Suzie Hall Shares 3 Ways Hospitality Design Will Change Due to Coronavirus

In Stacy Garcia's latest episode of Design Uncensored, she speaks with Suzie Hall about how hospitality design will change as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. 

10/20/2020
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Suzie Hall talks hospitality and modular design with Stacy Garcia in this episode of Design Uncensored.

Founder and President of Cornerstone Interior Design Suzie Hall recently spoke with Stacy Garcia for Design Uncensored. Highly regarded as a mastermind expert in the field of interior design and procurement, Hall gives insight into how she sees the hospitality industry reshaping and some trends we can expect to see!

3 Key Takeaways


1. RESHAPING HOSPITALITY

After 32 years of designing hospitality interiors, Hall certainly sees things changing in the industry due to the pandemic. First and foremost, she mentions that they still want the guests to have the entire hospitality experience where they are greeted by an actual person and feel they can be serviced when needed. They want the experience to be warm and welcoming to lessen people’s fear and anxiety with things like comfortable textiles and furnishings that are cleanable and healthy. One of the areas that will change the most is the lobby which Hall says will be socially distanced in layout. She said they are currently doing a lot of research on this idea!

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Residence Inn, Scottsdale, Arizona by Cornerstone Interior Design



2. FLEXIBLE DESIGN

Hall says her firm is currently designing with the idea of “guiding through flexibility”. This type of design speaks to social distancing as certain furnishings are smaller and/or easily movable. For example, former community tables have become small two-top or four-top surfaces to allow less people to sit at one table. Foldable Flip-flop tables will be easier to move and they won’t take up as much space when in storage. This design concept will ultimately allow for less contact as there will be more free flow space in an area.

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AC Marriott Santa Rosa by Cornerstone Interior Design

3. MOVING TOWARD MODULAR

For those who don’t know, Modular design in hospitality is the concept of independently creating and manufacturing each room of a wood and steel frame, then having them individually trucked to the construction site so that they can be separately modified or replaced if need be in the future. Hall has been designing a lot of these types of properties and says it’s because they do have helpful advantages such as quieter and safer working conditions for those who construct each piece. They also design geodesic domes which are a unique modular solution popular for many restaurants.

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Corporate Campus, Los Angeles, California by Cornerstone Interior Design


About Suzie Hall

Suzie Hall, ASID, LEED AP ID+C, is highly regarded as a mastermind expert in the field of interior design and procurement, with a specialty in modular design, and is one of the most sought-after designers and consultants in the West.  Hall is that unique blend of a creative visionary and left-brained facilitator. Results-oriented, innovative, and a strategic thinker, Hall has led numerous design teams to award-winning results over her 32-year career. Passionate, intuitive and communicative, Hall brings a powerful combination of skills to each relationship and project she undertakes.  Her portfolio spans the corporate, hospitality, luxury residential, and multi-family markets.


 

Designer Stacy Garcia
Designer Stacy Garcia focuses on patterns for hospitality and home.

Meet Stacy.

A leader in design, Stacy Garcia has built a global lifestyle brand featuring products with personality. Her designs aim to be inviting and add to the sense of well-being to all who enter a hotel or home.

Stacy strives to inspire designers and design-minded individuals to create distinctive environments that have a positive impact on others. Noted for her bold color combinations and unexpected designs, Stacy Garcia remains a leading innovator in the industry.

The Foundation

Stacy holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Surface Pattern Design from New York’s prestigious Syracuse University and studied Textile Design at Central St. Martins in London.

She began her professional career selecting color palettes and assisting in design and showroom development for Ralph Lauren’s Home Collection “I learned about the art of licensing and lifestyle from one of the masters in the retail world,” says Stacy of this pivotal experience.

Following her work with the iconic brand, Stacy was hired as Senior Designer for Richloom Contract Fabrics, where she directed the textile and pattern design collections for their hospitality division.

Blazes Own Trail

At age 26, Stacy decided to strike out on her own and founded LebaTex, a commercial textile supplier, named after her Great-grandmother, Leba. In 2004, she created the global lifestyle brand, Stacy Garcia. Both companies are headquartered in New York. Today, the Stacy Garcia design house produces designs for textiles, carpeting, wallcoverings, furniture, lighting, pillows and mosaics.

Stacy Garcia offers a complete design story in the hospitality industry. Stacy Garcia branded products can be found in five-star hotels, resorts and residences across the world.

At Home in the World

Taking a global perspective on design comes naturally to Stacy. She was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, to parents who she says, “Spent a little too much time following the Grateful Dead on a motorcycle.” A descendent of German, Russian and Polish immigrants, Stacy is the mother of three boys and a recently adopted Russian daughter, and enjoys traveling with her family.

Connecting Through Design

“At the end of day, design is about wanting to feel connected,” says Stacy. “It’s a form of communication – a language. If you are part of a tribe of people, you feel more connected. I’m inspired by the designers, manufacturers and individuals with whom I work; and I hope to empower others to have the confidence to make their own connections and creations – in design and in life.”

To learn more about Stacy Garcia, visit her blog, life-styled.net or website, stacygarcia.com

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