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And We’re Live!

Posted by on August 16, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

Last year, we decided to take a chance and try our hand at Facebook Live. We thought, we have this incredible platform to share the stories of the designs we showcase in our magazine with a wider audience, why not show our readers what it’s like to walk through the actual space? Thus, the idea took shape and we invited Kemper Hyers, senior vice president of of Starwood Capital, to talk about the beautiful and opulent Baccarat Hotel with editor in chief Stacy Shoemaker Rauen.

Soon, we were traveling to the West Village to check out the Printing House with Workshop/APD; NoMad to look at the Arlo with AvroKO; Brooklyn’s hip Dumbo neighborhood to see Mark Zeff’s industrial chic offices and Blackbarn retail space; Union Square to explore the new Union Square Cafe with Rockwell Group; and most recently to Wimberly Interiors50 Bowery hotel. Continue reading →

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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The Next Generation

Posted by on June 14, 2017 in Events

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 →