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Issue 73 www.gsmagazine.co.uk Inspiring Hospitality Design


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Cover Image Urban Lodge Hotel, Amsterdam Design: Fusion Interiors Group


Photography Aedas Interiors HK Kate Berry Adrien Daste Firefly Lighting Design Paul Griffiths Steven Joyce Michael Koeditz Angus Pigott Richard Southall, Emphasis Photography Chris Tubbs


Contributors Faye Gristwood Peter Veale


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editor’s note Now and then...


For design-interest magazines, like GS, there’s rarely been a more exciting time. It is worth remembering that modern design in hotels and restaurants has only been around for a few decades; interior designers were rarely even considered for these sectors pre 1980. Before then going to a restaurant was for occasions only, hotel restaurants were for residents only and hotels were rated for their comfort, service and location, not their concept or design. And in most cases the interiors were designed and decorated by the owners or the management , who were invariably male. Hospitality was very much a man’s world. At a recent industry event I had the pleasure of talking with two young female design students, one on placement and one attending college. Both were bright and ambitious and neither even considered that their sex could be a potential disadvantage to their chances of progressing in the world of design. Quite so, nor should it be. Although, had we had the same conversation thirty years ago it may well have been an issue. Women in business have come a long way in a relatively short time and this thought occurred to me when helping the organisers put together the seminar and mentoring programmes at the forthcoming Great Hospitality Show. As I write this we have about two thirds of the Seminar event complete and of the 23 speakers onboard so far thirteen are female. Similarly, fourteen professional business mentors are signed up, of which seven are female. I like to think that we have reached virtual equality between the sexes in terms of business opportunities although it must be recognised that we are very different species. As novelist Joseph Conrad observed, “Being a women is a terribly difficult task, since it consists principally in dealing with men.”


Stirling Johnstone Editor


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