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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.


2. Super Chix, Dallas
Design firm: Studio 11 Design
Description: The kid-friendly yet upscale chicken joint marries a fast-causal vibe with modern details, such as a high-contrast palette of gray, black, and yellow—the brand’s signature color that adds freshness and enthusiasm to the space.


3. Envoy Hotel, Boston
Design firm: Group One Partners (with Outlook Kitchen and Bar by CMDA Design Bureau and Testani Design Troupe)
Description: Part of Marriott’s Autograph collection, the Boston Harbor hotel in the emerging Innovation District includes a handful of conversation pieces, some of which repurpose old technologies, including a chandelier that drips with old telephone cords.


4. Basalt, Napa Valley, California
Design firm: Rapt Studio
Description: The local firm drew inspiration from Napa’s agrarian and industrial roots, using materials such as metal, wood, leather, and canvas to create balance with the natural and rustic setting.


5. American Cut, New York
Design firm: SLDesign
Description: For the brand’s second location in New York, the Philadelphia-based design firm married the styles of Blondie’s Debbie Harry with the Chrysler Building for a 1970s glam rock-meets-Art Deco style.


6. ROKU, West Hollywood, California
Design firm: Ralph Gentile Architects
Description: A black and white motif throughout anchors the 8,000 square foot space, while eclectic elements such as pineapple lamps add a touch of whimsy.


7. Wm. Farmer and Sons, Hudson, New York
Design firm: SchappacherWhite Architecture
Description: Some of the original elements from the 1830s building remained intact following the remodel, including the preserved brick and stone party wall in the bar, giving the monochromatic base a rich, textured look.


8. Beauty & Essex, Las Vegas
Design firm: Rockwell Group
Description: Inside the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, the jewelry box-inspired Beauty & Essex features rich colors, inventive lighting solutions, and gold accents with red and purple tones to contribute to the glamorous aesthetic.


9. Music Box, San Diego
Design firm: Gensler
Description: The emphasis is on flexibility so the main floor can be used for seating or standing, as a dance floor, or for corporate receptions.


10. BanShan Café, Beijing
Design firm: Robot3 Design
Description: The two-story café is influenced by nature and its urban setting. Wood and brick play off each other, while plants provide much-needed color.


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