Welcome to the Kleber & Associates blog! Here’s the latest on the Hospitality Design Expo 2013 in Las Vegas

Popular Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas recently hosted the Hospitality Design Expo (HD Expo) providing design professionals the opportunity to meet manufacturers, build new relationships, listen to panel discussions and see the newest and best products on the market — all in one place.  With 900 exhibitors and over 7000 attendees this year, the 2013 HD Expo sponsored by Hospitality Design Magazine, welcomed interior designers, architects, owners, developers, specifiers, and product manufacturers from far and wide.

Color, Form and Function
Whether it was spotting the latest natural quartz colors available from Silestone Cosentino, discovering new colors for solid surfaces from Hanwha Surfaces L & C, or gazing upon the latest tile designs from Florida Tile, attendees were completely surrounded by beautiful products.

Schluter Systems offers innovative installation systems for tile and stone, such as their Schluter-KERDI-LINE, a low profile linear floor drain which enables the use of large-format tiles and creates interesting design opportunities for aging-in-place and handicap accessible bathroom shower options. Exhibitor Tile Redi displayed a wide selection of Ready-to-Tile™ products including one-piece shower pans in a variety of models.

Offering a vast selection in both style and texture in manufactured cast marble, Mincey Marble Manufacturing also has a line of eco-friendly products.  Their new Minceygreen products are made from 30% recycled materials, available to the consumer seeking sustainable home and building products. We were pleasantly surprised to continue to see sustainable products and design strategies represented at every turn.

Of particular interest, we learned more about all subjects related to shower door product design, including how they literally “reinvented the shower door wheel” from the team over at Cardinal Showers.  They hand cast all of their glass in-house while maintaining a large variety of textured glass options.

Furniture Design
Hospitality Design is all about the functionality and aesthetic of the basic things we use every day, carefully designed and assembled to form a pleasing user experience.

We were impressed with the beautiful flooring designs from Interface Hospitality. Their modular carpet tile system reflects smart design combined with flexible practicality.

Outdoor Living
The beautiful weather we found in Las Vegas this week had us dreaming of outdoor living.  In fact, as far as we’re concerned, no outdoor living space is complete without a fireplace.  The team over at Napoleon Fireplaces has already thought of everything you need to enjoy a cozy fire, inside or out.  There are no limits (except maybe your imagination) to where you can put a fireplace these days! Beautiful Danver stainless steel cabinets were also on display, showing the latest features available in attractive and functional outdoor kitchen design, just in time for Memorial Day.

New to HD Expo
Two manufacturers new to this year’s Expo are Artwall and Astek Wallcovering. Artwall is an attractive and versatile prefinished modular architectural wall panel system with application for any type of wall, in many different finishes.  Astek Wallcovering as well, offers a vast array of wallcovering design styles, colors and materials.  They are among the leading providers in specialty wallcovering, featuring advanced digital printing.

An HD Expo 2013 show highlight was the beautiful reclaimed wood available from Authentic Pine Floors; along with the interesting stories to match.  So much history.  So much beauty. For more than 20 years, HD Expo has been the premier trade show for the hospitality design industry showcasing the newest and most innovative products and services in Las Vegas each May. We had a great time again at HD Expo 2013 this year, and look forward to returning in 2014 – see you there!