fitness room and seven event spaces Budget: Owner and operator: Bridgeton Guest room design: Bridgeton Restaurant design: Bridgeton & Cycle Projects Subcellar design: John McCormick Design Branding: Maker Creative Inc

COLLABORATIONS • Mogensen sofas • Philippe Bestenheider’s Lui 5 chairs and velvet Jeanneret loungers • Milo Baughman sectional surrounding a Marquina Nero Withers and Grain Table • Mid-century Osvaldo Borsani rosewood shelving flanking a Sequioa Brown Brushed Slab Marble Fireplace • Schumacher fabrics and wallpapers • Patterson Flynn Martin rugs • Assouline / Phaidon Partnership for shop-able library on Borsani Shelves • Sequioa Brown Brushed Slab Marble Bar • Stone tulip tables • Cortland Corner King rooms

CREDITS Images Read McKendree and Adrian Gaut

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Ultimate Provence La Garde-Freinet, France

A perfect combination of conviviality and elegance Ultimate Provence, UP, is a unique destination comprising a wine estate and boutique hotel for oenophiles and others seeking an exclusive experience of Provence.

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The development of the estate was entrusted to Monaco-based interior architecture firm Humbert & Poyet, with the mission to create an intimate, urban setting that overturns the traditional design codes of a wine estate. The creative duo respected the requirements inherent to a working winery while combining functionality and aesthetics. The combination of raw and contemporary materials such as concrete, with elements more noble like aged oak, marble, brass and leather, gives a unique character to this new establishment.

The living spaces are inviting, an Aegean blue adorns the walls and harmonises the brass of the hanging lights and sconces, creating a vivid contrast between the colours and materials, urban lines and warm atmospheric lighting. The flow of light and open perspectives play an important role in creating spatial volumes. Large glazed bronze doors separate the different areas, from the cellars to the tasting room, through to the restaurant, thus creating visual fluidity. In creating the estate’s interiors, Humbert & Poyet drew inspiration from the landscapes of the south of France: aged oak, velvet, texture and brass, notes of sage and sepia, reminiscent of the colours of Provence, its soil and green vineyards. Welcoming, refined and modern, the Ultimate Provence wine estate distinctly displays a design signed by Humbert & Poyet: a high-end setting perfect for living memorable moments in the heart of Provence.

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Q&A Humbert & Poyet How did you come to be involved in the project? The client contacted us, familiar with our work and seeking our approach to design. It was a natural fit. What was your brief? The client wished to create an intimate, urban space that overturns the traditional design codes of a wine estate. They also required a space that combines functionality and aesthetics. What themes/ inspirations inform the winery’s interior design? We drew inspiration from the landscapes of the south of France: aged oak, velvet, texture and brass, notes of sage and sepia, reminiscent of the colors of Provence, its soil and green vineyards. Could you take us through some of the standout design elements and details within each zone? i.e. tasting rooms, restaurant, guest rooms The wall of wine barrels in the wine shop. The wall of mirrors in the restaurant and the ceiling painted in blue. Also the restaurant benches framed with plants. The wall of sconces in the main entrance hall. The large brass suspension in the tasting room. What were the main challenges you faced during the project, and how were they overcome? Transforming the wine barrels. Everything had to be demolished, transforming a storage area, creating large windows, and placing the wine barrels which are brushed inox. What was the most enjoyable aspect of the project, for you? Seeing the project come to life and the completion of the design.

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Oceans Restaurant New York

A timeless and approachable dining experience in the heart of New York’s renowned union square by the much lauded Rockwell Group collaborates for the third time with Toptable to deliver a cool, atmospheric addition which stands proud among the New York restaurant scene.

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Leading architecture and design studio Rockwell Group has just unveiled the new design and interiors for Oceans, a local and globally inspired seafood restaurant situated near New York’s renowned Union Square. The new restaurant is Rockwell Group’s third collaboration with Toptable, an award-winning collection of restaurants defined by their exceptional cuisine and striking décors creating a timeless and approachable dining experience. Rockwell Group’s new design concept for Oceans restaurant celebrates an elevated take on a New York bistro with a downtown feel. A spatial strategy telescopes the energy from the bar into successively more intimate dining spaces, including multiple seating groupings, three private dining areas, and a sushi bar, offering a distinctive and flexible restaurant. An undulated wood-rib ceiling, inspired by New York’s historic archways frames each discreet, but open, environment. White oak, whitewashed brick, hammered antique brass, and leather and navy blue accents dominate the luxurious material palette. The entrance to the restaurant lies on the corner of Park Avenue South and 19th Street, where Rockwell Group carved into the store front to make an inverted entry and gracious outdoor foyer. A custom, curved glass profile creates this grand entranceway, which features a decorative light fixture and creates a presence on Park Avenue. The length of the main dining room in the restaurant is defined by six existing large window bays. Rockwell Group renovated the store fronts with completely custom profiles in solid wood, making them operable onto 19th Street and Park Ave. An elevated outdoor patio on 19th Street also provides additional seasonal seating. Rockwell Group used the window bays to create a strategy for the atmosphere of the dining room, focusing the most energy around the 30-foot-long bar and decreasing scale as the restaurant recedes. A large exposed kitchen at the back becomes a focus-point for diners, providing an immersive dining experience with theatrics from the kitchen. A raw fish display sits in front of the kitchen, with an adjacent blue title sushi bar and a semi-private dining room grounded by a grand custom hex chandelier. A false wall conceals a secret private dining room featuring white oak millwork and a handmade alabaster

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pendant handing over an 8-seat dining table. The restaurant’s main design element is the beautiful wood-rib ceiling, framing each environment. The highly crafted herringbone, end-grain white oak ribs are tied on individually and morph into the flooring as well. There is classic Rockwell detailing panache through the curvaceous furniture and fixtures such as the marble bar tops and white oak banquettes with royal navy leather and blackened steel accents. Elsewhere, there is feature staircase escorts guests to the shared lower level private dining room and wine cellar, a celebration of multistyle brick complimented by a series of walllength backlit wine cabinets. The private dining room can accommodate 50-60 and contains an intimate pre-function area for cocktails. Idea for meetings, it is soundproof, outfitted with hanging wall art and LED screens. www.rockwellgroup.com

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Q&A with Shawn Sullivan, Partner, Rockwell Group How does Rockwell stand out in hospitality design? Hospitality now goes beyond offering guests a warm welcome — it’s an opportunity to invite people into an experience that remains with them after their stay is over. We begin every hotel or restaurant project by thinking about the brand’s point of view and narrative and how these elements can frame the experience from the moment guests walk in the door to when they leave. I believe our projects are remembered for being spaces that connect people to each other, create rituals, and encourage discovery. What does hospitality design mean to you? Hospitality design is, at its heart, bringing people together and crafting social spaces. What do you love about being a designer? I love being constantly surprised. I come into work and every day is a surprise because Rockwell Group is fundamentally about inventing new solutions. We are constantly stepping out of our comfort zone and taking on new and unfamiliar project types, working with an amazing range of clients, from chefs and hotel visionaries to theatre directors and producers. We apply this breadth of experience and knowledge to all ofour work which often leads to unexpected ideas and solutions. Describe the brief for Ocean’s and the client’s expectations. Oceans was founded by Toptable Group, a restaurant group based in Vancouver. What really resonated with me was their passion for creating an approachable dining experience that felt like it had been missing in New York City. In a place with so many restaurant offerings and such a diverse array of typologies, Oceans was a breath of fresh of air. What most appealed about the Oceans project? We inherited an amazing space, located on a prime corner near historic Union Square, with really great bones and expansive ceilings. It gave us the opportunity to dream up our

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interpretation of a classic New York restaurant. The design language references the historic tiled archways of storied city architecture, such as Grand Central Oyster Bar designed by Rafael Guastavino, to create a modern, sophisticated environment.

the rear, and two other enclosed private dining rooms¾to offer a uniquely flexible restaurant. It accommodates all guests and gatherings: from morning coffee meetings in the Italian restaurant, to happy hour in the main bar area, to private VIP events.

What challenges and obstacles needed to be resolved to make the project a success? Our main challenge was making every seat feel very distinct and different in such an expansive space. This led us to the design of the undulating, wood-rib ceiling. It moves and morphs into a wood inlay floor tiling and frames discreet, but open, dining environments. We spent many hours refining its geometry and craftsmanship.

Name your top three hotels/restaurants/bars/ clubs in the world? I love all types of hotels, from the timeless elegance of Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris to the Belvedere Hotel in Mykonos to the serene Amanfayun in Hangzhou. If I had to only pick three restaurants: Amazonico in Madrid, Wayan in New York City, and The Wolseley in London. And it’s hard to choose between a nightclub with high energy like OMNIA in Las Vegas and a more intimate club like the Café Carlyle on New York’s Upper East Side.

What are the key factors driving hospitality design today? Operators are continuing to embrace spaces that suit diverse needs and interests. We’re designing restaurants with various seating groupings so that guests can choose their own experience. Oceans is a great example of this. We conceived a plan that telescopes the energy from a 30-foot-long bar into several more intimate dining spaces with large round banquettes followed by a main dining room and a sushi bar, a semi-private dining room at

Your ideal ‘design dinner’ would be… (six dinner guests, living or dead). There are so many ways to go about this! It would be fun to host a casual dinner at Chica Miami by Lorena Garcia, one of my favorite chefs, and invite provocateurs like architect Ricardo Bofill, artists Yayoi Kusama, Matthew Barney and Cindy Sherman, musician Steve Aoki, and of course chef Lorena.

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Locket’s, London London, UK Fran Hickman Design & Interiors unveils its design for Locket’s, a new all-day cafe and wine bar in the heart of St James’s.

Fran Hickman Design & Interiors is best known for its bespoke, highly tailored approach, as exemplified by Locket’s, a new all-day café and wine bar in London’s Piccadilly. Fran Hickman Design & Interiors has reimagined a Grade II* listed London landmark in Piccadilly with a contemporary design which nods to the upholstered old-school of St James’s members’ clubs and Jermyn Street gentlemen’s outfitters, made easy by the familiar comforts of the traditional Italian trattoria then given a robust curve of femininity. The light and open informal dining space is housed in what was the former Economist building on Smithson Plaza, 25 St James’s Street, originally designed by dynamic midcentury architectural partners Alison and Peter Smithson. Completed in 1964 and home to The Economist for over half a century, this Grade II* listed building complex, today regarded as a triumph of post-war brutalism and a London landmark, has undergone a major, deeply respectful, renovation. By extending the existing structure, Fran Hickman has carefully honoured both the building’s heritage and the original architects’ philosophy, whilst dynamically redesigning the space with their signature bespoke touches, opening it up to the newly-named Smithson

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Plaza (renowned as one of the few quiet places in central London) and allowing Locket’s to celebrate the classical flair of the Italian piazza in the heart of St James’. Floor to ceiling glass windows shower the room in natural daylight whilst decorative table lights wear shades made of parchment. A cork bar guides along the right-hand wall and luxurious banquettes in pale teal leather add to the early seventies theme with individual custom resin tables overlooking the bustling streets and art galleries of Bury Street. Milan’s grand entryways inspire the lacquered brass door detailing, while across the space a palette of moss greens and burnt yellows combine with cork and patinated copper work, as well as marble and wooden elements, to create an atmosphere which is warm and lively but intimate. The studio took inspiration from the Smithsons’ Sudgen House (1955) and the mid-century sensuality of Milanese residence Villa Borsani for the eye-catching monochrome polyvinyl flooring and worked with specialist fabricators to create bespoke, amber resin table tops and spherical fibreglass pendants. Upholstery inspired by gentlemen’s outfitters’ from the era of the building’s construction originated from the archive at Tibor – a family-

owned textile house still weaving fabrics on hand-looms – and used to cover the seating, as well as inspire a flame-stitched veneer wallcladding at the end of the bar. The House of the Future (1956) gave rise to the clean, curved lines and bull-nosed edging of the bar tops and the scalloped detailing in the flooring and wall-mirroring – all of which bring curves of femininity to traditionally straight, geometric lines. The property is named after Locket Hambro, the great-granddaughter of Olaf Hambro who, over 275 years ago, took on the running of one of St James’s most iconic restaurants, Wiltons, and whose family still run to this day. With this long history of restaurants in her family, it was only a matter of time before Locket branched out with her own venture, Locket’s. Vibrant café by day, Locket’s will transform into a casual wine bar at night becoming the perfect evening drink spot with light, simple small plates, focussing on European flavours. “We loved working with Locket and the Wiltons group on the wine bar. Deeply hospitable and professional, it has been nothing but a pleasure working on this fresh and fun addition to the neighbourhood.” www.franhickman.com

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Crazy Pianos The Hague, Netherlands Crazy Pianos is a different type of club – a contemporary take on a lounge bar with live music redolent of a different era. Delivered by El Equipo Creativo, Crazy Pianos eschews the typical DJ set up for two red pianos which entertain dinner and drinks, and almost always, dancing closes out the sessions.

Located centrally below the historic luxury five-star Kurhaus Hotel hotel in The Hague, the reform of the well-known Crazy Pianos music club was the beginning of a new stage in its history. The new design, manifested by Oliver Franz Schmidt, Natali Canas del Pozo and Lucas Echeveste Lacy of Barcelona-based design studio El Equipo Creativo has delivered the owners an elevated commercial strategy, aimed at a more demanding audience from a wider age range. But without losing the essence of the original project: the music of two red life pianos and a fun, carefree atmosphere that manages to raise the tone of the night, until guests fill the dance floor. The brief was clear: a crazy, different and sexy venue. El Equipo Creativo responded with a design rich in details and corners, full of winks and little crazy stories: an atmosphere that invites to get carried away and lose your mind. Generating innovative experiences and interactions is one of the goals of the project. The design sets out to reveal all the potential of all the spaces to create new situations – it is not a design to look at but to life and experience. With this in mind, El Equipo Creativo

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conceived the space as a cinematographic sequence of a surreal film, which is gradually discovered as entering the venue. The layout is organised by clearly differentiated areas surrounding the energy centre of the room: the pianos on a small stage. Each area is designed as a new scenography within this film, starting from the Ticket Carrousel to the Art Gallery or the VIP Cages. More intimate or social, more comfortable or active, each client would find their ideal corner according to the mood of the night. Slightly elevated platforms ensure that all areas have visibility towards the stage, while their organic shapes invite customers to flow, move and socialize. And as the night moves forward, the tables around the pianos disappear converting this area into a lively dance floor. The design team conceived the bars as two poles of energy which balance the pianos. With a compelling and differentiated personality, their design surprises customers while inviting for interaction. Designed with stairs in its two ends, the Catwalk Bar is literary converted into an elevated stage, where staff and clients become improvised gogos of the night. In the opposite

side, the Blow Bar, a small and intimate circular bar which, with its sexy look and festive atmosphere, invites clients to approach, drink and chat. The organic-looking patterns in walls and floors carpets together with the curvy platforms, help us create a flowing space with a romantic garden feeling. On the other hand, colourful furniture pieces and symbolic objects with a surreal touch invite us to play and get carried away. The overall design is rich in details and corners, with a superposition of layers, colours and textures. Two bright red pianist play songs and guest requests. And as the night moves forward, the tables around the pianos disappear converting this area into a lively dance floor. Since 2010 El Equipo Creativo has worked for some of the most prestigious chefs in the world, like Ferran Adrià, and their designs have amassed four Michelin-star restaurants and been recognised with over 40 international design awards. www.elequipocreativo.com Credits Photography © Adrià Goula

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Leadership & Design CONFERENCE

New York PARK HYATT NEW YORK OCTOBER 13TH 2020

All enquiries to Can Faik and John Legg

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VISO at Westin New Orleans For the $30m renovation, leading global lighting designer and fabricator, VISO, constructed all of the decorative lighting throughout the property, aiding the design team in evoking the spirit of New Orleans, while incorporating biophilic design, part of Westin’s ethos. Neighbouring the French Quarter, the Westin New Orleans is a part of a vibrant cultural scene and has sweeping panoramic views of the grand bend of the Mississippi River. Through its design, Moncur Design Associates paid homage to the majesty and beauty of the river and the inherent charm of New Orleans. Throughout, the design team captured the city’s history, culture, architecture, and natural elements and was particularly selective in their hunt for sources for the renovation, specifically the lighting, which needed to flow perfectly with the existing building. One of the most striking elements of the property is its high ceilings, which are adorned with extensive architectural detailing. Inspired by these characteristics, Moncur Design Associates set out to find a company that would successfully create bold and contemporary statement lighting pieces. Having collaborated on many projects before, the design team turned to VISO for their expertise, custom capabilities, and unparalleled aesthetics to build pieces that would complement the property and its storied past. For this project, in keeping with the focus on biophilia, VISO created a bespoke lighting package, inclusive of 92 fixtures, that combine classic materials with organic forms. Each piece adds to the overall ambiance of the hotel, engaging each and every guest. VISO used organic forms such as rings, circles, cylinders, and globes with visually dynamic materials such as glass and brass to create an elevated series of luminaires. By designing each custom fixture to be proportionally grand in scale and creating focal points that function both as lighting and sculptural art, VISO exceeded the design team’s expectations and needs. The result is a stimulating yet rejuvenating hotel experience in the heart of the vivacious city. Among the custom-designed pieces are bespoke variations of VISO’s late 2019 introduction, the Interlock Chandelier, which was installed in a series of three and is prominently featured above the lobby bar; and The Ring, 12 of which were installed in the dining areas in a warm satin brass finish. Within a tight timeline, the VISO team was able to ensure that each piece would flawlessly fit the requirements of its intended installation location prior to delivery. To do so, members from the VISO team were frequently onsite during the renovation and worked closely with Moncur Design Associates and the Westin New Orleans to guarantee efficiency and excellence. www.visoinc.com www.moncur.ca

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Coastal Collection by Astro Constructed from solid brass, Astro’s Coastal collection is designed to withstand whatever the weather can throw at it. The solid brass material will acquire a natural patina over time, adding to the overall charm of the material. Suitable for use by the coast and other exposed areas, the collection combines outstanding durability with Astro’s creative ethos that good design demands simplicity. Two of the latest designs added to the collection include the Mast and Solway. A softly curved structure, the Mast is a contemporary marker light that is angled to illuminate out from the wall, adding an element of interest to any exterior space. Mast is offered in either a Polished Nickel or Coastal Brass finish. The Solway is a discreet but highly durable downlight, available in either a round or square form. Deeply recessed, Solway is supplied with a honeycomb louvre for greater visual comfort. www.astrolighting.com

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Northern Lights Northern Lights has been designing and creating inspiring lighting and accessory solutions for the hospitality and retail sectors since 1987. The company takes pride in its ability to design and manufacture bespoke fittings for any concept, using its in-house capabilities in fabrication, glass and finishing. The impressive Solti Chandelier is the embodiment of everything Northern Lights stands for – beautiful detailing and quality fabrication. Utilising its unique and distinctive finishes, the Solti designs are presented in Old English Brass – an antique effect achieved through the application of tarnishing acids and polishing to create a deep patina. The Solti range comprises of eight-light and twelve-light chandelier variations and a single -and double wall light. Using finely crafted clear fluted glass, handmade in the UK, this subtle yet impactful design will work in a variety of hospitality interiors. www.northern-lights.co.uk

Eye in the Sky collection by Ilfari Ilfari’s creative director Renée Ploegmakers describes their new pendant lights as having cosmic retro shapes in combination with hyper-modern anodised aluminium. Ilfari is known for its uniquely designed lighting for luxurious interiors worldwide, and with Eye in the Sky, they continue creating conversation pieces. The inspiration of geometric figures, minimalism and a touch of industrial design is neatly combined the Eye in the Sky collection – at once a piece of art which is sophisticated yet functional. Soft shapes and sharp edges make the design mystic, feminine and exciting, one which Renée feels is destined to become a classic. The Eye in the Sky also has a little sister, Eye in the Sky Mini, and big brother Eye in the Sky Grand. The finishing of the pendant is structure black and the discs are either matt silver or matt gold anodised aluminium, including dimmable (conventional or Dim-2-Warm) LED. The collection includes single pendants and a number of compositions. www.ilfari.com

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Astro unveils new SS20 collection

Consistent with Astro’s creative ethos, that good design demands simplicity, the latest collection from the British designer delivers a refined, timeless collection with pieces that extend far beyond their function. Featuring several iconic designs, each combines the art of precision and restraint, using innovative materials to convey light seamlessly within a space. The io is the first in Astro’s portfolio to use the production process of gravity-fed glass extrusion. The luminaire’s components are discreetly hidden, so the bevelled glass is the hero of the product, reflecting and refracting streams of light off the multi-faceted surface. Hand-crafted to the highest quality, no detail was spared. The delicacy of the glass adds a real sense of luxury to any interior space and is a truly timeless design that will be appreciated regardless of trends. The Ottavino is a decorative luminaire suitable for bathroom application, featuring a fluted cylindrical glass design that is offered as either a wall or pendant variant. The carefully-fluted detailing is created through 2D design, whereby the glass is shaped upwards to create a flawlessly ribbed, cylinder. The height of the pendant is adjustable so that it can be used either side of a mirror to

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provide perfect shadow free illumination across the face. A new addition to Astro’s popular plaster lighting collection, The Velo presents a pared back, geometric shape which embodies elegance in the simplest of forms. Its’ sinuous lines perfectly suit the smooth plaster material, which easily complements any architecture and adds a pleasing glow of illumination both up and down the wall. The Shadow Surface is a ceiling-mounted downlight design that adds a subtle decorative accent to any scheme. The play of light across the pure white plaster facets create a wonderful graduation of shadow. An artisan approach is taken as part of the development process, with each light individually handcrafted from high-grade plaster, ensuring a completely smooth surface with crisp edges is achieved. Finally, The Kinzo 140 presents the existing awardwinning Kinzo design in a ceiling spotlight form. Its’ architecturally pure proportions will complement any interior space and is available in a range of metal finishes. Supplied with a dimmable direct to mains LED, Astro’s SS20 collection is available now across the UK and Europe. www.astrolighting.com

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Dea Pallas by Karizma Luce Karizma Luce has introduced a world of miniature luminaires with the Q-Line 48V track series. Part of the Dea Della Luce range, this new low voltage LED spotlight collection is more compact than ever before. The defined elegance of the Dea Pallas (pictured) offers a great example of the beauty of the range; 3 x 2.1w (600 lumen) output and a choice of six exquisite reflector finishes means the Dea Pallas and the rest of the Q-Line series allows miniaturised flexibility like never before. Dimmable and on/off versions of the range are available – as are black and white finishes and a choice of 2700k, 3000k and 4000k colour temperatures. All Karizma Luce products have CRI90+ colour rendering as standard. www.karizmaluce.com

Irupè by Campana Brothers for Artemide Irupè is a suspension and a floor lamp that interacts with the surrounding environment.The delicate texture that incorporates the ribbing of the Victoria Amazonica leaf becomes the element that extracts the light, generating a diffused emission. Production technology delivering optical competence. Perfect light control makes possible a magical and surprising effect that softly and comfortably diffuses light into the environment. Irupè is ideal for a wide range of hospitality spaces, both indoors and out thanks to IP65 protection. www.artemide.com

Vitruvio by Atelier Oï for Artemide Atelier Oï Vutruvio is a family of appliances where mechanical intelligence turns into an expression of beauty. A thin frame and a blown-glass diffuser are the main features of this project.Three metal rods are introduced into the sphere by means of an ingenious mechanism inspired by the clock-making art, thus creating the frame that supports the glass globe. The mobile rods open up inside the diffuser and, as a result of the utmost precision of the geometric joints and of balanced weights, support the glass sphere, both when turned upwards in the table and floor versions, and when turned downwards in the suspension version. Function and look perfectly match also in the diffuser. The transparent glass is blown into a shape that derives from optical intelligence. The embossed horizontal stripes conceal the source from view, mitigate glaring, and ensure more even light diffusion. The appliance combines tradition and innovation, the old savoir-faire of the glass-blowing art approached with a future-oriented technological outlook. www.artemide.com

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Piacentini table lamp from Timage designed by Christian Grande Piacentini is a stunning, new LED table lamp penned by renowned yacht designer, Christian Grande. Hand-crafted in Italy using the finest components, Piacentini’s luxurious deco design is embodied in its refined materials such as brass and marble. The lamp features the latest LED technology with an ‘invisible’ touch dimmer on the marble base – simply tap the top of the base to switch the lamp on or off and control the light level. The lamp can be tailored to suit any interior scheme with a number of different finishes available for the metal elements as well as a selection of Italian marbles for the base. www.timage.co.uk

World class lighting for St Regis Shenzhen by Diamond Life Diamond Life International Lighting Group is a leading specialist of decorative lighting, renowned for its exceptional quality. Established in Hong Kong in 1979, with manufacturing bases in China, the Philippines and the US, the company has a proud history working with Swarovski. With a team in excess of 100 experienced designers, Diamond Ligthing works with clients directly or in partnership with architects and interior designers on significant projects in more than 100 countires and over 1000 well-known hotels and projects such as the Atlantis Dubai in Palm Island, The Venetian Hotel and Casino Las Vegas in United States and The Langham Hotel in United Kingdom. The St. Regis Hotel is the hallmark of the world’s most upscale hotels in the world and the St Regis Shenzhen located in Caiwuwei Financial Centre is an elegant and refined city hotel in Shenzhen located above high-end commercial shopping malls and only a few steps away from fashionable luxury stores. Here, the building is 100-floor high, and guests can overlook the spectacular and fascinating panorama of Shenzhen in the 95-floor lobby. The Diamond Life International Lighting Group is pleased to have been responsible lighting elements at St Regis Shenzhen. www.diamond-life.com

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Piacentini. A unique blend of metal and stone www.timage.co.uk | sales@timage.co.uk | +44 (0)1376 343087

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Gople Spot by BIG The latest addition to the Gople family is Gople Spot, which offers highly professional performance within the soft geometries of its reduced-scale diffuser. The spotlight comes in two sizes, corresponding to different power and flux levels, each with multiple beam aperture angles. A dedicated track allows the use of Gople Spot for the projection of both direct and indirect light. It can also house diffused light modules within it. Gople track is designed to allow double emission of both direct and indirect light and it can accommodate Gople spot or diffused light modules. Gople Track modules can be combined in line or around corners with an electrical connection unconstrained by any mechanical joint. Thanks to Artemide’s experience in developing systems that are increasingly unhindered by the limitations of electrical connections, Gople track can extend for long sections with just a single point of electrical connection. Gople Track combines with the Alphabet of Light system, creating a universal lighting system able to meet the requirements of any space, but above all to define a new approach to lighting projects. This is an increasingly universal language that diversifies its performance and expands the freedom to illuminate every angle. Gople Spot adds accent lights to break up the diffused light of Alphabet of Light. Light thus follows spaces and activities not just by tracing geometries that move fluidly in three directions, but also through an alternation of light and shadow, the choice of light emissions that are diversified and specialised. Alphabet of Light is a versatile, multi-use project, perfect for illuminating any space, which in combination with Gople Track opens up new fields of application and increasingly becomes the ideal tool for retail spaces. Gople Spot offers efficient performance, excellent colour rendering and numerous variables in terms of emission qualities such as colour temperature and beam angles, which make it a professional, technical product. Artemide’s expertise in managing the different qualities of light is also expressed in the ability to personalise light emissions with custom solutions, selecting the parameters of colour rendering (Gamut index and Fidelity Index) and spectrum quality dedicated to specific display situations. www.artemide.com

Alysoid by LSE Lighting Alysoid is a beautiful pendant featuring spherical elements. Due to its large, it’s seen as ideal for use as a feature light, whilst maintaining a soft elegant look. It is available in four different sizes, and LSE can also provide custom lengths, giving flexibility to find the perfect fit for a given project. There are two different coloured chain finishes available, including anthracite grey with black polished chains or anthracite grey with brass chains. Alysoid comes complete with an LED light source which can be dimmable. To create a real spectacle with Alysoid, the combination of a range of different sizes and create a suspended cluster, which will add drama, depth and dimension to a space. 01905 22243 www.lselighting.com

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Bespoke Chandeliers cast from Anodized Aluminium with inlaid Rock Crystal. We also create bespoke lighting with curved stone and marble.

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Joan by Elstead Lighting Elstead Lighting’s impressive Joan table lamp has iconic hourglass-inspired shades that are perforated for a soft glow to shine through. Available in two classic finishes: two-tone matte black and burnished brass as well as matte white and burnished brass. The Joan family also has a swing-arm wall light ideal for bedside or desk lighting, along with a stunning five-arm chandelier which could be a strong feature in any restaurant area. Joan is a golden classic to present on Elstead’s 50th year of manufacturing and distributing decorative lighting. To see more designer lights from the Elstead Collection visit the company’s website. www.elsteadlighting.com

Hub Net by Sonia Calzoni for Artemide Hub Net is light, but above all it is a spatial element, a principle of interaction with light, shadow and vision born from architecture. In Hub Net, a rectangular head and a specular rectangular base are joined by rods and by a pattern of volumes that create a rhythm capable of interacting with light. The light emitted by the head opens into the space, reflecting on the vertical elements. These are staggered on several levels, so as to support the volumes and generate shadows, creating a slight pattern of projections in space. Hub Net interacts with the natural light, it becomes a spatial division that only reveals part of what is beyond its volume but breaks the rhythm of the spaces. It becomes a scenery that unites rather than separate. Initially developed for outdoor environments, it is a perfectly functional element for interiors. www.artemide.com

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UNIQUE ASPIRATIONAL LIGHTING

Simon Wall Light

Large stock for turnkey projects +44 (0)1420 82377 | enquiries@elsteadlighting.com | www.elsteadlighting.com

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Spectrum by Jan Kath Light is comprised of many colours and this is shown off in a particularly spectacular fashion with the Northern Lights, visible in winter months in the far north. This spectacle of nature was an inspiration for Jan Kath’s Spectrum collection, as were the myths and fairy tales about dancing lights above gloomy moors and in dark pine forests. Knot for knot, the spectrum of light is translated into wool and silk, and that fleeting moment is captured in the carpet so that the owner can let themselves be caught up in it. The realisation of this design, which comprises 21 different rugs, are hand-knotted in Nepal. The work is intricate and complex entailing up to 40 different colours bleeding into each other to create a soft gradient. With Sprectrum, Jan Kath works on a wider scale, opening up new worlds of colour that could serve as a background for classic ornaments in the next step. www. jan-kath.com

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Esmerald Palette by Ferreira de Sá Rugs that tell stories. Ferreira De Sá is one of the oldest existing companies producing traditional handmade rugs. With over 74 years’ experience they create endless unique tapestries. Each rug is meticulously thought-out and executed by artisans that are unrivalled in the field of bespoke rugs. Esmerald Palette is produced with the new Econyl® regenerated nylon made of fishing nets abandoned in the oceans, fabric scraps, carpet flooring and industrial plastic from landfills giving a new meaning to environmentally-friendly. The beauty of Econyl® regenerated nylon is that it has the potential to be recycled infinitely, without ever losing its quality. Ferreira De Sá is using this yarn to produce custom made rugs extremely durable and appropriate for high traffic areas, as there is no pilling, doesn’t absorb moisture and has total colour fastness, 100% recyclable and easy to maintain. www.ferreiradesa.pt www.econyl.com

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Vescent by Ulster Carpets Featuring six designs, Linea, Arbor, Nebula, Calx, Vapor and Nexus, in 21 colourways, Vescent will complement any setting. The neutral colour palette reflects modern trends, while a flash of colour is added for those seeking something different. Arbor and Linea feature clean lines and shapes positioned on layers that create depth and texture. Nexus features a beautifully structured design with very soft neutral tones adding to its contemporary distressed look. Calx reflects the natural world with layers and tones reminiscent of lichen and lava. Nebula offers a subtle design ideal for grounding areas hosting statement pieces, while Vapor’s ethereal top pattern reveals glimpses of an underlying herringbone structure. Vescent is 4m wide and available from stock with no minimum order. Woven in nine row axminster quality – 80% wool / 20% nylon – it is suitable for use in a wide range of busy contract applications. +44 (0)28 38 334433 marketing@ulstercarpets.com www.ulstercarpets.com

Patina 2.0 by Newhey Carpets Newhey Carpets has taken its Patina stock collection to the next level with the launch of Patina 2.0. The popular Patina Stock Collection of heavy contract quality, environmentally friendly carpets, was launched in 2018 with nine colour-ways. Such was its success, the Newhey design team has launched a second collection with new colour-ways inspired entirely by nature and backed using sustainable ‘evobac’ technology. Patina 2.0 is inspired by natural phenomenon, colours and resources, is an entirely new collection of six new colour-ways. Manufactured using Colortec technology and created to withstand heavy traffic, this 1400g/m2 carpet is available at four metres wide. The colour-ways appeal to those wishing to project an authentic natural feel: Marl takes inspiration from light reflected from metallic surfaces, Laguna explores the mysteries of deep inky blue oceans whilst Cinnamon has smooth earthy shades. Cayenne is rich and exuberant, Brindle is subtle and tranquil and Mineral evokes calm and well-being. Patina 2.0 is backed with evobac, Newhey’s highly sustainable carpet backing produced from recycled PET post-consumer plastic bottles. This friendly solvent-free thermoplastic technology has set the benchmark in sustainability in high speed tufted carpet production. A strict environmental policy, backed by a seamless supply chain ensures that clients specifying Newhey can satisfy its sustainability requirements. +44 (0) 1706 846 375 sales@newheycarpets.co.uk www.newheycarpets.co.uk

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Space Escape collection by Elena Salmistraro for Moooi Product designer and artist Elena Salmistraro has created Space Escape, a stunning collection of fantasy shaped rugs for Moooi. The rugs come in two sizes and three materials, low pile Polyamide, soft-yarn Polyamide and wool. Born in the 1983, lives and works in Milan. The Space Escape collection comes in the unique designs: Draconian, Plejaren and Reptilian. Graduated from Polytechnic University of Milan in 2008, together with her husband, the architect Angelo Stoli, Elena founded her own studio in 2009, where she has been working on architectural and design projects ever since. She works as a product designer and artist/illustrator for leading companies in the creative industry. Her creations are the result of a combination of art and design; utmost care for details, painstaking search for the harmony of shapes and poetic style characterise her projects. One of her work’s priorities is the search for the expressive language of objects, which may fascinate people by evoking emotions. www.moooicarpets.com

Made with passion: Forbo’s new Allura Collection Forbo Flooring Systems has refreshed its Allura Luxury Vinyl Tile collection, one of the most popular brands in its extensive portfolio. With more than 120 contemporary designs and a new acoustic offering, the revitalised range enables designers to create beautiful floor spaces and better indoor environments, no matter what the project requirements or budgets may be. The Allura Core Collection comprises the largest choice of colour and design to date. Within some 123 products, including realistic wood and stone effects which feature a natural colour variation and in-register embossing structures to emphasise the texture of the planks for a truly authentic aesthetic. New options have been introduced to the wood range, such as burned and bronze wood, which have a unique crackle finish and a new narrow Ash plank format (150 x 15cm). What’s more, as reclaimed gym floors remain a popular choice across many sectors, Forbo has also introduced a range of bold and daring wooden planks that feature digitally printed colourful strips, to help specifiers and end-users easily recreate the desired gym floor look. Janet Lowe, head of marketing UK and Ireland at Forbo Flooring Systems, said: “There’s an art to making a beautiful floor, that’s why our Allura team has worked hard to develop all of the new designs found within the collection, which not only reflect the latest trends found across all sectors, but provide specifiers and end-users with solutions that will help them to transform rooms into inspirational spaces.” Forbo has also launched a new tackified Allura Decibel range, which has been developed to deliver 19dB impact sound reduction, without compromising on aesthetics or ease of installation. The new Decibel collection offers 30 tile and plank formats in a range of its own unique and contemporary designs and is the perfect sound reducing solution for all sectors; in particular multi-occupancy buildings. www.forbo-flooring.co.uk/allura

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Tradelinens: trusted consultants and suppliers of luxury bed, bath and table linen to the hospitality sector, boutique hotels and retail customers.

A reputation for luxury has been pioneering the brand to become the first UK member of the Better Cotton Initiative. Catherine explains: “There is a growing consumer expectation on brands to protect the environment. Brands have an obligation to lead from the front when it comes to sustainability, which is why I spent over 18 months in my previous role as marketing and PR director for Tradelinens, working with the Better Cotton Initiative to set up a membership agreement for linen brands, in order for Tradelinens and other businesses in our category to be able to to join. With Tradelinens the first, there are now at least four other members in our category. It’s an achievement that we’re really proud of. “We also source all our duvets and pillows from the UK and Ireland to reduce carbon emissions wherever we can and we’re constantly reviewing our supply chain to ensure it’s as sustainable as possible. We’re currently working to significantly reduce the amount of plastic within our packaging, whilst ensuring that our products continue to arrive at their final destination in pristine condition.”

For 30 years, Tradelinens has been committed to providing people all over the world with a great night’s sleep. The businesses’ founders, Robert Lancaster-Gaye and Joe Molloy, between them have over 80 years’ experience in the textile industry and founded Tradelinens with a vision of bringing ethical, luxury textiles to the hospitality industry. Together, Joe, Robert and the team have dressed over a million luxury hotel beds, thanks to their ethos of personal service, expertise, trust and passion. This year, Joe and Robert take on the role of consultant directors and have recently appointed Catherine Morris as the new managing director of Tradelinens. Catherine will continue to grow the business, following in the footsteps of Joe and Robert, championing the businesses’ environmental and ethical credentials and maintaining pivotal relationships with some of the world’s most famous, luxury hotels. A nimble business, adapting to change The team at Tradelinens is now 12-strong and whilst the business is experiencing double digit growth year on year, it retains the feel of a small, family run business. Catherine explains: “Tradelinens is big enough to have the experience and expertise that’s expected of the world’s leading hotels, but small enough to adapt and react to what its customers are looking for. “We’re a close knit team and we work together on everything from answering the phones and hundreds of emails we get every day, to establishing new revenue streams. We’re committed to going that extra mile for our customers and I think that’s reflected in the personal service that we provide and ultimately, our products.” In the past four years, Tradelinens has launched two new divisions, Tradelinens Boutique, catering for smaller boutique hotels, spas and interior designers and Tielle Love Luxury, a consumer-facing retail division, which was launched following significant demand from guests who had experienced Tradelinens’ products in hospitality settings all around the world. Catherine adds: “Whilst our hotel partners have been closed during the Covid-19 pandemic, our retail division has been thriving.

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Our boutique clients are gearing up to open imminently and investing in that process, whilst our retail customers are looking to invest in luxury at home, recreating some of their favourite hospitality experiences under their own roof. “We’ve demonstrated that it’s in our nature to pivot our business to what the customer is looking for, and we’ve been fortunate enough to be able to do that again during the crisis that the world is currently facing. We’re working on the creation of cotton face coverings and gloves for a number of hotel clients, which will also be available on the retail site. It’s early days, but some of our biggest clients are interested in placing significant orders, so production has already begun. They’ll be 100% cotton so can be washed at 60 degrees but will not be medical graded.” A passion for sustainability At Tradelinens, luxury and sustainability go hand in hand. One of Catherine’s stand out achievements during her time at Tradelinens

Looking to the future Catherine concludes: “ In the current climate, who can predict what the future holds, but, we’re working on some exciting new projects in both the UK and abroad. Our newest UK hotel customer is the latest edition to The Pig portfolio, The Pig at Harlyn Bay, which sadly was unable to open as planned this spring. We’ve supplied all filled products and textiles and we’re looking forward to celebrating when the hotel does open, hopefully in the near future. We’re also thrilled to have recently won the linen contract at the new Leicester City Football club training ground, which comes to us from the back of the work we did at the new Tottenham Hotspur training facilities. “I’m proud to be part of such an innovative, forward thinking business and whilst no-one could have predicted the scale of the challenges facing everyone in 2020, I’m confident that Tradelinens continues to have a bright future and I can’t wait to embrace what’s around the corner. We wish all of our hospitality customers the very best of luck as they start to reopen and want them to know that we’re always on the end of the phone, however we can help and are ready when they are.” www.tradelinens.co.uk

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Catherine Morris, MD Tradelinens Congratulations on your new appointment as MD of Tradelinens. You must be delighted… I’m absolutely over the moon! It feels exciting to be taking the lead in moving the business forward, but also reassuring to be keeping our co-founders Robert and Joe close at hand their experience is second to none. From the helm of the business, what’s your mindset at this most challenging of times for the hospitality supply chain? While these are challenging times for everyone, my mindset has been one of remaining positive and acting swiftly to pivot the business to ensure we ride out the current situation and remain ready, willing and able to continue to serve our much loved hospitality sector as we all emerge to whatever comes next. We have made rapid changes to how the team is working to ensure safe working space for everyone whilst keeping communication both with suppliers and customers as a priority. It’s an unprecedented time and hospitality has been hit hard - however it’s a sector which is the pride of Britain and whilst it may need to find ways to adapt, its passion and global reputation give me confidence we will see it return to success. What’s your agenda for the business in the short-term? The health and wellbeing of my team and suppliers has been my number one priority – a business is after all only as strong as its people and my team of passionate experts and I have found ourselves adapting rapidly to a new way of working together. We are lucky to be able to easily work remotely so like many businesses we have embraced Teams and video calls. We have shifted emphasis and investment into those revenue streams which can be fully operational such as Retail and Boutique and moved to a video consultancy model for our Contract clients who are using this time for refurbishments or new projects. The hospitality industry is adapting its stance regarding what it looks for in a supplier – what is Tradelinens’ position on ethics and sustainability? We are constantly championing sustainable solutions and innovations for Tradelinens. We are extremely proud of our environmental and ethical credentials. Tradelinens was the first UK member of the Better Cotton Initiative. We truly believe that brands have an

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obligation to lead from the front when it comes to sustainability, protecting and empowering suppliers, caring for the planet and enriching the communities we work with. We spent over 18 months working with the Better Cotton Initiative to set up a membership agreement for linen brands in order for Tradelinens and other businesses in our category to be able to join. Until that point, no other trade linen brands were part of the BCI. With Tradelinens the first, there are now at least four other members in our category. It’s an achievement that we are extremely proud of. As a business, we will continue our mission to seek out new and innovative ways to improve sustainability within the category. As well as seeking out ways to continue to improve our already exceptional product quality, we are constantly looking at other viable solutions for including even more sustainable materials within our product portfolio, continuing to reduce our use of plastic whilst ensuring our goods arrive at luxury locations around the world in pristine condition. Across the eight decades of Tradelinens, what have been the underlying principles and key turning points that have paved the way for the long term success of the business? Our people are at the core of our success we’ve made it our business to recruit carefully to build on our existing experience and the strength of our team is one of the things that makes Tradelinens, in my eyes, such an

amazing place to work. Our long standing client and supplier relationships are also something that are critical to our success – we couldn’t be prouder to be providing luxury bedding to the world’s very best five star hotels. Some of these relationships go back more than 20 years, and are centred on valued consultancy and trust that’s built from genuine expertise, passion and knowledge. A key turning point was the launch of our Tielle Love Luxury brand, created to meet consumer demand and bring about a focus on both Boutique and Retail to compliment the strength of our existing Contract business. Finally, as the first UK trade linen member of the Better Cotton Initiative, we’ve helped train over two million farmers in sustainable practice and as a result, have helped drive the ethical agenda for the entire category. What would you say are the main challenges and opportunities for Tradelinens over the medium- and long-term? Like everyone in the hospitality sector, a huge challenge will be the wait for a return to pre-COVID levels of international travel to the UK and the medium term impact this will have on the UK luxury hospitality sector. However, the situation also presents considerable opportunities around Britons replacing overseas travel with ‘staycations’, bringing potential growth in other parts of our business through our Boutique division. www.tradelinens.co.uk

QUICKFIRE5 Who are you inspirations? Robert and Joe for entrusting me to lead Tradelinens What can’t you live without? Earl grey tea, a good book and fabulous bedlinen In your time machine, when and where would you go – and why? Back to 1997 and tell my 18 year old self to slow down and enjoy the moment If you weren’t doing what you’re doing now, what would you choose to do? With a degree in Photography I’d be taking pictures With the benefit of hindsight, what advice would you now give your teenage self? Follow your dreams with passion, care less about what people think and make time for the people who make you happy

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Style Library offers its view of current trends

All images show options from Style Library’s Anthology Collections

www.stylelibrary.com In these challenging times, where current events are forcing us all to step away from our regular routines. Hospitality Interiors caught up with Style Library Contract to review how its latest interior trends resonate with what is happening today. Celebrating Maximalism We may be constrained by social distancing at present, but our love for design is incredibly empowering and uplifting. The awe inspiring use of colour and design in an interior design has the ability to lift our spirits and make us feel less constrained. The latest collections from Sanderson, Clarke and Clarke and Morris & Co do just that. we say unleash your creativity and embrace maximalism.

A lot has changed since London Design Week in March, but our industry’s creative spirit and love of design has not. Maximalism is all about empowering design. We can mix pattern with pattern, fuse different scales and textures, and meld colour palettes. There are no design rules only design liberation. This is particularly true for Style Library Contract, home to six of the most iconic British interior brands as they really can max out on design and performance. Natural Touch The Natural Touch trend is fulfilling our need instil calmness amid the furore. Composed and sophisticated neutrals in matt and metallics effects create interiors with a natural sense of much needed tranquillity and harmony. Product innovation which also fulfils our desire to be connected to nature is more than an aspiration. It’s something that sits at the heart of Clarke & Clarke’s latest collections. Natura, Havana and Nevada each draw inspiration from the natural world to create calming, tranquil interiors whilst delivering the ultimate in contract performance. Explore faux silk effects, delicate slub weaves, textured linen looks alongside metallics, satins, embossed silhouette designs and semi-plain dimout fabrics. Each Clarke & Clarke collection is inherently FR. Architectural Edge The Architectural Edge trend is as much about innovation as it is about design style. Unrivalled performance underpins the aesthetic beauty of Style Library Contract fabric and wallcovering,

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providing designers with the assurance and confidence required contract interiors. Inspired by Brutalist architecture, this trend focuses on effortless design whilst delivering exceptional performance. A collection of ten wide-width wallcoverings, Anthology Volume 07 features cork for the first time, a material selected for its beautiful aesthetic and its environmental and acoustic benefits. Clarke and Clarke’s Puras has the architectural edge with 70 semi-plain fabrics. Inherently FR, these fabrics can be cleaned with water to remove stains. Nomadic Roots Every one of us recognises that world got smaller in 2020 as we all realised that we are one people. The Nomadic roots trend is enriched by the cultural heritage behind many of our most loved interior designs. The rich archives of Sanderson and Harlequin have inspired a selection of exquisite designs that will adorn hospitality interiors for many years to come. Influenced by ancient trade routes and iconic destinations, the Nomadic Roots trend honours the beauty of traditional craftsmanship. A celebration of hand-crafted patterns, including tribal ikats, abstract statements and contemporary animal prints, Sanderson Caspian and Harlequin Mirador create a captivating signature style. Caspian epitomizes country house style, taking influences from trade routes, in contrast Mirador embodies the chic sophistication of a boutique hotel.

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Blum’s New lift system delivers enhanced benefit www.blum.com AVENTOS HK top is the latest addition to Blum’s AVENTOS range. The new fitting is small in size and yet comes with innovative features that make installation and start-up easy. Minimalist stay lift and top motion technology all rolled into one - that’s AVENTOS HK top by Blum. AVENTOS HK top has been designed to make life easier for fitters and designers, but also giving pluses to the user. Its ease of assembly is a huge advantage to fitters, while the extra-slim mechanism, which is located at the very top of the cabinet, means it is discreet and doesn’t impact on the storage capacity of the unit.

Small in size, huge in features – Blum’s AVENTOS HK top stay lift

A great all-rounder The fitting is a real all-rounder with an integrated opening angle stop, safety mechanism and a lift mechanism that can be set from the front without having to remove cover caps. Installation is easy with a choice of two different lift mechanisms. You can either opt for the model with pre-installed system screws or that with an integrated positioning system. This great little lift system can be used in cabinets from 205-600mm height, and up to 1800mm width – so virtually any size or weight of door can be used, including super thin fronts using Blum’s EXPANDO T fitting. Three colours of cover caps, Silk White, Dark Grey and Light Grey, mean the hinge can either blend in with the cabinet, or provide an interesting contrast. For the user it means that the cabinet door swings up and out of the way, instead of protruding into the room, meaning it can be left open for ease of access. Optimised electrical motion support system AVENTOS HK top can also be combined with a newly developed SERVO-DRIVE unit to offer

enhanced opening and closing convenience. SERVO-DRIVE for AVENTOS HK top boasts a linear design and a multitude of useful features. Thanks to the electrical motion support system, wall cabinets glide open at a single touch. And they close again softly and effortlessly at the press of an easy-toreach switch. Blum has optimised the motion technology specially for AVENTOS HK top. Small in size, the SERVO-DRIVE unit and lift mechanism harmonise beautifully with cabinet interiors. Installation is easy: the drive unit can simply be clipped on without tools. And LED colour signals take you through start-up and confirm that the front weight has been balanced correctly.

Groovy from Granorte www.granorte.co.uk Groovy is the latest wall tile from cork innovator Granorte, bringing a stylish vintage edge to contemporary spaces. Made entirely from 100% post-industrial recycled cork, Groovy’s linear design is CNC grooved into its face then dyed in one of seven colours, or as an all-over treatment in the super cool look of Groovy Night. Building a hexagonal motif across the wall, Groovy’s air of retro is equally balanced by cork’s natural aesthetic for a look that feels entirely modern. Treated with Granorte’s water-based Corkguard finish for protection from stains, Groovy is suitable for residential and commercial interior projects. In a 600mm x 300mm glue-on format CNC machined from agglomerated cork, the tile contributes to improved acoustics, insulates against heat loss and is simple to maintain. “Groovy is one of those designs that’s deceptively simple and fiendishly difficult to achieve well,” explains Paulo Rocha, product and development manager for the Portuguese company. “We went through several iterations of the design before we got it working and the pattern looking sophisticated and not pastiche. We’re super-pleased how it’s worked out and we’re looking forward to seeing Groovy used in some beautiful interiors.” Granorte has been innovating in cork since 1972 and remains a familyrun company to this day. Investing heavily in technology has allowed the company to create cork floor and wall products, alongside other innovative applications for the material including NuSpa sanitary ware, the recently launched Moon coffee table and more. Groovy is the latest in a range of sculpted and formed wall tiles including 3DForms, Modular, Bebop and Tatami and the raw bark of RustiCork.

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Edge by Jean-Marie Massaud for AXOR www.axor.com Sculptural with high gloss – the AXOR Edge mixer is a dazzling jewel with a special radiance, Edge is artistically designed, and manufactured with dimond-cutting. At the beginning was the ambition to create a mixer as a piece of sculpture, with high-gloss surfaces that scatter incoming light. The architectonic design brings the cube, which references the avant-garde movements of the early 20th century, into the current era: symmetry is recomposed asymmetrically. Simultaneously solid and delicate, luxuriously refined, with smooth, mirror-like surfaces that combine with sculptural structures. A jewel that captures the exciting tension between understated and luxurious. As in one of the polished AXOR FinishPlus surfaces that shine like a mirror, for example.

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Jannis and Peers Coffee Table, the story of Gebrüder Thonet Vienna’s novelties continues www.gebruederthonetvienna.com

Gebrüder Thonet Vienna GmbH (GTV) continues its presentation of the 2020 collection with two new proposals: the Jannis upholstered collection from Dainelli Studio, the first collaboration with the brand, and the Peers tables by Front that reconfirm the relationship with GTV. Taken together, the 2020 new products are refined expressions of the design versatility that is a distinctive feature of Gebrüder Thonet Vienna today, a brand characterised by a unique heritage that marked the crucial transition from handicraft to industrial production. The various design companies involved, with their own specific visions, reinterpret the value of the past and the stylistic legacy of Gebrüder Thonet Vienna, related to the introduction of the steam-bent beech wood processing technique. Peers Coffee Table by Front High-end project that marks a new encounter with Gebrüder Thonet Vienna for which the two designers have signed some of the best-sellers of the contemporary collection such as the

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Hideout lounge chair, the N.0 chair and the Coat Rack Bench. The Peers collection includes two tables, elements designed in pairs but also perfect used individually, ideal in the living area or in the bedroom as bedside tables. With a characteristic contoured shape, they have a coloured laminate top with solid wood edge while the structure is enriched by the wooden ring, a structural element that incorporates the typical support circles of the classic bent wood chairs. The heritage of Gebrüder Thonet Vienna inspired Front also in the design of the legs which contributes to defining the lightness of Peers without affecting its stability. Jannis – design Dainelli Studio In their first collaboration with Gebrüder Thonet Vienna, Dainelli Studio, owned by the creative duo of Leonardo and Marzia Dainelli, designed Jannis, a collection of upholstered furniture that are eminently suitable for contract use.

Jannis is defined by a contemporary rigour that draws inspiration from the past, revealing its personality in the details: the wooden structure, lightweight to the eye but solid, holds the single seat cushion and the backrest, and is characterised by the metal feet with a brass finish. The front leg rises to define the thin profile of the armrest and closes in the semi-circular tip, again with a brass finish. The frame and legs are connected by steam-curved beech wood arches, an element of continuity with the heritage of Gebrüder Thonet Vienna.

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Les Olivades Marrakech www.himacs.eu

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Stunning Holiday Villa in Morocco uses HI-MACS® for a luxurious finish

FABRICATION: Plan Design, Morocco MATERIAL: HI-MACS® S028 Alpine White

Located 17kms from the bustling city, Les Olivades Marrakech speaks immediately of contemporary style and modern luxury, sitting low within sixty hectares of Moroccan olive and orange trees. Offering accommodation comprising five en-suite guest bedrooms, and both an indoor and outdoor kitchen, the real draw of this pale clay-coloured modernist villa are its outdoor spaces, set against the magnificent backdrop of the High Atlas. The spacious villa has been designed with an exceptional quality interior fit-out, matched only by the excellence of the expansive terraces and pool. Thanks to its technical and aesthetic properties, HI-MACS® was used extensively both on the interior and exterior of the project. HI-MACS®, available from James Latham in the UK, is a thermoformable solid surface material that can be moulded into any shape. Composed of minerals, acrylic and natural pigments that come together to provide a smooth, non-porous and visually seamless surface, it meets the highest standards for aesthetics, fabrication, functionality and hygiene – offering myriad advantages over conventional materials. Internally at Les Olivades Marrakech, the basins and washroom worktops, bed heads, office areas, kitchens, and even some furniture and artworks were constructed using HIMACS®, bringing cohesion and a seamless flow into the exterior areas. But it’s externally that the property truly demonstrates how versatile this material can

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be. From the patio tables and semi-submerged, curved sun loungers, located in a shallow area of the pool itself, to the pool edging and drainage gulleys, all the way through to the signature sculptures, HI-MACS® Alpine White natural acrylic stone was chosen to reflect light and bring a feeling of tranquility to the villa. Lush green lawns, perfect for a barefoot stroll, invite guests to explore the many intriguing sculptures to be found in the gardens. From sinuous, vine-like pieces winding around the corners of the building to floating cubist structures enclosing mature olive trees, the diversity of the works on show creates a common dialogue alongside the similarly sculptural planting.

Adjacent to the main terrace, the 25m pool is as architecturally considered as the villa’s internal spaces; strikingly linear, but without compromise to comfort. And, if the heat of the Moroccan sun gets a little too much, a shady spot is just a step away beneath the louvered pergola complete with oversized outdoor armchairs and sofas. With echoes of desert forts in the internal courtyard spaces, Les Olivades Marrakech whispers of the region’s history, providing ample inspiration for yoga, meditation and relaxation. Projects of this outstanding nature deserve the highest quality materials, and in this package that commitment shines through.

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