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Everyone’s first question this week has been, “So, is this your first time in Vegas?” For me, this year’s HD Expo is a first for many things: visiting Vegas, having to use a map in my hotel, and of course, for coming to HD Expo.
The booths have been just as amazing as the city, and so we’ve had a hard time narrowing down the best ones. Here is just a taste:
Best Newcomer Award
All the way from Hong Kong, Ricardo Lighting specializes in customized lighting from elaborate, five-story structures to intricate chandeliers. Booth #1477 showcases their work with an overhanging chandelier and a table setting of lighting fixtures.
Showing off their interior finishes, Tri-Kes transformed an old airstream into an chic hospitality area, complete with lounge seating and a bar. The outside of the airstream is set up like a campground, where attendees enter through panels of fabric. Continue reading →
on May 2, 2013 in
We’ve spent the past few months here at HD knee-deep in organizing the ninth annual HD Awards, taking place Wednesday, June 5, at the Grand Hyatt New York.
As project manager, I’m particularly excited for this magical evening, and hope you’ll join us in celebrating your colleagues’ outstanding achievements—followed by a lively, wine-fueled party afterwards, of course.
Get your tickets here: http://registration3.experientevent.com/ShowHDA132/
I look forward to meeting you next month! Continue reading →
on April 18, 2013 in
My heart still hurts. It has been ten days since we as an industry lost a great talent, Graham Downes, and I and many, a friend. I have sat down a few times to write this blog, but I think part of me still can’t believe he is gone. At 56 years old and so full of life, his time was cut way too short, and by such a senseless act of violence (he died from injuries sustained from an altercation with an employee at one of his house parties). Besides his contagious personality that could fill an entire room, as an ex rugby player, he was one of the strongest guys I knew.
I’ll never forget the first time I met Graham. We had featured one of his San Diego nightclubs and had talked via email but had never met in person. In 2004, he was coming to HD Expo (he was always a wonderful supporter of our events) so we set up a time to meet at the HD booth—day two of the show, 10 a.m. Continue reading →
on March 28, 2013 in
It’s that time of year again! HD Expo is right around the corner.
Among the many great happenings on and off the show floor, we have partnered with TAO and LAVO again to give you access—and complimentary drinks—to two of Vegas’ hottest nightclubs. Tuesday, May 14th, get complimentary admission and a one hour open bar from 11-midnight at LAVO; and Friday, May 17th, get the same treatment at TAO from 10:30-11:30 p.m. See you on the dance floor!
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Each year, Hospitality Design (HD) magazine honors a group of individuals who we call our Wave of the Future. Our tagline: those who are tested enough to be considered accomplished, but young enough to be considered visionary. It has become one of our favorite features, and we are amazed at the stellar group we have formed over the last 11 years.
This year’s group is no different, and we are pleased to announce the 2013 Wave of the Future honorees:
Audra Tuskes, director of design, Commune Hotels and Resorts
Stacy Elliston and Kellie Sirna, principals, Studio 11 Design
Heather Maloney, vice president of design, King and Grove
Brendan McNamara, senior vice president, brand development, Hampshire Hotels, Vikram Chatwal Hotels, and Dream Hotels
Josh Held, principal, Josh Held Design
Colin Seah, director of design, Ministry of Design
They will grace the pages of the June issue of HD, and speak on a panel at our new event, NextGen Forum, this June in Chicago. Continue reading →