The Year for 2019
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 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.
by Zaha Hadid Architects
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
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.
Brave New World takes place during Milan design week from 17 to 22 April 2018. The chairs will be exhibited at
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 Dayuse.com
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.
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
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.
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.