From 12-13 November, the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center has received BDNY 2017 – Boutique Design New York. This year, the event expanded and welcomed more than 700 manufacturers and marketers of furniture, fixtures, lighting, seating, wall coverings, accessories and other design elements for hospitality interiors from all over the world. But Boutique Design is much more than just an array of exhibitors. In this edition, the BDNY 2017 highlights include several social events, more than 50 conferences and a Product Design Competition.
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The Best of BDNY 2017 Product Design Competition recognized designers and manufacturers of products that demonstrated functional and aesthetic progress and above all innovation in their respective category. The jury, composed by design professionals, selected 25 projects to the final, divided into 10 categories: Architectural Materials, Art and Accessories, Bath/Spa, Fabric, Flooring, Furniture, Lighting, Outdoor, Wallcovering and Other Projects. Besides the 11 categories winners (the Bath/Spa category awarded two winners, Dreamline and Victoria + Albert), the jury distinguished the project “Resin Tiles”, by Smith & Fong Co. Plyboo, with the Best of Show Award.
Project “Resin Tiles”, by Smith & Fong Co. Plyboo, winner of the Best of Show Award
The interactive BDNY 2017 was an intensive two-day opportunity to network, learn, expand one’s vision board and discover ways to do business better. The conference program included more than 50 sessions with over 100 industry game changers in their panels. CovetED selected 4 of those conferences for their global importance. “New in New York” joined the clients behind Hotel 50 Bowery, The Hoxton Williamsburg, MADE Hotel and the upcoming Virgin New York, who explored the good, the bad and the brain teasers of taking trendsetting projects from the concept phase to opening day in the nation’s most visible, competitive and often challenging urban market. “Brand Central” promoted the discussion about whether globe-spanning giants or powerful up-and-comers hotel brands want designers who talk their language. The “Investor Outlook” conference investigated what will the hotel pipeline look like for 2017 and beyond, where is the smart development money going, how will budgets reflect new guest demands, and what does that all means for clients’ choice of design partners.
Finally, a signature event, presented in partnership with NEWH, the sold out “Boutique Design Power Players: Women Leaders in Hospitality” session brought together women thought leaders in hospitality design, operations, investment and manufacturing for a lively, strategic discussion of the challenges, opportunities and trends facing the industry. These forward thinkers gave designers insider advice on how they can make the current hotel development and investment climate work to their advantage.
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Source: BDNY 2017, Smith & Fong Co. Plyboo