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Imagination

Ideas to ignite innovation

01
Mar

Sustainability LEEDers

Building a sustainable hotel is still a tall order so when Marriott International set a goal to have 300 LEED-certified hotels by 2015, no one thought it would be a walk in the park, even with the global lodging chain’s history of environmental awareness.
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01
Mar

Glen Coben

When Glen Coben was designing the TRYP Hotel Times Square South he was challenged with trying to strike a balance between being deferential to the brand’s European roots, while at the same time, embracing its New York City location.
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01
Mar

St. Regis New York unveils designer suites

NEW YORK—Two new suites have debuted at the St. Regis New York that reflect the style of two iconic brands, Tiffany & Co. and Dior. The hotel collaborated with each of the brands on the design of each suite.
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09
Feb

Just Relax

When Aristotle started musing about “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” he easily could have been talking about the guestroom experience. For what, indeed, does define the overall hotel room? Nothing, if not the artful arrangement of FF&E—designed to be pleasing to the eye and functional in tandem with its form;…
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01
Jan

Hilton Mclean Tysons Corner

CONCEPT: Starting with the lobby and all-important sense of arrival, executives at Hilton Worldwide thought the 458-room Hilton McLean Tysons Corner could benefit from a top-to-bottom redesign that would more closely reflect the company’s—and the Hilton brand’s—current thinking on guest comfort and attractive, stylish surroundings. Given that Hilton Worldwide’s headquarters are in McLean, it was…
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01
Jan

Surfcomber Miami

CONCEPT: To rebrand the iconic oceanfront hotel, which was originally built in 1948, into a Kimpton Hotel, a renovation was needed to create a stylish and playful escape in the center of Miami’s Historic Art Deco District. The 186-room Surfcomber reopened in December 2011 after a project that included gutting the guest bathrooms and adding…
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01
Jan

Hotel Diva

CONCEPT: Being avant garde has been the credo of the 116-room Hotel Diva since Personality Hotels opened it in 1985. So it came as no surprise that even a quarter-century later the owner, Yvonne Detert, wanted the hotel to stay current, investing $2 million in renovations.
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01
Jan

Kimberley Miller

For Kimberley Miller, CEO of Dallas-based Design Duncan Miller Ullmann, respecting historical significance doesn’t mean getting stuck in the past. Rather, she sees it as an opportunity to showcase original elements, or “gems,” as she calls them, while adding touches of modern flair.
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01
Jan

WATG set to grow in Asia

SINGAPORE—Design firm WATG is expanding and relocating its office here to a new studio in late January. Located in the Queenstown District, WATG’s new studio is within walking distance of Holland Village. In keeping with the firm’s goal of further expanding in Asia, Bill Reed, vice president and Tom Williams, associate vice president will be…
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