Boutique Design New York (BDNY), the leading trade fair and conference for hospitality’s boutique and lifestyle design community, returned to a successful in-person event, November 14-15, at the Javits Center. Thousands of industry professionals discovered products from more than 400 exhibitors, attended sessions covering top of mind topics—from new hotel brand initiatives and supply chain disruption to innovative hybrid hospitality concepts, and participated in newly launched matchmaking meetings designed to connect attendees and exhibitors with common product interests.
“There was an unexplainable energy on the trade fair floor this year. The sentiment that we kept hearing over and over again was that nothing replaces the value of in-person meetings, and everyone was clearly excited to be back together in New York. We’re greatly appreciate the attendees, exhibitors, associations, and industry and media partners that made our first event in two years so successful,” said Kevin Gaffney, Group Show Director and Vice President, Emerald.
“We were so thrilled to welcome the hospitality and boutique design industry back to New York to discover, network, and experience the unexpected. The vibe was incredibly upbeat, and it was great to see participants enthusiastically engaged in business exchange. From an exceptional display of product creativity and innovation and collaborative Designed Spaces on the trade fair floor to thought provoking educational programs, this years’ event was the place to be for learning, networking, and doing business,” said Michelle Finn, Vice President, Boutique Design Group.
Highlights of the two-day event included the unveiling of BDNY’s four signature Designed Spaces, which allows attendees to experience collaboration at its best in the form of exquisite lounges, cafes, and other gathering spaces throughout the exhibit floor. This year’s Designed Spaces included Bijou by Sims Patrick Studio, Hyatt Presents: Unapologetically Thompson, Villa Le Méridien by Marriott and Saguez and Dash, and Voyage Into…by Jeffrey Beers International, which besides showcasing showstopping designs, featured pop up talks and food and drink throughout the two days. Read more about the Design Spaces’ design teams and sponsors.
New this year was the BDNY Main Stage, where all CEU-accredited education sessions took place. Designed by Washington, DC-based firm //3877, the space offered a layered, lounge-like atmosphere for attendees to listen to enlightening panels with industry leaders and up and comers alike.
Spanning 14 categories for hospitality interiors, the BD Product Design Competition: Best of 2021 celebrates designers and manufacturers of products that demonstrate aesthetic progress, functionality and innovation. This year’s Best Exhibit winners were Art of Floors, Bryan Ashley, Provado, Renwil Hospitality, Stylenations, and Williams-Sonoma. Best Product winners included Teaki Tiles (Architectural Materials, Sustainable), Workshop/APD for Arteriors (Art & Accessories), Concretti Designs (Bath & Spa), KB Contract (Fabric), Tarkett Hospitality (Flooring), CF Kent Contract (Furniture), Vaask (Health & Wellness), Zafferano America (Lighting), hotelsigns.com (Other/Facets), DEDON (Outdoor), Expormim (Seating), and Innovations in Wallcoverings (Wallcoverings). View the full list of winners and finalists.
Additionally, all BDNY attendees were able to experience the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) and WantedDesign Manhattan in a one-time only co-location. With its emphasis on original and sustainable design, ICFF presented a broad range furnishing product for residential, contract, and hospitality environments. The co-location between BDNY, ICFF, and WantedDesign Manhattan brought over 14,000 total to the Javits Center during the two-day period.
The next edition of BDNY will be held at Javits Center, November 13-14, 2022. Registration for press and industry professionals is currently scheduled to open in July.