HD Talks

March, 2017

Hotel Flashback: A Boston Staple’s Rebirth

Posted by on March 29, 2017 in Projects, Uncategorized

By Mary Beth Klatt

President Calvin Coolidge was the first U.S. President to stay at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, built in 1927. Formerly the Statler Hotel, part of E.M. Statler’s grassroots hotel chain initiated at the onset of the 20th century, all but two U.S. presidents have stayed there since. In its heyday, this “city within a city” triangular building, designed by architect George B. Post, was the tallest in town. It was also the most technologically advanced in the world, with radios in each guestroom and programming broadcast from a rooftop station.

A cozy public space at the Boston Park Plaza

Over the decades, the building began to look dated. The lobby was diminished when commercial real estate offices were carved out of the hotel’s podium, detracting from the building’s original grand entrance.

However, in 2016, Sudbury, Massachusetts-based Parker-Torres Design completed a $100 million renovation financed by Sunstone Hotel Investors. Continue reading →

HD Expo: An Iconic Duo

Posted by on March 21, 2017 in Events

By Michael Adams, HD editorial director

Looking ahead to HD Expo next month, I’m excited to be joining two hospitality legends onstage at Mandalay Bay for our keynote conversation on Thursday, May 4th at 12:30 p.m.: Owner and developer Steve Wynn and his top designer, Roger Thomas, executive vice president of design for Wynn Design and Development. Steve, of course, is chairman and CEO of Wynn Resorts, who began his career in the ’60s with properties in both Las Vegas and Atlantic City, New Jersey and has been associated over the years with the Golden Nugget, Frontier, the Mirage, Treasure Island, Bellagio, Beau Rivage, Wynn Las Vegas, Encore, and Wynn Macau, among others.

The gold and jade toned Wine Lei Bar at the Wynn Palace Cotai. Photo by Roger Davis

Roger’s glittering career took off in the early ’80s when he joined forces with Wynn to create the Mirage, followed by Treasure Island, Bellagio, Wynn Las Vegas, and all of the other Wynn properties. Continue reading →

5 Wallcovering Trends Defining the Industry

Posted by on March 15, 2017 in Trends

The Wallcoverings Association stopped by HD HQ this week to talk all things wallcoverings, and trends of course, which has become a kind of annual tradition here. Because the companies release so many new items every year, there is a knowledge—a finger-on-the-pulse mentality—that pervades these new collections.

It’s always enlightening to sit down with experts to see if the trends we’ve been noticing are on their radars too. And it just so happens to be the case that many of them area. Below are a few design trends that will define 2017:

1. Nature-inspired, faux wood, bold patterns, and more. These are trends we’ve been seeing for a while and will be showing up throughout the year. Hashtag from Arc-Com does this particularly well, recalling an important 21st-century trope (the hashtag, a signifier of what’s trending) and a large pattern that adds drama to a space. Expect to see more damasks for a rich, antique look; faux woods that give that Brooklyn cool vibe (especially useful if millwork is out of the budget); and textured embossing in deep jewel tones for high-end flare. Continue reading →

Getting to Know Gen Z

Posted by on March 8, 2017 in Trends

I have a confession to make. I’m a Millennial. What’s more, I prescribe to a lot of those ideas that greet Millennials with derision: the fickleness, the desire to be both connected and alone, the need for experience above anything else, the authenticity factor. It’s generally a fine way to live, by the way. I have no complaints.

The Fairmont Chicago’s Columbus Tap from Puccini Group creates social media moments with its design.

Millennials, who in this industry at the very least, have driven a lot of the trends in the last few years, from newly branded hotels specifically created for them and communal lobby areas to guestrooms without desks and bedsides full of outlets. Those cries for complimentary internet in hotels: that’s a Millennial mission.

But soon, another generation will take their place in importance and numbers: Gen Z. This post-Millennial group (cool name still TBD; my vote is for iGeneration), includes people born in the mid-1990s to early 2000s, who have come of age with the internet and social media and are seeking revolutionary ways to travel. Continue reading →

An HD Summit to Remember

Posted by on March 1, 2017 in Events

By Michael Adams, HD editorial director

HD Summit has had many memorable events in its 16-year history, but not many can match the appearance of U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills, a wounded veteran of the Afghan war, who spoke to our delegates last Thursday morning. A near-deadly encounter with an improvised explosive device (IED) resulted in quadruple amputations, with Mills only one of five soldiers in the Middle East conflicts to survive such severe wounds.

U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills Travis Scott inspires the crowd

We knew that Mills’ story would be motivational and inspirational, but we weren’t prepared for the abundant humanity and humor that he brought to his harrowing story. He was a fun-loving Midwestern jock when he joined the armed forces; he left a wife and a newborn daughter at home. He was not yet 25 when his life changed forever.

Emmy Award winning photographer Joshua Cogan answers an audience member’s question.

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