HD Talks

In Conversation at HD Americas

Posted by on September 11, 2014 in Events, Uncategorized | 0 comments

We’re getting excited to head to Miami Beach next week for HD Americas, which will be two days of inspiring and informative conference sessions focused on the Latin America and Caribbean regions; a packed show floor with tons of innovative exhibitors showcasing their latest offerings; an insider’s look at two new Miami hotels; the signature Owners’ Roundtable; and the ever-popular Opening Night Party at the Delano Hotel pool.

Hospitality Design‘s Social Hub booth will also be located on the show floor—it’s our home during the event as well as home to our partners ASID, BLLA, IIDA, ISHP, and NEWH. We’ll be hosting several HD Conversations in the booth, which are more intimate one-on-one Q&A-style discussions with industry leaders. Here’s the schedule:

Tuesday, September 16th
12:30 – 1 p.m.
The Power  of Purchasing
Mitch Parker | president  | The Parker Company
Moderator: Alissa Ponchione | associate/products editor | Hospitality Design magazine

Mitch Parker heads one of the most successful and important purchasing companies in the world. Continue reading →

SLS Las Vegas Ups the Ante

Posted by on September 4, 2014 in Projects, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Last week I traveled to Las Vegas to participate in a panel at the Business of Luxury Design (BOLD) Summit (stay tuned for more on that in a later post) and was excited to have the opportunity while in town to also check out the Strip’s most anticipated offering—SLS Las Vegas, which celebrated its grand opening the weekend of August 23rd.

The exterior of the newly opened SLS Las Vegas, a $415 million renovation of the former Sahara Hotel & Casino on the north end of the Strip.

The exterior of the newly opened SLS Las Vegas, a $415 million renovation of the former Sahara Hotel & Casino on the north end of the Strip. Photo courtesy of Getty Images/SLS Las Vegas

The opening of the latest from global hospitality brand sbe has been on our radar for months as we eagerly anticipated the design details. I had heard its aesthetic was an interesting mix—the joint vision of sbe founder, chairman, and CEO Sam Nazarian and designer Philippe Starck in collaboration with Gensler—that built on the bones of the former Sahara Hotel & Casino (the $415 million renovation was interiors only), which opened in 1952 and was somewhat of a mecca for Los Angeles celebrities visiting Sin City in the ’70s and ’80s, with an at times tongue-in-cheek, eclectic interior design that is at once quite varied and perfectly cohesive. Continue reading →

Products: Trends to Watch

Posted by on August 27, 2014 in Products, Trends | 0 comments

As the products editor at Hospitality Design magazine, I have the enviable job of visiting showrooms that highlight the best of what’s going on in the industry where I see products that run the gamut from modern to traditional to innovative and bold.

One of the questions I always ask designers or vendors when I meet them is, “What’s the biggest trend you’re seeing right now?” This is both a professional question (I like to know so I can fill up our trends sections every month) and a personal one (I want to know what Ikea hacks I can pull off on my own things), and it always provokes interesting responses from one designer to the next. Whether it’s mixed materials, mixing metals, the abundance of copper, fuchsias and turquoise as bold accents, or paisleys, ikats, and florals—trends take on a lot of different personas.

To make it easier on you and myself, I’ve curated a makeshift Pinterest board of some of the hottest trends I’ve been seeing throughout my products education. Continue reading →

Going on Site at HD Americas

Posted by on August 20, 2014 in Events, Projects | 0 comments

We’re less than a month away from our HD Americas conference and expo in Miami. By the time September 16th rolls around, the Miami Beach Convention Center will be home to some of the top product companies in the hospitality world. And what better place than Miami to dig into the Latin American hotel boom.

It seems that not an issue of Hospitality Design magazine is published that we’re not discussing new hotels in Miami in some way or another. According to hotel data firm STR (and reported by Skift), Miami has 2,709 rooms under construction, third only behind New York City and Houston. The Art Deco style and vibrant culture, as well as the city’s proximity to many Latin American and Caribbean countries makes Miami a town that’s on fire. We understand what Will Smith was talking about.

During site visits at HD Americas this year, attendees will be able to visit two of those properties that are transforming Miami:

The Redbury South Beach, one of sbe’s newest hotels, offers a unique aesthetic. Continue reading →

Cleveland is the Reason

Posted by on August 13, 2014 in Projects

When people think of Cleveland, there is an innate stigma attached the Rust Belt city. In a different era, that wouldn’t have been the case, but the city was been dealt a few setbacks since the era of manufacturing and steel, since it was the fifth largest city in the U.S.

I come from a pro-Cleveland background, having lived there for three years and quickly fell in love with the historic neighborhoods, architecture, food, music, art, etc. that pervade the city. But this was in a post-Lebron era, when the city needed the warm embrace of non-natives more than ever. Now, Cleveland is part of the much-written and talked about Rust Belt Renaissance.

I could wax poetic about my adopted home city for thousands of words, but I’ll refrain. I will instead focus on its growing hotel and restaurant scene, only heightened by Lebron James’ return home to Northeast Ohio, Johnny Football (née Manziel) putting on the Cleveland Browns jersey, and the Republican National Convention seeing the potential in the evolving city. Continue reading →