Page 1


Ludlow Chandelier

SCULPTURAL, EDGY DESIGNS WITH AN ORIGINAL POINT OF VIEW Available to the 220-240v market through Elstead Lighting

See us at: Sleep & Eat Event

19th - 20th Nov

Stand B32

+44 (0)1420 82377 | |


Ibis Styles by UHS Group x Phillip Watts Design London, Gloucester Road | 0330 1222 400

Bespoke Hotel Furniture | Made in the UK | 0113 277 4094 |

Featured lights: Micro Recess Switched


COMMENT As for many, it’s been a busy time behind the scenes at Hospitality Interiors as we shape the first of our Leadership and Design Conferences. Taking place in January at the Rosewood London, we’ve confirmed some of the industry’s leading lights as speakers, sponsors and supporters, and are confident that the programme will prove inspiring and informative for all those in attendance. For further details about this exciting line-up, turn to page 14. Speaking of industry visionaries, our interview section this issue features a formidable line-up indeed. Among them, President of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, Radha Arora, shares his ambitious plans for the future on page 20, while Accor’s Chief Executive Officer for Europe, Franck Gervais, discusses the group’s new lifestyle loyalty programme and more on page 24. Elsewhere, Can Faik delivers a UK-first report on his stay at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood (page 48), while I discuss my visit to the Netherlands headquarters of Brand van Egmond (page 92), and to one of Amsterdam’s most luxurious hospitality offerings, Hotel TwentySeven (page 84). All that remains is to wish all of our readers and contributors a happy and peaceful end to 2019 – we look forward to working with you all on more exciting content in 2020!

Gemma Lochhead Gemma Lochhead - Senior Editor Twitter @HI_Magazine Facebook @HospitalityInteriorsMag

Welcome back

VL Ring Crown

Design to Shape Light

VL Ring Crown Design by Vilhelm Lauritzen


E D ITO R IAL Seni or Editor Gemma Lochhead - 07542 495817 Editor Can Faik - 07429 455996

SAL E S Adver t i si ng Manager Caroline Littler - 01424 776103 / 07861 231461 Daniel Keenan - 01424 776103 / 07956 899012

P RO D U C TIO N Pro duc t ion Manager James Ash - 01424 775304 Pro duc t ion Assist ant Mike Beales - 01424 775304 Di g i t al Produc t i on Assistant Nyall McCurrach 01424 776107

20 48

Copy Admi ni st rator Steve Merrick - 01424 776108

Cover image: Raffles Singapore has re-opened following a six-year renovation under Champalimaud Design







Radha Arora

General Manager Wendy Williams - 01424 774982


Franck Gervais


Harry Handelsman


Jese Medina-Suarez


Kelly Hoppen


Opening Shots




Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood


Raffles Singapore



Conrad Hangzhou


Celebrity Edge

R E P RO, P RI NT & DI S T RIBUTION Stephens & George


Monkey Island


Rosewood Bangkok


Glamis Suite – The Balmoral


Hotel TwentySeven






Pool, Spa & Gym


Guest Room





C hai r man Nigel Gearing


Managi ng Di rec tor John Legg Pro of Reader Keith Fitz–Hugh

G EA RI NG MEDI A G RO UP LTD 4 Red Barn Mews, High Street, Battle East Sussex TN33 0AG ISSN No: 1745-0233 © Gearing Media Group Ltd 2019

The Hospitality Trade Directory DI S C L A IM ER : All material submitted for inclusion in Hospitality Interiors is done so entirely at the contributor’s own risk. No responsibility is accepted for the safe-keeping of contributors’ materials. Whilst all attempts are made to ensure accurate reproduction, Hospitality Interiors accepts no responsibility for variations. Artwork undertaken by our studio remains the copyright of Gearing Media Group Ltd and may not be reproduced or stored without prior permission. Some articles in Hospitality Interiors have been submitted by companies and organisations. Monies may have been accepted in some instances to offset production costs. All rights reserved. In respect of artwork originated free of charge as part of a booking, clients should know that excessive work (more than one set of corrections, known as ‘authors corrections’) is chargeable at £55 per hour. DATA P ROT EC T IO N S TAT EM E N T: Readership data held by Gearing Media Group Ltd may be shared with any member of the Gearing Media Group Ltd and associated companies for the purposes of customer information, direct marketing or publication. Data may also be made available to external parties on a list rental/lease basis for the purposes of direct marketing. If you do not wish data to be made available to external parties for list rental or lease please write to: Data Protection Co-ordinator, Gearing Media Group Ltd, 4 Red Barn Mews, High Street, Battle, East Sussex TN33 0AG. S U BS C R IP T IO N S : Refunds on cancelled subscriptions will only be provided at the publisher’s discretion, unless specifically guaranteed within the terms of the subscription offer.





DesignLSM appoints new Managing Director After three decades at the helm of DesignLSM, Steve La Bouchardiere is stepping down from his position as Managing Director and passing the title onto Holly Hallam, who is part of the senior management team. Steve will remain an integral part of the company in his position as Co-Founder, mentoring and sharing his knowledge and experience with the team. Since joining the team in 2015, Holly has built up the studio’s offering and vast client portfolio. She has also been responsible for championing the DesignLSM brand, encouraging thought leadership and creativity.

Preferred Hotels & Resorts celebrates 100 property milestone Preferred Hotels & Resorts has achieved a major milestone with its Preferred Residences collection, expanding to 100 residential-style properties with the addition of 13 new members from January 1st through October 31st, 2019. Since introducing Preferred Residences as one of its five collections in 2015, the brand has been on a strong growth trajectory, developing best-in-class transient lodging experiences.

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts announces ambitious plans for growth Wyndham Hotels & Resorts continues to grow its international portfolio of hotels, with plans to open 15 new properties in Russia and neighbouring countries within the next two years. This expansion will significantly boost Wyndham Hotels & Resorts’ footprint in the region, reaching 35 operational hotels and over 5,700 rooms by 2021 across a number of key markets including Russia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

Aman launches luxurious private jet Aman’s resort philosophy has now taken to the skies, with the launch of the Aman Private Jet. Available for charter to elevate existing multi-destination Aman journeys, to create bespoke itineraries incorporating several Aman destinations around the world, or for use between non-Aman destinations, journeys can be tailored specifically to the needs and interests of its guests.

Connaught Grill to make a return in 2020 The Connaught Grill, once one of London’s most celebrated restaurants, will make a return to the iconic Mayfair hotel in early 2020. With a respectful nod to this distinguished heritage, the restaurant’s new design will offer a more contemporary interpretation under the direction of interior architect, John Heah.

Wilson Associates promotes two senior leaders World-renowned interior architectural design firm, Wilson Associates, has announced the promotions of Louie Sison as Design Director and Lela Richardson as Operations Director – both of the Dallas studio. With more than a decade of diverse experience in the design industry, Sison specialises in luxury and lifestyle hotels and restaurants. Most recently, he has overseen the design of the guest rooms and suites of the newly opened Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood in Florida. Another rising leader for the Dallas studio, Richardson masters both business administration and interior design. Since joining Wilson Associates in January 2018 as Senior Project Designer, she has conceptualised the design intent for numerous luxury hotels around the world.



£40,000 distributed to charities following 2019 MHA Ball A record total of more than £40,000 was raised for various charities following this year’s Manchester Hoteliers’ Association Awards and Ball. The funds were handed over at the Whitworth Locke Hotel to Mustard Tree, Manchester Mind, Wood Street Mission and Hospitality Action. Hospitality Action was credited with 50% of the donations – a total of £20,125. The rest was divided between the three remaining charities – each receiving a total of £6,708.

Alexandra Champalimaud to receive 2019 Lawrence Israel Prize The Interior Design program at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) has named Alexandra Champalimaud the recipient of the 2019 Lawrence Israel Prize. The prize, endowed by the late architect Lawrence J. Israel, has been given annually since 1998 to an individual or firm whose ideas and work enrich FIT Interior Design students’ course of study.

Corinthia Hotels appoints new Chief Commercial Officer Corinthia Hotels has announced the appointment of Christian Renz as its Chief Commercial Officer. Christian will be based in London and will oversee the sales, marketing and revenue operations for all hotels in the existing portfolio, including five upcoming openings. His appointment forms part of the group’s efforts to strengthen its corporate functions, drive business and develop a robust platform for further portfolio expansion.

Rocco Forte Hotels appoints Jan Arnold as Vice President of Sales Rocco Forte Hotels has announced the appointment of Jan Arnold as Vice President of Sales, effective 1st November 2019. Based in Frankfurt, Arnold will direct a team of 24 regional sales directors and managers located in 12 countries in Europe, the Middle East, the Americas and China. Arnold joins Rocco Forte from Four Seasons, where he began his career in 2002.

Utah Anthracite with added embroidery detail by Yarwood Leather features in the new Tattu Edinburgh








Yarwood Leather has you covered.

+44 (0) 113 252 1014



Simon Casson

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo

Dimitris Manikis


Be in the room at London’s Hospitality Leadership & Design Conference The inaugural Hospitality Leadership & Design Conference is taking place at the Rosewood London in High Holborn, London, and has gathered together the industry’s foremost leaders and creatives to discuss the wealth of activity and opportunity within the hospitality sector. The key tenets of many progressive and successful hospitality businesses are clear: creative thinking, innovation and communication. To successfully scope,

Graham Kiy

Damien Perrot

conceptualise and deliver a given project – whether it’s a luxury urban hotel or a 3D-printed island hideaway lodge – the combination of inspiration and communication is paramount. With this founding principle at its core, Hospitality Interiors created the Hospitality Leadership & Design Conference – a platform where the visionaries and design leaders of our industry could come together to discover and debate key issues and opportunities in hospitality design and delivery.

Harry Handelsman


Presidents, CEOs and Senior Management from Four Seasons, Wyndham Resorts, Accor, Hard Rock Hotels, Celebrity Cruises and other leaders will be speaking on the panel discussions. Designers and visionaries will be there too, including Kelly Hoppen, Marcel Wanders, Harry Handelsman of Manhattan Loft Corporation, Wilson Associates’ CEO Beth Campbell, and Ed Ng of AB Concept. The respected Filip Boyen, chief executive of Forbes Travel Guide, will also be attending. Confirmed founding sponsors – Axor, Laufen, and BECK – are in place, while a plethora of internationally-acclaimed design businesses and brands from across the industry are confirmed supporters of the event, including: David Collins Studio, Jestico & Whiles, Goddard Littlefair, Richmond, HBA, SB Architects, Stylt, Jeffrey Beers International, Woods Bagot, DesignLSM, Dennis Irvine Studio,

AB Concept, GA, Studio Proof, EPR Architects, JOI Design, Nicholas Sunderland, Silverfox Studios, Virserius Studio and Wish. Such is the array of design leaders at the event, Rolls Royce Motor Cars London are also supporting the event. “With the calibre of speakers, sponsors, supporters and participants we have gathered for our first event, I feel confident the informative and inspiring programme of panel discussions and Q&As promises a hospitality conference like no other!” says event manager and Hospitality Interiors’ editor, Can Faik. Delegates can take advantage of scheduled networking sessions, providing invaluable opportunities to meet face to face with those shaping the future of hospitality and hospitality design. A limited number of delegate tickets are available via the contact form on the website.

Filip Boyen

Kelly Hoppen MBE

William Anderson

Margaret McMahon

Ed Ng



Leadership and Design CONFERENCE

Wednesday 29th January, 2020 ROSEWOOD LONDON FO U N D I N G S P O N SO R S


Beth Campbell

Marcel Wanders


The Hospitality Interiors Show (THIS) will open its doors at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena in June 2020 with a curated exhibition dedicated to design for the hospitality sector. Bringing together owners and operators, designers and architects throughout the UK and beyond, THIS will offer a host of the latest interiors products, as well as experiential room-sets, keynote and panel discussions from industry thought leaders and creative networking opportunities. Our line-up is coming together quickly, with a number of partners, sponsors, exhibitors and speakers already confirmed. Here are just some of the industry names you can look forward to seeing next June: Photography: Hotel Heureka Cannaregio, Venice

A show for the industry, by the industry

Robin Sheppard

Jeremy Grove



Robin Sheppard, Co-founder of Bespoke Hotels Robin Sheppard has been a hotelier for over 40 years and co-founded Bespoke Hotels in 2000, which has subsequently grown into the UK’s largest independent hotel group and now boasts over 200 properties. Some of his most celebrated properties include the multi-awardwinning five-star Hotel Gotham in Manchester and the Bermondsey Square Hotel in London.

SBID The Society of British and International Design (SBID) is one of the leading British professional accrediting bodies, supporting professional and trading standards of UK Interior Designers, Architects and manufacturers. SBID works with business experts, government bodies, trade associations and academics to guide and measure the profession through best practice.

Jeremy Grove, Managing Director & Head of Design at Sibley Grove Jeremy Grove is a co-founder of Sibley Grove, an interior design practice based in Totnes, Devon. Before Sibley Grove, Jeremy spent nearly 10 years working for some of London’s leading design practices. However, he was uncomfortable with the increasingly throwaway nature of the interiors industry, and its impacts on the environment. Sibley Grove was set up to respond to a growing need for change, to re-think how we approach design and create positive environmental and social change.

If you’d like to join our prestigious line-up of industry names, get in touch to discuss how best THIS can support your business objectives.

SPONSOR Amtico We’re thrilled to welcome Amtico on board as the sponsor for our bar and VIP area. Established in 1964, Amtico has built a strong reputation as an exciting British manufacturer of modern luxury vinyl flooring, supplying colourful, contemporary design tiles to commercial markets. A leading name and preferred choice for designers, architects and developers, Amtico’s broad portfolio can be found in hospitality projects across the globe.

Daniel Keenan THIS Advertising Manager 01424 776103 / 07956 899012

Designed for sleep Creating beautiful long-lasting beds and sofa beds, sustainably designed to maximise comfort, guaranteeing guests have a memorable night’s sleep and leave positive five-star reviews. Working in partnership with hoteliers to deliver tailored sleep solutions and outstanding value. Crowne Plaza Rocco Forte






Premier Inn Millennium

Soho House



Holiday Inn Jumeirah

T: +44 (0) 1332 497111 | E: | Hypnos is proud to be Carbon Neutral, complying with PAS 2060.


Q&A - Radha Arora

“A new type of traveller is creating a global shift in ultraluxury hospitality. We call these travellers “affluential explorers”


Radha Arora President of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts Radha Arora is the man behind one of the best-known hotel brands in the business. Here, he tells Can Faik about his plans for moving Rosewood ever forward …

Established in 1979, Rosewood is a distinctive collection of highly individual, luxurious, residential-style hotels inspired by the culture, history and geography of each locale. Led by a team of seasoned industry veterans, Rosewood’s acclaimed attention to detail, proactive approach to environmental sustainability and dedication to Relationship Hospitality has earned numerous awards and accolades. What was your background prior to working for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts? My passion for hospitality is generational; my father was in the diplomatic core and as a child I travelled extensively, so I was exposed to the allure of the world’s most iconic hotels at a very young age. We stayed in wonderful hotels and met many interesting people. I studied at Les Roches in the early 1980s – it is what I like to call the ‘Ivy League’ of hotel schools – where you could learn your craft; the skills of the trade. For people who took hospitality seriously, Les Roches was (and still is) the place to go. During my 30-year career in luxury hospitality, I’ve had the unique opportunity to work at some of the most iconic hotels in the business – starting with The Savoy and Ritz London leading all the way to my 17-year career with Four Seasons, where I added another iconic hotel to my resume as Regional Vice President and General Manager of the Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles, USA. I became President of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts in 2011 when the Cheng family acquired the brand. I previously worked under the Cheng family during my time at the Beverly Wilshire, as the family owns that hotel. What does your current position involve? As President of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, I oversee our 28 properties globally, with 19 currently under development. Nurturing our 10,000 employees across the Americas, Europe and Asia has become a more important focus for me over the last few years,

driving and strengthening our company culture to help realise our goal to be recognised as having the best in class team and culture. What’s one unexpected shift that you’ve seen in guest expectations or demands in the last five to ten years? A new type of traveller is creating a global shift in ultra-luxury hospitality. We call these travellers “affluential explorers.” Not necessarily a generational or a demographic change, but more of a psychographic / attitude change in the sophisticated traveller. This is a demographic that seeks deeper connections, profound authenticity and life-changing insights into the cultures they enter and experience. While we are seeing a pronounced interest from millennials in spending their time and money on interesting travel experiences, this is certainly not a trend restricted to this particular demographic. In fact, we have found that travellers of all ages, millennials and baby boomers alike, are choosing to spend their disposable income on meaningful travel experiences. Do you think there is a difference in tone and texture between ideas of hospitality in the Far East and the West? At the heart and soul of our culture is “relationship hospitality”, which has no borders. We believe that true hospitality is found in the nurturing and building of strong relationships with each other, our guests and our communities. We do this by recognising and valuing each other, understanding individuality and respecting differences. What role does Europe and the Middle East play in Rosewood Hotels international growth? Rosewood’s thoughtful global expansion began with the 2013 opening of Rosewood London and 2014 opening of Rosewood Beijing. Since then, Rosewood’s impressive growth has continued in Europe with the addition of Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco, its landmark property in Tuscany, owned by fashion magnate


Q&A - Radha Arora

Massimo Ferragamo, and the iconic Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel, in Paris, which reopened to great acclaim in July 2017 following an extensive, four-year transformation. Additional European hotels in development include Rosewood Vienna (2021), Rosewood Munich (2023), and our second hotel in London, located in Mayfair on Grosvenor Square (TBD), which will be housed in the iconic former U.S. Embassy. How are the plans and build coming along on your new property in London’s Mayfair area? What can we expect? Our project on Grosvenor Square is set to become one of our most iconic properties as we transform the former U.S. Embassy into our second Rosewood hotel in London. The project broke ground last year and is helmed by esteemed British architect, Sir David Chipperfield, who will reimagine the mid-20th century Listed building through elegant interior upgrades while still maintaining the integrity of the property through the preservation of the building’s original, Grade II Listed façade. What is the biggest challenge that you’re facing to improve the guest experience today? In the age of the consolidation and massive scale, we have taken a very purposeful decision of doing the opposite, namely to not follow a cookie cutter approach to our hotels, and to create a unique property bespoke to the destination and the context, and most importantly to go back to the fundamentals of the hospitality and focus on the guest.

We are constantly looking to the evolving needs and desires of luxury travellers and innovating accordingly, taking into consideration differences in culture, life stage, reasons for travelling and the destination. Above all though, we believe in the importance of forging intimate and long-lasting relationships with our guests and clients by staying engaged in the most human way possible – be it an in-person meeting, phone call or handwritten note – everyone from our executive team to our hotel butlers believes strongly in the power of personal connection. How important is interior design within your hotels? From its inception, Rosewood has always held true to its residential-design, which began with our first property, The Mansion on Turtle Creek, an iconic private estate that was transformed into a world-class hotel and restaurant. Our 28 properties around the world now imbue the same residential style combined with modern and luxury underpinnings while still capturing the local spirit, evoked from the brand’s Sense of Place philosophy. Have you noticed any particular trends in interior design? Interestingly, I have noticed within the hospitality world the growing trend of residential-design style, which for Rosewood, has always been our core philosophy for the last 40 years. How important is it to choose the right designer for each hotel? At Rosewood, we have been quite lucky to work with an incredible


group of designers from all over the world. Each designer brings such a unique perspective to their project. It is critical though, when choosing a designer that we ensure their innate understanding of our brand’s Sense of Place philosophy, so that permeates throughout all aspects of the property. As design is a passion for both myself and Sonia Cheng (CEO of Rosewood Hotel Group), we both take a very active hand in the design process of all our properties, working intimately alongside our designers for both new projects as well as renovations and smaller projects. How do you think people’s expectations of luxury hotels are changing? Referring back to this idea of affluential explorers, consumer expectation has shifted away from ideas of traditional pampering and opulence and towards value, authenticity and truly local experiences. True luxury today, in hospitality, is about creating an environment ripe for change, to the degree that the individual wants to pursue it. At Rosewood, we look to the evolving needs and desires of luxury travellers and innovate accordingly. Take wellness, for example. We recognise that the wellness needs of travellers have transcended the typical hotel gym or spa, which is why we are revolutionising wellness in the hospitality industry with our pioneering holistic wellness concept, Asaya, which recently launched its first urban destination in Hong Kong at the end of 2019. We’ve also responded to the changing landscape of family travel and multi-generational travel. With this comes the need for larger

multi-bedroom suites to accommodate larger families travelling together, as well as dedicated experiences for families. We launched Rosewood Explorers, which is built on an understanding that travellers today are increasingly interested in engaging with a destination in meaningful ways, and they want the same for their kids. What plans and aspirations do you have for Rosewood Hotels? We are always looking to create new opportunities for our guests to experience travel in a meaningful way that enables them to truly connect with new cultures and destinations around the world. However, we’re not focused solely on expanding our footprint but on continuously evolving. Beyond the opening of new hotels and the signing of new deals, what is important is growing the recognition of the Rosewood brand as one that represents a differentiated approach to luxury hospitality – a more modern and progressive hotel experience that reflects the way we travel today. As such, even with our recent growth and upcoming pipeline, we take great care to look at each project with a very custom and bespoke approach (and not to follow a cookie cutter formula) so that we can give the new age of luxury travellers what they are looking for: something unique and thoughtful. Tell me something exclusive which we can expect from Rosewood in the coming years, maybe a new opening? We do have several exciting opportunities in Europe we are currently exploring and hope to make an announcement soon!


Q&A - Franck Gervais

“Beyond figures and RevPar, the European market is vibrant – it is undergoing huge change, in terms of both supply and demand”


Franck Gervais, CEO Accor Europe Can Faik meets with Accor’s Chief Executive Officer for Europe, Franck Gervais, to discover what the future holds for one of the biggest companies in the global hospitality market …

Accor is a world-leading augmented hospitality group offering unique experiences in more than 4,900 hotels and residences across 110 countries. The group has been acquiring hospitality expertise for more than 50 years, resulting in an unrivalled portfolio of brands, from luxury to economy. What does your current position involve? As Accor’s CEO Europe, I oversee the development and reorganisation of Accor within Europe. When I took this role, the division had been newly created with the aim of combining European style with sustainability. As you celebrate two years this month as CEO of Europe, what fascinates you about the luxury hotel industry? Travellers who stay in luxury hotels tend to already enjoy a lifestyle full of experiences. Capturing and retaining this audience means we need to constantly innovate and adapt rapidly, which is a fascinating endeavour. Marc Dardenne, who has recently joined the group as CEO, Luxury Brands, Europe, oversees the operations of our luxury hotels in Europe. He is an accomplished and awardwinning hotelier who brings his deep knowledge and expertise of the luxury hotel industry to our group. What are the most challenging issues you are facing within your current role? The hospitality industry faces many issues, in particular the constant need to adapt to rapidly evolving circumstances. We operate in a world where you simply can never let your guard down. New and different players are constantly appearing, and demand is increasing, fuelled by the emergence of new ways of working, living and playing. At Accor, we strive to always remain innovative, to be agile and responsive in the face of all these developments, and to continuously reinvent our offers to attract and retain customers. At a time when customer expectations are changing fast and technology is constantly improving, it is crucial for us to introduce

a genuine innovation strategy while anticipating new market trends. For example, Jo&Joe is a brand which illustrates well how innovative we can be. It blends the best of private-rental, hostel and hotel formats aimed at the Millennial-minded community. We have created vibrant, cool, affordable and caring houses, filled with ever surprising design, animations and talents open to neighbours and travellers alike. What’s one unexpected shift that you’ve seen in guest expectations or demands in the last two years? The needs and expectations of modern travellers have totally changed in recent years. Many factors are driving growth: the growing significance of Eastern European countries, the reinvention of traditional destinations like France and Italy, digitalisation and diversification of the offering, a more global clientele, and so on. If I were to highlight just one shift, I would say that customers are now increasingly focused on sustainability, on authenticity and on hotel experiences that respect people and the world around them. This leads to the development of an alternative hospitality and sustainable tourism offer. We have listened to our customers and their expectations, and launched our latest brand in France, greet, a community-based, responsible and non-standardised brand. greet has a unique holistic approach. It seeks to serve travellers who are looking to add meaning to their purchases and are aware of their impact on the planet. It is a committed brand that advocates a philosophy of authenticity, sharing and friendliness, and non-standardised design that makes each hotel a unique and welcoming living space where it feels good to be and to spend time with family or friends. How do you plan to reinvent the hotel for the 21st-century consumer? The 21st century will be about positive and meaningful hospitality.


Q&A - Franck Gervais

As Accor’s Chairman and CEO Sébastien Bazin said, the Group is fully aware of the challenges of welcoming over 120 million guests each year, and of our responsibility as a company and an economic player. We have always been fully committed to limiting the negative impacts of our activity and creating tangible benefits for our employees, guests, suppliers, partners and host communities. With our sustainable development programme, Planet 21, we have helped raise awareness and contributed to concrete initiatives in key areas of concern. To give you two concrete examples, we pay special attention to specific issues which directly impact our hotels, both in terms of design and in terms of the relationship with the client: a move towards carbon-neutral buildings and healthy and sustainable food, with a ban on food waste. One initiative reunites both: we have already set up 1,056 urban vegetable gardens in our hotels.

personalised. The experience needs to be precisely tailored to each customer’s needs, anticipating what they want at any given time of their stay. Personalisation goes along with this: the more I know you, the more I know your expectations, the more I am able to anticipate them and have a positive effect – a truly virtuous circle for the customer experience. Digitalisation is essential to this and smartphones and iPads enable our teams to improve and modernise their interactions with customers. Also, loyalty-building is a major challenge that our lifestyle platform ALL, Accor Live Limitless, should help us rise to. We want to reward our customers even more and even better for their loyalty, and to offer them exclusive experiences around three themes: live (hotels), work (coworking spaces in our establishments), play (a concert at the O2 Arena in London).

What role does Europe play in Accor’s growth? Europe is Accor’s historical and high growth potential market, representing 47% of Accor’s hotel network. With approximately 340k rooms in its European network, Accor has more rooms than the other two biggest chains combined. In terms of growth projection, the 340K will rise to more than 350K in 2020 and, over the next five years, Accor has more than

Is there anything exciting that you are working on at the moment that you can tell us about? By the end of 2019, Accor will bring together all the benefits, services and experiences that it offers to its most loyal customers under a single brand and digital platform, “ALL – Accor Live Limitless”. In Europe, the implementation of this new strategy will lead to the creation and success of an ecosystem of reinvented lifestyle brands, high-performance solutions and human values that are deeply rooted in Accor’s culture. We view this as a totally reimagined approach, which will create a 360° experience for our customers; combining the best of digital (smooth, mobile, personalised) and people (Heartists programme) while leveraging products (new designs, F&B options, wellness offers, etc).

320 hotels / about 42,000 rooms in its European pipeline. In terms of performance, with the revenue per room (RevPar) being a key metric, Europe is driving the group’s performance as it contributes to approximately 50% of the total RevPar. By adapting to this environment, we are developing valuable skills which can be also replicated and customised for other regions. The hospitality industry has been undergoing a significant transformation in recent years with a huge increase in the number of brands and offers available, notably in the upscale and lifestyle segments. In a previous interview with Mark Willis of Accor, I was informed Accor opens one hotel every 33 hours, is that still the case? This is now every 29 hours. In Europe, Accor opens one hotel every three days and has opened its 3,000th hotel in Europe in the third quarter of 2019. What is the biggest challenge that you’re facing to improve the guest experience today? We want to make our guest experience memorable and

Can you give us an update on Raffles London, and what we can expect from this luxury and iconic property? We announced in 2017 we had signed a partnership to transform the iconic Old War Office building in Whitehall into the most unique hotel and deluxe residences in London, with the Raffles Hotel at its heart. We have now selected a construction firm, London-based Ardmore to restore and convert the Old War Office. At this stage, I can just tell you that this opening will be a strategic addition to the Group’s Luxury portfolio. This unique hotel will provide guests with unparalleled service and experience.


How does design play a role in driving customer loyalty? Design is not just about decor; it plays an integral role in creating the experience we want to deliver to our guests. Because design is closely linked with guest experience, we work in collaboration with our global marketing teams either on architecture, space organisation or style to ensure strong brand recognition. This strengthened identity makes our hotels more attractive to welcome guests and boosts customer loyalty. Design allows our brands to stand out by making them immediately recognisable. Memorable experiences, which is a key driver in customer loyalty, are about emotion and feeling, hence the importance of focusing on a sensory and generous design. Every detail matters: colours, materials, decoration, works of art and so on. Additionally, our customers’ perception of modernity is constantly evolving, so we need to continually rethink the design in our hotels. Where do you see hotel design in the future? Hotels are no longer dedicated just for travellers but locals too. Travellers want to feel at home when they stay in a hotel, so interaction with locals gives an added authenticity. We have met this demand by creating “Social Hubs” in our hotels. Ibis’ and Novotel’s new design concepts, like the ibis Zurich Messe Airport, which within its lobby created Charlie’s Corner as well as the creation of the brand Jo&Joe are tangible examples. Lifestyle brands we acquired in the past few years such as SLS or Mama Shelter are also good examples of brands which promote interaction in their design. Hotels also need to be sustainable in their design. In the future, we hope to revolutionise our service in terms of energy, water, carbon to meet our guests’ expectations. Design has a crucial role to play in this. Technological innovation at Accor can be seen through the creation of the “Smartoom”, a room for all whether you are young, old, abled or disabled. The Smartroom, which comes with voice assistant, is available in our ibis, ibis budget, Novotel, Pullman hotels. Fols mobile (hotel PMS) also played a transformational role in the way we welcome guests in our hotels. We have switched from a transactional exchange to a more human welcome. How important is interior design within your hotels? Design plays a large role in our guests lives, as it can provide a

source of inspiration in their own homes. Discovering new hotels, with varying designs, provides a different experience they may wish to replicate at home. Beyond inspiration, we aim to factor our guests’ passions. This is why we created Flying Nest, a mobile hospitality solution that has already seen great success in events such as 24hours Le Mans, We Love Green festival, Avoriaz and so on. We had a design approach from A to Z and we use design to explore what can be the hospitality of tomorrow. Another example which demonstrates how essential interior design is for the Group was the launch this year of a new lifestyle brand in the midscale segment, Tribe. With this brand, we aim for an original and carefully curated interior that focuses on style. In each living space and for every service, particular attention has been paid to user-friendliness without overlooking either style or comfort. Everything has been designed to increase the sense of space, enhance the decor and improve the customer perception. The design is sleek – the hotel’s common areas, like that of the guest rooms, create a feeling of greater space by opening out onto the exterior. The modern style is complemented by artfully designed objects such as Moroso chairs, Jean-Paul Gaultier cushions and Tom Dixon lamps. How important is it choosing the right designer for each hotel? The designer should have a vision on the future of society. He must be aware of the experience our brands want to deliver to their guests. We must choose a designer that will stay true to the identity of the brand and the owner of the hotel, to get the perfect match. What plans and aspirations do you have for Accor? Remaining the leader in Europe in an industry with many contenders and disruptors. What one thing have you not yet done that you really want to do? One of the key topics this business has ahead of it is sustainable tourism. We face many challenges as we travel on this journey: things we must invent, or re-invent, and problems to overcome. I think that focusing on that challenge and delivering a more sustainable model for tourism is my main priority, and one that I am totally focused on achieving.


Q&A - Harry Handelsman

“It was the decline of the UK property market in the early 90’s and the subsequent availability of old industrial buildings in then-derelict parts of town that enabled me to pioneer loft living in the UK”


Harry Handelsman, CEO Manhattan Loft Corporation Manhattan Loft Corporation’s Chief Executive Officer, Harry Handelsman, talks in-depth to Can Faik about the spectacular projects the company has completed and what the future holds under his leadership…

Harry Handelsman is the man behind the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. A 10-year labour of love that reinstated one of Britain’s greatest buildings and reunited Kings Cross with its gothic masterpiece and the catalyst for its regeneration, the Chiltern Firehouse. One of London’s oldest fire stations reborn as its most talked-about restaurant, bar and hotel. And now his latest project, Manhattan Loft Gardens, which will take loft-living to a new level – an extraordinary tower of expansive living spaces, three sky gardens and a design hotel right in the heart of Stratford’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

an auction catalogue, I found a stunning building located in Clerkenwell. It wasn’t a traditionally residential area at the time, but it had great infrastructure. This gave me the idea to bring NYC-style loft living to London, starting Manhattan Loft Corporation.

What does your current position involve? As the founder and CEO of Manhattan Loft Corporation, I usually identify sites, whether these are old buildings to restore or a place for a new build, from which I then come up with the overall concept for the project. I bring my vision to life by building a team around me; shortlisting and then commissioning any key people who will be involved in the project. I work closely with the architects, designers, creative teams and eventually the operators and/or tenants.

With the current economic crisis everything seems to change – how do you see the future of the private equity industry? The great thing about private equity is that once initial shockwaves dissipate, people learn to adapt in most climates relatively quickly. Creative businesses with creative ideas even have the opportunity to thrive in those times.

What was your background prior to becoming a successful developer? I was born in Germany and raised in France and Belgium, and attended university in Toronto, Canada. I started my property career immediately after graduation. I spent time in New York in the 70’s and 80’s hanging out with artists and creative friends, many of whom lived in converted lofts in SoHo. I was impressed how these beautiful warehouse buildings were being reimaged into fabulous living spaces, with emphasis on space, light and design. I moved to the UK in the late 80’s, and it was the decline of the property market here in the early 90’s and the subsequent availability of old industrial buildings in then-derelict parts of town that enabled me to pioneer loft living in the UK. Looking through

So Harry, you are an extremely successful entrepreneur. Did you ever dream that you would be so successful at such an early age? I consider myself more of a passionate entrepreneur than a successful one.

What’s been your best investment to date? The 10-year restoration of one of Britain’s most iconic Grade 1 star Listed buildings, the 1870’s gothic revival of St Pancras. This incredible building was in such a chronic state of disrepair and when the original partners pulled out, the costs began to spiral out of control. We stepped in and set about pulling together a team of experts to restore the incredible building to its former glory, keeping every intricate detail throughout the mosaic tiles, wallpaper, etc. In 2005, when King’s Cross was still deemed a ‘no go zone’ by many, we sold all 67 apartments off plan for record prices for the area. I have kept the ownership of the 245 room St Pancras Renaissance Hotel and continue to take an active role alongside the hotel management. It was a hugely difficult journey at times, feeling like a lonely path. Every project has different challenges at the beginning, however I do believe that great quality projects driven with passion, commitment and integrity lead to success.


Q&A - Harry Handelsman

Turning to the topic of authenticity of experience, how do you approach each project? Shortly after identifying a site, or looking at an existing building, I usually have a strong idea of what I want to create. I then try to surround myself with the best collaborators and set out to achieve those aims. How important is design and architecture when developing a new project? The quality of the architecture and design is absolutely paramount to any project we do at Manhattan Loft Corporation. I am passionate about restoring and bringing beautiful buildings to London. I don’t agree with the cheaply made, ugly high-rises that many developers are building around the capital. Your latest opening The Stratford is a design hotel that does things differently – what was the idea behind the hotel and of course Manhattan Loft Gardens? I feel living in high-rises can be a very anonymous experience, and I wanted to embed a sense of community within my building. I set out to do this by bringing in the surrounding neighbourhood to come in to eat and drink, short-term stay guests for the hotel and

long staying guests in the lofts. A healthy combination of different aspirations, but if orchestrated properly can give the building and its inhabitants this sense of community. How have you found becoming a hotelier in your own right, with your latest opening? Challenging, interesting, frustrating and rewarding. Have you noticed any particular trend in hotel design? In recent years, the design of hotels is being considered more and more to appeal to locals as much as the traditional hotel guest. Over time, hotels have evolved into destinations, not just for the overnight guests but for the local community to enjoy the bars, the restaurants and the atmosphere.This gives the hotel guest the opportunity not only to be in the neighborhood, but to mix with the locals. With the rise of the global nomadic lifestyle and remote working becoming the norm, many are now looking for longer stay accommodation. Travelling light, they’re still looking for the convenience provided by hotel facilities, and an integrated residential offering can give the additional comfort of a home. Serviced apartments have always been an after-thought. As


a function of convenience, being linked to a hotel, they have been existent for a number of years. But to be part of an attraction; this is new. This is what I have introduced at The Stratford; a holistic destination with integrated lofts, hotel, bars, sky gardens and restaurants. I believe this fusion is a template for the future of hospitality and hotel design. What’s been your greatest risk? When you introduce something new, there is always a challenge. I did that when I first introduced loft living into the UK – many thought it was a rapid way to bankruptcy. They were proven wrong. Within The Stratford I see a new opportunity to turn high-rise living from a commercial venture into a place of desire, by introducing all the elements that form a community. Building a catalyst within an unestablished area is always a risk, but I fully believe in the success

of the project and the now emerging surrounding area of Stratford. What policies should the UK put in place to protect and encourage this industry, post Brexit? Stay open for business What’s next for you? I’m not retiring! I currently have my eye on a beautiful old building in Central London. I’m always on the lookout for the next opportunity. What would be your dream opening? My ambition is to expand the integrated hospitality concept of The Stratford internationally. I’m still looking for new sites in the UK but also looking at opportunities abroad.


Q&A - Jese Medina-Suarez

“Fashion, cuisine, and literature are some of the fields that, although not directly related to interiors, provide me with a large array of concepts and stories that inform my creative work�


Jese Medina-Suarez, Design Director, Principal Wilson Associates For nearly 50 years, Wilson Associates’ dynamic talent and collaborative spirit has inspired and created some of the world’s most iconic, avant-garde spaces. Can Faik caught up with Jese Medina-Suarez, Design Director and Principal of their London studio, for his first interview since joining the team … Wilson Associates is a collection of global studios and designminded creatives providing interior architectural design, architecture, art consultancy, concept development, branding and food & beverage design. Tell me about your role at Wilson Associates? My role is multifaceted. As Design Director, I take creative lead on all projects undertaken by our studio based in London. As Principal, I play an active role in creating new business opportunities and fostering growth for our regional team. Lastly, I also support Wilson Associates’ other 10 offices around the world with creating unique and compelling design narratives and assisting in selected pitches and projects. How long have you been involved with hotel design? I am lucky enough to have been born in Tenerife, Spain – one of the most popular destinations in Europe. My family was involved in the real estate development business, so growing up, I was given the opportunity to experience many different areas of the industry: design, site work, sales. After graduating with a degree in architecture and interiors from Politecnico di Milano, my first professional experience in hotel design was with Foster+Partners’ London office. In the years following, I was fortunate to work for design firms around the world, including in Australia and Singapore, before returning to London for this opportunity with Wilson Associates. How and why did you get into the interior design industry? After studying Building Engineering in Spain, I accepted an opportunity to further my education in Architecture in Politecnico di Milano. Milan, in my eyes, is the ‘interior design’ capital of Europe. You love and breathe interiors everywhere; not only during Salone del Mobile, but all year round: visiting ‘mostre’ with friends, stumbling upon amazing furniture showrooms on your way home, shopping at La Rinascente. It was then that I realised I wanted to

specialise in interiors, and I did so with Professor Pierluigi Cerri, a very well-known Italian designer. What three words would you use to describe your studio? Brand-driven and experimental. Where do you draw your inspiration from? Everywhere! I take pictures and make notes constantly, sometimes for projects we don’t even have yet. Fashion, cuisine, and literature are some of the fields that, although not directly related to interiors, provide me with a large array of concepts and stories that may inform my creative work. I also find interesting textures, patterns, and design elements in everyday experiences. Inspiration is everywhere, we just need to pay attention. What trends are you seeing in the industry? At our London office, we will explore this very question in an upcoming campaign called ‘2020 & Beyond.’ This will identify 20 key insights that we face in current and new projects, including: the slow death of check-in, the disappearance of ‘grand lobbies’ in exchange of activated revenue-generating areas, storytelling and brand-driven interiors, the influence of new nutrition patterns over F&B outlets’ design, the return of the ‘Analog’ as a counterpoint to our tech-saturated world, etc. As a designer how important are brand values for you? I strive to make ‘the meaning of brand in the built environment’ my own expertise. I once worked as creative lead for a brand agency, and through that experience, I learned that it’s vital for the design industry to provide businesses with solutions that not only appeal aesthetically or functionally, but that bring added value through the clear communication of specific brand values. Every hotel that we design has some sort of ‘personality’ or brand attributes, and it’s paramount that interiors, as well as other channels such as graphics, signage, uniforms, service, etc. are


Q&A - Jese Medina-Suarez

united to contribute to the brand’s tone of voice and proposition. When we achieve this, we have a much higher chance of our design being financially successful. How is the current economic climate affecting the hotel design market and has Wilson Associates felt the effects? The current economic climate is volatile and varies by region. Some regions are fairly strong, while others are struggling. We are fortunate to work with clients across the global, which definitely helps to protect us from local turndowns. I had the same question asked of me last night by two hoteliers: ‘If you had a limited budget to spend on design, what areas would you focus on?’ Food and beverage is a revenue-generating area that operators often need to make the most of, even when they are working on a limited budget. Hotel restaurants often compete with a fantastic external offering. Keeping guests eating in-house often means that there will be locals coming along with them, which in turn enhances the connection customers may feel with the destination.

With Social media, especially Instagram, becoming an increasingly important marketing tool for hotels. What are your thoughts on this, and do you take this into account when designing spaces? We definitely take this into account. If you have a limited budget, it’s important to decide where to concentrate the spend to create something truly meaningful as a talking point for your guests. We need customers to feel proud of the hotel they stay in, because new generations love to broadcast their trip’s highlights with their friends. That can have a huge impact on brand awareness and marketing pervasiveness, encouraging more bookings. How high on the list is revenue creation for designers? As a designer, I want to create spaces people love and talk about, but I’m fully aware that my clients need our designs to contribute meaningfully to the creation of revenue. This is a business, at the end of the day, and our clients appreciate when we are mindful of making decisions that will impact profitability.


Do designers think about loyalty when they design a hotel or is it just an operator’s concern? If guests engage with the design and the overall customer experience, there’s a high chance they will return. If operators are satisfied with the financial results of a hotel designed by Wilson Associates, they will be interested in working with us again for future projects. What has been your favourite project to date? While in Melbourne, I led a project that just opened a few weeks ago — Hotel Chadstone Melbourne MGallery — that is amongst my favorites from a creative perspective. I’m also very proud of the design work I did for St. Regis Hotel Muscat and Four Seasons Minneapolis. I can’t wait to see how they look once complete. How would you define your hotel style? My design style is fluid, because it is primarily driven by the brand

and its goals for a new property. As such, it changes according to the message my client wants to convey. What’s next for you and the studio? We have quite a number of interesting things coming up for our studio in London. Firstly, I’m finalising the preparation of our ‘2020 & Beyond’ campaign. I’m also very focused on growing the Wilson team in London and completing some of our studio’s current projects. Lastly, I’m collaborating on some exciting projects with some of our other offices worldwide. There’s really plenty to do! We’re looking forward to 2020 to achieve some of our future goals! Tell us something surprising about Jese Medina-Suarez that people may not know? I absolutely love tennis. I’ve competed since I was a teenager, and it’s my preferred way to release tension and clear my mind.


Q&A - Kelly Hoppen

“Simplicity does not have to mean minimal; my styles have always incorporated a neutral colour palette which is enhanced with layers, texture, form and light�


Kelly Hoppen Renowned for her dynamism, Kelly Hoppen is the powerhouse behind Kelly Hoppen interiors. Can Faik sits her down for just long enough to find out her plans for the company’s future …

Kelly Hoppen Interiors boasts a diverse selection of projects spanning the last four decades. Kelly’s team have put their stamp on homes, yachts, hotels and jets of private clients all over the world, from the highly sought after and exclusive addresses in China on Shenzhen Bay to the most impressive cruise ship to date with Celebrity Cruises Edge Class; redefining sea travel. What three words would you use to describe Kelly Hoppen Interiors? Pioneering, passionate and purist! How can design be used to manage the guest’s expectations of the hotel experience? When it comes to designing any space, first impressions are always key; the easiest way to offer full impact is with spectacular hallways and reception areas. This principle applies to hotels and is a fundamental way to set and manage guests’ expectations of the hotel experience. By bringing together a perfect balance of light, artwork, texture and seating in the first encountered space, guests are instantly aware of what to expect from their prospective hotel experience. Many different people use these spaces so it’s important they are designed with diverse audiences in mind whilst never losing the integrity of our design. How important are public spaces in hotels? Are there ways in which you’ve used innovative design in these areas to facilitate innovative usage? The public spaces within any hotel are paramount to the overall experience. These spaces are where you get your first impression of a hotel and spend a lot of time, so it’s really important they have impact and are comfortable for every traveller whether you’re on business or with your family. My work for Celebrity Cruises and Lux* Grande Gaube are fantastic examples of groundbreaking, multi-functional design where every detail was designed to the highest quality. Using premium carpets and fabrics rather than standard commercial fabrics meant that every finish was high-spec, and elevated the look and feel of each room.

Do designers think about loyalty when they design a hotel or is it just an operator’s concern? Yes, we absolutely do, but this is something that is also intrinsically part of my design ethos, we create harmonious and balanced spaces which people can come back to time and time again. Whether it’s the lobby, spa or their own suites, we create a sanctuary for the guest and if they feel great in the space then I’m confident they will want to come back time and again. And we offer the ideation for all brands which takes design to another level. How high on the list is revenue creation for designers? I want all my projects to be a success for my clients so, yes this is on the priority list. When it comes to marketing and launching a new project, we have our whole team behind this to support clients with press and marketing on every level. Social media, especially Instagram, is becoming an increasingly important marketing tool for hotels. What are your thoughts on this and do you take this into account when designing spaces? Social media is a fantastic way to promote interiors and designed spaces. Everything spectacular about that space can be captured in a few images or short promotional videos and it does play a part in the design process. Pictures can say a thousand words and the reach on social media is huge ... I love to share my work on Instagram and we get great feedback on some of the content. I also use my Instagram to share mentoring videos and speak directly to my followers, broaching topics like how to be a woman in business, how to overcome intimidation or overcome conflict. I love sharing my knowledge and the things I’ve learned over my 40-year career, and hope it will be of some help to future upcoming designers and business women. How do you think the influence of new technology affects the luxury traveller now and in the future? We’re all becoming more and more dependent on technology so I think it will continue to be important especially for the business traveller who needs certain technological tools to do their work. I think in the future more and more people will be working from anywhere in the world so hotels need to be ahead of the game,


Q&A - Kelly Hoppen

offering tools that will make these types of travellers’ lives easier. That said, when travelling for leisure, many people just want to relax and be away from all things digital and technology and what they really want is the most comfortable bed, room, amazing food and time spent with their friends and family. Do you believe simple design has become luxurious? I’ve always been a firm believer in the luxurious capacity of simplicity. Simplicity does not have to mean minimal; my styles have always incorporated a neutral colour palette which is enhanced with layers, texture, form and light. This belief is what has given my career such longevity and made my designs a worldwide success. What particular trends have you noticed in hotel interior design? In my opinion, hotel design has become overloaded in recent years; there’s more focus on being bigger and better than on detail and understanding the client or the area. The key is detail, detail, detail, add experience and luxury as the core focus! As I said, spending time in a hotel has to be about the experience of a home away from home and finding the balance between fantasy and reality to have a connection, whether that’s with the hotel’s style or services. Turning to the topic of authenticity of experience, how do you approach each project? Each project is completely unique, but the process remains the same; there must always be an understanding of the client’s needs, the purpose of the space and so on. Once these aspects have been

affirmed the design process begins. However, clients do come to me because of my style and ethos so that part is core to every project and my approach. I had the same question asked of me recently by two hoteliers, and that was ‘If you had a limited budget to spend on design, what area would you focus on?’ The guest rooms, as this is where you lay your head and there are many ways to use budgets to make the design go further. Ultimately, you cannot beat that feeling of going into your own space, your sanctuary even if it’s for a couple of nights – you feel safe, comfort, warmth and when you wake up, you still want to feel amazing in the morning. What are your thoughts on the wellness trend in luxury hotels? As I mentioned, a hotel is a home away from home and should allow guests to unwind, much as they do at home. However, unlike home a hotel can be a space of indulgence, escape and relaxation and these factors have kick started wellness trends. Whether it’s the inclusion of an amazing juice menu, a meditation space in a suite or amazing exercise facilities, I think it’s great to be able to offer guests that little extra to help them feel great. How did your partnership with Celebrity Cruises begin? A few years ago, I was approached by Celebrity Cruises and they asked if I would design the interiors of their new ship (Edge) and assist them in making a bold, modern luxury statement that would change the face of the industry. It was a no-brainer and I instantly jumped at the opportunity. After a few meetings I became fully


invested in the Celebrity Cruises brand and their vision but also to creating a ground breaking design to take sea travel to the highest level of luxury. You’ve created many amazing interiors on land, but a cruise ship must have presented many new challenges. Can you tell us a bit about those? The sea is unpredictable, and my designs had to withstand every up and down the ship might face. The technical crew worked tirelessly with our team to ensure we could make everything work within the safety and practicality measures we needed. What was amazing is that we were never once told ‘no’. They were so behind the vision, and that’s extremely rare, especially when you’re talking about something on this scale, which has to travel in high seas and be really solid. Movement is the biggest challenge as a designer. How do you make a chandelier stable and safe when you’re on water, and the whole ship can rock and move at any time? Weather changes in seconds, so how do we make sure the furniture can’t move and hurt anyone while still looking the way we want it to? You also have to think about the sustainability of the fabrics we use – they have to last through wear and tear. What’s next for you and Celebrity Cruises? We are launching the next cruise ship, Celebrity Apex, which will set sail next spring which I’m really excited about! And there’s incredible things to come so watch this space. Where do you see hotel design in the future? I believe timeless luxury is crucial, as is clearly defining hotel design to the country and place it resides in. Over the years the hotel experience has become the same no matter which country you’re in, which is such a shame. The joy of travel is the experience of being somewhere new; whether you’re in New York or Bhutan there needs to be a distinct design difference whilst never losing the quality and integrity of the brand through exquisite design.

Is there anything exciting that you’re working on which you can tell us about? Aside from 47 projects all over the world which we will be launching in the next year or so, I also launched some amazing new product ranges and lots coming up in 2020. In short, earlier this year, I launched another Mickey Mouse collaboration with Leblon Delienne. I also designed an incredible range of interchangeable wooden flooring and wall tiles with Hakwood in my neutral style which works amazingly well in commercial spaces. I’m launching a new velvet fabric range with Richloom where we came up with 50 different colourways which is a top-grade commercial product designed to give other interior designers access to quality materials – this is rare in commercial interiors so I’m really proud to be able to bring this to market. We have a huge furniture range with Markor in China. We have an interior fittings range coming out early 2020 which will feature light switches and plug sockets with Focus SB. The world of electrical wiring accessories is generally very conservative, but I wanted to create something that would very much be part of the overall design, introducing jewellery-like details and alternative finishes. This collaboration with Focus SB introduces a new aesthetic to electrical fittings in a way we haven’t previously seen. I’m also about to launch another Yacht with Pearl Yachts, which will launch in Germany. What would be your dream hotel project? I think it would have to be designing a boutique hotel in LA or working with a hotel chain in New York. Both cities have such fantastic energies, but I have yet to be truly blown away by an LA hotel that reflects the energy, thoughts and attitude of the local area. And redefine the luxury of chain hotels which can attract a new range of audiences.



Industry greats unite to design Las Vegas hotel Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, part of Hilton’s Curio Collection, is scheduled to open at the end of 2020 with a diverse spread of worldclass accommodation, casino, leisure and F&B spaces. Attention has recently been focused on the announcement of the hotel’s prestigious design and construction partners, which include Rockwell Group, Klai Juba Wald Architecture + Interiors, Studio Collective, Taylor International Corporation and McCarthy Building Companies. At the time of going to press, designs for the new property are nearing completion, and construction is due to begin in February 2020.




Back to nature in the heart of the desert Aman has announced the impending launch of Camp Sarika by Amangiri – a serene and luxurious encampment in the Utah desert. Opening in 2020, Camp Sarika will encompass 10 tented pavilions, a restaurant, two spa suites, swimming pool and a jacuzzi. Situated a 30-minute hike or five-minute drive from Amangiri, the camp has been created with escapism and solitude in mind, while offering guests full access to the resort’s facilities whenever they desire. Designed by Luxury Frontiers, the tented pavilions will mimic the undulating surface of the desert outside with their palette of natural materials and decorative canvas walls. With their unobstructed views of the mesas or facing west to catch the sunset each evening, the pavilions will feature either one or two bedrooms, as well as a living area, dining area, a bar, a private spacious terrace with a fire pit and an individual heated plunge pool.




Conscious design in Mozambique Slated to open in summer 2020, Kisawa Sanctuary interweaves cultural celebration with environmental conservation on Mozambique’s Benguerra Island. The property combines 12 one, two and three-bedroom bungalows, plus the ‘Kisawa Residence’ – all within a 750 acre stretch of forest, beach and sand dunes at Kisawa Sanctuary. Nina Flohr, Kisawa’s founder, was responsible for the creative direction of the property, assembling an in-house team, alongside global experts to create “a place that inspires feelings of freedom and luxury born from nature, space and true privacy”. Groundbreaking and patented 3D sandprinting technology was commissioned specifically for the construction of the resort. This innovative building material chimes perfectly with the prevalent use of Mozambican weaving, thatching, carpentry and textile skills, involving artisans from Benguerra and neighbouring islands. A 3D printer will also be deployed on the other end of the island for printing sand coral reefs and marine habitats for Kisawa’s nonprofit sister organisation, the Bazaruto Center for Scientific Studies (BCSS).


Lore Group transforms historic Washington DC bank Lore Group is to open its first US property, Riggs Washington DC, in early 2020. Housed within a historic building once home to Riggs National Bank on the downtown corner of 9th and F Street, the 181 key hotel has been designed by the group’s creative director, Jacu Strauss. Strauss has honoured the property’s heritage – not least through preserving its original barrel-vaulted lobby – while adding the witty and unexpected details for which he is renowned.



Bristol boot factory revival Quirky boutique hotel group, Artist Residence, will launch its fifth and largest project yet in Bristol next February. Part Georgian townhouse, part former boot factory, the Grade I listed building was on the ‘At Risk’ register in 2015 when the groups’ founders, Charlotte and Justin Salisbury, stumbled upon it. Its quirks and original features have been carefully restored and are paired with the eclectic array of industrial, vintage and antique elements characteristic of the group’s signature style. 23 guest rooms, a bar, cafe, garden and restaurant will offer a vibrant hub for locals and guests alike.

Inspired by designs from the past.

Our Heritage Collection features a range of four designs inspired by the tiled floors of grand Victorian and Regency villas and townhouses. From striking monochrome designs to beautifully blended traditional patterns, this range features a 0.5mm wear layer, micro-bevelled edges and a choice of 12 colour variants.

T: 01386 820104

Designed for interiors today.

Featured floor:

Lansdown LANS-03 and

Prairie Oak SM-RL20



Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood Florida, USA The South Florida skyline is changing in a big way with the completion of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood’s $1.5b expansion. Marking the first ever guitar-shaped hotel, this iconic 450ft high tower and expansion project is home to a total of 1,271 luxury guestrooms and suites. Hospitality Interiors’ Editor, Can Faik, was the first UK journalist invited to review this new offering by the Seminole Tribe of Florida …




Wilson Associates strives to redefine the hospitality design industry by creating spaces that enrich and engage the human experience. For nearly 50 years, its dynamic talent and collaborative spirit have inspired and created some of the world’s most iconic, avant-garde spaces, from The Venetian Las Vegas to Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, in Puerto Rico. Now, they’re proud to include Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood within their growing international portfolio of worldclass destination hotels and resorts. On October 24th, 2019, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood officially opened its doors. The grand opening event – which featured the brand’s signature guitar-smashing ceremony – was a star-studded affair attended by the likes of Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman. It’s not surprising that the $1.5b Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood generated so much buzz. This iconic hotel resembles the shape of back-to-back guitars, stretching 450 feet into the South Florida sky, with six illuminated guitar strings on each side. The guitar tower is attracting casino players and other visitors from around the world looking for a world-renowned entertainment, gaming and hospitality destination with expansive gaming offerings. These include first-in-class slots, high-stakes table games and South Florida’s premier poker room.

“Wilson Associates drew inspiration from the surrounding lush landscape of Hollywood, Florida, to create peaceful interiors that bring elements of the outdoors into the interior space”


The hotel also offers a spa and fitness centre, award-winning dining and nightlife, and the popular Hard Rock Event Centre, which hosts celebrity performances, comedy acts and sporting events. For the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Wilson Associates created both relaxing and calming environments to give guests a welcome respite from the buzz of this high-energy destination. The design team drew inspiration from the surrounding lush landscape of Hollywood, Florida, to create peaceful interiors that bring elements of the outdoors into the interior space.

Wilson Associates oversaw the design of the guest accommodation — 638 rooms in the Guitar Tower and 168 in the Pool Tower. The guest rooms and suites combine furniture from Samuel Lawrence Hospitality, natural stone surfaces with woven textures and luxurious area rugs to achieve a Floridian-inspired, residential ambience. Each scheme brings fun pops of colour in the fabrics and artwork. Guest bathrooms include open views to the bedroom and spacious walk-in showers, which offer a clean, fresh design statement with natural stones and custom millwork. For some of the guest rooms, the unique curvature of the guitar tower afforded the design team an opportunity to take advantage of the various window angles to provide guests unparalleled views of Ft. Lauderdale. The highlight of the guest accommodation experience, however, are the eight swimout suites, located at the ground level of the Pool Tower. Boasting 12ft ceilings and large-format flooring, these exclusive spaces feature an outdoor deck and private pool area that eventually connects to the hotel’s public swimming lagoon and lazy river amenities. The Wilson team was also tasked with designing 10 VIP suites and a private Gaming Parlor on the top levels of the Guitar Tower, maximising the surrounding views of the property’s landscape as well as the pool complex. Each suite showcases its interpretation of a design aesthetic inspired by the Floridian residential lifestyle, each with its own unique palette and high-end finishes and furnishings. The high-end suites have exclusive access



to private gaming areas located at the very top floor of the hotel, which offer views of distant downtown Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Two of the VIP Suites, located where the unique guitar shape ‘dips’, feature large open kitchens and living rooms that open up to an impressive rooftop private pool deck and jacuzzi. Project designer, Kendall Thompson, oversaw the design of the 42,000ft2 Rock Spa, creating a peaceful oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the casino floor. Natural elements abound, including wooden columns, speciality textured walls, vertical green walls, dark stone surfaces and floor tiles, teak furniture, and a light, neutral colour palette. More than 40 body and facial treatment rooms have been incorporated, in addition to dry and wet lounges, jacuzzis, and a salon. The spa also features a large, ‘co-ed’ atrium space with special zones such as a ‘Green House’, ‘Wood House’, ‘Crystal

House’, alongside a sauna and several pools. Overlooking the pool and lagoon area, the spa’s atrium offers breathtaking views and lush greenery to create a relaxing ambience. Kendall maximised the spa’s unique location on the third floor and the surrounding views, while flooding the atrium with several skylights

to bring in natural daylight and views above to the illuminated Guitar Tower. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood is the flagship casino resort of Hard Rock International, owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida.





Raffles Singapore Singapore This grand dame hotel has re-opened to great acclaim following a six-year renovation under Champalimaud Design.



As Raffles Singapore re-opens its doors with a new era in store, it seems appropriate to begin with an overview of its remarkable history to date. First opened on 1st December 1887, the hotel was originally a 10-room bungalow leased by the Sarkies Brothers from Armenia. Throughout the 1880s, some of the hotel’s earliest guests included Joseph Conrad, Rudyard Kipling and Somerset Maugham, thereby establishing a legendary literary tradition that continues today.

Following extensions in 1890 and 1894, a three-storey main building in late Victorian Italianate Revival style replaced the original bungalow in 1899 – truly establishing the hotel as a local landmark. Over the course of the 20th century, Raffles Singapore played host to a series of guests, events and iconic moments that, when collated, create a rich historical and cultural tapestry to be rivalled. In August 1902, for example, the last tiger to be killed in Singapore was shot whilst in the hotel’s Bar & Billiard Room, while in 1915, Hainanese bartender, Ngiam Tong Boon created the iconic Singapore Sling. Having last undergone a full restoration in 1989, the time was right to rejuvenate the hotel, and who better to undertake such a task than acclaimed NY-based firm, Champalimaud Design. The team has worked meticulously for the past six years to refresh and embolden the design direction of the hotel, introducing renovated F&B offerings and updating the accommodation. As a national monument, the design team had to be mindful of preserving the original colonial architecture, but these restrictions didn’t intrude upon their plans to reimagine the public spaces. Increasing social engagement and creating a sense of flow within these areas was key. The new reception and lobby lounge – complete with a curated dining menu – now acts as an elegant gateway to the hotel’s F&B spaces. Adopting a more contemporary sensibility, the team have focused on maximising scale through the careful curation of custom furniture in sumptuous shapes, ornate screens, locally sourced heritage antiques and impactful lighting.


Accessible via the hotel’s main entrance, the Tiffin Room has been part of the hotel’s history since 1892. Both the client and Champalimaud Design were thus keen to preserve the Indian culinary traditions that have made the restaurant so famous. The British Colonial shell of the space has been tempered through soft coloured wall panelling and custom furniture, wrapped in buttery neutrals reminiscent of the coconut, ginger and cinnamon notes associated with the local cuisine. Large ovalesque chandeliers, customdesigned by Champalimaud, hang from silverleafed ceiling coves, while colourful displays of antique Chinese dishes and tiffin boxes reference the restaurant’s storied past. Moving through into the hotel’s formal dining room, Le Dame de Pic, Champalimaud has enhanced the air of timeless elegance. The 56-cover restaurant features soft pinks and rich plums, matched with grey clay tones and metallic accents. The lighting – as with all of the hotel’s public spaces – takes centre stage here. A gold chandelier, composed from tiers of discs with laser-cut spades, adds an enchanting creative statement within the room. The hotel’s vibrant steakhouse, Butcher’s Block, has a different tone altogether. Here, hyper-social dining was key to the redesign, with a multitude of different seating options to cater for diners of all types. The rather more robust interior feel is achieved through a dark, velvety cobalt blue palette, complemented by

large bold brass furniture, fixtures and accents. Positioned in the corner of the hotel, The Writer’s Bar offers another distinct departure in design from the other ground level dining spaces. Sexier and moodier in feel, the space is awash with layers of dark hues. Chocolate walnut floors, palm frond wallpaper and grey upholstery create a sense of intimacy and warmth, while the library coves have been stocked with a carefully curated selection of titles. Champalimaud opted to ground the bar with two focal points – a sculptural bar inspired by modernist form, and an oblong chandelier composed of egg-shaped gunmetal spheres. The Long Bar – a favourite amongst hotel visitors – has been given some eye-catching updates. The original ‘long bar’ and spiralling staircase have been preserved, in addition to the newly-restored palm-shaped ceiling fans and slatted colonial window shutters that the space is known for. New additions include some punchy geometric floor tiles, butterscotch leather high back barstools, ribbed black and white rattan chairs and marble-topped tables. Aside from the hotel’s F&B offering, the guest accommodation was another crucial area of focus for Champalimaud. With their palette of rich blues, terracotta reds and shades of white, alongside teak floors and vertiginous ceilings, the guest rooms offer guests a harmonious sanctuary.

“The team has worked meticulously for the past six years to refresh and embolden the design direction of the hotel, introducing renovated F&B offerings and updating the accommodation”



Cues have been taken from the existing architecture, with colonial references complemented by serene Chinese and Indian accents. An ornate, locally-produced British Colonial style bed with a carved headboard acts as the centrepiece to each room, while dark chocolate wood furniture adds to the luxurious feel. Choice pieces, such as a vanity and trunk-inspired mini bar, complete the look. The two palatial Presidential Suites – The Sarkies Suite and The Sir Stamford Raffles Suite – take this idea of sanctuary, and the British Colonial frame of the hotel, to the next level. Similar in size and styling, one suite draws guests in by way of a light stone blue bas relief inspired by Singaporean orchids, while the other features alluring dark aubergine tones. Once inside, guests are escorted to the suite’s Grand Salon, where a collection of large antique and modern furniture pieces offers a charming and intimate space in which to entertain. Graphically patterned ceilings, gilded trimmings, antiqued panelling and Italian strung drapes add layers of depth. Next to the Grand Salon is the dining room, which houses a sculptural statement table, campaign-style leather chairs, a largescale lustrous mirror and a host of bespoke accessories. Champalimaud has opted for bold, dramatic finishes within the Master Bedroom, not least

the four poster bed framed by a bronze-clad floating wall inset with a Singaporean orchid motif. Antique bedside tables and sculptural lamps soften the look, alongside elegant mouldings, a sumptuous silk rug and dark wood floors. The master bathrooms have wow factor to match, clad almost entirely in large slabs of Bianco Dolomite marble on the walls and floor. A carved marble bath tub sits beneath an exquisite hand-blown Murano glass chandelier, alongside a brass-legged vanity, gold-framed

mirrors and Murano glass sconces. Even considering Champalimaud’s vast industry experience and creative flair, the level of prestige and affection surrounding Raffles Singapore is undeniable. Despite this level of expectation, the team has delivered on every level, accentuating all of the hotel’s wonderful attributes and architectural mastery, whilst enlivening its offering and safeguarding its standing for many years to come.





Conrad Hangzhou Hangzhou, China AB Concept paid tribute to Hangzhou’s beautiful waterways for the interiors of this luxurious new hotel within Raffles City.



Hangzhou’s landscape is one of contrasts; on one hand the natural beauty of its UNESCO heritage-listed West Lake and city parks, on the other an ever-expanding urban skyline indicative of the city’s progressive ethos. One of its key developments of late is Raffles City, a mixed-use urban development in Qianjiang New Town. Encompassing two streamlined towers, with a landscaped plaza beneath, the property has become a key landmark along the green axis of Hangzhou’s new central business district. Expanding its portfolio as a sustainable hub for living, working and leisure, the development is now home to Conrad Hangzhou – a 324-key property designed by AB Concept. For the firm’s founders, Ed Ng and Terence Ngan, the development’s intriguing architecture was a key attraction in taking on the project.


“In 2010, we were invited to design the interiors of the Conrad Hangzhou by the developers, CapitaLand,” they explain. “We were initially attracted to the project by the architect, UNStudio, who was responsible for creating the futuristic high-rise. “Upon seeing the first renderings, we were completely in awe of the building’s complexity and changing shapes, and ultimately saw it as a fantastic opportunity to work with a worldclass architect on their first high-rise hospitality project.” As UNStudio so masterfully achieved through the development’s architecture, Ed and Terence have embraced Hangzhou’s treasured natural landscape to create a fluid, undulating interior design for the hotel. In doing so, they were also able to accommodate the changing geometries caused by the building’s unique shape, moving away from square corners and static shapes towards sensual, sleek forms. This predominantly emerges through a narrative of ‘tidal rhythms’ that extends throughout the property. “The whole development of Raffles City has an almost futuristic appeal to it, with flowing lines and sinuous curves evoking the feeling of moving water,” explain Ed and Terence. “The ‘tidal rhythm’ concept was our response to the different forms that water takes in Hangzhou,

from West Lake (the body of water around which the city is based), to the Qiantang River, the original life source for the area. “As the lobby is the start of the hotel experience, our design begins with the concept of drops of morning rainfall landing on the lake. By using a curved design, we have translated this repeating, rippling pattern, onto the lobby’s wall facade. “In the tenth-floor lobby, we examined a more serene and reflective form of the water. Using a still and misty morning as our inspiration, our design incorporated the sense of a smooth line meandering through the space.

“Upon seeing the first renderings, we were completely in awe of the building’s complexity and changing shapes”



“In the spa, we took yet another approach to the water, creating a delicate cascade using screens featuring repeating patterns to create the texture of a slow ripple created by the natural movement of water.” Creating a natural progression from the public spaces, the interiors of Conrad Hangzhou’s three restaurants focus on the culture and people of Hangzhou, living around the West Lake. Blue Willow, the all-day dining restaurant, was inspired by an iconic scene of the misty lake, with willow trees adorning its banks. The curves of the seating area here have been designed to evoke the feeling of sitting at the edge of the water, whilst patterned pillars create the feeling of falling leaves. Dashes of blue have been employed throughout the space, not only symbolising water, but also as a tribute to the renowned style of Chinese ceramics known as ‘Blue Willow’. “At Uka, the hotel’s Japanese restaurant, we worked to create an atmosphere that reflects life in Hangzhou,” add Ed and Terence. “The ceiling light displays a gradient of light when turned on, thus creating a scene much like that of the city lights, appearing through the mist and reflecting on the water. “Lastly, at Li’an, the Chinese restaurant, we used our design concept to narrate a story of a girl who travels from Hangzhou to explore the world, before returning to the city to tell

her stories. The restaurant therefore contains decorations from both Eastern and Western cultures, featuring embroideries, ceramics, books, lamps and various other ornaments to evoke the narrative.” Within the guest accommodation, meanwhile, rooms are divided into four categories – ‘Summer Serenade’, ‘Winter Finale’, ‘Spring Harmonic’ and ‘Autumn Prelude’. Each category has been assigned appropriate colour palettes in accordance with the theme, chanelling the colour of water from season to season. AB Concept’s scheme embraces the wider

ethos and feel of the Raffles City development, while celebrating the focus on contemporary architecture, luxury travel and individuality that characterises the Conrad brand. “We focused strongly on form as the major element of expression in the interiors, choosing simple yet elegant materials to build up layers of patterns, ultimately expressing a unified message throughout,” Ed and Terence conclude. “This consistency in line and form is, in itself, quite unique in urban hotels, and thus further links our work to the development of Raffles City.”




Celebrity Edge Hospitality Interiors’ Gemma Lochhead explores this game-changing ship from Celebrity Cruises.




Celebrity Edge has caused something of a sensation since it arrived in Southampton for its inaugural season in Europe earlier this year. Celebrity Cruises’ most recent launch represents a paradigm shift in cruise ship design and innovation, promising a pioneering F&B offering, world firsts in entertainment and architecture, as well as cutting-edge technology to streamline and enhance the guest experience. Design is at the very heart of Celebrity Cruises’ DNA, evidenced by the team of industry heavyweights drafted in to create the ship’s world-class interiors. American interior designer and author, Nate Berkus, is the ship’s Design Ambassador; his passion for design excellence and ingenuity proving the perfect fit with Celebrity Cruises’ ethos. Internationally-acclaimed architect and founder of WKK, Tom Wright, undertook the ship’s remarkable outward-facing

public spaces. His vision and tenacity were fundamental, most notably, in creating the Magic Carpet. The world’s first cantilevered floating platform, this moving deck is the size of a tennis court, and reaches 13 stories above sea level. It has the ability to travel up and down the ship’s side, offering guests unprecedented views over the ocean. On Deck 16, Magic Carpet becomes the ultimate speciality restaurant, serving up a series of culinary experiences – such as ‘Dinner on the Edge’ for a select number of guests. Down on Deck 14, it becomes an extension of the already-expansive main pool area, offering drinks and live music, while on Deck 5 it extends the ship’s restaurants into an al fresco dining space for 100 guests. On Deck 2, Magic Carpet is poised just above the ocean surface and becomes an extension of Destination Gateway – a luxury embarkation station from which guests are whisked ashore via the Edge LaunchesSM. The Resort Deck is another key external space, encompassing the main pool area, rooftop garden, jogging track, Solarium and more. At one end of the pool is a larger-than-life artistic mirror installation designed by Tom, while the pool deck itself is full of oversized sculptural pieces. Perhaps the most intriguing element of


Wright’s design, however, is the Rooftop Garden – a living, urban playscape inspired by children’s playgrounds. Spanning over 8000ft2, this space provides the perfect environment for contemplation, games, outdoor dining and pop-up live music performances. Moving inside the ship, Parisian design studio Jouin Manku, undertook the interiors of the Grand Plaza, the main dining atrium and the connecting circulation spaces. For the studio’s co-founder Patrick Jouin, Celebrity Edge had additional significance, as his grandparents in fact worked at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard where Edge was constructed. This emotional connection with the project only fuelled he and partner, Sanjit Manku’s passion for creating a space that celebrates the craft of the shipbuilders and welders who constructed the ship. The circulation spaces leading to the main dining atrium thus proudly reveal the internal steel columns that make up the ship’s skeleton, complete with markings created during construction. Inspired by the golden age of transatlantic travel, the Grand Plaza is a glamorous and impactful space at the heart of the ship. Spanning three decks, with a showstopping chandelier-cum-art installation at its heart, the

plaza is home to the ship’s Martini Bar, Café al Bacio, and the new Grand Plaza Café. Continuing the raft of prestigious industry names, Patricia Urquiola worked in collaboration with Scott Butler, a founding partner of Wilson Butler Architects, to design all-day venue, Eden. Set over a glass-walled three-storey space, Eden incorporates a café, restaurant and bar that transforms from tranquil oasis by day to a lively entertainment hub by night. Last, but by no means least, design legend Kelly Hoppen, took on the formidable task of designing the ship’s staterooms, suites and spa – bringing her warm, harmonious design style to create luxurious sanctuaries for the modern traveller. The ship’s 918 ‘Edge Staterooms with Infinite Verandas’ blur the boundaries between indoors and outdoors so that the entire living space becomes the veranda, letting guests walk right out to the water’s edge. Handcrafted cashmere mattresses, sophisticated in-room technology, bespoke lighting from Chelsom and plentiful storage space combine with a contemporary, harmonious palette throughout the accommodation – capturing Kelly Hoppen’s preference for clean lines and simple elegance. Celebrity Edge also sees the addition of two new suite categories – the Iconic Suites and Edge Villas. Within the Iconic Suites, 82 linear feet of panoramic glass envelops the sprawling dining room, living room and bedroom to create the most breath-taking vista. A veranda, which adds 700 square feet to the grand total space of the suite, features a hot tub, a shaded private, resort-style cabana, and sweeping views of the ocean. The Edge Villas, meanwhile, offer striking

views from two storeys of windows, with threefoot-deep private plunge pools, inviting lounge furniture and direct walk-out access to The Retreat Sundeck. Lastly, the ship’s impressive spa combines state-of-the-art technology with restorative natural elements to create a tranquil haven for guests. As well as the SEA Thermal Suite, which offers eight distinct experiences, the spa offers 23 treatment rooms, a fitness centre, cafe and juice bar. Given its remarkable array of facilities, with high-end and creative design at their core, Celebrity Edge offers its guests a taste of true modern luxury. With the imminent launch of Celebrity’s second revolutionary Edge Series ship, Celebrity Apex, in 2020, it only remains to be seen the heights this brand will reach.

“Design is at the very heart of Celebrity Cruises’ DNA, evidenced by the team of industry heavyweights drafted in to create the ship’s world-class interiors”




Monkey Island Berkshire, UK Occupying its own private island within the Berkshire village of Bray, this idyllic estate has been revived as a luxury YTL hotel under Champalimaud’s experienced eye.



There remains some debate as to how Monkey Island came by its unique moniker. Some historians posit that it roots from the monks attached to Merton Priory, who settled nearby in 1197 and built fishponds close to the island later christened ‘Monks Eyot’. Some 300 years later, the estate found its way into the possession of the Englefield family, before it was purchased by the 3rd Duke of Marlborough in 1723 to create an exceptional angling retreat. He commissioned two buildings from talented Palladian architect, Robert Morris – a two storey Fishing Temple and an octagonal Fishing Pavilion for sleeping and entertaining. Another possible root of the name lies in the delightful depictions of monkeys undertaking various fishing and hunting pursuits – commissioned from French specialist, Andie de Clermont – that adorn the ceiling of the Pavilion’s ‘Monkey Room’. However it came by its title, the estate’s rich tapestry of patrons have each left their mark and, in kind, the estate has made an indelible impression on the stream of monarchs, celebrities and creatives it has played host to over the years. Sir Edward Elgar is said to have worked on his First Symphony Violin Concerto in The Hut, a house on the adjacent bank, while literary great, Rebecca West centred her 1918 novel, The Return of the Soldier, on a past affair on Monkey Island.

Champalimaud Design has wholeheartedly embraced this storied past, retaining original features wherever possible, and embellishing on these narrative threads without creating jarring or disingenuous elements. “Our design is very much a celebration and a tribute to the storied history of the island,” affirms Jon Kastl, a Partner at Champalimaud. “We’ve looked to the two original structures on

the island, the Temple and Pavilion buildings, which were constructed by Charles Spencer, 3rd Duke of Marlborough in the late 1730s, as inspiration for design vocabulary, but more importantly their innate joyfulness. “The buildings were built as wonderful follies, beautiful decoration on this island setting. Large garden ornaments if you will, whose architecture and whimsy was much more important than their original purpose of fishing lodge and fishing temple. “We’ve also celebrated the lore and anecdotal history of the island and some of its inhabitants, both human and otherwise. Of course, the famed Andieu de Clermont paintings of the monkeys are being retained and lovingly restored. Inspired by their whimsy we’ve introduced animals, birds and other exotic birds into our designs, giving the monkeys some much needed friends.” The splendour of the estate’s seven-acre grounds is never far from sight, both literally due to a series of architectural interventions, and metaphorically through the abundant natural imagery incorporated within the interiors. The Pavilion Room, for example, has been converted into a lattice-covered conservatory, while the lounge and restaurant have been extended into the adjacent terraces and gardens.


Upon arriving, guests are welcomed into the residential-style entry hall, complete with a striking wallcovering depicting graceful palm tree fronds. This naturalistic imagery continues in the Monkey Lounge and Bar, where the upholstery fabrics pay tribute to the monkey’s crimson and blue knee length coats in Andieu de Clermont’s Singerie paintings. Within the Monkey Island Brasserie, the vibrant peacock blue wallpaper and Renaissance vaulted ceiling reference the flock of peacocks that formerly made their home at Monkey Island. These graceful birds are also found in the wallpaper of the Garden Room. A well-kept secret staircase, meanwhile, leads to the intimate enclave of the Whisky Snug. Nestled above The Monkey Room, this whimsical attic room features a bold statement wallpaper depicting an assortment of flora fauna, complete with a vibrant red patterned carpet. The hotel’s beautifully-appointed accommodation extends these natural motifs, but also references the boats lazily making their way down the River Thames. “We’ve been inspired by the cabins of river boats and have developed bespoke amenities and storage cabinets which would feel very much at home on the Thames,” Jon explains. “The furnishings are spirited takes on British classics.” Champalimaud opted for a palette of comforting warm greys, deep blues and caramels for the hotel’s 27 guest rooms and three deluxe suites. The accommodation is divided into four room types – The Barn Room, The Temple Room, The Temple Terrace and the magnificent Wedgewood Suite. The standard rooms offer a contemporary English country house feel, and have been custom furnished throughout. Champalimaud has enlarged the marble guest bathrooms, too, creating a fresh, spa-like feel. The pièce de résistance of the guest accommodation is the Temple Building’s Wedgewood Suite, which has now been fully restored. Complete with a master bedroom, separate seating area, dressing room and ensuite bathroom, this Grade One Listed suite is truly something to behold. Its iconic ceiling has remained the signature Wedgewood blue, but has been carefully restored and decorated with contrasting white plasterwork. The panelled walls and wooden

flooring, too, have been given some love and attention, while the contemporary bathroom and dressing room are luxurious new additions. Perhaps the hotel’s most unusual attribute is its Floating Spa. Housed within a bespoke crafted barge on the river, the spa comprises three treatment rooms, an airy wheelhouse reception and an Elixir Bar – serving up ancient herbal tonics originally brewed by monks. The key to this project’s success lies in Champalimaud’s considered approach to preserving that which should be preserved, and adding only meaningful new elements that both honour the heritage of the property and enrich the guest experience. Fundamental, too, is the obvious affection the team has for the estate, quirks and all. “It is unimaginable for someone not to be charmed by the history and uniqueness of Monkey Island,” says John. “To spend an afternoon, an evening or a holiday on an island in the River Thames is special enough; but when you add in the storied history, the charming anecdotes, and of course the surrounding area, Monkey Island becomes even more unique and important.”

“Sir Edward Elgar is said to have worked on his First Symphony Violin Concerto in The Hut, while literary great, Rebecca West centred her 1918 novel, The Return of the Soldier, on a past affair on Monkey Island”



Rosewood Bangkok Bangkok, Thailand With Celia Chu Associates and AvroKO at the helm, Rosewood Bangkok marries the richness of Thai culture, with the capital’s cutting-edge contemporary design.




Rosewood Bangkok occupies a prime position on Ploenchit Road, in the epicentre of Bangkok’s central business and retail district. The property itself is formed of two graceful and artfully-connected structures, designed by NYC architectural firm, Kohn Pederson Fox, with Tandem Architects as executive architect. Together, the buildings recreate the classical Thai greeting of wai – where the palms are placed together in a prayer position – in a remarkable feat of steel and glass. This masterful architectural form initiates a blend of traditional Thai culture and forwardthinking dynamism that is echoed throughout the hotel’s interior spaces. “I carried the theme from the architecture into the interior design, from the big picture right down to the smallest detail,” says Celia Chu, of her design for the public spaces and guest rooms. “I was trying to create a hotel with a residential feeling that is about culture and local flavour.” At the heart of Rosewood’s philosophy is a desire to create ultra-luxurious, locally-rooted properties, and this is evident from the very beginning of the guest’s journey. The drop-off area has been designed with a private driveway, siphoning guests from the city’s bustling

narrow streets into the calm refuge of the hotel, and paying tribute to the Rosewood brand’s origins as a modern-day aristocratic manor. Blurring contemporary and classical design, the entryway at first appears to be made from dark, hardwood panelling and sculpted wood, but on closer inspection is formed from tinted stainless steel. A modern sculpture by artist, Jiandyin, denotes the ancient Thai calligraphy for the word, ‘wai’, while a tumbling waterfall hints at the air of tranquillity within. From here, the next natural stopping point for guests is the Sky Lobby on the seventh floor – a tranquil, multi-faceted space backing onto

the main reception area. Chu’s design draws from the owners’ family history of collecting art, ensuring that each element is effectively a work of art in itself. The wall panels, for example, have been made with ‘scales’ of glass overlaid with gold leaf. “They are the same shape as the roof tiles of the Grand Palace, which I love, but I wanted to transform them in an architectural way so that people would take more notice of them,” Chu explains. The dramatic bespoke glass chandelier, meanwhile, is made in the shape of Thai dancing fans, inspired by the traditional skill mastered by young Thai girls. The neighbouring reception area features contemporary art by a host of local artists, alongside a beautiful reception desk that, for Chu, was a labour of love. Having sourced one antique, hand-carved wooden panel, she then commissioned a further three panels to match, preparing and weathering them over a period of several years. The hotel’s spectacular F&B offering, designed by AvroKO, extends this focus on the artefacts and gifts collected by the hotel owners’ family. Rosewood Bangkok’s all-day dining venue, Lakorn European Brasserie, is awash with imaginative design elements. The mesh window screening here is made from the fake nails worn by traditional Thai dancers, while elegant curved panels – featuring a stylised interpretation of the floral pattern on an antique musical box that was brought as a gift from the travels of the owners’ parents – create an intimate seating area within the larger dining space. The hotel’s landmark restaurant, Nan Bei, offers a vibrant destination for Chinese dining. Translating from the Mandarin as ‘south’ and


‘north’ respectively, Nan Bei features fanciful design touches inspired by the lyrical Chinese folktale of the Weaver Girl and Cowherd. In tribute to the Weaver Girl, who weaves clouds for the sky, AvroKO has incorporated a custom-woven piece of art stretching the length of the ceiling. Elsewhere, a spectacular light installation of 600 illuminated birds in flight also references characters from the tale, while the two luxurious VIP private dining rooms feature silk wall panels and mirrors denoting the mystical pond where the Weaver Girl and Cowherd first met and fell in love. Nan Bei’s bar area is lavish and seductive in feel, featuring a dark colour palette with pops of jewel tones, a lapis lazuli-topped bar, metalwork chandeliers and contemporized Art Deco features. Rosewood Bangkok also offers a standalone speakeasy-style bar, perched on the property’s 30th and highest floor. Home to a 6,000-strong vinyl collection, the bar is accessed through a hidden entrance amidst the records in the foyer area. Completing this striking array of public spaces is the spa, which occupies the whole of the sixth floor. This space presented something of a challenge for Chu, who wished to depart from the muted palette so frequently

associated with spa design. “Thai spas are world famous, most are either very modern and very white, or completely traditional, so I wondered what we should do next,” she explains. “In Thailand we have all these caves with lovely cool temperatures, so I decided to design the space like cave walls. We hired an artist to shape and paint the plaster walls so they looked like they had been carved by years in the elements.” By contrast, Celia opted for a more European look in the guest accommodation, while still retaining key materials and ornaments for touches of a modern Thai aesthetic. The hotel’s 159 rooms feature elegant styling and panoramic views, with a calming palette of white, cream, brown and luxurious gold tones. Subtle Thai motifs, such as bathroom tiles in the same pattern as those in the Grand Palace, and the use of rich woods and rattan-inspired patterns, weaves and panels, keep that locallyinspired undercurrent. Celia Chu Associates and AvrokKO have curated masterful interior spaces and experiences befitting of Rosewood’s exacting brand standards, as well as Bangkok’s rich heritage and contemporary outlook.

“Chu’s design draws from the owners’ family history of collecting art, ensuring that each element is effectively a work of art in itself”



The Glamis Suite The Balmoral, Edinburgh Hospitality Interiors’ Gemma Lochhead was invited to experience The Balmoral’s newly-rejuvenated Glamis Suite.




“As the ancestral seat to the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne from 1372, the childhood home of HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and the birthplace of Princess Margaret, this architectural treasure offered plentiful inspiration for the suite’s interior”

With its ornate Victorian architecture and landmark clock tower, The Balmoral is an integral fixture in Edinburgh’s enchanting skyline. The Rocco Forte hotel is renowned for its central Princes Street location, level of service, fine dining options and luxurious lodgings – the last of which has been enhanced with the launch of the new-look Glamis Suite.

Designed by the talented Olga Polizzi, the suite is named for one of Scotland’s most striking and historical royal abodes – Glamis Castle. As the ancestral seat to the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne from 1372, the childhood home of HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and the birthplace of Princess Margaret, this architectural treasure offered plentiful inspiration for the suite’s interior.


Guests’ first impression upon entering the suite is the magnificent sense of space. Spanning more than 100m2 in total, there is an airy and uplifting feel even on the cloudiest of Edinburgh days. The large windows throughout also give guests access to unparalleled views of Princes Street, providing a serene vantage point from which to observe the hustle and bustle of the city’s most famous street. As the first port of call, the dining room doubles as a space for discrete private checkins. Framed by patinated bronze screens, a striking Scottish baronial table set for four takes centre stage. A delicate botanical-themed wallpaper, wooden flooring and sleek wooden furniture create a soothing, natural ambience. Through a door to the left is an elegant

sitting room. Here, Olga has opted for a muted grey palette, with splashes of lively emerald and amethyst. Sumptuous grey and green upholstered sofas and armchairs, scattered with plush cushions and soft furnishings, frame a cream rug and a large glass and metal coffee table at the room’s heart. The subtle botanical theme continues here, with luxurious floral curtains – echoed in the cushions – as well as art featuring Scottish flora, and delicate floral displays that chime perfectly with the suite’s colour scheme. Traditional touches, such as the ornate cornicing, working fireplace, chandelier and antiques selected personally by Olga from her travels throughout Europe, bring that period feel of Glamis Castle to life.



Guests certainly aren’t lacking in entertainment options, either. Grand bookcases – set within the original Edinburgh presses – invite perusal with their carefully curated selections of novels and non-fiction. A showpiece Shinola record player and impressive vinyl collection is also available for guests to enjoy, referencing the Rock ‘n Roll greats who have frequented the hotel over its history. To the right of the dining room is a walk-in wardrobe, complete with plentiful storage and a dressing table, as well as a door through to the glamorous Arabascato marble bathroom. An oversized freestanding bath sits beneath a lustrous vintage glass chandelier, while a spacious walk-in shower, double sink and Aqua di

Parma toiletries extend the suite’s airy, luxurious feel. Last but by no means least is the Master Bedroom, where a full-height half-tester bed with a tapestried canopy provides a truly opulent night’s sleep, suggesting the romance of a by-gone era. Lewis & Wood Bosky wallpaper by artist Alexander Hamilton continues this fairy-tale quality, whilst two stone lions referencing The Royal Banner of the Royal Arms of Scotland stand guard. Olga has worked her magic here – retaining the classic air and period features of this much-loved suite, whilst lifting it with contemporary touches and considered details for the discerning modern traveller.

“Designed by the talented Olga Polizzi, the suite is named for one of Scotland’s most striking and historical royal abodes – Glamis Castle”





Hotel TwentySeven Amsterdam, Holland Hospitality Interiors’ Gemma Lochhead was invited to experience Eric Toren’s visionary hotel in the heart of Amsterdam.



The phrase ‘A labour of love’ could never be deemed more appropriate than in the case of Hotel TwentySeven. This exquisite boutique hotel in Dam Square is quite literally hotelier Eric Toren’s “ultimate dream hotel”, he tells me. Painstakingly envisaged and designed, and requiring a great deal of personal sacrifice along the way, the hotel stands as the pinnacle of Toren’s illustrious career. Hotel TwentySeven occupies a prestigious position within one of Amsterdam’s most monumental buildings. Dating back to 1916, this landmark property overlooks the Royal Palace and provides a cosseted vantage point over the bustle of Dam Square. Passing through the grand entrance on ground level – shared with de Koninklijke Industrieele Groote Club – guests step into the glamorous lift before being transported to the hotel’s lobby on the third floor. A heady bouquet meets them as they enter – an alluring signature scent created for the hotel by Delush. The central light-well and staircases here have all been immaculately restored; transformed from a state of complete disrepair into a vision of terrazzo floors and fine marquetry. This floor houses the hotel’s span of public spaces, including an intimate check-in area, the Bougainville restaurant, a lounge bar and an elegant smoking room.

Headed up by acclaimed Executive Chef, Tim Golsteijn, the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant is a destination in its own right. Complete with an open kitchen and breath-taking views over Amsterdam, the space features banquettes upholstered in gold silk brocade, crisp white table cloths and large floral displays. Hidden from view, the charming ‘Chef’s Table’ offers guests an exceptional fine dining experience within an intimate setting. Moving through into the bar area, Wim van de Oudeweetering has experimented with texture and sumptuous materials to create a graceful ambience. Beautiful velvet lounge

chairs are clustered around candle-lit tables, while artfully-placed wall lighting captures the textured relief of the wallcoverings. A grand bar made of glowing Onyx adds to the warm, inviting feel of the space. Lighting plays a prominent role in the hotel’s design and, in keeping with Toren’s ambition of using only the finest materials and craftsmen, he commissioned William Brand – founder of renowned Dutch lighting brand, Brand Van Egmond – to construct a series of bespoke designs. William constructed two golden ‘bonbon’ chandeliers to create impact within the ground entrance, opting for a more seductive feel in the lounge with his ‘Diamonds’ design, attached to the ceiling via suggestive black bands.


Hotel TwentySeven’s 16 super-exclusive suites extend the opulence of the hotel’s public areas. Ranging from the “bijou” Junior Suites to the splendour of the 219m2 square meters Signature Suite, they each offer lavish, handmade oak wooden floors with Versailles patterns; plush carpets from EBRU; silky wallpaper designs from Pierre Frey, Paris, and the highest quality linens from Nobilis. It’s the exceptional attention to detail throughout however, that truly sets the accommodation apart. The handmade doors, for example, are 10cm thick, with three levels of sound insulation to ensure absolute privacy, while advanced ambient lighting and climate control systems allow guests to modify the temperature, entertainment, shades and mood of the room within seconds. The top-floor rooms are perhaps the most atmospheric, adopting a variety of configurations dependent on their positioning within the property. The Rooftop Stage Suite, for example, features an intriguing triangular form. A gigantic round bed takes centre stage here, mirroring the suite’s wonderful round window with views right over the Dam, Royal

Palace and cityscape beyond. Another highlight is ‘The Tower Dream Suite’ which, as the name might suggest, occupies the space within the building’s heritage tower. Here, William Brand designed a magnificent composition of 100 floating candles, which gracefully sprinkle their lights above the bed, providing guests with a magical constellation of stars and lights to soothe them to sleep. These best-in-class facilities are offered alongside a host of personalised services to ensure guests every whim is catered to. From private butlers assigned to each suite, to personal assistants, personal shoppers, personal trainers, private tour guides and nanny services, Hotel TwentySeven’s team is an integral part of the experience Toren envisaged for his guests. Indeed, Toren has gone above and beyond to realise his dream of opening what he terms “the first six-star hotel in Amsterdam”. His pioneering vision, and the dedication of his talented design partners, have resulted in an offering truly unlike any other in Amsterdam.

“This exquisite boutique hotel in Dam Square is quite literally hotelier Eric Toren’s ultimate dream hotel”



Chucs CafĂŠ Kensington London, UK Fettle Design has channelled the splendour of 1950s Italy for this new Kensington eatery.

Photography by Helen Cathcart




Chucs has expanded its London portfolio of restaurants and cafés with its first foray into casual dining. Ideally situated on Old Brompton Road, Chucs Café Kensington brings a slightly different offering to that of the brand’s existing properties in Mayfair, Westbourne Grove, Harrods and the Serpentine, while retaining the same air of 1950s Italian glamour. “Conceptually we approached the project from a similar starting point, in that the restaurants are all day Italian cafés and are inspired by the splendour and effortless glamour of 1950s’ Italy,” explains Andy Goodwin, co-founder of Fettle. “We have, however, added additional layering to the scheme. The colour palette evokes the spirit of the Amalfi coast, while the details and finishes are reminiscent of luxury sporting endeavours, from yachts and classic Italian sports cars, to the everlasting elegance of a vintage train carriage.”

The site itself presented something of a challenge in its layout and function. The front of house space within the ground floor is relatively limited, but two large terraces wrapping around the building to both the front and side elevations boost the number of covers dramatically. “We needed to ensure the planning of the

site functioned effectively, allowing the service to flow through the space as seamlessly as possible,” Andy explains. “The existing kitchen space was increased and all existing back of house spaces were improved dramatically to allow the operations team to deliver a muchimproved service and quality.” Another key consideration for Fettle was catering for both the café’s takeaway and sitdown service, as well as its day to night offering. “The space on the ground floor needed to be designed in a way that allowed enough space for people to queue in the room, whilst allowing for a comfortable dining experience,” says Andy. “To assist this, we designed two booth banquettes to the rear of the room that allow service to flow past these seats easily whilst protecting the diners eating here. “As the space functions both throughout the day as well as into the evening we worked hard to provide a variety of seating options. We included the booths mentioned before, straight banquette sections that provide flexibility as well as bar seating and finally a number of freestanding tables on the terrace.” When it came to the interior palette, Fettle opted for oak panelling with a reddish stain on the walls, bringing to mind the teak used in classic car dashboards and on the decks of yachts. At low level, the panelling is tongue and groove, whilst above dado height the timber incorporates inset panels of antique mirror and Pierre Frey’s striking Yangzi Ocean wallpaper. Higher still, the panelling is inset with handpainted high gloss blue painted timber panels. A dark-stained, original face timber floor in the main space transitions into a bespoke patterned marble floor in-front of the bar, which continues to the rear of the room. Fettle used a striking mix of black, white, pink and yellow


“The colour palette evokes the spirit of the Amalfi coast, while the details and finishes are reminiscent of luxury sporting endeavours”

marble to create this pattern, referring back to the main colour palette. The signature feature within the space is a curved, marble-topped bar with an angled oak undercounter. Above the bar hang three oversized burnished brass and opal glass pendants, while the timber-framed back bar incorporates ribbed antique mirror panels with timber and brass shelving. From freestanding banquettes in striking petrol blue leather, to arm chairs upholstered in a pale-yellow fabric inspired by classic Italian dining chairs, the volume of bespoke furnishings within the space is highly impressive and is, Andy explains, testament to the close partnership Fettle was able to forge with the client. “Working on a new scheme and particularly with a new client is always an enjoyable

and rewarding experience,” he explains. “Our thinking and aspirations for the space were very closely aligned with the client teams within this project and as a result the process itself was relatively straight-forward. This afforded us the time to work closely with the client to develop many bespoke items for the project and review prototypes and their construction to ensure these both matched expectations and were produced to the highest quality. “We designed bespoke lighting in the form of large feature pendants as well as bespoke furniture pieces including dining chairs, bar stools, banquettes and external benches that really make the space come alive. We also developed a bespoke patterned marble floor to the rear of the café and a signature mosaic flooring piece to the entrance space. These details are what make the scheme and

differentiate it from other offerings locally.” The outside terrace completes the restaurant’s offering, sitting sympathetically alongside the interior with its new timber deck in a warm reddish tone. Fettle has designed a traditional tile pattern that aligns with the property’s existing architecture, executed in a vibrant colour palette of blue, white, yellow and pink tiles for a colourful feature area. Outdoor benches – complete with loose blue seat pads and brightly coloured scatter cushions – have been paired with Brebant Maison J. Gatti rattan dining chairs clad with a blue and white weave. Ceramic heaters and burnished brass wall lights ensure the terrace is a year-round fixture in the restaurant’s expansive offering.




Brand van Egmond – design without restraint Earlier this year, Hospitality Interiors’ Gemma Lochhead visited Brand van Egmond’s Netherlands headquarters to discover more about this unique lighting brand. Just a short train or car ride from Amsterdam, Brand van Egmond’s home lies in the picturesque garrison town of Naarden. Here, the brand’s atelier and showroom are housed within a contemporary glass-fronted structure designed by founder William Brand himself. Adorned, naturally, with an assortment of lighting pieces, the elegant double-height spaces and artfully screened meeting rooms and offices within speak volumes about the brand’s ethos. It feels decidedly more like a gallery than a company headquarters, providing the necessary space and depth needed to fully appreciate the impact of these designs. After all, Brand van Egmond’s products are not merely intended as functional or decorative elements within an interior scheme, but are individual pieces of art sprung from the visionary mind of William Brand and painstakingly handcrafted within the atelier.

Sculptor, designer and architect, William is truly the beating heart of the brand. Architecturally trained at the Utrecht School of Arts in The Netherlands, his passion for creating extends beyond the bounds of any one discipline, embracing diverse materials, styles and forms. The term ‘sculptural lighting’, sales and marketing manager, Dennis van Egmond tells me, denoted a rare and valuable commodity when Brand van Egmond was established in 1989. Though it has become something of a buzzword today, its true connotations – that of an expressive, dynamic art form – are embodied by Brand van Egmond’s work. This is why the brand’s designs are prized by such a varied and prestigious clientele, from royal families and celebrities, to politicians, musicians and designers worldwide. For the past three decades, the atelier has released a new lighting collection each and every year, on top of which it works across myriad bespoke commissions. Amazingly, whether it’s working on this core collection or on a commission for a luxury hotel, William applies the same hands-on, highly personalised approach. After speaking with the client and establishing their needs and ideas, he begins with handcrafted sketches. William draws from an almost encyclopaedic range of inspirations, from a client’s personal memories, to the natural world, or something as abstract as the composition of line-shaped clouds left by an airplane.

“William’s architectural background equips him with an implicit understanding of the wider framework of the projects he undertakes”



Of course, William’s architectural background equips him with an implicit understanding of the wider framework of the projects he undertakes. As his ideas take shape, he considers not only the product itself but the space in which it will reside. After these initial sketches, he moves quickly into the atelier to experiment with materials and shapes. His vision is then translated into reality via a painstaking crafting and finishing process undertaken by only the most talented artisans. This in-house process – one of the brand’s most unique attributes – ensures complete creative control over the finished product. Exploring the brand’s span of hospitality work alone, its dynamism and talent is clear to see. Earlier this year, Brand van Egmond crafted a one-off design for Hamburg hotel, The Fontenay. Inspired by the hotel’s picturesque position on the shores of Alster Lake, the brand created a showstopping chandelier featuring a handmade metal branch, surrounded by silvery leaves to represent the sparkling waters. For the Taipei branch of steakhouse brand, Smith & Wollensky, meanwhile, Brand van Egmond created a composition based on its Kelp design. Available in round, conical and oval chandeliers and an assortment of materials, the design creates a delightful ‘dancing composition’ of elements. Despite the high level of commissions it undertakes each year, Brand van Egmond is not content to rest on its laurels, and recently opened its first dedicated showroom in the U.S. Having already completed numerous U.S. projects and with growing buzz surrounding the brand there, this new showroom in the San Francisco Design Centre was a logical next step to further connect with the market.


“As our designs are considered ‘very European’ and at the same time ‘daring’, we’re increasingly receiving more and more requests from the U.S. for a lighting sculpture from our hands”



“As our designs are considered ‘very European’ and at the same time ‘daring’, we’re increasingly receiving more and more requests from the U.S. for a lighting sculpture from our hands,” William tells me. “Especially for tailor-made lighting for both residences as well as hotels. “By setting up a Brand van Egmond showroom, with dedicated advisors on hand for both the residential as well as hospitality market, we can now offer architects, designers and design lovers a focal point to visit and get inspired by the wide-ranging possibilities of our atelier. “For us it is also important to learn from the U.S. market; through this dedicated showroom we mean not just to sell our own idea, but also to work hand in hand with fellow creatives in the design world in order to create beautiful bespoke lighting.” As demand for this artisan approach to lighting grows, Brand van Egmond’s ingenuity and integrity will no doubt position it as a global forerunner. Though the brand might grow in stature and repute, however, it is clear that the atelier is resolved to maintain its founding principles of artistic experimentation, handcrafting and longevity. In a world of fast fashion and fleeting interior trends, Brand Van Egmond’s enduring creations only become more valuable, promising to bring joy to many generations to come.

w w w . ls e l i g h t i n g . c o m

sa l es @ ls e l i g h t i n g . c o m

+44(0)1905 22243




Sculptural splendour in the Ahuriri Valley Cameron Design House’s bespoke sculptural lighting beautifies high end hospitality properties across the globe. One of its more recent, and most farflung projects was at the Lindis Hotel in New Zealand. Situated in the pristine Ahuriri Valley on the South Island, the property is set in a 6,000 acre plot of relative wilderness, with uninterrupted views over the surrounding mountainscape. Cameron Design House’s Mahlu circular pendant lights proved the perfect fit for the hotel’s luxurious new accommodation, Lindis Lodge. Effortlessly hovering from the ceiling of this striking, glass-fronted structure, the pendants perfectly link the modern and sculptural interior of the hotel with the great outdoors. The Mahlu’s vivid, radiating glow can be seen whether relaxing in the hotel or exploring the rugged surrounding land. The pearlised diffuser and wide profile gives the Mahlu a discerning elegance, allowing it to fit seamlessly into any interior. Available in a polished or brushed brass finish, as a single ring or a combination of rings in a variety of sizes, the versatile Mahlu light from Cameron Design House offers a spectacular statement piece in any hospitality setting.



Sparking dialogue between art and functionalism Specialising in the design of decorative lighting, as well as bespoke furniture and brass installations, Mydriaz was founded by artisan designers Cyril Kaleka, Jennifer Midoz and Malo du Bouëtiez in 2011. This talented triumvirate seeks to break down the barriers between art and craftmanship, combining traditional manufacturing with cutting-edge techniques for their designs. Their unique portfolio has caught the eye of many prestigious clients, from Yves Saint Laurent and Dom Pérignon to high-end properties such as the Palais de Tokyo and L’Hôtel de la Marine in Paris. All of Mydriaz’s designs are completed by hand in its Parisian workshop. These bespoke pieces, whether standalone or produced as part of a limitededition series, are adapted to suit the client’s exact needs. The brand’s material of choice is brass, favouring it for its nuanced palette, contemporary aesthetic and versatility when it comes to finishing.


Floral splendour in Jordan Lasvit has created a series of floral-inspired lighting solutions for The St. Regis Ammam in Jordan. Within the lobby, the project’s interior designer, Muza Lab, tasked Lasvit with creating a showstopping, classical chandelier which would echo the venue’s tradition and grandeur. The resulting design has been formed from brushed nickel, complemented by hand-blown glass in an opal colour. The Lasvit team drew inspiration from the wavy lines of Calla flowers for the piece, collating 128 individually handmade glass components to create a multi-faceted bouquet. The brand also created two Black Iris-inspired lighting pieces for the hotel’s spa. The deep, dark purple and contrasting white of the Jordanian national flower has been captured via a mesmerising display of individual components. In the deli lounge, meanwhile, Lasvit has created a 2.5m ceiling light that takes the form of a giant blossom. Guests can enjoy a coffee or relax beneath its unfurling golden petals.



A nature-inspired display from Serip Portuguese lighting brand, Serip, showcased a host of new and established designs at this year’s edition of Decorex. Amongst the products on display was the Bijout collection. Inspired by rain drops, delicate glass pieces contrast with a complex and condensed bronze structure to create a romantic, whimsical aesthetic. The Folio Collection, meanwhile, draws from fallen maple leaves in the autumn. The natural form reflects the arbitrary composition of patterns in a complex set of reflections and contrasts. Founded in 1961, Serip adopts a unique perspective on artisanal creation, employing ancestral techniques to create its beautiful sculptural designs.


SONNEMAN launches Andromeda Galaxy SONNEMAN—A Way of Light has expanded its celestial-inspired Constellation Collection with the launch of Andromeda Galaxy. Ideally suited to vertical spaces, Andromeda Galaxy features LED luminaire hubs connected in linear strains of various lengths and suspended in spiral and radial configurations. The design is available in a variety of sizes and configurations, with lensed options of crystal facets or soft white. Andromeda Galaxy can also be completely customised for any interior setting.



Second collaboration for Corbett Lighting and Martyn Lawrence Bullard Corbett Lighting has debuted its second collection with award-winning designer, Martyn Lawrence Bullard. Martyn’s second collection with the brand features 11 families, including chandeliers, pendants, sconces, and portables – a first for Corbett Lighting. “We couldn’t be more excited to be working with Martyn Lawrence Bullard on a second collection,” explains Ben Marshall, Creative Director of Corbett Lighting and Troy Lighting. “The families feature gorgeous finishes, eyepopping textures, and nuanced craftsmanship creating an enchanting yet approachable collection.” “From the ever-popular Moravian star to a faceted honeycomb lantern, Martyn’s new collection has found ways to take beloved forms and make them new.” With a nod to mid-century modern and industrial influences, the collection fuses Martyn’s unique aesthetic with Corbett’s artisanal strengths.

Al fresco dining ELIPTA outdoor LED table lamp | 9 hour battery life | Touch switch operation | 3 year warranty | USB charging | Warm white 188lm | IP54

Subtle, glare free

Path lighting from


New dual-lit table lamps from Elstead New to Elstead’s portable collection is a series of dual-lit table lamps that use a striking combination of coloured blown glass and polished nickel. Samara Plum (pictured) has a four-way light switch, which allows you to illuminate the glass base with or without the Titanium Silver faux silk shade. There are four other base options available, including Blue, Salmon, Smoke and Clear glass. The Milne, meanwhile, is an attractive blown clear glass table lamp with dual-lit lampholders, finished in polished nickel. Colour is introduced via a choice of textured satin shades in Aubergine, Teal or Grey fabric. 01420 82377


w102 chipperfield Swedish lighting brand, Wästberg, partnered up with David Chipperfield to create an archetypal personal desk lamp, which this year was extended to a whole collection, including a floor lamp and a wall version. The lamp is minimal and with no visible joint, resulting in a simple shape with a clear distinction between components.

Mix&Match Foscarini has introduced Mix&Match, a new system designed to offer a more personalised and versatile lighting solution. As its name suggests, Mix&Match allows you to choose from and combine a variety of elements – five diffusers, four functions, and three colours – to create lamps that are perfect both as individual pieces and together in compositions. First, select a diffuser size and style from the Gem, Gregg, and Rituals collections. These handcrafted blown glass designs have been developed in collaboration with Ludovica and Roberto Palomba. Next, according to function, choose from floor, table, wall, or suspension options, before opting for a white, gold, or graphite grey support according to taste and design style.




Capturing the elemental power of the Cornish coast The Mullion Cove Hotel on Cornwall’s Lizard peninsula has opened a landmark new spa designed by Hart Miller Design. The property’s spectacular natural surrounds were a key frame of reference for the design team, namely the contrast in scale between the elemental forces of rock and sea and the intimate human sensory experiences offered within the spa. Hart Miller Design opted for a carefully chosen palette of timbers and natural tones that complement the hues and contours of the Cornish landscape, creating a warm, embracing ambience. “When you enter the space, you are arriving very much in the heart of the spa – a relaxed lounge with fire and soft settings, rich materials that signify the beginning of a journey,” explains

design director, Anna Hart. “Passing along the Sandō, the Japanesestyle approach to a temple, the customer is stepping over the threshold into the spa experience. The lounge is somewhere you can return to and take a moment and soak it all up – not to mention the most amazing views.” Floor-to-ceiling windows in the relaxation room, pool area and lobby flood the space with light, in direct contrast to the enveloping treatment rooms. Designs from Amos Lighting enhance these contrasting ambiences throughout the spa, with a series of subtle schemes and dimming, treatment-specific lighting.



Spa Vision collaborates on luxury Braemar project Earlier this year, Spa Vision concluded work on a new spa for The Fife Arms. The former Victorian coaching inn, situated in the historic Scottish village of Braemar, had recently been reinvented as a luxurious hotel. The Albamhor Spa mirrors the overall style and feel of the hotel, creating a sumptuous, relaxed atmosphere for guests. Working closely with interior designers, Russell Sage Studio, Spa Vision designed, supplied and installed the spa’s sauna experience, as well as the treatment

tables and associated equipment. ”The Fife Arms holds considerable history and a defining place in the local area,” comments Colin Cameron, Director at Spa Vision. “For this reason, the attention to detail and precision has been unwavering. The Albamhor Spa is a stunning addition to the hotel facilities and we are delighted to have played our part in bringing the designers’ vision to life.”





Sparcstudio creates pastoral haven in Sussex Exclusive Collection’s South Lodge Hotel completed a £15m project to add a world-class spa to its facilities earlier this year. Overseen by Exclusive Collection’s CEO Danny Pecorelli, the brief was to create a space that would sit harmoniously alongside the hotel, yet feature an innovative design. Renowned spa design consultancy, Sparcstudio, partnered with architectural practice, Felce and Guy, and the hotel team to deliver the project. The 44,000 square foot spa profits from the peaceful positioning of the hotel’s grounds, perched above the rolling hills of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This natural setting provides a key source of inspiration for the spa’s interiors, which feature a palette of beige, white, pale blues and greens. Natural light floods its wide, open spaces, while carefully positioned lighting guides guests down the stairs to its workout areas, 14 nature-themed treatment rooms and changing rooms. The expansive changing areas feature brushed-brass hardware and plush chairs, along with Dyson Supersonic hair dryers and Paul Mitchell hair straighteners for a luxurious feel.

Within the treatment rooms, guests can enjoy both Omorovicza and The Spa at South Lodge’s own high-quality branded products, with heat, light and sound mood pads promoting deep relaxation. These treatments are complemented by a variety of thermal experiences within the private mud room, infused sauna, marblelined salt steam and jasmine herbal steam rooms. A New York loft-style fitness gym slots right into the West Sussex countryside, where beaten-leather punch bags, retro-inspired boxing gloves and state-of-the-art Technogym equipment complement all kinds of fitness programmes. Outside, lounge chairs lead the way to a vitality hydrotherapy pool and beyond, the spa boasts a serene wild swimming pool, with an attractive wooden bathing platform inviting guests to take a revitalising dip. In colder months, guests can make use of the 22m x 10m indoor infinity swimming pool, with dramatic views over the Sussex landscape.



A family affair Cumbria-based natural and organic skincare company, Pure Lakes, has launched a new range of products, hot on the heels of winning top honours at the prestigious Natural Health International Beauty Awards. Owned by Gareth and Claire McKeever, Pure Lakes’ products are created ethically and sustainably within the boundaries of the UNESCO-recognised Lake District National Park. Created with a selection of fine, natural ingredients, including rosewood, black pepper, sweet basil and orange, the new World Heritage range includes hand and body lotion, hand wash, and shower gel. Its environmentally-friendly packaging is designed by Cactus Creative in Kendal and is further complemented by unique artwork created by Claire McKeever’s late Grandmother, Patricia “Paddy” Naylor. “Being based in Cumbria serves as a constant reminder of how fortunate we are to live in such a beautiful part of the world and how it’s our responsibility to look after the natural environment to the best of our ability,” says Claire. “We really wanted to draw on our personal family heritage when designing this range and feel the striking images we’ve chosen reflect both the beauty of the Lake District, but also the purity of the products perfected by our team.”

Torquay to receive five-star spa hotel

Photography by Kay Elliott Architect

Proposals for an exceptional new five-star spa hotel to be built in the South West of England are set for approval. Torbay Council’s planning committee voted to delegate the final decision for the £60million hotel project to the Assistant Director of Planning. The plans for the redevelopment of the eight-hectare (20 acre) Palace Hotel site in Torquay were drawn up by hotel and destination architects, Kay Elliott, on behalf of its client, the Singapore-based Fragrance Group. Set at the confluence of two valleys overlooking Lyme Bay, the proposals replace the existing outdated hotel with a new 248 guestroom luxury 5-star hotel complete with a destination spa, restaurant, rooftop bar, conference facilities and basement car parking. “This has been a fascinating project, and extremely fulfilling,” comments Kay Elliott’s Richard Maddock. “Opportunities to work on five-star destination spa hotels are rare. For us to be able to work on one which will bring a major economic and social boost to our home town has been even more special.”


SHA Wellness Clinic announces expansion SHA Wellness Clinic has announced that its third property, SHA Emirates at AlJurf, is now underway and is scheduled for completion in 2023. This follows the launch of the company’s inaugural facility in Spain and the announcement of its second opening in Mexico, set for 2021. Dedicated to improving guests’ health through a fusion of ancient Eastern disciplines with cuttingedge Western techniques, SHA Emirates’ concept will emulate that of its two counterparts in Europe and Latin America. The property is ideally situated along the Sahel Al Emarat, and will span a total of 125,000m2. Renowned architects MYAA and BSBG CONCEPT have adopted a biophilic approach, choosing sympathetic local materials and making extensive use of the inbuilt features to limit carbon footprint. With cascading hanging gardens and panoramic sweeping views of the coastline, the property will have 120 suites.




Areen Design creates elevated suite design in Madrid Commissioned by King Alfonso XIII in 1912, The Westin Palace Madrid is a treasured cultural heritage site in the city’s Art Walk. When reimagining the hotel’s Royal Suite, Areen Design took stock of the hotel’s history and cultural significance, creating an upscale interior befitting its most prestigious accommodation. “The biggest challenge of this project was to be able to create a dramatic, upscale interior within budget,” explains Andrew Linwood, Head of Hospitality at Areen Design. “As a result, we significantly transformed the suite and created a bespoke narrative for all spaces. “The concept of natural references aligned with those echoed in the classic architectural details of the hotel, Madrid’s historical architecture and parks, and the Westin brand’s biophilic design principles. Our team worked closely with various architects and project managers to source furniture elements that would be cost-effective but still evoke a sense of luxury. It is a true delight to be able to add the Royal Suite to our portfolio.” The suite is located on the fourth floor of the hotel, overlooking Madrid’s Neptune fountain and the Prado Museum. Its expansive square footage takes in a luxurious master bedroom and bathroom, separate dining room and an adjoining study, kitchenette, powder room and oval living room. Areen Design has highlighted the suite’s striking architecture with a cooler palette of colours, whilst the dynamic energy and vibrancy of flamenco is captured by bold artwork, contrasting upholstery and finishes. The furniture is characterised by flowing forms, while the lighting and accessories were inspired by the intricacy and movement of leaves and the blossoms of Madrid’s almond trees.



Monte-Carlo hotel unveils luxury penthouse Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo has unveiled its reimagined penthouse, the ‘Suite Carré d’Or’. Redesigned by Jacques Garcia, in collaboration with the House of Pierre Frey, the suite strikes the perfect balance between tradition and modernity, elegance and extravagance. Situated on the top floor of the hotel, the expansive 240m² apartment comprises of a spacious living room, master bedroom with extensive dressing room and vanity cupboard, a voluminous marble and gold bathroom featuring a tub and massage jet shower, and a show-stopping 110m² terrace with unobstructed views over Monte-Carlo. Jacques Garcia worked with the House of Pierre Frey to create artworks of fabric that dress the walls of the suite. Complementing the honey-coloured parquet floors, ornate Louis XVI furniture and natural light that floods in from the floor-to-ceiling windows, the delicate ivory wallcoverings incorporate tones of pinks, light blues and greens, lilacs and crimsons. “This suite is very aptly named, as it is the most beautiful suite in Monaco, offering an unimpeded view of the Mediterranean and the Casino which is, in architectural terms, one of the Principality’s legends that continues to make us dream of a certain exoticism, admittedly outdated, but still valid,” explains Garcia. “Everything here is subservient to luxury. The idea is thus to endow it with more, not ostentatiously, but through elegance, comfort, culture and refinement.”


Port Lympne Hotel and Reserve launches new immersive lodges The Aspinall Foundation’s multi award-winning, Port Lympne Hotel and Reserve has announced the launch of two brand new accommodation offers – the Tiger Lodge and Lion Lodge. The two Lion Lodges are timber clad, Manhattan loft style buildings set within the lion’s natural and spacious habitat. Picture windows in both the master bedroom and the open plan living area offer a unique and immersive experience for guests. The striking living area, expertly crafted by The Aspinall Foundation’s Head of Design, Victoria Aspinall, encompasses a huge open fire place, underfloor heating, and bespoke furniture. Designed to sleep four, the king size master bedroom has a prime view of the lions, whilst a comfy mezzanine level, accessible via a spiral staircase, offers an additional two single beds. The two Tiger Lodges sleep up to four people, and come with exclusive access to the reserve which is home to over 700 animals across 90 individual species. Large windows face out onto the tigers, so visitors can sleep within close proximity to these impressive big cats. The lodges come complete with log burner, mini bar, Nespresso machine, games and books, Bamford products in the bathroom, WiFi, 4K TV and a record player.



Nomadic lodgings in Tanzania Nomad Tanzania’s extraordinary collection of camps and lodges has grown by one with the opening of Entamanu Private. Positioned atop the Ngorongoro Crater rim, amongst an ancient grove of acacia Lahai trees, these cosy lodges provide guests with a unique opportunity to fully immerse themselves in their surroundings. Designer, Joanna Cooke – the creative mind behind Lamai Serengeti – was committed to ensuring that Entamanu Private had zero impact upon the site. Indeed, Nomad’s framing ethos is to preserve the environment surrounding its properties, ensuring that they allow the local flora and fauna to thrive. Entamanu Private incorporates four timber, glass and stretched-canvas rooms, with two two-bedroom family ready rooms. The styling is natural in tone, as one might expect, with an earthy palette and plush, soft furnishings for a cosseted feel.


Hypnos turns heads with sustainable design International hospitality bed manufacturer, Hypnos Contract Beds, has crafted bespoke, made-tomeasure mattresses and beds for over 100 years for some of the globe’s most stylish hotels. With the need for environmentally-friendly products and services continuing to rise up the consumer agenda, guests increasingly want to know the impact of their stay on the environment too. Hypnos’ commitment to the environment has been at the heart of the business for a long time. 10 years ago, it was proud to claim itself as “the world’s first carbon neutral bedmaker” and it’s gone on to prove that creating eco-friendly beds doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style. The bedmaker pushes the boundaries of innovation in sleep comfort, creating beds made from 100% natural and sustainable fibres, including one fibre made from recycled plastic bottles. All of this has been achieved whilst offsetting more than 6,820 tonnes of Carbon through its ongoing sustainability strategy. Partnering with Hypnos is an excellent opportunity for any hospitality provider to increase its green style credentials, whilst providing the perfect night’s sleep.



Pure luxury with Salice Excessories Bringing elegance and refinement to the guest room, the Salice Excessories range is designed to optimise space and to facilitate the perfect arrangement of wardrobe interior fittings within luxury hospitality environments. Excessories - Night Collection allows wardrobes and walk-in wardrobes of all styles to accommodate elegant hangers, scarves and tie hangers, bag hangers, cotton garment holder bags, trouser hangers and shoe racks. The drawers, with soft shapes and high design, and the illuminated shelves transform the walk-in wardrobe into an inspirational space within the guest room, not somewhere to simply store items. Glovebox trays, watch-holder trays, ringholders and earring-holders, available in various colours, dimensions and multiple finishes, become precious adornments for furniture. The collection is available in an array of fabrics, offering endless combinations.

The Botanical Rugs collection La Manufacture Cogolin has collaborated with British design studio, Glithero, to create the Botanical Rugs collection. Showcased for the first time at Paris Design Week in September, the designs are hand-knotted in silk, wool and linen. Glithero’s co-founders, Tim Simpson and Sarah van Gameren, wanted to depict flora that have been foraged and pressed, before being composed intro intricate designs. The specimens in fact come from the designers’ own herbarium. The botanical patterns are influenced by Millefleur tapestries of the early Renaissance, and the gradients in the rugs’ background colours reference photographic techniques, in particular the botanical photographs of the 19th Century botanist and photographer Anna Atkins. The combination of materials used in the rugs evokes a play of light that makes the rugs optically in flux and ever changing depending on the observer’s point of view. The Botanical Rugs collection is available in four colourways – Rose, Moss, Corn and Blue and in several standard sizes. Customisation is possible upon request.

7. – 10. 1. 2020 Tel. +44 (0) 14 83 48 39 83

special interest

INTERIOR. ARCHITECTURE. HOSPITALITY. the specialist programme for interior designers, architects and hospitality experts




80 years of Knightsbridge crafting furniture 2019 marks the 80th anniversary of Knightsbridge, the award-winning British furniture designer and manufacturer. For more than 80 years it has been committed to designing and manufacturing the best in British market-led design and is one of the very few British contract furniture companies to invest in an inhouse design and development team. Knightsbridge’s hospitality collection contains furniture designed to suit an array of styles, tastes and needs. Crafted using timber from renewable sources, its portfolio embraces products that are as practical as they are beautiful with applications in a wide variety of hospitality environments. New for 2019 is the striking Coupe range, inspired by the Knightsbridge archives and the stylized geometric forms of Art Deco. This design provides instant glamour with its attractive fluted back, elegant curves and wide range of fabrics. In collaboration with Alys Bryan, Knightsbridge’s inhouse design team developed the soft furnishing range, Dizzi. Comprising a compact lounge chair and co-ordinating upright chairs, Dizzi’s sweeping upholstery curves cradle you in comfort in its simple form. In partnership with David Fox, the Knightsbridge inhouse design team created the Bebop family, compromised of modular seating and table systems with co-ordinating swivel tub chairs and coffee table. The style, inspired by historic Danish design is both easy on the eye and comforting, perfect for both reception and lounge areas. Designed by the in-house team and led by Jason Brown is the sophisticated Nexus range, including the Nexus Armchair and the Nexus two-seater settee. New for 2019, Nexus will also be available with a timber frame.


Design flexibility and value engineering from IDS Durasein® premium acrylic solid surface is now exclusively available from IDS, offering designers a world class, design-led brand to work with and a guarantee of ex-stock availability and no extended lead times. Brand new for the UK and Ireland market, Durasein® offers a palette of 39 designs and colours selected for their design and commercial appeal and is guaranteed for 10 years. It embraces plain and particle-based whites, accent colours, concretes and on-trend marble and stone effects. The solid white colour is available in six thicknesses, ranging from 3mm to 25mm, five widths up to 1520mm and three lengths of 2000, 3660 and 4100mm, giving customers absolute flexibility of design and value engineering. Suitable for a range of hotel and leisure applications including bathrooms, washrooms, reception desks, bars and table tops, Durasein® offers immense creative scope thanks to its ability to be seamlessly joined, cut, shaped, thermoformed and moulded.



Decking for the next decade Distributed exclusively in the UK by James Latham, UPM ProFi boasts a long list of outstanding performance properties, including minimum maintenance, superior stain resistance, extra-high impact strength and a high friction surface. Designed and manufactured in Finland, Germany and the US and carrying a 10-year guarantee, UPM ProFi has become a popular choice with landscaping professionals as it is perfectly suited to high traffic areas. With two striking new design styles in the range for 2020, James Latham is predicting that this popularity will grow. UPM ProFi Vision offers a ‘luxury’ surface texture, fade, stain and scratch resistance, plus an ultra-durable core of heat-treated Oak fibres, fully encapsulated with polyethylene. An affordable, high-performance decking, UPM ProFi Piazza prides itself on a modern hardwood look that is resistant to stains. Again, produced from 95% recycled materials, it boasts ultra-low maintenance properties as well as colour durability and fade resistance.

Make your space the place S M O O R O T T H G BROU


Benif™ interior film Commercial use for walls, decorative panels, doors, architrave and furniture. Benif™ is a range of self-adhesive interior films which will bring any room to life.

Call: +44 (0)1376 518037



On trend colours from drapilux From an updated classic to a new plaincoloured decorative fabric, drapilux’s new textiles span a trendy range of colours. Take article drapilux 177, for example. This ceiling-high, timeless dimout fabric appears modest at first glance, but gives way to multi-coloured, filigree block stripes on closer inspection. The secret is that all the colours have been combined with one another but also appear as colours in their own right. The repeat pattern is about 30 cm in width, meaning that the fabric is well-suited to small windows such as those found on cruise ships. Alternating wide stripes in contrasting colours create a special effect with article drapilux 195. There are the ‘in’ colours of curry, powder pink or coral as well as classic aqua or cool grey shades on the one hand, which are offset by muted grey and natural tones on the other. This decorative fabric is available in eight colourways.

Style Partitioning at the British Motor Museum After a £2m refurbishment programme, the British Motor Museum recently opened its striking new hospitality and event facility. Delivering flexibility to the suite, partitioning expert Style, was contracted to install two Dorma Hüppe Variflex semi-automatic, glazed moveable walls. Allowing the area to be quickly adapted to meet the needs of the day, the toughened glass panels are manually manoeuvred along a whisper-quiet tracking system. Once in place, powerful seals automatically expand to exactly the required pressure to ensure optimum acoustic integrity between the divided areas. The Motor Museum can maximise revenue from hosting a wide range of events, by either using the entire 360m² floor space for large gatherings or dividing it up into several, separate rooms for smaller events.


UNMISTAKABLE BLOCK STRIPES Article drapilux 160 demonstrates the fine art of dobby weaving. The woollen look and accentuated choice of colours have created an award-winning decorative fabric. Discover more characteristic drapilux fabrics at Heimtextil, stand C 56 in Hall 8. More at:

drapilux_hospitality interiors_Blockstreifen_215x135mm.indd 1

05.11.19 09:03

Untitled-1 1

05/11/2019 09:53



| Tel: 01924 436 666

| 07/11/2019 09:24



Kaya lounge collection Morgan has introduced its new Kaya lounge collection. Taking its name from sacred forests spread along the Kenyan coast, Kaya finds its roots in the openness, honesty and purity of trees. The crafted timber frames, gentle curve and soft upholstery are designed to provide relaxed luxury. Simplicity is further embodied in the upholstery, which features only the most essential elements, sculpted and fitted to provide enveloping comfort. While the smaller lounge chair caters to projects requiring a smaller footprint, the larger lounge and high back chairs maintain a greater presence within spacious environments such as lobbies, breakout areas and gallery spaces.

COMPAC Quartz worksurfaces COMPAC’s Ice White, Ice Black and Unique Marquina™ quartz worksurfaces have been specified by Janfri & Ranchal for Vaqueta Gastro Mercat – a new restaurant in Valencia, Spain. The designs were used for the restaurant’s tables, open plan kitchen and areas of wall cladding. Ice White and Ice Black are part of COMPAC’s Ice of Genesis collection, inspired by the great ice lakes of the Artic. Unique Marquina™ is part of COMPAC’s Unique Collection, inspired by the colours, beauty and textures found in the world’s great rivers, forests, lakes and mountains. COMPAC’s renowned engineering skills ensures its quartz worksurfaces have virtually zero porosity making them easy to clean and maintain.

A contemporary makeover The Mont Hotel in Dublin has recently undergone a €10m renovation. Interior designer consultancy 21Spaces led the project and enlisted commercial furniture specialist, Inside Out Contracts, to help create a fresh, chic and contemporary feel. From the guest bedrooms to the restaurant and bar areas, the key objective was to create a welcoming, cosmopolitan atmosphere throughout the space. To reflect this, the Inside Out Contracts team supplied a varied combination of furniture designs finished to fit the unique style of each area. Bespoke fixed floor bar stools, Scandi-inspired rocking chairs, Jazz armchairs and simple Robyn armchairs effortlessly complement the hotel’s interior.

steam sho wer constr ucted from Schlüter ®K E R D I- B O ARD waterproo f, cement fr ee backer boar d and seale d with Schlüter ®K E R D I- D S

Schlüter ®KERDI waterproo fing membr an


Schlüter ®D IT R A - H E AT electric und ertile heatin - E - D U O g and soun reduction fo d r wall and fl oors

Schlüter ®D IL E X movement joint Schlüter ®to complem P R O F IL E S ent tile and stone

Schlüter ®D IT R A 2 5 uncoupling and CE mar ked waterproo fing

Schlüter ®BEKOTEC -THERM hydronic u nderfloor h e ating and modular scr eed system


Schlüter®-SUBSTRATES When specifying substrates, you need a system you can trust. Our Schlüter®-BEKOTEC floor assembly systems and Schlüter®-KERDI-BOARD substrate for walls, offer flexible, easy-to install substrate solutions, suitable for use in commercial and residential installations with tile and stone coverings. Backed up by expert technical support, whenever, wherever you need it. Making the decision to choose Schlüter-Systems even easier. To find out more call 01530 813396 or visit



Get creative with Creations from Wilton In shades of fjord, demerara, burnt copper and gunmetal, the Creations colour palette is the foundation of many striking woven carpet designs from Wilton Carpets, now curated in ‘Creations; Ready to Weave’ – a brochure now available from the Wiltshire manufacturer. From the vitality and spirit of modern patterns to the contemporary interpretation of traditional motifs, Creations delivers functional base tones and radiating highlights for carpets that are not only striking but commercially viable too. As part of the Ready to Weave concept, the Creations palette can be used in any combination of the 12 colours available across any design – library or otherwise – bringing designers the opportunity to deliver a bespoke look that’s perfectly matched to their interior and ready within just four weeks.

The &-collection The &-collection is made of three modulyss carpet tile ranges that combine to bring bold, vibrant, sophisticated and luxurious combinations to commercial interiors. The &-collection is currently made up of Fashion&, Velvet& and the most recent introduction, Fluid&. Each carpet tile brings an individual variation in pattern and texture, using co-ordinated colours to bring limitless combinations. Fluid& uses in-house, high-resolution print technology to create a pattern inspired by the organic, free-flowing effect of adding paint to water. With a flowing pattern that rejects the need for flawless precision, Fluid&’s elegance can add extra depth to mix&match layouts.

Parkside specified for Harbour Club Chelsea London’s iconic premium health and fitness club, Harbour Club Chelsea, has undergone an extensive refurbishment, including a custom floor and wall tile specification from Parkside. Throughout the reception, a marble-look ceramic tile in a combination of matt and polished finishes has been used to striking effect. Along the walls of corridors, Parkside sourced a sleek large-format porcelain tile in an off-white matt finish. Within the female changing rooms, the light veined marble look has been complemented with a pearl floor tile that has excellent slip-resistant properties. For the male changing rooms and to harmonise with the dark veined marble wall tiles, the same porcelain tile has been chosen in a tobacco colourway, providing a safe and durable surface underfoot.


A mineral marvel Ceppo Mineral Grey, one of the 168 decors available in the UNILIN Evola surface collection, captures a natural stone effect for a panel with a rich mineral look. Framed by Evola marble effects or teamed with edgings in brushed gold and brushed bronze, Ceppo Mineral Grey delivers mid-century uptown Manhattan sophistication. Thanks to the adaptability and durability of UNILIN Evola HPL and melamine, Ceppo Mineral Grey can be used on everything from wall panels and column features to reception desk fascia, café tables, work desks, doors and work surfaces. Scratch and stain-resistant, safe from fading and easy to wipe down, Ceppo Mineral Grey features UNILIN’s Topmat surface finish for low shine and is available in HPL, edging tape, Clicwall and melaminefaced panels.

IVC’s Moduleo 55 LVT flooring In the heart of Dublin’s central business district, the offices of AIB Corporate Banking have been transformed to embody the company’s values, with LVT flooring from IVC used extensively throughout. Designed by international design firm, RKD, the offices’ common areas, canteen, tea stations, meeting areas and board rooms feature wood-effects from IVC’s Moduleo 55 high-performance LVT specification. Featuring a 0.55mm wear layer, IVC’s Moduleo 55 LVT construction is the manufacturer’s top-of-the-line specification. It delivers faultless performance in busy commercial spaces, with the additional protection of Protectonite® PUR for a surface that resists stains and remains easy to clean.

Wilton launches Eternity Eternity is the latest Ready to Go axminster carpet collection from Wilton Carpets, fusing classic herringbone lines with layered abstract diffusions of colour. Eternity comes in eight cool, usable colourways from Wilton’s proven Creations and Optimum colour palettes. As with all Ready to Go carpets, Eternity is available in just 14-days from order, making it an excellent choice for interior designers looking for an off-the-shelf solution to their carpet requirements. Woven in Wiltshire from a blend of British wool (80%) and nylon (20%), Eternity axminster provides a resilient, hardwearing carpet that can withstand use in busy commercial spaces.



A wealth of walnut With the popularity of mixed wood and metal finishes, UNILIN, division panels, ensures designers can source authentic surfaces without the expense and complexities of genuine materials. Lorenzo Walnut, one of the 168 decors available in the UNILIN Evola surface collection, brings the delicate fine grain and silky-smooth attributes of solid walnut into a versatile surface finish. What’s more, thanks to the adaptability and durability of UNILIN Evola HPL and melamine, Lorenzo Walnut can be used on everything from wall panels and column features to reception desk fascia, café tables, work desks, bar and work surfaces. Scratch and stain-resistant, safe from fading and easy to wipe down, all Evola melamine-faced chipboard panels are made from 100% circular wood, including a minimum 85% recycled content.

Naturals cork flooring Chop Chop London, a new concept in on-the-go hairdressing, features Granorte’s Naturals cork flooring within its Wembley Park salon. Providing a sustainable, quiet and comfortable finish that’s in-tune with the interior’s raw styling, Naturals embraces the aesthetic of cork for a look that remains authentic to the original material. With cork’s inherent properties, the collection also provides a floor that is comfortable underfoot, quiet, retains warmth and is easy to clean. With a general commercial rating and featuring a WEARTOP® high-performance coating, Naturals comes with Uniclic® glue-free installation.

Isotope by Wilton Wilton Carpets Commercial has launched its latest Ready to Go carpet collection in Isotope, a design that brings rich texture to classic herringbone pattern. Isotope’s herringbone lines are set atop a variable ground created from the Wiltshire manufacturer’s tried and tested Optimum and Creations colour palettes. In eight colourways, created to work across a broad range of hospitality locations, mansion blocks and managed commercial spaces, Isotope’s enduring woven axminster construction ensures resilience in these busy commercial spaces. Crafted from a blend of 80% British wool and 20% nylon, the carpet is expertly made in Wiltshire.



S BI D I N T E R NAT IONAL D E S I G N AWAR D S U N V E I L S ITS 2019 WINNERS The victors of this year’s SBID International Design Awards 2019 were revealed in a dazzling ceremony at Grosvenor House, London, on Friday 25th October. With winning projects from the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Qatar, Poland, Barbados, Monaco, Japan, Indonesia, Brazil, Australia and more, the competition this year was inspiring as ever. The award’s 15 categories are assessed by a technical panel, a public vote and a panel of leading industry experts, who look for outstanding examples of technical content and aesthetic creativity which ensures that all projects are assessed strictly on quality. Judges this year included Directors and CEO’s from global design corporations such as Nike, MAC Cosmetics, Universal Studios


and Soloman R. Guggenheim Museum and foundation. Now in its ninth year, the SBID Awards is regarded amongst the most prestigious accolades for interior design, and was recently accredited as the first interior design awards scheme to achieve GOLD standard by The Independent Awards Standards Council. “Each year the SBID International Design Awards continue to grow from strength to strength” comments SBID Founder and CEO, Dr Vanessa Brady OBE. “With a sell-out ceremony and more countries represented this year than any other, it truly is held as the premier interior design awards by the global industry and SBID is proud to present it each year.”

This year’s hospitality winners included: 1: Hotel Bedrooms & Suites Design sponsored by Yves Delorme G.A Group for Belmond Cadogan London 2: Restaurant Design sponsored by Perennials & Sutherland Bishop Design by Paul Bishop for Torno Subito 3: Club and Bar Design sponsored by Oxleys Furniture House of Design by Suzy Habre for Iris 4: Hotel Public Space Design sponsored by Viva Lagoon CCD / Cheng Chung Design for InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland







INDEPENDENT HOTEL SHOW The Independent Hotel Show returns with an ehanced programme to deliver inspiration and insight to the luxury and boutique hotel community. 15-16th October 2019

Olympia London, UK

The Independent Hotel Show returned to Olympia London on 15th and 16th October in a flurry of insightful seminars, dedicated suppliers and networking opportunities. The Conscious Bedroom, designed by Harris & Harris, proved a great talking point, demonstrating how a conscious approach could be applied to every aspect of a hotel bedroom, from the décor and furnishings, to technology and the mini bar. This feature was supported by an in-depth discussion led by Hamish Kilburn of Hotel Designs and including designer Alex Harris, Sue Williams of Whatley Manor, Olivia Richli of Heckfield Place and Xenia zu Hohenlohe of Considerate Group. The panel explored the attitudes of the 76% of consumers who

believe that hotels could do more to become greener. The comprehensive seminar programme also saw a line-up of inspiring speakers across both the Hotel Vision Stage and the Innovation Stage. In ‘Hospitality’s Place: Your Local Community’, Nick Davies, Cottage in the Wood, Tim Holloway, The Manor at Sway and Julio Marques, The London Bridge Hotel, discussed how their hotels have engaged with the community through exhibiting local art in the lobby, literary luncheons and working with a local charity. Christalena Vraila from Mr Highline also provided practical, implementable advice on the latest social media trends, and talked the audience through lead generation campaigns

and best practice to beat the latest algorithm changes. For the show’s carefully-curated selection of 350 suppliers, the show seemed to demonstrate a diverse visitor profile with good lead generation and promising discussions had. “It is always our aim to provide an inspiring experience and environment in which the hotel community can learn, connect and thrive together, so it was fantastic to see so many people engaging with our programme, meeting exhibitors and with industry friends,” comments event director, Miranda Martin. “We were thrilled to welcome so many guests through the doors and feedback has been hugely positive from across the industry.”

the show

. 2 . 1 1 — O 7. — 2 O 2 S K O LO OD GO Encounters give rise to projects. Partners come together to form a team. Ambiente is the international meeting place for Contract Business. It combines a diverse offer, innovative spirit and trend knowledge with industry-specific expertise. Information and tickets:

Tel. +44 (0) 14 83 48 39 83



HEIMTEXTIL Heimtextil 2020 promises to offer interior designers and architects an even more extensive range of textile offerings for their projects. Out of the 3000 exhibitors, some 370 will specifically offer products for the contract sector. 7-10th January 2020

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

The range of products in this area will be accompanied by a multifaceted programme of specialist lectures given by internationally renowned experts, as well as themed tours of the show, a materials library and an exclusive

Trend Council 20/21 - Messe Frankfurt GmbH

exhibition format. Heimtextil will be including both the exhibits and the programme of events under the heading ‘Interior.Architecture.Hospitality by Heimtextil’. For Heimtextil 2020, the ‘Interior.Architecture. Hospitality LECTURES’ will take ‘Diversity’ as their overarching theme. In a series of top-flight lectures, internationally distinguished architects, interior designers and experts in the hotel business will present some of their projects and discuss issues relating to the current building scene and to interior architecture and design.

Pietro Sutera, Messe Frankfurt GmbH

The show’s highly anticipated trend space, meanwhile, will adopt a sustainable approach this year. Through intelligent material choice, the Heimtextil team and their Trend Council have created an immersive forum with a minimal footprint. This means finding alternatives to new materials wherever possible, thus avoiding excess waste when the exhibition closes. The intention behind the Material Manifesto is echoed in other installations within the Trend Space. One of five themes in this season’s offering, ‘Pure Spiritual’, addresses a renewed bond with nature.


From the organisers of Cruise Ship Interiors Expo America



Surface Design Show Now in its fifteenth year, The Surface Design Show is a key date for architects, designers and specifiers looking to source the best in surface material innovation. 11th - 13th February 2020

Business Design Centre, Islington, UK

As well as more than 170 exhibitors, visitors can also enjoy a packed programme of talks, plus the ever-popular Opening Night Debate and the PechaKucha evening – this year hosted by Chris Dyson of Dyson Architects. Returning exhibitors will include Armourcoat, BluePrint Ceramics, Innerspace Cheshire, James Latham and Tile of Spain. Among the new exhibitors joining for 2019 are British art studio, Aster Muro, which produces striking contemporary frescoes, solid surface supplier, KULA, and Croatian decorative glass producer, Bokar. The show’s central theme this year will be ‘Close to Home’, and will look beyond aesthetics to explore manufacturers’ impact upon the environment. This will cover everything from the processes used in mining or manufacture to the carbon footprint sustained during sales and distribution.

Surface Spotlight Live will focus in on this theme. Curated by trend expert, Sally Angharad, and forecasters, Colour Hive, the exhibit will explore the future of material design. Stone Gallery will also make a return for 2020, accompanied by the Stone Knowledge Hub, where architects and designers can interact with and learn more about specifying natural stone. In addition to materials for indoor and outdoor use, Light School is key component of the show. Here, leading manufacturers will demonstrate the relationship between light and surfaces, as well as showcasing the latest architectural lighting products and innovations in lighting technology. Light Talks, a series of sessions supported by the Institution of Lighting Professionals and collated by Rebecca Weir from Lightbout. IQ, will underpin this knowledge sharing.

Inspire Discover the latest interior trends and source inspired furniture collections and design-led home accessories. Get your free ticket:



January Furniture Show Each year January Furniture Show seeks to introduce new brands to the exhibitor list, adding to the variety of products on show for visitors. Completely new to the show in 2020 will be brands in furniture, beds, lighting and accessories – all eager to introduce buyers to their products and their companies. 19th - 22nd January 2020

NEC Birmingham, UK

WOFI from Germany is joining LIGHT at January furniture Show and has an extensive collection of eye-catching, contemporary designs. Gingko’s imaginative designs, meanwhile, are practical and unique – incorporating LED’s into alarm clocks, desk lights and hi-fi squares. BEDS at January Furniture Show has first-time JFS exhibitors Dreamworks, Dura Beds and Kayflex – all UK manufacturers with proud histories and beautifully made products ranging from roll up mattresses to fully upholstered bed frames and traditionally made mattresses using only natural materials. Adding to the impressive number of modern upholstery brands showing in 2020, Bibel will bring its soft Italian leather models. Polish manufacturer Kosecki Meble will show its clean-lined cabinet ranges in a variety of finishes, while Olivetree, DeCasa Marble and Devonshire Pine & Oak will also show new cabinet collections. Accessories and interior furnishings have new exhibitors, too, including The Satchville Company, and Roco Verre. To register and view the full exhibitor list please visit the show website.


Sell the Room Everything you need:


Register now at


wholesale quality furniture

COWHORN from £90



... for every occasion! Contract Furniture Group Contract House, Little Tennis Street South, Nottingham NG2 4EU



0115 965 9030

Get Connected BlueboneDec19.indd 1

07/11/2019 12:051 Untitled-2

19/11/2019 10:45

The Hospitality Trade Directory Online platform and printed directory brings buyers and sellers together Upgrade to VIP membership for just £95 (UK) by calling 0044 (0)1424 776103

Promote your company and find new business Access exclusive market knowledge and insights

HIConnectDec18.indd 1

30/11/2018 16:14

INSPIRING HOSPITALITY DESIGN IS YOUR BUSINESS LOOKING TO ENGAGE THE HOSPITALITY SECTOR? Delivering the best in design across the spectrum, The Hospitality Interiors Show will launch at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena in June 2020. @HospIntShow

Bringing together owners, operators, designers, architects and more from the UK and beyond, The Hospitality Interiors Show will provide an inspiring and informative platform for products and ideas.


© Zack Benson / Morning Glory by Basile Studio


Leadership and Design CONFERENCE

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

Wednesday 29th January, 2020 ROSEWOOD LONDON

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.

Profile for Gearing Media Group Ltd

Hospitality Interiors #86  

It’s been a busy time behind the scenes at Hospitality Interiors as we shape the first of our Leadership and Design Conferences. Find furthe...

Hospitality Interiors #86  

It’s been a busy time behind the scenes at Hospitality Interiors as we shape the first of our Leadership and Design Conferences. Find furthe...