Party by the Palms (well, thanks to rain, the ballroom version) has passed yet again, another keynote speaker, this time Alexandra Champalimaud, has given us a newfound sense of inspiration (if you’re a budding designer, don’t even think about going into Champalimaud’s New York offices for an interview unless you also boast a well-rounded foundation in history) and Best of Booth Awards (see below) have been awarded to those that have made the biggest impression on the show floor.
HD Boutique, which as of next September will be transformed into HD Americas, is an annual industry ritual. Like every year, one of the defining events of this gathering of hospitality luminaries was the Wave of the Future presentation (sponsored by D’style and Interior Talent) by the newest crop of honorees who “are young enough to be considered visionary but tested enough to be proven accomplished.”
On Tuesday, Alan Barr of CHADA; Ave Bradley of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants; Andrew Cohen and Jeremy Levitt of Parts and Labor Design; Oliver John Palmer Michell of UXUS; Tim Mutton of Blacksheep; and Foreman Rogers of tvsdesign all discussed their varied, bespoke approaches to design, each conveying different project personalities. It was wonderful to feel so much energy and see so many innovative design concepts bared on that stage.
And now, those Best of Booth winners!
Best Small Booth: Tiger Leather
Best Large Booth: Romo
Best Product Display: Foundation Art Services
Best Curb Appeal: Walters Wicker Inc.
Best Effective Use of Space: Porcelanosa USA
Best Clarity of Concept: POLaRT
Best Branding: Gold Leaf Design Group Inc.
Best Social Hotspot: Global Allies LLC
The 2012 Wave of the Future honorees, with sponsors D’style and Interior Talent.