Interior Design Futuregreen Hospitality Forum is an annual event produced by Interior Design Magazine. It’s a one-day, intensive forum focusing on a single goal: envisioning sustainable hospitality’s future. Futuregreen brings together thought leaders from a range of disciplines and perspectives. Designers, brands, owners, and manufacturers gather to share ideas and work together with the mission of leading the hospitality industry to positively impact the environment and society.
Heidi Vassalotti, LEED® AP ID+C
Crossville served as a sponsor for this year’s Futuregreen forum, and our own Heidi Vassalotti, LEED® AP ID+C, Strategic Accounts division, attended as representative of Crossville in this exclusive, high-level gathering. Here’s Heidi’s firsthand take on the event.
Guest Post by Heidi Vassalotti, LEED® AP ID+C – Crossville Strategic Accounts
“I recently had the honor to participate in the Interior Design Futuregreen Hospitality Forum, an extraordinary think tank event. Crossville was one the few elite sponsors. I personally had some trepidation in attending on behalf of Crossville – not knowing what was in store, but it turned out to be a phenomenal experience. The attendees, a diverse group of architects, designers, hoteliers, and suppliers, arrived at Interior Design Magazine’s NYC headquarters in the Time Life Building, were greeted with brief introductions, and then shuffled into the awe-inspiring Material Connexion Library. The Material Connexion Library is a global material library of the world’s most advanced, innovative, and sustainable materials and processes. We were tasked with selecting materials that spoke to us and use it as part of our individual introductions – very fun!
Over the course of the next several hours, we were broken out into groups and participated in 3 sessions. Each session began with an introduction of innovative products not necessarily in use in current construction and continued with a challenge to flesh out ideas for potential uses of these materials in the hospitality industry.
Here are a few intriguing examples of the innovative materials we experienced at Futuregreen.
- a mushroom that grows without light within a week and can make a durable, hard surface material that is biodegradable
- an extremely strong skin-like material that is not moisture penetrable but allows air transfer and is made from fermented tea leaves
- a facing material made of organic material that changes its state to achieve optimal temperature equilibrium.
Process discussions were as equally riveting as material reviews. In addition to discussion of biomimicry, the conversation was elevated to include how the built environment can be one with nature and change in the same manner as the seasons.
The event climaxed with each group formulating their top ideas into cohesive pitches for future green hospitality concepts. Two judging panels, a peer group and a group of board members, voted independently on the ideas presented. I’m delighted to say my group was awarded both the People’s Choice and Futuregreen honors!
Margaret McMahon of Wimberly Interiors, Myrna Ulerio of Lefroy Brooks, Nancie Min of Clodagh, Ximena Hoyos of CetraRuddy, Maider Irastorza of Material ConneXion, Mary MacDonald of MACCI Design Studio, Steve Oakley of Stonehill & Taylor Architects, Heidi Vassalotti of Crossville, and Ilene Shaw of Shaw & Co. Productions. Photography by Erik Bardin/Polarity.co.
Hats off to Interior Design for putting together this amazing event, it’s this sort of awareness and exposure to sustainable technology that will perpetuate innovation in sustainable design above and beyond conventional metrics.”