We’re getting ready for our BIG event HI Connect Design coming this April 10-12, 2013 at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, TN and it promises to be the most exciting event ever to hit the hospitality industry.
We’ve got dozens of built out fully constructed out vignettes created by the vision of leading hospitality designers, architects and purchasing pros. And those in attendance will get to step into their master creations, get a tour and see products in the content in which they belong; in a real hotel environment!
HI Connect Design offers attendees an incredible opportunity to view, first hand, original concepts designed by industry designers and purchasing companies in collaboration with suppliers shown in context within a real environment of a guest room, bathroom, and public spaces such as Bar/Lounge, Spa/Fitness to name a few. This is a truly the most collaborative effort ever at any hospitality event.
As part of our countdown to HI Connect 2013 we’re interviewing the people that are bringing their creative vision to life. Read the story below, or for a more fully in-depth interview listen to the podcast!
For today’s interview, Editor-In-Chief Glenn Haussman and Mark Viola speak with Trisha Poole of the Design Poole who is creating an Upscale Guestroom during the three days of HI Connect Design.
Glenn Haussman: You’re doing it an upscale guest room, so you’ve got to be thinking a lot about the trends that are going on in that world. So what’s going on in the world of upscale design in guest rooms these days?
Trisha Poole: Well with our HI Connect Design room specifically we’re really looking to appeal to an urban environment. We know that real estate is really, really expensive, and how our owners and clients spend their money is really precious. So we’re looking to appeal in a modern way to a very tight space, but offer it, obviously, in an upscale environment so we’re really excited to kind of unveil some surprises.
Mark Viola: Yeah, that’s very cool.
Glenn Haussman: This is great, and I’m gonna put Trisha on the spot, as soon as she’s done designing the booth at HI Connect ’13, the vignette there, you gotta come to my house and do the same thing ‘cause I live in a tiny urban space and it’s you know, tiny. So anything you can do to make it seem bigger would be great. So first let’s talk a little bit about some of the things that you’re seeing that help to create the sense of space when you really have nothing to work with. What are some of the tricks that you can do?
Trisha Poole: Well actually when you’re thinking about the tightness of space you gotta think that everything’s multi-functional. So looking at a nightstand, it can’t just be a nightstand; it might need to be a credenza. When you’re looking at your desk it might also need to serve a separate purpose as well. So we’re looking at ways to really kinda utilize the room with standard things you would think of, but use them in more than one way.
The other thing is when you’re thinking about space for closets, it might be stacking clothing in a different way so that you don’t take up quite as much space in a room.
Glenn Haussman: So what about furnishings, and finishings, and stuff? How do you match a really cool urban look with upscale appeal, but still make it fit and not seem like you’re doing like Munchkin Gang furniture or something like that?
Trisha Poole: Well again, I think simplicity is definitely the key; don’t try and overdo it. You don’t need a lot of things. Stick to the basics, but do them very well; do them with high finish.
So the finishes in our room are gonna be excellent. We’re really focusing on the finish. So I think it’s really key in thinking of simplicity and focus on what’s important, and those guests will definitely – you know the things they touch are really what they’re gonna remember. So you don’t want it to be cheap and you don’t want it to be inexpensive.
Glenn Haussman: Mark what are some of the things that you are in to when you’re in an upscale guest room? What do you look for?
Mark Viola: I love a really nice, fancy bathroom when I go in to an upscale guest room. I love like a really cool shower, and I love really cool technology as far as an upscale guest room goes.
Glenn Haussman: What about lighting? What are some of the trends that you’re seeing in regards to that?
Trisha Poole: Well in our room we’re actually going to focus on integrated lighting. Because again back to really trying to make the most of the room and some cases when you’re going in renovation you can’t actually go in to the ceiling.
So in the case pieces we’re really picking some really beautiful integrated lighting that actually pulls out LED lights, does really good lighting. But it also works in technology within in those same places we’ve got little spots where you can charge. I mean a place that you can charge your phone on the top of your nightstand just that has to be there.
Glenn Haussman: I like what you say about integrated light. And when I think of integrated lighting I think of maybe I could flip 1 switch instead of 800 switches to light up that room?
Mark Viola: Make life a lot easier.
Glenn Haussman: That would be really, really nice. And I’ll tell you, I am single-handedly taking down the environment because I’m too lazy to turn off the 40 lamps that I have in my hotel room.
Glenn Haussman: Trisha when you’re thinking of design and you’re trying to find inspiration, where do you find inspiration? A lot of times people tell me it comes from the most unlikely of places. What about you?
Trisha Poole: Well I definitely can’t comment because it depends on the project and where you might find your inspiration. In this case obviously we didn’t have a building, so we had to find what we thought was inspiration. And the way we approached it was we knew the urban market was a very hot market right now so we focused on the New York minute. Everybody wants everything really fast.
So that was our focus and our inspiration really to kind of design this room that it feels like you’ve got that mood of the twilight, the city line of New York, but yet you had these modern conveniences.
Glenn Haussman: So when you say “mood of the twilight” you don’t mean vampires?
Trisha Poole: No.
Glenn Haussman: You mean end of the day?
Trisha Poole: No we’re not talking that Twilight.
Mark Viola: Like Edward and Bella, not talking about that, right?
Trisha Poole: Although that might sell a lot of rooms.
Glenn Haussman: Right, you know the names of those characters Mark?
Mark Viola: I gotta go, I’m about to get in trouble.
Trisha Poole: We have some really wonderful things in there. They’re gonna pull in those colors, and that feel and that energy because the vibe of the city is so exciting. But yet you wanna slow down in your room and feel comfortable and peaceful. So it’s a nice balance of those.
Mark Viola: Very cool.
Glenn Haussman: I like that you say slow down and be peaceful. How do you deliver that sense of calm when you’re in an urban environment and you’re trying to be more urban and more industrial in design?
Trisha Poole: Well it will be finishes and color ‘cause there are colors that certainly will excite more than they’ll relax. So we’ll pick a palette that’s very soothing. But the same way that the towels, and the shower and everything is great, you gotta have a great bed. Gotta have a really lush bed, comfortable that sleeps well. In this case another really big secret that I don’t want to let it out but we have a great headboard design in our room.
That will make it so you can get sounds through the headboard and really have everything right there to make you comfortable. And you can really control a lot right from the bed.
Glenn Haussman: Yeah anything else going on Trisha that you think is really critical to understanding the Design Poole story?
Trisha Poole: Design Poole story. [Laughter] Well you know I think it’s important that you understand that even though this is an upscale room, and it’s gorgeous and it’s beautiful, there’s still always a bottom line. So balancing where we spend the money is very important to us.
So really honestly it’s gonna look gorgeous, but we’re hoping that it’ll be a nice surprise to some investors that’ll say “Wow, I can really get it for that?”
If you are interested in participating in this unique and dramatic experience at HI Connect Design™, coming this April 10-12, 2013, please contact us immediately at (631) 424-7755 x150. You may also go to our website for more information and to see the photo gallery of HI Connect Design™ 2012, please visit us at www.HIConnectDesign.com.