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COM M E NT The diverse personalities that make up the hospitality design industry are its biggest attribute. As much as consumer behaviours are a central driving force, it is the industry’s creatives and visionaries that make this sector one of innovation and vibrancy. In celebration of this, we’ve collated predictions for the coming year from some of the most respected hospitality design names. Many topics were raised, but some of the most prevalent themes for 2019 included a sustained focus on experiential hospitality, the merits of designing a range of interior spaces through the lens of hospitality, and the adoption of more stringent ecoconscious practices in the construction, design and operation of hospitality businesses. Turn to page 22 for insight from David Rockwell, Maria Katsarou Vafiadis, Tim Mutton, Rachel Johnson, Tim Boyd and more. A people-centric approach has been fundamental, too, to the success of Chicago-based hotel design and development firm, The Gettys Group. In celebration of its 30 year anniversary, we explore the firm’s many achievements and landmark projects over the past three decades from page 38. Amongst our project pages this issue are Soho House’s new Amsterdam property, Goddard Littlefair’s masterful design for Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik, and Leeu Collection’s new Lake District hotel, Linthwaite House. I hope you enjoy the issue, and that 2019 brings you health and happiness.
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BOB PUCCINI – A TRIBUTE In October, Puccini Group’s celebrated founder, Bob Puccini, sadly passed away. Bob was a pioneer in the hospitality and design industries, a trusted advisor and mentor, and a much-loved husband, father and friend to so many. A lifelong learner and teacher, Bob generously shared his 50-plus years of experience with his colleagues, equipping a talented and passionate team to advance Puccini Group’s reputation as a market leader for global hotel food and beverage outlets. He was responsible for the concepting, design and renovation of over 1000 restaurants worldwide. As his wife and fellow visionary, Niki Leondakis, describes: “Bob approached restaurants with a deep understanding of how people want to feel. While food, design, and service were all critical, he would absorb, in a way that no one else could, the desires of a population and translate them into dining experiences that would fulfil people’s dreams of being comforted, loved, important, and awed.” In a joint statement, the partners said: “We have been blessed to have worked with Bob for many years. We share his vision for the business, and plan to do him justice by running things as he would have done. Bob was well-loved and is fondly remembered by our team as well as by our clients. It is due to his entrepreneurial spirit, unconventional approach, deep generosity, and love of mentoring others, that Puccini Group is where it is today – a global leader in the hospitality industry. We will miss him dearly and are honoured to build on his legacy.” The firm will retain its Puccini Group name and will move forward with its current team to continue Bob’s love of delivering world-class hospitality experiences. www.puccinigroup.com
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look like for hospitality design? We asked some of the industryâ€™s top players to cast their predictions for the year ahead. What will be the most significant design trends, what might we see a departure from, what will be the framing challenges, and what are they most excited about? Read on to find out.
In 2019… David Rockwell, Shawn Sullivan & Greg Keffer – Rockwell Group
The hospitality industry will… Hoteliers will continue to find ways to go beyond offering guests a warm welcome. Today hospitality is an opportunity to invite guests into an experience that remains with them after their stay is over. The most significant hospitality design trend will be… We’re starting to see the shrinking and simplification of guest rooms, which allows hotels to focus more on providing a more robust array of out-ofroom guest offerings. There’s a realisation among hoteliers and travellers that there is a real hunger to share social space. It’s partly a reflection of the growing physical isolation associated with social media and partly an acknowledgement of a basic human need. The trend we’ll likely bid farewell to is… designing hospitality environments with “social media moments.” Travellers want to socialise, dine, and sleep in experiential spaces, which pushes us as architects to design hotels with distinct, idiosyncratic personalities. As part of this trend, we feel it is equally important to build in surprises and discoveries in our work that cannot be translated into social media, but can only be felt and experienced in real time, in person, like seeing a show in a Broadway theatre where no photos are allowed.
“There’s a realisation among hoteliers and travellers that there is a real hunger to share social space. It’s partly a reflection of the growing
The biggest challenge will be… Design for hospitality should set the stage for immersive, unforgettable guest experiences. Striking a balance between creating spectacular hospitality spaces that express innovations in architecture and design while providing maximum flexibility to support new and unexpected needs of travellers.
physical isolation associated with social media and partly an acknowledgement of a basic human need”
We’re most looking forward to… seeing how hospitality evolves over time. We believe the notion of “mash-ups” is one of the most exciting design concepts to emerge today. Hospitality is morphing and changing into different typologies that support how people live, work, and play. As a studio, we are looking at a wider and wider range of projects, including offices, theatres, and modes of transportation, through the lens of hospitality. www.rockwellgroup.com
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In 2019… The hospitality industry will… adapt into one of the most significant and exciting periods of our time with consumers looking for new forms of social experiences and wanderlustdriven adventure. Operators and brands that blend their physical hospitality experiences and digital experiences will lead the way, enabling multidimensional and full sensory experiences in tune with how we wish to live our lives – either with immediate ease and ruthless time efficiency or being able to drop out, disconnect, recharge and take your time. Some of Blacksheep’s most recent projects have been driven by some of these new consumer behaviours — wherever consumers go, we, as designers, must adapt our thinking and work out what comes next. Our work for Hyundai Card in creating the Hyundai Cooking Library in Seoul demonstrates a new appetite by consumers to discover a new level of hospitality multi experiences. Where retail is struggling is with the old mammoth department stores that rack out mundane floors of perfume, clothing and home goods. We created a stand-alone building in the heart of Yeongdeungpo-gu that offers guests the ability to discover an analogue world of cooking knowledge within the library space which sits at the heart of the building, surrounded by a cooking school, urban garden, deli, bakery, production kitchen, wine cellar and retail area that has curated cooking equipment from around the world. Not only are we seeing the likes of Hyundai, a financial-based business, entering into the world of hospitality – they are doing it just as well as many long-term restaurant players. We see it as open season as many other types of businesses become experts in hospitality experiences. For us this is one of the most exciting dynamics happening in the industry as everyone will have to up their game.
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The most significant hospitality design trend will be… hotels not being hotels but experience-driven spaces geared towards personalised experiences and niche interests. One of our latest client partners is Equinox, a luxury fitness brand that is also creating a new wave of hotels, the first of which, designed by David Rockwell and his team at Rockwell Group, is being built in Hudson Yards in New York – also known for one of Thomas Heatherwick’s latest creations, The Vessel. With Equinox hotels, will working out replace eating out as we see an opportunity to align hospitality with people’s new appetite for keeping healthy and fit? The world is becoming more and more packaged, our appetite for throw away and grab and go eating habits are accelerating. Will our potential
“Not only are we seeing the likes of Hyundai, a financial based business, entering into the world of hospitality – they are doing it just as well as many long-term restaurant players. We see it as open season as many other types of businesses become experts in hospitality experiences”
future dining development require a wrap of sorts in one hand and our phone in another? Already we start to realise that our seas and natural ecosystem are systematically being destroyed by such behaviour while this leads to our own form of consumption poisoning with plastic particles entering into our water system and toxic chemicals and compounds finding themselves in our fish, meat and vegetables. The whole hospitality and design industry must wake up and respond in a meaningful way to this global crisis and take more responsibility to ensure that we can create future experiences that have zero waste, eradicating plastic consumables and harmful toxic cooking methods and packaged food transportation methods. As design agencies we must create experiences that take a forensic approach to how we help brands and operators create the right approach from the delivery into the kitchen to how we establish a new front of house model. The huge shift towards vegan or plant-based concepts is a reaction to this. However, just because you champion a plant-based diet it does not strictly mean you don’t contribute towards the erosion and ultimate destruction of some of the world’s greatest natural habitats. Hopefully there will be a future concept that creates a balance that can address this issue that that will shine a beacon on how it can be achieved for the rest of the multi-site restaurant industry to follow. It is something that is front of mind at the Blacksheep studio right now so watch this space …
against the digital world as Data is king. We have been working with the Kuwaiti National Cinema Company (KNCC) to create a new boutique cinema brand called 1954 which harks back to the golden age of cinema in Kuwait. The deregulation of the cinema industry in Kuwait meant that any international brand could start to open and operate cinemas in the county. For KNCC, who have had a complete monopoly, there was a real need to adapt by creating a new model boutique cinema brand. We have lots to do to entice the younger generation away from tablets and Netflix downloads. We aim to encourage them back into the cinema and their treasured national cinema brand, away from the latest shiny boxes that might begin appearing all over the country. Our approach has been all-encompassing, with a stand-alone F&B concept, improved gourmet concessions counters and the creation of the art theatres with precision AV and the latest in cinema seating. This is all well and good but without a good booking App and website that allows guests to experience the unique values and behaviour of the brand, it will be impossible to appeal to these future consumers. I’m most looking forward to… leading Blacksheep through one of the most exciting times for designers in the hospitality sector. We have spent the last year completely reorganising ourselves to adapt to the brave new world of F&B design. We have banished the archaic structure of departments and protective teams where creative work gets the baton passed from one team to another without the whole company having input or knowledge. We are also working towards a fully collaborative organisation that has designers and F&B specialists of all disciplines working together seamlessly to create even greater tailored design solutions for our client partners. I’m personally really looking forward to moving to our new studio in early 2019. This space will combine our new working process, teams and new design tools and technology to create an even more exciting, standout and dynamic hospitality experiences of the future. The new space will elevate our ability to give our client partners even greater design value creation. For me, Blacksheep is entering into a completely different phase of its evolution, where we are seeing a totally new wave of client partner type and different genres of work that will further stretch our abilities, by challenging our creative skillsets and minds. Bring on 2019! www.blacksheep.uk.com
The trend we’ll likely bid farewell to is… the term ADD (all day dining) and anything buffet driven! We might even see the removal of hotel restaurants altogether as it becomes impossible as a business model to compete with everything else that a city has to offer. I would also like see the end of interior designers’ use of neon and graffiti to try and make a space or brand cooler and more appealing! The use of dusty pink, cage lights, reclaimed wood, Edison light bulbs and mustard ribbed banquets and the regurgitated use of industrial fittings and details. Brands and interiors that are not authentic to the core and designers who believe that storytelling is a genuine way of brand engagement when the stories created are nothing more than make believe and dreamy. Design narratives should be real and believable, grounded in insightful and intelligent thinking. The biggest challenge will be… loyalty, as no one is loyal any more. Hospitality brands need to catch up
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In 2019… The hospitality industry will … move into Wellness – and we don’t mean spas. Also known as ‘transformative travel’, we’re seeing a shift in travel as personal development, where guests book a trip to explore not only a new city, but also themselves, and we’ll see this across all ages from babyboomers to Gen Y. Having worked on a special project with a luxury airline this year, we know that ‘flying fit’ is on the cards for airlines as they seek to integrate wellness through F+B, experiences and technology to reduce jet-lag and promote overall wellbeing, both in the air and on the ground. Lastly, whilst fitness brands have already begun collaborating with hotel operators (think Equinox x Ritz-Carlton, Arlo x Dogpound Gym), we’re excited to see the first Equinox hotel at Hudson Yard, NYC, again another shake-up of seeing hotel brands align with people’s lifestyles rather than the other way around.
“Also known as ‘transformative travel’, we’re seeing a shift in
The most significant hospitality design trend will be… pared back luxury. Smart simplicity and the use of honest materials and nature to cultivate and complement the experience of wellness.
travel as personal development, where guests book a trip to explore not only a new city, but
The trend we’ll likely bid farewell to is… Farewell to fanciful and over-used words to describe hotel brands – without details on what it actually does or offers differently to others already in the market.
also themselves, and we’ll see this across all ages from babyboomers to Gen Y”
Some culprits … “Authenticity” – surely the trick now is how do you be authentic – about being authentic? “Experiential” – we know the hospitality industry has shifted from a service industry to an experience industry, but what’s beyond the guest experience? The biggest challenge will be… helping brands stay fresh and focused. When we work with brands it’s not about doing things better than a competitor; it’s about doing something different. We’re looking forward to helping brands stay fresh, focused, energised and inspired. We’re most looking forward to… We recently created a few new hybrid brands that migrate lifestyle sectors and blur boundaries. Launching in 2019, we’re definitely looking forward to seeing those come to life. www.hba.com
Maria Katsarou-Vafiadis, Founder & Managing Director of MKV Design
“Waste is not assumed to be the inevitable by-product of a luxury experience any more and hotels could make numerous adjustments to reduce what they
The hospitality industry will… continue its drive towards more personalisation of the guest experience because millennials – or the millennial attitude – expects it and because it makes good commercial sense. The technology already exists to achieve this in quite a sophisticated way but, as usual, the industry is quite a late adopter. We’ll get there! The most significant hospitality design trend will be… to do with increasing the experiential. People travel to have new experiences, and design can support and enhance this, from the way the view is framed on arrival to the successful transition of the breakfast restaurant into a destination for dinner, to accessories in the bedroom that give deeper meaning to local culture. The trend we’ll likely bid farewell to is… I would like to think that it’s the excessive waste in our industry. We already have restaurants marketing themselves as zero-waste; it would be great if hotels could do likewise. Waste is not assumed to be the inevitable by-product of a luxury experience any more and hotels could make numerous adjustments to reduce what they throw away. They could end toiletries in plastic bottles in favour of ‘here-to-stay’ dispensers, for example, or do away with all those desktop leaflets when an app can do better and provide guests with one plastic bottle when they arrive which they are encouraged to refill from complimentary water fountains located around the hotel. The biggest challenge will be… the growth of mass tourism fuelled by cheap flights, new accommodation models such as Airbnb and ever-larger cruise ships is already swamping some cities and islands around the world and this looks set to continue. Not only is this a challenge for our planet’s environment but it is threatening indigenous communities and creating hostility. Technological developments, better tourism management and greater individual responsibility can all help, but I think we will need to do more. I’m most looking forward to… completing our next hotel spa. It seems to me that it has never been more important to be able to retreat occasionally from our everyday lives into a world of wellbeing. Not just for our bodies but for our minds as well. www.mkvdesign.com
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The hospitality industry will… not be slowing down and will continue to be the biggest influencer over other sectors of design.
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The most significant hospitality design trend will be… hospitality interiors that feel residential with warm, natural tones. A return to subtlety, giving guests a sense of peace and well-being. The trend we’ll likely bid farewell to is… Millennial Pink and Brass tones that have overpowered everything for the last couple of years. The biggest challenge will be… integrating technology in a way that feels seamless, rather than “in your face.” I’m most looking forward to… creating new experiences and stories that give guests a sense of place and comfort when they are away from home. www.gettys.com
Tim Boyd, Founding Partner at Michaelis Boyd In 2019… The hospitality industry will… see more luxury brands creating spaces that cater to younger travellers who are design savvy and expect more for their money. Flexible rooms with multiple configurations that accommodate for groups of friends travelling together, spaces in rooms and public spaces for people who travel for work, and work while they travel. The most significant hospitality design trend will be… more flexible spaces: a shift from conventional hotel spaces and experiences such as entrance lobbies and meeting venues being reinvented as spaces to interact, relax, work and even party in! With a lot of competition in the hotel sector and new players entering the market, hotels need to push the boat out on creating unique and whimsical environments that transport the guest to a different era. There is no longer a singular type of hotel guest, or a generic hotel experience, the more idiosyncratic, the better!
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The trend we’ll likely bid farewell to is… the rough, raw, industrial look – we are seeing our clients more visually aware of their environments than ever before, and think we’ll see a shift to very carefully considered and highly curated spaces. The biggest challenge will be… People want great, comfortable and timeless spaces and it’s how to achieve this and also keep it current. We are seeing such great changes in technology – impacting how we live our lives and in new materials and how they can be used – continuing to create spaces that are relevant for now and also flexible for the future is the challenge. www.michaelisboyd.com
“With a lot of competition in the hotel sector and new players entering the market, hotels need to push the boat out on creating unique and whimsical environments that transport the guest to a different era”
Georgia Stevenson, Associate at SHH
In 2019… The hospitality industry will… continue to create unique experiential spaces, with the current trend for strong authenticity and a local feel. Hotels are leaning more towards a boutique approach where rooms are no longer all the same but have variations in art and furniture and a home away from home atmosphere. The most significant hospitality design trend will be… Terrazzo. With the enduring popularity of mid-century modern design, Terrazzo surfaces will continue to be popular for floors, walls and unique furniture pieces.
“With the enduring popularity of mid-century
The trend we’ll likely bid farewell to is… bold wallpapers like palm prints and florals. There will be strong turn to simple, natural finishes as well as strong use of pastel colourways.
modern design, Terrazzo surfaces will continue to be popular for floors, walls and
The biggest challenge will be… keeping up with ever-evolving technology will continue to be a challenge. Technology has meant there have been substantial changes to how we work, live and play and designers need to ensure spaces can integrate technology as subtly and effectively as possible. Also, as social media platforms are now a large form of free marketing for the hospitality market, clients want that ‘instagramable’ space to help advertise their venue.
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I’m most looking forward to… the design industry continuing to embrace natural and simple products such as combinations of metal, stone, concrete and wood. These finishes used creatively and in various textures are producing some dynamic and luxurious interior spaces. www.shh.co.uk
Corinna Kretschmar-Joehnk, JOI-Design
The hospitality industry will… stay as exciting as it is right now! We are thrilled to be a part of it, having worked in the industry for more than 30 years. We have seen trends coming and going but it has never been so essential to respond to the new needs of our society. Interior design has become an important mirror and reflector of these new demands, showing what has changed dramatically and answering with totally new concepts and spaces. The most significant hospitality design trend will be… Not only one trend! There is not one single, simple guest profile any more. Future travellers will be so diverse in their expectations and needs that we cannot answer with only one trend, and it will become even more diverse. Age is not an indicator any more and the issue of budgets has become more complex. The same person will fly in business class and sleep in an economy hotel product, and on the next trip he or she will not spend so much money on the flight but book a special spa treatment in a luxurious property.
“Hopefully, we will move away and differentiate more from all those ‘quirky, funny, colourful, loudly-designed and only Instagram-able homey-feel living rooms’ and follow more
The trend we’ll likely bid farewell to is… Hopefully, we will move away and differentiate more from all those ‘quirky, funny, colourful, loudly-designed and only Instagram-able homey-feel living rooms’ and follow more individual paths again. This particular interpretation of ‘loud’ storytelling has led us to a kind of overkill and at the same time a new mainstream. As a result, designers may be asked to think more carefully about being subtle and quieter for future developments.
individual paths again”
The biggest challenge will be… It will be more and more challenging to find individuality for each project. Authenticity and a real and honest approach to guests have become much more important than they used to be and will be the key for the future. I’m most looking forward to… quieter design languages and discoveries at a second glance. www.joi-design.com
Diane Thorsen & Tom Hupe, Perkins+Will In 2019… The hospitality industry will… DT: I work as design director of Perkins+Will’s Dubai studio, and I feel the industry will reinvent itself in our region and adapt in response to travellers’ demand for experience and immersion into local culture. Successful hotels will create spaces that appeal to the customer, offering a lifestyle experience. Guests are looking away from the model of a specific brand standard or sameness and more toward a local, residential or unusual immersive experience during their stay.
a meeting point for locals, and a workplace for the local community. The footprint of the hotel continues to expand across urban areas through collaboration with external co-working, leisure and event spaces, whilst simultaneously providing a central community focal point. For the staying guest this brings direct integration with the local community and genuine local experience. For the local community, the hotel can provide a 24-hour facility that connects the component elements of the locality. In the interior design of hotels, this requires the creation of spaces that resonate with their environment, and spaces that can flexibly adapt throughout the day, and from month to month.
TH: continue to grow, diversify and face ever-increasing competition from outside the traditional market. The increasing prevalence of hotel brands emerging from retail, workplace, leisure and F&B sources is creating a new dynamic within the hotel industry. As hotel designers, this gives us a great opportunity for new creative approaches, and to challenge the historic hotel models.
The trend we’ll likely bid farewell to is… DT: traditional luxury brands with overworked and over-designed finishes. Hospitality still takes itself too seriously but there is a new vision emerging where operators are prepared to take risks and become more inventive and creative.
The most significant hospitality design trend will be… DT: focused on creating memorable experiences for their guests. We will see emphasis on hotels providing creative tailored experiences to suit guest preferences and spaces will become simple spaces with dining, living and gallery spaces blurred into one with good, relatively simple, wholesome and local food service. Upscale and upper upscale hotels will exist alongside home from home spaces offering interesting events to experience as part of the neighbourhood.
TH: technology for technology’s sake. In the face of competition from the home sharing economy and new brand competition from outside the traditional hotel market, ‘hospitality service’ becomes a key differentiator for the traditional hotel market. Technology as a brand ‘usp’ has often created a barrier to hospitality service and led to diminished guest experience. The use of technology in the move from demographic to psychographic guest profiling, and to enhance guest experience is key.
TH: the repositioning of hotels as ‘community buildings’. Where hotels were once insular buildings designed for the ‘staying guest’, the hotel is now a meeting place, a retail space and a workplace. From independent hotels to the major brands, hotels are looking to connect with local retailers, provide
The biggest challenge will be… DT: The biggest challenge in the Middle East will be to deliver quality within a market that is currently focusing on the bottom line. It’s a wonderful opportunity for architects and designers to rise to this challenge and
“The biggest challenge in the Middle East will be to deliver quality within a market that is currently focusing on the bottom line. It’s a wonderful opportunity for architects and designers to rise to this challenge and present out-of-the-box thinking”
present out-of-the-box thinking. TH: Guests expect to be treated as unique individuals and no longer simply categorised as ‘business’, ‘leisure’ or even ‘bleisure’ travellers. In response to this, as designers, our challenge is to create spaces that respond to the unique nature of each guest, and to the notion that ‘you can be you’ wherever you travel. This does not mean designing and curating spaces to suit a guest’s social media profile. It means creating spaces that can be used, adapted and defined by the guest. Spaces that are adaptable and flexible, that facilitate unique experiences, and that respond to the demand from guests to ‘learn, share and connect’ as they travel. I’m most looking forward to… DT: solving the challenges of construction and the possibilities of moving away from traditional construction and labour to modular or pre-fabricated construction. This way hotels will be reinvented to suit the location, becoming converging points for co-living and co-working including living, breathing showrooms for retail and immersive experiences. Fluid, flexible, and adaptable spaces are our future. TH: creatively embracing the changes within the hotel market and designing for future trends. The role of the hotel within the community, the unique guest profiles, facilitating ‘experiential travel’, responding to competition from new markets, and the merging of the sectors within the hotel space, make the hotel market a more exciting design space than ever before. www.perkinswill.com
Kim Partridge, Founder of Kim Partridge Interiors
In 2019… The hospitality industry will… thrive if it creates more retreats, places where people can kick their shoes off, literally and metaphorically, places that give every guest a sense of belonging. We are living through a time of huge change, which is challenging and exhausting, and guests want rejuvenation, consolation, and fun. The most significant hospitality design trend will be… the creation of spaces where guests can do things together or alone, such as kitchen gardens to saunter in, rooms for painting or floristry classes and libraries with an abundance of curated book collections. As people travel more and it’s easier than ever to book a hotel on any number of sites, winning guest loyalty, or at least their advocacy, has become vital for hoteliers. Creating special memories is key. The trend we’ll likely bid farewell to is… the end of over-complicated guest room technology. I think we’re in a settling down period for technology. The message is finally getting through that while complex systems may be fine in a private home where the owner has time to learn them, it definitely is not a good idea for hotel guests to be left struggling with managing their guest room features and level of personal comfort. The biggest challenge will be… creating a narrative that is individual, relevant and digestible for guests. The marketplace is now packed with hotel brands but you have to ask what they actually mean to guests. The brand and the narrative have to go together, and the design needs to make this apparent in all the ways that touch guests. I am thinking here of design that engages all the senses – taste, touch, hearing and, very importantly, smell, as well as the visual. Design that captures the brand DNA and creates a contextual experience gives guests joyful memories to take home with them and share with their friends.
“We are living through a time of huge change, which is challenging and exhausting, and guests want rejuvenation, consolation, and fun”
I’m most looking forward to… my next opportunity to create a storied guest experience, contemporary or classic. www.kimpartridge.com
Alícia Meireles, Senior Designer at HBA London
“Although social media is now very much part of our way of life, I believe it is time to reconnect with guests in a way that offers them real, lasting experiences that aren’t just ‘for the ‘gram”
In 2019… The hospitality industry will… see new brands emerge to cater for the tech-savvy, environmentally-aware and culturally-curious budget traveller. With Airbnb fast becoming a first choice for many, and hostels offering authentic, local connections, hotels can no longer expect guests to choose to stay in bland rooms with poor quality amenities. We’ve started to see top brands invest in the delivery of beautifully designed, entry level rooms, and this is something that will start to become commonplace in 2019.
show faked or surface-level experiences. Like many hotel designers, I have been asked to create “Instagram corners” and, although social media is now very much part of our way of life, I believe it is time to reconnect with guests in a way that offers them real, lasting experiences that aren’t just “for the ‘gram”. Expect “no photo” areas and enhanced customer service. The biggest challenge will be… to design responsibly and bring clients on board to do the same. Following the UN’s climate report, we have only 12 years left to restrict global warming and prevent irreversible damages to our planet. All of us have noticed society shifting in order to reduce our carbon footprint. 2019 is the year that the hospitality industry will make strides in providing real solutions, from construction and interior design through to the day-to-day running of hotels.
The most significant hospitality design trend will be… statement interiors with strong environmental credentials. Continually on the lookout for the latest, most exciting thing, guests are opting more and more for hotels with unique characteristics. However they are also becoming less willing to do so at the expense of the planet. We will see designers coming up with new ways to capture the attention of guests whilst appealing to their ecological consciences.
I’m most looking forward to… working with local craftsmen and curating interiors to enhance the customer experience. Last year was India; this year Turkey; we shall see what next year brings! www.hba.com
The trend we’ll likely bid farewell to is… designing for the Instagram moment. Social media has taken over our industry in a huge way and the majority of the moments captured on it
Rachel Johnson – Senior Vice President and Studio Director, Wimberly Interiors London
In 2019… The hospitality industry will… witness the rise of independent hotels that capture the imagination of guests. Guests are searching for a differentiated product that is not confined by a brand, and hoteliers that are courageous enough to experiment with new amenities and service offerings. Meanwhile, the large hotel companies will continue to invest in research and technology to anticipate consumer behaviour and facilitate bookings through predictive analytics.
“Beautiful design does not
The most significant hospitality design trend will be… There is a juxtaposition emerging, in which guests perceive travel experiences as aspirational, an opportunity for escapism from the fastpaced nature of their daily existence. At the same time, there is a growing desire for hotels and resorts to look and feel more residential; travellers want to relax and are seeking comfort. Aesthetically, colour, patterns, and textures will take centre stage to bring warmth to the interior.
need to be expensive, the challenge will be prioritising and rationalising the budget between the developer’s investment objectives and
The trend we’ll likely bid farewell to is… Rose gold, copper finishes, teal, and pink.
the operator’s vision, while inspiring the guest”
The biggest challenge will be… setting the trend rather than chasing them. Beautiful design does not need to be expensive, the challenge will be prioritising and rationalising the budget between the developer’s investment objectives and the operator’s vision, while inspiring the guest. I’m most looking forward to… designing projects that embrace risk, with a distinct point of view. Regardless of whether we are designing a hostel or a luxury hotel, we enjoy articulating the guest journey, and are hyper-aware of how guests feel, interact and utilise the spaces within the property. www.watg.com/wimberly
Michael Suomi, Principal & Vice President of Design at Stonehill Taylor
“The pendulum will swing hard and far to the left and design will follow, joyfully celebrating the differences in culture, heritage, race,
gender, sexual orientation and religious freedoms upon which the US was built”
The hospitality industry will… continue to consolidate; bigger companies will buy up the smaller players in all sectors of our industry. The trends set by Marriott’s purchase of Starwood and Hyatt’s recent acquisition of Two Roads are indicative of the changes that the global economy and our state of business in the US are in store for. Look for this trend to bleed into manufacturers purchasing other manufacturers outside of China, design firms snatching up small regional companies to expand their footprint, and larger portfolios of properties changing hands as ownership groups look to amass capital. The most significant hospitality design trend will be… an explosion of pattern, colour, and diversity in design as a response to the increasingly xenophobic stance of the US administration and isolationistic policies. The pendulum will swing hard and far to the left and design will follow, joyfully celebrating the differences in culture, heritage, race, gender, sexual orientation and religious freedoms upon which the US was built. The trend we’ll likely bid farewell to is… grey-on-grey. Adieu to the long standing, visually tranquilizing answer to beige-on-beige, greige (which I still love) and all the variations that came before. All Praise India Mahdavi and her temple Sketch for ushering in the era of overall colour and for helping us remember the rest of the Pantone book! The biggest challenge will be... dealing with the impact and unintended consequences of both the new tariffs on Chinese-manufactured products as well as the countervailing duty penalizing Chinese-made quartz. The US hospitality industry is struggling to understand the results of both of these changes brought about by Trump’s administration and we will be spending a good deal of time in the coming year finding many different ways to deal with the increased costs. I’m most looking forward to… how hospitality can help or even change the world in ways we have never thought of before. For example, Senda Verde’s mission of rescuing and caring for injured animals, upcycling at Trunk Hotel in Tokyo, and the new resort concept, Le Colline Incantate, that caters to single parents and their children facing difficult issues, recently brought to light by John Hardy and his Radical Innovation award program that gives our industry a hard shove forward. www.stonehilltaylor.com
From college dream to industry titan – celebrating 30 years of The Gettys Group “We’ve hunkered down and made sacriﬁces, but have emerged each time wiser, leaner and more creative about how to get the job done”
When Andrew Fay and Roger Hill met whilst registering for their freshman classes at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, they were oblivious to the wonderful professional and personal journey their future friendship would lead them on. “It was a great coincidence and a stroke of fate,” says Roger. “It was wonderful to run into Andrew and then we became best friends, which was just magnificent.” “One of the unique things about Cornell is that we had the opportunity to do a lot of project work together academically. We had a great professor, who’s now passed away – Professor Eyster – and in that class we did a case study about redeveloping a hotel back in Wisconsin. That case study began the conversation about whether there was an opportunity for us to do something together in the future.” Fellow students Ariane Steinbeck and Julius van Heek were the final pieces of the puzzle and, after graduating in 1988, the foursome arranged to meet up in Chicago and start their own business.
“We were full of optimism and idealism, ambition, energy and passion, but candidly we pretty much lacked any relevant experience,” admits Andrew. “All of those things combined, along with the support, sage council and advice of Roger’s parents, were really pivotal to launching this business, which is now entering its fourth decade. “It’s not what we were thinking of at the time. People say to us, “what was your grand plan?” and the reality was that there was no grand plan. Our attitude was ‘let’s have a crack at this, see if it works out and if it doesn’t we’ll do something else,’ and the good news is it seems to have worked out so far!” If completing more than 1000 projects in 32 countries, with offices in three locations, and achieving global standing as one of the premier industry giants is your idea of success, I’d say The Gettys Group just about hits the spot. As with every journey, however, there have been numerous challenges and hurdles to overcome. The hospitality industry itself has undergone seismic shifts over the past three decades, evolving from a formulaic, rather static entity into the fast-paced, experience-led
on the scene, they were on the cusp of a changing attitude towards hotel design and guest experience. Their agile reaction to the opportunities posed by this sea-change was instrumental in building firm foundations for the venture moving forward. “When we started the business, hotel design was more about delivering a consistent product in accordance with stringent brand standards manuals, rather than creating authentic experiences for guests,” Andrew explains. “The hotel design business was highly reactive, often sitting back and observing innovations in other sectors. “We understood early on the power of design and how it can directly lead to profitability for ownership. There was a clear divide between the ‘left and right brain’ sides of the hospitality design process, and by bringing creativity and pragmatism together under one roof, we were able to help our clients make much smarter decisions that had a strong impact on their bottom line.” Of course, some storms can only be weathered and, as for many, the economic crisis of 2008 proved a real measure of The
model it is today. When The Gettys Group first arrived
Gettys Group’s strength as a business. “Because of our breadth of experience over
“We understood early on the power of design and how it can directly lead to profitability for ownership.”
the prior 20 years, solid relationships and strategic approach to our work, we persevered,” says Andrew. “By that time, we had established ourselves as a global company that could shift our focus to other areas of the world that were not so impacted. And, through our work
over the first two decades we developed a reputation that was strong enough for us to be trusted with new investments following the decline. “The key for us has been always having the right people around the table to assess the
current environment and make thoughtful, strategic decisions for our firm. This has allowed us to continue to evolve based on the changing needs of the industry and our clients. We’ve hunkered down and made sacriﬁces, but have emerged each time wiser, leaner and more creative about how to get the job done.” Another way in which The Gettys Group has safeguarded its standing is its diverse and sophisticated in-house offerings. The firm was, in fact, one of the first to adopt an integrated approach to interior design and procurement services, and the addition of its branding and development arms since has ensured that the business remains agile and innovative in its operation. “In order to stay relevant given these shifts in the industry and to be able to craft these immersive experiences, The Gettys Group operates at the intersection of design, branding, strategy and business,” affirms Andrew. “We often think that what we do is similar to producing a Broadway show. The branding group writes the script, the design group creates the set to bring the story to life in the built environment, procurement provides all of the props and the management team brings the cast and crew. With those groups working together, the curtain goes up and the show
“We built Gettys ONE from the ground up to focus on the needs of the owner and brand, while still providing the meaningful, beautiful design that our interior design group is known for”
goes on!” After three decades in the industry, The Gettys Group has refined and perfected its internal processes and communication channels – building relationships with hundreds of respected brands and suppliers, helping clients conceptualise and position their brands, and creating unique and memorable stories that resonate with guests. Never resting on its laurels, however, the firm has capitalised on this experience and expertise to build a division dedicated to the select-service hotel sector. Founded in 2012, Gettys ONE has worked on hundreds of projects across all major select-service brands, and comes highly recommended by Hilton, Hyatt and Marriott. “We had always worked in the select-service market, but not with the success and frequency
we desired,” explains Andrew. “The market, its ownership and brands are unique within the hospitality space, and we needed a fresh approach that allowed a dedicated team of professionals within our organisation to focus on the burgeoning sector. “We built Gettys ONE from the ground up to focus on the needs of the owner and brand, while still providing the meaningful, beautiful design that our interior design group is known for.” This diverse offering means that, at any one time, the firm’s 75-strong team are working across an immensely diverse roster of projects. Their present line-up, for instance, includes: Rand Tower – the firm’s own development project to resurrect an iconic building in Minneapolis; The Madison DC – an interior design, branding and procurement combined
services project with a spectacular brand story revolving around James and Dolly Madison; and LoveDay, a space designed to care for dementia patients, and the firm’s first venture into the healthcare arena.
The Gettys Group’s ever-widening remit is symptomatic of an industry that is unrelenting in its forward charge. Heavily populated and consequently highly competitive, the hospitality sector is awash with brands looking
to entertain, intrigue and ultimately retain their customers through curated and experiential interior design. As this ethos is increasingly adopted by other sectors, too, the expertise and creativity within The Gettys Group team will have plentiful opportunity to shine. “As cities are rapidly growing, residential real-estate prices are increasing and apartment sizes are decreasing,” says Roger. “Hotels are becoming the living rooms of our cities – the place to gather, meet, eat, entertain and collaborate. They are also becoming the workplace for today’s untethered mobile professionals. “Our industry is no longer reacting to the innovation and creativity of others – we are operating at the forefront of design, inspiring the infusion of hospitality elements into the retail, residential, healthcare and commercial office sectors. “The future of hospitality design and development is all about experiences and really understanding your clients and their customers. Our focus on a guest-centric design approach will continue to lead brands, owners and operators to The Gettys Group because when they work with us, we get the work done better, faster and they have fun from the start
“I’m 100% confident that this company and our family of brands is going to continue to exist for many more decades, and that is incredibly gratifying”
of the process to the end.” It is perhaps this focus on the human element of design, and of running a business, that is The Gettys Group’s winning formula. Throughout the firm’s rise to the eminence it enjoys today, the founding emphasis on relationships – between staff and clients alike – have remained the same. Beyond the close personal and professional friendship shared by Andrew and Roger, there is a wider network of past and present staff and clients, all of whom have contributed, and many of whom continue to contribute, to the firm’s success. “We have a lot of clients and vendor partners that have been with us since day one,” affirms Andrew. “We have an incredible group of team members that work in the business today, but I would say we also have an amazing alumni association of hundreds of people that have worked in the company around the world over these 30 years that we’re still very connected with.
“People feel very connected to our family of brands and to The Gettys Group family, and that I think is really thrilling to us. A lot of people who’ve left us and gone on to start their own businesses and have wonderful careers have later become clients. Some of our best clients actually started out as interns at The Gettys Group.” “I think from a family perspective, that’s one of the things that we are passionate about because we really want to create that environment that’s going to continue on long after we’re gone,” agrees Roger. “I’m 100% confident that this company and our family of brands is going to continue to exist for many more decades, and that is incredibly gratifying.” Should The Gettys Group continue to demonstrate the ingenuity, leadership and dedication that it has over the past 30 years, there seems little reason the firm shouldn’t enjoy the longevity and sustained success it so richly deserves. www.gettys.com
Yuna Megre, Megre Interiors Russia-born and British educated, Yuna Megre founded her Moscow-based boutique design company, Megre Interiors, in 2008. A decade and more than 46 hospitality projects later, the firm is flourishing, with ambitions to expand its international focus. Here, Yuna explains why she felt such a pull towards the hospitality design sector specifically, how her analytical brain comes into play through her designs, and why she has no plans for large-scale growth of her team ...
What do you feel is the single most important thing that people should know about you, or your work? I am way too business oriented for an interior designer. I think it comes from my background and analytical brain. I have to understand, to really get deep into the DNA of the business, the project and the client before I design. I believe it is the only way to design spaces that truly reflect the needs of my clients. That said, of course I get as giddy over a swatch of fabric, like a child at Christmas. Could you talk a little about your professional background, and what led you to found Megre Interiors in 2008? I was born in Russia, but from the age of 14 was educated in the UK. After attending boarding school, I acquired a BSC in Business Administration from the oldest Business School in Europe at Cardiff University, where I also served as the Vice President of Cardiff University Business Society. During that period I completed multiple internships at business consulting, law, marketing and advertising corporations to gain a feel for the corporate world and went on to work at Saatchi & Saatchi. It is where I truly developed an appreciation for the art of visual communication, brand identity and concept development, which have greatly influenced my work as an interior designer. It is during my time at Saatchi that I realised that interior
design was more than an interest or hobby, but a passion that I would devote myself to. Thus, with little creative background or portfolio, I applied to one of the most prestigious design schools in the world. To this day, I believe that it was my sheer determination and conviction that persuaded the admissions counsellor who interviewed me for a 500 people per spot programme to take a chance on me, for which I am eternally grateful. My time at University of Arts London, Chelsea College, not only provided me the tools and introduction into the profession but, most importantly, cemented my vision for design thinking and conceptual development and how it transcends all disciplines. It is through this multidisciplinary approach that truly great concepts and thus interiors, are developed. It is also there that I understood that public spaces and namely hospitality spaces intrigued me the most. There was something about the complexity of it, the dynamic nature, the unpredictability, the ability to influence the
minds and emotions of different people every day and make them happier, that appealed to me. Plus it was more in line with my marketing and advertising background than the private sector. After completing my studies I returned to Moscow and worked as a freelance decorator for a chain of restaurants for three months, after which I was offered my first project. It was a restaurant and bar in St Petersburg and to complete it I collaborated with my friend, who was an architect. That is how my first company was born. We worked together for almost two years, completing 12 projects with a tiny team of four, before parting ways and conceiving two separate companies. This is how Megre Interiors was born two years after entering the profession. Thus, I have never worked for anyone in the industry and everything I have ever done in creativity, in approach, in procedures – has been through my own analysis, trial and error. I did not, and we still do not do things “as
“I am way too business oriented for an interior designer. I think it comes from my background and analytical brain. I have to understand, to really get deep into the DNA of the business, the project and the client before I design” 47
they are done,” we always question the norm, we find the optimal, most effective way of doing, both for us and our clients. I believe that it has been one of our strongest differences throughout the years. As it is only through questioning we can truly push boundaries, truly create. What has been your proudest moment or most memorable project as a designer, thus far? Honestly, it is always the last project. I put so much of my heart and soul into each one that I love them all dearly, but the brightest emotion is the most recent one. I feel bliss seeing how people interact with spaces that I design, how they influence them and change their mood. How someone can be stressed and tense walking into my restaurant, but they take a seat and 10 minutes later, their whole disposition changes. Obviously, our interior is only one factor of many creating that magic, but being a part of that is what drives me.
What, for you, is the most enjoyable aspect of designing hospitality interiors? It’s about making people feel welcome, and ultimately loved. It sounds corny and far fetched, but it truly is. Creating environments in which people congregate, communicate, in which friendships evolve, families are born, businesses are made – is a beautiful thing. Creating spaces in which we make people feel at home while they are away from their home, in which we excite their senses and provoke emotion. That is what hospitality is to me. From the work perspective, what attracts me are the people who work in the industry, the way they work and interact. The way that everyone has a common goal of creating a magnificent restaurant/bar/hotel/lounge, and we do our best to come in synergy and create a wonderful new entity for people to enjoy. It is what makes a project. There is no point in my work if we don’t have a passionate restaurateur and chef in the project. It would be a non-starter – lifeless, with
“Creating environments in which people congregate, communicate, in which friendships evolve, families are born, businesses are made – is a beautiful thing”
no atmosphere, no soul. How many times have you been to a place, and it seems everything is there, the trendy chairs, the cute chandeliers, the fancy plates, but it feels empty, fake and lifeless? I am sure plenty of examples come to mind. Thus, it is crucial to me to work with people who I have a common ground with. I never take on a project with a client or concept that “doesn’t fit right”. How would you describe the identity or ethos Megre Interiors has built over the past 10 years? We are a boutique firm. Always have been, always will be. I have no ambition or interest in growing into a big design company, as it is essential for me to have the intimacy we have with our clients and our projects. And of course with my team. We are a team of 20, but most of the people have been with me for over five years. We know each other, understand each other, complement each other’s strength. And it is through putting our talents and heads together we achieve great results and efficiency. We share a common passion, a vision and a prudence in our work. Our philosophy is simple. We believe that
“we are designed by what we have designed.” That everything that we create in life influences people and influences us. And then we all influence the next wave of creating. It is a cyclical process. Thus, we have an innate responsibility to this world to do good, to bring comfort, to bring positivity. Our goal is to redefine hospitality, to push the norms and standards, to question the status quo, in the name of just that ... hospitality. Wholehearted, true, hospitality. On the practical level what is crucial to me is being a reliable partner for my clients. That means keeping all promises, delivering on them and being very structured and organised. Chaos in development and construction is the biggest money pit. By making sure we are efficient, that our documents are super detailed and spot on, that our communications are structured and open, we help our client optimise their processes and thus save money. This way, we can have enough for that better fabric, for that nicer supplier. What are your framing ambitions for the firm going forwards? We have been a leading player in our home
market for many years, as well as completing a number of international projects. Now, we aim to focus more on that. To push ourselves to working in multiple cultures, contexts and fields. Though it is always interesting to understand and feel the psyche of your local consumer, it is most intriguing to understand someone from a different world so to speak, and to such a level, that you create something they love. What do you feel will be the key issues and challenges affecting the hospitality design industry in the coming years? Well, I could tell you what everyone else will – technology, globalisation, increase in trend change momentum, economic volatility, redistribution of wealth and influence, social networks etc etc. We all know that. But I feel the biggest shift will be in authenticity. A paradox, but the more instantly gratified, spoilt and fake the world is getting, the more authenticity becomes important. And hospitality is at the forefront of that. It is no longer enough to be a collection of good food, good chairs and good plates. You need to be something, be about something,
with which it has developed, and continues to develop is incredible. In 20 years we went from archaical to forefront. There are even several Russian restaurants in the world with top 100 ratings, and the level of quality both aesthetically and culinary is world class. Most people who visit are shocked by this and the service. Of course this is mainly Moscow and St Petersburg, but the last five years we have seen an increasing number of decent projects in other cities and in small neighbouring republics. The market is dominated by 3-4 large restaurant groups with the largest owning over 200 concepts. I am proud to say we work with all of them. And there are many young and exciting restaurateurs entering the market. As for the hotel industry, it is only recently that we have seen an increase in interest of developing great concepts, investing in quality and individuality. The market has always been dominated by large chains, and unfortunately I cannot say they have done themselves justice in this market. However, the enormous shortage both for rooms and quality is starting to shift the market. What are you working on at the moment, and have you got any upcoming projects that you’re able to tell us about? We have been working on a number of large projects for the past year that take time. As our focus shifted toward the hotel industry, It has been a different dynamic for us as we are used to having an opening every few months. We have two hotels in development right now, and one in construction. And of course we are still working on restaurants and bars and have a couple of exciting openings coming up. One of which, I am happy to say, is in Los Angeles, where I now reside half of my time. I love this city and am very excited about starting our work there.
“In human history, we have never congregated this much outside of homes, never travelled as much, never done both for the reasons we do now. The world is changing. And so will hospitality and all it embodies”
care about something as a concept, a brand and a business. You need to have a soul that people can connect with. And souls are not created by standards and norms, they are intricately knitted, they are individual. So our industry will need to redefine itself, to be more. We have to. Because the more connected this world becomes, the more important we are as an industry. In human history, we have never congregated this much outside of homes, never travelled as much, never done both for the reasons we do now. The world is changing. And so will hospitality and all it embodies. Could you talk a little about the hospitality design scene in Russia? First of all, compared to many countries the industry is very young. However, the pace
What are your passions outside of the design world? Hm, sleeping... I am joking, but as a mother and entrepreneur who lives in two countries and travels for work all the time, it is a luxury. I love food, I love the ocean, I love travelling and seeing new things. And for someone who could hold the title as “the least sporty person ever,” I am happy to say I have discovered yoga this year and have started to love working out for the first time. But most of all I love watching my little girl grow and rediscovering the world with her. www.megreinteriors.com
Soho House Amsterdam Netherlands
The Soho House Group has added another architectural gem to its line-up with its new Amsterdam property.
he commanding Bungehuis building on the Spuistraat, just moments from Dam Square, was built in the 1930s as a trading office, before serving as a humanities building for the University of Amsterdam from the 1970s. Spanning six stories, the building is covered in limestone and granite, with bay windows on each side and art deco detailing. The property’s interior, meanwhile, features splendid original architectural features in bronze, stained glass, birch timber and monumental glazed tiles – the perfect canvas for Soho House’s trademark blend of bespoke furnishings, traditional styling and vintage ephemera. The ground floor of Soho House Amsterdam is open to the public, featuring Cecconi’s restaurant, a Cowshed spa and private hire rooms. In true Amsterdam style, there is space to park 75 bikes in the basement, with a small workshop for repairs. Cecconi’s Amsterdam joins its London, New York, Miami, West Hollywood, Istanbul, Barcelona and Berlin counterparts, serving up hand-made pasta, seafood and Northern Italian dishes. Its dining area overlooks
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the canal, while a further comfortable lounge area offers low seating, a locally-sourced wine tasting table and a large curved bar. The restaurant has a glass retractable roof, with plants woven into the ceiling, leather banquettes, vintage rugs and bespoke made pendant lights, alongside the signature Cecconi’s marble striped floor in deep red. Cowshed is decorated in soft greens, with painted wooden ceilings and floors and light linen fabrics. Six treatment rooms, two barber chairs and four treatment chairs are available, alongside a range of Cowshed products to take home. Concluding the ground floor offering are four private hire rooms – able to accommodate anywhere between 12-70 guests – available to book by members and non-members. These multipurpose rooms are art deco in interior style, with bold patterned fabrics, wooden floors and a bar. Soho House Amsterdam’s 79 bedrooms span floors 1-3, ranging in size from Tiny to Extra-Large. Antique pieces have been mixed with specially designed furniture and rugs throughout. The bed throws and fabrics are
in fact inspired by the original windows in the grand Bungehuis staircase, with tables, pouffes and sofas designed by Soho House. Soho House Amsterdamâ€™s Monumental Rooms occupy the first floor. The Listed corridor here is clad in limestone tiles that have been meticulously restored by a specialist team, alongside original wall panelling, mosaic tiled floors and restored art deco lighting. These original elements continue through each of the bedrooms with 1930s timber panelling and stained glass windows. In the centre of larger rooms are specially designed pod bathrooms, clad with fabric and with freestanding copper bathtubs. On the fourth floor, the Gym offers views out over the canal; its ceiling painted in a highgloss canal green to mirror this vista. State-ofthe-art Technogym equipment, HIIT and yoga studios and changing rooms featuring terrazzo flooring, with marble mosaic showers and steam and sauna rooms, have been installed. A Screening Room on the same floor features velvet armchairs, footstools and vintage lamps on individual side tables. A small pre-screening bar has high gloss lacquered and
The building is the perfect canvas for Soho Houseâ€™s trademark blend of bespoke furnishings, traditional styling and vintage ephemera
velvet clad walls, mirrored tables, dark fabric sofas and armchairs, and a ribbed timber bar serving drinks and snacks. The main members’ space is located on the fifth floor, with some of the most impressive canal views. Bold fabrics have been selected here, with a blend of antique and custom-made furniture, geometric rugs and a high-gloss black floor. The wall panelling is inspired by the Listed detailing in the Bungehuis, with the original blue tiling, and a bar clad in fabric inspired by the Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder ‘hidden church’ in the city. The space has comfortable seating and a big open fire, with the adjacent Library, which has its own bar and small workspace area. On the other side, House Kitchen serves up food and drinks all day, with a big open kitchen and deli counter. Pinks and Hague blues abound here, with banquette seating, lounge chairs and vintage tables and lamps. A rug runs down the centre of the room, with a tiled floor and timber detailing, linen fabrics and plants making the space feel light and open. Next door in the Canal Room is a DJ booth for performances and members’ events on evenings and weekends. The space has its own lounge and bar, with deep green cork flooring and acoustic soundproofing in the walls.
For the ultimate cityscape, members can make use of the rooftop swimming pool and bar, with its geometric-pattern tiled floor, sun loungers and parasols, and chairs and tables for eating and drinking. www.sohohouseamsterdam.com
Casa Colonica Villa La Massa Florence, Italy
Enchanting Florentine hotel, Villa La Massa, has completed an exquisite renovation of its new accommodation quarters, Casa Colonica.
et on the banks of the Arno River and encircled by the bucolic splendour of the Tuscan countryside, Villa La Massa is a majestic sight to behold. The property was built in the 16th century as a country home for the aristocratic Florentine family of Santi Landini and, as a result of careful maintenance and restoration over the ensuing centuries, retains a palpable sense of Renaissance splendour. It was in 1948 that the property was transformed into a luxury hotel, before it was purchased and completely restored by the Villa dâ€™Este hotel group in 1998. Today, Villa La Massa offers a luxurious span
As a result of careful maintenance and restoration over the ensuing centuries, retains a palpable sense of Renaissance splendour
of facilities, from elegantly appointed guest accommodation and the culinary delights of its Il Verrocchio restaurant, to the soothing Arno spa and charming Iris gardens. The latest addition to Villa La Massa’s impressive portfolio of buildings is Casa Colonica – a picturesque former farmhouse dating back to the 1800s. Spanning 6500ft2, this new wing offers four new suites, each with private bathrooms and walk-in closets, as well as a well-equipped kitchen. Entering Casa Colonica’s charming internal courtyard, complete with wrought iron furniture and a covered dining area, guests feel that they have their own private and highly exclusive residence. This space is ideally suited to entertaining – enjoying pre- and post-dinner drinks on balmy Spring and Summer evenings, or enjoying a peaceful meal al fresco. In keeping with the existing hotel buildings, the decor throughout Casa Colonica is classically Tuscan – awash with terracotta, stone, wood, and warm earthy tones, yet with a subtle contemporary twist. Each of the suites has been individually designed, offering its own distinct colour palette and unique configuration. On the right of the courtyard, at ground floor level, one of the suites features an ochre, blue, beige and wine-red palette. The floor here is
constructed with durmast wood – providing the perfect backdrop for a custom-made 100% natural handmade silk rug – while the curtains are fashioned from neutral, soft fabrics enriched by elegant trimmings and hemmed by an ochre veining. Period furniture pieces, such as the striking antique desk, chime perfectly with more contemporary furnishings like the sumptuous armchairs, cofee and side tables. The centrepiece here, however, is most definitely the striking hand-painted ancient fresco on the wall behind the canopy wooden bed. As for all the suites, the bathroom features a magnificent bathtub, high-quality ceramics and Santafiora stone, which create a beautiful polychrome effect. The other ground floor suite is characterised by assortments of stripes, which give rhythm and personality to the space. Hues of purple, brick red, orange and emerald green bring warmth and vibrance. Bedside tables of wood and brass complement the uniquely shaped bed headboard – inspired by the cupola of Santa Maria del Fiore. Situated on the first floor, the third suite is majestic in tone. With a ceiling height of 15,33ft, this lofty space centres around a baby blue, light brown and deep blue palette,
interconnected by a vibrant orange-red. The durmast wood floor here is complemented by black wooden bedside and console tables handcrafted by Tuscan artisans, as well as a painted iron canopy bed, and a geometric red and blue silk rug. Striped tole lamps, wall lights and handmade floor lamps illuminate the space. The final suite adopts orange, blue and green tones. Cotto flooring has been used in the living room, where there is a cosy arrangement of elegant sofas and armchairs, alongside pastoral-themed artwork, a bookcase and a stand-out orange and green geometric rug. Within the bedroom, a headboard reminiscent of ancient heraldic emblems draws the eye, upholstered with light blue and light brown fabrics, and wrapped with a pumpkinorange velvet hem. The effortless elegance and intricate attention to detail found within Casa Colonica is symbolic of Villa La Massaâ€™s philosophy. Subtly regal, the hotel does not mimic the Medici Villas of old, but truly embodies its remarkable heritage. www.villalamassa.com
NoMad Las Vegas USA
With interiors by Jacques Garcia, NoMad Las Vegas is located on the top four floors of the recentlyopened Park MGM resort.
rench interior designer, Jacques Garcia, drew inspiration from Vegas’ natural desert surroundings, with a nod to the glamour and playfulness of The Strip, for the striking interiors of NoMad Las Vegas. Occupying the top four floors of the new Park MGM resort, the hotel’s 293 rooms and suites are residential in feel, evoking Garcia’s timeless style with a distinct New York sensibility. Each room features custom furnishings, oak hardwood floors, Bellino linens and original artwork curated by Paris-based design studio, be-poles. Forging a visual connection with NoMad’s other properties in New York and LA, many of the rooms contain freestanding pedestal bathtubs, leather headboards and paravent screens. Distinctive steamer trunks, transformed into minibars, have also been incorporated to echo NoMad’s original New York property. Complementing the stylish guest accommodation, NoMad Las Vegas’ impressive public spaces include the first ever NoMad casino. Beneath the building’s
historic Tiffany glass ceiling, the high-limit gaming floor is inspired by the old-world glamour of European casinos, and creates an intimately refined atmosphere in which to play Roulette, Blackjack and Baccarat. Garcia has artfully mirrored the pentagonal shape of the striking ceiling within the casino’s geometry, leaning towards art deco styling in tribute to the 20th century heritage of the building. The interior of the NoMad Restaurant, meanwhile, is inspired by the renowned Royal Portuguese Cabinet of Reading in Rio de Janeiro. The colour palette here blends emerald, amber and mahogany, with recessed banquettes, an imported 18th-century French antique fireplace and a carefullycurated selection of books showcased on the restaurant’s soaring 23ft walls. Moving through to the NoMad Bar, deep
Jacques Garcia drew inspiration from Vegasâ€™ natural desert surroundings, with a nod to the glamour and playfulness of The Strip
bordeaux velvet prevails in a tribute to the classical theatres of France. During the day, an Austrian velvet and sheer curtain, custom made by Rosebrand, cloaks the Bar. A Steinway piano is staged in the corner of the room and will welcome intimate live performances. The hotel also offers three private dining areas. The Cellar is an intimate space and, befitting of its name, its walls are decorated with wine bottles old and new, vintage decanters, glassware and service pieces. The Salon is a lush, larger room that features a cocktail bar, alongside emerald green tufted walls and recessed seating, while The Parlour room honours four famous female gamblers in the form of sculptural busts, along with a neoclassical frieze in celebration of female power and beauty. Vintage rugs are found throughout. www.studiojacquesgarcia.com
Linthwaite House Windermere, UK
This striking Leeu Collection property re-opened in June following a yearlong £10m refurbishment led by Beverley Boswell.
et atop a lush Lake District hilltop, with exceptional views over Lake Windermere and the surrounding fells, it would be difficult to find a more scenic setting for a country house hotel. Linthwaite House started life as a five-bedroom family residence in 1901, before being converted into a B&B in 1969. Indian entreprenuer and Leeu Collection founder, Analjit Singh, acquired the property from owner of 25 years, Mike Bevan, in April 2016. Renowned for its sophisticated and experience-led hospitality portfolio, the Leeu Collection is formed of three five-star boutique properties in South Africa’s winelands, in addition to authentic Indian restaurant, Marigold, and microbrewery and taqueria, Tuk Tuk, in the town of Franschhoek. Linthwaite House marks the group’s first acquisition outside of Africa, and takes the very best of the collection’s elegant and sophisticated signature style, whilst embracing the quintessential beauty of the property’s architecture and location. Having developed this refined aesthetic for
Linthwaite House’s South African sister properties, it was only natural that renowned interior designer, Beverley Boswell, should bring her innate understanding of the brand to bear on this project.
“The quintessentially English setting, climate and colours inspired the design intent,” she explains. “Where the South African properties are a showcase for international and South African design, the interiors at Linthwaite
represent the best of modern British design and furniture makers.” Upon arrival, guests are welcomed onto the terrace area – weather dependent, of course – where they can enjoy a beverage while taking in the hotel’s phenomenal surrounds. Whatever the weather or season, the Lake District is renowned for its atmospheric beauty and colour palette, and this is something Analjit Singh – affectionately known as BAS – was keen to maximise throught the renovation. Moving into the main building, the interiors exude the luxurious, tranquil feel of a traditional country house, with a crackling fire and sumptuous, comfortable furnishings. Yet there is a contemporary spin on this pastoral style, with vibrant injections of colour and modern artwork and accessories that evoke the Collection’s personality and spirit. The light-filled bar and conservatory have been opened up and extended to make the most of the house’s wonderful grounds and Lake Windermere vista. The furnishings here celebrate British design, from furniture and lamps by Tom Raffield to custom drinks and amenity cabinets by Simon Orrell Designs, and fabrics from Mulberry.
The quintessentially English setting, climate and colours inspired the design intent
“The colour palette of Soane Britain’s Baby Bear Sofas in blue/grey leather, pumpkin leather sofas and velvet chairs, together with custom green velvet shellback chairs with Ralph Lauren’s leopard print backs, reflect and complement the landscape and views,” explains Beverley. There are subtle references to Leeu Collection’s African connections peppered throughout the space, too. Take the reinterpreted Soane signature shellback chairs that have been upholstered in green velvet with a leopard print backing, for example, or some of the striking artwork. The hotel’s new restaurant, Stella, completes this impressive span of public spaces. Oriented around locally sourced and organic Cumbrian produce with an Italian twist, Stella’s bold colour palette creates an uplifting dining environment. Muted walls and elegant furniture pieces here provide the perfect counterpoint to the vibrant yellow and deep blue seating, patterned rugs, eyecatching artwork and Zebra print scatter cushions. The hotel’s 36 tranquil guest rooms are
rather more neutral in palette, but Beverley has maintained visual interest through carefully coordinated upholstered headboards and chairs, patterned throw cushions and curtains. Six newly-created Woodland Suites opened this Autumn, each room averaging 66m². These feature an open-plan bedroom – with a kingsized bed and en-suite bathrooms – linking to a large living space with all the mod cons, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows from which guests can enjoy the glorious views. As well as these additions to the main house, Analjit has made extensive improvements to the 14 acres of gardens and woodland surrounding it. The gardens have been reworked in some detail by landscape artist, Franchesca Watson, with striking sculptures peppered throughout. A substantial standalone bar has also been added, overlooking the croquet lawn and garden chess set, as well as the well-kept flower beds and vistas beyond. There is even a small tarn and rowing boats should guests be so inclined. www.leeucollection.com www.beverleyboswelldesigns.com
Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik Croatia
Under Goddard Littlefair’s experienced eye, the interiors of this storied Dubrovnik gem once again befit the hotel’s cosmopolitan, sophisticated clientele.
ituated just above Dubrovnik old town, the hotel was originally built in the 1890s by Barn Viktor Kachberg, president of a Trieste steamship company. Then called The Grand Hotel Imperial, it was in fact the first Dubrovnik hotel to offer modern equipment such as electric lighting, steam central heating and an electric lift, and proved an instant hit with the winter season tourist market. This tremendous success continued throughout the early 20th century – when the hotel served the great Mediterranean cruise liners docking in Dubrovnik, and for many more decades until the property was shelled during the Yugoslav Wars in the early 1990s. The property sadly sustained considerable damage from direct hits and mortar explosions, and didn’t return to active life until 2005. Despite undergoing major refurbishment before
its re-opening in 2005, the hotel’s interior design was not the principal focus of efforts, and needed a complete overhaul by the time Goddard Littlefair was first commissioned towards the end of 2016. “Our inspiration,” Martin Goddard comments, “lay in bringing back the romance of the hotel’s former glories and layering glamour into each individual space by means of a Riviera palette, soft detailing, a 1920s’ yachting influence and a subtle evocation of the hotel’s original elegance, whilst at the same time balancing that with clean and contemporary lines.” Guests enter the hotel via a metal revolving door into a spacious double-height reception. Instantly soothing, the space features tall, arched windows and cool ceramic flooring in a bespoke two-tone diamond pattern inspired by the old stone streets of the city. A spectacular central chandelier, designed by Jana Novakovic, interior designer at Goddard Littlefair, and manufactured by Croatian lighting company, Dekor, acts as the visual centrepiece here. The chandelier is made up of 11 sculptural, globe-shaped and antiqued brass lights, each individual pendant light housing seven fluted, ribbed glass tubes, concealing the bulbs, with the ribbed glass treatment used matching seven bespoke vertical wall lights in the reception’s waiting area. The ceilings in the reception feature newly-
instated decorative mouldings, whilst the walls are clad in inset dove-grey panels at the upper level, with feature areas of moulded timber panelling at ground floor level, located around and behind the reception desk and enclosing
the lobby waiting area opposite, where hugescale arched windows – technically at first floor level – flood the space with natural light. A bespoke, three-person reception desk is to the left of entry, featuring a Carrara marble
in a series of gentle blues, off-whites and soft pink upholstery – have been arranged over a bespoke rug from Brinton’s in a faded blue and white pattern with a blue surround. The sofas feature arms with elaborate spindles in ebonised timber, whilst a number of low tables of different sizes feature Carrara marble tops with brass detailing and legs. Directly opposite the main entrance, to the far side of the reception, is a dramatic archway leading to the ground floor of the hotel. The arch is internally-clad in panels of antiqued mirroring, which are also used for two window spaces on the internal wall of reception. The arch leads up a 10-step stair, with a curving brass handrail, to the main circulation corridor. To the right of the corridor are the main public areas, whilst to the left is a stair lobby down to the lower-ground floor, where a ballroom, suite of meeting rooms and the hotel’s existing restaurant, Porat, are located, all forming part of a phase three 2019/2020 redesign by Goddard Littlefair (along with an outdoor terrace, winter garden and extension to the lobby lounge terrace). Goddard Littlefair has created three striking
Our inspiration lay in bringing back the romance of the hotel’s former glories and layering glamour into each individual space
top and dark-stained timber panelling to the front, matching the wall panelling behind, with sculptural brass desktop lights by Dekor at each end. Behind the desk, set within timberpanelled wall surround, is a triptych of artworks by Croatian artist Antonia Čačić, speciallycommissioned for the project by the scheme’s art consultant, ARTIQ. The 3m-long abstract triptych incorporates a palette of soft hues inspired by the colours of the Dalmatian coast. The lobby waiting zone opposite includes a standalone concièrge desk and an array of loose furniture, all bespoke-designed by Goddard Littlefair, as with all the furniture in the scheme, which was manufactured in Croatia by Internova. Two sofas and four armchairs – which introduce elements of the overall colour palette
new public spaces for the hotel in the form of The Lobby Lounge, The Imperial Bar and the members-only Executive Lounge. Upon entering The Lobby Lounge, the eye is immediately drawn to a striking bespoke chandelier made by Imagin. Inspired by 1950s’ bathing caps, it features white porcelain petal shapes set on a brass framework. The ceiling in The Lobby Lounge area is painted white with new added decorative mouldings. The right-side wall is painted a pale shade of blue, as are the inner arches of the French doors that line the wall and open out on the terrace. Pole-hung curtains line the French doors in off-white, with a blue leading edge. The spaces feature three zoned seating arrangements, demarcated by individual rugs in blues and whites with a touch of coral, in a take on an antique Persian rug, set on top of timber chevron flooring that runs through the entire space. The three rugs were designed by Goddard Littlefair and made by Brintons. Each seating zone features a table, with a Carrara marble top and either fine brass legs or a more substantial dark-timber pedestal, and each has a different seating arrangement. Chairs at both the end-of-room set-ups are scoop-back armchairs in a blue-grey velvet with a woven pale grey fabric back, whilst the central chairs are all in grey with a contrasting dark blue piped edging and antiqued brass studs. Sofas are upholstered in a linen fabric, whilst scatter cushions are either in blue with contrast piping or else in blue or rust, introduced here in small doses for contrast, with a central
textile-design panel. A number of higher tables for dining line the inside wall of the space, in Carrara marble and brass, with peacock blue velvet-upholstered ‘shell’ design chairs with ebonised timber legs. The Imperial Bar, located at the far end of the space, is demarcated by a stand-out brass surround screen, featuring brass shelving and fretwork panels set within its side arches and across its top section, where LED lights are also concealed. The screen was manufactured, along with all joinery, mouldings, case goods and furniture on the project by Internova. The brass screen was also speciallydesigned to house a spectacular art piece – a second commission by Croatian artist Antonia Čačić, which sits at the centre of the screen. The bar itself is curved, with a Carrara marble top and a patterned, mosaic bar front, also in Carrara marble with inset brass detailing. Seven bespoke bar stools have a brass frame and seat backs, with pads in ribbed, sand-coloured leather. Immediately beyond The Lobby Lounge and The Imperial Bar is the 88m2 Executive Lounge, a further long and slim space, with entry through a double door. Hilton grades its rooms as standard, executive or suites and The Executive Lounge is for the exclusive use
of guests who have booked executive rooms or suites. The Executive Lounge features a refurbished white ceiling and applied mouldings to the walls, with inset panels in a rattan wallcovering from Phillip Jeffries. Flooring, for the upper two thirds of the space, is an inset carpet with a timber outer layer and brass trim from Ulster Carpets. Two gilded mirrors at the far end are by Water Gilders, with a small salon-hang arrangement of art between the mirrors, once again curated by ARTIQ. Bespoke tables run along the far end and down both sides of the room, with table tops featuring two different designs in Carrara and Nero Marquina marble, with ebonised timber pedestals. Bespoke seating includes three sofa seats below the antiqued mirrors in a peacockblue velvet with ribbed scroll backs, with chairs opposite featuring a pale blue leather seat pad, a dark timber frame and a cane back. A long, thin island credenza runs down the centre of the space, with timber ribbing and brass detail shadow gap, a Carrara marble top and integrated timber trays, accessorised by a small terrarium of succulent plants set beneath bell jars, as well as a number of books and geometric objects of interest. Table lamps here have a brass stand and
ribbed ivory shades. Armchairs to either side feature a dark timber frame and caramel leather upholstery, whilst small accompanying incidental tables have a Carrara marble and timber top with criss-cross brass and bronze legs. Above the central credenza is the room’s major lighting feature – a four-part brass ring chandelier with crystal elements and inset LED lights, bespoke-designed by Goddard Littlefair and made by Northern Lights. The final major feature in the room is an almost sculptural communal table in marble and timber, with striking brass supports, located at the bottom end of the room. The bespoke-designed piece has softened deco cues and is accompanied by bar stools in caramel leather and dark timber, with dark brass feet and circular footrest supports. The hotel’s guest accommodation incorporates an Imperial Suite, as well as eight further suites and 149 executive and standard rooms.
The interior design throughout the accommodation is light and fresh in feel, with classical clean lines and a refined and elegant colour palette of blues and silvers, plus the sparing use of pale pinks. The flooring here is a natural light oak, supplied by a local company in Dubrovnik and arranged in a herringbone pattern, while each room features a bespoke Axminster rug from Brintons. In terms of artwork, the guest rooms feature a combination of prints by Raul Perčič and another local artist, Branka Ridicki. The beds feature full-height panelled headboards with the panels arranged in a single ‘bird’s beak’ pattern, with a blue-painted frame and upholstered in a soft gold silk-linen. The bedside tables are oval-shaped, in darkstained timber with a timber top and drawer, along a laminate body in grey with a linen texture and timber plinth. Lastly, The Imperial Suite offers a living room, dining room, bedroom and bathroom, and profits from views over the town’s
famous old fort and the sea. There are subtle differences to the standard rooms, including a marble-print fabric for the wall-lights, for example, and headboards with a padded chevron treatment in a light blue faux leather and a brass trim between the upholstery and the framing timber surround. All the suites also have sofas, upholstered in a very light off-white linen-type material with arms that splay outwards and a long and loose back cushion. Armchairs in the suites are slipper-style. upholstered in duck-egg blue velvet with a contrast trim. Lighting within the suites includes fourarmed chandeliers, suspended on a chain, with a linen shade. A table lamp has a faux-leather wrapped brown base, a linen shade and a contrast trim to the top and bottom in dark brown. www.goddardlittlefair.com
Quattropasi al Pescatore Sardinia
London-based F&B design studio, Blacksheep, has redesigned Quattropasi al Pescatore – an acclaimed seafood restaurant set in the heart of Porto Cervo on Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda.
ormerly named Il Pescatore, Quattropasi al Pescatore is housed within the quintessentially Sardinian Hotel Cervo, and is the first of five spaces to be redesigned by Blacksheep. Hotel Cervo was built by the Prince Aga Khan in the 1960s, and is designed in an organic architectural style distinctive to the region. The intimate symbiosis with nature that lies at the heart of its design played a framing role in Blacksheep’s reimagining of the space. The client briefed Blacksheep with creating a holistic new vision for the restaurant’s interior and branding – a fresh new identity that will later extend to the hotel’s four additional F&B offerings. Blacksheep made the decision to retain the fabric and unique character of the restaurant’s interior, focusing instead on enhancing it through the introduction of new design elements and classic furniture pieces.
The new design narrative is one of contemporary luxury, yet with a timeless aesthetic that honours the idiosyncratic elements and forms of the original building
Local materials and construction methods have been closely referenced and utilised throughout the course of the project, from the lime plasterwork wall and traditional Sardinian timber roofing, to the unfinished local stone corbelling and rustic terracotta floor tiles. Forged with a sensuous new colour palette, dynamic material exploration and a connection with nature, the new design narrative is one of contemporary luxury, yet with a timeless aesthetic that honours the idiosyncratic elements and forms of the original building. The interior spaces have been redefined with monolithic, sinuous travertine blocks, creating a new bar, fish counter and a host desk. Sculptural glass pendant lighting juxtaposes the rough, unfinished stonewalls and exposed roof beams, celebrating the natural elements and the propertyâ€™s original architecture. Natural influences continue through to the dressing of the space, with the use of terracotta tiles, rattan pendants and bespoke timber banquettes. The dining area seamlessly transitions to a drinks and dance floor, where a new feature bar has been created with a travertine stone DJ booth. The use of travertine within numerous
key design elements resonates with the rawness of the Sardinian landscape. An exterior terrace, where guests can enjoy sweeping views of the Tyrrhenian Sea, concludes the revitalised offering. In order to frame this breathtaking vista, Blacksheep opted for modern timber furniture, woven pendant lighting and sheer drapes. The front and rear gardens have been replanted with local Sardinian herbs, while the entrance signage has been redesigned based upon the original hand-drawn typeface and constructed using local timber. www.blacksheep.uk.com
Andy Thornton furnishes new Crabtree & Evelyn head office Crabtree & Evelyn is an international retail brand respected for its original fragrances, fine foods and gifts. The company has recently moved into a new head office in The Bonhill Building, a 1970’s office block which has been entirely repurposed as a cutting-edge Shoreditch tech building. Crabtree & Evelyn briefed interior design firm, Tanner Design from Lymington, Hampshire – which has worked on its store designs since 1997 – to provide the creative scheme for not only the informal workspace but also the client meeting rooms, as well as break-out areas and dining facilities. The result is a striking new working environment for the company, which was founded over 40 years ago. Much of the furniture for the project was specified from Andy Thornton, which specialises in supplying contract furniture for the hospitality sector and workplace environment.
In the informal central link area with its brick feature wall, painted a lovely pastel pink, Andy Thornton supplied the contrasting lounge furniture. A blue button-back leather Chesterfield together with tub chairs upholstered in teal-coloured leather and the large Belgrade coffee table, are surrounded by plants in pots and hanging baskets. Facing this, around the TV monitor, Andy Thornton supplied two Askew lounge chairs with coffee tables. For the light and airy Conservatory with its full-height windows and glazed roof panels Andy Thornton supplied more lounge furniture, again surrounded by planting and impressive overhead opal-white circular hanging pendants. In front of the minimalist servery counter of the cocktail bar, Andy Thorntonâ€™s Cross Back bar stools were specified, the black steel frames and dark timber seat and back contrasting nicely with the simple counter in its concrete-style finish. For the informal meeting rooms, one with a metal-framed glazed screen, the other with distinctive yellow panelled walls, the company supplied more traditional leather Chesterfields and coffee tables and mixed with modern lounge chairs for that eclectic look. firstname.lastname@example.org www.andythornton.com
Wild elegance from Grapes Design
Imagery © Michael Franke
Commercial interior design and architectural firm, Grapes Design, has transformed the rooftop of Doubletree by Hilton’s Tower of London property into a Savage Garden that represents nature’s tempestuous colour palette. The unique concept, which is inspired by themes of rejuvenation, regrowth of woodland and organic elements, offers 3600 vistas of London’s urban skyline. The space offers guests an unexplained twisted vibe to the popular horticultural and floral trend, encompassing a main feature bar, cocktail lounge, dining areas, private rooms available for hire, and two outdoor terraces with a retractable roof for year-round use.
Guests are immersed in a savaged, undefined space, achieved through corten natural patina metals, a bespoke shattered slate floor and hand-drawn glass ceiling panels. Despite its spontaneous mood, the cocktail lounge contains beautifully hand-stitched leather upholstery, bespoke furniture and carefully selected artwork that demonstrate an intricate and detailed design. Unexpected patterns – such as scorched mirror surfaces that reflect the burnt orange and rose pink tones, marbleised floors and touches of velvet – emphasise the uncontrolled nature of the new bar. www.grapesdesign.com
Hunter Douglas crafts striking linear wood ceiling Hunter Douglas Architectural’s linear wood ceiling has been installed at a new £40m hospital in London. Architect BDP specified the Siberian larch for the atrium at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) in Stanmore, and Hunter Douglas supplied 278m2 in random-length panels from 900mm to 2500mm, in 111mm module width. The Class O treated larch had UV-resistant varnish and it was fitted with an acoustic fleece
to the open joint. MPG Contracts installed the panels, which are designed with a pre-fixed clip system to ensure faster installation, onto a Hunter Douglas Architectural metal suspension rail. The clips for the linear system allows for the panels to be provided as 50% demountable. Juliette Halliday, national sales manager at Hunter Douglas Architectural, said its solid wood linear ceiling and wall systems are developed to maximise efficiency and is a popular choice for specifiers and architects
because of the unique manufacture and fitting system. “The addition of the solid wood ceiling is a lovely contrast to glass, the clean white stairwells and grey metal panels, because it creates a sense of warmth as well as providing acoustic comfort. It’s a very impressive space,” she says. www.hunterdouglas.co.uk
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Contemporary yet elegant design from Duravit’s XSquare range In this fast paced, rapidly moving world, Duravit has always maintained that the key to success is in part due to relaxation, when creative thoughts and ideas are given the space to evolve. As such, Duravit are continuously breathing new life into the age-old ritual of bathing. Duravit’s XSquare range of furniture has been created in conjunction with designer Kurt Merki Jr. The son of a master carpenter and a fashion designer, Kurt instinctively understands the nuances required to combine the practical with the elegant when it comes to design. The XSquare range is the perfect example. With clean lines, high quality surfaces and striking chrome profiles, the collection works equally as well in a home or hotel environment. The ability to work with high quality and sophisticated interior design concepts is key to
the XSquare collection; it offers a wide range of options and combinations which work perfectly alongside many of the Duravit ceramics such as the current DuraSquare, Vero Air, ME by Starck and P3 Comforts series.
Luxurious washing areas can be effortlessly created, combining cupboards, mirrors and mirror-cabinet solutions from the series in a wide range of Duravit’s sizes and colours. One of the most striking features of Duravit’s XSquare range is the quadrant-shaped chrome profile which surrounds and highlights the edges of the furniture. On the floor-standing model, the transition to the leg frame is absolutely seamless; it accentuates the edges of both variants and continues along the corner radius of the washbasin, which completely harmonises the look and feel within the bathing area. The XSquare range and other Duravit series can be viewed by appointment at Duravit London on Clerkenwell Road, London EC1. 0207 253 3559 pro.duravit.co.uk
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Create a clear identity and stand out from the crowd, says Mitre Linen Simon O’Mahony, Managing Director of Mitre Linen, discusses the importance of high quality in-room toiletries to guest experience ...
Hoteliers are faced with the increased demands of managing travel review sites such as Trip Advisor and customer review platforms like Feefo, which allow guests to be vocal about their getaway experiences, making it more important than ever to stand out for all the right reasons. A well-defined offering which offers comfort and luxury in every room of your hotel is a great way to create a clear identity and stand out from the crowd. The quality of a hotel’s service and range of facilities is of key importance if you want to exceed the expectations of your guests; therefore opting for the best quality toiletries within both bathrooms and any spa facilities is a great way for hotels to be remembered. Demonstrating that your hotel has put in extra effort can be a fantastic way to create a longlasting good impression. In order to make the leap from a “good” to a “best possible” guest experience, it’s important for a hotel to opt for a range of high quality complimentary toiletries which meets or exceeds the requirements of guests. As some guests’ expectations may be very
specific, it’s well worth opting for a premium range of toiletries suitable for all. For example, ensuring that the products contain sustainable ingredients which are vegan friendly, GMO free and tested for nickel will ensure the products are appropriate for most guests. The new Anyah Eco Spa range is part of the extensive collection of high quality products available from Mitre Linen. With all products in the Anyah Eco Spa range made from carefully sourced ingredients which are vegan and GMO free, all products are clinically tested and nickel tested. Made from sustainably sourced ingredients, the Anyah Eco Spa range is also well suited to those hotels looking to make their business greener, or those wishing to highlight their existing green credentials. With a sleek design and muted tones, the range will help to create a blissful bathroom vibe, whilst containing nourishing ingredients that are sure to leave a lasting impression on guests. www.mitrelinen.co.uk
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Robert Lancaster Gaye, Trade Linens What are the most common misconceptions you encounter with regards to specifying bedroom / bathroom linen? This has to be the misconceptions around Egyptian cotton and thread count. High thread count does not necessarily mean it is the best quality available and Egyptian cotton doesn’t always mean the cotton was grown in Egypt. Remember to look at the quality of the yarns, the finish and make-up of the bedlinen – not just the thread count.
client projects, from Royal Palaces to the most exclusive small boutique hotels. Could you talk about what sets Tradelinens apart? Tradelinens employ people who are proud to be in the business, they care about the products, the customer and the guest experience. Our experience is second-to-none in the industry. www.tradelinens.co.uk
What are your top three tips for improving guest comfort and sleep quality through the choice of linens? 1. Invest in good quality pillows and duvets – if the guest doesn’t have a good night sleep, this is what they will remember 2. Use a great laundry – this will ensure the longevity of your linens and towels 3. Don’t over dry towels and bathrobes – this leaves them hard and brittle What trends are you noticing with regards to linens specifically, or indeed more widely in terms of ‘sleep’ within the hotel sector? In the hotel sector, the quality specifications for linen continues to rise. The look and the feel of the linen, made from the finest quality 100% cotton yarns, finished to the highest standards and stitched by a team of highly skilled and experienced individuals, is the utmost importance for hotels at the top end of market. Could you talk about some of your most recent work in the hospitality sector? We are delighted to have had another year of growth as a company and to have been involved in a wide variety of exciting projects. This year has included projects from the very largest hotel openings like The Ned London and The Principal London, to very special individual
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MBH Architects designs premium LA fitness club
MBH Architects has designed a new club for high-end fitness brand, Equinox, in the Miracle Mile neighbourhood of Los Angeles. The framing objective was to create a unique and memorable space where gym-goers would feel both relaxed and invigorated. Originally constructed in 1986, the 27,621ft2 building has been converted from a poorly-lit television studio and office into a welcoming fitness and wellness retreat. Four dedicated studios offering Pilates, cycling, group fitness, and hot yoga, as well as spa treatment rooms, a juice bar, and a retail space, have been created. The MBH team had to accommodate the unconventional zig-zag form of the six-storey structure within the new design. In order to create a cohesive interior that flowed with ease, MBH integrated a multi-story atrium layout and maintained the open ceiling features of the original building shell. Members enter via an atrium with a dramatic glass portal into a tranquil lobby with fluted columns. A palette of soft whites, cool gray,
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and golden hues here complements the rich textural patterns and materials â€“ from glass to wood and stone. Sweeping curves formed by walls and ceilings with integrated lighting design provide natural wayfinding elements, leading members to the heart of the club. In keeping with the healthy lifestyle Equinox works to promote, MBH aimed to incorporate as much natural light as possible throughout the fitness studio. The team also strategically integrated architectural lighting throughout the studio to complement the natural light that predominantly illuminates the larger spaces, creating a warm environment free of the cold, institutional lighting schemes often found in traditional gyms. Another compelling feature is the use of a one-way mirror in the the yoga studio to provide visual relief for for users, while maintaining a mysterious and sophisticated lighting effect in the pre-function area. www.mbharch.com
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SPA Creators designs wellness haven in Split
International spa consultancy and design company, SPA Creators, has re-developed the spa and wellness facilities at Le Meridien Lav – a five-star resort hotel in Split, Croatia. “Our company won this prestigious project after extensive presentations to the owners explaining our vision for their spa,” explains managing director, Alistair Johnson. “The owners commented that we brought some fresh ideas and out-of-the-box perspective to reviewing the existing building.” SPA Creators has reworked the original spa facilities, taking the building back to a shell and core, and re-building it from the ground up. The development included re-engineering the layout to improve the guest journey – creating a new entrance to the spa and wellness facility – and then the creation of a luxury five-star retreat and wellness lifestyle centre for hotel guests and the local region for day spa and fitness membership. On the ground floor, the spa now features 10 treatment rooms, a Rasul Mud suite, Deep Relax lounge, a treatment lounge, thermal suite, experience ritual sauna, Thalasso Steam room, Crystal Steam Room, Himalayan Salt Infrared Sauna, Hammam and a Heated lounger lounge. Guests can also enjoy the large feature vitality pool, jacuzzi pool, swedish sauna, aroma essence steam room, outdoor infinity pool and beach bar.
The first floor, meanwhile, offers a reception and juice bar lounge, male and female changing rooms, a boutique, hair salon, manicure and pedicure facilities, a 230m2 fitness suite and a studio. “We are very proud of this spa project as it is one of the largest projects SPA Creators has been involved with,” says Alistair. “Our design team have created Croatia’s most exclusive spa which we believe will be award winning.” Following the success of this project, SPA Creators has a busy year ahead. As we go
to press, the firm has announced that it is working with the Perle Oban Hotel, Holiday Inn Winchester and the Ponsbourne Hall, all due to open in Spring 2019. SPA Creators is also excited to roll out its SPAshell concept – which makes use of modular building techniques to create a spa which is delivered in a day and operational within a week. The first SPAshell has been installed successfully at the Fishmore Hall Hotel in Ludlow. www.spacreators.co.uk
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Sculptural lighting inspired by Finlandâ€™s tranquil lakes
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Cameron Design House’s bespoke, sculptural lighting collection, Lohja, celebrates the skill and eloquence of British craftsmanship with a series of unique designs that combine exceptional artistry with a signature contemporary aesthetic. Handcrafted in the brand’s central London studio, Lohja takes inspiration from Founder Ian Cameron’s Nordic heritage and is named after the tranquil lakes of Lohja in Finland. Lohja also explores themes of space, tranquillity and equilibrium, combining
simplicity with geometry, and creating a balanced structural form which changes appearance from every angle. The iconic Lohja pendant was awarded with the International Design and Architecture Award for best Pendant/Chandelier in 2016 and is available in three sizes with bespoke options allowing up to 12 tiers to transform even the grandest of spaces. Its simple structure has become synonymous with the brand’s vision for clean lines, crafted into works of art that illuminate
the surrounding space with a statement, ethereal presence. Indeed, Cameron Design House’s commitment to a seamless aesthetic ensures all wiring elements from the integrated LED diffusers remain discreetly hidden from view to realise the impressive sculptural profile. A vast array of polished and brushed metal options are available for the final finish, from Antique Bronze to the subtle ambience of Almond Gold. www.camerondesignhouse.com
Shining a light on the customer experience Co-founder of Intecho, Paul Murphy, advises on how the industry can harness tech and automation to create unique and individualised interior design experiences.
With smartphones and tablets controlling ever-larger aspects of our lives, and the reality of smart homes and buildings now becoming tangible, the hospitality sector is now also looking to deliver the personalised and reactive environment today’s consumers increasingly expect. But we’re not just talking brand loyalty programmes and mobile check-ins here; technology now enables a hotel or restaurant to respond, intelligently, to the needs, preferences and behaviours of its customers. As a result, many are now using smart technology, such as automated in-room features, to create unique, desirable and memorable customer experiences. For example, occupancy sensors can detect when the guest has entered the room and activate the lights and temperature control; lights and temperature can be controlled by having the guest insert their room key into a reader near the door; and a room can even be programmed by the guest to gently rouse them with personalised features such as slowly turning on the lights at their requested time before switching on their preferred TV station. Improving customer experiences With the UK’s most iconic leisure and dining brands constantly striving for ways to deliver a supreme leisure and dining experience, lighting has therefore become integral in creating the desired ambiance. Lighting plays a vital part in creating the right atmosphere, with good lighting not only encouraging guests to not only stay longer, but to also come back for more. Consequently,
many hotels are now taking steps towards introducing smart technology into their rooms; providing an easy-to-use tablet that gives guests the power and convenience to control their lighting with a simple touch of a screen, putting them in control and greatly improving their overall experience. Restaurants are getting in on the act too. We’ve completed high profile projects with some of London’s most exclusive venues, providing smart lighting systems at Annabel’s and Sexy Fish Restaurant, and installing lighting that can be dimmed for individual tables at The Ivy restaurant. Emily Roux’s Caractère, in Notting Hill, and Simon Martin’s Mana Restaurant in Manchester, also looked to us to provide intelligent lighting solutions which would empower their staff to control their environment to suit the needs, preference and mood of their diner. In addition to the design and installation of smart technology throughout, we also designed in-house automated systems to control atmospheric DALI lighting in an individual table basis, all controlled by the front
the internet, can provide hotel managers with the option to control all these technologies through one internet-connected device like a smartphone or tablet, and streamline challenges. Intecho is currently working with forward thinking hotel brands looking to introduce this technology. With the renewed focus on energy efficiency, smart technology can help here, too. It’s no longer enough to build a hotel that runs efficiently in terms of the service it provides to its guests, it must also perform efficiently when it comes to the running of the actual hotel itself. With all devices controlled from the master system through smart technology, you can be sure that nothing is running when it shouldn’t be. Automated lighting fixtures can reduce energy usage by being set to ‘off’ and only turning on when a sensor activates them by detecting when a guest walks into a room. So not only do the guests enjoy the automated experience, but the management - and the environment – reaps the benefit, too. Hospitality technology is an investment, and it takes coordination and customisation
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to get it right. However, while those hotels and restaurants using it may currently be the exception, soon automation will become the standard in lighting. An automated system delivers exactly what was envisaged at the outset – and once the system is installed it’s effortless. And that’s exactly the level of service the hospitality industry ultimately strives to achieve. www.intecho.co.uk
Delivering efficiencies Because it’s not just the guests that benefit from the adoption of smart technology, but the establishments, too. Looking after hundreds of different customers’ needs requires an overwhelming amount of attention. Commercial automation, where many of the technologies around a building, such as heating, lighting, security, etc., are connected to
Matthew Bater, Warisan Furniture PT.Warisan Eurindo’s new shareholder, Matthew Bater, talks about his achievements within the company thus far, the significant expansion to its manufacturing capabilities in recent years, and his ambitions going forward.
Could you please tell us a little about your professional background? After leaving school, I went into the financial industry, working for a private Swiss bank for a period of nine years where I was involved in the corporate credit market. From there, I moved to a German bank for the last six years of my financial career, where I traded corporate euro bonds and became a director. At the age of 32, I moved to South Africa, and within two years I opened Warisan Africa to focus on hospitality projects within the African continent, Seychelles and Mauritius. During those 10 years we were quite successful in establishing the Warisan brand, and three years ago we opened Warisan Outdoor to showcase Warisan’s standard outdoor ranges to the South African market, while also trying to attract further custom hotel projects. What do you hope to bring to your new role, and what are your key ambitions for the company moving forwards? As you’re probably aware, the two family members, Gianpaolo and Lucio, are still very involved in Warisan – having started the company almost 30 years ago. They asked me to join them in Bali so they could teach me what’s required for me to slowly move into the positions that they both hold at the company – to continue the Warisan ethos in manufacturing, the type of historical projects that we have managed to be part of in the last 30 years, while increasing our international capacity and managing the increase of our factory footprint.
How would you describe Warisan’s ethos? At the beginning, Gianpaolo and Lucio created the company to manufacture reproduction antiques, as they both had a portfolio of antiques that they offered to the hospitality sector. They saw an opening to create a factory to start manufacturing, which then moved more into the contemporary furniture that was required for the five-star luxury hotels that we were working with. For this, it was required that we use sustainable timber, which is something that we’ve always believed in. We’ve never been involved in the purchase of illegal logging, and we’ve looked at the possibilities of one day having our own plantation that would give back to Indonesia the amount of timber that we would have used over the last 30 years. This may take us some time due to complicated legislation, but it is certainly something that we would like to do one day. In order to meet the quality of five-star luxury resorts that we have been afforded the opportunity to be part of, we need to have very good workmanship. Thankfully, Indonesia is very well known for its skilled carpentry, with knowledge passed down through the generations. Creating hand-finished solid timber products is something we are extremely passionate about, but we are aware that the newer generations do not necessarily want to follow in the footsteps of their ancestors, and so we are beginning to use more modern machinery for certain parts of our factory. Strategising how we can put this into action without creating major issues within our factory will be something that I’ll be focusing on going forwards. Could you talk about Warisan’s newlyexpanded manufacturing facilities, and how this will impact upon the business? We have two manufacturing facilities in East Java and in a town called Banyuwangi which is about four hours away from our head office in Bali. A few years ago we bought a section of land next to the main facility, where we have just finished building three new areas that bring a more cohesive shape to the factory. The increase in space currently is around 10,000m2 which has meant that we can have our sample maker in our main factory facility and incorporate the use of CNC machinery. In the last year we’ve bought two CNC machines that we are using at component level. We have also created a larger air drying facility which should enable us to air dry about 100 cubic metres of teak timber at any one time. In addition, we’ve added a vacuum drying oven to our eight traditional ovens, increasing
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the capacity of dry timber that we can put through to components. We have a larger stock pile of logs than we have had previously and, with the increase in size in the main factory space, this should allow us to increase our capacity in the next two-three years. We will continue to investigate different types of CNC machines, not to the point that we become fully automatic, but for those components – such as chair legs and backs – that can be created more efficiently and more accurately using this style of machine. The next step, once the components are finished, will still be a carpenter assembling them, with the all-important hand finish at the end. We’ve also increased our upholstery factory by about 20%, so we may look at adding machinery here in the next year or two for cutting material. It’s really a focus on efficiency across all areas of manufacture, from drying timber to cutting components and material, while still relying on our Indonesian workforce as well. Could you provide a few examples of the most memorable Warisan projects? It’s very difficult to pinpoint just a few. I must have been involved in over 100 projects in my
time at the company, and they’re all special in their own ways. Each time, the client is very important and the designer is always trying to create something different. What key challenges does Warisan face in the coming years? One challenge I’ve already mentioned is the workforce. Obviously we’re investing money in different styles of machinery that we’ve not relied upon before, because it’s becoming more and more difficult for us to hire the kinds of carpenters that we have in the past. Increasing our global reach is another key consideration. At the moment a very large sector for us is the Maldives and obviously Asia as a whole. While that will remain one of our biggest markets, I’d like to focus on our growth in areas such as Europe and the US.
Where do you see Warisan in 10 years’ time? I see Warisan as it has been for the last 30 years: offering solid timber product to clients with prestigious properties, globally. Maintaining the level of quality that we have always offered, but with a larger international focus. www.warisan.com
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hygge, and evokes all the warmth and comfort this movement epitomises. These mid-century inspired ergonomic and sculptural pieces are hand-made in England by highly-skilled English craftsmen. The core material of the collection is shearling – carefully chosen for its organic, natural and allergen free qualities. Curly and straight-haired merino and aviator shearling is contrasted against suede, leather, wood and metal. The choice of mid-century pop art colours – namely pink, grey, black and white – creates strikingly bold yet classic pieces, which bring soul, depth and originality to every interior. www.elnaznamaki.com/luuna-collection
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Lyndon in full bloom at The Flower Bowl Lyndon’s luxurious handcrafted and bespoke seating solutions have been specified throughout a premium cinema and bowling alley at The Flower Bowl in Preston, Lancashire. The Flower Bowl boasts a state-of-the-art cinema with three screens. Each cinema screen is adorned with Lyndon’s plush twoseater sofas and armchairs that are finished in opulent velvets and patterned fabrics. Offering optimal space and comfort, each sofa and armchair incorporates an oak side table, whilst complementary bespoke footstools in the same fabric grace the front row seats. Lyndon’s bespoke banquette seating was also specified within the venue’s ten pin bowling alley. 01242 584897 www.lyndon.co.uk
Morgan launches two new collections Morgan, contract furniture designer and manufacturer, is launching two new collections: Rio 2, created in collaboration with Studio INTEGRATE, and Porto. Combining skills and expertise with architect Mehran Gharleghi of Studio INTEGRATE, Morgan introduces a new collection of sophisticated and luxurious tables for the contract market that include 3D printed components. Rio 2 is the first of its kind within the sector to include this technology with a commercially viable price point. Engineered and detailed for sophistication and affordability, the Porto collection is light, minimal and versatile. The ergonomics and foam specification ensure comfort in both dining and lounge configurations. firstname.lastname@example.org www.morganfurniture.co.uk
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HI-MACS® helps modernise Hotel Kaktus Playa in Barcelona Hotel Kaktus Playa, located in Calella on the Catalan coast, has modernised its rooms to ensure its guests have a more relaxing and comfortable stay. The main aim was to give the rooms a contemporary, urban style, using HI-MACS® for all the furniture and eye-catching backlit wall cladding. To achieve guest wellbeing, the interior designers looked for something that would feature smooth, continuous surfaces and light colours, along with minimalist furnishings that would add to the feeling of spaciousness. Thanks to its technical and aesthetic properties, HI-MACS® was choosen for the room furniture, consisting of the nightstands and desk – with a built-in cupboard that hides the minibar – as well as the headboard for the bed. The magnificent headboard was created by superimposing several panels made from HI-MACS®, evoking the swell of the sea and turning it into the undeniable star of the room. The thermoformable properties of LG Hausys’ acrylic stone offer designers the ability to create a wide range of shapes, resulting in an exceptionally versatile whole. The use of light plays an important role in the feeling of comfort and relaxation, so to achieve this, LED lighting was incorporated to play with different ambiances. “Artificial lighting is only used at night-time
and indirect, variable light is enough to give sufficient warmth as desired,” says Ismael Fernández, building engineer and CEO of Byko, the renovation architect. The translucent properties of HI-MACS®, in combination with light sources, made it the perfect option for the furniture with lighting. Looking to maximise the spaciousness of the bedroom, it was decided to create a sinuous space where the bathroom would flow from the bedroom. To achieve this, the sink was designed as built into a worktop and appears to be suspended in the air.
For privacy, both the shower and toilet are closed off by opaque glass doors, although still fully integrated into the rest of the room. Continuing the theme of relaxation and wellbeing, the designers ensured that the outside terraces w Undersea Restaurant - Hurawalhi Island Resort ere as relaxing as the minimalist bedroom. The result is a space with an excellent visual appearance, where functionality and design are as important as the well-being of the hotel guests. www.himacs.eu
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Manchester’s material world Following the enormous success of its first Product Specification Showroom which opened in London in 2016, James Latham has just launched its second showroom, this time in Manchester. Just like the London studio, the new Manchester facility reinforces Latham’s single-source supplier status, showcasing an enormous range of its exclusive and semiexclusive decorative panel and timber materials all under one roof. Established more than 260 years ago and with 10 depots across the UK, James Latham is proud to lay claim to being the country’s biggest independent panel and timber products distributor. “This new showroom really is a one-stopshop for specifiers and has been created to inspire the North West’s architectural and design community who are looking to specify materials for both inside and outside the building, providing expert advice and enabling them to keep abreast of the latest trends and developments in surface solutions,” comments Rob Goodman, Specification Manager, James Latham. “James Latham’s enormous product portfolio includes some of the most recognised panel and timber brands in the world and this new facility is the perfect platform to showcase the sheer breadth of our offering, all from a single source.” The fit-out has been cleverly designed to
incorporate a number of James Latham’s focus products and as well as a showroom, the 60m2 studio is also being used for networking events, surface and material launches and demonstrations, presentations, meetings, training and CPD seminars. Rob adds, “As well as investing in the design and fit-out of our London and Manchester showrooms to present our products in an extremely creative and customer friendly way, we have also made a significant investment in developing, training and building our own
dedicated A&D team which are focused on servicing this sector.” Please visit James Latham’s website (www.lathamtimber.co.uk) for updates on forthcoming events and follow them on twitter (@lathamsltd) and facebook (www.facebook. com/lathamsltd) or why not drop in and take a look around. The showroom, which is located at 31a Tib Street, Manchester, M4 1LX is open between 9.00am and 5.00pm, Monday-Friday. 0161 537 1185 www.lathamtimber.co.uk
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Barrisol® Normalu® is a world leader in stretched ceilings. The company offers solutions for walls and ceilings: acoustic, luminous, print, 3D & Climatization. Its range of products can enhance any space, and highlights Barrisol’s know-how and innovative approach. Barrisol® is present in more than 110 countries and is always close to its clients and projects thanks to its network of 1200 approved Barrisol® installers. Innovation, aesthetics, quality and preservation of the environment are its priorities, and those of all its employees and partners. Since the creation of the company 51 years ago, Barrisol has filed more than 100 patents and has received more than 40 awards, including the Label of Excellence “Janus 2017 of the French Institute of Design” for its Barrisol Clim® system. Developed with the engineering office Cyber Fluides, the Barrisol Clim® is a climatization system through the ceiling, invisible, silence and even. Thanks to this system, all rooms are heated, air-conditioned and ventilated in a total
silence and without drafts. The air temperature is uniform throughout the room, enveloping its occupants with a gentle sensation of coolness or warmth. The company is proud to claim that the Barrisol Clim® system is the only air-conditioning system that is able to obtain in every configuration a triple A (AAA) for cool air and a triple A (AAA) for heating air in accordance with the ISO 7730 standard. Thanks to its operating principle, Barrisol guarantees an energy saving of 11% in cooling mode and 8% in heating mode, compared to standard air conditioning systems. Barrisol® membranes are 100% recyclable, rated A+ (therefore very low VOC emissions) and classified B-s1-D0 for fire. Products are guaranteed to be formaldehyde-free, phthalates-free, cadmium-free, arsenic-free and mercury-free. All the Barrisol® membranes can be also acoustic, luminous, printed and customised to meet client’s decorative wishes. www.barrisol.com/uk
The operating principle is very simple: 1. Cooled or heated air is blown into the plenum between the upper panel and the top of the Barrisol Clim® ceiling. 2. The ceiling is going to cool and thus becomes a vast diffuser, its whole surface radiating coolness. 3. The profile, specially designed for the Barrisol Clim system, allows the air blown into the plenum to cross it before descending evenly along the outer walls. 4. The ambient air is then sucked along the interior walls and the cycle resumes. The air conditioning flow homogenizes the temperature of the room to obtain an ideal thermal comfort.
Create the right impression with Feelwood
H3305 ST28 White Gladstone Oak
Feelwood is the perfect solution for those seeking a premium solid wood look, without the price tag. Providing a woodgrain finish almost indistinguishable from the original, EGGER’s Feelwood collection of durable, lightfast and synchronised woodgrain decors is well suited to both residential and commercial interiors. The Feelwood collection comprises seven structures across 27 different woodgrain decors. The realistic surface is a durable alternative to solid wood and veneer, easy to maintain and can be used across a number of applications. Not only does it provide a cost effective solution with a premium finish, but it is easy to work with. “Our Feelwood collection is opening doors to new ideas in interior design,” says Elliott Fairlie, EGGER’s UK and Ireland head of decor management. “A combination of our specialist technology and trend-led structures and decors has resulted in a product that is affordable and versatile. The diversity of the Feelwood collection allows you to match or co-ordinate with other EGGER products across multiple application areas”. Realistic textures and trend-led decors All seven structures have unique characteristics to produce a high quality and realistic surface. They each reproduce a solid wood effect that shows off knots, cracks and grains, creating a texture that is realistic to the touch. Synchronised technology brings Feelwood
to life by matching the woodgrain features with the structure plate. This gives the surface a realistic look and feel, making it ideal for highvalue, stylish furniture. Curated by EGGER’s design experts, Feelwood decors follow a natural colour palette so they easily combine with a wide range of colours and work well across different application areas. Highlights from the collection include H1176 ST37 White Halifax Oak, H3760 ST29 Dark Brown Cape Elm and H3406 ST38 Anthracite Mountain Larch. The decors are part of the trend-orientated EGGER Decorative Collection 2017-2019, which features woodgrain, material and uni-colour finishes providing a cost effective option without compromising on finish or performance. The collection is available internationally so if a Feelwood decor is specified overseas it will be available for use. Matching and co-ordinating products A coordinated finish can be achieved by using Feelwood alongside EGGER’s other decorative products. This includes Melamine Faced Chipboard (MFC), Melamine Faced Medium Density Fibreboard (MFMDF), Eurolight, worktops and laminate. ABS, Accent and End Grain edging are available to create high-end design with natural elements. This wide range of EGGER products means projects can be value engineered without comprising on the finish. www.egger.com
H3342 ST28 Sepia Gladstone Oak
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How to create tailored linens for a Michelin 3-star restaurant Thanks to its careful combination of simplicity and elegance, the Restaurant Martín Berasategui (Lasarte) has been awarded three Michelin stars and gained huge international renown. The simplicity and elegance have now been further enhanced by Resuinsa through its Atelier service by Carmela Martí, developing completely tailored linens to dress tables at the prestigious San Sebastián restaurant. Ever since Resuinsa introduced the Atelier project, the trend in personalising linens within the hospitality sector has enjoyed exponential growth, representing added value for hotels, spas and restaurants to reinforce their brand concept. The challenge at the Restaurant Martín Berasategui was to enhance the dishes – the
true works of art at the establishment – by seeing the table fabrics as a type of canvas on which to unfurl the chef’s creations. With the idea of strengthening the different elements that characterise the Lasarte restaurant, Resuinsa’s design team visited the premises to speak to the Martín Berasategui team, including the manager Oneka Arregui, who took charge of transmitting the restaurant’s creative traditional approach to food. Seeing service as an inherent experience to the restaurant’s philosophy, they stressed the requirement that a trip to the restaurant be an all-encompassing experience offering something for all five senses. In this vein, Resuinsa decided on a full mise-en-place with a tablecloth and floor-length cover slip.
The fabric selected for the design is top-quality, natural white linen. This choice matches the standards of simplicity, elegance and quality set by the Restaurant Martín Berasategui. Resuinsa’s table linen underscores these attributes and enhances the role of the cuisine which is, without doubt, the main pillar of Restaurant Martín Berasategui’s reputation. “This is not our first collaboration with Resuinsa and we have always seen excellent results,” says Martín Berasategui. “Tailored table linens underscore our identity, allowing us to work with fabrics, cuts and designs that are in line with the other elements defining the restaurant.” www.resuinsa.com
Sugatsune gives its J95 hinge a makeover Concealed hinges never won any beauty contests; following the best principles of industrial design, their look is determined by their function. In the case of Sugatsune’s J95 hinge, which is nearly twice the size of a standard concealed hinge, one has an enhanced opportunity to consider the aesthetics of the hinge. It is big for a reason: two hinges will happily support a 25kg door 900mm wide whilst three will do for a door 800mm wide weighing up to 40kgs. Two or three big hinges is a better look than the five, six or even seven standard concealed hinges that would be required to achieve the same feat. So, from an engineering point of view the J95 is a good performer and on light wood and composites the nickel finish reflects the ambient colours giving good optics. On darker furniture, however, the gleaming nickel can stand out somewhat. Sugatsune, the manufacturer of the J95, has a continually recurring product review process. One of the company’s thoughts about J95 was to provide a damped version of the hinge, which will be available in the Spring. Another thought was how the J95 hinge might look in black nickel and whether it would make a better
match with darker decors. The answer was a firm yes and yes. It’s odd in a way to have something as practical as a concealed hinge having a makeover like this. Sugatsune’s industrial design is second to none and in black the hinge definitely stands out. Obviously it is designed to fit in with darker modern decors, but it would also work as a feature hinge in a white scheme. It is part of a theme in the company, possibly connected with trends in Japanese taste, where quite a few of its products are becoming available in black. Another hinge, the well established HES3D-120 is used in interior doors and comes in a lustrous black finish along with its smaller siblings. It’s a fully adjustable architectural hinge with smaller and larger variants. The APDM super slim shelf standard is a good compliment to darker woods in its black finish and an excellent solution for smaller shelving systems as is the slightly larger SPE. Glass display cabinets can be finished with hinges like the GH34 and hooks like stainless steel HJT can be used either to blend in or stand out. www.sugatsune.co.uk
WHY IS SUGATSUNE GIVING YOU A BLACK LOOK?
Lets face it, a lot of contemporary interiors are going over to the dark side. Darker notes and darker spaces are part of the look today. Sugatsune thinks this should extend to hardware. Black hardware is on mood and part of the design, whether you want it to sink away or stand out. The J95 concealed hinge, the big brother b to all concealed hinges can support a 25kg door 900mm wide on just two hinges and 40kgs on three at 800mm. With the new black nickel ďŹ nish it can now do it in the dark.
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Grey Nordic Wood
Rockford Hickory Light
Woodgrains – get creative The trend towards colour in interior furniture design – greys in particular – has extended into woodgrains, with popular choices either being grey in tone or suitable partners for the grey solid colours. Renolit has introduced a number of woodgrain decors from its most recent 3D thermoformable film introductions and shows how they can be combined with new, classic and bold modern solid colours to provide interior designers with a new array of possibilities. Rockford Hickory Hickory wood in nature displays characteristics of being very hard, firm, dense and shock resistant. Reproduced by Renolit as a 3D thermoformable film, the light, medium and dark colour variations represent this combination of strength, toughness, and hardness. The depth of the design is created by light pores and contrasting cathedrals. Variation of pattern and colour emphasises the designs’ natural beauty. Light Rockford Hickory is ideal for bedrooms and living spaces to provide a bright and airy atmosphere to either small or spacious
rooms. Perfect for new build properties against magnolia or white backgrounds. For a modern statement pair with bold colours such as Dried Date Supermatt or Dried Mango Supermatt. Natural Rockford Hickory is best suited to kitchens and interior furniture, the warm golden tones of Natural Rockford Hickory sit comfortably in a traditional room setting. Create a classic but contemporary appearance combined with Mussel Suedette Matt, and jazz it up with Bronze Metallic. The deep rich tones of Dark Rockford Hickory, meanwhile, create a warm sophisticated look. Pair with Stone Grey Suedette Matt for a statement look against neutral colours or mix with Conifer Green to fit with the latest nature trend. Ribeira Ash Painted Q Presented in its own shade of taupe in a horizontal orientation, the bright and charismatic design conveys Scandinavian freshness and strong light-dark contrasts. Vibrant growth rings, prominent cathedrals and subtly curved lines give the décor a powerful elegance. The structured emboss underlines the liveliness of the design with
a deep feel and natural variety. With multifunctional appeal, this design works well in combination with Pearl Grey Suedette Matt and Cement Supermatt. Nordic Wood A subtle design, Nordic Wood consists of a natural grain, soft lines and neutral tones. White Nordic Wood shouts archetypical Scandinavian. Complete the crisp light look with Denim Suedette Matt or Northern Lights Supermatt. Grey Nordic Wood introduces a soft natural white-grey tone for a warmer finish, making a dynamic addition to bathroom furniture. The neutral tones can mix with a variety of colour to transform the atmosphere; White Grey Suedette Matt to keep it fresh and light, Century Wolfram Grey adds sophistication, or Vibration Supermatt to bring in a delightful bold trend colour. Contact the company to receive design trend information for any of these new wood décors. 01670 718222 www.Renolit.com/design
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Authentic feedback from real paying guests The Know
The Know exhibited at the 2018 Independent Hotel Show, showcasing its service which provides hotels with detailed, confidential, qualitative insight from real paying guests, who are part of a select invitation-only club of experienced, luxury travellers. By better understanding guests through The Know, hotels can develop their offering, increase guest satisfaction, increase occupancy rates and improve online reviews. Launched a year ago, at the 2017 show, The Know is disrupting the standard approach to feedback and reports that its clients are reaping the benefits. “The Know exceeded our expectations,” says Adam Rowledge, Independent Hotelier of the Year 2018, General Manager, Georgian House Hotel. “It really was the quality and attention to detail that was the biggest and most pleasant surprise. Invaluable insight from a true guest perspective.” At this year’s show, Co-Founder, Fiona Adams, also presented a summary of The Know’s recent study “What do guests want? A study of the preferences and priorities of luxury hotel guests”. The complete findings are presented in a white paper available to download. For ongoing analysis on guest trends or to understand what guests think specifically in relation to a hotel, please use the contact details below. firstname.lastname@example.org 020 3633 5530
Naika Collection Andy Thornton
The Naika collection is a comprehensive family of restaurant and bar furniture from Andy Thornton. Featured is the Naika bar stool, shown here around the bar at Kiln Theatre in Kilburn, north-west London. The Naika bar stool comprises a steel frame finished in a black power coat, with timber seat and spindled back-rest. The seat can be upholstered in a fabric or leather of the client’s choice. The bar stool is also available with an open back, as well as a simple bar stool without back.
The Naika Collection also comprises an elegant dining chair and a new lounge chair has recently been introduced, both with optional spindles or open back. Andy Thornton is one of the UK’s largest contract furniture suppliers, specialising in furniture for the hospitality and workplace sectors. 01422 376000 www.andythornton.com
Niki Hamilton Design Niki Hamilton Design is the exclusive distributor of TPB Tech. The company believes that TPB Tech is the first cooking worktop on the market which eliminates the standard induction glass, meaning you are able to cook directly upon the stone. This not only makes it more aesthetically appealing but it allows the chefs to prep, cook, and plate up within the same space. As restaurants are becoming more open and transparent, TPB Tech has transformed the appearance of commercial kitchens by making it into a feature. TPB Tech is available in 16 striking finishes and it is completely bespoke. To add a new dimension to your kitchen project, contact Niki Hamilton Design for further information.
Innovative surfacing materials Surface Styling
Embracing the world’s most pioneering materials, Surface Styling will return to the Surface Design Show in 2019 to showcase innovative new and existing products from its expansive portfolio. With multiple surfaces required for interior projects, Surface Styling offers architects and designers access to over 12,000 products from over 40 prestigious surface material brands, supported by a 24-48 hour sampling service. On show are a wide selection of solid surface, decorative panel, flooring and wall panelling products to demonstrate the wealth of design opportunities available. All product areas offer fully certified FSC® or PEFC™ options for full design flexibility. Among the leading brands on show are FORESCOLOR, an innovative new coloured throughout wood fibre board; CamuStyleTX, a collection from Swiss Krono with a unique texture; Malmo luxury vinyl flooring; Hanex® and Elements3 solid surface ranges; the ultra-matt Fenix NTM® and brushed metal Fenix NTA® materials; and ClicWall, the decorative wall panelling product from Unilin. www.surfacestyling.co.uk
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Leather and cork wall tiles Granorte
Leather and cork wall tiles from Granorte have been used within Gotham Manchester’s Inner Sactum – five luxurious suites each named after a famous Mancunian. Originally designed as a durable leather floor, Granorte Corium meets all the regulations for commercial use on walls, giving interior designer Oliver Redfern the chance to do something quite extraordinary. “With such a free approach to its interior, Gotham was such a fantastic project to be involved in and I knew the Inner Sanctum, with a lack of natural light, had to offer a really indulgent and luxurious space that cosseted guests and gave the ambience of being somewhere very unique,” he explains. “Leather is a great material for this, but I didn’t want to confine it to conventional surfaces such as furniture. I was delighted when I discovered that Granorte’s Decorium range of leather flooring could be used on walls. It’s such a luxurious finish it seemed a real shame to hide it under furniture or rugs.” Chosen in the moc-croc of Veneto Bistro – a rich, almost-black – Granorte Corium features a 100% recycled real leather layer on top of an HDF and cork construction for glue-down use. Not only giving the beauty of real leather, Corium benefits from the acoustic and thermal absorption properties of cork recycled from wine stoppers. With an AQUA2K+ finish, Corium is simple to maintain and also comes with Microban anti-bacterial protection. www.granorte.co.uk
Ready to Go carpets Wilton Carpets
Wool-rich carpets from Wilton are particularly hardwearing and easy to maintain and this makes them ideal for use in golf and country clubs, lounges, suites, receptions, function rooms and dining areas. For a carpet that embraces high standards and reflects the design and ambience of the building in question, golf clubs need look no further than the British manufacturer. With quality recognised nationally by many clubs including Formby Hall Golf Resort, Mere Golf Club and Gleneagles, and internationally with America’s Hyde Park Golf and Country Club, Mountain Brook Club and Frenchman’s Reserve Club; Wilton has a proven track-record. Now with the excellent value of Ready to Go carpets, Wilton is ensuring clubs can begin enjoying a new British wool carpet with no minimum order in just 14 days. The collection holds a broad library of traditional and modern designs, including exciting fusions such as the new Kinetic or Urban ranges and the distressed vintage tartans of Nova Scotia. Meeting the challenge when a fast refurbishment is required, Ready to Go offers huge scope to find the ideal carpet. www.wiltoncarpets.com
Antron® Carpet Fibre Grow is one of the defining themes shaping colour in commercial interiors, as revealed in the Global Colour Trend Forecast 2019. Compiled in collaboration with trend expert Anne Marie Commandeur of Stijlinstituut Amsterdam, the Global Colour Trend Forecast looks at how colour will impact commercial spaces in the forthcoming years. Presenting Grow alongside three other key themes of Play, Primal and Reflect; the forecast is now in its fifth edition, available in hardcopy and digital download from antron.eu. Focusing on green, Grow addresses our need to feel closer to nature, tackling the naturedeficit caused by increased urban living through offering manmade or engineered nature. It smartly mimics botanicals and earth in rich, nature inspired colours, patterns and textures. The Grow palette is found within INVISTA Antron® Lumena carpet fibre, now featuring 19 new colours driven by the results of the forecast. With more than 300 different stain-resistant and fade-resistant colour options, Antron® Lumena includes metallic shades in mineral, silver and granite through to vibrant flashes of fuscia, oceanside and citron. www.antron.eu
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StableTable - When the ﬂoor is part of the design! StableTable are unique self-stabilising tables from Sweden that can be used on any surface in- or outdoors. Place them on any uneven surface and they will automatically adjust to both bumps and grooves and manage height differences up to 25 mm.
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Palettone PUR range Polyflor
Opening just off the A6 in Preston, The Flower Bowl is a new mixed leisure destination at Barton Grange. Part of the build was the addition of the Ocean Fish and Chips Restaurant featuring a maritime inspired decor designed by Nigel Phillips Design. Six designs from the Palettone PUR range were selected to create the bespoke floor in the dining area of the restaurant. Caramel Kick, Buttered Corn and Hay Grain featured to create a sand effect and the blues of Weekend Sky, Superior Sky and Sapphire Star were used in a waved pattern to create the Sea. To achieve this look Nigel worked with Polyflor’s in-house design service to build the custom floor design. Polyflor’s experienced team works frequently with customers to create striking bespoke design floors for interior projects in a variety of projects from retail to leisure and education environments. By using water jet technology, its Design Service can create logos, motifs and intricate images with Polyflor’s high performance flooring. Available in a palette of 50 contemporary colours, Palettone PUR brings style and elegance to any commercial environment. Ideally suited for heavy traffic areas, Palettone PUR is 100% recyclable and contains 25% recycled material. www.polyflor.com
Ethereal collection Wilton Carpets
The striking Ethereal collection of wool-rich woven axminster by Wilton Carpets, has inspired a new floor for the impressive mezzanine at Preston’s Imperial Banqueting Suite. The suite’s interior, which references geometric Islamic art throughout, was designed by Nita Patel of Petal Interiors. Having decided on Ethereal, Nita Patel worked with Wilton’s design team, led by the creator of Ethereal, Damian Roscoe, to recolour her chosen design. “The right colours were crucial in ensuring we could get the correct balance and capture every detail of the stunning pattern,” she explains. “Wilton’s designers were amazing in helping me to achieve this, while also working within the confines of the interior scheme.” With the colourway selected, the next stage was to design the bespoke carpets used on the stairs, landing areas and rooms, creating a sense of flow by sharing the main colours from the Ethereal palette. Woven by Wilton Carpets from British wool in a performance 80/20 blend for the ideal combination of wear-resistance, ease of maintenance and value; the axminster qualities were made in Wiltshire and delivered to the venue well in time. www.wiltoncarpets.com
Salice has enriched its diverse product portfolio with the launch of Excessories – its first collection of accessories designed specifically for bedrooms. Excessories offers an infinite variety of solutions designed to optimise space and to facilitate the perfect arrangement of wardrobe interior fittings. The collection allows wardrobes and walk-in wardrobes of all styles to accommodate elegant hangers, scarves and tie hangers, bag hangers, cotton garment holder bags, trouser hangers and shoe racks, all elements of singular refinement and efficiency. Furthermore, Glovebox trays, watch-holder trays, ring-holders and earring-holders are all available in various dimensions, multiple finishes from fabrics to leather and a variety of colours from Racing Green to Maron (brown) and luxurious rich cream. To complete the Excessories collection, an elegant drawer system, finished in Titanium which co-ordinates with Salice’s Titanium hinge, is available in three heights and can accommodate base panels in 18mm and 12mm wood-based material, or 4mm glass. www.saliceuk.co.uk
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Evola and ClicWall ranges UNILIN, division panels
UNILIN, division panels, designs and manufactures HPL and melamine surfaces for use in commercial environments and, through its Evola and ClicWall ranges, it can provide innovative, authentic looking surfaces that are durable and easy to maintain. UNILIN can offer a flexible way to approach walls, partitions, furniture and surface treatments; with different looks that all possess the same low-maintenance, splash-proof, scratch-resistant, faderesistant and durable finish. Sharing 106 decorative effects, Evola and ClicWall offer everything from rustic wood and formed concrete effects through to brushed metal and solid colours. Working as a striking backdrop to a reception desk, creating a seamless look in kitchens, or simply as a stylish feature wall in meeting spaces, ClicWall features a patented Uniclic profile. Combined with an easy-slide strip for rapid installation, it is one of the easiest wall panel systems available today. Individually, Evola and ClicWall are impressive products that can help designers overcome the challenges of using natural materials in modern commercial environments. Used in unison, Evola and ClicWall are a formidable pairing that create high-quality interior finishes to make projects truly unique. www.unilinpanels.com
Casino carpeting arc edition®
arc edition®, the commercial carpet brand of Balta, has been responsible for carpeting some of the world’s biggest and best casinos. In fact, with its high-definition Chromojet printing technology and high-quality face cloths, arc edition is one of the only manufacturers in the world capable of delivering such bright and chaotic designs with the durability to withstand round-the-clock use. According to arc edition®, research has shown that an eclectic carpet leads to confusion and with no sense of direction or wayfinding, it also makes exits harder to find. According to this research, a busy design on the floor also creates an uncomfortable and confused feeling in the brain, resulting in a weakening of attention and making gamblers less aware of time. “How big the effect of these tricks is difficult to determine exactly, but in the world of gambling where psychological manipulation can be the difference between profit and loss, you can bet nothing is left to chance,” says arc edition®. “Whatever the reasoning, there is no doubt that casino carpet is king of far-out pattern and responsible for some of the most interesting designs in commercial carpet.” www.arcedition.com
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A Cultural Journey through Light, Form, and Space AB Concept
From establishing AB Concept in Hong Kong over two decades ago, to designing flagship interiors for world-famous hospitality brands, Co-Founders Ed Ng and Terence Ngan are now internationally recognised as a luxury design power duo. This year, the unique stories told within each of their striking projects will be acknowledged within a new book from Assouline Publishing’s Fall 2018 Legends Collection: AB Concept: A Cultural Journey through Light, Form, and Space. With words written by Paolo Singer, whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Condé Nast Traveler, the AB Concept book shares Ed and Terence’s thoughts on their own designs, and the blending of architectural use of space with a design that tells a story of its own. AB Concept: A Cultural Journey through Light, Form, and Space highlights the duo’s individual attention to detail and the craftsmanship and thought that lies behind each design concept, illuminating the process in a new way – as a unique adventure, a story, and an unforgettable journey within itself. www.abconcept.net
David Hunt Collection David Hunt Lightingâ€™s AW18 Collection features more than 20 eclectic new designs and extensions to current ranges. New products include COSMOS â€“ an oversized solid brass pendant, with a statement drop of over 2.7m, as well as the elegant DICKENS range, which is classic in design and available in two striking finishes; bronze or pewter. Following the success of the solid brass HYDE Collection launched in AW17 in a polished brass colour way, David Hunt Lighting has extended the offering of HYDE by introducing a contemporary polished chrome effect for AW18. The new HOXTON wall lights are an industrial addition to the AW18 Collection, available to order with a selection of shades or glass. Alternatively, HOXTON looks strategically on-trend when displayed with a simple filament bulb and can be installed as a ceiling pendant or wall light. FAIRFAX, expanded for AW18, is now available with polished chrome metalwork, alongside the existing antique brass option, with a choice of opal or clear mouthblown glass. An effective pendant suited to domestic or hospitality application. www.davidhuntlighting.co.uk
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SLEEP + EAT November’s Sleep + Eat was a standout edition, with a brand new restaurant and bar component, as well as a fresh new venue in Olympia London. It was successful, too, in welcoming a record number of designers and buyers from across the hospitality sector, with a marked 24% increase in international visitors.
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“Sleep + Eat 2018 was a pivotal moment in the show’s 13-year history,” affirms Mark Gordon, Brand Director, Sleep + Eat. “Not only did we relocate to Olympia London, but we introduced the restaurant and bar design element and it appears that our timing was spot on; 73% of our attendees stated they were interested in both hotel and in R&B design. “I am delighted with the tremendous feedback we have received from the entire hospitality design community and look forward to building on the show’s amazing success for 2019.” This year’s theme of ‘Recognisable and New’ saw a showcase of iconic brands, newcomers, cutting-edge products and gorgeously crafted items which between them will undoubtedly help to define hospitality design in 2019. With more than 150 international exhibitors, this year’s showcase launched over 50 new collections from around the world. The calibre
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of exhibitors’ stands was particularly marked, creating an elevated and immersive experience for visitors. Indeed, two best stands – Plinths London and Dedar Milano – were announced this year, judged by last year’s Sleep Set designers Vince Stroop of Stonehill Taylor, Maria Vafiadis of MKV Design, and Gilberto Vizzini of Il Prisma London, joined by Mark Gordon. Enhancing this exhibitor offering was the Sleep Conference and Development Roundtables, which were joined this year by an Eat Conference. Two-days of free-to-attend conferences were held, with an exciting line-up of industry names. The Eat Theatre, designed by Wilson Associates and bright potato saw discussions on Artificial Intelligence in hospitality design, the latest headline-grabbing London openings and new spaces in Eastern Europe that are setting the pace in restaurant and bar innovation. The Sleep Conference, meanwhile, looked into the science of sleep, hosted a Development Roundtables session offering delegates the chance for discussions with leading industry names, and delved into the luxury hospitality experience with the duo behind London based interior design studio Muza Lab. Another highlight was the ever-popular Sleep Sets, which were joined by three immersive Eat Sets. Amongst these, 3Stories created a fantasy restaurant in collaboration with Different and Fileturn and encouraged visitors to experience the future of dining though virtual reality Oculus glasses; Technostalgia by Shalini Misra in collaboration with Silver Interiors Design and Build was a vivid tribute to 1980s nighclubs; Yasmine Mahmoudieh with Artisan Collective and JD Interior Solutions explored the soul of Penguin Books to design a multisensory sanctuary combining sound, scent, materials and lighting and HBA London with Ahşap Ürün and Robin’s Design took on the challenge of creating a guestroom inspired by the Natural History Museum. Sleep + Eat will return to London Olympia next year on 19th-20th November. Register your interest now at https://www. sleepandeatevent.com/visit/register-yourinterest.
BAGNODESIGN SANIPEX UK SANIPEX UK exhibited its BAGNODESIGN brand at the Sleep + Eat 2018 exhibition with a creative concept of showcasing trends and pushing the boundaries of design itself. ‘Monroe three ways’ played on the Maximalism trend. Eclectic textures and a mixture of organic materials from the extensive BAGNODESIGN collection were showcased; wooden Monroe countertops and bold basins paired with a selection of alternative brassware ﬁnishes which inspired design ideas for many. Also looking to industry trends, the BAGNOSPA area’s glow of light invited many to discover the innovative, illuminated options within this customisable offering. This collection was designed with the growth in the health and wellness sector in mind as well as an answer to the growing demand to create client experiences in modern hotel design. www.sanipexgroup.co.uk
BATHROOM PRODUCTS VitrA At Sleep + Eat this year, acclaimed bathroom brand VitrA presented its latest designer collaboration alongside some of its most iconic designs. VitrA showcased Plural, its new collection conceived by Milan-based American designer Terri Pecora and inspired by the tradition of communal bathing spaces and rituals. The range features organic-shaped components that can be used in multiple combinations to form a personalised intimate setting. VitrA also introduced new additions to its emblematic Istanbul collection, created by Welsh designer Ross Lovegrove. Inﬂuenced by the cultural and architectural diversity of the Turkish city, the line combines elements from both East and West fusing the brand’s heritage with its visionary approach to design. www.vitra.com
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SURFACE DESIGN SHOW Surface Design Show provides a platform for architects, designers and speciﬁers to explore the very best of interior and exterior surface materials, lighting design, development and innovation.
5-7th February 2019 Business Design Centre, London, UK www.surfacedesignshow.com Over 150 exhibitors will showcase everything from exquisite handcrafted surfaces to the latest technological advances in architectural lighting. Returning names such as Innerspace Cheshire, Pixalux and Blueprint Ceramics will feature alongside first-time exhibitors such as Reed Harris, producers of decorative tiles, wallpapers and paint, and the internationally recognised leather specialists, Wildman & Bugby. Surface Design Show 2019 also features some 40 talks from over 50 industry professionals, all designed to engage and inspire. The Opening Night Debate returns from 6.30pm on the first day of the Show, Tuesday 5th February. Organised in association with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and New London Architecture (NLA) it will discuss whether factory-made housing can provide Londoners with better places to live. The panel will be chaired by Peter Murray of
NLA, with Ben Derbyshire of HTA Design and RIBA President, Carl Vann of Pollard Thomas Edwards and Hazel Rounding of ShedKM debating the topic ‘Factory-made Housing: is this the solution to building better homes long term?’ The ever-popular PechaKucha Evening will return for 2019, hosted by Chris Dyson of Chris Dyson Architects on 6th February from 6.30pm. Speakers will include Nigel Ostime of Hawkins Brown; Soraya Khan of Theis and Khan Architects; Alex Scott-Whitby of ScottWhitbyStudio; Stuart Piercy of Piercy and Co; Simon Fraser of Hopkins Architects; Alison Brooks of Alison Brooks Architects; Lucia Berasaluce of Haptic Architects and Ben Cousins of Cousins & Cousins Architects. Presenters will discuss ‘Identities and Boundaries: site specific responses to modern architecture’ in an exciting and inspiring format using 20 images, each discussed for 20 seconds. The Surface Design Awards have been running since 2013, and are recognised as one of the most respected events in the design calendar. The awards distinguish the best and most interesting exterior and interior surfaces for different sectors of design, including commercial, housing, light and surface, public building, retail, sustainable, and temporary
structures. The 2019 awards received entries from Europe, the USA, Australia, China, Korea and India.The shortlist consists of an impressive 43 projects across seven categories, including Blitz Club by Studio Knack and Simon Vorhammer; Morpheus Hotel by Zaha Hadid Architects; and Brunch With by MM Consulate. The Awards Presentation will take place on the morning of Thursday 7th February, at Surface Design Show. Tickets to the Presentation are available via the Surface Design Show website. The 2019 judging panel was co-chaired by Christophe Egret, Founding Partner at Studio Egret West, and Paul Priestman, Chairman at PriestmanGoode. The full panel comprised Cany Ash, Partner at Ash Sakula Architects; James Soane, Director at Project Orange architecture & interior design; Jeremy Offer, Chief Creative Officer at future-focused vehicle designers Arrival; Katie Greenyer, Creative Talent & Network Director at Pentland Group; Paul Edwards, Head of Creative Design at Airbus and Roz Barr, Director of Roz Barr Architects. Registration for Surface Design Show is now open.
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HEIMTEXTIL As the ﬁrst trade show of the year for its sector, Heimtextil acts as a climate and trend barometer for the new business year – showcasing the best of home and contract textiles.
8-11th January 2019 Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt, Germany www.heimtextil.messefrankfurt.com The Heimtextil trends for 2019/2020 centre on the theme “Toward Utopia”, the notion that we try to escape complex lifestyles and have a desire for deeper relationships, spiritual confirmation and greater meaning. “We live in an era of uncertainty and mistrust in the established order,” explains Caroline Till, co-founder of FranklinTill Studio. “As a reaction, we try to live a meaningful, conscious life based on positive relationships. We take responsibility for our lives and look for ways of life that fulfil our value system in search of a new utopia – a society that aims at promoting the well-being of all its citizens.” “Toward Utopia” shows which individual routes we can take on the way to finding a modern utopia: those who seek temporary time-out from the internet to reconnect with nature and defy the elements (“Go off-grid”), while others escape from the real world into a virtual world (“Escape Reality”). Some withdraw and find security in pure, minimalist rooms (“Seek Sanctuary”), while “Embrace Indulgence” offers a nostalgic answer to today’s uncertain
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times and (“Pursue Play”) suggests the unconditional hedonistic desire for play that is probably hidden in all of us. In the newly designed “Trend Space” in hall 3.0, Heimtextil will be demonstrating how the various scenarios can be lived out. Here,
the trade fair presents five trend themes that represent a combination of inspiration, interaction and knowledge transfer and showcases trailblazing projects. Another focus at Heimtextil will be “The Future of Sleep”. Dr Alfred Wiater, former
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president of the German Society for Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine will be part of a panel of experts who will present on the current state of research in sleep medicine as part of the new “Sleep! The Future Forum”. In four thematic areas (Science & Digital, Sports, Hotels and Sustainability), the experts will provide information about the latest scientific and research findings and provide an outlook on the future of sleep. Under the title “Smart Bedding”, 134 exhibitors will also present their latest sleeping systems, mattresses and bedding. This includes functional materials as well as innovative technology solutions for a better night’s sleep. In another first for the trade show, Heimtextil will gather all participating textile editeurs in one hall. Around 40 international fabric suppliers will present their collections for the upcoming season in the newly-designed Hall 8.0. In addition to international trade, this will mean that interior decorators and interior designers in particular will have short distances to travel and can thus spend more time at exhibitors’ stands in future thanks to the presentation of all products relevant to them in hall 8.0. Highlights will include presentations by Alhambra/Tormes Design and Pepa Pastor, Saum & Viebahn, Ifi Aebe and Style Library. www.heimtextil.messefrankfurt.com
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STYLE LIBRARY CONTRACT TO ATTEND HEIMTEXTIL 2019 As a global institution in the textiles and wallpaper world, the far-reaching appeal of Heimtextil cannot be overlooked. Style Library Contract (SLC) discusses what made this international exhibition the premier location to debut its SS19 collections.
With eight of the finest British brands under its portfolio, Zoffany, Harlequin, Sanderson, Morris & Co, Anthology, Scion, Clarke & Clarke and Studio G, SLC presents a one-stop destination pairing striking design with the exquisite quality for the global contract market. Located in Hall 8.0, the new showcase destination for interior design, we are expecting nothing less than a truly inspirational area from the group. Alongside the highlights of their collections released this year, we explore the new SS19 ranges taking centre-stage at the event. Embracing the Heimtextil trend of playful
Sanderson’s new collection, The Glasshouse. In keeping with the Heimtextil trends of elements of nature and escaping reality, this new selection entrances you with botanical drawings and their exquisite detail. Illustrative forms capture the wonder of flowers and foliage while stunning statements of colour are made by exotic elements painted with bright bursts of tropical tones. We can see this collection creating atmospheric contract spaces where clients can escape to another world. Another kind of oasis is provided via Scion’s Zanzibar. Built around gestural organic forms, it
celebrates the most exceptional design influences of the modern age, with a luxurious selection of 11 stand-alone fabrics. Hero designs from famous art houses stand alongside inspiration from around the globe including Japan, France and Africa. As Heimtextil presents luxury as the future, the uncomplicated opulence of Anthology 06 introduces a contemporary metamorphosis inspired by industrial spaces, polished natural and man-made surfaces, opposed with soft colours and delicate, feminine accents. Clarke & Clarke will also be making a statement with seven new collections to excite
escapism, Harlequin Atelier takes inspiration from 1970’s fashion styles with oversized foliage and flamboyant geo patterns sitting alongside the textures and brush marks created by traditional ceramic painting methods. A perfect choice for boutique hotel spaces seeking a sense of stylish excitement. This pursuit for spirited beauty and natural utopia is visible in classically British brand
has a beautiful expressionist feel, with digitally printed inky designs bringing an easy-living vibe to the range. Light and refreshing pastel tones reinforce a sense of peacefulness that is evidently present across the collection. Brutalist architecture’s influences are also present, with hard-edged geometrics juxtapositioned with casual linework. Embracing indulgence, Zoffany’s Icons
audiences while Studio G is presenting four new stylish selections for 2019. You can discover all the selections in person at Heimtextil 2019 from Tuesday 8th – Friday 11th January 2019, Style Library Contract will be located at stand C65, Hall 8.0, Messe Frankfurt. www.stylelibrarycontract.com
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LONDON FABRIC SHOW The 2019 London Fabric Show returns to the popular Chelsea F.C. venue in March next year. Organised and hosted by the BFM (British Furniture Manufacturers Association), the two-day show takes place on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th March at Stamford Bridge in Fulham.
4-5th March 2019 Stamford Bridge, Fulham, UK www.londonfabricshow.uk Bringing together high-end fabric producers for upholstery, bed and soft furnishings, the show is open to BFM and non-BFM members. It offers a perfect opportunity for furniture manufacturers and makers of soft furnishings to see the latest collections from some of the most exclusive and varied fabric suppliers from Europe and the UK. Returning exhibitors include the highly regarded Flemish fabric and textile manufacturers from Belgium, including Annabel, Beaulieu, Greenstreet, Van Neder Weverj and Symphony Mills. Famed for the quality of their fabrics they produce both traditional and modern designs and have long been suppliers of high-end fabrics to UK upholstery manufacturers. Producing luxury jacquards, velvets, chenilles, linens and cottons, collectively the Belgain exhibitors have hundreds of years of experience and knowhow. Other returning European exhibitors displaying new designs include Arruma Trapos from Portugal, Eurotex from Germany, Imatex from Italy and Yakar and Turman from Turkey. Between them they will show a variety of natural fibre and mixed texture fabrics in plains, stripes, florals and abstracts in soft and vibrant
colours. Returning exhibitors from the UK include Lancashire based British Velvets. Producing velvets for over 80 years, it is a leading weaver of velvets in the UK and produces over 750 luxury velvets for upholstery and soft furnishings. Looking forward to the 2019 event, Jackie Bazeley, MD of the BFM said, â€œThe London Fabric Show has become a must attend
event for upholstery and soft furnishing manufacturers in the UK. Not only do buyers at the show get to see the best new fabrics on the market, they get to develop new business relationships, cement existing ones and swap stories with their peers. It is a busy show and I am regularly told by BFM members how important it is to them.â€? Entrance is free and registration for the 2019 event is open at: www.londonfabricshow.uk
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JANUARY FURNITURE SHOW New at the 2019 January Furniture Show (JFS), which takes place at Birmingham’s NEC from 20th - 23rd January, will be LIGHT, a section dedicated to lighting of every kind.
20-23rd January 2019 NEC Birmingham, United Kingdom www.januaryfurnitureshow.com
LIGHT will boast eminent brands including Searchlight, Oaks Lighting, Impex Russell, Elstead Lighting and Illuminati. The creative Där Lighting, which has successfully exhibited at JFS for the last three years, will join them. A quick exhibitor scan reveals the extent of the variety of lighting that will be on show. Elstead specialises in the design and manufacture of classic and contemporary lights, producing and supplying over 2500 different models for homes, hotels, restaurants and leisure facilities. Impex Russell is one of the UK and Europe’s leading crystal chandelier manufacturers, producing comprehensive ranges of crystal, iron and brass chandeliers in traditional and contemporary styles – which are regularly used in up-market hotels and restaurants. Illuminati is well known to designers, architects and retailers all over the world and has a flair for contemporary pendant, floor, table and wall lights for high-end residential and commercial use. Collectively the companies showing in LIGHT will offer the most extensive array of lighting at JFS to date and will perfectly complement the furniture, beds and accessories on show. Registration for free entry is live at www.januaryfurnitureshow.com
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