Design: Expecting What's Next

Living Coral is Pantone’s Color of

The Year for 2019
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Colour expert Pantone has chosen a peachy orange shade named Living Coral, or Pantone 16- 1546, as its colour of the year for 2019.

Announced on 6 December 2018, the Living Coral colour is described by Pantone as an “animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energises and enlivens with a softer edge”. “Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of Pantone 16-1546 Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity,” said the company.

Following on from 2018’s colour of Ultra Violet, dubbed by the company as a “dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade”, this year’s vibrant shade of golden orange is meant to reflect the “innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits” as a response to social media and digital technology. “In reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life, we are seeking authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy,” explained Pantone. The colour is also said to reference the nourishing impact of coral on sea life, as well as the “devastating” effect of today’s society on the environment.

Pantone announces a colour of the year every December, based on trend-forecasting research from the Pantone Colour Institute.
The colour is chosen based on “what is taking place in our global culture at a moment in time”. According to the brand, Living Coral is already being spotted on catwalks in fashion shows, as well as on social media. “Colour is an equalising lens through which we experience our natural and digital realities and this is particularly true for Living Coral,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute. “With consumers craving human interaction and social connection, the humanising and heartening qualities displayed by the convivial Pantone Living Coral hit a responsive chord,” she continued.

The Pantone Colour Institute has been choosing a colour of the year since 1999. Last year, a vibrant purple shade was chosen, and in 2017, a zesty shade of green called Greenery. In 2016, Pantone picked two soft colours – a baby blue and dusty pink.
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The colours are often bold in tone. Other recent examples include the purply pink Radiant Orchid announced for 2014, and the bright orange Tangerine Tango in 2012.


Trendy Surf Hotel Refurbished by

Modulo Architects
Located near the beautiful beach of Houhai village on the South China sea this trendy surf hotel was refurbished and redesigned from a fishermen’s family home into an intriguing and youthful surfing-theme resort hotel. The designers from Modulo architects carried out the project of SIXX Hotel transforming the old fisherman’s building into an absolutely new concept.
The crowded family rooms on the first floor turned into spacious, open and emanating purity and ease lobby space. Free float fallows the sea breeze from one vast glass doorway, through the purity of the concrete and the lattice-like brick constructs to the other vast opening facing the waterfront. The shrimp pool of the fisherman’s family is turned into amazing infinity pool decorated in surf, joyful theme. The facade of the hotel also underwent a transformation – using 550 pieces of gray bricks and reinforced steel structures the architects transformed the curved balconies into expressive and sharp rectangular facade with modern fell.
Polished concrete floors and elevated platforms secure smooth and dynamic interior float. Light colors palette based on Mediterranean white, blue and gray entwinement with occasional hot pink cheeky accents – introduces a pure and easygoing vibe into the trendy decor composition. The materials palette is also based on dynamic, pure and modern materials – concrete base, metal furniture elements and structures, sparkling brass
additions and the elegance of trendy tile compositions and ash wood structures entwine into one light and clear lined decor composition. Playful design elements like the colorful surfing boards and the pink mobile furniture add a fun and youthful decor touch to the overall light and casual design composition. Photography by Haibo Wang.

Nagami’s First Collection Features 3D-printed Chairs

by Zaha Hadid Architects
3D-printed chairs designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, Ross Lovegrove and Daniel Widrig make up the first collection of new Spanish brand Nagami. Nagami made its official debut at last year’s Milan design week with four 3D-printed chairs. The collection’s name, Brave New World, is based on the 1930s dystopian novel of the same title by Aldous Huxley. It includes two chairs, Bow and Rise, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, a stool by British designer Ross Lovegrove called Robotica TM, and the Peeler chair by London architect and designer Daniel Widrig. “We design products that until now were just waiting for the right technology to come to life: not only objects that you can hold, but also that you can feel and experience as part of your environment,” said Nagami founders Manuel Jimenez García, Miki Jimenez García and Ignacio Viguera Ochoa.

For its Bow and Rise chairs, Zaha Hadid Architects explored the natural growth processes that occurs in marine biology, specifically underwater ecosystems and coral formations. The two chairs are built from
polylactic acid plastic – a biodegradable, non-toxic material made from renewable resources like cornstarch, making it both lightweight and sturdy. Featuring a curved seat supported by a large, singular base, both pieces were 3D-printed with a pellet-extruder, which uses raw plastic particles rather than filaments.

While the Bow chair boasts a spectrum of blacks and purples, the Rise chair is formed of a blue base that morphs upwards to white, finished with gold detailing at the top of the seat. These colour gradients and the unusual patterns they form are intended to redefine the traditional spatial relationship between furniture and its setting, according to the brand.
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Ross Lovegrove combined botany and robotics for his Robotica TM stool, which draws parallels between the “natural programming” found in nature and the artificial manufacturing that occurs in the field of robotics. The stool was built using a continuous rotational process that causes each layer to fuse together while being stacked on top of each other. This “rhythmic and inverted” form would be difficult to produce by conventional means, says Lovegrove. With a seat made from heat-proof silicone inserts, the stool can be easily adapted to serve as a table for eating, said the designer. It can also function as a plinth for a TV, or simply as a stand-alone decorative feature in the home.
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It took just a few hours for an industrial robot to 3D print Widrig’s Peeler chair, which is composed of three pieces of seven millimetre-thick shells of PLA plastic. Described by the designer as “skin-like”, these three undulating surfaces were assembled to look as if they are “peeling off of an invisible joint body.” Widrig wanted his product to consume as little machine time and as little material waste as possible, and to “overcome the limits of additive manufacturing.” “The chair has been designed to satisfy both the ergonomic constraints of the human body, as well as the ergonomics of the robotic arm that prints it,” said Widrig.

Brave New World takes place during Milan design week from 17 to 22 April 2018. The chairs will be exhibited at
Nagami’s pop-up showroom, in the city’s Brera Design District. Also set to take place at the festival is the annual Norwegian Presence exhibition, which will present a range of new products, sculptural craftwork and iconic designs exploring “the making of modern Norway.”

Coworking is Gaining Ground in The Hospitality Industry Too
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In the era of the collaborative economy, flexibility and nomadism, coworking is emerging as one of the responses to these changing needs. Coworking entails renting shared office space, either on a one-off or on a subscription basis. The idea is to share an office, and in particular, to use this office only when necessary. What also appeals to coworkers, is working in a collaborative environment – a concept entirely in keeping with the times. The trend largely concerns freelancers and startuppers – in addition to gaining flexibility in workplace costs, these workers seek to immerse themselves in an innovative and emulative atmosphere. They are also looking to network, boost creativity and even grow their business. These “officeless” workers are progressively being known as “FreeWorkers”. In response to this trend, coworking spaces are springing up almost everywhere in large cities, and the phenomenon hasn’t spared the hospitality sector either.

Coworking in hotels – which services are being offered?

Let’s first look at what hotels are providing in terms of coworking services. Generally-speaking, hotels offer a more or less formal, connected space dedicated to working, where printers, efficient Wi-Fi connection, hot drinks, water, pastries, snacks, etc. are available in exchange for an hourly, half-day or full-day rate. Other hotels elect to charge only for drinks and snacks. However, the fundamentals remain the same – in addition to high-speed Wi-Fi, a sufficient number of plug sockets and even smartphone chargers should be available.

Coworking in hotels responds to a new need and a new way of satisfying guests, but it actually goes further than that – hotels may also regard coworking as a means of making money from underexploited or unused spaces. The cost of investment is not particularly substantial, since hotels are generally already equipped with the necessary elements – Wi-Fi, chairs, tables, etc. In addition, staff are already on-site to supervise the service. Hotels can thus optimise their square meterage, and in some properties it is the lobby that plays this role. For others, the breakfast area is transformed into a work space once the breakfast shift and cleaning are over. The term, “day-use” takes on its full meaning here, as by offering coworking spaces, hotels can take advantage of areas that are underused at certain times of the day.

Yet it is more than this. Coworking is also a way for hotels to get their property talked about, to diversify their customer-base and to make the most of the wordof-mouth induced by the new service. Coworking also attracts new customers for the bar and restaurant, and is completely in phase with the current wave of new hotels open to their environment and local residents. Coworking is a way of creating a bit of life in a hotel, of livening up areas that often remain sad and empty. Who wants to sit down for a drink in an empty bar? There is truth in the statement that the busier the bar or restaurant, the more it attracts customers. Coworking areas in hotels are found in locations conducive to such – close to stations, airports or business zones, for example. While waiting for a train, between two meetings, travellers can now maximise their time by working in a functional space, thus getting the most out of their business trips.

A revolutionary concept?

Yet the concept is not especially ground-breaking. Which business guest hasn’t sat down in a hotel lobby or bar to work? Which business guest hasn’t preferred to work in the livelier lobby or bar, rather than shutting themselves up in their room, no matter how nice the décor? Coworking areas are simply better adapted, more functional, and in particular, better advertised. The market is even tending to structure itself around dedicated platforms, such as AirOffice or the business section of

It therefore makes a lot of sense for hotels to offer this type of service – the majority of facilities and services required are already to hand, as are the staff. And the business segment is one that most hoteliers know well. Industry professionals are getting involved in a more or less structured way, and concepts oriented exclusively towards “business” are emerging – concepts such as the Hôtel BOB (Business on Board) in Paris, developed by Elegancia Hotels, for example. With its very concept, this hotel goes even further, by offering a range of office spaces, including the lobby, patio or more traditional meeting rooms. Indeed, they’ve thought of everything – if clients require more privacy, they can use the small alcoves, specially created for this purpose.

With its very concept, this hotel goes even further, by offering a range of office spaces, including the lobby, patio or more traditional meeting rooms. Indeed, they’ve thought of everything – if clients require more privacy, they can use the small alcoves, specially created for this purpose.

The C.O.Q Hotel in Paris’ 13th district is also positioned on this niche – once breakfast is over, the plates are swapped for laptops. Hotel groups are also getting in on the act. Over at AccorHotels, the Easywork concept is being deployed in Mercure
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and Novotel hotels. MOB Hotel in Saint-Ouen offers a dedicated coworking space, baptised the “Kolkhozita”, reserved for certain professionals. Oceania, too, is active, with its Nomad brand that offers a large functional space adapted to the various needs of its guests, particularly to working. Moxy offers guests a vast multi-use space, and Society M (Citizen M) provides work areas that foster collaboration and creativity. And these are just a few examples.

So what does coworking offer users?

As well as notions of “freedom” and “flexibility”, users can enjoy working in a pleasant environment and can even take advantage of the hotel’s facilities (spa, fitness). Some even see coworking as a means of conveying a more attractive image, by organising client meetings in a less formal environment than the traditional seminar room, for example, and in an environment that may be more in line with their business sector. Users can also select their workplace in accordance with the image they want to project.

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The only drawback of coworking for the hotel is when users start to make themselves a little too much at home – they can tend to take up too much room, to the detriment of traditional hotel guests. The flipside of this success thus entails having to anticipate how potential conflicts of use between various client segments should be managed.

The hotel industry – which blends real estate and services – is legitimately growing in the coworking sector, with some players going even further. AccorHotels and Bouygues Immobilier, for example, have formed a partnership around Nextdoor, originally created by Bouygues. The concept is simple: renting coworking office space by the day or for longer. The idea behind the partnership between these two major players is to speed up the concept’s development, by taking advantage of the savoir-faire of each. Independently of its hotels, Mama Shelter is also developing Mama Works (office rental) in the same spirit as Mama Shelter.

These new services highlight the current dynamism observed in some parts of the hotel industry, an industry that’s reinventing itself by listening to its customers, and that’s breaking away from the traditional model to offer its guests even more. When will the next idea to improve the hotel service offer come along, we wonder?


Plans for Floating Eco-resort and 35 Spa in Yorkshire

Given the Go-ahead

Municipal officials have greenlit plans to build Tyram Lakes – an eco-friendly wellness resort in South Yorkshire, UK. Designed by British firm Baca Architects, the estimated £20m (US$25.4m, €22.3m) retreat, which will be situated on 65 acres of lakes in the Humberside Peatlands, will comprise 325 floating lodges and 104 guestrooms.

Each lodge will have a rooftop garden fitted with solar panels as well as built-in filtration systems that will recycle lakewater. In addition to accommodating a 100-cover restaurant, a gym, and two swimming pools, the soon-to-be-constructed resort will also feature a spa with six treatment rooms.

Guests will also be able to use the on-site lake for wild swimming, an activity which – in recent years – has been praised for its stress reduction effects.

The project, which is being developed by real estate company Rothgen Management, has been in the pipeline since 2016. Initial planning permission for the development was granted in March 2017.