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Hotelympia 2016 Design Award finalists revealed

11 February 2016 by
Hotelympia 2016 Design Award finalists revealed

Fera at Claridge's (pictured), the Bombay Brasserie and D&D London's German Gymnasium have been announced as the three finalists in the Hotelympia 2016 Design Award.

The three frontrunners will be celebrated on a purpose-built awards show during the exhibition at London ExCeL, running from 29 February to 3 March. The overall winner will be announced in the awards ceremony at Hotelympia's Stage at 4pm on 29 February.

The German Gymnasium, which opened in London's King's Cross in November 2015, was designed by Allies & Morrison and Conran & Partners, and marked a total renovation of what was said to be the first purpose-built gymnasium in England. It was commended for its sensitive restoration, which retained touches of the building's historical past, including timber panelling, old climbing hooks in the ceiling, and cast steel columns.

The Bombay Brasserie, designed by DesignLSM and located in the capital's Gloucester Road area, reopened in autumn 2015 following a redesign, which aimed to draw on the restaurant's heritage and colonial style. This included original artwork from an Indian artist, and furniture from India and Portugal.

Fera at Claridge's, designed by Oliver Laws, was commended for its ability to sit in harmony with the rest of the luxury Mayfair hotel's surroundings, including art deco details and what was deemed to be a comfortable mix of historic and contemporary features including metalwork, marble, mirrors, leather, and walnut tables.

The judges include names from across the design and hospitality industries, including president of the KLC School of Design, Jenny Gibbs; Tina Norden, head of design for Conran & Partners; chairman of Hotelympia organiser Fresh Montgomery, Christopher Newton; and Stirling Johnstone, lead co-ordinating judge and editor of GS magazine.

Toby Wand, managing director at Fresh Montgomery, said: "In unveiling our three finalists we are aligning these spaces with previous Hotelympia Design Award winners like the Mandarin Oriental and the London Edition, and they couldn't be in more appropriate company.

Hotelympia will also feature a Design Lounge, which will aim to offer hospitality interior advice for those looking to improve their hotels, restaurants, pubs and bars.

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