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Counting Down to HD Expo

Posted by on February 15, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

At the start of every year, while most people are making (and breaking) resolutions, the HD team is concentrating on making HD Expo the most well-rounded, informative, exciting tradeshow around. It takes a lot of work, but it’s worth it. And this year is no different.

Indeed, there are only 76 days until we pack our bags and head to Mandalay Bay from May 3-5th, but we are already gearing up for one of our best shows yet. And here’s why: our sessions, our social hub talks, our partnership with NEWH, and more. We detail a few of these below.

Graduate Degree: The Making of a Brand
Wednesday, May 3rd: noon – 1 p.m.

AJ Capital Partners founder Ben Weprin joins Andrew Alford, the company’s chief creative officer, to discuss the nascent beginnings of their Graduate Hotel brand. Serving the collegiate market, the design-driven, affordable hotels are continuing to change the industry. Continue reading →

Notes from ALIS

Posted by on February 8, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

With roughly 3,100 attendees at this year’s ALIS conference (that stands for the Americas Lodging Investment Summit)—a record attendance for the annual event in Los Angeles since the heyday of 2008—it was clear the industry is faring well. How well though was the question at hand. Here are three takeaways from my three days there.

The buzzing lobby at the JW Marriott Los Angeles Live, the host of ALIS

1.  It seemed most people were optimistically cautious about the year ahead—in part thanks to the uncertain political climate and the industry making what many are calling a “soft landing.” During the Standing by the Numbers panel, Jan Freitag, senior vice president of STR, shared that we are in our 82nd month of RevPAR growth; RevPAR grew 3.2 percent in the U.S. in 2016, and he predicted 2017 would see a 2.5 percent uptick for “slow but steady” growth. 2016 occupancy was slightly up (0.2 percent) to 66.7 percent, and last year the industry experienced record-setting occupancy numbers. Continue reading →

The Art of Hospitality

Posted by on February 2, 2017 in Hospitality | 0 comments

There’s a reason this magazine is called Hospitality Design. The crux of the brand and what we write about and showcase is how design should be accessible and welcoming; good design should facilitate interaction, community, and evoke some level of comfort—a home away from home (or, for that matter, one better than your own). That welcoming essence of hospitality is what we continually try to capture.

The lobby and gallery space at 21c Hotel Oklahoma City

Talk to anyone in the industry, from GMs and front-desk staff to hotel company CEOs and designers, and they’ll tell you the reason they love working in hospitality is because of the guests that check-in and out everyday, as well as the interesting, creative, and diverse set of people they get to work with. Many have worked in the industry all their lives.

A good example of this comes from our February issue. We interviewed two hoteliers: Michael Fuerstman, co-founder and creative director of Pendry Hotels, who said his best job remains his first, as the pool boy at the Bellagio in Las Vegas; and Steve Wilson, founder of 21c Museum Hotels, who points out the most rewarding aspect of hotel life is being a part of the guests’ lives. Continue reading →

5 Product Trends for January

Posted by on January 25, 2017 in Trends | 0 comments

If you peruse through HD magazine, you’ll notice we often feature product trends. Part of the reason is we receive so many new products and start to pick up on things happening in the industry. The other reason harkens to the old journalism mantra: three makes a trend.

In the past, we’ve covered trends we’ve seen popping up on this blog. But we also want you to know that we’re diligent about this, so we’ll make this a monthly feature (and if we don’t, please hold us to it).

A hat tip goes to online editor Will Speros—we spend a lot of time exchanging emails and messages about the products we’re featuring online, in our newsletters, and in print—who helped curate this list. Here are five product trends you need to have on your radar.

1. Updated Classics
If this is peak nostalgia, we are here for it. Smilow Furniture’s revival of the Rush Daybed (originally designed in 1950) achieves a classic midcentury look; Fritz Hansen (a company that is so good at this) recently revitalized Arne Jacobson’s classic Oxford chair from 1965; and Bernhardt Design reintroduced Charles Pollock’s Finale sofa from 1965.  Continue reading →

Show Time

Posted by on January 18, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

By Stacy Shoemaker Rauen

As I write this, HD Expo is only 104 days away. For someone who is still getting used to the fact that it is January of 2017, May seems like it is a lot further away than a mere three and a half months.

A guestroom at the Ace Hotel Pittsburgh. The company’s CEO Brad Wilson will be speaking during HD Expo.

But in all honesty, we have been working on HD Expo planning since the fall—what surprises to add to the show, what topics to discuss during the panels. I may be biased, but at least conference-wise, but this may be one of our best shows yet. We will be bringing you updates each month to entice you to come join us at the industry’s largest and most preeminent tradeshow from May 3rd – 5th at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

The countdown to HD Expo is on.

Continue reading →