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COMMENT Welcome to our March-April issue! It’s fantastic to be back in the Hospitality Interiors fold, and to share this space with our talented editorial director, Can. First and foremost, we’d like to pay our respects to a true hospitality legend and exceptional human being – Arne Sorenson. During his tenure as Marriott’s president and CEO, Arne worked tirelessly and with the utmost integrity to further the company’s interests – not least of which overseeing the $13b acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Please do read the tribute from Satya Anand, president EMEA, Marriott International, on p14. Even as the vaccine roll-out progresses and the hospitality sector is poised to reopen, the post-pandemic hospitality landscape remains an uncertainty. What is abundantly clear, however, is the vision, agility and mettle of this industry – values we shine a spotlight on within our selection of interviews and projects this issue. You’ll find three world-exclusive interviews: with Kristen Conry, Marriott International’s newly appointed SVP global design, US and Canada; Patricia Holler, founder and creative director of WOID concepts; and Vince Stroop, who has launched his own design studio. Elsewhere, we talk to Anton Bawab, executive director, hospitality, at The Red Sea Development Company, about this awe-inspiring regenerative tourism destination along Saudi Arabia’s west coast. Alfred Pisani and daughter Alexandra tell us of their pride in watching the Corinthia brand grow and prosper as it nears its 60th anniversary, and Arash Azarbarzin of SH Hotels & Resorts talks us through what it takes to steer premium luxury brands through the hospitality market. Don’t miss our projects section either, which ranges from the truly exceptional Xigera Safari Lodge in Botswana, through a breathtaking Fairmont hotel in British Columbia, Canada, to a world-exclusive look at Swissotel Kursaal Bern, designed by Nina Mair. Finally, the Hospitality Leadership & Design Conference (HLDC) is returning to London on 29th June, with a host of prestigious panellists and sponsors already assembled. Turn to p26 for further details of what is set to be a truly inspiring event. Happy reading, and stay safe! Gemma
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Remembering Arne Sorenson by Satya Anand, president EMEA, Marriott International “There are no words to describe the shock and heartbreak Arne Sorenson’s passing has had on our Marriott family. The devastating news has left a massive hole in our lives, and our beloved leader will always be remembered in our hearts. “Arne was extremely approachable, smart, funny and humble. He had this unique power to lift you up and encourage you to strive for excellence. At the same time, he fought for change, stood up for what was right, and always had your back, whenever you needed him. One of my fondest memories of Arne was when he was our CFO, and had just been appointed as the president of Continental Europe, which was in addition to his CFO responsibilities. In 2003, we had a meeting
in Washington DC where he addressed the European general managers, and after that meeting, while most of the participants headed back to the airport, I had further meetings in Bethesda. To save the taxi fare, I asked Arne if he was heading back to HQ and if he could drop me off. Not only was he more than happy to help, he picked up my suitcase and put it in the trunk of his car, and proceeded to take me to my hotel and unload my suitcase. I was a junior manager at the time, and he went out of his way to make me feel comfortable. “This was not a one-time experience. Over the many years that I worked with him, his humility became evermore apparent, something I will forever cherish. This was the type of man he was – a mentor, a leader, and, most importantly, a friend.”
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SH Hotels & Resorts names Arash Azarbarzin CEO Starwood Capital Group has promoted Arash Azarbarzin to CEO of its subsidiary company, SH Hotels & Resorts. Arash succeeds Starwood Capital chairman and CEO Barry Sternlicht as CEO of SH Hotels & Resorts. Barry will remain chairman and continue to be involved with the
organisation. Arash has more than 30 years of industry experience, including leadership roles at St Regis Hotels, W Hotels and Four Seasons Hotels, and as founding member at SBE hotel group, among others. As president of SH Hotels & Resorts, his strategic
vision, leadership abilities and operational expertise continuously fuelled the growth and performance of the SH portfolio, including the 1 Hotels, Baccarat Hotels, and Treehouse Hotels brands. Arash talks to Can about his plans for Starwood Capital Group on p52.
HBA announces new management appointments and organisational structure
Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) has announced a new organisational structure with the appointment of four senior management positions as part of its growth strategy. Effective April 2021, HBA’s organisational structure will comprise four core business units, namely: HBA Americas, HBA Asia Pacific and EMEA, HBA China and HBA Brand Partners. In line with
this, the following senior management appointments from within the Partnership will also take effect from the beginning of April 2021 Jacques Coetzee will be Managing Partner of HBA Americas, based in Atlanta, U.S. Andrew Moore will be Managing Partner of HBA Asia Pacific and EMEA, based in Singapore.
Leo Ying Li will be Managing Partner of HBA China, based in Shanghai, China Chris Godfrey will be Managing Partner of HBA Brand Partners and EMEA, based in Singapore. The Managing Partners will form a four-member Executive Committee overseeing group-wide strategy and decision-making, in addition to
leading their individual business units. Separately, the company announced today the retirement of René Kaerskov and Ian Carr as Co-Chief Executive Officers. Rene and Ian will maintain their long associations with HBA as members of the Board of Directors; from where they will continue to provide strategic consultation and advice.
Campbell House names Monika Moser COO Campbell House, an interior design firm, has announced that Monika Moser has joined the company as COO. In her role, Monika will provide leadership, management and vision to ensure the company has the proper operational controls, procedures, systems and people in place to effectively grow the organisation and to ensure financial
strength and operating efficiency. “In seeking to round out the leadership team for Campbell House, I knew we needed a player who embodied a respectful, constructive and energetic style while mastering global operational drivers,” says Beth Campbell, CEO of Campbell House. “I needed to find a partner who could build up the team while working
strategically alongside me on initiatives, and would help foster a talent-first ecosystem driven by a cultural mindset of growth, transparency and transformation – and Monika Moser is that person. I am so excited that she has decided to join Campbell House as our COO, and look forward to our continued partnership in changing the industry.”
Isabel Pintado appointed SVP design and innovation at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts To help lead Four Seasons into its next phase of growth, the company has appointed Isabel Pintado to the newly created position of SVP design and innovation. In this role, Isabel will advance the brand’s design vision and aesthetic
across its global portfolio, while also engaging cross-functionally throughout the organisation to enhance Four Seasons’ programming at every touchpoint. A global leader in the luxury hospitality industry for 60 years,
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is looking ahead to the future with a growing portfolio of luxury hotels, resorts and residential developments, and further expansion of its product offering in 2021 and beyond.
Campbell House welcomes three creative director, principals Campbell House, an interior design firm, has announced that JoyceLynn Lagula, Rafael Berkowitz and Jese Medina-Suarez have joined the company as creative director, principals. Responsible for leading the design activities for Campbell House, the designers will play a leadership role by orchestrating the work of clientfocused teams dedicated to the design, development and delivery of creative project solutions. “As a creative house focused on curating memorable experiences in the built environment and delivering frictionless client experiences, our decisions must be led by a collective
of individuals who approach innovation as commonly as they take in breath,” says Beth Campbell, CEO of Campbell House. “This is where our organisational structure and
culture is essential. This is where we pointedly sought out creative directors who will lead our design teams to excellence in creativity. These leaders are a brilliant
collection of varied approaches to design, innovation and storytelling. I am proud to introduce the players setting the pace for the future of Campbell House.”
WATG appoints Bryan Algeo AIA as board chairman WATG, one of the world’s leading travel and tourism design firms, has appointed Bryan Algeo AIA as chairman of its board of directors. Bryan joined WATG in 1997 and is a SVP, architect and master planner in the firm’s Los Angeles, California office. Throughout his 35-year career, Bryan has designed projects in over 20 countries, including most recently the master
plan for The Red Sea Project – the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism destination – located along Saudi Arabia’s west coast. Bryan has served on the WATG board of directors since 2019, and as chairman will work closely with David Moore, president and CEO, to steer the firm’s strategy over the next several years.
Virgin Hotels announces new CEO Virgin Hotels, the lifestyle hotel brand created by Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson, has announced James Bermingham’s appointment as CEO. James joins Virgin Hotels’ executive team following nearly two decades with Montage International. He will be responsible for delivering the company’s global growth pipeline, multi-award-winning customer
experience and unique culture. “We are thrilled to welcome James into the Virgin Hotels family,” says Richard Branson. “For over a decade, we have been devoted to providing entertaining and unforgettable experiences for our guests, and I can think of no-one better than James to spearhead this effort as we continue to grow the brand on a global scale.”
Hemanshu Parwani named Olson Kundig CEO Olson Kundig has announced that the firm’s COO/CFO Hemanshu Parwani (HP, as he is known to friends and colleagues) has been promoted to CEO, and will join the ownership group. This promotion recognises Hemanshu’s leadership and
impact on the firm’s culture of design excellence as well as its global portfolio of awardwinning residential, hospitality, mixed-use, cultural and workplace projects. “I am incredibly humbled and excited to assume this new role in partnership with Olson
Kundig’s existing ownership group,” says Hemanshu. “This promotion offers an incredible opportunity to build on our design talent and strengths, ensuring the firm’s ongoing leadership throughout the design industry for years to come.”
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts debuts new details and official name of Mayfair property at 30 Grosvenor Square – The Chancery Rosewood Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, in partnership with renowned real estate developer Qatari Diar, has announced the latest plans for the brand’s second London property, set to open in 2024 in the city’s Mayfair district. Officially named The Chancery Rosewood, the new hotel will realise Rosewood Hotels & Resorts’ signature ‘A Sense of Place’ philosophy, which takes the local sensibilities of a destination to inform the property experience provided there in myriad ways, including expert-led design and decor. Balancing the rich history of the iconic building with contemporary comforts prioritised by today’s luxury traveller, the hotel will showcase architecture
restoration by British architect Sir David Chipperfield of David Chipperfield Architects, and interiors by French architect Joseph Dirand. “We are proud to have The Chancery Rosewood lead the transformation of the revitalised Grosvenor Square, an incredible public interest initiative that is nearly a decade in the making,” says Sonia Cheng, CEO of Rosewood Hotel Group. “The gifted team of architects and designers will breathe a second life into the iconic building, which is poised to become a superlative destination in London, and we thank our partners at Qatari Diar for the chance to be a part of this remarkable London project.”
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Emin Capital announce upcoming project in Mallorca Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, a global leader in luxury hospitality, and Emin Capital, a private equity investment company focused on
hospitality and real estate, have announced plans for Four Seasons to manage the former Hotel Formentor in Mallorca, Spain.
Originally opened in 1929, the existing hotel will undergo extensive renovations before it is unveiled as a Four Seasons experience in 2023. The property will offer 110 rooms and suites, and is located on a 1200-hectare (3000-acre) plot of the Formentor Peninsula, offering access to a pristine beach, as well as a functioning vineyard a short fiveminute drive away. “Following our entry into Spain in 2020, we are very excited to continue this momentum and expand our presence in this important market with a resort in Mallorca, offering guests a unique Four Seasons experience in a top European destination,” says John Davison, president and CEO,
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “It is a privilege to work alongside Emin Capital to create a new vision for this exceptional property and we look forward to a successful partnership for many years to come.” Jordi Badia, chairman and CEO of Emin Capital, adds: “Formentor is a landmark of Mallorca, in a key and unique setting in the Mediterranean. For Emin Capital, the goal of our investment was to protect both, and to reinvigorate the resort with a great luxury brand such as Four Seasons. We are committed to implementing sustainable and green initiatives in our revitalisation of this property, while maintaining an exceptional design, facilities and renowned service.”
Kerzner International revolutionises the hospitality industry with the introduction of SIRO Kerzner International Holdings, the owner of the iconic Atlantis Resort & Residences and ultraluxury One&Only Resorts worldwide, continues to innovate with the introduction of a new hospitality experience, SIRO. Conceived with fitness and wellbeing at its core, SIRO promises to be an immersive lifestyle destination, blurring the boundaries between hospitality, fitness and wellness through a fresh perspective and energising experiences. SIRO aims to create a collective global
community of like-minded individuals who live a high-performance lifestyle, and are passionate about driving achievement and living to their full
potential. “We have always been pioneers, true disruptors within the hospitality space. We have built destinations through the personalities of our brands and understanding our guests’ journey, creating a meaningful legacy,” comments Philippe Zuber, CEO, Kerzner International. “We look forward to continuing the improvement of people’s lives with the introduction of SIRO. We recognise that holistic health is more important than ever, and the primary
focus of SIRO will be exceptional fitness and wellness to support a modern and balanced global lifestyle, delivered with our renowned service in a transformative and nurturing urban environment. As innovators, we are always looking to revolutionise the guest experience and anticipate travellers’ needs. We felt the time was right to introduce the SIRO concept to the world as we continue the strategic growth of the company. We look forward to SIRO becoming part of key cities around the world.”
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voco Hotels grows to over 50 openings and signings, marking IHG Hotels and Resorts’ fastest-ever global expansion After debuting with its first signing and opening in Australia in 2018, voco Hotels entered IHG’s largest markets in the US and China in late 2020, with new properties now open in New York and Hangzhou. Its milestone 50th signing, voco Brisbane City Centre in Australia, which is set to open later this year, will join a growing list of voco hotels now open in iconic locations around the globe, from Paris and New York to Dubai and Riyadh. Thanks in part to its ease of conversion, the voco brand is attracting widespread interest from owners looking to convert hotels, maximise returns and quickly benefit from IHG’s global scale, technology platforms and one of the world’s largest hotel loyalty programmes, IHG Rewards. Amidst the pandemic,
in 2020, IHG reported an increase in conversion activity, with 25% of the company’s signings reported as conversions – and 13% of those for the voco brand. The brand’s versatility also continues to evolve, with the first all-suites property signed in Doha, and the brand’s first new-build properties – one now open in Edinburgh, Scotland, and another opening in Nanjing, China, later this year. Jane Mackie, SVP global marketing, luxury & upscale brands, IHG, comments: “With the ability to hold on to the informality and charm of an independent hotel, paired with the quality and reassurance of a respected global brand, our voco Hotels brand has seen extraordinary growth since launching in Australia only two-and-a-half years ago. With
its entry into the US and China last year, we anticipate significant growth potential for the voco brand and its unique offer for owners and guests. By focusing on and celebrating each hotel’s individual spirit and character, we make it easier and faster for owners to move
from signing to opening, providing a real advantage in today’s market. “As the global expansion of voco continues, we are tracking well against our growth goal of 200 voco hotels in attractive urban and leisure locations around the globe within 10 years.”
Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco announces summer property expansion with 19 new private suites, restaurant renovation and full reopening on 2nd June The 19 new suites, with interiors by former Castiglion del Bosco designer Teresa Burgisser, will be located within a new complex, an extension of Il Borgo – the historic heart of the property’s bygone farming community – and will each benefit from a heated infinity semi-Olympic lap pool with panoramic views over Montalcino hilltop town and Val d’Orcia. Garden suites will also boast a private garden with an exclusive entrance.
The design will reflect the estate’s unparalleled house style – timeless but contemporary, where discreet luxury meets Tuscan elegance – with disguised technology such as sophisticated lighting and audio systems through acoustic diffusers. All-new suites will be one-bedroom, with some connecting for a threebedroom suite option, perfect for reunited families and friends. Working with local artisans, the newly made furniture integrates
elements of 1800s antiques formerly found in historic Tuscan residences, and sourced by Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco co-founder Chiara Ferragamo from among trusted antique dealers and Parma and Arezzo antiques fairs. 1700s and 1800s antique prints have also been acquired, as well as tempera and oil paintings – walnut-framed by small Florentine workshop artisans in the Oltrarno – all of which will be curated for the 19 new private suites.
pandemic, we’re excited to share further details of our Locke openings in 2021, which promises to be an exceptional year of growth for the brand across Europe. “As international business and leisure travel reawakens, we are seeing new trends, tastes and priorities emerging. Locke’s hybrid home-meets-hotel concept has never felt more relevant, and we’re looking forward to expanding the brand into new markets to meet traveller demand for more spacious, self-contained accommodation.”
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edyn reveals details of new Locke openings for 2021 edyn’s popular aparthotel brand, Locke, is to see a number of new openings across the UK and Europe in 2021. Its well-designed self-contained studio apartments – complete with fully fitted kitchens, living areas and laundry facilities – combine with dynamic, experiential social spaces, typical of a lifestyle hotel. “Openings in 2021 will include a further two locations in London, a new property in Cambridge, and the European expansion of the brand into Germany and Ireland,”
comments Stephen McCall, CEO of edyn. “After demonstrating the resilience and adaptability of our business model throughout the
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Introducing North Lodge – new country house accommodation at Coworth Park Dorchester Collection’s Michelinstarred country house hotel and spa, Coworth Park, has unveiled a new, private, three-bedroom standalone gatehouse cottage. Offering “the ultimate staycation”, North Lodge at Coworth Park has a private driveway, three spacious bedrooms, lobby, dining room, and kitchen – where guests can cook for themselves or have a dedicated chef cater for them. The latest addition to Coworth Park’s 22 suites, North Lodge is Coworth Park’s gatehouse, located on the outskirts of the grounds, with full access to the rest of the estate. Guests can make use of their own private garden with an outdoor dining area, to enjoy a summer barbeque or al fresco evenings. North Lodge
has been carefully restored and designed to capture the hotel’s charm and residential origins while introducing artwork by local artists to create a stylish but cosy English
country escape. The interiors echo the changing seasons of Coworth Park, with charming antiques sourced from the local villages and neighbouring Windsor.
The design of the 2226ft2 (206.8m2) North Lodge is in keeping with Dorchester Collection’s vision for Coworth Park – to create the finest country house hotel and spa in the UK – yet avoids the predictable country house cliches. Inspiration was taken from modern-day, familyrun, private English country estate properties. The design approach is one of high comfort and simple beauty, but attention to detail, creating a relaxed and informal environment that encourages the guest to unwind. Furnishings, furniture and art are British-made, acknowledging a British tradition of craftsmanship, with a nod to the hotel’s world-renowned links to equestrian culture and polo.
original train. Guests will be able to stay in the renovated hotel in time for Christmas 2023. The agreement between Arsenale and the Billi family will see the
hotel continue its operations during 2021 under the guidance and management of the family, before the beginning of the 20-month refit process from 2022.
Orient Express arrives in Rome Arsenale, an investor in major real estate developments, recently announced that it has signed a preliminary purchase agreement for the vehicle controlling the historic Hotel de La Minerve in Rome, in a deal that will lead to a complete luxury renovation of the iconic 17th century structure. The transaction is part of Arsenale’s development strategy of enhancing premium Italian assets in the luxury sector and working alongside the biggest international brands to create new hospitality destinations, ready to meet the challenges of the tourism market
over the next decade. The signing of the preliminary agreement between Arsenale and the Billi family, owner and manager of Hotel de La Minerve for the past 30 years, begins a process that will see a total luxury refit of the building, after which the ongoing management will be entrusted to the iconic Orient Express brand, part of the Accor Group. Orient Express will bring the legendary spirit of Europe’s golden age of travel back to the heart of Rome, enabling travellers to enjoy a modern yet historic stopover inspired by the opulent services of the
The Hästens Sleep Spa offers a brand-new hotel experience centred around sleep Opening in April 2021 in the quaint Portuguese city of Coimbra, the Hästens Sleep Spa is a hotel concept entirely dedicated to providing guests with a world-class night’s sleep. Swedish luxury sleep brand Hästens comes with 168 years of experience in the sleep field, and so is extremely excited to announce its first hospitality venture, in partnership with Grupo O Valor do Tempo. The property’s 15 unique rooms will offer guests the chance to spend the night sleeping on some of the world’s most impressive handmade beds.
“We have created a completely new type of experience here at Hästens Sleep Spa. During their stay, our guests will have the opportunity to experience the absolute need for a good night’s sleep, through Hästens’ exclusive beds and the unique environment in which they are presented. They will learn and understand how sleep contributes to their wellbeing, and our goal is to offer guests the world’s best sleep experience,” says Tiago Quaresma, board member of the founding group O Valor do Tempo (the Value of Time).
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Oetker Collection partners with Reuben Brothers to open first Italian Masterpiece Hotel, Hotel La Palma in Capri, in April 2022 Oetker Collection has announced the addition of Hotel La Palma in Capri, Italy, to the group’s portfolio of Masterpiece Hotels, debuting in April 2022. Reimagining a Capri icon, the 50-key hotel in vibrant Capri Village will be a complete transformation of the original Hotel La Palma that dates back to 1822 – the first and oldest hotel on the island. In line with Oetker Collection’s mission to create meaningful connections in endearing places, the brand’s first Italian property is set to bring the island’s iconic dolce vita lifestyle to life. The hotel is owned by Reuben Brothers, marking the latest landmark procurement in its pipeline of investments and developments in Europe. The Reubens Brothers’ acquisition also includes the La Taverna Anema e Core nightclub, a famous nightspot frequented
by celebrities, located in the same premises. Hotel La Palma will celebrate the timeless and warm hospitality for which Oetker Collection is known. The property has been conceived as a unique, elegant Mediterranean
retreat for the modern traveller on the fabled Italian island. The original hotel on Capri is set to once more become the chicest address on the island for people who want to see and be seen. During its renovation, the
room count of the hotel is being drastically decreased, from 80 to 50 rooms – including 18 suites – each complete with its own private balcony or terrace. The property’s interiors are currently being transformed by two acclaimed architects: led by Rome-based Francesco Delogu of Delogu Architects for the rooms and lobby; and by New York-based Tihany Design – one of the world’s preeminent hospitality design firms – led by Adam Tihany and Alessia Genova, for the restaurant, pool, spa and beach club. Located in the beating heart of Capri, just around the corner from the famous Piazza Umberto I – well-known as the ‘Piazzetta’ – Hotel La Palma is perfectly positioned for guests to visit some of Capri’s most notable sites.
Barry Sternlicht’s award-winning Treehouse Hotel to open first US location in Brickell, Miami in 2023 SH Hotels & Resorts, an affiliate of global private investment firm Starwood Capital Group, recently announced that it will open its awardwinning Treehouse Hotel in Miami – the brand’s first US location – in 2023. Treehouse Hotels debuted in London in 2019. Treehouse Hotels are about freedom and fun –the wondrous, childhood feeling of climbing into a treehouse and making up one’s own
rules. Designed to appeal to the child in everyone, Treehouse Brickell will be imaginative and nostalgic, inspired by simple joys – urban yet earthy, responsible and caring, dreamed as a space where travellers can converge to share ideas, stories, and connect with the local community. Designed in collaboration with Rockwell Group and SHoP Architects, Treehouse Brickell rises from a beautifully landscaped park,
providing guests expansive views of the Miami skyline. “Downtown Miami, Brickell is the perfect place for a Treehouse. Like its London counterpart, Treehouse Brickell will be as much a destination for travellers as a local hangout, and will introduce a new kind of thoughtful, fun and imaginative hospitality experience to the area,” says SH Hotels & Resorts’ chairman, Barry Sternlicht.
Rocco Forte Hotels presents its first branded villas This month will see the launch of Rocco Forte Private Villas, consisting of the first 20 branded independent villas, overlooking the sparkling bay of Verdura Resort, Sicily.
The new villas will guarantee ultimate privacy and security for those who seek exclusive accommodation, combined with the unique services that have made Verdura Resort famous throughout the Mediterranean. The Rocco Forte Private Villas are set on the resort’s expansive grounds, perched on a hillside from which guests can take in the entire 230-hectare estate, the championship golf and bay of Verdura. Ideal for multi-generational stays and ranging from 200 to 300m2 , the Rocco Forte Private Villas are divided into two categories, with three or four bedrooms respectively,
large private pools set in landscaped gardens and individually tailored services depending on guests’ wishes. Each of the Rocco Forte Private Villas have been individually designed and styled by Olga Polizzi, director of design at Rocco Forte Hotels. The villas’ architecture is inspired by Sicily’s natural beauty, and incorporates the characteristic features of a traditional Sicilian ‘baglio’ building – wooden beams, flat roofs and external stairs. Warm earth-tone colours are weaved throughout and combined with the traditional natural tuff stone that is
used as the main material in the villas’ architecture. Arranged over two levels, each villa offers a bright living area and fully equipped kitchen. All bedrooms lead onto a balcony and have direct access to the private swimming pool in each villa’s panoramic garden. The villas’ decor pays homage to emblems of Sicilian art, such as the gilding of the late Byzantine mosaics at the Palatine Chapel of Palermo and the perfect geometries seen in the floor of the island’s Monreale Cathedral – complementing the sweeping views over the championship golf courses and glittering sea.
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HLDC leads the conversation The Hospitality Leadership & Design Conference (HLDC) gathers the industry’s foremost leaders and creatives to discuss the wealth of activity and opportunity within the hospitality sector – and this year, it’s going global, writes event director Can Faik … After the amazing response and feedback to last year’s venue, we’ve decided to return to the impressive Rosewood London for our London event on 29th June. This event, together with our international conferences in Dubai, Singapore, Los Angeles and New York, 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, and providing an unrivalled platform for insight and inspiration from the industry’s leading figures. 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. With our five conferences planned for 2021, we are focused on delivering high-quality events by gathering esteemed groups of panellists from all over the world – individuals whom we feel confident will provide a firstclass one-day networking conference. Presidents, CEOs and senior management from leading investment companies, hotel brands, cruise lines and design studios – including Anton Bawab, Izak Senbahar, Karin Sheppard, Radha Arora, Arash Azarbarzin, Naomi Heaton, Adam Tihany, Therese Virserius, Clint Nagata, Pallavi Dean, Simon Rawlings, Tara Bernerd, Audra Tuskes and Sybille de Margerie, to name just a few – will join the panel discussions, with further leading speakers to be confirmed in the next few weeks. The respected Filip Boyen, chief executive of Forbes Travel Guide (a partner of HLDC), will also be a guest speaker at our global events. Our founding sponsors – Axor, Kaldewei, Laufen, Northern Lights and SLH – are in place, while a plethora of internationally acclaimed design businesses and brands from across the industry are confirmed supporters of the event.
These include WATG, Russell Sage Studio, BLINK, MKV Design, Richmond International, Campbell House, Roar, HBA, SB Architects, Jeffrey Beers International, Dennis Irvine Studio, AB Concept, Living Design and RPW Design. Such is the array of design leaders at the events that Rolls Royce Motor Cars, Veuve Clicquot, Barovier & Toso, Montrose, Tece, Lasvit, Hansgrohe, Alarwool, Skyfold, Bette, Preciosa, Tarkett and Camron PR are also lending HLDC their support. Delegates will be able to take advantage of scheduled networking sessions, providing invaluable opportunities to meet face-to-face with those shaping the future of hospitality and hospitality design. With the calibre of speakers, sponsors, supporters and participants we have gathered so far for this year’s events, I feel confident the informative and inspiring programme of panel discussions and Q&As promises a hospitality conference like no other. See you there! www.hldc.co.uk
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Chief Executive Officer
Vice President Design
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Fairmont & Raffles Lusail Hotel Katara Hospitality, a leading global hotel owner,
developer and operator based in Qatar, has announced
Symbolically intertwined with Qatar’s heritage, the
a new partnership with world-leading hospitality group
iconic towers in Lusail are an architectural translation
Accor, with the twofold signing of Raffles and Fairmont
of Qatar’s national seal, representing the traditional
hotels in Qatar.
scimitar swords. Raising gracefully from the podium
The management agreement was signed by His
level, the arched towers will host a luxurious five-star
Excellency Sheikh Nawaf Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al-Thani,
hotel with 361 rooms and suites to cater to discerning
chairman of Katara Hospitality, and Sébastien Bazin,
business travellers, a lavish six-star hotel with 132
chairman and CEO of Accor.
suites to meet the needs of those seeking sophisticated longstanding
luxury accommodation, and 49 branded apartments to
partnership between Accor and Katara Hospitality –
become home to permanent residents. State-of-the-
which already owns several landmark hotels managed
art entertainment and recreational facilities including
by Accor – with the property set to open in 2022. Once
specialist boutiques, VIP movie theatres, signature
completed, the Fairmont Hotel and Raffles Hotel &
restaurants and a private Cigar Lounge are to be
Residences will join the brand’s worldwide portfolio,
complemented by exquisite banqueting and conference
known to be the world’s largest collection of historic and
spaces, as well as dedicated office areas.
Nobu Hotel Elbtower Hamburg The Nobu Hotel and Restaurant will be located within the
designed counterpoint to the famed Elbphilharmonie
outdoor terrace. Another highlight will be a Nobu private
Elbtower, a project by Signa Real Estate, one of Europe’s
concert hall and serving as an entrance marker to the
members’ club for the local community, where members
leading property companies. The Elbtower will be a mixed-
prestigious HafenCity district.
will benefit from a private lounge with a food and beverage
use development destination encompassing premium
The Nobu Hotel Elbtower Hamburg will offer 191
offering, and access to the hotel’s fitness and wellness
office space and the Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, set within
spaciously designed guest rooms and suites, a 200-seat
facility, as well as exclusive, members-only events. Nobu
the tallest high-rise in the city.
Nobu restaurant, a stylish terrace bar and lounge with
is one of the world’s most celebrated luxury hospitality
Rising 245m and 64 stories over the River Elbe, the
views of the River Elbe, and a state-of-the-art fitness and
brands, renowned for its award-winning ‘new-style’
Elbtower is designed by celebrated architectural firm,
wellness facility. In addition to the restaurant and private
Japanese cuisine and exceptional hotel offerings in some
David Chipperfield Architects, and will complete the city’s
dining rooms, the hotel will offer sophisticated event
of the world’s most desirable locales, with heartfelt service,
silhouette with its striking and curved façade, forming a
space for corporate and social gatherings, as well as an
energised public spaces and instinctive design.
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Additional on-site facilities will include six restaurant
in luxury hospitality, and Omnam Group, a global real
destinations such as Ostuni, Alberobello and Monopoli,
and bar offerings, including an all-day restaurant, specialty
estate firm, have announced plans for a brand-new resort
the upcoming Four Seasons in Puglia Italy will be one
restaurant, seasonal pool bar and grill, lobby lounge bar,
in Puglia, the coastal region of southern Italy.
of few hotels in the region with direct beach access.
signature bar and beach club. The resort will also include
Located on a pristine beachfront property, the upcoming
Accommodations will be housed in villa-style units, all
extensive meeting and event spaces including a ballroom
Four Seasons property in Puglia will comprise 150 rooms
facing the sea, and are being designed by HKS Architects,
and smaller meeting rooms in a designated building, as
and suites. The exclusive seaside location will offer guests
an award-winning international design firm that has
well as additional outdoor event offerings.
views of the Adriatic Sea and direct beach access, along
previously worked with Four Seasons on projects in The
The state-of-the-art destination spa will include a
with easy accessibility to the nearby historic town of
Bahamas, Tunis and Egypt, while interior design is being
fitness centre, 10 treatment rooms, hammam, sauna, pool,
Ostuni and countless other attractions in the region.
led by ODA Architecture.
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Q&A - ANTON BAWAB
Anton Bawab Executive director, hospitality, at The Red Sea Development Company Can Faik talks to The Red Sea Development Company’s Anton Bawab, executive director, hospitality, to discover what the future holds for one of the biggest projects in the global hospitality market The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) was established in 2018 as a closed joint-stock company, wholly owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia, to drive the development of The Red Sea Project, a regenerative tourism destination along Saudi Arabia’s west coast, and one of three giga-projects announced by HRH Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud. What does your current position involve? My role is to put in place the operations that will create a truly integrated destination. This means creating services that will complement and connect the hotels, such as guest transport, logistics, catering, laundry and a bakery, to provide each of our guests and colleagues with a seamless experience. As The Red Sea Project has its own dedicated airport, we are also working with our partners to model our guest transport needs. This means implementing services that will gel our real estate and transport offerings to ensure they are complementary and work in unison. Finally, we are partnering with world-renowned hotel brands, but we will also be self-managing some of the hotels. My role also includes forming the management team and structuring the management offer at these hotels. The Red Sea Project is among the kingdom’s most ambitious giga-projects. What is your grand vision here, and how do you expect it will change Saudi Arabia? The kingdom’s Vision 2030 programme laid out the framework to diversify the economy away from a dependency upon oil revenue, with three main themes – a vibrant society, a thriving economy and an ambitious nation. Tourism is a central pillar of achieving this
plan, and The Red Sea Project is at the forefront of the growth of this sector. We are looking to build the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism destination, which will see us enhance the environment and create socio-economic opportunities for the people of Saudi Arabia, as well as set new standards for the way we approach development and tourism globally. From an environmental perspective this doesn’t only mean protecting the natural wonders of the destination – it also means achieving a 30% net conservation benefit to the project area by 2040. The development will also be a significant contributor of jobs, with 70,000 jobs being created either directly, indirectly or induced by the development, not to mention countless entrepreneurial, education and training opportunities. Finally, The Red Sea Project will be a key contributor to the economy and is set to contribute SAR 22b ($5.8b) to the kingdom’s GDP from 2030 onwards. Through these initiatives, the project promises to place Saudi Arabia firmly on the global tourism map, and open Saudi Arabia up to the world. Tell us more about the project’s development phases and what they will include … Phase One is due to be completed in 2023. It will include 16 hotels and 3000 rooms across five islands and two inland resorts. We will also have other amenities available, including retail, dining, entertainment and leisure facilities, along with an international airport, allowing us to welcome our first guests next year. Upon completion in 2030, there will be 50 hotels, offering up to 8000 hotel rooms, and more than 1000 residences across 22 islands and six inland sites.
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Based on your expertise in this area, what will make this project stand out? At TRSDC we’re committed to setting new standards in sustainable development through a regenerative approach to tourism. We believe that nature is the world’s most important asset and we all have a part to play in protecting it. Regenerative tourism is the commitment to implement policies that don’t just avoid harming the environment, but actually enhance it. That is why we’re committed to achieving a net conservation benefit of 30% by 2040. We also want to have a positive impact in other ways too, from local, natural and cultural assets to the quality of life of local people. We’ve also committed to a number of additional initiatives that we believe are critical in creating a truly sustainable tourism destination. For one, we’re promising to send zero waste to landfill and implementing a full ban on single-use plastics once the destination is operational. Not to mention the fact that our entire destination will be powered by renewable energy 24/7/365, with no connection to the National Grid – this has never been achieved anywhere else in the world on a project of this scale. World-class design will also ensure The Red Sea Project stands out. We recently unveiled the design concept for Shurayrah Island, called Coral Bloom, showing how we plan to use the island’s stunning natural landscape to dramatic effect, with all hotels and villas nestled within the scenery. The absence of high-rise buildings will ensure the spectacular vistas remain uninhibited, while creating a sense of mystery for guests as the island slowly reveals itself.
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Can you tell us more about what we can expect from the Coral Bloom development? Our Coral Bloom concept, created by leading international architects Foster + Partners, is designed to blend in with the island’s pristine natural environment. We are lucky that our destination has some of the best-preserved coral reefs in the world, and we wanted to reflect the beauty of these in Coral Bloom, while the concept itself is also symbolic of our wider commitment to the environment. The design responds to the local palette of colours across the island – the pale hues of the sand, the indigenous vegetation and the spectacular shades of the sea. Each resort is carefully curated to be a unique place, while neatly fitting in with the larger vision for the island. The choice of materials is inspired by nature, and will be low-impact and light-touch, so that it will almost seem like the buildings have washed up onshore and could just as easily wash away again. What have been the key milestones achieved so far? We have signed over 500 contracts to date, worth some SAR 15 b ($4b). Around 70% of the total value of key contracts has been awarded to Saudi firms, and we are committed to boosting the domestic economy in line with Vision 2030. The signing of our PPP agreement with a consortium led by ACWA Power for our utilities package was also a landmark moment, confirming our destination will be powered by 100% renewable energy and securing both
domestic and international investment, which represents investor confidence in the project. The Landscape Nursery, the largest in the region at one million m2, is fully operational and set to provide over 15 million plants required to landscape the destination. There are more than 5000 workers currently on-site and 80km of new roads, highways and junctions are now complete, as well as various elements of enabling marine infrastructure. We received our first offsite manufactured (OSM) units in 2020 to provide homes and amenities for employees at the Coastal Village. Our Construction Village, capable of housing 10,000 workers and designed to set new standards in worker welfare, is already open. How important is design and architecture when developing a new project? The relationship our guests have with the design and architecture of the destination is of paramount importance. As the natural setting of the destination invites feelings of wonder and excitement, we want the design to mirror this – it needs to be unlike anything experienced before. From the moment our guests arrive to see the destination for the first time, through to their departure, we consider every element of their experience and how to make this unforgettable. Working with creative minds helps elevate architectural plans beyond simple functionality and to become a sensory experience to surprise and delight our guests.
“The design responds to the local palette of colours across the island – the pale hues of the sand, the indigenous vegetation and the spectacular shades of the sea”
Coral Bloom inspired by the incredible flora and fauna of Saudi Arabia
Ummahat Alshaykh 11- overwater villas that provide 360 degree views of the surrounding sea
For instance, Coral Bloom, the concept for our main hub island, takes inspiration from the incredible coral reef which surrounds the destination, which is one of the best-preserved reefs in the world. The concept draws on the reef to inform the design of the island, the position of the hotels, the colours, the palette of materials used. This is going to be a breathtaking experience for our guests, surrounded by white sands and turquoise waters.
Shurayrah Island- hub island of The Red Sea Project inspired by the vibrant coral species
90+ pristine islands at The Red Sea Project
Have you noticed any particular trends in hotel design? In today’s always-on society, many of us feel time-poor and look for efficiencies to make our lives easier and quicker. The same is true of holidays, where precious time away from the busy pace of normal life needs to be maximised, to ensure enjoyment and relaxation. As we developed the master plan, the ease of guest experience was at front of mind, to ensure we are offering a seamless journey through the destination. To achieve this, The Red Sea Project will be a destination underpinned by dozens of interconnected smart services designed to alleviate friction. The design of the airport typifies this, with technology enabling passengers to be pre-screened ahead of arrival, meaning they won’t need to queue to show passports. We are completely recreating the airport experience. This seamless, tech-enabled experience goes beyond the airport. We’re looking at new innovations such as virtual concierge services and centralised journey-planning services to streamline the travel experience throughout The Red Sea Project, always powered by sustainable transport options. Likewise, our hotels will be integrated so that guests can enjoy all of the amenities on offer with a single bill at the end of their stay. As part of our commitment to regenerative tourism and an experimental approach to using new technology, we’re investigating the use of personal carbon footprint trackers, which will allow guests to monitor the environment around them, such as water salinity and tidal flows, creating a deeper connection between guest and nature.
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Southern Dunes-one of two inland hotels to open as part of phase one of The Red Sea Project
“We’re focused on luxury, and so, if you think about the top five hotel brands in the world, you’ll find them at The Red Sea Project” We are also taking into account how the Covid-19 pandemic has altered what consumers want and expect. Our hotel designs recognise that traveller demands have transformed over the last year. In response, there will be no internal corridors at the hotels on Shurayrah Island, reflecting a growing desire for space and seclusion. We want guests to be able to explore the beautiful destination and to feel comfortable and safe doing so. What do you consider to be your biggest success so far? The scale and ambition of this project requires serious teamwork to make our vision a reality. That is why my biggest success to date must be a company one, rather than a personal one. I am astounded and proud of the progress we have made in assembling and executing on innovative designs that deliver our commitment to offering the highest levels of service, while also meeting our ambition to take a regenerative approach to tourism. We assembled a world-class portfolio of brands to come with us on that journey and to confirm their commitment to the same principles.
Red Sea International airport will serve an estimated one million tourists per year by 2030
What’s next for you? Any exclusives you can reveal? We are excited about the year ahead and expect to announce partnerships with some of the biggest names in hospitality soon. We’re focused on luxury, and so, if you think about the top five hotel brands in the world, you’ll find them at The Red Sea Project. www.theredsea.sa/en
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Q&A - ALFRED AND ALEXANDRA PISANI
Alfred and Alexandra Pisani Chairman and founder, Corinthia Group Development Executive, Corinthia Hotels Alfred Pisani and daughter Alexandra Pisani tell Can Faik of their pride in watching the Corinthia brand grow and prosper as it approaches 60 years since it was founded, and about the company’s plans for the future … The Corinthia brand was founded by the Pisani family of Malta in 1962, and now represents timeless and effortless style in some of the world’s greatest cities and locations. Corinthia Hotels, IHI’s group management company, operates 21 hotels on three continents.. Six new hotels – in Brussels, Rome, Bucharest, Moscow, Doha and Dubai – are under development. It is a difficult time for the hospitality industry. What do you think will be the hospitality sector’s biggest challenge, post-Covid? Alfred: Our hotels and associated businesses have been among the worst hit by the pandemic, and not only have we faced substantial financial pressure to a level beyond any expectations, perhaps even more unfortunate, we have lost a number of talented colleagues. Many had been working in our industry for a long time but left to find more secure roles elsewhere. It will be a real challenge to bring these people back to the industry. Alexandra: It is a difficult time for the hospitality industry as a business. At Corinthia we like to focus on people and on problems we can control, so while there are challenges emanating from restrictions on events, dining out and tourism, we are focused on bringing confidence back, both to our guests and to our staff. We look to reunite people with the joys of travel while incorporating the realities of a post-Covid world. How is Corinthia Hotels planning to hit the ground running in the coming months? Alfred: We strongly believe that once the pandemic is defeated
through vaccination, we will see an immediate rush of leisure business, as everyone is longing to travel and experience the freedom of movement – just as when you open the cage doors, the bird immediately flies away. Alexandra: Travel is in the process of transitioning to a new normal. Our business has always been about providing an uplifting experience – in today’s world, that means taking the stress out of travel, and providing innovative and unique travel experiences. We are also expecting a greater degree of local travel within each market from domestic travellers, who are looking for a change of scene ahead of international travel restrictions being lifted. We also expect corporate travel to change – groups and MICE business will take time to return to the levels we had come to expect. However, we see great opportunities to innovate within the company.
“We strongly believe that once the pandemic is defeated through vaccination, we will see an immediate rush of leisure business, as everyone is longing to travel and experience the freedom of movement” - Alfred
Q&A - ALFRED AND ALEXANDRA PISANI
You developed one of the first deluxe hotels in Malta on your family’s estate. Can you tell us about the spa which was recently completed by Goddard Littlefair? Alfred: When we first opened our Corinthia Palace Hotel some 53 years ago, I do not think I knew what the word ‘spa’ actually meant – possibly because it was too early for the hotel industry to offer this service, as we did not have the culture or the ability to appreciate the benefit of a spa towards one’s physical and mental needs, particularly way back in 1968. However, years later, with the evolution of people’s standards and needs, the word spa creeped into the vocabulary, and we opened our first centre in 1980, which was quite a novelty at the time for Malta – particularly as we created a concept focused on holisticology to achieve balance of body and soul. We were fortunate to have had the support of a German naturopath and homeopath, offering treatments which were very much avant-garde for the time. Just over two years ago, in line with changes in practises and expectations, we felt the need to provide a fresh outlook, developing a state-of-the-art facility managed by a professional team under the guidance of our spa director. We are proud – and I believe it has become a trademark of Corinthia Hotels – of providing high-end spas, most notably ESPA Life at Corinthia London and in Budapest. How important is interior design within your hotels? Alfred: Our intention for any building is for our guests to experience an aura and energy felt by the combination of what one sees consciously and subconsciously on entering the space – just as when you meet a person for the first time. In our experience, the interior design immediately sets the tone and character of the surrounding space. Luxurious interior
Q&A - ALFRED AND ALEXANDRA PISANI
Crystal Moon Lounge Corinthia London
“I am most excited about our upcoming project in Rome because it meets our every expectation in location and design, whilst encapsulating the standards of the Corinthia brand.” - Alexandra
design is not just about grandiose embellishments and expensive furnishings, but smart design, clever use of space and materials, as well as intelligent lighting. Over the years, with more balance in the evolution of mankind, we have been attracted to subtle and elegant designs, which combine functionality, with harmony of colours and textures. Design has been conditioned by the evolution of mankind, expressing a subdued reflection of unspoken luxury. Alexandra: Design should always be the perfect balance of form and function, combined with an uplifting sense of occasion. What’s the biggest challenge involved when investing in other countries? Alfred: Investing in any country is a challenge – a challenge to find a site that fits the concept of your brand, and moreso, the challenge of raising funds and ultimately offering an experience that is an improvement above what we have provided before. Sometimes it can be a challenge to find likeminded partners who share our philosophy and who we can trust to carry our brand to ever-higher levels. A challenge can also be for us to immerse ourselves into the local mindset in order to adapt our brand, and to translate this into a Corinthia experience.
Hamilton Penthouse Corinthia London
You’ve noted that expansion is high on the brand’s agenda. Where is Corinthia putting its focus in terms of growth? Alfred: As an international company, we would like to position ourselves throughout the world, by setting up offices in the Americas, China, the Far East … the opportunities for building the international recognition of Corinthia Hotels are endless.
What’s one unexpected shift you’ve seen in guest expectations or demands in the last two years? Alexandra: The shift over the last two years will certainly be smaller than the shift we will see in the next two. Consumer demand continues to evolve to a more discreet form of luxury. Increasingly our clients are seeking experiences and are more conscious in their decisions. They look for personalisation, and to discover places that are off the beaten track. The way luxury is viewed is also changing, with our clients expecting a form of luxury that goes beyond the aesthetics of a building – they are looking for meaningful connections and they want to know about our environmental commitments. We are also noticing a shift in guests wanting an increased amount of privacy, as well as a focus on wellbeing and family experiences. As a hotel brand announcing many new openings across the world, do you have any particular project you’re really looking forward to seeing open? Alfred: We are proud of all the properties that we have developed, and likewise we are enthusiastically looking ahead at the opening of our new hotels. The project which presents most challenges and demands is normally the property that takes more of our attention, giving us that added commitment to bring it to the finishing line and open its doors to new customers. Alexandra: I am most excited about our upcoming project in Rome because it meets our every expectation in location and design, whilst encapsulating the standards of the Corinthia brand.
ESPA Life Corinthia London
How do you see the company changing in the next five years, and how do you see yourself creating that change? Alfred: I have the great privilege of working with an exceptional executive team headed by our CEO Simon Naudi, as well as my children who support the team. It is necessary to grasp the fresh ideas of the youth, as this is the energy creating the evolution of change, which ultimately will translate into the business needs of tomorrow. Do you see a difference in what younger and older travellers expect from luxury? Alexandra: Younger travellers are constantly seeking to learn and grow – they view travel as a major part of their development. Luxury, to them, is a means of self-discovery and challenge, and travel is more than just a relaxing break from their routine. They seek a luxury that is authentic and intimate. Younger, modern travellers are creating a luxury travel market that is much more dynamic, stimulating, and inspiring. My belief is that the product of the future will be focused on creating enduring moods of peace and happiness to outlast any photograph or visual memory. And what about the future of Corinthia Hotels? Alfred: Grown from a family business, we are now a public company with all the governance, but still continue to run with the aura of a family unit, and we look forward to expanding with properties opening in new markets. Most importantly, we will continue to curate memorable experiences centred around a property’s specific location, combined with warm, yet flawless, service.
Q&A - ALFRED AND ALEXANDRA PISANI
Athenaeum Spa Corinthia Palace Malta
“Luxurious interior design is not just about grandiose embellishments and expensive furnishings, but smart design, clever use of space and materials, as well as intelligent lighting” - Alfred What would be your dream hotel project? Alfred: Corinthia Rome, a hotel under management, is a project that will realise many dreams. Following the opening of Corinthia London, we have longed to open another hotel in a capital city – where better than in Rome, a vibrant city with a unparalleled antiquity and heritage, abundant international visitors and a local culture that shares our deep-rooted passion for hospitality. Alexandra: I am inspired by small, boutique properties, and would love to work on a beach project and surrounded by nature. I envisage something spacious, with an open-plan interior so there is no barrier to the natural surroundings. The property would serve its own homegrown organic produce, and focus on sustainability and mindfulness. What would you say are the three best places you’ve ever stayed? Alfred: I think the hotels I have enjoyed most where I felt emotionally calm and at peace, giving me the opportunity to get closer to myself. Alexandra: First, Habitas,Tulum, Mexico. The sense of peace I felt there was remarkable. The team deliver experiential travel and provide guests with the opportunity to form meaningful connections and to feel at home. There is a sense of magic here
which I have not felt anywhere else. Next is Melides Art, Portugal – an inspirational place that combines the alchemy of art and nature. Then there’s Belmond Timeo, Sicily. This will always be a special place for me, as it reminds me of my childhood holidays where I spent time with my family over the years. Lastly, share some good news! Have you done anything to stay busy in these crazy times? Alfred: The present unusual turmoil of events has demanded more focused attention than during ‘normal’ times, and it really needed no effort to keep us busy – which proved most beneficial, as otherwise there was every possibility to go off balance. Working from home compelled me to take a step back from day-to-day operations, and I therefore benefitted hugely from spending more time with my family. This period has instilled the importance of maintaining a heathy work/life balance. Alexandra: Like so many of us, I have been working from home, and so I feel fortunate to have spent more time with my family during lockdown. I enjoyed exploring new areas on my daily walks and found time to meditate, which I did not always make the time for before. www.corinthia.com
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Q&A - ARASH AZARBARZIN
Arash Azarbarzin CEO, SH Hotels & Resorts What does it take to successfully steer premium luxury brands through the hospitality market? Can Faik talks to CEO – Arash Azarbarzin of the SH Hotels & Resorts, to find out … SH Hotels & Resorts, an affiliate of global private investment firm Starwood Capital Group, is a hotel brand management company that operates 1 Hotels, a mission-driven luxury lifestyle brand that launched in 2015 with properties in South Beach, Manhattan, Brooklyn, West Hollywood and Haitang Bay. SH Hotels & Resorts also operates Treehouse Hotel, a sister to the 1 Hotels brand, and Baccarat Hotels Resorts, a luxury brand that debuted its flagship property in March 2015 in New York. What was your background prior to working for SH Hotels? Prior to joining SH Hotels & Resorts, I was a founding member of sbe Hotel Group, where I served as president for 12 years. I also spent several years in leadership roles at W Hotels & Resorts, as well as with St Regis and Four Seasons. It was at W that I first met and worked with our chairman and founder, Barry Sternlicht. I always admired him and his vision for 1 Hotels, and was thrilled to be able to work with him again as president, and now CEO, at SH Hotels & Resorts. What does your current position involve? As CEO of SH Hotels & Resorts, I oversee all operations and expansion for SH Hotels & Resorts, which includes: 1 Hotels, our nature‐inspired luxury lifestyle brand with locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, South Beach, West Hollywood, and Sanya (China); the five‐star luxury Baccarat Hotel brand; and our newest brand, Treehouse Hotels, with the first location in London. What do you love most about what you do? I love travelling the world, seeing new cities and experiencing new cultures. Since each 1 Hotels and Treehouse property is created with the distinct influence of its local environment, I really get a deep understanding of the numerous places I travel to.
How is SH Hotels planning to hit the ground running again in the coming months? We have already hit the ground running. We did close all our locations when the pandemic hit, but we began reopening properties as of June 2020. During the time that we were closed, we were hyper-focused on making the properties the safest and cleanest out there. We also consulted with many big brands in the hospitality space, with the shared goal of customer safety. As an industry pioneer, we committed to the health and safety of our team members and guests. Each property has a newly implemented role, director of Environmental Health & Safety, who serves as a resource for guests and oversees the implementation of our procedures. Additionally, SH Hotels & Resorts properties are among the first hotels in the world to become Sharecare Health Security VERIFIED with Forbes Travel Guide. The comprehensive facility verification helps ensure that guests and travel planners can book with confidence at properties that have appropriate health and safety procedures in place. You’ve noted that expansion is high on the brands’ agenda. Where is SH Hotels putting its focus in terms of growth? We believe in our brands, and expansion is a high priority. We will be opening two new 1 Hotels locations this year – 1 Hotel Toronto this summer, and 1 Hotel Nashville this fall.
“Our chairman, Barry Sternlicht, is extremely hands-on in the design process, and we spend a lot of time focusing on every detail”
Q&A - ARASH AZARBARZIN
We have other 1 Hotels locations coming in Cabo, Melbourne, San Francisco, London, Paris and Hanalei Bay. We just announced a Treehouse that will open in Brickell, and we also have several Baccarat properties on the horizon. Can you identify any unexpected shifts you’ve seen in guest expectation or demand in the last five years? We see people who want to stay and spend their money with a brand that stands for something and aligns with their beliefs. We are the pioneers in that category. Our guests know that our mission informs every inch of our properties. 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
What role does Europe and the Middle East play in SH Hotels’ international growth? Europe and the Middle East play a big role in our future expansion plans. Baccarat will be opening in the Middle East, while 1 is set to expand to Paris and London. We opened the first Treehouse property in London, and plan further expansion in Europe. How important is interior design within your many hotel brands? Interior design plays an essential role in our properties. As a mission-driven brand with sustainability at the core of the fabric of our company, each 1 Hotel property is committed to sustainable design and making sure that we incorporate components of the local environment into each property, as well as staying up-todate with the latest sustainable technology. Our chairman, Barry Sternlicht, is extremely hands-on in the design process, and we spend a lot of time focusing on every detail.
Treehouse Hotel Miami
Lu x ury B espo ke Lighting Designed & Manufactured in the UK
Hilton London Croydon with ICA
© Julian Franklin Courtesy of Furniture Fusion
Q&A - ARASH AZARBARZIN
Have you noticed any particular trends in interior design? We have noticed a big focus on biophilic design, which has always been a major influence for us. There has also been a shift to natural fibres and fabrics, and sustainable materials. How do you think people’s expectations of hotels are changing? Much like in every industry, the hotel customer increasingly expects a brand to stand for something. How do you think technology influences travellers, and might do in the future? From being able to communicate through the 1 Hotels app to keyless entry to your room, there is no doubt that our customer expects a higher level of convenience, influenced by technology. As technology evolves, so will the expectation that we are using it to better their individual experience.
1 Hotel South Beach
What plans and aspirations do you have for SH Hotels? As the first mission-driven hospitality brand, we plan to continue as a leader in the industry, and to raise the bar of what can be accomplished.
“We believe in our brands and expansion is a high priority”
1 Hotel South Beach
1 Hotel West Hollywood
Baccarat Hotel NYC
1 Hotel Central Park
“Europe and the Middle East play a big role in our future expansion plans” Please share an exclusive on what we can expect from SH Hotels in the coming years … You can expect tremendous growth from our mission-driven brands, 1 Hotels & Treehouse. We expect our brands to set the standard for the future of hospitality. What would be your dream hotel project? My dream project has come true. 1 Hanalei Bay, which is currently under construction in Kauai, is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful locations in the world. The property overlooks Hanalei Bay and the cliffs of the Na Pali coast, and is surrounded by Hawaii’s Garden Island. With sprawling gardens and water features throughout, we are creating one of world’s premier wellness sanctuaries. I am extremely excited for it to come to fruition. Where were the three best places you’ve ever stayed? Hotel Pitrizza in Sardina, Hotel Ritz in Paris and Upper House in Hong Kong. Lastly, share some good news! Have you done anything to stay busy in these crazy times? I got vaccinated! That was the most excitement I’ve had in months!
Q&A - KRISTEN CONRY
Kristen Conry Senior vice president global design, US and Canada, Marriott International With the recent appointment of Kristen Conry as Marriott’s senior vice president of global design, US and Canada, Can Faik caught up with her to discuss latest challenge with Marriott International ...
Who is Kristen Conry, SVP global design US and Canada, and what does your role involve? I lead the Marriott Global Design US and Canada team, an amazing group of architects, designers and creative professionals who are passionate about are passionate about creating engaging experiences for our millions of Marriott guests. That is our North Star, but along the journey, we are equally passionate about forging strong, long-term relationships with our owners and the community of talented architects, designers, consultants and suppliers who work with us. How and why did you get into the interior design industry? After completing my Master of Architecture degree from the University of Michigan in 2001, I relocated to Chicago to start my architecture career. I moved into a tiny studio apartment a block away from Wrigley Field two weeks before 9/11, and started searching for a job. After selling T-shirts to Cubs fans for a bit, I was fortunate to find an opportunity with a boutique architecture firm, Gibbons Fortman & Weber. I spent the next five years working on high-end residential and F&B projects with amazing clients. In the F&B space, I was lucky to have clients who loved and valued design, and were unbelievably dedicated to their customers. Though I was not working on hotels, it was here that I learned what lies at the heart of authentic hospitality – an unwavering generosity and commitment to your guests – and I loved it. After that, my path took me to Hyatt, where I spent 12 years fully immersed in the world of hospitality design and gaining experience from select service to luxury, execution to strategy, local to global. I took a detour from the world of hospitality for a little over two years and led Gensler’s Chicago office of 300+ incredibly talented creative professionals, serving diverse sectors from hospitality to healthcare, workplace, mixed-use lifestyle developments and
more. As we navigated the turbulent path through 2020, and as nearly every industry was feeling the pain of our collective reality, my heart was continuously pulled to the world of hospitality. It is an industry for which I have a deeply rooted, irrational love and loyalty. I wanted to support our recovery, and in many ways, our reinvention. When the opportunity to join Marriott’s Global Design team surfaced in late December 2020, I knew it was right. I have long admired Marriott’s rich history, strong culture, impressive portfolio of brands, bold moves (such as the Starwood acquisition) and industry leadership. While it is admittedly challenging to join a company mid-pandemic and remotely, my Marriott colleagues, true to form, have been incredibly welcoming and generous in their support. What makes Marriott International different to others when it comes to design? Our Marriott Bonvoy loyalty programme features over 147 million members, giving us unparalleled understanding of the needs, expectations and aspirations of our guests. We activate this wealth of information to customise the design approach for each of our brands to be maximally responsive and targeted. We have relationships with the best designers in the world, to work with us to bring our brands and experiences to life – from global giants to local boutiques.
“When the opportunity to join Marriott’s Global Design team surfaced in late › December 2020, I knew it was right”
Q&A - KRISTEN CONRY
Our 30-brand Marriott portfolio also includes unique and inspiring design collaborations’ that underscore our commitment to design excellence and broadens the ways in which we deliver this for our guests. Our collaboration with Ian Schrager on EDITION Hotels offers unique luxury experiences with Schrager’s signature approach and our signature service. Our Design Hotels are an uncompromisingly curated collection of one-of-a-kind originals deeply steeped in authentic local style and delivering some of the most imaginative, immersive and inspiring experiences in the world. What do you think will be the biggest change in how you do your job, post-Covid-19? This past year, we have all acutely experienced the true meaning of ‘necessity is the mother of invention’. There are painful realities that came with this, but there are silver linings that will continue to shine brightly. The seemingly overnight emergence and adoption of virtual technologies, and the refinement of them over the past year, has equipped us with tools with long-term value and relevance. We are now exploring opportunities to push these technologies further to enhance our virtual capabilities, while also very much looking forward to reconnecting in person with one another and our work. When we ‘go back’, it will not be to the reality we left last March – it will be a new hybrid world in which we can marry the best of what we had with what we have gained. I am incredibly impressed and inspired by the resilience of our Marriott design team, and it is this mentality that will keep us thinking and rethinking how we can continuously improve and push the boundaries of what is possible.
Element Orlando Universal Blvd / Designer: L2 Studios
Le Méridien Dania Beach – Ft. Lauderdale Designer: David Ashen ( + Paula Scher)
Westin Maui Resort & Spa Ka’anapali / Designer: Indi Design
AC Hotel - Washington DC, Convention Centre Designer: Rodrigo Vargas Design
“The bar has been raised – and continues to rise – in terms of design expectations across all segments”
How much time do you dedicate to sourcing products and suppliers for the projects you work on? Our team is always researching the latest in product offerings and innovations for our hotels and guests. Our relationships with our purchasing partners and vendors are invaluable, as they are key collaborators in making our visions a reality. We are a curious and discerning bunch, and we love to test and iterate on materials and products with our partners. The conversation and flow of information among us, our design consultants and supplier partners is near constant. Do designers think about loyalty when they design a hotel, or is it just an operator’s concern? Absolutely! Loyalty is rooted in a sense of belonging, and is strongest when a brand resonates with an individual’s identity. The design frameworks for our brands across all segments are built upon a deeply researched understanding of our guests’ identities – their needs, desires, interests and passions.
AC Hotel - Washington DC, Convention Centre
How do you think new technology has influenced the luxury traveller, and will in the future? Our luxury guests are seeking highly experiential stays, and technology offers increasingly sophisticated ways to create interactive, immersive and responsive services and environments. We can offer bespoke experiences at touchpoints along a guest’s journey, such as check-in, dining and concierge, among others, by pairing high-touch and high-tech options, allowing guests to customise their engagement in the moment. Technology such as digital fabrication also allows us to achieve previously impossible or prohibitive architectural design elements and, at a smaller scale, on-demand digital fabrication such as 3D printing allows us to deliver personalised analogue delights.
Q&A - KRISTEN CONRY
Is there anything exciting you’re working on that you can tell us about? We recently announced an exciting expansion of our all-inclusive portfolio through an agreement with Sunwing Travel Group’s hotel division, Blue Diamond Resorts. The agreement is expected to add 19 incredible properties across Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. We are also excited about the transformation of our Sheraton hotels around the globe, with the new experience centred on a dynamic ‘Public Square’ concept. My team led the design efforts for the Sheraton Phoenix and Denver, while my global partners led the efforts in Tel Aviv, Dubai, Guangzhou and Mianyang. Keep an eye out for many more transformed Sheraton hotels this year and next. Another new experience our guests will soon enjoy is The RitzCarlton Yacht Collection launch. This is expected to be a luxury experience like no other, on a custom-built yacht, with suites each featuring a private terrace, indulgent dining experiences and worldclass amenities. Have you noticed any particular trends in hotel design? The bar has been raised – and continues to rise – in terms of design expectations across all segments. This means more thoughtful, deliberate and delightful design across the board. The design culture in North America continues to evolve, with individuals becoming savvier and more sensitive to design, thanks in large part the influence of companies like Apple and local gems like artisanal markets, shops and cafes. I love to see this increasing sensibility for and appreciation of design. It demands that we become evermore attentive and creative in what we do, which is what makes what we do so fun.
What is the biggest thing you have learned during your years in the industry? An important thing I have learned in the world of hospitality is that we can design the most amazing environments and experiences for our guests, but it is the Marriott associates in our hotels across the globe who breathe life into these experiences, through the culture, vibe and connections they create with and for our guests every day. Authentic hospitality is rooted in an incredibly deep and admirable service mentality, and that captures people’s hearts. I love being part of a company that seeks to go above and beyond for our guests.
Sheraton Phoenix / Designer: Marriott International In Association With Looney & Associates
Moxy South Beach / Designer: Rockwell Group
“I am incredibly impressed and inspired by the resilience of our Marriott design team, and it is this mentality that will keep us thinking and rethinking how we can continuously improve and push the boundaries of what is possible” What’s been your most memorable experience of interior design – something you saw that changed or inspired you? About five years ago, I visited Tadao Ando’s 21_21 Design Sight museum in Tokyo. The restraint in his design is powerful – the stark sculptural form is striking, and the minimal interior becomes a canvas for the rotating exhibits within. When I visited, there was a delightful exhibit exploring the concept of scale. What stood out was the immediacy and interactivity of it all. Nothing was behind glass, some exhibits were meant to be touched, some were for children to play, and some were meant for viewing only (as art exhibits typically are) but were as open as the rest. Guests – even children! – were trusted to act respectfully without barriers. I found this refreshing and inspiring. It is a design that assumes the best of people. Where currently ranks highest on your travel wishlist? At this point, the most honest answer is anywhere beyond my backyard. Thinking bigger, though, our children are now nine and 12, and they just started venturing out of the country with us before the pandemic with a trip to Costa Rica in late 2019. I would love to indulge their top choices on their growing travel wishlists: Paris (our 12-year-old daughter); and Tokyo (our nineyear-old son.) Throughout the past year, we’ve settled for skyline Lego sets of Paris and Tokyo, but I hope one day to show them the real deal.
Tell us something about yourself that people may not know … My favourite ways to experience a new place are running on local streets and visiting local food shops. I love markets and grocery stores. I absolutely love to find a local market or grocery store to see how it is organised, how products are displayed, the different brands and packaging. I’ve seen such a variety, from pristine boutiques with preciously curated shelves, to no-frills warehouses where you might think you accidentally wandered into a messy stock room. I will usually buy a couple of bars of dark chocolate when the option is there. This is why I also run! Lastly, share some good news – have you done anything to stay busy in these crazy times? I have always loved baking – particularly baking and decorating cakes for no particular occasion – but I am one of those people (a cliché?) who took it up with newfound enthusiasm during the pandemic. I have made cakes, elaborate cakes, simple cakes, more cakes, cupcakes, bagels, doughnuts, pretzels, cinnamon rolls, bread, and more. If I were to open a bakery, I would name it The Midnight Baker, because I have no idea how anyone could possibly get cinnamon rolls or anything involving yeast done in time for breakfast. Mine would be a bakery for midnight snacks. Operating hours – 5pm to midnight. www.marriott.com
Q&A - PATRICIA HOLLER
Patricia Holler Founder and creative director, WOID concepts WOID concepts’ founder and creative director Patricia Holler has come a long way in her 20-year career. Here, she shares her ethos and approach to interior design with Hospitality Interiors’ Can Faik ... What was your background prior to working with WOID concepts? After studying architecture in Germany and Spain, I have dedicated my professional career to interior design in the hospitality sector, working early on for national and international projects. After several positions in Germany, I moved to Dubai for over five years, working as a senior interior designer for four- and five-star hotels in the Middle East and Africa. I was fortunate to work on several high-end five-star properties. Whilst working on the Renaissance Downtown Dubai, the chance arose to join Marriott International, and I grasped the opportunity. I joined Marriott in 2013, to establish a dedicated interior design team for Marriott Europe, to look after all their interior designrelated projects and developments. It has been a fantastic experience to oversee a number of brand initiatives for the continent, to widen the visibility of Global Design Europe, to set up renovation strategies and to see the numerous projects come to life. Working with Marriott International has given me the opportunity and great joy of working with fantastic people around the world – in brands, operations, with owners and wonderful designers. Being in a guiding role on a large number of exciting hotel projects in over 25 countries, with over 20 different brands, was an exceptional experience. In 2020 I left Marriott International to pursue new business goals and create my own consultancy – WOID concepts.
warmth, unusual details and deep atmosphere, yet paired with an innovative design approach. I apply a larger focus on re-using furniture and materials, bringing them together and helping them to create a new identity and personality. The idea of discarding whatever you no longer want and replacing it with a new look frustrates me greatly. Too easily we ignore how finite our resources are. I think it is time for a dramatic paradigm shift, and I am trying to contribute to this with WOID concepts, in which I bring together all my experience and expertise. On the one hand, I have my design expertise, from many years as a hotel and gastronomy-focused interior designer for bespoke and one-of-a-kind interior experiences. On the other hand, I bring extremely valuable years with one of the world’s leading hotel operators, where I was responsible for numerous major projects. This has allowed me to acquire insights and precious knowledge of brands, strategies, operations and many other components which are necessary to open a successful hotel. As a result, WOID concepts is able to offer advisory services for identity and brand development, as well as property optimisation. Furthermore, as a hotel design expert, I support large hotel construction projects – either as the client’s representative, or as an external expert for interior design firms whose focus is not on hotel planning.
Tell me about your role at WOID concepts At the end of 2020, I decided to set up my own consultancy, WOID concepts. The word WOID stands for several things – among them, it refers to the Bavarian word for ‘forest’. The forest very much links to my original roots, my deep love for nature and appreciation for its restoring, grounding and healing power. Through WOID concepts I continue to dedicate myself to hospitality-oriented interior design projects – projects full of
“Certainly, one of the biggest changes will be significantly reduced travel activity, and that means quite a lot to me – in the past I used to spend up to 80% of my work time on business trips”
Q&A - PATRICIA HOLLER
What do you think will be the biggest change in how you do your job, post Covid-19? Certainly, one of the biggest changes will be significantly reduced travel activity, and that means quite a lot to me. In the past, I used to spend up to 80% of my work time on business trips. I am sure that a good amount of these typical trips to attend a meeting will not be necessary any more, and will – as it has been practised since the outbreak of Covid-19 – continue to be held virtually. Time is such a precious commodity – we will deal more respectfully with it. And during that time that we spend physically together, we will better concentrate more on all the interactions that are hardly possible on a virtual level, such as developing interpersonal relationships, drafting visions, or dealing with processes that require a haptic grasp or perception of an atmosphere or mood – things that happen more on a sensory level. We are currently in an era that is experiencing a massive push towards digital assistants and tools that can, on the one hand, do work for us, or, on the other hand, spare us a physical presence in another places. I can imagine in the future we will spend much less time physically visiting samples or mock-up rooms – augmented reality (AR) allows us to virtually see and walk the space. Numerous progress visits can be undertaken virtually, at any time, and as many as you need, and a physical presence can be reduced to a bare minimum. This offers incredible advantages. Being tied to a specific place will decrease massively. It will enable many people to generate a working environment for themselves that suits them best, that gives them flexibility, significantly reduces stress due to travelling or commuting, and better bridges the gap between the working and private worlds. For me specifically, it also allows me to reduce my set-up to a minimum. I communicate digitally and virtually and collaborate
Ritz Carlton Berlin Interior Design: GA Budapest, photography Matthew Shaw
Autograph Collection Cotton House Barcelona Interior Design: Studio Contemporain, Lazaro Rosa Violàn, Barcelona
with people, in different locations – even continents –without the need to bring them together in an office. And we have all learned during this last year how this is not only possible in theory. Physical meetings will happen as needed, in different locations, and also with the help of co-working facilities. For company founders, this provides so much more flexibility, and is a considerable relief. Being based in Germany, which projects are you currently working on? I am involved in the development of a new urbanisation which includes two new-build hotel projects, in addition to numerous residential facilities. And I’m in the starting blocks for a project that I’m very much looking forward to – an ageing hotel in the greater Munich area, with fairly traditional furnishings, which had its heyday back in the 1980s. The hotel needs to be completely refurbished, and the new owner wants to attract a young, urban clientele. However, part of the old furniture is to be reused and a new identity created
MH Berlin Interior Design: BWM Architekten, Vienna
“Making a moment memorable and unforgettable has a lot to do with the circumstances and expectations of that very moment”” – not an easy task, but a fun one! A new design language has to be found and developed for this – a cool challenge, which requires a great wealth of ideas. There are also several other pretty exciting international projects in the pipeline – for example, a resort in West Africa and a boutique hotel in Croatia – but decision processes are taking a bit longer due to all the lovely Covid chaos. Describe your style I am a storyteller through and through. And I am a collector – a collector of memories, of things that remind and transport me back to the time and the place where I picked it up. So it probably comes as no surprise that my personal style is quite eclectic. In my own personal space there is hardly any element that does not have its own history. Things from all the places in the world to which I have a certain connection can be found in my apartment, and always remind me of their place of origin. This style is very personal, uncopiable, and thereby has the highest possible character – for me, that’s wonderful. As for projects, I am very adaptable and I don’t think that I have a very determined design language. What links my approach to projects is the individuality – my aim to find untold stories, to be able to create unique experiences. I don’t like to re-use design ideas which have been applied in other projects. The specific story makes the difference, and this is what I want to find, develop and bring to life in the interior design – and then, of course, identify and apply the specific design language it requires.
With so many hospitality designers in the industry, how does WOID concepts stand out from the rest? It is true, there are quite a lot of hospitality designers in the market – especially London, which has a high density for design expertise and is the undisputed epicentre for highly qualified hospitality designers in Europe. This is, however, not the case everywhere. Take my home country – the design landscape in Germany, for instance, looks very different. It is more characterised by generalist interior designers, and does not have a distinct tradition in dedicated hospitality design. Therefore there is definitely a market for high-quality hotel design. I also believe that the trend will increase to select designers more locally (nationally, regionally). And although I love working internationally, I also have a great desire to be involved in projects in the German-speaking region, and to contribute my international knowledge here. My expertise and specific knowledge in a variety of hotel brands is certainly an important distinguishing feature – not many designers have worked on both sides, as an interior design consultant for the client, but also on the operator’s side as a design director for an important hotel chain. This brings with it a wealth of specialist knowledge in terms of functionalities, operations, trends and brands – very few have this background, nor the network. I think my architectural background makes me approach spaces differently, and think in larger contexts and functional adjacencies. In the years of hotel planning, I have unfortunately
Q&A - PATRICIA HOLLER
often experienced that too many limitations were created in advance by the architectural planning, which often cannot always be compensated for afterwards by clever interior design solutions. And, at this point, I also see my task as being able to influence the architectural planning early enough.
themselves into your memory and stay with you. Maybe this experience was the starting point for a great fascination of the Orient and its hospitality, but definitely, since then, I have found great pleasure in the design language and the details of Oriental architecture.
Do you have a most memorable experience of interior design – something you saw that changed or inspired you? Making a moment memorable and unforgettable has a lot to do with the circumstances and expectations of that very moment. Many years ago I moved to Dubai, my first time in the Middle East. I had only been in the city for a few weeks and everything was still very new. Hotel Atlantis The Palm Jumeirah was about to open, and for that occasion, acquaintances invited me to watch the opening fireworks on the Palm Jumeirah, from the rooftop of the hotel One&Only Royal Mirage. It was already evening when we arrived, and what I got to see was completely unexpected and actually blew my mind. The Royal Mirage is a hotel of a more traditional architectural language, with dominating façades of clay plaster, yet pompous in its dimension. The rather simple feel of the architecture, which was, at the same time, so dramatically staged and lit, astonished me deeply. Sequences of corridors, opening and narrowing again, water pools filled with floating rose petals. Inner courtyards, with oversized vases arranged in shallow water pools, and dramatically lit. The scent of roses and subtle oud in the air. The subdued lighting, with many floor lanterns studded with candles. For me, it was like a scene from One Thousand and One Nights, and a feast for the senses. That evening I was lucky enough to see those incomparable fireworks from the roof of the hotel, seated on a comfortable majlis with some great company. It simply can’t get any better than that – moments like that burn
Tell us something surprising about yourself that people may not know … I am looking back at a professional background of interior architecture and hospitality of over 20 years. But way before that, the oldest memory I have is that of myself as a little girl in the restaurant kitchen of my grandmother, surrounded by a lot of grown-up ladies, all eagerly preparing a large banquette lunch. And me very proudly among them, and being allowed to help by peeling potatoes. I very vividly remember the cheerful atmosphere, the laughter, yet, the business in preparation of something special. I loved it. As a teenager I started working as a waitress, and as a young adult I received training as a bartender. Back then, my plan was to one day have my own smoky jazz bar in the basement of an urban city location with a cool, moody design, fancy cocktails and exquisite music. A few years later, my insatiable wanderlust brought me as an au pair to Vail, Colorado, after graduating from high school. And besides the best ski experience of my life, I came in close touch with the world of five-star luxury hospitality. Well, that captivated me and never let go of me again. I knew that these were the magical ingredients I wanted to nurture in my life – travelling, discovering remote places, getting in touch with local people and learning from their cultures, enjoying fabulous food and hospitality, and doing my part in creating the perfect framework to be able to enjoy these at their best. www.woid-concepts.com
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Q&A - VINCE STROOP
Vince Stroop Founding partner, stroop Hospitality Interiors’ Can Faik speaks to Vince Stroop, founder and the creative vision behind a new design studio … Vince Stroop is an award-winning architect, designer and photographer. He is an avid and extensive traveller who is always seeking global adventures in art, food and friendship. AT the turn of 2021, he founded an innovative design collective and has branded this new venture as stroop.Prior to that, Vince was the co-founder of A2 Studios, a small boutique architecture firm in California. He went on to become a partner at the renowned New York firm of Stonehill Taylor, as well as partner and executive design director at Jeffery Beers International (also in New York). Tell me about your role at stroop … We are coming up on three months out of the starting gate since I founded stroop, so I guess you could say that I have responsibility for the role, being a design visionary, the IT guy, the janitor and everything in between. All kidding aside, I realised early on that as the black swan events of 2020 were wreaking havoc on all of us, the difficult challenges it presented were also going to be an opportunity to embrace meaningful change. I wanted my next life, as we lifted out of this Covid cloud, to be one where I led a design collective of proactive and resourceful thinkers – and, more importantly, doers! It was not a time to take cover, but one to take risks and engage new ways of working. Our team at stroop is small but, potently, we are globally located, a collection of architects, interior designers, artists, photographers, fitness instructors and foodies, who are all committed to the design of experiences. What three words would you use to describe stroop? Cultivating, refreshing, approachable
Being based in New York, which projects are you currently working on? Although based between Brooklyn and Seattle, stroop are engineered to be globally located wherever there is good internet. I have a few members of our design collective that live in Flagstaff Arizona, Northern California and as far away as Milan. We are currently working on a few residential projects as well as a very exciting agritourism, farmstay resort near Bend, Oregon. In addition, we are teamed up with a local Brooklyn developer to reimagine the workplace and develop an enticing amenities package that supports the remote working culture. And coming soon is a new-build wine-focused hotel property in Mendoza, Argentina. Turning to the topic of authenticity of experience, how do you approach each project? I was joking last week during an interview for a new project, that I am an “old kid on the new block”. I went on to explain that, despite my 30+ years in the creative profession, I still approach every project with a tad bit of naive innocence and childlike curiosity. Being sincere and true to the experiential aspects of art, travel and design are crucial to a successful project, and of course, it doesn’t hurt to stir in many years of pragmatic hard knocks for good measure.
“I wanted my next life, as we lifted out of this Covid cloud, to be one where I led a design collective of proactive and resourceful thinkers, and, more importantly, doers”
Q&A - VINCE STROOP
Do designers think about loyalty when they design a hotel, or is it just an operator’s concern? Loyalty within the design process is something that I believe happens as part of our subconscious. We, as architects, know this is an inherent goal of our client, so we strive to provide spaces and places that are memorable or evoke an emotional response. If we design these responses to be positive, interactive and fulfilling, the guest will not only ‘want’ to return but will ‘need’ to return to experience them, again and again. This, coupled with good service, will provide for automatic loyalty. With social media (particularly Instagram) becoming an increasingly important marketing tool for hotels, do you take it into account when designing spaces? I have always loved taking photos and have been fascinated by the power of the camera lens, therefore I was an early adoptor of social media platforms where I could simultaneously ‘share’ and ‘stalk’ imagery of travel, art and food as a positive and enriching experience. It is also because of this ‘power’ that I have been very conscious in my practice that we should not just be creating ‘social media moments’ as the basis for a design narrative. It is much more thoughtful to design and develop comprehensive spaces that connect to our senses, connect to our community and those that create and foster something special. The sincerity of that will, by default, create a ‘moment’ that can be felt and understood by the person experiencing it live, as well as by those seeing it posted, and will have a much deeper impact.
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One West End, NYC
“I have assembled a young, eager and optimistic team that will allow us to provide fresh, progressive eyes on all of the opportunities that will start to unfold” With so many hospitality designers in the industry, how does stroop plan to stand out? We are joining an existing design pool of incredible talents that have been in the game for a long time (myself included), but I am taking those years of experience – along with the triumphs and lessons learned – to apply them in an unconventional way. stroop will have an advantage coming out of the fog, because we have a light footprint, we are nimble and flexible, we are not burdened by location or outdated methods of firm hierarchy. I have assembled a young, eager and optimistic team that will allow us to provide fresh, progressive eyes on all of the opportunities that will start to unfold.
One West End, NYC
I had the same question be asked of me by two hoteliers last night – if you had a limited budget to spend on design, what area would you focus on? Guestrooms, public spaces, F&B or spa, for example? I think this would depend on a few factors – most importantly, location. An urban property, for example, may not need much in the way of F&B as long as there is a good network of local options nearby, but instead could focus its funding on providing for a very comfortable and quiet guestroom sanctuary from the city chaos. A rural or resort location, however, should focus the budget on providing good public amenities to keep the guest engaged with their property, and provide genuine options for good food and memorable experiences.
Q&A - VINCE STROOP
Where do you see hotel design going in the future? We are generally all very social and curious creatures, and, especially after this year of isolation and internal focus, I see the expanded opportunity for concepts and projects that embrace developments which are directly tied to an event, a community or an adventure activity – projects that foster a more engaging sense of place, and endeavours that respect the environment. Places that are less ‘use, take and consume’ but instead ‘make, give and encourage’. Is there anything exciting you’re working on that you can tell us about? In addition to recently launching stroop, I am thrilled to announce, coming soon, The MODwell, an innovative wellness brand. I have co-created this with my trainer and fitness expert Derek Stratton. We feel strongly that the methods and ingenuity people implemented to maintain physical health during the pandemic have long-term merits that are quantifiable and need to be refined to help define the next level of healthy living and working. We will release all of the details and programme in the late spring. Tell us something surprising about yourself … The day after I graduated from architecture school, I unexpectedly spent two weeks travelling around Spain with Bruce Springsteen. At the time, my close friend was his tour accountant and invited me along. While he worked counting the ticket sales from the night before, I spent the days taking Bruce, in between rehearsals, to the architectural gems around Barcelona and Madrid. Although I was actually seeing them for the first time myself, I talked about them as if I was an expert, but it was purely based on information that I had learned back in the classroom. It was a fantastic opportunity to share my passion for design with a fellow creative … who just happened to be a giant music icon … no big deal … hee hee!
One West End, NYC
“Loyalty within the design process is something that I believe happens as part of our subconscious” What would be your dream hotel project? I am fascinated by deconstructed hotel concepts and/or projects that encourage discovery on paths less travelled or that embrace underutilised assets. I have so many dream endeavours along those lines that it would take a book to list them – however, ‘Albergo Diffusi’, Italian for ‘The Scattered Hotel’, tops my list, because it fosters the notion of being part of a genuine community, so that guests can be part of local life. Things like converting an old defunct fishing village in the fjords of Norway into an adventure destination or, of course, a crumbling hilltop town in Portugal into an incredible wine and food opportunity. Lastly, share some good news – have you done anything to stay busy in these crazy times? I have to say the best news for me to share has actually been the creation of the stroop brand itself. The time and energy spent with those who are now part of my team, envisioning what a post-Covid design shop could look like, really motivated us through those dark days and kept our focus toward something optimistic and positive. Aside from that though, I have fine-tuned my pie-making skills, and dare anyone to a bake-off.
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NEWH La Pause series discusses Biophilia in Design By Rita Bancroft, publications chair, NEWH UK Chapter
The popular La Pause webinar series developed by the UK, Paris and Milan chapters of NEWH has given us all precious moments to stop and reflect on key issues affecting the hospitality industry. As an international non-profit hospitality networking group, NEWH raises money to provide scholarships to students entering the hospitality sector. Sharing knowledge and stimulating design conversation is a vital part of this, and February’s webinar on Biophilia in Design had particular resonance as it discussed how our connections with nature are influencing hospitality design. With each specially selected panellist providing a unique and valuable perspective on biophilia in design, we heard from a leading boutique and lifestyle hotel brand, a renowned architect, and an educator specialising in sustainability.
Henry Reeve, director of interior design, IHG Henry is director of interior design for IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group). He is responsible for creating the interior design and guest experience across IHG’s hotels in Europe, with a particular focus on the company’s boutique and lifestyle brands, Hotel Indigo and Kimpton. Based in Denham, Buckinghamshire, he forms part of IHG’s interior design team. Since joining IHG in 2015, Henry has worked across some of IHG’s most celebrated and award-winning design projects, including the launch of the first Kimpton hotel outside of the Americas – Kimpton De Witt in Amsterdam – and the one-of-a-kind QO Hotel Amsterdam. He has led the teams responsible for the design of numerous new Hotel Indigo properties across Europe.
Manuela Mannino, partner, architect & creative director, THDP Manuela is co-owner of the award-winning studio THDP. She has enjoyed Italian Architects board registration since 1995, and has been a RIBA-chartered architect since 2012. She is also a tutor at the Chelsea College of Arts, for its Hotel Interior Design Short Course. She established THDP in 2004 with Nicholas Hickson. Their goal is to bring together some of Britain and Italy’s diverse architecture and design talents to serve the most prestigious international clients. Manuela brings her unique, contemporary and eclectic approach to projects that, combined with her skills in building design concepts, take care of the aesthetic link between architectural function and decorative details.
Johanna Wagner, sustainability facilitator, hotel asset manager and lecturer Sustainability sits at the heart of Johanna’s current activities, which range from hotel asset management to sustainability facilitation and lecturing for schools and universities. As co-founder of La Belle EDuC, Johanna is helping lay the groundwork for higher education programmes to achieve stateof-the-art sustainability integration in their curricula and empower students in their choice of studies. The EDuC is the first sustainability label for higher education programmes focusing on teaching materials and the student learning experience. The EDuC label was developed in partnership with AFNOR, the French national organisation for standardisation and the representative member of ISO in France.
Editorial correction: Hospitality Interiors’ Jan/Feb 2021 issue feature, titled NEWH UK delves into design with its European Webinar Series, was moderated and written 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.
The session was moderated by Hamish Kilburn, editor of Hotel Designs and a strong advocate of biophilia in design. Hamish was able to shine a spotlight on some of the panel’s projects. The panel was clear that biophilic design is not just about incorporating plants, it is about taking a holistic approach to the entire project, from build and interior design to the food and beverage served. Henry Reeve explained how IHG’s QO is a different kind of lifestyle hotel, born from a commitment to the world around us. As one of the most sustainable hotels in Europe, it
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has a rooftop greenhouse illuminated in pink to help the plants grow in order to supply the kitchen. The ingenious solution of introducing living plants in each guest room is delightful. Each coffee plant grows in a specially designed glass cloche that creates its own ecosystem and therefore requires no water or maintenance. This practical incorporation of biophilic design is what makes it truly sustainable. Given that our ability to connect with nature is more important than ever, Manuela Mannino explained how the pandemic has acted as an accelerator to what was already there. She talked about her holistic approach and explained that, in addition to incorporating plants, THDP injects a sense of place by connecting places through colour palettes and design. An example of this is IHG’s awardwinning Hotel indigo in Venice, where the
connection between the garden and the open lobby and bar was made through plants and a cohesive colour palette. The La Pause series continues with: The Evolving Cruise Sector on 18th March; Hotel Industry Perspective on 22nd April; Spa & Wellness on 20th May; and a spotlight on Hotel Diffusi – Scattered Hotels on 17th June. Register at newh.org/chapters/united-kingdom Events and sponsorship The Biophilia in Design webinar in the La Pause series was sponsored by Wall&decò. Sponsorship is key to enabling NEWH to continue its commitment to delivering valuable scholarships and education to future generations. Anyone interested in sponsoring an NEWH event should contact Hannah Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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An interview with Caroline Cundall, president of NEWH UK and founder of House Of Caro How did you get involved with NEWH? I’ve been a big fan of NEWH since it was first established in the UK – our 20th anniversary is in 2022, so it has been quite a while! As a designer I was often invited to events and enjoyed the chance to network in our industry. In recent years I became more involved on the board because I love the fact that NEWH ‘gives back’ by supporting students with scholarships – it feels good to be part of a group that supports and encourages new talent. What has NEWH done for you, both personally and professionally? More than anything, it has built a wonderful group of friends. The hospitality industry is a real community, and many of my closest friends are people I have met through work and events. In your role as president of NEWH UK, what are your plans for 2021, and what are you most looking forward to? Well, I think we will all be ready to hug each other a lot when we are finally allowed out! We have kept our members busy with online events for the past year, but I can’t wait to meet up properly. We have several key events planned from around July onwards. Our Top ID event is always a big draw for the design community, and we have three exciting design companies to recognise with awards in 2021. We also have our annual Fundraiser and Round Table event planned for September, when we will award our winning students with their scholarship prizes. And there will be numerous other social gatherings to keep us all busy, I’m sure. You have been working closely with the European chapters in France and Milan. What’s next in Europe? One of the unexpected advantages of lockdown has been engaging with our international audience and connections. We
have a popular lunchtime webinar programme involving all three European chapters, that we plan to continue for the rest of 2021. It has been a wonderful opportunity to collaborate and help the Paris and Milan chapters increase their membership. Our members are all welcome to attend events organised by other chapters, so I expect there will be more crosspollination of members across Europe when live events start happening again. It has been a tough year for UK hospitality. How do you think the sector will emerge, post-Covid-19? I always lean towards being the optimist. I suspect a big part of our industry will survive, and there will be a holiday and hospitality boom after all this time in lockdown. However, I really worry about small businesses right now – the bars, cafes and restaurants have taken such a
big hit and I just hope they survive the next few months. At least there is light at the end of the tunnel. How has your working life changed, and what does the future hold? Lockdown made me reassess my world, and a big change for me has been to sell up the house in London and move to the south coast. And I certainly don’t miss getting on aeroplanes every week. I am currently setting up a small business of my own to concentrate on sustainable products. Watch this space! Tell us something surprising about yourself … I actually trained as a fashion designer and had my own menswear company in New Zealand called Animal Grace, where I specialised in tailoring. I am an entirely selftaught interior designer.
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The Hari Hong Kong Wan Chai, Hong Kong With Tara Bernerd & Partners as its design partner, the Harilela family has created a true oasis in Wan Chai with the launch of the second property from its distinctive hotel brand, The Hari.
The successful opening of The Hari Hong Kong in the midst of a global pandemic is testament to the strength and conviction of the Harilela Group. For Dr Aron Harilela, who took the company’s reins in 2016 following his father’s passing, this project was steeped in a real sense of homecoming. Though the group operates a well-established global portfolio, this is the first property from its luxurious flagship hotel brand, The Hari, to open on home soil – and what an opening it is. Bridging the commercial heart of Causeway Bay and the creative district of Wan Chai, just moments from the convention centre, The Hari Hong Kong cuts a striking architectural figure, courtesy of Atkins. The hotel’s elegant interiors, exuding The Hari brand’s signature predeliction for ‘approachable luxury’, are of course the work of Tara Bernerd & Partners, with which Dr Aron Harilela partnered for the brand’s inaugural property, The Hari London. This pairing brings together two likeminded individuals, whose synergy shines through in the cohesive, considered nature of the design. “Aron and I share a love of great design, so we often find ourselves bouncing ideas off and challenging each other. We are almost telepathic in our vision, which is a magical combination,” Tara explains. The framing intention behind Tara’s design was that it should be indigenous to its location
“Aron and I share a love of great design, so we often find ourselves bouncing ideas off and challenging each other. We are almost telepathic in our vision, which is a magical combination” – assimilating the local culture, heritage, and energy of Wan Chai into a multi-layered, authentic environment. This look is principally achieved by a focus on materiality, with an artful interplay of finishes, furnishings and unexpected touches. This is evident from the moment guests enter the lobby, passing a wall of Crittal windows through to the entrance lounge and concierge desk. A green wall to the left adds a serene, natural feel, while the timber panelling throughout the rest of the lobby forms a pleasing contrast with the grey marble floor. The concierge desk is a bespoke piece, striking a sculptural form with its marble base, bronze inserts and timber top. The space is finished with a blend of custom low sofas,
mid-century coffee tables and neutral, textured linens. The predominant use of timber extends through into the reception and lobby area, where it has been used to striking effect for the floors and for an eye-catching timber-slatted feature wall – lined with petrol-blue suede inserts – behind the reception desk. Formality is dispensed with here, as an array of comfortable seating areas welcome guests to relax, or to peruse a curated selection of books from the library wall. The palette incorporates a rich blend of blues, greens and earth tones, while the furniture is a mix of mid-century and modern contemporary pieces, many of which have been custom designed for The Hari Hong Kong.
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When it came to the hotel’s two restaurants, Tara wished to create very distinct environments that best serve their respective cuisines. “The two restaurants bring a charming microcosm of local life to the hotel itself,” she explains. “Lucciola captures the spirit of Italy with its encaustic-tiled floor, Tadelakt plaster walls and banquette seating. Whilst in Zoku, the Japanese restaurant, we have taken a different approach that is more moody and atmospheric, with a beautifully crafted slattedwood ceiling, inspired by traditional origami. This complements the semicircular booth seats and partially screened-off kitchen, tucked behind a wall of Crittal-framed fluted glass.” The terrace bar takes guests from day to night – the striking three-storey green wall on the facade above creating an oasis in the heart of Wan Chai. The light, fresh palette enhances this feel, blending neutral linens with the bold pop of patterned aqua fabrics and a statement wall of patterned, book-matched marble.
“The framing intention behind Tara’s design was that it should be indigenous to its location – assimilating the local culture, heritage, and energy of Wan Chai into a multi-layered, authentic environment”
When it came to the guest accommodation, achieving a flexibility in the layout was key for Tara. “We opened up the space in the guest rooms as much as possible, echoing a theme from the restaurant, with Crittall-framed glass doors allowing the room to be either as open or closed as the guest prefers,” she says, “whilst the woven padded headboards, bespoke rugs and sofas contrast with the marble in the bathroom, adding to the feel of understated luxury. “The penthouse suites each have a fulllength terrace running outside from the bedroom to the sitting room, and we have designed the layouts so that it is possible to walk between both rooms, either inside, or from the terrace itself, allowing guests to enjoy the stunning views across Wan Chai.”
The suites boast a warm palette of navy and grey tweeds and velvets, which contrast beautifully with the yellow velvet sofa. The wardrobes feature a rich, dark timber finish, while a glass-topped marble coffee table, armchair and pouf reference the lobby’s aesthetic. Highlights of the king and twin rooms include fluted bedheads – finished in a deep, amber-textured fabric – bespoke rugs, and open-plan bathrooms in a rich marble, with a bold green vein. www.thehari.com/hong-kong www.tarabernerd.com
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Tara Bernerd ... You’ve mentioned a symbiotic design partnership with Dr Aron Harilela – could you describe the design process behind The Hari Hong Kong? I have known Dr Aron Harilela for many years, and Aron is a close friend, as well as a valued client. We originally worked together when we designed The Hari London, so it was a joy to be able to bring The Hari home to Hong Kong. Building on the design DNA, The Hari Hong Kong brings the charm and elegance of The Hari London, while simultaneously delving into the energy and dynamism of bustling Hong Kong as inspiration for our design. With each project we undertake, we look to the local culture, the history, the climate and the atmosphere of a place, to create a design DNA that completely embraces the character and identity of the place it is set in. We place a huge value on interior space planning and the interior architecture, from there it is the alchemy of lifestyle design and the layers that this involves, which we have placed such an importance on. Could you tell us more about the sense of ‘homecoming’ surrounding this project, and the inspiration you drew from Dr Aron Harilela himself? Hong Kong is somewhere that I have been fortunate enough to visit regularly since my teens, and my studio, Tara Bernerd & Partners, has been working in Hong Kong since 2008. When Aron asked us to design The Hari in Hong Kong, his hometown, it felt like something of a homecoming not only for the hotel brand, but for myself as well. Aron has great personal taste, and on one
notable occasion he arrived in my office wearing a beautiful tweed jacket, and I teased him that I would use the jacket as inspiration for the palette for the project. You will find some tweeds amongst the rich fabrics and colours in the palette for the hotel, so I stayed true to my word.
they have been reimagined with a Hong Kong twist, using a different palette and fabric finishes more in keeping with the locale. A signature petrol-blue lacquer and fabric can be seen in both the entrance lift lobby and in the reception of the hotel.
How is the spirit of Wan Chai, and its ‘reemergence’, reflected in the hotel’s interior? The hotel is in Wan Chai in an area I remember well from my early design years. It has a lively and rich heritage, and we are thrilled to be a part of its re-emergence. We have drawn on the culture and history of the area as inspiration for our design. The area has such an eclectic and layered mix of old and new architecture, and it is known for its commerce, with a vibrant bar and restaurant scene that is also intermingled with arts and culture. Throughout the hotel we have drawn on this inspiration and sought to capture this mix in a harmonious whole.
Which aspect of the project did you find most enjoyable? While we’re increasingly known as a designer of hotels, The Hari Hong Kong actually marks our first hotel in Hong Kong itself. We have a longstanding working relationship with Couture Homes, Asia Standard and Grosvenor Asia, designing a mixture of beautiful residential projects in both Hong Kong and mainland China, so it was a real joy to be able to bring our hotel design knowledge and expertise to this up-andcoming part of the city. However, I would say the most enjoyable part of the project was working both with my own team, whose energy and creativity are the reason I enjoy coming into work every day, and of course with Aron and his team, whose vision, positivity and professionalism made this such a fulfilling and pleasurable collaboration.
How does The Hari Hong Kong’s interior connect/contrast with that of the inaugural The Hari hotel in London? The Hari Hong Kong brings the charm and elegance of The Hari London, while simultaneously delving into the energy and dynamism of bustling Hong Kong. Both hotels have a laid-back, relaxed, approachable luxury that makes them feel like a home away from home, and it is this spirit that we have brought home to Hong Kong. The heart of both properties is the lounge, which in Hong Kong is on the first floor and is lined with bookcases and booth seats. These are familiar themes seen in The Hari London, but
What were the main challenges you faced during the project, and how were they overcome? The biggest challenge we had to overcome was completing the project in the midst of a pandemic and working remotely via video calls and WhatsApp groups. We have such a synergy with the client’s team, and they were as passionate about the project as we were, and were endlessly patient.
Hart Shoreditch Hotel London London, UK Part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, this 126-key hotel in London’s East End offers locally-rooted interiors designed by Fabled Studio.
Photography by Gary Edwards © 2021 Hilton
Photography by Gary Edwards © 2021 Hilton
Hart Shoreditch Hotel London is housed within a handsome new-build property just moments from Spitalfields Market and Brick Lane. Taking its name from a previous occupant of the site – The Harts, who were cabinetmakers in the 1800s – the hotel honours the neighbourhood’s rich artisan heritage. Fabled Studio was given carte blanche on the interior design, and has made use of this complete artistic control to veer away from the expected East London aesthetic. The fresh and well-appointed interior instead makes use of texture and bespoke design details.
“Our interior palette draws inspiration from the past industries of Shoreditch, with notable furniture and cabinet makers, iron foundries and tanneries all coming together to influence the concept and materiality of the F&B spaces”
Photography by Gary Edwards © 2021 Hilton
Photography by Fresh Mike Studio © 2021 Hilton
“We very much wanted to tell the more intricate and subversive stories of East London through our design,” explains Fabled Studio’s co-founder, Steven Saunders. “Our interior palette draws inspiration from the past industries of Shoreditch, with notable furniture and cabinet makers, iron foundries and tanneries all coming together to influence the concept and materiality of the F&B spaces.” These artfully interwoven stories emerge in everything from the striking wrought iron staircase to the bespoke statement mahogany lighting, which has been designed to replicate cabinetmaker’s boxes. Even the subtlest of material choices and textures pay homage to this storied past. “With our studio being resident in East London for many years, we wanted to dig deeper under the surface of our neighbourhood to tell stories that are much less told,” says Steven. “The bedrooms and public thoroughfares were designed with the influence of the Huguenots, the French protestant lace makers resident in Spitalfields in great colourful townhouses; their lace patterns, synonymous with the Berber tribes al sadu weaving techniques, were imbued subtly into our scheme.”
Photography by Gary Edwards © 2021 Hilton
Photography by Gary Edwards
© 2021 Hilton
Photography by Gary Edwards © 2021 Hilton
As well as a local vernacular, the interior incorporates an influence of contemporary Dubai, in tribute to the hotel’s owner. The fresh, modern feel blends with white rendered textures and geometric patterns that bring the sandstone walls of Old Town Dubai to mind. Fabled Studio was conscious that the hotel should be a social, inviting place for guests and locals alike. As such, the ground floor lobby, bar and restaurant areas are open plan. The decision was to made to move the check-in desk to one side so that while it is visible, it doesn’t interrupt the flow and informal feel of the space. From the team behind acclaimed London restaurants, Yosma and Hovarda, ground floor restaurant, Barboun, serves up Eastern Mediterranean fare. The space has been designed with a furniture makers warehouse and showroom in mind. Handcrafted oak and sapele timbers, as well as wonderful mortise and tenon, dove tail and halving joints on each piece of furniture or joinery, are a celebration of craftsmanship.
“The bedrooms and public thoroughfares were designed with the influence of the Huguenots, the French protestant lace makers resident in Spitalfields in great colourful townhouses”and materiality of the F&B spaces” Adding another dimension to the hotel’s F&B offering is Tavla. This experiential all-day bar invites guests to listen to vinyl DJs or enjoy a game of backgammon with a barrel-aged cocktail. The guest accommodation, meanwhile, presented a real challenge. 39 different room types had been assigned by the time of Fabled Studio’s appointment, all with varying footprints and ceiling heights to contend with. Fabled Studio has opted for a muted, elegant colour palette, complete with copper mirror accents, deep green leather detailing and simplistic, modern furnishings. The bathrooms take on a warm, urban feel, with concrete vanities, herringbone flooring,
bold geometric tiling and pared back brass detailing. “The materiality of the rooms is a totally new aesthetic; we are not trend led on our design approach, moreover we let the stories we want to tell shine through and dictate the palette and details,” says Steven. “A dragged whitewashed texture is wrapped across each head board wall, reminiscent of the stone walls of Old Town Dubai. The vertical striations echo the pattern in the custom woven jacquard drapes we designed for each room.” www.hilton.com www.fabledstudio.com
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Swissôtel Kursaal Bern Bern, Switzerland The launch of Swissôtel Kursaal Bern marks a new era for one of the city’s most historic properties, and a triumphant entry into hotel design for Nina Mair.
This June, the doors open to Nina Mair’s first hotel project. Commissioned by Accor Group, Nina’s interior design vision for the Swissôtel Kursaal Bern is a celebration of heritage, natural materials, progressive functionality and warm hospitality. The Kursaal is one of the most famous houses in Bern, Switzerland. Positioned on a hill with breathtaking views across the river and UNESCO old town, the site has been an important cultural meeting place for locals and travellers since 1860. This year, this historic building will be reborn as the Accor Group’s flagship example of Swiss hospitality excellence. Award-winning Austrian interior and product designer, Nina Mair, was selected to transform the hotel’s lobby and 171 rooms. Swissôtel vice president, Lilian Roten, explains: “Our alpine heritage has its roots in craftsmanship, sustainable design and a conscious, active way of life. This is exactly what Nina Mair’s design brings to the new Swissôtel Kursaal Bern. It’s through these approaches that we offer our guests a sense of wellbeing, energy and joy of life.”
“Our alpine heritage has its roots in craftsmanship, sustainable design and a conscious, active way of life. This is exactly what Nina Mair’s design brings to the new Swissôtel Kursaal Bern” Swissôtel vice president, Lilian Roten
Nina sought to balance Kursaal Bern’s legacy as a community meeting place with the needs of modern business and leisure travellers, through a sophisticated yet homely atmosphere. Guests might come for work on a Friday and stay the weekend with family. The design is characterised by timelessness, a connection to nature, intuitive design features and soothing materials. Nina says: “My goal was to create a coherent ambience in which guests feel at home. Above all, local and renewable materials are used, combined with technical refinements to enhance each guest’s stay.” The curvaceous form of the lobby – an important meeting and living space – has been configured into zones of light, custom-made furniture which are easily rearranged for social encounters or privacy. Clutters of greenery act as friendly room dividers, and acoustics are carefully managed via wall panels and niches. Nina creates a strong connection to the outdoors by enhancing natural light through large, glazed walls which open the lobby to the gardens, fishpond and city views. In the evening,
Nina’s lobby ceiling design comes alive through sunken light pockets which impart a glamorous glow. The lobby counter, however, is the major centrepiece. Taking inspiration from the woodwork motifs of the original building, Nina developed a bespoke stone counter imprinted with a contemporary ‘fretwork’ relief pattern across the surface. To balance the tactility, Nina finishes the countertop in leather that is beautifully soft to touch. More of an art piece than a fixture, the concept marries history with modernity, and craftsmanship with technology – leaving visitors with a lasting impression. Her design uses space intelligently, for a sense of openness while being pleasantly cocooned. Rooms feature customised, built-in furniture – long stone sideboards double as storage or desks, and oak boudoir dressers, headboards with twin side tables, and bench seating deliver comfort and function in compact spaces. The joinery is by Felix Graf, which manufactures striking bespoke furniture and fittings in its workshop in Bavaria, Germany.
“Nina’s design uses space intelligently, for a sense of openness while being pleasantly cocooned”
Multi-use zones provide cosy living or working corners, and custom-tiled bathrooms open or close via sliding smoked-glass doors, with curtains for additional privacy. Technological comforts have been implemented with discretion, for a personalised sense of wellbeing. A dimmable bedside lighting system and customised baths with rainfall showers facilitate the perfect night’s sleep. Rooms are also fitted with air purifiers, noise reduction and warm, adjustable lighting. Inside the Vitality Suites – an innovative wellness concept unique to Kursaal Bern – guests can enjoy custom-made fitness walls, yoga areas and personalised training routines. Nina’s restrained material palette references the site’s history while creating a calm atmosphere. In her trademark style, the designer chose to simplify rather than overtly add to the space. Inspiration for the two chosen materials – local oak and tiles – came from the building’s heritage, and is applied in sweeping motions through communal and private spaces in a clear and unified expression. Inside room entries and bathrooms, entire surfaces are laid with handmade Italian ceramic tiles.
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The washing basins and shower trays were specially designed by the architects, and realised by Swiss manufacturer Laufen, which, through its BESPOKE programme, produced the unique design elements – in colours custom-created by Nina Mair to match the existing surfaces and ceramic tiles. Two customised colour schemes are recognisable among the 170 rooms in the new Swissôtel, depending on the room typology. The minimalistic fixtures supplied by German company Grohe complement the high-quality sanitary objects from Laufen, creating a sense of wellness that deserves the description “designed and made in Europe“. A soothing spectrum of pale timber, mint green, soft pink and cool greys characterise the contemporary interiors, which Nina devised in two schemes – larger Premier rooms are cast in cool green, while smaller Classic rooms use warm, cosy tones. Natural leather and wool details throughout all rooms satisfy the senses. The opening of Swissôtel Kursaal Bern in June 2021 marks the beginning of a new era for this celebrated site – presented through Nina Mair’s sophisticated and empathetic design language. www.swissotel.com/hotels/bern/ www.ninamair.at
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Xigera Safari Lodge Okavango Delta, Botswana The Tollman family has channelled decades of industry experience and their lifelong passion for the African bush into reimagining this exceptional safari lodge on the Moremi Game Reserve ...
Named for the pied kingfisher which makes its home amid Moremi Game Reserve’s abundant waterways, Xigera Safari Lodge melds seamlessly with the lush landscape of the Okavango Delta. This remarkable World Heritage Site in northwest Botswana offers vast swathes of seasonal floodplains, forests and grasslands in which a wealth of species thrive. Xigera Safari Lodge is the legacy project of the Tollman family, whose love affair with the African bush spans a lifetime. As custodians of the lodge, they feel their responsibility to preserve and protect the land keenly. Running the property almost entirely on solar power, installing a photovoltaic farm to charge electric game-drive vehicles, an on-site composter, and a thermodynamic geyser for the supply of hot water are just some of the measures introduced to reduce the property’s environmental footprint.
The sincerity of the family’s passion for Africa’s people, its scenery and breathtaking wildlife, also manifests in the integrity of the lodge’s interiors. Toni Tollman, Red Carnation’s director of design and projects; architectural designer, Philip Fourie; and architect, Anton de Kock, worked in collaboration with Southern Guild to create a truly original and authentic design. The framing element of their interior concept is an extensive collaboration with local artists and craftsmen. Indeed, close to 90% of the furniture and furnishings have been commissioned from more than 80 talented creatives, including David Krynauw, Madoda Fani, Andile Dyalvane, Cheick Diallo, Zizipho Poswa, Gregor Jenkin, Laurie Wiid van Heerden, and many more.
From Porky Hefer’s human-sized woven nests on the decks for guests to nestle in, to a remarkable sleep-out in a three-storey stell baobab tree 1km from camp – and from a totemic firepit sculpture by blacksmith artist Conrad Hicks, to a fireplace formed from hand-beaten copper in the form of a lily, these commissioned pieces are rich with narrative and local significance. The experience begins as guests arrive by light aircraft either from Maun or Kasane, reaching the lodge by road or boat via an elevated bridge. Cocooned amidst a canopy of magnificent trees, the lodge’s structures are entirely concealed by the bush, with breathtaking views over the floodplains.
“This remarkable World Heritage Site in northwest Botswana offers vast swathes of seasonal floodplains, forests and grasslands in which a wealth of species thrives”
Architect Anton de Kock’s design was inspired by a sighting of a fishing owl in flight on his first site visit. Each of the lodge’s 12 suites float on raised stilts above the water, entirely unobtrusive to the wildlife passing underneath. The impressive two-bedroom family suite is located on two islands, bridged by an extraordinary bronze lily centrepiece designed by Anton and created by sculptor, Otto du Plessis. Each air-conditioned suite offers 184m2 of indoor and outdoor living space, incorporating a bedroom, spacious bathroom, separate living and dressing areas and peaceful outdoor decks with gazebos and daybeds. Inside these individually designed private havens, the commissioned furniture and furnishings create a multi-layered and textural aesthetic. The Fan Palm Suite, for example, is awash with earth tones, from burnt red to walnut and biscuit-coloured clay. Ceramic bedside lamps by Ardmore depict some of the local flora and fauna, brought to life using the suite’s colour palette. The lounge carpet was woven by Coral & Hive – an all-women, ethically operated company – making use of Karakul wool, from sheep that are raised in the Karoo, in South Africa.
The Knobthorn Suite pays homage to the Okavanga Delta’s evergreen forests, with its spring-green custom Kassena Server by Dokter and Misses. The Johannesburg-based brand drew inspiration from the patterned adobe structures built by the Kassena people, who live in the Tiébélé region on the border of Ghana and Burkina Faso. In the bedroom, an ebonised walnut and bronze bed by Duchenne cabinetry, in partnership with Southern Guild, melds African totem references with traditional timbercraft. Toni Tollman selected the headboard fabrics from some of Europe’s finest fabric houses. The Sausage Tree Suite is particularly vibrant, its eye-catching ruby-red textiles capturing the beauty of the tree’s marooncoloured blooms. Some of its finest features include a one-of-a-kind heartwood bowl by Port Alfred, ceramic stools by Atang Tshikare, and an Igubu bath pedestal by Chuma Maweni.
The ebonised eucalyptus side table by Cape Town-based sculptor and arborist, Adam Birch, is a perfect example of the dedication and scale involved in the project. Adam spent seven months living and working on-site, carving over 150 large-scale timber sculptures for the lodge’s interior and outdoor spaces. Not only this, but he worked alongside a team of locals, equipping them with woodworking skills that will be theirs for life. Aside from the suites, guests can make use of Xigera Safari Lodge’s tranquil spa. In a shift from the physical forms of nature that inspire the lodge’s interiors (such as the baobab and lily) the spa draws from the cycles of nature – the seasons, life and death, rebirth, light and dark. Two treatment rooms sit side by side – one offering couple’s treatments, the other a single treatment bed and manipedi chair. Guests can decide if they’d prefer the room enclosed, with air conditioning, or opened up to the wonderful views. Xigera’s wellness pavilion, meanwhile,
encompasses a relaxing reception area, as well as a yoga deck used for for sunrise and sunset yoga and meditation, and a state-ofthe-art Technogym-appointed fitness centre. A swimming pool overlooks the river and deck, allowing guests to soak up their unique surrounds. For an entirely different experience altogether, guests can sleep beneath the stars at The Baobab Treehouse. Set 1km from the lodge, with its own guide stationed nearby, this remarkable steel sculpture emerges from the croton trees, nearly 10m above the floodplain. Its design was sparked by Jacobus Hendrik’s acclaimed painting of a solitary baobab tree. Atop a winding staircase, guests will find a spacious bathroom on the first level, and a beautifully-appointed bedroom with carved timber furniture on the second. Guests can open the bedroom’s canvas walls for a truly immersive experience. www.xigera.com
“Cape Town-based sculptor and arborist, Adam Birch, spent seven months living and working on-site, carving over 150 largescale timber sculptures for the lodge’s interior and outdoor spaces”
The Apartments by 11 Cadogan Gardens London, UK Hospitality Interiors Magazine can exclusively reveal 11 Cadogan Gardens’ elegant new addition – a suite of six inviting apartments with interiors by luxury design studio, Atellior
Following its glamorous renovation in 2016, 11 Cadogan Gardens will unveil the latest phase in its history this April. The Apartments by 11 Cadogan Gardens offer six one-, two- and three bedroom sanctuaries just a stone’s throw from the main hotel. The accommodation bears all the hallmarks of Atellior’s far-reaching experience, illustrating the studio’s flair for timeless elegance. Luxuriantly-thick bedroom carpets, pale timber flooring by Havwoods in the living areas, marble-topped tables and over-sized Circus 25 bed headboards combine to create a welcoming, residential feel.
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“The accommodation bears all the hallmarks of Atellior’s far-reaching experience, illustrating the studio’s flair for timeless elegance”
Choice furniture pieces from Liang & Eimil, Swoon Editions and The Contract Chair Company add to the refined, contemporary scheme, alongside a striking selection of luminaires from LSA International, Northern Lights and Chelsom. The colour palette is intentionally muted, bringing together pale greens, warm greys and white. The bathrooms have been clad in white and grey tiles from Caesar Ceramics, while the kitchens feature white composite stone tops. These neutral tones provide the perfect backdrop for a collection of modern abstract artwork, introducing vibrant pops of blue and green, and the moody guest cloakrooms with their Calacatta Viola splashbacks and darklypainted walls. From the inclusion of earthy, natural tones to exquisite textured leaf motifs on the bedroom wallcoverings, references to the gardens outside, and to the Royal Borough’s longstanding horticultural association, are key to Atellior’s scheme.
“Neutral tones provide the perfect backdrop for a collection of modern abstract artwork, introducing vibrant pops of blue and green” Despite these common touchpoints, each apartment is individually configured. Some profit from floor-to-ceiling windows, others offer generous bathrooms with free-standing bathtubs, while the top floor apartment is has been opened to the rafters to create a cosy pied-à-terre for two. Providing the serenity and exclusivity of a home, with all the benefits of a luxury hotel stay, The Apartments by 11 Cadogan Gardens are set to be the perfect complement to the hotel’s offering. “It was a privilege to work with Cadogan Estates on this very special project and give the late 19th Century property new purpose as The Apartments by 11 Cadogan Gardens,” says Una Barac, Executive Director of Atellior. “The apartments happen to be opening at a time when social distancing means that they are likely to be in great demand but I am sure that their timeless design will ensure their continuing popularity well into the future.” www.11cadogangardens.com www.atellior.com
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Fairmont Chateau Whistler Whistler, BC, Canada HBA San Francisco drew inspiration from the hotel’s magnificent alpine setting for its elegant redesign of Fairmont Gold at Fairmont Chateau Whistler.
Creating a hotel within a hotel is a bit like setting a single jewel in the middle of an intricate ring. It has to be instantly memorable and striking, but also enhance and complement its setting. In the case of Fairmont Gold at Fairmont Chateau Whistler, that ‘setting’ – namely, the location and landscape – made finding inspiration simple. The landmark ski-in, ski-out hotel and golf resort is situated at the base of Blackcomb Mountain in British Columbia, Canada, where breathtaking views of the mountains and spectacular forest of Whistler are abundant. “The first three terms that come to mind to describe the design are modern mountain, eclectic and luxury,” says Meghann Day, partner, HBA San Francisco. So far, so good – but these 96 rooms and lounge still comprise just a piece of the hotel’s 519 total keys. A strong design link between the Gold spaces, privately located on floors seven through 12, and the rest of the hotel, was key.
“Fairmont Gold is the pinnacle of rustic mountain luxury in Whistler. The elevated design includes many special elements that ode appreciation to the alpine town” “Our team worked to make the design of Fairmont Gold cohesive with the rest of the hotel, but more elevated and curated,” says Meghann. “It was critical to carry finishes unique to the hotel into the Gold Lounge – such as the signature flagstone used at the lobby. This formed the structure of the lounge, bringing the character of the flagstone into the columns and fireplace cladding. “Fairmont Gold is the pinnacle of rustic mountain luxury in Whistler. The elevated design includes many special elements that ode appreciation to the alpine town. From furniture constructed of locally sourced wood to customised artwork reflecting the nature of Whistler, all pieces were specifically handselected to sing true to the local culture and connect guests with the property’s inspiring organic surroundings.” Using FF&E to link design themes solved one key problem. It also provided the backbone for a design that bore out Meghann’s intent to tell a local story. The basic toolkit of materials and finishes sets the stage. Wood is a given in many chaletstyle resorts, but here it is a mix of live-edge, sustainably sourced beetle-kill pine, wood end block, and more. Natural stone, including
rugged flagstone carried through from the lobby to the lounge, gives the design aesthetic weight. Exposed nail heads and rivets, heavyduty steel hinges, brackets and hardware all speak to the toughness of materials designed for snowy winters. Leather and fabrics with a tailored elegance reinforce the look of carefully curated luxe. But that was not enough for Meghann. Just selecting pieces that were evocative of the location was only step one for her and her HBA San Francisco team. This called for an intense knowledge-gathering process, to bring the designers into contact with the local arts and crafts community. “Most of the materials and FF&E had been sourced and procured prior to Covid – our team did extensive research on local artists, local small businesses to support, and sustainably sourced materials,” she says. “For example, when designing the lounge’s custom coffee table, created from sliced wood logs, we approached a local craftsman, Brent Comber. We worked with him in-depth for each step of the process, from sourcing locally salvaged wood from sustainable forests, to ensuring the wood is a species that is found near the property. This is the level of attention to detail and care that was put into each piece for this project.” There were more than a few challenges to putting this design in place. First and foremost, the pandemic made it impossible for the HBA San Francisco team to fly out to Whistler to supervise the install. Cue a very 21st-century solution – installing via FaceTime.
“Different members of the team FaceTimed daily with the construction and operations teams to ensure that the install was running smoothly and to provide guidance,” says Meghann. “This proved to have challenges, such as the inability to physically be present to review and needing to communicate the special design touches to be added, but there was a great increase in communication style and co-ordination as the process went along.” While it was not simple to handle the installation remotely, the team did realise a few upsides that they will take into consideration post-Covid. The lack of time pressure (normally, the team would only have two to three days on-site) meant that the design and construction teams had as much time as they needed to co-ordinate both prior to and during the install. It also helped open an ongoing dialogue among all parties, which Meghann says she will continue to emphasise in order to streamline projects installed once the pandemic is, hopefully, a thing of the past.
The other things that made the project thought-intensive were much less unprecedented. The new lounge had quite a history – it had been four room bays. For the lounge, saying goodbye to the footprint from the guestroom bays meant an open space the team could lay out and design as it saw fit. “In addition to the increased capacity allowance, the renovation allowed for multiple areas of added function and ambience,” says Meghann. “The lounge consists of multiple added amenities, including: an arrival and reception area; an outdoor drink rail to view the gorgeous mountains beyond; an expanded lounge area with wet bar, banquette seating and fireplace lounge; a library lounge; and a fully functioning buffet entertainment kitchen.” The entry establishes the design narrative at first glance. Dark-blue wall panelling plays off the leathered stone flooring. Metal and oak wood end blocks comprise the reception desk. The light fixture pays homage to the location and draws inspiration from ski poles and snowfall. Moving into the lounge, a change in wallcovering to a textured vinyl provides a gentle but perceptible shift in mood. Cerused European oak wood plank flooring underscores the transition between entry and lounge, while the flagstone from the lobby is echoed in the fireplace. Floating oak and dark
metal shelves behind the wet bar continue the rich warmth of colour and the contrast in texture, to maintain Meghann’s aim for a more wide-ranging spin on the mountain resort vibe. Moving into the library, the subtle differentiations of spaces via finishes, colours and their placement continues. The blue
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wallcovering seen in the other spaces provides a (pun intended) red thread for guests, but the flagstone here is seen on a vertical surface – the column cladding. Wood becomes an art material. In the buffet, antiqued stone floors offer yet another subtle, thoughtful way of giving each space continuity and a unique mood. White quartzite countertops and modern, painted Shaker-style cabinets bring a contemporary streamlined note that perfectly fits the purpose of the area. Oak and dark bronze behind the wet bar keep the lounge’s palette in mind. As an extension of the lounge, HBA San Francisco’s designers appointed the enclave of Fairmont Gold rooms and suites with refined finishes and fixtures, the addition of gas fireplaces, and elements characteristic of traditional construction methods. The guestroom and suite design avoids many of the challenges common to renovation projects by focusing on FF&E, so that the bones of the design can be easily transferred among differing footprints. Projects such as this serve to demonstrate that designers are continuing to find ways to adapt to working during a pandemic. With the advent of increasingly more affordable (or free), user-friendly and high-quality technology continually improving the remote work experience, lessons learned during this challenging and tragic period will serve many firms well in the future. Time will tell, however, where technology will continue to become a dominant part of the process, and where the need for in-person visits will prevail. www.fairmont.com/whistler www.hba.com
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Cut hotel opening delays by looking outside the box The joy of unboxing is a modern pleasure in an age when almost anything can be delivered to your doorstep. Receiving a shipment of new luxury hotel furniture, however, can be source of anxiety when undiscovered issues seem to wait until time comes for unboxing. Often, everything is well, and all items are delivered in the condition expected. However, being prepared for the one time when that one thing goes wrong is essential in hitting a hotel’s targeted opening date. As much as small things can usher in big problems, elegant solutions also come in small, considered details. Wood Couture has one such solution by using ‘shock stickers’. Shock stickers work as an indicator for when a package has taken on a force beyond its tolerable level – e.g., more than normal handling or shaking. It only takes a quick check for a red mark on the indicator to determine whether the package has potentially sustained damage. No need to wait for shipments to reach the site, go through the receiving and unboxing process. We can easily coordinate with our logistics partners to watch out for the red mark, allowing agile response to help our clients open their hotels on time. www.woodcouture.com
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I’m sure I’m not the first person to write that UK hospitality has been through an incredibly tough 12 months. However, we’ve seen some amazing courage, initiatives, and solutions to problems and ideas from the sector, which will help it recover. Aside from all the F&B offering, owners and managers will be looking to maximise their space, attracting as many drinkers and diners as possible, whilst adhering to the inevitable social distancing guidelines. Our recent conversations with hospitalityspecialist interior designers confirm a considerable amount of thought has turned towards the exterior of the establishment. With interior space at a premium, any available outdoor space, from beer garden to car park, will be under scrutiny, to see how it can be used to increase covers. Of course, this has fostered a good deal of creative thinking, and we predict a number of outdoor design trends are set to dominate the 2021 market. All year al fresco Many operators will be looking at clever ways to enhance their outdoor areas beyond the essential tables and chairs, to make these spaces weatherproof. As such, installing heaters and investing in cosy blankets made from natural fibres to keep customers warm and increase dwell time will no doubt be a prime consideration. Outdoor fire pits, such as the Neolith neocube-o, look attractive and create a fantastic congregational ambience. Further, outdoor spaces can be zoned. For restaurants this might be two sections – one for seated dining, the other more casual, for drinks and lighter bites. At hotels, a recreational area for lounging and relaxing could also be incorporated.
Green and pleasant land In line with changing consumer tastes and trends, a number of establishments are becoming more eco-aware, adopting a sustainable approach when looking to refresh or enhance outdoor furniture. Natural wood from sustainable sources will always be a good, eco-friendly option, and we’ve noticed a resurging interest in teak, particularly in a mixed application with powdercoated aluminium or stainless-steel frames. Simultaneously, we’re noticing a gradual move away from unsustainable, woven plastic furniture which looks cheap, disposable and not reflective of evolving attitudes towards the environment. A sense of luxury As we emerge from Covid-19, visiting hospitality establishments will be an exciting and long-awaited experience for many. It’s likely expectations have soared, and some may even have more money to spend as a result of a year spent predominantly at home. No doubt we’ll see a number of hotels, restaurants, pubs and bars create a luxurious environment with wow factor, spoiling guests and making the experience the best it can be to drive repeat business. Small but significant Some will be drawn to a more minimal, spare aesthetic when designing their outdoor spaces, to cater for post-pandemic clientele. Often, less is more, and quality furniture with clean lines, complemented with a few carefully curated statement pieces, can be remarkably effective when looking to establish an atmosphere. For those interested in this approach, we would advise opting for a pared-back dining set, with some more elaborate seating options,
like the timeless Sissinghurt or Rothesay benches, dotted around to inject a little extra character. We will also see more muted, natural style emerge, particularly for furnishing fabric. Much in line with the drive towards sustainability, organic grass greens, smooth stone, earthy ochre and creamy canvases will dominate colour palettes in 2021. However, we’ve also noticed a growing interest in certain strong colours such as inky blues, vivid indigos and mimosa yellows, perfect for those looking to make a bigger statement with their outdoor furniture. Got it covered Come rain or shine, providing appropriate coverings to shade from the sun or keep customers dry is essential. Last year was reported as one of the warmest years to date, and we definitely saw this reflected in our parasol sales. No doubt, we’ll see an increasing investment in this particular category as outdoor areas expand and operators look to mitigate the effects of unpredictable weather patterns. www.teak.com
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Create luminious landscapes with Brokis Explore the latest outdoor designs from Czech premium lighting brand, Brokis ... Bonbori Outdoor The very first outdoor lighting collection in the Brokis portfolio, Bonbori was created by worldrenowned Japanese designer Fumie Shibata, who took inspiration from the traditional paper lamps that line the paths to shrines and temples during the annual rice harvest festivals in Japan. The new light makes use of a simple stainless-steel base, finished in an environmentally friendly weather-resistant powder coating. The easily removable LED light source, which can withstand below-freezing temperatures, casts a gentle glow through a diffuser and laser-cut openings in the stainless steel. Ivy Table Battery Ivy Table Battery by Lucie Koldova is the latest addition to the Ivy family, which is inspired by
nature and its life-giving beauty. The collection offers a special modular system for a highly innovative take on variable decorative lighting in vertical and horizontal compositions. The new Ivy Table Battery represents a graceful and flexible lighting object for restaurants and hotels, where it can be unrestrainedly combined in luminous landscapes that change in step with the space around them. Knot Battery Knot, a collection of stately pendent lights that oppose two dramatically dissimilar materials, has now been expanded with a portable outdoor variant with up to six hours of battery power. The design combines coarse natural fibre with smooth, transparent blown glass to arouse a contrast as striking as it is dignified. Night Birds The Night Birds collection by Boris Klimek is inspired by the freedom and abandon of bird
flight. Night Birds Exterior has been modified to comply with the IP54 rating for exterior use – namely by enlarging and weatherproofing the positionable hand-polished dural body, which conceals a sophisticated balancing mechanism and the subtle LED light source. Shadows The Shadows collection by Lucie Koldova and Dan Yeffet is a take on the famed timeless lights found in French ateliers, and its typology pays tribute to that legacy. Identical in appearance to the original Shadows, the handmade wooden body used in the indoor lights has been replaced with a two-piece weatherproof dural body, its subtle form and finish accentuated by a recessed LED light source. The shades are made from multiple layers of molten glass, each of which is given careful attention before being blown into the mould. www.brokis.cz
Moooi Carpets takes signature carpet design to the next level Moooi’s new Carpet Tiles collection brings the beauty of its signature designs to the contract market, embodying the brand’s mission to refine its technique, and to inspire designers to push the boundaries with its products. The new collection incorporates 25 unique and striking designs created by Moooi Carpets’ designers, including Marcel Wanders, Edward van Vliet, Front and Kit Miles. All of the designs are carefully chosen by art director, Marcel Wanders, and offer exciting opportunities to create inspiring environments. The tiles are available in a square format of 48
x 48cm, or a hexagon format of 50 x 58 x 7cm. As well as a low-pile polyamide and soft-yarn polyamide, the collection is also available in Moooi’s two new tile qualities – Structura and Flatweave. Both are durable, loop-pile products that are particularly suited to high-traffic areas within the contract market. Moooi says its carpet tiles offer numerous practical benefits when compared to broadloom, including ease of transportation, ease of maintenance, durability, antistatic qualities, noise reduction and sustainability. In keeping with Moooi’s sustainable approach,
the durability of the collection reduces the need for replacements and, where necessary, single tiles can be replaced. The tiles are laser-cut directly from broadloom carpet roles, minimising waste and reducing environmental impact. All Moooi Carpet Tiles are made in Europe using 100% CO2-neutral wind energy, and contain no bitumen, PVC, latex or other environmentally hazardous substances. Two of the brand’s tile materials use backing made of 100% recycled PET material, equivalent to a minimum of 50 0.5l rPET bottles per m². moooicarpets.com
Explore the Sierra Collection by TSAR Carpets A global industry leader in luxury, custom-made carpets and rugs, TSAR Carpets is pleased to introduce the new Sierra Collection – a series of five wool-rich broadloom Axminster carpet designs, inspired by mountainous terrains and desert landscapes. The collection transforms the company’s vision for the future of hospitality, commercial and residential projects into pared-back contemporary statements teeming with topographical dimension. “The Sierra Collection was first and foremost inspired by Iceland’s historic and impressive
female-led weaving industry and the natural beauty of the country’s stark and craggy landscape,” explains Charlotte McGeehan, a trained weaver and TSAR’s in-house designer. “That investigation further spurred interest in bringing to life additional rugged and arid landscapes worldwide — from California’s Coachella Valley to the rugged cliffs of the Shire at Mornington Peninsula in Melbourne. The ultimate goal of the collection is to ground the end-user, while providing a high-performing and luxuriously comfortable experience underfoot.” The collection’s textures were derived from
an array of Charlotte’s experimental and labourintensive hand-, seersucker- and jacquardweaving techniques, which were then digitally translated into broadloom Axminster carpet designs. Incorporating 80% New Zealand wool — a durable material thanks to the fibre’s unparalleled diameter and strength — the collection is suitable for a wide variety of high-traffic public spaces as well as residential environments. Specification, colours and scale can also be fully customised to suit any project. tsarcarpets.com
Manufacturing striking carpets and rugs for the hospitality sector British carpet manufacturer, Newhey Carpets, has supplied contract carpet to the hospitality and leisure sector since 1968. This family-owned and operated company has adapted to its market, and not only services clients with luxury broadloom flooring solutions, but now also designs and manufactures attractive area rugs. From individual custom-made pieces to machine-made 80/20 wool nylon rugs for largescale hotel projects, Newhey is committed to delivering exceptional products, helping to create long-lasting relationships with its clients. Stock rugs Each of Newhey’s current stock collections can be transformed into impressive area rugs, providing the same high quality and durability the brand is renowned for with its broadloom carpets. Competitive pricing and quick turnaround are two of the main benefits when selecting an off-the-shelf pattern. All Newhey’s rugs are expertly bound at the factory and headquarters in the UK, offering a variety of both narrow and wide, taped-edge finishes in a host of colour options.
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Bespoke wool rugs Recognising the growing popularity of rugs in hospitality settings, such as hotel guest rooms, Newhey also offers a bespoke service supplying machine-made rugs for larger-volume enquires where budgets do not allow for high-end, hand-knotted and hand-tufted qualities. Offering the same design, planning and manufacturing expertise as with its broadloom wall-to-wall products, Newhey is also fully equipped to cut and fabricate its bespoke carpets and supply them as fully finished rugs. Bespoke hand-tufted and hand-knotted rugs High-quality, custom-made hand-tufted and hand-knotted rugs create a striking statement piece within any interior scheme. Whether selecting from an extensive archive of designs or working to a specific client brief, Newhey’s experienced team will guide interested parties through the process. www.newheycarpets.co.uk
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Newhey continues to develop sustainable products Newhey Carpets has been designing and manufacturing carpets for the hospitality and leisure sectors since 1968. After satisfying its passion to produce high-quality carpets, the brand has now combined this with developing products which are kinder to the planet. With sustainability and eco-friendly products now being a big factor for specifiers, incorporating natural wools into Newhey Carpets’ products was an obvious route to take, and an exciting prospect for the business. Working closely with Woollen Spinners of Huddersfield, which has been an ally to Newhey for over 20 years, the best wool types are selected to ensure an end product that gives a high quality for appearance, comfort and durability. British Mountain wools, supplemented with other Northern European wools, are carefully chosen. Their natural colours produce a yarn which can go straight into a carpet, without the need for colour dyeing.
Newhey launched the Natural Wool Collection back in 2016 and, due to its popularity, updated the designs in line with current trends in 2020, incorporating the new shades derived from the natural colour of the sheep’s fleece. Different breeds offer an eclectic mix of wool, which allows the variation in colours. With five classic designs, this collection is suitable for heavy commercial installations, and available at 4m wide. Focusing on the new designs, Geo is a small, contemporary design with a concentrated pattern of light and dark – perfect for even petite areas – while Parquet is inspired by the classic geometric pattern. Herringbone, brought from the original collection, is an elegant reverse twill derived from a woven fabric, while Panama is an oversized herringbone pattern with a fine stripe detail. Alpine, meanwhile, incorporates the new shade of Ebony to give opulence and depth.
The Natural Earth Collection is another sustainable stock offering, taking its inspiration from the earth and the elements within it. Connect Naturals also comes under Newhey’s eco-friendly umbrella, as do many of its stock collections, although this collection does incorporate some dyed yarns, offering a basket weave and a geometric pattern in corresponding colourways. Keen to stay at the forefront of the sector in terms of reducing its environmental impact, Newhey has invested heavily in efficient production equipment. In 2013, it introduced an innovative, solvent-free, adhesive secondary backing system, evobac, produced from post-consumer PET, replacing the traditional latex backing system. 1m2 is equivalent to eight plastic bottles – therefore Newhey has prevented over 12 million plastic bottles from going to landfill or entering the oceans. www.newheycarpets.co.uk
Amtico launches Form collection British flooring manufacturer, Amtico, has unveiled its new, nature-inspired Form collection. Highly tactile and textured, the hardwearing LVT flooring boasts 36 woods and stones that offer the charm and character of natural materials with the unrivalled performance of premium LVT. The organic palette and raw surface textures help designers of hospitality interiors to create spaces that draw influences from biophilic design while contributing to positive wellbeing.
Form consists of three key textures: Natural Wood Grain brings the impact of real timber with authentic grains in seven colours; Artisan Emboss Wood’s hand-scraped surface texture provides a dense detail found in time-worn, deeply weathered wood in 23 colours; and Ceramic Emboss is a smooth, subtle surface texture that is closer to fine ceramic. Amtico Form is also available in four additional laying patterns – Parquet, Basket Weave, Pavestone, and the exclusive new
Hex, a sophisticated hexagon shape that showcases Amtico’s advanced cutting capabilities. Amtico Form boasts a high-density 0.7mm wear layer, high-performance urethane coating, and a 12-year commercial warranty to stand up to everyday wear and tear. Form’s planks and tiles can be enhanced with an optional Amtico Acoustic backing layer to reduce impact sound by up to 19dB. www.amtico.com/commercial
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www.astrolighting.com Recognised for the creation of timeless, paredback luminaires, Astro’s established range of contemporary reading lights showcases the designer’s signature expertise for creating well-considered, high-performance hospitality lighting that stands the test of time. Fusing both form and function, Astro’s selection of readers are available in an array of sleek finishes. Offering exquisite duality, the highly anticipated Zeppo Reader features two individually switched light sources – a glowing sphere for ambience and a low-glare LED for reading. Delicately decorative, it can be mounted both vertically and horizontally for optimum versatility and visual comfort. An undeniably discreet reading light, the allnew Edge Reader Mini is a compact adaptation of Astro’s award-winning Edge Reader design. Sleek and contemporary, Edge Mini works seamlessly in any interior, retaining architectural appeal while delivering glare-free directional light precisely where it is needed. Edge Reader Mini is also available in Astro’s new matt black finish. Following the theme of modernism, Astro’s Enna Surface makes a distinct contribution to any interior. Featuring a crisp die-cast base with added USB functionality, Enna Surface pairs
perfectly with pieces from the established Enna family – such as the floor and desk lamp – for a cohesive bedroom scheme. For a contemporary take on a classic reader aesthetic, the popular Ascoli Swing celebrates all the essentials of bedside illumination but combines them with a fully adjustable head and swing arm, for a dynamic and elegantly formed reading light that complements a range of settings. A stand-out design from the new season, Side by Side Grande USB presents one product with two unique functionalities: a shade to create a warming, ambient glow; and a Micro LED for a low-glare, pinpoint reading light. Taking an uncompromising approach with exceptional attention to detail, this scaled version of the classic Side by Side features a crisp linear edge that marries perfectly with radiused corners, resulting in a timeless LED reading light that is worthy of any luxury hospitality design. Side by Side Grande USB also comes in a variety of finishes with multiple shade options. Beautifully functional, the latest Reader designs sit within Astro’s established portfolio of hospitality lighting. To view the entire Reader collection, visit the website.
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AHK – a world-class portfolio www.ahk.com.tr AHK Worldwide Interiors is a highly regarded name in the fit-out industry that delivers technical supremacy, conformity with international standards, exceptional project management, prompt and cost-effective service, and practical solutions. The brand secured its reputation in the Middle East with high-quality hospitality projects, with a primary focus on customer satisfaction. Selecting the right partners, products, and services according to internationally accepted values and standards is at AHK’s core. Always striving to be innovative, creative and to deliver the best possible solution, AHK is fully committed to building and maintaining the best professional relationships with its customers. The brand’s extensive list of successfully delivered projects reflects its exacting standards and high-quality performance, services and products. AHK has made an impression on major developments in UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain, and continues to advance and improve standards to become one of the most sought-after fit-out contractors, FF&E suppliers and interior ID solution partners in the industry.
Laufen brings bespoke industrial finish to Frankfurt hotel www.laufen.com Gekko house is situated in the centre of Frankfurt, between the main train station and the exhibition centre. This Tribute Portfolio hotel features 128 rooms and suites over eight floors, and offers the indie spirit and focus on connectivity for which this Marriott family of boutique hotels is known. “The interior design is full of contrasts and is characterised by high quality and great attention to detail, including bathrooms
featuring Kartell by Laufen, which have been customised for the Gekko House in light grey,” explains Lukas Turkiewicz, head of sales, Project Business Germany. MORGEN Interiors was responsible for the hotel’s unique design. “In almost every room there is a high concrete ceiling and high concrete walls – something very special for a hotel,” explains MORGEN Interiors’ owner, Thomas Tritsch. “We combined these rough
style elements with cosy chic, creating contrasts that give the house its unusual personality.” In keeping with the industrial charm exuded by the concrete ceilings and walls, the ceramics were customised in matt grey. “Thanks to Laufen’s Bespoke programme, we were able to subtly continue the look of the house in the bathrooms, adding to the strength of the branding with this contunuity.”
Northern Lights adds impact to London hotel northern-lights.co.uk Northern Lights has been creating inspired bespoke lighting features for the hospitality sector since 1987 from their factory in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. Combining exceptionally skilled metal artisans, the largest range of standard metal finishes in the industry, and the ability to create unique, bespoke metal finishes specific to individual projects. Northern Lights has helped many esteemed designers realise their vision for grand hospitality lighting schemes all over the world. Along with their bespoke creations, Northern Lights also has an exquisitely designed standard range which is made exclusively in the UK. Their unique designs utilise in-house processes and materials such as glass, wood and acrylic sourced internally and from other British companies. This impactful two-tiered chandelier, made with their bespoke brushed brass finish, is the focal point of the Hilton London Croydon public areas. Working closely with ICA, Northern Lights was able to realise their theatrical, show-stopping design and incorporate their theme across all of the lighting in the bar and public dining areas in the hotel. The lights dovetail seamlessly with the loose furniture provided by Furniture Fusion enhancing the totality of the refurbishment of this lovely hotel.
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BECK | the perfect fit BECK is a leading specialist contractor, operating within the luxury, lifestyle and museum world. The brand’s in-house expertise strengthens its offering with additional bespoke and construction services. BECK remains a privately owned business and upholds a commitment to its clients for
manufacturing and delivering world-class quality. The brand’s main office and bespoke fabrication facility is located in Chessington, 30 minutes from central London, and has grown to encompass a sizable joinery workshop and storage facilities. Supported by a sister office in Scotland and several offices across the globe, BECK
can deliver outstanding projects regardless of size, complexity or value. Its comprehensive range of complete turnkey services transform a client’s vision and initial project concept into an inspiring, finished interior. Last year, BECK was proud to feature in the Sunday Times Top Track 250. www.beckinteriors.com
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LEDS C4 creates impactful lighting for Stockholm hotel www.leds-c4.com AC Hotel by Marriot Stockholm Ulriksdal features interiors by Sweden-based studio, Living Design, which has adopted an urban, modern approach. Based on a lighting design with its own character, LEDS C4 has developed a collection of unique decorative lights for the hotel. Together, these lights constitute a project with a special look: the imposing rings in the lobby, finished in aluminium to guarantee even light distribution; the distinguished spheres of the bar that, hanging from a fine structure, provide pleasant ambient light; and the sophisticated, rectangular structures of the swimming pool, in a gold finish, providing warmth and tranquillity. In addition, technical lights, such as LED On strip lights and downlights from the Play and Bento collections, have been installed to ensure maximum integration with the space’s architecture.
Only the highest quality for hospitality fit-outs www.felixgraf.de With over 30 years’ experience, Felix Graf is a specialised company in the hospitality fit-out sector. Its range of services includes specialist consulting, detail planning, manufacture and installation, as well as integrated project management. With partners in all relevant trades, Felix Graf is able to act as a general contractor. Nevertheless, its core specialisation is in carpentry and joinery. In the brand’s workshop – situated in Bavaria, Germany
– it is able to manufacture bespoke fixtures and fittings for the ultimate hospitality experience. The factory counts on an ingenious symbiosis of automated production technology and an intelligent use of craftsmanship techniques. Through this, Felix Graf can guarantee the highest quality standards, and, at the same time, optimise costs. “Our clients range from family-run boutique hotels through to international chains,” says
company owner and CEO, Felix Graf. “They value our high quality and reliability. This is why many of our clients recommend us, or even come back to us, when they are planning a new project.“ The third-generation enterprise has completed over 100 hospitality projects worldwide, including the Mandarin Oriental Munich, Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, multiple Pentahotels in various countries, and The Westin Hamburg.
Design brought to light www.elsteadlighting.com
Elstead believes in the drama that sculptural and functional lights bring to a room – tying the design together and providing a real focal point. Elstead recently launched a more high-end, design-driven brand called Quintessentiale. It has been conceived to bring a more boutique lighting collection together, and will be sold through a more selective distributor network. Pictured is the Vida chandelier, designed by Hinkley. A statement piece finished in burnished gold, with large crystal accents and unique canopy detailing, the Vida is both highly dramatic and finely sculpted by craftsmen. There are six architectural works of art in this family. It is the impeccable construction and sculptural silhouettes that are the unexpected details that elevate each design in the Quintessentiale collection to a memorable level.
Decorative splendour in the heart of Chongqing www.diamond-life.com Diamond Life’s elegant decorative lighting can be found within InterContinental Chongqing Raffles City – a super high-rise city hotel owned by IHG. The hotel is located in Chaotianmen Square, a famous scenic spot in the centre of Chongqing, with views of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers. The business district, liberation monument Hongyadong and other well-known scenic spots are all in close proximity. The lobby of the hotel is located on the 42nd floor of the overpass, connecting 380 deluxe guest rooms with the horizontal skyscraper Crystal Corridor, which offers a 250m-high observation deck and luxury dining.
MORTEX – a mineral skin for every surface www.bealinternational.com
Developed 30 years ago by Beal International, the MORTEX coating is a fine, waterproof mineral coating used for technical and decorative projects, and can be found in numerous hotels worldwide. MORTEX’s mineral appearance evokes polished concrete or Tadelakt. The application of a thin layer is sufficient to bring colour, resistance, flexibility and impermeability.
The MORTEX coating is perfectly suited for bathrooms, floors, stairs and exterior surfaces, but also furniture, worktops and decorative walls. A major advantage of the MORTEX coating is that it easily covers an existing tile, avoiding tedious demolition and evacuation work. Its fine thickness makes it an ideal solution for renovation.
Wabi by Granorte www.granorte.co.uk With the blend of Japanese and Scandinavian interior styling making itself felt in the Japandi trend, Granorte’s Wabi cork wall covering executes the look to perfection. Made entirely of recycled natural cork, Wabi takes influence from wabi-sabi, the Japanese philosophy of appreciating the beauty that can be found in the imperfect creations of nature. Wabi is available in a palette of 14 tones, ranging from the peaceful hues of Ice and Snow through to hues of rich forest green in Leafs and deep ocean blue in River. Each colour is offered in a choice of four textures, from the the uneven and rough nature of Virgin cork, the virgin cork and shaves of Burl, pressed wine bottle corks in Corky or the linear effect of unused bark in Linea. Each design is available in 900 x 300mm tiles treated using CORKGUARD – an extra-matt water-based finish that seals and protects to ensure lasting natural beauty.
In addition, BEAL International offers an expansive colour chart of 64 colours, but the numerous pigments available allow an infinity of colours, limited only by one’s imagination. It is suggested that installation of the product should be undertaken by a professional applicator recommended by Beal International. They will be qualified to create the desired effect with skilled application.
UNILIN Panels turns old to new at Dutch hotel www.unilinpanels.com
The refurbishment of Inntel Hotels Rotterdam Centre has seen UNILIN Panels reclaim and repurpose decorative panels used in the interior, turning them into brand new furniture for the hotel’s 150 guest rooms. Having given new life to old wood materials for decades through its decorative panels, UNILIN is now taking the next step in building its circular economy, reclaiming a project’s old panels and turning them into something brand-new for the same interior. For Rotterdam Centre, UNILIN took back the old guest room furniture and turned it back into Evola panels for use in new cabinets, desks and beds. This approach is part of the
company’s long-track record in making its products more sustainable. Since its foundation in the 1960s, driven by looking for a sustainable way to give by-products of the flax industry a meaningful destination rather than incineration, UNILIN has pioneered using wood waste as a renewable raw material and source of green energy. “When I learnt about UNILIN’s circular approach back in 2019, it really stirred my interest,” explains project manager, Joram Buitenhuis. “Inntel Hotels are often just that little bit different, slightly more interesting than other hotels. UNILIN Panels has helped to preserve that difference in Rotterdam.”
Parkside offers guide through the power of pattern www.parkside.co.uk Parkside is now taking bookings for virtual presentations of its RIBA-accredited CPD that explores people’s relationship to patterns and symmetry. An Introduction to Tiling Patterns is a RIBAaccredited CPD presentation by design-led tile specification company, Parkside, that introduces tiling patterns through the world of tessellations, looking at symmetry, repeat patterns and a handful of mathematical terms and rules. Now available as a virtual presentation, An Introduction to Tiling Patterns initially takes a look at tessellations, giving an understanding of the etymology, terminology and types. Showing common examples of regular, semi-regular and
irregular tessellations, the CPD then goes on to explore how these founding principles translate into tiling patterns. Tracing the history of tiles, as well as patterns found in nature and their psychological meaning, it then goes on to explore the impact of tiling patterns on interiors, as well as the creative possibilities of creating unique patterns. Including interview excerpts with famed designer and BIID director, Sue Timney, An Introduction to Tiling Patterns can be presented to remote teams by one of Parkside’s experienced consultants, and provides an opportunity to combine team wellbeing with RIBA-approved professional development.
Let the walls tell a story with Granorte www.granorte.co.uk
Jackie is one of the four designs available in Granorte’s STORYWALL cork wall tile collection. Designed by Carlos Medonca of SimpleFormsDesign, Jackie plays on simple geometric forms and is inspired by the Pop Art movement, with each tile featuring contrasting half-circles dissected by pinstripes. Available in a choice of two colourways, which can be used together, Jackie creates striking walls that can help interiors tell their own narrative through arbitrary arrangements. As with all Granorte products, Jackie is made with cork for a 100% biodegradable wall tile that is formed from natural and renewable materials. Using waste from the wine stopper industry, Jackie is also made with 100% post-industrial recycled content.
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