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COMMENT Hello, and welcome, to the first issue of the year. As we continue through lockdown and seemingly endless Zoom and Teams meetings, we can now begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel as the vaccine rollout programme accelerates in many countries, and properties in the UK are set to finally re-open (hopefully in March, if all goes to plan) within clear Government guidelines. I am proud to report that after a brilliant year for Hospitality Interiors – which included 10 exclusives and one world exclusive – I was appointed editorial director, and to kickstart this year I have already secured four exclusives and one world exclusive for this issue. Since the new year I’ve been busy catching up with the brilliant Swedish-based designer Tarek Hegazy (p54), and the former design director of Soho House, Linda Boronkay, who gives her first interview since launching the Linda Boronkay Design Studio (p62), plus leading hoteliers Gabriel Escarrer Jaume, executive vice chairman and CEO, Meliá Hotels International (p38), and sisters Mariella and Attilia Avino, owners, Palazzo Avino (p46) – all of whom discuss the importance of design to their properties around the world. You will find on p32 that once again I have managed to scoop a world exclusive interview – this time with respected visionary Beth Campbell, who talks to me about her new challenges and the exciting opportunity to develop the Campbell House brand. And if that wasn’t enough, the team at Hospitality Interiors has been busy checking out a number of leading hotels around the world, including: the impressive Waldorf Astoria Xiamen in China (p82); an island best known for its cast-iron lighthouse, and one of the most famous offshore landmarks in the world, Pater Noster in Sweden (p90); the luxury boutique style of Hotel Amarano Burbank-Hollywood in the US (p98); and the elegant Mayfair Townhouse in London (p74). In closing, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome senior editor Gemma Lochhead back to the Hospitality Interiors team. I hope you enjoy the issue. Stay safe, Can
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Las Vegas Sands announces executive leadership team Las Vegas Sands has named longtime company executive Robert G Goldstein chairman and CEO, after having assumed the role as acting chairman and CEO on 7th January, 2021. Patrick Dumont has been named president and COO, and Randy Hyzak will now serve as CFO. Patrick previously served as executive VP and CFO, and Randy was chief accounting officer. The changes come as the
company continues to mourn the loss of its visionary founder, Sheldon G Adelson, who was the company’s chairman and CEO since its inception. Sheldon passed away on 11th January at the age of 87, from complications related to treatment for Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. “Mr Adelson’s leadership guided us to the top of our industry, and his legacy lives on through the company’s 50,000 team members
and the iconic properties he developed around the world,” says Robert Goldstein. “Our spirits have been dimmer in these few weeks since his passing, but the future of the company he founded shines bright. He would expect nothing less than an aggressive pursuit of the work he started, and I am determined to lead this company forward in a way that best honours his vision.”
SB Architects strengthens leadership team with Pinar Harris as new VP and principal SB Architects is proud to announce the appointment of Pinar Harris, AIA as VP and principal. With over 15 years of experience at SB Architects, Pinar brings a wellrounded perspective that has been instrumental to the firm’s growth in the mixed-use and multi-family markets. Pinar is a prominent member of the design team, working on a series of high-profile projects in Florida. Currently, she is leading the design for the St Regis
Longboat Key, a brand-new hotel and residential mixed-use project in Florida. As principal, Pinar will remain focused on continuing to deliver high-quality projects from concept to completion, while working alongside the principal group to effectively manage the firm during its exciting period of growth. “Since joining SB Architects in 2004, Pinar has been on an amazing trajectory, earning the respect of her peers, consultants
and clients along the way,” says SB Architects’ president and principal, Scott Lee. “Evolving alongside SB Architects, she’s been involved in all aspects of the practice, culminating most recently with several largescale, high-profile, mixed-use and multi-family residential projects in Florida, including One Fort Lauderdale and One St Petersburg, which have both claimed the title of the tallest buildings in their respective cities.”
Dornbracht AG & Co KG appoint Christopher Barger as president & CEO of Dornbracht Americas Inc Dornbracht AG & Co KG welcomes Christopher Barger as president & CEO of Dornbracht Americas Inc. Bringing over 30 years in the industry, combining experience in sales & marketing, construction & development, as well as manufacturing, Christopher comes to Dornbracht from a distinguished career at Grohe AG where for six years, he led the growth of global
projects, successfully developing the hospitality-focused business while based out of Germany. In his new role at Dornbracht Americas Inc, Christopher will manage overall operations, overseeing brand management as well as working closely with key endorsers throughout the Americas, including the company’s vast network of sales agents and rep
agencies. Sharing his aspirations for the new position, Chris says: “I look forward to contributing to Dornbracht’s ongoing success, further expanding our position. Together with the dedicated team here in the market and my extensive experience in the sanitary industry and built environment, I’m excited for what the future holds.”
GDC Interiors appoints Joey Goei-Jones as design director GDC Interiors, a leading hospitality interior design and fit-out company established throughout Europe, has welcomed Joey Goei-Jones as design director. GDC MD Bobby Gray believes making this appointment will further strengthen and expand GDC and elevate the company’s interior design capacity. Joey’s role with GDC will be to lead its experienced interior design team and act as a key liaison between hotel owners, developers and operators.
Joey brings a wealth of experience from within the hotel industry globally. Her previous experience working for leading hotel groups, such as Accor, equips her with the ability to balance operational requirements with the need for unique design – and this balancing act is especially present in Novotel Canary Wharf. She specialises in hospitality interior design, project management and co-ordination. During her last role
as GLH Hotels’ design manager, Joey became well known in the hotel design community, opening projects such as London’s first Hard Rock Hotel. She has also appeared as a speaker at many leading hospitality events. Tracing its roots back almost 130 years, GDC Interiors specialises in the design and installation of exclusive interior finishes for contract clients, including hotels, restaurants and property developers.
Respected visionary Beth Campbell introduces Campbell House Beth Campbell, registered architect and designer, has started her own interior design firm, Campbell House. Beth is an award-winning architect, and most recently served as CEO of Wilson Associates, a top global interior design firm. Prior to Wilson, she was EVP and head of design for Westfield Corporation, and spent 16 years at Gensler, serving as managing partner and global
account director. A visionary leader, she has overseen the design of iconic projects around the globe for nearly 30 years. “It’s time for a revolution,” says Beth. “The interior design industry is ripe for a revolution – the means and methods for how we connect with clients, how we innovate design solutions, the way we collaborate and operate, and the endgame
goal of creating engaging spaces is ever evolving. We will use this accelerator moment as the entire globe collectively exhales and recalibrates to reframe our approach to an industry that has held steady for decades – shifting 100% of our focus to our clients and our talent.” See page 32 for the world-exclusive interview with Beth Campbell
Semiha Askin appointed as JOALI’s global director of sales & marketing JOALI Maldives, the country’s largest integrated ultra-luxury destination development and first immersive art resort, has appointed Semiha Askin as global director of sales & marketing for the complex, with responsibilities encompassing its two resorts – JOALI Maldives, and the soon-to-open JOALI Being. Semiha Askin joined Maldives to continue a successful career
focused on hotel sales and marketing with internationally recognised hospitality companies such as Radisson Edwardian Group, The MayFair Hotel, Taj Hotel, London, and most recently, Four Seasons Hotel London. JOALI is located on the island of Muravandhoo in the unspoilt Raa Atoll, just 45 minutes away from Male by private seaplane.
Launched in late 2018, JOALI truly embodies the joys of life, that are woven through its focus on art and sustainable luxury, gastronomy, family and wellbeing. JOALI stands out from the crowd of luxury resorts in the region, with its focus on the human story and nature, preserving and protecting the place that the team loves the most by shining a spotlight on sustainability.
Glenn Huskie joins Wood Couture The manufacturing and production experts at Wood Couture have strengthened their capability to deliver custom hotel furniture, artwork and accessories, with the appointment of former Accor global
SVP, Glenn Huskie. Glenn has been all over the world, holding various key positions for international hospitality brands, the latest as global SVP for Accor Luxury Brands’ Design
and Technical Services. Looking for the best ways to bring value to the business, he joins Paolo Della Casa and Filippo Sona in the pursuit of shaking up the hospitality manufacturing industry.
Norbert Speth appointed new VP corporate strategy & openings at Deutsche Hospitality Norbert Speth has been appointed to the newly created position of VP corporate strategy & openings at Deutsche Hospitality, with effect from 1st February, 2021. Norbert, who has also worked at InterContinental and Marriott, will be responsible in future for the pooling and development of strategic initiatives, and will also
take charge of the Future Openings Division. “Creating the new position of VP corporate strategy & openings enables us to implement a further milestone in the strategic realignment of Deutsche Hospitality,” states Marcus Bernhardt, CEO and chairman of the executive board, Deutsche
Hospitality. “Norbert Speth is known across the sector as an experienced and dynamic hotelier. We are delighted to welcome him to the DH family and are looking forward to working with him as we continue to pursue the objectives Deutsche Hospitality has set itself.” Norbert will report directly to Marcus Bernhardt.
Dallas Chapman joins Bernhardt as VP, GM – Bernhardt Hospitality Long-time hospitality executive, Dallas Chapman, has been appointed VP, GM – Bernhardt Hospitality. In his new role, Dallas will lead the hospitality team, formulating and executing divisional strategy across all functional areas, including sales,
marketing, product development and project management. He will report to COO, Rountree Collett, who says: “We are very excited to have Dallas lead our Bernhardt Hospitality division into its second decade. We have accomplished a lot already with
the support of some wonderful clients and partners, establishing a reputation for impeccable guestroom seating and casegoods. Under Dallas’ leadership, we can continue to increase market share and share of mind in a direction consistent with the Bernhardt brand.”
Sheraton Hotels & Resorts inspires future journeys as the iconic brand’s new vision debuts around the world With travellers dreaming of new discoveries in 2021, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts is ready to welcome them as it unveils the initial hotels around the world exemplifying the brand’s new vision: Sheraton Phoenix Downtown (pictured), USA; Sheraton Denver Downtown, USA; Sheraton Tel Aviv, Israel; Sheraton Grand Dubai, UAE; Sheraton Guangzhou, China; and Sheraton Mianyang, China. Following Marriott International’s announcement in 2018 of its plans to refresh the iconic brand for today’s travellers, the completion of the renovations at these hotels is an important milestone in the brand’s reinvention journey. There is now momentum building for the transformation, with over 40 hotels around the world expected to reflect the new brand vision by the end of 2022. “This is a pivotal moment for Sheraton as we see hotel owners embracing the new vision and bringing it to life for the first time,” says Amanda
Nichols, senior director and global brand leader of Sheraton Hotels. “Over the past 80 years, Sheraton has always offered guests the timehonoured assurance of a welcoming community. We’re proud to have built on this legacy in the new
concept, creating an environment where guests can enjoy all the familiar comforts of the Sheraton brand, but with fresh, contemporary updates. As travel resumes, we look forward to welcoming guests into this new chapter for Sheraton.”
Blackstone taps Virserius Studio for massive Biltmore Arizona Waldorf Astoria restoration Virserius Studio is repurposing and repositioning the historic Biltmore Waldorf Astoria in Scottsdale, Arizona, which opened in 1929 and quickly became the embodiment of prestige and old Hollywood glamour. This is a major-scale, $100m project over two years, comprising work on the adult pool, event lawn, Wright bar and cottages. Completion is scheduled for spring 2021. Considered an architectural masterpiece, the Biltmore Waldorf Astoria showcases the groundbreaking influence of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who consulted on the hotel with his protégé, Albert Chase McArthur, whose own important influences are woven throughout the original design. When Blackstone approached Virserius Studio
about the project, it emphasised its historic importance. Recognising the magnitude of retaining and continuing its illustrious history, identity and panache, the firm has been working to return it to its glory.
Virserius Studio began with a deep-dive into the hotel’s history, reviewing old photography and stories. Frank Lloyd Wright’s prairie architecture is mostly retained throughout the hotel. There are also American art deco elements evident throughout the space – particularly in the Wright Bar and the adult pool. Albert Chase McArthur was a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, who served as consulting architect and whose family served as developers on the hotel. Frank worked with Albert to create the signature Biltmore Block, which are abstracted leaves inspired by the trunk of palm trees. Virserius Studio is working with a company to recreate and cast the blocks on-site, replacing those that have endured wear and tear through the years.
Faena Group and Accor embark on global venture to expand Faena brand worldwide Alan Faena and Len Blavatnik of Faena Group, together with Sébastien Bazin, chairman and CEO of Accor, recently announced the launch of a global strategic partnership focused on expanding the Faena brand around the globe.
Faena, one of the world’s most impactful brands in the luxury lifestyle and hospitality industry, and Accor, a world-leading hospitality group with an unparalleled brand portfolio and more than 5000 properties across 110 countries, have partnered to expand the Faena brand to strategic destinations worldwide. Alan Faena will work in partnership with Accor to break new ground, developing Faena Districts in select global destinations. This new venture will strengthen Faena’s personal and distinctive approach and will become a catalyst for exponential growth. Dubai is slated to be the first international destination.
“Accor is building an experience-based hospitality platform, and in doing so we greatly value the energy and ideas that entrepreneurs, creators and visionaries bring. Alan Faena is a clear leader in the luxury lifestyle sector, with his transformative concepts. Faena Districts are shifting the gravitational centres of the cities where they reside, making a true difference in their communities. These will serve as our model as we work hand-in-hand with the Faena team to help achieve their vision and global expansion ambitions. We look forward to a long and rewarding future working with Alan, Len and the entire Faena group,” says Sébastien Bazin.
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Accor sets ambitious line-up for new hotel openings in 2021 Accor is kicking off the year with an encouraging development outlook and a full schedule of new hotel openings around the world. While 2020 was a year of unprecedented challenges – not the least of which were felt among the travel and hospitality sectors – Accor maintained a steady pace of development and continued to sign new projects, leading to a robust roster of new hotel openings throughout 2021. “As we are all too familiar, 2020 had a profound impact on our day-to-day lives and the hospitality industry as a whole – even so, the early stages of a global rebound will be material and significant,” says Agnes Roquefort, global chief development officer. “Despite the delays and temporary closures we experienced due to the pandemic, we continued to experience sustained momentum across our development pipeline and are optimistic that the worldwide rollout of Covid-19 vaccines will lead to renewed trust in travel and a much greater sense of personal safety for the entire global population.” Accor’s sound financial capacity, worldwide reach and strong portfolio of brands not only
kept the company in a solid position to weather the challenges of 2020, but its development capabilities and organisational model allowed the group to focus on providing support and service to its owners, developers and partners. The lifestyle category is set to be one of Accor’s most vibrant segments over the coming years, with the number of lifestyle hotel openings expected to
annual revenue, while representing 25% of the company’s development pipeline by value. The recently announced joint venture with Ennismore, expected to close in Q2 2021, will contribute to a richly diverse platform, set to become even more exciting this year with uniquely stylish new properties opening their doors, including: Mondrian Shoreditch London; JO&JOE Vienna Westbahnhof;
triple by 2023. Moreover, Accor’s lifestyle segment currently accounts for roughly 5% of the group’s
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St Regis Hotels heralds new beacon of luxury on the Nile with opening of The St Regis Cairo St Regis Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott International, has announced the highly anticipated opening of The St Regis Cairo. Rising tall on the banks of the River Nile, The St Regis Cairo is an
illustrious icon, weaving a powerful story of luxury in the region. Located at the north end of the Corniche, in the heart of Egypt’s bustling metropolis, the 39-storey hotel offers easy access to the magnificent monuments of a city steeped in history. “Egypt has historically been one of our key markets and strategically significant to our growth in the region,” says Satya Anand, president for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International. “Cairo is a storied destination that has long mesmerised the global traveller with its incredible energy, offering a vibrant mix of history, culture, tradition and glamour. The St Regis Cairo is an exciting addition to our fast-growing brand portfolio and is set to elevate Cairo’s luxury
hospitality landscape with its remarkable design, uncompromising service and exceptional culinary venues.” Eng Abdullah Bin Hamad Al Attiyah, CEO of Qatari Diar, adds: “We are delighted to strengthen our global portfolio of hospitality developments with the opening The St Regis Cairo. This luxury landmark will introduce higher standards of hospitality to this beautiful destination with its unparalleled levels of luxury and exceptional service – both of which the iconic St Regis brand is renowned for.” With its striking architecture, created by renowned architect Michael Graves, The St Regis Cairo firmly establishes itself as a pivotal landmark in the city and beyond.
Hyatt announces plans for addition of three Story Hotels in Sweden Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into franchise agreements with Story Hotels Holding AB to bring three hotels in Sweden under the JDV Hotel brand, helping to grow Hyatt’s independent collection brand in Europe. The three boutique hotels – Story Hotel Riddargatan and Story Hotel Signalfabriken in Stockholm, as well as Story Hotel Studio Malmö, Sweden – will all retain their individual hotel names and unique identities. Hyatt’s independent collection portfolio is a set of brands that not only embrace the locations in which each hotel resides, but serve as a gateway to some of the most sought-after destinations
worldwide. Each property brings a sense of place to the guest experience in new and unforgettable ways. “We are very excited to bring these three Story Hotels in Europe under Hyatt’s JDV Hotel brand portfolio and at the same time grow the Hyatt hotel footprint in Sweden”, says Briana Swift, director of development Europe and South-west Asia at Hyatt. “We are focused on thoughtful growth in locations that meet our guests’ and members’ needs, and the upcoming addition of three Story Hotels help us fuel this growth in markets like Scandinavia, as we collaborate with owners who want to maintain each property’s
unique identity. With their strong design focus and neighbourhood feel, Story Hotels will be the perfect representation of Hyatt’s independent collection in Europe.”
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Cheval Collection announces London expansion Cheval Collection, the luxury hospitality company currently with serviced apartments across London and Edinburgh, has announced expansion in London as part of a long-term strategic vision for growth. From spring 2021, Cheval Collection will have a stylish and luxurious additional property consisting of 30 apartments at Cheval Lexham Gardens. This follows Cheval’s expansion into Edinburgh, which took place in July 2020. The all-apartment residence, which will be a luxury, state-of-the-art, contemporary and boutique West London property, will be available to book for any length of stay, from one night to one year, or more. The 30 beautifully appointed and fully equipped one- or two-bedroom apartments, spread across six floors, are ideal for relocation, leisure and business. Racing Green, Luxurious Glamorous Red and Cool Neutral Equestrian will be the three slick and stylish creative themes, honing in on the quintessentially British history of the South Kensington property. Cheval Lexham Gardens
was stripped back to brick by contemporary architect Guarnieri Architects, and Sally Sneddon’s Fife-based design studio Mojo Designs provided plans for the complete interior design, which includes spectacular murals, leather belt-strap headboards and cosy kitchen window
seat snugs. Guests will benefit from modernised finishes and features including an attractive ground floor reception, a landscaped atrium garden and a state-of-the-art fitness centre, with equipment from Precor including a treadmill, elliptical and stationary bike, among others.
Cordis, Hangzhou opens in Sci-Tech City Cordis, Hangzhou, Sci-Tech City has opened, joining its sister Cordis hotels in Shanghai, Beijing, Dongqian Lake, Hong Kong and Auckland. Located in the heart of the highly technological and integrated complex, Hangzhou Future Sci -Tech City, Cordis, Hangzhou is an approachable contemporary luxury hotel which features 186 rooms and suites ranging from 36-190m2 in size, three restaurants and bar, a well-equipped 24-hour gym and a diverse range of flexible meeting and event spaces. Strategically located, the hotel is 400m from Liangmulu subway station and also offers easy access to Alibaba’s headquarters, Xixi Tech Zone, Xixi Wetland National Park, Liangzhu Ancient City
and West Lake. “Hangzhou, the capital city of Zhejiang, is not only renowned for its beautiful scenery, rich history and cultural significance, making it a prime tourist destination – it also plays a key role in economic growth and development in science and education in China ,” says Stefan Leser, CEO, Langham Hospitality Group. Cordis, Hangzhou, Sci-Tech City was designed by international design firm HBA architecture. With the business and leisure traveller in mind, the design of the hotel is inspired by the West Lake, inspired by the beauty of natural landscapes and complemented by elegant, contemporary interiors.
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants to debut in France this spring with new Paris flagship IHG Hotels & Resorts’ boutique luxury brand, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, will open its first property in France this spring. The opening of Kimpton St Honoré Paris will see the brand’s playful and sophisticated design, innovative approach to restaurants and bars, and immersive guest experiences that foster genuine human connections, offer a fresh perspective on hospitality in the City of Light. Kimpton St Honoré Paris will breathe new life into a heritage building which once housed the much-loved luxury department store Samaritaine de Luxe. Located on the Boulevard des Capucines in Paris’ Opéra district, the hotel will infuse true
Kimpton style, harmoniously blending luxury and creativity across 149 stylish guestrooms (including 24 suites), an indoor swimming pool, gym, and a spa with luxury treatment rooms. Its landmark original 1917 Art Nouveau façade, distinctive staircase and unique elevator will all be thoughtfully restored, and celebrated French interior designer Charles Zana is transforming the spaces to bring Kimpton’s elegant and playful design to life within. Hotel interiors will be inspired by 1930’s art deco, and each guestroom will have the feel of a chic, modern, design-centric Parisian apartment, with balconies, floor-to-ceiling windows and thoughtfully selected works of art.
Atelier Ace announces Ace Hotel Brooklyn, opening late Spring 2021 This new 287-room hotel was designed in partnership with long-time Ace collaborators Roman and Williams, which shaped the building’s facade and interiors, and Stonehill Taylor, which completed the architecture. Located in Boerum Hill on the cusp of Downtown Brooklyn, the hotel stands above the ever-evolving intersection of everything – a geographical Venn diagram of intersecting energies, from the tree-lined streets and brownstones of Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens to the art and culture clusters of Fort Greene, all the way down to the restless East River. “We’ve been building toward Ace Brooklyn for years – the entire city has reimagined itself several times over since we started,” says Brad Wilson, president, Ace Hotel Group. “That’s exactly the spirit
we’ve worked to mirror in every corner of our new home – the inexhaustible ingenuity that stands as the borough’s only constant. We’re lucky enough to have landed at the junction of so many rich and inspiring neighbourhoods, and hope to provide a new and inviting sense of place for our guests and neighbours to call home.” Open, spacious and welcoming, the hotel’s design nods to Brooklyn’s complex fabric of communal and creative spaces, with an animated public lobby and indoor-outdoor portals that ease into the city’s edges. The guestrooms pair floorto-ceiling windows with original artwork by local fibre and textile artists – with some higher floors offering a 360º panorama of Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island and the Statue of Liberty.
Award-winning Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi unveils largest Maldivian private island The ultra-exclusive Ithaafushi – The Private Island, will be the largest Maldivian private island, spanning 32,000m2 in the heart of the Indian Ocean. Every aspect of the island has been expertly choreographed, and features a modern design with a nod to Maldivian charm. Located in close proximity to Malé, guests can be escorted directly to Ithaafushi – The Private Island via a 40-minute ride on the resort’s Princess yachts or via a 15-minute seaplane flight. Its name, translated as ‘Pearl Island’ in Dhivehi, will represent a new level of luxury for Maldivian hospitality. The sprawling estate accommodates 24 guests
across two, three and four bedroomed residences, placed across the island’s private beach and overwater. The two-bedroom overwater villa promises a unique ocean experience with two spacious master bedrooms complete with double dressing rooms, indoor and outdoor rain showers, a shared living room, infinity pool and jacuzzi. The separate three-bedroom beach villa is set within the island’s lush gardens and coconut canopies, with its own beach access and two swimming pools. Those staying in the four-bedroom residence will enjoy two king bedrooms, two queen bedrooms and an expansive common living area.
Grand Hyatt Al Khobar Hotel and Residences opens, bringing luxury experiences to the Middle East Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced the opening of Grand Hyatt Al Khobar Hotel and Residences in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – the first Grand Hyatt hotel in the kingdom. The 368room luxury hotel, including 54 residential units, is situated in the commercial and retail heart of Al Khobar, with a connecting bridge to Al Rashid Mall. Grand Hyatt Al Khobar Hotel and Residences is the sixth Hyatt-branded hotel in Saudi Arabia, and the fifth hotel under the Grand Hyatt brand in the Middle East, making it an important milestone in Hyatt’s growth strategy in the region. Reflecting a bold and vibrant design, the hotel offers an ideal destination for both business and leisure guests to celebrate moments that matter, both big and small. As the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one of the fastest-growing tourism destinations in the world, Grand Hyatt Al Khobar Hotel and Residences
realises the government’s Vision 2030, which strives to attract international travellers to the region. Located in the city’s business and leisure hub, the property brings grand gestures and elevated, luxury accommodations. “We are thrilled to open the first Grand Hyatt hotel in Saudi Arabia and we look forward to welcoming guests seeking magnificent moments from this iconic destination,” says Nizar Weshah, general manager at Grand Hyatt Al Khobar Hotel and Residences. “Grand Hyatt Al Khobar Hotel and Residences celebrates these moments and exceeds guest expectations by delivering iconic cuisine, breathtaking design and unparalleled service.” The hotel will open in phases, beginning with 120 guestrooms and 20 residences. Highlights of this first phase include the opening of the all-day dining facilities, the lobby lounge, banquet halls,
fitness centre and spa. The remaining guestrooms, as well as the Rosalie and Sakana House restaurants, are expected to open in a second phase in February 2021. The third and final phase will see the opening of the remaining residences, and is slated for March 2021.
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Following on from the amazing response to the inaugural Hospitality Leadership & Design Conference (HLDC) held at the glorious Rosewood London hotel last year, the executive team has decided to host five conferences during 2021, taking place in London, Dubai, New York, Singapore and Los Angeles. The senior-level conference will see owners and operators, international designers, analysts and selected suppliers engaging in a lively, informative and inspiring programme of panel discussions and Q&As, helping to shape the future of hospitality leadership and design. The key tenets of many progressive and successful hospitality businesses are clear – creative thinking, innovation and communication. To successfully scope, conceptualise and deliver a given project – whether it is a luxury urban hotel or a 3D-printed island hideaway lodge – the combination of inspiration and communication is paramount. With this founding principle at its core, Hospitality Interiors created the Hospitality Leadership & Design Conference – a unique and exclusive platform where the visionaries and design leaders of the industry can come
together to discover and debate key issues and opportunities in hospitality design and delivery. The Hospitality Leadership & Design Conference provides an unrivalled international platform for insight and inspiration from the industry’s leading owners, brands, designers and suppliers. “In my role as editorial director of Hospitality Interiors, I quite naturally encounter innovative concepts, amazing projects, new ideologies and outstanding craftsmanship on a regular basis,” says Can Faik. “With our five conferences planned for 2021, we are focused on delivering a high-quality event through the gathering of an esteemed group of panellists from all over the world, which we feel confident will provide a first-class, one-day networking conference.”
With a confirmed list of sponsors – including Axor, Kaldewei, Laufen, Northern Lights, Red Eight Gallery, Samuel Lawrence Hospitality, Barovier & Toso, Montrose, Veuve Clicquot, Wood Couture, Alarwool, Bette, Hansgrohe, Skyfold and Voltra – all in place, more sponsors are realising the potential of being involved with an exclusive event, “which delivers”. At the same time, a profusion of internationally acclaimed brands and design businesses from across the industry are confirmed supporters of the event. These include Accor, Marriott, IHG, Four Seasons, Rosewood, Hilton, Jumeirah, Hard Rock, David Collins Studio, 1508 London, Jestico & Whiles, Goddard Littlefair, Roar, Wells International, Richmond, HBA, SB Architects, Stylt, Jeffrey Beers International, Bergman, DesignLSM, Dennis Irvine Studio, AB Concept, GA, Tihany Design, EPR Architects, JOI Design, Silverfox Studios, Virserius Studio and Campbell House, to name a few. Such is the array of design leaders at the event, Forbes Travel Guide, Preferred Hotels and Resorts and Rolls-Royce also support the Hospitality Leadership & Design Conferences. www.hldc.co.uk
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What our London speakers said… “This event really brings people together” MARCEL WANDERS Product and Interior Designer
“It was wonderful, great venue, amazing people, wonderful panel – very exciting” HARRY HANDELSMAN Founder and CEO - Manhattan Loft Corporation
“It’s really interesting to listen to the other side”
“...people are there and take the time –good quality time–to be togetherand share aboutall their ambitions and where we would like to bring hospitality in the future” DAMIEN PERROT Accor Global Senior VP Design Multibrand Operations, Europe & Americas
KELLY HOPPEN MBE Product and Interior Designer
“I have found this conference to be enlightening, and actually very engaging” BETH CAMPBELL Founder and CEO - Campbell House
“I think it’s an excellent initiative, long overdue and I’m absolutely delighted to be part of it”
“I think it’s wonderful to see how we bring together a very eclectic mix of hoteliers, designers & industry partners” SIMON CASSON President, Hotel Operations for Europe, Middle East and Africa - Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts
FILIP BOYEN Chief Executive Officer - Forbes Travel Guide
“I think it’s a great crucible to discuss the trends of hospitality design” GRAHAM KIY Hard Rock International Vice President - Europe, Middle East & Africa
“It’s very rare that any of us have the opportunity to see so many people we admire in the same room and hear from them”
“It’s a great way for all of us to spend a day talking about what luxury travel and great design is all about” LISA LUTOFF-PERLO President and Chief Executive Officer - Celebrity Cruises
WILLIAM ANDERSON CEO Half Moon Bay Antigua
“It’s great to be able to bring people together of this calibre” JAY OSGERBY Designer, Barber & Osgerby
“The support that you get by being in the community of hospitality design is so positive” JOEY GOEI-JONES Design Director - GDC interiors
“It’s a great mix of industry leaders, owners, developers, operators and designers – a great peer group that I love seeing.” MARGARET MCMAHON Senior Vice President and Global Director - Wimberly Interiors
“Some really great guest speakers and inspirational people in the room” EMMA KING Head of Interior Design - InterContinental Hotels Group
“I would not even need to think a moment to recommend people to join the event” ED NG Co-founder and Principal - AB Concept
“Designers are now very important, integral partners with owners and operators of hotels, and I think an event like this brings them into the family” WILLIAM MACKAY Executive Vice President Operations, Europe and Americas - Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts
Rosewood Rome Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, a global leader in luxury travel and lifestyle experiences, has been appointed by real estate firm Antirion SGR to manage Rosewood Rome, which will open in 2023 in the heart of the capital city. Located in the former headquarters of Italy’s Banca Nazionale del Lavoro (BNL) overlooking the iconic Via Veneto, the new hotel will offer premier access to many of the city’s storied attractions, elegant shops and distinct dining destinations. Extending an entire block, Rosewood Rome will encompass three historic buildings, each of which was originally built in the early 1900s. The crown jewel of the project will be the reimagination of the former BNL headquarters, the main unit of the development, which was initially designed by renowned Italian architect and urban planner Marcello Piacentini. The property’s transformation will be managed by Colliers International, and led by global architecture and engineering firm, Jacobs, and Australian interior design firm, BAR Studio, all of which will strive to build upon Piacentini’s legacy and pay homage to the property’s roots as an exemplar of modernist Italian architecture.
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Rixos Doha Qetaifan Accor, a world-leading augmented hospitality group, is marking another milestone with the signing of a management agreement with Qetaifan Projects Company. Set to open in 2022, the Rixos Doha Qetaifan will be ready to welcome business, leisure and family guests into the luxurious property. The group is partnering with Qetaifan Projects Company, a 100% owned subsidiary of Katara Hospitality, to manage the new Rixos Doha Qetaifan on the Qetaifan Island North project, an island located off Lusail City, offering a luxury resort environment shaped by the historical, natural, and cultural influences of Qatar. Since joining forces in 2017, it has been a priority for Accor and Rixos to work together to take on new opportunities to strengthen the brand’s footprint across the Middle East and the wider region. Rixos Doha Qetaifan will feature a 345-key hotel including a Souq of 11,000m2 of leasing space, a beach club, a theme park, and a waterpark, where visitors will be able to enjoy panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf.
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Thompson Hollywood Thompson Hollywood, the luxury boutique hotel situated on Wilcox Avenue near Hollywood and Vine, is set to be unveiled this spring. Visitors and locals alike can enjoy its prime location within the heart of the Vinyl District, an avantgarde project developed by Relevant Group that is breathing new life into the city. Thompson Hollywood, also owned by Relevant Group, will be managed by Hyatt. With stylish architecture and interior design led by Tara Bernerd & Partners, the hotel will boast 190 luxury guestrooms with 24 suites, and an ensemble of tailored amenities. Flanked by musical landmarks, boutiques, and an electrifying bar and dining scene, Thompson Hollywood will also reflect the musical roots and vibrancy of its historic locale indoors through a world-class culinary, nightlife and entertainment offering. The hotel will feature two immersive restaurants, 15,000ft2 of meeting and event space, a state-of-the-art fitness experience, and scenic views from the rooftop pool deck and lounge.
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The Ritz-Carlton, Zermatt Marriott International has signed an agreement with Mario Julen to bring the Ritz-Carlton brand to Zermatt, debuting the first Ritz-Carlton ski resort in Europe. Expected to open in 2026, the 69-guestroom property will bring the brand’s famed service and elegant design to the world-famous Swiss resort destination. The Ritz-Carlton, Zermatt will be designed by award-winning Paris-based firm AW², led by partner architects Reda Amalou and Stéphanie Ledoux, with the architectural and interior design expected to offer a refined take on the classic mountain chalet. The property will offer unobstructed views of the Matterhorn, from both guestrooms and dining establishments. Design plans are slated to feature two restaurants and two bars, an outdoor terrace for alfresco dining, and a private dining room for intimate gatherings. An array of recreational activities such as ‘ski-in ski-out’ access to the slopes, a tranquil spa with a gym, and both indoor and outdoor swimming pools are part of the vision for guests to enjoy. The resort is also expected to offer meeting and event facilities.
Q&A - BETH CAMPBELL
Beth Campbell CEO, Campbell House Campbell House CEO Beth Campbell talks exclusively to Hospitality Interiors’ Can Faik about her new challenges and the exciting opportunity to develop the Campbell House brand … Beth Campbell is an award-winning architect, who most recently served as CEO of Wilson Associates, a top global interior design firm. Prior to Wilson, Campbell was EVP and head of design for Westfield Corporation, and spent 16 years at Gensler, serving as managing partner and global account director. A visionary leader, she has overseen the design of iconic projects around the globe for nearly 30 years. Tell us about your role at Campbell House As an opportunist, I get to champion a vision and lead a collective of passionate people, which is an honour that drives me daily. “With great power comes great responsibility” was a saying first uttered in the 1793 French Revolution, and made wildly popular by Spider Man – it is also a concept I adhere to, and one I do not take lightly. Inside of this daily philosophy, I see my role as one of visionary and strategist, the one who sets a clear path. I am a curator who cultivates an environment of innovation, safety and empowerment, while openly making culture a priority. I also see my role as one of conductor, who sets the tone, pace, and expectations for personal and collective success. And, most importantly, I see myself as the champion for our purpose and meaning – first by playing the storyteller who inspires and cascades meaning, then mentoring to help all players realise you do not find your purpose, but rather you build your purpose. True success in our creative house will be found and expressed by all leadership espousing this philosophical approach to our talent, to our client relationships, and to the communities where we live and contribute. How long have you been involved with hotel design? I have had the great fortune to work with some amazing clients over my architectural career. With these relationships I have been
able to express my passion for design excellence around the globe. Hospitality design exposure started over 20 years ago with the engagement to direct the design team for the Fairmont Pittsburgh, which was an amazing learning opportunity with a brilliant client – PNC, a top-notch operator in Fairmont. Building upon my extreme desire to learn and grow, I have built a skillset of global business, design and executive coaching that have served me very well in honing my craft. Bringing to bear my passion for hospitality design, my appreciation for global cultures and my in-depth industry knowledge will serve us well as we build the legacy of Campbell House. What three words would you use to describe Campbell House? The three words that best describe Campbell House at this fresh, new and opportunistic stage in this spinoff that is our startup, would be adventurous, edgy and seasoned. We are a collective of adventurous souls who are willing to take risks, try new methods and ideas, all in a desire to create new experiences. We are boldly stepping out to capitalise on the blend of opportunity and market need, and our gritty attitude towards passionately providing a service that our clients truly want. We are daringly innovative and edgy, providing a pivot point in our industry that both provides an enlightened approach while curating a work environment that fosters innovative design solutions.
“We are a collective of adventurous souls who are willing to take risks, try new methods and ideas, all in a desire to create new experiences”
Q&A - BETH CAMPBELL
To make this successful, we are applying our global learnings from our seasoned leadership team. Our House 9, as we call ourselves, is a collective of industry experts whose finesse and experiences will provide the ideal backdrop to our cultured and worldly group of designers and clients. With so many hospitality designers in the industry, how does Campbell House plan to stand out? We are so fortunate – there are so many phenomenal design firms in our market. I am a true believer that healthy competition drives us to be better. Acknowledging the competitive field has driven us to sharpen our resolve on our differentiators. Quite simply put, we are unapologetically putting our people first, creating an offering that drives a mindset of better support for our clients and a space for deeper innovative design ideas for our designers. You see, our differentiator is in focusing on designing great guest experiences, thus driving happy clients. Nowhere in our formula for success do you see an emphasis on bottom line, for we believe that should be the outcome and not the goal. We are truly building for engagement design in an era of meaning and purpose. Being based in the US, do you plan to work globally, and will you be launching an Campbell House EMEA arm to the business? At Campbell House we have the great fortune to have a strong history in global relationships, along with a cadre of brilliant designers around the globe. These two factors are driving us to create design studios in EMEA. Acknowledging that our business approach all along has been one of measured prudence, the growth and evolution of the brand will be built along servicing our clients, and not based on ego. We will adhere to our core philosophy of being nimble and agile while serving our clients’ needs around the globe.
It’s a difficult time for the hospitality industry. What do you think will be the hospitality sector’s biggest challenge, post-Covid? The opportunity for the hospitality industry post-pandemic will be to reassure travellers of safety without compromising on the sense of hospitality stylings, which I believe all operational models are providing with strength. The biggest opportunity will be to blend the perception of safety while accomplishing the agility to accommodate the evolving needs and desires of the traveller post-pandemic. How is Campbell House planning to hit the ground running in the coming months? Do you have any projects in the pipeline? We are indeed off to the races. Our approach to the market is providing us an avenue to secure remarkable projects, due to pentup demand in our marketplace and the inability for a few design firms to deliver. These combined factors are the key driver as to our timing for launch, and the intersection of opportunity and changing market needs are proving to be an ideal moment in time to set our creative house in motion. We have a few major projects starting up now and throughout the spring – projects that will set our design team in motion while establishing our brand through our design solutions and our partners in the industry. What makes a good designer or architect? The best designers and architects I know are true to their ideas while adept at providing solutions that make a difference. They have a knack to fully understand the stated needs of the project problem statement, with a keen ability to challenge the conventional notions of design – all capped with an artful expression of inspiring storytelling, in their written and oral communication, as well as storytelling through the traveller’s experience of a spatial journey.
At Campbell House we have the great fortune to have a strong history in global relationships, along with a cadre of brilliant designers around the globe” Do designers think about loyalty when they design a hotel, or is it just an operator’s concern? Our designers are 100% focused on the experience. This includes the goal of engaging each guest where they are and capturing the property’s brand in an authentic and locally diverse solution. This drives a blend of attention to a global brand while providing distinct solutions for the intended guests based on their evolving travel desires – all of this resulting in driving guest satisfaction, joy and loyalty. Although guest loyalty is not a goal, it is indeed a result. With social media (especially Instagram) becoming an increasingly important marketing tool for hotels, do you take it into account when designing spaces? It has been an absolutely stunning evolution of how social media has influenced desire of experience and the resultant buying power. Today, travel is one of the top instances of impact, as the longing to explore, travel, experience and generally be free is all-consuming as we near the close of the pandemic-driven confinements. As designers, we find great opportunity in designing spaces that drive memories and stir a desire within travellers to share their experiences with others. Is there anything exciting you’re working on already that you can tell us about? We are getting ready to design a brand-new, two-storey seafood restaurant for Truluck’s Restaurant Group in Dallas, Texas. Truluck’s is recognised as a top-100 restaurant in America by OpenTable,
and offers guests an exceptional experience and authentic finedining atmosphere. The new restaurant will be over 12,000ft2 and feature a monumental stair design, show kitchen, 80-100-seat lounge/bar with a piano entertainer, as well as private and VIP dining areas. The project is part of a larger new development in a trendy new area in uptown Dallas. We’re very excited to be working on this signature project for the client. What do you love about being an architect? Being an architect is a joyous pursuit. One that allows us to foster relationships that drives the framework of the puzzle pieces that are the desired built environment – taking these data points, immersing yourself in the local culture and freely visualising a building space that provides both stimulus for and backdrop to memory-making. The pleasure of taking an idea from your head and heart, converting it to paper, conveying the story to the owner and then finding a built physical environment is a brilliant journey. The trick is to not get lost in the demands of bureaucratic needs that drive design profit, or bogged down in processes that inhibit creativity. As architects and designers, we must go where we are celebrated, and not just tolerated. Seek out the moments and opportunities to express your creative gifts that can change the tapestry of our world. From where do you draw your inspiration? I have always had the good fortune to realise that I draw my inspiration from people. If you slow down enough, and allow your
Q&A - BETH CAMPBELL
“Acknowledging the competitive field has driven us to sharpen our resolve on our differentiators”
curiosity to push forward, you will see the people around you are extremely insightful and inspirational, each in their own intrinsic and exciting way. Do you have a most memorable experience with architecture – something you saw that changed or inspired you? At a very young age, my father arranged for me to stop by a local architect’s offices on the way home from school – Jack Rigney. Turns out he studied under Frank Lloyd Wright and had an abundance of FLW books. Each week I would stop by Mr Rigney’s office and watch him sketch by hand and talk me through his process of design iteration. Each session was capped with him handing me one book from his extensive library of philosophical design books. I would walk home and daydream of passing down the street and pointing to a building that I created. Between the ages of 9 and 12, I worked my way through most of Mr Rigney’s library. I was hooked. What would be your dream hotel project? My ideal hotel project would be a secluded resort that is integrated to its surroundings. One that is eco-friendly and respectful of nature, while providing an escape from the technology pace that has become our lives. A resort that blends both escapism and connection to nature. Quite simply, this could be an island escape or a ski-resort. It could be a mountain cabin or desert oasis. What’s next for you and the studio? Right now, as a start-up, it is critical we provide innovation and
quality. Our brand is being built upon innovative solutions, quality delivery, and our market alignment and partners. And, very soon, on the horizon, we are building upon our core business as a creative house, providing additional services our clients need as the impacts of the post-pandemic drivers are realised. Lastly, share some good news – have you done anything to stay busy in these crazy times? While this is indeed an abnormal time, I have found myself and my team invigorated and focused on the opportunities driven from our ever-evolving environment. Our team continues to push forward, through a combination of curiosity that is inherent in designers and a belief that inside every crisis is the next level of excellence. On a personal level, I went from a 95% travel schedule to 5%, which has significantly added to my individual wellbeing during an otherwise calamitous time, providing a deepened opportunity for focus and clarity. I now am finding more time for daily exercise, meditation and reading – which creates a wonderful start to each day that I cannot always enjoy on the road. We are also finding that our clients need our support now more than ever, which keeps my day quite full. I am indeed fortunate to be surrounded by loved ones and tethered to friends via ‘pandemic pods’ and Zoom gatherings, and we look forward to the day we may safely return to our socially interconnected lifestyle. Though, I must say, we are certainly still finding joy in these strange times. www.campbellhouseco.com
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Q&A - GABRIEL ESCARRER JAUME
Gabriel Escarrer Jaume Executive vice chairman and CEO, Meliá Hotels International Five years on from their first interview, Can Faik speaks to leading hotelier, Gabriel Escarrer Jaume, vice chairman and CEO at Meliá Hotels International, to discuss his exciting plans as we move forward in 2021… Meliá Hotels International is unique among the 20 largest international hotel groups, in having an origin in leisure and the ideal size to combine exceptional hospitality with management that is efficient and close to its stakeholders. All of this, along with its Spanish warmth and passion, makes Meliá Hotels distinct and different. What was your background prior to working for Meliá Hotels? Since I was very young, I worked in different positions at several hotels of the company, in order to learn everything about hotel management. After graduating from the Wharton School, I worked for three years in the investment bank Salomon Brothers in New York. I joined the company (founded by my father back in 1956) immediately afterwards, simultaneously working on a tailor-made postgraduate business administration degree at ESADE. What does your current position involve? I am the executive vice chairman and CEO, so I am the highest executive and I have global responsibility and accountability of the company. I run the company with the support of a reduced but extremely efficient senior executive team, and I also lead several committees, such as the strategic committee, the investments committee and the development committee. Meliá Hotels International has grown from its first hotel in Palma de Mallorca into one of the largest hotel groups in the world. What do you consider to have been the keys to its success along the way? Palma de Mallorca was the cradle for the international leisure tourism. We started in 1056, and from the Balearic Islands we expanded to the Costa del Sol and the Canary Islands, then, in the 1990s, we were pioneers in the Caribbean and also in Bali. Now we operate hotels in 45 countries under our brands, and we are one of
the most demanded international operators. We are the only group amongst the top 20 hotel companies worldwide with an origin in the leisure segment, and therefore we have a competitive advantage in leisure hospitality and in the increasingly leisure-inspired ‘bleisure (business and leisure) segment. I think that specific attribute, jointly with our Spanish DNA and our strong family values, have led to our current leadership in the leisure segment, and at the same time, has allowed us to be acknowledged as the most sustainable tourism company worldwide, according to the Wall Street Journal ranking. What are the most challenging issues you are facing in your current role? Since my appointment as vice chairman and CEO in 2009, I managed an unprecedented cultural and organisational change in Meliá Hotels International, with a clear focus on corporate responsibility. I also led a strong impetus in the company’s expansion and its digital transformation, providing Meliá greater financial strength in an increasingly complex environment in the international tourism sector, as well as a strong competitive position. This track record has helped the company to be better prepared in the face of the great disruption that the Covid-19 pandemic has provoked throughout the industry in 2020 – I think that leading the company’s efficient response to this global crisis, and taking advantage of these months to prepare ourselves for the post-Covid industry environment, have been the biggest challenges I have ever had as Meliá’s CEO.
“We operate hotels in 45 countries under our brands, and we are one of the most demanded international operators” ›
Q&A - GABRIEL ESCARRER JAUME
What’s one unexpected shift you’ve seen in guest expectations or demands in the last two years? Without any doubt, the health and safety situation after the pandemic has driven the most unexpected shift in guest expectations and demands that we have seen in many years. Besides the demand of security, I think that customers are more conscious and aware, and more focused on personalised experiences than ever. How do you see the company changing in the next five years, and how do you see yourself creating that change? We have come a long way towards digitalisation, and we are now accelerating that process, so that we’ll continue being leaders in distribution with Melia.com, and increasing our efficiency and competitiveness. We have created a masterplan, which we call BeDigital360 because it is the backbone of a whole digital transformation process, involving the distribution and digital sales (currently representing over 70% of the total sales of the company), the operational model and all the management processes, as well as the whole customer journey, since the moment they make their reservations, during their stay, and after their stay.
What role does Europe play in Meliá Hotels’ growth? The main European cities such as London, Paris, Rome, Milan, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Madrid, Amsterdam, etc, are always strategic for us, and our pipeline includes amazing projects that will be opening in the coming months, such as the Innside Newcastle, the Innside Amsterdam, the Meliá Frankfurt, ME Malta and ME Barcelona. What is the biggest challenge you’re facing in improving guest experience today? These months, since the pandemic started, we have devoted our efforts to developing a whole guest experience programme that guarantees full health security, which is called ‘Stay Safe With Melia’, that has been certified and audited by Bureau Veritas. Our success has been that our customers mention that they have felt safer than in their homes, and that we’ve been able to combine these security standards with a great personalised guest experience.
How do you plan to reinvent the hotel for the 21st-century consumer? We are revisiting the whole customer journey, introducing digitalisation in all the journey’s stages. This process includes the digitalisation of the whole hotel experience, and we are implementing what we call “smart rooms” with full connectivity, social media and Artificial Intelligence applied to the hotel services, digital gyms, online check-in and online keys, facial-recognition devices, etc.
ME Doha (United Arab Emirates)
ME London (United Kingdom)
ME Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
Can you give us an update on your latest opening in Dubai, ME Dubai, and tell us what we can expect from this iconic luxury property? I am extremely excited about the ME Dubai, an amazing hotel designed by the late genial architect Zaha Hadid, because it is a real game-changer – not only for its amazing design, but for its service and experience concepts as well. ME Dubai was one of the most anticipated openings at the beginning of 2020, and, after the lockdown of the pandemic, it reopened on 28th November. ME Dubai is a masterpiece of international contemporary architecture – designed by the late architect Zaha Hadid – and is one of the most spectacular hotels in our luxury portfolio. This emblematic property will act as a platform for contemporary Middle Eastern culture, bringing together music, art, design, fashion and gastronomy in curated experiences that celebrate the latest trends, events and scene leaders shaping the local cultural landscape. Recently, it has offered the most luxurious and expensive hotel package in the world for travellers on New Year’s Eve, something that very few hotels in the world can boast … How important is interior design within your hotels? Our company places a strong importance on our hotels’ design, and we have always understood how important a hotel project is (as well as its location) and how relevant it is to have big, open spaces, as well as large gardens and outdoor areas with huge swimming pools, etc. Design is very important in a hotel – the ‘magic’ that a hotel conveys highly depends on its spaces and the design that shapes those spaces, to create an atmosphere and the perfect scene for our guests to live experiences.
ME Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
ME Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
Q&A - GABRIEL ESCARRER JAUME
“ME Dubai is a masterpiece of international contemporary architecture”
Hotel de Mar, Gran Meliá (Mallorca, Spain)
I think that the fact that our company has been established for many years in iconic destinations such as Bali, where they feel a great reverence for the harmony and balance of things, has influenced us and the great importance we place on having large and well-designed indoor and outdoor spaces. How do you think people’s expectations of luxury hotels are changing? Luxury means many things for me, and it is not only about the number of hotel stars any more – it is about space, nature, safety, magic, state-of-the-art technology, emotional connection … and, above all, it is about an experience that exceeds the customer’s expectations. We can find luxury hotels in different segments – we have luxury hotels that operate under all-inclusive formulas, like our Paradisus Resorts, where customers can find a luxurious ‘ultra-all-inclusive’ service in jaw-dropping natural surroundings in the Caribbean.
Gran Meliá Chengdu (China)
What do you enjoy most about your job? I am a son of this industry, and my father passed on his passion for hospitality to me. The hotel industry is about people, done by people and for people, and that is what I like most. Besides, it is what I call “an industry of happiness”, as we devote ourselves to creating unforgettable experiences for our customers and increasing their loyalty, whilst improving at the same time our profits and the reputation of our brand. What most hoteliers call “passion for service” is what best describes our vocation.
Meliá Serengeti Lodge (Tanzania)
Q&A - GABRIEL ESCARRER JAUME
What plans and aspirations do you have for Meliá Hotels? As a family-born group, we have always held a long-term vision for the company. Our vision for 2030 says that we’ll keep striving to provide global hospitality services and experiences focused on excellence, responsibility and sustainability, and, as a family business, to contribute to a better world. That, really, is my aspiration for Meliá Hotels International. What keeps you motivated? I love my job, and I have the privilege to lead one of the best teams in the industry. I am committed to them and to the morethan 45,000 employees we have around the world. Besides, as one of the most sustainable managed companies worldwide, we feel committed to all our stakeholders, and with the communities in which we are established. Strengthening our leadership and taking our company further, 65 years after its foundation, definitely keeps me motivated. What’s your biggest dream in life? According to my passion for the industry and for my family, I’d say that I am one of those dreamers that believes that the tourism industry can have a significant role in the transformation of the world into a more sustainable, equal and socially responsible place for future generations. So, I hope that the tourism sector keeps making steady progress on the 2030 UNO agenda. www.melia.com
Palacio de los Duques, Gran Melia, Madrid
ME Doha (United Arab Emirates)
“Design is very important in a hotel – the ‘magic’ that a hotel conveys highly depends on its spaces and the design that shapes those spaces, to create an atmosphere, and the perfect scene for our guests to live experiences”
Q&A - MARIELLA AND ATTILIA AVINO
Mariella and Attilia Avino Owners, Palazzo Avino Sisters Mariella and Attilia Avino, owners, Palazzo Avino, tells Can Faik of their pride in watching their business grow and prosper as it welcomes guests from all over the world … Palazzo Avino is a stunning five-star hotel perched on a clifftop in Ravello on Italy’s Amalfi coast. The 12th-century palazzo has been lauded as one of the world’s finest hotels, and boasts Michelin Star dining and a beach club. What does your current position involve? Mariella: I act as the MD of the hotel. I oversee the operations of the hotel, during the seasonal opening, while during the closing months I travel for sales missions – mainly to the US – and participate in luxury travel fairs. In 2019 I founded The Pink Closet, the boutique of the hotel, where I can express my creative side at its best – I take care of the buying, and the selection of designers. This project – being a fashionista since forever! – is a dream come true. Attilia: I’m the director of sales and marketing. I look after all the growing markets like Europe, Australia and Canada, where I travel when the hotel is closed, for sales missions. I’m also in charge of the social media, so I really love going around the property to take photos to share. What do you enjoy most about what your role? Mariella: I love meeting and greeting guests, I love the behind-thescenes operations with my team and enjoy seeing the excitement when guests discover the fashion candies the shop offers. Attilia: I’m very lucky, I have to admit. I have the best job in the world. I’m able to travel and to represent my family and our palace around the world, attending fantastic events around the world with the most interesting and eclectic people. What was your background prior to becoming hoteliers? Mariella: I graduated in Rome in business administration with a specialisation in finance. I then started to work in HSBC in Milan as
a credit analyst. This experience was crucial for my path and gave me the basis to work with method and professionalism. Then I did a Masters in hospitality administration at the École hôtelière de Lausanne, prior to joining the family business. Attilia: I graduated in business administration at the Bocconi University in Milan. Then I worked in a luxury hotel in Barcelona in the finance office, and then I joined the property. Can you tell me about the history and heritage of Palazzo Avino? Mariella: Palazzo Avino is a stunning five-star deluxe hotel on Italy’s famed Amalfi coast. Built in what was once a 12th-century private villa for an Italian noble family and opened as a hotel in 1997, Palazzo Avino has been lauded as one of the world’s finest hotels, and boasts one-star Michelin dining. Tucked away in the medieval hilltop village of Ravello, perched high on the cliffs, 350m (1000ft) above the sparkling Mediterranean, Palazzo Avino overlooks some of the coast’s most picturesque fishing villages. As the property has grown, how important has it been for you to maintain that family feel? Mariella: It is absolutely crucial. The identity is what makes this Pink Palace in Ravello so special, and this is the reason we are very committed to be true to our history, every step of the way. With the current economic crisis, everything seems to change. How do you see the future of luxury travel? Mariella: I think the world will be in a totally different mindset following this situation. We will all want to take back our lives and
“Palazzo Avino has been lauded as one of the world’s finest hotels”
Q&A - MARIELLA AND ATTILIA AVINO
make the most out of it. Travel has always been a big source of inspiration, and food for the soul in many ways. I think from now on it will be even more so. Furthermore, being authentic, I think, will be key in our industry. Turning to the topic of authenticity of experience, how do you approach each project? Mariella: We always start from where we are and who we are, and every change or addition we add – from a new dish to the menu of the restaurant, to a new tour of the Amalfi Coast – we always strive for authenticity and uniqueness of the options. How important is design and architecture when developing Palazzo Avino? Mariella: The palace itself is an architectural masterpiece, so we do love to make design additions here and there, but very well balanced. Eyes have to be caught by the beauty of the palazzo and the beauty of its nature. Was it important to maintain the history while also making the property modern? Mariella: Changes have to be balanced and always keeping in mind history and location (where we are lucky to be). What’s been your best investment to date? Mariella: I can think of the last one –The Pink Closet boutique! What are your properties’ unique selling points? Mariella: Palazzo Avino is a family-owned hotel. There is a strong soul behind it, a dream, an intuition. The guest stepping in feels like being in a big and warm family. This is our strength.
Palazzo Avino also offers a fine dining experience with the oneMichelin star restaurants. Palazzo Avino has a very stunning spa, with a cosmetic line based on product from the region. Palazzo Avino offers guests a unique service, the beach club. Ravello is a paradise on earth, but something was missing there – the beach! So we provided even that to our guests. Clubhouse by the Sea is a unique service for our guests. We offer beach access, beach platforms, a casual restaurant, and a relaxing area with television and internet. We have a complimentary shuttle for our guests to get there. What does luxury mean to you? Mariella: Luxury is feeling special, and like being the only guest at the hotel. It is personalisation and personal touch. It is being welcomed and greeted by your name at the entrance and throughout your stay. It is feeling comfortable and at home.
What will your property have to do to stay one step ahead of its competition, especially in the luxury hospitality sector? Mariella: Personalisation – the personal touch will be key in the future, even more. Guests want to be recognised for their loyalty. Have you noticed any particular trend in hotel design? Mariella: There are many trends and in different directions. I think the one I admire the most is the one trying to always relate to the location in every design choice made. What role does technology play in improving the guest experience? Mariella: We do use it, but very carefully. At the moment we still have no plans to change the traditional keys we still have for the rooms. I think they are fascinating, since they are becoming more and more rare. Have you noticed any particular trends in hotels in Italy compared with other European countries? Mariella: What I love about Italian hotels is that the majority of the top luxury ones are family owned and run, and I think this is a winning combination. What’s been your greatest risk? Mariella: We had a legal issue over the use of our original name, Palazzo Sasso, back in 2010, and we were forced to change the name. It was a big risk, given the reputation of the hotel in the market. However, the change into the family name, with me explaining the reason, made the transition smoother.
Q&A - MARIELLA AND ATTILIA AVINO
“There are many trends, and in different directions. I think the one I admire the most is the one trying to always relate to the location in every design choice made” What do you consider to be your biggest success so far? Mariella: I would say the name change from Palazzo Sasso to Palazzo Avino. What advice would you give a young entrepreneur just starting a venture? Mariella: Never give up and be brave. Ups and downs are normal, but you have to keep your eyes on the final objective, and 24 hours a day might not be enough! What would be your dream opening? Mariella: Another hotel, one day! What would you say are the three best places you’ve ever stayed at? Mariella: I did love India and cannot wait to go back. I love South Africa too, and the Safari Experience in the Sabi Sand Reserve. Last but not least, I am in love with New York, and although I go there regularly I never get tired of it.
Q&A - MARIELLA AND ATTILIA AVINO
“What I love about Italian hotels is that the majority of the top luxury ones are family owned and run, and I think this is a winning combination” Attilia: I always love to go back to Sydney and admire the Opera House from a ferry – I really like to use them for travelling there. But nothing beats a trip to London for me. Where currently ranks highest on your travel wishlist? Mariella: After this pandemic, the list got very long. I would love to go to Tanzania and back to Brazil. Attilia: I would love to do my first safari and go to Mexico. Let’s finish with the issue of work/life balance. How do you aim to achieve a good balance, and what do those closest to you think of your attempts? Mariella: Well, the work/life balance is something I am still working on! At the moment my life is balanced around my work. With my husband working in Milan, I tend to have long working days (which I love) and I’m not that good at getting away from the office/hotel to relax – unless my little dachshund Richard needs a walk! So, still a lot to learn! Attilia: I’m still in the process of learning it, and I’m trying to learn from my sister, I have to admit! So, still learning and improving, day by day! www.palazzoavino.com
Q&A - TAREK HEGAZY
Tarek Hegazy Principal and creative director, Living Design Can Faik talks to Living Design’s principal and creative director Tarek Hegazy about his experience at all levels of construction and design – and how that has earned him a reputation around the world as a creative leader within the field of hospitality … Living design was incorporated in Stockholm, Sweden more than 37 years ago and has since grown from being a provincial interior design company into one of Europe’s leading interior design studios, having completed over 320 international projects in the hospitality industry. Please could you begin by telling me a little bit about yourself? It’s always difficult to speak about myself, but I will try to be short and sweet. I’m a multi-cultured architect by formation who forged his way in life the very hard way. I’m passionate about everything, especially design, materials, execution, development, innovation – and in particular sustainability in hospitality. I’m meticulous in the way I live and grow, and am a very in-depth researcher about subjects that come my way. I’m not an easy person (although I have a very good heart, am sociable and down to earth) – but also I think I’m sophisticated. My goal as I grow older is to make an impact on whatever I do while always being a perfectionist. I also believe I have accumulated a veritable stake of wisdom and knowledge from my diverse experience and cultures, that I enjoy passing onto the next generation and to people with an interest in growth. What three words would you use to describe Living Design? Although three words are not enough to resumé the 37 years of Living Design, I gladly accept the challenge of bringing them up from my Pandora’s Box after some nights of thoughts … so my three words are creative, glocal (global experience with local knowhow), and rational. It’s a difficult time for the hospitality industry. What do you think will be the hospitality sector’s biggest challenge, post-Covid? It is indeed a difficult time for the hospitality industry, and it is clear
that all of us can see how the hospitality vehicle is too heavy to be steered quickly. That needs to be changed sooner rather than later. We have been historically talking about how changes are reaching hospitality very late, and we can see this clearly now. Changes need to happen – clearly, we are facing a crisis with deep concern and an uncertainty that keeps exceeding the expectations of recovery. In my humble opinion, hospitality’s biggest challenges postCovid will be: Putting adaptability to the fore, which must come by using new tools with the ability to ‘refunction’ spaces to help businesses adapt to new situations and revisit revenue stream switching. The proliferation of mixed-use interiors – we started hearing about hybrid spaces, but tools are not widely available, and only reside in the imagination of the interior designer. Suppliers need to support this movement by providing more products that can work in multi-use spaces, and with easy transformation capabilities. A new age of spaces– surely (and inevitably) some spaces will go, and some others will be replaced. The conference and MICE business will be unsteady for the next few years, and we will need to shake the tree – but we will need the support of the hotel chain, as well as their upper management. Extended home to hospitality use – another path that has been created yet seldom tackled during the pandemic can regenerate new revenues when low tide hits. Don’t we all agree that the
“My goal as I grow older is to make an impact on whatever I do while always being a perfectionist”
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hospitality industry is the art of welcoming people? So, it’s not about tourism only – during the crisis, hospitality can be extended to other sectors of the economy, such as medical, or any other, in a way that can be packaged and adapted differently. Sustainability at the heart of changes – sadly, this subject has been totally ignored in so many locations, and what has been done cannot be called less than shameful. I don’t think I’m alone with this opinion, and not because we are living and breathing in Scandinavia, the Mecca of sustainability, but rather because when you see how far we have moved into this subject in hospitality, only then do you realise how little has been done. It is a surging demand, and our wish is to meet it through applicable law coming closer to net zero carbon buildings, and to reduce emissions even further than the benchmark goal of -66% by 2030 that’s set for hotels. This is a big subject and I’m very passionate about it, especially because one of my daughters has become a specialist in this subject through her sustainability and renewal energy degree, followed by two Masters degrees and major research at Berkley. This has helped me realise that a different world which better preserves the human values for the generations to come is now my passionately held belief. Locally driven, locally influenced and locally supported – while globalisation is readily at hand, localisation has been the lesson
How can design be used to manage the guest’s expectations of the hotel experience? It is, for sure, a combination of different elements that contribute to an outstanding guest experience, or rather a poor one. Design alone is no longer enough, and we have seen properties that may be rich with different design elements, but fail to gain momentum. The perfect hotel experience is a stew of design – add culinary, sustainability in true meaning, add some local touches, combine it with excellent comfort, some great social media, finish it with perfect Instagram corners, then serve it from the heart. That is the perfect stew to taste, and remains fixed in the guests’ memories years after. The experience is what we create, combined through the story that the guest lives and which combines all five senses, and where design ties them all together in that charm to bring out the sixth sense.
we are currently learning in our field of hospitality. It’s all happening best with a local flavour.
completed a successful ID concept which was well received by all stakeholders and the local media, and that’s how we started.
How did your partnership with the AC Marriott begin? Actually, it all started on a wrong foot. We were called in to develop the concept of one of their hotels at a very late stage, and literally we were blindfolded about the brand. We have a long track record with Marriott through multiple projects, but not with the AC Marriott at that time, although that property was in our backyard. So, we quickly and in a record time
“New emerging trends of hybrid design, mixture of colours and of different styles remain an explosive topic, regardless of whether we like it or not”
Lobby, AC by Marriott Ulriksdal, Stockholm
The Club Intercontinental Lounge, Intercontinental Davos, Switzerland
The Greatroom, Marriott Zürich, Switzerland
Boardroom, Intercontinental Davos, Switzerland
Turning to the topic of authenticity of experience, how do you approach each project? Each brand and each location are so different from one another. Every story has an anchor derived from its own roots, authenticity and surrounding which makes each project different and unique in a way. It is not one size fits all. Design is like tailoring, and it is all about selecting the proper fabric or combination, and then expertly styling and wrapping it around a body to bring the best out of the individual – and that individual is the hotel, in this case. Normally clients have some references in mind, and it’s our role to shape and create new references to make them work beautifully and tastefully for each individual property. I had the same question be asked of me by two hoteliers recently – if you had a limited budget to spend on design, what area would you focus on? Guestrooms, public spaces, F&B, spa? I would for sure focus more on the public areas, followed by guestrooms, F&B then spa. The reason for that is simple – the gathering takes place in the public area and that’s where the guests unite and form an opinion. Then guestrooms, as comfort and ease of use will remain the topic of design, so to the F&B where experiences are created and may not always be the costlier ones, followed by the spa where revenues remain marginal in terms of operation (unless it’s a spa destination, where I would then change the order).
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The new interactive bar and seating area displaying the largest “Disruptive Bar” concept for Marriott in Europe located at the Marriott Zurich, Switzerland.
How important are public spaces in hotels? Are there ways in which you’ve used innovative design in these areas to facilitate innovative usage? It is the space of gathering, the link of cultures, the soul of any place, and the address where guests formulate their composure, so that makes the public areas the main link of activities and the heartbeat of any hotel. And to add to it, it needs to fit the different tastes and drive the experience of all guests. Innovative use is becoming the hybrid use of public spaces and the ability to accommodate tastes, activities – and controversies. We as architects, as designers, are exploring different possibilities every time we come to this space, and we challenge operators – but equally respect their methodology of differentiation in a glocal interpretation. The Nuts & Co Bar, Intercontinental Davos, Switzerland
How high on the list is revenue creation for designers? It depends on the individual designer and for which category of property, but for me, it sits high on the list, and I always try to translate the design back to the equation of function, comfort, longevity, sustainability, and the ability to generate more revenues, as well as originality. How do you think the influence of new technology affects the
Spa, AC Marriott Ulriksdal, Stockholm
The iconic new reception pods at the Marriott Zürich, representing purity of materials and a clean statement of luxury
luxury traveller, and how might it in the future? It depends on the definition of new technology. If it is about Artificial Intelligence/AI, then it will for sure affect and greatly influence luxury travellers increasingly in the future. AI is set to drive a big part of our lives in the future, learning our patterns and habits, and will steer in many ways the different decisions travellers will take – and for sure will affect luxury travellers. That said, I also believe that luxury travel destinations will adapt greatly alongside AI, and may rely on other tools, rather a combination of technology and outstanding experience, to fight back the intrusion of AI. It’s not a simple question, and the answer is not straightforward, either.
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With so many hospitality designers in the industry, how does Living Design stand out from the rest? Being Scandinavian (or rather, Swedes), we stand out for being honest, our ability to listen and care about the client with a close attention to detail, and respect for the time schedule. We remain present, and get involved in all details behind the scenes. Our guiding principle for renewing one of Scandinavia’s most recognisable interior design brands remains the client benefit, sustainability and innovation – three things that have always been important to Living Design, and a key to our future development. We are a great cross-functional design team, working hard to achieve a great guest experience. What particular trends have you noticed in hotel interior design? New emerging trends of hybrid design, mixture of colours and of different styles remain an explosive topic, regardless of whether we like it or not. Plus the extensive use of hidden technology bringing comfort to guests. What does design mean to you? As time is all we have, we must measure its preciousness in units of freedom through our life. Design is my unit of freedom in life, and that’s what it means to me. Where do you see hotel design in the future? This is where AI will be integrated into adaptable design, and where technology will take a stake in hospitality to enrich it and change it, in the same way the electric cars are emerging into our life.
A detail of luxury use of materials and furniture with the right lighting exposure at the Marriott Zürich
Capricorn Restaurant, Intercontinental Davos, Switzerland
The AC Lounge, AC Marriott Ulriksdal
“Design is my unit of freedom in life, and that’s what it means to me” How important is the designer/supplier relationship? The suppliers are simply the vocabulary of the designer. It’s their tool, their backbone, and, without suppliers, we would never be able to explore new territories, so we owe a lot to them. So much bespoke design is becoming a part of our everyday job, and without a great relationship with suppliers, we are unable to execute dreams and make them happen. Take, for example, the last AC by Marriott Ulriksdal, Stockholm – Laufen has assisted us in making a beautifully crafted bespoke washbasin that carried all the required guest nécessaire, despite the minimal space we had. Is there anything exciting you’re working on that you can tell us about? Luckily, we are currently working on several active hospitality projects – the majority for different Marriott brands in different and interesting locations. Two of them are in Scandinavia. What would be your dream hotel project? A sea resort hotel where I enjoy extended hospitality and fresh wild seafood and great weather. Where the service is genuine, and where the locals are part of the experience. Where everyone respects nature and greatly contributes to safeguarding it for the next generation. Nothing fancy, but it might be an ultimate luxury for some and a great location for me.
What’s next for you and Living Design? For me, leading the oldest Scandinavian interior design firm, I’m still staying at the helm, rocking the boat, sailing close to the wind until we restore our life back … and then? As Swedes, we don’t like talking too much about our new plans, but rest assured that we are growing and have some substantial expansion on the horizon, with the aim of floating some new ideas and making an impact with sustainability in mind – in our field of hotel design. Lastly, share some good news! Have you done anything to stay busy in these crazy times? Living in planet Sweden, we have been free the entire of 2020, and even 2021, while showing great respect to our government’s instructions and experiencing the herd immunity phenomenon. That allowed us to expand and extend our knowledge, but also to harvest great new projects. We‘ve battened down the hatches, got caught between the devil and the deep blue sea, but come out very busy with some great new projects. We work as normal, we live as normal, and we are growing much better than anticipated. www.livingdesign.com
Q&A - LINDA BORONKAY
Linda Boronkay Founder and creative director, Linda Boronkay Design Studio Hospitality Interiors’ Can Faik speaks to Linda Boronkay, founder and the creative vision behind her new design studio … Founder and creative director, Linda Boronkay, is a multi-awardwinning interior designer with a global perspective and exceptional professional background gained from working for world-class companies and brands. As the former design director of Soho House, she is driven by a passion to create immersive experiences and spaces that tell unique stories with cinematic moments. Tell me about your role at Linda Boronkay Design Studio I’m the founder and creative director. I founded the studio in September last year after leaving Soho House, where I was design director for nearly five years, heading up the company’s in-house design and procurement team, working on projects in the UK, Europe and Asia. What three words would you use to describe Linda Boronkay Design Studio? Curated, layered and characterful. What do you think will be the biggest change in how you do your job post-Covid-19? I think this year has taught me to do my work successfully while being remote with less travel. In the studio we have projects in Los Angeles, Sydney, Vienna, Madrid and London, and while a year ago I probably would have travelled to these places a few times during the year, this time I had to do without and still managed to run them well and efficiently with a local team. I have actually utilised the formula we used at Soho House when working on projects around the world – the creative input lead by our HQ, and the local team bearing the heavy load on documentation, design management and site overview. Our clients have been extremely flexible and understanding as well, adapting to the new now and doing briefings, meetings and presentations online. They had to approach this with a high level of trust as well, and they were very open and great about it.
Being based in London, which projects are you currently working on? We are very fortunate to be working on a great variety of projects all around the world. We have a hotel project near Sydney, a large mansion in Los Angeles, a members’ club in Vienna and a family club in Madrid. We are constantly pitching for new work around the world as I would like to keep our portfolio varied and international. I have always loved travelling, and as soon as I can I will do so again – but if Covid-19 taught me something, it is that we can work very effectively on international projects without having to physically be there. With social media (especially Instagram) becoming an increasingly important marketing tool for hotels, what are your thoughts on this development, and do you take it into account when designing spaces? First and foremost, I have always approached projects from a physical and emotional perspective – what interests me most is how people will move around, interact and feel in the space. I need to have a clear understanding of the context, designing with a specific mood, colours, lighting, music and scents in mind – and how we want people to feel. That has always been my main motivation when I’m working on a project, but there is also the photogenic aspect, and, regardless of Instagram, there needs to be certain vignettes, moments and compositions in a project that just happen to be very ‘Instagrammable’. I think a successful, beautiful space will work in person as well as in photos, but not necessarily the other way around.
“We aren’t just a design studio, our background ranges from product design to operations”
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How can design be used to manage the guests’ expectations of the hotel experience? Design is an amazing tool to shape how people feel and behave. Then there comes music, scent, food, drink and service, and you have the full picture. We designers use colours, textures, volume, shapes, proportions and lighting to achieve a desired result, and the best clients and projects allow us to experiment and fully explore these instruments. But we shouldn’t forget that first and foremost we are enablers – we provide a tool for our clients to achieve a desired customer experience that meets the brief and is on-brand. I really think that we shouldn’t be too loud and overbearing in our design if that doesn’t support the end goal of the operator or client. Most people associate certain moods with the level of lighting, colours, patterns and finishes. When they enter a space they instinctively understand how they are supposed to feel, how they are supposed to behave. Just think about the last time you went to a Michelin-starred, white-clothed restaurant, and when you go to your local brunch spot – remember those times? Even if you enter a place for the first time and you are surrounded by relaxed furniture, dimmed lighting, warm finishes and good music, you know you are about to have a good time, and that excitement is almost tangible when you have many people feeling the same way. These are the best moments in my work – when I open a club, restaurant, bar or hotel, and feel that collective excitement for the first time in that certain space.
Soho House Amsterdam
Soho House White City House
Soho House White City House
Soho House Amsterdam
Turning to the topic of authenticity of experience, how do you approach each project? My starting point is the guest experience. In today’s world, people are savvy and educated, they are curious. They travel to have a glimpse into – and learn more about – local culture, and to have an authentic experience. I want to enable them to have that unique point of view by using local building techniques and working with local suppliers, while also educating ourselves (the design team), through research, to be able to approach every single aspect of the project with that in mind.
“For me, a dream project is when the clients’ vision and ours align, when the aim is to create an authentic one-off experience, something memorable and long lasting”
Describe your style The studio’s signature aesthetic is decorative and characterful – we like layered architecture and interior design that’s interesting on a bigger-picture level, as well as on a human scale. That doesn’t mean we only do traditional design. Quite the opposite – we love a contemporary shell with vintage pieces, or the opposite. Interiors that feel accidental and relaxed, not forced or too composed. Contrast, and the alchemy that opposites create excite us, and that fusion, or sometimes contradiction, result in interesting spaces. We are very detail focused and like to mix different styles to end up with a unique result that is typical and topical to a specific project/brand.
With so many hospitality designers in the industry, how does Linda Boronkay Design Studio stand out from the rest? We aren’t just a design studio, our background ranges from product design to operations. We understand the bigger gestures that make a commercial and residential space successful, as well as being able to design to the smallest details. Do designers think about loyalty when they design a hotel, or is it just an operator’s concern? We absolutely design with customer loyalty in mind. A commercial project is only successful when it’s filled with happy customers – without that, a space is just a room filled with furniture – and this is always at the forefront of our thinking when creating projects.
Q&A - LINDA BORONKAY
Soho House Amsterdam
Soho House Amsterdam
Do you have a most memorable experience with interior design – something you saw that changed or inspired you? Every experience inspires, for better or worse – I like to analyse spaces to find out why I think they work or why they don’t. A memorable experience comes to mind when I saw the works of Anish Kapoor and Richard Serra in person. I think these experiences were so overwhelming because these artists work with the purest, simplest forms and materials. Experiencing these large scale works, their volume, mass and texture in their truest form and in such a scale had a very evident and strong emotional effect that on me. Us interior designers and architects yearn to create similar effects on people in a positive sense and also work with these tools, but when we design there is also a lot of visual ‘noise’ that sometimes distracts from the fact that our surroundings directly affect how we feel. Tell us something surprising about yourself that people may not know Before I embarked on my interior design journey I was working as a fashion model and was determined to become a fashion designer. I believe that, apart from my family upbringing (my father is an architect and my mother an antiques collector) the travelling I did
Soho House Hong Kong
Soho Beach House Barcelona
during these years and direct interaction with different cultures and people helped me gear towards interior design, and to this day I find great inspiration in fashion.
Q&A - LINDA BORONKAY
“We are constantly pitching for new work around the world, as I would like to keep our portfolio varied and international”
Soho House Amsterdam
What would be your dream hotel project? It’s hard to answer – I really don’t have a specific dream hotel project. For me, a dream project is when the clients’ vision and ours align, when the aim is to create an authentic one-off experience, something memorable and long lasting. Creating brands, a physical manifestation of a hospitality concept is always very exciting for me, and something I’m very used to, having worked on Soho House – and for brands such as Hoxton, Four Seasons or Virgin, to name a few. I love these projects – especially when we have the chance to work on multiple locations, rolling them out without ever repeating yourself, but still keeping that overarching design language. Is there anything exciting you’re working on that you can tell us about? We are working on some very exciting projects around the world, and what’s most exciting about them is that they vary greatly in scale and style. We are working on a boutique hotel just outside Sydney in the beautiful countryside, in a heritage building with vast land attached to it, and turning it into a piece of paradise due to open later this year.
Then we have a large residential project in Bel Air, Los Angeles, where I worked very closely together with my clients to create a very special renovation project. With the others I’m sadly under NDA so not allowed to talk about them in great detail, but watch this space – we have some exciting projects coming out in 2021. Lastly, share some good news! Have you done anything to stay busy in these crazy times? I’ve never been busier! We have lots of exciting projects, the team is growing rapidly and lockdown helped me focus on my work a lot. What I also implemented in my days are the little routines that make me happy – like my favourite takeaway coffee from the local bakery, or having cold showers in the morning, reading my book at least 2-3 times a week and appreciating the little things, like big walks in The Heath and enjoying family time! I also refuse to not use my best glasses that I would normally save for special occasions, or put lipstick on, even if I don’t leave the house – every day is a special occasion! www.lindaboronkay.com
INSPIRING HOSPITALITY DESIGN IS YOUR BUSINESS LOOKING TO ENGAGE THE HOSPITALITY SECTOR? founding partner
Delivering the best in design across the spectrum, The Hospitality Interiors Show will launch at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena next summer.
Bringing together owners, operators, designers, architects and more from the UK and beyond, The Hospitality Interiors Show will provide an inspiring and informative platform for products and ideas.
SUMMER 2022 | RICOH ARENA, COVENTRY
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NEWH– The Hospitality Industry Network
NEWH UK delves into design with its European webinar series update by Alicia Sheber The UK, Paris and Milan chapters of international charitable organisation, the Network of Executive Women in Hospitality (NEWH), have enjoyed growing attendance for La Pause, their European webinar series that each month explores a different topic shaping the industry. The sessions feature European experts who share their insights about the state of business, adapting to the changing world, and planning for the future. Three of the world’s most prominent interior designers, all maestros at mixing the classical with the modern to create timelessly elegant spaces, took to the virtual stage on 17th December for the designers’-themed webinar. The panellists included: Olga Polizzi, deputy chairman and director of design, Rocco Forte Hotels, London As the daughter and sister of prominent hoteliers Charles and Rocco Forte, Olga’s life has been a creative journey around the very best in hospitality, working on prestigious hotel projects around the world. She also has her own hotel collection, most recently launching The Polizzi Collection with her daughter Alex Polizzi, with hotels in Cornwall, Devon and East Sussex. Her current projects include: The Star in Alfriston, UK; The Villas in Verdura Resort, Sicily; The Westbund, Shanghai; and Villa Igiea in Palermo.
Tristan Auer, principal, Atelier Tristan Auer, Wilson Associates, Paris Tristan is an accomplished and entrepreneurial interior architect. The Atelier’s most recent projects include the historic Carlton Hotel Cannes and Le Scribe Hotel Paris, as well as the impressive Mahanakhon Bangkok SkyBar, located on the 76th floor of the iconic King Power Mahanakhon in Bangkok, Thailand. Maison & Objet named him its Designer of the Year 2017, as did GQ magazine in its Men of the Year Awards, and he was on the list of Architectural Digest France’s Ten Best Interior Designers of 2014.
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Federico Spagnulo, founder and ceo, Spagnulo & Partners, Milan Spagnulo & Partners creates projects that emphasise Italy’s high-quality interior craftsmanship. The studio is particularly focused on the interior design of luxury mansions and hotels in Italy and abroad. Current projects include the contemporary Marriott Milan, and boutique heritage hotels such as the Villa Saletta in Palaia, Italy, and the Palazzo Portinari Salviati in Florence. One topic of conversation was the response to Covid-19 and the discovery that, for all these panellists, their design of hotels has not really been affected. “I’m not going to design hotels that aren’t sexy,” said Tristan. Confidence was high that pent-up demand will result in travellers wanting to socialise and discover exciting new places to stay. The designers also provided a peek into their interests beyond hospitality, with both Olga and Federico keen sailors, and Tristan’s sideline detailing über-luxurious cars that become family heirlooms. Helping future generations of designers is a cause shared by the panellists, who mentor students in their studios, and NEWH, whose mission is to provide educational scholarships to ensure the hospitality design profession is inclusive and accessible across its chapters in the UK, France, Italy, the US and Canada. The session was moderated by Alicia Sheber, contributing editor of Hotels magazine – a ghostwriter helping creative, non-linear thinkers tell their stories, and NEWH UK’s director of marketing. Next up is the Sustainability in Hospitality webinar on 21st January, followed by Biophilia in Design on 18th February and The Evolving Cruise Sector on 18th March. Sponsorship and membership Sponsorship is key to the success of the NEWH events, and allows the organisation to achieve and exceed its scholarship goals. Anyone interested in sponsoring an NEWH event should contact Hannah Rogers on newhuk@gmail. com. Stay up to date with the news by following NEWH on social media and signing up to its mailing list. For any other queries, contact newhuk.marketing@ gmail.com.
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A time for growth – an interview with new NEWH CEO, Shelia Lohmiller How did you become involved with the NEWH? I walked into Dorrit St. John’s office one morning (known as The Madame, she ran the purchasing arm of HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates back in the day), and she said, “Shelia, I have an idea,” and that is how NEWH started. That was 1982. Seems like yesterday. In October 1984 we held our first meeting – all 10 of us at the Velvet Turtle restaurant in Santa Monica. At our next meeting in November we had 44 attendees, and it grew from there. The story got out, and we were getting calls from people all over the country wanting to be part of this organisation of women. In 1989 we opened the membership to men – doing so made our organisation whole. I look back now with great pride in what we have accomplished. Who would have thought? What has the NEWH done for you, both personally and professionally? In 1984 I was named the president of the founding chapter, NEWH/Los Angeles. Back then I was a sales rep, and NEWH brought me great notoriety. It was good for business. But even more important were the personal connections – I have made my best friends through NEWH. I can go to any major city in this country, and a few others as well, and pick up the phone and call someone I know. We are such a wonderful network of people. Like family. In your new role as CEO NEWH, what are your plans for 2021, and what are you most looking forward to? My – and NEWH’s – plans are to continue to try to keep our industry connected. I don’t necessarily see my role changing since
becoming CEO. I will continue to lead a great team and work with our chapters to see that they continue to flourish and grow. We will continue our international expansion, one chapter at a time, seeing that each has a
was the global connectivity! Zoom has allowed our members to participate in local and global events. Alex Jones, in Vancouver, can learn about projects that Enrico Cleva is working on in Milano. Members have
solid foundation that will ensure success. I am most looking forward to the ability to get out and about, see people, and get and give lots of great big hospitality hugs! We are hoping the world will be open so we can attend HD Expo in Las Vegas in August and BDNY in New York in November. We are all so people-starved. Zoom is great, but doesn’t quite cut it.
developed relationships with people that were not probable before.
With over 36 years of involvement with NEWH, what have been your highlights, and what are you most proud of? The people are the highlights of my time with NEWH. The people have accomplished so much and made me so proud. We have given over $7m to students who needed financial assistance to achieve their dreams of a career in hospitality. My heart wants to explode when I think of it. We have supported women, helping them break through the glass ceiling of a maledominated industry. We have been there for members when they have been in need. We are ensuring we have equity, inclusion and diversity in all of our initiatives. We are family, and I am proud to be a part of it. What do you think will be the biggest change in how you do your job, postCovid-19? We will get back to travelling, doing regional trade shows, the Leadership Conference and attending various chapter functions. But, we will also continue to do weekly Zoom events. The good thing that came out of Covid-19
With three successful European chapters already formed, what’s next for the NEWH in Europe (and possibly the Middle East)? We have had interest from more countries in the EU and also the Middle East, specifically Dubai. Starting an NEWH chapter is not an easy task, so I would say we will go where the resolve is strong enough to make it happen. What intrigues you the most about the hospitality industry? Everything! Starting with design, the creation of someone else’s vision. Watching the architecture rise out of the ground, the beauty of the interiors, the happiness of the guests, providing a wonderful place for people to get away from it all and just relax. And then there is the food – the culinary artists that please our eyes and our palates, oh yum! Hospitality is reaching out to the world with friendship and generosity. What could be better than that? I have worked in a number of industries over the years, and hospitality has it all. Tell us something surprising about yourself that people may not know … NEWH is who and what I am … and that’s not a surprise to anyone, I am sure. Also, I have two mouthy, lovable little dogs, Heidi and Harley, and six of the most amazing greatgrandchildren!
The Mayfair Townhouse London, UK Goddard Littlefair weaves a tale of Wildean decadence within Iconic Luxury Hotels’ new Mayfair property …
The Mayfair Townhouse opened its doors in December 2020, making it the fifth property under London and Regional’s Iconic Luxury Hotels brand. The hotel spans 15 impressive Georgian townhouses, among them seven listed buildings, to cut a striking figure on Mayfair’s Half Moon Street. Beyond their architectural significance, these townhouses have further import as the former home of Oscar Wilde himself, and the setting for his acclaimed farcical comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest. Wilde was, of course, a key exponent of England’s Aesthetic Movement – a passionate advocate of art for art’s sake, against a backdrop of industrialism. His life and work, and that of his contemporary aesthetes, inspired Goddard Littlefair in its restoration of the interiors. “They led a rich and indulgent lifestyle, being provocative in order to court controversy,” says Jo Littlefair, co-founder and director of Goddard Littlefair. “The design we pursued for the Townhouse marries old and new Mayfair, with a layer of 1920’s extravagance.” Steeped in flamboyant dressing, and rich, playful detailing, Goddard Littlefair’s interior scheme remains faithful to the property’s Georgian heritage while offering a contemporary feel.
Public spaces A fanned metal canopy embellished with the hotel’s name gives way to an entrance lobby, lined with dimpled glass and metal screens, and with a green and white marble crescent upon the floor. To the right, a reception area awash with the soft glow of alabaster lamps and elegant cut crystal lanterns creates an intimate enclave. Goddard Littlefair worked in close association with specialist hotel art consultant, Minda Dowling, to bring the property’s fascinating story to life. The experience, which begins in the reception area, is designed to enrich one’s understanding of the building, and the exceptional characters – both living and fictional – that existed within its walls. Adjacent to the reception, the Dandy Bar offers a twinkling, atmospheric refuge from Mayfair’s busy streets. The selection of bespoke furniture here, as in the rest of the hotel, has
been painstakingly curated by the Goddard Littlefair team. Printed velvet and leather seating within the bar complements a palette of marble, brass, and high-gloss timbers. One of the most impressive attributes is the lighting selection, ranging from the striking glass and brass gantry above the bar to a chandelier of alabaster and bronze running down the staircase to the lower ground floor. Working alongside Goddard Littlefair, Northern Lights employed its diverse in-house capabilities to create the eye-catching overhead fixture for the bar area. Adorned with etched glass, this skilfully handcrafted piece draws inspiration from the form of feathers. “We looked at the flamboyance of feathers in flapper outfits and the traditional gentleman’s pocket watch to inspire the design of both of these pieces,” explains senior designer, Gemma Prentice.
“One of the most impressive attributes is the lighting selection, ranging from the striking glass and brass gantry above the bar to a chandelier of alabaster and bronze running down the staircase to the lower ground floor”
“Steeped in flamboyant dressing, and rich, playful detailing, Goddard Littlefair’s interior scheme remains faithful to the property’s Georgian heritage while offering a contemporary feel” Lower ground floor On the lower ground floor, the Club Room acts as a library space. Low-level lighting from the wall lights and glamorous tasseled chandelier creates an intimate feel, while an assortment of collectibles, accessories and books link to the characters and cultural influences entwined with the property’s history and design. The snug room, nicknamed The Den, is a vibrant space panelled and painted red, with fitted seating and abundant artwork inspired by the hotel’s symbol – a fox. “The fox was chosen as a symbol to represent the hotel as it is a creature woven into British folklore, a resident of both city and country and a character occupying the pages of countless poems, tales and fables throughout the annals of history,” explains Jo. “The fox is also symbolic of the subversive and mischievous characteristics of the aesthetes whose influences we were channelling. Playfulness counterbalanced with wisdom are themes that run throughout the hotel’s design.” Oscar’s Study concludes the lower ground floor’s spread of rooms, with a gym and highly decorative restrooms.
“Playfulness counterbalanced with wisdom are themes that run throughout the hotel’s design”
Guest rooms and suites Returning to the ground floor, the guest rooms are accessed via an ornate lobby lift, complete with a three-dimensional laser-cut metal sculpture on its ceiling. The quirks of the property, with its varying ceiling heights and levels, meant that each guestroom required a unique design. “There are almost no identical rooms in the entire building,” explains Martin Goddard, co-founder and director of Goddard Littlefair.
“Added to that, previous incarnations of hotels had wiped away period details, leaving us with few historic references for the interiors. “We had to set up a design language that could relate to the architecture and be interpreted into each room through panelling, colouration and distinctive detailing. The result is a unity through the bedrooms, but guests who stay multiple times will have a different experience on each occasion.” A muted corridor design, complete with
painted mouldings, links all of the sleeping accommodation. The walls are lined with intriguing artwork selected to enliven guests’ journeys to their rooms. Despite the simple design here, there is exquisite attention to detail, captured by the intricately detailed metal hooks on the guest room doors which bear the hotel’s fox emblem.
The guest rooms are elegant yet highly practical in their design. A regal blue palette is accented by warm gold accents and rouge red lining here, with limited edition artwork adorning the walls. Northern Lights’ elegant Ophelia wall light brings an art deco feel. Designed with versatility and comfort in mind, the handcrafted wall sconce fuses a classic shape with a contemporary touch and natural materials. Embracing the skeleton of the building, Goddard Littlefair sought to add unique experiences within the property. The Garden Suites, for example, offered the opportunity to experiment with an indoor/outdoor scheme. “The position of these suites on the ground floor of the property meant we could incorporate some of the exterior of the building into the rooms,” says Jo. “Inspired by Cecil Beaton’s love of gardens, we created a crittallframed conservatory with doors opening to a small, walled courtyard, allowing the guest their own English garden in the heart of London.” Imagining a space where influential creative and thinker, Cecil, might feel at home, the room features rattan upholstery, patterned walls and antique mirrors. Lanterns have been strewn across the ceiling of the living-areacome conservatory, while the terrace has been accessorised with wall-hung mirrors and overlaid with greenery.
Two further suites on the fifth floor of the hotel had working titles of the Penthouse Suites during the design process. The ambition here was to create two spacious rooms that alluded to a fictional but contemporary dandy muse. “What decadence would this person embrace, and how would they wish to live in the 21st century Mayfair?” were questions we posed to ourselves during the evolution of these designs,” explains Martin. www.themayfairtownhouse.com www.iconicluxuryhotels.com www.goddardlittlefair.com www.mindadowlinghotelartconsultants.com
The Mayfair Townhouse with Goddard Littlefair
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Waldorf Astoria Xiamen Fujian, China AB Concept is delighted to unveil the design details of its work with the prestigious Waldorf Astoria Xiamen. The luxury design practice brings its refined contemporary aesthetic to this multicultural port city in China …
An expert in visual storytelling and a longterm partner of the Hilton Group, AB Concept was chosen by Waldorf Astoria to realise its vision of an inviting – yet unmistakably elegant – welcome to its prestigious new property, Waldorf Astoria Xiamen. AB Concept has created the five-star hotel’s lobby area – including the entryway, concierge and reception, courtyard lobby lounge (named Trellis) and VIP room – banqueting facilities, garden terrace foyer restaurant Peacock Alley, and intimate Chef’s Table restaurant. As a fundamental part of its practice, co-founders Ed Ng and Terence Ngan and their team have always delighted in bringing exceptional spaces to life through meticulous design detail that encompasses the culture and history of its location. In this, AB Concept was a perfect pairing for this project in the richly historical city of Xiamen, presenting a unique opportunity to draw on the meeting of east and west and the cultural fusion of this vibrant spot, which has been a major seaport since ancient times.
“In its work for Waldorf Astoria, AB Concept looked to capture both the historical and contemporary thriving essence of Xiamen, paired with the timeless luxury for which Waldorf Astoria is renowned”
Throughout its design of the entryway, several public spaces and F&B outlets for Waldorf Astoria Xiamen, AB Concept was tasked with weaving a narrative of a graceful manor house, encompassing the period heritage that can be seen in the city’s colonial architecture, while conveying the elegance and vitality of this growing city. Xiamen remains a prominent hub of literature, art, fashion and architecture, that has evolved to embrace a new generation – all of which AB Concept sought to reflect in its design. The hotel itself sits in the heart of the Siming District, alongside the lush Lotus Park, and is surrounded by the city centre’s elegant shops, cafes and restaurants. A multi-purpose complex, the landmark building is a combination of hotel, office, high-end leisure and boutique services – harmoniously positioned within this is the new five-star Waldorf Astoria Xiamen, with an arrival and interior that belies its cutting-edge setting. From the entryway, the illusion of a garden mansion is created, which simultaneously conveys a nostalgic elegance, modern sophistication, timelessness and a distinctive sense of place.
Entryway and lobby Creating a sense of expectation from the moment guests approach the building, AB Concept has crafted an entryway that is set back from the landscaped drive, revealing three tall archway doors flanked by lanterns. Giving the impression of a magnificent manor home, guests enter a porch-like space and concierge desk, then onwards through more arched doors into the ‘courtyard’. In lobby lounge Trellis, seating is arranged in small groups to allow intimate social or business gatherings and afternoon teas. In this impressive double-height room, AB Concept has fostered an outdoor look and feel, with large arched windows, indoor balconies and skylight-like lights to create a feeling of natural light. The materials and palette of this space are marble, warm timber, velvets, green tones and bronze trims, to bring the outdoors in. The reception counter is set back in a recessed archway in blue tones – referencing the nearby sea – with metal-inlaid fretwork detail to echo a gateway. AB Concept has also created a neighbouring VIP reception room, a sumptuous space with a private library feel, as an area for discreet check-ins.
“It has been a pleasure to collaborate with Waldorf Astoria on this opening. Working with a brand that epitomises timeless luxury in such a culturally interesting location has allowed us act as visual storytellers, integrating the area’s history and craftsmanship into a contemporary interpretation. It is especially satisfying in such a challenging time to see this vision come to life” Ed Ng, co-founder, AB Concept
Meeting and event spaces Located on the third floor, the suite of event spaces includes a ballroom, a multi-function glass ‘sun’ room, bridal room and meeting rooms. These spaces are located off a hallway that feels sculptural, bright and gallery-like. The meeting rooms have bronze-framed textured glass to allow both privacy and a flow of light between the exterior windows and the third-floor lobby, which opens into a grand corridor with 8m-high ceilings, leading to the Sun Room and Ballroom. The Sun Room again employs textured glass in its tall, arched, French window-style doors, which open onto a long room with large windows overlooking the verdant Lotus Park below. A multi-function space with the romantic feel of an elegant conservatory,
greens and greenery pop against bronze frames, mirrors and settled wood tones – it is a room ideal for smaller private gatherings or drinks receptions. The entrance to the expansive Ballroom is through three tall, arched bronze doors, opposite the Sun Room. The Ballroom’s neutral colour design will provide a sophisticated backdrop for celebrations and corporate events, illuminated by a multitude of crown-like crystal pendant ceiling lights that represent a shimmering, modern interpretation of a crown. Connected to the main area of the third floor is the final, jewellery box of a room, the Bridal Room – which is designed like a private boudoir in a pearlescent palette, with bevelled mirrors and sumptuous, elegant furnishings.
F&B areas Peacock Alley The fifth-floor garden foyer lounge and day-tonight F&B space connects to a large outdoor terrace – an elegant playground, incorporating a swimming pool, mini golf and barbeque area. Again, bringing the outdoors in, natural elements echo throughout the Peacock Alley’s colour scheme and design details. A flower room reception welcomes guests to the entrance of this long space, which is cleverly divided with open, metalwork screens in the shape of a peacock’s tail. This creates intimate areas without blocking the flow of the room or impeding light from the large open doors to the terrace that run its length. The stucco ceiling references Victorian European interior details, while the delicately patterned parquet floor is typical of the rich trade history of South-east
China. Green trelliswork adorns the walls on the terrace side, creating a garden-like dining area. At the end of the room, an internal staircase – with a winding, colonial-style balustrade – links to the sixth-floor restaurant, under which is the marble Peacock Alley bar, with dome-shaped metal frames (another echo of the European architectural arches) which hold cake stands or display fine wines and liquors – an ideal spot for refreshment after outdoor activities or pre-dinner drinks. The whole space utilises a multitude of natural textures and materials including onyx, marble, leather, rattan, light wood, and antique mirrors – as well as a spectrum of greens and warm colours for a soft, romantic, nostalgic feel. Chef’s Table An exclusive chef’s table dining experience, serving refined locally-inspired cuisine, this small room is both elegant and dramatic.
AB Concept designed this room to echo the South-east Chinese culinary creations, with a deep, solemn palette of jades, saturated light green, grey and teal hues, warm timber and bronze details – including an intricate ceiling feature – paired with luxurious leathers and contemporary finishes. A green lacquered door opens to reveal the private kitchen, where the chefs can be seen at work from the central circular table. In its work for Waldorf Astoria, AB Concept looked to capture both the historical and contemporary thriving essence of Xiamen, paired with the timeless luxury for which Waldorf Astoria is renowned. The overarching interior brief is that of a grand garden manor, to which AB Concept responded with a design journey that is romantic and elegant. www.hilton.com/en/hotels/xmnwawawaldorf-astoria-xiamen www.abconcept.net
Pater Noster Hamneskär, Sweden Located on a desolate Swedish island, this former home for generations of lighthouse keepers today offers an alternative take on luxury for experienceseeking travellers. Perceptive design agency, Stylt was appointed to deliver an appropriate property for this unique location …
Pater Noster is Sweden’s most famous and spectacular lighthouse, located on the tiny island of Hamneskär outside Marstrand on Sweden’s west coast. The hazardous waters surrounding the island have been feared for centuries, leading to seafarers reading The Lord’s Prayer – Pater Noster in Latin – when their ships approached the treacherous archipelago. When the lighthouse was constructed in 1868, it was named after the prayer. Although the island was considered uninhabitable, a house was built for the lighthouse master, his family and staff. For almost 110 years, generations of lighthouse keepers lived with their families in this extreme environment, caring for the lighthouse, rescuing shipwrecked sailors and creating a small and isolated society of their own.
“An inhabitable island that became the home for generations of lighthouse keepers and their families.” After being automated in the 1960s and finally deactivated in 1977, the lighthouse and the island were deserted. During the years that followed, attempts were made to breathe new life into the property. In the spring of 2020, a new era arrived when a group of Swedish entrepreneurs signed a lease contract with the National Property Board of Sweden. The vision was nothing less than to turn the abandoned island into one of Sweden’s top destinations. Award-winning Swedish design agency Stylt was contracted to create a concept, the branding and interior design. Then, a careful restoration of the old lighthouse keepers’ home began, aiming to turn it into a different kind of experiencedriven boutique hotel. “Some might say it’s a hotel, but we’d rather call it a home on the horizon,” says Stylt’s founder and creative director Erik Nissen Johansen, who is also a partner in the project
together with Elisabeth Johansen, CEO at Stylt. “During my 30 years within the hospitality business, I have rarely come across such a unique destination.” Depending on the weather conditions, guests arrive by boat or helicopter from Marstrand or Gothenburg – and it might be quite a bumpy ride. But when the engines go silent, it is only them and the sound of waves, wind and seagulls. Then a friendly voice invites them to enter the lighthouse master’s home. While the main building’s 19th-century exterior was relatively well preserved, there was not a great deal left of the original interiors. Instead of recreating the former interior design in detail, Stylt dug into the fascinating story of the island and the sea, of the lighthouse and the people who once tended it. Based on this narrative, local vintage furniture and antiques were sourced, along with art, photographs, books and props.
The impressive wallpapers were customdesigned by Stylt. “By combining old technical drawings of the lighthouse and kelp patterns, we wanted to create a relevant yet stylish link to local history and nature,” says Stylt partner and art director, Andreas Hagersjö. Another highlight is a huge photographic artwork by Hawaiian visual artist Christy Lee Rogers, an artistic tribute to the hundreds of ships and crews lost in the depths around Pater Noster. The overall ambience is rustic and homey, cosy and cool. The living room’s bar offers champagne and local craft beer as well as rum and schnapps, flavoured with sea buckthorn, sloe berries and seaweed. The restaurant’s menu focuses on locally caught fish and fresh seafood. Lobster is fished seasonally, and crab is served all year round. Guests are more than welcome to cook their own catch – or let one of many prominent chefs who often visit the island do the job. In
the summertime, the courtyard outside the main building hosts an outdoor cafe. The nine bedrooms accommodate up to 18 guests, and if a guest wants to sleep under the stars, a luxury king-size bed can be arranged on the cliffs next to the sea. Tranquil bathrooms, featuring Grohe’s innovative Atrio Tapware, Power & Soul 130 hand shower and Grohtherm 1000 designs, complete the guest accommodation. Although the island is isolated, it offers a wide range of activities and unique experiences. Visiting the old lighthouse is a must. Being totally restored 15 years ago, it offers an impressive 360° view of the archipelago. On a clear day, it is even possible to get a glimpse of Denmark. Apart from the scenery, everything from sunset wine tastings to meditation and yoga classes under the stars are arranged up here, 36m above sea level.
“It’s a sign of the times that a place that is so inaccessible, weather-exposed and barren beats traditional luxury”
“Some might say it’s a hotel. We call it a home on the horizon” The salty sea offers great back-to-nature pursuits such as swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving as well as sailing, kayaking and deep-sea fishing. Try a seaweed-cooking class, enjoy the island’s hot tubs filled with warm seawater – or simply chill out, read a book, have a glass of wine and watch the sunset. Since opening in the summer of 2020, the weather-beaten 152-year-old lighthouse master’s residence has attracted a great deal of global interest. Vogue, Condé Nast Traveller and Forbes are just a few that put Pater Noster high on their lists of ‘must-experience destinations’ around the world. The Telegraph went even further, naming it one of the 10 greatest hotels of the decade. In December
2020, Stylt and Pater Noster won the judges’ special award ‘Judges So Cool’ at the 40th annual Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design. “It’s a sign of the times that a place that is so inaccessible, weather-exposed and barren beats traditional luxury,” says Erik. “We at Stylt strongly believe that Pater Noster delivers exactly what today’s guests are looking for – authenticity, personality and privacy, spiced with fantastic nature experiences and a thrilling history. Low-key luxury with a dash of roughness.” www.paternoster.se www.stylt.se
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Hotel Amarano Burbank-Hollywood Burbank, California Inspired by the glamour and spirit of Old Hollywood, Hotel Amarano Burbank-Hollywood is a luxury boutique hotel that blends vintage and modern for a re-imagined experience. Surrounded by the iconic movie studios of Burbank, the AAA 4-Diamond hotel is a tranquil hideaway where it is easy to relax, play, dine and meet in the Greater Los Angeles area …
In its second act, Hotel Amarano BurbankHollywood re-emerges as Los Angeles’ latest luxury boutique hotel, following a full-scale renovation and rebrand that was completed last summer. The interior design and new identity, conceived by Hirsch Bedner Associates Los Angeles (HBA), are personified by a fictional muse and gracious host named Amara, and layered with fascinating Hollywood and local Burbank history. “In one of our initial meetings with hotel ownership and management, we sat captivated listening to stories of Hotel Amarano’s past – how it had been a private gem in Burbank for years, a place where locals regularly hung out at the bar, and a home for many wanting to step out of the spotlight and find respite in their own private retreat under the sunlight,” says HBA Los Angeles partner, Richard Tennill. “Hearing these stories, we knew we needed to preserve the well-established spirit of Hotel Amarano. We left the property reminiscing about the glory days of Old Hollywood and its famous – perhaps infamous – discreet hotel/ home Garden of Allah, owned by 1920s silent movie actress Alla Nazimova.”
“Art selection played a big role in our storytelling, and every piece was hand-selected to enhance Amara’s persona”
Stepping into Hotel Amarano is like stepping into Amara’s home – a warm, welcoming Southern California retreat infused with the history of Burbank and Old Hollywood mystique, familiar and full of surprises at the same time – a private sanctuary in the heart of the world’s entertainment capital, whose host is kind and caring, with charming wit and a playful edge thanks to her years spent working with Hollywood A-listers and entertaining the entertainers. “Because the hotel’s name has a deeper connection with its guests, we wanted to keep it in the rebranding and renovation process,” continues Richard. “We came up with the idea of a fictional muse, Amara, whose name means grace, mercy and kindness – who waits with open arms, eager to know each and every one of her guests, and collects memories.” Guided by Amara’s vision, the design of Hotel Amarano channels the essence of Hollywood’s Garden of Allah and honours Amara’s spirit of hospitality by ensuring every guest finds a corner to relax, recharge and have fun in her home. From the cosy corners in the lounge full of books and collectibles, to the corridors and lift lobbies, which are speckled with scripts, photos, keepsakes from Amara’s well-travelled industry friends, and other mementos acquired during her own moments of stardom.
“We read and imagined stories of Garden of Allah, dove deep into the history of Burbank, and envisioned ourselves living during the era of the movie studios and ranches nearby,” says HBA Los Angeles’ senior project designer, Aysegul Conboy. “We drew inspiration from David Burbank, for whom the city is named, and found it interesting that he owned the land and one of California’s most successful sheep ranches. We ran with this information and interpreted it through artwork and design elements in the lobby and lounge, such as sheep stools, framed sheep shears, and a large-scale horse sculpture.” The retro-glam splendour of Hotel Amarano begins in the lobby, a residential-style foyer with black-and-white marble flooring, a dark, barrel-vaulted ceiling contrasting white walls, and a chaise longue in lived-in blue leather anchoring the space. A large-scale installation characteristic of Amara’s white horse projects from the lobby wall, and teases the unexpected surprises found within the hotel beyond. Floor-
Hotel Amarano, HBA Los Angeles’ designers dreamed of a home that celebrated Southern California not just for its sunny skies but also its art, crafts and stories. “Art selection played a big role in our storytelling, and every piece was hand-selected to enhance Amara’s persona,” says Aysegul. “We wanted guests to discover and delight in the local history while staying in Amara’s home, casually stumbling across treasures along the way – memorabilia from iconic TV shows and movies filmed at nearby ranches, novelties and oddities that define Amara’s hospitality and kind nature.” A nod to the entertainment industry, FYC Bar + Kitchen (‘For Your Consideration’) is a bar and restaurant serving globetrotting cuisine inspired by Amara’s wanderlust. An array of inviting seating is comfortably arranged in the living room, where art lines the walls and recalls Burbank’s sheep ranch. Golden velvet banquettes wrap the room to an intimate corner of the lounge where bookshelves
to-ceiling cabinets filled with California pottery and ceramics act as a statement piece and a stately, yet convivial, backdrop behind the reception desk. In creating the design and identity of
proudly display ceramics, books on art and travel-inspired accents. The al fresco patio is reminiscent of a residential courtyard or garden atrium, adorned with lush landscaping, Spanish accents and hanging lanterns.
“In creating the design and identity of Hotel Amarano, HBA Los Angeles’ designers dreamed of a home that celebrated Southern California”
While Hollywood’s impact on Burbank is inevitable, Burbank is not necessarily Hollywood. With the Hollywood Studio Zone recognised in the 1930s and later expanded to the Thirty Mile Zone (or ‘TMZ’), many studios established ranches at the zone’s edge, which spurred a new era for hospitality in the hills, attracting high-end residential and hotel developments to the area. “In uncovering the lesser-known history of Hollywood and Burbank, we found a more exciting approach to writing an unexpected design story woven around the film studios and ranches, and the memories of the people who made them,” says Aysegul. “The relaxed, cosy Spanish revival theme celebrated throughout Hotel Amarano’s design relays back to the Garden of Allah.” Hotel Amarano’s 132 guest rooms, including 19 spacious suites, are light-filled by day and sultry by night, in a classic colour palette of navy, taupe and white, accented with brass and gold finishes. Refurbished trunks in a rich cognac serve as dressers, while antique gold-trimmed mirrors and sculptural lighting add a dash of Old Hollywood glamour. Above the golden velvet-upholstered headboards with nail-head trim hang an eclectic assemblage of frames with vintage photographs, sketches, paintings and postcards offering a glimpse into the Hollywood of yesteryear. The crown jewel of Hotel Amarano is the revamped 1900ft2 Chairman’s Suite, with expansive private terrace.
In the renovation process, HBA designers discovered an additional guest room that had been forgotten during the previous renovation. “We took this opportunity to turn the room into a one-of-a-kind experience, designing it differently from the other guest rooms to make it feel like it was Amara’s personal den,” says Aysegul. HBA Los Angeles designers were also responsible for refurbishing Hotel Amarano’s three meeting rooms. The hotel’s approximately 4000ft2 of versatile indoor/ outdoor event space can accommodate social and business gatherings of up to 70 guests, reception-style.
The relaunch of Hotel Amarano was a true collaborative effort between HBA Los Angeles’ internal branding, procurement and design teams. Since HBA also oversaw project management, its team was able to work on a fast-paced timeline, while the hotel remained open during a pandemic, and deliver the final product in a timely manner. “With a shared big-picture vision and subdivision specialties, HBA was able to streamline the decisionmaking process, present concepts to the owner/operator and receive timely approvals, and divide the renovation into phases to minimise impact on the guest experience,” says Richard Tennill. Adapting to the circumstances of the pandemic, HBA quickly developed solutions – from shifting manufacturing from overseas to North America during the purchasing process, to adjusting the project scope to allow for the design of creative graphics for social distancing, reconfiguring in-room and restaurant spaces to maximise opportunities for outdoor dining, and designing and branding Covid-related amenity kits for guests. www.hotelamarano.com www.hba.com
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Bermonds Locke London, UK Locke’s home-meets-hotel concept arrives in Bermondsey, complete with desert-inspired interiors by Holloway Li.
Housed within the concrete shell of a Bermondsey office block – constructed in 2010, but never used – Locke’s third London property offers 143 studio apartments, as well as a destination restaurant, bar, co-working areas and workout studio. Bermonds Locke offers the brand’s characteristic fusion of apartment living, activated public spaces and an emphasis on locality and connection, yet it also marks a step change in the brand’s aesthetic approach. Its new partnership with London-based design studio, Holloway Li, sees a renewed emphasis on sustainability, upcycling and an overarching experimentation with a circular material economy. “We are really excited to be partnering with Locke to pave a new design direction for the brand’s home-meets-hotel concept,” says Alex Holloway, creative director, Holloway Li. “By innovating the re-use of materials, we hope to highlight how a circular material economy can generate an incredibly unique aesthetic and a new kind of living experience – doing more, with less.”
BECK completed the hotel’s fit-out to its usual exacting standards, meanwhile, bringing more than 25 years of experience and a hefty portfolio to the table. Inspired by California’s Joshua Tree and Mojave desert, Bermonds Locke’s interior pays homage to the majesty of nature via unexpected combinations and usage of materials, creating an aesthetic that is at once luxurious and humble.
Public spaces The property’s ground floor is intended to serve the local community, with a free-to-use co-working space in the reception, as well as a Shaman Coffee-operated cafe and meeting room. A full-service restaurant and bar on the opposite side of the central courtyard houses chef Robin Gill’s new venue, The Dairy. The desert narrative begins in the moonlit reception, where Holloway Li drew from
“Holloway Li references the psychedelic experience of Joshua Tree through the iridescent rainbow finish of the bar tops and wall panelling” Olafur Eliasson’s celebrated Weather Project installation to create a glittering mirage from overhead mirrors. Locals and guests alike can meander through the open co-working spaces, basked in soft light, with an array of swing chairs, fixed concrete banquette seating and suspended planters. Concrete testing cubes, bound for landfill, have been repurposed as plinths for a 6m-long terrazzo table in the ground floor workspace, as well as a striking bar frontage. Each cube has a unique sand/cement mix, and is numbered and dated with a different set of handwriting that appears as strange hieroglyphs. Indeed, Holloway Li has exercised its flair for uncovering the decorative qualities of basic construction elements and processes throughout the interior. Steel rebar – in itself an inexpensive raw material – has been transformed into decorative ironwork through the apartments and communal areas. The
raised ‘lugs’ on the metal, designed to promote a strong bond when submerged in concrete, take on new life here when left exposed as a rubbed finish. This technique was used to create the bar gantry, wardrobes, and a striking take on the four-poster, where the rebar was used to form curved frames, then draped in linen canopies. Elsewhere, engineering brick and insulated clay bricks have been re-employed as ornaments, simply by turning them on their sides to reveal the decorative qualities of their pure form. Holloway Li references the psychedelic experience of Joshua Tree, meanwhile, through the iridescent rainbow finish of the bar tops and wall panelling. Created by the the industrial process of zinc-passivation, the metal’s striking patina is commonly used as a protective coating on exposed chains and scaffold clamps, yet here the striking effect recalls the mesmerising desert sky.
Apartments Each of the characterful individual studios is equipped with all the modern facilities guests might need for an overnight or long-term stay, from fully functional kitchens and laundry facilities to cosy lounge areas. A palette of blue, beige and grey hues within the functional living rooms on the upper floors brings to mind the splendour of desert sunset filters. Holloway Li’s bespoke modular sofas have been handmade using sand mixed with resin lay-up to recreate the desert’s tonality, while rough-sawn timber floors create a warm, aged patina. Paying homage to nature’s wonder, bespoke bed frames woven from blackened rebar, and accented with linen canopies, create a true urban sanctuary. www.lockeliving.com www.hollowayli.com
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Riggs Washington DC USA This new independent hotel from Lore Group is housed within a former bank in the capital’s thriving Penn Quarter neighbourhood. Re-imagining the space with personality and fresh ideas, creative director Jacu Strauss has delivered an imaginative property that is confidently positioned within the inspired Lore Group portfolio.
Riggs is the first US property from the international hospitality company behind renowned hotels, Sea Containers London and Pulitzer Amsterdam. Located on the downtown corner of 9th and F Street, the hotel is housed in a historic building that was once home to Riggs National Bank. Lore Group’s creative director Jacu Strauss invoked the spirit of the former bank for his design concept – preserving and restoring the property’s plentiful original features, and creating personal, serendipitous moments throughout. “Lore Group continues to explore ways to deliver inspired and approachable hospitality concepts to interesting places around the world,” comments Billy Skelli-Cohen, CEO of Lore Group. “With Riggs Washington DC, we have created a hotel and F&B concepts that celebrate both the legacy of the building and the history of the city through unexpected details and a thoughtful approach to guest experience.”
The hotel’s original barrel-vaulted lobby makes an immediate impression with its expansive ceilings, adorned with impressive and elaborate coffers, and a medallion of Juno Moneta, the goddess of money, which presides over the room. In keeping with Washington DC’s burgeoning food and drink scene, Café Riggs – an alloccasion affair inspired by the grand brasseries of Europe – brings something unexpected to the city’s current offering. This bright and airy space features a variety of custom furniture pieces, artworks and mirrors nestled among the building’s original architectural features, including historic Corinthian columns, expansive ceilings and classically inspired stonework.
“Silver Lyan focuses on the history of cultural exchange in America, bringing elevated irreverence to the grand space to pay tribute to the past, present and future of the country” By contrast, Riggs’ lower level is home to Silver Lyan – a subterranean cocktail bar by internationally acclaimed bartender (and Lore Group’s global bar innovator) Ryan Chetiyawardana (Mr Lyan). In signature Lyan fashion, the concept reimagines the traditional hotel bar, delivering something wildly disruptive to the current DC landscape – a groundbreaking blend of classical and kitsch styles. The brand’s very first US venture, Silver Lyan focuses on the history of cultural exchange in America, bringing elevated irreverence to the grand space to pay tribute to the past, present and future of the country – and the storied building.
The hotel’s accommodation features this same combination of classic design pieces and playful nods to the building’s past. Terracotta orange-painted walls complement a striking headboard and wallcovering pattern – a bespoke design by George Venson, from NYCbased design studio Voutsa. The minibar and safe, meanwhile, are hidden within a design aesthetic that mirrors a traditional steel safe, with a brass plaque of Juno Moneta on the front. Jacu opted for a classic navy palette in the bathrooms, with Italian Carrara marble, chrome hardware and amenities from fragrance house DS & Durga in its signature Debaser scent. The accommodation incorporates 15 suites, including the two-bedroom Riggs Suite within the original bank boardroom and four First Lady suites that are inspired by the eccentricities of a select few presidents’ unsung better halves – Ida McKinley’s green thumb, Angelica Van Buren’s opulence, Louisa Adams’ intense love for music and Caroline Harrison’s extensive collection of porcelain.
“We have created a hotel and F&B concepts that celebrate both the legacy of the building – and the history of the city – through unexpected details and a thoughtful approach to guest experience.”
The colour palette, furniture selection and layout of each of these suites was designed and curated by Jacu to be completely unique, and styled based on these distinct interests. Completing its impressive offering, Riggs has a multitude of meetings and event spaces, suitable for everything from intimate private dining to grand weddings and parties on the rooftop. The crown of the building is Rooftop at Riggs, a 2500ft2 space with panoramic views over the city and an impressive roof enclosure complete with a 1500ft2 terrace. The largest of the meetings and event spaces, Rooftop at Riggs can accommodate 200 seated and up to 250 for a reception. For smaller gatherings, the Riggs Suite on the hotel’s 10th floor offers a boardroom table that can seat up to 12. Additional meetings space can be found in Café Riggs, which is home to two private dining rooms that can be reserved for seated dinners (up to 22) or reception-style events for up to 42. www.loregroup.com
In a true first for the art world, Red 8 Gallery is delighted to offer an innovative new service to its clients, the Red 8 Rental. Hospitality Interiors caught up with Matthew Admans, creative director, Red 8 Gallery, to find out more …
Art as an alternative investment Red 8 Gallery is a London-based private gallery which specialises in modern and contemporary work from both emerging and established artists. Red 8’s passion is providing a first-class service and achieving outstanding results for its clients. In addition to sourcing exciting work from emerging artists which it believes will dramatically grow in value, it also offers a unique solution which allows investment clients which might be holding their collections in storage to fully utilise their assets, by leasing out selected pieces to hotels, restaurants, and other commercial properties in globally.
as well as standing out in publications and online content. A great example of this would be leasing a Banksy or a Warhol, or a big blue chip artist. These artworks are typically something that people will recognise straight away. It stands a company in good stead to be associated with these high-profile names. That’s where Red 8 Gallery can come in and offer this service without the need to purchase, therefore creating the opportunity to display these prized works without the huge upfront capital expense.
What excites you most about the art market moving into 2021? Heading into 2021, what excites me the most is the continuous growth of new investors coming into the art market. After the uncertainties of 2020, I think a lot of investors are looking to diversify their portfolio away from traditional investments such as property, stocks and bonds. Instead, they’re increasingly embracing alternative asset classes that hold their value as well as showing impressive growth. So, to be able to help secure people’s capital with an asset class that isn’t correlated to world events but also delivers fantastic results on investment is exciting to both us and our clients. Talk to us about your new corporate leasing offer. What are the main benefits of leasing art for hospitality venues? This is something we’re really excited about as a gallery. First and foremost, to my knowledge, we’re the only gallery that can do this for our existing clients in terms of leasing their artworks out to venues. They can treat their investment almost like a buy-to-let property, purchasing the artwork to be able to lease out, and thus showing a return whilst retaining a piece that’s appreciating in value. For our corporate clients, the ability to have luxury artworks displayed without having to own every piece means you’re paying a fraction of the price. The service enables you to make a lasting impression on your visitors and clients,
Some of your emerging artists look fantastic. Who should we be looking out for this year? One really exciting emerging artist I would recommend looking out for this year would be Youssef Boubeker. He is a biro artist, so he composes all of his works just using a pen. He’s an incredibly talented man – the ability to draw in pen is hard as it is, let alone the fact that there’s no margin for error. As soon as he makes a mistake, he has to start a piece again from scratch, so he only produces a small amount of works each year. We started working with Yourself towards the back end of 2020 with a very small selection of works
which sold out instantly. I’m really excited to see what he’ll do this year. We’re potentially working on a collaboration with a big-name luxury brand which is going to be very exciting for him moving into 2021. For our readers that have personal collections or are looking to invest, what makes art such a good investment compared to other asset classes? The key factor that makes art such a good investment compared with other asset classes at the moment is that it’s not correlated to anything else going on in the world. You constantly see big news stories about Bitcoin hitting new heights and the stock market reacting well now to vaccines, but there’s always a volatility with these investments. What goes well can also go incredibly badly at times, and unfortunately not just our clients, but a lot of other people in the world, have been stung by that. What we’re offering is completely uncorrelated to global equities, and I think one of the most important things at the moment in any given situation is to protect your capital. Forget about your return – have a look at something that you like, enjoy that piece of artwork on your wall, have it in storage or lease it out, all the time knowing that we’re going to be able to sell that artwork on for a lot more than you bought it for. If you’ve got a collection already, always get it valued. I also recommend that you keep an eye on other emerging opportunities and emerging artists that you’re going to be able to add to your portfolio. It’s also crucial to make sure you’re working with a gallery that has a direct exit route for those works. For readers looking to invest and find out more about Corporate Art Leasing with Red 8 Gallery, visit www.redeightgallery.com Red 8 Gallery is proud to be a founder sponsor at this year’s HLDC conference events. To find out more about becoming a sponsor, visit www.hldc.co.uk
Astro launches timeless bathroom collection Consistent with Astro’s creative ethos – good design demands simplicity – the new matt black bathroom collection elevates Astro’s offering to present an edit of classic yet contemporary luminaires. Applied to existing collections and new season innovations, the tactile matt black finish has been carefully created to allow each light to stand alone and be a supporting player within well-established designs. Reflecting the essential role lighting design plays within residential and hospitality settings, tone and texture were key in establishing a finish that sustained the credentials of an Astro product. “Light is often not looked upon for its essential human need,” comments James Bassant, co-founder and design director. “Today, it provides a form of creative expression, using materials, colour and texture to create both experience and function. “With an Astro design, neither the light nor its physical form is compromised. We create strikingly beautiful luminaires that act
as seamless vectors for what is, in its pure form, light. Our latest matt black collection epitomises this concept, delivering welldesigned lighting that is both bold in design and illumination.” As the latest finish within the portfolio, matt black now adorns many of Astro’s most popular products. Mascali, Epsilon and Kappa designs are now available in matt black and feature streamlined silhouettes that complement surrounding architecture and provide essential illumination in minimalist form. Taken as an opportunity to revive legacy designs for contemporary interiors, the new collection also welcomes updates to Sagara and Kyoto, spherical and cylindrical shapes that present a modern approach to essential bathroom lighting. For added drama, Astro presents a new season design in matt black – Tacoma and Tacoma Twin. Best paired with either a ribbed or smoked glass shade, the statuesque metal stem injects gothic style with a contemporary twist. www.astrolighting.com
Heritage inspired lighting with contemporary twists Interior architecture and design firm Fettle was commissioned to design The Elder, a new restaurant in Bath with a focus on authentic, honest and timeless British food that would attract hotel guests, locals and tourists. Occupying what was previously four Georgian townhouses, one of the main pillars of The Elder’s design narrative is the buildings’ history. Fettle specified lighting made by
British bespoke lighting manufacturer Dernier & Hamlyn to reflect this. Fittings handcrafted in their factory included period appropriate references such as clear globe glass shades for the chandeliers, ribbed glass for the bar lights and metalwork columns and frames finished by hand in antique brass. Andy Goodwin, co-founder of Fettle said: “We have worked with Dernier & Hamlyn on projects before and have always been
impressed by the quality of the products they manufacture. The lighting for The Elder met our high expectations and the client is delighted with how the products have turned out and how the design of these provides a playful nod to the buildings’ history.” Dernier & Hamlyn made a variety of lighting for The Elder including seven chandeliers as well as screen and bar lights. www.dernier-hamlyn.com
Inspiral by Preciosa Lighting Inspiral is Preciosa’s latest lighting concept – elegant, authentic and timeless in design. Its versatile nature offers designers the ability to experiment with different scales, compositions, colours, materials and surface finishes, construction principles and illumination methods to create lighting that meets their space’s specifications. Senior designer, Alena Hlavatá Němcová, was inspired by calligraphy, ‘writing with light’ to create Inspiral. Like drawing through space, Inspiral becomes a ribbon of light as it sweeps through a room. “I was searching for a way to bring calligraphy into the modern age and make it vibrant and full of life,” she explains. “Inspiral offers a way to move a two-dimensional
shape into a space and fill it with crystal light.” Each Inspiral light is created from a specially formed stainless steel ribbon that can be bent and shaped as desired. LED strips comprised of small diodes line the edges of the ribbon. The light refracts through the thousands of cut crystal prisms attached to the ribbon with minuscule pins to create Inspiral’s signature shimmering effect. The light is carefully assembled to create an organic installation, taking full advantage of the prisms that form Inspiral’s sparkling band. “Inspiral is a crystal chandelier but with a contemporary look, which makes it a great option for luxurious or classic interiors with a modern twist,” Alena says. www.preciosalighting.com
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Italian Pop-inspired lighting With its bold, graphical shapes, Harris & Harris’ new lighting collection, Chalford, is inspired by the Pop Designs of the 1960s and 1970s, and particularly by the Italian industrial designers Vico Magistretti, Joe Colombo and Achille Castiglioni. Named after a small village in the Cotswolds, close to where Harris & Harris founder Alexander grew up, the collection comprises two sizes of table light, wall light and pendant, for both residential and commercial settings. Handmade to order in England, the group of lights features bases made from environmentally friendly slip-cast terracotta with a white glaze ombre effect. A warm and soothing glow emits from the dome-shaped, matt opal glass shade, containing a low-energy, filament-style Tala LED bulb. In the case of the table lights, a woven power flex exits the base, with an inline switch. As with all products in the collection, every sale contributes to the Harris & Harris Designed For Life Foundation, which helps support charities providing for those without the basic needs of food, water and shelter. www.harrisharrislondon.co.uk
Diamond Life expands prestigious portfolio First established in Hong Kong in 1979, Diamond Life’s high-quality decorative lighting embellishes some of the world’s finest hospitality projects. One such project is the Jumeirah Guangzhou Hotel. The property is located in the core business district of Guangzhou, one of the world’s most famous port cities and one of the ports on the Maritime Silk Road. This highly anticipated, modern and classic creation, together with the Jumeirah Courtyard Apartment Guangzhou, is set to be one of Guangzhou’s newest luxury landmarks. www.diamond-life.com
Material mastery from Flos Designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Belt is an architectural lighting system formed from fine artisan leather. Its fluid form bridges a utilitarian aesthetic with a minimalist, tailored precision. Contained within a uniform casing, Belt’s clean-lined experience belies a technical rigour, housing a range of components within a combination of soft and rigid parts. The rigid components artfully conceal elongated LED beams, which are then interspersed with ‘belts’ that are linked together and secured by a series
of hardware buckles to allow for modular configurations. Hard-wired and ceiling-mounted, the suspended lighting system facilitates seamless installation with harmonious lines that can extend and progress endlessly. Belt is available in either a black, green, or natural leather finish, and specifiable to varying lengths and sizes, making it a diverse complement to a range of interior spaces and colour palettes. www.flos.com
The Mayfair Townhouse, Goddard Littlefair Photography: Adam Lynk
Transformative solutions from Northern Lights Northern Lights has been creating inspiring bespoke lighting solutions for the hospitality sector since 1987. Its skilled artisans have spent over 30 years developing bespoke finishes to apply to handcrafted lighting fixtures. The reach of Northern Lights’ influence has seen it collaborate with many esteemed interior designers to bring bespoke lighting to hospitality venues across the world. Surrounded by the capital’s greenery and most coveted shopping streets, Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane seamlessly balances award-winning design with the city’s high notes. Northern Lights was privileged to realise Tara Bernard’s vision by creating beautifully bespoke lighting fixtures for several luxurious bedroom suites, including desk lights, floor lamps and two styles of bedside pendants. The pendants illustrated here are decoinspired, and evoke the spirit of Mayfair’s grandeur by combining handcrafted glass tube uprights with antique brass detailing. The fine mesh and opal acrylic diffusers create a warming light source that complements the interior features.
Four Seasons London at Park Lane, Tara Bernerd Photography: Richard Waite
Northern Lights continues its collaboration with award-winning designer Goddard Littlefair on the Mayfair Townhouse – a new Luxury Hotel property near Piccadilly with 172 rooms and suites, and The Dandy Bar, a private gym, and function rooms. The brand’s alabasterand brass-finished wall lights feature in the bedrooms, an elegant deco-inspired fitting that creates a warm ambience due to the use of this natural stone. Northern Lights also provided the bespoke
feature light in The Dandy Bar, formed from hundreds of delicate glass leaves, painstakingly cast and then fixed together in an antique brass frame. This was created and finished in its Derbyshire factory by skilled fabricators and finishers, utilising the vast array of techniques and processes required to create complicated yet striking features such as this, successfully bringing to life the design that Goddard Littlefair had imagined. northern-lights.co.uk
Fil Doux Textiles presents Moody Blues Designed for the hospitality, cruise and contract industries, Moody Blues by Fil Doux Textiles is a subcollection of the brand’s exclusive Otratex series, the pioneering degradable vinyl alternative.This ecofriendly collection features 18 cool colour options that draw inspiration from the various shades found when sunlight and moonlight hit the ocean surface. With a palette ranging from expressive deep navies to relaxing sky blues, the line aims to evoke an emotional response from all who experience it. Like all Otratex products, the Moody Blues collection is produced using sustainable practices. These include production power generated by wind and solar panels, the use of recycled dye waters, and the repurposing of leftover fabrics for packaging. Additionally, all Otratex products will fully degrade in 30 years once placed in an aerobic environment, such as a landfill. Aiming to provide the utmost quality, aesthetic, feel, and cleanability, Fil Doux Textiles’ Otratex products, including the Moody Blues subcollection, are available with the brand’s proprietary protectants – Pro-Tech (ink & denim), Pro-Tech Plus (bleach cleanable), and Copper Shield by Pro-Tech (antimicrobial) – that meet the evolving safety needs of hospitality settings. www.fildoux.com
Introducing Craggan Flax A deeply textured, naturally sustainable fabric, woven from a wool and flax blend. Available in 15 colourways, inherently flame retardant to Crib 5 Medium Hazard.
Camira launches highpowered textile treatment The UK-based fabric manufacturer has announced the global launch of Camira StaySafe – an advanced textile treatment befitting the Covid age. When applied to a fabric, this state-of-the-art technology destroys viruses and kills bacteria – ensuring upholstery does not act as a potential source of transmission. Ideal for use in commercial interiors which feature multi-occupancy furniture – such as universities, offices, hotels and restaurants – Camira StaySafe is an effective safeguard measure to help prevent the person-to-person spread of both viruses and bacteria. Working in three simultaneous ways to attract, attack and ultimately destroy a virus, Camira StaySafe is a high-powered combination of silver and liposome technologies which firstly attracts a virus, then attacks the virus membrane, depleting it of cholesterol and allowing the silver to kill the entire virus. Independently tested to ISO 18184 and AATCC 147, and determined to reduce viral activity on a fabric by 97%, the treatment provides an enhanced layer of protection to interior spaces. “We’re extremely proud to bring this new textile treatment to our customers – the product of rigorous research and independent testing, it is a true testament to the knowledge and expertise of our team,” comments Amanda Heeley, director of operations and quality. www.camirafabrics.com
Crib 5 in perfect Pure, Pop and Pastel harmony Ambience – the latest Crib 5-coated fabrics collection from Canadian manufacturer, Morbern, is a versatile range developed to inspire design creativity. The diverse palette is grouped in three distinct combinations – Pure, Pop and Pastel – featuring a total of 25 on-trend colour options. From minimalist monochrome looks to vibrant, opulent decors or muted Nordic interiors, Ambience’s subtle leather grain and makes it the go-to fabric for all stylish indoor upholstery applications. Hotels, resorts, restaurants and leisure sites around the world trust Morbern to deliver attractive coated fabrics that can handle high wear and tear as well as frequent cleaning. Ambience delivers on all accounts – bleach-cleanable, it also resists alcohol-disinfection agents such as hydrogen peroxide and isopropyl alcohol, all recommended by the ECDC (European Centre for Disease prevention and Control) for Covid-19 preventative cleaning. As with all other Morbern Europe vegan leathers, Ambience is phthalatefree and REACH compliant. In addition to BS 5852 Part 2 (Crib 5) flame resistance, Ambience is also certified M2, B2 and Class 1 IM, allowing it to be specified for hospitality projects around the world. Ambience is now stocked in Morbern Europe’s Amsterdam warehouse and available from approved distributors. www.morberneurope.com
Modular by Granorte Granorte’s 3D Modular tile design brings Mondrian linearity to walls. Using CNCmachined linear grooves in three geometric designs, Modular lets the user explore on walls the forms typified by Piet Mondrian’s works. Each lightweight Modular tile is made from 100%-recycled cork – a by-product of the wine stopper industry – and retains the acoustic and thermal benefits of the material. Available in four complementing shades – Dark, Pearl, Smoke, Bluemoon and Terracotta – Modular is protected with Granorte’s waterbased CORKGUARD. This protective lacquer finish ensures that the tiles can withstand commercial use. The tile is available in a 580 x 580 x 7mm format for glue-on application. www.granorte.co.uk
Decorative antimicrobial fabrics from Skopos February sees the launch of The Silk Roads collection by Skopos. A collection of woven decorative FR fabrics, it follows a journey – influenced by different cultures – to bring together an exotic fusion of design and colour. With five distinctive designs, including a mosaic-style trellis, a tonal woven diamond, a delicate relief paisley, a large-scale damask and a striking organic print design, it is difficult to distinguish one clear hero within the collection.
Sitting under the new Skopos Pro-tect Plus umbrella, with the added benefit of an antimicrobial finish, this collection supports best-practice hygiene goals within contract interiors. The Silk Roads meets the
requirements for FR standards and achieves IMO bedding and drape, for marine interiors. Free samples of all fabrics are available via the sales team or the company’s website. www.skoposfabrics.com
The Gallery Clerkenwell opens Manufacturer of decorative surfaces, UNILIN Panels, has opened The Gallery Clerkenwell – a hybrid showroom on Great Sutton Street, in the heart of London’s A&D district. Bringing together like-minded manufacturers from the worlds of surfacing, flooring, seating and storage, The Gallery Clerkenwell provides a chance to share in a passion for creating beautiful interiors and to discover new products in the world of commercial interior design. From UNILIN Evola and Clicwall to carpet tiles, LVT and vinyl from IVC Commercial, task and conferencing seating from Comfort UK and storage furniture from Silverline, visitors to The Gallery Clerkenwell have access to an impressive display of European-made interior products. www.unilinpanels.com
Ultrafabrics expands Volar Bio range Ultrafabrics has introduced a bold new range of colours within its Volar Bio range. These six new colours – named Indigotin, Matcha, Spinach, Porcini, Pitch Black and Café Noir – include rich neutrals inspired by the earth’s surface, and complex shades that signify organic dye sources. “The six new tones were added in response
to customer feedback,” explains Nicole Meier, director of branding. “There was a need for neutrals to round out the palette, and adding these six new tones brings a full spectrum of 15 beautiful options.” Committed to reducing dependency on finite resources, Ultrafabrics has incorporated renewable plant-based materials into the
multiple layers of unique product construction. A first of its kind, the collection includes corn by-product and wood pulp materials to create a 29% bio-based leather alternative that is suitable for upholstery, vertical surfaces and fashion. All Ultrafabrics products can withstand serious, frequent cleaning to CDC standards, and are sought-after solutions where postCovid hygiene is a priority. This fabric can also withstand bleach without losing its colour or altering its appearance. www.ultrafabricsinc.com
Parkside’s trend forecast
Parkside has unveiled the trends set to shape interiors over the next two years. With the Covid-19 pandemic causing the biggest disruption to modern life for many generations, a desire for interiors that can accommodate agility, as well as provide a retreat to make us feel calm and safe, are set to shape the colours, surfaces and patterns we see. Parkside has identified two key themes for 2021/22 – Nature’s Purity and Retro Pop. Nature’s Purity fosters a link to the outdoor world that helps to
Granorte presents Tatami Harnessing the natural beauty of cork while bringing new meaning to its aesthetic, Tatami is a wallcovering from Granorte, inspired by traditional Japanese tatami rice straw mats. Designed by Marco Carini for Granorte, Tatami features contrasting 3D lines that can be installed in horizontal or vertical arrangements. Bringing subtle depth and texture, the cork tile blends natural influences with uncomplicated aesthetics to deliver a calming finish. Available in three colours that reference the mats’ traditional colours – the deep brown of Tatami Midnight, wheat of Tatami Natural and sand-like Tatami Light – the wall tile is made entirely from lightweight agglomerated cork. Derived from waste from the wine stopper industry, it retains all the properties of cork bark. Durable, and with impressive acoustic and thermal insulative properties, agglomerated cork is a natural and renewable material that is highly suitable for interior finishes. www.granorte.pt
instil calmness and serenity – created via new neutrals, natural textures such as marble and wood, and warm, earthy tones. Retro Pop sees a return to nostalgia, with the bold, geometric patterns of the 70s resurging – this time with a sunnier palette rooted in citrus yellow. Sweet pastels add energy and help to build playful spaces that encourage wellness, collaboration, connection and socialisation. www.parkside.co.uk
Introducing new faux leather Element Available in 10 metallic shades
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Industry sees flurry of showroom openings Despite the challenging landscape, a number of innovative physical and virtual showrooms have entered the scene in recent months. Here’s our round-up ...
HI-MACS launches interactive virtual showroom As we all learn to embrace a new way of living and working, HI-MACS is keeping one step ahead, ensuring it can stay connected to its audience, whatever twists and turns life brings, by launching a new interactive virtual showroom in January 2021. Accessed via its website at www.himacs. eu/en/showroom, the portal is the perfect opportunity and online platform for consumers, designers, architects and specifiers to engage with and enjoy seeing the different applications of HI-MACS – especially in the current climate of home working and ongoing pandemic restrictions. Step into a series of virtual rooms, then click on the various information points for details of the HI-MACS surfaces shown. Users will find information about the colour and the collection, with links that take them directly to further reading on the website. Then zoom in on different aspects of a room’s design for a closer look, and play around with different colours and finishes to change the visual effect in an instant. www.himacs.eu/en/showroom
Old meets new in Gessi’s Clerkenwell showroom Casa Gessi London’s new showroom is located in the Old Sessions House – an 18th century Palladian-style Grade II listed property in the heart of Clerkenwell. The three-storey building, with its vaulted ceilings and original brick walls, pays tribute to Gessi’s passion for timeless design and craft, while creating the perfect juxtaposition with the Italian brand’s cutting-edge bathroom products. Gessi boasts an impressive client base of architects, interior designers and lifestyle enthusiasts, who are invited to explore the ‘Libertà’ bar and lounge within the showroom, in addition to working and networking from the numerous dedicated spaces. The Architectural Wellness space, meanwhile, features a spectacular fusion of of light and water, and to conclude the showroom, the Gessi Wellness Tailor Atelier Dressing Room offers guests a chance to explore their wellness dreams, by handselecting novel new combinations of Gessi products and finishes. www.gessi.com
Porcelanosa arrives in Hanover Square Porcelanosa is delighted to announce that 2021 will see the doors opening to a new UK flagship store, located in the historic setting of Hanover Square, Mayfair, London. Best known for its combination of contemporary design with a proud Spanish heritage, Porcelanosa chose Hanover Square as the perfect location for its latest design centre. The store will be a place to showcase the architectural applications of the product ranges, with cutting-edge displays and product settings. Interactivity is a central theme, with visitors able to immerse themselves in the possibilities unlocked by the Porcelanosa design. Named in recognition of the German heritage of King George I, Hanover Square represents the international reach of London-based designers and is a fitting location for an organisation that proudly holds the Royal Warrant. Architects, designers, contractors and clients – all will be welcome, to gain a true appreciation of the sheer breadth of choice available from one of Europe’s best-known brands. email@example.com
Domkapa presents The Showroom Experience Domkapa’s new showroom experience is inspired by nature and its rich materials, shapes and contours. Replacing its usual presence at Maison & Objet, The Showroom Experience allows access to a 360º virtual tour of Domkapa’s showroom, with the brand’s mostwanted pieces and new designs on show. To make this experience unique, Domkapa has reserved a special area where visitors can take a look at its production floor and discover how Domkapa’s products are made by hand, and therefore customisable to fit any project. Those interested in contract and hospitality projects can also find a bar and lounge roomset. Domkapa’s 2021 collection has four new pieces that are featured on The Showroom Experience – two new armchairs (Edison and Miller), one new bed (Helen), and one new sofa (Chloe). Like all Domkapa’s products, this collection is handmade by artisans in the north of Portugal and can be customised as desired in various dimensions, shapes, materials and finishes. www.domkapa.pt/en/showroom-experience/
The quest for incorporating innovation and design is highlighted by the products at the Sofitel Hotel Mexico City
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Laufen has a long heritage of collaborating with multi-disciplinary design teams. These unique global partnerships – developed over many years – are mutually beneficial. Designers appreciate Laufen’s obvious expertise in bathrooms, while these collaborations, in the truest sense of the word, produce exciting and unexpected design aesthetics for even the most complex project. As designers and hoteliers continue to reel from the changing global hospitality landscape, Laufen is working ambitiously with designers looking to create exciting, immersive experiences for hotel guests. The recently opened Volkshaus Basel, designed by Herzog and de Meuron, demonstrates the longevity of a partnership which was conceived at the iconic London Tate Modern extension project in 2016 – while
the slim ceramic edges and concealed waste and overflow of Kartell by Laufen washbasins for the Sofitel Hotel in Mexico City provide welcome innovation and design vision for international design studio, Wilson Associates. The Nobu Warsaw has followed in the footsteps of the Nobu Shoreditch London, embracing the trend for individuality with bespoke washbasins delivered through the expertise of the Laufen International Project team. Combining standard and bespoke product solutions gives designers space for creativity while maintaining a mindful eye on budget, amidst the desire to create an oasis of safety for an increasing number of guests looking for a welcome retreat and sanctuary from the world. In all respects, long-term, multi-faceted collaboration is key.
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GROHE’s enhanced shower experience is just a click away www.grohe.co.uk With its smart functions and intuitive operation, the new GROHE Rainshower SmartActive hand shower offers hotel guests the ultimate showering experience, tailored entirely to their wishes. Thanks to two new technologies, the GROHE Rainshower SmartActive hand shower is the most innovative hand shower in the GROHE product range and indulges users with three pleasant spray modes – from a gentle tingling sensation on the skin to a stimulating massage shower. Equipped with the GROHE SmartTip controller, a simple fingertip on the rear of the ergonomically designed hand shower is enough to intuitively switch between the invigorating Rain, powerful Jet or relaxing ActiveMassage spray. For a perfectly co-ordinated bathroom design matching the style of the hotel’s furnishing, the GROHE Rainshower SmartActive hand shower is available in two sizes, in 11 colours and in a round or a square design. This makes it ideal for combination with head showers such as GROHE Rainshower 310 SmartActive or Rainshower 310 Mono, and Rainshower Bodysprays, as well as concealed thermostats or the innovative GROHE SmartControl shower control.
Achieving design vision and function through 3D www.woodcouture.com Chairs could be considered the best expression of design, so American furniture designer Vladimir Kagan felt. More than any other piece of furniture, chairs affect our daily experience of work and leisure. They enable us to comfortably go about our jobs, provide a setting for forging relationships and a place to recuperate – something that is true across all countries and cultures. As creators, hospitality interior designers are always visualising more creative solutions for seating. The practical and salient points of it are often revealed in the prototypes, where function and even vision may not be aligned with reality. Prototyping can be made easier with 3D modelling, which the manufacturing experts at Wood Couture employ. If an item simulated in the software does not meet the designer’s expectations as specified, modifications can easily be made in a workshopping session to refine structural elements for constructability and stability, without compromising the design vision. All changes are automatically reflected in the shop drawing instructions for the factory to fabricate the prototype. This exercise potentially saves at least 30-40 days of the project timeline, by reducing the production of prototypes from multiple revisions to one, giving freedom for creative vision and functionality.
Sprint – sustainability meets luxurious comfort www.harrisonspinks.co.uk/hospitality A world-leading name in luxury sustainable comfort, Harrison Spinks’ Hospitality collection of luxury mattresses are handcrafted in Yorkshire, using time-honoured skills. With the finest in natural and sustainable fillings, working in harmony with award-winning, 100%-recyclable springs, the collection creates “a truly exceptional sleeping experience” for guests. Representing some of the best in British manufacturing, sustainability is at the heart of everything Harrison Spinks does. The brand believes a sleep environment that is glue-free, foam-free and FR chemical treatment-free is healthier for guests and reduces the impact on the environment. Launched in 2020, its first rolled collection, Sprint, blends sustainable manufacturing with
the luxurious comfort Harrison Spinks is known for. The range consists of three handcrafted mattresses, each featuring its signature 100%-recyclable, contouring Cortec Quad springs for deeper support, sustainable Ecotex, and a 100% FR chemical-free cover that is woven in-house. Each mattress type can, if required, be delivered in a rolled format, allowing ease of installation, and at end of life can be recycled, resulting in zero to landfill – helping the hospitality sector to improve its own green footprint, and offering guests an environmentally sound and luxurious night’s sleep. Harrison Spinks is striving to change the way the world sleeps, and its Sprint collection offers a mattress to suit every guest and style of hotel.
New chameleonic neutrals from Bolon www.bolon.com This year, Bolon has created a superb solid base collection, awash with versatile neutrals. Emerge is woven with weft threads in both warm and cold shades to bring real character and texture. “We’ve gone back to the loom and created something that comes alive and lasts,” explains Klara Persson, Bolon’s head of product management. “We’ve done our research well, we’ve looked at our existing collections, and now with Emerge we have come full circle and given the colour wheel a challenge, with mindfully created neutrals that are as natural as any vivid hues. “These neutral shades do not imitate any existing material – instead, they have their own identity, being able to transition and emerge like
the chameleon.” The Emerge collection incorporates one textured design in six different colours in shades of blue, green, grey, brown and beige. The flooring comes in roll, 50 x 50cm tiles and as Bolon Studio tiles, allowing for enhanced individualisation. Made in Sweden and containing recycled material, Emerge is easy to maintain, has a high-performance classification (33 Heavy commercial) and a 15-year warranty. The collection will be launched with a VR solution. Users will be able to explore a virtual architectural space – in the form of a hotel, museum and office – all with flooring from the Emerge collection, together with design pieces and unexpected features.
Unidrain’s Reframe Collection www.unidrain.com Unidrain has collaborated with designer Kenneth Waaben to create its Reframe Collection. This exclusive and unique collection of bathroom accessories is grounded in Scandinavian design and quality, with the addition of intelligent features and improved functionality. The Reframe collection includes the Soap Shelf & Shower Wiper. Hidden magnets in the wall mounting ensure the safe and discreet storage of the silicone blade wiper, while the shelf above provides a platform for showering essentials. A towel bar with a unique mounting to keep towels stylishly in situ, hooks, a toilet paper holder, toilet brush with anti-drop function, and a reinforced steel corner shelf are also availble. The collection is offered in five different colour options – copper, brass, brushed stainless steel, polished stainless steel and black.
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