Hannah Collins: Designing True Stories of Hospitality

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Hannah Collins was still in art school when she approached San Francisco chef/restauranteur Adriano Paganini, then planning a new Mission District steakhouse, and asked to help out. She ended up designing Lolinda, a sleekly powerful space and launching a career around shaping some of the most striking eateries, lodging, and retail spaces in the Bay Area and increasingly, beyond. More recently Hannah, founder and principal designer of ROY, designed the luxury camping destination Yonder Escalante, described by Condé Nast Traveler “like parachuting into a design lover’s dream of the American West.”

Hannah joins the podcast to reflect on recent projects [Delfina, Yonder Escalante, Hi-Five Wine], as well as the roots of her passion for hospitality, how she’s growing her firm and why becoming a mother has made her a better designer. “At ROY we really see ourselves as telling other peoples’ stories,” says Collins. “We’re trying to pull their vision out of them and make it the best possible version they could imagine.”

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