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City to watch

Playing on my iPod
Emmylou Harris and classical music

Travel wish
I would love to travel to the South Pole, have a driving holiday up the west coast of Sweden in summer, and have time for more weekend breaks in between times

Outside the office, you can find me…
Drawing and painting…but there is never enough time

Favorite restaurant for design
The Delaunay in London…and I have the great joy of knowing that it was designed by one of my protégés

Happy place
In my garden

Jan Wilson
Managing Director
RPW Design

Projects on the boards
Hotels for InterContinental, Hyatt, Hilton, Okura, as well as individual owners, in places as diverse as London, Amsterdam, Sweden, Norway, and two countries in the former Soviet Union; and the latest addition to the Saga fleet of cruise ships

Recently completed projects
The Royal Suite at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, London, the Hyatt at Capital Gate, Abu Dhabi, Hotel Okura Amsterdam (pictured), and the Stafford Kempinski Hotel, London

Guilty pleasure
A foot massage…every day would be fine
If I wasn't a designer, I would be...
A designer. I have been making and designing things for as long as I can remember. I am just lucky that I get paid for doing it.

Greatest accomplishment

My three amazing son

Books on my nightstand
The Hemlock Cup by Bettany Hughes, and The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes—I’ll be surprised if we don’t see it take an Oscar in a year or two if it’s made into a movie

Can't live without
A regular workout (a swim or the gym); or rather I can but I’m grumpy and horrible to live with if I don’t

People wouldn’t know that...
I am a total South Park addict. I love its outrageous commentary on contemporary Western society.

Can always watch
Antiques Roadshow and anything involving David Attenborough


hdtalks: the interviews

During HD Expo 2014, Hospitality Design’s Michael Adams sat down with HBA’s Michael Bedner to talk about his half-century in the hospitality design industry. View the video.



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