HD Talks

10 Ways to Engage on Social Media

Posted by on May 25, 2016 in social media, Trends | 0 comments

During HD Expo in Las Vegas earlier this month, Andrew Alford, chief creative officer at Chicago-based AJ Capital Partners (and the designer behind its Graduate Hotels), and Bashar Wali, principal and president of Provenance Hotels in Portland, Oregon discussed the importance of social media in the hospitality world.

Of course, we all can’t be DJ Khaled when it comes to the ubiquitous medium, but owners and designers can find common ground to create social media feeds that are coveted and constantly scanned by their followers. Here are 10 takeaways for taking your social media to the next level.


Bashar Wali and Andrew Alford discuss social media best practices at the Graduate Hotels-inspired Social Hub during HD Expo in May.

1. Traditional advertising has gone the way of the dinosaur. “We’ve become obsessive about designing to social media,” Alford says. “That’s where the real advantage is.”

2. Recognize the people who are posting about your property by retweeting or regramming their feeds. Continue reading →

A Bus Ride to Remember

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Events, Projects | 0 comments

At HD, we are always trying to come up with new, innovative ways to connect people. Our latest and greatest, SiteSeeing, was no different. One bus, one city (New York), three hotel site tours (current or past HD Awards honorees), seven hours, and 55 people? No problem.

We all met at the newly opened Time Hotel, owned and operated by the Dream Hotel Group, and designed by Rockwell Group. First order of business: lunch at Serafina, where we dined on bruschetta, calamari, pasta, and salmon. Obviously we needed fuel for the rest of the day. Afterwards, we went up to the penthouse level, where Brendan McNamara from Dream gave us an overview of the property. From there, Garrett Antin of Rockwell Group talked us through the design—all based around the idea of time—as we toured the spectacular three-level penthouse, a guestroom and suite on the 8th floor, and the second floor lobby. Continue reading →

Rockwell Group’s Salone del Mobile Trend Report

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Events, Trends | 0 comments

By Olivia Capuano, Thom Forsyth, Dio Kaltis, and Elisa Rodriguez

A team from Rockwell Group sojourned to Milan for the annual Salone del Mobile in April. While in Italy, the designers did a bit of trendspotting at the booths, highlighting seven takeaways that we’ll be seeing throughout the industry in the year ahead.

Color this season drew largely from fashion: Rose, brick red, mustard yellow, olive greens, and dusty washed out pastel blue, green, and pink came together for a rich, yet balanced palette.


Pretty pastels at Kettal

Evoking furniture from the ’30s and ’40s, tubular steel was reenvisioned as a seating structure in every finish from matte black to rose gold.


David Adjaye’s Double Zero chair for Moroso

Seating took on a new look at combining a seat plane with a back plane. The joinery varied, but a clean approach to seating and intersecting planes were prevalent throughout the show. Continue reading →

HD Expo 2016 Best Booth Winners Announced

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Events, Trends, Uncategorized | 2 comments

This year’s HD Expo is buzzing, with almost 11,000 guests and 800-plus exhibitors filling the Mandalay Bay convention center in Las Vegas. The show floor booth designs making their debuts have been in the making for months. Executed with remarkable precision and style, it’s always a treat to see all that hard work and time pay off in the form of innovative and eye-catching product showcases.

HD Expo’s Best Booth competition is always a major highlight, and this year, our Best Booth judges—Lora Spran, Walt Disney Engineering; Jon Kastl, Champalimaud Design; and Veronika Todemann, HBA—embarked onto the massive show floor to select the most thoughtful and creative booth designs.

If you’re joining us in Vegas this year, be sure to stop by and take a look at the unique winning displays. If you’re reading this from home, we’ll be sure to share photos so you too can enjoy the ingenuity behind these stunning designs. Continue reading →

HD Expo: The Final Countdown

Posted by on April 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s a little crazy to think that by this time next week, HD Expo—May 4-6th at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas—will be kicking off. If you’re still planning your agenda (no judgment—we’re definitely not immune to busy schedules and procrastination around here either) here are a few options we recommend you work into your itinerary:

Wed, May 4th


High Seas Design

Adam D. Tihany, Founder, Tihany Design

Thomas Weigend, Director, Meyer Werft

Orlando Ashford, President, Holland America Line

The number of cruise ship passengers reached approximately 23 million in 2015, up from 17.8 million per year in 2009, according to Cruise Lines International Association. Naturally, cruise lines are introducing new ships to their fleets to accommodate the swell. With seven ships added last year, and 15 more in the pipeline for this year and next, many—including a number of luxury offerings—are crafted by world-class hospitality designers. For the first-ever cruise ship panel conversations at HD Expo, join Holland America Group CEO Stein Kruse, designer Adam D. Continue reading →