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The future of design within hospitality and workplace environments

Ahead of the BCFA Open at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester on 4 – 5 October, Design Insider invited one of Edmund Bells’ designers, Tina Macdonald, to comment on the future of design within hospitality and workplace environments. Here is what she had to say:

What is exciting you about design in the North at the moment?
“As a supplier of contract fabrics, the proliferation of exciting new openings in the hospitality industry is a huge source of inspiration. From bars to restaurants to boutique hotels, boundaries are constantly pushed in terms of style and innovation. Here in Manchester, we are enjoying the exciting transformations in some of our iconic, historic buildings such as Hotel Gotham, Refuge at The Principal, and The French at the Midland Hotel. Also on our doorstep is the flourishing restaurant scene at Spinningfields and two vibrant centres of creativity in the Northern Quarter and Media City”.

What are your predictions for the future of design within hospitality / workplace environments?
“The increasing demand for individuality in contract interiors is a trend we see set to continue, with chain hotels, as well as individual boutique hotels, seeking to add style and character to their schemes in the form of bespoke prints and exclusive design.

Flexible, multi-purpose areas are becoming more common, blurring the lines between hospitality and the workplace. Reception / lobby areas are doubling as space for networking or a casual business meeting whilst hospitality environments provide a transient workspace for the growing number of freelancers”.

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With best regards

John Atherton
Managing Director


(Updated 9.50am, 5th January 2021)