Nira Hotels, a hotel group which is part of C&C Alpha Group’s hospitality arm, Shanti Hospitality has announced the winner of its product design competition which was launched last year. Nicola Saunders designed a hand blown glass cocktail decanter with a distinctive design specific to each of the Nira Hotels. Her design will now be rolled out into the hotels and she has bagged herself a relaxing weekend for two people at both Nira Caledonia and Nira Alpina.
An Edinburgh College of Art student has been recognised for her skills in product design, following a competition launched in partnership with Nira Hotels & Resorts. Nicola Saunders, aged 19, impressed the judges with her ‘Cocktail Culture Decanters’, an exciting innovation for the hospitality industry which will be manufactured for use at Nira’s three international hotels.
Launched in January, the competition challenged the College’s second year design students to create an item that would be useful in the luxury hotels of Nira Caledonia in Edinburgh, Nira Alpina in Switzerland and Shanti Maurice in Mauritius. This week, 18 students presented their ideas to judges MPS Puri, CEO of Nira Hotels & Resorts, Peter Bourhill, Editor at Edinburgh Life and Douglas Bryden, Programme Director for Product Design at the College, when Nicola’s decanters were selected as the winning design.
Nicola won the judges over with a product in sync with today’s food and beverage trends; a hand blown glass cocktail decanter with a distinctive design and colour for each property. In addition to celebrating Nira’s own cocktail culture – emphasised by the recent opening of the new Rooftop Bar at Nira Alpina and new Rum Shed at Shanti Maurice – the item is easy to manufacture, cost-effective and something which hotel guests can purchase as a souvenir.
Nurturing and supporting talent
Commenting on Nicola’s design and the overall competition, MPS Puri said: “We’re thrilled with the quality of the projects presented to us. We’ve encouraged students to think creatively and come up with original ideas for an industry – hospitality – that is constantly evolving. As a company, we feel it is essential to nurture and support young talent and we hope to offer ‘Cocktail Culture Decanters’ and some of the other products presented today across our hotels in the near future”.
The ‘Cocktail Culture Decanters’ will be manufactured and available to purchase at the Nira hotels later this year. Meanwhile, Nicola has won a relaxing weekend for two people at both Nira Caledonia and Nira Alpina.