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Editors’ Picks: 8 Innovative Products from HD Expo

Posted by on May 9, 2018 in Events, Products

What’s not to love about HD Expo? Because it’s two and a half days of attending more than 30 conference sessions and browsing a show floor that spans 850 exhibitors, it has become more than just HD’s flagship event, it also inspireslike an analog Pinterest board.

Luckily for you, your benevolent editors at HD had time to scour nearly every inch of that sprawling show floor to seek out a few choice products that are as innovative as they are aesthetically pleasing. We think you’ll like them, too. Here are eight of our favorites:

Piano by Mutina for Stone Source
This versatile, partially glazed porcelain tile form Stone Source is peak sleek elegance, and above all else, very Instagrammable. From prolific French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, the eclectic pattern may look random but evokes a fluidity that is *chef’s kiss*. – Alissa Ponchione, managing editor

Séura Mirrors + Alexa
As someone who has two Amazon Alexas in her tiny Brooklyn apartment, I was immediately drawn to the familiar voice emanating from this Séura mirror. Continue reading →

HD Expo 2018 Best Booth Winners Announced

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Events

As the energy of HD Expo permeates throughout the Mandalay Bay convention center in Las Vegas, 800-plus exhibitors are showing off their fresh wares in show floor booth designs. These eye-catching displays of the latest and greatest the industry has to offer prove that creativity isn’t just in the field, but in the arena for our 11,000 guests to see.

POLaRT took home the Best of Show award, at booth #5857

HD Expo’s annual Best Booth competition—judged by Tiphanie Purkat, P3 Design Collective, Kellie Sirna, Studio 11 Design, and Lorine Hanson, Station Casinos—highlights the hard work put into these displays in a number of categories to celebrate the innovations seen at our show. If you’re in attendance this year, be sure to stop by all the winners on the show floor. For those at home or elsewhere, we’ll be sure to share photos of the booth designs that made waves this year. Continue reading →

Hotel Flashback: An Old San Francisco Mainstay Soldiers On

Posted by on April 18, 2018 in Hospitality, Projects

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 firms Architectural Resources Group and BraytonHughes Design Studios collaborated on the $7 million renovation.

The Inn at the Presidio’s updated exteriorThe 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 →

HD Expo Preview: Thinking Outside the Box

Posted by on April 10, 2018 in Events

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

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 →