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One of the highlights of Chris Hardy’s nascent career was the introduction last spring of his elegant lighting fixture, Wig, at the Salone del Mobile. “It was overwhelming,” he says, “because you’re surrounded by so much creativity. All these famous designers, and even some you’ve never heard of are doing incredible work. I was one of only three designers shown whose work was for European manufacturers. And [the show] is exhausting…I must have walked 12 miles a day.” Hardy’s notable debut suggests a future of such launches. Wig is in Italy’s FontanaArte collection, and other major names have come calling. It’s a heady time for the 27-year-old Atlanta resident, who not too long ago, was sharing a 700-square-foot apartment with seven Chinese students in Hong Kong. Eight men, two bathrooms. “It was not pretty,” he laughs. Hardy was enduring these crowded circumstances to pursue a master’s degree at the School of Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. After a BFA from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit—and with industrial design his goal—he chose China to further his education, not only in design, but in manufacturing as well. “I learned my way around factories much more easily than I could in the U.S.,” he says. So far his collection has included lighting and furniture, because, he says, “there are very few limitations and can include a wide range of materials.” His Culture Collection offers a thematic cohesion of pieces based on his identification of five elements that “create and differentiate cultures”: social constructs, environmental conditions, spirituality, economic conditions, and political institutions. Each is represented by one of his singular and inventive creations. His Spirit Bench, for example, is made of a single piece of Chinese marble and sits in the lobby of his destructive end to its life.” Hardy has a genetic disposition to design and hospitality. His father, John Hardy, is an architect and founder of the John Hardy Group, a hotel development firm, and the younger Hardy now has his eye on possibly venturing into hotel and restaurant architecture and interior design. “I’d like to create spaces where people have an experience,” he smiles. “And they have bigger budgets, too.” www.chrishardydesign.com school in Hong he says. Kong. “It’s “It has a very romantic lifecycle,” one man with one piece of stone. The only way to move it is with a crane or to destroy it. It’s a pretty creation, but one with a

Clockwise from top left: Chris Hardy; Knock Off, a chair from his Culture Collection; Wig from FontanaArte, shown this year at Salone del Mobile; Spirit Bench, 950 pounds of Chinese marble; and Status Chair, inspired by the long-held Chinese tradition of keeping up appearances to maintain the respect of the community.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hospitality Design - November 2011

Hospitality Design - November 2011
Contents
Online Contents
From the Editor
From the Show Director
People
People
Sketchbook
Trends
Trends
Forecast
Interview
Interview
Jono Pandolfi
Michelle Bergeron
Chris Hardy
Fumiaki Odaka
Tania Johnson
Textiles
Bathroom Goodies
Surfaces
Flooring
Hotel Americano
Hotel Lautner
Rosewood Hotel Georgia
Renaissance Washington, DC
Dick’s Pizza and Pleasure
La Pensione
Back Space
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Intro
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Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Cover2
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Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Contents
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Hospitality Design - November 2011 - From the Editor
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Hospitality Design - November 2011 - From the Show Director
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Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Sketchbook
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Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Trends
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Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Trends
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Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Forecast
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Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Interview
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Interview
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Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Jono Pandolfi
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Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Michelle Bergeron
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 84
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Chris Hardy
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 86
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Fumiaki Odaka
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 88
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Tania Johnson
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 90
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Textiles
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Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Bathroom Goodies
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Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Surfaces
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Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Flooring
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Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Hotel Americano
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Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Hotel Lautner
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Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Rosewood Hotel Georgia
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Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Renaissance Washington, DC
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Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Dick’s Pizza and Pleasure
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Hospitality Design - November 2011 - La Pensione
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Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Back Space
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