Warren Gyulay and Diane Paz are co-founders of 1point0, a boutique interior design firm based in Toronto, Canada.
I first met Diane and Warren in autumn 2013 at HD Americas in Miami and was impressed with both their professionalism and engaging personalities. We shared a very enjoyable evening of eating, drinking and talking at length about interior design, the hospitality industry and (of course) art and photography.
The duo have produced many highly successful interiors projects during their respective careers. Today, as an entrepreneurial team, they are overcoming challenges not only related to meeting client requirements but also in managing and growing their design business.
In this article, Diane and Warren share their background and experience, business insights and creative process. Interior designers—both professionals and students—will find their story helpful and inspiring.
Please feel free to share your comments, questions and suggestions at the end of the article.
Hospitality is one of the most exciting and challenging areas of specialization for interior designers.
It’s also highly competitive. So designers, architects and project managers working on hotel contracts need to always be in-the-know about current best practices, design trends and specialty products.
And aside from knowing the latest styles, you should also stay informed about constantly shifting guest expectations.
Below you’ll find a list of the best information resources focused on hospitality design.
(These were selected because they all have an emphasis on the design of hotels. While some web sites and magazines might focus more on restaurants, nightclubs, spas, etc., the organizations below primarily serve designers working on hotel projects.)
All offer very high quality content and the coverage of relevant topics is both broad and deep. With these resources, you can
learn more about your clients, their company culture and their needs
know what your competitors are up to
find new ideas and inspiration for your design work
discover the latest products and materials
develop your career
Along with the design work you do for client projects, budget some time every week to stay current with industry happenings. You’ll keep your creativity at peak performance and maintain a competitive edge.
Interior designers working in hospitality now have a new resource for using my fine art photography in hotel interiors!
We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve recently begun a new partnership with HG Arts, based in Orlando, Florida, to provide more exciting, original artwork for the hospitality industry.
The new collection, available exclusively through HG Arts, currently features nineteen of my fine art photographs selected specifically for inclusion in hospitality projects. Going forward, new images will be regularly added to the collection.
Nat's book "Astratto Uno" features over 150 abstract photographs made over a period of nine years. You can get it in printed format or as a downloadable PDF. Get the details >
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“My husband and I commissioned Nat to make some pieces for our loft. His creativity and talent enabled him to make the perfect pieces for us. We absolutely love them and his professionalism and personable attributes make him wonderful to work with. Thanks Nat. Can't wait for more!” - Leigh Dale, Denver, Colorado