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CO MMENT I am sure all will agree that the past few weeks have been surreal and distressing – especially so for the hospitality industry, with devastating effects felt around the world. We are all hoping to come through this safe and well. Myself, John and the rest of the team at Hospitality Interiors are doing what we can to stand by our colleagues, both in our company and across the industry, as we navigate this challenging pandemic. At this time, we are on course to publish our next printed edition as planned at the end of May, and will continue to be active on social media and via our website very much as normal. We have naturally been carefully monitoring the risk and impact of Covid-19, and with this in mind, we have taken the decision to reschedule the second Hospitality Leadership & Design Conference. I can confirm the event is now scheduled for Thursday, 16th July at the Park Hyatt New York. I really feel, by that time, our industry will be re-energised and ready to bounce back – and we fully intend to demonstrate our commitment with another fascinating sell-out event. Turn to p20 for the New York event preview. In this issue, you will see on p34 that once again we’ve managed to scoop a world exclusive interview – this time with the global leadership team behind one of the world’s most respected design studios, Wilson Associates. Hear from the CEO, Beth Campbell, and her four regional MDs, who discuss the company’s restructure and plans. I have also been busy catching up with celebrated LA-based designer Kelly Wearstler (p58), the team behind Space Copenhagen (p64), and leading hoteliers Craig Reed, CEO of Auberge Resorts Collection (p46), and Sam De Teran (page 52), owner of Cobblers Cove in Barbados – all of whom discuss the importance of design to their properties around the world. And if that wasn’t enough, the team at Hospitality Interiors has been busy checking out a number of leading hotels around the world, ranging from an exclusive first look at the impressive Conrad Shenyang in China on p80, the noble and dignified Sofitel St James London, the luxury boutique style of Austin Proper in the US, and the sublime Halekulani Okinawa in Japan, to the elegant Royal Champagne in Epernay, France, and the accomplished new Mayfair Suite Collection at the InterContinental London Park Lane. In closing, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Scott Morton to the Hospitality Interiors team, who is joining us on the advertising side of the operation. Stay safe,

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Champalimaud Design introduces two new principals: Matoula Karagiannis and Kajsa Krause Champalimaud Design, the award-winning multidisciplinary firm, introduces two new principal designers, Matoula Karagiannis and Kajsa Krause, to the team. Both Matoula and Kajsa bring a wealth of experience in the lifestyle and luxury sector that further complements Champalimaud Design’s current repertoire. Matoula will be returning to Champalimaud Design with a deep understanding of the studio’s DNA, having worked with the firm during its early days in Montreal. She also helmed its Los Angeles office and held a senior role with the firm in New York. With more than 20 years of international hospitality and lifestyle design experience, Matoula was formerly Vice President of Design at Sydell Group and held various creative and leadership roles at Wilson & Associates - Singapore,

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Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) announces formation of HBA EMEA Hospitality design firm HBA has announced the formation of HBA EMEA. The announcement sees the joining of the firm’s London and Dubai studios under the direction of partner David T’Kint. With specialist divisions including lighting, graphics and art curation, HBA EMEA’s end-to-end offering aims to produce inspired, brand-strengthening design experiences that reflect a true sense of place. The announcement coincides with the delivery of HBA EMEA’s first project, the newly opened Great Scotland Yard. A landmark development in London’s City of Westminster, it is the first Unbound Collection by Hyatt hotel in the UK. Once the London’s Metropolitan Police headquarters, the listed building’s latest chapter is a 152-room luxury boutique hotel.

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Wyndham Worldwide, and Hirsch-Bedner Associates. Kajsa will help oversee the firm’s lifestyle and branding initiatives, bringing over 20 years of expertise in brand development and design. Prior to joining Champalimaud Design, Kajsa was Co-Founder of Krause Sawyer, a leading New York interior design firm. She has produced numerous award-winning projects and high-profile luxury properties under Hilton, Marriott, and Hyatt brands as well as independent hotels and resorts. Kajsa’s experience also includes working as a senior designer at Rockwell Group and lauded design and branding agency, Stylt of Sweden. Kajsa brings her unique problem-solving to passionately work with clients to further Champalimaud Design’s ethos of creating meaningful and thoughtful design.

Perkins and Will looks to the future of hospitality The London studio of global architecture and design firm Perkins and Will has appointed Neil Andrew as director of hospitality to further expand the practice’s hospitality portfolio. Andrew’s appointment comes at a time of expansion for Perkins and Will, having announced new practices in: Dublin, Ireland; Monterrey, Mexico; and Calgary, Canada. Amidst this growth, Perkins and Will is looking to evolve its hospitality portfolio, which currently includes Margate Seafront Hotel in Kent. Steven Charlton, principal MD at Perkins and Will’s London studio, says: “We are always looking to grow and improve our offering, and Neil’s appointment is another great step for the practice. With his wealth of experience in hospitality and expertise in reusing materials in design we look forward to seeing him lead the next chapter of our work in the sector.”

Joanna Brockbank, a talented and experienced designer, has joined the design studio at Newhey Carpets. With over 20 years’ experience in designing woven fabrics for home furnishings, and specifically, jacquard fabric, the team at Newhey is looking forward to seeing how Joanna applies her creative talents and inspiration to the designs of the company’s impressive hospitality carpets. Expressing her creativity through the medium of textile design is a real passion of Joanna’s. She is inspired by the world around her from nature and travel to architecture. Joanna is particularly interested in the technical side of textiles including how they are constructed and produced. “By experiencing new cultures and exploring new places, I find that I have a constant source of inspiration with endless potential” reveals Joanna.

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Resorts World Las Vegas and Hilton partner on new multi-brand resort

Langham Hospitality Group initiates recovery plan for Langham and Cordis Hotels in mainland China Langham Hospitality Group has implemented rigorous measures against the spread of the coronavirus at The Langham and Cordis hotels around the world. These protocols were adopted from the company’s 11 hotels in mainland China, which have been vigilant in their focus on containing the spread of the virus in their communities. This region was the first to be hit by the pandemic and has since successfully “flattened the curve” – drastically reduced the number of new cases of Covid-19 – in those locations. “Recent events have proven that the profoundly disruptive effects of this virus outbreak are drastic for our industry,” said Stefan Leser, CEO of Langham Hospitality Group. “But we are now starting to see a glimmer of relief in the form of a decreasing number of cases of confirmed infections in mainland China, and our hotels in that region are now working towards a recovery plan for the rest of the year.”

Resorts World Las Vegas and Hilton have partnered to bring three of Hilton’s premium brands together for the first time when the $4.3b integrated resort, which is currently being developed, opens in summer 2021. The partnership marks Hilton’s largest multi-brand deal in company history, and will integrate three Hilton premium brands – Hilton Hotels & Resorts, LXR and Conrad – within Resorts World Las Vegas. “With our commitment to redefining the luxury hotel standard in Las Vegas, it was only natural for us to partner with Hilton, a leader in the global hospitality industry,” says Scott Sibella, president, Resorts World Las Vegas. Together, Resorts World and Hilton are bringing back the essence of The Las Vegas Hilton – once the largest hotel in the world and synonymous with gaming, conventions and entertainment in Las Vegas – with this multibrand development. As the Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand returns to the Strip, Las Vegas Hilton at Resorts World will fuse the brand’s decades of industry expertise with Resorts World’s time-honoured traditions and elevated service. This development also includes Hilton’s newest luxury brand, LXR, which delivers independent properties, along with Conrad, Hilton’s modern and design-forward luxury brand.

Six Senses Douro Valley unveils major expansion Six Senses Douro Valley has unveiled its new Vineyard Wing, comprising seven suites, three additional guest rooms and a meeting and event space accommodating up to 70 people. The resort is located in a 19th century manor house in Lamego in northern Portugal, set on a UNESCO World Heritage site within the world’s oldest demarcated wine region. The new guest accommodations, ranging from 430-1140ft2, are well appointed and feature generous private outside areas. Guests can customise their minibars with fine wines

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and produce from across the Douro region. Authentic materials have also been incorporated into the design concept, including old vineyard tools and wall art inspired by wooden wine cases. Nick Yarnell, general manager of Six Senses Douro Valley, says: “We are thrilled to open this new wing to our guests. The project took one year to complete and was delivered by New York design agency Clodagh, which created a concept to complement the decor within the main manor house.”

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Rosewood London launches ultra-luxurious Lincoln House suite Rosewood London recently announced the launch of its new luxury suite, Lincoln House. The three-bedroom suite is designed by Tony Chi, and will offer an expansive 251m2 of light-filled living space, including one of London’s largest master bedrooms. Lincoln House will be positioned between the hotel’s Garden House suite and the famous Manor House – London’s only suite with its own postcode. The ultra-luxurious Lincoln House is named in honour of the hotel’s close proximity to Lincoln’s Inn Field and the illustrious Inns of Court, which have defined Holborn since medieval times. The versatile open-plan entertainment and living room was designed for socialising with friends and family, and comprises a residential living and dining room, with a spacious foyer and adjoining kitchen. The suite is outfitted with the latest technology, including a state-of-the-art 75in television, while panoramic windows run the length of the wall, bathing the space in natural light. Interiors conceived by Tony Chi – the designer behind the original hotel areas – will feature bespoke furnishings, finely-curated decorative elements and intriguing works of art throughout

the luxuriant living areas, giving the suite an exceptional depth of character. Italian furnishings include Meridiani and Minotti sofas, Silvera armchairs, as well as rugs and tables by Il Piccolo. The master bedroom alone spans 68m2, making it one of the largest in London. It features an expansive dressing room and a sprawling marble bathroom with double vanities, a deepsoaking bathtub, a built-in TV and a walk-in waterfall shower. Lincoln House also offers the option of being extended to the Lincoln Wing, which incorporates a further five bedrooms, bringing the total to eight, covering over 5000ft2 – forming the largest wing in the hotel.

Corinthia Hotels announces new hotel in Doha Corinthia Hotels has signed an agreement with United Development Company (UDC), a leading Qatari public shareholding company and the master developer of The Pearl-Qatar and Gewan Island, to manage and operate a luxury Corinthia hotel to be built in UDC’s newest flagship real estate development, Gewan Island. Corinthia Doha is therefore poised to be a prominent structure in Gewan Island, overlooking the island’s planned golf course and beach club. Corinthia Doha will be established on an area of 13,000m2 and will comprise 110 guestrooms, a banquet hall and outdoor patio with a 1000 people capacity, specialty restaurants in addition to a luxurious spa facility. The development will also include luxury branded villas, a golf course, and a beach club, all to be managed by the Corinthia Hotel. Commenting on the agreement, UDC chairman HE Turki bin Mohammed Al-Khater said: “This project is part of Gewan Island’s development plans and will ensure the company’s sustainable growth.”

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Avvio announces ecommerce features to support hoteliers affected by Covid-19 Global tech and hospitality solutions provider Avvio has unveiled new ecommerce functionality aimed at supporting hoteliers in recouping potential losses from booking cancellations as a direct result of the Covid-19 outbreak. The feature will ease the burden of unprecedented levels of cancellations by incentivising guests who want to cancel a booking to purchase a voucher, at a discounted rate, for a returning visit in the future. The guest retention voucher has been specially developed to support hotels to tailor exclusive incentives to cancelling guests in order to incentive ecommerce during the global downturn in travel. In a bid to support the sector as a whole, Avvio will also be making this function available for hoteliers that do not currently use its services. Avvio CEO and founder Frank Reeves says: “It has always been our ethos here at Avvio to be an agile software company that reacts quickly and efficiently to the needs of our customers and the wider industry. “Understandably guest’s travel plans have been and will continue to be disrupted over the coming weeks. We are focused on innovative ways to lean into this challenge, supporting hotels around the world looking for new initiatives to keep business coming in during this downturn” This innovative and flexible approach is important as it entices visitors back and more critically, keeps essential revenue within hotel businesses. Avvio is strongly advising its customers to consider positioning this incentive to all cancelled guests.

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Rosewood Hotel Group continues sustained expansion

Rosewood Hotel Group and its brands – Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, New World Hotels & Resorts, and KHOS – continues to maintain a steady growth path with new signings and openings in some of the world’s most evocative destinations, and a curated project pipeline that invites discovery. Rosewood Hotel Group signed 10 new hotel transactions in 2019, including breakthrough deals in high-profile destinations globally. The group’s pipeline is at its strongest in history, with 32 projects under development, including 21 for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, five for KHOS and six for New World Hotels & Resorts. “In addition to growing our hotel pipeline, we

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have intensified our focus on luxury branded residential development, both as part of a hotel project, or in some cases, on a standalone basis,” says CEO Sonia Cheng. Steady and selective growth Now counting more than 40 hotels and resorts in 19 countries under its three brands, the group is highly selective in the pursuit of trendsetting properties with like-minded visionary partners. Throughout Asia, seven Rosewood Hotels & Resorts properties have opened in the past 24 months, including the brand’s new global flagship hotel and residences in Hong

Kong, and the highest hotel in the world in Guangzhou. The brand debuted in Southeast Asia with the opening of architecturally dynamic hotels in Bangkok and Phnom Penh, a heritage landmark hotel in Yangon, and an intimate forest retreat in Luang Prabang. Also, at Rosewood Phuket, opened in 2017, Rosewood launched Asaya, the brand’s integrative wellness concept. Today, the group operates a total of 19 hotels in Asia, including the New World Hotels & Resorts portfolio, with its prominent locations in gateway cities in Greater China, the Philippines and Malaysia. Further expansion of the Rosewood Hotels

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& Resorts collection is underway, with future openings planned for Greater China in Chengdu (2023), Shenzhen (2023), Taipei (2024), Ningbo (2024) – and for South-east Asia in Hoi An, Vietnam (2023) and Hermana Mayor, Philippines (2024). The coming months will see the launch of the group’s first incubator hotels in China for the innovative KHOS brand, and the New World Hotels & Resorts is also expanding into India, with a planned opening in Jaipur (2023), and will soon announce a second opening in the Rajasthan region. The group says this momentum has generated exceptional interest from development partners across the

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continent. Further growth will be announced for Shanghai, North Asia and the Pacific in the coming months. In recognition of its expanding presence in Europe and the Middle East, the group is forming a regional headquarters for EMEA in Amsterdam, Netherlands to support its growth. In Europe, the Rosewood brand has been meticulously introduced in prime locations in key gateways and is now targeting leisure destinations that inspire a sense wonder. Italy, Spain and the Netherlands have continued as a focus for future expansion, while openings in Vienna, Munich, Venice and a second London property have already been announced.

The growth impetus in Europe has extended into the Middle East, where a regional flagship Rosewood Doha hotel and branded residences property was signed in 2019. The longstanding affinity for luxury hospitality renders the Middle East strategic to the group’s future expansion, building upon its current presence in Jeddah and Abu Dhabi. In the Middle East, the growth focus is on Saudi Arabia, where the kingdom’s unprecedented transformation for a new era of travel fits perfectly with the Rosewood brand’s reputation for refined style and timelessness. In the Americas, the group is also transforming. In 2019, Rosewood Miramar Beach opened in Montecito, California, and a

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breakthrough management contract was also announced in Hawai’i for the iconic Kona Village resort. In early 2021, Rosewood São Paulo will open, marking the brand’s debut in South America with a hotel that will set a new standard for luxury accommodation on the continent. In excess of $300m is also being invested in renovations in various Rosewood properties, including: Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas; The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel in New York City; Rosewood Washington, DC; Rosewood Mayakoba on Mexico’s Riviera Maya; and the re-opening of Rosewood Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. The pipeline continues to grow in the Americas,

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with upcoming significant deal signing announcements for California, Mexico, as well as in the Caribbean. Rosewood residences – a life without reservations Expansion into branded residences is also a main focus area. With 15 existing residential properties in 10 countries and 14 under development, nearly half of the Rosewood Hotels & Resorts pipeline includes a residential component. Rosewood Residences come in two main categories – for-sale residences and for-lease serviced apartments, both included as part of

a Rosewood hotel. The launch of standalone Rosewood-branded residences is also underway, creating a new category of residences. “We are expanding our residential resources in order to better support our owners and developers in their sales and marketing processes while strengthening relationships with buyers of Rosewood-branded residences,” says Karl Bieberach, chief development officer for Rosewood Hotel Group. “Within each ultra-luxury Rosewood Residence, the unique culture of the dynamic locale is embraced and showcased from start to finish. This model will continue to be at the forefront of all future developments we lead across the globe.”

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Hospitality Leadership & Design Conference launches stateside

Presented in association with Hospitality Interiors magazine, and following the amazing international response to our inaugural London event, we are proud to announce our second Hospitality Leadership & Design Conference at the impressive Park Hyatt New York – once again gathering 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.

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To successfully scope, conceptualise and deliver a given project – whether it is a luxury hotel in the Maldives to an urban city hotel – 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.

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Presidents, CEOs and senior management from leading investment companies, hotel brands, cruise lines and design studios – including Adam Tihany, Therese Virserius, Simon Rawlings, Julie Frank, Dan Thorman and Sybille de Margerie, to name just a few – will

Joe Ginsberg and Virserius Studio. Such is the array of design leaders at the event, Rolls Royce Motor Cars, Voltra and Camron PR are also supporting the event. “With the calibre of speakers, sponsors, supporters and participants we have gathered

be speaking on the panel discussions. Further leading speakers to be confirmed in the next few weeks. The respected Filip Boyen, chief executive of Forbes Travel Guide, will also be guest speaking at this event. Our founding sponsors – Axor, Laufen, BECK, Lasvit and SLH – are in place, while a plethora of internationally acclaimed design businesses and brands from across the industry are confirmed supporters of the event, including Wilson Associates, WATG, David Collins Studio, Yabu Pushelberg, Tihany Design, Richmond International, HBA, SB Architects, Jeffrey Beers International, Dennis Irvine Studio, AB Concept,

so far for our New York event, I feel confident the informative and inspiring programme of panel discussions and Q&As promises a hospitality conference like no other!” says event diector 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.

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Jean-Michel Gathy and Denniston announced as master planners for Amaala Island, Saudi Arabia Denniston’s internationally renowned multi-awardwinning French-Belgian architect, Jean-Michel Gathy, will be master planner for the ultra-luxury destination located along Saudi Arabia’s northwestern coastline – marking it as the Riviera of the Middle East. Principal designer of Denniston, Jean-Michel Gathy, says: “The Island development will be an immersive and interactive art-inspired jewel. Its lifestyle components, its landscaping, the museums, and art installations together with the art community will transform this island into the ‘Diamond of the Red Sea’. It will feature many different venues for permanent installations or temporary exhibitions and artistic performances. The graphic layout of its spine will be distinctive from the air and will be recognised internationally as an iconic landmark. The project features all elements programmed and reflects the areas, numbers and facilities. This is truly unique, nothing like it has ever been planned before.”

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Avani Hotels & Resorts to Debut in Kenya Avani Hotels & Resorts announces the expansion of its footprint into East Africa with the signing of the first Avani property in Kenya. The Avani Nairobi Suites is currently under development by Fedha Group, one of Kenya’s leading real estate developers. Scheduled to open by the end of 2020, the newbuild 15-storey property will further strengthen the Avani brand’s presence in Africa, alongside its existing properties in Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Mozambique and Lesotho. The all-suite property will offer 120 keys, comprising of 90 one-bedroom, 20 two-bedroom and 10 three-bedroom serviced apartments. Designed by Beglin Woods Architects, the suites will offer floor-to-ceiling windows and private terraces boasting cityscape views. Sizes will range from 100m2 for the one-bedroom up to 200m2 for the duplex three-bedroom units, and will cater to a mix of leisure, corporate and extended stay guests.

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LA destination takes centre stage Fairmont Century Plaza will be the centrepiece for a highly walkable enclave where anything a discerning traveller might want can be found within the wood and glass walls. Pedestrians can stroll from Minoru Yamasaki’s lovingly restored mid-century modern hotel to innovative outdoor retail and dining establishments. In the heart of Los Angeles, the 400-room Fairmont Century Plaza will offer guests and locals alike a gourmet cafe, Lumière Brasserie, a rooftop bar, and more. Through its design, architecture, and location, the Fairmont Century Plaza has the ability to remake the past in a way that resonates with modern guests. It will be a place to see and be seen, or just to retreat into a luxurious suite or one of the top-floor residences and soak up all that retro-modern beauty.

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Nobu Hotels to open in Atlanta Located in Phipps Plaza, Nobu Hotels has partnered with Simon Property Group to create and launch a new Nobu Hotel & Restaurant in this mixed-use development. Additional elements of this new development call for a unique, curated dining experience, a 90,000ft2 Life Time Athletic healthy living and entertainment destination, and a 12-storey Class A office building, complete with a three-storey lower-level parking garage. Established luxury lifestyle brand Nobu Hotels, founded by Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro and Meir Teper, will intuitively blend its hotel and restaurant as one – with 150 rooms, a striking rooftop pool, corporate conference space and spa facilities.

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Airelles finds a home in the Château de Versailles Le Grand Contrôle will mark the fourth property for the prestigious hotel collection. Set within the grounds of the iconic Château de Versailles with views over the Orangerie, the Pièce d’Eau des Suisses and The Palace, Le Grand Contrôle will be the only hotel of its kind in the world, featuring 14 luxurious rooms and suites, a signature Alain Ducasse restaurant with terrace, bar, restorative spa by Valmont and a 15m indoor swimming pool. As was customary at the time, the larger suites will be located on the lower floors, including a 120m2 signature suite, complete with four poster bed, striking chandelier, spacious bathroom and a generous living area.

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Wilson Associates Wilson Associates is renowned worldwide as a global design firm with an expert understanding of the hospitality industry. In this exclusive interview with Hospitality Interiors’ editor Can Faik, CEO Beth Campbell and regional MDs Monika Moser, Darrell Long, Leonard Lee and Isabel Pintado talk about the company’s restructure, leading projects and plans for the future.

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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, among them: the Conrad Koh Samui; The Venetian Las Vegas; Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve; and the Armani Hotel Dubai. Wilson Associates has a strong international footprint, with experianced design hubs in nearly a dozen cities around the world – Bangkok, Dallas, Dubai, London, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York City, Paris, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo.

Beth Campbell CEO (global)

“It is our goal that this new leadership team will bring a local perspective to the quality that the Wilson Associates brand is known for”

The regional MD strategy is new for Wilson Associates. Can you describe what this strategy looks like, and the main goal of this reorientation? Over the course of the last two years, we led an internal review of our structure and identified a need to streamline the various employee titles – both to clarify each role and create more transparent upward mobility opportunities. During that consolidation of positions, we also discovered that we needed to better unify our global practice, which is where the idea for the regional MD role originated. We wanted to create a cohesion of design vision under a strong leadership team, and we wanted those people to be equally as accessible to junior designers as they are to myself. It is our goal that this new leadership team will bring a local perspective to the quality that the Wilson Associates brand is known for. From a talent perspective, did you employ a particular strategy when it came to filling these roles? Was it primarily talent from within, or did you find leaders outside the Wilson framework? For some of our regions, the decision to grow from within was a

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natural one – we had some design principals that were already meeting the expectations of the regional MD role, and they easily shifted into the position. In other areas, we felt the best strategy was to identify someone external who both understood the regional landscape and matched our vision for the future of Wilson Associates. We were lucky to have been able to find team members that are so aligned with that goal, and we look forward to seeing what they do in the coming months. Any new regions on the horizon that you are looking towards for growth? It is an exciting time in our industry. Travellers are more savvy than ever, with our clients pushing boundaries in thoughtprovoking ways. In response, Wilson is actively sharpening our focus and building the strength of our local studios. Inside of this philosophical approach to our business, we are not focused on growth so much as looking to enhance quality and continue to curate an environment for curiosity and innovation within established passionate teams.

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Monika Moser Regional MD London, New York, Paris

“We are all humans, and all projects are only successful if the team dynamic works”

How long have you been involved with hotel design? Technically, since my arrival at Wilson Associates five years ago. However, while working in hotel operations, I participated in three hotel openings and doing ‘snagging’ with the designers. It is interesting for me to have experience in both sides and understand their challenges. What is the biggest thing you have learnt over your years in the industry? We are all humans, and all projects are only successful if the team dynamic works (with our moods, desires, and faults). Tell me about your role at Wilson Associates As the regional MD, I help our New York City, Paris and London team members to be able to work on more exciting projects, to have the time and tools to do better design, to be more productive in their roles and to have fun as a team. I am merely the facilitator in understanding the big picture. What five words would you use to describe Wilson Associates? Collaboration, diversity, creativity, innovation, talent. With so many hospitality designers in the industry, how does Wilson Associates stand out? Collaboration. We know how to work across offices, countries and cultures, and we use the strengths of all our resources to fit the project. We combine all our strengths to achieve a common goal. We do not compete amongst our offices. How is the current economic climate affecting the hotel design market? Has Wilson Associates felt it? I would like to stay optimistic and say that this might be an opportunity, as operators will use this time to renovate their existing hotels.

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What has been your favourite project to date? It is always the next one, the thrill of the new, exciting, unknown. The perfect project is the one where the owner trusts our team and gives him the freedom to be creative and solve problems (do note that I said ‘freedom’, not necessarily a higher budget). Where do you see hotel design in the future? More flexibility for the clients, more adapted to their emotional needs, way more local, sustainable, ecological. What would be your dream hotel project? An ecological luxury resort, proving that sustainability and high-end luxury can go hand in hand. Where currently ranks highest on your travel wishlist? Iceland, sleeping in a bubble hotel/igloo in a winter wonderland, observing stars and the northern lights. What would you say are the three best places you’ve ever stayed at, and why? Royal Mansour in Marrakech, for its authenticity, handicraft in the design, incredible details and perfect service. La Selva Lodge in the Ecuadorian jungle, for the amazing integration with the nature surrounding it, the tumult of the jungle’s fauna during the night while sleeping in a bungalow, the combination of adventure in jungle boots and the luxury of a relaxing hot shower. And a treehouse nearby Paris, for the lack of any luxury such as any form of heating, the peaceful silence of the surroundings, for teaching us humility. What excites you most about the industry? What gets you out of bed on Monday? The variety and diversity of our people, the clients and the projects. I love to wake up in the morning not knowing what the day brings.

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Darrell Long Design principal, regional MD Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles

“I would rather pick a fight with the status quo and focus on what is discovered, and not expected”

How long have you been involved with hotel design? My first project was 23 years ago with a friend of my family, and it was a restaurant redesign. Honestly, it was terrifying, but I wasn’t smart enough to know how terrifying it really should have been. I totally deduce the outcome to dumb luck ... but the client was kind and liked the final product. My longevity and success are a direct result of having zero rhythm. I dearly wanted to be a musician. We all know the type – the skinny guy with earrings, skull jewellery, tattoos, and long hair. However, I was damned with the rhythmic integrity of Elaine Benes’ dancing on Seinfeld. And since counting to four and tapping your foot [simultaneously] is essential regarding the musical arts … well, that foolish pipedream ended slow, and, without a doubt, not so easy. So, out of my love (and actual schooling and talent) for the fine arts, I became obsessed with museum exhibition design. I furthered my studies, cut my hair, bought an Armani suit (it was the early 90s), and voila – 23 years later. What is the biggest thing you have learnt over your years in the industry? Not to take ourselves too seriously – it is actually quite laughable how serious we carry ourselves. Yes, there are moments of artistic brilliance when we look at important pieces of art, whether two-dimensional, sculptural, architectural, etc, that moves us as a culture. But, to be honest, what we do every day rarely hits the Janson’s History of Art circuit. But, as purported shapers of human experience, we theoretically (at least in our minds) manipulate chaos into order. Strategies become pretty pictures and packaging. Services become environments. Form is function. We succeed in taking what is unappealing and disorganised and reframe it into order and delight. Are we masters of such transformations? I’m not sure yet. Yet we continue to wax poetically to find words to express why these transformations work, only to expound silly dear drums (of thought) of how they work. We also need to understand that we cannot create the future

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by changing the past, nor can we create the future by plagiarising the past. Sometimes it has taken a funeral to make us feel alive, and if we sincerely think about it, how do we know how to breathe if we have never choked? Mis-steps and reinvention are indicative of culture, nature … and commerce. I believe, and have learned, if we embrace the real history and not what Google or Pinterest tells us, the irrepressible idea of the mis-steps, and reinvention, and reincarnation, and resurrection will be our design sovereignty. We shouldn’t write a new chapter. We should write a new original story – a story steeped in the evolution of the future, not a rewriting of the past. Tell me about your role at Wilson Associates As one of the four regional MDs and a design principal, I am tasked with ensuring the overall quality of the design is painfully brilliant. I know it’s a tall order, but absolutely worth it. My territory is the US offices, and I can honestly say the studios are filled to the gills with talent, and it is an absolute honour to work with the likes of such. I find it truly inspirational.

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What five words would you use to describe Wilson Associates? Heritage, integrity, boutique, creative, honest. With so many hospitality designers in the industry, how does Wilson Associates stand out? It is very simple – we strive to be the best, not the biggest. How is the current economic climate affecting the hotel design market? Has Wilson Associates felt it? Competition is fierce, no doubt. Fees are lower, and owners and developers demand more free work, particularly upfront. That directly affects our bottom line. But the US market is fantastic, and I see no end in the near future. What has been your favourite project to date? 8950 Sunset Boulevard. It is the most beautiful monster I’ve ever seen. The client has impeccable taste, and our collaboration with the design architect (3 Architecture out of Dallas) is nothing short of brilliant. We have a bouillabaisse of incredible design tools to choose from. It truly is a project of a lifetime. Where do you see hotel design in the future? Troubled. Let’s take the first step. Let us stop the noise – the noise of the office, the noise of traffic, the noise of ‘this is what I should do and have always done,’ and mostly, the noise of technology. Let’s take our noses out of our phones, and let’s learn to enjoy what is actually in front of us. Let’s turn a riot into a whisper. Let’s just show up, unplug, and feed our souls. Within a Keith Richards-fueled design vision-quest, aesthetic is the by-product, and the direct result of all the flags waving in the storm we call life. It’s the awakening to the bleached, plagiaristic, online-influenced design chops that are ever so prevalent in today’s workflow. We need to look back to our minds and embrace the idea of critical thinking. We have become fat and lazy.

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So, how do we fix it? What if we look at this through Sir McCartney’s golden-coloured glasses, understanding that a hotel is not only a machine of commerce but a vehicle of escape – not necessarily in a vicarious way (as we see with Airbnb), but in a way that the hotel is not complete without its guest, and in a way that unless the hotel’s design fosters a culture of connection and kindness where people of all walks of life come together effortlessly, the overall idea will not take shape, because the space is ‘cool and trendy’ and not meaningful and purposeful. To me, ‘trend’ is a bad word and has no home here. I would rather pick a fight with the status quo and focus on what is discovered, and not expected. What would be your dream hotel project? My retirement. A small, 10-room hotel. One bar with a vast porch, a hound dog and a Martini. Where currently ranks highest on your travel wishlist? Home with my wife – also, happy hour, two blocks away in downtown LA. What would you say are the three best places you’ve ever stayed at, and why? I tend to look at ‘best’ as essential, things that change the industry’s or culture’s way of thinking. The first time I stayed at the Paramount Hotel in NYC was breathtaking. It totally redefined what a hotel should be. They were perfect in programme and simplicity. The Monteleone on Royale in NOLA because of its history, and the Four Seasons Doha, because you can get anything you want there. What excites you most about the industry? What gets you out of bed on Monday? The people I work with. I genuinely want to be the dumbest person in the room, and with most of them, I am. That excites and inspires me.

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Leonard Lee Regional MD Singapore, Tokyo

“Design is something that I love and treasure, as well as being able to create interior spaces that are experiential”

How long have you been involved with hotel design? I have been with Wilson Associates for a total of 20 years. Although I started out in an architectural firm where I spent four years, I was at the time fascinated by the opportunities to express my creativeness in interior design, and specifically in the area of hospitality design.

Tell me about your role at Wilson Associates As regional MD, I oversee the operations of our offices in Singapore and Tokyo. As I was a design principal before that, I am fortunate to still get involved in concept and schematic design stages with most of my clients. Design is something that I love and treasure, as well as being able to create interior spaces that are experiential.

What is the biggest thing you have learnt over your years in the industry? Being the proverbial ham in the sandwich. I always tell people that we really have two clients, the owner/developer and the hotel operator. There is always a fine balance we have to reach, as, more often than not, the owner’s vision of what they want for the hotel may not necessarily align with the hotel op’s. It requires plenty of finesse, handholding at times, but, more importantly, having conviction in your design, as well as flexibility to have your ideas evolve.

What five words would you use to describe Wilson Associates? We are global, we constantly challenge the status quo, we are relentless in our pursuit for perfection, we are passionate individuals, we listen to our clients. With so many hospitality designers in the industry, how does Wilson Associates stand out? We are always proud that we do not have a signature design style, as we design for the location, its resulting narrative, as well as listening to our owner’s vision. We strive for designing spaces with soul and to endeavor to always engage one’s sensory perceptions. We create ambiances that are crafted by meticulously composed and orchestrated subtleties, rather than an obvious approach. How is the current economic climate affecting the hotel design market? Has Wilson Associates felt it? Covid-19 couldn’t have happened at a worse time, especially with the Olympics in the summer. Hotels, airlines, manufacturing, retail, you name it, the global economy is affected. Hotels and their owners who have deeper pockets could use this downturn to renovate and come out stronger. Thankfully, Wilson are a global brand with experienced design hubs in nearly a dozen cities, such that we can support and help each other. Togetherness and trusting each other are vital for us to come out of this strong.

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What has been your favourite project to date? It is definitely my very first project, designed when I first joined the firm in 2000. It was the Conrad in Bangkok, and the hotel opened in 2003. I am extremely proud of that project as the hotel wasn’t

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renovated till 2018. Most hotels typically undergo a refresh seven years after opening, or a major refurb after 10 years. This meant that we were able to create not only a timeless product, but one which was very much ahead of its time. Where do you see hotel design in the future? I truly believe that guests will demand a more personalised approach and a less ‘hurried’ lifestyle. The hotel could be monumental in scale, yet intimate in its service and experience. Design should be the organisation of the ‘chaos’ within, defining the soul within the space. It is not just the aesthetics but the holistic integration of all the elements within that space. What would be your dream hotel project? My dream has always been to design a resort – specifically, one where I am able to start with master planning, concept architecture and interior design. This for me represents a holistic approach to design, and the closest thing I can get to being able to ‘control’ all aspects of how I would like the end-user to experience the property. Where currently ranks highest on your travel wishlist? It constantly changes as I rarely get much time for a long vacation. However, most recently, a friend went to Rwanda and trekked to see the silver-backed gorillas. She was telling my wife and I how terribly

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frightening an experience it was to be so close to them but yet be in absolute awe of these critically endangered majestic primates. What would you say are the best places you’ve ever stayed at, and why? North Island, Seychelles, and Nihi Sumba. Both are extremely secluded and very private, and my idea of escaping away from it all. The former provides every villa with its own buggy so that you are able to explore the island or head to one of the restaurants in your own time, no waiting. Nihi has wild horses that run along the beach every day and you can get up close to them. They also have a spa with a cliff-edge location where you’d have to take a fourwheel drive to trek to. What excites you most about the industry? What gets you out of bed on Monday? I’m actually very blessed and humbled to be in this industry and to be surrounded by such talented and creative minds that know no boundaries. I’m thrilled with the idea that we can actually control how we want people to experience and manoeuvre them within the different spaces of the hotel. I am constantly excited for a new day as it could potentially present unexpected surprises and challenges, and most often does. Challenges/obstacles, no matter how big or small, are ways with which we improve ourselves – but reflection is also key to this.

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Isabel Pintado Regional MD Bangkok, Dubai, Shanghai Senior vice-president Middle East, Africa

“More hotel projects are under development to meet the lodging needs of global travellers”

Tell me about your role at Wilson Associates? As regional MD for Wilson Associates’ studios in Dubai, Shanghai and Bangkok, I oversee project development and design direction in the Middle East, Africa, China and Thailand. What five words would you use to describe Wilson Associates? Innovative, dynamic, passionate, collaborative, harmonious. How long have you been involved with hotel design? More than 20 years. With so many hospitality designers in the industry, how does Wilson Associates stand out? We are a global design firm with designers working collectively in nearly a dozen studios around the world. We collaborate on projects and share our cultural and travel knowledge on our hospitality projects. We are also working tirelessly to develop more sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions to the type of work we do.

What’s next for you? We are at such an exciting time for luxury and hospitality design – everything is driven by experience, and our team is having so much fun exploring what that means in different contexts. Most recently, we’ve been seeing a cultural shift in Saudi Arabia, and we are very excited to bring our expertise in hospitality spaces there, as well. What would be your dream hotel project? I love trekking in the mountains, camping in the desert, and hosting dinner parties. My dream project would include all of those activities – a project in the mountains with room for glamping and dining al fresco!

How is the current economic climate affecting the hotel design market, and has Wilson Associates felt it? The design industry has matured enormously over the last decade. Where in the past established traditions and styles were the norm, we now see a clear move towards exploring other styles which have been tried and tested in the main cities around the world. What has been your favourite project to date? Marriott Taghazout Bay is set to open in the next year. Located in Taghazout Bay, Agadir, Morocco, this resort will include an 18-hole golf course, a residential area, a museum of ‘Argan’, a centrally located amusement park, an array of retail, coffee shops and restaurant options. We are also currently working on the Westin Hotel & Resort in Ras Al Khaimah, Marsa Al Arab in Dubai, and a renovation of Pai Thai at Al Qasr Resort, as well as an exclusive boutique luxury spa in Abu Dhabi.

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Atlantis, The Palm Dubai

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Where currently ranks highest on your travel wishlist? Tokyo. I’m excited for the upcoming Olympic Games. Wilson Associates designed the mesm Tokyo, Autograph Collection, and I would love to explore.

been given a voice and are celebrating what the Middle East has to offer. Some very exciting and original designs are coming through, as a result.

How important are public spaces in hotels? The lobby has evolved into the heart of the hotel. Restaurants, bars and lounges bring guests and locals together.

Where do you see hotel design in the future? More hotel projects are under development to meet the lodging needs of global travelers. We have worked on a number of projects slated to open in the region, which means capturing the cultural significance of those cities in the design of those hotels.

How does Wilson Associates stand out? We cultivate long-term client relationships throughout the world. Our know-how of the culture and business landscape, combined with our in-depth design knowledge, sets us apart from the competition.

Where would you say are the three best places you’ve ever stayed? Shanghai, Berlin, Marrakesh.

What is the biggest thing the company has learnt over its years in the industry? There is a movement which draws upon and celebrates the region in which we live, where local product and interior designers have

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Have you noticed any particular trends in hotel design? I would say the main trends to be celebrated in this region, apart from the tried-and-tested ones from the West, are the Arab contemporary ones. These are celebrated, and have been developing into a true trend to study and admire.

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Craig Reid Auberge Resorts Collection What does it take to successfully steer premium luxury brands through the hospitality market for over four decades? Can Faik talks to Craig Reid, president & CEO, Auberge Resorts Collection, to find out … Auberge Resorts Collection (ARC) is a portfolio of extraordinary hotels, resorts, residences and private clubs. While each Auberge property possesses a unique individuality, all share a crafted approach to luxury that is expressed through captivating design, exceptional cuisine and spas, and gracious yet unobtrusive service. What was your background prior to working for Auberge Resorts? I began my career with the Savoy Group, London, as a management trainee. During this four-year apprenticeship, I worked in the hotel kitchen, in room service, in catering, the restaurants, and the front desk. After that, I got into the management side of things. Prior to joining ARC in 2014, I was president of hotel operations, Americas, at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. I oversaw a region of more than 40 hotels and resorts during a career with Four Seasons that spanned three decades. With all your luxury hospitality experience, what fascinates you about the luxury hotel industry? I love the people that you meet, both guests and fellow employees. I have met so many wonderfully interesting people, and from all walks of life. I have met royals, presidents, movie stars, barons of industry and then, like myself, immigrants who came to this great country on a one-way ticket, pursuing the American dream. Separately, I love the artistry of this business, and how our guests’ understanding of luxury continues to evolve. Today the focus is on experiences, authenticity, approachability, uniqueness, and most of all soulfulness. What are the most challenging issues you face in your current role? My answer today is based on the bias of the moment … Covid-19. In general, I would say that it is successfully navigating through the unforeseen and being patient enough to allow others to be on the same page.

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What’s one unexpected shift you’ve seen in guest expectations or demands in the last five years? In the last two years, social awareness has shifted in guests around the world. Even in destinations you wouldn’t expect, people want to know what a hotel or hotel group is doing to give back to the local community, how they are being socially conscious and the ways in which they are contributing to the environment in a positive way, even at the top end of the luxury sector. We are seeing guests choose destinations because of what we are doing in this space. Our properties are also focused on connecting with their local communities, which is something guests increasingly want. For example, at the Lodge at Blue Sky, Auberge Resorts Collection, one of our newest properties in Utah, we offer guests of all ages a programme of experiences to enjoy during their stay, including meditation and meet-and-greets with our resident horses. How do you see the company changing in the next two years, and how do you see yourself creating that change? I am more excited than ever about Auberge’s current trajectory. We started the year by opening our first property in Hawai’i, Mauna Lani. Shortly thereafter, we kicked off a partnership with chef Mads Refslund, one of the co-founders of groundbreaking Danish restaurant Noma, for an immersive behind- the-scenes look into the world of foraging and no-waste cuisine at five of our properties. I believe the myriad of rich experiences that are offered at all of our properties really set us apart as a brand. In the spring, we will open our first urban property in Austin, Commodore Perry Estate, which is a significant frontier for us. We’re going to try to up-end some of the ideas about what an urban resort should be and make it feel more like a club. Shortly thereafter, we will unveil two major renovations on the East Coast – Mayflower Inn & Spa in Washington, Connecticut, and White Barn Inn in Kennebunk, Maine. I’m really delighted about these two hotels, which have given us a foothold on the East Coast. In the fall, we’ll also open a hotel called Bishop’s Lodge in Santa Fe, which has

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“Design is an essential part of Auberge Resorts Collection’s identity and DNA ”

a rich and fascinating history. Throughout the year, we will continue to introduce many new, dynamic programmes and experiences at all of our properties. More broadly over the next two years we will grow by almost +50% … from 18 properties to 26 or more, our focus will be on scaling up our corporate resources to take on these new properties, and to ensure we protect the intimate and nurturing culture that defines our team, the Auberge family.

quality. Our guests love that when they walk into one of our hotels, they immediately know the destination they are in because our hotels have been designed to reflect it.

What role does Europe play in Auberge Resorts’ growth? ARC is keen to be a global brand with a global presence. And our eyes are squarely set on expanding beyond our property in Santorini, and our development project in St. Moritz. On the development side, we are in Europe twice a year looking for new opportunities. And, as importantly, our guests love the destination and want us to be there.

In which parts of the hospitality experience is good design most important? Design plays a vital role in almost every part of the guest experience. Auberge prides itself on our properties’ local connection and unparalleled service. This also needs to be reflected in the design. You have to start with a property that has beautiful bones, and then we try to dress up the interiors, the tabletop in the restaurant, the gardens, the uniforms, etc. We seek to provide simple visual treats and surprises everywhere. One cannot shine above the other. They need to both be of an exceptional standard.

How does design play a role in driving customer loyalty? Design is an essential part of ARC’s identity and DNA – our ethos and high standards of hospitality are very important in creating our loyal customer base. Design should be reflective of a brand’s ethos and standards, and this should be apparent as soon as a guest walks through the door. We design hotels and residences that mirror their locations, that feel intimate and capture a sense of style which is both gracious and approachable – more like guesthouses than hotels. We avoid trends and celebrate the timelessness of simple

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What is the biggest challenge you’re facing in improving guest experience today? Finding the right balance between high-tech and high-touch is critical.

How important is interior design in your hotels? Our hotels draw on their local environments, and interior design is a key area where this can be reflected. Several of our hotels are restored historic buildings. When converting these buildings into hotels, the interior design is vital. It is so important to honour the history of these buildings, while also ensuring their character is not changed.

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Have you noticed any particular trends in interior design? There has been a pronounced shift to a more residential palate and to one-of-a-kind looks. We pursue designers who primarily focus on homes and have a point of view that will resonate with the property they are working on. Formal ‘white tablecloth’ hospitably has seen a decline over the past decade. Although guests are spending more than ever before on luxury travel experiences, they are looking for a much more personal, laid-back approach to hospitality, which is why they love Auberge. They want to feel at home when they are in our hotels. Our guests appreciate a style of approachable luxury that allows them to be themselves and to go home with a stronger connection to the people and the stories of the destination. Our mission is to create journeys for our guests that touch their soul. This is reflected in our hotels’ interior design, which is playful, eclectic, and draws on local influence. How important is choosing the right designer for each hotel? The designers we work with must understand ARC’s ethos, and their designs need to be inspired by the destination. It is important that this synergy is respected and reflected in the final product. We spend a tremendous amount of time choosing designers for each hotel. They must truly understand the destination, the DNA of the brand and bones of the building (if it is historic). How would you define Auberge Resorts’ identity? We are a collection of intimate, one-of-kind hotels, residences and experiences that offer luxury journeys that are soulful, approachable and deeply personalised – enriching the lives we

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touch through authentic connections. While Auberge nurtures the individuality of each establishment, all are characterised by a set of communal elements: intimate, understated elegance; captivating locations that inspire exceptional cuisine and spa experiences; and gracious yet unobtrusive service. What is the magic ingredient that helps you deliver the best service to your customers? The individuals we hire – who are genuine, thoughtful, caring and truly enjoy serving. They have a personality and flair that guests immediately warm to. Our entire screening process is less about traditional skill and more about culture and service affinities. We allow our team to engage with guests as themselves – openhearted and authentic. We know that this, above all else, creates connections to the place and people. When guests leave an Auberge property, they feel renewed, as if they’ve been with family. The welcoming nature of the brand creates lifelong loyalty. How do you think people’s expectations of luxury hotels are changing? I think the rulebook has been thrown out when it comes to luxury. What defined luxury in the first part of the prior decade was this whole concept of scale. The 550ft2 room with a certain size closet and bathroom and the general opulence of it all. And now, the pivot has been more about texture, sincerity and sympathy to the world. Where is the hotel’s moral compass? What is the culture of the company? There’s now this idea of luxury service being efficient, fluid and intelligent. People have gravitated away from great formality

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“Over the next two years we will grow by almost +50% … from 18 properties to 26 or more”

– think about how often people want to go to a very formal restaurant for dinner nowadays. They want mood, atmosphere and energy instead. People want individualism, bespoke and a distinct character and a sense of place. What’s the biggest impact you’ve had on the brand as president and CEO? The simple answer, and/or measure, is that we’ve tripled in size during that time period. The more meaningful accomplishment, though, is the team we’ve assembled. Not only are they rich in experience relative to the size of our company, but they’re also rich in terms of who they are as human beings and how diverse a group they are. That’s what I’m proudest of. Which is your favourite Auberge property, and why? It’s impossible to choose just one. That would be like choosing a favourite child. Each property is different and special in its own unique way. I am fond of each hotel for a different reason. For example, one of our newest properties, The Lodge at Blue Sky in Park City, offers an abundance of activities in an extraordinary setting, whilst also being incredibly eco-conscious. This is a property I love to travel to with my wife, daughters, sons-in-law and all of my grandchildren. Our flagship property, Auberge du Soleil in Napa, is one of my favourite places to take my wife for a romantic weekend away in wine country. When I want a cosy country getaway, the Mayflower Inn & Spa, which will unveil a full redesign led by Celerie Kemble this summer, is my place of choice. I will also always adore our historic properties like Hotel Jerome in Aspen, which was frequented by Hunter S Thompson.

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What plans and aspirations do you have for Auberge Resorts? I am constantly looking towards the future and how we can grow as a brand. We are opening a number of new properties, but we are also investing significantly in our existing hotels, which is critical. Expanding our rich, experiential offers is also a priority. These experiences are at the heart and soul of what we do at Auberge. It is my ongoing mission to create meaningful journeys and experiences for guests that touch their soul and help deepen their connection with friends, family, loved ones and themselves. What one thing have you not yet done that you really want to do? I want to take my entire family on a safari. I have been, but I want to share that life-changing experience with the people I love most. Another thing on my bucket list is to see the gorillas in Rwanda! What’s your biggest dream in life? Most of my dreams today are centered around our children and grandchildren. I have taken such great joy in seeing my children blossom into happy and caring people. I want the same for my grandchildren, and love nothing more than watching them grow. Professionally, I want Auberge to be recognised globally as one of the ‘greats’ in luxury, and as a result, provide new opportunities for our colleagues. I feel I have had a blessed life. The chapter ahead is all about seeing the people I care so deeply for thrive and be blessed with happiness and new opportunities. What one word best describes you? Passionate.

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Sam De Teran Cobblers Cove, Barbados Sam De Teran, owner of Cobblers Cove in Barbados, speaks to Can Faik about the complete overhaul in collaboration with Lulu Lytle of Soane Britain … Cobblers Cove is located on the calm west coast of Barbados. With a beachfront location and stunning views, the family-owned hotel is a unique and historic plantation-era beachside retreat that embodies British elegance with Caribbean charm. What does your current position involve? It’s a very wide remit, but I handle almost anything that’s visual and guest-and press-facing. This can vary from overseeing the artwork, uniforms and interiors to updating the website, purchasing for the boutique and managing the gardening team. What’s one unexpected shift you’ve seen in guest expectations or demands in the last five years? There have been several quite pronounced shifts in guest expectations over the last two decades. People nowadays are much more interested in what things look like than the guest of 20 years ago, and they expect much more from a hotel on that front. I think they are looking for style, individuality and a strong sense of place. Where once hotels in Barbados might have had traditional English brands like fabrics from Colefax,chairs from George Smith or lamps from Oka, guests today don’t want a home from home, they are looking for difference. This goes for food, too – no more boeuf en croute or oysters or caviar. They want rum and flying fish, and that’s so much more fun. Turning to the topic of authenticity of experience, how did you approach your recent refurbishment? I aimed at charm overall, deepening and enhancing the charm of the buildings and the gardens. Charm is a very fragile thing – you can lose it in one easy move – but it’s the one thing that a small, family-owned hotel can have that is much harder to achieve in a big chain. We’ve tried to move slowly and with a fairly light touch, improving and updating rather than wholesale change. I’ve also tried throughout to enhance the sense of place, making sure that everything as far as possible is made on the island, using local

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designers, draughtsmen, artists, builders, ceramicists, etc. That gives a place authenticity. We want our offer as a hotel to be genuine and generous and you can communicate that through what you do with the furnishings. I have drawn up designs for most furniture or architectural details or chinaware either myself or in collaboration with someone, and that ensures that everything we have is unique to us. That’s important, I think, because it confers character and individuality and they, like charm, are important. How important is design and architecture when developing a new project? They are certainly as important as the service and the food, because they not only affect the comfort and privacy of the guest but can articulate the ethos of the hotel, what the hotel believes in and thinks important. For example, we have reduced the amount of air conditioning used by removing aluminium windows and opening up the rooms to the breezes with cedar wood plantationstyle shutters. That communicates our commitment to the heritage and history of our island as well as to our awareness of the need to tread lightly in environmental terms. How are the plans and build coming along on your property Cobblers Cove? And what can we expect? I love working in Barbados, there are many highly skilled makers here, in woodwork and metalwork especially, and we find we can manufacture most things on the island. That makes sense for us economically, environmentally and aesthetically. I am currently working on the new bar as well as the entrance to the hotel. I can’t wait to see it all come together. What is the biggest challenge in improving the guest experience today? We can control the guest experience within the boundary of the hotel but we can’t do anything about the airport and travel experience, so that can be challenging.

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What’s been your greatest risk? Oh, that would be something actually quite small, like the decision to remove the bathtubs from all the rooms. Our repeat guests were all very against the idea, but we’ve made the bathrooms much more spacious and airy without them, and I was pretty sure that our younger clientele would be happy with showers in a hot climate like ours. You have to make decisions based on what you would want yourself, you can’t second-guess your clients. And we’ve been proved right, – people still come, despite the fact that there are no baths. What do you consider to be your biggest success so far? The colour scheme at Cobblers Cove has been very successful. It’s super-photogenic, and that matters today because everything is based on photography – it’s how you draw people in. The pink and white sunshades have become synonymous with the hotel, a kind of visual branding – you see any image with a candy stripe sunshade and you know it’s of Cobblers. The first thing new guests do is Instagram themselves under one. How important is interior design in your hotel? It’s fundamental. After service and cuisine, it’s the most important thing. If you don’t get the beds or the sun lounger cushions right, the guest won’t be comfortable and won’t want to return. Things must look great and interesting, and they must make people gasp at first sight for their loveliness – but the furniture and fittings must also work. That’s not easy in a climate like ours. Getting the fabric right is essential. In Barbados, you need fabrics that will dry

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out quickly after a downpour, or prints that won’t bleach in the sun, artwork that won’t fade or get mildew, furniture that won’t get eaten by beetles or rot in the humidity. People today expect very high standards of hotel interiors, and they like to learn from them too, to think about making their own home environments as sleek and comfortable – I think that’s a huge element of the thrill of visiting a hotel. How important is choosing the right designer for each hotel? I think the brief and the concept is probably just as important. You want to have character and that can’t all come from a designer. The owner and the ethos and the building itself, as well as the environment, all need to play a strong role in informing the design of a place. In some ways, all the designer needs to do is to listen to all of that, and to in some way share some of those characteristics or ethos so that he or she can encapsulate them in the interiors. Having said that, in a very testing environment like the West Indies, I would always choose either a local or someone who has worked there before. You need to know the climate, the effect of salt water and spray on silver or chrome, to use aluminium for example rather than iron, cedar wood or cane instead of a softwood that the beetles will eat through, and so on. How do you think people’s expectations of luxury hotels are changing? I think ‘luxury’ nowadays means having the time to just stop and enjoy the moment – whether that is reading, listening to music, going on a walk, or looking at a sunset. Great service is also key

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– staff that remember which colour wine you drink, which your favourite table is, that you don’t eat wheat, etc. It starts from the booking experience – you want someone that remembers your preferred suite, that you like a hard mattress but a soft pillow, and so on. We allow guests to leave their clothes or their golf clubs behind so they don’t have to travel with them, and we launder any clothes they are taking home and give them a picnic dinner for the plane so that the whole returning home experience is as comfortable as possible. The word ‘luxury’ has been very overused and devalued, but if there is such a thing, it’s much less about an infinity pool or a huge flatscreen TV than it is about time to oneself, comfort and freedom from one’s daily life. In addition, everything must be really easy – if you run out of aspirin, we will have some on your dressing table within the hour without you leaving your sun lounger. We will park your car for you after a day out, and stock your fridge only with the kind of drinks that you like, rather than all the little liquor bottles that you don’t. It’s about tailoring the experience and the room to the person as well as providing an experience of the island that is suited to your interests – hiking, say, or private historical tours or garden tours of places not open to the public. People want to integrate with the community they are visiting more, to learn about its food and culture. Travellers today want to learn and see and experience something new, not only within the hotel but outside it. If you stay at Cobblers Cove and you are interested in architecture, we will arrange for the head of the National Trust to take you on a private tour of privately owned plantation houses, for example, and that to me is much more luxurious than a private plunge pool. What role does technology play in improving guest experience? Not much, I hope. It’s not my strong point, and we love seeing guests engaging directly with staff or locals or reading the books that we put in their rooms, or swimming or playing tennis, etc – anything

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except using technology, which they can do anywhere. However, I do recognise that it plays a fundamental role in the research and the booking experience. A website is still the primary window on the world, and the booking engine has to work really well. Tell me something exclusive we can expect from Cobblers Cove in the coming years – maybe a new opening? You’ll see a new bar this year, and then a new restaurant the following year. We are also hoping to run a full programme of ‘Cobblers Live’ events – this will include live music, comedy and cabaret. What would be your dream opening? More hotels! Tunis, Tangier and the Canary Islands, that’s where I’d like to be working next. Locations that are exotic and mixed and cosmopolitan with great architecture and easy airlift, year-round sun and close proximity to the sea.

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Kelly Wearstler The Kelly Wearstler Design Studio Can Faik speaks to Kelly Wearstler, founder, principal and the creative vision behind the Kelly Weastler Design Studio …

Kelly Wearstler, founder and principal of Kelly Wearstler Design Studio, is an American designer creating multi-faceted, experiential hospitality, residential, commercial and retail environments, as well as expansive collections of lifestyle product designs. With the demonstration of provocative concepts and expressive narratives signature to her extensive body of work, Wearstler has been internationally recognised by distinctive design awards and numerous publications. A multi-layered, stimulating sensory experience is at the centre of Kelly’s design approach. Through an exploration of materiality, colour, forms and an intuitive juxtaposition of contemporary and vintage, architectural and organic, graphic and instinctual, she curates a wealth of experiences into every space. Tell me about your role as founder of the Kelly Wearstler Design Studio? My design studio truly has grown organically over the years since I first launched in 1995, encompassing an amazing staff of close to 50 people, including interior designers, architects, graphic designers, product designers, artists and our sales and marketing teams. There’s an inherent cross-pollination – architecture and interiors influence our art pieces, home decor, furniture, and vice versa. The beauty of my work is I get to touch so many media and it keeps me on my toes. I am very passionate about design (and all the aspects it touches) and have always been a great multi-tasker. I remain, and will always be, super-involved in every step and aspect of each project. What three words would you use to describe Kelly Wearstler Design Studio? Creative, passionate, evolving … What does design mean to you? Design constantly moves forward. For me, the sexiest aspect of the design industry is the mercurial nature of the work. My own

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aesthetic is always evolving. Each project is a unique exploration of curiosity and experimentation that leads to a constant evolution. How did your partnership with Proper Hotels begin? Twenty years ago, my now husband, Brad Korzen, asked me to design a model room for the Avalon in Beverly Hills. I was new to the hospitality scene. We continued to collaborate, completing many hotel projects together prior to the launch of Proper Hospitality. We’ve recently opened Santa Monica Proper, followed by Austin Proper. I’m currently working on Downtown L.A. Proper which will debut this spring, followed by Portland Proper which is planned for 2022. How do you approach designing each hotel, tailored to its location – first San Francisco, then Santa Monica, and now Austin and Downtown LA? When I design a hotel, I first look at the story I want to tell – how to connect the hotel to its specific location and create a place where guests can take something home with them to keep. A moment, a memory. It is almost like being a director in that I am telling a story that gets played out with each guest. How do I envision this person interacting within the space? What china and flatware should they eat with? What towel should they use? All the thoughtful and sensory touchpoints are considered from the very start to the very end. Each city where a Proper hotel or residence is being developed has a strong identity which has helped to shape the design. The climate, the history, architecture of the building and iconography of each city are considered from the beginning, sometimes leading to unexpected selections or discoveries. Each city is my muse. Do designers think about loyalty when they design a hotel, or is it just an operator’s concern? Absolutely. It’s all about the guest experience, from the moment of receiving the welcome email and arrival at the front door to departure. No detail should be left unconsidered.

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Social media, especially Instagram, is becoming an increasingly important marketing tool for hotels. What are your thoughts on this, and do you take it into account when designing spaces? With social media there is an incredible platform for sharing and spotlighting personal experiences and telling those stories through an individual’s lens. We do not design for Instagram – however, creating spaces that heighten the travel experience are naturally the ones most desirably shared.

textures and colours of a space within a single tray helps to visualise the overall balance and cohesive dialogue. The architecture and the outside surroundings also have important consideration within a space. Windows are like framed pieces of art, bringing elements and colours from the outside in. Each client teaches me something new and brings something different to the table. Being a good listener is so key. I take into consideration what the programme is and what the client wants, and run this through my filter. Design is truly a collaborative effort.

How can design be used to manage the guest’s expectations of the hotel experience? A hotel is a unique opportunity to create an immersive, full-sensory experience through architecture, art, design, F&B, music, innovative technology and more. All the elements can come together perfectly under one roof. There’s so much discovery in thoughtful details, super-thoughtful amenities and products. The experience on the personal level – from heated marble reception desks and bathroom floors to beautifully designed glass water bottles … whatever enhances the experience on an individual level.

I had this same question asked of me by two hoteliers – if you had a limited budget to spend on design, what area would you focus on? I find that a limited budget can actually be a creative driver, forcing you to think more about each design decision and providing an opportunity to infuse more imagination and innovation into a space. This can parlay into guestrooms, public spaces, etc. It is more about continuity of the experience than placing more attention/budget into a particular area.

Turning to the topic of authenticity of experience, how do you approach each project? I approach every project – whether a home, hotel, furniture or fabric collection – with the same process of exploration and passion. Design is very intuitive for me. Colour, light, a piece of art, an incredible view, a special vintage piece of furniture or clothing – anything that makes one feel something has the most fertile ground for building out the rest of the design. I create vibe trays for every project. Placing all the elements,

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 arrival is the first design moment and where the spirit of the destination and the beginning of the story is communicated, and then carried on through the entire stay. For me, the residential feeling is invaluable, creating a sense of home, of intimacy in a hotel. Choice of materiality is so key – the touch and feel of being in the space will particularly resonate with

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guests. There are so many advancements in technology across design that allow for greater appeal beyond a ‘commercial’ space – for example, the availability of beautiful, high-quality durable fabrics that can withstand high-traffic environments and feel ‘residential’ for indoor/outdoor use. With so many hospitality designers in the industry, how does Kelly Wearstler stand out from the crowd? Travellers are all about the experience of where they are – they are living in the moment, outside of their normal daily routine. Senses are heightened and expectations are open. There’s a thrill to designing environments for people to expand their experiences within, and add an element of adventure to their lives. Do you have a most memorable experience in interior design – something you saw that changed or inspired you? Design is largely intuitive for me. It is a sort of falling in love over and over again. Mother Nature, architecture, fashion and art are all incredible influences. Travel is hugely inspiring. It broadens the mind like nothing else. I always remain open to new colours, forms, textures, artists and furniture whenever I am travelling, by being aware of my surroundings, and doing research, whether it is reading a book or exploring at a museum or local gallery. That allows me to find the beauty in all that I see and translate it into my work. I’m eternally curious and love to challenge myself daily. Taking risks inspires me. Do you have any architects or designers you admire? There are so many! Josef Hoffman is one of my absolute favourites – he touched everything, architecture, furniture design, tabletop, fabrics … and his graphic sensibilities were so beautiful. Constantin Brâncuși, Ettore Sottsass and Gio Ponti, and the way they effortlessly cross over from sculpture and art to furniture and architecture. Victor Vaserely’s eye and sense of texture and dimension is incredible. I love the raw, painterly exuberance of Cy Twombly. His pieces have such remarkable energy and emotion. Sheila Hicks and Louise Nevelson are hugely inspiring for texture

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and scale. Pierre Cardin for his amazing versatility, he uniquely and successfully touched so many different media. What’s next for you and the studio? I recently designed Santa Monica Proper and the newly opened Austin Proper, two new hotel properties from Proper Hospitality. I am currently working on DTLA Proper, which will debut later this year, followed by Portland Proper which is planned for 2022, in addition to several new residential projects, upcoming furniture and lighting collections, and an extensive new fabric and wallcovering collection just launched in February. My fifth book, Evocative Style (Rizzoli NY), launched in fall, and the limited edition of the book just debuted. It features a miniature collection of artful treasures within that reflect the identity of each project and give insight into my creative process. I’m also working on a few collaborative projects currently under wraps that I am super-excited about. What would be your dream hospitality project? A plane or a yacht would be amazing!

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Signe Bindslev Henriksen and Peter Bundgaard Rützou Space Copenhagen Co-founders Signe Bindslev Henriksen and Peter Bundgaard Rützou of Space Copenhagen speak to Can Faik about the projects they are working on, and what’s next for their well-established design studio ... Founded in 2005 by Signe Bindslev Henriksen and Peter Bundgaard Rützou, Space Copenhagen works across multiple disciplines from furniture, lighting and refined objects to art installations and art direction, to interior design for private homes, hotels, and restaurants. The studio’s intuitive approach embodies designs that are distinctively shaped by given circumstances, functional needs, and a fundamental interest in human behaviour. What three words would you use to describe Space Copenhagen? Curious, poetic and modern. What does design mean to you? Design is a means of applying a balance between necessity and curiosity. It is an interface that anchors existential and emotional needs with practical appliance. Describe your style? Curious, poetic and modern. Where do you see hotel design in the future? We hope that the tendency of hotel design pivots towards a less generic set of solutions. That universal awareness does not belittle innovation and generalise human instinct, but rather celebrates compassionate and original storytelling through talent and craft. We hope that travel and interest in experiences do not get overpowered by numbness and blind comfort. Let’s not get lazy. What are your thoughts on the wellness trend in luxury hotels? Modern life has increasingly adopted a holistic approach, interweaving the complexity of our needs into our spatial frames. It makes perfect sense that aspects of health and wellness are embraced by hospitality-driven projects.

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Do you believe simple design has become luxurious? What is luxurious is definitely under debate. It is a matter of relevance and narrative as to which design approach – simple, eclectic or voluptuous – seems appropriate or not. All things need to resonate their application with their basic idea. How do you think the influence of new technology affects the luxury traveller, and will do in the future? Yes, no avoiding – it most definitely does. But it occurs in a complex and sometimes unpredictable manner. It can range from extreme embedding, an almost-simulation, to the opposite – experiences that purposely distance themselves from technology. How can design be used to manage the guest’s expectations of the hotel experience? Through interface enhancement, media and devices allow design to extend the timespan that a user is mentally associated with the act of travelling outside of their physical duration. Pre and prologues extend the storytelling. Turning to the topic of authenticity of experience, how do you approach each project? We usually have no preconception of how something should look. Whether it should be round, rectangular, soft, masculine, feminine, dark or bright. Design is not empirical. To understand the aspirations, possibilities and restraints of every project we try to establish a sense of language through dialogue with our clients, co-consultants, the site and more from the beginning. This is a collective process that seeks to identify a set of values or markers that we deem relevant or even true to the purpose. Once these are set, we use them to help us move through the design options and solve the ‘puzzle’.

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How important are public spaces in hotels? Are there ways in which you’ve used innovative design in these areas to facilitate usage? They are very important – of course, this is depending on the experience the hotel seeks to provide. They need to distinguish between our intimate and socially defined needs, while still allowing seamless flow between the two domains to cater for the full experience. A sort of stirring, still enfolding. Dwelling and playing. Are there any architects or designers you admire? Yes, too many to quote. What would be your dream hospitality project? Doing something somewhere warm and slow. Is there anything exciting you’re working on that you can tell us about? We have been privileged to extend our workzone to many different cultures and geographical locations. This allows us to engage with people with different cultural imprints and backgrounds. It speaks to our sense of belonging to something bigger than that of our own point of origin. It serves the purpose of mirroring, canvassing and unravelling our own stories, and by doing so creates a deep sense of appreciation of what we as humans share and our differences. It fuels imagination and curiosity.

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NEWH– The Hospitality Industry Network

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Triumphant trio NEWH UK honours three London interior design studios in its annual TopID Awards

Three of the UK’s leading interior design studios were bestowed with a TopID Award on 11th February, hosted and sponsored by Spanish sanitaryware producer Roca at its Zaha Hadiddesigned showroom and gallery in London. The competition is organised by the Network of Executive Women in Hospitality (NEWH), an international charity dedicated to raising funds for student scholarships while elevating the hospitality design industry as a whole. The TopID Award champions a practice’s creative excellence as well as its support of NEWH and the next generations of designers. Caroline Cundall, president of the NEWK UK chapter, explained that the 2020 award winners were selected as a way to honour smaller studios as well as the up-and-coming practices whose leadership is shaping the future of hospitality. The London-based members of the UK chapter honoured this year include Boxx Studios, Twenty2degrees Design Partnership, and M Studio London. Each winner delivered a presentation to the ceremony’s 140-strong audience, explaining how their design and business philosophies have been expressed in their recent work. Three years ago, Nicola Keenan and Nicola

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Lindsell took the plunge to follow their dreams and became the co-founders and co-directors of Boxx Creative. With their particular passion for sustainable design, the duo has gone on to create hospitality projects such as The Miramonti in Italy, a boutique hotel in which the Alpine-inspired interiors were primarily crafted by a local milliner, and all items sourced with the smallest possible carbon footprint. “We are delighted that Boxx Creative has been honoured as a 2020 TopID Award winner by NEWH UK,” says Nicola Keenan. “As a new up-and-coming design practice launched in April 2017, this terrific recognition of our achievements in sustainable hospitality design provides us with a great platform to further develop our business across the NEWH network.” Having worked at the director level for a decade within the hospitality, Nicholas Stoupas founded Twenty2degrees Design Partnership in 2012, bringing in former colleague Joseph Stella as partner the following year. The studio has since created a number of hospitality projects for major brands such as Marriott, Hilton and IHG, and most recently received acclaim for The Dixon, Tower Bridge, Autograph Collection in London.

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On winning the TopID Award from NEWH UK, Nicholas says: “We see it as recognition of the collaborative effort of the entire team at Twenty2degrees. Receiving such an award is a great motivator and inspiration for everyone in the practice, a reflection on our company as a whole.” Alan McVitty founded M Studio London in 2002, building on the extensive luxury hotel and cruise ship design experience he gained at industryleading practices such as Harrods Interior Design. M Studio London’s recent projects include the renovation of the InterContinental Edinburgh The George and, for Cunard cruise ships, the creation of the Britannia Restaurant and a ‘Mega Suite’. Alan says recognition from his design peers has strengthened his team. “Since learning that our entry into NEWH’s TopID award was selected as a winner, we’ve had greater motivation in our studio,” he says. “We’ve also received lovely messages from people in the industry. Our clients and staff are thrilled, as it validates the work we do and how we go about it. We’re a happy team, and this gave us another reason to smile a little more. We encourage other small practices to submit their work for future NEWH awards.” Interior design studios are invited to learn more about the organisation and how they can be eligible for next year’s TopID Awards at resources/top-interior-designers/

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NEWH is committed to keeping members connected during the Covid-19 crisis, and events scheduled for the next few months will take place online when possible. Please check the NEWH website closer to planned event dates for confirmation of details ( chapters/united-kingdom/). The anticipated schedule of activities for 2020, which is subject to change, is as follows: 13th May – Sunset Yoga (as a virtual event if possible) 3rd June – Sustainable Surfaces Workshop (subject to social distancing restrictions) 2nd July – Graffiti Workshop, Shoreditch (subject to social distancing restrictions) 12th August – Social event at The Hoxton, Southwark, in conjunction with event sponsor BCFA September (date TBC) – Annual roundtable and fundraiser, Student Scholarship Awards Ceremony September (date TBC) – Hotel tour, location TBC October (date TBC) – Eco-ED/sustainability panel event, location TBC 17-18th November – Sleep+Eat (exhibition stand).

Sponsorship and Membership Sponsorship is key to the success of the NEWH events and allows the organisation to achieve and exceed its scholarship goals. If you are interested in sponsoring an NEWH event, please contact Hannah Rogers on newhuk@ Stay up to date with all news by following NEWH on social media and signing up to the mailing list. For any other queries, please contact

HOW CAN YOU JOIN THE INTERNATIONAL HOSPITALITY DESIGN SECTOR’S BIGGEST NETWORKING ORGANISATION? NEWH is constantly looking for new members for its UK Chapter - there are two options for joining:

PERSONAL MEMBERSHIP Are you an individual looking to join? Then this is the membership for you, with an annual fee of £90

BUSINESS MEMBERSHIP For an annual fee of £300 This covers two people from a company, with the option of two more to join at a 50% discount For an application form, please contact director of membership Check out to find out more

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Austin Proper Austin, Texas Proper Hotels continues to raise the bar in luxury boutique hospitality with its latest opening – Austin Proper. With Kelly Wearstler’s assured vision once again driving the interior design agenda, Austin Proper is a one-of-a-kind property.

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Standing 32 storeys proud and merging a 244-room destination hotel with 99 luxury residences, this sculptural new construction integrates the work of award-winning Handel Architects and interior designer Kelly Wearstler in a progression of atmospheres including two pools, 14,500ft2 of event spaces, and multiple dining concepts by McGuire Moorman Hospitality. Celebrated interior designer Kelly Wearstler’s creative direction for the design of Austin Proper has unfolded over three years. The layered, individualistic look mines a tradition of artistry and craftsmanship distinct to Austin. The notable historical influence of Austin’s stately homes inspires eye-catching details including a sculptural staircase installation of patchworked vintage rugs. Local artists and materials are featured throughout the hotel and residences, with every surface adding textural interest: pots, trays and cabinet inlay tiles by ceramicist Rick Van Dyke; photography by local Barry Stone; locally quarried travertine on the pool deck; custom millwork, cypress ShouSugi-Ban panelling and antique mirror finishes.

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“The design is deeply influenced by local craft and material, from raw travertine sourced at nearby quarries, to trays by Rick Van Dyke and original fibre artworks by Magda Sayeg”

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With Austin as a dynamic reference point, each the of 244 rooms and suites has been thoughtfully designed by Kelly for refined living and restful evenings. The design is deeply influenced by local craft and material, from raw travertine sourced at nearby quarries, to trays by Rick Van Dyke and original fibre artworks by Magda Sayeg. Well-considered appointments include Aesop bath amenities, Kelly Wearstler x Parachute Home robes and signature Proper beds layering Simmons Providence Mattresses, Fili D’oro and Bellino Fine Linens. Proper’s Silene Spa includes a soothing

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lounge, five dedicated treatment rooms, men and women’s locker rooms with steam showers, and wellness experts on call. In step with Austin’s natural lifestyle, LEED Gold certification minimises footprint and maximises sustainability. To promote wellness for those who stay and work with Proper, these rigorous environmental standards extend from water use (reclaimed irrigation systems, inbuilding chilled water loops, centralised boilers) to low-VOC paints, energy-efficient LED lights, and insulated dual-pane windows that save energy and block UV.

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Leading Austin Proper’s dining front is McGuire Moorman Hospitality, the awardwinning team behind many of Austin’s best dining and entertainment spots. At the landmark eatery, The Peacock, guests can savour Mediterranean–inspired foods and flavours that are colourful, healthy and wholesome, paired with house-made pita from the wood-burning oven. On the rooftop pool deck, the coastal Mexican restaurant, La Piscina offers wood-fired seafood, fajitas and a raw bar. Morning, noon or night, the ground floor Mediterranean coffee shop, The Mockingbird, serves savoury items to go, and tempting treats like soft-serve Greek frozen yogurt, while Goldie’s Sunken Bar is an elegant hideaway for hotel guests and residents. Austin Proper offers more than 14,000ft2 of thoughtfully-designed spaces for indoor and outdoor meetings, weddings, special events and private dining. Adding distinction to the creative design, the Proper team and McGuire Moorman Hospitality specially curate menus and styles of service to match any occasion.

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Conrad Shenyang Shenyang, China EXCLUSIVE New luxury hotel, Conrad Shenyang, is located in one of China’s most historic cities, and is situated in the tallest building in Liaoning Province’s capital. Global architectural interiors firm, Wilson Associates, conceived the design of the 315 guest rooms, 37 suites, lobby and public spaces, and the design team created a concept that successfully reflects the character of Shenyang, exploring the intersection of the site’s past and present.



The crowning glory of a new mixed-use development, Conrad Shenyang sits atop a world-class shopping mall, offices and highend multi-family residences – occupying the upper 19 floors of the 67-story tower, offering 360° views of the city’s skyline. Wilson Associates’ New York studio drew inspiration from Conrad Shenyang’s location in the city’s Central Business District to create a design narrative that reflects the character of the surrounding metropolis. The team created an engaging experience for luxury travellers while respecting the site’s past and present – discovering design cues from classic Chinese dwellings of courtyards and gardens where guests embark on a journey of discovery through crafted spaces infused with bespoke detailing and nature-inspired motifs for public spaces. The Wilson Associates’ New York team merged the locale’s rich legacy with contemporary interpretations of Shenyang’s

traditions and culture, serving as guiding principle in the design while building a visual journey with immersive details. The design team led the design for the guest rooms, suites, guest corridors, executive lounge, grand ballroom, meeting spaces and lobby entrance to the event spaces. Home to the birth of the Qing Dynasty, Shenyang was once walled with heavy entrance gates and now has transformed into a hub of transportation and industry. Merging the past with the present is mirrored in the design, which features public spaces that are clean and modern. Conrad Shenyang offers a spacious grand ballroom, equipped with five projector screens and five 14,500-lumen LCD screens, which can host up to 500 guests. Meeting spaces The Grand Ballroom welcomes guests with a nine-foot-high doors, clad in rich natural black Mica sheets to create a grand entry.

Inside, the ceilings soar to 29ft, imbuing a sense of grandeur, while the space draws inspiration from the forest. The walls are decorated in undulating white oak panelling, and the carpeting features deep crimson pink combined with patterns that mimic shadow and light. Bespoke modern chandeliers recreate the look of raindrops in the space vertically, creating beautiful scenery. Intimate seating paired with bespoke wood and brushed bronze screens maintain an exclusive residential ambience. Atmospheric lighting from speciallydesigned light fixtures like the globe lanterns at the entrance — a symbol of celebration — adds drama and a romantic ambience for guests. While the Grand Ballroom offers a luxurious and glamorous aesthetic, the meeting spaces provide a casual setting with intimate residential style lounge spaces. Each meeting room is self-contained with built-in coffee/tea bar, safe and coat closet. The Junior Ballroom, a residential-style event space on the fifth


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floor rooftop, has floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a private tranquil garden terrace. This space is ideal for social gatherings and wedding receptions. Pre-function space is also available with plush seating and stylish decor that invites guests to mingle. All function rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment and dedicated entrances. Guest rooms and suites Beyond the elegant public spaces, the hotel also offers 315 guest rooms and 37 suites including the Presidential Suite. Equipped with the latest smart and thoughtful technology, each room is a true retreat, with heated bathroom floors and towel racks as well as a fully automated washlet and a Nespresso machine. Guest rooms and suites offer panoramic views of the Shenyang skyline. The design of these accommodations pay homage to Hang Lung Properties’ reputation as a leader in high-end shopping malls by introducing haute couture detailing and touches in the guest rooms. The detailing is evident in the walk-in closet where the clothing rod, shelving and drawers showcase specially designed black and brass hardware integrated into the millwork. Additionally, the guest room’s concealed combination safe recreates the look of a jewellery box. The guest room features well-appointed materials, colours and textures. The finelytailored desk features a mix of brass and camel-coloured leather with double stitching

“The detailing is evident in the luxurious walk-in closet where the clothing rod, shelving and drawers showcase specially designed black and brass hardware integrated into the millwork”

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integrating lighting and convenience outlet. Added accents of turquoise in the millwork and accessories lends a haute chinoiserie touch. The plush muted palette is warmed with touches of red wool plaid or mustard tweed for a sartorial touch. Paired with the background of chalkcoloured wall panels and walnut wood, the room exudes a fashionably classic tailored look, yet remains sensuous and inviting. The spa-like bathroom is bedecked in natural quartzite stone on the floor and gray marble on the walls. The deep-soaking tub, double vanity sinks, generous shower stall and the heated floor offers an indulgent yet calming atmosphere. Ultimately, the Wilson Associates design team has created a balanced backdrop where guests can unlock a door to a world of style and intuitive design. Conrad Shenyang is owned by Hang Lung Properties and managed by Hilton Worldwide.

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Sofitel London St James London, UK Hospitality Interiors’ Can Faik reports on a masterpiece of Pierre-Yves Rochon’s creation. The renowned designer updated his original 2002 design last year – an extensive transformation to mark a new era for the prestigious hotel, a flagship for Sofitel, and a cornerstone of London’s luxury hotel scene …

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The home of modern French luxury in London, Sofitel London St James is located on Waterloo Place on the corner of Pall Mall, close to the internationally recognised landmarks of Trafalgar Square and Regent Street. The 125,000ft2 Grade II listed building, owned by the Crown Estate, represents one of the most prestigious hotel addresses in London, a status that is being recognised through a growing collection of hospitality awards – most recently, a Forbes Travel Guide four-star rating. 2019 marked a new era for the five-star hotel, with an innovative redesign from renowned French interior designer PierreYves Rochon. Rochon’s update to his original 2002 design is a masterpiece inspired by the creative, dynamic feel of society and culture of 1960s London through the blending of

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“As an international destination, the hotel blends contemporary French elegance with a bold British design scheme that recalls the creative, dynamic feel of the 1950s and 60s society and culture in London”

bold British design with contemporary French elegance. This prestigious past is still very much alive, thanks to the impressive FF&E procurement from leading company Benjamin West, which worked across all guest rooms and new corridors, influencing certain decorative directions, as evidenced in paintings, photographs, meticulously restored bank memorabilia and portraits taken from the former boardroom of Cox’s & King’s.

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An impressively lit 3m-high engraved glass wall at the entrance recounts the building’s history in a few lines inscribed by French calligrapher Claude Mediavilla, one of the outstanding masters in the field. Pierre-Yves Rochon (PYR)’s renovation of the Sofitel London St James elevates the spirit of its historic neoclassical exterior by infusing a more modern, yet still distinctly British design in the guest rooms. As an international destination, the hotel blends contemporary

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French elegance with a bold British design scheme that recalls the creative, dynamic feel of the 1950s and 60s society and culture in London. This unforgettable time of youthful energy and innovation in art, design, fashion and music is captured in the new design and showcases Sofitel’s celebration of local culture in every property. Guest rooms are brightened with energetic shades of violet, blue, Bordeaux red and green for a fresh and modern atmosphere. Vibrant, edgy British design is conveyed through the use of these striking colours, modern pop-art

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pieces and whimsical accents and accessories. A classic British tartan carpet and customdesigned lamps are given a playful spirit through bold patterns and colours. The pop-art style artwork is a mix of abstract pieces and iconic British celebrities of the 60s, such as Twiggy, reinforcing the upbeat atmosphere and sense of place. Chic, modern French furniture pieces are integrated with iconic French furniture pieces by Pierre Paulin from the 1960s and early 70s. The clean lines found in his designs are translated throughout guestrooms and

showcased by his signature seating, such as the Mushroom chair. The prominent use of eclectic accessories, as well as a new bar and desk area, adds an inviting, residential touch. The reflectivity of mirror, chrome and lacquered finishes create a generous sense of space and modernity, while fabric wall panelling and whimsical geometric printed wallcoverings add to the sense of luxury and warmth. The quality of finishes and custom pieces reinforces a design approach that puts the modern guest front of mind, where functionality, comfort and technology are equally considered and integrated in line with Sofitel brand standards. Wild Honey St James, the hotel’s newest restaurant, combines classic French techniques with the finest seasonal British produce from chef Anthony Demetre, whose original Wild Honey enjoyed 12 successful years in Mayfair. Located on the former site of The Balcon restaurant, the dining room decor has been redesigned and refurbished by Jim Hamilton Design to reflect this new direction. Adjacent to the restaurant St James Bar is a cocktail destination in the heart of St James, redesigned to create a truly decadent and intimate space, day or night. The intimate hotel bar invites guests to relax and enjoy a signature St James Reviver or a Figaro Fizz as they take in the rich mohair velvet banquettes, warm lighting and antique mirror tables. In all, it is a magnificent example of neoclassical architecture in the heart of London.

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Hotel Royal Champagne Epernay, France Overlooking the vineyards that stripe the hills of France’s Champagne region, the newly-renovated Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa reimagines the wine-country retreat.

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In the heart of historic hillsides, the hotel’s contemporary architecture blends into nature and favours an unobstructed view of the three Champagne spots, listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The original property had been closed since 2014 after it was acquired by Boston-based Champagne Hospitality collection, a group of boutique luxury hotels and spas that includes the award-winning Le Barthelemy Hotel & Spa in St. Barths. For the decoration, the owners turned to Sybille de Margerie, who drew inspiration from the vine, and has helped restore all prestige to this luxurious property. The decoration project incorporates the history of this former coaching inn, where the kings of France stopped on their way to their coronation in Reims – then after, Napoleon and his generals. Today, it is the ideal base for exploring the most famous Champagne houses.

“Transparent and delicate, the natural materials, blonde wood and coloured glass are inspired by champagne bubbles”

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Transparent and delicate, the natural materials, blonde wood and coloured glass are inspired by champagne bubbles. Shoots of vines here and there symbolise the history, the heritage and the land passed down from generation to generation. The atmosphere is warm – the round shapes are inspired by barrels weathered by time. From the lobby acting as a vast living room, a huge chandelier of crystal flowers captures guests’ attention. Bathed in light, this space hosts a large fireplace and a contemporary wood-panelled library. Intimate, it is conducive to tasting a selection of the best champagne. With skylights in the heart of the lobby, the monumental spiral staircase leads to the lounges and restaurant located on the first floor. The Royal, a recently awarded gastronomic restaurant, is composed of a round room furnished at its centre with a large table lit

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by a monumental chandelier in amber glass bubbles. The cutlery is set under the complicit look of the elegant women invited by Napoleon. They are painted on four large screens standing in front of the walls with golden gradients. A bistronomic restaurant, the Bellevue is a continuation of the bar. It opens onto the terraces and offers a beautiful panorama of the vineyards. The tones are soft and recall the history of the post house with its riders’ hand-painted on the walls in shades of an autumn vine. The sober materials respond to the lightness and fragility of crystal pendants suspended in the centre of the restaurant. The real magic happens in the evening, when the lights are metamorphosed into suspended drops of water. Composed of 49 rooms on two levels, the hotel offers a serene and poetic atmosphere. The range of colours revolves around two

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worlds – from yellow to wine-red. The Joséphine suite is unique, dressed in a very soft blue, recalling the Empress’ damask fabrics. All rooms have views of the vineyards. Each guest enters a setting of resolutely contemporary comfort. A subtle blend of pastel and acid tones brings a softness to the space. The wall hangings designed by Sybille de Margerie represent a pattern with monochrome grape leaves. Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa is home to the region’s first world-class destination spa, spanning 16,000ft2. The calm of the reception is accentuated by long mosaic fountains. The relaxation area, with its cocoons of bamboo, the softness of its lighting and the vine leaves carved on the wall, echoes the surrounding landscape. In partnership with acclaimed French brand Biologique Recherche, the wellness centre comprises of nine treatment rooms, state-of-the-art fitness facilities, a wood-lined yoga studio, eucalyptus-infused sauna, manicure and pedicure stations, and a mosaic-tiled Hammam, while the play of light surrounding the chaises longues-lined swimming pools with breathtaking views of the vineyard completes the experience.

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InterContinental London Park Lane Mayfair Collection London Staying overnight at the InterContinental London Park Lane, John Legg reviews the new Mayfair Collection rooms and suites after catching up with Ariane Steinbeck, whose talented team at RPW designed the impressive transformation.

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One of London’s prime locations is home to the landmark property, the lnterContinental London Park Lane. A recent redevelopment of a number of its rooms into the The Mayfair Collection is part of the prestigious property’s ongoing development. Comprising seven grades of three room and four suite options, the luxurious new options affirm the five-star property’s coveted position at Number One Park Lane. The repositioning of the hotel’s offering is in response to increasing demand for suite style rooms across the capital, and the new collection, whilst seeing a reduction in the overall number of guest rooms, is creating larger rooms and suites. The multi-million pound upgrading work has been masterfully designed by RPW to offer a very high standard of luxury accommodation in London. Combining natural tones, sumptuous textures and modern amenities, the collection takes inspiration from its unparalleled location overlooking the Royal Parks in the heart of London. With a number of rooms and suites already complete, and the final rooms and suites nearing completion, I sampled the new accommodation in the shape of Grand Suite earlier this year. I was at first stuck by a very neat hallway design trick, designed to break up the visual tedium of corridors, featuring an inset smoked mirrored reveal featuring the room number – a refreshing detail which very much set the tone for the creative thinking deployed within the rooms and suites I later visited. The new guest rooms and suites have been developed to reflect a timeless

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elegance befitting the comfortable opulence of the lnterContinental brand values, and now create the next generation of guest rooms. The palette is assured yet calming, with natural tones of walnut, bone, parchment, linen and alabaster. The main joinery and case-goods items feature marble-topped or stitched leather, combined with delightful hardware embodying a comfortable luxury. Around the rooms, there is a subtlety to the naturalised patterns, combined with occasional bright accent colours such as aqua, tan or saffron that appear in artwork, cushions and accessories. Inspiration from the surrounding Royal Parks can be seen in details throughout the rooms and suites, and interesting artworks, as well as the use of natural fabrics, cocoon guests in luxurious materials and design. Details include a bespoke carpet design inspired by the veins of leaves at autumn time, bedside tables with bronze handles in the shape of a leaf and a metallic resin sculpture developed for the bathroom mirror which represents a tree trunk. The touchpoints throughout the rooms and suites were executed to a very high standard – for instance, the light switches by Focus SB provide a sophisticated hands-on element befitting the luxury feel overall. The Mayfair Collection’s high-end design is of course complemented by the expected modern amenities, with refined upholstered furniture, impressive wallcoverings, top-notch lighting throughout, a high-quality (and very large) TV (I had a 50in model in both the bedroom and the lounge of my suite), Nespresso machines and superb walk-in showers and baths presenting an overall exceptional experience to match the expectations of a well­-travelled guest with a professional and comfortable standard of

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luxury in mind. RPW’s design satisfies this element of the brief with aplomb. In addition to the impressive new Mayfair Collection, the lnterContinental London Park Lane has also refurbished its seventh floor Club InterContinental space. It is available exclusively to guests with permitted access and is a great location for one-to-one meetings and to enjoy the extraordinary views across London from the floor-to-ceiling windows. The relaxing, newly refurbished space is a glorious space – the ultimate urban haven with amazing light which fills the double-height space. Club InterContinental allows its guests to start their day in impressive comfort with breakfast overlooking the Wellington Arch and the Royal Parks, before beginning the day’s activities. After lunch, afternoon tea is served. In the evening, canapés and champagne is provided – the perfect aperitivo before guests make their way to dinner. The Club’s space has been separated into distinct areas to fit the needs and activities of any guest. The central area allows guests to dine while they take in the stunning views of the city, whilst the far end of the lounge, with its sumptuous sofas and chairs, offers a relaxing library-style spot with a library of specially curated Maison Assouline books to discover. There are also more secluded seating areas, providing privacy for those guests wishing to have informal business meetings, in addition to a meeting room. There are also shower facilities available for guests’ use. Club membership is complimentary to guests staying in any Luxury or Signature suite.

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InterContinental London Park Lane The Signature Suite collection London In addition to the impressive Mayfair Collection at InterContinental London Park Lane, the property’s Signature Suites are quite conceivably the finest, most elegant options for those who are able to enjoy the finer things in life. John Legg welcomed an opportunity to spend time in six of most impressive suites to be found in London today – or anywhere for that matter.

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As well as reviewing the Mayfair Collection suites, I was offered the option to tour the fine array of suites within the property. With a choice of 60 impressive suites, InterContinental London Park Lane offers some of the finest luxury accommodation in London. The diverse suites offer unparalleled views over some of the most illustrious areas of the city, and reflect their exquisite surroundings through the distinctive, elegant design style. The Signature Suite collection comprises seven of the hotel’s most distinguished suites, each with their own individual design accents that provide unique abodes for the hotel’s guests. From contemporary to regal, opulent to modern, each of the suites have been specifically designed to satisfy a range of guests’ preferences, complete with private butler. Choose between luxurious allure in the Royal Suite, or modern minimalist in the London Suite, while traditional undertones in The Apsley Suite reflect its location overlooking Apsley House, and the assertive and confident Presidential Suite presents modern luxury with colourful

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accents. The Capital Suite is the perfect abode for the business travelle, whilst both of the Palace Suites embody refined luxury with views to Buckingham Palace. InterContinental London Park Lane’s acclaimed Royal Suite pays homage to the hotel’s location on the site of 145 Piccadilly, Queen Elizabeth II’s former childhood residence. Attention is in every detail of the timeless design that encapsulates signature styles from

Her Majesty’s early life through to the present. Located on the eighth floor, the glamorous Mayfair position offers panoramic views of the Royal Parks and sits at the heart of a ‘By Appointment’ suite collection that creates one of the largest offerings in the capital through connecting rooms. The contemporary interpretation draws inspiration from Her Majesty’s style and duties to create residential grandeur, perfectly suited to entertaining,

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meeting or relaxing. The first business suite of its kind, The Capital Suite, is simply stunning. Arguably the finest suite in London, The Capital Suite is intelligently designed, allowing various areas of the suite to be separated based on the guests’ requirements and desires, in addition to an exclusive separate entrance into the hotel and a private lift. The suite, situated on the first floor, is described as the ‘ultimate abode for the international business and leisure traveller alike’, and offers a full-size boardroom, luxurious private office and two en-suite bedrooms. In its prime location in central London, and boasting state-of-the-art facilities, the design of the 335m2 suite draws inspiration from Hyde Park, the nature and history surrounding the hotel and its storied location. The grand 112m2 Presidential Suite boasts expansive views of Hyde Park and glamorous Knightsbridge which befit its title. With a contemporary dining area, an open-plan living space, and full-service kitchenette, the suite is ideal for business, entertaining or relaxing. The suite embodies a chic modern feel, with greys

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and dark blues in a variety of luxurious fabrics. Interesting details such as the pane glass wall separating the dining area from the sitting area allow the suite’s multipurpose functionality to come to life, whilst colourful decorative artworks punctuate the clean, sleek lines. The 73m2 London Suite is a duplex apartment-style offering with spectacular floor-to-ceiling windows, with expansive views overlooking the Royal Parks and Wellington Arch – contemporary design at its most impressive, with a floating staircase linking the two floors. Guests can enjoy one of the most impressive views in London from the relaxation of the luxurious tan leather sofa and the intimate dining area. Refined modern design elements mix with detailed glass designs and neutral tones, to create a comfortable and contemporary surrounding. Upstairs awaits a new perspective of the capital’s historic skyline, which can be absorbed from the grand king-size bed, jet walk-in rain shower, or while soaking in the bath with an amazing view. The stunning suite is replete with chic, modern bespoke furnishings, generous wardrobe space, designed for the

modern traveller. Overlooking Apsley House, the home of the Duke of Wellington, the 109m2 Apsley Suite offers an alluring blend of modern accents and traditional undertones with impressive views towards Knightsbridge. The suite alludes traditional grandeur with a dark wooden floor, and varied tones of blue in luxurious velvets and silks punctuated with exquisite modern design pieces, lighting and artworks. The suite includes an expansive living space, private dining or meeting area with kitchen and spacious bedroom. It can also be connected to three additional guest rooms to create a customisable experience. The two 89m2 Palace Suites offer uninterrupted views over the Royal Parks and London monuments. These suites present a sumptuous living area, intimate dining area for six and interconnecting master bedroom, which features a separate seated dressing area. These Palace Suites are amongst London’s most impressive spaces for working or entertaining and can be connected to additional guest rooms.

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Halekulani Okinawa Okinawa, Japan Having designed Halekulani Okinawa’s sister establishment – Halepuna Waikiki by Halekulani – the respected and deeply talented New York design studio, Champalimaud Design, was again called upon to create an aesthetic to emulate these memories in what is a truly magnificent location in Japan.

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“Beautiful woven rattan chairs are paired with light amber leather banquets and marble metal cocktail tables – shades that perfectly complement the hues of a sunset or sunrise”

Picturesquely located in the Okinawa Kaigan Quasi-National Park, Halekulani Okinawa is a hidden paradise overlooking the East China Sea on Japan’s eastern coastline. Halekulani, meaning ‘house befitting heaven’ in Hawaiian, perfectly complements the concept of the hotel, which promises its guests the opportunity to create special memories during their stay. In deciding on an open-plan layout for a number of spaces, the design allows guests to be immersed in the surrounding environment and nature-rich scenery, finding reprieve and calm on the shores of the Okinawan coast. Collectively, the interiors of the hotel’s public spaces and guest rooms place an emphasis on a natural palette with an inviting tactility – expertly blurring the lines between interior and exterior space. Halekulani Okinawa boasts two lobbies, one in the Beachfront Wing and the other within the Sunset Wing. Designed to bring the ocean indoors, both lobbies offer open and expansive spaces, providing breathtaking panoramic views. It is within this space that guests are

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met with nods to the original Halekulani hotel in Waikiki – a slated ceiling, bespoke metal and glass light fixtures, and organic design references. The palette is natural, neutral and thoughtfully curated. Champalimaud’s House Without a Key – the all-day dining venue – is clad in travertine columns and elegant oak flooring. This space pays tribute to the impressive surrounding landscape, featuring a plaster feature wall with organic impressions reminiscent of the ones that shells leave in sand, and delicately woven metal panels in place of walls. The seating is contemporary, yet timeless. In opting for a peaked slatted ceiling, guests’ eyes are drawn immediately towards the impressive central light fixture, an abstracted collection of bubbles. The extending outdoor terrace continues the hotel’s play on blending indoor and outdoor spaces, offering a flexible dining experience with outstanding views. Champalimaud has also thoughtfully designed the interiors for additional dining spaces within the hotel. Kingdom is widely recognised as one of the island’s premier steak restaurants, and is

a sophisticated and intimate haunt, featuring a show kitchen to amplify the dining experience. Warm, rich, and sleek, the space is wrapped in different iterations of light and medium oak woods, including shallow cove ceilings and stepped wall panels and plank flooring. The hotel’s Bar Spectra sits within an open frame composed of a peaked slatted ceiling with cove lighting and trapezoid tiled travertine walls. The surrounding dynamic and impressive views are heightened by the chosen neutral palette of the space. Beautiful woven rattan chairs are paired with light amber leather banquets and marble metal cocktail tables – shades that perfectly complement the hues of a sunset or sunrise. The guest rooms and suites have been designed to be elegant and peaceful. Not only inspired by the waterfront location but also Halekulani’s original ‘seven shades of white’ philosophy, the guest rooms are successfully sophisticated and warmly welcoming. Framed in elegant white oak flooring, each guest room continues the overarching theme of nature, featuring bespoke large-scale rugs that references the sandy shores of Okinawa.

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Bespoke wood panels hold elegant and architecturally framed hanging lamps which are complemented by the bespoke cane chair, plush wood framed bouclé chaise and a large dresser fitted in a grid pattern inspired by traditional Japanese Shoji screens. Some guest rooms offer bathrooms with amazing views of the ocean from their shower and bath tubs. Following the ‘seven shades of white’ narrative throughout, all of the suite formats follow a similar story to the guest rooms. Warm whites, muted browns, and earthy stone colours are mindfully layered within spaces of the suites. Champalimaud’s suites are carefully considered, designed to feel like a stately island residence, each of the suites feature a living and dining area with bespoke and handsomely finished furnishings, white oak flooring, and white oak slatted cove ceilings. Champalimaud has also created exquisite one-and two-bedroom Villas at Halekulani Okinawa. These villas have been designed to offer a unique elevated experience for hotel guests. Surrounded by the local flora of the island, traditional Japanese design elements are interwoven throughout the architecture of the villas. Each villa was built with traditional Okinawan Aka-Gawara red tiles, with the intention of blending into the local landscape. Each of these luxurious spaces is equipped with its own private pool and natural onsen.

“The guest rooms and suites have been designed to be elegant and peaceful. Not only inspired by the waterfront location but also Halekulani’s original ‘seven shades of white’ philosophy, the guest rooms are successfully sophisticated”

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THREE QUICK QUESTIONS with Ed Bakos, CEO of Champalimaud Design

Which elements of the brief would you describe as challenging? Honestly, our studio didn’t meet many challenges with this project. The client had an absolutely beautiful site right at the edge of the Okinawan coast and they had a vision rooted in providing three different offerings onto the site – hotel rooms, suites, and villas. We were charged with not only designing the spaces but also with programming and planning the hotel in a way that was unique to each offering, encapsulated the landscape, and echoed the cultural and brand values of the client. We were fortunate to work with a talented team of architects who helped us utilise the contours and nuances of the site to create these different products. What turned out to be the three most successful components of the design? The arrival sequence is quite amazing. Guests drive up into a beautiful court and portecochère and from there they progress into a lobby with a tremendous view. Off the lobby you have a spread of other places including check-in, a bar, and a lounge. It’s a thoughtful procession. In addition to doing the interiors we developed concepts for the facade. We created modular screen walls that we treated like fabric in terms of creating textural layers to the face of the property – they look elegant in the daylight and illuminate at night. We designed multiple guestroom types that were a gracious interpretation of the brand’s ‘Seven Shades of White’ principals, and we also created fabulous room concepts that felt right for the idea of a resort – each centred around the idea of relaxation and serenity. How does this property evolve the concept of modern luxury? Luxury today is more about subtleties, and how a hotel can cater to its guests and their experience. We designed a whole spectrum of solutions around public spaces that are linked to the programming and moods that we were trying to create. There’s a wonderful relationship between the lobby and the spaces that branch off of it that allow for one to see and be seen. There are casual, relaxed spaces that reflect the ways one would spend time while on holiday – alternatively, there’s a lounge space on the other side that allows for solitude and serenity.

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Air Canada Signature Club Toronto The most luxurious member’s club in Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena, Air Canada Signature Club treats its guests to a space designed for unrivalled premium entertaining.

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Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment asked DesignAgency to re-envision the existing club, and to establish a pre-eminent hospitality experience that impresses well beyond the game or event itself. Since the club is located in a discrete zone behind the arena seating, the design team was challenged to create a range of dining experiences within the space’s elongated proportions and its varying ceiling heights, while establishing a variety of opportunities for socialising and for privacy as desired. Behind the welcoming walnut doors, members are immersed in warm walnut and pink marble surfaces, glittering brass details, and soft ambient lighting. The lounge has an elevated yet approachable feel and is at once synonymous with deluxe hospitality, where thoughtful spaces, high-quality materials and attractive lighting form the backdrop for an elegant experience.

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A central lounge and bar area features a curvilinear leather panelled bar ringed by navy leather barstools with comfortable, rounded backs and a continuous bar-top surface ideal for dining. Italian oak wood floors provide a warm, heritage ambiance and rotating contemporary installations over the perimeter banquettes enable a changeable mood. The space transitions from a lounge to a more formal dining area with a spectacular, sparkling marble and brushed brass bar. Oxblood leather tufted banquet booths, backed by fluted glass screens, enable more secluded conversations. A series of wood-panelled private dining rooms, each with domestic proportions and bespoke lighting, allow guests to entertain in their own inner sanctum. A walk-through wine cellar with hidden decanting drawers’ doubles as a second exit from which guests can proceed to their seats on the arena floor.

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Gekko House Frankfurt, Germany Part of Tribute Portfolio Hotels, Marriott International’s new collection of characterful independent hotels, the much-anticipated Gekko House brings an indie spirit and urban aesthetic to Frankfurt’s up-and-coming Gallus District.

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Tribute Portfolio continues to expand its European footprint with the opening of Gekko House, the brand’s second hotel in Germany, and its first in Frankfurt. The 128-room urban-designed hotel is situated in the heart of Frankfurt’s up-and-coming Gallus district, known for its converted warehouses and factories, which is now home to eclectic music venues and theatres. Frankfurt-based Morgen Interiors led the design, creating a captivating urban aesthetic reflective of Frankfurt’s openminded culture whilst inviting spontaneity and fun, inspired by the hotel’s motto, ‘life is crazy.’ “We’re thrilled to welcome this vibrant new hotel within Tribute Portfolio’s growing global family of independent hotels that are drawn together by their passion for captivating design and their drive to create vibrant social scenes for travellers. Gekko House is set to be a hotspot for both guests and locals alike with its characterful and cosmopolitan design, sincere service, and lively ambiance at their Chicago Williams restaurant and bar,” says John Licence, vice-president of Premium and Select Brands Europe, Marriott International.

“Frankfurt-based Morgen Interiors led the design, creating a captivating urban aesthetic reflective of Frankfurt’s openminded culture whilst inviting spontaneity and fun, inspired by the hotel’s motto, ‘life is crazy’”

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Guest rooms at Gekko House juxtapose exposed concrete walls with wooden flooring, hand-blown statement glass lighting fixtures, olive green furniture and lavish velvet seating. Each room offers floor-to-ceiling windows with skyline views across Germany’s only skyscraper city. In addition, they boast a Marshall Music Box, Nespresso coffee machine, amenities by Australian organic skincare brand Grown Alchemist and a Gekko House-curated city guide. On the ground floor, guests are led to the hotel entrance via an intimate passage, where cherry wood panelling meets deep olive furnishings and eye-catching tapestries. In the lobby, guests can shop at The Gekko Späti, where the team have hand-picked a selection of artisanal drinks and snacks, as well as local souvenirs and gadgets.

At the heart of Gekko House is the restaurant and bar, Chicago Williams, a Berlin-born BBQ concept established in 2012 by Nawid Samawat. A spacious lounge bar leads to the restaurant, with an open kitchen serving up German beer and cured meat specialties like babyback ribs and beef brisket alongside soulful dishes like macaroni and cheese. Designed in deep red tones, the interior features a wooden floor with oak tables and copper detailing. For a more intimate experience, diners can be seated next to the black-tiled smoker room where they can watch the chefs work their creative magic in the kitchen. This Summer, Gekko House will open Chicago Beach Rooftop on the eighth floor – a lounge bar with unbeatable views of the city’s skyline. “The arrival of Gekko House as part of Tribute Portfolio is unlike anything on the German hotel market at present. Gekko House provides a more casual concept without compromising on design, style and comfort. Gekko House is a place where business travellers and tourists alike can come to unwind, let loose and enjoy life,” says Gekko Group’s Micky Rosen and Alex Urseanu.

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AXOR supplies luxury brassware to exclusive Treehouse Hotel, London Located on Langham Place, next to the iconic BBC Broadcasting House, the new Treehouse Hotel is the first UK-based hotel from the 1Hotels Group and Barry Sternlicht. Introducing a new type of hospitality to the capital, Treehouse’s success comes from its nostalgic home-from-home concept. The spirited yet stylish interiors are founded on the ideas that inspire a child to build a treehouse, including adventure, cosy spaces and a repurposing of materials. With impressive views of the London skyline, all 95 rooms (including 15 suites) have been crafted to offer more than the typical guest experience. Each bathroom is designed to combine luxurious living with the latest technical advancement. Nestled against the iconic birch trees found throughout the hotel’s interior, all of the en-suite bathrooms are fully equipped with quality and innovative brassware from the classic AXOR Montreux range. Complementing crittal-style screens and cabinetry, the industrial-inspired basin mixers, hand showers and accessories are finished in brushed black chrome to create a truly unified aesthetic.

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The AXOR Montreux Overhead Shower, designed by Pheonix Design and reminiscent of the grand hotels of the 1920s, delivers a spa-like showering experience with AXOR’s innovative RainAir spray technology. Relaxing shower rain, enriched with air inside the showerhead, makes for exceptionally soft and plump beads of water that cocoon the body. Commenting on the project, Anand Gandesha, marketing at Hansgrohe UK, says: “AXOR’s shower and basin mixers offered the design, comfort and functionality the team were looking for when specifying products for the Treehouse Hotel. As leaders in bathroom design and innovation, all AXOR products combine impeccable form with function. The Treehouse Hotel follows a similar design mantra and as such we’re proud to have supplied AXOR products for such a remarkable and iconic London hotel.” Cairn Group director, Neeraj Handa, commented that AXOR had been chosen for its superior quality: “Consistently delivering top-ofthe-range products has ensured our ongoing relationship with the Hansgrohe Group.”

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Kaldewei – sustainable luxury bathroom solutions Kaldewei, the premium steel enamel bathroom solutions manufacturer, has demonstrated its expertise as a partner to international hotels for many years. Kaldewei’s superior steel enamel, a highquality and durable material that has proven its outstanding properties for decades, makes it ideal for hotel bathrooms. Thanks to its glass-hard surface, it shows not even the tiniest scratches despite years of daily use and cleaning, ensuring Kaldewei bathroom solutions remain as attractive as the day they were installed, which help to optimise long-term running costs. And, with a 30-year guarantee promise of quality, Kaldewei underlines the longevity of its products, helping to minimising refurbishment costs. Sustainability Kaldewei steel enamel is made from natural materials, steel and glass, which makes it exceptionally robust – tough, but with an

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extremely smooth surface. All Kaldewei Iconic Bathroom Solutions are 100% recyclable and provide an environmentally friendly solution as well as an ecologically caring approach to preserving the planet. Award-winning bathroom solutions With a vast portfolio of over 600 shower surfaces, washbasins and baths, and over 150 design awards including the Green Good Design Award – one of the world’s most illustrious sustainability awards – Kaldewei is the perfect partner of choice for sustainable bathroom design. Its portfolio includes floor-level shower surfaces, such as the multi-award-winning Nexsys which is available in 17 colours with five

stylish design cover options, iconic washbasins, such as the filigree Miena washbasin bowls, and luxury baths, such as the freestanding Meisterstueck Classic Duo Oval from the Meisterstuecke collection, which satisfy the demands of the most discerning hotel guest. Added options, such as Kaldewei’s Secure Plus – a virtually invisible, yet reliable anti-slip finish for its enamelled shower surfaces – provide maximum guest safety underfoot. Kaldewei’s Coordinated Colours Collection, an exclusive range of 12 matt shades, offers hotels the opportunity to customise hotel bathrooms in one harmonious colour or to personalise the space with individually coloured bathroom solutions.

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AQATA – ahead of the curve, and introducing the DS660 AQATA is delighted to introduce the DS660. This new curved shower screen has been created following the success of the original boutique curved quintet shower screen the DS506. The new DS660 in 1200 x 900mm allows for a more spacious showering experience and is suitable for use in a wetroom or with a 550 radius size quadrant shower tray. The appeal of the curve remains – this new design has hinged panel attached to the curved glass screen, creating a more expansive area while keeping the showering space secluded from the rest of the bathroom.

SensoWash Starck f – the newgeneration shower-toilet Introducing the new generation shower-toilet. Designed exclusively for Duravit by Philippe Starck, the SensoWash Starck f Plus and SensoWash Starck f Lite can be operated via a remote control or a free app. The technology is now housed within the ceramic body, creating a stylish minimalist product. Comfort is guaranteed thanks to technical finishing touches, such as the motion sensor for automatic cover opening, plus the wide range of setting options for seat heating, the shower flow and the controllable hot air dryer. The SensoWash app also enables individual, personal configuration of the shower-toilet.

Refined bathroom solutions that are full of character Aesthetic appeal, practicality and sophistication are essential when making things to last, and Margraf’s marble collection has the capacity to amaze, enchant and give a setting a unique atmosphere with a strong personality. The Vicenza-based company’s designers are real artists, who present a modern take on the natural stone. They bring out the best of its qualities in order to enhance bathrooms and give them an exceptionally refined and exclusive feel. The resulting collection of tiles, bathtubs, shower trays and washbasins of various shapes and sizes can add a highly personal touch and bring the marvels of the natural world into home bathrooms and the wellness areas of hotels.

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Flexibility without compromise The 12-strong Malmo Senses collection offers a stylish, easy-fitting and high-performance luxury vinyl flooring material that is suitable for a wide variety of domestic applications including kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms. Malmo Senses Registered Embossed luxury vinyl flooring replicates the look and feel of real wood like never before. With the texture in line with the visual pattern of the woodgrain, it combines the beauty of wood with a durability of vinyl. It offers excellent functionality for use in the bathroom and kitchen as it is completely waterproof to its core, R10 slip resistant, resistant to indentations, will not chip, crack or scratch and is suitable for use with underfloor heating (including encased water pipes).

Showerwall adds 26 design-led decors Showerwall has extended its bathroom wall panelling range with 26 new design-led decors reflecting the latest bathroom and interiors trends and advances in registered embossed printing technology. The full collection now offers an extensive choice of 84 designs. With a focus on of-the-moment design and texture, highlights of the expansive new Showerwall collection include 14 new HPL designs including four new Synchronised options which replicate the look and feel of real marble and stone of Ocean Marble, Shell Marble, Apollo Marble and Athena Marble, and three fashionable terrazzo colourways of Positano Blue Terrazzo, Positano Grey Terrazzo and Stone Terrazzo.

Aurelia by Rubinetterie Treemme Rubinetterie Treemme is a brand that for 50 years has been renowned for its 100% Italian, top-quality products. The brand works with young designers able to take on board the company’s values, turning them into unique products in which design and project engineering come together to shape models of outstanding beauty and advanced technology. Aurelia, designed by Danilo Fedeli, is one of the latest models, which has a style concept in which past meets present, exploring original, exclusive shapes – this is how Danilo Fedeli describes this new project, designed to make its mark in sophisticated, classy settings.

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Dedon introduces new collections

RILLY RILLY by GamFratesi is a versatile collection with dining, lounging and couch elements and is offered in two different materials: maritime rope and the new DEDON fibre ‘touch’. Instead of a classic, RILLY has a parallel, vertical, semi-transparent structure. The results are inviting shapes and a single contemporary graphic look. From lounge chairs to sofas to a generous double daybed with canopy, RILLY is a varied one Collection for unique landscapes in every environment.

IZON IZON is a collection of coffee and side tables designed to mix and match, and even overlap. Frames are of powder-coated aluminium in a variety of dimensions. Tabletops come in diverse shapes, sizes and materials, from glass to natural stone. “It’s not about style but lifestyle,” explains Levy. “We all have a different way we want to be, and I wanted to create a collection that could adapt itself to our individualism.”

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MBARQ With its expansive backrests and deep seating, MBARQ by Sebastian Herkner envelopes users in privacy and protective comfort. Inspired by the traditional form of the indoor alcove, the modular collection gives structure to open outdoor spaces, defining areas in which to work, rest or engage in conversation. MBARQ’s eye-catching organic forms, vivid colour play and semi-transparent weave bring a poetic touch to any setting, inviting users to embark on a journey of the imagination. With MBARQ, Herkner says he aimed to define a space in which to relax, chat or concentrate drawing inspiration from the traditional form of the indoor alcove, transporting its essence to the outdoors.

SEALINE By Jean-Marie Massaud, Sealine is a luxurious lounge collection with an easy-chic spirit. Designed to be elegant, comfortable and appropriate in any season or latitude, this compact system is equally at home on the terrace of an African lodge or the deck of a yacht in the Scandinavian fjords. SEALINE features a handcrafted teak frame, plush cushions and a backrest in a choice of maritime rope or extra-wide DEDON fivre. The luxurious elements are easily combined with other DEDON styles, including Massaud’s award-winning SEAX collection and his iconic SEAYOU deck chairs, for an effortlessly eclectic look.

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Band Collection by Patricia Urquiola The idea behind the Band collection is the breakdown of structure – an object designed using an ensemble of pieces. The chair’s design intentionally challenges the classic sophisticated lines of furniture design and becomes something schematic, a conceptual programme. A structure made up of repetitive angular shapes that give centre stage to its raw materials, and can be formed entirely of aluminium or teak wood, and of Terrain Fabrics. The collection comprises a dining chair and a club armchair.

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Quality furniture with high design The director’s chair is an iconic and classic piece of design. Always intended as a practical outdoor seating solution, the director’s chair was then adopted by the yacht community and quickly, by association, became a symbol of luxury. The Montisola and Iseo director’s chairs elevate this practical piece of furniture design to an entirely new level, bringing together some of the finest materials in two stunning forms penned by Christian Grande Designworks. The chairs are made from solid teak and are available in a wide range of Maria Flora outdoor fabrics. Both models of chair feature exquisite details such as mirror polished hinges and leather protective pads on the feet to avoid marking any flooring. The director’s chair is a space-saving solution and can be neatly folded away when not required, and each chair is supplied with a tailored carry bag.

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Contemporary lighting brand Astro to launch inaugural design-led Capsule Collection Astro Lighting, a producer of contemporary lighting, will launch its first-ever capsule collection of design-led, limited edition pieces. Consistent with Astro’s creative ethos, that good design demands simplicity, the Capsule Collection Volume 01 focuses on precision and restraint to transcend seasons and trends by being functional yet beautiful. Created by co-founder and design director James Bassant and senior designer Riley Sanders, the collection’s three products – the Orb, io Pendant and Halftone – are designed to stand out, but also stand the test of time. Inspired by the mechanical perfection of an orrery, the Orb light presents an illuminated spherical ball, with a fully adjustable and magnifying mirror that ‘orbits’ around the luminaire at its centre. The io Pendant light takes inspiration from the fluted detailing of the ancient Greek Ionic pillars. Using the unique production process of gravity-fed glass extrusion, io Pendant takes a circular 2D design and extrudes the glass downwards to create a perfectly ribbed cylindrical form. A fusion between art, technology and science, the Halftone wall light focuses on the simple form of a circle with an engaging etched pattern on a translucent, clear acrylic. Its subtle, gradient etched pattern begins from the edge of the disc and increases with intensity, creating a vivid ring of light. The transparency of the acrylic allows the wall to still be visible, both when the light is switched on or off.

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Worktops that create distinctive, design-led spaces The new EGGER Worktops Collection 2020 offers an exciting and versatile range of beautifully detailed, tactile and durable laminate worktops in a range of thicknesses. The sophisticated simplicity of the collection enables the creation of a look that is virtually indistinguishable from solid wood and stone, but has the hardwearing, hygienic, and easy-to-care-for benefits of laminate. Comprising 34 decors, the collection includes 16, 25 and 38mm square-edged and 38mm post-formed worktops. From walnut and oak to concrete and marble, there is a finish to suit every interior including kitchens, bathrooms, offices and retail spaces. Download EGGER’s new app to preview the decors in room sets and in 3D, available now from the app store. The 38mm square-edge worktops create the look of real wood, with four oak decors. They have been carefully chosen from the highly popular Feelwood range, with texture and design perfectly aligned. 38mm postformed worktops boasts 24 desirable decors in a variety of classic and contemporary finishes, and the 25mm square-edged worktops recreate the smooth and sleek touch of stone and slate materials. The elegant and stylish 16mm square-edged worktops create many design possibilities. They are suitable for waterfall islands, shelving and side panels, and matching 38mm post-formed worktops can recreate the on-trend thick and thin look. Matching upstands, splashbacks and edging are available in all worktop decors to create a coordinated finish. The team at EGGER has also developed a new range of accessories to provide easy access to essential items required when installing a worktop. Two installation kits, EGGERSeal waterproof sealant and adhesive, and additional accessories, are available to purchase alongside a worktop. If these accessories are used in conjunction with the EGGER fitting guide, the worktop is guaranteed for 10 years.

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A monumental atrium staircase in wood and HI-MACS - the perfect combination On entering the 2019 renovation of the headquarters of insurance company CMMA, in Châlons-en-Champagne, a majestic staircase made of natural oak and HI-MACS captures the eye, like a sculpture. The architects Patrick Planchon and Franck Deroche and fine woodworker Landry Gobert have successfully combined function with aesthetics in this structure that serves as the veritable backbone of the building. The railings installed all along the path of this atrium structure – with the exception of the landings – are clad with 12-mm bonded, seamless HI-MACS Alpine White panels, on top of a metal structure with a slightly bevelled lip. The handrail is perfectly aligned with the inner side and includes recessed joints at the edge of the materials and lighting whose 60° angle illuminates the part of the handrail held by visitors. Four imposing modular conference tables plus consoles made of HI-MACS furnish the boardroom with its retractable back wall, as well as workspaces with desks and slat paneling, likewise made of HI-MACS.

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Illuminate in style The Vida chandelier designed by Hinkley, one of Elstead Lighting’s US partners, is available through Elstead’s Quintessentiale collection. Vida’s modern design bursts with a flourishing style that is both highly dramatic and finely sculpted. A statement piece with unique detailing to its canopy and large crystal accents that are supported from a burnished gold frame, Vida injects a thrilling dash of contemporary inspiration to its surroundings. There are three different shapes of 13lt starburst chandeliers, along with a more contemporary 6lt chandelier, 9lt semi-flush and 2lt wall light. Vida is a golden masterpiece to present on Elstead’s 50th year of manufacturing and distributing decorative lighting.

Joe Scog – Designed by you, engineered by us Recently established lighting company Joe Scog specialises in the production of bespoke luminaires which are exclusively made in Britain and whose design is based on solid engineering principles, using only high-quality materials that are made to last. Since every piece is individually hand-crafted and made to order, finishes are customisable to suit every taste and style with a choice of wood finishes such as dark walnut or light oak, stained ebony or white and metal elements in solid brass – polished or brushed, burnished bronze, black nickel, brushed copper or 24-carat rose gold. The George pendant is in solid light oak or dark walnut wood with Danish oil finish, mouth-blown glass shades. The Guinevere chandelier (shortlisted at the Darc Awards 2019) combines wood and solid brass components and is available as a 12-arm, three-tier chandelier, or many other configurations including a two-arm wall version.

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Blum’s space step launched at kbb Birmingham to great acclaim Space Step delivers multiple benefits to an area that is frequently left unused – the cabinet plinth. The plinth solution by Blum extends with a single touch and can be used as a step. Children, for example, can reach the washbasin and wash their hands and brush their teeth by themselves. As for bigger users, the step gives them easy access to higher levels – wall cabinets in the bedroom, for example. But that is not all. The clever plinth solution by Blum fulfils another function – the top of the step can be simply pushed back into the cabinet to reveal a pull-out underneath. This is where Space Step creates extra storage space for seldom-used items. For hotel designers where space can be a premium this might be the perfect solution.

New stock collection – Patina 2.0 Newhay Carpets has taken its Patina stock collection to the next level with the launch of Patina 2.0. The original and incredibly popular Patina Stock Collection of heavy contract quality, environmentally friendly carpets, was launched back in 2018, in a choice of nine colourways. Such was its success, the Newhey design team has launched a second collection with a range of new colourways inspired entirely by nature and backed using sustainable ‘evobac’ technology. Patina takes its design cues from oxidised metallic surfaces and has a vintage aesthetic that has really fired the imagination of leading interior designers. Patina 2.0, inspired by natural phenomenon, colours and resources, is an entirely new collection of six new colourways. Manufactured using Colortec technology and created to withstand heavy traffic, this 1400g/m2 carpet is available at 4m wide. The colourways will appeal to those wishing to project an authentic natural feel.

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Edge a way to perfection with Unilin Evola Designed by Marco Carini, Tatami is a response to a growing trend in residential and commercial projects where biophilic design and uncomplicated aesthetics are essential to enhance the end-user experience. Its very name hints at its Japanese inspired roots where graceful, minimal and profound gestures are reinforced in a combination of textures and light play. Showcasing the tactile advantages of cork, Tatami uses graphic inspired lines in horizontal or vertical form to distort light resulting in a wall panel that adds immediate interest to interiors. Inspired by oriental tatami mats, the range comes in three colours inspired by the natural colour of rice fibres. Tatami Midnight is a rich comforting deep brown which adds an all-embracing aesthetic to room schemes. Its dark ridges take on a subtle pinstripe effect when light is cast against its panels. Tatami Natural has a honey wheat colour variation which results in a warming organic covering. Tatami Light is the complete antithesis of Midnight with light sand-like colour akin to contemporary Japandi styles.

Ibis Styles, Heathrow East Splendid Hospitality Group employed Interior Design firm Matthews Mee, Wakefield, to create the scheme. The interior needed to reflect the luxury and glamour of this bygone era. Inspired by the interior design concept created by Mathews Mee, Skopos produced a selection of ideas and designs for the interior fabrics. Skopos developed a bespoke blue/grey woven curtain in a Twill design for the 125 bedrooms. This was accompanied by Carina sheer from the popular Zephyr voiles collection. Full blackout was requested so the curtains were blackout lined and velcro was added to the curtain trail edge to obtain this effect – this allows the drape to lie flat against the wall. For the public areas, a Bespoke Art Deco-style upholstery fabric, Petit Edodo, a print on the Nereus basecloth was created in Burgundy and Petrol colourways. The design was also printed on an inherently FR basecloth and used for scatter cushions. Skopos also provided a full-service offer. The curtains were made in the Skopos sewing room in Yorkshire and full site measure and installation was completed by the Skopos fitting team. Roller blinds were also supplied by Skopos and installed in public areas.

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Unique Carrara from COMPAC – let there be light

Unique Carrara is part of COMPAC’s Unique Collection – a distinctive and elegant range of quartz worksurfaces whose designs have been inspired by the textures, beauty and durability of nature’s rivers, forests, mountains and landscapes. Combining style and originality with a subtle meandering vein design, Unique Carrara will light up any kitchen or bathroom worksurface or feature wall. Unique Carrara is available in a polished finish that intensifies surface colours or a glacé finish that provides a smooth soft sensation to the touch.

The Art of Performance In 2020, Swedish flooring company Bolon is breaking fresh ground by presenting The Art of Performance, a sustainable approach that rediscovers and reinterprets the beauty and function within its existing product lines. With the Art of Performance, Bolon explores the endless possibilities afforded by its existing collections as well as focus on the core attributes of the woven flooring – designability, sustainability, cleanability and durability. At the core of the Art of Performance is a belief that design goes beyond what meets the eye. Only by combining sustainable methods, aesthetic beauty and exemplary function can products succeed. Throughout 2020, Bolon will have numerous new exciting flooring combinations – the company wants to show that woven flooring really can be a piece of art.

Built-in protection for safer living Inspired by the natural beauty of sea coral, Ultraleather | Reef Pro is the latest addition to Ultrafabrics’ animal-free fabric portfolio. Combining powerful performance with a sophisticated sensorial experience, the collection features Ultrafabrics’ inherent Takumi technology and renowned Ink & Stain Resistant solution. Reef Pro mimics the intrinsic movements found in nature through a subtle two-tone surface texture, available in a range of 17 fresh shades, complemented by a low-gloss, stylish matte finish. Reef Pro follows in the successful footsteps of Ultraleather | Pro, Ultrafabrics’ first Ink & Stain Resistant product. Suitable for a variety of upholstery applications in busy, high-traffic environments, Reef Pro can be easily maintained with a variety of standard cleaning products. Tested extensively, Reef Pro fuses cleanability with repellency, tested to resist ballpoint pen, denim dyes, red wine, mustard and ketchup. Reef Pro is as durable as it is attractive to the touch.

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Charles Burnand collaborates with Alexandra Champalimaud Alexandra Champalimaud, founder of internationally renowned studio Champalimaud Design, has partnered with Charles Burnand, the London-based design gallery and studio, for a limited edition capsule collection to be debuted at The Salon Art + Design Show at The Park Avenue Armory, New York, from 14-18th November. The Charles Burnand x Alexandra Champalimaud collaboration, which is part of Charles Burnand’s Icons Collection, draws inspiration from the volume and graciousness of North American glaciers. Their grounding presence and understated majesty give way to reimagined ideations around shape and form for a bespoke sofa, coffee table and pendant. Each piece is designed to exist as either independent articulations or together as a synchronistic statement and has been entirely handcrafted in London.

Japanese tradition inspires new Granorte range Designed by Marco Carini, Tatami is a response to a growing trend in residential and commercial projects where biophilic design and uncomplicated aesthetics are essential to enhance the end-user experience. Its very name hints at its Japanese-inspired roots, where graceful, minimal and profound gestures are reinforced in a combination of textures and light play. Showcasing the tactile advantages of cork, Tatami uses graphic-inspired lines in horizontal or vertical form to distort light resulting in a wall panel that adds immediate interest to interiors.

New stock collection – Natural Wool Newhey Carpets, manufacturer of wool-rich contract carpets, has updated its highly successful Natural Wool Collection with a selection of new designs. The launch of the Natural Wool Collection in 2016 produced a flurry of orders from clients across the entire spectrum of the hospitality industry, from hotel and leisure chains to independent restaurants and inns. This 1350g/m2 graphics tufted heavy contract use carpet is available at 4m wide. To satisfy the industry’s heightened appetite for high-performance natural wool carpets with sustainable attributes, Newhey Carpets has extended its palette for this collection, from Silver Grey through to deep Ebony. All shades in the newly updated range are derived from the natural colour of the sheep’s fleece. Different breeds offer an eclectic mix of wool, allowing Newhey’s designers to work with a skilled local spinner to develop and blend the Natural Wool Collection’s natural yarn colours.

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Granorte celebrates nature’s perfect imperfection with WABI Granorte’s impressive portfolio of natural cork wallcoverings is joined by WABI, an introduction that celebrates the perfect imperfection of nature. Taking its name from the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, which finds beauty in contrast and imperfection, WABI is a prime example of how sustainable materials can be combined with the variances and nuances of nature-inspired aesthetics, to create a real statement in interior design. Recently unveiled as part of the 2020 Collection at Domotex, WABI is an evolution of the established Decodalle wall-coverings range. Made from 100% natural and agglomerated cork, tinted into subtle colours inspired by the natural world, there is a choice of four cork textures. Each style is created using a cork sourced from different stages to create unique patterns and textures.

Welcome the playful spirit of Spectre A study that investigates the reactions of light on different glazes to playful effect, Spectre is the new ceramic wall tile collection from Parkside. Made up of three glaze finishes – the playful and pearlescent hologram, matt and gloss – Spectre lets designers explore the interaction of light on different surfaces. The matt and gloss finishes are available on their own, or with a mixed finish box including all three finishes. By combining the different glazes in either a random combination or structured pattern, the collection can be used to dramatic effect, with light dancing across the finishes for a unique look at every viewing angle. Most notable, the hologram finish uses a precious metals glaze to recreate a captivating and ever-changing spectrum effect. Each tile is unique, simply adding to the impact, with different gradients and shade combinations. Changing colour and reflectivity depending on where its viewed and the light conditions at that time, the hologram finish brings a different kind of pop to wall tiles.

Style delivers flexible dining to new Ivy Asia Recently opened, the lavishly decorated Ivy Asia is a concept restaurant and late-night bar set in the heart of London. Offering flexible dining, Style installed a semi-automatic Dorma Hüppe Variflex moveable wall, allowing an exclusive room for up to 35 guests to be quickly created. With the Variflex system delivering 38dB Rw acoustic integrity, the private guests can enjoy an intimate experience in the sectioned-off room, while the rest of the bar and restaurant operates as normal. Style installed the panels with a simple priming sheet finish, allowing the restaurant to decorate the wall with its own flamboyantly Asian-themed graphics, ensuring it blends seamlessly into the sumptuous interior decor. When not required, the wall can be moved back to incorporate the space into the main restaurant. The Ivy Asia team was keen to cater for private dining and events, and with this in mind, asked partitioning expert Style to create an adaptable space that could be sectioned off for guest privacy. “This installation is yet another good example of how a moveable wall can directly impact a business’ ability to maximise revenue,” says Julian Sargent, Style’s group MD.

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“Sustainability has been a key factor in all business decisions”

Bedding in your green credentials Ensuring guests have a good night’s sleep will guarantee repeat business – but it is not the only thing on the agenda for consumers. With more and more of them becoming increasingly environmentally conscious, hoteliers must meet their list of expected ‘green criteria’ and become more ecologically sound if they are to retain their business in the future. According to a recent survey conducted by Futerra, 88% of consumers are looking for businesses to help them become more sustainable. With this in mind, hoteliers must ensure that not only are they offering their guests a wonderful stay, but, also a sustainable one. Here, Richard Naylor, sustainable development director at Hypnos Contract Beds (HCB), which is known for pushing the boundaries in sustainable design and operations, discusses how Hypnos has become a sustainable business and why it is so important in today’s age … Why is sustainability key? Sustainability has been a key factor in all business decisions HCB has made over the past decade. We aim to make every effort possible to lessen our impact on the environment, such as reducing our carbon emissions, and it’s something we’ve been doing for well over 10 years now. By focusing on this element, we’re able to differentiate from our competitors – in fact, Hypnos can lay claim to the fact it was the world’s first carbon-neutral bedmaker. Since then, the journey we’ve been on has allowed us to achieve market-leading environmental landmarks, such as offsetting over 8700t of carbon, or only using FSC- and PEFC-certified

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timber in all of our divan bases. “In addition, this has allowed us to pass on our sustainability credentials to our hospitality and contract customers, too. By ensuring we have the most sustainable mattresses on the market, we can offer comfort without compromising on integrity. Therefore, it’s beneficial to our hospitality clients to fit our sustainable mattresses and ethical brand within their properties, as this will allow them certain opportunities to enhance their marketing strategies – including the attraction of those guests who are focused on being as environmentally friendly as possible. What has Hypnos done to revolutionise its sustainability credentials? From the outset of our long sustainability journey, we had the aim of becoming a carbonneutral manufacturer whilst making sure our customers could turn to HCB for clean, safe, sustainably designed and produced beds with the luxury, comfort and quality the brand has always been known for. That’s why we don’t have foam and petro-chemicals in our beds and mattresses, removing the potential for these types of products to create harmful off-gasses. This is particularly important in a sector where windows are very rarely opened or have safety precautions set to ensure that they can’t be opened too wide. If the mattresses HCB produce can help in improving the indoor air quality of a guest’s room, this is just another positive that our

clients can benefit from. In addition, we created the revolutionary eOlos sustainable fibre, that’s made from recycled plastic bottles. To date, by using these fibres inside some of our mattresses, we’ve recycled over 185,000,000 plastic bottles that would have otherwise ended up in the world’s oceans or coastlines. Throughout the course of our decade-long journey, we’ve taken every action to incorporate 100% recyclability in to all of our mattress and bed designs. Each mattress that is ethically made by Hypnos can be deconstructed into their source materials and later recycled. Our hospitality clients can also tap into an eight-step sleep plan – a feature that includes a bespoke design service to a take-back and recycling service for old mattresses, meaning they don’t end up at landfill sites. This is a huge step in helping to reduce the impact our hospitality mattresses have on the environment and in helping the hospitality industry to be more sustainable. Why should sustainability be a key factor when purchasing new beds? With guests becoming more sustainably demanding, and consumer trends changing as a result, hospitality businesses must ensure they are sourcing more ethical products. This will, however, increase pressure on hoteliers to ensure that everything fulfils expectations without sacrificing on quality. Ensuring your guests are sleeping soundly in the knowledge their mattress is both sustainable and comfortable is invaluable – that’s why hoteliers must specify products from companies that have the ability to offer just this.

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