Over the years, Sleep & Eat has collaborated with some of the world’s most revered creative minds from across the globe. With an illustrious record of acclaimed and award-nominated Sleep and Eat Sets to their names, our talented cohort of designers don’t stop creating at the close of the show…
From London to New York, from Moscow to Japan, we take a journey through the continents to explore the newest projects of our unstoppable designer alumni.
CRÈME / Jun Aizaki Architecture
Creator of the 2018 Sleeper Bar and award-winning founder of Brooklyn-based design practice, CRÈME, Jun Aizaki’s latest restaurant projects are truly the crème de la crème of New York city. Born from the creative vision of the CRÈME team, NYC-based Thai restaurant, Wayla, was completed late last year. Nestled in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the 40-seat subterranean dining room takes inspiration from the lively street markets of Bangkok. Featuring brick walls, deep red and turquoise banquette seating, and colourful teal ceramic tiled counters, shelves of ornaments from Thai antique markets line the perimeters of the space. Bamboo and wicker chairs are seated around vintage ‘Southeast Asian wedding banquet tables’ – also sourced from traditional antique markets – offset by the warming glow of hanging string lights and candlelit lanterns.
Shortly before the completion of Wayla, CRÈME oversaw the design of Mint Kitchen – a health-centric Israeli restaurant in the heart of New York’s West Village. Orienting its 50 seats around a theatrical central open kitchen, housing a copper-coated Taboon Oven as a focal point, the space is detailed with emerald tiling and quartz countertops. An orange neon logo welcomes visitors upon arrival, in powerful contrast with the cool gray and green interior palette. A live plant wall festooned with trailing mosses and hanging ivies brings the space to life, back-lit to cast an ethereal green glow.
Sleep & Eat’s 2019 VIP Lounge ‘Gather’, designed by MEGRE INTERIORS has since been shortlisted in the European Bar/Club/Lounge category of the International Hotel and Property Awards 2020. ‘Gather’ was unveiled by MEGRE INTERIORS at the Sleep & Eat event in 2019, providing a home to the VIPs of the show, press events, hospitality leaders meetings, and official celebrations.
MEGRE INTERIORS also received nominations in two other categories. ‘Atelier de tartetelettes’, a dazzling pastry shop inspired by the golden bases of the French tartelettes and white whipped cream it sells, was shortlisted in the ‘Restaurant – Europe’ category. Located in the trendy Patriki district of Moscow, the ‘instagrammable’ space has received widespread acclaim for it’s distinctive and evocative look.
Sartoria Lamberti, an Italian restaurant at the Ritz Carlton Hotel Moscow designed by MEGRE INTERIORS, was also shortlisted in the ‘Restaurant within Hotel’ category. At the gastronomic parlour, guests are immersed in the magic of an Italian atelier and Italian cuisine. The results of the awards will be announced on 26th June.
Designers of Sleep & Eat 2018’s ‘Anticaff’, a reconceptualisation of the traditional British cafe, 3Stories have scarcely paused for breath since their appearance at the show. From the UK’s first ‘Sweet Chick’, a hugely popular American fried chicken joint, to a cutting-edge Deliveroo collection shop in Hong Kong, 3Stories have stamped their hallmark playful style on design projects the world over.
The London-based interiors company have just completed work on their newest project, Goods Way. A multi-faceted entertainment and hospitality destination in London’s Kings Cross (spearheaded by Mumford & Sons pianist, Ben Lovett), Goods Way endeavours to immerse visitors in the ‘New Orleans experience’. Inspired by the Southern States, the scheme is complete with cobblestone flooring and metal-railed balconies. The venue also boasts a centralised food and drink area, a 600 capacity music venue, multi-story bar, and private cocktail lounge.
Following their successful conversion of Hotel Indigo Antwerp in 2018, 3Stories are currently working on the refurbishment of the franchise’s newest London edition, Hotel Indigo Clerkenwell, as well as a new Liverpool-based Jo&Joe ‘Open House’, in association with Accor.
MIAJA Design Group
Across the ocean, 2019 Sleep Set designer, MIAJA Design Group, have just finished work on an awe-inspiring revamp of Club Med Sahoro Hokkaido in Japan. Taking its cues from locally-inspired design, the space offers guests a deep dive into the Ainu culture of Hokkaido. Weavings, carvings and embroideries by the Ainu are set against more contemporary Japanese elements, such as light-toned wood and rough stone.
Speaking to Top Hotel News, MIAJA Group Founder, Isabelle Miaja said: “I want the resort guests to experience a traditional Japanese setting with a contemporary feel. I like to take creative inspiration from local culture and translate the beauty of these traditions into a modern aesthetic with a unique stamp of authenticity”.
Since the debut of their vibrant guestroom Sleep Set at Sleep & Eat 2019, twenty2degrees have worked on numerous projects for key hotel chains. At the beginning of this year, the Brit List (2019) accredited design firm completed work on an impressive two-phase refurbishment of Budapest Marriott Hotel. Renovations began with the brand’s signature ‘greatroom’ concept, harmonising reception, lobby lounge, bar and restaurant in a single open space. twenty2degrees also introduced Marriott’s first ‘disruptive bar’ in the hotel’s lounge – a free-standing island bar designed to evolve through the day, from morning coffee and pastry service, through to evening cocktails.
Meanwhile, in Cambridge, The Fellows House, part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, is nearing completion. Comfortably residential in ambience and with bespoke artworks inspired by the university fellows, the hotel will be full of independent spirit and a home-away-from-home.
Find out more about the new wave of Sleep and Eat Set designers on board for Sleep & Eat 2020.