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Fast Food Gets a High-End Makeover

Posted by on September 13, 2017 in Projects, Trends | 0 comments

When it comes to fast food restaurants, there’s a preconceived notion that the design will often reflect the food. But, lately, these restaurants and well-known brands have taken a page from fast-casual brands like Chipotle or Shake Shack, seeking out acclaimed designers to craft clean, beautiful environments that are as satisfying as the guilty pleasures served.

What makes these high-end spaces stand out beyond the quick distribution of nuggets and a frosty is quite simple: They are designed with a guest in mind who is seeking an upscale yet accessible experience. If you’re making the time to enjoy a Big Mac, you can now enjoy it in style.

Some credit can be given to Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. In 2014, he took on the task of updating a Starbucks in Fukuoka, Japan for a truly unique, sophisticated coffee shop in the bustling area. The building is made of 2,000 wooden sticks woven together in a diagonal pattern to bring a sense of fluidity to the room, creating a warm, cave-like space for the coffee drinkers. Continue reading →

4 Boundary-Pushing Concepts

Posted by on September 1, 2017 in Trends | 0 comments

Because we live and breathe hospitality here at HD HQ, we always have our fingers on the pulse of what’s happening in this industry. To really understand where we’re headed, however, we like to take a step outside of our comfort zone every once in a while.

In fact, our September issue (out soon) is dedicated to external influences from creative minds around the globe. We looked at wellness and retail as well as urban planning and installations to inspire our readers to break out of their box and push boundaries. Because there is no limit on inspiration, we have four more projects (including two coworking spaces, an office building, and a plant-clad hotel) that prove ingenuity, creativity, and innovation are always top of mind in the design world.

The Working Capitol, Singapore
While creating the Robinson location of coworking brand Working Capitol in Singapore, Hassell’s local office emphasized lifestyle and wellness to create an “environment where the space was organized by activity,” says Joel Sampson, Hassell senior associate. Continue reading →

Going Platinum: HD’s 2017 Platinum Circle Honorees Revealed

Posted by on August 23, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

By Michael Adams, editorial director

Two top-flight designers, one veteran procurement and sourcing professional, and one prolific owner/operator of hotels and restaurants: This is the quartet of industry stalwarts who will be honored at this year’s Platinum Circle ceremony.  For more than three decades, honorees have covered the gamut of hospitality executives, and this year is no exception:

Anda Andrei, president of Anda Andrei Design, has a portfolio bursting with landmark projects, first as Ian Schrager’s design maven, and then as head of her own firm. Influential hotel projects such as the Delano, the Royalton, the Gramercy Park Hotel, and 11 Howard sprung from her creative sensibility, and just recently her stunning iStar hotel in Asbury Park, New Jersey, won multiple HD Awards earlier this year.

Anda Andrei’s 11 Howard, New York

Halfway around the world, Bill Bensley has been creating magical resorts since 1989 that are not only beautiful but environmentally sound. Continue reading →

And We’re Live!

Posted by on August 16, 2017 in Events

Last year, we decided to take a chance and try our hand at Facebook Live. We thought, we have this incredible platform to share the stories of the designs we showcase in our magazine with a wider audience, why not show our readers what it’s like to walk through the actual space? Thus, the idea took shape and we invited Kemper Hyers, senior vice president of of Starwood Capital, to talk about the beautiful and opulent Baccarat Hotel with editor in chief Stacy Shoemaker Rauen.

Soon, we were traveling to the West Village to check out the Printing House with Workshop/APD; NoMad to look at the Arlo with AvroKO; Brooklyn’s hip Dumbo neighborhood to see Mark Zeff’s industrial chic offices and Blackbarn retail space; Union Square to explore the new Union Square Cafe with Rockwell Group; and most recently to Wimberly Interiors50 Bowery hotel. Continue reading →

3 Current Retro Product Trends

Posted by on August 3, 2017 in Products

The team here at HD—after sifting through quite literally hundreds of products for our soon-to-be-debuted August products issue—are enamored with a few of the industry’s current trends. In the issue, we take you on a tour of products inspired by nature, made of mixed materials, with bold colors, and shooting for the stars. But these are hardly the only en vogue movements we’re seeing right now, so here are three more to keep an eye out for. 

 

1. Traditional Plaids

Traditional plaids have never not been classic, but Valley Forge’s Manor Check brings a contemporary feel with its oversized repeat, available in seven different colorways. But textiles and fabrics aren’t the only place to find this eye-catching repeat. THG Paris’ West Coast faucet features inlays within the handles in either black or white onyx to form a calculated pattern. Meanwhile, the funky checkered ceramic cylindrical base of Cappellini’s Valeria mirror makes a statement.  Continue reading →