As a newbie visitor to The Sleep Event, I was not quite sure what to expect. The event was exciting to say the least and mind blowing brilliant at best. Obviously I had seen the line-up of expert speakers that were speaking at the event but was still surprised at the selfless way in which they imparted their knowledge and expertise.
At the conference the words on everyone’s lips were Nick Jones winner of the ‘Outstanding Contribution Award’ at the European Design Awards for Soho Hotel Group…delivering a different design experience by creating a comfortable home away from home.
Other highlights for me included the passionate speaker Lee Broom….what a story. I truly believe that interior designers come from all walks of life and his background story from drama to fashion to interiors was incredibly inspiring. A truly gifted and talented designer, I found him delightful.
I was also delighted to see many of my existing suppliers exhibiting at the event. These included Kobe, Romo, Kai, Agua and Vescom. Plus I met many new suppliers whom I’m looking forward to working with in the future.
Another major component of The sleep Event was its Room-set Awards. The theme this year was the ‘Room of Wonder’ and five rooms were designed. The room-sets were very imaginative and it was fantastic to hear the designers present their design ethos to the judges. The designers were led by their own interpretation of the theme of ‘wonder’ and inspirations varied across the room-sets from fairytales and folklore, forests and woodlands to escapism and wellness.
The winner of the Sleep Event Room Set was Shaun Clarkson whom wanted to design a room where people could get lost in a magical environment. We all want to shower in a Golden Egg, Right?
So to end here’s a brief overview of my favourite tips from the conference:- Common areas need to be more memorable. Focusing on the wonder of escapism. Need to give visitors a culturally immersive experience. Thought has to go into the design to ensure its creatively interactive and indigenous with the hotels local surroundings. Employee engagement...facilities for staff should be similar to those of guests. Importance of lighting in hotel design, especially public areas. Need for low, mid and high level lighting to create different atmospheres for different times of day as the rooms function changes. Advances in technology…will we be able to check into our hotel room by just using our iPhone and bypassing reception.
Was I glad I travelled from Ireland to attend The Sleep Event? Definitely. Am I looking forward to getting my teeth into my new hotel projects? Most certainly.
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and I hope you found it informative. Feel free to share with your colleagues whom may have an interest in Interior Design. Thanks, Louise of Aspire Design & Perfect Headboards