HD Talks

July, 2017

4 Showstopping Art Installations

Posted by on July 26, 2017 in Events, Trends | 1 comment

Some of the best indicators of where design is headed come from art installations. These temporary masterpieces pull out all the stops and push the limits. Some are avant-garde—even a bit weird—but they are, for all intents and purposes, truly remarkable and experiential works of art. At HD HQ, we are on the lookout for the most eye-catching designs, and these handful of installations across the globe have definitely piqued our interest.

1. Hive at the National Building Museum, Washington, DC
The hive mind isn’t something to be cultivated on social media alone, and Studio Gang‘s temporary installation experiments with drawing people together in enclosed spaces with Hive. Built entirely with 2,700 wound paper tubes constructed from recyclable, lightweight, and renewable material, the installation from MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang is actually three chambers stacked in silver and magenta that are suited for private conversations, large gatherings, and even yogaactivities, she says, that draw people together to engage and explore the senses. Continue reading →

3 Hospitality Trends on our Radar

Posted by on July 13, 2017 in Trends | 1 comment

We at HD HQ are always keeping an eye out for what’s next in the hotel world, searching for the next project, brand, or idea that will disrupt the industry.

Lately, there have been some innovative takes on hospitality that show how rich and diverse our industry can be. It was only a few years ago that we were talking about marijuana dispensaries, which are continuing to exceed our design expectations. What’s next? Here are three trends to keep your eye on.

1. Revitalized motels. Call it peak nostalgia but refreshing the tired motel concept into charming midcentury spaces has become de rigueur for hotels, like Red Lion Hotels Corporation. The company is relaunching its Signature Inn brand with an updated color palette and furnishings that recall the midcentury. Studio Tack, one of our Wave of the Future honorees, has made it something of a calling card with the Anvil Hotel in Jackson, Wyoming (also an HD Award finalist). Continue reading →

Hotel Throwback: The Blackstone’s Luxe Upgrade

Posted by on July 3, 2017 in Hospitality, Projects | 3 comments

By Mary Beth Klatt

There has been much secrecy at the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago throughout its history. Republican leaders named Warren G. Harding as its presidential nominee there during a secret meeting (notable for introducing us to the concept of the smoke-filled room, also an aptly named suite at the hotel); gangster Al Capone got his haircut at the hotel barbershop tucked away from prying eyes; and John F. Kennedy quietly prepared at the hotel to negotiate the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.

Dual staircases in the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago.

Following the $139 million architectural restoration in 2008 by the Gettys Group, the firm was called on once again to lead the hotel’s multimillion-dollar renovation, which included updating original artwork, highlighting the early 21st-century glamour and craftsmanship of the original building, and incorporating technology with modern amenities and a contemporary design.

A modern guestroom with contemporary artwork above the beds.

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