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Hotels and restaurants rely on good design to establish brand identity and to make the customer experience as memorable as possible. We look at what's current in the world of hospitality


Hooked in a good way
From New Zealand paintings on the bedheads and a wide use of natural local materials to sustainably line-caught fish in its restaurant, Sudima Christchurch City gives visitors an authentic taste of Ne...
Evocative tones
The interiors of Sudima Christchurch City hotel connect with the Canterbury environment through texture and tone – the painted wall surfaces are Resene
Meals on wheels?
Robotic room service is just one drawcard of the Hotel Monville, which features a soaring lobby with giant pillars along with triple floor windows so passers by can be drawn in by the drama.
Back to the future
The golden age of air travel is back – and in grand style – with the new TWA Hotel at JFK incorporating Eero Saarinen’s fabulously futuristic 1962-designed TWA Flight Center as its spectacular lobby.
Where eagles dare
And also adventurous travellers, if their destination is one of these pared back extensions at Manshausen Island Resort, Norway – an area noted for the world´s largest population of Sea Eagles.
Luxury meets industrial
Dark tiles, concrete, glass, simple furniture, white walls – not your usual run list for a luxury boutique hotel fit-out? All we can say is, it works!
From real estate place to surprising public space
Promoting large real estate offerings in China, large promotional buildings have their day then – when sales are over – fall into disrepute. Now they're being repurposed as out-there symbolic public b...
Turf wars
Automated pitch trays at Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium provide for a seamless switch between codes – artificial turf for American Football and natural grass for Premier League Football.
DNA-inspired design – the shape of things to come?
The form of the two towers in the Steven Holl Architects' design of the headquarters for genome machine intelligence company iCarbonX in Shenzhen was appropriately inspired by a study of genes and DN...


Telling stories
With formality no longer flavour of the day, Bates Smart approaches the design of hospitality venues as an art in subtle curation and engagement
But do you get frequent flyer points ...
Is Aprilli Design's Autonomous Travel Suite the future of business travel? It's a new form of hospitality that merges transportation and hotel into one form
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