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HD Expo Preview: Thinking Outside the Box

Posted by on April 10, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

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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HD Expo Preview: Development Update

Posted by on March 28, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

We’re less than 40 days away and counting from our highly anticipated event of the year, and the HD team could not be more excited to share with you what goodies we have in store for HD Expo 2018. We’re back at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas from May 2nd – 4th for more networking and, of course, to show off innovative products from the more than 800 exhibitors on the show floor.

Indeed, HD Expo is known for its thought-provoking discussion panels, and this year is no different. While we tackle many different topics impacting the hotel industry, this year we have a few that hone in on the owner and development side of the business, especially as the hotel industry’s future continues to be promising. Mark your calendars: Here are a few development panels you won’t want to miss.

Where in the World: Development Update
Wednesday, May 2nd: 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Join Bruce Ford of Lodging Econometrics as he leadsa panel of four hotel executives, including Jay Stein, Dream Hotel Group; Trevor Horwell, Nobu Hospitality Group; Gary Dollens, Hyatt; and Larry Traxler, Hilton Worldwide Hotels & Resorts to talk the latest in booming developments around the globe, including design-driven projects that are paving the way, as well as new hotbeds in the forecast. 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 →

5 Wellness Trends for 2018

Posted by on February 7, 2018 in Events, Trends

Wellness has become a buzzword in hospitality, and it extends beyond physical health. The concept now comprises mental and emotional wellbeing where self-care is top of mind. Recently, at the Global Wellness Summit held in January, eight wellness trends were announced, along with new ways to understand and apply the perimeters on wellness. It’s something we here at HD HQ have been exploring as well, notably in our November issue, guest edited by health and wellness guru Neil Jacobs, CEO of Six Senses Hotels Resorts. But also in our September issue, where we delved into everything from cutting-edge pharmacies to inviting dental offices and in December, we looked at floating fitness barges, richly colored basketball courts, and eco-conscious wellness resort Civana.

As the summit proved, wellness is a $3.7 trillion sector with no plans of slowing down. Here, we take a look at five takeaways that are redefining the wellness moment in the new year and beyond. Continue reading →

BIG Introduces the Courtscraper to New York

Posted by on January 2, 2018 in Events

Via 57 West sits on the Hudson River. Photo by Iwan Baan

When it comes to portmanteaus, there are certainly cringeworthy ones (bleisure, a combination of business and leisure, for one) and some that bring comfort (Kimye, all and any Bennifers), but one that is getting some noticeable attention, thanks to design and architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), is courtscraper—a combination of courtyard and skyscraper—that succinctly explains the Via 57 West residential building in New York. In late November, BIG partner Kai-Uwe Bergmann joined Fritz Hansen’s head of design Christian Andresen at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York to discuss the residential building, as well as their collaboration on the Via 57 chair, which was specifically crafted for the courtscraper.

BIG partner Kai-Uwe Bergmann talks about the six-year process to construct Via 57 West. Photo by Aldo Soligno

It took six years to make Via 57 West a reality, with BIG opening an office in New York in 2010 to focus on the sustainable pyramidal-shaped building nestled near the Hudson River next to a brownfield site and a Con Edison sanitation building. Continue reading →