Hospitality Design - July 2011 - 50
welcome to miami
10 Who Mentor
In a new colorful, pocket-sized book, co-authors Denise Korn, principal/owner of Korn Design, a brand, strategy, and design ﬁrm, and Neal Kane, president of Libretto, a provider of strategic messaging, offer a series of interviews with celebrities and innovators in their book, 10 Who Mentor. According to Korn, the book grew from and beneﬁts a summer mentorship she created eight years ago called Youth Design, whose purpose is to introduce innercity high school students to careers in design. “I’ve been witnessing the power of creative mentoring,” she says. “The doorways that this type of work experience opens up have a huge impact.” Korn calls the book’s interviewees “my own mentoring rock stars. They have each personally inspired and revealed their mentoring passions to me over the years.” These rock stars include chef Daniel Boulud, Renee Robinson of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Bill Strickland, whose non-proﬁt agency is dedicated to bringing the arts to inner-city teens. “All of the book’s participants are world-class leaders who make space and time to give back to the next generation,” she says.
Madrid-based budget boutique hotel group Room Mate Hotels is opening its second U.S. property in Miami. Located in the heart of the city, the 44-room Waldorf will feature a “classy-fresh beach Art Deco feel,” courtesy of Spanish designer Ignacio Garcia Vinuesa. “We wanted to transmit a deco avor in a sophisticated way but with the casual look of SoBe,” he says. “I think it’s a new version of beach décor; more elegant than usually found in the area and with the spirit of Zen interiors.” Dark and light colors play off of each other (especially black and white in guestrooms), as does lighting—bright in some areas and mysterious in others. Finishes like bronze, leather, and zebra, macassar ebony, and walnut woods give the hotel the sophisticated feel. And texture abounds, most evident in a ’40s French deco fence reused for the headboards, bathroom doors, and a wall in the bar. In fact, reuse and sustainability were key for the property: it’s aiming to be the rst LEED certi ed hotel in Miami.