"Delegates at the inaugural Boutique Hotel Summit, Europe’s first b2b conference for the boutique and lifestyle hotel sectors, enjoyed a lively discussion about the future direction of the sector, with a panel of leading industry figures sharing their 10 top trends and buzzwords for the boutique market." Insightful article talks about some of the following to watch out for: Experience & Interactivity, Clubs creating Hotels, Budget friendly, Technology, Authenticity, Location and not Brand, and B&Bs.
Express, Inc. the specialty retail apparel chain, has launched a new store design concept created by Japanese design firm Wonderwall.
Created by Masamichi Katayama, interior designer and principal of Wonderwall , the new concept features design elements of refined chic mixed with unconventional edge and forward-thinking composition to create an individual space and sense of style rarely seen in a mall environment. The same concept is scheduled to launch at Kenwood Towne Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
“The 55-year-old Hotel Bel-Air will debut its new look this fall, as heap-big designers Alexandra Champilmaud and David Rockwell finish work on their collaborative redo of the storied Los Angeles inn.”—
It’s not the simplest task to furnish a space that is regularly filled to capacity, we know. Quality products that allow for interaction, privacy, and safety simultaneously while appealing to the masses are in demand and designers are responding. From display screens to seating solutions, these are some of the best products for public placement that we’ve found.
“Including an art component in new or renovated civic buildings is a win-win strategy. It makes the facility more welcoming and pleasurable for those who use it, gives the public greater access to works of art—often substantial ones—and helps support local arts communities.”—
Cultural Connection: Designing with Art in Public Spaces
“What, if anything, can architecture and design do to mitigate our stressful lives? Our buildings and cities are becoming more and more sustainable, with more parkland and open space. That’s a start…. plus ’ it’s nice to live in a place where you can get a decent chinese meal at two a.m.’ ( I agree having amenities within our doorstep in the city is worth more than many people realize - especially if you live a busy life!)”—Mark Lamster: This City Is Driving Me Nuts: Observers Room: Design Observer