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Introducing LW Aarhus, Denmark

LW Aarhus

What comes around goes around

LW Design has been shaping the hospitality industry since its conception in 1999. Known for its stand-out hospitality-focused design and architecture projects, the firm is well-established across the Middle East and is now rapidly expanding its reach into Asia, Africa, South America and Europe. They are driven by their commitment to straying away from old ideas and  venture boldly into the new and unknown. LW Design is likened to a courageous explorer growing in the future.  

Having developed over 300 hospitality projects from the ground up, LW’s eccentric design process and unparalleled attention to eclectic details are what drives its popularity. The emphasis lies on functionality; their definition – “the way it makes the audience feel”. 

Over the last two decades, LW Design has repeatedly worked with numerous clients, which is evident in how they nurture relationships with people who want to work with them. What started as a small firm with an even smaller portfolio – now extends globally from private residencies to award-winning five-star hotels and resorts, working with leading operators such as Marriott, Accor, Hilton, IHG, Four Seasons, etc. and brands like Raffles, Edition, Waldorf Astoria, Vida and Zabeel House.

With the opening of the Aarhus office, LW brings all this global experience and these relationships to the European market. It is ironic, that CEO Jesper Godsk, who originates from Aarhus, chose the Middle East. He saw huge potential for the hospitality industry. When the market exploded and faced challenges of rapid growth, Godsk and his partners navigated LW through rough waters and contributed significantly to a design language that went beyond  ‘glitter and gold’. They established a contemporary design language that formed the roots of the modern city we see nowadays. It is the past and the present at the same time.

It is that same trust and loyalty they pride themselves with today. Founder and CEO Jesper Godsk, together with four partners; Colin Doyle, Cristina Wakamatsu, Jimmy Hansen and Adrian Battisby grew LW from Dubai and ventured into the broader Middle East and now the world, having offices in Dubai, Hong Kong, Sao Paulo and its latest addition, Aarhus. 

You may wonder how LW ended up in Aarhus, but it is actually a fair trade. For over two decades, LW has brought hygge – a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cosy, charming or special – to the world through their designs making a positive impact on the daily lives of people. In return, LW takes their mastery in hospitality design to Europe, pinpointing Denmark as its beating design heart and setting up an establishment that is known as a home environment rather than an office. The building features a lounge, a communal bar and even an office labradoodle named Gunar. A different approach – so LW.

It literally is the home base for both Jesper Godsk and Jimmy Hansen, who travelled the world becoming experts in the hospitality industry over time and instead of giving up this international experience, they bring it home with them. So it made sense to embrace the future vitality of Aarhus with international flair.

LW Aarhus is keen to take time and establish the design team in Denmark. They allow themselves the luxury of time to absorb the DNA of Aarhus and the rest of Europe. Operators are keenly centred around nurturing the right partnerships to create exceptional lifestyle hotels that will contribute to innovative and high-end experiences. The team is playful and deliver exceptional results; they possess the modernity that can render nods to history and seamlessly combine contemporary design. They are brand storytellers. LW Aarhus consociates with appropriate global operators and progressively nurtures their relationships. They allow themselves to breathe so that they have the space to create a unique experience, whether in the luxury or lifestyle arena.

This is in contrast with the fast pace of Dubai, which is arguably the most aggressive emerging hospitality market, having all the hotel and restaurant candies in one city. It is a unique place that represents all available brands from all over the world, concentrated over less than 5.000 square kilometres. The UAE boasts an extensive cross-pollination of ideas that embrace various nuances of the region and the diversity of creative cultures living there. 

Whereas many people may think that everything in Dubai is brand new, given the country’s young age, in fact, a lot is refurbishment. All this technical know-how and LW’s holistic approach being involved in a variety of commissions that blend considerate restoration and new build projects. LW Design is accomplished and skilled in a range of designs that embrace culture, history and modernity. design process is a strong asset when entering the European market that sees an exciting upturn in planned hotel construction in the next decade. 

Furthermore, Godsk adds that restaurants and bars have always been the cornerstones in LW’s portfolio. Through the eyes of LW, life isn’t just consistent and flowing, but a collection of different moments. These can be big or small, and every choice they make influences how people look back at an experience and remember it. LW Design strives every day to make these choices count. This is what will sustain the future, and make people want to  come back!

While working on numerous projects simultaneously, one is constantly challenged to be aware and exposed to what a space is and what it can be. Restaurants are great to avoid getting comfortable in your work as they demand you look at everything with a fresh perspective over and over again. That is why LW’s restaurants are all so different, he explains.

To achieve this, you need a communicative team that has extensive experience and brings immense value to their client’s investment. It is LW’s essence to work together. Each of their completed projects is a result of a joint effot between each department. Godsk believes that  success is never built by a single person. LW Design nurtures their relationships and ensures that their friendship continues, as friends, associates, architects, designers, client representatives, developers – they always remain part of that family. Nurture is at the very heart of LW Design. 

Design would be nothing without imagination and a drive to reach for the stars, but at the same time, embodying a creative idea requires a balance between comprehension and practicality. 

The LW Design team walks the tight rope between both spheres, successfully executing projects with precision and refinement. This comes from their focus on a project’s build-ability. Design is the capacity to bring imagination to life in a manner that’s realistic to achieve. They look at the scale, technicality, development options, and most importantly, the budget. Sure, some of the world’s most breathtaking architecture looks like the stuff of dreams, but what separates it from fiction is resources, labour, and effort. 

The new Aarhus office is a strategic addition to their global enterprise, which reflects their proud expansion plans. Although all the LW Design offices take the postmodern route for their project concepts, they prefer a traditional approach when executing the design process. The firm likes to be involved with each element of design development and will guide each client every step of the way.   This customised process’s attitude reflects the LW philosophy: design is about the people who will use it. Therefore, the LW Design team always remain closely involved, consistently evaluating and ensuring the end product aligns with the initial concept – from Dubai, to Hong Kong, and from Sao Paolo all the way to Aarhus.

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DUBAI, UAE

Our LW Dubai studio opened in 1999 and is under the exceptional leadership of Founder & CEO Jesper Godsk and Founding partner Colin Doyle. the office is home to our passionate Architects and Interior Designers who work alongside to deliver world-class projects from hotels, residential buildings, bars & restaurants worldwide.

We are proud to say many employees have been with LW from the beginning and each designer’s expertise, experience, and passion plays an important role in accomplishing and delivering to our exceptionally high standards.

HONG KONG, CHINA

LW Hong Kong is located in what is arguably one of Asia’s most vibrant and exciting cities, at a cultural crossroads Hong Kong embraces a bold and forward thinking design scene. The cities’ exhilarating urban energy is constantly evolving, and has led to the creation of many trend setting food and beverage concepts.

LW Hong Kong is within easy reach of APAC, south west Asia, and mainland China. It is perfectly placed to take advantage of opportunities in the region.

The studio is led by Partner, Senior Director of Interior Design Adrian Battisby, he brings over two decades of hospitality experience and knowledge. Adrian leads with an energetic and charismatic approach, actively supporting an international team of designers.

SÃO PAULO, BRASIL

Established in 2015 the LW SP studio reflects our commitment to build our relationships in the region with developers, operators, other creative minds and strengthens the firm’s position for future growth.

The Sao Paulo studio immerses us within an eclectic design community and is known for bold, contemporary designs with a talented team that works in an atmosphere of creative collaboration.

Cristina Wakamatsu, Design Director and Partner, is responsible for guiding the office’s culture and work product, ensuring they embody LW’s values and commitment to produce outstanding design solutions.

At LW SP studio we have a talented and passionate team dedicated to the firm’s core values of design excellence. The future is bright, and I am excited to be a part of a team working to better our collective future through collaboration, innovation and design problem solving.”

AARHUS, DENMARK

LW Aarhus is keen to take the time and establish the design team in Denmark. They allow themselves the luxury of time to absorb the DNA of Aarhus and the rest of Europe. Operators are keenly centered around nurturing the right partnerships to create exceptional lifestyle hotels that will contribute to innovative and high-end experiences. The team is playful and delivers exceptional results; they possess the modernity that can render nods to history and seamlessly combine contemporary design. They are brand storytellers. LW Aarhus consociates with appropriate global operators and progressively nurtures their relationships. They allow themselves to breathe so that they have the space to create a unique experience, whether in the luxury or lifestyle arena.

Hospitality Interior Designers

LW has openings for experienced hospitality Interior Designers to join our Dubai studio.

Representing LW as an Interior Designer you will work with the Design Directors and will be responsible for designing alongside a team of designers. You will be expected to work on large-scale 4 and 5-star hotels and a variety of F&B projects and will also be expected to contribute and develop the design to an international level while ensuring the project meets LW standards. The applicant must be willing to contribute to the social environment and be part of creating an inspirational atmosphere.

To be considered for this position you must be/have:

  • Minimum of 6 years proven experience in hospitality Interior Design working on large-scale projects for both lifestyle and luxury brands
  • Proficient in AutoCAD, PowerPoint, Photoshop and Sketch Up. Revit would also be a benefit
  • Experience in technical coordination and delivering 4 and 5-star hospitality documentation packages
  • Must be creative, proactive, self-motivated and able to achieve results at a fast pace

Please submit your CV, with a selection of works in a portfolio that showcases your presentation skills, renderings, drawings and detailing capabilities, FF&E specification examples to:

Contact@lw.co

FF&E Designer

Position: FF&E Designer
Location: Aarhus, Denmark
Experience: 3-5 years

Job Description:
As an FF&E (Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment) Designer at our international interior design practice, you will play a crucial role in creating visually stunning and functional spaces for our hospitality and high-end residential projects. You will collaborate with our design team in our Dubai & Hong Kong office to curate and select the perfect furniture, fixtures, and equipment that align with the overall design concept and client's vision. Your attention to detail, creative flair, and knowledge of the latest design trends will contribute to the successful execution of projects. Contacts with suppliers and access to materials is beneficial.

Responsibilities:
- Collaborate with design teams to understand project requirements and design concepts.
- Source, select, and curate furniture, fixtures, and equipment that meet aesthetic, functional, and budgetary goals.
- Create mood boards, material palettes, and presentations to communicate design ideas.
- Develop specifications and documentation for FF&E items, including finishes, fabrics, and materials.
- Maintain relationships with suppliers, manufacturers, and vendors to stay updated on product availability and industry trends.
- Ensure that the selected FF&E items align with the project's overall design concept and client's expectations.
- Attend client meetings and presentations to present and explain FF&E selections.
- Have exceptional understanding of all materials and a flair for creating interesting and eye-catching schemes.

Requirements:
- Degree in Interior Design, Interior Architecture, or related field.
- Proven experience as an FF&E Designer in hospitality and high-end residential projects.
- Strong understanding of design principles, materials, and finishes.
- Proficiency in design software such as sketch up and Adobe Creative Suite is useful
- Excellent communication and presentation skills.
- Attention to detail and a keen eye for aesthetics.
- Ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
- Knowledge of industry trends, suppliers, and market availability.

Please submit your CV, with a selection of works in a portfolio that showcases your presentation skills, renderings, drawings and detailing capabilities, FF&E specification examples to:

Contact@lw.co

Intermediate Designer - Hong Kong

LW has openings for experienced hospitality Interior Designers to join our Hong Kong studio.

  • Hospitality background is a MUST
    • Preference for a candidate from a large international hospitality firm (adept at dealing with a large volume of work)
    • Industrious and independent
    • Eager to grow and develop further skills (possibility for career progression when appropriate)
    • PR not required
    • Multiple language skills not a must
    • Ideally 4-5 years of experience

Please contact our team at:

hk@lw.co

Technical Architect - Dubai

We are looking for an experienced technical-based Architect to join our Dubai studio.

Representing LW as an Architect you will work alongside our talented team, creating residential, mixed-use and hospitality projects for clients based in the UAE and globally.

Candidates must have:

8-10 years industry experience post RIBA part 3

Experience developing residential and hospitality projects

Proficiency in 2D/3D software, such as REVIT, Autocad, SketchUp, and InDesign

Must be creative, proactive, self-motivated and able to achieve results at a fast pace

Please submit your CV and portfolio showcasing your previous experience to:

Contact@lw.co

Senior Technical Architect - Sao Paulo

Representing LW as a Senior Technical Architect you will work with the team and will be responsible for designing alongside a team of designers. You will be expected to work on large-scale 4 and 5-star hotels and a variety of residential projects and will also be expected to contribute and develop the design to an international level while ensuring the project meets LW standards. The applicant must be willing to contribute to the social environment and be part of creating an inspirational atmosphere.

To be considered for this position you must be/have:

  • Minimum of 12 years proven experience working on large-scale projects for both mixed use and residential
  • Proficient in AutoCAD, Revit, Adobe and Sketch Up.
  • Experience in technical coordination and delivering documentation packages
  • Must be creative, proactive, self-motivated and able to achieve results at a fast pace

Please submit your CV, with a selection of works in a portfolio that showcases your presentation skills, renderings, drawings and detailing capabilities, FF&E specification examples to:

Contact@lw.co

Senior Designer - Aarhus Denmark

Position: Senior Designer
Location: Aarhus, Denmark
Experience: 8-10 years.

Job Description:
As a Senior Designer at our international interior design practice, specializing in hospitality design and high-end residential projects, you will be a key leader in driving the creative direction of our projects. Your extensive experience and innovative design thinking will inspire and guide our design teams as you will collaborate with colleagues in the Dubai & Hong Kong studio, ensuring the successful execution of exceptional spaces. Through your leadership, you will contribute to the growth and success of our Aarhus office.

Responsibilities:
- Lead design teams in developing innovative concepts and design solutions for hospitality and high-end residential projects.
- Provide mentorship and guidance to junior designers, fostering their professional growth and development.
- Collaborate with clients to understand their vision, requirements, and objectives.
- Oversee project timelines, budgets, and deliverables to ensure successful project execution.
- Participate in client presentations, effectively communicating design concepts and strategies.
- Stay updated on industry trends, emerging technologies, and design innovations.
- Maintain relationships with clients, vendors, and industry partners.
- Contribute to business development efforts by participating in client pitches and proposal creation.
- Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including FF&E designers, architects, and project managers.

Requirements:
- Bachelor's or Master's degree in Interior Design, Architecture, or a related field.
- Proven track record of successful hospitality and high-end residential design projects.
- Strong leadership and team management skills.
- Excellent communication and presentation abilities.
- Proficiency in design software and tools, including AutoCAD, SketchUp, and Adobe Creative Suite Is useful
- In-depth knowledge of design principles, space planning in particular.
- Ability to balance creativity with project requirements and client expectations.
- Experience in managing project budgets and timelines.
- Exceptional problem-solving skills and a proactive approach to challenges.
- A portfolio showcasing a keen eye for detail driven spaces.

Please submit your CV, with a selection of works in a portfolio that showcases your presentation skills, renderings, drawings and detailing capabilities examples to:

Contact@lw.co