Goddard Littlefair has received its first ever Mixology Award, picking up a trophy for ‘Hotel Interior Project of the Year’ for the refurbishment of the Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik Hotel. Winners were announced this month at the Mixology ‘19 Awards event, held at Old Billingsgate, London, with directors Martin Goddard and Jo Littlefair picking up the prestigious accolade.
The Imperial Bar, a dynamic, all-day bar and lounge within the Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik has been shortlisted for two categories – Hotel Bar and Lighting Design in the 2019 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards. Now in its eleventh year, the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards is a globally recognised competition dedicated to the design of F&B spaces and we look forward to the winners being announced later this year.
New destination bar Juliet Rose, designed by Goddard Littlefair, is now open at Hilton Hotel Munich City. The bar’s name is taken from one of the most elite roses in the world, developed by renowned rose breeder David Austin. As well as lending the concept connotations of craftsmanship, the ‘Rose’ reference is a nod to Rosenheimer Strasse the street onto which the bar’s dedicated entrance faces and Rosenheimer Platz metro station on top of which the hotel stands.
The scheme was inspired by the F&B concept of unusual botanical extracts and the importance of process in the creation of its singular drinks, which includes a range of signature cocktails and what is said to be the best coffee in Munich. The result is an exciting and theatrical zoned space with an alchemical, laboratory feel; a perfect back-drop for outstanding drinks to be made and delivered.
In this month’s Interior Designer magazine, Co-founder and Director Martin Goddard was invited to share his definition of what hospitality means to him.
“The house we live in is a former coaching inn and would once have welcomed weary travellers with a smile, a bed, stable for the horse, a roaring fire and a flagon of mead. The essence of hospitality is unchanging. It’s about feeling comfortable and special, about interacting with people and break down barriers, with your host coming out from behind the counter to welcome you. If we can create memorable backdrops for the best doormen and maitre d’s to greet their customers warmly, I’m happy.”
In the latest edition of DARC magazine, Co-founder and Director Jo Littlefair explores the ‘Emotional Power of Light’, from the subliminal effect of fire to the magic of a beautifully-crafted reading lamp, and the importance it plays in creating interior spaces.
‘I immediately recognised the power of light as an essential layer for creating a successful space – adding an accent, highlight or stroke of iridescence that are little short gifts for an interior designer. Light allows us to make certain elements prominent and knock some things back. It can be functional, but also purely decorative.’
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Hotel Designs’ brand new ‘30 Under 30’ initiative was launched this year, with the aim of recognising and celebrating the rising stars within the industry. Lauren McEwen, FF&E Designer at Goddard Littlefair, was delighted to be included in the winners list, which was announced at the Hotel Designs’ London Meet Up event, attended by designers, architects, hoteliers and key-industry suppliers.
Lauren joined Goddard Littlefair in 2018 and has since been involved in some of the company’s major hospitality projects, including the new redesign of the Hilton Vienna Hotel. A committed advocate of craft, Lauren regularly keeps up to date with the latest techniques, visiting workshops and factories to reinforce her understanding of how things are made.
The Lowry Hotel in Manchester has unveiled the brand-new design of its 5-star, luxury Presidential Suite, the largest in Greater Manchester. Goddard Littlefair were thrilled to be involved in this prestigious project, using a place-making, story-telling approach to connect the look and feel of the suite to the city and to Lowry himself.
Drawing inspiration from Manchester’s rich industrial history, the suite makes reference to the city’s industrial forms, geometry and heritage, including the shape of Trinity Bridge, located directly outside the hotel. Accompanied by a colour palette inspired by Lowry’s five colours, including Yellow Ochre and Prussian Blue, the new design has a luxurious residential feel, with light and bright tonal colours used for the walls, curtains and carpets, offset by darker joinery, with painterly or geometric-patterned fabrics. The completion of the hotel’s presidential suite will be followed by a revamp of the hotel’s lobby and reception, as well as a new look restaurant and bar later this year, also designed by Goddard Littlefair.
The luxury Millennium Hotel, located on London’s Grosvenor Square, will reopen this spring as The Biltmore, Mayfair, after a multi-million-pound renovation by Goddard Littlefair including a revamp of the hotel’s 257 rooms and 51 suites, leisure facilities, 500sqm ballroom and meeting rooms, as well as brand new F&B concepts including a tea lounge, outdoor terrace and cocktail bar.
Goddard Littlefair look forward to the completion of the hotel, which will be managed and operated under the Hilton LXR brand, our first super-luxury brand with Hilton, as well LXR’s first European offering.
Our residential project at One Park Drive was featured in The Times’ property supplement Bricks & Mortar this week, highlighting the scheme’s ‘clever lighting’ in the Bay and Cluster apartments, both designed by Goddard Littlefair and housed within the iconic new forthcoming Herzog de Meuron tower in Canary Wharf.
Goddard Littlefair Co-founder and Director Jo Littlefair was asked to share her expertise on how to use lighting to create ambience and warmth within the home. “Spotlighting ceilings to death is definitely considered a faux pas when there are so many more intelligent ways to use lighting,”Jo comments, referring to the use of hidden-track lighting in the apartments at One Park Drive, an example of a more subtle form of architectural lighting using directional lights to highlight key elements within the room. Click here for the full article.
Earlier this month, Goddard Littlefair Associate, David Lee Hood, was invited by Focus SB to share his insights on the future of hotel design. The discussion, which is featured on the Focus SB blog, covers the changing nature of luxury hotel design; from the impact of technology to the increasing rise in travel for health.
On Goddard Littlefair’s approach to successful hotel design: ‘We try to avoid following trends too much and always stick with our beliefs that the best design comes from a good balance of client requirements being fulfilled, contextual relativity and end-user and market needs.’ Click here to read the full Q&A.
Goddard Littlefair are thrilled to have been honoured with NEWH’s Top ID award for 2019, recognising design excellence within the hospitality industry in the UK and US (where we received two major hospitality awards in 2018). The award also follows a win for the practice at the London Design Awards 2018 for Best Large Studio, as well as being named London’s Leading Luxury Interior Design Studio in 2018 by Lux magazine.
Determined by each NEWH chapter, Goddard Littlefair were one of three leading design firms in the UK to be selected for this accolade and we look forward to celebrating at the NEWH Top ID event in February.
Goddard Littlefair were invited to take part in a Q&A for FX Magazine’s special hotel focus issue this month. The two-page spread saw Co-Founders and Directors Martin Goddard and Jo Littlefair discuss some of the challenges within the hotel sector and the key to successful hotel design.
‘The major challenge for operators is how to attract repeat custom and engender long-term loyalty. For designers, that means working out how to make a guest fall in love with an individual hotel’s singular environment and experience, from the beginning to the end of their stay’. Click here to read the full Q&A.
The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square received a 5* award for Best Hotel Interior in Scotland at the UK regional level of the International Property Awards this month. Goddard Littlefair were responsible for the complete redesign of the hotel’s public areas, function rooms, all guestrooms and suites, as well as the creation of two new F&B spaces – The Garden and BABA, working with a team that also included architects 3DReid. The project also triumphed at the London Design Awards, winning a Silver award for Hospitality Interior.
Goddard Littlefair are delighted to announce two new award wins for The Garden, at The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square, making a trio for the project in total and adding to the win for Best Biophilic Design at the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards last month. The project received a Gold award for Hospitality Interior at the London Design Awards 2018 (for the second year in a row), and also won best Restaurant Design at the SBID Awards.
Goddard Littlefair has completed the restoration of Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik, re-injecting golden age glamour into one of Europe’s most beautiful hotels to appeal to today’s cosmopolitan, sophisticated traveller. Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik, situated just above Dubrovnik old town, was originally built in the 1890s and went on to serve the great Mediterranean cruise liners docking in the city in the early 20th century. The brief was to unlock the true potential of the four-storey hotel’s spectacular location, architecture, reputation and history.
Goddard Littlefair was commissioned for a phased set of redesign works, with the first two now completed and including the reception and lobby, The Lobby Lounge, The Imperial Bar, The Executive Lounge, all connecting and guest-room corridors and all of the hotel’s 149 standard and executive rooms and 9 suites. A refurbishment of the hotel’s existing restaurant, Porat, on the lower-ground floor, will follow in late 2019.
Both of Goddard Littlefair’s founders, Martin Goddard and Jo Littlefair, will be attending the AHC (Annual Hotel Conference) in Manchester this month. Now in its 15th year, the conference will take place from October 10th – 11th at the Hilton Hotel in Manchester, with over 900 delegates in attendance. We look forward to this year’s programme of speakers, presentations and workshops, and the opportunity to share valuable industry insight at UK’s Leading Hotel event. Please email us if you would like to arrange a meeting.
‘Design to Shape Light’, a photographic exhibition curated by Paul Nulty and organised by Louis Poulsen opens at Carl Hansen and Son’s London showroom this week and explores the relationship between photography, design and architecture. A selection of twenty photographs have been selected from some of Europe’s most inventive architects, designers and creatives, including photography from Steve Wilson, Senior Designer at Goddard Littlefair. ‘Late Summer Sun’ was shot on a Nikon D3 digital SLR camera, and shows the shadow outline of windows on a pebble mosaic pathway at Kallithea Springs on the Greek island of Rhodes.
All images are also up for auction, with proceeds going to Maggie’s Centre at St. Bartholomew’s hospital, London.
We are delighted to announce that The Garden, at The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square received an award at the 10th Anniversary of the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards ceremony last week. The winning design triumphed in the Biophilic Design category, with the concept inspired by the great orangeries and hothouses of historic country estates.
Now in its tenth year, the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards is a globally recognised competition dedicated to the design of food and beverage spaces. Goddard Littlefair are thrilled to have been recognised for the second timeat this prestigious event, which is judged by a panel of some of the most influential personalities in design, hospitality and lifestyle.
The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square has been shortlisted for two new awards in the Hotel Bedroom & Suites Design and the Restaurant Design categories of the SBID International Excellence Design Awards 2018. The SBID Awards are regarded as one of the most prestigious accolades in the interior design industry, representing talent and design excellence across all corners of the industry. Selected by the technical panel of judges in the first stage of the process, the public are also invited to cast their votes for their favourite entries at www.sbidawards.com, as their votes will contribute towards the overall results. Goddard Littlefair are thrilled to be named finalists and look forward to the winners being announced at the official awards ceremony in October.
This month, Hotel Designs has been investigating how to design the instagrammable hotel. Exploring how art and accessories in hotels can be used to create an authentic sense of place, Richard McCready-Hughes, Creative Director at Goddard Littlefair, tells Hotel Designs how this was achieved at the Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square hotel.
‘Interpreting our client’s brief correctly and effectively is paramount and we conduct in-depth research into market and lifestyle trends to pinpoint exactly what a target market demands,’ Richard explains. ‘Working on the Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square, we were briefed to focus on a traveller tribe that wanted all the reassurance of luxury service, but was also looking for a sense of authenticity, belonging and assimilation with the city they were visiting. We wanted the hotel to speak immediately to these guests and evoke the sense that they were instinctively ‘understood’ and being welcomed into the home of a much loved, slightly eccentric, family member. Carefully-selected artwork and vintage pieces provide a sense of place, familiarity and nostalgia, but the overall effect is one of warmth and modernity.’
Goddard Littlefair Director and Co-Founder, Jo Littlefair, was invited by Novus Homes to share her predictions for what’s in and what’s out for the upcoming year.
Discussing key interior design trends for 2019, Jo commented: ‘A huge trend, already underway, but which is long-term and not a passing fad is biophilia, the hypothesis that humans have an innate propensity to connect with the natural world. This increasingly needs to be recognised in interior spaces too, not only by bringing the outside in through open doors, windows or cut flowers, for example, but via more subtle connections, from tactile, natural materials to art curation choices. In terms of materials, metallic ceramics are starting to come up a lot on our radar, whilst a colour prediction would be subtle citrics, from burnt orange to dusky lemon.’
Goddard Littlefair are delighted to have been placed twice this month in awards for the recently refurbished Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square hotel. The hotel was Highly Commended in the Mixology 18 ‘Hospitality Interiors, Project of the Year’ award and was Runner-Up at the Darc Decorative Awards, recognising the ‘Best Use of Lighting Design in a Hotel Project.’
The Garden, a brand-new F&B space within the hotel, has also been shortlisted for this year’s Restaurant & Bar Design Awards in the Biophilic Design category. The new all-day dining destination, filled with plants, hanging baskets and vines, is a biophilic delight and provides a calm oasis right in the heart of the hotel. Goddard Littlefair are delighted to be part of these prestigious awards and look forward to the winners being announced later this year at their 10th anniversary celebration.
Gleneagles has yet again been recognised for its stand-out interiors at this year’s Hospitality Design Awards in New York. Celebrating hospitality projects worldwide, Gleneagles picked up an award for ‘Best Luxury Hotel’, following the completion of its multi-million-pound refurbishment. Goddard Littlefair are thrilled to have been involved in the project, designing 30 luxury suites and estate rooms for the hotel, as well as linking corridors.
A new review of the hotel, by Hotel Designs editor Hamish Kilburn, drew attention to the corridors and rooms designed by Goddard Littlefair, ‘The long corridors, designed by Goddard Littlefair and lit by Heathfield, are unlike any I have walked through before. It took 20 minutes for me to reach my suite. The fascinating art and original memorabilia, conceived by ARTIQ, hang on delicate gold chains as a further reminder of what the hotel walls have witnessed over the years. Although each piece is different, together they tell a tale of rich Scottish tradition, which is further explored in the rooms.’
Hans’ Bar & Grill, a new neighbourhood restaurant in Chelsea’s Pavilion Road designed by Goddard Littlefair, is now open. The 106-cover venue, conceived of by the team behind Chewton Glen, Lygon Arms, Cliveden and 11 Cadogan Gardens, is made up of a café-bar and extended restaurant, including a wine display area and newly-covered former courtyard space, within the 11 Cadogan Gardens hotel. The restaurant was named in honour of Cadogan family ascendant Sir Hans Sloane, one-time physician to the royal family and President of The Royal Society. This is Goddard Littlefair’s first restaurant project to open in the capital and a great opportunity to show clients a finished F&B project in the same city we work, eat and sleep in – alongside our many completed London residential developments.
Company Founders Martin Goddard and Jo Littlefair were invited by leading hospitality magazine SLEEPER to talk about their fantasy hotel trip for the magazine’s regular lead feature, ‘Check In’, for the May-June edition. Imagining a 7* ultra-discreet hotel on a hill above the Douro River, overlooking the wineries of Vila Nova de Gaia, Martin and Jo went on to name their fantasy chef as Swedish Michelin-starred maestro Niklas Ekstedt, cooking a regionally-inspired menu, and their fantasy dinner table guests as Yves Saint-Laurent, Nina Simone, Zadie Smith, Antony Gormley and Louise Bourgeois. If only!
Goddard Littlefair are thrilled to announce that the Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square has been shortlisted for its first award of the year. Entering the Mixology 18 Awards for the first time, the studio’s project has been shortlisted for the ‘Hospitality Project of the Year’ and we look forward to the winners being announced on the 21st June at the Mixology 18 event in Old Billingsgate, London.
The project involved a complete refurbishment of the hotel’s public spaces, including the creation of new all-day dining area the Garden, 199 guestrooms and suites, as well as the creation of new Levantine-inspired destination bar and restaurant – BABA.
Goddard Littlefair Director and Co-Founder Jo Littlefair will be taking part in the ‘Darc Thoughts: Lighting interiors’ talk at Clerkenwell Design Week, later this month, as an invited panellist. Chaired by darc magazine editor Helen Ankers, the panel of lighting and design experts will come together to discuss the role of decorative lighting within interior design and architecture, as well as why lighting should be one of the first considerations when working on a project. Jo will be sharing her expertise on the importance of decorative lighting within interior design, alongside Paul Nulty, founder of lighting brand Nulty, and Jennifer Pakuls of Haberdashery.
The latest issue of SPACE magazine contains a special feature covering their roundtable lunch hosted in collaboration with lighting manufacturer Dernier & Hamlyn. Goddard Littlefair Co-Founder and Director Martin Goddard was invited to take part alongside some of the UK’s most prominent designers, brought together to share their thoughts about hospitality design, including trends, technology, heritage and the importance of lighting.
When discussing the topic of uniqueness, Martin suggested that people don’t recognise the brand of the hotel anymore, but instead how the location of the hotel is reflected in its design. “This challenges hotel operators to rethink design, which is really exciting,” he says.“Instead of the brand dictating the design, the locale and heritage dictate the design, and the design consequently becomes the brand”.
In this month’s FX magazine, Susana Sousa, an architect at Goddard Littlefair, was invited to share her vision of luxury weekend escape pods ‘that rise above the grime and noise of urban life, once all work and tasks are completed for the week.’
FX Magazine’s ‘If Only…’ feature showcases the creative visions of designers and architects who are asked what they would create if there were no boundaries in design. ‘Guests would be shuttled up the tensile wire moorings in a mini-shunt, activated by personalised smart cards, before arriving at the centre of the hydrogen-powered structure,’ Susana explained. ‘There they would find a two-storey, solar-powered, fully stocked luxury apartment with dimmable, screened shutters for sleeping in and amazing views from the viewing platforms, thanks to the balloons’ mechanised setting, doing one entire rotation every 24 hours’.
As part of the new ‘Legends’ initiative for London Design Week 2018, international tastemakers from the worlds of design, art, fashion and architecture have collaborated on a series of highly original showroom windows and showcases at the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. Goddard Littlefair was invited to partner with leading luxury bathroom and kitchen specialists, Perrin & Rowe, to create a contemporary take on the traditional bubble bath with a show-stopping installation for their new showroom window. To bring to life a vision of a luxurious bath overflowing with bubbles, teal, white and silver discs hang from above, forming ‘bubble clusters’, whilst a white crackle vase by Littlefair London is used to accessorise the presentation.
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 – email@example.com
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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 – email@example.com
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.”