News for the week of April 10, 2017
Denihan Hospitality, an independent owner and operator of boutique hotels in U.S. urban markets, has hired Vera Manoukian as president and chief operating officer. Manoukian’s appointment comes as the company is gearing up to open two new James Hotels: The James West Hollywood in California and The James NoMad on Madison Avenue in New York. Manoukian’s 30-year career was primarily spent with Starwood Hotels and Resorts, where she most recently served as senior vice president of operations.
Vera Manoukian. Photo: Courtesy of Denihan Hospitality
Brian Koshley has joined San Diego-based multidisciplinary firm Carrier Johnson + CULTURE as global director, interiors + CULTURE. Koshley’s three-decade career has included the role of managing director at Interior Architects Inc. as well as a stint with Howard Sneed Architecture and Design.
Brian Koshley. Photo: Courtesy of Carrier Johnson + CULTURE
GRAFF, a manufacturer of kitchen and bath products, promoted Chris Kulig to director, business strategy and development. Previously holding the title of national sales manager, Kulig has over a decade of experience managing sales initiatives across North America and promoting new business developments for the Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based company.
W Hotels Worldwide has appointed Joan Smalls as the lifestyle brand's first-ever global fashion innovator. The new role by Smalls—a supermodel/television/personality/ philanthropist—will involve the creation of W’s global fashion platform, along with special appearances, collaborations and the development of exclusive in-room and digital content.
Joan Smalls. Photo: Courtesy of W Hotels Worldwide
Nashville’s Hutton Hotel will undergo a multi-phase renovation starting in June. Dallas-based Studio 11 Design has been tapped to revamp the property’s interiors, while Nashville architecture firm Tuck Hinton Architects will oversee the project. Slated for completion later this year, the transformation will involve the hotel’s signature restaurant, guest rooms, suites and lobby, as well as the addition of an organic dining venue. The design team says it plans to work with consultants from GreenLight—a branding and production agency headquartered in West Hollywood, California—on the concept’s connection to the local music scene.
A rendering of the exterior at Hutton Hotel. Image: Courtesy of Studio 11 Design
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