Gina LaVecchia Ragone

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Restaurant Hospitality
Great Room: A designer's tour of NYC's Gabriel Kreuther restaurant

If a chef-restaurateur is lucky enough-and has the financial backing-to open a restaurant on one of Manhattan's highest-profile blocks-and, if that street-level dream space happens to boast soaring ceilings and span 14,000 square feet (huge by NYC standards), he'd better be smart enough to hire an elite designer to create his public spaces.

Restaurant Hospitality
Tom Colicchio's Craft tests no-tip lunch

Tom Colicchio of Craft and "Top Chef" fame is embarking on a bold experiment: adoption of a service fee-included, no-tipping policy.

Visual Merchandising + Store Design
Mix and Matches

Matches launched its first store in 1989. Now, with 14 boutiques across London, its Wimbledon flagship is getting a luxurious makeover.

Restaurant Hospitality
9 restaurants we're dying to try

A host of great new restaurants have opened their doors in recent months. From a chef-driven, farm-to-table spot in suburban Michigan to a craft cocktail concept in Miami, culinary creativity, inviting dining rooms and inspired ideas make these concepts worthy of watching.

Restaurant Hospitality
Trend watch: The rise of food halls

Food halls have been opening at a rate that's made them difficult to ignore. What's not to love, from the guest's perspective? They can pick and choose elements from different vendors to create just the elevated, often chef-driven meal they want.

Visual Merchandising + Store Design
Two-minute tour: Seoul, South Korea

The Numbers South Korea's booming capital, Seoul, is the country's largest city, with more than 9.7 million people residing in its borders. Home to major players in the electronics and automotive industries, like Samsung, LG and Kia, its global household names have made its economy the thirteenth largest in the world.

Restaurant Hospitality
Marc Forgione goes casual

Marc Forgione might be best-known for his Michelin-starred Restaurant Marc Forgione, as well as his successful turns on the Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef and Iron Chef America, but the chef-restaurateur is turning his attention to a different arena: fast casual.

Visual Merchandising + Store Design
Design detail: Urban Decay

Urban Decay's first brick-and-mortar store is bringing the brand's industrial-glam aesthetic to life.

Restaurant Hospitality
Cashing in on retail

The line between restaurants and retail is getting blurrier. Grocers are expanding their carryout and dine-in offerings while traditional restaurants are discovering the profit potential of retail.

Visual Merchandising + Store Design
The end of the mall?

While recent headlines have sounded the death knell for the traditional mall, don't count the indoor shopping center out just yet. Michael Ellis, director of international architectural firm 5+design says that "Despite the Internet, despite the swing of the pendulum toward outdoor shopping environments, the mall is not becoming extinct."

Hotel Design
Las Vegas gets real

In a city defined by over-the-top, thematic construction, the ten high-rises of MGM's CityCenter provide modern, urban and refined relief in flamboyant Las Vegas.

Hotel Design
Color forecast

While neutrals remain the basis for hotel design, bold color choices are infusing energy and making statements in the guest room.

Strongsville, OH Patch
Young Cancer Survivor Shines on Fashion Runway at the Q

Eli Asmar's bright blue eyes sparkle as he talks enthusiastically about his favorite basketball players and recounts their statistics from what seems like an endless knowledge of the sport. What the 8-year-old doesn't remember, to the relief of his parents, is his battle with pediatric cancer five years ago.

Visual Merchandising + Store Design
Portfolio: OPSM, Luxottica, Sydney

To more fashionably fuse the clinical requirements and retail goals of its 400 eyewear stores worldwide, Milan-based Luxottica Group tasked Ziba Design (Portland, Ore.) with creating a prototype that would serve as a model for all the optical-wear giant's retail brands on four continents.

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