Luxury hospitality/residential interior designers Inge Moore and Nathan Hutchins have launched MUSE London, a boutique practice based in the city’s Notting Hill that will specialize in one-off projects. For the past decade, Moore and Hutchins worked at HBA London as president Europe and principal/partner, respectively.
“Through our design, we discover and retell the stories that are held within places,” says Moore, who is the new studio’s creator and founder and was honored as the Gold Key Designer of the Year in 2013. “By nature, we are curious people who love to explore and then weave our findings into experiences that are moving, memorable and magical.”
Moore’s recent work includes the Atlantis by Giardino, Belmond Eagle Island Lodge, Hotel Alfonso XIII, Hotel Maria Cristina and several ESPAs. MUSE co-founder Hutchins’ past projects include the Alpina Gstaad and ESPA at the Istanbul EDITION.
HKS Hospitality Group is expanding its architecture practice in London with the addition of Mark Kowalski and Jacqueline King. Kowalski has been appointed vice president of the firm’s hospitality group and most recently served as associate director, senior design manager at Turner & Townsend. King, whose 12-year career includes stints at HOK, WATG and Wimberly Interiors, joins the firm as an associate.
Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. has appointed Matthew Sparks executive vice president and chief investment officer of Park Hotels & Resorts, the planned real estate investment trust that will soon be separated from Hilton. Sparks will oversee Park’s investment and acquisition strategy, and his appointment will be effective upon completion of the spin-off. For the last five years, he has served as Hilton’s senior vice president, luxury and corporate development.
Jack Myers has joined sbe as executive vice president human resources. Based in New York, Myers will manage human resources internationally for the Los Angeles-based lifestyle hospitality company and its subsidiaries. Prior to sbe, he held a number of senior leadership positions at Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
Spacecraft Design Group has unveiled design details for The Arbour, a 5,600-sq.-ft. rustic American restaurant that’s slated to debut next fall in Pasadena, California. Led by Kris Keith, the cover subject of Boutique Design’s September 2014 edition, Los-Angeles-based Spacecraft will be in charge of the design/build process for the project, which will incorporate exposed beams and raw materials.
Canopy by Hilton and RCP Holdings LLC (an affiliate of The Prime Group Inc.) have unveiled plans to develop a 223-key hotel in Chicago’s Loop. Slated to open in fall 2018, the lifestyle property will feature a locally inspired design and a 4,000-sq.-ft. rooftop terrace and bar. The Canopy hotel will be housed in the top four floors of a landmarked building by famed architect Daniel Burnham at 208 S. LaSalle, which also houses a new, 610-key JW Marriott in its lower floors.
The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) has named its 2017 board of directors. Mark Carrier, president of the B.F. Saul Co. Hospitality Group, will assume the role of AHLA board chair, and Geoff Ballotti, president and ceo of Wyndham Hotel Group, will be vice chair. In addition, Ed Walter, ceo of Host Hotels & Resorts, was elected AHLA’s secretary and treasurer. Jim Abrahamson, chairman and ceo for Interstate Hotels & Resorts and outgoing AHLA board chair, will serve as immediate past chair. A full list of AHLA’s board of directors for 2017 is available on the association’s website.
AWARDS AND COMPETITIONS
Coverings, a tile and stone trade show, is accepting nominations for its 2017 roster of “Coverings Rock Stars,” a group of up-an-coming young professionals in its industry. Now in its third year, the program is seeking nominees that are 35 or younger, and currently employed by or as an architect, designer, distributor, retailer, contractor, installer, fabricator, specifier, trade association or manufacturer in the tile and stone industry. Award winners will receive a one-night hotel stay in Orlando to attend Coverings, will be featured in the show’s online and on-site promotions, and will be honored at an awards breakfast. Nominations may be made via a submission form on the exhibition’s online portaland submitted by Jan. 6.
V STARR Interiors by Venus Williams and furniture company Roche Bobois are teaming to create a piece for auction on behalf of Miami’s Lotus House Shelter, which supports local homeless women and children. The design firm, led by interior designer and famed tennis champion Williams—who served as the keynote speaker for BDNY 2015—drew inspiration from the star’s active lifestyle to redesign the company’s FURTIF desk. The item will be in display at Roche Bobois’ Wynwood location throughout November and early December, and during the company’s “Art of the Party” celebration to be held in conjunction with the launch of Art Basel Miami Beach 2016. In addition to the desk itself, materials sourced for the piece include leather samples from Moore & Giles, which were sourced through EleVen by Venus and printed by Eykon. Locally based Rod Wraps applied the chameleon base material.