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COMM EN T Hello and welcome to the fourth issue of Hospitality Interiors this year – and what a jampacked issue this is! As usual, I’ve had the chance to speak to recognised power players and infl uencers in the hospitality industry, most notably Tim Cordon, senior vice president, Middle East and Africa at Radisson Hotel Group (page 28); interior design’s man of the moment André Fu, founder of international design studio, AFSO (page 44). I also caught up with Michael Levie, chief operations offi cer, citizenM, to discuss the brand’s direction and new openings (page 36), and on page 30 you can read my interview with cofounders Emily Williams and Shayne Brady of BradyWilliams who talks about current projects, and what’s next for their highly established design studio. The team at Hospitality Interiors has been reviewing some of the hottest hotel openings of this year and last, especially Treehouse Hotel London, the ‘little brother’ of renowned sustainability-driven US brand 1 Hotels and Goddard Littlefair’s Villa Copenhagen, a transformed historic building into an eagerly anticipated contemporary hotel, please see pages 80 and 86. We also have a range of features this issue: starting with an exclusive roundtable event in association with Dernier & Hamlyn which was held just before Lockdown at the prestigious Langham, London, which saw a number of leading international designers attend to discuss all things design (page 62). With the government putting measures into place to assist the re-opening of hospitality properties, the overwhelming majority of owners and operators are acting appropriately to provide safe and clean environments for guests who are returning to properties with good outdoor spaces in reasonable numbers - but for smaller operators with no or limited outdoor facilities, the situation remains very challenging. The on-going challenge with air travel is also hampering the hospitality’s recovery plans. Regarding the forthcoming Hospitality Leadership & Design Conference, scheduled for October in New York, we are naturally keeping a close eye on the situation there with our local contacts. And in the case of postponement, we are developing alternative safe locations in order that we can continue with this eagerly-anticipated programme. Just a couple of notes of housekeeping, if you haven’t already, please feel free to email me with your home address so I can make sure to send you a hard copy which will keep you up to date with the latest news in our brilliant industry – especially while many of you are working remotely. I hope you enjoy the issue, Can
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Kerzner International announces new strategic leadership Kerzner International Holdings Limited (the “Company”), the owner of the iconic Atlantis Resort and Residences and ultra-luxury One&Only Resorts brands worldwide, recently announced a restructure of its strategic leadership team. Michael Wale, who has held the role of chief executive officer since February 2018, has been invited to join the Board of Directors of Kerzner International and Philippe Zuber, the current chief operating officer, will be leading the company as chief executive officer. Finally, Michel Checoury, who has held the position of chief financial officer since October 2018, will be adding chief administrative officer to his role.
Nobu Hospitality announces Nobu Hotel and Restaurant Marrakech Global lifestyle brand Nobu Hospitality, founded by Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro and Meir Teper, is delighted to announce its continuing global expansion into Marrakech, Morocco. Nobu Hotel and Restaurant Marrakech is a collaboration between Hivernage Collection, MC Hotels (the owners of the Nobu Hotel Marbella, Marbella Club Hotel and joint owners of the Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay) and Nobu Hospitality, which will lead the transformation of The Pearl Marrakech into a Nobu Hotel and Restaurant in the third quarter of 2021. King Mohammed VI’s “Tourism Development Strategy Vision 2020” plan has been the driving force at encouraging foreign investment in Morocco’s tourism sector. His Majesty has outlined great vision and Nobu is pleased to be entering the market at this exciting time.
Ahmed Bennani, President Hivernage Collection said, ‘The partnership with Nobu Hospitality with the launch of the Nobu Hotel and Restaurant Marrakech will enable our existing Pearl Hotel to be taken to next level. It is further significant, as the launch in Marrakech will be the first Nobu Hotel in Africa. Marrakech as a destination fits seamlessly within the Nobu Hotel collection and we expect it will be embraced by locals and the strong base of European and US Nobu customers.’ Daniel Shamoon, Director MC Hotels comments, “We are very pleased that Marrakech will become a part of our growing collection of Nobu Hotels joining Marbella and Ibiza Bay. In a time when our global society and economies are fragile, we maintain our continued belief and commitment to hospitality.”
Brian King appointed President of Marriott International’s Caribbean and Latin America Region Philippe Zuber
Marriott International has announced that longtime company executive Brian King has been appointed President of the company’s Caribbean and Latin America region. Mr. King will take on his new role in January 2021 and will report to Craig Smith, who will assume the role of Group President, International at that time. Mr. King succeeds Tim Sheldon, who recently announced his retirement. “The Caribbean and Latin America is one of Marriott’s fastest growing regions and we’ll benefit greatly having Brian King at the helm as we continue to focus on meeting the needs of our guests, associates and owners,” said Mr. Smith. “Brian is an exceptional leader who has worked across digital, brand, marketing, sales
and operations at Marriott. He brings that depth of experience as well as a dedication to putting people first which has been a cornerstone of his career. I’m looking forward to working with Brian and to continuing to expand Marriott’s presence in this important region.”
Radisson Hotel Group announces new appointments to drive the execution of its renewed expansion ambitions for Africa
Radisson Hotel Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Ramsay Rankoussi as the new head of development for Africa and Daniel Trappler, senior director, development for SubSahara, as the Group continues to increase its presence and renews its commitment to Africa. Based in Dubai, Ramsay Rankoussi has been with the company for more than six years and now leads Radisson Hotel Group’s growth in Africa. The appointment reinforces Radisson Hotel Group’s confidence that Africa continues to be a region of growth.
With the addition of Daniel Trappler as senior director, development for Sub-Sahara, the company becomes increasingly relevant to owners. He brings a unique set of skills to the investment community. He is one of the few specialists in hotel transactions and capital markets, dedicated to Africa. Trappler’s strong understanding of the region unlocks access to a network of financial institutions which represents the biggest challenge across the continent, in terms of deal structuring and hotel openings.
Senior personalities at Swire Hotels progress into new assignments Three members of the Swire Hotels Senior Management team are progressing into new roles from this month. Brian Williams, Toby Smith, and Dean Winter have all worked with the company for over a decade, each contributing to the launch and growth of EAST Hotels and The House Collective brands. Toby Smith will replace Brian Williams as deputy chairman, whilst Dean Winter will take over from Toby as managing director. Following 14 years at Swire Hotels, Brian Williams will take up the role of senior advisor to Swire Hotels from his new base in the UK. In their new assignments, Toby, Dean, and Brian will continue to inspire teams across the brands to act with intuition and spontaneity to create engaging, meaningful connections with guests; a trait that has become synonymous with Swire Hotels.
Rosewood Shanghai to break ground in 2022 Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has been appointed by Shanghai-based property development company, Lonsen Land Group, to manage Rosewood Shanghai, a new hotel in mainland China set to break ground in 2022, with an expected opening in 2028. Ideally situated in the heart of Shanghai’s Jing’An District and Suhewan area, an emerging business and cultural hub, Rosewood Shanghai will offer travelers unparalleled access to the city. The announcement of Rosewood Shanghai underscores the brand’s careful, selective growth strategy in Asia and across the globe, as well as
the strength of its impressive property pipeline, which is now the most robust in Rosewood’s history. Occupying prime real estate within a mixeduse project designed by renowned international studio Foster + Partners, Rosewood Shanghai is set to transform the city skyline. Occupying the top floors of the site’s landmark building, which will be one of the tallest complexes in the city’s Puxi district at 320 meters, the hotel will deliver unique design conceived to showcase its expansive views of the metropolis. In keeping with the brand’s guiding A Sense of Place philosophy, the destination’s storied history, rich culture and dynamic spirit will serve as additional inspiration for the property’s design ethos and bespoke programming. “As we continue to grow the brand throughout Asia and specifically mainland China, Shanghai has long been a priority destination in which to plant the Rosewood flag,” said Sonia Cheng, chief executive officer of Rosewood Hotel Group. “The country’s largest city and economic hub, Shanghai embodies several of our key brand values – innovation, creativity and originality. We are thrilled to bring a new standard of luxury to the region and thank our partners at Lonsen Land Group for the opportunity they’ve given us to do so.”
Spectacular lighthouse on remote island becomes new Swedish top destination
Pater Noster is Sweden’s most famous and spectacular lighthouse, remotely located at the tiny island Hamneskär outside Marstrand on the Swedish west coast. The extremely hazardous waters surrounding the island have been feared for centuries, and seafarers used to read The Lord’s Prayer - Pater Noster in Latin - when their ships approached the dangerous reefs. The lighthouse was constructed in 1868 and given the name Pater Noster as a tribute to the sailors’ prayers. Although the island was considered inhabitable, a house was built for the lighthouse master, his family and staff. Now, a team of Swedish entrepreneurs, hoteliers, restaurateurs, designers and professional sailors breathes new life into the lighthouse master’s old home, creating nine guest rooms accommodating up to 18 guests, a restaurant, bar and outdoor café. The ambition is to turn Pater Noster into one of Sweden’s top destinations. Award-winning design agency Stylt is responsible for the concept and interior design. “During my 30 years within the hospitality business, I have rarely come across such a unique destination”, says Stylt’s founder and partner in the lighthouse project Erik Nissen Johansen. “It’s all there - the remote location, the fantastic nature, the extreme weather conditions, the thrilling history and soon, great hospitality with a dash of roughness and low-key luxury.”
Capri Palace launches in Italy Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hospitality company, is proud to announce that its beautiful Italian property, Capri Palace Jumeirah, opened its doors for the first time as part of Jumeirah Group. Enjoying an idyllic location in bustling Anacapri, a safe haven and one of the most exclusive and unspoiled parts of the island, the hotel stands high up on a hill overlooking the Gulf of Naples. It fully embodies the Italian Dolce Vita; with an authentic Capri style and far reaching sea views. Designed in the style of an eighteenth-century Neapolitan palazzo, Capri Palace has attracted the great and the good since it first opened its doors in the 1960s, swiftly establishing itself as the island’s most iconic hotel. The tasteful interiors of the open spaces flow into the 68 guest rooms. White, blue and neutral tones create an unmistakably Mediterranean atmosphere, whilst the ceramic tiles and bespoke furniture evoke the sense of an Italian family home, ensuring guests are well rooted in their surroundings.
Unveiling a new look: Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita reveals refreshed design of One Bedroom Pool Villas Set to re-open in September 2020, Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita has revealed a new, refreshed look to its 84 One Bedroom Pool Villas, following an extensive, phased renovation project over the last 18 months. With interior design emulating the Resort’s acclaimed Sanctuary Collection by Virginie Dalais, the new interiors mirror the relaxed resort ambience, with the soft and light colour scheme creating an even greater sense of space within the 63 square metre (678 square foot) pool villas. The One Bedroom Pool Villas feature a consistent design and layout across a choice of locations and views: Garden, Mangrove, Ocean and Beach. Following the refurbishment, the interior design now boasts a soft, light palette, which is contrasted against exposed, dark wooden beams, while a sense of destination is showcased through woven wicker textures and azure blues that are the central colour for the outdoor patio lounge and poolside daybed. Michel Volk, general manager at Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita comments, “I’m very excited to have completed such a wonderful update to our One Bedroom Villas. These are a muchloved product by our guests and with these enhancements, we have been able to add a timely update to the villa style and at the same time, create a more spacious feeling through the light, airy design.”
Marriott International opens 800th property in Asia Pacific Marriott International announces the opening of its 800th property in Asia Pacific, the JW Marriott Nara in Japan. The opening marks the entry of the JW Marriott brand into Japan. The company also expects the EDITION and Aloft brands to debut in Japan before the end of the year. Across the Asia Pacific region throughout 2020, the Moxy brand anticipates its first hotel opening in China. “We remain confident in the resilience of travel, our owners and franchisees, guests and associates as well as the future prospects of lodging in Asia Pacific, our second largest market, ” said Craig S. Smith, Group President, Asia Pacific for Marriott International.“We are encouraged by recent trends, especially in China, where demand has been driven primarily by domestic tourism, and we will continue to focus on strengthening our footprint in this important, growing market.” Marriott International in Asia Pacific has, on average, added close to 80 hotels per year in the last three years, with its pipeline growing by nearly 10 percent annually over the same time period. In the first half of 2020 alone, the company recorded 73 new signings, including 43 in the Greater China region.
Bvlgari Hotel in Rome to open in 2022 Bvlgari is delighted to announce that an agreement has been signed for a new hotel in Rome, scheduled to open in 2022. The new Roman hotel will be strategically located in the central Piazza Augusto Imperatore. The new Bvlgari Hotel Roma will occupy a magnificent building, owned by Edizione Properties, who was assisted by CBRE Hotels for the tenant selection activity. The building was built between 1936 and 1938 to a design by architect Vittorio Ballio Morpurgo. The rationalist building, which faces two of the most iconic Roman landmarks, the Ara Pacis and the Mausoleum of Augustus, the first Roman Imperator, which is currently under renovation, reveals a monumental, modern architecture emphasized by the use of traditional Roman materials and colours, such as ochre Travertine marble and burnt red brick. As for the other Bvlgari Hotels in the world, Italian architectural firm Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel will be in charge of both the architectural project and the interior design of the new Bvlgari Hotel Roma, which will count over 100 rooms, most of them suites, as well as the prestigious “Il Ristorante” curated by Michelin-starred chef Niko Romito and “The Bvlgari Bar,” both located on the top floor to guarantee an unparalleled view of the Eternal City. The luxury hotel will also include a range of additional facilities, including a high-end spa with an indoor swimming pool, and a state-of-theart gym, offering Bvlgari’s exclusive Workshop training method.
Rosewood Porto Cervo to open in 2022 on the italian island of Sardinia Embarking on a new chapter of its European expansion, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has been appointed by Quianto Capital Limited to manage Rosewood Porto Cervo, which will open on Sardinia, Italy in 2022. Joining sister properties in Tuscany and Venice as the group’s third opening in Italy, this latest jewel in the collection will bring Rosewood’s signature style of ultra-luxury hospitality to one of the most sought-after holiday destinations in the Mediterranean. “Rosewood Porto Cervo will showcase our visionary, innovative ambition for creating one-of-a-kind resorts through Rosewood’s uniquely sophisticated lens. We look forward to showcasing our brand’s A Sense of Place philosophy as we create a luxurious haven in Sardinia,” says Sonia Cheng, chief executive officer of Rosewood Hotel Group. The resort will be located in Costa Smeralda, Italy’s jet-set destination, known for its stunning white sand beaches and turquoise water. Just 1.5 kilometers south of Porto Cervo town, the three-story Rosewood Porto Cervo will feature 65 guest rooms, including 26 suites, all complemented by spectacular 180-degree ocean views of the Mediterranean Sea and thoughtful amenities, which are finely tuned to the desires of today’s affluential explorers. A modern oasis, the resort’s serene design aesthetic will exude a captivating estate-style atmosphere coupled with personalised services and exceptional privacy.
Locke announces ambitious expansion into Europe Innovative home-meets-hotel lifestyle brand Locke has announced a rapid expansion with its first international sites slated to open over the next two years in Germany, Ireland and Portugal. As part of the expansion, Locke will open three further properties in London and one in Cambridge. The challenger brand offers another way to travel by blending the traditional aparthotel format with the design, F&B and programming of a boutique lifestyle hotel. This industrychallenging approach has led Locke to successfully open four UK properties in the past four years in London, Manchester and Edinburgh. Locke recently announced further openings in Dublin, Berlin, Lisbon, Munich, London, Cambridge and Copenhagen. “I am excited and humbled to see that Locke is expanding throughout Europe over the coming months. It feels like our alternative to the traditional hotel has never been more relevant. Each Locke has carefully designed to reflect the city’s unique neighborhood, providing our travelers with an opportunity of experiencing local living – whether they are travelling for business or leisure, for one night or one month.” – Eric Jafari, chief development officer and creative director, edyn.
Radisson Hotel Group Business Development Update: 15 new hotel signings across EMEA in Q2 2020 Radisson Hotel Group announces 15 new hotel signings across EMEA in Q2 2020. The new signings re-affirm the Group’s commitment to its ambitious 5-year development plan. Radisson Hotel Group continues to expand its new brand architecture and further strengthen its presence across EMEA. Elie Younes, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, Radisson Hotel Group, said: “Our business is based on long term relationships built on trust and responsibility. Despite the unprecedented challenges we face, we continue to work closely with our stakeholders to support the business. We consequently expanded our footprint in Italy, France, Austria, Greece, Russia, Ukraine, the UAE and across Africa. This is thanks to the relevance of our brands and the dedication of our team. We are grateful to our hotel owners for trusting our brands and people” The fifteen new signings mark key milestones: • Addition of six new hotels in Africa bringing the total to almost 100 hotels across 32 African markets • Cementing the groups’ position in Ukraine as the largest international operator with 7 hotels and 1,355 rooms in operation and under development • Further cementing the group’s leading position in Russia with two additional hotels • Third signing of the Radisson RED brand in Austria • Two new signings in the most renowned ski destination in Italy boosting the group’s portfolio to 10 hotels in operation and under development • One new Radisson Blu property on the picturesque island of Santorini, one of the world´s most popular resort destinations.
Hotel Villa Magna to become the first hotel in Spain to operate under Rosewood Hotels & Resorts Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has been selected by RLH Properties, a company listed on the Mexican Stock Exchange and owner of Hotel Villa Magna in Madrid, Spain, to manage the iconic property following a thoughtful enhancement that will be undertaken by RLH Properties. This will be the brand’s first hotel in Spain and fourth operation in Europe, where Rosewood is also expanding into other prime locations. Situated in the heart of Madrid, on the revered Paseo de la Castellana, a grand boulevard lined with renowned and architecturally impressive restaurants, shops and attractions, the beloved property will debut as Rosewood Villa Magna following a refurbishment, during which the property will remain open, that will incorporate a contemporary design, displaying an inspired interpretation of Spain’s capital city. The hotel is centrally located, immediately neighboring the prestigious Serrano shopping district, and other well-known nearby landmarks such as the Golden Triangle of Art, home to the Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza and Reina Sofía Museums. The iconic property in Madrid will join the growing ultra-luxury brand in 2021.
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Radisson Blu opens its first resort in the Maldives Radisson Blu, the upper-upscale brand that delivers personalised service in stylish spaces, has opened Radisson Blu Resort Maldives – a private island retreat in the Alifu Dhaalu Atoll which becomes Radisson Hotel Group’s first property in the Maldives. All 128 beachfront or overwater villas ranging from 215 to 790 square meters feature private pools, ocean views, state-of-the-art amenities and one, two or three bedrooms. For the ultimate getaway, the Presidential Suite promises two levels of indoor and alfresco living space overlooking the shimmering sea. Guests can explore the amazing marine world from the diving and water sports center, soothe their senses at the overwater spa and yoga pavilion, or work out at the fitness center and sports court, while the kids’ club and games room will keep young guests entertained. The glass-walled Event Hall creates an outstanding setting for life’s most special moments, including oceanfront weddings that can host up to 50 guests. “We are thrilled to open our first resort in the Maldives, one of the world’s most idyllic and iconic tourist destinations. Radisson Blu Resort Maldives is a truly spectacular property; its collection of pool villas, diverse dining, world-class leisure facilities and event space, all underpinned by Radisson Blu’s unique ‘Yes I Can!’ service ethos, will suit all types of travelers. We look forward to introducing a new era of authentic and inspiring hospitality to the Maldives,” said Andre de Jong, Vice President, Operations, South East Asia and Pacific, Radisson Hotel Group.
Boutique hotel brand, Hotel Indigo, opens first hotel in Cyprus IHG Hotels & Resorts opens the first and only branded boutique hotel in Cyprus - Hotel Indigo Larnaca. Each of the hotel’s 40 bedrooms are all uniquely designed and inspired by Cyprus’s craft heritage with balconies overlooking the picturesque city of Larnaca. The hotel combined two traditional Cypriot beach homes into a new hotel, marrying design elements from both old and new. The bedrooms have a modern yet contemporary feel by merging raw concrete with locally - made, brightly - coloured traditional textiles and light wooden furnishings. The en-suite bathrooms have spa-like rain showers, with brushed concrete flooring and original Cypriot tiling. All the balconies are fitted with traditional Mediterranean yellow shutters, reminiscent of old Cyprus, and mimicking the sunset amongst the surrounding mountains. Hotel Indigo Larnaca also offers a stunning rooftop pool and Kampana Pool Bar with breathtaking views of the sea.
NVC picks up the Dernier & Hamlyn gauntlet Bespoke lighting designer and manufacturer Dernier & Hamlyn has been purchased by West-Midlands based NVC Lighting. NVC has been operating in the UK since 2007 and provides a wide range of lighting products complementary to Dernier & Hamlyn’s custom-made fittings. The company is in the early stages of planning an exciting way forward, which looks set to make it the most diverse lighting supplier in the UK with the ability to meet the needs of varied clients from one off ultrahigh-end through medium level decorative to volume contract lighting. NVC’s chief executive Joe Clark said: “We feel a tremendous responsibility taking on D&H, which is such a well-respected brand in the lighting industry with a tremendous heritage. However, we believe we are the right people to progress it to the next level and to ensure it flourishes now and into the future.”
NoMad brings experiences and playful elegance to first international outpost
New York-based hospitality company, Sydell Group, has partnered with Doha based investment firm BTC to launch NoMad London. The hotel is the first international outpost for The NoMad Hotel brand, opening its doors in December 2020. NoMad London draws inspiration from its storied building. Formerly the Bow Street Magistrates Court, the 19th century police station in Covent Garden is located opposite the Royal Opera House. With 91 keys, the property will introduce the brand’s trademark playful elegance to this historically significant building. The hotel was designed in collaboration with the highly awarded New York based firm Roman and Williams and EPR Architects who are the executive architect, while leading fit-out specialists in luxury, BECK were appointed to deliver this scheme. Sydell has a history of collaboration with Roman and Williams having worked with them as the developer of Ace New York and have collaborated with them on all the Freehand Hotels. Roman and Williams has been highly influential in hospitality design having led a movement over the last decade in a layered Bohemian style, often copied, but never replicated. Sydell worked with the designers at NoMad London to infuse their classic layering and patina with NoMad richness and refinement taking their design to a whole new level of luxury. NoMad London is the firm’s first European hotel.
Nobu Hotel London Portman Square to open November 2020 Nobu Hotel London Portman Square will apply a contemporary approach to both aesthetics and hospitality, taking inspiration from Japanese architectural disciplines and minimalist design, whilst utilising a refined colour palette influenced by heritage Japanese colour combinations. Award-winning David Collins Studio is responsible for the hotel’s common spaces, including; the lobby, lobby lounge, Nobu Bar and Restaurant, outdoor terrace, ballroom and boardrooms. Extensive research into Japanese arts and crafts was integral to the design process, exploring traditional architecture, panelling and patterns such as tatami mats and Buro (patchwork) as well as the ancient art of Sumi-e (mark making) – and reinterpreting these aesthetic points of reference in a modern way throughout the hotel’s spaces. Rooms and suites by Make Architects echo a distinct character and allure seen in the rest of the hotel, primarily influenced by Japanese minimalist aesthetic and complemented by moments of bold artistic expression. Striking wall prints, bespoke lighting and intricate joinery take centre stage in each room, set against the backdrop of a neutral, textural colour palette. An abundance of natural light and natural materials create a sense of place that is calm, bright and warm.
The Cottage in the Wood, Malvern unveils third phase of refurbishment Boutique hotel The Cottage in the Wood in Malvern has finished the third phase of its refurbishment programme, resulting in a completed redesign of the entire hotel, as well as the addition of a new outdoor terrace, perfect for soaking up beguiling views of the Severn Valley. 19 rooms in the hotel’s Coach House, and a family room in the Main House, have been exquisitely transformed by Nelson Design to reflect the hotel’s elegance and history. Muted colours mirror the hotel’s peaceful surroundings, alongside injections of contemporary pink and burnt orange. Unique furniture has been sourced from suppliers including Graham and Green, Swoon and Northern Lighting, mixing natural materials with rich velvets and striking black accents. The entrance lobby and public corridors are now finished with statement colours and bespoke herringbone carpets. In addition to updating the design of the Coach House, the building leads the hotel’s sustainability credentials with environmentally friendly initiatives, saving energy usage by 60%.
Networking in Hospitality previously known as Network of Executive Women in Hospitality (NEWH) At the beginning of the 21st Century Pamela McMahon, a member of the NEWH in the USA, wanted to start a chapter in Europe and London became the first chapter outside the USA. This year, we are joined by new chapters in Paris and Milan. Pam worked tirelessly to make it work in the UK and work it did. The board of directors have included – Minda Dowling – Artefact Art Consultants, Jan Wilson – RPW, Rachel Harding – Osbourne and Little now has her own company- Rachel Harding Interiors, Dee Adcock – Chelsom, Theresa Dowling (no relation to Minda!) editor FX Magazine, Caroline Lawson -Dick – then a director of Decorex, Elizabeth Lane - RPW, Joanna Buxton – Patterson -Buxton, Melina D’SouzaKraus , Melanie Carter – Royal Thai, Hannah Rogers – A&D Commercial Agent & Tessere, Lynn Fisher - Style Library Contracts, Julie Rowland – Muuto, Jane Wickings – Richmond Int, Kate Mitchell – Timorous Beasties, Julian Britain – Wool Classics – Jonathan Young – JYA Ltd. Then, as now, the main aims for the NEWH UK are Networking, Education, Fundraising & Social Events. Hotel Tours are one of our most popular events, and over the years we have been fortunate enough to include the following: • Firmdale Hotels • Marriot • Browns Hotel (Olga Polizzi welcomed the NEWH personally) • Claridge’s • The Savoy • Athenaeum Hotel • Hilton Park Lane, Bankside • Lambeth Palace Gardens Fundraising Early in the NEWH UK Chapter, the fundraising was for outside organisations. Pam McMahon wanted to raise money for Unicef School in a Box, this was an international NEWH fundraising event with all the chapters contributing. The UK chapter raised over £33,000 with a celebratory event on top of Tower Bridge. Sleep event - held their first exhibition at Billingsgate – ‘The organisers gave the NEWH a free stand at this exhibition to help us raise money for School in the box’, the NEWH have had a close working relationship with Sleep (now Sleep & Eat ) ever since.
Fundraising – scholarships for UK students NEWH UK worked with Jamie Oliver at ‘15’ restaurant to raise money for his students and continued to work closely with him for a few years. Jo Buxton had contacts at the Royal College of Art (RCA) – this enabled the NEWH UK chapter to look at final year students to award scholarships too, and since then we have strived to award 3 Scholarships per year. Our main fundraiser was held at the RCA – an amazing place to be surrounded by paintings by Hockney, the original Dyson in pieces and many famous artists. Decorex breakfast was also a huge fundraising event, often 80-100 people turned up for breakfast and a viewing of the exhibition before it opened.
Social Events Social Events were held at an assortment of places from - London Walks at night, Soho, St Pauls, Fleet Street to The Polish Club, Jamie Olivers ‘15’ and Lord Leightons Byzantine home. Sponsorship and membership Sponsorship is key to the success of the NEWH events and allows the organisation to achieve and exceed its scholarship goals. If you are interested in sponsoring an NEWH event, please contact Hannah Rogers on newhuk@ gmail.com Stay up to date with all news by following NEWH on social media and signing up to the mailing list. For any other queries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth Rosewood Le Guanahani, which is set to reopen in Spring 2021 following an extensive restoration of the fabled property. Closed since 2017 due to the effects of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, with a propertywide rebuild and refurbishment that preserves the unique spirit of the resort and perfectly embodies Rosewood’s A Sense of Place philosophy, wherein the local sensibilities of the destination inspire the resort’s many offerings. Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth will mark the growing ultra-luxury brand’s third property in the Caribbean and first in the French West Indies. With stunning architecture by David M. Schwarz Architects and unique interior design by Luis Pons Design Lab, the new Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth will evoke the rich and authentic French Caribbean heritage of the island with its signature colourful style featuring vibrant design hues of turquoise inspired by the Caribbean water, yellow reflecting the tropical sun and lavender as a nod to the South of France.
Resorts World Las Vegas Resorts World Las Vegas, the Stripâ€™s newest integrated resort, is providing a first look at the highly anticipated 3,500-room resortâ€™s luxury accommodations by unveiling design plans for its Hilton and Conrad guestrooms. In February, Resorts World Las Vegas and Hilton announced a multi-brand deal integrating three Hilton premium brands, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, LXR Hotels & Resorts and Conrad Hotels & Resorts. The US $4.3 billion integrated resort will be operated by Resorts World Las Vegas and is poised to give new life to the Las Vegas Strip. Resorts World Las Vegas and Hilton have partnered on the overall design concepts, guest experience and service for each guestroom to create an unrivalled, fully integrated resort.
Oscar Seppeltsfield A new $50 million six-star luxury hotel and day spa at Seppeltsfield is set to become an iconic landmark for the Barossa and tourism in Australia from 2022. The luxury 12-storey hotel will have around 70 rooms, including suites and penthouses, with a private balcony for every room. There will be a sky bar on the top level with 360-degree sweeping views of the Barossa. The ground floor will have a wellness day spa including a private entry to a relaxation space and infinity pool. The hotel will also offer a worldclass restaurant, private dining room and boardroom. Head Architect of Intro Architecture, Terry Boxall, designed the hotel taking inspiration from the history of Seppeltsfield winery and the wine barrels in the Centennial Cellar. This exciting project is being funded and driven by a dynamic group of South Australian business leaders. Project spokesman Toby Yap says, “The Barossa is famous for its wine, food, and spectacular sights, but what it needs is an iconic luxury hotel to cater to local and international guests that visit the region. We are thrilled to be bringing this landmark project to one of the greatest wine regions in the world.” Seppeltsfield owner and Executive Chairman Warren Randall said, “Oscar will complete the grand vision of our tourism master plan for Seppeltsfield to become the most desirable epicurean destination for tourists worldwide.” A tender process will be soon undertaken to choose the luxury hotel operator led by Hotellerie.
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Six Senses Antognolla Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas is delighted to announce the latest project in the groupâ€™s expanding portfolio with Six Senses Antognolla, set in Umbria, the green heart of Italy. Opening in 2023, Six Senses Antognolla will welcome guests to a rural escape against the backdrop of olive groves, vineyards and cypress-topped hills. The castle, borgo and estate are being reincarnated with a sustainable focus. There will be 71 rooms and 79 branded residences, a diverse wellness and cultural offering, 18-hole golf course, equestrian centre, cookery school and organic farm. Encompassing a 1,335-acre (540-hectare) site, the surrounding contours and forest provide privacy and exclusivity.
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Q&A - TIM CORDON
â€œI think the biggest priority for hospitality brands is to ensure the health and safety of guests without compromising the guest experienceâ€?
Tim Cordon Area Senior Vice President, Middle East & Africa, Radisson Hotel Group Tim Cordon, Senior Vice President, Middle East and Africa at Radisson Hotel Group, talks to Can Faik about the genuine hospitality, honest service and clean design Radisson Hotel Group is known for … Radisson Hotel Group is one of the world’s largest hotel groups with seven distinctive hotel brands, and more than 1,400 hotels in operation and under development around the world. Radisson Hotel Group’s portfolio includes Radisson Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson RED, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson and Country Inn & Suites by Radisson. What was your background prior to working for Radisson Hotel Group? I have been with Radisson Hotel Group (formerly Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group) since 2003 and in 2017 was appointed Area Senior Vice President for the Middle East & Africa. I began my career in the UK as General Manager at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Manchester Airport which, at the time was Rezidor’s largest hotel in the UK and where I positioned the hotel in Rezidor’s
top 20 performing hotels worldwide. I then held leadership positions in two of the group’s key properties in London, Radisson Blu Portman Hotel and Radisson Blu Hotel Stansted Airport. I briefly left the group to become General Manager of the Cumberland Hotel in London, before returning as the General Manager of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek. In 2015, I was then promoted to Regional Director Middle East & Turkey. What does your current position involve? Based in Dubai, I am responsible for leading hotel operations and delivering business growth and profit across the group’s largest area in EMEA, with over 100 hotels in operation and over 80 hotel projects in the development pipeline. I have been fortunate to work with inspiring leaders and mentors to build a strong level of local knowledge, skills and experience, which are critical to Radisson Hotel Group’s expansion plans and strategic operations across the Middle East and Africa. What do you love most about what you do? I enjoy working with and supporting the teams across a diverse geographical area and the variety of the role. Seeing people succeed and grow is one of the key reasons I work in hospitality and I’m delighted that my current role allows me to continue to do that. The variety of the area also gives me a real buzz – from Dubai to Cape Town, Lagos and Marrakesh, such rich cultural differences and each with their own incredible stories.
Radisson Blu Hotel, Jeddah Corniche
It’s a difficult time for the hospitality industry. What do you think will be the hospitality sectors biggest challenge post COVID? I think the biggest priority for hospitality brands is to ensure the health and safety of guests without compromising the guest experience. While location and experiences used to be the main
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deciding factor, consumers also want to be reassured that hotels are taking their health and safety seriously. At the same time, consumers still want to enjoy their holiday. For certain travellers, travelling itself might be a concern, so by the time they walk through our doors, we want them to feel reassured that they can enjoy their travel experience from check-in to check-out and won’t have to worry. That is why Radisson Hotel Group launched their global Radisson Hotels Safety Protocol which includes a comprehensive 20-Step Protocol in addition to a 10-Step Protocol for Meetings & Events which hotels are implementing around the world. How is the Radisson Hotel Group planning to ‘hit the ground running’ again in the coming months? Do you have any new project ideas in the pipeline?
Radisson Blu Hotel, Dakar Sea Plaza
We have had a busy start to 2020. While these have been challenging times, we are pushing forward with our hotel plans including our development plans. Radisson Hotel Group recently announced x15 new signings in EMEA in Q2, seven of which fall in our region. Africa is a strong focus for our development plans, and we are pleased to sign these hotels and further strengthen our positioning in Africa and Middle East. What do you think will be the biggest change in how you do your job post-COVID-19? While we all would like a speedy recovery, I think the global hospitality industry will still face uncertain times until medical innovations are able to mitigate some of the fluctuating circumstances. Every day is a new challenge but COVID-19 has also taught us the importance of communications – internally with our guests, team members with our partners and locally. Being able to swiftly adapt, respond and implement will be key moving forward. What services can you offer to guests without little interaction at these times now? In May, we launched the Radisson Hotels Safety Protocol which is a new program of in-depth cleanliness and disinfection procedures, in partnership with SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. These guidelines include hand sanitizing stations at all entrances, express check-out process available for guests to minimise contact, cash-free methods of payments available and encouraged, the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and protective screens, enhanced and recorded cleaning and disinfection frequency, social distancing in all areas of its
Radisson Blu Hotel, Casablanca City Center
Radisson Blu Hotel, Casablanca City Center
hotels, including in the Meeting & Event facilities, training in local, Centers for Disease Control, or World Health Organization recommendations and health guidelines, reiteration of food safety standards and comprehensive staff training.
“Africa is a strong focus for our development plans”
What’s one unexpected shift that you’ve seen in guest expectations or demands in the last five to ten years? One noticeable shift in guest expectations is the focus on experiences. The unique selling points of a hotel no longer focus solely on location, it focuses on the type of experience the guest will receive when staying at the hotel. This is the reason we have adapted our philosophy to ensure that Every Moment Matters for our guests, to ensure our guests have the best experience.
What role does the Middle East and Africa play in Radisson Hotel Group’s international growth? The Middle East and Africa are two key regions for our ambitious development plan. We recently announced the appointment of Ramsay Rankoussi as the new Vice President, Development, Africa and Turkey and Daniel Trappler, Senior Director, Development for Sub-Sahara, as we continue to increase our presence in Africa. We also announced the signing of seven new hotels in the Middle East and Africa which brings the total to almost 100 hotels across 32 African markets and our UAE portfolio to 24 hotels in operation and under development.
Do you think there is a difference in tone and texture between ideas of hospitality in the Middle East and Europe? Trends are always changing, and I think the Middle East looks in part to Europe for wider hospitality trends but then brings them back and localises them with the unique Middle Eastern charm. In terms of a design aesthetic, our brands place quite a strong focus on locality in order to ensure our guests experience the destination authentically. With regards to hospitality, across the globe, our teams bring to life the group’s renowned Yes I Can! service philosophy, which ensures the highest level of hospitality, no matter the geography.
How important is interior design within your hotels? Design plays a key element in each of our hotels. For example, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Casablanca City Center has a unique artistic and modern design. The art-oriented hotel also houses an exceptional, permanent art exhibition by Moroccan modernist artist, Mohamed Melehi, whose paintings are famously characterised by a kaleidoscope of colour. We believe the aesthetic of the hotel plays a key role in the guest experience and therefore
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Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre, Kigali
“Design plays a key element in each of our hotels”
place quite a strong focus on the interior design, from construction to and throughout operation.
Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter
Have you noticed any particular trends in interior design? Two particular trends in interior design is creating a sense of place by drawing inspiration of the city and location and weaving this into the design and aesthetic. In addition, sourcing locally, for example by exhibiting local artistry is another way locality is currently achieved. The second trend is the increase in technology within every space all with the purpose to create convenience for the guest. What are the key components of luxury and luxury design? The key component with luxury remains the use of the highest quality elements and this is relevant for every aspect of luxury from design and apparel to cuisine. How do you think people’s expectations of luxury hotels are changing? We’ve noticed an increased expectancy of personalisation, now more than ever, paying attention to every detail and tailoring it according to the guest’s preference. With luxury hotels, this is more pertinent as the personalisation becomes a requirement. How do you think the influence of new technology affects the traveller now and in the future? Technology most certainly influences the guest experience, especially for travellers with a millennial mindset, who need to remain connected and rely on technology for its convenience.
What does this mean for the future of hospitality? For the hospitality industry, it means that as hoteliers, we need to always be aware of our guests ever-changing needs, especially in relation to technology and how it is being utilised. It is then pertinent to take this insight and adapt accordingly to cater for our guests as their expectations and needs as travellers shift. What plans and aspirations do you have for Radisson Hotel Group? Radisson Hotel Group recently announced 15 new hotel signings across EMEA in Q2 2020. The new signings re-affirm the Group’s
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Radisson Blu Hotel, Casablanca City Center
commitment to our ambitious 5-year development plan. Radisson Hotel Group continues to expand its new brand architecture and further strengthen its presence across EMEA. My plan and ambitions are to ensure we are top of mind to our guests, team members, owners, and partners, especially as we continue to expand across the region. Tell me something exclusive which we can expect from Radisson Hotel Group in the coming years, maybe a new opening? We have a number of new openings lined up across Middle East and Africa which include our entry into new markets, the introduction of additional brands within the territories we are present in and establishing scaled growth in our key regions. We are continuing to expand rapidly across the region with ambitious plans, such as reaching 150 hotels in operation and under development in Africa within the next five years.
I love the outdoors, so my best stays usually involve a tent! Not very luxurious but the simplicity, peace and quiet appeal to me. I also love Greece for its natural beauty, lifestyle and amazing history. Let’s finish with the issue of personal and work life balance. How do you aim to achieve a good balance and what do those closest to you think of your attempts? I do work hard to find the right balance. It’s not easy and I’m not always successful, I think my wife would say that I try hard but probably only score me a 7 out of ten. The best approach I find is that if a quiet day comes up in the office, don’t feel guilty about taking the kids out for the afternoon, there will very soon be a 5am flight to catch.
What would be your dream hotel project? Well I love cycling so I guess a small hotel in the mountains somewhere beautiful that caters to all types of cyclists!
Lastly, share some good news! Have you done anything to stay busy in these crazy times? I spent some time improving my Greek, a language that I have been trying to master for a few years and I also put some hours in on my old car which is in constant need of repair.
What would you say are the three best places you’ve ever stayed?
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Q&A - MICHAEL LEVIE
â€œOur brand is built on a specific design concept for which we have become known for, and our guests expect the same level of brand experience across all of our hotelsâ€?
Michael Levie Chief Operations Officer, citizenM COO, Michael Levie tells Can Faik of his pride in watching the citizenM brand grow and prosper as it welcomes guests from all over the world... Founded by Rattan Chadha, the founder and former CEO of the fashion brand Mexx, citizenM hotels offer affordable luxury in some of the most exciting cities in the world. The first citizenM hotel opened at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport in 2008, and the brand now operates 20 hotels globally. What was your background prior to working for citizenM? I worked for 18 years with Sonesta International Hotels Corporation. During these years I worked at city / corporate / group / resorts hotels and was able to convert and be part of both building and opening hotels. From single hotel participation, my last assignment with Sonesta was being in charge of their Middle Eastern hotels. What does your current position involve? citizenM is an owner / developer / operator. My responsibility over the past 15 years has been to build the hotel side of the company. Today, thanks to the growth and strength of the organisation, we have a strong team in place, and my role has changed to ensuring institutionalisation of our values and culture in the hotels and smooth roll out of the many hotels we are developing. What do you love most about what you do? citizenM has inverted the classic corporate pyramid structure - this means that our hotel staff (known as ambassadors) are empowered and 100% in charge of guest satisfaction. The rest of the organisation supports them in achieving the incredible 92,4% guest satisfaction (GRI from ReviewPro) we have been enjoying for the past few years cumulatively with the hotels. What I enjoy most is to see that there is a collectiveness about our achievement and a passionate drive throughout the organisation.
It’s a difficult time for the hospitality industry. What do you think will be the hospitality sectors biggest challenge post COVID? The hospitality industry does not deal well with change, and tends to adapt extremely slowly. Due to covid, the guest will expect many immediate changes, which will include capital investments. After the devastating direct financial impact of covid, this might prove to be the most difficult hurdle to take for many hotel owners. How is citizenM planning to ‘hit the ground running’ again in the coming months? Do you have any new project ideas in the pipeline? At citizenM we are proud of how we efficiently calibrate the balance of guest needs and services rendered - with the necessary covid adjustments, this now has been further fine-tuned. When the pandemic hit, we were able to fast track, upgrading our technology
CitizenM Bankside, London
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efforts to create an almost entirely contactless guest experience, including through the launch of an app that allows guests to checkin/out, open their rooms or create key card, control elements of the room (lights, blinds, curtains, temperature), and more. As owneroperators of our entire portfolio, we have the freedom to execute new initiatives consistently, rapidly and globally. Meanwhile, our development & investment team has been busy closing deals on projects including securing a partnership with GBI to source properties in Germany’s main cities, a new property in Rome thanks to a partnership with Antirion, as well as locations in Chicago and Austin. We also opened our first ever hotel in Seattle (with team immersion and hotel styling adapted to be done virtual), and continued construction on our properties in Geneva and Washington DC which are due to open later this summer.
CitizenM Shoreditch, London
What do you think will be the biggest change in how you do your job post-COVID-19? We have all learned that we can accomplish a lot via Zoom / Google hangout, and this will impact the need to travel, as well as the traditional use of the office. I also feel everyone has become more efficient in meeting and time management. In our empowered organisation these are all very productive and welcome aspects. What services can you offer to guests without little interaction at these times now? As mentioned, when the pandemic hit we were able to launch a contactless experience - placing the decision of the level of human interaction in the hands of the guest. citizenM is the hotel of choice for experienced frequent travelers. Being in charge of their own time has proven important and as such we have always facilitated our guests to be able to self serve. That said, upon entering the hotel (or leaving for that matter) an ambassador is always available for assistance or information, a great and important touchpoint - and the reason we consistently receive fantastic guest satisfaction scores. Furthermore we have our incredible barista coffee and bar, where there is plenty of interaction between the guest and team. What’s one unexpected shift that you’ve seen in guest expectations or demands in the last five to ten years? There are actually three areas; 1) Human interaction vs. obedient service -> a shift in focus from traditional etiquette style service to the importance of the individual and lifestyle.
CitizenM Gare de Lyon, Paris
CitizenM Amstel, Amsterdam
2) Tech being an enabler not a luxury or feature -> guests beyond the hospitality industry are being spoiled with incredible tech and digital features. This has become an expectation for when they travel. Where hotels in the past introduced cool new features, today they can’t keep up with the fast and capital intensive changes required. 3) Environmental improvements -> saving the planet was for a select and somewhat outcast group. Today, everyone is willing and is starting to demand we think about the environment, and more importantly are willing to contribute - and also sacrifice - for that. Do you think there is a difference in tone and texture between ideas of hospitality in the Far East and the West? Yes, but this is also culturally-driven. Hospitality is in the genes of the population in the Far East and it is considered an honour to “spoil” or serve someone. In the West this is more a job or an obligation for return business and doesn’t come natural to most. As a guest, one notices that clearly - although of course there are bad examples in the Far East and likewise, great examples in the West. What role does Europe and the Middle East play in citizenM international growth? We currently have 13 (out of 20 total) hotels in Europe, and there are still many opportunities for citizenM to grow in countries and cities in Europe. From a logistical standpoint it is easier to continue in an existing region than to add new geographic areas - but our D&I team is always on the lookout for great opportunities in all target markets. The Middle East isn’t currently a target; citizenM specialises in maximising space, and this is not a demand we see in the Middle East at the moment.
What is the biggest challenge that you’re facing to improve the guest experience today? The speed of change and fast-growing diversification of lifestyles. As a company we live our guests’ lives every day and follow their tech / digital / service wants. We then set priorities and set ourselves clear deadlines for deliverance of new and enhanced services. How important is interior design within your hotels? Interior design is of vital importance to citizenM and goes hand in hand with styling / art / music / scent. They all form the stage for the final special touch - the kind and human service of our ambassadors. Our brand is built on a specific design concept for which we have become known for, and our guests expect the same level of brand experience across all of our hotels. From the room design to our living room concept, it is all part of what makes citizenM, citizenM. Have you noticed any particular trends in interior design? At citizenM we believe that interior design is often confused with innovation - true innovation changes the base case of business processes for an improved guest and operator outcome. First comes the innovation, and then the interior design process - not the other way around. What are the key components of ‘affordable luxury’ design, the concept coined by citizenM? A frequent traveler knows exactly what they need from a hotel stay, and what services they value and use. From the start, citizenM has focused on providing those praised and valued services at the very highest quality. Many services offered in the 5-star deluxe segment are not ever used by frequent travelers, yet are included in the price.
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CitizenM New York Bowery
The citizenM aesthetically-designed room although small, is extremely efficient, intuitive and offers the highest quality king size bed with high-quality linens, rain shower, free of charge high speed wifi, too many TV channels to watch and free video on demand (yes this includes new releases and… other kind of movies) and an iPad to easily centrally control all functions of the room. (NB the same functions can now all be controlled via the app). Instead of a lobby, restaurant and bar, citizenM offers a co-living / co-working Living Room environment: expertly designed and styled with incredible art from our citizenM collection - with great music and scented just right. It is in this setting and environment that our ambassadors (hotel staff) are able to provide the human and warm service we have become known for.
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How do you think people’s expectations of hotels are changing? Technology and digital services are making travel transparent, while guest-to-guest direct feedback is allowing travelers to find what it is they are looking for and get direct feedback from recent guest experiences. Generally, what it is they are looking for is very similar to their day-to-day personal lifestyle. This includes quality, styling, architecture, art, music and the many conveniences they have
come to enjoy around the house and while using their cars or gadgets. The smartphone alone has transformed information use and what used to be only for the select few is now commonly available. Hotels in the past were the place to get inspired, but have come to trail this general evolution and are being required to catch up fast. With so many choices out there and competitive prices, the guest has become less forgiving with those that can’t offer what they use and experience everyday.
“What I enjoy most is to see that there is a collectiveness about our achievement and a passionate drive throughout the organisation”
How do you think the influence of new technology affects the modern traveller now and in the future? Hotel technology sits in 3 distinct different areas. 1) Commercial / distribution technology -> providing the channel connects and digital path for guests to book their reservations. 2) Hotel systems -> allowing the general operations including the PMS (Property Management Systems) POS for guest charges, electronic lock systems, etc.
3) Guest facing technology -> iPad room controls, Kiosk check in stations, Apps, etc. Often they are grouped together, where the question is more centred around the third. If the first two points are not well set up, and have contemporary architecture for data flow and general system connectivity, the third guest-facing tech will stay behind. This is where many hotel companies find themselves caught today. Technology needs to be an enabler only and should not be a goal in itself. Back to the smartphone - it is not technology because it always works… The same should count for hotel technology in all three points I mentioned. As mentioned before, the guest is spoiled everyday, and wants their hotel stay to fall in line with this. What does this mean for the future of hospitality? Hotel technology needs to make a quantum leap, which can only come about once hotel operators are able to articulate their needs and translate those into user stories. Until such a time, hotel tech system vendors will create what they think the industry needs, which unfortunately misses the final outcome by a large margin. CIOs from other industries are being brought in to effect the quantum leap needed. The introduction of middleware will be a good starting point to at least get data become available.
What plans and aspirations do you have for citizenM? Since launch, citizenM has continued to work on evolving functionality in our guest offer. This includes perfecting the hotels and services and technology is central to that as well. The future will bring more of that, as we want to be at least at pace with the general evolution available to our guests. So besides our physical growth across Asia, Europe and the US, our product will constantly be tweaked. Coincidentally this is also our passion and hobby and comes naturally. Tell me something exclusive which we can expect from citizenM in the coming years, maybe a new opening? We have many openings to look forward to, several of which will mark the first citizenM hotels in that city - Washington DC and Geneva in early September; and in 2021, LA, two properties in Miami and San Francisco. We’re also incredibly excited to be opening our fourth property in Paris on the Champs Elysées in 2021 - lots to look forward to. What would be your dream hotel project? At the risk of sounding biased, for me, citizenM is realising that dream, one hotel at the time - in the most incredible cities across the globe and in the most special locations. The teams of like-minded and valued ambassadors make the service delivery oh-so-special. I love each new hotel passionately.
CitizenM Boston, North Station
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“At citizenM we believe that interior design is often confused with innovation” What would you say are the three best places you’ve ever stayed? In the Colombian mountains I stayed with my wife at a small hotel called Mesopotamia in Villa de Leyva, a few hours drive from Bogota - romantic and authentic. A quick plane ride from there to the Colombian coast brings you to Catagena, where there is a fantastic small boutique hotel, Delerio. And then there are many places in Asia, where hotel stays and service are taken to a new level… all good memories. Now, share some good news! Have you done anything to stay busy in these crazy times? One of the best quotes I ever heard is; “ we have two hands, one to take and one to give”. I have been very fortunate and enjoy very much giving these days. So I stand ready for the young new entrants to our hospitality industry and offer them the one thing they don’t have yet, which is experience. I also try to give back through associations and hotel schools. To me this is good news, as it is a privilege to keep on getting inspired through the process of giving.
Seattle South Lake Union
Let’s finish with the issue of personal and work life balance. How do you aim to achieve a good balance and what do those closest to you think of your attempts? I am passionate about what I do and am thrilled everyday to get out of bed and work with everyone at citizenM. We have the same values and are all driven to a common goal - I would honestly say I have never worked a day in my life. My wife and kids might see that slightly differently, as this hotel journey has taken me at times up to 60% being on the road... I try to find a better balance, but I am afraid you still get two different answers! www.citizenm.com
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Q&A - ANDRÉ FU
“I believe my work is hugely diverse and there is an underlying sense of ‘relaxed luxury’ to it that defines my own aesthetic”
André Fu Founder of AFSO From designing hospitality spaces in everything from art institutions to the world’s leading restaurants and hotels, André Fu is clearly a jack of all trades – and a master of all. Can Faik meets interior design’s man of the moment and finds out what inspires and excites him…
André Fu credits his idiosyncratic design style – a quietly thoughtful, carefully considered yet analytical approach marked by a highly refined aesthetic – to his peripatetic cultural upbringing. Fu became known overnight when he first redefined notions of hospitality with his design of the world-renowned Upper House hotel in Hong Kong. His creations include major hotels and restaurants around the world for leading brands including Villa La Coste in Provence, The Berkeley London and The St Regis, as well as Waldorf Astoria Bangkok.
What three words would you use to describe AFSO? A personal design studio that embraces cross-cultural nuances, modernity and relaxed luxury. With so many hospitality designers in the industry, how does AFSO stand out from the rest? I believe my work is hugely diverse and there is an underlying sense of ‘relaxed luxury’ to it that defines my own aesthetic. It is about crafting compelling settings that embrace and reflect harmony, beauty and warmth, and which are imbued with refined, understated sophistication. Being based in Hong Kong which hotels are you currently working on, and are you working in Europe or the Middle East? We are currently working on a vast number of cities, from Monaco, London, Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong and Osaka. One of the upcoming openings is Hotel The Mitsui - a brand new property nestled in the heart of Kyoto with a vision to ‘celebrate Japanese beauty’.
St Regis, Hong Kong
It’s a difficult time for the hospitality industry. What do you think will be the hospitality sectors biggest challenge post COVID? It is definitely a year of challenges and in many ways the situation has allowed me to contemplate and reflect on the way I want my studio to evolve in the future. Wellness in design is a key aspect that I am focusing on – I strongly believe that spatial design shall once again return to the essence of the experience. It is about creating spaces that celebrate mindfulness, that are pure and balanced.
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What services can you offer to guests without little interaction at these times now? Over 90 percent of my projects are still processing and we have also signed on new ventures. Meanwhile, thanks to social media platforms, I have been involved in quite a number of live discussions with key collaborators and media partners. I am extremely excited to launch my new book, named Crossing Cultures with Design. Together with writer Catherine Shaw, our joint vision has been to tap into a more in-depth exploration of how my design career has evolved over the past 10 years, particularly in the realm of hospitality, as the book looks at several projects such as the St Regis Hong Kong, the Upper House and Villa La Coste.
What particular trends have you noticed in hotel interior design? Sustainability will certainly continue to be a key aspect of design’s future and as a studio, we have always been diligent in opting for renewable sources of materials, as well as lighting systems that are energy efficient in all circumstances. I guess there are simple solutions to the subject that will achieve the desired visual language with a good cause.
What do you think will be the biggest change in how you do your job post-COVID-19? In terms of working methodology, I see myself travelling less. I personally enjoy the interaction with clients and to experience the cities that I work in first-hand, yet equally I value this period where I am spending a lot more time at my studio – I feel a lot more productive and focused on the fundamental creative process itself. What should those in the hospitality industry be doing now to help them prepare for the coming months? I guess it is about being highly sensitive about the notion of social distancing – to be mindful of the appropriate level of care for visiting guests.
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“Sustainability will certainly continue to be a key aspect of design’s future”
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What makes a good designer or architect? A designer that focuses on the essence of experiences – I always believe an environment ought to be genuine and specific for its consumer, and not about creating mere spectacles. What does design mean to you? Design is highly personal to me – it is about finding an organic response through a rigorous and holistic process of cultural immersion, research and analytical thinking.
“Public spaces are likely to become less critical as clients in the luxury sectors are more eager to opt for experiences that are intimate and personal”
Do you believe simple design has become luxurious? I have always believed in experiences that are simple and pragmatic.
It is inevitable that social media is an integral part of our lives. I guess it is all about balancing the level of comfort with visually enticing spaces.
With social media, especially Instagram, becoming an increasingly important marketing tool for hotels. What are your thoughts on this, and do you take this into account when designing spaces?
How important are public spaces in hotels, and are there ways in which you’ve used innovative design in these areas to facilitate innovative usage? Public spaces are likely to become less critical as clients in the luxury sectors are more eager to opt for experiences that are intimate and personal. Co-living and co-working environments have been a hot topic, yet I see with technology, their influence may be on the wane as we replace meetings and workplaces with a digital equivalent. How do you think the influence of new technology affects the luxury traveller now and in the future? I appreciate the fact that social media has educated the public about travel tremendously and the clients in the niche sector are much more aware of the market offering and have the ability to navigate the type of travel experiences that are more akin to their personal taste. To that end, hospitality design should be all about creating bespoke experiences that are experiential and the notion of wellness shall undoubtedly be a key topic.
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Q&A - EMILY WILLIAMS & SHAYNE BRADY
“Storytelling and creating a sense of place is key for us throughout our projects, whether residential or hospitality” Shayne Brady
Emily Williams & Shayne Brady Founders of BradyWilliams Co-founders Emily Williams and Shane Brady of BradyWilliams speak to Can Faik about current projects, and what’s next for their highly established design studio... BradyWilliams is a fully comprehensive bespoke interior design studio for both commercial and residential projects. Designing the capital’s most sought-after properties, BradyWilliams creates timeless interiors with an emphasis on fine craftsmanship, acute detailing and seamless project management. What three words would you use to describe BradyWilliams? SB: Evocative, imaginative, experiential. EW: Timeless, relaxed elegance, comfortable. What does design mean to you? SB: For me it’s a passion, being able to translate an abstract thought or idea into a built reality and problem solve through the entire process to then see guests enjoy a space you once envisioned only in your mind is truly special.
Do you believe simple design has become luxurious? EW: Absolutely. The simplest of design using texture and clean lines can create the most indulgent and sumptuous interiors. What particular trends have you noticed in hotel interior design? SB: We think hotels have been influenced by what people love from the offering of Airbnb, and are translating it into their future hotel offering, thus creating the best of both worlds – guests want the feel of a private apartment stay, but with the luxuries that hospitality and service bring. EW: Flexible multifunctional layouts are becoming key, allowing for long-stay guests and self-catering.
Describe your style? SB: Within hospitality our work is theatrical, energetic and dynamic. Creating a sense of place is key to our hospitality projects, layered with materiality, texture, and detail with a key focus on lightingwhat is a space without great lighting? EW: Materiality and embracing the architecture is something we also take into our residential projects, but with a calmer approach to meet the client’s needs catering to how they like to live. Where do you see hotel design in the future? SB: I think smaller hotels with less keys, more intimate offerings, attracting people to experience an ultimate sense of escapism. EW: We had already seen a rise in apartment hotels like our design for Hotel Alex on Lake Zurich, but I think we will see a return to people wanting service. We have missed and craved service, the human interaction is crucial, and this will impact the future of hotel design.
The terrace at Hotel Alex, Zurich
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How do you think the influence of new technology affects the luxury traveller now and in the future? SB: Technology is truly wonderful when used right, but overcomplicated technology leads to stressful and unpleasant hotel stays. Lighting, air conditioning and window treatments should all be able to be operated intuitively and not cause headaches when you are enjoying a hotel room. The other problem with technology is that it has led us all into the habit of expecting things instantly, but hopefully we are currently resetting as a result of lockdown, and the patience we have learned during this time will carry on into the future. One example of the technology and design beautifully combined is the new Forme system by Yves Behar. It is a stylish mirror that transforms into a full home workout system , something that could easily be adapted into a seamless hotel guided gym workout either in a designated area or indeed in your hotel room. How can design be used to manage the guestâ€™s expectations of the hotel experience? EW: A sense of atmosphere and experience is achieved through the finer details including clever lighting, choice of music and room fragrance. All of which combine to instantly set the tone of the experience that awaits a guest. Turning to the topic of authenticity of experience, how do you approach each project?
The reception at Hotel Alex, Zurich
SB: Each project needs a sense of place, when we designed Rockwell on Trafalgar, we were immediately inspired by the fact that the site was once an iconic pleasure garden of the 16th century and we reinterpreted this to fit the surroundings through the use of a more contemporary biophilic pattern printed on fabric. EW: Similarly, for Hotel Alex we very much designed with an authentic sense of nature and location, paying homage to the extraordinary surrounding of the lake. This is reflected in our choice of materials through to the colour palette.
The main bar at XU
The Artist’s Room at Soutine
“The simplest of design using texture and clean lines can create the most indulgent and sumptuous interiors“ Emily Williams
With Social media, especially Instagram, becoming an increasingly important marketing tool for hotels and F&B outlets. What are your thoughts on this, and do you take this into account when designing spaces? SB: No, we just cannot design purely for Instagram! I honestly think some of the most atmospheric and best spaces to drink and dine in end up photographing the worst! Vice versa - those designed for just Instagram are often not comfortable to sit in or lack the atmosphere of an authentically designed space.
The Perrier Jouet Champagne Bar at Harrods
One of your recent projects Bob Bob Cite has an impressive lighting scheme which stands out from any other restaurant, what was your thoughts behind this? SB: We collaborated closely with the owner, Leonid Shutov. Leonid was very clear he wanted an iconic lighting scheme unlike any other, so we created an entirely bespoke suite of decorative lighting manufactured by Dernier and Hamlyn. This was combined with architectural task lighting and the infamous ticker tape to reference both city traders and the iconic Soho ‘press for champagne’ button!
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Many of your projects have a back story, can you tell us more about that? SB: Storytelling and creating a sense of place is key for us throughout our projects, whether residential or hospitality. It is something that was instilled into our studio DNA during the early stages of our ongoing collaboration with Jeremy King in the development of restaurants like Fischer’s and Soutine and is something we carry through our work. I had the same question be asked of me by two hoteliers, and that was If you had a limited budget to spend on design, what area would you focus on? i.e. guestrooms, public spaces, F&B and spa? EW: Value engineering must be across the board. You cannot focus all efforts in one area, to create an overall impactful hotel all areas are equally important and thus the budget should be used effectively. Just cutting budget in one area will ruin the overall holistic vision of an offering. It’s also why it is imperative that a designer is employed for all stages of a project; the Quantity Surveyor does not know how best to value engineer from a design and experience perspective.
How important are public spaces in hotels? Are there ways in which you’ve used innovative design in these areas to facilitate innovative usage? SB: Public areas are crucial for the socialising aspect of a hotel. Within Hotel Alex we designed the lobby, entrance and bar all as one space. This was key to creating a sense of home, a residential feel that felt welcoming. It also allowed for staff levels to be reduced; the receptionist checking you in could make you a martini at the bar and so it forms an intimate relationship between brand and guest. Do you have any architects or designers you admire? SB: Set designers greatly inspire me. Miriam Buether’s stage set for Wild Swans at the Young Vic in 2012 is something that I think will stick with me forever as a complete inspiration. Another would be Es Devlin, a set designer whose work I have always admired, also the Irish talents of interior designer Eileen Gray, and artist Mainie Jellett whose work still feels like a beautiful contemporary twist on Irish stained glass. EW: I draw inspiration from both the Georgian and Edwardian architectural periods and styles. Also furniture designers such as
One of the private dining rooms at Bob Bob Cite
“Technology is truly wonderful when used right” Shayne Brady
The guestrooms at Hotel Alex, Zurich
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Rockwell, Trafalgar Square
Charlotte Perriand and her beautiful wall lights that we used in a recent project, to contemporaries such as Joseph Dirand and the confidence in Kelly Wearstler’s schemes With so many hospitality designers in the industry, how does BradyWilliams stand out from the rest? EW: Design is about creativity but it is also about rapport - we lead a team of charismatic designers that effuse design. We aim for all projects to feel different but have the BradyWilliams DNA while also understanding it is a service profession where everything you deliver is done with impeccable taste and professionalism - we are proud to have built a team of excellence at all levels. What would be your dream hotel project? SB: I have always been so inspired by Cuba I would love to create a new generation of design - something sympathetic not just import a London look to Cuba. Tokyo is a place I long to visit in the next year and who knows what that might lead to, or a coastal resort on the rugged west coast of Ireland!
EW: For me it would have to be a boutique hotel in a large French manor house or chateau. Is there anything exciting that you’re working on which you can tell us about? SB: We are pleased to say that this is a busy time for the studio. Our next opening on Hospitality will be Manzi’s in Soho for Corbin and King later this year. It’s fun and playful, a new destination in Soho that we have been working on now for 12 months, and with the year we have all had we are looking forward to having somewhere new to go to! We have three other Hospitality projects in the pipeline for later in the year which we cannot wait to realise. EW: We are also working on a number of different residential projects from modern architecture through to period properties. Most notably a large Georgian property in Bristol and a duplex apartment in central London, both of which are resonant of our house style, but with their own twists. www.bradywilliamsstudio.com
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HOSPITALITY LEADERSHIP AND DESIGN CONFERENCE
Hospitality Leadership & Design Conference launches stateside Presented in association with Hospitality Interiors magazine, and following the amazing international response to our inaugural London event, we are proud to announce our second Hospitality Leadership & Design Conference at the impressive Park Hyatt New York, October 13th – once again gathering together the industry’s foremost leaders and creatives to discuss the wealth of activity and opportunity within the hospitality sector. The key tenets of many progressive and successful hospitality businesses are clear – creative thinking, innovation and communication. To successfully scope, conceptualise and deliver a given project – whether it is a luxury hotel in the Maldives to an urban city hotel – the combination of inspiration and communication is paramount. With this founding principle at its core, Hospitality Interiors created the Hospitality Leadership & Design Conference – a platform where the visionaries and design leaders of our industry could come together to discover and debate key issues and opportunities in hospitality design and delivery.
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Presidents, CEOs and senior management from leading investment companies, hotel brands, cruise lines and design studios – including Adam Tihany, Therese Virserius, Simon Rawlings, Julie Frank, Dan Thorman and Sybille de Margerie, to name just a few – will be speaking on the panel discussions. Further leading speakers to be confirmed in the next few weeks. The respected Filip Boyen, chief executive of Forbes Travel Guide, will also be guest speaking at this event. Our founding sponsors – Axor, Laufen, BECK, Lasvit and SLH – are in place, while a plethora of internationally acclaimed design businesses and brands from across the industry are confirmed supporters of the event, including Wilson Associates, WATG, David Collins Studio, Yabu Pushelberg, Tihany Design, Richmond International, HBA, SB Architects, Jeffrey Beers International, Dennis Irvine Studio, AB Concept,
Joe Ginsberg and Virserius Studio. Such is the array of design leaders at the event, Rolls Royce Motor Cars, Voltra and Camron PR are also supporting the event. “With the calibre of speakers, sponsors, supporters and participants we have gathered so far for our New York event, I feel confident the informative and inspiring programme of panel discussions and Q&As promises a hospitality conference like no other!” says event diector and Hospitality Interiors’ editor, Can Faik. Delegates can take advantage of scheduled networking sessions, providing invaluable opportunities to meet face-to-face with those shaping the future of hospitality and hospitality design. A limited number of delegate tickets are available via the contact form on the website. www.hldc.co.uk
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“As people, our ethos is changing – and hospitality design has to catch up” - Maria Vafiadis
The more things change The Wigmore at The Langham, London How many hospitality designers does it take to change a lightbulb? In January, a storied selection of industry luminaries came together for a frank (but friendly) discussion of hot topics ranging from hotel illumination to in-room technology, in a roundtable hosted by bespoke lighting manufacturer Dernier & Hamlyn and chaired by Hospitality interiors’ Can Faik. Paul Farley reports…
The roundtable’s venue was a private room of The Wigmore, a ‘modern British tavern’ on Regent Street. The former banking hall – which adjoins The Langham, London – was transformed by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio in 2017. Sporting classic country influences with a contemporary twist (including a spectacular 27-arm chandelier custom-made by Dernier & Hamlyn), The Wigmore’s nooks strive for a traditional residential snug feel, and proved the perfect space for this colourful roster of professionals, many of whom were already in London for Hospitality Interiors’ inaugural HLDC event. New directions Can Faik kicked off proceedings by throwing open the floor to a broad, yet critical topic – which [pre-Covid-19] trends could the participants see dominating and directing hospitality design in 2020-21, and how might operators and designers respond? “For us, it’s principally a focus on streamlining,” answered Joanna Biggs, expressing a desire for refinement and simplicity. “Providing a little less, but working really well. Combining features, offering everything you need for a five-star hotel – but without the clutter.” Akram Fahmi considered the demand for a residential feel (the ‘home away from home’) would increasingly dictate how space was utilised, with the growth of Airbnb, the staycation and extended business trips reflecting a shift in attitudes away from the hotel’s traditional role. There was general agreement that although location and budget are king, there’s a definite need for existing spaces to flex to meet
changing demand. “For a lot of our clients, it’s about being able to adapt what you have, and designing spaces that can reflect a changing market,” commented David Mason. Maria Vafiadis agreed. “Our lifestyle is changing,” she said, “from data collection, to how we work, to how we look after ourselves. As people, our ethos is changing – and hospitality design has to catch up.” Danger of disconnect Perhaps even the biggest names in hospitality risk losing touch with their customers. “There’s a disconnect between the guest profile and what hotels provide, and what people actually want,” noted Alex Kravetz. “That’s been happening everywhere.” Monika Moser added: “The idea that people want a home that’s better than their own, with the most cutting-edge technology and comforts … we were talking about that 20 years ago. Today, people already have these things at home, it’s all so affordable, so it’s not even a criteria anymore. Instead, you need to create an experience people are missing out on in their busy lives. And it will take some of the more old-fashioned hotels time to catch up.” How might hospitality businesses address new demand? “I think it’s about broadening your influences,” said David Mason. “Being a big architectural practice, we draw from all of our sectors – architecture, workplace, student housing – in our design.”
Roundtable host Dernier & Hamlyn was purchased by NVC Lighting in April this year. From the company’s base in the West Midlands, NVC supplies a wide range of standard products to a variety of customers, writes Paul Farley. Recent hospitality projects include The Gantry in London, Hampton by Hilton in Birmingham, Al Aziziyah Boutique Hotel in Doha and St Regis Polo Resort in Dubai. The business plans to keep NVC and Dernier & Hamlyn operating in their own distinct spaces, and, alongside the bespoke products Dernier & Hamlyn has always manufactured, widen its offer to engage the premium contract decorative lighting sector. Having the two brands operate alongside one another will enable hospitality designers to use a single source for all the lighting they require – from basic LED downlights, through functional bedroom lighting and standard decorative solutions for public areas, to custom bespoke fittings for reception areas, restaurants and bars. It also provides clients with the confidence of having a partner without many of the financial risks of working with small independent companies.
(Chair) Can Faik, editor, Hospitality Interiors
Alex Kravetz, principal, Alex Kravetz Design
Akram Fahmi, design director, 1508 London
Constantina Tsoutsikou, founder, Studio Lost
“We try to create the unexpected,” commented John Paul Pederson. “It’s about those really small touches. The big brands are having to change the way they operate and really challenge themselves, and, as designers, we face that same challenge. It’s not about a hotel being like the home, or better – it’s about the unexpected, the element of surprise. The moment where you ask yourself ‘why didn’t I think of that?’”
convey that message to the staff – they can’t let the designer’s message get lost.”
“The operators underestimate the guests sometimes,” added Constantina Tsoutsikou. “They have to take a little bit of a risk. For example, if they want to evoke a Bohemian escapist mood, why not mess the bed up a little bit?”
“I’ve heard about projects which have seemed quite amazing at the point of completion,” reflected Constantina Tsoutsikou, “but, when the designer returns a few months later, the ambiance feels wrong. A disconnect between the restaurant and the bar, for instance. Who’s responsible if people feel uncomfortable at this stage? It can be down to how a place is run – sometimes, the staff just aren’t able to take ownership of a finished project, no matter how vibrant.”
Maria Vafiadis stated that it must be a very difficult time for operators – made all the more difficult by the fact that it’s getting harder to pigeonhole customers: “The same guest that, for whatever reason, will fly Ryanair, will also fly first class on a longhaul flight, and may stay at a totally different property on those occasions. The big operators have so many brands, trying to cover every possible aspect of people’s demands – but this just mirrors how our lifestyles are evolving.” People power Yet, felt some, one factor continually drives a wedge between supply and demand, no matter how much variety is offered. “In terms of service, so often the big brands just don’t think it through,” said Monika Moser. “What works in terms of lifestyle and flexibility in London might not work in Paris, where the sense of service is completely different. That’s why the operator must work with the designer to create the whole flow of a project, and
“The staff are integral to the experience,” agreed Maria Vafiadis. “The design might not be the focus, but if it really reflects a lifestyle choice its message will be told through interactions, from beginning to end.”
Maria Vafiadis commented that Constantina’s story brought to mind properties that worked well precisely because of the owner/manager. “That’s what makes the brand,” noted Alex Kravetz. “The people behind it.” Of course, there is the very real possibility of over-servicing those guests who are simply after a quiet escape. “I travel a lot and have become very self-sufficient,” said Joanna Biggs. “Although I’ve had some great experiences, I generally find that staff get in the way. Usually they are so off message.” Hotel training can follow strict templates, pointed out Monika
John Paul Pederson, senior David Mason, director, Scott Brownrigg
Joanna Biggs, hospitality design consultant
associate, Wimberly Interiors
Julie Clay, consultant, Dernier & Hamlyn
Maria Vafiadis, founder and MD, MKV Design
Monika Moser, regional MD, Wilson Associates
Moser, thus suffocating individual agency – but there are plenty of anecdotes to the contrary, such as David Mason’s experience upon completing a project in London: “The managers worked with us throughout, and the sheer energy at launch … I’d never felt that kind of enthusiasm before.” Sustainable sourcing A trend with its own kind of energy that’s on every operator’s mind right now is sustainability. With ‘greener’ hospitality projects dominating the headlines, Can Faik asked the assembled experts to share their views on the importance of sustainable and ethical considerations. John Paul Pederson led the discussion: “We are trying to get away from talking about ‘green’, and just being more conscious, training our designers to actually look around at what’s available and source more sustainably,” he said. Alex Kravetz said he has long insisted on sourcing local materials and manpower, and has noted that this kind of “social sustainability” instils a real sense of pride in people’s work – as well as meaning a workforce can be on-site immediately. “If you do the research and legwork, you’ll find there’s such amazing things happening locally in every country,” continued John Paul Pederson. Designers should pay close attention to the cost of going green – particularly when it comes to recycled or reupholstered furniture – but making a considered decision is paramount, asserted Maria Vafiadis. “Sometimes, it’s a matter of really guiding the
client through all the options,” she said, “as there will always be something cheaper out there.” Social pressures It pays to be careful, because there’s a better chance than ever that the target audience will be able to see through the cracks. Thanks to the role social media – Instagram in particular – now plays in promoting new openings, today’s projects are truly open to scrutiny. Does this trend affect how the designers present go about their work? “One of our recent projects hinged on making a real statement in the lobby,” said Akram Fahmi. “The client wanted a ‘wow’ factor, an ‘Instagram moment’. We came up with about 50 options for the space. Some were more practical than the one you see in the finished project, but that design definitely wows!” Seeking a hero shot is nothing new, of course. “Before Instagram, people wanted the photo that would be on the cover of Condé Nast Traveller,” noted Maria Vafiadis. “The medium is different now, but the basics are the same.” But if everyone has a smartphone and access to social media, shouldn’t designers be creating spaces with Instagram in mind? “Good design naturally gives you lots of good Instagram opportunities, and so much more than just a cover shot,” said Constantina Tsoutsikou, who recounts a project in which Instagrammers were enlisted prior to launch, and “got lots of great shots… they demonstrated that there are so many opportunities. The challenge is in allowing other creatives to be part of your story.”
“Lighting can make or break a project” - John Paul Pederson
“Good design makes the Instagram moment,” continued Akram Fahmi, “but as designers we can’t dwell on that while we’re working. We have to think about everything. There’s so much more content out there today, and you can’t control it – but you can try to be holistic in your design, and think about every moment. If it’s been properly designed, everything should be an Instagram moment.” Bright ideas With lighting specialist Dernier & Hamlyn hosting this roundtable, the discussion naturally veered towards the specification of bespoke lighting, how it’s affected by client requirements, and whether or not to enlist an external consultant. “Of course, the lighting has to be right for the concept,” began Joanna Biggs. “What’s difficult is getting the client to recognise its importance.” John Paul Pederson concurred. “Lighting can make or break a project, so lighting consultants are a big deal. We outsource ours because there’s such amazing talent out there, and the market is ever-changing.” “It should be independent,” agreed Maria Vafiadis. “It brings such a different value.” “Lighting consultants bring another layer of design to what we do,” added David Mason, citing a recent project in which the bar lighting pulses to varying rhythms depending on the time of day, delivering different experiences from breakfast to close.
“Of course, on any project, you have to consider other people’s visions, and flexibly,” stated Alex Kravetz, “but aesthetics remain your number-one priority – people come and go, but what’s hanging in the reception will probably stay there for longer than the rest of the interior. That’s why you have to fight for it.” “The balance between bespoke and off-the-peg lighting purchases needs to be just right,” added Joanna Biggs, lamenting the lack of flexibility she often faces while purchasing. According to Constantina Tsoutsikou, when it comes to lighting, workmanship is paramount. “You can see the quality,” she said, “it’s impossible to hide it. If the budget isn’t there, I’d rather take some pendants or sconces out and employ one or two special pieces instead. And because you rarely have access to all the details of the budget, it’s important that you’re present until the end of the project, just in case it needs rethinking.” Switched on/off The discussion ends on a subject which many feel passionately about, one way or the other – what role should in-room technology play, and why are so many businesses failing to strike a successful balance? “I think rooms do need more tech, but it has to be easier to use,” said Joanna Biggs. “More than that, it needs to be seamless,” added David Mason. “From door keys to streaming, we’re doing a lot of crazy things
with iPhones at the moment,” continued Monika Moser, “but sometimes owners forget the basics – you still have to pay $25 just to use the Wi-Fi in some hotels.”
to make changes as and when required.” “You need to be able to upgrade it really fast,” agreed David Mason. “Technology can go out of date very quickly.”
Coming back to the ‘home-away-from-home’ debate, Alex Kravetz contested that, thanks to the ability to stream entertainment on smart devices, there’s very little hotel rooms need beyond that Wi-Fi connection and a simple dimmer switch. “I really get tired of technology,” he said, “and younger people will tire of it too.”
Joanna Biggs mentioned voice technology, suggesting that customised Alexa-like devices could be utilised to make calls, set wake-up calls, and much more. “Wouldn’t that be cool?”
“It would be a mistake to ignore technology,” countered Maria Vafiadis. “The older generation is not so exposed to technology, but younger customers use it a lot. The problem is that the way we use technology in hotels is not balanced or done correctly.” “You need to integrate the technology and make it simple to use,” said Akram Fahmi. Some brands champion technology, while others avoid it completely, encouraging guests to explore the hotel’s setting instead. Could the answer be devices that are delivered to the room upon request? Or is the argument simply another example of a disconnect, and a lack of understanding of what guests want? “Some hotels seem to be achieving that balance better than others,” noted Maria Vafiadis. “Simple controls, simple instructions, and with all the cabling installed with the flexibility
“No,” retorted Constantina Tsoutsikou. “Owners should invest in real people instead, and provide that high level of service we were talking about earlier …” Afterthought With the talk having overrun by quite some time, Can Faik drew proceedings to a close, thanking all present for their time, before inviting them to enjoy The Wigmore’s fresh take on quintessential British pub food, courtesy of Dernier & Hamlyn. With so much change taking place across the industry – and the pace of that change accelerating – stopping to consider possible directions hopefully proved a fruitful exercise for all involved. The roundtable certainly reinforced that beyond the impact of technology and being mindful of the latest trends, there’s no replacing the fundamentals of good hospitality – and that designers continue to play a key role in ensuring these are realised. www.dernier-hamlyn.com
“If it’s been properly designed, everything should be an Instagram moment” – Akram Fahmi
â€œThe balance between bespoke and off-the-peg lighting purchases needs to be just rightâ€? -Joanna Biggs
Hospitality Interiors takes a look at the BA (hons) Interior Design programme at University Centre South Essex through two of UCSE’s graduates.
Learning the trade The BA (Hons) Interior Design programme has been running for over sixteen years at University Centre South Essex and is validated by UAL. Based at the University Centre’s Southend Essex Campus, the programme has an Interior Design studio that mirrors the UK industry environment. The studio has computers with industry software, drawing boards, and a studio library, which has the latest finishes/sample book collections from the most used suppliers in the industry. This ensures that the students are aware of suppliers used in relevant employment routes and become familiar with them over the programme of the three years. The programme is designed to offer students the chance to work on a range of projects including commercial, leisure, hospitality and residential. As a result of Covid-19, the year 3 graduate show had to be cancelled. As a replacement a website has been built to showcase their work alongside the other creative degrees at UCSE – www.ucsedegreeshow.com. Graduates go on to careers in the industry, recent graduates are working for Kelly Hoppen and Design Coalition. Charlie Seaden and Darcie Anslow are two of the interior design graduates from the programme. Charlie Seaden Charlie is now looking to pursue a graduate interior design position within hospitality design and has undertaken a range of creative work placements with leading interior design studios. His year three final project was a renovation of King’s Cross industrial hub, The Fish and Coal building that currently houses the Tom Dixon headquarters. Located within one of London’s top interconnecting districts, the curved structure stands prominent, towering over Granary Square since 1851. The designers’ creative approach has led to a re-designed proposal looking at embracing the rustic charm of the Fish and Coal building into a reimagined boutique hotel complex, providing a retreat away from the hustle
and bustle of London. The re-defined internal space consists of amenities including, luxury hotel rooms, lounge facilities and ‘wining and dining’ experiences within a seafood restaurant and bar, recognising the in-depth industrial heritage and modern-day community creativity within the heart of King’s Cross. The thriving atmospheric community plays a pivotal role in creating a hotel encouraging the means of socialising with the Lounge and Bar providing a central social hub for guests to discover. The vision from the designer incorporates natural inspiration of Camley Park, to influence the interior décor. With the interior colours reflecting in the changing seasons around the King’s Cross area throughout the year. Through the hotel facility the destination provides guests with the opportunity to explore the seafood cuisine, with outstanding views across Regent’s Canal. The restaurant incorporates a striking interior with a combination of materials delivering a warm, inviting glow. Combined with the stripped-down internal brickwork, the elegant furnishings contribute in creating an inviting décor consisting of deep blues and cool turquoise colours running through the restaurant providing a nod to the local waters. The boutique hotel accommodation provides all the amenities to rest and revitalise along the river with the interior décor taking inspiration from the calming waters of Regent’s Canal. The facilities provide a workstation for guests to use with the opportunity to switch off. Soft furnishings including, bespoke liner carpet inspired by the canals waters and vibrantly coloured seating, giving a sense of energy back towards the user. Darcie Anslow Darcie is a keen and enthusiastic junior interior designer eager to make her mark and pursue her career finding a creative role within the hospitality and commercial sector. Darcie has gained a range of skills through past experiences at some of the top design companies within London.
Her final major project looked at the ‘Old Billingsgate’ building in London, a Victorian Grade II listed building located on the North bank of the River Thames, which was once a world-famous fish market. Darcie’s design proposal for Old Billingsgate has changed the space to ‘The Old Marketplace’, a concept of a hybrid multifunctional building. The design created a new modernised market including a restaurant, bar, hidden sleeping pods and studio apartments targeted at 19 to 30-year olds living in small apartments. The luxury market, bar and restaurant have been designed to target London workers and day to day tourists passing by. Research undertaken at the start of this project highlighted that a large number of 19 to 30year olds living in London were unable to afford much more than small living spaces. Looking at a generation of social people desiring to have dinner parties and entertain, the concept provides Studios that can be hired as a home from home but with a unique and Instagramable look. Studio apartments can be hired for an evening which has plenty of dining space and kitchen equipment to host a social gathering. All food and drink can be bought in the market space on the ground floor with recipes included. The designer’s main concepts were inspired by the route the fish were transported to the market and the industrial materials used within Old Billingsgate Market. The fish were supplied by boats sailing up the River Thames and dropped at the docks outside Old Billingsgate. Further design concepts were taken from the elegant water ripples of the River Thames, boating materials and the seamless shapes and colours of fish. These design concepts are shown through the rustic and urban design of the Studios. Darcie has also incorporated these concepts within the bar décor through dark oak wood, frayed rope and exquisite net pendant lights. The brushed gold detailing, bright blue scale tiles and matt black Crittall window adds a conspicuous touch of luxury. The vision of the designer has led to the interior décor being sophisticated, elegant and luxurious allowing guests to utilise these spaces rather than their homes to enjoy time with family and friends in comfort, offering a new way of going out.
For details on the graduate show, ucsedegreeshow.com. To enquire about the programme email programme leader, Stephanie Butcher, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and lastly, follow the programme on Instagram: bainteriordesign_ucse
Great Scotland Yard London Internationally-renowned, award-winning hospitality design firm, HBA, has completed what it describes as a milestone project: Great Scotland Yard Hotel in Westminster, London. Once the infamous and historical site of London’s Metropolitan Police headquarters, Ministry of Defence and palace housing Scottish royalty, the 1820s listed building’s latest chapter is a 152-room luxury boutique hotel, reminiscent of a country estate, in which the notorious stories of the landmark’s past unfold through exquisitely sculpted interiors and eclectic decorative elements.
Tradition and history meet present-day luxury in the design of Great Scotland Yard, the first Unbound Collection by Hyatt hotel in the UK. Away from conventional hospitality codes, HBA designers elected to express the individuality of london’s Great Scotland Yard through a playful experience of Edwardian-inspired hues and patterns, conventional Whitehall, and a burst of colour that relives the timeless elegance and sophistication of the era with a flair of contemporary details.
“This building is an icon hiding a century and more of dark and infamous secrets,” said HBA partner David T’Kint. “We were challenged to keep the soul of the building and pay homage to its heritage rather than just bringing new life to old walls. Our design team created a destination that invites guests to experience the rich history of the building through new eyes as they enter a place where the past and present merge, to journey through various aspects of local culture, unlocking the secrets of the storied Great Scotland Yard along the way.” Upon entering Great Scotland Yard’s inquiry room reception, guests are greeted by two desks crafted from antique luggage. The hotel entry steps down into the lounge, leading to an assemblage of social venues where a parlour, bar, restaurant and club room coexist in the company of a carefully curated collection of works by British artists.
The Yard, a modern British restaurant, transports guests to a comfortable countryside escape with barrelled ceilings, vintage lamps and joinery from Northern Ireland. Inspired by The Imperial hotel in Delhi, The Parlour is a warm setting for afternoon tea or cocktails with its classic colonial feel, black-and-white chequered flooring and oversized fireplace. Hidden behind secret doors, disguised in bookshelves, is a portal to SibĂn, Great Scotland Yardâ€™s whiskey club. Whiskey-filled display cabinets sculpt the club into three spaces, rolling along the copper-leafed distressed wood floors, whilst a bar sits at the epicentre beneath a ceiling feature made of 1935 bottles. The bar and lounge, The 40 Elephants, is named for the 19th and 20th century all-female London crime syndicate known for its longevity and skill in evading police detection. A striking glass chandelier composed of a series of broken glass pays tribute to the way the female gangsters would break into London-area stores. Buried in the centre of the installation is a jewel-tone necklace representing the members of the Forty Elephants gang. HBA designers further conveyed the spirit of the thieves through glass-engraved portraits hanging high on the walls.
In the guest rooms, a warm, neutral colour scheme along with bespoke wall-covering bring light to a British classic. Carpeting integrates the concepts of police badges and uniforms in a one-of-a-kind pattern whilst other nods to the London police include blue herringbonepatterned luggage rack walls and mini-bars set into a moulded TV wall showcasing a moustache. Furthering the unlock the secret design narrative of Great Scotland Yard, HBA designers commissioned wardrobes concealed behind bookcase-like faรงades with finishings such as robe hooks and night stand handles shaped as keys. The close-quarters bathrooms include sophisticated, oversized showers, a custom-designed radiator towel rail and an enclosed wash room, all clad with British tiles. Great Scotland Yard also houses suites as an upgraded extension to the guest room experience complete with marble fireplaces, blue-veneered nightstands in reference to the symbolic colour of the police, luxurious bathrooms with book-matched stone and in some rooms, four-poster beds.
No 1 The Townhouse adjoins the Great Scotland Yard hotel, boasting original ceiling mouldings, wall profiles, doors and fireplaces complemented by new British nature-grade oak flooring, specially made carpeting and an eclectic array of furniture. Bathrooms are upgraded with a free-standing copper tub in front of the original fireplace, custom-designed vanity counter and free-standing mirror. Located in the basement of the hotel is Grace and Favour.
A modern take on the Whitehall tradition of grace and favour residences offered in gratitude for services rendered, Great Scotland Yardâ€™s Grace and Favour is a collection of apartmentstyle event spaces for working including a kitchen, lounge corner to relax, fitness room to re-energise, LED wall screens for events and meetings, herringbone-patterned floors, and wall panelling with a playful twist. www.hba.com www.hyatt.com
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Treehouse Hotel London Hotel visionary Barry Sternlicht, Founder & CEO SH Hotels & Resorts, has once again worked his magic to re-invent the hotel experience
Treehouse Hotel London, the ‘little brother’ of renowned sustainability-driven US brand 1 Hotels, which opened in November 2019 reopened on July 4th in line with the recent government guidelines to safeguard and protect guests. True to its iconic location, Treehouse London is the gateway to everything British. The property is perfectly perched across the street from the BBC and a stone’s throw from London’s Oxford Street. Benefiting from the hotel’s central location, guests can enjoy a staycation in the city. The hotel occupies floors nine to 16 of the building, which means all the rooms get fabulous views. The lifts are encased in bark offering guests the sensation that they are travelling up a tree trunk and all the interiors are nature-inspired, with loads of shrubbery, woods of different kinds and, bizarrely, cuckoo clocks.
“The concept for Treehouse Hotel has been living in my soul for many years. A special place that feels more “home” than “hotel”...cosy, welcoming, warm, and somehow familiar...an oasis after a long day that at once refreshes, inspires, and delights.” Barry Sternlicht, Founder & CEO, SH Hotels & Resorts
Guestrooms and Suites All 95 rooms, including 15 suites ranging from 258ft2 to 431ft2, are inviting, colourful, and perched high in the city skyline, with all rooms featuring nature-inspired interiors. As the rooms are situated between floor 9 and 14, all the rooms feature big bay windows with cushioned window seats that look out to some of London’s most iconic landmarks. Each bathroom is designed to combine luxurious living with the latest technical advancement. Nestled against the iconic birch trees found throughout the hotel’s interior, all of the en-suite bathrooms are fully equipped with quality and innovative brassware from the classic AXOR Montreux range. Complementing crittal-style screens and cabinetry, the industrial-inspired basin mixers, hand showers and accessories are finished in brush black chrome to create a truly unified aesthetic. It’s clear to see the brilliant SH design team used a number of quality fixtures and fittings throughout the guestrooms, which also included lighting supplied by Astro.
Madera at Treehouse London The sister restaurant to Toca Madera in Los Angeles and Scottsdale, Madera at Treehouse London brings an elevated take on traditional Mexican cuisine to the British capital. Located 15 floors up, its plant-filled interiors, quirky design touches and sweeping views are proving a big draw already. The Nest Situated on the 16th floor, a spacious and open rooftop terrace awaits you, as you settle into the indoor lounge filled with green foliage and natural materials or relax on the outdoor wraparound terrace decked with loungers. Where you can take in the landscape of London Town from above at its rooftop oasis offering world-class views of the London Eye, The Shard, Canary Wharf and Regent’s Park.
Treehouse Hotel was founded on the ideas that inspire a child to build a treehouse. Adventure, independence, comfortable spaces and repurposing crafty things are what make a place warm and special. That’s why every Treehouse Hotel will celebrate found objects, nostalgic tunes, handmade details and locally sourced treats. Treehouse Hotel London is playful, accessible, witty and nostalgic, designed to ‘inspire joy’ with nature-inspired interiors. Treehouse London is the first of the brand’s portfolio to open, with additional locations in the U.S. and beyond. www.treehousehotels.com/london
Villa Copenhagen Denmark Goddard Littlefair transforms historic building into eagerly anticipated contemporary hotel, Villa Copenhagen
One of Europe’s most anticipated launches of 2020, Villa Copenhagen, officially opened its doors in the heart of Denmark’s capital city in July. The impressive, handsome new hotel is housed in the Danish capital’s historic Central Post & Telegraph Head Office, originally built in 1912. The century-old architectural landmark has a prime location adjacent to the famed Tivoli Gardens and Copenhagen’s main train station, and forms the start of a dynamic new district being regenerated for the city. “This project has proven to be a labour of love and, in many ways, is testament to Copenhagen’s resilient spirit. We are delighted to reveal Villa Copenhagen to the public and are confident that the health measures we have in place will put guests at ease in this new era of travel,” said Peter Høgh Pedersen, managing director of Villa Copenhagen. “The vision behind the build was to create
an authentic destination - for the many and not the few – that upholds three key pillars: contrast, conscious luxury, and happiness. We believe these values show in the hotel design, guest facilities and amenities, collaborative partnerships, and our approach to service, which recognises Villa Copenhagen’s connection to the city and our belief that luxury hospitality should focus on conscious
choices that benefit the local environment and surrounding communities.” To ensure that the new interiors matched the grandeur of the 1912 Neo-Baroque architecture, and to keep the building at the forefront of Scandinavian design for another hundred years, Villa Copenhagen appointed Universal Design Studio, an award winning London-based architectural firm, to create several public spaces and 381 guestrooms across the hotel’s five floors. Evoking the ambiance of a sophisticated Danish residence, rooms feature high ceilings, herringbone floors, restored original windows, gold accents, and muted colour palettes that pay homage to paintings by 19th century Danish master Vilhelm Hammershøi. Thoughtful touches include keyless entry and remote check-in, virtual check-out, and an optional white glove service. The firm also designed the two-story Universal Penthouse Suite, which features a grand walnut and steel spiral staircase leading up to lounge space and a master bedroom. Other contributors include Danish architect Eva Harlou, who designed the sought-after Earth Suite, a fully sustainable suite entirely comprised of recycled materials and textiles with eco-friendly furniture by Mater Design; and Shamballa Jewels, a Danish fine jewellery brand that designed the remaining seven suites, including The Shamballa Master Suite, which is the most expensive suite in Denmark at US$8,100 per night, as well as two other spaces within the hotel, specifically The Courtyard and Old Boardroom. Villa Copenhagen is also home to the city’s finest private art collection valued at more than US$2 million. With celebrated art curator Sune Nordgren at the helm, current artworks on display include pieces by local talent and celebrated international artists, including Jaume Plensa, Per Kirkeby, and Ian McKeever.
London-based luxury interior design house, Goddard Littlefair was called upon to transform the public areas of this former iconic building, originally designed in 1912 by architect Heinrich Wench in Neo-Baroque style, with the aim to accentuate the historic aspects of the building and its architecture while also introducing contemporary Nordic designs. These areas included the Pool Terrace, Wellness areas, Pre-function rooms and Event Breakout spaces, Meeting rooms and art filled staircases. Specialising in creating and developing F&B concepts across both hotels and standalone venues, Goddard Littlefair ’s emerging sister company, F&B design studio, Epicurean, was tasked with designing Villa Copenhagen ’s five food and beverage spaces: the breakfast restaurant, Public , the Rug Bakery , the all-day restaurant and bar, Kontrast, the T37 Bar & Lounge and the rooftop Pool Bar . Epicurean ’s vision was to create destination F&B venues with a point of difference; introducing something new and fun to the marketplace whilst resonating with the locale and honouring the Scandinavian design
sensibility. The studio’s ambition was to attract hotel guests, the general public and local residents into each restaurant and bar by creating unique yet informal spaces that each offer something extraordinary. Exploring the idea of versatility, the former sorting room will house the hotel’s breakfast space and bakery, Public and Rug Bakery . The sorting room is situated alongside the railway tracks where the city’s post was historically taken off the trains before being loaded onto horses inside the building for further distribution. Epicurean discovered old photographs showing the space when it was a working sorting room for the Post House. The archive photos which capture this period inspired the entire design process, referencing original archways, lights with draped flex, nreeded wall panelling and original glazed brickwork. Using these elements to tell a story through a contemporary lens, the space has been transformed into a multifaceted breakfast and event restaurant complete with copper archways made from the Villa’s rooftop and features an open kitchen, café and bakery to provide fresh bread and coffee for hotel guests and the general public. Kontrast, with its own street entrance, is
positioned on the corner of the building facing the train station and the new ‘highline’, which will lead residents and tourists into the new city district. This dynamic all-day restaurant has been designed with the inner city locale in mind. Styled to be approachable for the Danish market and authentic to guests, it channels unpretentious mid-century design with beautifully crafted references of the past and present. Taking cues from historic features found in the hotel, such as a dash-dot motif on the original post desk, Epicurean have cemented a feeling of timeless integrity into the scheme. A large wrap around bar and open kitchen provide theatre and all-day interaction with Chef Tore Gustafsson and his team. Historically, the entire building was nicknamed T37, a short version for the address – Tietgensgade 37 – and now nestled within a beautiful corner of the Post House are the T37 Bar and neighbouring Playroom complete with restored timber paneling, original decorative
entrance and Arabescato marble columns. This beautifully restored area of the hotel retains most of its original features and was once the cityâ€™s Post Office. The design studio sought to reference the heritage of the space in the design whilst adding jovial and tongue-in-cheek features in both rooms. The bar has been designed with a fresh approach to modern luxury. Satchel straps from post bags hang as a central feature above the bar for a tongue in cheek moment and a striking cerise and olive colour palette contrast the vintage cherry wood and marble features. A tiled fireplace, cabinets referencing residential Danish design, soft rugs and layers of warm lighting all ensure a hygge lifestyle is adopted when using the spaces. The Playroom operates as a den for interaction, communication and fun amongst friends and guests. Bespoke gaming tables and stacks of board games fill shelves and comfortable Danish furniture from the nearby Carl Hansen factory, has been specified to lounge in whilst sipping on a favourite tipple. The Pool Bar is a relaxed and colourful haven with views over one of the Villaâ€™s courtyards. The central focus, designed by Krook and Tjader Architects, is the pool which is heated 365 days a year by the excess heat produced by the kitchens fridges, making it sustainable. At 25m long, it is unique to the city. Epicurean designed & curated the surrounding terrace & pool, plus neighbouring wellness spaces, the gym & sauna. The Pool Terrace features tall corten steel Pergolas, a cocktail bar, comfortable seating for guests throughout the year.
The Bar is inspired by the shapes cast from old paneling, and copper from the roof has been used to form the bar front. All of the furniture and lighting has been eclectically curated to bring vibrancy and comfort to the rooftop and yellow tiles referencing the Sorting Room walls have been used to create a cohesive hotel language within guest areas. The rooftop terrace leads onto a tempting sauna and gym space, also designed by Epicurean. Throughout the property, Epicurean
has sought to respect the non-hierarchical underpinnings of Danish dining, while drawing on its interiors expertise and hospitality prowess to deliver a thoughtful, contemporary and functional scheme. Each venue has its own unique ambience, informed by its position within the hotel, the heritage features found in the rooms and purposes for use. www.villacopenhagen.com www.universaldesignstudio.com www.goddardlittlefair.com
La RĂŠserve Eden Au Lac Zurich Switzerland Located on the lakeside, Eden au Lac Zurich is a new five-star establishment in Zurich, Switzerland. The hotel has been completely redesigned to provide an elegant and timeless experience in the heart of an imaginary yacht club dreamed up by creator Philippe Starck.
Under the impetus of La Réserve and the vision of excellence upheld by its owner Michel Reybier, the Eden au Lac hotel is reinventing itself as La Réserve Thanks to its unique location in the city and on the waterfront, the hotel provides a unique lifestyle perspective on Zurich. The 40 rooms and suites, two bars and restaurants offer spectacular views of the city and the lake. To be enjoyed as a family or among friends, La Réserve Eden au Lac Zurich is an atypical and highly modern place that is both majestic and sophisticated. The premises La Réserve Eden au Lac Zurich is a proud, serene building, reminiscent of the wonderful days that have passed since its construction 110 years ago on the lakefront. But times change, and La Réserve and Philippe Starck have instilled a little art and rebellion as the mischievous creator deconstructs the Eden au Lac to better rebuild La Réserve Eden au Lac Zurich. “This hotel has been exceptional and now is even more so thanks to Michel Reybier, who is a keen sailor – like myself – and well acquainted with the sea, with water and with sailing boats,” says Starck. “There is a total osmosis between the building and the setting, the rumours and the stories.”
A minimal yet not minimalist renovation Philippe Starck conceived the renovation to be minimal yet not minimalist, based on a quest to reveal the structural soul and raw poetry of the place, releasing the light and maximising the architectural volumes. The hotel’s fabled facade, its blue and white striped blinds protecting elaborate balconies, lion heads and other historical sculptures, have been preserved as reminders of an intelligent and elegant leisure spirit begun in the early 20th century. In an almost archaeological approach, the bricks of the walls, marble of the
basements, solid wood floors and concrete details have been exhumed from beneath successive layers of plaster, tapestries or wallpaper. These newly revealed elements and natural materials infuse the place with a spirit of timeless modernity. La Réserve Eden au Lac Zurich is a structural place with the elegance of the minimum, in which a number of artistic surprises along with sophisticated, curated objects are subtly exhibited: clever lighting in blown-glass, sculptural brushed stainless steel door handles, light marble cladding, flattering mirrors and fine glass partitions. Once the structure had been recaptured, the hotel was adorned with a surreal new dimension, becoming fertile ground for a mental game imagining and reinventing the history of the building. Philippe Starck imagined a Yacht Club by the lake. An imaginary club, yet clearly present in the wealth of sentimental objects evoking a nautical universe: chiselled red wood reminiscent of the hull of a boat;
photographs and paintings of sailboats and captains like a gallery of family portraits scattered throughout the hotel; bronze Venetian gondola forcole (oar rests); a collection half-hull boats frozen in resin; oars placed here and there as if forgotten after a regatta; light wood floors with wide planks urge urging/inviting to walk barefoot before dashing off for a swim. “La Réserve Eden au Lac Zurich stems from the organisation of all these elements, all these materials that make it a complex, rigorous and creative work,” says Starck. “A timeless place, respectful and insolent, serious and crazy.” An imaginary, modern yacht club by the lake La Réserve Eden au Lac Zurich enjoys the benefit of its location and an exceptional environment in all seasons. The lake is an omnipresent attraction that remains visible everywhere and at all times thanks to an architectural design that is open to the outside. In summer: sunshine, freshness and conviviality. The cool lake breeze floats through the bay windows and gently ruffles the white curtains; while each room terraces is bathed in sun, perfect for reading and relaxing after a swim in the lake. In winter: warmth, comfort and intimacy. The windows on the ground floor allow light to enter while protecting from the elements; while the rooms are cocoons from which the view of the lake can be admired in rougher weather. Representing the only exception in a renovation that favours and reveals existing structure and elements, the hotel lobby has been modified. Guests are now welcomed via the side entrance for enhanced comfort and privacy. The wooden staircase leading from the reception area to the upper floors has been preserved. A large elevator set in a fine glass shaft enables guests to admire the stainedglass windows by artist Ara Starck, who creates “moving landscapes that are perpetually morphing throughout the day as the light pours through”.
Restaurants and bars La Réserve Eden au Lac Zurich is enlivening Zurich’s culinary scene. The hotel, resolutely modern, offers contemporary, elegant cuisine in unique, welcoming and stimulating settings designed by Philippe Starck. Service is available all day long, giving guests the freedom to live at their own pace, from calm mornings by the lake to electric summer evenings on the roof terrace. In the same spirit, Room Service also operates 24/7.
On the ground floor, with its large bay windows opening onto the outside, Eden Kitchen & Bar promises to be an essential meeting point in Zurich. Lights gently plays on the natural leather sofas and convivial tables. Light-colored floors, red wood and boat oars and hulls are just some of the design cues that create a warm and relaxed atmosphere and serve as reminders of the hotel’s attachment to the lake. The large open kitchen stages a nonstop show, in which everyone can admire the expert touch and creativity of the teams headed by Italian chef Marco Ortolani, veteran of prestigious restaurants in Italy and London, not to mention experience gained in Argentina and Hong Kong. This wealth of cosmopolitan influences is apparent in the menu, with dishes inspired by culinary traditions from all over the world: Burrata, forgotten vegetables, basil; quinoa, pomegranate, avocado, chimichurri; macaroni, truffle, ham, Gruyère cheese; salmon with a yuzu teriyaki marinade; and exceptional grilled Swiss meat. Nor are the establishment’s local roots forgotten, Zurich-style sauté veal and potato rösti is a tribute to the city. Elegant and varied, the wine list reflects vineyards from all over the world, including great appellations from Switzerland and France, with a special place for the Michel Reybier estates. “Eden Kitchen & Bar evokes the memory of the yacht clubs where young people used to gather for regattas canoe, skiff, kayak or sailing races. Joyful places where everyone had a lot of fun, drinking and dancing around the large bar.” Philippe Starck
The rooms The hotel offers 40 rooms and suites in eight categories, ranging from 22m2 to 79m2. Located on the upper floors and overlooking the lake, the rooms were created by Philippe Starck like onshore sailors’ cabins. Dream of the lake and regattas, adventures, light breezes and soft light from the terraces or private balconies. Various poetic surprises are dotted throughout, designed to pique guests’ curiosity and imagination as they continue their voyage and delicious daydreaming. Guests can find nautical charts of the lake for the more experienced sailors and postcards of yachts for the amateur boater on vacations. Like the hotel, its rooms and suites reflect a quest for a structurally elegant and modern bare minimum. Natural, soft, light colours for simplicity and comfort, solid brick and delicate rattan walls for warmth and intimacy.
La Muña Perched on the sixth floor and accessible directly via the glass elevator in the lobby, La Muña overlooks the city from its tree-lined roof terrace. La Réserve Eden au Lac Zurich’s second restaurant is a treasure chest, mingling imaginary memories of moments spent on the lake with extraordinary objects found in the city and around the world. La Muña offers a unique 360° view of the historic center, with the lake and the Alps in the distance. The restaurant is organized into two areas. Inside, it has taken over the former attic beneath the hotel’s spectacular dome. Continuing the spirit of a minimalist and respectful renovation, Philippe Starck has sought to enhance the existing structural elements. The monumental framework is magnificently highlighted, with the original brick walls and wooden floors once again on show. The furniture also looks as if it has always been here, in this imaginary “harbor-master’s office”: with comfortable light-colored leather or slightly old-fashioned floral fabric upholstery, and rugs picked up during trips to Persia and Asia. Wherever the eye may roam, fertile surprises and mysteries intrigue and extend a permanent invitation to travel. In the dovecote, stained-glass windows created by Ara Starck accompany and guide the light through the dome. Like a multifaceted tale, these stained-glass windows tell a different story throughout the day, for a magical and always unique experience.
Two outdoor terraces are accessible, one of which can be entirely privatized. Whether on a sofa or at a table, under the huge parasols, guests can enjoy a relaxed and festive atmosphere while sharing the Japanese Peruvian specialties of chef Tomoko Gunji Hangartner (Miya), whose inventive and delicate cuisine has already delighted Swiss connoisseurs, from Lucerne to Geneva.
“La Réserve Eden au Lac Zurich is like rock and roll dancing with the Queen of England; everything is classic, yet nothing is classic anymore. It is a timeless blend of creativity, classicism and intelligence – much like Switzerland itself,” concludes Philippe Starck. www.starck.com www.reserve-zurich.com
Hansik Goo Hong Kong JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio has delivered Hansik Goo, a new fine dining destination in Hong Kong with a concept narrative aligned with the Chef Mingoo Kang’s craftsmanship and focused on the story of sky, earth, and bounty.
Hansik Goo is a new Hong Kong fine dining destination. At the helm is Korea’s awardwinning, Chef Mingoo Kang, of Seoul’s famed Mingles restaurant. The name Hansik Goo is a play on words that can refer to both “a family that shares meals together” and “Korean cuisine by Chef Mingoo”. In collaboration with ZS Hospitality, Hansik Goo introduces the heart and soul of Contemporary Korea today with tasting menus authentically Korean but with inventively playful twists, elevating flavours in a refined and nuanced way using ingredients sourced locally and from Korea. The interior architecture, designed by JJ Acuna of JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio, takes inspiration from Chef Mingoo’s humbly crafted artisanal platings, building a concept narrative aligned with the Chef’s craftsmanship and focused on the story of sky, earth, and bounty.
The 2200ft2 Space is separated into three zones; the Sky Zone in the Main Dining Room designed in various shades of blue, the Earth Zone at the Drinks Bar clad in copper metal, and finally the Bounty Zone defined by the Chef’s Private Room table in natural walnut with touches of forest green and birch finishes on walls and soft surfaces. To create a space of warmth, Korean species of Oak and Birch give the space an ease and softness, while hand-crafted glazed ceramic tiles make a glossy contemporary finish. The designers also took inspiration from Seoul’s ancient Bukchon Hanok Villages, a neighbourhood from the 14th Century with preserved traditional Korean architecture. The private room’s vertical surfaces are framed by geometry inspired by the Hanok, while the main dining room floor utilises a uniquely staggered
floor pattern made of sliced white limestone and poured-in-situ terrazzo, reminiscent of peripheral stone and concrete walls protecting these Hanok homes. In addition to the restaurant’s materials and finishes, bespoke artworks in collaboration with contemporary Korean artists were curated and placed carefully throughout the space. In the Sky Room, a five-panel luminescent panoramique of acid-etched mirror and laminated glass, titled Breathing of Light 20MA01 (2020) by artist Lee Kyouhong was made specifically to respond to the design narrative of Sky. Three beautiful prints of Hanok homes, gardens, and landscapes by photographer, Kim Heewon, adorn all three zones of restaurant. Other collaborations include sculptural work by Chung Yongjin, Kim Woo Young and Kim Yong Ho. www.jjabespoke.com
Barril Valongo, Portugal With a need for extra covers, architect Paul Merlini’s subtle material palette provided a rejuvenated and characterful space.
The owner of the Barril resturant, situated in Valongo, near Porto in Portugal, had a clear and natural entrepreneurial spirit, and when guests wishing to dine outnumbered the available covers, he approached Paulo Merlini Architects with the problems well outlined. The owner intended to grow the space in order to reduce the waiting time of the clients – a space with a strong character that would fit with the remaining corporate image of the company and solve the problem of noise that arose whenever the house was full. Paulo Merlini Architects began by analysing the corporate identity of the company, and quickly concluded that it should be designed so as to be able to transport the client to the environment of a wine cellar. “Taking into account the pre-existence of the site and taking advantage of a series of
structural constraints, such as pillars and sanitation pipes,” explained Paulo, “we created a logic of arched porticos that reinforce the idea of a winery. We covered one of the walls with a mirror, taking advantage of the repetition of the arches, thus creating the illusion of a space of great amplitude. “In order to reinforce the sensation of a winery, we opted for the use of textured materials and dark colours. These characteristics allow a greater spatial expression, by the expressive play between light and shadow, but above all help to solve one of the most common problems in successful restaurants, the excessive noise caused by the sound of reverberation. “To solve this problem, knowing that sound works like a ping-pong ball, we designed a roof made of pine wood slats, with a velvet colour
finish, set 20mm apart from each other, and on the top of these slatted panels we applied acoustic absorption material. With this little trick, we transformed the whole ceiling into a sound absorbing panel, managing to reduce the reverberation noise by over 80%. “Regarding lighting, we have opted for the application of a series of shallow light projectors to the arches, taking advantage of their formal expression and reinforcing their presence in space. “As a complement to indirect lighting, we have designed a series of lamps with a strong visual character, which controlled by means of a rheostat, allow the adjustment of the amount of light required in the space, multiplying the possibilities of its use. www.paulomerlini.com Images Ivo Tavares Studio
Bike & Boot Scarborough A stand-out small leisure hotel that caters for – amongst other – walkers, cyclists, surfers and our four-legged friends.
The Bike & Boot Scarborough has been described by its owners as a leisure hotel for the 21st century. It is the first of its kind for the seaside resort and stands out from the more traditional places to stay in Scarborough. The dated building, which was acquired in January 2019 by Simon Kershaw and Simon Rhatigan, has been completely overhauled and rebranded into a unique 65-bedroom hotel. With staycations very much in demand due to varying travel restrictions, this new Scarborough hotel offers a modern and relaxing leisure escape for walkers, cyclists, surfers and dog owners. The facilities include secure bicycle storage, drying rooms (for surfers) and a dog washing room for muddy pups. As well as a bar and grill restaurant there is an in-house film club and a private guest retreat to enjoy complimentary tea, coffee, cold drinks and cake. The stylish rooms, ski-chalet-chic facilities and hybrid bar-restaurant-café have all been made possible with the help of Rachel McLane and her team – an award-winning design consultancy with specialist experience in concept design, design detailing and space planning for the hospitality industry. Rachel, owner of Rachel McLane Ltd said:
“I’ve known Simon Rhatigan for years and have worked with him before, and I was really excited to work on this project. My team has been involved from the beginning, so we were able to conceptualise everything as the brand was evolving.” Following the initial concept, Rachel said the hotel needed to be practical but still incorporate a large element of fun. “The design had to create an atmosphere where people wouldn’t be afraid to walk through the doors with muddy boots or a wet dog!” The budget-driven project gave the design consultancy complete creative freedom, encouraging them to nurture the hotel and source one-of-a-kind pieces from pre-loved shops, rather than stripping it of its personality. Rachel said, “The design was really honest. We were bringing life back into a building with a lot of personality.” “While we didn’t project manage the entire thing, we did project manage our element. We supplied everything and were involved in anything to do with design - from furniture, bespoke lighting, fittings and artwork to the spec of the colours and where the paint should actually go. The main contractors, Infinity, they were the ones that made sure it all happened.”
The design consultancy, which likes to keep it local when sourcing materials, said the majority of the case goods were Yorkshirebased and that local artists and photographers were also used for the artwork - something which is very important to Rachel and her team. Impressively, despite the Coronavirus outbreak, the hotel transformation was completed in time for its opening on July 20th, just two months later than planned. Simon Kershaw, Co-owner of Bike & Boot said: “It goes without saying this has been a trying time for every business and everyone who has worked on this project has put a real graft in to see this through to completion and I really can’t express my gratitude enough. We can’t wait to welcome our first guests and let them experience all the fantastic facilities at our hotel. Hopefully, this is the first of many Bike & Boot hotels.” We can’t wait to welcome our first guests and let them experience all the fantastic facilities at our not-so-ordinary boutique hotel in Scarborough. Hopefully, this is the first, of many Bike & Boot hotels.” www.bikeandboot.com www.rachelmclane.co.uk
The Garden at The Berkeley In July 2020, The Berkeley revealed a new addition to the landmark five-star hotel, with the opening of The Garden at The Berkeley. With the new offering being only opened for a month it has already been well received by its many guests. Draped in lights, dotted with lanterns and dancing to an ambient beat, The Garden is a leafy alfresco space that feels like a mini Mediterranean Island perfectly timed for summer. The Garden offers the peace and charm of a secluded secret garden overlooking St Paulâ€™s Church in the heart of Knightsbridge. The Garden is a great addition to the stunning Berkeley Bar & Terrace which itself only opened last year with its rich design story conceived by Irish interior designer Bryan Oâ€™Sullivan. Inside the adjacent Berkeley Bar you will be greeted with beautiful carved plasterwork, coral tones and curved edges which all help to set an elegant scene. www.the-berkeley.co.uk
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Core Real Estate and Contract Furniture Group help weave magic at new NIU Manchester The NIU Loom hotel sits at the heart of what used to be lovingly referred to as Cottonopolis. What was the beating heart of the UK textiles industry, Manchester now attracts business and pleasure visitors by the thousands. To help accommodate these guests in a fitting setting, hotel group NOVUM Hospitality called on the expertise of Core Real Estate to develop an interior design for a new hotel that would use the fabric of the City’s rich history to create a vibrant new hospitality hub. Core Real Estate used various architectural and design elements to bring the buzz of the city’s old mills back to life in the foyer, bar and bedrooms. Cotton reels and weaving looms run
seamlessly through the colours and imagery on the walls, and also in the specifications for the all-important furnishings and fittings. The Contract Furniture Group was brought in to ensure the theme was comprehensively carried through everything from the industrial bar to the upholstered seating and case goods, as project manager Ed Brown confirms: “The NIU Loom is a stunning project, and one I’m very proud to have worked on. Core Real Estates came to us with a very tight brief as the theme was already developed, but I’m glad to say we were able to help with the creative process through extensive option analysis and sampling. The end result
is a wonderful blend of modern style and historic feel, where you cant help but get the impression you are somewhere that might be new, but already has great cultural significance to the area.” Final installation at the NIU Loom was completed in December 2019, with furnishings including: Cartoon, Industrial, Libby and French Bistro style chairs; Crank Ishwar and Girder base tables; and beds from the new Contract Furniture catalogue, as well as bespoke case goods and custom made fixed seating manufactured at the firm’s UK production sites, all now in place. www.contractfurniture.co.uk
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HI-MACS® for the State Coffee Co inspired by New York in the 1930s Lab4 Architects chose HI-MACS® for the latest espresso bar in the Greek coffee bar chain State Coffee Co., which has opened in Agria, a town on the Gulf of Pagasai in eastern Greece. In both design and furniture selection, the new State Coffee Co. is inspired by the classic New York espresso bars of the 1930s, with elements reminiscent of the naval industrial style found in old cafés in the port of Manhattan during the early 20th century. These details combine harmoniously with Mediterranean features, such as the hexagonal cement tiles and the characteristic Italian bar area. In homage to the different styles, images of the fascinating New York of that era and of Italian bartenders at work hang on the walls. The espresso bar overlooks the sea, and its floorspace of 90m² comprises three zones: an area where coffee is prepared, a serving area, and a semi-covered terrace with tables where customers can enjoy their coffee. Clearly visible through the large storefront windows, the bar itself sits in the middle of the coffee shop and has a large rectangular counter featuring a durable top in HI-MACS®
with an Arctic Granite G034 finish. The latest generation acrylic stone has also been used for the area that houses the display cabinet and for the finishing around the column separating the counter from the entrance leading into the drinks preparation area. The architects chose HI-MACS® Solid Surface for its excellent hygienic properties, its extreme ease of cleaning and its high resistance to stains, dirt and chemicals. In addition, it is remarkably resistant to scratches and to the type of daily wear commonly encountered in areas of intensive use and high customer throughput such as a café. The white finish and granite texture of the
HI-MACS® is enhanced by the warm hue and grain of the highly figured walnut used for the cabinets, compartments and shelves that make up the bar area. This contrast is further highlighted by the brilliant aquamarine finish used as the background for the company logo and the shelving recessed into the front face of the counter. With its mixture of highly diverse yet complementary styles, the new State Coffee Co offers a tantalising gateway into authentic coffee culture and distant eras. www.himacs.eu www.lab4architects.com
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Optimal fabric solutions for the hospitality market Printing on coated fabrics is not difficult but real expertise is required to achieve high resolution printing capable of withstanding high seating traffic, rigorous cleaning and allweather environments. Morbern has perfected the durability of printed vinyl by adding proprietary wear layers over the digitally applied ink. This enables the Martindale abrasion to meet 300,000 cycles – much more than any other digitally printed product on the market. It also imparts superior cleanability and bleach resistance to the fabric, a real must for any ‘new normal’ hospitality venue. The colour palette and custom design options are infinite due to the ability to precisely apply the primary ink droplets. Digital print patterns are available in four different embossing textures, offering an additional choice of finish – from textile grain to smooth leather-look. With a low minimum run quantity of 300m, bespoke décors are no longer confined to the mood board. Morbern’s state-of-the-art digital print technology brings to life distinctive and unique creations, offering the ultimate solution for thematic decor projects and branded environments. Morbern coated fabrics not only cover but enhance and protect surfaces In addition to custom design capabilities, Morbern’s wide stock range includes digitally printed fabrics available by the roll, including Amulet & Celebration – both Crib 5 compliant, as well as Americana, suitable for all-weather outdoor applications.
With over 50 years experience in the design and manufacture of upholstery coated fabrics, Morbern’s highly decorative collections offer performance-enhancing features such as stain, denim and flame resistance, for use anywhere design is paramount and durability a must. Hotels, resorts, restaurants and leisure sites around the world trust Morbern to deliver attractive coated fabrics that can handle high wear and tear as well as frequent cleaning. Headquartered in Ontario, Canada, Morbern is present on three continents – North America, Asia and Europe – to best meet the requirements of each market and firmly place Morbern on the international suppliers map. Morbern started its European sales operations in 2014, underpinned by a dedicated warehousing and logistics platform in Amsterdam. From there, over 500 SKUs are sold through a wide distributor network and shipped daily across Europe and beyond. Coated fabrics, also known as Vegan Leather, are an ethical alternative to animal hides that require a lot of energy and chemicals to be converted into leather. Easily recyclable, energy-efficient to manufacture and a low consumer of non-renewable resources, vegan leather offers durable, long life-cycle solutions reducing the need for constant product replacement Morbern Europe products are phthalate-free, free of heavy metal, REACH compliant and use bio-based renewable ingredients derived from soya beans to meet a growing demand for greener living and eco-friendly solutions. www.morberneurope.com
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Coach House’s highly developed options ideal for outdoor applications Increasingly over past few months, outdoor living and design has become a growing and exciting aspect of interior design and hospitality applications. Coach House is constantly developing its Outdoor Living collections and has been spending a great deal of time creating new pieces and ranges for the next year within this vibrant sector. Given that many hospitality businesses will depend on this for much of its business, Coach House sees this as a promising time to expand boundaries for such and invite hospitality operators and designers to do the same, with them. www.coachhouse.com
Permablok3, Spradling’s coating protective finish Spradling has given thought of the most frequent problems encountered in the healthcare, hospitality, and mass transportation sectors, and has engineered Permablok3®, a highly effective coating defence system that it says ensures more hygienic and safe spaces, ideal for children protection. Using the company’s coated fabrics with Permablok3 protective finish, germ counts – including viruses and bacteria – can be kept down. All its fabrics treated with the Permablok3 protective finish are capable of reducing the presence of germs in more than 90% for Coronavirus within one hour of contact. It also guards against the surface growth of fungus, mould and mildew spores which can cause unpleasant odours and allergic reactions. With its unsurpassed antifungal protection, our coated fabrics are also resistant gram-positive, gram-negative bacteria, filamentous and yeast. Permablok3 makes Spradling’s coated fabrics an easy-to-clean upholstery solution that helps to wipe out the most current stains such as grease, blood, suntan lotion, crayon, ketchup, black felt tip pens, and other stubborn stains common in public spaces. Additionally, Permablok3 will keep upholstered furniture looking new as it is highly resistant to deterioration such as cracking, splitting, and loss of flexibility.
Spradling has cleaning and disinfection routine to maintain both the appearance as well as its protective qualities. To keep an environment free of virus and bacteria, regular cleaning is essential. The easy cleaning properties offered by Spradling’s coated fabrics not only make this task a breeze but also ensures the durability of furniture and surfaces. The routine is straightforward: first, clean the entire surface using a mixture of 1:9 liquid soap (neutral pH) and water. Do not use soap or cleaning solutions that contain alcohol, ketones, xylene, acetates or solvents (mineral/white spirits). Then completely remove excess cleaner with a white, clean, damp cloth. Finally, dry the surface. www.spradling.eu
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The team of designers at Spa Creators has been thinking outside of the box. Bringing over 10 years’ experience in designing wellness facilities for boutique luxury independent hotels, they have designed and implemented the first SPAshell business for the boutique hotel, Fishmore Hall. Using the latest innovations in modular building techniques Spa Creators have created a collection of modular buildings for commercial applications. Taking inspiration from the SPAshell concept and the configurability of the company’s modular building design solution the company has created a collection of commercial buildings with a range of applications: SPAshell, luxury spa and wellness; GYMshell, Fitness Suite; YOGAshell, Yoga & Meditation Studio; SLEEPshell, Accommodation; Pod/Suite and MEETshell, Dining & Meeting Room. Accoring to Spa Creators, these unique offerings allow businesses to create revenue
spaces for a fraction of the time and cost of a traditional built building. It is also seen as an ideal choice for businesses where space is at a premium, or where a building’s listed status makes full development impossible. With Spa Creators’ modular shells, any business can have a new space with the utmost of flexibility. The beautifully designed shells are ecofriendly modular solutions built in the UK to the highest specification with luxury finishes using materials that are also eco-friendly, demonstrating substantially reduced energy use both in construction and operation, providing a compelling green building alternative to a traditional build. The expert team at Spa Creators will deliver a full turnkey solution to create a successful project: from off-site design, planning, development, through to delivery and commissioning. www.spashell.com www.spacreators.co.uk
Helping hospitality operators to cushion the blow for outdoor, side and spa applications Returning to hospitality spaces post-lockdown yet still in the grip of the pandemic over the summer period naturally increases the focus on the safety and presentation of outdoor facilities. Covid-19 has created a huge concern in recent months, and is a situation that looks set to last for some time to come, so a professional-looking, safe outdoor environment is crucial to give confidence to customers and provide a welcoming place to spend time. London-based bespoke outdoor seating firm, Altair Living, is well placed to provide this market sector with ideal products, services
and experience having previously developed products well-suited to these conditions. “At Altair Living, we had the idea of using a water-resistant and anti-microbial fabric for our outdoor cushions a long time before this pandemic hit us, and at the time the we didn’t highlight the importance of the anti-microbial technology as it was understandably not as important as it is now,” explains Altair Living founder, Chris Rockall. “So we would like to let customers know that our fabrics are made with anti-microbial fabrics that are effective at fighting viruses – including Covid-19. Our fabric
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manufacturers have independently tested the fabric and the tests have proven that they are effective against the Corona-virus. “The efficiency of the products has been tested for continued performance after multiple washes and years of use,” explained Chris. “Moreover, the fabric is entirely safe and non-toxic being water-based and free from heavy metals, formaldehyde, methanol, poly-chlorinated phenols or arsenic – and it is exhaustively tested for cytotoxicity. Altair’s fabric range allows customers to personalise an outdoor space and instead have a scheme that replaces commonly substandard or flat grey or cream cushions. Rather co-ordinate it with a property’s interior décor or brand for a harmonious look. Replacing – and upgrading – existing outdoor cushions without having to replace the actual furniture also saves cost and time and creates a cohesive design across the property. “Our outdoor cushions will enhance the guest experience – why should your outdoor seating be inferior to your interior seating?” asks Chris. “Our fabrics are high performance, water- and stain-resistant, flame-retardant with antimicrobial protection and colour-fastness to light. They can also be wiped clean and will survive a downpour and are ideally suited for outdoor, conservatories, spas and poolside applications. www.altairliving.co.uk
Self-stabilising tables give you freedom to design When working with hospitality design, there is a limit to what can be done based on the products which are available on the market – especially so when working with dining areas both in- and outside. But since StableTable® came along with its ingenious self-stabilising table, the floor can now be part of the design, be it rough, natural or uneven. Stable Table’s Sven Henningsson says: “The selfstabilising tables from StableTable automatically adjust to any uneven ground and manage both bumps and grooves up to 25mm. StableTable – no more wobbly tables! “StableTable is a complete range of tables – from lounge to bar height, and from small café size tables up to large dining tables. Produced in Sweden, they are fully recyclable and can be used with any type of table top. The tables can be used in- or outside all year round. Design classics with a unique functionality.” www.stabletable.se
Foldable Furniture for Carl Hansen by Børge Mogensen
The table and benches are the epitome of simple and precise design with its wooden slats, which gives the piece a welcoming expression. The foldable table-and-bench set was originally produced by Søborg Møbelfabrik. It has been out of production for a number of years, but now becomes part of Carl Hansen & Son’s collection as a natural continuation of the story of good outdoor design. “It means a lot to us that Carl Hansen & Son has taken up production of the foldable furniture set,” say Børge Mogensen’s sons, for whom it is important to share the story of Børge Mogensen’s ability to design furniture for almost any situation – including outdoors. Knud Erik Hansen is pleased to present Børge Mogensen’s table and benches set for outdoor use: “Børge Mogensen’s furniture is both practical and beautiful. His design bears the marks of an architect who enjoyed his work and wasn’t afraid to create furniture that was simple and durable,” he says. For the third consecutive year, Carl Hansen & Son is expanding its range of outdoor furniture with a set created by one of the most distinctive Danish furniture designers. Børge Mogensen’s functionalist mindset is expressed through every detail of the table and benches that can bring family and friends together. After use, it can be folded up so it only requires a minimum of storage space. www.carlhansen.com
An uncompromising focus on quality from Bridgman Bridgman designs manufactures and supplies some of Europe’s most comfortable and durable commercial outdoor furniture. Since 1977 the Essex-based company’s award-winning in-house designers have developed and curated furniture collections that not only look good but will stand the test of time. Over the past 40 years, Bridgman has supplied well-made, stylish furniture to commercial customers worldwide, from fivestar hotels and golf clubs to care homes, architects, and designers. Bridgman can help to design and plan your outdoor space. Whether you are looking for inspiration for a small balcony or a complete outdoor renovation, we can assist with designs and layouts. www.bridgman.co.uk
Barlow Tyrie receives Red Dot Award: Product Design 2020
Red Dot is an international award celebrating superior design. An expert jury compromised of some 40 international experts, who share the same passion, assess manufacturers’ and designers’ innovations. Red Dot dates back to 1955 and is a vital platform for the recognition of good design and quality. Barlow Tyrie is pleased to announce that it has received an award for its new Layout Collection. Designed by the renowned Nathalie de Leval and Andrew Jones, this collection consists of a modular, deep seating system and an eye-catching dining set. Both bring elegance to outdoor living based on indoor principles and comprise multiple elements that can be arranged in many configurations, which makes Layout ideal to design the needs of the individual user. Layout offers a range of upholstered seats and co-ordinating tables, which together create intimate or grand seating environments. Refined, powder-coated stainless-steel frames support the upholstered seats and teak table tops. The dining suite features armchairs and benches with contemporary teak seats. The Layout Collection is a creative set of parts for building a perfect outdoor living room. www.teak.com
Aqua Sana Longleat Forest Sparcstudio, an independent, creative design studio with a reputation for excellence across spa, wellness, hotel and resort design has collaborated on one of the UK’s most impressive recent spa refurbishments, Aqua Sana Longleat Forest. The Aqua Sana Spa at Center Parcs Longleat Forest, UK has relaunched following a £6m refurbishment. The new 2222m2 Forest Spa has been reimagined with the creation of 24 spa experiences which draw inspiration from different aspects of nature and the surrounding forest landscape. Sparcstudio worked alongside Center Parcs’ own spa experts to help create and design the new Forest Spa concept for Center Parcs Longleat Forest which is inspired by the tranquil and therapeutic properties of the forest environment. It follows in the footsteps of the first Forest Spa at Aqua Sana Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire and the acclaimed Aqua Sana Longford Forest, Ireland. Following the restyle, the spa’s footprint has increased by 40% and is spread across five themed zones – Nordic Forest, Hot Springs, Volcanic Forest, Forest Immersion and Treetop Nesting – all of which are designed to take guests on a journey through different aspects of nature using multisensory experiences, each with a unique, temperate feel, aesthetic and soundscape, inspired by the cold ice climate of the Nordic
regions, Volcanic geothermal landscapes and Japanese Mountain Onsens. Guests can enjoy over 20 hot, cold, herbal and meditative experiences and a multitude of light and dark, immersive and stimulating relaxation spaces 24 treatment rooms and a huge range of steam rooms and saunas, a heated outdoor pool, hot tubs, an ice cave, a selection of relaxation rooms and reflexology footbaths. Two new exclusive experiences have been created the Moonlight Steam Room and the Forest Cavern, replicating a cave hidden deep within a forest, (the region around the site is well known for its caves) this gently warming experience helps to balance mind and body. Neil Fairplay says the Forest Cavern is among the features he’s most proud of. “From the outset, we imagined a double-height cave environment with an opening in the roof, allowing natural light to flood in, with trailing foliage and gentle mists adding to the ambience,” he says. “It’s hard not to be wowed by this experience; I think we’ve really pulled it off.” With the spa now holding up to 125 guests at a time (or 175 including the Vitale Café Bar, treatment and outdoor areas), a sense of space and a clear journey became a major priority for the project. Fairplay adds: “Prior to the refit, there were lots of underutilised areas and we focused hard on creating a seamless
and intuitive guest journey to provide a more comprehensive and complete spa offer. All zones lead off from the exterior central pool which forms the focal point and there is a logical circuit that guests can follow. The Vitale Café Bar has also been refurbished to give it a more high-end feel and to tie it in with the natural a forest-themed design, and now includes table service. Paul Kent, development and construction director at Center Parcs, says: “Our Forest Spa concept has been a huge success at our Sherwood Forest and Longford Forest sites and we wanted to bring that same high quality design and innovative approach to Longleat Forest. We wanted to create a space where the positive benefits of the outside environment fed into the décor, design, experiences and overall atmosphere – a place which is effectively an extension of the forest setting.” Neil concludes: “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to work with Center Parcs again on such a transformational and creative project. Center Parcs have put their trust in Sparcstudio to deliver the best possible innovative and stimulating spa experience; we couldn’t be happier with the outcome. We focused hard on creating a seamless and intuitive guest journey to provide a more comprehensive and complete spa offer.’’ www.sparcstudio.co.uk
Joali, Maldives – featuring Kettal Joali is a magnificent Maldivian resort – a project by Gürallar, which aims to increase the quality of life and bring value to individuals’ lives in various fields they serve through knowing the value of cultural accumulation, focuses on creating a unique story. The island presents a perfect environment with a legendary bright blue sea and white sand beaches, between the world’s biggest and deepest atomas. Autoban, which realised certain architectural elements of the project and created the interior design, have combined what the environment provided with a multi-layered design approach, which has both an integral and a unique understanding between interior and exterior spaces, and architecture. Joali consists of 73 luxury land and overthe-water villas, each designed with a unique
story and promising the guests a fairytale journey, restaurants that bring together the most delicious tastes from world cuisines and present them as if they were a natural part of the island environment, communal spaces that compliment this whole experience, and personalised spa and fitness facilities. It takes inspiration from Her, the spirit of the brand. Her is a feminine spirit that has intellect and a delicate maturity. Her is sophisticated and multi-faceted and Joali carries the spirit of Her successfully in every meaning of the word; it converges art, architecture and craft, and presents the most successful forms of meeting of nature and design in terms of practicality and aesthetics. To merge Maldivian Shed, a classic Maldivian structure typology, with the life philosophy
of Her, and to create a unique perception of space is the main principle of the whole design approach. Typical Maldivian roof structure welcomes those who come to the island from the first second. Autoban presents the guests with abstract and unique forms in the Maldivian spirit they have prepared by abstracting and energising this typical roof structure, as a direct result of their experimental and forward-looking design approach. The fact that all forms in the island have an outer layer that is compatible with the natural flora, and that the spaces created inside this layer are both unique and have an integral interior design, is noteworthy as one of the most significant features of this project. The materials in the structures, as well as production techniques, carry the spirit of the Maldives.
Kettal furniture featured at Joali included Basket by Nanna and Jorgen Dietzel, Vieques and Mesh by Patricia Urquiola, Cala by Doshi Levien, and Riva by Jasper Morrison
A jetty with a sculpture-like layer welcomes the guests at the entrance of the island. The whole roof system that has been planned as a podium, twirling like a wave, is a wooden structure, and has been laminated with a wooden layer. The multi-layered structure system starts at the front doors of the villas. The entrance welcomes the guests with artisan wood and a rich but humble look embroidered with concrete columns. Wooden columns, inspired by the works of Brancusi, also reinforce this look. Autobanâ€™s mastery, focusing on details in furniture design, exhibits itself in all forms and this can also be read in the movable furniture, all designed and applied specifically for this project. Like all other design decisions, the furniture also integrates the experience of Joali and Maldivian
spirit. It can be seen that the designs belong to Her, and have been realised to reflect this. The fact that a design philosophy where exotic materials like bamboo and coconut shell have been processed with contemporary and local forms in the furniture, bring a warmth to the experience of the space. This multi-layered design approach by Autoban can also be seen in the exterior spaces of Joali project. Ana Restaurant, which has a fragmented placement, is separated into inner yards. Her Kitchen, Vinery and Cold Kitchen rooms inside have been separated by glass, and in certain points with wooden abacuses as a part of the Maldivian spirit. Bamboo beams in the roof structure layer, created through a diagonal cut of classic Maldivian roof, give reference to the island spirit. Hand-carved
wooden panel and abacus separators used in the space distinguish between spaces and create private areas for the guests. Bellini bar, located at a section of the restaurant, has been designed completely as an Italian restaurant. Another space of the Joali project that presents unique and personalised experiences to the guests is the Spa section. The section, which welcomes the guests with a circular entrance, continues with spiral forms to furl guests. Maldivian spirit and island culture merge with Autobanâ€™s design approach, which combines the unique details, natural materials and sophisticated ideas, and what emerges is a personal experience where dreams come through. www.autoban.com www.kettal.com
As The Water Studio reopens in Clerkenwell, Hansgrohe announces new ways of working After almost four months of enforced closure following the UK’s descent into lockdown, Hansgrohe is pleased to announce the reopening of its showroom in Clerkenwell, the heart of London’s design district. The Water Studio is now open by appointment only for B2B trade customers. Comprising two leading bathroom brands, AXOR and hansgrohe, The Hansgrohe Group designed The Water Studio as a creative space where architects, designers and specifiers can find inspiration, demonstration and interaction. Whilst the current circumstances demand new ways of working, Hansgrohe has introduced safety measures and innovative technology to help maintain a continuity of service for its customers and partners in the design industry. Following government guidance, The Water Studio has all necessary Covid-19 precautions
in place, including a maximum of two persons on site at one time, correct and efficient PPE, a one-way system and relevant social distancing signage in place. Hansgrohe understands the importance of touching products to see how they feel and operate, therefore working water displays will be available for use. These displays will be wiped down after every visitor and the showroom will be deep cleaned each evening. The capacity within the showroom will be closely managed by staff; appointments will be pre-booked, Monday to Friday between 10:3015:00, and no walk-ins or overlapping visits will be permitted in order to mitigate risk. Each visit will be booked via the customer’s Area Sales Manager, with each visitor required to complete a Covid-19 self-declaration form prior to their arrival.
Hansgrohe is also investing in virtual technology by offering virtual showroom tours for prospective visitors who can not, or would prefer not to, visit in person (launch date to be announced). Jay Phillips, Managing Director of Hansgrohe UK & Ireland, said “The safety of our colleagues, customers and those within the industry, remains our first priority. We are excited to reopen The Water Studio and have put in place measures to ensure safety and wellbeing isn’t compromised; this includes the introduction of virtual services, which will help us to meet the demands of this new way of life”. To organise a visit, please email firstname.lastname@example.org five days ahead of the preferred date and kindly allow 24 hours for a response. www.hansgrohe.co.uk
Compliant, low-height drain Part of the SchlĂźter KERDI-LINE range, the new G3 drain offers a fully compliant lowheight drainage option. The drain is the latest component to an already comprehensive waterproofing system, creating the last piece to the puzzle. At 78mm high, the addition of the KERDI-LINE-G3 drain provides a waterproofing system which does not require a compromise on floor space within the bathroom and wetroom area. The drain offers an integrated solution which also complies with BS EN 1253 and BS EN 274. This includes anti-blockage as per an 8mm ball bearing test, a water seal of 50mm which can be easily removed for cleaning, and odour tightness of 180Pa.
To make integration into the wetroom or bathroom as easy as possible, whether installed in the perimeter or intermediate positions, KERDI-LINE-G3 can be fitted without any need for drilling or screwing.
The KERDI-LINE-G3 can be used seamlessly within the KERDI range and when fitted by an improved installer, comes with a comprehensive system warranty. www.schluter.co.uk
Quality illuminated showerhead from Timage This impressive LED Drench Shower is a 316-grade stainless steel shower with incorporated LED lighting. Hand-crafted in Italy and constructed from marine-grade stainless steel; this versatile product suits a varied range of projects from residential and spa to yacht application and can be installed either internally or externally. The real stand out feature of the shower is the incorporated LED light bars. No longer does an ugly IP-rated downlight need to be position in a shower enclosure, instead the head itself provides ample illumination in a showering space. The dotfree solution offers a soft, relaxing light output and can be configured in warm white 2700Â°K or RGB colour change. www.timage.co.uk
Bette – over 400 colours for inspiration German bathroom manufacturer, Bette, offers its baths, shower trays and basins in over 400 colours and also creates bespoke colours for large projects. A new colour reference fan, featuring its most popular colours, is available, and there is colour information on its website Bette can create its baths, shower trays and washbasins in over 400 colours because of
the way its products are made. Each item is individually manufactured in titanium-steel, before its durable BetteGlaze enamel finish is applied and fired. Bette mixes colour pigments into the BetteGlaze enamel finish, prior to application, which is why such a huge range of colours, including gloss, matt, shimmering and glittering options, are available.
Bette’s unique finish not only allows over 400 colour options, but the glazed titaniumsteel results in products that keep their good looks for many years, are easy to clean, 100% recyclable and come with a 30 year warranty, making them ideal for hospitality projects. Some of Bette’s most popular colours are its 22 exclusive matt options, which take inspiration from natural stone colours, and also include matt white. In addition, if customers working on large projects require a specific colour that Bette does not currently produce, the company offers the option of creating a bespoke colour. www.my-bette.com/en
Superior linen and towelling option for premium establishments With more than 80 combined years’ expertise in the textiles trade, Trade Linens is a preferred supplier to more than 5000 five-star hotel bedrooms worldwide. Committed to ethical and sustainable linen practices, the company is a highly respected go-to advisor of linen, bedding and towel manufacturing. When asked about his experience of supplying towels, co-founder Robert Lancaster Gaye, says: “For me, the most important feature of a towel is that it isn’t too dense – if the towelling loops are short and packed together tightly, which often happens with
heavy towels, they don’t absorb water as well and they simply don’t feel as luxurious. “Go for a towel around 650gsm made from high quality combed cotton and the towel will feel much softer on your face and wrap around your body in a more luxurious way too. Don’t confuse heavier towels with higher quality.” When choosing towelling, Robert adds: “Look for double-stitched hems to avoid fraying, check for bright whiteness preferably in a natural light and ensure you choose the right
mix of sizes for each bathroom and user. “If you’re choosing coloured towels for your client, ensure that you choose the correct dying process for the project.” Another top tip for hotel applications is to best avoid reactive dyed as they have less colour fading resistance than VAT dyed – VAT dye ensures that colours stay true even when repeatedly exposed to detergents, chemicals and natural sunlight. www.tradelinens.co.uk
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New stock collection – Natural Wool www.newheycarpets.co.uk
Newhey Carpets, manufacturer of woolrich contract carpets has updated its highly successful Natural Wool Collection with a selection of exciting new designs. The launch of the Natural Wool Collection in 2016 produced a flurry of orders from clients across the entire spectrum of the hospitality industry, from hotel and leisure chains to independent restaurants and inns. This 1350g per m2 graphics tufted heavy contract use carpet is available at 4m wide. To satisfy the industry’s heightened appetite for high performance natural wool carpets with sustainable attributes, Newhey Carpets has extended their palette for this collection, from Silver Grey through to deep Ebony. All shades in the newly updated range are derived from the natural colour of the sheep’s fleece. Different breeds offer an eclectic mix of wool, allowing Newhey designers to work with a skilled local spinner to develop and blend their Natural Wool Collection’s beautiful natural yarn colours. Focusing on the new designs, Geo is a contemporary small design with a concentrated pattern of light and dark, perfect for even petite areas and Parquet is inspired by the classic geometric pattern which gives any
room true visual direction. Herringbone, brought from the original collection, is an elegant reverse twill derived from a woven fabric, whilst Panama is an oversized herringbone pattern with a fine stripe detail. Finally, Alpine incorporates the new shade of Ebony to give opulence and depth. Clients and interior designers with exacting sustainability requirements can specify the Natural Wool Collection in confidence as all designs are backed with ‘evobac’. This revolutionary and environmentally-friendly backing material has a positive impact on the planet. Evobac applies solvent-free thermoplastic technology to high speed tufted carpet manufacturing. This heat-applied backing is made from recycled PET post-consumer plastic bottles is already responsible for preventing over 9.6m bottles finding their way into either landfill or polluting our oceans. The environment is something Newhey Carpets protects fiercely. This is also backed up by a seamless supply chain that strikes a real chord with clients who place real importance on sustainability. For samples call 01706 846 375 or email email@example.com.
Hypnos receive the Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development www.hypnoscontractbeds.com Ethical British bedmaker, Hypnos, is celebrating after receiving the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development for its pioneering commitment to sustainable and ethical manufacturing. This respected achievement is the second Queen’s Award for the company after they won one in 2017 for International Trade. Hypnos’ latest accolade comes after a decade long commitment to sustainable production and operation, and in recognition of a series of ground-breaking sustainable innovations and design. Indeed, Hypnos’
beds are some of the most sustainable in the industry being 100% foam free and 100% recyclable. The manufacturer is committed to increasing the traceability in the natural and sustainable materials it sources whilst creating low carbon and safe products. Highly celebrated, the Queen’s Award is only given to those who can demonstrate outstanding sustainability achievements and whose environmentally-sound products and management of the company benefits the environment, society and the economy. James Keen, chief executive officer at Hypnos, said: “Through passion, dedication and commitment we have created a wide-ranging, impactful sustainability plan that is industry-leading and reaches every area of the business. We are incredibly proud that our work here has been recognised with this Queen’s Award, our second within three years. Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do and we’re not afraid to challenge the way the bed industry does things for the benefit of the environment and communities around the UK and the world.”
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drapilux bioaktiv – elegance meets hygiene www.drapilux.com A break from everyday life, vacation, relaxation, a second home – hotels combine all these qualities. To ensure they can reopen safely after the pandemic, comprehensive hygiene concepts play a key role in protecting everyone’s health. Fabrics from the German textile manufacturer drapilux support hoteliers in this – thanks to the intelligent additional function drapilux bioaktiv. The special finish on the textile surface kills 99 percent of bacteria on the fabric. The effectiveness is scientifically proven, remaining in place even after repeated wash cycles. Meanwhile, guests need a cosy atmosphere to relax. Textiles therefore must be functional and aesthetic. drapilux 102 meets both requirements. The opaque faux-uni is antibacterial, has an air-purifying effect (drapilux air) and improves the room’s acoustics (drapilux akustik). With 38 colours in the noncolour range as well as coloured highlights, drapilux 102 is an all-rounder that can both be used on its own as well as combined with transparent articles.
Top lighting manufacturer to the prime hospitality establishments www.diamond-life.com Diamond Life Group has a number of internationally impressive lighting brands – Baohoui Lighting, Olaines, Kalko, Allegri, Venice Lighting, Ming Yue, Fadi and JL Dante – which together, have successfully completed more than 1000 hotels and buildings on five continents over the past 41 years. Known throughout the world for its rich engineering lighting design and manufacturing experience and expertise, advanced production technology, superb craftsmanship, and strict quality requirement, the Diamond Life Group companies is an experienced designer-manufacturer enterprise and a prolific supply partner to five-star and luxury properties around the world. A plethora of impressive lighting projects are part of the many of the hotel industry’s leading properties, such as Atlantis The Palm Dubai, The Langham London, Marina Bay Sands Singapore, Grand Hyatt Doha in Qatar, Beijing Diaoyutai State Guest House in China, Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, Macao Sands Casino, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, Sheraton Dameisha Hotel in Shenzhen, Howard Johnson Resort Sanya in Hainan to mention just a few. More than 40 years of brilliant performance and innovative breakthroughs have laid a solid foundation for Baohui Lighting in the industry.
Matrix: your colour, your design www.parkside.co.uk Designed in collaboration with a leading colour consultant, Matrix is the latest ceramic wall tile collection from specification company Parkside. Inspiring creativity, Matrix offers an unprecedented portfolio of 23 tile colours, available in matt or gloss finishes, accompanied by matching grouts and trims. With the Matrix collection, Parkside wanted to create a range of colours that would allow the design community to curate co-ordinated looks or mix and match colours to create striking design statements. The Matrix colours were developed in collaboration with colour consultant Vanessa Konig, who wanted to ensure that they would complement natural materials as well as work across a range of environments; from warm, cosy restaurants and bars to more pared-back, minimalist designs. The colours range from neutrals and pastels through to brights and jewels with some colours, such as Victoria Purple or Heritage Blue, being particularly on trend. Vanessa comments, “The deep, almost ultramarine, Heritage Blue would team up well with crisp white architectural details, used as you would a paint colour. For example, completely tiling a bathroom space floor to ceiling in this rich, elegant colour.” Available in 148 x 148mm and 98 x 198mm, every Matrix colour is accompanied by matching straight edge and box trims, as well as grout, allowing the creation of a beautifully coordinated end result in solid
Tágada www.fenabel.pt Portugese firm, Fenabel, is a specialist in the production of often fascinating chairs and seating typically endowed with high complexity. Its new Tágada design is inspired by everyday life, the result of experiences and memories. Tágada’s designer, Gianluca Tonelli, says the design is a tribute to childhood play times, and it is meant to bring joy to any interior setting. Made from sustainable products, and developed in an eco-friendly way, this collection is a great option for many kinds of projects. Actual, contemporary and very well designed, Tágada will make a statement in a hotel, restaurant or interior space.
Elstead Lighting www.elsteadlighting.com The Penny floor lamp which is a mid-century inspired tripod base with a white linen shade by Elstead Lighting and it is available in Burnished Brass, Aged Iron or a Polished Nickel finish. This floor lamp stands 140cm tall and the shade diameter is 47cm wide. It is ideal for any lounge or bedroom space and is available as part of the Feiss Limited Editions collection. To see more designer lighting from the Elstead Collection, visit the website.
A floor for today’s home in every way www.granorte.co.uk Granorte’s Trend collection makes the beauty, sustainability and performance of cork flooring accessible to today’s homeowner. From traditional cork tiles right through to printed designs using the latest solid rigid core technology, it’s a formidable collection that brings cork right up to date. Nowhere is this better captured than in DESIGNTrend, a floor that combines the latest technology with cork’s natural, sustainable and renewable status. Through direct digital print and a textured WEARTOP® finish, DESIGNTrend brings the look and feel of wood with the ease of LVT without cutting down trees or containing any plastic. Updated for 2020 with new looks, DESIGNTrend uses proven Uniclic® joints for fast and easy installation, just like any laminate or click LVT, but also features a high-density natural cork composite wear layer and 1mm cork base layer for a warmer and quieter home. Treated with Microban® anti-bacterial protection, DESIGNTrend provides homes with a floor that’s not only easy to live with and kinder on the planet, but more hygienic too. Paulo Rocha, product and R&D manager, Granorte, says: “Cork is a great material to work with, with numerous applications, and is certainly a material that resonates with today’s homeowners. Cork is no longer just about the ‘old fashioned’ glue-down tiles of old, it is a material that offers genuine benefits and designs that not only break convention but perhaps more importantly, fit with convention.
Innovation in swimming pool design and delivery by Spa Creators www.spacreators.co.uk
Spa Creators has been working with leading international pool manufacturer, Mosaic Spa Company, to create a modular solution for installing a pool and spa. Using the same principals as SPA Creators modular building concept, a pool or spa can be delivered to site complete including plant and commercial filtration. This quick install minimises the impact of works on site and any effects to business operations of the hotel. The ONE Pool is part of Spa Creators solution for the modular building the SPAshell. Utilising the ONE Pool allows SPAshell to have a pre-installed pool when the SPAshell is delivered to site. This solution is now being offered as an alternative to traditional built pools and spas. Introducing the all new ONE Pool, this fast, simple, and efficient way of installing a full-length mosaic tiled pool into any area. Unlike the traditional concrete pool method, the one-piece pool is as simple as excavating a hole, installing a concrete slab then simply dropping it into place. This dramatically reduces the total time of the installation whilst maintaining the quality and finish of a mosaic tiled swimming pool which is finished to exacting standards in a factory. The ONE Pool can be installed above or bellow ground, a range of sizes are available from 5m x 3m to 12m x 4.5m â€“ to get a quotation for a ONE Pool, contact the team of spa experts at Spa Creators.
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