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Guilty pleasure
Wine and cheese

Hospitality product of the moment
Backlit mirrors

Greatest accomplishment
Developing Gensler’s global hospitality practice

Favorite travel destination
Mammoth, California, in winter, Kona in summer

Hotel I love for design (but didn’t design)
Park Hyatt, Seoul

Wish I had designed
Fallingwater and the Taj Mahal

Perfect day
No appointments, nothing planned

Tom Ito
Principal and Global Hospitality Practice Leader
Los Angeles

Recently completed projects
Shore Hotel, Santa Monica; Westin Phoenix Downtown; and Mr. C Hotel Beverly Hills

Projects on the boards
Westin Denver International Airport (pictured); Hyatt Regency, Incheon, Korea; Wyndham, Brazil; and the Beverly Hilton, Los Angeles

Why hospitality
Hospitality enhances all we enjoy in life as expressed through design, socializing, relaxing, entertaining, working, and experiencing different cultures throughout the world
I can always watch
The Food Network

Book on my nightstand
Peak by Chip Conley

People wouldn't know that I
Enjoy salsa and tango, have completed more than 10 triathlons, and compete regularly in recreational ski racing

Biggest pet peeve


Dream project
A new ski or island resort

Playing on my iPod
Beatles, Tito Puente, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, and the Black Eyed Peas

Cities to watch
 New York, Los Angeles, and Miami



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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