As an art aficionado, hanging out boutique hotels are as much part of my routine as is visiting galleries, museums, artist talks. I love walking though its public areas and lobbies, finally discovering the designs that patiently await our encounter. I enjoy piecing together the different elements of its interior and exterior design, recreating the "story" it's really trying to tell, and how each one complements the community its situated in. But these hotels don't just make themselves look great; they require a visual artist, storyteller and insider like, Heather Maloney.
We had the great opportunity to explore the nooks and crannies of the King and Grove chain's latest hotel, King and Grove, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
There, we stole a slot of time from the VP of Interior Design for King and Grove Hotels, Heather Maloney. Next thing, one thing led to another, we’re engaged in an intimate conversation with her while overseeing the legendary New York City skyline from the hotel's rooftop.
After learning about her influences, process and take on contemporary art, we walked away understanding that she uses space as her canvas, furnishing and fixtures as her palette and creativity as her paintbrush. She has proven to be a true artist time and time again. She has proven to be an insider. What did you think?
David Miskit, hotel manager, takes a look at a development in Eugene, Oregon called the Waterford Grand. This development has achieved the very difficult task of infusing an assisted living community with boutique hotel design principles.
David Miskit's slideshow documenting an experience he had with his 95-year old father, when they attended the opening of the 21st year of Seeds of Peace, a summer camp where Israeli and Palestinian girls, among teenagers from other countries in the Middle East come together to form strong friendships