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kemper hyers Senior Vice President and Head of Design Starwood Capital Group 124 October 2015 1 2 3 If fate had made a slight change of direction, Kemper Hyers may well be tap dancing his way across a stage rather than making meticulous and stylish choices for a soonto-open luxury hotel. But choreography's loss was design's gain. A native of the South (birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina), he grew up enamored of both Lucille Ball and the buildings of McKim, Mead & White. The son of a lawyer ("deep down he was an engineer") and a clothing and handbag designer, he was encouraged in his fascination with architectural history. Despite his love of design ("I redesigned my room about 100 times and used to do little photo shoots," Hyers says) he pursued a dance career as he headed to New York. "But one night I found myself in some café reading Backstage at midnight and thinking it was some glamorous life. It was horrible." The planets had shifted. Tapping into his early love of architecture, he studied at Columbia University and opened his own company. Styling for TV and magazines followed, and then product design for Martha Stewart and Crate & Barrel. Hospitality design became a natural pursuit, and he held executive positions for Le Méridien and then the Sheraton brands at Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Rejoining Barry Sternlicht at Starwood Capital in 2007, he has lavished exquisite attention on two emerging brands: the eco-responsible 1 Hotels (with recent openings in South Beach and New York, and with Brooklyn on the horizon) and the luxurious Baccarat Hotels & Residences, an extension of the 250-year-old French crystal maker, which just made its debut in Midtown Manhattan. Asked to describe his job that finds him guiding the design of all Starwood Capital's hotels and brands, he says, "I do everything,

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hospitality Design - October 2015

Hospitality Design - October 2015
Online TOC
From the Editor
From the Show Director
Business Sense: Industry Insight
Sustainable Studio: Open Farm Community
Trends: Suites
Trends: Fast-Casual Dining
5 Questions for John Simeonidis
Profile: Neri & Hu
Trends: Scandinavian Inspiration
Trends: Rose Gold
In the Room
Special Feature: Chefs
Platinum Circle
Gary Dollens
Kemper Hyers
Nobu Matsuhisa
HD Visionary Award: HBA
Margherita Saint-Germain
Le Lapin
The Continental
Scone City
I Love Paris
Ad Index
Back Space

Hospitality Design - October 2015