As part of our on-going series of conversations with designers and architects, delving into what makes them tick, we chatted with Mallory McDonagh, of Studio3877 in Washington, DC, a firm with an expansive hospitality portfolio. Mallory, as we quickly discovered, is an old soul at heart but with an approach to design that is forward-looking and innovative. She filled us in on where she finds inspiration (hint: she's analog and digital) and how she gets her ideas out (it often starts with words).
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This spring and summer, Glen & Company will see four of its hotel projects open (not to mention three more scheduled for next winter). With so much happening, we figured founder Glen Coben would be a perfect person to chat with about the state of architecture and design in one of our occasional q-and-a sessions. Here, the award-winning architect, and designer of hotspots Del Posto and Carbone, to name a few, shares his thoughts on architecture, design,family and the return of elegance.
What direction do you see the profession heading?
Our client’s expectations are rising as [are those of] the people who dine out or sleep out. We have to be better storytellers and continue to surprise and delight the guests. Specifically, I see a trend towards more luxury and a little more formality. Hopefully a return to elegance.
What do Prince George and a West Hollywood nightclub have in common? Plenty, it turns out. When h.wood.group wanted to refresh a location on Beverly Boulevard, the firm teamed again with architect John Sofio, of Built. It was right around the time of the royal baby’s birth and British style seemed to be in the air. “We wanted to do something that had that mod feeling, to transport you to another time and place,” says Sofio. In refining the concept, he hit on the idea of an English manor being overtaken for a wild night and Hooray Henry's was born.
Hotels, by their very nature, can be some of the least-environmentally places around, but these days that reputation is changing. Hotels—both their designs and their furnishings—are looking more sustainable as developers and owners increasingly go for LEED certification for reasons both altruistic and practical.