The global outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020 has affect all sectors. In Taiwan, tourism related industries that rely on tourists, especially international and business travelers have suffered the most.
The global pandemic continues to spread, and all hotels are striving for a new business model in response to the adverse impacts of the pandemic. Some hotels have converted to quarantine hotels, while some others launched new marketing campaigns.
Sitting in the alleys of Daan District at the heart of Taipei, Folio Daan Taipei is a design hotel transformed from a 43-year-old dormitory of Taiwan Cooperative Bank. Adopting the principles of circular design, “Taiwan Design Research Institute (TDRI)” leads “Rock Rising” and “2 by Wu&Chen” to focus on service innovation and develop integrated innovative services that combine hotel and circular products.
Through the planning of immersive experiences from space reconstruction, service design, select circular products, to experiential activities, circular design and products are naturally used and procured by consumers in places of travel and living.
Circular design of the place begins with the redesigning of two guest rooms. The first one is “Livingreen Room,” which is inspired by “green energy” and fuses on leftover flowers of flower stores and indigenous plants of Taiwan, injecting the hope of the eternal cycle of life into growing greenery.
The second room is “Hiddenspace Room,” which focuses on “energy conservation;” through design of lighting, the earthy colors are extended to exhibit the tranquil but vibrant and robust hidden dynamics of the land.
Circular concept is not just incorporated for the design of the space: the water glasses in the guest rooms are hand-crafted using recycled glasses by “Spring Pool Glass;” the reading lamps are made of disposed materials of retired equipment of “TPCreative;” comfortable and soft indoor slippers by “Oringo” are made of scrap leather; toiletries are provided by “SESN,” which uses non-plastic packaging that can be fully decomposed; and stereo system with wooden speakers made of old door frames by “minfort.” – BusinessNewsAsia.com