BDNY celebrates design competition winners

Boutique Design New York, the trade fair and conference for the boutique hospitality and lifestyle industry, gathered nearly 15,000 designers, architects, brand executives, hoteliers, developers, purchasers, manufacturers and other professionals at New York City’s Javits Center Nov. 12-13 to showcase new products and discuss the future of hotel design. 

In comparison to last year’s conference, the show saw a 16 percent increase in overall attendance, a 15 percent increase in qualified buyers and a 20 percent increase in exhibitors. More than 650 exhibiting companies participated, which included a greater international presence with more companies exhibiting from Spain and Italy, plus new pavilions from Portugal and Ukraine. 

Beyond the CEU-accredited stage designed by Goodrich, conceived as a talk-show studio sculpted through color and graphics, BDNY also featured four Designed Spaces, a signature of the show, which partners design and brand teams with manufacturers to create lounges and stages on the show floor. 1 Hotels crafted the Designed by Nature experience using sustainably sourced materials, layers of greenery and neutral-hued furnishings.

Imaginative Travel by Andaz, a collaboration between Hyatt and Host Hotels designed by Otherworld Creative and Within Light Studio, was a bar-at-sunset concept that balanced ethereal lighting and earthy textures to capture the essence of a beachside escape.

Rockwell Group used theatrical inspiration and subtly placed lighting to highlight iridescent fabric panels in darker jewel tones to emulate a supper club vibe in the ChromaClub.

KTGY + Simeone Deary Design Group was inspired by the Year of the Rabbit for Down the Rabbit Hole—part bunny hutch, part secret garden, with a hint of a mad tea party, to evoke conversation and build community and camaraderie.   

Competition Winners

The Best of BDNY 2023 Product Design competition and BDNY Best Exhibit competition winners were announced during the show. Chosen by two panels of industry experts, product winners and finalists were chosen across 14 categories for their aesthetic progress, functionality and innovation; while best exhibit honorees in four categories earned nods for creativity in design, visual impact, effective and efficient use of materials and outstanding use of space, color, texture, lighting and graphics in their display. 

This year’s best exhibit competition winners were Samuel & Sons Passementerie (small), JACLO Industries (medium) and Mittman Hospitality (large). Mittman Hospitality also won the best in show award.

Best of BDNY Product Design competition winners included ICON, WOW Design (architectural materials); The Park, Light Annex (art & accessories); Nu, Roca Bathroom Products (bath/spa); Bellina, Cortina Leathers (fabric); Outlander Collection, Daltile (flooring); Hug Armchair, Parla (furniture); Touchless Hand Sanitizer, Vaask (health & wellness); PushUp Pro Cordless Lamp, Zafferano America (lighting); Elegante Veneers, Havwoods (other); Obi, Expormim (outdoor); Bau, InSpec (seating); Double, Elli S.R.L. (sustainable); Between Rivers, Arte (wallcoverings); and Universe Drapery Sheers, Fabric Innovations (window treatments). 

The next edition of BDNY will be held at Javits Center, Nov. 10-11, 2024.