2019 Gold Key Awards Finalists Revealed

Finalists have been announced for the 39th annual Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design, the industry’s oldest and most prestigious awards program for hospitality interiors, sponsored by Boutique Design magazine. The 2019 Gold Key judges selected these standout projects from a highly competitive field of more than 430 submissions from design firms around the world.

Winners in 23 categories, as well as the Judges’ So Cool award winner and the Designer of the Year, will be honored at the Gold Key Awards Gala to be held Nov. 11 at Cipriani Midtown in Manhattan. The gala is presented in conjunction with co-located trade fairs Boutique Design New York (BDNY) and HX: The Hotel Experience, Nov. 10-11, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Both winners and finalists will be profiled in the December issue of Boutique Design.

The Gold Key Awards program recognizes the most influential and innovative design work in the international hospitality industry. To be eligible, new construction, conversion or renovation projects must have been completed from July 1, 2018 to July 1, 2019. Finalists and winners are determined by a jury of industry leaders from the operations, development and investment sectors of hospitality.

Judges for the 39th Gold Key Awards include:

Andrew Alford, founder and chief creative officer, Andrew Alford Creative
Mary Beth Cutshall, senior vice president and chief business development officer, Hospitality Ventures Management Group; managing partner, Amara Capital
Gary Dollens, global head design/product & brand development, Hyatt Hotels Corp.
Michael Doneff, chief marketing officer, ThinkFoodGroup
Verena Haller, chief design officer, The Standard Hotels
Carl Hren, senior vice president of development, Concord Hospitality Enterprises
Aliya Khan, vice president, global design strategies, Marriott International
Damon Lawrence, cofounder, Homage Hospitality
Michael Medzigian, chairman and managing partner, Watermark Capital Partners, LLC
Mitch Patel, president and chief executive officer, Vision Hospitality Group
Thomas Prins, principal, TQP Capital Partners, LLC
Scott Rosenberg, president, JN+A/HVS Design
Jay Stein, chief executive officer, Dream Hotel Group
Larry Traxler, senior vice president global design, Hilton
Simon Turner, managing member, Alpha Lodging Partners, LLC
Gary Womack, managing principal, Acumen Development Partners

Finalists for the 2019 Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design include:

BEST ECO OR SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS HOTEL

Design Firm: AvroKO, New York
Project: Eaton Hong Kong
Client: The Great Eagle Group, Hong Kong; Purchasing Firm: The Great Eagle Group, Hong Kong

Design Firm: Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA), Singapore
Project: Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi, Shaviyani Atoll, Republic of Maldives
Clients: SC Capital, Singapore; Architect: SCSY Studio, Singapore; Purchasing Firm: Cairncross Martin Co. Ltd., Bangkok

Design Firm: Looney & Associates, Dallas
Project: The Lodge at Gulf State Park, a Hilton Hotel, Gulf Shores, Alabama
Clients: State of Alabama and Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources by and through the University of Alabama Center for Economic Development, Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Architect: Lake Flato, San Antonio, Texas (design architect); Rabun Architects, Atlanta (architect of record); Purchasing Firm: Bray Whaler International, Centennial, Colorado

BEST LOBBY FOCUSED SERVICE

Design Firm: Chinese BDD Interior Design Firm, Chengdu, China
Project: Berncy Hotel, Chengdu, China
Client: Chinese LiMeiYunXi Hotel Management Co., Ltd., Chengdu, China; Architect: Chinese Chongqing Boding Building Design Co., Ltd., Chongqing, China; Purchasing Firm: Chinese LiMeiYunXi Hotel Management Co., Ltd., Chengdu, China

Design Firms: dash design, New York; FILLAT + Architecture, Washington, DC
Project: Moxy Washington, DC Downtown
Client: Douglas Development Group, Washington, DC; Architect: FILLAT + Architecture, Washington, DC; Purchasing Firm: The Stroud Group, Columbia, Maryland

Design Firm: Sheedy/DeLaRosa Interiors, Chicago
Project: Hyatt Place/Hyatt House East Moline/Quad Cities, East Moline, Illinois
Client: The Bend LLC, East Moline, Illinois; Architect: Legat Architects, Chicago; Purchasing Firm: CVC Hospitality Inc., Winter Garden, Florida

Design Firm: The Society, Seattle
Project: Moxy San Diego Downtown/Gaslamp Quarter, California
Client: J Street Hospitality, San Diego, California; Architect: Delawie Architecture, San Diego, California; Purchasing Firm: J Street Hospitality, San Diego, California

Design Firms:  Rockwell Group, New York; Yabu Pushelberg, New York
Project: Moxy Chelsea, New York
Client: Lightstone Group, New York; Architect: Stonehill Taylor, New York; Purchasing Firm: Lightstone Group, New York

BEST LOBBY MIDSCALE

Design Firm: Curioso, Chicago
Project: The Wheelhouse Hotel, Chicago
Client: Bedderman Lodging, Chicago; Architect: Norr, Chicago; Purchasing Firm: The Gettys Group, Chicago

Design Firm: Graduate Hotels In-house Design Team, Chicago
Project: Graduate Eugene, Oregon
Client: Graduate Eugene, Chicago; Architect: Johnson Braund, Tukwila, Washington; Purchasing Firms: AJ Capital Partners, Chicago; Graduate Hotels, Chicago

Design Firms: HVS Design, Rockville, Maryland
Project: The Blake Hotel, New Haven, Connecticut
Client: RMS Companies, Stamford, Connecticut; Architect: JN+A, Rockville, Maryland; Purchasing Firm: Purchasing Dimensions LLC, Somers, Connecticut

Design Firm: Stonehill Taylor, New York
Project: The Eliza Jane, the Unbound Collection by Hyatt, New Orleans, Louisiana
Client: HRI Properties, New Orleans, Louisiana; Architect: HCI Construction, New Orleans, Louisiana; Purchasing Firm: Benjamin West, Louisville Colorado

BEST LOBBY UPPER MIDSCALE

Design Firms: The Hickson Design Partnership, London; InterContinental Hotels Group Interior Design Department, London
Project: Hotel Indigo Venice Sant’Elena, Italy
Client: HNH Hospitality; Venice, Italy; Architect: Studio Giallombardo, Venice, Italy; Purchasing Firm: HNH Hospitality, Venice, Italy

Design Firm: Studio 11 Design, Dallas
Project: CANVAS Hotel, Dallas
Client: INTRIGUE Hotels & Resorts by Interstate, Arlington, Virginia/New York; Architect: 5G Studios, Dallas; Purchasing Firm: Matthews Southwest, Lewisville, Texas

Design Firm: Atwater Inc. Studio, Los Angeles, California
Project: Holiday Inn & Suites Nashville Downtown Convention Center, Nashville, Tennessee
Client: Pinnacle Hospitality Partners, LLC, Nashville, Tennessee; Architect: Bounds Gillespie Killebrew Tushek Architects, PLLC, Memphis, Tennessee; Purchasing Firm: Atwater Inc. Studio, Los Angeles, California

BEST LOBBY UPSCALE

Design Firm: Baranowitz + Kronenberg, Tel Aviv
Project: Sir Victor Barcelona, Spain
Client: Europe Hotels Private Collection, Amsterdam; Architect: Baranowitz + Kronenberg, Tel Aviv; Purchasing Firm: ARR&D Interiors Srl, Milan

Design Firm: DLR Group, Minneapolis
Project: Canopy by Hilton Minneapolis Mill District
Client: Sherman Associates, Minneapolis; Architect: DLR Group, Minneapolis; Purchasing Firm: Atmosphere Commercial Interiors, Minneapolis

Design Firm: Meyer Davis, New York
Project: Dream Nashville, Tennessee
Client: 4Pant LLC, Franklin, Tennessee; Architect: ESa (Earl Swensson Associates), Nashville, Tennessee; Purchasing Firm: Benjamin West Chicago, Des Plaines, Illinois

Design Firm: Studio Robert McKinley, New York
Project: Hotel Joaquin, Laguna Beach, California
Client:  Auric Road, Laguna Beach, California; Architect: Enter-Arc Inc., Santa Ana, California; Purchasing Firm: Auric Road, Laguna Beach, California

BEST LOBBY LUXURY

Design Firm: AB Concept, Taipei
Project: W Xi’an, China
Client: Vangzhong Real Estate, Xi’an, China; Architect: A&S Architectural Design, Beijing; Purchasing Firm: Vangzhong Real Estate, Xi’an, China

Design Firms: AFSO, Hong Kong; AvroKO, New York
Project: Waldorf Astoria Bangkok
Client: Magnolia Finest Corporation Ltd., Bangkok; Architects: Gensler Bangkok; Beaumont Partnership, Bangkok; Purchasing Firm: Parker International, Dubai

Design Firm: Varrodesign, Budapest
Project: Mystery Hotel Budapest
Client: Mystery Hotel Budapest; Architect: PhoenArchitekt, Budapest; Purchasing Firm: Mystery Hotel Budapest

Design Firm: Virserius Studio, New York
Project: W Atlanta Midtown
Client: Gem Realty Capital Inc, Chicago; Architect: Gonzalez Architects, Miami; Purchasing Firm: HPG International, Walnut Creek, California

BEST GUESTROOM FOCUSED SERVICE

Design Firm: dash design, New York; FILLAT + Architecture, Washington, DC
Project: Moxy Washington, DC Downtown
Client: Douglas Development Group, Washington, DC; Architect: FILLAT + Architecture, Washington, DC; Purchasing Firm: The Stroud Group, Columbia, Maryland

Design Firm: Eat.Drink.Sleep In-house Design Team, San Diego, California
Project: The Rambler Motel, Chula Vista, California
Client: Bay7/Eat.Drink.Sleep, San Diego, California; Architect: Eat.Drink.Sleep, San Diego, California; Purchasing Firm: Eat.Drink.Sleep, San Diego, California

Design Firm: Yabu Pushelberg, Toronto/New York
Project: Moxy Chelsea, New York
Client: Lightstone Group, New York; Architect: Stonehill Taylor, New York; Purchasing Firm: Lightstone Group, New York

BEST GUESTROOM MIDSCALE

Design Firm: Avenir Creative, Chicago
Project: The Cyrus Hotel, Topeka, Kansas
Client: AIM Strategies, Topeka, Kansas; Architect: Architect One, Topeka, Kansas; Purchasing Firm: Neil Locke & Associates, Itasca, Illinois

Design Firm: Curioso, Chicago
Project: The Wheelhouse Hotel, Chicago
Client: Bedderman Lodging, Chicago; Architect: Norr, Chicago; Purchasing Firm: The Gettys Group, Chicago

Design Firms: HVS Design, Rockville, Maryland
Project: The Blake Hotel, New Haven, Connecticut
Client: RMS Companies, Stamford, Connecticut; Architect: JN+A, Rockville, Maryland; Purchasing Firm: Purchasing Dimensions LLC, Somers, Connecticut

BEST GUESTROOM UPPER MIDSCALE

Design Firms: OFFICEUNTITLED, Culver City, California; Smith Hanes Studios, Atlanta; Oculus, Inc., St. Louis, Missouri
Project: Woodlark Hotel, Portland, Oregon
Client: NBP Capital, Portland, Oregon; Architect: OFFICEUNTITLED, Culver City, California; Absolute Procurement LLC, Portland, Oregon

Design Firm: Simeone Deary Design Group, Chicago
Project: St. Jane Hotel, Chicago
Client: Becker Ventures, Chicago; Architect: Booth Hansen, Chicago; Purchasing Firm: Neil Locke & Associates, Itasca, Illinois

Design Firm: Stonehill Taylor, New York
Project: TWA Hotel, Jamaica, New York
Client: MCR and MORSE Development, New York; Architects: Lubrano Ciavarra Architects, Brooklyn, New York; Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners LLP, New York (architect of record); Purchasing Firm: The Parker Company, Miami

BEST GUESTROOM UPSCALE

Design Firm: DLR Group, Minneapolis
Project: Canopy by Hilton Minneapolis District
Client: Sherman Associates, Minneapolis; Architect: DLR Group, Minneapolis; Purchasing Firm: Atmosphere Commercial Interiors, Minneapolis

Design Firm: Meyer Davis, New York
Project: Dream Nashville, Tennessee
Client: 4Pant LLC, Franklin, Tennessee; Architect: ESa (Earl Swensson Associates), Nashville, Tennessee; Purchasing Firm: Benjamin West Chicago, Des Plaines, Illinois

Design Firm: Studio Robert McKinley, New York
Project: Hotel Joaquin, Laguna Beach, California
Client: Auric Road, Laguna Beach, California; Architect: Enter-Arc Inc., Santa Ana, California; Purchasing Firm: Auric Road, Laguna Beach, California

BEST GUESTROOM LUXURY

Design Firm: Kelly Wearstler, Los Angeles
Project: Santa Monica Proper, Santa Monica, California
Clients: Proper Hospitality, Santa Monica, California (operator); Kor Real Estate Partners, Santa Monica, California (owner); Architect: Howard Laks Architects, Santa Monica, California; Purchasing Firm: Canoe Hospitality, El Segundo, California

Design Firm: Robert Angell Design International, London
Project: One Aldwych, London
Client: One Aldwych, London; Architect: Jestico + Whiles, London; Purchasing Firm: Keytask, London

Design Firm: Rottet Studio, New York
Project: Belmond Cap Juluca, Maundays Bay, Anguilla
Client: Belmond, London; Architect: HKS, Coral Gables, Florida; Purchasing Firm: James W. Crawford Company, Tuscon, Arizona

Design Firm: Varrodesign, Budapest
Project: Mystery Hotel Budapest
Client: Mystery Hotel Budapest; Architect: PhoenArchitekt, Budapest; Purchasing Firm: Mystery Hotel Budapest

BEST SUITE

Design Firm: Rockwell Group, New York
Project: Kingpin Suite, Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas
Client: Station Casinos, Las Vegas; Architect: Rockwell Group; Purchasing Firm: Station Casinos, Las Vegas

Design Firm: Virserius Studio, New York
Project: W Atlanta Midtown
Client: Gem Realty Capital Inc, Chicago; Architect: Gonzalez Architects, Miami; Purchasing Firm: HPG International, Walnut Creek, California

Design Firm: Kelly Wearstler, Los Angeles
Project: Santa Monica Proper, Santa Monica, California
Clients: Proper Hospitality, Santa Monica, California (operator); Kor Real Estate Partners, Santa Monica, California (owner); Architect: Howard Laks Architects, Santa Monica, California; Purchasing Firm: Canoe Hospitality, El Segundo, California

Design Firm: Whitespace Interiors, Chicago
Project: Congressional Suite at Four Seasons Hotel, Austin, Texas
Client: Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Chicago; Architect: Beck Architecture, Austin, Texas; Purchasing Firm: Benjamin West Chicago, Des Plaines, Illinois

BEST EMERGING CONCEPT

Hotelier: Best Western Hotels & Resorts, Phoenix
Concept: Aiden by Best Western
Design Firm for inaugural property (Aiden by Best Western @ Cheongdam, Seoul): EWAI Co., Ltd. Seoul; Architect for inaugural property (Aiden by Best Western @ Cheongdam, Seoul): Ver-Tex Design, Seoul; Purchasing Firm for inaugural property (Aiden by Best Western @ Cheongdam, Seoul); BGH Korea Inc, Seoul

Hotelier: Bode, Nashvillle
Concept: Bode
Design for inaugural property (Bode Nashville): DAAD, Nashville; Architect for inaugural property (Bode Nashville): DAAD – PTA, Nashville; Purchasing Firm for inaugural property: (Bode Nashville): Morgan + Schoen Hospitality, Nashville

Hotelier: Homage Hospitality, Oakland, California
Hotel Concept: Homage Hospitality
Design for inaugural property: (The Moor, New Orleans, Louisiana): Homage Hospitality, Oakland, California; Purchasing firm for inaugural property (The Moor, New Orleans, Louisiana): Cowry Moon, Los Angeles

BEST SPECIALTY DESIGN

Design Firm: BG Studio International, New York
Project: Celebrity Flora, Miami
Client: Royal Caribbean, Miami; De Hoop Shipyard, Lobith – Tolkamer, The Netherlands; Architect: Royal Caribbean, Miami; De Hoop Shipyard, Lobith – Tolkamer, The Netherlands; Purchasing Firm: Royal Caribbean, Miami; De Hoop Shipyard, Lobith – Tolkamer, The Netherlands

Design Firms: Capella Garcia Arquitectura, Barcelona; ICRAVE, New York; Anthony Mrkic Architect,Fort Lee, New York
Project: Mercado Little Spain, New York
Clients: ThinkFoodGroup, Washington, DC and The Related Companies, New York; Architect: Anthony Mrkic Architect, Fort Lee, New York; Purchasing Firm: The Carroll Adams Group, Orlando

Design Firm: One Plus Partnership Limited, Hong Kong
Project: Shenzhen Cine Sky Cinema, China
Client: CINEMAPRO Ltd., Hong Kong; Architect: CINEMAPRO Ltd., Hong Kong; Purchasing Firm: CINEMAPRO Ltd., Hong Kong

Design Firm: SilverFox Studios pte ltd, Singapore
Project: Spa at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira Dubai
Client: Wasl LLC, Dubai; Architect: Design & ARchitecture bureau (DAR), Dubai; Purchasing Firm: Wasl LLC, Dubai

Design Firm: JOI-Design, Hamburg
Project: Der Öschberghof, Donaueschingen, Germany
Client: Aldi Süd Germany; Architect: Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten, Munich; Purchasing Firm: K&P Planungsbüro GmbH, Düsseldorf

BEST NIGHTCLUB

Design Firm: Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA), Singapore
Project: Alley 50 Ultra Lounge, Ho Chi Minh City
Client: Lavenue Investment Corporation, Ho Chi Minh City; Purchasing Firm: Vplus Interiors, Ho Chi Minh City

Design Firm: Studio Paolo Ferrari, Toronto
Project: The Secret Room at the FIVE Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
Client: Five Holdings, Dubai; Architect: Five Holdings, Dubai; Purchasing Firm: Five Holdings, Dubai

Design Firm: Yabu Pushelberg, New York
Project: Paradise Club at The Times Square EDITION, New York
Client: Ian Schrager Company, New York; Architect: AAI Architects, New York; Purchasing Firm: Purchasing Associates, Inc. Peekskill, New York

BEST RESTAURANT CASUAL DINING

Design Firm: CetraRuddy Architecture, New York
Project: queensyard, New York
Client: D&D London; Architect: CetraRuddy Architecture, New York; Purchasing Firm: Dorothy Vogt Consulting, New York

Design Firm: Lettuce Entertain You, Chicago
Project: Aba, Chicago
Client: Lettuce Entertain You, Chicago; Architect: Myefski Architects, Chicago; Purchasing Firm: Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises-In house department, Chicago

Design Firm: Preen, Inc., Los Angeles
Project: The Heroic Deli and Wine Bar, Santa Monica, California
Client: The Heroic Deli and Wine Bar, Santa Monica, California; Purchasing Firm: Preen, Inc., Los Angeles

Design Firm: PHENOMENA, Brooklyn, New York
Project: Life Alive Organic Café, Boston
Client: Life Alive Café, Boston; Architect: BKA Architects, Brockton, Massachusetts; Purchasing Firm: Cornerstone Design Build, Swansea, Massachusetts

BEST RESTAURANT FINE DINING

Design Firm: AvroKO, New York
Project: The Zodiac Room at Nieman Marcus – Hudson Yards, New York
Client: Neiman Marcus, Dallas; Architect: Janson Goldstein, New York

Design Firm: EoA Group; Coral Gables, Florida
Project: Tesoro at the JW Marriott Marco Island, Florida
Client: Barings Real Estate Advisors, Glastonbury, Connecticut; Architects: HKS, Dallas (architects of record); EoA Group, Coral Gables, Florida (architecture co-designer/interior architecture); Purchasing Firms: The Parker Company, Miami

Design Firm: PARTISANS, Toronto
Project: Quetzal, Toronto
Client: Overbudget Inc., Toronto; Architect: PARTISANS, Toronto; Purchasing Firm: Overbudget Inc., Toronto

BEST RESORT

Design Firm: Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA), Singapore
Project: Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi, Shaviyani Atoll, Republic of Maldives
Clients: SC Capital, Singapore; Architect: SCSY Studio, Singapore; Purchasing Firm: Cairncross Martin Co. Ltd., Bangkok

Design Firm: Kinney Chan and Associates, Hong Kong
Project: Angsana Zhuhai Phoenix Bay, Zhuhai, China
Client: Banyan Tree, Guangdong, China; Architect: Zhu Hai Hotel Architecture, Guangdong, China; Purchasing Firm: Banyan Tree, Guangdong, China

Design Firm: Stylt Trampoli, Gothenburg, Sweden
Project: The Hide Hotel, Flims, Switzerland
Client: Credit Suisse, Thun, Switzerland; Architect: Gross Rüegg Architekten, Flims, Switzerland; Purchasing Firm: Baulink AG, Davos Platz, Switzerland

Design Firm: Rottet Studio, New York
Project: Belmond Cap Juluca, Maundays Bay, Anguilla
Client: Belmond, London; Architect: HKS, Coral Gables, Florida; Purchasing Firm: James W. Crawford Company, Tuscon, Arizona

BEST HOTEL FOCUSED SERVICE

Design Firms: dash design, New York; FILLAT + Architecture, Washington, DC
Project: Moxy Washington, DC Downtown
Client: Douglas Development Group, Washington, DC; Architect: FILLAT + Architecture, Washington, DC; Purchasing Firm: The Stroud Group, Columbia, Maryland

Design Firm: JOHNSON NATHAN STROHE, Denver
Project: The Mercantile Hotel, Missoula, Montana
Client: Mercantile, LLC; Architect: JOHNSON NATHAN STROHE, Denver; Purchasing Firm: Hospitality Purchasing Consultants, Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Design Firm: Gettys ONE – A Gettys Group Company, Chicago
Project: Hyatt Place/Hyatt House Indianapolis Downtown
Client: HRI Properties, New Orleans, Louisiana; Architect: Ratio, Chicago; Purchasing Firm: Benjamin West Chicago, Des Plaines, Illinois

Design Firms: Yabu Pushelberg, New York; Rockwell Group, New York
Project: Moxy Chelsea, New York
Client: Lightstone Group, New York; Architect: Stonehill Taylor, New York; Purchasing Firm: Lightstone Group, New York

BEST HOTEL MIDSCALE

Design Firm: Curioso, Chicago
Project: The Wheelhouse Hotel, Chicago
Client: Bedderman Lodging, Chicago; Architect: Norr, Chicago; Purchasing Firm: The Gettys Group, Chicago

Design Firms: Design Continuum., Inc., Atlanta
Project: Marriott AC Hotel/Residence Inn/Springhill Suites Nashville, Tennessee
Client: NorthPoint Hospitality Group, Atlanta; Architect: Lindsay Pope Brayfield & Associates, Lawrence, Georgia; Purchasing Firm: Canoe Hospitality, El Segundo, California

Design Firm: Graduate Hotels In-house Design Team, Chicago
Project: Graduate Seattle
Client: Graduate Hotels, Chicago; Architect: KFA, Culver City, California; Purchasing Firms: AJ Capital Partners, Chicago; Graduate Hotels, Chicago

Design Firm: Stonehill Taylor, New York
Project: The Eliza Jane, the Unbound Collection by Hyatt, New Orleans, Louisiana
Client: HRI Properties, New Orleans, Louisiana; Architect: HCI Construction, New Orleans, Louisiana; Purchasing Firm: Benjamin West, Louisville Colorado

BEST HOTEL UPPER MIDSCALE

Design Firm: Gensler, Houston
Project: Kimpton Aertson Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee
Client: Buckingham Companies, Indianapolis; Architect: Torti Gallas & Partners, Silver Spring, Maryland; Purchasing Firm: James W. Crawford Companies, McKinney, Texas

Design Firm: Mason Studio, Toronto
Project: Kimpton Saint George Hotel, Toronto
Client: Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, San Francisco, California; Architect: IBI Group, Toronto; Purchasing Firm: Sue Dulmage & Associates Inc., Toronto

Design Firm: Simeone Deary Design Group, Chicago
Project: St. Jane Hotel, Chicago
Client: Becker Ventures, Chicago, Illinois; Architect: Booth Hansen, Chicago; Purchasing Firm: Neil Locke & Associates, Itasca, Illinois

Design Firm: The Gettys Group, Chicago
Project: Claridge House, Chicago
Client: InterWest Capital, La Jolla, California; Architect: Hirsch, Chicago; Purchasing Firm: Canoe Hospitality, El Segundo, California

BEST HOTEL UPSCALE

Design Firm: DLR Group, Minneapolis
Project: Canopy by Hilton Minneapolis Mill District
Client: Sherman Associates, Minneapolis; Architect: DLR Group, Minneapolis;
Purchasing Firm: Atmosphere Commercial Interiors, Minneapolis

Design Firm: Gachot Studios, New York
Project: Shinola Hotel, Detroit
Client: Shinola Hotel, Detroit; Architect: Kraemer Design Group, Detroit; Purchasing Firm: The Parker Company, Miami

Design Firms: Studio Shamshiri, Los Angeles
Project: Maison de la Luz, New Orleans, Louisiana
Client:  The Domain Companies, New Orleans, Louisiana; Architect: EskewDumezRipple, New Orleans, Louisiana; Purchasing Firm: Benjamin West, Louisville, Colorado

Design Firm: The Gettys Group, Chicago
Project: The Edwin, an Autograph Collection Hotel, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Client: Vision Hospitality, Chattanooga, Tennessee; Architect: PV Design Architecture, Chattanooga, Tennessee; Purchasing Firm: Blue Pointe, Ooltewah, Tennessee

Design Firm: Wilson Associates, Singapore
Project: Renaissance Xi’an, China
Client: Xi’an Dajin Real Estate Co., Ltd., Xi’an, China; Architect: Arcplus, New York; Purchasing Firm: Wilson Associates, Singapore

BEST HOTEL LUXURY

Design Firms: AFSO, Hong Kong; AvroKO, New York
Project: Waldorf Astoria Bangkok
Client: Magnolia Finest Corporation Ltd., Bangkok; Architects: Gensler Bangkok; Beaumont Partnership, Bangkok; Purchasing Firm: Parker International, Dubai

Design Firm: Anouska Hempel Design, London
Project: Six Senses Duxton, Singapore
Client: Garcha Hotels, Singapore; Architect: Moya Design, Singapore; Purchasing Firm: Argenta, London

Design Firm: CCD / Cheng Chung Design (HK) Ltd., Hong Kong
Project: InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland, China
Client: Shimao Group, Shanghai; Architect: Jade + QA, Hong Kong; Purchasing Firm: Shimao Group, Shanghai

Design Firm:  Studio Jean-Philippe Nuel, Paris/New York
Project: InterContinental Lyon – Hotel Dieu, France
Client: InterContinental Lyon – Hotel Dieu, France; Architect: AIA Architectes, Lyon – France; RL&A architects, Lyon – France; Purchasing Firm: MALAM FF&E Solutions, Paris

Design Firm: Virserius Studio, New York
Project: W Atlanta Midtown
Client: Gem Realty Capital Inc, Chicago; Architect: Gonzalez Architects, Miami; Purchasing Firm: HPG International, Walnut Creek, California

Design Firms: Wilson-RED, Dallas; Schutze Studio, Boulder, Colorado; Grupo Diarq, Mexico City
Project: Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Client: Belmond (UK) Ltd, London; Architect: Zagar Contstrucciones SC, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; Purchasing Firm: James W. Crawford Company, Tucson, Arizona

“Travelers want transformation. Hospitality owners, operators and developers want differentiation. This year’s Gold Key finalists show how creatively designers are over-delivering for both guests and clients,” says Mary Scoviak, editor in chief of Boutique Design magazine and conference director for BDNY.

Prior to the Gold Key awards ceremony, NEWH, the premier networking resource for the hospitality industry, will present its annual ICON of Industry award to two leaders of New York-based hospitality textile supplier P/Kaufmann Contract: president Curtis Breedlove and Western sales manager Sandy Banks. NEWH will also present its $7,500 ICON of Industry Scholarship to Carolina Cardona, an interior architecture major at Florida International University, as well as its $10,000 Interior Design scholarship, sponsored by P/Kaufmann Contract, to Yi Hsuan Sung, who is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in textiles at Parsons School of Design at The New School.

Advance registration is required for the Nov. 11 cocktail reception, dinner and awards ceremony at Cipriani Midtown. Tickets are $500 per person through Nov. 1, or $525 after Nov. 1; availability is limited.

Complete details about the Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design are available at bdny.com/goldkey.

Unlock Your Potential

The Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design is one competition where each entry can have major ROI. Every submission is reviewed by an esteemed panel of dream clients and industry influencers, from leading brands with mega pipelines to the hottest up-and-coming hoteliers. The masterminds behind the winning designs will take center stage at an awards gala this fall in New York, and all project winners and finalists will be profiled in the December 2019 edition of Boutique Design magazine.

It’s important to set aside some quality time in your packed schedule to start your entry ASAP. Not sure where to begin? Read on for tips on how to craft a submission that will stand out from the pack. It’s time to get the recognition your design work deserves. You’ve earned it.

DO YOUR HOMEWORK

A star entry requires thoughtful planning. Read the submission guidelines and FAQs before starting the process. Having trouble picking the perfect project? Find out what ticked the boxes of last year’s judges in Boutique Design magazine.

MAKE YOUR IMAGES COUNT

You have less than a dozen photos to make your statement. If chosen as a winner or finalist, these images will illustrate your project in the magazine—so high quality (and hi-res) is a must. “Invest in some show-stopping photography,” says 2019 Gold Key judge Jay Stein, ceo, Dream Hotel Group. “As a judge (and when I’m a potential client) I want to feel like I’m there, so make sure the quality is worthy of all your hard work and highlight those less-than-obvious details that make the project so original.”

THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but you still need a well-written project description that highlights which aspects of the design demonstrate excellence in concept and execution. Don’t just tell the judges what it looks like—entries that explain the why factor get the double take.

GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE

All finalists are required to submit a project participants list, which includes other interior design firms that may be involved, as well as architects, owners/operators, developers, purchasing agents and all suppliers.

LABEL YOUR FILES, THE RIGHT WAY

That means leaving the design firm off to ensure fair judging and including the project name and location so your files stay organized in our system. Remember, we receive hundreds of entries!

WHEN IN DOUBT, JUST ASK

Our team is happy to help guide you through the entry process. Email Keisha Byrd with questions.

Enter Here Guidelines

 

 

Starry Night

DREAM ON. THIS YEAR’S DESIGN ‘N GATHER COMPETITION BY ARTAIC ATTRACTED TALENT FROM A RANGE OF CREATIVE SECTORS. EXPLORE MARRIOTT INTL. SENIOR DESIGN MANAGER KAVITHA IYER’S WINNING VISION FOR A STELLAR MOSAIC INSIDE THE ROOFTOP CUPOLA AT THE NOMAD HOTEL.

During the first day of Boutique Design New York (BDNY), Artaic revealed the winning mosaic of this year’s Design ‘N Gather competition, sponsored by Bostik, on the rooftop of The NoMad Hotel in New York. Architects, designers, and industry leaders gathered inside the elegant Cupola event space to watch the unveiling of “Starry Nights,” designed by Kavitha Iyer, senior design manager, Marriott Intl. and a 2018 Boutique 18 honoree.

Permanently installed within the Cupola—which was originally designed as a water tower and features turn-of-the-century Beaux-Arts architecture—the mosaic is an abstract depiction of a starry sky with low hanging tree branches entwined in lights. Hints of gold glass tile accent a color palette of moody blues, blended purples and night sky pinks.

StarryNight_Blog“Starry Nights” by Kavitha Iyer, senior design manager, Marriott Intl. Photo: Jenna Bascom Photography

“I wanted to bring the outdoors in, evoking the experience of a star-lit dinner inside the walls of the Cupola. It’s a simulation—as if you are dining outside surrounded by trees with the city’s lights peeking through,” says Iyer, who used Artaic’s Vitreous Glass tiles and Bostik’s Hydroment Vivid Grout to create her design. “I didn’t want to compete with what’s already fabulous. New York is the ultimate hero and inspiration—this mosaic is meant to complement its iconic skyline, a lasting interpretation of a memory that you can’t easily recreate.”

At the reception Artaic also introduced the People’s Choice Awards, where the popular choice designer was presented a dinner for two in the Cupola. This year, that award was given to Kate Lux, designer of “Monarchy,” which reimagines the nomadic journey Monarch butterflies make throughout their lifespan.

Through a blind judging process, the competition’s 10 finalists (out of more than 250 entries) were selected in September based on the originality, execution and successful interpretation of thematic elements relating to this year’s location.

This year’s panel of judges included:

Jake Lamstein, senior vice president and chief development officer, The Sydell Group
Jean-Gabriel Neukomm, principal, JG NEUKOMM Architecture
Joanne Yong, senior vice president & principal, Wilson Associates’ New York studio
Joyen Vakil, svp of design & development, MGM
Michelle Finn, president of Hospitality Media Group
Rob Polacek, chief creative officer, Puccini Group
Scott Banda, director of marketing & business development, Bostik North America
Ted Acworth, ceo & founder, Artaic

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Some of this year’s esteemed judges at the reception (left to right): Ted Acworth, ceo & founder of Artaic; Rob Polacek, chief creative officer, Puccini Group; Jean-Gabriel Neukomm, principal, JG NEUKOMM Architecture; Michelle Finn, president of Hospitality Media Group; Joyen Vakil, svp of design & development, MGM; Jake Lamstein, senior vice president and chief development officer, The Sydell Group; Scott Banda, director of marketing & business development, Bostik North America. Photo: Jenna Bascom Photography

Founded in 2013, the annual competition encourages designers from all disciplines—ranging from architecture, product and furniture design, fashion and interior design to photography, painting and any other creative field—to create a unique piece that will have a lasting impact on the space. Participants can design up to two original mosaic renderings using Artaic’s proprietary software, Tylist, and any of the company’s Vitreous Glass tile selections and Bostik’s Dimension RapidCure Grout color variations. This year, entrants were provided a design template for the inside of the Cupola as well as background and inspiration to help get their creative juices flowing.

See below for a glimpse at the entries that earned top honors in this year’s competition.

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Starry Nights
Winner: “Starry Nights” by Kavitha Iyer, senior design manager, Marriott Intl. Image: Courtesy of Artaic

2 Monarchy_Kate Lux_People's Choice Winner
The Monarchy
People’s Choice Winner: “The Monarchy” by Kate Lux, architectural & interior designer, Stantec. Image: Courtesy of Artaic

3 Big Apple_Ashley Clayton_Honorable Mention
The Big Apple
Honorable Mention: “The Big Apple” by Ashley Clayton, designer, Maude Group. Image: Courtesy of Artaic

4 Clouds_Kathleen Hogan
Clouds
Finalist: “Clouds” by Kathleen Hogan, architectural designer, Spiezle Architectural Group Inc. Image: Courtesy of Artaic

5 Blue Room_Jeremy Noonan (1)
Blue Room
Finalist: “Blue Room” by Jeremy Noonan, creative director, Noonan Studio LLC. Image: Courtesy of Artaic

6 Eternal_Sandie Turchyn
Eternal
Finalist: “Eternal” by Sandie Turchyn, independent artist, Sandie Turchyn Watercolors. Image: Courtesy of Artaic

Mourning Doves
Finalist: “Mourning Doves” by Sandie Turchyn, independent artist, Sandie Turchyn Watercolors. Image: Courtesy of Artaic

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Rosehips
Finalist: “Rosehips” by Lynn Heitler, artist & co-founder, LYNNEL Art to Form. Image: Courtesy of Artaic

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Moonlight Owls
Finalist: “Moonlight Owls” by Barbara Rush, artist, Barbara Rush Fine Art. Image: Courtesy of Artaic

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Mosaic Network
Finalist: “Mosaic Network” by Diana Q Saul, architect, Diana Q Saul. Image: Courtesy of Artaic

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The Glade
Finalist: “The Glade” by Paul Phillips, architect, FPLA. Image: Courtesy of Artaic

Want to see your mosaic design permanently installed in an exclusive location? Visit designngather.com for additional details, including submission criteria and competition rules.

BDNY 2018 Highlights

BOUTIQUE DESIGN NEW YORK (BDNY) SHATTERED RECORDS, DAZZLED EYES, EXPANDED KNOWLEDGE BASES AND CONNECTED POWER PLAYERS. HERE ARE SOME OF THE PINCH-ME MOMENTS.


 
It sounds arrogant to call BDNY more of a hospitality (af)fair to remember than a trade fair. But for anyone who was at the Javits Center in New York Nov. 11-12, it was clear that there was everyone in sight was buzzing about this New York experience. Whether you were unable to attend or just want to relive the high points, read on for some of the most unforgettable moments from these two days of inspiration, education, connection and, yes, fun.
 
The “wow” moments started with two sold-out events before the fair even opened: a site tour of the AC Hotel New York Times Square and the Kickoff Party at 583 Park Avenue. At the tour, the owners, operators, designers and suppliers attending came as much for the behind-the-scenes intel being generously dished out by executives from Marriott Intl., OTO Development, Halpern Architects and BHDM Design as for a look at the handsome, architecture-led hotel. The party was a great place for the industry to connect.
At the fair itself, the Instagram moments all over the trade show floor—several thousand posts, actually—were easy to spot, from the eye candy in each booth to the seven Designed Spaces. Those were: AVEC Lounge by Wilson Associates; Melange:Assembled by Studio Partnership; Ouroboros Lounge by BAMO; Reverie by Studio 11 Design; Rooftop Garden Party by Duncan Miller Ullmann (DMU);The Story of Hue by Marriott globaldesignamericas and Taste Travels by Marriott globaldesign.
 
BDNY’s conference program packed the rooms downstairs with industry insiders eager to learn about topics across the industry, from select service design to audiovisual technology to investment to what’s new for major hotel brands. Among those attendees were executives from companies such as Marriott, Hilton and InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), there to support colleagues who were speaking. Venus Williams (yes, THAT Venus Williams) did the same, attending The High-Performance Design: Shaping Up Interiors for Today’s Fitness/Wellness-Conscious Guests discussion on which V Starr Interiors’ vice president Sonya Haffey was speaking along with Adam Glickman, principal, Parallax Hospitality, Kim Matheson, senior vice president, WTS Intl. and Ingo Schweder, founder and chief executive officer, GOCO Hospitality.
 
Our Boutique Design Power Players: Women Leaders in Hospitality breakfast and panel discussion, moderated by BD’s executive editor Mary Scoviak, was another sold-out event full of no-filter insights from panelists Glyn Aeppel, president and chief executive officer, Glencove Capital; Cindy Andrews, president, Sunbrite Outdoor Furniture; Beth Campbell, chief executive officer, Wilson Associates; Julia Monk, senior principal, director of hospitality design, HOK; Rachel Rangelov, senior vice president of design and construction, Longview Senior Housing Advisors and Teri Urovsky, vice president, design and project management, Marriott Intl. The conversation flowed freely from topics such as tariffs and what it’s like to compete for international projects to new trends in luxury design.
 
By the time attendees left the show (some of them to attend the Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design gala, if they managed to grab tickets before it sold out), they’d gotten a 360-degree look at the hospitality design world from the perspectives of designers, clients, purchasing companies and suppliers.

Discovery, Travel Channel stars among BDNY panelists

Recognize some names from (design) reality TV on our speaker lineup? The panelists from B. Garcia Designs and Danny Forster & Architecture are indeed Blanche Garcia, the principal designer featured in five seasons of the Travel Channel’s Hotel Impossible series, and architect Danny Forster, the Emmy-award-winning director/producer who hosted and produced the Discovery Channel series Build It Bigger, among other television projects.
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Blanche Garcia
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Danny Forster
Garcia, whose design for the TRYP by Wyndham hotel within a historic art deco building in Newark, New Jersey, was featured in Boutique Design, joins turnaround experts from Floss Barber, J. Banks Design, P3 Design Collective and Parker-Torres Design for “Revolutionary Renovation: Detailed Solutions for the Toughest Design Challenges” on Monday, Nov. 12. They’ll share strategies for breathing new life into tired properties and underperforming interiors—and detail tips for dealing with the surprises inherent in reno projects.

Forster’s design for the upcoming AC by Marriott NoMad in lower Manhattan, featured in the October issue of BD, is the subject of the Sunday, Nov. 11 session, “Tower of Power: Look Inside the World’s Tallest Modular Hotel.” He and fellow panelists from Concord Hospitality, Marriott Intl. and Skystone Group will discuss in depth the construction techniques and modular methodology that are growing in popularity among hospitality project owners—not just for low-rise, wood frame hotels, but for high-rise steel structures as well.

Emerald Expositions Acquires BDNY

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ST Media Group International and Hospitality Media Group (HMG) announce the sale of BDNY and HX: The Hotel Experience to Emerald Expositions. The Boutique Design team is committed to producing a phenomenal trade fair for our customers this November. BDNY: https://stmedia.com/files/marketing/pdfs/bd/ST_HMG_Acquisition%20release.pdf

Gold Key Finalists Unveiled

HERE ARE THE GLOBE-SPANNING DESIGNS THAT ROCKED THE HOSPITALITY WORLD

 

If you took the time to submit any of the more than 400 entries to the 38th annual Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design, you’re probably already skimming down to the link revealing this year’s finalists. Fair enough. Every one of the projects considered in the 2018 competition is a piece of some design firm’s collective soul. Behind each beautiful space, each Instagram moment, there’s a backstory about the all-nighters trying to make the deadline, the missed meals/events with family and friends while looking at the materials library one more time to find that perfect fixture and the what-do-we-do-now crises when a plaster wall crumbles or a snag in permit approvals puts a project on hold—sometimes for years. With the bar for hospitality design set as high as it is currently, should every firm that entered assume it had a chance to be a contender? Frankly, yes.

That’s not just Zen talk. I’ve got the metrics to back that up. This year, we instituted a preliminary review to curate the field of submissions down to a shortlist that would be reviewed and voted on during the in-person judging held in New York at the end of August. The prestigious 12-member judging panel didn’t find much to cut. Obviously, some projects ticked all the boxes for excellence in the overall concept, execution, innovation and wow factor. But very few failed to provide elements that were thought-provoking and worth that, “Can we see that again?” comment from the judges. (For this competition, judges who had any interest in a project had to recuse themselves from the room during the discussions. And, all submissions are anonymous.)

Okay, it takes a long time to have a serious discussion about projects in 21 categories as well as selecting the Designer of the Year. But, this year, the conversation about how hospitality design is changing and how these projects are driving that change ran from the late morning well into the evening. The best part? No one was ready to stop. The ideas presented in the entries provided the theme of the judges’ dinner conversation at The Grill at the Seagram Building, a very special evening co-sponsored by Gold Key title sponsors Valley Forge Fabrics and RH Contract, and co-hosted by Neil Locke & Associates—and in emails to each other in the days that followed.

So, what were the takeaways? As you’ll see in the finalists’ list, a few names show up with several nods, but, for the most part, 2018 was not a year when one approach or one project just dominated. While it’s no surprise to see a range of concepts and styles, what’s different now is that form and function have never been more closely intertwined. Judges’ complaints about difficult circulation patterns, problems with proportion and scale and a failure to “pull through” a narrative into the overall space as well as the details were key factors in deciding who made the cut.

Another major misstep: anything that looked like get-‘er-done sourcing. As the judges pointed out repeatedly, with all of the innovative hospitality FF&E on the market, every element the designer specifies should tell some aspect of the conceptual story. No showstopping feature counterbalanced boring basics. “Didn’t we see that same sofa two entries ago?” or “The carpet looks too corporate and the furniture looks ordinary” kind of comments equated to “next”—regardless of the category or budget.

What they did like: (No surprise) original thinking. That’s a concept that’s taking on new meaning. As in fashion, hospitality design has certain trends. How hotels look can be a response to everything from the economy to how safe/adventurous society is feeling at the moment. Maybe it’s time we accept that there are going to be some fundamental solutions—laid back lifestyle lobbies; public space libraries; guestrooms with shelving units instead of pegs or armoires. The lesson this year’s Gold Key judging taught was that the designers who add ideas that make their expression of those trends fresh really are saying something new. With the emphasis on experience and continuity, overall, there’s less ascetic minimalism and a lot more layering. This year’s judges, like a lot of travelers of all psycho- and demographics, are just done with the dorm room. But, they’re just as “past” anything that smacks of being over the top. Real-life lifestyle looks can be not only appealing but inventive.
 
View the finalists here
 
Our thanks to all of the visionaries who shared their passion for design and served as this year’s Gold Key judges:

Gary Dollens, global head design/product and brand development, Hyatt Hotels Corp.
Nigel Hatcher, vice president, design & project management, luxury brands, Marriott Intl.
Lori Horvath, managing director, project & development services, Jones Lang LaSalle
Daniel Hyde, president, Artist Guild Hotels
Matoula Karagiannis, vice president, design, Sydell Group
Michael Kitchen, vice president of acquisitions & development, Aparium Hotel Group
David McCaslin, executive vice president, Hersha Hospitality Management
Michael Medzigian, chairman and managing partner, Watermark Capital Partners, LLC
Jagruti Panwala, president and ceo, Wealth Protection Strategies; vice chairwoman, AAHOA, 2018-2019
Thomas Prins, principal, TQP Capital Partners, LLC
Shirli Sensenbrenner, senior vice president, design + development services, Two Roads Hospitality
Larry Traxler, senior vice president – global design, Hilton

The winners will be announced at the Nov. 12 Gold Key gala that caps off Boutique Design New York, our ninth annual trade fair and conference being held at the Javits Center in New York Nov. 11-12. Join us as the industry honors the best in the business.
 

Gold Key Awards Gala Details
 

NEWH Owners’ Insight Panel with HMG’s Michelle Finn

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Michelle Finn, President of Hospitality Media Group, moderated last month’s NEWH Owners’ Insight panel held during the day at the 14th Annual HOSPY Awards. This panel focused on the future of Las Vegas hospitality and included Kara Sifferman, Western Region Project Director, Virgin Hotels, Sean Tanner, Director of Design, Boyd Gaming, Glenn Nowak, Associate Professor Architecture & Design, UNLV School of Architecture, Corey Nyman, Director of Operations, The Nyman Group, and Kevin Ball, Vice President, Golden Gaming Corporation. They discussed topics such as clinical tourism, walkable streets, the fantastic design community in LV, and how Vegas bounced back from the 2008 market crash. These panelists believe that in the future, Freemont and Downtown will come together and the new focus for food & beverage will be food halls.

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This year’s HOSPY Awards celebrated Kimberly Daoust, Principal at Tandem, and other individuals and firms for extraordinary achievement in architecture, design, and development in the hospitality industry. The event raises funds for student scholarships in architecture, interior design, construction, hotel management, gaming management and culinary arts.

To learn more about @NEWH, the 14th Annual HOSPY Award recipients and view more photos from the event click here: https://newh.org/chapters/las-vegas/hospy/2018-hospy-winners-photos/

AAHOA to lead Select Service Summit at BDNY

Whether you’re a member of the world’s largest hotel owners association, or a designer looking to win their commissions, you’ll want to take part in BDNY’s new “Select Service Summit” on Sunday morning, Nov. 11. It’s the first session on the 2018 agenda, one that conference director and BD executive editor Mary Scoviak calls “a profit game changer.”

 

Why? AAHOA members own nearly half of all hotels in the U.S. And with changing dynamics in the select service sector, many of those owners are shifting their focus—and resources—to design as a point of differentiation. This session, Scoviak says, will ease the learning curve for both parties.

 

“Many AAHOA owners don’t yet have a short list of design firms and may be new to the vetting process,” said Scoviak. “And many designers haven’t pitched this powerful group before. The Summit session will shine a light on the skills they need to win select service projects, and provide invaluable brand knowledge to inform their pitches.”

 

Association president and chief executive officer Chip Rogers will moderate the discussion with panelists Ashley Ewing Parrot, director of brand strategy, boutique & lifestyle hotels, Vision Hospitality Group; Chet Patel, senior vice president, Baywood Hotels; Hitesh (HP) Patel, president, Capital City Hospitality Group, 2018-19 chairman AAHOA; and Nimisha Patel, executive vice president, AAHOA.

 

SEE THE COMPLETE AGENDA AND REGISTER TO ATTEND >

BD welcomes 100+ attendees to Drinks by Design D.C.

More than 100 hospitality professionals attended Boutique Design magazine’s first Drinks by Design event in Washington, D.C., held Sept. 13 at the historic Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens.

 

A celebration of hospitality design in the D.C. region, the reception was held in conjunction with the NEWH DC Metro chapter, which celebrated its 25th anniversary by awarding $100,000 in scholarships to ten students with hospitality majors, including:

 

Victoria Ajayi, George Washington University

Keon Halley, Virginia State University

Wanlin He, University of Delaware

Noah Hedrick, West Virginia University

Nadia Hines, Morgan State University

Shirin Jafarinasab Kermani, George Washington University

Megan McDanald, Virginia Tech

Anna Nikitina, George Washington University

Elvis Reyes-Nativi, Northern Virginia Community College

Nathalie Ngassa, Morgan State University

 

The event also featured a preview of the ninth annual Boutique Design New York (BDNY) trade fair and conference, to be held Nov. 11-12 at the Javits Convention Center. Attendees included hospitality professionals from //3877, ForrestPerkins, Hilton, HVS Design, Marriott Intl., P3 Design Collective, Park Hotels & Resorts, RD Jones & Associates, Streetsense, Studio Partnership and more, who had the opportunity to tour the Hillwood gardens and museum during the event.

 

Sponsors for Drinks by Design D.C. included AVIXA, Beechwood Custom, Bryan Ashley, Century Industries, Chemetal, Composition Hospitality, Delta Faucet, Fairmont Designs, Faulkner + Locke, Garden on the Wall, HB Lighting, Hubbardton Forge, Pierpoint, Swavelle Hospitality, Wendover Art Group and Yellow Goat Design.