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28 Days and Counting: Gearing Up For HD Expo

Posted by on April 15, 2015 in Events, Trends

What would a carefree Martha Washington do for fun? How do the layers of a hamburger inspire? What does a pangolin have to do with hospitality design, anyway?

These questions may not make sense now, but they all play a part in the design narratives of just a few of the projects we feature in our May issue (our equivalent of Vogue‘s September issue). And though we keep the contents closely guarded like an episode of Game of Thrones, we are excited to share with you what we’ve been diligently and tirelessly and exhaustively working on … in due time, of course.

This is our largest issue of the year and also our most robust in content as it ushers us into HD Expo. Our trade show and conference, held in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay, is just 28 days away, and it’s no coincidence it coincides with this issue, which is a showcase of everything we do. We work hard on it so attendees can flip thorough it as they walk the show floor or read it in between sessions.

Indeed, attendees will also get the chance to see firsthand some of the unique newly opened Las Vegas venues during HD Expo site visits to the Delano Las Vegas and SLS in Las Vegas, both presented by NEWH. Attendees will have the opportunity visit the SLS at 10 a.m. on May 13th. The latest iteration from sbe is designed by Gensler and Philippe Starck (with help on some suites from Lenny Kravitz), and is a complete interior overhaul of the former Sahara Hotel & Casino (one of the last remaining Rat Pack-era casino hotels, located on the north end of the Strip). With more than 1,600 guestrooms and 15 restaurant and nightlife experiences, SLS is more than a hotel but an experience.

Mediterranean-style eatery Cleo features a dramatic pitched roof , Moroccan tiles and chandeliers, and emerald green curtains.

Mediterranean-style eatery Cleo features a dramatic pitched roof , Moroccan tiles and chandeliers, and emerald green curtains.

In addition, Morgans Hotel Group’s Las Vegas debut, the Delano, is on the docket for 1:30 p.m. on May 13th. A dramatic entryway that features a 10-foot-tall boulder from a Nevada desert juxtaposes with the calming white and gray interiors. (As an aside, I stayed here last year during HD Expo just as it was finishing up its renovations and can attest to the luxe interiors and, as always, give a strong thumbs up to the TVs in the bathroom.)


The grand entrance of the Morgans Hotel Group-designed Delano Las Vegas.

And, as an amuse-bouche to all of this, check out the NEWH Annual Expo Breakfast on May 13th at 9 a.m., which will feature past Wave of the Future honorees discussing trends, recent projects, lessons learned, and secrets to success.

In the meantime, here’s a video of a pangolin to tide you over.

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