Boutique Design - July/August 2018 - 22
BD ON THE ROAD: NEw YORk
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allow endless repetition without filling and
sanding. Inserts are designed to cover mount
points and joints, creating a continuous,
uninterrupted pattern over a wall of any size.
Natural gypsum, Class A, passes NFPA 286.
The Boutique & Lifestyle Leaders Assn.'s (BLLA's-formerly the Boutique
Lodging & Lifestyle Assn.) Next Gen Boutique Money conference, held in New
York on June 6, featured an industry-crossing speaker list from fields such as
fashion design, grocery, online retail and digital media, as well as hospitality
insiders. Attendees at the the annual event shared their best practices on products, pipelines and processes.
The new lifestyle hotel might be yesterday's big box. Speaker Jason
Pomeranc, partner and ceo, SIXTY Hotels, suggested that at the end of current
management contracts, owners might do well to spin massive properties into
In renovations, especially of unusual or poorly maintained buildings, gut
first, design later, said speaker and Euro Capital Properties principal Jacques
Cohen. "When we bought the Watergate Hotel, we knew it would need a lot of
work. Knowing the 'surprises' in the infrastructure ahead of time saved us a lot
of costly mistakes later on."
Not every redo trick has to be a big-budget item. Gin Design Group
founder Gin Braverman's biggest tip is covering painted drywall on the lower
walls of restaurants. "There are so many finish options out there in almost
any look you could name that there's just no reason to leave bare walls that
get marked by chair backs etc. in such high traffic areas," she said.
Looking ahead, designers' own processes might get a little more, well,
playful. "Our renderer uses a gaming platform for our VR walkthroughs, so you
can see even more movement in the images," said Mary Alice Palmer, principal,
design director of hospitality interiors, HKS, Inc.
COUR TE S Y OF THE BOUTIQUE & LIFE S T YLE LE A DERS A SSN.
BY ORIANA LERNER