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COMMENT Hello, and welcome, to the sixth and last issue of the year. With the recent announcement of a number of vaccine approvals signalling a significant development in the fight against Covid-19, a surge of optimism has hit the hospitality industry – and with Nobu Portman Square, The Mayfair Townhouse and Henry’s Townhouse all opening in December, there’s all the more reason to hope 2021 will be a great year. This issue contains five exclusives, clearly demonstrating that Hospitality Interiors is the publication which is chosen by owners, hoteliers, designers and suppliers when announcing openings, developments, news and products. Jumeirah Carlton Tower regional vice-president and general manager, Aaron Kaupp, exclusively invites us to be first to see what the luxury brand has in store, after carrying out an extensive refurbishment with design studio 1508 London. I’m also very proud that David Collins Studio is celebrating its 35-year anniversary exclusively with us, while Justin Wells gives his first interview since launching the Dubai-based Wells International. Meanwhile, SB Architects’ latest appointment, Stephen Albert, talks first to Hospitality Interiors, and MKV Design founder Maria Vafiadis gives us the first insight into their latest project, Athens Capital Hotel, the MGallery Collection’s first hotel in Greece. And that’s not all. Elsewhere, I catch up with the leadership team of Swire Hotels after their recent role changes, and talk hospitality with Stephen McCall, CEO of edyn, one of the newest brands making its presence felt in the industry. Meanwhile, our team takes a look at some of the most beautiful hotels from around the world – One&Only Mandarina, Rosewood London’s incredible Lincoln House, Nobu Hotel Warsaw, and the legendary Hotel Café Royal. Lastly (if you haven’t heard), after its well-received first event this year, the Hospitality Leadership and Design Conference is back in 2021, with five confirmed dates: starting with London in March; Dubai in April; New York in June; Singapore in September; and, finally, Los Angeles in November. And, for 2022, The Hospitality Interiors Show, a new dedicated event, will open its doors at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena in the summer, delivering the best in hospitality design to inspire, inform and challenge. Stay safe, and have a great Christmas and an even better New Year! Can

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Accor doubles down on lifestyle and enters into negotiations with Ennismore Accor & Ennismore have announced they are entering into exclusive negotiations to form the world’s leading lifestyle operator in the hospitality sector, focusing on one of the fastest-growing segments of the industry. Through this all-share merger, a new autonomous and fully assetlight entity will bring together a portfolio of world-class brands including The Hoxton, Gleneagles, Delano, SLS, Mondrian, SO/, Hyde, Mama Shelter, 25hours, 21c Museum Hotels, TRIBE, JO&JOE and Working From_. The new entity will be headquartered in London, and will take the name Ennismore. Sharan Pasricha, founder and CEO of Ennismore, and Gaurav Bhushan, CEO of the Accor Lifestyle division, will become co-CEOs of

the combined entity, alongside an experienced, highly skilled and international management team drawn from the various brands and industries across the globe. Accor will be the majority shareholder of the new entity, with Sharan holding a substantial minority position. At its inception, the combined entity will comprise 12 brands with 73 hotels in operation, with a committed pipeline of more than 110 hotels and some 70 other hotels under active discussion, and over 150 destination restaurant and bars. Based on the current network and pipeline, the lifestyle platform should achieve an EBITDA of over €100m by midterm, the project resulting in significant cost synergies of approximately €15m per year. In order to form this joint venture,

Accor intends to buy out its partners in sbe, Mama Shelter and 25hours. The planned combination also envisages the formation of a new company which will hold all the leased assets under the combined entity’s brands. The deconsolidation of the existing leases will have a €52m positive effect on Accor’s consolidated net debt in 2020. Under the leadership of Sharan

and Gaurav, each brand will retain its unique culture and purpose, supported by dedicated teams and with the full support of their founders, including: the Trigano family, founders of Mama Shelter; Christopher Hoffman, founder of 25 Hours; Sam Nazarian, founder of sbe; Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson for 21C; and Melissa and Mark Peters for TRIBE.

Enrique Mandl appointed COO of OKU Hotels and general manager of OKU Ibiza OKU Hotels has announced the appointment of Enrique Mandl as COO of the collection and general manager of OKU Ibiza. Enrique brings with him a wealth of experience from the European hotel and tourism industry. He joins OKU Hotels from his role as general manager at LIO Restaurant Club Cabaret in Ibiza, where he was also responsible for overseeing the operations of LIO globally. Prior to this, Enrique worked as general manager at Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay and El Lodge Ski & Spa Resort in Sierra Nevada in Spain, respectively. During his time at Nobu Hotel Ibiza, Enrique was involved with the planning, pre-opening and launch of the 153-room hotel, establishing

it as a market leader in Ibiza within its second year. While at El Lodge Ski & Spa Resort, Enrique led the team during the pre-opening and opening phase, positioning the property as one of the leading ski resorts in Spain and Europe. A native Austrian, Enrique embarked on his career having successfully completed the management trainee programme at Hotel Im Palais Schwarzenberg in Vienna. From then on, his various roles led him to gain experience in all areas of running a hotel including concierge, front office operations and sales and marketing. Enrique looks forward to joining the team at OKU Hotels, overseeing the development of the brand and the upcoming launch of OKU Ibiza.

Wilson Associates promotes new leadership in Southwest region Global architectural interior design firm Wilson Associates has announced the promotion of JoyceLynn Lagula, associate AIA, to design principal of both the Los Angeles and Las Vegas studios, elevated from her previous role as design director in Las Vegas. Remaining headquartered in Nevada, JoyceLynn will oversee design direction and business development for the two emerging Southwest offices, continuing to solidify the firm’s presence in the gaming and entertainment industries while recruiting and mentoring local design talent to further bolster her teams. Since joining Wilson Associates in May 2019 – when the firm’s Las Vegas studio was first established – JoyceLynn has brought a wealth of knowledge in experiential design for hotels, resorts and casinos. Her project portfolio includes high-profile clients such as Resorts World Las Vegas, Holland Casino, MGM Resorts, Caesars Entertainment, and a confidential hotel-casino

project in New Orleans. JoyceLynn, who possesses more than 15 years of design experience in the gaming and entertainment sectors, studies key trends and shifts in the industry, while demonstrating a continued passion for learning and commitment to stay ahead of the competition. “We are thrilled to promote a designer as collaborative, dynamic and inventive as JoyceLynn into this key leadership position within our growing Southwest region,” says Darrell Long, design principal & regional MD, Wilson Associates’ Southwest region, which includes the firm’s Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Dallas studios. “She brings a fresh and unique perspective to her work each and every time, bringing highly valuable relationships and project expertise to our firm’s hospitality, gaming and entertainment sectors. We look forward to watching her capabilities grow further in this new role.”







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Marriott International names Satya Anand president of EMEA region Marriott International has announced that Satya Anand has been appointed president of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), a division within Marriott International that encompasses over 75 countries and territories. “I am delighted that Satya has taken on this role to lead our business across Europe, Middle East and Africa at such a fundamental time for the hospitality industry,” says Craig S Smith, group president, international, Marriott International. “As a 32-year Marriott veteran, Satya has a remarkable knowledge of the

industry and our business, as well as outstanding relationships with associates, guests, owners and franchisees. His ability to engage and inspire will serve him well as he takes on this important position.” In his new appointment, Satya will spearhead Marriott International’s post-Covid-19 recovery approach across the region, working with his team to inspire travel again. Under his leadership, the region’s 998 hotels will deliver enhanced cleanliness and sanitisation levels to ensure guests have total peace of mind when staying at a Marriott International

property. Additionally, he will drive the roll-out of a range of initiatives and campaigns designed to reinvigorate the hospitality industry. The company has 24 of its 30 brands represented in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, including The Ritz-Carlton, St Regis, The Luxury Collection, JW Marriott, W Hotels, Marriott Hotels, Le Méridien, Sheraton and AC Hotels by Marriott. Additionally, Design Hotels, a collection of privately owned and operated hotels and a part of Marriott International’s brand portfolio, will be overseen by Satya in his new role.

Resorts World Las Vegas welcomes Alicia Wagner as director of design Resorts World Las Vegas, the Strip’s newest integrated resort, opening in summer 2021, welcomes Alicia Wagner as director of design. Alicia brings nearly 15 years of project management, design and delivery experience to her new role, and most recently served as a design leader at Unibail Rodamco Westfield. In her new role at Resorts World, Alicia will work as part of the architecture team, managing the project’s design consultant group and serving as a key liaison between operations and the consultant team where she

oversees all construction documentation and ensures the project’s operational requirements are met. “We’re excited that Alicia has joined the Resorts World team as we prepare for our summer 2021 opening,” says Paul Gunderson, Resorts World Las Vegas’ vice president of design. “Alicia has a strong reputation in the industry as a leader in designing and developing first-class hospitality spaces. Her expertise will play an integral role in shaping the Strip’s newest megaresort.”

Global principal of HBA Residential, Chris Godfrey, appointed president of SBID The Society of British & International Interior Design (SBID) has appointed Chris Godfrey, global principal of HBA Residential, as the new acting president of SBID, to represent the British interior design body and promote the professional practice of interior design throughout the UK and around the world. Chris will take the mantle of SBID presidency from Tom Marquardt, president and founder of Marquardt+ and former vice president of HOK global interiors, who held the position for 2019 and will continue to support

the growth of SBID as immediate past president. Sharing his aspirations for the new position, Chris says: “It is my great honour to be appointed as the president of SBID and to represent the interior design body and its membership on the global stage. I am inspired to take up the role during this particular period of time, where change is a constant, connectivity a challenge, and where proaction and vision are paramount. Throughout my career, I have benefited from working internationally and, as a result, have developed an open and global outlook.”

Immersive experiences and visual storytelling at the heart of Linda Boronkay’s new design studio Multi-award-winning designer Linda Boronkay has founded her own interior architecture and design studio, comprising a multidisciplinary team of professionals with expertise in hospitality, residential and commercial, as well as product design and branding. The fastgrowing studio opens with projects spanning three continents – specifically in London, Los Angeles and Sydney. Renowned in the industry for her warmth and emotionally intelligent approach, Linda’s 12-year career has seen her work for an impressive roster of global clients. Most recently, she led a team of nearly 100

colleagues at Soho House, where she took overall design responsibility for members’ clubs in Asia, Europe and the UK, overseeing hotel rooms, restaurants, bars, lounges, event and co-working spaces, bespoke furniture lines and home accessories. Prior to joining Soho House in 2016, the designer held positions at top design practices including Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, Tara Bernerd & Partners, Tom Dixon and Woods Bagot, collaborating on sites and destinations for Caprice Holdings, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Greenland Group, Morgans (now SBE), Nobu Global, Qantas, Starwood Capital and Virgin Hotels.



Hyatt and R&F UK announce plans for Park Hyatt London River Thames at Nine Elms Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into management agreement with R&F UK for a new Hyatt-branded hotel in London. The 203-room Park Hyatt London River Thames is expected to open in 2022 and will be located within R&F UK’s Nine Elms development on the south bank of the river. The addition of the hotel to the UK market signifies Hyatt’s continued brand growth into Europe’s leading cities. “The addition of the Park Hyatt brand to London is a key milestone for Hyatt,” says Felicity BlackRoberts, vice president of development Europe, Hyatt. “It has always been a priority to bring our luxury Park Hyatt brand back to London, so this is a fantastic opportunity for us. We are excited to continue and expand on Hyatt’s relationship with

R&F by bringing this new exciting hotel to London.” Directly opposite Westminster, the Nine Elms area has recently undergone significant regeneration and become a popular residential district. The Park Hyatt hotel will be part of a new series of developments by R&F UK, consisting of 18 buildings, which will include 2300 high-quality

apartments, more than 11,150m2 (120,000ft2) of commercial space, and numerous shops and restaurants, including One Thames City, an exclusive new riverside development comprising premium residences, hotels, shops, park and restaurants, that has been developed in conjunction with CC Land. Construction of the Nine Elms development is well under way, and the schemes are expected to take shape over the next two years. R&F UK has assembled a world-leading design team for the development and new hotel, including Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) and Allies and Morrison, with landscape architects Gillespies leading on the Linear Park, and superpotato curating interior design within the development.

AC Hotels by Marriott announces opening of its first hotel in Sweden AC Hotels by Marriott, Marriott International’s design-led lifestyle brand, has expanded its Europe, Middle East and Africa footprint with the opening of its first property in the Swedish capital, AC Hotel Stockholm Ulriksdal. Built with a blend of form and function, the hotel offers travellers a base to discover the striking architecture and Scandinavian design Stockholm has to offer. Led by world-renowned design company, Living Design, the interior design features a walnut colour scheme, creating a delicate balance and flow through colour, texture, and arrangement. The hotel takes shape with clean modern lines, aesthetically proportioned spaces, and a balanced use of premium materials distinctive to the AC Hotels brand. The result is a harmonious interior concept that offers guests a setting for work, play

or relaxation. “We’re delighted to expand the AC Hotels EMEA portfolio to Sweden, and invite travellers to experience a destination that matches the brand’s passion for clean and timeless design,” says Jenni Benzaquen, vice president, brand, EMEA, Marriott International. The 223-room AC Stockholm Ulriksdal offers five guest room categories – Standard King, Standard Queen, Standard Single, Deluxe King and Junior Suite. Embracing AC Hotels’ focus on harmonious design and tailored style, each room is free of clutter to maximise the sense of openness and remove friction from guests’ travels. Guest rooms offer modern design with sleek furnishings, open closet system, and hardwood floors.

The hotel’s communal spaces have all been designed with maximum comfort and function in mind. The signature AC Lounge is a collaborative space of creativity and collaboration by day and a hub of social activity by night. The lounge features inviting furnishings, art and modern touches that evoke a feeling of a well-curated gallery.

The Langham, Venice to open in 2023 Langham Hospitality Group has announced a new hotel in Venice which is scheduled to open in 2023. The Langham, Venice will add new lustre to the group’s collection as its first property in Italy.

With its direct frontage on the Venetian Lagoon, the 138-key hotel is located on the island of Murano, long revered for its centuries-old tradition of glassmaking. The Langham, Venice will be housed in the former Casino Mocenigo, which can trace its legacy to the early 1600s. The historic building is an important illustration of Venetian architecture, enriched by impressive frescoes with classical themes dedicated to music, poetry and love. “Venice remains one of the world’s leading leisure destinations and we are delighted to have found such an exceptional site on which to develop our first hotel in Italy,” says Stefan Leser, CEO of Langham Hospitality Group. “The Langham, Venice will provide an exclusive leisure experience that blends the finest elements of

the local Venetian culture and heritage with personalised intuitive service that are the hallmarks of The Langham luxury experience.” Milan-based architecture and design studio Matteo Thun & Partners, known for embracing sustainability ideals and aesthetic simplicity, has been appointed to oversee the extensive renovations at The Langham, Venice. Design inspiration for the guest rooms and public spaces will incorporate modern amenities and, inspired by the details in the hotel’s rich history, resplendent frescoes, and breathtaking water views from its desirable lagoon frontage. A defining architectural feature of The Langham is the courtyard, which will showcase the outdoor swimming pool and manicured garden as well as inviting outdoor dining spaces.

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Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown unveils newly reimagined Empire Suite Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown has unveiled the newly reimagined – and renamed – Empire Suite, which it describes as “the ultimate New York City lifestyle experience”. As the hotel recently observed its fourth anniversary this year, the former Royal Suite has been given a refresh by lauded interior designer Tara Bernerd and her team at Tara Bernerd & Partners, and renamed the Empire Suite to reflect downtown’s chic lifestyle. Boasting 2400ft2 (223m2) with sweeping 180° panoramic views from the 24th floor of the hotel, the Empire Suite is an engaging backdrop to the city that never sleeps. Featuring a living room, dining room, media room, study, walkin closet, two bathrooms, master bedroom and a full catering kitchen, the Empire Suite offers a sanctuary for musicians, fashion

designers, celebrities and royal families. For additional privacy, the suite can be extended to a three-bedroom, residential-style apartment to accommodate up to six guests per night, making it the largest and most in-demand suite in the hotel, due to its flexibility and versatility.

“When approaching the redesign, it was key to consider the lifestyle of the well-travelled, design-conscious guest, staying in such a notable location,” says Tara. “Aiming to reinvigorate the space to cater to a more discerning downtown crowd, we brought a fresh palette to the space, layering soft linens, warm timbers and striking marbles in the reception areas, with inviting rugs and a statement dining table – the whole design gives nod to the vibrant locale and creates a warm and seductive atmosphere. This bold design language is continued through the rest of the suite, with hand-painted silk wall panels in the master bedroom, bronze mirrored inserts in warm wooden panelling line the hall, while the media room’s felt wall details are reminiscent of a sharply tailored suit.”

Agreement signed for a Bvlgari Hotel in Miami Beach, United States Bvlgari Hotels & Resorts is proud to announce the agreement for a new hotel in Miami Beach, scheduled to open in 2024. This new opening will follow the announced projects in Paris, to open in 2021, Moscow and Rome in 2022, Tokyo in 2023, thus bringing the Bvlgari Hotels & Resorts Collection to eleven properties, including Milan, London, Dubai, Shanghai, Beijing and Bali. The Hotel will be located at 100 21st street in Miami Beach, and will be the first ever Bvlgari Hotel in the United States. Waterfront located with beautiful beaches while being a short walk from the city’s most vibrant attractions and South Beach’s trendy Ocean Drive, the Bvlgari Hotel Miami Beach will offer stunning ocean views just a few steps from the exciting Miami Art Deco district. The building hosting the Bvlgari Hotel Miami Beach was originally designed as hotel by Miami

architect Albert Anis in the late 1950’s, as part of the Miami Modern movement in Miami Beach; it is a contributing building located in the National Register Architectural District and was well known as a centre of events and parties for the Hollywood Crowd descending on Miami Beach for the winter. Jean-Christophe Babin, CEO of Bvlgari commented as follows: “We are particularly proud to have secured such an extraordinary location for the new Bvlgari Hotel in Miami Beach. This will be our first property in the United States which is a key market for our Brand and we are delighted to add the vibrant and glamorous Miami Beach to our Collection. We are convinced that the Bvlgari Hotel Miami Beach, to be opened in 2024, will represent an irresistible Roman Jeweler Hospitality, a unique ultra luxury experience in the American upscale hotel market.”

The design project, which will be curated , like all the other Bvlgari Hotels, by the Milanese architectural firm Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel, will contemplate about 100 rooms, most of them suites, and a full range of luxury facilities including an outdoor swimming pool, a large spa and fitness centre, and a Bvlgari restaurant and bar both curated by Italian 3 Michelin-star chef Niko Romito.

Henry’s Townhouse, Henry Austen’s former home, to open December 2020 From the team behind the renowned Temple Guiting Manor, Barns & Pantry in the heart of the Cotswolds comes Henry’s Townhouse – a new, high-end, “curious and charming” seven-bedroom hotel, launching in London late this year, just minutes from Hyde Park in Marylebone. The Grade II listed building at 24 Upper Berkeley Street was once owned by Jane Austen’s brother, Henry. It is widely thought that Jane’s visits to Henry in London were of great value, for it was through his support that her work was published. Henry’s has been a design collaboration between owners Jane and Steven Collins and the award-winning Russell Sage Studio, assisted by Feix&Merlin Architects. This has culminated in an intelligent and glamorous reimagining of the

Regency period, taking inspiration from Henry and Eliza’s reported life at the house and as part of wider London society. The building itself comprises seven elegant and elaborately designed bedrooms, each with its own unique narrative to tell. Much like novels on a shelf, they invite the guest to open them up, step in and become immersed in a rich visual story. The townhouse boasts an array of meticulously chosen colour palettes, abundant fabrics and furnishings, providing a sumptuous luxurious feeling throughout. A huge amount of time and effort has been spent procuring unique antiques and original pieces from around the world. “We are thrilled to see our project and years of hard work finally come to life as a beautiful

and captivating small hotel. Henry’s Townhouse will have a sense of occasion and will be sophisticated, yet fun, appealing to those looking for a lovely base to stay in the heart of the West End, as well as those wanting to hire the house exclusively for family and friends for a special occasion,” says Steven Collins, owner of Henry’s.




Artfarm announces first London project Artfarm, the independent hospitality company behind Somerset’s Roth Bar & Grill and The Fife Arms in Braemar, has announced its first London project. The company has signed a lease with Grosvenor Britain & Ireland for The Audley pub on Mayfair’s Mount Street. Built in 1888, The Audley was designed by Thomas Verity, the man who designed the exterior of the pavilion at Lord’s Cricket Ground. Artfarm has appointed architect Luis Laplace, who designed and restored Roth Bar & Grill and Hauser & Wirth Somerset, to lead the interior architecture of the space. Together, Grosvenor and Artfarm will renovate the Grade II listed building, restoring many of the original historic features lost due to bomb damage in the Second World War. The renovation of the five-storey building is

provisionally set to be completed in autumn 2022, with the pub reopening to the community with the addition of a restaurant and rooms. Artfarm was founded in 2014 by Somersetbased gallerists and art collectors, Iwan and Manuela Wirth. That year, Artfarm opened its first restaurant, Roth Bar & Grill, as part of the Hauser & Wirth art centre in Bruton, Somerset. In 2018, it opened The Fife Arms in Braemar, Scotland, a Victorian coaching inn that underwent extensive restoration to return the building to its former glory. It was named The Sunday Times Hotel of the Year in 2019. Other Artfarm properties include Manuela restaurant in Los Angeles and Durslade Farmhouse in Somerset. Piers Townley, Mayfair director at Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, comments: “Community-focused

pubs are a vital asset for Mayfair’s residents, workers and visitors. In Artfarm, we have a partner with clear sustainability and community values that match our own. We are delighted to welcome them to Mount Street to join us in restoring this historic building.”

Martin Brudnizki designs new The Broadwick Soho hotel in London Leading interior designer, Martin Brudnizki, famed for his work on Annabel’s, The Coral Room at The Bloomsbury and Sexy Fish, is to unveil new work next year – The Broadwick Soho, a new, 57-key, independent luxury hotel inspired by the area’s creativity, opening spring 2021. The hotel has been crafted from the love of the past and excitement for the future, and will be imaginative across every detail. Martin took inspiration from the gritty glamour, but also eclectic and diverse history of Soho, describing the hotel as “your eccentric godmother’s Soho townhouse”. The 57 residential-feeling guestrooms include one penthouse and nine suites, with many rooms offering private balconies overlooking the bustling streets, and all featuring fine appointments and decadent amenities. The food and beverage will be operated in partnership with Soho stalwarts, Jamie Poulton and chef Ed Baines, founders of the iconic Randall and Aubin. The Broadwick Soho will house an authentic Italian restaurant with a generous street-level terrace. On the upper floor, the rooftop cocktail bar will welcome casual dining and drinking, to attract the capital’s creatives. Wrapping around the rooftop will be an impressive terrace, with views across the Soho skyline.

Oetker Collection announces 10th masterpiece hotel – The Woodward, Geneva, Switzerland Oetker Collection has announced that spring 2021 will see the addition of The Woodward, a new hotel in the heart of Geneva, to its exclusive portfolio of masterpiece hotels. Owned by Bastion Holdings, the hotel sits directly on the shores of Lake Geneva, offering panoramic views of Mont Blanc. Originally built in 1901 by French architect François Durel in a post-Haussmann style, the hotel is located on Quai Wilson, and is currently being completely transformed and carefully reimagined by world-renowned architect PierreYves Rochon. Beyond The Woodward’s historic façade, guests will find classic-meets-contemporary interiors, providing a stylish city sanctuary with spectacular lake and mountain views. Each of the 26 suites has been carefully curated to possess its own distinct character and individual design

details, with signature flourishes including marble fireplaces and bookcases. 21 of the suites also have a full lake view. The jewels in the crown are the Presidential Suite, designed in elegant ivory tones and offering panoramic lake views from every room with a private dining room and loggia, and the Royal Suite, reached by private lift and designed to resemble a chic Parisian apartment.

In keeping with Oetker Collection’s commitment to wellbeing, the hotel’s 1200m2 spa will include a Wellness Institute by Maison Guerlain and a 21m indoor swimming pool – the longest in Geneva. There will be a state-of-the-art gym, two saunas, two steam rooms, two Swedish baths and a Jacuzzi. Timo Gruenert, CEO of Oetker Collection, comments: “Our hotels are all unique masterpieces in their own right, and The Woodward fits in perfectly, with its extraordinary location, refined interior design and exciting culinary offerings. We will deliver warm, luxury hospitality, and I am convinced that our company’s values of family spirit, elegance and genuine kindness will bring this iconic building to life, and ensure guests will quickly feel at home in this new jewel on Lake Geneva.”

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From challenge to opportunity – is it time to revisit the owner-operator relationship? By Robert Swade, MD, Maze Hospitality

After growing up in the hotel business, Robert started his professional journey as a commercial lawyer. He soon discovered his proficiency in the hospitality industry when he joined the Jumeirah Group as general counsel and company secretary in 2005. He was soon entrusted with senior leadership roles within the group as CDO and COO, before moving to the CEO role at Grace Hotels. The Covid-19 pandemic presents an unprecedented challenge to the hotel industry, with occupancy levels and average daily rates having fallen in many markets. Amidst the uncertainty, one thing is clear – challenging times are an opportunity to take stock and to assess the status quo. Until now, much of the focus of the pandemic has concentrated on the operational issues facing hotels – but does the current situation present an opportunity for owners to reconsider the basis of their long-term engagement with operators? In short, is it now time for owners and operators to re-evaluate their relationship? For many years, the owner perception of the major operating brands has been that they have adopted a ‘take it or leave it’ approach, including a lack of flexibility in relation to fee structure, operating standards, centralised corporate charges and design guidelines. Even though the negotiation of hotel management agreements is now a lengthy and time-consuming process, we continue to see management contracts which include a significant term of engagement, limited termination rights for a hotel owner and performance tests which are structured in such a way that the operator may be unlikely to fail – particularly when assessed in the context of the performance of other

“Amidst the uncertainty, one thing is clear – challenging times are an opportunity to take stock and to assess the status quo” hotels in the competitive set, force majeure provisions and cure rights. The prevailing model arguably remains weighted significantly in favour of the operator, and despite limited or no capital investment in most hotel developments, we continue to witness many management companies seeking to exercise what can perhaps best be described as a quasi-ownership role. Since the position today is that there are more operators than there are opportunities, should we not now be witnessing a situation where the balance of negotiating strength is shifting further towards the hotel owner, and where we see a recalibration to something which reflects the commercial reality of current market conditions? Is the current operating model, which continues to be offered by a significant number of global hospitality brands, still realistic and sustainable in a post-Covid world? In today’s climate, hotel owners would be best advised to consider their management arrangements as a priority and to set out clearly and concisely their expectations of the hotel operator, ensuring that operators perform both to the letter and the spirit of a management contract. Arguably, this applies to owners with existing arrangements in place, as well as to those considering the appointment of a management company. It is more important than ever to understand the key terms and potential pitfalls of management contracts. As the agreements

that sit at the heart of the owner-operator relationship, it is recommended that both parties seek expert advice at the beginning of the negotiation process and throughout the duration of the term. Today’s hotel owner should demand a greater degree of flexibility and, as well as expecting the operator to achieve at least fair market share, should also scrutinise a management company’s offering in relation to matters such as brand recognition in multiple markets, commercial capability, service excellence and the delivery of superior results in existing managed hotels. They should also look at company culture (including stated aims in relation to community initiatives, climate change and environmental issues) and the approach of the brand to unique differentiation – an increasingly difficult challenge for many brands in a complex and competitive market. The arrangements should, in all respects, reflect the current market reality, not simply the desire of an operator to have a standard, onesize-fits-all approach which complies with the format of what is rapidly becoming an outdated model. Brands which are prepared to offer a flexible and adaptable approach, in respect of their contractual arrangements, fee structure, operating model and design guidelines, are those which are likely to have a competitive advantage – through this crisis and beyond.

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Rosewood Amsterdam Studio Piet Boon has been selected by Rosewood Hotels & Resorts and CTF Amsterdam B.V to design all of the guestrooms and public spaces of the Rosewood Amsterdam. The ultra-luxury hospitality group will open its first hotel in the Netherlands in 2023, which will be located in the magnificent former Palace of Justice in the historic canal district. The iconic building, known for its great architectural, historical and social significance, overlooks the Prinsengracht, one of the most beautiful waterways in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Amsterdam Canal District. The Dutch design studio is responsible for the interior design of the public spaces, and 134 unique rooms and suites. Studio Piet Boon is known for its ability to balance functionality, aesthetics and individuality. The design team will honour the property’s original elements and distinctive Dutch identity, while incorporating a contemporary sense of style that captures the energetic and exciting Amsterdam of today.


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Grand Hyatt Limassol SB Architects is returning to sun-soaked Cyprus, alongside design leaders EDSA and Rockwell Group, for the latest chapter in the island’s luxury refresh: the Grand Hyatt Limassol, the brand’s Cypriot debut, slated to open in 2025. The design concept for the Grand Hyatt Limassol takes cues from the natural erosion of the Cypriot coastline, creating a dialogue between the contemporary built forms and the Mediterranean Sea. All guestrooms boast ample terraces and panoramic sea views. “Drawing on our client’s vision, we’ve designed a contemporary resort that celebrates Cypriot lifestyle and culture in balance with the island’s natural beauty,” said SB Architects senior vice president and principal, Mark Sopp. Designed to bring to life the legend and romance of Cyprus and to showcase the enchanting, wild beauty of the landscape, the 300-key Grand Hyatt Limassol is a fourhectare Mediterranean oasis where the indoors seamlessly merge with the natural outdoors, connecting the guest authentically to the locale.

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SO/ Moscow Hotel ANT Development, Real Estate Investment Company and Accor, a world leading hospitality group, are pleased to announce the upcoming opening of a luxury lifestyle hotel under the SO/ Hotels & Resorts brand in Moscow’s ultra-modern premium class complex “Poklonnaya 9”. The hotel will open its doors in 2023 and become the first property for the SO/ brand in Moscow. The new apartment complex and a designer hotel in one of the most prestigious capital districts of Moscow will meet the highest demand and requirements of premium real estate. Tabanlıoğlu Architects bureau is responsible for the architectural concept of the hotel keeping Moscow’s authentic character and charm at the heart of the project. The hotel’s public spaces and guestrooms will be designed by the Rockwell Group. Striving to provide a unique design and standout atmosphere, Rockwell Group has chosen to explore Russian fairytales as a key creative driver for the project, which will be brought to life through bright colors, unique materials and fabrics, as well as interior items.


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“It has been exciting to see the studio achieve its global reach and attain an international profile over 35 years”

Iain Watson Founder & CEO A hallmark of David Collins Studio’s work is a feeling of timeless glamour which can be seen in the longevity of our projects. The studio’s style was established by David Collins who, as well as designing many beautiful projects, designed the thinking of the studio. David was endlessly curious about culture, design, music and film, with inspiration coming from far and wide. Research kickstarts the creative process, and the team continues to take forward this discipline within the codes of the studio to deliver innovative interpretations. David’s architectural training put obsessiveness about detail at the core of the studio, which can be seen throughout the interiors, furniture and lighting. It has been exciting to see the studio achieve its global reach and attain an international profile over 35 years. Since our first overseas project in the mid-1990s with John Barrett at Bergdorf

The London, West Hollywood

Goodman in New York, we have worked on The London NYC and West Hollywood in America, and the Ritz-Carlton Residences at MahaNakhon in Bangkok that opened up the Far East market in 2010. Since our Mandarin Oriental Doha flagship hotel opening last year, we are seeing new opportunities in the region. The mix of clients continues to range from private individuals to global brands and investors, all with one thing in common – they aspire to being best in their class. The studio’s focus on creativity continues to expand – with technology and new ways of working driving innovation. Looking ahead, an unexpected project could be a virtual retail store, a car interior or a capsule range of clothing. With the foundations of the studio working across retail, hospitality and residential projects, 2022 will add maritime design as a sector, with our first ship for Cunard.

Mandarin Oriental, Doha



“Great design is what has kept me excited at David Collins Studio”

Simon Rawlings Creative director

GREAT BRITISH DESIGN When considering London’s most consistently loved establishments – whether it’s dining at J Sheekey, The Wolseley, Zedel, Kerridge’s or Locanda Locatelli, to drinking The Connaught Bar (recently voted World’s Best Bar 2020), or sipping champagne at Claridge’s Bar – you begin to understand what we are about. Great design is what has kept me excited at David Collins Studio. We are a design studio, and that’s what we celebrate – design above all else. We will never win all the awards, or be the most Instagrammable or follow the latest trend, but we will remain the loved, the nurtured, the future classic, and the one most aspired to. We strive to avoid mediocre, swerve the predictable, and challenge the expected, all whilst retaining an approach which is difficult to perfect, but one which we have obsessed over, perfected and secured as our global vision. Our USP is just that – to commission great design, and do it once. This approach has been our vision since day one. Authentic

The Claridge’s Bar, Claridge’s

restoration, a sense of place, traditional techniques and a modern approach. When I joined David Collins Studio over 20 years ago, I was amazed by the amount of thought, precision and experimentation that went on. I kept asking myself why (and still do), but I am reminded each and every time I step foot into one of our interiors, the efforts which our teams go to are unrivalled. Take nothing for granted, and don’t be afraid to tweak. In more recent years, it has been such a joy to see this approach admired around the world, and overseas clients beginning to associate great British design with a David Collins Studio approach. Although we approach our work in our own unique way, each and every project is completely different, very specific to its brief, purpose and location, and never will you see a repetition of style. As we move out of 2020, I cannot wait to see designs created in the way we never have before coming to fruition. I have a feeling they will be bigger, bolder and stronger, yet equally as thoughtful and effortlessly timeless as ever.

Kerridge’s Bar & Grill, The Corinthia


“Diversity is integral to the studio’s history”

Emily Wilder HR manager

UNITED IN DESIGN Part of my role as HR manager at David Collins Studio is to lead and influence diversity and inclusion in the studio, nurturing a culture that promotes a respectful and inclusive environment and that offers all our staff the same opportunities to grow and learn. Over the years, David Collins Studio has employed people with different life experiences, from different countries and different backgrounds. We firmly believe in fostering an environment where everyone feels valued and included, firstly to create a safe working environment for everyone, and secondly because we believe that a diverse range of voices, experiences and influences inspires creativity in design. This year, following the murder of George Floyd and the wave of anti-racism protests across the globe, we have renewed our focus and commitment to what it means to be a diverse and inclusive studio.

Connaught Bar, The Connaught

We’ve partnered with United in Design, an organisation set up to address the lack of diversity in the UK interior design industry, and have committed to a number of pledges, including offering company-wide diversity training as well as welcoming our first United in Design intern to the studio in April. Diversity can often be labelled as the responsibility of HR – however, at David Collins Studio, the leadership team have recognised that being a diverse and inclusive workplace is a company-wide responsibility. We have recently set up an internal Diversity and Inclusion steering group, to continually review how we work, how we can be doing better and to ensure that we are implementing the commitments we have made. Diversity is integral to the studio’s history, culture and identity, and we are committed to continuing to celebrate the diverse voices of our team and encouraging and supporting those who have not started their design journey yet.

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“Our design process for Cunard has embraced the idea of looking to the past to reinvent the future”

Jason Stewart Associate director

MARITIME, A NEW SECTOR Cruise ships are not a sector instantly associated with David Collins Studio, our previous marine projects being confined to the superyacht world. Yet looking beneath the surface, our partnership with Cunard is a perfect fit, our synergies lying in the creation of luxury experiences. What differs from all other projects I have worked on, is scale. Having been immersed into the cruise world, from behind-thescenes access to experiencing the vast public spaces, the sheer size of the task, creating what is essentially a floating city, is breathtaking. We are working alongside Richmond International, Sybille de Margerie and creative director Adam Tihany, who Cunard have brought together to complete this momentous project which is set to redefine luxury travel. As a studio we are responsible for 17 different areas, including 12 F&B concepts. Whilst cruise ships may be entirely new to us as sector, F&B is our heritage. It’s where the studio started, where I started, and where our expertise lies.

Cunard New Ship, The Fleet

I discovered my love for interior design 11 years ago as an intern at David Collins Studio, and what should have been a year-long placement drew me in. The projects, the people and the passion were, and are, too incredible to leave behind. My knowledge and experience grew from working on transformative projects such as Gleneagles, The Delaunay, One Canada Square, and The RitzCarlton Residences at MahaNakhon. Working with Cunard has allowed the wealth of knowledge and passion that we share at the studio to be applied in a new way. We have been able to explore unique operational and design ideas, drawn from our experiences of exceptional global hospitality projects, many of which the Cunard demographic will have enjoyed. Our design process for Cunard has embraced the idea of looking to the past to reinvent the future. Our stringent research saw us don white gloves as we delved into Cunard’s Liverpool-based archives to develop the core ideas that formed the backbone of our concepts. They have served as a rich tapestry of heritage which we have reinterpreted for the future, creating a current narrative that transforms the luxury travel sector for the 21st century.

The Century Bar, Gleneagles


“Each new project encapsulates the studio’s spirit so strongly”

Nicola Bianchi Senior designer

HOSPITALITY INTERIORS The reason I joined David Collins Studio in the first place was because of the studio’s hospitality portfolio. Since Marco Pierre White’s elegant Harveys opened in 1987, David Collins Studio has been synonymous with, and responsible for changing the face of, hospitality design. Each new project encapsulates the studio’s spirit so strongly, it’s evident in every detail, and is magical to see unfold. The way we consider a project is not just about one big idea. Rather, it is about the customer journey, the staff members’ journey, how the service element works, the experience from the door handle you touch when you enter to the way you leave the table – we don’t leave a single detail out. That sets us apart, and it’s been amazing to be a part of the process, and have my eyes

Nobu Hotel Portman Square, London

opened to new ways of thinking. With the Nobu Portman Hotel, we haven’t just looked at the guest experience from a touchpoint or materials point of view, we have focused on creating atmospheres and evoking emotions. We have introduced moments of drama, allowing the guest experience to be celebrated – every guest walking through the door should feel special. Entering the Nobu restaurant and bar feels grand and dramatic, with a real sense of surprise, arrival and reveal. The bar features low-down intimate spaces that open up into larger areas – there is a journey of discovery, in contrast to the hotel – there is a balance between two spaces. The hotel side is a light, airy space with calm neutral finishes basking in the sunlight, the spectacle being an incredible Ivan Black kinetic sculpture which takes centre stage.

Nobu Hotel Portman Square, London



“Longevity in design is something we strive for”

Lewis Taylor Design director

SUSTAINABILITY AND LONGEVITY As a studio we take a great deal of pride in our incredible archive of projects, their continued success and longevity, and the awards they win years after their grand openings – how they become unique destinations, institutions, and, for our projects here in London, part of the landscape of the city. Longevity in design is something we strive for, and creating timeless interiors that do not follow trends but also don’t reference back to any one specific period from the past, is key to achieving this. Our approach to design (taking inspiration from projectspecific historic patterns, forms and details, the location and history, and creating new contemporary interpretations of these) means that our interiors remain timeless, relevant and hard to replicate. The success of an interior space is not only about its aesthetic. It’s a combination of how a space looks and operates, the service

Roux at The Landau, The Langham

as well as the F&B offer. Our knowledge and intense scrutiny of the operations and rituals of using a space ensure that functionally is at the forefront of our minds. The spaces we design are more than fit for purpose, and the hours of thought that go into the planning and layouts are as crucial as the aesthetics and ambience we try to create. Recently we completed an update to The Landau restaurant in London’s Langham Hotel, a new counter seating offer in the centre of the space which sits seamlessly side-by-side with the original interior elements installed over 10 years ago. It’s a testament to the quality of design, the client’s commitment to quality and their continued maintenance of this well-used and well-loved interior. Looking forward, we are making changes in the way we operate, working with a sustainability consultant and our in-house sustainability group to design, source and construct our future projects to ensure that they are a marriage of longevity and sustainability.

Roux at The Landau, The Langham


“In a hospitality environment, materials need to suit their end use and be suitably robust or have longevity that surpasses expectations”

Roslyn Keet Associate director

LUXURY – COLOUR – TEXTURE Within the hospitality sector, I have an ongoing passion for materiality as a powerful tool to curate stories and environments that directly affect how one experiences that space. My approach is always to understand the operational requirements of a space, to visualise the architectural forms and volumes and then to layer in tactile materials, much as an artist would work to build up paint on a canvas. I dissect the juxtaposition of the materials and how they respond to each other, with colour and tactility being key features. Careful consideration is given to how materials are viewed in their final spaces, how they will absorb or reflect light, with time spent collectively reviewing and testing samples. Certain key materials have remained signature to the studio over the past 35 years – cracked gesso, shagreen from sustainable sources, straw marquetry, embossed leather and handwoven fabrics. I am attracted to the quality of workmanship, and while many in the industry may look to subdue the effect that the natural

Blue Bar, The Berkeley

hand may have, I embrace it to capture an artisan’s work in time and place. I often seek out local craftspeople to supply materials, but then challenge their application – stone can be carved to form sensual ripples in Doha, timber wire brushed and hand-chiselled in South Africa, straw marquetry dyed in saturated colour in Thailand, joinery wrapped in carbon fibre in Macau. In a hospitality environment, materials need to suit their end use and be suitably robust or have longevity that surpasses expectations. Along with the provenance of the materials and their production methods, sustainability is undeniably a key factor in determining what the studio now specifies. We test, challenge, enquire and push the strength and beauty of our materials, and our curiosity leads us to capture unique moments – whether that be applying the faintest of iridescent mica dust to achieve the perfect blue tone of gesso in The Blue Bar, lining a traditional panelled room in Scottish cashmere at the American Bar in Gleneagles, or laying a peach pip floor encased in resin at Delaire Graff Estate – a centuries-old, almost forgotten Cape Dutch technique captured in the hotel’s entrance.

The American Bar, Gleneagles



“Like a great painting, it hits you in the face and declares itself unequivocally, stating an identity and revelling in it”

Sam Wood Front of house

WAKING UP TO COLOUR I used to think colour was frivolous. I used to think blue was for boys and pink was for girls. I used to think that colour didn’t matter, that it was window dressing. I used to look down on window dressing … David Collins Studio woke me up. In art school I had no regard for colour. My world was muted, and I rarely reared my chalky wee head above sepia or, at most, shock horror, umber. I held up the murky paintings of Anselm Kiefer as altarpieces and would fawn over Ansel Adams’ monotone genius for American landscape photography. I idolised William Kentridge’s histrionic South African charcoal narratives, and always lusted after a dark cerebral seriousness. I simply could not get on board with colour – it wasn’t serious, it was a distraction, a decoration. I sat in this mode for several years after art school, having decided the ‘art thing’ was no longer for me, and as I meandered through the world of hospitality, working at The Club at The Ivy, Bob Bob Ricard and then Chiltern Firehouse, I began to look at things again, and it was colour that brought me back.

The American Bar, Gleneagles

Someone once took me to the Blue Bar at The Berkeley, towards the end of the monotone years. I had never been before, and it was transformative. It shouldn’t work, it should be gratuitous, it should be gauche, but it’s not, I thought to myself. Like a great painting, it hits you in the face and declares itself unequivocally, stating an identity and revelling in it. This is what David Collins Studio does with colour – they celebrate it. Another David Collins Studio project I adore is The Wolseley, and before you pipe up with “black isn’t a colour!”, let me finish. The space is filled with light, which changes constantly, from the luminosity of blue in the morning over your Eggs Benedict, to the warmth of candlelight and the great grand chandeliers at dinner. Colour and light are inseparable, and the studio understands this innately – so what did they do? They let it speak, they give you surfaces that celebrate it in every corner, from the rounded lacquer of a pillar to the clarity of glass and the warmth of that unmistakable marble I can never remember the name of. Colour is about feeling, it is about innate understanding, it defies gender and class and fashion and it makes icons – something David Collins Studio has been doing since 1985.

The Artesian Bar, The Langham

Blue Bar, The Berkeley


“It certainly does not appear to be all doom and gloom for the luxury hotel industry”

Jennifer Mainwaring Business development manager

THE NEW NORMAL OF NEW BUSINESS In March, whilst I was coming to terms with a ‘new normal’ and walking home with my laptop and the contents of my office drawers, if you had told me that by October David Collins Studio would be working on newly won hotel projects in three different countries, I definitely wouldn’t have believed you! At the same time, neither would I have predicted that we would still be sitting at home this close to Christmas, following a second national lockdown. It is a testament to the strength of the hotel industry that during the summer months, hotel prospects dominated our new business project pipeline – a situation completely at odds with the devastating occupancy rates of operational hotels around the world. When we asked our network of hotels and operators the difficult question “how do you see the future for luxury hotels?”, their

The Carriage House, Adare Manor

responses were full of optimism and reassurance: “We see this as just a blip!” “Hospitality itself has slowed down,but not our future developments. We are working crazy hours!” “I have a drawer full of deals waiting to be signed.” “My investors are just waiting to pounce on the next opportunity!” Suffice to say, it certainly does not appear to be all doom and gloom for the luxury hotel industry. The future does (eventually) look bright, albeit with recovery predicted at different rates in different countries. In this, our studio is fortunate to benefit from a global presence and operational experience around the world. We look forward to the day that all of our clients, wherever they are located, are once again looking to develop exciting new hotel concepts. All we can focus on currently is client service, from the moment we take that first enquiry, through the lifecycle of a project, and hope that this stands us in good stead for future work.

Lime Wood, Hampshire


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Swire Hotels As we move into a new year, Can Faik talks exclusively to Swire Hotels’ leadership team about their recent role transition and plans for the future … Swire Hotels is a group of individual hotel brands which set out to craft extraordinary hospitality experiences for its guests. The two brands, The House Collective and EAST, are found all over the world, with The Upper House in Hong Kong, The Opposite House

in Beijing, The Temple House in Chengdu, The Middle House in Shanghai, and EAST in Hong Kong, Beijing and Miami. Each of these hotels is unique, yet united by a shared appreciation for aesthetics and service excellence.

The Temple House


“It is a well-documented trend that people are increasingly seeking luxury experiences rather than purchasing luxury goods”

Toby Smith Deputy chairman

It’s a difficult time for the hospitality industry. What do you think will be the hospitality sector’s biggest challenge, post-Covid? In the short-term, predicting new consumer behaviours, patterns and expectations will be a challenge for us all – the rulebook has been thrown out the window and everyone’s experience of this pandemic has been different. I believe that by continuing to place people at the heart of what we do, we’ll thrive in this new and evolving consumer landscape. How is Swire Hotels planning to hit the ground running again in the coming months? Do you have any new project ideas in the pipeline? Our properties in mainland China are already experiencing very strong occupancy levels, in some cases ahead of the same time last year. Of course, this is driven by the domestic market, so in markets like Hong Kong where there is a very limited domestic market, we need to wait until international borders have reopened. However, we are confident that, once this happens, we will see a strong surge in demand. In the meantime, we are stimulating local demand with attractive packages – for example, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of EAST Hong Kong, through the renovation of its restaurant, FEAST (Food by East), and addition of Domain.


Do you think there is a difference in tone and texture between ideas of hospitality in the Far East and the West? Swire Hotels strives to offer service which is not only of the highest quality, but which is also ‘unscripted’. That is to say, hospitality that it is the antithesis of the soulless, formulaic and standardised service prevalent in so many hotels around the world, whether they be in the west or in Asia. What role does Europe and the Middle East play in Swire Hotels’ international growth? Europe and the Middle East are both key source markets for our existing properties in Hong Kong, China and the US, and will also have a key role to play as we expand into new markets. How do you think people’s expectations of luxury hotels are changing? It is a well-documented trend that people are increasingly seeking luxury experiences rather than purchasing luxury goods. Hotels definitely have a role to play in providing these experiences, by creating connections to the surroundings in which the guests find themselves. Whether it be with design, service, food or wellness, people want to be surprised, delighted and even intrigued.

The Middle House


The Opposite House

For example, The Upper House hosted CAHAYA classes by Janith Chang to empower participants to discover their inner strength and embrace self-love and acceptance – a holistic approach to wellbeing that was supported with a REVIV pop-up at the House, which offered IV hydration and booster shots designed to replenish and restore hydration levels and detoxify the body. As a complement to these wellness initiatives, Café Gray Deluxe prepared a menu of nutritious meals, serving up a dose of zen on a plate. As Swire Hotels has just celebrated its 10-year anniversary, can you talk about where you hope the company will be at its 20th? As we grow our international network, I hope that Swire Hotels will still be recognised for offering some of the best hospitality service that can be found anywhere in the world. Fundamentally, we believe in quality over quantity, and we will only grow as fast as we are able to maintain the exceptional standards which we set ourselves, and which are expected of us by our guests. If you could go back in time 10 years, what piece of advice you would give yourself? Don’t bet on the races! How do you think the influence of new technology affects the luxury traveller? And in the future? Technology has had a huge impact on our lives over the past 20 years and will continue to do so. In the context of Covid-19 and the rise of remote working, it’s likely that the luxury traveller will ‘work from hotel’ more often than before, therefore improving technology in hotels will become increasingly important. And, as operating margins and returns to owners come under increasing pressure, hotel companies will need to make full use of technology in both

the back- and front-of-house. However, our guests frequently remind us how much they love the social and human interactions they have at our hotels, and so it is critical that we adopt technology in a way which protects this. What does this mean for the future of hospitality? Human beings crave connection, and although it sometimes feels like technology is taking over our lives, hospitality will always find a way back to its roots – people. Swire Hotels’ people-centric approach, whether that be with our own team members or our guests, will see it in good stead for the recovery of the hospitality business. Tell me something exclusive which we can expect from Swire Hotels in the coming years – maybe a new opening? We have a number of deals in the pipeline, both for The House Collective and EAST. Unfortunately, I’m not able to go into details at this time! What would be your dream hotel project? The House Collective is famed for its distinctive, ultra-luxury urban properties. One day, it would be fun to do the ultimate Beach House! Lastly, share some good news! Have you done anything to stay busy in these crazy times? Although it has been frustrating not being able to travel freely, either for business or to see family and friends, Hong Kong is not a bad place to be stuck. In addition to the incredible diversity of restaurants and bars (which thankfully have remained mostly open during this Covid crisis), Hong Kong offers fabulous hiking across its numerous hills, and also wonderful outlying islands to explore.



“Design is an intrinsic element of Swire Hotels and its brands”

Dean Winter Managing director

It’s a difficult time for the hospitality industry. What do you think will be the sector’s biggest challenge, post-Covid? It has been challenging for everyone navigating the current climate, and the hospitality industry is among the hardest hit. I think the biggest challenge will be adapting to this new normal. Guests expect there to be measures in place to uphold first-rate hygiene, so we are looking to find creative ways to do this without hindering the guest experience. What do you think will be the biggest change in how you do your job post-Covid-19? I honestly don’t think that it will change that much. Assuming I can travel, things should be pretty much the same. What services can you offer guests with the limited interaction these times demand? Our restaurants have already been arranged to keep tables a certain distance apart, and welcome limited capacity of diners to allow social distancing. The relationship between Swire Hotels and our

The Upper House

guests have always been centred around trust – we are dedicated to providing the best for our guests, and will continue to uphold our standard of service moving forward from this pandemic. What’s one unexpected shift you’ve seen in guest expectations or demands in the last five years? I think the speed at which technology has integrated into all aspects of daily life has led to a demand for faster WiFi and an expectation for the latest technology available. There has also been a rise in the search for authentic experiences in both the services and experiences offered. What is the biggest challenge you’re facing to improve the guest experience today? The biggest challenge is trying to create connection right now, in a socially distanced world. We pride ourselves on our guest experience, which has always been personalised and hands-on – however, with new restrictions in place, we have had to rethink the way we do things.

The Temple House


The Middle House

How important is interior design within your hotels? Design is an intrinsic element of Swire Hotels and its brands. The four properties within The House Collective each have their own unique personalities, envisaged by a different designer, to reflect the soul of the destination they are located in. The Temple House celebrates its historic architecture in Chengdu and blends this with contemporary design to create a seamless guest experience. The House’s entrance is set in an exquisitely restored 100-year-old Chinese courtyard building, first built in the Qing Dynasty, yet we house all modern comforts and amenities – including an incredible spa – within our walls. Have you noticed any particular trends in interior design? Of course, sustainability is particularly important in design right now – whether that be using furniture crafted from upcycled materials, incorporating greenery into spaces, or taking inspiration from the environment by using natural and earthy tones – and it’s something we have honoured from inception. Also, creating spaces that are engaging with the guests’ lives at different times in their day, seamlessly adapting to their needs and desires. Examples of this would be the Domain spaces at our EAST hotels, which function as cafés, meeting spaces, co-working zones and early-evening bars, as well as Union at The Opposite House, which is a beautiful modern-day salon and cocktail bar influenced by potter Lucie Rie’s modernist studio.

What are the key components of luxury and luxury design? I think the key components are distinctiveness, authenticity and freedom – allowing our team members to bring human warmth and connection to the experience and allowing guests to feel as though they are home. The House Collective name means valued people and places – personalised service, inspiring journeys, craftmanship and design – while celebrating the individuality at the heart of each House. If you could go back in time 10 years, what piece of advice you would give yourself? If I could go back in time, I would definitely tell myself to prepare for the growth in the high-end Chinese mainland businesses. What would be your dream hotel project? My dream hotel project would be to create and build a completely carbon-neutral hotel. Lastly, share some good news! Have you done anything to stay busy in these crazy times? At EAST Hong Kong, we have renovated the restaurant FEAST (Food by East) and added Domain, a café co-working space, as well as updated the rooms. We also have plans for more renovation projects in 2021 which we have started to prepare for – lots to look forward to!



“We have invested heavily in our teams who are, without doubt, our greatest asset.”

Brian Williams Senior advisor It’s a difficult time for the hospitality industry. What do you think will be the hospitality sector’s biggest challenge, post-Covid? Staying solvent will be a challenge for some unless they are well funded. Equally, keeping our professional and hardworking employees. We have invested heavily in our teams who are, without doubt, our greatest asset. We need to find a way of keeping as many possible, and I believe that a full recovery will come when borders have been completely reopened. Most countries’ hospitality cannot survive on staycations alone. How do you think people’s expectations of luxury hotels are changing? The modern traveller is looking for more ‘experience’ in their travels. That may include wellness, adventure, culture, charity, and of course culinary. Also, less waste and unnecessary luxury, and more sustainability. Do you think there is a difference in tone and texture between ideas of hospitality in the Far East and the West? Not really. I have worked on four continents for over 40

The Temple House

years and have been intrigued that the problems, challenges, enjoyment, reward, etc, are quite similar (for the hotel industry), notwithstanding the country you are working in. Some of the differences may lie in local regulation (labour laws, liquor policies, etc), but effectively the business models are similar. If you could go back in time 10 years, what piece of advice you would give yourself? At Swire Hotels we adopted a more current trend in luxury hotels, so it seems we were on the right path as our clients have responded well to our brands. It is hard to say what we should have done differently, but I would say that we can always do more for sustainability and food wastage. Lastly, share some good news! Have you done anything to stay busy in these crazy times? Before the lockdown, I was back in Europe and I walked 100km of the Camino de Santiago de Campostella in Northern Spain, which was usually crowded with pilgrims. But this time we had the trail to ourselves, and my recently replaced knees didn’t let me down!

The Middle House




Stephen McCall CEO, edyn What does it take to steer premium brands through the hospitality market for over two decades? Can Faik talks to Stephen McCall, CEO, edyn, to find out … edyn has been an industry pioneer in extended-stay living for over 20 years. The group has built an extensive range of serviced apartments and aparthotels across four brands including Locke, SACO, The Wittenberg and The Moorgate, alongside a wider partner network, developing a global supply chain of over 80,000 apartments in 260 key locations. edyn is founded on a philosophy that travel should be a rich journey of discovery, rewarding curiosity with knowledge and inspiration, whether travelling for business or leisure. What was your background prior to working for Locke? Given that I wax lyrical about edyn’s mission to create soulful experiences, it might come as a surprise that I started my career as a chartered accountant. But whether in finance, operations or as CEO, my whole working life has been in hospitality, and it’s really the sector that I am most passionate about. I spent most of my recent career at IHG, where I held various roles across several continents – closing my time with the company as European COO. That is when I started searching beyond big brands and sharp suits, looking for something closer to my soul, an environment where you could drop the whole corporate persona. This was my road to edyn. What is edyn, and how does Locke fit into it? edyn is Locke’s parent company, which also umbrellas SACO, The Moorgate and Wittenberg brands. At the core of edyn is a longing to create genuinely soulful hospitality. This filters through to Locke’s vision to provide rich and rewarding travel experiences that avoid the conventions and tropes that have become synonymous with big-brand hotels. All of our properties at edyn offer fully equipped apartments, and across the portfolio we give guests the flexibility to stay for one night or one month, which appeals to both business and leisure travellers.

We launched Locke, our youngest brand, with Leman Locke in East London in 2016. Since then, we have continued to build and refine the brand, which is becoming increasingly recognisable for its focus on forward-thinking design, locally led programming, and exceptional food and drink concepts conceived and operated by local industry leaders. What does your current position involve? edyn is expanding rapidly across Europe at present. We have seven new Locke locations opening in the next 12 months across the UK, Ireland and Germany, with more acquisitions in the pipeline and under development. We are also finalising an exciting transformation and growth plan for SACO. While much of my time is obviously spent immersed in these ambitious growth plans, I am consumed by the awareness that scale is often the enemy of distinctiveness. This means we have to find ways to grow rapidly and efficiently which do not strip the creativity and vitality from our ways of working. We have a very capable, inspiring team at edyn, and it’s my job to make sure we build an environment where they can thrive, in an atmosphere of openness and energy. I ask a lot from the team, so I take this responsibility seriously. What do you love most about what you do? Again, it comes back to the people and the often-overlooked joy of connection and collaboration. Every day I’m surprised, inspired and a little bit in awe of the creativity, talent and sheer resilience that the edyn team has exhibited over the past year. I am also

“Beautiful design is an obsession at edyn”



incredibly grateful to work in a business where beauty, sensory experiences and nourishing the soul are not seen as frivolous pursuits. It’s a difficult time for the hospitality industry. What do you think will be the sector’s biggest challenge, post-Covid? Like all hospitality companies, we are very clear on the importance of hygiene and safety for our guests and colleagues. However, this will quickly become table-stakes across the industry, and I think it would be a mistake for us to make this our central brand message. At edyn we have come to terms with the fact that we will have to deal with the impact of this virus for some time to come, and we believe that many travellers will continue to seek brands who can offer a degree of vibrancy and emotion in an increasingly sterile and cautious world. We are always adapting to accommodate changing traveller needs and habits, to find new ways they can experience our apartments. Our mission is to reshape hospitality, continuing to develop innovative concepts, using extensive research and feedback from our customers. What is the impact of the coronavirus on the edyn group and its Locke properties? The travel industry has been hugely impacted from the very beginning of the pandemic, and it has been hard to see our industry so profoundly affected. It has been tough for all of us, but at edyn we have been lucky to benefit from the resilience and adaptability of our business model and the financial strength and long-term horizon of our investors. This fortunate position allowed us to launch Bermonds Locke in Bermondsey this September, when very few hotels were opening.

Bermonds Locke

Occupancy rates have exceeded expectations, and our innovative home-meets-hotel concept feels more relevant than ever. The extended-stay sector has performed comparatively well, and we see this continuing into recovery and beyond. Name one unexpected shift you’ve seen in guest expectations or demand in the last five to ten years … The last decade has seen travellers looking beyond the familiarity and security of global hotel brands, in a search for more meaningful and authentic experiences – memories made, stories to tell and a genuine feeling of having ‘travelled’. More than ever, guests value destinations and hotels that offer something distinctive and inspiring. At Locke, our house hosts are chosen for their local knowledge and natural approach to customer service – there is no ‘script’. We also focus on locally led programming and partnerships with small local businesses, which is something that the more sophisticated travellers are increasingly demanding. What role does Europe play in Locke’s international growth? We are set to open Zanzibar Locke in Dublin in December, which will be our first Locke outside of the UK, closely followed by a second in Dublin (Beckett Locke), two in Munich (Schwan Locke, opening March 2021, and WunderLocke, opening May 2021). Beyond next year, we are taking Locke to Berlin, Lisbon and Copenhagen – with other key gateway European cities in the pipeline. We’ve set our sights on the most exciting cities with burgeoning tech and creative scenes, each with a high demand from guests who seek the freedom and autonomy of home, combined with the experiential elements you’d find in a boutique hotel.


Leman Locke

“edyn is expanding rapidly across Europe at present” Other than Locke’s expansion, what is happening in terms of growth for the edyn group in the next two years? We’re currently laying foundations for the next evolution of SACO, which was first established almost two decades ago. The resilience of the extended stay sector throughout the coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated traveller demand for apartmentstyle living, and we’re excited about what this new iteration of our reliable serviced apartment brand will bring. Eden Locke

What is the biggest challenge you’re facing to improve the guest experience today? We are constantly fine-tuning the balance at our properties of providing guests with the autonomy to have a meaningful, interesting and affordable experience whilst also ensuring that all of their needs and requirements for their stay are there. Our hotel teams are obsessed with creating the same sense of relaxed freedom you feel at home or in the house of a good friend.

purchase the essentials during their stay with us. Alternatively, they can pre-order recipe boxes serving up delicious recipes that can be cooked in their room using our fully fitted kitchens. Ultimately, we’re social beings, and we’ve found that guests are generally craving interaction and some level of normality.

What services can you offer guests, given the limited interaction permitted during these times? The beauty of staying at a Locke means that you can hang out in our social spaces, or if you want to withdraw and hunker down in your studio apartment, that’s cool too. For guests who feel more comfortable with less interaction, we have ticked all the ‘new normal’ expectations such as contactless check-in and checkout and no-contact cleans, and have also stepped up cleaning measures. We’ve also introduced artisan grocers to our food and beverage spaces in London and Manchester so guests can

How important is interior design within your properties? Beautiful design is an obsession at edyn, and particularly for Locke. Unlike a lot of lifestyle hospitality brands, we made a conscious decision not to have an in-house design team. Instead, we prefer to work with up-and-coming designers – such as Holloway Li, who designed our latest opening, Bermonds Locke, and Red Deer, who are leading on our forthcoming opening in Dalston, Kingsland Locke. We want each Locke to have a different experience – when we brief a new designer, we ask them to go to the location and explore how they feel when they’re there – and manifest that.



Locke at Broken Wharf


Have you noticed any particular trends in interior design? We have noticed the importance of using sustainable and repurposed material as a design feature. Our most recent London launch of Bermonds Locke was designed in collaboration with London-based design studio Holloway Li, who incorporated many upcycled materials into the public and studio spaces, such as repurposed concrete rebar and testing tubes. What are the key components of design in Locke Hotels? I like to describe Locke as a centralised concept with a decentralised design. Locke’s hallmarks run through every location we create: co-working spaces open for all to use; studio apartments complete with fully fitted kitchens and living spaces; and an experience deeply rooted in the locality. However, we make a point of ensuring that each Locke looks and feels distinct – both from other lifestyle hotels and from other Lockes. You might prefer the design of one much more than the next. And we’re cool with that – we try to make sure every Locke has a point of view, from design to brand programming, right down to the soundtrack. How do you think people’s expectations of hotels are changing? The travel industry has changed a lot in the digital age. We all have different tastes and styles, and people are increasingly looking to live by their own rules when they travel. In the past, hotels have traditionally offered very structured, replicated experiences. There is still a place for this, but clearly an increasing number of travellers are seeking more. All of the most innovative and provocative brands in the hotel industry are helping to shape the tastes and expectations of modern travellers.

Whitworth Locke

What does this mean for the future of hospitality? Hotels will continue to sit at the centre of the travel industry, but I think they will become far more democratic in the way in which they accommodate guest preferences, as opposed to dictating them. Looking ahead to Kingsland Locke, what was the inspiration there? Continuing Locke’s refreshing design approach, the interiors of Kingsland Locke have been conceived by East London-based studio Red Deer, who have taken inspiration from the vibrant colours and scenes of the surrounding Dalston neighbourhood. This can be seen in the hallways, which feature vibrant peachy pinks against rough raw renders, whilst the rooms have been designed with a more muted palette, using raw textures and subtle tones to encourage rest and relaxation. Synonymous with the wider Locke brand, all studios will feature fully equipped kitchens complete with high-spec appliances, as well as custom-made green-velvet sofas and living spaces. As with all our Lockes, heavy planting is being incorporated throughout the property. For Kingsland, the entrance lands to mimic that of a florist, whilst a large bar is situated on the ground floor to encourage guests to drink and dine around one focal destination. The lower ground floor also features a large atrium space which is naturally lit. An array of lush planting is suspended within this space to create a relaxing ambience by day. By night, a DJ booth and communal tables provide a backdrop for revelry, which is further encouraged by two party rooms which open directly into this space.



What plans and aspirations do you have for Locke? Since we launched, Locke has tried hard to follow its own path based on the principles on which the brand was founded, rather than an attempt to be ‘different for the sake of it’. However, the brand is young, and we continue to refine and evolve the hybrid concept and its wrappings as we grow. There is some merit in being a bit haphazard about this – we don’t want our hotels to feel too manufactured or programmed. What’s next for the Locke brand? We will be growing the brand significantly across Europe over the next few years, and so much of our focus is on ‘internationalising’ Locke and ensuring we keep it relevant to these new neighbourhoods. It’s the local partnerships we establish which give Locke its depth, and a lot of our time up-front is spent establishing these relationships. Tell me something exclusive we can expect from Locke in the coming years … The pandemic has brought about an explosion of creativity among the team, and nothing is off-limits. Each property will be an experiment to a certain extent, responding to the local area. WunderLocke in Munich next May, for example, will push the limits of what we’ve done before. It will feature 360 of our signature studio apartments, a co-working area, meeting and event spaces, workout studio and outdoor heated swimming pool, as well as four food and drink outlets including an urban farm that will supply a farm-to-table concept, and rooftop cocktail bar with panoramic views of the Bavarian Alps. Quite a journey from our humble beginnings?

“We have noticed the importance of using sustainable and repurposed material as a design feature” What would your dream hotel project be? I’m a huge fan of the mid-century modern design aesthetic, I am something of an amateur whisky connoisseur, and I love techno. It would be amazing to combine these three passions into a single hotel project, although realistically I might be the only guest. What would you say are the three best places you’ve ever stayed? For sheer other-worldliness, a ryokan in Hakone outside Tokyo. For location and atmosphere, maybe Ca Maria Adele in Venice. For lifetime memories, a desert tent in the Empty Quarter in Oman. But so much of experience is linked to the context of the trip – it’s rarely ever ‘just’ about the place. Lastly, share some good news! Have you done anything to stay busy in these crazy times? I have never been busier, but I have made a conscious choice recently to limit my news and social media consumption, both of which feel relentlessly accusatory and negative these days. I think staying balanced and optimistic needs to come from within in these difficult times.

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Justin Wells Founder and CEO, Wells International Hospitality Interiors’ Can Faik speaks exclusively to Justin Wells, the creative vision behind Wells International… Wells International is a new hospitality design company founded by architect/designer Justin Wells. The fast-growing practice is based in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, with a team of over 30 architects, designers, high-level industry consultants and hospitality specialists located around the world, from London and Lyon to Bangkok and Dubai. The company is entirely focused on hospitality projects, with four areas of expertise – hotel design, F&B design, spa and wellness, and boutique collections. Please could you begin by telling us a little about yourself? I was 12 when I first discovered the allure of hospitality. The then Regent of Fiji imposed a lifelong impression on me of how magically a resort transforms from day to night – dramatic and mysterious lighting and shadows were quite transformational for me. I was hooked … Today, my story continues on a perpetual journey. Having left my native Australia nearly seven years ago, bound for Dubai, the world’s newest global city, I was excited to expand the hospitality portfolio I already possessed, in a city renowned as the fastest man-made event in Earth’s history. Having designed hospitality projects across Australasia, South East Asia, the Middle East and Europe, these regions continue to be my focus for hospitality design. I enjoyed my former executive roles, having worked with HBA, Woods Bagot and dwp – however, like in showbusiness, timing is everything. The time was certainly right to launch Wells International – Global Hospitality Design Consultants. Recently, I was told I was brave to create a new company at this time – my response was simple. In this market, we can be more competitive with the hospitality giants than ever before. Clients are embracing remote-connectedness and unburdening themselves of the enormous overheads that comes with the larger design houses – it’s an enviable position in a time of uncertainty. I told the gentleman, “it’s not brave, rather, it’s smart.”

Describe your style … It would be wrong to suggest we have an aesthetic language, but we do care deeply about how we work, the process of investigation, the manner in which we understand social and historical fabrics of place and context, cultural cultivating, and the method of gazing forward to how a space will be ‘Instagrammed’. We look for the big idea early, and how the world will remember the building – then we research. Our process of design mirrors the components of theatre – namely, a script, scene, actors and audience. We use these elements in our process of design ideation. We seek to move people when they go to our projects. In theatre, you are taken away in the moment, and your focus can be emotive, aspirational, decadent or exquisite, but ultimately it resonates – this is our style. With so many hospitality designers in the industry, how does Wells International stand out? Wells International represents future design thinking for the hospitality industry. We are a company founded on the positive potentials that have been created from the pandemic. Borderless design, agility and scalability, office-optional, lean processes and specialising, above anything else – be talented. We tell our clients that we approach their projects as you would select a suit. We don’t do ‘off the rack’. Our team is fitted to the projects’ needs. We select the designers that will provide the best result for the project, client and operator.

“Wells International represents future design thinking for the hospitality industry”



It’s a difficult time for the hospitality industry. What do you think will be the sector’s biggest challenge, post-Covid? Mobility is clearly an inhibitor of travel choice and freedom. People create some of their greatest memories when travelling, and if open sky travel remains limited or even truncated for choice, this will significantly slow down the recovery of the hospitality industry. Consider places that are founded on destination travel – ‘journey’s ends’, where people are ‘experience collectors’. If we cannot get to the places we seek, it will take some time for the whole industry to recover. Simply, we need to open up the skies to flying, with the same freedoms that existed prior to the pandemic. How can design be used to manage the guest’s expectations of the hotel experience? We design for people ultimately, and how people experience hotels will always vary from guest to guest – but we do consider how best to elevate design to enhance each guest’s experience. I think it’s worth highlighting that in luxury, the guest requirements differ to premium brands and select service. We also see the different guest needs within the luxury segment adding further complexity – barefoot luxury, approachable luxury, classic luxury and distinctive luxury, in different ways, demand different expectations of the guest. Ultimately, we are moving towards ‘hyper-personalisation’. Turning to the topic of authenticity of experience, how do you approach each project? For every project there is a new story to tell. We always start at the beginning of a process and consider the ‘big idea’ – we research context, social fabric and historical references, and then once all of this information is collected, we start to develop spaces that are informed by this research. Authenticity is really a summation of suggesting that the touchpoints a guest experiences are ‘real’,

Aloft Hotel Deira City Center Dubai

grounded in the right light or reason, and provide something that is meaningful for its purpose, and not superficial in its ambitions. I would think most designers seek to deliver design that portrays authenticity. We certainly are of the belief that people should be able to take something meaningful away from our designs. Do designers think about loyalty when they design a hotel, or is it just an operator’s concern? Brands create loyalty through legacy, quality, segmentation, ethos and philosophy, or scarcity – and all are bigger than the designer’s direct impact upon loyalty creation. However, designers do consider the touchpoints and guidelines that derive the parts of guest loyalty.

Gran Melia Hotel North Jeddah Saudi Arabia


Westin Hotel Yoma Myanmar

Social media (especially Instagram) is becoming an increasingly important marketing tool for hotels. What are your thoughts on this, and do you take it into account when designing spaces? Well, I see Instagram as being the ‘foundation-need’ for hospitality when social media is being discussed. If you’re not on Instagram as a hotel, you are diminishing your hotel’s potential to be portrayed in a light that has been set for others to shine. Simply, Instagram is the medium for which we seek to be inspired, and the target images are the life goals we seek when determining how we want to experience our future lifestyle. What particular trends have you noticed in hotel interior design? Hotels are moving to change, and moving fast. Wholesale changes in design approach and guest offerings are not really what I have noticed, but I would say there is some fantastic reimagining of spaces and needs coming through from brands, which have been the responses needed due to the impact on the industry and lack of borderless travel. Some examples are as follows: Lobby revival The lobby was for many years seen as the active, social space for which legendary stories were created and where the energy of the hotel was manifested. Inspired by the neighbourhood, the lobby sought to bring experiences of the area into the belly of the building, and to provide an attractiveness for the user to stay and socially gather. I believe the lobby created a ‘pull effect’ inwardly from the neighbourhood. However, there is now change due to the pandemic. I see that hotels are now becoming a more hygienically

Crowne Plaza Hotel Business Bay Dubai

W Hotel Abu Dhabi



Hard Rock Hotel Dubai


Time Royal Design Hotel Dubai

desirable solution in the neighbourhood’s urban fabric. Frequenting lobbies are now a safer option is some locations, due to exemplary service regimes, cleanliness and reliability – business travellers preferring to stay in rather than explore, and people seeking to make their journeys more risk averse by using the lobby as the desired location to meet and mingle. The pandemic has created a ‘push’ back to the lobby. I believe the lobby is more a cornerstone of the neighbourhood, rather than the launchpad, as was its former function.

“I would think most designers seek to deliver design that portrays authenticity”

Guest rooms Empty rooms require rethinking. We have seen inventive approaches for room uses which have been underutilised, such as the creation of swing spaces for interconnecting rooms, allowing the temporary set-up of flexible working spaces for a long-stay, long-work arrangement. This has been particularly a result of quarantining requirements to isolate, and the requirements of slower mobility between travel destinations for business travellers. It also has created a submarket of WeWork-style flexibile working spaces – a need generated out of work-from-home or start-up enterprises, resulting from the economic downturn. The guest room of the future is the space between – work, home, business, lounge and gym. Do you think there is a difference in tone and texture between ideas of hospitality in the Middle East and Europe? Most definitely! There is a vast distinction between these regions when considering textures and tone/colour. Consider the initial obvious climatic differences, where Europe has seasons and a cold-to-temperate climate. We see tone follow seasonality, with sub-regions such as the Mediterranean’s brightness of light hitting azure ocean or stone of building, versus the subtlety of the soft light inspiration of Nordic and Northern European sub-regions, which have a softer tonal palette, often contrasting against blacks

Limes Hotel Fortitude Valley



and contrasting elements. We see the softness mirroring the misty light often seen in the North. Textures are refined, often delicate, but equally juxtaposed with variation and technological influences. European textures take cues from cultural influences of sub-region and country, and can be strongly seasonal and trend-seeking. The Middle East exists under different constructs – neverending hot sun, bright light, desert tones as far as the eye can see, with punctuations of tonal variety to some elements of interiors. There has always been a love affair with tonal and colour variety in some materials – rugs, fabrics, cushions, etc, plus interior architecture (decorated doors, walls, antiquities, etc). We appreciate that often the use of scarce raw material dictates tonal variation in this region, and a culture founded on trade has seen the implementation of beautiful variations in tone and texture as an announcement of status. The use of hand in artisanal craft inspires a style of texture with a beauty of rawness. Textures of the Middle East speak more of permanence, culture and process than of trend. Can you tell us about anything exciting you’re working on? In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia there is At-Turaif, the birthplace of the House of Saud in Riyadh. This site is UNESCO World Heritagelisted. Wells International has the privilege to be designing the experience centre as part of the larger development. This is moving fast, and our sizeable team are creating something quite special for this discerning client. Our team is very excited by this project. What’s next for you and Wells International? Taking a breath and enjoying the fresh air. The world of hospitality has changed, and it’s not all bad. I am enjoying the relationships I

Meraas Boutique Dubai

“The world of hospitality has changed, and it’s not all bad” have with clients and operators in Europe, Middle East and South East Asia. I am fortunate to have such a network, and I have been humbled by the unbelievably positive sentiment received regarding the creation of Wells International. Q4 and Q1/2021 is a busy time, but Wells International is looking forward to kicking off a few projects in Eastern Europe and Thailand shortly. Our focus is to consolidate our regions of design influence and deliver on these projects. London is a focus, as with the Indian Ocean. Much investment in these regions comes from the Middle East. What would be your dream hotel project? Is it even possible to consider just one project as a dream hotel project? Perhaps a palace conversion in an historic building in France, a fort conversion in a remote destination in Asia, a luxury resort on an island location in French Polynesia, or a conversion of a warehouse in New York to create a new luxury urban brand hotel? They’d all be a nice start for 2021 … Tell us something surprising about Justin Wells that people may not know? I’m a dreamer, emotionally connected, and an entertainer of sorts. Therefore, I would be best summarised as an ‘imaginist’.

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Stephen Albert Director of architecture, London, SB Architects Can Faik talks exclusively to SB Architects’ Stephen Albert about his new role, and his 25 years of experience in the architecture and design world … SB Architects’ goal is to design soulful and inspiring destinations that connect people to place, elevate the human experience, strengthen the spirit of community and simply exceed expectations. Tell me about your role at SB Architects? I have been tasked to lead SB Architects’ presence in London with the growth of portfolio projects primarily in Europe and the Middle East. How long have you been involved in hotel design? I have over 25 years’ experience designing resorts and hotels. I began as a young project architect designing hospitality projects from London, before spending five years in Hawaii covering Asia and the Pacific. Following my time in Hawaii, I moved to Asia and supported projects in India as well as South East Asia, before returning to London earlier this year. How and why did you get into the architecture industry? I’ve always been creative. When I was younger, I loved to draw, and picked up cartoon animation in my early teens, making short films. Architecture became a more academic pursuit to express this creativity. Hotel design performs well when it has a great narrative and unfolds like a story or a great movie.

What trends are you seeing in the industry? With the global pandemic ever-present in our collective mind, designing for space, health and wellbeing are integral. In many ways, the luxury hospitality market already allows for privacy, distancing, fresh air, and a sense of escape. As a designer, how important are brand values to you? Very important. As designers, we have to understand these values so they can be truly represented in the design. It’s a difficult time for the hospitality industry. What do you think will be the sector’s biggest challenge, post-Covid? Restoring guest confidence to return to their properties. Hoteliers have already implemented changes to reduce crowding and improve social distancing and general hygiene, etc, and these values will continue to evolve. But people love to travel, so I’m confident that they will return – the harder question is, how do they keep running until that happens? How is the current economic climate affecting the hotel design market, and has SB Architects felt the effects? Some projects have slowed, of course, but it’s interesting how many developers are looking ahead and continuing with confidence. After all, a typical hotel project takes at least three years to complete, so the smart move is to design now. As a

What three words would you use to describe your studio? Nimble, responsive, creative. From where do you draw your inspiration? It differs from project to project, but typically, I draw inspiration from the site, its history, the local community and culture and the owner’s vision for the project.

“Hotel design performs well when it has a great narrative and unfolds like a story or a great movie”



Grand Hyatt Limassol


design firm, it’s amazing how quickly we have adapted. Our team has worked from home through most of this year without loss of productivity. You could argue, with so little travel or commuting or office downtime, we have become more productive and efficient. I two hoteliers ask me the same question last night: “If you had a limited budget to spend on design, what areas would you focus on? Guestrooms? Public spaces? F&B? Spa?” Last year my answer would have been spending on great public areas, as guests love the amenities. But that’s all changed – now, guests want great accommodation with space and limited public interaction. You see this in the success and new popularity of longstay condotels. Grand Hyatt Limassol

Social media (especially Instagram) is becoming an increasingly important marketing tool for hotels. What are your thoughts on this development, and do you take it into account when designing spaces? Absolutely. The best recommendations are coming by way of social media. Guests do their online research, and visual seduction is enormous. So, creating these memorable photo moments are so significant. The challenge is how to make them individual, uniquely inviting, and timeless. Do you think there is a difference in tone and texture between ideas of hospitality in the Far East and the West? Of course. There are differences because culturally they exist and should be part of the experience. Why would a guest go to Singapore and want to feel like they are in Dallas? The best hotels embrace the destination – whether it’s a Singapore Sling at Raffles or a Rob Roy at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.

Grand Hyatt Limassol

“If a design is successful, the revenue will be too”




How high on the list is revenue creation for designers? It’s extremely rare to find an owner who is not thinking about this, and if an owner is thinking about this, then the designer has to. A designer should be thinking about the value the design will bring to a project to make it a success. If a design is successful, the revenue will be too. Do designers think about loyalty when they design a hotel, or is it just an operator’s concern? I don’t think it’s a matter of loyalty. A designer has a duty to deliver the very best to the owner and operator. Each project has its unique set of requirements that need to be delivered with excellence, in its own way. What has been your favourite project to date? I’ve been very lucky with so many special projects in astonishing and beautiful locations. If I had to pick one, it would have to be Laucala Island, a private island resort in the Fijian archipelago, completed prior to SB Architects, as it’s a true paradise on Earth.

“A designer has a duty to deliver the very best to the owner and operator”


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Jumeirah Carlton Tower Aaron Kaupp, Jumeirah regional vice president & general manager, The Carlton Tower, and Hamish Brown, partner, 1508 London, talk exclusively to Can Faik about the newly renovated Carlton Tower, following an all-encompassing 12-month renovation – the most extensive in its history.




“I was brought into the business by our CEO, José Silva, and he is an inspirational figure who is steering the brand through a phase of accelerated growth”

Aaron Kaupp Regional vice president & general manager What are the biggest challenges you will be facing with

The Carlton Tower will reopen this year after an impressive

reopening? I have been involved in large-scale openings before, and my learnings from those experiences have been incredibly useful – but, as it is for all, we are in uncharted territory. There have been many practical considerations that have affected our timeline of course, with construction slowing at times, supply chains affected and new safety protocols put in place on-site. I am fortunate to be supported by the leadership and teams at our head office, who are as passionate as I am about creating a truly world-class hotel, and their expertise and dedication has meant we have forged ahead despite the uncertainty and obstacles that have appeared.

transformation which has continued to maintain the location’s DNA. Tell us more about the relationship, and the role the owner of the property plays – what has Jumeirah’s approach been? Jumeirah’s approach has been singular from the outset of this project. As exemplified through the flagship hotel, Burj Al Arab, the brand has transformed the way that luxury is defined, and this will be exemplified at The Carlton Tower. We are acknowledged as an acclaimed luxury hospitality leader, operate 24 Jumeirah-branded properties (6747 keys) in eight countries, and employ more than 13,500 colleagues across 140 nationalities, and this wide scope and support is invaluable in the important project coming to fruition in London soon.




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I was brought into the business by our CEO, José Silva, and he is an inspirational figure who is steering the brand through a phase of accelerated growth. Jumeirah Group will continue to own properties and grow through acquisition, as well as hotel management agreements. The desire is to further develop the brand’s global presence and make a strong statement within the industry – and the allencompassing renovation of our London property, creating a European flagship, is testament to that ambition, and something I am very proud to be a part of. A little over £100m has been invested in this project, showcasing the brand’s commitment to the highest standards and their determination to maintain The Carlton Tower’s DNA while reinventing it at the same time.


Can you tell us about the renovation with which 1508 London was tasked? The right designer is crucial, and with today’s traveller becoming more and more sophisticated and further accustomed to being surrounded by impressive design throughout their working and private lives, this was something we knew we had to excel in. 1508 is acknowledged as a leader in that very crowded field, but most importantly the studio was founded on private residential projects and brings this perspective to bear on everything they do – and very much so in our hotel. The lessons absorbed from their work in designing private homes, and the understanding about how the world’s elite live their lives, filters up the creative ladder in their practice.



After all, many hotels will purport to be a ‘home away from home’, and this much-overused phrase is truly rather hard to justify. Who would be better than 1508, the company the world’s most successful individuals entrust to design their homes, to create their residence in London, The Carlton Tower? That location naturally plays an extremely important role in the overall feel of the hotel and the direction given regarding the renovation. Before our guests arrive, our address in Knightsbridge and our position overlooking the world-class shopping destination Sloane Street informs them that they will be staying in an important property of distinction, a prestigious London base. Once they have settled into their room or suite they will have the joy of stepping onto their balcony and surveying either the rooftops of Belgravia, the leafy expanse of Cadogan Gardens or even to the furthest reaches of the city on our higher floors – they will truly know and feel they have arrived in one of the world’s great cities. In turn, surveying inwards, be it the public spaces or their room, the guest will notice that the design draws on the modernist principles of the building and the garden square which it overlooks, enjoying our classic contemporary style that is softened by a material palette inspired by the gardens.

Do you worry about oversupply in the London market? In a word, no! London is one of the world’s great capitals, and while there are certainly plenty of excellent hotels here, I am confident oversupply is not yet an issue. Specifically to our project, the hotel’s location, our amazing reinvention and the significant investment attached, the sense of trust and understanding that comes with being part of Jumeirah and indeed our robust loyalty programme, Jumeirah One, will safeguard us in this respect. My last role was in Paris, where I do feel oversupply is an issue – in comparison, London still has more opportunity. What is your definition of an iconic hotel? The obvious components of a great hotel are a given – the best in design, the best in materials, and the staff and service can only be at the highest level. For me, to differentiate those with an iconic property there must be something almost intangible, beyond the heritage and history, that must be present to achieve this status of an icon. In iconic hotels there is a return to the basics of hospitality in its truest sense, establishing personal relationships with guests and visitors, with creative personalisation offering a genuinely authentic experience. Our guests at The Carlton Tower will, of

“The right designer is crucial, with today’s traveller becoming more and more sophisticated and further accustomed to being surrounded by impressive design”

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course, enjoy the most covetable bathroom amenities (ours are from that chicest of brands, Grown Alchemist) and the acres of fine marble they would expect, but they will also feel rooted in the heritage of the building and the city they are in. To what extent are Covid-19 safety and hygiene measures a primary criteria when booking your property? Is the fact that your hotel is newly refurbished a competitive advantage? We are lucky to be supported by our parent company in this regard, who have been at the forefront of work to ensure the safety of our guests and staff. One of our Dubai properties, Jumeirah Al Naseem, was the first hotel in the world to receive the prestigious Bureau Veritas Safeguard certification, with many

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more since. Bureau Veritas is a world leader in testing, inspection and certification services, and the group has worked closely with them, and we have taken full advantage of this expertise and early knowledge in our planning. First and foremost, the hotel will offer the impeccable service and experience for which Jumeirah is known and admired. Furthermore, safety and security around Covid-19 can only be looked upon as day-to-day and essential – we have been in this pandemic for many months now, so the correct standards and practices must be second nature. At the same time, the guest experience we offer cannot be sacrificed – we must offer the same sense of luxury, indulgence and magic that makes people return to grand hotels again and again (after all, we are not running a hospital). For example, while we had an opportunity to alter the design of our restaurant to make more efficient use of space in reference to social distancing, we chose not to – we will ensure the guidelines are followed in the space designed. We are creating a hotel for the ages, one that will outlive the virus, and as such have built it for this purpose. In practical terms, we will of course have thermal imaging cameras, the highest levels of cleaning and safety protocols, and our staff will adhere to Governmental and medical regulations on PPE, but this is only to be expected. With a very competitive luxury hotel market already in London, how do you feel The Carlton Tower will disrupt the scene? We have completely reinvented the hotel for a new generation of discerning guests, retaining what made The Carlton Tower so special but radically changing much of the building to ensure we offer everything today’s demanding global traveller would expect, and more. One of the key actions was to reduce the number of keys in the building to allow for more suites, and we have also created brand-new dining offerings that will resonate with our guests, both local and international.


Naturally, we are continuing to make the most of our iconic address on Sloane Street and being able to offer guests access to the verdant tranquillity of Cadogan Gardens, and I am confident that our panoramic views across the city are another advantage that sets us apart in this most crowded of marketplaces. With all the advantages that come with being part of an organisation as successful and innovative as Jumeirah, I have been able to put together an opening team of experts in their fields, as well as tapping the skill of our incredible build and design partners, BECK and 1508, both acknowledged as leaders in their fields, too. What is the secret behind maintaining desirability for your F&B offerings? Much of my career has been spent in France and Italy, so, as you can imagine, the culinary arts are a true passion of mine, personally as well as professionally. There is, frankly, no great secret when it comes to creating and maintaining desirability in this field – you must give the guest what they want! We know today that, more often than not, that is an offering that is both sophisticated and comfortable, informal but not casual.

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The hotel’s flagship restaurant will be called Al Mare – we are in the heart of vibrant Knightsbridge, so I knew we needed a restaurant that would stand up to and exceed what is already available in this prestigious neighbourhood. Al Mare, which translated from Italian means ‘at the sea’,


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will offer light and modern Mediterranean dishes alongside a carefully curated wine list and artisanal cocktails. The restaurant will take guests on a journey through Italy. We have tapped Italian native Marco Calenzo to be the hotel’s executive chef and Al Mare’s head chef. He joins us from Zuma, where he was executive chef, and prior to this Marco worked for Four Seasons Hotels internationally as well as the Lanesborough in London, so he knows both the seasoned global traveller and the demanding Knightsbridge local market well – we couldn’t be happier with the appointment. Beyond this, though, I will return to the quality of authenticity I mentioned previously, and a feeling of being rooted in the environment. When our guests drink and dine in the hotel they will feel part of London’s sophisticated society, surrounded by locals and proud to be able to call The Carlton Tower their residence in the city. What are your expectations of the property in 2021? Sadly, the Covid-19 situation will of course affect the hotel’s performance as it will all of our peers, but I do believe that, as they say, this too shall pass. We are creating a hotel and legacy that will outlast not only this difficult time for the world and the industry, but indeed, us all! My values, the values of Jumeirah and the key components of what makes a hotel great are ones that are unaffected by this situation – a smile can be noticed through a mask, a warm welcome can be felt no matter the headlines, and beauty in design and craftsmanship will always be appreciated. I think it is in our nature to yearn for travel – we are now a truly


global people, and while this situation has been shocking and without precedent, I don’t think the desire to experience different cultures and connect in person will ever go away. At the start of this, much was said, for example, about the rise of virtual meetings and the demise of business travel – yet now, after less than a year, it is clear that Zoom calls cannot replace meeting face-to-face, and businesses are itching to get back to meeting in person when it is safe to do so. I also think that this situation has taught us a valuable lesson in taking care of ourselves, furthering a good work/life balance and spending time with friends and family, and hotels will always play a large part in this!


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“The design aspiration for the hotel is set from the moment the guest steps across the threshold of the new Carlton Tower”

Hamish Brown Partner, 1508 London

What was the project’s scope? Jumeirah Carlton Tower appointed international design studio 1508 London to transform every aspect of the hotel to create what is destined to become a modern classic, drawing upon the hotel’s revered location, and the tranquillity of the surrounding Cadogan Gardens. The renovation makes the most extensive makeover in its history, with every corner of the 17-storey building redesigned to deliver a new foyer and reception, 186 new bedrooms and suites, a refreshed health club and spa with a 20m pool, signature restaurant, lobby bar, chinoiserie, ballroom and meetings rooms. What was the inspiration behind the design concept of Jumeirah Carlton Tower? With Jumeirah’s roster including Burj Al Arab, a global icon of luxury, we’ve weaved a timeless, beautiful design within a quintessentially London setting to create a beacon of sophistication for Jumeirah in London. The design aspiration for the hotel is set from the moment the guest steps across the threshold of the new Carlton Tower – exquisite materials, fine craftsmanship and considered detailing

throughout evokes an enduring sense of refined luxury in relaxed surroundings, welcoming a new era of loyal guests to Jumeirah Carlton Tower. The interior design reinterprets timeless architectural styles to create a design for Jumeirah Carlton Tower tailored to its prime London setting and the heritage of the hotel. How long did it take to bring this project from design concept to completion? How many people did you work with? Since May 2018, 15 designers and architects have worked on the project. How would you describe the rooms within the hotel? The focus of each bedroom is the view and natural light, with many of the newly created signature and junior suites boasting balconies with a spectacular outlook over London. Inspired by the play of light through the landscape and the rich variety of colour and texture, the material palettes reinforce the timeless refined design aesthetic. Combining a contemporary classic aesthetic with modernist style influences, rooms feature elegant wall

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panelling and detailing, with furnishings in softer forms. The warm colour palette is influenced by British heritage hues of deep blue, greens and maroon. Throughout the property, all joinery has been manufactured and installed by specialist British joiners. How would you describe the overall interior design? This unique hotel attracts some of the world’s most influential clientele, quite often staying for extended periods in what becomes their London home. We wanted to create an atmosphere that is timeless and elegant, while referencing the glamourous heritage of the hotel and architectural vernacular of the location. Drawing upon our residential work, we sought to create a palatial sense of grandeur, with all the comforts and luxuries of home. Designing with escapism in mind, 1508 London took a holistic approach to the interiors, and has created an oasis in the middle of Knightsbridge. From the point of arrival, 1508 London’s design guarantees ultimate relaxation, transporting you from the bustling street to serenity. Were there any particular challenges? One of the greatest changes to the building is the refurbished porte cochere entrance and lobby. The existing dark granite cladding has been replaced with Portland stone. Within the grand hall is suspended a bespoke fluted chandelier by Lasvit – connected by 504 strings – which incorporates an abstract interpretation of a flower in bloom, inspired by Cadogan Gardens’ history as a botanical garden. The setting reinforces a sense of place – of London. Whilst maintaining the building’s original tower, the redesigned porte cochere entrance infuses a new, lighter sense of grandeur to the building, with bright, yet soft, lighting, and natural light tones welcoming guests to this reimagined landmark hotel.

Tell us about one of your favourite design features in Jumeirah Carlton Tower … The idea to mark the return of the ‘arrivals moment’, emphasising the importance of the guests’ arrival sequence with a redesigned turntable glass entry and the creation of a striking double-height space echoing a classical British grand hall, while the discreetly positioned reception ensures privacy for guests at check-in. The renovation of the main stairs encapsulates our design ambition. Reminiscent of a stately grand stairs, the new ornate, open balustrade embraces the guest as they ascend past handfinished decorative plaster relief panelling, with full-height antique mirrors reflecting a bespoke Lasvit cascade chandelier, instilling an elegant grandeur to the guest experience. What makes Jumeirah Carlton Tower stand out? What was the highlight of the project for you? This unique hotel attracts some of the world’s most influential clientele, quite often staying for extended periods in what becomes their London home. We wanted to create an atmosphere that is timeless and elegant, while referencing the glamourous heritage of the hotel and architectural vernacular of the location. Drawing upon our residential work, we sought to create a palatial sense of grandeur with all the comforts and luxuries of home. How would you describe the relationship between the design team and main contractor? BECK’s overall strategy, in working hand-in-glove with us to ensure the most demanding of programmes was met, was focused with a personable touch. While no immense project evolves without issue, their determination to troubleshoot and bring intricate design into reality is unmatched.



NEWH– The Hospitality Industry Network

Hotel 2035 – NEWH at Sleep & Eat Virtual 2020 and NEWH European Webinar update by Rita Bancroft NEWH continued its tradition of hosting a designer breakfast event at Sleep & Eat, but this year in a new virtual format. Celebrating design through innovative concept spaces has always been a show highlight, and this year’s virtual experience did not disappoint. Sleep & Eat Virtual 2020 challenged worldleading designers and hotel chains to look 15 years into the future and consider what the hotel of 2035 will look like. Visitors were invited to immerse themselves in a 360° interactive tour of this future vision – they could explore every room, from the lobby, lounge and cocktail bars, through to restaurant, networking lounge and guestrooms, all specially designed for the hotel guest of 15 years’ time. As an international non-profit hospitality networking group, the NEWH raises money to provide scholarships to hospitality students, and particularly interior design and architecture students. Sharing knowledge and stimulating design conversation is key, so Caroline Cundall, president of the NEWH UK Chapter was delighted to invite Una Barac from Atellior, Nicola Keenan and Nicola Lindsell from Boxx Creative and Nadia Sousa from SUPERFUTURES discuss their concept spaces for Hotel 2035. Each of the designers was given an area to develop for the virtual show – the central lounge bar was designed by Atellior, the restaurant by Boxx Creative and the cocktail bar by SUPERFUTURES.

“Our design explores the ergonomics of making socialising at physical distance enjoyable and fulfilling”

Founder and executive director of Atellior, Una Barac, leads the creative design process within Atellior and is currently working on a large number of hospitality schemes across the UK and Europe, from boutique, unbranded hotels through to internationally branded schemes. With change comes a new way of thinking, and Atellior’s lounge bar explored what the near future is looking like. The central lounge bar design addresses the ‘New Normal’, by allowing guests to enjoy a

cosy/casual drink or hold a business catchup safely, keeping physical distance in order to maintain their safety and that of others. Una Barac, founder and executive director, Atellior, says: “We are placing emphasis on physical, rather than social, distancing, as now more than ever we need to be socially aware, kind and connected. Our design explores the ergonomics of making socialising at physical distance enjoyable and fulfilling.’’ Nicola Lindsell and Nicola Keenan are

Nadia Soussa, creative director, SUPERFUTURES

Nicola Keenan, co-founder and director, Boxx Creative

Nicola Lindsell co-founder and director, Boxx Creative

Una Barac, founder and executive director, Atellior


directors and co-founders of Boxx Creative. Their multi-award-winning studio specialises in global projects for hospitality, workplace and residential clients. Ethical, sustainable and wellbeing principles underpin their holistic approach and help ensure the spaces, products, experiences they create are good for people and for the planet. Both are proud members of the NEWH, and in 2019 Nicola Keenan joined the UK Chapter’s board as sustainability chair. Boxx Creative designed a thought-provoking restaurant space in collaboration with Michelinstarred chef Oliver Marlowe, and Karen Haller, the internationally renowned behavioural design and applied colour psychology specialist. Their shared vision invites diners to discover a different future – one where they can fully restore, thrive, and authentically connect with the land, nature, food and each other. Nicola Lindsell and Nicola Keenan, co-founders and directors of Boxx Creative, explain: “The dining experience is highly personalised and enriching, nourishing all the senses and in harmony with the locality, community and environment. This is what it means to be human.” Founded by Andy Martin, SUPERFUTURES has always been forward-thinking. The studio is renowned for revolutionising the way one experiences design, and defines design as an instrumental part of innovation, an allencompassing creative art which covers not only the three-dimensional form, but sound, light, and multi-sensory experiences. Nadia Soussa, creative director, SUPERFUTURES, joined the studio in 2016, and has delivered

renowned F&B concepts and award-winning hotel projects. The cocktail bar concept SUPERFUTURES designed proposes a dreamy environment where the barman will operate a contactless and innovative bar where the drinks are premixed, and the customer can pick up and return clean or dirty glasses under the cocktails’ dispenser. The intention is to revoke the present fears and generate design opportunities celebrating these new restrictions. The challenge now is to guarantee that the time spent in public spaces – especially indoors – makes us feel as safe as back home, but also energises us and lets us dream about a destiny that we do not want to accept as dark and negative, suggesting a dress code filter before entering the space, a changing room where the customers will dress up their outfits by selecting in-between social distancing imposed fashion, or protective transparent shields. “The cocktail bar concept focuses on social interaction defined by the individual’s creative

persona within their preferred zone of personal protection,” explains Nadia Soussa, creative director, SUPERFUTURES. Events and sponsorship Hospitality is a people industry, so staying connected is essential to its wellbeing. NEWH continues to hold regular webinars and online social events to keep people in the industry talking. Events are held monthly, and include hotel tours, design awards, student scholarship awards, educational lectures and social events. The Sleep & Eat Virtual 2020 breakfast event was held on the 18th November and sponsored by Parkside Architectural Tiles. Sponsorship is key to enable the NEWH to continue with its commitment in delivering valuable scholarships and education to future generations. Anyone interested in sponsoring a NEWH event should contact Hanna Rogers on Stay up to date by following NEWH on social media and signing up to its mailing list. For any other enquiries, email


NEWH– The Hospitality Industry Network

European Webinar series Given the social distancing in place, it is great see the positive effects of working together for a common cause. Jonathan Young, vice president, international relations for NEWH Inc. has worked in collaboration with NEWH Chapters across Europe to develop a series of webinars which address topics vital to the success of the hospitality sector in the region. The UK Chapter and their new colleagues in Paris and Milano have generated awareness on key issues facing our industry. Each monthly webinar is hosted and represented by a panel of leaders and influencers who are best placed to make a positive difference. A different focus each month ensures the conversation is relevant to our changing landscape. In September, Can Faik, editor, Hospitality interiors moderated a great

Caroline Cundall, president, NEWH UK

discussion on hotels between Damien Perrot, global senior vice president design, Accor Hotels, Thomas Kochs, managing director, Corinthia Hotel London, and Davide Ravalli, co-founder of Altido representing the French, Italian, and UK markets. October’s event was hosted by Heleri Rande , Hospitality strategist, writer, speaker and presenter at Think Hospitality Group, and focused on trade fairs with Mark Gordon from Informa, organisers of Sleep & Eat, Phillipe Brocart, managing director, Maison & Objet, and Francesca Cavallo, international sales manager, Fiera Milano. On November 19th, the focus will be suppliers and the panel will represent a cross-section across Europe showing once again NEWH’s collective European spirit. The final webinar in the 2020 series will be held on December 17th, bringing a focus on designers working in Europe, and

Enrico Cleva, president, NEWH Milano

Gwendoline Theodet, president, NEWH Paris

will be moderated by Alicia Sheber, board member of the UK NEWH Chapter. The European chapters look forward to a new year when we will meet in person, and hold on to the good things we discovered in 2020, so we are busy planning the next series of webinars in 2021. Sponsorship and membership Sponsorship is key to the success of the NEWH events and allows the organisation to achieve and exceed its scholarship goals. If you are interested in sponsoring an NEWH event, please contact Hannah Rogers on newhuk@ Stay up to date with all news by following NEWH on social media and signing up to the mailing list. For any other queries, please contact

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Lincoln House at Rosewood London London, UK Uniquely designed and curated by tonychi studio, the Lincoln House is amongst the most luxurious and expansive accommodations in London...



Rosewood London recently announced the launch of its new luxury suite, Lincoln House. The three-bedroom suite, designed by Tony Chi – the designer behind the original hotel areas – will offer an expansive 251m2 of light-filled living space, including one of London’s largest master bedrooms. Lincoln House will be positioned between the hotel’s Garden House suite and the famous Manor House – London’s only suite with its own postcode. The ultra-luxurious Lincoln House is named in honour of the hotel’s close proximity to Lincoln’s Inn Field and the illustrious Inns of Court, which have defined Holborn since medieval times. The Lincoln House at Rosewood London is a residential concept that extends across a wing of the hotel’s landmarked 1914 Edwardian-style building. The interiors were heritage, and the approach modern, effectively designed to feel like a series of apartments that were brought together to create a new house.

“The Lincoln House features bespoke furnishings, finelycurated decorative elements and intriguing works of art” William Paley, Design Director and Co-Creative Director of tonychi studio

With the origin of the Rosewood London design deeply rooted in the warmth of an English country manor, it was a natural inclination to stay in line with the overall taste of the property, but to strategically reconfigure the floor to create a sense of space. It was important to the design team to establish the balance of architecture and furniture, and to bring in the context of the neighbourhood to accentuate the natural beauty and feeling of the experience. In addition to the sheer size of the space, it was clearly important to create a fully functional kitchen that can be used by guests, but also be able to support entertaining and operational requirements. This strategy spoke to the overall nature of the space to become more residential living than hotel living, and it can cater to longer stays. On that notion, the dining and living rooms were set up as a series of chambers, an old-


world quality to transition from room to room and bring design flexibility and fluidity into the space. This transformative quality allowed for different ways to sell the space, but still make it feel like a home. Bespoke The Lincoln House features bespoke furnishings, finely curated decorative elements and intriguing works of art throughout the luxuriant living areas, giving the suite an exceptional depth of character. Italian furnishings include Meridiani and Minotti sofas, Silvera armchairs, as well as rugs and tables by Il Piccolo.

The master bedroom alone spans 68m2, making it one of the largest in London. It features an expansive dressing room and a sprawling marble bathroom with double vanities, a deep-soaking bathtub, a built-in TV and a walk-in waterfall shower. Lincoln House also offers the option of being extended to the Lincoln Wing, which incorporates a further five bedrooms, bringing the total to eight, covering over 5000ft2– forming the largest wing in the hotel. Additional accommodation for the Lincoln Wing includes an Executive Room, Grand Executive Room, Junior Suite, Premier Suite and Grand Premier Suite. Rosewood London is designed to be one of the most exciting places to drink and dine in London. The Lobby Lounge, a public meeting space, is the window into the stylish world of Rosewood London and a favourite for fans of Instagram, with the breathtaking hero shot of the famous rose bronze gallery – and then there is the Mirror Room, a striking salon elegantly adorned with mirrors, a jewel box of a dining room which offers an award-winning afternoon tea.

“The Mirror Room, a striking salon elegantly adorned with mirrors, a jewel box of a dining room”



Scarfes Bar Scarfes Bar, designed by the renowned Martin Brudnizki, evokes a convivial atmosphere with a roaring fire at one end and wooden bar running along the other. Warm, cosy and comfortable furniture is organised to create discreet, intimate corners on a wooden herringbone floor strewn with hand-woven rugs. The bar features Dernier & Hamlyn-crafted globe chandeliers, some 2m high, which have been hand finished with an impressive verdigris effect. Holborn Dining Room Holborn Dining Room, also designed by Martin Brudnizki, brings a fun, vibrant atmosphere to the refined elegance of the historic setting. Once the East Banking Hall of Pearl Assurance, Brudnizki’s interior draws on classic British design, mixing reclaimed oak with antique mirrors and leather upholstery. The dining room includes a bar and a dining counter, each topped with aged copper and patina brass. The lighting, again supplied by Dernier & Hamlyn, complements this philosophy and comprises six eye-catching blackened steel oval chandeliers.

“Rosewood London is designed to be one of the most exciting places to drink and dine in London�


The Terrace The Terrace for the winter, in partnership with renowned whisky brand The Macallan, has been transformed into a Scottish Highland manor, bringing a taste of the countryside to the heart of London. Taking inspiration from the rolling Scottish hills and The Macallan Estate, the terrace entrance is adorned with blue heather and purple thistles, as well as elegant pine trees. The walls will show detailed maps of Speyside, the location of the distillery, and copper hanging lights are a nod to the copper stills used in the whiskymaking process. Wellington boots and fishing rods lined up along the walls will add to the sense of having stepped into a Scottish manor house. Rosewood London has worked with Meredith O’Shaughnessy, an award-winning creator of immersive spaces and events, who collaborated with creative design agency Shoot the Moon to bring The Macallan Manor House to life. The terrace will be open for four months, and promises to be “the ultimate winter destination�.





Athens Capital Hotel Athens The new Athens Capital Hotel, the MGallery Collection’s first hotel in Greece, recently opened to rapturous guest reviews. Maria Vafiadis, founder of MKV Design, the practice which led the interior design, offers an exclusive insight into creating the soul of this extraordinary hotel‌



To appreciate the soul of The Athens Capital Hotel, you have to know a little about the history. This, after all, is Athens. The building itself has a special place in the memories of city residents. Originally opened in 1959 as the Kings Palace Hotel, it enjoyed a golden era when it was patronised by heads of state and other dignitaries, before it was repurposed into a bank and then stood empty, a symptom of the austerity which gripped the country following the 2008 recession. Also, the property occupies a truly prominent position on the corner of Syntagma Square, considered to be Athens’ most significant square. To the front of the hotel is the busy Panepistimiou Avenue, leading to the square with its Parliament House and hourly changing of the guard – a magnet for tourists – while to the side, the hotel leads onto the picturesque lanes of Kolonaki, packed with art galleries, boutiques, cafés and restaurants. It was this vibe that we chose to embrace from the beginning of our project, in effect creating a new symbol of Athens’ recent cultural renaissance with its avant-garde juxtaposition of the old and the new.

Architecture, design and art The new owner of the Athens Capital building also has in his portfolio Hotel Grande Bretagne and King George, both classically luxurious hotels directly opposite the new MGallery, and it was his ambition to create a new hotel icon in the city which would be different in character from the others and which would attract its own devotees. The route, we felt, to achieving this, lay in the integration of architecture, design and art, and this governed the team’s approach throughout. Happily, our client, a passionate collector of art, completely bought into this vision. The final piece in the jigsaw was the addition of the MGallery brand, with its commitment to modern, individual hotels that are rich in local narrative told through art. Architecture The building form that we inherited was a challenging assemblage of spaces, clustered around a 27m atrium buried in the centre of the property and spanning outwards and upwards to an open roof. For a large percentage of the 177 guestrooms, their view was into this


“Mappemonde was reimagined as the defining art piece for the guests of the Athens Capital Hotel” atrium. On the ground floor, it was decided to give a significant amount of space over to retail – in light of the city-centre location, the hotel’s public spaces were therefore constrained. It was also originally thought that the rooftop would not be worth developing. However, as buildings will do, the property steadily revealed itself to the team, rewarding us with delightful surprises and unforeseen opportunities. Design In the event, the apparent difficulties of the building form came to be key in creating the distinctive experience of the Athens Capital Hotel. We chose to embrace the fact that the ground floor public areas were limited, by creating a series of intimate nooks flowing from the main front entrance to the Galerie Café at the side of the hotel. This opens onto an outdoor arcade facing The Museum of Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas and leading to Kolonaki,

the separation between indoors and out barely perceptible at this point. We also decided to locate the reception to the back of the ground floor – because we wanted to make the arrival feel homely – and to locate the restaurant on the ninth floor, overlooking the atrium. In a city full of great local tavernas and bars, hotel restaurants are rarely patronised, apart from at breakfast time. Three flexible function spaces and a gym were located on the first floor. The result is that although the public areas are small, they feel uncluttered and are residential and intimate in ambience – no groups of people gathered around reception desks just inside the front entrance, or large numbers of people making their way to and from breakfast. Instead, arriving guests find themselves in a peaceful lounge – there is an air of exclusivity and a sense of discoveries to be made.



Art The question remained, however, of what to do with the atrium – until, that was, we were introduced to Mappemonde, sculpted by the leading Greek artist, George Lappas, for the Venice Biennale of 1988. Composed of 3000 metal pieces, it is one of the best-known and most important works of post-war Greek sculpture, and reflects on the relationship between the personal and universal, the local and global. We found it as it was originally shown – a horizontal maze clustered around the artist’s version of his own home. However, what we realised was that if we converted it into a vertical installation, it would soar up through the atrium and ‘break through’ the 10th floor rooftop, with the house on top halfsuspended over the void and open to guests brave enough to venture inside. Mappemonde was reimagined as the defining art piece for the guests of the Athens Capital Hotel. The atrium cannot be seen from the street – it is only once guests are in the centre of the hotel or in their bedroom that they can see the thousands of figures cut into the metal. By night, the sculpture is softly washed by changing illumination.

“Freshly toned fabrics complement the pale forms of the public areas – especially a vibrant blue, synonymous with Greek skies and seas”

Rooftop discovery The potential of the rooftop had always been discounted, but what greeted me when I eventually ventured onto it during one of my site visits was breathtaking, even to a seasoned Athenian like myself. Due to the building’s several aspects, there were views on one side over Syntagma Square, Parliament House and the National Gardens beyond, and on the other directly over Panepistimiou Avenue, towards the Parthenon and the sea. In a city that prizes its rooftop experiences, this was too spectacular to ignore, and the rooftop was consequently translated into a very memorable addition to the hotel interiors, where different levels and zones provide different experiences to socialise, reflect and relax. A 15m-long swimming pool has been

introduced along the front of the building – it is quite extraordinary to swim above the constant stream of traffic below or float in the water with the Parthenon before you. The cosy Mappemonde Bar & Lounge overlooks Parliament House and, for a more introspective experience, guests can sit on a glass bench in Lappas’ little house and study everyman’s stories told through the myriad cut-out figures. Athenian aesthetic The drama of the Mappemonde sculpture contrasts with a refined interior aesthetic, celebrating the elegance of pure lines and noble materials associated with classic Greek architecture and subtly weaving in Greek symbols and patterns. As in ancient times, white Dionysus marble prevails in the public


areas, combined with grey marble and accents of gold. The authenticity of these materials has been given further depth in the reception by the careful contrasting of textures in the marble on the floor and the marble cladding to the columns, which has been carved and split to showcase the centuries-old craftmanship of local marble lapidarists. Freshly toned fabrics complement the pale forms of the public areas – especially a vibrant blue, synonymous with Greek skies and seas. Furnishings bring together eclectic vintage pieces with the contemporary, in a homely way. Sofas are by Minotti and chairs by Knoll, and we worked closely with local artisans to create additional pieces of bespoke furniture, as well as lights and accessories. Bedtime stories The bedrooms and suites are contemporary and cosy – the materials and details are pure, but they are not minimalist. Generous use of timber and warm blue and turquoise upholstery contrast with the white walls and bedlinen. Guestrooms overlooking the square and National Garden have a built-in window seat where guests can while away time, mesmerised by a city below that never stops. The bedrooms and bathrooms are compact but beautifully fitted out, with leading luxurious products supplied by Laufen and Grohe – which includes the new Cleanet Navia by Laufen, which is very impressive, with its compact design and simple function. I particularly like the petrol-toned frames to the vanity mirrors – a lovely colour, combining the green of nature and the blue of the sea. Guestroom fabrics are by Pierre Frey, and the specially designed rugs were created by

Brintons. The custom-designed wallcovering in the Presidential Suite, which is based on a heritage Greek pattern, was produced by Vescom. All the suites benefit from huge outdoor terraces – in truth, they are rooms outdoors, with space for sunbathing, wining and dining and meeting up with friends, and, in a charming reminder of the operator’s brand values, several of them are named after revered Greek artists. These include soprano Maria Callas, actress Melina Mercouri, the poet and Nobel prize winner Odysseas Elytis, and the composer and songwriter Manos Chatzidakis.

“Hospitality and emotional wellbeing are at the heart of the hotel”



Hundreds of original works of art There are hundreds of original oil paintings and watercolours in the Athens Capital Hotel, installed across every space, including the guestrooms – some from the owner’s private collection, and others commissioned or discovered by art consultant, Maria Migadi. Some of the artists are established and others are up-and-coming, but all the works tell a story of the city.

Amongst the internationally acclaimed artists there are paintings by Yannis Moralis, Spiros Vasileiou and Tasos Chonias, as well as two richly coloured abstracted landscapes by Yannis Adamakos, which take pride of place in the reception. All the guestroom originals, inspired by Cycladic art and classical Greek lines, are by Sofia Petropoulou. Yet other works are playful. In fact, a favourite of mine is a painting by Eugenios Spatharis from his Karagiozis series. Karagiozis is a fictional character in Greek folklore, and the main character of tales narrated in Greek shadow-puppet theatre from the 19th century onwards. The painting brings back wonderful childhood memories of family time with my siblings. Then, there is also the ‘iconic object’. Since storytelling is a vital part of the MGallery experience, each hotel within the collection hosts an item of special significance to the location. In our case, it is an Akrokeramon, an architectural embellishment seen widely across neoclassical Athenian rooftops, symbolising the timeless values of hospitality, but newly interpreted to reflect the importance of street art in modern Athenian culture. Urban artist, Vanelis Khoursoglou, has spraypainted an edition of 50 Akrokeramon, and these have been placed around the hotel as

a recurring expression of the city’s culture, which venerates the past while pulsating with the new. Philoxenia The Athens Capital Hotel gives its guests a home in the city, with a sense of place that stretches across time and unfolds bit by bit, revealed through art. The experience can be profound, but it is never overwhelming. Hospitality and emotional wellbeing are at the heart of the hotel. In Greece, we call this Philoxenia, a deeply held culture of friendship towards strangers. When you stay at The Athens Capital, you become one of us, you are part of the family. Growing up in Athens, I used to walk along the arcade regularly and admire the jagged, multifaceted sculpture on the façade of the building – at the time, it was the most prominent feature in the street, and its modernity fascinated me. Little did I then imagine I would become a hotel designer, let alone that after several decades of working on hotels around Europe, fate would give me the opportunity to nurse the buildingwith-the-sculpture into new life. Naturally, the sculpture remains.






One&Only Mandarina Mexico Woven seamlessly into the diverse, dramatic vistas of one of Mexico’s awe-inspiring coastal rainforests in Riviera Nayarit, One&Only Mandarina provides both chic treehouse seclusion and sweeping clifftop villas. Palm-fringed sands, emerald cliffsides and swimmable shores nurture an ultra-stylish environment, consciously crafted for human connection...



One&Only Mandarina, situated atop lush, coastal cliffs within Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit coastline, is a modern architectural masterpiece, blending low-density contemporary style and sustainable design and architecture with unrivalled seclusion and adventurous atmosphere. Positioned under the emerald canopy of the awe-inspiring coastal rainforest lapping against the warm Pacific Ocean, One&Only Mandarina is an ultra-luxury beachfront sanctuary stretched across a 33-hectare landscape of unspoiled nature, just 45 minutes from Punta Mita. Arrival With each arrival, guests are welcomed by the ring of a suspended cast-bronze gong, subtly echoing across the pavilion to notify the resort team of new arrivals. One&Only Mandarina commissioned the Mexico-based Grez family group of artisans – who have been manufacturing bells and religious articles for cathedrals throughout the Mexican Republic for more than 60 years – to custom-make this piece.

Upon entering the resort, guests are greeted by a majestic ancient higuera tree, the ‘guardian’ of the resort, and breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. The arrival experience is designed as an open-air, outdoor living space centred around a glistening black pool, mirroring the reflection of the higuera’s leafy canopy and bright sky beyond, while creating a moment of heightened immersion with Mandarina and its rich and unique history. Reminiscent of the open porches of traditional Mexican haciendas, the outdoor living area features cosy woven settees and cradling rocking chairs made of Mexican tropical woods, such as parota and teak, welcoming guests to lounge while gazing into the lush and vibrant natural surroundings. To complete

the arrival experience, celebrated Mexican workshop Fervor created a grand three-piece artwork display, utilising the ancient technique of gold leaf foil, while fusing geometry and abstract contemporary art. Nestled amidst rich biodiversity with tropical rainforest, twin-mountain peaks, and calm, swimmable beaches, One&Only Mandarina was thoughtfully planned, utilising intelligent and resource-efficient architecture as well as sustainable practices to blend with the nature and honour the resort’s commitment to local communities. Botany experts were consulted throughout the design and construction process to preserve the land as well respect the historic and ecological significance of the natural habitat.


As resort guests become immersed in the surrounding nature, from the ocean to volcanic mountains, these unspoilt vistas are framed against contemporary architecture designed to embrace the dramatic setting, rather than reshape it. Open structures capture natural light, filtered through the towering trees, while traditional Mexican design elements are reimagined – including pitched roofs with large overhangs, a nod to local palapas featuring modern, luxury design. Earthen walls emerge from the ground with low visual impact, inspired by the historic buildings once constructed on the site by the Cora, an indigenous settlement in Western Central Mexico, who covered their buildings in earthen plaster. Accommodation Hidden between the verdant rainforest and untouched coastline, One&Only Mandarina is an all-villa resort with 105 luxurious standalone treehouses and ocean-facing villas perched cliffside amongst the trees – all designed for indoor and outdoor living, with spectacular views of the Pacific Coast. Accommodations boast holistic interior and exterior elements such as private plunge pools and terraces, floor-to-ceiling windows, glass walls and expansive bathrooms – all framing the natural surroundings and welcoming in the light and shadows filtered through the trees and reflected by the water. Constructed with clay, wood, precious metal and stone, all indigenous to the region, the villa accommodations are private sanctuaries, grounded in the earthen spirit of the local Cora and Huichol cultures. The floors, walls, and ceilings in the treehouses are all radically consistent in the local cumaru wood, to heighten the impression of living lightly in the canopy, disconnected and one with nature. In contrast, the Cliff Villas, built on the volcanic land set upon the mountain top, feature concrete floors and high, sky-lit ceilings above the heavy stone walls and wooden built-ins in

“Locally crafted custom woodwork, stone accents and earthy tones add rich, textural warmth throughout the interiors” cumaru with a raw finish. Terraces and courtyards are made from volcanic rocks directly sourced from the location, while the tropical rainforest provides woods including cumaru, rosa morada, and tornillo. Locally crafted custom woodwork, stone accents and earthy tones add rich, textural warmth throughout the interiors, complemented by intricate artefacts curated specifically for the space by local artisans. Fervor was also commissioned to create entry pieces for each treehouse and villa, utilising decorative copper leaf to bring harmony and light into each accommodation. Villas are adorned with custom handmade textiles by local artisanal company Colorindio, which seeks to weave stories of ancient Mexican cultures through its fabrics. Mexicobased Nouvel, a pioneer in the design and production of blown glass for over 25 years, was commissioned to design floral vases for desk areas. Guests will also find custom contemporary brass and copper décor by Mexico City’s Detaller throughout the space, while a nod to history is celebrated with intricate tea sets made of clay, a primary material used by indigenous people which archaeologists found in the region. A selection of villas will also feature a large coffee table made from locally sourced clay. A special touchpoint in the villa design is evident throughout the bathrooms, which include either an outdoor shower in an immersive jungle setting, some with ocean views (Cliff Villas), or an outdoor soaking tub with jungle or ocean views (treehouses). In the Cliff Villas, bathrooms open to their

own rainforest courts, with lush vegetation and ample sunlight piercing through the tree canopies. In the treehouses, bathrooms are fully glazed and immersed in their surroundings, allowing for natural light to enter the room from different angles, directly through a skylight, in the morning filtered by the vegetation, and open to the setting sun in the evenings. One&Only is renowned for its collection of expansive villas, offering optimal space and privacy within each resort. One&Only Mandarina will be home to Villa One, the pinnacle of resort living, stretching over 1747m2 and boasting three bedrooms, infinity pool, private spa and gym, full-screen cinema, wine cellar and generous outdoor dining terrace. The resort’s signature villas have all been thoughtfully designed to hero local craftsmanship, such as Villa Pacifico – a 342m2 elegant sanctuary boasting attractive scenery of the surrounding tropical flora and fauna and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. Ideal for family gatherings and celebrations, Villa Pacifico sleeps up to eight guests and features two bedrooms with a king suite and a double queen suite, two private swimming pools, plenty of entertaining and living space including a full-screen cinema, office space, walk-in closets, outdoor rain showers, and outdoor covered dining terrace with barbeque grill. Unique design elements adorning this expansive villa are the custom-made outdoor firepit and side tables created by Guadalajarabased independent design studio Peca, which is recognised for its ability to work with natural materials while exploring texture and form, and bringing nature indoors in innovative ways.



Dining The natural architecture seamlessly blends within the environment, revealing the idyllic beauty throughout the entire development – including the impressive dining options. One&Only Mandarina embraces the cultural traditions and signature warmth of Mexican cuisine and hospitality, from casual beachside selections to globally acclaimed cuisine. Taking centre stage is Carao, One&Only Mandarina’s signature contemporary Mexican restaurant, by renowned Mexican chef Enrique Olvera. Located at the southernmost peak of the resort, the restaurant – and adjacent infinity-edged pool and deck extending out over the mountainside – is positioned atop a dramatic cliff, with unobstructed views of Mandarina and the ocean beyond. With heavy wooden structures constructed from locally sourced Tornillo wood, Carao will feature an open kitchen, indoor and outdoor dining areas and a cosy bar and lounge, with interiors adorned by Xavi Bou’s project, Ornitographies, a collection of photography prints inspired by the Barcelona-based photographer’s curiosity for the invisible patterns traced by birds in flight. Positioned as the heart of the resort, Alma is designed to both capture the morning sun above the rainforest and the cascading sunset on the horizon. The strong presence of two large, wood-fired hornos creates an open kitchen concept in the centre of the restaurant, where guests can indulge throughout the day. Alma was carefully designed to preserve three iconic trees, and the plateaued area steps

“The natural architecture seamlessly blends within the environment, revealing the idyllic beauty throughout the entire development” down to a series of sun terraces and lounges beside two long pools, both extending over a cliff – one shaded under lush greenery, the other toward the glistening ocean. Alma’s accompanying open-air bar, The Treetop, is perched atop the hillside, showcasing refined twists on classic cocktails served with edible flowers, indigenous herbs, and tropical fruits. Nestled along a secluded cove with plush daybeds, chaise longues and terraces, the ultra-stylish Jetty Beach Club is the resort’s trendy destination for casual beachside dining, overlooking two cascading infinity-edged pools adjacent to the deep blue waters of the Pacific Coast. Resort guests will head to the Jetty Beach Club for a lively ambience, far-reaching vistas and an open charcoal grill. Beyond the beach club is The Jetty, extending out over the sea over 600ft, where guests can moor their yachts or watercrafts, experience sea excursions, and swim and paddleboard in the blue-water cove, unique to the region. Resort guests are met by a gentle buzz in the atmosphere, with an overwater sunset lounge area set around a large fireplace at the centre of a long-extinct volcano site, which can be seen from almost all villas at the resort, creating an iconic hearth for all to gather round.

Spa In line with the innovative design, low-impact architecture and natural elements have been incorporated throughout the resort, including One&Only Spa. Situated in a natural volcanic rock garden, the spa features a collection of six isolated treatment rooms, bringing to life the wild nature surrounding One&Only Mandarina, all cocooned beneath the jungle canopy observed through skylights. Inspired by indigenous and pre-Hispanic culture, spa treatment rooms will also feature custom textiles crafted by Colorindio. A large, iconic higuera tree frames the spa relaxation garden, with treatment rooms and a mud therapy facility positioned conscientiously around its roots. The spa design accommodates uniquely local treatments and cultural experiences, including mud baths and a Temazcal. Inspired by ancient healing practices from the indigenous Mayan tribe of Sonora, the Temazcal combines traditional medicinal herbs, heat, steam, indigenous music and copal incense to stimulate detoxification, heal the body and purify the mind.

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Hotel CafĂŠ Royal London, UK In its recent reincarnation as the luxurious Hotel CafĂŠ Royal, the location remains an established favourite for locals, while becoming a global destination...


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Opened in 1865, Café Royal was a wine store, restaurant and the space for the city’s most illustrious events. The haunt of famed patrons, from royalty and celebrities to the creative and the notorious, Café Royal was an established and iconic landmark on the British capital’s social scene for a century and a half. In 2012, the historic Café Royal was transformed by David Chipperfield Architects into a luxury hotel. The project of Lissoni Casal Ribeiro followed on from this and was integrated into this conversion, rethinking all the public areas – lobby, concierge, two restaurants and a sushi bar. Located in the heart of London, with elegant Mayfair to the west and creative Soho to the east, the hotel is perfectly positioned within walking distance of London’s finest shopping streets, tourist attractions and theatreland. Within the hotel, grand historic areas have been sensitively restored, while 160 guestrooms and suites (including seven signature suites) have been created in a contemporary yet refined style. Continuing its celebrated legacy of impressive hospitality and dining, the hotel offers a selection of restaurants and bars, plus holistic wellbeing concept, Akasha. Keeping unaltered the historic structure dating from 1865, the contemporary

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intervention of Piero Lissoni dialogues delicately with the past, and the shape of the space is adjusted to take account of the new functions. The lobby becomes a voluminous space, taking advantage of its double height. From the ceiling, an exquisite, custom-made chandelier in Murano glass hangs majestically over the table in polished brass that rises from the floor. Polished brass also defines the two large parallelepipeds that form the reception counter, creating a materic connection with the existing decorative elements such as the column capitals. Behind the reception, the ribbed, backlit glass further exalts the space. To the

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sides of the reception are two lounge areas characterised by dark and warm tones and, in the adjoining room, the concierge with its more intimate feeling, featuring snug furniture and a library. Passing through the sushi bar on the floor above and exiting right, one arrives at the restaurant Laurent at Café Royal, distinguished by an illuminated wall for storing and displaying bottles, and through which the kitchen and grill can be glimpsed. Situated along the gallery that delimits the perimeter of the lobby, the restaurant is an informal but sophisticated environment featuring a show kitchen, armchairs in Vienna straw and custom-made sofa benches. Exiting to the left of the sushi-bar, one enters another part of the restaurant where the boiserie recalls the atmosphere of the traditional London club, while the mirrored ceiling creates a surprising effect that magnifies the space. To one side, the bar counter, embellished with a backlit wall of onyx, fits perfectly with the overall project that seeks to balance the history of the location with contemporary design and classical style. In each room, the lighting has been carefully studied to render it “seductive and sensual, a poetic contrast to obscurity”.

“In each room the lighting has been carefully studied to render it seductive and sensual, a poetic contrast to obscurity”


Guestrooms and suites With 160 guestrooms and suites (including seven signature suites), one can choose from some of the most attractive rooms in London, each designed with the distinctive Hotel Café Royal flavour. Every room and suite features thoughtful and exquisite details to make the stay more comfortable and exceptional, combining the latest technology with classic comfort for a luxury hotel experience. Each of the guest rooms is elegantly designed with Portland stone, Carrara marble bathrooms, offering a sumptuous and peaceful retreat in the heart of the city. The suites are elegant, luxurious, and exquisitely detailed, each a blissful haven of comfort amid the bustle of the city. Contemporary style and modern technology are balanced against classic design features to create something exceptional.

“Each suite is a masterpiece of contemporary design mixed with architectural heritage”

Gurests can experience something truly unique with Hotel Café Royal’s seven signature suites, each of which is well appointed with its own particular style – The Club Suite, Tudor Suite, Celestine Suite, Empire Suite, Dome Penthouse, Presidential Suite and Royal Suite offer “the ultimate guest experience”, with a unique aesthetic and character inspired by

the hotel’s original features. Each suite is a masterpiece of contemporary design mixed with architectural heritage, with bespoke furniture and luxurious marble bathrooms set against restored original elements such as mirrors supported by ornate gilded griffins, golden-hued walls and grand windows overlooking Regent Street.



Ziggy’s Ziggy’s honours one of Britain’s most globally recognised pop icons, David Bowie. The bar pays a playful tribute to the artist, with the Café Royal holding a special place in the history of Ziggy Stardust, his famous alter ego. Situated on the first floor of Hotel Café Royal, Ziggy’s is a small and cosy bar, reminiscent of a parlour. Found through large double doors, the low lighting and earthy tones gives Ziggy’s a sense of calm and intimacy. Each of the walls has been cladded with tan leather, while the bar in the corner features gold panelling and a sophisticated black countertop. Ziggy’s rich colour palette also includes comfortable red armchairs and velvet sofas that nestle around small, round black tables. Several windows, and the light wooden floor, serve to counterbalance these darker tones, guaranteeing Ziggy’s is full of natural light during the day. Dotted throughout the space is a range of different lighting sources, from fixtures in the ceiling to large floor lamps.

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Nobu Hotel Warsaw, Poland The city’s first design hotel and internationally acclaimed chefled restaurant has opened in the vibrant heart of up-and-coming Warsaw, with a cross-continental design collaboration that merges an existing art deco building with a new ultramodern wing.




Nobu Hotel Warsaw opened its doors in August, and is Nobu Hospitality group’s first hotel in Poland. The new opening marks 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 comprises 117 sleek and spacious rooms, thoughtfully tailored meeting and event spaces, an expansive fitness centre, Nobu Cafe and the iconic Nobu Restaurant. Old meets new 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 1920s inter-war Poland, and the ‘modern’ is an ultracontemporary new build, designed through a transformational, cross-continental collaboration, namely 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, the latter complementing the high level of design

from Laufen’s Kartell by Laufen and RIVA products, the spirit of collaboration has been demonstrated through working closely with The Medusa Group team to create bespoke washbasins and shower trays that explore the limits of precision, functionality, and efficiency – all 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.

“The only standardisation was a philosophy based on capturing the harmony and spirit of the place”

First impression The Medusa Group’s first impression of the project was filled with a hope to create a place that would become important for everyday travel, providing unforgettable memories – culinary, artistic and lifestyle. In the workshops the design team held with Nobu executives, it was clear there was freedom for creation. The only standardisation was a philosophy based on capturing the harmony and spirit of the place. It became clear that what mattered most was the standard of services, and the experience itself – and understanding of what Nobu does in its kitchen, for example, so when going to a Nobu restaurant anywhere in the world, although they differ in design, the quality of the experience comes first. A guest can be sure that the culinary experience will always be as high as the quality of service or design, which was crucial for this project. The building design filled a triangular corner plot at the intersection of Wilcza and Koszykowa streets. It is an extension of the existing historical Hotel Rialto, which was established in 2003. The new building was erected on its west side, and, adjacent to the east, the Próchnicki tenement house. A few steps back The capital of Poland, ravaged during World War II, rebuilt its traditions, thanks to places like Hotel Rialto. Its history draws from the best Polish architectural values – each of the Rialto’s rooms has been individually designed and furnished with art deco antiques. Today, the capital of Poland is already a different city than in the time of Rialto’s splendour. The soc-modern buildings mix here with contemporary architecture, standing


out from the best European realisations. The openness and multiculturalism of the city can be seen on every corner. The Nobu Hotel is a story about this 21st-century Warsaw – open, modern and diverse. The impressive shape of the Nobu Hotel Warsaw was created by dividing seven storeys

in relation to each other based on the ‘V’ line. In this way, a rounded corner block of mass-dyed architectural concrete gained balconies. The factor determining the nature of the spatial composition were strictly design decisions – like shaping the storeys of the building as horizontally shifted ‘slices’. As

“The custom furnishings and fabric selections were a nod to the art deco elements that are so prominent within the area”

a result, the monumental shape gained lightness, and the rounded corner block was visually deconstructed with slided balconies, which, together with a lot of greenery, created a vertical garden in the dense city centre. The green balconies are as important for the outside reception of the hotel as for its guests. It was a very important factor – from the first concept idea of the Nobu Hotel Warsaw, it was decided that most of the rooms should have a view of Warsaw, but with greenery in the foreground. The first floor was conceived as an event space. To create a slightly more intimate atmosphere there, the design team used broken glass windows, as they wanted to keep access to daylight without full transparency. As a consequence, they also achieved an interesting shadow-play effect.


Nobu restaurant and Nobu café The restaurant is located on the ground floor within the new extension of the hotel. Studio PCH, the Los Angeles-based designer responsible for the interior design of the restaurant, introduced design elements from the brand’s Japanese principals and integrated these into the more modern, industrial and rapidly developing context that is Warsaw. Exposed concrete columns, juxtaposed against warm white oak and iroko woods and dark bronze mirrors, create a fusion, blending two quite different cultures together in a cohesive way. This concept of fusion also ties back to Nobu’s cuisine, which is a blend of Peruvianand Japanese-influenced foods. The custom furnishings and fabric selections were a nod to the art deco elements that are so prominent within the area. The focal point of the restaurant is the bar, which is highly visible to the main street, Koszykowa, which passes in front of the restaurant. The bar, made to look as if it was carved from a block of stone, is made out of natural Blanco Olimpus quartzite, with integrated lighting, a suspended wood and glass shelf and a back-bar wall display that is comprised of backlit acrylic panels covered

with Japanese Washi paper. The dramatic lighting, rich materials and mirrored ceiling in this area was designed with the intent to generate movement, action, and an alluring ambiance visible to the street. Another important element of the Nobu Warsaw restaurant is the bespoke pendant lighting throughout. Studio PCH customdesigned three types of pendant lights that fill each space with warm ambient light, which showcase Japanese detailing and materiality while also providing enticing ambiance, visible from the street. The execution of this project involved meticulous co-ordination with the designers, architects, contractors and consultants, was an extremely collaborative effort, and is a built testament to the dedication of the local craftsmen and designers.

Meetings and events Nobu Hotel Warsaw’s flexible 438m² firstfloor events space provides a stylish setting for large conferences and meetings, and can be divided by a mobile wall with acoustic separation to offer two independent spaces – the Sakura room at 266m2 and Hikari room at 171m2. Crushed glass walls flood each space with natural light, and an independent lobby, complete with terrace, allows for total privacy. The five-storied Nobu Hotel Warsaw hotel is the 18th hotel of this chain, and the Nobu Restaurant is one of 40 located on five continents.

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From left: Mark, Peter and James Tyrie


2020 has been a strange and difficult year, but the 100-year-old Barlow Tyrie furniture company, based in Essex, has navigated challenging years before. Internationally recognised for its impressive classic teak products, the company’s recent collections are adding contemporary flair and panache to that amazing heritage. John Legg visited brothers James and Mark Tyrie at the company’s Braintree showroom and warehouse to find out more.

Heritage and contemporary – top-notch quality throughout

Monterey Collection

Today, Barlow Tyrie’s operation is international, with manufacturing in Java, Indonesia, the UK head office and warehouse in Braintree, Essex, and the US operating out of Moorestown, New Jersey. But the family firm’s history goes back to 1920, and has seen it successfully come through a world war, recessions, regulatory and sourcing challenges, and more. The company can trace its history back to 1919, when Victor Tyrie and Frederick Barlow were employed by The Castles Shipbreaking Company on a Government-subsidised training scheme making outdoor furniture from teak, which was sourced from the breaking of old timber ships – which ultimately became the foundation of the teak outdoor furniture industry. This employment ceased when the subsidy finished after one year, so Victor and Frederick started a two-man workshop in Leytonstone, making high-quality teak benches for upscale private gardens and public parks. Despite only having a DIY mechanical sawbench and various hand tools, the business quickly earned a reputation for quality and value, and products that stood the test of time. Some of the products listed in the catalogue from the 1920s – the Rothesay and London benches – are still manufactured today, although, it should be said,

with better production technology! Being a handmade operation from the start, Barlow Tyrie forged a name for itself as a designer and manufacturer of memorial benches, and the company has supplied its products to memorial sites around the world including Hiroshima, the Falkland Islands, and Dunblane in Scotland. During the Second World War, employees too old for service helped out repairing London bomb damage, and also installed blackout for public buildings. After the war in 1949, when the supply of timber came off licence, the company resumed production, initially using home-grown timber to produce rustic outdoor furniture. When teak became available again, the company reverted to its tradition of using only the best, and produced in teak for supply to the fashionable and exclusive London stores of the time, including Harrods, Maples, Heal’s and the Army & Navy Stores, together with many other prime outlets. Barlow Tyrie & Co was registered as a limited company, and in 1959 Frederick Barlow died. Victor Tyrie retired in 1968 and died in 1985, aged 88. In 1967, Victor’s son Peter Tyrie, then aged 22, joined the company, and a year later took over its management following his father’s retirement.

Three years later, Barlow Tyrie moved to the old market town of Braintree in Essex. In 1975, it started to introduce its products to the European market, and nine years later it moved to its current headquarters in Braintree to enable the business to expand its production – further enlarging this factory to 90,000ft2 in 1991. In 1986, Barlow Tyrie opened its office and warehouse in the US to serve its increasingly important market in North America. A major change in proceedings came in 1992, when the firm relocated its manufacturing base. “We opened a factory on the island of Java,” explains James Tyrie, “in response to a decision by the Indonesian government to stop the export of teak, which we started to source from there in the early 1980s when the supply of teak from Burma, the traditional source, became unreliable. “Following the purchase, we redeveloped the factory, and expanded it over several years with the addition of a sawmill and kilns, to approximately 300,000ft2.” Peter’s two sons, James and Mark, joined the company in 1994, and lead the business today. James is increasingly taking responsibility from his father, who now works part-time, and together they organise product design and management.



In recent years, from what was once a wholly teak-based product range, the company now boasts a fresh and contemporary product offer, much of which finds its way into hospitality destinations around the world. Barlow Tyrie’s current outdoor furniture ranges feature stainless steel, aluminium and highperformance fabrics – partially driven by the rapidly increasing cost of teak and directly as a consequence of changing fashions in outdoor furniture. And, unfortunately, whilst we all love a great wooden bench, to be successful across the world and meet the requirements of modern hospitality design, teak alone will probably not provide stability – let alone growth – for a 100-year-old international business. So the challenge for James, Mark and the team is to develop long-term successful additions to the company’s offer, whilst maintaining the heritage teak products for the next generations. Perusing the company’s current catalogue and online, it is clear that while the beyondteak chapter may be challenging, the company appears to be tackling the issue with the steadfastness and competence exemplified by its forebears. A focused management, an assured hand with the production process, and collaboration with leading professional designers, is standing


the company in good stead, with a number of new product families being introduced over the last few years which continue to sell and perform well for premium hospitality sites around the world. From Aura’s lightweight aluminium combined with teak dining furniture, its accompanying modular deep seating and high dining and occasional options, through to the equally fulsome Equinox offer of dining, high dining and occasional pieces, and the confident Mercury dining and deep seating options, Barlow Tyrie’s

“Perusing the company’s current catalogue, and online, it clearly demonstrates that whilst the beyond-teak chapter may be challenging, the company appears to be tackling the issue with the steadfastness and competence exemplified by their forebears.”


non-teak offering is both impressively practical, extremely well-made and a highly desirable option for a range of applications. With Mission and Monterey, the bevy of choice is substantial. And, bringing things up to date, the latest collection, Layout’s deep seating, dining and beautiful wood screens infer that Barlow Tryrie is fast-developing a fresh reputation for new design classics, having already been recognised internationally with a prestigious Red Dot 2020 award. The Layout collection is designed by awardwinning international designers Andrew Jones and Nathalie de Leval. The collection comprises two sizes of upholstered seat and five tables, which together make possible intimate or grand seating groups. The look and feel of Layout is calm, collected and cool – the design makes it appear to float, and the deft use of mixed materials is a delight. It features upholstered backs and arms, which are separate components and can fit on any side of the seating units to create sofas, corner sectionals, loungers, chairs, ottomans and many asymmetric configurations. The upholstered seats and teak tables use a refined frame made from 316 Marine Grade stainless steel that is powder-coated in a choice of two colours. The Layout double chaise with a bridging table and one of the company’s superb Napoli overhanging parasols is a winning combination (as far as this writer is concerned). But, on the other hand, a handsome, classic Rothesay solid teak bench would forever be a handsome sunset repose before supper … And this, essentially, is Barlow Tyrie’s strongest suit – the ability to supply some of the finest classic teak furniture in the world (certainly from the world’s oldest remaining manufacturer), whilst developing a growing range of modern and contemporary collections of outdoor furniture and accessories. It is the best of both worlds.

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Duravit illuminates the bathroom Creating an ambience is essential when designing a bathroom – the room should be both warm and welcoming, but at the same time practical. Lighting is of the utmost importance – it has to be adaptable in order to be functional yet atmospheric. The spectrum of light colours ranges from a gentle warm yellow to cool blue, going through three phases which starts with a soft glowing white through to neutral white, and then finally to a brighter daylight white. There are three aspects that need to be considered to be able to create the perfect lighting setup – basic lighting, accent lighting and functional lighting. With the correct elements, one can enjoy the perfect light at any time of day – a cooler shade in the morning to wake up to, and a calming warmer glow in the evening to help relaxation. Basic lighting Basic lighting is the most necessary – it lights the way, and needs to be bright enough to see but not dazzle. This extends into the night. Designed by Philippe Starck, the SensoWash Starck f has a nightlight that guides one to the shower-toilet, even in the dark – without disrupting the body’s resting state with overly bright light.

Accent lighting Accent lighting helps to create the right atmosphere – it generates the feelgood factor. Contrast-rich and expressive lighting engenders a stimulating air within the bathroom, and can be used to fashion cosy accents and highlight key elements. Functional lighting The opposite is true for functional lighting. This is a key element for the washing area – the focus here has to be on functional lighting. The area above the wash basins is where the lighting needs to be bright without dazzling the user. The XViu mirror variant with icon control is able to combine accent lighting with functionality, creating a cosy atmosphere with a spotlight for shaving or applying make-up. At a luminosity of up to 1000 lux, the light colour can be continuously adjusted from 2700 (warm light) to 6500 kelvin (cold light). For shaving or the application of make-up, a neutral white (approximately 4000 kelvin) is ideal.


Bette baths and shower trays chosen for The Standard, London Glazed titanium-steel baths and shower trays from German manufacturer, Bette, were chosen by The Standard, London, for its uniquely-styled rooms. Housed in the former Camden Town Hall Annex, in London’s King’s Cross neighbourhood, the 1974 Brutalist building has been meticulously restored and sets the perfect stage for The Standard’s first hotel outside America. It has 266 rooms, in 42 unique styles, ranging from Cosy Core rooms to terraced suites. Shower trays and floors Bette provided shower trays and shower floors in a wide range of different sizes and shapes, from 80 x 80cm to 180 x 90cm. All are made from Bette’s durable, hygienic and easy-to-

clean glazed titanium-steel, in the matt white Snow colourway, and feature Bette’s almostinvisible Anti-slip Pro finish. The shower trays and floors are Bette’s award-winning BetteFloor flush-to-floor shower floor, and the BetteUltra shower tray in rectangular and corner versions. Baths Bette also provided freestanding, semirecessed and fitted baths in white gloss finish, all manufactured from its glazed titanium-steel, which is easy to clean, retains its shine and comes with a 30-year warranty. The baths are the freestanding BetteLux Oval Silhouette in 180 x 80cm, the semi-recessed BetteLux Oval Highline in 180 x 80cm, and the fitted BetteForm bath in 150 x 70cm.

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Classic stereo system feel for latest Gessi creations The design of the memorable stereo systems of the past is the inspiration for Gessi’s latest creation for the bathroom – Hi-Fi, the latest launch from one of the most esteemed names in the luxury bathroom and kitchen sectors. A convergence of design and technology, the collection represents the new frontier of The Gessi Private Wellness Program, a wide range of modular shower elements that enable a completely customisable bathroom experience, from rain showers to atomisation. Inspired by the aesthetics of acoustic engineering for high-fidelity stereo systems,

The design of the memorable stereo systems of the past is the inspiration for Gessi’s latest creation for the bathroom, HI-FI

HI-FI echoes the cult product that constitutes a hallmark in the history of design and technology. Characterised by the same clean and essential lines and harmonious volumes of a period sound system, the collection presents shower mixers that enable a wide range of fine-tuned personalisation. True to the Gessi vision of experiential luxury, the collection is available in a full range of finishes, and can be tailored to suit the needs of each individual user to form a multisensory spa experience in the intimate space of the home. As with all Gessi products, the HI-FI collection

has adopted systems to reduce everyday water use and keep consumption low. By refining the sustainable construction, performance and eventual use of each product, Gessi seeks to minimise its ecological footprint and continue to promote environmentally friendly consumption and lifestyle models throughout the home. The HI-FI collection can be viewed at the new Casa Gessi London Showroom in the Old Sessions House, Clerkenwell – contact +44 (0)2036 873711 or email for up-to-date opening hours.

Bathroom technology to enhance hotel experiences As hotels move towards more automated and touchless environments, the introduction of the first voice-activated shower and bathfill solution will elevate the in-room customer experience to new levels. Connected showering, at last, aligns the hotel bathroom experience to what consumers are increasingly demanding in their daily lives. Now, from a simple hotel app, downloaded at check-in or in-room, guests can create an ultrapersonal shower experience with their choice of temperature, flow, outlet and running time, all controlled by tablet or smartphone.

Quartz Touch shower control

Quartz Touch from Aqualisa is a modern and compact product design that looks good in all types of room style. The intelligent Aqualisa SmartValve, the brains of the system, can be sited up to 10m away from the shower, not only making maintenance easy but also allowing more design options to optimise the available space. As well as an indulgent guest experience, there are some clear commercial advantages of smart digital showering. With guest sensibilities increasingly rooted in environmental sustainability, Quartz Touch

Quartz Touch bath fill

Quartz Touch paired with Aqualisa Downtown basin and bath taps

gives hotel management the ability to centrally monitor water usage and costs and, if necessary, to control water flow through hotel bathrooms. UK shower manufacturer Aqualisa is introducing new-generation shower technology that heralds cost-saving water intelligence and efficiency for the hotel industry. Perhaps even more compelling is the postCovid expectation of new standards of hygiene and cleanliness, and a gravitation towards the minimalist and remote control. The Quartz Touch smart digital shower offers a genuinely simple and contact-less control experience.

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Refined tiles featuring authentic Japanese styles The extensive collection of INAX brand tiles offers traditional, classic designs that take advantage of authentic Japanese styles, as well as sophisticated, stylish tiles for a more modern look. Each and every one of the company’s tiles is created with care and attention to detail, based on tile technology which has been continuously developed and improved since 1924, as well as the company’s rigorous quality-control system. The company’s uncompromising standards for aesthetics and texture are reflected in the details of its finished products. This Japanese tile brand offers refined techniques and unfaltering quality, and helps customers create high-quality spaces that resonate in the hearts of those who behold them.

Showerwall’s Phantom Marble decor adds dramatic appeal in the bathroom Phantom Marble is one of the 27 new designs added to the Showerwall bathroom wall-panelling range, offering design freedom for traditional and contemporary schemes. Reflecting the design move to dark, luxurious marbles in the bathroom, Phantom Marble offers a richly veined design, mirroring the look and feel of high-end marble but with the benefits inherent in laminate material for high performance, cleaning, installation and cost-effectiveness. Showerwall bathroom wall panels are ideal for use in shower enclosures,

around baths, behind basins and to create statement feature walls. The lightweight panels are fast and simple to install, and are available in three sizes of 600, 900 or 1200mm x 2440mm. Showerwall’s HPL panels are available with the Proclick panel-locking system for a seamless decorative finish, and offer the assurance of a 15-year guarantee. Embracing the latest design trends and texture innovations, the full Showerwall range offers 84 decors in total, all available ex-stock nationwide from IDS, Ideal Bathrooms and Formula 1.

Roman’s integrated vanity tops with shower enclosures Roman manufactures, designs and crafts exquisite vanity solid surface finishes, crafted to create a synthesis of seamless, spacious and attractive bathroom architecture. The company’s integrated vanity tops with shower enclosures highlights premium design inspired by international hotels, and solves both small bathroom functionality and bathroom cleanability – creating a fully-integrated solution. This innovation works well in small spaces yet delivers large showering areas, creates a centrepiece for more opulent bathroom designs, and eliminates the ‘uncleanable’ joint or gap while solving sealing issues between a vanity top and a shower enclosure. Hinged shower door with Corian column, anti-slip solid surface tray, frosted toilet enclosure with chrome hardware, and integrated solid surface illuminated vanity basin unit with concrete-effect panel and mirror

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New 50-piece Hotel Collection


One of the UK’s leading furniture suppliers, Furniture Fusion, has launched a range of design-led pieces in its new Hotel Collection. With everything from tables and bar stools to sofas, side and lounge chairs, the collection is contemporary and style conscious, and includes 50 new ranges, all with numerous options for size, specification, finish and fabric. Many of the pieces feature quirky design detail – such as the Grace side chair. Perfect for a hotel, bar or restaurant, its wraparound beech frame with brass detailing adds a striking note to make an otherwise understated piece stand out. The Gill range also features unexpected detailing at the back. This compact, elegant collection includes lounge, side and arm chairs plus bar stool, each embellished with a double shell at the back. By using contrasting upholstery, these become statement pieces for a restaurant, bar or hotel lobby. Luxe lobbies are the natural home for another piece in the collection – the Camelia high-back lounge chair. Its bold lines and curved shape add some glamour and drama to a hotel lounge or lobby, alongside the sofa and lounge chair from the same range.


Sam Samuels, MD of Furniture Fusion, comments: “Design is at the heart of what we do, and many of these pieces include the sort of witty, thoughtful touches that make a chair, sofa or table really stand out to customers.


Initial reaction to the collection has been really positive, and we’re looking forward to working with designers on projects across the hospitality sector in the coming months.”



Morris & Co and Ben Pentreath present the Queen Square Collection Ben Pentreath, renowned architectural and interior designer, has collaborated with Morris & Co to create a collection of colour and iconic pattern, new for AW20. A seamless meeting of minds between an iconic brand and one of the country’s most sought-after interior designers, the Queen Square Collection is named after the road that housed the first Morris & Co factory and showroom. Ben says: “I’ve always loved the designs of William Morris, and we’ve used his superb, timeless papers and fabrics in many of our decoration projects over the years. So it was a wonderful experience to be let loose in the Morris & Co archive – we’ve taken many original patterns, and recoloured them in a palette of my favourite colours, to cast his designs in a completely new light.” The Queen Square collection has been styled exclusively by Ben at his Dorset home, with photography featuring in the collection’s pattern books.


Hypnos Contract Beds appoints new sales & marketing director Royal warrant holder and leading sustainable bed manufacturer, Hypnos Contract Beds, has appointed Carolyn Mitchell, a respected figurehead within the British contract furnishing industry, as its new sales & marketing director. Joining as the historic British bedmaker continues to grow and invest in its contract division, which supplies mattresses, beds and sofabeds to some of the finest hospitality providers around the world, Carolyn brings over 30 years’ experience to Hypnos’ dedicated contract interiors sales team. Having previously been the youngest-ever chairman of the British Contract Furnishing

Carolyn Mitchell

Association (BCFA), Carolyn now leads the Hypnos Contract Beds sales team as it continues to deliver its award-winning, sustainable comfort and ethical sleep solutions. Hypnos’ Group MD, John Woolley, says: “Throughout 2020, as the hospitality market has faced an undoubtedly testing time, it has been vital that our contract division adapts and works more closely than ever before with our clients across the globe. We’re delighted that Carolyn will now be a key part of this as we move forward and look to achieve our strategic ambitions within this side of the business.” Supplying beds, mattresses, sofabeds and sleep-related products in a difficult landscape to large national and international hotel groups, boutique hotels and serviced apartments, Hypnos’ commercial team needs to be agile and precise with its tailored product and service solutions. As a specialist in working with premium brands on their interior designs, Carolyn could not be better set up to bring continued momentum to the manufacturer’s contract division. Carolyn says: “The opportunity to join a truly market-leading brand with such well-


known heritage and a real commitment to sustainability, quality and design was something that I simply couldn’t turn down. “Having been in the role for a couple of months now, I am excited to join Hypnos within a leadership position at such an exciting time as the business continues to resonate with worldwide brands and bring truly memorable and sustainable sleep experiences to guests around the world.”



Vineyard daybed – a haven for daydreaming Designed by Ramón Esteve for Vondom, Vineyard was born from the idea of a place of refuge. With a gabled roof recalling traditional architecture, this piece consists of an aluminium structure and a double reclinable mattress that makes this daybed even more comfortable and versatile. Its pure and simple lines and pyramid shape make it the ideal setting to rest, converse, meditate, sleep, or simply relax. Vineyard is available with a choice of fabrics and also a woven rope roof – both in a range of colourways.


Natural, geometric references with Juniper’s Flutes lighting system Biophilic design continues to gain importance as people crave connection to nature on an urban and architectural scale. Geometric structures that conjure natural inspirations, from honeycombs to coral polyps, proliferate in a new lighting system by Juniper, a lighting design and manufacturing studio with headquarters in Connecticut and a New York City showroom. Integrating as naturally as a reef into an aquatic ecosystem, its Flutes modular lighting system illuminates a designscape through a shifting kit of individual parts – whether a hotel is looking for an elegant pendant for reception or an eyecatching formation to mark a public space, the system is both flexible and functional, to create a design dialogue across a project’s many environments. The Flutes’ collective formations have a wide conceptual potential, with a range of customisable options for interiors that demand modular solutions of all sizes, and an organic touch that brings refreshing notes of the natural world indoors. Constructed in extruded aluminum, each fixture’s unique profile can

multiply to form systems of light featuring highoutput LED light modules that diffuse through a series of optical lenses and offer a variety of colour temperatures and dimming options, in a satin black or satin aluminum finish. Three designs inspired by architecture and musical structure – Ionian, Lydian and Dorian – synchronise to draw the eye, while simultaneously receding into their surroundings – each is a functional piece of beauty that flourishes whether separated or combined. Ionian is a spirited and feminine circular form that emulates sand dunes and flowing waves, while Lydian flaunts a rectangular, undulating shape, and Dorian has a formidable triangular structure. Each formation carries its own distinct character that will bring a personalised touch – Ionian can connect radially to create circular fixtures that modernise the idea of a classic chandelier, while Lydian can expand multidirectionally to weave over spaces in branching lines, and Dorian can vertically stagger and build outward to create installations that resemble stalactites or cave forms.

Producing well-designed, technically precise lighting is a specialty of the company, and the Flutes system is no exception. “We created this system for the everyday visionary,” says Juniper’s founder, Shant Madjarian, who has always prized versatility when it comes to the company’s product lines. “The Flutes offer layers of customisable elements and stylistic options, bringing a fresh perspective to our made-to-fit lighting collections.” This is evident in the system’s many applications, designed for wall-mount, ceilingflush mount, and pendant installation methods. Its many iterations can be seen in Juniper’s new Manhattan showroom in Soho, which demonstrates the fixtures in multi-unit rings as well as individual pendants. In consideration of the needs of an evolving industry, Juniper continues to produce systems that are both practical and visually impactful, in ranges of size, shape, and diameter. With modules that elicit an emotional response akin to a calming walk through the outdoors, its lighting systems align with people’s desire to connect with the living world.



Managing value in hospitality FFE

Interior design functions to develop the interior of a building to achieve a robust aesthetic experience for the user. Using space, light and textures to complement and augment functionality, it is an art and a science. According to Wood Couture, the biggest hospitality design challenge is helping owners obtain a sustainable competitive advantage for their hotels and differentiate themselves in the market. An underrated aspect of hotel projects is the manufacturing of the loose furniture which, in most projects, is the biggest cause of delays. As hotel openings push closer, developers commonly face the dilemma of choosing between compromising design integrity or blowing the budget, and, says Wood Couture, this is when FF&E becomes a thorn in the project’s side. The inconvenient truth is that designing to budget is more of a rough estimate by experienced designers, than a science. Managing value will then prove challenging to achieve. According to the company, the hotel project stakeholder model requires reinvention, by including a manufacturer which has product development capabilities at the design stage, to balance the desired visual appeal as well as fulfilling the developer’s budget expectations. For the past three years, Wood Couture’s technical team has engineered the right technology to support the interior design and

development community to avoid project delays. The team challenges the norms of project manufacturing for hospitality clients to protect integrity of design, hotel brand standards and budget. Co-founder, Filippo Sona, says: “You have to bring us in from the start. We work closely with designers to ensure that their vision is not sacrificed while keeping in mind that these chairs, tables and consoles will have to be structurally sound and pass hospitality operational standards.” Designers may not consider many things outside of aesthetics – the look and feel – and in truth, they are inherently not compelled to. The Wood Couture team uses 3D modelling and simulation to visualise designs before they are built in the company’s state-of-theart factory, and this technology enables it to identify weaknesses in structure, stability or constructability which can be addressed in realtime without delaying the process. For totally bespoke designs, the technology supports the designer in discovering whether the creation can be manufactured within the budget. “This step reduces the time spent and cost of prototyping. It is especially useful during these times when travelling is restricted, and owners/managers are unable to inspect prototypes for both design and engineering aspects,” maintains Paolo Della Casa, cofounder of Wood Couture.

Crucially, any desired adjustments tested digitally will automatically update the shop drawing references for factory workers on the production floor, and everything can be shared digitally to ensure that all parties are well informed. Wood Couture can be defined as a 21stcentury supplier, driven by innovation, practical experience and an understanding of project dynamics. Says Wood Couture: “This approach can make that million-dollar difference that encourages more innovative designs and brings amazing spaces to life – without the headache!”


Say no to viruses and bacteria Healthcare facilities such as hospitals, medical and dental practices or laboratories must naturally comply with strict hygiene regulations. As a result of the current pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the expectations of employees and visitors regarding the cleanliness and sterility of surface materials have increased even more. LG Hausys has produced a brochure to support the planning of these highly sensitive facilities, listing the benefits of the material to the healthcare sector and providing inspiration for planners and architects with numerous existing projects. Materials used for healthcare facilities must comply with the highest standards. With its smooth, non-porous surface, the LG Hausys HI-MACS® material meets all hygiene and functionality requirements. Due to the special surface and the ability to manufacture the material without any visible joints, dirt, mould, bacteria and viruses can be effectively prevented from attaching and spreading. Thanks to the extreme durability of the solid surface material, surface scratches are extremely unlikely. Minor signs of wear can be simply removed using a common sponge or cloth. Should repair works become necessary, they can be carried out quickly and without much effort, minimising repair and maintenance cost in the long-term. HI-MACS® is strong enough to withstand

even the most aggressive cleaning agents used to clean sensitive areas such as operating rooms. The material can be subjected to cleaning processes with virucidal disinfectants used to kill viruses such as SARS-CoV-2 or HIV. Therefore, HI-MACS® is one of the most resistant solid surfaces on the market when following ECDC cleaning protocols. In addition to its hygienic cleaning possibilities, the material itself is also free from toxic or harmful substances like formaldehyde or nanoparticles. This is reflected in awards such as the Greenguard Gold Indoor Air Quality certificate. Thanks to these properties, HI-MACS® can be used in many different areas of the healthcare sector – nurses’ stations and reception counters, patient and waiting room furniture, laundry rooms and sanitary facilities, operating room surfaces, doors, cafeteria and kitchen equipment, as well as internal and external signage. The solid surface material offers architects and planners extensive creative freedom. Its thermoformability allows HI-MACS® to be moulded into almost any imaginable shape, facilitating extraordinary designs with tight bends and organic forms – attractive in an otherwise sterile environment. An extensive colour range – elegant to extravagant, classical to modern – helps designers and planners find the suitable colours for their projects. In combination with precisely positioned light

sources, translucent pastel shades offer endless possibilities to create spectacular design highlights. The result is a hospital, practice or laboratory environment that ensures the wellbeing of patients, staff and visitors, contributing to better staff performance and supporting the recovery process of patients. Refer to the latest LG Hausys brochure for actual examples of application and detailed information. This document can be download from



Zeppo Reader



Inspired AW20 collection from Astro Using innovative materials to convey light seamlessly, Astro’s AW20 collection celebrates British design and unique craftsmanship, blending precise and delicate detailing with desirable metallic finishes. Carefully considered, thoughtful design is behind every detail of the new season. Soft edges and crisp, well-defined corners give the collection distinct characteristics – those that can only be achieved through quality techniques such as die casting. Highlighting Astro’s desire to use only the best componentry with no compromise on aesthetics, each luminaire delivers visual comfort and elegant engineering, encased in attractive and timeless designs. The introduction of new design techniques also ensures every element has been selected to enhance a light’s purpose – from bedside readers, pendants and wall lights, to timeless essentials in the form of illuminated bathroom mirrors and new slimline downlights. Architecturally inspired, the new season achieves a balance between elegant decorative pieces and more minimalist contemporary designs. A hero product of

the collection, Tacoma, presents flawless metalwork and a spherical glass shade that exudes both gothic influence and contemporary styling. Delivering a dramatic wash of light within both contemporary and traditional settings, this striking wall sconce is the ideal partner for both interior and bathroom designs. Senior designer Riley Sanders describes the Tacoma as “hugely versatile, with a distinct mid-century influence”. He continues: “Tacoma encapsulates visual elegance and modern engineering in a beautiful and certainly timeless design. It’s characterised by its majestic metallic structure, that stands proud within any space.” Combining the technology of a reading light with an ambient hand-blown opal shade, the Zeppo marks an evolution of readers for Astro, delivering a luxury design that breaks the rules of traditional task lighting. The delicacy of the milky glass shade adds a real sense of luxury to any hospitality setting, and is an enduring lighting design that will be appreciated regardless of current trends. Alongside new products, AW20 also

welcomes a highly anticipated matt black finish from the British designer. Applied to Astro’s signature designs alongside its new innovations, the sleek black finish injects an air of sophistication to the collection, allowing products to stand alone as statement pieces, as well as be supporting players within wider interior and exterior schemes. Astro co-founder and design director James Bassant describes the latest collection as “an inspired curation of well-established designs that encapsulate the true essence of Astro.” He continues: “Many of the new collection products are passion projects, starting life as an inspired sketch within our notebooks. For example, Sagara is a matt black bathroom wall light that I designed over a decade ago. That itself proves its timelessness as a design. It’s still as relevant now as it was when I first put pen to paper, and there isn’t anything I would change about it if I were designing it today. That’s the magic of an Astro product – the simplicity makes it truly timeless.” The entire AW20 collection from Astro is now available. To view the full range, visit the company’s website


New Stock Collection – Natural Wool Newhey Carpets, manufacturer of wool-rich contract carpets, has updated its highly successful Natural Wool Collection with a selection of new designs. The Natural Wool Collection, launched in 2016, produced a flurry of orders from clients across the spectrum of the hospitality industry, from hotel and leisure chains to independent restaurants and inns. This 1350g/m2 graphicstufted, heavy contract use carpet is available at 4m wide. To satisfy the industry’s appetite for high-performance natural wool carpets with sustainable attributes, Newhey Carpets has extended its palette for this collection, from silver grey through to deep ebony. All shades in the newly updated range are derived from the natural colour of the sheep’s fleece. Different breeds offer an eclectic mix of wool, allowing Newhey’s designers to work with a skilled local spinner to develop and blend the Natural Wool Collection’s natural yarn colours. Focusing on the new designs, Geo is a contemporary, small design with a concentrated pattern of light and dark, suitable for even petite areas, and Parquet is inspired by the classic geometric pattern which gives any

room true visual direction. Herringbone, brought from the original collection, is an elegant reverse twill derived from a woven fabric, while Panama is an oversized herringbone pattern with a fine stripe detail. Alpine incorporates the new shade of ebony to give opulence and depth. Clients and interior designers with exacting sustainability requirements can specify the Natural Wool Collection in confidence, as all designs are backed with evobac. This environmentally friendly backing material has a positive impact on the planet. evobac applies solvent-free thermoplastic technology to high-speed tufted carpet manufacturing. This heat-applied backing is made from recycled PET post-consumer plastic bottles, and has already prevented over 9.6 million bottles finding their way into landfill or polluting the oceans. The environment is something Newhey Carpets protects fiercely. This is also backed up by a seamless supply chain that appeals to clients which respect sustainability. The new extended Natural Wool Collection is now available. For samples call +44 (0)1706 846375 or email



Elstead Lighting The new Elstead Lighting Supplement 2020 includes 144 models, which is an amalgamation of those models launched in 2019, along with many new models for autumn 2020. Highlights include: many stylish new families such as Zuma, Waverley, Kula and Shoal; several attractive table lamps, including LENA, in several glass colour options, with dual-lit switches; and finally, several new outdoor models in the Coastal Collection, including Randhurst, Admirals Cove and Suri. Featured is the Kula 9 light chandelier, which has adjustable rods to suit most ceiling heights. The globe forms and linear arms combine to create a fresh take on this retro style. The semi-transparent mirror glass shades add glamour as well as practicality, in a range that offers style across modern interiors. The Kula family also includes a smaller five-light chandelier and a single wall light.

A playful way to connect with nature 3DForms by Granorte is a collection of wall tiles with three-dimensional structures that can be used in various arrays to create one-of-a-kind textured walls that also benefit from the natural properties of cork. Designed by Alzira Peixoto and Carlos Mendonca of SimpleFormsDesign, 3DForms takes inspiration from Portuguese ceramic wall tiles of the 1950s and 1960s, creating striking geometric patterns across the wall. Relying on the tonal contrast between shadows and highlights, 3DForms has a sculptural quality that changes emphasis as light changes throughout the course of day and night. Made in Portugal by cork innovator Granorte, 3DForms uses a lightweight agglomerated cork compound made from 92% post-industrial waste derived from wine stopper production, and is FSC certified. Protected with Granorte’s proprietary Corkguard water-based finish, the tiles are easy to clean and protected from marks and stains, and are suitable for use in commercial and domestic interiors.

Parkside’s second edition brochure Parkside has released the second edition of its brochure, cataloguing over 500 tile designs for 2020/21. At over 300 pages, there is no doubt that the second edition of Parkside’s brochure is a comprehensive illustration of the tile specialist’s ability to provide commercial interiors with an unparalleled collection of porcelain and ceramic wall and floor tiles. From exclusive designs by some of the world’s most innovative tile manufacturers to core volume collections, the brochure takes readers on a journey through an impressive portfolio, all backed by the service and availability that has made Parkside a rising force in the tile specification sector. Handily referenced by effect, with options including concrete, marble, stone, wood, textile, patterned and terrazzo among others, Parkside has made the brochure easy to navigate, giving designers the essential information to make an informed selection. Alongside featured key collections including Matrix, Spectre, Barneby Gates and Chymia, the brochure also tells of services explaining its offer across waterjet cutting, colour matching, slip-resistance testing, digital printing, porcelain worktops and bespoke handmade tiles. For those keen to know about the company, the brochure is also a good place to start, showing the tile specification company’s four design studios, as well as information on its digital services such as video design consultations, the five-minute sample selector and Design Lab for simple and accessible custom tile design colours.

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Fenabel’s new Eder chair collection Spanish designer Aitor Garcia de Vicuña has developed another chair collection for Fenabel, where the circular shapes of the silhouette result in an elegant look of wavy lines that give a sense of movement and lightness. This collection is ideal for incorporating into new concept spaces, with simple lines and styles which surpass trends. The solid wood structure fits seamlessly into the seat- and back-moulded wood, which can be independently upholstered.

Hunter Douglas Architectural ceiling has the ‘wow’ factor in London hotel A four-star hotel in the financial district of Canary Wharf, London, which draws its design inspiration from the area’s industrial heritage, has been enhanced with a Hunter Douglas Architectural ceiling that truly boasts the ‘wow’ factor. When guests first enter the Lincoln Plaza London, which is part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, they are greeted by a distinctively designed lobby/bar area – with an eyecatching Hunter Douglas Architectural solid wood open grill ceiling. Ashley Cole, general manager of the hotel, says the dramatic curved ceiling, which is manufactured from Ayous wood, immediately captures people’s attention. “Most people look up when they come in and say, ‘wow’, which is just the reaction we want,” he says. “The unusual wave shape is a nod to the water that is around the hotel, and it is an impressive addition to the interior design. The attention to detail is incredible. It creates space, and certainly sets the mood and tone.” The hotel is part of the high-rise Lincoln Plaza deluxe apartments, and was fitted out by Fileturn, which commissioned high-spec

out of the specification, Kevin Taylor, of Hunter Douglas Architectural, suggested using Ayous wood instead, and staining it the same colour as Cambara. This more economical option was agreed – yet the finish is still first-class. Hunter Douglas Architectural was specified to supply 200m2 of open solid wood grill ceiling in 3-100-30-120. The lengths were designed to fit with minimal onsite cutting required, and, to make the panels curved, a plastic pipe was used for the connecting dowels in lieu of rigid aluminium. The undulating, wave-effect ceiling was fitted onto a specially designed and created curved carrier, and fixed into place with standard ‘J’ clips. Hunter Douglas Architectural also supplied a multi-panel ceiling for the back-ofhouse corridor, consisting of 150m2 of different interiors including a feature polished concrete spiral staircase, polished concrete floors, steel feature walls, Crittall-style windows, and reclaimed materials such as railway sleepers. The original specification for the lobby ceiling was for a curved timber grill ceiling in Cambara wood, but when that was design-engineered

height and width white panels, all on a single carrier type. The un-pronged carrier had the panels fixed with appropriate size clips for each panel width, which enabled the panels to be fanned around the curved sections of the corridor – a shared access for apartment owners and hotel guests to the spa area.












A modern Tradition As people spend more time in their homes during the ‘new normal,’ they are increasingly conscious of the materials and finishes they choose and the impact they have on their wellbeing. Materials that link people to the positive effects of the natural world are gaining popularity, and helping them to feel calm and relaxed as they seek to feel protected and secure within their homes. Cork is an ideal surface to foster this connectivity, and is one that not only links people to nature, but helps to preserve it also. Cork’s unique aesthetic is deeply rooted in the natural world, and, arguably, its status as a historic floor used in happier times cements its soothing and calming effect. Harvested from bark, rather than felling, cork comes from trees that live for hundreds of years, so it is a material that is renewable and natural, and

of the material, and to which Tradition stays faithful. With a natural sanded pre-finish ready for sealing, these stylish glue-down tiles are available in agglomerated designs that all provide an attractive and richly organic cork

extraordinarily appropriate at the moment,” says Paulo Rocha, product and R&D manager, Granorte. “Tradition is a sustainable flooring choice that puts homes in direct touch with the natural environment – it is a simple execution

which also helps to sustain the balance of the atmosphere. Granorte’s Tradition collection is as close to the original cork floors as is possible to find today. Possessing a history dating back over a century, cork-tiled floors are the purest use

aesthetic. “While we have innovated to harness the benefits of cork with products that respond to today’s interiors in floating click floors and PVC-free LVT alternatives, it is the simplicity and pureness of Tradition that seems

of the material that feels all the more genuine and authentic for that very reason.” Tradition is available from Granorte in a 4mm thick 600 x 300mm tile, manufactured in Portugal from 100% cork recycled from the wine stopper industry.

UNILIN Evola brings the perfect blue to KafKaf UNILIN Panels has helped to create an Instagrammable Parisian hotspot at KafKaf, a Middle Eastern-inspired coffee bar with an interior by design studio Fairly. After just a few months of opening in the 11th district of Paris, KafKaf boasts an online community of some 15,000 followers and has become a favoured meeting place for the local community. UNILIN Evola decorative finishes have been used in a scheme created by studio Fairly – unusually, developed before the bar’s location had been decided. Adeline Paty, co-founder of design studio Fairly, comments: “Even before the final site was determined, we had to develop the concept and select the materials and furniture. We had the opportunity to start at the very essence of the project without getting lost in site-specific challenges. This ultimately led to stronger and more radical design choices. “Whoever walks through KafKaf’s door has to feel like they’ve travelled to Tunisia without running into cliches and so we used a few small, original Middle Eastern details in the interior. Everything also had to be connected – the colours of the coffeemakers and other decorative

accessories are in the same hues as the finishes. Terracotta-rose comes up in different places and surfaces, and on the skirting boards and some chairs you’ll find black accents. The famous Majorelle blue, contrasting with the rest of the interior, gives the bar its unique identity.” The original colours and high-quality finish

of UNILIN Evola HPL panels, notably in Persian Blue, captured the aesthetics of KafKaf and fitted with the sustainable goals of Fairly. Offering a finish that delivers impressive durability and low maintenance, UNILIN Evola is ideal for the busy café, with the décor’s matt finish giving the colour an authentic richness.


Parkside service and sourcing delivers at Marriott Hotel Kensington Several of Parkside’s architectural tile collections feature in the newly refurbished reception lobby, bar and restaurant of London’s Marriott Hotel Kensington. Drawing inspiration from the culture, museums and architecture of the Kensington district, Design Coalition worked with Parkside on a scheme involving the specification company’s wall and floor tiles. Behind the main check-in desk and on the front of counters, the 3D Rombini Triangle by Mutina is used to striking linear effect, bringing a distinctly modern feel in crisp white. On the floors of the reception lobby, Design Coalition has drawn inspiration from the grand architecture of the museums surrounding the hotel, with the large format terrazzo design Blythe combined with a concrete-effect tile waterjet cut to shape. The hotel’s Cast Iron restaurant takes on a classic British mid-century theme, and so Parkside sourced custom mosaics to meet Design Coalition’s brief, as well as supplying Lome in the Crochet pattern, a design inspired by traditional hand-painted terracotta tiles. Kim Thraves, interior design associate,

Diamond Life’s optimum lighting solutions Fairmont Chengdu is the first Fairmont hotel in western China, inheriting the century-old luxury hotel quality of Canada, with a modern and fashionable design style, blending with flowing landscape. Diamond Life Lighting has successfully created lighting solutions according to the hotel designer‘s standards, which enabled a well-presented project.

Design Coalition, says: “Parkside really helped us to make the most of our tile specification for the hotel, working to source exactly what we needed and offering fast samples. They even met the contractors on-site, surveying the project to check the specification was suitable, and gave advice on installation and the selection of the correct adhesives and grouts.” A total of 450m2 of ceramic and porcelain tiles supplied by Parkside were installed at Marriott Hotel Kensington by Charnic Interiors, a specialist hotel refurbishment company.



Growing options help meet the lighting challenge LSE is constantly expanding its range of options in order for customers to create their own bespoke luminaire, because the company believes in letting designers design. Following its seven-step ISO 9001 2015 process, LSE is able to deliver the project as required. The company is always looking to manufacture

something special, with diffusers made from stone, marble, crystal or glass, with an extensive range of finishes including a bespoke match to any sample that customers send. The company can also deliver complete lighting data for its fixtures, enabling lighting

designers to provide accurate calculations. LSE’s 20 years’ experience is a proven track record, with satisfied clients globally, with work completed for the Australian Embassy, the British Museum, and the Courtauld Institute of Art and McLaren.

Dernier & Hamlyn – updated and improved under new ownership Bespoke lighting manufacturer Dernier & Hamlyn has moved to new, premium premises in Chessington that incorporate a state-ofthe-art studio where clients can work with the company’s design team to progress their lighting designs from concept to reality.

Significant investment is also being made in manufacturing and finishing capabilities and other technology to ensure that the company’s reputation for the highest-quality lighting is maintained and improved. Experienced experts who previously worked for Dernier & Hamlyn are still part of the team – including head of production Mark Pye, project manager Lyn Newcombe and design manager Adam Coare – while strategic and operational management of the company will be enhanced with the appointment of Michael Mulhall as director of sales. Michael was previously head of major projects for Dernier & Hamlyn’s new owner NVC Lighting UK, where he oversaw large lighting programmes for hospitality and luxury residential clients. Michael says: “We were attracted to Dernier & Hamlyn by the strength of its brand and reputation in the lighting industry. Feedback from our research with designers and others has shown that the quality of the products manufactured was second-to-none, but there have been frustrations in the past with lead times and flexibility of delivery, which we

are addressing with our more collaborative approach.” Dernier & Hamlyn will operate as a totally autonomous company, but one that is part of a global organisation which made sales of more than $600m in 2019, giving the company access to varied complementary technical, engineering and design resources.

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