Prague’s Maximilian Hotel reopens following redesign by Conran and Partners
One of Prague’s most established boutique hotels, Maximilian, has reopened after a refurbishment programme by Conran and Partners.
Where we live has always evolved – what can be achieved for the ever-changing demands of the client, from student accommodation to high-end build to rent resi.
We speak to Basha-Franklin, the designers taking on the LIVING experience at Mix Design Collective 2019.
Basha-Franklin are an award-winning design practice, delivering amazing spaces since 2007. Experts in commercial and residential interiors, the practice are currently designing a high-end residential interior at the new Herzog and de Meuron development in Canary Wharf. ‘The interior spaces connect with the architecture and waterside location. It’s been a great opportunity to develop our interest in craft and ideas about lasting design,’ said Olivia Hrvojevic, Associate at Basha-Franklin. ‘Several bespoke elements are being developed to explore pattern and materiality. This includes a patterned stone floor finish, a smoked reeded glass screen and custom marble bathroom fittings.’
What has been the inspiration for the LIVING experience at Mix Design Collective?
Our design is inspired by the rise of emotional design and interest in craft. It explores how spaces can be layered to create a deeper sense of emotional connection. In response to digital fatigue and global homogenisation, our design explores a desire for the unique, for character and depth. ‘Getting involved with Mix Design Collective is a great opportunity to collaborate with design partners old and new, to creatively respond to the theme of LIVING, and to engage with the Northern A&D community and property market.
What are the current trends in the world of commercial interiors?
Alongside a focus on wellbeing, there’s been significant growth in the global craft economy. As more people embrace creative activity as a way to switch off and relax, there is a renewed appreciation and desire for handcrafted, bespoke and unique finishes and products. ‘Looking forward, sustainability is at the forefront of our minds, and we see a growing need for sustainable materials with a circular life cycle – particularly the further development of plant-based materials, such as vegan leather.
What kind of role do materials and emotional design play in a living space?
Materials and emotional design influence how we respond and connect with any environment. Simplicity of design, natural materials and warm lighting create a feeling of calm. Nostalgia often evokes feelings of happiness, love and joy, typically people remember positive experiences that are unlikely to recur. Interestingly, people who use home automation technology are better able to visualise their homes and have a stronger emotional connection to them. Materials and emotional design are a powerful way to evoke all kinds of emotional response from a space. In our experience, highquality spaces make people feel valued.
Olivia is creative, strategic and technically capable in equal measure. She has design, team leadership and project delivery experience drawn from working across a broad range of sectors including workplace, education, healthcare, civic, cultural and retail design in both Australia and the UK. Her principle goal is to create spaces that make the most of every opportunity to achieve a high-quality user experience. Her passion for design and pragmatic approach sees an unwavering commitment to maintain design vision and integrity through all project stages.
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There were (even if we say so ourselves) a lot of ticks in boxes when it came to Mix Design Collective 2019. This unique design event, held at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate, showcased the best of commercial interiors across nine specially curated experiences, created by leading designers and featuring world-class product design. Tick!