HD Talks

October, 2016

5 Tips to Design Like a Parisian

Posted by on October 27, 2016 in Events, Trends | 1 comment

For a lot of Americans (like myself), the hardest part about life is that we’re not French. The je ne sais quoi, the joie de vivre, the baguettes—all of these things make us Francophiles envy the effortlessness of a true Parisian. And no one exemplifies that more than Paris-based designer Sarah Lavoine.

She has a storied life: She studied acting in New York as a teenager, and she can credit that creative gene to her mother, interior designer Sabine Marchal, and father, Jean Poniatowski, who headed French Vogue from 1981-1995. If anyone is living the Parisian dream, it’s her.

Lavoine launched her own firm in 2002, developed a collection of home goods, has designed the Le Roch Hotel & Spa in Paris, and is currently working on a restaurant in Tokyo. At the recent launch in New York for the English version of her lifestyle and design book, Chez Moi, Decorating your Home and Living Like a Parisienne, she finally tackled the question on everyone’s minds. Continue reading →

The Sheraton Grand Park Lane Gets a Lift

Posted by on October 20, 2016 in Projects

My recent visit to London yielded many things—trips to quite possibly a million museums, a play about a bank robbery where the British actors mimicked Southern and Midwestern accents, a glimpse of the Queen (not really, but our cabbie informed us when the Royal Standard is flying at Buckingham Palace it means she’s home, so close enough).

The exterior of the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel on Picadilly Street.

The exterior of the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel on Piccadilly Street.

But a definite highlight was a stop at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, an Art Deco stalwart located in Mayfair facing Green Park from Buckingham Palace. The former Park Lane Hotel, which originally opened in 1927, is celebrating its upcoming 90th birthday with a multimillion-dollar upgrade from local firm MKV Design. Construction of the building, intended as apartments, first started before World War I but was abandoned due to financing.

Dubbed the Birdcage by Londoners because all that stood on the site for many years was the structure’s steel frame, the hotel’s now-restored Palm Court lounge—complete with new furnishings and a stunning stained glass ceiling—hosts its Birdcage Afternoon Tea (that most venerable of British traditions), in homage to the moniker. Continue reading →

The Great Architectural Bake-Off Hits New York

Posted by on October 13, 2016 in Events

By Stacy Shoemaker Rauen

Designers never cease to amaze me. Not only their talent for designing interior spaces, but also how far reaching their artistic ability stretches. As a board member for NEWH New York, I help put on our Product Runway fundraiser where we pair designers and manufacturers to create a piece of fashion from the products, in less than three months no less. The looks are modeled in a runway show, which always gives me goosebumps as I watch the amazing, intricate pieces strut by me. For a gal that can barely draw a stick figure or cut a straight line (much to the chagrin of my children), the evening is quite awe-inspiring.

I had the same feelings when I judged the first annual WATG Great Architectural Bake Off this week, held in celebration of Archtober. Seven design firms, including Grade New York, Jeffrey Beers International, Studios Architecture, MADE, Bespoke, and Woods Bagot, along with sponsor/organizer WATG and Wimberly Interiors, were tasked with creating desserts in the form of their favorite buildings. Continue reading →

HD Goes (Facebook) Live

Posted by on October 6, 2016 in Events, People, Projects, social media

While we may not have quite made it to YouTube- or Vine-star status (we’re working on our makeup tutorial skills) HD got in the Facebook Live game last week with our first video. Editor in chief Stacy Shoemaker Rauen sat down with Kemper Hyers, senior vice president of design for Starwood Capital Group, whose ultra-luxurious, award-winning Baccarat Hotel & Residences in New York made waves when it opened last year.

The bar at New York's luxurious Baccarat Hotel.

The bar at New York’s luxurious Baccarat Hotel.

Check out the video, where Hyers delves into a bit of the Baccarat brand’s history, and some of the hotel’s design details, including key features of the beautiful, barrel vaulted-ceilinged bar where the interview took place.

Also, be sure to tune in for our next Facebook Live interview on Thursday, October 13th at 3:30 p.m. EST, where Stacy will explore New York’s Printing House West Village—featured in our September issue, where we explored the limits of creativity in projects outside the traditional hospitality realm—with Workshop/APD principal Andrew Kotchen. Continue reading →