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5 Trends Arising from a Vibrant HD Expo 2018

Posted by Barbara Haaksma on May 15, 2018 7:51:00 AM

“The details are not the details. They make the design.” - Charles Eames

At HD Expo 2018, we immersed ourselves in vibrant exhibits showcasing the latest technologies, functionalities, and aesthetics to push hospitality design forward. Explore, with us, a few of our favorite ‘out-of-the-box’ trends from the show.

Matte black finishesScreen Shot 2018-05-18 at 3.28.18 PM
Image credit: KALLISTA Plumbing Instagram

Complementing a variety of materials and with the opportunity to transition to a multitude of aesthetics, matte black finishes continue to be a popular choice among fixtures.

KALLISTA’s Grid Sink Faucet and Cube Handles showcase the matte black look through a geometric-inspired design. The product won the IIDA/HD Product Design Competition, Best of Competition award. Similarly, our Design Form collection spotlights matte black accents weaved into geometric motif for the floor. 

Hidden functionalities

In both public and private spaces, designers crave an efficient use of space. Through innovative applications, everyday products enhance guest experiences in unexpected ways. 

Bryan Ashley’s headboard from Hotel Nia took home the IIDA/HD Product Design Award for Casegoods and Freestanding Furniture - encompassing an innovative interchangeable design with multiple lighting and device-charging elements.

POINT exhibited a WEAVE reclining armchair for outdoor relaxation, winning the Seating, Individual - Outdoor category. The chair easily transforms from an upright seating position to a reclined one. 

Heightened concrete looksBorigni Gray room with diagonal pattern-1

A 14th Annual HD Awards finalist, Emser Tile’s HD Expo booth spotlighted a trending large format concrete look with Borigni. Infusing modern appeal, the collection enables designers to feature textured looks with diagonal, chevron, and diamond patterning. Concrete-look tile offers the highly sought-after aesthetic and durability of concrete, while outperforming the material in cost and ease of maintenance for large-scale hospitality spaces.

Simplistic seating maros-fecik-95423-unsplash

Simplistic is in style. Many of today’s indoor seating collections for hospitality spaces take on a minimalist panache with a modern twist. Padded tub chairs feature neutrals with pops of color for a clean, contemporary look.

Long-lasting vibrant textiles Option 2

As indoor-outdoor design connections grow in popularity, textiles need to last longer, and retain color vibrancy. Look for textiles that showcase beautiful colors and patterns, while retaining UV, fade, and mold and mildew resistance.

Topics: Interior Design, Insider

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