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Guest Post: Revisiting Salone del Mobile

Posted by on May 27, 2015 in Events, Products, Trends | 0 comments

By Seth Rosenbaum, CEO of Visto Images

Unlike most shows in America, the Salone del Mobile fair is organized by the long (and I really do mean long) passeggiata, a walkway you go up and down, back and forth, to pop in and out of pavilions. The walk is a huge part of the show itself where you see and are seen.

The Cube table from Riva 1920

The Cube table from Riva 1920

Once inside, I was drawn to the Cube table by Riva 1920 and, on display for the first time, Goodwood. The kauri wood is a variety from the last Ice Age that was preserved rather than petrified under the mud. A clear resin has been added to perfect the imperfections, making a seamless stitch between nature and the artisan. The same principle inspires Goodwood, which floats small rectangular blocks of offcuts, treated with resin. It is an ultimate statement on sustainability, where practicality and fine art get along just fine. Continue reading →

Stone Source Wins IIDA/HD Best of Competition at HD Expo

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Events, Products, Trends | 0 comments

Truth be told, I’m still in post-HD Expo, post-Las Vegas recovery. This is partly due to missing the opportunity to see Mariah and Britney perform—the former’s show canceled for dubious reasons, the reason for the latter eludes me.

But the show is also two days of nonstop hospitality, and one of the most awe-inspiring parts of HD Expo is of course the tradeshow floor. With well over 800 exhibitors, it’s nearly impossible to see it all but it’s worth trying (and good cardio, too, according to my phone’s health app).

That’s why the IIDA/HD Product Design Competition is so exciting, as it recognizes companies that are debuting new products on the show floor. And each year, we’re able to discover something new while understanding what the industry is seeking, what attracts them, and what foreshadows trends to come.

The 2015 judging panel: Fabio Grego, Hyatt International; Scott Hierlinger, Nelson; Carlos Posada, Gensler; and Meg Prendergast, Gettys. Continue reading →

HD Expo 2015 Best Booth Winners Announced

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Events, Trends, Uncategorized | 3 comments

The energy is high at HD Expo 2015, held at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. So far so good. Though the show began on Tuesday, exhibitors have been planning their booths for months. The time and energy that goes into creating these attractive booths is astounding, and it really shows in the presentation of these attractive and innovative products.

The Best Booth competition is always a highlight at HD Expo. There is such a wow factor in seeing the booths transform from their construction phase to the final result. This year, our Best Booth judges were sent out to the show floor to see all the booths in the truly massive show space. Kellie Sirna of Studio 11 Design, Melissa Pyell of Gensler, and Daniel Hyde of Pacifica Hotels were tasked with the challenge of finding the most unique, clever, and thoughtful spaces.

This year’s Best Booth winners are all of those things and more. Continue reading →

7 Days Away: Giving Back at HD Expo

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Events, social media, Uncategorized | 0 comments

HDExpo logoWe’re crossing t’s and dotting i’s here at HD in preparation for HD Expo next week, and as we get our social networking fingers ready to share what we see on the show floor and beyond, we want to encourage you to join us in our social media efforts using #give4design on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram and tell us: What does design give you and/or what do you love about our industry and tradeshows like this?

While we know that design makes a huge impact on all of our lives, this hashtag is also about something bigger. For each #givefordesign use on social media, HD will make a $1 donation to earthquake relief efforts in Nepal through the International Medical Corps.


We also welcome you to the Selfie Center, located in the show floor lobby. The creative team at Yellow Goat Design has created a backdrop for your photo, so stop by and snap a quick pic for your social media sites and tag with #hdexpo15 and #give4design. Continue reading →

14 Days Away: Sessions on Deck at HD Expo

Posted by on April 29, 2015 in Events, Sustainability | 0 comments

We’re now just two short weeks away from HD Expo, and we’re busy making sure everything is perfect for the industry’s premier tradeshow and conference. While there will be plenty to see on the gigantic show floor (don’t forget to wear your walking shoes and make use of the complimentary water and snack stands that will be stationed throughout—not to mention the bar in HD’s Social Hub in booth #1955), our nearly 30 conference sessions are where you can get your education on. Here are just a few highlights:

During “What Meeting Planners Want” on Thursday, May 14th at 2 p.m., three planners will delve in to the (sometimes overlooked) world of designing hotel meeting spaces and what designers need to know to create environments amenable to these groups—which make up a large part of many hotels’ revenue streams—including a focus on lighting, furnishings, and the special requirements of the disabled. Continue reading →