HD Talks

February, 2017

3 Buzzworthy Product Trends

Posted by on February 22, 2017 in Trends

February is a short month (and also, how is it only February?), but only two months into the new year we can already see that 2017 will focus on saturated colors, even more of that Millennial pink, and some sophisticated takes on old classics.

There’s no doubt these trends we’ve seen popping up are going to be an important part of the design world moving forward. And you can already see them in the recently opened Hoxton Amsterdam and Wheat Youth Arts Hotel (both in our February issue) where bright colors mix with a more neutral palette, while also being richly textured.

Here are three trends on our radar:

1. Daybeds
This trend checks off all the boxes for those inclined to a more relaxing lifestyle but who like to look good doing it. Is there nothing more rewarding than being sedentary but also being elegant? There’s the outdoor approach in Dedon’s Brixx and Holly Hunt’s Manta Ray Divan, the contemporary pretty-in-pastel Mass daybed series from Hong Kong studio Lim + Lu, and Smilow’s revival of the Rush Daybed, originally designed in the 1950s. Continue reading →

Counting Down to HD Expo

Posted by on February 15, 2017 in Events

At the start of every year, while most people are making (and breaking) resolutions, the HD team is concentrating on making HD Expo the most well-rounded, informative, exciting tradeshow around. It takes a lot of work, but it’s worth it. And this year is no different.

Indeed, there are only 76 days until we pack our bags and head to Mandalay Bay from May 3-5th, but we are already gearing up for one of our best shows yet. And here’s why: our sessions, our social hub talks, our partnership with NEWH, and more. We detail a few of these below.

Graduate Degree: The Making of a Brand
Wednesday, May 3rd: noon – 1 p.m.

AJ Capital Partners founder Ben Weprin joins Andrew Alford, the company’s chief creative officer, to discuss the nascent beginnings of their Graduate Hotel brand. Serving the collegiate market, the design-driven, affordable hotels are continuing to change the industry. Continue reading →

Notes from ALIS

Posted by on February 8, 2017 in Events

With roughly 3,100 attendees at this year’s ALIS conference (that stands for the Americas Lodging Investment Summit)—a record attendance for the annual event in Los Angeles since the heyday of 2008—it was clear the industry is faring well. How well though was the question at hand. Here are three takeaways from my three days there.

The buzzing lobby at the JW Marriott Los Angeles Live, the host of ALIS

1.  It seemed most people were optimistically cautious about the year ahead—in part thanks to the uncertain political climate and the industry making what many are calling a “soft landing.” During the Standing by the Numbers panel, Jan Freitag, senior vice president of STR, shared that we are in our 82nd month of RevPAR growth; RevPAR grew 3.2 percent in the U.S. in 2016, and he predicted 2017 would see a 2.5 percent uptick for “slow but steady” growth. 2016 occupancy was slightly up (0.2 percent) to 66.7 percent, and last year the industry experienced record-setting occupancy numbers. Continue reading →

The Art of Hospitality

Posted by on February 2, 2017 in Hospitality

There’s a reason this magazine is called Hospitality Design. The crux of the brand and what we write about and showcase is how design should be accessible and welcoming; good design should facilitate interaction, community, and evoke some level of comfort—a home away from home (or, for that matter, one better than your own). That welcoming essence of hospitality is what we continually try to capture.

The lobby and gallery space at 21c Hotel Oklahoma City

Talk to anyone in the industry, from GMs and front-desk staff to hotel company CEOs and designers, and they’ll tell you the reason they love working in hospitality is because of the guests that check-in and out everyday, as well as the interesting, creative, and diverse set of people they get to work with. Many have worked in the industry all their lives.

A good example of this comes from our February issue. We interviewed two hoteliers: Michael Fuerstman, co-founder and creative director of Pendry Hotels, who said his best job remains his first, as the pool boy at the Bellagio in Las Vegas; and Steve Wilson, founder of 21c Museum Hotels, who points out the most rewarding aspect of hotel life is being a part of the guests’ lives. Continue reading →