Forward Thinking: Designer Input
Updated: Aug 27, 2020
Samuelson Furniture conducted a survey to capture design input on evolving hospitality trends of 2019. We are fortunate in providing two forward thinking, top designers for their look into the direction taking place within the hotel industry.
The time and consideration of the following designers are greatly appreciated for their valuable insight:
What types of materials, textures, finishes, or colors will you want to use in projects this year?
FR - They are varied, each of our projects are so specific to each place, client and brand. I would say in general we are striving for that natural look whether it is linen, leather or flat cut natural woods... It is not just the material but how it is finished that is most important to us these days. We are currently working on a project with Samuelson Furniture with a brushed aged finish to the wood giving it character and depth. We are also starting another with white washed pickled oak. I am seeing more and more steel as a finish and also a desire to have living finishes for metals in our designs, especially for brass. Let the material be what it is and mature as does the hotel.
GC - We are seeing a lot more natural colored wood with a matte finish to them. People desire wood that still resembles wood and not something overly finished. With the capabilities of CNC routing we are experimenting with how that can be used in casegoods. Metal finishes seem to be all over depending on project. I think the trend of black metal with brushed brass is fading out in favor of combinations that have less of a retro feel. Then again, if the project calls for something like that... What types of clients are you designing for in 2019? Are they asking for anything new and unusual?
FR - We are blessed to have a diverse client list. It really keeps us on our toes with all types of hospitality, from a luxury resort to an urban business hotel, or from restaurant work to our first modern indoor water park. I always find it amazing what you can take away and learn from one project that helps inform or streamline another project. We are having a lot of fun with some great clients, and always learning along the way.
GC - We are a little across the board on client and project types from more traditional luxury properties to new lifestyle brands. Across all projects, we’re seeing a lot more casegood installations in guestrooms.