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Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club

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Richard Meier and Joseph Dirand revive a Miami institution

Kit Kemp waxes lyrical at Firmdale’s latest opening in Midtown Manhattan

Ancient Mayan traditions meet modern-day luxury on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula

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129 Location Report… Lisbon Named as one of the top travel destinations for 2017, Lisbon’s hotel development pipeline has been boosted by increased investor confidence, an alluring tourist offer and the arrival of several big names.

047 Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club Bringing together Richard Meier’s striking architectural extensions with Joseph Dirand’s refined interiors, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts reimagine Miami’s legendary Surf Club for a new era and audience.

060 Las Alcobas Napa Valley 068 The Whitby New York 077 Chablé Resort & Spa Chocholá 086 The Anam Cam Ranh 096 Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik 104 Bisate Lodge Volcanoes National Park 111

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161 Events… AHEAD Europe Featuring a secluded Nordic treehouse, a restored Sir Edward Lutyens-designed icon, and an innovative medical resort in the mountains, the shortlist for AHEAD Europe has been announced.

Location Report 129 Lisbon 131 Memmo Principe Real 139 The Lumiares 145 Martinhal

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hen Marriott closed on the landmark purchase of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, it wasn’t the increased brand portfolio or pecuniary gains that sealed the deal, but the potential of the combined loyalty programmes. Speaking at the International Hotel Investment Forum in Berlin earlier this year, President and CEO Arne Sorenson said that by creating an ecosystem of loyal customers, who it could connect with through its technology platform and subsequently reward, the more powerful its offer. The linking of the two programmes – Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guests – is said to combine the best of both, offering the ability to earn and spend points across all brands before a new joint scheme is launched next year. There is little indication of what the merger will entail, but at a time when loyalty programmes in general are under scrutiny – particularly in the airline and retail sectors – the operator will need to ensure the rewards are both worthy and attainable. Competition from OTAs has seen a renewed focus on loyalty across the board, with Hilton being the first to make a concerted effort to strengthen its fan base with the Stop Clicking Around campaign, offering exclusive discounts and personalised services in exchange for booking direct. It is hoped the scheme will be a catalyst for new enrollees to Hilton Honors, as the battle to win loyalty grows ever fiercer. Early indications show that such strategies are paying off, with Hitwise reporting a rise in direct bookings for six of the top 10 brands in the US; Wyndham Worldwide for example, has more than tripled its share of direct bookings over the past 12 months. Final judgement will come with the ability to monetise this loyalty. The topic of loyalty continues to be a talking point at industry events, and has recently been announced as the overarching theme for Sleep. How to make a customer fall in love with your brand and keep them coming back for more is the premise for the Sleep Set competition, which challenges studios to design and build a guestroom that elicits loyalty. How this plays out in terms of design will no doubt be of interest to owners and operators striving for a bigger slice of the reservations pie.

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The son of Jaques Dirand – one of the most celebrated interior photographers of his day – Joseph Dirand’s keen eye for refined minimalism and projectdefining details matches that of his father’s. Drawing influence from Richard Meier’s striking extensions, his interiors for the Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club, Florida, combine the site’s vibrant Miami Beach legacy with an elegant and contemporary simplicity.

Dexter Moren founded his design practice in 1992 with a staff of three and a makeshift office in London’s Marylebone. Now with a portfolio of hotels to his name, he leads a team of 60, working from tailored studios in Camden Town. Moren, together with Senior Architect Zoe Tallon, recently completed the design of The Curtain in Shoreditch, which also played host to the firm’s 25th anniversary celebrations.

A p a s s i o n a t e h o t e l i e r, Rod r igo M acha z is t he founder of Memmo Hotels, offering authentic hospitality experiences throughout Portugal. Following the 2013 launch of Lisbon’s Memmo Alfama he has now opened his second in the city, in the emerging Principe Real neighbourhood. Perched on a hillside, the 41-key property combines the district’s history with contemporary luxury.

“Our design will emphasise the importance of human interaction in eliciting loyalty: not only loyalty between people, but loyalty between the brand and individuals,” say Olga and Irina Sundukovy of their concept for The Sleeper Bar at this year’s Sleep. The Moscow-based sisters founded their design studio in 2004 and have since worked on a number of hotel projects both in Russia and internationally.


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Billy Quimby & Anne Wilkinson BAMO

The newly appointed Principals of San Francisco design firm Bamo travel to the plains of Africa for a fantasy hotel stay safari-style.

Where are you? Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. How did you get there? First class on Etihad Airways – we each have our own personalised Residence cabins. Once we land, there’s not a care in the world as we’re swept away in a Land Rover by the hotel’s personal driver. Who is there to greet you on arrival? Christian Strobel, a fellow Bay Area resident and Joie de Vivre alum, who brings his Basecamp Hotels experience and millennial savvy to a joint venture with luxury hotelier Ratan Tata of Taj Group. And who’s at the concierge desk? A friendly local gent is our personal concierge for the duration of our stay. He provides every detail needed to make the most of our safari excursions, spa packages and activities around the resort. Who are you sharing your room with? AW: My travel companions are two enthusiastic animal-lovers, my nine- and 11-year-old sons. BQ: My significant other, it’s a full-on family affair. Is there anything you would like waiting for you in your room? Cool towels, refreshing glasses of fruit juice and some artfully arranged local produce. Describe the hotel, your room and the view... Simple, buff plaster walls with afromosia wood shutters frame the view out to the savannah, where

golden grassland is dotted with Acacia trees. Tall ceilings expose the traditional wood structure and thatched roof. Fluffy white bedding with a colourful blanket is shrouded in netting and sits atop a wood framed bed. The interiors feature Piet Hein Eek’s functional art and furniture. His arte povera style uses recycled materials to create beautiful patterns and shapes, and is transformed here to reflect the critical effort of minimising human impact on this World Heritage park. Who designed it? Urko Sanchez Architects from Nairobi. Their eco-conscious design blends contemporary and traditional Swahili techniques. What’s the restaurant and bar like? An open-air, rooftop restaurant sits above the central lobby – the only part of the hotel that is two storeys – offering expansive views of the terrain and wildlife. The walls and floor build out to become lounge seating and banquettes, dotted with colourful cushions. A double-height water feature trickles down to the natural pool below. Who are you dining with this evening? Actress and singer Bette Midler for laughs and after dinner music; Danish author Isak Dinesen, for historical perspective and storytelling; primatologist Jane Goodall for a greater understanding of conservation efforts here; architect Alvar Aalto, for inspiring design conversation; and entrepreneur Elon Musk, to bring it full-circle.

Who’s manning the stoves? Ryan McIlwraith – the talented Executive Chef at Bellota, a wood-fired Spanish cooking concept in San Francisco. And what’s on the menu? Nyama Choma skewered, grilled meat served with mixed chutneys, chapati and maize. And for dessert, Tanzanian peanut brittle made from black coffee. Would you like something to drink with that? South African chef Siba Mtongana’s twist on the traditional sundowner cocktail, incorporating all of the fresh, local juices – apple, carrot, orange, pomegranate, celery and ginger root – mixed with vodka instead of bourbon, and topped with refreshing mint leaves. What’s in the mini-bar for a night cap? Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2015. What toiletries would you like to freshen up with? African Botanics, a South African brand using indigenous all-natural botanicals. Early morning alarm call or late check out? AW: Early wake-up – just do it. BQ: Late check-out, please, its vacation. But I would like to be woken by a giraffe! Swimming pool, spa or gym? Must we choose? All three – this is fantasy right!

Name: Billy Quimby and Anne Wilkinson | Position: Principals, Bamo | Notable hotel projects: Four Seasons Hotel Sao Paulo; Capella Bangkok; Terranea Resort, California; The Ritz-Carlton Chicago; Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach


Emboodhoo Lagoon MALDIVES

Singha Estate has marked the official ground-breaking of Emboodhoo Lagoon, a multi-island integrated leisure and recreation destination in the Maldives. The ceremony marks the start of construction on the USD311.5 million first phase of the project, comprising three island resorts and a core township featuring F&B, retail, entertainment and lifestyle experiences. The township will be completed in Q3 2018, with the full concept set to open within five years. Singha Estate has partnered with a number of developers including Hard Rock International Hotel Group, who will open a ‘new DNA resort’ concept featuring rock star suites, as well as Camper & Nicholsons for an internationalstandard 50-berth marina. A second hotel, described as an upscale lifestyle resort, will provide guests with exclusive

water villas, whilst a Café del Mar beach club will make the most of the scenic setting. Chutinant Bhirombhakdi, Chairman of Singha Estate, comments: “Singha Estate sees a great opportunity in creating the company’s biggest and most exciting project to-date in the Maldives. The overall development will ultimately extend across nine islands, and has been conceived to meet the leisure-destination desires of the world’s large and rapidly-growing medium to upscale leisure segment.” As part of the overall project, Singha Estate will also establish a Maldives cultural and Indian Ocean marine learning centre. Working with the local community and marine biologists, it will promote the nation’s way of life and traditions, introducing global conservation schemes to preserve the Maldives’ rich ecosystem.

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Mandarin Oriental MELBOURNE

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has signed an agreement for a new Zaha Hadid-designed hotel and branded residences in Melbourne.

inspiration from the finest examples of historic architecture within the Central Business District,” comments Michele Pasca di Magliano, Project Director for Zaha Hadid Architects. “The hotel’s façade reinterprets this historical detailing in a contemporary solution, introducing a delicate filigree that gently envelops the building,” he explains. “The tower’s design conveys the wide variety of interior spaces within; dividing the building’s overall volume into a series of smaller stacked vases, with each different vase housing the bespoke guestrooms, suites, residences or amenities of Mandarin Oriental’s renowned service and standards.” James Riley, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental, adds: “We are delighted with this opportunity to open our first hotel in Australia and look forward to bringing Mandarin Oriental’s legendary hospitality to Melbourne.”

Located on Collins Street in a mixed-use 185m tower, the hotel will play a part in the ongoing regeneration of the city’s Central Business District. Set to open in 2023, it will mark the group’s entry in Australia. Developed by local firm Landream, the hotel comprises 196 guestrooms designed to reflect both local culture and Mandarin Oriental’s heritage, as well as 148 residences on the upper floors. The project also features an all-day dining venue and bar, fitness centre, indoor swimming pool, meeting space and spa. “It is an honour to be working in Melbourne with Landream and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group on this unique project that takes



Bürgenstock Resort LAKE LUCERNE

Bürgenstock Hotels & Resorts has announced the imminent opening of its 60-hectare Lake Lucerne development, featuring four hotels.

Matteo Thun-designed Waldhotel – a hotel meets medical centre – sits nearby, clad in recycled local limestone and offering an expansive range of tailored treatments, whilst The Palace Hotel – originally built in 1940 – blends historical features alongside marble pillars, hardwood parquet flooring and hand-blown glass chandeliers. Lastly, Pension Taverne 1879 exudes rustic charm throughout 12 chalet-style guestrooms and 65-seat restaurant. From the outset, eco-friendliness has been at the forefront of the development. A total of CHF43 million has been invested into preserving the original buildings and surrounding landscape, whilst CHF150,000 has been dedicated to forestry, resulting in 2,283m² more forest on the mountain than before, helping to offset carbon emissions. The car-free resort is also almost entirely CO² neutral, using the lake’s water to generate hydroelectric power.

Perched atop Switzerland’s Bürgenberg Mountain and spread across 30 protected buildings, the resort features a healthy living centre, two residence suites, business facilities and a 10,000m2 Alpine spa, all overlooking the lake from 500m above. Innovative planning characterises the project, with each of the hotels boasting contemporary architecture and design whilst channelling Swiss heritage and hospitality. At its heart sits the newlybuilt Bürgenstock Hotel – a 102-key property offering panoramic views of the landscape and reached by the Bürgenstock railway. Boasting refined interiors paired with locally influenced baroque architecture, its curves are wrapped in glass and copper. The 160-key


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Danesfield House Hotel & Spa BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

Purcell UK has secured full planning and listed building consent for major alterations to Danesfield House Hotel & Spa.

guests with ample space to work, with new guestrooms above to accommodate the expansion. The wing reflects the hotel’s original fabric through the incorporation of lime rendered carbon negative hemp construction, hidden under a green veil parametric timber gridshell, whilst a pergola provides shade to the suites. The wedding space encloses an existing courtyard under a timber glulam tsunami living roof, suspended in natural light around its edges, with an aisled slit of glass along its axis. A heli-pad will also be incorporated within a re-landscaped setting. Purcell’s alterations will be introduced in phases, with the hotel remaining operational throughout the process. Dating back to 1664, the site became a hotel in 1991, though has remained largely unchanged since 1901 when W. H. Romaine-Walker designed its longstanding neo-baroque structure.

Surrounded by 65 acres of gardens in the heart of Buckinghamshire, the Grade II-listed country house hotel sees the addition of a purpose built conference wing and 120-seat auditorium, 17 new Garden Suites, 21 woodland lodges and a new wedding suite. Inspired by sustainable design, the creation of a concealed service yard, tennis courts and valet parking facilities under a timber vaulted living roof will enhance the overall setting, whilst underground the hotel’s services have been linked, with the system incorporating the mansion’s original vaulted cellars. Within the conference wing, the addition of 26 executive suites, three conference suites and a business centre will provide professional


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Tottenham Hostpur Stadium Hotel LONDON

CBRE Hotels has been appointed to secure a hotel operator for a property within Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium.

Situated in North London, the new 61,559 seat stadium is set to open in 2018 and forms the centrepiece of a wider sports, leisure and entertainment destination that will host concerts, NFL games and other major sports events alongside Premier League football. It has been estimated that the project will attract over 2.5 million visitors per year. Donna-Maria Cullen, Executive Director of Tottenham Hotspur, comments: “Since embarking on this exciting journey, 1,000 new jobs in the construction, IT, hospitality, retail and sports industries have been created, single-handedly spearheading the regeneration of Tottenham. Once complete our stunning new stadium, hotel and the wider scheme will deliver significant community benefits and an unrivalled fan experience – creating a world-class sports and entertainment destination – and in our birthplace of Tottenham.”

Slated for a 2020 opening, the 180-key hotel will feature a fine dining restaurant by the Roux family, rooftop bar, swimming pool and member’s room. Spread across a 23-storey structure, the completed hotel will mark London’s third largest conferencing, banqueting and events venue, as well as one of the London’s largest regeneration projects since the turn of the millennium. “This is an iconic project in what will be a world class sports and entertainment venue,” comments David Bailey, Senior Director, CBRE Hotels. “Such a prestigious development presents a unique opportunity for an hotelier that can match Tottenham Hotspur’s vision and ambition for this project.”


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Aparthotel brand Roomzzz is set to expand into Scotland with a property in the £1 billion Edinburgh’s St. James development.

“Set to become the city’s hottest new retail destination, the Edinburgh St. James development is the perfect location for the Roomzzz brand to launch its first aparthotel in Scotland,” explains Naveen Ahmed, CEO, Roomzzz. ”Our expansion into the Scottish capital is a significant milestone for Roomzzz as we look to grow our successful portfolio of luxurious aparthotels across the UK.” Primed to land as the beating heart of Edinburgh’s retail offering, the St. James development will feature 86 new shops over four floors, 20 restaurants and a flagship Everyman Cinema, with guests of Roomzzz Edinburgh benefiting from this wealth of local amenities. The announcement follows the launch of other city centre Roomzzz locations including Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Chester, with future sites planned for Liverpool, Manchester Corn Exchange and York.

Scheduled to open in 2021, Roomzzz Edinburgh will occupy a prime position within the 1.7 million ft2 mixed-use project, and will ultimately comprise 73 serviced apartments, from small studios to luxury penthouse suites, each individually designed to create a comfortable living area and intimate home-from-home guest experience. Additional amenities include a rooftop terrace and balconies on the exterior of every apartment. Catering for everyday living, Roomzzz’s apartments all feature fitted kitchens, widescreen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi, free UK nationwide calls, 24-hour concierge, around the clock fresh coffee and a grab-and-go breakfast menu.




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Four Points by Sheraton Hurlingham NAIROBI

Marriott International’s Four Points by Sheraton brand has announced a new hotel in Nairobi’s bustling Hurlingham district.

“An upgrade of the all-day dining restaurant Pablo’s is also currently under way,” he continues. ”Whilst the delivery programme was undoubtedly demanding, by working closely with the Areen Design team, our deadlines were all met.” Four Points by Sheraton has also announced a second property in Nairobi: a 172-key hotel within the city’s international airport. Scheduled to open later this year, it features a reception with double-height feature wall, a lobby café with alternating display and swimming pool with views out towards Nairobi National Park. Andrew Linwood, Head of Hospitality Design, Areen Design, concludes: “With innovation being a key part of the Four Points by Sheraton offer, we want guests in both hotel projects in Nairobi to appreciate the quality and creativity of our interiors, whilst also respecting the culture and heritage of the locality.”

Designed by Areen Design’s hospitality division, the project will see a former Best Western Premier converted into a Four Points by Sheraton hotel comprising two upgraded F&B venues, and an entirely new lobby. The project required a design approach that preserved the previous hotel’s successful elements, but which brought the design in-line with Marriott’s expectations. “Areen Design’s concepts have dramatically improved the hotel space with a dynamic new addition to our food and beverage offering,” comments Vivek Mathur, General Manager, Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi Hurlingham. “The new lobby feels so much more spacious with a sit down check-in facility for our SPG guests.



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Shangri-La Hotel COLOMBO

Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts has unveiled plans for a new business and leisure hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Chinese artist Man Fung-Yi to create an elephant sculpture to grace the hotel’s lobby and provide guests with a sense of place. Chao Tse Ann has a long-standing relationship with Shangri-La, most recently designing the brand’s Hambantota Resort & Spa, which opened in June 2016 on Sri Lanka’s southern coast. Whilst LTW Designworks has previously worked with the group on China’s Shangri-La Diqing and Shangri-La Lhasa as well as the flagship Villingili Resort in the Maldives. Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo, will feature the largest and most extensive hotel conference and events facility in the region, with a 1,500-capacity ballroom showcasing artwork by Bea Valdes. With this facility at its disposal, the property is expected to become a magnet for conferences and events, enabling Sri Lanka to compete globally with MICE hotspots such as Bangkok and Singapore.

Set to open in late 2017, Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo, boasts a prime location in the city’s thriving business district, and forms part of the new One Galle Face development that will see the construction of two residential towers, office space and a high-end shopping centre over the next three years. Singapore based architecture firm Chao Tse Ann & Partners will oversee the hotel tower’s design, comprising 500 guestrooms and 41 serviced apartments. LTW Designworks, meanwhile, has created the guestrooms, public areas, meeting venues and spa in a contemporary style that incorporates Shangri-La’s signature Oriental detailing. In keeping with its guiding theme of nature, the hotel has commissioned


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Anantara Mina Al Arab RAS AL KHAIMAH

Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas has revealed details of a new 300key, Wilson Associates-designed property in Ras Al Khaimah.

The resort’s health club will invite travellers to stay in shape with energetic gym sessions and racket sports, whilst visits to the onsite Anantara Spa will incorporate indigenous wellness traditions. Younger guests will also be catered for at the resort’s Kid’s Club facility, and event spaces comprise a 1,200m2 ballroom alongside a series of spaces suitable for conference and meeting purposes. RAK Properties is set to operate the resort following the signing of a management agreement in 2015. Expected to grow by over 4,000 guestrooms in the next three years, the northernmost section of the United Arab Emirates has become a prime target for developers and hotel groups, with a second Ritz-Carlton property confirmed for a Q4 opening following the launch of Hilton Garden Inn Ras Al Khaimah earlier this year. Minor Hotels has also announced an Avani branded property for the nearby Al Marjan archipelago.

Set to open in 2020, the resort will create a scenic waterfront community that showcases Ras Al Khaimah’s natural beauty and cultural heritage. Situated in a secluded beach-facing plot, the 300key project features speciality Asian and seafood restaurants, beach and pool bars, a health club and spa. A private beach will overlook a mango-lined eco reserve, with the surroundings remaining unspoilt and eventually featuring a discovery and eco-learning centre. Wilson Associates’ design scheme sees the guestrooms, suites and Maldives-inspired overwater villas appointed with light, neutral tones and high-end material finishes, whilst large open-air spaces and expansive windows connect guests to the surrounding landscape.


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Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club SURFSIDE

Richard Meier and Joseph Dirand join forces to reinvent Miami’s legendary Surf Club for local developers Fort Partners. Words: Guy Dittrich | Photography: Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts


he soft swells of the Atlantic Ocean break gently on the neatly groomed sand of North Miami Beach. Viewed from the water and over the seagrass-covered dunes is the haciendastyle, terracotta-tiled roof of The Surf Club, built in the 1920s. The Russell Pancoast-designed building appears to be in front of three shimmering 12-storey towers that reflect the Miami sky; the reality is that the middle tower is actually cantilevered over The Surf Club in an architectural feat by Pulitzer Prize-winning architect Richard Meier. This combination is now the Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club in Surfside, a tiny municipality just south of Bal Harbour.

Meier and Four Seasons are just two of a cast of talents masterminded by Nadim Ashi, CEO of Fort Partners, a Miami-based, privately-held real estate ownership, development and management company, who bought The Surf Club and a nine-acre plot of beachfront in 2012 for USD112 million. Others in this ambitious collective include interior designers Joseph Dirand and Martin Brudnizki. Renowned chef Thomas Keller will manage the forthcoming Surf Club Restaurant, while La Sirenuse Restaurant & Champagne Bar is run by the Sersale family, for whom this is their first permanent venue outside the Amalfi Coast. Paris-based Le Studio Be-Poles took care of the


Above & Opposite: Public spaces occupy the original Surf Club, designed in the 1920s by Russell Pancoast

branding, incorporating the original Surf Club wave-scene logo, and landscaping was completed by relative newcomer, Fernando Wong. “We have selected the best of what everyone can do and we have pushed them to give us their best,” confirms Ashi. The Surf Club itself was the realisation of tyre magnate Harvey Firestone as a place to celebrate the progression of the Roaring Twenties, a new era of democratised wealth. Miami today is all about show but even back then it was a place to be seen. The likes of Noel Coward, Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Sinatra regularly made The Surf Club’s guest list. With fashion shows and lavish galas, it developed quite a reputation, evidenced by the period photos lining the so-called ‘peacock alley’ opposite the club’s former ballroom. For a property with such a rich heritage, Four Seasons are without doubt the most appropriate choice of operator. “The cantilever of the hotel tower was driven by our concern to interfere as little as possible with the historic building,” explains Bernhard Karpf, Design Partner at Richard Meier & Partners Architects. “The structural element for the hotel building above the historic Surf Club is a concrete core containing elevators and escape stairs in the former open courtyard. This core supports a baseslab floating above the roof of the building, creating a new ground plane from which the hotel floors are supported in a more standard configuration,” he adds.

This was achieved by drilling deep pile foundations into the sandbank to support the structure. Connecting all three towers is a basement technical services and parking area, all designed as an open structure meaning that storm flooding, a frequent occurrence in Florida, can pass through without causing any structural damage to the buildings above. At 77-keys, the hotel is small by Four Seasons standards, which makes the provision of the amenities offered remarkable. Three pools (a fourth is for residents only), five F&B venues, a well-equipped children’s play area, and a spa. Of course, the rates reflect this. In its first month, the hotel operated with occupancy above 50% and an average daily rate of over USD850 according to General Manager Reed Kandalaft. Paris-based Joseph Dirand was appointed by Fort Partners to design the guestroom interiors, the public spaces, spa and La Sirenuse Restaurant & Champagne Bar, set within the vast pitched-roof volumes of former ballrooms. Dirand explains that he was attracted by the opportunity to “create a dialogue between the contemporary and heritage” aspects of the project, a contrast between the glamour of The Surf Club and the minimal, abstract architecture of Meier. “The Surf Club is The Surf Club, the historical part, but the bedrooms have to be The Surf Club as well,” he notes. What connects these spaces is the DNA of Miami. “Sources of



Above: Guestrooms features an L-shaped day bed that flows into a desk, topped with a brass lamp by Wästberg and fronted by a lava stone swivel table

by a fixed, stone chaise longue fronting the windows. This piece is becoming something of standard item for Four Seasons and comprises an L-shaped day bed that flows into a desk, topped with a brass W102 lamp by Wästberg and fronted by a lava stone table that swivels effortlessly on a single leg. The piece hits the zeitgeist of today’s traveller, allowing for multiple uses and is carefully designed for each. Dirand’s biggest challenge was the floor connection for the table; its precise position had to be incorporated into the concrete structure during construction. The rest of the hotel shows a similar level of detail, from the geometric forms of the rhomboid terracotta floor tiles in the lobby, to the brass hexagonal pendant lamps in public areas. The hotel’s room stock includes five Cabana Rooms that gently curve in front of the pristine gardens. White wood panelling, window shutters and terrazzo flooring give a more leisurely feel, enhanced by a blue and green two-tone wall finish. The Cabana Rooms directly access their own teak baconies, and beneath are smaller day cabanas, two of which have been appropriated as couple’s treatment rooms by the spa that occupies the North Tower. The small facility packs a calming punch with a transitioning tea gallery, top-of-the-range treatment tables by Gharieni, and a beautiful relaxation area where Dirand has added a discreet shelf for today’s ubiquitous accessory, the smartphone.

inspiration include the beach – the guestroom colours relating to the colours beyond the windows – the sand, the greens and blues of the sea and sky, and the palm trees,” continues Dirand, who was also influenced by the golden era of the 1930s. “I translated decorative elements from the thirties into something modernist,” he adds. Dirand’s work is typified by a minimalist aesthetic, with largely empty volumes that allow for contrast. In guestrooms, fluted wall panels feature alongside a delicately simple, cross-hatched diamond pattern on the ceiling, offering changing shadows as light streams in through the full-height ocean-view windows. On a practical level, services in the guestrooms are bang up-to-date and finished to the highest standard. A fully automated 65m2 space where all room controls (lighting, air conditioning, entertainment, curtains) are operated by a small tablet that works first time, every time. Clever programming also closes curtains when the room is unoccupied, reducing heat gain in this humid climate. There is quality at every touchpoint. The lightness of the rattan wall panels at the entrance. The crisp white ultrafine Turkish bed linen. The sturdy slabs of green Connemara stone from Ireland in the mini-bar alcove. Furniute is also top-class, with pieces by Molteni, Walter Knoll and Tribu, along with bathroom fittings from Waterworks and Duravit. The room layout contains little loose furniture and is dominated


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The street entrance to the original Surf Club is discreet, right alongside Collins Avenue, but only suitable for a single vehicle. Currently this is being used as the hotel entrance but this will change in due course to the North Tower, where there is more space. The old entrance will be repurposed to access the F&B components of the hotel. First of these is The Surf Club Restaurant for chef Thomas Keller that looks through arched windows to the club’s former pool deck. Today this courtyard is studded with Banyan and other trees. The interiors will be by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio and will include an open kitchen. Meier’s striking but minimal architecture that left the original historic structure of The Surf Club largely untouched has been graciously integrated by Dirand with careful consideration. Testament to the resources of developer Fort Partners, Ashi comments: “Our business model is not about real estate, it’s about experiences.”

EXPRESS CHECK-OUT: 77 guestrooms | 1 restaurant | 1 bar | Boardroom | 3 swimming pools, spa, fitness centre | Owner / Developer: Fort Partners | Operator: Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts | Architecture: Russell Pancoast (original); Richard Meier & Partners Architects Interior Design: Joseph Dirand | Brand Identity: Le Studio Be-Poles | Landscaping: Fernando Wong | Construction: Coastal Construction


 SYMPHONY FOR DUBAI OPERA by Libor Sostak Inspired by the element of water and Dubai’s maritime past, the dynamically-lit glass sculpture is composed of thousands of individually crafted glass pearls. Preciousness, rarity and timelessness – the qualities inherently present in hand-blown Bohemian crystal.

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Nobu Hospitality opens its first hotel in Europe, bringing the brand’s Japanese influence to London’s creative quarter. Words: Catherine Martin | Photography: © Will Pryce (unless otherwise stated)


obu Matsuhisa has been smart on his move into the hotel sector. Building on the success of his world famous restaurant empire, the celebrated chef first dipped his toe in the water with a hotel-within-a-hotel in the Las Vegas Strip’s Caesars Palace. The same approach was taken at Eden Roc in Miami, before the team was confident the brand would succeed as a standalone hotel. Since then, a solid pipeline has been announced, with properties in Marbella, Los Cabos, Toronto, Chicago and Bahrain currently under construction. 2017 has also seen a flurry of openings with Palo Alto and Riyadh set to debut before the year is out, hot on the heels of Ibiza and London, marking the brand’s entry into Europe. Matsuhisa founded Nobu Hospitality back in 1994 together with actor Robert De Niro and Hollywood producer Meir Teper. Combined with the business sense of CEO Trevor Horwell and COO Struan McKenzie, as well as a cash injection from James Packer’s Crown Resorts in 2015, the group now operates in over 30 locations around the world. The latest addition, Nobu Hotel Shoreditch, is set in the heart of London’s artistic quarter, offering a dynamic blend of Nobu’s east-meets-west philosophy with the neighbourhood’s creative and industrial energy. Of course, the UK capital is already au fait with the brand thanks to restaurants on Old Park Lane and Berkeley Street, so a planting a flag here was a natural progression for the group. In bringing the hotel to life, Nobu Hospitality enlisted the talents

of four design firms. The distinctive exterior is the result of the collective efforts of Ron Arad Architects and Ben Adams Architects, while interiors are by local designers Studio Mica and Malibu-based Studio PCH. Working within the confines of a narrow plot on Willow Street, Ron Arad Architects created the initial scheme, before it was passed to Ben Adams Architects for completion. For the most part, Arad’s vision remains; overhanging floor slabs and cantilevered steel beams form a frayed edge to the east, where a terraced garden provides natural light to the basement restaurant space. Following its appointment in 2013, Ben Adams Architects developed the design, taking into account the hotel’s surroundings. “We started by looking at the existing planning consent, and thinking about how to bring Nobu the brand to Shoreditch the neighbourhood,” explains Adams. “Expressive steel elements reflect the area’s heritage and interact with the public garden at the end of the building, while bamboo is used to provide screening to the lower level bedrooms,” he continues. “Our palette of concrete, bronze, timber and glass overlaid with creative textiles and warm fabrics creates a simple, considered and raw aesthetic.” Double-height bronze doors mark the entrance to the hotel, embossed with Nobu’s sumi-e brushstroke emblem, a pattern that is repeated throughout the interiors. Public spaces and guestrooms are the work of Studio Mica, who were asked to create an aesthetic


Above: Exposed concrete and tactile finishes make an appearance in the public spaces, complemented by Japanese design sensibilities

that would relate to Shoreditch whilst aligning with Nobu’s brand ethos. “We have used a palette of materials that at first glance appear comparable to the industrial fabric of Shoreditch,” explains Carolynne Shenton, Partner at Studio Mica. The exposed concrete and tactile finishes of the façade make an appearance in the lobby and adjacent lounge, where an installation of reclaimed roof tiles in varying shades of terracotta adds to the rough luxe feel. “We consciously chose to retain the natural appearance of materials where possible, using patinated metals and timbers from different species to accentuate colour variations,” she continues. “We have also embraced the cultural heritage of Shoreditch as a centre for both traditional craft and contemporary art,” Shenton adds, referencing the works commissioned from local artist Sichi. Integrated into the guestrooms as sliding blackout screens, the collection – entitled Taizai, a Japanese expression meaning ‘to stay’ – is influenced by the landscapes of both Japan and London. The paintings are formed of expressive brush strokes, layered paint effects and graphical ink lines, each with an embellishment of gold. Japanese design sensibilities also come into play in the colour scheme. “We accentuated the concrete by painting the enveloping walls a dusky aizome blue,” says Shenton. Aizome, the Japanese art of indigo dyeing, is also used as upholstery in the public spaces and guestrooms, offsetting the otherwise earthy palette.

The 150 guestrooms, seven of which are suites, evoke a sense of contemporary Japanese tranquility. “The concept was to create tranquil spaces through simplicity,” says Shenton of the calm, uncluttered rooms. “We pursued this through a palette of materials that are textural and rich as a composition, and are in-keeping with the creativity of the local area and Nobu’s values of simple luxury.” Such composition can be seen in the guestroom’s outer wall, comprising different surfaces that are interchangeable to adjust the natural light and ambience of the space. Sichi’s artwork and a slatted timber privacy screen are mounted on sliding mechanisms that allow them to be repositioned in front of floor-to-ceiling windows or a textured woven wall. “The interaction of the four planes creates the changing character of the room through the different qualities of light and shade the screens provide,” confirms Shenton, who also designed a bespoke piece of furniture that conceals all manner of amenities. “Each guestroom has a wall-mounted cabinet that opens up like a bento box to reveal a colourful interior decorated with origami patterns and red lacquer,” she explains. “The cabinet hosts an illuminated tea box, used for the welcoming tea ceremony offered to each guest.” Other than a few pieces by Walter Knoll, there is little in the way of loose furniture, maximising floor space and showcasing the custom designed carpets from Newhey. Also of note are the Japanese-



Above: In guestrooms, there is little in the way of loose furniture, maximising floor space and showcasing the custom designed carpets from Newhey

style floor lamps that perch atop a tripod of chopstick-like rods, manufactured by Artisan and sourced through Kings Road concept store Nina’s House. In contrast to the guestrooms, bathrooms are more clinical in their design, and feature a striking brass sink made from Laufen’s SaphirKeramik material. Naturally for Nobu, there’s a significant focus on F&B. With its own separate entrance, the basement bar and restaurant is the main attraction, serving up Japanese fusion cuisine as well as unique plates inspired by the local area. To design the space, Nobu Hospitality turned to Studio PCH, responsible for a number of the group’s other outlets. “Our goal was to create a balanced union of London and Japanese culture,” say the firm, taking cues from Studio Mica’s public spaces. “We combined the local character with the influence of Japanese culture, paying attention to the selection of the materials such as teak, bronze detailing, and concrete structural elements.” Given the high ceilings, concrete walls and prominent staircase, not to mention the linear floor plan, the challenge was to design a space that was comfortable and welcoming. “We created three different

atmospheres to minimise this linear floorplan: the bar with high ceilings and a towering bottle display, the main dining room with a with a wood ceiling and wood flooring to create a warmer and cosier experience, and lastly a private dining room, with dramatic lighting and fireplaces.” Despite its below ground location, the bar takes in natural daylight through a sunken garden open for dining and private events. It is in this terraced space that Ron Arad will make a return to the project, having been commissioned to create an installation akin to his reflective Thought of Train of Thought at St. Pancras International. Arad will also create a sculpture in the hotel’s public garden, set to debut later this year. While Nobu has proved its worth as a standalone property, the option to add rooms to its already successful restaurants – many of which are located within hotels – remains an attractive offer. Next to open in Europe is Nobu Hotel Marbella, which will once again be a hotel-within-a-hotel, launching at Puente Romana Beach Resort & Spa in 2018.

EXPRESS CHECK-OUT: 150 guestrooms | 1 restaurant | 2 bars | 180m2 event space | Spa, gym | Owner: Willow Corp Management | Operator: Nobu Hospitality | Architecture: Ron Arad Architects; Ben Adams Architects | Interior Design: Studio Mica (guestroms and public spaces); Studio PCH (F&B) | Lighting Design: Isometrix | Art Consultant: Visible Art Curated | Structural Engineer: Walsh




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Las Alcobas A Luxury Collection Hotel NAPA VALLEY

Designed by Yabu Pushelberg, the second property from Las Alcobas Hotel Group sees the restoration of a former farmhouse to create new lodgings for California’s Wine Country. Words: Regina Winkle-Bryan | Photography: © Alice Gao (unless otherwise stated)


ewly opened Las Alcobas is all about the two L’s: location and luxury. Set a little over an hour from San Francisco, the property’s home is St. Helena, a quaint hamlet forming part of the tapestry of small towns and vineyards that is Napa Valley. Alcobas sits on a hill along Main Street, enveloped by terraced gardens and grapevines. A right from its wrought iron gates leads guests to boutiques, restaurants, and art galleries; a left to tasting at the Beringer Vineyard or lunch at the Culinary Institute of America, all an easy walk from the hotel. One of the oldest wineries in Napa, Beringer’s neat rows of Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay extend from Las Alcobas’ perimeter like a verdant crown. Most guestrooms have these vineyard views that are best enjoyed from private decks – some with open-air soaking tubs – where bespoke furnishings in black, grey and tan hues cosy up to gas fire pits while rocking chairs provide the ideal perch to watch the sunset.

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Opposite: George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg designed most of the furniture in the guestrooms, many of which look out onto the vineyards

Las Alcobas’ 68 guestrooms are spacious, starting at a generous 450ft2, all sharing a similar colour palette of grey and white tones, and an elegant aesthetic developed by Yabu Pushelberg. “Las Alcobas Napa Valley represents Napa and California in its casualness, approachability, comfort and serenity; and in its straightforward use of materials,” says George Yabu, who used toasted oak throughout, implemented as both flooring and wainscoting. The Yabu Pushelberg team has topped king-size beds with Rivolta Carmignani linens and draped them in wool throws imported from New Zealand. Wool, in a dark mushroom hue, is also the material of two woven rugs that flank either side of the bed, adorned with geometric patterns in black. George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg designed most of the furniture in guestrooms, including bedside tables in light wood supporting grey oak lamps with natural linen shades produced by Casa Zeta. Textured linen headboards the colour of barley frame beds and add warmth. Tucked into a corner is an important aspect of any respectable room in wine country: a custom bar boasting a wine bottle rack, champagne flutes and wine glasses, and a mini fridge stocked with a cache of complimentary snacks. Yabu Pushelberg also had a hand in the hotel’s art programme, curated by Toronto-based studio Moss & Lam. “Much of the artwork

is a reflection of locale – the flora and fauna and lifestyle of St. Helena,” says studio founder Deborah Moss. “There is a dreaminess to it, which mirrors the relaxed mindset of someone on a holiday, escaping from the hustle and bustle of city life.” Also catering to the leisure guest are the deep soaking tubs, panelled in blue-gray marble. The cast iron tubs – designed by Waterworks – sit within open, spa-like wet rooms fitted with handheld shower nozzles as well as rain showers. Transparent glass barriers separate these spacious bathing zones from vanities, upon which handcarved marble sinks rest. Walls, alas, are sans marble, but boast micro-mosaic ceramic tiles that resemble smooth pebbles in a mountain stream. Even the loo is luxurious: the Toto Washlets come with automatic lids and warmed seats. The majority of guestrooms are in new, contemporary buildings, but a few are tucked into the Acacia House where the lobby, bar and restaurant are also located. The house, with its charming wraparound porch, was originally built in 1905 and has been fully restored to become Las Alcobas’ centerpiece. “We re-imagined this site, an historic farm in Napa Valley, by inventing the story of a family that had lived here over generations, each tending to the earth and growing the family and the farm,” explains Pushelberg. “The original



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farmhouse became the central feature of our plan with a series of additional buildings – some more modern arranged around a central lawn – and celebrated the views to the adjacent vineyards, ensuring the connection to the outdoors remains ever-present.” Acacia House was gutted during renovations, but a few important details from early days remain, such as its wooden façade, leaded glass windows, and sturdy brick fireplace next to which diners enjoy locavore meals thought-up by celebrated chef Chris Cosentino. Behind Acacia House are two new barns with vaulted ceilings, one for events and another housing the 3,500ft2 Atrio spa where four treatment rooms, a steam room, outdoor showers, and indoor/outdoor relaxation areas provide serious R&R. The designers took a wabi-sabi approach in the spa, which is dark and moody and features high ceilings, lava stone floors and oak accents. Outside, a pool encircled by a teak deck and sun loungers




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Left: Occupying one of the barns, the Atrio spa features high ceilings, lava stone floors and oak accents

glitters during the summer months and enjoys the same vineyard views as many of the guestrooms. A community gas fire pit waits near the pool, flanked by bespoke sofas where groups gather to swap stories and pop corks by firelight, savoring mild California evenings. Las Alcobas is imbued with a laid-back, countryside vibe that prevails throughout Napa. “We designed a hotel that feels like home,” says founder and CEO Samuel Leizorek. “This follows the brand’s philosophy of sobremesa, which means staying together after a meal, and the interaction of family and friends that creates the warmth and feeling of being recognised and included. Overall, an experience that fills one with delight and creates a cherished memory.”

EXPRESS CHECK-OUT: 68 guestrooms | 1 restaurant | 1 bar | 2,200ft2 event space | Spa, swimming pool | Owner: Samuel Leizorek, Las Alcobas Hotel Group | Operator: The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts | Developer: Presidio Companies | Architecture: HRG Architects Interior Design: Yabu Pushelberg | Lighting Design: Inverse | Main Contractor: Tricorp Construction | Custom Millwork: Casa Zeta



The Whitby NEW YORK

Firmdale Hotels has opened its second New York property in Midtown, with interiors that blend quintessential British style with an eclectic mix of global influences. Words: Matt Turner | Photography: © Simon Brown


t’s the final morning of New York Design Week and Kit Kemp is sitting in the Orangery – a light-filled, elegantly-appointed room at the back of The Whitby Hotel, sipping tea from a china cup. The night before, the hotel hosted a supper with the New Craftsmen to celebrate ‘Baskets of Britain’ – an installation first displayed at Decorex in 2015, which saw basketmaker Hilary Burns bring together 52 different baskets from across the British Isles, displaying the time-honoured techniques of this ancient craft. The baskets now take pride of place above the 30ft pewter bar in The Whitby, having been carefully transported from across the pond. It’s a timely reminder of Firmdale Hotels’ British roots, for when Tim and Kit Kemp first brought their quintessentially English style of boutique hotel to New York, many observers wondered how the city would react. Yet Crosby Street – the hotel they opened in SoHo in 2011 – was an instant, runaway success. Now the group have opened their second NYC hotel. The Whitby is perhaps the more grown-up, elder brother to Crosby Street. Yet in comparison to the other, mostly conservative hotels in Upper Midtown, it still wears its heart on its exquisitely-tailored sleeve,


Above: Artwork in the lobby includes a Marten Baas grandfather clock, marble sculptures by Stephen Cox, and a multi-coloured loom by Hermione Skye O’Hea

the bold interiors displaying designer Kit Kemp’s usual insouciance and wit. Architects Stonehill & Taylor have created a handsome limestone newbuild with expansive steel frame windows, influenced by the surrounding architecture, particularly that of nearby Fifth Avenue. Thanks to the stepped façade that gradually scales back as the building rises, numerous rooms enjoy open-air balconies and terraces. Inside, meanwhile, the building has been given an unmistakable personality of its own. Kit Kemp takes up the story: “We felt Upper Midtown was crying out for an injection of colour and fun, and that’s what we do well. It can be a little bit too serious up here so we saw an opportunity to rejuvenate it.” Colour and fun are certainly in abundance throughout the ground floor public areas, a series of interlinked, yet distinct, spaces comprising lobby, bar, restaurant and conservatory. There are humorous touches throughout. In the lobby, guests waiting for the elevators are kept entertained by a Marten Baas mixed media installation, for which the artist was filmed so he seems to be standing inside a traditional grandfather clock, drawing various times of day on a translucent clock face in felt tip. Other artworks in the lobby include three marble sculptures by Stephen Cox, and a multi-coloured loom by Hermione Skye O’Hea suspended above the reception desk.

The two large chandeliers above us in the Orangery – influenced by those in a 1920s Parisian brasserie – have been embellished with a parrot and toucan from an antiques store in Dorset: “With a newbuild you want to create some sense of a story and give the room strength, otherwise you just walk through it without feeling anything. Because there were no views outside from here, a feature wall of 40 illuminated pots by Martha Freud – each etched with a landmark New York building or bridge – provides a sense of place.” Antique meat platters, sourced from Ebay then framed in perspex, flank the antique church font that is the room’s centrepiece. Construction of the hotel involved digging down three storeys to create extensive event spaces, including a 130 seat screening room. The oak and bronze staircase leading down to these subterranean areas is decorated in Kate Blee’s ‘Tribal’ wallpaper, and a 20ft high canvas by pop artist Joe Tilson. Meeting rooms feature wallpaintings in terracotta pink by English artist Melissa White, lino prints by Eileen Cooper, and mosaics, based on original floor designs by Boris Anrep from the National Gallery. These rooms open on to a towering central foyer – nicknamed ‘the Bollywood spill-out’– which is entombed in hessian backed wallcoverings with a six-foot vertically repeating pattern of Indian deities, palm trees and sacred cows. Works depicting typical New York scenes by photomontage artist Peter Rocklin are also on display.



Above: In the Orangery, a double-height font is flanked by a collection of vintage meat platters, encased in perspex. The chandelier is based on that in a Parisian brasserie, and customised with a toucan and parrot bought by Kit Kemp at a Dorset antique shop. Backlit pots by Martha Freud depicting New York landmarks form a feature wall Left: The headboard in this corner suite is inspired by Russian folk art


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Above: Wallpapers and fabrics throughout the hotel include many of Kit Kemp’s own designs including ‘Travelling Light’ for Christopher Farr Cloth

The entire top floor is devoted to the Whitby Suite – an 1,845m2 space including two king size bedrooms, a large living room, guest powder room and kitchen. Doors lead onto two sweeping terraces with stunning views of New York, spanning both sides of the hotel. In the living areas, an 18th century Scandinavian cabinet sits at one end of the room, its layers of paint peeling away and providing the cue for the colour scheme elsewhere in the room. A Chesterfield sofa has been delicately embroidered by textile artist Pippa Caley. Firmdale’s signature look may be instantly recognisable, but it has also developed over the years. They have gradually moved away from the English country house style that defined the earlier hotels to a more eclectic, quirky mélange of global influences that feels appropriate in the melting pot of New York: “We carve our own path,” concludes Kemp. “You can have a signature look but you don’t want to be doing the same thing over and over.” With that our tour is at an end, and she is whisked off to shoot a series of short films to promote the new hotel, appropriately entitled ‘Every Room Tells A Story’.

“These rooms are brand new,” says Kemp of the meeting spaces, “but what I wanted to achieve was a feeling of history so that when you sit and dine or party in these rooms, they have some feeling of the past. We’ve tried to create spaces that capture the imagination.” Throughout the hotel Kemp’s daring juxtaposition of vibrant fabrics (many of them her own designs for Christopher Farr Cloth), carefully selected artworks and layered textures is in evidence. The Whitby Bar and Restaurant is a rich, colourful space with high ceilings, upholstered banquettes and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking West 56th Street. In The Drawing Room residents’ lounge, an antique Greek fireplace featuring garlanded leaves and acorns sits alongside a bespoke library, overstuffed furnishings and an honesty bar. Guestrooms feature signature Firmdale flourishes, such as boldly patterned headboards, tailors’ dummys, and Designers Guild paints. The bathrooms will be familiar to anyone who has stayed in a Firmdale hotel, with their Arabescato marble finishes, Aquavision waterproof TVs and Lefroy Brooks brassware and basins.

EXPRESS CHECK-OUT: 86 guestrooms and suites | 1 restaurant | 1 bar | 3 meeting rooms and screening room | Owner / Operator: Firmdale Hotels | Architecture: Stonehill & Taylor | Interior Design: Kit Kemp


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Chablé Resort & Spa CHOCHOLÁ

A luxury hideaway inspired by ancient Mayan culture opens in the depths of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. Words: Emma Love | Photography: © Kenny Viese (unless otherwise stated)


efore building could get under way at Chablé – a 25-minute drive from Merida in Mexico’s Yucatán province – a shaman was asked to come in and cleanse the 750-acre grounds. Abandoned for the past 70 years or so, the property was previously a working hacienda where henequen, a native plant processed as a textile, was grown. It was purchased 12 years ago by a Mexican family who spent much of that time creating the concept for the luxury resort, now managed by Hamak Hotels and a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. The story of the shaman is symbolic of just how integral the

Mayan culture is to the overall approach. “The aim of the hotel is to continue telling the story of this ancient hacienda and the Mayan traditions through its unique architecture and design elements but move it into the 21st-century,” explains General Manager Rocco Bova. The original main house of the 19th-century hacienda, known as the Casa Principal, remains – it’s now split into a reception area, library and bar – as do many other partly crumbling walls that punctuate the landscape. These have been incorporated into several of the 40 standalone casitas by Mexican architect Jorge Borja of Grupo BV, mostly as entrance archways.


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Above: Forming part of the spa experience, a white structure shaped like a conch shell is where copal cleansing takes place

Low-level, white and modernist, from the outside the casitas – each named after animals, trees and gods – wouldn’t look out of place in Palm Springs. Jungle-framed pathways lead to a private outdoor area with a hammock that hangs over a pool and a pair of loungers, while shade from the midday sun comes courtesy of Tuuci’s parasols, finished in the manufacturer’s own aluma-teak material. For the interiors, the owners enlisted Mexico City designer Paulina Moran, who based her colour palette on the cenote at the centre of the spa. “The green in the casitas represents the cenote but also the jungle that gives each room privacy,” she explains of the waterfilled cave formations. “With that as the starting point, we have used hues such as aqua and turquoise that can be matched together. You won’t find any red, for instance, because it just doesn’t belong in this natural world.” A simple yet effective combination of sandstone walls, marble floors and floor-to-ceiling glass on three sides – including bathroom doors which open onto a hard wood-decked outdoor shower – gives the feeling of sleeping right in the middle of the jungle. All materials are sourced locally, from the round ceramic sinks made by Taller Experimental de Ceramica, to the embroidered cushions on the sofas by Hilando Mexico, a social project that combines cultural

heritage with the work of Mexican artisans. Specially commissioned tonal paintings here and throughout the property are by Mexican artists including Carlos Clausal, Fernando M. Diaz and Alejandro von Zeschau. The largest of the casitas, the Presidential and Royal Suites, each sleep six. The latter has an open-plan living and dining room with a wood and white onyx bar, a cosy cinema with double blue velvet day beds, and a master bedroom with a headboard fashioned from a tree root found in the hacienda. “We respect nature so no trees were cut down; we only used what had already fallen,” recalls Moran of the piece. “We worked closely with Kanda Group, a furniture manufacturer in Merida, on the bark sculptures and handcrafted custom-made wooden furniture. Everything was sanded, treated and softly waxed.” In the ensuite bathroom a freestanding bath, handcarved in the nearby town of Dzitya, complements distressed apple green wooden doors that open directly to the outdoor L-shaped pool. At signature restaurant Ix’im – overseen by chef Jorge Vellejo of Quintonil, Mexico City, and boasting the largest tequila collection in the world – historical and cultural references are subtly interwoven into the design. The industrial machinery once used to farm the henequen has been fashioned into a feature in the bar; the lek fruit


The Ned, City of London This Grade I-listed building has been transformed from the former Midland Bank into a stylish venue providing contemporary hotel accommodation, restaurants, bars and extensive leisure and spa facilities. EPR Architects worked in collaboration with Soho House & Co and Sydell Group to realise this inspiring scheme which seamlessly transitions between the old and the new using the ďŹ nest materials to create a beautifully conceived series of interior spaces.

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Above: Spa treatments take place in wood cabins dotted around the cenote

shells that are often used to keep tortillas warm have been lacquered in black and hang in clusters over the tables; and there are monochrome patterned tiles on the floor. In fact, Instagram-worthy ‘pasta’ tiled floors, typically found in the colonial houses of the region, are one of the highlights of the hotel. Eye-catching tiles also decorate the poolside restaurant Ki’ol, as well as the original hacienda. “We have taken the old designs but re-coloured them in a more contemporary way,’ says Moran of the tiles, which were made by several factories including Mosaicos La Peninsular in Merida. Most guests tend to spend at least part of their day in the 32,000ft² spa, one of the main draws for booking a stay. At its heart is the cenote, which Mayans believe to be sacred; a dip is said to heal all manner of ailments. For those seeking a more conventional experience, there’s a sauna, steam room, whirlpool and hot and cold plunge pools. Treatments, which take place in wood cabins dotted around the cenote, use plants, herbs and protocols specific to the area and to Mayan traditions. “The aim was to simplify the Mayan culture in a modern spa,” says Moran. In one corner there is a white

structure, shaped like a conch shell, where copal cleansing takes place; a room has been dedicated to the herbs grown on-site, which are mixed together for the treatments; and the pool is made from a green Brazilian marble with flecks of petrified wood. “We wanted to translate the colour of the cenote to the pool so guests can have the sensation of swimming in there,” she confirms. For those looking for a deeper connection with nature, Chablé offers three Temazcal Rituals, one of which is performed by a Mayan Shaman. Completing the offer, a swimming pool curves through the tropical gardens, which were triumphant in the Landscaping & Outdoor Spaces category at the recent AHEAD Americas awards. The approach to design, which acknowledges and celebrates the Mayan culture and beliefs, and the level of detail throughout is what makes this hotel stand out. “We have tried to pull out all the Mexican design elements from Yucatan and show them off in a beautiful way,” concludes Moran. It might be hidden down a long bumpy track, just past the sleepy village of Chochola, but it’s doubtful that this hotel will remain a secret for long.

EXPRESS CHECK-OUT: 40 casitas | 3 restaurants | 1 bar | Spa, swimming pool, gym, beauty salon | Operator: Hamak Hotels | Developer/ Investor: Under a Tree Consulting | Architecture: Grupo BV | Interior Design: Paulina Moran



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Fusing old-world architecture with traditional Vietnamese design, hotelier Pham Van Hien creates Cam Ranh’s first five-star colonial beach resort. Words: Guy Dittrich | Photography: Courtesy of The Anam


whilst under construction is a gargantuan complex by Euroinvestor, billed on the roadside hoardings as a Movenpick and Radisson Blu duo, the scale of which may well be regretted. At The Anam, Hien has deliberately kept it intimate. “I don’t want an industrialised product,” he explains of the resort, pointing out the wide expanses between structures. The plot runs west to east towards a 300m long waterfront, with many of the 117 villas set around two long fairways that climb up the slope from the beach. One is a culde-sac keeping guest traffic to a minimum. Hien was greeted by sand dunes upon acquisition, their scale witnessed in the vacant sites either side of his green jewel. Impressively, some 3,000 palm trees were planted as part of the project, along with pink and white Frangipani, Banyan trees, banana fans, hedges of hibiscus and bougainvillea, and beds of spider lily and canna. Such landscaping took precise planning at the very earliest stages to ensure plant placement did not require adjustment once construction began. The masterplan of the 12-hectare estate references a 19th century Vietnamese village, and rather than employ a single design firm, Hien took a very active role, overseeing the services of some 300 local contractors. In addition to the villas, the resort features a Deluxe Collection hotel with 96 guestrooms, each with access to a garden or balcony. Throughout, local interventions are plentiful. Hardwoods sourced from nearby sustainable forests have been assembled by

he beauty of The Anam, a resort on the central Vietnamese coast, stems from its particular location on a sandy shore of the South China Sea. From the open reception, eyes are drawn across swathes of grass and swaying palms towards the breakers rolling in. The driving force behind The Anam is the locally born and internationally educated Pham Van Hien, who first saw the plot in 2012. “It’s one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve seen in my life,” he begins. “There is no river emptying into the sea meaning the water is clean.” This is due to its location on the peninsula, which shelters Cam Ranh Bay. Hien is the chairman of East Sea Group, a privately owned travel solutions company offering sales, marketing, technology and distribution services, which he founded whilst studying physics in the Czech Republic. The hotel’s name meanwhile is not a play on Singapore operator Aman, rather it refers to ‘Annam’, or Pacified South, the Chinese term for the region in the 7th century, and also the common name for the central province in French Indochina. The low-rise resort joins a number of other developments along Cam Ranh, the sandy peninsula with sweeping headlands between Nha Trang and the international airport, where a new terminal is currently being built. Sites are allocated for Swiss-Belhotel and Westin,


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Above: The Indochine serves up a menu of contemporary Asian and Western dishes from a patterned venue overlooking one of the resort’s three pools

artisans from Hien’s northern home province of Nam Đinh, and can be seen in structural elements as well as bespoke guestroom casegoods and outdoor furniture. Stone from the central coastal provinces of Thanh Hóa and Nghe An is present throughout, lining the resort’s three swimming pools and also appearing in guest bathrooms. The defining feature of the villas – which come in a variety of configurations – are their roofs. Steeply pitched to allow for swift run-off during heavy rains, each has a small gable, or gablet, above it. The red clay tiles are already developing a lovely patina, whilst all roof ridges are topped with a stepped, decorative white plaster capping. The eaves are wide to provide shading and for some of the public spaces, natural ventilation. The Beach Club bar is situated perpendicular to the beach to make the most of the sea breeze and minimise solar gain. It has the same roof arrangement as the villas, but the gablets are open to assist with cooling. These buildings are expertly thatched with palm-fronds by artisans from the nearby Bình Thuan province. The all-day dining restaurant, Indochine, benefits from air conditioning so any gap under the eaves has been glazed. Here and throughout the public areas guests will find beautifully patterned, French-inspired, encaustic floor tiles sourced from Hué. Further local design elements have natural origins. All around the

property are tall clay pots bubbling over with water. At the entrance these stand on plinths in reflecting ponds that are illuminated at night by tea lights on lotus-style floats. Vegetation is always close at hand – palms poke through corridor walkways in the hotel whilst villa bathrooms have tubs looking onto courtyard jungles. Guestrooms in villas and the hotel itself essentially follow the same design, which incorporates a colonial feel, owing to the cornice detailing, ceiling fans and delicate drapery. Colours are derived from the natural materials of wood and stone. Beds are topped with Sealy mattresses while bathrooms have generous and often-symmetrical layouts with sanitaryware from Toto. Like any self-respecting resort, The Anam has an indulgent spa. Relatively small with 10 treatment rooms, it includes steam and sauna facilities, arguably superfluous in the climate. MICE business is catered for across four meeting rooms, including The Colonial Room and The Au Lac Room, ideal for gala dinners and weddings. There’s also a water sports centre, gym, yoga deck, kids club, and a 3D cinema with excellent acoustics. If this were not enough, General Manager Herbert LaubichlerPichler is working up a number of home-grown experiences, including cyclo-tours of the Nha Trang art scene, the opportunity to sample truly local cuisine cooked by the mothers of the hotel staff,





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Left: Channelling a colonial aesthetic, villas feature steeply pitched roofs, red clay tiling and decorative white plaster caps

and sea-fishing from a traditional coracle boat. Laubichler-Pichler, with some decades of hospitality experience, is clearly on to something. With occupancy running at over 75% in the immediate months after opening, he comments: “This is the most successful hotel opening I have ever been involved in.� In The Anam, Hien has conceived a resort that is locally inspired and neatly blends elements of traditional Vietnamese architecture with an international level of comfort. Positioning the hotel for a wellheeled audience will help with the return on investment, but Hien gives the feeling that this project means so much more to him. Almost a tribute to his beautiful country and all the possibilities it holds.

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Adriatic Luxury Hotels’ flagship makes its return following a comprehensive refurbishment overseen by Studio Francic-Šekoranja. Words: Molly Dolan | Photography: Courtesy of Adriatic Luxury Hotels


ating back to 1913, Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik forms part of the topography of luxury properties lining the Adriatic Coast. It is a true emblem of distinction, and its legacy has attracted celebrities and royalty alike throughout its storied life. Recently reopened following an extensive refurbishment – overseen by a team of talented Croatian architects and designers – the hotel is set to return to iconic status. One of the most notable attributes is the hotel’s location, built into a steep hillside between Mount Srd and the Adriatic sea. Interior designers Studio Francic-Šekoranja has worked on maximising the views afforded by the environment, transforming the lobby into a viewing platform and multipurpose hub. Upon entry, floor-to-ceiling windows span the façade, flooding the space with natural light and offering views of the neighbouring Lokrum island and Dubrovnik old town. As not to detract, the colour palette is muted, with warm wooden floors and bespoke furniture. “Inspiration came from the history of the hotel, and its iconic role on the Adriatic coast,” explains Dean Franic, interior designer at Studio Francic-Šekoranja. “But, the most important element was the view on the city of Dubrovnik, which we didn’t want to interfere with, but enhance.” Grey sofas accompany tan leather chaise longues, while accents

of blue reference both the crashing waves and sky above. Oversized artwork provides distinction – not distraction – and a vast collection of plants add a touch of nature. The hotel evokes feelings of a gallery, with curated pieces framing the guest experience. Beneath the lobby, and accessed via a monumental staircase that is a sculptural art piece in itself, are a number of other public spaces. Boutique retail outlets sit alongside the hotel’s self-proclaimed centrepiece, Abakus Piano Bar. As per the designer’s vision, the bar has been conceptualised as a series of living spaces with varying contemporary styles. The result is a fusion of furniture and decorative lighting from numerous design periods, with piques of antique, modernist and current trends. “We would describe it as both modern and classic – eclectic styles with the presence of modernism. Both styles complement each other, with the tendency of being timeless,” continues Francic. “One of the biggest challenges was to design large, open public spaces of a modernist hotel in a way that doesn’t remind guests of a furniture showroom, but becomes a space within a home. A great technical issue was the outdoor terrace, which is exposed to orchid bumps and swirl waves.” The terrace offers uninterrupted views across the sea and town, accompanied by regular live jazz music performances. Furniture


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propels the indoor/outdoor trend, with neutral, luxe fabrics dressing deep seat sofas that rest on wooden frames. Floors and low-rise walls comprise off-white stone, maintaining a sense of serenity. The hotel’s secret weapon is found beneath the terrace and accessed via a separate elevator and tunnel of caves. The outdoor restaurant, Prora, sits within a cove carved into the coastline. Exposed stone lines the floor, walls and ceiling, while archways frame the lapping waves just metres away. Executive Chef and Croatian native Peter Obad mans the kitchen, catering to both Prora and the hotel’s new fine-dining offering, Sensus. Monochromatic, Sensus evokes a more sophisticated aura. Floor-toceiling glass still allows the view to speak for itself, while minimalistic lighting contributes to the restaurant’s opulent status. Chef Obad’s dishes are an extension of the beautiful setting, with modern interpretations of classic Mediterranean dishes taking precedence. The architecture of the hotel – combining the original Villa Odak building and modern extensions – defines the labyrinth within. Corridors are woven between multiple floors, elevators and buildings,

yet easily navigated thanks to subtle wayfinding. Meanwhile, the hotel’s 141 guestroom and 17 suites are defined by functionality and luxury. Within the guestrooms, a palette of brown, cream and grey fabrics accompany dark wood furnishings and shades of blue and green inspired by, unsurprisingly, the surrounding vistas of verdant peninsulas and warm stone. Each room features a king- or queensize bed and carefully curated area rugs, double-weave wool bed throws and custom-crafted furniture. As well as sea views, most offer a private balcony complete with high end furniture. Francic reflects: “We used a base palette of colours containing velvet shades of deep blue, wood, stone and different textures of textiles and carpets. Altogether, this makes an eclectic atmosphere, like that of a luxury collector’s home.” Following the refurbishment, updated amenities complete the offering and include several gardens, a private beach, indoor swimming pool, fitness centre and spa incorporating two Jacuzzis, a steam bath, Roman bath and Finnish sauna. Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik is back.

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Designed to make a meaningful contribution to the community and conservation of Rwanda, a new all-villa camp from Wilderness Safaris serves as a luxury base for trekking to see the endangered mountain gorillas. Words: Emma Love | Photography: Š Crookes & Jackson


frican tour operator Wilderness Safaris is renowned for placing emphasis on culture, community and conservation – and new opening Bisate Lodge, just outside Volcanoes National Park in north Rwanda, is no different. The project injected USD580,000 into the local economy, and gave employment to 250 people from the community during its nine-month construction. Prior to that, the purchasing of the land involved more than 100 landowners, all of whom re-invested money from the sale into new plots. “The owners had been looking at several possible sites but this particular spot, which was full of Irish potato fields, has such a beautiful view of Mount Bisoke that it almost feels like the mountain belongs to us,” says General Manager Ingrid Baas of the location, on the side of an eroded volcanic cone set in 42 hectares. For the design, Wilderness Safaris commissioned Johannesburgbased architect Nicholas Plewman, who took his cues for the six villas and open-plan main building – which houses the bar and restaurant – from the former Royal Palace in nearby Nyanza. “He was inspired by the traditional way of building a palace, which you can see in the tipped roof and round interior. The walls were clad in woven dried grass matting, but instead of real grass for the thatch, he used a lookalike fibre which will last longer in this climate,” Baas continues. “Typically for Rwanda, and for Wilderness, so much of the build involved the community.”

During construction, no heavy machinery was used, so everything from the volcanic rocks for the pathways and fireplaces, to the clay bricks that make up the walls of the main building, was carried up the hillside by hand. The curving bamboo balconies of each villa were also handwoven on-site. “For the locals, it was like working on a very large basket,” quips Baas. Wilderness Safaris also brought Rwandan entrepreneur Teta Isibo on board, whose company Inzuki Designs collaborated with artisans on crafted homeware and accessories such as the grey linen napkins in the restaurant and the staff uniforms made with traditional ‘kitenge’ fabrics. “We got lots of ideas from the National Ethnographic Museum, and most of our fabrics and finishes were influenced by the geometric designs that are prolific in Rwandan art,” says Baas. The lead interior designer on the project was Caline WilliamsWynn, founder of Artichoke, the firm behind several other Wilderness Safaris including Abu Camp and Linyanti Tented Camp in Botswana. Of referencing the country’s colours and textures in the design, she says: “The emerald green in the textiles in the main building is reminiscent of the verdant greens of the rainforests, as well as the vibrant markets that dot the villages throughout the country. Following through with our commitment to the principle of recycling, the chandeliers are made from recycled green glass bottles, and we’ve sourced traditional ibyansi milk jugs for the tables in the restaurant.”



Above: Interiors feature custom-made armchairs, tree trunk coffee tables, cowhide rugs and log-burning fires

The 91m2 villas are all spacious and cocooning, split into several zones: a sitting room area has a pair of custom-made armchairs atop a cowhide rug in front of a log-burning fire; the bathroom features a black resin bath tub, double sinks with round, leather-framed mirrors and Africology products; while the bedroom has industrial, blackframed steel doors that open out onto a balcony with monochrome zig-zag pattern chairs from South African furniture manufacturer Weylandts. In the bar and restaurant, the design is pared back so that the natural materials – the concrete floor with timber inlay, exposed brick walls, tree trunk coffee tables, and tan leather chairs – can really shine. Equally important as the lodge is the ongoing indigenous reforestation project. “When we made the decision to invest in Rwanda, the last thing we intended to do was just to build a boutique lodge and sell gorilla treks. We wanted to ensure that our brand of responsible ecotourism made a real difference to both rural Rwandan people and biodiversity conservation,” comments Grant Woodrow, COO of Wilderness Safaris, which has partnered with the African Wildlife Foundation to actively expand the area of the Volcanoes

National Park and the endemic Albertine Rift wildlife in it. “We will collaborate together to re-forest the land and ultimately donate it back to the government of Rwanda for inclusion in the national park.” At the last count, nearly 15,000 trees had already been planted. Specific long-term future community-related projects are still being decided, but could involve bee-keeping training and working with primary and secondary schools in some capacity. Already the villagers have set up the Tuzamurane Co-operative, through which the hotel regularly buys, among other things, potatoes and fire wood (for every tree chopped down, five are re-planted). Guests can go with in-house guide Aline Umutoni – a former Volcanoes National Park guide – on nature walks around the property and to meet the locals to understand more about their daily lives, from working the potato fields to how they build their houses and make sorghum beer. Before checking-out, everyone is encouraged to plant a tree with the help of agronomist Jean-Moise Habimana and given the co-ordinates so it can be found on their return. It’s a typically thoughtful touch that feeds into the experiential travel market and ultimately sums up the giving-back ethos that characterises Bisate Lodge.

EXPRESS CHECK-OUT: 6 villas | 1 restaurant | 1 bar | In-room spa treatments | Operator: Wilderness Safaris | Architecture: Nicholas Plewman Architects | Interior Design: Artichoke; Inzuki Designs



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Koncept Interior Design and Leach Rhodes Walker Architects collaborate to create a new flagship for Novotel, housed within Canary Wharf’s latest skyscraper. Words: Molly Dolan | Photography: © ABACA Press / Didier Delmas


et in Canary Wharf and what was once the world’s busiest dock, Novotel’s latest addition fuses the area’s illustrious past with its industrial present. From 1802, the area formerly known as West India Docks housed shipping ports, transporting goods from the Caribbean to the heart of the British Empire. Covering a mass of 295 acres, they received goods such as rum, molasses and sugar alongside more infrequent items such as spices, coffee and jute. In 1936, the West Wood Quay was built for import lines from the Mediterranean and Canary Islands, and so Canary Wharf was born.

After the docks closed in 1980, Canadian tycoon Paul Reichmann took on the project of regeneration following a personal promise of generous tax breaks from then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. A few years of turbulence ensued, followed by the arrival of Barclays, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, J.P. Morgan and Thomson Reuters. The area is now home to numerous world and European headquarters for major banks and media organisations. The newest skyscraper to pop up in the area is Novotel London Canary Wharf, a 39-storey tower housing 313 guestrooms, groundfloor coffee shop, innovative meeting spaces and three food and


beverage outlets, housed within a fully glazed shell in a multitude of colours. Upon entry, reception desks are nowhere to be seen. Instead, staff use iPads to check guests in and out. Industrial materials nod to the area’s heritage with rough wood walls, brass lamps and hessian sacking accompanying Patricia Urquiola’s Husk chair for B&B Italia. “We took inspiration from Canary Wharf, with its rich industrial past and the fact that it was a thriving port, alive with the smell, taste and touch of exotic spices, tea, rum, coffee and silk,” comments Jennifer Preston, Associate Interior Designer at Koncept ID. A new flagship for the brand, the design is distinctive. An oversized, bespoke staircase occupies the lobby, enticing guests up to more social spaces. Immediately upstairs is Le Club AccorHotels Lounge, featuring work from artist Sam Peacock in the form of a feature wall stained in coffee, another reference to the docklands. The copper, metal and ropes continue, softened by mustard fabrics, grey


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Left: The hotel’s meeting spaces take inspiration from goods formerly imported to the iconic docks

lounge chairs and a central cushioned seating area. “The overall design palette is warm and neutral, with natural and distressed materials like reclaimed oak and Cor-ten,” Preston continues. “Splashes of colour are dotted through the scheme in the upholstery, carpets and rugs.” Of the hotel’s 313 keys, 26 are individually designed suites featuring floor-to-ceiling windows to optimise the views afforded by the world’s tallest Novotel. From the ninth floor and up, guests are treated to views across the Thames and to The Shard. Gary Darby, Lead Architect at Leach Rhodes Walker Architects, comments: “We have used clear glass panels, restricted to a reasonable amount per room, thus allowing the furniture to be located against a solid wall so as not to distract from the view.” He continues: “The exterior is fully glazed with different types and colours of glass, allowing a high degree of insulation.” As with public spaces, guestrooms blend natural woods, gold, copper and soft greys for a luxurious feel. Suites feature corner sofas in neutral tones, wall length bookcases, Miniform’s Line tables and Andreu World Hub chairs, the latter supplied by Tag. Sleek lines accompany timeless gold accents, while bathrooms are separated by frosted glass for a contemporary finish. Evoking a real sense of place, the interiors mark a new era for Novotel. “The main design objectives were elements of surprise, fun and excitement to generate a new environment for the guest, as well as push the boundaries of



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Above: Guestrooms blend natural woods, gold, copper and soft greys, while suites feature Miniform’s Line tables and Andreu World Hub chairs, supplied by Tag

design and the Novotel brand standards to create a property like no other,” illustrates Preston. One complication came with the footprint of the site. “Traditionally, hotels operate with a larger floor plate allowing for horizontal circulation,” Preston reflects. “Here, we have had to design the building to allow for vertical circulation of the public areas. The challenge was to entice the guest up through the building.” Exemplifying this vertical approach is Bokan – meaning lighthouse in Anglo-Saxon – the hotel’s primary food and beverage offer spread across the top three floors. Bokan 38 serves experimental cocktails with views of the city, while Bokan 39 is the rooftop bar, featuring design by Mystery, implemented by Koncept ID. Occupying floor 37 is the restaurant, serving decadent modern European dishes made using seasonal produce by Aurelie Altemair, former Head Chef at Michelin-starred L’Atelier de Jöel Robuchon. A 70-cover eatery, Bokan follows the hotel’s modus operandi of sensual discovery. The design aims to respond to each of the five senses, beginning with sight. Lines are created between floors using the

centralised, open-plan staircase, which also beckons diners to explore the space in its entirety. The sense of sound is heightened by the palpable buzz flowing between spaces, while a DJ platform occupies Bokan 39. Appealing to the sense of smell, Scentair has created a unique perfume for the brand, which is apparent throughout, save Bokan 38, where the aromas from the theatre kitchen take precedence. Rounding off Novotel’s offer are the fitness facilities and meeting spaces, the latter of which comprises nine distinctive rooms. Each named after an imported good or similar, the rooms once again reflect the docklands’ history, with industrial tables suspended from wire, exposed materials and wooden crates lining walls and ceilings. The new opening is a significant step forward for Novotel and one that AccorHotels is understandably proud of. Thomas Dubaere, Managing Director, AccorHotels UK and Ireland, concludes: “This unique hotel is a shining example of our ambition to create innovative, guest-focused, sustainable accommodation that caters for the changing requirements of the modern-day guest as well as providing first-rate services for the local population.”

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Architects Dexter Moren Associates and interior designers Duncan Miller Ullmann have collaborated on the first London property for hotelier Michael Achenbaum. Words: Matt Turner | Photography: © Adrian Gaut / Andy Stagg


he Curtain is a hotel – and much more besides – where music takes centre stage. Portraits of rock icons by legendary photographer Mick Rock can be found everywhere – even inside the wardrobes. The Red Rooster restaurant by Obamaendorsed US chef Marcus Samuelsson celebrates the food and culture of Harlem (where the original restaurant is located) with live music on stage and the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Amy Winehouse gazing down from walls. The minibars are stocked with enough premium spirits to quench the thirst of any TV-throwing rock star. And in the basement private members club, there is a fully soundproofed performance space, apparently modelled on CBGB – the club that defined the punk scene of downtown New York in the 1970s before gentrification swept it away. Hotelier Michael Achenbaum is no stranger to the effects of such urban renewal, having been the first hotelier to open a luxury hotel – the Gansevoort – in New York’s Meatpacking district in 2004. So it’s no surprise to find he has opened his first European property here in fast-evolving Shoreditch, in an industrial, newbuild brick structure that wouldn’t look out of place on the streets of

Above: The Red Rooster restaurant features an eclectic mix of fabrics, colours and artwork representing different neighbourhoods of New York and London

Manhattan or Brooklyn, but one that also references the warehouse buildings that proliferated in London in the 19th century. The biggest surprises here lie inside the building – in the sheer scale and variety of facilities that have been introduced, in the eclecticism of the hotel’s interiors, and perhaps also in the choice of Dallasbased design firm Duncan Miller Ullmann to bring Achenbaum’s vision to life. A London-based practice might have been a more predictable choice – but the Curtain is a hotel where you can expect the unexpected around every corner. This nine-storey building, on the site of a former 1970s office block on the corner of Curtain Rd, accommodates not just a 120 guestroom hotel, but an expansive private members club; the Red Rooster restaurant and tacqueria; a live music venue; a rooftop Mediterranean style brasserie alongside a heated outdoor pool beneath a retractable roof; not to mention a 200 capacity ballroom, a gym / wellness centre and a screening room. Dexter Moren Associates were architects for the project: “Our design reflects the industrial warehouse aesthetic of this part of Shoreditch,” says Zoe Tallon, referencing the red brickwork, profiled metal panels, Crittall-style windows and bullnose brick sills of the exterior. “Inspiration came from the many cabinet factories and warehouses that previously stood on the site. In these buildings the block is

broken up vertically by the delivery doors to the warehouse; this also has the visual effect of breaking down a large facade into a smaller, more residential scale. The Curtain design uses this device to break up the visual mass of the building while retaining its overall cohesion by the use of brickwork throughout.” Interiors are by Duncan Miller Ullman, in a style described by Creative Director Chris Machero as ‘rustic-industrial’. “We have created a sense of whimsy by combining luxury materials and amenities,” says Machero. “We wanted to take inspiration from Shoreditch – an inner city district in the historic East End of London where a real creative energy and mix of cultures interlock. Our concept was to take these foundations and create a narrative that would embrace this gentrified neighborhood but also give it something we believe it needs – a luxury hotel that mixes art, fashion, and architecture.” They have used materials such as raw brick, hand-scraped wood flooring, and ceramic bath tiles with patterned mosaics to create the hotel’s individual aesthetic. In the double height lobby, blindfolded silver stag busts overlook a crystal chandelier which is suspended above the large scaled chevron patterned porcelain tiles. In the adjacent Tienda Roosteria, tacos and tequilas are served in a space accessible through the lobby or from the street.


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wood paneling, pin-striped walls, and refurbished antique bar; and a double-height conference space / ballroom situated in the centre of the basement. There is also a fitness area where the latest state-ofthe-art cardio-equipment sits against a vintage backdrop reminiscent of a school gym. Atop the hotel is Mediterranean brasserie Lido, a white-washed, plant-filled space featuring blue and cream faux-wood tiles and a Moroccan mosaic-tiled pool in bright hues of aquamarine beneath its retractable glass roof. Guestrooms feature exposed brick walls, hardwood flooring, and black-framed factory windows. Artworks by Pete Hawkins are suspended on chains over the bed’s headboard. Casegoods are by Portuguese firm Ozo Living. Chesterfield sofas are clad in racing green leathers by Moore & Giles. The marble bathrooms were designed in collaboration with CP Hart and include heated floor tiles, Crosswater showerheads, and Effegibi steam generators in the suites. The final piece of the jigsaw is a co-working space set to open for the use of members and hotel guests in late Autumn 2017.

The Red Rooster Restaurant below is a riot of pattern, colour and brica-brac, influenced by Harlem’s Apollo theatre as well as various London and New York neighbourhoods and featuring retro pieces from Style Matters. Its menu offers Marcus Samuelsson’s take on American soul food classics, staples of the original Harlem restaurant menu rubbing shoulders with dishes newly created for the Shoreditch restaurant. Much of The Curtain is housed below street level. Says Zoe Tallon of Dexter Moren Associates: “We established almost on day one that the basement was completely critical to the success of the project. A restrictive Rights of Light envelope constrained development above ground, which left nowhere to go but down. This presented a number of daunting challenges, such as below ground contamination and archaeology works as the site was potentially located directly above a 17th century plague pit.” These subterranean members club areas include the Imperial Room – a garden conservatory inspired by the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and decorated in Osborne & Little Butterfly Garden fabrics; Billy’s whisky bar, providing a more intimate atmosphere with its

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LISBON An alluring tourist offer coupled with increased investor confidence puts Portugal in the spotlight, leading to strong performance and a healthy pipeline. Words: Catherine Martin


amed as one of the top travel destinations for 2017, Portugal has seen something of resurgence in recent months. New attractions and additional flight routes have led to a rise in tourist arrivals, providing a much-needed boost for the country’s hotel development pipeline. In 2008, the global financial crisis hit hard, and the nation was grouped with Italy, Greece and Spain – collectively known as the PIGS – for its poor economic performance. Recovery has been slow, but the travel and tourism sector is growing, benefiting in part from security concerns in other destinations. Fast forward to 2016 and the number of foreign tourists visiting Portugal soared by almost 13%, exceeding 10 million for the first time. The sun-drenched beaches of the Algarve have long been a draw for those in the know, as have the world-class golf courses, protected nature reserves, and bountiful winelands, but it’s the cities, with their arts, culture and culinary scene, that are currently hitting the headlines. Lisbon in particular is creating quite a buzz, and the past 18 months have seen a spate of new hotel openings. Further to those featured in the following pages, a number of independent properties including Alma Lusa from hotelier Miguel Simões, Santa Clara 1728 from João Rodrigues, and Hotel 1908 from family-owned company Villa de Santa Ana, have made their debut.

From the larger operators, Portuguese hotel group Pestana partnered with footballer Cristiano Ronaldo to open in the Baixa neighbourhood, while Minor Hotels opened Avani Avenida Liberdade, marking the brand’s entry into Europe. In total, 40 new hotels are expected to open across Portugal before the end of 2017, with almost half being in Lisbon, say statistics office Associação da Hotelaria de Portugal. Looking to 2018 and beyond, STR reveals that Lisbon has over 1,000 guestrooms in the pipeline, marking a 5.2% increase on existing supply. The new stock is expected to be absorbed with ease thanks to government strategies targeting growth in both the business and leisure sectors. And it isn’t just Lisbon that will benefit. According to the World Travel & Tourism Council, by 2027, international tourist arrivals to Portugal are forecast to reach 14.7 million, generating expenditure of EUR20.3bn, an increase of 2.7% pa. With the market largely dominated by independent operators, the race is on for the larger groups to plant flags in key locations. Perhaps the most high-profile announcement in recent months has been the 2019 arrival of W Hotels on the Algarve. Designed by AB Concept, the resort will offer 134 guestrooms and 81 branded residences across 250,000ft2 of beachfront. With all indicators pointing to growth, there’ll be no problem filling rooms.




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Memmo Príncipe Real LISBON

The third property from hotelier Rodrigo Machaz opens its doors, bringing a new sense of luxury to Lisbon’s hippest neighbourhood. Words: Catherine Martin | Photography: Courtesy of Design Hotels


ucked between the imposing façades of Rua Dom Pedro V, a narrow passageway leads down a steep bank to a small, nondescript square. From the street, it could easily be mistaken for a dead end, yet it is here that hotelier Rodrigo Machaz has opened the third in his collection of Memmo Hotels. “On this site there was an old, dilapidated warehouse with difficult access through a tunnel,” Machaz explains. “But we fell in love with the view, and believed we could do something special here.” And what a view it is. As the square opens up to the wider cityscape, a sea of terracotta rooftops cascade down the hillside

towards the Tagus River. The same vista can be enjoyed from the nearby Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara, a hilltop viewpoint that marks the southern boundary of Príncipe Real. The emerging neighbourhood – essentially an extension of Bairro Alto – is fast becoming a firm favourite amongst the city’s younger generation thanks to an influx of trendy bars, restaurants, cafés and shops. Crumbling mansions and 19th century palaces, once home to the city’s elite, are being reclaimed and redeveloped, and it is this combination of classic and contemporary that defines Memmo Príncipe Real. Both the hotel and the neighbourhood take their name from the


Above: Slatted oak screens are used in cabinetry, headboards, and as sliding doors to separate the bedroom from the all-limestone bathroom

Portuguese for ‘royal prince’ in honour of Queen Maria II’s first born, and Dom Pedro V himself is there to greet guests on arrival in the form of a large-scale portrait. But all is not as it seems, as the painting – by Portuguese artist Carlos Barahona Possolo – is a reinterpretation of the 1854 original with a few cheeky Memmo-style additions. The new opening builds on the success of the group’s debut hotel, Memmo Baleeira, which opened in the Algarvian town of Sagres in 2007. Machaz long had ambitions to come to Lisbon and opened his second hotel in the Alfama district in 2013. Confident the city could take another Memmo, the hotelier set about finding a new site that would once again demonstrate the brand’s ability to adapt to its location, much like the chameleon of its logo. For Memmo Príncipe Real, Machaz turned to Samuel Torres de Carvalho having worked with the architect on his previous ventures – all of which are members of the Design Hotels collective. “The brief was to create a premium offer for Memmo, but without the opulence and formality of grand hotels,” Machaz explains. Known for his modernism, Torres de Carvalho has created a sleek, four-storey building with a long, rectangular footprint, designed to maximise the views.

For the interiors, the architect worked with João Corrêa Nunes and Memmo’s in-house design team, injecting a mix of modern elements using classic materials and details. “It’s a perfect balance of contemporaneity with touches of classic style,” describes Machaz. “A boutique hotel with interiors inspired by the ambience of palaces but in a human, comfortable scale.” Guests enter through a glazed atrium where limestone floors pay tribute to traditional Portuguese masonry and lead the way to the lobby, restaurant and bar. Slatted oak walls separate the spaces and neatly conceal facilities and access to back of house, where chef Vasco Lello cooks up his culinary delights. Oxtail croquettes and slow cooked pork cheeks are just some of the inventive dishes on offer in a menu influenced by Portuguese-speaking nations such as Brazil, Mozambique and Macau. Serving as the hotel’s main F&B offer, Café Colonial is open throughout the day, making the most of the panorama via the floor-to-ceiling windows that run the length of the space. At sunset, guests spill out onto the terrace to sip artisanal cocktails, and by nightfall, the interiors take on a cosier ambiance, with a striking chandelier taking centerstage. Manufactured by Santa & Cole, the installation comprises small porcelain shades arranged


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in concentric circles, emitting a glow that is comparable to the warmth of candlelight. Marble tables and deep sofas are designed bespoke by the Memmo team, complemented by Thonet chairs, aged velvet upholstery and vintage area rugs. Memmo Príncipe Real’s 41 guestrooms span both the upper and lower floors, with those below ground commanding higher rates due to the advantage of a private terrace. Ranging in size from 24-50m2, each has a palette of taupe and sage green. The slatted oak screens seen in the lobby are repeated here in the cabinetry, headboards, and as sliding doors to separate the bedroom from the all-limestone bathroom. Modern interventions come in the form of Bang & Olufsen TVs and Bose speakers, while a handcrafted quality comes through in the accessories, from the bedside lights of blown glass that were handmade in


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Left: A portrait of Dom Pedro V greets guests on arrival. The painting – by Portuguese artist Carlos Barahona Possolo – is a reinterpretation of the 1854 original with a few cheeky Memmo-style additions

the coastal town of Marinha Grande, to the beautifully crafted leather folder containing the hotel directory. Each room also comes with a bowler hat made by Lisbon-based milliner Fábrica dos Chapéaus, while the provision of fresh ingredients for a mix-it-yourself colonial cocktail is a thoughtful touch. Memmo, which stands for memories, prides itself on creating an unforgettable guest experience, so what’s next for the group? Machaz is undoubtedly measured in his approach, ensuring he crafts the right blend of design, cuisine and culture. “We’re not building a chain of hotels but a collection of authentic experiences in special locations across Portugal,” he concludes. “We always keep our eyes open for new opportunities in different locations and our plan is to have more hotels in the future, but for now, we are focused on Memmo Príncipe Real.”

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The Lumiares LISBON

A newcomer to Portugal’s hospitality scene, Bomporto Hotels makes its debut, partnering with local creatives for a truly authentic offer. Words: Catherine Martin | Photography: © Stills Fotografia


estled in the cobbled streets of Bairro Alto, at the top of the Gloria Funicular, a new boutique hotel offers a fresh take on Portuguese hospitality. Owned and operated by Bomporto Hotels – a joint venture between Peter Lowe and Chris Eddis – The Lumiares was created as the polar opposite to a chain hotel. Apartment-style guestrooms and local cuisine are both part of the offer, though it’s the personality and charm of the historic building – brought firmly into the 21st century without losing sight of its heritage – that is the standout. It took four years for Lowe and Eddis to find the right fit for their

venture. Competition amongst developers is fierce, so when the 18th century former palace in the vibrant district of Bairro Alto became available, the team knew they had to move fast. With the building secured, Bomporto set about the restoration, selecting Portuguese talent to bring the hotel to life. Lisbon-based studio Metro Urbe took care of the architectural interventions, while Porto’s Room2Fit devised the interior scheme, complete with madeto-measure furniture. Localist and urban scout Samantha Lawrie, founder of Foster & Bloom, was also brought on board, initially to provide a scouting report on the city’s independent cafés and retailers.


Above: Rugs and wall-hung tapestries come from the northern town of Espinho, where Ferreira de Sá continues the tradition of Beiriz stitching

Once an F&B partner was found, Lawrie’s remit expanded to include creative consulting, FF&E sourcing and social media positioning. Completing the line-up, Vilamoura-based Omey Projects provided art consultancy services, selecting black-and-white images from photographer Vasco Celio, along with colourful abstract works by Maser Art. Also on display are typography prints by Joao Rei, handpressed in the Azores Islands and featuring lines from the poetry of Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa, translating to ‘I do not want to go where there is no light’. In fact, light – specifically the light of Lisbon – guides much of the design scheme, from the sunshine graphic of the hotel’s logo, to the rose pink and warm ochre colour palette of the guestrooms. One of the most striking features is a bespoke lighting installation suspended over the grand staircase. Designed by Beau McClellan to reflect the way light plays across the rooftops, the chandelier is crafted from cuboids of etched brass, arranged in clusters to represent the houses of the neighbourhood. Also playing a key role in the hotel’s identity are its aspirations to be truly local. A lifestyle blog features posts on food and drink, fashion and retail from a local’s perspective, while the majority of furnishings specified by Foster & Bloom are of Portuguese origin, in keeping with the ‘localist’ ethos.

In the guestrooms, eye-catching rugs and wall-hung tapestries come from the northern town of Espinho, where Ferreira de Sá continues the tradition of Beiriz stitching. Taking Portuguese prints as inspiration, artisans handcrafted the rugs to a bespoke design, bringing colour and pattern to the space. Elsewhere, tableware is by Ílhavo porcelain maker Vista Alegre; bathroom amenities come from Claus Porto; woollen bed throws are by Burel Factory, made in the mountains of Serra da Estrela; and notebooks hand-bound by a Santa Catarina bookbinder were sourced and designed especially for The Lumiares by Lisbon artisan collective, Malta & Companhia. Also of note are the bed cushions, designed and made for the hotel by Mizette Nielsen of Fábrica Alentejana de Lanifícios, artisan weavers in Alentejo. Split into five categories including loft style and studio, guestrooms range in size from 35-120m2, with high ceilings, wooden floors and plenty of natural daylight. All feature a kitchen furnished with Smeg appliances, as well as a living area and lounge. Public spaces meanwhile are geometric in their design, featuring bold black and white floor tiles inset with brass accents. The F&B offer is headed up by Portuguese chef Miguel Castro e Silva, who has created two restaurants for the hotel. On the ground floor, Mercado Café offers freshly made sandwiches and pastries to guests


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and locals alike, taking advantage of its streetside location. And on the rooftop, Lumni Restaurant & Bar – with a delightful outdoor terrace offering city views – serves Portuguese dishes with an international twist. Having set its sights on expansion, Bomporto Hotels has two further properties in the pipeline, and is targeting ten hotels within ten years. Occupying a former palace in Santos, Lisbon’s trendy gallery district, The Baronesa is slated to open in 2018, while an ambitious warehouse conversion on the banks of the River Douro will be a welcome addition to Porto’s hospitality scene come 2020.

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The founders of a unique family-friendly resort on the Algarve introduce their concept to central Lisbon and the nearby resort of Cascais Words: Matt Turner | Photography: Courtesy of Martinhal Family Hotels & Resorts


hen I first met Martinhal co-founders Roman and Chitra Stern at their original resort in Sagres on the Algarve in 2010, they outlined their vision for a new family-friendly hotel concept – one designed with families in mind, providing extensive childcare facilities, but giving adults the same experience they would find in a typical boutique hotel. Now they have opened two new properties – one in central Lisbon, billed as ‘the world’s first city centre elegant family hotel’, and another in nearby Cascais – allowing families to enjoy a combined city break and beach holiday within easy reach of one another.

Sitting in the M Club at the Cascais property, the clubhouse of a former golf resort now transformed into a kids club and restaurant – they explain that, despite the recession which engulfed Portugal just as the original Martinhal opened, their ideas had seen the property flourish: “Over the past five years we have developed Sagres into a market-leading family resort – we went from one kids club there to five,” comments Roman Stern. “It was a really difficult period but we came out strong, we grew our business through a very clear positioning and marketing strategy which differentiated us from the rest of the Algarve.”


Above: The M Club at Martinhal Cascais occupies the clubhouse at this former golf resort, alongside a kids club and family restaurant

Clearly, the Martinhal concept had potential beyond Sagres, and as other resorts in Portugal floundered in the economic downturn, opportunities to take on distressed assets arose: “We didn’t say yes to everything that came up,” explains Chitra Stern, “We identified properties with great architecture and design, they had to feel right. But being genuinely family friendly is not just about the design, it’s the whole operating philosophy that needs to change – it’s a completely different mentality.” A villa development in Quinta do Lago was converted to a Martinhal resort in 2014. The Cascais property – formerly the Onyria Edition hotel – was then acquired in January 2016 and refurbished in phases. “It was an underperforming golf hotel,” says Roman, “so we took it over to reposition it. The hotels in this area tend to look at the MICE market, golfing tourism or couples. We closed it for three months and made one set of changes, ran a soft opening through the first summer then made further changes in the winter.” Designed by João Paciência, a local architect of some renown, the basic structure of the resort was in good shape. Occupying a low-rise building, laid out amidst the pine forests and the golf course already existing on-site, the use of local ‘Xisto Mourisca’ stone and wood has given the exterior a strong, contemporary presence. Particularly impressive is the double-height atrium which greets guests as they enter, framing the outdoor patio and gardens. Inside, materials such as

white marble, dark granite, copper, wood, and glass are harmoniously blended together. Working with the existing building, the Sterns collaborated with interior designer Dagny Bain to adapt the property to their requirements. Many elements from the original Martinhal in Sagres, including furniture pieces by British designer Michael Sodeau, have been repeated here. Family-friendly changes include the introduction of connecting doors, Italian-designed bunk beds, and more private bathrooms, whilst cosmetic changes throughout give more colour and texture to the previously minimalist interiors. Artwork, inspired by the surrounding forests, was commissioned from celebrated Portuguese artist Jorge Santos for each guestroom. Outdoors, 2,300m2 of new playground areas have been scattered throughout the grounds, originally designed by celebrated landscape architect Francisco Caldeira Cabral. Pools were shallowed and heated, including the enclosure of one in an innovative geodesic dome that allows it to be used even on cold or cloudy days. Elsewhere a lighter touch was required. The rusted steel and pebble water-features cascading over terraced levels outside the spa were largely left intact. The resulting resort comprises 84 accommodations, from hotel rooms to private villas set back from the centre of the resort. There are also two restaurants (O Terraco and bistro Os Gambozinos), two outdoor pools, a Finisterra spa, and the 7,865 ft2 Kids Clubhouse,



Left: A vintage mini BMW is a talking point in the M Bar Family Cafe at Martinhal Chiado Previous Page: Apartments at Martinhal Chiado are bright and spacious with the kids club located in a former garage space below

with its own dedicated family-accommodating restaurant M Bar. As these changes were being introduced in Cascais, another project was underway just 20 minutes drive away in Lisbon. A recent conversion of an apartment block in the historic Chiado district had been acquired with a view to bringing Martinhal’s unique offer to a city centre location. Now, a range of 37 studio, one-bed and two-bed apartments – again adapted with Dagny Bain to Martinhal’s own style – occupy the upper floors. Each apartment has a kitchen complete with a stove, dishwasher, washerdryer, fridge, basic crockery, cutlery and pots and pans. The ground floor garages were converted to a kids club and crèche on one side of the central lobby area, with a dining room on the other. The M-Bar Family Café offers cooked breakfast and light meals during the day, but is closed in the evenings – when adults can drop their children off at the complimentary Rapasinhos kids club, or employ the services of a babysitter in their apartment, whilst they go out to enjoy the plethora of bars and restaurants on offer in this area of Lisbon. The Sterns believe this is ‘a game changer,’ and one with as much potential as the resort concept. “No-one expects a genuine family hotel in the city,” says Roman.

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Rezidor’s new leadership plan Rezidor Hotel Group’s new CEO announced plans for a new fiveyear strategy which is expected to see it align itself more closely with Carlson Hotels as it looks to drive revenues. The news came as fellow Scandinavian group Scandic Hotels reported a strong quarter as it too welcomed a change at the top and continued to pursue expansion. Federico González-Tejera, president & CEO, Rezidor Hotel Group, said that “the opportunities going forward look significant”. Following the board’s approval of the five-year plan, the group intends to share the core components at an investor day in the fourth quarter. The CEO, who replaced Wolfgang Neumann, told analysts that the vision for Carlson Rezidor was to be “one of the top three companies in the world”. González-Tejera described the company’s strengths as its Radisson brand – one of the most recognised, he said, upper-upscale brands – its position as one of the top six companies in Europe, and its assetlight growth. He said: “We need to focus on driving revenues at a much faster pace. We will continue our growth both in mature and emerging markets.” Driving this, he said, would be a revised IT system. González-Tejera said: “I am energised by the potential of the company, and excited to build on Rezidor’s achievements to further

strengthen the group’s profile and profitability. “We have started to work on a comprehensive and holistic five-year strategy plan that will be presented to the board in October 2017 for a launch in January 2018. The plan analysis covers our operations and asset management, brands and products, commercial and IT areas, talent and culture. It is also aligned with our partner Carlson to capture global revenue and brand opportunities, in order to reach our joint target of becoming one of the world’s leading hotel companies.” Earlier this year a global committee was created to oversee both companies, which have been bought together under HNA Group, which acquired Carlson Hotels in 2016 and holds a stake of 70.4% in Rezidor Hotel Group. The company saw net openings of 83 rooms in the quarter, something which González-Tejera said would see “a significant change”. When asked whether the possibility that HNA would not acquire the remaining shares in the group would influence strategy, he said: “No matter who is on the board we will present a sound proposition for the coming five years. What is important is that the management team is focused on higher revenue growth… that will be the same no matter what the nationality of the owner.” The CEO said that using HNA to foster growth in Chinese guests was “not something that we have exploited. Is that an opportunity for the future? Chinese consumers are coming and where we sell those

rooms depends on the price they will pay but it is not a material affect for the next 12 to 24 months”. The company saw Ebitda for the quarter fall by 22% to EUR28.4m, hit by higher central costs and higher bad debt costs, as well as softer conversion in the lease likefor-like portfolio. At Scandic Hotels, the company reported a busy quarter, opening nine hotels and acquiring Restel’s hotel operations in Finland, turning Scandic into the leading hotel operator in Finland and reinforcing the leading position in the Nordic market. The company also signed a new loan agreement which CFO Jan Johansson told us would increase flexibility and reduce financing cost. Frank Fiskers, outgoing president & CEO, handed over to Even Frydenberg with the comment that Scandic was “very well situated for the future with strong market positions and a successful business model that is bringing us commercial success. In addition, we expect that market conditions will remain favourable in 2017”. Adjusted Ebitda at the company for the half year reached SKr615m (GBP74m), up from SKr509m in the same period last year. Norway continued to recover, with Johansson telling us: “What you see in Norway is that there’s no capacity coming into the market, so that is that main driver.” The acquisition of Restel gives the company additional scale, which would not, Johansson said, change its distribution strategy. He said: “We use the expression ‘controlled distribution’ and our


direct bookings are close to 70%, which is due to such a large base of recurring corporate contracts. We have a stable customer base which will be harder to maintain when we have more leisure customers, but we are hopeful of maintaining a high proportion of controlled distribution.” Johansson said that the company had “no reason” to follow Marriott International and Hilton into cancellation charges “because occupancy has been so high”. The group continues to look to Germany, where it currently has four sites, most-recently acquiring the Wyndham Grand Frankfurt, which will open as the Scandic Frankfurt Museumsufer at the start of next year. Johansson said: “We are very picky – Germany is quite a difficult market and profitability comes first. It is tough, but we are starting to make a name there.” HA Perspective (by Katherine Doggrell): González-Tejera is a man who likes a five-year plan, having launched a successful one at NH Hotels Group, where he no doubt caught the eye of shareholder HNA. He is now looking for more of the same. Details so far are scant. One analyst asked whether having a Chinese owner would mean a different asset strategy for the company to having a European or American owner, with the former likely to be asset-heavy. The CEO would not be drawn on ownership “whether that is asset light or asset heavy in certain areas”. This would seem to indicate that

the new plan will not be a wholesale shift for Rezidor, which has always been opportunistic in its approach to growth, one of the reasons why it has had success in the emerging markets. An analyst close to the situation pointed us back to the five-year plan at NH, which, as GonzálezTejera plans for Rezidor, leant on technology. It also focused on moving the estate towards the upper-upscale – in this case Radisson – as well as pushing for greater global expansion to counter what was at the time (but is no longer) Spain’s weak performance. Rezidor is not sited in poorly-performing areas (if one discounts the Middle East), its domestic market is rising and its hotels are not in need of refurbishment, something which gave this analyst confidence for the company’s future. Key to the push for that third position among the global operators was that HNA had been widely expected to merge NH with Carlson and Rezidor, a plan which provoked many of the ructions at NH. The plan slipped a little when HNA failed to pick up all of Rezidor, but closer contact, despite repeated comment from the new CEO that it and Carlson will be independent, will see the two closer to a merger by any other name. What this means for Rezidor-unique brands such as the economy Prizeotel remains to be seen, but what is likely is that those at NH may see a reignition of enthusiasm on HNA’s part after a quiet year so far.

Additional HA Perspective (by Andrew Sangster): At the risk of using a tired cliché, Chinese companies remain a mystery wrapped in an enigma or, trying to be less clichéd and probably failing, like picking your dinner from a Chinese restaurant menu using only numbers. The cause of this uncertainty is the Chinese government and in particular its crackdown on overseas investment by Chinese firms. During 2015 and 2016 there were massive outflows of Chinese capital and late last year Beijing dictated that enough was enough. This year, rather than the USD417bn outflow of capital seen in 2016 there was a USD16bn surplus for the first half of 2017. The crackdown has worked. In the forefront of these aggressive moves to slow capital outflow have been Anbang, Dalian Wanda, Fosun and HNA. All four have big exposures to travel and tourism in the West. As well as wanting to stem capital flight, the Chinese government is thought to be concerned about the amount of leverage built up by these companies during their overseas buying sprees. The response of the companies to the government intervention has varied: Dalian Wanda has been busy selling off more than USD9bn of property assets in China to a domestic company while HNA has revealed that a US charity now holds a 30% stake, transferred from an opaque Chinese shareholder.

HNA still has 10% of Deutsche Bank and 25% of Hilton among its investments, as well as Carlson together with Carlson’s majority stake in Rezidor. The move to take Rezidor private has been postponed until at least September with reports suggesting this is down to HNA’s struggles to get capital out of the country. The failure by HNA to complete the, what is understood to be a relatively small deal, to buy foreign exchange retailer ICE has helped fuel rumours about problems. With all this noise and rumour, the Q4 strategy presentation by Rezidor is certainly going to be interesting. The obvious question is whether there will be a tie-up with NH? This is something that would no doubt send a few shivers down the backs of many executives in Rezidor as they have spent the past few years digging themselves out of a number of tricky lease deals and they would not relish having a whole bunch more heading their way from NH. Perhaps a little bit more light will be shed during NH’s own investor day on 28th September. And another big question is what HNA is going to do with its stake in Hilton? Was this a manoeuvre to quickly shift capital outside of China before the controls kicked in? Or is there a longer term strategic plan?


Pandox makes UK move Pandox is to acquire the Hilton London Heathrow Airport in an offmarket deal from an institutional investor for GBP80m. The company, which reported a 21% increase in Ebitda for the second quarter, said that it would continue to be acquisitive, with CEO Anders Nissen commenting to us that, despite Brexit, “London will always be a hub in Europe”. The Hilton London Heathrow Airport is operated by Hilton under a revenue-based lease agreement and will be reported under Pandox’s property management business. For 2017 the hotel is expected to contribute the equivalent of approximately SKr50m (USD6m) in rental income and SKr48m in net operating income, on an annualised basis. The hotel has a yield of 5.5% and is operated by Adda Hotels, a subsidiary of Hilton Worldwide, under a revenue-based lease agreement with a remaining average maturity of 26 years where the tenant bears far-reaching responsibility for maintenance, repair and investments in the property. Renovation of the restaurant, bar, lobby and gym is planned for 2018-2019. The company did not reveal the identity of the seller, but it was thought to be the investor’s sole holding in the hotel sector. Nissen told Hotel Analyst that he had been

in the hotel in 2001 when Hilton acquired Scandic. He added: “The deal was done in a few weeks. Currency wasn’t the main driver – that was the location – we had an interest in the UK and, if it was possible to start in London, that would be great, so we are very lucky, very happy. We are flexible and quick, we can move fast. “This is our sixth hotel with Hilton. It is a domestic brand and an international brand so the property is in very good hands. We have a lease with shared upside and downside and, if you look at the other premium hotels in Heathrow, this should be number one. I think it has the chance to be the revpar leader and I look forward to working with Hilton.” When asked about the current variety of options regarding a new runway at Heathrow, Nissen said: “Heathrow is Heathrow and whatever happens, to have a premium hotel there linked to the airport is like having one in the city.” With the company now exposed to Brexit, Nissen said: “From Pandox’s point of view, I am not seeing any negative effect at all. In London I don’t think people will say: ‘I cannot go and see Arsenal play football because London is not in Europe’. London will always be a hub in Europe.” He added: “We will continue to look and continue to look where we are – including in the UK. We are not standing still, but it has to be something where we can add value.

Germany is a beautiful country, Scandinavia is a little expected, The Netherlands is good. Europe is the biggest market in the world and there are still good deals to do. There are a few portfolios which will come out in the next two years, there is yield compression on some single assets in big cities, but we are flexible. You can invest, you can be active, you can be passive, you can do what is best for the hotel.” News of the deal came shortly after the company’s first-half results, which saw Ebitda improve by 24% on the year to SKR1.04bn, with Ebitda for the second quarter up by 21% to SKr594m, driven by improved net operating income for both property management and operator activities. The group also reported a 20% growth in net asset value. The company said that growth was evenly split between cities with international and domestic demand, with Nissen adding that it was “worth noting that regional cities in all key markets enjoyed strong growth”. The lease portfolio in Finland developed well, supported by increased economic optimism accompanied by increased regional demand, as well as strong international demand in Helsinki. The recovery in Brussels was strong and Germany remained stable. Growth in Stockholm weakened slightly due to new room capacity and a more uneven neutralisation of previous positive calendar effects than in other

Nordic capitals. The group said that underlying demand in Stockholm “was still good. No negative effects were noted after the terrorist attack in April”. Nissen said: “Most of Pandox’s value creation takes place within the company’s existing hotel portfolio. The investment pace has been swift for an extended period and we have a significant pipeline of approved investments with good yield potential in both the property management and operator activities segments.” HA Perspective (by Katherine Doggrell): Pandox’s latest deal came as Christie & Co released a study into the Nordic market, commenting that demand for the region from the international operators was likely to drive a move into hybrid management agreements where risk was shared between brands and owners. Recent developments have, however, seen a shift to a tripartite structure, with the two Moxy Hotels currently in the pipeline for Copenhagen and Oslo opening with a local operator signing a franchise agreement with Marriott and a variable lease with the property owner, Vastint. Anna Eck, senior consultant, Christie & Co, told us: “It’s important to stress that there needs to be more third-party players that would take that role. Banks tend to lend on leases, there are enough local brands that will take leases. But the opportunity is there.”


Nissen was unequivocal. “I don’t think any of these international brands will be successful in the Scandinavian area if they don’t take leases. International brands are more than welcome, but the model is a lease.” For now, while Pandox and Scandic have recently added hotels in the UK and Germany, respectively, their domestic market remains their own.

Loyalty strategy pays off Six of the top 10 hotel brands saw direct bookings in the US increase from May 2016 to May 2017, according to Hitwise. The growth came after a concerted direct push from the global operators, leveraging loyalty programmes to offer discounts for booking direct, a strategy which Morgan Stanley described as “a price worth paying”. The company said that Wyndham had more than tripled its share of direct bookings to 9.61%, while Marriott International had the biggest share of direct bookings, at 26.21% in May 2017. The report counted Starwood Hotels & Resorts separately, with the group achieving 5.19% of sales directly. In contrast, of the top eight online travel agents, only Booking, Expedia and Priceline saw growth in share of bookings. Expedia had the highest volume of OTA site bookings, with

28.09%, while Booking, which had 19.13% of bookings, saw the largest growth, building its share by 3.35 percentage points. Hilton, which, with its Stop Clicking Around campaign, launched the drive to book direct, recorded 17.25% of its bookings direct, up 0.82 percentage points on the year. The company started its direct campaign in February 2016, ahead of Hitwise’s study and a year before Marriott International. On Hilton’s second-quarter earnings call, CEO Chris Nassetta said: “With the most guestcentric loyalty programme and the efficiency of our web direct channels, guests benefit from greater personalisation and more choice and control and best value. At the same time, owners benefit from lower distribution costs and continued increases in system revpar premiums.” The company said that, year-todate, 5.5 million people had joined Hilton Honors, a 20% increase year-on-year. Hilton Honors occupancy increased 170 basis points versus the prior year. Hitwise counted direct booking as bookings made on mobile and desktop, not phone bookings or walk ups. The company told us that it measured bookings by tracking visits to each hotel’s specific confirmation pages. A report from Morgan Stanley

called on operators to look to the quality, not quantity of those signing up for discounts. It said: “We believe that branded hotels are paying on average 20bps more for distribution than they were around 18 months ago. However, through increased loyalty members and contribution, and a slowing shift to OTAs, one can argue this could be a cost worth paying, depending on the quality of the new members.” Morgan Stanley said that it believes that Marriott International and Whitbread had either lowered their distribution cost or kept it flat, while Hyatt and InterContinental Hotels Group had seen their distribution cost rise by around 30bps. The study said: “Long-term success will be realised by brand companies’ ability to monetise loyalty members. Loyalty members across our coverage rose 17% in 2016, up from 14% growth in 2015. As a result, loyalty members made up an average of 40% of hotel brands’ occupancy in 2016, from 38% in 2015. “If hotel brands can continue to grow their loyalty programmes more than 10% per year and can monetise at historical levels, there should be mid-single-digit system net revenue upside, despite distribution cost headwinds. However, if new members are less ‘loyal’ and just looking for

discounts, there’s downside risk.” In terms of the relationship with the OTAs, Morgan Stanley said that renegotiations between the largest hotel brand companies and OTAs had resulted in lower OTA commission rates with sources suggesting that Hilton and Marriott were able to negotiate their contracts down by around 200bps since 2015. HA Perspective (by Katherine Doggrell): The evolution of the loyalty programme is something which is going to tax the hotel sector in the coming years, as the OTAs focus on rewards schemes and operators focus not just on bookings, but on data and guest ownership and creating loyalty which brings value. The OTAs are not going to roll over. Despite the loyalty push, OTAs are still front of mind for the consumer, aided by their enthusiastic advertising spend, ease of booking and choice. Commenting on the value of investing in direct booking, Jerome Wise, VP, enterprise clients, Travelclick, told Hotel Analyst: “It is worth it in order to grow their loyalty base – it comes at a cost to the owner of between 2% and 5% ADR and in terms of increased loyalty costs, but I think it’s the right move because loyalty and guest recognition is where hotels can win.

Hotels should absolutely be in the business of selling rooms, but they should look at the cost of selling rooms across the channels – the costs should be consistent. I feel that the supplier vs OTA battle is a little outdated. Hotels should be looking to provide a great guest experience and creating a loyal customer base – this is how hotels can win.” Hotels have always had the power to decide the channels they sell through. The drive to regain power through leveraging loyalty programmes should help remind them of this and concentrate on how to work effectively with the OTAs.

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n an increasingly competitive sector, guest loyalty has been a talking point at industry events in recent months, with hotel groups vying for that all-important loyal fan-base. How to make a customer fall in love with your brand and keep them coming back for more has been the subject of much debate, and has recently been announced as the overarching theme for Sleep. The topic will be explored during the Sleep Conference, and also forms the brief for The Sleep Set, an annual competition that challenges teams to design and build a fully-functioning guestroom that will ultimately form part of a concept installation at Sleep. The four international practices participating this year have been named as Stonehill & Taylor, the hospitality-focused architecture and design studio from New York City; London-based MKV Design, which specialises in the interior architecture and design of high-end hotels and resorts around the world; Italian agency Il Prisma, with a portfolio that extends across workplace, retail and hospitality; and 1508 London, primarily known for premium residential architecture and interiors and now expanding into hospitality. Representatives from each firm were invited to London in May for an introduction to the theme, entitled Loyalty: Lessons in Love. To host the workshop, Sleep organisers UBM partnered with Ipsos Loyalty, a division of market research firm Ipsos that assists clients in measuring customer experience, satisfaction and loyalty. “What does loyalty look like, and how do people

behave when they’re loyal?” asked Helen BywaterSmith, Director in Customer Expeience, Ipsos Loyalty. “How do you create amazing experiences that connect with customers emotionally and plant enduring memories, converting them into fans who want to tag themselves, ‘check-in’ and share with others?” Using examples from outside the realms of

“How do you create amazing experiences that connect with customers emotionally and plant enduring memories?” Helen Bywater-Smith, Ipsos Loyalty

hospitality, the thought-provoking workshop dissected the meaning of loyalty, addressing the decision-making process, customer expectation, and the science behind the feel-good factor. Applying the findings to the hotel industry, the team delivered insight into the guest experience, mapping out their entire journey – from arrival and check-in through to sharing on social media – identifying pain points as well as opportunities to delight. A complicated booking process for example, could be perceived as a pain point, negatively affecting the customer’s overall


opinion of the brand, while unexpected surprises such as complimentary cocktails on arrival will undoubtedly delight, increasing the likelihood of a positive experience and returning guest. “The best outcome is that people will remember the experience in a year’s time,” explained Bywater-Smith, going on to explore how hotel environments can be designed to leave lasting impressions on guests’ hearts and minds, inspiring them to recommend and re-live the experience. Authenticity, storytelling, and being out of the ordinary were amongst the buzzwords suggested by the design teams, who were set mini-tasks aimed at kick-starting the thought process for their Sleep Set. Following the group workshops, the designers split off to consider the elements of their concept, whether this be design features, amenities or services. With the objective of creating an experience that fosters loyalty, Stonehill & Taylor, MKV Design, Il Prisma and 1508 London will spend the coming months developing their concepts before bringing them to life at Sleep in November. During the event, each team will take to the stage to present their scheme to a panel of judges, chaired by Javier Hortal, Regional Director of Technical Services EMEA, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. The competition winner will be announced to visitors on the second day of Sleep. A preview of this year’s Sleep Set installations can be seen overleaf.

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“Our Hotel Irus pop-up will illustrate how being loyal to sustaining ‘ourselves’ is the ultimate lesson in love,” explains Vince Stroop, Principal, Stonehill & Taylor. “The Irus reflects and draws from a multicultural wealth of inspiration that honours the environment, embraces globalisation, respects cultural differences and creates a unique experience, regardless of user or location. Its name is an abstraction of ‘iris’, which gives colour to the human eye and embraces ‘the us’ of all people. To underscore the approach of building an engaged world community, the Hotel Irus vision has been designed in New York, crafted in Istanbul and will debut in London.”

“Loyalty and love are fundamental to us as human beings,” says MKV Design’s founder Maria Vafiadis. “We need to receive loyalty and love, and we need to give them. They frame our relationships with family and friends, and with our habitats; they influence what we say and do, what we experience and consume and what we feel about the life we are living. Loyalty and love are critical to the here and now and they also generate a legacy for the future. Yet, we can be profligate and promiscuous with our loyalties, using up finite resources and rejecting commitment in favour of the latest must-do-have-hold. Our Sleep Set will belong somewhere within this canvas.”

“Loyalty is devotion, honesty and love,” says Gilberto Vizzini, UK Manager and Strategy Director of Il Prisma. “It is a deep relationship that can be between lovers or a group of friends, between siblings, or in some cases, between a brand and the consumer. The basis to building a true relationship is to spend time together, experiencing and sharing emotions. We have conceived ‘Emotional Based Living’ focused on a strong and personalised relationship between brand and consumer that goes beyond time and place. It is a flexible and emotional experience that evolves and changes every day to create moments and memories. A chameleon bridge that connects people’s hearts and minds with their lover, the hotel.”

“It is the small details that create strong attraction and powerful design,” explains Hamish Brown, Partner, 1508 London. “Details are what form people’s memories. They incite an emotional connection to a space and bring people back. They are the creator of meaningful moments. These details include such elements as the small handle that opens the window to reveal stunning scenery beyond. Through this, our guests will be invited to play a part in imagining a space full of moments of attraction for them. It is those details that build an emotional connection and, in turn, create loyalty and love.”



Moscow’s Sundukovy Sisters reveal their loyalty-themed concept for Sleep’s destination bar.


reated anew every year, The Sleeper Bar has become something of a highlight for the thousands of visitors flocking to Europe’s leading hotel design event. A hub for making connections, building relationships and doing business, the pop-up has previously been designed by the likes of Conran & Partners, Stylt Trampoli and Nous Design. This year, the task falls to Moscow-based sisters Irina and Olga Sundukovy, who founded their their studio in 2004 and have gone on to design interiors for bars, restaurants and retail spaces, both in Russia and internationally. The siblings have also worked on a number of hotel projects including Pullman Berlin Schweizerhof and Ibis Styles Tbilisi. Sundukovy Sisters’ concept for The Sleeper Bar will follow the

theme of this year’s Sleep Set competition, and promises yet again to be a crowd-pleaser. “Our design for the bar will emphasise the importance of human interaction in eliciting loyalty: not only loyalty between people but loyalty between the brand and individuals,” say Irina and Olga. “It’s a great opportunity for us to show that young designers can harmoniously integrate into the sophisticated market of hotel design, that we can both inspire and feel inspired, creating an experience that underlines the theme of the event – Lessons in Love. We will be using reflection and light to suggest the infinity of mankind while capturing the inner world of each guest in a moment of time.” The completed design will be open throughout Sleep, which takes place from 21-22 November at The Business Design Centre, London.


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The bathroom of tomorrow, today B AT H R O O M S & A M E N I T I E S

Considering both the past and future of bathroom design, a slate of new releases explore notions of shape, heritage and the user experience.


t the forefront of the bathroom sector, ISH provides a platform from which designers showcase the trends, ideas and styles set to guide the year ahead. Across 2,400 stands within Messe Frankfurt’s expansive halls, the latest technological, aesthetic and cultural shifts in bathroom design can be observed. An increased focus on global sustainability, for example, saw the 2017 show introduce a wealth of new efficiency and waste reduction solutions, whilst the changing demands of the hospitality market contributed to the production of new materials and functions, as well as the proliferation of both cutting-edge and resurgent design styles. Featuring leading global suppliers alongside emerging names and rising talent, the fair offers an essential insight into the minds of designers across all levels of the industry, and an indicator of what to expect from bathrooms in new projects worldwide. This year, a slate of new fixture, amenity, water system and accessory releases highlighted the revitalisation and reintroduction of historical design elements to the market. Combining graphic lines and a simple spout with natural curves, THG’s Dean collection recalls a striking industrial spirit, whilst Graff’s Finezza faucet channels retrochic through its elegant profile and an uninterrupted cast that runs from tap to base. Likewise, the Meccanica and Cesello members of Gessi’s 316 collection reference the industrial aesthetic with their vivid texture options, and Lefroy Brooks’ Ten Ten tap reinterprets machine-age forms through a contemporary lens. The colours on show reinforced this historical influence, with an abundance of bronze, brass, copper and gold prominent throughout. A step away from traditionally popular pure white and porcelain shades, these finishes allow for moodier environments and expressively dark interior schemes. However, for all the heritage influences that shone through, the evolution of brand-unique materials and manufacturing solutions emerged as an alternative, more forward-thinking trend. Laufen’s SaphirKeramik, first launched in 2013, has now developed into a material employed by designers including Patricia Urquiola for the distinctive Sonar washbasin, whilst Villeroy & Boch’s Patrick Frey-designed Finion collection utilises the brand’s own TitanCeram, a versatile fusion of feldspar, quartz, clay and

titanium dioxide. Elsewhere, Kaldewei’s Steel Enamel took centre stage at a stand dedicated to ‘iconic solutions’ with the launch of the Minea washbasin, a minimalist and seamless fixture made possible by the single-layer material. With these surfaces allowing for experiments in shape and profile, several new silhouettes emerged. The thin washbasin rim – a defining feature of both Duravit’s Cecilie Manz-designed Luv range and Vitra’s Outline collection – proved a popular design choice, whilst Victoria & Albert’s Eldon bath, the product of a collaboration with Conran + Partners, combined the London-based firm’s knowledge of contemporary interior demands with the shift towards slimmer, more compact pieces. New materials also mean new textures, with Bette’s Ornament bath and BetteLux Oval Freestanding bath boasting experiments in surface character. The latter’s fabric exterior turned inquisitive heads and highlighted the steps away from convention that bathroom designers are taking, as manufacturing processes quickly evolve. This departure from classic bathroom forms and shapes could be seen as a direct consequence of this material revolution, with designers creating new conventions through the development of more adaptable ceramics. However it is not just the materials that have evolved, but also the industry’s scientific, technological dimension. Toto’s Flotation tub – a research-driven release that draws influence from flotation therapy – exhibited the leaps and bounds that the science behind bathroom design has taken, whilst Grohe’s Aquasymphony rebranded the shower space as a wellness zone, complete with adjustable coloured lighting, spray settings and integrated Grohe Spa mobile application. Likewise, Dornbracht’s Michael Neumayr-designed Aquamoon, part of the wider Lifespa concept, incorporates water-control technology to create a range of different mood-specific flow modes, matching these with suitable levels and shades of ambient lighting. Seeking to stimulate guest senses through texture, aesthetic and shape, as well as expanding on the psychological side of the bathroom experience, this new slate of products juxtaposes popular, traditional ideas with forward-thinking sensibilities, wrapping the technology of the future in aesthetics of the past.



ZENOLOGY 360 Program - Powered by nature Based on the idea that smell is the most emotive sense, this collection presents tailored products and signature scents for a total concept solution.

BETTE BetteLoft Ornament

Combining the versatility and strength of Bette’s signature titanium steel surface with experimental design, this collection’s geometric exterior accentuates the straight lines of the inner well. The interaction between light and shadow lends a degree of luminosity and vibrancy to the free-standing bath and wall-mounted washbasin, available with a single row or four rows of embossing.

TINA FREY Hotel Collection Tina Frey’s latest collection combines sculptural, soothing shapes with functionality in lidded boxes, customisable in colour and size.

PEBBLE & CO Bespoke Amenities Pebble & Co specialises in bespoke formulations, room fragrance and quintessential amenities, with focus on organic and performance products.



Created in collaboration with Phoenix Design, the new Metropol range from Hansgrohe represents the brand’s most comprehensive collection to date. Striking design is the defining feature, with precise, geometric contours, spheres and rectangles blending with expansive surfaces to cast delicate reflections of light. The cubic shape of the base conveys a modernist aesthetic, while the handle and spout harmoniously complement each other thanks to their parallel alignment.

The Penn collection takes inspiration from an eclectic mix of rich materiality and forms from the past, reinterpreted for the modern day.


REFRAME COLLECTION BY UNIDRAIN Un i d ra i n h a s lau n ched t he Reframe Col lect ion – a ser ies of bat hroom accessor ies ground ed i n Sca n d i n avi a n d e si g n and qual it y – w hich paired w it h t he award-w inning HighLine Colour s eries g i ve s you th e oppor t unit y to match al l met al det ail s. This is your oppor t unit y of reframing t he bat hroom ex per ience.

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KALDEWEI Meisterstück Classic Duo Oval Bringing back a classic, Kaldewei has launched the Meisterstück Classic Duo Oval. The freestanding tub is an object of timeless beauty, encased in seamless panelling of Kaldewei Steel Enamel. Combined with the narrow bath lip, the harmonious interplay of supple oval contour with a conical exterior produces a distinctive and soothing aesthetic.

WILLIAM HOLLAND Verdigris Copper Bath Combining contemporary styling, romantic classicism and biophilic design, the Verdigris Copper Bath is a handcrafted, sculptural creation deeply rooted within nature. Made from 78% recycled resources, the design is not only luxurious and aesthetically pleasing, but also experientially nourishing and sustainable.

THG PARIS Dean A collection of bathroom fittings and accessories with graphic and masculine lines, Dean is the latest collection from THG Paris. The simplicity of the spout contrasts with the aesthetics of the braces, while its contours reference an industrialism that is softened by the roundness of the handle. Dean is available for basins, showers and baths with finishes including chrome, soft gold, nickel and rose gold.


LAUFEN Cleanet Riva The latest shower toilet from Laufen, Cleanet Riva features streamlined ceramic that conceals the high-end engineering within. Designed by Peter Wirz, the piece combines Noventa’s latest technology and Laufen’s decades of experience in a completely closed ceramic body. The shower functions operate intuitively, providing complete user control, while integral components are regularly self-cleaned with thermal cleaning and automated descaling after use. Cleanet Riva also features white LEDs on the underside for use at night.

VICTORIA AND ALBERT Vetralla Vetralla features a simple, sleek design and an elegantly thin rim complementary of modern or contemporary bathrooms. Made using Quarrycast, the design is available in seven distinctive external finishes including matte white, anthracite, gloss black and stone grey. Deep and double-ended, Vetrella is available in two sizes.

VILLEROY & BOCH Antheus Made using Villeroy and Boch’s Quaryl, the latest freestanding bath promises to be a design highlight in any luxury hotel bathroom. The Antheus premium collection is available in two sizes, with fine edges and resting on a stainless steel frame.


TECE TeceLux Mini Tece has launched a smaller version of its TeceLux design. Featuring a real glass push plate with electronic flush operation, the system offers the regular finger contact operation as well as non-contact flush. The toilet’s sensor recognises when a person approaches, and then activates the buttons which become illuminated through the seamless glass plate. The flush is activated either by a soft touch or automatically. TeceLux Mini can be fitted flush to the wall, fitting discretely into the architecture of the bathroom. The design is available in black or white.

TOTO Hotel Les Neiges All 42 guestrooms and suites within Hotel Les Neiges feature Toto’s washlet. The premiere shower toilet represents sophistication in Japanese bathing culture, and offers a number of convenient options for luxury hotel design. The rimless toilet bowls ensure quick and easy cleaning, while the powerful Tornado flush prevents water spraying outside the bowl. Finally, the warm air dryer and deodoriser ensures optimum comfort.

DURAVIT Vero Air Rimless

The Comtesse suite features sophisticated, curved lines with a nod to vintage glamour. Inspired by original 1920s pieces, the design has been remastered to combine classic creations with modern materials and techniques. The collection is available in a range of two-tone original glazes found in the archives, including Sea Mist, Crème Anglaise and All White.

C ombi n i n g s t at e - of- t h e - a r t technology with comfort, the Vero Air Rimless WC and SensoWash Slim Seat collaboration is the latest in Duravit’s Vero Air progression. Incorporating the latest rimless technology and SensoWash Slim, the design also allows touch button control to operate all functions. Meanwhile, the WC’s rectangular basic form finishes with a gentle curve downwards, appearing geometrically precise and harmoniously round.



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CARRSON Sun Valley Bronze An exquisite range of solid bronze bathroom hardware and fixtures, the latest collection from Carrson features finely handcrafted designs taking inspiration from the mountains of Idaho, USA. Each piece is made using the finest quality art-grade bronze, with precision machining and superior components ensuring functionality and durability. Handapplied patina finishes lend character and distinction to the collection.

VITRA Eternity Designed by Sebastien Conran with Vitra, Eternity comprises a number of bathroom accessories focusing on the genuine needs of the user. The sophisticated range features an enduring hardwood teak and combines it with striking finishes for a minimalist result. The collection brings together 31 products, ranging from freestanding accessories set to contemporary flat-top towel holder. Eternity is available in three finishes: white with chrome, black with chrome and black with gold.

ROCA In-Wash

Galleon is a polished cast iron bath that features a classical style with character features. Measuring 1700mm x 700mm, the statement piece offers a focal point for any luxurious bathroom. Hurlingham offers a wide choice of distinctive bespoke finishes, allowing for optimum versatility.

Utilising leading technology, built in to the WC, In-Wash offers exceptional personal hygiene that provides complete cleaning, care and comfort. Not compromising on design, the smart toilet features soft curves and minimalistic design, allowing it to adapt perfectly to the interior of any bathroom space.





A PERSONALISED BATHROOM COLLECTION Roca presents Inspira, a new system that revolutionises the traditional concept of a bathroom collection. With three basic shapes that can be effortlessly combined, you can create a space with ultra-modern, harmonious and above all unique results. Discover Inspira - a bathroom collection with a personal touch.

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CLAYBROOK Opus The ergonomically designed Opus collection comprises a bath – available in two sizes – and an ensuite basin. Designed to complement a range of interiors, the bathtub and basin also offer functionality via the integrated shelf. The collection is also available in a variety of Claybrook moulded stone colours and finishes.

BAGNODESIGN Mezzanine The Mezzanine washbasin presents flexibility, with its refined design available in four widths, from 440mm for compact spaces, up to a double basin version at 1200mm for more spacious bathrooms. All of the basins can be installed on a countertop or wall-mounted, as well as semi-recessed for the smallest option.

MARFLOW Crystal Edition Marflow has extended its St James Collection with the exclusive Crystal Edition. Encompassing black and clear crystal handles made using Swarovski crystals at their core, the new additions are complemented by refined concealed bath and shower plates which present an angular shape, nodding to art deco’s bold geometric forms.


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AGAPE Immersion Neri & Hu’s Immersion bathtub takes inspiration from traditional timber bathing vessels in Japan and China, with a greater depth than a standard tub and smaller footprint. Similar to an onsen experience, the posture of bathing is more upright, while the design features minimal lines and elegant proportions.

WATERWORKS Flyte Waterworks has launched a number of new styles underneath the Waterworks Studio brand, including Flyte. Clear lines and simple geometric shapes define the collection, enhancing the fluid proportions. Like minimalist works of art, the light, modern elements act as a perfect accent to freestanding bathtubs.

KOHLER Real Rain Following extensive research, Kohler has launched a shower panel that delivers natural rainfall. A sleek, oversized 19” x 19” panel holds 775 nozzles, from which drops fall in varying sizes and ordered randomness. Further, the Deluge setting lets a flood of water rush down, reminiscent of a sudden burst of heavy rain.


Modular by design VOLA commitment to sculptural modularity is epitomised by the T39 Towel Rail. The system features minimalist cantilevered bars which can be configured in any quantity and spaced to suit any bathroom design. T39 is the perfect accompaniment to VOLA award-winning range.

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DORNBRACHT Vaia Vaia has been designed to create an expressive effect using soft, balanced silhouettes in a contemporary style. The concept is based on international architecture and design, exploring the transitional style trend for an elegant and progressive result.

ALISEO Cubik Limited Clean defined lines, new materials and lighting methodologies define Aliseo’s latest launch. Cubik Limited features a bold physique, complemented by handcrafted frosted acrylic panels that integrate effortlessly into the sculptured brass housing. Meanwhile, the mirrors SMD LED technology allows for greater flexibility as well as optimum aesthetic performance.

LEFROY BROOKS Taunton Ten Ten The Ten Ten range of industrial taps, showers and accessories is now available in a Taunton finish. The beaten brass look complements the functional aesthetic, and is left un-lacquered allowing it to age . Handheld elements will eventually be brought back to natural brass, while untouched areas will darken with time.



Perfection in detail — that is what A XO R stands for. Such are the exclusive surfaces. Finishes that add to the mixer’s natural radiance. And give individuality free rein. A perfect example: A XO R Uno in Polished Brass.

GROHE SmartControl Grohe has launched its SmartControl push button technology complete with concealed unit. The first of its kind to offer on-off and volume control at the push of a button, the newly expanded range allows users to select a spray pattern with ease, while turning the button creates varying flow strengths.

PERRIN & ROWE Single Lever Basin Mixer The latest addition to Perrin & Rowe’s Traditional collection is the Single Lever Basin Mixer. With a restrained design, the mixer features a wide, brass Roman curved spout cast by hand for a premium finish. Available in three standard and four special finishes, the mixer can also be decorated with a black or white porcelain insert.

VOLA Modular towel warmer Vola’s latest built-in modular towel warmer features a hidden integrated unit to hold all technical components. Designed by Aarhus Arkitekterne A/S, it is a flexible system of bars that can be combined to fit any design. The concept is available in high polished chrome, brushed chrome and brushed stainless steel.


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Art Decade HOTEL ART

From guestroom photography to lobby-defining installations, hotel art has the power to convey ideas linked to place, history and brand identity. Words: Kristofer Thomas


hen Banksy’s Walled Off Hotel opened by the controversial barrier enclosing Palestine, its subversive art programme turned heads worldwide. Featuring work by both Palestinian and Israeli artists alongside a water installation made from a bullet-riddled tanker and a permanently out-of-service elevator, the collection speaks of the history, social context and political landscape surrounding the hotel, whilst simultaneously contributing to the wider design scheme, acting as a subconscious bridge between guest and hotel. When thoughtfully approached, art has the power to educate and inform as well as complement interior design, and a focus on the medium has seen projects developed with art at their core. Nordic Choice Hotels’ At Six and The Thief for example, enlisted Sune Nordgren – Founding Director of Norway’s National Museum of Art – to curate its expressive collections, whilst guests at Amsterdam’s Hotel Pulitzer are greeted by a mural that playfully reimagines the Dutch Golden Age for a new audience, hinting at the wider project’s design ambitions. Elsewhere, Art’otel’s six properties each focus on one specific post1940 artist in both style and content, with Art’otel Berlin Kudamm featuring Andy Warhol’s most famous pieces alongside pop-art inspired interiors. 21c Museum Hotels meanwhile incorporate dedicated gallery spaces that run a schedule of rotating exhibitions throughout the year. Collectors and collections have also become vital elements of the movement, with items from Dakis Joannou’s renowned assemblage appearing throughout Yes! Hotels’ five properties, and work by David Hockney, Frank Stella and Henry Moore, amongst others, forming part of The Ritz Carlton Singapore’s 4,200-strong programme. “At the heart of every hotel is guest experience, and an expertlycurated art collection has the power to reflect a hotel’s narrative,

brand and service offer to guests,” comments Patrick McCrae, CEO of art consultancy Artiq. “Integrating art into the fabric of the hotel through sourcing local artists, commissioning bespoke works and holding art events are all fantastic ways to create unique moments and experiences that can embed with guests far past the duration of their stay.” Hotel restaurants too, now feature art that channels notions of identity, particularly if the venue functions as a separate entity to the property it operates within. “Every successful restaurant has a story and our job is to tell that story visually, through art,” explains David Winton, President, Kalisher. “This is always true in luxury hotels where the hotel has one story and the restaurant another. We need to stay true to the restaurant’s narrative while being sure that ownership and the hotel brand will love and approve the art.” Where once hotel art was dominated by production lines churning out indiscriminate pieces with few references to property or location, these ideas now form much of the concept’s basis. Be it through the incorporation of work by locals, pieces inspired by the surrounding culture, or installations in a style tied to a project’s underlying theme, the art that graces hotel walls has become increasingly specific and unique, with boutiques and branded properties alike commissioning work that conveys their identity and theirs alone. At London’s forthcoming Vintry & Mercer, a hotel channelling South Kensington’s historic trading guilds, art specialist Artefact has assembled a programme tied to several key ideas that define the wider project. “The art collection at Vintry & Mercer is incredibly reflective of the area it’s a part of, there’s a major narrative running right through,” explains Minda Dowling, Artefact’s founder. “For this project we’ve embraced the guilds, the city, and everything the city stands for, for better or worse. We also wanted to incorporate travel, in the sense of both getting on a plane and going somewhere, and


Above: 21c Museum Hotels’ gallery spaces exhibit rotating schedules of art and site-specific installations within a boutique-style environment

hyper-realist photographer as a way to introduce hotel guests to the Dream of Istanbul.” The second, a colossal bronze sculpture of a reclining female figure titled Lavina, takes its name from a local love poem by Ozdemir Asaf, again greeting guests with an introduction to the culture the hotel represents. “With reference to brand identity, I think both content and quality of the brand’s artwork collections are simultaneously critical to setting oneself apart, and intrinsic to making the necessary bold statement about who you are from the outset,” Whitaker continues. “We encourage guests to engage with the artworks, to talk about the collection and tell their own stories. We hope that some part of the collection will leave a lasting imprint on their experience.” This considered process, factoring in both visual and emotional aspects, can further be observed in Muzeo’s curation process at Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel Antwerpen, where bronze wallcoverings above beds depict elements of the city’s skyline, and also throughout Kalisher’s work at Thompson Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, wherein its programme balances homages to nearby harbour scenery with colourful clusters of modernist paintings, complementary of the wider aesthetic. Similarly, at the expansive Faena Hotel Miami Beach, Jean Gatti’s gold-leaf floor-to-ceiling murals immediately suggest the scale and

the concept of trade, which was a cornerstone of London’s history.” Featuring a collage of watch parts by Anna Masters, a sculpture by Dan Rawlins comprising old repurposed trade tools, and a series of dresses made from folded maps by Elizabeth Lecourt, the collection has been assembled to connect directly to the area it resides within, as well as enhance the project’s design. For the guestrooms, Artefact has supplied engravings of the guild crests, a historical nod contrasting with Dexter Moren Associates’ contemporary interiors. “There’s a juxtaposition between the modern interiors and the 18th century guild elements,” Dowling adds. “It’s a reminder that everything is constantly moving and changing. When you look out of the window when driving through London there’s a contrast between architecture – the totally modern right next to St. Pauls – and that’s the kind of essence we wanted to bring to the art collection.” Employing similar tactics – those that create links between the physical hotel and the less tangible ideas of history, culture and experience – Canvas Art Consultancy’s collection for Raffles Istanbul is built around the central theme of ‘Dream of Istanbul’ and takes into consideration both its locale and Raffles Hotels & Resorts’ exotic and storied identity. “In the lobby, there are two large-scale commissions,” explains Matthew Whitaker, Director, Canvas. “The first, a rich and fantastical photographic composition, was created by an internationally known


Above: Damian Hirst’s Gone but Not Forgotten – a gilded mammoth skeleton encased in glass – sits outside Faena Hotel Miami Beach

opulence of the property, whilst a 24-karat mammoth sculpture outside by Damian Hirst hints at the expected clientele. Within The Great Northern Hotel in London’s King’s Cross, meanwhile, Artiq has commissioned a staircase installation by Shoreditch-based artist Debbie Smyth that comprises an intricate series of hammered nails and embroidery pins connected by threads. The piece, titled A Tying of Knots, references motifs including ordinance surveys, and is inspired by the building’s past as a railway hotel as well as its contemporary metropolis setting, ultimately working to depict a city in transition. The presence of work by local artists like Smyth’s has also become a staple inclusion in collections of this kind, gifting an added layer of insight to the project and its environment through the eyes of those who know it best. The entry hallway at Chicago’s Hotel Versey exemplifies this idea, with a curated art-walk welcoming guests with a corridor of pieces by locals including Joe Miller and Barton DeGraaf, concerning the stories of both hotel and neighbourhood. “We believe that art for hotels should reach further than the aesthetic,” McCrae offers. “Through thoughtful curation and art strategy, hotels have the power to utilise art to not only enhance guest experience and reflect brand, but to also showcase patronage, taste and reflect the history and identity of the area local to the hotel.” Ranging from blink-and-you’ll-miss-them details to lobby-

dominating centrepieces, this new wave of hotel art demonstrates the level of consideration and conceptual complexity that designers and operators now demand, expressing emotive notions whilst still functioning, vitally, as part of a scheme. And though these concepts perhaps remain two separate objectives for art consultancies to regard, the line is becoming increasingly blurred. Atop a wing of The Beaumont, London, sits Anthony Gormley’s Room, a sculptural, human-shaped architectural feature housing a mysterious suite within. “I take the body as our primary habitat,” Gormley explains. “Room contrasts a visible exterior of a body formed from large rectangular masses with an inner experience. My ambition for this work is that it should confront the monumental with the most personal, intimate experience.” Combining the two aforementioned functions – to enhance a hotel visually and connect emotionally with guests – Room speaks at once of the The Beaumont’s distinguished character as well as the very concept of temporary inhabitation, drawing the disparate mediums of hotel and art together in one stirring act. Like art, hotels have the power to excite the senses whilst simultaneously speaking to guests on a personal level. Good art leaves those who view it with powerful new memories and changed perspectives, connecting with them through aesthetics and substance to convey an idea. Good hotels should always do the same.


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NEWMOR Mid-Century Modern Marking its 50 th anniversary, Newmor Wallcoverings’ Mid-Century Modern pays homage to the era in which Newmor began. Comprising eight designs influenced by the bold patterns of the 1960s, and including geometric, botanical, stripe, herringbone and marble motifs, each features a subtle twist and can be recoloured and resized to suit the needs of the project.


FORBO Tessera In-Touch Tessera In-Touch, Forbo’s new striated carpet tile collection, takes inspiration from natural craft textiles and hand weaves, embracing the idea of a less-structured and more calming aesthetic. The colour concept is composed of five complementing pairs, with each offering hues that diffuse along the width of the plank, meaning that paired colours flow easily into each other or contrast when installed together.


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Designed by Frank Tjepkema, Preciosa’s Echo channels the reflective properties of bohemian glass arm chandeliers, reinterpreting the form for a new audience. Maintaining the original’s grace, the name represents the physical symmetry of the design and the patterns of light produced. Featuring an unconventional silhouette, shape and reflective profile, Echo blends heritage and contemporary elements for a distinctive glow.

Made from traditionally woven jute, Arte’s Insero wallcovering is handmade and finished with a colour-fastness treatment. The collection features four designs: the naturally stitched Uno; the glossy herringbone pattern of Diagonal; Align, boasting a patchwork motif resembling bricks; and the eclectically coloured Mix, in which different colours are randomly combined for unique results.

A rescaled version of Tom Dixon’s popular Wingback chair, the Micro Wingback features exaggerated proportions and sweeping curves, whilst also providing privacy by concealing the user from behind. Acting as a sculptural statement when incorporated into a room, the Wingback collection is available in a range of Kvadrat fabrics, and with legs in solid natural or black oak and copper-plated steel.


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JUNG KNX Fan Coil Thermostat For use in guestrooms, Jung’s KNX Fan Coil Thermostat features an intuitive design that allows guests to control climate and temperature. Featuring four different operation modes, including the energy efficient Eco mode, the system can be automated through integration with a central system or presence detection sensors, and features multiple frame options as well as a high-quality glass cover for a sleek aesthetic.

GRAFTIN Havant Console Table

RESOURCE DECOR The Beekman Hotel


Designed by Dan Andrews, James Mallinson and Clarke Harrison, the Havant console table – a member of Graftin’s first furniture collection – is constructed from mild steel sheet metal and finished in powder-coated colour options. Featuring a restrained design that locks together with joints derived from traditional woodworking practice, the robust piece boasts a minimalist-industrial style.

Working alongside Martin Brudnizki, Resource Decor has developed a series of bespoke products and materials for the The Beekman Hotel in New York. Reflecting the building’s rich Victorian architecture, the studio’s contributions throughout the 287 guestroom hotel include mid-century style bedside tables and lamps, as well as striking marble, walnut, oak and iron finishes.

Featuring a slimmer style of escutcheon, Rocky Mountain Hardware’s Edge collection comprises handles for entry, indoor and sliding doors. The range sees the launch of two textured finishes with Wire, a tangle of lines across the surface, and Moonscape an intriguing bronze motif. Edge is also available in four additional textures, and can be customised with the company’s ‘Design Your Own’ digital tool.


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MCCUE Jean-George at The Connaught Working alongside interior architect John Heah, McCue has overseen the installation process at Jean-George at The Connaught, the hotel’s restaurant. Refitting the basement kitchen and feature staircase, and installing the new bar, veneer panelling, bespoke wall fabrics and accented windows, the fit-out specialist sought to maintain the hotel’s distinguished heritage whilst incorporating a contemporary ambience.

OCCHIO Mito Mito, Occhio’s suspended luminaire series, features an artfully crafted profile with a subtly defined cut. Adjusted via a touch-free control, Mito can be turned on with a gesture, whilst a fading function allows the beam to spread between uplight and downlight. Temperature can be controlled through the colour tune function, and a height adjustment feature configures the position of the pendant in one smooth motion.

FUNKYHEAT Venetian Glass Bathroom IR Heater Designed for hotels where moisture in the bathroom can pose a problem, Funkyheat’s Venetian Glass Bathroom IR Heater mirrors remain clear and mist free whilst simultaneously heating the space. Incorporating a Bluetooth speaker, and controllable through wireless remote, the 700 x 700mm mirror also features LED lighting for further clarity, allowing the user to create a sense-stimulating bathroom experience.








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DISTINCTION HOTEL FURNITURE Riposo Chaise Launched as part of its new contemporary line comprising experimental profiles, shades and furnishing concepts, Distinction Hotel Furniture has revived the bold retro-chic aesthetic of its Riposo Chaise for a new era. The striking leather seat features an adjustable cushion for added comfort, and merges powerful shades of orange with subtle bronzefinished legs and frame.


ZIP WATER Hydrotap


Designed with visual comfort at its core, Collingwood Lighting’s H2 Pro Elect combines an optically designed reflector with recessed LED’s to maximise lighting control and eliminate unwanted glare. Available with the option of dim to warm technology that optimises performance, the H2 Pro Elect features an under 14 UGR firerated downlight that produces 640lm at 75lm/w across a 45 degree beam angle.

Instantly delivering boiled, chilled or sparkling water at the touch of a button, Zip Water’s Hydrotap is a sustainable system featuring premium filtration technology. 25 times more effective at removing contaminants than a filter jug, and eliminating the need for water coolers, the tap can be deployed throughout conference spaces, bars and professional kitchens alike.

Featuring intricate wicker-work for a stylish and contemporary aesthetic, Jonathan Charles’ Ash Tub Chair is designed with the interior fully upholstered for a relaxed seating experience. The outer surfaces are layered with natural rattan, woven through the traditional hand caning technique, whilst the sturdy breadths and elegant linear frame combine with functional curves for a luxurious feel.


TROVE Fuoco Based on a historic photograph of Teatro La Fenice – the famed Venice opera house destroyed twice by fire – Trove’s Fuoco wallpaper seeks to address the concept of spectatorship through its intricate design. With a pattern comprising an audience looking outward, Fuoco invites guests to join the collective gaze through a repeating motif available in five sepia tones.

PIET BOON Piet Boon Collection Launched at Salone del Mobile, Piet Boon’s self-titled collection takes inspiration from the brand’s own hand-shaped Klink sidetable, applying its pastel tones and signature contour to the Ella sofas, Olle and Ode tables and Luna lighting object. Featuring hand-shaped bronze elements, floating layers and rounded profiles, the collection demonstrates the brand’s focus on unusual shapes and forms.

ELSTEAD LIGHTING Arabella Comprising three pendant sizes that can all be converted to semi-flush fittings, and available in gold or silver leaf finishes, Elstead Lighting’s Arabella collection features half moon, ceiling, table and sconce models. With its distressed gold metal exterior and cream linen fabric shade, Arabella brings opulence and luxury to interior schemes, and incorporates a glass diffuser to soften the light.


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Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square

Akelarre Hotel

Lasvit has created two lighting installations within the ballroom and pre-function spaces at Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square. Both measuring 2m in diameter, the pieces complement Bruno Moinard and 4BI & Associates’ opulent interiors with subtle hints to the building’s past and setting. In a nod to the Grade II* listed structure’s history as the former Port of London Authority, designer Linda Sormova Melichova drew inspiration from antique nautical navigation instruments. The complex brass rings of the armillary globe, representing lines of celestial longitude and latitude, take on a contemporary abstract form for the Ballroom’s Armilla Lighting Sculpture, which combines matte-brass and hand-blown glass elements in amber tones. Elsewhere, influenced by the refined interior scheme, Lasvit designer Kamila Jackova based the pre-function room’s OpaqueGlass Bowl Lights on antique pendant-bowl chandeliers that feature milky opal glass within a brass structure. Meticulously restored by Reignwood Group, a Thai-Chinese property developer, the Sir Edwin Cooper-designed building also boasts a storied past as the site of the first meeting of the General Assembly of the United Nations, in 1946.

A series of Kettal furnishings have been sourced for the public areas at San Sebastián’s Akelarre Hotel, a 22-key boutique property designed by Madrid-based studio Mecanismo. Featuring a combination of carefully selected natural materials, distinguished fixtures and geometric architecture, the project comprises five stone cubes emerging from the hillside and utilises a different material within each. Complementing the terrace’s wood and stone aesthetic, Kettal’s Rodolfo Dordoni-designed Bitta armchair offsets the linear character of the decking with an intricate weave pattern, whilst a series of minimal Park Life seats by Jasper Morrison offer a refined alternative, pairing with their Bitta counterparts to create a juxtaposing scheme. Elsewhere, both of Doshi Levien’s high-back Cala chair designs function as exterior statement pieces with distinctive open latticed weaves, and, throughout the hotel’s dedicated wellness zone, reclining Bitta deckchairs in shades of sand and chalk complement the extensive use of glass, wood and stone. Designed to highlight innovations in construction, surface and form, Hotel Akelarre and Kettal make a suitable match, with both preoccupied by striking profiles and material structure.


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Resource Decor


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Cabins in the wild EPIC RETREATS, WALES

Legend has it that those who spend a night on the slopes of Cadair Idris – a craggy peak in north-west Wales – will awaken as either a madman or a poet. While such a prospect may not be so appealing, the ancient myth is the inspiration behind a new hospitality experience from Epic Retreats. Launched in celebration of Wales’ Year of Legends, the series of pop-up cabins promise to immerse guests in the country’s natural landscapes and mysterious folklore. SkyHut, by Waind Gohil + Potter Architects, nestles in the picturesque Dolaucothi Gold Mines in Carmarthenshire and builds on the tradition of sleeping out under the night sky. Constructed

from birch plywood and metal sheet cladding, the cabin is fitted with actuators that enable the roof to fully open, transforming it into an observatory with 360-degree views. Other accommodation options include Arthur’s Cave, an alluring hideaway designed by Miller Kendrick to honour the illustrious warrior, and Little Dragon by Barton Wilmore, a scaly tower inspired by the national emblem. The winning designs have been purpose-built for the project, and were chosen through a competitive tender that invited architects from around the world to design a unique glamping unit themed on the mythology, tradition and beauty of Wales.


Beautiful and durable. Versatile and reliable. Helping designers create hotels of distinction. Inside and outside. Corian®: a world-class solution for interior design and architecture. Desktop and luggage rack in Corian® Carbon Concrete; (in the mirror) headboard and side table in Corian® Carbon Concrete Concrete (Concrete is a new colour collection of Corian® -


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Sleeper September/October 2017 - Issue 74  
Sleeper September/October 2017 - Issue 74