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The tranquil guestroom at Ventana Big Sur
By Rachel Fischbach, Principal, BraytonHughes Design Studios
We are often asked by clients to help them rebuild after a devastating event. Whether it’s a fire, flood, earthquake, or other disaster, how do you pick up the pieces and start to rebuild? Below are the three things we always ask ourselves when designing a new project, which hold true when rebuilding one, too:
1. What is the story that we want to create?
The original Casa Dorinda in Santa Barbara, California, for example, was a grand estate built in the early 1900s, and though the property had been restored recently, the adjacent dining room that was built in the 1970s did not connect to the Spanish revival style of the estate. We, therefore, took design cues from the original Casa and tried to seamlessly blend the spaces, which is reflected in the furnishings, color palette, architectural details, and iron lighting. Continue reading →
on October 24, 2017 in
Last night it was a full house at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York as we honored four hospitality veterans for their diverse and captivating breadth of work at our annual 29th Platinum Circle Awards Gala. The black tie festive affair brought out more than 400 people to celebrate the recipients’ career achievements and milestones and to enjoy an evening of socializing and mingling in an intimate setting—proving that those in hospitality always make for a good party.
Our past and present Platinum Circle honorees
Kevin O’Shea, Salt Hotels; Kemper Hyers, Starwood Capital; Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, HD; and David Bowd, Salt Hotels and West Elm
Along with honoring NEWH’s scholarship winners, we spent time getting to know our honorees, which included Sage Hospitality’s cofounder, president, and CEO Walter Isenberg. He spoke about humble beginnings in the industry and first mentor Phil Pistilli, who taught Isenberg that knowing the value of all of your employees was vital to success, and it’s one he’s never forgotten. Continue reading →
on September 27, 2017 in
By Mary Beth Klatt
Located in the heart of Chicago’s posh Gold Coast neighborhood with the Magnificent Mile nearby for upscale shopping and dining, the iconic Talbott Hotel, a Joie de Vivre hotel, was originally designed by John Archibald Armstrong and built in 1927. It was time, then, for the hotel to get a bit of a facelift. Following a $20 million renovation, local designer Kara Mann, retained the hotel’s classic Renaissance Revival charm with a top-to-bottom update of the 90-year-old building.
Copper accents in the neutral-toned guestrooms at the Talbott Hotel. Photo by Laure Joliet.
The Talbott is one of a few remaining European-style boutique hotels in Chicago, according to Don Copper, principal at GREC Architects, the architecture firm chosen for the renovation. With the overhaul, the goal was to maintain the hotel’s intimate feel but in a modern way by updating F&B service throughout the lobby and relocating the front desk to a remote space away from the entryway. Continue reading →
on July 3, 2017 in
It’s not unusual for fashion designers to try their hand at product design. Kenzo Takada recently launched a line with Roche Bobois in his signature bold style; Maria Cornejo has dabbled in textiles (sophisticated and refined like her ready-to-wear apparel) with Knoll; in 2005, Vivienne Westwood partnered with the Rug Company translating her avant-garde aesthetic into one-of-a-kind handmade rugs. Even Badgley Mischka, the chic fashion house known for its glamorous gowns that populate red carpets every awards season, has applied that same meticulous attention to detail to luxe casegoods and opulent furnishings.
But what about product designers who get into fashion? Surely, the two go nearly hand-in-hand with inspiration and creativity coming together to craft something accessible and distinct. Recently, prolific designers Jaime Hayon and Jasper Morrison teamed up to start their own fashion label, an evolving collection of clothing created by a number of contributing designers.
Their Jijibaba brand, a collaboration with Phaidon publisher Richard Schlagman, launched this month with nearly 40 menswear pieces. Continue reading →
By Mary Beth Klatt
There has been much secrecy at the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago throughout its history. Republican leaders named Warren G. Harding as its presidential nominee there during a secret meeting (notable for introducing us to the concept of the smoke-filled room, also an aptly named suite at the hotel); gangster Al Capone got his haircut at the hotel barbershop tucked away from prying eyes; and John F. Kennedy quietly prepared at the hotel to negotiate the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.
Dual staircases in the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago.
Following the $139 million architectural restoration in 2008 by the Gettys Group, the firm was called on once again to lead the hotel’s multimillion-dollar renovation, which included updating original artwork, highlighting the early 21st-century glamour and craftsmanship of the original building, and incorporating technology with modern amenities and a contemporary design.