Few industries are subject to so much innovation and change as the hotel industry. How do people in it meet, keep up-to-date and exchange ideas? They go for a sleepover of course except, needless to say, just about the last thing they get round to is testing out the mattresses. This year industry experts converged on Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital city and Scandinavia’s leader in cutting-edge design and gastronomy.
GLM’s MD, Ian McKee, has just arrived back, sleep-deprived and highly stimulated, from the third annual Sleepover event which is organised by Sleeper Magazine, an international publication devoted to hotel design, development and architecture.
Taking place in a different city each year, the magazine’s annual Sleepover event plays host to over 100 hotel innovators from all over the world. The event serves as an opportunity for a select group of hotel owners, developers, operators, architects, designers and consultants to network and share ideas about the future of the hotel industry.
Attending this year were our long time collaborators and brilliant interior design firm, NoChintz. Perhaps not surprisingly, GLM and No Chintz’ highly innovative project John O’Groats (closer to Copenhagen than London) had not gone unnoticed by the assembled.
The event took place in Brochner Hotels’ new boutique hotel, SP34, in Copenhagen’s old Latin Quarter. The programme of events reflected the character of the host city and included foraging in the forest with representatives from Nordic Food Lab, a visit to Torvenhallerne food market and a boat tour along the canals.
Hotel SP34 (above).
For Ian, the city of Arne Jacobsen (SAS Radisson Hotel), Henning Larsen (Copenhagen Opera House) and Bjarke Ingels (Mountain Dwellings and 8 House) provided a gourmet feast of contemporary design. Where’s next?