HD Talks


Tile Italian Style

Posted by on October 1, 2014 in Events, Products, Trends

After the pasta, gelato, and romantic views, Italy’s other specialty—ceramic tile—displays the innovation and artistic beauty the country is known for. Last week at Cersaie, the International Exhibition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings, I had the opportunity to explore a show floor packed with the newest advancements and artistic ideas in the industry. The offerings moved beyond the traditional, revealing just emerging trends, new twists on ancient designs, and more realistic imitation wood and handmade tiles.

Here’s a sneak peak of a few of the products I loved, with more to come in HD’s December issue.

ABK captures the beauty of slate in its Fluido collection, which uses less raw materials for a more eco-friendly design.



Del Conca’s Lupin collection uses Japanese manga for a selection of quirky characters and the hints of a story line.

Del Conca

Del Conca

Sottobosco Underbush + Intarsio, a mosaic tile from Cottobosco, recalls Italian artisan work. Continue reading →

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 | 2 comments

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

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 →

Going on Site at HD Americas

Posted by on August 20, 2014 in Events, Projects

We’re less than a month away from our HD Americas conference and expo in Miami. By the time September 16th rolls around, the Miami Beach Convention Center will be home to some of the top product companies in the hospitality world. And what better place than Miami to dig into the Latin American hotel boom.

It seems that not an issue of Hospitality Design magazine is published that we’re not discussing new hotels in Miami in some way or another. According to hotel data firm STR (and reported by Skift), Miami has 2,709 rooms under construction, third only behind New York City and Houston. The Art Deco style and vibrant culture, as well as the city’s proximity to many Latin American and Caribbean countries makes Miami a town that’s on fire. We understand what Will Smith was talking about.

During site visits at HD Americas this year, attendees will be able to visit two of those properties that are transforming Miami:

The Redbury South Beach, one of sbe’s newest hotels, offers a unique aesthetic. Continue reading →