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Sharing some of the most inspiring projects from around the world…

Mediterranean inspired interior design of Hotel CalifornianIn Volume 7 Issue 1 of eSociety we highlighted the launch of the newest edition of our SBID International Design Awards which is officially open and accepting project entries for 2018. Our Awards receive the highest calibre of interior design projects year-on-year for the chance to be recognised for interior design excellence.

However, even if you don’t enter your project for an Award, we’re always interested in sharing and celebrating impressive design projects from around the world. So much so that in every issue of our eSociety magazine we take a look at some of the most inspiring projects, from large-scale retail designs and global hotel projects to high-end luxury residential developments, to see how creativity in interior design is transforming the way we work and live our lives.

Mediterranean inspired interior design of Hotel CalifornianIn this issue, we explored a new luxury destination nestled between Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. The Hotel Californian is idyllically placed in the Santa Barbara, coined the American Riviera for it’s picturesque landscapes and Mediterranean climate. Designed by LA-based interior designer, Martyn Lawrence Bullard sensitively retained the façade of the original 1925 Hotel Californian, whilst incorporating the rich, eclectic vibrancy of traditional Mediterranean designs.

This 121 room seaside destination comprises of a rooftop pool, featuring panoramic views of the coastline. Brimming with Mediterranean influences and sultry Moroccan details, this project included the hotel’s two restaurants and spa; the hotel’s signature restaurant, Blackbird; the more casual dining option, the Goat Tree Cafe; and Spa Marjorelle, the hotel’s resident luxury spa. Discover more about how Martyn Lawrence Bullard captured the authentic Moroccan character and imbued the essence of Marrakech throughout this stunning hotel design.

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Mediterranean inspired interior design of Hotel Californian

This feature originally appeared in the Portfolio section within Volume 7 Issue 1 of the official SBID interior design magazine, eSociety.

Click here to read the full issue or see more inspiring projects in the Portfolio section, here.

In the latest edition of eSociety, Volume 7 Issue 1, SBID conducted a Special Report on two integral areas of interior design. We spoke with Craig & Rose, Philips Lighting and energy company, innogy, to help to shed some light on the latest industry trends in the field of Lighting & Surfaces. 


Colour Trends from Craig & Rose: 

Established in 1829 by two young Scottish entrepreneurs James Craig & Hugh Rose, Craig & Rose built a long established reputation as specialist paint providers in their field. This reputation spread swiftly throughout the UK, enabling Craig & Rose to become the paint of choice for the professional painter and decorator. Edward Brown, the Technical Director at Craig & Rose, gives us his informed insight on which colour palette the Spring season is set to usher in to the market and where the trend for paint finishes will lead in the coming months.

To find out more about Edward Brown’s forecast for paint colours and finishes, read his feature here.

Bright Solutions 

The Czech Republic headquarters of energy company, innogy, is using a new LED lighting system to support the circadian rhythms of the people who work there.

Installed by Philips Lighting, the system is tuned to stimulate the energy levels of the 550 staff at set times in the day. According to Philips, “the stimulus from the ‘human centric lighting’ fixtures is likened to a strong cup of coffee”.

Tomas Michna, Senior Manager for Facility and Services at innogy Czech Republic explains how the system works and why this new innovation in using responsive lighting technology in the workplace can help to improve operational efficiency through remote monitoring and maintenance.

Learn more about this revolutionary lighting system, the effects of using advanced lighting technology on psychological patterns and behaviours and how this can be implemented in interior design, here.

innogy table and seats interior design layout

This Special Report Case Study originally appeared in the Volume 7 Issue 1 edition of the official SBID interior design magazine, eSociety.

Click here to read the full issue or see the full Special Report on Lighting and Surface, here.


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