We get to enjoy each issue and event fleetingly before we move onto the next thing. That’s why we look forward to what has become one of our favorite new-ish traditions. At the end of the year, we take the time to look back, reflect, and discuss some of the highlights of the year, while we look forward to the next.
And 2015 was a year that we don’t want to forget. We had some old favorites to celebrate (HD Expo, Platinum Circle) and some newly minted success stories to include (our always popular HD Awards took on products this year in addition to projects). We interviewed everyone from Jonathan Adler to Andew Alford and Bashar Wali, and traveled the world through our pages, highlighting projects from Ontario to Chengdu.
We (the editors) chose one or two of the stories and events that resonated most with us this year.
Stacy Shoemaker, Editor in Chief
They all have one theme: inspiration. I loved being inspired by our (I like to think amazing) NextGen speakers (I mean, how often do you meet a cyborg?), while WeWork founder Miguel McKelvey is an example of that unicorn who happened to forever change the way we will think about office space. His grounded, matter-of-fact attitude and lessons learned was refreshing to hear. Our December Edge of Creativity issue allowed us to delve even the tiniest bit into what other creative industries are doing to serve as a spark of creativity for our readers. It was amazing what we found, from fashion and car trends to architectural standouts.
Michael Adams, Editorial Director
The miraculous teamwork of those at HD Summit at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel in California. Taking the cardboard challenge under the guidance of Nirvan Mullick created groups of disparate attendees hell-bent on besting their competitors in a race against the clock, and their efforts were exciting, hilarious, and impressive—a flash mob of creativity.
The 27th annual Platinum Circle Awards gathered more than 400 industry professionals to celebrate three distinguished careers and a half-century-old design firm (HBA). Spirits were bubbly, the acceptance speeches heartfelt and touching, and the collected talent in the room almost overwhelming. Gary Dollens, Kemper Hyers, Nobu Matsuhisa, and a bit of star shine supplied by Robert De Niro! Magical.
Katie Kervin, Managing Editor
While I spent (what felt like) countless hours earlier this year going through the 560 project entries for the 11th annual HD Awards, there’s something especially satisfying about seeing them all come together in the pages of one issue. That’s why June HD Awards issue is one of my favorites. Not only do we get to demonstrate in one place the wide variety of projects selected by our HD Awards judges, but it also gives a glimpse into the different teams and manufacturing companies that worked together to complete such spectacular work. (Shameless plug: submissions for the 12th annual HD Awards are now open! Entries in both project and product categories are due March 1st, 2016. Visit hospitalitydesign.com under Awards + Events for more info and links to submit.)
Our September issue examining the hospitality effect was inspiring as we looked into the ways hospitality design impacts other spaces. The section featured a look at everything from retail spaces and tiny houses to college campus facilities and marijuana dispensaries. It just goes to show how much our industry’s ethos informs design far beyond hotels and restaurants.
Alissa Ponchione, Associate Editor
During the summer, we start brainstorming our August Products issue. We curate products throughout the year in various categories, but we get to unpack those designs a little bit more in this issue. This year was no exception, but with an added creative spark. We scoured the world’s best design schools and came up with a list of emerging designers at the very beginning of their careers. Their fresh take and joie de vivre that was contagious. We may call them emerging now but there is no doubt they will be household names in the future.
If we were to give out a hospitality fangirl award, it would have to go to me. I had the chance to interview fashion designer Maria Cornejo over the summer and was immediately charmed by her tenacity and gumption. A perk of this job is constantly being surrounded by creative people, and to meet and talk to a fashion designer who has dressed Michelle Obama (and seen those infamous arms in person) was a career highlight for me. What a great time to be alive! It set the stage for so many great profiles we featured this year including Marcel Wanders, Neri & Hu, Tom Dixon, Kelly Hoppen and so many more. A solid class of 2015 designer profiles all around.