Tristan Auer is a prevailing force in the interior design world: from his early days with Christian Liaigre and Philippe Starckto becoming his own Signature. Currently the Principal of Wilson’s first Haute Couture Design Studio, Atelier Tristan Auer, Wilson Associates Paris, Tristan is an entrepreneur and interior architect specializing in luxury hospitality brands, high-end private residences and bespoke furniture design. Tristan’s signature panache can be found across the globe. With more than 20 years experience working in luxury, Tristan has designed for names like Cartier, Chanel and Hermes, a number of hotel brands and celebrities. Notable projects include Rosewood Hotel de Crillon Paris and Carlton Hotel Cannes. Located on 28 Boulevard Malesherbes, one of the most luxurious areas in Paris, the Atelier works on some of the most exclusive projects. Launched in September 2015, Atelier Tristan Auer, Wilson Associates Paris sits at the cutting-edge of contemporary creative culture. Currently finalising high end hospitality projects in the Middle East, Asia and Europe, the Atelier has most notably completed a private villa in the Parisian suburb of Saint Cloud.
Ilse Crawford is a designer, academic and creative director with a simple mission to put human needs and desires at the centre of all that she does. As founder of Studioilse, together with her multi-disciplinary, London-based team, she brings her philosophy to life. This means creating environments where humans feel comfortable; public spaces that make people feel at home and homes that are habitable and make sense for the people who live in them. It means designing furniture and products that support and enhance human behaviour and actions in everyday life. It means restoring the human balance in brands and businesses that have lost their way. As founder of the department of Man and Wellbeing at the Design Academy Eindhoven, her mission extends to nurturing a new generation of students to always question why and how their work improves the reality of life.
Tinker, tailor, soldier...hotel & restaurant guy...
Innovation and creativity are the common threads that weave together Quentin Danté’s diverse experience. In a career that spans forty-plus years, he has worked invirtually every aspectof the hospitality business.
Travelling to far-off places from an early age, Danté quickly gained an appreciation for fine food, wine and design, sowing the seeds for his future passions and paving the way to a successful career in restaurants and hotel design.
Throughoutthe 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s he was engaged with successful culinary assignments in France, Italy, Japan, Spain, Mexico and China and making a name for himself in the nightlife and entertainment arenas with such high-profile clubs as Tunnelin New York, Stock Exchangein Los Angeles, Diana’sin Bangkok and Turiain Tokyo.
Taking a ten-year hiatus from the world of restaurants, to found an internet and biotech start-up incubator, his intense, lifelong passion for food and design ultimately led him back to his first love, donning the apron again in Spring 2005 with the opening of critically acclaimed, contemporary Chinese restaurant, Yumcha, in New York.
With a vast and varied experience -Danté is trained as a cook, baker, ‘wine guy’ and holds certification as a mixologist from Harvard University –he’s able to bring to clients a unique understanding of the special needs of the hospitality industry -from cultural and geographic considerations to budgetary restrictions and challenging design scenarios.
Danté’s endeavours, their partners and chefs have all been profiled extensively in the media and have earned countless industry accolades and awards for their designs, menus and service, including a host of Michelin stars.
Nicholas de Klerk is an architect and associate in Aukett Swanke’s London Studio. His focus is primarily on hotels, both in the UK and internationally, but has experience in a wide range of different building types, including retail,offices,museums and galleries. In 2016 he led the design of the practice’s 2016 Sleep Set concept room, and is currently working on a number of feasibility and concept studies for new London hotel projects. He also writes about architecture and design for a number of UK design and trade titles, including the Architect’s Journal, Building Design, the Real Review and the Sleep Event.
A long-term contributor to Wallpaper*, Condé Nast Traveller and a variety of trade publications Guy is the Editor-at-Large of specialist hotel design magazine Sleeper, our media sponsor.
Guy curates and moderates the conference element for a variety of other global events such as HI Design EMEA and Asia, 100% Design, Maison et Objet, HED Expo Shanghai, the Stockholm Furniture Fair and UBM’s May Design Series. He also presents and moderates for corporate businesses (CitizenM, Pandox, Design Hotels, Bang & Olufsen, Villeroy & Boch, Philips, Hansgrohe) and at other events (European Hotel Design Awards, Asian Hotel Design Awards, PURE, LE Miami).
Born and raised in Zimbabwe and having lived in both London and Munich, Guy now works from Brussels. In a previous life he was the UK Managing Director for Design Hotels™.
Daniel has spent his entire working life in the furniture and interiors industry, initially combining his study of International Economics at London’s Middlesex University with the manufacture of hotel and commercial furniture. His family operated a manufacturing business that supplied hotels across the UK and Daniel expanded this business with a truly international outlook; by the time the business was sold in 2001, more than two hundred staff were employed making upholstery and casegoods within their Derbyshire factory.
Daniel has worked on hotel projects in more than 40 countries around the world, regularly speaks on panels at investor and design conferences and is a member of the International Society of Hotel Consultants.
Alan Benjamin and Daniel have been friends for more than 18 years and became business partners in 2006, following the foundation of Benjamin West International in London. Daniel and his team now operate the most respected and progressive FF&E purchasing firm in Europe. The key attributes of Benjamin West – Accuracy, Integrity & Reliability – are carried out by his team each and every day and Daniel takes every opportunity to promote the fiduciary duties that should be the core of every purchasing agent’s activities.
Daniel is a judge on the European Hotel Design Awards panel, organises the annual Sleep Round Table event is about to start a regular speaking engagement at the world-renowned Ecole Hôtelière in Lausanne, Switzerland.Daniel was one of the UK’s first electric car owners eight years ago and can often be seen recharging his batteries in central London with his dog, Cyril, sat attentively in the back.
Javier Hortal is Mandarin Oriental’s Director of Technical Services for EMEA, leadingthe group’s luxury hotel projects and major renovationsin the region.
A passionate advocate of design and its role in delivering extraordinary luxury experiences, Javier is responsible for ensuring thatevery project brings together sophistication,sense of place, flawless quality and trend-setting innovation.Mandarin Oriental’srecent projectsin EMEAincluding London, Paris, Bodrum, Marrakechand Barcelonahave earned widespread recognition including several wins atthe European Hotel Design Awards.
An experienced judge on design, a Spanish national and UK architect, Javier joined Mandarin Oriental in 2008 from global architectural practice RTKL, where he was head of hospitality EMEA at the group’s London headquarters.
Candice Madrid-Dahlqvist, Design Director of Millkeeper Studio in Stockholm, has 18 years’ experience at leading agencies across the US and Europe. Some clients include Adidas, Pepsi, Diet Coke, Guinness, Brooklyn Brewery, Chrysler, Jeep, Sony, Tribeca Film, Columbia Records and IKEA.
Candice recently led the design and branding of Nordic Choice Hotels’ major developments At Six and Hobo –two landmark lifestyle hotels that opened in 2017 in the heart of Stockholm.
Candice’s previous work for Nike Training Club earned over 1 million new members for the sport brand one month after launch. Its quick success led to celeb athlete training programs and global training events. As a result NTC became the de facto driving force behind Nike Training. Candice’s work won in Cannes Lions and Clio, and was also named Best of 2011 by the Wall Street Journal and Apple.
Catherine Martin is Editor of Sleeper, the leading magazine for hotel design, development and architecture.With a degree in journalism and a passion for travel and design, Catherine joined MondialePublishing in 2007, starting as Editorial Assistant before progressing through the ranks to Editor. In her current role, she manages the day-to-day running of Sleeper and its affiliated website (www.sleepermagazine.com), guiding the editorial content and creative identity. She also finds time to review some of the most exciting hotel developments worldwide and interview those who designed them.In recent years, Catherine has led a major re-brand of Sleeper –the results of which were unveiled in 2014 –and moderated panel discussions ata number of international trade exhibitions and hotel investment conferences. She also supports Sleeper’s portfolio of events including Sleepover and AHEAD
Tina is an interior designer and architect with a diverse portfolio stretching across many contexts and continents, from hotel and restaurant design to high-end residential. With every project, Tina approaches the brief by delving into its context, culture and unique history to create timeless spaces that tell a story, provide a sense of place and delight. Tina believes that we should design with style over fashion to ensure the interior is long-lasting and consistently fresh. Tina is currently working on two new Park Hyatt hotel projects in Jakarta and Auckland, for MNC Land and Fu Wah Group respectively, as well as a boutique hotel for the House Hotel Group in Istanbul. She wasalso the project leader for Rüya, an award-winning Anatolian restaurant which recently opened in the Grosvenor House Hotel on the Dubai Marina. She has been working with D&D London for over a decade, including being the design lead on their award-winning South Place Hotel in the City of London and German Gymnasium in King’s Cross. Tina studied architecture at Westminster before joining Conran and Partners in 1997, completing her MA in Architecture & Interiors at the Royal College of Art in 2000.
Bob is well versed in the making of a successful space—from restaurants to lounges. Responsible for design and renovation of over 1,000 restaurants worldwide, Bob translates client goals into award-winning concepts through strategic planning and market analysis. While leading the direction for his multidisciplinary hospitality firm, Bob also belongs to both the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) and the Foodservice Consultants Society International (FCSI). He also has served on the Board of Directors of the California Restaurant Association and the Board of Advisors for the University of San Francisco’s Hospitality Management program, offering his unique perspective on restaurant design, operations, and other hot topics in the food and beverage industry.Prior to founding Puccini Group in 1996, Bob served as Partner and Senior Vice President for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants for 10 years during their expansion—the company’s project portfolio grew from four to 35 restaurants throughout the United States. During this time with Kimpton, as well as throughout the rest of his career, Bob has had the opportunity to foster relationships by speaking at international conventions and on forums while gaining recognitionas a global industry expert.
As Creative Director of David Collins Studio, Simon Rawlings has overseen the realisation of some of the world’s most iconic hospitality, residential and retail spaces. In the course of nearly two decades at The Studio, he has collaborated with clients such as Harrods, Alexander McQueenand MandarinOriental, both in reinventing prominent buildings and establishing important new landmarks.
Working on projects across the globe, in a myriad of sectors that spans residential projects (private homes and commercialresidences), hotels, restaurants and bars, furniture design, and luxury food and fashion retail design, Simon has been instrumental in setting the blueprint for The Studio’s work, which combines a near-obsessive attention to detail with virtuoso use of colour as a means of crafting mood through environment.
A passionate believer in ‘creating luxury through quality’, he has always been a committed advocate of craft, supporting artisanship while encouraging design innovation. Functionality remains a cornerstone of his design philosophy. This, combined with a profound understanding of brands and an acute sense of the way people live, enables him to design spaces they can use and inhabit in total harmony.
Born in Wales, Simon studied Interior Design at Birmingham University where he gained both his Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees. He joined David Collins Studio in 1997 and was appointed Creative Director in 2007, overseeing the creative output of The Studio. Mindful of the importance of nurturing new talent, he now devotes considerable energy to mentoring and teaching.
Simon draws inspiration from everyday observationandfrom his travels. Under his tenure, David Collins Studio has received more than thirty high-profile awards, includingthe Prix Versailles 2016 for Alexander McQueen, Paris and The Best Bar In The World 2013, 2014 & 2015 for the Artesian at The Langham, London. He remains committed to the belief that ‘the clarity of an idea ensures the longevity of a design’.
ames Soane is a qualified architect, teacher and writer having studied at Cambridge and the Bartlett graduating with distinction. He set up Project Orange with Christopher Ash and joined full-time in 2001 having been a director of Sir Terence Conran’s design company where he worked on a number of high profile projects including the Great Eastern Hotel in London, Ark Hills in Tokyo, Bridge Market in New York and Das Triest hotel in Vienna.
James’ projects include the €60m fit out of the new Raddisson Farnham House Hotel in Ireland, the Park Hotel in Navi Mumbai, India and the new Jerwood Art and Design Building for Oakham School. Recently he completed the Dining Rooms for the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London and a concept room for the Hoxton Hotel. He is currently working on an exciting new concept hotel in India, a new-build house in Moscow and a large housing project in London.
He has taught architecture at the Bartlett, UCL, and Kingston University from first year through to Masters level. In 2012 he ran the final diploma project at KLC in London. He is currently the Chair of the RIBA New Courses Committee, Vice Chair of Education Committee and recently an RIBA Awards Judge. In the past few years he chaired RIBA Validation boards to Beirut, Singapore, Hull, China and Manchester. He is a frequent contributor to the architectural press and continues to be a guest critic at UCL as well as lecturing around UK. In 2012 he presented at paper at the ‘Theory by Design’ conference in Antwerp and spoke at the Sleep event in London.
As an author he wrote ‘New Homes’ published by Conran Octopus in August 2003 and ‘Catalogue’ on the work of Project Orange, published by Black Dog Publishing. He has participated in 100% Design, the Sleep Event, the 2008 Oxford Education conference and the AJ Hotel conference 2009
The research outcomes of the practice, published in PO Box, were shortlisted for the 2011 RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding Practice-located Research.
Vince Stroop joined Stonehill & Taylor as Principal in 2015, bringing with him over 20 years of experience leading the design of prominent public and private spaces, including hotels, libraries, luxury residences, wineries, and restaurants. Vince specializes in hospitality in New York, and has worked in emerging destinations such as the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Hong Kong and Macau.
His projects include work for prominent hospitality brands like Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, Intercontinental Hotels, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, Marriott International, MGM Resorts International, Kerzner International Resorts, and Las Vegas Sands Corp. Vince believes that design is a highly interactive and collaborative process; the best projects are those that embrace a team approach to every challenge. His work extends beyond the art and science of architecture, and includes diverse interests such as urban planning, graphic identity, website design, and education, having served as studio instructor at the School of Architecture at Woodbury University.
Previously, Vince led architecture and interiors as Principal at BBG-BBGM, and was Studio Leader at Jeffrey Beers International. As Partner of a squared, a multidisciplinary design studio, Vince cultivated his curiosity and passion for craftsmanship into an award-winning contemporary design practice.
Matt Utber is the Founder & Creative Director of branding agency The Plant. Launched in 2005, their insightful design meant The Plant soon became a leading agency for F&B branding. In the past, the team has designed for brands like Jamie Oliver and in recentyears the agency has moved into the hotel industry having created the brand identity for the new The Four Seasons London at Ten Trinity Square and Hilton in St Petersburg. They are currently working with The Langham Hotel and Bespoke Hotels (the owners of the award winningGotham in Manchester). In 2015, Mattdecided to combine two of his passions, food and cycling, and set up his own cycling restaurant The Dynamo in London. There is now a second site for the restaurant set to launch in the autumn.
As Design Director and co-founder of Warner Wong Design and WOW Architects, Maria sets strategic objectives and oversees the development of the WOW team.
Under Maria’s direction, WOW’s extensive portfolio of work has been governed by a commitment to creating spaces of extraordinary sensory experience rooted in culture, memory and place.
Maria leads the design and implementation of bespoke residences, health and wellness facilities and hotel and restaurant architecture and interior design.
Projects include the Singapore High Commissioner’s Residence in London, the Bishopsgate House, Sentosa Cove House and Chiltern House in Singapore. A long held commitment to promoting creative collaboration led to the adaptive reuse of the Niven Road Studio into WOWHAUS.
Committed to promoting sustainable design and education, Maria has taught sustainable architectural design at the National University of Singapore, and served on the NUS/RIBA Accreditation Committee. She has published on the topic of sustainability and represented WOW as a founding member of the Singapore Green Building Council. Maria served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Singapore American School from 2008-2015.
Born in Australia, raised and educated in Mexico City, Maria began to study Architecture at Universidad Anahuacin Mexico City and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Southern California. Maria earned a Master of Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University in 1991.
Prior to founding Warner Wong Design and WOW Architects in 2000, Maria founded multidisciplinary design consultancy Parallax Design. She worked in Japan for Nikken Sekkei before moving to Singapore in 1992. In 2007, Maria was the recipient of the prestigious Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Award, an international award that recognizes exceptional women in business who have made a significant contribution to their profession.
As co-founder of Warner Wong Design and WOW Architects, Chiu Man has presided over the evolution of WOW since it was established in the year 2000, building a network of multidisciplinary award winning practices with a significant body of work in the Asian region and beyond.
Leveraging on 30years of international industry experience, Chiu Man spearheads the business development and design direction of WOW. Dedicated to investigating and developing new design paradigms and research-driven innovation.
Combining a unique mix of Asian heritage with international design experience, Chiu Man has led the way, completing prestigious hospitality, commercial, residential, and retail projects in China, India, Maldives, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Theta, Nepal, Philippines, Tanzania and Australia. Chiu Man leads projects from Business Advisory and Master Planning, to Architecture, Interior and Landscape Design.
Chiu Man’s widely published projects, include the multi-award winning and highly commended Vivanta by Taj –Whitefield in Bangalore; the acclaimed Yalong Bay No. 5 Villas and Spa in Sanya, China, Mandala House in Bangalore and the highly acclaimed St Regis Resort in the Maldives.
Prior to founding WOW, Chiu Man was Corporate Officer and Design Director of Nikken Sekkei International, Singapore where he realized the Ria Bintan and Club Med Projects. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the University of Southern California (magna cum laude) and a Master in Architecture from the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University.