Designing in a post-lockdown reality

During the #DesignPopUp Virtual Panel webinar on Tuesday 26th May, four guest speakers from the industry discussed the future of design in the hotel and the hospitality sectors. The speakers included Emma Franks – Head of Interiors, ISA Architects (Apex Hotels), Gordon McKinnon – Global Brand Veteran for Radisson, Malmaison, SAS Hotels, Hotel Missoni and many others, Ian Springford – Chairman, Apex Hotels and Ross Hunter – Founder & Director, Graven Images.

We were delighted to support and sponsor this very interesting panel discussion, which is now available on demand on

Here's an extract by Domus: 

"Short-term impacts & long-term trends

The main focus of the webinar was the short-term impacts and the long-term trends that are expected to arise in the hospitality sector as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and how future designs are likely to be affected. The aim was to highlight how architects and designers may be able to assist in overcoming both short and long-term issues, offering insight, solutions and ideas to anyone designing in the hospitality sector.

Architect and Apex Hotel chairman Ian Springford explained how it is a continually moving picture with “no clear guidance, making it difficult to predict long term changes”. But one thing we know is that people need to learn to live with and accommodate the virus, for now at least. And we all have a responsibility to do what we can to halt its spread. Boutique hotels and independent restaurants have the opportunity to adapt and evolve their offering faster than big chain hotels, and we may see that rural locations have an advantage over city locations."