HD Talks

A Night to Remember

Posted by on November 15, 2017 in Events, Hospitality | 0 comments

Last night it was a full house at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York as we honored four hospitality veterans for their diverse and captivating breadth of work at our annual 29th Platinum Circle Awards Gala. The black tie festive affair brought out more than 400 people to celebrate the recipients’ career achievements and milestones and to enjoy an evening of socializing and mingling in an intimate setting—proving that those in hospitality always make for a good party.

Our past and present Platinum Circle honorees

Kevin O’Shea, Salt Hotels; Kemper Hyers, Starwood Capital; Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, HD; and David Bowd, Salt Hotels and West Elm

Along with honoring NEWH’s scholarship winners, we spent time getting to know our honorees, which included Sage Hospitality’s cofounder, president, and CEO Walter Isenberg. He spoke about humble beginnings in the industry and first mentor Phil Pistilli, who taught Isenberg that knowing the value of all of your employees was vital to success, and it’s one he’s never forgotten. Continue reading →

MoMA Exhibit Asks “Is Fashion Modern?”

Posted by on November 8, 2017 in Events, Trends | 0 comments

It seems more and more that designers are experimenting in the realm of fashion, such as Jamie Hayon and Clico Sage, so it comes as little surprise for the Museum of Modern Art to introduce an exhibition that explores the undeniable marriage between fashion and design. Enter Paola Antonelli, senior curator of architecture and design at MoMA. Antonelli set out to create a new experience at the museum called Items: Is Fashion Modern?, which draws inspiration from Bernard Rudofsky’s Are Clothes Modern? from 1944, one of the few fashion exhibits the museum has hosted.

Recently, she spoke more on the exhibit as part of Surface magazine’s Design Dialogues series held in an intimate setting at MoMA’s Design Store in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood. “You cannot tell a history of modern design without fashion,” she says, so she put together an advisory committee to gather a list of items that speak to both. Continue reading →

Magic Carpet: Designers Team Up to Support DIFFA

Posted by on October 31, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

Great design always speaks for itself, but when paired with a great cause, it’s elevated to a new level. Case in point: when Obeetee was set to launch its new quick-ship program, the handwoven rug company wanted to do something special, so it partnered with Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) to create a collection of customizable pieces that are received in six to eight weeks with 10 percent of net sales benefitting the organization.

Participating designers with their rug samples at the New York launch party with Gretchen Auer, Obeetee sales manager (back row, third from left)

Needless to say, there were numerous designers and design firms that jumped on board—17 to be exact—to showcase their creativity for a good cause. They included Antonino Buzzetta, Arlene Angard, Asler Valero, William Reue, Christopher Trujillo, Darrin Varden, dash design, Marks & Frantz, Michael Tavano, M Moser, Patrick Hamilton, Reeta Gyamlani, Tina Ramchandani, Verda Alexander for Studio O+A, V Starr Interiors, Wesley Moon, and WUNO. Continue reading →

Hotel Flashback: Talbott Hotel’s European-Inspired Facelift

Posted by on October 24, 2017 in Hospitality, Projects | 1 comment

By Mary Beth Klatt

Located in the heart of Chicago’s posh Gold Coast neighborhood with the Magnificent Mile nearby for upscale shopping and dining, the iconic Talbott Hotel, a Joie de Vivre hotel, was originally designed by John Archibald Armstrong and built in 1927. It was time, then, for the hotel to get a bit of a facelift. Following a $20 million renovation, local designer Kara Mann, retained the hotel’s classic Renaissance Revival charm with a top-to-bottom update of the 90-year-old building.

Copper accents in the neutral-toned guestrooms at the Talbott Hotel. Photo by Laure Joliet.

The Talbott is one of a few remaining European-style boutique hotels in Chicago, according to Don Copper, principal at GREC Architects, the architecture firm chosen for the renovation. With the overhaul, the goal was to maintain the hotel’s intimate feel but in a modern way by updating F&B service throughout the lobby and relocating the front desk to a remote space away from the entryway. Continue reading →

Benjamin Moore Unveils 2018 Color of the Year

Posted by on October 16, 2017 in Events

Last week, Benjamin Moore brought together leading interior designers, architects, and influencers for an exclusive unveiling of the brand’s 2018 color of the year. Held at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan, the formal affair used the iconic walls of this city staple to project the hue that will set the tone for the upcoming year.

But arrangements of vibrant red roses atop islands in the bar area teased the result: Caliente AF-290. “Strong, radiant, and full of energy, Caliente AF-290 is total confidence. It is pleasing, passionate, and makes people feel special, like [getting] red carpet treatment,” Benjamin Moore director of strategic design intelligence Ellen O’Neill says in a statement. “Whether used as one note or on four walls, the spirited personality of red turns heads, signaling surprise and adventure.”

Walls with Caliente AF-290

After the reveal, the white walls and dimmed lights in the Guggenheim ran red in celebration. Continue reading →