We enjoyed a wonderful dinner with Chris Robinson and Jai Messela of Brizo.
Libby Patrick and I recently returned from Boutique Design New York (BDNY). Now in its fifth year, BDNY presents more than 500 exhibitors displaying statement-making design products for hotels, restaurants, spas and casinos. The exhibits we saw included furniture, lighting, wall coverings, fabric, seating, accessories, artwork, carpet and flooring materials, as well as bath and spa for hospitality interiors. Beyond the trend-setting products, BDNY also hosts energizing events with the opportunity to network with leading hospitality industry professionals.
After seeing so many great design products and meeting manufacturers, designers and representatives from all over the country, I did a brief interview with Libby to share why she likes this event.
Q: What makes BDNY unique?
A: I continue to enjoy BDNY because of the smaller scale of the show compared to the Las Vegas show. It allows me to have more one-on-one-conversations with manufacturers and representatives.
Q: What is your favorite part of BDNY?
A: It’s hard to pinpoint just one thing. There are so many unique and innovative products to stay familiar with, but my favorite part is meeting new people, seeing lots of new products in two days and connecting with industry professionals and comparing notes that connect us and help each of us grow our businesses.
Q: What was the most unique product you saw at BDNY this year?
A: Gosh, there were quite a few! One of the really innovative products was the moving mural that JVA Art Consultants displayed. This artwork is based on time-lapse photography. It is mesmerizing and certainly captures your attention. It was fun to play Hospitality Jeopardy with Bridget Rooks from Benjamin West as the moderator. I always like to see the high end casegoods from Samuelson, the fabrics from SK and Valley Forge, the innovative lighting from Preciosa, the backlit mirrors at Seura, and the new bathroom fixtures and accessories from Brizo and Waterworks. I also loved seeing my friend Barbara Best Santos and others speak about adaptive use and the conversions of old buildings into hotels.
Below are some of the displays that caught Libby's eye. We look forward to attending BDNY next year!