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The Sparkling Oscars Stage Shines

Posted by on March 6, 2018 in Events, Trends

On Oscar night, the only thing shining brighter than the stars who graced the stage to pick up their awards was the stage itself. Swarovski provided millions of crystals to illuminate the stage, this being the company’s 11th Oscars and sixth time collaborating with set designer Derek McLane on the ceremony, for which he previously won an Emmy in production design in 2014.

For this year’s stage, in which the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was celebrating its 90th ceremony, McLane says “the proscenium was inspired by the inside of a geode and by an image I saw of a domed, mirrored room” from Swarovski’s headquarters in Wattens, Austria. Constructed from octagonal tiles with a mix of crystal, metal, and mirror, the front piece of the stage incorporates more than 45 million Swarovski crystals.

Behind the proscenium, the stage’s sparkling demeanor never faltered. Returning from last year’s ceremony are the “floating Oscars,” which feature more than 140,000 crystals. Continue reading →

Winter Wonderland

Posted by on December 12, 2017 in Events

Not even the rain could dim the lights on the Howard Hughes Corporation’s launch of its winter experience, Sea of Light: An Interactive Journey Through Light and Sound,  in Manhattan’s Seaport District this December, which will run through March 2018. Free to the public, each guest was given a wristlet that lit up in accordance to the choreographed light show, as well as performances from America’s Got Talent opera singer Laura Bretan and headliner AlunaGeorge.

The instillation itself, located in Seaport Square near the historic Wavertree and Ambrose ships (both to be decorated with a holiday tree in line with past traditions), is made up of a series of light sculptures up to 9 feet tall that house more than 150,000 individually programmable LEDs to resemble multiple rising suns. Each structure’s lighting is mapped in a 3D space, with sophisticated animations that feature a variety of evolving content, with ambient, natural colors melting together. 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 →

3 Current Retro Product Trends

Posted by on August 3, 2017 in Products

The team here at HD—after sifting through quite literally hundreds of products for our soon-to-be-debuted August products issue—are enamored with a few of the industry’s current trends. In the issue, we take you on a tour of products inspired by nature, made of mixed materials, with bold colors, and shooting for the stars. But these are hardly the only en vogue movements we’re seeing right now, so here are three more to keep an eye out for. 

 

1. Traditional Plaids

Traditional plaids have never not been classic, but Valley Forge’s Manor Check brings a contemporary feel with its oversized repeat, available in seven different colorways. But textiles and fabrics aren’t the only place to find this eye-catching repeat. THG Paris’ West Coast faucet features inlays within the handles in either black or white onyx to form a calculated pattern. Meanwhile, the funky checkered ceramic cylindrical base of Cappellini’s Valeria mirror makes a statement.  Continue reading →

13th Annual HD Awards Winners Revealed

Posted by on June 8, 2017 in Events

Last night, the winners were announced for our 13th annual HD Awards, in a ceremony held at Cipriani 25 Broadway in New York. And before you ask, no, La La Land did not win, though the team for the Asbury did get called up to the stage three times in a row for their achievements in the Midscale categories.

Best in Show project winner: Sanya EDITION

We’ve been working on the awards for the better part of 2017, forcing HD’s staff to remain tight-lipped on the most exciting, deserving projects and products in hospitality (not an easy task for a team passionate enough to spend every day writing about the industry).

Best in Show products winner: Spokes Large from Foscarini

Along with all the winners announced last night, we also named our Best in Show winners. For projects, Sanya EDITION took home top honor. For products, the winner was Spokes Large from Foscarini. Continue reading →