As I sit here writing this blog, I can't believe it is July 25th. Where did the summer go?
We are in the midst of the editing and writing process of our September issue, which is exciting for two reasons. One, we will unveil a brand new look for HD with our September issue. I can't give away details, but the redesign is HD, just bolder, more streamlined, and easier to navigate. We think—and hope—you will like it!
Two, it means HD Boutique is just seven weeks away (September 11-12th)! Besides a great lineup of exhibiting manufacturers, the conference program is shaping up to be stellar. Plus, we have site visits to the St. Regis Bal Harbour, Soho Beach House, and SLS South Beach.
Here are a few highlights of the conference sessions. For the full program and confirmed speakers, click here:
• Keynote speaker Alexandra Champalimaud, president and principal designer of New York-based Champalimaud, will discuss the highlights of her estimable career, the secrets to successful luxury restoration, and the challenges of a current project, the renovation of the classic hotel, New York’s Waldorf=Astoria.
• Hospitality Design magazine’s Wave of the Future: Each year we honor industry leaders who are young enough to be considered visionary but tested enough to be accomplished. Listen to this year’s eight honorees as they share their insight on the industry, and recent projects that showcase why they caught our attention.
• New for this year’s annual conference is a focus on the Latin America through a series of panels that give the perspective from both owners and designers working there. Not-to-miss is the first-ever HD Boutique Owners’ Roundtable – Americas Focus, where attendees get facetime with the region’s movers and shakers
• The boutique and lifestyle hotel landscape is more crowded and competitive than ever. Listen to some of the category’s major players at the BLLA Luncheon & Owners’ Outlook discuss what they are doing to stay ahead—new developments, meeting and exceeding guests’ needs, creating complete experiences from an F&B perspective, and design narratives.
• Two Case Studies, Two Lessons Learned: Hotel LOLA is a reinterpretation of the first women's hotel in New York. The Shore Hotel is part renovation, part new build, and one of the newest LEED hotels in California. The two teams will take the audience on a case study journey, looking at reinvention from all angles—community, design, and operations.
• Sustainable Design with Chad Oppenheim: For clients ranging from Starwood Capital to Mandarin Oriental in places as diverse as Brooklyn and Jordan, architect and sustainable design visionary Chad Oppenheim is creating dynamic hospitality spaces that are also holistically sustainable—establishing a perfect equilibrium of design, sustainability, and economic viability that emphasizes constructability over architectural bravado. With the intent to create landmark architecture that is sensitive and responsive to its context and climate, Oppenheim's designs set forth a future primitive experience for people seeking to reconnect with nature in a primal, visceral way. Join Oppenheim as he showcases his designs that simultaneously solve complex challenges while engaging all the senses.
• A Lesson in Collaboration: Taking an in-depth look at the Capri Southampton, the panel will unveil the development process of this highly successful seasonal Southampton property. The three integral members of the stylish hotel's development team: owner Steven Kamali, designer Will Meyer, and Nobu Restaurants' Richie Notar, will uncover the short timeline of development and how they made it work, the creative process that drove the branding and look of the property, the importance of strategic partnerships (design, ownership, and high-end restaurant and retail brands), and publicity of Capri Southampton.