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perspectives interview

KRISTINN VILBERGSSON
CEO
KEX Hostel
Kristinn "Kiddi" Vilbergsson opened the first
KEX hotel in Reykjavik in 2011 to cater to the
new Iceland tourist, someone "who was looking
for experience first and wanted a great place
to stay that was inexpensive and goodlooking,"
he says. "That was the bedrock of our concept."
After its success, Vilbergsson-long eager to
expand KEX to the West Coast of the U.S.-
visited Portland, Oregon for the first time and
was immediately smitten. "It felt like a sister
city to Reykjavik in so many ways. I loved the
community and culture-all the great food,
beer, and wine. People care about what they do
here and how it can improve the city," he says.

In 2008, Iceland, like most of the world, was in
the throes of financial collapse. But tourism,
an industry that would ultimately help the
country recover from its economic woes,
was percolating. At the time, Vilbergsson
was working for a production company
and, alongside set designer Hálfdan "Dáni"
Pedersen, was scouting buildings for a film.
Plans for the movie were eventually scrapped,
but Pedersen's design treatment for one of the
cinematic sites-a neglected biscuit factory
in Iceland's capital-sparked another idea: to
transform the structure into a socially powered
hostel. KEX, which debuted three years later,
"was conceived and built during a time of crisis.
It was done so by a group of friends looking
for a way to invest in Reykjavik," explains
Vilbergsson. Transcending everyday notions
of no-frills hostels, the inviting, bustling
atmosphere, fueled by enticing F&B options,
made KEX stand out.

Photos by MICHAEL LUNDBLAD and courtesy of KEX HOSTEL

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Hospitality Design - September 2020

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hospitality Design - September 2020

Hospitality Design - September 2020
contents
from the editor
behind the design
sketchbook
interview: on our radar
interview: hospitality’s evolution
interview: chefs and restaurateurs
profile: ido garini
products: art
products: lighting
products: bath
products: outdoor furniture
placemakers
placemakers: aka patagonia
placemakers: taj rishikesh resort & spa
placemakers: palm hotel sri lanka
dining out
dining out: restaurants
dining out: fast casual
dining out: wine bars
dining out: cafès
dining out: hotel f&b
ad index
back space: tre wilcox
Hospitality Design - September 2020 - Intro
Hospitality Design - September 2020 - Hospitality Design - September 2020
Hospitality Design - September 2020 - Cover2
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Hospitality Design - September 2020 - contents
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Hospitality Design - September 2020 - from the editor
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Hospitality Design - September 2020 - 11
Hospitality Design - September 2020 - behind the design
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Hospitality Design - September 2020 - sketchbook
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Hospitality Design - September 2020 - interview: on our radar
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Hospitality Design - September 2020 - interview: hospitality’s evolution
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Hospitality Design - September 2020 - interview: chefs and restaurateurs
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Hospitality Design - September 2020 - profile: ido garini
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Hospitality Design - September 2020 - products: art
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Hospitality Design - September 2020 - products: lighting
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Hospitality Design - September 2020 - products: bath
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Hospitality Design - September 2020 - 64
Hospitality Design - September 2020 - products: outdoor furniture
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Hospitality Design - September 2020 - 67
Hospitality Design - September 2020 - 68
Hospitality Design - September 2020 - placemakers
Hospitality Design - September 2020 - placemakers: aka patagonia
Hospitality Design - September 2020 - 71
Hospitality Design - September 2020 - placemakers: taj rishikesh resort & spa
Hospitality Design - September 2020 - 73
Hospitality Design - September 2020 - placemakers: palm hotel sri lanka
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Hospitality Design - September 2020 - 78
Hospitality Design - September 2020 - dining out
Hospitality Design - September 2020 - dining out: restaurants
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Hospitality Design - September 2020 - 85
Hospitality Design - September 2020 - dining out: fast casual
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Hospitality Design - September 2020 - 88
Hospitality Design - September 2020 - 89
Hospitality Design - September 2020 - dining out: wine bars
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Hospitality Design - September 2020 - dining out: cafès
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Hospitality Design - September 2020 - dining out: hotel f&b
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Hospitality Design - September 2020 - ad index
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Hospitality Design - September 2020 - back space: tre wilcox
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