FF&E is the abbreviation for “Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment”, meaning movable items required for the furnishing of the hospitality project. “Hard finishes”, means the permanent finishes and fixtures which generally forms part of the built environment.There are exceptions to the rule, such as decorative wallpapers, chandeliers and pendants which, although fixed items, still fall under FF&E.
OS&E is the abbreviation for “Operating Supplies & Equipment”, meaning the hotel operator or owner's elected operational smalls and equipment. The list is extensive and varies between hotel type and service level.For instance,a luxury full service hotel targeting top tie business executives,politicians,celebrities and affluent clientele may demand an impressive list of in-room guest amenities.Valet services, spa & wellness facilities,concierge,private dining,recreational facilities and business centres further expands the list.
An holistic FF&E, OS&E & Hard finishes design approach is required between architecture, interior and operational disciplines, to ensure all tactile and functional requirements are presented in a unified brand story, and centred around a well-crafted customer experience.
Producing Hospitality FF&E Design specification schedules, requires a wide skill-set in hospitality interior design and architecture.Likewise, the inclusion of Architectural hard finishes,commands technical knowledge of construction methods, and site programming procedures.An holist approach is required,ensuring all functional and tactile requiments and presented in a comprehensive schedule.
FF&E design specifications should address durability, longevity, functionality, sustainability, budget and time-to-market. Well-crafted FF&E Design specifications can lay the foundation and driving force for the Client`s Hospitality design, budgeting and procurement decisions.