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And We’re Live!

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

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 →

3 Inspirational Messages from HD NextGen Forum

Posted by on June 28, 2017 in Events

Two weeks ago, the HD team along with nearly 200 attendees headed to Washington, DC for our annual  HD NextGen Forum event. The day and half conference is meant to inspire and inform the next generation of hospitality design leaders. Along with various networking opportunities (including a great dinner at José Andrés’ Zaytinya restaurant), we honored and heard from our 2017 Wave of the Future honorees (those we deem young enough to be considered visionary, but tested enough to be considered accomplished); ideated a few trending topics in the design world (health and wellness, reinventing the communal lobby) over wine; and listened to a handful of of thoughtful speakers who shared their powerful messages of how sometime the simplest, albeit innovative ideas can have the biggest impact. Here are three inspiring takeaways from our next-level NextGen speakers:

Adam Braun addresses the crowd

The Impact of a Promise

Adam Braun

With only $25 to open a bank account and his word to his family, Adam Braun created Pencils of Promise, a for-purpose organization that builds schools and provides education (and literally pencils) to impoverished children. Continue reading →

The Next Generation

Posted by on June 14, 2017 in Events

We do a lot of great things here at Hospitality Design magazine (HD Expo, Platinum Circle, HD Awards, to name a few), but one of the most rewarding is announcing our annual Wave of the Future honorees, whom we celebrate during our yearly NextGen event. This week we’ll be in Washington DC fêting a group of diverse and deserving individuals who are pushing boundaries, questioning the status quo, and changing the hotel industry.

That’s part of what made these 12 stand out to us. Hospitality is often slow to change, but this group is moving the needle. It’s exciting to see where they think design and hospitality will take us in the years ahead. And if their portfolios of work are any indication—which already very prolific—we’re in for an exciting ride. Here’s our 2017 class of Wave of the Future honorees:

Chris Alvarado from Two Roads Hospitality has elevated Thompson Hotels into a highly sought-after brand. 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 →