Trends we spotted | Week 35

28-8-2020

  • trends we spotted this week

At horecatrends.com or hospitalitytrends.eu we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the other trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.

With this week, a link to an article about the changing view on hospitality due to the pandemic, apps are getting more and more important. But also a campaign by Airbnb in the USA to offer online experiences at home, led by artists around the world.

Great design for the new Starbucks location in the Circles Ginza Building in Tokyo, it features a ‘Smart Lounge’ to work in! And are you a member of a book club that had to stop meeting because of the pandemic? Check out the online ‘Words & Wines’ book club!

Just Salad is the first U.S. restaurant chain that carbon labelled its menu. London has a the first float-in cinema in the UK and in the V&A museum an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ exhibit will open March 2021, fall down the rabbit hole! 

A glimpse inside the new Felix Roasting Co., known for its specialty coffee (like theespresso tonic’ and the hickory-smoked s’mores latte), at 104 Green Street in SoHo!

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THE TOKYO TOILET Project | Transforming 17 public toilets in Shibuya

27-8-2020

  • The TOKYO TOILET Ebisu(Katayama) - credits Satoshi Nagare, provided by The Nippon Foundation
  • The TOKYO TOILET Ebisu(Katayama) - credits Satoshi Nagare, provided by The Nippon Foundation
  • The TOKYO TOILET Ebisu-higashi(Maki) - credits Satoshi Nagare, provided by The Nippon Foundation
  • The TOKYO TOILET Ebisu-higashi(Maki) - credits Satoshi Nagare, provided by The Nippon Foundation
  • The TOKYO TOILET Haruno-ogawa(Ban) - credits Satoshi Nagare, provided by The Nippon Foundation
  • The TOKYO TOILET Haruno-ogawa(Ban) - credits Satoshi Nagare, provided by The Nippon Foundation
  • The TOKYO TOILET Yoyogi-Fukamachi(Ban) - credits Satoshi Nagare, provided by The Nippon Foundation
  • The TOKYO TOILET Higashi Sanchome(Tamura) - credits Satoshi Nagare, provided by The Nippon Foundation

The Nippon Foundation has launched THE TOKYO TOILET project to build public toilets that can be used by anyone. The project will build new toilets at 17 locations in Shibuya, Tokyo, as a way of moving toward the realization of a society that embraces diversity. Some toilets have been available for use by the general public since August 5.

A great project concerning public toilets which most people always try to avoid using! We wonder whether this project can make a difference and if it does, who’s going to create ‘Toilet projects’ in the rest of the world? It might be a great sponsoring project for design and architectural firms in collaboration with city councils and a cleaning company.

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Trends we spotted | Week 31

30-7-2020

  • trends we spotted this week

At horecatrends.com or hospitalitytrends.eu we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the other trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.

This week, among other links to articles about the Robot Rosé that delivers wine to your room at hotel Trio in California and about a sustainable wine bottle made for 94% out of paper.

Select Palladium Hotel Group properties in the U.S.A. offer free medical insurance to guests and The new Tony’s Chocolonely Super Store is located in the heart of Amsterdam at the Beurs Building. With a video of the theme park they’re developing!

Pentatonic is a design and technology company that makes purpose from waste, they created furniture and textiles out of store waste for Starbucks and last year they created the Burger King Meltdown in the UK.

 We spotted a new hotel brand: the LyvInn, an extended-stay and transient hospitality concept and initial locations for this brand include Amsterdam. And an interesting read about apps trying to solve the surplus, here in the Netherlands we know ‘Too good to go’ but for example the app Karma makes an extra effort to prevent products going to waste.

For those living in London: there are about 45 Michelin star restaurants where you can eat out and pay partly with the ‘Eat Out To Help Out’ discount.

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Trends we spotted | Week 30

24-7-2020

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At horecatrends.com or hospitalitytrends.eu we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the other trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.

This week, among other links to articles about the ultimate post-lockdown party at East Asian Kitchen & Bar Lan Kwai Fong in london and ‘Cinéma sur l’Eau’ in Paris.

In the Chicago area, the fast food brand white Castle will start testing their Flippy ROAR (ROAR stand for Robot On A Rail) and in London at Fitzpark we spotted the parklets, created by Arup.  A high quality temporary space!

The Indian company Techmax Solution created a touchless elevator panel to fight against COVID-19 and in Stockholm a developer has made a new social distancing app for drinkers, called Byevid, it will help people track pub crowds in real time.

The Dutch solar designer Marjan van Aubel has introduced solar panels that look as if they are made from stained glass, as part of The Netherlands’ pavilion for the World Expo 2021 in Dubai. And IKEA will start selling their Swedish plant-bases meatballs this summer.      

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Meat of the future | Lab-grown KFC nuggets?

21-7-2020

  • KFC creates Meat of the future

KFC in Russia is taking the next step in its innovative concept of creating a ‘restaurant of the future’ by launching the development of innovative 3D bioprinting technology to create chicken meat in cooperation with the 3D Bioprinting Solutions research laboratory. The idea of ​​crafting the ‘meat of the future’ arose among partners in response to the growing popularity of a healthy lifestyle and nutrition, the annual increase in demand for alternatives to traditional meat and the need to develop more environmentally friendly methods of food production. The project aims to create the world’s first laboratory-produced chicken nuggets. They will be as close as possible in both taste and appearance to the original KFC product, while being more environmentally friendly to produce than ordinary meat. Receiving a final product for testing is already planned for this fall (2020) in Moscow.

Back in 2018 we wrote about JUST Meat and JUST Egg. JUST Meat was creating nuggets from chicken cells as well. At this moment we can only trace back JUST Egg so we think they didn’t have the means to stay in business till their product was approved. Lots of scientists believed this meat created from a single cell is one of the solutions for the environmental problems we are addressing at this moment. They also believe lab-grown meat will hit the market in the coming 5 years.

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Trends we spotted | Week 29

16-7-2020

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Here in the Netherlands it looks like we control the #Covid-19 outbreak and we’re trying to get used to the new normal. We wish all those living in areas where all the measurements against the pandemic are still in place to stay healthy and take care of each other.

At horecatrends.com or hospitalitytrends.eu we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the other trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.

This week, among other links to articles about the opening of the Brooklyn Dumpling Shop, an automated dumpling shop which is offering the first ‘Zero Human Interaction (Z.H.I.)’ restaurant experience ! And Phoenix Arizona will open the first Atari hotel with a video game theme.

Design and innovation firm Teague has developed a way to create an “air curtain” around each passenger for in plains. And at the Seaside Finolhu hotel you can book a ‘Beach Bubble’ on a small island at the Maldives! Sounds like the perfect getaway during the Covid-19 pandemic, although you might need the ‘air curtain’ during the flight to the Maldives!

The Chinese hotel chain Leyeju is perfect place for staying, taking into account the coronavirus. The hotel employs just two members of staff, it operates with an entirely automated experience. Both hotel chains Virgin Hotels and CitizenM also offer ‘contactless stays’ through their apps.

At Cakeland Gallery in Los Angeles, the exhibit called The Beauty War, will open this Friday, July 17,  reservations by appointment only and the exhibit will be on view until December 31, 2020.

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Trends we spotted | Week 26

30-6-2020

  • trends we spotted this week

Here in the Netherlands it looks like we control the #Covid-19 outbreak and we’re trying to get used to the new normal. We wish all those living in areas where all the measurements against the pandemic are still in place to stay healthy and take care of each other.

At horecatrends.com or hospitalitytrends.eu we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the other trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.

This week, among other links to articles about Prosecco Rosé that will hit the market in 2021 and about a Ramen Pizza, created by Pizza Hut and Japanese ramen chain Menya Musashi.

In Reykjavík ICE & FRIES opened their doors, a selfservice concept with a bionic bar. Two cocktail-shaking and dancing robots create more than 150 drinks per hour.

And in New York the city government is considering extensive road closures as part of its plans to slowly reopen its economy, The architecture and design company The Rockwell Group have created a modular kit to create safe terraces on the pavements.

Airbnb is going to measure discrimination at their platform, they’re creating a system in cooperation with Color Of Change and with guidance from civil rights and privacy rights organizations. The project is called Project Lighthouse. And Starbucks introduces an Impossible Breakfast Sandwich in selected locations in the U.S.  lees verder

The WELYNQ app , the smart green card for an event and hospitality visit

29-6-2020

  • De app van WELYNQ ontzorgt bij de controle gesprekken
  • De app van WELYNQ ontzorgt bij de controle gesprekken

Everyone is looking forward to visit events, theatres, a cozy terrace or booking a table in a restaurant. The event and hospitality industry is ready, but also knows that the requirements are strict. Here in the Netherlands everyone has to indicate to be healthy beforehand. Only when you answer all questions about your health positively, you get a virtual green card that allows you to enter either the event, theatre or restaurant. A great step forward, but there are quite a few snags. And what if it turns out that someone with corona was at the location you visited? Then you want to know that, too. WELYNQ has developed an app that solves it all.

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The Inn at Little Washington | Mannequins at tables to mark social distancing

15-5-2020

  • Social distancing by placing mannequins in the dining room at The Inn at Little Washington
  • Social distancing by placing mannequins in the dining room at The Inn at Little Washington

Restaurant The Inn at Little Washington in Washington VA (1,5 hours west of Washington D.C.) is on track to be the first three-Michelin-star restaurant to reopen in the U.S. The open for the Memorial Day weekend with ‘fresh air’ lunches at the more than 20 acres of outdoor space with many beautiful gardens which is located all around the property. Allthough they open this Memorial Day Weekend to have lunch in the gardens, they have opted to wait until Friday, May 29th to open the indoor dining rooms. With restrictions on capacity, Chef Patrick O’Connell has decided that empty tables will be theatrically dressed with mannequins. The Inn is working with local companies Signature Theater and Design Foundry to create the sets. Tables that are unable to be seated with actual guests will be an entertainment and design touchpoint to keep things interesting. The Inn at Little Washington is known for being reverently irreverent as is felt through playful experiences, such as the cheese specialist with mooing cow cart that speaks exclusively in puns or the dining room dress code: “no wet bikinis.”

A charming solution for empty spaces! We came across another restaurant in Bangkok (Thailand), here the owner placed stuffed animal panda’s at the empty seats. A bit of humour in the dining room and an opportunity to make some fun photo’s for guests. Like with the mannequins… Look at the image in this Dutch article:  In Gemany hotel Haase also uses mannequins to sit at the tables in their restaurant.

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Rombit’s Romware Covid Radius | Smart bracelet to simplify social distancing on the workfloor

14-5-2020

  • Rombit's Romware Covid Radius social distancing bracelet
  • Rombit's Romware Covid Radius social distancing bracelet

In April Technology company Rombit launched a digital bracelet to prevent coronavirus infections on the workfloor. The solution allows employees in construction, logistics and other heavy industries to resume work safely. Port of Antwerp started as the first to use this innovative bracelet. To produce this bracelet Rombit has added new functions to its existing safety bracelet, the Romware ONE. This will help employees to observe the strict precautions laid down by the World Health Organisation (WHO) while respecting the privacy of the wearer. The initiative is also a response to the call by the Flemish Government to create digital solutions for helping society through the current corona crisis.

These kinds of solutions would be great for the hospitality industry as well! Last month we already wrote about Aura Aware a smart distance awareness device, we then indicated that a wearable device would be a great asset for people working in restaurants, kitchens etcetera. It would even be better is the other person you meet doesn’t have to have the same device. The only challenge is to avoid too many signals in a restaurant ? We wonder if there will be affordable devices on the market soon….

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