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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 | 0 comments

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 →

Preparing for Platinum Circle 2014

Posted by on August 6, 2014 in Events | 0 comments

Full disclosure: I’ve never attended Hospitality Design’s Platinum Circle Awards Gala, but I’ve been anticipating the November event since I started at the magazine in the beginning of the year. In that short time, punctuated by my own vociferous obsession with award shows and galas, I have been able to dream up what goes on at Platinum Circle. In my mind, it’s a mix between the Met Gala (with our own Michael Adams acting as Anna Wintour) and the Oscars: an amalgamation of fun and prestige.

This will be my first Platinum Circle Awards Gala, already in its 26th year, and though my expectations are high (looking forward to see who covers the red carpet …), I am certain they will be met, especially with the list of this year’s inductees—industry superstars that would make any hospitality fan girl’s night.

This year, the distinguished talent includes: Adrian Zecha, director and non-executive chairman, GHM; Danny Meyer, CEO, Union Square Hospitality Group; M. Continue reading →

A True Collaboration

Posted by on July 30, 2014 in Events, Projects | 0 comments

Last night, I was happy to attend the launch party of the penthouse at Tuscany, a St Giles Boutique Hotel in New York, for many reasons. It has been my master’s class in the ins and outs of the design process, and to see it come to fruition is amazing.

A few years ago, St Giles reached out to us to see if we would like to curate the penthouse’s makeover (the rest of the hotel is designed by Jeff Lincoln and his team) as they were looking for a more creative way to handle this part of the hotel’s renovation. The idea: the designers and FF&E manufacturers (and HD) donate their expertise and products, and in return, the hotel partners with a charity, the Make It Right Foundation, to match donations of time, product, and other monies given by the participating companies. (Also thrown in were perks at the hotel to use the fabulous space, and of course, coverage in HD.) We did a call for entries—essentially giving them a blank canvas and unlimited budget under the direction of a modern, Tuscan feel—from some 25 design firms in Manhattan; about half responded, and in the end, three were chosen for the space: AJC Design (master bedroom, bathroom, and the outdoor wraparound terrace with coveted views of the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings), Gensler (living room, entry, and second bedroom and bathroom), and dash design (kitchen and powder room). Continue reading →