Five mind-blowing futuristic hotel designs

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Anyone interested in how big ideas and new technologies in the travel sector will transform the guest experience in the near (and distant) future should pay close attention to the upcoming Radical Innovation Awards. Now in its 12th annual edition, the competition and year-round community challenges designers, hoteliers, and students to pioneer compelling ideas in travel and hospitality. Earlier this fall, the organization announced three finalists, which will compete in a live pitch presentation at the New Museum in New York City on Wednesday, October 3, after which a live audience will vote to determine the grand-prize winner of $10,000 and the runner-up prize of $5,000. All of the finalists will have an opportunity to meet industry experts who can help further their concept. Check out the 2018 finalists and honorable mentions below, and click here to RSVP to the live event.

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Sunday, September 30th, 2018

The dawn of the transformation economy

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We live in an age in which technology allows us to quantify our every action and reaction. Apps and smart devices give us the power to measure our very existence, even as we sleep. Despite this, humanity continues to struggle with how to use this glut of intelligence to power meaningful transformation of mind, body, and soul. The consumers of the Experience Economy are now searching for more long-term payback from their spending. They demand life-changing betterment via how, where, and with whom they spend their time and money.

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Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

A Copenhagen event looks to the future of travel

We’ve shared the story of our history. Now join us to find out what’s next for the travel industry. In celebration of 25 years of Design Hotels, we’re hosting an exclusive Trend Briefing on October 12 in Copenhagen together with our friends from The FutureLaboratory, a world-leading strategic foresight consultancy specializing in trends intelligence, strategic research, and innovation strategy. Continue reading “A Copenhagen event looks to the future of travel”

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

Looking back on 25 years of Design Hotels

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This year, Design Hotels celebrates its 25th anniversary—a quarter century of pioneering design and original experiences. What began in 1993 as a radical vision of what a hotel could be is now a remarkable global movement that’s changed the face of hospitality. But to understand the story of Design Hotels, you have to go back a little further, to the early 1980s, when the hotel revolution was seeing its first stirrings in the city of New York. Continue reading “Looking back on 25 years of Design Hotels”

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

The evocative, lived-in spaces of rising duo Festen

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Before ever seeing Charlotte de Tonnac and Hugo Sauzay’s work, Valéry Grégo of Perseus, the group behind such standout hotels as Le Pigalle and Hôtel Les Roches Rouges, fell in love with their home. Within the high ceilings and floral, ornate moldings of their Haussmanian apartment in Paris’s 3rd arrondissement, the architects known as Festen retained a sense of Parisian tradition while embracing the strong geometries of modern and contemporary design: Michael Anastassiades’s minimalist Tube Chandelier, Harry Bertoia’s wiry, gridded side chairs, and Sori Yanagi’s quietly sculptural Butterfly Stool, to name but a few of their eye-catching pieces. Continue reading “The evocative, lived-in spaces of rising duo Festen”

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018