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Imagination

Ideas to ignite innovation

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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01
May

Staying Competitive: CapEx improvements

ORLANDO—During the depths of the recent industry downturn from 2009-2010, many brands understood that hotel owners were struggling to generate revenue and keep current with their debt payments. Consequently, the brands wisely eased up on deadlines for owners to make often-costly CapEx investments in their properties.
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01
Mar

Radisson Blue Aqua

CONCEPT: As the flagship hotel for the U.S. debut of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’s Radisson Blu brand, the property needed a distinct design that refelected its location in Chicago as well as the brand’s European roots. Jim Hamilton, creative director of U.K.-based Graven Images, was appointed to design the hotel, which is located on the…
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01
Mar

Hotel Lincoln

CONCEPT: In order to convert the Lincoln Park property—which was built in the 1920’s and was previously a Days Inn as well as a former iteration of the Hotel Lincoln—into an upscale boutique hotel with a local, residential feel, Joie de Vivre Hotels brought in San Francisco-based Dirty Lines Design as the lead interior design…
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