HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates is an international hospitality design firm headquartered in Santa Monica, California.
Leading the hotel design industry since 1965, the largest hospitality design firm in the world remains deeply concerned to the pulse of changing industry trends, which is governed by today’s sophisticated traveler. HBA’s international presence and depth of experience enables them to identify interior design trends at their source, make predictions about new directions and influence design standards worldwide.
HBA creates the signature looks of today’s luxury brands, independent contemporary boutique hotels, spas, restaurantes, urban resorts and more. All around the world, each HBA interior results in a unique and sensitive response to location, architecture and client vision.
The partnership of Howard Hirsch and Michael Bedner began when Howard hired Michael as an entry-level blueprint drafter.
They soon founded the company in 1965, becoming one of the first companies to market themselves as a hospitality design firm. Initially focusing their work on projects local to the United States, HBA began work on the Beverly Rodeo Hotel in Beverly Hills and Chez Voltaire, a restaurant in Florida.
Over time, HBA expanded its work internationally, establishing an office in Hong Kong and later an office in London.
HBA Hong Kong Office
HBA London Office
After a decrease in revenue between 2008 and 2010, newly appointed co-CEOs Ian Carr and René Kærskov expanded HBA’s services by establishing HBA Studio (design services for mid-tier and limited-service hotel projects), HBA Architecture(architectural design services), Illuminate (lighting design consultancy), and HBA Canvas (art budgeting, concept planning, and procurement/installation).
By the end of 2012, HBA’s sales increased 65 percent and hit an all time high for the company.
Background & Realizations
In 2013, HBA was voted one of the top three most admired design firms in the world by Interior Design magazine, and has won awards for other types of projects, including Best Luxury/Upscale Lobby, Best Spa, and Best Suite. See below some of them…
World-renowned as the “Number 1 Hospitality Design Firm ”, in 2013 HBA won The Hospitality Design Awards
or its work for Four Seasons Guangzhou:
Inge Moore, president of HBA Europe and designer for The Gallery HBA London, was named the 2013 Gold Key Designer of the Year.