Sleep creates new ground in hotel design

Never shy of exploring the farther reaches of hotel design thinking, Sleep 2015 has announced a series of installations and conference presentations that will examine the opportunity of convergence in creating and using space within modern hotels.

Three leading architecture and design practices will challenge and probe the definition of spaces, the way they appear and the effect of daring to combine the contradictory to create something ground-breaking.

As hospitality lifestyle brands continue to soar in popularity with hybrid lobby concepts and bedrooms that blur the lines between work and rest, as well as the recent proliferation of workspaces that embrace play, this year’s Convergence designers are blazing new trails in this evolving landscape.

A thought-provoking and playful concept is anticipated from The Manser Practice who, in association with Elegant Clutter, will contemplate the meaning of convergence in terms of the coming together of opposites to produce something new and unexpected.

Jane Lawrence, Director of Interior Design, comments:

“Exciting things happen when the functional and fanciful merge. This is particularly true in hotel design where it is important that the hotel fulfils the guest’s practical needs but also stimulates the senses.”

Visitors can expect to be provoked and intrigued by an installation that goes beyond the obvious to reveal the extraordinary.

Multidisciplinary practice Il Prisma Group, which has pioneered a revolution in attitude towards how we use interior space with its mission to “redefine habits”, will create the ‘Social Harbour’. This is a refuge for ‘new nomads’, digital travellers and smart workers – a place to express individuality as well as seek like-minded tribes. Described as an inside/outside experience, it allows users choice to create a personalised space where they are supported, rather than dictated to, by design and technology that can transform the environment.

With improved mobile connectivity and flexibility resulting in changes in working practice, the rise of the ‘frictionless office’ has led to hotels becoming the default workplace for many. International architecture and design practice Perkins+Will is combining its hospitality experience with workplace consultancy and fit-out experience to identify and exploit the potential opportunities of this development for the hotel market. Tom Hupe, Director of Hospitality, is considering each area within a hotel from lobby to guestroom to develop a design proposal tailored to meet the needs of today’s professionals for whom ‘the office’ has become an increasingly abstract idea.

In addition to exploring the Convergence installations, visitors can gain further insight from the designers on day two of the Sleep Conference when they each present the thinking behind their proposals followed by discussion with moderator Guy Dittrich.

Sleep is on 24th & 25th November with a late opening until 8pm on Tuesday 24th when visitors can enjoy the design inspiration and networking opportunities during the show’s cocktail hour from 6.30-7.30pm. Register now for your free ticket to Sleep 2015.

Sleep’s official Event Partner is the European Hotel Design Awards which will culminate in a dinner on the evening of Monday 23 November when the winners will be announced in a glittering ceremony at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge in London.