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Posted by on January 18, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

By Stacy Shoemaker Rauen

As I write this, HD Expo is only 104 days away. For someone who is still getting used to the fact that it is January of 2017, May seems like it is a lot further away than a mere three and a half months.

A guestroom at the Ace Hotel Pittsburgh. The company’s CEO Brad Wilson will be speaking during HD Expo.

But in all honesty, we have been working on HD Expo planning since the fall—what surprises to add to the show, what topics to discuss during the panels. I may be biased, but at least conference-wise, but this may be one of our best shows yet. We will be bringing you updates each month to entice you to come join us at the industry’s largest and most preeminent tradeshow from May 3rd – 5th at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

The countdown to HD Expo is on.

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10 Travel Trends for 2017

Posted by on January 12, 2017 in Trends | 0 comments

By Muriel Muirden, vice president and managing director of global strategy, WATG

We are barely into 2017 and already we’re starting to see a shift in the industry. Where do we go from here? Well, who better to guide us into the new year than a master in trend forecasting, Muriel Muirden, vice president and managing director of global strategy, WATG (and affiliated design studio Wimberly Interiors), shares with us 10 travel and design trends for 2017. 

1. The Edible Resort
The hospitality sector is going to take the farm-to-table trend a step further toward sustainable living with the emergence of “the edible resort.” Pioneers in this include the Bellevue Hotel, Croatia, which transformed roof spaces into gardens and Kittitian Hills, St. Kitts with its edible golf course boasting organic crops and fresh fruit.

A guesthouse at Kittitian Hill in St. Kitts.

2. Taking a Trip
Bud and Breakfast’ tourism is most certainly on its way in the U.S. Continue reading →

7 Design Resolutions for 2017

Posted by on January 4, 2017 in Trends | 0 comments

We’re only four days into the new year, so every resolution seems attainable. What’s another 300 and some odd days of working toward a goal. How hard could it be really?

But we here at HD HQ are hoping to make things a little easier. Throughout the year, we talk to industry experts, peruse many a Dropbox folder of project photos, and visit showrooms to see the latest and greatest, and we don’t want to waste this vast knowledge. Instead, we’ve come up with a few design resolutions that we hope to see in 2017. And in some cases, things we’re hoping we can leave in 2016. Keep these seven ideas in mind as you start the new year.

1. More color, please. It was refreshing to see all the bold patterns and vibrant tones from the properties mentioned in our Paris roundup in the December issue. If Parisians can play around with color and still keep things chic, there’s no reason we all can’t. Continue reading →

HD’s 10 Most-Read Stories of the Year

Posted by on December 28, 2016 in Projects | 0 comments

With 2017 nearly upon us (please, will someone put our beloved celebrities—Betty White, Bill Murray, and Tom Hanks, I’m looking at you—in a bunker until January 1st), we’d like to take the opportunity to look back at the past year. Last week, we named our favorite HD moments, a very subjective survey of what made us happy. But this week, we turn to you, dear readers, to see what you liked.

Thanks to the internet, we know what stories and photos you’ve been clicking on throughout 2016. The consensus based on the numbers is you liked our restaurant coverage, something we’ll take into consideration as we plan for 2017.

Anyway, you don’t need me to give long explanations about user data (I’m not a scientist). Here are our top 10 most-read stories on hospitalitydesign.com.

1. Earls Kitchen + Bar, Tysons Corner, Virginia
Architecture firm: MBH Architects
Description: An indoor-outdoor aesthetic is the focal point of the eatery with materials like concrete, wood, and steel mixing with upholstered and leather chairs in gray tones; marine-hued pieces add a pop of color. Continue reading →

Year in Review: HD’s Favorite Moments

Posted by on December 21, 2016 in Trends | 0 comments

Say what you want about 2016 (and there’s a lot to say about it), there were some bright spots. For HD, in fact, there were almost too many to count. We introduced a new class of Wave of the Future and Platinum Circle honorees, we had our largest HD Expo event to date, not to mention we visited nine cities (including Toronto) for our CitySCENE events, while still managing to put out 10 issues.

And we covered a lot. We interviewed Chip Conley to find out how Airbnb is reshaping our industry; we covered properties from Durham to Paris and Bogota to Tokyo; we highlighted the women in the industry breaking the glass ceiling; we talked to award-winning chefs and took a restaurant tour of the world; our guest editor Jason Pomeranc shared his new icons with us; we looked outside our industry for inspiration; and we ended the year with our trendspotting issue to give you a taste of what to expect in 2017. Continue reading →