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IN T ERIOR DESIGN FOR HOT ELS, RESTAURAN TS, BARS & CLUBS Issue 74 | November - December 2017

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COMMENT Welcome to our final issue of 2017, with our cover shot of Marcel Wanders’ aweinspiring and other-wordly design for Mondrian Doha setting the tone. Embodying modern Qatar, yet sensitively rooted in Arabic culture, the hotel’s phenomenal interior represents all that is inspiring and wonderous about hospitality design. Though not every project allows for this level of unfettered imagination, successful hospitality design in all its many guises must be considered, meaningful and original. Indeed, this was the design community’s overriding message when we consulted with them for our 2018 forecast piece this issue. Thirteen respected interior design professionals from home and abroad have divulged their predictions and aspirations for the coming year; the emerging trends and those that will be left firmly by the wayside. Aside from their desire that the prolific edison bulb trend die a horrible death, one thing all agreed on, in one way or another, was that the age of superficial gestures, ill-considered “insta moments” and gratuitous trinkets is most certainly over. Refined spaces, with honest, purposeful designs are the benchmark going forwards. For our British respondees, Brexit was an inevitable area of focus for the new year, with the need for greater innovation and the question of a depleted workforce brought to the fore. For others, the challenges posed by new technology – and how it can enhance, rather than overcome the guest experience – are a key area of focus. All being said, whatever challenges 2018 brings, the hospitality industry – and the abundant passion and talent of the individuals that work within it – is as buoyant as ever.

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In 2018… The hospitality industry will… Embrace virtual reality to a greater degree. The integration of these systems allows for each entity – the designer, the developer, the operator – to be more streamlined and efficient in their process. In using and integrating this growing technology, each entity can be connected and engaged on a global level, providing feedback and ideas in real time. The most significant hospitality design trend will be… The most significant hospitality trend will not be able to be captured in just one word, nor can it be relegated to a particular aesthetic. What I expect to see is a reinterpretation, an improvement really, of a style that has been popularly implemented in the last fews years, and that is a style focused on local elements. Hospitality brands and designers have harped on local elements to create spaces that they feel connect not only with their audience, but with their surrounding communities. However, in doing so, components are often disjointed: they’re included for the sake of titling the elements as local. But the issue of authenticity has become apparent. Going into 2018, this design trend will be refined. Spaces will be warmer in nature, and the combination of tones, textures, and metals will be more seamless. Each aspect will steer away from being literal in its being – being distinctly local in its quality – and be more about creating connections and liveable spaces.

David Shove-Brown, Principal Architect & Founder of //3877

The trend we’ll likely bid farewell to is… Reclaimed wood, edison bulbs, and the well-stocked shelf of tchotckes are all trends that we will bid adieu to. Their use, their integration, embodies a collector aesthetic, showcasing a trove of items for the sake of showcasing a trove of items. In that sense, it’s an interpretation of local elements that try to create a connection between end-user and locale. This style is too obvious to be authentic, and in that regard has had its 15 minutes of fame.

“The biggest challenge will be finding a happy medium between

The biggest challenge will be… Finding a happy medium between the use of locally-inspired items and locally-purchased items in hospitality spaces. Both locally-inspired items and locally-purchased items have their purpose, but it’s the right amount of each, and a balance between the two that creates a well-rounded, seamlessly orchestrated space.

the use of locally-inspired items and locally-purchased items in hospitality spaces”

I’m most looking forward to… The further integration of food and beverage programmes in hotels. Adding a food and beverage component, even in limited service hotels, provides a greater experience for the guest and forges a stronger, lasting engagement with the hotel brand. These spaces also make hotels destinations; they become more than a place to stay, they become a place for a cocktail hour, for a friendly get together. In doing this, hotels will be able to engage with a larger audience, which I think is truly exciting.


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555 International

“Our ability to story tell in the hospitality industry is rooted in design, service and the product you’re being served”

In 2018… The hospitality industry will… Keep expanding in the way of new concepts for curated environments and activities that go beyond just eating and drinking. It’s not just bowling and pool any more ... darts, bocce, ping pong, video and pinball arcades, music … what’s next? - James Geier, founder and principal.

intrigued and curious than ever about how something is the way it is and how it got there. - Joe

Continue to pave the way and shape other designed environments. We’ve seen the impact the hospitality industry has had with the medical, education and corporate sectors and will continue to see those environments evolve, taking key elements from the customer experience which is highlighted most in the hospitality industry. - Joe Dolan, senior designer.

Hahaha! Yes, edison bulbs. Contrived experiences and chains or chains trying to own “one off unique experiences”. - Joe

The trend we’ll likely bid farewell to is… Fake materials. And fingers crossed, edison bulbs! - Lauren

I’m hoping we get away from the overuse of geometric and geodesic forms and move towards more organic and curvilinear through use of unique organic materials and innovative fabrication techniques such as 3D printing. - Allison Demyanovich

Design with “local” in mind, but with appreciation for global culture – that includes a higher appreciation of where food and drinks are coming from; getting to know the people who are making it; seeking out experiences that are crafted and curated especially for them and their city and appreciation for influences from global culture. - Allison Demyanovich, creative and marketing director.

The biggest challenge will be… As is every year, what’s to come in the new year and what can we make of it. The opportunities we have and how do we turn that into viable businesses and make a difference with exciting and engaging spaces for the guest experience, is truly what drives us into every year. - James

The most significant hospitality design trend will be… An evolved fine dining experience. The mixing of chefs whose food would have predominantly been served in overly designed, upscale interiors, wanting to have their customer’s experience feel more comfortable, more accessible. Spaces that feel just as appropriate for a Tuesday night as they do for a Saturday night. Familiar, yet refined. Approachable and special at the same time. - Lauren, senior designer

Integration of technology in a way that isn’t invasive but helps to aid operations and overall guest experience. - Allison I’m most looking forward to… Boutique spaces that exist as more than one customer experience. Owners want guests to be able to have a wide range of activities on hand in one environment, but in a bespoke nature. Not overly commercialised huge movie theatres and bad bar food, but truly curated and special moments. Vintage bowling alleys, with delicious diner food, and a one screen movie theatre playing classics and new movies. - Lauren

Revealing the process as a part of a more complex and rich storytelling experience. Our ability to story tell in the hospitality industry is rooted in design, service and the product you’re being served. Customers are more


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In 2018… The hospitality industry will… More aggressively embrace the “vibe” of a space. The “vibe”: or the “energy” of the restaurant defines the tone of the brand and creates a lasting impression on customers. To create this energy, restaurant owners and designers have started to emphasise the arrival experience and are putting a feature bar area at the front in order to animate the entry area – crowds draw people. With a bustling front area where music, ambiance, smell, and lighting are controlled perfectly, this “vibe” builds anticipation upon arrival. In the dining room, spacing between aisles and tables are also a lot tighter and more intimate – people prefer to sit closer to other diners, to feel part of a social scene rather than a relatively secluded dining experience. The most significant hospitality design trend will be… With the influence of social media, hotel restaurants have evolved into digital marketing platforms focusing on the growing millennial market segment. Owners and designers spend a lot more time curating entry experiences, food plating, glassware selection, cocktail programmes, special art installations, custom lighting, etc. “Instagram moments” have become pivotal for customers to discover while they are dining, allowing them to share their food stories spontaneously. Materials and lighting design not only have to complement the decor and food presentation, but also serve as a great backdrop for selfies! It’s no longer conventional restaurant design, but more experiential design. Here are some other examples: - Furniture: more woven, cane, natural fibre type furniture – throwback to classic Thonet, or others in that era, with a twist. - Lighting: we are hoping to explore what’s next for neon. We think neon messaging or signage, although it will remain popular for a while, is a bit played out in restaurants. - Aesthetics: a lot more layering of pattern, fabric, fixture. Spaces are more “packed” and a lot more going on, less clean.

Ken Lam, Co-founder and Principal, Navigate Design

“With the influence of social media, hotel restaurants have evolved into digital marketing platforms focusing on the growing

The trend we’ll likely bid farewell to is… Edison bulbs!

millennial market segment”

The biggest challenge will be… The challenge always comes down to the space itself, and negotiating the ratio of bar vs. dining, and looking at their menu and clientele to determine the right size for the bar. Actually, a bar is often the focal point of a restaurant and the design concept. There may be a style that would look great for a lot of restaurants, but I don’t think any will be able to be ‘updated’ effortlessly, or should be updated often. Design bar style involves a lot of intricate wood detailing, emphasis on good amount of liquor display, risers, great built-in lighting, and mirror backing. Usually this caters to both design aesthetic and functional needs. I’m most looking forward to… Being able to collaborate with my team and fully utilise the full potential of Navigate Design.


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Lesley Hughes Wyman, Principal and Co-Founder, MatchLine Design Group

In 2018… The hospitality industry will… Still be going strong. There are no signs of the market slowing down and our clients are very positive about the ongoing strength. The most significant hospitality design trend will be… Incorporating wellness programs into the guest suites – even beyond the current curated experiences and dining menu specialties will be a significant trend in hospitality. There is an increasing trend towards total wellness; guest suites featuring a variety of fitness equipment and programmes within the comfort of a guest’s room. We recently custom-designed a casegood package last year for a manufacturer that integrated strength and training equipment within the casegood pieces, such as yoga balls and mats, resistance bands and free weights. More clients are beginning to inquire about this for their projects.

“There are no signs of the market slowing down and our

The trend we’ll likely bid farewell to is… We will say farewell to Insta moments without any relatable story. These highly-designed niches within the space are still very popular and here to stay for a while, but these moments need to be authentic and actually speak to the property instead of being just “cool photo opp”. The most effective images are the ones that are relatable and integrates the property’s story, history and vibe.

clients are very positive about the ongoing strength”

The biggest challenge will be… The biggest challenge coming ahead in 2018 will be managing clients’ expectations regarding compressed timelines, which we feel is universal for designers. I’m most looking forward to… 2018 holds our exciting project openings – it’s going to be a very busy installation year!


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Matt Davis, Allen Chan & Anwar Mekhayech, Principals at DesignAgency

In 2018… The hospitality industry will… Continue to push the limits of placemaking and seeking a balance for unique design and exceptional service. We also think the hospitality industry will continue to see increased emphasis on design in all segments of the industry regardless of price point, and many brands will be looking to take a step back and evaluate what their point of view is. The most significant hospitality design trend will be… We think we will be seeing a push towards hyper-service as a key differentiator to Airbnb as well as hyper-inclusion where guests get higher levels of engagement and interaction (ex. being brought into the kitchen or behind the bar). Then on the flipside to this, there will be a massive movement towards limited service giving the consumer only the things that matter to them.

“We think we will be seeing a push towards hyper-service as a

The trend we’ll likely bid farewell to is… We think millennial pink is running its course already ... onto the 90s next?

key differentiator to Airbnb”

The biggest challenge will be… We think the biggest challenge is to continue to push the limits and reimagine hospitality in a market that is so focused now on differentiating and finding white space. There also lies big challenges in being genuinely authentic within a landscape – with way too many brands and designs they have saturated the market and as consumers we could become desensitised. We’re most looking forward to… Expanding into the resort market. Loving the challenge of planning every aspect of the guest experience.


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Robert Angell, Founder of Robert Angell Design International

In 2018… The hospitality industry will… Continue to thrive with ever more creative ways to create holistic and authentic experiences and unforgettable moments for their guests. Millennials are a great driver and are becoming more affluent too. Consistently they value experiences over materialism and they are after the moment they can share on social media with their followers. The ‘moment’ can be anything from multi-sensory experience to just a very basic emotion-based experience, like a weekend sleeping in a haybarn or having a meal in a treehouse. Individuality is key – people value authenticity, experience and a uniqueness that is relaxed and inviting.

“Be different, stand out, be bold and brave to create unique brands that have their own story to tell”

The most significant hospitality design trend will be… More and more honest materials used to create a luxurious vibe. This may cost a little more but they will prove their value over time: they are not only environmentally friendly, but in the long run will create that beautiful character that cannot be designed new – it will give personality and patina of time which is unique to that particular space. This can then be layered with more found objet d’art & furniture pieces that enhance that real story to tell. The trend we’ll likely bid farewell to is… The industrial vibe which is all around us, and this will become more upscale in its approach which will suit those looking for a better quality design experience. Also, there is too much technology for technology’s sake! If it enhances the experience, and makes guest’s lives easier, then great! I wouldn’t want to waste my time figuring out which button switches the heating off or which one operates the curtains. Keep it simple. The biggest challenge will be… Individuality. Be different, stand out, be bold and brave to create unique brands that have their own story to tell. This is only just happening, but we are on the cusp of something amazing. Guests are looking for a holistic experience – to be surprised, entertained, to be shown something new and exciting! And different. Everyone is so aware of different trends and are up to date with what is cool, and hotels will need to keep innovating to really make a difference in their guests’ experiences. But this needs to be done boldly, confidently and with real conviction. I’m most looking forward to… Creating hotels, bars and restaurants that excite the guests and challenge the clients. This is an exciting era with so much surrounding us and I enjoy collaborating and and nurturing to create these amazing spaces. I am incredibly excited and proud to do what I do.


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Griz Dwight, Founder and Principal, GrizForm Design Architects

In 2018… The hospitality industry will… Continue to create bespoke spaces which cater to the individual’s needs rather than aiming to satisfy the masses. The most significant hospitality design trend will be… Spaces designed to feel like your house (or how you wish your house looked). You’ll see it in quirky personal touches in restaurants and in individually designed rooms in hotels. The trend we’ll likely bid farewell to is… Exposed Edison bulbs (I’ve said this for the past two years so maybe it’s finally time). The biggest challenge will be… Shedding the “millennial” label that has been placed on everything.

“I’m most looking forward to…expanding our portfolio by creating Edison bulb-free, non-

I’m most looking forward to… Expanding our portfolio by creating Edison bulb-free, non-millennial, triangle inspired bespoke spaces; the final season of Game of Thrones, and winning the lottery.

millennial, triangle inspired bespoke spaces; the final season of Game of Thrones, and winning the lottery.”

In 2018… The hospitality industry will… Need to take on the challenges of the uncertainty around Brexit. We expect to see greater innovation in design and a continued focus on brand experience to attract customers. See even more healthy food offerings that engage customers with a clear sense of personality and values. Be a good year for independents looking to grow their offering as bigger brands exercise caution. The most significant hospitality design trend will be… Colour and warmth! When economic forecasts are uninspiring, people need a reason to feel good in your space.

The trend we’ll likely bid farewell to is… Hard industrial features and extensive use of graffiti. The biggest challenge will be… Delivering on expectations within more cautious budgets. I’m most looking forward to… Brands that go the extra mile to excite and entice customers and are unswerving in their focus on the joy of hospitality.


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Dan Kwan, Chief Creative Officer and Regional MD Americas, Wilson Associates

In 2018… The hospitality industry will… Continue cell division, more boutique and independent niche hotel brands will start ‘mushrooming’. The most significant hospitality design trend will be… Retro Rocks … We’ll see a full circle return to 70’s vibe, OTT, colour explosion but in a more tongue-in-cheek modern and millennial manner. The trend we’ll likely bid farewell to is… Hipsterism, finally. The biggest challenge will be… Individualism and disposable design, FMCD – fast moving consumer design (to borrow a term from business).

“The trend we’ll likely bid farewell

I’m most looking forward to… A return to grand craftsmanship and taking the time to design carefully, thoughtfully and with love.

to is Hipsterism, finally”

Evros and Susie Agathou, Avocado Sweets


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In 2018… The hospitality industry will… Be utilising more electronics to make environments interactive and more creative, it’s our goal at BASILE Studio to integrate this element in all future projects. We recently added an electronics division to help push us to the front of this change.

“The biggest challenge will be staying up with technology, it’s moving so quickly that every time you discover something,

The most significant hospitality design trend will be… More significant focus on the details, more customised elements with the use of CNC equipment. We have started using multiple CNC pieces of equipment to manipulate natural materials that give a more heightened sense of this trend.

there is someone developing something new”

The trend we’ll likely bid farewell to is… Repurposed/found objects. It’s faded pretty well in the past years, but still people are integrating it. The biggest challenge will be… Staying up with technology, it’s moving so quickly that every time you discover something, there is someone developing something new. I’m most looking forward to… The next new trend in bar concepts; we have pushed the craft cocktails to a point where it needs a new rebirth.

Paul Basile, Principal and Lead Designer of BASILE Studio


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In 2018… The hospitality industry will… Continue to evolve with dining out seeing a 27% increase in consumer spending between 2015 - 2019. Evermore-educated consumers are expectant of, and seeking out, innovative and tactile experiences. Although caution is being sought within a time of political and financial uncertainty, the desire to spend money on socialization and creating memories over product ownership will still remain prevalent. F&B is one of the main ‘heros’ of the experience economy, with the younger generation spending 44% of their annual food budgets on eating out. The most significant hospitality design trend will be… To think beyond the conventional and create a truly unique and ownable environment that delivers an immersive ambience – thereby exceeding the consumers’ expectations and creating a distinctive point of difference over others. Creating a well-configured and balanced space that resonates with the customers’ multiple senses – curating hubs of dining, relaxation and socialization. It is important that brands continually challenge themselves and view their product from the consumers’ perspective; ensuring that their brand’s DNA is reflected across the whole experience – starting even before one has entered the space.

Holly Hallam, Strategy and Marketing Director at DesignLSM

The trend we’ll likely bid farewell to is… The ‘Industrial chic’ trend has become rather prevalent in the last few years with many restaurant schemes utilising elements such as polished metal, exposed ceilings and reclaimed timber. The trend has fast become the ‘go-to’ for designers and restaurateurs who want to create visually arresting spaces with reimagined/repurposed materials. Whilst this design aesthetic will still be relevant in 2018, there will be a significant movement in how it is executed, as designers will start to create more of a personal interpretation of the industrial style.

“It is important that brands continually challenge themselves and view their product from the consumers’ perspective; ensuring that their brand’s DNA is reflected across the whole experience”

The biggest challenge will be… Challenging consumers’ expectations. With the prevalence of new or evolving F&B brands and social sharing, spaces need to work harder to make a point of difference as well ensuring the whole experience reflects the essence of the brand. It will become ever more prudent that brands strategically review and reflect ensuring that remain relevant to their target consumer. I’m most looking forward to... Engaging further with our clients and pushing the conventional boundaries; alongside watching the industry to see how the design landscape responds to the ‘sensory movement’.


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Mark Bithrey, Founder of B3 Designers

In 2018… The hospitality industry will… Continue to grow and evolve with new restaurant operators offering more inventive and unique cuisines and experiences. We’ve witnessed a growth in restaurants offering more obscure, niche and quirky cuisine from remote parts of the world that are less familiar to the British market, and we think this trend will continue. Also, we will see the continued rise in the food delivery market with services such as UberEATS, HungryHouse and Deliveroo, which means that a restaurant’s dining space is increasingly being extended beyond its four walls. This is where branding plays a critical role in extending the customer experience, and we offer a brand design service to our clients to complement the interiors work we do for them. The most significant hospitality design trend will be… Moving away from trend-driven design and instead focus on the unique identity of the brand. Customers don’t mind a roll-out, multi-location brand, but they don’t want the same thing all the time. We are seeing more of a demand for an ‘independent operator’ approach to designing spaces with multiple locations, with each site reflecting a different design, yet still maintaining core elements.

“We’ve seen major brands reduce in popularity due to

The trend we’ll likely bid farewell to is… Cookie-cutter roll outs, where every branch of a chain restaurant is identical to each other. We’ve seen major brands reduce in popularity due to not evolving their brand and interior design to reflect the space, the location and the area’s clientele.

not evolving their brand and interior design to reflect the space, the location and the area’s clientele”

The biggest challenge will be… If Brexit closes the door to talented key workers, the industry will struggle to keep up with new and inventive concepts without the workforce to support it. Additionally, sustainability within design schemes is always a challenge. Designs that are sensible, resourceful and tactile, yet still evoke the edge that clients want can be a tricky balance. I’m most looking forward to… Expanding further on our work with hotels, by using our breadth of hospitality design experience to create brilliant guest journeys throughout the entire hotel space – from the shared areas, reception, restaurants and bars, through to bedrooms and suites.


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Constantina Tsoutsikou, Creative Director, HBA London

In 2018… The hospitality industry will … See more experimentation with new collaborations, cross-industry brand partnerships and one offs. Take the Vipp Hotel for example ... a design brand’s take on hospitality, that offers experiences in tailored and curated destinations. What a welcome disruption! The most significant hospitality design trend will be … Authenticity and personalisation. Luxury brands will be defined by how well they communicate their story to guests, how they interact with local community. Personalisation is about craftsmanship, design narratives woven into the interiors and creating niche experiences that focus on particular target groups, really understanding the psyche of guests. Guest profiles are beyond age categorisation. Generations X and Y are no longer applicable. Social economic layers are a lot more complex and new creative classes emerge very fast. They are shaped and morphed by culture, they have personality, high expectations and create trends through disruption. Of course they can be all ages! Personalisation requires a strong visual language, beyond logos and typefaces, it reaches the depths of material palettes and aesthetics that talk to their audiences. The trend we’ll likely bid farewell to is ... Branding overkill (also known in our design circles as ‘brand slapping’). From name and logo changes to branded amenities, websites and socialmedia platforms, hotel brands have been busily reinventing themselves and marketing their messages to an ever-expanding audience. The ‘blanket branding’ approach, where logos are ever-present from the lift buttons to room collateral, printed slippers, engraved bathroom controls and embroidered linen, is thankfully dying down ... The ‘Less is more’ approach is reclaiming brand awareness for everyone’s sake. The biggest challenge will be To innovate and stay ahead of the curve on projects with long timelines. Allowing some ‘room to manoeuvre’ in budgets towards the last phases would be a lifeline to ensure new openings (when they happen) are still current!

“Personalisation requires a strong visual language,

I’m most looking forward to Seeing and focusing more on analogue and less digital inspiration! I am a big fan of the printed press, the long reads versus online scrolling! We have a busy year ahead in the London studio! I am looking forward to creating magic on our all exciting projects ahead!

beyond logos and typefaces, it reaches the depths of material palettes and aesthetics that talk to their audiences”


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The boutique hotel chain with art at its heart With the recent opening of their fourth Artist Residence hotel in Oxford, husband and wife team Justin and Charlie Salisbury are continuing to build upon their highly successful hospitality model. But it is only through sheer grit, determination, hard work, and a few mistakes along the way that they’ve arrived at this point. Hospitality Interiors’ Gemma Ralph finds out more ...


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As with many of the best and most enduring ventures, Artist Residence has evolved from the most humble of beginnings. After his mother was seriously injured in an accident, Justin dropped out of university to look after her and help out with his family’s B&B on Brighton seafront. Confronted with the challenge of running a struggling business with very little experience and no money with which to renovate, Justin was nevertheless determined to improve matters. After placing an advertisement for local artists to decorate the B&B’s guest rooms in exchange for board and lodging, Artist Residence – in it’s original guise – was born. Justin is the first to admit that this strategy was rather ill-conceived, but it nevertheless succeeded in putting the property on the map. Indeed, it attracted the attention of Hotel Inspector’s Alex Polizzi, whose advice – both on and off-screen – helped the pair to create the foundations of a sound, attractive hotel business. Today, Justin and Charlie have properties in Brighton, London, Penzance and now Oxfordshire, with future plans for further expansion.

“The early days were really good fun but incredibly tough,” says Justin. “When you’re thrust into something with little or no experience it’s a bit like being locked in a dark room trying to find your way out. Eventually you start getting a feel of right and wrong by making lots of mistakes. “I look at the early years in Brighton as a bit like pre-school as it wasn’t really a proper business quite yet. We were very much learning the basics. For example, I was running around everywhere doing the laundry, cleaning the bedrooms, checking in guests and taking bookings etc. “I think in year one or two it was a really busy bank holiday weekend in Brighton and we were completely fully booked, as was the whole of Brighton. At about 11am I received a phonecall from a guest confirming the time of their arrival. To my horror I discovered they

“When you’re thrust into something with little or no experience it’s a bit like being locked in a dark room trying to find your way out. Eventually you start getting a feel of right and wrong by making lots of mistakes” weren’t in the system! Charlie and I had to get rid of our hotel reception and turn it into a temporary bedroom for the weekend. I literally drove around Brighton buying a new bed and everything! “In the end it all worked out fine. The guest never knew they were actually staying in the hotel reception. That was a really tough and stressful day!” Of course, the operational side of running a hotel is hugely challenging – in particular for a novice and given the hands-on take Justin and Charlie had and still have – but creating a successful interior design is another matter entirely. Despite the evident natural talent with which the pair have designed their four distinctly different Artist Residence properties, this aspect of the business was also something of a steep learning curve for them. “In the early days we had little or no experience in interior design and when I look back some of the stuff we were doing was pretty horrendous,” says Justin. “We used to get quite hardcore street artists to come and paint entire bedrooms which would end up looking like some sort of squat party. We then experimented with white walls and minimalist furniture (from Ikea). “What we learnt over time is that it’s not just the first impressions that count but also how you feel when you actually stay in the room. The amount of guests who used to look like they’d had a sleepless night in the “squat” room was probably in the dozens! Equally,


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when you’re going for a minimalist style it scuffs easily and requires a lot of maintenance and touch ups. That’s really why we started experimenting with more of a reclaimed rustic style. “I think the point when we started really thinking about ourselves as interior designers was when we were working on the London hotel. One of our initial ideas was to involve lots of great interior designers/ shops to curate a room each. Over time we realised we had very strong ideas of our own and thought, why don’t we just design it? It was the right time and place to do it. When you’ve got Pinterest and eBay its really easy to get started!” Though Justin and Charlie now have a great deal more experience, and indeed a natural eye for design, their latest project in Oxfordshire was nevertheless a challenge. The 16th century property required full refurbishment to create the beautifully eccentric English inn they envisaged. From its thatched roof, electrics and plumbing to repairing an array of original features, the inn has been thoroughly and faithfully restored. Its four guest rooms exude a bohemian style, with original pitched ceilings, antique furnishings, Morris & Co fabrics, roll top bathtubs and wooden floorboards. The smallest room, ‘The Rabbit Hole’, is tucked away in the eaves with a king size bed, comfy armchair and ensuite with rainfall shower, while the largest – the Farmhouse Suite – features a super king-size bed with a separate comfy seating area, mini bar cabinet, roll top bath and additional bathroom. The pub and restaurant’s design, meanwhile, centres around a fictional character – Mr Hanbury. “We’ve had some great fun with The Connor Brothers collobrating with them on a speakeasy cocktail bar in Brighton and our new pub venture in Oxford,” explains Justin. “They’ve got this fictional character called Mr Hanbury that they created these artworks around and Charlie and I did the interiors as we imaged Mr Hanbury would have done! “Artwork is a huge part of our DNA. We started out very much with murals done by anyone, which then evolved into murals done by more established artists within the context

“I always forget just how different each of the hotels are. We have some amazing guests that do the tour and stay in all of them and they always mention that they really encapsulate their surroundings yet have the same feel about them”

of a hotel room that should make the guest feel peaceful! Over time, as we’ve focused more on creating understated rustic interiors, we’ve tended to use framed artworks and prints.” Art, of course, will always be at the heart of the brand and its interiors and so too is the collaborative element that was so integral to Justin and Charlie when they were starting out. “Working with the Connor Brothers is always a good laugh; James and Mike are probably one of the funniest duos you’ll ever meet!” says Justin. “Likewise we’ve been really lucky to work with some amazing artists like Maria Rivan and Bonnie & Clyde. “Design wise we really love Christopher Howe. He’s such an amazing guy and we absolutely love his furniture! Everyone talks about his barstools in our cocktail bar in London. Likewise the clawfoot bath from Catchpole and Rye in our grand suite is also a big talking point.” What is abundantly apparent is the passion Justin and Charlie have for their business, and

the real sense of enjoyment they derive from it. Though the interior design of their properties is all important, it is the fun the couple have with these quirky, eclectic spaces that makes them so successful. “For those looking to start out in hospitality, I’d say only do it if you absolutely love this industry,” says Justin. “For us it’s not really work but more of a lifestyle decision. The days are long otherwise as hotels never really sleep, they simply go into standby mode at night, so if you’re not passionate about it you’re going to tire very quickly!” This passion extends to the locations Justin and Charlie have selected for their hotels – all of which resonate with them on a personal level, and which become the starting point and principal consideration when shaping the interiors. It is key for the pair that each property should capture the essence of its local neighbourhood, that it be entirely individual, while still bearing the hallmarks of the Artist Residence name.


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“We’re so lucky to work in such amazing parts of the country,” says Justin. “We’ve always had some sort of connection with our locations. We live in London, Charlie was born in Oxford, I went to school there, weekend family trips to Brighton, amazing memories holidaying with friends in Cornwall and really deep down Charlie’s a west country girl, having been brought up in Devon!” “I always forget just how different each of the hotels are. We have some amazing guests that do the tour and stay in all of them and they always mention that they really encapsulate their surroundings yet have the same feel about them. “It’s difficult to put in words, but what I always try and do is to really make people feel great when using our spaces whether it’s eating, drinking or sleeping! I also want it to feel authentic. One of my real fears is creating something that tries way to hard to be something. You really need to find the right balance.” Honest design is certainly not lacking when it comes to the interiors of the Artist Residence properties. Eclectic, unusual and full of creative,

“To be honest I never really stop and look back or take the time to celebrate. I know it sounds funny but I’m so focused on moving forwards. That’s really what I enjoy most: how to go from A to B” sometimes whacky influences, yes, but never contrived. The organic process Justin and Charlie have gone through to this point – learning on the job, recovering and improving following set-backs, honing the identity of the brand – has brought an authenticity to their hotels that cannot be easily matched. Most importantly, Justin and Charlie’s enthusiasm and ambition has not been dulled by their venture’s unexpected rise to success. “I’m really enjoying everything at the moment,” affirms Justin. “We’ve got a great team and exciting projects on the horizon. To be honest I never really stop and look back or take the time to celebrate. I know it sounds funny but I’m so focused on moving forwards. That’s really what I enjoy most: how to go from A to B!” Justin and Charlie’s careful nurture of each of their properties from start to finish means that, as their carefully selected team grows and they themselves gradually step back from the day-to-day operation of the hotels – they can set their sights on the bright future of the Artist Residence brand.


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Chin Lim, HKS Hospitality Group Newly-appointed vice-president at HKS Hospitality Group, Chin Lim, brings with him almost 20 years’ experience in the hospitality design industry. We caught up with him to find out more about his prestigious portfolio, ambitions for his new role, and thoughts on the future direction of hospitality design.

Congratulations on your new role! What are your key objectives going forwards? Thank you! I have a very simple and clear objective and that is to create the very best hotels and hospitality projects in the coming years, destinations that will stand the test of time. We have the passion, talent and expertise at HKS to achieve that. What was it about HKS that attracted you? HKS has at its core, the spirit of exploration and innovation. That is very compelling. I see a team of dedicated, curious and driven architects and designers. It’s the perfect cocktail of qualities required of a hospitality team and it’s a hugely exciting time for the practice.

way that will give clients the greatest chance for a return on their investment. You also need to create beautiful and comfortable buildings that will help to give guests the transformative experiences they are looking for. This takes a lot of hard work, but I feel very fortunate and excited to be working in this sector. I like to think that hospitality found me. Sometimes you don’t realise that you are meant to be in something until you are in it.

Could you talk a little about your design background and experience up to this point? I started my working life in theatre design and high-end residential design. Then an opportunity to join WATG arose and I grabbed it. From the very start of my hospitality career I was truly blessed to be working on high end luxury resorts all over the globe, from Ritz Carlton, Viceroy, Four Seasons to name a few. Over the years I have realised how very specialised our industry is, the expertise required to design a hotel is very specific. You have to understand how to design in a

How would you describe your design approach or philosophy? It always starts with the guest and the location. I picture the guest spending time at the hotel and imagine what they would want to experience, see and feel. I often compare the design process to couture, but instead of a physical body we have a site and in place of fabric we have the architecture, interiors and landscape.

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In hospitality design, these normally separate disciplines are in fact almost inseparable if the outcome is to be a success and I love it when they come together at the very beginning of a project and the architecture and designs develop in synergy. The end product is always more spectacular. Alongside this design process, the crucial key ingredient for me is ‘exploration’. I have an inquisitive mind and its important in the process to continually question and sketch and test our designs, seeking out the essence of a site and its rightful design. What do you feel will be the central issues or challenges affecting the hospitality design industry in the coming years? Hospitality design has gone through a period of huge change from product homogeneity to experiential authenticity. This has been in response to the change in the guests’ desires, both the millennials and the baby boomers. Our challenge now is to fully embrace this change and to foresee what the next generation will be seeking out. I think that sustainability and eco-design will steadily rise up the agenda. Not the kind of tokenism seen in the past but real efforts to reduce damage to the planet and put something back into the land and local communities. In tandem, I believe that demand for architectural solutions that support healthier lifestyles will grow. Often, the design that supports one, in fact serves the other.

Fairmont Taghazout Bay, Morocco

Fairmont Taghazout Bay, Morocco


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What has been your proudest moment as a designer, thus far? There are many, but they are almost always the same. It’s when you see your designs come to life first hand, and it’s even better than you imagined. These are very special moments in a designer’s career. I still get a warm feeling thinking back to these moments.

Fairmont Taghazout Bay, Morocco

What are you working on at the moment, and have you got any upcoming projects you’re able to tell us about? Right now, I’m busy on the new Four Seasons Resort and Residences in Bodrum, Turkey. It’s a fantastic location and it’s going to be very beautiful, but beyond that I currently can’t say any more. What do you like to do with your downtime? Downtime is hugely important to me. I usually can’t stay still for long, so I take advantage of what London has to offer. There is always something interesting to see and do in the city – galleries, shows, museums, food. They provide inspiration and spark ideas. That and spending time with my wonderful wife and kids. These are precious moments to me.


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A one-of-a-kind restoration project Wimberly Interiors, a design studio of WATG, is behind the interiors of three luxurious private Grand Suites aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Encapsulating the nostalgia and romance of the Golden age of travel, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express from Belmond travels between London, Paris and Venice from March to November, and from Paris to Istanbul once a year in August.


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Led by Rachel Johnson, vice-president and London studio director at Wimberly Interiors, the Grand Suites extend the 1920’s and 30’s styling of the carriages. Many of the original features and fixings have been retained within the accommodation, honouring the brand’s distinct heritage, while embracing the individual style, landscapes and cultures of each of the train’s destinations. The Paris Suite, for example, takes its inspiration from the city’s historic love affair with the art deco movement. Wimberly Interiors has created a light, crisp colour palette here, complete with exquisite decorative details. Paris’ haute couture and gastronomic excellence is evoked through the elegant furnishings, delicate fabrics, crystal barware and Lalique crystal panels. With its grand palette of damask silks, blue and

silver hues, the Venice Suite celebrates the city’s baroque and renaissance heritage. Authentic, local craftsmanship is key here, with traditional Venetian mirrors and an antique tapesty sourced from Venice. Finally, the rich patterning of the Topkapi Palace, traditional Ottoman design and Instanbul’s famous Grand Bazaar, provided a rich tapestry of inspiration for the design of the Istanbul Suite. Wimberly Interiors has opted for hand-carved timber and marquetry panel borders accented with mother-of-pearl, embossed leather, white amber crystalware and exaggerated metal details to channel a sense of this opulence. The Grand Suites will launch in 2018, offering an authentic and entirely indulgent experience, with every modern comfort.

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Q&A: Rachel Johnson, Wimberly Interiors

Realising the design How does it feel to work on such a unique, and historically significant project? The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is a true art deco icon with an incredibly rich history. It has been a pleasure working closely with Belmond to bring new life to the original Leopold,

weaves through; Paris, the train’s home; Venice, one of the train’s most popular overnight trips; and Istanbul, the destination of the extravagant annual three-night trip.

capturing the epitome of classic luxury travel that the legendary train exudes.

furnishings/suppliers used for the project? Throughout this project, we have sourced items with an authentic connection to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Each item derives from a supplier with an existing connection to the train and is either an antique art deco original or created in the city of its destination suite. One of the key design elements in each suite is the extravagant high-gloss marquetry, which is hand-crafted in the South of France using timber that has been individually sourced from around the world, blending the unique rich

Saying this, what have been the unique challenges you’ve encountered, and how did you tackle them? It was extremely important when developing the design concept that we embraced the unique story and history of the brand while trying to introduce the amenities that a modern-day luxury traveller demands. The biggest challenge was to create a new level of luxury accommodation within the tight spatial restrictions on the train. Every piece of furniture was designed bespoke and scaled down, and we utilised the space under the sofas, creating large storage areas for luggage. How did you go about ensuring that the design was sensitive to the history of the cabins, while incorporating the contemporary elements today’s travellers expect? Original fixings and features from the original Leopold Car have been preserved, and reused or repurposed where possible, bringing an authentic richness to the interior. We carefully selected individual design components made by traditional artisans and sourced unique one-off pieces from the period, ensuring the suites felt genuine and timeless. What themes / inspirations inform the interiors of the Grand suites? The design for the three suites draws inspiration from the romance, adventure and style of each of the destinations the train

Could you talk about some of the individual

“The design for the three suites draws inspiration from the romance, adventure, and style of each of the destinations the train weaves through”

traditional patterns of each city with the art deco design history of the train. We have looked to the current train for inspiration, incorporating specific design elements into the suites. For example, the Lalique crystal panels featured in the Paris suite can also be found in one of the train’s restaurant cars. Combining these distinct elements together have helped to seamlessly blend the new designs with the unique story of the train. Although the cabins each reflect the unique character of a different city, what do you feel ties the design together as a whole? Each suite has the same architectural design, creating a familiar feel throughout the three suites. Bespoke detailing and key FF&E pieces, such as the feature headboard walls, glass chandeliers, and intricate timber marquetry wall panels, have been influenced and designed specifically to evoke an authentic sense of each city. What has been the most enjoyable aspect of the project for you personally? Working with the skilled engineers and craftsmen based in Clermont-Ferrand, France, has been incredibly rewarding. Most of the team have been working on the restoration of the train for 10-20 years, or more. From the men in the workshop who strip and repair the shells of the train cars each year, to the family-run company who have been renewing and crafting the intricate timber marquetry throughout the train since its original restoration. Every individual has a personal connection to the train, and the passion really shows through in their enthusiasm and the unmistakable quality of the craftsmanship.


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Rooted in the rich cultural fabric of its locale, as well as the personal experiences of its multi-talented proprietor, Sanders Hotel features a compelling interior by London studio, Lind + Almond.

Sanders Hotel Copenhagen

Nestled on a charming street directly behind the Royal Danish Theatre, Sanders Hotel is formed of three buildings, fused together into one exceptional, 54-key property. Though brand new, the hotel is woven with a rich cultural tapestry, both in its architecture, and in the passion for theatre and storytelling shared by its owner, Alexander Kølpin. A former ballet dancer, actor and director, Alexander wished to capture the essence of these creative worlds in order to curate a unique and imaginative guest experience. “My mother is a fashion designer, my father is an architect, my own background is as a ballet dancer and director, and my family has a history of restoring old buildings to their former glory,” he says.

“I have always wanted to open a hotel combining these worlds; the intimacy of the theatre world, the creativity of the fashion scene, the ambitions of architecture and the musicality of ballet.” Working in collaboration with Londonbased interior design studio, Lind + Almond, Alexander has created a classic, yet cosmopolitan venue that, he hopes, will recapture the area’s legacy as a former hotspot for the city’s cultural cognoscenti in the 1970s. One of the initial challenges was to consolidate the structure of the property, and the design team has carefully reimagined the layout of the two buildings to ensure it is fit for purpose.


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“Much of this historic part of Copenhagen is built on land reclaimed from the sea,” explains Lind + Almond co-founder, Pernille Lind. “As such there was initially a great deal of structural reinforcement works to the foundations of the building, to prevent it sinking under its own weight. “Working with old buildings is a familiar challenge, but in the case of Sanders we needed to work with what was initially three individual buildings. One of our very first tasks was in vastly reducing the number of guest rooms, replacing cramped 3* spaces with ones more fitting of a luxury boutique hotel. “This meant in some cases amalgamating two rooms into one, whilst spanning between two buildings. We had a big challenge in that the floor levels in the separate buildings frequently misaligned.” Once the configuration of the hotel was perfected, it was key that the interior should follow suit. “Entering Sanders is like stepping into a theatre,” affirms Alexander. “Guests will always remain centre stage, but the carefully curated interiors will be the elegant and exquisite backdrop for their experience.

scene in the way Alexander describes with its spectacular 1940’s vintage chandelier. Designed by iconic architect, Carlo Scarpa, and handmade by the Murano glass master

a subtle palette of earthy, timeless tones. Stained timber, honed marble, velvet and rattan abound to create a classic feel. While the woodwork positions the hotel

“From the first note to the closing of the curtains, it is all about the journey you take a spectator on. I think about the guest experience at Sanders in a similar way.” The hotel’s reception certainly sets the

of Venini, its 300 beautiful glass prisms create a warm, welcoming glow over the reception desk. Throughout the hotel’s public spaces and accommodation, Lind + Almond has selected

very firmly in Denmark, exotic marble from Italy, Portugal and Greece, slate from the British Lake District and limestone from Croatia bring a cosmopolitan, outward looking ambience.


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Indeed, the interiors of the hotel’s restaurant, Sanders Kitchen, reflect on the golden age of travel and the exploration of new places and cultures. Dark green leather seating, rattan and bamboo – blended with flamboyant printed fabrics and furnishings – bring a colonial edge. Within the bar, TATA, Lind + Almond have opted for bolder statements of colour in reference to Alexander’s background in theatre, and of course the hotel’s proximity to the Royal Danish Theatre. Sumptuous red curtains set the stage here, while plush seating and artfullyplaced lighting create an intimate, almost seductive feel. “For me Tata is a real centrepiece, and I’m particularly fond of the concept behind the design,” says Richy Almond, co-founder of Lind + Almond. “As a take on a theatre bar, Tata references Alexander’s past life as a ballet dancer. It aims to attract artists and creatives, both local and foreign, to mingle as they once did decades ago in the same space.” From theatre bar to rooftop oasis, The Courtyard offers Sanders residents and the public alike a rare rooftop space overlooking

Copenhagen’s picturesque rooftops. Here, ivy-covered walls and a garden of exotic plants create an inside-outside feel, coupled with colonial-inspired furniture and a roaring fireplace. “I must say the fifth-floor Orangery is a real design highlight for me,” says Pernille. “Maybe it’s due to my own ‘exotic’ background (being half Thai).”

“Iconic architect Arne Jakobsen designed the Charlottenborg chair and Belladonna sofa, both featured in this space, embracing foreign materials in their use of bamboo. This, along with tropical printed fabrics, lush plants and the indoor/outdoor connection, takes me back to my childhood home.” Carefully curated artwork provides the finishing touch to the hotel’s interior, capturing the narrative strands of the property’s historical significance, as well as Alexander’s personal history. The collection was sourced by Lind + Almond and commissioned by Alexander in collaboration with art consultancy practice, Dais Contemporary. Drawing from Copenhagen’s waterfront context, the modernist and expressionist periods synonymous with important works of Danish art and design, as well as Alexander’s love of movement, dance and the human form, this collection of artwork embodies the hotel’s unique philosophy: a blend of national pride with a firmly cosmopolitan perspective.


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sbe’s first Middle Eastern property has now opened, with other-wordly interiors by Marcel Wanders.

Mondrian Doha Qatar

This eagerly-awaited 270-key hotel offers guests a fantasy world inspired by storytelling and Middle Eastern folktales. Playing to the strengths of the world-renowned Dutch designer, Mondrian Doha’s interior is awash with diverse facets, layers, details and experiences. The hotel is sensitively rooted in Arabic culture, but embodies the essence of modern Arabia, and in particular the Qatari capital, Doha, which has transformed from a modest fishing village into a visionary global city in recent times. Situated next to Lagoona Mall in the West Bay area, Mondrian Doha acts as a gateway to the new Lusail City development, considered by many to be one of the world’s most visionary single developments and a true

representation of modern Qatar. Structurally, the property is shaped like a falcon, with many references to the national bird of Qatar also found inside; from paintings and portraits to falcon headpieces and ornaments. Along with One Thousand and One Nights – a collection of Middle Eastern folk tales – the beauty of local patterns, ornate Arabic writing and historic souks all formed Wanders’ principal inspiration. “For the design of Mondrian Doha and everything we do, locale is super important,” he explains. “To create the hotel, we studied the city, we studied the people. We don’t create interiors, we create destinations and Mondrian Doha is a destination in itself that needs to be discovered.


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“We invite people to join us on the journey through to the hotel; it is a journey that has no end. Stepping into Mondrian Doha begins the first chapter of a wonderful story that unfolds and presents surprises around every turn.” Among the myriad design highlights are a striking, custom-designed four level high spiral staircase – creating the impression that the stairs extend to the sky – a stained glass dome skylight on the 27th floor, giant columns with golden eggs, a ‘tree of life’ formed from flowers, custom-designed Dean Majilis sofas, giant shisha and intricate mosaic tiling. Rooms range from penthouse suites, studio suites, and one and two bedroom suites to range of standard guestrooms – all with the universal design details of Swarovski crystal chandeliers and sumptuous bespoke furniture in hues to mirror the desert. The Opal Bridal Suite, in particular, is quite something to behold. Brides-to-be and honeymooners enter through a hallway of crystal mirrors and chandeliers, to find four rooms – a dressing room and make-up room with a beautifully designed white-embellished mirror, a bridesmaid’s bedroom, spacious living room, as well as a walk-through closet and an en-suite master bedroom featuring a luxurious four poster bed. The suite’s guests can indulge in a soaking

bath while taking in views of the Lusail City, the artificial island “Pearl” and West Bay, or de-stress in the hot-sauna crafted from Scandinavian wood. An opulent 24k gold-sculpted elevator takes the suite’s guests directly to the remarkable 2000m2 Moonstone Ballroom. This space, with its crystal chandeliers, ornate ceiling domes and signature columns offers a

spectacular canvas for any kind of function. In terms of the hotel’s F&B offering, seven restaurants and bars create a culinary compendium for guests, bringing new and unparalleled experiences to Qatar. These include CUT by Wolfgang Puck; Morimoto; Magnolia Bakery and a number of other ‘first to market’ concepts including Walima – a Qatari- inspired restaurant.


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Mondrian Doha boasts another unparalleled experience – the largest ESPA hotel in the world and the largest spa in Qatar. At almost 2000m2, it features separate spas for men and women, 11 treatment rooms, a heat experience garden and traditional Turkish Hammam. Guests will enter the spa through a pure white

reception area – symbolising the freeing of the mind and encouraging relaxation – before dividing into the male and female spa areas. In keeping with the multi-layered, sensory design Wanders has created throughout the entire property, the female spa creates the illusion of a secret garden, complete with a

beautiful flower petal mosaic floorcovering and a ‘tree of life’. Awash with soft, warm tones and curved lines, and finished with golden and sparkling accents, the female spa features five relaxing treatment rooms, as well as a multi-level heat experience garden filled with Swarovski crystal rain showers and an intricately-carved wooden Finnish sauna. A Bisazza steam room is encased in shimmering, white mosaic walls, with manicure stations, pedicure thrones and a luxury hair design studio completing the impressive facilities. The male spa, meanwhile, is inspired by the region’s vibrant urban souks, dominated by deep, monochrome tones and muted lighting with bold, geometric patterns and golden accents. A heat experience souk sits at its heart, based on Doha’s bazaars, with a fire and water fountain and muscle-warming heated daybeds. Across from the heat experience area, through a golden archway, lies the relaxation house. Here, guests can indulge in fresh juices before making their way to the uniquelydesigned treatment houses.


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Hirsch Bedner Associates has captured the rich, multi-sensory character of Jerusalem for this five-star hotel in the west of the city.

The Orient Jerusalem Israel

The Orient Jerusalem occupies an historic site originally inhabited by the German Templar Society in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Formerly a school for their community, the complex has undergone years of meticulous restoration by architect Eyal Ziv in collaboration with the hotel’s principal architects – Yehuda, Dov and Yoel Feigin of Feigin Architects. Fusing their formidable expertise with the talent of local artisans, Hirsch Bedner Associates has created an interior fitting of Jersualem’s idiosyncratic character – both centuries-old city and modern-day metropolis. “The brief was to design a hotel that is an honest interpretation of the antiquity and heritage of the Templar buildings, which once

dominated this area of Jerusalem into a modern architectural intervention on the site,” explains Sarah Williams, senior project designer. “Our inspiration started with the original site in HaMoshava HaGermanit, or the German Colony, where two magnificent but run-down Templar buildings have stood since the second half of the 19th century. Rich with original heritage features and characterful architecture, we knew that the guest rooms in these buildings would be special. “Our role was to bring the experiences of this fantastically multi-sensory city into play through historically-used crafts and materials such as Jerusalem stonework, wrought ironmongery and olive wood referencing the olive groves that cover the nearby hillsides.”


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Accessible via a striking glass pavilion, the hotel’s vast lobby, complete with high, tapestrylined ceiling, creates an opulent welcome for guests. Handcrafted stone mosaic tiles have been inset in illuminated stripes within the Jerusalem stone walls here, creating an eyecatching glow as they trace the four levels of the public areas by night. Within the guest rooms, an earthy-toned and regal colour palette is juxtaposed with vibrant bursts of burnt sienna- and azure-toned fabrics. Intricate tile work and metallic furnishings in the bathrooms recall the mosaic-lined bath houses of the past. The guest rooms posed a distinct challenge for the HBA team, as each possessed individual characteristics that needed to be catered for. “Each guest room in each building is idiosyncratic with its own architectural features, such as different vaulted ceiling heights and window shapes and sizes,” affirms Sarah.. “As such, each of these bedrooms has a different layout, a different bathroom and made to measure furniture and fittings; each a miniature project in itself.” Another key challenge for HBA came in the form of the hotel’s extensive spa and wellness centre, complete with a phenomenal gold mosaic pool, authentic Turkish hammam and rooftop

infinity pool overlooking the Old City. “The spa pool is a tribute to the Jerusalem of Gold in the poem and is a playful exercise in light and shade,” says Sarah. “There is the gold glass mosaic swimming pool and the ceiling is a 3D composition of reflective bronze pyramids,

Department for Health and Safety that gold mosaic tiles could pass their rigorous tests. Eventually the team built a mock-up 1 x 1 metre gold mosaic pool themselves and took it to the department to physically prove that any grit at the bottom of the pool would be visible in a gold pool

enhancing the golden hues of the Jerusalem stone, and contrasting with earthy lava stone walls. “It took some persuasion of the Israeli

and therefore pass the test. So it took some work to push that through and achieve the first gold pool in Israel!”


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Despite its undeniably luxurious feel, the hotel does not forget its roots in the community, and in fact has an on-site interactive museum which allows guests to connect with the city’s remarkable heritage. Here, guests can explore a unique selection of authentic artifacts from the Templar era, collected from their former colonies throughout Israel, as well as a storyboard detailing their history and a film shot in Jerusalem and the German Colony in 1898. Isrotel also takes pride in its commitment to advancing Israeli art and culture, and the hotel’s impressive contemporary art collection, all by local artists, was displayed at both the Tel Aviv and Israeli Museums before being purchased by Isrotel, and realised under the direction of Sharon Tuval.

The interior of The Orient Jerusalem demonstrates a very real and considered effort to use authentic local materials, and above all to embrace and celebrate the diverse local talent and culture of Jerusalem. Yet it is also a very adventurous design, both in terms of creativity and in its departure from the status quo within this particular area of the city. “The hotel is one of the first of its kind in the city in that it is a reinterpretation of personalised luxury in a relatively conservative area of the country,” Sarah explains. “One of the key statements that stood out for me at the Mezuzah opening ceremony given by the mayor of Jerusalem was that life force behind The Orient is a melting pot of cultures from throughout the history of Jerusalem. “As such, I hope it will bring to life the imaginations of those guests who stay there to experience that special atmosphere that Jerusalem offers to so many people, whether they come for a spiritual pilgrimage or just to experience first hand the richness of the history and the timeless glow of the ancient Jerusalem stone walled city cited in the poem: ‘Jerusalem of gold, and of bronze, and of light, Behold I am a violin for all your songs’”.


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The Stafford London has unveiled the masterful multi-million pound redesign of its historic Carriage House Rooms and suites and The Gatehouse, led by Alexandra Champalimaud.

Carriage House suites and The Gatehouse The Stafford London

The Carriage House rooms and suites are set aside from the main hotel, occupying a 380-year-old Grade II Listed building that was once the stables of British nobleman and politician, Lord Francis Godolphin. Overlooking a quiet, cobbled courtyard, just a short walk from the lush greenery of St James’s Park, the accommodation offers guests a chic and private retreat. The hotel’s British heritage was a key source of inspiration for The Champalimaud Design team, and the eclectic interiors the firm’s founder Alexandra has conceived exude all the glamour and elegance of a

country look, but with a contemporary twist. “The Stafford has an extraordinary story to tell that is different from other luxury hotels in London – and the Carriage House rooms play a very big role in that story,” affirms Alexandra. “These rooms as we conceived them were not to be heavy or stereotyped in their design, tedious or too historic in nature, even laden with too much fact; our design, although entirely fitting, looks forward with freshness and humour. “We have been careful to tell the story magically, bringing the Britishness and spirit of what is so special about this charming

place to life.” The 11 artfully executed suites embody Alexandra’s trademark syle – adventurous and humorous in just the right amounts. The concept here is a ‘home away from home’, with comfy, cosy features, a vibrant selection of artwork, and a cleverly conceived layout designed to optimise the feeling of space. From fireplaces and romantic four-poster beds to original hay hoists and mangers and historic timbers from wrecked man o’war fighting ships, the accommodation celebrates the individuality and heritage of this unique property.


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Tall, over-sized headboards, finished in a striking artisan fabric, immediately draw the eye, while the beautiful, brush-stroke texture of the wallcoverings behind adds a hand-made quality. Custom mirrors, layered textures and prints and quality furnishings finish the look. Lavish bathrooms, complete with chic black and white marble mosaic flooring, generous double washbasins, deep soaking tubs and separate sleek glass shower enclosures, add to this luxurious feel. In addition to the Carriage House rooms and suites, Champalimaud has also transformed the hotel’s prestigious Guv’nors Suite – now re-named The Gatehouse. Situated adjacent to the Carriage House, The Gatehouse offers guests the comfort and privacy of their own apartment, which can be booked as a one bedroom Junior Suite, a two-storey suite complete with separate living and dining areas or as the full three-storey, two bedroom townhouse, all connected by a private lift. The design here is rather more feminine, and delicate in tone. Soft velvets, layered with bold patterns, attract the light, while small scale prints on the draperies and upholstery are scattered throughout. Honouring the rich and unique heritage of The Stafford, this refreshed and timeless accommodation emboldens the hotel’s claim of some of the most luxurious accommodation in London.


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Parts and Labor Design has honoured Nashville’s spirit, while creating a forwardlooking interior concept for this new hotel in The Gulch neighbourhood.

Thompson Nashville Nashville, US

Upon entering Thompson Nashville’s lobby, guests are greeted by a striking compass rose-inspired wooden floor inlay created by Patrick Hayes of the 1767 creative collection. Composed of locally salvaged materials, and with brass detailing delineating the hotel’s global co-ordinates, the piece creates an immediate sense of place. The lobby space as a whole – with its handcrafted tapestries, custom-designed light fixtures and furniture – encapsulates the hotel’s residential feel, with a uniquely modern slant. “The overall vision for the hotel was to

authentically define what Nashville modern means through fashion-forward and timeless design,” affirms Danu Kennedy, design director at Parts and Labor Design. “The style has a vintage modern inspiration, with a warm and welcoming vibe that is luxurious yet simple. “A residential eclecticism is felt through the fixturing, case goods, tapestries and rugs, and a very personal curatorial vision for the art. Which all together is meant to suggest accessible and relatable luxury.” In terms of the hotel’s F&B offering, a rooftop bar and first floor restaurant offer entirely different experiences both in terms

of menu and interior. Thompson Nashville’s seafood restaurant, The Marsh House, is inspired by a southern estate green room, and is unapologetically bold with its custompatterned geometric floor and grey glass chandeliers. Layers of materials and fixtures provide guests with a different perspective and experience based on their choice of table. L.A. Jackson, meanwhile, boasts stiking views over downtown Nashville. Flamingocoloured floor tiles lead to a central massive race track bar made of stamped concrete with a contoured wooden top. Dining areas throughout feature blue velvet banquettes that


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mix saw tooth detailing with patterned fabric and stainless steel topped tables. Custom upholstered ceiling panels overhead feature circular glass chandeliers end to end and, anchoring the back of the main space, is a communal table with an eye-catching tropical modern-themed wallcovering and custom chandelier. The attention to detail throughout the hotel is clear to see, and even the corridors create a welcoming, luxurious feel with their plush, geometric pattern carpeting, herringbone leather ottomans and custom furnishings.

Parts and Labor Design has considered the flow, and quality of the guests’ journey, encouraging them to feel comfortable and at home in their surroundings. “Our goal was to establish as many ‘moments’ for the traveller as possible, from their first step into the lobby to when they settle in their room,” affirms Danu. “We put as much thought into each piece in the hotel as we would into our own personal homes, with

the idea that this will translate to the guests that they are staying in a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere. “The hotel’s design aesthetic is reflective of its neighbourhood with a dynamic energy there that fuels and sparks creativity. Working on this project, we felt passionate about giving this city a space that would excite and connect with both residents and guests.”


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The Gettys Group is behind the interiors and branding of Hotel LeVeque, a new Autograph Collection hotel within Ohio’s iconic LeVeque Tower.

Hotel LeVeque Ohio, USA

Though no longer counted amongst the world’s tallest buildings, the LeVeque Tower still cuts a resplendent figure in Columbus’ skyline. Its original art deco architecture and rich heritage – the tower once served as an aerial lighthouse for Amelia Earhart – were a key source of inspiration for The Gettys Group when creating the interior scheme for its stylish new hotel. “In January of 2014, The Gettys Group was engaged to provide branding and interior design services to integrate an Autograph Collection hotel into the iconic LeVeque Tower in Columbus, Ohio,” explains Ron Swidler –

principal, branding. “We quickly began to conceptualise how a hotel might be incorporated into the restoration and redevelopment plans for this historic building. Our brief was to start by unearthing and creating a compelling brand story that would celebrate this building, its history and essence and its promise to future guests. “As with all of our projects, we begin with a brand story or foundation, and then build an aesthetic around that rich script.” Inspired by the LeVeque Tower’s prominence within the skyline, The Gettys Group has created the hotel’s interior and branding around

the concept of the hotel as a “beacon of hospitality”. Celestial and astrological themes, complete with deep blues and golds, bring this identity to life. Within the hotel’s lobby, for example, a custom starscape chandelier soars above the main lobby seating, representing the points of light in the night sky. “The LeVeque Tower is lavishly adorned with architectural art deco embellishments and astrological symbology, including starscape murals, terracotta panels of planets and stars, cast-bronze elevator doors with Greek constellations and more,” says Ben Nicholas – principal, interior design.


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“We were inspired to build upon this design language, creating a collection of branded identity elements and touchpoints as well as a composed palette and collection of FF&E inspired by residential interiors, to anchor our brand story to the beauty of the building. We based this story around Hotel LeVeque as the star of the Columbus skyline.” The renovation of the hotel was not straightforward, as one might expect of a historic property such as this. The complexity of the project, the multi-use nature of the building and the historic tax credit application and approval process all brought their own complications, but Hotel LeVeque now stands as an example of how valuable historic reinvigoration and reinvestment can be. “We are thrilled with how the hotel and brand experience turned out,” affirms Ron Swidler. “When we provide both branding and interior design – and ideally, procurement as well – The Gettys Group can craft a complete and compelling story with our collaborative clients and the brand. “The result is an engaging and immersive experience that starts online and carries seamlessly and consistently through the entire stay.”


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With a prime spot just off the Royal Mile, the Aparthotel Adagio Edinburgh Royal Mile is the first to feature the Adagio brand’s new-look apartments and concept public space. Hospitality Interiors’ Gemma was invited to experience this fresh take on aparthotel interiors.

Aparthotel Adagio Edinburgh Royal Mile Scotland

A short stroll from the bustle of Edinburgh’s famed Royal Mile, Aparthotel Adagio Edinburgh Royal Mile cuts an impressive yet sympathetic figure amidst the city’s undeniably striking architecture. The property was painstakingly constructed behind an existing façade of two 1930s tenement buildings, one of which is the C-Listed Sailors Ark building – built at the behest of Captain Charles Taylor to feed and care for the city’s homeless. In honour of this heritage, Adagio partners with Cyrenians – a charity which works with those in Edinburgh and wider Scotland who have been excluded from family, home, work or community. Four stories high, the aparthotel has been carefully designed to create a bright, airy and all-round dynamic living space. At the heart of this is the open-plan lobby – drawing inspiration from the city’s landscape for its

design, and configured to promote a sense of community and collaboration. This space leads directly onto the breakfast area, with its convenient blend of seating for both dining and lounging – the hotel even provides books and board games for guest use. Striking deep blue walls contrast with the burnt orange banquette seating, while tropical wallpaper and plants add texture. A small shop next to reception offers guests the option to purchase snacks, drinks, or microwave meals. Though the public spaces are well-equipped, welcoming and stylish, the apartments provide guests with everything they need for a comfortable stay. Totalling 146 rooms, which incorporate a mixture of studios and one bedroom apartments, the accommodation is extremely well laid-out – as one would expect from the Adagio brand.

In the studio rooms, the bed folds down from the wall, simply and cleverly taking the place of the sofa, to ensure guests can make maximum use of their living space during the day. Large windows, clean lines and a soft, neutral palette create a spacious, welcoming feel to the rooms, while vibrant soft furnishings and artwork depicting local landscapes and architecture create pops of visual interest. As well as a well-stocked kitchenette, the rooms are equipped with plentiful storage space, generously-sized TVs, flexible dining and work surfaces, safes and hairdryers. With its stylish, refined accommodation, design-led public areas, and highly convenient location, the Aparthotel Adagio Edinburgh Royal Mile is a valuable part of the city’s £150m New Waverley development.


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The strong, dark contrasts of Northern Spain’s Castile y Léon region inform the interior of this authentic restaurant in East London.

Camino Shoreditch, London

Situated in the Principal Place development, between Liverpool Street and Shoreditch High Street stations, Camino is a 75-cover tapas bar and 70-cover restaurant, accessible from the ground floor via a heated 40-cover outdoor terrace with festoon lighting. Acclaimed architectural interior design company, B3 Designers, has channelled the dusty pink stones, warm wood tones and unglazed terracotta tiles, weathered walls and vibrant pops of mustard and red synonymous with the Castile y Léon region within the welcoming, relaxed ambience of Camino. Led by Rory Saunders, the design team worked closely with Camino’s owner, Richard Bigg, who created Camino following a life-changing road-

trip across Spain in the 1980s. Richard regularly travels around the country today, collecting unique items and bric-a-brac from street markets and antique shops. Many of his finds – including a 2m2 antique map, hand-blown bottles and vintage posters – adorn the restaurant. The bar to the left of the entrance provides a key focal point; its front formed from thin strips of oak with metal, resembling deconstructed barrels, and its glass counter made from recycled wine bottles. This same reclaimed surface is used on the table-tops of the bar area, along with bespoke lighting in the form of suspended metal cages which hold bottles of assorted forms and colours, as well as futuristic illuminated resin tubes.


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The restaurant area is warmer in tone, featuring a rustic palette of colours and finishes. Brown leather chairs with steel frames, dark wooden tables, deep red and mustard banquettes and intimate booths are all framed by terracotta-coloured distressed walls and rows of salvaged doors that cleverly divide the restaurant from the tapas bar and beyond. Exposed lightbulbs, wall lights, lantern-style and delicate grape-shaped light fittings balance out the concrete floor to bring the sense of warmth and conviviality B3 Designers wished to create. The real highlight of the interior, however, is a trio of specially-commissioned traditional tiled murals adorning the walls, one of which is a fitting tribute to Bigg’s mode of transport on his first fateful Spanish adventure decades ago – his beloved tiny black Mini.


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Led by Roisin Reilly, B3 Designers has translated Fiskebar’s Nordic cuisine into a contemporary and minimalistic interior.

Fiskebar The Ritz-Carlton Hotel de la Paix, Geneva

Fiskebar’s Nordic-fusion cusine is the first of its kind within this prestigious Swiss neighbourhood, so naturally B3 Designers wished to enhance this unique identity with a fitting interior. Taking Nordic minimalism as a framing design ethos, the team has forged a harmonious connection with nature through the use of raw materials and weathered textures, neutral and darker tones and detailing, all whilst preserving a sense of timeless, rich luxury. There are four distinct, yet interconnecting areas at play here – the chic fine-dining restaurant, a more casual raw kitchen counter with high-table communal seating, a luxurious bar, and a cosy, opulent lounge. The Nordic theme prevails throughout, but evolves from sophisticated modern elegance to a playful, fashion-forward feel.

Fiskebar’s fine-dining restaurant exudes a fittingly refined atmosphere, with a spacious and comfortable layout and palette of smooth oak and dark, raw tones. Guests dine on slate-topped tables with brass detailing, from the comfort of plush banquettes and cosy armchairs in neutral and warm leather. The walls have been lined with striking grey-toned timber panelling, providing the perfect backdrop for British artist Adam Ross’ specially-commisioned installation of handmade abstract ceramic oyster forms. The understated Dinesen oak flooring here creates a seamless connection with the raw kitchen counter and bar, alongside large distressed beams installed overhead. Transitioning to a more casual, yet elegant dining area, this area features two long communal tables with stick-back style high chairs, as well as smaller tables for two.


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Futuristic tubular pendant lights create a more casual, fish market-style atmosphere. The timber wall panelling is carried through from the fine-dining restaurant, but with the addition of antique seeded mirrors, while green glazed brick wall tiles in the exposed kitchen create a striking contrast with the dominating dark finishes within the rest of the space. B3 Designers was fortunate that the cocktail bar and lounge had some pre-existing heritagelisted features to work with, including antique wall panelling, classic French mouldings and a 150-year-old parquet and walnut floor. Thought by some to have been used for the drafting of the Geneva Convention, the antique gilded door handles in the shape of a dove allude to Switerland’s legacy of peace.

The cocktail bar and lounge has been given a rich palette of colours, textures and timeless furniture pieces. A curved bar, supported by an impressive liquor display, sits in one corner of the room, framed by high bar stools. Low-level tables and plush seating are scattered throughout the remainder of

style distressed fresco and plaster effect on the walls, which are also adorned with an eclectic cluster of curated and bespoke Geneva-themed artwork, posters and photographs with historical significance. The bijou lounge, meanwhile, provides an intimately private and exclusive space for

the space. The wonderful original features have been complemented by opulent Venetian-

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Japanese dining concept, ICHIBUNS, has launched its first restaurant in the heart of London’s Chinatown – a vibrant three-storey venue with interiors by Tokyo’s Studio Glitt.

ICHIBUNS Soho, London

Serving up Hokkaido-inspired cuisine, including the ultimate Wagyu beef burger, ICHIBUNS is a play on the word ‘ichiban’, which literally translates as ‘number one’. Conceived by Studio Glitt’s Noriyoshi Muramatsu, the restaurant’s bold, yet considered interior pays homage to the Shōwa era in Japan – credited for the renovation of post war creativity and the acceptance of American music and culture.

Having passed by the cut-outs from Japanese metal advertising boards in the entrance, guests are immediately immersed in an eclectic Tokyo rock-and-roll realm, inspired by 1950’s and 60’s Japanese subcultures and the quintessential American diner. Takeaway food can be ordered from the concrete counter – moulded to represent Japanese granite – or guests can dine in the plant-filled first floor with its typical sunken

Japanese tables and views over bustling China Town. Studio Glitt has embraced the Japanese tradition of re-using and recycling within the restaurant’s interior. Every available surface is lined with assorted Japanese ephemera, from ceilings covered in pages of Manga comics to walls lined with old Japanese newspapers or Japanese film posters from the 1950’s and 1960’s.


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Plants on the wall at the back of the ground floor are kept in old wooden boxes used to transport fish from the markets in Japan, while kimonos have been repurposed to create chair cushions and old fisherman’s flags that were used for good luck form a striking collage on a wall of the first floor. An eye-catching chandelier, which hangs from the first floor through to the ground floor, offers a reinterpretation of a traditional Japanese wind chime which would traditionally be used to calm and relax one in the summer months. The lower ground floor bar features a wall lined in pachinko machines – a Japanese take on the pin ball machines found in American diners – alongside a wall lined with Japanese craft beer cans arranged to spell out ‘Ichibuns’ in Japanese.


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Emilie Bonaventure has unveiled her design for Chef Denny Imbroisi’s Italian-inspired art deco bistro – EPOCA.


This stylish 55-cover venue, located at 17 Rue Oudinot on Paris’ 7th arrondissement, blends the traditional features of a Parisian bistro with a Milanese emphasis on warmth and function in a colourful and graphic style. EPOCA will be Emilie’s second address in the Left Bank, only a few hundred metres from her first – the Rose Bakery tearoom at the Bon Marché, which she designed back in 2013. “It’s a real opportunity to be able to carry on exploring my roots and the legacy that has made me who I am today; the spirit of the Left Bank lends itself perfectly to my values,” says Emilie of the project. “I keep coming back to the dream of a literary and fashion intelligentsia so the desire to welcome lost icons is a definite part of the

atmosphere.” Precision of design is key to the space, and Emilie has used geometric shapes in black and yellow – most notably in a striking floor mosaic – to achieve a graphic style. Saturated tones of ochre, mustard and bronze create the perfect complement to this mosaic, as well as to the eye-catching monochromatic striped wallpaper which is enlarged through the tactical placement of mirrors. In keeping with the historical resonance of the building, Emilie has incorporated a marble bar, but with distinctive veining through the stone and up to the bases of the lights to create an inidividual touch. Another reference to the property’s art deco

heritage comes in the form of the seating designs, which revitalise the traditional Thornet style with velvet booths. Emilie’s design approach is defined by the close attention she gives to invisible details, for example the nail fastenings on the backs of chairs, the brass keys of a stool’s footrest, and even the feet of the table lights. Emilie also designed the black lacquered wooden table tops, and chose earthenware plates with black edges that perfectly echo the spirit of EPOCA. To avoid an overly formal aesthetic, she then selected cutlery and accessories in aluminium. Find Emily on Instagram using the handle @ emiliebonaventure

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Rail House Café opened in the new Victoria Nova development in spring, awash with intricate Colonial detailing.

Rail House Café London

Designed by founder Adam White in conjunction with Lou Davies from Box 9 Design, Rail House Café is a modern, all-day café with a globally-inspired menu. In reference to its Victoria location, the restaurant’s layout is inspired by a bustling metropolitan station, oriented around varying hubs of activity and creating a smooth transition from day to night. The colour palette of mustard, apricot and ocean blue is inspired

avoid creating an overly-clinical space, whilst still retaining the light, airy feel of the venue. Indeed, though one may not notice straight away, the restaurant is in fact a building inside a building. Giant Victorian structural facades create a separate Rail House Café entity behind the sheer glass walls of the building, complete with decorative frosted bases that compartmentalise the space into subtly different zones.

this brand new development is undone slightly by the use of reclaimed materials to create a pleasant, lived-in feel. All of the Rail House Café’s interior features were custom made, including the antique-style oak trestle tables made by The French House which can accommodate up to 36 guests if required. The restaurant’s striking lampshades are a particular highlight – one set formed from rope

by turn-of-the-century luxury train carriages. The Victoria Nova development is characterised by its highly contemporary architecture, and the Rail House Café benefits from huge floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides. The design team has been careful to

The interior channels the hustle and bustle of institutional brasseries through the use of hardwearing materials such as oak, soft marble, and chunky handmade tiles from Bert & May, as well as the creation of busy, tightly populated dining zones. The perfect sheen of

and the other of beehives. The woven pendant lamp shades were inspired by a colonial era South American home, and replicated using traditional hand weaving methods after extensive research by designer, Alex Randall.


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Aston Villa football club has embarked upon a dramatic overhaul of its hospitality offer, beginning with stylish fine-dining restaurant, The Directors’ Club. Working with Forward Associates, Nick Leith-Smith has developed an interior befitting of this unique venue.

The Directors’ Club, Aston Villa FC Birmingham, UK

With its panoramic views over the pitch, The Directors’ Club gives fans the opportunity to watch the game from the best seats in the house. In line with this exceptional location, and the experience the club wanted to offer its fans, Nick Leith-Smith has created an interior which captures the unique history of one of the world’s oldest football clubs. “The design of the space includes multiple references to reflect Aston Villa’s journey from

topped bars at either side of the room. Big on impact, these are constructed from steelframed front panels and amplified by mesh gantries made from brass. The palette of the space gives a respectful nod to Aston Villa, without presenting as ‘over-branded’ or themed. Varying shades of blue bring depth, while dark oak floors, wall panelling and brass skirting add to the sense of history.

maintaining that all-important connection with the club, while also amplifying the interior with a sense of movement. The interior of The Directors’ Club does not follow any preconceived notion of what a sports hospitality space should look like. Indeed, as this sector becomes ever-more diverse and ambitious when it comes to design, The Directors’ Club is the perfect example of a restaurant that is stylish in its own right, but

winter pastime for the local cricket club, to its place today as one of Europe’s most famous footballing institutions,” Nick explains. The framing strategy was to create a focal point of the directors box, and its location in the heart of the new restaurant – behind glazed partitions and a striking wine wall – creates natural theatre. Another stand-out feature are two marble-

Shaped lounge chairs and geometric tiles add to the eclectic blend of furnishings, while Michael Anastassiades’ renowned balancing balls wall lights create an artful connection to the game. The diagonal lines of the ‘A’ and ‘V’ of Aston Villa have been subtly incorporated into the restaurant’s interior. The letters appear in the interlocking relief panelling, for example,

with references to the club’s rich and storied history that elevate guest experience. “The Director’s Club is not your typical football club restaurant,” affirms Nick. “We have created a space that stands on its own, but still resonates with its location. The result is widescreen in its ambition, but grounded in all the things that make Aston Villa special.”


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DesignAgency has channelled the clean aesthetic and humble values of the Momofuku brand, while adding in a dash of local Las Vegas flavour for this new outpost in the The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas hotel.

Momofuku Las Vegas

Channelling an old Chinese banquet hall space, the DesignAgency team has drawn from the idea of luck, and the playfulness of Vegas within the restaurant’s interior. “To present Momofuku in Las Vegas, we began with the brand’s signature palette of architectural white oak, and to make it location-specific, we added a few playful materials, such as a peach-tinted mirror, brass accents and warm neon lighting,”

chandelier that resembles a dragon guarding the Secret Private Dining Room.” In contrast to Vegas’ more inward-looking hospitality spaces, the design team has made the most of the restaurant’s unique location, with its prime views over the Vegas strip. Diners’ journey hrough the restaurant was also a key consideration for DesignAgency, aided through the addition of a mezzanine,

we created by adding a mezzanine – a move that breaks up the space, creates more intimacy and provided our client with more seating,” Anwar explains. “To anchor the large dining room and give it some intimacy, we designed a custom 20 x 20ft statement chandelier in black steel ribbons, inspired by hanging squid ink noodles. Staff can reconfigure the tables as desired, and the chandelier above works to

explains DesignAgency’s Anwar Mekhayech. “Then we layered in some not-so-serious elements such as custom-designed carpets with dragons chasing peaches, and original artworks including a 50ft-long mural by American multi-media artist David Choe and Korean artist Kwangho Lee’s crimson knitted

flexible seating configurations and bespoke art pieces. “To warm the interior and provide a variety of experiences, we established a journey through a series of spaces: the Peach Bar, the main dining room with its open kitchen, and two private dining rooms – one of which

keep the design contained.” Throughout the restaurant, guests are treated to a series of visual vignettes, from the neon lights framing the kitchen, to a graphic photo installation by UK-based photographer Liam Wong.


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Hospitality interiors specialist Abi Perry-Jones of Jones Architecture + Design has created a Scandinavian-inspired design for this casual dining restaurant in Southampton.

KuPP Southampton

Abi took the inviting, relaxing ambience of a Scandivian cabin as inspiration for KuPP Southampton’s interior, as opposed to a more minimalistic, austere interpretation of Nordic design. “From our first meeting with the KuPP team, their vision for the brand was clear, and their enthusiasm was infectious,” she explains. “As this is the third KuPP location, we incorporated some features from the existing sites to retain the brand personality, but ensured that we added new elements to give this site its own identity and deliver a beautiful but practical space for this specific location and demographic.” KuPP as a brand centres around its offering of Food, Drink, Coffee and Store – although customers can eat and drink anywhere in the 484m2 200-cover space. Abi’s design features distinct zones which are subtly demarcated

through changes in flooring, ceiling rafts and lighting. These zones flow from an open kitchen and display of artisan breads and pastries, to a bar area and a relaxed lounge towards the front of the restaurant, which becomes more bar-like as the evening begins. Every touchpoint has been considered along the way, from USB sockets beside seats to the inset chillers in the high bar tables. The design has retained the shell’s concrete finish in some areas, and features an open ceiling with services exposed. “It was important to get the balance right and ensure that these more industrial elements were not overbearing,” Abi explains. “We featured lots of fabrics and warm, natural materials including screens from silver birch tree trunks and mixed in copper highlights to soften the look. “We drew inspiration from the Scandinavian

exhibition at the London Fashion and Textile Museum, and created a bespoke fabric for KuPP which is used for upholstery and loose cushions throughout the site.” The commercial requirements of the restaurant were forefront in Abi’s design for the space, which also aims to maximise the evening drinks trade. Lighting played a crucial role in setting the right tone for this transition from day to night. “Lighting was a key element of the overall design, with a careful mix of statement decorative fittings and concealed LED strips used to light bottles in the back bar,” Abi says. “Combined with the KuPP logo in neon, this really gives the interior an inviting glow.” Jones Architecture + Design will work with KuPP on the rollout of a new location in the coming months.


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Tom Dixon’s inventive and unabashedly bold approach to both interior and furniture design shines through in his vision for Le Drugstore – a new restaurant and bar within Paris’ iconic Publicis Drugstore on Avenue des Champs-Élysées.

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Following a complete strip out, Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio has refined and enhanced the interior architecture of the space to accentuate his broad palette of extraordinary finished and honest, enduring materials. An illuminated coffered ceiling featuring Tom Dixon’s copper Melt surface light brings warmth to the 350m2 space. Timber walls and unique marble bars are complemented by brass fixtures and the deep, oxblood tones of the upholstery – a contemporary nod to the glamour of the advertising world in the 60s. “The unique Parisian identity of Publicis Drugstore has always inspired me,” Tom says. “I remember having bought there, late at night, aspirin. I remember the Publicis’ logo representing a lion, in stainless steel. It relates to a certain image of France. Modern, looking

to the future. “For this legendary restaurant, what interested me was to slow people down, to put them at ease. I also wanted to bring together a team around a project where everything would be orchestrated in a synchronised fashion, from 8am to 2am. I used the tradition of a classical brasserie decor and took it elsewhere, far from convention.” The Library lounge exudes an air of the gentleman’s study, providing an intimate, relaxed dining experience. Creating a sense of privacy and softening the boundary between the retail and dining zones, a bespoke brass and reeded glass bookcase frames the lounge, while a collection of Tom Dixon’s new Micro Wingback chairs, upholstered in charcoal grey and deep yellow wool, create visual interest with their striking silhouettes.

As well as the wingback chairs, an exclusive range of seating has been designed especially for Le Drugstore, comprising dining and low and high bar stools. Fabricated in steel and upholstered for maximum comfort in leather and fabric, the range is inspired by a 1950s collection created for Publicis Drugstore by celebrated mid-century French decorator, Mathieu Matégot. This understated, yet luxe palette extends through to the conservatory and seasonal terrace, both of which embrace the flood of natural light to create a refreshing daytime alternative to the sultry brasserie interior. Here, tones of natural green, texture of rattan and warmth of brass create a calm, tactile comfort within the hustle and bustle of the 8th arrondissement.


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AfroditKrassa has created the interiors for this intriguing new restaurant concept in Soho.

Flavour Bastard Soho, London

Situated on Soho’s Frith Street, Flavour Bastard takes diners on a journey of flavours from around the globe, disregarding rules and traditions. The restaurant’s interior has been overseen by award-winning branding and interior design studio, AfroditiKrassa, which has taken the sculptures and work of Italian architect, Carlo Scarpa, as its inspiration. The concept, just like its food and overall ethos, has abstracted any references to its

worldly roots with the storytelling focused around a new way of thinking. AfroditiKrassa draws parallels between Scarpa’s blend of sensuous Italian material imagination and his Japanese-influenced forms with the style of cooking, where flavours and spices from around the world are blended with a cooking style that combines ancient techniques, such as smoking, curing and fermenting, with modern European cooking

processes. Incorporating a humble material palette, the design team has placed emphasis on the texture of the dishes, merging diverse materials such as raw concrete and pebbledash with warm maple wood, industrial glass and brass. The lighting is entirely bespoke, inspired by Scarpa’s brass sculptures, and brings an understated elegance to the space.


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Indian Restaurant Dabbawal puts EGGER on the menu Award-winning Indian tapas restaurant Dabbawal has recently undergone refurbishment and now features the new EGGER Decorative Collection 2017-2019 in its colourful interior. Based in Jesmond, the popular Indian kitchen has upgraded its table tops from hardwood to EGGER H1486 ST36 Pasadena Pine with a co-coordinating edge. The decor was chosen as the restaurant required a surface well suited to high activity and damage. In the past the authentic plates and bowls had caused scratches and scuffs on a hardwood surface. Designed by Ian Gowland, Managing Director at Big Blue Interior Design and fabricated by Kriolis in Lithuania, the new table tops co-ordinate well with the refurbished interior which is made up of bright and vibrant colours, illustrations and iconic Indian artefacts.

The EGGER decor appears on the tables in the main restaurant and in the exclusive Vroom area, which has a large U-shaped sharing table complete with Champagne bell! The decor features Feelwood technology which gives a deeply brushed but very natural, matt finish that gives the surface an authentic look and feel. “I chose EGGER for this project as I knew they would be able to deliver the high quality finish and decor selection Dabbawal were looking for,” explains Ian Gowland. “I have worked with them on a number projects due to their excellent product range, sample service and customer care. “The Pasadena Pine table tops were chosen to reflect the natural element found in a modern Indian environment. They blend extremely well with the other materials featured in the interior whilst also giving us a hard-wearing solution.” The H1486 ST36 Pasadena Pine is from the EGGER Decorative Collection 2017-2019. The trendoriented collection has over 300 decors to choose from across a variety of different materials to help inspire future projects.


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Iconic Richard Rogers House in Wimbledon features wetrooms clad in HI-MACS® This breath-taking single-storey home, designed in the 1960s by Richard Rogers, has been recently restored by Gumuchdjian Architects and is now a most fitting environment for the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (Harvard GSD) fellowship residents, as well as a relaxed, spacious setting for on-going events and seminars. The renovated Wimbledon House includes two wetrooms within the lodge, fully clad in HI-MACS® surfaces. Fresh, clean and contemporary, these showering spaces offer practicality combined with a sleek, seamless finish perfect for modern living. Strong, hardwearing and aesthetically appealing, HIMACS® is solid throughout.

Virtually scratchproof, it is also non-porous, making it easy to clean and resistant to stains, moisture and sunlight – the ultimate choice for the legacy of modern design. “HI-MACS® is a solid surface material that can be thermoformed into any shape,” explains Martin Saxby, country manager for LG Hausys in the UK. “It is widely used in wetrooms and bathrooms, but also in kitchens, healthcare, public spaces, wall-cladding and various other bespoke pieces. “Many natural stone and timber surfaces, when used in the home, need time and care. HI-MACS® is maintenance-free, apart from normal everyday cleaning, and of course it’s totally non-porous, and seamless so is ultra-hygienic too – with nowhere for germs to lurk. “LG Hausys’ HI-MACS® uses a simple heating process to give three-dimensional thermoplastic forming capabilities, allows visually seamless designs, offers a virtually limitless range of colours and so we’re able to offer the longest guarantee for a solid surface material, 15 years if installed by a Quality Club fabricator.” Chris Cook, managing director of the fabricator, Solidity, adds: “The skylights and exposed beams Richard Rogers chose to put over these wetrooms shows the difference and value a brilliant architect can add. In the 15 years we have been using HIMACS® to make our unique wetroom floor and wall system we have seen a lot of great architecture but these spaces are special. We are delighted to have been chosen to provide part of this fabulous project.”


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Richly-grained Kährs designs chosen for Jameson Distillery Bow St Two wood floor designs from Kährs Da Capo Collection have been supplied by TileStyle for the newly-refurbished Jameson Distillery Bow St – Jameson’s Dublin-based brand home and visitor experience. Its €11m redevelopment was led by BRC Imagination Arts; Dublin-based architects, The O’Toole Partnership and main contractors, Flynn Management & Contractors. All Kährs flooring was installed by Floor Form (Ireland) from Dunboyne, Co Meath. Formerly called the Old Jameson Distillery, the “home of Jameson” on Bow Street first started distilling Irish whiskey in 1780. After production was moved to Midleton in the 1970s, the site was converted into a visitor centre, which attracts over 300,000 tourists each year. Kährs designs, Oak Domo and Oak Unico, both reflect the building’s heritage and rustic interior, with timber elements – including existing truss beams, bar areas, barrels and shelving – playing a big part throughout. Both floors have a lively, rustic grain and are brushed, smoked, handscraped and bevelled to give a vintage finish. The installed floor area spans over 230m2 and includes ‘the ticketing hub’, the water tank building lobby, welcome lobby and craft experience welcome lobby; the maturation warehouse corridor and JJ’s Office – a secret tasting bar. 023 9245 3045

Ora ïto selects Stepevi rugs for Yooma Hotel Award-winning French designer, Ora ïto, has selected rugs from Stepevi’s iconic Pixel Rose collection for the reception of the Yooma Hotel in Paris. Situated in Paris’ 15 arrondissement, the hotel was designed by Ora, in collaboration with French conceptual artist, Daniel Buren, to fit with the Beaugrenelle district’s 70s-style architecture. Featuring a bar and lounge area, the reception has been conceived as a living space, together with an art gallery showcasing temporary exhibitions. The Pixel Rose rug designs were made in Turkey, and delivered in March this year – just three weeks after the order was placed. Handtufted in 100% hard-wearing wool, the rugs are particularly suited to high traffic public spaces, such as a hotel lobby, while creating oversized statement pieces that cover a surface area in total of 82.47m2.


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James Dedrick, Feather & Black We hear what’s next in guest room design from Feather & Black’s head of trade, James Dedrick.

Could you tell us a little about your own background, James? I began in the furniture industry working with a European agent, representing several factories for retail and contract clients. I then moved on to the multi-brand retail and contract supplier, Central Living in Oxford, working on contract projects, hotel groups, restaurants, and office space predominantly. After 12 years at Central Living, I am now developing the trade business for Feather & Black and Multiyork, working with designers, architects and specifiers on projects ranging from Middle East palaces to local B&Bs.

What would you say is the one major shift you’ve noted in guest room design over recent years? There has been a trend for a more individual room design with a move away from the corporate stylings traditionally seen in hotel rooms. I am seeing designers developing softer and more inviting spaces with a mix of furniture, textures and styles. Aged and weathered furniture has been introduced into many designs to provide that ‘lived-in’ appeal, carefully juxtaposed with more modern, glossy elements. How do you feel the widespread use of social media by hotel guests is impacting upon guest room design, and how can interior designers engage and inspire guests in this sense? As we know, there are a plethora of images and instant reviews on social media, and guest room design has been developed with this feedback. As guests research hotels online, scrolling through seemingly endless room shots, designers are far more in tune to making a statement for their main image. Standing out in the crowded marketplace means that using luxurious fabrics, an injection of bright, vibrant colours and impressive statement pieces are proving to be a winning formula.

A ‘home from home’ philosophy is increasingly informing guest room design, at every level – why do you feel this is? Focusing on the guest at the centre of the design, the ’home from home’ concept is an easy point of context for the entry level guest. It’s more inviting than a high end, polished finish of the more expensive offerings. Comfort is the true selling point of this style and nudges towards more domestic selections will really win over these guests. What elements do you think the guest rooms of the future will possess? I can see that guest room design will become more reactionary, following trends and styles of the time. The tried and tested styling in the domestic market at entry level will continue to grow, while harnessing the power of technology will be the focus further up the ladder. Feather & Black is a leading retailer of bedroom furniture, mattresses and accessories, based in Chichester, West Sussex. Founded in 2004, the brand has 25 regional stores located across the country with a high street presence in major UK cities such as London, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester.

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Award-winning beds, comfort and service from Hypnos Royal Warrant holder, Hypnos Contract Beds, prides itself on the versatile, stylish and practical sleep solutions it offers hoteliers. With a wide range of specialist mattresses, bed bases, headboards, sofa beds and additional comfort layers, hoteliers can trust that they are buying into a high quality, sustainable product. This is further backed up by the award-winning credentials of the business, which was recently awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade as well as the National Bed Federation’s ‘Bed Manufacturer of the Year’ for the third time. The bedmaker is extremely proud of its reputation for crafting some of the most

comfortable and stylish beds for homes, hotels and palaces across the world. Testament to these stand-out design credentials, Hypnos has recently launched a trio of innovative products for the hospitality market, including its BoutiqueBase, a striking sleep solution that will appeal to both boutique hoteliers and interior designers. The contemporary one-piece bedstead features a solid base with an integrated headboard. Its striking high wooden legs present a design-led, Continental look ideal for stylish boutique settings, and providing ease of use for busy housekeepers around the globe. With innovation in mind, Hypnos has launched its advanced Safe&Secure Bed Base

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to deliver practicality, security and space saving solutions for the hospitality industry. Hypnos has partnered with ASSA ABLOY Hospitality, the global leader in hotel security technology, to offer a discretely hidden Elsafe electronic safe built into a Hypnos bed base and secured behind a upholstered security panel. In the pursuit of practicality, Hypnos has recently developed its latest in linking bar technology, Easylink, designed specifically for the hospitality industry. Linking bars are placed on top of the divan base instead of underneath, meaning housekeepers no longer have to struggle to lift the bed to access the hidden linking bar. This also eliminates any unsightly external bars and means housekeepers can operate the new linking bar by standing up, rather than kneeling, making the job more comfortable, safer and quicker.


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Inspirational LED lighting schemes from tp24

LED lighting specialist tp24 is being increasingly called upon to provide its LED light fittings for installation within many hotels, bars and restaurants. Designers are only too aware that the use of light in the hospitality industry sector plays a key role in the presentation of the service being offered at the venue, and the creation of a complementary ambiance to promote a pleasing environment to dine, relax or work. When designing a lighting scheme for guest rooms, consider including a variety of lighting options. For example, by having a combination of lamps, overhead lights, and task lighting, guests can choose how to best illuminate their rooms. Furthermore, by installing dimmers and other controls, customers have the power to adjust light levels from day to night. With an expansive range of over 400 products, tp24 will work closely with the client, so whether they desire the contemporary styling of the company’s unique Abstract range, or something more classical and glamourous from its decorative Pendant range, they can rely upon tp24 to deliver a low energy LED lighting scheme that enhances their environment. 01354 691919


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Carpet design on a spectacular scale For her 2018 collection, Deirdre Dyson has conjured up designs that will be hand-knotted on an extra-large scale. Seascape will be an impressive seven metres wide and depicts the colours of the sea, from its depth to its shallows, with flashes of light reflected on the water’s surface. Skyscape will measure five metres wide and illustrate the colours of cool skies with a glimmer of sunlight shining through. These carpets will be unveiled for the first time at Maison et Objet Paris, alongside three more designs that together comprise the Horizons collection. “As a painter, my primary focus is on colour – it provides both depth and atmosphere,” says Deirdre Dyson. “I give the same attention to colour in my carpet designs and for my new collection, I concentrate on the changeovers from one shade to another, as seen in the World around us – the sea, the sky – and how they transform throughout the day. “For example, my Dusk design, represents the colours and energy of the heat in the sky, as the sun sets at dusk, with vivid reds and pinks,

melting into soothing purples and blues. Part of the impact of looking at the sky and the sea is their scale – so I wanted to represent them as truly as possible by creating carpets on a large scale. My amazing team in Nepal are handknotting the two huge carpets on a single loom, which is quite extraordinary!” In the Horizons collection, Deirdre uses colour grading techniques and a combination of Chinese silk and fine Tibetan wool to reflect the textures and varying light found in nature. Each Deirdre Dyson carpet is totally bespoke and can be fitted or free-standing. Customers can take inspiration from Deirdre’s ideas, but apply their own personal touch through colour, shape, size and design elements. Deirdre Dyson makes carpets to suit different budgets and applications. They can be hand-knotted by Tibetan experts – practiced in this ancient skill, in premium quality silk and wool – or they can be hand-tufted in Scotland or Yorkshire, from the best quality New Zealand wool.


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Blum - making space work Bedroom and bathroom storage in hotel rooms is still of great importance to guests, where they want everything stored out of sight, but immediately accessible, and easy to reach. And, as the exterior cabinetry gets sleeker and more streamlined, so does the interior. The major trend for fitted furniture is for plain, unadorned door and drawer fronts in

interesting materials, colours and finishes which then open to reveal copious amounts of storage space that is thoughtfully specified and ergonomically pleasing to use. “We are completely aware that anyone who wants the most beautiful and streamlined room will expect the interior to be as beautiful and practical as the exterior,” explains Lisa Robinson, marketing co-ordinator, Blum UK. “Blum’s Space Tower system is the go-to product for designers who want to provide schemes that are future-proof, in that they appeal to, and can be used by, all age groups. One of the huge advantages of the Space Tower system is that all the interior space is used as each drawer extends fully, meaning designers don’t have to allow for a void or dead space above each drawer. “There’s also an extensive choice of widths available – nine in all, between 300mm and 1200mm so virtually any width requirement can be accommodated.” Designers are becoming more adventurous as far as internal cabinet fittings are concerned. Pull-outs can be customised by individual manufacturers, to incorporate bespoke inserts – perhaps in custom colours or materials such as timber, glass, metal or laminates. Forget issues such as wall cabinets with unwieldy

doors swinging out into the room. Lisa Robinson adds: “Our Aventos lift system is particularly useful in these situations – it allows wall units to have doors that lift upwards, rather than swinging open into the room, meaning the user can leave the door up and open whilst selecting items. They are also effortless to use.” 01908 285700


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Geberit Bathroom Collection

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The Geberit Xeno2 bathroom series is synonymous with architectonic design minimalism. Clear geometric lines outside – soft, natural shapes in the inner basin. Geberit Xeno2 boasts a perfectly coordinated product range of intelligent, well thought through elements created in an identical design language. Superior poise to perfection. →

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Closomat publishes white paper on accessible toilet provision Under British Standards, many hotels are failing in their access provision. Yet making just one bedroom accessible opens a venue’s doors to a greater share of 20% of overnight trips. New and recent regulations, Parliamentary committee reports and “ best practice” guidelines mean there is greater public awareness on the need to improve access for disabled people and their families and carers. To help understand the core elements, at least regarding toilet provision, Closomat has published a white paper: Provision of Accessible Toilets for the Hotel Industry. The white paper provides a simplified reference to achieve compliance for venues where people can stay overnight. It clarifies what is needed under the latest Building Regulations (Approved Document M), plus the Equality Act (which replaced the Disability Discrimination Act) and BS8300:2009, to enable visitors with a visible or invisible disability to access appropriate toilets, both in public areas and in bedrooms.

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Warwickshire hotel welcomes state-of-the-art ELAN spa This Spring, Mallory Court Hotel in Warwickshire opened a brand new Elan Spa – the first new spa to open in the county for over a decade. Part of The Eden Hotel Collection, Mallory Court is a quintessential English country house situated just outside historic Leamington Spa. Its tranquil 10-acre grounds, sheltered by surrounding woodland, provided the perfect canvas for the new £7m spa, which has been 12 years in the planning. With over 20 years of experience in spa design, Spa Creators was the perfect fit for the project. Headed up by Alistair Johnson, the firm’s six-strong team has created an inviting, peaceful retreat – state of the art in its facilities, while fitting in well with the architectural

aesthetic of this striking Listed hotel. “We specialise in a very hands-on build process and work closely with the owner/ operator throughout the project and afterwards,” explains Alistair of Spa Creators’ approach. “Luxury boutique hotels are our speciality.” The spa’s impressive facilities include an outdoor vitality pool with countryside views, glazed outdoor sauna, Rhassoul mud room, seven treatment rooms, 10m indoor Hydro pool, salt sauna and gym as well as a boutique, manicure/pedicure bar and juice bar. In addition, 12 luxurious new spa bedrooms have been created, supplementing the existing 31 bedrooms in the main hotel. The spa’s interior features a palette of soothing, neutral tones alongside striking

design details. Iridescent black tiles, tinged with silver, line the wallow pool, while Osborne & Little wallpapers grace the walls. Spa Creators has paid close attention to the functionality of the space. For example, the manicure area features plentiful storage without appearing cluttered. A manicure bar and display units – created by UK manufacturer of wooden lockers and changing room furniture, Crown Lockers – was fabricated on-site with a Corian top. Crown Lockers also applied its expertise to the seven top floor treatment rooms – all of which incorporate driftwood laminate, Corian worktops, product storage and concealed towel heaters – as well as the male and female changing rooms, which feature two-tier clothes lockers with upholstered integrated seating and shoe storage. Equal attention to detail has been paid to the spa’s outdoor facilities. As well as an outdoor vitality pool, Spa Creators has installed its innovative SAUNAshell outdoor sauna experience. Part of the firm’s widers SPAshell collection, SAUNAshell is created off-site using the latest eco modular technology, before being simply and quickly installed.


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Nobu Hotel Shoreditch to launch Spa & Wellness centre for 2018 The eagerly-awaited Nobu Hotel Shoreditch opened earlier this year, and has now announced that its Spa & Wellness Centre is to launch in January 2018. Balance and mindfulness will be the defining themes of the hotel’s fitness and spa facilities, with a range of bespoke, luxury treatments to

be offered. As well as his and hers steam room facilities, two single treatments rooms and one double, the centre will feature a 24-hour fitness centre – complete with Technogym’s Artis Line, a personal trainer, stretching area and weights.


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Bath hotel unveils quirky new spa One year on from its opening, No.15 Great Pulteney has now unveiled a quirky new spa – hidden beneath the pavements one of the grandest street in Bath and inspired by the city’s heritage as a spa city. Spa 15 opens with four themed treatment rooms, a large cedar wood hot tub within exposed stone vaults, a barrel-shaped sauna, and separate steam room. The 40th and final bedroom, The Hideout Suite, will have its own ‘spa experience’ bathroom with hot tub, stylish sitting room, dressing room, and dedicated Sonos system. In keeping with No.15’s vivacious spirit and celebration of local up-and-coming artistic talent, each of the four treatment rooms has been individually designed with a personality of its own: The Tapestry Room is a warm, cocooning space where Emma Nicole Straw’s landscapeinspired tapestries adorn the walls, creating texture and depth in vibrant shades of burnt

Finally, the Pottery Room features an eclectic, eye-catching collection of whimsical sculptures by Chantelle Raybould, alongside

orange, blue and cream. In the Sock Room, pinned to the crisp white walls, to add a cosy, nostalgic feel, is Akane Ono’s Sock Diary. Bursting with originality, this collection of knitted socks is inspired by daily events in her personal life. Within the Coral Room a 3D mixed-media coral reef sprawls across the ceiling. Deborah Kolumbus’ work emulates the sense of being under the sea and is inspired by her passion for environmental issues.

ceramic sculptures from Bethany Walmsley and Ying Sheung Wong. An oasis of tranquillity and calm, Spa 15 is all about self-care and indulgence. Holistic treatments from ila and Natura Bissé range from results-driven facials to deeply-relaxing massages and pampering body treatments. After each treatment, guests are welcome to retreat to the relaxation area, where they will be greeted with a roaring fire and plush sofas.


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Ceramique Internationale selected for Rudding Park’s spa Ceramique Internationale has completed a prestigious spa project, using its experience in tile design to add the finishing touches to Rudding Park’s new £9.5m spa in North Yorkshire. Continuing a partnership that spans more than 10 years, the tile specialist was selected to provide Rudding Park with new tiles for its pools, outdoor surfaces and changing room areas, working closely with contacts at some of Europe’s finest tile manufacturers to provide high quality products. After more than a decade of planning, which was closely overseen by owners Simon and

Judi Mackaness, the new spa incorporates an indoor swimming pool, a Juniper Log Sauna, a Rasul, beauty facilities as well as an impressive Roof Top Spa that was designed by award-winning gardener and TV presenter, Matthew Wilson. The Roof Top Spa houses a Hydrotherapy Infinity Pool, panoramic sauna, steam rooms, an ice fountain, a snail shower experience and first-of-a-kind Rooftop Garden. The Yorkshire hotel enlisted Leeds-based architect Enjoy Design and interior designer Horseley and Feather from Bradford, along with long-time collaborator- and tile-specialist, Ceramique Internationale.

Working to a design brief, Ceramique Internationale’s specification sales manager, David Longbottom, put forward a selection of tiles, with products from leading Italian manufacturers Casalgrande Padana and Ragno being chosen. Specialising in swimming pools and spa designs and located in the ceramic district of Italy, Casalgrande was the perfect choice. Its Amazzonia tile in Dragon Grey tile provided striking detail along the edge of Rudding Park’s indoor pool, with some of the pieces being made specially in the UK in order to blend with the pool’s bespoke drainage system. For the inside of the tank, surrounds of the Hydrotherapy Infinity Pool and the indoor pool, Ceramique Internationale specified Ragno’s Landscape tile in Sabbia (beige). The tiles used on the pool surround feature a Bocciardato anti-slip surface to enhance the safety of guests, while those used within the pool tanks had a Natural surface to create an overall seamless finish. For the resort’s changing and treatment areas, Casalgrande Padana’s Marte range, in tones of beige and grey, was used extensively, helping to complete the spa’s luxurious design.


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Barrisol Print your MindÂŽ - Arch.: AQ think company


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Ceiling: Barrisol Acoustics® Mirror / Walls: Artolis® Acoustic Printed - Arch.: Jean-Louis Deniot - 100e étage Architectes

Leading stretch ceiling solutions from Barrisol® Barrisol Normalu® is a world leader in stretched ceilings. Offering solutions for walls and ceilings – acoustic, luminous, print & 3D – its range of products highlights its know-how and innovative approach to enhancing every space and room. Barrisol® is present in more than 110 Countries and is always close to clients and projects thanks to its network of 1 200 approved Barrisol® installers. Innovation, aesthetics, quality and preservation of the environment are its priorities, and those of all its employees and partners. Since the company’s creation 50 years ago, Barrisol® has filed more than 100 patents, received more than 40 awards, including the latest: the Janus 2017, Label of Excellence from the French Institute of Design for its new Patented Barrisol Clim® range.

Barrisol Butterfly Dentelle® by Chantal Thomass

Thanks to the Barrisol® technology, the brand has developed a cooling / heating air conditioning system with a unique profile, allowing the passage of air in blowing or intake between the plenum and the rest of the room. The Barrisol Clim® ceiling can also be acoustic and luminous. Environmentally friendly, AAA cold and AAA hot performance, according to the ISO 7730 standard. Other exceptional products complement the Barrisol® range: - Acoustics is a nanoperforated fabric that absorbs sounds and thus increase the acoustic comfort of public or private places. Barrisol® offers a range of acoustic stretch ceilings with different degrees of sound absorption (up to αw = 1) adapted to each type of room. - Acoustic Light®. Barrisol® has succeeded in giving high-performance sound absorption coefficients, αw of 0.55 to 0.70, to a luminous material while maintaining its aesthetics. This product was awarded with the “Décibel d’Or” in 2014. - 3D Shapes, thanks to the unique characteristics of the Barrisol® profiles and sheets, the design of three-dimensional volumes and shapes and all architectural forms are possible. Barrisol® received the “Batimat” Gold Medal in 2013 for the innovation.

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- Print your Mind® allows you to reproduce on a Barrisol® sheet a motif, a photo or a decor of your choice. Each project can be customised to fit the different interiors and needs. Passionate about Art and especially patron, Barrisol Normalu® is a partner of the “Réunion des Musées Nationaux”, the “Musée de l’impression sur Etoffes”, the “Musée du Papier Peint” and, more recently, the “Musée Hansi”. It gives you access to a collection of more than six million images, allowing you to print any work or motif in High Definition on Barrisol’s canvases. Barrisol® also has a partnership with renowned designers such as Ross Lovegrove and Chantal Thomass whom created monumental lightings for Barrisol®. With Barrisol® there are no limits to your imagination.


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Technogym’s all-encompassing approach to wellness Welcome Wellness is Technogym’s allencompassing approach to hospitality. As a total solution it includes state-of-the-art equipment, cutting-edge technology, innovative applications and engaging marketing and communication tools to help hotel operators provide a wellness experience for guests. There are multiple touchpoints throughout this journey, starting with booking and

checking-in: Technogym offers brochures for reception and digital content for the hotel’s website to communicate its wellness offering. Once in the room, guests can work out in private using in-room solutions such as a workout DVD, the Wellness Bag, a variety of resistance cables for a full body workout, and on-demand products such as Spazio Forma and a foldable treadmill with wheels for delivery

to a specific room or suite. Hotels with conference or business facilities can also utilise solutions such as the Technogym Wellness Ball – Active Sitting, to cater to the growing focus on corporate wellness. In the gym Technogym enhances its equipment with an integrated selection of services including fitness tests and personalised programmes, advice on how to combine active wellness in the gym with relaxation in the spa, and educational visuals for unmanned facilities demonstrating correct technique. On an even bigger scale, Technogym’s revolutionary Wellness on the Go concept uses its mywellness open cloud platform to allow users to log into Technogym equipment and access their personal programmes and workout data anywhere in the world. This is a unique opportunity for hotel operators to attract tourists and business travellers wishing to connect to their workout programmes or personal trainers in hotels whilst travelling.


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Creating the wellness factor with Gerflor Now, more than ever, international flooring specialist, Gerflor, is bringing its specialist technical advice and product offer to hotels looking to upscale their health and wellbeing facilities. Indeed, Gerflor has recently worked with the Coppid Beech Hotel in Bracknell to upgrade its wellness centre, supplying 268m2 of its Creation 55 LVT in three different colours, for three clearly defined areas: the gym, the spin room, the reception area/corridors.

As the wellness centre had no windows, a new floor that could offer and deliver a vibrant, lighter environment would be a crucial factor in determining the final choice of product. The specified Creation 55 LVT flooring from Gerflor was a perfect all-round solution which has transformed the whole facility. The Creation LVT range from Gerflor has recently been scooping accolades in both the

UK and Europe, winning the coveted 2017 CFJ/ CFA Product of The Year category. Both striking and extremely durable, this luxury vinyl flooring provides the perfect solution for the heaviest commercial footfall. Creation 55 is available in three installation types: Dry Back, X’Press and Clic. 01926 622 600

Hunter Douglas creates timber ceiling for state-of-the-art spa A new £4.5m hotel spa now features a dramatic £60,000 timber roof ceiling manufactured by Hunter Douglas – a leading architectural products manufacturer. The state-of-the-art Clubspa and Evergreen Spa at Kenwick Park Hotel in Louth, Lincolnshire opened in July 2016, replacing a

facility that had been destroyed by fire. The building features a 20m indoor swimming pool, complete with a 600m2 Hunter Douglas 111m linear open solid wood ceiling system that was specified by Nottinghambased Franklin Ellis Architects, who undertook the interior design.

Specified in African Ayous on a corrosionresistant suspension system, the exterior grade multi-faceted ceiling, which was specified with a 19mm gap, was complex in design and installation due to the shape of the triangular openings that were formed by the roof structure, into which the solid wood ceiling had to be installed. The wood panels are finished on all sides with a water-based varnish, and are impregnated with Magma Firestop, which achieves Class ‘0’ BS476 fire rating. They also have Hunter Douglas’s standard non-woven acoustic fleece bonded to the back.


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Fiona Sutcliffe, co-director of Sterling Studios Specialist decorative arts company, Sterling Studios, has been creating unique, opulent finishes from its 10,000m2 West London studio for the past 14 years. Alongside their skilled team of craftsmen, founders Fiona Sutcliffe and François Lavenir work with designers and architects across the spectrum of hospitality spaces to realise some truly remarkable pieces. Gemma Ralph spoke with Fiona to find out more ...

How did Sterling Studios come to be? Sterling Studios was founded in 2003. François Lavenir and I recognised a demand for specialist and unique finishes in the hospitality and retail as well as residential sector, specifically for the top end of the market. We wanted to create a larger decorative arts company which could meet the demands and deadlines of luxury brands and contemporary contracts. We operate across the interior design industry in general, with hospitality projects a significant part of our turnover. We enjoy the time limitations that come with these contracts as this often gives the project an energy and focus. As our work is very specialised and is a significant investment our projects vary considerably in size and complexity, but the in-house support and specialism we have developed within Sterling Studios enables us to deal with pretty much anything that arises.

“If the designer or client can get to our studio they get access to our samples – we have thousands – which usually leads to lots of creative fun and wonderful combinations of colour, texture and finishes”

Could you talk a little about your backgrounds prior to founding Sterling Studios? We had originally come from very different backgrounds – Francois doing an apprenticeship in the restoration of lacquer and gilding at a very young age, and specialising in the restoration of Japanese lacquer, whilst I studied History at Oxford University and then worked at the Royal Academy of Arts before becoming a muralist and artist. In founding Sterling Studios, we put together our years of experience, by then encompassing a wide range of high end decorative arts and fine art painting. How would you describe the ethos or driving passion of the company? Definitely the driving passion is that Francois and I love what we do, and we want others – clients and employees – to love it as well. We also want to make the process fun and collaborative, and anticipate and solve any problems that arise. Our ethos is openness and honesty – we aim to give a great product and service for a fair price, and enjoy working with designers, other trades and even competitors! Could you please discuss some of the hospitality projects you’re most proud of? Although a long time ago, the work we did for Tessa Kennedy in the Ritz Casino in London, was

very memorable, and is still there now. Tessa is an amazing designer and we copied the Amber Room in the Catherine Palace, St Petersburg, in resin with eglomise glass and gilding. More recently we have made embossed leather and glass for the Arts Club for Sagrada, and lots of inlaid wood-graining for Fran Hickman at the Chess club. We were proud of our team calmly installing the 6-metre-high antiqued silver glass panels we had made in the London Edition Hotel in very challenging circumstances. We are currently working on an amazing new hospitality project – watch this space! Could you talk me through the process of a “typical” project, from brief to installation? Before starting it is always helpful to know as much about the project as possible – i.e. the taste of the client and designer, the overall scheme, layouts, the location, timescale etc. If the designer or client can get to our studio they get access to our samples – we have thousands – which usually leads to lots of creative fun and wonderful combinations of colour, texture and finishes. This is a really exciting part of the process as we can really learn what the designer is looking for, and they can be inspired. From there we can suggest ideas, make practical suggestions as to suitability of material and finishing, and this leads to


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Arts Club Oyster Bar, designed by Sagrada

drawing up budget costings, sketching layouts and making bespoke samples. If a client can’t get to us we are happy to send samples around the world for clients to borrow or present a selection of samples in the designer’s own offices. Attention to detail is key to a perfect finished product, and some detailing such as finished edges of glass and gesso must be addressed right at the beginning of the project. Once the estimate, samples and layouts are signed off we either template or survey the area or work to given production sizes, and then start studio production. The project manager works very closely with the craftspeople in the studio to ensure we keep closely to the designers brief and the artwork has the right ‘feel’ and character. Before delivery we like the designer to come to the studio to sign off the work – but this can be done with photographs if this isn’t possible. Finally, we arrange delivery and, if required, fit the artwork on site. Where do you find inspiration for bespoke commissions? We are so lucky to live and work in London. The city is really exciting and we are spoilt with the huge choice of museums and galleries to visit.

“Designers love the fact that they can specify a mix of materials which can be designed and made in house by Sterling Studios without the need to co-ordinate between multiple suppliers” The Victoria and Albert museum is a longstanding favourite as our first workshop was right opposite it and Francois restored quite a few pieces in the collection in his restoration days. We love the crossover of arts and science that is happening at the moment so the Science museum is always inspirational, and now it has the beautiful Zaha Hadid mathematics gallery. ‘Collect’, organised by the crafts council at the Saatchi Gallery, is a great place to see what is happening in the world of contemporary craft. We are working in Paris at the moment, and love the Musée des Arts décoratifs at the Louvre, and just spending time in Paris! Travelling is always inspiring – visiting the Caterina Palace in St Petersburg in the depths of winter was amazing and led to us creating an Amber room for the Ritz Casino in London for Tessa Kennedy. We both read a lot for pleasure and have a huge collection of art and design books, but the most important thing

is to be interested and excited about what is around you. Sometimes just looking up in London and seeing some amazing carved stone next to a contemporary glass facade gives a whole different perspective. Are you finding any styles / surface materials are in particularly high demand at present? Decorative glass has been hugely popular for some time now, and this doesn’t seem to be fading. There are so many techniques that can be used, and glass has such a beautiful reflective quality that I think it will be with us for some time to come. Recently we have seen a move towards more hand painted, artistic and figurative work. Mixing of textures and finishes is extremely popular. Interior designers just love to mix metallics (mixing metal powders and pigments with small amounts of resin) with textured glass that is sandblasted, carved, cracked or brilliant cut to give it texture and then gilded or painted.


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We have recently decorated a number of lifts with very decorative glass and painted panels. This has been interesting as the work is seen very close-up so has to be particularly well detailed, and is only seen for a short amount of time, so it can afford to be a bit extravagant. We have been making scagliola (pigments and plaster mixed to imitate marble) for decades, and this is now becoming very popular again – we specialise in inlays and at the moment are making panelling for a powder room. Could you talk about the team at Sterling Studios? I am really thrilled that we are helping to train up a new generation of craftsmen and women in the UK. Most companies in our field are very small and operated by owner makers. Whilst remaining small enough for Francois and I to keep a close eye on the work we do, we also train and employ about 30 craftspeople and invest in up to date machinery and techniques.

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Some of our craftspeople have been working with us since the late 1980’s, having been trained initially by Francois in his restoration company, Maecenas Restoration, and we also have many younger people who are keen to learn a craft that gives great satisfaction at the end of the day. Many of our staff are artists, but some have more practical skills, for example glass fitting. We have a specialised art department for hand drawing and CAD. What do you feel sets Sterling Studios apart? We have experience, capacity and technical ability to deal with any size project, which sets us apart from a lot of the other businesses in our field. More than this, we have deliberately chosen not to specialise in one particular material or style so have a huge breadth of creative and technical ability across a wide range of materials and styles, allowing clients to come to us for all their decorative arts requirements. Designers love the fact that they can specify a mix of materials, for example embossed

leather with an eglomise glass and carved gilt border, which can be designed and made in house by Sterling Studios without the need to co-ordinate between multiple suppliers. What would be your dream project? I love projects where we are involved right from the start, and we can work with the designer with many different materials and elements. Also, I love the challenge and excitement of large, complex projects requiring a lot of strategic planning alongside the artistic creativity. I have to mention Alidad here, as we have worked together right from the start of our careers, and are still having fun creating fabulous interiors together. We work very closely, evolving the design of each room over many months and at every stage which makes the process very fluid and creative. I have been working in Paris recently, and my dream project would probably involve working there again ...


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Out of the Woodwork Starting out as traditional cabinetmakers, OOTW founders Alex Fitter and Louis Eastman now create furniture and handcrafted design pieces from their studio in Bristol. With a number of impressive bar and restaurant projects under their belt, the launch of their first furniture range at LDF 2017, and further exciting plans in the pipeline, Hospitality Interiors caught up with the duo to find out more ....

Could you please tell us a little about your backgrounds pre-OOTW? Alex and I set up a workshop around six years ago in Bristol, which is now home to eight cabinetmakers, including ourselves. We had worked independently for several years making furniture for private clients, and formed OOTW (Out of the Woodwork) in 2015. Alex trained at both The Boat Building Academy and with Chris Faulkner at his fine furniture school in South Devon. My background was more design led, having graduated with a BA in Industrial Design, I went on to do a three year furniture-making course in Bristol. Having worked in bars and restaurants in Bristol and Birmingham since the age of 18 gave us a good contact list before the company was formed.

How would you describe OOTW’s design philosophy/approach? We strive to be different and create original work, not for the sake of being different but to push our own design boundaries and hopefully introduce some exciting and new ideas to our clients. We approach each project individually; we always try to inject our bar and restaurant designs with their own personality and character. We look to make a balanced space that fundamentally works well. With 12 years of bar experience I know how great a well designed bar can be and how the opposite can affect trade.

How did OOTW come to be? I had a project for a new bar opening in the city; it was too large to do by myself, so Alex and I worked together on it and from then on decided to focus our energies together. We won our first contract to do a large external seating area at The Gallimaufry in Bristol, and from there OOTW began. Alex and I agree and disagree in equal measures which leads us naturally to having a similar outlook on aesthetic and design. Alex and I share an equal passion for woodworking, designing and making original things.

We use a combination of online resources, books, and a constantly evolving sample wall of new materials and finishes that always lead to new ideas and concepts. Could you tell us about a recent hospitality project you’ve completed? The last two large projects we have completed have been Wild Beer at the end of last year, and Le Poivrot a few months ago. Both have a very different dynamic. Wild Beer has an industrial/agricultural ruggedness, inspired by its brewery in Shepton Mallet. We used lots of steel cages, some suspended over 4m, sapele tables frames, topped in Shou Sugi Ban-inspired scorched ash tops to form a run of three 3m dining tables reminiscent of German beer halls. The 5m bar is fronted with birch plywood fish scales that have a flash of green along their bottom edge. A concrete bar top helps to finish the look. With Le Poivrot, the brief was to create a French wine bar. The concept was to create a beautiful space, that felt as if it had been around for decades but with a fresh feel to it. We chose to mix a colourful palette with architectural plasterwork, fine detailed steelwork, high level storage with brass doors, custom banquettes, and leather stools. For both bars, we designed and installed custom speaker systems. We use full range drivers from Mark Audio in our own designed boxes.


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For Wild Beer we put them into the ducting running around the ceiling and for Le Poivrot, green Valchromat created an eye-catching speaker that complements the rest of the colour scheme. Could you describe why OOTW is such a great fit for the hospitality sector? OOTW has expanded and now has a diverse portfolio, which centres around commercial work. Our skill set, knowledge of the industry, varied use of materials and an ability to source, or failing that, fabricate almost anything means there isn’t much we can’t tackle. Could you talk about your new furniture range, Birch? Birch is our first range of furniture. We wanted to offer the customer choice; with four different configurations, handles, legs and materials for door/drawer fronts – the sideboard alone has 256 variations. It’s built around birch plywood, but we always wanted to use this material in a sympathetic manner and using it for its strength and beauty. The range was designed to have clean

What would be your dream hospitality project? Fitting out a boutique hotel is high on both of our dream job lists. It would be an amazing challenge; making each room individual

and still love the challenge of designing and building bars and restaurants. We are always looking for new and interesting projects to work on. We are hoping to expand our range

simplistic lines that highlight the customers choice of fronts, almost acting like a picture frame. We carefully chose all of the different customisable options to work together and throughout the different pieces. We are working on expanding the range, and currently have a sideboard, large and small media units, and a tallboy on the way. We are looking to release a few new products each year under Birch.

whilst retaining a natural flow throughout the entire building. It would allow us to develop some really interesting ideas and some beautiful cabinetry. What do you envisage for OOTW going forwards? We are currently diversifying our portfolio and have some exciting new ideas in our heads! We want to expand our commercial portfolio,

of products; these will be aimed at both the commercial and domestic markets. Next year we are releasing Ore, which is a highly engineered range made with Krion/ Valchromat and powder-coated steel. We will also be pushing Birch forward and taking it to some European design shows after our successful launch at London Design Fair in September this year.

OOTW’s first furniture range, Birch, launched at LDF 2017

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Deirdre Jordan, Troscan Furniture Deirdre Jordan realised her interest in the scale and intimacy of furniture whilst working at a leading Chicago architecture practice. She founded Troscan Furniture with her husband Bob in 1999, chanelling her love of architecture and holistic sensibility into the creation of equisite handcrafted pieces.

Can you walk us through your design journey, how you’ve reached the point you’re at now, and what you’ve learned along the way? I studied architecture and industrial design, but before working in furniture design exclusively, I worked in architecture offices where I learned to design “little architecture” through developing and overseeing the making of custom pieces for reception areas, furniture or lighting.

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I call it “little architecture” because one can solve design problems and build solutions very quickly relative to architectural building projects and yet have a sense of gratification in some similar ways. I did not set out to be a furniture designer, but rather through a meandering path found my way to focusing on it as my life’s work. I was lucky enough to be in the company of some very talented designers and producers who taught me much about how to achieve successful design. It is not enough to have an idea, you must have an idea that pays respect to the people who make the pieces in a way that is successfully repeatable. I have learned the most from people who make things and who intimately understand materials, processes and engineered craft.

create an object of reverence and idol worship. Much of what is trendy is just fashion and not meaningful beyond the trend or moment … which is fine but not what I am interested in pursuing. I am interested in solving real problems and challenges, even if posed by myself.

What has been your most challenging project or piece, so far and why? I can’t pick one particular piece as I am always looking for greater challenges. I love to be posed a problem to solve and given parameters, because I find constraints to inspire more creative or unexpected outcomes. I definitely feel design should solve problems and not become a process with the goal to

What are you working on at the moment? I am working on a series of new chairs and also a number of bronze pieces. I love the casting process and see much more of that being included into my work probably through a collection of lighting and objects.

How would you say your work has changed over the years? I think my fundamentals of design purpose are the single constant. I certainly love design that is not overly fussy, with simple clean lines, flawless construction and finishes. I have a few self-imposed “rules” to keep me in check. The changes I have made are probably through learning the better use and combination of new materials.

You are based in Chicago – would you say that has any influence on your designs?


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Chicago has not really influenced me other than I am not constantly being pulled by the frenetic pace of NYC or LA. I love the Chicago architecture, but really it is not a driving force of what I do. I think the access to great fabricators is probably more important. I do love the scale of city of Chicago, but I don’t love the winters!

Wolfgang Puck restaurant L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, designed by tonychi ©Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining/ Antonio Diaz

Where does your inspiration come from? Inspiration comes from everywhere and everything all the time. It is keeping your eyes and ears open. It is being authentic to other sides of who you are and paying attention. There is no one thing or place and it happens randomly. You are very particular about the materials that you use to create your products, what extra element do high-end materials give to the final design? Clean, modern design requires impeccable craftsmanship or you see all the flaws that can otherwise be hidden with ornate flourishes and finishes. Materials do not have to be considered high end to be luxurious. It is the way the materials are handled, juxtaposed, manipulated and honestly treated that make them luxurious feeling. I actually don’t like high gloss filled finishes that people associate with luxury. The woods that require a filled finish are more rare in use and have inherent stability issues – like rosewoods and ebonies – and require that top finish to keep it from cracking. People then associate filled shiny finishes

with luxury, but they are not inherently luxurious unless you consider that they damage easily so anyone who has them, has to have staff to care for them and won’t use them much! That would be luxury! I like materials that are inherently beautiful and natural. I don’t like trying to pretend one material is another. I also don’t like making two materials that are naturally akin to be in a forced marriage.

Wolfgang Puck restaurant L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, designed by tonychi ©Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining/ Antonio Diaz

What does modern design mean to you? Modern design is a loaded description. It can mean modernist in terms of some precepts laid down during modernism’s mid century rise. Modern ideas can be contemporary ideas, but that also is loaded because contemporary design usually implies a specific sort of style that is ultra sterile or icy to me. Modernism of our times is less a specific style with so many people laying down their brand of “modern”. I think I admire those who are most true to their design principles and aesthetic ideas independent of a final product. Many designers use what I call “exquisite corpse” design where they take a little from this and a little from that designer to make a new something or other. (Exquisite corpse was a game played by surrealists where they took a folded piece of paper and passed it to each artist to contribute a drawing that was made up by concealing what the previous artist had drawn and unveiling the final product at end). I think many designers are not really designing and instead are styling….no judgment there just not what I am interested in. It makes design almost a side end product. Design is (to me) the action verb that happens after the concept is developed. It solves problems. It respects materials. It honors vernacular methods. It is judicious and not wasteful or flashy. I consider myself in many ways still learning each day so it is humbling too. To be modern is to strive to do the best authentic work that has some meaning beyond its style to resonate with the times we live in.


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The new Valencia Daybed Morgan has recently added a stylish new daybed to its successful award-winning Valencia collection. The daybed has an asymmetric seat plan offering a reclined sit at one end and a more upright sit at the other. The tapered timber legs balance the weight of the plush upholstery creating an elegant and lightweight aesthetic. The Valencia collection is a modular sofa system, which intersects to form multi-directional seating grids. The system offers the possibility to break the ‘mass’ of a large seating configuration by creating gaps. These can vary from a small ‘v’ to a halfback, creating openings that give a visual link and create separation and connection between seating groups. 01243 371111

Lyndon Design - a tale of two coffee tables A coffee table duo named ‘Pause and Wait’ is one of the flagship ranges to feature in Lyndon’s inspiring ‘Tables Edit’. These handcrafted tables are designed to complement a variety of commercial interiors including hospitality, leisure, breakout and reception spaces, and can be used individually to highlight their unique qualities, or can stand side by side to create a striking design statement. Boasting the uncompromising quality standards that characterise Lyndon’s collections, both tables feature a solid timber underframe and circular top in European Oak with square leg detail that oozes elegance. Set at different heights, Pause is the taller of the two at 500cm high, and with its 450cm diameter top and crossed leg detail, offers the perfect side table. The Wait coffee table sits at just 350cm high, and with a generous 600cm diameter wooden top, it presents an equally refined and poised arrangement.


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Lyndon’s Callisto seating oozes retro cool For specifiers looking for a seating solution that delivers a modern retro vibe, Lyndon by Boss Design has the answer. With a respectful hint of retro cool, the handcrafted Callisto collection offers crisp contemporary lines and reassuring comfort that is nostalgic of the 1950’s. On trend, this stiking collection boasts a wealth of options to suit a variety of settings. From an exquisite armchair and co-ordinating sofa available in compact and large sizes, to an elegant dining chair and contemporary bar stools, Callisto possesses a timeless appeal that will complement a variety of interiors. The collection even includes its own coffee table

that can be upholstered to coordinate with the chosen design scheme. Callisto’s top-stitched quilted detail invites the user to relax in warmth and comfort. Such softness is in sharp contrast to the seating’s angular lines and distinctive under frame. Made from the finest quality American Black Walnut, the under frame is constructed using traditional mortise and tenon joinery. Whether it’s an opulent or informal setting, Callisto is the perfect addition for corporate foyers, welcome areas and breakout spaces. It is equally at home in hotel lobbies, restaurants and bars.


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Wilton Carpets unveils prestigious collaboration with Kit Kemp Wilton Carpets has collaborated with acclaimed interior designer, Kit Kemp MBE, to create an inspiring new collection of carpets for the hospitality, travel and residential markets. Kit has forged a formidable reputation within the international design sector. As design director of Firmdale Hotels PLC, she is the creative force behind venues such London’s Ham Yard, Charlotte Street and The Soho Hotel, as well as NYC’s Crosby Street Hotel and The Whitby. Wilton Carpets, too, has a prestigious standing as a one of the most prominent designers and manufacturers of carpet in Britain. Situated in Wiltshire – the spiritual home of weaving for almost 400 years – Wilton Carpets prides itself in modern manufacturing, blended with traditional craftsmanship. Indeed, its experienced design team, headed up by Damien Roscoe, has pushed carpet craft to its limits in order to transform Kit’s ideas into beautiful, high quality woven carpets. “New manufacturing technology has made my ideas a possibility and with its design input,

Wilton Carpets has turned them into a joyful reality,” Kit explains. “We have been able to create subtle effects and graduations of colour to give carpets a unique feel, similar to the finish of a hand-blocked fabric. Colour makes you feel happy and gives a contemporary buzz to this collection.” The made-to-order range – available in wall-to-wall carpet and as bespoke area rugs – brings nine unique and diverse designs, drawing from folklore, architecture and botanical motifs, amongst other sources of inspiration. Batik, for example, references hand-blocked fabrics and the subtle effect this technique brings, while By Way brings a classic herringbone to the table, complete with bright colour combinations. Detail offers a strong architectural look, graphic and bold in tone, while Domino is based on traditional Turkish carpets, offered in four dynamic colourways. Flower and Berry’’s botanical patterns works perfectly in both traditional and modern settings, while ‘Leaf Cut’ channels falling leaves in a modern way to bring

Squiggle in Candy area rug on Tweed Fleck in Whitby

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visul interest to any environment. Tribal influences are apparent in the Open Plan design – a large repeat that would be suites to grand areas, or to make a statement, ‘Squiggle’ is a simple linear geometric design. Lastly, Tweed Fleck is a modern-day classic, complete with flecks of tiny vibrant colours. The richness of pattern within the designs allows Kit’s creativity to be fully realised in all its glory, a feat that is testament to Wilton Carpets’ extensive expertise and experience. “We’re incredibly proud of the Kit Kemp by Wilton Carpets collection as it represents just what is achievable when two creative forces collaborate,” says Damian Roscoe, head of creative at Wilton Carpets. “The collection has been a joy to develop and we’ve worked closely with Kit to make sure her vision was reproduced with the attention to detail for which we are famed.”

Flower and Berry in Lichen area rug on Tweed Fleck in Whitby


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Renolit offers more matt colours Renolit now offers 19 Alkoren Suedette Matt colours with the addition of four new distinctly different greys to its leading stock range of 3D thermoformable films. These include Clay Grey Suedette Matt, Onyx Grey Suedette Matt, Pearl Grey Suedette Matt and White Grey Suedette Matt. All 19 Suedette Matt colours have matching Egger MFC boards. The Renolit Alkoren Clay Grey Suedette Matt creates a sophisticated muted tone which works well with White Craft Oak 1, or users can add some sparkle and contrast with High Gloss Anthracite Metallic. The MFC co-ordination is Egger U201 ST9 Pebble Grey. The Renolit Alkoren Onyx Grey Suedette Matt is a versatile colour with a darker character. Users can add rich tones with Dried Date Suedette Matt, add urban chic with Chicago Concrete 1 or add a modern design element and depth with Fleetwood Lava. The MFC coordination is Egger U960 ST9 Onyx Grey. The Renolit Alkoren Pearl Grey Suedette Matt is a modern light grey. For a trendy fresh look users can combine with Peak Yellow Supermatt or mix with Silver Liberty Elm 19 to add an imaginative style statement. The MFC co-ordination is Egger U763 ST9 Pearl Grey.

The Renolit Alkoren White Grey Suedette Matt is a light grey. To create a fresh and bright interior, users can mix with Fern, and combine with the latest EIR (emboss in register) designs such as ENDgrain Delight or ENDgrain White. The MFC co-ordination is Egger U775 ST9 White Grey. Suedette Matt is a fine texture with a low gloss aesthetic. The surface benefits from

high scratch and mar resistance as well as offering excellent stain resistance against all major foodstuffs. Finished Performance Testing of the Suedette Matt products has been completed by FIRA and satisfy the requirements for the assessment of domestic kitchen worktops, doors and other panel elements as specified in BS6222 part 3 1999.


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Fastmount panel mounting clips MN110

Invisible brackets from Sugatsune Whilst much of Sugatsune’s hardware is designed to be on show, the brand also supplies invisible brackets for shelves and panels which actually deserve a closer look. The new MV400 series of shelf supports are designed to be as easy to use as plug-in shelf supports, but also contribute to the structural integrity of the shelving system itself. Made of high-tech plastic they are machined into the side edges of the shelves and are then slid or dropped into place on reciprocating lugs. As they do so they exert a significant pull on the upright and lock themselves tight. The cabinet is strengthened by the shelf in the same way it would be if glued, the

difference being that the shelves can be removed. The same concept is used for connectors for vertical dividers making this a very flexible system. Floating shelves use concealed hardware but can be difficult to set up right. The MN110 makes the job a lot easier by having a rotating cam at the end of the supporting pin. When fitting, the shelf is rested on top of the two leveled supports and the pitch is adjusted by rotating the cams. Perfect fit every time, and you can always go back and adjust if required. The MV110 is also strong, two will support 15kgs on a 150mm shelf. Also making use of the latest plastics

technology are the Fastmount panel mounting clips that Sugatsune supplies. They were developed in New Zealand out of the needs of the yacht industry for a secure and accurate way of attaching and removing panels. They are easy to use, curved surfaces presenting no difficulties for example and as they are designed to cope with the flex of an ocean going yacht, very forgiving in use. They can be used to attach anything from decorative panels, inspection hatches and ceiling tiles, to cushions and textiles. The key feature is that they can be removed and re-attached with no degradation in performance.

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Quintessentially English Bijou wall tiles The new Bijou range of interior wall tiles echoes and complements mainstream designer paint collections. Available from Craven Dunnill, the 250 x 50mm format is designed as an extended brick slip size, with deep, cushioned edges. This versatile size ensures the tiles are equally effective in a standard brick layout as a pattern, such as a staggered brick, off-set or herringbone layouts. Bijou comprises a palette of 12 fresh colours in gloss finish and eight in matt; the emphasis is on fashionable white and cream-based shades. The individual colour names set the English tone of this new collection, from Dorset White to Fossil, Reminiscent Grey to Off Black and Norfolk Blue. Craven Dunnill is a major distributor of fine ceramic wall and floor tiles. Winner of 19 industry awards (The Tile Association) over the past 11 years, including Excellence in Distribution and Floor Tile of the Year 2016, Craven Dunnill offers a highly impressive product range and level of service to customers. It supplies tile and flooring contractors, designers, architects, house builders, retailers and developers. 01746 761611


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Combining functionality and style with Salice UK Salice UK is supplying a selection of its furniture fittings for installation within the Neville Johnson furniture range. For over three decades Neville Johnson has been creating innovative fitted furniture, offering bespoke solutions for any room or space. Salice supplies the company’s Silentia integrated soft close hinge which features a shallow cup depth of only 12mm, permitting the use of this hinge in doors with even the deepest edge profiles. Specifically designed to combine functionality and style, Silentia provides silent and smooth closing action for all types of furniture doors and is available for the full range of applications – angled, wide opening and blind corner specification. In addition, Salice’s Futura concealed runner is specified for all drawer applications. Suitable for use with all versions of full-extension runners, Futura has options for self-closing units, and a push option for handle-less furniture. Another key feature of Futura is its simple installation – the three-way adjustment allows the drawers to be precisely aligned, and the tool-free adjustment enables the removal of the drawer from both the front and the sides – particularly important for the bottom drawer in a set where access from below may be difficult. Furthermore, as the clip has been manufactured by Salice as a single piece, in carbon fibre-rich material, the result is a lightweight, yet highly durable and strong finish.


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Cloud-based EPOS NFS Technology Group An innovative cloud-based electronic point of sale (EPOS) system is giving restaurateurs an end-to-end view of their business at all times– wherever they are. Silver from NFS Technology Group is a mature leading EPOS system used by 45,000 businesses all over the world. “Silver responds to a growing need from restaurants for easy online access to the real-time data that gives you a competitive edge,” explains Luis De Souza, chief executive of NFS Technology Group. “Silver is simple to use on an iPad and gives you all the features you need to boost sales and improve efficiency. “We’ve designed it with flexibility in mind, and scalability, so Silver works whether you’re an independent operator or a multi-site group. And because it’s cloud-based you can keep an eye on your business performance wherever you are.” Silver has an easy-to-use interface that means staff are up and running on it in hours. It provides marketing and loyalty-promoting capabilities and advanced business intelligence so restaurant owners can drill down on sales data in detail. “Silver provides immediate ROI because it’s available at an affordable monthly cost that includes integrated loyalty, email marketing and inventory control – all backed by our 24/7 live customer support team,” says Luis.

New England Wilton Carpets Wilton Carpets has launched New England, a wool-rich tufted carpet available in two stripe styles and great for use in boutique hotels and bedrooms. Crafted from 100% wool, New England offers exceptional quality and appearance retention with a 1/10th gauge, 28oz tufted construction that offers excellent value in lighter-use areas. The collection is made of a broad stripe and a pinstripe, both available in the same palette of four tonal grey colourways. Bringing a subtle and sophisticated look, these styles work well across a myriad of interiors, from charming country retreat to slick city stopover. “The New England collection is ideal for small and rapid refurbishment projects, where an off-the-shelf carpet is often the best solution,” explains James Sprint, CEO, Wilton Carpets. The 4m wide New England is part of the In Stock collection from Wilton Carpets and is available for immediate delivery with no minimum order. 01722 746000


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Supplement catalogue Elstead Lighting Elstead Lighting has released a new supplement catalogue with over 350 new products, including the Kenney LED flush wall light pictured. This mid-century modern design in a Sunrise Silver finish has a geometric motif stamped out of the steel frame, which floats over a white linen shade to create depth and visual interest. The dramatically tall fitting (60cm) features integrated LEDs behind the fabric and is ideal for ambiant lighting in a lounge area or perfect for hotel corridors. Visit Elstead Lighting’s showroom in Alton, Hampshire to see more than 2700 models on permanent display, or visit the website.

High pressure laminate Abet Laminati Bold and striking Rosso high pressure laminate from Abet Laminati is making a splash in a children’s washing and breakout area at St Helen’s Catholic School in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex. Specialist furniture manufacturer Benchmark FF&E Solutions was employed to create the innovative scallop-shaped wash and utility stations which were cleverly moulded around yellow columns housing sunpipes. Abet’s bright red Rosso colour in a high gloss HR-LAQ finish was used to clad the sides of the stations while compact grade was placed on the top, coupling high performance with an attractive appearance. The compact grade on the surface was carefully routered out to allow for under cabinet sinks and drainage lines to be created. HR-LAQ is a high gloss finish available in 28 bold and bright colours. Its unique finish comes from a unique formula applied to the surface layer that can maintain the level of glossy shine while offering long life cycle performance in terms of durability, scratch and impact resistance; perfect for this kind of heavy use environment.


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Interior Film David Clouting Interior Film, manufactured by LG Hausys and supplied in the UK by surface materials provider David Clouting, is now used for a wide range of refurbishment applications, from feature walls, staircases, reception areas, restaurants and bars to hotels and hospitals. This innovative self-adhesive, decorative film is quick and easy to install, providing the perfect bubble-free finish, even to curved or complex shapes. Easy to clean and maintain, Interior Film is hardwearing and remains stable if exposed to heat, humidity or low temperatures. It has also passed robust bleach tests when used in hospital applications. Interior Film is offered in a wide range of designs and finishes, including exotic woods, leather effect, textured metals and natural stone. Interior Film is available to view on the BIMSTORE website and is also CE and IMO Certified, so can be specified with confidence across a wide range of industries including the marine sector.

Shimmer & Radiance carpet designs Quadrant and Antron INVISTA Antron carpet fibre is now available in two striking new carpet products from Quadrant, bringing long-term performance, appearance retention and ease of maintenance to smart nylon looks. The Tussah collection, including Shimmer and Radiance made with Antron carpet fibre, is available in broadloom and plank formats with a high-style silk look, making it ideal for feature areas, breakout zones and meeting spaces. In luxurious deep pile heights – 9.0mm in Shimmer and 7.0mm in Radiance – these carpets bring a luxurious feel more akin to the home than a commercial office. Yet thanks to the performance of Antron carpet fibre, Shimmer and Radiance deliver commercial levels of performance, achieving Class 31 Light Commercial Use under EN 1307. Made from high-performance nylon 6.6, Antron carpet fibre has a strong and tight molecular structure. Thanks to this structure Antron carpets are very hardwearing and offer excellent appearance retention. Combined with a cross section that diffuses light so dirt is less visible, Antron carpet fibre makes Shimmer and Radiance ideal for commercial spaces looking for a carpet that performs and looks good.

Luxury vinyl flooring Polyflor Wood-effect luxury vinyl tiles and hardwearing Polysafe safety flooring from Polyflor were chosen to create a nautical inspired interior design scheme for the new Copperfish bar, restaurant and takeaway in Swansea, Wales. Heavy commercial Affinity255 PUR luxury vinyl tiles in the rustic Cross Sawn Timber design were used for most of the restaurant floor area, with random planks of the Aspen Pine and Flamed Chestnut designs added in to create a unique reclaimed timber look. Developed for heavy traffic commercial environments such as the leisure sector, the durable Affinity255 collection features an eclectic mix of 16 authentically reproduced wood plank designs in a wide plank format, incorporating both traditional styles and contemporary trends. Polysafe Apex safety flooring in the Breccia and Chromite shades was used in the back of house kitchen areas, behind the bar and around the takeaway servery. Polysafe Apex is a high durability 2.5mm gauge safety floor available in six functional shades, which provides sustainable wet slip resistance and underfoot protection.


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Cork products Granorte The striking aesthetic of cork from Granorte can be discovered at the new look Material Lab, a destination for architects and designers looking for new materials and surfaces. Granorte cork products are innovative with flooring, tile, wall, ceiling and fabric materials that deliver a striking aesthetic, all with inherent performance and environmental benefits. A material that is enjoying increased focus from specifiers, Granorte took centre stage in the new-look Material Lab’s first window display. Granorte cork products are made from the waste of the cork stopper industry and bring acoustic absorption, thermal insulation, and a warm and comfortable surface. With commercial performance levels, Granorte can be used in a wide range of projects, covering retail, office, hospitality and more. The refurbishment of Material Lab sees the Great Titchfield Street, London, destination offer more space including brand new meeting zones and a fully-stocked reading room. Showing Granorte as well as the work of emerging designers and established surface brands, Material Lab is renowned as a centre of materials expertise.

modulyss designer modulyss An online tool, modulyss designer helps creatives to unlock the design potential of carpet tiles through five simple steps. The web-app has now been updated with the latest collections from the Belgian manufacturer, modulyss, including Millennium Nxtgen and Txture x Mxture, shortlisted for Product of the Year at Mixology North 17. The modulyss designer is the perfect place to experiment with the limitless combinations and layouts achievable with these new collections. You can use the 36 colours in Millennium Nxtgen for some serious colour blocking, adding complementing and contrasting combinations of Txture x Mxture to create dynamic layouts; all through the anytime speed and simplicity of a web-app. Starting from scratch or tweaking a library of inspiring schemes, the tool allows every design element of a floor layout to be adjusted, from tile size and laying pattern to base colour, highlight colours and textures. Changing selected tiles, columns or rows, layouts can be created quickly, saved and exported for presentations. Outputs can even be slotted straight into common design workflows such as AutoCAD. Discover the modulyss designer and its 670 or so carpet tile options at

Ethereal collection Wilton Carpets With worn Persian effects, deconstructed and broken patterns and tattered, layered florals, Wilton Carpets’ Ethereal collection captures an intimate aesthetic that has been used to great effect at Henry’s Café Bar, Kingston upon Thames. Chosen by interior design company, Spatialized, as part of a rebrand for the existing Slug & Lettuce establishment, the woven axminster Ethereal proved exactly what was needed. Woven in a custom colourway, Ethereal was made in Wiltshire in an eight-row, narrow-width axminster quality. Using British wool and nylon for appearance retention and durability, the carpet will withstand high levels of foot traffic expected at Henry’s Café Bar, Kingston upon Thames. “One of the main reasons we use Wilton’s axminster carpets is their suitability to endure the high-traffic volumes of an all-day venue,” explains Lee Armstrong, managing director, Spatialized. “We have the confidence in the company’s track record supplying high-specification woven products that withstand the hardest of tests.”


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Affinity255 luxury vinyl tiles Polyflor Heavy commercial Affinity255 PUR luxury vinyl tiles from Polyflor were recently chosen to complete the stylish interior design scheme at The LiquorLab, a new cocktail bar at the Southwater development in Telford, Shropshire. Affinity255 PUR luxury vinyl tiles in the Huckleberry Oak shade were installed in the lounge, seating and bar areas to create an inviting space for customers to socialise in. The luxury vinyl tiles were straight laid in the main seating area and laid in a herringbone pattern in the raised seating area. Huckleberry Oak features rich hues in a realistic wood effect design with intense grain detailing and authentic surface textures. Developed for heavy traffic commercial environments such as the leisure sector where there are high levels of footfall, the durable Affinity255 collection features an eclectic mix of 16 authentically reproduced wood plank designs in a wide plank format, incorporating both traditional styles and contemporary trends.

Oak Chevron Kährs Kährs Oak Chevron has been chosen to reflect marine’s heyday at the new Titanic Hotel in Belfast. Formerly the headquarter building for the legendary Harland and Wolff shipbuilders, the new boutique hotel pays homage to the site’s heritage, with an authentic ‘titanic’ scheme designed by Dublin-based ADI Studio. All flooring was supplied by CECO Products. Kährs Chevron will feature within the two iconic Drawing Offices, reflecting the style of the original timber floors used on board the shipbuilder’s luxury liners. “Kährs Chevron is a great example of modern materials influenced by historical aesthetics, which the hotel has in abundance. It’s an exquisite bevelled parquet finish – rich toned and oiled – with all the benefits of a modern plank construction,” explains Maria Rice, director at ADI Studio. Kährs Chevron Collection includes four designs, in white, grey, light brown and dark brown, with matching frameboards. The Collection received the ‘Best Flooring’ Award in the prestigious FX International Interior Design Awards 2016. 023 9245 3045

Conglomerate tile flooring NFTMMS A major project to lay around 7500m2 of new conglomerate flooring and screeding at Gatwick North Terminal has been completed by National Federation of Terrazzo, Marble and Mosaic Specialists (NFTMMS) members DMC Contracts and In Opera Group. To ensure both the quality of the installation and that testing was undertaken at all stages, DMC Contracts introduced Inspection and Test Plans which were administered for each bay of work that was completed. The tile chosen for the flooring by the client, Gatwick Airports, was manufactured by fellow NFTMMS member, In Opera Group, and has been used at Gatwick for more than 15 years. “We developed a special mix and tile for Gatwick that has allowed them to keep the same base but change the colour, according to the location,” explains In Opera Group sales and marketing director, Enzo Favro. “The material was chosen for its flexibility in terms of dimensions and has passed the most stringent tests as passenger levels are in excess of 5000 people an hour.”


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Tile care solution FILA In response to the latest tile trends, FILA has introduced a new recommended care solution for large and extra-large format porcelain and ceramics. The new programme includes FILA products for a surface Builder’s Clean – and for cleaning of the tile back, to remove possible suction cup marks – as well as treatments for ongoing maintenance. The new programme, which ensures a pristine installation and easy ongoing maintenance, is carried out using DETERDEK and/ or FILACR10; FILAPS87 and FILACLEANER. DETERDEK is a safe and fumeless acid solution that’s free from hydrochloric acid; it removes cementitious deposits and building site dirt. After installation, DETERDEK is used to remove adhesive and cementitious grout residues or FILACR10 to safely and effectively remove epoxy residues, whilst FILAPS87 – an alkaline-based deep cleaner – removes possible marks left by suction cups.

DORMA Hüppe partitioning walls Style Partitions Working directly with the Blackpool Hilton hotel, Style has installed two semi-automatic DORMA Hüppe partitioning walls, significantly upgrading the prestigious Queen and Trafalgar conference and banqueting suites. Maintaining the original period features of the space, Style’s innovative solution utilises the existing track system, whilst devising a customised stacking arrangement that simplifies moving the panels into place. Finished in traditional wood veneer that complements the decor, the moveable walls deliver an impressive 55dB acoustic integrity for excellent privacy between the divided areas. “I can’t express how happy we are with the DORMA system,” confirms Glynn Makin, facilities manager for the Hilton. “And I cannot believe how light the panels are. Now, rather than taking an hour to reconfigure the room, it takes the conference and banqueting team less than 15 minutes. “Everyone at Style was amazing, from the team in the office to those on site, and everybody understood precisely what we were looking to achieve and couldn’t do enough to help us.”

Camaro PUR flooring collection Polyflor Luxury vinyl tiles from Polyflor’s Camaro PUR flooring collection were used to create homely accommodation for visitors at Staycity Aparthotels Paragon Street in York, North Yorkshire. Approximately 5500m² of Camaro PUR wood effect luxury vinyl tiles in the White Limed Oak design were chosen to complete the interior design scheme inside the 197-room aparthotel. Installed by national flooring contractors Titan Interior Solutions, Camaro luxury vinyl tiles were fitted throughout all areas of the apartments. The updated Camaro flooring range includes 30 striking, authentically reproduced wood and stone effects, including the popular White Limed Oak design which features a white washed effect with warm wood undertones. With a 2.0mm gauge and 0.3mm wear layer, Camaro flooring is suitable for residential applications as well as light commercial interiors such as hotels. Camaro flooring also features Polyflor’s exclusive PUR polyurethane reinforcement which is cross-linked and UV cured to provide enhanced protection from everyday wear and tear, and offers a polish-free maintenance regime.


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Surface Design Show For over a decade, Surface Design Show has been connecting innovative and striking materials with an audience of architects, specifiers and designers. It is the place where the industry immerses itself in the latest materials for the built environment, gains new insight and networks with like-minded designers, architects and suppliers. 6-8th February 2018 Business Design Centre, London Over 170 exhibitors will be showcasing the best in surface design at this year’s edition of the show, with many of the companies featuring surfaces that are perfect for hotel and restaurant design, from wood flooring, striking ceramics through to sumptuous textiles and innovative lighting. Amongst these will be BluePrint Ceramics, which will proudly showcase its newest range, Poetry, derived from ancient Venetian terrazzo influences. The collection promotes the concept of historic Italian craftsmanship, establishing itself as a contemporary classic whilst maintaining the virtues of tradition. Another exhibitor, Bolton Textiles Group, supplies contract furnishing fabrics to international hotels. Its Cliq Designs range offers a sumptuous array of quilted fabrics, transforming flat, lifeless cloth into supertactile 3D quiltscapes, from straight lines to curves, geometric to freehand fabrics. Celebrating its 10th anniversary is Lithos Design, an Italian producer of striking stone coverings, wall partitions and flooring. The first iconic collection by Lithos Design, Le Pietre Incise, is supplemented with four new models that highlight the enchanting design exploring the potential of stone for the hospitality sector.

Key events during the Surface Design Show include the Opening Night Live Debate – ‘A crisis for the next generation – is London just for the wealthy?’ in association with RIBA and NLA. Speakers include president of the RIBA Ben Derbyshire and the event is chaired by Peter Murray, chairman of NLA. The ever-popular PechaKucha Evening will

also return, hosted by Phil Coffey of Coffey Architects with presenters including Hannah Corlett from Assemblage, David Kohn from David Kohn Architects, Yeoryia Manolopoulou from AY Architects, Patrick Michell from Platform 5, Jessica Reynolds from vPPR and Amin Taha from Amin Taha Architects. New in 2017, Stone Gallery reflects the rapidly growing stone market in the UK and the important relationship between stone and surface design. Officially supported by Stone Federation GB, Stone Gallery attracts exhibitors from Europe and beyond all looking to link up with the international architects and designers that make London the world’s design hub. Light is a vital partner to surface design, changing interior and exterior surfaces dramatically. Now in its fifth year, Light School, presented by Light Collective and supported by the Institution of Lighting Professionals, will help attendees discover the best of new lighting design and learn about the important partnership between surface and light. On the third day of the show, Thursday 8th February, the Surface Design Awards will take place. The awards recognise and celebrate outstanding examples of progressive design and the use of innovative surfaces in projects both in the UK and internationally.


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James Latham returns for SDS 2018 James Latham returns to London’s Surface Design Show in February, where once again it will be showcasing one of the biggest and most varied collections of interior and exterior surface solutions in the UK. This year Lathams will be featuring a number of new products and range additions for 2018 and, as well as its usual eye-catching stand on the ground level (208), it will also be utilising its permanent Product Specification Showroom located on the Gallery level of the Business Design Centre at Suite 301. The showroom, which made an immediate impact among the architect and design community when it opened in summer 2016, has just undergone a major refurbishment, allowing James Latham to feature an even bigger range of its panel and timber products. The suite also hosts a regular program of events including new product presentations and launches, RIBA-accredited CPD seminars, networking events and training. “The Surface Design Show focuses on the latest trends and developments in surface solutions, connecting these materials with an audience of architects, specifiers and designers

so it is the perfect platform for us,” comments Chris Sutton, MD of James Latham. “And with lots of exciting new products and range additions on the stand for 2018, as well as our impressive new look showroom, we’re predicting an extremely busy and successful show.” As well as Latham’s highly experienced and knowledgeable team of product specialists attending the show, its A&D specification team – which is permanently based in the showroom – will be on hand to discuss the company’s extensive range of products, providing expert advice to architects and designers and helping them to keep abreast of the latest trends and developments in surface solutions. In terms of product, James Latham will be showing the latest range additions from supply partners at the show, among them Abet Laminati, Garnica, Egger, Kronospan, XyloCleaf, Valchromat, Accoya, LG HI-MACS, KYDEX and UPM composite decking, plus an exclusive new product launch will be announced with veneer supplier Decospan. 0116 257 3415

James Latham will be showing new decors from Decospan, including the Shinnoki range

Visitors to this year’s show will be able to see an even wider range of Lathams products at their Product Specification Suite

The new additions to Xylocleaf’s inspirational collection will be on show

HI-MACS® Structura will also feature on James Latham’s stand


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Armourcoat to present new acoustic plaster system at SDS Decorative specialist Armourcoat will be exhibiting at the Surface Design Show next February as the design industry showcases the latest innovative and exciting surface materials. The exhibition returns to London’s Business Design Centre, and regularly attracts a large audience of architects, specifiers and designers. Surface Design Show is the only event in the UK that focuses solely on interior

and exterior surfaces. Armourcoat will present a striking range of hand-applied polished plaster wall finishes and the latest additions to its luxury Signature Collection. The company will also be presenting the new Armourcoat Acoustic Plaster System designed to optimise the acoustics of interior spaces. An array of global projects for an impressive list of international blue chip clients in the

residential, hospitality and boutique retail sectors have established Armourcoat as a leading supplier of high quality surface finishes. Armourcoat products are made from natural minerals including recycled Italian marble, contain low or zero VOCs, and have the added confidence of a full 10 year guarantee. Visit Armourcoat at Surface Design Show (6-8 February 2018, stand 102).


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Heimtextil With a significantly expanded offering of textile solutions for interior design, architecture and hotel furnishing this year, alongside its ever-popular trend forum and host of annual features, Heimtextil is reaffirming its position as a leading global trade fair for home and contract textiles.


9-12th January 2018 Messe Frankfurt, Germany With the view of becoming a top innovation and scientific platform for textile solutions in architecture and hotel design, Heimtextil has consulted a think tank of global members to enhance its knowledge of the commercial segment. In mid-April, five representatives from internationally-renowned architecture and interior design studios met in Frankfurt am Main. They included Lisa Hassanzadeh of concrete architectural associates; Peter Ippolito of Ippolito Fleitz Group; Martin Lesjak from INNOCAD Architektur; Tamara Pallasch from Pallasch Interiordesign and Ushi Tamborriello. Together, the expert team identified current themes in the industry and developed ideas aimed at giving architects and interior designers even more textile solutions and know-how suited to their needs at Heimtextil. Heimtextil will combine all its expertise in applications for textiles in architecture, hotel furnishing and fittings in the contract sector under the title “Interior.Architecture.Hospitality”. In addition to a high-quality programme of talks, this segment of the show will also include industry-specific trade fair tours, a special exhibitor guide and a meeting point in Hall 4.2 for architects, interior designers and hotel furnishers to network.

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Hall 4.2 will also act as the location for a special new presentation on textile floorcoverings initiated by the Association of the German Home Textiles Industry (Heimtex). The themes of modularity, acoustics and design are showcased in an architecture-focused environment using textile floor coverings. Architects and contract furnishers will receive comprehensive and expert advice on these three main themes as well as all other issues relating to carpets. The innovative fibre manufacturer Trevira will also be present in Hall 4.2 for the first time as part of a big community presentation comprising 18 participating firms, including

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Engelbert E. Stieger, Johan van den Acker, Pugi, Spnadauer Velours, Swisstulle and Torcitura Lei Tsu. A globally unique range of upholstery and decorative fabric offers with over 400 exhibitors can be found in Hall 4 in the direct vicinity of the Expo. Visitors to the Expo will benefit from its proximity to the stands of high-quality international suppliers such as Deltracon and Muvantex from Belgium, Erotex from Israel, Loro Piana and Tali from Italy and Blom Liina Maria from Finland.

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Crowded House Mankind is fast becoming an urban species, and Caroline Till believes that designers have a responsibility to deliver a more sustainable vision of the future. Hospitality Interiors’ Paul Farley caught up with the design consultant and FranklinTill co-founder at her studio in Dalston, London to discover how she plans to convey this message at Heimtextil this month …

Urbanisation is inescapable. By 2050, 66% a hue somewhere between blue and green of the world’s population will live in towns emerged as the stand-out choice. But why? and cities, according to the UN. Whether “The hypothesis has always been that blue this outlook leaves you feeling excited or is the world’s favourite colour,” says Caroline. claustrophobic, it’s time to face up to the “We didn’t want to lead people to an answer, design implications of our changing living and but we did want to test whether it was true, and hospitality spaces. ask why. Given that our populations are growing faster “We may think our colour choices reflect our than the resources needed to house them, how personal identities, or echo feedback loops in can we expect to occupy environments that are our society, but it’s emerging that much of the conducive to happy, healthy lives? way we perceive colour is innate, and that has “We’re still stuck in the make-and-discard huge implications for how we behave as trend model, and I’m concerned that many of today’s forecasters.” specifiers and designers aren’t seeing the big picture,” says Caroline. “By harnessing material innovation and sustainability, the designer can be an agent of radical change – but unless it’s inherently sustainable, I don’t see there being much of a future to speak of.” Caroline co-founded research and design studio FranklinTill together with Kate Franklin in 2010. Her team has since worked with notable clients such as Samsung, Ikea, Channel 4 and the Crafts Council, and through its work FranklinTill has always strived to bring a more scientific and contextual level Caroline Till of insight to its findings than your average trend forecaster, drawing on the socioeconomic and technological “By harnessing material innovation and factors influencing changing consumer tastes and trends in materials and sustainability, the designer can be an agent colours. of radical change” “The power of colour is pretty underutilised in the design world,” says Caroline, who refers to a project she recently covered in FranklinTill’s in-house FranklinTill is bringing its unique approach to magazine, Viewpoint Colour. She explains how bear in an experiential installation at Heimtextil, paper merchant GF Smith conducted a global taking place in Frankfurt from 9-12th this survey to identify the world’s favourite colour, month, and featuring an expanded contract and how The Sussex Colour Group brought offer this year. context to the findings by applying cognitive Designing for an urban future is at the heart neuroscience, developmental psychology and of this year’s Theme Park segment, which vision science. promises to bring to life the lifestyle, colour and From a sample of over a million respondents, material trends of the inexorable movement

towards urbanisation, and, in doing so, offer comment on long-term changes in consumer tastes and needs. The Theme Park is one of the industry’s richest trend forecasting experiences, and Caroline is confident that FranklinTill’s stewardship of the project this year – entitled The Future is Urban – will put exhibitors’ textiles in context while provoking discussion of the wider trends shaping our future. “We’ve had almost complete autonomy this year,” says Caroline, who last curated the project back in 2014, “and it feeds into lots of threads we’ve been working on. “Sustainable design is integral to our studio’s ethos. We’re always looking at material innovation, and how, as we’re confronted with diminishing resources, and growing social pressures, it can solve some of the biggest problems of the 21st century.” During her research, Caroline discovered that nine out of 10 people on the planet now breathe polluted air, and that the average American dwelling has downsized by 7% since 2009. Perhaps most worrying is the revelation that urban waste is now growing even faster than the rate of urbanisation. “When it comes to urbanisation, people always talk about things like smart cities and driverless cars,” says Caroline.” For The Future is Urban, we wanted to take a more human, design-centred approach – what do these shifts mean for the spaces being created, how we work, rest and play, and which materials we’re going to need?” The lifestyle segment of the installation (which ties into the latest design and colour trends) covers four platforms: the Flexible Space, which explores modular and multifunctional environments for ever-smaller living spaces; the Healthy Space, which espouses the benefits of bringing plant life and greenery into offices and conservatories;


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the Remade Space, a focus on transforming waste and recycling materials into viable resources; and the Maker Space, which looks at how digital manufacturing is driving more collaborative and personalised approaches to design. “We always wanted to make our Theme Park as experiential as possible,” says Caroline. “Today’s consumer has an obsession with provenance and how things are made, so we’re employing as many live demos as possible, to impart knowledge through experiences rather than reading.” Visitors will encounter prototype living spaces made of modules that combine storage, sleeping and washing functions. They will be able to consult plant diagnosis experts to discover how to maximise wellbeing in their workplace, or enter a landscape of changing colours and feel how different hues can both relax and recharge the body. They’ll find a library of repurposed materials, and be invited to create their own products at a digital manufacturing station. Finally, they’ll be able to take stock of a curated selection of the new textiles available to buy at the fair, organised within five categories: Relax/Recharge; Perfect Imperfection; Soft Minimal; Adapt & Assemble; and Urban Oasis. The installation is rounded off by a seminar theatre, café and audio tour.

Relax/Recharge, visualised by SixnFive

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“The show’s organisers appreciate that there are two levels of information people want from the Theme Park – that they appreciate the larger-scale, spatial environment and macro socio-economic trends as well as learning about the trends they’ll see in textiles and interior spaces in 2018/19,” says Caroline. Indeed, the story told throughout The Future is Urban is that while product design must fall into line with reality, it’s often the small changes that can make an impact at the higher level. The problem is that efforts towards the greater good are all too easily ignored from day to day. “Sustainability seems so complex,” says Caroline. “People don’t know what constitutes ‘good’ any more, or how they can help effect change – it often seems to be more about the brands we buy into, and how they reflect our agendas. “If we’re going to continue consuming products so rapidly, we need to start using more biodegradable materials. We should recognise that provenance and longevity can

be a more compelling consumer story than rarity and expense. “That said, as someone who has always tried to practice what I preach, I’m aware that even with the best will in the world that’s sometimes impossible.” For better or worse, the fabric of society is changing fast, and the ramifications cannot be ignored. Driven by necessity, the macro trends identified in The Future is Urban will impact the form, colour and material of mainstream furniture and furnishings sooner than we might think. “We’re urging the design community to see the bigger picture behind furniture and fashion, and advocating the need for longevity in what’s created,” states Caroline. It may not take a crystal ball to see which way the world is going, but the role design will play in that future is a little clearer thanks to FranklinTill’s efforts. W W


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Spring Fair The must-attend event for shopping your design project, Spring Fair will present an inspiring edit of trend-setting brands from around the globe, many exclusive to the show. Hundreds of suppliers will bring their complete portfolios for specifiers, installers and hospitality businesses to see, touch and feel in the context of showroom formats. 4-8th February 2018 NEC Birmingham, United Kingdom Offering a complete solution to design themes, it’s no surprise that for lighting, furniture and accessories exhibitors such as The Libra Company, 25% of its orders at Spring Fair 2017 came from interior designers. The show offers something for all interior professionals, from those designing hotel interiors who want to source inspiration on how to create unique and impressive settings, to restaurant designers who are after ways of achieving a modern, inviting space for extra stand-out appeal. Spring Fair’s Home sector comprises two dedicated halls, presenting a plethora of inspiring, on-trend items including textiles, furniture, indoor and outdoor accessories, so that a design concept can be mapped out visually across every detail from wallpaper and fabric, through to light fixtures. Among the businesses showcasing their full ranges will be One World, Clarke & Clarke, Coach House, IAN MANKIN, Voyage Maison, Wilde Java, McGowan & Rutherford, Pacific Lifestyle and Bluebone Imports. Ashley Wilde Group, Roomset, The Foundryman and Blanc Mariclo will also exhibit for the first time at Spring Fair, while The Netherlands’ flair for design will be brought to the fore by Light & Living, PTMD Collection and Authentic Models. Visitors will find the UK’s largest selection of Scandinavian brands at Spring Fair, as well as a wide variety of Dutch-inspired designs. Nordic

Style and Spira of Sweden will present hyggeinfluenced wares – with plenty more brands in the show’s The Summerhouse sector, which is a hand-picked collective of exclusive exhibitors. The area embraces the UK’s love for all things international, with the likes of Vita Copenhagen, returning to the show with its Danish lighting design and Cozy Living, a young

interior brand whose style is characterised by its Nordic roots. Another must see in The Summerhouse is India Jane, a British interiors business offering a range of classic and timeless furniture and accessories. Start planning your visit to Spring Fair 2018 by registering for your free ticket at: www.


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Inspiring Interiors From statement chairs to quirky side tables, you’ll find the most covetable interiors to brighten every room. The market is open at the UK’s largest gift and home event. Our carefully curated show sectors: Beauty & Wellbeing • Children’s Gifts & Toys • Christmas Gifts, Floral & Seasonal Decorations • Contemporary Gift • DIY & Home Improvement • Fashion, Jewellery & Luggage • Gift • Greetings & Gift • Home • Kitchen, Dining & Housewares • Retail Solutions • The Party Show • The Summerhouse • Volume Gift & Home and Glee at Spring Fair

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January Furniture Show At this time of the year all industry eyes turn to the NEC for the biggest annual gathering of the UK’s furniture industry. Registration for the 2018 show is now open, with over 500 exhibitors set to tempt buyers with thousands of new designs.. 21st-24th January 2018 NEC Birmingham, United Kingdom Large popular brands including Buoyant, VIDA Living, Breasley, Furmanac, Kettle Interiors and Ashley Manor are set to show new collections featuring exclusive fabrics, finishes and innovations. Over 30 well-known International brands will join them including Weimann, Ego Italiano, Italia Living and Ekornes. Alongside the major returning players will be several new brands to the show. Mason & Pearl will show its contemporary and well made sofas and chairs, India Jane will show its unique, tasteful and colourful furniture and decorative collections in Hall 3. Other new brands include The Great Chair Company and lighting company Luminess, and in beds, new exhibitors include Divine Sleep, Deep Sleep and Softheads. Making a welcome appearance in Hall 1 after several years’ break will be Vale, showing its timeless and effortlessly elegant upholstery. Devonshire Pine also returns after a break with new designs in its painted, pine and oak cabinet collections. John Sankey and Manor & Mews will both have larger stands in Hall 1 with more products after a successful show in 2017.

With 90% of the show space already booked and with over 80% of the 2017 exhibitors already set to return, visitors will find that that the exhibitors don’t stand still and neither does the show. It is keeping up with its ever-developing exhibitors with a fresh new look and a crisp new website, giving visitors plenty of preshow information about who and what they can expect to see. Like previous years visiting couldn’t be

easier, plenty of free parking with a frequent courtesy shuttle bus running between the halls and the car parks, and 25% discount on Virgin trains for anyone going to the show. The NEC’s facilities are some of the best of any UK venue, and the organisers have planned in plenty of little rest areas for those all-important coffees and planning stops. To see the full list of returning and new brands exhibiting and to register for your free entry go to


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London Fabric Show The 2018 BFM organised and hosted London Fabric Show returns to its popular Chelsea FC Stamford Bridge venue in Fulham. Held in the football stadium’s West Stand overlooking the pitch, it runs for two days on 26th and 27th of February. 26-27th February, 2018 Chelsea FC Stamford Bridge, London London Fabric Show brings together buyers of high-end upholstery and soft furnishing fabrics with some of the UK and Europe’s best fabric producers, including 10 of the famed Flemish fabric and textile manufacturers. Open to BFM and non-BFM members, it offers a unique opportunity for UK upholstery and soft furnishing producers to see the latest collections from some of the most exclusive and varied fabric suppliers under one roof.

The 10 expert Belgian fabric producers showing in 2018 include Annabel, Beaulieu, Greenstreet, Van Neder Weverj and Symphony Mills. Famed for the quality of their products and both modern and traditional designs, they have long been suppliers of high-end fabrics to UK upholstery manufacturers.

It isn’t just the Belgians who are popular exhibitors at the London Fabric Show, other European exhibitors include Antecuir and Interfabrics from Spain, Arruma Trapos from Portugal and Aydin, Ketts and Yakar from Turkey. They are returning in 2018 with their latest collections and fabric treatments. Prestigious UK companies Art of the Loom and Abraham Moons also make a welcome return at the show with new colours and new designs. Visitors to the London Fabric Show in 2018 will benefit from the £1.5m Chelsea F.C. has spent on improving and updating the West Stand of the football ground. A new reception area, new lighting, flooring, decoration and fixtures have made the exhibition space brighter, smarter and more comfortable for visitors and exhibitors. A record number of visitors to the show in 2017 proves the importance of the fixture to UK fabric buyers and selectors. On show will be traditional and contemporary jacquards, plain and patterned velvets, modern tartans and bright cottons and linens in florals, stripes and abstracts, giving buyers plenty of choice in both texture and design. Shown alongside them will be a large selection of the latest FR treatments and backing fabrics. A must-attend event for upholstery and soft furnishing manufacturers’ registration for the 2018 show is now open and full exhibitor and visiting information can be seen on the show website.


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26th and 27th February 2018 Chelsea FC, Stamford Bridge, LONDON

High-end fabrics for upholstery and soft furnishings. Meet 35+ premier producers and suppliers from Belgium, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Turkey and the UK. Jacquards, velvets, wools, tweeds, chenilles, cottons, linens and silks + FR coatings and backing fabrics. It’s the small trade show with lasting impact.

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For information and to register your attendance go to: or contact Mike Dimond by email to:

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Independent Hotel Show The Independent Hotel Show drew in the crowds once again this year with its 300-strong line-up of suppliers and stellar seminar schedule.

17-18th October 2017 Olympia, London, UK The Independent Hotel Show, presented by James Hallam Hospitality & Leisure, once again provided thousands of the UK’s best independent hoteliers with two exceptional days of networking, thought-provoking seminars, the latest trends and unmissable opportunities to meet and negotiate with a curated line-up of the industry’s most innovative suppliers. Design is in the Independent Hotel Show’s DNA, and was beautifully expressed through collaborations with design partners. Benedict Wilhelm built The Lobby networking space which tapped into the current trend of using tactile, natural and raw materials with meticulously designed touches. Galapagos

Furniture incorporated a ‘hot house jungle’ theme into the design of The Suite for VIPs. Highlighting the Independent Hotel Show’s stellar reputation as a dynamic and innovative business event for the sector, a carefullycurated list of exhibitors chose the platform to launch new products or services to the captive market of independent and boutique hoteliers. New products included the Colbeck chair from Chapel Street London and the Shoreditch

ceiling pendant and Beauchamp bouillotte ceiling light from Vaughan Designs. On the first day of the show, visitors discovered the winners of the Independent Hotel Show Awards. General manager of Carden Park Hotel in Chester, Paul Bayliss MBE, received the Independent Hotelier award, while the Outstanding New Hotel Award went to No. 15 Great Pulteney in Bath. The show also unveiled the results of its Perfect Hotel Bedroom Report – based on nearly 2000 respondents to a survey, carried out in partnership with Chic Retreats, which outlined guests’ preferences for lighting, soft furnishings, technology requirements, windows, bed-making and amenities. The Perfect Hotel Bedroom report was brought to life in an installation built by Harriet Forde Design at the show, with exhibitors’ products furnishing the room. Not only did the Perfect Hotel Bedroom report provide hoteliers with sharp insight into what consumers want in a hotel bedroom but the room itself provided a brilliant talking point for visitors to the show. The seminar line-up this year was another key draw for visitors, with discussions ranging from mindfulness and wellbeing, the guest journey, millenial travel, the use of technology, the artificial intelligence revolution, effective brand marketing and overarching industry trends.


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Beds and mattresses Bed Factory Bed Factory is a manufacturer of beds and mattresses with over 30 years of experience in supplying some of the biggest names in the hotel and leisure industry. Based in Knowsley, Liverpool, but with customers across the UK, Bed Factory is known for offering quality products alongside a high level of service, whether the customer requires one mattress or 100. As the company’s reputation has grown, so too has its capacity. Bed Factory now also manufactures headboards, sofa beds and tub chairs, amongst many other items. For those looking to refresh their beds and improve feedback from guests, one of Bed Factory’s skilled team members is a call away.

Axis locking system Crown Sports Lockers Bespoke timber furniture manufacturer, Crown Sports Lockers, expanded its presence at this year’s show with an updated range of locking systems for hotel installations. Crown’s larger walkthrough-style stand within Destination Spa carried examples of the latest Digilock Axis IP55 rated locking system designed for robust, reliable performance in damp environments – one of several options the company supplies from its vast range of tailored spa treatment room, washroom and changing area provision. Recent fitouts include Brightlife Spa, Isle of Man; Bank House Hotel, Malvern and Boringdon Hall Hotel, Plymouth, each carefully conceived, designed and installed to heighten the customer experience. “In our fifth year of supporting the show, we wanted to further develop our profile in a sector in which changing demands deserve creative solutions,” says project manager, Spencer Grimwood. “This is a key date in our show calendar and we aim to capitalise on the opportunities it presents.”


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Hospitality Interiors #74  

Interior design for hotels, restaurants, bars & clubs

Hospitality Interiors #74  

Interior design for hotels, restaurants, bars & clubs