HD Talks

20 Days to Go: HD Expo’s Social Hub

Posted by on April 22, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

As any of our HD Expo exhibitors know, booth design and prep is no joke. Starting in January, we were scheduling weekly phone calls with our HD team in Atlanta and Hilton Worldwide’s design team to start work on our HD Social Hub. But the planning has really been going on much longer than that.

We reached out to Hilton in the fall, asking them to be a part of our Social Hub. Indeed, we want booth #1955 to serve as both a respite from the show floor, a networking hub, a place to recharge, and a place to learn: we have talks and conversations scheduled throughout the show.

By December, the team at Hilton had conceptualized the design. And here we are, less than a month away with still so much to do but with everything coming together. Hilton’s design reflects its new lifestyle Canopy brand. Expect a natural palette (light wood, soft white hues) with pops of orange. Continue reading →

28 Days and Counting: Gearing Up For HD Expo

Posted by on April 15, 2015 in Events, Trends | 0 comments

What would a carefree Martha Washington do for fun? How do the layers of a hamburger inspire? What does a pangolin have to do with hospitality design, anyway?

These questions may not make sense now, but they all play a part in the design narratives of just a few of the projects we feature in our May issue (our equivalent of Vogue‘s September issue). And though we keep the contents closely guarded like an episode of Game of Thrones, we are excited to share with you what we’ve been diligently and tirelessly and exhaustively working on … in due time, of course.

This is our largest issue of the year and also our most robust in content as it ushers us into HD Expo. Our trade show and conference, held in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay, is just 28 days away, and it’s no coincidence it coincides with this issue, which is a showcase of everything we do. Continue reading →

The Next Wave

Posted by on April 8, 2015 in Events, People | 1 comment

WOTF OpenerWe do a lot of exciting things at HD, but one of my favorite awards is our Wave of the Future. Now in its 14th year, its an honor we bestow on designers, architects, owners, and brand executives who we think are young enough to be considered visionary, but tested enough to be considered accomplished. Obviously we use various parameters to make our selections, but this is one award where we as editors get to highlight those we have our eye on, for many different reasons. Over the last decade-plus, we have gathered an esteemed group of people (click here to see the list) and this year’s group is no less impressive. They will be featured in the June issue of HD, and speak at a panel at our NextGen Forum in June.

And the 2015 honorees are:

Alicia Cannon, principal, AJC Design

Dieter Cartwright, founding partner, Warren Red

Griz Dwight, principal and owner, GrizForm Design Architects

Kelly Ogden, director, ELK Collective

Liubasha Rose, vice president, design, Starwood Capital Group

Meg Sharpe, founder, Meg Sharpe Interiors Continue reading →

11th Annual HD Award Submissions Push the Envelope

Posted by on April 1, 2015 in Events, Products, Projects | 0 comments

Hospitality Design magazine covers a lot of ground. We talk to designers and work with product manufacturers from all over the globe, each offering a unique point of view. In fact, there’s usually a moment in any interview where I say aloud, “I would have never thought of that.” That’s why I’m here writing blogs, and designers are out there crafting hotels, restaurants, wineries, university cafes, etc., and product companies are coming up with innovative digital printing processes, flooring made from plastic bottles, and solar chargeable products.

hdawardslogoWe were able to witness this firsthand examples of this work this week during our HD awards judging for our project and product awards. Both our product judges (Alicia Cannon, AJC Design; Meghann Day, HBA; and Stephanie Goto, STEPHANIEGOTO) and project judges (Larry Traxler, Hilton Worldwide; Dan Kwan, Wilson Associates; Lionel Ohayon, ICRAVE; Katherine Lo, Langham Hospitality; and Will Meyer, Meyer Davis Studio) were looking for the same thing: Projects and products that pushed the envelope; entrants that represent current innovators and the future of design. Continue reading →

Marrying Social Media and Design

Posted by on March 25, 2015 in Events, social media, Trends, Web/Tech | 0 comments

You can’t talk about design, if you’re not (at the very least) talking about technology’s implicit impact on the way we look at design. What drives good design is not only about what photos pop up on social media sites—though that doesn’t hurt—but about sharing that experience via new channels, according to panelists at IIDA New York’s “Customizing the Guest Experience in Hospitality” event held last week and co-moderated by Nancy Jackson, co-chair of the Hospitality Forum and president of Architectural Systems Inc.


Panelists and moderators at the IIDA New York hospitality event (from left): Moderator Nancy Jackson, Architectural Systems Inc.; Toni Stoeckl, Marriott International; Kimberly Miller; Duncan Miller Ullman Design; Adam Rolston, Incorporated Architecture & Design; and moderator Barry Richards, Rockwell Group

“Experience matters. It matters more than stuff,” says Barry Richards, a co-moderator, IIDA New York chapter’s Hospitality Forum co-chair, and principal and studio leader at Rockwell Group. Continue reading →