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Hotel Flashback: An Old San Francisco Mainstay Soldiers On

Posted by on April 18, 2018 in Hospitality, Projects | 0 comments

By Mary Beth Klatt

Rank has its privileges in the military. Case in point: Pershing Hall at the Presidio in San Francisco. The Colonial Revival red-brick building with Georgian and Federal Revival elements is named after famed general John “Blackjack” Pershing, who served at the Presidio of San Francisco. It was a handsome home away from home for high-ranking, bachelor officers for decades. The three-story hall, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is now 22-room boutique hotel Inn at the Presidio. San Francisco-based Architectural Resources Group led the $7 million renovation.

The Inn at the Presidio’s updated exterior

The building’s story starts in 1903, when these quarters housed 16 bachelor officers. Each of the top-tier officers had a private two-room suite that included a living room, bedroom, and bath, according to Presidio Trust architect and associate director of architecture Rob Wallace. Servants in a rear wing cooked, cleaned, and did laundry for the officers, who shared a common kitchen and dining room. Continue reading →

3 Steps to Rebuild After a Natural Disaster

Posted by on January 10, 2018 in Hospitality, Projects

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 →

A Night to Remember

Posted by on November 15, 2017 in Events, Hospitality

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 →

Hotel Flashback: Talbott Hotel’s European-Inspired Facelift

Posted by on October 24, 2017 in Hospitality, Projects | 1 comment

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 →

Fashion Forward

Posted by on September 27, 2017 in Hospitality, Trends

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 →