Sleep & Eat 2019 to explore issues of technology

Eloise Hanson By Eloise Hanson
30 August 2019 | Updated 30 August 2019

UK: This year's Sleep & Eat show will return to the National Hall, Olympia London, to discuss the most challenging issues of the technical age.

Sleep & Eat is a design and innovation event for the hospitality sector, and is being held 19th and 20th November 2019 in London.

Brand director, Mark Gordon, commented on this year's theme of Social FlexAbility: "With the rise of electronic and social media, people are starting to disconnect from each other both by accident and choice. In the future, designers will be in the vanguard of combatting this social interactional shift by providing hospitality guests the opportunity to reconnect with others in-person and, indeed, to re-connect with themselves."

The event will feature an international exhibition of world-renowned manufacturers showcasing their design-led products. "The challenge for hospitality designers will be to provide flexible spaces where users can activate the social experience of their choice. This year, we will be asking our design collaborators to share their vision on how this might become reality in a hospitality setting," continued Gordon.

The pop-up Sleeper Bar - a place for visitors to network and socialise - will be created by Michaelis Boyd, the London and New York based architecture studio recognised for its emphasis on sustainable materials.

Working primarily with timber, Michaelis Boyd has drawn inspiration for the Sleeper Bar from a short story by Jean Giono titled 'The Man Who Planted Trees' which celebrates the power of the natural environment.

"We are both really looking forward to designing the Sleeper Bar. On our previous visits to Sleep & Eat we have been very impressed by the strength of the designs and the themes and we are excited to be adding our own spin this year. The theme of FlexAbility means we will be designing a dynamic and social hub for all this year's visitors," remarked co-founders Alex Michaelis and Tim Boyd.

Last year, Sleep & Eat welcomed a record number of designers and buyers from across the hospitality sector, including an increase of 24% in international visitors.

For more information about the 2019 event, click here.

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