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INTERIOR DESIGN FOR HOTEL S , RES TAUR ANTS , BARS & CLUBS ISSUE 85 | SEPTEMBER - OC TOBER 2019

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GROHE Plus is a design that takes its inspiration from the arc, an architectural icon, a shape that offers both strength and lightness. By combining the curve of a circle and the crisp, clean planes of a cube, it presents an exciting, architectural silhouette. It represents accuracy, strength and stability, coupled with innovative features and will bring comfort, convenience and control to your bathroom. grohe.co.uk

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GROHE PLUS GROHE Plus redefines the notion of flexibility for a bathroom tap, thanks to a pull-out spray. Perfect for rinsing the basin, washing your hair and more, this innovative feature means you are no longer tied to the basin. grohe.co.uk

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COMMENT In keeping with the LDF-shaped flood of ingenuity to hit the capital, we’ve gathered a host of exciting industry thought leaders, global hospitality projects and new launches for you this issue. Hear from LA hospitality maverick, Alexis Readinger about current F&B trends; Hospitality Design Guild’s exciting new recruit, Jennifer Paladino, as well as Kevin Lim + Caroline Chou – the dynamic duo behind Hong Kong-based studio, OPENUU. Our diverse selection of projects this issue ranges from the glorious new Raffles Shenzhen by LW’s Dubai team, to Morning Glory – the showstopping San Diego restaurant featured on our cover. Here at Hospitality Interiors, we’ve also got some exciting new projects of our own in the pipeline. The team has been working closely with Ed Tranter, MD of 73 Media, on the 2020 launch of our trade show, THIS, as well as to develop the Hospitality Leadership & Design Conference. Taking place at Rosewood London next January, the first of these high-quality conferences will bring together top-level executives, hoteliers, restaurateurs, designers, market analysts and premium suppliers for a lively programme of panel discussions and Q&As. Turn to page 10 to find out more! Lastly, I’d like to formally welcome Can Faik to the Hospitality Interiors editorial team. As a widely-respected journalist, board member of NEWH and regular speaker at industry events, I know that Can’s expertise and passion will prove a great asset as we continue to diversify our portfolio. Happy reading!

Gemma Ralph Gemma Ralph - Senior Editor www.hospitality-interiors.net Twitter @HI_Magazine Facebook @HospitalityInteriorsMag

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Opening shots

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Q&A - OPENUU

Hear from Kevin Lim and Caroline Chou – the dynamic duo behind Hong Kong-based design firm, OPENUU.

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Cover image: Paul Basile has created another showstopping design, awash with 1980s styling, for Morning Glory – a new restaurant in Little Italy, San Diego.

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Q&A - Jennifer Paladino

Jennifer Paladino has just joined Hospitality Design Guild’s Boca Raton studio as senior designer.

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Q&A - Jean-Marie Massaud

Explore the inspiration and design story behind Jean-Marie Massaud’s exciting new collaboration with AXOR.

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The Hoxton Portland

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Dakota Manchester

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Restaurant Design

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Wednesday 29th January, 2020 ROSEWOOD LONDON Presented in association with Hospitality Interiors magazine and The Hospitality Interiors Show, the inaugural Hospitality Leadership & Design Conference will gather the industry’s foremost leaders and creatives to discuss the wealth of activity and opportunity within the hospitality sector. Taking place at Rosewood London in High Holborn, our high-quality conference will see top-level executives, hoteliers, restaurateurs, designers, markets analysts and premium suppliers alike engaging in a lively, informative and inspiring programme of panel discussions and Q&As. Delegates can also take advantage of scheduled networking sessions, providing an invaluable opportunity to meet face to face with those shaping the future of hospitality and hospitality design.

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Kando-inspired interiors in Tokyo Situated in the heart of WATERS Takeshiba, a sprawling new urban development to the east of Tokyo’s central business district, mesm Tokyo, Autograph Collection is scheduled to open in April 2020. When it came to designing the property’s 21,000m2 interiors, Wilson Associates drew from the organic movements of the Takeshiba waterfront. Capturing the flow of people and water alike, the firm’s concept sees a harmonious co-existence of cultural tradition and modern innovation. 265 luxurious guest rooms and suites create a sense of intimacy and nostalgia that is carried through to the hotel’s array of public spaces. A bold, geometric lobby gives way to two unique F&B outlets. The first, and more formal of the two, Chef’s Theatre, is inspired by the ancient Japanese Kabuki. A suspended art installation anchors the dining room, reimagining the strong lines of the kimono into a figure decidedly more delicate. Surrounding the installation are furnishings that reflect a modern European character, mirroring the menu’s French “bistronomy” style dishes. Offering a more casual, lounge-style setting, Whisk serves select meals and inventive, original cocktails. A standout, cantilevered marble bar top acts as Whisk’s central draw, embodying a bold juxtaposition between the surface’s bright reflection and its dark, black composition. www.wilsonassociates.com www.marriott.co.uk

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Luxurious new development for the Luštica Peninsula Marriott International has signed an agreement with Northstar D.O.O. to bring The Ritz-Carlton brand to Montenegro. A 120-key hotel will sit alongside The RitzCarlton Residences, Montenegro – with 180 apartments and 48 villas – as part of a striking mixed-use development. With the first phase of construction due to be completed in 2023, the properties will occupy a prime position on the Western tip of the chic Luštica Peninsula. The project’s plans call for low-rise buildings that will sit harmoniously with the surrounding terrain, whilst maximising views over the Adriatic Sea. The hotel’s 120 elegantly appointed guest rooms will be joined by three restaurants, a beach bar, indoor and outdoor pools, a salt water Lido pool, spa and fitness room. www.RitzCarlton.com

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Brudnizki’s first Alpine resort Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas will unveil its first resort in the Austrian Alps in 2021. Bordering the beloved Hohe Tauern National Park, in the ski area of Kitzbuehel, this innovative resort will feature interiors by acclaimed designer, Martin Brudnizki. “We feel like the early day explorers, discovering new terrains and unchartered territories,” Brudnizki explains. “It’s great to work with progressive developers who allow us to execute our vision and go to places never gone before. “We challenge ourselves every single day on this project to stay true to our style, develop it further, and to deliver on the Six Senses out of the ordinary brand promise.” www.mbds.com www.sixsenses.com

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Setting down roots in Leicester Square The highly-anticipated Spring 2020 launch of The Londoner will bring an exciting, multidimensional hospitality experience to Leicester Square. Designed by Yabu Pushelberg, the Preferred Hotels & Resorts property will offer 350 guest rooms and 35 suites, alongside a series of curated private and public spaces, to create a hotel that is boutique in feel, despite its gargantuan size. In fact, The Londoner will extend six floors below ground, serving as one of the deepest buildings in the world. This underground space will provide the perfect environment for a luxury subterranean spa experience and two private screening rooms. www.edwardian.com

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The treasures of Santanyi Scheduled to open in Spring 2020, Can Ferrereta is a new 31-key boutique hotel in the quaint rural town of Santanyí, in the south east of Mallorca. The Soldevila-Ferrer family, who own the hotel and have carefully overseen the project from start to finish, have worked alongside Mallorcan-based BASTIDAS Architecture and Spanish design house, WIT, to transform this historic 17th century building. The history and tradition that surrounds the property has been faithfully preserved during the restoration, the hotel’s two new structures sensitively developed in harmony with its original features. The interiors will be reminiscent of a grand summer house, featuring simple, light and airy design. Rustic wooden beams and original stonework in juxtaposition with sleek furnishings and an eclectic collection of modern and contemporary art. www.wit-lab.com www.bastidasarchitecture.com

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Kevin Lim + Caroline Chou OPENUU Hospitality Interiors caught up with the dynamic duo behind Hong Kong-based interdisciplinary design studio, OPENUU, to discuss their recent projects, passion for F&B, and future aspirations. How did you first discover your passion for design? Caroline: I first discovered my passion for design in middle school, where we had the opportunity to take woodshop. Growing up, I’ve always taken still-life drawing classes, and oil painting was one of my favorite pastimes. The woodshop opportunity provided me a creative outlet in exploring design in 3D, through textures and building. Kevin: I grew up in a family of designers, with dad an architect and mom an interior designer. We would frequent museums as a kid, either with school or parents. The history museums really bored me, and in contrast, the art museums fascinated me. Could you tell me a little more about your professional background? Caroline: I got my Bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College, and Master of Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design. After living in the U.S. for 10 years, Kevin and I decided to move back and start our practice in Hong Kong, doing small interesting projects. Kevin: I got my Bachelor’s of Architecture from Cornell University, and Associates degree of Culinary Arts from Le Cordon Bleu (Boston). As a trained architect and professionally certified chef from Le Cordon Bleu (Boston), I worked in a few different restaurants. Most notably, I worked closely with Chef Ming Tsai of Blue Ginger in Wellesley, MA, where I spent quite some time further developing my love for exotic ingredients. Blue Ginger was also one of Caroline’s favorite restaurants in Boston, as she attended Wellesley College, a 10-minute walk from the restaurant. What do you feel is the single most important thing that people should know about you, or your work?

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Growing up in Asia and being educated in the U.S. has allowed us to live differently, and view space planning more efficiently. The lack of space with an abundance of high-rise buildings, living in Asia, teaches us to think differently about spatial design with efficiency and flexibility. Living in the U.S. for 10 years with larger living spaces has broadened our knowledge, and honed our spatial planning skills, while not losing the human ergonomics in a large project. What motivated you to set up OPENUU, and could you tell me more about the company’s philosophy? We wanted to deliver and share our knowledge with different communities, executing projects that are both flexible and functional, with a contemporary chic style in mind. We like to create spaces that also motivate and innovate companies we design for. This means we not only want to make the space look great, but also create a space suitable for increased efficiency, that can grow with the clients, and provide greater value.

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Could you discuss some of the most memorable hospitality projects OPENUU has completed? We recently completed Ah Yung Kitchen – it was a collaborative project between our client and a famous 1 Michelin star chef. It was a project where I was able to impart my kitchen and service knowledge alongside the design philosophy of OPENUU. Ah Yung Kitchen allowed me to work with different teams from the hotel that helped visualise the project, along with our design team. We were also able to learn from the hotel team about various aspects that helped guide our design to suite operational needs, as we pride ourselves in creating projects that are visually stunning with practical functionality. What are you working on at the moment? Caroline: We have three ongoing restaurant projects, as well as one hotel project that just kicked off in September and will hopefully be completed by 2021. On a smaller scale, we’ve been working on a collaboration with RIL CREED on some leather goods items. This includes the Amber Home, a variety of cushions designed using upcycled leather. Willow Travel is a small leather goods brand offering passport and card holders. Kevin: I am involved in a small restaurant project, where I’m acting as the F&B consultant on the project. This is an interesting concept that fuses my background in Southeast Asian cuisine, with our local favorite – hotpot. What are your framing ambitions for the company going forwards? We would like to position OPENUU as an expert in the hospitality industry, with a secondary focus on F&B, allowing us to continue

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learning about the ever changing landscape of the hospitality sector, and continue to grow with the F&B trends, being able to help restaurants of all scales and realise their ambitions as well as ours. Which areas of the world excite you in terms of their hospitality design scene at present? The current wave of design is happening mostly in the Asian region, and we are fortunate to be in Hong Kong, allowing us to visit hotels in China, and around the Southeast Asian region, drawing inspirations from various types of hotels and resorts. What do you feel will be the key issues and challenges affecting the hospitality design industry in the coming years? I think technology poses the biggest challenge for the hospitality industry. With the speed of the ever evolving terrain of technology, it is difficult for hotels to constantly stay on top of the newest technology that may make or break a guest’s preference on booking one hotel over the other. What are your passions outside of the design world? Caroline: Entrepreneurship in general. I am always talking and learning from friends that are venturing off on their own business, and constantly reading about the issue. Kevin: I have always had a passion for cooking, hence enrolling in culinary school after my architecture studies, to the point where we opened a restaurant together, featuring one of my favorite cuisines – Malaysian. We enjoy traveling to different places on vacations, and discovering the local cuisines, an activity that we enjoy doing together, and hope to pass this onto our daughter. www.openuu.com

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Jennifer Paladino Hospitality Design Guild Jennifer Paladino has joined Hospitality Design Guild’s Boca Raton studio as senior designer. She brings with her a wealth of experience in commercial, hospitality and residential projects from acclaimed firms such as Wimberly Interiors and The Gettys Group. How did you first discover your passion for design? As a child, I always liked creating things at home with my mom’s discarded items. I can’t remember where it came from, but since 2nd grade, I’ve said I wanted to study architecture and design. I continue to be inspired by my surroundings, the people I meet, places I visit, and interesting materials I find. Could you tell me a little more about your professional background? I started off working for a small commercial and high-end residential design firm that had a retail showroom attached to it. I was involved in all aspects of the business – sales, drawings, design, art shows, you name it. During the recession, we all found ourselves wearing many hats and participating in multiple aspects of design in order to continue working, so I also collaborated with a landscape designer. Eventually, as the industry started to pick up, I moved into hospitality design and enjoyed it so much, I never looked back. What do you feel is the single most important thing that people should know about you, or your work? The key to good design and a successful hotel is hospitality. As owners are looking for the ‘wow’ factor that will attract guests, and the entire hotel experience becomes more and more automated, we can’t forget that at the core of a good hotel is hospitality. Not only in the service and guest experience, but in the design process, infusing every space and design consideration with hospitality will truly make the entire project successful. I think that’s what I strive for every day, and why I’m so grateful to be part of the HDG team – hospitality is at our core and I’m working with a team that’s as passionate about that as I am. What prompted you to join Hospitality Design Guild. [HDG Executive Creative Director] Katherine’s vision. She really

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believes in building relationships and finding the right talent and resources for each specific project and client. What are you working on at the moment, and have you got any upcoming projects or collaborations that you’re able to tell us about? We’re working on an exciting hotel project on the West Coast. The concept is very modern and art-driven; it’s allowing the team to really stretch ourselves creatively and artistically. We’re also working with a developer on a completely new brand of hotel (that we can’t disclose just yet). What do you feel will be the key issues and challenges affecting the hospitality design industry in the coming years? Part of ensuring we as designers keep hospitality at our core is remembering to design for the user and not give in too much to trends. For a while, we started to see the public areas of hotels become more like “communal spaces”; places for groups to gather or collaborate in the lobby, restaurants, and lounges. However, we’re increasingly seeing younger travelers look for more private working spaces inside the public areas, as the hotel lobby becomes more than just a space where guests come and go, and business and leisure travel merge with locals utilising the space as well. The big challenge is to offer both successfully, while still making the space inviting. What are your passions outside of the design world? I find myself exploring the neighborhoods, restaurants, bars, as well as the art and music where I live and travel. There’s nothing more rewarding than getting off the well-worn tourist path and discovering an authentic place that truly inspires you. I think about those places in my city that I visit most and why I keep coming back to them. I like finding the unique qualities about these areas and spaces and applying them to my design and space planning. www.hdesignguild.com

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Jean-Marie Massaud AXOR Melding geometrical form with precision manufacturing, AXOR Edge is the latest phase of a 13-year partnership between AXOR and French architect, designer and inventor, Jean-Marie Massaud. Using a new manufacturing process heretofore reserved for diamond milling and space construction, AXOR Edge offers a series of masterful mixer designs enriched with an intricately detailed texture. Hospitality Interiors spoke with Jean-Marie Massaud to find out more ... You’re a long standing and much-loved partner of AXOR – why do you feel this partnership has been so successful? When things are natural and you share the same vision, it creates synergy. We are a very complementary partnership because AXOR, as you know, is not just a ‘German brand’. It is demanding in terms of quality and competence but also a very visionary brand; and for a creative person, it’s the perfect context to explore. Could you talk a little about the inspiration behind AXOR Edge, and how the aesthetic of the collection took shape? AXOR Edge is based on the idea that people pay more attention to their bathroom; they spend more time there and assign more space to it. When you are not in the market of necessity, where it’s about being compact and efficient, you consider the bathroom as a place to relax and take care of yourself; so, the ambition is to be in line with this context. People are asking architects to create a specific universe and the collection was based on this idea. I had to create a new archetype that was outside of the standard, with two ambitions: bringing a greater sense of scale and spirituality to the bathroom space. We created a new vocabulary, to which architects can create their own stories, applying their own finishes, special colours and patterns.

bottle or a Dupont lighter. If you reduce everything to simplistic expression, every detail needs to be perfect, so we created new tooling to accomplish it. We investigated milling, but at such a level of precision as to ensure that it has a mirror finish without polishing. Our intention was to programme the machine to create different lines, so it opened up the bespoke market. This state-of-the-art machine – which uses a diamond-tipped tool – is ordinarily used in the space industry to create lengths for the telescope. At the beginning it was too precise, so we made the diamond edge bigger. It is so precise that it responds to every vibration. It’s so clean we call it ‘the white room’.

Could you tell us more about the manufacturing process and cutting-edge technology that makes this collection so special? The primary intention was to input even more quality into a brand for which quality is already a cornerstone; using tooling for affordability, but also to be singular. I wanted this very sharp and refined shape, like a Chanel No5

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“We created a new vocabulary, to which architects can create their own stories, applying their own finishes, special colours and patterns”

What were the main challenges you faced in creating the collection and how were they overcome? The main challenge was to create something that was effortless, but also unique and versatile enough to be singular and archetypal. Not too simple, but not too strange. If AXOR Edge were to be used within a hospitality setting – what kind of environment do you picture the collection in, and what do you feel it would bring to the guest experience? It is very versatile. A freestanding mixer, symmetric or not symmetric, in gun finish or dark gun finish, it could be minimalist and sharp like Zumthor or in pure gold with green marble underneath it – it becomes very classical. The main ambition was to be long-lasting and timeless. If an architect was to assign it with their own pattern, that is possible too. It opens up a world of possibility in terms of their sensitivity. www.axor-design.com www.massaud.com

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Raffles Shenzhen China Paying homage to the remarkable pace of growth and modernisation within Shenzhen, LW has created a contemporary interior scheme that artfully incorporates elements of the surrounding landscape. As the firm’s 20th anniversary approaches, LW is reaffirming its position as a world-class hospitality design name.

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Taking its place amidst the glittering highrises of Parkland Group’s One Shenzhen Bay development, Raffles’ latest property is a veritable tour-de-force of opulent living. The 168-key property spans the top floors of this 80-storey tower; and offers spectacular views over the bay as a result. Much as the development as a whole has been consciously designed to co-exist harmoniously with its surrounds, LW’s Dubai design team have embraced these phenomenal views through their interior concept. “We were challenged to work around the views,” explains Pia Sen, lead designer on the project. “We wanted to integrate them into the design rather than block them out. “The real emphasis throughout this project was to create an ambience which reflects everything a guest would wish for in their home, whilst adding the conveniences that a hotel brings. And being able to draw on the surrounding beauty gave us a clear direction from the start.” The guest’s journey begins as they enter the double volume ground floor entrance, where they are transported straight up to the Sky Lobby on the 34th floor. Here, majestic panoramas of the Pearl River Delta blend seamlessly with the rich decor. Warm timber, decadent marble and metal details have been paired with softer accents in order to create a luxurious, yet residential feel.

“The real emphasis throughout this project was to create an ambience which reflects everything a guest would wish for in their home, whilst adding the conveniences that a hotel brings”

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Raffles, One Shenzhen Bay operates four in-house F&B venues. On the ground floor, the cake shop evokes the feel of a bespoke jewellery store, with light, bright interiors, glass display cases and amethyst-inspired lights. The lobby leads into a 500m2 all-day dining restaurant via a black lacquered door with a duck egg blue shagreen insert. Patterned white marble, inset handmade rugs and light timber planks adorn the floors of the venue, where guests can dine seated in sofas or comfortable chairs along the expansive window wall. A series of food counters have been placed along the opposite wall to create an organic flow, whilst light bronze metal screens create a private feel. Raffles’ signature Writer’s Bar brings a masculine touch, meanwhile. Passing through hidden library doors, the guest is led to a small leather-clad bar, divided from the remainder of the lounge by a built-in fireplace. Dark stained hexagonal-shaped timber panelling details, and book shelving throughout create an intimate library ambience. Light timber flooring, with loose handmade rugs, carve out intimate seating areas with buttoned Chesterfield sofas, bone inlaid coffee tables and high-back wingchairs.

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Lastly, Japanese signature restaurant, Kokoni, is awash with dark materials, from the black marble floors and walls, to black timber screens. Black marble counters run along the show kitchen wall, which itself is clad in rose-gold toned metal with an embossed cherry blossom motif. Along the window wall, black benches have been upholstered in a luxurious rust velvet, drawing inspiration from autumnal Japanese Maple leaves. Floor-to-ceiling Sake display units, built in the style of Japanese Chidori toys, create a semiprivate tasting room.

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“The spa has an unusual, unexpected ambience of a luxury home – a place to truly immerse in relaxation”

Another key public space, and one that sets a new standard for the Raffles group, is the spa on level 33. Incorporating a reception area, six treatment rooms, changing rooms, saunas, steam rooms, and a gym, the spa experience is capped off by a magnificent indoor infinity pool with views over the bay. LW’s design approach here was to create a high-end, residential feel, dividing the space via changing colour schemes in order to create distinct zones for quiet and active pursuits. “The spa has an unusual, unexpected ambience of a luxury home,” affirms Pia. “A place to truly immerse in relaxation.” Bronze, warm tones abound, with herringbone patterned oak floors and varying

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wallcoverings for added visual interest. Loose watermark rugs, candles and soft cushions in shades of green complete the look. Passing through corridors adorned with artefacts, the hotel’s 168 rooms and suites, including a magnificent 465m2 Presidential Suite, are light and elegant in feel. Neutral shades predominate, with pops of natureinspired colour introduced via loose rugs, cushions and quilts. The eye is immediately drawn to the silkscreen wall panels displayed on the walls. Elsewhere, traditional cultural elements are signified by choice furniture pieces, and the distinctive Raffles’ library is present in every room. www.lw.co

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Park Hyatt Beijing China Acclaimed Singapore studio, LTW Designworks, has completed an 18-month project to redesign Park Hyatt Beijing’s public spaces and guest rooms.

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Sitting atop Beijing Yintai Centre, along Jianguomenwai Main Street, Park Hyatt Beijing is ideally situated at the heart of the business district of Chaoyang. This major road may epitomise Beijing’s modern, bustling cityscape today, but it historically straddled the outermost Imperial City Wall – a fusion of past and present that is central to LTW’s interior concept. Indeed the framing inspiration for Park Hyatt Beijing’s interior is the concept of siheyuan – a traditional Chinese courtyard and a symbolic icon within Beijing architecture. LTW has focused in on the courtyard’s symmetrical composition, architecture and interiors, whilst hinting at that tension between nostalgic past and effervescent present. For the most part, the hotel’s original layout has been preserved, but LTW has injected a refined, contemporary functionality with soft, neutral tones, warm timber furnishings, allwhite linens and bold, dynamic lines. The colour palette consists of five shades that LTW felt best represented siheyuan – green, for the tranquil, lush garden; yellow, orange and red, to represent auspicious koi fishes; as well as brown and grey, to symbolise wood and tree branches, timber and the hard stone furniture found in traditional Chinese residences.

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“The framing inspiration for Park Hyatt Beijing’s interior is the concept of siheyuan – a traditional Chinese courtyard and a symbolic icon within Beijing architecture”

The newly-redesigned guestrooms, prefunction area and ballroom share muted, residential-style interiors with a quiet balance of history and modernity. A neutral palette of beige, green and grey uplifts the guest rooms, bringing in an essence of the courtyard’s restful ambience. Complementing the existing warm timber furnishings, dark wood grains and flooring, each of the guest rooms displays muted wall panels and an oversized earthy-toned carpet with a striped abstract illustration of plum blossom, depicted in stripes of varying green hues.

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Etches and ink paintings of traditional courtyards adorn the walls, alongside small bronze statues of amahs, or maidservants as they were termed, in tribute to the female workers of the Imperial times. In contrast to the muted colour palette of the guest rooms, the 850m2 pre-function area on the third level offers a vibrant illustration of the siheyuan’s outdoor common space. This area and the three adjacent ballrooms are adjoined by expansive, wall-to-wall carpeting embellished with waves of orange, deep crimson and cedar and suggestive of a rippling fish pond.

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LTW was also asked to re-envisage the hotel’s 25 suites, with a mind to creating multifunctional spaces for social gatherings and business meetings, whilst exuding luxury and comfort. The Executive Suite offers a living room, master bedroom, a spacious work area and a dining room seating eight guests. Extending the design language of the guest rooms, the space is dressed in a woven accent carpet in light brown and grey, and features meticulous designs, such as a glass-topped wooden table and mahogany leather chairs that pay homage to the traditional wooden door of the courtyard. At 240m2, the Chairman Suite is the largest of the rooms, and features striking views over Chang’an Street and the Forbidden City. This lavish, artistic space offers a spacious living room, dining area and fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom to ensure that the discerning modern traveller’s every whim is met. www.ltwdesignworks.com

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The Langley Buckinghamshire, UK From dilapidated country pile to a high-end rural escape fit for the 21st century traveller – The Langley has finally opened its doors following a multi-million pound, six-year renovation led by Dennis Irvine Studio.

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The historic, yet somewhat diminished Grade II Listed Langley Park House has found new life as a luxurious 41-bedroom boutique hotel. Formerly the home of the third Duke of Marlborough, the Buckinghamshire property has been taken under the wing of Marriott International’s Luxury Collection, and impeccably restored by Dennis Irvine and his team. “The brief was to restore these majestic buildings to their former glory, alongside a new and impressive 2000m2 world-class wellness spa,” Dennis explains. “We were asked to create a luxurious country escape with a warm, inviting high-end residential aesthetic.” Naturally, the age of the building and the radically different requirements of a modern hotel from that of a residence presented a significant challenge for the design team. A fine balancing act had to be struck between preserving the rich wealth of original architectural detailing, and ensuring that hotel operations were suitably accommodated. The renovation unearthed some truly exceptional design gems, not least 20 original Georgian and Victorian fireplaces, complete with marble hearths, decorative frieze details, mantels, cast iron fire baskets and intricate

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marble figures. Working alongside Oxley Restoration, they have all been repaired

“For new additions to the building, Dennis Irvine Studio referenced existing architectural

and restored in line with Historic England’s conversion requirements. “Attention to detail was the key in bringing this Grade 2* listed building back to life,” affirms Dennis. “From traditional lath and plaster methods, sourcing rare marbles to restoring original fireplaces, as well as hundreds of metres of restored cornices after centuries of paint and neglect.

details to create timeless pieces which enhance their historical setting.” The significant modifications began with the Bath Stone exterior of the main house, which has been impeccably restored to highlight the honeyed hues and golden striations of the rock. Extensive excavation to the front elevation of the house has also allowed for the addition of a grand staircase leading to the main entrance.

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“The brief was to restore these majestic buildings to their former glory, alongside a new and impressive 2000m2 world-class wellness spa”

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As guests enter the reception area, they’re greeted by a plethora of historic features, including Four Doric columns, and an imposing marble fireplace – depicting a relief of a cherub displaying plans for the Palladian temple – which once stood in the gardens. A pair of intricately-detailed 19th Century cast bronze Venetian doors – brought to the house by Sir Robert Grenville Harvey in 1903 from Florence – are complemented by contemporary petrified wood coffee tables and a breathtaking bespoke chandelier by Dernier & Hamlyn, comprising 221 curved brass branches ending in glass droplets to bring to life the woodland setting. The discovery of an original 18th Century mosaic floor whilst renovating the reception area was a welcome surprise. Its ornate design has been painstakingly restored to reveal a highly appropriate welcome message: “Welcome the Coming, Speed the Parting Guest”. The mosaic floor extends through into the grand and light-filled staircase hall, where the statement 18th Century open staircase leads up past the first floor towards a vast oval glazed dome at roof level. This elegant and highly memorable arrival experience sets the tone for the rest of the hotel’s public spaces, which incorporate a destination restaurant, bar, drawing room and spa. The Churchill Bar at The Langley provides an intimate retreat for guests, with an offering

of light bites, sandwiches, a curated drinks selection and a rare selection of cigars housed in a custom humidor. The room also profits from some spectacular narrow Regency-era bookcases. A popular fad amongst the English literati during the 18th Century was to line rooms with ornamental miniature books – often with humorous titles – as opposed to real books. These so-called ‘Invisible Libraries’ were famously installed at Chatsworth House and in Charles Dickens’ private homes, and have been recreated to superb effect for The Langley by The Original Book Works Company. When it came to The Langley’s destination restaurant, Cedar, Dennis Irvine and his team opted for a modern, yet romantic English feel, wishing to create “a surprising yet intimate interior reflecting the beautiful garden outside.” Cedar’s expansive views over the estate’s historic parkland and lake are reflected in the verdant scenery engraved on the 1775 white marble fireplace, as well as the elegant made to measure blue and silver trees adorning the Casamance wallpaper. Eight antique mirrored chandeliers reflect the silvery light of the wallcovering, while Vescom petrol blue mohair sofas, pleated velvet upholstery by Bart Halpern and custom Lawton Cole and De’Art furniture complete the look. This blue and grey palette extends into the Drawing Room, which is linked to Cedar via a private dining room and wrap-around terrace.

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Here, a statement five-tiered Dernier & Hamlyn chandelier forms the centrepiece of the room. The design features hundreds of metres of swags of differing lengths, embellished with individually positioned hand cut crystal balls, fixed to a brass frame almost 2m high. Luxury finishes have been widely used, from the original panelling lined with hand painted Fromenthal wallcovering, to rich mohair and velvet upholstery.

Concluding The Langley’s public spaces is its vast subterranean spa, complete with an authentic Turkish Hammam, marble-lined 16m swimming pool, a juniper wood sauna complete with an illuminated pink Himalayan salt brick wall, and elegant treatment rooms. This restful, highly luxurious space is awash with soft whites and gold accents, inlaid brass joinery and vein-cut marble, as well as lacquered brass screens designed by Dennis Irvine. “The spa design is engaging on a visual, physical and emotional level, with tactile elements of mirrored polished marbles, lacquered metal accents and soft warm wall coverings,” explains Dennis. “At its centre is the 16m infinity edge indoor swimming pool with surrounding Eramosa and Silk Georgette marbles, specially selected for the space.” Sumptuous detailing and high-end finishes are a key feature, too, of the hotel’s guest accommodation. The first floor of the Main House is home to The Langley’s most luxurious rooms, decorated in seasonal colours from blossom pink to Eau de Nil. The substantial, three-bedroom Duke of Marlborough suite is centred around a unique octagonal room with a large bay window, offering panoramic lake views. Original feature

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“We were lucky enough to work with an iconic piece of British history, saving it from ruin and reimagining it as a new destination for contemporary travellers”

panelling has been painted in shades of pale grey with accents of aubergine, while large crystal chandeliers by Bella Figura feature in both the living room and bedroom of the suite. The second-floor bedrooms, meanwhile, are set within the eaves of the building, and feature quirky original features such as the large circular windows offering views of the countryside beyond. The design team has opted for a palette of cool grey and soft green shades here, with bespoke Dernier & Hamlyn chandeliers inspired by foliage within the grounds and luxurious marble bathrooms with walk-in waterfall showers and roll top baths. The remainder of the accommodation is housed in the 18th Century Brew House building, set opposite the Main House. The property’s various historical uses as a clocktower, stables and brewery, inspired the design of its 21 bedrooms. Built around a central courtyard and

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decorated in warm neutral shades, the rooms feature textured wallcoverings by Phillip Jeffries, blown glass dimpled pendants by Holloways of Ludlow, chestnut leathers, limed oak and antique metals accented by sage green and peachy tan. The impeccable standard of accommodation at The Langley is testament to the skill and respect with which Dennis Irvine and his team have approached this project. The gravitas of the house’s past, and the wonderful interior details so bound up in this history, have been restored and enlivened to create a truly worldclass hospitality experience. “Seeing our design and hard work come to life is always the most rewarding part of the job,” Dennis concludes. “We were lucky enough to work with an iconic piece of British history, saving it from ruin and reimagining it as a new destination for contemporary travellers to enjoy for many years to come.” www.dennisirvinestudio.com

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Hoxton Portland Portland, USA Fettle and Ennismore have worked in collaboration on the interiors of Hoxton’s sixth outpost – a remarkable former theatre in the Chinatown area of Portland. Photography by Alan Jensen

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Having worked with Ennismore on several projects in London, Fettle was familiar with the team’s style and working approach. This strong relationship was just as well, given the very tight parameters of the project. “The main challenge was the timeline,” explains Andy Goodwin, co-founder of Fettle. “From starting the concept design all the way through to completion of install on-site totalled one year, which is remarkable for a project of this scale. It is testament to the strength of the construction team and our relationship with the team at Ennismore that this project was completed on time and within budget.” Another key challenge for Fettle lay in conveying Hoxton’s unique design language, whilst adding original flair and location-specific design. “Hoxton is obviously a well-established brand with outposts across London and Europe,” Andy continues. “The brand doesn’t necessarily have a specific design style, although there is a commonality that is apparent throughout their spaces. “Our brief was to create the entrance lobby, coffee shop, bar, restaurant and apartment meeting room spaces within the hotel using the design language that they have within other sites, whilst ensuring that we make design decisions relevant to the building and its locality within Portland.”

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Portland’s offbeat blend of gritty urban spaces and park culture offered plentiful inspiration for the hotel’s interior, but an equally rich canvas proved to be the building itself. The older section of the building was a theatre in the 1920s, and boasts heavilytextured wooden columns, old plaster finishes and textured concrete. In complete contrast, the hotel’s lobby and accommodation sit within the adjacent new tower, complete with a striking glazed facade. “The bar and restaurant within the older part of the property are more traditional and rustic,” explains Fettle co-founder, Tom Parker. “We replicated some of the existing timber finishes found on the columns to develop the architectural details spanning both the ceiling and walls.

“The raised and fielded panelling in the restaurant is also an ode to the age of this part of the building. In the more modern lobby, the architectural details, namely particle board, are detailed in a more contemporary, clean fashion.” Hoxton is known for the seamless flow of its public spaces, and the Hoxton Portland is no different in this regard. The lobby is open, comfortable and inclusive and style, designed as a community hub for locals and hotel guests alike. A geometric blackened steel reception desk acts as the anchoring element here, but the true focal point is an expansive brick wall with an integrated central fireplace. An assortment of mid-century inspired furniture, upholstered in colourful and comfortable fabrics, is orientated around the hearth.

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“Furniture-wise the scheme has a European style with a mid-century influence,” explains Tom. “We designed a vast number of bespoke pieces for this project, but we also used vintage shops across Portland such as Vintage Pink, and had all found items reupholstered by the fantastic Acanthus Upholstery in north Portland. The richly upholstered furniture and bold array of fabrics provided a great contrast against the more rustic and linear architectural details. “The furniture is a core part of the design scheme but the boldest element of the FFE is the lighting,” he continues. “All of the pendants in the space are bespoke and were specifically designed for this project and made by Lusive Decor in Los Angeles. They are 1930s and 40s inspired and detailed to give a warm, diffused glow.” The striking custom-designed pendant lights join Armstrong’s Tectum range for the ceiling. These specialist wood wool panels have a heavily textured, modern feel, as well as strong acoustic properties. Made from old timber, the team chose a complementary colour for the interiors, settling on Bella Pink. The bar and restaurant spaces sit to the front, surrounded on two sides the full height glazing of the existing facade. Reclaimed timber flooring, sourced locally from Pioneer Millworks, runs through from the lobby. A blue herringbone tiled bar front, complete with brass back bar, internally illuminated

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shelves and an antiqued mirror back, acts as the centrepiece of the property’s older section. The hotel’s restaurant, La Neta, is located at the other end of the room and is surrounded by walls clad in dark painted timber panelling, scattered by Latin-inspired artwork curated by local art consultant, Upfor Gallery. Simple freestanding banquettes, upholstered in aged green leather, have been paired with timber and tan leather chairs and oak dining tables. A bespoke black, white and gold patterned floor tile differentiates the restaurant from the bar space. Lastly, the 119 rooms have been cleverly designed to make the best use of the space available. Ranging from Shoebox through to Roomy, the accommodation is awash with rich walnut panelling and mid-century touches, alongside artwork selected by Upfor, ceramics by Clay Factor and bookshelves curated by Hox Friends. The overall feeling at the Hoxton Portland is one of warmth and comfort, achieved through the artful layering of assorted textured materials, bespoke furniture and lighting designs. The property’s unique clash of old and new ultimately chimes perfectly with the Hoxton philosophy, creating a fitting communal hub for Portland travellers and residents. www.thehoxton.com www.fettle-design.co.uk www.ennismore.com

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Dakota Manchester Manchester, UK Dakota Hotels’ founder, Ken McCulloch, worked in partnership with Evans Property Group to realise the group’s fifth property – an impactful and design-led new hotel in the heart of Manchester.

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Developed at a cost of £30m, Dakota Manchester signifies the next phase in the wider regeneration of Piccadilly Basin. This 12.5 acre plot bordering the Rochdale Canal has seen an array of new commercial and residential developments, with a view to creating a vibrant new city centre neighbourhood. Dakota Hotels promised that their latest opening would bring “a touch of Mayfair to Manchester”, and, with its atmospheric public spaces and plush accommodation, it’s safe to say that the group has delivered. The hotel’s striking exterior, designed by West Yorkshire-based, KPP Architects, is matched only by its glamorous interiors, designed by Amanda Rosa. Having worked across all of Dakota’s previous projects, as well as other such notable hospitality properties as Columbus Monaco, The Old Course Hotel and Gleneagles, Amanda was perfectly positioned to bring the group’s latest addition to life. “I’ve been involved with the Dakota Brand since its conception in 2006,” she explains. “Being married to Ken McCulloch for the past 24 years means I’m involved whether I want to be or not! Dakota is Ken’s vision, I help make it happen.

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“The original brief was to create an interior that felt as if it hadn’t been designed. The exterior is black and imposing, but the goal was to make the interior feel warm and inviting, with a focus on simplicity, accessibility and uncomplicated flow. “As we have progressed, each hotel has been tweaked. As Manchester was a complete new build we faced fewer restrictions and managed to integrate the best details and enhance the interiors.” With its plush carpet, low-level lighting and black metal clad fireplace, guests feel immediately cocooned and cossetted upon entering the hotel’s lobby. A feature table in the

centre of the space is adorned with candles, ornaments, and the brand’s trademark wicker dog, Chester. The hotel’s public spaces flow cohesively in their layout and design, yet strike the perfect balance of privacy and exclusivity with screens of Venetian blinds and hidden cosy nooks. Guests can begin the evening with a predinner drink in the chic surrounds of the hotel’s cocktail bar. Large wooden tables and bar stools run through its centre, gathered beneath a dramatic hanging light installation, while leather and velvet upholstered banquettes and sofas with textural soft furnishings run around its perimeter.

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For more intimate events, the beautifully designed Champagne Room can hold up to 30 guests. At the heart of the hotel lies neighbourhood brasserie, Dakota Grill, which offers a seasonally-inspired dining experience complete with waterside views. The dark colour palette and somewhat moody feel of the lobby and bar continue here, with exposed industrial-style ceilings, dark wood screens and banquette seating in deep red. Guests can opt to dine in an assortment of intimate booths or freestanding circular tables, each artfully lit and offering a different perspective on this glamorous space. Bringing a touch of old-school Mayfair to Manchester, The Cigar Garden offers a purpose-built outdoor cigar terrace, warmed by gas fires. A separate waterside terrace provides an ideal spot in which to enjoy the hotel’s desirable riverside positioning. The jewel in the crown of Dakota Manchester’s offering, however, is its guest accommodation. The hotel offers 137 luxurious bedrooms, including 20 suites. This offering culminates in the penthouse suite, known as the Grand Deluxe Suite. It features both indoor and outdoor space, a dedicated lounge, dining area, opulent bedrooms, walk-in wardrobe, modern fire place, ensuite bathrooms with steam showers and

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a sunken bath. Its private 8th floor external terrace, with far-reaching views across the city, offers the finishing touch. Though smaller in stature, the hotel’s classic and garden king rooms maintain this same sense of comfort and luxury. Flooded with light from the floor to ceiling windows, the eye is immediately drawn to the inviting oversized beds, complete with upholstered headboards, soft throws and scatter cushions. All bedrooms feature an ensuite bathroom with a rainfall shower and bespoke toiletries, a smart TV with full Sky package, complimentary high-speed WI-FI and air conditioning. “The palette within the guest rooms is soft and neutral to create a sense of calm within the interior,” explains Amanda. “This is then complemented by soothing artwork. “In terms of the bathrooms – simply the best showers ever! Oversized, easy to use, great water pressure, whilst décor wise unusual artefacts and accessories are a must.” It’s this attention to detail in the rooms, and indeed throughout the property as a whole, that really makes all the difference to the guest experience. The palette and furnishings might be muted, but it is the unique and powerful ambience Amanda Rosa has crafted that sets Dakota Manchester apart. www.amandarosa.com www.dakotahotels.co.uk

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The Guild Hotel San Diego, USA One of San Diego’s revered architectural gems has undergone an £80m renovation to emerge as a 162-key luxury boutique hotel.

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Given its fascinating past and handsome architecture, it’s no surprise that San Diego’s iconic Army-Navy YMCA building sparked the imagination of Alvin Mansour of Oram Hotels, and Rick Mansur of Azul Hospitality Group. In the 1920s, as the number of military bases in the city burgeoned, the Italian Renaissanceinspired building at 500 West Broadway provided a community and recreation space for uniformed men and women. Indeed, over the course of its history, the Army-Navy YMCA building would provide services to a staggering 125m military personnel, and was registered as a Historic Place by the US Department of the Interior National Park Service as a result. Image © Dylan + Jeni

Only the most considered and faithful of restorations would do for the property, and thus Oram Hotels worked tirelessly in collaboration with designer, Sormeh Rienne, to preserve the building’s landmark status as it embarks on a new chapter. “The Guild is a symbol of this city’s incredible, rich history that we have reimagined with care and true passion through years of hard work and dedication,” affirms Alvin. “As San Diego natives, our team at Oram envisioned a destination that would not only offer something new and inspired to our hometown, but that would celebrate its unique personality and cultural imprint on California, and we think we have brought it to life beautifully.”

Uniting Alvin’s vision of a refined, experiential boutique hotel, with a nod to some of Europe’s most renowned independent properties, Sormeh Rienne has created an inviting and inclusive atmosphere with a degree of nostalgia for a bygone era of hospitality. Contemporary interiors juxtapose beautifully with the wealth of rich historic details and references to the property’s Army-Navy background. Passing beneath the building’s meticulously restored exterior detailing and facade, guests enter the lobby via an original stone staircase. An assortment of intimate seating areas greets them, complete with plush custom sofas and chairs in vibrant velvet tones of pink, deep red

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and blue. To the right, a hand-carved, fluted burgundy reception desk is tucked away amid floor-to-ceiling drapery. The focal point of the space, however, is The Guild Bar, with its Brazilian leathered quartzite counter, and striking backbar with custom millwork detailing. Located directly off the lobby, across from the bar, the hotel’s signature restaurant is a Mediterranean-influenced, al fresco destination. Its outdoor courtyard dining room features a black and white colour palette, with a customdesigned outdoor fireplace, lush greenery and mirrors that mimic the building’s historic windows. Diners can also make use of the separate greenery-filled outdoor courtyard, Grace Garden, with its assortment of dining tables and lounge seating. By night, the garden will be softly-illuminated with custom-designed lighting for an ethereal, unexpected retreat in the midst of the city. The final public space is the extraordinary ballroom. Originally the YMCA’s basketball court, with an elevated running track, the space has been completely transformed into an elegant 3,500ft² space with original brick wall inlays, dramatic floor-to-ceiling drapery and hardwood floors. The underground pool on the hotel’s basement level, meanwhile, has been converted into The Society Ballroom – a unique 3800m² events space awash with original architectural detailing. When it came to the guest rooms, the design team opted for refined, minimal interiors with

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custom-designed furniture, art and carpeting in a soothing palette of pale blue, grey and a soft army green. Stearns & Foster guest beds with GarnierThiebaut linens sit atop wooden frames with leather headboards, while rose gold lighting and accents add a rich, contemporary finish. This stripped-back scheme enhances the property’s elegant high ceilings and abundant natural light, with many rooms offering striking views over the city and harbour. Each room also features a custom designed piece of art, highlighting historic San Diego artists and the property’s own history. www.sormehrienne.com www.oramhotels.com

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Morning Glory San Diego, California Paul Basile has created another showstopping design, awash with 1980s styling, for this new restaurant in Little Italy, San Diego.

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From hospitality group, CH Projects, and twoMichelin-starred executive chef, Jason McLeod, comes this new cocktail and breakfast restaurant in Little Italy. Occupying the 4000ft2 second-storey of a property overlooking the Piazza della Famiglia, Morning Glory benefits from Paul Basile’s fresh and unexpected approach to interior design. Indeed, Basile’s bold and unapologetic design style is eminently visible from the outside in. Between its moving store front and high-polish copper siding, bi-folding Mary Kay pink steel windows and brass and copper neon egg sign, the restaurant’s exterior makes an immediate mark on its landscape. Morning Glory’s interior, meanwhile, offers a lively 1980s vibe. A palette of pink, terrazzo and muted green blend sits side by side with early Frank Wright-inspired walnut finishes, mixed metals, and signatureinspired architectural lighting and chandelier installations.

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As with all BASILE designs, the project has been almost entirely custom fabricated in-house at the firm’s downtown San Diego design studio, and installed on-site by Basile’s team of artisans. These striking bespoke pieces take the restaurant’s interior to the next level, offering completely unique and boundary-pushing forms. Within the main dining area, for example, there are some truly striking seating areas. A custom two-toned dusty rose “lipstick booth” is joined by an organic Douglas Fir carved booth system, which required over 400 hours of CNC carving from digital files to achieve its ergonomic form and angular design features. The starburst – a copper clad and back-lit pink acrylic with projected moving human eye – acts as the visual centrepiece of the space. As it ages, the copper material will eventually patinate, taking on a blue/green hue. Other highlights include the craft cocktail bar, where a unique custom chandelier soffit,

inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright stained glass pieces, has been installed. The back-lit walnut, brass and acrylic-cast rod chandelier has been painted with automotive copper high-gloss, which is echoed in the copper detailing within the liquor storage and back bar. The bar face itself features a red oak trim and rolled brass rods with copper trim underneath a Titanium bar top. Gathered around it are retro diner-style teardrop stools, made from quilted leather and suede in a twotoned dusty rose. Within the patio seating area, meanwhile, booths with rectangular pink marble table tops feature green marble “Morning Glory” logo inserts. Stainless steel spheres support twotone purple velvet and houndstooth seating installations, while the flooring throughout is a pink and green chequered terrazzo tile. www.basilestudio.com

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Alexis Readinger Preen Alexis’ inimitable style and superb credentials have seen her prolific rise to eminence in the hospitality design sphere. Here, she discusses the pressing restaurant trends she’s observing, LA’s restaurant scene, and the latest projects from her firm, Preen. What would you say are the top three trends influencing restaurant interiors at present? I believe that the current design trends reflect a need for hyperidealised, immersive and utopian environments. For a while now, we’ve been seeing an emphasis on the following trends: 1) The Natural – incorporating organic forms, textiles, landscape, plants and earth materials. In our design of Tesse in LA, we created walls of terra block seen both inside and outside, with moments of deeply-embedded greenery walls. Tesse is all about the table, wine and terroir. I believe we are, as humans, deeply craving nature. 2) The Round – an aesthetic of over-fattening and curving furniture and surfaces. This includes the neotenic, or childlike trend, (as cited by JUMBO founder Justin Donnelly in Architectural Digest). I would argue that this trend goes beyond the childlike and is a trend in corpulence. It’s an exaggeration of the fantastical, a desire for the world to be grabbable, tactile and to feel good. 3) Deep Colour – an expansion of brights or pastels or jewel tones, whichever group is chosen, that are presented as a contrasting and co-ordinating composition of similar saturations. This trend is creating immersions in tone and vibe that vary from deep to playful. The trends show a yearning for magical, imaginative environments that encircle our fancy. Restaurant design impacts the dining experience in every way. Sitting in a low-slung chair on the beach with my feet in the sand just makes the barracuda taste that much better.

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What would you say is the most memorable restaurant project you’ve worked on, and why? The most memorable project I’ve worked on stays with me because of location and beauty, and what it means to have access to the natural world. It was not a restaurant but a surf hotel in the uber remote Marshall Islands. Being in the nature there feels like being at the edge of the earth. The highest point of the Marshall Islands is a man-made bridge at six feet above sea level. It is so remote, so flat, so beautiful. It is also impossible not to see the effects of global warming on the reefs here. At Preen, we can make good environmental choices to champion the natural environment but it doesn’t get us that far in re-shaping humanity’s approach to supply and demand. Where we can be very powerful is in creating the kinds of spaces that support dreamers, changemakers and policy advocates. It is our mission to create spaces that allow for deep inquiry and transformation.

“LA has moved from an imported European fine dining model to a cultural explosion that acknowledges the multiplicity, complexity and joy of the California table and psyche”

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Could you talk about the LA restaurant scene, and your thoughts on its future direction? I’ve been an integral part of the LA restaurant scene’s expansion over the past twenty years. In that time, LA has moved from an imported European fine dining model to a cultural explosion that acknowledges the multiplicity, complexity and joy of the California table and psyche. So many of my friends are first generation American. They speak the language of their parents. They also share an attitude that celebrates acceptance, origin and innovation – everyone in LA is very cool this way. Our food scene is couched in this exploration. It was much acknowledged by the late great and dear Jonathan Gold and is very much why we are considered the most exciting food city in the world right now. As the LA food scene continues to grow and mature, we are seeing a lot of heavy hitting chefs move in from abroad. We are creating Balaio, the first international destination for important Sao Paolo chef, Rodrigo Oliviera. It is our gift and duty to create an authentic landing for his voice, talent and activism. Michelin has come back and is now rating LA again. This is spurring a lot of excitement for chefs to dial in their food and experience.

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“I believe that the current design trends reflect a need for hyper-idealised, immersive and utopian environments” What are the key challenges facing restaurant designers at the moment? Right now, there is heavy saturation. The intersection of food and design is hot. There is a lot of trend swapping going on. The most important thing is to create space that actually feels great to be in. There are very few restaurants that I go back to over and over and this is what we constantly work to create. In a decade’s time, how do you expect restaurants, and restaurant design, to have changed? We will have all kinds of experiential hybrids that combine food, retail and activity. We will have even more celebration of the natural environment in our urban centres. Is Preen working on any new hospitality projects that you’re able to share with us? Yes! We have three opening in LA next month. Yapa, a Nikkei concepted izakaya in Little Tokyo. Socalo, a colourful new concept for beloved Angeleno hot tamales from Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Millikin. And Piccalilli, a fresh pop apocalyptic waypoint of casual and fine dining moments in Culver City. All are chef-driven and will offer a depth of experience intrinsically tied to the food. www.preeninc.com

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Beefbar on the Beach St Paul’s Bay, Malta Humbert & Poyet has crafted a locallyinspired interior for Beefbar’s latest opening in Malta’s St Paul’s Bay. Humbert & Poyet has created celebrated designs for Beefbar’s outlets across the globe, from Paris to Hong Kong. For the restaurant brand’s latest opening, its first beach club concept, the Monaco-based design duo drew inspiration from Malta’s seascape, natural stone and local craftsmen to deliver a memorable dining experience. A central component of Humbert & Poyet’s brief was to accentuate the restaurant’s vast, open-plan layout. A warm colour palette, awash with soft earthy tones, maintains an airy, organic feel, while pops of bright canary yellow, tangerine orange, emerald green and touches of black enliven the space.

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This uplifting ambience is echoed in the use of natural and raw materials, including rattan, ceramic, plaster and concrete, alongside playfully-patterned furniture pieces in fine textured fabrics. Lush decorative greenery adorns the entrance, lounge, restaurant, terrace and pool. Malta’s picturesque sea-line, with its cascading rocks, acts as a key focal point for both the interior and exterior spaces. Outside, a smart terrace area blends elegant rattan, banquette and upholstered seating for a picture-perfect setting. Separated from the terrace only by a soft, textural line of grasses, the pool area features a smattering of elegant pergolas which artfully frame the cerulean Mediterranean sea. www.humbertpoyet.com www.beefbar.com

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HIROKI Philadelphia, USA Owned and designed by Philadelphiabased Method Co., HIROKI provides a new culinary dimension to the vibrant Philadelphia hub of Fishtown. Formerly the epicentre of the commercial shad fishing industry, Fishtown is now one of Philadelphia’s most prominent artistic and culinary hubs. One of the most recent additions to its thriving F&B scene is HIROKI, an immersive Japanese dining concept owned by Method Co. and overseen by acclaimed Japanese Executive Chef, Hiroki Fujiyama. HIROKI sits on quiet Lee Street, adjacent to its sister establishment, Wm. Mulherin’s Sons. This unassuming residential setting nevertheless belies a rich culinary experience, deeply rooted in Japanese tradition and technique, and symptomatic of Fishtown’s rich F&B culture.

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The restaurant’s offering ranges from native dishes to seasonal multi-course nigari tasting, its service and approach informed by the art of omotenashi – emphasising harmony and attention to detail in anticipation of the guest’s needs to enhance the overall hospitality experience. HIROKI’s interior was conceived by Philadelphia-based development, management, hospitality and design firm, Method Co., and features a comfortable, yet sophisticated minimalist scheme inspired by a period of living in Gion, Kyoto. The building’s Brutalist façade, structured by raw board-formed concrete and a protruding lattice screen, highlights an entrance door, spanning 10ft in diameter, that was handcrafted locally using the ancient Japanese technique of Yakisugi. As guests enter the restaurant, a palette of raw concrete, bronze accents and honed stone are accented by soulful Japanese design elements, from a woven ceiling above the entrance vestibule to custom furnishings reminiscent of a Machiya – a traditional wooden townhouse – to serve as a counterpoint to the Brutalist exterior. The interiors strike a further harmonious balance between the weathered tones of the plaster wall, textured joinery and exposed ceiling

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beams, and a contrasting set of tones and surfaces rendered in raw materials, such as the 21ft Quartersawn white oak sushi bar counter. Monochromatic colours, regional timber and reclaimed Southeast Asian teak flooring cultivate a natural flow throughout, while the use of clay plaster naturally absorbs glare, acoustics and moisture to create a calm and

sensuous atmosphere. Artwork by Rouen-based Charles Fréger; a miniature sculpture from local artist, Drew Leshko, a statue by Shoki-san and pottery from Brooklyn studio, Mondays, completes the restaurant’s soulful aesthetic. www.hirokisan.com www.wmmulherinssons.com

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M.Bird is divided into two areas – half of which is undercover and half open air. With a dramatic high roof on one side, the undercover space features exposed trusses clad in tropical hardwood and painted a lush green, indicative of Florida flora. The open area, meanwhile, receives shade from a series of umbrellas and palm trees that flank the central seating section. Assorted tropical plants are positioned throughout the cocktail lounge to divide the larger floor plan into smaller, more intimate areas. While M.Bird’s custom seating is predominantly at lounge and dining height throughout the space, a high-energy area facing the long terrazzo bar also serves as the venue’s hub, outfitted with high top tables and tall upholstered benches. www.dutcheastdesign.com

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Karl’s Detroit, USA Detroit’s glamorous hospitality gem, The Siren Hotel, has now debuted its highly anticipated restaurant – Karl’s. Co-owned by ASH NYC and Detroit-native chef, Kate Williams, Karl’s is inspired by Kate’s greatgreat-grandparents Anton and Elizabeth Karl, and the bakery they once owned on the East Side of Detroit. Family legend has it that Elizabeth’s generosity put them out of business – when customers wouldn’t pay, she’d sneak loaves out of the back door, free of charge. Chef Kate has brought this same generosity of spirit to Karl’s, alongside the style and originality for which she is acclaimed. Karl’s all-day dining offering ranges from quintessential lunch classics to an expanded sweet and savoury bakery program, alongside a full bar serving classic cocktails, wine, and pitchers of beer.

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The restaurant’s interior, designed by ASH NYC, offers a contemporary spin on the traditional diner. A palette of vintage greens, oranges and reds, paired with vinyl banquettes, fixed stools, laminate bar tops, patterned tiles and chrome and neon accents, creates a seductively nostalgic feel. The original wood flooring from 1926 has been preserved, while the linoleum walls, trimmed with chromed metal and wooden pegs, showcase found objects and chef Kate’s own family photos. In a nod to the musical heritage of The Siren Hotel, which is housed in the Wurlitzer building, Karl’s also offers its own dedicated performance area and sound system for live music. Drawing inspiration from institutions like Honest John’s in Detroit, the London Chop House (circa 1970), and The Long Island Bar, in Brooklyn, Karl’s will host live bookings curated by by Andrey Douthard of local record shop, Paramita Sound. A lovingly-restored 1957 Wurlitzer jukebox will be stocked in collaboration with Paramita Sound and Third Man Records. www.ashnyc.com

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The Counter House Manchester, UK Joe Akka has teamed up with Shed to bring an all-day dining experience inspired by the West Coast US dining scene to the heart of industrial Manchester. Once part of the city’s industrial heartland, Ancoats has evolved as one of Manchester’s most desirable neighbourhoods in recent years. Indeed, its impressive F&B scene – and most notably its myriad Vietnamese eateries – canal-side apartments, independent theatre and all-round community spirit saw it named as one of Time Out’s top 50 coolest neighbourhoods in the world for 2019. It’s unsurprising, then, that entrepreneur, Joe Akka, should select Ancoats as the location for his latest venture. The Counter House is a vibrant neighbourhood eatery on Blossom Street, serving up comfort classics and healthdriven dishes alike, morning to evening, seven days a week. Akka approached London-based interior design firm, Shed, to bring his West Coast USinspired vision to life, creating both its interior and full brand identity.

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The restaurant’s focal point is a 12m-long coral pink ‘Counter’ which runs the length of the room, with a bar and open kitchen. Playing on the principle of a ‘counter offer’, the menu offers diners the flexibility of a full English breakfast or a vegan breakfast, a cold press fruit juice or a local craft beer, a roast dinner or a superfood dish. Mirroring this concept of counter difference, Shed has created a playful juxtaposition of rough reclaimed timbers and historic Manchester brick with polished marble table tops. Salvaged chairs sit harmoniously alongside bespoke six-seater curved booths, while a long metal mesh gantry suspended above the interior space showcases a curated selection of artwork. Abundant greenery, culminating in a striking living wall at the far end of the restaurant, as well as an artful, low hanging lighting installation, softens these juxtapositions. When it came to the restaurant’s branding, Shed opted for a simple and solid industrial font as the main logotype. The initials, ‘TCH’, became the identifiable abbreviation for the logomark, for internal use on menus and products. A single letter ‘C’, overlay on opposing split imagery, playfully captures the counterpoint concept. www.shed-design.com www.thecounterhouse.co.uk

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Arcade Food Theatre New Oxford Street, London Macaulay Sinclair has worked in collaboration with Arcade to craft a contemporary, yet contextual restaurant interior within the iconic Centre Point building. The Arcade Food Theatre spans a 12,500ft2 Grade II Listed space within the undercroft of the 33-storey Centre Point Building. Designed by R. Seifert & Partners and constructed in 1966, the property comprises a residential tower recently refurbished by Conran + Partners, a nine-storey block to the east and a new glazed linking block between the two, which is now home to Arcade. This unique new concept draws inspiration from the interaction and engagement of food markets and food halls, but brings the theatricality of chef-led, destination dining to the fore. Seven open kitchens and communal seating inspire a sense of community, but with an added emphasis on music, art and design through commissioned installations, DJ sets and more.

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Macaulay Sinclair has conceived a design scheme that embraces this philosophy, complementing Centre Point’s Listed architecture and heritage, whilst creating a distinct new identity. “It was a real design challenge working with this iconic building, which has been a prominent feature of the London skyline since the 1960s,” affirms Mike Sinclair, co-director at Macaulay Sinclair. “We have designed a striking and energetic space with open kitchens that have a unique Arcade material palette for London’s most talked about restaurant and bakery brands.” Mid-century materials have been used extensively throughout the venue, with a curated selection of terrazzo, marble, Formica, marmoleum and polished concrete. Contemporary finishes juxtapose harmoniously with the building’s original features, including the concrete ceiling soffit, tiled pilotis, glazed central staircase and monochromatic mosaic floor tiles. Macaulay Sinclair has opted for mid-century

inspired contract and bespoke furniture in a mix of leather, suede and cord upholstery. Original mid-century classic pieces, including chairs, dining tables and sideboards, have been specially sourced to complement Aracade’s eclectic furniture palette. Equally, a great deal of attention has been paid to the lighting scheme. A bespoke lighting gantry, suspended from the Listed concrete ceiling soffit, illuminates each food theatre kitchen and dining space, while linear LED lighting has been discretely concealed to provide a warm glow to pilotis, open-kitchen timber rafts and the mezzanine dining space. Other key focal points within the space include an ovular-shaped central island bar, cast using concrete panels. Its design is consciously similar to the concrete floor beneath, so that it appears as a harmonious, organic growth. Its black marble counter is completed by mid-century inspired light fixtures. www.macaulaysinclair.com www.arcade-london.com

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Stargazy Inn Port Isaac, Cornwall Situated in the beautiful Cornish town of Port Isaac, Stargazy Inn is a picturesque Victorian property offering nine bedrooms. Acquired by David Barnard in 2017, the hotel has since been refurbished to reveal a neutral, refreshed feel within its ground floor spaces. In the spirit of renewal, Great British Menu chef, Andrew Sheridan, has now taken the helm of the property’s fine dining restaurant. Exchanging South Wales for Cornwall, Andrew has brought his signature style to the table, with intriguing flavours and textures, cooked with flair and creativity. Maintaining emphasis on the menu, and indeed on the glorious coastal views, the restaurant’s interior is light and airy. The white painted wooden floors and gentle grey walls create a neutral canvas for the assortment of simple wooden chairs and tables, while the blinds and soft furnishings bring a pop of pale blue. Work from local artist, Caroline Cleave, adorns the walls, featuring some of the most familiar and unassuming subjects from the North Cornish coast. “Port Isaac has a thriving gastronomic scene with Restaurant Nathan Outlaw and our sister properties Port Gaverne Hotel and Pilchards café on the beach,” explains Stargazy Inn’s owner, David Barnard. “We’re excited to reopen Stargazy Inn after significant refurbishment of the bar and restaurant to create a new destination restaurant and rooms for North Cornwall.” www.stargazyinn.co.uk

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VitrA premieres Claudio Bellini collaboration at designjunction VitrA premiered its latest designer collaboration, Equal, to the UK market at designjunction 2019. The collection is designed by Claudio Bellini, and incorporates geometric shapes and monochrome tones. Making use of clean, minimal borders and industrial, metallic accents, Bellini’s designs channel the structures found in modernist architecture. His iconic style emerges in Equal through the use of distinct metal rails, which bring an elegant look and feel. Developed carefully in collaboration with VitrA’s in-house design team, Equal aims to maintain the illusion of fluidity – using the smooth edges to mimic the natural contours of lakes, alongside more structured lines to ground the aesthetic. Equal includes a mirror with integrated LED lighting, a selection of storage and washbasin units, as well as a wall-hung WC. VitrA also showcased the Origin collection of brassware, including a new showerhead, shower mixer and range of basin mixers. Available in four different finishes – Brushed Nickel, Chrome, Copper and Matt Black – Origin offers an integrated and charming finishing touch to the bathroom. Its minimal aesthetic complements the style of VitrA’s more contemporary ranges, showcased at the exhibition. Terri Pecora’s award-winning Plural collection was also presented, including a selection of new products introduced this year. Pecora reimagined the washroom as a living space for this range, using smooth, rounded edges and solid woods to emulate furniture usually found in other rooms of the home. www.vitra.co.uk

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The science behind the sensory space Awareness of mental and physical wellbeing has never been greater, yet many of us still struggle to find the time, freedom and sanctuary we need to recover from the stresses of everyday life. Drawing on content from a new white paper, Sophie Weston, channel marketing manager at Geberit, explores the role architects and designers have to play in sensory bathroom design for hotels. Reimagining hotel bathroom spaces The bathroom and washroom space offer a retreat from the pressures of modern life. In fact, Geberit’s research shows that in the quest for some respite, the most popular place of refuge was the bathroom. That is why the modern bathroom or washroom should not be designed as a purely functional zone, but as a relaxing space to unwind, combining clever product innovations and intelligent design with nature-inspired materials and textures which help to restore the natural balance of our senses. Remember, hotel bathroom spaces are not restricted to guest bedrooms – the lobby, bar, restaurant and leisure facilities will all have washrooms which need equally careful design. With this in mind, finding the formula for a well-considered bathroom or washroom space could be the key to unlocking better lives.

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Bathroom solutions To do this, designers must first understand the four key senses of auditory (sound), visual (sight), kinaesthetic (touch) and olfactory (smell) and the impact they have on our wellbeing, before applying this understanding to specify the bathroom technologies and innovations that can help reduce the impact of each. Take auditory, for example. Architects have a role to play in minimising noise in any space and even behind the wall, especially in hotel projects, by taking advantage of product developments such as acoustically optimised pipework with noise reducing properties and decoupled pre-walls. These innovative sound-proofing solutions help to mitigate the age-old issue of noise from flushing toilets, contributing to a better sensory experience for those in the room and in adjoining rooms too. Preventing overstimulation of the visual sense can be achieved through orientation lighting, which helps preserve the sanctuary of sleep by eliminating the need to switch on additional lighting, or by innovative storage solutions, which support decluttering to instil a sense of calm in the bathroom. Manufacturers have also developed solutions to support designers in meeting

kinaesthetic demands, such as clean lines, sleek corners and the use of natural materials, as well as olfactory solutions – most notably modern, efficient odour extraction technologies. A sector-specific approach These are just a small selection of the technologies and products available, of course. The key is in finding the solutions you need to meet the individual demands of the hotel sector. As the trend for selling ‘experiences’ and creating an escapism for guests continues, so too does the value of creating a unique, positive guest experience to help build stronger memories and ensure customers keep coming back. Open-plan bedroom-bathroom layouts are also giving designers added cause for thought, as more and more venues seek to morph spaces within the guest rooms to create the ultimate setting for rest and recuperation. These trends and others identified in Geberit’s new white paper – together with the challenges they collectively pose – are shaping the way in which designers approach hotel bathroom and washroom projects. Download Geberit’s new white paper, The Science Behind the Sensory Space, for free. Geberit.co.uk/science

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Handcrafted splendour in the bathroom The London Basin Company offers handmade and highly luxurious basins designed to transform bathrooms and cloakrooms into works of art. Founded by mother and daughter duo, Anna and Nathalie Callis, the brand’s portfolio spans modern interpretations of traditional Oriental and Middle Eastern patterns. From Japanese koi carps to flower baroques, spherical bowls in breathtaking patterns to distinctive scallop-edged pieces, the range is the epitome of unique and playful luxury in bathroom design. Each basin is handmade by skilled craftsmen, using the finest quality porcelain. The designs are finished and glazed by hand, giving each its own unique character. Produced using one of two techniques – the ‘under the glaze’ approach, where the pattern is applied to the clay, then glazed and fired, or the ‘over the glaze’ technique, where clay washbasins are glazed and fired – the pattern is then applied and followed by a further two firings to ensure paint durability and an exquisite finish. Designed to complement the countertop basins, the company also offers striking handmade steel vanity units. The scratch and water resistant units, available with a range of natural tops including wood, marble and glass, are finished in either gold copper or industrial steel for a high quality practical product with an attractive finish. The sleek, modern vanity units are also available made to measure to fit any interior space. www.londonbasincompany.com

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The Stafford specifies Perrin & Rowe’s Deco designs Historic five-star hotel, The Stafford London, has specified Perrin & Rowe’s Deco brassware, accessories and chinaware in a recent renovation. Overseen by multidisciplinary studio, Rosendale Design, the Deco range offers bold geometric shapes inspired by the Art Deco era. Using the latest engineering technology and highest quality raw materials available, all Perrin & Rowe brassware is carefully cast, assembled, soldered, polished and inspected by hand in the Black County. The name of the person that assembled the brassware is stamped in the box with the product for a unique and special touch. Deeply plated for greater longevity and aesthetic appeal, Perrin & Rowe brassware benefits from bearing rings and engineering ‘O’ seals to prolong the life of the product, while also delivering a wobble-free feel. Other highlights include ¼ turn ceramic disc valves and stainless steel braided connection hoses to give a modern performance. Perrin & Rowe’s chinaware, meanwhile, is created by a skilled and passionate team of artisans in Tamworth. Cast, glazed, fired, inspected and packaged by hand, the collection offers sophisticated, elegant designs equally suited to modern and traditional bathrooms. www.perrinandrowe.co.uk

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Vasco launches new electric designer radiators Vasco radiators combine style and functionality with award-winning design. At 100% Design, Vasco launched two new electronic versions of Oni & Mono Beams. With a wide range of different colours and shades to choose from, Vasco radiators can blend harmoniously or make a statement in any room. All of Vasco’s aluminium radiators are produced from 100% recycled aluminium and are in turn 100% recyclable, delivering the perfect ethical choice for their customers. 0333 7727718 www.vasco.eu

William Holland shines bright in luxury Cornwall homestay William Holland has supplied several of its designs to a luxurious costal homestay in North Cornwall. With its industrial luxe interiors and quirky design, Barford features six ensuite bedrooms with floor-to-ceiling views over the Cornish ocean. Individually designed and unique, each suite offers a sumptuous retreat from the communal areas of the house. The master suite, however, takes this to the next level, with palatial proportions, a private cocktail bar and striking bathroom design. Natural materials, such as white marble metro tiles, have been combined with industrial-inspired design to create a luxurious yet urban space. Antique brass fisherman’s lamps illuminate the porthole mirror, whilst William Holland’s gleaming brass Rotundus Basin adds a glamourous centrepiece to the overall design. Two glass screens separate the washroom from the wet room space, which is decorated in a deep charcoal tint. Against this striking background, William Holland’s statement Brass bathtub immediately draws the eye. Secluded in this theatrical oasis, guests can soak away the hours in pure luxury while gazing out on the bay through the delicate porthole window. www.tregullandandco.co.uk/barford/accommodation www.williamholland.com

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New Missoni Home x Bolon collection offers colour explosion Extending a long and fruitful working relationship with Missoni Home, Bolon has launched a colourful new collection with the brand for 2019. Two new patterns, Trinidad and Fireworks, have been added to the collection. Trinidad is a vibrant, colourful, striped pattern most recognised from one of Missoni Home’s iconic rug designs. Fireworks is inspired by one of Missoni Home’s signature fabrics and features a strong graphic pattern with a flowing gradient. The classic Zigzag, meanwhile, is available in three new colours – turquoise for a strong visual character, green for a natural vibe and red to give any space a new lift. Flame is now available in the very popular Pineapple colour and Flame Patch in three brand new colourways – Lagoon, Wood and Black. All designs are available as a roll, except Flame Patch which comes in 50x50 cm tiles. The collection is made in Sweden, contains recycled material, is easy to maintain, has a high-performance classification 33 Heavy commercial and a 15-year warranty. www.bolon.com

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Karndean Designflooring elevates Van Gogh collection Karndean Designflooring is introducing six authentic new oak designs to its established Van Gogh collection. Expanding its array of contemporary and classic timber designs, Van Gogh welcomes a new mix of fresh, clean and neutral tones, including French, distressed and refined oak hues as part of its latest update. The cool neutral colourways range from Blush Oak, with its gentle pink undertones and subtle flowery grains, to the warmer smoky shades of Misty Grey Oak. Offering a traditional wood look in two on-trend tones, Karndean’s French oaks – Blush and Greige Oak – have been cleverly designed in-house to accommodate modern bright environments, as well as classic rustic commercial spaces. They both offer a neutral canvas and allow architects, interior designers and contractors to design from the ground up. Inspired by the original design of Distressed Oak, an existing Van Gogh plank, Light Distressed Oak offers more pronounced grains with greater knot and line details. Finally, the updated collection delivers a touch of simplicity with three complementary and understated colourways, ranging from warm to cool. Misty Grey, Cool Grey and Natural Prime Oak will accommodate a wide range of design schemes including classic modern, industrial or urban. The large (48” x 7”) plank size can be arranged in a straight lay and on an angle for added visual interest, or alternatively specifiers can blend two designs together with contrasting hues to zone out areas. With a 15-year commercial guarantee, Karndean’s Van Gogh collection features 32 wood designs supplied in a 3.0mm thickness and durable 0.55mm wear layer. The R10 slip resistance rating also ensures it can be specified in a wide range of environments. www.karndean.com

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Capturing the subtleties of nature Close up interpretations of organic forms meld with smooth lines in Momentum from Harlequin – new for AW19. In this latest collection, Harlequin adds three new books to its successful Momentum range, with the launch of Momentum 6 Wallpapers, Momentum 11 Upholstery and Momentum 12 Drapes, where architectural elements and the subtleties of nature entwine with inspiration from leading hotels of the world. “This collection has been developed to bring the often-unnoticed colours of the natural world into our daily lives, whether it be the pink in a sunset or the gold of pollen,” says Claire Greenfield, lead designer at Harlequin. “We’ve taken urban silhouettes mixed with microscopic close-ups of rock formations, honeycomb and butterfly wings and given them a luxurious twist.” The collection comprises eight wallpapers, 11 drapes and five upholstery fabrics in a striking range of colours. Warming tones of Tulip and Cayenne feature prominently, alongside highlight colours of Aubergine and Saffron www.stylelibrary.com/harlequin

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New Marmo and Concrete colours enrich HI-MACS®’ colour collections HI-MACS® has added four new Marmo and two new Concrete colours to its colour collections, embracing the trend towards reconnecting with the natural world, where texture and comfort are essential. The new Marmo and Concrete colours are an evolution of the Marble and Concrete-like-look, combining these aesthetics with all the benefits of the latest generation solid surface materials. The completely non-porous material can be thermoformed for curved shaping, seamless surfaces and a surface that is both easy to repair and clean. Some colours exhibit a degree of translucency, allowing designers to play with light effects with dramatic results. The Marmo collection HI-MACS® brand new colours – which shimmer between black, anthracite, dark and white – will appeal to every strata of the design world. Aurora Bianco and Aurora Grey reflect the soft and mysterious beauty of natural marble pattern, but also add some inspiration from the aurora seen in the Polar Regions. The new Pavia, a pristine and soft-white Marble tone, has translucent properties. Whether effectively backlit or simply illuminated, Pavia will always add an elegant touch with spectacular designs. Sanremo, meanwhile, brings some contrast with its dramatic black veined pattern. The Concrete Collection The HI-MACS® Concrete Collection captures the fashionable aesthetic of concrete, while offering all of the advantages of a smooth, easy-to-clean solid surface. The new shades reflect the current trends of European interior design perfectly. Available now in a total of seven shades of concrete, inspired from modern industrial architecture, they can be used in many applications such as wallcoverings, kitchens and bathrooms, adding a special ambience to the space. www.himacs.eu

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Lundhs’ natural stones shine in Nordic hotel Lundhs Real Stone has been specified for the Farris Bad Hotel – a unique and inspiring property in the brand’s hometown of Larvik, Norway. From the façade, lobby, reception and bar, to the walls, floors and surfaces of the spa and pool areas, Lundhs’ natural stones form an intrinsic part of the hotel’s elegant design narrative. Specified in a range of finishes such as satin, flamed, brushed and silk, as well as the specialist hammered and sandwaterjet, all four of Lundhs Real Stone’s materials feature throughout the wellness hotel. Able to withstand a variety of applications, Lundhs Real Stone boasts almost zero absorption, making it a suitable choice for spa and poolside areas. Different finishes can also be applied to the surface of pool surrounds to reduce friction, whilst the wet stone retains the same colour and pattern as the polished stone. www.lundhsrealstone.com

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Ostermann – definitely in the right light Lighting has become an indispensable part of modern furniture design. For an artful presentation of furniture and rooms, Ostermann provides an extensive programme of LED solutions with matching, comfortable operating concepts. The 10 different Sub Line aluminium lighting channels and six different Eco Line plastic lighting channels are ideal to create indirect lighting with LED strips. Among these, the carpenter/cabinet maker is sure to find the right profile for any light-based design idea: from classic mounting profiles to corner or tower profiles and flexible profile solutions. Particularly noteworthy are the aluminium handleless systems LED, which can be used to indirectly illuminate even vertically opening cabinet doors. New: chosen profiles now available in black Combined with solid wood surfaces as well as with white or dark furniture, black metal profiles become increasingly popular in furniture design. Therefore, the models Sub Line 1, 3, 4 and 10 as well as chosen LED aluminium handleless systems are now available with the trend surface “black anodised, matt” as well. LED strips Whether it be open or closed, dimmable or non-dimmable, 30, 60 or 120 LEDs per metre, or finding the right colour shade, Ostermann customers are spoilt for choice. For an open

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routing, there are are closed strips available. For mounting into the Sub Line and Eco Line LED profiles, there are open LED strips with 30, 60 or 120 LEDs per metre. Several variants are dimmable and customers can also choose between a single-coloured version or one with incorporated colour change. With Versa Super Plus, Ostermann provides the carpenter/cabinet maker with a high-grade solution for the application on bar counters and decorative surfaces with visible curves that can be shortened to individual length and is pliable to both sides. Accessories and switchgear for LED strips Thanks to innovative switching technology, the carpenter/cabinet maker can nowadays easily install even complex lighting systems and build them into furniture or room elements. For the installation of LED strips, only a converter is needed. The choice of the converter depends on the power capacity of the LED strips. It is indicated in watts. If required, a dimmer can be installed between the converter and the strip. To connect several LED strips, customers can install a splitter between the dimmer and the LED strips. In the online shop you can see, at a glance, which accessories are available for which LED strips. For further information on the extensive range of lighting solutions and operating concepts, type in the search item “OSLED” into the search field of the Ostermann website. www.ostermann.eu

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Gerflor’s Creation LVT adds impact at seaside hotel When the Cliff Hotel in Gorleston-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, wanted to transform an outdated breakfast room into a striking new bar and dining area, MBS Flooring set about proving just how easy and creative one can be with Gerflor’s Creation 55 luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring collection. “By using Gerflor’s Creation 55 LVT in two colours, Factory and Moma, laid in a black and white chevron effect with hand cut and bevelled curved borders around the bar, we were able to create the look the client wanted at an affordable price,” says Michael Spinks of MBS Flooring. Available in 63 attractive mineral and wood designs and five plank/tile sizes, many with bevelled edges for added realism, Creation 55 LVT is a cuttingedge, durable LVT from Gerflor for contract hospitality installations. www.gerflor.co.uk

IVC excels at Twickenham Home to England Rugby, Twickenham Stadium’s versatile East Stand development spans six floors of event space. Wood and concrete-effect LVT floors from IVC have been used in two key areas of the new East Stand for a lasting, premium look without the price tag. “We wanted to replicate the structure’s original materials such as timber and concrete, with an authentic looking product that was also robust enough to withstand the demands of a busy venue such as Twickenham,” explains Debbie Power, of leading architecture and design practice, KSS. For level one’s expansive Union Ale House, a 330-capacity onsite pub setting, and the 1350-capacity Clubhouse restaurant on level four, KSS used IVC floors to give the flexibility of combining different formats and material looks. Using Studio Mood’s Herringbone Short layout in Country Oak, combined with the concrete tile of Moduleo 55 Tiles, has seen KSS deliver a harmonious floor that works well with the disruptor style design of the East Stand. With a 0.55mm wear layer and Protectonite® PUR for easy maintenance and resistance to scuffs and marks, 55 floors can withstand intensive use. www.ivc-commercial.com

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Taizu by Victoria + Albert www.vandabaths.com Luxury British bathing brand, Victoria + Albert Baths, has unveiled its first collaboration with acclaimed Hong Kong-based architect and designer, Steve Leung. Taizu is a contemporary round bath, named after the great Emperor Taizu, founder of the Song Dynasty. The bath’s design was inspired by Song ceramics; its round form featuring gently sloping sides, a chamfered rim and delicate exterior detailing.

Benchmark unveils David Rockwell collaboration www.rockwellgroup.com Benchmark launched the Sage Collection – a new collection of furniture by award-winning American architect, David Rockwell – at this year’s 100% Design. Suitable for use in residential, office and commercial environments, the collection has a specific focus on human health and wellbeing within the built environment. Its natural materials, colours and textures, rounded profiles and inviting ergonomic shapes are inspired by the tenets of biophilic design. The collection comprises sit-stand desks, meeting tables, sofas, a lounge chair, occasional tables and storage – all of which is made with only natural, sustainable non-toxic materials. Ash, sycamore and oak combine with patinated copper accents and textures wool upholstery. Benchmark opted to go against the grain where upholstery is concerned, using entirely natural materials, such as coir, latex, sheep’s wool and recycled cotton, as opposed to plastic foam. “My team and I were inspired by the simplicity of Benchmark’s approach and their passion for finely wrought craft and honest materials to create a collection that is visually calming and intuitive,” explains David Rockwell. “With productivity, healthfulness, and comfort in mind, we wanted to create a vibrant collection for what people want today.”

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A-Cross and TriSmart tables www.burgessfurniture.com Burgess Furniture has turned the tables on traditional design with the launch of two new innovative and compact coffee tables. The A-Cross and TriSmart tables are smaller pieces designed to maximise practicality without compromising space. The A-Cross table is an extension of Burgess’ popular A-Fold range and is an elegant and versatile table for smaller areas and bedrooms. Available in a round or square top, the table has two height options and a choice of natural, walnut-stained or charcoal stained hardwood legs for neutral interiors. The new TriSmart table is an ultra-modern, slim table that is the perfect partner for corporate spaces. With its quick and convenient wireless and USB charging technology, coffee or poseur height positions and a choice of table top shapes and base options, TriSmart can be matched to Burgess’ Configure-8 range for a seamless breakout area solution. The new tables are part of Burgess’ new bedroom range, which focuses on modern seating solutions for hotel rooms.

Ashbourne mattress www.hypnoscontractbeds.com Leading ethical hospitality bed manufacturer and sleep expert, Hypnos Contract Beds, is encouraging hoteliers to offer their customers a more natural night’s sleep with its ethically made Ashbourne mattress. Designed specifically for the hospitality sector, this durable mattress boasts generous layers of sustainable natural wool fillings, that have become synonymous with the company’s decade-long pioneering journey into sustainable manufacturing. These natural fillings trap air to provide the sleeper with insulation during colder weather, the same internal technology will also transport moisture away from a guest’s body, ensuring they remain cool in hotter months. What’s more, the pocket springs actively work to minimise pressure points on the body, helping to increase blood circulation and alleviate tension – perfect for guests staying in a hotel or serviced apartment. In addition to improving sleep, the Ashbourne comes complete with Hypnos’ leading anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and anti-bed bug treatment, and also complies with Crib 5 Fire Retardancy regulations, so hoteliers can be assured their guests will get a comfortable, clean and safe night’s sleep.

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Flex Fitters www.modulyss.com Flex Fitters is the flexible installation system for modulyss back2back (bitumen) equipped carpet tiles and planks. These self-adhesive tabs are the ideal alternative to the traditional adhesives, have almost no VOCs and also make uplift and removal for recycling easier. The system relies on recyclable PET tabs that lock each tile to the next for a floating-style installation which eliminates the fuss and mess of traditional carpet tile fitting. Clean and flexible, Flex Fitters is compatible with any modulyss back2back carpet tile installed in any pattern. With no drying time, Flex Fitters installations can be walked upon immediately. Avoiding damage to the subfloor, Flex Fitters is also the ideal installation system for carpet tiles in rented or leasehold commercial offices. Creatively, Flex Fitters also delivers, allowing the quick and easy creation of bold flooring combinations and ‘rug’ zones which can be ‘hot swapped’ at will. Each box of Flex Fitters contains 500 pieces, enough for 100m2 of carpet tile area and a clever installation poster.

TRENDCollection www.granorte.co.uk Since its launch at Domotex, the TRENDCollection from Granorte has continued to gain momentum with its sustainable and natural cork ranges. The TRENDCollection boasts superior resistance and stability, while combining the beauty of wood looks, the durability of vinyl, the comfort of cork and the ease of click installation. The range tackles the sustainability and material concerns of the most eco-conscious consumer, being created using recyclable and reusable materials and constructed without the need for Orthophthalate resins. NATURTrend celebrates the many natural looks of pure cork with 15 nature inspired cork veneers; DESIGNTrend sees high-definition direct digital print onto a cork décor layer with a click HDF core and cork base layer and SOLIDTrend’s rigid polymer core results in a stable waterproof product and a thin 5mm thickness for easy installation. Lastly, VINYLTrend features 34 designs with a wide spectrum of wood looks, trend-focused concrete and textile-effect basket weave.

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New appointment www.wiltoncarpets.com Wilton Carpets Commercial, one of the UK’s foremost contract carpet manufacturers, has appointed Damian Roscoe to Creative Director, as well as inviting him to join the company’s Board of Directors. Damian is thrilled about his broader-scope role within one of the country’s leading carpet manufacturing firms. He is among the industry’s most respected designers and with over 30 years’ experience within the carpet industry, he brings a strong understanding of the flexibility and natural aesthetic of woven and tufted carpets for the contract sector. Damian’s previous role within Wilton Carpets’ commercial sector as Head of Creative has seen a solid growth in specification for the commercial market and his new position is testament to his drive and commitment to delivering the best service with uncompromising elegance. “I’m delighted to be part of the team driving this heritage brand toward a really exciting, design-orientated future,” he says. “I’m lucky to have a great creative team who embrace every challenge, and weavers with the specialist skills to translate design into beautiful reality.”

Fibralux MR Black Super Matt www.unilinpanels.com UNILIN, division panels, has developed Fibralux MR Black Super Matt – a black core MDF panel with a fingerprint-resistant, satin-soft matt finish on both sides. With an MDF core coloured black and a transparent super-matt finish on both sides, Fibralux MR Black Super Matt delivers a new black for interior and furniture use. UNILIN, division panels has developed a brand-new finish for black MDF panels with a soft-touch effect that’s fingerprint-resistant, as well as resistant to scratches, tough and easy to maintain. “As designers continue to hunt for authenticity in the materials they specify, Black Super Matt is one of the first MDF panels to embrace this, revealing the beauty of its raw state in a striking panel that feels incredible too,” says Jurgen Plas, marketing manager, UNILIN, division panels. “What’s more, it offers a super-matt finish that breaks form with the standard finishes of other panels, bringing a new black.” Fibralux MR Black Super Matt is available in 18 and 19mm thickness in a panel size of 122cm x 305cm.

Earth to Sky www.ivc-commercial.com Drawing inspiration from Earth’s undulating landscapes and the shimmering patterns of far-flung galaxies, Earth to Sky is a high-performance carpet tile collection from IVC. Using 30% recycled content Duracolor® solution-dyed nylon for stain and faderesistance, Earth to Sky employs a sophisticated 1/12th gauge loop-pile construction to achieve its striking looks. In three co-ordinating designs in Living World, Intercosmic and Metagalactic, it’s a collection that can be used to create out of this world floor layouts in busy commercial environments. Inspired by the landscapes of planet Earth, Living World sees an interplay of solid and non-solid pattern to create its striking effect. Teamed with the deep shadowy tones and contrasting metallic yarns found in Intercosmic, or the high-texture of the different yarn thicknesses in Metagalactic carpet planks, Earth to Sky’s stellar looks are available in nine colourways. Equipped with Ecoflex NXT 35% recycled content backing that’s 40% lighter than a standard carpet tile backing, the Earth to Sky collection is manufactured in the USA and available to order from IVC immediately.

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LayRed 55 www.ivc-commercial.com Combining strength, comfort, acoustics and design, LayRed 55 is constructed from 12 layers, each with an important part in ensuring this floor can overcome everything from subfloor condition to speed of installation, acoustics, wear and ease of maintenance. At the heart of LayRed 55 lies a rigid vinyl core with dual-layer glass fibre reinforcement. Non-telegraphing over uneven subfloors, the core also has a compact vinyl top layer that combats indentation and impact damage. Beneath this core lies an integrated underlay that helps the floor to deliver impressive impact sound performance (21dB), while improving walking comfort and supporting the plank joint for better longevity. By applying the underlay before cutting LayRed 55 into planks or tiles, IVC ensures that it’s one of the only floors with a built-in underlay to benefit from fully-supported joints. LayRed 55 is available in 14 original wood looks (131.7 x 18.9cm) and in eight stone effects (60.96 x 30.33cm). From grey woods through to dark, rustic timbers and cool concrete looks; LayRed 55 is ready to take on the challenge of commercial interiors looking for natural authentic looks without practical drawbacks.

Understanding influences on trends www.antron.eu Antron’s Top 15 Trends & Colors 2019 provided insight into the key annual colours and style direction that were spotted during the Salone del Mobile.Milano and Fuorisalone design events. However, Anne Marie Commandeur, director of Stijlinstituut Amsterdam, has collaborated with Antron to provide wider understanding of how trends are created. “Taking onboard influencing elements such as social and moral trends is an important part of the development process and combined with a strong design results in a truly successful product,” she says. “It is also important to be clear on the origin and ethos behind the product – a story of provenance, origin, resources, processes, technology, inspiration, morals and ethics, combined with its looks and performance gives a product a clear value or concept. “The product has to meet a myriad of consumer expectations and budgets while coping with busier and more complicated lives. The product should be strong, functional, durable, beautiful and desirable. To combine all these criteria is quite a challenge. We do believe though that soft floorings have some unique selling-points that match the consumer needs of today and tomorrow.” The ‘Top15 Trends & Colors 2019’, is available for download from Antron’s website – www.antron.eu.  

Clicwall www.unilinpanels.com UNILIN, division panels, has released an extra-high panel in its Clicwall fast-to-install decorative wall system. Producing seamless vertical runs on walls up to 3.5m in height, Clicwall high panels retain the ease and simplicity of the patented Uniclic click-joint and easy slide strip, delivering super-fast fitting in commercial interiors. Ideal for hospitality interiors looking to deliver high-impact wall features, Clicwall is available in 137 different decors, as well as ClicwallPaint, ready for paint, fabric, wallpaper or a custom high-definition digital print. Available in standard, fire-retardant and moisture-resistant MDF core specifications, Clicwall comes in a 10mm thickness and in panel sizes of 600 x 2785mm and 600 x 3500mm. Clicwall is made from 100% circular wood, with not a single tree ever felled to directly produce the panels. The MDF boards are based on preconsumer wood supplied by the timber industry and thinned wood from sustainable forestry and verge management.

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Barneby Gates Collection www.parkside.co.uk Parkside has collaborated with leading design duo, Barneby Gates, on a collection that brings the pair’s striking wallpaper patterns to porcelain tiles. In the Barneby Gates collection, the trusted tile specification company has translated eight bold and courageous designs onto extra-large format porcelain tiles measuring 1000 x 500mm or 3000 x 1000mm, creating the effect of wallpaper on a highperformance, commercial-ready tile. Ideally suited to bar areas, spas, bathrooms and lobbies, the range faithfully recreates designs such as Watermelon, Pheasant and Bolt from Mars. With backgrounds in the home lifestyle press and decorative arts, Vanessa Barneby and Alice Gates (Barneby Gates), have forged a reputation for forward-thinking fabric and wallpaper designs that have received widespread acclaim. In collaborating with Parkside, Barneby Gates is bringing its unique style to a commercial finish that offers moisture-resistance, durability and easy maintenance.

Top15 Trends & Colors 2019 www.antron.eu INVISTA Antron® carpet fibre has revealed the top 15 trends and colours of the year; presenting inspiration from its discoveries at Milan’s Salone del Mobile.Milano and Fuorisalone design events. In ‘Top15 Trends & Colors 2019’, now available for download from its website, www.antron. eu, Antron® carpet fibre presents colour palettes inspired by the diverse range of exhibits and installations encountered at the events. With themes such as light, nature, global craft heritage, sanctuary and respite, tribal design and the glitz and glam of the 80s revival; the resource is a fascinating insight into the future direction of interiors. Working with trend forecaster Anne Marie Commandeur of Stijlinstituut Amsterdam, Antron® carpet fibre presents an impressively eclectic collection of inspirational palettes. From the glamourous golds and hot fuchsia of Eighties Glam Revival and the chromatic tones of Tribal Black&White, to the raw palette of Ground and the aqua, pink and green of The Plastic Issue; ‘Top15 Trends & Colors 2019’ is ready to inspire a new wave of design in commercial carpet.

Spirit www.wiltoncarpets.com Spirit is the latest Ready to Go woven axminster collection from Wilton Carpets, bringing all-over interpretations of repeating geometrics inspired by Greek key patterns. Impressively versatile, thoroughly modern and perfect for hotels seeking a glamorous deco feel, Spirit comes in three strong patterns that add poise and purpose to corridors, receptions, lounges and guest bedrooms. Using the rich and luscious colour combinations found in Wilton’s Creations colour palette, Mettle, Moxie and Magic bring an intoxicating and captivating carpet for hospitality interiors. Designed and made in Britain, Spirit comes in an enduring eight-row woven axminster construction that’s ideal for all-round use. Crafted from a high-quality, wool-rich blend that delivers superb appearance retention, as part of the Ready to Go collection, Spirit is available in a super-fast turnaround of just 14 days and with no minimum order.

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S L E E P + E AT This year’s edition of Sleep + Eat will centre around the theme of “Social FlexAbility”, as ever presenting a diverse and creative array of speakers, exhibitors and design sets.

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“Technology and social media have irrevocably changed the way we live, for better and for worse,” comments Mark Gordon, Director of Sleep & Eat. “Our premise is that hoteliers, restaurateurs and their designers can be in the vanguard of promoting the human interaction that has been lost by providing guests with the chance to reconnect with others in person, or indeed connect with themselves. “The challenge is to provide flexible spaces where users can activate the social experience of their choice.” Six international design and architecture firms based in Singapore, Paris, Manchester and London are to design thoughtprovoking concept room installations surrounding the theme.

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twenty2 degrees, HAT Design, Maria Tibblin & Co and Miaja Design Group, are each designing a guestroom, while SpaceInvader and NAME Architecture are designing a bar and a restaurant respectively. Ideas range from a biophilic approach to guest room design, an interweaving of technology with nature, and a bar without a bar. Michaelis Boyd will also present its take on the show’s theme through its design for this year’s pop-up Sleeper Bar. “Our Sleeper Bar has drawn inspiration from The Man Who Planted Trees, a short story by Jean Giono which celebrates the power of the natural environment,” explains co-founder, Tim Boyd. “The tale describes a shepherd’s long and successful effort to single-handedly reforest a

desolate valley in the foothills of the Alps in the first half of the 20th Century. Working primarily in timber, our bar is a study in sustainability; investigating the afterlife of the materials through scale, layering, adaptability and recycling.” At the heart of the show, of course, is its wealth of established and emerging hospitality names. Exhibitors planning new launches at the show this year include Morgan Furniture

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–which will launch its Rakino Collection of lounge chairs and tables, Quasar Holland who will be launching ‘The Kabuki Collection’ of room dividers, designed by Edward va Vliet; and Chelsom who will be previewing selected pieces from its Edition 27 Collection, officially launching in 2020. This November’s show will also see a number of debuts from the likes of sustainable floorcovering provider, Tarkett; Yapiarti, the Turkish manufacturer and fit-out contractor behind a number of recent Park Plaza and Novotel projects in Europe; Catalano, the Italian manufacturer of ceramic collections combining cutting edge technology with traditional craftmanship; and, from the UK, The Fine Cotton Company. Sleep + Eat’s highly anticipated conference programme returns for another year, with some of the industry’s leading lights in attendance. Amar Lalvani, CEO of Standard International, will deliver a keynote speech on how the company plans to quadruple its footprint in the coming years, and the challenges of running the group as a platform for creativity. Other key names include Josh Wyatt, the driving-force behind U.S. based provider of collaborative workspace, NeueHouse; Matthew Grzywinski of N.Y. based architecture and design firm, Grzywinski + Pons; Yuna Megre, Founder of Moscow-based Megre Interiors and Lydia Forte, Group Director of F&B at Rocco Forte Hotels.

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KALDEWEI Stand B40 Kaldewei will display a selection of its steel enamel iconic bathroom solutions on Stand B40 at this year’s Sleep + Eat. Products on show will include multi-award winning floor-level shower surface, Nexsys, with all five design cover colours; coloured Miena washbasin bowls and a selection of undercounter washbasins from the Centro, Classic, Cono and Silenio Collections in a range of matt shades from Kaldewei’s Coordinated Colours Collection. Plus, visitors can put Kaldewei steel enamel to the test in the ‘Material Experience’ zone. Kaldewei’s 100% recyclable superior steel enamel is particularly suitable for the demanding standards of top-class hotels. www.kaldewei.co.uk

BETTE Stand B84 Bette’s new Red Dot award-winning basin and luxurious circular bath will be making their UK debut at Sleep + Eat. The circular BetteCraft basin gained a Red Dot Award 2019 for product design and will be shown in some of the hundreds of colours available. Also making an impact on the stand will be the new BettePond Silhouette freestanding bath. Bette’s baths, basins and shower trays/floors are available in an extensive range of colours, including matt and gloss options. Bespoke colours can be created, along with bespoke sized products to fit a space perfectly. www.bette.co.uk

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KNIGHTSBRIDGE FURNITURE Stand E92 Knightsbridge will be celebrating its 80th birthday on stand E92 at Sleep & Eat this year. Committed to British market led design, it is one of the very few British contract furniture companies to invest in an in-house design and development team The brand’s new collections for 2019 pay homage to its history, taking inspiration from archive pieces. The Caravelle collection, for example, draws from a past mid-century piece of furniture. Featuring the clean lines and organic curves that the period became renowned for, the collection incorporates an armchair, two-seater and three-seater settee. Its deep seat cushion provides a luxurious seat, whilst the striking clean styling allows it to be specified into workplace, hospitality and care sectors. The collection is covered with exquisite fabric featuring jungle creatures and foliage from visionary textile designers Timorous Beasties. www.knightsbridge-furniture.co.uk

LAUFEN Stand L10 Laufen is returning to Sleep + Eat to showcase its latest innovations and capabilities within the hospitality sector. The award-winning ‘New Classic’ collection is Laufen’s latest designer collaboration. Designed under the creative leadership of Marcel Wanders, the collection interprets classical styles using Laufen’s innovative SaphirKeramik to create soft, gentle feminine curves, alongside angular, masculine elements. First presented at ISH, Frankfurt earlier this year, Laufen’s innovative Save! waste-separating WC will be on display at Sleep + Eat, in addition to Laufen’s compact yet innovative Cleanet Navia shower toilet, designed by Peter Wirz. www.laufen.co.uk

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EVENTS - Independent Hotel Show

INDEPENDENT HOTEL SHOW The Independent Hotel Show returns with an ehanced programme to deliver inspiration and insight to the luxury and boutique hotel community.

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Now in its eighth year, the show will bring together 6,500 hotel owners, general managers and key decision makers to explore methods of transforming the hotel guest experience. As ever, the Independent Hotel Show will present the hottest hotel design trends and latest launches from a carefully-curated selection of 350 suppliers. This year’s exhibitor list ranges from London-based Gruff Architects, furniture and accessories by Eichholtz, striking decorative lighting from Pooky, Searchlight, Franklite and Elstead Lighting, and designer wall coverings, murals and fabrics from London-based ATADesigns.

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As always, forward-thinking design plays an integral part in the fabric of the Independent Hotel Show, with some of the biggest names in hotel interior design showcasing their ideas and creations across the show’s various spaces. Luxury online interiors brand, House of Sloane, will be showcasing its British-made statement furniture on its stand and as design partner to the Innovation Stage in partnership with eviivo, where its founders plan to fulfil the brief of ‘modern eclecticism meets maximalist glamour’ by kitting the stage out with bold hues, luxurious velvets, a dash of animal print and assorted accessories. Julian Chichester will be applying stylish touches to the Social Business Space – an area where hoteliers can engage in intimate campfire sessions – while Two’s Company

Interior Design will give The Suite, an exclusive space offering hospitality to the Independent Hotel Show Members Club and their guests, a classic contemporary Art Deco style. On the Hotel Vision Stage, in partnership with Quality in Tourism, independent interiors company Graham & Green will aim to strike ‘the perfect balance’ of statement furniture and homely finishing touches as the backdrop to insightful discussions on subjects such as collaboration, community business and hotel dynasties as well as an interview with

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renowned hotelier, Robin Hutson. To discover ways in which your hotel can showcase its personality in an authentic voice, join DesignLSM’s Holly Hallam and a panel of industry experts in Designing Independence, looking at every element of the hospitality environment from a design perspective. Those hoping for further inspiration should head to the Innovation Stage to hear enlightening discussions on the trends set to storm the hotel scene – from design and wellness to digital and food and beverage. Consciousness is another key theme of the show this year, and will be distilled via a live installation entitled ‘The Conscious Bedroom’. Designed by London design studio, Harris & Harris, the space will give forward-thinking hoteliers a view of how to balance guest experience with sustainable choices in décor, fixtures and fittings. As well as providing numerous opportunities to meet with industry friends and make new connections, the Independent Hotel Show will also recognise those who have made significant contributions to the industry over the last year through its prestigious awards. Alongside the Independent Hotelier accolade will be two new awards – the Hotel Innovation award and GM of the Future, supported by the Master Innholders. To register to attend the Independent Hotel Show 2019, visit independenthotelshow.co.uk.

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ELSTEAD LIGHTING Stand K16 Elstead has been manufacturing and distributing decorative lighting for over 50 years. The brand has developed a large collection of USA-designed product to broaden the UK portfolio, and this year added Hunter Ceiling Fans and a bespoke shade-making service. With a constant focus on quality and design Elstead now supplies hotels, coffee bars and restaurants in more than 50 countries. Visit the Elstead Lighting showroom in Hampshire to see almost 2,700 inspirational decorative lighting products on permanent display. A set of catalogues can be ordered from sales@elsteadlighting.com, backed by very large stock holdings so that Elstead can help you deliver turnkey projects. 01420 82377 www.elsteadlighting.com

WHITEMEADOW Stand J10 Exhibiting at the Independent Hotel Show for the first time is UK-based independently-owned upholstery manufacturer, Whitemeadow. Based in Nottinghamshire since 1994, the company operates out of seven manufacturing sites around the Sutton-In-Ashfield area and employs over 500 members of staff. It not only supplies to many of Britain’s bluechip high street brands and premium retailers but also supplies high-quality contract furniture to several leading hotel groups and independent hotels across the country. Whitemeadow’s range is not limited to inspiring sofas, but includes upholstered bed frames, sofa beds, chairs, chaises, loveseats, swivel chairs, ottomans and stools, perfectly suited to the contract market. “As a white label supplier we are able to offer exceptional value to our contract clients,” explains sales director, Paul Wesson. “Whether your project is for one room or a whole hotel, you will be receiving the same great value. And because we work with the very best contract fabric suppliers around the world, you can be sure we have a quality you are looking for to bring the whole room together”. www.whitemeadow.com

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JANUARY FURNITURE SHOW The 2020 January Furniture Show will welcome in the new year with an enhanced offering, stellar exhibitor list and thousands of product launches over four days. 19-22nd January 2019

NEC, Birmingham, UK

Attracting over 21,000 retail, design and contract buyers each year, JFS is the UK’s largest furniture and interiors trade event and encompasses everything from small interior accessories to grand corner sofas. Building on successful show developments from JFS 2019, the 2020 iteration will feature an extended BEDS at JFS sector with more bed companies introducing their latest beds, mattresses and sleep accessories. Major brands, including Silentnight, Sealy and Millbrook, are among those who will show their new models. LIGHT at JFS will also see new lighting companies exhibit both internal and external lighting of every kind, from simple lamps to extravagant chandeliers. Searchlight, Girard Sudron and Impex Russell are just a few

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of the notable brands revealing their latest designs. Exclusive high-end European cabinet and upholstery is always a must-see at JFS and in 2020 Hall 2 will deliver prestigious brands from a great number of European countries, including Denmark, Italy and The Netherlands. Ego Italiano, Skovby and Hartmann are just some of the brands giving visitors a treat with their high-end, inventive and beautifully crafted furniture. UK manufacturers and suppliers will abound throughout the five halls of the show, with household names including Duresta, G Plan and Ercol showing the abundant design flair and manufacturing skills within the British Isles. Reclaimed and mixed materials will feature heavily in the new living, dining and

bedroom collections, while up-to-the-minute cabinet designs in marble, metal and glass – often mixed with wood – will complement the newest models in upholstery. Interior furnishings are a JFS highlight with companies such as Gallery Direct, Kelston House and Libra releasing their comprehensive new collections for 2020. “We are already charged with excitement for JFS 2020, we’ve got developments in every area of the show – enhancing the choices and the experience for our visitors,” comments Cleere Scamell, Event Director. “We know that we are delivering the brands and products that buyers want to see – we have product collections for differing budgets and tastes, and in the 500+ exhibitors, buyers will see they very best of what is available on the market.”

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