Tina Manis, our New York City Interior Design Leader, is profiled as part of Hospitality Design’s 5 Questions For series. In the Q+A article, Tina talks about how hospitality is beginning to influence healthcare, workplace and education design, while also sharing updates on current projects, teaching efforts and where she finds inspiration. Tina is widely respected in the industry for her ability to design spaces that strengthen identities, achieve performance goals and profoundly impact the human experience.
The full Hospitality Design Q+A is available online. Below are key excerpts
What trends do you see in healthcare, workplace and education spaces?
People are understanding design in much more sophisticated ways. They expect better experiences at the hospital, in a college residence hall, and in their workplace—they expect immersive experiences that make their lives more enjoyable. Borrowing ideas from hospitality design and embracing them allows us to push other industries to achieve competitive differentiation or bolster recruitment and retention.
Hospitality has long been delivering valuable immersive experiences and that’s what makes today rich for cross-market ideas and engagement. These touches and moments positively impact the human experience and can make all the difference. Today’s generation values experience more than its predecessors, and in many cases is willing to pay for them. This means hospitality design will have more opportunities and more impact informing projects in other markets moving forward. We should be designing to create memorable impressions in as many places as possible and ensuring equity across all cultures and economic boundaries who experience those spaces.
Where do you find inspiration?
It’s the city I live in and the people that surround me. Sometimes, I’ll take 10-mile walks to clear my mind and I’ll experience this flood of creative ideas. It’s those times when my mind is free of constraints that I’ll see and hear things to inspire new ideas. I’ve lived in many countries and experienced many people and places, which allows me to look at my surroundings in different ways. Because I’m able to work across so many sectors, I’m able to think outside of tired paradigms and connect ideas from disparate places. That cross-contamination of work and thinking is a great source for new inspiration.