Over the last few years, I’ve had the pleasure of traveling to some of the most amazing cities in the world. A hotel for the most part is a temporary place we stay. Now to most people in the design industry, hospitality design is big business. If you are designer and you get to work with the top hotel chain, you have arrived. Imagine if you license a design for bedsheets for the Hyatt. How often do you think these orders will come in?
The licensing money alone would make you a good amount. Then there is the prestige, awards and all the manufacturers wining and dining you. Wait there’s even more, if you sign a contract with the big hotel chain or brand, you will be seeing your product and/or design in some of the top magazines in the world. So now the entire design industry knows who you work for and amazing products that you designed. My friend, you have arrived.
I have had the pleasure of working with some of the biggest names in hospitality. They get to travel around the world, have some of the craziest expense accounts I’ve ever seen and live a lavish lifestyle. If you’re lucky enough to work in hospitality, you have climbed the ladder. In fact, if you have ever been to the HD Expo in Las Vegas you might know exactly what I’m talking about.
Hospitality design is about creating an experience. This experience is something that you’ll tell your friends, family and colleagues about. This is not a simple feat because thanks to social media we have seen it all. So these hospitality designers have to create an environment that delivers a one-of-a-kind feeling. If you felt like a VIP and booked your next trip, then they succeeded.
Now let’s get to the heart of the article. I wanted to showcase some of the hospitality designers that I think are top shelf. These designers below not only know how to create an atmosphere on a grand scale, but also paved their own way in the design industry. They are creative, innovative and a credit to the hospitality design industry. Some might be on the AD100 and others might not, but at the end of the day you go with what moves you.