SEMINAR PROGRAMME 2018
Seminar for 2019 will be published closer to the time
The Seminar Programme at HI Design Europe is world class and is included in your delegate package. Hosted and moderated by Guy Dittrich, variety and quality are guaranteed. 4 sessions are delivered over the two business days, providing insight, education, inspiration and a bit of fun. The first session normally sets the scene with the latest regional market info. from a top industry analyst. This may be followed by a keynote interview with a design legend. We also like to put a handpicked panel of hotel design pro’s together to fight their respective corners on a contentious design issue. Finally, something thought provoking or a little left-field is thrown into the mix. Audience participation is always actively encouraged and tends to take things in a whole new direction, the merest whiff of controversy being doggedly pursued by our mischievous host…
Freelance writer, presenter and moderator, Guy Dittrich is an independent commentator on hotels and design. He has been our expert moderator since HI Design began 11 years ago and is now an Event Partner for HI Design MEA
08:30 – 09:20
Europe Market Update: What’s Happening and What’s Driving it?
ROLF SCHMIDT, FOUNDER AND MANAGING OWNER OF TOPHOTELPROJECTS
TOPHOTELPROJECTS connects a global community of suppliers and decision makers around the design, building, furnishing and operation of hotels – that’s your business! They deliver high-quality project information about hotel brands, helping owners, developers, investors and manufacturers to make the best-informed regional business decisions. This information helps Buyers and Suppliers to direct their regional strategies.
TOPHOTELPROJECTS Founder and Managing Owner, Rolf Schmidt will be presenting our opening ’scene-setter’ session. Drawing on the up-to-the-minute hospitality intelligence of THP, Rolf will reveal the factors behind the local and regional trends which feed the decisions of those who drive our industry. Rolf will be well-known to those who rely on the THP data suite and to HI Design regulars.
14:50 – 15:50
Keynote Session – An Appetite for Disruption
ROB WAGEMANS, FOUNDER / CEATIVE DIRECTOR OF CONCRETE
Rob Wagemans is one of the Industry’s true innovators with an appetite for disruption. Founder and Creative Director of Concrete Amsterdam, his infectious passion has driven some of the most pioneering hospitality projects of the last few decades. Foremost amongst these is the truly ground breaking citizenM concept. His close business partner, Hans Meyer put it rather well as he introduced him to collect his Outstanding Contribution gong at the AHEAD Awards Europe last year: “Rob is one of the few people that senses the Zeitgeist perfectly and he understands where the world is heading. Call him when you want to go beyond what’s out there today. Don’t call him if you want to re-decorate your hotel and have the wall painted.”
Rob will share what’s behind the Concrete approach to design in the hospitality sector along with their work in retail, commercial, residential, cultural, wellbeing and brand identity. Our moderator Guy Dittrich will then step in to quiz him and open up the discussion to include questions from the audience.
08.30 – 09.30
Something a little leftfield – session title will be confirmed shortly…
JAMES WALLMAN, AUTHOR, FUTURIST, JOURNALIST, ACTIVIST AND KEYNOTE SPEAKER.
13.05 – 14.05
Panel Discussion: What’s behind that wall? The new world of Refurb’s, Renovations, Re-Use and Restorations
There’s a lot of it about – refurbishment, renovations, re-use and restorations all present their own and very different challenges (and opportunities) compared with new build projects. What of the legacy portfolios of the major hotel brands, how easy or not is re-positioning these vis-à-vis the new competition. What is the real refurbishment cycle? Do you need a designer for a refurb’? Plastic surgery or full gut job – how far back do you go with a renovation? Are conversions the future for Europe’s hotels? Will today’s offices be the hotels of the future? What’s behind that wall? Learn about the surprises a patrimonial property might have and consider, do we need ‘museum’ hotels? We are joined by speakers from two of the world’s largest hotel groups and designers with significant experience to explore this topic with you.
PATRICIA HOLLER, SENIOR INTERIOR DESIGN DIRECTOR, MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL
ALEX KRAVETZ, PRINCIPAL, ALEXKRAVETZDESIGN
PETER JOEHNK, PRINCIPAL, JOI DESIGN
FEDERICO TORESI, SENIOR DIRECTOR, INTERIOR DESIGN – LUXURY BRANDS, EUROPE, ACCORHOTELS