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ISSUE 102 | JULY - AUGUST 2022


Welcome to the July-August issue of Hospitality Interiors.

Many of you will already know me as a regular face reporting on the industry, but

for those of you that don’t, I look forward to getting to know you in my new position as editor of Hospitality Interiors. It’s an honour to be working with such a talented

team – and wonderful to be working again with Can, the industry’s most tireless (and knowledgeable) networker!

My first month in the saddle has proven to be action-packed, starting with a whirlwind

tour of Milan’s finest design show and city showrooms at this year’s Salone del Mobile. Swiftly afterwards flowed meetings, site tours, and a fantastic roundtable event at Corinthia London with event hosts Sanderson Design Group (p62).

Of course it’s been a pleasure doing the hotel rounds again and getting to review some of the world’s hottest new openings from the last year (tough job, but someone’s

got to do it!). Read my reviews of Middle Eight designed by Tonik Associates (p84) and AMANO Covent Garden design by Woods Bagot (p112), as well as hearing our thoughts

on international projects: Park Lane New York (p76), The Royal Senses Resort & Spa, a Curio Collection by Hilton (p98), and Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, The Palm, Dubai (p92).

Can has been busy catching up with some industry mega stars over the last month. Read his interviews with Nobu Hospitality’s CEO Trevor Horwell and COO Struan McKenzie, where they talk about a shared pride in the brand’s growth (p38), co-founder and CEO of J.K. Place Ori Kafri talks about the role of location and design

in hotel success (p44), and the leadership team behind V Starr: owner and president

Venus Williams, principal Sonya Haffey and design director Holly Nixon, explain how design is a constantly evolving term for the brand (p50). We also learn more about the history of and current developments for Conran and Partners (p56)

You might notice a couple of new features in this issue, too: our Research & Development pages will be dedicated to different areas that affect the decision-making processes within hotel build and operation. The first in this series shines a light on wellness in

design. I’ve also introduced a new sign-off column, The Last Word, where we will be inviting well-known industry names to tell us about topics they feel passionate about.

Don’t forget to keep in touch and tell us all your news, and by all means send us your

Hospitality Interiors snaps – it’s a great beach read! Until next time, happy summer holidaying!

Sophie Harper Sophie Harper editor @HospitalityInteriorsMag

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1. ANNOUNCING UCO – AN INTERIOR DESIGN STUDIO BY OBMI A new design studio is drawing the attention of leading hospitality brands,

developers and restaurateurs. UCO Studio, the interior design studio launched by

celebrated architectural firm OBMI, brings an impressive hospitality design portfolio, with projects recently opened ranging from the Taj Goa Resort in India and St. Regis Resort in Bermuda, to the soon-to-debut Hyatt Centric, Austin.

UCO Studio and OBMI align their respective crafts to deliver a turnkey offering,

providing services for large-scale regional planning down to intimate interior details. Their recognised expertise in luxury hospitality makes this a formidable new venture in the architectural and design community. The team’s reputation as a creative

force, combined with their world-class portfolio, promises to further their ability to set the pace for hospitality design in the industry for the years to come. 1.

2. AIMBRIDGE HOSPITALITY NAMES ALLISON REID CHIEF GLOBAL GROWTH OFFICER Aimbridge Hospitality, a leading global hospitality company, has welcomed

hospitality industry veteran Allison Reid to the newly created role of chief global growth officer. Allison’s addition to the Aimbridge leadership team represents a

continued investment in securing top industry talent and driving growth through

strategic development and operational expertise. Her experience and leadership will empower Aimbridge’s business development teams to fuel the company’s global pipeline.

“We welcome Allison to our executive leadership team in this crucial role leading

our global growth pursuits,” says Michael J Deitemeyer, Aimbridge’s president and

CEO. “As Aimbridge evolves, it is an ideal time for Allison – a recognised executive with extensive experience – to lead our growth focus, and through our operating structure and expertise we have the acumen ready to immediately take over management 2.

and add value for owners across the full spectrum of hospitality verticals.” 3. NEW CEO APPOINTED AT DOYLE COLLECTION

The Doyle Collection of hotels has appointed Gordon Drake as the new CEO of

the group. Gordon is an international hotelier with experience in the luxury space, previously with Westmont, Six Senses, Kingdom Hotels (owner of Four Seasons,

George V Hotel in Paris, and The Savoy Hotel in London) and Rocco Forte Hotels.

The Doyle Collection is an family-owned and operated luxury international hotel

group. It owns The Westbury Hotel, a flagship property in Dublin and a member of

Leading Hotels of the World. In the UK it owns The Marylebone, The Kensington and

The Bloomsbury, all located in central London, as well as The Bristol, which is located

harbourside in Bristol. In addition, the group’s Irish hotels also include The River Lee in Cork and The Croke Park Hotel in Dublin – and, in the US, The Dupont Circle Hotel. Over the last four years, the group has completed a €65m investment in


refurbishments across its portfolio.

4. NEW HEAD OF INTERIORS FOR HLM ARCHITECTS Andy Illingworth has been promoted to head of interiors at HLM Architects, he will lead the practice’s 19-strong interiors team.

Andy joined HLM Architects in July 2002 as a member of the interior design

team, and for the last 20 years has worked on a variety of projects and different

design disciplines, from concept and development, construction information and specification, to on-site delivery.

An accomplished designer, Andy has a breadth of sector experience, including

healthcare, education, commercial and hospitality. More recently, he worked on

the prestigious Royal Hospital for Children and Young People and the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, creating the interior and wayfinding vision. Andy led the

interior design team through the design development process, managing the interior 4.

design alongside a therapeutic arts programme involving over 20 projects.


5 RBH ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC ALLIANCE WITH GATEHOUSE HOSPITALITY Representing the biggest international move for RBH in its 22 years of operation,

this exclusive collaboration is set to propel the management company’s ambitious growth plan for cross-continent business. The nature of the partnership seeks to facilitate RBH’s expansion into a new market, while imparting knowledge of

successful third-party management to the Gatehouse team in what is a relatively new but emerging operating model in the Asia-Pacific region.

“Until now, there have been no significant third-party management companies

that span both the UK and the Asia-Pacific regions,” states RBH. In an open narrative since September 2021, both RBH and Gatehouse have mutually recognised the lucrative opportunity to combine expertise.

Gatehouse Hospitality is a joint venture between leading independent hotel

asset management and advisory firm, Minett Prime Square, and Perri Projects, a diversified private investment and property development group.


6 CHAMPALIMAUD DESIGN APPOINTS TWO NEW PRINCIPALS New York-based design studio Champalimaud Design has appointed Courtney

Brannan and Jun Chun as principals. The globally acclaimed firm, renowned for

conceiving and reinventing some of the world’s eminent hotels, has promoted both designers from their positions as senior associates following years of exceptional work at the studio.

Courtney Brannan has grown the identity and reputation of Champalimaud

Design over more than a decade working with the firm. Her innate sense of style and keen eye for detail have shaped many of the studio’s notable residential

and hospitality projects. Jun Chun is a distinguished interior designer, known for his enchanting take on the luxury lifestyle. His work at Champalimaud Design

represents an effortless combination of refined taste and technical expertise.


7 EDITION HOTELS ANNOUNCES NEW SVP AND GLOBAL MD EDITION Hotels has announced Josh Fluhr as SVP and global MD. A vital member of the EDITION leadership team, Josh, who succeeds long-time executive Dan

Flannery, will guide the brand through its extensive growth, overseeing all aspects

of its culture, training platform, hotel openings, design evolution, marketing and PR strategy, nightlife programming, and F&B concept development.

“Dan Flannery will be sorely missed as a one-of-a-kind leader and gentleman.

He embodied everything EDITION tried to achieve,” says Ian Schrager, the visionary

pioneer of the boutique hotel concept, and the creator of EDITION. “However, EDITION is so lucky to have a man of Josh’s calibre, intelligence, know-how, experience

and expertise to step in right away. Having worked so closely with Dan for so long at EDITION, I’m sure the transition will be seamless and not miss a heartbeat. I

personally can rest easy and be totally confident with Josh at the helm for the future of the brand.”


8 NOBU HOSPITALITY GROWS PARTNERSHIP WITH RCD HOTELS IN NORTH AMERICA Nobu Hospitality, in partnership with RCD Hotels, has announced two new hotels and residences – in Punta Cana and Orlando.

The introduction of these two destinations marks the fifth successful collaboration

between Nobu Hospitality and RCD Hotels. The partnership commenced in 2016

with the opening of Nobu Hotel Miami Beach and has continued to flourish over the years with the introduction of Nobu Hotel Los Cabos in 2019, Nobu Hotel Chicago in

2020, and the imminent arrival of Nobu Los Cabos Residences, 60 units situated next to the hotel and overlooking the golf course, due for completion in 2023.

Trevor Horwell, CEO, Nobu Hospitality, comments,: “The addition of these new

mixed-use projects solidifies the mutual long-term investment that we have with RCD Hotels.”



1. FORT PARTNERS ACQUIRES HISTORIC PALAZZO MARINI IN ROME Fort Partners, led by founder and CEO Nadim Ashi, has announced the acquisition of the Palazzo Marini (3-4) for €165m, with plans to develop the property into a luxury hotel that will be managed by Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

“A project in Rome has been a dream of mine for many years,” says Nadim

Ashi, founder and CEO, Fort Partners. “We have a clear vision, and can already

see this magnificent place come to life. As with our other properties, Fort Partners’

commitment to delivering top quality, excellence and elegance will be ever present in the execution of this project in the heart of Rome.”

Fort Partners’ vision for the Palazzo Marini 3-4 in Rome will be thoughtfully

developed with a deep reverence for the building’s architectural importance within the Eternal City. 1.

2. ACCOR AND SUNMEI TO OPEN MORE THAN 400 NEW MÖVENPICK HOTELS Accor has announced a new master franchise agreement with Sunmei Digital

Intelligence Group to debut and develop the Mövenpick by Accor brand across China. Together, Sunmei and Accor plan to open more than 400 Mövenpick by

Accor smart technology hotels across China, representing more than 60,000 guest rooms. Sunmei Digital Intelligence Group will be Accor’s exclusive strategic partner for Mövenpick by Accor branded hotels in China, leading the brand’s aggressive

expansion efforts. The first Mövenpick by Accor hotel under this new agreement will

open its doors in the coastal city of Qingdao, in eastern Shandong Province, in 2023 – coinciding with the 75th anniversary of the Mövenpick brand.

“We are thrilled to join forces with Sunmei Digital Intelligence Group, as our key

strategic partner to grow and expand the Mövenpick brand with fully smart and

sustainable hotels throughout China,” says Gary Rosen, CEO, Accor Greater China. 2.


Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest hotel franchising company with more than 8,900 hotels in over 95 countries, and Palladium Hotel Group, one of the largest Spanish hotel companies, today announced a commercial alliance that will add

more than 6,500 rooms to Wyndham’s Registry Collection. The 14 spectacular all-

inclusive TRS Hotels and Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts managed by Palladium

Hotel Group that are located throughout Mexico, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Brazil and will join Wyndham’s portfolio. This will be under a long-term agreement

leveraging Wyndham’s extensive distribution and bringing Wyndham’s all-inclusive resort portfolio to 26 hotels.


Bespoke Hotels, one of the UK’s largest independent hotel groups, has purchased Scottish hotel group, McMillan Hotels.

The Bespoke Hotels group continues to build its portfolio after securing ownership

of the McMillan Hotels collection, which comprises three family-friendly hotels

operating across South West Scotland: North West Castle (Stranraer); Cally Palace Hotel & Golf Course (Gatehouse of Fleet); and Fernhill Hotel (Portpatrick).

Discussing the appointment, Thomas Greenall, CEO at Bespoke Hotels, says: “We

are delighted to add such characterful hotels to our portfolio. The trio are intrinsic to the hospitality scene in South West Scotland, and we cannot wait to develop them

further, building on their excellent reputation within the community. We can confirm

that the current team at the hotel will be able to continue their roles and day-to-day activities unaffected – we are keen for business to continue as normal.”



5 THE DORCHESTER TO COMPLETE FIRST STAGE OF RENOVATION THIS SEPTEMBER Situated in the heart of London since 1931, this vibrant hotel stands tall in Mayfair,

with Hyde Park on its doorstep. The Dorchester has engaged with some of the most renowned names in design and architecture to transform the hotel: Pierre-Yves Rochon is redesigning the hotel entrance, The Promenade, new Cake & Flowers

boutique, and the guest rooms and suites; and Martin Brudnizki Design Studio has been appointed to redesign the bar.

With decades spent fine-tuning a tradition of placing guests at the centre of

everything, The Dorchester has found a way to be true to its celebrated past while becoming fluent in what matters in an ever-changing world. By cultivating and

encouraging sophistication without snobbery, style without excess, and curiosity

without judgement, this remarkable hotel embraces its next chapter as ‘the London home from home for those who make the world turn’.



CAPTIVATING LUXURY TO THE CITY’S CULTURAL EPICENTRE Hilton has announced the highly anticipated opening of Conrad Los Angeles,

marking the first California property for Conrad Hotels & Resorts, one of Hilton’s three distinct luxury hotel brands. Anchored within The Grand LA, Related Companies’

newest destination for shopping, dining, entertainment and a premiere place to live in downtown Los Angeles, the 305-room hotel will immerse guests in the dynamic energy that fuels the city’s cultural corridor. Designed by legendary architect

Frank Gehry, with interior design from world-renowned Tara Bernerd & Partners,

the contemporary Conrad Los Angeles is home to two original F&B concepts from

chef José Andrés and ThinkFoodGroup, the cutting-edge Conrad Spa Los Angeles, and breathtaking views and close proximity to some of the city’s most prominent cultural venues, including Walt Disney Concert Hall.


7 ACCOR ENTERS INTO NEGOTIATIONS ON SALE OF 10.8% INTEREST IN ENNISMORE After the launch of Ennismore, a new joint venture between Accor and Sharan

Pasricha, in October 2021, Accor is entering into exclusive negotiations to sell a 10.8% stake in Ennismore to a Qatari consortium for a total amount of €185m, to include €20m of Shari’a compliant financing by Qatar First Bank LLC (Public) to the Qatari consortium’s investment vehicle.

This transaction demonstrates the excitement and attractiveness of this fast-

growing segment, where RevPAR already significantly exceeds 2019 numbers. In

under a year, Ennismore has delivered a high growth performance, opening a new

hotel every two weeks, expanding its collective of brands in new regions, launching flagship properties SLS and 25hours in Dubai, with F&B driving 50% of revenue,

exceeding 2019 numbers, and with a committed pipeline of over 100 hotels, with over 60 new projects signed in 2021.


8 RADISSON HOTEL GROUP ADVANCES GROWTH PLANS Last year, Radisson Hotel Group recorded its strongest year of signings ever, and recently announced targets for 2022 to outperform the previous year. The group also announced its intentions to unleash the power of its diverse brands and partnerships in APAC to drive significant growth across the region by 2025.

This year the group has signed and opened over 100 properties in key countries

such as Turkey, Greece and China. In its lifestyle segment, the group opened and signed Radisson Collection properties in Germany, Turkey, Spain, Saudi Arabia,

Croatia and Estonia, bringing its Radisson Collection portfolio to just under 50 hotels. Radisson Blu, one of the largest upper-upscale brands in Europe, signed and

opened several new hotels in key tourist destinations such as Barcelona, Mykonos, Madagascar, Jordan, Lanzarote and Galle, bringing the total portfolio to 394 properties.



1. GLOBAL DESIGN TRANSFORMATION OF SHERATON HOTELS & RESORTS The transformation of Sheraton Hotels & Resorts continues to gain momentum in

Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with five redesigned properties exemplifying the modernised design concept: Sheraton Amsterdam Airport, Netherlands; Sheraton

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Sheraton Frankfurt Airport, Germany; Sheraton Grand Krakow,

Poland; and Sheraton Djibouti, Djibouti. The refreshed hotels join the growing number of properties around the world displaying the brand’s design transformation, with

nearly 50 hotels globally, including four other properties in EMEA that are expected to be completed by the year’s end.

“Following the transformation of three marque hotels in Tel Aviv, Dubai and

Istanbul, we’re excited to welcome five additional hotels in EMEA, entering a new

chapter showcasing the brand’s new vision,” says Amanda Nichols, global brand 1.

leader, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts. “We look forward to welcoming guests to enjoy all the familiar comforts of the brand, but with fresh, contemporary updates.” 2. CELEBRITY CRUISES CELEBRATES FULL RELAUNCH OF 15-SHIP FLEET Celebrity Cruises celebrated its complete 15-ship fleet comeback when Celebrity

Infinity set sail for the Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale’s Port Everglades in June. The

milestone sailing marked not only the ship’s first sailing in 881 days, but the full return of all 63 ships in the parent company Royal Caribbean Group fleet. In honour of

this milestone, the entire fleet sounded its horns on 25th June in celebration and to honour its crew.

Celebrity Cruises’ return to service began when the award-winning Celebrity Edge

made history on 26th June, 2021, as the first cruise ship to sail from a US port in 15 months after being grounded due to the pandemic. The line then systematically returned more ships to the water to feed people’s love of travel, with sailings to 2.

destinations from Europe to the Caribbean, Alaska and the Galapagos. 3. ORIENT EXPRESS RETURNS TO THE TRACK

With the support of Accor and leadership of its chairman and CEO Sébastien Bazin, Orient Express has entrusted architect Maxime d’Angeac with a new, crucial, and

historic mission – to revive the legend, by reinterpreting the decor of the NostalgieIstanbul-Orient-Express. In 2024, just in time for the Paris Olympic Games, the first

cars, designed in collaboration with some of the finest French artisans, will unveil the new charms of the Orient Express.

This contemporary vision of luxury and extreme comfort will invite travellers to

relive the legend aboard 17 original Orient Express cars dating from the 1920s-30s,

adorned with exceptional decor. This set of carriages, most recently known as the

Nostalgie-Istanbul-Orient-Express, was a dream train-cruise inaugurated in the early

1980s by Swiss tour operator and businessman Albert Glatt, which ran between Zurich 3.

and Istanbul.

4. DOMES RESORTS & RESERVES ANNOUNCES NEW BRAND, DOMES AULŪS Domes Resorts & Reserves has announced its new brand – Domes Aulūs, which

joins its rapidly expanding portfolio with two new properties launching this summer:

Domes Aulūs Elounda in Crete; and Domes Aulūs Zante. With direct flights from the UK and short drives from the destination airports, as well as an enviable climate running into the autumn, these are set to be significant new destinations this summer, states the brand.

“We have reimagined a sophisticated, understated-luxury and laid-back approach

to all-inclusive, and instead creating the ‘Cool Inclusive’. Domes Aulūs forms a new style of travel – slow paced, eco-conscious, with an unpretentious style of living

for our guests who seek spiritual stimulation and ecological immersion, whilst also

enjoying the breadth of culinary and wellness offerings at our new hotels throughout 4.

their stay,” says Manos Vatzolas, deputy commercial director.




1. ROSEWOOD HOTELS & RESORTS TO MANAGE HOTEL BAUER IN VENICE Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has been selected to manage the legendary Hotel Bauer in Venice, Italy. Owned by real estate developer SIGNA Prime Selection, the hotel is

situated in the city’s historic San Marco district, between the Grand Canal and Piazza San Marco.

Originally built in 1880, Hotel Bauer is set to undergo a multi-year renovation

from this November, at which time the hotel will close as it prepares to reopen as

Rosewood Hotel Bauer in 2025. Led by well-known Venice-based architect, Alberto Torsello, and renowned interior design group, BAR Studio, the restoration of the

existing building will be meticulously cared for, with much of the hotel’s historic

framework set to be repaired and integrated into the new design – including the

original facade, grand winding staircase and many interior elements that are a part 1.

of the property’s rich past.

2. 1 HOTEL NASHVILLE IS NOW OPEN Sustainable luxury lifestyle hotel brand 1 Hotels has announced the opening of

1 Hotel Nashville. Nestled in the heart of downtown Nashville, directly across from

the Music City Centre, the property’s 215 rooms – including 37 suites with expansive

city and skyline views – offer a level of service and comfort “unrivalled in the region”. A verdant, ivy-covered facade and native landscaping evoke nearby natural

attractions, from the bustle of the Cumberland River to the Smoky Mountains.

“With the opening of 1 Hotel Nashville, we celebrate our brand’s entry into this

dynamic and culturally rich region,” says Barry Sternlicht, 1 Hotels’ founder, and the chairman and CEO of Starwood Capital Group. “We’re excited to bring a tangible demonstration of our overarching mission, vision and purpose – including a

commitment to luxury sustainability, communities, holistic health and wellness, and 2.

natural design.”

3. HUGO TORO TO DESIGN INTERIORS OF FIRST ORIENT EXPRESS HOTEL IN ROME Orient Express, an artisan of travel since 1883 and a brand of Accor, and Italian

group Arsenale, an expert in luxury hotels and hospitality, have chosen architect and designer Hugo Toro to adorn the new Orient Express La Minerva hotel in Rome.

Having joined forces to launch the Palazzo Donà Giovannelli hotel project in Venice,

Orient Express and Arsenale come together again for the opening of Orient Express La Minerva Hotel in Rome, a prestigious address acquired by Arsenale in February. The hotel, which has just kicked off renovations, is a project rooted in the history

of Rome. At the end of 2024, a new decor and interior inspired by the Roman domus

and the riches of the Eternal City will be revealed with a new touch of contemporary elegance. 3.


Marriott International Inc has announced a strategic agreement with Vinpearl, one of Vietnam’s largest hospitality and leisure chains, to convert and develop 2,200 rooms across eight hotels in Vietnam – significantly expanding its portfolio of world-class

hotels and resorts in the country. This collaboration expects to see the debut of the

Autograph Collection Hotels brand in the country, while other planned openings span Marriott Hotels, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, and Four Points by Sheraton.

“We are thrilled to be working with Vinpearl to accelerate our growth in Vietnam,”

says Rajeev Menon, president, Asia Pacific (excluding Greater China), Marriott

International. “With the country’s solid foundation for a resilient economy, and

continuous growth of its infrastructure – especially in the tourism sector – we are confident this collaboration will enable us to better cater to our guests’ needs.” 4.

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1. FOUR SEASONS HOTEL ISTANBUL AT SULTANAHMET ENTERS A NEW ERA Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet re-emerges more beautiful than ever, with a totally fresh aesthetic look while keeping its intimate residential feel and honouring the city’s vast history.

“Inspired designs will be driven by storytelling, meaningful experiences and

Istanbul’s rich history, furthering our journey as Old City’s only five-star luxury hotel,” says Tarek Mourad, Senior General Manager of Four Seasons Hotels Istanbul.

Brimming with character and local charm, the interiors of Four Seasons Hotel

Istanbul at Sul-tanahmet have been impeccably re-imagined by multi awardwinning design studio Goddard Littlefair. The studio has created a unique city

oasis filled with contrasts and diversities. Ap-pealing to those ‘in the know’, this is a

secluded sanctuary in which to relax, unwind and enjoy an authentic experience and 1.

be at one with its surroundings.

2. NOVOTEL LIVERPOOL PADDINGTON VILLAGE DEBUTS NEW DESIGN CONCEPT Novotel Liverpool Paddington Village is the first hotel in the UK to debut the Novotel brand’s new global design concept by leading design and architecture studio Sundukovy Sisters.

Projecting Novotel’s new vision of modern hotel design, the new concept blends

business with pleasure and mixes well-being among unique ‘co-living’ spaces that embrace lively, social surroundings, current trends and timeless comforts.

Each of the hotel’s 221 rooms are equipped with 55-inch televisions, and

interconnecting rooms are available for travelling families. The hotel’s lobby features a dedicated recreational space for children, making it the perfect city base for visitors big and small.

Business travellers are spoilt for choice with three meeting and conferencing areas


hosted on a dedicated floor equipped with state-of-the-art technology.


Rising 11 storeys in the vibrant, creatively charged neighbourhood of Yorkville, the

hotel is a celebration of Toronto’s storied art scene, diversity of culture, and legacy of

non-conformity. Destined to bring a new energy and sophistication to the city’s luxury lifestyle hospitality scene, W Toronto gives locals a new playground and travellers an authentic, socially charged retreat.

“From its street art scene and ongoing musical legacy, Toronto is a natural fit for

W Hotels,” says Benoit Racle, Vice President, Brand Management, W Hotels Worldwide. “Our unassuming, playful interpretation of luxury is poised to make W Toronto a

regular stop for those living and working in Toronto as well as the perfect place for an out-of-town guest to revel in the city like a local.” 3.

4. MGALLERY, HAS OFFICIALLY OPENED ITS FLAGSHIP PROPERTY IN BULGARIA Accor’s boutique premium hotel collection has officially opened its flagship

property in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The Emporium Plovdiv - MGallery located in the reborn

building with a history, surrounded by the vibrant culture welcomes guests with the

captivating story of Europe’s oldest continually inhabited city. Travellers discovering Plovdiv will be mesmerized by bespoke design, smart technology, signature experiences and thoughtful self-care rituals designed by MGallery.

The boutique hotel features 61 stunningly designed rooms including 12 remarkable

suites, offering an exceptional variety of facilities and amenities to create a truly

luxurious experience. Designed by the world-renowned Sundukovy Sisters S+S, the

exquisite five-star hotel located within walking distance from Plovdiv’s main touristic and archaeological treasures. 4.

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HLDC leads the conversation The Hospitality Leadership & Design Conference (HLDC) gathers the industry’s foremost leaders and creatives to discuss the wealth of activity and opportunity within the hospitality sector, writes event director Can Faik …


After the amazing response and feedback

and outstanding craftsmanship on a regular

and London, we now look forward to our

for 2022, we are focused on delivering

to our first two events of 2022, Los Angeles next three events of the year. The 23rd

September will see HLDC’s first APAC event

take place at the elegant Four Seasons Hotel Singapore. Following shortly afterwards, we will be travelling across the Atlantic for the

Delegates will be able to take advantage

basis. With our five conferences confirmed

of scheduled networking sessions, providing

high-quality events by gathering esteemed

with those shaping the future of hospitality

groups of panelists from all over the world –

individuals whom we feel confident will provide a first-class one-day networking conference. Presidents, CEOs and senior management

invaluable opportunities to meet face-to-face and hospitality design and with the calibre of speakers, sponsors, supporters and

participants we have gathered so far for this

year’s events, I feel confident the informative

and inspiring programme of panel discussions

second time this year to host HLDC at the

from leading investment companies, hotel

November. Then to round off the year, we’ll

including Kingsley Amose, Ed Ng, Katerina

December – keep an eye out for our venue

Clint Nagata, Holly Nixon, Naomi Heaton, Tina

of hoteliers, designers and manufacturers

Godfrey, to name just a few will join the panel

peers and perspectives, and to help form new

InterContinental New York Barclay on 11th

be flying into the UAE for HLDC Dubai on 7th reveal, coming soon.

In my role as editorial director of Hospitality

Interiors, I quite naturally encounter innovative concepts, amazing projects, new ideologies

brands, cruise lines and design studios

Giannouka, Andrew Moore, Lauren Rottet,

Norden, Tristan Du Plessis, Jo Littlefair and Chris discussions, with further leading speakers to be confirmed in the next few weeks.

and Q&As promises a hospitality conference like no other.

HLDC is designed to bring the right balance

together, to gain industry insight from different working relationships.


Testimonials “This is the best conference in the world for the hospitality industry.” Alex Kravetz, Founder Alex Kravetz Design

“It’s so refreshing to come back and to chat with old friends and make new ones” Clint Nagata, Founder and Creative Partner, BLINK Design Group

“Really impressed with the gathering of design professionals/hospitality professionals coming together and looking at new ways and new ideas” Emlyn Brown, Global Vice President - Well-Being - Accor

“You’ve got some great panels going on today and really diverse topics” Gary D. Dollens, Global Head Design, Product a

“It’s awesome to see a room full of thought leaders” Crystal Vinisse Thomas, Vice President & Global Brand Leader, Lifestyle & Luxury Brands, Hyatt

Clint Nagata

Dharmali Kusumadi

Andrew Moore

Gareth James

Garth Simmons

Holly Nixon

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Bulgari Hotels & Resorts has announced a

33 Beach Villas, each with individual swimming

in the Maldives. The new Bulgari Resort,

luxury hotel facilities.

signed agreement for a new luxury resort

scheduled to open in 2025, is set to be the 13th

pool; 20 Overwater Villas; and a full range of

With design – paramount to all Bulgari Hotels

gem in the Bulgari Hotels & Resorts collection.

& Resorts – by Italian architectural firm ACPV

gold island’ in Maldivian, will be located in

Bulgari Resort Ranfushi will introduce to the

The Bulgari Resort Ranfushi, meaning ‘little

the Raa Atoll of the Maldives archipelago, 45 minutes by sea plane from Maldives’ Malé

airport. Surrounded by pristine waters and framed by lush, landscaped gardens, the resort will spread over 20 hectares.

The resort will comprise 54 keys, including:

a Bulgari Villa on a separate exclusive island;

ARCHITECTS’ Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel,

Maldives the uncompromising contemporary style that characterises all Bulgari hotels.

The resort will also incorporate the highest

standards of environmental sustainability, including a new island made to host the nesting bird population.



With longevity and low environmental impact

a design collaboration between architects

beach and private island, is slated to open

Collective, landscape designer Maat Handasa,

in mind, Six Senses Belize, complete with secret in 2025. Renewable wood is the principal

material being used on the facades, and

Studio Caban, interior design house Maed and sustainability expert XCO2.

The choice of materials and interior finishes

buildings will be modular and prefabricated

are inspired by an understanding of the

The buildings are orientated to maximise

a contemporary and casual island vibe. There

to keep on-site construction to a minimum.

passive solar strategies, for energy efficiency and to capture cooling breezes. Green roof

areas will provide an extra layer of insulation and thermal mass, while other areas will be covered with discreet solar panels.

The resort and residences are the result of

cultural and natural local resources, exuding

are plans to re-vegetate red mangroves and

other plant species to preserve the beach and serve as a roosting and foraging habitat for birdlife. The overwater structures are built in

such a way as to provide a benthic habitat, to enhance biodiversity.

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Rosewood Hotels & Resorts continues

The hotel will also offer the brand’s exclusive

announcement of Rosewood Xi’an, an urban

as Asaya, Rosewood’s integrative wellbeing

its strategic global growth with the

resort set to join the brand’s already-robust portfolio of properties across China in 2026.

Located east of Xi’an’s Qujiang District, the

property will provide leisure and business travellers alike with an ultra-luxury home

base located in close proximity to major arts, shopping and tourism attractions.

Rosewood Xi’an will feature a total of 180

rooms and suites in addition to four F&B

outlets, including a casual bistro, Chinese

restaurant, specialty restaurant and a bar.

executive lounge, The Manor Club, as well

concept, which will feature eight treatment

rooms, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a fitness centre and a Rosewood Explorers club.

“We are pleased to continue our growth in

China with the introduction of Rosewood Xi’an and remain steadfast in our commitment to expanding the Rosewood brand to the

country’s most spectacular and culturally

significant destinations,” says Sonia Cheng, CEO, Rosewood Hotel Group.


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Over the last 30 years, Aman Resorts has

feature secluded home-away-from-home-

residence and hotel space – and with plans

and a spa and private pathways to create

become a leading brand within the resort,

for a curated expansion line, it is aiming to

launch a new luxury hotel property in Beverly Hills in 2026.

Slated as The Aman Beverly Hills, the

planned space will incorporate a hotel, private residence and club facility. Situated amidst

Los Angeles’ plush greenery, the location will

style guest rooms with multiple dining venues, an ‘oasis-like’ atmosphere – all buffering the brand’s ethos of ‘peace’.

Located at One Beverly Hills, the new space

will be plotted on eight acres of botanical

gardens, just moments away from the storied streets of Rodeo Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard.

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Accor Design Awards 2022 The annual Accor Design Awards sees fresh design talent from all over the world contribute to an acclaimed design competition. Respected designer Tristan Du Plessis presided over this year’s edition, along with an esteemed judging panel, including Hospitality Interiors’ very own Can Faik.

Created in 2016, the Accor Design Awards aim to rethink the future of hospitality in

collaboration with design students the world over. The latter’s creativity, blended with

Accor’s know-how, provides unique solutions

and new concepts for the hospitality industry.

The sixth edition of the awards saw candidates

producing design concepts based on the brief: ‘Imagining Accor’s new day-to-day gathering opportunities 15 minutes away from home’. The international jury of experts had the

difficult task of selecting the 10 finalist projects from more than 100 submissions from 16

design schools in 12 countries. Finalist students then worked with students from Ferrandi Paris hospitality school to fine-tune their projects,

sponsors Roca and Laufen provided the three

concept located in Tribe Batignolles. Through

Three favourite projects were selected, and

the Public Choice Award winners, will be invited

promise is to bring people together. ROLL could

which were judged by a VIP jury in May 2022. from them an overall winner. The winners were

announced on 24th June 2022 during an award

winners’ prizes. The first prize winners, as well as to attend HIX in November 2022 in London. This year, the first prize goes to Estelle

ceremony that took place in Accor’s head

Thomaoglou, Inès Mansour and Thibaut De

Award, voted for by the general public via a

In response to this year’s Accor Design Awards

office in Paris – alongside the Public Choice

bespoke online award voting platform. Official

Waele from L’Ecole Bleue, for their project, ROLL. theme, this project includes a movie-infused

immersive spaces and outdoor activities, the

also help mix social classes by offering youth

hostel, aparthotel and four-star hotel services in the very same property. The winners will

be invited to spend a two-week internship at Tristan du Plessis Studio in Cape Town, South

Africa, and will attend the HIX event in London.


The second prize was awarded to Karolina

Ody and Christopher Schwarz from Berlin

International University for The Store project. Their project is a design concept based on

ethical farming and harvesting in response to this year’s brief. By turning the hotel into

a store where daily harvest can be bought and consumed, they plan on making the

hotel the core of the neighbourhood. They

have been invited to spend two weeks with

the Accor Design & Innovation team at Accor headquarters in Paris.

L’Atelier project was awarded the third prize.

Louis Rochais, Agathe Derville, Awen Gueguen and Eugenie Lamblin from L’Ecole de Design

Nantes Atlantique created a project with the

ambition to turn hotels into city-centre hubs.

Located in the city of Nantes, it allows visitors

to express themselves through a particular skill, art, or knowledge, day or night. The hotel then

becomes a true hub. They are invited to spend

bubble that offers guests a 360° view. Their

Faik says: “It was an honour to be selected as

Accor Design Awards’ two sponsors.

constellations directly onto the crystal PVC roof

Awards, and huge congratulations to the

a two-week internship at Roca Gallery, one of Last but not least, the Public Choice Award

goes to Flora Petit, Léo Cosson, Jingran Wei

and Clémentine Lalloué from L’Ecole de Design Nantes Atlantique for their project, Là-Haut.

Their response to this year’s brief is a rooftop

design includes the possibility to project

at night. They will be invited to attend the HIX event in London.

Commenting on his experience as one of

the judges for the Accor Design Awards 2022, Hospitality Interiors’ editorial director Can

one of the judges for this year’s Accor Design

winners whose amazing work was a pleasure to judge – a great generation of future

professionals, that will push the boundaries of hospitality design further.”


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NOBU HOSPITALITY Nobu Hospitality CEO Trevor Horwell and COO Struan McKenzie tell Can Faik of their pride in watching the brand grow and prosper as it welcomes guests from all over the world ...

Nobu Hotels blend modern cool luxury and minimal Japanese tradition in the concept of a lifestyle hotel. Each property provides a local experience with a modern design and stunning spaces. Led by world-renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro and Meir Teper, the Nobu Hotels concept is a curated experience where every property is different.


What was your background prior to working

three years, we have grown substantially. Our

destination for us, following the successful

Trevor: I began my career in the 1980s at Hyatt,

restaurant inside – this way we keep brand

Marbella and Nobu Hotel Barcelona in Spain,

for Nobu Hospitality?

which is where I first met Struan. We both

moved to COMO Hotels, then Hard Rock Hotels,

core strategy is to grow Nobu Hotels with a equity strong.

and now Nobu Hospitality, which we joined

Struan: We have some exciting projects

years together – we are happy with our lives,

positive few years ahead. We are excited

almost 14 years ago. Next year we will be 30 and love what we do.

How do you see the company changing in the next two years, and how do you see yourself creating that change?

Trevor: We have grown Nobu Hotels at our

own pace, and only with the right partners. Developing partnerships takes time. When

we started in hotels, we had to show we can create value. If you do a good job, you grow. But to scale properly you need to do it with

the right partners. Today we are self-sufficient,

in the pipeline, and what should be a very to be expanding our European footprint in

2022, having just opened our first Greek hotel,

Nobu Hotel Shoreditch and Nobu Hotel London Portman Square in the UK, and Nobu Hotel Warsaw. The success of these openings

has led us to invest further in our European

footprint, with four new hotels set to open on the continent.

Nobu Hotel and Restaurant Santorini. Pipeline

Struan: Asia is also a really exciting destination

Sebastian, and Madrid. Looking ahead, we

are currently exploring ventures in Vietnam,

hotel openings this year include Rome, San are exploring the ways in which our hotels

can elevate transformative experiences that

offer a greater sense of purpose and value for

for us, owing to our Japanese roots, and we

Thailand and China, including Hong Kong for a hotel.

guests, and mixed-use hotel and residence

How does design play a role in driving

Cabos and Toronto.

Struan: Each of our Nobu Hotels is a blank

developments are also under way in Los

we are a brand and cash flow company, we

What role do Europe and Asia play in Nobu

and are signing five to six a year. In the past

Trevor: Europe continues to be a key

don’t hold real estate assets. We have 31 hotels

launches of Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay, Nobu Hotel

Hospitality’s growth?

customer loyalty?

canvas, embracing the local spirit of the

destination. Our hotel concept is defined throughout the property with the Nobu

DNA. It’s an authentic experience, and not a

Nobu Hotel Portman Square

“We have grown Nobu Hotels at our own pace, and only with the right partners. Developing partnerships takes time” - Trevor Horwell


Nobu Hotel Chicago

Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay

Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace

“We are excited to be expanding our European footprint in 2022, having just opened our first Greek hotel, Nobu Hotel and Restaurant Santorini. Pipeline hotel openings this year include Rome, San Sebastian and Madrid” - Struan McKenzie gimmick or a theme. The aesthetic is peaceful,

Trevor: The biggest challenge has been the

that is changing dramatically. Millennials are

succession of drama in the public spaces,

focused today on our culture. We were built

and we will be continuing to explore the ways

understated, while also dramatic. It is a

and intimacy in the guest rooms. We derive

inspiration from great interior designers such

as David Rockwell, Severine Tatangelo (Studio PCH) and Simon Rawlings (David Collins

Studio), all of whom have designed hotels and restaurants for the brand.

Trevor: I always say that your customer defines you. When you stay at Nobu you want to be where you can socially engage with like-

minded guests. Most importantly, it is about making our guests feel at home, and we

recognise them in the Nobu way and foster

personal connections with them. So far, this

disruption in labour markets. We are very

on the professional pride of our employees. Today, we have serious value – our value is

not based on purely earnings, it’s based on

customer value, our culture, and consistency. We have five million customers a year, and

experiences that offer a greater sense of purpose and value.

maintaining the consistency of our product.

Trevor: Naturally, design is very important.

That’s about people. Our employees have the inner drive and spirit, which makes us

one family, not a big corporation. Our guests

continue to return because of their trust in us to maintain that quality and standard.

throughout our properties.

that, as a brand, we focused on pre-pandemic,

in improving guest experience?

demands for elevated and transformative

How important is interior design in your

culture is second to none, and it’s about

Struan: As much as people may dismiss it,

What is the biggest challenge you’re facing

in which our hotels can further answer their

they are repeat and multi-generational. Our

approach has been successful, but we remain vigilant in maintaining the same consistency

an important segment of our customer base,

Millennial culture matters. That’s something and even more so now. It’s something that

will continue to change the landscape in the future – even now in retail around the world,


I could say the same for marketing and

operations. Our hotels are not just about the

design – we see that as part of the hardware. Many hotels have great design, but lack

creativity and imagination. You cannot buy style, creativity, and imagination, it’s the

intangible heartbeat of the hotel that brings it to life. It’s the software. It’s also about being a

game-changer, not copying others and doing

it your way. It’s the right-hand side of the brain and left-hand side working as one – structure and creativity.


A business needs the heads to have a vision,

beauty, distinctive cuisine, and whitewashed

website. Social platforms are an essential part

has that. Many big brands do not. Style and

and international travellers alike to experience

– but instead of viewing it as a promotional

creativity, style, and imagination … Nobu

creativity do not exist in a boardroom of bankers.

Struan: Each hotel fuses the culture and

energy of its locality and taps into the local market, from the Japanese beach houses in Miami to the industrial Shoreditch. Our

partnership with David Rockwell has been such a success because the designers completely understand the Nobu aesthetic – from

architecture. We’re excited be inviting locals the Nobu lifestyle in this special destination. Struan: The hotel opened just last month,

and is home to a signature Nobu Restaurant, treatment rooms, fitness facility, dual-level infinity pool and five luxurious pool villas,

complete with panoramic views of both the caldera and Aegean Sea, from its unique clifftop location in Imerovigli.

Barcelona to Miami, they have achieved a

How do you think the influence of new

property its own character.

the future?

coherent design, whilst very much giving each

With the recent opening of Nobu Santorini, what can we expect from this property?

Trevor: We’re delighted to be making our Greek debut with the opening of Nobu Hotel and

Restaurant Santorini. It’s one of the most highly

regarded destinations in the world, with its rare

of our strategy for connecting with our guests transaction, we view it as a chance to build

connections. The trust we have built with our customers is of the utmost importance, so

being able to build an engaging conversation

on a personal level across our social channels is key. For us, content is key, as well as

segmenting your audience. We’re proud to say we are probably the most Googled restaurant brand, and now we’re focused on building the brand awareness of Nobu Hotels.

technology affects travellers, and could do in

Struan: We have also introduced the Nobu

Trevor: Nobu is a recognisable brand, and

guest rooms and tables in one place, chat with

our customer knows us in restaurants. Nobu

Hotels, however, is relatively new, so we must

build more brand awareness through digital. We are always trying to be current on digital

adaptations, hence why we are one of the few groups with mobile-first technology on our

app, which offers guests a platform to book

the hotel teams, check-in and check-out, offer a mobile key and provide up-to-date local information.

How would you define Nobu Hospitality’s identity?

Nobu Hotel Santorini

“You cannot buy style, creativity and imagination – it’s the intangible heartbeat of the hotel that brings it to life” - Trevor Horwell


Nobu Hotel Los Cabos

Trevor: Family, Kokoro (from the heart), Crafted,

heartbeat of Nobu restaurants, hotels and

hotels, and now are moving forward with

values and philosophies were really born out of

and inspired moments that promote Kokoro in

– we had many naysayers when we moved

Joy and Smile are our core values. Our core

the story of Nobu San and his personal journey. They are not just philosophies, and they were not manufactured, they are truly intrinsic to

Nobu San and the way he works. They are also fundamental in the way everyone at Nobu

residences, and our aim is to deliver authentic all of us. That is why our customers continue

to return to Nobu. They know we provide more than just a place to stay, but a platform for new experiences and memories.

works. There are very wide explanations for

What would be your dream hotel project?

and each staff member is made to feel

it would probably be New York, where we

each value, but we are essentially a family, welcome and respected like family. Good

Kokoro is what Nobu San follows. His passion

comes from the heart, spirit, soul and mind, all together. The Nobu Way is introduced to new

team members during a company induction,

and we try to keep it alive through storytelling

– stories based on staff interactions with Nobu

San, and each of the crafted experiences from the properties. That way, each employee has

the chance to become part of the Nobu story.

Above all, we simply deliver Nobu service from the heart and with a smile.

Trevor and Struan: In terms of dream projects, started in restaurants. It would be a great city

to have a hotel. But [in New York] it would have to be a very special hotel, which I’m sure will come over time. We are working on several new locations in the US with existing and

new ownership partners. We are also seeking to enter new markets in Europe, including

upcoming Nobu Hotel & Residences Toronto

is one of our more ambitious launches. We’re

developing twin towers which will feature 660 residential units and a Nobu hotel and suites

on the top of the residences. We were able to sell all the residences within three months of

launch, probably at some of the highest prices ever paid per square foot in Toronto. Nobu is a legacy play for our shareholders. They

love what they do. All of us love what we do,

otherwise we wouldn’t be successful. We are open-minded to what the future holds

another important destination for us, and we’re

as Los Cabos, as well as new locations in

working on projects in Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia.

with our roots in Japan, we embrace the

Trevor: The Nobu brand is a wonderful

emotions, feelings, spirit and soul. This is the

never let self-doubt creep in. For example, the

Struan: Going forward we have further mixed-

Croatia, Serbia and Turkey. The Middle East is

Lastly, what plans and aspirations do you

concept of Kokoro – the connection between

into hotels, but we forged ahead, and we

Portugal, France, Germany, Austria, Italy,

Struan: From the very beginning, Nobu was

about creating memories around food, and

residences. We are not a traditional brand

have for Nobu Hospitality?

incubator to introduce new products and services. We started in restaurants, then

use hotel and residences in destinations such

Dominican Republic, Orlando, and Al Khobar in

Saudi Arabia. We currently have 14 hotels open, with 17 in development, and we look forward to continuing to add meaningful destinations to our portfolio.


ORI KAFRI Co-founder and CEO, J.K. Place

With more than two decades of international hotel management experience, Ori Kafri, Co Founder & Chief Executive Officer of JK Place, opens up to Can Faik about the brand’s future...


The J.K. Place hotel brand, co-founded by

management at ISTUR in Florence, where

(or when) with our plans to open new locations

Safdie in 2003, is now globally known for its

internship at a five-star hotel.

there is no recession or war and things begin

Ori Kafri, his father Jonathan and Eduardo

unparalleled focus on the guest experience

I graduated in 2003 after completing an

and making every guest feel like they are in

What does your current position involve?

three hotels – in Rome, Capri and Paris – have

my role very wide-ranging and involved.

their own beautiful home away from home. All been designed by Florentine architect Michele Bönan, and have a clear signature style. With new openings announced in Italy and others

in the pipeline in international cities, Ori and his team seem unstoppable, as they continue to grow the brand …

What was your background prior to

As CEO and co-founder of J.K. Place, I’ve kept However, these days I am less involved in the

day-to-day responsibilities on the ground, and am focused on scouting new opportunities and properties to grow the business on a

creating that change?

I’d visited in the past. I was first trained in hotel

Rome, and a few other developments that we will hopefully be signing soon. So, we have an

exciting two years in the pipeline – but we also need to expect the unexpected.

Americans are very central to the luxury

at the age of 26. I had long before fallen

inspired by destinations and boutique hotels

will have opened in Milan, new residences in

challenges, and this requires wearing many

How do you see the company changing in the

in love with the world of hospitality, always

be in an interesting position – a new J.K. Place

What role do the Americas play in J.K. Place’s

to take our brand, as well as immense

J.K. Place was my very first business venture, which I created as soon as I finished school

to move smoothly, in two year’s time we would

macro level. There are many exciting routes


launching J.K. Place?

and build on more projects. If for a moment

next two years, and how do you see yourself Given all that’s happened over the past few

years – Covid-19, a war on the continent, and

more – we don’t really know what will happen


hotel industry, and they represent a high

percentage of our guests. They are a mature market, educated, and know the brand well, which means they are great ambassadors. I would even say Americans, in certain

destinations, are expert travellers. Overall, with such a big country comes big clients, in both quantity and quality.

J.K. Place Capri

“We have an exciting two years in the pipeline – but we also need to expect the unexpected”


J.K. Place Rome

“Design is incredibly important for driving customer satisfaction and engagement with the J.K. brand” How does design play a role in driving

Right now, it’s staff – talent – that really want

some of the most famous hotels in the

Design is incredibly important for driving

We are short of supply, not only in staff but

be compared to others – even those well-

customer loyalty?

customer satisfaction and engagement with

the J.K. brand. Design is the first thing you see

and feel when you enter a room, and a sense

of humanity and openness to all people drives that feel. When somewhere looks beautiful but has no soul or passion, that means nothing. You need staff who love hospitality, or it’s a cold environment. The people, guests and

staff alike, bring the place to life. Our 20-year

partnership with the passionate architect and designer Michele Bonan has been essential

to bringing this necessary warmth to light. He

to be a part of this world, serving others.

also in materials – flowers, tour guides, and

more – things we can usually provide guests with easily and quickly, making it more of a

challenge. This doesn’t mean we can’t deliver,

however – there’s just more planning involved. No is not the answer! Guests this summer

are much more understanding due to the

worldwide impact of recent events. They’re

not here to complain, they just want a good

summer now that they can travel again, and that helps with these challenges.

knows the brand and vision, and together we

With the recent opening of J.K. Place Paris,

local to each hotel.

Personally, I love this property, and hope it

love sourcing pieces with history from markets

What is the biggest challenge you’re facing in improving guest experience?

what we can expect from this property?

will be seen as our flagship, located on the

left bank of the Seine. It is a great privilege to be in Paris, with J.K. Place standing alongside

world. We are out there now, and it’s great to established Palace properties. This location

will come to define the J.K. brand – that we are not only Italian centred, but actually have an international ethos that we plan to continue

building on. I’ve always dreamed of Paris, and now it’s come true. We want customers to

recognise J.K. as an international brand and a concept that can work globally.

How do you think the influence of new

technology affects travellers, and could do in the future?

In many ways, it’s making our life easier, but at the same time, when you’re a sophisticated

traveller, you naturally want to manage your

time most efficiently. However, you also want that personal staff-to-guest interaction, a

natural human touch, to also assist and guide

J.K. Place Capri

J.K. Place Paris



J.K. Place Rome

“Our 20-year partnership with the passionate architect and designer Michele Bonan has been essential to bringing this necessary warmth to light” you. Overall, especially behind-the-scenes,

work in hotels must have not only passion, but

interview I do! I love the destination, and

the industry to be particularly helpful.

the guests. Those personal moments with our

Everything about the vibe, people, fashion,

we’ve found technological developments in

How would you define J.K. Place’s identity?

love, and have a positive attitude towards, guests is where the magic happens.

visit regularly with my family and for work.

design and culture resonates with me and

the J.K. brand, and a J.K. Place Malibu on the

J.K. Place hotels are places with personality

What would be your dream hotel project?

more, J.K. is becoming more like a private

to know the land, the people, and just that part

What plans and aspirations do you have for

Place in Jose Ignacio, an elegant combination

Our goal is to continue to grow the brand

catered to people with personality. More and club – a place where you can find likeminded people from all over the world with similar

taste in art, fashion, and lifestyle – and they

can all meet in our hotels. Our identity really comes down to the guests – guests around the world who share a similar vision in life.

What is the magic ingredient that helps you

My wife is from Uruguay, and I’ve loved getting of the world in general. I’d love to open a J.K.

of nature and lifestyle with wildlife and natural scenery integrated in the hotel’s architecture

and design. Perhaps this J.K. Place would look more like a ranch – a beautiful ‘chakra’ on a

big plot of land in the Uruguayan countryside.

deliver the best service to your customers?

What one thing have you not yet done that

combination of a lot of motives. People who

I think I mention Malibu and California in every

There really is no secret ingredient, rather a

you really want to do?

beach is certainly a dream for the future.

J.K. Place?

organically. We want guests and press alike to recognise J.K. Place as a global brand, for its

attributes and values, and to have them reach this conclusion naturally.

Pictured left to right: Sonya Haffey, Venus Williams and Holly Nixon



Owner and president Venus Williams, principal Sonya Haffey, and design director Holly Nixon

The leadership team behind Florida-based V Starr talks in depth to Hospitality Interiors’ Can Faik about the amazing projects the studio has completed, and their 20-year anniversary celebration


Founded by Venus Williams in 2002 because

have been able to take an ownership role,

the globe, from Australia to China, Vietnam,

full-service interior design firm specialising in

strategic initiatives of V Starr and relying on my

the US, and because of this we have a deep

of her love of design and business, V Starr is a commercial design, with a focus on hospitality.

collaborating with the leadership team on the team for the day-to-day operations.

What does your current position involve?

What three words would you use to describe

it involves a little of everything, from day-to-

Sonya: Approachable, dynamic, evolving.

Sonya: My position is principal of V Starr, and day operations to business development,

V Starr?

agreements and client relations, high-level

Holly: Passionate, multi-faceted, storytellers.

as leading some of the more sensitive high-

Venus: Boutique, impactful, inspirational.

design decisions and space planning, as well end residential projects we have.

Holly: Being a relatively small team, my role

as design director also involves a little bit of

everything. I am responsible for managing and leading the interior design department and all

our projects from concept to completion. I also work heavily alongside Sonya with business development and marketing strategies,

particularly as it relates to the hospitality

With so many hospitality designers in the

Cambodia, the Philippines, and all across

understanding of the industry. We address every project on an individual basis, which allows each project to develop its own

personality. We don’t have a style, so to speak. Being a smaller boutique team, we pride

ourselves on the deep relationships we build

with each project and client. We are extremely collaborative, and like to consider ourselves problem solvers. We truly believe there is always a solution.

industry, how does V Starr stand out from the

As the studio celebrates its amazing 20-year

Sonya: We are a small team of individuals

standout moments have been for you all?


committed to design and doing what is right in general. We are not stuck in our ways, and are always willing to learn new ways of operating and creating spaces.


Holly: Our team is internationally centric, both

Venus: I am the founder of V Starr, and I

experience. Our team has worked all over

individually and in regards to our project

anniversary this year, may I ask what the

Sonya: Being with V Starr approaching 13 years now, the 20th year anniversary makes me so

proud to be a part of the brand. The transition

from being residentially focused to a boutique hospitality-driven firm with the multi-faceted team of designers that we have today has

been a wonderful process to be a part of. Our team boasts experience in everything from

Water Tower Commons - Photography by Ryan Loco Imagery

Town Village Walk - Photography by Ryan Loco Imagery

“There is no doubt in my mind that the PGA National Resort Spa which recently opened is our current standout moment” - Venus Williams


Water Tower Commons - Photography by Ryan Loco Imagery

PGA National Resort Spa - Photography by Will Pryce

“Public spaces in hotels set the tone. They are pivotal in the success of a hotel” - Sonya Haffey massive, full-scale international resort casinos

Venus: V Starr began as a residential design

expect from the new spa designed by V Starr?

have now arrived at who we want to be. Being

in interior design. Twenty years went fast! I

ownership team of the PGA National Resort.

to smaller local F&B spaces, and I feel we

the guest editor of a major hospitality design magazine, having international projects and

being part of creating a fabric collection are some of the stellar moments that stand out to me.

Holly: With my background extensively in

hospitality design, I joined the company in

early 2018, with the goal being to push into

that market for V Starr. It has been incredibly

exciting to see the rapid speed at which that has happened. The lounge at West Half 1205

Collection in DC was a pinnacle project for the company that really crossed the boundaries of multi-family and hospitality. And the

recently completed renovation of the PGA

National Spa has been a standout highlight. Not only is it a local project, which gives it

extra-special meaning for us, but it also gave us the opportunity to collaborate with an

internationally recognised client and be part

of the larger resort renovation that was led by three women-owned companies.

company, due to my passion and interest

never thought when we started the company that we would be where we are today. Our

first commercial project in 2010, when Sonya

joined the team, bringing along her extensive

Sonya: A dear friend introduced us to the

The spa brings in a sophisticated aesthetic to

the area while using the basis of the locality to dictate the palette and materials used.

experience in condo design in the South Florida

Holly: It really captures the essence of Palm

shift into the commercial field. The next major

references, and a level of serene elegance

market, was a major highlight, and signalled our highlight was collaborating with a major brand and a recognised architect on the Midtown

Athletic Club Hotel in Chicago, which integrated a fitness/wellness club with a hotel. It was

one of the first of its kind and holds a special place in my heart, as I played many rounds of tennis there as a kid. There is no doubt in my mind that the PGA National Resort Spa,

Beach – sand-swept tones, subtle tropical that one would expect at an upscale spa resort facility. The renovation includes

multiple relaxation lounges, standard and

wet treatment rooms, a hair and nail salon complete with men’s barbershop, Jacuzzi,

steam and sauna areas, three outdoor pools and the addition of two salt therapy rooms.

which recently opened, is our current standout

Turning to the topic of authenticity of

from my sports- and wellness-related ‘day job’


moment. It integrates all aspects of my life,

alongside my passion for design, and it is the most personal to me as it is in my back yard. How did your partnership with the PGA

National Resort begin, and what can we

experience, how do you approach each Sonya: Each project we bring on begins with an in-depth study of the surroundings and

what makes that project or area unique. We pull from history, cultural events or points of

interest to create a story around the project.


Stories have been around for a while in the hospitality sector, but we integrate them throughout all our project types.

Holly: Before we put pen to paper we will study the demographics, the locality, and specific history of the site. We like to be authentic

for every project we work on, and the goal is to weave together a unique story. This

becomes the basis of design and gives every design detail meaning. It is important to us

to also have communication with all of the

key individuals of the project – not just from ownership, but down to the operations and

maintenance teams, in order to address all concerns from the beginning.

How important are public spaces in hotels? Are there ways in which you’ve used

innovative design in these areas to facilitate innovative usage?

Sonya: Public spaces in hotels set the tone. They are pivotal in the success of a hotel. I am not saying that guest rooms are not – because if you ignore those completely, it

could be to your detriment – but you want to

include a large portion of your creative juices in the public spaces.

Holly: The key to these spaces is flexibility.

How can these spaces be moved around or

adjusted to suit different events, times of day, etc? Some people like to be separated more

feel when you walked in? Did it tell a story

and make you feel part of it? People want

authentic experiences that connect them with the locations they are visiting. It is no longer

just the minimum expectations of the brand standards any more.

from a larger group, and some people love to

Social media – especially Instagram – is

Access to power is so critical also. We are

marketing tool for hotels. What are your

be right in the mix. You must design for both. so connected to some form of technology

these days. Integral power in the furniture and design is a must.

Do designers think about loyalty when they design a hotel, or is it just an operator’s concern?

Sonya: We think about loyalty, but in a different manner. We think loyalty as a guest wanting

to return to that same space/hotel repeatedly

becoming an increasingly important

thoughts on this trend, and do you take it into account when designing spaces?

Sonya: We always consider social media now. We aren’t necessarily creating an

‘Instagramable moment’ by design in which you can tell that was created for someone to take a photo, but we are designing spaces so that the angle or view created would make someone want to snap a pic and share.

because of the emotions it evoked. We

Holly: You would be a fool to ignore it. It is

that they must stay at that location.

essentially free marketing. We think about it for

consider loyalty a guest telling their friends

Holly: Emotional response is what often drives loyalty now. How did the space make you

incredibly important for marketing also. It is

every space we design. How would this look in

a photo? Does it connect with the overall story? It is going to make people want to go there to

West Half - Photography by Helen Kozak

“We like to be authentic for every project we work on, and the goal is to weave together a unique story” - Holly Nixon


Mid Town Athletic Club Photography by Anthony Thalier

PGA National Resort Spa - Photography by Will Pryce


get ‘the photo’. For certain projects, it’s obviously

starting to take more risks like our European

always interested in conversations related to

now become more and more connected to the

and see hotel design push some traditional


more important than for others. But as hotels

fabric of the community they are in, it is not only important that they appeal to travellers, but also the locals.

Do you believe simple design has become luxurious?

Sonya: Absolutely, the more simplistic the

design and details, the more difficult they are to create and/or construct.

counterparts do. It’s exciting to see that here, boundaries. It is no longer just cookie-cutter guest rooms.

Holly: To collaborate with such an

Is there anything exciting you’re working on

company is such an honour. It was interesting

that you can tell us about?

Sonya: We have several international hotels we are working on in Puerto Rico right now. I can’t

wait to be a guest in the next year or so. We also have few hotels projects here in our back yard.

Holly: Simplicity has always been luxurious.

Holly: We have a handful of projects across the

Do you think there is a difference in tone and

some international hotel projects in the works,

texture between ideas of hospitality in the US and Europe?

Sonya: Yes, European hospitality is, and has always been, based on service, as well as

sophistication of design, with less being more.

country due to complete this year, along with

including a couple in Puerto Rico. We also have

some exciting local hospitality projects going on right now that include guest rooms, restaurants and public spaces. Stay tuned!

Much of the US basis of hospitality is service

You recently launched your first product

considered. The key is to find the sweet spot.

this something the studio enjoyed, and will

driven, and either over-designed or not

Holly: Europe has always been known to be

the leader in design trends. We see a trickleon effect one to two years later in the US,

particularly with colour and styles. The US is

products and being able to flex all our creative

range in collaboration with Wolf-Gordon. Is you be looking to add more partnerships in the future?

Sonya: We did enjoy the collaboration with

Wolf-Gordon – they are such a classy company that really knows what they are doing. We are

internationally recognised and respected

to learn about another side of our industry in much deeper detail. It gave us more

understanding about textiles and what to think about when selecting them for future projects. What’s next for you and V Starr?

Sonya: There is a saying to never peak too early … that is my motto in life – we are still adapting according to markets, and always loving what we do.

Holly: We have a lot of different projects in the hospitality field going on right now and we

are excited to expand our partnerships and capabilities as we push into new territories.

As we grow, we make sure we don’t lose sight of where we began, and at the same time

are always looking to how we can evolve. Our

priority is to always ‘love what you do’, and that remains a key value of V Starr moving forward.


Conran and Partners was founded by Sir Terence Conran more than 35 years ago. A designer and visionary restaurateur and retailer at heart, Terence was committed to changing – and enhancing – people’s lives through good design. From Quaglino’s to Habitat, he explored the intricate and holistic threads between design and human experience. This is still very much a key design imperative for the studio, with the projects intended to inspire and connect, and the spaces carefully designed with not just the clients but, importantly, the staff members in mind. Partners Simon Kincaid, Tina Norden, Vic Whenray and Tim Bowder-Ridger in their new studio in Clerkenwell


Fast-forward to today, and Conran and Partners reflects a plural, eclectic and

global community, from the inside out. The

from interior design to architecture and masterplanning.

The practice moved into its new studio space

international team represents 16 nationalities

during the pandemic – quite a feat, after over

and Simon Kincaid who are responsible for

Partners the opportunity to tailor the space to

led by four creative partners – Tina Norden

Interior Design, Tim Bowder-Ridger and Victoria Whenray as well as two further partners

supporting the studios behind the scenes

(Katy Clarke as studio director and Hardip Nijjar as finance director). Over 50% of the

team are women, including a 50/50 split on

30 years in Shad Thames. It gave Conran and

the needs of the team – including space for the now-ubiquitous Teams calls. The space feels bright and airy and has a great atmosphere, with designers and architects mixed both in teams and throughout the studio.

Collaboration is one of the signatures of the

the board.

studio’s approach to architecture and design.

a reflection of the company’s commitment

and Partners operates as a multidisciplinary

This diverse and equitable composition is

to inclusive and progressive design, from concept to execution.

With teams in London and Hong Kong, Conran collective of architects, designers and

creatives, of which about 30 work mostly on

magnitude of the schemes expanded, so too did the studio’s ambitions. Set to celebrate

its fifth anniversary in October, the HK studio continues to bridge the gap, and brings the

team closer to its projects and clients in the

region. Rather than operating independently or being a drafting studio for the London HQ, the design team works across both studios in mixed teams on projects across the continents.

Through the years, Conran and Partners

has forged and consolidated continued

collaborations with numerous renowned clients, from Related Argent and D+D in

London, to international operators like IHG, Hyatt and Accor.

A testament to this is the ongoing


collaboration with Hyatt – first with Park Hyatt

spheres, continents, and time zones. Its ever-

projects in Asia – from Roppongi Hills to

opened its doors on 8th July), and a third

and embraces a rich and varied range of

Mandarin Oriental – fuelled the inception of

Conran and Partners’ work is multifaceted.

The studio is no stranger to spanning different evolving portfolio extends around the world

Atrium space looking towards Onemata restaurant in Park Hyatt Auckland

geographies, cultures, typologies and scales,

Decades of a consistent volume of

Futako Tamagawa, Niki Club, Hotel Icon and the Hong Kong studio. As the scale, range and

Auckland, then Park Hyatt Jakarta (which in Changsha on the drawing board. This

collaboration also shows the project-specific

approach of the practice’s work – even within


Staircase in Conran and Partners’ studio in Clerkenwell


the confines of one brand, as all three are

completely different in concept and design. Park Hyatt Auckland is a bespoke low-

rise structure in a regeneration area next to the city centre on the Viaduct harbourfront. Responding to its bold, nautical-yet-urban environment, weaving in the history of the

the hotel in all its layered elements.

currently under construction.

atmosphere in Auckland, which reflects the

collaboration, the studio was tasked with

richer and more glamourous, in keeping with

renowned central London property – a private

In contrast to the democratic, more minimal

attitude of New Zealand, Jakarta’s hotel is its host city.

To complement these large international

Maori culture, combined with European and

projects, the studio has also consistently worked

reflects its location perfectly. Key to this was

The Guesthouse in Vienna (a 40-room one-off

Chinese influences of its host culture, the hotel a strong collaborative approach with design architect ar+d from Singapore, Aucklandbased Bossley Architects, and the teams

from owner Fu Wah in Beijing and operator

Hyatt in Hong Kong, resulting in a building that seamlessly merges architecture and interiors. Park Hyatt Jakarta, on the contrary, is

located in a modern multipurpose high-rise

collaboration with design-led hotel group

PURO in Poland, the enjoyment taken from the variety of types and scales is palpable – and

the knowledge that can be cross-referenced between the two benefits all projects.

As part of a wider collaboration between

Conran and Partners has designed the

newest addition to its portfolio in India, in

collaboration with Godrej Properties, which is

it approaches open communication with its

envisions its projects. The desire to elevate how the end-user experiences the space is pivotal in the design process.

As the industry continues to evolve, the

studio remains energised and committed to challenging rigid delineations between

disciplines, going beyond the brief and blurring the boundaries between sectors. No matter what country, sector or client, the Conran

and Partners team is committed to creating

uplifting meaningful spaces and cultivating joy – one story at a time.

Mezzanine and main bar at Shutters in the updated lobby of the iconic tower at One Canada Square

Co-working and café space in Feast at East Hotel Hong Kong

The studio emphasises a people-centric

clients, how it operates as a team and how it

Hotel Maximilian in Prague, to the ongoing

upcoming Taj The Trees in Mumbai – Taj’s

The first site showcasing the new concept for the Peninsula Boutique and Café in the Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong

The penthouse at Argent’s Luma residential development in King’s Cross


for a local developer) and the family-owned

of Indonesia, which people tend to visit for its inspired the concept of bringing Indonesia into

members’ club and new all-day dining venue,

approach – this ethos is exemplified in how

Conran and Partners and the Taj Hotel group,

serene, beautiful scenery and local culture,

creating two unique dining spaces within their

on much smaller boutique properties. From

in a vibrant, bustling Asian metropolis. The

strong contrast of Jakarta itself with the rest

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A select group of talented designers gathered in June to discuss hospitality design at London’s elegant Corinthia hotel. The roundtable, hosted by Sanderson Design Group and chaired by Hospitality Interiors’ Can Faik, sparked conversation on market development and technology, and a lively debate on the future of hotel design. Editor Sophie Harper reports …


The roundtable took place in Corinthia London’s decadent Northall Private

Dining Room. The hotel, a former British Government building, has seen a few

iterations in its history, but as a hotel has

always been popular with celebrities and British royalty. Originally built in 1883, The

Metropole Hotel – as it was then – was the largest hotel in Europe, and the third hotel

built by Frederick Gordon. Today, Corinthia

London is still one of the city’s finest hotels, with chic interior spaces designed by GA Design International.

Lynn Fisher, contract development executive, Sanderson Design Group

Jo Littlefair, director and co-founder, Goddard Littlefair

Fiona Thompson, principal, Richmond International

Sarah Stewart, head of UK brands, Sanderson Design Group

Tina Norden, partner, Conran & Partners

Nicholas Hickson, founder, THDP

David Harte, associate, interior design, Dexter Moren Associates

David Mason, director, Scott Brownrigg

Sanderson Design Group (SDG) is an

international luxury interior furnishing

company that designs, manufactures and markets wallpapers and fabrics together with a wide range of ancillary interior

products. SDG is a collective of seven

quintessentially British luxury interior brands, and they are unique in the marketplace for being able to offer a British manufacturing base. Sustainability is at the heart of their

strategy, and they are committed to running their business on sound Environmental, Social and Governance principles. Marie Soliman-Berglund, founder and creative director, Bergman Interiors

Carl Nash, contract sales manager, Sanderson Design Group


Market development

The rise of the aparthotel

climate. Can asked the room: “Given the current global situation, how do

the changes they’ve witnessed in the traditional hotel format, shining

After introductions, the conversation began by addressing the current you think the market is developing?”

Fiona Thompson responded: “There’s clearly more confidence back

in the market, and things have been really busy. Although people are still uncertain of what’s going to happen in the future, I think Covid

has actually made people more open – perhaps even a little nicer!

And because of that we have a better idea of what people want, why

they want it and what challenges they’re facing, so that’s been quite a positive outcome.”

Tina Norden agreed, and added that one of the biggest challenges

she’s found is the rising cost of materials. “Even supply chains in China have been affected,” she said.

The group discussed the change in budgets and the additional

costs they’re currently facing. “Budgets are really challenging – the

cost of projects is just insane,” Fiona said, adding, “One of the knock-on effects, though, is that we’re buying more locally, which in itself is more

Having touched on Marie’s latest London project, the group discussed a light on the rise of the aparthotel. “The Other House is a really smart format,” said Marie. “The apartments are really friendly and make you feel at home. It’s a great overall experience for the hotel guest.” “Are aparthotels the way forward?” Can put to the table.

“Yes, absolutely,” answered David Harte. “Aparthotels and long-

stay brands are receiving a massive push at the moment in Europe, especially with upper-midscale brands.”

Tina agreed, adding that Asia is seeing more call for hybrid models:

“It’s a relatively new thing being rolled out, but we’re seeing a younger market forging the way for hotels that offer a mix of guest rooms and apartments.”

David Mason and Jo Littlefair both said the trend for more

independent accommodation had soared in popularity during Covid, and the business model has remained solid.

There was a bit of a divide between the room, with a few designers


suggesting that a typical hotel model offers more value to the guest

at refurbishing large projects is ‘what can we keep?’” Nicholas Hickson

a new generation of traveller, and although they won’t replace the

“One of the first questions we ask ourselves now when we’re looking

put to the group. “We need to find a way to reuse materials, re-cover existing furniture without blowing the budget out of the water.” The

experience. Overall, it seemed everyone agreed that aparthotels suit traditional hotel experience, they represent a trend that’s here to stay.

group all nodded in agreement.


in London – The Other House, delivered in collaboration with owner

and help in a hotel environment. “How do you think the influence of new

Marie Soliman-Berglund told us about her latest project, just opened

Naomi Heaton. She explained the importance of managing expectations when it comes to timescales, as projects are now having to wait longer for materials to arrive, and explained the added impact that has on cost: “It’s a global issue,” she said.

Conversation turned to technology, and the advances that both hinder technology affects the luxury traveller, and will do in the future?” Can asked the group.

“Technology is changing so quickly,” said David Harte. “I was speaking

to a client recently who wants everything in the room controlled by an

“Aparthotels and long-stay brands are receiving a massive push at the moment in Europe, especially with upper-midscale brands” – David Harte


“It’s about having a more holistic environment that dovetails with the DNA of the hotel and the brand” – Jo Littlefair app – from room service to light operation. I asked if they were sure,

how during lockdown Sanderson made more online tools a feature

it a lot since then, it actually makes any human interaction far more

being generated in this way. Marie agreed, and said she found the

as it takes away from human interaction – but having thought about sincere and less transactional.”

The group discussed how clients continue to surprise them,

on its website, and that the business has found more orders are now Sanderson website very easy to navigate and then order from.

Can asked the group how important they felt the designer-supplier

and agreed that you can never second-guess exactly what sort

relationship is to the planning of a project.

extremes when it comes to clients – some want everything on an iPad,

and talk more about our bespoke services,” said Carl Nash. “We

of technology will be requested for a new project. “There are two some want the complete opposite,” said Marie.

David Mason made the point that technology should only be used

if it’s beneficial to the guest – otherwise too many switches or options become confusing, so it should always be intuitive. “Like David (Harte) was saying, technology moves so quickly, by the time you’ve installed it into a hotel project, it’s old and the next thing has come along,” he said. “I think it’s about striking the right balance.”

Tina said she wholeheartedly agrees, and explained why it’s difficult

to plan for technology too far in advance, but that ultimately every guest is different, and some will welcome technology, and others

“We like meeting designers face to face to show them our products

manufacture our products ourselves in Lancaster, and up until

around five years ago it was all largely screen-printing, which has turned digital now, so it’s much more flexible. It means less waste,

which is better for the environment, and it means we can really work with a designer on a bespoke project to produce exactly what they need.”

Nick and Tina both agreed that collaborating with suppliers to

make bespoke products had been essential to some of their hotel projects, and that it was a beneficial partnership to maintain.

“If we tried to come up with the drawings for every bespoke product

won’t: “We’re working on a project in Jakarta, and what we had on

and then have to make changes, it would cost the client a lot of

trying to future-proof as much as possible. I think the key thing is to

“Instead, we work with the manufacturers and discuss changes we’d

paper eight years ago is entirely different to what we have now. It’s give people options – if they want to use an iPad, fine, if they don’t, fine.”

money and wouldn’t be as exact – for obvious reasons,” said Tina.

like. It’s a really good way of working, and suppliers often come up with very good solutions to problems.”

Sarah Stewart told the group about the benefits of the good

Designer-supplier relationship

working relationships the Sanderson Design Group builds with

showrooms and the ease of getting to different locations, with

at Sanderson headquarters in Denham: “One of our biggest

The group discussed the benefits of being able to visit supplier Clerkenwell being a large focus for discussion. Lynn Fisher explained

designers, and the unique facilities available for designers

opportunities is that we have the archive, which dates back 160 years,


and we welcome and encourage designers to come and take a look

measures taken, you don’t know if it’s the way the material was

that history, so we want people to come and use it, and interpret the

about what we’re doing as designers, it’s quite challenging.”

– it’s the jewel in our crown. We are custodians of that heritage and designs for themselves.” Future of hotel design

Rounding off the day’s roundtable discussion, Can asked the group: “Where do you see hotel design going in the future?”

First to answer, Jo Littlefair said: “I think we’ve been inspired by what

we’ve all just been through and what we can do to help one another,

and so the spa has become really important as this contingent of luxury and wellbeing.” She added that she hopes technology won’t intrude too much in the future of design. “It’s about having a more holistic

environment that dovetails with the DNA of the hotel and the brand.”

The group agreed that many hotels were destinations because of

produced or if it’s down to the bank the company uses – it’s not just Carl said Sanderson is largely looking at its environmental impact

and addressing any areas it can continue to improve: “It’s all evaluated, we look at our products through the entire process and from cradle to cradle.”

David Harte said half the problem is interpreting which parts of the

production process are actually sustainable. “We need to know where our products have come from, where all the elements that make

that product have come from. Sometimes we’re told that products

have been produced locally to a project but then we find out they’re shipped halfway across the world to be quality-checked. These are the things we’re getting our teams to ask suppliers now.”

their spa offering, and that the current climate has given consumers

Take away

treatments to aid wellbeing.

discussions to a close with thanks and a beautiful lunch service,

more reason to want to look after themselves and book spa

Fiona raised the issue of sustainability, another hot topic on the future

of hotel design: “We believe sustainability is key to the future of design.” Sarah told the group about Sanderson’s sustainability strategy. “It

is at the forefront of everything we do, our business strategy is our

sustainability strategy. We were pleased to receive our Planet Mark Year 4 certification earlier this year. Our pledge is to be net carbon

After a few lively debates and plenty of laughter, Can brought followed by a tour of Corinthia London.

A successful group discussion, it was clear everyone was on the

same page when it came to the need for continued conversation and wanting to make those all-important connections and relationships with suppliers and manufacturers.

Continuing to build on their ‘Eco’ portfolio of recycled fabrics,

ZeroBy30 and to be the employer of choice in our industry”

Riva is made entirely from 100% recycled plastic. Transformed into

different to everybody. “There isn’t an international benchmark that

certified (Global Recycling Standard). Glamourous and stylish, Riva is

The group then discussed how sustainability means something

states exactly what sustainability should be to every project,” said

Fiona. “When you look at a fabric and try to work out the sustainable

a luxuriously soft velvet, this dual-purpose sustainable fabric is GRS available in a palette of 25 opulent colours.

“There isn’t an international benchmark that states exactly what sustainability should be to every project” – Fiona Thompson

DESIGNING WITH WELLNESS IN MIND As more time and financial investment is going into the research and development of every area of hotel build and operation, Hospitality Interiors’ editor Sophie Harper is taking a closer look at the elements that affect the decision-making processes in planning and design. This issue, wellness tourism is under the spotlight…

Market research and statistics from:;;;


“Wellness tourism is the fastest growing segment within the global tourism market and is set to be an ongoing trend for many years to come” On the rise in general, the wellness sector has been doing a roaring

Europeans to adopt new everyday healthy habits, with 65% of people

global pandemic. With more emphasis on our mental as well as

This includes making decisions within various different wellness

trade over the last decade – only to be propelled again since the physical wellbeing, two years of lockdown measures has given

people the opportunity to assess different aspects of their lives and, as a result, has prompted a higher number of us to make certain lifestyle changes.

According to the Global Wellness Institute, wellness tourism is the

fastest growing segment within the global tourism market and is set to be an ongoing trend for many years to come. Within hospitality,

a number of major hotel brands and operators have responded to

more likely to consider their health in day-to-day decision making. sectors.

It’s worth noting that over the last year, some wellness sectors

grew while others diminished. Interestingly, mental health products such as ‘sense spaces’ and sleep grew 12.4% while meditation and

mindfulness grew an astounding 25%. Healthy eating and nutrition

for weight loss maintained positive growth at 3.6% while workplace wellness investments shrank by 7%.

As values and statistics are largely based on spending habits,

this trend through the collaboration with and acquisition of specialist

we already know that wellness travellers tend to spend more per

Having principally focused on spa offerings, the hospitality sector

international travellers, spending around 50% more during spa or

wellness brands and the repositioning of existing assets.

now needs to do more to tap into the changing demands of the

consumer with a greater understanding of wellness in general: from

trip than the average tourist. This is true for both domestic and wellness breaks than the average holidaymaker.

Which element of wellness receives the most revenue is largely

sleep quality and nutrition to mindfulness and fitness. Wellness will

based on region – and the nationality of your target market. Various

and revenue drivers for hotels over the next ten years. Consumers will

others. For example, Germany emphasizes fitness more than the UK.

become one of the most relevant factors in the design, operation,

not only look for more advanced spa facilities, but a wide range of wellness-inspired elements.

Global eCommerce experts Selazar report that the steady growth

countries prioritise certain aspects of the wellness industry over

The UK is more interested in nutrition, and the U.S. is more proactive at practicing mindfulness.

According to a global survey by American Express, 68% of travellers

of the wellness economy has now increased its global market value

said they would be looking to base their next trip around improving

10% in recent years. The U.S. has the biggest health and wellness

hotels that provide wellness facilities. A recent Accor research

to approximately $4.4 trillion – with an annual growth rate of 5% to

market, valued at $52.5 billion, while China comes in second at $19.9 billion, and Australia third at $9.5 billion. The UK is still at a whopping $9 billion and Germany at $6.4 billion.

A new study has shown the pandemic has enticed more

their mental wellbeing and 41% confirmed their interest in booking

study on guest satisfaction identified that guests who gave positive feedback about on-site wellness experiences were 38% more likely

to be highly satisfied with their hotel stay, and that a highly satisfied guest is 14% more likely to return.


“The wellness economy has now increased its global market value to approximately $4.4 trillion – with an annual growth rate of 5% to 10% in recent years”

RETHINKING WELLNESS DESIGN The design and operation of a spa needs to be adaptable to

futureproof for any growth, avoiding the need for costly retrofitting

and the underutilisation of space. Rooms that can be multifunctional or adapted as demands and requirements change is the most

important way to ensure the physical space delivers on revenue and keeps costs and maintenance to a minimum.

Making the most of natural light and outdoor spaces and providing

been addressed first, there’s little point in spending out in other areas. Fitness is a big area to address too, and with specialist brands

like Equinox and EVEN Hotels making waves in the fitness hospitality

market, competition is fierce. But even if you’re not looking to target the fitness market specifically, or don’t have the luxury of working

with a dedicated space for a gym, guest rooms can be utilised in a

way that incorporates gym equipment or meditation spaces without encroaching too much on the overall design scheme.

social or relaxation spaces that are engaging is a great move. These


encourage visitors to use facilities they may not have necessarily

There are some fantastic examples of hotel brands going the extra

want to be in.

expectations, and they should be applauded for their efforts.

significant changes to guest rooms and public spaces to target

– from its Vitality Rooms in its Swissotel properties with circadian

designed to complement different areas in a hotel based on the

its Raffles hotels – the French operator has created a number of

attributes will not only improve the guest experience, but actively

planned to beforehand – creating an environment people actually

mile to ensure they’re meeting, no… exceeding, customer wellness

Properties without the space for pool or spa facilities can make

Operators like Accor, with brands dedicated to holistic experiences

the wellness market, too. The introduction of sophisticated lighting

lighting and air purification, to its outstanding spa experiences at

activities associated within that area – from sleeping to eating – is an

exceptional wellness offerings.

water features, even pot plants and nature-inspired decor, is a great

at its hotels’ paired-back styling and off-the-beaten-track locations.

intelligent use of design budget. Adding biophilia, from living walls to

Six Senses is known for its expertise in wellbeing, which doesn’t stop

way to introduce subtle sensory touches.

Its list of wellness programmes is extensive and is all customisable,

to improve their wellbeing is decent investment in mattresses and


a better mood than a good night’s sleep, so this area should not

wealth of healthy lifestyle activities that are designed to make any

reviews and return customers. Sleep quality is not completely down

about a nice spa and regular yoga sessions (though both feature at

(like the humming of a fridge or lights on fire alarms and TVs) haven’t

with guests as happy memories that last a lifetime.

An obvious choice for hotels wishing to attract travellers looking

products that promote good sleep quality. Nothing puts people in

covering everything from sleep tracking to movement efficiency

Four Seasons has been ahead of the game for some time with its

be overlooked if hotels are hoping for those all-important positive

of the brand’s hotels a destination in its own right. We’re not talking

to great bedding though – if soundproofing and in-room distractions

most Four Seasons properties), but experiential activities that stay


EVEN Hotels from IHG has been created as an almost temple-like

place of worship for the fitness junky. With top-of-the-range gyms

and fitness guest suites offering everything from soft-pressured cork flooring for essential floor-work fitness regimes, to personal training equipment and videos, so you can literally roll out of bed and onto the treadmill (should you so wish) – a lot of thought has gone into developing these hotels.

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has developed an ‘Alchemy of Sleep’

programme, which is currently being introduced to all of its hotels

and is in keeping with the brand’s ‘A Sense of Place’ philosophy, which offers a more localised experience and is designed to help you sleep like a baby with everything from spa treatments to meditation and skin care products.

THE TAKE HOME Wellness is a growing trend and a serious source of revenue for the

hospitality sector. Failing to recognise the market and invest in wellness design now could cost hospitality businesses dearly over the coming years. Consumer demand for health products and interest in brands that promote healthy living is high, and it’s likely that businesses ignoring this will fall by the wayside.

Key decision makers have started to sit up and listen too, certainly

within the funding, planning and regulatory environments, where there

is increased preference for sustainable buildings that can demonstrate ecological or wellbeing benefits through professional accreditation. The hospitality businesses that will perform the best over the next

decade, are the hotels that already have wellness departments, or that are investing time and money into developing their wellness offerings and are continually tapping into the evolving ‘Wellth’ market.

“68% of travellers said they would be looking to base their next trip around improving their mental wellbeing and 41% confirmed their interest in booking hotels that provide wellness facilities”


NEWH UK celebrates 20th anniversary NEWH is a leading networking group for the hospitality industry, providing student scholarships, education, leadership growth, recognition of excellence, and business development opportunities. The NEWH UK chapter is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2022 with a jam-packed year of events designed to reconnect those working in the hospitality industry – and in doing so, supporting the next generation by raising scholarship funds for students studying interior design and architecture …

Members of the founding NEWH UK chapter board: front, from left, Jane Wickings, Lynn Fisher, Pam McMahon, Sue Pecha and Rachel Harding; top, from left, Minda Dowling, Melina Krause, Dee Adcock

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NEWH 2022 board members

The NEWH UK chapter was delighted to

celebrate its 20th anniversary by hosting a rooftop party on 14th June. Founding, past

and current members, along with scholarship recipients and TopID winners from over the years, industry collaborators and friends

of the UK chapter, came together to enjoy drinks and pizza at the rooftop bar of TT Liquor in Shoreditch London in the most

glorious sunshine. The party was a wonderful

opportunity to reminisce about how it all began and reflect on just how far things have come for the chapter throughout two decades of

connections and contributions to the industry. NEWH was formed in the US in 1984 by

Shelia Lohmiller (CEO, NEWH Inc) alongside

Dorrit St John and Susan Spalding. They were aware of a lack of female representation in the hospitality industry and, seeking to

change this, they launched the Network for

Members and friends of NEWH UK enjoying the celebrations

Executive Women in Hospitality. After many

years of success for the organisation in both the US and Canada, in 2002 Pam McMahon expanded NEWH’s reach by setting up the

first international chapter in London. As the

organisation has grown, it has become more

diverse and is no longer exclusively for women. Rebranded to NEWH – The Hospitality Industry

Network, the organisation continues to provide

a platform that combines business networking with educational development.

It was particularly special to see the past

faces of the NEWH UK chapter, as many of

the founding and early board members were able to reunite at the party (picture 1). Shelia

Lohmiller, Pam McMahon and current NEWH Inc

president Chris Tucker travelled from the US

inspired events like dance, sunset yoga and

each addressing the crowd and sharing their

of newly opened hotels such as Rosewood

and Canada to join the milestone celebration, own experiences of the work and impact of

Former president Rebekah Ellis cuts the 20th anniversary cake

NEWH over the years. The fabulous anniversary cake (made by current UK chapter president Libby Bull) was cut by the past presidents in attendance, before being enjoyed by

guests. CUBE Video generously donated its

photography skills to capture memories of the evening.

The NEWH UK chapter has built up a thriving

community over the years and is currently

guided by Libby Bull and a dedicated team of board members (picture 2). It was rewarding

to see so many of the UK membership, as well as industry friends coming together to mark this momentous occasion.

Over the two decades, the chapter has

enjoyed hosting a vast array of events, from

creative activities such as graffiti, photography and life drawing classes to wellness-

meditation. Member favourites include tours London, Pan Pacific London and The Dixon:

the former Tower Bridge Magistrates Court. Through these events and many others,

the chapter has received donations for the

student scholarships awarded to exceptionally talented students at the annual fundraiser

event, a key date in the NEWH UK calendar. When the UK chapter was in its early

stages, a relationship was established with

Ravensbourne College (now Ravensbourne University London), with its interior design

and architecture students invited to enter

the scholarship competition. In later years, scholarship eligibility was opened to all

colleges and universities in the UK. In recent

times, competition applicants have included students from Middlesex, Nottingham Trent,

Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Hertfordshire.


panel made up of professionals from across the hospitality industry, including interior designers, hoteliers and suppliers. Each

student was tasked with a brief created by

unique selling proposition and use of smart

technologies, and explaining how these would enhance guest experiences. Each student

presentation was followed by 15 minutes of questions from the judging panel.

Annette was joined by five other panel

current NEWH UK scholarship director Annette

judges. Simon Kincaid, partner at Conran

for ESPA International, who chaired the judging

with over 20 years’ experience across the

Culhane, senior associate in spa development panel. The task was to design a junior suite in

a boutique city hotel located in Paris. Students were allocated 15 minutes to individually

present their concept to the judges, presented on two A1-sized boards. Competitors selected a well-suited hotel operator and identified their key clientele, outlining the property’s

and Partners, brought a wealth of knowledge, residential, hospitality and retail sectors. Xavier Boudin, hospitality sales manager Europe and

Africa, represented Lutron, a leading company in the lighting control industry, which kindly

provided a fabulous setting for the student

presentations in The London Lutron Experience Centre. Also judging was Six Senses Resorts and Spas’ technical services manager,

Vitalija Katrine, who brought both creative Members and friends of NEWH UK enjoying the celebrations

Last year’s scholarship winner Emily Marzocchi, current NEWH UK president Libby Bull and former president and NEWH UK founding member Pam McMahon

This year, the judging day to evaluate the

students’ entries took place on 6th July, with a

and practical approaches to the panel, and

of the students receiving scholarships. Prior

contributed his multi-faceted expertise across

be a roundtable event where NEWH members

Toby Walters, CEO of Elite Exhibitions, who

a wide range of industry disciplines – and

finally Hannah Rogers, who has been a NEWH

UK board member for more than 10 years and has over 22 years of design experience in the carpet industry. The judges deliberated at

to the scholarship presentation, there will also will have the opportunity to hear from a wide

range of industry experts across the hospitality sector. Tickets will be on sale in the coming weeks via the NEWH website.

Sponsorship is key to enabling NEWH

great length before selecting the 2022 winners

to continue its commitment to delivering

their scholarships at the UK chapter’s annual

generations. If you are interested in sponsoring

(to be announced), who will be awarded fundraiser.

This year, the fundraiser will be held on 13th

September at Hilton Tower Bridge. The event

is a great opportunity for members to come

together while celebrating the achievements

valuable scholarships and education to future a NEWH event, please email newhuk@gmail.

com. You can stay updated by following NEWH on social media and signing up to our mailing list. For any other enquiries, please email

HOW CAN YOU JOIN THE WORLD’S BIGGEST ORGANISATION FOR NETWORKING IN THE INTERNATIONAL HOSPITALITY DESIGN INDUSTRY? NEWH continuously welcomes new members into its UK chapter – there are two options for joining:


Are you an individual looking to join? This is the membership for you, with an annual fee of £90.


This covers two people from a company, with the option of two more to join at a -50% discount.

For an application form, please contact the director of membership Kevin Swart at, or visit to find out more. YOU CAN ALSO STAY ABREAST OF WHAT’S HAPPENING IN NEWH-UK THROUGH THE FOLLOWING: NEWH/United Kingdom @newhuk

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Whether you are looking for interns, entry-level talent or seasoned employees, NEWH has it all.

Find exciting new talent ready to become involved in architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, culinary arts, hotel management, and all the many facets that encompass the hospitality industry. This is the ideal place for potential employers to view the resumes, projects, videos, and other work posted by students and recent graduates. If your company is looking for new talent, this is a great place to start your search.



Unveiling a brand-new look this year, the iconic Park Lane New York has emerged from an extensive two-year refurbishment with a spring in its step. Yabu Pushelberg was appointed to restore the hotel’s original character, and in doing so has created a unique design story based on the property’s historic legacy.

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In the 1970s, Leona and Harry Helmsley

prison palace, where she completed house

of the building’s history, global design studio

York City’s real estate. Envisioning the future of

through it all was Leona’s dog, Trouble, who


steered the development of much of New

Manhattan’s skyline, the couple reinvigorated established landmarks while asserting new

arrest for her white-collar crimes. By her side upon her death was left a fortune in his name. Following Leona’s passing, The Park Lane

pillars that would in time define New York. At

Hotel’s allure was amplified, and it achieved

majority shares of the Empire State Building –

real estate. The hotel went on to see further

the peak of their empire, the couple owned the yet through it all, The Park Lane Hotel remained the crown jewel of their portfolio, and grew to become the icon synonymous with the infamous Helmsley tale.

The Helmsleys met legal and financial

strife that soon outshone the couple’s vast

success. Amid the turmoil, the one monument they maintained as their own was The Park

Lane Hotel. It is here, within the hotel’s lavish

penthouse, where the power couple had wed, and which, years later, became Leona’s plush

recognition as a landmark of New York City

scandal, taking the property’s legendary status to new heights, thus inaugurating The Park

Yabu Pushelberg was tasked with a complete Embarking on a monumental two-year

refresh of the 600-plus room, 47 storey-high

New York landmark, the design team at Yabu

Pushelberg, led by founders George and Glen, set about reawakening the spirit of the hotel, under management by Highgate.

Standing at the intersection of Fifth Avenue

Lane into New York City mythology.

and Central Park South, Park Lane’s location

remains intact, the spirit of the hotel became

Neighbouring cultural canons such as The

While the aura of The Park Lane’s past

weighted by dated interiors. To capture the

magic and share the wonder of The Park Lane Hotel’s epic tale with the New York of today, the hotel required a refresh. Entrusted to

reimagine the hotel’s interiors and to create

a space for guests to revel in the eccentricity

is a vestibule of New York iconography.

Plaza Hotel, Carnegie Hall, and The Museum of Modern Art, along with unparalleled views of Central Park, Park Lane is primely positioned among Manhattan’s finest. An elegant

property, and one of the most luxurious hotels

on Billionaires’ Row, it was important to retain

“Using a tongue-in-cheek approach to communicate contemporary techniques via sensibilities with heritage, Yabu Pushelberg has delivered a sense of place to the property whilst igniting new life within Park Lane New York.”

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the welcoming, unpretentious feel of the hotel, while making reference to its former owners and fascinating history. Yabu Pushelberg

aesthetically, but with a deep emotional connection and experience for guests.

Inspired by the hotel’s natural exuberance,

wall murals, are replicated throughout, tying subtle design elements neatly together.

Wanting to celebrate the property’s past,

considered how to renew Park Lane’s identity

the studio sought to reignite Park Lane’s

Yabu Pushelberg based its design around the

amidst neighbouring institutions, which in turn

direction for the design of the public spaces,

a good sense of wit, charm, exploration and

while ensuring it shone as a unique icon

has shaped the hotel’s design language and is redefining the Central Park South experience.

As a narrative-based practice, the team at

Yabu Pushelberg began the design process

with this project through the immersion, sense of place, culture and heritage of the building,

all the while maintaining an intimate, globally

minded perspective on how individuals choose to live today and into the future. Park Lane

renaissance, using the property’s legacy as private guest rooms, suites and penthouse. Where weary and outdated decor once

masked the hotel’s relevance to cosmopolitan city living, international design influences can

now be seen throughout the public and guest areas, and the introduction of pared-back

styling and a neutral colour palette has lifted the whole feel of the interior space.

Guest rooms feel light and airy while

has a unique and vibrant history, and a native

maintaining the right level of grandeur and

re-conceptualisation of the property through

items of well-placed furniture, while the detail

vernacular, which was used to formulate the dynamic storytelling that resonates not only

core of the hotel’s storied history, ensuring

discovery were included in the design brief, so as not to create too serious a space.

Full of spirit and personality, the studio was

inspired by the stories of previous owner Leona Helmsley (and her dog, Trouble). And, looking to create an evocative and unexpected

experience, the designers gravitated toward a palette of mischief – the resulting design tells the modern tale of Trouble, personified.

Young, dapper, and handsome, Trouble

character. Colour has been injected with key

straddles the line of protagonist and

on surfaces, from tabletops to hand-painted

adventurous voice of possibility exuded

antagonist, serving as the charismatic and

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“Entrusted to reimagine the hotel’s interiors and to create a space for guests to revel in the eccentricity of the building’s history, global design studio Yabu Pushelberg was tasked with a complete refurbishment.”


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“Full of spirit and personality, the studio was inspired by the stories of previous owner Leona Helmsley and her dog, Trouble.” through the reimagined Park Lane New York.

seasons, the ubiquitous New York newsstand,

with spirited modernity allowed the studio to

resides at Park Lane New York’s Penthouse,

Bemelmans Bar, Park Lane New York stands

imbued with thoughtful consideration and

Boasting a true life of lavishness, Trouble

immersed in magical panoramic views of

Central Park while enjoying the endless sense of possibility at his disposal. Left to his own

devices, Trouble infuses entertainment into both his mornings and evenings, hosting

opulent extravaganzas, proper tea parties,

and chic soirees to be shared and enjoyed

landmark Grand Central Station and beloved as an homage to the wonders that lay beside it. Peppered throughout the property can be

found Central Park-inspired murals depicting

carnival animals in Strawberry Fields, created

by New York City-based artists Chandler Noah and Diego Castano.

Helping to blend past and present,

alongside his discerning companions.

Yabu Pushelberg repurposed the hotel’s

lifestyle, Yabu Pushelberg infused subtle odes

sustainably infuse a modern graciousness

In parallel to the exuberance of Trouble’s

of Manhattan iconography throughout the hotel to ground perspective. Drawing from

some of the city’s defining features, such as

the wonders of Central Park and its changing

original chandeliers, sconces and fixtures to throughout the property, while introducing new pieces, including Cipher lighting from Lasvit. Remixing the original qualities and

defining characteristics of Park Lane New York

reassert the hotel as a present-day landmark elevated flair. Using a tongue-in-cheek

approach to communicate contemporary

techniques via sensibilities with heritage, Yabu Pushelberg has delivered a sense of place to the property while igniting a new spark.

With this iconic property reimagined with a

new and unique narrative, it feels almost as though Park Lane New York has come back to life – or, at least, woken from a lengthy slumber, ready to lead the way into an illustrious new chapter.



Set within the vibrancy and drama of London’s West End, Middle Eight Covent Garden is aptly named after the section of a song that develops naturally with a contrasting melody. Hospitality Interiors editor Sophie Harper was invited to stay and find out more about the musical inspiration behind the design of the new hotel.


A new addition to the Shiva Hotels portfolio,

a number of the areas, which included

for the hotel’s redesign. Given the property’s

last year amid tentative lockdown easing – a

again,” says Gary Marshall, founder and MD,

the team would be drawn to theatrical and

Middle Eight opened its doors to the public

brave time to open a new hospitality business in London. The management team knew it was bad timing but, after three years and

a £40 million overhaul, the hotel was more

knocking some spaces down and starting

Tonik Associates. “We needed to increase the ground floor footprint, which meant turning outdoor space into indoor space.”

On the first floor, the designers wanted to

than ready to welcome visitors in. Thankfully,

repurpose the former meeting room spaces

lockdowns and a slow but steady recovery

number of issues to make the idea feasible.

2021 brought about the last of the London

since, and Middle Eight is becoming a firm

favourite among locals and out-of-towners alike.

Assigned the task of complete

reconfiguration and interior design of the

building, Tonik Associates came on board in

2017 and suggested some bold ideas to utilise every square foot of space. “Middle Eight was

an existing building and we had to repurpose

to use as luxury suites but had to resolve a “The meeting rooms were dark and lifeless

with no natural daylight,” says Gary. “Through careful planning and perseverance, we

location in Covent Garden, it was natural

legal themes, but without wanting the design to become too cliché they settled on a

reinterpretation of the building’s former use

as the Kingsway Hall music venue. The guest rooms have been given a subtle injection of music theme, while the suites are all

named after pieces of music with a middle

eight bridge and feature a carefully curated

collection of music literature and memorabilia. Alongside the musical emphasis,

convinced the owners to invest in skylight

sustainability and nature also played a huge

natural light and turn the meeting rooms into

be seen from the huge tree root composition

windows in order to flood the rooms with luxury five-star suites.”

A few ideas were cast when Gary and his

team were jotting down initial inspiration

focus for the hotel design inspiration. This can displayed in the lobby – emphasising the

quest for sustainable natural materials – to the thousands of hand-pressed burnished

“Alongside the musical emphasis, sustainability and nature also played a huge focus for the hotel design inspiration”

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sycamore leaves, that create a bit of seasonal

desk constructed from sustainably felled olive

to Sycamore Vino Cucina, where bright blues

area, and living walls bathed in daylight from

and a repeating form of flickering fires follows

natural stone, and the stage is set for chefs

drama in the double-height space in the bar the cleverly placed suite skylights. Natural materials such as stone and wood have

been used throughout the hotel as well, and offer a feeling of tactility and warmth in a contemporary setting.

The impact as you walk into the double-

height reception space is one of natural

grandeur and openness. From the arrival space you can see the welcome area,

reception, bars, restaurant and lift lobby, so

orientation of the key hospitality elements of the hotel are immediately obvious.

At reception, a huge bespoke hand-crafted

oak greets guests checking-in. Soft lighting

a bronzed curvy lounge space in which to relax or meet with friends.

On the left-hand-side of the building’s

and mustard yellows are surrounded by light, creating authentic Italian cuisine via the open kitchen space.

Above the restaurant, on mezzanine level,

ground floor, the space opens up into an

The Balcony offers a sophisticated retreat from

height ceiling features the seemingly floating

of fancy library with bar area and light bites

impressive bar area where the doublesycamore leaves. On the walls, lighting

has been used to create subtle geometric

ambience while huge floor-to-ceiling windows

create a wonderful people-watching frame for onlookers both inside and out.

To the back of the ground floor, an open-

plan space from the bar area leads directly

the city’s hustle and bustle. Acting as a kind available, the space is chic in appearance

and laidback in feel. A continuation of natural materials follows form here, while more

mellow, earthy tones have been used in the

furnishings. Low-level lighting gives the space

a more intimate vibe as day turns to night with the air of exclusive members club.

“The suites are all named after pieces of music with a middle eight bridge and feature a carefully curated collection of music literature and memorabilia”


“The main design principles developed for the client as a whole revolve around the mantra of ‘luxury with purpose’ beautiful design and luxurious natural finishes sourced with conscience” A feature staircase takes visitors from

mezzanine level down to the lower ground

floor where the hotel’s on-site club, QT, resides. Previously used for operational and back of house ancillary space, QT is a cabaret bar that has been conceived in the style of a

discovered speakeasy using base materials as finishes and core steel lighting features to give

a slightly brutal feel to the space – as though it has just been discovered.

168 guest rooms and 12 suites occupy the

first floor and above. Suites are an impressive

feature separate seating and dining areas,

taken to allow the individuality of each area

allow light to flood down onto kitchenette

work cohesively together.”

water features, and outdoor terraces. Skylights and dining spaces giving the suites a bit

triumph with enough atmosphere and intrigue

home. Contemporary four-poster beds are

building’s storied past is a lovely theme to

burning feature fireplaces create a sense of delightfully indulgent, as are the marbled

bathrooms with huge freestanding soft-touch

tubs with accent brushed gold brassware and polished black vanity units.

“The main design principles developed

for the client as a whole revolve around the

sets the tone for luxury lounging. Larger than a

design and luxurious natural finishes sourced

lot of London apartments, some of the suites

The hotel’s layout and design is an absolute

of a ‘wow’ factor. Living walls and gently

labyrinth of connecting spaces where custom

cabinetry and chic mid-century style furniture

to shine through so they can stand alone but

mantra of ‘luxury with purpose’ beautiful

with conscience,” says Gary. “Great care was

to keep the most avid traveller interested. The continue into its new iteration and gives the

hotel its soul. Award winning for its restaurant design already, it wouldn’t be at all surprising

to hear of more accolades for this property in the coming years.



A reflection of its natural surroundings, the new Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, The Palm, Dubai has taken design direction from mother nature, cleverly mimicking the movement and colours of the Arabian Sea.

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Newly opened in March 2022, Taj Exotica Resort

Indian influences.

the large pool area and private beach.

hotel comprising 258 rooms and 67 suites, with

features seven food and beverage outlets,

entering the hotel are welcomed by a striking

Jumeirah. Inspired by the hotel’s surroundings,

pool (claimed to be the longest pool in Palm

crystal pieces, which cast an enchanting

& Spa, The Palm, Dubai is a new six-storey

sweeping views of the Dubai skyline and Palm the architectural team at ARENCO and design studio at Hirsch Bedner Associates have paid

homage to the property’s situation – perfectly placed for enviable views of the rolling sea, dazzling stars and vivid sunsets.

The design plays on abstracted

characteristics of its local environment,

using pattern, colour and geometric shapes to express a unique take on the movement and fluidity of nature, while traditional

craftsmanship reflects various Arabian and

The resort is spread over 48,000m2 and

Jiva spa, a kid’s club, a games room, a 70m

Jumeirah), private beach, tennis court, miniputting green, and an underground parking

lot – as well as its 325 rooms and suites with private balconies.

By maximising the use of space, the property

is optimised for privacy, yet provides an open,

Through the grand porte cochere, guests

chandelier by Preciosa, featuring over 11,000 light show across the lobby area. A product

of more than 3000 hours of traditional expert

craftsmanship, the Signature Design Diamond Flow Chandelier inspires the design tone for the whole resort.

The clean lines of the lobby are accented

light and airy feel, and large outdoor areas.

by an eclectic mix of soothing colours, unusual

envelops a large sea-facing courtyard, dotted

awash with natural light from the impressive

The square, u-shaped design of the resort

with comfortable seating around a flowing

fountain. The courtyard extends all the way to

textures and organic shapes. The open space, curved glass ceiling, also plays host to an

impressive infinity loop glass sculpture, which

“The design plays on abstracted characteristics of its local environment, using pattern, colour, and geometric shapes to express a unique take on the movement and fluidity of nature.”

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symbolises the rich diversity of marine life.

adorned with fine linens, exquisite furnishings,

warm wooden walls, while striking turquoise

walk-in showers, and reflect the luxury lifestyle

The marble floors are a bright contrast to the carpeting adds colour and a sense of depth, with a feeling of motion and being under water.

Every room at Taj Exotica gets to enjoy

Rabbit is a mix of eclectic modern interiors,

of modern Dubai, with gold highlights along

cameo appearances on the menu and

with deep blue hues, mirrored by the Arabian Sea.

Elegant design concepts extend to the

sunset views, thanks to the hotel’s clever

hotel’s seven distinctive F&B venues. Varq is

of its environment, and which creates a

leaf used to garnish gourmet dishes. The fine

architecture, built to incorporate every aspect magical sense of place. Suites range in size

from 165- 500m2 and feature spacious living areas and private outdoor Jacuzzis. On the fifth floor is the largest of the suites – the

Presidential Four-Bedroom Suite Sea View –

A classic British gastropub, The Roaring

and bathrooms with standalone bathtubs and

named after a finely crafted gold or silver

and features a quirky rabbit motif that makes throughout the decor. A whimsical ceiling

feature and a hat chandelier complete the

look. A strong red colour palette is balanced

with rich browns and black, giving the space a dark yet cheerful feel.

Palm Kitchen offers a bright and airy setting

dining restaurant, serving Indian cuisine, is

for breakfast, but transforms into a lively

bar seating and an attractive show kitchen,

are inspired by Mediterranean culture and

inspired by the Silk Road. It also features chic where enticing presentations are created. Raia Rooftop Bar & Lounge provides

atmosphere by night. The restaurant’s interiors fresh market produce.

Lime Pool Bar features two swim-up bars

which is a combination of two kings and two

panoramic views of the Palm’s horizon, and

on either side of the hotel’s pool. The Coast,

room with a kitchenette. Every guest room is

eccentric wall hangings.

shoreline bistro. At the heart of the resort,

twin bedrooms, a living area, and a dining

contemporary Arabic cuisine is served under

adjacent to the beach, is a relaxed al fresco

“The team has really enjoyed working on this project – using the environment around them as the primary source of inspiration has allowed us to hone in on what makes Dubai a truly unique place to be.”


“Every room at Taj Exotica gets to enjoy sunset views, thanks to the hotel’s clever architecture built to incorporate every aspect of its environment, which creates a magical sense of place.” the Emperor’s Lounge offers a tranquil yet

and shoreline carpet design, as well as cleverly

with natural lighting.

floor. Meeting rooms are decorated in neutral

invigorating atmosphere, in chic surroundings There is also Taj Club Lounge, where guests

can work or relax under a crystal chandelier that glamourises the central space of the

lounge, while subtle references are made to

underwater habitats, along with contemporary

ridged ceilings that resemble the sandy ocean

sapphire and aqua – representing the hues of

the environment around them as the primary

after various shades of blue – indigo, tiffany, the ocean’s multiple depths.

The Popsicle Kids Club draws inspiration

large ballrooms and eight meeting rooms.

with brightly coloured soft play and relaxation

daylight and have captured the rolling motion of ocean waves by using curvy light fittings

Speaking about the design, Lesha Fernando,

project director, HBA, says: “The team has

from what children all over the world perceive

The pre-function areas are bathed in natural

one to sit and read.

tones inspired by sandy beaches, and named

artworks adorn the walls.

Event spaces at the hotel comprise of two

unwind in, with little nooks and corners built for

as a treat. It is housed in a round building

areas surrounded by a green outdoor activity space. The Games Room, a recreation centre for teenage guests, is designed to relax and

really enjoyed working on this project – using source of inspiration has allowed us to hone

in on what makes Dubai a truly unique place

to be. It’s been a pleasure working with several

HBA brand partners, creating something that is a true representation of what HBA does best.”



On a serene coast outside the picturesque village of Panormos, a brand-new haven awaits the modern nomad. Combining Crete’s rich heritage with exceptional experiences of the here and now, The Royal Senses Resort & Spa is the latest chapter in lifestyle hospitality from the Troulis Royal Collection.


The Royal Senses Resort is a contemporary

designed and positioned in such a way that

reference traditional doors of Crete and are a

warm and deeply intertwined with the

blue of the sea.

statement. Stone slabs on reception counters

interpretation of the Cretan soul – rugged, landscape of the island. This is a resort

ensures unobstructed views to the endless

Local artisans, excellent craftsmanship and

for curious guests seeking a genuine

local techniques have informed the design

the character of its people, the harvests of the

repurposed items, objects and artwork that

understanding of Crete, past and present –

land and the colours and textures of the local natural world.

Its design blends local heritage with

and created handcrafted bespoke furniture, celebrate the artisanal skills of the islanders throughout.

Upon entry, guests are greeted in a tall

contemporary elements. The celebration of

light-filled space, where cream raffia covered

behind the hotel’s overall architectural and

ensure a cool welcome. Artwork is curated in

local roots has been the main driving force design approach. The landscape’s rough

beauty creates a wonderful juxtaposition with the clean, minimal lines of the buildings. It is

panels line the walls and the stone floors

a dialogue with the wall panelling, pendants hang low and the furniture is soft.

Tall and oversized, dark wooden screens

defining design element that makes a grand are semi polished with untreated raw edges and wood trunk coffee tables break up the otherwise orderly geometry.

Guestrooms are generously sized, each one

flowing towards an outdoor terrace. Materials

are tactile, local and honest, walls are textured, and surfaces are thoughtfully accessorised with artefacts crafted by neighbouring

communities. These are rooms designed to satisfy any contemporary globetrotter with tables made for working as well as dining,

luxurious bathrooms and delightful details.

Every room features carpentry from highly

“The Royal Senses has been a very exciting project for me personally, not least because it is very different in its vision from any other resorts on Crete and because of the client’s genuine commitment to local authenticity. This being Studio LOST’s first resort project, I am humbled by the global recognition and the awards it has already won. It is genuinely very close to my heart” – Constantina Tsoutsikou, founder, Studio LOST


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“This is a resort for curious guests seeking a genuine understanding of Crete, past and present” skilled local third-generation craftsmen

All rooms maximise the time spent outdoors

(many of whom make their living by building

celebrating views and pools, while the dark

such as the cushions, are entirely made

wrapped door handles add an extra layer of

traditional fishing boats), while furnishings,

by hand in traditional motifs from the local women weavers’ association.

Vanity counters from local stone are

luxuriously long and smooth, flooring is lined

with large format tiles all the way to the private

metal finishes and details such as leather-

depth in the overall look and feel. The open,

boundless, layout connects the indoors with

the outdoors and invites guests to enjoy these generous, calm spaces in their entirety.

Strategically positioned between terrace

terraces, while marble lined drinks stations

and indoor lounge, the lobby bar serves

picked from local vendors or developed for the

cocktails until late at night on both sides.

are inviting. Each piece of furniture is hand-

project to reflect a contemporary Cretan look and feel in rusty and earthy tones.

feeling when inside. Ceilings are panelled in raffia and wood with clever timber details concealing all services, planters add a

refreshing touch of green and round terracotta coloured banquettes add to a relaxed and laid back feel. Artefacts are mixed with an

Assouline curated library of books. This is a

relaxing haven to hide away and lounge in when the poolside action gets too much.

With generous sea views and a delightful

cold espressos in the morning and designer

outdoor terrace, most of the dining at GEA

The seating is curated to feel right on the

colour, with deep reds and mustard yellows

landscaped terrace and give an outdoorsy

is done al fresco. Seating is a celebration of mixed with natural wood details and smooth


stone tabletops. Water features dot the

pots throughout. The layout is designed to

attraction. The design intent is an elevated

setting, with low lighting in the evening and

to generously accommodate larger groups

floors, dark textured timbers laced with carved

terrace and make something of a romantic the soft sound of water. Indoors, delicate linen

pendants designed bespoke for the restaurant

hang in clusters and gently move in the breeze

offer both intimate dining and the possibility on monastic tables, with a feeling of getting together like a big Greek family!

Outdoor pools follow a strong horizontal

adding a sense of playfulness.

axis across the width of the resort and are

stations feature live cooking, while local

generous space for poolside lounges with

Connected to the main kitchen, several

freshly prepared food is elegantly displayed on rough stone-clad islands throughout

the restaurant. A great deal of equipment is

hidden away in the large dividing screens that

offer a decorative separation between seating groups. Cretan craft is evident everywhere,

from the bakery corner baskets to the delicate ceramics on display and the large Cretan

organised on different levels providing

sea views. Along the cream stone pavement,

Grecian farmhouse aesthetic, with clay tile

motifs, and serene canvas or leather chairs organised around long tables. Refrigerated

displays of dry ageing meats and local wines

whet the appetite while cooking is done ‘in the round’. Tall windows open onto a wonderful terrace with a view, ideal for late nights.

Dining with a splendid view is the theme of

guests can gaze the sea views from stylish

Cretamos: a small restaurant with a handful

flowing drapes. The colour scheme references

is minimal and designed as to not detract

pool loungers or with timber cabanas with

the rich red tones of the surrounding Cretan landscape.

At Mitato Restaurant, a traditional menu

is the focus with open fire cooking the main

of covers makes it feel exclusive. The aesthetic from the fabulous views. Straw-filled ceiling

panelling connects the interior with the terrace and all other surfaces are a gentle graduation

of tone: from patinated charcoal shades in the

“A stone facade wraps around the column geometry, bringing a harmonious transition from the outside in”


“Its design blends local heritage with contemporary elements” kitchen to light cream stone booths outside.

Floor lanterns sparkle with soft lighting in the evening, the open kitchen adds a touch of

around the column geometry, bringing a

harmonious transition from the outside in. Massages can take place in open-air

rich fragrant landscape that surrounds the resort.

Further inside the building, wet areas open

theatre and the mood is intimate.

cabana settings in the garden, while more

up through stone-carved portals. Here, a high

and joyful: a contemporary interpretation

descent into the mystical darkness of the level

mosaic lined steam room, and a glaze fronted

The Pure Senses SPA is rustic, authentic

of the island soul with a cosmopolitan

aura. Its design blends local heritage with

contemporary elements and is a celebration of its local roots – the main driving force

behind the spa’s overall architectural and design approach.

The spa expands over two levels: an active

space with indoor-outdoor pool and fitness

area, both enjoying 360-degree views of the

sea and horizon beyond. A stone facade wraps

rigorous Cretan spa treatments require a

below. The decor follows the wellness journey,

while lights dim and the guest is invited to slow down. Floral wallcoverings animate the space, while light glows from crochet wallsconces.

There are four single treatment rooms and two double suites, complete with steam showers and their own private lounge nooks. The

turquoise tones of the treatment room joinery nod to the healing hues of water, while rods

with hanging dry herbs add reference to the

vaulted traditional Cretan hamam, a dark

sauna with crafted interior are all designed to evoke the resorts’ identity and inspire

relaxation, while a number of experience

showers and a candlelit calm zone complete the offering. Post treatment, guests can sip tea under high vaults, with twinkling lights

from pendants above or enjoy more water therapies outdoors in the sunshine.



This elegant new beach resort features seamless indoor/outdoor living spaces and local stylistic flourishes. A true collaboration between hotelier and design studio, Adrian Zecha chose the team at Noor to bring his vision of clean lines and contemporary design together.


Azerai is a new story and brand of resorts

total refurbishment of Princess D’Annam

that helped revitalise the resort. “One of the

design, and discreet and attentive service in

Vietnamese beachgoers that had been stuck

enclosed and insular spaces of the former

offering guests simple elegance, refined

places of unique beauty and cultural interest. The brand was formed by hotelier Adrian

Resort & Spa, a one-time landmark among in the doldrums in recent years.

The buildings’ exteriors have been

Zecha, and the name is derived from his

extensively repaired and repainted, while the

caravanserai, which references the storied old

finishes, along with updated modern furniture,

initials and the latter part of a Persian word, inns of the Middle East.

Located 180km east of Ho Chi Minh City,

Azerai Ke Ga Bay sits on one of Vietnam’s most desirable perches, on a pristine 5km white-

sand beach overlooking the East Sea. Yet the fabulous ocean views may be upstaged by

the property’s remarkable transformation in design and architecture.

The resort opened last year following the

key elements was to open up the rather

resort, connecting them to the landscape and surroundings,” he adds.

Steven Scott, executive director at Azerai

interiors have received all-new layouts and

Resorts, says the goal was to replan the interior

high-quality furnishings and enhanced

and encouraging seamless indoor/outdoor

lighting. The resort’s 46 guest suites now evoke a stylish aesthetic defined by elegance and

clean minimalism, with 10 units boasting either plunge pools or larger private pools.

“We wanted to create a more contemporary

and pure design look,” says David Hodkinson, a partner at Noor Design, the Ho Chi Minh City-based architecture and design firm

design, opening areas to more natural light living spaces, both in the guest suites and

public areas: “Architecturally, the resort was well designed, with colonial representation

of tropical architecture – lots of soaring high

ceilings and clustered buildings, which flowed

amid the mature landscape. It simply needed someone to look at the place with fresh ideas and bright eyes.”

“The resort takes design cues from a modernist Vietnamese architectural aesthetic, with clear links to 1950s and 60s architecture of Vietnam”


“One of the key elements was to open up the rather enclosed and insular spaces of the former resort, connecting them to the landscape and surroundings” The materials used in the new resort were

found in the wooden screens in guest suites

enough space, be it indoors or outdoors. At

notable increase in natural stone and timber,

design cues from a modernist Vietnamese

private garden living, complemented with

all locally sourced in Vietnam and feature a

which makes for all sorts of visual warmth. The colour palette throughout is muted, simple

and relaxing, encouraging guests to embrace

and at the resort’s restaurant. “The resort takes architectural aesthetic, with clear links to 1950s and ’60s architecture of Vietnam,” says David. Azerai Ke Ga Bay’s generous proportions

Azerai Ke Ga Bay, we have the luxury of almost the exclusive grandeur of the resort’s public areas,” he says.

The public areas fronting the beach have

a laid-back, ‘at-the-beach’ mindset.

induce a “luxurious feel,” says David. The layout

been replanned. Stairs sweep down past

include woven rattan and seagrass matting,

Rooms – whether deluxe suites (65m²) or pool

lounge, and the area creates one large area

Other nods toward Vietnamese design

pebble-wash flooring using local sand and pebbles, paint colours inspired by the rock

formations near the region’s iconic lighthouse,

and items crafted by local artisans. Traditional Vietnamese architectural details can also be

includes four public pools in different areas. suites (130m²) — are spacious compared to other resorts in the area.

This spaciousness is one of the property’s

many calling cards, says GM Ketut Bagiartha. “Those of us who live in cities rarely have

daybeds to the pool terrace and a sunken for dining, lounging and leisure. The space

offers a high degree of privacy while at the same time providing a sense of intimacy. “There are many unique features to

the resort, but one of my favourites is the


connection between the beachfront pool and

beach toward the lighthouse, has been

The materials and colours emanate the

beyond,” says David. “The open-stepped wall

treatment rooms (six single rooms and

feature placed at the centre.”

terraces with the landscape, beach and sea

gives an unblocked view out towards the sea,

creating a theatre auditorium feeling, with the sea and sky as the stage.”

The resort’s four swimming pools were all

retiled and wide, gradual steps were installed,

allowing guests more places to sit and relax in

completely redesigned, from the 10 private four double rooms) to individual or shared

beach resort, and follows Azerai La Residence,

cardiovascular and strength-training

Perfume River in Vietnam’s former imperial

studio, a Jacuzzi, and a gym with the latest equipment.

“The spa has been designed as its own

entity, with a processional entranceway,” says

add to the timeless feel of the resort.

pavilion, from which they walk a frangipani-

The oceanfront spa, with views over the

Azerai Ke Ga Bay marks the brand’s first

relaxation lounges and daybeds, a beauty

the water. Some of the frangipani trees at the beach pool are more than 50 years old, and

surrounding landscape, with a calming water

David. “Guests arrive at a small welcome

Hue, a historic city resort overlooking the

capital, and Azerai Can Tho, a peaceful retreat set on a lush islet in the Mekong Delta.

lined pathway to the main spa building.

“The open-stepped wall gives an unblocked view out towards the sea, creating a theatre auditorium feeling, with the sea and sky as the stage”

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Following its official opening in May, Hospitality Interiors’ editor Sophie Harper was invited to AMANO Covent Garden, to experience the debut of the brand’s first forays into the international hotel market.


A unique boutique hotel located on London’s

In 2019 the Woods Bagot London Studio

context, and Manex Properties and Woods

designer. Starting works with an elaborate

and discussions were kept open with local

iconic Drury Lane, AMANO Covent Garden is the

was appointed as lead architect and interior

London was the obvious choice for Manex

redevelopment programme in the late

first AMANO branded hotel to leave Germany. Properties – a joint venture between Excellion Capital and the AMANO Group – to launch

the first international AMANO hotel, and when

they discovered a dated office block with ugly orange and green panelling in the heart of

London’s West End, they knew they had found

the right property. “It was immediately obvious to us that this building should be a hotel,” says Robert Stafler, director, Manex Properties. “As

an island site, there is light coming in from all four sides of the building, which is extremely rare in London.”

summer of 2020, Woods Bagot’s vision saw the workspace levels converted, resulting

in six floors of high-end hotel rooms, as well as a lounge bar in the basement and a

roof extension with bar and terrace offering panoramic views across central London to the south. The aim was to create a unique

hotel space that was not only a beautiful and vibrant addition to Covent Garden, but forms

Bagot made sure their plans were transparent residents every step of the way. “A hotel

developer is often viewed by local residents

with apprehension, because there are a lot of

hotel developers who progress the idea of the hotel, in planning terms, and then disappear,” says Robert, “but the acquisition of this old

office building, and wanting to turn it into a hotel, was grounded in a desire to remain involved in this asset forever.”

The original building was developed as an

part of the local community.

office in the 1980s, with a facade and frontage

the building’s history and its iconic local

an accessible rooftop and a curved corner

Careful consideration was given to respect

to match its time, five floors of workspace,

“The aim was to create a unique hotel space that was not only a beautiful and vibrant addition to Covent Garden, but forms part of the local community”




entrance. Now, with the Woods Bagot team

Now a chic hotel with plenty of personality,

having reworked every square inch of the

AMANO Covent Garden offers 141 guest rooms,

been made to the mansard, facade and

terrace and bar with panoramic views across

property, significant enhancements have

windows to introduce better coherence with the neighbouring buildings while ensuring

a contemporary appearance. As part of a

catalogue of measures taken to benefit the

local community, the entrance and lobby have been repositioned further west along Russell

Street. The substantial redevelopment of the

a lounge bar, restaurant, and fabulous roof central London. Inspiration for the interiors

addition for the exhibitionist!

The lounge bar in the building’s lower

and glamour from the stage to recreate the

area with room to enjoy the regular DJ sets sits

the heart of the West End, taking the drama exuberance and character of the close-by

theatres, with furniture throughout by Parla. Guest rooms are laid out like elaborate

metal windows and Juliette balconies to create

in dark and moody charcoal greys with gold

has given the building a new character entirely.

that look out across theatreland – a fun

ground floor is a complementary medley of

dressing rooms, with lit wardrobes, feature

a contemporary yet timeless aesthetic, which

of enormous floor-to-ceiling curved windows

has largely come from the hotel’s location in

property includes the renovation of the original high-quality brick and stone, while introducing

with shining gold freestanding tubs set in front

lighting and giant headboards – all cocooned accenting. In some of the rooms, guests are treated to the ultimate bathing experience,

sumptuous socialising spaces. A relaxed bar at the front, while the length of the marbled

bar with feature skylight leads the way to cosy seating by the fireplace, opposite jewel-blue

banquettes that can be sectioned off for more intimate events.

The hotel’s crowning glory is the bar and

terrace, which offer magnificent city views

from the building’s rooftop. Making the most

“A hotel developer is often viewed by local residents with apprehension, because there are a lot of hotel developers who progress the idea of the hotel, in planning terms, and then disappear, but the acquisition of this old office building, and wanting to turn it into a hotel, was grounded in a desire to remain involved in this asset forever”


“We have had an amazing experience designing the Hotel AMANO Covent Garden. The opportunity as a designer to do a whole hotel, top to bottom, in central London, is quite rare – and then to get something like this in your own city, in such a desirable hotel location, is an even bigger bonus!” of the existing mansard, the architectural

played a role in the design of the interiors in

relationship between Woods Bagot and Manex

and rework the roof to include floor-to-ceiling

From the colour palette and textures used

hotel: “From the very start of the project, we

team at Woods Bagot was able to extend

windows behind the bar that not only allow daylight to flood through, but beautifully

frame the view of London’s skyline– which is then reflected in the mirrored walls

opposite, behind large velvet banquettes.

Stepping outside onto the roof terrace on a

summer’s day feels almost as though you’ve walked straight into a bar somewhere in

the Mediterranean – only the view gives the

game away. Chic furniture and walls filled with

a subtle way that brings everything together. to create a clash of cool and warmth, to the sophisticated lighting design, the structure and ambience of each space flows and

connects. Commenting on her experience leading the interior design on the project,

Brooke Radtke, associate interior designer at

Woods Bagot, says: “We have had an amazing

experience designing the Hotel AMANO Covent Garden.

The opportunity as a designer to do a

greenery give the space a relaxed, effortless

whole hotel, top to bottom, in central London,

easily be primed for the hottest party in town.

like this in your own city, in such a desirable

feel, while the covered bar area could just as

As well as having taken inspiration from the

property’s locale, the changing seasons have

is quite rare – and then to get something hotel location, is an even bigger bonus!”

She describes how positively the working

Properties affected the final outcome for the were fortunate to have a great relationship with our clients. We spent a lot of time with the team, touring the AMANO Berlin hotels

with Ariel Schiff (co-founder), and getting to

better understand the incredible warmth and hospitality the AMANO brand offers. It was

because of this collaborative approach and

team effort that we were able to successfully deliver their first international hotel – one

which reflects the true AMANO style, but still

has its own quirks that make it unique to this location.”


The rise of alternative accommodation Alternative accommodations have become more mainstream within the global lodging industry and investors are noticing, reports Zach Demuth, head of Americas hotels research, JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group.


The alternative accommodations sector,

originally designed to appeal to younger, cash-strapped leisure travellers, has

undergone a transformational shift in the last decade, and experienced unprecedented

growth over the past two years. It has evolved from individuals renting their vacation or

primary homes to generate additional income, into a more complex highly matrixed space. Corporate and ‘bleisure’ travellers, business

groups and affluent families now make up a

greater share of the sector’s consumer base. This has created a multitude of sub-sectors, including:

• Short-Term Rentals (STR) which are typically defined as renting a fully furnished home for

a short period of time, generally less than 30 days.

• Distribution Platforms – companies that act

focusing on the management, maintenance and design of luxury vacation homes.

as intermediaries to enable travellers to not

• Branded Multi-Housing Alternatives most

trip experiences, and more.

units, but feature short-term leases, furnished

only book accommodation, but also purchase

• Branded Home Property Managers have enhanced the professionalisation of the alternative accommodation space by

pay a monthly or annual fee to access an

exclusive club/accommodation experience, discounted hotel deals or unlimited travel.

closely align to traditional multi-housing

• Shared Accommodations are rooms or

units, tech-enabled operation solutions and

are not travelling together, stay together.

consumer interfaces.

• Membership Programmes require guests to

apartment units where multiple guests, who Guests generally have their own private

bedroom but share restrooms, common areas, and the use of other amenities.


The sector’s evolution intensified during the

pandemic, stemming from increased flexibility to work remotely coupled with a heightened focus on quality of life and experiences.

Often considered a direct competitor to the

traditional lodging industry, the alternative

today, and the ownership structure within the

What comes next?

Brands (acting primarily as operators), REITs

an immediate and drastic impact on

traditional lodging industry has transformed.

and private equity groups encompass most of the industry.

Not only has the ownership composition

accommodations sector is better thought of

within the lodging industry changed, but so

The reality is that the two industries have

institutional brands, the hotel industry relied on

as a less mature version of the hotel space.

more similarities than they do differences, as evidenced by the hotel industry’s ownership structure and distribution model.

Prior to the 1980s, the hotel industry was

primarily comprised of independent hotels

owned by individuals. While some institutional brands existed, they represented a relatively

small portion of the sector. This is not dissimilar to the current ownership structure within

the alternative accommodations space, as

has the distribution model. Prior to the rise of third-party distribution to generate demand

– such as brick-and-mortar travel agencies,

accommodations recovered 81%, relative

to pre-pandemic levels, while demand for

traditional hotels on a global scale was only 61% recovered.

JLL research also shows that by year-end

lodging revenue.

Expedia, Orbitz and Substitute

comprised 20% of the roughly $300b in global As such, investors have started to gravitate

Airbnb for Expedia and you essentially have the

towards the alternative accommodations

accommodations sector.

sustained fundamental strength. This injection

distribution framework for today’s alternative Given the similarities between the

ago, it begs the question as to how the

are 4 million owners (or hosts). Fast forward to

year-end 2021, global demand for alternative

the rise of online travel agencies (OTAs) led by

the internet, however, eventually gave way to

properties that they manage themselves. This

– of the roughly 5.5 million active listings, there

both traditional and alternative. However, by

2021, the alternative accommodations sector

alternative accommodations space today

is particularly apparent when looking at Airbnb

demand for lodging accommodations,

tour operators and auto-clubs. The growth of

it remains largely dominated by individual owners who typically own one to two

There is no question that Covid-19 had

and the lodging industry of 30+ years

sector, given its proven resilience and

of institutional capital has the potential to

accelerate the sector’s growth, just as it did to the hotel industry in the 1980s.

Currently there is more than $60b of

former will evolve, and suggests that the

revenue opportunity, relatively high investment

consolidation via private equity investment.

further fuel to the increasing investor demand.

alternative accommodations space is ripe for

yields, and a growing consumer base adding

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ITALIAN DESIGN AT ROVIC TILES, CLERKENWELL The Showall range of wallpaper-effect tiles by

Serenissima makes a bold statement in any setting, as can be seen in the stylish bar in Verona, Italy,

pictured. The full range of 22 patterns includes both

contemporary and classic designs, exploring remote

jungles, stately homes, floral gardens and geometrics. Colours range from placid pastels to presumptuous primes, so whether the setting is a cool and trendy wine bar, or a classically luxurious hotel reception, there will be a pattern to complement.

Produced in Italy, sustainability is the word, says

Serenissima, whose tiles are 100% recyclable and

contain no plastics. Meanwhile, rectified edges allow minimum grout joints.


A TILE COLLECTION THAT KNOWS NO LIMITS With 19 colours, multiple formats, a

selection of finishes and mosaic pieces, Chart is a tile collection for designers

looking to explore the creative potential of tiled surfaces. Now available from Parkside, the collection can even be

used outdoors, seamlessly connecting environments.

A porcelain-bodied tile in a palette

ranging from natural tones to bright,

high-impact colours, Chart can be used in all kinds of places – everywhere from schools to offices, retail and hospitality

spaces – bringing a smart and practical surface that can endure heavy and sustained commercial use.

A TILE INSPIRED BY HERITAGE AT ROYAL EXCHANGE, KINGSTON Parkside Acrux and Hexil mosaic tiles are being

used throughout the bathrooms and en suites of homes at Royal Exchange, Kingston.

Inspired by the architecture of the Grade II listed

Old Post Office and Telephone Exchange buildings within the development, the design team at St

George selected Hexil mosaics and developed a

bespoke tile to create a link to the heritage of the site in the new buildings. The stylish cross motif

with a handmade feel is now part of the Parkside collection as Acrux, made with 39% recycled content.


DIVE INTO AQUATECHNICA ONLINE Aquatechnica can now be found online, where users can dive into its specialist solutions that meet the demands of

technical and competition pools, leisure pools, spas and private luxury homes.

Featuring technical collections, as well as supporting wall, floor and outdoor tiles,

the Aquatechnica website makes it easy to choose a lane to a specification that will exceed expectations.

With pool tank, surround, changing

room, wet area, circulation, outdoor and complementary area tiles,

profiles, movement joints, adhesives, epoxy grouts, renders, screeds and

waterproofing, Aquatechnica delivers a total solution for pool and spa projects.

MAKE A STRIKING TRANSFORMATION WITH METAMORFOSI Creating a virtually seamless, durable mural,

Metamorfosi from RAK Ceramics is a decorative porcelain surface that will make an eyecatching impression for any interior.

Inspired by the colours and shapes found in

nature: from floral patterns and lush tropical

leaves to bold and vibrant shades that tap into

the trend for block colouring, Metamorfosi brings the beauty of nature in all its boldness indoors. The collection includes nine colours and 11

decors transferred onto large-format brushed

resin porcelain stoneware slabs, to create striking wall decorations that become part of the interior design. The shapes on the ceramic surfaces have a handmade appearance, creating a versatile, contemporary wallpaper effect.



evolution of ILBAGNOALESSI, designed by Stefano Giovannoni. The Swiss company has updated its most successful longterm collection, lightening its forms thanks to the use of

Saphirkeramik, while introducing furnishings that combine

workmanship of the highest quality with some of the most advanced materials and technologies for the bathroom

environment. Additionally, the architecture firm Snøhetta has created five graphic representations, inspired by the fluid

and organic forms of the collection, to offer an overview of futuristic scenarios.

ILBAGNOALESSI is the result of a collaboration between

Italian design factory Alessi and Swiss bath furnishings

specialist LAUFEN, that together have created an iconic collection, reinventing the bathroom archetypes. The extraordinary high-performance material,

Saphirkeramik, becomes a link between past and future, making it possible to design new washstands and

washbasins with ample, soft and fluid forms, which seem to be almost weightless. Stefano Giovannoni, experimenting with this special ceramic material, has designed basins with rounded forms in different sizes, reinterpreting the

iconic Tuna washbasin, whose long, organic form has been accentuated through the use of a new slim, light profile, materialised in Saphirkeramik in white, black and coffee

colours – giving the product a more contemporary design.


FABRICS Bright or tactile textiles will add warmth to any setting and bring a design scheme together. Jewel-toned velvets and heavy weighted embroidery adds a sense of luxury, while soft silks, fluffy wools, and natural linens provide connection to mother nature and a touch of elegance.

WEDGWOOD MEETS CLARKE & CLARKE Botanical Wonders takes one on a journey of exploration, as

Clarke & Clarke collaborates with Wedgwood, taking its iconic patterns into new, wonder-filled interior spaces – explore a

world of whimsical pattern, where past meets present, curiosity meets creativity, and Wedgwood meets Clarke & Clarke.

This collaboration’s sumptuous style is expressed across

fabric, wallpaper and homeware ranges, with the latter being

expanded in AW22. Combining Clarke & Clarke’s reputation for excellence in the interiors market with Wedgwood’s timeless archival style, this collection is tailor-made for every part of the home.

Delving into this treasure-trove collection reveals hidden

gems in a voyage of discovery across cultures. The lover

of bold botanicals from the southern hemisphere will not

be disappointed. Sapphire Garden draws from the era of

the Grand Tour in Asia, and Golden Parrot exemplifies the

impossibly bright jewel-like colours of the Amazon rainforest. Tonquin, featuring incredible oversized chrysanthemum

blooms, refers to the Chinese settlement of Xiaolan, the City of

Chrysanthemums. Waterlily’s harmonious floating petal pattern was originally created in the 1800s. It is thought the inspiration for this pattern came from John Wedgwood, Josiah’s eldest son, and the founder of the Royal Horticultural Society.



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FLOORCOVERINGS As one of the largest continual surface areas the guest will see in one place, it is imperative the flooring chosen for a hotel project sets the right tone – and is fit for purpose. The flooring specialists in this issue tell us why their products should be on everyone’s spec list.


Mapei and Middlesex Flooring recently completed a

invested in specific FITA training for its flooring laying

first Westin Hotels & Resorts in the UK, and part of

System: ECO PRIM T Plus – a solvent-free, low-odour,

surface project at The Westin London City, the brand’s Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio. Designed by architect Dexter Moren Associates, The Westin London City is a five-star hotel offering guests a sanctuary to escape from city

life. The hotel features 222 luxurious guest rooms and a

range of brand signature facilities. Mapei and Middlesex Flooring worked together to complete the resilient

and carpet installation throughout all corridors and

walkways for main contractor Vascroft Contractors.

During the project, Mapei assisted with regular site

visits and moisture testing, while Middlesex Flooring

team. The Mapei specification included a full Resilient all-purpose primer used to improve the adhesion of

smooth compounds; and Ultraplan Renovation Screed 3240 – a fibre-reinforced self-levelling compound;

followed by the installation of Ultrabond Eco Fix solventfree, pressure-sensitive, multi-purpose adhesive; and Ultrabond Eco TX3 – a wet grab adhesive with early

build-up of strength, designed for textile and linoleum floorcoverings. Middlesex Flooring was appointed the flooring contractor to install Ege Carpet on Duralay Durafit 650 underlay.


DESIGN FREELY WITH THE ORIGIN 70 LUXURY VINYL TILES COLLECTION With loose-lay installation and plank-and-tile formats that can be seamlessly mixed and matched with carpet tiles, IVC Commercial’s Origin 70 Luxury Vinyl Tiles collection brings design freedom to flooring for projects. Designed and made in Belgium to be completely recycled, projects benefit from a more sustainable floor as well.

Origin 70’s designs explore the fundamental connection to nature, bringing

calm and peace to the great indoors. With the lifelike tactility of an ultra matt and emboss in register finish – where texture accurately tracks the pattern – each Origin 70 design is authentic and original.

THE LUXURY OF LEATHER WITH THE PERFORMANCE OF CORK Featuring a 100% recycled genuine leather finish,

Corium brings luxury to the floor. Made by Granorte in Portugal, Corium’s leather finish sits atop of a

hybrid cork construction for a floor that not only looks and feels luxurious but that carries all the performance of nature’s wonder material.

Using cork to provide underfoot comfort, thermal

insulation and acoustic absorption; Granorte has

created a unique luxury floor with the capability to

add something very special to interiors. The leather surface is protected with Granorte’s AQUA2K+, a

water-based performance coating that enhances wear resistance and makes maintenance easier and is GREENGUARD Gold certified.


LIGHTING A staple within hospitality design, lighting can change the mood of a space in an instant. It can highlight key features of a room, be a decorative feature in its own right, or be used as a practical tool in dressing areas and bathrooms. This issue our lighting experts show us different ways lighting has been used to enhance hotel projects.

NULTY DESIGNS LIGHTING SCHEME FOR 25HOURS International lighting design practice Nulty

expanse of the building.

Hotel One Central, Dubai – the German

to immerse guests in their surroundings and

Nulty worked in close partnership with global

artistic features.

has delivered the lighting scheme for 25hours hospitality group’s first hotel outside of Europe. architecture and interiors studio Woods Bagot

Inside the hotel’s vast lobby, light serves

emphasise a number of brilliantly realised Across the hotel’s 434 guest rooms and

to realise the brand’s goal of marrying its

suites, layers of light were used to emphasise

the hotel in its locality. As every space is an

each scheme.

democratic design spirit with a desire to root exercise in creative storytelling, lighting design

the rich tapestry of materials and finishes in Upstairs in the sixth-floor Monkey Bar,

serves to reinforce each narrative and reveal

lighting is deliberately subdued to bring

each exterior and interior scheme.

Decorative pendants suspended amongst

the playful design sensibility that runs through The lighting design intent for the exterior of

the hotel was to enhance the theatricality of

the facade and surroundings. Uplights graze the patterned walls between each window

to create a rhythmic play of light across the

a jungle- inspired design aesthetic to life.

planters across the ceiling lend an intensity to the space and are complemented by

low-level lighting in the form of wall and floor lamps.


PRESENTING VETRO FROM CHELSOM Chelsom likes to give interior designers plenty to play with, and, among many things, Edition 27 offers the supplier’s

most diverse range of ceiling lights to date.

Every hotel or cruise ship needs a

statement chandelier, states Chelsom, and this eclectic collection has been carefully created to cater for all

budgets and applications, taking design aesthetics to the next level without

compromising on function or efficiency. The impressive Vetro is a hero ceiling

light from Chelsom’s current collection. Slender disks in brushed brass and

sculptured glass create a timeless,

elegant design that makes the range

extremely versatile for any application in hospitality and marine environments.

This attractive pendant dramatically

illuminates the surrounding area

with each facet of the sculpted glass catching the light, creating a striking

light effect that is a statement in itself. Pendants are available as a trio of

disks or individual drops as standard,

with wall light options also included in the range.


Carry Yu – respecting architectural qualities with plotted light

As a lighting designer who has been part of

made him stand out from his contemporaries,

experience of lighting design covers five-

famous lighting consultants in Asia. Carry

the lighting industry for 30 years, Carry Yu’s star hotels to hot spring resorts, from the

snowy north to the southern coast, where he has contributed significant lighting design

works to the world. As general manager and

design director of CSLC International Lighting

leading to a position at one of the most

has been exposed to the most cutting-edge

concepts and technologies in the industry, and has worked on top hotel projects with some of the best teams in Asia Pacific.

In 2010, Carry set up his own lighting

Consultant Co (located in China), Carry’s

design company, CSLC International

form, and realise the ideal of a space with

in Chongqing. CSLC provides space and

design philosophy is to give light an organic our heart, carrying the story of people’s lives. Through his creativity and wisdom, Carry

hopes to add warmth and intrigue to the spaces for which he designs lighting.

Unlike many other lighting designers,

Carry Yu started his career in the lighting

manufacturing industry. Due to his in-depth understanding of all aspects of lighting

manufacture, and meticulous attention to

detail, he always had a clear vision of the final effect presented in the design process, which

Lighting Consultant Co, with its head office landscape lighting design and solutions for some of the world’s most exclusive hotels,

luxury villas, art museums, top grade clubs, and large commercial centres. Hotel brands have

included Lamborghini, Marriott, Hilton, Radisson, Himalayas, Wyndham and Kadakais, as well as Xiamen Garden Expo Park and Luo Zhongli Art Museum.

In mid-2021, Radisson Collection Resort

Hotel Nanjing in Jiangsu Garden Expo Park

completed and officially opened its doors to


guests, becoming the first Radisson Collection

lighting and interior decor adds

styles with creative and vibrant light.

and representing a new level for luxury


edited by Carry Yu himself, was officially

design is inspired by its particularly attractive

lighting has three levels: first is the hotel’s

use of lighting design in hotels, talks about the

by pines, cypresses, hot springs and green

hotel’s brand narrative; the third is to touch the

Resort Hotel in Asia Pacific for the new project, hotels in Nanjing. The hotel’s architectural

environment – a tranquil garden surrounded hills. The hotel’s architecture is as clear and dynamic as flowing water, and the striking glass curtain wall allows natural light and

scenery to flood into the interior, blurring the boundary between architecture and nature and giving the hotel an easeful sense of natural rejuvenation.

CSLC designed the lighting for this hotel.

The concept of lighting design follows the architecture and the interior design to

to the beauty of the building’s design and Carry Yu believes the design logic of hotel

general lighting; the second is to convey the

customer’s heart. These three levels of design have been embodied in Radisson Collection

Resort Hotel Nanjing. CSLC committed to use lighting to interpret the elegant character of

the hotel. The colours, decoration and lighting are all in harmony, integrating the cultural heritage into every space. In this case, the

lighting is not only shaping the hotel space, but

also reflecting the beautiful features of Nanjing. Carry believes all human living spaces

further integrate the elements of Nanjing

touched by light are the vehicle for CSLC’s

lighting designers here have used lighting to

living environments, and focuses on creating

Yun brocade to show the flowery Jinling. The show the cultural characteristics of Nanjing

Yun brocade, and the interplay between the

commitment to improve and create ambient and enhancing and giving new life to different spaces using architectural form and artistic

In 2022, the book Hotel Lighting Design,

published. In this book, Carry focuses on the

relationship between design inspiration and the final effect, and analyses hotel lighting

design from the perspective of all light-related technology. He interprets the design method elaborately with five different classic hotel

types and nine function spaces, from every

lighting design stage to control system, giving a logical and practical explanation of hotel design using case studies to illustrate his

explanations. At the end of the book, Carry

discusses the relationship between light and

art, ecology, technology and society, giving a thoughtful and in-depth explanation of hotel lighting design. He says: “Lighting design is respecting architectural qualities, moving everything with plotted light.”


FURNITURE Furniture adds character to any hospitality project. A large space will be transformed by oversized banquettes and marble tables. In this issue we hear from the furniture manufacturers bringing us design schemes from all over the world.

MODA – WHERE OUTDOOR FURNITURE REALLY MEANS BUSINESS Unlocking the potential of an outdoor space can be a seriously good business move,

and as the UK’s leading luxury outdoor furniture brand, Moda is ideally placed to help turn that vision into reality.

Moda’s furniture ranges have a number of modular configurations that can be

customised – move them around a space, expand a collection, split them up or put them together to complement changing commercial requirements.

With their all-weather materials and uncompromising build quality, Moda’s

furniture collections are meticulously engineered to withstand the demands of the modern workplace – and the great British weather.

What is more, Moda’s market-leading three-year commercial guarantee

offers commercial clients peace of mind, and the Moda aftercare policy

and maintenance packages reinforce the company’s commitment to client satisfaction.

Take the first step to maximising the use of an outdoor space by talking to one of

Moda’s dedicated commercial business development managers, urges the brand.


WOOD COUTURE AND YESENYE – PROUDLY MADE IN CHINA Italian roots and Chinese manufacturing combine the best of both working cultures with a

strong, process-driven environment, technological advancement and a resilient team which is passionate about projects.

Wood Couture and its sister company Yesenye have optimised the contract furniture

manufacturing system, bringing the company to a position of worldwide leadership in loose

FF&E manufacturing for luxury hospitality. The companies embrace the ‘Made in China’ label proudly, and boast a passion for craftsmanship, quality and innovation.

The group’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Xiamen extend over an area of

20,000m2, with 25 production lines and 18 patented technologies able to manufacture some of the most complex and sophisticated furniture.

The company is ISO certified, maintaining ISO 9001 for Quality Management, ISO14001 for

Environmental Management and ISO45001 for Occupational Health and Safety Management. With its robust asset set-up and exceptionally capable workforce, the factory produces quality products under the Wood Couture/Yesenye responsible manufacturing banner.

BECK | Reinvigorating existing buildings with a new purpose

BECK Interiors is a leading specialist contractor, operating within the Luxury, Lifestyle and Museum world. Our in-house fit-out expertise in these sectors, is further strengthened by our Bespoke and Construction services. We are proud to remain a privately owned business and uphold a commitment to our clients for manufacturing and delivering world-class quality. Our main facility is located in Chessington, 30 minutes from central London and has grown to encompass our primary office headquarters, a sizable joinery workshop and storage facilities.

We are supported with our sister office in Scotland and several offices across the globe, enabling us to deliver outstanding projects worldwide, regardless of size, complexity or value. Our comprehensive range of complete turnkey services take a client’s vision and initial project concept, to an inspiring, finished interior. Last year we were proud to feature in The Sunday Times Top Track 250. The Bow Street Magistrates’ Court and Police Station is a historic building, famous for trying

political activist Emmeline Pankhurst and the Kray Twins, amongst others. The alteration and restoration of the Grade II listed building, NoMad London in the heart of Covent Garden, included a wide variety of construction activity with complexities in the design and integration of a new structure behind the retained façade. All works were produced to the exacting quality required for a five-star hotel.


BUDGET BEATING MULTIPURPOSE PANELS The perfect choice for lockers and changing rooms to furniture subject to intensive use,

Compact MDF is the latest decorative surface

available from Unilin Panels. With a high-density, moisture-resistant black core, Compact MDF

needs no edging tape and can be used in humid environments. It is also ideal for areas subject to

intensive use: changing and dressing rooms, toilet areas, kitchen and bathroom furniture, product displays and worktops can all benefit from its excellent scratch- and wear-resistance.

The core of Compact MDF is made from 100%

recovered wood. This is wood and wood waste

that is no longer usable for someone else, which is used in the production of MDF to save it from

incineration. More specifically, the MDF is made

from wood originating from residual flows from the

wood industry and thinning from sustainable forest management and roadside maintenance.

LATHAMS ADDS TRANSFORMAD’S HIGH-TECH TMATT AND CRYSTAL COLLECTIONS TO ITS CATALOGUE James Latham has announced the addition of premium surfacing brand

Transformad’s latest high-tech surfacing ranges, Tmatt and Crystal, to its collection. Responding to an increasingly popular design preference for visually striking,

sensuous, tactile and hard-wearing surfaces, Tmatt is a silky-textured surface with an ultra-matt finish, while Crystal is notable for its high-gloss, highly durable finish.

Manufactured using the highest-quality MDF core and the very latest in surfacing

technology, Tmatt and Crystal embody the notion of ‘high-performance meets style’. They are resistant to scratching, abrasion, moisture, and heavy impact. Designed to be used in demanding interior environments from kitchens to bathrooms, they can

withstand heavy use while retaining their aesthetic appeal.


MAKE WALLS A FEATURE IN CORK WALLTrend is the new and accessible cork wall panel collection from Granorte that brings a special touch. With the attractive natural texture of cork,

WALLTrend comes in 16 designs ready to transform interiors. From the classic look of Grain to the

vibrant Twist, rustic Country and organic Primus, the collection is full of unique looks that will lift interiors out of the ordinary and bring the magic touch of cork to walls.

No matter the design, every WALLTrend panel also

offers cork’s unique qualities. Tactile and warm to the touch, the panels also absorb sound to make rooms quieter and more comfortable.

STYLE UPGRADES SPACE FLEXIBILITY AT COVENTRY INDOOR ARENA The Coventry Building Society Arena is an awardwinning complex situated in the heart of the

UK. To help maximise revenue opportunities for the exhibition and conference area, Style was

commissioned to install a 10m-high Dorma Hüppe

Variflex moveable wall, allowing the 54m-wide hall to be divided into two separate rooms or left as

one vast, open-plan space. Delivering an excellent

acoustic rating of 55dB, the partitioning wall allows

concurrent events to run undisturbed on either side. Ensuring the safe operation of such a large

moveable wall, Style recommended the i-Track system, which uses a sequence of curves and

internal track switches to allow the smooth and easy movement of the heavy panels.


FENLANDS – A DEDICATED CONSULTANCY FOR UNIQUE LUXURY HOSPITALITY SIGNAGE A collective of passionate, creative craftspeople and wayfinding designers, the Fenlands team enjoys

creating simple yet elegant ideas for high-quality

and sustainable sign and wayfinding solutions. By

using modern materials and processes, combined with traditional skills and methods, Fenlands

produces bespoke signage that is as unique as each property it is made for.

As a dedicated team encompassing all the skills

and experience necessary, Fenlands offers a full

consultancy that can undertake every aspect of

implementing a successful wayfinding strategy or brand rollout from one studio.

As an expert in the industry, the Fenlands team is

able to work on all manner of projects, from intimate boutique hotel refurbishments, through to multi-

million-pound new-build resorts around the world – and everything in between.

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Salone del Mobile 2022 The 60th edition of Salone del Mobile resumed service again in Milan this year, with resounding success. After a two-year knock back, Salone del Mobile

business ideas and technological solutions

beautifully crafted and mesmeric glassware

the international design community, and it did

environment, the home and the most efficient

strewn underwear); and in Via Durini, Natuzzi’s

2022 was a heavily anticipated celebration for

not disappoint. Both the Hospitality Interiors and HLDC teams flew to Milan, luckily avoiding the dramas of flight complications happening at

the time, and were blown away by the incredible exhibits and installations on show, both in the exhibition centre and throughout the city at

capable of contributing to the protection of the use of resources, in keeping with the United

Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and

it was refreshing to see such large numbers of people coming together and sharing ideas on the topic.

Some of the team’s favourite exhibits

numerous showrooms and public spaces.

included: Preciosa’s interactive Composition in

was an overwhelming number of stands and

the harmonious balance of art and design,

With almost 2200 exhibitors at the show, there

products to see. In total, 262,608 visitors from 173 countries attended the event over the course of six days.

Top of the agenda this year for both the

show’s organiser and many of the exhibitors were ‘reconnection’ and ‘sustainability’. As one of the top worldwide design events,

Salone has become an international stage for

(amid the odd alsatian tricycle and frivolously new showroom concept by Fabio Novembre, with a special installation by long-term

collaborator Marcantonio entitled Sprouts,

inspired by olive tree seedlings – a symbol of

new life (the second life of the materials used to create Natuzzi products).

“This edition has confirmed the international

Crystal, a huge light installation representing

scope of the event and the cohesion of the

enlightened by light and sound; Laufen’s

president of the Salone del Mobile Milano. “An

installation The Shape of Things which, through a winding path from the courtyard to the

second floor of Laufen’s showroom, explained the multifaceted nature of the Swiss brand

and its dialogue with different voices from the world of design, architecture and art; Lasvit’s exceptional mid-week event showcasing its

design community,” commented Maria Porro, important result that confirms the state of

health and the value content of the Salone del Mobile, and it shows how teamwork across a

whole sector and its creative and productive

fabric can produce excellence, achieving great results even in the most complex moments.”


KALDEWEI PRESENTS THE OYO DUO BY STEFAN DIEZ Kaldewei was a guest of the Design

years of experience and, above all, its

at this year’s Fuorisalone in Milan. In

comfort and the responsible use of

Forever exhibition by Elle Décor Italia the historic building of the Palazzo Bovara, the premium bathroom

manufacturer presented its new freestanding OYO DUO bathtub, created by designer Stefan Diez, presenting the model to the global public for

the first time. The official launch is planned for autumn.

OYO DUO is the brand-new key

piece from Kaldewei’s LUXSTAINABILITY world. The concept combines form and design with sustainability and resource conservation. With this in

mind, Stefan Diez created the OYO

commitment to outstanding sitting

water as a resource. In contrast, the outer, sculptural form exclusively follows the concept of elegance

and lightness. The contours of the

OYO DUO appear to be a snapshot of a free-flowing form that has just

touched the ground, almost seems to be floating and is completely tensed. It is an expression of appreciation

for the materials used, the complex

manufacturing process, and last but not least, what is inside it – namely water.

This also fits perfectly into the

DUO, a design sculpture made of

concept of Elle Décor’s exhibition,

integrates harmoniously into the

garde of past icons and the beauty

recyclable steel enamel, which

bathroom and seems almost to float. Stefan was inspired by Japanese

porcelain art for the design. The inner

shape is the result of Kaldewei’s many

which brought together the avantof the icons of the future, and was dedicated to the importance of timeless design.


New Designers 2022 The annual two-week design show held in order to promote the unique work of newly graduated designers returned to London’s Business Design Centre this summer.

Over the course of two weeks, New Designers

with her print and pattern work named Shape

Party Time – which responded to a brief that

individuals, with each week devoted to a

delivered a very cohesive design project. It’s

register to vote, due to the lack of information

showcases the work of talented design

different set of creative disciplines. Week one covers textiles and fashion, costume design, jewellery and precious metalwork, ceramics and glass, and contemporary design crafts,

while week two covers furniture, product and

Play. “Chloe took a very personal story and

full of playfulness, sense of happiness and fun.

We’re so impressed that something so personal can have such a wider-reaching application,” said one of the judges.

Meanwhile, the runner-up prize – with a £500

industrial and spatial design, graphic design,

reward – went to Bonnie Mustoe-Whitehill from

digital arts.

Design Crafts graduate won with her complete

illustration and animation, and motion and An integral part of New Designers is ND

Awards, a prestigious awards programme

supported by 30 leading industry partners who highlight and recognise the design stars of the

future. This year’s partners included John Lewis, Liberty Fabrics, Hallmark, Tu, Habitat, Wilko, The

Conran Shop, Sky Creative, MADE.COM, Joseph

creative careers.

The top prize of the ND Awards is the coveted

New Designer of the Year. This year’s week

materials at the heart of design, broadening perspectives of jewellery in our post-Covid

world and encouraging touch and relationship with objects.”

Week two’s New Designer of the Year award

product design graduate from Bournemouth design is a soil nutrient monitor created for the agricultural industry. “We were very impressed by Waterhouse’s ability to think of the entire

system – notably his design’s application on a local and global scale,” said the judges.

Meanwhile, the runner-up prize – with a £500

one winner, with £1000 prize, sponsored by the

reward – was awarded to Poppy Scoffings

Textiles graduate from Edinburgh College of Art,

design graduate won with her creation, It’s

Business Design Centre, was Chloe Grieve, a

fun, celebratory and timely – especially in the context of the world we are in.”

Cheryl Carroll, New Designers’ events director,

two years during lockdown. It’s so exciting to

Judges said: “Bonnie showed experimental

University. Named Terra Nova, his winning

graduates vital support as they embark on their

age-appropriate solution to a problem. It’s

collection of jewellery and tactile objects.

Tristram Hunt, director of the V&A, London. The advice and paid work placements – offer

Judges said: “Scoffings presented a brilliantly

commented: “We’re delighted to be back at the

and £1000 prize went to Ryan Waterhouse, a

awards – ranging from money to professional

surrounding policies that affect their lives.

Plymouth College of Art and Design. The 3D

Joseph, Anglepoise, and Habitat, among others. The award ceremony was officiated by Dr

asked to encourage more young people to

from Northumbria University. The graphic

Business Design Centre, having been online for

see the graduates, their course leaders and our industry partners back in the same room again to celebrate all forms of design – from fashion

and jewellery to ceramics and illustrations. New Designers is all about championing design

excellence and supporting the best creative

talent the UK has to offer. We have an amazing breadth as well as quality of work on show

this year – for us, it’s an honour to witness the

journeys that the graduates have gone through in the last couple of years, and how those

experiences have influenced their final-year

work. We’d like to congratulate all the winners of this year’s ND Awards, and also thank all

our sponsors who have given us tremendous support in the last 12 months.”




Airing his views on the need for mentorship, Federico Toresi, global VP design – ultra luxe, luxury and premium brands design solutions, design and technical services for Accor, tells Hospitality Interiors why learning from, nurturing and connecting with each other is paramount to the future of design …

Designers are not just problem solvers –

takes time but it is incredibly rewarding.

and validate our theories, and explore

future success and fulfilment.

education system is integrated into

understood. And it swings both ways –

this. The beauty of having had an

others, we have the chance to select an

they can guide and inspire their peers to It’s a big statement, so let me elucidate

architectural education is that it is based around a core pillar – passing on a

multi-skilled craft through collaborating

and mentoring (as well, of course, as the

several academic and practical disciplines that must be adequately mastered!).

It is mentoring, several decades on, that

continues to guide me through my career. Firstly, it has taught me how explain the

product of a complex industry to people versed in very different subjects – when

conversations are abundant with technical and social references, I can simplify

them. Secondly, by understanding how to deal with humans, fellow people, to

embark them along on the design journey, embracing a spirit of collaboration that is not often found in other disciplines.

In my current job, as the French

industry in a much deeper way than some apprentice from a design school every year before they go back to finish their

Masters. These often multi-generational

connections offer a sort of levelling – we

become colleagues with common goals, and our personal relationships grow with fewer barriers and with mutual respect.

And it’s incredibly helpful – the vision of the

and design schools, and other hospitality institutions – whether they’d be to

provide focus sessions on how to deliver

experience-driven design to their students, or be a judge on a panel for end-of-year grading or awards, or to tutor aspiring designers through a project.

This is because these kinds of

relationships can also be beneficial to the mentor. Humans are hardwired to

co-operate – assisting someone can be intrinsically satisfying. Mentoring is thus

both a selfless and a self-serving act. It

we often learn from someone’s different

approach. It’s enjoyable to be able to ask

questions, express frustration, crack jokes,

and receive feedback. Having a mentor is

extremely beneficial and agreeable. It can assist in developing management and

leadership skills for all parties involved. It

offers a confidence boost in moments of self-doubt.

Then there’s the network of connections.

students is not dulled by years of office and

I can’t stress this enough – the old saying,

understanding of budgets. This clear vision

know,’ may sound patronising, and plays

client politics, or hindered by a crippling can often inform and improve different

design decisions that then deliver a much better experience for our clients.

Mentoring provides a sounding board

for ideas. Through discussion we can

unravel the most complicated of issues

‘It’s not what you know, it’s whom you

down the importance of being prepared and knowing how to deliver, but how

many excellent people can’t seem to get their message across because of a lack

of visibility? A good network opens doors and offers the chance to shine. Working

with students closely and exposing them to suppliers, colleagues and industry

I now cherish the opportunities that are

presented to me to work with architecture

directions within a context that is mutually

“Mentoring provides a sounding board for ideas. Through discussion we can unravel the most complicated of issues and validate our theories, and explore directions within a context that is mutually understood.”

networks gives them a great headstart in business – they know where to find some of the solutions, and if not, whom to ask. It teaches an appreciation of potential opportunities.

Everyone needs a mentor now and

then – but I’d go so far as to say it’s an

everyday must. The process teaches an

alternative perspective of honesty, humility, compassion, focus and mindfulness,

and strengthens our character, inspiring inclusive leadership later in life (another topic on which I frequently ramble on about … perhaps for another time!).