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back space

lessons learned with

mary alice
palmer

Design Director
Hospitality Interiors
HKS, Dallas

On residential design with John Saladino

On designing handbags

I started as a student at [Parsons School of Design in New York] as his
sample librarian. It was an amazing education in color and layering.
Residential design, in general, teaches the importance of creating
layers that tell personal stories and make a space a home. These
experiences inspire our approach to hospitality to create spaces with a
residential feel and avoid the generic.

While in the film business, I had an opportunity to design some bags with
a work rehabilitation program based in the Wyoming State Penitentiary.
I could not walk down the street in Los Angeles carrying a bag without
someone stopping me and begging to order their own. Seeing a major
niche in the accessories market, I set up my own production, which took
me on an adventure from LA to Argentina and Texas to Santa Fe. I grew
a business with a cult following that put the Mary Alice Palmer line in
the best boutiques and department stores, including Barneys, Neiman
Marcus, Harrods, and Takashimaya.

I worked on the movie The Abyss [with director James Cameron] and
several other lesser-known films and music videos. The film business
taught me a unique way of seeing environments. Sets are created to
propel a storyline and are not necessarily related to beauty or comfort.
They create a mood and a framework for developing a plot. My favorite
film I worked on was my first, an unknown called It Takes Two (My New
Car), a teen coming-of-age movie. I learned to jump into the unknown
with a band of art department misfits and accomplish the impossible in
record speed, and have fun doing it.

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On the W Hotel Bellevue's four-year labor of love
The hotel narrative brings together all aspects of my design career. Part
theater, part fashion design, part living room for nomads of the tech
business and locals alike, we created a virtual lake house for modern
cocktail culture. My best moment was meeting the 86-year-old retired
nurse who comes every morning to sit on the Porch [restaurant's] swings
and read. She was grateful for what we created and its meaning and
resonance for the community. It's not just about a hotel, but designing a
framework for those experiences.

Street artist Gaia's mural in the W Bellevue
juxtaposes technology and nature

Photos courtesy of HKS and W HOTELS

On working in the film industry as a set designer


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hospitality Design - December 2017

Hospitality Design - December 2017
Contents
Online TOC
From the Editor
Behind the Design
CitySCENE: New York
CitySCENE: Miami
Perspectives
Sketchbook
Brand Identity: Hilton
5 Questions for Damon Rich
Products
Profile: Patrick Norguet
Art
Carpet
Bath
Textiles
Special Feature: Cultural Impact
Projects
The Hoxton, Paris
Kimpton De Witt
Hotel Henry
Ad Index
Back Space: Mary Alice Palmer
Hospitality Design - December 2017 - Intro
Hospitality Design - December 2017 - Hospitality Design - December 2017
Hospitality Design - December 2017 - Cover2
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Hospitality Design - December 2017 - Online TOC
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Hospitality Design - December 2017 - From the Editor
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Hospitality Design - December 2017 - 25
Hospitality Design - December 2017 - Behind the Design
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Hospitality Design - December 2017 - CitySCENE: New York
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Hospitality Design - December 2017 - CitySCENE: Miami
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Hospitality Design - December 2017 - Perspectives
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Hospitality Design - December 2017 - Sketchbook
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Hospitality Design - December 2017 - Brand Identity: Hilton
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Hospitality Design - December 2017 - 5 Questions for Damon Rich
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Hospitality Design - December 2017 - 56
Hospitality Design - December 2017 - Products
Hospitality Design - December 2017 - 58
Hospitality Design - December 2017 - Profile: Patrick Norguet
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Hospitality Design - December 2017 - Art
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Hospitality Design - December 2017 - Carpet
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Hospitality Design - December 2017 - Bath
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Hospitality Design - December 2017 - Textiles
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Hospitality Design - December 2017 - Special Feature: Cultural Impact
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Hospitality Design - December 2017 - Projects
Hospitality Design - December 2017 - The Hoxton, Paris
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Hospitality Design - December 2017 - Kimpton De Witt
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Hospitality Design - December 2017 - Hotel Henry
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Hospitality Design - December 2017 - Ad Index
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Hospitality Design - December 2017 - Back Space: Mary Alice Palmer
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