HD Talks

5 Wellness Trends for 2018

Posted by on February 7, 2018 in Events, Trends

Wellness has become a buzzword in hospitality, and it extends beyond physical health. The concept now comprises mental and emotional wellbeing where self-care is top of mind. Recently, at the Global Wellness Summit held in January, eight wellness trends were announced, along with new ways to understand and apply the perimeters on wellness. It’s something we here at HD HQ have been exploring as well, notably in our November issue, guest edited by health and wellness guru Neil Jacobs, CEO of Six Senses Hotels Resorts. But also in our September issue, where we delved into everything from cutting-edge pharmacies to inviting dental offices and in December, we looked at floating fitness barges, richly colored basketball courts, and eco-conscious wellness resort Civana.

As the summit proved, wellness is a $3.7 trillion sector with no plans of slowing down. Here, we take a look at five takeaways that are redefining the wellness moment in the new year and beyond. 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 →

BIG Introduces the Courtscraper to New York

Posted by on January 2, 2018 in Events

Via 57 West sits on the Hudson River. Photo by Iwan Baan

When it comes to portmanteaus, there are certainly cringeworthy ones (bleisure, a combination of business and leisure, for one) and some that bring comfort (Kimye, all and any Bennifers), but one that is getting some noticeable attention, thanks to design and architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), is courtscraper—a combination of courtyard and skyscraper—that succinctly explains the Via 57 West residential building in New York. In late November, BIG partner Kai-Uwe Bergmann joined Fritz Hansen’s head of design Christian Andresen at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York to discuss the residential building, as well as their collaboration on the Via 57 chair, which was specifically crafted for the courtscraper.

BIG partner Kai-Uwe Bergmann talks about the six-year process to construct Via 57 West. Photo by Aldo Soligno

It took six years to make Via 57 West a reality, with BIG opening an office in New York in 2010 to focus on the sustainable pyramidal-shaped building nestled near the Hudson River next to a brownfield site and a Con Edison sanitation building. Continue reading →

Art and Soul

Posted by on December 20, 2017 in Events

By Stacy Shoemaker Rauen

For a bit of inspiration, HD teamed up with Kevin Barry Fine Art for Art Basel this year. The art consultancy planned a three-day affair (along with iWORKS and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams) to bring together some two dozen hospitality designers, brand leaders, and hotel developers. The trip included a tour of the late Zaha Hadid’s former 2,541-square-foot residence at the W South Beach, which is now for sale for $6.5 million via ONE Sotheby’s International Realty (many pieces of furniture, including an upward of $800,000 table, are becoming part of a larger museum exhibit); a fabulous rooftop dinner at the Nautilus hotel with immersive art experience from Blackdove and music by DJ Lonely C from Soul Clap, and, of course, VIP access to the Art Basel fair (as well as boat rides to the Art Miami & Context art fairs—only in Miami!).

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Winter Wonderland

Posted by on December 12, 2017 in Events

Not even the rain could dim the lights on the Howard Hughes Corporation’s launch of its winter experience, Sea of Light: An Interactive Journey Through Light and Sound,  in Manhattan’s Seaport District this December, which will run through March 2018. Free to the public, each guest was given a wristlet that lit up in accordance to the choreographed light show, as well as performances from America’s Got Talent opera singer Laura Bretan and headliner AlunaGeorge.

The instillation itself, located in Seaport Square near the historic Wavertree and Ambrose ships (both to be decorated with a holiday tree in line with past traditions), is made up of a series of light sculptures up to 9 feet tall that house more than 150,000 individually programmable LEDs to resemble multiple rising suns. Each structure’s lighting is mapped in a 3D space, with sophisticated animations that feature a variety of evolving content, with ambient, natural colors melting together. Continue reading →