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The New York Hilton Midtown Gets a Facelift

Posted by on June 12, 2014 in Events, Projects

The New York Hilton Midtown is known as much for its storied past as it is for its guestrooms and meeting spaces. Lucille Ball lived there. The Beatles stayed at the hotel before their career-making performance on the Ed Sullivan Show. John Lennon wrote “Imagine” in a guestroom.

Indeed, travelers coming to New York expect awe-inspiring experiences. As a recent transplant from Cleveland, I found that the large skyscrapers and constantly alive city can both overwhelm and excite. But how does a hotel, enveloped by its history, stay relevant in a city that rejects the status quo? With the help of Dallas-based Looney & Associates, the Hilton Midtown completed its first phase of renovations, refurbishing 187 guestrooms and 41 suites on five floors.

It definitely is a sight to behold as managing editor Katie Kervin and I had the chance to tour the renovated rooms along with other journalists for a media event this week. Continue reading →

The Alpina Gstaad Awarded Best of Show at HD Awards

Posted by on June 5, 2014 in Events

I have never been to an awards ceremony before. Of course, I’ve done my share of watching them on TV and live-tweeting them, but I’ve never sat in an auditorium amongst the very talented and well-deserving people. Luckily, that all changed with last night’s 10th annual Hospitality Design Awards ceremony at the Grand Hyatt New York. The event, sponsored by Durkan and Interiors from Spain, celebrated our deserving finalists and winners, who are also featured in our June issue.

Although winners and finalists had been announced beforehand, there were some small surprises: emcee and Hospitality Design magazine’s Editorial Director Michael Adams’s music choices for each finalist and winner was one; raffling off  an all-expense paid trip to Spain (courtesy of Interiors from Spain) was another; and most importantly, the much coveted Best of Show award was announced.

Naturally, we saved the best for last.

Our judges looked through 400 entries, narrowed those down, and still this property stood out for good reason. Continue reading →

Design on a Dime

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Events, Products, Projects

When I moved to New York from Cleveland a few months ago, I vowed I would be a real adult and hang art on the walls, own matching furniture, and create a design aesthetic that would mimic an Anthropologie catalogue. Yet, upon my arrival to my boyfriend’s apartment, those dreams quickly faded. Instead, a hodgepodge of found objects, items left behind from his former roommate, and furniture from my parents litter our apartment. So much for whimsy; our apartment is more of an island for lost Ikea furniture.

So, when I was tasked with being the point person for Hospitality Design’s Social Hub at this year’s HD Expo, I wasn’t sure what to expect. For months I had been working with our exhibitors to see if they would be able to donate furniture that corresponded with the vision of Morgans Hotel Group, and luckily they pulled through. (A very special and appreciative thank you to our social hub sponsors: Arteriors, Bernhardt, Design Within Reach, D’style, Durkan, Kalisher, Palecek, Restoration Hardware, and Valley Forge Fabrics.)

And I thought that was the hard part. Continue reading →

Best Booth Winners Announced

Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Events, Trends | 1 comment

We are in the midst of HD Expo 2014 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. While the show began on Wednesday, exhibitors have been here since Sunday working on their booths. Because this is my first show, I didn’t realize the time and muscle that goes into creating an attractive booth that is both inviting and shows off all the amazing products. And of course, to get it to from the bare bones it starts with to a whole concept isn’t easy.

One of the best parts of HD Expo is our Best Booth competition. The show is only three days, but exhibitors plan their booths months in advance. This year, our Best Booth judges were sent out to the show floor before it opened yesterday, getting to see all the booths in the massive show space. Kellie Sirna of Studio 11, Nicole Dalton of Dalton Steelman Arias & Associates, and Daniel Hyde of West Financial Corporation, were tasked with the challenge of finding the most unique, clever, and thoughtful spaces. Continue reading →

Talking Food Halls

Posted by on May 8, 2014 in Events

Last week, HD partnered again with culinary trade organization Culintro for another design panel in New York. Dubbed Food + Design: New York’s Nouveau Food Halls, more than 175 people turned out to hear the design-owner collaborators behind two of the city’s more recent examples of the trend: Gotham West Market and the Plaza Food Hall, both of which take inspiration from the many international food markets, from London to Asia. The panelists—Adam Farmerie, AvroKO; Christopher Jaskiewicz, Gotham Organization; Jeffrey Beers, Jeffrey Beers International; and Kristin Franzese, the Plaza Food Hall—delved into their process, from the design to operations and the difficult task of choosing the vendors. As Beers said: “It’s like a dinner party; you don’t only have to decide who’s coming, but who’s sitting next to who.” And to kick off the session, I quickly shared a few restaurant design trends straight from the pages of the magazine, and most recently, from poring over the submissions of our HD Awards. Continue reading →