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Zaha Hadid Architects Remakes a Luxe Makeup Brand

Posted by on June 13, 2018 in Projects | 0 comments

For the self-described “100 percent high maintenance” luxe makeup brand Il Makiage, transforming that confidence and swagger into a bold new pop-up pavilion to celebrate its recently released 800-product line required special attention. And there is only one firm that truly embodies that avant-garde ethos: Zaha Hadid Architects. Located in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood, the renowned firm’s London office led by Kar-Hwa Ho crafted a monochromatic, skeletal-like tunnel, which houses the collection of colorful, lush lipsticks and velvety, matte foundations. The intimate space takes cues from the company’s simple yet sleek black, white, and silver packaging.

Photos courtesy of Il Makiage

HD was there for the press preview before it’s official launch on June 1st to see the striking structure in person. Comprising interlocking fiber-reinforced plastic ribbons that alternate between gloss and matte finishes and illuminated from within, it’s a wholly visceral experience that showcases the products’ pigmentation.

It’s marked by an energetic fluidity. Continue reading →

Best in Show Announced at the 14th Annual HD Awards

Posted by on June 7, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

Another year’s worth of hard work from within our industry finally got recognized when the winners of our 14th annual HD Awards were announced last night at a ceremony held at Cipriani 25 Broadway in New York. It was a night of celebration, with the Sound View Greenport team getting to take the stage three times for a clean sweep in the Midscale categories, while the Gleneagles team accepted their award for Luxury Hotel in kilts, much to the everyone’s delight.

It’s been a long road to the ceremony (the first wave of submissions came in December), and an ongoing challenge for the HD staff to remain tight-lipped on all the winners, though we do have a better reputation than PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The biggest honors of the night, however, were our two Best in Show winners. For projects, the top honor went to Hotel Mono from  Spacedge Designs with designer William Chan traveling all the way from Singapore to accept the award. Continue reading →

Editors’ Picks: 8 Innovative Products from HD Expo

Posted by on May 9, 2018 in Events, Products

What’s not to love about HD Expo? Because it’s two and a half days of attending more than 30 conference sessions and browsing a show floor that spans 850 exhibitors, it has become more than just HD’s flagship event, it also inspireslike an analog Pinterest board.

Luckily for you, your benevolent editors at HD had time to scour nearly every inch of that sprawling show floor to seek out a few choice products that are as innovative as they are aesthetically pleasing. We think you’ll like them, too. Here are eight of our favorites:

Piano by Mutina for Stone Source
This versatile, partially glazed porcelain tile form Stone Source is peak sleek elegance, and above all else, very Instagrammable. From prolific French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, the eclectic pattern may look random but evokes a fluidity that is *chef’s kiss*. – Alissa Ponchione, managing editor

Séura Mirrors + Alexa
As someone who has two Amazon Alexas in her tiny Brooklyn apartment, I was immediately drawn to the familiar voice emanating from this Séura mirror. Continue reading →

HD Expo 2018 Best Booth Winners Announced

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Events

As the energy of HD Expo permeates throughout the Mandalay Bay convention center in Las Vegas, 800-plus exhibitors are showing off their fresh wares in show floor booth designs. These eye-catching displays of the latest and greatest the industry has to offer prove that creativity isn’t just in the field, but in the arena for our 11,000 guests to see.

POLaRT took home the Best of Show award, at booth #5857

HD Expo’s annual Best Booth competition—judged by Tiphanie Purkat, P3 Design Collective, Kellie Sirna, Studio 11 Design, and Lorine Hanson, Station Casinos—highlights the hard work put into these displays in a number of categories to celebrate the innovations seen at our show. If you’re in attendance this year, be sure to stop by all the winners on the show floor. For those at home or elsewhere, we’ll be sure to share photos of the booth designs that made waves this year. Continue reading →

Hotel Flashback: An Old San Francisco Mainstay Soldiers On

Posted by on April 18, 2018 in Hospitality, Projects

By Mary Beth Klatt

Rank has its privileges in the military. Case in point: Pershing Hall at the Presidio in San Francisco. The Colonial Revival red-brick building with Georgian and Federal Revival elements is named after famed general John “Blackjack” Pershing, who served at the Presidio of San Francisco. It was a handsome home away from home for high-ranking, bachelor officers for decades. The three-story hall, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is now 22-room boutique hotel Inn at the Presidio. San Francisco firms Architectural Resources Group and BraytonHughes Design Studios collaborated on the $7 million renovation.

The Inn at the Presidio’s updated exteriorThe building’s story starts in 1903, when these quarters housed 16 bachelor officers. Each of the top-tier officers had a private two-room suite that included a living room, bedroom, and bath, according to Presidio Trust architect and associate director of architecture Rob Wallace. Servants in a rear wing cooked, cleaned, and did laundry for the officers, who shared a common kitchen and dining room. Continue reading →