David Shove-Brown on Designing Post-Pandemic Hospitality

This week’s DMTV Milkshake guest is David Shove-Brown, a partner at // 3877, the Washington, DC architecture and design firm that he runs with his 30-year-old best friend, David Tracz.

With a host of completed projects for Marriott along the east coast and across the country, Shove-Brown is an expert on the dynamics of hospitality architecture – making it the perfect person to ask how the field will play out after the pandemic. “When the pandemic is over, people will want to sing and dance and hug and sit close together – they will want to sit on each other’s laps,” he says. “The lack of human interaction over the past year has left people very stressful, both physically and emotionally, and I think that once this is all behind us, people will be really excited to eat and travel together – and honestly have said I only have this human contact. “

In this milkshake, Shove-Brown shares how he runs his business – specifically how he manages the social currents in his award-winning company, both in terms of navigating working with his best friend and interviewing potential employees, to ensure a solid fit: “We certainly don’t always agree, but you focus on what moves us forward,” he says. He also takes us into his living room to answer our question about his first choice for wall art – sharing a striking family collection that could serve as home deco inspiration for design-minded families. “These rotating photos that you see behind me tell of our family, our friends, our adventures, our travels – all the good times we’ve had,” he says. “This is the wall that people in our house are commenting on, which is really cool.”

Some works by // 3877:

12 Stories Restaurant Collaborating design parties: // 3877 + SLDesign

Boqueria Architect & Interior Designer: Lesley Golenor Photo: Rey Lopez

Cranes Restaurant Photo: Rey Lopez

Junction Bakery Photo: Clarence Butts

Diana Ostrom, who has written for Wallpaper, Interior Design, ID, the Wall Street Journal, and other outlets, is also the author of Faraway Places, a newsletter about travel.

Milkshake, the first regular series from DMTV (Design Milk TV), shakes up the traditional interview format by asking designers, creatives, educators and industry professionals to randomly select interview questions from their favorite bowl or container. During their open discussions, you will not only get an insight into their personal housewares collections, but also valuable insights into their work, life and passions.

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