Sleep announces its conference keynote speakers

Sleep, Europe’s leading hotel design and development event, has announced the four visionary keynotes which will headline its conference this year. As to be expected from a show that is delving into the science and art of design and putting this in the context of hotel development and operations, the speakers are diverse, entrepreneurial and creative, mercurial and contemplative.

They are: Sharan Pasricha, founder and CEO of Ennismore; Loh Lik Peng, one of the world’s most prolific hoteliers and restaurateurs; author, illustrator and hotel reviewer, Joanna Walsh; and the joint founders of Space Copenhagen, Signe Bindslev Henriksen and Peter Bundgaard Rützou.

Opening the conference on Day One, Tuesday 22nd November, Sharan Pasricha is the inspiration behind the development of The Hoxton hotels and the soon to launch NoCo, a brand set to challenge the status quo of the budget hotel sector. The investment company which he founded, Ennismore, owns Gleneagles, and he is famous for throwing a daily ‘curveball’, resisting the experts and ignoring the crowd. Sharan will be speaking at 10.30 on Day One.

When Joanna Walsh became a hotel reviewer, she came to see hotels as places where our desires go on holiday but as also places where our desires are shaped by the hard realities of the marketplace. The result was her book, Hotel, part memoire and part meditation on hotels as modern sites of gathering and alienation. Join her at Sleep as she offers her probing, humorous and highly confessional views. Joanna will be decoding hotels at 14.15 on Day One.

Space Copenhagen has been turning heads in the hospitality world for a while, initially with its work for the Michelin-starred Noma and Geranium restaurants. 2016 has really proved to be the studio’s year with the company winning its first commission in New York – the design of 11 Howard, a hotel full of NY attitude but with Scandinavian essence, while also collaborating with Manhattan Loft Corporation on a cool new hotel due to rise over East London. Hear the founders, Signe Binslev Henriksen and Peter Bundgaarde Rützou in conversation at 14.15 on Day Two.

The grand finale of the conference promises to be worth the waiting. Loh Lik Peng, the founder of the Unlisted Collection, a group of uniquely stylish hotels and restaurants in London, Singapore, Shanghai and Sydney, will reveal how his touch and charm with partners such as designers Neri & Hu and chef Jason Atherton, has allowed him to create unique experiences time and again. Loh Lik Peng will give Sleep’s concluding keynote starting at 17.00 on Day Two.

The Sleep Conference, which is free-to-attend, will also comprise panel discussions on topics such as cruise ship design, art in hotels and the hotel development horizon as well as round table opportunities to meet industry leaders and project team specialists.

Sleep will take place on Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd November at the Business Design Centre in London.