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The Next Generation

Posted by on June 14, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

We do a lot of great things here at Hospitality Design magazine (HD Expo, Platinum Circle, HD Awards, to name a few), but one of the most rewarding is announcing our annual Wave of the Future honorees, whom we celebrate during our yearly NextGen event. This week we’ll be in Washington DC fêting a group of diverse and deserving individuals who are pushing boundaries, questioning the status quo, and changing the hotel industry.

That’s part of what made these 12 stand out to us. Hospitality is often slow to change, but this group is moving the needle. It’s exciting to see where they think design and hospitality will take us in the years ahead. And if their portfolios of work are any indication—which already very prolific—we’re in for an exciting ride. Here’s our 2017 class of Wave of the Future honorees:

Chris Alvarado from Two Roads Hospitality has elevated Thompson Hotels into a highly sought-after brand. Continue reading →

7 Social Media Best Practices

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Trends | 0 comments

When it comes to social media, there is no right way to do it but there does seem like there can be a wrong way. If only everyone could only post photos of cute babies and puppies and cat memes everyday, we’d be much better off. But it’s not that easy. In fact, designers are starting to take an interest in the medium, and because they have a long catalogue of visual content to share, social media has become a gateway to engage with clients and create new fans.

Parts and Labor Design crafted a very Instagrammable wall at LA Jackson inside the Thompson Nashville

At the Social Media and Design talk during HD Expo this month, Malcolm Berg, founder of EoA, and Danu Hassik, design director for Parts and Labor Design, discussed their strategies, best practices, their favorite accounts to follow (Somewhere I Would Like to Live for Hassik and The Sartorialist for Berg), and the importance of authenticity in a highly curated medium. Continue reading →

7 Showstoppers from the HD Expo Floor

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in Events, Products

We’re a week out of HD Expo, and we’re still coming down from that tradeshow high. This year the floor was buzzing, conference sessions were packed, and our keynote session featuring industry legends Steve Wynn and Roger Thomas was standing room only. Not to mention, the HD team took a field trip to see our living queen Britney Spears perform (complete with souvenir cups).

It was a good week in Vegas and, luckily for you, the editors at HD don’t prescribe to the “what happens here, stays here” Las Vegas ethos. During our time on the show floor, we spotted some innovative products. Here are seven of our favorites:

1. LED Cloud from Astele
It’s refreshing when a product stands out on the show floor in a way that makes you think “I get it.” The fixture comprises only two materials—mesh wire and smalls LEDs—but it leaves a very sophisticated, fantastical impression. Continue reading →

Gulla’s Guide: 10 Highlights from Salone

Posted by on April 19, 2017 in Events, Products, Trends

By Gulla Jónsdóttir, principal, Gulla Jónsdóttir Architecture & Design

Like-minded people from all over the world united in Milan for the largest furniture fair in the world during Salone del Mobile and FuoriSalone. The city was buzzing with art and furniture installations at palazzos, churches, galleries, and at the conference center, and the transformation from fashion destination to furniture design haven was an enchanting experience.

Scooting around in my vespa between espressos and Proseccos, I discovered intricate and beautifully made items from the event. Here are a some of my favorites:

1. Pretty in Pink
The very instagrammable Le Refuge is a dreamy, jungle-inspired blush pink daybed by Parisian-Italian artist Marc Ange created as part of Wallpaper*’s Handmade exhibition.

Le Refuge from Marc Ange

2. Limited-Edition Furniture
Finely crafted by Italian furniture artist Mauro Mori, his Brass Tres Sculptural table for Les Ateliers Courbet and Sand table in fondante bronze  capture organic expression through curvatures and earthy hues. Continue reading →

HD Expo: Rockwell Group Reimagines the Social Hub

Posted by on April 5, 2017 in Events

The Social Hub at HD Expo (Booth #5644) is the central nervous system of the show floor. In the past few years, we’ve had designs that run the gamut—a sleek retreat resembling the Delano from Morgans Hotel Group, a nod to Canopy thanks to Hilton, and the eclectic, whimsical design à la Andrew Alford’s Graduate brand. This year, we tasked Rockwell Group with creating that through-line—the very heartbeat of the show.

Of course, the New York firm is known for iconic interiors, including the latest Union Square Cafe and Nobu projects. But they’ve also won awards, including a Tony for set design for She Loves Me, and took on the gigantic task of reimagining the stage for the 81st and 82nd Academy Awards. In fact, think of the Social Hub as HD Expo’s Oscars stage.

A rendering of this year’s Social Hub from Rockwell Group.

The social hub, above all else, should be a place where people come to relax, set up meetings, and take in a few of our informal social hub discussions (more on that in a minute). Continue reading →