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(May 2017) posted on Fri May 05, 2017

Move over, Instagram. Today’s guests want a 360-degree lifestyle experience. Find out how three innovators are crafting hotels that feel as good as they look.


By Oriana Lerner

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HOW DO YOU CREATE A SET OF “LOCAL” REFERENCES THAT GO BEYOND THE STEREOTYPES?
Sawdon: We work with local makers and source most of the furniture and objects from the region, using our spaces as a platform for local creative collaborations and cultural endeavors. In Pittsburgh, for example, local stained glass master Glenn Greene fashioned a vestibule window installation for our lobby with original glass salvaged from the abandoned YMCA that became the hotel. The local woodworking shop Bones and All crafted versatile luggage rests, table tops and a large, communal table for the lobby. In New Orleans, local potter and activist Osa Atoe made beautiful ceramic salad and pasta bowls for our restaurant, Josephine Estelle, and all of the vintage furniture and found art that’s in the lobby was sourced in flea markets and garage sales in the South. We worked with 32 artists to interpret landscape paintings for the Douglas fir armoires in the rooms.

WHAT DO YOU WANT GUESTS TO COME AWAY THINKING?
Sawdon: Traveling is an opportunity to experience a new way of living and being. It’s a chance to disrupt your daily routine and try out new selves. We try to offer a space that allows guests a comfortable platform to jump off from— an experience that leads to other experiences. Nothing overly designed, but everything considered, with all the comforts necessary.

Michael Zislis
founder, Shade Hotels



Lifestyle masterminds need clarity and focus—but who said that had to mean mono-vision? Zislis, the founder of the southern California-based Shade Hotels flag, is a fan of both KISS (he’s part of the team behind Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley’s Rock & Brews franchise) and a K.I.S.S. approach to hospitality design (check out the straightforward, timeless styling of the two Shade Hotels).

Shade 
Varied seating heights allow for more flexibility in the bar area, whether guests are there for a meal or a glass of wine. Photo: Courtesy of Shade Hotels


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