How does one survive in a post-Platinum Circle world? That’s what I’m trying to figure out today after an exciting event last night at the Conrad New York. After months of planning and anticipation, the Platinum Circle Awards Gala exceeded expectations.
Hollywood may have the Oscars, but hospitality has Platinum Circle, and last night was no exception. From mingling with past recipients like Tony Chi, Roger Thomas, Deborah Forrest, and Clodagh to praising current honorees, the star quality was bright last night. It was a unique glimpse into the design world, as 430 of the best in the industry gathered for a night to celebrate their own.
Emceed by our very own Michael Adams, the gala shown a light on this year’s honorees: M. Arthur Gensler Jr., Lauren Rottet, Danny Meyer, Adrian Zecha, and our visionary award recipient Rockwell Group.
What I learned last night through video interviews, introductions, and speeches by the honorees themselves is that the prolific portfolios of our honorees came from years of hard work, ambition, and innate talent. While it may seem effortless, it requires supreme dedication to the art of design.
The event itself was certainly all things at once: charming, elegant, sophisticated, and even a bit silly sometimes, but above all it was a way to laud the best designers at the top of their game.
Thank you to everyone that came out tonight and to all the honorees for continuing to make hospitality one of the most dynamic, aesthetically pleasing, and fun industries to be a part of.