In this new series, Hospitality Design magazine's editor in chief Stacy Shoemaker Rauen will talk with influential hotel and design leaders on how they got to where they are today, what drives them, and their biggest lessons learned navigating an ever-changing industry.
Episode 90: Kia Weatherspoon
A champion of diversity and inclusion, Kia Weatherspoon founded Determined by Design 10 years ago with the belief that everyone deserves well-designed spaces. Together, they’ve created intimate, community-oriented projects including Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books in Philadelphia, and multifamily housing units in Washington, DC, using what Weatherspoon calls Design Equity to create an elevated standard for all, rather than luxury for a select few.
Episode 89: Lionel Ohayon
Lionel Ohayon says "The most important thing you'll ever do is design your own path." Since founding ICRAVE in 2002, Ohayon has taken a transformative approach to design, integrating technology in spaces from hospitals to airports. After 20 years of award-winning work, ICRAVE has joined forces with Futures Intelligence Group and Skilled Creative to create Journey, a futurescaping company to imagine and execute the next generation of hospitality.
Episode 88: Lisa Simeone and Gina Deary, KTGY Simeone Deary Design Group
Design duo Lisa Simeone and Gina Deary met while working at a firm in Chicago in the 1990s and became fast friends. Realizing they had a similar vision and passion for design, they took a leap of faith founding their own firm Simeone Deary Design Group in 2002. Their thoughtful approach can be seen in projects such as the Detroit Foundation Hotel and Hotel Kansas City—two historic buildings transformed into modern properties while retaining a strong sense of place. Named Hospitality Design magazine's 2022 Design Firm of the Year, these two—now principals of KTGY Simeone Deary Design Group, after a recent merger with the architecture firm—show no signs of slowing down.
Episode 87: Tom Dixon
From learning how to weld for practical reasons to designing the iconic S-Chair for Cappellini to founding his eponymous label, Tom Dixon took an unconventional path to becoming one of Britain's most renowned designers
Episode 86: Roman Alonso
Before founding Los Angeles-based Commune Design in 2004, Roman Alonso let his curiosity lead the way. Following his affinity for art and design led to experiences working for Hearst magazines, Barney's, renowned fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi, and founding his own publishing company Greybull Press. Informed by his multifaceted career, Commune Design leads residential, commercial, and hospitality projects for clients like Ace Hotel, Opening Ceremony, and Goop.
Episode 85: Susie Ellis
Before the term "wellness" became a buzzword and grew into the trillion-dollar industry it is today, Susie Ellis was championing the cause. In 2014, she founded the non-profit organization Global Wellness Institute dedicated to research and educating both public and private sectors about preventative health measures. As Chairman and CEO, Ellis also oversees the organization's annual Global Wellness Summit and Global Wellness Tourism Congress which bring together experts from around the world to share knowledge and influence change. Since the pandemic, Ellis has seen health and wellness brought into the public eye like never before and is happy to continue her groundbreaking work to help change peoples’ lives.
Informative Engaging Entertaining
I love this podcast so much! Stacy’s insightful interviews allow her guests to share the full spectrum of their professional experience. Which also gives us a glimpse into their passion, vision & character. I eagerly await each episode!
I truly enjoyed the podcast episode with Kane Sarhan. It is/was very insightful and inspiring to hear Kane share his stories and evolution from small town to big city. It’s very interesting to glean from those that have ‘what it takes’ to comprehend risks and accept the challenges that make others crumble in the wake of achievement.
Your cadence and questions are always spot on. Keep up the great work!
Insightful, but wish more designers were interviewed
Great podcast. Would love if she interviewed more designers, like Liubasha Rose, as opposed to business people. Or it would be cool if there were mini-episodes where she interviewed Lead Designers from some of the best hospitality interior design firms to ask about their process for a project, their inspiration, their approach to materials, etc. (it doesn’t have to be the CEO or president of a design firm, even a Project Lead would be very fascinating.). The interviewer asks insightful questions about people’s design process and lets the guests finish their thoughts, which is so rare in podcasting and excellent.