HD Talks

Events

Benjamin Moore Unveils 2018 Color of the Year

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

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 →

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 →

Going Platinum: HD’s 2017 Platinum Circle Honorees Revealed

Posted by on August 23, 2017 in Events

By Michael Adams, editorial director

Two top-flight designers, one veteran procurement and sourcing professional, and one prolific owner/operator of hotels and restaurants: This is the quartet of industry stalwarts who will be honored at this year’s Platinum Circle ceremony.  For more than three decades, honorees have covered the gamut of hospitality executives, and this year is no exception:

Anda Andrei, president of Anda Andrei Design, has a portfolio bursting with landmark projects, first as Ian Schrager’s design maven, and then as head of her own firm. Influential hotel projects such as the Delano, the Royalton, the Gramercy Park Hotel, and 11 Howard sprung from her creative sensibility, and just recently her stunning iStar hotel in Asbury Park, New Jersey, won multiple HD Awards earlier this year.

Anda Andrei’s 11 Howard, New York

Halfway around the world, Bill Bensley has been creating magical resorts since 1989 that are not only beautiful but environmentally sound. Continue reading →

And We’re Live!

Posted by on August 16, 2017 in Events

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 →