From the Editor: Spring 2017
The hospitality industry is continuing to grow around the world. According to STR and Tourism Economics, the hotel industry alone is expected to have about a two percent growth for 2017. As that industry continues to become more competitive and needs to keep up with the demand, they need to be renovated, rebranded or expanded.
For this issue of Contemporary Stone & Tile Design, we cover four different hotel projects. Starting on page 18, we cover the renovation of the tallest hotel in Europe, The Radisson Blu hotel in Lyons, France. The project features the Gate porcelain tile collection by Ceramiche Caesar. On page 22, we feature the Archer Hotel, a boutique hotel in an up-and-coming area of Austin, TX. The hotel rooms have the unique design of furnishing most of its surfaces with tile and very limited amounts of carpet.
Sometimes, it’s not the rooms that need updating, but maybe a pool or spa. The Brown Beach House Croatia is a 25-room property that hired a designer to maintain the feeling of the 1900s. The designer chose a black and white marble for the inside of the outdoor pool; the story can be read on page 26. La Quinta Inn & Suites is redesigning their hotel brand using Neolith on its hotels around the U.S. To learn about the custom color and the process, see the story on page 30.
Hospitality design isn’t just for hotels, though. In Oakland, CA, a graphic printed tile with a more modern design created an inspiring atmosphere at a newly opened coffee shop. On page 14, you’ll find the story of this 900-square-foot upscale space.
CSTD also had the opportunity to sit down one-on-one with Warren Sheets, CEO of Warren Sheets Design, to discuss different trends he is seeing in the industry, some projects he has worked on and some advice for anyone just getting into the business. His interview begins on page 34.
The 35th edition of Cevisama returned to the Feria Valencia Convention and Exhibition Center in Valencia, Spain. Our associate editor, Heather Fiore, went to Spain to see some of the new, innovative products and designs. A selection of them can be seen on page 10.
Quartz’s popularity continues to grow and the choices of quartz products grow as well. On page 40, we feature a roundup of just a few of the quartz products out there.
With the continued growth in hospitality industry, if you have a project you worked on that you would like featured in CSTD, send us an email to let us know. We love to hear about different, unique or interesting projects, even if you just want to talk about them. Feel free to send any and all project ideas to my personal email, firstname.lastname@example.org.