Trends gathering pace in the hospitality sector often transfer over to interior design and for this reason Sleep+Eat is always an important and interesting event for Trend-Monitor to cover.

Taking place in London on 18th and 19th November 2019, the show attracted a varied crowd with more than 4,600 designers, architects, developers, hotel owners, restaurateurs, design consultants and members of the press travelling to be at the event from all over the globe.

While the emphasis was still on bathroom products, the show is no longer purely a bathroom design exhibition, and the event played host to a greater number of exhibitors than in previous years, with plenty on display to hold visitors’ attention.

Here are the important trends from the show:-

Trend #1 Social FlexAbility

Each year the organisers of the show invite several designers to create Guest Roomsets according to a particular theme, and this year’s theme was Social FlexAbility. The challenge was to design social spaces to combat the isolation created by technology in a digital age, and six studios devised four roomsets, and two restaurant and bar sets to this brief.

Miaja Design Group and SpaceInvader’s sets promote face-to-face interaction.

Miaja Design Group Social FlexAbility theme Sleep+Eat 2019

Name Architecture’s restaurant concept for a continuous table is designed to activate the social experience.

Trend #2 Colour

The big story at this year’s show was the use of colour, and manufacturers were showcasing an array of products intended to tap into consumers’ newly acquired taste for bold interiors.

On the bathroom side, there were Bette’s recently launched BetteCraft basins in the brand’s new Effect colours. Also Victoria & Albert Baths’ Ios bath, which is available in a range of RAL shades.

BetteCraft basins

While the multi-functional roomset designed by Twenty2Degrees represented a vibrant explosion of colour.

Trend #3 PVD Finishes

Previously only used on watches and door hardware, Physical Vapor Deposition coating techniques have burst onto the bathroom scene in a big way.

The application of this process on brassware products has enabled manufacturers to create dazzling metallic effects that are both hard-wearing and resistant to tarnishing, giving them free rein to take full advantage of the booming colour trend.

Showcasing their PVD brassware products was Roca with its Everlux finishes in Gold, Titanium Black and Rose Gold that it has introduced across its Naia, Fanta and Insignia ranges, and Methven with its Black, Graphite and Gold finishes on its award-winning Turoa collection of showers, brassware and accessories.

Trend #4 Slim Profiles and Sharp Angles

New manufacturing techniques are also enabling brands to create products with sharp angles and slim profiles that have not been possible up until now.

Grohe was unveiling its 3D-printed Icon tap to the UK market for the first time at the show, while Hansgrohe’s Axor Edge brassware collection was also making a splash.

Meanwhile, over on the Cosentino stand, the new colour additions to the Dekton Slim collection were attracting plenty of attention. Pictured here on kitchen cabinet doors, the 4mm ultra-thin surface solution was originally available in nine colours, but now architects and designers have four new gloss colours and six new matte ones to choose from.

Trend #5 Texture

The popularity of matte finishes and smooth textures continues unabated. Methven was highlighting its new matte black finish on its halo-shaped Aio collection, and Kaldewei was exploring the colour theme with its Miena washbasins in a matte grey finish.

Meanwhile Arte was taking texture to a whole new level with its Velveteen wall coverings that create an intriguing interplay between light and shadow, adding a luxe, individual look to an interior.

Trend #6 Bespoke

The ability to adapt products to create a distinctive style has particular appeal for hotel designers wishing to create a unique look for their venues, and brands were highlighting the flexibility of their product ranges and the ability to adapt them in different ways.

Laufen was showcasing its bespoke capabilities with its made-to-measure sanitaryware that can be tailored to suit interior schemes, and Crosswater was demonstrating how different finishes can be combined on the same tap to create a unique style.

Kriskadecor’s bespoke metal chain art enables hotel, restaurant and bar designers to divide spaces and cover walls in a completely original way.

Trend #7 Sustainability

The cost-saving benefits of sustainable products are not lost on hotel owners, and manufacturers such as Methven, with its V-Jet spray technology delivering a flow rate of 9 litres per minute, were displaying their ranges of water-saving products.

Blazing a trail on the innovation front was Laufen with its Save! Concept that it first unveiled at the ISH show in Frankfurt last year and which is inching towards production. The product aims to reduce excessive nitrogen levels in the environment caused by urine in sewage, and works by diverting urine from waste water towards a concealed outlet. Once the urine has been diverted and trapped, it can then be treated and used as a fertiliser.

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