Hospitality design is a project type that not only offers some of today’s most inspiring design, but is a project type that reaches far beyond its own parameters, influencing a variety of other project types. Hospitality is the design of service-oriented projects like hotels, bars, restaurants, lounges, and spas. Ideas of beauty, luxury, and relaxation are instrumental in hospitality design projects. Hotels and resorts make up a large segment of the hospitality industry, which provide a peaceful respite for weary travelers, or a place to host business functions. Contract magazine is focused on covering a variety of hotel projects around the world, from large hotel chains to small boutique brands, in places like Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Canada, and across the United States.
Bars and restaurants are another huge hospitality industry sector, which offer a wide spectrum of architecture and interior design, from casual dining to fine dining. Design is crucial to setting the right tone for an establishment, which is why architects and interior designers put such care into selecting the right furniture, architectural products, and materials for each project they design. Hospitality design is an area that has evolved greatly over the years, as more casual approaches to luxury are seen even in the most high-end establishments.
Hospitality also has a growing influence on other project types such as office, retail, healthcare, and education. Designers use their skills to find a way to translate hospitality values of relaxation and comfort into these areas. Hospitality is also influencing the design of products traditionally used outside of hotels and restaurants, like office chairs, lighting, and flooring materials.