Hotel design event Sleep returns to London next month
Bellevue by Very Wood
Bellevue by Very Wood

Hotel design event Sleep returns to London next month

Dezeen promotion: annual hotel design event Sleep is set to return to London's Business Design Centre next month.

Taking place from 26 to 27 November, the two-day conference and exhibition brings together leading figures from across the hotel design, development and architecture industries for networking events, discussions and product showcases.

This image: Interior of Four Seasons Toronto, Canada, by Yabu Pushelberg – top image: Bellevue by Very Wood
This image: Interior of Four Seasons Toronto, Canada, by Yabu Pushelberg – top image: Bellevue by Very Wood

As part of the Sleep Conference programme, attendees will have the chance to watch a selection of talks and on-stage interviews with leading figures in hotel design and hospitality.

Guest speakers include Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku of Paris-based design studio Jouin Manku, and George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg of Yabu Pushelberg, who will discuss their work on the London Edition Hotel, Four Seasons Toronto and Public Chicago hotels.

Interior of London Edition Hotel, UK, by Yabu Pushelberg
Interior of London Edition Hotel, UK, by Yabu Pushelberg

New to this year's edition of Sleep is Above & Beyond, a space dedicated to landscape design curated by Phil Jaffa of Scape Design Associates. Visitors to Above & Beyond will encounter a variety of concepts for rooftop bars, terraces and gardens.

Also appearing at Sleep 2014 for the first time is mycoocoon's colour immersion pod, which has been designed to relax users by bathing their bodies in an array of coloured lights.

Digitalhotel, a collaboration between PolcomPeter DannBIM Technologies, and studio ånyo will also make its debut at Sleep. The project uses building information modelling (BIM) technology to rethink how hotels are designed and built and will present a full-size model of a Whitbread Premier Inn 'hub' room. Visitors will also be able to don virtual reality headsets to experience 3D hotel room designs with Soluis.

Pod by mycocoon
Pod by mycoocoon

Products launching at the event include Acrylic Couture's Italian-manufactured metacrylic cladding panels, and the Punkt USB charging station designed in partnership with Jasper Morrison.

The show will also include a number of brands new to Sleep including office furniture maker Orangebox and French lighting brand Designheure.

Bayerischer Hof Hotel in Munich, Germany, by Jouin Manku
Bayerischer Hof Hotel in Munich, Germany, by Jouin Manku

Tickets to the show and places at the conference are free to those who register beforehand on the Sleep website.

Here is more information from the event organiser:


Sleep 2014: hotel design excellence

Europe's leading hotel design and development event returns to London's Business Design Centre on 26 and 27 November with innovative and inspirational highlights to engage industry professionals. The two-day conference features some of the most illustrious names in the business, an exhibition of design-led products from new and exclusive brands, installations introducing cutting-edge technology and appearances from the finest design talent. The event is free to attend for all who pre-register online.

An exciting new industry development to be unveiled at Sleep is a full-size prototype of the new Whitbread 'hub' room concept, planned for roll out across urban sites. Digitalhotel is a partnership between modular specialists Polcom and Peter Dann, along with BIM Technologies and architects studio ånyo, which will demonstrate how BIM technology is assimilated with 3D virtual reality to produce a streamlined solution from concept to manufacture and construction, delivering better value, performance and quality for operators. Sleep visitors will be invited to 'experience' hotel room designs as a virtual reality in the digitalhotel lounge, where an Oculus Rift headset and pioneering software from BIM Technologies and Soluis will show how the integrated process is managed from beginning to end.

Mandarin Oriental Bodrum, Turkey, landscaped by Scape Design Associates
Mandarin Oriental Bodrum, Turkey, landscaped by Scape Design Associates

For a global perspective on the latest developments in the dynamic hospitality landscape, the Sleep Conference presents an unparalleled opportunity to engage with the industry's top creative professionals, key influencers, and big thinkers. This year's programme highlights include illuminating interviews with celebrated international names in hospitality design, including George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg who will share their passion for experimenting with new materials and working with independent artisans to defy conventional aesthetics and transcend design trends.

Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku of renowned Parisian studio Jouin Manku will join conference moderator Guy Dittrich to reveal the philosophy behind their conceptual and experimental approach to design, a fusion of industrial production and craftsmanship that results in beautifully realised hotel spaces from the Mandarin Oriental and Plaza Athénée in Paris to historic renovations in Tours and Strasbourg.

Showcasing the benefits of well-appointed outdoor spaces is Above & Beyond, a new feature curated by Phil Jaffa of Scape Design Associates furnished by Kettal Outdoor Collections with surface and light sourced by Cullinan Interior. This special area dedicated to landscape design will provide ideas and inspiration for creating unrivalled experiences for hotel guests including rooftop bars, restaurants, terraces, pool decks and gardens. Above & Beyond will also host talks and refreshments.

New to Sleep, mycoocoon will have one of its innovative pods set up for visitors to experience colour immersion therapy, used to balance energy levels and awaken the senses. Destined for hotels and spas, the pods immerse the whole body in key colours in a pre-determined sequence, coming together to create a moment of relaxation, with sounds and aromas to enhance the experience.

Superbude II hostel, Hamburg, Germany by Dreimeta, competing in Sleep Set
Superbude II hostel, Hamburg, Germany by Dreimeta, competing in Sleep Set

Punkt. will unveil its latest collaboration with British industrial designer Jasper Morrison: the UC 01 USB Charger, a compact charging station for convenient, high-speed charging of up to three mobile devices at the same time, offering an ideal solution for effortless charging in any hotel room.

Acrylic Couture will debut at Sleep with its prize-winning Italian-manufactured metacrylic panels in which fabrics and other materials are suspended to achieve intensely radiant 3D effects that offer boundless opportunities for bespoke high-end projects.

Known for its contemporary workplace furniture, newcomer Orangebox will preview products designed to function in hotel lobbies – dynamic spaces in which to work, relax or socialise.

Crystal Rock lights by Arik Levy for Lasvit
Crystal Rock lights by Arik Levy for Lasvit

Also new to Sleep is French lighting specialist Designheure who will showcase the sculptural striking Nénuphar, a modular system whose sculptural shape allows enormous creative scope for designers.

Italian furniture company Very Wood will be showcasing its finely crafted Bellevue collection of upholstery and wood pieces. Designed with elegant, contemporary lines, they can be produced in a combination of finishes to suit individual project requirements.

Lasvit returns for its third year with the astonishingly beautiful Crystal Rock light designed by Arik Levy. Described as being "closer to Kryptonite", the contemporary fixture is formed from perfectly cut, yet roughly sculpted, silex glass suspended in the air like a frozen shooting star.

 Sleep Set concept by NoChintz
Sleep Set concept by NoChintz

Sleep Set teams will present its built room concepts for a new hotel brand whose core value is "Simplexity", with the winning team announced at 7pm on Wednesday 26 November in the Sleep Bar. German interior designers Dreimeta, Manchester-based NoChintz and SKM Design are confirmed to date.

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