Highlights from the Hotel Design Event

Nulty’s lighting designer Karen Smart went to check out the latest and greatest in hospitality design at this year’s Sleep event at the Business Design Centre, Islington. Karen shares her highlights from the event below…

Sleep Event 2014 London Group Talk Future Hotels Review Nulty

The Future Is Coming…… To A Hotel Near You – discussion at The Sleep Conference. Speakers included Dr. Antonia Ward, Head of Global Advisory Services, Stylus + Philip Allin, Creative Consultant, Global Color Research + Tom Hupe, Associate, EPR Architects. An interesting discussion speculating the future of hotel design. All the speakers felt flexible spaces and rooms were key for our ever-changing needs and wants. Understanding the consumer and designing through their eyes was another topic felt to be the only way forward by the panel. Personalisation will also be a hot trend in the future as the rise of social media means consumers are more self aware. Consumers will taylor the experience to suit themselves and edit the memories they take back.

Sleep Event 2014 Summer Williams Talk Lighting Designer Review Nulty

Rapid Eye Movement at The Sleep Conference. Fantastic Pecha Kucha by interior designer Summer Williams. I loved the quote she used at the end “You can mimic a result, but not the creativity”. Well said!

Sleep Event 2014 London Event Bar Lighting Designer Review Nulty

Stylt Trampoli Sleep Bar. Swedish hospitality designers Stylt Trampoli have looked for inspiration to the history of the Building Design Centre, formally the Royal Agricultural Hall. Called the Royale Agricultural Bar it invites visitors into a secret garden filled with flowers and champagne. Now that’s my kind of garden!

Sleep Event 2014 Bedroom London Lighting Designer Review Nulty

NoChintz Sleep Set. The hotel set is based on the principle of Simple + Complex (Simplexity). Luxurious yet utilitarian the bespoke lighting doubles up as towel rails and bed head supports. The bed can also be split to maximise occupancy options. There is a new room service offering too. ‘Love thy neighbour’ is a temporary tattoo given to guests so they can get discount at local, independent eateries and coffee shops. This supports the local community and the guests enjoy a more authentic experience. Definitely the most interesting and insightful stand at this year’s Sleep.