Designing a hotel can be a lot of fun when it comes to filling it with playful items. The stars of the show for us are the artists and designers that we meet along the way.
You might not want a hosepipe lamp or a floating head in your house, but we love them in ours. So please let us introduce you to some of our favourite creative minds and the fantastic work they are doing…
A celebrity at Qbic London, Sander created many items throughout the hotel. From the dressfriends and hosepipe lamps in the rooms, to the hunters cabin and armchair in the lobby.
SanderBokkinga describes himself as an Urban Huntsman for Ingenious Freedom. Nonconformist by choice, connected to contemporary society yet always inclined to investigate and push boundaries. Our kind of guy!
Katrin Dekoninck the driving force of STUDIO KD, lives and works as a freelance designer and artist in Belgium.
Katrin created the ‘floating head’ or ‘Louis – I ain’t got nobody – Armstrong’ as we have come to know him based on her love for monumental sculpture in ceramics. Louis is permanently seated at the head of the table, and will gladly accompany anyone for coffee, food or cocktails…he’s a good listener and never speaks of the secrets he’s told!
Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba
Italian born Marcantonio is responsible for our beloved sending animals. On the surface they appear to be simple animals built from re-cycled freight boxes, but let your curious side out and you’ll discover that they offer a super handy storage solution. We just love unexpected design!
”I never give up irony; irony is a serious matter. If a good idea is even fun, I cannot resist to realise it” – Marcantonio
Annette Taylor-Anderson of ATA Designs worked with us to create an Urban London inspired wall mural as well as 5 different designs for our vending machines.
A London-based surface design specialist Annette loves a challenge – with every project comes new ideas and opportunity for collaboration – its this sentiment that attracted us to Annette…well, that and her great work!
The inspiration for each SlowWood design comes from a fascination with pure and simple perfection. The design process always involves answering the question how to create timeless, durable pieces that have a small ecological footprint.
Designer Christien Starkenburg believes in a slow lifestyle, which she applies in her work as well as in her life. Her pieces are sustainable and handcrafted by local artisans. Her manufacturing process is 100% eco-friendly and slow on purpose, allowing herself to give each design the utmost attention and care.
ear gardens was born with a mission to bring a microworld of nature into your everyday environment. Interning at a flower shop in London, Mei Yu was exposed to a terrarium for the first time and it was love at first sight.
A London based green venture, ear gardens creates terrariums and other small worlds, you will find a series of works that celebrate the English and Dutch countryside dotted across Qbic London. We love the tiny people living in our plants!