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Designer Spotlight: Hospitality design inspirations (pt. 2)

Jennifer Busch

Join us as we follow 5 designers from concept to execution as they create custom hospitality vignettes for HI Connect. 

Designer: Colleen Musika, Design & Supply

Q:What is the inspiration for your vignette at HI Connect Design?

A: I approached this space with the excitement of what I would want to see in a boutique room. I started with an oversized, colorful, and eye- grabbing pop art piece that draws the guests in when they first open the door. The room layout leant itself to creating two distinct areas, with the focal wall of the pop art in the background. Pop art refers not as much to the art itself but to the attitude that led to it, and pays tribute to aspects of mass culture. I choose to have the saying “call me maybe” because I loved adding a kitschy element to the space by taking a very popular song from the past year and displaying it on this prominent wall. The overall feel of the room brings excitement and fun to the guest’s experience, leaving them wanting to come back.

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In addition to the bold digital pop art, I wanted the carpet to stand out as well by creating movement and adding a graphic element. I love how the carpet tiles really ground the different areas of the room.  Because the art and floor have such a great impact, adding texture with the brick wall covering, velvet and tweed fabrics add coziness that you want your guests to experience. The final element of the gold, reflective surfaces and shine add much needed dimension.

Q: How does the flooring contribute to the overall design concept?

A: As you can read in my Inspiration for my vignette, the carpet adds the perfect graphic and bold element I was looking for. Mostly all my furniture and walls are simple and textured, so I needed the carpet to be the statement piece in the room. The carpet tiles also provided a great way for me to create two different sections in my vignette. I created a custom “area rug” with the tiles in my living space.

Q: Does sustainability figure prominently in your design concept? If so, please elaborate.

A: Sustainability is a continuing trend and effort that is growing within the design industry every day.   It is always beneficial to have product that speaks to it.  Using Interface Hospitality will not only allow for less waste per project, but it also will allow for less waste when it comes to replacing product as well.

Q: Why did you choose to work with Interface Hospitality as a supplier for your design concept?

A:  I have chosen to work with Interface Hospitality as my carpet supplier because they have impressed me when I have worked with them on previous jobs, before HI Connect. Interface as a whole is very innovative and forward-thinking when it comes to the hospitality industry. I love all the custom capabilities I have with their product and they have such a unique and distinct look to their hospitality line, to which no other carpet company can really even compare.

D&S Colleen MusikasmallAbout the designer:  Colleen Musika has been the head interior designer with Design & Supply for the past five years. Musika joined Design& Supply after graduating from the Art Institute of Philadelphia, and has since designed for all types of properties in many different locations. For her, the change of scenery keeps the day to day interesting. Musika does not lean toward any one type of style or aesthetic, but appreciates all design and particularly enjoys the design challenges posed by hotel projects.

 

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Designer Spotlight: Hospitality design inspirations

Interface

Join us as we follow 6 designers from concept to execution as they create custom hospitality vignettes for HI Connect. 

American Hotel Register Company
Designers: Jen Conley, NEWH and Katie Popp, NCIDQ Certificate No. 28337, ASID, IIDA, NEWH

Q:What is the inspiration for your vignette at HI Connect Design?

A: Pop Art was a cultural movement to celebrate commonplace people and objects of the industrial period.  It simplified art to its most basic form.  By using the same concept, a space was designed that speaks to the new urban traveler.

Q: How does the flooring contribute to the overall design concept?

A: We used Interface Hospitality products to create defined spaces in our ‘open loft’ concept.  By using carpet tile mixed with vinyl plank flooring, we were able to give our guests commercial grade area rugs with the flexibility of replacement if needed.  By using different textural elements that Interface Hospitality offers, we could also bring a more comfortable feel to the urban loft.

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Q: Does sustainability figure prominently in your design concept? If so, please elaborate.

A: Sustainability is a continuing trend and effort that is growing within the design industry every day.   It is always beneficial to have product that speaks to it.  Using Interface Hospitality will not only allow for less waste per project, but it also will allow for less waste when it comes to replacing product as well.

Q: Why did you choose to work with Interface Hospitality as a supplier for your design concept?

A: Using Interface Hospitality has allowed us a lot of flexibility throughout the design process.  With their wide range of products, as well as continual creative freedom, we found ourselves very pleased with the overall outcome.  Our representative is also extremely accommodating and willing to send us samples and even present them in person when needed.

About the designers: 
CATHERINE POPP - Full BodysmallKatie Popp is a recognized designer in both the residential and hospitality industry.  She is NCIDQ certified and licensed in the state of Illinois.  Since entering the hospitality industry, she has specialized in Marriott and IHG design specifications.  Along with the knowledge of standard room designs, Katie also contributes to independent properties and emerging markets.  With an Interior Design degree from The Illinois Institute of Art – Schaumburg, she states that the unique mixture of creative and technical elements is what makes her so passionate for this profession.

JEN_CONLEY -full smallWith an Interior Design degree from Purdue University and three years of experience in the hospitality industry, Jen Conley has gained expert knowledge in a wide range of brands.  You can also see Jen’s custom design program throughout many La Quinta brand hotels.  Aside from her busy work schedule, she also participates as a board member with her local NEWH chapter to help develop activities that stimulate and promote hospitality design and related fields.  Her enthusiasm for this industry shows through her extraordinary daily work ethic.

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