Just like LE’s guest list is our edit of industry rebels, THE SHIFT is our edit of the most rebellious, inspiring and cutting-edge happenings in contemporary travel.

This is where you’ll find the most exciting new openings from around the globe; meet the rebels imagining the future of travel; and track the trends and innovations taking travel artistry to the next level.

16
Nov
2017
FROM CASH-SPLASHERS TO CREATIVES: THREE HONG KONG HOTELS TO WATCH

Hong Kong is, without doubt, is a city for big spenders – but also emerging on this piping-hot hotel scene are properties specifically geared towards the Creative Class. Nancy Huang introduces us to three who are shaking things up in the Pearl of the Orient.

Nienke Hoogvliet
15
Nov
2017
BE GOOD: THE DESIGNER WHO’S CHANGING THE WORLD, ONE WASTE MATERIAL AT A TIME

Who knew used toilet paper could be transformed into decorative bowls? Dutch designer Nienke Hoovliet sets an inspirational example for us all by finding beauty in the contents of your dustbin.

Magpie interiors
10
Nov
2017
THE NEW WAVE IN DINING: THE RISE OF THE GUEST CHEF

Traditional dining experiences are out, and the guest chefs are in. Sara D’Souza introduces us to the trendsetters creating food for thought, alongside innovative menus to die for…

09
Nov
2017
FROM LA, TO NEW YORK, TO BARCELONA: 2018 BRINGS WITH IT SEVEN NEW EDITION HOTELS

EDITION is due to open a whopping seven new hotels in 2018 – exciting stuff, we know. Paul DeVries presents his findings and some renderings to tickle our tastebuds before the dawn of the new year.

07
Nov
2017
INSIDE SCOOP WITH RAMI FUSTOK: THE MAN BEHIND THE MANDRAKE

Sultry and sublime, The Mandrake Hotel has already caused a stir, promising to be the sexiest addition to London’s thriving hotel scene. Amanda Ho catches up with its founder, Rami Fustok, to get the fabulous big picture on this brand-new establishment.

Seattle's skyline – photo by Peter West Carey
03
Nov
2017
CREATIVE HUBS: SEATTLE

Discover the fruits born from Seattle’s extensive transformation that coarse through the veins of its hotels, culture, and food and beverage hotspots.

Via Ancient Hearts
31
Oct
2017
INFLUENCE: CONTEMPORARY WITCHCRAFT AND THE NEW MYSTICISM

Influence is a new regular feature that explores the power of influencers in contemporary culture. Travel industry, beware: wellness, mysticism, spirituality and a dark moodiness have combined to brew a trend-setting, independent witch who y’all should be dying to meet.

30
Oct
2017
HOW AMERICA’S OPEN ROAD HAS BECOME THE FRONTLINE FOR INDIVIDUALISM

To blend or not to blend… That is the question. Homogenisation has littered American street corners and highway rest stops with uninspiring chains. James Davidson redirects us to the open road to find relief in the franchises wriggling free from the old cookie-cutter mould.

27
Oct
2017
WELCOME TO THE COLLECTIVE: A CITY INSIDE A CITY

It’s that time of year again: Welcome to the Collective has returned, and with it comes an awesome bunch of brand-new exhibitors raring to go for LE 2018. Meet three hotels posing as miniatures of their respective iconic cities.

26
Oct
2017
WHAT’S NEW ON THE US HOTEL SCENE?

Along comes autumn, and with it an influx of U.S. hotel openings that are worth shouting about. Rebecca Wallwork gives us the low-down on the exciting developments guaranteed to make a splash in the States in the months and years to follow.

25
Oct
2017
ANDAZ SINGAPORE IS WEEKS AWAY FROM OPENING

It’s been two years since we first talked of the Andaz Singapore… And despite all construction worries and odds, this Hyatt hotel is due to open its doors in a few weeks’ time. Paul DeVries gives us a sneaky preview before the grand opening.

20
Oct
2017
CREATIVE HUBS: BILBAO

Barcelona, Madrid and Cadiz had better watch out: Bilbao is on the up. Its gastronomy and art scene are smoking and beckoning travellers to come hither for an experience they won’t forget in a hurry.

18
Oct
2017
THE BIRTH OF THE VANILLA TOURIST AND THE DEATH OF COUNTERCULTURE

Where have all the individuals gone? James Davidson laments the homogenisation of travel and implores us to dare to be different in the new landscape of bland…

17
Oct
2017
WHY VISCERAL LANGUAGE IS THE NEXT BRAND-BUILDING TERRITORY

Symbolic, visceral and more closely linked to memory than any other sense, smell is a powerful brand language that convincingly conveys identity and differentiation; so why are many brands yet to crack the code of olfactive branding?

13
Oct
2017
DO YOU WANT COLLAGEN WITH THAT?

“Demand is changing; innovation is fast and well-documented; and fitness and nutrition are definite lifestyle choices that consumers aren’t willing to sacrifice whilst travelling”.

11
Oct
2017
THREE HOTELS BENEATH SHANGHAI’S ORIENTAL VENEER

Shanghai’s hotels are emerging from their ‘oriental’ shoebox, and are embodying all that is cool, inclusive and contemporary. How, you ask? Contemporary art, that’s how.

09
Oct
2017
BE GOOD: HOW TO TRULY EARN THE TITLE OF ‘DESIGN HOTEL’

Taipei’s Play Design Hotel shows wannabe ‘design hotels’ how it’s really done by telling the story behind that chair you’re sitting on…

05
Oct
2017
MEET THE NEW LITERARY SET

Tucking a slew of new hotels under its belt, Fitzrovia, Bloomsbury and Covent Garden are taking the mantle from Soho for the hottest new central London hoods.

04
Oct
2017
CREATIVE HUBS: LISBON

If you haven’t been to Lisbon, then quite frankly: where have you been? Dubbed ‘the New Berlin’, Portugal’s capital is well and truly on the up, now home to a constellation of design studios, art galleries and on-trend cafés.

02
Oct
2017
IT IS TIME TO EMBRACE CRAFT BEER’S CONTEMPORARY REVOLUTION

Whether it is hospitality and the brewing world colliding with all the conceited commotion of a BrewDog, sharpening up your local credentials, or offering something that X, Y, or Z aren’t down the road – embracing craft beer’s creative new wave could be a metaphor for any new trend: the important thing is avoid complacency. At all costs.

29
Sep
2017
CARLOS JOÃO PARREIRA ON SWITCHING OFF AND GETTING HANDS-ON

Slow-making, wabi sabi and hygge are giving rise to simple pleasures focused on connecting with the world and people around you. Ana Anjelic talks to Lusitano1143 founder, Carlos João Parreira, about craftsmanship, curation, authenticity in product design and customer communication, and global creativity.

Night view of Seoul
27
Sep
2017
HOTELS IN SEOUL ARE THE NEW THEME PARKS FOR ADULTS

Who ever said hotels were just a place to lie your head? It is time for hotels to think outside of the realm of a guest’s basic needs, and start thinking about good, old-fashioned entertainment-value. Nancy Huang shows us how hotels in Seoul are breaking down the boundaries to make their spaces as riotous and diverse as a theme park for adults.

15
Sep
2017
WHY CHINESE MILLENNIALS ARE FLOCKING TO THE COUNTRYSIDE

The boom of Chinese farmhouses in countryside regions echoes a new societal phenomenon similar to the Brooklyn-isation of the Western World, as younger generations seek a different lifestyle away from the urban tempo.

13
Sep
2017
MUJI SET TO TAKE ON THE HOTEL SCENE IN STYLE

Not quite content with dominating the quality stationary and household wares market, renowned Japanese brand Muji is set to take the hotel world by storm…

Katamama Bricks
11
Sep
2017
Be Good: How 1.8 Million Hand-Pressed Bricks Became a Symbol of Social Responsibility

Be Good is a new series that looks behind the buzzwords of conservation and social responsibility, uncovering stories from travel projects that are, simply, doing the right thing. This week: how design-led Bali hotel Katamama saved the fate of a village with 1.8 million hand-pressed bricks.

07
Sep
2017
CREATIVE HUBS: BOLOGNA

Bologna’s identity is diverse and dynamic, yet the city remains relatively unknown by tourists on their quest to see Italy’s most recognised landmarks.

05
Sep
2017
MADE HOTEL NEW YORK IS FINALLY OPEN

We’ve made no secret of our excitement about New York’s MADE Hotel, so we’re thrilled that the new boutique hotel with a global soul is now open in the NoMad area of Manhattan.

04
Sep
2017
COPACABANA ISN’T RIO’S ONLY BEACH, YOU KNOW

Rio’s overall beauty holds many microcosms with multifaceted cultures nurtured in different neighbourhoods that provide nuanced experiences of the city – check out the properties catering to the assortment of discerning travellers it entices.

31
Aug
2017
FIGHT CLUB: CAN THE HOTEL INDUSTRY WIN ITS WAR AGAINST AIRBNB?

Lawsuits and legislations are desperate and futile against a company that is valued as much as Hilton and Hyatt combined. Perhaps it’s time for hotels to reconsider what they are and what they can be, to embrace what Airbnb offers and to capitalise on what they don’t, argues James Davidson.

29
Aug
2017
#INTERIORPORN: REBELLIOUS DESIGN TRENDS TO TURN YOU ON

Who said contemporary has to mean minimalist? From souped-up classicism to eye-popping maximalism, the younger generation of rebel brands are constantly questioning what ‘the shock of the new’ means today. Emma Love trawls the ‘gram to bring you 2017’s hottest interior design trends.