Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 12
HERE IS THAT?" YOU MIGHT BE
wondering about the gorgeous
tile entryway on our cover. It's
a question we've been asked repeatedly by colleagues as we put together this
annual hotel issue. In reality, it's not a lobby at
all, but an elaborate "fauxsaic" created by New
York-based designer Nick Misani.
Virtuoso Life associate art director Korena
Bolding Sinnett first discovered Misani's illustrations on Instagram. "I saved examples of his
work, hoping we'd be able to collaborate on a
cover at some point," she says. "The hotel issue
was a perfect fit, and right on trend."
Sinnett gave him this direction: "A tile
floor that should look like a classic five-star
Virtuoso hotel somewhere around the world."
He used Illustrator to plan the design and
prepare it for the "grouting" stage, with the aid
of an iPad Pro. From there, he colored every
tile individually in Photoshop. Those shoes
(by Cole Haan, in case you're curious) are real
- snapped with his iPhone and Photoshopped
into place. He loves this last stage, he says,
because that's when the mosaic morphs from
a one-dimensional digital piece into an actual
space, with a sense of scale and place.
We think it's a fitting welcome to an issue
that celebrates Virtuoso's portfolio of nearly
1,300 hotels around the world, from modern
and everything in
Life's staff stays
on top of the
latest hospitality news, and
in these pages
you'll find the
trends - namely,
how hotels have
evolved from mere places to sleep to being the
centerpiece and entire point of a trip (page 91).
Elsewhere in the magazine, one of my favorite articles is managing editor Marika Cain's
insightful interviews with three industry
executives on what makes a welcoming hotel
(page 124). The best hotels are thoughtful and
authentic, comfortable yet cool - and they let
you know immediately exactly where you are.
EDITORIAL DIRECTOR &
VICE PRESIDENT, CONTENT
WHERE I'VE BEEN: I recently returned from the Netherlands, where I attended Virtuoso Symposium, an annual meeting
that brings together nearly 600 travel executives. This year's event was an industry first, with seven river-cruise ships
sailing the Rhine - together - and six Amsterdam hotels. Above, I'm with the captain of AmaWaterways' AmaKristina;
read more about the trip on page 22.
UP NEXT: A few Virtuoso travel advisors and I are hopping the pond for the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan
Markle. While we weren't officially invited to the nuptials, thanks to a UK-based Virtuoso on-site connection NoteWorthy,
we'll be celebrating at an ultimate watch party oh-so-close to Windsor Castle and will toast the happy couple as they
pass by. On the packing list: a proper fascinator for the occasion. Read Virtuoso advisors' royal honeymoon recommendations on page 127.
Symposium souvenirs: An artistic take on 'Virtuoso' tulips, a Royal Delft ornament, and a canister featuring
Virtuoso's six Amsterdam hotels - and filled with stroopwafels, a Dutch treat.
V I RT U O S O L I F E