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114 Sleepover Istanbul Over 120 hotel innovators gather in Istanbul for 24 hours of tours, talks and networking at the latest Sleepover event.

032 Kameha Grand Zurich LH&E Group has unveiled the latest addition to its portfolio, a distinctive lifestyle destination designed by Marcel Wanders. Wanders’ signature style can be seen throughout the public spaces and guestrooms, with subtle touches in the spa.

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nder the hashtag #rebelswithcause, this year’s LE Miami event kicked off with the Ministry of Ideas conference, led by the garrulous and gregarious ‘Master of the Ministry’ Josh Wagner, in which a series of head-to-head conversations sought to define the changing nature of contemporary travel. One of the most interesting insights came from Design Hotels founder Claus Sendlinger who elaborated on a theme he had outlined to me earlier over a poolside breakfast at The Standard. Current travel trends are being shaped not just by standalone lifestyle hotels, he explained, but by diverse real estate projects in which hospitality plays a central, catalytic role. Mixed-use developments combining hotels with private members clubs, flexible workspaces, boutique retail units and residential components are creating new modes of travelling and living, and new spaces in which people can work, rest, and play. In many ways, Nick Jones’ Soho House has provided the foundations for this trend, which others are developing in varied and interesting directions. In Miami itself, examples include Swire Properties’ $1bn+ project at Brickell City Centre, with an East Hotel at its core, and Alan Faena’s eponymous Miami Beach development. At our Sleepover Istanbul event a few weeks prior to LE Miami, similar ideas were in evidence not just at the stunning new Soho House (their biggest and most diverse project to-date) but also at a sneak preview of the forthcoming House Bomonti project. Back home in Manchester, I was reminded of Sendlinger’s words at an event to launch Allied London’s ambitious plans for the site of the former Granada Studios. Founder Michael Ingall outlined his vision for St. Johns as “a really engaging and exciting mixed-use neighbourhood for Manchester that brings together enterprise, innovation, culture, entertainment and leisure, in a unique living environment in the heart of the city.” The linchpin is the listed 1960s office complex which was once the TV station headquarters. This will become home to a new hotel, integrating the original TV studios as event spaces and performance venues. The redevelopment of this building and the adjacent Bonded Warehouse will kickstart a wider regeneration incorporating not just high-rise residential towers but low-rise villages of small shops and creative businesses built along narrow streets. The role of ‘hospitality’ in these projects is not just walled within the confines of a hotel unit, alongside other buildings with different purposes, but woven into the new urban fabric their developers are seeking to create.

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Founder and CEO of Lifestyle Hospitality & Entertainment Group (LH&E), Carsten Rath worked with Marcel Wanders to design the latest addition to his portfolio, Kameha Grand Zurich. Rath’s brief to “make it grand and let Alice-inWonderland be blown away” has resulted in a visually striking hotel that infuses Wanders’ trademark neobaroque style with references to Swiss culture.

Following a stint abroad, for m er f l ig ht at t e nd a nt Sigulaug Sverrisdöttir returned to her native Iceland in 2011 to develop Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel. Previously a boarding house for workers at a nearby geothermal power station, the derelict building has been converted into a boutique hotel with the input of Santa Monicabased Icelandic duo Minarc, who have used materials from the surrounding area.

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The Principal of California-based Remedios Studio describes his fantasy hotel stay on board Giorgio Armani’s superyacht, sailing from port to port in the French Riviera.

Where are we? We are in St. Tropez Harbour on board Giorgio Armani’s superyacht, Main. My fantasy hotel would be on a superyacht because I can change the scenery at will. We will leave tomorrow for Portofino. How did you get here? By speedboat. A classic Italian Comitti, similar to the Vaporetto of Lake Como and built nearby. We took the Venezia 28 Sport speedboat from Cannes, which is about a one-hour journey along the Côte d’Azur. Who’s at the concierge desk? A well trained crew – in uniform – who take care of everything. Who are you sharing your room with? My wife, who is an architect and designer as well, and appreciates much of the same things as I do. Is there anything you would like waiting for you in your room on arrival? An ice-cold towel for sure; a chilled glass of Sancerre, my favourite white wine as it feels like Sunday brunch, a very relaxing connotation for me; a dock for my iPhone so that I can stream my music from Spotify; a fluffy duvet... and someone to run my bath.

Describe the vessel, your room and the view... I love the aesthetic as it has a pared down elegance, almost minimal, but supremely classic in other ways and very refined in taste. A convenient and luxurious home, except the view is ever-changing. My stateroom has an open door to the private terrace where I can see, hear and smell the ocean. I like a room that appeals to as many of my five senses as possible. It is late afternoon so we are looking forward to an amazing sunset. We will be joined by some like-minded guests, who appreciate being close to nature but with all the creature comforts of an ultimate resort. This, to me, is the ultimate luxury. To do what you want, when you want, without having to compromise. Who designed it? The yacht is built by the Italian shipyard Codecasa, with interiors by Giorgio Armani. What’s the restaurant / bar like? We go from French Riviera to the Ligurian Riviera, and will be dining at Hotel Splendido on the terrace overlooking the intimate harbour of Portofino.

concocting some very creative and exquisite meals for us. And what’s on the menu? French inspired Kaiseki cuisine with stunning presentation. Food, like design, should appeal to as many of our senses as possible. French and Japanese cuisines are both extremely refined and pair together well! What’s playing on the iPod? Brazilian Jazz is my preference, but I also listen to lounge and house when I am in the mood. Would you like a newspaper in the morning? I don’t like newspapers when I’m on vacation as I believe a vacation is a complete getaway from normal life and offers a rare opportunity to recharge and de-stress. Newspapers are rarely uplifting! Early morning alarm call or late check out? No alarms. Check-out is whenever the yacht arrives in port. I don’t bother to wear a watch when I’m on vacation because the time of a day is where the sun is in the sky, and meals occur when I’m hungry.

Who are you dining with this evening? A few creative people from the fashion and design world.

Bath, jacuzzi or power shower? All of the above please!

Who’s manning the stoves? We have Ferran Adria on board who will be

Swimming pool, spa or gym? Spa, a great way to relax and de-stress.

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25hours Hotel DUSSELDORF

Swedish design agency Stylt Trampoli has been chosen by 25hours Hotel Company to create and realise a concept for its forthcoming project, 25hours Hotel Düsseldorf. Set to open in Spring 2018, the hotel is located in Quartier Central, an area of Düsseldorf characterised by a rich French heritage. It will be the tallest building in the area and its design is inspired by a mix of German functionality and French finesse. “This is an incredibly exciting development for us. 25hours has been at the top of our list of dream collaborations since forever – we feel that Stylt and 25hours is a real match made in heaven,” comments Erik Nissen Johansen, founder and Creative Director of Stylt Trampoli. “Now that we finally get to realise that dream, we’re aiming to make sure that the result is something truly extraordinary.” Widely admired for its creativity and innovation, 25hours currently owns and operates seven properties in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Its most recent opening was 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin.

Rocco Forte Hotels SHANGHAI

Sir Rocco Forte, Chairman of Rocco Forte Hotels, has announced plans to open a new property in Shanghai in 2018, constituting the group’s first move into the Asia Pacific market.

will also feature three different restaurants, each with its own identity and speciality, led by Lydia Forte, Sir Rocco’s daughter and Director of Food & Beverage for the group. The hotel will also feature a spa and swimming pool as well as a grand ballroom with the capacity to host events, launches and conferences. These will all be framed by large public spaces, with design overseen by Olga Polizzi, Director of Design of Rocco Forte Hotels. The news follows the recent announcement of Rocco Forte Hotels’ expansion, with the group revealing their intention to double the number of hotels in the group over the next five years. Established by Sir Rocco Forte and his sister, Olga Polizzi, in 1996, the existing ten hotels in the collection are largely European based. This is an area where the group will continue to concentrate, as well as branching further afield to the Middle East.

Rocco Forte Hotels will partner with Longhua International to be part of the Longhua International Aviation Service Centre, a new urban complex in Shanghai’s Xuhui Riverside area known as West Bund. The new area will span 7.2 hectares, with an overall floor space of 510,000m2 dedicated to business and government offices, retail and fashion outlets, cultural amenities and beautifully landscaped recreational spaces. The hotel, which is yet to be named, will take over the top 15 floors of the tallest building of the development and will include around 280 guestrooms and suites, all with panoramic views of the city. It



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TIAA Henderson Real Estate (TH Real Estate) has appointed Jestico + Whiles to design the luxury hotel that will form the centrepiece of its £850m Edinburgh St. James development.

provide between 52–70 suites. The design and layout of the hotel is flexible and will be shaped by the eventual operator. The vision for the hotel also includes a bar, lounge and restaurant boasting 360-degree panoramic views over the UNESCO world heritage city. Jestico + Whiles join the scheme’s existing architectural team that includes Allan Murray Architects, responsible for creating the Edinburgh St. James masterplan; BDP, technical architects on the development; Purcell, which has redesigned listed buildings St. Andrews Hall and 27-31 James Craig Walk; and Open, the landscape architect. In all, the development will deliver 750,000ft2 of prime retail space including a multi-screen cinema and more than 30 dining destinations. This will support the city’s tourist industry which contributes an estimated £260m to Edinburgh’s economy each year.

The retail-led development will transform shopping and leisure in the Scottish capital and is due to complete in 2020, with work starting later this year. London-based Jestico + Whiles has designed the hotel as a bundle of ‘coiled ribbons’, creating a free-flowing and bold building to complement the development’s elegantly understated masterplan. The news comes as JLL proactively markets the hotel opportunity. The team has received high levels of occupational and investor interest in the Edinburgh St. James hotel, which will include up to 210 guestrooms. A 41,000ft2 aparthotel also has the potential to


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The House Hotel & Residence BOMONTI, ISTANBUL

Conran and Partners has unveiled interior design plans for an innovative mixed-use development in the heart of Istanbul.

inspired by this exciting mix of edgy urban atmosphere and bold industrial heritage. This developed into a design approach that is contemporary and strong, with a refined industrial aesthetic. Tina Norden, Project Director, comments: “The layouts, for instance, reflect a modern lifestyle that chooses to dispense with any unnecessary elements and materials and instead focuses on the needs of a contemporary lifestyle.” She continues: “The base palette is industrial and monochromatic – concrete floors and walls, natural stones and black-framed factory-style glazing – offset by elegant detailing and rich textures of marble and timber to result in a sophisticated modern style that does not rely on the traditional manifestations of luxury. The softer furniture elements and carefully considered artwork create a homely counterpoint to the base materials and introduce a balanced colour palette to the interior.”

Masterminded by development consultants FYP for Turkish developer Yenigün Insaat, the project comprises 51 guestrooms and 155 residences, both of which will be operated by The House Group. The compact serviced apartments have been strategically designed to maximise on internal space whilst benefitting from the unique offerings of the hotel and residence communal areas. There are also plans for co-working spaces and a fitness centre and spa facility. The development is located in Bomonti, an eclectic and cosmopolitan area known for its history of craft and manufacturing ever since the Bomonti Brothers established Turkey’s first commercial beer brewery there over 120 years ago. Conran and Partners was




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Details have been announced for a newbuild Hilton hotel in Bournemouth, which forms part of THAT Group’s flagship Terrace Mount development.

Guestrooms and suites will play on the nostalgia of seaside holidays with bespoke fabrics, wallcoverings and tile prints developed to establish a sense of place. This dynamic has been further enhanced by the involvement of Ray Kelvin, founder of the global lifestyle brand Ted Baker. As a major investor in the project, he has also contributed to the interior design with his own unique flair. Facilities at Hilton Bournemouth include an Eforea spa, 24-hour fitness centre and indoor swimming pool, as well as six meeting rooms and a ballroom for up to 300 people. A highlight is expected to be the sky bar, located on the 8th floor of the hotel, offering panoramic views of the town and beyond. The development is located just five minutes’ walk from the town’s beach and promenade, and is within easy reach of the Bournemouth International Centre for conferences and exhibitions.

The mixed-use scheme – expected to open later this year – includes residential apartments, a 120-key Hampton by Hilton, and a 172key Hilton hotel, the latter of which is being designed by the London office of Scott Brownrigg. According to the firm, the scheme plays on contrasts, with a strong sense of narrative embedded within its effortlessly cool, contemporary interior. The site itself has played a leading role in the design, providing much inspiration in the historical context, landscape and local craftsmanship as exemplified by a display of locally sourced pottery that will greet guests in the lobby.



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Central Business District Hotel WUHAN

BDP’s Manchester and Shanghai studios have unveiled the masterplan for a new Central Business District (CBD) in Wuhan, China, set to include an as-yet-unbranded five-star hotel.

Manchester and Shanghai. Says Gavin Elliott, Chairman of BDP’s Manchester studio: “The site is rich in historical elements that highlight the area’s former industrial and manufacturing history. Our proposals retain and reuse these elements to provide a localised character and atmosphere unique to this area.” He continues: “BDP’s ‘smart design’ is also integrated with Wuhan’s energy and water demands, and carbon emission targets, producing a high quality and innovative model of ecological and sustainable city development.” Manchester has a longstanding relationship with Wuhan, and details of the development come as the two cities sign the Manchester/ Wuhan Smart Cities Memorandum of Understanding. The project brings UK, EU and Chinese partners together, adopting a holistic approach to develop best practices in urban energy and transport for example, that can then be emulated by other cities.

Located in the Qingshan Riverside District, the 2.19km2 site includes a core business zone with grade-A office space, supported by a mix of retail, cultural, residential and educational facilities. The public realm offer will also include a two-level People’s Square that faces the Yangtze River, giving visitors views of the surrounding waterway. The masterplan makes full use of the Yangtze riverside and the development will accessible by several interconnected landscaped axes and a network of pedestrian walkways. The overall scheme is inspired by the industrial heritage of the area and produced by interdisciplinary teams at BDP studios in



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Harbour Hotel & Spa SOUTHAMPTON

Nicolas James Group has announced that preliminary work is now under way on the development of its new Southampton Harbour Hotel & Spa at Ocean Village.

The ground floor is set to include a large open-plan lounge, restaurant and bar, which will extend out onto a terrace at the end of the existing promontory. The hotel will also feature private moorings for its seafaring guests. A renowned London design house has been appointed to create luxury, nautical inspired interior concepts, with yacht chic décor and a coastal colour palette. Dean Smith, Operations and Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, comments: “Alongside our world-class marina and the new Admiral’s Quay development, the hotel will represent another major step towards establishing Ocean Village as Southampton’s premier waterfront destination.” Alongside the hotel, the Nicolas James Group is developing 100 luxury residential apartments for sale, with water views and exclusive use of the hotel’s Harbour Spa.

The development marks a major milestone for the city, introducing Southampton’s first luxury five-star standard hotel. Enabling works and setting out are now taking place with construction due to follow in the coming months. The anticipated works programme will then run for approximately 18-24 months. Joining the Harbour Hotels portfolio, which currently includes five properties across the UK’s South West, the hotel will become the brand’s flagship. It will include 85 guestrooms, a spa with gym and swimming pool, and the group’s award-winning Jetty restaurant concept, featuring a luxurious rooftop champagne bar.


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Kameha Grand ZURICH

Marcel Wanders blends typical Swiss hallmarks with his signature style to create a distinctive lifestyle destination for LH&E Group. Words: Catherine Martin | Photography: Courtesy of Kameha Grand Zurich


he designs of Marcel Wanders are something of an acquired taste. Exciting, provocative and polarising, his unique, whimsical and often whacky creations are instantly recognisable the world over. And, having stepped into the hospitality design arena in recent years, Wanders’ latest venture – Kameha Grand Zurich – is no exception. Operated by Lifestyle Hospitality & Entertainment Group (LH&E), the 245-key property is the second to bear the Kameha Grand name following its debut in Bonn in 2010. On opening, it became clear that the partnership between the Dutch designer and Carsten Rath, founder and CEO of LH&E Group and himself a larger-than-life character, was the key to producing a hotel that is undeniably a break from the norm. Located in Glattpark, a new development on the outskirts of the city, Kameha Grand Zurich – Autograph Collection’s first property in Switzerland – is billed as a lifestyle destination. Sitting alongside the ‘Kameha Lake’ and surrounded by greenery and recreation facilities, it appeals to adventure seeking leisure travellers, yet its proximity to the airport and good transport links with the city mean it is also a convenient base for business travellers.

Like Bonn, Kameha Grand Zurich is part of an urban development that includes residences and an international business park. But this time, the team was able to plan the hotel from scratch, from architecture to space planning to interiors. Rath, who boasts twenty years of experience in the luxury hotel business, enlisted the services of tecArchitecture to design the building, a contemporary glazed structure with angled fins running horizontally to counteract the effects of the sun. The façade also bears the brand’s ‘Life is Grand’ motto, a sign of what lies within. Wanders has once again indulged his fantastical imagination in the design, his passion for the project clear: “Others deliver an interior design, but we offer a reason for a visit, we create a destination,” he states. “A hotel should entertain, inspire and stimulate. We want the guest to have a lifestyle experience, by creating a place full of surprises and beauty.” Working to Rath’s brief to “make it grand and let Alice-inWonderland be blown away”, Wanders has applied his trademark style and infused it with references to Swiss culture. In the lobby, giant cowbells – the type worn by cattle when left to graze in alpine meadows – hang overhead, while chocolate-patterned wall panelling




Above: L’Unico, the Italian restaurant, features oversized pillars shaped like urns and a giant pasta bowl hanging from the ceiling

leads to the event space. Elsewhere, sofas are shaped like Toblerones, graphics depict mechanical elements of the Swiss watch, and gold coins – a nod to the country’s illustrious banking industry – line the walls of the Puregold Bar. The property offers a total of 245 guestrooms including six business suites, 11 individually designed themed suites, and the top-floor King Kameha Suite. Each features Wanders’ neo-baroque style and continues the Swiss-inspired elements seen in the lobby. The partition wall to the bathroom once again echoes the facets of a chocolate bar and smaller versions of the cowbells reappear as desk lamps. In the en suite, floor-to-ceiling artwork featuring an underwater scene references the nearby lake, while a chandelier over the bath adds a touch of glamour. Perhaps one of the most enchanting design elements is the wall behind the headboard, which celebrates the Swiss tradition of paper cutting. The fairytale alpine scene features elements of Switzerland; look closely and the silhouette of Wanders himself makes the occasional appearance. Naturally, much of the furniture throughout the hotel is by Moooi, of which Wanders is co-founder and Art Director. The Bart Sofa and Monster Chair furnish the bar, while the Smoke Armchair resides in

the Cigar Lounge. Elsewhere, occasional pieces include the chequered Chess Table, the distinctive Urbahike Table, and the life-size Horse Lamp, a Moooi favourite. There are plenty of bespoke elements too, from the Brintons-designed carpets in the guestrooms to the recurring Kameha flower, specific to this property. There’s also the heavy-duty bank vaults in each guestroom, providing a custom-made safe house for the mini-bar and tea and coffee-making facilities. Examples of the unique suites include the Poker Face Suite, a gaming extravaganza complete with a roulette table and Kameha poker cards; the Serenity Suite featuring a healing atmosphere, yoga accessories and scented candles; and the Workout Suite, where guests can feel the burn 24/7 with a personal in-room treadmill and exercise bench. There is also an exclusive Space Suite designed by the visual artist Michael Najjar. Distinctive and unexpected elements continue in the public spaces, where guests can experience offerings as varied as Italian fare, Japanese fine-dining, a den-like Cigar Lounge, and a hedonistic Shisha Lounge inspired by the tales of Arabian Nights. L’Unico, the Italian restaurant, takes Rath’s Alice-in-Wonderland brief to new heights thanks to its oversized design features: pillars shaped like gigantic urns are dotted throughout the space while a



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Above: The centrepiece of the event space features dramatic red draped ceilings, opulent chandeliers and monochromatic black-and-white tiled flooring

giant pasta bowl hangs from the ceiling to form a central focal point. Beneath, circular booths and leather banquettes provide the seating against a colourful tiled backdrop. The dining concept is based around the Italian translation of ‘the unique’ (the word ‘Kameha’ – of Hawaiian origin – also means ‘the unique’) and the menu can certainly be described as that. Offering diners their choice of fresh pasta, sauce and accompaniment, there are said to be an impressive 116,909 different dish combinations homemade on the premises. The Japanese restaurant, Yu Nijyo, is a different proposition entirely. Dark timber and subdued lighting direct attention to the Appenzell cut-out patterns on the wall, designed to showcase the merging of international cultures as traditional Swiss craft meets Japanese fine-dining. Every aspect, down to the well-placed tableware and exquisite food presentation, has been carefully considered to stimulate the senses; an example of the attention to detail that both Wanders and Rath insist upon. The dishes are expertly created by

‘sushi masters’ and both restaurants are headed up by handpicked Michelin-starred chefs. Rounding out the facilities is the spa – a peaceful sanctuary providing lavish treatments and therapies – and extensive event space, catering to both the leisure and business traveller respectively. In addition to six private business suites, conference facilities are available for up to 960 people in the Kameha Dome. The striking 700m2 centrepiece of the property’s event space features dramatic red draped ceilings, opulent chandeliers and monochromatic black-andwhite tiled flooring. Far from being yet another bland ballroom, the venue is a diverse addition to the hotel, as suited to conferences as it is to cocktail parties thanks to the addition of a raised DJ booth. Whether you’re a fan of Wanders’ eye-catching designs or not, the facilities on offer at Kameha Grand Zurich, coupled with Rath’s commitment to friendly and attentive service, provide a luxury hotel stay with real character.

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Set admidst the geysers, volcanoes and waterfalls of Iceland’s Golden Circle, Ion Iceland is a striking architectural intervention in one of Europe’s most remote landscapes. Words: Matt Turner | Photography: Courtesy of Ion Iceland


here everything meets nothing,’ is an appropriate slogan for this luxury hotel, set in a remote landscape amidst the geysers, volcanoes and waterfalls of Iceland’s Thingvellir National Park, just over an hour’s drive from Reykjavik. The only manmade feature in the surrounding lunar landscape is a nearby geothermal power plant. Ion started life as accommodation for workers at the plant, though it had long been abandoned before Sigurlaug Sverrisdóttir – a former airline industry manager turned adventure holiday operator – acquired it at auction in 2011. The only existing hotel in the national park had closed in 2009 and she came across the opportunity to create a new one whilst hunting for a holiday home in the area. Santa Monica-based designers Minarc (whose founders Tryggvi Thorsteinsson and Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir also hail originally from Iceland) were enlisted to extensively renovate the property. The lobby and restaurant are housed in the original structure with the addition of a new wing allowing the creation of 45 guestrooms, and a Northern Lights bar cantilevered out from one end of the building, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering jawdropping views of the aurora borealis that frequently light up the night sky. A small spa with a 10-metre outdoor pool was also included beneath the series of pillars that dramatically jut out from the moss-covered slopes of Mount Hengill.

Minarc have taken their cue from the hotel’s natural environment, deploying warm accents of locally salvaged driftwood and lava against a muted backdrop of concrete and timber. Having moved back from Switzerland to oversee the project, Sverrisdöttir commissioned local photographers, artists and stylists to embellish Minarc’s designs with signage, uniforms, art, in-room information books, and furniture: “Everything has to be local and organic with a strong link to nature. It’s something I am very passionate about,” she says. Sustainability is a key tenet of Icelandic living. Many resources are scarce yet those geothermal power plants produce enough clean energy for its tiny population. Eco-friendly principles have thus been incorporated into the design and operation of the hotel. Organic linens and wooden flooring are found in the guestrooms alongside water-saving shower systems. Beds and chairs are made from recycled materials. Flower vases, hand-blown by local artisans, and Icelandic wool throws soften an otherwise minimalist design scheme, with large scale photographs of the pony-sized Icelandic horses that roam the fields in these parts, adding another point of interest. A small shop in the lobby sells the Soley Organic amenities provided in the bathrooms, as well as handmade woollen jumpers. The outdoor pool at the spa uses the same natural hot spring water which powers the geothermal plant.


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Above: Minarc’s design scheme uses natural materials of driftwood against lava a backdrop of concrete and timber. Wool throws and photographs of Icelandic horses add local flavour to the guestrooms

The New Nordic cuisine at the Silfra Restaurant features local ingredients such as Arctic Char, available in plentiful supply in nearby lakes, and the flavoursome lambs that graze on the pesticide-free herbs and grasses found across Iceland. The menu is highly seasonal and the chefs have to be inventive with the limited resources available. On our visit, highlights included a stunning dish of ‘Charred and Smoked Onion, Onion Consommé,’ made using the alliums and little else. Creating the hotel in such a remote location was a challenge on many fronts, as Sverrisdóttir explains: “It is situated on a lava field, in a water protected area, where there is as little as eight metres to boiling water in the ground,” she says. “The area is where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are drifting apart and therefore we were required to take into account seven times more building strength than [would be the case] in Reykjavik.” Sitting in the Northern Lights bar can feel a little like being on the bridge of an abandoned space station – particularly given the celestial display outside. The Icelandic folk music being played on repeat only adds to the eerie atmosphere. Yet the Scandi-chic combination of

flickering candleight, animal hide rugs and contemporary design is uniquely appealing. Comparisons will be hard to avoid for anyone who has seen the recent Sky TV series ‘Fortitude’, in which the character played by Sofie Gråbøl (who also played the iconic jumper-wearing detective Sarah Lund in ‘The Killing’) plans to create a glacier hotel in the eponymous home of a remote Arctic community. Much of the series was filmed in Iceland. True to Sverrisdóttir’s background as an adventure tour operator, not to mention an avid outdoors-type herself, the hotel offers an impressive array of activities – from snorkelling in the rift between the tectonic plates, to horseriding along black sand beaches. There are ample opportunities for hiking, kayaking and fishing too. Jeep expeditions around the Golden Circle allow guests to experience natural wonders including Gulfoss waterfall, the hot springs of Geysir, Lake Thingvellir and the volcanos of Hengill. Those who choose to cocoon themselves in the hotel can enjoy the manmade wonder that is Ion instead.

EXPRESS CHECKOUT: 46 guestrooms | 1 restaurant | 1 bar | 1 meeting room | Spa, outdoor pool | Owner: Sigurlaug Sverrisdóttir & Halldor Hafsteinsoon | Operator: Ion Hotel EHF | Interior Design & Architecture: Minarc | Lighting Design: Lumex





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Baccarat Hotel & Residences NEW YORK

The French crystal maker enters the luxury hospitality arena with a sparkling midtown Manhattan flagship designed by SOM and Gilles & Boissier. Words: Dan F. Stapleton | Photography: © Eric Laignel


accarat may not be the first luxury goods company to open a hotel, but its soaring tower in central Manhattan is arguably one of the most considered and integrated development projects ever to be undertaken by such an upscale lifestyle brand. At similar hotels such as the Armani Hotel Dubai in the Burj Khalifa and the Bulgari Resort in Bali, the namesake brand’s aesthetic informs the décor and amenities in the guestrooms but has little influence over the architecture or the structural interior design. In contrast, the Baccarat has been built from the ground up with the brand in mind. Take, for example, the building’s exterior. Architectural

heavyweights Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) designed a prismatic glass façade that subtly reflects and refracts light across all 50 storeys, recalling the qualities of Baccarat’s sculpted crystalware. Viewed from the other side of West 53rd Street, the building looks both imposing and refined, with three chunky doorways leading to the hotel, residences and restaurant respectively. Inside, Parisian design duo Patrick Gilles and Dorothée Boissier have used Baccarat crystal in numerous ways, from the extravagant to the subtle. In addition to the abundance of chandeliers and crystal tables in the common areas, Baccarat glassware can be found in the



Above: The Grand Salon, which functions as a restaurant and general social space, captures the buzz of old-time Manhattan

two restaurants and the guestrooms. Fundamentally, the company’s glasses have been used to create a structural art installation that sets the tone for the entire hotel. “The defining image in the hotel is a wall in the vestibule on the ground floor,” Boissier explains. “It is an installation of 2,000 Harcourt glass pieces, the iconic glass of Baccarat. Fixed horizontally with a light behind each one, they are like thousands of crystal points. It is really the meeting of classicism, modernity and glamour.” It is elements like this – embedded in the walls themselves – that make the hotel feel like a true embodiment of the Baccarat brand, rather than an independent entity that just happens to bear the same name. According to Boissier, she and Gilles immersed themselves in the aesthetics of Baccarat and spent considerable time researching the era of King Louis XV – who founded the company some 250 years ago – before even attempting their first sketch. “We approached this task with humbleness and concentration,” she says. “We dove into the Baccarat archives, collections and reserves, and drew inspiration from different references of the French art de vivre – for example, from the hôtel particuliers or the refinement of the Court of Versailles.” French curators Stéphanie and Frédéric Chambre assembled the hotel’s art collection, which includes works from important movements over the 250 years since Baccarat’s founding. Commissioned original art from respected French artists François

Houtin and Armand Jonckers can also be found throughout the hotel. While an austere French sensibility dominates at Baccarat, there is an unmistakable sense of New York, too. At one end of the Grand Salon, which functions as a restaurant and general social space, there is a lively space that captures the buzz of old-time Manhattan, with a classic 20-metre-long bar, dark leather furnishings and a minimalist outdoor terrace overlooking the Museum of Modern Art. Already, the venue has become a hotspot for well-to-do New Yorkers. “The inspiration from New York came from its boldness, speed and extravagance,” says Boissier. “There is a French sensibility to the hotel’s layout, its symmetry, the decorative elements and the story – but there is also an American idea of glamour, boldness and risk. It is the meeting of two different cultures that can bring so much to each other.” Downstairs is a comprehensive wellness facility comprising a swimming pool, a spa – overseen by the ultra-high-end skincare outfit La Mer – and a large gym. Gilles and Boissier opted for a less brandspecific look in this co-owned space, choosing classic French blackand-white tiles for the floor of the pool itself and commissioning Brittany-based artist François Houtin to create a black-and-white mural for the pool room. According to Boissier, the mural recreates the feel of a garden in an hôtel particuliers (classic French townhouse). “It is the idea of those manicured gardens, surrounded at the edges


Above: Gilles & Boissier have used Baccarat crystal in numerous ways, from extravagant chandeliers to subtle glassware

collection of 60 residences, the majority of which have now sold, and the ground-level contemporary French restaurant, Chevalier. New York interiors specialist Tony Ingrao helmed the residences, while Chevalier benefits from design by Stephen Sills. Each designer has taken his cues from the hotel proper, ensuring that both the residences and the restaurant are fundamentally reflective of the Baccarat brand in terms of tone and design. Starwood Capital Group – the private equity real estate firm behind the development – were sure to set the standard high from the off, as proven by what has been described as the most expensive hotel deal on record. In February this year, before the hotel even opened, Starwood sold to China’s Sunshine Insurance Group for a record-breaking $2 million per room. Following the transaction, Baccarat Hotel continues to be managed under a long-term contract by Starwood’s SH Group, and in an attempt to replicate the early success of the New York flagship, the group plans to open further hotels in Rabat, Dubai and Doha. It is safe to assume that these forthcoming ventures will be based on the impressive blueprint created by SOM and Gilles & Boissier.

by plants through which you could see curiosities beyond,” she says. Gilles & Boissier, alongside Starwood Capital’s own design team, designed many of the hotel’s furnishings commissioning several neverbefore-seen works from the Baccarat factories. Classic pieces were also curated from the brands’ archival and contemporary collections for the public spaces and rooms. A primary palette of creams, greys and silvers was chosen so as not to overwhelm the crystal elements, while dark-wood and stainless steel accents give each space a robust edge. Even the smallest rooms – a generous 450ft2 – are opulent, with white-marble bathrooms, cashmere throws, marble-topped nightstands and custom-made Mascioni jacquard linens – not to mention the crystal sconces and tabletop pieces. Small touches include the enamel mini-bars filled with delicacies from Fauchon; custommade toiletries from Maison Francis Kurkdjian; and flatscreen televisions hidden inside smoked mirrors. The suites include La Mer skincare products and Baccarat votive candles. The rooms sit comfortably at the very top end of the New York accommodation market, and are priced accordingly. Classic Kings start at US $899. Other noteworthy features of the development include the

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The St. Regis ISTANBUL

Emre Arolat Architects has created interiors resplendent with Art Deco glamour for the new St. Regis Istanbul, developed by Demsa Group. Words: Matt Turner | Photography: © Eric Laignel


t. Regis Istanbul sits on a triangular, sloping corner plot in the heart of Nisantisi, its balconied suites and rooftop restaurant rising above the ground floor lobby like the prow of an elegantly appointed 1920s cruise ship. The location, in Istanbul’s upscale retail district, sets it amidst designer boutique stores, contemporary art galleries, and chic restaurants. Demsa Group, the developer of the hotel, is no stranger to luxury brands, having brought the likes of Tom Ford, Lanvin and Salvatore Ferragamo to Turkey. The group has now begun to diversify outside of the retail sector with real estate investments including the Jumeirah-operated Pera Palace Hotel, a luxury residential development at Kandilli Mansions, and this latest deal with Starwood Hotels & Resorts to bring St. Regis to Istanbul. The hotel’s design, by Emre Arolat Architects, blends Art Deco glamour with contemporary Turkish art: “The design of The St. Regis Istanbul focuses on the social and urban context of its surroundings,” explains Arolat. “Through the details and artworks inspired by Maçka’s history and culture, I want to create an ambiguous perception that makes us wonder if the building is set in this time or not, and how it is there at all.”

Above: Each guestroom is entered via a foyer featuring an oversized artwork from the Demsa Group’s private collection Opposite (top): The centrepiece of the Petit ‘O’ Bar is Bedri Baykam’s ‘Bosphorus Breeze’ mural Opposite (bottom): The St. Regis Brasserie has the feel of a classic Parisian railway cafe

In the lobby, a spectacular Lasvit-designed chandelier entitled ‘Supernova’, is made up of 343 glass panels pieced together to create a cloud-like sculpture that envelops the reception area in a warm amber glow. The lobby also features a magnificent high-gloss veneer wooden cabinet wall accentuated with bronze and beveled glass. Showcasing a curated selection of objets d’art, it is inspired by display cabinets that were commonly found in Turkish homes at the turn of the 20th century. Valuable artworks from the Demsa Group’s extensive private art collection are on display throughout the hotel, including renowned Turkish artist Devrim Erbil’s modern interpretation of Istanbul’s Galata Tower which curves its way across the upper mezzanine level of the lobby. A modernist Art Deco influence is visible throughout in the palette of materials which combines the earthy tones of mocha leather wallcoverings and walnut panelling, with extensive use of marble, accented by burnt bronze niches – “the colour of a thousand sunsets” – according to Arolat. There are 118 guestrooms and suites in total, each with floorto-ceiling windows overlooking Maçka Park and the Bosphorus beyond, or the début-de-siècle buildings of the neighbouring streets.

Local Marmara marble is used extensively in the bathrooms while the rooms are embellished with further artworks from the Demsa Collection and luxurious bespoke furnishings. The rooms also feature high-gloss veneered wood, leather, bronze detailing and marble. Guests enter through a beautifully crafted door into a corridor featuring an oversized artwork on the wall and a geometric carpet design infused with subtle details. The defining feature of each room is a large cabinet, crafted in bespoke wood and backlit onyx, again inset with beautiful bronze details. Similar attention to detail is evident in the other bespoke elements, designed by Arolat especially for the project: a night-table in leather and marble; velvet swivel chairs with pillows printed in the same special pattern as the embossed bronzes; and the headboard of the bed – which again features the predominant materials of wood, leather and bronze. Emre Arolat Architects was responsible for the architecture of the building as well as its interiors and there is a rare sense of harmony between the envelope of the building and its internal structure. The façade features a complex shutter system that reacts to natural elements, transforming as the day progresses and creating an everchanging pattern within the hotel.



Above: The Bentley Suite, designed by Wimberly Interiors, is inspired by the curvaceous form of a Continental GT. The built-in sofa is upholstered in Bentley leather and follows the organic form of the external architecture

The only area of the hotel not designed by Arolat is the Bentley Suite, by Wimberly Interiors, which has been created in partnership with the luxury car brand, and draws its inspiration from the Bentley Continental GT model. “Within the Bentley family, the Continental customer is an affluent and younger audience that responds to the ‘the luxury of spontaneity’,” explains Liana Hawes Young, Lead Designer and Creative Director at Wimberly Interiors. “The vehicle itself has strong curves – sporty and sculpted elements throughout, that play beautifully with the modern architecture of The St. Regis Istanbul property.” The suite features handcrafted finishes and one-of-a-kind furnishings throughout, capturing the refined experience of sitting behind the wheel of a Bentley. Guests enter through a jewel-box-like foyer with mirrored ceilings, rich, lacquered walls of dark figured Eucalyptus and a marble floor inset with subtle details that reflect the Continental’s wheel design. Expansive glass windows encase the space as guests lounge and entertain against a beautiful backdrop of Istanbul’s iconic sites. Crafted in bespoke Bentley upholstery leather, a built-in sofa follows the curves and lines of both the building’s architecture, and the Continental itself. At the touch of a button, a glazed panel in the sofa opens to reveal an inset champagne bottle

cooler. Opposite the sofa, an elegant ‘dashboard’ bar in olive ash with accents of bright engine spin, anthracite and claret, is inset with three Breitling clocks keeping time across Istanbul, London and New York. A light installation, again by Lasvit, is based on the Adenauer Forest section of the Nuremberg Formula One track in Germany, where Bentleys are test-driven. The fixture is made of a curved ribbed glass, inspired by the headlamps on the Continental GT, while each individual glass element creates a curve that mimics the curves in the track layout. Other unique elements include a wool and silk rug designed as an abstract interpretation of the automobile’s iconic matrix grille; a custom-made humidor, and handsome his-and-hers jewellery boxes. In the master bedroom, another push of a button prompts the flatscreen TV to emerge seamlessly from a recess in a leather panel at the foot of the bed. The St. Regis Istanbul is also home to the first international outpost of celebrity hangout Spago, created in conjunction with its founder and head chef Wolfgang Puck. The rooftop restaurant features a distinctive barrel-vaulted ceiling that unfolds onto floor-to-ceiling glass. The space is defined by intricate mosaic patterned inlay floors, black stone fireplaces and intimate seating areas. Materials include local matte stone, zinc, marble, suede, wood and leather.


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Above: Local Marmara marble is used throughout the hotel and bathrooms feature Hansgrohe sanitaryware

The focal point of the Spago lounge is its outdoor terrace and circular bar, which is hoped to become as much a magnet for celebrities as the original Spago in Beverly Hills. Open all year round, the lounge features Mediterranean accents with pine trees and florals between tables. At ground-level, the hotel’s other restaurant, The St. Regis Brasserie, has the feel of a classic Parisian railway café, with its al fresco terrace, brass railings, chesterfield-style banquettes and geometric floor tiles. Over at the adjoining Petit ‘O’ Bar, guests can sip cocktails –including an innovative raki-based take on the Bloody Mary (which was invented at The St. Regis New York) – while gazing at Bedri Baykam’s ‘Bosphorus Breeze’ mural above the copper-topped bar. The design of Iridium Spa takes its cue from nature: “The clean, modern lines in the spa are articulated in rich natural materials forming a subtle juxtaposition with the personality of the hotel with the use of brass detailing,” says Arolat.

The stone and marble surroundings of the entrance are accompanied by the sound of water, creating an intimate and serene ambience. The spa features seven massage rooms, indoor pools and a hammam. Interiors are a series of low-lit spaces that are fragrant, moody, and sensuous where mineral tones give a timeless feel, and the use of natural shapes and materials, whether marble, silk, or local woods, contribute to the levels of calm. Brass appears as an accent material, sometimes within the joints of the marble and other times as a grid to articulate the wallpaper coated walls. The hotel also features an extensive suite of meeting and event spaces, the highlight of which is the Astor Ballroom. Here, onyx stones are set in a structural grid of bronze and glossy ebony wood across the ceiling. The wood creates beautiful reflections whilst the ceiling recesses are covered with a decorative paint that casts an enticing glow. Backlit onyx walls with smoke coloured stainless steel surfaces bounce the reflections around the room.

EXPRESS CHECKOUT: 118 guestrooms | 2 restaurants | 1 bar | Iridium Spa | 7 meeting rooms, ballroom | Owner / Developer: Demsa Group | Operator: Starwood Hotels & Resorts | Architecture & Interior Design: Emre Arolat Architects Interior Design (Bentley Suite): Wimberly Interiors | Furnishing Contractor: Hitit Kontrat


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Hotel Jen Orchardgateway SINGAPORE

Shangri-La’s new hotel brand is targeting millennial travellers across Asia with a rapid rollout triggered by the conversion of the group’s Traders portfolio. Words: Matt Turner | Photography: Courtesy of Hotel Jen

Above: Tange Associates’ design scheme has a neutral backdrop of marble floors and white walls embellished with glass ornaments


rom Accor’s investment in Mama Shelter, to Hyatt’s recently launched Centric and Marriott’s newly-minted Moxy, the world’s biggest hotel groups are creating new brands targeting the ‘millennial’ traveller. Now Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts has entered the fray with Hotel Jen. “Fresh, friendly and fuss-free,” are the buzzwords being used to define the new brand, which launched with the opening of Hotel Jen Orchardgateway in Singapore, rapidly followed by the rebranding of the existing Traders Hotel on Cuscaden Road also in Singapore. Ten further Hotel Jens were opening across Asia at the time of going to press. The speed of this rollout has been enabled by the decision to rebrand the entire portfolio of Shangri-La’s Trader Hotels as Hotel Jen. The intention is to bring an intuitive service attitude and relaxed, friendly style to this diverse collection of existing and new mid-range hotels situated in major cities throughout the Asia Pacific region. “We are looking to the future,” says Greg Dogan, President and CEO of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts. “Based on extensive consumer research and insight into the way our target market lives and travels, we are recognising and responding to global travel trends and the particular needs of this new generation traveller.” At the heart of the new brand is ‘Jen’ – a fictional hotelier who loves ‘life, travel and discovery’.

It’s clear on arrival to Hotel Jen Orchardgateway that much thought has been given to the guest experience. In place of a bellhop with a traditional luggage cart, or guests carrying their own bags, there is a row of brightly coloured trolleys bearing slogans such as ‘SUV [Simple Utility Vehicle]’, ‘Sweat Free’ and ‘Heavy Lifter’. On the other side of the entrance, sustainable bamboo bikes invite guests to ‘Explore Singapore’. There’s also a large 3D iteration of the Jen logo, a giant letter J chosen as a representation of a Chinese character signifying the Confucian ideal of love and goodwill to all people. The visual language and brand identity for Hotel Jen was created by Hong Kong based MetaDesign: “Following the group’s purchase of an existing hotel on Hong Kong Island, Shangri-La approached us to work together on developing a name and identity that would launch the concept in the highly competitive Hong Kong market, and carry it forward into mainland China,” explain MetaDesign. “The three-star hotel market in Asia was becoming increasingly crowded with imported international brands. After initial on-site research in China, we worked closely with the Shangri-La leadership team to define a unique brand idea, positioning, and attributes for the business concept.” The team had to find a name that would work in both English and Mandarin Chinese, across either Roman or Chinese alphabets. After reviewing several hundred choices, Shangri-La approved the name


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Jen, and MetaDesign set about creating a distinctive identity based upon the ideographic heritage of Chinese writing with a modern, streamlined look. Careful consideration was given to where the brand would sit in highly complex and competitive markets – both vertically within the hotel category, as well as horizontally with other three-star brands in the Chinese travel sector. Many of the brand touchpoints have emerged from this initial process. Technology is a key component. Mobile charging stations with lockable perspex boxes and a plethora of device inputs are visible through the hotel. Less visible is the the free WiFi throughout. Service elements of the brand include an informal and friendly check-in. Staff are encouraged to treat guests as ‘friends of Jen’ throughout their stay, giving personal recommendations on local restaurants, off-the-beaten-track sights and unusual boutiques. Those who choose to dine in-house will find a focus on fresh local products, as well as convenient ‘grab-and-go points’ offering free coffee, fresh fruit and snacks. Following the instructions on a handwritten Post-It note affixed to the mirror on arrival to their room (“Good day. Please look inside your minibar fridge, signed Jen”) guests will find a free fruit salad. The in-house laundry offers a wash and fold service at an all-inclusive

price for unlimited items (it’s tempting to see just how many items you can fit in one laundry bag). And a PressReader app with free access to 2,500 online publications in a range of languages replaces the traditional morning newspaper. Though many of the accessories and services are innovative, the interiors, by Tange Associates, are more conventional, perhaps a result of the decision to brand this new hotel as a Jen only being reached part way through the development process. A neutral, contemporary backdrop of marble walls and floors, and pale timber furnishings, has nonetheless been enhanced with signage in a funky, calligraphic font and coloured glass embellishments. Guestroom designs emphasise comfort and functionality, with large workspaces and window seats. Instead of design theatrics, Hotel Jen focuses on things that matter most to guests with a millennial mindset: “Quality, comfort and value are paired with honest, authentic service, all underpinned by the important things done well without unnecessary fuss or intrusion.” Central locations are also a common feature. Orchardgateway for example, is on Singapore’s principal shopping belt, Orchard Road, interconnected to its newest shopping malls and in close proximity to the Central Business District. Guests have access to a seamless, weatherproof shopping experience and direct access to an MRT station offering transport to





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well-established brand such as Traders, for an untested one targeted at so specific a demographic, but its management are confident in their direction: “We are excited to be launching and engaging this new brand so rapidly. We definitely want to retain our existing customer base, who have been extremely loyal to us, but we also recognise that their needs have changed,” says Lothar Nessmann, Chief Operations Officer for Hotel Jen. “Today’s guests want more flexibility, as busy non-traditional work hours tend to blend the boundaries between business and leisure,” he continues. “With the rebranding of Traders Hotels to Hotel Jen, we will broaden our range of guests and attract more travellers looking for distinctive experiences of local interest and character, as well as appeal to families and groups who want a more independent, yet friendly and personable stay experience,” he adds. The first phase of the roll-out will see Traders hotels in Singapore, Hong Kong, Brisbane, Penang, Johor Bahru, Manila, Maldives, Beijing and Shenyang all being rebranded to Hotel Jen, whilst future development projects are under discussion in key gateway cities across South-East Asia.

the rest of Singapore. Those guests who wish to venture outdoors will struggle to find a better vantage point over the city than the hotel’s rooftop pool and Baywatch@Jen bar. There’s also a 24-hour fitness centre, and a secluded outdoor terrace for yoga or spinning classes. Views are similarly impressive from the floor-to-ceiling windows of the guestrooms, varying from 27m2 for the superior rooms, through 32m2 Deluxes to 41m2 Premier Panorama rooms. These have recently been complemented with the addition of two new floors of Club Rooms, situated on the 18th and 20th floors, comprising 28 Club King Rooms, seven Club Twin Rooms and three Club Deluxe King Rooms. These offer exclusive access to the 19th floor Club Lounge where healthy breakfasts in the morning, bookable meeting rooms throughout the day, and complimentary cocktails and snacks in the evenings are all included in the rate. Dining and drinking options elsewhere in the hotel include Makan@Jen – an all-day restaurant with a bright, fresh design scheme offering a blend of local specialities and international classics – and Lounge@Jen, which has more of a night-time feel. It is a bold move for Shangri-La to be effectively abandoning a

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Rosewood BEIJING

Beijing welcomes Rosewood’s Asian flagship, marking the start of an aggressive expansion programme for the group. Words: IJ Miu | Photography: © Durston Saylor


osewood is a brand best known in the US, where it started in 1980 with its Turtle Creek, Dallas property. As an ‘ultra-luxury’ chain it needs some time before it catches up with Mandarin Oriental and Peninsula in European and Asian customer consciences, however it is making excellent progress with the recent opening of Rosewood London, soon to be followed by Hôtel de Crillon in Paris, and with this high profile Beijing launch. The property is located on the capital’s third ring road, diagonally opposite OMA’s CCTV tower and down the road from Ma Yansong’s Conrad hotel. But in a city known for its starchitecture, Rosewood isn’t a newbuild, rather the company has taken the opposite approach: to work from the inside out and develop what was previously Beijing’s tallest building. The exterior transformation from former nineties’ office block on a busy intersection to luxury urban retreat is aided by new Mongolian bluestone cladding, a three-metre stone wall and the work of Bangkok-based landscape architects P Landscape, who developed gardens at the entrance level and on separate terraces – allowing it to boast more planted space than any other hotel in the city. Unusually for a hotel, the entire architecture and interior design

was the work of one agency – Melbourne-based BAR Studio. “This is my favourite space,” explains its director, Stewart Robinson, standing in the middle of the front lobby – a three-storey atrium that hosts the reception area, a lounge and a tea area. “The light changes throughout the day – bright and direct in the morning, warm in the afternoon and then it glows at night. It makes what could have been a large soulless place feel very human. It’s casual and comfortable without being intimidating. It’s how we work – to create something that has wow factor but without that type of ‘look-at-me’ design.” Most of the hotel’s public areas are linked in some way by this central space. In total there are six F&B outlets including two multispace venues: Mei, an expansive watering hole that offers a small dancefloor, cocktail bar, wine bar and whisky bar with outdoor terraces all on one floor; and Bistrot B with its own interlinked areas – main restaurant, lounge and bar, wine bar and garden area. Finedining is handled by The House of Dynasties, while both Country Kitchen and Red Bowl offer casual dining amid rustic salvaged brick and wood interiors. The former is for northern Chinese cuisine, the latter an experiment in elevating the egalitarian hot pot into a fivestar destination restaurant. It has a separate entrance and is clearly



This Page: In total there are six F&B outlets including Bistrot B, with its own restaurant, lounge and bar, wine bar and garden Opposite: Most of the hotel’s public areas are linked in some way by the central lobby, a three-storey atrium that hosts the reception, a lounge and a tea area

targeting itself up to be a local haunt. The spa occupies another entire floor and includes five suites within the spa itself – a hotel within a hotel – plus an indoor swimming pool with a partially retractable glass roof. With its cabanas and full size trees, it is the hotel’s standout facility and has to be one of the most beguiling indoor pools in any major city hotel. You are immediately transported to the tropics. But it’s in the guestrooms that you immediately experience BAR Studio’s response to Rosewood’s corporate motto: ‘A Sense of Place’. They are not designed as hotel rooms, as Stewart explains: “It’s like a fantasy home. We approached a room as if it was the apartment of a person who lives in Beijing.” 90% of the hotel’s furniture is bespoke, made in Shanghai by Labo, with other pieces bought in from various suppliers. Each room’s


Above: Rosewood Beijing’s 283 guestrooms and suites are designed as apartments rather than hotel rooms

colour palette is dominated by the use of dark wood. “In Beijing the ambient light bleaches out colours so the main thing was to create a strong contrast to deal with the city’s quality of light,” he explains, perhaps coining the world’s best euphemism for the city’s disastrous air pollution. But equally, designing to a remit of ‘a sense of place’ also means acknowledging the negative aspects of a location and working with them. “We started out with the palette of Chinese calligraphy – blacks and whites. We couldn’t go too neutral or indeed too sophisticated. We were dealing with the concept of luxury in China without going bling whilst maintaining a richness and strength.” One example of this is the use of brass instead of the easy go-to choice of gold for fixtures and objects. The apartment aesthetic works mainly because of the details: there is a small tray by the front door for loose change and keys, as you would have at home. There are vases, plants and homeware objects

that feel as if they were bought and curated over time by an owner, not just added as an after-thought. And Sleeper’s room had a bedside copy of Henry Kissinger’s On China – in Mandarin. “We like to encompass everything in our design,” Stewart acknowledges. “However we also take the approach that we can’t actually do everything, so while we have the overall vision, we engaged with art and accessory consultants with strong personalities, something that could be risky. But by choosing the right people to work with and providing the direction, then these consultants could run with our ideas to produce amazing results.” The final successful outcome of BAR Studio’s collaborative work and their six-year Rosewood project is of a guestroom in a large hotel that feels like an ultra-luxury Airbnb residence. It’s a guestroom you feel like you’re living in, rather than staying in, and this is perhaps the hotel industry’s smartest response yet to the commercial threat posed by apartment-surfing.

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Lázaro Rosa-Violán transforms a 19th century mansion with links to the cotton trade for Marriott International’s Autograph Collection. Words: Regina Winkle-Bryan | Photography: Courtesy of Cotton House Hotel


pened in February 2015, the recently unveiled Cotton House Hotel would not be the unique space it is without the Boadaes. The bourgeois family made their fortune in the Americas producing cotton and textiles in the 19th century, and later hired architect Elies Rogent to build a lavish mansion in Barcelona’s Eixample neighbourhood, not far from Passeig de Gràcia and iconic Antoni Gaudí buildings. It was the Boada family who put in the marble staircase, which climbs from the foyer just off what is now the Cotton House’s lobby. At the base of the staircase an iron sculpture of an attractive woman, made in the image of Mrs Boada, still stands.

The family also commissioned the intricate wood ceilings in the library, the boiserie-clad walls, and inlaid wood flooring in what is now the concierge’s hall. Kudos should be given to the Boadaes and Rogent for creating such a splendid space, but also to those who later maintained the building’s rich interiors during the 130 years that followed. In the 1950s the Boada home was turned into the headquarters for the Association of Cotton Manufacturers and some remodelling was done, including the addition of an innovative suspended spiral staircase panelled in wood. However, for the most part, the interior


Above: An ornate mantel and dark wood wall panelling adorn the Batuar restaurant as a reminder of the Boada era

of the home was untouched until about four years ago when new owners acquired the premises and remodelling commenced again. Spanish designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán was asked transform the property, and he and his team at Contemporain Studio obliged, but with a light touch. “We have developed a contemporary urban hotel in a historic building,” says Rosa-Violán, adding: “The building is protected by the city hall so we had to work with a lot of the existing architecture, trying to combine old and new, blending the building’s history with a contemporary look.” Up the marble staircase on the second floor, Rosa-Violán created a lounge in what was once a library and informal social club for men in the cotton trade. The designer left original floors, ceilings, doors, and even some books, and added a modern white sofa, aquahued armchairs, a large square of blue rug, as well as a few period piece tables. An adjacent room, called L’Atelier, was once a tailor’s workshop where men at the club had cotton shirts and suits made while they mingled. Rosa-Violán preserved this space, incorporating red leather rocking chairs and abstract paintings, in addition to stuffing the room’s antique cabinets with bolts of cotton fabric. Guests can have a shirt or suit made here, just like in bygone days, by tailors at the renowned boutique Santa Eulalia. Batuar, a Mediterranean restaurant, is found just across the hall

from the library. A mammoth fireplace with an ornate wood mantel and dark wood wall panelling adorn the dining room, a reminder of the Boada era. Rosa-Violán fitted out the room in white and black leather chairs in addition to quilted Chesterfield-style benches along two walls. The overall effect is masculine and cosy; it’s a space that invites guests to order a glass of red wine and a tapa of strong Spanish cheeses and linger awhile. In the bar, set within a luminous conservatory, Rosa-Violán moved away from earthy brown tones and instead, embraced Barcelona’s natural palette: the sapphire sea and silver-green olive tree. Blue and green chairs surround small tables atop a white and grey tiled floor, while white pillars and suspended white lamps make the sunlit space even brighter. “We chose the same spectrum of colours for the interior that are found in the exterior in order to make the separation of the terrace and bar almost invisible,” says Rosa-Violán. Just off the bar in a small private dining room, an antique chandelier hangs from an ornate pink and grey ceiling. The room is encircled in gleaming white cabinets filled with hundreds of bolts of textured cotton fabric in ivory, chalk, and similar creamy tints. Former invoices, like those the Association of Cotton Manufacturers would have used, make for creative wallpaper above the cabinets. From the restaurant and bar, two doors let out onto a 300m2


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Above: Guestrooms are predominantly white, the colour of a cotton tuft, and feature artworks depicting the cotton flower

terrace set inside the quiet confines of a traditional interior courtyard. Neighbours hang out their wash, sit down for lunch, and lean from windows while smoking cigarettes just beyond Cotton House’s foamgreen trellises, offering guests a glimpse of local life in the city. On both sides of the ample terrace, stone fountains bubble, just as they did in the days of the Boada family. Some of the hotel’s 83 rooms look out onto the terrace, many of them with compact porches. Sundrenched and tranquil, these are some of the best rooms in the house. The majority of guestrooms share the same interior design and layout, featuring doors that open directly into anterooms where sinks, showers, and toilets are located; an approach that might be off-putting for some, but certainly maximises square meters. Sliding doors separate bathrooms from bedrooms, the latter clad almost entirely in white, the colour of a cotton tuft. On one wall, white headboards are crowned by illuminated frames containing sketches of flowers, and below, black reading lamps rest on simple nightstands. “We created oversized headboards made of white leather, and used aged brass tacks as a decorative border. In some rooms the

headboards cover the entire wall,” explains Rosa-Violán. On the opposite wall from the bed, the designer installed bespoke wallpaper depicting the cotton flower in grey and coffee tones, picking up the colour of the dark laminate floors. The deluxe 90m2 Vichy Suite breaks away from the standard room layout with a stacked duplex design, its two floors connected by a narrow staircase. The lower floor opens out onto a private patio with sun loungers and an outdoor shower. A privacy wall divides the suite from the Cotton House pool and solarium, a small area panelled in pine on the building’s sixth floor. From the pool’s sundeck the vistas are of the ever-buzzing Gran Vía de les Corts Catalanes and the spires of La Sagrada Família Basilica in the distance. The soon-to-open spa and fitness centre are also on the sixth floor. Overall, five-star Cotton House is a well-balanced blend of old and new. Rosa-Violán seamlessly incorporated Boadaes’ heirlooms and history with the 21st century comforts one expects from a five-star hotel. A stay at Cotton House is akin to time travelling back to the 1800s, but with WiFi, satellite television, and Nespresso.

EXPRESS CHECKOUT: 83 guestrooms | 1 restaurant | 1 bar | Fitness Centre, outdoor pool | 2 meeting rooms | Operator: Marriott International | Architecture: Elies Rogent | Interior Design: Lázaro Rosa-Violán


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Denton Corker Marshall and FBEYE complete designs for an environmentallysound hotel that marks Westin’s re-entry into the Garden City. Words: Guy Dittrich | Photography: Courtesy of The Westin Singapore


he Westin Singapore occupies the top half of the taller of the glazed Asia Square towers at the heart of the new Marina Bay financial district. Views of the cityscape, over the harbour and to the straits are impressive. So too are the environmental credentials of the building designed by the Melbourne office of Denton Corker Marshall. These include LEED Platinum certification and the Green Mark Platinum Award by the Building and Construction Authority of Singapore, making it one of Asia’s greenest buildings. Environmental initiatives are at the heart of the project and chime perfectly with The Westin brand’s emphasis on wellbeing.

The hotel is currently the most expensive in Singapore: its owner, Daisho Co Ltd, the latest in a list of owners of the property, purchased the hotel for S$1.5 million per key (£710,000). The competition to design all areas of the hotel was won by Singapore-based FBEYE International, who celebrated ten years in business in May. With some half a dozen hotel projects already completed in their hometown, FBEYE – led by Warren FosterBrown – has significant experience working on Westin and other Starwood brands across south-east Asia. Westin has not been present in Singapore for over a decade when the former Westin Singapore was


Above & Opposite (top): The aged leather seating and loose rugs of Cook & Brew give something of a clubby feel beneath the tongue-in-cheek faux industrialstyled ducting and pipework Opposite (bottom): In Seasonal Tastes, over 70% of the flooring is made from harvested bamboo

marble, hard woods, and leather. And there are other treats galore. The curtains are electrically controlled. The multimedia dock has ports for every conceivable device. And guests will appreciate the marble shelf added to the bathtub grab rail – “perfect for a glass of champagne,” quips Foster-Brown. Developing the theme of size, Foster-Brown notes that there is value in scale when discussing the soothing pale browns and sea blues of the colour scheme consistent throughout the hotel’s 305 guestrooms. This also impacts significantly from an environmental aspect when the benefits of the most up-to-date technology for efficient lighting, auto-off room sensors and low-flow sanitary fittings from Kohler and Toto are applied across such a volume of rooms. Environmentally focused interior design ideas can be difficult to achieve in the hospitality sector. “The use of environmentally sensitive materials is often more expensive and it is usually difficult to persuade owners to pay up,” explains Foster-Brown. “Here they were all for it. The tricky thing is to then mix these materials with luxury.” This has been done to good effect. For example, in the hotel’s allday dining venue, Seasonal Tastes, over 70% of the flooring is made from harvested bamboo. Reclaimed timber appears frequently. And the pale rose-coloured panels that surround a flatscreen TV in the Executive Club Lounge are made from compressed sawdust.

re-branded, so their re-entry into the market had to be special. “Our client wanted the property to be the flagship Westin for the region,” explains Foster-Brown, “so we were fortunate enough to have most of our proposals approved by them.” Starting at the street-level lobby, The Westin has a great sense of scale. This three-storey-high volume has a lengthy escalator that transports visitors to a 1,350m2 ballroom and function area. The ballroom is expectedly vast and the size and complexity of the ceiling light installation is awe-inspiring. Taking 18-months to complete, it is an artful blend of blown glass tubes, suspended crystal and fibre optic lighting. Hoteliers will appreciate the clever furniture storage built into the corridor walls. Above the 32nd level lobby, the standard guestrooms are 42-50m2 – very generous by Singapore standards – with ceilings amongst the highest in town. This is appealing to stay-cationers, the local elite who escape the compact nature of much of the city’s residential accommodation with weekend breaks at the hotel. For a hotel in the Central Business District to have 95% occupancy on a Friday, as was the case during Sleeper’s stay, is remarkable. This generosity has been taken to heart by FBEYE who have delivered a keen sense of residential luxury through the use of oversized furnishings and quality materials such as book-matched



Above: The 305 guestrooms – generous by Singapore standards – feature a colour palette of soothing pale browns

The tops of the communal tables of the café, Daily Treats, in the street level lobby are also reclaimed timber. This venue has a small retail component and is a brand standard for Westin. Another is a vertical garden that only came into effect some four months before opening. FBEYE had to get some structural changes made to incorporate the water supply and drainage requirements for the mix of botanical plants and mosses that line part of the lobby wall. The lobby lounge continues the theme of grand with 11-metrehigh windows supported by columns that glow ethereally at night. The backlit glass sheets covering them sandwich a wood laminate so thin as to be translucent. Competing with the sheer scale of this volume the carpet has an oversized and somewhat incongruous pattern of herringbone and tartan and the chandeliers are made from a whimsical collection of crystal glass decanters. Custom-made and hand-blown in the Czech Republic, they are super-sized. Further large-scale elements are evidenced in Cook & Brew where, for starters, the bar counter is the second longest in town. “This is the sweet spot of the area,” says Foster-Brown and even with three

parties of circa 150 people each there is still no real crush in this bar, shortlisted in the Asia Hotel Design Awards 2015. The aged leather seating and loose rugs give something of a clubby feel beneath the tongue-in-cheek faux industrial-styled ducting and pipework finished in mirrored chrome. Consistent in the design are natural elements. Wall murals and decorations incorporate tree, flower and butterfly motifs. Designed by FBEYE, the pattern of the deep piled carpets reflect the topography of the island. And at different scales and in various materials is the representation of lotus flowers seen in stone floor inlays, carpets, glass panels in lifts and the oversized pendant suspended above the lobby. The Westin Singapore is the first hotel in the city to be integrated into an office tower and its views may change as construction work in the neighbourhood continues apace. Business tenants are on-hand and the ballroom, spa and pool deck drive weekend occupancy. The strong environmental credentials and the many harmonious elements of FBEYE’s design story neatly enhance the ethos of wellbeing and balance at the heart of The Westin brand.

EXPRESS CHECKOUT: 305 guestrooms | 3 restaurants | 1 bar | Ballroom, 8 meeting rooms | Spa, gym, swimming pool | Owner: Daisho Co Ltd | Operator: Starwood Hotels & Resorts | Architecture: Denton Corker Marshall | Interior Design: FBEYE Interior Fit-out: DDS Asia; SEF Group


Creating world-class sporting destinations Hilton Hotel at the Ageas Bowl The Hilton hotel and spa provides 171 guestrooms, executive lounge, luxury spa facilities, signature chef restaurant (the choice of Ian Botham’s Beefy’s has a certain resonance for the venue), 700-seat conference and banqueting facilities. It boasts spectacular views overlooking the famous cricket ground. ‘The redevelopment marked a unique opportunity to create a world-class sporting venue to a holistic design that would set it apart from traditional grounds with their eclectic mix of stands and facilities added on through the decades.’ Nick Rayner Associate Director EPR Architects

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EPR Architects and Falconer Chester Hall collaborate on an integrated hotel and sports stadium that sets new standards for international cricket grounds. Words: Catherine Martin | Photography: Courtesy of EPR Architects / Falconer Chester Hall


s the umpire called ‘play’ at The Ageas Bowl on Sunday 14 June, it not only signalled the start of a One Day International between England and New Zealand, but was the first international match to be played in front of the newly completed Hilton at the northern end of the ground. The milestone marks the culmination of a 15-year project that has seen the development of a newbuild destination hotel and the relocation of Hampshire County Cricket Club. It was a bold move for the historic club, which played at the County Ground in Southampton’s city centre for over a century. By

the 1990s, the venue was ageing and becoming increasingly hemmed in by the growth of the city around it, prompting Hampshire Cricket Ltd. to set about constructing a new stadium. But that was just the beginning of the £45 million scheme. Hampshire Cricket set an ambitious goal to become the first test ground to achieve the England and Wales Cricket Board’s standard for model test ground status: the criteria for which are exacting with minimum requirements for playing facilities, spectator seating, accommodation, hospitality, press and media facilities, public transport, parking and ancillary services.


Above & Opposite: The interior design responds to the landscape with materials and finishes that blend harmoniously with their surroundings

The first games were played at The Ageas Bowl (initially called The Rose Bowl) in 2001, and the Hampshire Cricket board appointed EPR Architects to masterplan the ground’s next phase of development in 2005. The first planning application was submitted in 2007 but as the financial crisis hit and the developer went into administration, the project stalled. However, through a unique collaboration between Hampshire Cricket and its local authority, construction resumed. Eastleigh Borough Council recognised the value of the development and the revenue it would bring to the local economy and so provided significant investment to bring the plans to fruition. EPR was tasked to work with the club to meet the standards required to host international cricket. One of those standards was to have an upscale hotel in proximity of the 25,000-capacity stadium. As with all major sporting venues, transporting large numbers of spectators on and off the site efficiently, and providing for their catering and welfare needs during their stay – as well as ensuring they have an uninterrupted view of the playing field – is a complex requirement. Developing the infrastructure through the construction of additional roads was therefore the first phase of the project, followed by the addition of two new stands in 2010.

The final part of the masterplan was the opening of the Hilton hotel, complete with 171 guestrooms, an executive lounge, Eforea spa, signature restaurant, sports bar, 500-seat conference and banqueting facility, and spectacular views overlooking the cricket ground. “Our design for the hotel and spa is the final piece,” confirms Nick Rayner, Associate Director at EPR Architects. “It completes the holistic and cohesive design of the cricket ground, and brings a luxury hotel with high-quality business, leisure and hospitality facilities to this world-class sporting destination.” EPR led a team of specialists that included Powells Group as main contractor, Muir Associates as structural engineer and EC Harris as project manager. The firm also worked closely with Mark Doohan, Director at Falconer Chester Hall (FCH) – interior designer for the hotel – and Kayleigh Millington, Design Manager of Architecture, Design & Construction, Europe, at Hilton – who previously worked on the project at FCH. Catering to both traditional hotel guests and the press, EPR has designed a hotel that uniquely wraps around the stadium bowl. “There are other hotels around sports stadia, but none that integrate this tightly,” explains Rayner. “So it was quite a bold venture for


Hilton to take on in terms of brand and operational challenges and a very ambitious brief from the client.” Having conceived a pioneering functional solution, EPR was mindful to retain a holistic approach to the entire site to preserve its existing natural landscape. The hotel and stands have therefore been positioned to continue seamlessly around the stadium to form a low-level profile, in line with the existing pavilion building with its tensile roof and masts. As Rayner explains, in the same way that the cricket ground has a pavilion with two wings of seating, the hotel has a central element with two wings of guestrooms. The architecture is also unified through the addition of a framework that wraps around the hotel and continues around the back of the stands. The external timber louvre screen façade creates a softly curving organic shape and provides continuity across the various buildings. And the choice of materials was inspired by the site’s locality and heritage, with the hotel drawing on the existing palette of steel and timber materials already in use. The effect of the building’s external appearance, together with carefully integrated landscaping, ensures the development sits comfortably in the natural parkland setting.

Intelligent solutions continue inside to create a highly flexible hotel that cleverly caters to its dual purpose. Pitch-facing guestrooms are constructed in such a way that they convert to hospitality and spectator use on major match days, and the second-floor central function room becomes a world-class media centre for press and broadcasting. The building can therefore operate as a hotel for the vast majority of the year, but the requisite facilities are available on match days and other sporting occasions. “It has been a key part of the brief to build all of that in from day one so that those staying in the hotel have a great guest experience, but there’s also a duality that sits behind,” Rayner describes. And many of the innovations will likely go unnoticed by the average guest. In a number of the pitch-facing guestrooms, loose furniture including the bed and nightstands can be removed to convert it into a media studio; there are extra power and data sockets; and a cable access-way out onto the balcony, neatly concealed so as not to compromise the guestroom experience. There is also a spacious desk large enough to accommodate hospitality catering, just one element that was adapted from the initial designs to serve its dual function. Integrated into the hotel’s design, the media centre is a glass-


Above: Pitch-facing guestrooms are constructed in such a way that they convert to hospitality and spectator use on major match days

fronted space described as a feat of modern engineering in which the angled glass panels – spanning some 20 metres – slide according to the position of the camera. Rows of tiered seats, each with individual power points and cabling, can accommodate up to 100 members of the press, all with uninterrupted views of the playing field. Throughout the course of the project, the design team had to learn not only about the cricket, but how the media reports on games. There were numerous meetings with Sky to ensure the facilities were first-rate and designed in a way that would allow them to turn up and plug-in quickly and easily. Unlike many other sports, cricket is funded primarily by broadcasting rights, hence the facility has been given such prominence as part of the business case for the stadium. Such solutions have been mastered in collaboration with Falconer Chester Hall, which completed the interior design of all guestrooms and public spaces. The concept follows the ideals set by the architecture, which responds to the landscape and subtly references the sporting connections. The materials and finishes selected by Mark Doohan and his team at FCH blend harmoniously with their surroundings, and the colour palette is of crisp greens and earthy browns. Views of the cricket ground to one side and forthcoming

golf course (due to open in 2016) to the other are maximised from every space. And cricket aficionados will appreciate the sophisticated references to the quintessential English sport, from the cricket bails incorporated into the design of the carpet, to the stitching detail on headboards, inspired by the leather ball. The mood changes in the Eforea spa, a Hilton own-brand and the first of its kind in the UK. The eight treatment rooms, thermal experiences and hydrotherapy pool are centred around Eforea’s bespoke transition lounge, which promises a personalised, transformative journey. Other facilities designed by FCH include a 500-seat ballroom, amongst the largest in the region; the Lakeview Bar, which overlooks the golf course; and Beefy’s, a New York-style steakhouse with a local twist. The restaurant resonates perfectly with its location and is the launch of a new concept from cricketing legend Ian ‘Beefy’ Botham. To deliver the project, the team worked with a number of Hilton’s preferred suppliers well-versed on the brand’s exacting standards. Newmor and Tektura provided the wallcoverings; Brintons, Ege and Blueprint Ceramics supplied the carpets and tiled flooring; Burgess and SCP Contracts have provided various pieces of furniture; and


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Elegant Clutter has created a bespoke art collection that further links the hotel to its surroundings. In the public spaces, abstract works explore the trajectory of a cricket ball when struck, while in the spa, a wall sculpture of bronze butterflies is in sync with nature. The majority of furniture is by UK-based RHA Furniture, which has supplied a number of Hilton hotels over the past two decades. Working closely with Falconer Chester Hall and the Hilton design team, RHA custom-made and supplied over 450 chairs and sofas, 200 tables, and a number of bespoke pieces including console units with built‐in power sockets and large oval tables for the boardroom. Finally Northern Lights completed the lighting scheme throughout the hotel, supplying an eclectic range of bespoke fittings including pendants, table and floor lamps, and bedside task lights. Neutral shades and subtle textures complement the interior design, with visual interest added through hints of brass.

It has been a long innings for the development team but ultimately, Hampshire County Cricket Club now has a state-of-the-art ground in a completed stadium, alongside an upscale hotel that is fundamental to its success. EPR’s masterplan was instrumental in securing One-Day Internationals and Test Match cricket and completion of the hotel was a personal triumph for Nick Rayner, who worked on the project for the best part of a decade. The architect also credits the unwavering support of Eastleigh Borough Council in bringing the project to life. “It is very much a partnership between what is an out-and-out commercial enterprise – a stadium and a hotel – and the genuine benefit to the local authority in terms of the economy, employment and all of the things that a development like this brings,” he concludes. “They saw the value and were prepared to buy in. And that’s what’s made it happen.”

EXPRESS CHECKOUT: 171 guestrooms | 3 restaurants | 3 bars | 6 meeting rooms, ballroom | Spa | Owner: Eastleigh Borough Council | Developer: Southampton Developments Ltd | Operator: Interstate Hotels & Resorts | Masterplan & Architecture: EPR Architects | Interior Design: Falconer Chester Hall | Main Contractor: Powells Group Ltd | Project Manager: EC Harris | Landscaping: Johns Associates


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Mackay + Partners has created the UK’s first Corian-clad building for Motel One’s debut in the London hotel market. Words: Matt Turner | Photography: Courtesy of Motel One / Mackay + Partners


ooking out from the guestrooms at Motel One’s new hotel on Minories in the City of London gives an up close view of the changing face of the capital’s skyline, where The Gherkin now jostles for attention with Rafael Vinoly’s ‘Walkie-Talkie’, the ‘Cheesegrater’ at 122 Leadenhall Street and the nearby Heron Tower. Such architectural monoliths often overshadow what is happening at street level around the Square Mile, where planners are more sensitive to the impact of new buildings on the urban environment. It may not have the heft, scale or profile of any of the aforementioned buildings, but in its own small way, the Motel One is an intriguing addition to the London landscape, one which slots into its surroundings not as Portland Stone pastiche or starchitect-designed ‘icon’ but a slick, sensitively scaled, colour changing intervention. This is billed as “the UK’s first Corian-clad commerical building,” by its architects Mackay + Partners, who completed the project for developers Endurance Land & Scottish Widows Investment Partnership. The scheme replaces an unoccupied 1960s office and retail bank building, providing much needed new room stock in this area of The City.

“The building has created a new contemporary focus and identity on The Minories that will act as a benchmark for future neighbouring developments,” says Ken Mackay. “From pre-planning stage, they gave full support to the design ‘bulk and mass’ of the building height. The design is entirely contemporary, yet fully responsive to its current and known future context.” The building comprises two forms: a seven-storey decorative cube, on the street-facing side and a 16-storey glass tower to the rear. The use of a solid surface material is heralded as an innovative and interactive approach to cladding typology in the city. “The planners were happy to explore a new material, rather than the traditional steel and glass or a Portland stone façade that is the general norm,” explains Mackay. Gwyn Richards, Head of Design at the development management division of the City of London concurs: “The building’s vibrant and playful façades demonstrate that new hotel buildings need not have bland, monotonous and repetitive façades. The groundbreaking use of Corian as a facing material is innovative and convincing, both during the day and illuminated at night.”




Above: Interior designer Katharina Schmid has been inspired by the Crown Jewels for her designs in the lounge area

Mackay + Partners prototyped and developed the etched Corian rain screen cladding with solid surface specialist Rosskopf AG + Partners. LED lighting behind the façade, visible through the etches, allows the building to change colour from dusk to midnight via a computer controlled dimming system. The blues and purples chosen reflect the Motel One brand. The glazed rear tower element is set in colour contrast to the front white Corian cube. This contrast allows for the height change and the high-level set-backs that screen the double height plantroom at roof level. The façade is punctuated with inset flush LED strips that break up the bulk of the tower at night. A high standard of sustainability has been achieved in all aspects of the development, which uses a number of intelligent building systems to help achieve a BREEAM excellent energy rating. These include the design of thermally efficient façades with just 35% glazing, heat recovery systems, and green roofs to mitigate rainwater run-off. Inside, Katharina Schmid, Senior Interior Designer at Motel One, has brought a regal feel to the hotel’s bar and lounge area. Inspired by the British Crown Jewels, the sparkling One Lounge, features

glamorous Swarowski crystals and a contemporary candelabra, combined with chesterfield-style sofas and tweed and velvet covered armchairs to create a traditional English feel. Signature elements in the lobby include authentic Arne Jacobsen Egg chairs by Fritz Hansen, upholstered in Motel One turquoise, and classic Achille Castiglioni Arco lamp by Flos. Bathrooms in granite and glass have Dornbracht washbasin fittings, as well as monsoon rain showers while bedrooms have Artemide Tolomeo lighting and Loewe flatscreen TVs. Rooms are small, but the clever functional design ensures there is plenty of storage and hanging space. The entrance of Motel One to the UK budget hotel market will be being watched with interest by the likes of Premier Inn and Travelodge. With properties already open in Edinburgh and Manchester, and further projects in development in Newcastle and London, CEO Dieter Muller believes his brand’s combination of high quality design, central locations and affordable rates will appeal to UK consumers: “We see as much, if not more, potential in London as in Berlin, where we have eight hotels with over 2,000 rooms.”

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Hotels piquing interest European hotel investment volumes more than doubled in the first quarter of 2015, according to CBRE. The company said that the sector would see further growth in demand given a shortage of investable stock in other asset classes, increasing interest from Asian investors and a recovering debt market. CBRE reported that, as an asset class, hotels were seeing the strongest increase in interest, with EUR3.74bn of deals made. Total hotel investment volume was up by 116% on the year in the first quarter, against the real estate sector as a whole, which saw investment up by 31%. The company said that “growing institutional demand for fixed-income, operational-lease encumbered assets has resulted in lease yields sharpening across Europe in the last 12 months. Significant yield sharpening is also apparent for unencumbered assets, as opportunistic investors are keen to take full control of hotel operations and aggressively asset manage to realise maximum returns under improving trading conditions and reduced pressure on operating costs.” The UK has seen the greatest pressure on lease yields. In London yields in Q1 2015 were 4.25%, down from 5.5% in the same quarter in 2014, while in the regions yields were 5%, down from 6.25% (for prime sites). Strong trading growth in the UK,

with trevpar up 1.1% on the year in London and 5.3% in the regions, was expected to continue on the back of forecasted economic growth and a limited supply risk, with high market liquidity and a continuation of mounting transaction volumes the likely result. Yields were flat for leases in Paris, Warsaw and Brussels, but down across the rest of the region. For management contracts and vacant possession, yields were either flat or down. Southern Europe is recovering, with EUR878m of deals done, mostly in Spain where private equity is being drawn to a recovery in trading, with goppar up 24.4% on the year in Madrid. Transactions were up 238% in the country for the quarter. CEE and Austria saw the most dramatic growth in transactions – up seven times – from a low base, as institutional funds looked to Vienna, Prague and Tallinn. CBRE described the market as “benefitting from a spill-over of capital previously looking at assets in Western Europe, based on attractive yields and healthy performance data”. While London and Paris saw yields under pressure as supply was limited, Germany continued to hold its position as a safe haven for investors, with growth in transactions of 225%. CBRE noted that low government bond yields had increased the interest of institutional investors to purchase fixed income, core hotel assets, which dominate the German market. With trading strong, interest is expected to grow and

the country has seen this reflected in some pressure on yields, with a drop from 5.75% to 5.0% for the big five cities. CBRE anticipated further growth in demand for European hotel investment “given a shortage in investible stock in other asset classes, the increasing interest of Asian investors, a widely positive trading performance outlook, lower-for-longer interest rates and a recovering debt market”. This has proven to be the case. Since the end of the quarter a number of prominent deals have been done, including the purchase by Constellation Hotels Group of Coroin, the holding company for Maybourne Hotel Group, which owns and operates the Claridge’s, Connaught and Berkeley Hotels. Accor has also continued to embrace its expanded role as a hotel owner, both buying and selling within its estate, most recently with the sale and franchise-back of 29 hotels in Germany and the Netherlands for a total value of EUR234m, including a EUR25m renovation plan. Of the 29 hotels sold, 27 were acquired in June last year as part of the acquisition of the Moor Park portfolio. The deal illustrated that the transactions market in Europe is currently flexible enough to allow both new entrants – currently taking the form of largely Asian investors – and current players to pursue their investment strategies. HA Perspective (by Chris Bown): Welcome to the world of cash chasing investments. A decade


ago, hotels were a hidden vehicle appreciated by the few, but today they are seen by the many as a cash generating asset. There’s more appetite to head further afield, too. Recently we have seen Chinese insurance companies start their international asset allocation campaign, with major purchases in New York and Sydney. And Qatari investors, all the while continuing to add to their European holdings, recently bought into a new Hong Kong joint venture. With yields reducing, and asset prices rising, markets inevitably move towards a point where new development makes financial sense. This alternative has, of course, been compromised by a lack of development finance, but with banks doing shared risk group funding deals, and other entrants moving into development finance, this too is an area where the ground is shifting. HA Perspective (by Andrew Sangster): Hotel asset prices have, like most other asset classes, reached levels last seen at the height of the previous boom. Is the bust just around the corner? The bear case is centred on historic metrics within the asset class. And certainly, prices look very full on this basis. But the bulls would urge you to look at where hotels sit in relative terms to other asset classes. With bonds at unprecedented lows there appears much more room for yield compression. In this analysis we are barely mid-cycle and there are multiple years ahead of further

rising prices which anyone jumping out now would miss out on. The late Tony Dye of investment firm Phillips & Drew famously called the huge dot com share price crash but did so two years too early. He was ultimately proved right but in the meantime he lost his job. It looks highly likely we will again have a Dr Doom scenario in a few years. But there is much money to be made before then. Just make sure you are sitting on a chair when the music stops.

CampbellGray looks to mid-market CampbellGray Hotels has announced a partnership with the Audeh family, which will see the group grow in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The company is also planning expansion into the mid-market, with the launch of the Baby Gray brand, due later this year. The group has entered into a partnership with Audeh Group, the sole owners and developers of the new 180-room Le Gray Amman Hotel and Residences, which is due to open in 2017 as part of a development comprising 62 private residences, a 19-storey tower of luxury commercial offices and a retail component to be curated by CampbellGray Hotels. The family-owned Audeh Group was founded by Issa Audeh. Its real estate development division was formed in 2009 and is based in Amman where it is committed to

developing residential, commercial and boutique operations. The company said it was “not bound by location. Our expertise enables us to seek out and develop partnerships in new and emerging markets.” CampbellGray Hotels told Hotel Analyst: “Gordon Campbell Gray met Saad Audeh when the latter was a guest at Le Gray Beirut. Audeh loved the property and decided it was exactly what he was looking for in Amman. “The partnership will give CampbellGray Hotels the ability to expand and diversify faster than they could on their own. Each side of the partnership brings something very different to the table. Gordon brings the hospitality and luxury hotel development side, while the Audeh Group brings a wealth of global property development knowledge.” The first three projects to be announced under the partnership are a second Le Gray, to be located in Abdali, Jordan; the relaunch of Malta’s The Phoenicia; and redevelopment of The Machrie Hotel and Golf Links on Scotland’s Isle of Islay. Saad Audeh, director of Audeh Group, added: “I have grown tired of the corporate chains of cookiecutter hotels, and know that many of today’s travellers, whether on business or for leisure, want a hotel that simply makes them feel great each day. We are thrilled to be working with Gordon and his super-professional team, and see this partnership as an opportunity to create many fabulous new hotels of the kind at which I have always

wanted to stay.” The company also confirmed to Hotel Analyst that it would be launching a mid-market brand under the name Baby Gray, which was currently in the design process. A site for the new flag has not been confirmed, but Campbell Gray commented during the recent Arabian Hotel Investment Conference in Dubai that the city would be a strong choice for one of the hotels. He said: “It will have more limited service [and be] more youthful. For us design is very important, so it will be a very specific design and it will be quite a cool brand. It’s for a younger market so will have an affordable entry point.” Dubai shares Campbell Gray’s feelings over a need for more mid-market product. As this issue was going to press the Emirate’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing Dubai said that it expected to see more midmarket hotels in the coming years as a result of government incentives. Incentives offered by the Dubai government to encourage the three and four-star segment included: waiving a 10% municipality fee levied on the room rate for each night of occupancy for a specific period; reducing constructionapproval process to two months; standardising all approvals through the Dubai Municipality; and allocating government land for such hotels. So far this has seen the launch of Rove Hotels, a partnership between Dubai developers Emaar and Meraas, growth from Premier Inn


and the introduction of Jumeirah Group’s Venu. The market will be intrigued to see what a company with the philosophy “everything matters” will do for mid-market hotels. HA Perspective (by Chris Bown): As every great general manager knows, it’s always worth keeping an eye on your guest list. Audeh loved Le Gray in Beirut so much, he wanted one for himself, in much the same way as Sebastien Bazin’s stay at Mama Shelter prompted Accor’s investment in that new brand. The selection of key sites for the new CampbellGray hotels might seem at first a little curious. Beirut is joined by Jordan, with Malta and a remote Scottish island following on. Fine for guests who like to stay in out of the way places, but hardly a portfolio of locations with which to attract business customers. But this is surely the point. It is not a chain trying to emulate the global majors.

Swire to exit UK Swire Properties has appointed Christie & Co to market its fourstrong UK hotel portfolio, marking the company’s exit from the country. No reason was given for the move, with the Hong Kong-based owner continuing to pursue global expansion with a debut hotel in the US set to open this year. Swire confirmed that the hotels were being marketed confidentially, with no further details available at the time of going to press. Local

reports suggested that at least one of the hotels would be sold shortly, in line with the current exuberant market for properties in the UK provinces, driven by a recovery in trading which has seen growth outstrip that of London in recent months. Swire Properties, based in Hong Kong, launched Swire Hotels in 2008, and has what it describes as a collection of “intriguing urban hotels in mainland China, Hong Kong and the UK”. The group has also invested in a number of properties, including the Conrad Hong Kong, Island Shangri-La Hong Kong and JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong. In the UK, the company launched a new brand under the Chapter Hotels flag, with the first site, in Cheltenham, opened in 2010. The second one, The Magdalen Chapter, opened in Exeter in 2012. The other two hotels, the Avon Gorge Hotel in Bristol and the Hotel Seattle in Brighton, were not converted to the new brand, with the latter, located in Brighton Marina, not fitting the ethos of contemporary design in a period building, the hotel being a new-build. Swire acquired three of the hotels in 2006 when it bought the Alias Hotel Group, with the fourth site, in Bristol, bought the following year from Peel Hotels. Alias Hotels was created in 1999 by Nigel Chapman and Nicholas Dickinson, the founders of Luxury Family Hotels, with Luxury Hotels Management as a parent to both groups. Prior to the sale to Swire, the then-five-strong Alias Hotels group

was sold in 2004 for GBP30.4m to a joint venture of the Alias management team and GuestInvest, the buy-to-let hotel company headed up by Johnny Sandelson – now part of development company Siahaf, which has been working with the Sultan of Brunei – which went into administration in 2008. At the time Dickinson said that the deal would allow the group to participate in the then-nascent trend for sale-and-leaseback deals, thus far the domain of large hotel companies. It was hoped that this would kick-start Alias’ growth. One year later LHM bought the group out of its deal with GuestInvest in order to market it, with Dickinson, then chair of LHM, commenting that, “given the strength of the hotel market and the excellent trading results of the Alias Hotels group, our shareholders’ interests would be best served by buying out the GuestInvest contract thus enabling us to immediately launch the group into the market”. The by-then four-strong group was then split up with Swire acquiring three hotels as part of plans to launch itself in Europe, a deal which, at the time, was hoped would propel it to a portfolio of over 100 hotels. The remaining hotel, the Hotel Rossetti in Manchester, was sold to Brownsword Hotels, where it remains. LHM’s Chapman has since returned to the UK from Portugal, where he and Dickinson opened the Martinhal Beach Resort Hotel, to launch Halcyon Hotels & Resorts with a site in Cornwall. At Swire, the group will continue

to expand through its East and House brands, with its first hotel in the US due to open under the East brand in the US this year. Chapter Hotels, lead by Brian Williams, managing director of Swire Properties Hotel Holdings, had planned to rival Malmaison and Hotel du Vin with a focus on quality and value. The brand’s demise comes as Malmaison and Hotel du Vin are facing another sale, with no significant expansion to show for their early aspirations, but hope of a fresh start. Chapter, and Alias before it, appear to have run out of luck. HA Perspective (by Chris Bown): A major trading group, Swire owns everything from the Cathay Pacific airline to ships and Coca Cola bottling plants. Property interests see it as one of Hong Kong’s leading developers with growing activities in China. But it has not really gained traction as a hotel investor or operator. Given that its airline has a major hub in Hong Kong, one might have expected Cathay to look at carving out a position in hotels in growing destination markets for Chinese visitors, as other Chinese travel groups such as HNA have been looking to do. In the UK, there were aspirations to build a chain, but clearly not enough of a commitment. The two Chapter properties in the south west of the UK are in historic buildings, and could make an attractive addition to several UK hotel groups. With the market strong, Swire looks to be timing its exit well.


Where the focus now looks to lie is in building its luxury East and House brands, which are also small in scale but focused on major destinations. East is branching out of Asia, with a third property in Miami. Meantime, there are plenty of hotel opportunities on the company’s doorstep, in mainland China – a country that, through its other business interests, it knows well.

M&C, PPHE plan investments Both Millennium & Copthorne and PPHE looked forward to expanding their portfolios, as the pair delivered quarterly trading updates. M&C opened four hotels in the quarter, and stands with a pipeline of 20 to add to its current portfolio of 123 properties globally. It is also in the process of refurbishing five hotels, denting income through the current year. PPHE, meanwhile, operating regionally across Europe, delivered strong operating figures but warned that investment in expansion and extensive renovations would hit results through the rest of the year. At M&C, higher room rates drove group revpar up 2.6% at constant currency, or 5.8% as reported. While revenue was up 8%, profits before tax were down 5% as labour costs hit New York and Singapore hotels. Refurbished rooms and contributions from newly acquired hotels helped the figures. Australasia

was the best performing region in the first quarter, with revpar up 15% as Chinese visitor numbers increased. The US hotels delivered an 11.8% uplift in revpar, flattered by the contribution from the Novotel New York Times Square. Excluding this, New York hotels suffered, with revpar falling 8.8%. Across Europe, revpar increased an average 5.7%, with rest of Europe performing better than London, where the Chelsea Harbour hotel delivered most of the 2.3% revpar gain. In Asia, room rates tumbled 10.5% in Singapore, while occupancy dropped in the rest of the region by 7.4%. “Overall trading results in the first three months of 2015 were in line with the slower trading pattern that the group normally sees in the first quarter and in line with expectations, although it is too early to predict performance for the full year,” said chairman Kwek Leng Beng. “Management is focused on maintaining profitability by containing costs, especially in Singapore and New York.” Revpar picked up 13.9% at PPHE, with occupancy up 4.8% to an average 77.5% and room rates up 6.9%. Revenues were up 12.5% for the three month period, to EUR61.5m, flattered by exchange rates. “During the quarter we have made good progress across our new hotel projects and hotel renovations, with our renovation and rebranding

project in Croatia nearing completion in time for the summer season,” said CEO Boris Ivesha. “Whilst extensive renovations at several hotels planned for 2015 may have a temporary negative effect on the performance at these hotels due to closures of rooms and public areas, the Board believes that this investment will have a positive impact on the group’s long-term performance.” At PPHE, there are concerns that the strong pound may start to discourage mainland European guests from visiting London, where the company has a substantial amount of its portfolio. “The strength of Sterling against the Euro may have an adverse effect on demand from European markets for our hotels in the United Kingdom,” said the company in its announcement. “Management is closely monitoring the group’s performance to ensure such trends are identified and acted upon if required.” As with any group that owns significant properties, portfolio performance is affected by refurbishments. M&C has five projects under way, in Alaska, Buffalo, Los Angeles, New Zealand and London. The company opened four new hotels during the quarter, in Oman, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, while it terminated a franchise agreement in Wellington, New Zealand; it now has 123 hotels open and a pipeline of 20 more.

In London, PPHE is extending its Park Plaza Riverbank hotel, adding 184 more rooms that should come on stream at the end of this year. It is also proceeding with a 494room hotel in central London and a 168-room hotel in west London, both of which should open in 2016. Also through this year, two hotels in Amsterdam and one in Utrecht are due for significant upgrades. HA Perspective (by Chris Bown): M&C is not alone in suffering a downturn in New York and in Singapore, as both these markets experience difficult operating conditions. But the rest of the portfolio is delivering, and the active pipeline of new additions and refurbishments continues to improve revenues. Notably, however, M&C’s pipeline is largely asset light, operating under management contracts, meaning its investment activity is in improving and upgrading its current hotel portfolio. At PPHE, in contrast, there is a major capital investment programme under way, as the company sets out to build the additions to its portfolio itself. Having purchased sites in London judiciously at the right point in the cycle, it is now developing them to create additional space, and at different price points to its largely Park Plaza branded portfolio in the UK capital. Long may London keep delivering – and it should, so long

as the Euro does not sink too much further against sterling. HA Perspective (by Andrew Sangster): There is a contrast here between an owner, operator and developer (PPHE) and an owner, operator and brand owner (M&C). While PPHE does have its own brand in art’otel, it has been happy to run the bulk of its properties under a Carlson Rezidor badge. PPHE has been able to tap into the resources of a larger brand infrastructure, notably for its loyalty scheme and distribution activities. At M&C, by contrast, it is trying to do much of it by itself. PPHE recognises its scale disadvantage and is prepared to work around it. M&C, although bigger, is a long way from having the resources of a global major. The M&C approach has been to plough on regardless, fighting in a conventional way, rather than adopt the guerrilla style tactics of PPHE. While there is no guarantee PPHE will win, it looks to have a far better chance in the long run than M&C does with its current approach.

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2015 sees a new chapter for Maison & Objet, which is celebrating the 20 th anniversary of the fair as well as the second edition of Maison & Objet Asia and the launch of Maison & Objet Americas. To mark the occasion, each event now has a Designer of the Year, selected according to their credentials in product and interior design. For the forthcoming Maison & Objet in Paris, the accolade will be awarded to Dorothée Meilichzon. An industrial designer, Meilichzon founded multidisciplinary agency, Chzon, in 2009 and has gone on to design a number of hotels, bars and restaurants. She has recently completed the interior design and graphics for Grand Pigalle, a 37room hotel in Paris’ 9th arrondissement. She is currently working on two further properties in the city, Hotel Bachaumont and Hotel Panache, both due to open later this year. M e a n w h i l e, o r g a n i s e r s h ave announced that Maison & Objet Paris will take on a new layout in September. At a time when Maison & Objet’s global objectives are at the fore with the launch of events in Asia and Americas, the new floorplan is driven by the needs of the international specifier market.

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Over 120 hotel innovators gathered in Istanbul for 24 hours of tours, talks and networking at the latest Sleepover event. Words: Matt Turner | Photography: © Engin Aydeniz / Eymine Aynaci


in further views of the Bosphorus, and enjoy a relaxed drink before braving Istanbul’s legendary traffic for the return journey to Beyoğlu. Here, guests could wander the streets of Galata, or return to their respective hotels to change for dinner, before a stroll through the neighbourhood to the evening’s main event at Soho House. Occupying three buildings including the grand Palazzo Corpi, originally built for a Genoese family in 1882, and latterly home to the US Embassy, this is the largest Soho House to-date. The Corpi building has been brought back to its former glory by the Soho House in-house design team, with the restoration of its original frescoes, Carrara marble flooring and rosewood doors, juxtaposed with early 20th century furnishings. It now houses the private club spaces, a rooftop pool, and a New York-style prohibition-era bar named The Embassy Club. The Annex Building was the Embassy’s original annex and hosts 28 bedrooms. Pre-dinner drinks took place in Cecconi’s lounge in the Chancery Building before guests headed to the subterrenean event space in The Glass Building for dinner. The following morning, guests reconvened on Mama Shelter’s outdoor terrace for a welcome from host Guy Dittrich, who introduced Mama Shelter co-founder Serge Trigano. An affable character, Trigano talked of the initial concept of Mama Shelter and the idea of creating a hotel that provides “protection” from its surroundings. Founded in collaboration with his sons, Benjamin and Jérémie, along with designer Philippe Starck and philosopher Cyril Aouizerate, Mama Shelter has grown steadily from its first hotel in the 20th arrondisement of Paris, with new properties in Marseilles, Bordeaux and Lyon. Its latest property is located in the heart of buzzing Beyoğlu, just steps away from famous Istiklal

s the sun set on a shimmering Bosphorus behind the newly opened Soho House Istanbul, over 120 hotel innovators from across the globe were joined by movers and shakers from the local hospitality and design industries. The occasion was a dinner in the main event space of Soho House, just one highlight of a packed 24-hour programme of tours, talks and networking that comprised the latest Sleepover event, following previous adventures in Berlin, Amsterdam and Copenhagen. This year’s itinerary was based around Istanbul’s unique position as a cultural crossroads where East meets West, a hotbed of innovation in hotel design. Earlier that day, guests had been welcomed by Sleeper Magazine Editor-in-Chief Matt Turner, and Eileen Keribar of Proxi Advisory, over a lunch of traditional Turkish mezze at host hotel Mama Shelter. “Istanbul was an obvious choice for us to host a Sleepover event,” explained Turner. “Its hotel scene is amongst the most dynamic in the world, offering a fascinating microcosm of global hospitality trends, all imbued with a uniquely Turkish flavour.” In the afternoon, leading hospitality consultants Servotel hosted a boat tour along the Bosphorus, giving Sleepover attendees a waterside perspective on many of the hotel projects along the strait – from existing hotels such as the Ciriğan Palace, Four Seasons and ShangriLa, to forthcoming developments including Mandarin Oriental, Do & Co’s renovation of Fehime Sultan Yalı, and Nef Bebeköy. Having soaked up the sun and the spectacular views of historic landmarks such as the Blue Mosque and Dolmabahçe Palace, the boat disembarked in the historic cobblestoned enclave of Ortaköy. A drinks reception at The House Hotel Bosphorus, housed in a fivestorey, 19th century Ottoman mansion, gave the opportunity to take



Previous Page: The evening’s main event was held at the recently opened Soho House. Occupying three buildings including the grand Palazzo Corpi, this is the largest Soho House to-date Opposite: Sleepover’s programme also included a boat trip on the Bosphorus, and tours of new and forthcoming hotel developments

Caddesi and Taksim Square. It features typically whimsical design by Starck, a stunning rooftop terrace and an open-plan living area equally suited to eat, work and play. Trigano went on to explain the success of Mama Shelter’s business model – similar to that of a low-cost airline – and the recent investment from Accor, which has acquired a 35% stake in the group. The venture is set to significantly ramp-up Mama Shelter’s development pipeline, with Trigano revealing that there are plans to open 20 new hotels in the next five years. Mama Shelter is also expected to make its US debut in the coming weeks, with a 70-key hotel in Los Angeles designed by Thierry Gaugain. Turkish architect and interior designer Zeynep Fadıllıoğlu then took to the stage for an interview which examined Istanbul’s role as a cultural crossroads and melting pot of influences. Born in Istanbul in 1955, Fadıllıoğlu started her career designing restaurants and clubs for her husband, including famous local venues such as Ulus 29, Çubuklu 29, Vaniköy 29, Büyükdere 29 and Taxims Nightpark. In 1995 she founded Zeynep Fadıllıoğlu Design, which has become well-known for its combination of East and West, and mixing the traditional with the contemporary. The company has since completed over 450 projects spanning residences, interiors, hotels, restaurants, clubs, shops, offices and product designs. While her portfolio spans the globe, Fadıllıoğlu revealed that she often looks to the Ottoman era for inspiration, adding that her designs are about “appealing to the senses.” Fadıllıoğlu is perhaps best known for the Sakirin Mosque, reputedly the first mosque in history to be designed by a woman and a project that has garnered great interest both nationally and internationally. She explains: “Our design is a modern understanding of our roots and we are telling our story through colours, textures, textiles and architectural features, which all together lead up to a design with a timeless look; a universal appeal with a local feel – just like Istanbul.” Following Fadillioglu’s address, Sleepover guests then split into three smaller groups for a series of hosted tours. The ‘East’ tour, hosted by Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, HBA and Wilson Associates, was centred around a visit to Raffles Istanbul, the Asian hotel brand’s new property at the Zorlu Centre.

Having toured Raffles with representatives of HBA’s London and Atlanta offices, Wilson Associates then gave participants a sneak preview of the new Fairmont Istanbul – part of Viatrans AS’ Quasar development in Mecidiyeköy. The ‘Local’ tour included showrounds of The House Hotel Galatasaray – hosted by Seyhan Özdemir of Autoban – and a look at the newly opened 10 Karaköy, a Morgans Original hotel, with its designers Metex Design. Those joining the ‘West’ tour headed out to Bomonti, for an extensive tour of Hilton’s new conference and event hotel, hosted by its General Manager Remco Norden and Chris Webb, Senior Director of Interior Design EMEA, for Hilton Worldwide. The Hilton sits opposite the historical Bomonti Beer Factory, where Conran + Partners are also working a new mixed-use development from The House Group. Tina Norden of Conran + Partners, and Tony Phillipson from FYP Project Development explained how the project will combine a new hotel, residential apartments and commercial concept in this newly emerging, eclectic and cosmopolitan neighbourhood, known for its history of craft and manufacturing. For those guests who didn’t have to dash away to catch early flights, the Sleepover journey concluded in a relaxed manner, with a traditional ‘meyhane’ experience, sipping ice-cold aniseed rakı and tucking into meze at the historic Çiçek Pasajı (Flower Passage) one of Beyoğlu’s most beautiful and well-restored offshoots. Built in 1876 the arcade has been restored from its origins as an arcade of flower shops to house various bars and restaurants. As the event drew to a close, guests were offered a sneak preview of Sleepover’s next adventure. Due to take place in Manchester – a hive of activity across sectors such as hospitality, culture, media, technology football and music – the event will run from 13-14 October prior to The Annual Hotel Conference. Once again, the programme promises exclusive access to the city’s development hotspots. Sleeper would like to thank the following for their support of Sleepover Istanbul: Apaiser, Aqua Creations, Colebrook Bosson Saunders, Ege Carpets, Janus et Cie, Grohe, Kvadrat, Laufen, Moooi, Parla, Porcelanosa, RH Contract, Robena Contracts and Vitra.



BONDdiseñotel 7-10 M AY 2 01 5

Following the successful launch of BONDdiseñotel in 2014, the forum for Latin America’s hotel industry returns, bringing together those responsible for the region’s leading hotel projects. Words: Catherine Martin | Photography: Courtesy of Bond Events


atin America’s hospitality design community gathered at Fiesta with 84 projects, followed by Brazil and Colombia with 39 and 27 Americana Grand Coral Beach Resort & Spa in Cancun, projects respectively. Mexico, in May for the second edition of BONDdiseñotel, a These figures, along with BONDdiseñotel’s attendee profile – meetings forum launched in 2014 to foster relationships between comprising 125 delegates from 55 specifier companies and 43 supplier designers, specifiers and suppliers. companies – go some way to signal the strength of the industry. Along Organised by Bond Events and partnered with the well-established with senior executives from leading hotel groups including Banyan HI Design events in EMEA and Asia, the three-day forum is made up Tree Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt, IHG and NH of educational seminars, networking Hotel Group, there were principals opportunities, and perhaps most from design firms such as Bamo, importantly, a personalised schedule Bilkey Llinas Design Associates, of one-to-one meetings that facilitate Gensler, HBA, and Perkins Eastman. new business. “We enable those A number of purchasing companies relationships to develop by bringing including Benjamin West Latin together hoteliers, designers and America, Carver & Associates and project leaders creating Latin HPG International were also in America’s leading hotel design attendance. projects with the senior executives Amongst the participating of manufacturing and solution suppliers were local firms as well Mercedes Irisarri, BIEI providers who make these projects as regional representatives from possible,” explains Oliver Needs, international companies such President of Bond Events, who also runs meetings forums for the as Brintons USA, Earthwerks, Gandia Blasco, Karndean Design architecture community. Flooring, Kohler, Tuuci, Umbrosa and Viccarbe Habitat. For the first time, BONDdiseñotel also partnered with Top Hotel All delegates participated in the meticulously planned meetings Projects, a research agency that collates data on forthcoming hotel programme, formulated from their individual requirements. Between developments worldwide. According to the group’s latest construction the business meetings and additional networking opportunities, a report, there are a total of 69,610 rooms across 308 projects in the series of AIA accredited seminars addressing sustainability, luxury, pipeline in Central and South America. Leading the way is Mexico architecture and interior design provided the educational element.

“Managing these resources properly will lead to an inherently sustainable hotel that will achieve environmental, social and economic benefits without over-investing.”



In the opening seminar, Mercedes Irisarri, Partner at BIEI Global the emotional, mental, environmental, social and political aspects Hospitality Solutions – a specialist in value engineering for hotel involved in design, stating: “In my opinion, innovation is an innately projects – shared a case study of a development seeking sustainable human quality that pushes us to constantly improve our wellbeing accreditation. Outlining the processes undertaken to achieve the likes and our situation in life. I am passionate about design, its role in of USGBC, BREEAM, EarthCheck and Energy Star, Irisarri analysed innovation and its ability to transform the way people feel. Designers the strengths and weaknesses of the hotel, explaining how to achieve and innovators are at the very core of this process.” the relevant accreditation using simple tools and techniques. She Leon’s thought-provoking speech also addressed the luxury revealed that, aside from potentially expensive alternative energy hotel market and the need to make the guest feel privileged, and he sources, there are many other solutions such as passive architecture, encouraged creatives in the audience not just to design objects, but reduction in consumption and operational standards that can to design experiences. contribute to making a hotel sustainable. The key, Irisarri believes, Concluding the seminar programme was Karim Rashid, one of lies in educating hotel employees. What is the point in installing an the most prolific industrial designers of a generation. Rashid has energy-efficient lighting system if staff aren’t trained in using the over 3,000 designs in production and has also turned his hand to technology, she questioned, adding that “environmental, economic hotel design, completing interiors for Nhow Berlin, Prizeotel in and social conditions must go handHamburg and Bremen, and Semiramis in-hand to build a sustainable hotel.” in Athens. Wearing his trademark pink Irisarri also stressed the importance suit, he spoke about the misconception of educating the guest, particularly between style and design, claiming that when it comes to water and energy in hospitality, up to 80% is decoration consumption. “Reduced operating rather than actual design. “Design costs translate into rate so the guest is about making life work better,” he benefits too,” she stated. Other commented, adding that good design ways to reduce water consumption is not about spending more money. included selecting showerheads with Rashid revealed his own interest in inbuilt water-saving technology, and new materials and technology and Charles Leon, Leon Black removing bathtubs, which on average encouraged the audience to utilise such consume four times more water than resources to create a better experience a ten-minute shower. “Managing these for both guests and housekeeping staff. resources properly will lead to an inherently sustainable hotel that A guestroom has to be cleaned in 20 minutes, but not designed that will achieve environmental, social and economic benefits without way, he explained, expressing concerns over the detachment between over-investing,” Irisarri concluded. “If we plan correctly, sustainability design and operations. can be long lasting and effective.” Finally, Rashid revealed that he will be bringing his curvaceous Other seminars throughout the course of the event included a forms and candy colours to a new resort in Cancun and hotel in Tel presentation by Rodo Tisnado, Partner at Architecture-Studio, on the Aviv, the latter of which is due to open later this year. value of architecture as a means to enhance a project, and a speech BONDdiseñotel drew to a close with a farewell dinner held in the from Charles Leon, Partner at Leon Black, exploring luxury and hotel’s Grand Ballroom, and judging by the networking going on late the role of the designer in creating an emotional bond between the into the night, the event was once again a great success. consumer and the design experience The next BONDdiseñotel will take place in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic “Luxury only exists in our minds, it’s a mental concept,” Leon from 5-8 May 2016. began, explaining that our perception of luxury is relative to our own personal situation. He went on to reveal his fascination with

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Boutique & Lifestyle Hotel Summit 2 0 -21 M AY 2 01 5

As the boutique and lifestyle sector continues to grow, hotel industry professionals gather in London to discuss trends, opportunities and challenges. Words: Catherine Martin


n the 12 months since the Boutique and Lifestyle Hotel Summit last met, the sector has seen some interesting developments. IHG acquired Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants to create the world’s largest boutique hotel business; Hilton made its long-awaited entry into the lifestyle arena with the launch of Canopy; and Starwood Hotels & Resorts unveiled its Tribute Portfolio, ‘a collection of unique hotels in incredible locations’. Setting the scene at the fifth annual Boutique and Lifestyle Hotel Summit, Piers Brown, conference founder and CEO of Boutique Hotel Media, confirmed that the large hotel groups are indeed seriously targeting the sector, as testified by their new lifestyle brands and collections of independent, boutique hotels. According to Brown, the US boutique and lifestyle hotel market is projected to grow by at least 5% per annum until 2019, and Europe is expected to follow suit. Furthermore, Brown revealed that all indicators point to a positive trend in boutique and lifestyle hotel development, transactions and investments, with innovations in technology, sales and marketing, guest experience and design. Attracting over 200 delegates including developers, owners and operators, interior designers and architects, General Managers, and travel and distribution agents, the summit took

place at The Montcalm, London, Marble Arch. Day one began with a sampling of the hospitality on offer in Shoreditch, London’s up-and-coming neighbourhood, which has seen a number of boutique and lifestyle hotels open in recent years. South Place Hotel, The Hoxton Hotel, and the newly opened M by Montcalm, were all visited as part of the programme. The conference opened the following day and covered a range of subjects, from finance and investment to design, F&B, and distribution channels. A mini exhibition also ran throughout the event enabling sponsors such as Puccini Group, HVS, Gilchrist & Soames and Qdos to showcase their products and services. There were plenty of networking opportunities too, including a business card swap and cocktail party. The programme kicked off with keynote speaker David Richards CBE, Chairman of Prodrive and former Chairman of Aston Martin Racing. Aside from his racing achievements, the motorsport legend is also a hotelier having purchased The Idle Rocks in Cornwall in 2012, followed by the nearby St. Mawes Hotel. Giving an account of his own experience in the industry, Richards revealed that he is very closely involved with the day-today running of his properties, and believes that a boutique hotel should be reflective of its owner. A


clear ambition to open “a wonderful house by the sea” has helped Richards achieve his goal, yet he admitted that attracting experienced staff to the seaside town has been a challenge. Further case studies were presented throughout the day, from the perspective of both the interior designer and the operator. Erik Nissen Johansen, founder and Creative Director of Stylt Trampoli explained the design concept behind Stora Hotellet, a boutique hotel in Umea, Sweden; while Jeff Ward, Managing Director of Hotel Gotham, told the story of Bespoke Hotels’ addition to Manchester’s hotel scene. The morning continued with a lively session on soft brands, defined as a collection of individual hotels that retain their independence, yet benefit from the parent group’s sales and marketing platforms. With the launch of Best Western’s BW Premier Collection, Hilton’s Curio and Starwood’s Tribute Portfolio, this proved an interesting topic. Philipp Weghmann, Executive Vice President, Preferred Hotels & Resorts, called soft brands the perfect hybrid in which the owner can retain design flexibility while relying on the services and support of the alliance. However panellists were critical of some of the so-called soft brands launched by larger hotel groups, claiming that they cause confusion amongst consumers.

In debating the pros and cons of soft brands, Peter Hancock, Chief Executive, Pride of Britain Hotels, stated that he does envy the consistency of chains, but believes that customers often prefer an independent or unique hotel, hence larger groups are increasingly seeking to emulate the experience of a boutique brand. The following session addressed the current hot topic of disruptive distribution, with panellists from new distribution channels and OTA alternatives. According to Cheryl Rosner, CEO of Stayful, the rise of OTAs can be attributed to the fact that technology – such as smartphones and tablets – is becoming more affordable. And the increase in smartphone usage was backed up by statistics from Terri Scriven, Industry Head of Hospitality at Google, who revealed that over 60% of searches on Google are made on a mobile device, up from 5% just five years ago. Panellists highlighted the importance of investing in a site that is efficient and easy-to-use, stating that with so many channels available – and consumers visiting a number of websites before making their booking – those that aren’t fit-forpurpose risk losing the customer. Janel Clark, Director of Revenue, Avvio, added that OTAs are triumphing over direct bookings because of their clear booking process with few clicks. Further sessions throughout the morning included a look at sustainability and ways in which to increase profitability through energy efficient design; adding the boutique touch to pubs-with-rooms and B&Bs; and F&B trends and the importance of sourcing locally. One of the most anticipated panels of the day, hosted by Sleeper, addressed next generation hotels – the rise of budget chic and social spaces,

with senior executives from three of the industry’s rising hotel groups. Christoph Hoffman, CEO of 25hours Hotels, described his concept as a bespoke hotel product for urban nomads, daydreamers and night owls, and announced a forthcoming project in Dusseldorf; while Julie Fawcett, Managing Director of Qbic Hotels and relative newcomer to the industry, explained the build process of the prefabricated pods that make up a Qbic hotel. They were joined on stage by Josh Wyatt, Investment Director of Patron Capital, a private equity group that has invested into Generator Hostels to make it the fastest growing hostel brand in Europe. Much of the discussion centred around millennials and the fundamentals they desire from a hotel stay. Free Wi-Fi, social lobby space and a unique experience were said to be crucial in attracting this demographic, but panellists noted that age no longer denotes a millennial. Hoffman and Wyatt revealed that their properties are attracting more and more guests from different demographics, hence the increased use of the term ‘millennial-minded traveller’. The sector’s leading investors were next to the stage to give their view on the risks and opportunities of investing in boutique and lifestyle hotels. Cody Bradshaw, Senior Vice President of Starwood Capital Group, recounted the success story of London’s Ace Hotel, which sold earlier this year for £150m. He also confirmed that Starwood Capital is one of the most active primary equity funds in Europe and the group is financing W Amsterdam, amongst many others. There were concerns from the audience about the difficulty in obtaining financing for independent boutique hotels, particularly from banks who tend to invest in the security of a branded hotel.


While panellists reaffirmed their commitment to the sector, they also noted the challenges. According to Grace Leo, Vice President of Reignwood Investments UK, not only is it expensive to acquire a property, it’s expensive to renovate it as the cost of labour and building materials continue to rise. The subject of brand extensions also took centre stage with panellists discussing how to market an independent hotel to a wider audience through alternative products, culture, community and content. Stuart Procter, Managing Director, GG Hospitality, which recently opened Hotel Football in Manchester, adopted the idea of producing a promotional video, which saw the hotel’s investors – also known as Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Gary and Phil Neville – take on the builders in a game of football on the hotel’s rooftop five-aside pitch. The video went viral and created a real buzz about the hotel. Meanwhile, Julia Pearson, Head of PR & Communications at The Hoxton Hotels, described the group’s initiatives to get involved with the local community. Hoxtown is The Hoxton’s area guide, blog and place to go for inside information on the local neighbourhood, she explained, before stressing the importance of selecting partners with shared brand values. Despite a few challenges along the way, the summit highlighted the continued appetite for boutique and lifestyle hotels. In the weeks since the event, Frasers Centrepoint has bought UK boutique hotel operator Malmaison Hotel du Vin for £363.4 million, and in the coming months, Starwood Capital is set to launch its new lifestyle brand at sites across the UK. Boutique and lifestyle hotels are here to stay.

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HI Design EMEA 3-5 JUNE 2015

Decision-makers from across the hospitality design industry gather in Dubrovnik to celebrate the tenth edition of HI Design EMEA. Words: Catherine Martin | Photography: © Richard Pereira


A total of 76 buyer companies took part in HI Design EMEA 2015, including senior representatives from Aedas Interiors, Areen Hospitality, GA Design International, Gensler, Superfutures, and Wimberly Interiors. In addition, 88 supplier companies attended, taking the opportunity to showcase their latest hospitality projects and unveil new collections. Lighting manufacturers Alger-Triton and Kalmar joined art consultants Elegant Clutter and MC Art as well as fabrics specialists Edmund Bell and Ehrlich Leder. A number of bathroom manufacturers – Claybrook Interiors, Grohe, Hansgrohe, Laufen and Villeroy & Boch – were also in attendance, as were Dedar, Expormim, Hotelys, Janus et Cie, Stellar Works and Symo Parasols – all suppliers of furniture for the hospitality market. All delegates took part in the one-to-one meetings schedule, formulated from the individual requests of each company. With meetings lasting just 20 minutes, delegates were encouraged to present their products and discuss forthcoming hotel projects, building the all-important relationships required to do business. There were plenty of additional networking opportunities too, including dinner at a dramatic cliffside location in the grounds of Hotel Dubrovnik Palace. There was also a separate networking session for suppliers, sponsored by Top Hotel Projects, and another for buyers, enabling interior designers and specifiers to meet with senior executives of Europe’s leading hotel groups such as André Balazs Properties, FRHI Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Worldwide, Jumeirah International, and NH Hotel Group. Also taking place throughout the course of the event was an educational seminar programme hosted by Sleeper’s Editor-atLarge, Guy Dittrich, who has again been part of the event since

ince its inception in 2006, HI Design has been a regular fixture in the diary of many a designer and supplier. The three-day event – hosted in thriving European cities such as Prague, Valencia, Split and Gothenburg – has long been dubbed ‘the decision makers’ forum’, attracting leading names in hospitality design. Made up of four components – meetings, supplier showcase, seminars and networking – the event was founded by Jonathan Needs and James Burke, co-directors of Atticus Events. Little has changed in the event’s format over the years, and despite significant growth – as well as the launch of sister event, HI Design Asia, in 2009 – the quality of attendees has never been compromised. “From the outset, it was our intention to create an event that would be relevant and purposeful for the long term,” explain Needs and Burke. “Backed up by the continued success of HI Design Asia, now in its seventh year, it’s safe to say the HI Design concept has demonstrated its staying power in a rapidly changing industry with numerous challenges.” For its milestone celebration, HI Design EMEA returned to Croatia for a special anniversary edition. As a supporter of the event since its Stockholm debut, Sleeper was once again the official media partner, joined by associated supporters including Sleep, Top Hotel Projects, and the European Hotel Design Awards. This year’s event took place at Hotel Dubrovnik Palace, a recently refurbished property operated by Adriatic Luxury Hotels. Located on the Lapad peninsula close to Dubrovnik’s old town, the hotel boasts 308 sea-facing guestrooms all with private balconies; a range of bars and restaurants with panoramic views of the Adriatic coast; and the largest conference facilities in the region.



pipeline comprised mostly of budget and luxury hotels, effectively forcing out mid-market products. Charles Leon, Partner at Leon Black kicked off day two with a thought-provoking talk entitled Fatal Optimism. Intuitive and innovative thinking are uniquely human and built into our DNA by millennia of evolution, he explained, adding that without intuition, emotion and bias we have no view of the world, no view of our past and no view of the future. How do designers and innovators learn to use these skills and create a view of the future? Leon asked. What’s happening in the mind of an innovator? He continued to explore why designers’ minds are different, looking at the functioning of the brain, empathy, emotion, evolution and consciousness, as well as how to make environments that are more conducive to innovative design. The final session of the programme was a fast-paced panel discussion taking a look back at how much has changed in the world of hospitality design in the decade since HI Design was launched, followed by speculation of what the next 10 years might hold. Panellists Inge Moore, Principal and Creative Director of The Gallery HBA and President Europe of HBA International; Hakan Ozkasikci, Director of Architecture, InterContinental brand, Europe, at IHG; Una Barac, Director, Scott Brownrigg; and Catherine Martin, Editor, Sleeper, drew on their own experiences to discuss advances in technology, brand, materials and the design process itself. The evolution of the lobby was identified as one of the most significant changes in the last decade and panellists predicted that the mixed-use, multi-functional lobby in which guests can eat, work and socialise is here to stay. It was also noted that the hotel of the future should have the capability of leveraging the personal smart devices that guests will inevitably travel with; and that designers should use story telling to create a unique experience. Ozkasikci looked further into the future and envisaged a hotel where interactive surfaces will replace the TV set, potentially posing new challenges for suppliers. The event drew to a close in spectacular style with dinner at the Revelin Fortress, a 16th-century landmark just outside the city walls. The rooftop location offered panoramic views across the harbour and old town and was the perfect setting for a celebratory dinner. In their closing speech, Atticus Events gave a special mention to delegates who have attended all ten HI Design EMEA events, and toasted to another successful decade of HI Design.

its inception. The programme opened with a truly compelling presentation from keynote speaker Dr. Graeme Codrington, cofounder of TomorrowToday. The futurist, author, researcher and presenter examined the current trends that are shaping the world around us, and revealed that the paradigm shift will have significant implications on the hotel industry. Codrington selected a number of exhibits – examples of the disruptive forces changing how people live, work, interact and connect with eachother – to demonstrate his research. First up, he talked about increased longevity, and revealed that we now have more than a 50% chance of living over the age of 100. In fact, Codrington’s own grandmother has more than doubled her life expectancy since she was born in the early 1900s, an unlikely scenario at that time. What if those born in the 21st century double their life expectancy, he questioned. Will they live till they’re 160? Such a prospect has significant implications on major life decisions such as marriage, career path and retirement, stated Codrington, and it has an impact on the hotel industry too. If people are expected to live longer, should we be designing hotels for a much older guest? Other exhibits included the increasing abundance of clean, cheap energy, which will eventually result in lower operational costs for hotels; the introduction of new wonder-materials such as graphene, said to be stronger than steel, lighter than air, and harder than diamonds; and smart devices that allow us to connect to anything, anywhere, at any time. Codrington also referred to the remarkable disruption of Uber and Airbnb – brands that didn’t even exist ten years ago yet are now amongst the largest service providers in the world – and encouraged attendees to plan for the future by looking beyond the next horizon. The past, present and future were recurring themes throughout the four seminars as James Chappell, now Global Business Director for Horwath HTL, made his return to HI Design having been the event’s very first speaker back in 2006. Chappell offered a lighthearted look at “a decade of turbulence” before presenting the latest statistics. He revealed that overall, the industry is healthy, reporting positive performance in the most part. For Q1 2015, the winners were Northern Africa – reporting a revPAR rise of 31.7% – and South America, up 17.8%, according to STR Global data. Only the Middle East and Asia Pacific reported declines, but even these were minimal. Looking to the future pipeline, Chappell quoted data from event supporter Top Hotel Projects to show that North America is leading the global development pipeline, followed by China and Germany. Top cities were named as Dubai (85 projects), New York (46 projects), and London (43 projects). It was also noted that the

The next HI Design Asia will take place in Kuala Lumpur from 4-6 November 2015, and the next HI Design EMEA will take place in Lisbon, Portugal from 1-3 June 2016.


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The professional finalists for this year’s Radical Innovation in Hospitality Award have been unveiled, ahead of the winner being chosen at an event at New York’s New Museum on 30 September.


adical Innovation – which aims to discover and incubate new ideas that have the power to change the hotel industry – has announced the finalists chosen for its annual competition. Selected concepts Zoku and Snoozebox will be presented as a live pitch, on stage at the New Museum on 30 September 2015. The New Museum is a leading destination for new art and new ideas, making it an ideal partner for a conversation about forwardthinking design and guest experience. After being challenged by the jury that selected them out of 50 entries from 18 countries, a live audience will select just one idea with a final live vote. The grand prize winner will receive $10,000 and the chance to have their idea realised. “Every year, we challenge the hospitality industry to re-imagine the traditional hotel experience,” says John Hardy, CEO of The John Hardy Group and founder of the Radical Innovation competition. “This year’s fresh and provocative entries are ideas that could change the hotel industry within the short-term.” The Student Winner will also be presented with their prize at the New Museum. In a new development for 2015, the selected student winner will be offered the chance to receive a two-year full scholarship to University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she will earn a Master’s Degree in Hospitality Design, valued at over $60,000.


Submitted by Zoku, The Netherlands Facilitating global living and working for the travelling professional, Zoku is a home-office hybrid, also suitable for long stays, with the services of a hotel and the social buzz of a thriving neighbourhood. Zoku will be a relaxed place to live, work and socialise with likeminded people while getting wired into the city. Currently in the final stages of development, Zoku Amsterdam is scheduled to open later in 2015.


Submitted by Yasmin Abdelfattah Soliman, Effat University, Saudi Arabia A disaster relief pop-up concept from Yasmin Abdelfattah Soliman, Adaptive Balloons is Radical Innovation’s student finalist. Adaptive Balloons is designed to offer a refuge for people who have been affected by natural disasters and crises around the planet. A pop-up concept that can be installed and removed as needed, the adaptive tree is prefabricated to be installed on land or in water. The main tree body is designed as a hollow skeleton used to generate energy through vertical wind turbines, and hosts inflatable ‘balloons’ made of vinyl skin on branches that extend outwards. The balloons act as living spaces for those affected.

The finalists for Radical Innovation 2015 are as follows: PROFESSIONAL FINALIST: SNOOZEBOX

Submitted by Ian O’Doherty, UK All submissions were selected by an esteemed jury: Michael Medzigian, CEO & Director, Carey Watermark Investors Jena Thornton, Managing Director, Eagle Rock Ventures Simon Turner, President of Global Development, Starwood Hotels James Woods, COO, The Bowls Wing Chao, Founding Principal, Wing T. Chao Architect John Hardy, CEO, The John Hardy Group Claude Amar, Managing Director, John Hardy Group International

A portable hotel concept that deploys 100 hotel rooms in 24 hours, Snoozebox delivers portable on-site event and festival hotel accommodation, letting guests stay close to the action. Custom trucks deliver premium rooms, which adapt internally to suit a range of customers, providing a day room and seven different en-suite sleeping configurations. Tessellation of space and form around custom folding mechanisms maximises guest space and allows rooms to compact by 50% during transportation.


Above: Finalists for this year’s Radical Innovation Award include Zoku, a new concept integrating home, office and hotel for global nomads Right: Snoozebox is a portable hotel concept that can deploy 100 hotel rooms in 24 hours Below: Adaptive Balloons is a disaster relief pop-up concept by student finalist Yasmin Abdelfattah Soliman


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Sleep 24-25 NOVEMBER 2015

Europe’s leading event for the hotel design community announces first-time names, thought-provoking features and the return of several favourites.


manufacturer Perrin & Rowe to The Vintage Fridge Company, which full-size Snoozebox sitting astride the forecourt of The will be launching new modern equivalents of the original Brazilian Business Design Centre at Sleep last November was one of Ice Box. The contemporary Danish lighting company, Light Years, the more arresting sights to have graced a London high street will also be new at Sleep, as will Elegant Clutter, a team of artists and in a while. This year, the portable hotel room is set to put in a return craftspeople who create bespoke artwork and accessory collections. appearance, but with a twist. Designers are being invited to create a Another first-time exhibitor will be Loloey, the Italian producer concept for a pop-up guestroom in a competition entitled ‘Flexibility’, of floorcoverings whose display will include designs from its Daniel with the winning entry installed at Sleep and fitted out with materials Libeskind rugs collection. Speaking of the decision to exhibit at Sleep supplied by Egger. this year, William Loloey says: “I have never been to the event but I Designers will also have the opportunity to consider the increasingly had heard so much from colleagues about the international relevance topical issue of the blurring of lines between traditionally disparate of Sleep on the hospitality and A&D spaces, as well as the relationships that scene that I thought it was time to exist between the practical and the participate.” emotional. Pringle Brandon Perkins + Every year, exhibitors and visitors Will are to join other leading design report that Sleep is a great place to do names in creating experimental spaces that explore the implications business because it is focused, relevant for design as people seek to lead less and a high quality combination of compartmentalised lives, and a Sleep the original with the established. Conference session will pick up on the Amongst the many serial exhibitors theme, examining the potential and signed up for 2015 are Agua Fabrics, challenging assumptions about how Cliq Designs, Crosswater, Dare to design a hotel. Studio, Dornbracht, Heathfield, The free-to-attend conference Hypnos, Laufen, Morgan Contract William Loloey, Loloey programme and speakers are yet-toFurniture, Roca, Ultrafabrics Europe be announced however some of the and Vitra. topics have already been revealed. These include: an in-depth look Finally, Sleep has announced two more participants for the Sleep at property conversions from the point of view of both developers Set challenge. Anita Rosato Interior Design and Oliver Heath in and designers; what it takes to design a hotel legend; and, perhaps collaboration with Interface will be joining the illustrious line-up most controversially, does the designer have a role at all in a world of design firms already signed up, namely Studio at Harrods, Shaun where “everyone is a designer”? There will also be the return of the Clarkson ID and Areen Design, and with the competition theme of popular Development Round Tables giving delegates the chance to ‘Wonder Tale’, expect guestrooms that will fire the imagination! talk with the movers and shakers of the international hotel industry. Every year, the exhibition is carefully curated to ensure the most Sleep will take place at The Business Design Centre in London from 24-25 November 2015. Grohe is the Founder Partner and host of the VIP lounge compelling combination of new and established names, larger while the European Hotel Design Awards is Sleep’s official Event Partner. manufacturers and bespoke artisans, UK-based and from around the world. This year, Sleep newcomers will range from luxury brassware

“I have never been to the event but I had heard so much from colleagues about the international relevance of Sleep on the hospitality and A&D scene that I thought it was time to participate.”


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Furniture E A R T H LY V S I N D U S T R I A L

Reflecting trends in both the fashion and design worlds, the furniture industry will see a variation of textures, materials and palettes for the coming year.


atural palettes have shown unwavering strength over the possibilities.” The importance of locality is also increasing, with past season for furniture design. Combine this with modular specifiers holding an interest in the source of the products and its compositions, bright accents and metal detailing, and the materials, for both ethical and sustainable reasons. general overview is complete. Not only do ethics play a part in the sourcing of locally produced Ivory, grey and beige tones create a warm and calming atmosphere, furniture, but the knowledge of native design traditions is often accompanied by an increasing presence of texture. Faux furs, leather appealing to manufacturers, enabling the creation of a truly authentic and other natural materials accentuate the organic trend, whilst piece. Of course, cost is also factored into this, as Downes explains: creating an interesting contrast in textures. This trend of contrast “Raw materials tend to be sourced from areas local to the factory, continues with the introduction of industrial frames and accents resulting in the factories themselves becoming a lot more efficient, alongside popular natural components such as wood, resin and using less energy, water and materials.” Lower costs and energy marble. “Leather has also come back from a period of neglect,” consumption when transporting materials can also be taken into observes Marco Cappellin, Head of International Sales at Moroso, account. “The latest technology has enabled the manufacturing of “this is due to durability, finishing very interesting eco-friendly products,” options and graceful ageing.” continues Downes. Further complementing the earthy As ever, sustainability remains tones, metal detailing has made a return an important topic, namely in to the forefront, with brands such as Europe and other western countries, Vaughan Benz utilising polished brass according to Moroso. “For other legs for its Cambria range, while Neri & markets, sustainability is not yet Hu has created a wooden cabinet resting a fundamental matter,” explains Kerstin Kongsted – Fritz Hansen on a metal trolley for Stellar Works, with Cappellin. However, it has been noted emphasis on the material juxtaposition. that brands are increasingly asked to Andrew Downes, Partner at PS Interiors provide documentation, verifying that comments: “We have noticed that manufacturing methods conform to the polished bronze and brass finishes seem to be increasing in popularity, standards required. According to Roberto Archetti, Brand Director opposing previous trends of satin and polished chrome.” at Arper, the increase in sustainability across western areas correlates “It’s an increasingly competitive market,” he continues. “Both with an upward trend of sales. “In terms of geographical areas, the hotels and furniture manufacturers are attempting to incorporate Americas and Pacific Asia are currently the fastest growing areas, something new and unique into their offering.” This amplified with Europe keeping the pace,” he expands. competition has resulted in a surge of bespoke products, offering Going forward, PS Interiors predicts innovative structures, space flexibility and individuality for hotels. Cappellin adds: “Bespoke saving ideas and exotic forms. “There will be more multi-functional products are definitely an increasing trend for Moroso. We have a design and continued use of bright upholstery,” predicts Downes. strong and versatile internal production and we receive many requests The use of concrete in furniture design is also becoming increasingly for bespoke products that we are able to develop and produce.” popular, continuing the industrial influence. Echoing this, Kerstin Kongsted, Project Manager of Design at Fritz Speaking of the increasing demand for development in the industry Hansen says: “The main goal is to focus on local craftsmanship, following a number of difficult years, Archetti concludes: “The genuine and honest materials and the design customisation furniture market is finally showing a positive trend!”

“The main goal is to focus on local craftsmanship, genuine and honest materials.”


B&B ITALIA Oskar With this table, Vincent Van Duysen has explored the architectural tradition of furniture, considering the experience of users, and presenting a piece that can communicate with the space surrounding it. All elements involve considerable complexity in design, such as the curvature of the rounded tops, or the tapered edges, yet result in purity. Materials include the top in cathedral glass, with its irregular surface and light green-tinted colour, also available in marble, natural woods or lacquered fi nishes. Meanwhile, the legs are natural or lacquered wood, or available in a new glossy emerald.

ARPER Steeve A modern, modular system designed by Jean-Marie Massaud, Steeve offers a customisable approach in a wide range of fabrics, leathers and fi nishes. Three versatile components; bench, armchair and sofa, can be arranged to accommodate any space, allowing countless configurations, while the silhouette is solid and architectural yet appears slender, light and volumetric. The uniquely manufactured seamless back and arm covers are stretched to fit the frame, owing to an industry innovation, thus highlighting the clean design.

“The latest technology enables the manufacturing of very interesting eco-friendly products” – PS Interiors



Designed by Allermuir’s in-house team, this contemporary chair features pared down construction, a seamless polyurethane shell and solid hardwood legs, poised on nylon glides. The rigid PU tech shell is moulded in a palette of complementary colours, including slate grey, white, honey yellow, nut brown and turtledove, while the solid ash legs can be stained, colour washed or left with a clear lacquer, allowing the beauty of the wood to emanate.

Designed by Eugeni Quitllet, the Dream’Air chair presents a completely new concept of form for Kartell. The main characteristic of the chair is the combination of diverse materials within a geometric base structure, as well as the ethereal and transparent seat. Appearing to float in mid-air, the chair’s curved seat contrasts the linear base to form a timeless addition to the Kartell family.


EXPORMIM Huma The Huma chair explores the possibilities of rattan, with simplicity, comfort and durability combining for Mario Ruiz’s latest creation. In Sufi tradition, Huma is a legendary bird that is impossible to catch, but guarantees a lifetime of happiness upon sight. Taking this inspiration, the chair is defi ned by detail and sources the tradition of craftsmanship, complying with Expormim’s distinguishing ethos. The collection is also comprised of tables and shelves to accompany.

MOROSO Bold Simple, balanced and functional elegance, Bold confi rms the harmony between Patricia Urquiola and Italian manufacturer Moroso. Resolute yet feminine, the sofa presents a timeless quality, with attention drawn to the value of the soft upholstery, which tapers towards the edges where the stitching is accented. Emphasis is placed on details, with small adjustments made to ensure that Bold is an experience of beauty, whether this be due to the simplistic top-stitching or modular design.

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The fi rst edition of A Cabinet of Curiosity, an ongoing series aiming to satisfy human curiosity, Secrets &… has been designed by duo Neri & Hu for Stellar Works. The seven deadly sins are represented by seven symbolic objects of everyday life, with the cabinet holding these. The wooden cabinet with glass doors rests on a metal trolley, and is inspired by scenes from a ceramic factory. The ensuing installments to the fascinating collection will follow in subsequent years.

Designed by Arik Levy, the Bloom collection plays with wood-bending technology to create tables of five varying heights. Each of the four squared timbers are bent individually, combining to form the pedestal and ramified beneath an oversized top. Height variants range from 30105cm, and the tabletop is available in both round and square forms.


VITRA Polder Sofa Following its 2005 introduction, the Polder Sofa designed by Hella Jongerius has undergone an update. Both the updated sofa and Polder Compact will replace the original model, with unusual shape and a carefully crafted combination of colours, materials and textures. The refreshed design brings new colour and crisp details, with textiles developed exclusively for Vitra by Jongerius.

FRITZ HANSEN Series 7 Designed in 1955 by Arne Jacobsen, the renowned Series 7 chair has reached its 60 th anniversary, as well as selling over seven million copies. In celebration, Fritz Hansen collaborated with Danish artist Tal R to pick nine new colours, revitalising the design and showing it in a new light, including creating a fresh, monochrome look. All new shades are blends and variable colours, changing with the light, space and seasons, as well as other aspects of the environment. The result is a piece of furniture that will continue to live and adapt.

LIGNE ROSET Toa KNOLL Bertoia Chair Celebrating the centennial of designer Harry Bertoia’s birth, Knoll has presented a new version of the Bertoia Chair, constructed using a chromiumplated steel rod structure and a polypropylene seat in various colours. The anniversary edition is a modern, colourful take on the original, faithfully replicating the unusual, linear design. The original Bertoia Collection of 1952 is still available in a wide range of coverings, demonstrating the piece’s endurance.

In-keeping with the DNA of Ligne Roset, this Rémi Bouchaniche-designed contemporary icon aims to act as an invitation to sit, to escape. The shape is evocative of spontaneous, origami folding, with the base airy, like a skeletal structure, screwed into a quilted body. Adaptable to all environments, Toa can be fi nished in fabrics such as cotton or wool, as well as leather, and there is an optional footrest for additional comfort and relaxation.


MINOTTI Leslie A collection of inviting armchairs, the Leslie collection offers a feeling of intimacy and protection, while expressing formal elegance. Upholstered entirely in leather, the armchair rests on an elegant solid ash base, with open pore Moka lacquered fi nish and elegant pewtercolour cast aluminium feet, creating perfect proportions. The range includes a bergère, armchair with or without armrests, and ottoman; and is customisable using leather or exclusive Minotti fabrics.

LEMA WInston An exclusive piece inspired by traditional Chinese furniture, Christophe Pillet’s latest design for Lema appears discreet and mysterious from the exterior, full of surprises on the inside. Precious details such as the mirrored base, leather and metal inserts are revealed only upon opening the cabinet doors, while a tilting panel conceals a second space with detachable surface that can be used as a worktop. The light, suspended base is in bronzed metal as the panels are characterised by the texture of Canaletto walnut wood.

“It looks like leather has come back from a period of neglect” – Moroso

NOR11 Rough Table The Rough Table by NORR11 is made of one single piece of 6-8cm thick Suar wood, allowing the natural shape and grain of the wood to run beautifully across the table and, in some cases, expose the former sprouts of branches and mixed textures. The non-linear form reflects the natural growth of the tree and makes each table unique. This piece of furniture is not only unusual, but presents a remarkable level of durability.

EXTREMIS Captain’s Chair Drawing on inspiration from yacht helm chairs, the Captain’s Chair presents unrivalled seating comfort with its wide shell, offering ultimate seating for all users. The chair’s standard colours are black and white, but colours can be added on request or via the optional cushion and the upholstered shell. The chair comes in seven different models, with variations including sled base, wooden base, adjustable feet and swivel option.


PEDRALI Osaka A new collection by a trio of designers, Osaka is a range of seating solutions with a strong graphic impact. The chair’s construction elements represent the linear features of an ideogram due to their pureness and simplicity. As with oriental writing, where a symbol expresses a world of meaning, the uncurving profi le of Osaka reveals a welcome three-dimensionality, completed by the tactile wellbeing of ash wood. The collection by Michele Cazzaniga, Simone Mandelli and Antonio Pagliarulo for Pedrali includes the chair and armchair, available in various fi nishes and upholstered.

MORGAN CONTRACT FURNITURE Kyoto Collection Morgan Contract Furniture’s latest addition is a system of linear benches, interlocking to create area seating. Inspired by Japanese gardens and bridges, the Kyoto Collection is fully upholstered and features timber, glass or marble tabletops. In said Japanese gardens, simplicity means the achievement of maximum effect with minimum means, as demonstrated with the product’s asymmetry and basic structure. Contrasting materials and colours create a tension between the elements, maintaining the reference to nature.

“The main goal is to focus on local craftsmanship, genuine and honest materials” – Fritz Hansen


The Flip Top table is designed to answer the needs of the most demanding conference and meeting venues. With the choice of top shapes in 25mm high pressure laminate or real wood laminate with solid hardwood edges, or 30mm veneered tops with inlays, the table provides versatility to create a variety of layouts. All tops are available in varying widths, offering a superior nesting table system that is easily stored.

FEELGOOD DESIGNS Basket Chair Originally designed in 1951 by Gian Franco Legler, the chair had a successful career in both Europe and the US. The re-edition is thought through in every detail to reach perfection in comfort and aesthetics, without losing its timeless modesty and elegance. The chair breathes traditional craftsmanship and is manufactured within sustainable processes.


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VAUGHAN BENZ Cambria With figured metal details and striking geometry, the Cambria series by Vaughan Benz evokes the opulence of Art Deco furniture. The nightstands are shown with cerused walnut and continuous, polished brass legs. Entirely customisable, they can include details like integrated data ports.

ANDRIANNA SHAMARIS Triple Burnt Wave Bench The teak bench presents a sleek, modern aesthetic, designed to provide comfort and durability. Solid teak wood is hand carved into a wave design, burnt, sanded and sealed with a smooth fi nish, intended to suit a variety of settings. The Triple Burnt Collection is a unique line of modern furniture made from solid organic wood. Burnt three times to produce a rich, charcoal fi nish the result is something unachievable using standard stains and fi nishes.

“Bespoke products are definitely an increasing trend” – Moroso VINCENT SHEPPARD Joe


Designed with an aluminium structure, Joe is upholstered using Lloyd Loom, with a base in oak for optimum comfort. Offering sophistication with character, the different frames offer freedom and inspiration to match any interior style, along with a larger version in the form of Jack. The steel frame opposes the warmth of the loom, and can be powder coated in black or white, matte or shiny chrome, resulting in a light, contemporary design alternative for any space.

Part of the Tradition collection, Enxoval magnifies the memories of unique knowledge passed down from generation to generation. An intricate and fascinating design, this cabinet comprises 14 rollers, seven drawers, one bottle’s base and another for glasses. The exterior is made of thermo moulded Pearl Gray Corian, and manually perforated with a handcrafted inlay of 36,123 amethyst Swarovski crystals. Meanwhile, the inner is completely coated with Palissandro wood, fi nished with a gloss varnish.


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FORBES GROUP Alu-Lite Tables Half the weight of a conventional banquet table, Forbes Group’s Alu-Lite tables offer a quick set-up and breakdown thus saving time and money. The 100% aluminium frame makes Alu-Lite ideal for outdoor use, and is entirely recyclable. The wipe-clean laminate top is heat-resistant and waterproof, with the product available in a range of shapes and sizes for various set-ups.

GEORGE SMITH Jean-Louis Deniot Collection British upholsterer George Smith has launched a collection with Parisian designer Jean-Louis Deniot, featuring nine elegant pieces. Designed by Deniot, the sofas and armchairs complement George Smith’s existing collection of wit and glamour. Inspired by neoclassicism, the collection exudes feminine lines and elegant curves, skilfully fi nished with contrasting piping and intricate tailoring to showcase exemplary British craftsmanship paired with French design.


RHA FURNITURE Bespoke Privacy Pods Handmade and custom-designed to meet exact specifications, RHA provides bespoke privacy Pods including 16 luxury leather-covered pods. Both sides of each Pod are skillfully covered in contrasting leather, encasing the sleek, curved structure. Connectivity and lighting are carefully built-in as design features. Differing from standard diamond quilting, the falling leaf design is unique.

Patrick Norguet demonstrates attention to details with Dot, inspired by the symbolic values of an ideal home. Expressed into soft curves, enveloping geometries, tactile materials and basic structures, the result is an elegant upholstered armchair. The design is characterised by a solid shape with a curved backrest, which develops gently in a structural element while the upholstery gives stability and comfort to the seat. The chair is supported by a contrasting architectural frame that forms the base, available in both wood and metal.


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Evocative, original, cultural and expressive. Art in hotels can either unite or divide opinions, but no-one can deny its growing presence. Words: Molly Dolan



rt has been ever-present in hotels; picture public spaces littered with generic artwork in nondescript frames. But the role of art has evolved, possibly more so than any other element of hotel design. Art is no longer used as an accessory, nor as a way of following protocol for typical hotel design, but as a way of evoking emotion, giving spaces a unique identity and incorporating locality into the otherwise nonspecific location. According to Richard Lewis, Managing Director of Portobello Art: “The hospitality market is becoming increasingly competitive and most hoteliers and designers are now realising this. Consequently, innovative and imaginative artwork plays a significant role in promoting the unique identity of a hotel and is recognised as being a key component of creating the feel and atmosphere and bringing colour, vitality and inspiration to all environments.” Recently, a notable surge in the incorporation of authenticity in hotel design has become apparent, enabling guests to fully immerse themselves in the local neighbourhood. Gone are the days when a framed print of the Eiffel Tower in a Parisian hotel equalled authenticity. Now, there is no better way, than by supporting local artists and exhibiting their work to an international audience. “The driving force has been local local local!” exclaims Jesse Kalisher, President and CEO of Kalisher. “This means finding local,

independent artists and also using our own artists to create locally relevant art.” Demonstrating this, the recently opened INK Hotel in Amsterdam commissioned local artist Jan Rothuizen to create a version of his renowned ‘Soft Atlas’ on the walls of each guestroom, depicting the surrounding streets and quirky observations of the locale. Anchoring the hotel in its purlieu, INK encourages guests to appreciate the less typical sights of the city. “It is great when you are able to engage in the local scene, and I think that some local art can do this,” comments Rothuizen. “I hope the guest will look at their surroundings with the same curiosity and humour as I do when they leave their room. All that I do comes out of curiosity about my environment, and if I can transfer some of this curiosity, that is great.” Jenny Graham, owner of MC Art notes that hotels have become destinations in themselves: “Guests seek an authentic experience, and there is now a desire to create a strong sense of place, often through locally sourced artwork.” This means that the method of employing local artists, as well as sourcing pieces to mirror the nearby culture and heritage, enhance a guest’s perception, explains Graham. Another motive for art as a prime focus is to create a talking point, an evocative topic of interest. Harry Pass, Creative Director of Elegant Clutter states: “Hotel owners want to make a statement


Previous Page: South Place Hotel by Conran + Partners features artwork by Cathy Miles Opposite: Cut Paper Moths by Tom Gallant take centre stage in Suite 610 at South Place Hotel; Kalisher’s bespoke artwork features in both Glenpointe Marriott Hotel & Spa, New Jersey and Kimpton’s Hotel George, Washington

enormous collages made up of numerous individual images, which was not previously possible.” A future trend predicted by both Elegant Clutter and Kalisher, is the rise of 3D art, as it becomes more affordable. “I think that is the holy grail right now for the design community, and we’ve just introduced our first product in this arena,” says Kalisher. “Meanwhile, the other area of growth will be with digital and projected art. Our lives move quickly, and soon much of our art will as well.” Elevating to the next level, a small number of hotels are now merging the worlds of art and hospitality, introducing art hotels, the latest being the aptly named The ART Hotel. Located in Denver in the city’s Golden Triangle – also known as the Museum District – the hotel’s interiors focus on modern art, a nod to the surrounding venues. Meanwhile, 21c Cincinnati is a self-titled eclectic hotel, contemporary art museum and cultural civic centre. The innovative space is tellingly part of 21c Museum Hotels – a combination of contemporary art museum and boutique hotel chain, pushing the boundaries and merging the two worlds. Recently, the design-orientated Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago has launched a mobile App centring on the hotel’s art as displayed in the lobby and permanent art gallery. The curated, self-guided cultural art tour aims to provide an education and insight into the collection, ranging from Chicago street photography and oil canvases to larger sculptures. Le Méridien also boasts its own art programme, offering guests at selected hotels access to contemporary cultural centres around the world. And numerous hotels have rotating collections, as a way of attracting and integrating the community. Arguments exist both for and against the inclusion of evocative art in hotels. Industry views vary from the importance of neutrality, stating that at a hotel you shouldn’t be challenged, to the urge to offer guests a taste of culture. At present, the argument for intellectual stimulation seems to triumph, increasing in importance and providing hotels with that extra something. “We will need to keep exploring ways of adding layers of interest to artwork schemes, so that the guest can truly ‘discover’ it,” concludes Elegant Clutter. “We need to devise art that starts conversations.”

and create social media chatter, drawing interest.” But a balance must be struck, as mass production still drives many of the cost-saving decisions made when designing a hotel, often putting high-end or bespoke artwork out of reach. Kalisher explains one solution in the form of artwork produced in a more creative, unique and inclusive way: “For one Hilton project, we’re combining scale and local by creating a large, locally crowd-sourced mural.” Portobello Art take a slightly different approach, using individual pieces to create one, bigger picture. “A current trend is creating a gallery wall of art hung as an eclectic group of different style images using quirky frame shapes and sizes, forming a patchwork of artwork,” says Richard Lewis. “Clustering pictures is très chic, and adds a nice bit of texture to a room. It’s a great way to make an impact without splurging on a huge piece of art.” Both Elegant Clutter and MC Art have explored the increasing need for individuality, with artwork being an effective way to express this. “There is a growing confidence for art to clash with the design scheme,” observes Harry Pass, “such as a playfulness, a wry humour that art can help provide.” MC Art echoes this sentiment, with the recognition of eclectic style “reinvented by the early boutique hotels,” continuing to increase in prominence, mixing modernity with tradition and colour with monotone. The placement of art has also evolved, with decision-makers recognising the various objectives of art and where best to display. “Normally, guestroom artwork will be fairly understated,” Portobello continues, “but the lobby and reception areas are where something more dramatic and memorable is needed to create that real wowfactor, setting the hotel apart from competitors.” Conversely, technological developments in art-featured wallcoverings enable statement features in guestrooms, without the cost associated with sourcing individual pieces. “Digitally printed wallpaper has been popular for years for feature walls in open spaces, but ‘One Piece’ wallpaper has gone one step further,” states Portobello. This eradicates any previous issues, such as joining intrinsic designs seamlessly, as the ‘One Piece’ covers expansive areas, eliminating the need for seams. “This has given us the ability to create



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DEDON Tango Characterised by flowing lines and rhythmic herringbone weave, the Tango collection by Richard Frinier has established itself as a Dedon classic. The dynamic curves of the chair back merge with the seat and armrests, creating a protective embrace and ensuring comfort. Including chairs, tables, sofas, a recliner and beach chair, Tango maintains its iconic forms and sensuous appeal across a variety of pieces. The latest colour addition, Basalto, brings a lightness to Tango, showing off the distinctive weave to full effect.



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Heritage marine lighting manufacturer Davey Lighting has introduced its largest pendant yet, a recreation of an oversized 1920s hand-spun aluminium hook and clip used in shipbuilding. The refi ned yet authentic design is manufactured with the same attention to detail as its industrial counterpart. Spun by hand from sheet metal onto a steel mould, the shades are available in three sizes and four fi nishes: aluminium and powder-coated black, light grey and white.

The idea behind unidrain’s original shower drain is simple; placed against the wall in a linear design, ensuring a waterproof fitting and modern look. Custom interior walls mountable on to a frame of brushed stainless steel are fastened to both floor and wall with hidden fittings, allowing the partitions to act as a neutral extension of the minimalistic design that is characteristic of the floor drains, creating a modern and stylish solution.

In keeping with technological advances, MK Electric has integrated USB charging modules into six of its wiring device ranges. The charging solutions are designed to provide a faster and optimised charging performance, enhancing user experience and complying with demand. Designed with versatility in mind, as well as functionality, the charging points are installed vertically, causing minimum visual interference and increased practicality with cords and wires.

GIRA Esprit Linoleum-Plywood Expanding the Esprit switch series with new materials, Gira’s latest design line acts as a solution-provider, offering equipment variants made of renewable raw materials. Esprit Linoleum-Plywood unites two natural materials, which complement each other perfectly, in one switch range. Both are sourced from renewable raw materials, are robust and have a wide variety of uses.



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A complete series of A++ energy rated lamps, the ToLEDo Retro range aims to replace traditional light sources. Designed to maintain the look and feel of incandescent lamps, the latest additions offer up to 90% energy savings, with dimmable versions available in September. Instant light is combined with warm, rich colours and the highest energy efficiency, creating a classical look. With the same dimensions as traditional incandescent and halogen versions and offering the same effect, the lamps provide energy savings and a longer lasting product.

Joel Karlsson has designed the Pebble lamp, creating a form that encapsulates light whilst allowing a glow to spread in a soft, comforting way. Offered in two materials; hand-blown glass and spun sheet metal, the versatility is striking. The sheet metal lamp offers a narrow beam spot, while the glass version boasts simplicity as a gleaming mood light. Presented alone or placed in a group, the lights complement eachother to create the perfect atmosphere.

A product of Agape’s long-term collaboration with Patricia Urquiola, Cuna demonstrates the skilful use of materials and production processes, extending the existing range of bathtubs with dimensions of high flexibility. Cuna features thermoformed solid surface and a visible tubular steel structure, presenting a unique juxtaposition. The compact tub proudly displays the structure, emphasising carefully rounded shapes, all of which are available in a variety of combinations of external surfaces and structure fi nishes to complete almost any interior scheme.

TECHNOGYM Artis The fi rst integrated collection of cardio, strength and functional equipment, Artis offers the highest quality in design, biomechanical engineering and interactive technology. Popular with hotels, the system provides the latest in connectivity, sustainability, design and movement. Compatible with a number of relevant apps, end-user experience is enhanced while the leading environmentally friendly technology reduces energy consumption by 30%. Seamless design and frameless geometry combines with functionality to create an attractive and welcoming experience with Artis.


FORBO Eternal From chic metallic and bright designs to sophisticated natural wood and stone effects, the new look Eternal is a far-reaching, generalpurpose vinyl collection. As colour and pattern are exceptionally influential in transforming space, the collection welcomes a new colour palette, along with the introduction of new effects such as painted, patched and striped in the wood range. One of the key elements is the digital print section, where options are limitless with exceptional colour clarity and print capabilities.

MOOOI The Unexpected Welcome The range of luxury hotel cosmetics from design brand Moooi centres on a multi-faceted fragrance, characterised by the purity of its ingredients. The essence of feeling at home is emphasised, enclosed in exclusive design bottles to bring an extra touch of playfulness. The new venture involved Moooi ensuring the highest quality by supporting an environmentally friendly policies, using natural ingredients and the exclusion of any artificial, damaging elements.

JAN KATH Erased Heritage Erased Heritage from Jan Kath pays homage to the traditional oriental carpet. Inspiration is taken from old patterns, techniques, and standards of quality, yet the Jan Kath philosophy is not that of simple reproduction. The collection includes a specially developed antique fi nishing technique of gentle erosion to the rug surface, resulting in the new floorcoverings featuring a distinct worn look.


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Named after the Montgolfier brothers, inventers of the hot air balloon, the latest collection from Ege reflects African lands as seen from above. Hues range from the orange, red and brown of the dry savannah to the blue foam-toped salt lakes and black shades of burnt out forests, accentuated with metallic nuances of a gold mine. The multi-level loop texture creates an abstract interpretation of African landscapes, with the metallic yarns creating sporadic light reflection. Montgolfier is also available in custom colours.

Taken from the Ghost collection designed by Carlucci Atmosphere for Jab Anstoetz, the Gracious wallcovering exudes understated elegance with subtle designs. The marble-look wallpaper features delicate patterns with a soft eggshell sheen, while the neutral colour palette creates a sense of calm. The large size allows for expansive cover areas, creating a cohesive look or adding depth to a feature wall.

Working with GA Design on the recently completed Mandarin Oriental London, Ulster Carpets created a bespoke blue and gold rug design, complementing the rich 24-carat gilding, spectacular chandeliers and floorto-ceiling windows. The clever use of colour provides a depth of possibilities, adding a sense of lustre to the wool-rich floorcovering, with delicate floral and leaf motifs framing the design and providing added elegance to the scheme. Whilst the design fits its surroundings, Ulster created a durable product using innovative technology.




HI-MACS Mounted-top basins

A collection of hand tufted rugs in pure wool, Tiles is designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Kasthall and inspired by the different shapes and forms of its ceramic counterpart. Combined in a perfectly balanced pattern and elegantly framed by a thin outer line, the design represents Scandinavian simplicity at its best, discreet yet sophisticated. The collection has been designed as a system where three different patterns and seven colours can be freely combined in any size, to create a bespoke design every time.

Inspired by the latest colour trends, door specialist Vicaima has launched 22 new laminate-faced options with its Dekordor HD colour range. The colours offer a continuous pressure laminate face that is both scratch and UV resistant, offering a colour consistent and durable solution for areas that are more demanding. The colour range encompasses everything from Spring Yellow to Sandy Cream, not to mention increasingly popular greys and perennial white.

HI-MACS has extended is offering, adding three versatile basins to its standard bathroom collection. The slender top-mounted pieces are available in either square, rectangular or circular-shaped, specially designed to sit on top of vanity units or bespoke top surfaces. The new designs feature typical HI-MACS characteristics, such as a warm feeling to touch, non-porous surface and stain repellent properties. The collection is available in shades of Alpine White and Nougat Cream.











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Fraser Suites, Kensington

Located in the heart of Southwark, London, the independent boutique London Bridge Hotel features over 140 guestrooms and suites, offering unique accommodation with the perfect balance between traditional comfort and the latest facilities. Cubert – a fusion of light and power in the form of LED desk light with two mains sockets and two smart USB power outlets – can be found throughout the hotel’s guestrooms, meeting areas and public spaces. The versatility of Cubert makes it suitable in a variety of environments, with a footprint of only 80x80mm and 300mm height. The simple design enables both the light and charging device to be unobtrusive to the existing interiors, yet still provide a strong light source and high speed charging. The personal light has a four-stage touch sensitive setting with a head that rotates and tilts to focus the light in any direction, as well as high efficiency, long life LEDs that cast a single, evenly distributed shadow. Further to this, the immediate access to personal charging and focused lighting is an increasingly popular requirement, making Cubert an ideal solution.

Located in Kensington, London, Fraser Suites comprises 69 elegant apartments, ranging from individual studios to one-, two- and three-bedroom spaces. Designed by Maxwell Green Design, the brief for the interiors was to provide a sophisticated, understated and smart scheme worthy of the address. This included taking into consideration the romantic mix of Victorian London and contemporary, modern times in the capital. Tasked with providing a full service including make-up and installation of curtains, sheers, bed throws, scatter cushions and fabrics for headboards and seating, Skopos completed a full measure before beginning the installation. Bedrooms feature the Erddig & Elle collection, used to complement the contemporary scheme, with Verve Steel from the Impact range used on the headboards to add a contrasting texture; metallic against matte. The silk-look of the Mandarin curtains adds to the luxurious feel of the space, with scatter cushions from the Lucca collection creating vibrant splashes of colour. The monochrome colours of the Follies Magpie are carried through to the drawing room and complement the geometric carpeting beautifully, while the Calista Jet curtains reinforce the geometric style.



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A derelict hotel that has stood vacant for decades has been given a ghostly new identity that is a fitting tribute to its notorious namesake. Conjuring up images of debauchery and murder, Bates Motel is the fictional setting for Alfred Hitchcock’s slasher thriller Psycho. It is also the nickname of Sunset Pacific Motel in Silver Lake, which has been transformed into a temporary and ephemeral art installation. In collaboration with Please Do Not Enter, a one-of-a-kind curated store in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, French artist Vincent Lamouroux covered the entirety of the building, including its flanking palm trees and billboard, with an opaque white limewash.

“Effectively this arrests the structure in a three-dimensional state of simultaneous disappearance, purification and ossification,” says Lamouroux. “Transforming the materiality of the space by petrifying it literally, Lamouroux visually calcified the structure, inviting an interpretive experience with an impossible point of physical entry.” Ultimately, he has made a ghost of the motel, drawing attention to the vulnerable uncertainty of its much-contested future. The ecologically safe materials cloaking the building will eventually erode and dissipate in real time as the appearance of the site changes throughout the course of the installation’s finite life span.



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Sleeper July/August 2015 - Issue 61  
Sleeper July/August 2015 - Issue 61  

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