HD Talks

October, 2017

Magic Carpet: Designers Team Up to Support DIFFA

Posted by on October 31, 2017 in Events

Great design always speaks for itself, but when paired with a great cause, it’s elevated to a new level. Case in point: when Obeetee was set to launch its new quick-ship program, the handwoven rug company wanted to do something special, so it partnered with Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) to create a collection of customizable pieces that are received in six to eight weeks with 10 percent of net sales benefitting the organization.

Participating designers with their rug samples at the New York launch party with Gretchen Auer, Obeetee sales manager (back row, third from left)

Needless to say, there were numerous designers and design firms that jumped on board—17 to be exact—to showcase their creativity for a good cause. They included Antonino Buzzetta, Arlene Angard, Asler Valero, William Reue, Christopher Trujillo, Darrin Varden, dash design, Marks & Frantz, Michael Tavano, M Moser, Patrick Hamilton, Reeta Gyamlani, Tina Ramchandani, Verda Alexander for Studio O+A, V Starr Interiors, Wesley Moon, and WUNO. Continue reading →

Hotel Flashback: Talbott Hotel’s European-Inspired Facelift

Posted by on October 24, 2017 in Hospitality, Projects | 1 comment

By Mary Beth Klatt

Located in the heart of Chicago’s posh Gold Coast neighborhood with the Magnificent Mile nearby for upscale shopping and dining, the iconic Talbott Hotel, a Joie de Vivre hotel, was originally designed by John Archibald Armstrong and built in 1927. It was time, then, for the hotel to get a bit of a facelift. Following a $20 million renovation, local designer Kara Mann, retained the hotel’s classic Renaissance Revival charm with a top-to-bottom update of the 90-year-old building.

Copper accents in the neutral-toned guestrooms at the Talbott Hotel. Photo by Laure Joliet.

The Talbott is one of a few remaining European-style boutique hotels in Chicago, according to Don Copper, principal at GREC Architects, the architecture firm chosen for the renovation. With the overhaul, the goal was to maintain the hotel’s intimate feel but in a modern way by updating F&B service throughout the lobby and relocating the front desk to a remote space away from the entryway. Continue reading →

Benjamin Moore Unveils 2018 Color of the Year

Posted by on October 16, 2017 in Events

Last week, Benjamin Moore brought together leading interior designers, architects, and influencers for an exclusive unveiling of the brand’s 2018 color of the year. Held at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan, the formal affair used the iconic walls of this city staple to project the hue that will set the tone for the upcoming year.

But arrangements of vibrant red roses atop islands in the bar area teased the result: Caliente AF-290. “Strong, radiant, and full of energy, Caliente AF-290 is total confidence. It is pleasing, passionate, and makes people feel special, like [getting] red carpet treatment,” Benjamin Moore director of strategic design intelligence Ellen O’Neill says in a statement. “Whether used as one note or on four walls, the spirited personality of red turns heads, signaling surprise and adventure.”

Walls with Caliente AF-290

After the reveal, the white walls and dimmed lights in the Guggenheim ran red in celebration. Continue reading →

Cake Off

Posted by on October 4, 2017 in Events, Uncategorized

Marking its second year, architecture firms from across the New York area battled it out in the kitchen for Wimberly Interiors and WATG‘s Great Architectural Bake-off at the Center of Architecture, where they showcased their endless creativity, talent, baking skills, and perseverance in the final moments of the competition.

Ten designs firms including Dattner Architects, Davis Brody Bond, ZGF Architects, H3 Architects, Woods Bagot, Grade New York, Bespoke Careers, MADE, Hollwich Kushner, and sponsor Wimberly Interiors put on their aprons and hit the ovens and countertops (many mastered fondant as well) to craft architectural masterpieces in cake form.

Along with decadent designs including the Pennovation Center in Philadelphia (originally designed by Hollwich Kushner and KSS Architects), the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing (from Herzog & de Mueron), and New York’s Guggenheim Museum (from Frank Lloyd Wright), a few sweet confections stood out.

It was the reproduction of David Adjaye’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC from Davis Brody Bond that took the top honors. Continue reading →