Tips from the Top: Design Lessons Every Project Can Consider

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Tips from the Top: Design Lessons Every Project Can Consider

If you’re involved in selling, specifying or installing accessible washrooms as part of your professional work it can be useful to have an insight into the world of the leading interior designers who set the interior trends we’ll all see around us before long.

A great way to do this? Going behind the scenes of the hospitality design sector, an exceptionally high-value and pacesetting industry, to glimpse at the thinking of some of the world’s industry-leading individuals.

That’s why we’ve compiled some must-see quotes from the Hospitality Interiors coverage of the latest Hospitality Leadership and Design Conference, held earlier this year in London, to discover the hot topics and latest advice.

Tip 1: Think Experience

The hospitality industry eats, sleeps and breathes the experience of final customers like no other sector.

That’s why Filip Boyen, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide, underlined the importance of end-user experience: “Truly amazing design is about and for people.

“Service standards need to flow in tandem with interiors and, of course, that doesn’t happen by accident.”

Senior Shangri-la Hotels and Resorts executive William Mackay agreed and added more advice: “Design has to feed into the overall experience.

“It’s also important to articulate who the audience is through that design. Which is why localisation is important…any hotel must embrace and be a part of the community.”

Each of these points are something any project could factor in to borrow from the thinking of some of the world’s most premium interior designs.

Tip 2: Working With Other Professionals

The event touched on an issue potentially familiar to us all: the possible clash between a building’s owner and the interior designer.

This could, however, apply to any two groups of professionals.

Journalist and consultant Harry McKinley noted that designers often think “owners are difficult” because they can be “cost-obsessed, risk-averse and sometimes fail to see the commercial benefits of good design”.

But Grace Leo, of Grace Leo Consultancy, explained that “Ultimately it’s all about the relationship between owner and designer.

“If there’s a shared sense of values and similar approaches then there needn’t be those points of tension, because both are charting the same course together.”

Clearly, then, setting the values and approach with other groups on a project is the event’s recommended path to the best possible results.

Tip 3: Change Fast 

A panel of three leading designers - Beth Campbell, CEO of Wilson Associates; Ed Ng, co-founder and principal, AB Concept; and Margaret McMahon, senior vice president and global director of Wimberly Interiors – agreed that the ability to move designs on very quickly is now essential.

“At my own studio we have to make quick decisions and also have the ability to pivot quickly when we feel the winds changing. Where we haven’t got it right in the past, it was because we didn’t react fast enough when things weren’t going as expected,” Margaret McMahon explained.

Beth Campbell added that responding to the rise of the likes of Airbnb made this essential: “What seems disruptive now is inevitably going to become the norm.

“So, of course, we have to respond to that and consider innovative ways of doing things. Hotels have a great part to play in shaping how we live, work and socialise within communities.”

If the world’s top designers are already considering how to adapt their designs, and fast, the conclusion for us all must be that this thinking is going to become more and more essential.

How We Can Help

The NYMAS team specialises in design-led accessible washroom accessories developed in-house in the UK by our renowned team with constant innovation as standard.

As our experts constantly monitor, and are often central to, changes in design trends you can be assured that the very latest thinking is at the core of every product across our ranges:

NymaPRO for dependable quality and value

NymaCARE for high use, public area durability 

NymaSTYLE for premium, high-spec design

Fitzroy of London for high-end, luxury washrooms

To discuss how accessible washroom fixtures can work harder for your business or project simply contact us.

Further coverage of the Hospitality Leadership and Design Conference is available here.

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