Once upon a time, hotel rooms were tired cookie-cutter spaces on repeat. In today’s highly competitive market, survival requires signature expression. On November 20-21, Sleep + Eat drew some of the biggest movers and shakers in the hotel and restaurant industries to the Olympia London exhibition center, with concept spaces showcasing the creativity of some of the hottest designers and more than 150 international exhibitors presenting their most recent wares. With the new addition of ‘Eat’ to its name, this year’s edition of the hospitality design trade drew a record number of visitors. From an origami-like OLED light to a line of sink finishes that scoffs at the plain white basin, here are five new products that caught our eye.
1. With rapid technological advancement underway, OLED is currently one of the hottest areas in lighting design. The Foled light by Kinetech Design for Applelec demonstrates the possibilities of very thin OLED panels with its origami-like folds.
OLED is still a new technology, but in the future, it will become much more affordable and therefore much more prominent,” said a Kinetech representative manning the booth. ”The light is just more kind and less harsh to the eye.”
2. Warm brass accents and vibrantly-hued geometric upholstery drew eyes to this sofa by Robbie Llewellyn of lighting brand Bert Frank for Decca. One of 18 pieces in the London Collection, the sofa features custom fabric by British textile designer Margo Selby. (featured image)
3. Terra and Aqua, a series of matte and glossy sink finishes from bathroom manufacturer Alape, celebrate statement color in an arena long dominated by white. The eight hues, ranging from an ocean-like glossy Deep Blue to a soft grey matte Oyster, are inspired by nature.
Color in the bathroom is a great way to transform a space that’s often neglected,” says Paul Heldens, chief sales officer for the Dornbracht Group, which include the Alape brand.
4. Music too loud? Giving a light push to the polished aluminum and matte-black fabric sculptural disc that is the Beosound Edge wireless speaker by Michael Anastassiades for Bang & Olufsen is one way to adjust the volume.
5. Inspired by Italian furniture designer Lucian Ercolani’s Von 427 chair which first launched in 1956, the 427A armchair by Hlynur V. Atlason for Ercol is included in the Von modular system of seating, benching, and table units, available in solid ash or walnut wood.