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7 Showstoppers from the HD Expo Floor

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in Events, Products

We’re a week out of HD Expo, and we’re still coming down from that tradeshow high. This year the floor was buzzing, conference sessions were packed, and our keynote session featuring industry legends Steve Wynn and Roger Thomas was standing room only. Not to mention, the HD team took a field trip to see our living queen Britney Spears perform (complete with souvenir cups).

It was a good week in Vegas and, luckily for you, the editors at HD don’t prescribe to the “what happens here, stays here” Las Vegas ethos. During our time on the show floor, we spotted some innovative products. Here are seven of our favorites:

1. LED Cloud from Astele
It’s refreshing when a product stands out on the show floor in a way that makes you think “I get it.” The fixture comprises only two materials—mesh wire and smalls LEDs—but it leaves a very sophisticated, fantastical impression. Continue reading →

HD Expo 2017 Best Booth Winners Announced

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Events

This year’s HD Expo is buzzing, with almost 11,000 guests and 800-plus exhibitors filling the Mandalay Bay convention center in Las Vegas. The show floor booth designs making their debuts have been in the making for months. Executed with remarkable precision and style, it’s always a treat to see all that hard work and time pay off in the form of innovative and eye-catching product showcases.

HD Expo’s Best Booth competition is always a major highlight, and this year, our Best Booth judges—Malcolm Berg, EoA Group; Craig Palacios, Bunnyfish Studio; and Kellie Sirna, Studio 11 Design—embarked onto the massive show floor to select the most thoughtful and creative booth designs.

Kevin Barry Fine Arts

If you’re joining us in Vegas this year, be sure to stop by and take a look at the unique winning displays. If you’re reading this from home, we’ll be sure to share photos so you too can enjoy the ingenuity behind these stunning designs. Continue reading →

HD Expo Countdown: Entering a New Age with VR

Posted by on April 26, 2017 in Events

We are looking forward to HD Expo, which is only a week away (!!!). This year, we’ve added something new to the mix with a virtual reality booth led by innovation and design studio ICRAVE. In collaboration with Hospitality Design magazine, the two day virtual reality-focused workshop at booth #1359 (and sponsored by RH Contract) will showcase cutting-edge visualization and digital experimentation during HD Expo, held next week in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay. Along with demonstrations, ICRAVE is also hosting a beer pong tournament (finally, a college skill put to good use), completely in VR, starting Wednesday, May 3rd at 2 p.m.

An apartment at 21 West End in New York, designed by ICRAVE, which the firm rendered in VR as a sales tool for the building

“We created the beer pong game through our interactions with video game designers and developers,” says Elizabeth Von Lehe, director of strategy and brand architecture for the New York firm, who will be overseeing the demonstrations and the contest. Continue reading →

Gulla’s Guide: 10 Highlights from Salone

Posted by on April 19, 2017 in Events, Products, Trends

By Gulla Jónsdóttir, principal, Gulla Jónsdóttir Architecture & Design

Like-minded people from all over the world united in Milan for the largest furniture fair in the world during Salone del Mobile and FuoriSalone. The city was buzzing with art and furniture installations at palazzos, churches, galleries, and at the conference center, and the transformation from fashion destination to furniture design haven was an enchanting experience.

Scooting around in my vespa between espressos and Proseccos, I discovered intricate and beautifully made items from the event. Here are a some of my favorites:

1. Pretty in Pink
The very instagrammable Le Refuge is a dreamy, jungle-inspired blush pink daybed by Parisian-Italian artist Marc Ange created as part of Wallpaper*’s Handmade exhibition.

Le Refuge from Marc Ange

2. Limited-Edition Furniture
Finely crafted by Italian furniture artist Mauro Mori, his Brass Tres Sculptural table for Les Ateliers Courbet and Sand table in fondante bronze  capture organic expression through curvatures and earthy hues. Continue reading →

3 Surface Trends from Coverings 2017

Posted by on April 13, 2017 in Events, Products, Trends | 1 comment

Coverings 2017 was held last week in Orlando, bringing together 25,000 tile and stone industry professionals and 1,100 exhibitors from 40 countries. The annual show also included ample programming, such as the HD-led “What’s Trending in Hospitality?,” with designer Stacy Garcia, Malcolm Berg of EoA, Justin Colombik from Puccini Group, and Glen Coben of Glen & Co. Architecture.

With nine miles-worth of stone, tiles, and ceramics showcased on the floor of the Orange County Convention Center, there was quite a lot of ground to cover in only a few short days. Equipped with a notebook, camera, and comfortable shoes (shoutout to Nike’s Flyknit Racer), I discovered what was trending in the surfaces industry. Although espresso, virtual reality, and even puppies abounded, some seriously eye-catching designs were what really stole my heart. Here are three trends sure to reshape interiors in the days to come:

Natural imagery
One refreshing theme on the show floor was nature. Continue reading →