IHMRS honors designs, designers and products

NEW YORK—The International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show and Boutique Design New York are still going strong through today at the Javits Center, but the show took time to honor the 'best of the best' in design and products.

Seven exhibitors received Editors’ Choice Awards, which recognize best new products within the categories of design, equipment and supplies, food and beverage, green, operations, tabletop and technology. From the seven winners, the Kenneth F. Hine “Best of Show” Award also was selected.

The 2013 Editors’ Choice Award winners are:


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Kenneth F. Hine “Best of Show” – Phillips Collection (High Point, N.C.) for the Bicycle Wall Panels.

Design – Fire Farm Lighting (Elkader, Iowa) for the Ribbon Chandelier, a low-energy, low-profile, even-lighting distribution. The fixture is scalable from 3 feet to 8 feet and more and can be combined with others to create larger chandelier installations.

Equipment & Supplies – The Vollrath Company (Sheboygan, Wisc.) for Mirage Induction Rethermalizer, a soup rethermalizer that doesn’t require water for heating, eliminating the need to fill and refill the unit with water.

Food & Beverage – TeaVert (Seattle, Wash.) for the single-use, fully bio-degradable, birch tea infuser. Each infuser is assembled utilizing a natural process without harmful use of chemical adhesives or staples.

Green – Phillips Collection (High Point, N.C.) for the Bicycle Wall Panels, fashioned from recycled bicycle wheels reclaimed in Indonesia. The Bicycle Collection turns the millions of bicycles discarded each year into art.

Operations – Xeros (Manchester, N.H.) for Xeros Cleaning System for Hospitality, consisting of a specialized laundry machine that uses polymer beads to extract dirt. The system uses up to 70 percent less water, 50 percent less energy, and approximately 50 percent less detergent as compared to conventional washing to deliver superior cleaning results.

Tabletop – Front of the House (Miami) for Harmony Bento, a prcelain interpretation of the classic bento box. It offers a multitude of modern compartmentalized serving options in six different configurations and twenty two mix-and-match accompanying pieces.

Technology – anyGuest.com for anyGuest.com, a mobile and online ordering application built to serve dine-in, room service, delivery and takeout.

Editors, including Stephanie Ricca from Hotel Management, from leading hospitality trade publications reviewed nearly 100 submissions of the latest products for the industry, and selected winners based on innovative product design, how a product answers a particular industry need, creative use of material or construction, and development or use of a new technology.

Meanwhile, design and designers were honored at the 33rd annual Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design.

The 33rd annual Gold Key Awards winners were:

Best Eco-Conscious or Socially Conscious Hotel
Minarc (Santa Monica, Calif.): Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel (Hengill, Iceland)

Best Guest Room — Luxury/Upscale
Rottet Studio (Houston): The James Royal Palm (Miami)

Best Guest Room — Midscale/Budget/Focused Service
Stonehill & Taylor (New York): Refinery Hotel (New York)

Best Hotel — Luxury/Upscale
Ministry of Design Pte Ltd (Singapore): Macalister Mansion (Penang, Malaysia, pictured).

Best Hotel — Midscale
SERA Architects (Portland, Oregon): Courtyard by Marriott - San Diego Downtown (San Diego)

Best Hotel — Budget/Focused Service
The Design Agency (Toronto): Generator Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain)

Best Lobby — Luxury/Upscale
HBA Design (Singapore): Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou (Guangzhou, China)

Best Lobby — Midscale/Budget/Focused Service
Simeone Deary (Chicago): Hilton Columbus Downtown (Columbus, Ohio)

Best Resort
J Banks Design (Hilton Head Island, S.C.): Hotel Castello di Casole (Casole D'elsa, Italy)

Best Suite
The Gallery HBA London (London): The Alpina Gstaad (Gstaad, Switzerland)

Judges for the 2013 Gold Key Awards included Ian Schrager (Founder and Chairman, Ian Schrager Company) and Claus Sendlinger (Founder and CEO, Design Hotels AG).