It’s common for most of us in the design arena to receive follow-ups, recaps, and highlights from many of the vendors we come across during the major conferences throughout the year. We thought it might be interesting, or even helpful for some of our wonderful vendors, to hear some feedback from our MONOGRAM team who attended this year’s HD Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.
If one thing is for sure, vendors who exhibited at this year’s HD Expo brought their ‘A’ game. From furniture to fabrics, everyone came to play. There was no reservation when it came to making bold statements through color and the use of unique fabrics. We caught up with MONOGRAM Senior Interior Designer Heather Chilton, who attended the conference. “This was the first time I had attended HD in quite some time, and I was not disappointed,” said Chilton. “The market is strong, and you could feel the positive energy amongst the vendors and exhibitors. The ability to see new product and build stronger or even new relationships made the trip all worthwhile.”
HD is known for bringing a wide variety when it comes to the types and styles of furniture and manufacturers throughout the expo. This year’s outdoor furniture displays can be summed up in a single word: strong.
Chilton elaborated, “Compared to previous years, I feel as though outdoor areas are finally getting the notability they deserve. It’s no longer your basic teak or aluminum frames. Outdoor areas are environments of their own and this year vendors really went beyond the boundaries to provide iconic, flexible and comfortable pieces that are suitable for a wide range of styles.”
Vendors brought unique materials to the table, making the fresh looks more resilient than ever. Take it from us in Phoenix, the outdoor furniture is no place to skimp on the design – and with the selection presented this year, that shouldn’t be a problem.
With the constant stream of technology announcements in today’s digital world, it’s easy to miss tech updates that impact manufacturing, durability, and implementation of common décor elements. Carpet is a big-ticket item specified on a majority of hospitality design projects, and its importance cannot be understated. This year’s presentation of carpet solutions met the challenge head-on, delivering carpeting options that capitalized on impressive advances in production technology, translating to a strong selection for designers to choose from.
“I feel as though the colors and saturations presented this year, from woven carpets to prints, departed from stark trends that have become stale in multiple markets,” Chilton stated. “With the expansion of capabilities in designing a carpet, manufacturers have given designers the gift of endless possibilities. Our designers can more easily adapt to the level of imagination appropriate when developing schemes, from printing a portrait directly onto carpet, to creating a handwoven forest with tufted rugs.”
Reality in Design
As many in the A/E/C industry have been anticipating, the use of Virtual Reality in the design process is taking hold. This was abundantly clear at this year’s HD Expo, with a number of vendors exhibiting VR solutions that would allow for designing, decorating and touring all within the virtual environment.
The ability to design, select products and even print a copy of the VR experience was particularly notable. 360 cameras have also come into their own, particularly as prices become more affordable on base models for this solution. That being said, there is no rival to the immersive experience of VR, especially when conveying a design concept to a client or potential guest.
At the end of the day, feedback from this year’s HD Expo has been positive all around. A strong showing from vendors makes for a great year ahead, full of exciting projects. We look forward to continued advances in our industry, and seeing everyone in 2018!
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The 14-story Residence Inn hotel building designed by BBGM Architects is scheduled to be built at 8600 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, Maryland, as reported by the Washington Business Journal. With 5,000 square feet of meeting space and a rooftop terrace, the extended stay property will serve business travel and weekend demand. The design of the building is based on the history of Sliver Spring.
In 1840, Francis Preston Blair discovered a spring flowing with chips of mica. The transformation of rock by water flow created dynamic shapes out of a very static element. This natural effect gave way to the birth of Silver Spring, an ever transforming community itself. The design of the hotel building uses this story as its inspiration.
An excerpt from the Washington Business Journal:
“That location is not really good for office or apartments,” he told the WBJ. “It’s a good hotel site on a prominent corner in the middle of downtown Silver Spring.”
The group is working with BBGM Architects and Studio Partnership interiors. The property will include 5,000 square feet of meeting space, underground parking for 28 cars and a rooftop deck, Eden said. It will also have about 4,000 square feet of ground-floor retail.
The Residence Inn Silver Spring will be managed by Marriott International with delivery scheduled for 2020.
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BBGM made the list of Top Hotel Architecture Firms for the second consecutive year. As part of the 2017 Building Design+Construction Giants 300 Report, BD+C culled this year's list down to the Top 60 Hotel Architecture Firms. BBGM ranked #33 on the list of Hotel Sector Giants.
To those familiar with BBGM’s work, the ranking comes as no great surprise. BBGM has completed several notable projects over the past year, including the InterContinental DC Wharf, which just celebrated its grand opening, the Kimpton Glover Park Hotel, the Hampton Inn Ballpark Hotel, and the dual-branded NoMa Homewood Suites & Hampton Inn – and that’s just in Washington, DC.
In addition to the firm’s strong portfolio of completed and ongoing work in the DC Metro area, BBGM recently announced that design is underway for the Residence Inn Silver Spring, while their MONOGRAM Hospitality Interiors team has several exciting projects on the boards.
Stay tuned for further rankings from the Giants 300 Report and the latest news on upcoming projects from BBGM and MONOGRAM.
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Our 30th Anniversary
In honor of BBGM's 30th anniversary, we'll be digging through the archives, pulling out all the gems, throwbacks and achievements we can get our hands on. For this first installment, a brief look at the rise of BBGM.
In our latest 30th Anniversary highlight, we're turning the clock back - 10 years to be precise.
2007 marked an interesting time for BBGM, and the world at large. Just prior to the 2008 recession, business was booming. BBGM was a well-established leader in the Architecture & Design industry by this time, with a strong foothold in the hospitality industry.
Although BBGM is widely known as a leader in hospitality design, the firm's repertoire also carries a wide array of projects for federal, state and local government entities. By 2007, BBGM had amassed an impressive list of high-profile projects in the DMV region, with projects ranging from Quantico to the Pentagon. Notable projects that received BBGM design services in 2007 included the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center in Virginia, the Pentagon Library & Conference Center, several structures at the Quantico Marine Corps Base, the Aircraft Research Support Facility in Patuxent River and the National Maritime Technology Information Center in Bethesda, to name a few.
In addition to completing notable projects in this timeframe, BBGM designs garnered no less than a dozen awards – in a single year – with merits from multiple organizations in several sectors. BBGM industry rankings and awards came in from around the world, recognizing both new construction and rehabilitation projects, including the following honors:
We take great pride in these accomplishments, and in providing services to those organizations that support our great nation. If the first few months are any indication, we believe that 2017 will be a stellar year, for BBGM, our associates and the industry as a whole.
Until next time, here’s to another successful decade of exploring, innovating, creating and growing.
Design Director Melba Santos is the most recent featured designer on Design Manifestos. The interview grants readers a more personal perspective on discovering her voice, sources of design inspiration and her rise a prominent designer.
An excerpt from Design Manifestos:
On discovering her voice as a designer
After graduating, I worked in the International Retail/ Restaurant Mixed-Use field and was lucky enough to be provided opportunities to explore creative problem solving in a team environment. It was this exchange of ideas that led me to pursue a collaborative environment that included continual mentorship from colleagues in Architecture and Interior Design.
From my broad exposure to design came a focus on the Hospitality and Restaurant industry, which I consider the time when I discovered my voice. I was hired by MONOGRAM (BBGM) because of my ability to “tell a story” through design and every story is different which keeps me challenged and energized. I understand that Hospitality and Restaurant design requires an all-encompassing approach as well as balance of technical and creative solutions to achieve a homogenous end result that can be appreciated by any given Brand, Client or Visitor.
Being a painter, the discovery of things beyond physical grasp has always intrigued me. I try to imagine who a guest will be before he/she leaves their home and what the experience will be like for them when they enter a space I have collaborated on.
Melba Santos is a Design Director and Senior Associate with MONOGRAM at BBGM, and has worked on prestigious hospitality projects around the world. Many of her recent projects have been featured in major publications and received praise from the design community, including Paséa Hotel & Spa, Irvine Spectrum Marriott and the Kansas City Marriott at Country Club Plaza.
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When it comes to modern-day hotel accommodations, it is an understatement to say that appealing to the business traveler is critical in many markets. BBGM Principal Bruno Grinwis recently authored an op-ed piece for Hotel News Now, discussing the role of technology needs in improving the business traveler's experience.
An excerpt from the article:
Business travelers are no longer impressed with having access to a printer and a conference center, they want the ability to host a virtual meeting in their hotel room. By providing guestrooms that can offer not only the relaxation business travelers crave, but also the functionality of a virtual office their jobs require, hotels will increase their business traveler clientele and turn them into loyal and repeat customers.
Here’s a short list of best practices hoteliers can use to attract more business travelers to their properties.
Use technology to improve the check-in process
Traveling for business is tiring. And the last thing your guest wants to experience after a long day of meetings or a long flight is a slow check-in process.
This is why more hotels are adding features that allow their guests to check themselves in. Some hotels even use an app that allows the guests to check-in while they’re on their way to the hotel.
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