Interviews

Sleep13 Chat with Paul Finch OBE! @Insidefestival

Click here to view the feed from our exclusive Twitter chat with the deputy chair of the Design Council and programme director of the World Architecture Festival, hosted by @Sleepevent on Twitter.

On Friday 15th November at 12:00pm we spoke to Paul about London’s Olympic legacy, its design impact and opportunities offered to the hospitality industry and investors.

Paul Finch is deputy chairman of the UK Design Council, chairman of Design Council CABE (Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment), programme director of the World Architecture Festival and editorial director of the Architectural Review and Architects’ Journal. He went into journalism in 1972, working in various capacities on Building Design (BD) and its sister paper, Estate Times (now Property Week). From 2005 he chaired CABE’s Olympic design review panel, as well as serving on separate panels reviewing the Olympic village and the Westfield shopping centre at Stratford. Paul was made an honorary fellow of RIBA in 1994 and an honorary member of the Royal Society of Architects in Wales in 1996; in 2002 he was made OBE for services to architecture. He has also been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Westminster and is an honorary fellow of University College London. He joins us for this exclusive Twitter chat ahead of his appearance at the Sleep conference on 20 November in a seminar titled ‘Pure Gold – London’s Olympic Legacy’.

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Sleep13 Chat with Maxim Velcovsky! @LasvitDesign

Click here to view the feed from our exclusive Twitter chat with the Art Director of Lasvit, Maxim Velcovsky, hosted by @Sleepevent on Twitter.

On Monday 11th November at 13:00pm we spoke to Maxim about design collaborations, Lasvit’s heritage and the connection between the Czech Republic and Bohemian glass and exhibiting at Sleep 2013!

Czech designer Maxim Velcovsky is well known for his work with glass and porcelain. His work is included in the collections of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Neue Pinakothek in Munich or the Mudac in Lausanne. He won the Czech Designer of the Year award for his work in 2007 and best commission of the year 2008 by Wallpaper magazine. Since 2011 he became art director at Lasvit - a leading designer and manufacturer of custom made contemporary light fittings and award-winning lighting collections exhibiting at Sleep 2013!

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Sleep13 Chat with Michaelangelo L’Acqua! @lacquamusic

Click here to view the feed from our exclusive Twitter chat with CEO and Chief Creative Officer at Soniq and current Global Music Director for W Hotels Worldwide, Michaelangelo L’Acqua, hosted from @Sleepevent on Twitter

On Thursday 7th November at 13:00 we spoke to Michaelango about his ultimate projects, the role of sound in design and communication and his live DJ set at Sleep 2013!

Michaelangelo L’Acqua is an internationally acclaimed music lifestyle curator, whose commitment to creating ground breaking, innovative solutions for his clients, marks a successful career that is highlighted by unprecedented achievements in the realm of music, fashion and luxury brands and we couldn’t be happier to have him present at Sleep 2013.

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Sleep13 Chat with Daniel Englender! @BenjaminWestLDN

Click here to view the feed from our exclusive Twitter chat with Managing Director of Benjamin West International, Daniel Englender

On Thursday 12th September at 12:00pm we spoke to Daniel about challenges in procurement, the future of hotel design and a sneak peek in to the interactive round tables at Sleep 2013!

Daniel has been involved in some of the most prestigious and innovative projects of recent years; including The Turret Suites at Corinthia, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at Mandarin Oriental and the ground-breaking Nido for Blackstone. Daniel travels weekly to review his team’s projects and they’re currently working in more than a dozen locations from Barcelona to Istanbul, Accra and Hamburg.

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Sleep13 Chat with Kelly Hoppen! @IMKellyHoppen

Click here to view the feed from our exclusive Twitter chat with leading pioneer and designer, Kelly Hoppen MBE

On Thursday 22nd August at 12:00pm we spoke to Kelly about her recent projects, inspirations, ambitions and a sneaky preview on what visitors to Sleep could expect from the Kelly Hoppen Interiors and Crosswater Sleep Hotel room!

Kelly¹s renowned 'Hoppen' style is underpinned by subtly coordinated fusion of East meets West; clean lines and neutral tones, blended with charming warmth and sumptuous opulence. She puts her stamp on the homes, yachts and jets of private clients, as well as select commercial projects the world over, including hotels, restaurants, offices and aircrafts. We can’t wait to hear what she’s planning next!

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Previous Twitterchats!

Erik Nissan Johansen, founder & creative director of award winning hospitality design company, Stylt.

Click here to view the feed from our exclusive Twitter chat with Erik Nissan Johansen

For twenty years Erik and his team at Stylt have created a numerous amount of significant hotels and restaurants in Scandinavia and around the world. All together his involvement sums up to more than 250 hotels, 450 restaurants and several destination developments!

Erik and his team work under the conviction that the hospitality industry is a part of the experience economy and therefore believe that “you need to create the script before you make the film”. We’ll spoke to him about all this and more!

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