HD Talks


Lighting Up Christmas

Posted by on December 21, 2013 in Events, Products, The Economy, Trends

Every year growing up, my dad and I would plot to win the “Best Lights” award in our neighborhood. No matter how many different combinations of lights we came up with, we never even got close to an “Elf’s Choice” award. Still, we kept trying because one of the most important parts of decorating for Christmas, and decorating any space, is lighting.

I can imagine that the original founders of Hubbarton Forge felt similarly when they started designing light fixtures. George Chandler and Reed Hampton first fired up their first blacksmithing forge in 1974 in a barn in Castleton, Vermont and began a company known for its innovative designs. On December 5th and 6th of this year, Steve Rice, the director of commercial development for Hubbarton Forge, invited designers in the industry to their facility to get a behind-the-scenes look at the company craft.

hf2                         Christian Arkay-Leliever, Arkay-Leliever Creative Consultancy

“Our objective wasn’t just to increase sales in New England,” says Sarah Erich of Diane Erich & Associates, the representative of Hubbarton Forge in New England and New York and organizer of the event. Continue reading →

London Calling!

Posted by on December 19, 2013 in Events

I can’t believe it has been a month since I headed to London for the Sleep Event (where does time go?). UBM, the organizers of the annual tradeshow and conference, invited us to organize and moderate a panel, and I jumped on the opportunity—in previous years the event fell on Thanksgiving and was less appealing to miss my favorite holiday of the year.

And it was a good year to attend: it was a record year in terms of attendance for Sleep, and they brought in an impressive lineup of speakers.

A packed house listened to keynoter iconic hotelier Ian Schrager (which was fitting after we just honored him the week before with our lifetime achievement Platinum Circle Award), who in a candid talk with journalist Guy Dittrich, touched on his move away from design for design’s sake, how he takes inspiration from almost everywhere (he called himself a sponge), his interesting and varied career, and his newest venture sure to become his next great legacy, Public and Edition hotels, the latter a unique partnership with Marriott (see below). Continue reading →

A Night to Remember

Posted by on November 13, 2013 in Events

What a great night at Platinum Circle’s first gala in New York City! A list of some of the industry heavyweights who attended is a veritable who’s who of hospitality: Beers, Beer, Champalimaud, Chi, Yabu and Pushelberg, Traxler, Clodagh, Monk, Bedner, Wilson, Mozer…and many more! Plus joyous appearances by the current honorees: Pam Anderson and Laurie Miller, Daniel Boulud, Margaret McMahon, and Ian Schrager. The crowd adored all of them. Kudos to the Conrad Hotel for a perfect venue and impeccable service. Someone called it “the party of the year” and who are we to disagree? I think PC has found a happy home in New York! Look for photos in the Jan/Feb issue of Hospitality Design.

—Michael Adams



Jeffrey Beers with Daniel Boulud and his wife



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Fashion and Brizo

Posted by on October 2, 2013 in Events, Products

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to attend Brizo‘s two-day New York Fashion Week experience. It’s something they do every year, but for the first time they focused on hospitality and had gathered a fantastic group of designers. The two days included an immersion into the Brizo family of products, including one of the kitchen and bath company’s newest lines, a collaboration with fashion designer Jason Wu, as well as the full Manhattan experience—drinks at the Event hotel, dinner at the rooftop of the Nomad hotel, and the highlight, VIP passes to Wu’s fashion show and an afterparty with the designer himself.

I have only been to one fashion show in the tents at Lincoln Center, so I had some idea of what to expect—a gaggle of photographers; lined seats where the important people (aka Anna Wintour, who was there!) fill in the front rows way after the show was supposed to begin as they never start on time; and a fantastic parade of inspiring fashions on tall, intriguing women set to pulsating music that is over before the blink of an eye. Continue reading →

Best Booth Winners for HD Americas

Posted by on September 25, 2013 in Events, Products, The Economy

On Tuesday, September 24, we sent three judges on to the HD Americas show floor to search for the best booths of the show. Gonzalo Bustamante, Gonzalo Bustamante Design Works; Les Faulk, IHG; and Dieter Cartwright, Warren Red, deliberated, and the results are here. Congratulations to all the winners, and to a great showing at our very first HD Americas!

Best Branding: Sunbrella, # 815


Most Effective Use of Space: Vicalvi, #1911


Best Curb Appeal: PolArt, # 1609


Best Product Display: Global Views, #2201


Best Large Booth: Saccaro, #1105


Best Small Booth, two winners: Cerno, #1717, and FP Flourishes, #1322


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