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Cake Off

Posted by on October 4, 2017 in Events, Uncategorized | 0 comments

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 →

3 Inspirational Messages from HD NextGen Forum

Posted by on June 28, 2017 in Events

Two weeks ago, the HD team along with nearly 200 attendees headed to Washington, DC for our annual  HD NextGen Forum event. The day and half conference is meant to inspire and inform the next generation of hospitality design leaders. Along with various networking opportunities (including a great dinner at José Andrés’ Zaytinya restaurant), we honored and heard from our 2017 Wave of the Future honorees (those we deem young enough to be considered visionary, but tested enough to be considered accomplished); ideated a few trending topics in the design world (health and wellness, reinventing the communal lobby) over wine; and listened to a handful of of thoughtful speakers who shared their powerful messages of how sometime the simplest, albeit innovative ideas can have the biggest impact. Here are three inspiring takeaways from our next-level NextGen speakers:

Adam Braun addresses the crowd

The Impact of a Promise

Adam Braun

With only $25 to open a bank account and his word to his family, Adam Braun created Pencils of Promise, a for-purpose organization that builds schools and provides education (and literally pencils) to impoverished children. Continue reading →

5 Themes from HD Expo 2017

Posted by on May 17, 2017 in Events

The word is out about HD Expo‘s showstopping products and buzzworthy conference panels, where industry insiders (including designers, brand heads, developers, and more) talked top trends, providing real insights along with unique perspectives. A strong focus on guest experience was a reoccurring topic, but others went more in depth on design process, scientific impact, target audience, and collaboration. For those of you who couldn’t make it out to Vegas this year or simply need a refresher, here’s a recap from the sessions.

1. The Power of Fruitful Collaborations
The right assembled team is fundamental to the success of a project. “When we look for collaborators, we want people who can take the idea and run with it,” says Mark Harmon, founder of Auberge Resorts, while Viceroy CEO Bill Walshe says shared ideology can drive mutual and fruitful disruptions with purpose if necessary, ultimately elevating the design.

The concept of collaboration was never more clear than with the long-standing relationship between industry icons Steve Wynn and Roger Thomas. Continue reading →