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Design Hotels reinforce the "Design" essence

Claus Sendlinger, founder and CEO of Design Hotels?, is on a mission! To reinforce a simple but essential core message: the human factor - the essence of Design Hotels? and its member properties.Currently on a 17-city tour around the globe, Sendlinger is introducing Made by Originals, the company’s new message, which emphasises the people behind the hotels - Originals such as the ubiquitous designer Marcel Wanders or race car driver and hotel developer Emanuele Garosci. They are passionate, creative, authentic individuals as unique as the properties they have brought to life. 

“The importance of ‘soft factors’ such as quality of life, and well-being is growing along with a re-discovery of simple human, even humble values. We are also observing growing human-centric innovation within the hotel industry and the Originals we’ve chosen to portray are just a few of the people from our member portfolio, who are driving this movement forward,” says Sendlinger.

Made by Originals - What’s New and What’s Next?

The Originals are at the heart of the brand; their stories and their passion will be brought to the fore across all of Design Hotels?’ re-launched communication platforms. As of March 2009, Design Hotels? will have a new Design Hotels? Book, a new website, as well as a re-launched consumer magazine named New Directions.

Made by Originals Films


What makes an Original so original? Tenfilms on the new website about selected member hotels give spectators an up-close and personal look at the creative minds behind them. Marcel Wanders reveals “I feel a passion for creating and a passion for giving the best to people…to turn normal days into fabulous days.”

Cutting-edge film production by Gestalten has resulted in bespoke clips that are in sync with the Originals who are portrayed. Featured Originals are:

Emanuele Garosci of Palazzina Grassi in Venice, Italy

Marcel Wanders and Peter Lute of Lute Suites in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Christian Köck and Siv Sundf¾r of life medicine RESORT in Bad Gleichenberg, Austria

Reto Gurtner of RocksResort in Laax, Switzerland

Micky Rosen and Alex Urseanu of Roomers, The Pure and Gerbermuehle in Frankfurt, Germany

Kai Hollmann of The George, 25hours Hotel and Gastwerk in Hamburg, Germany

Lars Pihl and Anders Johansson of Nordic Light Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden

Jorge Cosme and Nini Andrade Silva of FontanaPark in Lisbon, Portugal

Antonio Pérez Navarro of Hospes Hotels throughout Spain

Carlos Couturier and Moises Micha of Grupo Habita throughout Mexico