Goodbye to the brown and beige ubiquitous hotel bedroom, with a coloured throw at the bottom of the bed, a couple of cushions to decorate the pillows and picture of some local historic buildings on the wall to remind you which city you are staying in. It’s all so loved by the chains of hotels but so anonymous. Hello to something more engaging, more relaxing, more linked to the variety of modern lifestyles.
Four sets of international designers have come up with four different suggestions for the hotel bedroom of the future at Sleep in Islington.
New York designers Stonehill Taylor have set their bedroom in a forest, for the guest who has an interest in sustainability, the environment and the future of our planet, with lots of curves, natural materials and shapes, London-based MKV Design have sought to create a bedroom that engenders loyalty and love set on a sandy beach looking out to the clear blue ocean, where there are no walls between the bedroom and the natural habitat outside, Italian il Prisma Group have sought to create a flexible space “Emotional Based Living” where you as the guest can send in advance, or request, those treasures that you love, which inspire you, and want to have in the display cases around you, while 1508 LONDON reverts back to brown and beige, but with dark walls and a ruthless attention to detail in all the furniture and accessories.
Sleep is full of fabrics, wall coverings, lighting, bathroom fittings, modern technology, with many exhibiting companies you would expect at an interior design exhibition. There are contrasts – on the one hand, Roca are showing their latest cutting edge bathroom designs by Armani; while on the other hand St James’ celebrates tradition and heritage with its Victorian style fittings.
An essential accessory to your suite or bathroom is an infrared heating marble lounge chair by Fabio Alemanno Design, reflecting an increasing focus on wellbeing in addition to sustainability, the two going hand in hand.
One question remains in the air. While the exhibitors are inevitably focussed on the higher end of the hotel market, how can this design flair style and innovation be cascaded down to the tourist brands?