Both of Goddard Littlefair’s founders, Martin Goddard and Jo Littlefair, will be attending IHIF (The International Hotel Investment Forum) in Berlin next month. The Forum, now in its 21st year, will take place from March 5th – 7th at the Intercontinental Hotel in Berlin, a hotel whose redesign Goddard Littlefair is currently working on, with the scope of works covering the hotel’s public areas, bar, meeting rooms and many of its bedrooms and suites.
Martin Goddard and Jo Littlefair feature this month in a new ‘Interiors’ publication from the marketing team at Chelsea Barracks, focusing on the design of ‘The Spa at Chelsea Barracks’, which will be part of the first phases of this upcoming, super-luxe and high-profile London development. When asked what drew the company to the project, Martin Goddard answered ‘Chelsea Barracks is just so iconic; its scale is unprecedented’, going on to talk about the excitement of designing for a ‘blank space’, as there are so few finished high-end residential spas of this level of quality and concluding that ‘the intention is that this Spa will offer residents all the advantages of the finest spas in the world, in their own private building’.
This month will see the launch of destination bar and restaurant BABA, the final new space to open within The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square, and forming just part of the hotel’s overall £25m makeover, designed by Goddard Littlefair. The re-branded hotel (formerly The Roxburghe) has opened in stages over the course of the autumn, after being a cherished scheme in our studio for a very long time! The project included a complete revamp of all the Grade II*-listed hotel’s public spaces, from the reception, lounges, ballroom and meeting rooms to the creation of BABA, as well as the stunning new central ‘Garden’ all-day dining area, plus all of the hotel’s 199 rooms and suites.
Goddard Littlefair has won two Gold Awards at this year’s London Design Awards, announced this month. Winners three years in a row in this international awards programme, which takes place in eight cities around the world, Goddard Littlefair’s two awards this year celebrate our work both in the hospitality and residential arenas. The first is for the ‘Interior Design – Hospitality’ category and celebrates a win for our suite and bedroom designs for The Gleneagles Hotel, the prestigious 5* icon and an international luxury destination for nearly a century now. The second is for ‘Interior Design – Residential’ and is for the show apartments we designed for One Park Drive, the new Canary Wharf Group scheme an iconic new 58-storey residential building by international architects Herzog & de Meuron in Canary Wharf’s New District.
We’re delighted to see that our boundary-breaking private healthcare project for One Stop Doctors is getting some great recognition, both in the UK and internationally and from the design and healthcare markets. The project is currently shortlisted for an FX International Interior Design Award in the UK and a Modern Decoration International Media Award in China and was also recognised by the healthcare industry this month by being Highly Commended at the Building Better Healthcare Awards. The £15m+ health and wellness clinic looks to set new standards of excellence in the private healthcare sector, offering patients on-demand medical expertise, along with outpatient diagnostics, physiotherapy, dentistry and aesthetics – all within a single ‘one stop’ clinic.
Co-founder and Director Martin Goddard joined a panel of fellow hospitality design experts to speak at this year’s Independent Hotel Show. The Design Forum 2017 seminar was chaired by the editor of SPACE and HotelSpec Can Faik with other panellists including Dexter Moren’s Zoe Tallon and Constantina Tsoutsikou of HBA London.
Subjects ranged from wellness, authenticity and technology to the practicalities of designing a guestroom or a hotel lobby, along with a fascinating analysis of design innovations to come in the years ahead.
We are delighted to announce that The Gleneagles Hotel has been shortlisted twice over at the new AHEAD Europe awards (formally The European Hotel Design Awards), run by leading hospitality magazine Sleeper.
The first nomination is for the Suites category, featuring the Estate Suite, whilst the second is for Lobby & Public spaces for our striking corridor and lift lobby designs. The overall design for the guestrooms and interlinking corridors and lift lobbies was inspired by our initial visit to the hotel; taking in its scale, presence and grandeur, as well as its incredible location, with rolling hills and an amazing palette of natural colours in every direction
Its that time of year again! Martin Goddard and Jo Littlefair will be making their way up to Manchester this week for two days of networking, debates and presentations about the future of the hotel industry at the Annual Hotel Conference 2017.
If you’re attending and would like to say hello to Martin and Jo or to set up a meeting, please drop our Marketing Executive Lauren Franklin a line – firstname.lastname@example.org
Goddard Littlefair Director and Co-Founder Jo Littlefair is joining an esteemed panel of peers to talk about the topical issue of wellness, particularly in response to our hectic and technologically charged 24/7 culture, at Focus 17 at the Chelsea Harbour Design Centre.
Alongside 1508’s Louise Wicksteed and Kate Maclaren of Winch Design and chaired by interiors editor and brand consultant Emilio Pimentel-Reid, Jo will bring her expertise in the hospitality, spa and residential sectors to bear as the panel discusses wellbeing’s impact on and integration within design.
The critical eye of our Directors has been called upon in recent months, with three of our Directors being asked to serve as judges for leading British design awards. Director and Co-founder Martin Goddard is a judge for the products section of the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2017, whilst Director and Co-founder Jo Littlefair is to judge the 2018 Surface Design Awards and Creative Director Richard McCready-Hughes will judge 2018’s Vision Style Awards for the independent hospitality sector. Goddard Littlefair Associate Michelle Holland has meanwhile, had her own personal award given, having been included in the Designer category of the Hotel Designs Brit List of ‘the most influential and inspirational hoteliers and interior designers’. Congratulations Michelle!
It’s always fun to see how experts from other fields work and we recently had the great pleasure of working with portrait photographer Pal Hansen, whose usual job sees him photographing some of the most famous faces around for the UK’s national paper weekend supplements. Here’s a taster of the portraits he took for us.
More on Pal and his celebrity subjects here – http://palhansen.com/
Jo Littlefair was interviewed by fine fabrics purveyors Chase Erwin for their blog recently. Read what Jo has to say about trends, inspiration and her own signature style here –
Our phased work at the iconic Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland has been featured in the FT’s ‘How to Spend it’ supplement in the ‘Travelista’ column, where journalist Maria Shollenbarger ‘fast-tracks international intelligence on where to be and what to see.’ One of Maria’s choices for June was Gleneagles, where she notes that a ‘venerable landmark is back’, after its multi-faceted refurbishment, saying that its new face was delivered by ‘a host of best-of-British designers’.
The marketing suite has now opened for the prestigious Lansdowne Place development in Dublin’s Ballsbridge area for client Chartered Land. Goddard Littlefair are the interior designers of the suite and the full 215-apartment development, which is comprised of one-bed, two-bed and three-bed apartments and penthouses. The 14m-high, three-storey marketing suite is now open for phased selling of the development, with the first apartments ready in 2018. The interior concept references nearby Georgian and Victorian properties in terms of proportions and finishes and is rich and contemporary in feel, with granite balconies, solid walnut units, marble or natural stone bathrooms and the most exclusive kitchens ever offered in the Irish residential apartment sector.
The Goddard Littlefair team is now busy at Gleneagles implementing the second phase of the project to refurbish this iconic 5* hotel, set within Scotland’s Ochil Hills, for its new owner Ennismore. Our work on the bedrooms, suites and linking corridors in phase one of the project has now been covered in an extensive feature on the hotel in the May-June issue of leading hospitality publication SLEEPER. ‘We wanted the rooms to reflect a sense of emotional uplift via a warm, welcoming and reviving feel, with true five-star luxury communicated via highly individual room treatments, with different room design concepts and one-off touches’ Jo Littlefair commented in the piece.
One Park Drive, one of London’s most exciting and eagerly-awaited luxury residential developments, launches to the public on May 4th. A striking and soon-to-be iconic 58-storey circular building by Tate Modern architects Herzog & de Meuron, One Park Drive is the first UK residential project by the practice and will be comprised of three apartment typologies – Bay, Cluster and Loft – with all the designs for the Bay and Cluster sections created by Goddard Littlefair. Inspired by the striking use of frames and ribbed textures in the building façade, the interior designs will be crisp and geometric, with an accent on clean lines. The refined and understated colour palettes will be given added drama through shape, texture and finely-judged bolts of vivid colour.
We had a highly productive visit to Berlin in March for the International Hotel Investment Forum, which saw the first reveal of the guestroom scheme and public area designs for the full renovation of The InterContinental Berlin.
Next month will see our directors, Martin Goddard and Jo Littlefair, take on Barcelona at the Sleepover conference from 23rd-25th April. If you’re attending and would like to say hello or set up a meeting, please drop our Marketing Executive Lauren Franklin a line – email@example.com
Last week, our team went back to the classroom to talk about the principles of restaurant design at the Inchbald School of Design. The lecture, by FF&E Associate Michelle Holland and Senior Designer Stuart Wilson, focused on aligning client briefs with operational requirements and eye-catching design to create a guest experience worth coming back for.
Using our award-winning project The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen as a case study, Michelle and Stuart discussed how the fabric of a building can be both inspirational and prescriptive and the ways in which design can be used to develop and compliment a space.
Belvedere Gardens, part of the landmark Southbank Place development, secured us our first ever Conde Nast feature in this month’s Vogue.
As part of the property feature ‘Claire Pilton picks six of the best’, coverage included the new development by Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar and mentioned our work on the design of the Belvedere Gardens building, as well as the development’s marketing suite at County Hall. The feature also ran in other Conde Nast titles, including GQ and Tatler.
Alongside the reveal of the guestroom design, exclusive CGIs of the scheme for the hotel lobby and public spaces will be on display at the InterContinental Berlin, during The 20th International Hotel Investment Forum next week.
The design scheme for the public areas, F&B spaces and guestrooms takes reference from the architectural style of the hotel’s surroundings, paying particular attention to the mid-century concrete building envelope. The colour scheme for the public areas takes inspiration from surrounding natural environment, particularly the autumnal Tiergarten situated next to the hotel.
With the whole industry’s eyes on the host hotel for The 20th International Hotel Investment Forum next week, we are delighted to be working with IHG and involved in the full renovation of The InterContinental Berlin.
Our mock up guestroom, which is due to roll out through the south and south-east wings of of this prestigious flagship hotel, will be revealed at the International Hotel Investment Forum on 6th-8th March 2017.
The general design scheme for the hotel takes reference from the building’s architectural fabric and surrounding architectural environment. For the guest rooms, the look will be luxury, but with a domestic vernacular and a colour treatment that is mainly monochromatic with a touch of gold.
Goddard Littlefair is currently working on a prestigious new residential development in Dublin and the company’s involvement was announced this month in a major feature in The Irish Times, on the front page of the ‘Home & Design’ section, which announced ‘A new scheme in Ballsbridge styled by renowned international interiors firm Goddard Littlefair promises luxury not seen since the boom’. The new scheme, by developers Chartered Land, is called Lansdowne Place and, when complete, ‘will house 215 apartments in a pavilion-style development with swish London interiors firm Goddard Littlefair promising a high-end, hotel finish.’
Jo Littlefair has hosted a special Christmas event at Southbank Place Marketing Suite, talking about Goddard Littlefair’s designs for Belvedere Gardens, the most opulent part of the new landmark scheme on London’s South Bank, which is being developed by Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar. The event also had a seasonal aspect, with Jo giving journalists a masterclass on how to dress an exquisite Christmas table. Explaining how ‘a beautifully-laid table reflects the best the season can bring’, Jo’s stylish advice was subsequently taken up in December by both The Times and The Express.
With a clutch of medals that makes us feel more London 2012 than London 2016, we’re thrilled to announce the awarding of two golds and a silver for Goddard Littlefair projects at the London Design Awards 2016. First of all, our refurbishment of Principal York, the former Royal York Hotel, took gold in the ‘Interior Design – Hospitality’ category (adding to its ‘Hotel of the Year’ win at the Visit York Tourism Awards), with our restaurant and bar, The Printing Press, at the Principal Edinburgh hotel, taking silver in the same category. The Printing Press was also a winner earlier this year at the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards. Finally, in the ‘Interior Design – Residential’ category of the awards, whilst our stunning show flat for developer CIT at South Bank Tower took the gold award too.
We were delighted to see one of our projects on the front page of The Caterer this month: The Garden Lounge at Principal York, part of the newly-rebranded Principal Hotels portfolio. Another piece of high-profile media coverage came from The Times, where Martin Goddard was quoted on the expectations of high-end residential clients, saying ‘In the past, you might have had large car parks, storage or possibly some retail on a lower floor, but buyers who stay in five-star resorts are used to having a quick blow-dry or manicure on site.’
Martin Goddard will discuss the future of hotel architecture and design this month as an invited panellist at the 9th International Hotel Investment & Design Club Forum in Vienna on 16th November. Leading hotel brands, operators, analysts, architects and designers from all over Europe will be convening for the event, with Martin taking part in the first of the day’s three panels, which will consider future-proofing hotels, changing definitions of luxury, F&B within hotels and sustainability.
The end of October saw two major property awards events taking place: the European and UK finals of the International Property Awards. Goddard Littlefair came away from the first event Highly Commended from their work on the Hilton Hotel, Budapest (a project which is already a double award winner). The second night, where the focus was on the UK only, was even better, with our designs for The Principal Edinburgh for Principal Hotels winning the ‘Best Hotel Interior, Scotland’ award. We refurbished the whole of this delightful period hotel, from the reception and lobby spaces to the rooms and the ‘Printing Press Bar & Kitchen’ F&B offer, also a winner earlier in the month at the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards.
This month sees the official opening of a £15m+ boundary-changing health and wellness clinic for innovative healthcare practitioners One Stop Doctors, setting a new standard of excellence in the private healthcare sector and offering patients on-demand medical expertise, along with outpatient diagnostics, physiotherapy, dentistry and aesthetics – all located within a single ‘one stop’ clinic. The design embodies instant premium touchpoints and seeks to create a highly-differentiated leader brand in the sector. ‘We are absolutely delighted with the finished product’, One Stop Doctors CEO Ella Tracey commented. ‘Staff, visitors and patients alike are so impressed with the elegance of the design and the attention to detail, but also appreciate the feeling of warmth and comfort that it creates.’
All designers love to see their work in ELLE Decoration and we are certainly no exception! The new November issue features the magazine’s pick of the best restaurants and bars from the 2016 Restaurant and Bar Design Awards, chosen even before they – and we – knew we were winners. Our interior for The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen was the lead image in the feature – ‘In a majestic George Street townhouse, this grand bistro brings a touch of old world dining to the Scottish capital thanks to its polished herringbone flooring, Art Deco-style chandeliers and decorative plasterwork. The restoration was overseen by design firm Goddard Littlefair, which explains the attention to detail and luxe finishes – it has also just revamped much of Scotland’s grande dame Gleneagles Hotel.’
We couldn’t be more delighted to announce that Goddard Littlefair has struck gold at the 2016 Restaurant and Bar Design Awards. The Printing Press Bar and Kitchen, at The Principal Edinburgh George Street, triumphed against sterling competition to win the ‘Restaurant or Bar in a Hotel’ category. This is a significant industry award for a bar and restaurant, acknowledging the growing strength of our offer in this area.
This month sees the launch of Belvedere Gardens, the third building from the Southbank Place development by Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar. The 97-apartment building offers the most premium spaces to date from the scheme, with all interior design by Goddard Littlefair. The luxury apartments on London’s south bank have unique views across London, with dual aspects taking in many major landmarks, from the Houses of Parliament and Whitehall to the London Eye. The sophisticated interiors scheme features a rich mixture of materials and textures to complement and harmonise with the architectural concept and makes the most of the open aspect, natural light and stunning views.
Independent real estate firm CIT has launched South Bank Tower, its prestigious new London residential development, via a series of show apartments created by leading international design studios. These include Goddard Littlefair, who designed a stunning three-bed, 220 sq m duplex ‘Black Edition’ show apartment in the development, spread over a west-facing corner location on the 36th and 37th floors with spectacular views, especially of the evening sunset, which inspired a colour spectrum of rusts and ochres, grey, oyster, soft blues and teals. A hanging sculpture in the double-height living space forms a beautiful, transparent central feature.
News is just in that four Goddard Littlefair projects have been shortlisted for the SBID (Society of British Interior Design) International Design Excellence Awards. We have nominated projects in the Hotels, Restaurants, Residential Design and Show Flats categories, all of which are now open for public vote on this link.
We’re particularly pleased to get this recognition from our peers within the design sector, with other recent awards and shortlistings winning the company recognition from the hospitality industry (European Hotel Design Awards + the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards), the consumer property press (Evening Standard Property Awards + The Sunday Times British Homes Awards) and also from the tourist industry (with our double win at the Visit York Tourism Awards for The Royal York Hotel). It’s great for our projects and team to be on the receiving end of appreciation from so many sources!
We’re delighted to announce that The Principal York has been shortlisted twice over in the EHDAs 2016 (The European Hotel Design Awards, run by leading hospitality magazine Sleeper). The first nomination is for the Renovation & Restoration category, whilst the second is for the Lobby, Lounge & Public Areas. The new design for the hotel, which originally dates from 1878 and is Grade-II-listed, sought to reinstate the hotel’s essential character and breathe new life into the interiors to create spaces that were bright and light, subtle and warm and full of a sense of welcome.
One of the world’s – and certainly the UK’s – most famous hotels, The Gleneagles Hotel, has announced the completion of the first phase of its redevelopment. Goddard Littlefair is delighted to have been involved in this project, redesigning 35 luxury bedrooms and suites and linking corridors. Our inspiration for the room transformations came from seeing the hotel for the very first time; taking in its scale, presence, grandeur and location, with rolling Scottish hills and an amazing palette of natural colours in every direction.
Our design treatment is rich, varied and interesting with a clear narrative direction and strong connections to the location in terms of materials, colours and art. Guests feel connected to the past via the intrigue and interest of the antiques and art, but also encounter the highest standards of contemporary luxury wherever they look and whatever they touch.
The Principal York has been named ‘Hotel of the Year’ at the 2016 Visit York Tourism awards. The night was a double victory for the hotel, which also won the ‘Conference Venue of the Year’ award. The awards, now in their 19th year, aim to celebrate individuals and companies offering exceptional service and experience for York’s visitors. This is a great achievement, following the hotel’s recent multi-million-pound refurbishment – and Goddard Littlefair couldn’t be more proud to have been part of it.
The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen has been shortlisted for this year’s Restaurant and Bar Design awards. The Edinburgh restaurant, located within The Principal Edinburgh, will be up against some great competitors in the ‘Restaurant or Bar in a Hotel’ category at the ceremony in September. Goddard Littlefair are very proud to be a part of these prestigious, independent and much sought-after F&B awards for the first time this year.
We had a highly productive visit to Berlin in March for the International Hotels Forum and are now planning a re-match in November for the Vienna event. Before that, however, we’re concentrating on Sleepover Miami in May. If you’re attending and would like to say hello to Martin and Jo or to set up a meeting, please drop our new Marketing Exec Lauren Franklin a line – firstname.lastname@example.org
One of our very own designers is this year’s winner of Inchbald School of Design’s coveted collaboration with Veedon Fleece. Daniel Mateus’s rug design ‘Finger Print’ joins their latest contemporary collection
Goddard Littlefair will be attending this year’s International Hotel Investment Forum in Berlin from March 7th-9th. Both Martin Goddard and Jo Littlefair will be present at the event, hosted by the Intercontinental Hotel in Berlin, which is coincidentally a current project for our design studio. Whilst in Berlin, Goddard Littlefair also hopes to be able to showcase some of its first new design concepts for the scheme.
Goddard Littlefair has designed the brand new Printing Press Bar & Kitchen at The Principal Edinburgh as well as a new coffee shop, Burr & Co, working alongside hospitality consultant Des McDonald for client Principal Hotels – and both are now open to the public. The full scope of works at the hotel includes the ongoing refurbishment of hotel public areas, a complete refurbishment of all guest bedrooms and the creation of new bedroom suites, due for completion in early 2016.
Goddard Littlefair were winners three times over at the London Design Awards in December, capping off a great year of awards and media plaudits. The company won the Silver Award in the Corporate Interiors category for the Marketing Suite at Southbank Place; a second Silver Award in the Residential Interiors category for Private Apartment, Belgravia – and then topped the night off by taking Gold in the Hospitality Interiors category for Hilton Budapest. The result is a great credit to our clients, consultant and supplier partners and to our internal team.
Goddard Littlefair will be attending Sleep 2015 at The Business Design Centre in London from November 24th- 25th, with their work on show in the form of a stand, specially created for British luxury kitchen and bathroom brassware manufacturer Perrin & Rowe in the form of a luxury hotel bathroom. Perrin & Rowe will be showcasing their latest bathroom collection, ‘Deco’, at the event, which references original designs created by Martin Goddard, encapsulating bold geometries, fine detailing and precision engineering.
A second major win for a Goddard Littlefair-designed residential project this year came from the Sunday Times British Homes Awards 2015 for The Byfield, designed for client St James Group, which won the ‘Best House Design (up to 50 homes)’ category. This follows the ‘Best Luxury Home Award for Large Developers’ award in May for our work on Ebury Square for Berkeley Homes at the 2015 London Evening Standard Awards.
The new trade edition of the Interior Design Yearbook 2016 has launched – with a consumer version to come next year – and one of its authors is Jo Littlefair, who was asked to contribute an essay on ‘Colour Trends in Fabrics, Furnishings & Surface Materials’ in the residential market, looking at the different speed and nature of trends in various markets, including multi-unit developer schemes, private residential and the commercial hospitality market.
Landmark London development Southbank Place has now been officially launched by Braeburn Estates, a joint venture between Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar. Goddard Littlefair won the commission to design public spaces, luxury residential interiors and spas for the development – and have now also completed the Marketing Suite to open the doors on the project, which encompasses the former offices of GLC Leader Ken Livingstone in the Grade II*-listed County Hall building.
Jo Littlefair London, the luxury furniture & accessories brand created by founding partner Jo Littlefair had its hard launch this month at Decorex, opening up the books both to the interior design trade and private clients. A new website highlights the full launch range at www.jolittlefairlondon.com
Martin Goddard was invited to take part in this year’s BITAC event, which took place at the Waldorf Astoria, New York, as one of the buyer guests, alongside leading hotel brands. Martin also took part in a panel event centred on the needs of the modern traveller. Read quotes from the event, including from Martin, here – http://www.hotelinteractive.com/article.aspx?articleid=37286
Martin Goddard has been invited to be a judge at this year’s World Interior News Awards for the ‘Interior Design Practice of the Year’ category. They say: ‘We handpick each and every one of our distinguished judges from the world’s most renowned design and architecture firms’.
Jo Littlefair was invited by FX Editor Theresa Dowling to take part in an FX Design Seminar on colour for this month’s issue, saying ‘There are so many tools that can be used in residential projects – from the cushions to the textures to the rugs – and yet it staggers me how relatively few there can be in a lot of commercial settings’.
Ebury Square, the luxury residential development by Berkeley Homes Central London, featuring interior design and layouts by Goddard Littlefair, has won the ‘Best Luxury Home Award for Large Developers’ at the London Evening Standard New Homes Awards. Located in the heart of Belgravia, one of London’s most prestigious areas, Ebury Square offers a series of truly bespoke and distinctive one-to-four-bed private residences.
Goddard Littlefair Director Jo Littlefair successfully launched her own dedicated furniture and accessories label – Jo Littlefair London – this month at Clerkenwell Design Week. Jo Littlefair London aims to create and curate the very best in contemporary classic furniture and accessories for the luxury sector, retailing directly to private clients, as well as to interior designers and decorators, with a range that embodies timeless elegance, features exquisite detailing and speaks the rich and sumptuous language of layered luxury.
Martin Goddard was asked by The Telegraph’s Luxury section to talk about ways to make the increasing trend for lateral living in London work well for the end-user. “Entrance areas and hallways should be celebrated, not hidden,” says the scheme’s interior designer Martin Goddard from Goddard Littlefair. “In a traditional house, the hallway and staircase are often the most striking feature and so in lateral apartments the same sense of arrival has to ring true.”