Qbic Hotel London – Meet the Designers behind the scenes of this new cool and trendy hip Hotel
Qbic Hotel London Behind the Scenes
Can you believe it’s only been almost 5 months since the new Qbic Hotel London City opened its doors to the public on 12th November 2013. This cool, chic and affordable London boutique hotel has settled nicely in to become an integral part of East London’s already vibrant community. Already it feels like a (very comfy) part of the furniture. I’m eager to spend a night or two there when I’ve finally sorted out my work schedule for 2014.
It’s been a pleasure working on the Qbic Hotel project. Introduced to me by Paul Rinkens (Qbic’s founder) who asked me to design a wall mural for the hotel’s dining/living area and library (see “Mind the Gap” mural). I also had fun working with LabordusProjects creating the designs for Qbic’s vending and kiosk machines. Seeing the development of the hotel from start to finish was an amazing experience.
To help Qbic achieve it’s uniquely innovative design concept, award-winning interior design firm Blacksheep was approached to partner with them on the design of their latest establishment, a sister hotel to Qbic Amsterdam. Blacksheep skilfully interpreted Qbic’s ethos. Designing a comfortable and welcoming space, creating a truly communal experience. Blacksheep has certainly ticked all the boxes with their expertise on this project, I must say. Read Blacksheep’s story: Qbic Hotels – Creating A Community Experience)
LabordusProjects also worked very closely with Qbic and was responsible for the complete management, consultancy and delivery of key aspects for the scheme. This includes organising the whole lobby, entrance and all floors (173 rooms), curtains, loose furniture in the rooms including the carpet tiles and lighting for the corridors.
Here are further pictures of products and companies involved in the project. I hope I haven’t missed anyone?
The Making of the Cubi video. Buro RAAK are responsible for the concept development, design and engineering of the Cubi.
Qbic Hotel London has generated a lot of interest from the press and social media channels thanks to PRCo. Here are just a few:
- Premiere Hospitality (Feb 2014)
- We Heart (Jan 2014)
- Premier Construction News (Jan 2014)
- Premier Hospitality (Dec 2013)
- Sleeper Magazine (Issue 51 Nov/Dec 2013 – see pages 61-65)
- Design Milk (Dec 2013)
- Boutique Hotelier (Nov 2013)
- Wallpaper (Nov 2013)
- Seed (Nov 2013)
- Contemporist (Nov 2014)
- Hospitality Interiors (Sept 2013)
Meet the designers behind the project
- ATADesigns – (wall mural design, kiosk/vending machine designs)
- Blacksheep – (interior design, lighting and furniture design)
- Buro RAAK (responsible for the concept development, design and engineering of the Cubi)
- Floris Hovers – (plank chair design)
- Forest London shop – (provided furniture, responsible for overall styling of the dining/kitchen area)
- Jonathan Vos Photography – (photographs in Cubi)
- LabordusProjects –(responsible for the complete organization of the hotel)
- Marama – (sending animals)
- Naturalmat – (bed and mattress supplier)
- Naturalmat and Qbic
- Rug-Maker – (stamp rugs)
- SanderBokkinga – (dressfriend, sunny relax chair & lamp, hunt hut)
- SlowWood – (tables)
- Studio KD – (head sculpture)
- Vita Air – (fragrance and air vitalisation)
- PRCo – (The largest international specialist travel PR agency, representing the world’s foremost luxury hotel, property, and spa brands.
Visit: Qbic Hotel London City