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MainStay Suites Unveils Prototype … and More

(May 2017) posted on Mon May 15, 2017

News for the week of May 15, 2017


Choice Hotels Intl. Inc. unveiled a new MainStay Suites prototype at the 63rd annual Choice Hotels Convention in Las Vegas last week. Inspired by trends in hotel and home design, the midscale extended stay brand’s updated prototype incorporates an open-concept community room and outdoor living area, as well as high-top communal tables with charging capabilities within the flag’s Breakfast Room. Updates to the brand’s signature roof line, marketplace and guest suites are also in the plans.

In addition, the flag is introducing programs to complement its new prototype, including a communal white board to ramp up social engagement, a “lending library” with frequently-requested items for guests to borrow, and F&B enhancements in all properties. Brian Quinn, vice president, franchise development, Choice Hotels, says the new prototype targets developers looking to capitalize on the business and leisure extended-stay market demand.

HIRINGS/PROMOTIONS/EXECUTIVE CHANGES
Elkus Manfredi Architects has added three senior interior designers to the firm’s interior architecture studio: Jane Bae, Daniel Castro and Rachel Winokur. Bae joins the firm following two years at Scott Brownrigg’s New York office, while Castro’s experience includes 5 years at Fernandez Y Associados S. A. Architects in Bogota. Winokur most recently founded an eco-centric design studio in Los Angeles and managed luxury residential and commercial design projects for Michael S. Smith Inc. prior to that.

Richardson Design has named Kristie Oldham partner of the Cleveland-based commercial interior design and branding consultancy. Oldham most recently served as design and trend director, and has been involved with the firm since its early days, joining founder Scott Richardson in 2007.

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Kristie Oldham. Photo: Courtesy of Richardson Design

Susan Huntington has been appointed finance director/office manager at NEWH Inc. She brings 17 years of financial experience to the hospitality industry network and is replacing Julie Buntrock.

Richard Branson’s Virgin Hotels has hired Ana Lanzas as director of communications and social media. Based in Miami, she was most recently director of public relations and social media for Fontainebleau Miami Beach.

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Ana Lanzas. Photo: Courtesy of Virgin Hotels

Sebastien Silvestri has joined sbe as senior vice president, food and beverage, hotel division. Silvestri was most recently the vice president of food and beverage at The Venetian and The Palazzo Casino Hotel and Resort, a 7,000-suite integrated resort in Las Vegas.

OPENINGS/RENOVATIONS/BRAND NEWS
The 335-key Blackstone hotel in Chicago has joined Marriott Intl.’s Autograph Collection following a multi-million-dollar renovation led by locally based multidisciplinary firm The Gettys Group. (That firm also created the interiors and branding for another recent Autograph property, Columbus, Ohio’s Hotel LeVeque, which is featured in Boutique Design’s May issue.)

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The Blackstone, Autograph Collection’s renovated king guest room. Photo: Courtesy of Autograph Collection Hotels

Royal Lancaster London will reopen this September following a $103 million renovation led by locally based Studio PROOF. The project is slated to be finished in time for the 411-key, mid-century hotel’s 50th anniversary.

Royal Lancaster London
Royal Lancaster London. Photo: Courtesy of Royal Lancaster London

AWARDS
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has announced the 2017 ASID National Award winners in four categories: Steven Clem, principal, tvsdesign, for Designer of Distinction; The Design Museum Foundation for Design Innovation; Susan Szenasy, publisher and editor-in-chief, METROPOLIS magazine, for Design for Humanity; and Paula Wallace, founder and president, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), for the Nancy Vincent McClelland Merit Award. Winners will be honored at an awards gala on July 15 in San Diego.

The 2017 James Beard Foundation Restaurant Design Award winners are:
* AvroKO, for its design of SingleThread in Healdsburg, California, in the 75 seats and under category.
* Meyer Davis, for its design of St. Cecilia in Atlanta, in the 76 seats and over category. (The restaurant was also a 2014 Gold Key Award winner.)
* New York’s Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant was also named the Design Icon winner in this year’s competition.


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