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3 Hospitality Trends on our Radar

Posted by on July 13, 2017 in Trends | 0 comments

We at HD HQ are always keeping an eye out for what’s next in the hotel world, searching for the next project, brand, or idea that will disrupt the industry.

Lately, there have been some innovative takes on hospitality that show how rich and diverse our industry can be. It was only a few years ago that we were talking about marijuana dispensaries, which are continuing to exceed our design expectations. What’s next? Here are three trends to keep your eye on.

1. Revitalized motels. Call it peak nostalgia but refreshing the tired motel concept into charming midcentury spaces has become de rigueur for hotels, like Red Lion Hotels Corporation. The company is relaunching its Signature Inn brand with an updated color palette and furnishings that recall the midcentury. Studio Tack, one of our Wave of the Future honorees, has made it something of a calling card with the Anvil Hotel in Jackson, Wyoming (also an HD Award finalist). Continue reading →

Hotel Throwback: The Blackstone’s Luxe Upgrade

Posted by on July 3, 2017 in Hospitality, Projects | 2 comments

By Mary Beth Klatt

There has been much secrecy at the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago throughout its history. Republican leaders named Warren G. Harding as its presidential nominee there during a secret meeting (notable for introducing us to the concept of the smoke-filled room, also an aptly named suite at the hotel); gangster Al Capone got his haircut at the hotel barbershop tucked away from prying eyes; and John F. Kennedy quietly prepared at the hotel to negotiate the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.

Dual staircases in the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago.

Following the $139 million architectural restoration in 2008 by the Gettys Group, the firm was called on once again to lead the hotel’s multimillion-dollar renovation, which included updating original artwork, highlighting the early 21st-century glamour and craftsmanship of the original building, and incorporating technology with modern amenities and a contemporary design.

A modern guestroom with contemporary artwork above the beds.

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3 Inspirational Messages from HD NextGen Forum

Posted by on June 28, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

Two weeks ago, the HD team along with nearly 200 attendees headed to Washington, DC for our annual  HD NextGen Forum event. The day and half conference is meant to inspire and inform the next generation of hospitality design leaders. Along with various networking opportunities (including a great dinner at José Andrés’ Zaytinya restaurant), we honored and heard from our 2017 Wave of the Future honorees (those we deem young enough to be considered visionary, but tested enough to be considered accomplished); ideated a few trending topics in the design world (health and wellness, reinventing the communal lobby) over wine; and listened to a handful of of thoughtful speakers who shared their powerful messages of how sometime the simplest, albeit innovative ideas can have the biggest impact. Here are three inspiring takeaways from our next-level NextGen speakers:

Adam Braun addresses the crowd

The Impact of a Promise

Adam Braun

With only $25 to open a bank account and his word to his family, Adam Braun created Pencils of Promise, a for-purpose organization that builds schools and provides education (and literally pencils) to impoverished children. Continue reading →

The Next Generation

Posted by on June 14, 2017 in Events

We do a lot of great things here at Hospitality Design magazine (HD Expo, Platinum Circle, HD Awards, to name a few), but one of the most rewarding is announcing our annual Wave of the Future honorees, whom we celebrate during our yearly NextGen event. This week we’ll be in Washington DC fêting a group of diverse and deserving individuals who are pushing boundaries, questioning the status quo, and changing the hotel industry.

That’s part of what made these 12 stand out to us. Hospitality is often slow to change, but this group is moving the needle. It’s exciting to see where they think design and hospitality will take us in the years ahead. And if their portfolios of work are any indication—which already very prolific—we’re in for an exciting ride. Here’s our 2017 class of Wave of the Future honorees:

Chris Alvarado from Two Roads Hospitality has elevated Thompson Hotels into a highly sought-after brand. Continue reading →

13th Annual HD Awards Winners Revealed

Posted by on June 8, 2017 in Events

Last night, the winners were announced for our 13th annual HD Awards, in a ceremony held at Cipriani 25 Broadway in New York. And before you ask, no, La La Land did not win, though the team for the Asbury did get called up to the stage three times in a row for their achievements in the Midscale categories.

Best in Show project winner: Sanya EDITION

We’ve been working on the awards for the better part of 2017, forcing HD’s staff to remain tight-lipped on the most exciting, deserving projects and products in hospitality (not an easy task for a team passionate enough to spend every day writing about the industry).

Best in Show products winner: Spokes Large from Foscarini

Along with all the winners announced last night, we also named our Best in Show winners. For projects, Sanya EDITION took home top honor. For products, the winner was Spokes Large from Foscarini. Continue reading →