HD Talks

December, 2016

HD’s 10 Most-Read Stories of the Year

Posted by on December 28, 2016 in Projects

With 2017 nearly upon us (please, will someone put our beloved celebrities—Betty White, Bill Murray, and Tom Hanks, I’m looking at you—in a bunker until January 1st), we’d like to take the opportunity to look back at the past year. Last week, we named our favorite HD moments, a very subjective survey of what made us happy. But this week, we turn to you, dear readers, to see what you liked.

Thanks to the internet, we know what stories and photos you’ve been clicking on throughout 2016. The consensus based on the numbers is you liked our restaurant coverage, something we’ll take into consideration as we plan for 2017.

Anyway, you don’t need me to give long explanations about user data (I’m not a scientist). Here are our top 10 most-read stories on hospitalitydesign.com.

1. Earls Kitchen + Bar, Tysons Corner, Virginia
Architecture firm: MBH Architects
Description: An indoor-outdoor aesthetic is the focal point of the eatery with materials like concrete, wood, and steel mixing with upholstered and leather chairs in gray tones; marine-hued pieces add a pop of color. Continue reading →

Year in Review: HD’s Favorite Moments

Posted by on December 21, 2016 in Trends

Say what you want about 2016 (and there’s a lot to say about it), there were some bright spots. For HD, in fact, there were almost too many to count. We introduced a new class of Wave of the Future and Platinum Circle honorees, we had our largest HD Expo event to date, not to mention we visited nine cities (including Toronto) for our CitySCENE events, while still managing to put out 10 issues.

And we covered a lot. We interviewed Chip Conley to find out how Airbnb is reshaping our industry; we covered properties from Durham to Paris and Bogota to Tokyo; we highlighted the women in the industry breaking the glass ceiling; we talked to award-winning chefs and took a restaurant tour of the world; our guest editor Jason Pomeranc shared his new icons with us; we looked outside our industry for inspiration; and we ended the year with our trendspotting issue to give you a taste of what to expect in 2017. Continue reading →

Pantone Goes Green in 2017

Posted by on December 14, 2016 in Trends

It has become a tradition with myself to guess Pantone’s Color of the Year. Since I started at HD, I’ve gone 0 for 3. I’m the Cleveland Browns of Pantone conjecture. Way back in September, I predicted it may be a an orangish color—an ochre, if you will.

Needless to say, it was not my year. It was Greenery’s year. And even if my personal guess was wrong, HD was right. We named green as a product trend to look out for in 2017 in our December trendspotting issue. (We’re coming for you, Pantone.)

“We know what kind of world we are living in: one that is very stressful and very tense,“ says Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “This is the color of hopefulness, and of our connection to nature. It speaks to what we call the ‘re’ words: regenerate, refresh, revitalize, renew. Continue reading →

5 Product Designers to Watch

Posted by on December 8, 2016 in People, Products, Trends

We can look at a chair or a furniture piece and know that it has Marcel Wanders’ quirkiness or Patricia Urquiola’s feminine edge, but even these well-known designers had to start somewhere, making their way from obscurity to ubiquity. Modern day philosopher Aubrey “Drake” Graham said it best: “Started from the bottom, now we’re here.”

The point is emerging designers are everywhere, and they are talented. It gives me such joy to see new faces and products popping up in design magazines and forums, watching fresh perspectives on old concepts.

Below is a list of five designers you should get to know. They’re definitely on our radar, and soon, we’ll likely be able to point to an installation and know it’s a Kakuda or see the influence of Work + Sea in a wallpaper design.

Yota Kakuda
Japanese designer Kakuda started his own firm Yota Kakuda Design in 2011 where he has been racking up awards (a 2016 Hublot Design Prize, 2014 Good Design Award, etc.) and showcasing the beauty in the simplicity of his work in items like the Pestle chair or Flower Bench. Continue reading →