We are One

In the 10 years since they founded their young design firm, rising hospitality designers Lisa Simeone and Gina Deary of Chicago-based Simeone Deary Design Group can count such projects as Chicago’s elegant Elysian Hotel (now the Waldorf Astoria Chicago), the Hilton Dallas Park Cities, and the JW Marriott Indianapolis to their credit. Currently they are working on Loews hotels in Chicago, Nashville, Tenn., and Orlando, a new restaurant concept with Richard Melman of Lettuce Entertain You fame, and a JW Marriott and a Westin for White Lodging in the red hot city of Austin, Texas. They’ve also started a residential design studio. Interface talked to this busy pair—who approach their work as a team—about the formula for success behind their prospering firm, their fascination with technology, and the all-important role of design in the hospitality sector.

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