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PREVIEW: What not to miss at Sleep & Eat 2019

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Sleep & Eat returns to London Olympia on 19th – 20th November with an ambitious programme set to scale new heights and live up to the show’s reputation as Europe’s leading hospitality design and innovation event.

With the theme for 2019 of “Social FlexAbility”, the show will be exploring what design can contribute to human interaction in our age of digital disconnection and how hotels, restaurants and bars can be in the vanguard of social connection. Six Sleep & Eat Sets will brave this question, presenting built concepts for hospitality spaces that offer flexible environments where users can activate the social experience of their choice.

In addition, the Sleep & Eat Conference will include sessions that debate the issue and discuss the latest innovations in co-experience spaces. As in previous years, the event will also feature an international exhibition.

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Engage with international visionaries at the Conference

Moderated by Heleri Rande, the Conference will feature hospitality game-changers from around the globe. Amar Lalvani, who as CEO of Standard International, has built the company into one of the most innovative hospitality enterprises in the world, will be flying in from New York to deliver the opening keynote. With his latest hotel opening just completed in London, and with plans to quadruple the company’s footprint to 20 properties in the coming years, he will tackle the challenging issue of how to continue running the group as a platform for creativity. If the strength of the brand currently is a clientele that sees value in a specific lifestyle, will that be enough to fuel aggressive growth?

Josh Wyatt, the driving-force behind NeueHouse, the U.S. based provider of collaborative workspace, and previously the visionary behind Generator Hostels, will share his opinions on how creativity and design can act as financial drivers for investors, and will take a look at how NeueHouse is using these to create a unique and non-replicable company.

The design of co-experience environments will also be under the spotlight. Harry Harris of SUSD, the

developer behind the Curtain Hotel and Members Club and Devonshire Club, will chair a conversation between leaders in hospitality design, which will look at some of the latest design solutions.

Conference panels will include much respected hotel operators tackling this year’s theme of “Social FlexAbility”, while foremost influencers will share their insights on creating eco hotels, sustainability and the importance of community. ‘Social FlexAbility’ will also be tackled from a management viewpoint in a debate between Eylem Ozgun of citizenM, Dale MacPhee of Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh and Grant Powell of Central Working, moderated by Robin Sheppard, Chairman of Bespoke Hotels.

Other sessions will include an F&B panel in which Lydia Forte, Group Director of F&B at Rocco Forte Hotels will be joined by a stellar group of her peers, namely: Gustaf Pilebjer of Marriott, Karina Elias from The Langham and, from Hong Kong, Anurag Bali of Shangri-La International.

The ingredients for this particular discussion will include the hot new concepts that travellers are craving and the thorny question – have hotels finally caught up with independent restaurants and bars in offering the same amount of social excitement and social media worthy content?

The Conference will also feature its perennially popular Development Roundtables that give visitors the chance to talk face-to-face with developers, operators and industry consultants.

Delve into boundary-pushing concepts

One of the event’s favourites are the concept room Sets, designed afresh each year.

Six international design and architecture firms are now fine-tuning their vision for concept room installations, aiming to deliver thought-provoking, inspiring and experiential Sets in response to the theme.

They are: HAT Design, Maria Tibblin & Co, Miaja Design Group and twenty2degrees, who are each designing a guestroom, and SpaceInvader and NAME Architecture who are designing a bar and a restaurant respectively.

Other pop-up spaces – all specially designed for Sleep & Eat – will include The Hub, a space for co-working, networking, and relaxing away from the busy exhibition floor, created by the London arm of Wilson Associates; the VIP Lounge, designed by Moscow-based MEGRE INTERIORS that will transform the oak panelled Olympia Club Room into a flora and fauna-inspired space with social gatherings at its heart; and the Sleeper Bar, which will host the late evening networking on day one and is being designed by Michaelis Boyd.

See the innovative and inspired at the design-led Exhibition

Reflecting the growing convergence between hotel, restaurant and bar design, the exhibitor line-up includes many companies which supply all three sectors, as well as cruise ships and spas.

This November’s show will see the Sleep & Eat debut of Tarkett, the worldwide supplier of innovative and sustainable floor coverings; Catalano, the Italian manufacturer of ceramic collections combining cutting edge technology with traditional craftmanship; UK brands Prestigious Textiles and The Fine Cotton Company. As always, newcomers such as these, will be joined by an array of Sleep & Eat veterans.

Don’t miss…

Amar Lalvani, CEO of Standard International, delivering the opening keynote at the Sleep conference. With his latest hotel opening just completed in London, and with plans to quadruple the company’s footprint to 20 properties in the coming years, he will tackle the challenging issue of how to continue running the group as a platform for creativity.

Josh Wyatt, the driving-force behind NeueHouse, the U.S. based provider of collaborative workspace, and previously the visionary behind Generator Hostels, will share his opinions on how creativity and design can act as financial drivers for investors.

Harry Harris of SUSD, the developer behind the Curtain Hotel and Members Club and Devonshire Club, will chair a conversation between leaders in hospitality design.

An F&B panel in which Lydia Forte, group director of F&B at Rocco Forte Hotels will lead, discussing the hot new concepts that travellers are craving and asks – have hotels finally caught up with independent restaurants and bars in offering the same amount of social excitement and social media worthy content?

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