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Funky Friday: The Hospitality Design Expo Edition

May 16, 2014 at 2:58 PM | by | ()

Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

As the Hospitality Design Expo wraps up this week, we thought it might be fun to wing it and look for a Funky Friday subject as an individual product, straight from the exhibit hall floor. While we can’t say we saw every booth at the show, we found one that stood out to us and seemed like an ideal candidate. The more we looked at this functional and fashionable accessory, the more we saw it as a creative design solution worthy of a Funky Friday highlight.

These are freestanding, outdoor gas heaters resembling, in extra large size, a stylish table lamp. The Kindle Heaters, made by Southern California-based Kindle Living, are offered in a range of mood-generating designs and even colors, as seen in the photo. The obelisk-shaped heater in the center, the Sierra — and we love this one — is a limited edition piece crafted of "responsibly grown" African Mahogany, inspired by the dramatic California coastline. You would never know a gas tank is hidden in there. All of the heaters feature sustainable design and materials, and there is one style that is actually a lamp with a rechargeable battery.

It is easy to look at these heaters in a context of a display and think, yeah, these are funky. In a real world design application however, they can really dress up a rooftop lounge and bring the personality of the hotel and its guests, not to mention a little extra warmth, to the outdoors.

[Photo: Analee Cole for HotelChatter]

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