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Friday, February 11, 2011

DESIGN HOTELS LAUNCHES TWO BOOKS FOR 2011

INSPIRING PLACES, SPACES AND STORIES
 
Berlin, February 10, 2011 – Interesting personalities, creative minds and colorful life stories are just some of the qualities found in the hoteliers behind members of Design Hotels™. To celebrate their originality Design Hotels™ is releasing the new Design Hotels™ Made by Originals book containing backstories, surprising anecdotes, and inspiring moments of the driving forces and creative spirits behind the world's most expressive hotels. The book is in addition to the annual publication The Design Hotels™ Book Edition 2011 which showcases 200 member hotels in 120 destinations across the globe. Both can be purchased through www.designhotels.com/shop.

"This is the first year we are dedicating an entire book to the people behind our properties. We want to showcase the Design Hotels™ community of creative people, including hoteliers, architects, artists and designers, and offer the reader a more personal way to get to know our 200 hotels. The book highlights the imaginative spirit that shapes our brand through a series of in-depth portraits of the Design Hotels™ 'Originals' - the people who make our member hotels so extraordinary," says Design Hotels™ Founder and CEO Claus Sendlinger.

The Design Hotels™ Made by Originals book
The Design Hotels™ Made by Originals book features 33 stories on the original people behind the member hotels, written by international journalists and illustrated by renowned photographers and artists. Originals presented include Shahé Kalaidjian, owner of the chic Hotel Sezz Saint-Tropez, who gives a glimpse into his world of polo, traveling and life on the Côte d'Azur, and reflects on his long friendship with designer Christoph Pillet. Alessandro Catenacci, owner of the newly-opened Nobis Hotel, talks about his passion for family and food, and gives his tips on discovering the real Stockholm. Also featured are the entrepreneurs behind the Germany-based 25hours Hotel Company, a high-glam-budget-minded group of properties that will have two new additions this year in Vienna and Hamburg. The visionary behind Park Hotel Group, Priya Paul, whose newest hotels include The Park Hyderabad and The Park Pod Chennai, shares her life story about how she took over her father's hotel group at just 23, transforming it from a small collection of properties to a portfolio of modern and experimental boutique hotels. Martin Lee also shares his vision of The Mira Hong Kong, a high-tech luxurious urban retreat partly designed by celebrity lifestyle guru Colin Cowie.

Retail price: EUR 44.00 | ISBN: 978-3-89955-364-2 | Hardcover, 368 pages, 32.5 cm x 23 cm

The Design Hotels™ Book Edition 2011
The Design Hotels Book Edition 2011 includes 200 properties with generous layouts, stunning photography, and descriptions that whet the appetite for real-life experience. These expressive properties act as neighborhood hubs that are part of the fabric of their locations. From urban centers to rural retreats, these meeting places are brought to life thanks to an original hotelier and a team of creative minds behind the hotel, from lighting designers and graphic artists to architects and chefs. The book includes insightful text, arresting imagery and in-depth hotel reviews which are certain to inspire the savvy, design-minded traveler of the 21st century and transport the reader into the Design Hotels™ community.

Retail price: EUR 44.00 | ISBN: 978-3-89955-340-6 | Hardcover, 424 pages, 32.5 cm x 23 cm

The Design Hotels™ Books Limited Collector's Edition
Design Hotels™ presents both books in a limited collector's edition, wrapped in a specially designed cardboard carrying case by Berlin-based MaginWulf Studios. This specially-priced set is only available for a limited time.

Retail price: EUR 69.00 | ISBN: 978-3-89955-341-3 | Hardcover, 45.5 cm x 32.8 cm

Where to Buy
The books are available to buy at www.designhotels.com/shop, member hotels and selected book retailers worldwide.


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