The Hotel Culture

Mark Hooper, Hole & Corner

“I tend to prefer brands who have always had a bit of culture and heritage central to what they do – like Hermès who have always championed craftsmanship.” Mark Mark is...

Jonathan Plutzik, The Betsy

“I am constantly inspired by all of the talented people that we are fortunate to collaborate with and how many of them are trying to make positive impact on community.” Jonathan...

Loh Lik Peng, Unlisted Collection

“There’s no future for us hoteliers if we don’t engage with businesses and the culture of our neighbourhood.” Loh Lik Peng Hotelier and restaurateur, Loh Lik Peng was born in...

Kurt R. Bredenbeck, Green Rooms

“I don’t think you can inject culture into a ‘brand’. Either you are and have something authentic in yourself and your product – or you are simply trying to fake it.” Kurt Kurt R....

Suraj Melwani, Bisma Eight

“If I’m going to consume something, I’d prefer if it was created with honesty and great intention.” Suraj Melwani, Bisma Eight Suraj has long been fascinated by good, pragmatic design...
Simone Mcewan Design & Consultancy

Simone Mcewan Design & Consultancy

“I am always really interested in hotel mini bars, as I think this is generally a huge missed opportunity for a hotel to express themselves creatively through a curated product mix.” Simone Mcewan Simone McEwan, designs and consults with leading global...

Michael Berg, The Hospital

Michael Berg, The Hospital

“From a very early age, anything creative has shaped my world and inspired me.” Michael Berg, Creative Director As Creative Director Michael is responsible for everything to do with club members, Gallery and Art programmes throughout the building, event...

Xenia Hohenlohe, Considerate Hoteliers

Xenia Hohenlohe, Considerate Hoteliers

“A world in harmony is my inspiration because when one of the systems within that world is out of synch all the other systems are affected too.” Xenia Hohenlohe is a Partner and Director of Marketing at Considerate Hoteliers. Considerate Hoteliers is the...

Julie-Ann Ngo, NeueHouse

Julie-Ann Ngo, NeueHouse

“I find spontaneity very inspiring and two of my favourite manifestations of that spirit are rap music and polaroid cameras.” Julie-Ann Ngo, NeueHouse As Director of Marketing & Communications at private work collective NeueHouse, Julie-Ann Ngo leads...

James Knowles, Roger Smith Hotel

James Knowles, Roger Smith Hotel

“Bob Dylan wrote “Like a Rolling Stone”,  he wrote all the lyrics and stuff on a piece of paper, which was Roger Smith stationary, in Washington, D.C. back in the 60’s” James Knowles President/CEO and Artist-in-Residence of the Roger Smith Hotel in...

Simbad

Simbad

“It took me 20 years to find Simbad. Definitely one of my favourite djs and producers.” Gilles Peterson  BBC Radio Constantly travelling between Europe, Asia, Africa or The Americas, Simbad’s exceptional sense of groove has built him a solid reputation...

Plastic Jesus

Plastic Jesus

“My art is my attempt to connect people with socially important issues that are often overlooked by mainstream media…” Plastic Jesus Plastic Jesus is a Los Angeles based street artist that specialises in bold stencil and installation work, inspired...

Ikena & Tamaryn, STANDSEVEN

Ikena & Tamaryn, STANDSEVEN

“…one doesn’t have to sacrifice design and aesthetics to include human dignity.” Tamaryn, STANDSEVEN STANDSEVEN is an online shop that offers high end design products that create social impact. STANDSEVEN has roots in documentary film, interior...

Shubhankar Ray, G-Star Raw

Shubhankar Ray, G-Star Raw

“When you’re young you have more ego, you want to maintain your idea or agenda, through any creative process. When you’re older and have had a bit of practice, you give up on this, because you have a belief that innovation is this collaborative process.”...

Soo K. Chan, SCDA Architects

Soo K. Chan, SCDA Architects

“Through my design, I’m bringing a lifestyle resort concept to New York.” Soo K. Chan, founder SCDA Architects Soo K. Chan, is a practicing architect based in Singapore. He is the founding principal and design director of SCDA Architects Pte Ltd...

Melanie Hall, Luna2

Melanie Hall, Luna2

“I have enormous respect for timeless design classics of architecture…” Melanie Hall, Founder of Luna2 Melanie Hall is Founder & Designer of Luna2, a collection of hospitality properties named after the first spacecraft to land on the moon in the...

Alan Philips, Morgans Hotel Group

Alan Philips, Morgans Hotel Group

“…programming is really ideas. How can you take a space and utilise your creative capital to make it exciting to your guests.” Alan Philips, CMO Morgans Hotel Group Alan Philips is the Chief Marketing Officer for Morgans Hotel Group, where he...

Carol Kolozs, Rosas & Xocolate

Carol Kolozs, Rosas & Xocolate

“This is a human business that requires certain dynamics and attention to detail..” Carol Kolozs Carol Kolozs has lived life to the fullest, venturing across foreign lands as a soldier, shoemaker, and entrepreneur. Born to a Romanian mother and Czech...

Fab 5 Freddy

Fab 5 Freddy

“In those days doors were closed and I needed to get in; we were coming in through the skylight, tunnel in and blowing holes in walls, all metaphorically speaking of course.” Fab 5 Freddy Born to jazz-loving parents in Brooklyn N.Y., Fab’s introduction to...

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