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Imagination

Ideas to ignite innovation

01
Jul

Shape Up

The shape of things to come is already here, at least when it comes to what’s trending in guest bathrooms. Rounds, squares, rectangles, ovals and cones are popping up as strong design elements from sinks to toilets to vanities.
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01
Jul

Rooms with a view

When IHG acquired the former Regent Hong Kong 11 years ago, it knew it was adding a trophy property to its Asia-Pacific portfolio. Built on pilings overlooking Victoria Harbor, the 17-story contemporary hotel—now the InterContinental Hong Kong—offers panoramic views not only of the harbor, but of Hong Kong Island spread out behind it.
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01
Jul

Working together, designed, purchasers and brands

LAS VEGAS—Over the last few years, there has been a big push for purchasing companies and designers to work together more cooperatively on new projects; however, the role of the brands can never be overlooked. And while the brands have long been thought of as inflexible when it comes to enforcing deadlines and standards, the…
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01
Jul

Talking Points

A shift in production of goods back to the U.S., the progress—or lack of significant progress—as it relates to sustainability and the evolving relationship between designers, purchasing companies and brands were among the topics covered during the most recent Hotel Business Design Executive Roundtable.
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01
Jul

Team Spirit

Indeed, it’s a combination of drivers that advances design change at midscale lodging brand La Quinta, from input by executive committee members who travel the globe and discover interesting schemes to the chain’s brand council, which is composed of executives as well as franchisees. The latter, in most cases, own and operate a variety of…
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01
May

Mixing It Up

An interesting puzzle for the uninitiated on hotel design is just how does it all fit together? Out of context of the guestroom or public space, fabrics and wall coverings may make an observer wonder: What are they thinking? But with a skillful eye and a seemingly endless variety of items from which to choose,…
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01
May

MeetMarket

When the 186-room Gansevoort Hotel opened in 2004, it seemed a risky proposition. Its location in the Meatpacking District, just below 14th St. on the far West Side of Manhattan, hadn’t yet become the trendy hotspot it is now. The first wave of boutique hotel development, furthermore, had already peaked and it wasn’t clear if…
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01
May

Best of Both Worlds

While Greaves was brought in to rethink the suite design, New York-based architect Monica Ponce de Leon, principal in the MPdL Studio, was coming on board to bring new life to that soaring atrium space. Since 1999, when the building now housing the Conrad was first completed, the centerpiece of the atrium’s colorful art had…
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01
May

Poetry in Motion

IVG Immobilien AG, the owner of the sprawling $1.5-billion Squaire mixed-use development at Frankfurt Airport, had a futuristic glass and steel design for its building. Certainly, from an engineering perspective, the nine-story, 462,000-sq.-ft. building is a marvel of modern design, considering it was erected on a platform above Frankfurt’s high-speed ICE railway station, secured in…
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