The World Of Hospitality - Issue 7 2014

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Editors Letter Hello and welcome to Issue 7 of The World Of Hospitality. Our team of trained professionals have come together to join forces in creating how we would describe, the most informative and well-represented Hospitality magazine on the market to date. Whether you are a hospitality business owner, manager or operator this magazine is the go-to resource for any of your product or service needs. Within this edition we have featured many beautifully written editorial pages from the world’s leading architects, interior designers and other key designers within the hospitality industry Our team of managers and directors alone Thanks and Enjoy The Read!

Simone Couture

make up 25 years worth of experience within the publishing and marketing sectors so know what they are talking about when it comes down to what the reader wants. The content chosen has been thought about for not just promotion but for the design and inspiration given to others. I hope you enjoy this issue of The World Of Hospitality and don’t forget to subscribe to receive our monthly newsletter and all of our other informative emails.

Latest News Theo Paphitis urges small hospitality businesses to train for Independents’ Day With less than a month to go until Independents’ Day 2014, Theo Paphitis, long time star of the BBC’s Dragons’ Den, Chairman of Ryman Stationery and Robert Dyas and founder of the lingerie brand Boux Avenue, has thrown his weight behind the campaign and urged small hospitality businesses to make use of the training on offer in preparation for the day.

Carlson Rezidor adds Radisson Blu Hotel, Dhahran to portfolio in Saudi Arabia Carlson Rezidor is bringing the Radisson Blu Hotel to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia as part of its expansion across the Kingdom. The upper upscale scale hotel featuring 74 suites is Carlson Rezidor’s first property in Dhahran, a thriving business city and a major administrative centre for the Gulf state’s oil industry. The hotel will welcome the first guests mid of June

Busaba Eathai launches loyalty app with generous rewards Thai restaurant group, Busaba Eathai, has collaborated with the team behind the innovative smartphone app MyCheck UK, to create the Busaba loyalty app which has been launched in its Covent Garden and Store Street branches.

Amadeus launches new scalable café concept MADE Foodservice company Amadeus has today launched a new “hand-crafted” café concept called MADE. Designed to be adaptable to any retail format and size – from a mobile kiosk to a large café location - the café’s theme will focus on fresh, quality food and drink, including freshly-ground coffee.

Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa to Open This Winter in Mexico The resort offers over 1,100 luxurious suites with amenities including rain showers and the DreamBed™ designed exclusively for Royalton Luxury Resorts, unlimited reservation-free luxury dining in first-class venues, 24-hour room service, and the unique ‘All-In Connectivity’ features including Free Wi-Fi throughout the resort, unlimited in-room calling to North America and most of Europe, as well as convenient USB recharge and Bluetooth audio stations in the room.

HFTP’s HITEC Special Report to Include Women of Hospitality Technology Feature To celebrate Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals’ (HFTP®) strategic goal of elevating its members’ professional stature, the association will publish a special feature on some of the hospitality technology industry’s notable and influential female IT executives from around the globe.

The Team Editor Simone Couture Editorial Assistant Rachel Jackson Sales Director Jamie Bullock Sales Executive Gina Stefano Sales Executive Robert Douglas Publishing Director Martin Holmes Design Department Josh Dickson Publishers The World Of Hospitality Ltd St Augustines Business Centre, Suite 6, 125 Canterbury Road Westgate On Sea, Kent, CT8 8NL Tel: 01227 392571

Restaurant ‘The Jane’ Antwerp / Piet Boon

From the architect. Michelin-star chef Sergio Herman and chef Nick Bril created their “fine dining meets rock ’n roll” restaurant vision together with Piet Boon over three years ago in a mythical location in Antwerp; the chapel of a former military hospital. Piet Boon Studio, responsible for the interior design and styling of The Jane, since then collaborated in the chapel’s unique transformation into a high-end, contemporary restaurant with international allure where experience is key. Based on her belief in authenticity, functionality and materials that ‘age beautifully’ the studio chose to restore only the highly necessary in the chapel and hence preserve the rest. The original ceiling amongst others conveys the pure, understated and respectful environment that serves as the authentic host for the ultimate fine dining experience. The original altar gave way to the kitchen that – just like the atelier- is embraced by glass, like a modern shrine. It allows guests to witness everything the team creates for them. The shared passion of Herman, Bril and Boon to work with pure, rich materials is expressed in the interior in which qualitatively outstanding natural stone, leather and oak wood are used. Moreover Piet Boon Studio, as with many of her projects, collaborated with a number of leading creative partners to shape the “fine dining meets rock ’n roll” character of the overall experience. Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel of Studio Job designed the windows consisting of 500 unique panels. Inspired by the chapel’s original function, foam spatulas, sunflowers, devils, skulls, babies, Jezus on the cross, dice, apple cores, wrenches, ice cream cones, a canon, croissants, penguins, trophies, gas masks and birthday cakes portray a contemporary translation of the old stained-glass windows. Archetypes from various worlds each tell masterpiece stories of good and evil, rich and poor, life and death as well as good food and religion. The ‘piece de résistance’ in the center of the restaurant is a 800 kilograms-weighing gigantic chandelier of 12 by 9 meters with over 150 lights, designed by the Beirut-based design studio .PSLAB. The chandelier was created in such a way that it contributes to the intimate and ambient divinity of the chapel interior. The team, specialised in the design and production of site-specific contemporary lighting, laid out an overall lighting plan for The Jane to accentuate the unique elements of both the building and the interior. It is aimed to create a scenic ambience by seamlessly combining artistry and engineering.

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the Light Hotel / A31

From the architect. Perfectly attuned to the facilitators’ intentions to generate an exhibition that will enhance the visitor’s stimuli through experiential events and activities, the project “Into the Light Hotel” was created in order to promote a contemporary though timeless architectural approach of an exemplary Greek hotel model.

with the essentialism that can be detected in the scenery, allowing to the light and its natural advantage to emerge and thrive. At the same time, the use of slim materials is consistent with the new construction ethics that prevent excess usage of raw materials, while making the building eco-wiser and lighter.


“Into the Light Hotel” introduces the visitor to the 100% Hotel Show through a path that triggers memories linked to the way we perceive light as it effortlessly fits into all our experiences. The project aims to highlight the plasticity of architectural volumes and components, as well as the materiality of the walls and the utilitarian objects.

Responding to the challenge to create a space that would bring together all that is best in a hotel which is integrated in the Greek landscape and at the same time derives from it, A31 focused on the Greek Light, drawing inspiration for creation and functionality. The materials used are aligned

The Experience

The Premises

“Greece is its cities, its mountains, its seas and its islands” is the main idea which summarizes in a sentence the approach behind the design and material choices, as “Into the Light Hotel” unfolds in 5 main sections: 1) The reception: An urban space which introduces the visitor to the concept and paves the way for the conquest of the integrated experience that shall follow. “Into the light – The installation” by A31 triggers memories and feelings and “The meeting”, a striking sculpture (1,80m) of Yiannis Moralis included in the scenery, prove the ability of art – when integrated appropriately- to “add” to the space and enhance the aesthetic result. 2) The Lobby: A place which allows connection with the mountainside of the mainland. Stone and burnished rusted steel illustrate the raw beauty which fascinates through the mere lack of any pomposity. 3) The Dining Room: A synthesis between classic and modern, allowing the harmonic conjunction of not only the elements included, but also the people for which it is intended. With its presence, 4) The garden: Arid plants in a sand pit compose a landscape that resembles that of the Greek islands. The water element, inextricably connected with the Mediterranean landscape, couldn’t of course be absent from the scenery.
 5) The Room: A contemporary space with cement floor, white furniture and built-in bed, which could be found in a Cycladic hotel, comforting the visitor with its welcoming nature and its unpretentious feel.

The art

Hosted in the lobby, the imposing work of the Greek artist Apollo Glykas, is affiliated to the architectural approach of A31, since it constitutes a modern implementation of Shadow Theatre, forking playfully between light and shadow with clear references to the folk tradition. At the centre of the artist’s attention, one can notice an honest inspection of Greece with all its contradictive elements, creating a result which does not hesitate neither to praise nor to taunt, providing the “Into the Light Hotel” with a genuine display of the components of “Greekness”. In the premises, visitors can also admire exquisite materials and artwork.


The applications of light through different perspectives and filters (modern trellises, skylights, pergola) trigger the visitor’s emotions, since surprise is being succeeded by warmth, feeling of safety and intimacy. In this experiential manner the visitor is not simply required to “grasp” the space, but actually enters and “fits” right into it, in an exact simulation of what should happen in an ideal hotel.


As they pass through the reception, lobby, dining room, garden, bedroom and bathroom, the visitors are able to come across materials in their practical application, while they are also provided with additional information on the specifications of materials and advice for ideal utilization


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designLSM were given just ten days to implement the transformation of the infamous London nightclub The Roxy, a basement bar located just off Oxford Street. Our interior design team worked in collaboration with brand identity designers, DT Practice, to create a striking yet intimate interior. With an established reputation for it’s dancefloor and late night club nights, designLSM’s and DT Practice’s award winning interior design has also helped to attract an early evening crowd to this high profile destination. Awards: Restaurant and Bar Design Awards 2013 Winner ‘Best London Bar’

Prandina Prandina is an Italian brand who started in the interior lighting design in 1982 and member of ADI - Industrial Design Association - since 2005. Since the outset Prandina’s creative philosophy has fulfilled criteria of simplicity and formal precision, functionality and lasting quality, that have enabled the brand to gain a recognised position in the international market. Oriented toward effective and recognizable lamps, Prandina believes in productive teamwork in synergy with established and emerging designers, both Italian and foreigner, looking for new ideas in lighting, breaking with the current trends and conventions. From the glass manufacturing experience, Prandina is recently developing projects and products also with the use of different materials, always depending on the centralness of the design. Production is implemented with top quality executions, materials and finishing. Also great care is paid to representing the brand identity seen in the organisation of the workplace, the meticulous attention to company graphics, product packaging, display preparations and communication supports. The product development, supported by skilled manufacturing capability, also with the ENEC mark, is carried out in compliance with ISO certified quality control system, issued by DNV Italy since 2001. Exports make up 80% of Prandina’s turnover. The firm is represented in the European, North and South American, Middle east and Asian markets, at the leading sales points. The PrandinaŽ logo is a national and international registered trademark. PRANDINA Via Rambolina, 29 36061 Bassano de Grappa VI tel 0424 566338

ME Hotel

The triangular site of the ME Hotel on the corner of Aldwych was once the home of the Gaiety Theatre, which was damaged during the war and demolished to make way for an office development. Completing the grand sweep of buildings that make up the 1920s crescent, the new scheme repairs the urban grain and restores a little lost glamour to the heart of the West End. The project is the first flagship hotel in which everything, from the shell of the building to the bathroom fittings, has been designed by the practice – the result is an elegant fusion of interior and exterior design that signals a new contemporary approach for London’s boutique hotels.

The design seamlessly integrates the construction of a new 157-bed hotel with the restoration of the adjacent 1904 Marconi House, whose interior has been entirely restructured to accommodate 87 apartments. In the 1970s, the building’s façade underwent considerable alteration – the project involved reinstating the mansard roof in natural slate tiles, recreating the original dormer windows and restoring the masonry using carefully matched Portland stone. The new hotel building corresponds in height, scale and materials to its neighbour. Its minimal detailing, simple, triangular oriel windows and Portland stone facade give a sense of cohesion, and the setback of the hotel’s upper level terraces follows the mansard roof of Marconi House. Projecting from the façade, the hotel’s triangular bays reveal long views of the Strand, while maintaining similar proportions to the windows of Marconi House. An

elliptical tower on the corner of the hotel defines the end-point for the Aldwych Crescent and marks the main entrance at street level, which is sheltered beneath a wide glass canopy. The corner tower is topped by a glass cupola – a contemporary reinterpretation of the Edwardian-style domed roof opposite. The arrangement of functions establishes a natural hierarchy of privacy, which extends from the public spaces at street level to the guest terraces and roof garden at the very top of the building. The interior concept fuses contemporary detailing with classical traditions, its dramatic monochrome palette a combination of rich textures and luxurious natural materials. On the top floor, the hotel’s rooftop terraces are an urban oasis, with a sky bar and gardens with spectacular views of the river and Westminster skyline.


A few meters away from the beach Li Cuncheddi, on the granitic headland of Capo Ceraso in Northern Sardinia, CalaCuncheddi 4 Stars Superior Hotel reopens its doors to the public completely renewed.

The Hotel has been conceived with respect to the stunning landscape it is surrounded by, from the big natural park with secular olives and lush vegetation, to the golden dunes drawn by the wind alternating rocky areas. Being nature-friendly is one of the singular features of this new structure characterized by subtle colours and soft shapes, together with outdoor paths in Orosei raw stone illuminated by led lights, juniper banisters and a regenerated-wood deck that surrounds the pool provided with a ozone purification system. The creation of the 80 rooms and the suites was driven by the same concept. These have been conceived to offer comfort, intimacy and relax to the guests. Enriched by fresh and precious fabrics, marble decorating every bathroom, Molteni&Co interior design, Artemide lights and Bulgari courtesy line flavoured with green tea. All the interior furniture, decorated by local artists, is rigorously Made in Italy and recreates a refined but warm and welcoming atmosphere.

In the two restaurants – Asarena at the poolside and Asumari a few steps away from the seaside – the Chef Domenico Dapas brings the guest in an extraordinary journey in the culture of Km-0 slow food taste. A triumph of flavours, colours and scents that leads to the discovery of new recipes, keeping however a strong bond with tradition, for sensorial experiences continuously different. CalaCuncheddi Hotel buttonhole is the enchanting Spa created in collaboration with Gessi, the exclusive design firm who transformed this space in an authentic wellness oasis. The fine mosaics magic colours relax both the mind and the spirit, while the rich programme of aesthetic treatments, chromotherapy and hair styling are guaranteed by a highly trained and qualified staff. At guests’ disposal there is also a Fitness Centre with Technogym equipment and a Congress Centre furnished with new generation technologies. CalaCuncheddi...a unique and charming place for an enchanted escape of wellness in Gallura.

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