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The Sparkling Oscars Stage Shines

Posted by on March 6, 2018 in Events, Trends

On Oscar night, the only thing shining brighter than the stars who graced the stage to pick up their awards was the stage itself. Swarovski provided millions of crystals to illuminate the stage, this being the company’s 11th Oscars and sixth time collaborating with set designer Derek McLane on the ceremony, for which he previously won an Emmy in production design in 2014.

For this year’s stage, in which the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was celebrating its 90th ceremony, McLane says “the proscenium was inspired by the inside of a geode and by an image I saw of a domed, mirrored room” from Swarovski’s headquarters in Wattens, Austria. Constructed from octagonal tiles with a mix of crystal, metal, and mirror, the front piece of the stage incorporates more than 45 million Swarovski crystals.

Behind the proscenium, the stage’s sparkling demeanor never faltered. Returning from last year’s ceremony are the “floating Oscars,” which feature more than 140,000 crystals. Continue reading →

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 →

Brand Identity: The DNA Behind Design

Posted by on December 4, 2017 in Events, Trends

Panelists included Paula Scher, Terry Young, Arne van Oosterom, and Debbie Millman

The Pratt Institute held its second Design Symposium at the TimesCenter in New York where designer and professor Marc Rosen led a panel including Debbie Millman, brand consultant, educator, and artist; Paula Scher, designer and principal at Pentagram; Arne van Oosterom, founder and partner of DesignThinkers Group and DT Academy; and Terry Young, CEO of Sparks & Honey, to discuss the marriage between design and brand identity. They dug into how to build a successful brand, highlighting “the crossover of design as a state of mind in every discipline,” notes moderator Rosen.

Millman kicked off the presentations, sharing her philosophy: A brand is what allows you to understand a company, but the design shows you what it can do. There are four critical concepts that lead to good branding, she says: cultural anthropology, behavioral psychology, economics, and creativity. Sparks & Honey’s Terry Young delved deeper into cultural anthropology, explaining “To design great brands today, you have to be culturally relevant. Continue reading →

MoMA Exhibit Asks “Is Fashion Modern?”

Posted by on November 8, 2017 in Events, Trends

It seems more and more that designers are experimenting in the realm of fashion, such as Jamie Hayon and Clico Sage, so it comes as little surprise for the Museum of Modern Art to introduce an exhibition that explores the undeniable marriage between fashion and design. Enter Paola Antonelli, senior curator of architecture and design at MoMA. Antonelli set out to create a new experience at the museum called Items: Is Fashion Modern?, which draws inspiration from Bernard Rudofsky’s Are Clothes Modern? from 1944, one of the few fashion exhibits the museum has hosted.

Recently, she spoke more on the exhibit as part of Surface magazine’s Design Dialogues series held in an intimate setting at MoMA’s Design Store in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood. “You cannot tell a history of modern design without fashion,” she says, so she put together an advisory committee to gather a list of items that speak to both. Continue reading →

Fashion Forward

Posted by on September 27, 2017 in Hospitality, Trends

It’s not unusual for fashion designers to try their hand at product design. Kenzo Takada recently launched a line with Roche Bobois in his signature bold style; Maria Cornejo has dabbled in textiles (sophisticated and refined like her ready-to-wear apparel) with Knoll; in 2005, Vivienne Westwood partnered with the Rug Company translating her avant-garde aesthetic into one-of-a-kind handmade rugs. Even Badgley Mischka, the chic fashion house known for its glamorous gowns that populate red carpets every awards season, has applied that same meticulous attention to detail to luxe casegoods and opulent furnishings.

But what about product designers who get into fashion? Surely, the two go nearly hand-in-hand with inspiration and creativity coming together to craft something accessible and distinct. Recently, prolific designers Jaime Hayon and Jasper Morrison teamed up to start their own fashion label, an evolving collection of clothing created by a number of contributing designers.

Their Jijibaba brand, a collaboration with Phaidon publisher Richard Schlagman, launched this month with nearly 40 menswear pieces. Continue reading →