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5 Product Designers to Watch

Posted by on December 8, 2016 in People, Products, Trends | 0 comments

We can look at a chair or a furniture piece and know that it has Marcel Wanders’ quirkiness or Patricia Urquiola’s feminine edge, but even these well-known designers had to start somewhere, making their way from obscurity to ubiquity. Modern day philosopher Aubrey “Drake” Graham said it best: “Started from the bottom, now we’re here.”

The point is emerging designers are everywhere, and they are talented. It gives me such joy to see new faces and products popping up in design magazines and forums, watching fresh perspectives on old concepts.

Below is a list of five designers you should get to know. They’re definitely on our radar, and soon, we’ll likely be able to point to an installation and know it’s a Kakuda or see the influence of Work + Sea in a wallpaper design.

Yota Kakuda
Japanese designer Kakuda started his own firm Yota Kakuda Design in 2011 where he has been racking up awards (a 2016 Hublot Design Prize, 2014 Good Design Award, etc.) and showcasing the beauty in the simplicity of his work in items like the Pestle chair or Flower Bench. Continue reading →

5 Transitional Projects from Rockwell Group

Posted by on November 30, 2016 in Events, Trends | 0 comments

Here at HD HQ, we are constantly seeking out and sharing the ways design is changing, and our industry’s response to them. Some people may even call these trends. In fact, in our December issue (out soon!) we highlight a bunch of of them.

While working on it, I was reminded of the “Design is the New Currency” symposium, organized by Pratt Institute and hosted at the Whitney Museum, that I attended in November. David Rockwell, founder and president of Rockwell Group (along with interior designer Juan Montoya, artist Michele Oka Doner, and MAC Cosmetics‘ creative director James Gager) tackled temporality’s importance in design. Here are five projects that showcase the intriguing ideas of specificity, transformation, and flexibility.

NeueHouse, New York and Los Angeles

Co-working space NeueHouse LA

The welcoming NeueHouse LA offers neutral colors and contemporary design

Rockwell wanted to update the idea of temporary offices from looking “like prison cells” into a high-concept space that “married hospitality with the evolving world of the office landscape,” he says. Continue reading →

A Fall Getaway

Posted by on November 22, 2016 in Projects | 0 comments

By Stacy Shoemaker Rauen

With Thanksgiving this week I was thinking back on what I was grateful for, and a weekend away in October came to mind.

Leaf peeping, for one. It’s a thing—really—with sightseeing trains and all. I wasn’t aware of this trend, which is why I was surprised when my friends and I wanted to do a girls’ weekend last month, and found every hotel in Upstate New York and Connecticut booked. I guess we city-dwellers crave pumpkin and apple picking, fall colors, and just some fresh air.

The entrance to the Emerson spa

Designer Rosalyn Cama led the Emerson’s $6 million renovation

We didn’t care as much about the leaves (even though they were a nice bonus): We were looking for a spa, hiking, and some good laughs. We discovered everything we wanted at the Emerson Resort & Spa in Mt. Tremper, New York. I grew up in northern New Jersey, and I never ventured much to upstate New York—we had all the leaves and pumpkins and farms you need, so I wasn’t aware of the Emerson. Continue reading →

Honoring HD’s Platinum Circle Inductees

Posted by on November 17, 2016 in Events | 0 comments

It’s been a trying week for many of us in this country, which means it’s as important as ever to not only celebrate but pay tribute to people who are making a difference. This Tuesday, November 15th, we did just that as we celebrated hospitality veterans  who have changed our industry, and the world, during our 28th annual Platinum Circle Awards Gala, held at New York’s Marriott Marquis.


Past and present Platinum Circle honorees gather onstage

This year, more than 500 people came together for our black tie affair to recognize career achievements and what makes hospitality—an inclusive, welcoming industry that supports innovation and people who push the envelope—so important. Indeed, it’s an industry that brings people together in unexpected ways, and on Tuesday it was no different as we honored three industry veterans; a firm that continues to reshape design after three decades; and a designer turned philanthropist who is making a positive mark on the world. Continue reading →

The Presidential Effect

Posted by on November 10, 2016 in Events | 0 comments
The exterior of Trump Hotel International Washington, D.C., a $200 million renovation of the Old Post Office, with architecture by Beyer Blinder Belle and interiors by HBA

The exterior of Trump Hotel International Washington, D.C., a $200 million renovation of the Old Post Office, with architecture by Beyer Blinder Belle and interiors by HBA

After what is being called the most controversial campaign in U.S. history, Donald Trump’s surprising defeat of Hillary Clinton for the presidency was a great shock to more than half the voters (insert nationwide protests and Hillary’s winning of the popular vote), but also a positive outcome for some 59 million others in what is being called a “whitelash” in response to the status quo. There are many unknowns in terms of his policies (especially on immigration and social issues), but as reality sets in, the travel industry is starting to predict/respond to what the first hotelier as POTUS means for the next four years for tourism and growth—some are positive, others less so. As we at HD take our time to do a deeper dive (look for more soon at hospitalitydesign.com), we have gathered some key points and thoughts from other media outlets. Continue reading →