Following the last year’s successful presentation of the innovative project Hotel Megatrends by Xenia exhibition, the organiser, FORUM, presents Hotel Megatrends by Xenia 2019.
With its central theme of “Innovation and Tradition”, Hotel Megatrends by Xenia 2019 makes a dynamic comeback to present itself even more sophisticated, giving solutions and inspiring the full range of visitors of the exhibition!
At a time when all major tourism industry executives declare that the strategy of the tourist product should in the future focus on quality but also on the creation of experiences rather than reaching a number of visitors in our country, Hotel Megatrends is contributing to this public debate on the evolution of Greek tourism, trying to highlight the ways in which key but necessary variables such as innovation and modern international practices can be combined, with the roots and our tradition. The purpose of the overall design is to create different concepts of hospitality spaces by recognised architects and designers, responding to the wishes and expectations of the modern traveller. A traveller looking for experiences that are always developed in conjunction with the specific elements of the place they visit, but also through a creative blending process: innovation and tradition / sustainability and technology / wellness and well-being.
Hotel Megatrends/ Spaces
For yet another year the project will be realised with the substantial contribution of Xenia exhibitors, since in the case of real projects, it is the companies of furnishing, decoration and building that give the final shape to an idea or design. The spaces of the presentation are the following, and soon the names of the architects and designers to undertake the design and development of the different concepts will be announced:
01– RECEPTION/ LOUNGE
02– BOUTIQUE ROOM
03– STUDIO ROOM
04– RESTAURANT IN NATURE
05– SMARTECH SPACE
Hotel Megatrends/ Architects & Designers
In this context, five renowned architects and designers will present five innovative hospitality concepts on an area of 355 sq. m., placing architecture and design at the center as key tools for creating unforgettable experiences:
01– RECEPTION/ LOUNGE by ALEX MINT DESIGN STUDIO
ALEX MINT Design Studio deals with Architecture, Interior and Product design, as well as Art Direction. Employing creative use of diverse materials, textures, patterns and colors, we aim to create unique spaces and one-of-a-kind products, inspired by the spirit of a place (genius loci).
ALEX MINT Design Studio established in 2017, together with ALEX MINT brand, where the architect behind the brand, Alexia Mintsouli, designed her firstcollection of tables and small objects, using marble as the key material. The collection was presented in international exhibitions and quickly became recognizable, for its outstanding identity. To date, the brand has collaborated in projects around the globe, including, among others, Miami, Paris, Majorca and London.
02– BOUTIQUE ROOM by SOTIRIS LAZOU DESIGN STUDIO
Born in Athens in 1965, Sotiris Lazou (C.E.O. of Sotiris Lazou Design Studio) studied interior design in athens Technological Educational Institutions (TEI) and Industrial Design in milan at the famous DOMUS ACADEMY 1991(scholarship) under Professors AndreaBranzi,IsaoHosoe, Ezio Manzini.etc.
Since 1992 has been designing furnitures and decorative objects for Greek companies. He was a founding member of the Athens Secretariat of Industrial Design and has participated in many industrial design exhibitions He has tutored at theTechnological Educational Institutions (TEI's) of Athens and is also a professor at the Athens School of Applied Arts A.K.T.O.
Sotiris' design creation have received international recognition. His cosmos table won the 2008 good design Award. (The World's Most Prestigious Global Awards for New Product Design and Graphics). ORGANIZATION: the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies SOTIRIS LAZOU is a member of the Greek design group Schemata which was founded in 2003. Schemata's designers are united in strong philosophical roots and in a desire to create contemporary, functional and aesthetic products which break free from traditional Greek design in quite a spectacular way.
03– STUDIO ROOM by Α & Μ ARCHITECTS
A&M Architects, Engineers & Projects Managers offer a complete array of architectural design, project, and construction management services, interior and graphic design services either on a standalone, or an integrated basis. It all started in 1982 when two young architects Michael Mavroleon and Andreas Alexiades utilized their professional experience in the USA to found the A&M Group. A&M’s main mission was the combined offering of design and construction services, with emphasis on new technologies and energy-efficient applications.
Focus on “turnkey” solutions and an in-house design, civil, mechanical and electrical engineering capability, A&M provides for more than 30 years the expertise to undertake international complex projects, under Michael Mavroleon’s management. Using fresh ideas to create office space, airport commercial spaces, retail “stories”, hospitality and residential projects in Europe, Middle East, North Africa succeeded in expanding its activities in China as well.
A&M certified according to ISO 9001 for Quality Assurance and to OHSAS 18001 for Health & Safety, by Swiss Approval. A&M is a member of Technical Chamber of Greece and Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce.
04– RESTAURANT IN NATURE by GIAN PAOLO VENIER
A passionate traveler, Gian Paolo Venier is in constant search of afar atmospheres to contaminate his design vocabulary. Designer and creative director at international level, his distinctive signature combines a cosmopolitan elegance with the highest attention to materials, textures, tailor-made creations and sophisticated color palettes.
From 2013 to 2015 he was responsible for the creative direction of Italian luxury brand Ivory Collections. In 2016 the Italian furniture manufacturer Airnova - specialised in leather and metal furniture - appointed him as its art director; a role that, since April 2017, Gian Paolo covers also at Greek furniture & lifestyle brand mary& by Mia Collection.
05– SMARTECH SPACE by L+DG THOMAS GRAVANIS LIGHTING ARCHITECTS
Thomas M. Gravanis is the founder of L+DG Thomas Gravanis Lighting Architects having previously worked in lighting industry as lighting consultant (since 1988).
He is graduated from Bartlett School of Architecture with an MSc degree in Light & Lighting and he specialises in the integrated lighting design of low energy, environmentally response office buildings, hotels, leisure and entertainment centers. His main consideration is the respect to the architectural synthesis and form and to be according to all local and international legislations. He has worked on a wide range of hospitality projects throughout Europe and Middle East with many world renowned hotel brands such as Aman, Four Seasons, Marriott, Rosewood, Intercontinental, Starwood.
Thomas is actively involved in education. He used to be visitior lecturer at the Architecture School of Aristotle University in Thessaloniki.
L+DG Lighting Architects are based in London with an office that is responsible for the conceptual strategy and the international projects and an office in Athens for the main design poduction and the greek projects.
Hotel Megatrends/ Talks
Just like the 2018 event, in addition to the experience the audience of the show will get through its tour of the structured live installation, it will also have the opportunity to listen to the experts on a range of cutting-edge issues!
Right next to the HOTEL MEGATRENDS project, in a specially designed open space stage of 100 sq. m., there will be talks and discussions of important representatives of the tourist industry from Greece and abroad. The aim is to present experiences and views that can significantly affect the future and contribute substantially to the creative redesign of the Greek tourism product. The final topic sections will be announced shortly, although they are not expected to differ significantly from last year’s successful structure: Hospitality Design Trends, Hospitality Technology Trends, Hospitality Wellbeing Trends, Hospitality Investment Trends.
More Information: www.xeniahotelmegatrends.gr