Designer Spotlight: Hospitality design inspirations


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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