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Update on the Design Hotels Future Forum

UPDATE ON THE DESIGN HOTELS FUTURE FORUM 27 September 2007 in Barcelona Explore the future of space, experience, taste and style

Design hotels TM confirms guest speakers from the world of the arts, visual culture, design, lifestyle experience, hospitality and futurists, for its forthcoming architecture and design symposium that will take place in Barcelona, 27 September 2007.

Under the motto "New Shelter" this year's Future Forum will be an exploration of holistic concepts and will offer insights for future brand strategy. The platforms of design, architecture and consumerism will be delved into with a keen sensibility for the sustainable and the authentic.

The collaboration of design hotels™, London-based The Future Laboratory and Berlin-based DIE GESTALTEN VERLAG (dgv), brings core thought competence together with a wealth of specialist knowledge, for which this trio is best known.

The conference and interactive Laboratories will be curated by Robert Klanten of dgv. dgv specializes in developing content for aficionados of cutting-edge visual culture and is creating a stimulating programme with international speakers for this ground-breaking event.


The symposium includes a morning session with presentations, and an afternoon session with four individual Laboratories. The Laboratories are also facilitated by experts in the various fields and give the delegates the opportunity to actively participate.

Date: Thursday, 27 September 2007

Time: 9:30 am - 7:00 pm

Venue: Top Studios, Barcelona Spain

Topic: New Shelter - A marriage of design, art, architecture and cuisine in a sustainable environment.

Participants: The Future Forum is designed for investors, hoteliers, architects, designers, developers and consultants and all those interested in progressive and holistic concepts for hospitality.


Food & Beverage: A Taste of the Future - Addressing the key question: Is the kitchen coming to the guest or is the guest coming into the kitchen? An exploration of how to attract guests with new food and beverage concepts.

Architecture: The Future of Space - The perception, relevance and operations of architecture are changing; endurance and sustainability in architecture and interior design are becoming key issues. Thus, the lab will investigate how current technology and mobility are demanding and inspiring new sustainable concepts and forms of architecture, interior design and marketing.

Art & Culture: The Future of Experience - In a world of multimedia communication, personal experience and atmosphere need to be redefined as sensual impressions are becoming increasingly important. This lab will investigate how classical environments in hotels and travel destinations must change to create unique personal experiences that will redefine relationships among customers and brands.

Design: The Future Style - This lab will present how designers are working in various disciplines, crossing and dissolving the boundaries between product design, interior design, visual culture and art. It will also investigate how designers keep international brands cutting-edge in terms of both innovation and recognisability while simultaneously addressing the need for ecological awareness and product sustainability.

THE SPEAKERS (confirmed to-date)

Sebastien Agneessens, USA

A New York-based curator and the founder of Formavision, NYC. His main interest lies in creating a common ground between contemporary art and brands, with the goal of exposing art to a broader audience. He develops installation projects for the likes of Diesel, Coca-Cola, Lexus, Starbucks and Girbaud.

Lukas Feireiss, Germany

Berlin-based curator, editor and artist Lukas Feireiss lectures on arts and architecture at several European universities. Feireiss has also worked as a project consultant at Coop Himmelb(l)au and as a project manager of the Zumtobel Group Award, as well as the German Pavilion at the Tenth International Architecture Biennial in Venice.

Robert Klanten, Germany

Robert Klanten is editor-in-chief of Die Gestalten Verlag, a company that develops content for aficionados of cutting-edge visual culture worldwide. Best known for the more than two hundred fifty books they have published that document and anticipate vital design movements, dgv also provides curation and consulting services to international clients such as Volkswagen, Diesel and MTV.

Arne Quinze, Belgium

Arne Quinze, Creative Director of Quinze and Milan, is a trail-blazing, self-made designer. A leading member of the Uchronia creative community that made waves at Burning Man 2006, Quinze creates masterful sculptures, installations and productions. In addition to designing furniture for his own label (including the innovative Primary Pouf), Quinze creates work for Moroso and launched his first children's furniture collection minus+ in 2006.

Etienne Russo, Belgium

Etienne Russo heads Brussels' Villa Eugenie. The company, which specializes in lifestyle-oriented experiences, is best known for creating riveting fashion shows for designers including Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Miu Miu, Y-3 and Hermès to name just a few.

Christopher Sanderson, UK

Christopher Sanderson is creative director of Viewpoint. A co-founder of The Future Laboratory, his other recent projects include directing Futurescape, a series of short films about the future for Channel Four television. He is a regular writer on style and design for British and international publications and until recently was contributing style editor at British Esquire. He has also worked as a freelance creative director on strategic planning for fashion brands.

Claus Sendlinger, Germany

Claus Sendlinger is the founder and CEO of design hotels AG where his main focus is the strategic and creative development of the company. Following a degree in public relations, Claus embarked on a career in event planning and PR for hotels and clubs. This opened doors to the lifestyle market, and at the age of 23, Claus founded an incentives and events agency. He is often invited to speak at industry conferences as an expert on lifestyle hospitality.

PARTNERS (confirmed to-date)

Zumtobel Lighting - Emotional Light for Hotels

As one of the leading suppliers of lighting solutions, Zumtobel works closely with architects, interior designers and lighting designers in developing innovative concepts for hotels and restaurants. Zumtobel explores the beneficial effects of light on health, continuously improving its usability and the consumption of energy. The concept of balance between light for enhanced well-being and optimum energy efficiency adjusts the equilibrium between the two aspects within a lighting system: human light + energy efficiency = "Humanergy Balance".


EUR 900, -- per delegate

The delegate registration fee includes:

- Admission to the day session

- All workshops and case studies

- All conference documents

- Snacks and coffee breaks

- Admission to the evening session

Early Registration Discount (on or before 15 August 2007)

EUR 650, -- per delegate

If three people attend from the same organisation, the delegate fee for the third person will be offered at a 50% discount.

Tickets may be purchased online http://www.designhotels.com/futureforum. The site also includes further details about the symposium.

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