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Innspec is a new online platform dedicated to hotel design and specification, brought to you in association with Sleeper Magazine. It’s a tool created for the hospitality industry to support the delivery of new hotel projects by enhancing the connections between the companies involved. Whatever your involvement in hotel design there are plenty of benefits to adding your profile to Innspec. Sign up today on



Contents Features



024 Jean Michel Gathy


032 Alpine Location Report 070 The Line Hotel - Los Angeles 079 Hotel Hotel - Canberra

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085 Ibis Styles Dale Street - Liverpool


091 Hotel Cort - Palma de Mallorca 097 Hampton by Hilton - London Waterloo © Adrian Gaut

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“My job is not to do a monument for myself but to create a product that will bring great business to my client,” believes Gathy, Principal at Kuala Lumpurbased Denniston International Architects and Planners Ltd, which completed an impressive nine projects in 2013, including The Chedi Andermatt.


Departments 007 Welcome 008 Check-In 010 Drawing Board

An LA local of Korean descent, Choi is one of a number of tastemakers Zobler has brought together at The Line Hotel for a truly authentic destination. Choi is the creator of the hotel’s Pot restaurant, a traditional hotpot eatery serving up Korean dishes elevated by signature ingredients and personal flair.


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Sydell Group’s CEO seems to have a knack for raising the cool quotient in undervalued neighbourhoods. He did it with Ace and NoMad in Manhattan’s lower midtown and is now doing the same with The Line Hotel, which recently opened in Koreatown, an upand-coming district west of downtown Los Angeles.


107 Events 162 Specifier 186 Check-Out

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Dr. Chris Luebkeman, Director of Arup’s Foresight + Research + Innovation team, joined Sleepover Copenhagen to host a Tomorrow’s Hotel Workshop. In keeping with Sleepover’s gastronomy theme, Food For Thought explored new hospitality concepts inspired by guests’ experiences in the city. WWW.SLEEPERMAGAZINE.COM

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Welcome This issue sees the launch of Innspec, a new online platform for hotel design and specification, brought to you by the publishers of Sleeper Magazine.

COVER STORY: By its nature, no community or neighbourhood can ever be static, and so it is with Hotel Hotel. As the property’s “creative index” – which lists the makers, artists, creative studios, curators and the doers involved in the project’s realisation – states: “We will add to it as we go… the making is never over”. Cover pic: © Ross Honeysett

In a nutshell, Innspec is a tool created for the hospitality industry, to support the delivery of new hotel projects by enhancing the connections between the companies involved. Visit today, and the first thing you will see is a selection of hotel projects, curated from the past three years of Sleeper Magazine. But this is only the surface. Dig a little deeper and you will find an extensive network linking the plethora of companies involved in creating these hotels: architects, consultants, contractors, designers, developers, owners, operators, and the suppliers whose products help bring these projects to fruition. Chances are, if you are reading this, you will have been involved in one of the projects on Innspec – in which case we have already created a basic profile of your company, for you to claim as your own. You can then begin to explore the true potential of Innspec, by connecting your company to other projects you have worked on, creating portfolios of projects that aren’t there already, and enhancing your profile for others on the network to see. If your work isn’t on Innspec already, you can create your own profile from scratch. For suppliers, a particularly neat piece of technology allows you to identify and tag your products in the photography of projects they have been specified in – just as you would tag friends in a Facebook picture. There is a host of additional features that allow you to advertise your presence at industry events; endorse and recommend the work of others in the network; and integrate Innspec into your social media strategy. We hope Innspec will evolve into an essential reference tool for our readers, and for the industry as a whole. Innspec is a source of inspiration for designers working on their next project; a point of introduction to property owners and developers; a mine of information on the products being specified in hotel projects. But, like any online platform, Innspec depends on the input of its users to thrive. Please do have a look and let us know what you think via

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Sefer Caglar, co-founder of Istanbul-based design studio Autoban, travels back in time to dine with architectural greats in a traditional Turkish setting.

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Check-In Where are we? In old Istanbul, circa 1600. We are in the shadow of Süleymaniye Mosque and within walking distance of the residence of Sinan the Great (Mimar Sinan) – the notable Ottoman architect who designed it. How did you get here? We came here from Pera, crossing the Golden Horn by rowboat with majestic views of the Süleymaniye accompanying us along the way. Who’s at the concierge desk? He is a very friendly, local gentleman, not a corporate type. I consider him a new friend who will guide me through this experience. And the owner / manager? Ilber Ortaylı, a leading Turkish historian and former Director of Topkapi Museum, Istanbul. Who are you sharing your room with? My wife. Is there anything you would like waiting for you in your room on arrival? Figs and fresh fruits in a nice copper bowl. It would be great if they also offered a luggage opening service. Describe the hotel building, your room and the experience... The hotel has a traditional Turkish house plan with a large courtyard in the middle which can be seen from all rooms. There is a large marble table at the centre with fresh figs on offer. The room has built-in divans on three sides, while tall windows with stained

glass panels rise above. From here, there are magnificient views of Istanbul, particularly the Golden Horn with period boats sailing by. At the rear of the room is a large bed and a door leading to the all-marble bathroom.

Would you like something to drink with that? A glass of Turkish raki would be nice.

Who designed it? The building is the work of traditional Armenian artisans. What’s the restaurant / bar like? The restaurant is out on the courtyard where a marble fountain provides a calm and peaceful background sound. Dinner is served on traditional copper trays which are also the works of Armenian artisans. We are travelling in time and the experience brings us to a period where we witness the transformation of Istanbul, from Byzantium to the Ottoman Empire. It’s a unique time and place to be in terms of experiencing the culinary culture, architecture and social life. Who are you dining with this evening? 1. Carlo Scarpa 2. Le Corbusier 3. Sinan the Great 4. Sedad Hakki Eldem – a 20th century Turkish architect and major catalyst in the development of Turkish architecture
 5. Zeki Müren – the late classical Turkish singer known as ‘the sun of art’ Who’s manning the stoves? The team behind Kanaat Lokantasi, a traditional Turkish restaurant in Üsküdar, Istanbul.

And what’s on the menu? Starter: Pepper and beetroot pickles Main: Haricot beans and pilaf Dessert: Semolina with fresh cheese

And a book at bedtime? Elif Shafak’s My Master and I – a novel dedicated to Sinan the Great and the love of learning. What’s in the mini-bar for a night cap? Sparkling water. Would you like a newspaper or magazine in the morning? A newspaper to read the headlines of the 1600s. What toiletries would you like to freshen up with? Comme des Garcons 2, Bogazici lemon cologne, and olive based soaps. MULTIPLE CHOICE SECTION: Early morning alarm call or late check out? Late check out. Bath, jacuzzi or power shower? Power shower. Full English, continental or something different? Traditional Turkish breakfast. Swimming pool, spa or gym? Turkish hammam.


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GOLDEN HARBOR SUZHOU, CHINA HOK has won an international competition to design the masterplan for Golden Harbor, a 90-hectare tourist destination on Taihu Lake. The resort is being developed by Wujiang Binhu Investment Group Ltd and is located on the shores of eastern China’s largest lake, 100 kilometers west of Shanghai. The site is designed to draw visitors from the entry areas through the rest of the development, encouraging engagement with different amenity spaces. By integrating the lake’s pristine natural environment with the cultural and historical context, the masterplan creates a destination that is both commercially viable and ecologically sustainable. In the north of the site, an exhibition centre and retail village will feature a lakefront promenade that connects to a shopping street, yacht club and high-end hotels. The southern parcel consists of a visitor centre, water sports facility and additional retail outlets. Construction is scheduled for completion in 2017.


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CITY OF DREAMS COTAI, MACAU Melco Crown Entertainment, a developer and owner of casino gaming and entertainment resort facilities in Asia, has unveiled details of the fifth hotel tower at City of Dreams, the company’s flagship property in Cotai, Macau. Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, the 40-storey building will feature an exposed exoskeleton and house approximately 780 guestrooms, suites and sky villas. It will also include a variety of meeting and events facilities, gaming rooms, lobby atrium, restaurants, spa, and sky pool. Hadid’s design combines dramatic public spaces and generous guestrooms with innovative engineering and formal cohesion. A series of voids carve through the centre of the monolithic block, blending traditional architectural elements to create an intriguing sculptural form that defines many of the hotel’s internal public spaces. Lawrence Ho, Co-Chairman and CEO of Melco Crown Entertainment, comments: “Dame Zaha Hadid’s distinctive design is closely aligned with our vision to provide unique entertainment experiences for our customers. We are confident that the new property will become an iconic landmark in Cotai and Macau and contribute meaningfully to tourism development through the enhancement of the cultural landscape.” L&O (executive architect), CAA (local architect), Buro Happold (façade engineer), Remedios Studio (interior designer), Friedmutter Group (gaming designer) and Isometrix (lighting designer) have also confirmed their involvement. The hotel is expected to open in early 2017. 012

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HARD ROCK HOTEL IBIZA Hard Rock International has announced it will open its first European property, Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza, in May 2014. Located in Playa d’en Bossa, the ultra-luxe resort is designed by London-based firm Jestico + Whiles together with local practice Flaquer Arquitectos. Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza will blend Mediterranean island inspiration with the renowned Hard Rock energy throughout its 490 guestrooms and vast amenities, which include the Rock Spa, Body Rock workout facility, beach club, and meeting space. Staying true to its heritage, Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza will kick off its first season with one of the world’s most influential music 014

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industry gatherings, The Ibiza International Music Summit (IMS). On its open air stage, guests will be able to enjoy concerts by internationally acclaimed bands and artists, which perfectly complement the local scene and set the property as a place of pilgrimage for music lovers. In addition, pop culture fans will be treated to iconic music memorabilia lining the hotel walls and the brand’s unique amenity program, The Sound of Your Stay. The hotel has been created by Ibiza-based Palladium Hotel Group from two of its existing properties, Fiesta Club Don Toni and Fiesta Hotel Don Toni, and will sit adjacent to the hugely successful Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel, another of Palladium’s properties.


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RAFFLES ISTANBUL Raffles Hotels & Resorts has announced that it will open the 181-key Raffles Istanbul, with interiors designed by Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA), in the third quarter of 2014. The hotel will be located in the awardwinning Zorlu Center, Turkey’s first mixeduse project that brings together a performing arts centre, offices, residential apartments and retail outlets, all with Bosphorus views. The development, which sits on the European shore in Besiktas has been designed by Istanbul-based practices EAA-Emre Arolat Architects and Tabanlioglu Architects for Zorlu Property Development and Investment, a subsidiary of Zorlu Holding. 016

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Raffles is at the heart of the Zorlu Center, and will feature 181 guestrooms and suites, a 1,200-capacity ballroom, two restaurants and bars, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a heliport. It will also be home to a signature Raffles Spa, which is set to be one of the largest spas in Istanbul. The interiors will work as a contemporary interpretation of traditional Turkish design with generous use of glass and crystal, contrasted with modern mosaics in subtle, muted tones. A full collection of original artwork by both local and international artists will be on show throughout the hotel, and include paintings, sculpture, photography and video installations, all united by the common influence of Turkish culture and heritage.


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BATTERSEA POWER STATION LONDON World-renowned architectural firms Gehry Partners and Foster + Partners have unveiled landmark designs for Phase Three of Battersea Power Station. Following an international design competition, the two architectural practices were chosen for their bold and innovative designs that reflect the shareholders’ commitment to creating world-class buildings that complement the iconic Power Station, while becoming destinations in their own right. Phase Three is a key part of the regeneration of the Battersea site, and will feature a new high street known as The Electric Boulevard, over 1,300 homes, and a 160-room hotel. 350,000ft2 of leisure, retail 018

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and restaurant will also be delivered as part of the proposal. Gehry Partners has designed Prospect Place (pictured), a series of five buildings anchored by the distinctive Flower structure. Representing the firm’s first permanent development in London, it will house double-height retail units, half of the planned residential units, a park, and a multi-use community hub. Foster + Partners has designed The Skyline, an undulating structure topped with roof gardens offering views of the city. Here, the 160-room hotel will sit alongside further residential units and a medical centre. Work began on Phase One of the development, known as Circus West, in July


2013 while restoration of the Grade II*-listed Power Station itself is gathering pace. In all, the Rafael Vinoly-designed masterplan comprises over 3,400 homes as well as offices, shops, restaurants, bars, cafés, hotels, community and leisure facilities and 18 acres of open space. UK Culture Minister Ed Vaizey comments: “Battersea Power Station is an iconic site and the unveiling of this exciting new design by Frank Gehry and Foster + Partners will ensure the development of this former industrial site will put Battersea on the world stage once again. The plans for a new high street for the capital show that London continues to attract the best in terms of architecture, design and innovation.”



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THE WHARF WASHINGTON, DC Phase One of The Wharf, a US$2 billion, mixed-use development in Washington’s Southwest Waterfront, has celebrated breaking ground in a ceremony attended by local government officials, developers PN Hoffman and Madison Marquette, and masterplanner Perkins Eastman. The large-scale project by HoffmanMadison Waterfront is part of the District of Columbia’s Anacostia Waterfront Initiative. When complete, it will feature approximately three million square feet of new residential, office, hotel, retail, cultural, and public uses including waterfront parks, promenades, piers, and docks. Perkins Eastman is serving as 020

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masterplanner, design architect and architect of record for the public realm, infrastructure and buildings in two of the initial parcels. Phase One alone comprises 24 acres of land and more than 50 acres of waterfront. It is projected for completion in 2017. The design vision for The Wharf is founded on principles of reconnecting the city to its waterfront, providing residents with a world-class public destination for year-round use, and restoring Washington as a port city with a rich maritime history. The Wharf will offer residents and visitors a series of grand and varied places while maintaining an intimate urban feel, replete with residential, commercial, hospitality, dining and entertainment programs.



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THE LALIT LONDON EPR Architects and Archer Humphryes have been appointed to lead the conversion of a former grammar school into a 70-key luxury hotel for The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group. The Grade II-listed property, originally designed by architect Edward Mountford, was built in two phases in the 1800s and became known as St. Olave’s Grammar School. More recently, it housed Lambeth College. 022

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Situated close to London’s evolving South Bank, the heritage building is being developed by Grand Hotel and Investments Group to provide boutique hotel accommodation, a restaurant, bar and spa facilities. It will be The Lalit’s first hotel in London. Headquartered in New Delhi, The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group is India’s largest privately owned hotelier with 17 luxury hotels across the country. The Lalit London will offer 70 guestrooms of varying sizes including the first floor


Headmaster’s Room, set to be transformed into a luxurious suite. The former Great Hall will become the hotel’s restaurant and event space, while The Governors Room with its panelled walls and elaborate plaster cornicing will be converted into a cocktail bar. A spa and gym will be located in a new basement space underneath the existing building. Construction and design is under way and the hotel is expected to open late 2015.



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As another of Denniston International’s high profile projects opens its doors, the founder of the multi-disciplinary practice tells of his 21 years designing hospitality spaces.


imes have been particularly busy of late for Jean-Michel Gathy, Principal at Denniston International Architects and Planners Ltd based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Fresh faced and full of energy, Gathy is exuberant as he reels off the list of a staggering nine Denniston-designed properties that completed in 2013. He is understandably proud of the achievement. And so he should be, as the hotels read like a who’s who of the world of luxury – three Aman Resorts, the second Cheval Blanc hotel from LVMH in the Maldives, plus properties for GHM, Banyan Tree, Como and Las Brisas, a luxury operator in Mexico. Even more impressive is the individuality of each of these properties. They are about as far from cookie-cutter as you can get. That is not to say that Denniston does not take on projects for more mainstream brands. Clients also include Hyatt, Andaz, Raffles, Jumeirah and Fairmont. There is surely a strong resort bias, but this is an upmarket client list that covers the different geographies of the world, as well as different accommodations, from tented camps and mountain lodges, to island resorts and urban retreats. Within the industry, Gathy’s name is well respected, but reading the press recently made him realise that he had been missing out on the exposure his peers were receiving.

Humorously and honestly, he refers to his wounded pride and hurt ego. His interview with Sleeper in London was one of many over a few days in which he will, as he puts it, “come out of the woods.” As one of Adrian Zecha’s ‘Three Musketeers’, along with Ed Tuttle and Kerry Hill, Gathy undoubtedly already has the credentials. Now, he’s just telling us about it. Gathy is keen to point out that it is not his name above the door, as the issue of legacy and the future of his 150+ staff in Kuala Lumpur and three satellite offices in Cape Town, Belgrade and Merida, Mexico, is important to him. “Should something happen to me they still have a future,” says the 58-year old. Gathy is an entertaining conversationalist. With a cheeky glint in his eye, an endearing smile and plenty of chuckles (plus the odd expletive) he relates the story of how Denniston came into being. Ending up in Hong Kong, Gathy started a design office using the French word, L’Agence. “For the British I was a bloody Frog. For the Chinese I was a bloody Brit. A friend said to me, this is a bit ridiculous so why don’t you change the name,” Gathy narrates. “I said good idea and went to the company registrar and said give me the names of 20 registered shell companies. Poof! Denniston. That’s it.” That was WWW.SLEEPERMAGAZINE.COM

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ABOVE LEFT: The One & Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives has a high proportion of repeat guests and high occupancy to match ABOVE: At Amanoi in Vietnam, the design is synonymous with a Buddhist temple but the usual Buddha statue is replaced by a glass box with decorative fabrics and furnishings OPPOSITE: Another of Gathy’s projects for Amanresorts, Aman Canal Grande in Venice, Italy

“My job is not to do a monument for myself but to create a product that will bring great business to my client. Hotels are a business.”


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in 1987 but Gathy’s future in travel was established from an early age, growing up in Belgium where he would save up his milk money to buy maps of the world about which he would then test himself. Gathy may refer to his ego, and surely not using his name for his business has reduced general awareness. However his overriding principle ensures he has no shortage of work. “It doesn’t matter what the architect thinks as long as the guests like it,” he explains forthrightly. “My job is not to do a monument for myself but to create a product that will bring great business to my client. Hotels are a business.” By creating properties that work and can be maintained, and that guests like and return to, his clients don’t have to reinvent their guest base every year. “Go to Reethi Rah in December and ask to book for next year and they will tell you they are already 87% occupied,” he explains of the One & Only Resort in the Maldives. And we all know repeat business is the Holy Grail for owners and operators. So how does he do this? Firstly, it is all tied


up in the scope of work. “99% of the time we are doing 100% of the work,” he explains of the architectural and interior design expertise of Denniston. By doing it all, Gathy believes he can create a seamless guest experience. “Take the Chedi Muscat. I challenge you to tell me where the architecture stops and the interiors start… I can’t tell you either.” He continues: “You walk out of the restaurant... The terrace belongs to the restaurant... The pool belongs to the terrace. So where is the line? There is none. That is the power of our design.” Geometry and symmetry are also important to the designer. “I have a very acute sense of geometry, of creating rhythm, access and balance,” he continues of the approach to his work, where he sees geometry as controlling the environment, setting everything in place with vanishing and focus points. “I use symmetry as the overriding factor but I break the symmetry all the time,” he expands. Monuments such as the Taj Mahal, the Pyramids, the Louvre and Angkor Wat are given as examples of places that people like


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because “their symmetry is peaceful and non-disturbing.” However he points out that such symmetry must not be sterile. Next up it’s water, paramount in a hotel, cites Gathy. “Water is my décor at night,” he explains, referring to the total darkness often experienced at a resort at night. Guests returning from being on the beach all day need some respite from the brightness. A reflective pond is the best way to give life at this time of day, and always attracts guests. Another way Gathy creates properties that work for owners is by timeless design. “This means no visual challenge. Things fall into place. Are in the right place. Are comfortable,” he explains. In “designing for the next fifty years” Gathy says he is designing to account for changing fashions and guest profiles, noting that even today resorts have to appeal to a variety of guests. Challenged over one-design-fits-all being banal, Gathy responds by referring to the layered effect he gives to his designs. 028

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“Layering is very important. You have these sequences, the dynamics of your circulation, the way we play the light.” It is these layers that Gathy believes different guests assimilate at different times that broaden the appeal. Operators want operational efficiencies and particularly in destinations with higher staff costs, Gathy is cognisant of the need to adapt. Accordingly, distances are minimised, bars are made smaller, lift placements are determined by staff and guest needs, and from a housekeeping point of view, more wood may be used than leather as it is easier to maintain, for example. He also notes that there are limits within which the design of a luxury hotel needs to sit and the necessary staff are reflected in the rate charged. Such site-specific factors are more readily seen in the appropriateness of the hotel design. Appropriate to its location, purpose, and expected guests. As an example of authenticity with a twist, Gathy refers to the central pavilion at the Amanoi in Vietnam.


“Go to Reethi Rah in December and ask to book for next year and they will tell you they are already 87% occupied.”

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ABOVE & PREVIOUS PAGE: Denniston International’s upcoming projects include the Wellness Resort in Gurgaon, India, and Cheval Blanc in Chamela Bay, Mexico

The design is synonymous with a Buddhist temple but the usual Buddha statue is replaced by a glass box with decorative fabrics and furnishings in a somewhat intellectual yet respectful response. Such authenticity is seen in many of the resort properties where the careful placement of villas barely interrupts forested hillsides. At the Amanoi, the locations of the 36 units took six trips of 2-3 days each. Each site was then cleared by hand not bulldozer – a Denniston standard. Or at The Chedi Andermatt where the constructions are large and yet the matching of the pitch of the roofs and the relationships between the quantities of local wood and stone used helps the hotel’s integration with the village. With projects often in delicate environments, does Gathy see a contradiction in tourism destroying such virgin destinations? “I don’t think we destroy them at all. To the opposite, I think we draw attention to the 030

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environment and we enhance the chance of its survival.” The small interventions are worth it for raising awareness. Additionally Denniston is fully on-board with design for disassembly, the idea that a structure can be removed to leave the location in its previous state. Take the Amanwana semi-permanent camp on the island of Moyo, east of Bali that is a nature reserve. Or the Aman-i-Khàs in north central India, a wilderness camp accessing the Ranthambore National Park that is only open from October through May each year. The process by which Gathy and Denniston achieve their overriding ambition to deliver profitable hotels is in itself multi-layered, looking at each project in a holistic way. Gathy comes across as an affable, down-to-earth character with a hands on approach, and the execution of Denniston’s designs is repeatedly of such a high standard that the blue chip client list is no surprise.


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ALPINE CHIC After years of inactivity, hotel development in the European Alps is experiencing a renaissance, resulting in a flurry of modern mountain resorts stepping onto the slopes for the first time, finds Guy Dittrich.

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here is something in the rarefied mountain air of Europe’s highest mountain range. How else to explain the recent spate of hotel development in the Alps? Only a year ago we reported on two Swiss resorts: Villa Honegg, the mountainside retreat by Jestico + Whiles, and The Alpina Gstaad, which earned The Gallery HBA London an impressive three gongs at the European Hotel Design Awards 2013, including Hotel of the Year. Over the past twelve months, a host of properties have made their debut, including the 63-room Koh-I Nor in Val Thorens, billed as the highest five-star hotel in Europe. Across the border in the Swiss village of Gstaad, Le Grand Bellevue opened after a year-long refurbishment, while in Davos, the Steigenberger Grandhotel Belvédère also completed an update of its public spaces, overseen by JOI Design. And there is more to come. Six Senses Mont Blanc is due to deliver 32 suites at Saint-Gervais-les-Bains in 2015, while MKV Design is working on no less than three projects (the new Burgenstock Hotel & Alpine Spa, the refurbishment of The Palace Hotel, and the creation of Grand Residences within the former Grand Hotel) at the Burgenstock Resort, due in 2017. Of the expansion in Andermatt, the most advanced project is a Radisson Blu hotel designed by Burkhalter Sumi Architects. So what are the drivers of such a surge? Hotel performance does not provide the answer. Occupancy in the French Alps increased by only 1.9% between 2012 and 2013. For Swiss mountain resorts the comparable figure is 5.6%, which, according to STR Global, helped push average daily rates in local currency up by approximately 4% for both regions. But these are hardly figures to get developers racing for their chequebooks.


“The most important point regarding the recent surge in alpine hotels has been that for many years there have been few developments and little investment beyond some refurbishments,” explains Heinz Wehrle, Managing Partner Switzerland for Horwath HTL. “There has been renaissance of Alpine tourism,” he adds, referring to the increased popularity of freeride and half-pipe skiing. According to André Mack, Director at Lausanne Hospitality Consulting: “Local authorities are looking to revamp their destinations, which are all suffering from cold beds. Also, specifically in Switzerland, large investments exist for ski lifts and tourism infrastructures based on increased competition from neighbouring countries and the success Austria is demonstrating. We will see more of these large investments in the future.” Talking of large investments, no review of the European Alps would be complete without a look at Andermatt. This sleepy, former garrison village is being revitalised by a CHF1.8 billion investment led by Egyptian Samih Sawiris, Chairman and CEO of Orascom. Including El Gouna on the Red Sea, the group has four tourism destinations in operation in the Middle East, and Andermatt is its first European venture. The keystone of the Swiss project is The Chedi, soon to be followed by five further properties. Much has been made of the outcome of Andermatt. Will it become another Gstaad or Courchevel – a winter playground for the rich? “I would be disappointed if Andermatt turned out this way. But it is unrealistic of me to say I have control of what will take place,” explains Sawiris in the corridors of IHIF in Berlin last March, contrasting the situation with the more malleable desert location of El Gouna. Another sizeable project is the mixeduse development by L3R Les Trois Rocs in Verbier. Additional to residential and retail


units is W Verbier, which at 123 rooms is equivalent to three regular hotels in the village. In fact a branded hotel of any scale is altogether something new for Verbier, where the chalet scene dominates the bed count and competition comes mainly from the Nevaï Hotel and Cordée Des Alpes, both owned by Marcus Bratter. Bratter puts the influx of hotel development down to past visitors’ resort loyalty, which combined with their now increased wealth, sees them returning with higher lodging expectations. But there are challenges. With a short winter season, those like Bratter are looking to develop the year-round attractiveness of their destinations. As such, Verbier stages a series of events in summer, while a golf course in Andermatt and new public swimming complex in Courchevel add to the climbing, hiking and cycling alternatives. Mack goes on to explain the impact in Switzerland of the 2012 Weber Initiative, which limited second homes to a maximum of 20% of total residences in any commune. “This has forced investors to relook at their financing model, which was mainly based on financing the hospitality related asset through development and sales of secondary residences. This has created some limitations, if not stops for projects.” Wehrle agrees but sees that “hotels provide a feasible investment alternative to chalet-type development.” Wehrle also notes that the perceived stability of Switzerland is a big draw for global investors and suggests that favourable conditions and incentives can be negotiated for hospitality development. Whatever the reasons for the wave of development breaking over the European Alps, it is providing great opportunities for reimagining the traditional mountain vernacular when it comes to interior design.


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The Chedi Andermatt Words: Guy Dittrich Photography: Courtesy of The Chedi

The first hotel of the Andermatt Swiss Alps masterplan, one of the largest tourism developments in Europe, makes its debut showcasing Denniston International’s contemporary take on the traditional chalet. 036

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weeping alongside beautiful lakes and through an unfeasible number of tunnels, the 1½-hour drive from Zurich to the quiet Swiss village of Andermatt passes quickly. After a short series of switchback corners up the ‘closed’ granite-sided Schöllenen Gorge, you emerge on the Urseren valley floor and into the village itself. Andermatt stands at the junction of four mountain passes that once brought trade and prosperity to the village. That all came to an abrupt end with the 1882 opening of the Gotthard Tunnel, routed directly underneath the village. With the loss of passing business Andermatt suffered, even failing to revive itself with the arrival of skiing as a tourist pastime. The stationing of 18,000 Swiss Army troops hardly helped the attractiveness of the village where little has changed since the 1950s. It is against this background that the audacity of the development of the village by Orascom Chairman and CEO Samih Sawiris, through the entity Andermatt Swiss Alps (ASA), becomes apparent. The Chedi is situated right in the middle of the village on the site of the former Grand Hotel Bellevue. It is the jewel in the crown and keystone of probably the largest

tourism development in Europe. On a concrete podium a short way out of the village will be up to five further hotels, plus apartment blocks. Plans also include 25 luxury villas alongside the swiftly flowing River Reuss. The 18-hole alpine golf course opened in the summer of 2013, and together these are part of an expected investment of a cool CHF1.8 billion. And this excludes the significant money invested in the railway and skiing infrastructure that is set to double the ski area. Respect for the village and its community is an overriding theme of the development. “The only restriction is to not compete with the local, small hotels,” explains Sawaris. “We are super happy with the village the way it is.” This is echoed by Jean-Michel Gathy, Principal at Denniston International Architects and Planners Ltd who were appointed for both the architecture and interior design of the hotel.

“The Chedi Andermatt is almost like a rejuvenating cure for the village. It is a new breath of life, but in order for that to work we have been very respectful of local rituals and the philosophical, cultural, social and historical values,” Gathy explains. “We did not come with a big hammer; we knocked on the doors with our finger.” Of the architectural package for the hotel, he explains: “What we have tried to do is respect all of the fundamental elements of construction in a Swiss village. To adhere to the architectural values but to contemporise them.” The hotel comprises four interlinked blocks, three of which embrace a pond. The Asian roots of Denniston and GHM are clear here, both in the use of water and openness of construction. This is achieved by the use of a large windows and balconies within the strongly geometrical architecture

that nevertheless follows the pitched roof and balcony vernacular. “For the interior, we have been a little more contemporary,” explains Gathy, “in the way of the layout, materials and decoration. It’s sexy; you check in at the bar. You don’t have normal seating around the fireplace… the swimming pool is up in the lounge area. It is very dynamic, yet super classy. There is no arrogance; it’s not bling. It also has energy.” A 30m bar, aptly named the Long Bar, has replaced the traditional reception desk. Here guests do check-in, collecting their roomcontrolling iPads, but also stop to have a drink at either side of the dark Pierre Bleu stone countertop backed by massive Pendt wine fridges. Bavarian-based Lindner Group and Robert Wolte & Partner of Austria completed the stone and word work here and elsewhere in the public areas. However, realistically


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few guests are going to stop at The Long Bar, especially when considering the amount of alternatives in the vast surrounding lobby seating area. Indeed, within a theatre of luxurious finishes and craftsmanship, the biggest luxury at The Chedi is space. On entering the hotel, an enormous fireplace rising up the full six metres of the ceiling height is visible in the distance. It is one of an incredible 194 fireplaces throughout the hotel. Either side are the glassed off volumes of the Cigar and Wine Libraries – there’s no such thing as a ‘lounge’ at a GHM property. Beyond the fireplace is an outdoor pond, rumoured to become an ice rink next winter. Adjacent is a 35m indoor pool with a further 12m outdoor pool. These are both part of a truly special spa experience spread over three levels. Six self-contained treatment rooms, complete with steam room showers, are reached up a sweep of white stone steps. It’s downstairs to the gym and 038

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substantial hydrotherapy area of three stepped, stone-lined pools overlooked by deep bloodred leather lounge seating. Guestrooms are equally generous with space. Most have two walk-in wardrobes plus a recessed coat rack and boot stand at the entrance. Behind lattice wood doors is a large mini bar plus a Pendt wine fridge. Rooms marry traditional Swiss and contemporary features and there are obvious overlaps such as the way in which mountain materials of wood and stone are used. The wooden casework uses a slatted aesthetic, while stone appears in variety of guises – non-slip bathroom flooring, rough hewn blocks behind the freestanding bath, and petrified wood trunks for stools in showers. Gathy uses plenty of glass to fuse the outside with the inside. Each room’s glassprotected fireplace is double-sided and so can be enjoyed from the terrace too. Sandwiched between glass panes, delicately woven fabric provides bathroom privacy.


ABOVE & OPPOSITE PAGE: On entering the hotel, an enormous fireplace rising up the full six metres of the ceiling height is visible in the distance. It is one of an incredible 194 fireplaces throughout the hotel. Janus et Cie has supplied its Quinta collection to the balconies and dining terrace


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ABOVE LEFT: Spread over three levels, the spa offers indoor and outdoor pools and six treatment rooms ABOVE: The Chedi’s allday-dining restaurant is the work of Design Studio Spin, whose interiors blend seamlessly with Gathy’s LEFT: Guestrooms marry traditional Swiss and contemporary features


Low lighting is a standard feature of GHM hotels where candles are predominant. Now this makes sense in tropical destinations where a respite from the bright outdoors is welcome, but on a midwinter’s day in snowy Andermatt, the guestrooms are distractingly dim. Aside from this there are some wonderful moments of decorative lighting. From the Swarovski crystal chandelier hanging 6m above The Long Bar designed by Melbourne-based Flaming Beacon and produced by 2f-Leuchten, to the subtle half-shadow, Arabesque pattern thrown by perforated columnar lamps in corridors. The hotel’s two restaurants are the work of Design Studio Spin from Tokyo, whom Denniston also appointed at The Chedi Muscat. The stone and wood interiors of their all-day-dining venue blend seamlessly 040

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with Gathy’s designs. Again, it is a large space made more personal by the insertion of no less than four cooking stations, a floor-to-ceiling cheese store, clever banquette positioning, a deep coffered ceiling and latticed dividing doors. Spin’s design for the Japanese restaurant is altogether more dramatic. An intriguing corridor entrance between two planes of perforated white granite separates areas that include counter seating for the live preparation of both tempura and sushi. “The design challenges the established elements of interiors, its a little anti-conformist and yet remains classy,” concludes Gathy. “The Chedi Andermatt is superbly integrated as we have been very respectful of the architectural language of the village. We arrived as a dancer, not with a bulldozer.”


The Chedi Gotthardstrasse 4 CH-6490 Andermatt, Switzerland Tel: +41 43 344 62 52 106 guestrooms and suites The Restaurant, The Japanese The Wine and Cigar Library, The Bar and Living Room, The Lobby, and The Courtyard Spa with indoor and outdoor pools, hydrotherapy centre, six treatment rooms The Boardroom Owner / Developer: Andermatt Swiss Alps AG Operator: General Hotel Management Ltd Architect & Interior Designer: Denniston International Architects & Planners Ltd, Design Studio Spin (restaurants only) Main Contractor: Drees & Sommer

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W Verbier Verbier Words: Guy Dittrich Photography: © Yves Garneau

Starwood Hotels & Resorts takes W to the mountains as it opens its first alpine property, designed by Concrete Architectural Associates.


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hether behind sunglasses or not, the sun setting beyond the Valais Alps viewed from the terraces of the W Verbier burns red on the retinas. And red is the common element within this 123-room hotel. Washes of deep auburn light sweep across the wood-clad façades of its four chalet-style buildings. Inside staff uniforms are trimmed in crimson, and ‘Swiss Red’ makes its mark across several features in guestrooms and beyond. With vision worthy of W Hotels founder Barry Sternlicht, the first alpine W resort is a bold step that gives the Starwood Hotels & Resorts brand first-mover advantage in the mountains. The context of the hotel is explained by André Mack, Director at Lausanne Hospitality Consulting SA (LHC) who deliver strategic advice to hospitality investors and operators, worldwide. “I have been involved with the project since 2005 and have seen the entire evolution of the Médran square becoming a new destination within Verbier,” he explains. “The mandate was larger than just a hotel. The architectural concept of the owners L3R Les Trois Rocs included nine buildings, a pedestrian square and a ski slope arriving in winter onto the square.

LHC then identified what would be the best opportunity for this new destination. Our initial recommendation was not to go the hotel route, but the deluxe serviced apartment route for the main building, where you now have the W Verbier. Our recommendations were mainly based on business models which would optimise the return per utilised square metre in such a high priced destination.” Nevertheless L3R Les Trois Rocs plumped for a hotel and the former parking lot for the Médran lift station at the top of the village has been transformed into Place Blanche. Opposite the hotel and above a retail and gastronomic complex are the 15 W Residences, all sold. In taking W to the mountains, Starwood mitigated their risk by choosing trusted partners. Selected for the interiors was Concrete Architectural Associates, following their success at the W London Leicester

Square. And overseeing the food in his eponymous restaurant and its adjacent tapas-bar style venue, Eat-Hola, is the hotel’s Culinary Director, Michelin-stared Catalan chef, Sergi Arola, who also stars in the kitchens at the W Paris-Opéra. Lisa Hassanzadeh, partner and project architect at Concrete, describes the interior narrative as “taking the ski run into the building”. This is literally the case as the slope leading into Place Blanche guides guests directly to the hotel’s ski room. More figuratively, the carving turns of the Alpine skier are reflected in the reception’s two ‘welcome pods’ carved from Belgian granite, in the seating and fireplace functions fashioned from a 10mx3m oak block in the Livingroom, W’s lounge bar, and, more directly, in the name of the hotel’s nightclub-bar, Carve. “The biggest challenge was to bring some WWW.SLEEPERMAGAZINE.COM

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THIS PAGE: Red is the common element running through the 123 guestrooms and public spaces, with ‘Swiss Red’ making its mark across several features BOTTOM RIGHT: Beneath the Giant Staircase, a continuum of the slope outside, a signal red railway tunnel emerges to form the dramatic entrance to Carve PREVIOUS PAGE: Working with Concrete, Frandsen Projekt designed a number of custom lighting features throughout the hotel

New York cosmopolitan lifestyle to the rustic and sportive environment of Verbier high in the Swiss mountains,” explains Concrete Principal Rob Wagemans. Concrete achieved this to great effect through the use of different materials and some tongue-in-cheek design details. The most apparent ‘rustic’ material is wood. Used by necessity for the façade but by choice in, for example, the larch casework of guestrooms. Much grey limestone is also used, softened by leather, felt, wool and fur – many of the fabrics supplied by Kvadrat. Evident cosmopolitan materials are mirror and stainless steel. The bar of Carve is made from the latter and its ceiling, like that of the entrance, is covered with convex acrylic-mirror discs. Less noticeable are the frosted mirror bed headboards, high-sheen fabrics reminiscent of high-performance sports materials, translucent red glass, the Swiss Red resin floor of the toilet 044

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cubicles or the backlit Corian basin vanities. Humourous details include the cross of the Swiss flag drilled into toilet doors, the animal tracks in the corridor carpets, a stainless steel bubble lift parked in one of the atriums between the chalet blocks and the lighting arrangement made from colourful nylon climbing ropes and carabiners in the same atrium. Indeed, the atriums provide a modern counter piece to the prescribed traditional chalet architecture. Concrete has used the light of these spaces to good effect. One is the White Space, an aptly described meeting area. Another is the steep Giant Staircase, a continuum of the slope outside with terrific views across the valley. Here too, some wit with a signal red railway tunnel emerging from the stairs, serving as a dramatic entrance to Carve. Another continuum is the remarkable tape art of Australian-born artist Buff Diss. His





BELOW: The W Livingroom has its own terrace complete with daybeds from which guests can enjoy an après ski drink with views of the surrounding scenery

compression lines and mountain silhouettes mixed up with self-portraits of his own hands are to be found in almost all public spaces from corridors to lifts, with a huge panorama in the Livingroom. The 3km of tape applied gives an indication of the extent of his contribution. Standard guestrooms are all of the same size and categorised by view. But with a resort’s longer average length of stay, rooms are more like junior suites. The most striking feature is the fireplace, visible from both the bathroom and bedroom. This is the middle separating section of a linear arrangement of functionality that snakes from the larch wood fronted toilet, shelving and small, walk-in wardrobe of the bathroom, through to the built-in desk, minibar and lounge seating of the bedroom. Hassanzadeh gets it spot on when describing this segueing of amenities as like a Swiss army penknife. The ingenious use of space here is 046

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not alien to that of Concrete’s work at the W London, even if Wagemans notes “we tried not to take any learnings with us in the design of the W Verbier.” Included in a host of other features are the sweeping stone-effect ceramic tiling of the Away Spa that leads to the full repertoire of facilities from Austrian-masters, Schletterer, and a dramatic indoor-outdoor pool. Concrete had a ball in the suites under the chalet eaves with space to party and even a revolving circular bed in the E-WOW suite. Restaurant Arola is a calmer space with a lengthy terrace, clever swiveling room dividers and a central services island hidden behind larch shelving displaying a variety of different coloured cooking oils and condiments. Occupying the high ground of Verbier, W takes the branded ski resort lodging experience to the next level. Concrete has successfully melded the assured urban heritage of W hotels into a rustic alpine envelope.

ABOVE: Carve features a stainless steel bar and its ceiling, like that of the entrance, is covered with convex acrylic-mirror discs BELOW: Included in a host of other features are the sweeping stone-effect ceramic tiling of the Away Spa, leading to the full repertoire of facilities from Austrian-masters Schletterer

EXPRESS CHECKOUT W Verbier Rue de Médran 70 1936 Verbier Switzerland Tel: +41 27 472 88 88 123 guestrooms and suites Arola, Eat-Hola, W Café W Livingroom, Carve, Off Piste Away Spa, Fit Gym The White Space meeting room Owner / Operator: L3R Les Trois Rocs Owner’s Representative & Advisor: Lausanne Hospitality Consulting (LHC) Architects: Architecture Stephane et Vincent Luisier in collaboration with Fima Architecture Interior Designer: Concrete Architectural Associates


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The contrasting styles of India Mahdavi and Joseph Dirand come together for the first time in a €100 million alpine mansion in Courchevel valley, marking the latest addition to the Oetker Collection.

L’Apogée Courchevel Words: Guy Dittrich Photography: Courtesy of L’Apogée (unless otherwise stated)


Apogée Courchevel is the mountaintop jewel in the crown of the Oetker Collection. Or to use a more hackneyed analogy relating to the founders’ time-honoured production of baking powder, the cherry on the cake. It is extraordinary to think that a business with one of the best names in frozen pizza can so skilfully operate some of the world’s more remarkable hotels. Fregate Island Private, Seychelles. Le Bristol, Paris. Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Antibes. The latter of which, together with the nearby Chateaux Saint-Martin & Spa, provide 60% of the staff for the incredibly short four-month winter season at L’Apogée. Set on the wooded slopes of the Jardin Alpin at the top of the Courchevel Valley, L’Apogée joins an illustrious cast of deluxe properties in France’s ski resort of the stars. And competing with the Cheval Blanc and Aman Le Mélézin is not for the faint hearted, as the €100 million investment by French internet tycoon, Xavier Niel, shows.


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The joint appointment of two quite different interior designers was a masterstroke. Known for her generally vivacious use of colour, the work of India Mahdavi at Maison Thomieux, Paris or the Monte-Carlo Beach on the French Riviera, is far removed from the monochrome approach Joseph Dirand showed at the Grupo Habita properties, Hotel Distrito Capital in Mexico City and Habita Monterrey. But this unlikely couple has some history. Having both independently entered and failed (their practices were thought too small) to win a competition for a Parisian palace hotel, they vowed to work together and L’Apogée is the lucky outcome. Furthermore, Dirand’s photographer father used to shoot Mahdavi’s work when she was with Christian Liaigre. And it was Mahdavi who recommended Dirand to Grupo 052

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Habita when they were after something more masculine following her work for them at the Condesa DF, Mexico City. “I enjoyed the collaboration, especially with the limited time available, as it gave the project real energy,” explains Mahdavi. “There was a sort of ping pong of ideas and responses going back and forth between us.” Remarkably the project was completed in 18 months, with the interior designers preparing the detailed design for a project that has little duplication, inside six months. Splitting the work helped. Mahdavi took the 52 guestrooms of which only two or three have similar layouts despite the hotel being a newbuild, while Dirand got the public spaces. The fee, once agreed, was evenly split. “In the mountains, guests are not there to consume design but to experience the skiing, nature and exercise,” explains Dirand. “So we


wanted to create a series of smaller cocooning spaces,” he adds. “A contrast to a day on the slopes,” concurs Mahdavi. “Embracing, warm and not too bright.” However with the given architectural volume being considerably larger than a chalet, and constructed from stone as opposed to wood, the story developed towards a stern, alpine-style mansion. Although not constructed when the duo were appointed there was little they could change of the building. “The fluids were fixed,” states Mahdavi prosaically with regard to the bathroom locations. However she was able to reconfigure the original layouts to create an entrance lobby and arched windows in the bathrooms to allow in natural light. Together these give a sense of perspective and circulation in the guestrooms.

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Rooms come in two colour schemes – ox blood or dark green – with an oversized black and white plaid carpet throughout. There are many custom-made elements, including the console and bedside tables with their strikingly faceted fronts, the leather trunks at the foot of each bed covered with brass buttons hand-placed in an hexagonal pattern, plus many of the light fittings. Bathrooms feature brassy-gold fittings, chunky basins of black Zimbabwe granite and showers that double as steam rooms. Throughout the public spaces, L’Apogée’s motif – a snowflake – makes regular appearances. “Coincidently, we both selected snowflake pictures for mood boards at the early stages,” explains Dirand of the imagery taken from the work of Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley in the early 20th century. Their graphics 054

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developed from being merely a decorative feature for the ceilings into the hotel’s coat of arms. This is now seen in walls and floors, including that of the swimming pool, lamps and furniture, embroidered in gold metal wire in the leather bed headboards and even in the drinks coasters. Dirand’s fascination with black and white interiors is evident at L’Apogée, yet he has also developed new layers to his ideology as seen in the Champagne Lounge. Far from a monochrome aesthetic are his combination of tan leather, grey foal hide, claret, dark moss and herringbone brown upholstery plus variegated St. Laurent and Fiore di Bosco marbles, of which there over 100 tonnes used throughout the property. Dirand returns to his trademark muted palette in the basement spa where,


ABOVE: Designed by India Mahdavi, guestrooms come in two colour schemes – ox blood or dark green – with an oversized black and white plaid carpet throughout PREVIOUS PAGE: In Le Comptoir de l’Apogée, the creation of Joseph Dirand, the focus is on the spectacular double staircase and cylindrical chandeliers overlooking a rounded marble counter


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surprisingly for a property of this stature, the pool has no terrace or even daylight. Dirand rues this consequence of the architecture, but points out that the pool area provides a cosy space after a day on the bright slopes. Even Le Comptoir de l’Apogée restaurant shuns the valley view. Rather the focus is on the spectacular double staircase and cylindrical chandeliers overlooking a rounded marble counter. Either side are two dining areas, and between them a small, more discreet area that can be curtained off. Despite being a big budget project, Mahdavi and Dirand have managed to include all the luxury guests would expect of a deluxe property within a livable context. Moroccan tadelakt plaster on corridor walls, perfumed gloves and heated boots from the ski room, and a short conveyor belt to bring skiers home speak volumes of the attention to the ultimate guest experience. L’Apogée is a beautifully created, thoughtful and extremely comfortable way to live. ABOVE: Dirand opted for a muted palette in the basement spa, where the hotel’s snowflake motif has been integrated into the pool tiling BELOW: Known for her vivacious use of colour, Mahdavi introduced splashes of yellow in the bathroom alongside brassy-gold fittings and chunky basins of black Zimbabwe granite

EXPRESS CHECKOUT L’Apogée 1 Jardin Alpin 73120 Courchevel France Tel: +33 (0)4 79 04 01 04 52 guestrooms Le Comptoir de L’Apogée Le Champagne Lounge, Le Bar de L’Apogée Spa with indoor pool, five treatment rooms and Bania Suite Mini VIP 1850 and Free Style 1850 kids clubs Developer / Owner: Xavier Niel Operator: Oetker Collection Architects: Luc Svetchine and Jean-Philippe Michaux Designers: India Mahdavi (guestrooms), Joseph Dirand (public spaces and spa), Sophie Jacqmin (Mini VIP 1850 and Free Style 1850) Contractor: Spie Batignolles


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Hotel Mont-Blanc Chamonix Words: Guy Dittrich Photography: © Pascal Tournaire

Sybille de Margerie has brought Belle Époque beauty to the foot of Mont Blanc in a new venture for the Taittinger family.


t’s a family affair at Hotel Mont-Blanc in Chamonix. Recently renovated, the 40-room property is managed by Tarik and Janina Taittinger of the eponymous champagne house, which has history in the area. Tarik’s great grandmother, Elisabeth de la Mauvinière, pioneered leisure skiing here and the family has long owned chalets in the village, best known as the base for Europe’s highest mountain, Mont-Blanc. Tarik’s father, Frantz, was a glacier pilot for ten years and it is Frantz’s cousin, Sybille de Margerie of SM Design Paris, who re-imagined the interiors of the hotel that snuggles beneath the massif of Mont-Blanc in the Haute-Savoie. “I wanted to create a real family home where memories of the past are evoked through modernity,” explains de Margerie, toeing the family line. The result is a Belle Époque beauty within which de Margerie has deftly woven modern threads. The Library is an escape to heritage with its stucco ceiling details and marble fireplace retained. Contemporary pieces from Living Divani and Baltus Collection now WWW.SLEEPERMAGAZINE.COM

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grace the space alongside custom-made ash-grey wooden bookshelves. A spectacular light fitting of suspended strings of snowyglass baubles by Semuers d’Etoiles lights the original staircase with its fabulously ornate iron balustrade, while the adjacent lobby offers a similar contrast. The striking cascades of metal-beaded curtains in the chandelier by Christian Lava for Terzani are juxtaposed by doorways topped with the crest of former owners, the Morand family. The hotel was acquired in 2010 after a fiveyear negotiation. Initially it was thought that a relatively small renovation would be sufficient but as the extent of the technical problems became clear (leaks and power outages) it was obvious that a total refurbishment was required. And so began a two-and-a-half year project with a budget of €20m, including the purchase price. The main planning issue was of fire safety in the staircase, with the planners wanting the area closed off. Tarik objected on the grounds that it was exactly like that of an apartment block, backed up by the threat of abandoning the project, which resulted in a system 060

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comprising automated fans and windows. Much is new, including the balconies on the façade, though you would never guess. Their sturdy block stonework and iron features make them look original. The outdoor heated pool is also a new addition, as is the basement spa, while the black and white damier (chequerboard) marble floor of the lobby is typical of such maison de famille. de Margerie describes the hotel’s interiors as “an immaculate and mysterious universe of soft white inspired by the surrounding mountain peaks, the immensity of omnipresent white balanced with pure blue in winter, and forest getaways in summer.” Taking “white” as a metaphor for snow this is expressed texturally. The crystal-like dimples on the bathroom curtaining and the reflective striations of the Zoffany wallpaper in the Library. The sparkling whites of the quartz mosaic in shower rooms. The pattern of carved ski-tracks etched on the glass panels of bed headboards. The “pure blue” of a winter sky is the colour of the new window shutters, and the deep mer de glace turquoise of the Glacier de Bossons that hangs, motionless


ABOVE LEFT: The black and white chequerboard marble floor of the lobby is repeated in the corridor carpets ABOVE: A spectacular light fitting of suspended strings of snowy-glass baubles by Semuers d’Etoiles lights the original staircase


ABOVE: The 250m2 basement spa – with relaxation lounge, three treatment rooms, steam room and sauna – features warm earth colours, fine woods and mosaic tiling

above Chamomix is seen in the velvet Library drapes. Cushions and other splashes of bright colour are alpine flowers blossoming in the high meadows. Or as de Margerie describes it more prosaically, the ochre and crimson upholstery of the bar furniture is “reminiscent of coloured ski suits”. Separating the bar from Le Mont-Blanc restaurant is a wall of end-on stacked logs. The same ‘finish’ is used to cover the chimney of a fireplace that is the centre of the taupe and cherry accented restaurant. The fireplace occupies the space of three tables, but will no doubt prove popular come winter. Meanwhile, a new ‘winter garden’ extension of the bar is furnished with an alluring u-shaped sofa and Tom Dixon Beat lamps. The basement spa is a similarly confident 062

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space as de Margerie’s work on the spa at the Mandarin Oriental, Paris. Here, on a smaller scale, is a vibrant mosaic floor, a curved wall with deep-yellow recesses and shadow gaps at the ceiling junction flooded with shades of mandarin light. Guestroom volumes are dignified and generous. No wonder with the room count falling from some seventy rooms to today’s forty. Faux-fur bed throws, upholstered drawer fronts and limed wood flooring speak of a supremely comfortable environment. With former interests in the Société du Louvre and Concorde Hotel groups, as well as the famed Hotel de Crillon, the future of the Hotel Mont-Blanc is undoubtedly in safe hands with the Taittinger family.


EXPRESS CHECKOUT Hotel Mont-Blanc 62 Allée du Majestic 74400 Chamonix Mont-Blanc France Tel: +33 4 50 53 05 64 40 guestrooms and suites Le Mont-Blanc Lounge Bar Spa and outdoor pool Library, three meeting rooms Owner: Taittinger Family Operator: Société Nouvelle de l’Hôtel Mont-Blanc Architect: Atelier Alain Mazza Interior Designer: SM Design

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InterContinental Davos Davos, Switzerland Words: Molly Dolan Photography: Courtesy of InterContinental Davos (unless otherwise stated)

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tanding majestically at the foot of the Grison Alps, InterContinental Davos is something of a step away from the wooden chalet-style architecture prevalent throughout the region. Enveloped by 790 gold-coloured steel elements, the egg-shaped structure may well appear at odds with the surrounding forest, but it is in fact designed to integrate accents of the nearby Fluela Pass and Lake Davos. Designed by Munich-based architects Oikios in collaboration with Seele, specialists in creating customised building shells, the mesmerising façade is made up of three-dimensional curved panels, taking inspiration from the tranquil and sheltered surroundings. According to Oliver Hofmeister, Managing Director of Oikios, the design captures both the serenity and security of Davos, as well as utilising the neighbouring forest as a source of inspiration in the form of a smooth-scaled pine cone. Feuring was assigned by developers Stilli Park as hotel consultant and in this role set up the concept in 2005, and arranged the operating agreement with IHG in 2006. Up until the hotel opening, Feuring has been involved in the overall project management as well as its sale to Credit Suisse. Swedish-based Living Design was tasked with creating the interiors for the unuasually-shaped property, which was something of a challenge for Principal and Creative Director Tarek Hegazy. The shell meant that the interior spaces had to be tailored to the framework, as Hegazy explains: “The structure of the building and the shape that varies from one floor to another was a big challenge to cope with.”

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ABOVE: Nuts & Co. paves the way for a forest walk, with an open fire and natural materials such as leather and wool


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“The Davos in particular and the Swiss Alps were a major influence to the design,” he continues. Floors are slate grey in keeping with the tones of the mountains, while concrete columns continue the tactile references to location. A warm chalet feel is evident through the public spaces, starting at the hotel’s lobby. “The concept, ‘Experience Through the Mountains’, awaits guests on arrival,” explains Hegazy. “As they enter, they are confronted by materials and elements reminding them of the mountain experience, as well as the shape of the building.” Continuing on an imaginary journey through the Alps, the hotel’s lounge bar, Nuts & Co, paves the way for a forest walk. The alternative approach to a bar, using a self-service dispensing area where interaction between the service and guests is encouraged, creates a sociable, calm environment, continuing the relaxing breeze from the lobby


lounge. “After experiencing the entrance to Nuts & Co., guests can observe the view through the windows, smell the authentic scent of the wood burning through the open fire with friends, partners or even alone, to enjoy the discovery,” adds Hegazy. Nuts & Co. features an elegant floating granite bar counter, illuminated from below with local nuts placed between two glass containers, serving as a bar front. A layered ceiling allows indirect light to filter through, in the same way the sun filters through the canopy of the surrounding forest. Seating is upholstered using an array of materials, including leather and wool, reiterating the inviting atmosphere. Of the hotel’s F&B offerings, Capricorn serves regional alpine food on rough granite stone tables, made using local rock. A partition, constructed of sleek metal is presented as a wine tower, while an opposing wall displays

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ABOVE: The guestroom and suites feature a fusion of contemporary design, floor-to-ceiling windows and sleek décor, showing a shift from the chalet aesthetic adopted in public areas of the hotel

fine wines from the region. A mixture of timber and granite, the functional shelves are an elegant way to present the dishes of the nature-orientated, restaurant. “Guests continue to feel more strongly about nature, and open up to the mountains,” claims Hegazy. “As they walk in, they see all the way to the exterior of the hotel, through the visual corridor made by the ceiling in the shape of the irregular silhouette of the mountains.” Windows are treated with wooden louvres while the floor is a semi-polished dark grey stone in the natural colour of the Alps. Also within InterContinental Davos are Matsu, specialising in Far Eastern cuisine, and the showstopping Studio Grigio on the top floor, offering unparalleled views. Despite a marked shift from the chalet aesthetic, a connection with the surrounding is evident in the guestrooms, particularly through 068

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the floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of the Grison Alps. Furniture and soft furnishings continue the natural palette, with neutral tones and complementary textures being used. “More than 80% of the design work at the hotel was based on bespoke furniture especially developed for this project,” comments Hegazy, “from the guestroom furniture and signature sofas, to the artwork.” With Davos at the forefront of alpine tourism and home to one of Switzerland’s largest ski resorts, InterContinental Davos provides a place of respite, while presenting an unwavering reminder of the surroundings. Hegazy expressed the desire of Living Design to create a modernistic ski resort, featuring new, innovative solutions as well as maintaining the influence of the location. The aim is realised with Davos’ latest landmark.


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Taking on a collaborative nature, Sydell Group’s newest venture taps into the talents of local tastemakers for a true neighbourhood experience.

The Line Hotel Los Angeles Words: Eileen Keribar Photography: © Adrian Gaut


n a city as self-absorbed as Los Angeles, it takes character and creativity to stand out from the crowd. Just as thousands flock here to make it big, countless businesses, not least hotels, are trying to make a splash in what can only be considered a splashy city. Confidently stepping in to one of Los Angeles’ seemingly impenetrable neighbourhoods, Sydell Group is taking just that attitude with it’s latest venture, The Line Hotel in Koreatown. No stranger to the concept of raising the cool quotient in a neighbourhood, CEO Andrew Zobler’s vision is to provide a key missing ingredient, accelerating interest in this up-and-coming area, just as he did with Ace and NoMad in the then undervalued and underserved area of Manhattan’s lower midtown. A melting pot full of hidden ethnic boltholes, the three-squaremile Koreatown district west of downtown Los Angeles has recently gained momentum as a destination for LA’s creative and hipster types. Said to have the largest concentration of nightlife in Southern California, it is a round-the-clock neighbourhood, with in-the-know Angelinos hopping between dive bars, highend speakeasies, karaoke clubs and 24-hour dining spots.


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“LA is a really celebrated city, but it’s always swimming pools, Hollywood, and glamour,” muses Zobler. “We felt that there was an absence of urban Los Angeles, so we’ve tried to capture the spirit of this great multicultural town and simultaneously celebrate a little bit of that urban grit.” Purpose-built as a Hyatt in 1964, the building’s mid-century modern design became the departure point for collaborator Sean Knibb’s interior design. Knibb, a landscape designer by training, has added his signature throughout the property with custom fittings and furnishings. Undergoing a full-gut rehab, the guestroom walls and corridors were stripped back to the original concrete and left as they were found, reflecting the honest, raw quality of the surroundings. The star of the room is the 072

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view, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic vistas of Beverly Hills and the Hollywood sign. Guestrooms are minimalist in character with nods to the neighbourhood residents, largely a mix of Latin American and Korean. Orange, a colour associated with happiness and wellbeing in the Korean culture, graces a hanging lamp and throw pillows, while chairs upholstered with Mexican sarape blankets add flair. Another creative note carried through the property is the concept of elevating everyday objects to works of art. Cast detergent bottles are positioned in the rooms and lobby, and a pleated t-shirt soffit behind the reception creates a uniquely textured ceiling. A self-proclaimed ‘non-brand’ brand, Zobler’s aim is to make every Line Hotel completely authentic to its context and


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BELOW: The hotel features several concepts by Roy Choi, including the Pot Restaurant, a traditional hot pot eatery elevated with signature ingredients and Choi’s personal flair, as well as the streetside Pot Café. Many of the fittings and furnishings throughout the hotel are custom designed by Sean Knibb

neighbourhood, and a direct reflection of its guests. To that end, he brought together some of the city’s brightest Korean-American tastemakers to collaborate on what could only result as a truly authentic destination. “I think most other groups in the lifestyle segment tend to view themselves more as directors, with a specific concept tied to their brand,” reflects Zobler. “I tend to think of myself as a bit more of a producer – which is not to say that I can’t direct certain elements, but it’s more about bringing all the right people together to create a really interesting story. I think that’s what people are yearning for when they travel.” Sydell Group’s collaborative nature means curating the elements of the hotel, but taking a backseat to the people they’ve put their trust into. Their tendency to work with people who are talented but haven’t necessarily worked 074

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ABOVE: Another of Choi’s concepts is the Pot Bar, where designer Sean Knibb has added his signature with custom furnishings TOP RIGHT: The building has undergone a full-gut rehab in which guestroom walls and corridors were stripped back to the original concrete RIGHT: In the lobby, everyday objects such as t-shirts and detergent bottles have become works of art

on a hotel before is a critical ingredient in rethinking how hospitality spaces work and what their components should be. For The Line Hotel, this has yielded a variety of homegrown experiences by some of the area’s most distinctive personalities. The hotel features several concepts by Roy Choi, an LA local of Korean descent who grew up surrounded by the city’s Latino influences. Choi is the creator of the hotel’s Pot restaurant, a traditional hot pot restaurant elevated with signature ingredients and Choi’s personal flair, as well as the Pot Café, a Korean-style café blending Korean pastries with French panache, and Pot Bar, a late-night venue in the hotel’s lobby. Flanking the pool upstairs is his forthcoming Commissary restaurant – a greenhouse eatery set to open summer 2014. Speek, also set to open poolside this 076

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summer, is a retro cocktail lounge, the latest in local twin brothers Jonnie and Mark Houston’s string of themed and theatrical bar venues that have redefined Hollywood nightlife. Between Roy Choi, the Houston brothers, and Angie Myung of the hotel’s Poketo shop outpost, Zobler has aligned himself with the right relationships to craft a true story at The Line Hotel – one that’s all about urban Los Angeles, blended ethnic influences, and the future of Koreatown. With the next Line Hotel due to open in DC in a 110-year old neoclassical church and a collaboration in London with Nick Jones on the first Soho House-branded hotel, one can’t help but be curious about how Zobler’s newest collaborations will shift the concept of hospitality once again.


EXPRESS CHECKOUT The Line Hotel 3515 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles CA 90010 USA Tel: +1 213 381 7411 388 guestrooms Pot Restaurant, Pot Café, Commissary Pot Lobby Bar, Speek Fitness Centre, pool deck 12,000ft2 meeting and event space Owner / Operator: Sydell Group Architect of Record: Daniel Mann Johnson + Mendenhall (1964) Interior Designer: Knibb Design


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Hotel Hotel Canberra Words: Mandi Keighran Photography: © Ross Honeysett

A new boutique hotel in Australia’s capital is a celebration of local creative talent and community spirit.


ondly known as the bush capital, the Australian city of Canberra was designed in the early part of the 20th century by Chicago architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin. The couple designed the capital as a shining example of the garden city movement, with greenbelts surrounding carefully considered urban areas. The city’s centre is clustered around Lake Burley Griffin, and from City Hill, the roads flow outwards in a concentric plan with easy access to bushland, open spaces and public parks. And, as a result, Canberra feels more like a series of friendly neighbourhoods than a major city. This was the convivial setting in which Hotel Hotel opened its doors in November last year. Described by General Manager Tracy Atherton as “five-star service with a twist”, Hotel Hotel is the brainchild of developers Johnathan and Nectar Efkarpidis of the Molonglo Group. It sits on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, at the heart of the group’s recently completed NewActon precinct over three levels of the Nishi Building – both designed by Fender Katsilidis Architects. Hotel Hotel offers a new kind of experience, one that fits neatly into the community-minded city of Canberra. Throughout every aspect of the project, a strong narrative has been crafted, one that celebrates WWW.SLEEPERMAGAZINE.COM

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local talent and craft, and rethinks the role and responsibilities of a hotel as part of a community. “The client had a vision of creating an entire community within a single building,” says Fender Katsilidis’ project architect. “In this way, Hotel Hotel is a key part of the project. The hotel has its own facilities, which add to the vibrancy of the NewActon precinct, but it also benefits from the proximity to the other services and uses in the Nishi building, and the broader NewActon precinct. It’s a symbiotic relationship, and one in which all the parts that make up NewActon add up to a vibrant community.” Throughout Hotel Hotel, almost everything is locally sourced and has a story to tell – from the bread (baked just across the road at A.Baker by Ruslan Salviev, who hails from Vladikavkaz in the south of Russia) to the 080

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eggs (harvested by Helen and Dennis Smith, who live on a farm near Temora with their two cattle dogs) and pork (Sam and Claire Johnson run the free-range farm at Windermere that supplies the hotel). The staff wardrobe (not uniform) is a loose-fitting Japanese-inspired creation by local fashion brand Kloke, and guests enjoy skincare products from Melbourne brand, Aesop. Guests enter through a lobby, which leads through to a ‘secret garden’ outside. This space eschews the luxury finishes so often found in lobby spaces, and instead uses raw materials and a collection of bespoke furniture and lighting to celebrate the location and its history. A grand stair by Australian design duo March Studio, who also designed the two 600kg steel doors, connects the foyer and the ground floor. Constructed using thousands of pieces of reclaimed timber from the construction


site, it is an apt introduction to the local and sustainable philosophy that underpins the entire interior. Anna-Wili Highfield has used the skin from a culled kangaroo to create a series of lamps for the lobby that reference both the contentious issue of culling kangaroos and local fauna in their form. Perhaps the most considered response to the local context comes from Broached Commissions, a collective who create limited edition designs, each based on a different event in Australian history. For the Hotel Hotel collection, the group – which comprises some of Australia’s foremost designers, including Adam Goodrum, Charles Wilson and Trent Jansen – worked with curator John McPhee to create pieces that speak of the history of Canberra. “The entire Broached Commissions response to the Hotel Hotel project,” says Goodrum, “focused on the philosophical

position of the Burley Griffins: community, pluralism, the integration of architecture and the wider ecosystem.” One such piece is Goodrum’s modular Feasting Table, situated in the restaurant, which references Griffin’s Gondwana Land concept for the Canberra Arboretum, in which plantings in different parts of the vibrant city would represent different continents. The rooms – none of which are alike – continue the design approach set out in the grounds and lobby area. They are built around the Nishi Building’s central atrium with views to the lake, and “curated” by Don Cameron, a former advertising director and the director behind music videos for Garbage, Blur and the Pet Shop Boys. “I was initially engaged to source, restore and curate the vintage furniture and lighting for the 68 hotel guestrooms, 21 apartments and ground floor space,” says

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Cameron. “Over three years, this evolved into managing all aspects of the hotel room interiors – designed lighting, limited edition furniture and bespoke joinery.” Themed as Cosy, Original, Creative and Meandering, each room features an impressive collection of “restored, re-upholstered and re-birthed” vintage furniture and bespoke art collection, selected by Cameron in collaboration with Ken Neale – an eccentric collector of 20th century design and something of a legend in Australia’s design scene. It soon became evident that it was impossible to source everything vintage, so Cameron responded by designing the joinery, side tables, lighting, seating, and even the towel rails and toilet roll holders. “This was panoramic in idea and complexity,” says Cameron. “But, it produced rooms that have a singular identity… We wanted to re-evaluate the relevance of standard ingredients that make a hotel room 082

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and to challenge the guests to engage with the interiors.” Hotel Hotel is a wonderful tapestry of creative talent, but the question that begs to be asked, is just how does it all come together? The answer seems to lie with Right Angle Studio, the publishing house behind popular Australian guide app, The Thousands, and the crafters of the narrative and persona of Hotel Hotel. To this end, the studio produced a manifesto of sorts, but perhaps even more importantly, they made many of the connections between Hotel Hotel and the creatives involved. By its nature, no community or neighbourhood can ever be static, and so it is with Hotel Hotel. As the property’s “creative index” – which lists the makers, artists, creative studios, curators and the doers involved in the project’s realisation – states: “We will add to it as we go… the making is never over”.


EXPRESS CHECKOUT Hotel Hotel NewActon Nishi, 25 Edinburgh Avenue Canberra ACT 2601, Australia Tel: +61 2 6287 6287 68 guestrooms Hotel Hotel Lounge Hotel Hotel Bar, Parlour Wine Room Further facilities in NewActon precinct Owner / Developer: Molonglo Group Architects: Fender Katsilidis Architects (NewActon and Nishi Building), Suppose Design Office (Nishi Building) Hotel Narrative: Right Angle Studio Curators: Don Cameron, Ken Neale, Michael Gray, John McPhee, Broached Commissions Creative Firms: Right Angle Studio, Clear Design, Xavier Connelly, Coöp, Oculus, March Studio, Design Office Engineering Consultant: Arup

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Ibis Styles Dale Street Liverpool Words: Molly Dolan Photography: © ABACApress / Darren Lennon

Steeped in history with more Grade II-listed buildings than can be counted on one hand, Dale Street welcomes the latest addition to the Accor portfolio.


reviously branded as All Seasons, Ibis Styles is confidently the most design-led of Accor’s reinvented budget offering. Described as a non-standardised economy and design brand, its properties are situated in the heart of cities, each boasting its own distinct personality reflected through a colourful, bright and energetic spirit with a hint of humour. These elements are incorporated in the latest addition on Dale Street, Liverpool. Housed in two contrasting buildings, local architects Falconer Chester Hall renovated the Art Deco Eagle Star and neighbouring 19th century Pioneer to create a single, larger space. Initially slated as an Ibis Budget, the brand’s aim of providing a one-size-fits-all room type was unobtainable within the existing architecture. “Every floor is different,” comments Nick Birch, Project Architect at Falconer Chester Hall, “the


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LEFT AND PREVIOUS PAGE: The interior design features bright colours, intricate needlework and modular seating in line with the Ibis Styles brand image of modernity

hotel has many bespoke rooms, which you wouldn’t normally get with an Ibis.” As a result, those found in the roof space have notably different qualities thanks to the open ceilings. Dealing with two contrasting façades built in different eras and with different styles was something of a challenge, but as Birch explains: “The buildings are very eclectic, so it was important that we retained the quality.” Restoration of the façades involved incorporating existing features of surrounding properties, such as the Oriel-style Crittall windows on the Eagle Star, which can be seen on other Dale Street buildings nearby. As a key route down to Liverpool’s nearby docks Dale Street is a typically culture-rich environment, which was taken into account by Leach Rhodes Walker ID (LRW ID) when designing the interiors. The entrance references both locality and the Ibis Styles brand, resulting in a high quality space with a modern and fun composition. “The design tapped into the sensory perception of colour, light and energy,” illustrates Jennifer Land, Director at Leach Rhodes Walker ID. The location acts as inspiration for the interior design, as a diluted theme of Liverpool history is littered throughout the two combined buildings. Continuing the design created by the interiors division of Falconer Chester Hall in 086

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ABOVE: Each of the seven guestroom themes have taken inspiration from the world of music and fashion, with the sweeping curved wall acting as a canvas. Lighting is supplied by Chelsom, casegoods by Symphony and loose furniture by Pedrali. In the public spaces, furniture is sourced from Protocol

the lobby, LRW ID fashioned a number of Beatles-orientated themes for the 123 guestrooms, spanning “the era mania and revolution created by a certain rock group,” says Land. “Of the seven themes, we have taken inspiration from the locality, famous imagery, how influential the period of time was on the world of music, and even fashion. Some themes link to specific songs, or maybe depict a journey or state of mind in that era,” she adds. Subtle lighting by Chelsom combines with bold, colourful retro carpet patterns to create impact. Each floor of the hotel occupies a different style of guestroom, from the Strawberry Fields red infusion, to the lyric-inscribed walls of 088

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Ticket to Ride. All offer a light and bright aesthetic in keeping with the brand, as well as fluid lines and a sweeping curved wall which acts as a canvas for the theme. Subliminal touches extend beyond graphics. For example, textures are used to create intricate patterns on furniture while needlework references key Beatles’ trademarks such as strawberries and John Lennon’s rounded spectacles. “The brand is fun and has a sense of humour, offering unique and memorable design, with excellent customer interaction,” concludes Land. “This project is pushing hotel design forward by thinking outside the box and offering a variety of styles throughout the hotel.”


EXPRESS CHECKOUT Ibis Styles Dale Street 67 Dale Street, Liverpool, L2 2HJ, UK Tel: +44 (0)151 243 1720 123 guestrooms Breakfast buffet Lobby bar Operator: Accor Architect / Interior Designer: Falconer Chester Hall (public areas, façade) Leach Rhodes Walker ID (guestrooms) Project Manager: WH Stephens General Contractor: John Sisk & Son Fitout Contractor: Indecs Contracts Ltd

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Hotel Cort Palma de Mallorca Words: Dominique Afacan Photography: Courtesy of Hotel Cort and Design Hotels

Taking inspiration from the Mediterranean coastline, interior designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán breathes new life into a former bank in Mallorca’s Old Town.


esigned by Lázaro Rosa-Violán, selfproclaimed ‘urban archeologist’ and founder of Barcelona-based Contemporain Studio, Hotel Cort opened in July of last year in a century-old building that was formerly the Banco Atlantico. Located in Plaça Cort, a bustling cobbled square in the city’s Old Town which houses the pretty central government building and a handful of local shops and cafés, first-time visitors could almost miss the hotel, which has no obvious signage other than the tell-tale crimson shutters only recognised by those in-the-know. Just ten minutes walk from Palma’s seafront, the hotel is styled as an ‘island within an island’, and there is plenty of evidence of this nautical concept, from the many maritime prints on the bedroom walls to the scrubbed timber floors and colour scheme seen throughout. “The blue and ultramarine colours represent the Mediterranean Sea, and warm materials such as wood, leather and linen mixed with llenguas [traditional Mallorcan fabrics] give the whole hotel an up-to-date WWW.SLEEPERMAGAZINE.COM

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and sophisticated atmosphere,” explains Rosa-Violán, whose other projects include the acclaimed Hotel Pulitzer in Barcelona and the Only You in Madrid. A member of Design Hotels, Hotel Cort has 16 guestrooms, 14 of which are suites. The most exclusive is The Island, a penthouse duplex featuring a split-level terrace with its own Jacuzzi, sunbeds and panoramic views over the city. Others include the Plaça Suite overlooking the square, and The Private Terrace, which looks onto the hotel’s small but perfectly formed plunge pool and nautical blue-and-white tiled deck for sunbathers. That signature tiling extends throughout the hotel, uniting rooms, restaurant and miniature lobby. “On the floors we created a great pattern composed out of more than 15 different mosaics with geometrical motifs that have a strong visual effect,” says Rosa-Violán. 092

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Straying from the many minimalistic hotels in the capital, the designer strove instead to create a homely ambience. “In general, the decoration was intentionally very loaded, filling the interiors with shelves, mirrors and carpentry that visually interconnect the different ambiences.” The result is a hotel that feels cool yet cosy, with plenty to draw the eye. A joint venture between Ramon Andreu Mulet, a Majorcan gastronomic entrepreneur, and two Swedish investors Ture Stendahl and Joachim Odqvist, the hotel has influences from both parties. Mulet’s magic touch – whose other projects include celebrated tapas chain Tast – is evident in the restaurant, which serves some of the best market-fresh food in the city. Guests can take their pick from tables, booths and benches, or grab a stool up at the raw oyster bar. By day, the space doubles as a buzzy café, with tables spilling


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outside onto the square where a huge ancient olive tree serves as a popular meeting spot for many locals. Unusually, Rosa-Violán was also heavily involved in all aspects of the bar and restaurant, including the lighting. He explains: “The interior designer is an actor. He must dress up and change roles, understand new identities and integrate them with his own.” Subtle nods to Scandinavia’s rich maritime history – as influenced by the hotel’s Swedish investors – can be found in the spacious guestrooms and suites, with framed maps on the walls and timber boards under foot. The hotel receives more leisure tourists than business travellers and there is no real business centre to speak of, but German hotel manager Barbara Wunderlich points out “there is a small meeting room, the Altillo on the mezzanine floor which can be used for private dining as well as meetings”. Wunderlich describes the hotel as a ‘cosy, cosmopolitan secret in the middle of the city’, and she might just be right.

EXPRESS CHECKOUT Hotel Cort Plaça de Cort 11 07001 Palma de Mallorca Spain Tel: +34 971 21 33 00 16 guestrooms Restaurant Hotel Cort, Raw Bar Bar Altillo Sun terrace, plunge pool Owner / Developer: Joint venture between Ramon Andreu Mulet, Ture Stendahl and Joachim Odqvisti Architects: Vicente Alcover Ripoll and Luis Alcover Ripoll Interior Design: Contemporain Studio


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Hampton by Hilton LondonWaterloo Words: Catherine Martin Photography: Courtesy of Hampton by Hilton (unless otherwise stated)

Dexter Moren Associates completes Hampton’s largest hotel outside the USA, a 292-key property close to London’s busiest railway station.


he Hampton name is a relatively new addition to the UK’s repertoire of branded hotels. Making its debut as recently as 2009, the focused service offering entered the market through the somewhat unconventional gateway town of Corby in the East Midlands and has since found its way into regional cities, airports, and now, for the first time, central London. Just a short walk from one of the capital’s busiest transport hubs, Hampton by Hilton London Waterloo marks a significant milestone in a robust pipeline. It is the brand’s 15th hotel in the UK and largest outside the United States, where the vast majority of the 1,900 properties can be found. And while the Americanised catchphrase ‘Feel the Hamptonality’ may not translate to a British audience, the mid-priced offering certainly does. Complimentary WiFi and a hot breakfast are just some of the essentials included in the room rate, while other conveniences include a 24/7 snack bar and on-site fitness centre for all guests. WWW.SLEEPERMAGAZINE.COM

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London-based practice Dexter Moren Associates (DMA) was appointed postplanning to provide architecture and interior design services for the property, which was inherited by Shiva Hotels after the previous owner ran into difficulties. The hotel’s contemporary façade is constructed from pre-cast concrete in varying tones, with wraparound glazing at street level to encourage a connection between public spaces and passers-by. Worthy of note are the windows on the upper floors, which are recessed and angled alternately to add interest from both outside and in. Lead architect Dexter Moren effectively developed the existing plans to make them work for a Hampton, changing layouts, eliminating the under-utilised basement space, and increasing the room count in the process. As with all Hampton by Hilton hotels, public areas are made up of four zones. The Welcome Zone, Gathering Zone, Living Zone and Work Zone – defined using cleverly integrated screens – are a series of interlinked spaces that can be used in a variety of ways. Each provides a comfortable environment that facilitates working, dining or relaxing with a combination of seating options supplied by the likes of Sancal, Morgan Furniture, Modus and Lyndon Design. This open-plan lobby is a commendable take on the flexible social spaces more often found in the smaller, Generation Y hotels. The interior design concept is derived from the hotel’s location, taking inspiration from the word Waterloo, meaning ‘clearing in the water’. DMA’s hospitality interiors team selected a palette of muted, natural tones 098

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interspersed with strong accents of blue and green to feature throughout the scheme. Organic form is further celebrated through decorative ceiling features and patterned carpets, as well as nature-inspired graphics in the meeting rooms. In a deviation from the standard model, Hampton by Hilton London Waterloo is also home to Assado, a fusion restaurant from chef Cyrus Todiwala. Accessible through the hotel during breakfast service, the eatery operates as if a franchise into the evening in a bid to attract passing trade. The 297 guestrooms are once again in line with Hampton’s prototype and feature the brand standards that are implemented across all new properties. Typically measuring 21m2, rooms are furnished with a work desk, task chair, 32-inch flatscreen TV and relaxing lounge chair. The focal point is the Hampton signature bed, topped with the multifunctional trademark lap tray in dark cherry. Corridors are also finished to the Hampton standard with contrasting shades on facing 100

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walls, while guestrooms feature one of two colour schemes selected from a pre-approved range. At London Waterloo, a neutral palette is enriched with splashes of lime or raspberry seen in carpets, upholstery and soft furnishings, while artwork is unique to Hampton’s London properties. Bathrooms are clean, crisp and contemporary featuring quality fittings and branded amenities. In the weeks following Sleeper’s visit, Hampton by Hilton made yet another debut, this time in a former police station in the city of Sheffield. Prior to this, openings in Exeter, Birmingham and Gatwick came in quick succession and there are many more in the pipeline. An 88-room hotel in Glasgow city centre – the first Hampton in Scotland – is slated to open this summer, and rumours continue to circulate of two further properties in London. The recent announcements go some way to cement Hampton’s commitment to the UK and will see the brand increase its presence to 23 hotels by 2015.


EXPRESS CHECKOUT Hampton by Hilton London Waterloo 157 Waterloo Road London, SE1 8XA, UK Tel: +44 (0)20 7401 8080 297 guestrooms Assado, Hampton Breakfast Bar Bar Fitness Centre Business Centre, four meeting rooms Owner / Developer: Shiva Hotels Operator: Hilton Worldwide Architect: Dexter Moren Associates Interior Designer: Dexter Moren Associates Project Manager: Marick Main Contractor: McAleer & Rushe

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Hilton’s asset ‘sweet spot’ Chris Nassetta, Hilton Worldwide president & CEO, said that the company was not “emotionally tied” to its real estate and would move towards being capital light. The group did not expect to sell assets immediately, with the Nassetta describing it as being in the “sweet spot” of the ownership cycle, instead looking at “value enhancement opportunities” within the owned estate. Nassetta said that, having spent around USD175m over the past “five or six” years on the Waldorf Astoria in New York, the company expected to confirm its plans for the hotel by the end of the year, if not sooner. Nassetta said he would update the market “both in terms of what we’re going to do with it physically and who we might do it with in order to continue to focus on our being capital light”. In the group’s first earnings call since going public, Nassetta also confirmed that the group expected to launch its first boutique brand this year, as well as “brand extensions of an existing brand”. In terms of solid news, the company announced that it had made a purchase and sale agreement with a Blackstoneled partnership with third party capital investors for the sale of land and entitlement rights to develop an underused portion of the Hilton Hawaiian Village resort in Waikiki. The company will construct a timeshare property of more than 300 units to be dubbed the Grand Islander. The CEO said: “We think we’re in a sweet spot of the ownership cycle. We like what’s going on with 102

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those assets, and we’ve got these value-enhancement opportunities - such as at Hawaiian Village - that we want to mine that we haven’t been able to because of our previous debt structure. “We have a big real estate portfolio. So we have dozens and dozens of opportunities in that portfolio to create value in every way from an operating point of view and smaller value enhancement opportunities.” As of the year-end the group had net debt of USD11.5bn, with cash and cash equivalents of USD860m. In addition to the USD1.24bn of net proceeds from the IPO, the group closed on the complete refinancing of its prior acquisitions during the fourth quarter, creating, CFO Kevin Jacobs said: “A balance sheet that we believe is a tremendous asset for the company and will provide us with an incredible amount of financial possibility for the future”. The company’s owned portfolio currently represents 37% of the group’s adjusted Ebitda and includes assets in New York, London, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, and Sydney. Nassetta said: “While we are not activating our real estate segment today in terms of meaningful new unit growth we are extremely active in maximising what we do own.” He added that the company had seen a “nearly 300 basis point” increase in ownership segment adjusted Ebitda margins in 2013, as group demand drove revenue growth in “our big group boxes”, with margin growth expected to continue. “At the moment, we believe we can benefit from the upside on these assets operationally and from mining value enhancement opportunities, but if divesting of some or all of the real estate will


enhance overall shareholder value in the future, we will actively consider those options.” In line with the other global operators, Nassetta preferred to look at the long term opportunities in China, rather than its immediate issues, commenting: “Long-term I’m very optimistic about the development opportunities in China. In the short to intermediate term I’m pretty damn optimistic as well, I just think that the makeup of it is increasingly going to be more in the mid-market and less at the upper end of the market.” For the full year, the group has forecast adjusted Ebitda of USD2.37bn to USD2.44bn. For 2013 adjusted Ebitda came in at USD2.21bn, a 13% increase over 2012. Revpar is expected to increase between 5% and 7% on a comparable currency neutral basis with 60% to 70% of that being driven by rate, against a 5.2% increase last year. Nassetta said: “On an overall basis, we are optimistic that 2014 will be stronger than ‘13. There will undoubtedly be ebbs and flows within regions, but generally the macro trend seem to be similar or better than what we saw in 2013.” HA Perspective [by Katherine Doggrell]: It speaks! It speaks! After years behind the private equity curtain of silence it has been pulled back and, well, it’s not quite a little old man with some big levers, but it’s not the mysterious wizard we had imagined. In fact it looks rather similar to some of the other global operators. The company is not quite in the vein of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, which is anticipating an acceleration of asset sales, nor is it Accor, with its decision to

embrace assets. There are echoes of Marriott International, with its talk of using its balance sheet to aid expansion, but in this case it is growth of profits as well as just portfolio, with more of a real estate play in mind. The most striking difference between hidden Hilton and public Hilton is this strengthening of the balance sheet. There was no way it could have thrived in the public markets without it and now, after years of comments about the deal to unite the Hiltons being overleveraged, it is ready to compete and stand up to scrutiny at the same time. It is clearly in no hurry to put this at risk, as the comments about the Waldorf Astoria highlight. They have spent enough, it’s time for someone else to step in. While the results were strong on confidence, they were scant on future details. The International Hotel Investment Forum passed without the launch of the company’s new boutique brand, but it is expected soon. Given that Orient-Express Hotels went through 650 possible names before coming up with Belmond, one has to respect that launching a new brand takes time. Most of these questions are expected to be answered by the end of the year. An innovative state for Hilton watchers and a welcome one. [Additional comment by Andrew Sangster]: Hilton is a changed business from when it went private in 2007. It has grown by 35%, adding 176,000 rooms taking it to a total of 672,000. During this period, close to six years, Marriott grew by 29% and Starwood by 24%, according to numbers from Morgan Stanley. Making this all the more impressive is that Hilton claims to have invested just

USD47m to make this happen. During the conference call CEO Nassetta made a clear statement of intent: “We believe that if we continue to maintain the strongest brands in the industry, we should not have to allocate significant capital to grow.” So capital is not going to be deployed to grow but Hilton is in no rush to divest its owned hotels either. Morgan Stanley reckons that the owned portfolio is worth about USD12bn with most of that (by value) in the US, including USD2.1bn tied up in the Waldorf-Astoria alone. In addition, Morgan Stanley put a value of USD5bn on Hilton’s leased assets. So why isn’t Hilton going for an all-out asset light approach to provide a payday for shareholders, of which Blackstone remains the biggest? It is a question of timing to maximise returns. Blackstone wants to ride the leverage that owning hotels provides in the near term given that the global recovery in the developed world is being led by the US where Hilton has most of its owned hotels and 78% of its rooms overall. Blackstone has taken Hilton public like an internet firm. It has sold a small portion of shares and is hanging on to the rest in the hope of a continued surge in the price. The conventional view of a private equity IPO is that a much bigger portion of the company is sold so that the PE firm can get back its capital. But Blackstone is in no hurry for more capital and prefers to hang to maximise its returns. In its own full-year results presentation in January, Blackstone said it had made a total gain of over USD10bn from its USD6.5bn investment in Hilton. It claimed this was a record for

the private equity industry for any investment that has been made. By riding the cycle for a bit longer, Blackstone is betting it can do even better.

Morgans defends against sale Morgans Hotel Group has described shareholder Kerrisdale Capital Management as “self-serving” and “reckless”. Kerrisdale Capital Management has called for the group to be sold immediately, preferably to a global hotel operator, despite complaints by Morgans that it has “laid the groundwork for significant value creation going forward”. Kerrisdale Capital Management, which holds around 4% of Morgans stock, said last week that it would seek to nominate a new board of directors, including three of its own executives. Sahm Adrangi, chief investment officer at Kerrisdale Capital Management, wrote in a letter to Morgans shareholders: “Kerrisdale believes that the current directors of Morgans Hotel do not adequately represent the interests of the majority of shareholders. We believe that the views of OTK Associates, which owns less than a 15% economic interest, are currently over-represented on the Morgans Hotel board, and the views of the other 85% of shareholders are severely underrepresented.” The company has joined shareholders Caerus Global Investors and creditor Yucaipa Companies in a call for a sale. The

group said that it would support a sale either of the group as a whole or in pieces. Adrangi added: “Morgans provides an attractive luxury boutique hotel platform for an international hotel company. A well-capitalised and proven global operator can effectuate the expansion of the Mondrian, Delano and Hudson brands far faster and at better economics than the currently undercapitalised Morgans.” In response, Morgans said that the company had kept the “promises” made when the last board was “decisively” elected at last year’s AGM through the actions of shareholder OTK. The group said: “We believe we have laid the groundwork for significant value creation going forward. In just nine months, this board has overseen improved earnings, the significant reduction of a previously perilous corporate expense structure, important steps toward the resolution of costly litigation and the de-risking of a legacy balance sheet.” The company said that it had seen a 52% increase in the group’s share price since making the changes and that the debt refinancing at Hudson and Delano South Beach had given the group improved liquidity and flexibility. It described the efforts by Kerrisdale to liquidate the group as premature and likely to rob Morgans’ stockholders of the value ‘that rightfully belongs to them” describing the private investment management firm as “self-serving”. Taking its comments to a more personal level, Morgans said that “Sahm Adrangi’s campaign is emblematic of someone with zero public company experience. His unqualified slate of colleagues and cronies shows the obvious

lack of interest by serious industry professionals from wanting to associate themselves with Mr. Adrangi, his fund and history of PR campaigns. We believe Kerrisdale’s selfinterested pursuit of a proxy fight is motivated primarily by a desire to seek publicity.” The spat is the latest in a series of quarrels centred around Morgans. As has been previously reported in Hotel Analyst, OTK was the last group associated with Morgans to use the phrase ‘self-serving’, this time directed at the Morgans’ board. This latest effort from Kerrisdale Capital Management will not come as a surprise to Morgans, the group having said last year that it would look to change the board at the next AGM and supported calls by Yucaipa for a sale, writing: “We believe that the overwhelming consensus view of the company’s ownership is that Morgans should initiate an immediate public sale process to sell the company to one or multiple strategic acquirers”. The latest rumblings came as Morgans reported full year adjusted Ebitda of USD45.1m, an increase of 97.3% from 2012, primarily due to the impact of the company’s renovation of the Hudson hotel in New York, which started in late 2011 and continued throughout 2012. Adjusted Ebitda for the fourth quarter was USD16.1m as compared to USD12.7m for the same period in 2012. Revpar increased by 8.9% in 2013 compared to 2012, primarily driven by a 7.8% increase in occupancy. The group recorded a net loss of USD44.2m, compared to a net loss of USD56.5m for 2012 due to improved operating results. The group has continued to pursue asset-light expansion, most recently signing a 15-


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year franchise agreement for a Morgans Original branded hotel in Istanbul, including a USD700,000 key money investment from itself. The company currently has signed management agreements for four hotels that are financed and under construction, including Mondrian projects in London, The Bahamas, and Doha, as well as a Delano project in Moscow. HA Perspective: Who’d be on the board of Morgans? Well no-one who was worried about it becoming a long-term commitment, that’s for sure. Another year, another AGM, another likely change in the board. But while the back room grumblings remain the same, the company itself has been changing. As it protests, things are looking better. Debt has been reduced and the group has settled its lawsuit with Yucaipa. The group announced in its results that it would be cutting one third of its corporate staff as part of ongoing cost reduction. It continues to operate at a loss, but has renovated the Hudson and not a moment too soon - and has a clear asset-light expansion strategy. Agreements such as the 15-year franchise in Istanbul may not be terribly inspiring, but with luxury and boutique brands popping up every minute they must do whatever it takes to gain traction. For all the nagging at the current board, it’s not doing a terrible job. The problem amongst the shareholders is that they are not doing it fast enough. Last year saw a USD7.50-per-share takeover offer on the table, from an unnamed hotel company. This was rejected as not good enough, but rumours have also linked the group - in whole or in parts - to 104

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interest from at least nine hotel companies. At the time of writing, the group’s shares were at USD7.90, off the year low of USD5.70. For the investors, it’s time to cash in on the rise, aware as they are that asset-light expansion is good for the brand, but does not always make for a thrilling sale. Rumour has it that, despite the protests, CEO Jason Taubman Kalisman is planning to sell the company after all, on the back of increased earnings. In which case Adrangi’s campaign is nothing more than an ego war, as he looks to be at the helm when the sale process begins. Egos in boutique hotel-land? ‘Twas ever thus.

Lone Star grabs hotel loans US investor Lone Star Funds looks to have gained a substantial interest in the UK regional hotel market, having successfully bid for the majority of the Project Rock and Project Salt debt portfolios. The investor is understood to have paid GBP3.5bn for a pot of commercial property loans with a total face value of GBP5.2bn. The liquidators were charged with selling the portfolios, the legacy of lending by Anglo Irish Bank which have more recently been held by the IBRC. Despite the apparent discount of more than 30%, the liquidators pronounced themselves “very pleased with the successful conclusion of sales… at bid levels that exceed independent valuations.”


Among the debts traded under the Project Rock portfolio are loans outstanding to UK regional hotel chains including QHotels, Somerston Hotels, Puma Hotels and Curzon Hotel Properties. The portfolio also includes loans outstanding to pubs, holiday parks, and Sunderland football ground. QHotels had its loans to IBRC extended to November 2015. It has six loans with a gross balance of more than GBP370m, held against a property portfolio of 21 hotels worth less than GBP300m. Somerston holds 35 hotels across the UK, many of them running under Holiday Inn flags, and owes GBP339.5m against a recent portfolio valuation of approximately two thirds of the loan value. The company’s debt has previously been split, so that a tranche has non-interest bearing status. A portfolio valuation is scheduled for autumn 2014, after which time options will be considered. Puma has a debt extension until May 2014, owing GBP324m against a recent market valuation of its 19 UK hotel properties of GBP185m. The company saw its fortunes turn when Spanish operator Barcelo, which had signed long term leases to run the hotels from 2007, decided to terminate its agreements in 2012, paying a GBP20.25m penalty to quit. The aggressively structured leases, whose rent had underpinned the valuations of the Puma properties, proved unworkable, leaving Puma to appoint local manager Chardon. Curzon Hotel Properties, which owns 19 Thistle branded hotels, sits with an outstanding balance of GBP257m against recent asset valuations of GBP187m. A single asset liability is also included, the Crowne Plaza hotel in Marlow,

which is operated by BDL. The hotel company has an IBRC loan of GBP28.5m, set against a recent market value of GBP16m. HA Perspective: Ireland is very much getting its act together and is being held up as an example to all. The sales processes for the remaining portfolios in IBRC are on-going and are expected to be concluded early this year. So what next? Lone Star has previously been looking for bargains in Ireland, but with this deal they are looking down the barrel of the UK regional market, a market where there has been a lack of investment and where hotel agents are expected to be very busy this year as a number of portfolios are expected to come to market. With IBRC taking a significant discount on the loan book, the UK banks watching the sale and considering their own assets would be wise to be wary. Although under pressure to shore up their balance sheets, they run the risk of overdosing the market with regional properties at a time when the recovery is not set. Anecdotal evidence suggests that visitors who may have staycationed last year will go abroad in this as they feel a little more flush. For those hotels in secondary locations or needing a little too much work done, there may not be willing buyers waiting. Much was said at the time of the bank bailouts about the pain of the downturn not being properly felt. Depending on how those currently pasting ‘for sale’ over the hotels feel about taking a IBRC-style 30%-plus hit, there could be pain on the way.

Serviced apartments head mainstream Europe’s serviced apartment sector is set for 50% growth in the next two years, as growing demand for the product helps persuade institutional investors into the sector. That’s the prediction of agent Savills, which is tracking the serviced apartment market and sees several reasons why this Cinderella of the European hotel market may finally gain traction. Supply is currently constrained in key European markets, says Savills, with availability markedly below that in other global cities. Amsterdam has 0.2 units per 1,000 overseas visitors, while Paris and London score 0.3 and 0.6 on the same measure. Brussels and Frankfurt are somewhat better off with 1.1 units per thousand visitors, but are on a different scale to New York, with 5.8, and Hong Kong with 2.9. The numbers are already encouraging expansion. Established sector players Ascott and Frasers are both opening blocks in Frankfurt this year, while StayCity has said it will expand to 5,000 units by 2019 with Venice, Lyon and London in its pipeline. In London, operator Cheval Residences has opened its seventh unit, which has 159 apartments on a site close to the Tower of London. And Roomzzz, which has six aparthotels in regional UK cities, has won permission to convert an office building in Chester, while planning openings in Liverpool and London.

Also recently, Union Hanover has geared up to grow its Urban Villa concept internationally. A substantial private equity investment has allowed the company to sign a senior management team tasked with major expansion; several UK projects are already under way. The company has underlined the importance of ensuring its mini apartments appeal to both the leisure and family market, as well as longer stay business customers. Part of the growth in demand comes from changing guest expectations and habits. New ways of managing bookings make it easier to tap into shorter term lets, while leisure travellers are becoming a growing influence in the market. “Some of the larger operators are moving away from a reliance on the traditional long stay corporate market and are tapping into shorter stay guests, particularly as businesses’ reliance on travel management companies wanes,” says Marie Hickey, director of research at Savills. “As a result, developing a branded product that appeals to a variety of guest segments and which raises customer awareness has become all the more important to operators.” One brake on expansion of the sector has been getting investors on board. IHG, which was an early mover in refreshing its successful Staybridge extended stay brand for Europe, had to educate developers initially on how the model differed from hotels. It has had success, working with manager Cycas Hospitality and opening units in London, Liverpool, Newcastle and Birmingham. A Staybridge at the Stratford Olympic park was sold by developer Patron Capital in early 2013, to a Singaporean investor, while in November

IHG signed to develop a second Staybridge in London. “This expansion of branded purpose built stock should strengthen the appeal of the sector to institutional investors and we anticipate a significant increase in capital in the next few years,” said James Bradley, associate director at Savills hotels. “However, over the short term, private equity and owner operators will continue to be the primary driver of expansion. When institutional demand does materialise, we expect it to be focused on the major cities in the UK, France, Germany and Benelux.” There remain operational challenges, says the Savills report. Those operators that have long stay corporate guests may offer deals where extensions can be booked at short notice, something that could clash with leisure bookings and real time revenue maximisation systems. HA Perspective: As the Union Hanover deal earlier this month illustrated, there is room for the reassurance of the brand in any part of the accommodation sector. Indeed, delegates at the International Hotel Investment Forum in Berlin were warned that customers were becoming increasingly loyal to online travel agencies, rather than the hotel brands they were booking them into. And fair enough, the OTAs have paid dearly for that position. The launch of Staybridge in the UK was initially met with confusion - there are precious few road warriors in comparison with the US, most business travellers have no need of extended stay and can at least make it home at the weekend. Widening the remit and recognising that there was a market for aparthotels for those

planning a shorter stay was the logic behind the Union Hanover deal. Weekends in such products are attractive to the leisure market, with families and groups looking for flexibility and conviviality - as the success of Airbnb and Housetrip is testament to. Outside overcoming planning restraints, the creation of a successful brand which the customer will follow will be key to success. Unlike conventional hotels, location is less critical to this sector, however, as the budget sector has found, prominent locations build brands and the aparthotel operators will find themselves in expensive competition with hotels for sites. This study suggests that they may be able to make a convincing argument to developers

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This year, Decorex International, the leading luxury interior design show, is moving to the new location of Syon Park, London. Over 350 UK and international exhibitors will present new and innovative products over the course of four days, from 21-24 September. The backdrop of the Robert Adam designed Syon House and its surrounding parkland will enable the event to accommodate more exhibitors, larger stands

and inspirational features. Brand Director Simone du Bois comments: “Syon Park is an all encompassing destination that will allow us to expand, and continue to provide the definitive inspirational international showcase for the design industry, where the best and most established brands are presented alongside fresh and emerging talents.”

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For those who can’t wait until November for Sleep, Light Sleep – a series of thoughtprovoking seminars exploring the newest ideas in hospitality design – will take place at ExCeL London on 19 May during May Design Series. Entitled Dreaming of Hotels, the three seminars, hosted by Guy Dittrich, will feature the industry’s top mover including Marco Nijhof, CEO of Yoo Hotels, Chris Webb, Senior Director Interior Design at Hilton Worldwide, and Ken Mackay, Senior Partner at Mackay and Partners. May Design Series, described as the UK’s definitive international furnishings fair, comprises The Furniture Show, Lighting, Décor, Kitchen + Bathroom and DX.

From 9-12 October 2014, Rimini Fiera will once again host SIA Guest, the international hospitality exhibition. The event previews new trends in the hotel industry, from design through to management. Its layout provides exposure to specific theme areas from furnishings to contract, interior decoration, bathrooms and wellness, technologies and services. New for 2014 is SIA Green, organised in conjunction with Agenzia CasaClima KlimaHotel to provide solutions and products for energy saving and efficiency in accommodation. SIA Guest will be staged along with TTG Incontri – the international B2B tourism show – to develop business under the banner of new cooperation and new international relations.

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In order to provide even more bathroom design options with one collection only, Villeroy & Boch is extending the Architectura portfolio with a new product family in 2014: Architectura MetalRim is characterised by its minimalist ultra-slim, edgeless look and integrated valve cover that lies flush with the surface of the shower floor made of acryl reinforced with galvanised steel at the parameter. Extreme stability is thus guaranteed. Additional safety is provided by the optional anti-slip coating with Class C Vilbogrip. There is a choice of 31 models, each available with edge heights of 15 mm and 48 mm and in two finishes, making a total of 124 alternatives. This allows a great degree of design freedom and provides options for every shower area. Villeroy & Boch also provides high-quality shower partitions, thus enabling perfect complete shower designs.


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erlin, Amsterdam and Copenhagen are all wonderful cities, but none of them are exactly renowned for good weather. So it was a great relief for attendees at the third Sleepover – Sleeper Magazine’s annual networking event for hotel innovators – to arrive in the Danish capital and find the sun beating down once again on this year’s host city. Weather aside, Copenhagen has a whole host of attractive qualities, which were highlighted throughout the event ‘menu’ designed to give guests a “taste for Copenhagen, and a flavour of the future of hospitality” according to Event Director, Matt Turner, Editor of Sleeper Magazine. “We chose Copenhagen for this year’s event in recognition of its status as a global design capital, and its emerging status as a world leader in gastronomy,” added Turner. The host hotel for this year’s event was SP34 – Copenhagen’s newest boutique hotel, created by owner Brøchner Hotels on the newly extended site of the former Hotel Fox. Sleepover guests were amongst the first to experience SP34, still in soft opening mode having opened its doors just a few days prior to the event. Brøchner Hotels’ CEO Karim Nielsen took to the mic in the basement restaurant to give guests an insight into the concept behind SP34, which combines modern contemporary designs by Morten Hedegaard of Asite with classic Danish furniture based on original chairs found in the basement of the townhouses where the hotel is located. Dr Chris Luebkeman – Global Director for Foresight + Research + Innovation at Arup – welcomed guests alongside Sleeper Editor Matt Turner. Luebkeman asked guests to take notice of their surroundings on their afternoon tours, and to take photos which would provide inspiration for the activities in a ‘Tomorrow’s Hotel’ workshop, being hosted by Arup the following morning.


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Guests then had the chance to venture out into the sunshine and take part in a variety of optional tours, billed as the ‘A La Carte’ section of the Sleepover menu. The ‘Vegetables’ tour participants headed to the forest and coastline in the wider Copenhagen region for an insight into the work of Nordic Food Lab – a non-profit organisation that explores Nordic food through a cultural, scientific and culinary approach. Researcher and Project Manager Josh Evans led the group into the woods, explaining the edible potential of various flora and fauna along the way. The group then gathered around a campfire to create and taste a wild pesto from some of the plants they had collected. Another group took part in the ‘Meat’ tour – a walking tour of Copenhagen, around the streets, parks and lakes of the city,


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hosted by BDP, with a particular focus on the hip Norrebrø district. As well as visiting Hans Christian Andersen’s grave at Assistens Kirkegard, guests wandered down Jaegersborggade – one of the most happening streets in the Danish food scene – and visited Torvehallerne – the city’s new fod market where over 60 vendors offer a wealth of organic, seasonal and gourmet produce. Torvehallerne is not just a foodie destination but also interesting from a design perspective. Architect Hans Peter Hagens conceived the market with a layout inspired by both the Mezquita mosque and cathedral in Córdoba and the modernist buildings of the Bauhaus era. Along the way there was the opportunity to sample produce from the many artisan producers based around Norrebro. The final tour option was ‘Fish’ – a boat tour hosted by

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of newspaper, now being redeveloped as a vibrant urban area. Here, guests were introduced to Copenhagen Street Food – a brand new gathering place for food trucks and pop up dining experiences opened just days prior to Sleepover – by its founder Dan Husted. Husted explained the concept behind the initiative as gusts enjoyed traditional Danish shrimp, Moroccan lamb and Italian toasted sandwiches provided by some of the first trucks to take up residence at Papirøen. Back aboard the boat, Jack Renteria, Head of International Markets for Danish architects 3XN, gave further insight into the city’s waterfront architecture – including the conversion of the gunboat sheds around the Naval base in Holmen, now home to various luxury residences and creative industries, and 3XN’s designs for the new UN City building at Marmormolen in Nordhavn. This star shaped building was designed to bring

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together the various agencies and functions of the United Nations regional offices in Copenhagen, in a sustainable and highly secure yet accessible structure. As Renteria explained, it is just one of the new developments at Nordhavn, the largest regeneration project in Denmark’s history, which is transforming the old industrial port to a modern residential and business quarter. Following their afternoon tours, guests had the option of a look around SP34 with its designer Morten Hedegaard, before changing for dinner. They also collected their ‘goodie boxes’ overflowing with sponsor’s gifts, shaped like giant pieces of Lego and supplied by Room Copenhagen. A coach then took the assembled throng to the venue for predinner drinks – Generator Copenhagen, where guests sampled typical Danish smorrebrod and Carlsberg – as well as being the first to enjoy the property’s new installed petanque court. This


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new breed of hostel-hotel offers travellers stylish, design-led, and affordable accommodation in the heart of Copenhagen. As reported in Sleeper Magazine recently, the group has grown from its family-run beginnings with two traditional properties in Berlin and London, to a total of eight properties in Barcelona, Berlin Mitte, Copenhagen, Dublin, Hamburg, London and Venice. Now owned by real estate investor Patron Capital, the portfolio is expected to grow to 18 hostels by 2018, including the openings of Generator Paris and Generator Rome in 2015. “Generator’s mission is to become the world’s leading designled hostel brand: in essence, to combine the aspects of a chic hotel with a covetable, convivial social scene, all within the confines of a hostel price point,” says Marketing Director Emma Benney From Generator, the group took an evening stroll through picturesque Nyhavn – a well known canalside tourist


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destination – to dinner venue The Standard. Formerly the site of Sir Terence Conran’s Custom House restaurant complex, the building is now run by Noma co-founder Claus Meyer. Often described as a founding father of New Nordic cuisine, Meyer has worked with co-owners Torsten Vildgaard and Søren Westh to create four different hospitality experiences (three restaurants and a jazz club) all under one roof at The Standard. It is named in tribute to the history of the Art Deco building which Danish architect and Royal Building Inspector Kristoffer Nyrop Varming designed in 1937 in the midst of the golden age of timeless ‘standards’ composed by George Gershwin, Cole Porter and the likes. Dinner took place in the ground floor Almanak restaurant, designed by Christina Meyer Bengtsson and Ulrik Nordentoft. Almanak chef Andreas Møller (previously head-chef at the


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Kanalen in Christianshavn) created a special menu for Sleepover to reflect the restaurant’s ethos of using Danish nature and the change of seasons as a principle for structuring the work in the kitchen. Following dinner, guests were transported by coach to Nimb, a unique hospitality venue adjacent to Copenhagen’s famous Tivoli Gardens. Nimb was originally built in 1909 as an Arab fantasy castle by Tivoli head architect and director Knud ArnePetersen. Since then, the establishment has undergone many transformations, until its relaunch as ‘a temple of good taste’ – home to various restaurants, meeting spaces, bars as well as a high-end luxury boutique hotel. The building underwent a total renovation in 2007 - not only externally, where the façade’s arabesques of low-grade materials were replaced with Italian marble stucco, but also internally,

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where the new solid Dinesen wooden floors and interior elements of Oland granite help give Nimb a modern, Nordic air with warm colours and natural materials. It offered the perfect environment for guests to feel sense of ‘hygge’ – the Danish concept of warmth and conviviality – over a crafted cocktail by the crackling open fireplace. The following morning saw the introduction of a new element to the Sleepover programme for this year. Following Arup’s previous Hotels of the Future workshops, and inspired by the Tomorrow’s Hotel competition that has run as part of the European Hotel Design Awards for the past three years, the Tomorrow’s Hotel ‘Food for Thought’ workshop encouraged participants to think about what Tomorrow’s Hotel might look like, with specific reference to food. The venue for the workshop was Nordatlantens Brygge – a cultural center and conference


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venue in the same warehouse building that houses Noma restaurant. Following an introduction from Dr Chris Luebkeman, Director for Global Foresight + Research + Innovation and moderator Guy Dittrich, the workshop kicked with brief presentations from three Copenhagen-based guest speakers. David Zahle of BIG Architects gave a quick overview of some of the projects that have brought international acclaim to the practice, including a waste-to-energy incinerator that will double as a ski slope, the ‘Mountain Dwellings’ in Ørestad Copenhagen (BIG’s first completed commission) and 8 House – a bow-shaped mixed use development of residences and offices, also in Ørestad. Oliver Maxwell, founder of Bybi, then took to the stage to explain his new initiative which has installed beehives on the rooftops of various buildings around Copenhagen. By training

homeless people to look after the bees, Maxwell’s social enterprise helps create employment and create a place in society for previously excluded groups. People ‘on the edge of the work market’ are also encouraged to sell various honey-based products to employees in local workplaces. The final speaker was Jens Martin Skibsted, founder of Skibsted Ideation and designer of the Biomega bicycle, whose talk looked at the issues of urban mobility and how to make bike transportation as emotionally appealing as cars. These short,sharp ‘brainfood’ sessions paved the way for the workshop proper, during which Arup’s team of facilitators lead a series of group-based exercises – around the themes of ‘Ingredients’, ‘Dishes’ and ‘Menu’ – to develop new hospitality concepts inspired by guests’ experiences in Copenhagen and global trends from Arup’s Inspire database. Participants were

split into small groups to identify trends and themes that had been highlighted during the afternoon tours the previous day. They were then formed into larger groups to hone these ideas further before presenting their concepts to the rest of their group. In closing, Chris Luebkeman explained how the workshop would provide the foundation for the brief for this year’s Tomorrows Hotel competition, giving participants the chance to develop their ideas into fully fledged hotel concepts. Further details will be announced in the next edition of Sleeper Magazine. Sleeper Magazine would like to thank all the sponsors, partners and participants in this year’s Sleepover for their support.


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The 17th International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) 3-5 March 2014 - InterContinental Berlin Report by Catherine Martin and Guy Dittrich Optimism about hotel development, financing and property values prevailed among the 2,000 delegates who attended the 17th annual International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) in March, which took place in at the InterContinental Berlin. The positive mood was reflected by many of the 200 speakers who took part in a thought-provoking programme of presentations, panels and interviews across the three days. There was consensus that property values are increasing, banks are more willing to lend at sensible loan-to-value ratios and substantial growth in the Asia Pacific region will continue to dominate the agenda. Kerry Gumas, President & Chief Executive Officer, Questex Media Group LLC and Jonathan Worsley, Chairman, Bench Events, welcomed delegates from the investment community, as well as a growing number of design firms and product suppliers in attendance. Gumas observed that more than 25% of delegates were chairmen or chief executives of their companies, demonstrating the high level of leadership at IHIF. In a change from the usual focus on Europe, the theme for this year’s conference was ‘Bringing The World of Hotel Investment Together’. As such,

tourism ministers from Tanzania, Brazil and Indonesia were in attendance to provide valuable insights into the appetite for investment and respective opportunities available in these countries. Setting the scene, David Fenton, Senior Economist, RBS kicked off the sessions with a presentation on The Economic Landscape. He reassured the audience that the developed economies of the UK, USA, Japan and Euro Zone are in a better economic place now compared to Q1 2013, growing by an average of 2-3% year-onyear. With the economy no longer at crisis levels, Fenton questioned whether the interest rates really needed to be kept so low, but warned it would be a “bumpy ride” back to normalisation. According to Fenton, global tourism will see 268% growth over the next 20 years, however emerging markets will continue to be a challenging environment for investors. Evaluating what this means for the hospitality industry, Simon Johnson, Specialist Markets, CBRE Hotels moderated the following session with panellists Elizabeth Winkle, Managing Director, STR Global, Chris Day, Managing Director, Christie + Co and Michael A. Fishbin, Global & Americas Hospitality

Leader, EY, who discussed The Industry Landscape. Winkle announced RevPAR growth in three out of four world regions, with Europe showing a modest increase of 1.7% yearon-year. But there was a notable slowdown in Asia, which fell by 4.1%. Research from STR Global also showed demand outpacing supply growth, with Europe experiencing “unprecedented demand”. The trend can be seen across all classes of hotel, including the economy sector. In terms of rate, Winkle reported that more rooms were being sold to more visitors, but at a lower rate. Looking to the future, Europe’s pipeline is expected to grow by 3%, or 143,000 rooms, between 2014 and 2016 with the UK, Russia and Germany showing the largest pipelines. Day spoke of hotel transactions and noted an appetite for new developments across the UK, suggesting that the remainder of the Queens Moat House portfolio would come to market soon. He warned that “pricing was critical” and referenced the early signs of competitive bidding for Rocco Forte’s The Lowry Hotel in Manchester, UK. He said we had “moved out of the dark days of 2009 when hotels outside the heart of London and Paris were incredibly difficult

to sell” and that “more and more banks were expressing a willingness to lend to the hotel market at reasonable loan to value ratios”. Peter Shaindlin, COO of Halekulani Corporation, ended the day’s discussions on a high with his keynote address, Brand Blur: The Benefits and Perils of Brand Alliances. Shaindlin, who oversaw the partnership between famed fashion designer Vera Wang and Honolulu’s Halekulani Hotel to create the Vera Wang Suite, reiterated the importance of brands having a clear vision before forming any strategic relationship. Shaindlin stressed that those on the search for brand alliances should refer to a select list of partnership criteria, taking into consideration the purpose, benefits, risks, and alignment characteristics – from reputation and quality to company culture and values, duration and projected ROI value. The second day began with a message of thanks to Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group for hosting the opening night reception at Radisson Blu Berlin, one of the many networking opportunities. Andrew Sentance CBE, Senior Economic Advisor to PwC opened the second day’s formal sessions with an overview of the global economy. He pointed out that whilst economic growth


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IHIF continued... has been positive, it has not been evenly spread. Sentance revealed that the Euro Zone was ascendant in the global economy in the 19th century, the 20th century saw the USA dominate the world stage, while the 21st century sees the Asia Pacific region come to the forefront. One of his key points was the substantial growth that will be seen in the Asia Pacific region, home to 60% of the world’s population. The next session saw Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and David Scowsill, President & CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) take to the stage to present their latest research. Travel and tourism employs 266 million people globally – that’s 1 in 11 jobs on the planet – and contributes US$6.8 trillion, or 9% of the global economy. Rifai stated that “hotels and hospitality are the backbone of this industry” while Scowsill stressed the importance of better communication channels with the investment community so that both the WTTC and UNWTO were up to speed with the issues facing them. The next panel to take to the stage was The World According to the Global CEOs moderated by Michael Hirst OBE, Consultant, CBRE Hotels. Hirst was joined by Jim Abrahamson, President & CEO, Interstate Hotels & Resorts; Sébastien Bazin, Chairman & CEO, Accor; Henri 126

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Giscard d’Estaing, Chairman & CEO, Club Méditerranée and Michael Glennie, President & COO, FRHI Hotels & Resorts. Hirst opened the session by asking each panellist for a snapshot of 2013. Abrahamson said that Interstate had seen an 8% increase in RevPAR in the US. They have 83 hotels in Europe, 13 in Russia and were seeing strong performance in the UK. Looking at the UK specifically, Abrahamson mentioned they were seeing good recovery amongst their UK provincial hotels. Bazin stated that Accor had just reported a 6% increase in operating profit across the brand, with an Ibis opening every three days somewhere in the world. d’Estaing also reported “very strong” growth in Asia, particularly China, as well as North and Latin America, measures echoed by Glennie, who targeted 50% growth over the next five years for its brands Raffles, Fairmont and Swissotel. The plenary sessions concluded with the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Ian Schrager, Chairman & CEO, Ian Schrager Company. On receiving his award, Schrager shared: “I consider myself so incredibly lucky to be able to spend my life doing something I love”, and that he is “truly honoured” to receive the award. Schrager said he sees himself as a social scientist and “likes to get a feeling for what is in the air, capture it and build it into a hotel”.


Ömer Isvan, President, Servotel Corporation, presented the award and asked of Schragers’s relationship with Marriott, operator of the Edition brand. Schrager considers the collaboration to be the culmination of his career, stating: “We pursue excellence, are incredibly competitive and want the best”. Building on the success of The London Edition, Schrager revealed that the brand has properties under development in New York, Sanya, Abu Dhabi, Shanghai and West Hollywood. Afternoon breakout sessions examined a variety of topics such as The Development Timeline, Franchise Solutions for Growth and opportunities in Russia, South America, Africa and Indonesia, while highlights of the final day included Owners and Operators Talk Business, in which three pairs of owners and operators took to the stage to discuss their working partnerships and how best to structure communications and nurture relationships for sustainable growth. Amy McPherson, President & Managing Director, Europe, Marriott Hotels International and Petr Chitipakhovyan, President, CH-Group, stated that mutual respect and honesty were the key contributing elements to their success. Wolfgang Neumann, President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group and Frederic de Brem, Managing Director, Algonquin

France, discussed current projects, specifically Radisson Blu Lyon, where both parties are working together on the current remodelling. Finally Federico Gonzalez Tejera, Chief Executive Officer, NH Hotel Group and Riccardo Dallolio, Head of Alternatives and Special Situations, AXA Real Estate, summarised the general sentiment of the session saying that “trust, honesty and transparency between partners is vital.” The globally acclaimed conference has long been seen as the forum where international organisations choose to release their breaking news, and this year was no exception. Hilton Worldwide announced it was signing a management agreement with First Qatar Real Estate Development Company to open the 445-room Hilton Doha The Pearl Residences in Qatar. IHG announced it was adding six new hotels to its portfolio including Hotel Indigo London Barbican. Wyndham announced the signing of Wyndham Ankara in Turkey. And Marriott revealed that the first Moxy hotel will open in Milan in September 2014, followed by a further five properties in key European cities throughout 2015. With an overwhelmingly positive outlook for 2014 and beyond, it will be interesting to see what 2015 brings. The next IHIF will take place in Berlin from 2-4 March 2015.

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Sleep: The Hotel Design Event 26-27 November 2014 – Business Design Centre, London Europe’s leading hotel design event announces new names, fresh ideas and returning greats.


leep, Europe’s leading hotel design event, has released the first details about its line-up for 2014. Given a record-breaking show last November which saw increased national and international attendance, more first-time exhibitors than ever before, a new ‘Tech Hub’ exhibiting some of the latest in hotel technology, captivating lighting installations, and concept rooms reinventing the spirit of Pop Art, 2013 is undoubtedly a hard act to follow. However, the story of Sleep has been one of constant evolution and innovation and early signs are that the event coming up this November will once again reinforce Sleep’s reputation as the incubator of new ideas, the stage for leading-edge products and the place to do business. One change to note is that the hugely popular concept rooms competition has a new name, The Sleep Set, hinting at the outstanding degree of inspiration and sheer hard work that a specially selected band of design and fit-out collaborators puts in each year to create this unique showcase. The challenge for 2014 is to create a guestroom blueprint for a new hotel brand

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that takes ‘simplexity’ – the emerging theory of a relationship between simplicity and complexity – as its core value. Designers will be tasked with creating an original guest experience that translates across any number of gateway cities and delivers ease of maintenance and longevity. Chair of The Sleep Set judging panel Conrad Smith, Managing Director of ReardonSmith Architects, comments: “Each year, it has been very humbling to see the effort, creativity and passion of the teams, not to mention some great ideas that could easily translate into real hotel guestrooms. I think that this year’s challenge is particularly exciting since it revolves around a philosophical idea yet the outcome has to be commercial, a model room for a new hotel brand”. Smith will be joined by fellow judges Katherine Blaisdell, Vice President of Technical Services at Belmond, and Marco Nijhof, CEO of Yoo Hotels. Another of Sleep’s standout concepts is the Sleep Bar, re-imagined each year by a different design practice. In 2013, Nous Design worked with Laufen to produce a stunning bar that took on a sculptural quality


as well being fully functional. Composed of 1.5 tonnes of Laufen’s ceramic washbasins, the bar was backed by an eye-catching installation from Vlad Tenu. Reflecting on the experience, Nir Gilad, Director of Nous Design says: “Designing the Sleep Bar was a fantastic experience. The team at Nous Design loved the challenge of creating an experimental design piece. It is always a challenge to surprise the industry that has seen it all. We received a fantastic response from the hospitality community and overwhelming support from our design colleagues.” This year, it will be the turn of Swedish studio Stylt Trampoli AB, who last year won a European Hotel Design Award for their design of Cuckoo’s Nest at the Radisson Blu Riverside in Gothenburg. So, expect the unexpected! For now however, Stylt Trampoli’s founder and Creative Director, Erik Nissen Johansen, remains tight-lipped. “Let’s just say that our brains are going at full tilt right now. I don’t want to give anything away at this point, but I can promise that it will be unlike anything you’ve ever seen before,” he says. Stylt Trampoli will partner

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The main exhibition hall will feature a mix of newcomers and returning regulars; last year’s Sleep Bar, created by Nous Design and Laufen; the Sleep Conference will be packed with thought-provoking content; Stylt Trampoli AB, designers of Gotthards Krog at Stora Hotellet in Umeå and Cuckoo’s Nest at Radisson Blu Riverside, Gothenburg, will create the Sleep Bar in 2014

with Martek for the on-site fitout. Meanwhile, the main exhibition hall is selling out fast and will once again feature a mix of newcomers and returning regulars. Furthermore, Sleep is promising several ‘UK exclusives’ and a new-look Tech Hub. There will be additional networking opportunities and – a “must-attend” for many visitors – the conference, packed with thought-provoking and timely content relevant to the hotel design and development audience in 2014. In a move that was widely appreciated by visitors last year, the conference was made free to attend for delegates booking in advance and the initiative will be repeated this year. The Round Tables – offering a unique opportunity to exchange views and ask questions of VIP hosts – are also set to return. For those who can’t wait until November,

Light Sleep – a programme of seminars led by Sleep Conference moderator Guy Dittrich – will take place on 19 May as part of May Design Series at ExCeL London. Speakers include Chris Webb of Hilton Worldwide, Rab Bennetts of Bennetts Associates, Fiona Thompson of Richmond International, Paul Bevis of Bevis Design Associates and Marco Nijhof of Yoo Hotels. Between them, they will share views on trends, hotels as design catalysts, and the value of design. Sleep’s focus on the new and innovative extends to students and will once again include The Sleep ReardonSmith Student Award, this year re-aligned to play a larger part in the show and give competing students an even better learning opportunity. Open to undergraduates in Europe studying full-time for an architectural or design qualification, the

competition brief is created afresh each year based on an imagined scenario that closely parallels a real project. This year, students are invited to design a new hotel on a site in the old quarter of a central European capital city. The winner, as well as two runners-up, will not only have their work displayed at Sleep but will attend an informal session at the event where several senior hotel design professionals will talk through and critique their entries one-to-one. And finally, headline sponsor Grohe will be making its presence felt across the two-day event, as well as at the European Hotel Design Awards, an official partner of Sleep. The awards honour the work of industry leading architects and designers, and will take place at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London, on 25 November 2013.


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IFFS / AFS & Hospitality 360˙ 13-16 March 2014 – Singapore Expo

This year’s IFFS saw the launch of Hospitality 360˙ – a new show dedicated to hotel specification – and the announcement of the 2015 Asia Hotel Design Awards, also taking place in Singapore next March.


id-March in Singapore is becoming an increasingly important time and location in the Asian design calendar. 10-13 March 2014 saw the launch of Maison Objet Asia at Marina Bay Sands Singapore – an overseas version of the well established bi-annual Parisian design fair. In addition Singaplural – an initiative showcasing talent across the creative industries – ran from 12-16 March. And at the heart of the Singaporean design industry sits The International Furniture Fair Singapore, and its colocated events at Singapore Expo: ASEAN Furniture Show, The Décor Show 2014 and now Hospitality 360° – a newly launched joint venture between the organisers of IFFS, and DMG – organiser of the Hotel Show Dubai and Hotel Show Saudi Arabia. The array of events may be confusing to the first time visitor but the potential for them to co-exist and unite under the banner of Singapore Design Week is clear, particularly looking at the success of London Design Festival and Milan Design Week. Confirming its status as Asia’s premier sourcing platform and design-led exhibition,

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IFFS/AFS 2014, The Décor Show 2014 and Hospitality 360° welcomed a robust attendance of 22,496 trade visitors and 97 international buying delegations from 115 countries, an eight percent increase of visitors over the last edition. Spot orders with a value of S$ 483 million were transacted at the fair with additional follow-on sales expected to exceed S$ 5.85 billion. A total of 418 exhibitors from 33 countries participated in the trilogy of shows this year. Mr Raymond Davids, CEO/Founder of d-Bodhi (Singapore), said “IFFS 2014 marks our 7th year of successful co-operation between d-Bodhi and the IFFS. Over the years, d-Bodhi has achieved international recognition and built an established network across the globe, as well as culminated in our best response yet in this edition. We have witnessed once more the dedication, professionalism and passion of the IFFS team, which we believe mirrors the drive and spirit of the d-Bodhi family.” Mr Vincent Destailleur, whose company Habitat (France) was participating at IFFS for the first time, agreed synonymously, “We wanted to expand our distribution in


Asia, and IFFS proved to be the perfect platform. With the signature of a MasterFranchise contract for Asia Pacific with a well-known Singapore major furniture player, our first regional flagship store in Singapore will be open this November. We will definitely be back for IFFS/AFS 2015!” Visitors to IFFS/AFS 2014, The Décor Show 2014 and Hospitality 360° were also treated to an equally appealing show, as exhibitors demonstrated the extra effort to create unique and outstanding booths to engage and entice them. A strong turnout from regional firms, as well as the strong influx of globally renowned brands coupled with the enthusiastic participation and support from the various country pavilions, also resulted in visitors enjoying a rich mix of visual displays at the Singapore EXPO.  Mr Lee Young-Sik, Executive Vice President of Hyundai Livart (South Korea), said, “With Asia becoming the next largest market to tap on, we are seeking designs that are modern and yet, appealing to the Asian consumer. IFFS /AFS 2014 did not disappoint us at all and we were very impressed with the variety as well as the


ABOVE: A total of 418 exhibitors from 33 countries participated in IFFS and its co-located shows, Asean Furniture Show, The Decor Show and Hospitality 360˙this year

quality of designs that we have seen thus far.” With the theme “We Got Intimate with Design” at this year’s showcase, design took centre stage at IFFS/AFS. It included design elements from SingaPlural @ IFFS, which featured the Asian STAR Showcase, International Designer Showcase, Young Guns – The Young Designers Showcase, Furniture Design Platform, D’Space, Green Pavilion, Tokyo Avant-Garde 90’s, the myriad exhibits from members of Design & Objects and the French Furniture Industries - GEM. The strong design exhibits demonstrated and reflected an engaging effort to connect the trade buyers and visitors to a world-class amalgamation of high quality designers with distinctive products. The Green Pavilion, curated by award-winning Jarrod Lim, also proved to be a hit with visitors, who were

able to retreat from the hustle and bustle of the trade fair at the tranquil oasis. Mr Ernie Koh, Chairman of IFFS Pte Ltd and President of Singapore Furniture Industries Council commented, “IFFS/ AFS is constantly evolving to address the needs of the furniture and furnishings industry and will continue to play an important role in bridging local companies to the global marketplace as the furniture industry in South East Asia continues to grow. With a number of exhibitors already confirming their interest to exhibit at next year’s edition, we are expecting to draw in more exhibitors and visitors in 2015.” The next edition of IFFS/AFS, The Décor Show and Hospitality 360° will be held from 13 – 16 March 2015 at Singapore EXPO.

Sleeper Magazine, organiser of the European Hotel Design Awards, has announced it is to launch the Asia Hotel Design Awards in Singapore next year. Building on the successful format of the EHDA event, now in its 16th year, the first Asia Hotel Design Awards ceremony will take place in Singapore in March 2015. As with the European Hotel Design Awards, the judging panel for the Asia Hotel Design Awards features representatives from the world’s leading hotel companies, architectural practices and interior design firms to ensure a range of views are involved in the selection process for the finalists and winners in each category. The panel is to be chaired by Khirstie Myles, Vice President, Design & Engineering – AMEA for IHG. The Call for Entries will be announced in July 2014, for hotel projects completed between August 2013 and August 2014. A rigorous six month judging process will then identify the winning projects, which will be announced at the first awards ceremony in March 2015. The event will run alongside Hospitality 360°. Speaking at the launch of Hospitality 360°, Awards Director Matt Turner, Editor of Sleeper Magazine, commented: “Asia is the world’s fastest growing region for new hotel design and development and Singapore is the design hub for the region. We are delighted to be adapting the successful format of the European Hotel Design Awards to Asia in 2015. We believe that with the support of Sleeper Magazine, and our strategic partnership with the organisers of Hospitality 360°, we will establish the Asia Hotel Design Awards as the continent’s premier celebration of hotel design excellence.”


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tmosphere, mood and ambience are arguably the most influential aspects of hospitality spaces. A great atmosphere can change an average space into one to remember, for all of the right reasons. With the overall experience hinging on these factors, the logical step is to look at what creates ambience, positive mood and atmosphere? Lighting. Trends in lighting are evolving faster than those in interior design, with further technological developments being the driving force behind such advances. LEDs have developed a life of their own, and are now an essential light source in many hospitality spaces and guestrooms as sustainability moves to the forefront of the minds of developers and designers alike. “There has been a distinct shift in the style of hotel lighting schemes over the past twelve months,” comments Robert Chelsom, Managing Director at Chelsom. “There is definitely a lot more individuality

when it comes to design, with a more eclectic mix in terms of both styles and fittings.” 2013 saw an increase in the use of industrial-style lighting out of context, a theme that uses design classics as a reference to the past. This functional look has carried over into the shades and materials used, as Chelsom explains: “There has been a much more industrial look and feel to products lately, think exposed mechanical joints and oversized switches with visible engineering. Also, colours are bold with textured fabrics such as linens, weaves and naturals seeing a surge in popularity.” Continuing the theme of alternative materials, Nikki Tanara, National Sales Manager at Alger-Tritron speaks of their use in custom lighting: “It’s exciting to be consistently finding innovative uses of metal, glass, crystal and natural quartz to manufacture artistic illuminated pieces, keeping us at the forefront.” With trends ever-changing, the pressure to create unique and memorable interior schemes remains strong. “Designers are starting to push the boundaries much more, and as a result, lighting is becoming more image centric and fashion focused,” continues Chelsom. “I think we will see more in the way of alternative finishes, such as antique, distressed and satin, with mixed finishes on the same product to create feature pieces.” According to John Fearon, Managing Director at Astro, materials such as coloured glass, porcelain, bronze and copper are becoming more mainstream, “while appreciation of texture to simple materials is increasingly used to add interest”. Lasvit demonstrated their take on the glass lighting trend at Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, with an exhibition showcasing multiple breathtaking designs, including Ice by Daniel Libeskind (pictured). The one-of-a-kind geometric chandelier is made up of glass “cells”, blown into angular moulds. Like icicles, the glass forms capture light, refracting it into prisms so that each column glows in unpredictable ways. Another driving trend, comments Fearon, is the emergence of midpower LEDs, which has unlocked a new world of design possibilities for lighting manufacturers. “With a great choice of LED retro fit lamps now available, a whole new lease of life has been given to older, more conventionally-designed products including wall lights with shades which suit most hotel design schemes,” illustrates Fearon. In agreement, Chelsom believes that blending cutting edge style with the latest technological developments is more important than ever.

“As we all know, LED is certainly the new illumination standard,” exclaims Tanara. Not only does the option of LEDs offer increased design possibilities, but the elimination of incandescent lamping is also reducing energy costs. “Integrating this technology into our fixtures is essential for future energy savings,” predicts Tanara. “The trick is making sure the correct products and colour temperature are used in order to simulate incandescent lamping, and to achieve the most natural looking light.” In response to increased demand, Alger-Triton has developed Q-Lite, an LED division specifically for hospitality which offers superior Colour Rendering Index. “There are many different styles in the range,” explains Tanara. “This means that LED cove strip lighting, downlights and candelabra light bulbs will have the same colour throughout the entire space.” According to Alger-Triton, use of their new Q-Lite line will see hotels achieve a return of their investment after approximately 12 months. “Sustainable products are the wave of the future, and we encourage many designers, purchasers and owners to start converting immediately over to LED due to energy savings from the second the product is installed,” concludes Tanara. The recognition from clients that sustainable products are the future has resonated with Astro, as Fearon notes: “For many, the starting point is “it must be LED” and they are not interested in considering older, possibly better alternatives. As a company, we have had to respond by converting successful fluorescent to LED.” However, this insistence has not been true for Chelsom, as he notes: “Sustainability is a consideration, but it is definitely not at the top of most people’s list versus design and price.” It appears that specifiers are recognising the need to go green, however not at the expense of design. “Overall design is the key driver in terms of change, followed by function.” That said, almost every product in Chelsom’s new catalogue is available with LED light sources, demonstrating their commitment to taking sustainability seriously. Companies are evolving, progressing designs to incorporate environmentally-friendly options that will not only reduce energy use, but also costs, without compromising on design. See overleaf for the latest product launches and case studies from international lighting suppliers. WWW.SLEEPERMAGAZINE.COM

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INSPIRED BY DESIGN CHINESE DRAGON Inspired by Design has created a pair of delicately handcrafted crystal Chinese Dragons. The dramatic lighting installations were developed by Simon Shick of IBD, and destined for Buddha-Bar in Knightsbridge, London. Suspended over two levels of the restaurant, the dragons are animated only by the coloured RGB LED projectors located within the base of the structure, preventing glare.



LIGHTS OF VIENNA CRYSTAL Custom made illuminated crystal bead mesh creates the shape of waves with this bespoke piece by Lights of Vienna. Random size waves are spread and suspended from steel wires, attached to the ceiling. Each of the waves are made with solid metal rods, polished in nickel finish, as thousands of crystal beads maximise the LED illumination.


TOM DIXON GREY BEAT Marking a debut at Milan Design Week, Tom Dixon has showcased new lighting products under the theme of the Club. The instantly recognisable Beat pendants range has been expanded to include the Grey Beat, showing expressive minimalism. The internal silver plate creates a warm shimmering glow to create a haven where work and pleasure collide, similar to that of the conventional Gentleman’s club. 140

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BEADLIGHT BEADLIGHT COLLECTIONS British LED lighting specialist Beadlight designs, engineers and manufactures reading lights using a diffusion system originally created for the aerospace industry. The new range of task lights are distinctive and elegant, offering a uniform, glare-free light created by the use of tiny, optically pure glass beads. Designed with an equal focus on form and function, light diffusers are housed in a beautifully machined aluminium head attached to a flexible, hand stitched leather arm with 360 degree rotation, ensuring a precise pool of light where required. The lights are available in a choice of gold or nickel-plated, anodised bronze, aluminium or titanium finish with a chocolate brown, beige, off-white, mushroom or black leather arm.



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BOCCI 21 Epitomising the company’s innovative, experimental approach, this lighting system can be used in single pendants, or in larger clusters. 21 is a low voltage system, with the diffusers themselves formed from thin sheets of porcelain, draped over a special trumpetshaped piece of sand-blasted borosilicate glass. As the flexible porcelain skin is overlaid onto the diffuser it falls naturally, creating an infinite variety of shapes. The finished shell is light and elegant, allowing the light within to shine softly, in contrast to the crisp light that passes through the glass diffuser.



SLAMP ARIA Designed by Zaha Hadid, Aria combines dramatic architectural features with the intrinsic weightlessness of the materials, creating a sculpture of light and technology that fascinates and enchants observers. The 50 individual layers of Cristalflex work together to make Aria seem as if it is about to take flight, characterised by complex yet harmonic forms that embrace the light source veiled beneath.


ASTRO THE EDGE A sculptural form with a halo of light, The Edge is constructed using advanced materials, technology and the latest mid-power LEDs. Pure white panels appear to float on a mesmerising glow and clean, contemporary lines characterise the simplicity of the design. The Edge is formed from layers of laser-cut acrylic, with an etched finish to the edges through which the light from the body of the product diffuses. Using the LED technology allows the use of a lighter, more delicate structure as it requires minimal heat-sinking. The striking product can be mounted horizontally or vertically.


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ZUMTOBEL PANOS The Panos range is the most efficient and comprehensive LED downlight line available from Zumtobel. The Panos infinity and Panos evolution LED ranges are now being extended to form a global portfolio, complying with varying requirements in worldwide markets. Initially available in both round and square versions of the downlight, with a diameter of 68mm or 100mm, other versions of the product will be added, making the global portfolio available from A2utumn 2014.




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DERNIER & HAMLYN ROSEWOOD LONDON Dernier & Hamlyn manufactured the lighting for the recently opened Holborn Dining Room at Rosewood London. Six blackened steel chandeliers, some seven metres long, were manufactured using mixed machine and hand construction methods. The chandeliers house approximately 500 LED globe lamps, custom made to meet the exacting aesthetic and energy usage brief from Martin Brudnizki Design Studio.


JIM LAWRENCE COWLEY PENDANT New for 2014, the vintage, industrial style pendant by Jim Lawrence is available in Polished and Matte Black finishes. The jigsaw design at the base of the pendant makes it easy to replace a light bub, without detracting from its distinctive caged design. 144

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ALGER-TRITON PORTFOLIO Alger-Triton International exemplifies a balance between quality product and impeccable design; creating distinctive lighting designs and fabrications for hospitality projects worldwide. Incorporating new materials into the creative process is essential to the art of decorative lighting, and Alger-Triton prides itself on bringing a unique assortment to each project for one-of-a-kind results with a portfolio including Ritz Carlton, Marriott, Hyatt, Hilton, Four Seasons, St. Regis and Westin.


BARONCELLI FLEXUS Launched at Edit by designjunction, the Flexus designs each use a number of satin gold components with cylindrical cristallo rods in a variety of configurations to showcase their versatility. Inspired by the Flexus series, which launched in 2011, Baroncelli has expanded the range to incorporate new features. The pendants are made of intertwining circles and elegant curves, bolted together and suspended. Elements are embedded with a fine tape of LEDs, emitting a soft continuous glow to either engage or inspire.

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CHELSOM STUDY The Study desk lamp is a stand-out piece from the forthcoming Chelsom collection, Edition 24, due to launch Summer 2014. This elegantly designed lamp is finished in English Brass and Black Bronze, one of four alternative finish combinations, and features a weighted base incorporating a heavy-duty toggle switch. The lamp has been teamed with a Stone shade in linen, selected from Chelsom’s new range of shades, providing elegant sophistication.


HARLEQUIN SHOWROOM Harlequin London presents 11 illustrious lighting brands including Saint-Louis, Baccarat, Christofle and Venini at its new Chelsea showroom. Offering off-the-shelf lighting, as well as bespoke pieces, clients will be able to customise sizing and finishes, or start from scratch and build an entirely bespoke piece with manufacturers. A complimentary design service will also be on offer, matching lighting finishes with furniture. 146

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COPPER AND SILK PENCHER A contemporary industrial swing-arm wall light, made from solid brass with turned joists and a decorative wall plate, Pencher is available in two finishes; Bronze and Satin Brass. Both finishes come with an ES Globe filament lamp. The fixture can either be secured to light a certain area, or allowed to swing into different positions to light different areas of a room. It can be surface mounted, and can be fitted with a decorative braided cable for adaption to concrete and masonry walls.


NOTE DESIGN STUDIO CROP Inspired by a piece from Örsjö Belysning’s 65year back catalogue, Crop is a family of lamps designed by Note Design Studio. In a dark corner in one of Örsjö’s workshops, an old lamp shade was found. The classic design was made use of, and now has a new modern design. Reworked, the family of floor, table and wall lamps are sleek, elegant and full of personality.





LSE ATEGO A new family that forms part of LSE’s customised design range, Atego features ergonomic flowing curves and tight detailing, providing simple and relaxing forms. The range is available in a vast variety of sizes with the possibility of bespoke shapes. The whole family is complimented by 21 laminate finishes including many exotic tiger woods.






ARTEMIDE 2014 COLLECTION The Italian lighting specialist has continued its tradition of collaborating with distinguished names in design and architecture, launching 87 new lights in the 2014 collection. Among them is Jean Nouvel’s Equilibrist, where simple geometrics and a delicate yet bold balance meet to create a future icon in lighting design, and David Chipperfield, who joins Artemide for the first time with his minimalistic approach to a simple and refined cone shaped glass pendant, aptly named Conica.


MOOOI BELL The bell represents a very early and essential form of communication, generating a welcome ring that brings people together. Designed by Marcel Wanders, the Bell Lamp by Moooi is made using mouth blown glass, with a ceramic bow and is available with gold plated or white glazed ceramics. 148

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LASVIT ICE The Ice Chandelier by Daniel Libeskin challenges the traditionally round forms of Czech hand-blown glass with a sharp, angular design. The result is geometric elements that fit together like a puzzle inside an equilateral triangle. Such triangles can be placed together in a modular way to create different compositions horizontally, so can be adapted to a variety of spaces. The glass elements capture light, refracting and splitting it into prisms, so that each column glows differently, and the ensemble looks like a city of glass.










AXO LIGHT LAYERS Axo Light’s Layers collection offers ceiling lamps and suspensions with a metal frame, covered with hand-applied super-smooth fire retardant pongÊ fabric. Whether fitted individually or in clusters, the lamps are highly choreographic and especially appealing owing to their painstaking care for detail, as well as the extreme lightness that they convey, despite their dimensions.


KOLECTIV CRYSTAL LIGHTING SYSTEM Crystal is a variable architectural lighting system developed by Czech glass artisans. The unconventional usage of classic glass-making techniques, in combination with a high-end technical lighting control solution, makes the system exceptional. Developed for interior and exterior usage, CLS can be adjusted to each architectural project.


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DARK THE BIG BUBBLE The Big Bubble combines magic, whimsy and style in a single design. Each piece is a unique, artisanal, hand-blown glass bubble fitted with a dimmable LED-lamp. Colours vary from smoke, smoke-green, red and amber to transparent and due to the product being handmade, the shapes often fluctuate.


KALMAR KILO TL EMPERADOR The design, first offered in a beautifully textured steel base, contrasts a small anchor with an impressive cylindrical shade. The new varieties of marble were carefully considered for their honest material expressions and suitability to contemporary colour palettes. With its expanded material options, Kilo lends beauty and humour to spaces ranging from historic countryside to a sleek city perch.






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ccompanied by a series of break-out design districts, Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2014 attracted 357,212 visitors from over 160 countries. The exhibition was, once again, successfully held at Milan Fairgrounds in the Rho area of the city and spanned a 204,800m2 space. Complementing the 53rd edition of Salone was Tortona Around Design, Brera Design District and EDIT by designjunction, each held in distinctive locations around the city. With stands at the fair, international outdoor design brands Gandia Blasco and Gloster all showcased ranges from their latest 2014 collections, while Dedon brought the concept of Dedon Island in The Philippines to their stand, complete with sound and weather effects. Trends appeared to be focused towards mix and match materials, allowing an interplay of design and colour, as well as the idea of blurring boundaries between indoor and outdoor products. Furniture manufacturers Pedrali and Interna both showcased contrasting collections, exemplifying the diverse range of products on display at the event. While Pedrali revealed Tivoli, the clean-design simplistic take on a traditional wooden chair, Interna’s Collection President presented visitors with a sophisticated range of Italian luxury furniture by Parisian Bruno Moinard. British architects Archer Humphryes’ new collection for Fratelli Boffi, demonstrated sculptural forms taking inspiration from classics, but with a modern twist. Duravit displayed collections from Matteo Thun and Philippe Starck, both featuring innovative and sustainable designs. Meanwhile, Milan acted as a platform for the premiere of Axor Starck V, Hansgrohe’s first transparent washbasin.

PHILIPPE STARCK FOR AXOR Making its world premiere in Milan, Axor Starck V is a transparent washbasin mixer, showcasing the miracle that is the water vortex. “I have worked with Hansgrohe for 21 years,” commented Philippe Starck, who designed the product. “We produce faucets, but sometimes we forget one thing, we forget the water. There is something magical in water, a vortex and here we have worked to produce a mixer, in glass, to be sure that we can see the magic.” Starck presented the design alongside Philippe Grohe, Head of Axor, the design brand of Hansgrohe SE. Grohe commented: “Our transparent mixer with its vortex has caused a sensation. Passers-by initially smile when they see it, then they become curious.” Starck concluded: “This is a way to remember, every morning, the beauty and magic of water. It’s nothing more than that.”

MATTEO THUN FOR DURAVIT Created using formal simplicity, DuraStyle combines the importance of sustainability with the need for design freedom in hotel interiors. Speaking about the collection’s washbasin area with open storage Matteo Thun commented: “This is one of my favourite pieces, as instead of doing a box around the washbasin, everything is open. Many times we forget where we leave things and when checking out, you may forget your belongings. Here, you can see it all.” “It is a very simple item that is 100% modular and adaptable. With hotel bathrooms, the furniture element is often expensive, so we wanted to maximise the open part and keep only a small part hidden.” The collection also includes an innovative rimless toilet, using an efficient flushing technique that uses less water and makes it easier to clean. “Sustainability is a must,” explained Thun. “We are very proud of this product, as not only is it sustainable, but in a basic line you get the top performance.”


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JAIME HAYON FOR FRITZ HANSEN Designed for Republic of Fritz Hansen by Jaime Hayon, the Analog table celebrates the authentic way of connecting with people by bringing them closer together. “The first thing about the table is that it is not a round or square table, it is not an elliptical table, it has a strange form. You don’t have a precise geometry that you recognise from anywhere else,” explained Hayon. “If you look at the evolution of the table, you see how the form grows depending on the quantity of persons that use it, here it is completely different. There is a metamorphosis of the form, so that it allows more comfort with the minimum size.” The function of the table also acted as inspiration, and inspired the name. In a time of increasingly digital lives, Analog presents an invitation to engage, share, be present and most importantly, be offline. ABOVE: EDIT by designjunction was held at a new, stunning location; Palazzo Morando

TORTONA AROUND DESIGN TAD, conceived and organised by Tortona Locations and Studiolabo, played a leading role during Milan Design Week, connecting creative proposals with a unique area in the city. Emphasis was placed on the presented projects on one hand, and the breathtaking industrial spaces that housed them on the other. International design brand Moooi occupied a vast 1,700m2 space in via Savona, transforming the bare area into an assembly of vibrant living quarters, each complete with its own Massimo Listri photograph as backdrop. The original product displays combined with the historical content of the photography to demonstrate that Moooi not only know how to convey playful accents, a hint of richness or elements of mystery, but also transform a space into something magical. Another show-stopper came from Lasvit, whose <E>MOTION lighting installation showcased debut designs, including Ice by Daniel Libeskind and Frozen by Maxim Velcovsky. The creativity proposed by Lasvit demonstrated the brand’s ability to transform glass into extraordinary light and design experiences. 158

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Tortona’s Temporary Museum for New Design hosted 126 exhibitors across two locations, focusing on the avant garde. Here, Tivoli Audio showcased their Model One BT travelling radio, while the Corian stand featured the brand’s latest technologies. BRERA DESIGN DISTRICT Brera Design District unveiled its fifth edition, bringing together international design brands such as Foscarini and Kvadrat, whose celebration of their Divina fabric resulted in an innovative showcase of 22 contemporary interpretations of the textile. Designers, such as Richard Hutten re-worked the material for the exhibition, which was curated by Njusja de Gier, Richard Hsu, Hans Maier-Aichen, Yves Marbrier and Constance Rubini. EDIT BY DESIGNJUNCTION For the second year running, EDIT by designjunction took place in Milan, only this time the location was noticeably different, not to mention larger. Following 22,000 visitors in 2013, the upgrade saw the event held at the stunning Palazzo Morando, an historic

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RICHARD HUTTEN FOR KVADRAT The Layers Cloud Chair by Richard Hutten was created for Kvadrat’s exhibition “Divina. Every colour is divine”, commemorating 30 years of the brand’s most iconic textile. Based on an earlier design, Hutten stacked 545 layers of fabric to create the chair. “It was inspired by the Painted Desert in Arizona,” explained Hutten. “I wanted the design to be about the textile, so rather than using the material as a cover, I created an object with the material. The textile has so many intrinsic qualities of tactility, depth and colour and my design maximises the impact of these.” Each layer of the chair was hand drawn individually, then cut, resulting in 400 hours of engineering and over one month of manual production. “With this one-of-a-kind product, people are able to sit, lounge and relax in the clouds,” concluded Hutten.

PATRICIA URQUIOLA FOR AXOR Axor Urquiola combines old and new with a multi-faceted collection for bathrooms, featuring refined products that create a sense of harmony and a bathroom with personal character. The partnership with the Axor brand has been a longstanding one for Patricia Urquiola, who commented: “I think, for me, I’m a very curious person. I get involved in things and am very curious about people, which you need when you are working and creating a dialog with a company.” “We are another type of creative people, we put concept into what we want to innovate and are always trying to move cultural limits. I intend to do this through tools for living, and understand that they need to be inserted into a market that is going to be in a domestic landscape.” In addition to her extensive work with Axor, Urquiola also designed numerous products showcasing at the fair, including designs for brands such as Moroso, B&B Italia and Kettal.


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18th century building that allowed guests to wander through the fair, viewing each carefully-curated brand individually. Over 20 international brands were on display, including Innermost, EOQ, Stellar Works and Baroncelli. 2014 marked a powerful synergy for the fair with the city of Milan, with the Welcome Project launched this year in collaboration with the municipality of Milan and its Department of Fashion and Design. More than 100 students from Milan’s design schools were deployed to greet visitors at information points set up at focal points throughout the city. Significant recognition of the sector’s importance came from Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who claimed that design was a strategic strand in Italy’s real economy. Renzi also acknowledged that the country is overcoming the credit crisis thanks to its extraordinary manufacturing ethos and excellent supply chain that underpins products and design research. The week was not completely consumed by business, as the “Where Architects Live” exhibition played a starring role at Salone, giving a rare opportunity to see the domestic habitats of eight renowned architects: Shigeru Ban, Mario Bellini, David Chipperfield, Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, Zaha Hadid, Marcio Kogan, Daniel Libeskind and Studio Mumbai/Bijouy Jain. The 53rd edition of Salone del Mobile was also an exceptionally international affair, with attendance figures up 13% on the previous year. “Buyers, journalists and designers have seen first hand how superlative and creative our production chain is, and recognised the global importance of the Salone,’ commented Claudio Luti, president of the Salone del Mobile. “This edition was a rehearsal for Expo 2015. There is everything to suggest that it will be a tremendous event, showcasing just what Milan is capable of achieving.”

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ARTE LE CORBUSIER Together with Les Couleurs Suisse, Arte has developed a unique collection of wallcoverings using new techniques and materials. Le Corbusier’s progressive concepts create a contemporary look and feel, with five exclusive designs and a range of plain wallcoverings, which can be combined. The Dots design is inspired by cardboard, and the tiny perforations found on it. Innovative printing techniques include an ink with relief, which appears and disappears under specific lighting conditions. Le Corbusier collection also comprises thirteen plain references in warm colours.

MY BEST GAME TABLE ARMCHAIR In collaboration with a distinguished London-based French design studio, the Game Table Armchair is part of a wider project comprising a selection of bespoke seating products. From the overall concept to the final product’s details, the Game Table chair features a unique and unconventional style: silky satin cushions combined with eye-catching zebra striped upholstery and satin brass feet, merge in the golden and precious touch of dark stained legs. 162

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BOSSINI AQUABAMBU The Aquabambu indoor shower is newly conceived floor column with hot and cold water, the ideal element to create a wellness area with style and sophistication. The minimalist design of Aquabambu is based on elegance and essential style, providing the luxury of cascade showers while being grounded in the earth with floor water inlet.

FURNITURE FUSION DRUM Furniture Fusion’s new Drum range is made in Italy in sustainable style, from recycled industrial oil drums. The furniture is fun, distinctive, full of character and very hardwearing and pieces are bright and colourful, with real authenticity coming from the dents and ripples that the barrels acquired on their journeys by sea, road or rail. The collection of chairs, stools, tables, lights and sideboards are hand-made to order and can be made in any size and from a wide selection of colours.


The Tojo Furniture Ltd. is a dynamic, innovative company in Germany that was founded in June 2000. The aim is to create furniture with alongside timeless design which distinguish them from its functionality, ecology and economy. The sales success of the design-oriented and award-winning products at affordable prices shows that the Tojo Furniture Co reflects the times. Benefit also from these bestsellers and the minimalist products, which bribe by characterize simple elegance and superior functionality. By working with various young designers Tojo could expand constantly. A particularly close cooperation connects Tojo with eigenwert (Switzerland) since 2001. eigenwert has designed six attractive Tojoproducts, who won some of it several design awards. We are guided by the needs and respond to the current viewpoint of the end user. This will guarantee the satisfaction of our design-oriented consumers and our and your success.

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ZINC TEXTILE GLAMORAMA WALLCOVERINGS Staying true to the glamorous soul of the Zinc Textile brand, Glamorama features a variety of designs, colours and effects. Encompassing ten diverse designs, the wallcoverings include replicas of Shagreen, Mosaic, opalescent Mica and antiqued plaster expertly printed on foils. Bold new designs, either flocked with a velvety touch or textured to look like fabric, include asymmetrical geometrics and a fashioninspired Houndstooth. Zinc Textile has also launched the Surround Wallcovering collection.

WATERWORKS SHOWROOM OPENING Waterworks has made its UK debut with a luxury bathroom showroom in London’s Chelsea Design Quarter. Located on King’s Road, the three-level location will cater to industry professionals as well as consumers, offering an inviting studio space on its top floor for designers and clients to work at their leisure. Product highlights include the RW Atlas range of industrial-inspired shower systems and unlacquered brass taps from the Henry range that celebrate the revival of warmer finishes in the bathroom.

EPR ARCHITECTS HAMPTON BY HILTON Opened in January 2014, Gatwick Airport’s Hampton by Hilton hotel was formerly an office building, completely refurbished and reclad by EPR Architects. The 192-room hotel has been transformed with the incorporation of an internal lightwell, as well as state-of-the-art acoustic glazing, ensuring guests are undisturbed by airport noise. Showcasing Hilton’s new Dove colour scheme, EPR’s interiors design team has created a light and vibrant hotel space, offering a haven for guests within the busy transport hub.


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KARNDEAN ART SELECT Luxury vinyl flooring supplier Karndean has unveiled the updated premium collection of Art Select Stones and Woods. Inspired by natural materials, the ranges showcase Karndean’s most intricate and realistic embosses to date, each handcrafted to reflect the unique patterns and textures of real wood and stone. The Stone collection features four slate, three marble, three travertine and four limestone designs, while the Art Select Wood range welcomes three new parquet colours; taking the total to seven designs.

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BURGESS FURNITURE BANQUET CHAIR The first European manufacturers of the aluminium stacking banquet chair, Burgess is celebrating its 55th year. Continuing to remain at the forefront of ideas and innovation, Burgess offers the nylon flock-coated banquet table, the ergonomic-excellence award winning Allday chair and Flair conference chair amongst others. To this day, the company’s banquet and conference chairs and tables are designed and manufactured on-site at a factory in South West London, and sold all over the world.

GANDIA BLASCO JIAN The Jian collection, designed by Neri & Hu for Gandia Blasco is a collection of outdoor furniture inspired by the concept of in-between. The collection has an ethereal quality, capturing both time and space, sky and land, something to give poetry to outdoor living and offer restful sanctuary to everyday busyness. Made of thermolacquered aluminium profiles and solid surface plate, the extensive collection is comprised of an armchair, sofa, modular sofas, pouf and low tables.


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FORBO ALLURA Forbo Flooring Systems has created luxury vinyl tile collection Allura Premium, a development of six sophisticated designs drawing upon emerging market trends and specific sector demands. Inspired by nature, the expression of materials and the marrying of function and form has produced an altogether original collection. Forbo’s vision of creating better environments is prevalent in the collection, as it is sustainable yet stylish, with every product produced in Europe using electricity from 100 percent renewable sources.


HOTELYS ZIP PILLOW TOP The latest innovation from Hotelys’ brand Simmons is a pocket-spring mattress with removable topper, which can easily be replaced. The mattress topper offers an additional layer, following the curves and shape of the mattress, providing a unique comfort and downy touch. Stitched with wool, a polyfoam layer and cotton wool is zipped onto the mattress thus protecting the underneath from sweat and proliferation of mites.

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UMBROSA INDIVIDUAL SHADE The triangular-shaped Venus, and leaf-shaped Lotus provide stylish, personal shade for an individual chaise. Mounted to a rolling base and offering endless rotation from a single pivot point, these easy-to-use shade forms provide shade all day long. Available in two fabrics and 20 colours, they are perfect for contemporary settings, boutique resorts and stylish pool decks.

TRADELINENS JUMBO BATH SHEET The new range of bath towels from Tradelinens includes a Jumbo Bath Sheet, ideal for spa settings. Big enough to cover a treatment bed, the towels have a luxurious feel and are highly absorbent. They offer maximum comfort and ease of use, along with being one of the largest bath sheets on the market.

LAUFEN SAPHIRKERAMIK Laufen is breaking new ground with its innovative SaphirKeramic material and invited Sleeper to its headquarters to be amongst the first to view the introductory series of products. The development was first shown as a prototype two years ago and is now in production boasting impressive performance characteristics. Further to the traditional benefits of ceramic, SaphirKeramik allows for new design capabilities which until now have not been seen in sanitaryware. Senior Managing Director Alberto Magrans (left) hosted a tour of the production site followed by a presentation of the new series, revealing that a radii of 1-2mm is now technically possible, significantly slimmer than the 7-8mm industry standard. The manufacturing process of SaphirKeramic however, remains a closely guarded secret. 168

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DIXON TURNER DECOSTONE A flexible split stone that is waterproof, fire retardant and environmentally friendly, Decostone is produced by Swiss company Decolan. The veneers are split from large, real stone slabs, capturing a natural array of patterns and colours. Each sheet is lightweight, allowing for applications that would be nearly impossible with traditional stone. Decostone provides an aesthetically inspiring finish. Hardwearing and durable, the stone can be used outdoors for exterior wall cladding as well as indoor furnishing.

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INNOVATIONS COMFORT INN WESTMINSTER Following a previous refurbishment in 2012, Innovations carried out the recent rebrand, design and refurbishment of the Comfort Inn Westminster. Successfully creating a new visual identity, the design for the lobby encompasses a bespoke book case and practical work space, with comfortable seating area. The hotel will be the third in the 4C Hotel Group that Innovations has successfully refurbished, including Comfort Inn Victoria and Holiday Inn Camden Lock, featuring the Open Lobby Concept.

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HOTEL MONT BLANC SM Design 9 rue Emile Allez 75017 Paris France Tel : +33 (0)1 40 55 70 70


Broached Commissions (Lobby) Level 7, 388 Bourke Street Melbourne, Australia IBIS STYLES LIVERPOOL Leach Rhodes Walker (Bedrooms) Riverside Bridge St Manchester M3 5AA, UK Tel: +44 (0)161 833 0211 Falconer Chester Hall No 12 Temple Street Liverpool L2 5RH, UK Tel: +44 (0)151 243 5800

THE LINE Knibb Design 822 Lincoln Blvd. Venice CA 90291, USA Tel: +1 310 450 5552

HAMPTON BY HILTON LONDON WATERLOO Dexter Moren Associates 57d Jamestown Road London NW1 7DB Tel: +44 (0) 207 267 4440

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Framed! Murder, pursuit and a love affair, it has all the ingredients of a Hollywood blockbuster set against the backdrop of a remote, mountainside hotel.

No, it’s not Psycho or The Shining, but the latest comedy drama directed by Wes Anderson. Released by Fox Searchlight Pictures, The Grand Budapest Hotel is set in the fictional Republic of Zubrowka and recounts the adventures of Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes), a concierge who teams up with lobby boy Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori) to prove his innocence after he is framed for murder. The movie was filmed on location in Germany but unfortunately, The Grand Budapest Hotel won’t be open for business any time soon. The motion picture was largely shot in the defunct Görlitzer Warenhaus, a Jugendstil department store that served as the lobby of the hotel, while the façade is in fact a handmade model thought to be inspired by the Palace Bristol Hotel and Grandhotel Pupp in the Czech town of Karlovy Vary. 186

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Collage Studio - Photo Tommaso Sartori


Bend-Sofa is music to Kate and Davide. Bend-Sofa is designed by Patricia Urquiola. B&B Italia Stores: London, SW3 2AS - 250 Brompton Road - Tel. 020 7591 8111 UK Agent: Keith De La Plain - T. +44 786 0419670

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