Design Travel explores the interplay between design and travel. It might be a new hotel for business travellers, an airline collaborating with a world-renowned architect or a product designed specifically to enhance the travel experience. Our brief is to make you want to be there and inspire you to seek out incredible design examples when you travel, or in your own city. 

Stephanie Williams, is an interior designer,  writer and travel communicator. Stephanie was the first editor of Qantas epiQure and her work has appeared in magazines, newspapers, television and online.  She also has a love of fashion design, borne while working for Comme des Garcons

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FRESH EYES: New look for MO London Digs

FRESH EYES: New look for MO London Digs

Refresh at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London

One of our favourite hotels, the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London, is undergoing one of the most extensive renovations in its 115-year history and recently revealed the first part of the comprehensive multi million-dollar restoration with a new reception and lobby lounge. 

Internationally renowned designer, Joyce Wang, was commissioned to oversee the overall design concept, and has sought inspiration from the natural beauty of Hyde Park and been influenced by the glamour of the early 20th Century’s Golden Age of Travel. 

In the public areas, two huge glass chandeliers represent different stages of an opening flower. Elegant, acorn-inspired lights, carpets reminiscent of fallen leaves and bark effect wall coverings are all part of the new reception area.  Ensuring exquisite design and craftsmanship, Joyce worked with artisans to create bespoke pieces - from hand-etched mirrors, to unique pieces of art. A striking polished aluminium sculpture by Fredrikson Stallard dominates the reception area, while exquisite blown glass pieces by San Min Lee featuring Chinese pottery from the Ch’ing Dynasty, hang on either side of the newly created lobby lounge.

As the renovation rolls on, the hotel will reveal 181 refreshed guestrooms and suites, with the Knightsbridge facing accommodation available from the UK summer of 2017.  Art deco inspired features including carefully curated artworks and custom-designed furniture, will result in a warm and inviting environment. 

In the second phase of the renovation, two new luxurious penthouse suites will be created, with private terraces and extensive park views.  New York designer Adam D. Tihany has been appointed to oversee an inspirational and uplifting renovation of The Spa at Mandarin Oriental London, as well as a light refurbishment of the hotel’s popular restaurants and bar.  The hotel remains open throughout the renovation. 

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NEUTRAL ZONE: Swiss passenger ferry goes climate neutral

NEUTRAL ZONE: Swiss passenger ferry goes climate neutral