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09 May 2018
Wellness designer Clodagh to speak at GWS

Multi-disciplinary designer Clodagh, whose recent projects include the Six Senses Douro Valley and the reopened Six Senses Kaplankaya, will share her vision for truly integrated wellness design with conference delegates at the Global Wellness Summit in Italy this October.

Clodagh, head of New York-based interior design firm Clodagh Design, will take the stage at the 2018 conference to share her belief that wellness is a crucial requirement in design that makes a positive impact on our collective health and happiness. In a keynote entitled “Wellness By Design…from the Cradle to the Departure Lounge,” Clodagh will explore the importance of creating environments that put human wellness front and centre.

“Clodagh infuses everything she does with wellness – not only the breathtaking environments she creates – but every aspect of her life is approached through the lens of imagining how she can create physical and emotional joy,” said Susie Ellis, chair and CEO of the Global Wellness Summit. “As new movements like wellness architecture take hold, I’ve often found myself thinking that the design world is finally catching up with Clodagh’s original vision, and yet she continues to raise the bar with her one-of-a-kind spaces.”

Clodagh is considered a vanguard of wellness design, as evidenced by her keen interest in – and use of – approaches like feng shui, biophilia (the healing power of nature), chromatherapy, wabi sabi and aromatherapy. Clodagh advocates for sustainable and eco-conscious design principles, using natural materials to enrich projects with warmth and beauty.

“Design is emotional, and great design is an experience,” she explained. “We make the invisible visible.”

Clodagh’s third book, Life-Enhancing Design, focuses on the value of – and need for – designs that appeal to every sense.

“Clodagh transforms spaces, not just visually, but also their very energy, incorporating spiritual, emotional and wellness aspects into every space,” said Anna Bjurstam, vice president of spa and wellness for Six Senses. “Clodagh’s designs played a key role in the success of Six Senses Douro Valley and she has once again performed her trademark magic on the Six Senses Kaplankaya in Bodrum, Turkey.”

“Wellness is a holistic pursuit and the spaces where we dwell, work, eat and shop all contribute to creating a lifetime of overall wellbeing,” said Clodagh. “My goal is to have everyone walk away from one of our projects with a huge smile on their faces. I want to make people feel good by creating spaces that imbue both visual and emotional hugs.”

Clodagh’s work has garnered numerous accolades and awards, including induction into the Interior Design Hall of Fame and Hospitality Design Platinum Circle, and being named among the Top 100 Designers in the World by Architectural Digest.

The 12th-annual Summit will focus on the current business landscape and future trends for the ten diverse segments that make up the nearly $4 trillion global wellness economy, including the $US134bn wellness lifestyle real estate sector.


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16 Jun 2019
The future of medical spas explored in first-ever Swiss Medical Spa & Hospitality Think Tank
The EHL Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality (SSTH) hosted the first Swiss Medical Spa & Hospitality Think Tank on 6 June 2019 in Chur-Passugg, Switzerland.
14 Jun 2019
Networking, knowledge-sharing: 12th annual Forum HOTel&SPA deemed a success
The 12th annual Forum HOTel&SPA was held on 23 May at the Four Seasons George V Hotel in Paris, with a theme of ‘Multidiversity in Wellness’.
13 Jun 2019
ISPA to host pre-conference ‘Spa Workforce Super Session’
For the first time, the International SPA Association (ISPA) will host a pre-Conference Spa Workforce Super Session focusing on workforce development within the spa industry at the 2019 ISPA Conference & Expo. This two and a half-hour workshop will take a deep dive into one of the spa industry’s top priorities of recruiting, retaining and engaging quality talent.
11 Jun 2019
Women's World Cup: FIFA signs gender equality MoU with UN
World governing body FIFA has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the United Nations (UN) which aims to make football more accessible to women and girls.
06 Jun 2019
APSWC releases White Paper
The Asian Pacific Spa and Wellness Coalition has released a White Paper after its Round Table held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in March 2019.
06 Jun 2019
Huw Edwards: 'We need a cultural shift across government'
Huw Edwards, acting CEO of ukactive, has called for a "cultural shift" across government, in order for it to recognise the crucial role that the physical activity sector can play in improving the nation's health.
06 Jun 2019
Sport England and ukactive launch Communities of Learning platform to 'share what works'
A new leadership learning initiative aims to transform knowledge sharing in the physical activity sector.
22 May 2019
Monaco positions itself as wellness destination with first health & wellness festival
The principality of Monaco will host its first-ever health and wellness festival, ‘In Your Element’, from 5-7 July, in partnership with the Columbus Monte Carlo hotel and Monaco’s World Class Gym.
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