We pride ourselves on staying on top of what’s happening in design and industry news so that you don’t have to – and we pull what’s smartest and most forward-thinking together to save you the time of sifting through it all. It helps us keep tabs on what’s fresh, inspiring, and happening in the world – and we make a few headlines of our own, too.
A major recognition in the restaurant industry, the James Beard Awards announced semifinalists, including our friend and partner Chef Ann Ahmed in the Best Chef: Midwest Category for her restaurant, the Shea-designed Khâluna. Six other Minnesota chefs, restaurants and bars also received Semifinalist recognition. Congratulations to all, we’re incredibly lucky to be a part of such a celebrated dining scene.
If you’re looking for a new restaurant to try as we enter a new year, Minnesota Monthly’s list of Top 75 Restaurants is a great place to start your search. We’re proud to see so many of Shea’s partners and friends featured on the list!
With the additions of Michelin guides for Atlanta, Colorado and Florida over the last few years, Michelin Stars have been a hot topic nationwide. Many have questioned which locations receive guides, and why? Mpls.St.Paul Magazine joined the conversation with a new question, “is a Michelin Star worth it?”
Another voice joining the Michelin conversation in Minnesota is Star Tribune restaurant critic, Jon Cheng. In case you skipped the title, his answer is yes. And we’re excited to Gavin Kaysen’s Demi (Shea-designed) earn Jon’s vote for two Stars.
Luxury hotels have started to ditch their front desk in favor of individualized welcoming experiences for their guests. The Wall Street Journal seeks to discover if it’s truly a more luxurious experience or if forgoing lobbies removes the “heartbeat of the hotel.”
Hotel Designs explores how travelers’ wants and needs are driving change in design. Hotel brands have been growing their focus on wellness, incorporating local retail experiences and differentiating the design between locations instead of fitting into a single standard.
Creating success in retail comes down to having the right balance between physical, digital and human elements. Visual Merchandising and Store Design magazine (VMSD) outlines how to find that balance and create an environment that’s both aesthetically pleasing and functional.
As VMSD shared, successful retail is a balancing act. Fast Company further dives into the role customer service plays in the balance and why it’s key in a brick-and-mortar retail experience.