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What’s Trending Now

Posted by on November 19, 2014 in Trends | 0 comments

Trends are generally hard to nail down. This coming from someone who swore she’d never own a pair of skinny jeans (I now own them all) but certainly had no problem buying a poncho in the early aughts (please forgive me). But in the design world, it’s not just about knowing what makes a trend but how to make it timeless and relevant.

Last Tuesday, I got the chance to head to the Durkan showroom for  a customer insight meeting, where the prolific Stacy Garcia talked about current trends, future trends, and how to apply them to hospitality projects.

Current Trends:

1. Midcentury Ideal. This Mad Men-inspired aesthetic plays on the desire for nostalgia. “Consumers are looking for things of the past,” Garcia says, adding it’s about the desire for simplification and a life before technology.

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The Mayweather sofa from Khouri Guzman Bunce Lininger highlights the midcentury style, a current trend.

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A Night to Remember

Posted by on November 12, 2014 in Events | 1 comment

How does one survive in a post-Platinum Circle world? That’s what I’m trying to figure out today after an exciting event last night at the Conrad New York. After months of planning and anticipation, the Platinum Circle Awards Gala exceeded expectations.

Hollywood may have the Oscars, but hospitality has Platinum Circle, and last night was no exception. From mingling with past recipients like Tony Chi, Roger Thomas, Deborah Forrest, and Clodagh  to praising current honorees, the star quality was bright last night. It was a unique glimpse into the design world, as 430 of the best in the industry gathered for a night to celebrate their own.

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Emceed by our very own Michael Adams, the gala shown a light on this year’s honorees: M. Arthur Gensler Jr., Lauren Rottet, Danny Meyer, Adrian Zecha, and our visionary award recipient Rockwell Group.

What I learned last night through video interviews, introductions, and speeches by the honorees themselves is that the prolific portfolios of our honorees came from years of hard work, ambition, and innate talent. Continue reading →

View from the Top

Posted by on November 5, 2014 in Projects, Trends | 0 comments

I spent much of last week in San Francisco, one of my favorite cities. Though this time I had a whole new view as part of a press trip discovering the city’s Nob Hill neighborhood. Having never been up that way, I enjoyed an entirely different perspective of the San Francisco I’m used to. (And a place where we could stay out of the revelers’ fray, as the San Francisco Giants won the World Series while our group was visiting.)

The daytime view from the Top of the Mark, set on the 19th floor of the InterContinental Mark Hopkins.

A daytime view from the Top of the Mark, set on the 19th floor of the InterContinental Mark Hopkins.

Nob Hill is rich with history—something that is clear on a walk around the neighborhood or a tour of its storied hotels—many of which are currently walking the delicate line between how to update their elegant historical aesthetic while also staying true to their roots. (Note: A gray palette, known around our office as “the new neutral,” is very prevalent and works well as a design bridge between eras.)

Updated carpet in gray with pops of red juxtaposes beautifully with original staircase railings at the Scarlet Huntington.

Updated carpet in gray with pops of red juxtaposes beautifully with original staircase railings at the Scarlet Huntington.

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The Life of (Affordable) Luxury

Posted by on October 29, 2014 in Projects, Trends | 0 comments

It seems like a week doesn’t go by anymore before another hotel company announces a new lifestyle brand. A few weeks ago, when I wrote about Best Western’s Vib brand, a Millennial-focused, technology-driven affordable luxury brand, which fit comfortably in a growing segment, I figured that was the end of it.

In that post, I reiterated the importance of a lifestyle brand that catered to Millennials but which was also an answer to how all people travel. No sooner than that was published, Hilton announced CanopyMontage Hotels & Resorts introduced Pendry, and Red Lion got in the game with its own lifestyle offering, Hotel RL. In journalism school, we were taught that three makes a trend—and these new brands certainly fit the bill.

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Canopy by Hilton Portland lobby

Lifestyle hotels clearly fit a niche in many hotel company’s portfolios, especially now as high-end design becomes more affordable. Continue reading →

Hard Rocking with Bret Michaels

Posted by on October 22, 2014 in Projects

A couple of weekends ago, I was lucky to take a trip that may represent the apex of my journalistic career thus far—a weekend getaway to Hard Rock Riviera Maya in Mexico, part of the brand’s All Inclusive Collection, for the debut of the Bret Michaels (yes, that Bret Michaels)-designed, 8,000-square-foot Rock Star suite.

Michaels worked hand-in-hand with Hard Rock’s design and development team to create the oceanview suite, donating more than 100 items of memorabilia from his personal collection—which will be constantly updated—including accessories from his tour bus, his custom Harley, and his blue “Every Rose” guitar.

Various pieces from Bret Michael's personal collection can be found in the suite's media room.

Various pieces from Bret Michael’s personal collection can be found in the suite’s media room.

“We branded together with the same philosophy: how to make this a great party, but it’s got to have soul,” Michaels said to a press group during the suite’s unveiling. When you walk in this room, beyond just seeing the objects—a platinum record or a guitar—you’ve got to feel like you want to be here.”

The suite's bedrooms were swathed in pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The suite’s bedrooms were swathed in pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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