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3 Inspirational Messages from HD NextGen Forum

Posted by on June 28, 2017 in Events

Two weeks ago, the HD team along with nearly 200 attendees headed to Washington, DC for our annual  HD NextGen Forum event. The day and half conference is meant to inspire and inform the next generation of hospitality design leaders. Along with various networking opportunities (including a great dinner at José Andrés’ Zaytinya restaurant), we honored and heard from our 2017 Wave of the Future honorees (those we deem young enough to be considered visionary, but tested enough to be considered accomplished); ideated a few trending topics in the design world (health and wellness, reinventing the communal lobby) over wine; and listened to a handful of of thoughtful speakers who shared their powerful messages of how sometime the simplest, albeit innovative ideas can have the biggest impact. Here are three inspiring takeaways from our next-level NextGen speakers:

Adam Braun addresses the crowd

The Impact of a Promise

Adam Braun

With only $25 to open a bank account and his word to his family, Adam Braun created Pencils of Promise, a for-purpose organization that builds schools and provides education (and literally pencils) to impoverished children. Continue reading →

The Next Generation

Posted by on June 14, 2017 in Events

We do a lot of great things here at Hospitality Design magazine (HD Expo, Platinum Circle, HD Awards, to name a few), but one of the most rewarding is announcing our annual Wave of the Future honorees, whom we celebrate during our yearly NextGen event. This week we’ll be in Washington DC fêting a group of diverse and deserving individuals who are pushing boundaries, questioning the status quo, and changing the hotel industry.

That’s part of what made these 12 stand out to us. Hospitality is often slow to change, but this group is moving the needle. It’s exciting to see where they think design and hospitality will take us in the years ahead. And if their portfolios of work are any indication—which already very prolific—we’re in for an exciting ride. Here’s our 2017 class of Wave of the Future honorees:

Chris Alvarado from Two Roads Hospitality has elevated Thompson Hotels into a highly sought-after brand. Continue reading →

13th Annual HD Awards Winners Revealed

Posted by on June 8, 2017 in Events

Last night, the winners were announced for our 13th annual HD Awards, in a ceremony held at Cipriani 25 Broadway in New York. And before you ask, no, La La Land did not win, though the team for the Asbury did get called up to the stage three times in a row for their achievements in the Midscale categories.

Best in Show project winner: Sanya EDITION

We’ve been working on the awards for the better part of 2017, forcing HD’s staff to remain tight-lipped on the most exciting, deserving projects and products in hospitality (not an easy task for a team passionate enough to spend every day writing about the industry).

Best in Show products winner: Spokes Large from Foscarini

Along with all the winners announced last night, we also named our Best in Show winners. For projects, Sanya EDITION took home top honor. For products, the winner was Spokes Large from Foscarini. Continue reading →

7 Social Media Best Practices

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Trends

When it comes to social media, there is no right way to do it but there does seem like there can be a wrong way. If only everyone could only post photos of cute babies and puppies and cat memes everyday, we’d be much better off. But it’s not that easy. In fact, designers are starting to take an interest in the medium, and because they have a long catalogue of visual content to share, social media has become a gateway to engage with clients and create new fans.

Parts and Labor Design crafted a very Instagrammable wall at LA Jackson inside the Thompson Nashville

At the Social Media and Design talk during HD Expo this month, Malcolm Berg, founder of EoA, and Danu Hassik, design director for Parts and Labor Design, discussed their strategies, best practices, their favorite accounts to follow (Somewhere I Would Like to Live for Hassik and The Sartorialist for Berg), and the importance of authenticity in a highly curated medium. Continue reading →

A Bus to Remember

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Events

We are always looking for different ways to connect people in this industry, and last year I dreamt up the idea of putting 50 people on a bus to tour the newest and greatest in New York (I mean the double-deckers in the city are always packed) with insight from the creative minds behind them. I wasn’t sure if others would find it as much fun as I hoped it would be, but it turned out to be a hit. This year we were at it again, this time in Brooklyn (full disclosure: I live there and selfishly wanted to show off the cool places in my hood) and three amazing projects. Two are HD Awards finalists, and all were featured in the recent issue of HD.

Thank you to our sponsors: Bernhardt Hospitality, Brizo, Durkan, Jaclo, Kevin Barry Fine Art, Kravet Contract, P/Kaufmann Contract, Preciosa, RH Contract, Samuelson, and Walters, for making it a great day. Continue reading →