Less than a week to Sleep

The countdown is on for Sleep 2014, which opens its doors on Wednesday 26th November at 10am. Over two days, Europe’s leading hotel design and development event will offer an exceptional array of ground-breaking ideas and newly launched products for architects, designers, specifiers, hotel operators, owners and developers with an eye on future trends.

Sleep Conference – Latest

Mark Bithrey of B3 Designers will be joining a line-up of ‘ones to watch’ in the hotel design and architecture community in a quick-fire session using the Pecha Kucha format to deliver bursts of inspiration, insights and viewpoints. Other sessions will hear from leading hotel operators and developers about how they identify the parameters for realising a well-designed project; there will be a discussion about the triumphs and frustrations of working with heritage buildings – and the Conference concludes with ‘Question Time’ where a panel of industry leaders including Katrina Craig of Hotel Solutions Partnership, Celia Geyer of Hilton Worldwide and Hannah Carter Owers of Universal Design Studio, will be on hand to answers questions from the audience.

Sleep ‘Royale Agricultural Bar’ Revealed

Award-winning studio Stylt Trampoli, with contractor Famos Scandinavia AB have risen to the creative challenge for this year’s Sleep Bar, in association with Sleeper, envisioning a fresh and vibrant concept that will weave flora and fauna into a nature-based design inspired by the past life of the venue.

Sleep Set

Discover the hotels of tomorrow in this hotly contested design competition. Nigel Coates Studio is the latest design name to join competitors Dreimeta, NoChintz and SKM Design who will each reveal their built-concept rooms. The winning team will be announced at 7pm in the ‘Royale Agricultural Bar’ on the first day of Sleep following tours of the rooms by the judges and a conference session where the designers will argue the case for their design.

Above & Beyond

Outdoor spaces are highlighted for the first time at Sleep in the Design Gallery at the Above & Beyond roof terrace curated by Phil Jaffa, founder of resort landscape architects Scape Design Associates, and furnished by KETTAL Outdoor Collections, with surface and light sourced by Cullinan Interior. Experts from Scape and KETTAL will be “Out in the open” to discuss outdoor design with visitors in a one-to-one consultation – sessions can be booked via the Sleep website.


Situated on the Gallery level, the mycoocoon pod is an organic colour light immersion treatment which aims to relax, re-energize and rebalance using colour, chromotherapy, aromatherapy and sound. Sleep visitors are invited to try out this healing, luxury experience destined for hotels and spas.

Digital Lounge

Digital Lounge is where visitors can experience the new exemplar in room design and prototyping from Space Group and Soluis, sample BIM and 3D design in action and find out how it could increase efficiencies and reduce time and costs on hotel projects.


The brand new generation of Snoozebox, the portable hotel accommodation that has stirred so much excitement since it was launched at the British Grand Prix in 2011, will be one of the installations set up on the forecourt of the Business Design Centre. Several differently organised and accessorised rooms will be on show for Sleep visitors, demonstrating just how customised Snoozebox can be.

Polcom Modular

Also on the forecourt and transported from Poland exclusively for Sleep 2014 will be Polcom Modular, a full-size model of a hotel bedroom concept designed by London interior design consultancy, JSJ Design. Polcom, Peter Dann and Studio ånyo have collaborated to create the model which will demonstrate how BIM technology can create a streamlined solution from concept to manufacture and construction.

NEWH Returns

The NEWH Gallery will host the outstanding work of the 2014 Award winning Scholarship graduates from Ravensbourne who completed their BA Degrees in Architecture and Interior Design this year. The display will reveal the latest in design innovation across a range of media, all of which have been selected for their potential application in a hospitality environment, and the students will all be on hand to discuss their work.

Every exhibition stand sold out!

For discovering the hottest new products to make a splash on the hospitality design scene, look no further than the Sleep Exhibition. Many new exhibitors will be joining the brands that recognise Sleep as a must-show trade event with Acrylic Couture, Altfield, Dupre Minerals, Lights of Vienna, Orangebox, TOTO Europe and Vistagreen to name just a few who will introduce their latest collections to the hospitality community. The event has attracted a raft of international companies including, amongst others: Designheure, Drapilux, Gira, Hornschuch, Levantina, MLE Lighting, Preciosa, Punkt.Tronics, Saint-Gobain, Swarovski and Very Wood. With outdoor design of increasing value to hotels, specialist exhibitors Garpa, Glatz AG, Modern Garden Company, Tuuci and Umbrosa will showcase products to enhance hotel gardens and terraces.

The latest news from participating exhibitors is: FRONT London returns for a second year with a new bespoke collection of luxurious nature-inspired rug designs; Moroccan Bazaar is debuting at Sleep with a select range of finely handcrafted lighting and accessories; UK lighting designer and manufacturer Curiosa & Curiosa will also debut with striking contemporary hand-blown glass lights; and Ultrafabrics will present its high quality synthetic leather products.

Companies Exhibiting at Sleep

This year’s Sleep exhibitors are:

427 Textile Solutions Ltd, ABB, Acanthus, Acrylic Couture, Agua Fabrics, Aircharge, Alchemy Design Award, Altfield Ltd, ANTA Scotland, Anthology, Artech Lighting, Astro Lighting Ltd, Bancroft Soft Furnishings Ltd., Barracuda, Baulmann Leuchten Gmbh, Baumann Dekor Gesellschaft m.b.H., Berliner Messinglampen GmbH, Bette UK, British Contract Furnishing Association, Boutique Hotelier, Byzantium, Chelsom Ltd, Cliq Designs, Coach House, Compac UK, Concept Textiles, Crosswater Limited, Crown Pavilions, Cullinan Interior, Curiosa & Curiosa, Curtis Furniture, D I Designs, Dar Lighting Ltd, darc, Dare Studio, Delius Textiles, Designheure, Dixon Turner Wallcovering Ltd, Dornbracht Group, Drapilux GmbH, Dreimeta, Edmund Bell & Co Ltd, Egger (UK) Limited, Ena Shaw Contract, Encompass, Evans Textiles (Sales) Limited, Faucets, Fileturn Ltd, Focus SB, Forest Group BV, Fornasarig, FROne, FRONT London Ltd, Garpa Garden & Park Furniture Ltd, Gerflor Ltd, Gira, Glatz AG, Goelst UK Ltd, Greenapple Systems, GROHE Limited, Hamilton Litestat, Hansgrohe Ltd, Harlequin, Harrison Spinks, hb Group, Heathfield & Company, Hornschuch, Hotel Owner, Hypnos Limited, Ideal Standard (UK) Limited, Inspired by Design, Intecho Ltd, Interface Hospitality, Invisible.AC Ltd, ITEC (IVC Group), Jacuzzi Spa & Bath Ltd, Jaymart Rubber & Plastics Ltd, JDD Furniture, Just Taps Plus Ltd, Kai Contract, Kaldewei UK Ltd, Kensington Home Technology Ltd, Kermag Design, KETTAL Outdoor Collections, Knightsbridge Furniture Productions, Kobe UK Ltd, Lacquer Craft, LASVIT (UK) Limited, Laufen Bathrooms AG, LEDS C4 S.A., Levantina, Lights of Vienna, Lumitrix, Malgosia at Home Ltd, Metal Lux, M H Media Global Ltd, MLE Lighting, Modern Garden Company Limited, Moduleo Design Floors (IVC Group), mondo*arc, Morgan Contract Furniture Limited, Moroccan Bazaar Ltd, Morris & Co, Muehldorfer GmbH & Co. KG, Muraspec, MyCoocoon, Naturalmat Hotel, NEWH UK, Nigel Coates, NoChintz, Northern Lights (Chesterfield) Ltd, Orangebox, OW Hospitality, Pekalp Of London Ltd, Pergo, Peter Dann Consulting Engineers, Polcom Modular, Porcelthin, Preciosa, Precious Marble, Proto Studios, Protocol Ltd, PTT Design, Punkt. Tronics AG, R V Astley, Radici Group, Roca Ltd, Roman Limited, Romo, RPG Europe, Saint-Gobain Adfors, Sanderson, Saniharto, Sara Newman Design, SAUM & VIEBAHN Textilverlag GmbH & Co KG, Scion, Searchlight Electric Ltd, Secon Illuminacion S.L., Sekers Fabrics Ltd, Simmons Bedding Group Plc, Sinclaire Ltd, SKM Design, Sleepeezee Beds, SoFarSoNear UK Ltd, Solus Ceramics Ltd, Space Innovation Ltd, Stop The Water, Studio Szkla Edyta Baranska, studioanyo, Summit Furniture Europe Ltd., Sunbury Design, Swarovski Lighting, TKS,TOPHOTEL PROJECTS, TOTO Europe GmBH, TUUCI, Ultrafabrics, Umbrosa, Vaughan Ltd, Very Wood, Vescom, Via Arkadia (UK) Ltd, Victoria & Albert Baths, Vistagreen, Vitra (UK) Limited, Walker Greenbank Contracts, Wandsworth Group, Wara Art, Waterbury Bathroom Accessories Ltd, Wilton Carpets Commercial, XyloCleaf, Zoffany.

A late-night opening running until 8pm on Wednesday, November 26th will include complimentary networking drinks from 6-7pm and give evening visitors the chance to take in the show. The Sleep Set winner will be announced at 7pm, followed by the presentation of the ReardonSmith Student Award winner.

Grohe is the Headline Sponsor of Sleep 2014 and host of the VIP Club Lounge. The show is the official event partner of the European Hotel Design Awards which will culminate in a dinner on the evening of 25 November when the winners will be announced in a glittering ceremony at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge in London.

And, for the first time, Sleep is hosting the Sleep Afterparty at Tom Dixon’s inaugural hotel project and London’s newest hotel, The Mondrian at Sea Containers House, where invited guests can enjoy a sociable evening after a hard day’s Sleep!

At a glance

  • Sleep exhibition, Conference and Sleep Set – Wednesday 26th & Thursday 27th November, Business Design Centre Islington, London N1. Open from 10am-8pm on the 26th with complimentary drinks and networking from 6-8pm, and 10am-6pm on 27th Nov.
  • Pre-register for a complimentary ticket at www.thesleepevent.com.
  • Sleep Set Award 2014 and Sleep ReardonSmith Student Award winners announced – 7.00 pm Wednesday 26th November in the Sleep Bar at the Business Design Centre
  • BCFA breakfast at 8.30am Wednesday 26th November.