Hotels and restaurants are today not just about the luxury of space and experience. The evolution witnessed by the hospitality industry in the recent times has set new trends in terms of design and aesthetics as well as aspects of functionality and operations. From materials to furniture and lighting-everything is being looked at with new a approach by designers and architects. In this issue we present a diverse selection of projects-from up-scale designer hotels and resorts to snazzy bar, restaurants and spas. Check out the Andaz Amsterdam hotel designed by renowned designer Marcel Wanders. It reflects a modern and adventurous view of Dutch history and local culture. The design elements demonstrate the city's mission to embrace the polarities within, even while keeping an open mind. We also feature the first hotel by Japanese celebrity Chef Nobu Matsuhisa in Las Vegas. Designed by the Rockwell Group, the hotel re-imagines the best of Eastern and Western influences and combines Nobu's signature Japanese style with oversized elements to reveal a touch of Las Vegas glamour. Equally interesting is the design of the Sireeampan Boutique Resort & Spa in Thailand, which is built as a grand Thai house. Then there are interesting restaurants and bars from Delhi and Gurgaon that are getting rave reviews not only for their sumptuous food but striking designs as well. Read about the tranquil interiors of the Amour Bistro, the quirky design of Monkey Bar and immersive decor of Dhaba by Claridges.
Elsewhere, we feature Google's vibrant and out-of-the-box office in Tel Aviv, Israel. Switzerland-based architecture firm Camenzind Evolution outfitted the space with themed areas evocative of the rich diversity of the country. As always, the issue is also packed with new products and happenings around the art, design and architecture world.