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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

Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central

CONCEPT: Located in the center of Asia’s gaming capital, the Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central fuses fun and fresh youthfulness with regional influences from the Himalayas. “We wanted to capture the vibrancy of Macao and the Cotai Strip,” Kirk Nix, owner of KNA Design, said. “We felt that a clean, modern approach with bold accents…
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01
Jul

Hyatt French Quarter

CONCEPT: In order to convert the historic Chateau Bourbon New Orleans Hotel into a contemporary Hyatt, design firm Looney & Associates was tapped to infuse a fresh, inviting and contemporary look with classic French Quarter charm.
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01
May

Bright Ideas

In its quest to improve bottom-line performance by reducing costs and improving physical plant efficiencies, the lodging industry continues to target lighting, a major hotel expenditure, in an effort to save energy while enhancing the guest experience.
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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
Mar

Environmental Innovation

The increasingly steady stream of renovation and conversion announcements coming across my desk lately has been a very welcome change after the holding pattern that has existed across the industry for the last couple of years. Yes, the new construction announcements are still few and far between but even those are coming back as well.…
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09
Feb

Z NYC Hotel

CONCEPT: Though the City Hall Subway Station was abandoned just 40 years after its opening in 1904, it calls to mind the grandeur of stations past, the very pinnacle of the Golden Age of trains. Though nearly forgotten now, it has been revived in The Z NYC Hotel, where the atmosphere is sleek but nostalgic,…
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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

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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