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tvsdesign receives ASID Design Excellence Award

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The Georgia chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) hosted their 36th annual Design Excellence Awards gala honoring outstanding design in commercial and residential design. (more…)

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What Guests Want from Hotel Restaurants


39 million U.S. travelers choose a destination based on the availability of culinary activities, while another 35 million seek out culinary activities after a destination is chosen.

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Spotlight On: Porter Novelli Workplace Renovation


This vibrant public relations firm is comprised of energetic employees who are passionate about their work. It was critical for the first impression of the space to make a bold statement reinforcing the agency’s brand.

The reception area welcomes guest and employees with a powerful geometric design move that cannot be overlooked. The reception area establishes a sleek design language that incorporates deep orange pops of color against white and black backgrounds giving the space a recognizable identity.

It was a priority to provide the client with inviting spaces that serve as incubators for collaboration, brainstorming sessions and creativity. The final design composition supports a hybrid environment of workplace tools and technology with peer interaction, communication and collaboration.

Click here to learn more about Porter Novelli, or visit

For more information on the tvsdesign Workplace studio, click here.

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Steven Clem Honored at the 2014 IIDA Georgia Leadership Breakfast


photoThis morning, tvsdesign Principal and Interior Design expert, Steven Clem FAIA ASID IIDA, was an honoree and Keynote speaker at the IIDA Georgia Chapter’s Annual Leadership Breakfast.

Each year, IIDA selects a keynote speaker that invokes, encourages and inspires in our profession, and that has had a significant impact on the architecture & design industry.

There are currently just 9 cities that have the honor of hosting Leaders Breakfasts throughout North America, and Atlanta is the only city in the Southeast bestowed with the honor.

During his speech, Steve gave some very insightful advice to designers of all ages:

develop and respect relationships at every level of a project. The smallest
connections when treated with respect will come back to you in positive ways.

share your design vision with contractors, subcontractors, their superintendents
and those people who really build your work. Inspire their work and be open to
learn something new from them everyday.

never be afraid to THINK BIG – to see more in a project than a client can see
for themselves.

don’t doubt yourself. If you have achieved design success before you can do it
again. Always eagerly anticipate and cherish that moment that the clean, white
piece of paper is put in front of you to do what you love.
IIDA Leadership

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First Look: Marriott Marquis Washington D.C.

Marriott Marquis Washington D.C. nears completion

The Marriott Marquis, Washington D.C., the city’s first convention center hotel opened it’s doors for business on last Thursday. The $520 million hotel, which has an underground connection to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, is the District’s largest hotel, with 1,175 rooms and 83 meeting spaces. Below are some images of the facility via The Washington Post.

Click here to read more about the Marriott Marquis Washington D.C., or visit

Photos: Marriott Marquis opens its doorsTwo decades in the making, Washington’s first convention center hotel opens Thursday.

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tvsdesign creates new offices for Atlanta Hall Management


Atlanta Hall Management, the not-for-profit operator of the College Football Hall of Fame, has opened its new offices inside the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The offices are adjacent to the new Hall of Fame facility, which is currently under construction and slated to open its doors in August.

03452_000_N87_webviewtvsdesign created the offices to be at once nostalgic and inspiring. Elements such as the beveled entry portal, light coves and millwork are informed by collegiate typography. Large-scale custom graphics and an entry mural comprising archival photos from the museum fill a high-ceilinged space, leaving a dramatic impression. So as not to emphasize a particular team, a black and white color palette was created with accents of rustic wood and turf green.

“Our desire was to create a space that spoke of people’s love and passion for the game, while not seeming to affiliate with any particular team. That was a fun design challenge,” said Steven W. Clem, principal at tvsdesign and a 2014 Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. “We also wanted to pay homage to football’s past while keeping the offices modern through updated finishes.”


tvsdesign also is the project architect for the College Football Hall of Fame, which was recently awarded Best Design from The Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Best in Atlanta Real Estate Awards as well as a Best of the Best Merit Award from the International Interior Design Association’s Georgia Chapter. When it opens this fall, the $66.5 million project will total 94,256 square feet and contain 30,000 square feet of exhibit space and a 45-yard indoor football field that will double as a revenue-generating event space. The Hall of Fame also will feature historic and contemporary football relics, children’s activities, interactive multimedia displays, special event and activity spaces, and an interactive Game Day Theater.

The College Football Hall of Fame and Atlanta Hall Management‘s offices are located within walking distance of the Georgia Dome, site of the Chick-fil-A College Kickoff Game, the SEC Championship Game and the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. It’s also in what’s fast becoming the tourism and museum district of Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park. Patrons also can find other world-class attractions nearby, including the Georgia Aquarium (also designed by tvsdesign), the World of Coca-Cola, and the soon-to-open National Center for Civil and Human Rights. The College Football Hall of Fame is scheduled to open in August in time for the 2014 Chick-fil-A College Kickoff Game.

For images of Atlanta Hall Management’s new offices, click here, or visit

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Evolution of the Hotel Lobby: Drab to Fab


In this article from, writer Johnalee Johnston discusses the evolution of hotel lobby design, as hoteliers look for new ways to find balance between work and play for their guests. Our project, Hilton McLean Tysons Corner is used as a prime example of incorporating a technology lounge into their public space.  Click below to read more:

Evolution of the Hotel Lobby: Drab to Fabwritten by Johnalee Johnston | Posted on April 4th, 2014 Lobby & Technology Lounge, Hilton McLean Tysons Corner With business travel expected to increase in 2014, quite a few hotels are scrambling to develop ways of catering to a new breed of worker: the officeless employee. Business-centric nooks-a.k.a.

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tvsdesign Wins Two 2014 IIDA B.O.B. Awards


The bob Awards are held annually to recognize excellence in design and to promote creativity in the Georgia design community.

Awards were given to tvsdesign for:

Corporate Small Office Merit: Atlanta Hall Management Offices

Retail Merit: Plaza Trebol Aires

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Construction Update: Mall Plaza Oeste Aires


The Mall Plaza Oeste Aires expansion is the second property embracing Mall Plaza’s bold new ‘Aires’ brand, attracting a high-end tenant offering and upscale clientele. At the heart of this multi-story environment is an aspiring resort-like oasis: Sculptural gardens and cascading stream, incorporating floating cafes and living rooms, under the cover of an expansive glass roof, create an inimitable shopping experience.

Mall Plaza Oeste Aires is one of four retail projects tvsdesign is creating for developer and mall operator, Mall Plaza, that will set a new standard for progressive and sophisticated retail in Chile. In addition to Plaza Oeste Aires, tvsdesign is working with Mall Plaza on Mall Plaza Antofagasta, a high‐fashion expansion wing that just opened, Mall Plaza Egana and Mall Plaza Los Dominicos for a total development of more than 2.6 million sq feet of new retail space.

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Putting Regal Design Influences into Atlanta’s Hyatt Midtown

Hyatt Midtown Atlanta

The Award-winning renovated hotel is the newest Hyatt flag in Atlanta.


tvsdesign had a vision for the new Hyatt Midtown in Atlanta to have interiors that reflected the dynamism of the surrounding community. The hotel, a renovation of a property that had long ceased to express the neighborhood’s sophistication, needed a retrofit that would be inviting, energetic and beautiful.

Due to the project’s successful incorporation of smart design elements and local materials and themes, tvsdesign recently won the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Rehab-Renovation Deal of the Year Award.

tvsdesign was hired by Noble Investment Group as the interior designers to give the renovated hotel, just steps from Piedmont Park and Peachtree Street, the look and feel of an upscale, modern Hyatt property. The project’s architect was DLR Group of Overland Park, Kansas.

For our team, it was the perfect fit because of the firm’s extensive portfolio of hospitality projects as well as a long relationship with Hyatt Hotels that includes work on Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Hyatt Regency Atlanta and Hyatt Regency Denver.

04082_000_N6The design team went to work designing the guest rooms and public spaces. The 153,000-square-foot hotel underwent a massive renovation of the lobby, lounge, bar, restaurant and rooms, in addition to other major changes to the building and its surroundings that included new outdoor sculpture and a brighter facade.

At just under 200 rooms on a relatively tiny urban footprint, the hotel has small scale that created exciting design challenges.


“The hotel’s intimate scale created a great opportunity for our team to show how big design ideas can flourish in smaller spaces,” said tvsdesign Principal Liz Neiswander. “We were inspired to imagine more possibilities for the space, such as moving the restaurant to the North side so it has views of Midtown. Through our long collaboration with Hyatt, we feel like we’ve come to understand their brand and have successfully captured that here.”

Because of the smaller spaces available for the common areas, Neiswander said, tvsdesign made the seating in the bar, restaurant, lounge and lobby areas multi-functional and flexible so they could be used seamlessly throughout the day. When the restaurant, Fork & Juniper, is busy or Bar Juniper is full, the space can flex for one use or the other. Moving the restaurant to another part of the hotel allows natural light and views to flood through new 13-foot, floor-to-ceiling windows.

“Our design team was inspired by the idea that this hotel, which hadn’t been renovated in years, was a diamond in the rough and that we were turning it into the ‘Jewel of Midtown,’” added tvsdesign Senior Designer Lucinda Aron.