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Mr. King

Tim King

Design Director, Luxlo

Tim King is the principal designer for Luxlo, a luxury London-based residential developer, which is now making its first foray into Beverly Hills. Mr. King has collaborated with some of most iconic innovators and trendsetters in the hospitality and lifestyle space and recently completed a total redesign of Mosaic Hotel. Through his diverse experience in all aspects of architecture, design, space planning and project management, Mr. King has developed the distinct daring style he is best known for today—bold interiors that strike a playful balance between the classic and the contemporary. Born and raised in West London, Mr. King's family was always involved in real estate, hence his early inspiration. He attended boarding school, where he received a well-rounded education. During summers and holidays, he traveled extensively with his family, taking in arts & architectural experiences from around the world. Inspired by his travels, Mr. King went on to study interior architecture at Brighton University before securing a job with Northacre, a high-end development firm in London. During this time, he worked on prestigious projects from large residential homes to several projects in Dubai, a palace in Riyadh and a 55-meter Super yacht built in Holland. After 12 years, Mr. King took his current position for Luxlo, where he has now served as the design director for five years. Among Luxlo’s most notable achievements are 77 MAYFAIR, an iconic residential development in Central London, which has achieved record prices and the recent redesign of Mosaic Hotel in Los Angeles. Please visit www.l-design.com for more information.

Mr. King can be contacted at + 44 2036644035 or tim@luxlo.co.uk

Coming up in January 2018...

Mobile Technology: Relentless Innovation

Technology has become a crucial component in attracting and retaining hotel guests, and the need to enhance a guest’s technology experience is driving a relentless pace of innovation. To meet and exceed guest expectations, 54% of hotels will spend more on technology in 2018, and mobile solutions in particular will top the list of capital investments. Many hotels are integrating mobile booking, mobile keys, mobile payments and mobile check-in into their operations. Other hotels are emphasizing the in-room experience, boosting bandwidth and upgrading flat screen TVs to more easily interface with guest mobile devices. And though not yet mainstream, there are many exciting technology developments on the near horizon. The Internet of Things (loT) is taking form in some places, and can be found in guest room control systems, voice activation systems, and in wearable sensors that can be used for access and payment options. Virtual reality headsets are available at some hotels so guests can enjoy virtual trips to exotic locations or if off-property, preview conference facilities and guest rooms. How long will it be before a hotel employs a fleet of robots for room service, or utilizes a hologram as a concierge, or installs gesture-controlled walls that feature interactive digital displays? Some hotels are already using augmented reality for translation services, or interactive wall maps, or even virtual décor. This pace of innovation is challenging property owners and brands to stay on top of the latest technology trends while still addressing current projects. The January Hotel Business Review will explore what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in the mobile technology space.