HIX TALKS // 16 & 17 November

Taking place as part of HIX 2023 – Europe’s only hotel design event – HIX Talks is a two day series of panels, presentations and keynotes exploring the future of hotel design. Guided by this year’s theme ‘a room with a point of view’, the agenda for 2023 focuses on people, perspectives and progress, answering the big hotel design questions with actionable advice to take into your next project.

What’s next for inclusive design? How can hyperlocal hospitality positively impact local communities? What can hotels of the future learn from buildings of the past? Read on to discover this year’s sessions.

Register to attend HIX for free at www.hixevent.com


Studio Confidential: Tristan Auer

Go behind the scenes with one of Europe’s top design studios as acclaimed designer Tristan Auer and Managing Director Gaelle Rioualen discuss the ins and outs of running a world-leading practice. In line with the Festival of Hospitality theme ‘If:and:or:else’ exploring the power of design and operational choices, we get under the skin of what drives their decision making process and how this inspires and impacts their team, studio and projects.


Keynote: Johannes Torpe

From NASA nightclubs and immersive dining experiences to sensory retail solutions for high-end brands, Johannes Torpe is a champion of unconventional design thinking. Hear the inside story of his design POV and how he applies this to major projects worldwide as part of this engaging keynote.


Rooms with a point of view

Two studios. Two immersive hospitality experiences. Two visions of hotel design’s future. HIX has partnered with London’s Blacksheep and Wroclaws’ MIXD to create a pair of innovative room sets that explore the issues and opportunities of tomorrow’s hotel spaces. Join the designers at their respective on-stage interviews and hear the inside story of how they were brought to life.


Inclusive Design

Hotels have traditionally operated along highly segmented and distinct lines of price point, experience and a degree of exclusivity, but the inclusive design movement wants to change this and usher in a new wave of ultra-accessible and democratised hospitality spaces. What will this mean for hotel design and industry culture at large?


Tarek Merlin, Co-founder & Director, Feix&Merlin

Lorraine Copes, CEO and Founder, Beinclusive Hospitality

Alexander Matthams, Senior Inclusive Design Consultant, Buro Happold


Adaptive reuse

With reports predicting that 90% of future developments will be conversions of existing buildings, all eyes are on the architects to balance historic form and contemporary function. Hear how some of the biggest adaptive reuse projects in the country were achieved, and discover what hospitality projects of the future can learn from buildings of the past.

Sebastian Ricard, Director, WilkinsonEyre

Ryan Butterfield, Associate Director, David Chipperfield Architects

James Twomey, Board Director, Reardonsmith


Hyperlocal Hospitality

As hotels come to occupy increasingly close-knit communities, designers and operators are being asked to connect big brands with small locales. How can hospitality projects positively impact the locales they serve and contribute to a more responsible form of tourism?

Marie Soliman-Berglund, Founder & Creative Director, Bergman Interiors

Jonathan Ashmore, Founding Principal, Anarchitect

Veerle Donders, Director of Brand & Concept, Zoku

Henry Reeve, Director of Interior Design, Intercontinental Hotels Group


Risk / Reward

Fortune favours the bold, but what’s the reality of bringing an innovate hotel concept to the market? This specialist investment and development POV session in collaboration with The Annual Hotel Conference weighs in on a slate of new hospitality concepts and asks what the smart money is on for hotel design’s next chapter.

Tina Yu, Principal – KSL Capital Partners

Stuart Godwin, Managing Director, Lamington Group / Room2 Hometels

Harry Harris, Managing Director, SUSD London