HD Talks

HD Americas: The Sights and Sounds of Miami

Posted by on September 23, 2014 in Events, Projects, Trends | 1 comment

While the Miami Beach Convention Center hosted HD Americas last week, some attendees were able to go on an off-site field trip, exploring the Redbury South Beach and the Metropolitan by COMO.

I, luckily, was tasked with chaperoning these excursions, which I gladly accepted. Like any good chaperone, I kept the group on schedule, made sure we were all well-behaved, and took plenty of photos. But the real star of the site visits were the hotels themselves.


The lobby at the Metropolitan by COMO

We have hyped these visits in past blogs but seeing firsthand what goes into creating a contemporary aesthetic in these famous Art Deco buildings was a learning experience for any design novice or expert.

Our first stop was the 69-room Redbury South Beach, a sister property to sbe’s West Hollywood location, and designed by photographer and director Matthew Rolston in collaboration with Avenue Interior Design. Continue reading →

HD Americas: Best of Americas Product Winners

Posted by on September 17, 2014 in Events, Products | 1 comment

We’re lucky enough at Hospitality Design to work with some of the best product designers and companies, as well as the some much-lauded designers, architects, and industry experts.

This has never been truer than during our Best of Americas product competition this year at HD Americas. Malcolm Berg, principal and owner of EoA, and George Scammell, the vice president of Wyndham Worldwide, took to the show floor Tuesday morning searching high and low, down and up aisles for the 10 best products on the floor.

The judges described the product winners as stylish, sleek, unusual, beautiful, comfortable, innovative, progressive, great design, and has hidden sensibilities—everything you look for in a unique product.

The GALA-3 from Aceray

Following criteria that looked at use, innovation, functionality, look, sustainability, and technical advancements, Scammell and Berg narrowed the list to the 10 best, which are listed below:

Magitex Decor, Harlem fabric
Triarch, Granyte
Woodard Furniture, Palm Coast Chaise Lounge
Fusion Tables
Jo-Liza International, Woven Lacey Lounger
Phillips Collection, Mahoni
Modern Nature Design, Stillwater
Eclectic, Sinu
Aceray, GALA-3
Svalson AB, Windscreen

Thanks to our judges and exhibitors, and check out our October issue for more information about these great products. Continue reading →

In Conversation at HD Americas

Posted by on September 11, 2014 in Events, Uncategorized | 0 comments

We’re getting excited to head to Miami Beach next week for HD Americas, which will be two days of inspiring and informative conference sessions focused on the Latin America and Caribbean regions; a packed show floor with tons of innovative exhibitors showcasing their latest offerings; an insider’s look at two new Miami hotels; the signature Owners’ Roundtable; and the ever-popular Opening Night Party at the Delano Hotel pool.

Hospitality Design‘s Social Hub booth will also be located on the show floor—it’s our home during the event as well as home to our partners ASID, BLLA, IIDA, ISHP, and NEWH. We’ll be hosting several HD Conversations in the booth, which are more intimate one-on-one Q&A-style discussions with industry leaders. Here’s the schedule:

Tuesday, September 16th
12:30 – 1 p.m.
The Power  of Purchasing
Mitch Parker | president  | The Parker Company
Moderator: Alissa Ponchione | associate/products editor | Hospitality Design magazine

Mitch Parker heads one of the most successful and important purchasing companies in the world. Continue reading →

SLS Las Vegas Ups the Ante

Posted by on September 4, 2014 in Projects, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Last week I traveled to Las Vegas to participate in a panel at the Business of Luxury Design (BOLD) Summit (stay tuned for more on that in a later post) and was excited to have the opportunity while in town to also check out the Strip’s most anticipated offering—SLS Las Vegas, which celebrated its grand opening the weekend of August 23rd.

The exterior of the newly opened SLS Las Vegas, a $415 million renovation of the former Sahara Hotel & Casino on the north end of the Strip.

The exterior of the newly opened SLS Las Vegas, a $415 million renovation of the former Sahara Hotel & Casino on the north end of the Strip. Photo courtesy of Getty Images/SLS Las Vegas

The opening of the latest from global hospitality brand sbe has been on our radar for months as we eagerly anticipated the design details. I had heard its aesthetic was an interesting mix—the joint vision of sbe founder, chairman, and CEO Sam Nazarian and designer Philippe Starck in collaboration with Gensler—that built on the bones of the former Sahara Hotel & Casino (the $415 million renovation was interiors only), which opened in 1952 and was somewhat of a mecca for Los Angeles celebrities visiting Sin City in the ’70s and ’80s, with an at times tongue-in-cheek, eclectic interior design that is at once quite varied and perfectly cohesive. Continue reading →

Products: Trends to Watch

Posted by on August 27, 2014 in Products, Trends

As the products editor at Hospitality Design magazine, I have the enviable job of visiting showrooms that highlight the best of what’s going on in the industry where I see products that run the gamut from modern to traditional to innovative and bold.

One of the questions I always ask designers or vendors when I meet them is, “What’s the biggest trend you’re seeing right now?” This is both a professional question (I like to know so I can fill up our trends sections every month) and a personal one (I want to know what Ikea hacks I can pull off on my own things), and it always provokes interesting responses from one designer to the next. Whether it’s mixed materials, mixing metals, the abundance of copper, fuchsias and turquoise as bold accents, or paisleys, ikats, and florals—trends take on a lot of different personas.

To make it easier on you and myself, I’ve curated a makeshift Pinterest board of some of the hottest trends I’ve been seeing throughout my products education. Continue reading →