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6 Top Products from NeoCon

Posted by on July 18, 2018 in Events

By Scott Hierlinger, design director and managing principal, Nelson

During NeoCon’s 50th anniversary this year, everything from residentially inspired furniture to bright hues (think pink and emerald green) and retro weaves were on display. Indeed, as industries continue to blur, products that reinforce innovation, flexibility, and functionality will always pique our interest. Here are the top six products our designers found that will undoubtedly have an immediate impact on retail, hospitality and corporate environments:

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Lori Kolthoff, vice president and managing creative director, FRCH Design Worldwide

AXES from Maars Living Walls
The challenge with retail is reimagining the brick-and-mortar environment to make spaces feel more personalized and experiential. One way to do this is using adaptable products such as AXES from Maars Living Walls. This invisible access wall system allows for a flexible approach to the built environment, permitting individual store formats to transform at a moment’s notice. In addition, the product has a beautiful minimalistic design and excellent acoustic performance. Continue reading →

Best in Show Announced at the 14th Annual HD Awards

Posted by on June 7, 2018 in Events

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 →

Editors’ Picks: 8 Innovative Products from HD Expo

Posted by on May 9, 2018 in Events, Products

What’s not to love about HD Expo? Because it’s two and a half days of attending more than 30 conference sessions and browsing a show floor that spans 850 exhibitors, it has become more than just HD’s flagship event, it also inspireslike an analog Pinterest board.

Luckily for you, your benevolent editors at HD had time to scour nearly every inch of that sprawling show floor to seek out a few choice products that are as innovative as they are aesthetically pleasing. We think you’ll like them, too. Here are eight of our favorites:

Piano by Mutina for Stone Source
This versatile, partially glazed porcelain tile form Stone Source is peak sleek elegance, and above all else, very Instagrammable. From prolific French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, the eclectic pattern may look random but evokes a fluidity that is *chef’s kiss*. – Alissa Ponchione, managing editor

Séura Mirrors + Alexa
As someone who has two Amazon Alexas in her tiny Brooklyn apartment, I was immediately drawn to the familiar voice emanating from this Séura mirror. 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 →

HD Expo Preview: Thinking Outside the Box

Posted by on April 10, 2018 in Events

By Stacy Shoemaker Rauen

Hospitality Design and Hilton partnered for a one-of-a-kind design challenge: Dubbed the Box, 12 design firms were charged with dreaming up the next iteration of the luxury guestroom (in collaboration with the partnering sponsors) in just 24 hours. After one morning of live presentations, an esteemed panel of judges selected one winning concept from Toronto-based Chapi Chapo Design, which will make its debut on the HD Expo show floor.

Chapi Chapo Design’s winning concept uses bold colors and textures to evoke the 1920s.

Taking inspiration from the given design brief of the 1920s (a celebration of Hilton’s 100-year-anniversary), Chapi Chapo Design crafted an immersive space that melds the living, bedroom, and bathroom areas, and offers an interactive touch pad and projection screen instead of the typical TV for better work-life balance.

“We took the great influences and elements from the 1920s— where style and innovation were intertwined, and luxurious social events and artistic, tactile expressions of design were intertwined, and the geometry, bold colors, and textures influenced by this idea of expansion and compression of spaces—and [asked] ‘How would that redefine the 21st century?’” explains Alienor Guilhem, the firm’s co-CEO.

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