Blog/Jury of 3: Top Hospitality Designers Name Leading HD Products
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Jury of 3: Top Hospitality Designers Name Leading HD Products

Choosing design elements for hospitality projects requires, as Liam Neeson might say, “a particular set of skills.” Hospitality design has become a place where trends are set, and from which residential design borrows both great ideas and superb functionalities. Products destined for hotels, restaurants, spas and resorts must be beautiful and durable, must adhere to safety standards and must retain their good looks and workability under a punishing level of high traffic and an unrelenting maintenance schedule.

To make the specification job easier, the editors of the U.S.-based Hospitality Design are offering their readers a short list of the best of hospitality design as curated by three of the country’s top hospitality designers. Vetting 340 product entries were Alicia Cannon, Principal, AJC Design, Meghann Day, Principal, Hirsch Bedner Associates and Stephanie Goto, Founder, STEPHANIEGOTO. Unveiled at the magazine’s first-ever Product Awards in New York City this month, just 30 honorees were selected in categories including accessories, lighting, outdoor furnishings, textiles, case goods and more.

The product entries were blind, that is, manufacturers and brands were not disclosed to the judges. Products were judged solely on their design merit and other inherent virtues such as sustainability, technology and innovation. Ms. Cannon, Ms. Day and Ms. Goto were each imminently qualified to choose. Stephanie Goto is perhaps best known for her 2006 collaboration with Tadao Ando on Manhattan’s distinctive restaurant Morimoto, but she has since led her firm to design many properties at the pinnacle of the New York restaurant scene and has expanded globally to create benchmark-setting hotels, resorts, galleries, museum installations and retail spaces. Ms. Cannon leads not only her design firm but also the New York chapter of NEWH, the hospitality design trade organization. Her wide-ranging design resume spans leading luxury hotels, private residences and corporate interiors. Meghann Day is based in HBA’s San Francisco office, heading up marquee-name projects as diverse as the Hilton Santa Fe and Canada’s landmark resort the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

The list of HD Award products, which includes Mosa’s Murals porcelain wall tile collection, makes a go-to resource for specifiers looking to raise the bar on upcoming hospitality products. It appears in Hospitality Design.