Rotor Blade furniture | Recycling wind turbines
Rotor blades from wind turbines must be replaced every twenty years. Their synthetic materials make them difficult to recycle. Until today they were shredded and burned. Now they’re made into unique furniture pieces by the German design studio Tarantik & Egger. Great Great objects for restaurants and hotels that are committed to sustainability.
Andaz Munich in Schwabing | Latest hotel project by concrete
Concrete proudly presents the opening of its latest hotel project, the Andaz Munich in Schwabing. Like a kaleidoscope, the Andaz hotel reflects the culture and tradition of the neighbourhood, creating a stimulating and inspiring atmosphere where guests and locals can feel at home. Weaving state-of-the-art technology and old traditions into the interior, reflecting what makes Munich unique, forming a sense of tension that can be found throughout the hotel design. The many facets of Bavarian culture run like a leitmotif through the design. This is reflected from the largest scale to the smallest details. Many icons associated with the city of Munich have been reinterpreted or abstracted as small highlights drizzled throughout the hotel, while traditional materials have been given a modern interpretation via a contemporary design language, including a ‘golden pretzel’.
EARTH Water | 33cl cardboard packaging now 100% reusable
EARTH Water, the fairest water producer in the Netherlands, is taking a pioneering step in the sustainability of product packaging. By adding the new plant-based cap, the packaging material of the 33cl cardboard packaging is now 100% reusable. According to founder Henk Witteveen, this new bottle is the replacement for all plastic bottles. He says: “Twelve years ago, EARTH was the first producer to use cardboard as packaging material for mineral water. Now we are continuing the same innovative line with this plant-based cap in collaboration with Tetra Pak. We already received a huge number of requests from many catering associations for an alternative to the plastic bottle.”
Spirited Union Distillery | The first rum distillery in the Netherlands
The grey cobblestone streets and stately canal houses of Amsterdam; they are far from the sandy beaches, palm trees and ferocious pirates we associate with rum. Nevertheless, it was under the Dutch rain where the Spirited Union Distillery and its Union55 rum were created. In 2015, Ruben Maduro found himself fed up with the sickly sweet and artificial flavors in his beloved (spiced) rums. “I travelled all over the world as a brand ambassador, bartender and trainer. And one thing struck me: The lack of innovation in rum.” One and a half year later, in early 2017, an experiment had evolved into an uncategorized rum. A botanically infused one..
Grapekeeper | Red or white wine from your own sustainable vineyard
Grapekeeper offers the possibility to make your own wine from your own vineyard in Italy, Spain or Germany. Thanks to a simple concept, now everyone can be a winemaker. With the motto “Drink well, do good”, Grapekeeper uses sustainable vineyards and processes and the knowledge of wine experts to produce complex, high-quality wines.
The concept is simple: you choose your favorite wine and the amount of square meters. Based on that, Grapekeeper selects the perfect sustainable vineyard for you. You can follow the process of your wine through updates or even visit your vineyard in real life. When the wine is ready, you will receive your own bottles of wine with your customized label on it.
Great idea to personalize your house wine as restaurant!
The design of Dexamenes Seaside Hotel | Hotel rooms in old wine tanks
Dexamenes Seaside Hotel is located on Kourouta beach on the western coast of the Peloponnese in Greece and it will open May 2019. The hotel has been created on the site of an abandoned winery. The derelict, industrial structures that characterize the site have been left relatively untouched since the 1920’s but Nikos Karaflos, a visionary entrepreneur-turned-hotelier changed that! The old tanks have been converted into 34 guestrooms, many of which have a private patio overlooking the sea. The design with a lot of steel, glass, concrete and timber, is led by K-Studio.
Vegotel opened its doors | Ecofriendly b&b
Vegotel is located in a farmhouse, dated from 1885, nearby the sea in the north of the Netherlands. It is a very quiet and peaceful area but even more important is the vegan concept that vegotel persists. Breakfast and rooms, everything in this 2-room bed & breakfast is all about veganism.
Trends we spotted | Week 10
At hospitalitytrends.eu we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the smaller trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.
This week, among other links to articles about the ‘Bar of Yes’ in London en IHOP (International House of Pancakes) created some fakenews with their IHOb rebranding! And KLM (our Royal Dutch Airline) is offering ‘Take-off tips’ through holographic travel kiosks.
We know that there are stunning hotel suites all over the world, but this suite in Las Vegas beats a lot! This suite at the Palms Casino resorts is decorated by the artist Damien Hirst. And a list of 10 great Escape Rooms from around the world with the rooms of ‘Sherlocked’ in Amsterdam on it!
We also spotted a Japanese Café that has robots as staff that are controlled by disabled people. And in the USA joins Pizza Hut forces with FedEx to explore the FedEx SameDay Bot for delivery.
Also: IKEA created an air purifying curtain, the GUNRID and KFC is crowdfunding its next marketing gimmick!
The Student Hotel is coming to Delft | Opening will be in the summer of 2020
The Student Hotel (TSH) with locations in Amsterdam (2), Eindhoven, Maastricht, Groningen, Rotterdam, The Hague, Barcelona, Paris, Florence and Dresden will open a new location in Delft next year. By the summer of 2020 this unique concept will have eight locations in the Netherlands.
Sonder | Airbnb-like apartment with the luxury of a hotel
Sonder, Airbnb-like apartments but with the luxury of a hotel. That’s how Sonder tries to fill a gap in the market. The difference is that Airbnb units are actually apartments from local residents while Sonder’s apartment-style units are owned by the company itself. This allows them to ensure that the quality stays high as standard and radiates the luxury of a hotel.