SXSW is upon us, and the Pinterest Creative team is preparing to hit the open road in our trusty Pinnebago. We’ll be road-tripping from San Francisco to Austin, with stops in LA, Marfa and more. Read about the trip or follow @pinnebago on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest for real-time updates. Hope to see you in Austin!
Looking at their global markets, Gensler just published the 2014 Design Forecast. The PDF examines the trends affecting their clients’ businesses, with analysis of how these trends will intersect with business performance between now and 2025. The Lifestyle section beginning on page 26 examines hospitality, retail and mixed-use development.
The 2014 Design Forecast highlights six meta-trends that form a working agenda for how design will impact our clients’ success in the coming years. These meta-trends—which touch on workplace, wellness, technology, urbanization, globalization and development—will drive further proprietary research initiatives and guide our thinking in the years to come.
Fast Company just released its SXSWi Uncensored ebook about the evolution of South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin. Also check out FastCo’s corresponding post.
MARK ROLSTON: Hugh’s a clever fellow because he’s never been too dogmatic about the things people come talk about at SXSW, which is one of the central complaints. You go there and the content can be wildly varied from poorly prepared speeches and people going, “What the fuck am I listening to this person talk about?” to really valuable breakthrough stuff when someone debuts a tool like Twitter and everyone is using it. It’s because he doesn’t curate it too specifically that’s allowed the show to be the accidental birthplace for so many things.
Our customers have become much more sophisticated, with many more expectations. They’re no longer just looking for a comfortable bed; the standards have been elevated, and people want hotels and resorts that provide memorable experiences where they can learn and feel engaged. And that can’t be done from a corporate office, where you just stamp them out. Each hotel has to be its own creation. Each is a piece of handcrafted art.
This was supposed to be the age of the mobile (aka nonexistent) office, with “solopreneurs” telecommuting from home or the beach in elastic-waist pants. But many who work independently are discovering alienation lurking behind the home-office fantasy, and an increasing number are joining a new generation of co-working organizations, like Grind, Fueled Collective and NeueHouse. There are work spaces for writers (Brooklyn Writers Space); for design types and bloggers (Studiomates in Dumbo); and scores for tech entrepreneurs, including ones that double as Continuing Ed campuses (General Assembly).
I wonder if this type of venue could attract travelers. The story mentions different workspace themes. Maybe something like Ace Hotel NYC but without the Ace Hotel part. Also visit Place Matters' blog and the new NeueHouse video.
This is seriously good hotel industry reporting from The Globe & Mail focusing on Four Seasons’ honcho Allen Smith:
In the industry nowadays, there are few luxury frills left to offer guests. It’s all been done before. His pronouncement of peak hotel luxury is defensible, but nonetheless disappointing to hear from a Four Seasons CEO.
The Epiphany Hotel is set to open in Palo Alto in March just five minutes away from Stanford University. Operated by Joie de Vivre (JDV) Hotels, the 86-room property was gutted to the bones and brought back to life with assiduous attention to how technology and design affects the overall user experience.
As the lodging industry grapples with Airbnb, TripAdvisor and other locally oriented services, major hotel brands are increasingly taking a back seat to the surrounding neighborhoods. “Our facility is no longer the destination,” said one hotel executive. “Now we are a portal to the community around us.”
From Destination Marketing:
As the world shrinks due to globalization, and emerging destinations develop into key target markets for international tourism, it will be imperative for the U.S. to build awareness amongst this group and distinguish themselves as a sought after destination. This is the true potential of Brand USA.
John Legend performed live in New York City in December of 2013 as part of VEVO GO Shows series. With just a piano and his voice, he enchanted the unsuspecting crowd at The Standard High Line in New York with “All Of Me.”
Technology is a heavyweight design tool. The signature 1,500-lb. origami—like fractal ceiling suspended over the 80-seat dining room—is really just a composite of hundreds of mirror-faced acrylic triangles that were laminated and applied to an MDF frame. The panels were cut directly from 3D drawings using a CNC machine, making the process as rapid as possible. Digital mapping projections are customized with computer software that recognizes the exact orientation and shape of each triangle, allowing a different image to be projected on each surface of both the fractal ceiling and the fragmented design of the custom DJ booth. The design team worked directly with a local artist to implement this technology, which is usually used for projects of a much larger scale.
From The Guardian: “Kicking off a new series on how people move through cities, we look at how trains and traffic reveal the way a place sees itself.”
The series is sponsored by The Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge
PSFK has partnered with real estate crowdfunding company Prodigy Network to crowdsource the designs for their most recent project 17John, an innovative hotel in the heart of New York City’s Financial District. This series of articles provides inspiration for readers wishing to be a part of the project and join the crowd in designing the first “Cotel.”