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October 21, 2023 – NEWH/South Florida held its Annual Golden Palm Awards, a spectacular event honoring the top ID firms, presenting prestigious design awards, and distributing scholarship funds. The enchanting evening took place at the Penthouse at Riverside Wharf in downtown Miami, with the theme “Journey to India.” Click here to check out the picture slideshow!



May 25, 2023 – NEWH/South Florida attended a hotel tour of the amazing Nobu Miami, thanks to Annual Sponsor, Point Outdoor. The members had a great time checking out the hotel and then mingled by the pool while enjoying tasty bites and drinks. Click here to check out the picture slideshow!




March 11, 2023 – NEWH/South Florida hosted a Member appreciation Early Derby Hats Off brunch at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables.  Click here to check out the picture slideshow!





October 22, 2022 – Annual Golden Palm Awards honoring Top ID firms, presenting design awards, and giving out scholarship funds. This was held at the Hyatt Regency downtown Miami, theme was Rio Carnival. Click here to check out the picture slideshow!




June 9, 2022 – NEWH South Florida Chapter’s annual bowling fundraiser. This was held at Bowlero and this year’s theme was Disney. Scholarship money was raised and a good time had by all! Click here to check out the picture slideshow!





March 5, 2022 – NEWH/South Florida hosted a Member appreciation Hats Off brunch at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables. Lovely Saturday soiree celebrating ‘305’ culture and honoring our TOP ID firms. Click here to check out the picture slideshow!




October 22, 2021 – NEWH/South Florida hosted The Golden Palm Awards, an evening dedicated to recognizing both local designers and hospitality students. Local design firms were awarded for their most recent outstanding projects that exemplify hospitality excellence. Collegiate hospitality students were recognized for their talent and abilities through scholarships to assist in propelling them forward to their hospitality-related careers. Click here to check out the picture slideshow!


October 16, 2020 – NEWH/South Florida held its Golden Palm Awards event where we awarded Hospitality Excellence within multiple categories including, restaurants, guestrooms, hotels, resorts, public spaces, cruise/yachts and many more. This year we also gave out $30,000 in scholarships, a Joyce Johnson Award and highlighted our Top ID firms for 2021! Click here to check out our video recording!


February 27, 2020 – The Monthly Mingle for NEWH South Florida included a hotel tour on February 27th at the Le Meridien Dania Beach Hotel. Cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres followed by a guided hotel tour provided a backstage pass to the 19,000 SF of Event + Meeting Space, multiple Minimalist style decor guest rooms, TORO Latin Kitchen + La Bibloteca de Tequila library. Located just steps from the famed Design Center of the Americas, it is owned by Charles Cohen. The head designer was David Ashen from Dash Design in New York. Taking cues from the brand’s mid-century design aesthetic, the top-to-bottom conversion of the property brings to life Le Méridien’s distinctive French heritage and the allure of the Côte d’Azur to South Florida.

Throughout the hotel guests will find inspirations of the sky and sea with subtle details. For instance, the lobby chandelier represents the Constellations that the early navigators used to find their way to Fort Lauderdale through the waterways. The concept is then is further connected into the floor with custom terrazzo tile with Ode to the Indigenous people of South Florida + Morse code on the reception desk wall.

The modern guestroom design exhibits touch of blue and grey to reflect the destination, featuring custom-made headboards with copper etching with mappings of the city inlaid into the wood veneer. As well as local photography captured by Elizabeth Gill Lui that celebrates the diverse architecture and environment of Fort Lauderdale. An amazing experience; we are honored to have experienced the hospitality + generosity of the beautiful Le Meridien Dania Beach!


February 1, 2020 – NEWH/South Florida chapter partnered with FIU School of Architecture for the D3E student conference Saturday, February 1st. It was centered across the student body: architecture, interior architecture, landscape architecture as well as environmental and urban design. The conference highlighted the opportunity to network with professionals across multiple disciplines exposing experience + knowledge in direct relationship with the student’s portfolio professional review + job prospects.

Multiple workshops filled the morning + afternoon with an array of guest speakers; paired with a cutting-edge tradeshow to close out the day. This event provided a new way of thinking design… From a student’s perspective, Amalia Morejo (Interior design student) states. “As I walked through the venue, I saw a lot of familiar faces from the industry and faculty. I was happy to experience how this event was all about giving back to the students by providing us portfolio reviews, head shots, workshops and networking opportunities. During the industry fair we as students got the opportunity to meet reps who were teaching us about their products and industry’s associations. D3E has not only influenced the student but also the professionals and sponsors who every year get involved to make this event worth attending to.”


November 12, 2019 – One Design Community is a branded partnership between NEWH, IIDA, ASID and AIA, which emerged to unite the design community through philanthropy projects. On November 12th, we launched One Design Community, Gives Back! event at CVLTVRA Restaurant at The Gabriel, a Curio Hotel in Downtown Miami. Our event collected over 200+ toy donations. The donations collected benefitted the Inn-Transition South, South Miami Police Department and the Family Resource Center of South Florida. Through the One Design Community brand, all organizations have now pledged to host 1 to 3 events per year. We are excited to unite the design community and make a big impact in South Florida!



October 25, 2019 – NEWH/South Florida hosted its annual Golden Palms Awards October 25, 2019 at the Rusty Pelican on Key Biscayne, Florida. The night was set in a bright and Caribbean atmosphere filled with Cuba’s culture og vibrant décor, old world cars and flashy colors. Attendees were dressed to impress, it was a fun filled night of celebration + dancing to honor the scholarship recipients + announce the 2020 NEWH South Florida board. The videos of the student awards made it warm and emotion as they thanked our chapter for helping them financially for school and giving them better opportunities. We would like to thank the design firms for their participation at our annual award show! click here for full slideshow



September 26, 2019 – NEWH/South Florida held its monthly mingle on September 26th at The Wilder located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The atmosphere was ecstatic, with details of wood paneled walls and ceilings accentuating the naturist charm. Design was a sight to behold. What made this space so unique? Twenty local artists are live painting openly feeling the music while lights shine on the production of creativity. Delightful nibbles are complemented with hand crafted cocktails; highly recommend next time you are passing through.




August 22, 2019 – NEWH/South Florida held its monthly mingle on August 22nd at a new local gem in the heart of West Palm Beach, Florida at Todd’s on Dixie Highway. Its exhibits culinary artistry to demonstrate the idea of modern art, innovation and fine-dining shows the new push the owner is making. The restaurant venue is connected to an art museum that houses the owners work and others showing diversity in the art world and captivating the connection to food known as EmKo. We were graced with a tour of the amazing details that went into each aspect of creativity amongst all of the details within each space. In addition, we were given the opportunity to see the exterior sculpture gardens and how the pergolas which has the flexibility to function both as a stage as well as an opportunity for cooking demonstrations. The food is sourced locally and the F+B location hosts pop-up guest chef dinners and various culinary events making it vast in its potential to spike the taste buds of hoteliers as well as add to the dynamic culture!


June 27, 2019 – NEWH/South Florida hosted its Annual Marlins Game Event in Miami on Thursday, June 27th, it was a sight to see with one of our members catching a home run ball and meeting new faces in our networking community. All-though the game was close the Marlins didn’t pull the win but with fun, food and drinks, batter batter swing it was a hit!






June 6, 2019 – NEWH/South Florida hosted its Annual Bowling Fundraiser at Bowlero in Miami on Thursday, June 6th, and boy was it a ball! With over 28 participating sponsors, we boasted the highest turnout in the event’s history. Industry designers, manufacturers and clients enjoyed an evening of fun and laughter as they bowled amidst a fun Comic Book theme. We had super heroes and masked avengers taking their aim at bowling pins. Check out some of the pictures to see how these teams truly took the theme to heart. Many thanks once again to our sponsors and volunteers, without whom we could not have had such success and raised so much toward scholarship!


May 23, 2019 – NEWH/South Florida partnered with IIDA to host this wonderful event to network and recognize the work of Top ID firm Big Time Design. The concept discussion was insightful with the idea of a beer garden and eatery infused; it arouses the sense of community and solidarity of others. The turnout was amazing and so many great people within the design community itself showed support and fellowship. Great food, fun games and enjoying each other’s company is what networking is all about. Thank you to IIDA for joining us in this event and helping make this another successful mingle!


April 24, 2019 – NEWH/South Florida joined with Brown Jordan at there newly renovated showroom to have a night filled with fun, magic and outdoor furniture. The event was to showcase the new collection Oscar, from Ann Marie Vering. The new president David Kennedy and Florida Sales Representative Lawrence Weiner from Lawrence and Associates discussed the new changes at Brown Jordan and the development of their brand. They have revamped the logo switched to a contemporary and modern edge style to bring their products to what they are today. The new collection is sophisticated and pays homage to brands from the beginning with materials and craftsmanship. Lastly, we finished the night with a magic show for the books presented by the great Jonathan Black – Master Magician. Funny, fascinating and one to remember.


April 6, 2019 – NEWH/South Florida celebrated design excellence and scholarship with commemorative Members Only & Top ID Appreciation Brunch on Saturday, April 6, 2019. With the beautiful glass surrounds in the atrium of the Coral Gables Resort and the amazing well-dressed individuals this was a sight to see. Our sponsors, design guests and industry professionals enjoyed an afternoon of networking and delicious brunch. Thank you so much for the support of our sponsors, Panel Host, Student Panelists and Top ID Firm Recipients for being a part of this amazing event!



March 28, 2019 – Our NEWH South Florida Chapter came together at the monthly mingle to enjoy good food and great company as we networked and took in the outside area of this lovely establishment that is in a good area within the community. We had great fun and good conversations as we enjoyed each others companies.




March 12, 2019 – NEWH/South Florida hosted a Wine & Design focused on Asian cuisine with industry sponsors and ID sponsored individuals from various firms from across South Florida. Learning to cook with adventure and excitement, The Real Food Academy gave a great show and assistance with helping members and guest learn the art of cooking Asian dishes. From Traditional Dumplings, Beef seared salad with ginger dressing to Sushi and Banana Flambé for dessert it was a night to remember.



February 28, 2019 – Our NEWH South Florida members and guest enjoyed a fun and informational evening at the new restaurant known as Etaru Los Olas, a Japanese Grill and bar located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida Designed by Giancarlo Pietri from Urban Robots Associates Architecture Firm. The food was amazing with the focus to detail and infuse of Asian culinary cuisine. The decor was elegant and created an immersing feel of culture.




February 9, 2019 – It was an honor to be the chosen city host for the NEWH Leadership Conference. Every two years the event pivots locations across the US. We welcomed all aspects of hospitality: designers, brand + ownership representatives, vendors, + aspiring students. A big thank you to all the sponsors who helped make the show a great success at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami. The speakers provided words of encouragement + insight to the growth curve of the industry, as well as technology advancement experience and predictions of design development. One of the most cherished memories was the captivating stories of the scholarship recipients to the powerful movement of Generation Z. As a final Bon Voyage the NEWH South Florida Chapter hosted the Closing Party on the Vista Terrace at the beautiful Frost Science Museum.

January 23, 2019 – NEWH/South Florida members and guest enjoyed a fun fill night at the American Airline Arena, socializing and enjoying good food and drinks while watching the game to be immersed in the hospitality of the basketball scene in Miami.






October 26, 2018 – NEWH South Florida celebrated design excellence and scholarship at the Golden Palm Masque rade event on October 26, 2018. With the Downtown Miami skyline as the backdrop, we welcomed industry sponsors, designers and students for an evening filled with recognition and good times. (click thumbnail to the right for slideshow or click here to see all photos)



May 21, 2018 – NEWH South Florida Hosted its Annual Bowling Fundraiser at Bird Bowl and it was a huge success. We sold out 20 bowling lanes and enjoyed many fun T-Shirt and Team Name contests. Many thanks to our sponsors and design community for participating in this crowd favorite.




April 15, 2018 – NEWH South Florida celebrated its commemorative Members Only & TopID Appreciation Brunch on Sunday, April 15, 2018. Our sponsors, design guests and industry professionals enjoyed an afternoon of networking and great brunching. Many thanks to our sponsors, Founding Board Panelists and TopID Firm Recipients for being a part of this amazing event!



February 22, 2018 – Our members and guests enjoyed a gorgeous evening at Rooftop @ 1WLO with a guided tour by BigTime Design. All who attended enjoyed great networking, breathtaking views and a cool South Florida breeze.




December 14, 2017 – In December, we partnered with the South Florida Fire Fighters to collect toys for kids in need. All toys collected were donated to the Foster Children of Florida’s Medical Foster Care Program. Thank you to all our generous members and guests for their toy donations. It was a festive night indeed!




October 27, 2017NEWH South Florida hosted its inaugural Golden Palm Masquerade Award and Scholarship Dinner at the Hyatt Regency in Coral Gables. It was an amazing event due to the generosity of our sponsors, the creativity of our design industry and the participation of the many vendors and guests. We look forward to many more years to come of this fabulous event!




May 25, 2017 – NEWH South Florida hosted its May Mingle at Beaker & Gray.  This was the closing day of a 4 day Instant Karma Happy Hour Promotion wherein Beaker & Gray donated a portion of their proceeds to NEWH’s scholarship fund!  We had a great time with industry members and guests!




May 22, 2017 – NEWH South Florida enjoyed its annual Bowling Bash fundraiser at Bird Bowl Miami.  We had an amazing time with industry sponsors and designers throughout South Florida.  Many thanks to all those who participated!




April 27, 2017 – NEWH/South Florida held a private tour at The Standard in Miami Beach. Located on Belle Isle, The Standard Spa is less a “hotel,” and more an alluring spa with Guestrooms & Public Spaces set amidst peaceful and provocative tropical gardens. The breezy, soothing rooms feature private terraces and timeless classical furnishings.




March 23, 2017 – The NEWH South Florida Chapter held a monthly mingle at the Blue Martini in Boca Raton. Attendees enjoyed a casual night of networking.





January 26, 2017 – NEWH South Florida kicked off the 2017 year with an amazing tour and mingle at the brand new SLS Hotel in Brickell.  We would like to thank our generous sponsor – BermanFalk for helping to coordinate this successful event.  We had a tremendous turnout and enjoyed all of the networking and fun that came along with it!  Those who were lucky enough to attend were able to enjoy the very exclusive Liquid Nitrogen Caipirinha  at the Bazaar by José Andrés.



October 27, 2016 – The NEWH South Florida Chapter celebrated its annual SOFHIE and Scholarship Award event with a Masquerade twist.  Industry design professionals and vendors shared in an evening of fun, recognition and scholarship.  Many thank to the guests and sponsors.




September 22, 2016 – NEWH South Florida enjoyed an evening of drinks and networking at Boston on the Beach in Delray Beach.  Thanks to all our sponsors and guests.





August 25, 2016 – NEWH South Florida and IIDA joined forces to host the August Monthly mingle and Meet-Up at Rhythm at Vine in Fort Lauderdale.





July 28, 2016 – NEWH South Florida hosted its annual design event that this year featured custom Masks as designed by industry professionals.  Everyone in attendance was able to bid on these unique creations and enjoy cocktails and light bites throughout the evening.




May 23, 2016 – NEWH South Florida hosted its annual bowling event and it was a hit once again!  Thanks to all of our fantastic lane sponsors and amazing industry bowlers.





March 22, 2016 – NEWH South Florida Hosted a Regional Tradeshow in sunny Miami at the Marriott Airport Convention Center.  Thank you to all of our exhibitors, sponsors, attendees and speakers for making it a great event.




March 20, 2016 – The first ever Art Melange and Polo event took place in South Florida and was a tremendous success.  Guests enjoyed food, drinks, a polo match and live music entertainment.  We auctioned some beautiful art pieces and enjoyed a lovely afternoon with sponsors, guests and industry professionals.




January 28, 2016 – NEWH/South Florida enjoyed an extraordinary evening of networking and brewery at the first annual monthly mingle at Concrete Beach Brewery in Wynwood.  Guests were able to tour the 2015 Sofhie Award Winning Brewery which was designed by EoA, Inc.  Malcolm Berg shared his design insight at the event while guests enjoyed freshly brewed craft beer and great company.  Thanks to all who attended this cool event!



December 10, 2015 – NEWH South FL honored the 2016 Top ID firms, 2015 Sofhie Design Winners and 2015 Scholarship recipients at this year’s event.  Many thanks to all of our sponsors and congratulations to all of the winners.




July 23, 2015 – The South Florida Chapter enjoyed an evening of cocktails and networking in Fort Lauderdale at the very hip Tap 42.





July 13, 2015 – NEWH’s South Florida Chapter enjoyed an evening of bowling and good times with local industry vendors and professionals.





June 18, 2015 – NEWH/South Florida hosted its Design a Chair event at Rubell Family Collection. Guests enjoyed a tour of RFC’s new exhibitions, and renowned and respected designer, Michael Wolk, as guest speaker. Many thanks to all of our sponsors and participants who helped make the Design-a-Chair event possible.  We had 12 entries and were able to raise funds to go toward our chapter scholarships.



May 28, 2015 – South Florida enjoyed an evening of food, drinks and networking at Sugarcane in May.  Check it out.



February 26, 2015 – NEWH South Florida hosted its February Monthly Mingle at Cibo.  Many thanks to all designers, vendors, industry reps and guests that attended.



August 28, 2014 – NEWH/South Florida’s held a monthly mingle at Cibo Wine Bar in Coral Gables. Attendees enjoyed an evening of networking.





June 2, 2014 – NEWH/South Florida’s Rock ‘n Bowl Bash held at Bird Bowl in Miami, FL. Attendees enjoyed a fun night of networking, raffle and prizes.





May 7, 2014 – NEWH/South Florida hosted an Enchanted Evening and Tour of the world famous art at The Rubell Family Collection. The event also highlighted Magic Wands that were auctioned off and with proceeds benefiting The Children’s Cancer Fund.




April 1, 2014 – NEWH/South Florida hosted a design discussion by EoA and Exclusive Hotel Tour of the recently renovated Lord Balfour Hotel in Miami Beach.





December 10, 2013 – NEWH/South Florida hosted a Festive Holiday Celebration of Excellence at the Historic Coral Gables Women’s Club in Coral Gables, FL. Awards were given to student scholarship recipients, SOFHIE Design awardees, and Silver Star inductees who included Lorraine Bragg, Cindy Guthrie, Bob Seiden and Diane Sobo.




September 22, 2013 – NEWH/South Florida hosted the AMERICAS Golf Outing. Golfers enjoyed a hole-in-one, putting, closest to the pin and longest drive contests.