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Barry Sternlicht’s new hotel group makes its debut in Manchester

Patricia Urquiola brings contemporary architecture to the shores of Lake Como

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038 Principal Manchester Acting as the global launch pad for The Principal Hotel Company – the new brand from Barry Sternlicht’s Starwood Capital Group – Principal Manchester makes its debut, championing a local-at-heart philosophy.

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am writing this sat in the very spot depicted on our front cover – The Refuge at Principal Manchester. It’s a project that is close to my heart, and a huge credit to all concerned, not least Starwood Capital’s founder Barry Sternlicht. By the time you read this, Sternlicht will have been honoured with the Outstanding Contribution accolade at the European Hotel Design Awards, and the winners will have been announced (see www.europeanhoteldesignawards. com for the full list). This is in fact the last ever of these awards, at least in the current format, since the final announcement made at this year’s ceremony was that the awards are expanding and rebranding from 2017 onwards. AHEAD is the new global celebration of hospitality design. Our existing awards programmes in Europe and Asia will be augmented with new schemes for the Americas and Middle East & Africa regions. We also see AHEAD as an opportunity to recalibrate what these awards represent, and to position them for the future. Our new acronym stands for ‘Awards for Hospitality Experience and Design’. We feel this moniker reflects various fundamental shifts. Design is no longer treated in isolation. Increasingly, developers and designers look at hotel design from the perspective of the experience it delivers for guests. Projects are created from the inside out, with multidisciplinary teams starting with the guest and designing outwards, rather than an architect and developer building a box and an operator and interior designer deciding what to fill it with before the guest gets a look-in. Furthermore, design integrates ever more seamlessly with technology, branding, and operations and AHEAD’s new categories jettison the distinction between ‘architecture’ and ‘interiors’ and instead recognise the collaborative efforts of the key members in any project team – developers, operators, architects and designers alike. A semantic, but important, difference is the change from ‘hotel’ design awards to ‘hospitality’. Across the industry, boundaries are blurring. In the new projects that cross Sleeper’s desk daily, hotels are increasingly combined with elements of co-working spaces, private members clubs, long-stay apartments and much more besides. Even the notion of a hotel as a singular building is disintegrating with pop-ups and impermanent accommodation solutions proliferating. AHEAD recognises this changing face of the industry. Ultimately, it aims to celebrate the relentless pursuit of the exceptional in hospitality. If you want to join us in that celebration, take note the key dates on our centrefold and visit for further information.

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Spanish architect and designer Patricia Urquiola first ventured into hospitality in 2010, designing Mandarin Oriental Barcelona. She has since created interiors for W Vieques, Four Seasons Hotel Milan, and Room Mate Giulia, also in Milan. Her latest hotel project, Il Sereno at Lake Como, Italy, is a striking newbuild characterised by the use of glass and wood and the presence of her own bespoke furniture collections.

Robi n C had ha is C h ief Marketing Officer of CitizenM, the affordable luxury hotel brand his father Rattan founded in Amsterdam in 2008. With recent openings in Shoreditch and Tower of London – CitizenM’s new European flagship and largest property to-date – the group is well on its way to operating 1,000+ rooms across the capital. Next up is CitizenM St. Pauls, expected to open in 2017.

“The most important thing was to remain authentic, as even though the design may have been dated, the locals still had an affection towards it,” explains Jacu Strauss of his sensitive redesign of Pulitzer Amsterdam. Creative Director for the two-year phased renovation, Strauss has combined historical elements w it h contempora r y st yle producing an eclectic scheme that honours its past.

Managing Director of Fusion Interiors Group – the boutique interior design consultancy founded in 2007 – Hilary Lancaster has led the recent conversion of an office block into Urban Lodge Hotel, Amsterdam. Located in the developing district of Sloterdijk, the 120-key property unites aspects of country life with city dwelling, merging the area’s agricultural past with the industrial present.


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Having recently completed the design of Leman Locke – a new hospitality concept from SACO – Matthew Grzywinski takes a fantasy break to a small island in the Adriatic Sea.

Where are you? A small and otherwise uninhabited island in the Adriatic Sea. How did you get there? I was spirited south on a schooner from Venice. Who is there to greet you on arrival? Fred Sirieix – the maître d’ from the Channel 4 TV show First Dates. Who are you sharing your room with? I am travelling solo. Describe the hotel, your room and the view... The tiny island was a 16 th century Venetian maritime fortification, and as such one is hard pressed to determine where the stone redoubt ends and the topography begins. Both architecture and landscape are comprised largely of limestone and the perimeter is covered in a lush evergreen forest. Natural and man-made stone pools filled with the inimitable blue-green of the Adriatic are scattered among and between the Aleppo pines, salt cedar and cypress trees. The interior court of the old castle is a wild garden of lavender and thyme. The hotel, former garrison and the island are one and the same. My room, a largely timber and concrete intervention into the stone rampart, has an expansive conifer-framed view towards the

Dalmatian coast, and there’s a limestone stairway directly into the sea. Who designed it? The original fort was designed by Venetian architect Michele Sanmicheli in the 16th century and its transformation into a hotel was by the late, great ‘professor’ Carlo Scarpa.

And what’s on the menu? The kitchen takes advantage of the locally grown organic produce to make some delicious and inventive dishes. An exception is made to the plant dominated fare by including some of the seafood surrounding the island. Plates such as sardines with walnut pesto and fried whitebait in an avocado romesco sit among the otherwise vegan dishes.

What’s the restaurant and bar like? The restaurant sits on a jutting promontory, covered by both a timber pergola and a canopy of Tamarix trees. A large, open hearth is the centerpiece and is divided in two – one side provides light and warmth to the diners while the other fronts an open kitchen. The bar doubles as a bridge to a further collection of seating on a slightly offshore chunk of limestone. Aromatics, herbs, wild asparagus and endive grow in clusters between the tables.

What’s on your nightstand at bedtime? The Chatham Directory of Inshore Craft. Only just relevant and interesting enough to not keep me awake too long.

Who are you dining with this evening? English comedians Richard Ayoade and Noel Fielding; American author Joan Didion; novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald; and actress Charlotte Rampling.

Early morning alarm call or late check out? Late check out.

Who’s manning the stoves? Chandra Gilbert from Gracias Madre – an organic restaurant in Los Angeles – has come over to have her way with the local bounty.

Name: Matthew Grzywinski | Position: Principal, Grzywinski+Pons Architects | Notable hotel projects: The Nolitan, New York; Boro, New York; Leman Locke, London


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Bath or power shower? A bracing dip in the sea. Swimming pool, spa or gym? A gym to put a dent in last night’s dinner.

Six Senses NEW YORK

Six Senses Hotels Resorts and Spas has announced its longanticipated US debut with the 2019 opening of Six Senses New York, a luxury property being developed by HFZ Capital Group. Located between Manhattan’s High Line and the Hudson River, the brand’s American flagship takes over an entire block and forms part of The Eleventh, an $870 million mixed-use development currently under construction. Comprising two soaring towers designed by BIG (Bjarke Ingles Group), the development draws inspiration from New York City’s classic Modernist structures and cultural institutions, while playfully skewing traditional skyscraper forms with their rotating appearance.

The stone and metal façades will add a dynamic twist to the vibrant West Chelsea neighbourhood, which has become known for its groundbreaking contemporary architecture. At 300 and 400ft, the towers are set to be the tallest in the district, allowing for expansive views of the Downtown and Midtown skylines. The hotel will be located in the east tower directly adjacent to the High Line, with 137 keys across ten floors. Guestrooms will begin at a generous 400ft2 to enable Six Senses to deliver the high level of personal service and lifestyle quality for which the brand is synonymous. The property will include two restaurants, a spa and meeting spaces, and plans are also under way to create a private members club.

Palm 360 DUBAI

Nakheel Properties has announced Palm 360, a twin-tower hotel and residential project on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah, also featuring 12,000ft2 branded penthouses.

occupy an entire floor, or two floors in the case of duplexes, and boasts a private infinity pool, gym and home theatre. Palm 360 will offer uninterrupted views of the island, the Arabian Gulf and the Dubai skyline and the property will feature a rooftop infinity pool and speciality restaurant complex connecting the two buildings at the 30th floor. Nakheel Chairman Ali Rashid Lootah comments: “Palm 360 will take luxury living and hospitality to a whole new level. Another iconic development for Palm Jumeirah and a new landmark for Dubai, this unique creation brings together the very best in location, views and amenities at what will undoubtedly be one of the most sought-after addresses in the world. We are proud to unveil yet another shining example of how Nakheel uses creativity and innovation to deliver a unique collection of projects that are recognised the world over.”

Located on Palm Jumeirah’s western crescent, Palm 360 is set amid 500,000ft2 of landscaped gardens and will include two boutique hotels with 110-guestrooms between them. Occupying the first nine floors of each tower, the hotels will feature all-day restaurants, a luxury spa, health and fitness centre and a lobby-level indoor garden with floor-to-ceiling glass doors opening onto a terrace. The development is set to open in 2020 and discussions with potential operators are under way. The residential component includes 252 high-end serviced apartments and 12 four-bedroom penthouses. Each penthouse will


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The Royal Lancaster LONDON

London-based design practice Studio Proof has unveiled its £75 million redesign of The Lancaster London, which will culminate in the reinstatement of ‘Royal’ in the hotel’s name.

complete remodelling inside and helping to achieve a 60% increase in public areas on this level. Inside, re-planning is set to create a series of individual spaces, each with custom-designed furniture and fittings. Taking their cue from the building itself – which celebrates its 50th anniversary next year – the designers will draw inspiration from mid-20th century design. They will then translate this influence into the spirit of a contemporary property, complementing the hotel’s vision of creating the future with treasures of the past. Several floors are already nearing completion and combine stylish modernity and high-quality finishes with sleek intergrated technology and luxurious amenities. The redesign optimises the hotel’s premium views over the park and city, and makes use of tactile fabrics, bronze and glass elements, and bespoke light fittings.

Currently on-site, the refurbishment of the 18-storey property will include a striking new entrance façade and reception lobby, plus the addition of ground level dining areas and lounges, a separate reception for the hotel’s Nine King’s banqueting suite, and the redesign of all 416 guestrooms and suites. Outside, vehicular access will be remodelled and new landscaping by Scape Design Associates will champion the redefined external aesthetics of the building. The existing rotunda canopy is to be replaced by a curved glass and bronze canopy wing running the full length of the frontage, moving the building line forward, enabling a




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The Assemblage NEW YORK

Meyer Davis has unveiled design details of The Assemblage, the first in a series of properties billed as the world’s first crowd-funded hospitality development.

surrounded by floor-to-ceiling bookcases, a grand staircase rising past a copper-clad elevator hall, an intimate mezzanine boasting further meeting areas, a café bar and outdoor terrace. Design details include irregular concrete orbs, white washed wood columns, fluted glass screens and accented blackened nickel in the lobby, alongside materials such as glass, marble, leather and stone. With a nod to a classic country club and the energy of mid-town, the rooftop space will pair with the work-hard-play-hard attitude of The Assemblage and cultivate a community atmosphere. The development is the result of an investment operation by Rodrigo Niño’s Prodigy Network, a real estate crowdfunding platform that has financed a series of hospitality projects across the city. The group is currently offering the opportunity to invest in The Assemblage Park Avenue South.

The 12-storey Assemblage will be located at 25th Street in the heart of NoMad, comprising 25,000ft2 of collaborative workspace and 36 short-term one-bedroom apartments. Set to open by the end of 2016, the debut property will incorporate an art gallery, bar, and social spaces alongside flexible areas designed to host meetings and lectures. Meyer Davis will refurbish all public spaces within the existing building, in addition to designing all the co-working floors, amenities, bars and the rooftop lounge. The Assemblage will feature a thoughtfully arranged lobby featuring a diverse collection of furnishings, library-style workspaces


Meliá Ho Tram VIETNAM

Meliá Hotels International has announced the signing of Meliá Ho Tram, a five-star beach resort on Vietnam’s emerging south-east coast.

as the Grand Casino and the Bluffs Golf Course, which hosted the 2015 Asian PGA Championships. Bernardo Cabot Estarellas, Senior Vice President Asia Pacific of Meliá Hotels International, comments: “The expansion of our Vietnam portfolio in one of the most dynamic regions in the world is a strong indication our growth strategy is paying off. Our company has an impeccable track record and has been an established leader in the resort segment for decades; coupled with our extensive hotel management expertise, we’ve always been the top pick for demanding hotel owners. Today we join with Tanzanite International and are excited to offer travellers to the Asia Pacific region an unparalleled luxury resort and beachfront living experience.” Melia Hotels International operates 11 hotels in the Asia Pacific region and has a further 23 in the pipeline.

Managed under the Melia brand and owned by Tanzanite International, the resort is located within the Hamptons Ho Tram complex and will feature 156 guestrooms and 98 villas. Slated for a 2018 opening, it marks the group’s fourth property under operation in Vietnam and reaffirms Meliá Hotels International’s commitment to Asia Pacific. The new addition follows the recent openings of Meliá Hanoi and Meliá Danang, as well as the soon-tobe-launched Sol Beach House Phu Quoc. The resort will offer a wide selection of beachfront restaurants and other recreational and leisure activities, and is located approximately 95 kilometres south-east of Ho Chi Minh City, along the same beach


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One & Only Portonovi MONTENEGRO

The foundations have been laid for Europe’s first One & Only resort, located in Boka Bay, Montenegro.

concept will showcase the area’s natural beauty and combine luxury, atmosphere and privacy across 120 guestrooms, suites and villas. The resort will incorporate dining and retail facilities, as well as a wellness and vitality centre operated in partnership with Espace Chenot Health Wellness Spa. Portonovi will also feature a selection of residences, from spacious townhouses to penthouse apartments overlooking a state-of-the-art, 220 berth superyacht marina. Philippe Zuber, President and Chief Operating Officer, One & Only Resorts, comments: “We are looking forward to opening our very first resort in Europe, and we know that Portonovi represents a driver for change, with significant investment in the region. We are confident Portonovi, Montenegro will become the elite new destination in Europe for sophisticated travellers.”

In a ceremony attended by the Prime Minister of Montenegro and senior executives from One & Only Resorts and Portonovi parent company Azmont Investments, construction commenced on Europe’s first One & Only hotel. The luxury resort will be an integral part of Portonovi – a new 60-acre luxury lifestyle development on the Bay of Boka Kotorsk. The first phase of the development is due to be completed in 2017 with One & Only Portonovi planned for opening in 2018. Jean-Michel Gathy and the team from Denniston International Architects are responsible for the architecture and interiors, as well as the design of the exterior spaces surrounding the resort. Their


Hotel Russell LONDON

EPR Architects has been appointed as lead designer, working with Tara Bernerd & Partners and Russell Sage Studio, on the extensive renovation of the iconic Hotel Russell.

and suites, plus a new reception area, lobby lounge with doubleheight gallery, fitness facilities and conference and meeting space. Elsewhere the the renovation will see the reintroduction of the Palm Court, as well as a new all-day restaurant, bar and cafĂŠ. Listed and detailed planning consent for the scheme has been granted and work will begin in Q2 2017, with a planned completion before the end of the year. Hotel Russell will join the 40 UK landmark buildings that make up The Principal Hotel Company, founded by Barry Sternlicht and officially launched at Principal Manchester in November 2016. It follows the acquisition of Principal Hayley by Starwood Capital Group in 2013, and the subsequent purchase of De Vere Venues, Four Pillars, The Townhouse Collection and some additional individual strategic assets.

Situated on Russell Square in London, the historic Grade II*-listed building was originally designed by renowned architect Charles Fitzroy Doll, and was one of the first purpose-built hotels in London with en-suite bathrooms. The 370-key building is distinctively clad in decorative thĂŠ-au-lait terracotta, and is a rare example of lateVictorian, renaissance-style architecture. The new-look Hotel Russell is set to combine the rich heritage of the original property with modern touches, through a contemporary design scheme that incorporates the history of the building. The refurbishment will involve the complete renovation of guestrooms


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Al Marjan Island RAS AL KHAIMAH

Mohammad Oman Bin Haider Holding Group has announced an upscale mega project on Al Marjan Island, valued at AED 1 billion.

Ras Al Khaimah, which has emerged as a high-potential market for property and hospitality in the UAE and across the Middle East.” The initial announcement was made on the first day of Cityscape Global 2016, held at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition centre. Hakam Khalil, CEO of Mohammad Oman Bin Haider Holding Group, adds: “Our decision to develop this iconic project directly reflects our confidence in the potential of AMI as a premier investment and tourism destination in the UAE and the Middle East, based on its picturesque location in a stunning natural setting and world-class infrastructure, two key factors critical to the success of any project. We will work on executing this huge project over the coming months as part of our strategic plan to treble the number of our hotel rooms and residential units by 2020.”

Spread across 1.4 million ft2, the development will feature a five-star luxury hotel alongside residential apartments, a cluster of commercial buildings, and a sprawling retail component. Architect and Managing Director of Al Marjan Island, Abdullah Al Abdooli, comments: “We are delighted to seal this deal with Bin Haider Group to launch one of the biggest projects on AMI this year. The project signifies another shot in the arm to the property and hospitality sectors in Ras Al Khaimah and the UAE, through the addition of more hotel rooms, residential apartments and retail shops, further diversifying the offerings at AMI. It also reflects the diverse investment opportunities offered by AMI and the emirate of





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The Principal Hotel Company – Barry Sternlicht’s new brand aimed at breathing life into the UK’s landmark buildings – makes its official debut in Manchester. Words: Kristofer Thomas | Photography: © Tim Winter


ituated in what was once the headquarters of The Refuge Assurance Company, and more recently The Palace Hotel, Principal Manchester reinvigorates Alfred Waterhouse’s 19th century building with a design that at once channels the detailed history and urban spirit of Manchester. Chosen as the global launch pad for The Principal Hotel Company, Principal Manchester marks the creation of a new hotel group comprising more than 40 landmark buildings across the length and breadth of the UK, offering a considered blend of old and new. “The stories of these hotels, their amazing history and architecture, are the opposite of the mass-produced chain hotel – they give us a canvas on which to create a genuine sense of place,” explains Barry Sternlicht, CEO of Starwood Capital Group on the official launch of the brand. The creation of The Principal Hotel Company follows the acquisition of Principal Hayley by Starwood Capital in 2013, and The Principal Manchester aims to encapsulate the brand’s core values in a manner that both honours the heritage of its Grade II*listed building, and looks to the future. “The Principal Manchester is one of our most strategically important hotels” explains David Taylor, COO of The Principal Hotel Company. “It is one of the biggest repositions in our portfolio.”

Above: The Refuge dining room features brass pendant lighting, leather Chesterfield sofas and upholstered wing chairs

floor remain visually connected yet smartly dissected, acting to create different experiences from room-to-room. With its separate street entrance, the hotel’s F&B is known as The Refuge, a collaboration between Principal and south Manchester’s popular Volta restaurant, headed up by Luke Cowdrey and Justin Crawford. F&B consultant Gorgeous Group was instrumental in bringing Volta to the table, and worked closely with Principal to execute the concept. “We wanted to find a partner who understood Manchester,” explains Taylor. “We realised that it wouldn’t work if we just took a manufactured restaurant that had been created in a boardroom in London and then translated it.” It is here that London-based design firm Michaelis Boyd, working in collaboration with Principal’s Director of Design Sara Cosgrove, has installed an eclectic combination of furnishings, including leather Chesterfield sofas, upholstered wing chairs, and curved banquettes which contrast with the unconventional silhouettes of the minimalist bar stools. Large brass pendants hanging from the coved ceiling and a bar fronted in water-jet cut copper screens complete the look. At the heart of the public spaces sits the winter garden, a lightfilled greenhouse brought to life by leafy trees dressed in fairy lights. Floral print cushions and plush sofas provide a colourful modern touch, complementing the original green tiling, glazed faience and industrial ducts above.

Clad in red brick, Waterhouse’s signature Gothic Revival façade remains largely untouched, pairing with the aesthetic of the adjacent Palace Theatre, and reminiscent of the cultural and commercial powerhouse that was industrial revolution-era Manchester. “It’s a building that feels like it should have been designed for a hotel. We’ve really managed to bring back all its former glory and create some phenomenal spaces,” continues Taylor. The 270-key property features several elements of its rich past, not least the ornate ceiling of the double-height lobby, where a wide glass dome bathes the area in natural light. At the centre of the space sits a bronze sculpture depicting a horse in motion, created by renowned sculptor Sophie Dickens. Complete with an array of suitcases, the piece harks back to the history of the space as a turning circle for horse and carriage arrivals. 3DReid was tasked with the architectural restoration of the project, and has worked to integrate the vision of Principal with the building’s original features. The pillars that punctuate the vast 10,000ft2 public spaces are all part of Waterhouse’s original design, and still provide the hotel’s structure. However these spaces are where most of the cosmetic changes have been made in the £6 million makeover. What was previously a sprawling open-plan space is now separated into four: the dining room, bar, winter garden, and den. Divided by metal framed crittal screens, the four areas of the ground



Above: The theme of travel has influenced the design in subtle nods, most prominent in the oversized trunks repurposed as mini-bars

Principal Manchester’s ‘local-at-heart’ mantra is further demonstrated through locally-sourced art adorning the walls, and the area sees the renovations staying true to Manchester’s aesthetic textures and tones, as well as its social and historical elements. This idea continues in the grand ballroom, which retains its original orchestral pit and wooden stage, while a 193-step marble staircase still forms the spine of the building, taking guests up to the labyrinthine corridors. “The one thing Principal Manchester doesn’t lack is space,” Taylor explains, and it is this abundance of space that has allowed the designers to experiment with several wayfinding and transitional concepts. Swarms of Manchester bees guide guests through the halls in painted arrows, while different colour schemes clearly define each of the three connected buildings. Upstairs, guestrooms occupy the former offices of the Refuge Assurance Company. Originally converted to bedrooms in 1996, Taylor notes that the renovation process wasn’t just a lick of paint:

“We were working with spaces that hadn’t been touched in years, so there were structural changes as well as decorative changes.” Guestrooms feature warm oak panelling and high ceilings, with artwork and black-and-white photography proudly depicting scenes of Manchester from the time of its industrialisation period up to the present day. A colour scheme of steel blues, rich browns and polished gold cultivates a welcoming atmosphere, and is given a touch of modernism through the abstract spherical light fixtures. Further, the theme of travel has influenced the design in subtle nods towards luggage in the furniture choices, most prominent in the oversized trunks that are repurposed as mini-bars. By channelling the locale through design, the hotel is able to integrate its surroundings and the spirit of the city. With the installation of the new Principal signage in place of the iconic red ‘Palace’ sign that topped the building’s tower, Principal may have attracted local controversy, but with its history still intact, the change is justified, and acts to usher the building into a new era.

EXPRESS CHECKOUT: 272 guestrooms | 1 restaurant | 2 bars | Ballroom; 19 conference rooms | Owner: Starwood Capital Group | Operator: The Principal Hotel Company | Architecture: Alfred Waterhouse (original); 3DReid Interior Design: Michaelis Boyd | F&B Consultant: Gorgeous Group



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OD Talamanca IBIZA

Public and private spaces blend seamlessly at Ibiza’s hottest new opening, which also boasts impressive sustainability credentials. Words: Elly Earls | Photography: Š Raquel Martinez


outique brand Ocean Drive’s newest property, which overlooks Ibiza’s Talamanca Bay with UNESCO World Heritage site Dalt Vila perfectly placed in the background, blends contemporary design with a warm, inviting ambience. And while Ibiza’s hottest 2016 opening certainly stands out from its surroundings thanks to a dramatic, angular façade, it’s unmistakeably of the island too. One of the hotel team’s main priorities when conceptualising the latest, largest and most luxurious addition to the OD Collection was making sure they struck the right balance between places to meet and places to retreat, something that had also been of utmost importance for the brand’s previous hotels. Currently, the OD Group operates Ocean Drive in Ibiza Town, Port Portals in Mallorca and Agroturismo Can Jaume in idyllic Ibizan village Puig d´en Valls. “The spaces always have plenty of natural light, with minimal walls, which makes them flexible and able to be used for a variety of occasions; from art exhibitions to private parties,” explains Thomas Reichenbach, OD Group’s project manager. “The balance of private, public and transitory space is carefully considered throughout the hotels, ensuring there are spaces to socialise as well as to retreat.” At OD Talamanca, this is particularly evident in the cool, light lobby, which at once seems ultra-spacious thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows looking out to the terrace, and comfy and cosy with its several separate lounge areas. The lobby blends seamlessly into

the hotel’s restaurant, which offers an impressive breakfast buffet complete with cava, as well as an a la carte Mediterranean-Asian fusion menu. Naturally, there is the option for al fresco dining with the space opening out to a covered poolside terrace. Once outside, guests have the choice between two inviting pools on different levels surrounded by dark brown woven sun loungers and a bar shack serving cocktails, snacks and a mini a la carte menu. While the stone slabs of the upper pool turn the water dark midnight blue, the lower level, white-tiled one sports a more familiar turquoise look. All of this is complemented by light wood decks, Mediterranean-style low stone walls, a handful of chill-out areas with light-coloured sofas and chairs, and plenty of greenery. When it’s time to retreat, the hotel’s 117 guestrooms, all of which have at least partial sea views of Talamanca and Ibiza Town, are no less inviting. Eschewing the all-white look so many properties favour at present, OD Talamanca’s rooms make use of a colour palette of muted teal, rust, mushroom and grey and feature furniture such as a cedar desk, bamboo panels, statement headboards, low-hanging lighting and bespoke Eames and Arne Jacobsen chairs. “The bedrooms are an absolute favourite with guests because of their sleek yet warm design and amazing views,” Reichenbach says. Most sought after among the 117 are the duplex apartment suites, which are split across two floors and boast two bedrooms and a


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Above: OD Talamanca’s guestrooms make use of a colour palette of muted teal, rust, mushroom and grey, and feature furniture such as a cedar desk, bamboo panels, statement headboards, low-hanging lighting and bespoke Eames and Arne Jacobsen chairs

As Reichenbach explains: “The final design came from a combination of lots of ideas taken from previous experiences, unique and modern hotels around the world, and working collaboratively as a family in a place they know well. The owner of OD Hotels starts with a creative vision of a property he would love to create, then his father, architect Victor Rahola, translates that into an achievable design. The interior concept is created by his mother, interior designer Mayte Matutes, who merges her son’s vision with her own ideas, having worked across all hotels.” More urban than many of its island counterparts, yet still very much influenced by Mediterranean ideas, OD Talamanca is ideal for Ibiza-goers looking for a smart yet relaxed trip to the White Isle. And with its spot-on location, steps from the beach and less than a half-hour walk from buzzing Ibiza Town, guests are at their leisure to retreat from the madness or jump right in. When the 2017 season comes around, and with it a new rooftop bar complete with pool, view and still more relaxation areas, it wouldn’t come as a big surprise if retreat tipped the balance for many.

120m2 rooftop terrace with a private pool. Guests in these suites also have access to their own Smart Cabrio car to explore the island. Sustainability is another cornerstone of the OD brand’s philosophy. “Each hotel within the collection is created to be sensitive to its environment and OD Talamanca has fully embraced this approach through the materials that have been used within the hotel and the local building techniques that were employed,” Reichenbach notes. Indeed, the property features a state-of-the-art geothermal heating system that reduces the CO2 footprint considerably, while Canadian cedar and bamboo from sustainably managed forests are used throughout. Touches like the plentiful outdoor greenery and green walls in the public restrooms serve to highlight the importance of environmentally-friendly practices to OD Group. What many guests may not realise while relaxing in OD Talamanca’s poolside chill-out area or taking in the spectacular view from the sprawling duplex, is just how much of a family affair the creation of the hotel has been; owner and CEO Marc Rahola trusted no-one but his own parents to bring his vision to fruition.

EXPRESS CHECKOUT: 117 guestrooms | 1 restaurant | 2 bars | 3 meeting rooms | 2 swimming pools | Owner: Marc Rahola | Investor: Ocean Capital Group | Developer: OD Group | Operator: OD Hotels | Architecture: Victor Rahola Interior Design: Mayte Matutes


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Le Roch Hotel & Spa PARIS

Compagnie Hôtelière de Bagatelle opens its sixth hotel in Paris – a homely, 37-key boutique with interiors by Sarah Lavoine. Words: Guy Dittrich | Photography: Courtesy of Design Hotels


n the heart of Paris, with the Jardins des Tuileries and the Seine at your back, is a secluded side street off Rue Saint Honoré where you know you are in for something of a treat when greeted by doormen in frock coats and top hats of grande dame pretention. Welcome to Le Roch Hotel & Spa, a petite property of a mere 37 rooms packed with deeply thought through surprises of both a homely and architectural nature. The hotel snuggles into a triangle between Rue Saint-Roch and Rue d’Argenteuil, just south of Opéra. Owned and operated by Compagnie Hôtelière de Bagatelle (CHB), Le Roch is the latest

addition to a Paris-based portfolio and the group’s first property that has gained Design Hotels member status. CHB transform formerly traditional family-run establishments into four- and five-star hotels and has used the design talents of the likes of Chantal Thomass and Gilles & Boissier at its Vice Versa and Chess Hotels respectively. At Le Roch, it is the chance of Sarah Lavoine who brings her residential design qualities to bear in her first hotel. The result is one of homely elegance – a lounge with relaxingly deep seating, engaging shelves of books and objet d’art, and a mix of organic and geometric patterning. Of supreme comfort realised in a style that reflects the


Above & Opposite: Bleu Sarah, a deep blue-green hue by Lavoine for Ressource, is one of the bold colourways used in guestrooms and public spaces

careful marriage of bespoke and flea market finds alongside the beautiful Beetle chairs by GamFratesi for Gubi and other furniture by Cassina. And of a luxury made from fine materials and quality workmanship – de rigueur for a hotel aiming to compete at the topend of the Parisian hotel market. There is also a fine understanding of the use of space. Lavoine worked with architect Vincent Bastie, a master of the transformation of Hausmann residences into hotels, as witnessed by his awardwinning work at Les Bains. Bastie brings 25 years of savoire-faire to the table, or rather to the triangular plot. The ground-floor courtyard area between the two buildings is now the lobby, lounge, bar and restaurant. One portion of the dining area has a glazed roof that floods light into the space, and more daylight comes from the circular fitting in the secluded terrace above the restaurant’s podium. Together, Lavoine and Bastie have cleverly arranged the notoriously small guestrooms of Paris to maximum advantage. Built-in cupboards line linking passages while sliding doors open to bathrooms, which somehow still manage to have double basins. An approach that is residential in its measured use of every square metre of space, only achieved with the attention to detail someone might apply to their own home. Throw in a few architectural details such as lighting

hidden in ceiling cornicing and shadow gaps here and there, and you have all the attributes of considered design. The spa and adjacent gym are equally well planned. There cannot be many pools in Parisian hotels with natural daylight, but here, languidly gliding back and forth in the pool lined with black stone, the shadows of pedestrians striated by wooden blinds criss-cross the water. At one end of the pool is a sunken bench with water massage nozzles, and at the other, a waterfall segregates a hammam area. But this is of little concern for guests in the four Indulgence suites, which incorporate hammams into the glazed areas of the bathrooms. Their domed ceiling and walls are clad in Moroccan zellige tiles referencing Lavoine’s time growing-up there. The hammam’s touchscreen control pads allow guests to programme their own steambath with perfect timing and no guilt trip of wasted energy. In-room lighting controls are similarly intuitive, as is the Bluetooth connection for the Stockwell speaker by Marshall Amps. Operating with seamless ease, the purple velvet inner-lining of the speaker’s leather cover is reminiscent of a guitar case and offers a jewel of colour amidst Lavoine’s wide palette. “I am a colourist,” states Lavoine, justified by the 36 paint colours she has in production with French manufacturer Ressource. These



Above: Lavoine brings her residential experience to Le Roch, creating a lounge with relaxingly deep seating and engaging shelves of books and objet d’art

include her own Bleu Sarah, a deep blue-green used as one of the bold colourways in guestrooms. Together with the powder pink, saffron yellow and bright pistachio they bring a real sense of joy. “I thought that the colours in the rooms would be more scary. The owners liked it and it has actually worked out well,” she continues. That CHB chose Lavoine, with the associated risk of her relative inexperience in the hotel sector, was influenced in part by the fact that she not only lives in the neighbourhood but also has her atelier and retail store just along the street. And Lavoine certainly enjoyed working with CHB. Nevertheless, she had to respect the budget. This meant, for example, no marble on bathroom walls, but rather plain ceramic tiles. “Overall there was a good balance of the use of budget between guestrooms and public spaces,” she explains. Lavoine has created essentially feminine guestrooms with soft velvet curtains and floor rugs she designed for Chevalier Éditons on the solid walnut parquet. Casework is bespoke, a necessity given the different room configurations of the two historic buildings. Her two-tone upholstered headboards come in a variety of arrangements. Several Lavoine-designed pieces are also available for purchase

from her store – the perforated tubular brass floor lamp Pietra and the circular Bulle mirrors, framed with oiled walnut. Lavoine has cooperated with other creatives on the street too, including Muriel Moreau from the gallery Antonine Catzeflis, located a few doors down from the hotel. Other artwork includes a composition of enlarged ceramic pods made by Maison Jars that are modelled on grains of rice that are simply hooked on small nails in the wall. A beautifully ingenious creation. The ground floor public spaces are small enough to have obvious functions making arrival straightforward. The dark wood coffered ceiling creates a certain ambiance, which together with midnight blue banquette upholstery draws the eye through to the light of the courtyard. At the intimate bar one can appreciate the inspired ‘nowyou-see-me-now-you-don’t’ effect of the standalone, slatted vertical mirrored screen between the lounge and the lift doors. Lavoine delivers with her first hotel a property of quality and composure. There is no distinct design narrative and the hotel is better off for that. Her comfortable and stylish design creating memorable experiences for guests.

EXPRESS CHECKOUT: 37 guestrooms | 1 restaurant | 1 bar | Spa; swimming pool; gym | / Owner / Operator: Compagnie Hôtelière de Bagatelle | Architecture: Vincent Bastie | Interior Design: Sarah Lavoine








Patricia Urquiola brings contemporary architecture and understated elegance to the shores of Italy’s Lake Como, creating a luxurious all-suite hotel for owners the Contreras family. Words: Guy Dittrich | Photography: © Patricia Parinejad


he arrival at Il Sereno Lago di Como is “light and easy” according to Patricia Urquiola. As light as the sun glimmering across the dark green ripples of the Lario lake, to use its Italian name, and as easy as the 50-minute drive from Milan. Urquiola is the architect and interior designer of this new all-suite hotel in a destination that is on the bucket list for so many travellers. Almost as soon as you leave the outskirts of the northern Italian design powerhouse, the pre-Alpine mountains of northern Lombardy rise from the plain. The journey takes you through the town of Como, passing directly between the Duomo and Casa del Fascio by Italian rationalist architect Giuseppe Terragni. This modernist cube, with its geometric glass and concrete façade, was completed in 1936 as the local HQ of Mussolini’s National Fascist Party and was a key influence for Urquiola’s architecture at Il Sereno. Located on the shores of Lake Como on the site of a former villa, the newbuild resort is characterised by a clean block of layered loggias broken up by sliding wood louvres. Il Sereno is a breath of contemporary architectural fresh air in a tourist honeypot typified by grand villa-style properties. Approaching down a narrow, high-walled lane, the hotel – clad in locally sourced Ceppo di Grey, a terrazzo-looking stone – is almost

invisible against the background of trees. Crunching to a halt on the gravel entrance, guests pass through a portal that opens first to a beautiful garden. An elevated path then gives wonderful panoramic views of the lake but also the hotel and its green-marble pool and terraces below. The site is vertiginous; the lake is amongst the deepest in Europe at over 200 metres and the shoreline reflects this. The neighbouring villas behind the hotel, one is that of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, are so far up the steep slope that the hotel feels entirely secluded. Using the skills of Patrick Blanc, Parisian master of the vertical garden, this difficulty is turned on its head. There are planted slopes behind the hotel, a truly vertical garden on the front façade best viewed from the water, and a root-like structure within a glazed atrium next to the reception. Il Sereno is owned by the Venezuelan Contreras family and is the sequel to Le Sereno on Saint Barthélemy in the Caribbean, designed by Christian Liaigre. In Como, Urquiola has been given the privilege of creating the entire hotel, going so far as to design the scarves worn by female staff, woven from the silk for which Como is famous. This is just one element of her desire to integrate the identity of the locale in a contemporary way.




Left: Urquiola has taken the opportunity to design some bespoke pieces for the hotel, including the Lariana bathtub for Agape, which has a lightness from being on a slightly raised podium Previous Page: Guestrooms and public spaces make use of local materials such as Ceppo di Grey, bookmatched slabs of Pietra di Fosena, heavily veined travertine and Canaletto Walnut

Key has been the use of local materials, including stone and wood. Additional to the Ceppo di Grey are book-matched slabs of Pietra di Fosena and heavily veined travertine used for beautifully crafted washbasins. Locally sourced Canaletto Walnut is also used extensively; in guestrooms as rough-cut wall panelling and, at the heart of the hotel, in the broad cantilevered treads of a spectacular staircase surrounded by walls of jumbled vertical metal rods and glass. Custom-made by Fontanot, the staircase climbs from the middle entrance level, where sliding glazed doors open out to a terrace over the water. In this very open space is a small bar and a variety of lounging areas with bookcases and dozens of seating options designed by Urquiola. The staircase leads down to the restaurant, which extends out on to a covered terrace with stone arches framing the views. The space is cleverly divided into smaller, more intimate areas that create an atmosphere should the restaurant be less busy. Other architectural elements reinforce this sense of integration. Take the nautical influence of the lake; black wire mesh used for balustrades is a reminder of that seen on boats whilst the silicon jointing of the wooden


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Above: The interiors integrate with their locality via the extensive views to the lake and mountains, as seen from the guestroom terraces

terraces mimics the same treatment as on the decks of the hotel’s three Riva boats. Together these allow Urquiola to “make the connection between the outside and the inside, between pubic and private.” Urquiola has taken the opportunity, as she did at the Mandarin Oriental Barcelona, to design some bespoke pieces for the hotel. There’s the satin-finished anthracite Conca door handles for Olivari; the Axor Urquiola bathroom range designed for Hansgrohe; and the beautiful Lariana bathtub for Agape, which has a lightness from being on a slightly raised podium. Urquiola is proud of the many other products in the hotel that she has designed for Italian manufacturers such as B&B Italia, Moroso, Kettal, Cassina and Molteni. The interiors integrate most with their locality via the extensive views to the lake and mountains, as seen from the guestroom terraces with their movable wooden louvres. The colours of the surrounding nature are mimicked in the interiors through the choice of local materials with only limited elements of blue and green used “because there is plenty of both outside,” states Urquiola. Flashes of amber, ochre and deep crimson contrast with neutral beiges and greys. Above the bed head is a cushioned fabric panel cleverly patterned with

square pixels that create an obscured picture of clouds and trees – the only artwork in the hotel – which seems perfectly reasonable given that so many walls are glass and the rest are covered with such beautiful materials. There is some interesting use of pattern however. The configuration of the rods surrounding the staircase is also cast in the tall concrete wall at the entrance and used to decorate the menu cover. A rhomboid pattern is duplicated at different scales in guestroom flooring, the smoked mirror of cupboard fronts and a rug in the open reception area. On the restaurant level, a stone wall has been engraved in a super-sized version of a local hair decoration, La Sperada Lombardy. Part of the region’s folk costume, the crown is made from a series of long needle-like hairpins arranged in a fan-shaped halo at the back of the head. A circular pattern of sperada has also been neatly worked into the terrazzo flooring. This relative decorative sparseness reflects Urquiola’s view on the project: “I did not try to make a ‘wow’ effect but guests should feel something, an emotional connection with everything in its place and nothing more than necessary.”

EXPRESS CHECKOUT: 30 suites | 1 restaurant | 2 bars | Fitness centre; swimming pool; spa (under construction) | Owner: Contreras family | Architecture & Interior Design: Studio Urquiola | Landscaping: Patrick Blanc



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The Pig at Combe DEVON

The latest in Homegrown Hotels’ litter of country house properties is a honey-hued Elizabethan gem set deep in the lush Devonshire countryside. Words: Matt Turner | Photography: Courtesy of The Pig Hotels


pproaching this latest Pig Hotel on the steep descent into a secluded spot in the Otter Valley, it’s clear that founder Robin Hutson has unearthed another Périgord truffle of a property. This ivy-clad, honey-toned Elizabethan gem is set in an idyllic location in the heart of 3,500 acres of Devonshire countryside, surrounded by dense woodland and rolling hills populated with cantering arabian horses. Homegrown Hotels acquired the site, formerly Combe House Hotel, on a long lease from the owners of the estate in June 2015. Since launching their first Pig Hotel in the New Forest in 2011, Homegrown has been inundated with offers of other properties ripe for conversion. But they have been selective, preferring to focus on one project at a time, cherrypicking sites such as Huntstrete House (now The Pig-near-Bath), and this, described by Hutson as “possibly the finest hotel building in this neck of the woods.” As with previous Pigs, the design has been handled by Hutson and his wife Judy. Aficianados of the brand will find many of the hallmarks that have made the other four hotels in the portfolio

Left: The library features Hector Finch lighting, comfy sofas, bare wooden floor boards and oriental rugs for a shabby chic feel Bottom Left: The attic floor has been converted to create extra accommodation in the spacious ‘Rafter’ guestrooms. Designers Guild fabrics and velvets are in evidence throughout, with all guestrooms featuring curtains in ‘Floreale’ fabrics









Above: The original Georgian kitchen has been transformed to a private dining space complete with range cooker and French dresser

so successful: mismatched and vintage furnishings, rough-and-ready rustic finishes, and an extensive kitchen garden which drives the menu in the main restaurant – although planning restrictions here prevented the addition of a greenhouse-style structure like those which house the dining areas in other Pig Hotels. Instead, they have semi-restored a magnificent garden folly to create a derelict yet chic additional bar and dining area with wood-fired oven, oversized tables and outdoor benches. In the main house, the existing structure has been largely retained, yet comprehensively repurposed, turning the conventional sequence of hotel public spaces on its head. The historic Great Hall has been converted to the main bar, so that guests no longer enter the lobby on arrival but are plunged straight into the heart of the ‘quaffing and troughing’ action that is The Pig’s raison d’etre. A long bar to one side of the room, replete with antique crystal glassware and homemade infusions, provides the backdrop to squishy oversized sofas, and comfy chairs. An eclectic array of taxidermy and gilt framed portraits adorn the wood-panelled walls, much of it repurposed and relocated from the hotel’s previous incarnation, with a sculpture of a pig taking pride of place above the roaring open fire. Gone are the plush carpets and hushed tones of the former

hotel lobby, replaced with stripped-bare floorboards, fraying rugs, and frilled lampshades. The Hutsons’ real skill in lies in discovering hidden potential. The key to unlocking the new layout was not just the clever move of converting the reception area to a bar, but also the restoration of a previously bricked up double-height window to bring light and views into the heart of the room. Elsewhere, the former dining spaces are now snug and cosy sitting rooms leading off the bar, with the lounge areas now converted to the main restaurant space. The original Georgian kitchen becomes a rustic private dining room complete with deer antlers, range oven and copper pans. In the gardens, two Potting Sheds have been transformed into treatment rooms. Previously unused spaces such as the old laundry, an original Georgian stable block, two thatched longhouses in the grounds and the main house attic floor have been brought to life, creating extra accommodation space. Guestrooms feature brass rolltop baths set in window bays, antique cabinets reconfigured to house minibar larders and KitchenAid espresso machines, Designers Guild fabrics and huge, sumptuous four poster beds. The Horse Yard guestrooms, created from the former stables are


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Above: The Grand Hall entrance has been cleverly repurposed as the bar, with gilt framed portraits, taxidermy and a sculpture of a pig above the open fire

a particularly clever use of space, the original partitions between the stalls creating separate sleeping, living and bathing areas, with the stone flagged floors and horses troughs retained. It looks effortless and organic but behind the scenes each Pig is a labour of love, Hutson and his team spending months “deformalising the space whilst renewing every pipe and wire, stripping off layers of varnish, and scouring the country for quirky and unique artifacts”. It’s this careful layering of details that sets the finished article apart from its increasing number of imitators. For all the attention lavished on the interiors, the outdoor spaces are every bit as important. “There’s a saying in Devon that ‘if you stick your finger in the ground it will grow’,” according to Hutson, “and the kitchen garden is the beating heart of our new addition.” In fact, The Pig at Combe has not one but three walled gardens, for herbs, vegetables and ‘infusions’ respectively. As with the other hotels, what cannot be grown in the hotel’s own grounds is sourced, as much as possible, within a 25-mile radius. Menu stalwarts such as ‘Piggy Bits’, tobacco smoked onions and thrice cooked chips served in a

flowerpot will be familiar items to anyone who has eaten at the other hotels, but most of the menu is shaped by what is available locally: tomatoes from Trill Farm, Lyme Bay crab and Childhay Manor pork. Tableware has been painstakingly sourced and exquisitely considered. There are terracotta-planted herbs on every table, bonehandled vintage cutlery, and home-infused oils. Framed butterfly collections line the stripped-and-sanded wood-panelled walls. At breakfast time, a huge spread of local jams, breads, nuts, and freshly-pressed juices is laid out for guests to help themselves, though naturally there is a pork-heavy Full English option as well for those who wish to pig out. Robin Hutson says the location of this latest in the litter was a prime part of its appeal: “Combe sits well within the footprint of our other four hotels. Demand has been very high for the existing properties and our guests want more Pigs in more locations, but we will only create them if we find exceptional sites like this one.” And he already has, according to a recent interview in which he revealed that two more sites, one in Kent, the other in Sussex are in gestation.

EXPRESS CHECKOUT: 27 guestrooms | 2 restaurants | 2 bars | 2 Potting Shed treatment rooms | Private dining room | Owner / Operator: Homegrown Hotels | Interior Design: Robin & Judy Hutson


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Devonshire Club LONDON

In collaboration with SUSD and March & White, Brian Clivaz opens his new private members’ club with rooms in London’s East End. Words: Catherine Martin | Photography: Courtesy of Devonshire Club


t the height of their popularity, private members’ clubs occupied London’s West End in their hundreds, providing a sanctuary for the upper class gentleman. Such establishments fell out of favour in the 20th century, but recent years have seen the emergence of a new breed of club. Commanding fees in excess of £1,200 per year, the likes of The Groucho Club, Soho House and The Hospital Club have proved there’s renewed appetite for members-only facilities. The latest addition to this growing sector is Devonshire Club, headed up by CEO Brian Clivaz, a well-known figure on London’s

hospitality circuit. Clivaz has been responsible for a number of the city’s establishments; he was the Founding Director of Home House, an exclusive club occupying a terrace of Georgian townhouses in Portman Square, and later became Managing Director of The Arts Club, overseeing its transformation and 2011 relaunch. And in 2013, he joined forces with Laurence Isaacson to acquire L’Escargot, London’s oldest French restaurant with associated members’ club. For his new venture – named after the square on which it sits – Clivaz called on the cream of his former allies to bring the concept to life. F&B Director Simon Whitley was previously a chef at Home


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House; Executive Chef Oliver Lesnik has come from L’Escargot; while interior designers March & White also devised the interior scheme at The Arts Club. Completing the line-up is Peter ‘Harry’ Harris of real estate consultancy SUSD. Harris co-founded the club with Clivaz, providing architectural and project management services, working closely with March & White on interiors. Close to Liverpool Street, the club occupies a listed 19th century Regency warehouse and adjacent office building, sensitively linked on the second floor via a glazed footbridge. Given that there was little more than a non-descript shell to work with, the team has done a sterling job in introducing features that feel as if they have always been part of the fabric of the building. Decorative ceiling coffers, panelled walls and stained glass windows by Harry Cardross make appearances in the public spaces, while timber flooring is by Hakwood. The Netherlands-based manufacturer has supplied the floorcoverings throughout in a variety of treatments, colours and styles, from herringbone to basket weave and chevron, which also serve to distinguish one space from the next. Careful planning of the ground floor has resulted in a logical series of public spaces that flow into one another, each with its own distinct

identity and unique features. “The arrival sequence and movement through the bar and brassiere and on to the garden room is something that we wanted to recapture here,” explains James White, co-founder of March & White, comparing it to the studio’s successful scheme at The Arts Club. From check-in – conducted under a bespoke Murano glass chandelier by Seguso – heavy timber doors lead to the Champagne Bar. Less of an exclusive den reserved only for special occasions, it’s a popular spot for morning coffee, business meetings and, as the light fades, a glass of fizz from the Gusbourne Estate, makers of England’s finest sparkling wines. The difficulty in finding a seat at 2.30pm on a Tuesday afternoon is testament to the bar’s success as an all-day space whose ambiance changes throughout the course of the day. Continuing through the ground floor is the Brasserie, a 110seat restaurant serving up a menu described as ‘St-James’-meetsSaint-Tropez’. Seasonal dishes include British favourites alongside specialities from the Côte d’Azur, as well as an array of shellfish, ceviche, sashimi and caviar from the seafood bar. The garden room – a beautiful sun-drenched conservatory – follows, characterised by growing palms and flora-inspired



Above: The 68 guestrooms feature Hypnos beds and upholstery from Dedar and Designers Guild

upholstery. The space opens onto an exterior terrace to provide a moment of tranquility in the city. The public spaces continue on the first floor, where the Causerie, Library Bar and Cocktail Bar offer different experiences yet again. “Each space needed to have its own personality,” White explains. “The woods get slightly warmer as you move upstairs, and that’s how we wanted it to feel, like a progression as you walk through.” What is common to all spaces is the mid-century modern feel, the starting point for the interior design scheme. This is demonstrated by the 1950s- and 1960s-inspired furniture custom-made by British master craftsmen, and further emphasised by a bespoke kinetic mobile in the Causerie. Where the project really comes to life is through its use of colour and pattern in the soft furnishings. Eschewing the typical gentlemen’s club aesthetic, the all-male design team decided the property needed a feminine touch. “We had the architectural layer with the Villa Necchiinspired panelling and structured ceilings, and then the mid-century modern furniture,” continues White. “But we needed something extra to make the scheme pop.”

A chance meeting with designer Cristina Azario presented such an opportunity. As well as running her own studio, Azario is the creative force behind Nattier, a luxury brand that created and produced couture fabrics in the 1960s. Founded by her parents, the textile house worked with Chanel, Dior and Valentino and is now being reinvented for a new generation. Looking to Nattier’s archives, March & White selected a variety of designs that have been reworked as upholstery, soft furnishings, drapery, rugs, and even laser-cut into stone to add detail to the bar. The designs can also be seen in the 68 guestrooms, for which club members have priority booking. Rooms come in a variety of sizes and design schemes, each finished to a high standard, with premium beds from Hypnos’ Lansdowne collection, sumptuous drapery supplied by Designers Guild and large flatscreens with Apple TV. “For us, the big challenge was to bring the level of bespoke design that you see here to a commercial project,” concludes White, whose previous projects have been predominantly for private residential clients. “At Devonshire Club, almost every finish and surface is bespoke. It involves a lot of time and effort, but is what sets it apart.”

EXPRESS CHECKOUT: 68 guestrooms | 1 restaurant | 3 bars | Private events spaces | Gym; 4 treatment rooms | Developer / Architecture: SUSD | Interior Design: March & White | Main Contractor: ISG | FF&E: Benjamin West




CitizenM opens its largest property to-date, a European flagship that sets a new precedent for the affordable luxury brand. Words: Catherine Martin | Photography: © Richard Powers / courtesy of Concrete


pposite the world famous Tower of London and perched on top of Tower Hill Underground station, CitizenM has opened the eighth property in its expanding portfolio of affordable luxury hotels. As a follow up to CitizenM London Bankside, and making its debut just a few weeks ahead of CitizenM London Shoreditch, the new addition is undoubtedly a step-up from the inaugural hotel that opened at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport back in 2008. With 370 guestrooms and a host of new or expanded concepts, it is the group’s largest property to-date and as such is the European flagship that will set the standard going forward. “We’ve upped the game with our Tower of London property,” confirms Robin Chadha, Chief Marketing Officer at CitizenM. “We have something called CoffeeM, which is a new coffee-on-the-go concept; CollectionM, a retail store that is new for Tower of London; and SocietyM, our meeting rooms combined with CloudM, the rooftop bar that we launched in New York. So we’re evolving as we go.” This evolution has been in collaboration with a number of longterm partners who have continued to work closely with the group for the best part of a decade, focused on creating a model that will

essentially offer a superior, value driven experience for guests – or Mobile Citizens as the brand likes to call them. The group was founded by Rattan Chadha, who initially thoughtup the concept to comfortably-yet-affordably accommodate a bevy of globetrotting creatives designing for his fashion brand Mexx. Having cut ties with the group in 2006, Chadha then focused on bringing his hospitality concept to market, enlisting Michael Levie to head up operations and his son Robin to oversee the brand and marketing strategy. Rob Wagemans, Creative Director of Amsterdam-based studio Concrete, was brought on board to develop the public spaces and modular guestroom design, which he continues to tweak for each generation of properties. Joining the design team for CitizenM Tower of London was Sheppard Robson, tasked with using modern methods of construction to create a piece of contemporary architecture that respects the historic backdrop. Not only does the project sit within a conservation area with several listed buildings nearby, it occupies a prominent plot next to a UNESCO World Heritage site. In addition, Sheppard Robson faced the technical and logistical challenges of being located directly above a London Underground station.




Above: CitizenM has continued its long-standing partnership with Vitra, which supplies the majority of furniture throughout the public spaces

a striking kinetic installation by Studio Drift hanging in the central atrium, as well as specially commissioned pieces by Julian Opie, whose work features in a number of CitizenM hotels. Also continuing its long-standing partnership with the brand is Vitra, which supplies the majority of furniture throughout the public spaces and also offers items for sale at CollectionM. Alongside the retail outlet on the ground floor is CitizenM’s lobby lounge and main F&B, CanteenM. The lounge is designed by Concrete as a living room, complete with cosy sofas and a library of books curated by Mendo, the Amsterdam bookstore stocking the latest titles in fashion, photography, architecture and interior design. The ground floor is also home to the self-service check-in kiosks, which boast a one-minute procedure to assign a keycard. For the technophobes, there’s always human assistance nearby, while a new app being developed to enable check-in and guestroom access from a personal mobile device will appeal to the more tech-savvy. According to Chadha, guests will also be able to control the room from their mobile phone, as well as order room service. “These are really big steps in technology,” he explains. “And that’s how we’re staying ahead of the curve.” Adding to its trailblazing credentials, CitizenM offers

In keeping with its historic neighbours, the building’s façade is clad in Portland stone, animated by vertical concrete fins that have been positioned to provide shading and contribute to its BREEAM Excellent credentials. The floorplate – square with a central atrium – allows for the modular construction for which CitizenM is known, and also means that all guestrooms have natural daylight. The pre-fabricated modules – stacked on top of one another to make up the eight guestroom floors – have been manufactured in Poland by Polcom Modular and delivered onsite complete with windows, furniture and fittings. Other than the bathroom, originally designed as transparent shower and WC cubicles (as seen in the earlier models), little has changed in the 14m2 room. There’s still a king-size bed and a great shower. An easy-to-use tablet controls everything in the room from the television, window blinds and temperature, to the ambient coloured lighting and wake-up alarm themes. And there’s conveniently placed sockets to charge all mobile devices, whatever their plug type. What is new is the introduction of art and accessories, placed on a shelf over the bed, adding something of a homely touch. In fact, art is one of the key differentiators at CitizenM Tower of London. There are a number of pieces in the public spaces, including works by Andy Warhol, Dominic Harris and Peter Lamb, and there’s


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Above: New in the 14m2 modular guestrooms is the introduction of art and accessories, adding something of a homely touch

complimentary WiFi throughout the public spaces, naturally, as well as a full range of free on-demand movies, and Skype-based telephone call rates from the guestrooms. Technology has been key to the brand’s success over the years, not only guest-facing but behind the scenes too. Investment in a tech team headed up by Chief Information Officer Nick Price has resulted in a purpose-built infrastructure that drives efficient operations. “We’ve built our own system for back of house, so from our support office you can see every single room in the chain,” explains Chadha. “From the dashboard you can see if a light bulb is out, if an iPad is out of battery, if the shower pressure has dropped, or if there’s a temperature loss in a room. We can alleviate the problem before the guest even notices. That’s quite unique.” Not ones to stay still for long, the team have also been working to enhance its MICE offer, the results of which are evident at CitizenM Tower of London. Crowning the hotel in a glazed section set back from the façade are SocietyM and CloudM, a series of meeting rooms, board rooms and breakout areas that can be hired for small business meetings to private events for up to 500 guests. The double-height

space, which also serves as the hotel’s rooftop bar, is characterised by towering oak cabinets lined with books and accessories. Specially designed lanterns are suspended over a variety of seating options – from snug armchairs positioned around a fireplace to long communal tables designed for socialising – and a wraparound balcony offers panoramic views of the London skyline. Hot on the heels of Tower of London, Citizen M London Shoreditch opened in September, while over at St. Paul’s, a fourth London property is under construction. When the 246-key hotel opens its doors, CitizenM will have in excess of 1,000 rooms in the capital. On a global scale, New York Bowery, Paris La Defensé, and Paris Gare de Lyon are currently in progress, as are properties in Los Angeles, Seattle and San Francisco. Furthermore, a collaboration with Hong Kong-based Artyzen Hospitality will see expansion into Asia, with confirmed openings in Shanghai and Taipei. Finally, with rumours of a new generation guestroom in the pipeline, CitizenM’s ongoing evolution will no doubt continue to be of great interest to the industry and guests alike.

EXPRESS CHECKOUT: 370 guestrooms | 1 restaurant | 2 bars | 8 meeting rooms | Owner / Operator: CitizenM | Architecture: Sheppard Robson | Interior Design: Concrete | Styling: Brick Studio | Graphic Design: KesselsKramer Main Contractor: Balfour Beatty | Room Modules: Polcom | Shopfitter: Roord Binnenbouw


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Scott Brownrigg completes the design of Nuremberg’s first Park Plaza hotel, looking to the city’s most famous son for inspiration. Words: Guy Dittrich | Photography: © Matthew Shaw


ark Plaza Hotels & Resorts is on a roll. Operated in Europe by PPHE Hotel Group in partnership with Carlson Rezidor, the brand is boosting its room count with a number of new additions. Park Plaza London Waterloo and Park Plaza London Royal Park are set to complete by the end of the year, as is a 184key extension to Park Plaza Riverbank London. On the continent, the latest opening is Park Plaza Nuremberg, centrally located opposite the main railway station and only a few minutes from the market place, home to the famed Christkindlmarkt. The interiors of this stone-clad, 1930s, six-storey building have been

totally refurbished within heritage restrictions by Scott Brownrigg, which has previous form with the group having completed Park Plaza Histria in Pula on the Croatian coast. Led by Group Director Una Barac, Scott Brownrigg has brought to life the story of Nuremberg’s most famous son, Albrecht Dürer. Dürer was truly a man of the Renaissance, his talents extending to painting, printmaking and writing theoretical treatise on topics such as mathematics, perspective and proportion. Featuring strongly in Barac’s interiors are interpretations of a number of his major works. Elements of Celestial Sky, Dürer’s work on mapping the heavens,


Above: In the guestrooms, a colour palette of grey, taupe and beige is accented by deep-orange upholstered chairs

are depicted in paintings along corridors with brush strokes by Ivan Skvrce of Croatian-based ABS Group. The star charts are also used as inspiration for etched glass and a variety of chandeliers. Elsewhere, Dürer’s watercolour entitled Young Hare and woodcut print depicting a rhinoceros are reimagined in three-dimensional works: in statuettes and, in the case of the ‘armour-plated’ rhinoceros, a large-scale, wire sculpture by Synthesis, another Croatian art enterprise. Barac is Croatian and regularly collaborates with her country’s creatives. This technique of open-wire structures is repeated in the angular brass light fittings made by Ozone 3+ to Scott Brownrigg’s design. They make for a beautiful ensemble in a stairwell to the rear of the building, and in the hotel’s BA Beef Club restaurant. The shape of these lamps is derived from the truncated rhombohedron, known as Dürer’s solid in his engraving Melencolia I. The angles of the shape are further exploited in side tables and plant potholders and a general geometric touch, seen in the faceted front of the reception desk to the 3D representation of a cube in the upholstery, wallpaper, floor tiles, glass candleholders, screens and radiator grills. The Celestial Sky references in the etched glass and in carpets are also geometric. So too the ceiling recesses on the ground floor. If the geometric patterning appears dominant, the extensive use of crushed velvet and tones of dusky pink, brass, gold and copper give the hotel a more than comfortable ambience.

The building itself also has a history. There is no direct reference in the interiors to the occupation of the building firstly by the prosecution team at the Nuremberg Trials, nor the US military subsequently stationed there until 1995. However the hotel’s restaurant, BA Beef Club, remembers the Bavarian American Club of that time. As the name suggests the focus is on beef; cuts of porterhouse, rib-eye and wagyu are beautifully prepared by chef Frank Heller in a Josper oven. Above the velvet banquettes of this moody, grey-on-grey, intimate 28seat restaurant, the walls are decorated with close-ups of hands from Dürer’s prints in various poses appropriate for dinner – in prayer or clasped in satisfaction. This is a marked contrast to the vast volume of Travertine, a restaurant named after the original floor of black-and-white stone that has developed a beautiful sheen over the years. The narrow beams of the six-metre-high ceiling are, like the floor, listed. Scott Brownrigg chose to accentuate these beams with clever uplighters running along the length of each. The potentially vacuous feeling of such a high space has been dealt with in two ways. Firstly, beautifully shaped pendant glass lampshades in colours of peach, aubergine and ochre from the Pick-nMix collection by Hertford-based glass blowers Rothschild & Bickers hang down above banquette tables. Secondly, behind the banquettes are tall, throne-like wall panels that finish with an overhang some



Left: The walls of Bavarian American Bar are decorated with close-ups of Albrecht Dürer’s prints

distance below the ceiling. The brasserie feel is complemented with bentwood, Thonet-like chairs, simple square tables and faux-leather, studded banquette seating. A high, open bookshelf wall dotted with a variety of Dürer animal sculptures, large-format arty tomes, and Scandinavian pieces by Muuto and Bolia separates the dining room from the extensive breakfast buffet. Guestrooms vary from the first-floor superior rooms, some of which have streetfacing French balconies, to those on the topfloor with sloping ceilings under the mansard roof. Bathrooms are functional with brassware by Grohe. All guestrooms have a row of filament bulbs above the bed, which is cosseted by an embracing grey padded headboard. Other decoration is limited to smoked Perspex display boxes on the wall; desk and standard lamps are similarly geometric. The colour palette of grey, taupe and beige is accented by deep-orange upholstered chairs by Portuguese manufacturer Room2Fit, whilst all casework is from Fast in Poland. With a small but well-equipped gym as well as meeting rooms for up to 70 delegates, Park Plaza Nuremberg is a solid, well-located business hotel. The great back-story developed by Scott Brownrigg is described by Barac as “subliminal messaging” and is one that will keep surprising repeat guests.

EXPRESS CHECKOUT: 177 guestrooms | 2 restaurants | 1 bar | 7 meeting rooms | Gym | Owner / Operator: PPHE Hotel Group in partnership with Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group | Architect of Record: Hayo Nadler | Interior Design: Scott Brownrigg Main Contractor: Kambau




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The latest of London’s former magistrates’ courts to be converted to a hotel brings an extensive array of luxury hotel facilities to the capital. Words: Matt Turner | Photography: © Jarek Klocinski


he roll-call of famous names to have spent time in the various London courthouse buildings since converted to hotels is as impressive as the guestbook at any celebrity hangout. At Bow Street Magistrates’ Court – the conversion of which to a hotel is now back on track after Qatari investor BTC acquired it from Austrian hoteliers Rudolf and Christian Ploberger – those who appeared in the dock included Jeffrey Archer, Oscar Wilde and the Kray twins. Marlborough Street Magistrates’ Court played host to John Lennon, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger in the 1960s before the

building was transformed to a hotel in 2004 by Mastcraft. And Mastcraft’s owners, the Sanger family, have now created their latest luxury hotel in another of London’s legal landmark which served as Old Street Magistrates’ Court and Police Station from 1903 to 1996. Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch has been developed by Surejogi Old Street Ltd, working with contractors McAleer & Rushe, Belfast-based architects Consarc and interior designers Sundara Design. The £24 million development scheme involved the restoration of the original building together with the creation of a large newbuild bedroom block and basement function area.




Above: A handcuffed Mona Lisa overlooks the main bar area

The development has been a challenging one, the building having been on the English Heritage At Risk register since it was vacated in 1999. Before the project began, protestors from the Occupy London movement took over the building with the intention of holding mock trials of the ‘1%’. And once developers had retaken control, the planning authorities insisted many original features of the Grade II-listed structure be retained during its renovation. The main reception area has seen the restoration of impressive period features such as wood panelling, terrazzo flooring and stainedglass windows. A bronze sculpture of a Busby-hatted guardsman stands to attention over the double-winged grand staircase beneath an ornate cupola. To either side of the entrance hall, spaces which once housed the two courtrooms are now host to the main dining room on side, and the bar on the other. It’s only once you descend the staircase to the lower levels of the building that the full extent of the transformation becomes apparent, the basement accommodating an extensive spa, gym, swimming pool, two-lane bowling alley with private bar, a cinema / screening

room and a series of interconnecting meeting spaces capable of accommodating up to 450 seated guests or 900 reception-style. On the upper floors, the 128 guestrooms and suites are split between the old and new wings and include two Shoreditch Sky Terrace Suites – one-bedroom residences spread out across 60m2 of living space – each featuring a private bar and mini cinema lounge. To cap it all off, there is a Sky Terrace Bar with panoramic views. The building is used to taking centre stage. It was in the Magistrates’ Court that writer Joe Orton stood accused of stealing books from Islington library and the Kray twins of demanding ‘money with menaces’. Even after it closed its doors, it remained a much soughtafter filming location, used in TV series such as Spooks and Luther. Artworks throughout nod to this salubrious past. A pastiche of the Mona Lisa, handcuffed in jail, overlooks the main bar, while a triptych of ‘Usual Suspects’ style illustrations sits above the semicircular Chesterfield banquettes. And five of the original holding cells, now converted to bijou private drinking booths, feature Banksy-style graffiti portraits of Reggie Kray and his cohorts.

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Only You Atocha MADRID

Up-and-coming brand Only You hopes to attract both trendy travellers and local residents to its second Madrid hotel, designed by Lázaro Rosa-Violán. Words: Elly Earls | Photography: © Vincent Mari


nly You’s newest outpost in the Atocha area of Madrid was designed not only for stylish travellers seeking a fresh, urban alternative to the traditional city hotel, but also as a meeting point for local residents, whether for a quick coffee or cocktail, a few hours of work or a weekend brunch. The new addition from urban brand Ayre Hotels, part of Palladium Hotel Group (which also counts Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel and Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza amongst its brands), builds on the success of Only You Boutique Hotel in centre of the city. One step through the front door and it becomes clear that Only

You Atocha is no ordinary hotel. In place of the traditional reception desk and lounge is an open-plan space made up of a smorgasbord of different areas, distinct from one another thanks to unique, differentiating floor pattern. There’s the New York-style bakery serving sweet treats from famed local patisserie Mama Framboise, and the lounge area and library, where guests and local residents alike can meet to chill out or cowork, courtesy of the hotel’s free premium Wi-Fi. You’ll also find a cocktail bar and restaurant – Trotamundos – designed and developed with the help of Michelin-starred Spoonik’s


Above & Opposite: Lázaro Rosa-Violán’s industrial chic theme contunues through the 206 guestrooms and public spaces

chefs Jon Giraldo and Jaime Lieberman to offer diners ‘a gastronomic trip from Latin America to Asia with Spanish touches’. It’s even got its own tuk-tuk, which can be adapted to function as anything from a pop-up cocktail bar to a burrito van or cake display case. And then there’s the reception itself, a set of flat file cabinets with just two opening drawers, one containing an iPad to be used for a seamless, casual check-in. All of this lies under an industrial-style exposed ceiling and is dotted with a carefully-selected mish-mash of bespoke contemporary furniture. For the architect behind the project, Spanish-born Lázaro RosaViolán, this area was without question his favourite part of the hotel to design. “It was a meeting point of several ambiences and functions, and we needed to maintain a connection between all the spaces since it was open-plan, but still give a certain personality and distinction to each space,” he explains. “It was a challenge and a manifestation of all the client wanted and for us it was the winning game.” Rosa-Violán believes it’s the direction more hotels will be taking in the future. “I think the definition of hotels has changed a lot over the years, from being a place for accommodation only to more

congregative spaces that hold business meetings, parties, and even gatherings for drinks or dinners in the lobby, roof terrace or pool,” he says. “The hotel has somehow become an indoor extension of the street and is no longer only accessible to residents but to the entire public.” At Only You Atocha, the industrial chic theme continues throughout. The 206 guestrooms, which are spread over seven floors and include 192 doubles, 12 junior suites and two suites with terraces, are reminiscent of New York loft apartments with their exposed brick walls, masculine colour scheme, theatre dressing roomstyle mirrors and dramatic Art Deco tiles in the bathroom. “The rooms were considerably small and we needed to create an inviting, comfortable space,” Rosa-Violán recalls. “The use of mirrors, exposed brick, natural wood and coloured tiles were the means used to create the desired ambience.” Elsewhere in the hotel, guests are encouraged to chill out in the Relaxarium, a spacious, bright interior terrace furnished with comfy sofas and chairs that will also host wellbeing classes such as yoga and Pilates, or work-out in the 24-hour ground floor gym, which



Left: Only You Atocha’s pièce de résistance is YOUniverse, the seventh floor rooftop terrace restaurant, which offers breakfast, weekend brunch and evening drinks to a backdrop of some of the best views of the city

organises a running club in the city’s nearby Retiro Park. But Only You Atocha’s pièce de résistance is undoubtedly YOUniverse, the seventh floor rooftop terrace restaurant, which offers breakfast, weekend brunch and evening drinks to a backdrop of some of the best views of the city, centred around Madrid’s first and largest train station, Puerta de Atocha, with its distinctive steel-glass design. Urban casual Only You Atocha is certainly a departure for Rosa-Violán from the first of the brand’s outposts in Madrid, a smart, colonialstyle boutique property occupying a former 19th century palace. But that’s what he loves so much about working with the up-and-coming chain. “Every hotel is a completely different story,” he says. Who knows what will be next.

EXPRESS CHECKOUT: 206 guestrooms | 3 restaurants | 6 meeting rooms | Gym | Owner: Palladium Hotel Group | Operator: Ayre Hotels | Interior Design: Lázaro Rosa-Violán


AMSTERDAM Ranked as one of the top 10 cities in Europe for hotel development, Amsterdam continues to diversify its accommodation offer, expanding into new districts as it does so. Words: Molly Dolan


he financial and cultural capital of The Netherlands, Amsterdam boasts a diverse array of tourist attractions. From the Old Masters at Rijksmuseum to the spectacular tulip display at Keukenhof, not to mention the cafés, canals, windmills and bicycles, the city has attractions to suit many a traveller. Equally diverse is its accommodation offer. Recent openings span hostel to luxury and include Generator, Hotel Jansen, The Hoxton, Element by Westin and W. The city has also become known for its independent, and often unusual lodgings, such as Crane Hotel Faralda, Hotel Not Hotel and Volkshotel. Despite this influx of new supply – the latest openings of which are reviewed in the following pages – Amsterdam continues to perform well across all key performance indicators. A report from PwC – Staying Power: European cities hotel forecast for 2016 and 2017 – states that Amsterdam had an exceptional 2015 in which demand increased by 6.7% and robust ADR growth of 8.3% pushed rates up to €131. This positive uptick is set to continue with further growth forecast for 2016 and 2017. Using benchmarking data from STR Global, PwC forecasts RevPAR growth of 2.5% in 2016 and 2.1% in 2017. Occupancy remains high at around the 78% mark, ranking it fourth in Europe (behind London, Dublin and Edinburgh), and year-on-year ADR growth is expected to see rates rise to €133.9 in 2016 and €137.1 in 2017. The report also states that, despite a significant increase in new supply, the market remains steady and new sanctions on future hotel development in the centre of the city will help to limit growth and lift existing performance further. Due to this high rate of supply, officials have become increasingly concerned with regulating the number of new developments. With approximately 4,000 new rooms coming on line in 2016, forecasters predict that a further 7,000 will be added in 2017, bringing the total to 41,000. The rapid pace of development means that market capacities forecast for 2020 will be reached by 2017. As such, a new policy has been passed in a bid to balance supply and demand. The policy requires that diversity and

quality become more important factors than quantity for new hotel initiatives, which will need to offer a unique concept and provide additional value to the locality. Such diversity is exemplified with HotelsAhead’s new launch, Zoku, billed as a home-office hybrid for global nomads. And there are a variety of other offerings set to open in the next three years, including Hyatt Regency, Pestana, Crowne Plaza and Rosewood. There’s also the long-awaited Sir Adam, a Design Hotels member located in A’DAM Toren, the mixed-used development focusing on music and culture, as well as the Karim Rashid-designed 478-key Park Inn by Radisson, set to open in Sloterdijk in 2017. The next 12 months will also see the opening of private members’ club Soho House, with 79 guestrooms and a Cecconi’s restaurant. Looking further ahead, Nhow Amsterdam RAI – an NH Hotel Group brand – is slated for a 2019 opening. Adjacent to the RAI Convention Centre and with 650-keys, the property will be the largest in Benelux. It is being designed by world-renowned architect Rem Koolhaas and his architectural practice OMA, and is set to strengthen Amsterdam’s competitive position in the MICE market. Located in Amsterdam-Zuid, Nhow also marks the dispersion of hotels into neighbouring districts such as Sloterdijk, Noord and Zuidoost. In Overamstel, Leonardo Hotels will continue its course of expansion with a four-star property designed by Andreas Neudahm, while developer Heren2 and operator Cycas Hospitality have recently topped out on two Marriott International hotels on the Danzigerkade in the Houthhaven area. The contemporary building – housing a Moxy and Residence Inn – is designed by ZZDP while interiors are the work of Atelier Floor in collaboration with Koning Ellis. The hotels overlook the IJ and the western port, and are slated to open in autumn 2017. According to I Amsterdam, the official portal website for the city, the number of overnight stays in the city, either for business or leisure, is rising every year. With strong performance despite new supply, the city’s future as a hotel development hotspot looks set to continue.


Left: Leonardo Hotels will continue its course of expansion with a new opening in Overamstel Below Left: Developer Heren2 and operator Cycas Hospitality have recently topped out two new Marriott International hotels in the Houthhaven area Below: Sir Adam is soon-to-open in A’DAM Toren, a development focusing on music and culture Bottom: The forthcoming Nhow hotel is located in Amsterdam-Zuid



With a mission to reinvent the hospitality industry, Radical Innovation Award winner Zoku has made its debut in Amsterdam. Words: Molly Dolan | Photography: Courtesy of Zoku


hen the founders of Zoku first announced their new hospitality concept back in 2015, they said it was the end of the hotel room as we know it. Bold claims indeed. It would be easy to dismiss this as marketing drivel, however the visionaries behind the brand – Marc Jongerius and Hans Meyer – were the initial creators CitizenM, a concept that truly has challenged the traditional hotel room. Facilitating global living and working for the travelling professional, Zoku, is a home-office hybrid offering the services of a hotel and the social buzz of a thriving neighbourhood. Developed in collaboration with Concrete, the award-winning interior design and architecture agency, Zoku is a place to live, work and socialise. According to Meyer, partner and co-founder of Hotels Ahead, an agency that develops hotel concepts with the direct input of future guests, the work-life balance of millennials is changing, with the demographic actively choosing to combine work and play, resulting in a more flexible way of living. “I don’t like to put people in boxes,” says Meyer, “but the mindset of a millennial is different. They are far more international, more entrepreneurial and mix business with leisure. We found that 38% of this generation would like to work internationally for a number of years, so we decided to do something about it.” And so Zoku was born. Exploring the idea that people’s lives are becoming increasingly mobile and flexible, Zoku has created spaces where short- and long-stay guests can both live and work effectively. Meyer continues: “The majority of hotels are the perfect

Above: A walk through Zoku’s captivating rooftop greenhouse precedes check-in Opposite: Danish brands Ege, Fransden and Kvadrat feature throughout, while Bolidt and In-Lite feature in the outdoor spaces

place to sleep, but not a perfect place to meet. We wanted to create a compact, hybrid space that brings these two elements together.” Having researched the global and local hospitality markets extensively, exploring the way in which space is used, Meyer felt that in a market where the price of real estate is rising, the world is in need of ‘smart solutions’. Such smart solutions can be seen in the top-floor public spaces, where a serene rooftop garden is also used to capture rainwater, a scheme that was co-financed by the City of Amsterdam. There are social spaces for working and connecting, a Living Kitchen and flexible event spaces. A walk through Zoku’s captivating rooftop greenhouse precedes check-in, immediately introducing guests to the brand’s mindset of sustainability, innovative thinking and smart design. Completed by local edible-greenery designers Grown Downtown, the indoor and outdoor spaces grow herbs, vegetables, edible flowers as well fruit plants on the building’s sunny side. Showing inevitable similarities to CitizenM, check-in comprises two self-service kiosks, with no barriers between guests and staff. “We wanted a space where you actually feel at home, so took out all of those traditional barriers,” says Meyer. The same applies for the multifunctional public space that is less lobby, more co-working office-cum-social area. The concept encourages interaction between

residents, locals and the in-the-know Zoku team members known as Sidekicks. Spaces are separated by semi-transparent divides in the form of metal frames with shelving that holds plants and ornaments. Zoku – a Sino-Japanese term meaning tribe, clan or family – places emphasis on forming connections at every opportunity. “In every single culture in the world, eating is the most connecting, social activity,” exclaims Meyer, citing a piece of National Geographic research. Zoku’s open kitchen concept aims to bring people together via food, with long, wooden communal tables and self-serve counters promoting interaction with fellow nomads and staff alike. “What you see on the first night is people sitting alone eating their meal,” muses Meyer. “Then after a few days, guests are sat together, talking to one another. This is what makes us proud.” The idea of social is continued through the building’s 133 lofts, which, true to their promise are less traditional hotel room and more a flexible home-from-home, complete with social area, kitchen and desk. The loft is somewhere for guests to live comfortably, complete with free internet, office supplies, printer access and smart device accessories. But the highlight is the flexible furniture system and personalised decor. “The Zoku loft has a set bed, bathroom and kitchen, the rest you can play around with,” explains Meyer. “The most fundamental innovation is the most simple: 99.9% of hotels worldwide centre



Left: Colours are neutral, with wooden floor complementing Muuto furniture, white walls and grey upholstery

on the bed as the most important piece of furniture, and that is why you don’t invite people in to your room. So in Zoku, the kitchen table is paramount.” Upon entering the loft, the bed is not visible. Living space comprising sofa, table and workspace takes centre stage, with the rest area stowed above in a cocooning mezzanine. Accessed via retractable stairs, the bedroom is cosy, with king-size bed, power sockets and shelving set behind wooden slats for privacy. Colours are neutral, with wooden flooring complementing Muuto furniture, white walls and grey upholstery. Extensive storage space is the result of the smart design, ideal for the long-stay guest. Flexibility includes additional extras, such as wooden exercise rings or a Moneypenny virtual assistant. Meanwhile, touches of personalisation come in the form of artwork, which guests can trade to suit their own taste at Art Swap points on each floor. Winners of the 2015 Radical Innovation Award – the prize included $10,000 and guidance from The John Hardy Group and judging panel on development in the marketplace – Zoku is currently in talks for an international roll out. Will the concept revolutionise the hotel industry? Time will tell.

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Jaz in the City AMSTERDAM

Located in Amsterdam’s developing Zuidoost district, Jaz in the City – the first of a new brand from Deutsche Hospitality – features music-centric interiors by Gerplan Design. Words: Molly Dolan | Photography: Courtesy of Jaz in the City


t counts its neighbours as the Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam Arena and the Heineken Music Hall, so it’s little wonder that Jaz in the City has chosen music as its principal inspiration. However, this isn’t a one-off themed hotel that will date as quickly as the charts change, it is the first hotel of a new brand from Steigenberger Hotel Group, which has recently rebranded as Deutsche Hospitality. From the moment of entrance, it is clear that this is a hub of creativity with a passion for the arts, namely fashion and music. Artwork of musicians past and present adorns the walls, while the lobby pulsates with melodic beats.

The floor is concrete and walls are dark, challenging the abundant flow of natural light from the dual entrances. The reception space is minimalist, with areas for work and leisure, while more communal social spaces sit just a floor above. “We were asked to develop an innovative hotel concept for Generation Y,” explains Michaela Reichwald, Interior Architect, Geplan Design. “We were able to move away from traditional hotel design to create a concept that is pure music.” Built to accommodate some of the 17,000+ weekly visitors to the Ziggo Dome – the largest entertainment venue in the city – Jaz


Above: 2’ND is a creative meeting space and bar hidden behind a bookcase Opposite (top): Artwork of musicians past and present adorns the walls of the public spaces Opposite (bottom): Guestrooms feature artwork seemingly sketched on to the headboard

targets guests’ presumed passion for music every step of the way. Seger Abels, Creative Marketing Manager, or ‘Fan Maker’ as his buisness card reads, comments: “Our slogan is Built by Music, and the whole concept is art, fashion and music. You’ll see it through all of the details.” The first detail is the art wall, which features the work of local artists on rotation every 6-8 weeks. Many of the artists are Dutch, such as GabyGaby, whose renowned Tulipman series presented a light-hearted take on socio-political issues during Sleeper’s stay. Neighbouring the art wall is Rhythms Bar & Kitchen, the hotel’s primary F&B outlet where a lounge atmosphere provides the perfect backdrop for after-show drinks. Contemporary street food, homemade lemonade and craft beer are on the menu, while design is industrial, with metal and timber used beneath a ceiling of orange and yellow caging. “The local spirit was essential to us,” Reichwald continues. “The ceiling is like a giant audio equalizer made of brightly coloured grid baskets.” Meanwhile, 2’ND rests above and serves as the creative meeting space and hotel bar, with additional restaurant seating for breakfast or large events. Speaking of the design inspiration, Abels describes: “The space is hidden behind a bookcase as a nod to the prohibition era.” The second floor of flexible space features rooms named Drum,

Bass, Cymbals and Chimes. All feature natural daylight in abundance and promote the idea of creative workspaces. Heading up to the hotel’s 258 In-Tune Rooms and Off Beat Suites, décor continues to reference the medium of music. “Every hallway appears like a stage, with the position of the band marked on the carpet,” Abels continues. “The aim is to make every guest feel like a superstar.” All In-Tune Rooms are 26m2, feature Bose audio equipment and artwork seemingly sketched on to the headboard. Technologically forward-thinking – and sustainable – the hotel is paperless, with all information found on the in-room TV. Describing the design ethos, Reichwald explains: “We dived into the Amsterdam scene. A dreamy design printed on a rough timber headboard is the heartbeat of the guestrooms, while the orange colours are a fresh-up to the whole hotel – even the suite bathtubs glow in orange. The guests breathe in the positive colour effect.” Depending on the purpose of stay, views either span the city’s skyline, or Ziggo Dome. “We put the concertgoers on the side of the hotel with a view over the venue, allowing them to see the crowds gathering and feel the tension,” explains Abels. Jaz also offers guests a VIP upgrade, with separate fast-track entrance to the arena, resulting in a superstar experience.



Left: Design is industrial, with metal and wood featuring heavily alongside accents of orange

The top floor adopts a more subtle approach, swapping the stage-imitation carpet for a soundwave ceiling design. Jaz carries the Built by Music ethos throughout its DNA, from design and creative attitude to events. The hotel regularly hosts resident DJs, Sunday chill-out sessions and champions the greats through portraits. Reichwald concludes: “For me, Jaz has the feeling. Depending on your mood, you can choose between cosy or vibrant, communicative or secluded. No matter where you are, there is something to discover.” Planning an international roll-out in cosmopolitan cities – Deutsche Hospitality aim to have ten further hotels operational or at planning stage by 2020 – the next Jaz will open in Stuttgart, with Geplan Design again completing the interiors.

EXPRESS CHECKOUT: 258 guestrooms | 2 restaurants | 1 bar | Meeting and events space | Fitness and wellness centre | Investor: G&S Vastgoed | Operator: Deutsche Hospitality (formerly Steigenberger Hotel Group) | Architecture: OZ | Interior Design: Geplan Design


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Founded by the family of the prestigious Pulitzer Prize, Amsterdam’s original five-star hotel has undergone an extensive renovation, overseen by Creative Director Jacu Strauss. Words: Molly Dolan | Photography: Courtesy of Pulitzer


ombining historical elements and classic beauty with contemporary style, the latest reinvention of the Pulitzer marks the return of true luxury to one of Amsterdam’s most prestigious addresses. Originally housing the city’s influential upper classes, the buildings were converted to a hotel in the 1960s by Peter Pulitzer, who came to The Netherlands for the USA and recognised the potential of the beautiful but dilapidated canal houses. Having fallen into disrepair, and it was Pulitzer’s vision to return them to their former glory. He bought 12 houses spanning the block from Prinsengracht to Keizersgracht, and created Amsterdam’s first fivestar hotel. Over the years, the hotel has expanded and now spans 25 unique and charmingly disjointed houses. The hotel recently has undergone a phased refurbishment and architectural renovation, overseen by Jacu Strauss of Mondrian London acclaim, as well as a new façade to create the regal entrance that the name demands. “We wanted to bring the beauty back,” begins Strauss, Creative Director of the project. “The most important thing was to remain authentic, as even though the design may have been dated, the locals still had an affection towards it.” Entering via the hotel’s flower shop and beneath a grand piano suspended from the ceiling, the lobby opens out to feature decadent, yet industrial design, a nod to the former warehouse use of some of the buildings. Wooden flooring and ceiling beams evoke a factory feel, while work from local artists and an eclectic collection of

Above: Pulitzer’s Bar features the elegance of old school bars, with fireside furniture and views of the neighbouring Keizersgracht canal

antiques add a sense of warmth. “In the public areas, we wanted to highlight the beautiful architecture. The lobby was a warehouse, so we brought in some industrial finishes, juxtaposed with really elegant pockets of furniture. It’s all very understated, with a twist,” describes Strauss. The focal point of the lobby is the striking Stay Armchair, designed by Nika Zupanc and manufactured by Sé. Other pieces, such as the reception desk, have been designed by Strauss, while Martin Baas and Piet Hein Ake supplied furniture and materials throughout. Owing to the unusual layout of the buildings, wayfinding becomes a journey, travelling up and down stairs and through mismatched corridors, where carpet colouring changes subtly to show the transition from house to house. The potential navigation issues through the labyrinth of corridors have been embraced by the design team, as Strauss explains: “We have beautiful tiles with wayfinding information, and fun signposts along the way. No corridor is the same, and you’ll recognise different things each time you walk down them. That is part of the charm of getting lost in the hotel, it’s a journey of discovery through 400 years of history.” This is continued in the guestrooms and suites, with no two the same. “I started with the room design, and came up with the concept of the 400-year-old collector’s studio. It’s about having an eclectic mix of furniture and ensuring that every room feels like it

has been designed for that particular space.” Strauss achieved this individuality through staying in a number of different guestrooms throughout the duration of the project, insisting that it was the only way to make sense of what to do in each particular space. Due to the unconventional spaces, the FF&E inventory list was extensive and mostly bespoke – such as the worn Persian rugs – ensuring a design that felt personalised yet natural. A clear elevation of standard is the hotel’s suite offering, comprising five extraordinary types: Antique Collector’s, Art Collector’s, Book Collector’s, Music Collector’s and the Pulitzer Suite. Each is an apartment with a private entrance from the canal, furnished with elements appropriate to the theme. The Music Collector’s space holds a vast collection of LP records and vintage record player, while the Book Collector’s suite has an archway of stacked books found in local markets, topped with a bike as a nod to the locale. The apartment also features a private library, enabling guests to retreat and relax in the privacy of their own Amsterdam abode. Meanwhile, the Art Collector’s suite features Pulitzer’s most prized piece of art – Hals Brunch by Thierry de Cromieres, a quirky take on The Last Supper – while the Pulitzer Suite is a nod to Mr Pulitzer himself. Focusing on romanticism, a freestanding bath takes centre stage, while a chandelier hangs over the super-king-size bed. “The Pulitzer required a hands-on approach, and this was a


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research-heavy project,” explains Strauss. Some of this research, such as delving into the life of former residents, laid the groundwork for the hotel’s F&B offering, Jansz. A former coppersmith, Volkert Jansz lived at the address during the 17th century, and flashes of copper can be seen throughout the eatery in homage. The restaurant’s private entrance is via an old pharmacy, a monumental building with limited opportunity for change. In contrast to the rest of the design, the apothecary-inspired space features test tube bottles as reference, with geometric tile flooring adding a sense of modernity. Meanwhile, casual eatery Pause offers a hideaway between the buildings, with an outdoor terrace serving breakfast and light dishes throughout the day. The hotel’s offerings are rounded off with Pulitzer’s Bar, a timeless classic. A much-loved venue in the neighbourhood, the space was simply updated rather than renovated. The elegance of a traditional bar is retained, with Art Deco-inspired furniture offering fireside relaxation or views of the Keizersgracht just a stone’s throw away.

EXPRESS CHECKOUT: 225 guestrooms | 2 restaurants | 1 bar | Gym | Meeting and events spaces | Owner / Developer / Investor: Riverland Cooperatief | Interior Design / Architecture / Lighting Design: Jacu Strauss | Construction: Salverda


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Urban Lodge Hotel AMSTERDAM

Set on former farm land, Fusion Interior Group’s latest project combines Sloterdijk’s agricultural past with the industrial present. Words: Molly Dolan | Photography: Courtesy of Fusion Interiors Group


rban Lodge Hotel’s name is significant, acting to symbolise the sprawl of the city into neighbouring districts outside of the main hub. As with many major metropolises, saturation is causing dispersion, and in Amsterdam, this is seen in the development of Amsterdam-Noord, currently undergoing huge development, and NDSM, a former ship wharf being taken over by creatives. Urban Lodge Hotel is located in Sloterdijk, a district 3km from Centrum. Well connected to the city and airport, the former farmland has evolved into an area of industrial interest and is earmarked for further development over the coming years.

“We decided on the name first, as we wanted to give it an identity” opens Hilary Lancaster, Managing Director, Fusion Interiors Group, adding that the area’s past was the main reason for the lodge concept. “Although it looks like an industrial area now, it used to be farmland filled with the homesteads of wealthy farmers.” The lodge concept is clear, while the burgeoning development of Sloterdijk brings the urban influence. “You have the farmland ideal, with the more contemporary connection to the city,” confirms Lancaster, who completed the entire design concept for the project, from name to branding to interiors.


Above: The lobby bookcase features local finds such as old radios, wooden bowling pins, cow bells and orange glass medicine bottles Opposite: Taking inspiration from The Netherlands’ famed Delftware, the blue-tiled bar by Wiboma gives an industrial twist

Formerly a non-descript office block, Urban Lodge’s exterior still reads its past. What was initially a potential problem for Lancaster became an advantage, as the juxtaposition from harsh architectural design to soft, warm interiors presents a ‘wow factor’. Lancaster explains: “Using warm wood helped with the contrast, while the fireplace is an inviting element that fits well with the lodge concept.” Upon entering the lobby, exposed reclaimed wood, tartan prints and concrete pillars shape the space, with an open fireplace by Focus Creation epitomising the chalet feel. The reception desk is clad in black oxidised steel, topped with white tile detailing. Andy Thornton light pendants hang above. Homely sofas by Fama Spain in shades of fawn encourage relaxed leisure time, while the space is lined with low tables and armchairs from Sancal. The décor mixes aspects of city and country life using woods and neutral colors combined with touches of classic Delft blue. “Because of the lack of bright colours, it is popular and not too jarring,” explains Lancaster. “It’s a comforting space.” The lobby bookcase features local finds, as Lancaster states: “The bookshelf is made of oak veneer and is full of vintage pieces found in various Amsterdam stores including Neef Louis and Brut. We chose items that are typically Dutch including old radios, wooden bowling

pins, wooden bowls, cow bells, and orange glass medicine bottles. They were all selected to mix with the muted brown colour scheme.” Heading through the open-plan ground floor space, the hotel bar juxtaposes the serene lobby, with a blue and white design. Taking inspiration from The Netherlands’ famed Delftware, tiles from Piastrelle line the floor beneath long wooden communal tables, while the blue-tiled bar by Wiboma gives an industrial twist with masculine stools and metal overhead lighting, again from Andy Thornton. Colour continues through the restaurant, which features tan leather and pops of lime green upholstery on seating. Lighting – sourced from Brut – is a sea of pendants, creating a floating feeling and urban touch. More minimalist, guestrooms are cosy and replicate the use of wood and concrete seen in the lobby. Lancaster continues: “The scheme is very Dutch, so we contrasted wood floors with concrete effect wallpaper to have a separation. This worked well when breaking-up larger rooms, where the entrance space is concrete and the rest of the room is wood.” Guestrooms feature Zuiver furniture, standing lamps and pendant lighting, while ceramic mementos anchor the design in its locale. Lancaster describes: “We brought the blue and white from the



Left: Bathrooms feature a humorous take on traditional Delft tiles, continuing the blue-and-white theme found in the hotel’s restaurant and bar

original Delft tiles into the bathrooms. The artist had created the designs but never used them in this type of environment. They’re very traditional, but quite humorous. “We’re using blue and white in this contemporary way, such as bringing the colours in to the cushions and artwork above the bed, which are old blue and white plates that are printed on to canvas,” she adds. A combination of past and future Amsterdam, Urban Lodge Hotel is set to boost the development of Sloterdijk, while providing urban nomads with a home from home. Working alongside Fusion Interiors, developer Alex Chang is set to open more Urban Lodge properties are set to open in the coming years.

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Urban Escape #06 BRAND IDENTITY

The development of two contiguous but very different hotels in Stockholm continues at pace. In the process of realising At Six and Hobo from Nordic Hotels & Resorts, we look at the visual identities of each ahead of their 2017 opening. Words: Guy Dittrich



esign and architecture are an important part of the success of any hotel, but increasingly, so too is the visual interface the brand has with its guests. Logos and graphic design play a key role in the differentiation between At Six and Hobo, two hotels being developed on Brunkebergstorg in central Stockholm. Developing the visual identity for each hotel is the responsibility of the effervescent Jenny Edh Jansen, Head of Communications for both projects. “We thought hard about how to apply the graphic ID in the hotels,” she explains. “Beyond the printed materials and signage it needs to work for the guest, to be userfriendly, but also work with the interior design.” The pitch process began in spring 2015 and resulted in two local firms being selected. Great Works are a digitally focused agency and their job is to apply the given work in their specialty space. The true creative role was tasked to Identity Works, a brand development agency with some 20 years of experience. The project lead is Design Director Candice Madrid-Dahlqvist. “Our brief was to develop the graphic and visual identities for both hotels but it was even more than this,” she explains, describing the development of a tone and language for each property. The Identity Works team met with the interior designers – Universal Design Studios for At Six and Studio Aisslinger for Hobo – to get the creative juices flowing, and also spent time on consumer analysis via a series of workshops to better understand the guest profile. “We wanted to get into the psyche of our

guests. More than their travel habits, it was about understanding their lifestyle,” continues MadridDahlqvist, adding that guests for both hotels are the same person, just at different stages of their life. Hobo being younger and open to new discovery. At Six, more mature but still adventurous. The names of the hotels had already been decided. Described as luxury with a twist, At Six – the more luxurious of the two properties – follows the traditional approach for classic hotels to be named after their street address. However

Stockholm; a new take on the neon signage for which Stockholm is famous given the length of its dark winters. The typefaces from Stockholm’s street signs were considered but fell flat according to Madrid-Dahlqvist, and in the end a grounded approach was taken. The inspiration was the Brutalist architecture of the city, known locally as funkis or functionalist. The four structures chosen are not tourist landmarks but selected because only locals would see the link. They are: Hötorgsskraporna, a series of five office towers; Sergelsfontänen, a fountain in the form of Piet Hein’s superellipse; Slussen, a cloverleaf road pattern connecting two neighbourhoods; and Kaknästorn, a 155m TV tower. The plan pattern of each was developed into the four letters of Hobo. This resulting is logo is arguably a little cumbersome and so was not developed into a typeface. Keeping things simple sees the Marker Pen font used for headlines and Biro Script for customer texts. Both are casual, in line with the hotel’s concept. The world of hospitality design may be a broad niche, but way beyond the architecture and interior design and all they entail, is a whole other set of worlds of which visual identity is just one. It is fascinating to see the attention to detail being applied to just this aspect.

“We thought hard about how to apply the graphic ID in the hotels. Beyond the printed materials and signage it needs to work for the guest, to be user-friendly, but also work with the interior design.” Jenny Edh Jansen, Head of Communications Brunkebergstorg is not so easy in an international context, so the twist has been to reduce the name to the street number. The At Six logo is not a typeface but drawn, however it was the manipulation of existing typefaces that saw the horizontal lines changed to a jaunty angle. The ‘x’ in ‘six’ is now being used for staff lapel badges. The thought around the choice of typefaces as opposed to logos was that “they should not be too literal but leave some room for discovery,” offers Edh Jansen. The At Six typeface was developed specifically for the hotel by Identity Works and is called At Six Nova. A couple of oddities exist, such as the occasional joining of letters. Rebellious moments in a font elegant for its slimness. The Hobo logo is about conveying a sense of


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Blending the best of private-rental with elements of hostel and hotel stays, Jo & Joe aims to break with convention, revolutionising the economy sector for millennial-minded travellers. Words: Kristofer Thomas


ith the $2.7 billion purchase of FRHI Hotels, followed by recent news that it has acquired a 30% stake in 25hours Hotels, it is clear that Accor Hotels is seeking to diversify its portfolio. At the last count, the Paris-based group operates some 570,000 rooms across 95 countries, split into 19 brands ranging from economy to luxury. Despite its reach, Accor evidently felt it was missing out on a key target group: millennials. As such, it has launched Jo & Joe, a hotelhostel hybrid that aims to revolutionise the industry. Described as a vibrant living space designed to meet the expectations of those

who value sharing, spontaneity and experience, Jo & Joe rounds out Accor’s economy portfolio, providing a made-to-measure solution for the vast international community of millennial-minded travellers. The brand is the result of extensive research carried out by Accor Hotels’ Marketing Innovation Lab, which identifies customer-centric and disruptive solutions that can generate additional revenue for the group. With the overarching aim of imagining the future of hospitality, the lab collaborated with external experts, students and potential guests in a bid to create something that would challenge the status quo of traditional hotel design.


Blending elements of the private-rental, hostel and hotel formats and offering a series of programmes and activities to promote interaction between guests, Jo & Joe looks to create a sense of community and connectivity in both city and resort destinations popular with millennials. The first openings are expected to be Paris and Bordeaux in 2018. “More than just an accommodation solution, Jo & Joe has been conceived as an experience enhancer thanks notably to its offbeat design, innovative digital ecosystem and catering offerings,” explains Frédéric Fontaine, Senior Vice President, Global Marketing Innovation Lab. “With its open-house concept, the brand diversifies the customer journey by welcoming guests as well as locals, who treat Jo & Joe venues as an annex of their living room.” The brand represents Accor’s desire to break away from the conventional vertical distribution of spaces and instead take a liberated, flexible and rebellious approach to meet the expectations of its target market. The concept has been developed by London-based architecture and interiors firm Penson, who, having never worked on a hotel before, delivered a scheme that offers innovative and intelligent spaces that guests can customise. Based on an open-house concept, Penson’s modular kit-of-parts enables a more fluid and customisable space than the traditional hotel layout. Through this make-up, Jo & Joe offers the opportunity for guests to use their own desires and experiences to create the vibe. “A well-designed space is the secret to a happy and satisfying life,” comments CEO Lee Penson. “Life is too short to spend time in sad or inefficient surroundings.” The concept is designed to promote interaction

and foster positive community livening thanks to common areas that are open to both the external and internal worlds. At the heart of each project is a bar, visible from the street to encourage local residents to join guests for a selection of local and craft products. Additionally, Jo & Joe has created its own language to name its public spaces and experiences. The ‘Happy House’ is a private area where guests can relax, work and cook in a homely environment, while ‘Together’ embodies

“A well-designed space is the secret to a happy and satisfying life – life is too short to spend time in sad or inefficient surroundings.” Lee Penson

the essence of the brand through modular sleeping areas that guests can share without sacrificing privacy. Elsewhere, ‘Yours’ consists of rooms and apartments for two to five guests with a private bathroom and kitchen, and is distinguished from conventional guestrooms by originally shaped beds. Lastly, ‘OOO!’ (out of the ordinary) offers unexpected accommodation including yurts, hammocks and caravans. Jo & Joe divides its guests into two distinct audiences, the so-called townsters, or local residents, and tripsters, guests that have travelled alone or as part of a group. The brand is


multifunctional in the sense that it will focus on both groups, and create spaces that can be used by both simultaneously. As part of the project, a network of internal and external technology developers, including the Paris based Webschool Factory, have created an innovative community app to help forge links between the Jo & Joe team, the local community and guests. The application aims to enhance the connectivity aspect of the brand, and enables locals and guests to connect, meet, organise events, share tips or arrange get-togethers, which are then saved to function as social accelerators for future guest reference. With rates starting at just €25 a night, Jo & Joe plans to expand rapidly, catering to anticipated demand. Accor is targeting 50 properties by 2020, and has earmarked Warsaw, Budapest, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo as potential locations. Speaking at the official launch, Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO of Accor Hotels, commented: “Break with tradition, forget old habits, be surprising, authentic, unexpected, bring a breath of fresh air to Accor Hotels. Do it quickly and do it well. It wasn’t an easy brief to put into practice, particularly when you’re primarily targeting millennials, who can be very difficult to win over. But with the launch of our new brand, Jo & Joe, we have now more than met that challenge. I’m extremely proud of the work accomplished by the Accor Hotels teams in mobilising the energy necessary – both inside and outside the group – to bring this enormous project to life. Jo & Joe represents the very essence of hospitality: welcoming, exciting and beyond our guests’ expectations.”


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Interstate grows in Europe Third party manager Interstate has added to its European management portfolio, tying up its first property in Germany. An agreement with Dutch group Odyssey will see Interstate taking over two Dutch hotels as well as the new AC by Marriott in Mainz. Odyssey is a hotel development company that lists nine hotels it owns, leases or has in development, with four of its pipeline being Marriott’s Moxy branded properties in Germany, Holland and Belgium. It will initially be passing the Glow Hotel Eindhoven, and Hotel Nassau in Breda, which is signed under Marriott’s Autograph collection, to Interstate for management. The AC is due to open in August 2016, when it will also be managed by Interstate. The deal with Odyssey indicates Interstate’s European growth strategy of seeking strategic partners to work with. Odyssey has a partnership agreement with Marriott, seeking conversion and development opportunities for the group and principally aiming to expand its Autograph, AC, Residence Inn and Moxy signings. “This strategic alliance with Interstate enables us to accelerate our planned growth. Together with our brand partners Marriott International and IHG, we will concentrate on developing new hotels in our focus countries,” said Rick van Erp, chief executive officer of the Odyssey Hotel Group.

“Our confidence in entering these markets is heightened by our partnership with Odyssey Hotel Group, and it is rewarding to see our portfolio grow in this region through a new relationship with an exceptional developer and lease partner,” said Interstate CEO Jim Abrahamson. For Interstate in Europe, the Odyssey deal puts the company back on a growth track after losing its previous foothold in the Dutch market, following the sale of TVHG to Westmont. Aaron Greenman, executive vice president for acquisitions & development in Europe, told Hotel Analyst that while the acquisitions of Sanguine and Chardon had helped create scale in the UK, an alternative strategy is needed for mainland European growth. “We know we needed to be a bit more creative,” he said, and the TVHG deal, in which Interstate took a small equity commitment, was one route and gave it a portfolio of branded Dutch hotels to manage. However, with the sale of TVHG to Westmont, Interstate lost its management brief, and was forced to wind down its Amsterdam office. “We will be rebuilding it, most likely in Germany,” promised Greenman. “We have high expectations for the Odyssey arrangement,” said Greenman, which includes the potential to add other, non-Marriott hotels such as a new Holiday Inn Express that Odyssey is currently developing in Amsterdam. Interstate remains flexible and is ready to support partners

financially. “A minority stake is sometimes welcomed,” said Greenman, while help on low interest finance or potentially key money would be considered as a way to help create long term partnerships. “It’s important to get it right going in,” he added. In May, Interstate was bought by private equity investor Kohlberg, as previous owners Thayer Lodging and Jin Jiang bowed out after five years in charge. The move is seen as one that will spur on Interstate’s growth globally, with strategic M&A being mentioned as a further likely route to growing the business further. At the time, Interstate chief executive officer Jim Abrahamson commented: “The partnership with Kohlberg will enhance the company’s current management processes, with Interstate continuing to lead from a solid position, remaining focused on providing intuitive service to guests, and developing the best talent to deliver exceptional returns for owners.” And Ahmed Wahla, partner at Kohlberg added: “We are excited to be partners with Interstate’s current management team and its deep team of sophisticated hospitality professionals, and we look forward to supporting Interstate’s continued expansion.” Currently, Interstate’s global business extends to management of 425 properties in the US and nine other countries. Of these, more than 330 hotels are in the US, with the UK currently the company’s second largest market.

The additions in mainland Europe follow recent growth in the UK, where in May the company announced the signing of 13 further management contracts. The additions add 2,000 more rooms to the portfolio, taking it to 74 operational and pipeline properties. The additions will trade under Accor, Hilton and IHG flags and include new builds the DoubleTree in Kingston on Thames, and Hampton in Dundee. UK managing director Robert Crook commented: “It is clear that the momentum in the UK market is gearing towards third party management as the preferred vehicle for managing branded hotels, and we expect to capitalise on this over the coming months with more exciting announcements in the pipeline.” During 2015, the group added 29 properties to its UK portfolio, signing both full and select service hotels. The additions included Interstate’s first properties under Hilton, Radisson Blu, Ibis, Crowne Plaza and Ramada brands. HA Perspective (by Chris Bown): The major hotel management groups in the UK have all declared their desire to grow into mainland Europe. But finding the right opportunity to generate an efficient scale is tough. Interstate has understood the need for a different approach, in an environment where European peers such as Event Holding in Germany and Algonquin in Belgium often take a minority stake in the



Steigenberger becomes Deutsche Hospitality Steigenberger Hotels is to bring its three flags under one umbrella brand, Deutsche Hospitality. The company said that the move would “unite the German roots of the company with an international vision”. Puneet Chhatwal, CEO, Steigenberger Hotels, said: “These two words combine our German roots and our international vision. The new umbrella brand is a vital lever that will unleash dynamism, help us to expand internationally, and drive innovation.” Chhatwal told Expo Real in Munich: “We want to continue to grow our margins, especially the Ebitda margin, to between 6% and 10%. The change of the name was a consequence of adding a third brand. Instead of just changing the logo we used the opportunity to launch a new umbrella brand that could help us to grow. “I don’t need to say how important the word Deutsche has become for the world in the aftermath of the financial crisis, as well as the recent news about Brexit. That makes the word ‘Deutsche’ important and we decided to use the connotations, together with ‘hospitality’ to expand globally and reinforce trust and confidence in our brand.” Deutsche Hospitality will cover Steigenberger Hotels and Resorts, Jaz in the City, and IntercityHotel. At present, Deutsche Hospitality

comprises a total of 116 hotels, 20 of which are in development, with a goal of 150 hotels by the 2020, of which 65 will be Intercity, 10 Jaz and 75 Steigenberger Hotels. The company said: “Steigenberger Hotels is a company with tradition, and one that is on a growth course internationally. We are changing our brand architecture to tap into new markets. “The new umbrella brand Deutsche Hospitality confidently unites, in two words, the German roots of our company and an international sound. In doing so, it creates an even stronger basis for our continued growth. We want to expand our portfolio and become yet better known in the important international markets. “The new umbrella brand also ends the confusion between the prior umbrella brand Steigenberger Hotel Group and the hotel brand Steigenberger Hotels and Resorts. Deutsche Hospitality forms a strong overarching structure for the established brands. It takes a linguistically neutral stance among the three brands that it unites, and it can be extended to embrace possible additional brands. “The new umbrella brand also signals to investors and developers that our enterprise is setting the course for the future. It additionally professionalises our image in the eyes of potential employees from Germany and abroad.” Steigenberger Hotels and Resorts is the group’s largest brand, with a portfolio of 56 luxury locations around the world. The Steigenberger Hotel Köln in Cologne and the

Steigenberger Airport Hotel Istanbul were the latest hotels to open, with two hotels outside of Europe – the Steigenberger El Tahrir in Cairo and the Steigenberger Alcazar in Sharm el-Sheikh – set to follow this year. The first Jaz in the City hotel opened at the end of 2015 in Amsterdam, with a second Jaz hotel due open in Stuttgart in spring 2017. The 39 IntercityHotels are situated at the heart of cities in Germany and other international destinations. July saw the first IntercityHotel outside of Europe, opened in Salalah in Oman. New hotels in China and Germany are set to open in the coming months. The company reported an 11.5% increase in revenue, to EUR616.5m for 2015. Steigenberger Hotels was founded by Albert Steigenberger in 1930 and has seen expansion since its acquisition in 2009 by Travco Group, based in Egypt. At the time of acquisition, the company had around 90 hotels, under the Steigenberger Hotels and the InterCity Hotels brands. The majority of both brands were in Germany but there were also Steigenberger properties in Austria, Switzerland, Italy, the Netherlands and Egypt and an InterCity in Vienna. Since then the company has expanded globally. Last year saw the group sign a joint venture with MBD Group in India to manage and franchise hotels under the MBD Steigenberger brand in the country. MBD has a 51% stake in the JV, while Steigenberger holds the remaining 49%. The JV is targeting to open at least 20 hotels


in India over the next 15 years. HA Perspective (by Andrew Sangster): Chhatwal is making a brave effort at achieving what some see as the near impossible – making a national hotel chain a truly global player. Positioning Deutsche Hospitality as a national champion looks smart. Germany is Europe’s biggest economy by far and the fourth biggest in the world. Germany ought to have a presence in the global hospitality industry that befits its economic heft. The harder part is making Deutsche Hospitality’s brands globally significant. One clear advantage the company has is its willingness to contemplate leases. These are off the agenda for its bigger rivals in all but the most desirable of locations. Chhatwal told Hotel Analyst that: “Leases are fine if you know what to do”. And indeed, as economy hotel players have shown, they can and do work. Outside of the hotel industry, leases remain a bedrock of commercial property. The hotel sector has been an outlier in having all the biggest operators move away from such legal structures. There are some other lease champions, notably Pandox, but for the rest of the industry leases have become verboten. This may give Deutsche Hospitality enough of an edge to defy the odds and become a viable global player. With Chhatwal at the helm, thanks to his time at Rezidor, Deutsche at least has somebody with a good grip on what can and cannot be done when pursuing growth through leases.


Interstate grows in Europe Third party manager Interstate has added to its European management portfolio, tying up its first property in Germany. An agreement with Dutch group Odyssey will see Interstate taking over two Dutch hotels as well as the new AC by Marriott in Mainz. Odyssey is a hotel development company that lists nine hotels it owns, leases or has in development, with four of its pipeline being Marriott’s Moxy branded properties in Germany, Holland and Belgium. It will initially be passing the Glow Hotel Eindhoven, and Hotel Nassau in Breda, which is signed under Marriott’s Autograph collection, to Interstate for management. The AC is due to open in August 2016, when it will also be managed by Interstate. The deal with Odyssey indicates Interstate’s European growth strategy of seeking strategic partners to work with. Odyssey has a partnership agreement with Marriott, seeking conversion and development opportunities for the group and principally aiming to expand its Autograph, AC, Residence Inn and Moxy signings. “This strategic alliance with Interstate enables us to accelerate our planned growth. Together with our brand partners Marriott International and IHG, we will concentrate on developing new hotels in our focus countries,” said Rick van Erp, chief executive officer of the Odyssey Hotel Group.

“Our confidence in entering these markets is heightened by our partnership with Odyssey Hotel Group, and it is rewarding to see our portfolio grow in this region through a new relationship with an exceptional developer and lease partner,” said Interstate CEO Jim Abrahamson. For Interstate in Europe, the Odyssey deal puts the company back on a growth track after losing its previous foothold in the Dutch market, following the sale of TVHG to Westmont. Aaron Greenman, executive vice president for acquisitions & development in Europe, told Hotel Analyst that while the acquisitions of Sanguine and Chardon had helped create scale in the UK, an alternative strategy is needed for mainland European growth. “We know we needed to be a bit more creative,” he said, and the TVHG deal, in which Interstate took a small equity commitment, was one route and gave it a portfolio of branded Dutch hotels to manage. However, with the sale of TVHG to Westmont, Interstate lost its management brief, and was forced to wind down its Amsterdam office. “We will be rebuilding it, most likely in Germany,” promised Greenman. “We have high expectations for the Odyssey arrangement,” said Greenman, which includes the potential to add other, non-Marriott hotels such as a new Holiday Inn Express that Odyssey is currently developing in Amsterdam. Interstate remains flexible and is ready to support partners

financially. “A minority stake is sometimes welcomed,” said Greenman, while help on low interest finance or potentially key money would be considered as a way to help create long term partnerships. “It’s important to get it right going in,” he added. In May, Interstate was bought by private equity investor Kohlberg, as previous owners Thayer Lodging and Jin Jiang bowed out after five years in charge. The move is seen as one that will spur on Interstate’s growth globally, with strategic M&A being mentioned as a further likely route to growing the business further. At the time, Interstate chief executive officer Jim Abrahamson commented: “The partnership with Kohlberg will enhance the company’s current management processes, with Interstate continuing to lead from a solid position, remaining focused on providing intuitive service to guests, and developing the best talent to deliver exceptional returns for owners.” And Ahmed Wahla, partner at Kohlberg added: “We are excited to be partners with Interstate’s current management team and its deep team of sophisticated hospitality professionals, and we look forward to supporting Interstate’s continued expansion.” Currently, Interstate’s global business extends to management of 425 properties in the US and nine other countries. Of these, more than 330 hotels are in the US, with the UK currently the company’s second largest market.

The additions in mainland Europe follow recent growth in the UK, where in May the company announced the signing of 13 further management contracts. The additions add 2,000 more rooms to the portfolio, taking it to 74 operational and pipeline properties. The additions will trade under Accor, Hilton and IHG flags and include new builds the DoubleTree in Kingston on Thames, and Hampton in Dundee. UK managing director Robert Crook commented: “It is clear that the momentum in the UK market is gearing towards third party management as the preferred vehicle for managing branded hotels, and we expect to capitalise on this over the coming months with more exciting announcements in the pipeline.” During 2015, the group added 29 properties to its UK portfolio, signing both full and select service hotels. The additions included Interstate’s first properties under Hilton, Radisson Blu, Ibis, Crowne Plaza and Ramada brands. HA Perspective (by Chris Bown): The major hotel management groups in the UK have all declared their desire to grow into mainland Europe. But finding the right opportunity to generate an efficient scale is tough. Interstate has understood the need for a different approach, in an environment where European peers such as Event Holding in Germany and Algonquin in Belgium often take a minority stake in the


EasyHotel raises GBP37m EasyHotel has raised GBP36.7m to fund its owned hotel roll-out strategy, which has most-recently seen it gain planning permission in Barcelona. The company said that investment would consolidate its position as “a leader in the super budget market in Europe and the Middle East”. The placing of 38 million shares at GBP1 raised GBP36.7m net. The company said that it “expected the investment of new capital in the hotel pipeline to be materially earnings per share enhancing in the medium term.” Approximately 29.3% of the enlarged issued share capital was acquired by Icamap investors, a Luxembourg specialised-investment fund focused primarily on listed European real estate small and midcap companies. The company has identified five potential future projects, with an investment value of GBP38m, which would add 686 rooms. One in a south-west city, one in Wales (close to an ‘iconic stadium’), two in city centre locations in the Northern Powerhouse and one in a European capital. Three were conversions, with the Welsh and European properties new builds. Nine further projects are currently being evaluated for c.1,175 rooms. The group was also looking at four additional franchising projects, which would add 940 rooms, including two hotels in the Middle East. CEO Guy Parsons said: “Since

IPO easyHotel has made significant progress in line with its strategy to speed up owned hotel development and accelerate the roll-out of franchise hotels to drive high Ebitda returns on investment. “With more opportunities available than had been expected, and over 4,500 rooms committed or identified in the owned and franchise development pipeline, the proceeds of the placing will primarily be used to fund the continuation of our owned hotel roll-out to deliver enhanced financial returns, whilst consolidating easyHotel’s position as a leader in the super budget hotel market in Europe and the Middle East.” In a presentation to investors, the group reported system sales of GBP19.2m, up 7% for the YTD August, with revenue up 5.8% to GBP5.4m and like-for-like growth up 13% at owned hotels and 1% at franchised hotels. The annualised ROCE of the three existing owned hotels was over 15%. This group said that this performance had been driven by a strong performance from its owned hotels which continue to benefit from the group’s new revenue strategy announced in December 2015. The strategic use of OTA will continue to be developed and the board intends to invest in a new hotel management system during the next financial year to take advantage of this route to market. The hotel pipeline currently represented an outstanding commitment of GBP23m at 31 August. The company had cash on the balance sheet of GBP15.5m and

a current bank facility of GBP7.2m due for repayment in January 2017. It is currently agreeing a new larger facility of a GBP12m five-year loan. Group strategy is not to borrow more than 3x net debt/mature Ebitda. Parsons said that the company’s owned development would focus, predominantly, on the UK market and that uncertainties remained, dependent on the government’s Brexit negotiations. He said: “A decline in consumer confidence will impact the industry as a whole. The board believes consumers will increasingly look for brands offering best value for money. During the last recession, budget brands outperformed the rest of the market. The easyHotel brand is expected to continue to outperform the market – the only super budget brand of scale.” The company’s 1,795-room portfolio currently comprises two owned hotels and one long leasehold – in London, Glasgow and Croydon – and a further 17 franchised hotels with 1,405 rooms in Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, The Netherlands, Switzerland, UAE, and the UK. EasyHotel’s committed development pipeline of owned and franchised hotels currently consists of five owned hotels, in: Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Ipswich and Barcelona and seven franchises, in: The Netherlands, Belgium, UAE, Germany, Portugal and Turkey. The news came as the company confirmed it has been granted planning permission for a 204-room easyHotel located on Gran Via, the


main avenue of L’Hospitalet de Llobregat. The acquisition of the land for the new-build easyHotel is expected to complete in the coming weeks and the hotel is expected to open in early 2018. In July the company easyHotel sold the A3 space at its Liverpool site under a 125-year leasehold agreement for GBP600,000 to Rocket and Ruby Properties, owners of the restaurant. EasyHotel acquired the freehold of the six storey office building in April 2015 for GBP1.3m. Planning permission has been granted to convert the upper floors into a 79-room easyHotel, with an entrance on the main street and the hotel reception located on the first floor. Refurbishment works have commenced and the hotel is expected to open by January 2017. Parsons said: “Our strategy is focused on the ownership of high quality hotel assets and this transaction enables us to recycle capital through the disposal of surplus assets, the proceeds of which can be re-invested in future owned hotel projects in order to maximise shareholder returns.” HA Perspective (by Katherine Doggrell): Not so long ago EasyGroup founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou voted against plans to up the executive pay at the hotel group, complaining of a desire for expansion “based on a lean overhead and low unit cost philosophy”. He was over-ruled and, under the new leadership of Parsons and the team he has built – featuring people


Interstate grows in Europe Third party manager Interstate has added to its European management portfolio, tying up its first property in Germany. An agreement with Dutch group Odyssey will see Interstate taking over two Dutch hotels as well as the new AC by Marriott in Mainz. Odyssey is a hotel development company that lists nine hotels it owns, leases or has in development, with four of its pipeline being Marriott’s Moxy branded properties in Germany, Holland and Belgium. It will initially be passing the Glow Hotel Eindhoven, and Hotel Nassau in Breda, which is signed under Marriott’s Autograph collection, to Interstate for management. The AC is due to open in August 2016, when it will also be managed by Interstate. The deal with Odyssey indicates Interstate’s European growth strategy of seeking strategic partners to work with. Odyssey has a partnership agreement with Marriott, seeking conversion and development opportunities for the group and principally aiming to expand its Autograph, AC, Residence Inn and Moxy signings. “This strategic alliance with Interstate enables us to accelerate our planned growth. Together with our brand partners Marriott International and IHG, we will concentrate on developing new hotels in our focus countries,” said Rick van Erp, chief executive officer of the Odyssey Hotel Group.

“Our confidence in entering these markets is heightened by our partnership with Odyssey Hotel Group, and it is rewarding to see our portfolio grow in this region through a new relationship with an exceptional developer and lease partner,” said Interstate CEO Jim Abrahamson. For Interstate in Europe, the Odyssey deal puts the company back on a growth track after losing its previous foothold in the Dutch market, following the sale of TVHG to Westmont. Aaron Greenman, executive vice president for acquisitions & development in Europe, told Hotel Analyst that while the acquisitions of Sanguine and Chardon had helped create scale in the UK, an alternative strategy is needed for mainland European growth. “We know we needed to be a bit more creative,” he said, and the TVHG deal, in which Interstate took a small equity commitment, was one route and gave it a portfolio of branded Dutch hotels to manage. However, with the sale of TVHG to Westmont, Interstate lost its management brief, and was forced to wind down its Amsterdam office. “We will be rebuilding it, most likely in Germany,” promised Greenman. “We have high expectations for the Odyssey arrangement,” said Greenman, which includes the potential to add other, non-Marriott hotels such as a new Holiday Inn Express that Odyssey is currently developing in Amsterdam. Interstate remains flexible and is ready to support partners

financially. “A minority stake is sometimes welcomed,” said Greenman, while help on low interest finance or potentially key money would be considered as a way to help create long term partnerships. “It’s important to get it right going in,” he added. In May, Interstate was bought by private equity investor Kohlberg, as previous owners Thayer Lodging and Jin Jiang bowed out after five years in charge. The move is seen as one that will spur on Interstate’s growth globally, with strategic M&A being mentioned as a further likely route to growing the business further. At the time, Interstate chief executive officer Jim Abrahamson commented: “The partnership with Kohlberg will enhance the company’s current management processes, with Interstate continuing to lead from a solid position, remaining focused on providing intuitive service to guests, and developing the best talent to deliver exceptional returns for owners.” And Ahmed Wahla, partner at Kohlberg added: “We are excited to be partners with Interstate’s current management team and its deep team of sophisticated hospitality professionals, and we look forward to supporting Interstate’s continued expansion.” Currently, Interstate’s global business extends to management of 425 properties in the US and nine other countries. Of these, more than 330 hotels are in the US, with the UK currently the company’s second largest market.

The additions in mainland Europe follow recent growth in the UK, where in May the company announced the signing of 13 further management contracts. The additions add 2,000 more rooms to the portfolio, taking it to 74 operational and pipeline properties. The additions will trade under Accor, Hilton and IHG flags and include new builds the DoubleTree in Kingston on Thames, and Hampton in Dundee. UK managing director Robert Crook commented: “It is clear that the momentum in the UK market is gearing towards third party management as the preferred vehicle for managing branded hotels, and we expect to capitalise on this over the coming months with more exciting announcements in the pipeline.” During 2015, the group added 29 properties to its UK portfolio, signing both full and select service hotels. The additions included Interstate’s first properties under Hilton, Radisson Blu, Ibis, Crowne Plaza and Ramada brands. HA Perspective (by Chris Bown): The major hotel management groups in the UK have all declared their desire to grow into mainland Europe. But finding the right opportunity to generate an efficient scale is tough. Interstate has understood the need for a different approach, in an environment where European peers such as Event Holding in Germany and Algonquin in Belgium often take a minority stake in the


with experience in, of all things, hotels – has stormed along since the CEO’s appointment in July last year. What Stelios failed to appreciate, but Parsons has, is that brand extension is not as simple as the Kit Kat Chunky, because the Kit Kat Chunky is found on the same shelves as the Kit Kat. Stelios’ fondness for slapping the Easy brand on anything walking past slowly enough was faltering because there simply weren’t enough EasyHotels. Unless you were suffering the misfortune of taking a coach to Victoria, you were unlikely to see one. Parsons knows that success lies in a successful revenue management strategy – as befits a price-focused offering – and growth. At this point he’s picking it off where he can, as the flexibility of the model allows. GBP36.7m may not buy much outside the super-budget arena, but profile will push franchises, even from Ipswich.

Snoozebox cuts losses Snoozebox cut its pre-tax six-month loss by GBP1m to GBP2.1m, in addition to reducing its debts. The company said that its focus would now be on securing new customers for longer-term semi-permanent deployments as it looked to stabilise the business. The group completed a strategic review in June after the resignation of CEO Lorcán Ó Murchú and has been in talks with its primary lender after a number of contracts were delayed.

Snooze has increasingly focused on its semi-permanent operation, which has seen it work with local authorities on easing housing shortages and looking at overseas building sites. The events-driven business with which it launched had recorded low margins, leading the company to increasingly look to semi-permanent revenues as its primary driver. Chris Errington, executive chairman, said that the company was continuing to have “an open and constructive dialogue” with its primary lender and planned to “renegotiate debt at the appropriate time”, once more progress had been made towards meeting its business objectives. In 2014 the company agreed a GBP10m sale-and-leaseback deal with its lender on 578 of its firstgeneration rooms over seven and a half years at a rate of 9.5%. The group said that it had paid all of its debt repayment obligations as they fell due and that, as part of negotiations with its lender, was looking at the amount currently required to be held in escrow. Snoozebox said that it had made “significant progress” in restructuring its cost base and was confident of achieving a target overhead cost run rate of approximately GBP100,000 per month entering 2017. The cost savings have seen a cut in head count as well as re-organising operations. No mention was made of the search for a new chief executive. Errington said: “The board continue to take a cautious view of business expansion and is

currently primarily focused on the stabilisation of operations and improvements to short-to-medium term trading performance with existing accommodation assets. “The group has made some good progress in the period towards financial, operational and cost base stabilisation. The key focus for H2 2016 and into 2017 is on securing new customers for longer term semi-permanent deployments set alongside a significantly more efficient cost base. “We are exploring a number of potential sales opportunities, with a mix of both semi-permanent and events, for deployments in 2017 in line with our strategic plans. The board has assumed that any such semi-permanent opportunities will not generate significant new revenues until at least Q4 2017 taking into account the group’s historic experience of long lead times and the current status of opportunity qualification.” The company saw the end of its contract in the Falklands – to provide accommodation as part of oil exploration – in June, which the group said would mean “a significant reduction” in revenues in the second half. The group is currently re-negotiating its remaining semi-permanent deployment in Cornwall, which has previously generated GBP200,000 pa. The group was unable to secure a lease on a potential project in Barrow. For the six months to 30 June the company saw revenue fall by GBP200,000 to GBP2.2m. The adjusted Ebitda loss decreased from


GBP1.7m to GBP800,000. Loans and borrowings were GBP8.7m, down from GBP9.0m and net debt was GBP3.2m, down from GBP5.4m. The company’s events business saw revenue increase for the period, from GBP604m, to GBP703m, against a fall in the semi-permanent business, from GBP1.75m to GBP1.47m. No further update was provided on the strategic agreement signed at the end of last year with the Dutco Group, looking at events such as Dubai Expo 2020 and World Cup Qatar 2022, in addition to the continuing high levels of infrastructure investment in the region. At the time it was described as “more of a marketing partnership to help secure events” not something the company was investing its own resources into. HA Perspective (by Katherine Doggrell): Snoozebox felt that it was able to describe itself as a going concern, despite the uncertainty over new sales and a revised agreement with its primary lender, so we can assume that it will be with us for the next year, at least (unless its lender makes a grab for the rug they’re standing on). The company is moving further away from its position as hotel, offering a premium room at events where the alternative is tents. Once pitched as a touch of glamour at the Formula One – backer David Coulthard’s face a feature on promotional material – now the company is staking its future on projects such as providing rooms


Interstate grows in Europe Third party manager Interstate has added to its European management portfolio, tying up its first property in Germany. An agreement with Dutch group Odyssey will see Interstate taking over two Dutch hotels as well as the new AC by Marriott in Mainz. Odyssey is a hotel development company that lists nine hotels it owns, leases or has in development, with four of its pipeline being Marriott’s Moxy branded properties in Germany, Holland and Belgium. It will initially be passing the Glow Hotel Eindhoven, and Hotel Nassau in Breda, which is signed under Marriott’s Autograph collection, to Interstate for management. The AC is due to open in August 2016, when it will also be managed by Interstate. The deal with Odyssey indicates Interstate’s European growth strategy of seeking strategic partners to work with. Odyssey has a partnership agreement with Marriott, seeking conversion and development opportunities for the group and principally aiming to expand its Autograph, AC, Residence Inn and Moxy signings. “This strategic alliance with Interstate enables us to accelerate our planned growth. Together with our brand partners Marriott International and IHG, we will concentrate on developing new hotels in our focus countries,” said Rick van Erp, chief executive officer of the Odyssey Hotel Group.

“Our confidence in entering these markets is heightened by our partnership with Odyssey Hotel Group, and it is rewarding to see our portfolio grow in this region through a new relationship with an exceptional developer and lease partner,” said Interstate CEO Jim Abrahamson. For Interstate in Europe, the Odyssey deal puts the company back on a growth track after losing its previous foothold in the Dutch market, following the sale of TVHG to Westmont. Aaron Greenman, executive vice president for acquisitions & development in Europe, told Hotel Analyst that while the acquisitions of Sanguine and Chardon had helped create scale in the UK, an alternative strategy is needed for mainland European growth. “We know we needed to be a bit more creative,” he said, and the TVHG deal, in which Interstate took a small equity commitment, was one route and gave it a portfolio of branded Dutch hotels to manage. However, with the sale of TVHG to Westmont, Interstate lost its management brief, and was forced to wind down its Amsterdam office. “We will be rebuilding it, most likely in Germany,” promised Greenman. “We have high expectations for the Odyssey arrangement,” said Greenman, which includes the potential to add other, non-Marriott hotels such as a new Holiday Inn Express that Odyssey is currently developing in Amsterdam. Interstate remains flexible and is ready to support partners

financially. “A minority stake is sometimes welcomed,” said Greenman, while help on low interest finance or potentially key money would be considered as a way to help create long term partnerships. “It’s important to get it right going in,” he added. In May, Interstate was bought by private equity investor Kohlberg, as previous owners Thayer Lodging and Jin Jiang bowed out after five years in charge. The move is seen as one that will spur on Interstate’s growth globally, with strategic M&A being mentioned as a further likely route to growing the business further. At the time, Interstate chief executive officer Jim Abrahamson commented: “The partnership with Kohlberg will enhance the company’s current management processes, with Interstate continuing to lead from a solid position, remaining focused on providing intuitive service to guests, and developing the best talent to deliver exceptional returns for owners.” And Ahmed Wahla, partner at Kohlberg added: “We are excited to be partners with Interstate’s current management team and its deep team of sophisticated hospitality professionals, and we look forward to supporting Interstate’s continued expansion.” Currently, Interstate’s global business extends to management of 425 properties in the US and nine other countries. Of these, more than 330 hotels are in the US, with the UK currently the company’s second largest market.

The additions in mainland Europe follow recent growth in the UK, where in May the company announced the signing of 13 further management contracts. The additions add 2,000 more rooms to the portfolio, taking it to 74 operational and pipeline properties. The additions will trade under Accor, Hilton and IHG flags and include new builds the DoubleTree in Kingston on Thames, and Hampton in Dundee. UK managing director Robert Crook commented: “It is clear that the momentum in the UK market is gearing towards third party management as the preferred vehicle for managing branded hotels, and we expect to capitalise on this over the coming months with more exciting announcements in the pipeline.” During 2015, the group added 29 properties to its UK portfolio, signing both full and select service hotels. The additions included Interstate’s first properties under Hilton, Radisson Blu, Ibis, Crowne Plaza and Ramada brands. HA Perspective (by Chris Bown): The major hotel management groups in the UK have all declared their desire to grow into mainland Europe. But finding the right opportunity to generate an efficient scale is tough. Interstate has understood the need for a different approach, in an environment where European peers such as Event Holding in Germany and Algonquin in Belgium often take a minority stake in the


for oil drillers in the Falklands. Champagne in the pit lane it is not. As the company says goodbye to hotels and hello to container-based extended stay, it seems likely that, unless it can find more guests, we will be saying goodbye permanently.

Time to care about sharing The impact of the sharing economy, and its poster child, Airbnb, continues to be a much discussed subject. At the Hotel Distribution Event, Credit Suisse analyst Tim Ramskill predicted that impact will continue to grow. Based on recent market growth, Airbnb’s own predictions for its expansion to 2020 would easily be beaten, he said. And it is in European cities that Airbnb’s growth has been greatest. “I do feel that Airbnb is having an impact on the Paris market,” he said, noting that hotel revpar had not recovered in the city since the terrorist attacks. Tracking this against airport arrivals, he would have expected hotel bookings to have improved – meaning the city’s accommodation market is evolving. Ramskill warned of the Airbnb threat: “I would suggest there’s upside risk.” Ufi Ibrahim, chief executive of the British Hospitality Association, was clear that Airbnb is not only

affecting hotels, it is also negatively impacting city housing markets. As landlords see short lets from Airbnb giving them a better return than longer term tenant lets, cities such as London are losing the rental housing that residents need, further pushing up rents in remaining stock. “There is definitely an international trend where cities are reacting,” she said. The solution, she added, is not about more regulation. Rather, it lies in better enforcement of existing regulation, both to help ease the housing market problem, and to help legitimate accommodation providers, who have to adhere to stricter standards. “Regulation is there, but they are having problems with enforcement,” she said of local authorities in London. She added that Airbnb is not helping, by failing to surrender key data on who is contravening rules such as that which limits amateur rentals to a maximum 90 days per year. “We don’t want London to become the wild west.” But while Airbnb is a threat, so there are also opportunities. Support services are springing up to help Airbnb listers manage their properties and listings, and providing housekeeping and concierge services. And hoteliers, too, are starting to embrace change. One of those leading the charge is Kike Sarasola, CEO of RoomMate Hotels and BeMate. “I saw Airbnb as an opportunity,” said the Spanish hotelier, who has started offering

his guests the option of staying in an apartment close to his hotels, with hotel services. “It’s a demand, it’s here to stay.” Sarasola said he has to cope with a variety of rules within Spain. Madrid has introduced a minimum five day stay for some properties, while Barcelona licences apartments. “To regulate is not to prohibit – let’s put in regulations, but make them intelligent.” Sarasola said the hotel industry needs to react. He is already building family rooms in his own hotels, and has received a positive response from offering his nearby apartment stock directly on his own hotel websites. “Our industry is boring, we have to change.” Avvio’s Frank Reeves said that regulation would have a limited impact in practice. “There’s a danger the traditional hotel sector will think this will slow down Airbnb – it won’t.” He predicted the aggressive business would link in future with Google, further cementing its position and broadening its appeal. HA Perspective (by Katherine Doggrell): As Iceland becomes the latest country to act to restrict Airbnb – hosts will be limited to annual earnings of ISK1m (just under USD9,000 before you buy big in Reykjavik) – the law appears to be catching up with the sharing platforms. The news came as Upper Tribunal’s Land Chamber, the

highest property court in the UK, ruled that properties where the lease states they may only be used as private residences may not list on sharing platforms. But are the new rules holding the sharing economy back or, like an unruly child, giving it the boundaries it craves and the chance to flourish? It is likely that the various restrictions will see some of their properties de-listed, but the public now has a taste for the unique, as the conference heard, the George V in Paris is losing custom to luxury apartments. This is not all about budget and it is not about service – Airbnb is showing hotels that service is not a well-staffed front desk, but a host who cares. AccorHotels has taken a threepronged approach to the threat posed by Airbnb and its ilk. First it went for scale by opening up its distribution platform, then it went for the competition by buying Onefinestay, now it has a new flag in Jo&Joe, a hostel-priced brand with shared rooms, private rooms, apartments and, we are warned, occasional yurts. Plus F&B and a kitchen guests can cook in. It’s Airbnb with a bar – finally filling a gap in Airbnb’s offering. The conference was held as Airbnb raised USD555m in its latest funding round, which is ongoing and expected to reach USD850m, taking it to a valuation of around USD30bn. For the moment at least, money talks.

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With news that Euorpe’s textile industry turns over €80.7 billion per year, Heimtextil – the trade fair for interior contract textiles – has revealed details of its 2017 show, taking place from 10-13 January in Frankfurt. The event is set to attract over 70,000 trade visitors – from retailers and wholesalers, to architects and interior designers – eager to explore the latest trends and products. Over 2,800 exhibitors from the flooring, wallcoverings, upholstery and bedding sectors will showcase their novelties across the sprawling exhibition grounds, alongside a series of special features. This year’s show will see a focus on hospitality, with ‘Salon Interior. Architecture.Hospitality.’ dedicated to assisting hotel design professionals in sourcing textiles for their forthcoming projects. There will also be guided tours and a lecture programme aimed at the target group. Other highlights include the Green Village, devoted to the latest developments in sustainable textiles; a newly expanded space for digital printing technology; Now & Next, a platform for younger labels; and the Young Creations Award, in which emerging designers are tasked with turning old materials and waste into new high-quality products. Meanwhile, the annual Theme Park will return, exploring the trends expected to dominate the industry over the coming year. Created in collaboration with trend forecasting agency Groupe Carlin International, the inspirational area – entitled Explorations – features four distinct strands designed to take visitors on a journey of discovery for the senses.

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London Design Festival 17-25 SEPTEMBER

Featuring over 500 events and installations across the capital, the 13th annual London Design Festival placed international creativity centre stage. Words: Kristofer Thomas


aking place from 17-25 September, the 13th annual London Design Festival brought the international design industry to the UK capital and placed creativity once again at centre stage. Comprising Designjunction, 100% Design, Decorex, Focus and London Design Fair trade shows, as well as new addition Luxury Made, the festival showcased the latest product and design innovations, and united the biggest names and emerging brands in one city. The total estimated direct audience for the festival was 375,000 people from over 75 countries, and this year saw over 100 new festival partners and debut exhibitors. Over 500 events and installations were on offer across London, from stimulating programmes at the Victoria & Albert Museum to ambitious installation projects in Shoreditch and Chelsea. The festival showcased ideas from over 300 partners, representing the heart of London’s design community, and a number of large scale installations including Alison Brooks’ The Smile, a 34m-long, 3m high upside down

arc poised on the urban horizon; Asif Khan’s Mini Living, a series of three architectural installations with varying interior landscapes and plant life; and Beloved, a 13m mirrored black box between the the Victoria & Albert Museum’s medieval and renaissance galleries. Created by the Istanbul-based firm Tabanlıoglu Architects, the piece reinterprets Sabahattin Ali’s classic 1943 novel ‘Madonna in a Fur Coat’ as an abstract and interactive sculpture. “Growing London’s cultural sector is one of my core priorities as Mayor and I’m delighted to support the London Design Festival, opening up the city’s unrivalled creativity to Londoners and visitors to the capital,” commented Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London. “London is home to some of the design world’s greatest innovators, practitioners and educators. By showcasing and promoting their work across the city, the festival allows people from all walks of life the opportunity to experience why London really is the design capital of the world.”


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eturning for a 26th year, 100% Design at London Olympia saw the design industry’s leading names come together to exhibit products ranging from seating to technology, and from bathroom designs to decorations and amenities. Welcoming visitors to the show, Hakwood’s entranceway installation set the tone, combining bespoke colours to reimagine the herringbone pattern. Playing on this year’s theme of experience, the pathway embodied the immersive element of design, and introduced a series of carefully planned and executed stalls that enabled visitors to experience the products in action, and in a variety of environments. Hanging over The Central Bar a dramatic overhead installation by Aldworth James & Bond

rippled with kinetic lights, while the Auditorium space designed by Miska Miller-Lovegrove featured a series of translucent panels stitched together to create a nest wherein the event’s talk programme took place. Elsewhere, Kaldewei showcased elements of its Meisterstücke Premium collection, including a sculptural bathtub design by Arik Levy and a fully enamelled bathtub and matching washbasin. Levy’s design offers an ergonomic reinterpretation of the historical bathtub shape, and features a high backrest, long base area, seamless coating connecting horizontal and diagonal lines and a discreet overflow outlet. Meanwhile, Legrand’s impressive stand highlighted a connected device system, which allows the user to control the features of a


guestroom through an intuitive smart device interface. Also on show was the brand’s range of installation solutions, including a variety of subtle and contemporary integration panels, hubs and coverings, designed to conceal the technology. Elsewhere, lighting brand Designheure showcased the Suspension Nomade Grand Nuage, a suspended sculptural lamp offering adaptability, style and components including a dimmer switch, textile cord and distinctive triangular shade. Finally, Antoniolupi exhibited several elements of its Panta Rei collection. Designed by Carlo Colombo, Panta Rei is comprised of tailored bathroom furnishings available in lacquered or wood finishes, that communicate effectively with the brand’s extensive catalouge of washbasins.

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Set against the backdrop of King’s Cross Granary Square, Designjunction returned for a sixth year to highlight a selection of the most innovative new product designs. Fronted by a scaffold-like façade designed by Satellite Architects, Cubbitt House was populated by leading brands and emerging names alike, and presented a spectrum of striking lighting, furniture and accessory products across two floors. Taking up the ground level, DesignJunction’s Light Junction comprised a series of contemporary lighting solutions from brands including Artemide and Northern Lighting, alongside an intricate installation by newcomers Haberdashery, titled Leaf. On display, Northern Lighting’s Dahl model sees a classic mid-century design combined with a minimal pendant form and smooth unembellished surface, and is a reissue of the classic model to celebrate the centenary of Birger Dahl’s original design. Meanwhile Artemide’s Tolomeo Lampione Outdoor Hook lights hung around the show’s secret champagne garden. On the floor above, Ton introduced the Leaf collection designed by E-ggs, which marries influences drawn from nature with a simple, elegant silhouette. Elsewhere, Bolon unveiled the latest additions to the Bolon By You concept, which aims to introduce more customisation to the flooring market, and allow designers to create bespoke designs using a variety of patterns and colours to suit any project or scheme. The concept features six patterns in four warp colours and 12 weft colours, enabling a wide selection of potential creations. Adjacent to Cubbitt House, Designjunction spilled out into Granary Square with a series of eight bespoke red houses filled with immersive design concepts. The houses, created in collaboration with renovation and design platform Houzz, were accompanied by an installation by Dornbracht, consisting of a series of pressurised, sequenced vertical water jets in wide grids across the exterior space.

The inaugural Luxury Made, the newest addition to London Design Festival, occupied a suitably opulent space adjacent to 100% Design in Olympia’s lower and upper Pillar Hall. Showcasing a range of high-end contemporary interior decorations, brands including Lasvit, Cassina and Duistt were brought together to exhibit the best of luxury furniture, fabrics, lighting and accessories. The Pillar Hall’s classical aesthetic and Corinthian pillars proved to be the perfect setting for these luxury brands to exhibit their products, with the luxurious interior architecture complementing the wide array of refined products on show. Particularly luxurious and colourful was the royally appointed Gainsborough Silk Weaving Company’s stand, which exhibited a selection of intricately designed weaves, yarns and fabrics. Lasvit’s Born Broken vases highlighted the brand’s boldly cut crystal products, featuring a distinctive interaction between light and dark through the vase’s prism. Meanwhile, Cassina’s Gender armchair saw the lines between traditional gender design practices blurred for an interchangeable luxury seating solution. Poltrona Frau’s stand featured a number of new seating solutions, all clad in its patented Pelle Frau material, a result of several years of experimentation to produce a high-quality full grain leather. Meanwhile, Bazaar Velvet launched its new collaboration with Thibault Van Renne – a series of colourful, complex and abstract rug patterns. In addition, Vitra’s East River Chair, designed by Hella Jongerius, saw vivid colour combined with a clean minimalist design, and a seat cushion that extends up to the backrest to provide lumbar support. Finally, German designer Julia Von Werz, making her debut at London Design Festival, showcased products including the bespoke Edgewood Sofa, upholstered in luxurious velvet-like Trevira.


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London Design Fair


Comprising over 500 exhibitors, 32 country pavilions and 20 panel discussions, London Design Fair 2016 provided a platform for brands and designers alike to build relationships and observe the industry’s emerging trends and hear about the latest design developments. Taking place at the Old Truman Brewery, the fair saw the launch of Trentino Collaborations, an initiative in which four British designers including, Max Lamb and Lucy Kurrein, worked with four Italian manufacturers to create a new capsule collection, alongside This Is India, a collection of ten independent and established india-centric brands and products exhibiting at the guest country’s pavilion. This year’s annual Super Talks programme featured discussions between some of the industry’s leading institutions and figures, including highlight ‘Radical Collaborations: Leading to Otherness’ regarding the different methods of collaboration. Chaired by interior designer Vanessa Brady, the discussion saw Manuela Mannino of The Hickson Design Partnership, Marc Viardot of Laufen and Lester Korzilius of Ellis Williams explore the impact of brand co-operation. Upon arrival, visitors were met with a vivid 150m2 carpet graphic by surface designer Kit Miles, created in collaboration with Moooi, highlighting the London Design Fair’s increasing focus on connecting designers and manufacturers. “London now has a Fair which is internationally recognised for its diversity and quality of content,” comments Jimmy MacDonald, founder and Director, London Design Fair. “This has been our aim for the last 10 years and I’m delighted to say that we have delivered the addition of a 3rd new floor, a new clear umbrella brand, the introduction of trade only days, a strategic partnership with Decorex and a numbers jump of 23% as a result. We have further exciting plans for 2017.”

Synonymous with luxury design, Decorex’s 39th show took place in the grounds of Syon House, a neoclassical London landmark. Featuring over 400 exhibitors, each showcasing the latest products for the interiors market, Decorex 2016 saw bespoke interior products from leading names exhibited alongside newcomers and emerging brands. Attracting crowds of nearly 14,000, visitors were up by more than 6% from 2015. Welcomed by Tim Gosling’s entrance exhibition, The Heritage of Chair Making, guest’s eyes were subsequently drawn to Front Rugs’ stand, a striking exhibition space that saw vibrant weaves stretched out in intersecting columns, highlighting both the versatility and vast range of colours available throughout its bespoke collections. Representing British talent, Hypnos showcased Sand, its collaboration with journalist and interior designer Amira Hashish, influenced by Ikat and tribal aesthetics and featuring natural fibres and pocket spring technology. Screen-printed by hand using metallic gold inks at the Insley & Nash studio, the headboard celebrates the best of British design and combines a century of craftsmanship with contemporary printing techniques. Koket’s Decadence bookshelf and Lua Bench were on display at the brand’s signature black booth, channelling a rebellious design spirit through gold and bronze metals as part of the Metal Rage collection. The Luna Bench is bookended by two crescent moon shapes serving as armrests, and features and upholstered body cupped by a golden base. The Decadence Bookcase is composed of two ornate and precisely cut metal semi-circles joined by sleek glass shelves. Elsewhere, Devon & Devon exhibited its new Celine bathtub. Constructed from white tec, a composite material designed to offer both style and durability, it features soft, elegant curves and is available in a matte white finish.


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Radical Innovation Award 5 OCTOBER

Recognising concepts that have the power to change the hotel industry, the Radical Innovation Award announces its winner. Words: Kristofer Thomas | Photography: Courtesy of Radical Innovation


won over by the romance of the idea, and amount of research n 5 October over 200 hospitality, investment and design supporting its feasibility.” professionals gathered at the New Museum in New York Through the use of drone technology, Driftscape allows City for the 10th annual Radical Innovation Award. The two guests to manoeuvre through the sky and touch down in diverse finalists, MM Architects Designers & Planners and HOK Toronto, locations, providing views and experiences previously unattainable presented their concepts to a live audience, before audience members at traditional hotels. Inspired by the fundamental human urge to and the jury posed questions to determine the concept’s feasibility for wander, the concept comprises several modular glass units designed future development. The audience then voted for the idea they feel has the power to change the hotel industry. for mobility. Driftscape, HOK Toronto’s self-sustaining Randa Tukan, Director of Hospitality, and drone-mobilised hotel concept, received and Ian Rolston, Senior Project Designer at the grand prize of $10,000 and the chance HOK Toronto, comments: “We were inspired to have its idea further developed in the by adventure and the pursuit of travel marketplace. MM’s Nesting scheme, an to unknown lands, and even by the very environmentally concerned hospitality concept of wandering. We set out to create an concept that reimagines the utilisation of immersive, heightened hospitality vessel that urban parks and shared green spaces, was would allow guests to drift at a leisurely pace awarded the runner-up prize of $5,000. and experience stunning 360-degree views of In a competition that attracts global land, sea and space from above and within attention, the finalists were selected by a the Driftscape.” John Hardy, The John Hardy Group jury of top hospitality executives and design The outlined components of Driftscape experts from a pool of entries representing include Oasis, an operational and community more than 20 countries. Final concepts were selected and judged unit with a food and beverage element, and the Driftcraft, a single based on the quality of their of creativity, design, narrative, graphics volume guestroom unit offering views of the outside world. The and viability, as well as their potential to impact the industry. concept is intended for untethered excursions of up to three days, Speaking after the ceremony, John Hardy, CEO of The John Hardy and is designed to leave minimal impact on sensitive environments. Group and founder of Radical Innovation explained: “Driftscape Rolston continues: “The Driftscape concept has the potential to meets growing market demand for authentic, immersive experiences dramatically change the hospitality industry. If the design comes to with a concept that is entirely new and original. The audience was fruition, permanence of location will be redefined and hotels will

“Driftscape meets growing market demand for authentic, immersive experiences with a concept that is entirely new and original.”



Opposite (clockwise from top left): This year’s entries include Space View Inn, Nesting, and Radical Innovation Award winner Driftscape Previous Page (clockwise from top left): The Radical Innovation jury quiz the finalists; Randa Tukan and Ian Rolston of HOK Toronto accept their prize; trophy designer Chris Hardy; John Hardy congratulates student winner Juan Orduz

Managing Director, Eagle Rock Ventures; Simon Turner, President, need to assess design and environmental impacts and how to fulfil Global Development, Starwood Hotels; James Woods, COO, The guests’ needs for a customised, immersive experience. New hospitality Bowls; Wing T. Chao, Founding Principal, Wing T. Chao Architect; destinations and locations would also need to be devised.” and Claude Amar, President, The John Hardy Group. Rolston and Tukan were part of the winning HOK Toronto team The panel has been instrumental in selecting concepts that have that also comprised Katherine Pascucci, Jozef Pilasanovic, Daniela the ability to change the hospitality landscape. Past winners of the Barbon, Rudra Chauhan, Sam Luong and Denim Pascucci. Radical Innovation Award include multidisciplinary design firm Runner-up, Nesting, by MM Architects, Designers & Planners, Concrete, whose modular home-office hybrid Zoku – developed with reimagines how urban parks and landscapes are utilised through a Hans Meyer and Marc Jongerius – took home the grand prize in joining of public and private entities. In response to the shortage of 2015, and was promptly realised as Zoku Amsterdam, which opened available space within cities, the lack of funding for essential parks earlier this year. and public spaces, and increasingly confined, In 2014 China-based design and restricted urban lifestyles, Nesting proposes manufacturing firm Studio Twist was awarded the introduction of smart, flexible private the top prize for its environmentally-friendly spaces that will generate new experiences Green Air Hotel, which aims to combat air as well as revenue. The fully customisable modular units can be connected for versatile pollution in cities through the incorporation spaces that would accomodate suites and of extensive interior plant life. meeting rooms, and aims to create a greater Produced by The John Hardy Group, sense of wellbeing through interaction with the Radical Innovation Award promotes Ian Rolston, HOK Toronto nature, as well as the community. innovation and global thought-leadership in The concept was highly commended hospitality, and challenges the hotel industry by the judging panel, who also selected a to advance progressive thinking in design, winner in the student category. This year’s prize went to University operations and execution. of Nevada Las Vegas student Juan Orduz, who is currently pursuing Showcasing a selection of groundbreaking hospitality strategies in a Master of Architecture degree with a concentration on hospitality architecture and interior design, the annual competition provides a design. Identifying the hospitality industry as key to private space platform for professional practitioners and students around the world development, Orduz designed his project – Space View Inn – to to present their approach to radical innovation in the hospitality field. address the two-fold design and operational obstacles of space travel. Tukan and Rolston conclude: “As designers, we aspire to be at By adapting and building on current space architecture standards, the leading edge of the industry. The RIA competition has been the design supports leisure and hospitality activities for up to 64 incredibly rewarding, encouraging our team to push both creative guests. Orduz also operates a space lottery, intended not only to and conceptual boundaries. We are very honoured that prominent secure additional funding and offset the large costs of the project, hospitality leaders, organisers, the jury board and event attendees but also to allow space travel to be a more inclusive and widely selected our concept as innovative, radical and feasible within the available experience. foreseeable future, and are incredibly grateful for the award and for The jury for this year’s competition included Michael Medzigian, the opportunity to participate.” CEO and Director, Carey Watermark Investors; Jena Thornton,

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The Annual Hotel Conference 12-13 OCTOBER

Brexit and disruptors were top of the agenda at The AHC, as the European hotel industry gathered to discuss performing in transient times. Words: Molly Dolan and Kristofer Thomas


omprising a variety of panel discussions, workshops, presentations and networking opportunities, the 13 th Annual Hotel Conference saw delegates from across Europe gather at Hilton Manchester Deansgate to analyse the last 12 months of hospitality industry developments and explore what the future holds. Opening the conference, Chris Eddlestone, Head of Global Hospitality & Leisure at Squire Patton Boggs, and Alexi Khajavi, Senior Vice President of Questex Hospitality + Travel, welcomed delegates to the two-day event, which is now under new ownership. Questex, a leading global business information and events company, acquired The AHC Company Limited earlier this year, and has continued to work with founders Chris Eddlestone and Jonathan Langston to develop the programme. “From its beginnings as a small, invitationonly gathering targeting the regional individual and small chain hotel owner and operator, The Annual Hotel Conference has grown over its 13year lifetime into one of the UK’s largest hotel industry events outside London,” said Eddlestone. “With Questex’s significant scale and resources, we expect the event will grow at a faster pace, with new marketing opportunities for our supporters and partners.” This year’s event, themed Performing in Transient Times, brought together hotel owners, operators and managers with developers, investors, bankers, advisors and government agencies as well as interior designers, architects and consultants to discuss how the industry can prosper in an everchanging landscape. Providing the opening keynote, Thomas Dubaere, COO HotelServices – AccorHotels UK

& Ireland, took to the stage to discuss disruption. Using examples from AccorHotels’ recent journey including its digital transformation and acquisitions outside its traditional space, Dubaere addressed how disruption can empower your people and business. “For many years, 90% of all profits were made by the hotel, with 10% made by the traditional travel agent,” he explained. “But times have changed. We now have aggregators such as Kayak and Trivago that make it easier for customers to make choices.” Dubaere believed that we are now in the era of the disruptor, in which companies that are 100% digital, such as Uber and Airbnb, triumph. Looking at millennials, their preferences and behaviours, Dubaere emphasised the need to embrace change. He concluded: “If you look at disruption in a positive way, it empowers you. I will not accept that this mindset is exclusive to millennials, this is a mindset for all ages. It will empower your business, and it will empower your people.” Following a year that has been dominated by Brexit – the result of the landmark referendum – Britain’s impending exit from the European Union was a recurring topic throughout the conference, along with discussions on how businesses can address this evolution. Taking to the stage in the much-anticipated economic overview, Trevor Williams, Professor of Economics and Finance at Derby University, believed that the vote is good news for the hotel and catering industries, as inbound tourism will increase along with staycations. However, there was concern over wage increases for both skilled and unskilled migrant workers. In a largely optimistic address, Williams


confirmed that the economy is sound, noting: “The economy is in good shape and the growth rate this year is probably going to be 1.5-2%.” Switching focus to the hospitality industry, David Bailey, Senior Director, Head of Hotels Consultancy Services of CBRE Hotels, presented the market overview. He informed the audience that the trading landscape remains challenging, yet the introduction of more efficient operating models will result in a healthy increase on the bottom line. Kicking off day two, keynote speaker Danny Pecorelli, Managing Director of Exclusive Hotels, addressed the conference’s key theme – performing in transient times. Offering insight into how Exclusive Hotels has been able to anticipate and respond to changing market conditions, he commented: “As an operator, you really need to understand what can trip you up, but these challenges do present opportunities. “For every negative, there’s a positive. We’re operating in incredibly low interest rates, and as the cost of money is so cheap it gives us more opportunity for investment,” he continued. Pecorelli also stressed the importance of people, reminding the audience that though the changing face of the market could alter how they operate, the key factor to success remains the employees and guests. Day two continued with a series of breakout sessions covering a variety of topics including asset management to improve bottom line performance, traditional versus digital marketing strategies, and franchise and OTA fees. Delegates were also offered the opportunity to participate in a number of interactive operational workshops. In a session entitled Make It Count, moderator

Richard Candey of Cushman & Wakefield observed that, despite the difficult landscape in terms of funding and viability, there is “a lot of hotel development taking place.” Investigating the strategic decisions that can determine the viability of a development and the 5% increase in room stock over the next three years, panellists Matt Lederer, Senior Vice President at JLL, Steve Terry, Vice President of Development at Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Peter Tisdale, Property Director of That Group and Tim Walton, Regional Vice President Hotel Development, Western Europe, at Marriott Hotels International, discussed the prevalence of mixeduse schemes and restoration projects, as well as the popularity of franchising, which has fast taken over from direct brand management. In reference to That Group’s preference for newbuilds as opposed to conversions, Tisdale noted: “The first attraction to hotel refurbishment is the early promise of high returns, but you often realise it’s not quite as straightforward. The main reason for newbuild is the cliché of the blank canvas, and to work with advisors to create something that’s your own.” In a move away from economics, a number of break-outs focused on hotel design. Value in Design, moderated by Sleeper Editor Catherine Martin, considered the role of space planning and interior furnishing in making a hotel habitable, and how design can be best deployed to attract consumers and generate revenue. Highlighting the changing nature of the lobby, Jonathan Manser, CEO, The Manser Practice, explained that the modern guest seeks “a more multifunctional space, with many more facilities than a traditional hotel.” Talking about the public spaces at the newly refurbished Principal hotel in Manchester, Sara Cosgrove of Sara Cosgrove Design revealed that the key idea had been “the social element, and appealing to a vast range of demographics.” Cosgrove also explained the commercial deliberations, stating: “With a carefully considered and thoughtful design, you’re more likely to retain

the guest and they’re more likely to spend money in the space.” The panel went on to cover ideas such as the importance of technology in attracting freelance workers, and how evolving lifestyles are driving change in traditional hospitality design. Warning of the dangers of sacrificing functionality for aesthetics, Jason Holley, Director at Universal Design Studio explained: “There’s often a desire

“If you look at disruption in a positive way, it empowers you. I will not accept that this mindset is exclusive to millennials, this is a mindset for all ages, it will empower your business and your people.” Thomas Dubere, AccorHotels

to create a space that is distinctive and different at the expense of comfortable. But making spaces that work well and feel intuitive – that’s the skill.” In the following session, Supper Editor Harry McKinley hosted a panel of experts – Des McDonald of Des McDonald Restaurants, Peter de la Perrelle of Tower Hotel Management and Anthony Worrall of Hilton Worldwide – to examine the changing face of hotel F&B. The return of casual dining and changing tastes of millennials were addressed, as was the need for hotel F&B to be able to compete with high street concepts. Above all, panellists believed that hotel operators needed to be move away from brand standards and become more flexible in their bar and restaurant provisions. Continuing to loom large over the conference was the presence of Brexit, and what it will mean


for the industry at-large. The closing plenary delivered by Michael Hirst OBE, saw a panel of UK tourism and hospitality heavyweights tackling the subject of Britain leaving the EU, and the potential effect on the industry’s success and continued growth. Dierdre Wells OBE, CEO of UKinbound – the voice for inbound tourism – observed that one of the integral messages for the UK to send out is one of welcome, commenting: “It’s so important for visitors to know that we’re still open.” Talk once again returned to staffing, and the 700,000 migrant workers that make up nearly 27% of all UK hospitality staff. Wells referred to the cost of employment as a secondary issue, and noted: “Investment in staff is so important for creating the guest experience.” Patrick Divall, Regional Vice President Western Europe, Wyndham Hotels, built on this notion, observing that simply replacing the workers would be a short-term fix, and stressed the importance of getting quick answers from the government to provide guests and investors alike with some clarity, and to allow the hotel industry to plan effectively for the coming changes. Closing the conference, Martin Elliott, Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital, delivered a keynote speech encouraging hoteliers to borrow strategies from other sectors to increase productivity, functionality and drive business. He explained that clearly defined key leadership roles result in the streamlining of processes and a reduction in avoidable errors, and assured the audience that solutions to overarching problems can be found in the most unlikely of places. Elliott went on to highlight the importance of big data collection in the pursuit of service excellence, and when navigating the impending period of industry-wide transition. In what was a largely optimistic two days, it will be interesting to see what next year holds once Article 50 is triggered and the effects of Brexit become reality.



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Villeroy & Boch The Future of Wellbeing 19 OCTOBER

Villeroy & Boch partner with Sleeper to address the contribution of good design practices to the concept of wellbeing. Words: Kristofer Thomas | Photography: © Sven Eselgroth


aking place at one of London’s newest hotels, Villeroy & hotel installations as examples. The brand’s experience in working Boch’s Future of Wellbeing forum attracted the city’s design with hospitality developments includes projects such as Radisson community for an examination of the contribution of good Royal in Moscow, where the bathroom fittings reflect an eclectic mix design practices to the concept of wellbeing. of modern and historical design. Featuring the Evana drop-in basin, Building on the success of the group’s East meets West forum in the Hommage bidet and the Pavia bathtub series, all created from 2015, in which keynote speaker Steve Leung explored the challenges the innovative Quaryl material, Villeroy & Boch’s products function facing the bathroom space in an inter-cultural to reflect and complement the hotel’s context, the latest instalment addressed a luxurious aesthetic and experience, but also topic that has become central to the design to generate a sense of wellbeing through of hospitality spaces. gentle lines, a calming neutral palette and Hosted by Guy Dittrich, Sleeper’s Editorsoothing functionality. It makes sense then, at-Large, the forum comprised a keynote that the group’s latest forum would combine speech from Christopher Sanderson, codesign and wellbeing, and considers them in founder of trend consultancy firm The tandem to explore how far the two elements Future Laboratory, followed by a panel are kindred. discussion, product viewing and networking Following this, keynote speaker Christopher Sanderson, The Future Lab drinks. The Sleeper-organised event also saw Christopher Sanderson took to the stage to 50 VIP delegates from around the world introduce what would be a “fast and furious” participating in a pre-forum workshop and address. Building on The Future Laboratory’s an architectural boat trip down the River Thames, in addition to research across various fields, Sanderson addressed the concept of spending a night at Shangri-La at The Shard. wellbeing in retail and F&B, before investigating it in more detail Olaf Haelke, Head of Global Marketing at Villeroy & Boch, opened within the context of the hospitality industry. Noting that The Future proceedings welcoming an audience of hotel operators, architects, Laboratory has developed a holistic understanding of what it means to interior designers and FF&E consultants to the newly refurbished be a well human being in the modern day, Sanderson then proceeded Courthouse Hotel in Shoreditch, London. With a goal to “equip to outline the conceptual and industry related understanding that bathrooms of all sizes, price classes and project categories,” Haelke has come as a result. outlined the group’s design capabilities, using product launches and In the context of hospitality, Sanderson noted that the idea of

“The current global consumer is now more interested in investing in experience than purchasing product.”



wellness is key to creating a lasting experience and a satisfied, He outlined that physical elements of comfort and the guest being “part of the experience” must combine with design acting to bridge healthy guest. However, he then differentiated between wellness and the two ideas and eventually form a relationship between them. wellbeing, defining the former as a “passive activity” as opposed to Hansen agreed, noting that handcrafted furniture could play an the “active understanding” of being well that constitutes wellbeing. important role in this sense. She explained that her customers and The difference being that being well pertains to being pampered and clients were now “more interested in where a stone comes from” as looked after, whereas wellbeing is the more personal and intimate opposed to the stone itself, and that the narrative, experience and dimension of the concept. personality of a product could contribute to a sense of wellbeing Society is “speeding up, not slowing down,” he continued, insisting through the combination of design and storytelling. that a focus on wellbeing is more critical than ever as we “prepare Dittrich then questioned whether the smaller, more intimate ourselves for a longer and more active life”. To achieve this success guestrooms present at Citizen M, and the hybridised spaces of within the industry, Sanderson provided a number of examples Zoku, would be more appropriate for the cultivation of wellbeing and possible strategies. “The current global consumer is now more as opposed to the vast spaces of presidential interested in investing in experience than suites. Gottl suspected that “it’s appropriate purchasing product. We are in an experience for where the consumer wants to go. A era,” he noted. simpler life means less stress and more Highlighting Zoku Amsterdam as an happiness.” He went on to suggest that the example, he said that the project’s fluid use younger generation are much less interested of space and its combination of different in owning material possessions, and that elements of life, those of work, play and status now comes through self-esteem, and rest, is key to a guest experiencing a sense of George Gottl, UXUS by extension, the idea of being well. wellbeing during their stay. The conversation then turned to the use of Looking to the future, Sanderson colour in design, with Johansen pointing out predicted a coming together of technology that “you will experience a greater sense of wellbeing if the design and wellbeing. He specifically looked to the Phillips Wake-up light, uses your favourite colour.” Hansen concurred, and highlighted the which awakens the user with gradually increasing light as opposed to importance of a personal connection to a space as well as appropriate alarming sound, and the Indian design firm Vayu, which has created aesthetics when she insisted that it is important to “integrate colour in an autonomous device that opens windows based on air analysis, to a healthy way” in order to create an atmosphere as well as a pleasing achieve wellbeing through air quality. and visually attractive design scheme. Sanderson then joined the panel of designers, featuring George Overall, the forum hypothesised that the notion of wellbeing Gottl, CEO at UXUS, Gesa Hansen, Designer at The Hansen Family, has transitioned from the tangible to the intangible, and is no and Erik Nissen Johansen, Creative Director and founder of Stylt longer achieved through physical means, but rather the creation of Trampoli, for a panel discussion further considering the topic. experience. The days of the spa, where guests are pampered through Dittrich began by posing the question of whether wellbeing is touch and stimulation of the physical senses, may soon give way to strictly a physical state or if it is in fact an amalgamation of several more personal, individual and self-cultivated methods of achieving elements. Sanderson replied that wellbeing is as much about wellbeing. However, design will play a key role in this transition. “sharpening the mind” as it is “honouring the body” and the key to Through colour, shape and function, design has the ability to act as guests experiencing a sense of wellbeing is finding a balance between a channel between the two, and provides a physical element with the the two. “I think the pursuit of wellness is actually the pursuit of ability to generate the psychology of wellbeing. happiness,” Gottl expanded, explaining that the tools of wellbeing must work in tandem with the space they exist in to work effectively.

“I think the pursuit of wellness is actually the pursuit of happiness.”




Kohler Design Forum Designing the Connected City 26 OCTOBER 2016

Following its success in China and Singapore, Kohler partnered with Sleeper to bring its insightful design forum to Dubai. Words: Molly Dolan


infrastructure within the pillars of life, society, mobility, economy, governance and environment. The eye-opening statistics were followed by a series of speakers, beginning with Khalifa Al Zeraim Alsuwaidi, CEO and Board Member, Emirates Real Estate Solutions. The driving force at Emirates Real Estate Solutions, the technology arm solutions provider to Dubai Land Department, Alsuwaidi spoke about the importance of transparency in development. According to Alsuwaidi, real estate data is imperative, as it makes available quantitative figures to developers, allowing for easier planning for the growing urban population. Further, it supplies all stakeholders with accurate information, allowing the measurement of supply and demand – particularly important when it comes to planning new real estate developments. Nasser Turk, Regional Design Manager, WATG and Wimberly Interiors MENA, followed, exploring what is needed to make a smart city. With experience in masterplanning, urban and landscape design, Turk’s project experience includes work throughout the Middle East, USA, Canada, South America and Asia. Using Shake Shack as an example – the modern-day roadside burger stand that has grown exponentially in recent years – Turk highlighted the importance of thinking smart. Looking to the brand’s origins as a kiosk in New York’s Madison Square Park, he highlighted the factors that make this a smart location. “It is very simple,” he explained. “We see trees, green spaces, great central connectivity to the city and good mass-transit connections. These are all the components needed for a smart city.” Further, the need for interactivity was iterated: “We, as people, as

ith an overarching topic of ‘Designing the Connected City: Global Nomads in the Age of Urban Innovation’, Kohler’s latest design forum took place during Dubai Design Week, attracting hoteliers, architects, interior designers and masterplanners from across the region. Building on the success of previous forums in China and Singapore, the latest edition invited attendees to the recently opened Westin Dubai Al Habtoor City to gain insight on how the industry can utilise technology, data and connectivity to provide innovative solutions and create the ultimate guest experience. Hosted by Sleeper Editorat-Large Guy Dittrich, the forum addressed topics such as urban planning, the evolution of public spaces, guest personalisation and the importance of data. Opening proceedings, Dittrich outlined some of the key statistics that make the ‘connected city’ so topical. 2014 was highlighted as the tipping point: the time at which the balance of population in urban areas versus rural areas tipped in favour of cities. With the UN predicting that by 2030 the world will have 41 mega-cities with 10 million inhabitants or more, it is a trend that is expected to continue and one that will undoubtedly affect the way in which buildings and their surroundings are designed. The forum’s host city Dubai was cited as a key example of the changing times. Leaders have announced a Smart City initiative that will leverage the ‘Internet of Everything’ to become one of the world’s most connected and sustainable cities. Set to host the World Expo 2020 – attracting a predicted 20 million visitors – Dubai will use this platform for unveiling its vision. According to research, it has been estimated that $7-8 billion could be spent on the smart city


designers, as anything, need to help create the city. We need to explore from a function and experience point of view, rather than design for design’s sake. “Having a general approach for everybody won’t how we interact with it. It is also important to look at how the city work,” she explained. “The idea is to use design for something that adapts. Places change.” Turk continued: “Urban spaces are the city’s you need, looking particularly at what habits are. If you enter a living room and the foundation of a smart city.” guestroom, what is the room temperature that you prefer, and what Using the Spanish Steps in Rome as another example, Turk lighting scenes? It’s about personalisation.” emphasised the importance of landscaping in public areas. While Introducing the concept of beacons – a small device that constantly the steps may have been built in the 1700s, the space continues to sends out radio signals to nearby smartphones and tablets – the idea be lively, promoting communication and connectivity with others. of pushing personalisation to the limit was explored. A smart device, Applying this approach to interior design, Rove Downtown beacons utilise Bluetooth to gather data allowing hotel staff to offer Dubai – recently opened as the first of a new brand from Emaar the utmost in personal service: greeting guests by name without so Hospitality Group – was cited for its smart use of connected areas. much as a document or credit card handover. Alluding to Rove’s strapline of ‘smart hotels Pintado described this as concerning, but for modern travellers’, Turk commented: fascinating, as it adds another layer to the “These spaces aren’t only for those staying much-craved personal touch. at the hotel; they’re for people coming to Simplicity was also listed as an important visit, to have lunch, to have coffee, to create consideration. “Simplicity is the ultimate business. People are coming to these places in sophistication,” Pintado explained. “If for a multitude of reasons.” you over-complicate technology, then you Further highlighted examples of alienate a whole section of clientele. It is smart cities were Barcelona in Spain and Nasser Turk, WATG / Wimberly Interiors about finding balance.” Krommenie in The Netherlands, where

“Urban spaces are the city’s living room and the foundation of a smart city.”

The final presentation of the forum came from Mark Bickerstaffe, Director New Product Development, Kohler Kitchen and Bath – Europe and Asia Pacific, who discussed how interconnectivity goes beyond product design, and again explores experience. Bickerstaffe introduce Kohler Konnect, a vision with a focus on energy and water saving, maintenance, safety and security, and a connected experience. Aiming to create a seamless guest experience, the concept utilises digital DNA to personalise the bathroom. Benefits of the connected experience were listed as: heating up the bathroom and water in sync with the morning alarm; synchronising lighting with time of day and routine; and using GPS tracking to monitor when a guest leaves so that energy-burning appliances can be switched to eco-mode. “We’re experimenting,” concluded Bickerstaffe. “Our approach is to learn by doing. We’re looking at solving problems before they even exist.”

new initiatives are set to push urban design forward. In Barcelona, steps to become a smart city include proposals to close off streets to traffic, giving them back to pedestrians and creating a sense of community. While Krommenie’s SolaRoad – a pioneering innovation in the field of energy harvesting – demonstrates how technology can be used to generate electricity for street lighting, traffic systems, households and electric vehicles. Billed as the world’s first bike path made from solar panels, it harnesses power during the day and illuminates the route at night – a seemingly straightforward solution of safety, sustainability and design concerns. In closing, Turk discussed the urban growth boundary, seen in cities such as Portland in the USA. Set in place in the 1980s, the regional boundary protects neighbouring land from urban sprawl. Turk concluded: “This instantaneously changed the development landscape and made the land inside the city more valuable.” Isabel Pintado, Senior Vice President and Managing Director MEA of Wilson Associates, was next to the stage. With interior architecture expertise, Pintado explored the importance of looking at design

The next Kohler Design Forum will take place in Hong Kong on 29 November 2016.



Sleep 22-23 NOVEMBER 2016

Set to open its doors in November, this year’s Sleep will feature an array of exclusives alongside a theme exploring the psychology of how guests respond to design.

THE EXHIBITION: AWAKEN YOUR SENSES Every year, Sleep offers a curated balance of first-time and returning exhibitors, all with a focus on high-concept design, and this year the line-up is more international than ever. Making their debut are Italian fabric and wallcovering company Milano Tessuti, Spanish lighting company Alve, and British heritage brand Cole & Son. Furthermore, collections of handcrafted furniture will be on show from Dare Studio and Decca London, alongside luxurious fabrics from Designers Guild, Altfield, Romo, Vescom and Clarke & Clarke. Sleep is also the destination of choice for wellbeing brands; founding sponsor Grohe will present its Sensia Arena shower toilet, while newcomer Villeroy & Boch will show designs by Gesa Hansen. Beautifully designed products are also anticipated from Sleep Set sponsors Dornbracht and other manufacturers including Hansgrohe, Laufen, Vitra and Hurlingham Bath Company. Equally, the exhibition attracts the best names in lighting. Chelsom will introduce its Stockholm lamp; Preciosa will showcase its spectacular creations; and there will be a number of newcomers from across Europe. New for this year, Sleep will display yet more products in ‘Spaces’, a series of stands designed as different hotel environments. Italian marble company Frassk will be joining Roca, Elegant Clutter and Impey amongst others, so expect roof terraces, lobbies, bathrooms and much more to stimulate the creative juices.

in the business, on-hand to offer their professional insight. Hosts for Benjamin West’s Development Round Tables include: Felicity Black-Roberts, Vice President Acquisitions and Development, Hyatt Hotels Corporation; Erin Hoover, Vice President, Global Brand Design, Starwood Hotels & Resorts; and Paul Rands, Vice President, Development, BridgeStreet Global Hospitality. Successfully debuting at last year’s conference, Sleep Essentials will return, hosted by experts from a range of specialisms within the industry. This year, delegates can seek advice from the CEO of wayfinding solutions company Modulex; the Head of Hospitality at Perkins+Will; lighting designer Paul Nulty; and Tricon, internationally renowned for creating thriving hotel F&B operations. The conference will open with a keynote from Sharan Pasricha, CEO of Ennismore, who will explore the emerging influence of personal values and culture on hospitality design and development. Elsewhere, respected experts from diverse fields will consider major political, social and environmental challenges and what they mean for the global hotel sector. SLEEP SETS: AWAKEN YOUR IMAGINATION The Sleep Sets challenge convention, offer delight and provoke conversation. This year, Sleep has initiated a collaboration between social scientists and international design talent who, inspired by a ‘Science of Tribes’ theme, are transforming the way they think about the spaces they create, the fruits of which will be revealed in five guestroom installations. The winning design team will be announced at lunchtime on day two.

THE CONFERENCE: AWAKEN YOUR MIND The destination for big ideas, fresh perspectives, and, this year, a special focus on the science behind understanding today’s diverse hotel guest, the conference offers lively debates from engaging personalities over the two days. Panel discussions on the future of wellbeing and art in hotels will complement the exhibition; Adam Tihany will join a panel discussing cruise ship design; while the potential of augmented reality and virtual design will be explored, giving delegates food for thought before they visit the Soluis installation to experience the real thing. The round table sessions will once more be led by top names

THE BAR: AWAKEN YOUR SENSES Inspired by the earth’s elements, Superfutures is designing the Sleeper Bar, the social hub of the event and a journey of inner reflection, inviting visitors to decide which tribe they belong to through a series of immersive installations and multi-sensory experiences.


Above (L-R): The conference will offer insight from Erin Hoover, Vice President, Global Brand Design, Starwood Hotels & Resorts; Sharan Pasricha, CEO, Ennismore; and Adam Tihany, Principal, Tihany Design Below (L-R): Exhibitors include Style Library Contract, Preciosa and Cole & Son


The Sleeper Bar 22-23 NOVEMBER

Come and join us for a drink at The Sleeper Bar, where a multi-sensory experience designed by Superfutures awaits.


s there such a thing as a shared experience? And do we really need to fit into a tribe? These are the questions asked by Superfutures, designers of this year’s bar at Sleep. “We aim to create an interior dialogue for you, the individual, to explore your own sense of belonging,” explains Ben Webb, Director at Superfutures. “By engaging the five senses, perhaps you’ll discover which tribe best defines your tastes and sensibilities.” Upon entering the gallery hall atrium at The Business Design Centre, visitors will be presented with four bespoke environments designed to immerse them in a series of sensory experiences. The ‘taste room’, created in collaboration with Studio Appetite,

will offer a selection of new and exciting flavour combinations to try, while the ‘sight room’ will suspend the guest in a virtual reality using the latest sensory technology from Chillblast. Sound will be visually represented through a 3D holographic projection created by visual artist Tupac Martir, while the ‘touch’ experience has been designed as a place of sanctuary and self reflection, giving guests the opportunity to relax in a womb-like environment. The four experiences culminate in The Sleeper Bar, Sleep’s central meeting point, which will undoubtedly create it’s very own following throughout the show. Don’t let your tribe define you. . . .




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Hand-crafted luxury WA LT E R K N O L L

Celebrating 150 years of furniture production, Walter Knoll continues to provide the hospitality industry with high-quality luxury furnishings, cementing a reputation built on craft and design excellence. Words: Kristofer Thomas


he history of Walter Knoll can be traced back to 1865, and the opening of Wilhelm Knoll’s Leather Shop in Stuttgart. Since then, the furniture produced by the Knoll dynasty has become synonymous with luxury, and admired by the upper echelons of both the hospitality industry and society at large. As an example of its status, every new German Chancellor is given the chance to outfit his or her workspace with the brand’s products after entering office. In 2006, Walter Knoll shifted its operation to a multifunctional building in Herrenberg, Germany. A striking glass-fronted structure, Brandland allows the public to look in on the production process, and staff to draw inspiration from the outside world. The building serves to encapsulate the brand’s philosophy of transparency, clarity, functionality and sustainabilty, and it is here that Walter Knoll produces bespoke luxury furniture, and creates high-end products

that grace the world’s leading hotels and speak to guests through expressive design and masterful craftsmanship. With hotel projects such as Jumeirah Creekside in Dubai to Waldhaus Flims Mountain Resort & Spa in Switzerland, Walter Knoll’s products are present in hospitality spaces where a brand wishes to convey a degree of refinement and project a thoughtful consideration of its own identity. “Furnishing hotels is one of the core competencies of Walter Knoll,” explains Markus Benz, CEO. “Whether it’s a boutique hotel in Berlin, or a five-star hotel in Dubai, our products shape interiors, and fulfil the desire for quality of life.” Benz has headed up the company for two decades, and oversaw the brand’s 150th anniversary celebrations in 2015. Every piece of Walter Knoll’s furniture is constructed in-house at Brandland, where the leather quality is inspected by touch across


Above: Every piece of Walter Knoll’s furniture is constructed in-house at Brandland, where the leather quality is inspected by touch across multiple stages

“When you have the combination of excellent craftsmanship and the finest materials, it’s a value that can be felt everywhere”

multiple stages, the environment sizeable reserve in case of shortage. is carefully controlled, and the The leather is laser cut, with the apprentices are trained extensively cutters utilising every available for three years before taking to the inch of the material, in-line with floor. With these quality guidelines the company’s dedication to in place, Walter Knoll goes so far as sustainability and ecology, a trait to provide visitors with a magnifying Walter Knoll believes goes hand-inMarkus Benz, CEO glass on arrival, assured that there hand with economy. will be no visible imperfections. Collaborating with designers Sourcing its leather from within 500km of the factory to guarantee such as Norman Foster, PearsonLloyd and Eoos, the company has the quality does not diminish in transit, Walter Knoll largely buys developed a design process that aims to generate, in the words of Benz, directly from local supplier Gmelich Leather. At Gmelich’s tannery, “creative values that are understood and appreciated everywhere in only unbranded, single-calf Southern-German rawhides are used, the world, in every culture.” which boast the optimal traits for leather production in terms of Encapsulating this idea, the brand’s latest product, the 375 structure and size. The leather is then dyed and inspected three chair, combines an innovative silhouette and shape with exquisite times, then inspected once more under office, daylight and outdoor craftsmanship, chanelling identifiable design trends while retaining lighting to ensure its standard in a range of environments. Despite its own distinctive Walter Knoll stamp. the rigorous scrutiny, Walter Knoll still prefers to work with traces “We want to be international,” he continues, “and when you have of unevenness in its base material, believing that this provides more the combination of excellent craftsmanship and the finest materials, character, depth and a sense of life to the end result. it’s a value that can be felt everywhere.” With this in mind, the ideas Walter Knoll stores approximately €1.5 milllion worth of leather behind the brand’s designs run deeper than just craft, materials on-site to ensure a constant flow of material to work with and a and aesthetics, with Benz noting in a speech at Walter Knoll’s


Above: Designed by EOOS, the Jaan range showcases the clean and timeless design ideas found throughout Walter Knoll’s catalogue

showroom that wider social ideals including “sustainability, respect, liability, responsibility and loyalty” are all values that he wishes to convey through each product, because these concepts are common throughout every culture, and date back to the origins of society. In terms of hospitality design, this globalism is especially important, with the designs and resulting experiences interpretable by every guest, regardless of geographical or social origin. Benz continues: “In the last couple of years, more hotels have become design-led, and these design hotels care a lot about the aesthetics, materials and the look and feel of their guestrooms and suites, so special attention is paid to every little detail. What these hotels are looking for is uniqueness.” And for all its efforts to cultivate the shared recognition of its quality and designs, Walter Knoll has been handsomely rewarded. Winning multiple Red Dot, German Design and Interior Innovation Awards, its furniture remains as acclaimed in the contemporary market as its royal court appointed products were a century ago. With 150 years of production now under its belt, Walter Knoll has seen its reputation, demand and quality grow and evolve with the times. Specified by prestigious hotel brands and historic establishments around the world, the brand’s hospitality expertise has proven to span a variety of tones, atmospheres and briefs. At the

Hotel am Steinplatz in Berlin, for example, the brand’s Foster 520 chair cultivates an atmosphere of sleek formality, but is juxtaposed by the more traditional and warmer Hausmann 310, blurring the lines between work and play. Elsewhere, at ME London, the abstract form and shape of the Ben van Berkel designed Circle bench channels the stylish unconventionality of the ME brand, encapsulating the project spirit in its design. “Walter Knoll knows how to adequately express the identity of a brand in furniture,” Benz concludes. “This results in exclusive and individual furnishings for hotels, bars and restaurants worldwide.” This focus on identity highlights Walter Knoll’s company-wide endeavour to create products that not only act as pieces of durable and timeless furniture, but also to channel key ideas of hospitality: uniqueness, experience and narrative. Next up for the company is the furnishing of The Westin Hamburg, situated above the Elbe Philharmonic Hall, designed by Herzog de Meuron. Describing the project as “one of the recent highlights in the history of Walter Knoll furnishing hotels,” Benz hopes that the brand can continue to break new ground in hospitality design, and cater for the combination of high-quality design, lifestyle and craftsmanship elements that the modern guest now desires.


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Fabrics, Wallcoverings & Surfaces E X P L O R AT I O N I N D E S I G N

With an overarching theme of Exploration, leading international trade fair for home and contract textiles, Heimtextil, has presented four progressive trends for the coming season.


very year, Heimtextil – the international trade fair for home and contract textiles – presents trend predictions for the textile industry. Regarded as a key tool for designers working on hospitality and residential projects worldwide, the Trendtable culminates in and the publication of the Trend Book, a feature space at Heimtextil entitled Theme Park. “Our Trendtable with its international participants is a place where immense creativity and a rich variety of cultural aspects meet,” explains Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies at Messe Frankfurt. “This results in some incredibly exciting views of the design of tomorrow.” At Heimtextil 2017, it is the French trend agency Carlin International under the management of Excalis who will bring to life the trends in various themed worlds. They have worked together with creative experts from France, Japan, The Netherlands, UK, Germany and USA to discuss current trends in the fields of textiles, art, fashion and architecture. Their findings have resulted in an overarching theme for 2017/18: Exploration. Defining the Trendtable, Exploration aims to promote a variety of innovative materials, textures and patterns to supply designers with new creative inspiration. Split into four subcategories – Virtual Explorations, Cultural Explorations, Planetary Explorations and Natural Explorations – the trend predictions traverse a variety of natural, social and cultural influences. Virtual Explorations takes the increasing use of technology and innovations in the wider community and examines how this influences the use of material. Using virtual reality, the concept of a ‘digital self’ and the intersection of virtual and reality as inspiration, this trend champions a spectrum of galactic tones with vibrant, aquatic nuances. Lilac complements deep purple, while pops of colour come from mustard yellow and peach.

Meanwhile, Cultural Explorations examines primal crafts, reinterpreted into contemporary forms with added functionality. According to Caroline Till, Founder of FranklinTill Studio, designers are reflecting on the value of tradition and cultural influences to create hybrid design applications. An example of this can be seen through Japanese studio Nendo’s work, where woven baskets are turned into backrests for chairs and storage compartments for tables. Traditional craft and material is re-appropriated into contemporary design. Colours for this trend focus on a ‘universal ethnic look’, with browns, beiges and creams alongside teal and cranberry red. The third theme, Planetary Explorations, focuses on environmental adversity, with innovators increasingly looking to new frontiers for visions of sustaining future life. Alternative resources are explored by way of anthropocene materials. The result is the extraction of materials, mineral delicacy and softened protection. Colours range from black, through turquoise to vanilla. Lastly, Natural Explorations aims to highlight the need for architects, designers and city planners to connect with nature – a notion that is particularly ppopular in hotel design. Nettle Fabrics by Nina Gautier serves as an example, whereby the nettle’s hidden attributes are used, resulting in a range of textiles made using nettle fibre. Different colours are explored by using different parts of the plant. The Natural Exploration trend concludes with a colour palette spanning luscious greens to maroon and deep blue. Working alongside Carlin International, this year’s Heimtextil Trendtable includes the following design practices: Stijlinstituut Amsterdam, Dan Project, WGSN, FranklinTill and Felix Diener. The team has also produced a dedicated website, where interior designers can explore the Trendtable and associated themes, colours, textures and materials.


VILLA NOVA Marl Part of Villa Nova’s first contract-focused collection, Marl is a Trevira CS Plain Weave with the look and feel of wool. Complete with a subtle melange effect, the design features character and movement in a versatile fabric. Marl has been designed for smart upholstery and luxurious curtains.

FR-ONE Genova Durable and fire retardant, the latest designs from FR-One include statement prints and damasks, textural plains, small scale geometrics, velvets and wide width sheers. Genova is a collection of three sumptuous velvet upholstery fabrics, including a classic damask and two modern textural patterns. The collection is available in an array of rich colours.

WHISTLER LEATHER Contours Newly launched from Whistler Leather, Contours is an exquisite aniline-dyed suede complete with foil finish. The glittering design is suitable for decorative upholstery, wall panelling and soft furnishings.


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BLACKPOP Vanguard This painterly, deeply textured set of fabric designs are inspired by the New York Abstract Expressionist movement of the 1940s and 1950s. With a width of 137cm, the velvet and cotton mix is digitally printed in the UK using environmentally friendly, sustainable inks.

ROBENA InterContinental London – The O2 Robena has recently completed the bespoke make-up and installation of curtains and soft furnishings in the guestrooms and contemporary public areas of InterContinental London – The O2. The beautiful curtains and sheers, bed runners, cushions, blinds and valances for the 453 classic and executive guestrooms have been made by Robena’s highly skilled and experienced workforce.

BERNHARDT Anabela Chan Textile Collection

Taking inspiration from living nature and handcrafted trends, the latest surface panel collection from Egger features wood-based materials. With a focus on current trend themes, surface textures and the latest technological developments, the Decorative Collection champions matching decors and surfaces, whether they be laminates, decorative panels, worktops or edging.

Inspired by the birds and butterflies that characterise her jewellery, the Anabela Chan Textile Collection is a woven textile range comprising five designs. Monarch takes inspiration from a butterfly wing viewed under a microscope, while Feather is influenced by Chan’s collection of rare birds from around the world, resulting in a beautiful striped pattern.

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ARTE Ligna With clear inspiration from the botanical trend, the Ligna wallcovering is a tactile expression of the earth’s elements. With minimal repetition, a very natural effect is achieved in the collection’s seven patterns: Axedo, Canopy, Hive, Hover, Roots, Scope and Wings. Hive consists of inserts with a wood structure on a substrate of shiny film, appearing with fine lines in a hexagonal shape.

CLARKE & CLARKE Amara Tribal influences and Africa’s sweeping savannah inspire Amara, a collection of woven and embroidered fabrics from Clarke & Clarke. Rustic colours with a fashion edge are muted to provide the perfect backdrop for relaxed interiors.

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Hakwood has launched a new collection of wood wall tiles with unlimited creative possibilities. Using a hanging system for easy installation, architects and designs are able to create bespoke feature walls. The wooden tiles allow full flexibility, resulting in a vertical statement and personalised scheme. Each tile is a Duoplank pre-fabricated wood tile, available in a variety of designs, dimensions and thickness.

Newmor’s latest collaboration bring designer Ptolemy Mann’s signature ikat prints and handwoven designs to the market in a collection of fabric-backed vinyl wallcovering designs. With a unique approach to hand dyeing and weaving wall-based artworks, Mann has developed a collection that can be rescaled, recoloured and printed onto any wallcovering, including textured and metallic.

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AGUA Cashmir Tones At the forefront of modern thinking, Cashmir Tones from Agua is a mix of softness, warmth and colour. It offers both the appearance and feel of wool, while providing the benefits of Agua’s technical properties. A luxuriously soft fabric, the latest addition accompanies the existing Cashmir collection, resulting in 30 sophisticated colourways.

CARNEGIE Xorel Gilded Couture Xorel Gilded Couture is a new line of textiles created through an innovative new processing technique allowing embellishment with thin layers of gold, silver, copper and rose gold. The collection presents an exploration of haute couture in terms of functionality, sustainability and aesthetic appearance. Five patterns can be used for panels, upholstered walls, soft furnishings and wallcoverings.


Deluxe is one of ten new collections from Panaz. Based on the luxury of stone and marble, the five designs are manufactured using Trevira CS, and available in eight colour combinations from grey to burnished rose gold. To complement the fabrics, Deluxe also features a new range of wide width wallcovering vinyls.

A collection of exciting designs, Fable draws inspiration from the cultural tradition of storytelling around the world. The bold and confident collection features an array of geometric, conversational and st ylised f loral designs, referencing Chinoiserie, Persian and Navajo influences. Part of the range, Aesop is a stylistic design of mythical lands, depicting animals, characters and trees.

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JAB ANSTOETZ Central Park A multi-faceted design inspired by the sights of New York and the cosmopolitan nature of the city, Central Park is available in eight colourways, from warm chestnut to sleek olive. Prospect Park depicts a blurred damask design for a soft and elegant look, while Duffy Square’s bold linear pattern and Cadman Plaza’s pixelated appearance creates a strong, contemporary feel. These styles can be paired with plain upholstery fabrics in an array of colours.

DESIGNERS GUILD Arona A simple velvet, Arona from Designers Guild is flame-retardant with high abrasion resistance. Its smooth surface and soft handle belies is functionality, making its suited to all contract upholstery projects. The design is available in 40 colourways.


Modern, decorative and geometric, Syros is the latest curtain fabric from Vescom. Featuring a raised pattern, the design is available in ten tone-on-tone colours and features a soft sheen. The Vescom curtain collection consists of plain, patterned, black outs, dim outs and transluscent fabrics that are Oeko-Tex certified.

Pasha is a portfolio of stylish, sophisticated materials and a delicate mix of precious textures. Chenille with a velvet iridescent appearance is blended with small irregular patterns, creating a harmony of warm shades. Meanwhile, the glamorous tweed style is easy to coordinate, in shades of ivory, light grey, pearl or khaki.



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SKOPOS Moritz Moritz is a new FR upholstery collection with a universal appeal. As the name suggests, the range is a follow on from Skopos’ popular Chamonix collection, offering four distinctive designs with an alpine look and matte texture. The patterns include a smart, modern check, an intricately woven stripe and two contemporary geometrics. Colours include acid tones, coppers, steel blues and reds alongside a selection of neutrals.

SPRADLING Surfaces Collection The latest range from Spradling includes more than 200 different colours and over 20 new textures, resulting in a unique surface collection for sophisticated interiors. The new range of textures combines performance-driven solutions with current market trends. The coated fabrics are completely versatile, ideal for seating, panelling, headboards and bed frames.

SAMUEL & SONS La Terre, Le Soir and Saisons


Samuel & Sons has launched three new collections: La Terre, Le Soir and Saisons. A collection of organically inspired passementerie, La Terre is woven from the finest denier linens and luxurious cottons, while Le Soir is a selection of eight hand-printed ikat pattern silk satin borders. Finally, Saisons presents a range of trimmings woven in 100% Bella Dura solution-dyed polyolefin yarns.

A sophisticated herringbone, ideal for upholstery, Orion aligns itself effortlessly within James Hare’s collections. Available in warm and cool metallic shades, the fabric is versatile and suitable for use in contemporary and traditional settings. Orion is available in two colourways.


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Your inspiration reloaded. The new Egger Decorative Collection – coming January 2017.

The new styles in the new EGGER Decorative Collection will have you buzzing with ideas. You can already preview a selection of our exciting new styles, including Living Nature, Loft Living and Handcrafted. But that’s not all – from a comprehensive range of decors incorporating the latest technological advances, to the full suite of supporting products and services, the collection is designed to fully support your daily work.

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ZOFFANY Phaedra The Phaedra wallpapers offer a rich compendium of diverse wallcoverings ranging from wide-width scenics and vinyl embosses, to traditional rotary screen methods. All are on non-woven bases for ease of hanging.

LITTLE GREENE Pink Following the success of its Blue and Grey collections, Little Greene has launched its Pink capsule. Comprising eight related pink shades, the collection includes delicate, soft tones alongside bolder, more seductive hues designed to work harmoniously together. The special palette celebrates Little Greene’s long-standing support of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

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Modello is an exclusive range of geometric tile pattern layouts designed in-house. Each pattern can be laid in a number of ways to create a multitude of design options. Surface options range from beautiful porcelain stone to solid colour tiles.

A haute couture fire-retardant jacquard, Augira is woven using yarns of varying thicknesses. The result is a soft yet compact microeffect weave. The uniqueness of the selected materials ensures resistance to abrasion. Augira is available in three colours.

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High-quality bedding is the secret to a good night’s sleep, and guests will rest easy in the comfort of these duvets, pillows and linens.

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DaunenStep’s Perla Cirmolo pillow features an

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Specifier P R O D U C T S & S E R V I C E S F O R H O S P I TA L I T Y D E S I G N

B&B ITALIA Do-Maru Featuring a cast aluminium back support and a tubular metal anterior support with black chromed or pewter painted finshes, the Do-Maru armchair has been designed by Doshi Levien for B&B Italia. The shell of the seat is made up of superimposed bodies, softened by padding, that can be upholstered with either fabric or leather, and offers. The Do-Maru armchair is available in white, black and tortora.


KALDEWEI Silenio Silenio, Kaldewei’s new steel enamel washbasin, is designed by Anke Alomon and features soft interior lines that flow gently inwards from both sides. The basin opens out into a soft hollow that contrasts with the steep rear section. Kaldewei’s steel enamel is tough, smooth, scratchresistant and easy-to-clean, and Silenio can be installed to suit a spectrum of bathroom designs. All Silenio washbasins are available without an overflow hole, further enhancing the natural soft lines.

BETTE Side Shower Floor

DUPONT Corian Baths and Shower Trays

HANSGROHE Metropol Classic

Bette’s Side Shower Floor, designed by Tesseraux & Partner, is a spacious and elegant bathroom solution with a straight-line design. Featuring a jointless showering area, which provides a high degree of hygiene, the Side Shower Floor is available in 22 matte colours which coordinate with current flooring and tiling trends. Bette will be showcasing the Side Shower Floor at Sleep, exhibiting at stand M3.

Dupont’s new range of rectangular Corian baths and shower trays is available in three models; rectangular with top, oval with top and freestanding. Corian smart shower trays are available in 12 customisable dimensions, and combining these products with Corian cladding, wet walls and surfaces allows designers to create bathrooms that meet a wide variety of style demands.

Hansgrohe’s Metropol Classic range brings together elegance, innovative technology, traditional values and a focus on intricate detail. Featuring gold accents on the base, handles and spouts of the mixers, designers can choose between different three-hole mixers: one with a softly curved lever handle, one with a minimalist zero handle and a model with ergonomically rounded cross handles.


SENSOWASH® SLIM: THE COMPETITIVELY PRICED SHOWER TOILET WITH INCOMPARABLE COMFORT. Hygienic, gentle cleansing. Excellent design and great value. Manufactured from high-quality material, the non-porous, scratch resistant seat is robust and durable. Sophisticated technology allows for energy-saving shower comfort with adjustable water temperatures. For more information, please visit and

AIR AROMA Ecoscent Air Aroma’s Ecoscent is an innovative scent diffuser that combines high-quality raw materials and patented cold air diffusion technology. The Ecoscent provides scent coverage by utilising the HVAC system, and creates a subtle and consistent ambience. Seen in a number of Langham and Sofitel hotels, the Ecoscent features elegant curves and merges form, function and technology.

BROKIS Shadows Brokis’ Shadows collection is a take on the timeless lights found in French ateliers, and combines handblown glass, handcrafted wood and classic shaping. Shadows comprises four different suspension lights, and features a wide spectrum of glass colour options and surface finishes.

ALISEO LED Interface LED Interface is Aliseo’s battery powered facial recognition mirror, which lights the user’s face on approach and turns off when not in use. LED Interface is comprised of a system of translucent acrylic edge LED lights in a subtle, sleek design.


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SWAROVSKI Glaciarium Inspired by the raw power of crystal, design studio Fredrikson Stallard has collaborated with Swarovski to produce a chandelier range and a series of crystal chandelier components. Chandelier designs include Avalon, Helios, Superline and Voltaire, whilst the components collection is comprised of vases, bowls and candle holders, all cast in crystal and combining precision cutting with the material’s natural structures.

MUUTO Folded

GRAFF M-Series


Muuto’s Folded is a decorative shelving system designed by Johan van Hengel. An innovative bending technique gives Folded its minimalist aesthetic and architectural character while graphic lines create an illusion of depth. Featuring soft rounded corners and playful details, including exposed bolts and hooks in contrasting colours, Folded is available in black, grey, olive and light terracotta colourways.

Graff’s M-Series is comprised of a series of stacked valves. Its concealed modular system combines an assortment of trim plates, a thermostatic module valve, two diverter valves and a volume valve. Designed to simplify the installation process, the M-Series satisfies a variety of applications, and allows each component to be aligned behind the wall in a single stacked valve.

Designed to mimic a sparkling glass of champagne, Maison Valentina’s Newton Bathtub features white lacquer and golden spheres adorning a polished brass structure. With a high gloss varnish finish and gold plated spheres, the bathtub channels the luxury of the drink that inspires it. With a length of 180cm and a depth of 90cm, the Newton Bathtub offers a relaxing and glamorous soak.


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VIBIA Pin Delicate and subtle, Vibia’s Pin collection explores concepts related to community and comfort through a design by Ichiro Iwasaki. The Pin collection provides both indirect ambient and a focused reading light, and features a minimalist design defined by its delicate counterpoint, slender silhouette and straight lines. The deliberately neutral approach makes the collection easy to intergrate into traditional or contemporary schemes.

JOLI Layers Sylvain Willenz’s Layers range for Joli is comprised of chairs, tables and modular cabinets that each feature a slightly bent form and folded line, inspired by the leaf of a tree. The lightweight aluminium chair, available in a variety of colours, showcases a semi-convex backrest, which can be upholstered in leather, imitation leather or a weather resistant material for outdoor use.

FEELGOOD DESIGNS C110 Highback & Ottoman The C110 Highback & Ottoman, designed by Yuzuru Yamakawa, are available in natural and black colourways. The seat features an inviting royal form, and is constructed from sturdy Indonesian rattan. The C110 set can be grouped with other Feelgood Designs products for complementary interior and exterior schemes.


SETTING Frankfurt am Main, Exhibition Centre. Over 350 international exhibitors with innovative materials for the contract sector. PLOT A unique opportunity for architects, interior designers and hoteliers to discover and order contract textiles and find the right partners for their interior projects. YOUR ROLE Writing your personal success story at the world’s largest forum for contract textiles. Discussing the latest industry themes with other experts. Going on a voyage of discovery at the Heimtextil Theme Park EXPLORATIONS and experiencing the trends 2017/2018 at the “Hospitality” showcase. For further details and tickets visit, Tel. +44 (0) 14 83 48 39 83

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JETCLASS Triny Jetclass’ Triny collection offers three-dimensional geometrical creations with strong personality and presence. The minimalist look of the range is inspired by a cosmopolitan lifestyle and combines modern design and stylish elegance. Featuring components including a centre table, dining table and TV stand alongside sturdy cabinets and displays, Triny symbolises a reinterpretation of forms and materials.


MUZEO Artwork

CLAYBROOK Marble Basin

LEDS-C4’s Raw collection is a stylish range of unconventional light fittings. Comprising three metal lights and a glass diffuser finished in brown, green or yellow, the different lighting elements can be combined and arranged in order to bring a contemporary feel to a space as well as a splash of colour. The decorative series is suitable for residential or hotel environments and all fittings use energy-saving light bulbs.

Muzeo’s Artwork range of stretched ceiling designs has been expanded, and now includes standard, acoustic and backlit options. The bespoke, fully integrated ceiling artworks and designs are made-to-measure according to the environment’s needs, and Muzeo is involved from the creative concept stage through to in-house production and worldwide installation.

Incorporating a mixture of freeform patterns, intricate lacework designs and bold splashes of colour, Claybrook’s Marble Basin collection is a celebration of nature. Carved from a single block of hand-selected marble, each basin takes over 100 hours to polish, giving the product a sense of weightlessness. Available in a range of stones, each basin can be customised to meet the specific needs of a project.


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GIRA E3 Gira’s E3 range of switches opts for a soft design with rounded contours, gentle surfaces and smooth cover frames. Available in subtle shades of white and grey hues, the discreet tones of the E3 range can be combined as desired with either pure white or anthracite inserts. The one exception is the purist model, available only in pure glossy white.

KOHLER Veil Kohler’s Veil collection is comprised of intelligent toilets which house state-of-the-art technology within a modern design. Featuring balanced curves and responsive controls, the Veil toilet offers a minimalist, ergonomic design, and its sculpted form pairs with a suite of customised features that are fine-tuned to provide hygiene and comfort.

MARTHA STURDY Lunar Sphere Martha Sturdy’s Lunar Sphere lamps are warm, comforting and otherworldly. Hand-poured, sanded and polished in Sturdy’s British Columbia studio, the pieces channel a modern, simplistic design aesthetic inspired by the cosmos, and can bring an ethereal glow to a variety of spaces and environments.



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TUUCI Bay Master Tuuci’s Bay Master umbrella series features marine-grade rigid aluminium struts, and is suitable for a wide variety of hospitality settings. Providing durability as well as pleasing aesthetics, the collection offers high-quality protection in all weather conditions.

BURGESS Junea The Junea range of soft seating from Burgess is available with a combination of three upholstery styles and three different bases. Manufactured in Burgess’ West London factory, Junea offers a stylish and flexible seating solution to a wide spectrum of hospitality environments, and can be combined with several of Burgess’ other vibrant collections for coordinated schemes.

VILLEROY & BOCH Squaro Infinity Squaro Infinity is Villeroy & Boch’s latest shower surface constructed from the anti-slip class-C acrylic Quaryl material, which provides underfoot warmth and sound insulation. The range features clean minimalist lines and can be printed with selected decors, patterns and imagery thanks to innovative ViPrint technology.


Watercolours is the latest addition to our Newmor Custom range - painterly tiles and stripes, hand drawn geometric eects and inky botanicals. Custom printed onto any of our contract quality fabric-backed vinyl wallcoverings, including textures, metallics and window ďŹ lms. Visit for further info and samples. +44 (0)1938 551 990

CELADON GROUP Light Sphere Celadon Group’s Light Spheres are pendant orbs constructed from custom stamped steel leaf pieces, available in various sizes and colours including powder coated white. The incandescent light provides warm light in dry or wet environments. These custom fixtures were developed for the exterior areas of Matsuhisa Restaurant at The Belvedere Hotel in Mykonos.

CATCHPOLE & RYE Pyrford Washstand Catchpole & Rye’s Pyrford Washstand offers clean, straight lines, and a combination of brushed nickel frame and fittings set against an earthy matte slate top and backsplash. Channelling a contemporary rough-luxury aesthetic, the Pyrford Washstand is available in additional finishes including aged or brushed copper and brass, with matching undermounted basins and fittings.

CHELSOM LED Revolution One of the highlights of Chelsom’s Edition 25 collection, the Robert and Will Chelsom designed LED Revolution is a sleek, semi-recessed bedside reading light, featuring a push switch operated mechanism and revolving dock. Available in a variety of different colour finishes, including brushed nickel, black bronze, polished chrome and brushed brass, LED Revolution also incorporates a high-tech focusing lens to allow users to direct lights to specific reading areas.


Feuring Hotel Development Europa GmbH is a Project Management and Development Company based in Germany and specialised in 4 and 5 star projects for the Hospitality Industry throughout Europe. Our mission is to ensure the completion of the highest standard on time and within the budget. OUR PROJECTS

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Ameron Hotel, Davos, Switzerland Andaz Hotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands Andaz Hotel, Munich, Germany Concorde La Fayette, Paris, France Concorde St. Lazare, Paris, France Dolce Hotel, Munich, Germany Dolce La Hulpe, Brussels, Belgium Doubletree by Hilton, Košice, Slovakia Europäischer Hof, Baden-Baden, Germany Grand Hotel Kempinski, High Tatras, Slovakia FX Mayr Health Center, Dellach, Austria Hilton Garden Inn, Davos, Switzerland H 4 Hotel, Hanover, Germany Hyatt Place, Frankfurt, Germany Hyatt Place, Zurich Airport, Switzerland Hyatt Regency, Zurich Airport, Switzerland Hyatt Regency, Düsseldorf, Germany Hyatt Regency, Mainz, Germany InterContinental, Davos, Switzerland InterContinental, Geneva, Switzerland Jumeirah Hotel, Frankfurt, Germany Jumeirah Hotel, Mallorca, Spain Kameha Hotel, Zurich, Switzerland Kempinski Hotel River Park, Bratislava, Slovakia Le Méridien, Barcelona, Spain Le Méridien, Munich, Germany Le Méridien Etoile, Paris, France Le Méridien, Split, Croatia Le Méridien, Stuttgart, Germany Le Méridien, Vienna, Austria Le Royal Méridien, Hamburg, Germany Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona, Spain Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum, Turkey Mandarin Oriental, Geneva, Switzerland Mandarin Oriental, Munich, Germany Mandarin Oriental, Paris, France Mandarin Oriental, Prague, Czech Republic Mövenpick Hotel & Casino, Geneva, Switzerland Mövenpick Hotel, Basel, Switzerland Mövenpick Hotel, Stuttgart Airport, Germany Mövenpick Hotel, Zurich Airport, Switzerland Radisson SAS, Rostock, Germany Steigenberger Cloud No. 7, Stuttgart, Germany SOHO House, Amsterdam, Netherlands Swissôtel Bremen, Germany Swissôtel, Dresden, Germany Swissôtel, Geneva, Switzerland Swissôtel, Sochi, Russia The Cumberland, London, UK The Ritz Carlton, Berlin, Germany The Ritz Carlton, Budapest, Hungary



Ulster Carpets


The Ritz-Carlton Budapest

Six Senses Duoro Valley, Portugal

Ulster Carpets has worked closely with GA Design and The Ritz-Carlton Budapest to create bespoke woven axminster for the lavish project. Armed with a brief to create a contemporary, luxurious feel, which reflects the hotel’s surroundings, Ulster has produced a number of designs for the lobby, corridors and guestrooms. Based on a colour palette of predominantly vibrant blues and shimmering greys, each design represents different aspects of the River Danube and will work to complement the project within the context of the Hungarian capital. The lobby and guestroom carpets express the energy and movement of the river’s flow, and the linear direction of the patterns draw guests into the hotel and towards the reception desk and the building’s interior. The Ritz-Carlton Budapest is situated near to St. Stephen’s Basilica, overlooking the River Danube, and in close proximity to the country’s cultural heart. The property marks Ritz-Carlton’s first hotel in Hungary, and Ulster has previously worked alongside the brand on a number of projects around the world, including The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi and The Ritz-Carlton Toronto.

UK mattress manufacturer Naturalmat has provided a range of its organic products to Six Senses Douro Valley, including bed bases, mattress toppers and the exclusively developed Six Senses mattress. After being approached by Six Senses Hotels Resorts and Spas in 2014, Naturalmat began the development process of a fibre and spring mattress for the brand, as well as a selection of bedding accesories. The resulting products have been incorporated into the guestrooms of the 57-key Six Senses Douro Valley, a converted manor house where Naturalmat’s products provide guests with a sense of luxury and comfort. The Six Senses mattress features a supportive core made from hand-nested individual pocket springs in cotton casings, sandwiched between layers of natural latex. The mattress will eventually feature in all Six Senses Resorts. Mark Tremlett, Managing Director of Naturalmat, comments: “We are delighted to be working with Six Senses and making Naturalmat mattresses for all their resorts. It is a perfect fit for our company due to Six Senses’ strong commitment to sustainability and wellness.”


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St. James Collection


The Grove of Narberth, Pembrokshire

Dial House, Gloucestershire

A number of bathroom products from St. James Collection by Marflow have been used in the refurbishment of The Grove of Narberth, a privately owned luxury country-house hotel nestled in the rolling Pembrokshire countryside and offering expansive views of the Preseli Hills. The hotel’s interior designers chose Marflow for its strong British connections and contemporary styling, which sits equally well in chic city environments or a casual country style. The collection includes an array of brushed and bright finishes. Rob Drury, Contract and Specification Manager at Marflow comments: “We knew we had to give The Grove team some very special ideas to complement the hotel’s beautiful interior design. They’ve created spaces that feature locally-sourced antiques alongside intriguing items they have found, which sit perfectly with contemporary touches like the St. James Collection in their gorgeous bathrooms. We are incredibly proud to have been involved in such a lovely design project.” Zoe Agar, Owner of The Grove at Narberth, added: “When we found the collection, we were impressed by their heritage and the fact they design their own products in the UK.”

Wilson Development has chosen luxury vinyl flooring from Moduleo to feature in Dial House, a Georgian country manor hotel situated in Norfolk. The developer opted for the Mountain Oak wood effect from the manufacturer’s Impress collection, and the Classic Oak from the Transform collection, both of which feature Moduleo’s Click with LockXpress system to ensure an easy installation process. Moduleo’s flooring features prominently throughout the property, which exhibits a blend of traditional and modern design elements to create a traditional country hotel experience located in the heart of the British countryside. Iain Wilson, Project Director at Wilson Development, comments: “As we wanted to stay true to the manor’s Georgian heritage, we were looking for a flooring with a traditional look, but with the added benefits of a modern-day product – like luxury vinyl.” Moduleo’s luxury vinyl flooring responds well to wear and tear, is scuff and stain-resistant, and has a slip-resistance rating of R10. It is also low-maintenance and simple to clean, making it ideal for use in the hospitality sector. |


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One of the UK’s leading interior contractors EESmith contracts operate successfully in a variety of sectors ranging from prestige hotels and commercial interiors to exclusive private residences.

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Ena Shaw Contract offers a complete, bespoke service to hoteliers looking for quality, British-made soft furnishings. As the UK’s largest contract manufacturer of made-to-measure curtains, blinds and soft furnishings, the company is rapidly becoming the first port of call for hotel managers looking to complete renovations and refurbishments. Working with many international hotel brands and small independent boutique hotels, Ena Shaw Contract is able to provide and install products within very short lead times.

For further information, please visit: Tel: +44 (0) 1744 851515 | Email:

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Discover a world of unique and creative floor designs Moduleo Moods is a wealth of possibilities you can use to transform commercial and leisure spaces with maximum creative freedom. With a set of 10 innovative and creative new flooring formats, all compatible with each other to provide a choice of 15 laying patterns and over 110 design combinations. The formats are available in a selection of 14 stunning stone & wood styles from our popular Impress and Transform ranges. Using them as building blocks, you can mix and match different tones and textures to create a unique, harmonious flooring solution for every space. Scan the QR code to visit the amazing Moods room visualiser. It’s the perfect way to bring your ideas to life. Scan the QR code to play it your way

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OVER 2,500 CLASSIC & CONTEMPORARY DECORATIVE LIGHTING OPTIONS Visit our website to find out more —

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BETTELUX SHAPE The new design concept in an open steel frame. Made from high-grade steel/enamel with a 30 year warranty. Design: Tesseraux + Partner

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A CLEAR REFLECTION WITH demista™ Though many of us may prefer a fuzzy vision of ourselves first thing in the morning, having a mist free mirror must surely be an advantage for shaving, applying make up or styling hair. Once a demista™ heated mirror pad is installed, you will always have a clear view, no matter how steamed up the bathroom may be. For product information contact: Tel 01923 866600 Email Web

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EPR Architects



Air Aroma


Feuring Hotel


Muzeo 105

Albrecht Jung


Gandia Blasco


Naturalmat 173

Alger International


Geberit 133

Newmor Wallcoverings


Geometric Furniture

North 4 Design



194 & 195



Aliseo 113

Gira 171

Panaz 135

Altfield 205

Hakwood 079

Penta Light


Arte 100

Harrison Spinks


Perrin & Rowe


Astro Lighting


Hector Finch Lighting


Porcelanosa 037

Beck Interiors


Heimtextil 229

Remote Controlled Lighting

Bette 245

HI Design

Restoration Hardware

Burgess Furniture



Carnegie Fabrics


JAB 201

Romo Group


Chelsea Harbour


Janus et Cie



Chelsom Lighting



Shaw Hospitality


Clarke & Clarke


Kalisher 099

Skopos Design


Claybrook Interiors

160 & 161 225

004 & 005 152

148 006 & 007

Roca 043


Kettal 017


Cosentino 052

Kohler 027

Sottini 065

166, 178, 220, 231

Curtis Furniture


Lasvit 047

Spradling International


Dare Studio


Latitude Agency


St. James Collection by Marflow



Style Library Contract






LEDS-C4 138

Sun & Shades

Demista 247

Lefroy Brooks


Tribu Furniture

Designers Guild

Ligne Roset


Tuuci 239


10 & 11 008 & 009 073

Dornbracht 003

Linwood Fabric


Ulster Carpets

Drapilux 213

Living Design


Umbrosa 057

Du Pont

Mandarin Stone


Vight 143

144 & 227

Duravit 223

Marta 247

EE Smith Contracts




Elstead Lighting Ena Shaw


Villeroy & Boch


Matki 114

Vincent Sheppard



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Vitra 137


Moduleo 243

Waterbury 242





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Supersize Me M C D O N A L D ’ S M O N O P O LY H O T E L , M E L B O U R N E

Once known for its ‘supersize’ servings, McDonald’s has unveiled a new marketing initiative that offers quite the opposite in terms of scale. The fast-food chain has partnered with Monopoly to produce The Monopoly Hotel, a game-board themed property measuring just 2.4m x 3m. Thought to be one of the smallest hotels in the world, the popup is located in Melbourne’s Federation Square and was built to celebrate the return of the Monopoly prize giveaway at McDonald’s restaurants worldwide. Clad in red, the hotel is a real-life replica of Monopoly’s red hotel

token, which commands rental fees of up to £2,000 in the property trading game. While it may not boast the luxury associated with Park Lane or Mayfair – prime sites on the UK version of the game – there is a Mr Monopoly concierge on-hand and the prospect of a Double Bacon & Egg McMuffin wake-up call. Jenni Dill, Chief Marketing Officer, McDonald’s Australia, comments: “Monopoly is one of those quintessential family board games, we’ve all got fond memories of playing it so we wanted to bring it to life in a unique way… It may be one of the tiniest hotels in the world but hopefully one of the most memorable.”


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Sleeper November/December 2016 - Issue 69