InfoComm roundtable offers must-know insights on what's ahead
By Mary Scoviak
If you want to get work from Derrin Brown, manager, production operations at Princess Cruises, you and your team may want to look into how to create a Star Trek-worthy-holodeck experience. Ted Brumleve, senior director strategic development for Wyndham Hotels, is focusing on integrated design-tech concepts that allow guests to customize every aspect of their stay--not only in their rooms but as they move through the hotel from morning until night. Can the carpet you're specifying allow a robotic butler to efficiently deliver roomservice? That kind of knowledge is essential for a designer answering an RFP from Bridget Higgins, brand lead, Aloft by Marriott--a brand that likes to work with tech companies on developing new ways of serving, and surprising, guests.
The recent roundtable sponsored by InfoComm Intl. and moderated by Boutique Design executive editor Mary Scoviak (shown here with Michael Suomi of Stonehill & Taylor) at Goldsmith's Manhattan headquarters. Photo: ST Media Group Intl.
The message that technology and audio/visual elements are just as much part of the design tool kit as FF&E was the biggest single takeaway from a groundbreaking roundtable sponsored by InfoComm, the trade association representing the professional audio/visual and information communications industries worldwide, last week at mannequin-manufacturer Goldsmith's ultra-cool black and white Manhattan headquarters. I moderated the hour-long session that brought together hospitality operators and designers to discuss the role all things tech plays in their work, what they see as key trends and how that's changing their definiition of the scope of design work. Here's what they had to say:
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