Caroline Cundall, GA Design International
HI DESIGN EMEA BUYER DELEGATE
What is your role within your company?
I was made an Associate of GA Design 3 years ago and am also in charge of the FF&E Department with a staff of 8 people.
What is the purpose of your department/s within the company? Or tell us more about your business.
We are a London based company that specialises in Hotel interior design and the majority of our projects run for several years from concept to completion. My department specialises in creating design schemes and presentations through to writing full FF&E specifications and supervising at the installation stage. We work with many exclusive hotel chains including Hyatt, Four Seasons, Marriott and Starwood.
What are the future plans for your company within the EMEA region?
Our projects range from modern urban hotels in London, Riyadh and Cairo through to luxury resort hotels in Marrakech, Luxor and Mallorca. We have an office in Budapest that also brings in new projects from around Europe and the Middle East.
Tell us about the projects you will be working on over the next 3 years?
We are currently working on two major new London hotels, one of which is the Renaissance St Pancras Hotel which is an exciting refurbishment of an iconic London building. This year sees the completion of our Four Seasons Riyadh refurbishment and the newly built St Regis Hotel in Osaka, Japan. We have several exciting new projects happening in India and Asia as well as in Portugal and Mallorca.
What made you to decide to attend HI DESIGN EMEA?
I attended HOTEC a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed the experience so felt this year it was high time I made it to HI DESIGN EMEA. This is a great opportunity to meet with so many new and known suppliers and is an intense but highly rewarding weekend.
What do you expect to achieve at HI DESIGN EMEA?
I am always keen to see exciting new products and suppliers that I have not come across before. I am also looking forward to catching up with people I have already met over the years and seeing what new items they have to offer.
Are there any specific products/solutions you are hoping to find at HI DESIGN EMEA?
I am particularly interested in gaining more knowledge of products with environmentally friendly attributes.