Published on : Monday, September 22, 2014
Sleep, Europe’s leading hotel design and development event, has just announced its much anticipated conference programme for 2014. As last year, the conference is complimentary for all pre-registered visitors, offering operators, developers, architects, designers and the many other professionals who attend the show, an unparalleled chance to hear and engage with industry stars, influencers and the big thinkers.
Two of the design industry’s most enduring partnerships will be celebrated. George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg, the founders of Toronto-based Yabu Pushelberg who are revered for their iconic and contemporary hotel design, such as W Hotel, Times Square in New York, Public Hotel in Chicago and The London EDITION, will be in conversation with Catherine Martin, editor of Sleeper, while Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku will be interviewed by the conference moderator, Guy Dittrich.
Legendary restaurateur, Jeremy King, who, this autumn will be welcoming guests to his first hotel, The Beaumont in London’s Mayfair, will open the conference, offering insight into how the art of successful restaurant management may be translated into the world of luxury hotel keeping. Then, in a gear shift, a panel discussion will follow about the new generation of designer hostels with speakers including the funder of Generator Hostels, Josh Wyatt of Patron Capital, and three of the designers setting the benchmark in this sector – Werner Aisslinger, Ian Burleigh and Anwar Makhayech.
Other sessions new to the conference this year will hear from leading hotel operators and developers, including Billy Skelli-Cohen of Greenbrook BD, the developers of the new Mondrian London,and Carlson Rezidor’s Eugene Staal about how they identify the parameters for realising a well-designed project; there will be a discussion about the triumphs and frustrations of working with heritage buildings and, in a session moderated by David Curtis-Brignell from Think Apartments, an exploration of the potential of design to differentiate long-stay lodging as it seeks to take on the hotel brands.
And-always a popular session-the intrepid designers of the concept Sleep Set rooms, which are constructed in an area adjacent to the conference theatre, will be called to the stage to explain their response to this year’s challenge. ‘Simplexity’ is the theme for 2014 and the judges are: Katherine Blaisdell of Belmond, Marco Nijhof of yoo Hotels and Conrad Smith of Reardon Smith Architects. The winning Sleep Set team will be announced on the evening of the first day during networking and drinks served in the Sleep Bar.
The Sleep Conference, together with the Sleep Set and Sleep Exhibition will be held on Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th November at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London.