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Squaring the Circle: Introducing the 2016 Platinum Circle Honorees

Posted by on August 24, 2016 in Events | 1 comment

By Michael Adams, Hospitality Design magazine’s editorial director

The process of selecting the annual honorees for Platinum Circle—our Hall of Fame for industry heavyweights—is always a challenging and exciting task. So many deserving possibilities! We aim for diversity of interest, accomplishment, and influence, as well as the highest standards of quality.

This year, we have a striking gallery of hospitality leaders. And the honorees are:

  • John Ceriale, Prospect Hotel Advisors and the Blackstone Group
  • Chef Tom Colicchio
  • Kit and Tim Kemp, Firmdale Hotels
  • Visionary Award: Jeffrey Beers International
  • Manny Steinfeld Award: Clodagh

John Ceriale, president and founder of Prospect Hotel Advisors as well as hotel consultant to the Blackstone Group, is a 45-year veteran of the hotel industry, with associations to Wyndham, the Savoy Group, Hilton, LXR Luxury Resorts, and others. His design collaborators include Alexandra Champalimaud, David Rockwell, David Collins, Jim Looney, and many others. He also serves on the Cornell School of Hotel Administration’s Dean’s Advisory Board, whose goal is to ensure that the school continues to meet the needs of the world’s largest industry. Continue reading →

En Vogue

Posted by on August 18, 2016 in Trends | 0 comments

Last week’s blog delved into products trends, and of course we also receive far more amazing projects than we could ever hope to fit in our pages, or online for that matter. Not to leave them out, here’s a look at a few hospitality trends we’ve been seeing lately.

Historic Renovations
There seems to be a never-ending stream of landmark properties going under the knife—check out our piece in the March/April issue for further evidence. Take the iconic Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland, which underwent an extensive refresh thanks to a multimillion-dollar investment from new owner Ennismore. The first phase included the addition of a new bar by UK design firm Macaulay Sinclair; 30 of the guestrooms are updated by Goddard Littlefair with a country estate vibe; and the more than 90-year-old hotel bar is being renovated by David Collins Studio.

The 1920s-style Auchterarder 70 bar, a new addition to Gleneagles' Dormy Clubhouse.

The 1920s-style Auchterarder 70 bar, a new addition to Gleneagles’ Dormy Clubhouse.

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5 Product Trends to Watch

Posted by on August 10, 2016 in Trends | 0 comments

Our August Products issue focused on a handful of ubiquitous trends in our industry. I received hundreds of submissions for consideration. Hundreds. It was a wealth of products that we couldn’t possibly fit into our pages. What’s more, while looking through all these products, even more trends emerged.

Now, I’m selfless—a giver—a true philanthropist. I can’t keep this knowledge all to myself. Here’s a look at additional trends we’ll be seeing more of in the year ahead.

1. Pink: Thanks to Pantone’s prescience, we already knew the power of rose quartz and how it adds a touch of femininity to spaces, like in Monica Armani’s Amor Cortese sofa for Punt or Ligne Roset’s Desdémone bed. We are having a full-on pink moment—we can thank Millennials for that.


Ligne Roset’s Desdémone bed


Amor Cortese sofa for Punt

2. Geometrics: Whether it’s strong angles or patterns that harken to another era, geometrics are everywhere, including on the wall in Newmor Wallcovering’s Concrete Block or on the floor in Walker Zanger’s Stardust. Continue reading →

When in Spain

Posted by on August 4, 2016 in Events, Products | 0 comments

As I mention in my August edit letter (look out for our annual Products issue next week), I recently returned from a trip with Interiors from Spain to visit the showrooms and factories of a few of the Spanish manufacturing companies. There, I (along with a group of designers) got an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at how their products—furniture, lighting, stone—were made, and the hours and attention to detail that went into handcrafting these beautiful pieces. It was an eye-opening experience, and one that made me (and the entire group for that matter) truly appreciate the products that make hospitality spaces truly special.

I asked a few of the designers to weigh in on their experience. Below are their comments, and photos (both theirs and mine) that capture the various visits throughout the week-long journey through Madrid, Barcelona, and Valencia.

“Aside from the wonderful opportunities we were given to experience Spanish cuisine and culture, my favorite part of the trip was connecting with these companies and seeing the manufacturing process. Continue reading →

Hospitality Goes to Camp

Posted by on July 28, 2016 in Projects, Trends | 0 comments

As New York swelters, and I melt on the subway platform morning after morning this summer, my mind wanders to the (nearly humidity free) activities that marked my Pacific Northwest upbringing: camping (or at least participating in all camping activities before heading to sleep in a nearby motel), hiking, summer camp—shout out to Camp Namanu in Sandy, Oregon.

Apparently I’m not alone in this, as a couple of hotels have channeled an outdoor spirit with nature-inspired offerings.

In Madison, Wisconsin, a camp-themed suite was recently added to the Graduate Madison hotel. Camp Wandawega is a collaboration between the Wisconsin destination (a location that has been everything from a speakeasy and brothel to a church camp, and was recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places) and Graduate Hotels, and features products from Wandawega’s collection with children’s retailer the Land of Nod. It’s an amusing, vintage-style space that complements the rest of the hotel’s aesthetic. Continue reading →