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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 →
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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.
There’s a reason this magazine is called Hospitality Design. The crux of the brand and what we write about and showcase is how design should be accessible and welcoming; good design should facilitate interaction, community, and evoke some level of comfort—a home away from home (or, for that matter, one better than your own). That welcoming essence of hospitality is what we continually try to capture.
The lobby and gallery space at 21c Hotel Oklahoma City
Talk to anyone in the industry, from GMs and front-desk staff to hotel company CEOs and designers, and they’ll tell you the reason they love working in hospitality is because of the guests that check-in and out everyday, as well as the interesting, creative, and diverse set of people they get to work with. Many have worked in the industry all their lives.
A good example of this comes from our February issue. We interviewed two hoteliers: Michael Fuerstman, co-founder and creative director of Pendry Hotels, who said his best job remains his first, as the pool boy at the Bellagio in Las Vegas; and Steve Wilson, founder of 21c Museum Hotels, who points out the most rewarding aspect of hotel life is being a part of the guests’ lives. Continue reading →