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on February 25, 2014 in
Having never been to Arizona before, much less a Hospitality Design Summit, I had some apprehensions before last week’s event in Scottsdale. For one, I had been stuck in the cold New York polar vortex for so long—would I even recognize the sun? Second, I didn’t know what to expect from our annual event. Was it just rubbing elbows and cocktail parties?
In fact, it was much more.
While the free coffee and breakfast at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn were an enticement to wake up before 7 a.m., it was the thought-provoking speakers that piqued interest, holding everyone’s attention.
During the first day, we heard from Jake Wood, a former Marine, who after tours in Iraq and Afghanistan started Team Rubicon, an organization of military veterans who work in disaster-ravaged areas providing support and supplies. Wood has seen things most people in the conference room would never have to experience. Continue reading →
on February 19, 2014 in
People wouldn’t describe me as a crafty person. I don’t have a Pinterest page, I’m scared of hot glue guns, and I’ve never gone to a Home Depot without having an anxiety attack. In fact, the closest I’ve come to creating “art” is when I photoshop myself in pictures with Andrew Garfield. Basically, I’m all thumbs, and that’s only considered a talent if you’re switching channels between a Real Housewives marathon and a Lifetime movie.
But just because I am not particularly apt at designing or creating doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate those who are innately, undeniably talented, which is why the 6th annual International Interior Design Association (IIDA) New York Sustainable Quilt Auction last week was so amazing. Held at the Open House Gallery, the IIDA quilt auction showcased designers who otherwise work on furniture, wallcoverings, textiles, etc., and had them crafting colorful quilts. The 270 guests were drawn to depictions of the New York City skyline, Coney Island, a Yellow Submarine, or Lady Liberty. Continue reading →
on February 12, 2014 in
Looking to capitalize on the Millennial traveler and stay competitive, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group announced on Tuesday its new “lifestyle select” brand Radisson Red, which will cater to younger travelers.
For hotel brands, the Millennial traveler is the holy grail, and Radisson Red highlights what other Carlson Rezidor brands may lack—a more daring aesthetic, a more personalized experience, a large bar area, and an emphasis on technology. The new brand emphasizes its technology prowess through a phone app that allows guests to “order a car to pick them up at the airport, request that the room’s minibar be stocked with certain drinks, order a sandwich to be waiting at the hotel’s 24-hour deli, and arrange for family photos to beam from the television screen when they enter their room,” according to the Wall Street Journal.
“The emergence of Millennial attitudes is driving this trend and launch of Radisson Red,” Gordon McKinnon, executive vice president and chief branding officer at Carlson, wrote in an email. Continue reading →
on February 5, 2014 in
I’m new to Hospitality Design magazine, but I’ve worked in the hospitality industry before—and I even had a brief stint at a financial trade publication. Although these are different in a lot of ways, there is some overlap. The hotel industry is certainly interested in developing new areas, and the financial sector is always looking for new places to invest. Whether bullish or bearish, both industries are focused on going global.
During my hospitality tenure, we couldn’t go a day without talking about how to cover the every-expanding BRIC countries—Brazil, Russia, India, and China. If you were a hotel company, you were building—and building a lot—in one if not all of those countries. And for good reason.
While the U.S. economy was tanking, these regions were on the opposite trajectory. If you were going to develop a hotel, you’d be doing it in the BRIC countries. In fact, we just covered most of these developing destinations in our January/February issue, looking at Africa, China, Turkey, Dubai, and Southern India. Continue reading →
I attended my first event last night since I joined the editorial team of Hospitality Design—an IIDA NY Hospitality Forum panel discussion, “The Influence of Hospitality Design in the Modern Workplace, Healthcare Spaces, and Residential Towers.” Hosted by Nancy Jackson, president of Architectural Systems, the dialogue focused on the ways in which principles of hospitality design are driving the design of spaces that are not typically considered part of the category.
The event took place at upscale, private workspace collective The NeueHouse, located in Gramercy Park in New York. A 50,000-square-foot space with an industrial-chic interior designed by David Rockwell of Rockwell Group, NeueHouse combines both work and social spaces, making it the perfect backdrop for the evening’s discussion, which attracted approximately 150 attendees.
“Experience is the new expectation,” Jackson said, and the panelists agreed. She was joined by a group of high-profile professionals, including Annie Lee of Environetics; Michael Samuelian of Related Companies (who is responsible for urban planning and architectural design of the $15-billion Hudson Yards redevelopment project in Manhattan); Barry Richards of Rockwell Group; and Bradley Rim of Andrew Fredman Architect. Continue reading →