Sleep announce conference programme

Sleep, Europe’s leading hotel design and development event, has revealed is conference programme for 2014. Run in parallel to the Sleep event on 26th and 27th November, the conference is complimentary for all pre-registered visitors.

Two of the design industry’s most enduring partnerships will be celebrated. George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg, the founders of Toronto-based Yabu Pushelberg who are revered for their iconic and contemporary hotel design, such as W Hotel, Times Square in New York, Public Hotel in Chicago and The London EDITION, will be in conversation with Catherine Martin, editor of Sleeper, while Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku will be interviewed by the conference moderator, Guy Dittrich. As Jouin Manku, the Parisian-based duo have recently woven their individual passions for industrial design and craftsmanship into the outstanding interiors of both the Mandarin Oriental and Plaza Athénée in Paris as well as Fontevraud L’hôtel in the Loire Valley.

Legendary restaurateur, Jeremy King, who, this autumn will be welcoming guests to his first hotel, The Beaumont in London’s Mayfair, will open the conference, offering insight into how the art of successful restaurant management may be translated into the world of luxury hotel keeping. Then, in a gear shift, a panel discussion will follow about the new generation of designer hostels with speakers including the funder of Generator Hostels, Josh Wyatt of Patron Capital, and three of the designers setting the benchmark in this sector – Werner Aisslinger, Ian Burleigh and Anwar Makhayech. The heat will be further turned up when Andrew Sangster, editor of Hotel Analyst and frequent conference inquisitor, will instead be the interrogated, answering questions about the hotel market put to him by Philip Camble, director of Whitebridge Hospitality.

Other sessions new to the conference this year will hear from leading hotel operators and developers, including Billy Skelli-Cohen of Greenbrook BD, the developers of the new Mondrian London, and Carlson Rezidor’s Eugene Staal 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, in a session moderated by David Curtis-Brignell from Think Apartments, an exploration of the potential of design to differentiate long-stay lodging as it seeks to take on the hotel brands. The tickly issue of how to define good taste and true style will also be debated by a panel of designers and trend forecasters, including Tom Hupe of EPR Architects and Sally Davies from Global Color Research, moderated by Andrew Linwood of Areen Hospitality Design.

Several session favourites are returning but with new faces. On the second day of the conference, Rapid Eye Movement, based on the Pecha Kucha model, will once again provide a rousing wake-up call. This year, some of the newest minds in the architectural and design community, as nominated by the industry’s most celebrated names, will be participating.
Also back are The Sleep Round Tables, organised by Daniel Englender of Benjamin West, giving delegates the opportunity for one-to-one conversations with senior executives from the hospitality industry, including Christian Youens from Cedar Capital, Dominic Seely of Westmont Hospitality Group, Lionel Benjamin, Director – Hotels for Topland Group and the CEO of Leonardo Hotels, Saar Sharon. And - always a popular session - the intrepid designers of the concept Sleep Set rooms, which are constructed in an area adjacent to the conference theatre, will be called to the stage to explain their response to this year’s challenge.

‘Simplexity’ is the theme for 2014 and the judges are: Katherine Blaisdell of Belmond, Marco Nijhof of yoo Hotels and Conrad Smith of ReardonSmith Architects. The winning Sleep Set team will be announced on the evening of the first day during networking and drinks served in the Sleep Bar.

Manooi provide grande entrance for Tartufi & Friends

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A grand Iceberg chandelier has been chosen to greet guests to the new Tartufi & Friends restaurant in Milan.

The venue is the second of a unique family of restaurants that aims to match quality truffles with excellent Italian food. Patrons can either purchase a quick, 'take away' meal from the entranceway counter, or move through to the cosy lounge area next door.

The Iceberg chandelier - a rich cluster of crystals - helps bridge the gap between these two eating experiences.

Arturo Alvarez's Bety dresses the classics


An set of 8 Bety lamps by lighting manufacturer Arturo Alvarez was recently used to dress the inaugural concert of Espazos Sonoros, a music festival that takes place on heritage sites across Spain. Italian group laReverdie performed Vergine Bella, a tribute to the female figure in the Middle Ages, in the church of Santa Maria in Baiona, Galicia, Spa. Bety's femininity and sophistication proved the perfect accompaniment to the recital, providing a warm and welcoming atmosphere within the rich church interior.

Lasvit produce chandelier glass art for Peninsula Paris

Sculpture Lasvit - Peninsula Paris - Photo : Fabrice Dunou
Photo Credit: Fabrice Dunou

Czech glass specialists Lasvit have created a breathtaking light and design experience in the lobby of The Peninsula Paris, situated steps away from the Arc de Triomphe in the heart of Paris.

Lasvit designers Luděk Hroch and Jitka Kamencová Skuhravá in collaboration with Chhada Siembieda & Associates Shanghai and Hong Kong, have developed two unique and elegant glass art installations resembling the leaves of a plane tree, common in Parisian streets. The design concept is based upon leaves in the wind, floating and eventually falling into the pond of the main lobby.
The Peninsula Paris, which first opened as the Hotel Majestic in 1908, is located at 19 Avenue Kléber in a late 19th century classic French building with Haussman and neo-classical features. The property has subsequently been meticulously restored and discreetly modernised for the 21st century.

For the main lobby area of the hotel, Lasvit has created an artistic glass sculpture called "Dancing Leaves" designed by Luděk Hroch. It evokes a gust of wind gradually spiraling upwards, which is created by entering the hotel lobby. The breathtaking sight of magically flying leaves from Parisian sycamore trees, typical for Paris and the Elysées district, induces a feeling of dancing – dancing leaves which may in turn just make us want to dance. They eventually fall into the pond in the main lobby and their weightlessness in the air gives us a mingled feeling of harmony and balance. The “Dancing Leaves” glass art installation is made of 800 hand-blown glass abstract sycamore leaves: some clear and some with silver leaves on the inside.

The Rotonde embellished another lighting glass sculpture designed by Jitka Kamencová Skuhravá. The sculpture called "Diamond Necklace" is made up of three oval rings of various widths and lengths in the shape of a crystal pearl necklace. The rings are made as a string of pearls and this arrangement links to traditional Czech bijou jewelry dating from the 19th century.

The oval shape of the sculpture comes from the shape of a necklace hanging from a woman’s neck decorating her décolletage. It resembles Baroque classicist architecture since the rotunda has rounded lines and decorated stucco and cornices which place the jewel directly under the cupola in a central position. This unique, feminine and elegant sculpture is made from stainless steel, Perspex and polished crystal, and is comprised of 90,000 pearls which are externally illuminated. The item is suspended from one central point. The conditions of the historic interior made it impossible drill into either the vaulted roof or the side walls, therefore making it quite a technical challenge for the Lasvit team.

Sculpture Lasvit - Peninsula Paris - Photo : Fabrice Dunou

Photo Credit: Fabrice Dunou

LDF 2014: Clouds at Gallery FUMI


Hoxton Square's Gallery FUMI presented a solo exhibition of Jeremy Wintrebert’s hand-blown glass works for the duration of London Design Festival. Wintrebert brings the craft of Murano glass blowing together with a contemporary perspective in creating beautiful glass works. The show included his Clouds piece (pictured).

LDF 2014: Bolle at Designersblock


Designersblock in Clerkenwell provided a UK debut for the new Bolle lamp, by the Anglo-Italian design team Giopato&Coombes. The piece is inspired by the lightness of soap bubbles as a metaphor for the emptiness of light, made from hand blown glass.

Cristiana Giopato recounts the moment of inspiration: “For few seconds, in front of us, we were surrounded by hundreds of soap bubbles. It was a magical moment with their formal simplicity it was beautiful and immediate: we wanted to crystallize this moment, when the bubbles grow until they touch each other, just before exploding! So this was the beginning. For us the lightness of the soap bubbles has become a metaphor for the immateriality of light.”

Bolle is a suspension lamp in transparent glass, where the illuminating brass bulb is suspending between the spheres, giving light to not only the space but also the curved surfaces, multiplying reflections to amplify the magical effect.

Following their positive experience working with the master glassmakers of Murano while producing their i Flauti lamps, the architect and designer team wanted to continue their research with glass. For the Bolle project that have used a different technique known as 'a lume'. This method, even if hand-blown, has a higher level of precision allowing the possibility to assemble the spheres. A

The Bolle lamp is available in two sizes, one with four and one with six spheres. The two can be combined to form endless compositions.
In contrast to the intangible and magical appearance of the glass, the central brass body maintains a sense of function rigour. The meticulous design development has simplified the body into a simple cylinder, whose internal components are stacked and self-locking, without the need for screws. The double-sided Led bulb, designed and produced for this lamp, allows for downward and upward lighting. The rigorous design has maintained a formal minimalism with an intentional illumination, that emphasises the characteristics of glass.

Lasvit on show across London


Visitors to London Design Festival have three chances to see pieces by Czech glass manufacturer Lasvit.

Continuing their long-term collaboration with world famous architect and designer, Daniel Libeskind, Lasvit will showcase an extraordinary installation called“Ice” at 100% Design in London. With this stunning “Ice” chandelier, Daniel Libeskind succeeds in perfectly transforming glass elements into contemporary designs using Lasvit’s know-how and expertise.

Lasvit also introduces new collections by design stars Maarten Baas and Maxim Velčovský at Mint ( With the 'Das Pop' chandelier, Maarten Baas looked toward classic, recognizable shapes, yet with a modern and almost comic twist. Emphasizing random shapes, it illustrates the personal and non-industrial feel of the product. The Frozen collection by Maxim Velčovský was inspired by the transformation of water into ice, a moment paralleling the work of a glassmaker. Creating a solid object from liquid material is a small miracle attempted by each designer and yet an essential part of his work.

Finally, The gallery and design studio 19 greek street ( Transmission Chandelier by studio deFORM for Lasvit. Hanging this extraordinary light object from a ceiling creates a new perspective. The excellent quality of borosilicate glass Simax which is usually used for technical and laboratory products gives special features to the chandelier.

Artemide present A Tribute to Light

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Artemide have partnered with the Italian Consulate to present A Tribute to Light, an exhibition combining photography and lighting products, that will take over the street level windows of their building on Farringdon Street. The exhibition consists of a body of photographs by world-famous photographer Elliot Erwitt, portraying leading architects who have collaborated with Artemide, alongside a selection of lighting best sellers and iconic products.It is a powerful homage to Artemide’s culture and philosophy of light, over its 50 year history.



if... like us, you can find the beauty in the melancholy of rain, wonder in the rumble of distant thunder and childlike awe in slicing darts of lightning, you might enjoy this piece by Richard Clarkson. Cloud is a combined lamp and speaker system. Using motion sensors it detects any presence within the room and creates a unique lightning and thunder show in response to their movements. The system features a powerful speaker system from which the user can also stream music via any Bluetooth compatible device. Long-life, colour-changing Philips LED lamps within the cloud create the desired shudder of light - either in a stand-alone recreation of a stormy night, or as a visual accompaniment to a favourite tune.



Harrods, UK

Harrods department store is among the world’s best known shopping destinations. Located in the Knightsbridge district of London, it enjoys a long-held reputation for blending traditional values and luxury goods. Drawing on this history, architectural practice Made recently completed a refurbishment of the store’s Grand Hall, blending contemporary technology with a classic architectural aesthetic. Complementing this new space is a chandelier by American artist, Dale Chihuly.

Amber and Gold Chandelier is the first piece of art to be commissioned by Harrods. Comprising 1,400 hand-blown glass elements, flown in from Seattle, where Chihuly Studio is based, the piece was assembled on site over several days. Positioned above the hallway that links a restored 1928 staircase and a new set of escalators (clad in swooping bronze detailing that matches the pattern of the buidling’s façade), the chandelier acts as a dramatic statement piece, greeting customers as they pass through the the Basil Street entrance.

The unique Chandelier includes a new hand-blown element called a Frond. Its vibrant golden colour is offset by the opaqueness of the glass. Hung against the backdrop of the bronze-clad escalator and limestone walls, the Chandelier creates a significant impact.
Chihuly is perhaps best known for his 2001 exhibition at the V&A Museum, when a 27-foot-long V&A Chandelier – inaugurated by the Queen – was installed in the grand entrance hall.

The unveilling of the new Harrods chandelier coincided with an exhibition of Chihuly’s work at the Halcyon Gallery on London’s Bond Street. Key works were also on show at Halcyon Gallery Harrods, a sister space on the 2nd floor of the department store.

New York Palace Hotel

Photo courtesy of Lasvit
Photo courtesy of Lasvit

The New York Palace, a luxury Midtown hotel on the corner of 50th & Madison, recently completed a $140 million redesign. The renovation transformed the property’s premier rooms and suites in The Towers - a hotel-within-a-hotel – as well as upgrading its lobbies and specialty suites and creating six new restaurants and bars.

Decorative lighting played a major role in setting the right tone for each space – a carefully judged blend of Madison Avenue history and contemporary, high-end hospitality. In particular, four specially created pieces by Czech glass manufacturer Lasvit were used in different locations throughout the hotel; the timeless beauty of glass providing a traditional edge that is tempered and tailored to suit a more modern design aesthetic.

One of the first pieces guests encounter is the golden bubbles of Aurum in the hotel’s main lobby. Interior designers Champalimaud transformed the space, giving it a brighter, more contemporary feel by streamlining and redefining the existing architectural elements. To lighten the room, they deployed a neutral colour pallet and layers of gold leaf trim. Aurum takes centre stage, its glass bubbles, suspended in air, transform its surroundings, bringing light and warmth to the space. Created by Lasvit’s in-house designer, Jitka Kamencová Skuhrava, the piece took inspiration from nature - in bird nests and clusters of sea-grass.

Another original space, the Lobby Lounge is located near the hotel’s 51st street entrance and provides a relaxing respite from the hustle and bustle of New York City. The light reflected from the hand-wrought bronze sconces lining the lounge’s rich macassar ebony walls creates a warm and inviting atmosphere. The new design allows for an easy transition from morning coffee to afternoon tea and on to the evening’s cocktail service.

“In reconstructing The New York Palace’s main Lobby, we wanted to both honour the hotel’s classic and historical elements and add a modern edge,” says Alexandra Champalimaud, President and Principal Designer of Champalimaud. “Now, the Lobby acts more as a transitional space. Previously, it was large, but undefined. There was not an obvious place to congregate. With the addition of [new bar] Trouble’s Trust and the Lobby Lounge, there are designated, energetic spaces to meet.”

The dark leather seats and stately carpets of the lounge are brought to life by Dandelion, an explosion of bubbles creating a warm, intimate space in an otherwise dark, serene interior. Designed by Libor Sošťák, Dandelion combines hand-blown glass bubbles in tones of amber and smoke, together radiating a warm golden glow filled with dynamic energy.

New York-based architecture and interior design firm BBG-BBGM (now part of HOK) was retained to create a comprehensive master plan for the re-use of the hotel’s public spaces, including another of the hotel’s bars, Tavern 51. Here, Glass Beads, a linear glass art sculpture runs above the serving area. The sculpture is inspired by beads on thread and features hollow spheres in amber, yellow and clear glass, evoking a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

BBG-BBGM were also responsible for updating one of the hotel’s (indeed one of the world’s) most expensive suites, a room with breathtaking vistas of the Empire State Building and Manhattan skyline. Lasvit’s Champagne Rain is the centerpiece of the space. Inspired by its luxurious namesake, the three-ring reflective installation features colourful hand-blown droplets cascading from the ceiling, almost capturing the rush of champagne bubbles to the brim of a flute - a suitably impressive toast to the magnificent rebirth of this New York classic.

InterContinental Davos

(c) InterContinental Davos
(c) InterContinental Davos

Davos, nestled in the Swiss Alps, plays host to the World Economic Forum every year, an event that brings leading political figures and economists to the area. With such a major role to play in world affairs, Davos needs its fair share of exceptional hotels to cater for the ranks of leaders and their respective hangers-on, as well as a hungry press core, which descends on the town in droves during the Forum. Aside from world affairs, Davos also attracts its fair share of skiers and ice hockey fans and those attracted by the area’s renowned prowess for winter sports.

The InterContinental Davos, a gleaming dome of interwoven golden ribbons, sitting amidst the white of the mountains, was designed by architects Oikios so as to reflect the accents of the nearby Fluela Pass and Lake Davos, while offering a modernist take on the traditional wooden chalet building style found across the Alpine region. Its creative design has garnered widespread praise, including a World Travel Award for being ‘Europe’s Leading Hotel 2014’.

The interior design follows a single, overarching principle: to evoke the experience of a walk through the mountains. Guests are led through the building on an ascent through a variety of alpine-inspired spaces created by interior designers Living Design and CM Design working in collaboration with the InterContinental Hotel Group design team.

A lighting scheme by Licht01 emphasises the materials used, while highlighting the differing areas of decoration. The aim was to create a tangible difference of atmosphere as the visitor’s excursion through the mountains continues. The deliberate use of diffuse, indirect lighting from coves, accentuated spotlights, recessed downlights and low atmospheric lighting elements such as table lamps, floor lamps and integrated shelf lighting, provides differentiated lighting atmospheres creating the desired feeling in each room.

The lighting control system plays a major role in this, enabling the easy adjustment of lighting in different areas of the hotel. Lighting has been programmed to match the differing demands that each room will have to nimbly tackle each day, such as the altering of the Alpine light during the year and the multitude of events to be hosted.

A visit to the hotel - along with the conceptual stroll through the hills - begins with a ‘walk through the valley’, as visitors enter through the lobby, a great hall located at the centre of the hotel.

The dramatic mountains outside are echoed in the interior. The increased room height impresses with a unique 28-metre, wave-like chandelier, morphing not the sea of course, but the snowdrifts found in the mountains. The fixture, by light artist Moritz Waldemeyer, features 1400 individually suspended glass beads, creating a flowing shape that reaches out across the lobby.

Each glass sphere contains an LED module comprising warm white LEDs that shine down and blue LEDs that shine up. This creates several effects: seen from below, the spheres seem to contain a conventional light bulb, however in the glass there is a subtle blue highlight, the source of which remains mysterious. The highlight gives the glass a new quality that reflects the luxury of the hotel interior. At the same time the ceiling above the chandelier is illuminated in blue by the spheres to create the blue-sky effect; together the chandelier evokes the shapes and colours of a sunny winter’s day in the mountains.

The blue light found in this area of the hotel helps to create and maintain a mood of peace and tranquility, while cleverly placed downlights accentuate the architecture of the lobby.

Slim 0915-04 fixtures by Vibia were also used in the lobby, slender and sleek pendant fixtures that fall from the ceiling over the reception like dark icicles.

The rough stonewalls in the entrance area are illuminated with wall washers, emphasising the direct relationship of the material to the natural surroundings, while dimmable LED cove lighting can quickly conjure a cosy ambience around the seating area by the fireplace.

As guests progress through the hotel they first encounter the mountains through windows that provide a full view of the Davos landscape. Nature, evident in all its glory outside of the windows, merges with the interior of the Restaurant Capricorn, while irregular shaped wooden ceiling fields, running in parallel to the façade windows, create a visual link to the surrounding forest.

Foscarini Allegretto Vivace pendant lamps, in a bespoke gold finish, deliver both direct and indirect light. Their filigree design provides an intimate ambience for the tables near the terrace without disturbing the spectacular view as indirect lighting components create a soft glow on the ceiling.

Small art pieces in wooden wall niches are softly illuminated with integrated spotlights, while recessed spotlights highlight the tables. Contardi Messalina pendant lamps have also been installed above the buffet counter.

In the private dining area a unique Quasar Universe Square 100 chandelier - an illuminated cube of nickel wire and glass - lends a sophisticated identity to the space.

The ‘Alpine walk’ continues as guests enter ‘the forest’ in the form of Nuts & Co. Lounge Bar. The warm natural materials found in its inviting interior are supported by warm white LED light sources, while special lighting effects draw the visitor’s attention to the interior design and the furniture.

The dark wooden bar is illuminated by directional spotlights, while three Italamp Bon Ton 2326 pendants - clusters of red glass shapes illuminated by a light source concealed within an ornate metal shade - advertise the bar’s location. The bar is further emphasised through the use of LED strip lighting integrated underneath the counter, picking out the bar front’s particular shape and producing a low level ambient light.

‘Beyond the mountains and into new territories,’ is the theme of Matsu restaurant. Its architecture combines local materials, new shapes and cool colours, all blended together with a touch of Asian style. Integrated light in ornamented room dividers guide the guest into the restaurant, while a large gold-coloured wall luminaire resembling an Asiatic gong - the Diskus 100, designed by Cristine Kröncke Interior Design - washes the surrounding walls with light.

Oculo colored glass lanterns by Niche Modern are suspended above the seating area, red, amber and brown pendant lamps working together to create a coloured light cloud. The space is completed by Joiin Suspensione 2 by Pallucco, sections of shade that woven together like ribbon sheets around a central light source.

The Club Lounge offers recovery from the mountain walk, enveloping guests in a luxurious and relaxing atmosphere created by a combination of decorative, sophisticated chandeliers and warm spotlights accentuating high-level materials.

Slim pendant lights above the high tables provide directional light, while an Axo Light Aura SP chandelier in black and clear glass creates a play of light and shadow upon the ceiling, acting to support the luxurious ambiance. Arco fixtures by Flos gracefully lean over the seating area, highlighting the separate tables of activity found within the club.

The look of some of the more business orientated sections of the building are inspired by drifting snow, such as the meeting rooms and the ballroom. A large bespoke chandelier is located in the center of the pre-function lobby, designed by Licht01 lighting design’s Natasha Rajic and built by Peters Design, it is inspired by the vision of falling snowflakes.

Comprised of clear glass and white porcelain spheres suspended on thin wires, the fixture is mounted on a mirrored ceiling with integrated downlights adding to its sparkly magic.

As the effect of the glass elements on the mirrored ceiling combine with natural materials, the visitor experiences the sensation of watching snow fall on a forest landscape, while additional dimmable LED cove lighting offers energy efficient illumination in support of the architectural concept.

The lighting concept for the ballroom itself has been developed to serve several purposes. For festive settings and banquettes, for example, a dimmable and mostly low-level light is required and this is achieved by using accentuated spots.

Meetings, conferences and presentations need different lighting components such as higher illuminance levels and more uniformity and this is achieved by using a lighting control system.

Recessed downlights with high anti-glare protection have been used in order to provide direct light in the ballroom, delivering additional general light and vertical illumination, allowing a better perception of the space. LED cove lights have also been used to provide a soft, indirect, energy efficient light, while offering a high uniformity. The ceiling structure is highlighted by squared versions of the Axo Aura chandeliers, specially produced so that their size and hang height would suit the rooms particular aesthetic.

The meeting and conference rooms feature different light components that can be dimmed in order to achieve different levels of light and to allow various preset lighting scenes. The indirect lighting components of this part of the scheme, such as the cove lighting, provides the general and uniform lighting required for conference set-ups, while for more festive set ups, direct light is provided by the spotlights or chandeliers. Light integrated in furniture and shelving creates a soft and ambient background illumination.

In the hotel’s spa, soft colours and the use of light stone creates a relaxing atmosphere that prompts guests to loosen up and unwind.

Lit using a combination of cove lighting and downlights, the spa also boasts several feature fixtures which were specially developed by Licht01. Among these is the crystal light fitting: a beautiful cascade of glass suspended from the ceiling, continuing, in form, the snow storm theme found throughout the hotel.

The spa also features light fixtures by Axo Light including their Momus fixture that helps to wash the walls with light, while Bond pendants by Terzani, orb like in nature, bring an otherworldly touch to a place where escapism is key.

Throughout the hotel, selecting appropriate light sources was vital. The sources in the decorative luminaires were chosen individually and in accordance with the colour temperature of the surrounding architectural lighting. For example, in the bar area the decorative chandelier has a halogen light source to create a warm light when dimmed to a low intensity.

In luminaires with closed shades, LED retrofits with a colour temperature of 2700K were used, while the decorative glass chandeliers feature halogen lamps in order to create sparkling lighting effects in the glass and on the ceilings. Table and floor lamps have been fitted with 2700K luminaires, a warm colour temperature that creates a cozy atmosphere.

The InterContinental Davos is a hotel that embraces its surroundings rather than trying to better them. The use of natural materials throughout, matched with the themed interior design, ensure that the hotel does not go down an abrasive path that fails to recognise that it will always be bettered by the majesty of the scene it sits in. Instead a modern, intimate, sophisticated setting has been created thanks to an engaging lighting design. The InterContinental is a hospitable hideaway amid the inhospitable mountains.