HD Talks

Making Waves

Posted by on February 4, 2016 in Events, People | 0 comments

WOTF Opener.inddWe have many exciting awards programs at HD (plug: don’t forget to submit your projects or products by March 1st for the 12th annual HD Awards) but the one that I most look forward to each year is the Wave of the Future honor. We voraciously read, make inquiries, follow designs, and keep lists to find the right mix of up and coming talent. Our tagline: young enough to be considered visionary (we say 40-ish:), but tested enough to be considered accomplished. We have formed an impressive group of past honorees—the founders of Habita Hotels, Jason Pomeranc of Sixty Hotels, Lionel Ohayon of ICRAVE, Thomas Schoos of Schoos Design, and André Fu, to name a few—and this year is no different. They’ve cut their teeth with a who’s who of firms—SOM, Morgans, Loews, Neri & Hu, Rockwell Group—and are now making waves (pun intended) in their current positions with their creative visions and detailed, authentic designs. Continue reading →

Hotel Flashback: Old Meets New at the Legendary Arizona Biltmore

Posted by on January 27, 2016 in Projects | 0 comments

By Mary Beth Klatt

The Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria hotel, was Phoenix’s first major resort hotel when it was built in in the late 1920s. The Prairie School-style property, surrounded by sand, sagebrush, and cacti in the mountain foothills, easily earned its “jewel of the desert” moniker.

Designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s protégé Albert Chase McArthur, the hotel is often mistakenly attributed to Wright (he served as consulting architect on the project). McArthur and his brothers Charles and Warren built the hotel in 1929, and Wright’s influence is seen in the concrete blocks used in construction, which features geometric patterns that reference palm trees.


The Mystery Room at the hotel. Photo courtesy of the Arizona Biltmore.

Despite the arguments over its authorship, the Biltmore became a haven for Hollywood celebrities, including Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Irving Berlin, Bob Hope, Jack Benny, and Marilyn Monroe, who flew in from Los Angeles to stay at the 600-acre hotel where they could ride horses, golf, and foxtrot the night away in the ballroom. Continue reading →

The (HD Awards) Judges Are Here!

Posted by on January 21, 2016 in Events | 0 comments

We here at HD HQ make a lot of critical decisions: what the content of each issue will be, where we’ll hold our CitySCENE Next Generation Networking events, are we going to order team lunch from that same Mexican place? (The answer to that one is yes—they deliver so fast!)

But many of these big choices surround our annual HD Awards.

The goal of the HD Awards (Open now! Enter here.) is to honor those projects and products that push the envelope in terms of design—showing us something we haven’t seen before, or using a material in an innovative way. That’s why choosing the members of the jury panel, who will assess the entries, is imperative.


We work hard to select thought leaders in the industry—those who not only have prolific careers as designers or brand executives, but who also have proven themselves innovative, and who (hopefully) will be more than willing to share their opinions and add to the enthusiastic debate that inevitably happens during awards deliberation day. Continue reading →

Pretty in Pink and Blue

Posted by on January 13, 2016 in Trends | 0 comments

Pantone’s announcement of its color of the year in December is a big deal. There’s always a number of think pieces that come out from respectable places like The New York Times and The Washington Post. This year is no different, as the color authority named not one but two hues, Rose Quartz and Serenity, as its colors of the year.


The pretty in pink Hudson sofa from Ligne Roset

The divisive days of Marsala are over (though I stood by the choice), and this year Pantone chose colors that speak to a larger political and social consciousness.

The blush pink and light blue coincide with “societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity” and “the consumer’s increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage,” according to its press release. Continue reading →

New and Improved 12th Annual HD Awards

Posted by on January 6, 2016 in Events | 0 comments

When January rolls around at HD HQ, we shift into high gear. Like most people, the beginning of the year brings a lot of excitement and a few resolutions, but, for us, it means the start of our HD Awards season. (Indeed, we are now accepting project and product entries for our 12th annual awards; deadline is March 1st.)


It is easily one of our favorite events and for obvious reasons. We are lucky enough to get to look at projects and products year-round, wondering which ones will grace our pages come June when we honor the winners and finalists in our awards issue (and on stage when we fete them in a ceremony in New York—this year on June 8th). But it’s also a chance for us to honor the firms and companies who are changing the landscape of design, whether it’s designing a new lobby concept or creating a one-of-a-kind chair. Continue reading →