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Navigate Design Opens NY Studio … and More

(June 2017) posted on Mon Jun 26, 2017

News for the week of June 26, 2017

Toronto-based Navigate Design has opened a studio in New York. The full-service architecture and design firm says the new locale, in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, will allow its team to provide its U.S.-based clientele with interior design services, as well as custom artwork, graphic design, project management and branding. The new studio’s naturally lit, open layout features many of the brand elements found in the Toronto office, including mid-century modern furnishings, fresh greenery and a color palette of blue and accent pastels. The firm was founded in 2015 by Maher Murshed and Ken Lam. (The latter was the Exit Interview subject in Boutique Design’s January/February edition this year.)

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group (CRHG) has hired Ken Greene as president of its Americas region. For the past two years, Greene served as ceo and founder of Greenehouse Consulting. His career also include stints as president and ceo of Delta Hotels and Resorts; president and managing director, Asia Pacific region, for Wyndham Hotel Group; and president at Days Inn Worldwide.

MunnWorks appointed John Kelly as the mirror company’s vice president-sales. Kelly joins the manufacturer from Séura, and has been working with the hospitality industry for the past 15 years.

John Kelly. Photo: Courtesy of MunnWorks

Steve Burns has joined BridgeStreet Global Hospitality as managing director for EMEA and APAC. The former travel and airline executive’s 20-year career includes stints with easyJet, bmibaby (the value-centric arm of airline British Midland) and Tiger Airways.

Hyatt Hotels Corp. has named Malaika Myers its chief human resources officer. Meyers, who will join the hotelier on Sept. 5, most recently held similar posts at Jarden Corp. and Arysta Life Science. Her 25-plus-year career also includes senior HR positions at Diageo and PepsiCo.

The Watergate Hotel plans to debut a new, historically themed suite late this fall. Lyn Paolo, the costume designer of the ShondaLand series “SCANDAL” and the John Well's show "Shameless," is teaming with Rakel Cohen, co-owner of The Watergate Hotel, to create The Watergate Scandal Room 214. The suite will occupy the same room where E. Howard Hunt and G. Gordon Liddy, who helmed The Watergate break-in team, stationed themselves on June 17, 1972. The hotel reopened last June following a $200 million-dollar renovation by its owner, Euro Capital Properties. Israeli industrial designer/architect Ron Arad designed select spaces within the hotel, while BBGM served as the project’s architect.

Pebblebrook Hotel Trust has closed on the sale of the 252-key, upper-upscale Dumont NYC hotel in New York for $118 million. The buyer was not disclosed. (Pebblebrook’s chairman, president and ceo, Jon Bortz, was the cover subject of Boutique Design’s March issue with Andrea Dawson Sheehan of Dawson Design Associates.)

Summit Hotel Properties Inc. has completed the previously announced acquisition of five hotels from Xenia Hotels & Resorts Inc. for $163 million, or about $201,000 per key. The portfolio includes the 203-room Courtyard Fort Worth Downtown/Blackstone in Texas, the 123-key Courtyard Kansas City Country Club Plaza in Missouri, the 182-room Courtyard Pittsburgh Downtown in Pennsylvania, and the 116-key Hampton Inn & Suites Baltimore Inner Harbor and the 188-room Residence Inn Baltimore Downtown/Inner Harbor in Maryland.

IGY Marinas plans to expand the company’s hospitality division following the recent promotion of Charles Irons to vice president of hospitality. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the unit’s pipeline includes the Fat Turtle restaurant concept. The company also says it’s exploring a new-build hotel project in St. Thomas at The Marina at Yacht Haven Grande, as well as investment, management and development opportunities in other waterfront locales. The news comes on the heels of the recent reopening of Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina in the Hamptons, which is owned and managed by IGY and features nautically inspired guest rooms, villas and suites, as well as restaurants, a marina and 10,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.

Duravit’s latest series from Phoenix Design, P3 Comforts, and its c-bonded technology recently received a Red Dot Product Design Award. In addition, the bathroom company’s Darling New rimless toilet with SensoWash Slim shower-toilet seat and the c-bonded technology were honored with the iF Award.


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