We'd like to thank everyone for coming out to the Gold Key Awards gala on Sunday, Nov. 10. It was an evening devoted to spectacular hospitality design, and we are grateful to all those who participated and attended.
The awards ceremony coincided with the fourth annual Boutique Design New York (BDNY) and the 98th annual International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show (IHMRS). This year’s competition saw a record number of more than 260 international projects entered and evaluated by a team of 11 high-profile judges. Winning projects will be featured in the December issue of Boutique Design. These include:
Best Eco-Conscious or Socially Conscious Hotel
Minarc (Santa Monica, Calif.): Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel (Hengill, Iceland)
Best Guest Room — Luxury/Upscale
Rottet Studio (Houston): The James Royal Palm (Miami Beach, Fla.)
Best Guest Room — Midscale/Budget/Focused Service
Stonehill & Taylor (New York): Refinery Hotel (New York)
Best Hotel — Budget/Focused Service
The Design Agency (Toronto): Generator Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain)
Best Hotel — Luxury/Upscale
Ministry of Design Pte. Ltd. (Singapore): Macalister Mansion (Penang, Malaysia)
Best Hotel — Midscale
SERA Architects (Portland, Ore.): Courtyard by Marriott - San Diego Downtown
Judges So Cool (tie)
Nikolas Weinstein Studios Inc. (San Francisco): Glass Sculpture for Courtyard by Marriott (Hong Kong Sha Tin)
Jeffrey Beers (New York): Toy (New York)
Best Lobby — Luxury/Upscale
HBA Design (Singapore): Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou (Guangzhou, China)
Best Lobby — Midscale/Budget/Focused Service
Simeone Deary (Chicago): Hilton Columbus Downtown
J Banks Design (Hilton Head Island, S.C.): Hotel Castello di Casole (Casole D'elsa, Italy)
Best Restaurant — Casual Dining
Kinney Chan & Associates (Hong Kong): Café Bord de Mer (Hong Kong)
Best Restaurant — Fine Dining
Capella Garcia & CORE (Washington, D.C.): minibar (Washington, DC)
HBA (Singapore): Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou (Guangzhou, China)
The Gallery HBA London (London): The Alpina Gstaad (Gstaad, Switzerland)
Also at the ceremony, Inge Moore, president of HBA Europe, was honored as 2013 Designer of the Year.
“Not only did HBA Europe produce a staggering number of stunning projects, but the work done for the The Alpina Gstaad and St. Regis Rome set her apart in the eyes of our judges,” said Michelle Finn, president, Hospitality Media Group. “Inge’s passion for design and visionary acumen has made her the guiding spirit for her London based team. Her extraordinary collection of work and the cultivation of a team of highly talented designers has made the studio’s name synonymous with bespoke, sometimes iconic, hotel, restaurant and residential interiors across the region.”
In addition, NEWH Inc. presented its ninth annual Icon of Industry Award to the late Ray Anderson of Interface Flor. A $5,000 scholarship in Anderson’s name was awarded to Amanda Lee Krueger, a student at Florida State University.
The Gold Key Awards are sponsored by Boutique Design and HOTELS magazines, with title sponsors including Moen and Valley Forge Fabrics, and category sponsors including Swarovski, D’style and Electric Mirror.
With double the floor space of last year, Boutique Design New York 2013 will offer a 56,000-sq.-ft. gallery of inspiration for hospitality interior design.
By Mary Scoviak
More than 325 exhibitors and over 5,000 attendees will come together Nov. 10 and 11 for Boutique Design New York (BDNY) 2013. Now in its fourth year, this trade fair and forum is co-located at New York’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center with America’s largest annual hospitality gathering, the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show (IHMRS), which is also managed by Hospitality Media Group (HMG). This year’s BDNY will lever-age its growth spurt to showcase two full levels of wish-list products as well as 10 panels, a half-dozen interactive workshops and the signature Owners’ Grill session.
The festivities begin Saturday, Nov. 9 with the International Society of Hospitality Purchasers (ISHP) fundraiser scheduled for 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. at The Vermilion. Over the past 12 years, ISHP has raised nearly $2 million for Hollywood Heart, which provides summer camp experiences at Camp Pacific Heartland for children affected by HIV/AIDS as well as opportunities for inner-city children to make movies as part of The Movie Team. From 7 p.m.–9 p.m., Boutique Design takes over The Vermilion for its official BDNY Kick-Off Party. Ticket information for the party, which will have a cash bar, and all of the social events in and around BDNY is available at www.BDNY.com/TheFair/SocialEvents.
Sunday, Nov. 10 will include panels on the reinvention of The New York Palace; how, when and whether to recycle/repurpose buildings; the new rules of hotel planning, design and development; and how to cut a big-box hotel down to lifestyle size.
At night, the mood turns glamorous as the luminaries of the hotel design world head off to The New York Palace for this year’s gala recognizing the winners of the 33rd Annual Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design and Designer of the Year, Inge Moore, president, Europe, HBA International and principal of The Gallery. NEWH’s Icon of Industry will also be honored as part of this star-studded ceremony.
Monday, Nov. 11 starts with a breakfast celebrating The Gettys Group’s 25-year anniversary. Attendees will get an in-depth look at trends past, present and future in this conversation on “The Hospitality Industry: 25 Years in Review." Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased during the registration process.
Several panels also are planned, offering panels with insights on design’s role in redefining hotel brand images; how designers can take the lead in making every hospitality project more sustainable; what’s ahead for the industry as envisioned by nearly a dozen women thought leaders, and why lighting is the newest, hottest design tool. Also slated for Monday is the ISHP/BD Owners Grill, a lively give-and-take with hospitality owners and operators and a chat session with this year’s Gold Key winners and judges.
The party continues on Monday night with the NEWH New York Chapter’s Product Runway from 6:30 p.m.–9 p.m. Sixteen manufacturers have been paired with 16 design firms to produce wonderfully outrageous outfits to be judged by celebrity and industry professionals at the newly renovated Marquee nightclub, one of this year’s Gold Key finalists.
New this year is a series of interactive workshops that put designers in conversation with experts on everything from a do-it-onsite color forecasting workshop, to playing with a 3D printer, learning to rev up club design and persuading clients to embrace edgy new concepts.
For more information, visit www.BDNY.com.
2013 Photo Gallery
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