HD Talks


5 Product Designers to Watch

Posted by on December 8, 2016 in People, Products, Trends

We can look at a chair or a furniture piece and know that it has Marcel Wanders’ quirkiness or Patricia Urquiola’s feminine edge, but even these well-known designers had to start somewhere, making their way from obscurity to ubiquity. Modern day philosopher Aubrey “Drake” Graham said it best: “Started from the bottom, now we’re here.”

The point is emerging designers are everywhere, and they are talented. It gives me such joy to see new faces and products popping up in design magazines and forums, watching fresh perspectives on old concepts.

Below is a list of five designers you should get to know. They’re definitely on our radar, and soon, we’ll likely be able to point to an installation and know it’s a Kakuda or see the influence of Work + Sea in a wallpaper design.

Yota Kakuda
Japanese designer Kakuda started his own firm Yota Kakuda Design in 2011 where he has been racking up awards (a 2016 Hublot Design Prize, 2014 Good Design Award, etc.) and showcasing the beauty in the simplicity of his work in items like the Pestle chair or Flower Bench. Continue reading →

Celebrating 40 Years with Kelly Hoppen

Posted by on November 2, 2016 in People, Products

When I profiled Kelly Hoppen in our August 2015 issue, she already had a prolific portfolio. She is about as well known a designer as you can get, transcending industries: hospitality, residential, home goods, TV, not to mention her work as an ambassador for the UK’s Great Britain campaign, where she promotes British creativity, business, and design overseas. In that interview, she mentioned that she was looking forward to celebrating a retrospective in collaboration with Resource Decor of her work, 40 years in the making, in 2016.

A living room designed with pieces for Hoppen's collection for Sonder Living

Clean lines and neutral tones define Hoppen’s collection for Sonder Living

Last week, she did just that in New York for the global launch of her 150-piece collection for Sonder Living (and debuting her new book Kelly Hoppen: The Art of Interior Design) at ABC Carpet & Home.

10_NH_KELLY_HOPPEN_0001I was able to meet up with Hoppen during the whirlwind of her launch and learn about her collection, what inspires her, and why she prefers hotel design to residential. Continue reading →

HD Goes (Facebook) Live

Posted by on October 6, 2016 in Events, People, Projects, social media

While we may not have quite made it to YouTube- or Vine-star status (we’re working on our makeup tutorial skills) HD got in the Facebook Live game last week with our first video. Editor in chief Stacy Shoemaker Rauen sat down with Kemper Hyers, senior vice president of design for Starwood Capital Group, whose ultra-luxurious, award-winning Baccarat Hotel & Residences in New York made waves when it opened last year.

The bar at New York's luxurious Baccarat Hotel.

The bar at New York’s luxurious Baccarat Hotel.

Check out the video, where Hyers delves into a bit of the Baccarat brand’s history, and some of the hotel’s design details, including key features of the beautiful, barrel vaulted-ceilinged bar where the interview took place.

Also, be sure to tune in for our next Facebook Live interview on Thursday, October 13th at 3:30 p.m. EST, where Stacy will explore New York’s Printing House West Village—featured in our September issue, where we explored the limits of creativity in projects outside the traditional hospitality realm—with Workshop/APD principal Andrew Kotchen. Continue reading →

5 Questions for Larry Traxler

Posted by on July 6, 2016 in Events, People

Every year for our HD NextGen Forum (this June we hosted the event at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC), our editor in chief Stacy Shoemaker Rauen sits down with an industry stalwart to kick off the event. This year was no exception. Larry Traxler, Hilton’s senior vice president – global design, stopped by to discuss his early career, Hilton’s prolific portfolio, new brands, raising donkeys (I’m serious), and how Bora Bora is boring—his joke, not mine. But for a man who has traveled to 80 countries and continues to push the bounds of design and hospitality, he certainly knows what he’s talking about. Here are some excerpts from that conversation.


HD‘s editor in chief Stacy Shoemaker Rauen with Hilton’s Larry Traxler during NextGen Forum’s opening night event

1. How did you get into design?
I got into design by accident. I was a really good artist in high school, and I happened to graduate summa cum laude. Continue reading →

7 Design Best Practices From the Wave of the Future

Posted by on June 30, 2016 in Events, People

This June, we headed to Washington, DC for our fourth annual HD NextGen Forum at the infamous and newly reopened Watergate Hotel (which was decidedly less scandalous than its previous incarnation). During the event, our new class of Wave of the Future honorees sat down to talk about their careers and passion for design.

Here are few how-to tips we picked up from Matthew Goodrich, creative director and associate, AvroKO; Michelle Behr, vice president of design and construction, Highgate; Ana Milena Hernández Palacios and Christophe Penasse, co-founders, Masquespacio; Kevin O’Shea, founder and creative director, Salt Hotels; Teddy Mayer, vice president of design, Virgin Hotels; and Christina Luk, director, Lukstudio.


Our wave of the future honorees with editor in chief Stacy Shoemaker Rauen and Adam Kubryk, Global Allies, the NextGen luncheon sponsor

How to Let Go
Ultimately you can’t control your clients. “They come to your space, they love your ideas, but then they put rainbow clothes everywhere,” says Luk of some of her past retail work. Continue reading →