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Wish I had designed
The Koldinghus castle renovation in Koldinghus, Denmark

Hospitality product of the moment
Classic Danish Kvadrat Maharam fabrics

Dream projects
A hotel in Malaysia and designing my own home

Restaurant I love for its design
Danji, two blocks away from our storefront, in New York

Greatest accomplishment
Twice nominated by the James Beard Foundation for outstanding restaurant design

People wouldn't know that
I almost attended the Culinary Institute of America, and that I was a DJ growing up in Detroit

Niels Guldager
Studio CMP
New York

Projects on the boards
A series of Japanese cake shops, a chain of chocolate stores, and a historic waterfront hotel in Panama City, Panama

Recently completed project
Vitae restaurant, New York

Why hospitality
I grew up in a Danish community that loved to cook and held large social gatherings, and I participated in the food preparation for those events. I say my Danish great-grandmother taught me how to cook.

Book on my nightstand
Mathematics of Space: Architectural Design, guest edited by George L. Legendre

Favorite travel destination
Northeast Malaysia and Six Senses resorts

Dream project
A new ski or island resort

Joseph Savin, professor, architect, and developer who worked for Eero Saarinen

Biggest pet peeves
A rendering that cannot be built, and a sightline into the restroom from the dining room

Guilty pleasure
Buying used vinyl records on eBay

Playing on my turntable
Cage the Elephant, Little Dragon, Jack White 45s, and Autechre box set



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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