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Best in Show Announced at the 14th Annual HD Awards

Posted by on June 7, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

Another year’s worth of hard work from within our industry finally got recognized when the winners of our 14th annual HD Awards were announced last night at a ceremony held at Cipriani 25 Broadway in New York. It was a night of celebration, with the Sound View Greenport team getting to take the stage three times for a clean sweep in the Midscale categories, while the Gleneagles team accepted their award for Luxury Hotel in kilts, much to the everyone’s delight.

It’s been a long road to the ceremony (the first wave of submissions came in December), and an ongoing challenge for the HD staff to remain tight-lipped on all the winners, though we do have a better reputation than PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The biggest honors of the night, however, were our two Best in Show winners. For projects, the top honor went to Hotel Mono from  Spacedge Designs with designer William Chan traveling all the way from Singapore to accept the award. Continue reading →

HD Expo 2018 Best Booth Winners Announced

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Events

As the energy of HD Expo permeates throughout the Mandalay Bay convention center in Las Vegas, 800-plus exhibitors are showing off their fresh wares in show floor booth designs. These eye-catching displays of the latest and greatest the industry has to offer prove that creativity isn’t just in the field, but in the arena for our 11,000 guests to see.

POLaRT took home the Best of Show award, at booth #5857

HD Expo’s annual Best Booth competition—judged by Tiphanie Purkat, P3 Design Collective, Kellie Sirna, Studio 11 Design, and Lorine Hanson, Station Casinos—highlights the hard work put into these displays in a number of categories to celebrate the innovations seen at our show. If you’re in attendance this year, be sure to stop by all the winners on the show floor. For those at home or elsewhere, we’ll be sure to share photos of the booth designs that made waves this year. Continue reading →

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 →