Although modern interiors would continue to rule the root, a water palette consisting of glass, wood and pastel shade hard and soft finished would be in demand’, says Ar. Shalini and Ar. Amit Gehlot, A.S.A. Design Consultants
What according to you will be the key trends in interior design in the high-end luxury segment of hospitality industry?
We are already witnessing a shift from generic interiors to a more personalised ‘custom-made’ feel in the interior sector. International chains are introducing their lifestyle brands in the Indian market, which would further reinforce this trend. More and more local art and craft and cultural elements are being effectively used, blended in with modern interiors to give hotels a ‘sense of place’. We would also witness progressive integration of technology with interiors or increased guest comfort. One example is the lighting industry – mood lighting which is fast becoming industry standards.
Explain colours, materials, and types with emphasis on how it will be for high-end luxury segment.
We have seen a lot of products lately with cutting edge modern interiors with a minimalist palette consisting of glass, steel and mostly whites in hard and soft finishes. These unfortunately have not worked well as far as guest experience goes as the human nature demands a degree of warmth associated with an abode. Although modern interiors would continue to rule the root, a water palette consisting of glass, wood and pastel shade hard and soft finished would be in demand.
Apart from India, which are the other countries experiencing remarkable improvement in the sector?
Brazil, Russia, India and China.
Tell us about the branded hotel vs the other.
It would be worthwhile to note that the number of branded hotel rooms in a single city like NY exceeds that of the total number of branded rooms in India. Having said that a lot off bottlenecks need to be cleared in terms of tourism infrastructure in the country to be able to realise the full potential of this sector.
How can India benefit from the opportunities likely to be created from abroad?
Given the phenomenal growth in foreign and domestic traveller numbers, India has become a focus market for all major international hotel chains, so much so that the number of hotels operated by these chains is set to expand multi-fold within the next few years. As a result, we would witness a major change in the way hotel design was approached in this country, with these international behemoths bringing their own set of ‘brand standards’ on the table and demanding enforcement of American/European codes for fire and life safety, disabled access and so on, which are in most of the cases more stringent than the local codes. Having said that none of these chains overlook the importance of cultural sensitivity, and there is a conscious effort to amalgamate local material, design ethos and requirements into the hotels being designed.