A boutique is any small, exclusive business offering customized service, especially one that sells fashionable items specializing in one aspect of a larger industry. BDNY is the time for boutique hotels to find the coolest, hippest design elements to enhance guest experiences. Each year I look forward to grabbing coffee and a bagel, putting on my comfortable boots and setting out to take in the show as well as touring the city. Boutique design and New York City are the perfect match. As you walk through the city, you’re surrounded by boutique hotels, shops and restaurants, giving you a chance to experience a few days of boutique life.
True to its name, BDNY booths showcased specialty design in hospitality. The booths are all similar in size, making the show a manageable event to tackle and find the latest, interesting, “one off” items to make hotel properties unique. The 2015 HD Expo themes of gold/bronze finishes, tactile, textural surfaces and natural, organic form continued at BDNY. I also found nature inspired freeform light fixtures, natural interlocking wood wall systems and specialty furniture items.
Flooring throughout the show was very organic, transforming from one pattern/shape to another. There were fabrics that demonstrated a deconstruction form between positive and negative surfaces. Luxurious velvets, natural hides, felts and woven textiles were abundant. These textiles connect natural fibers with high end luxury.
In the market for a bright, special accent piece? It could easily be found at BDNY. Crystal pendants, handcrafted inlaid gold mosaics, intricate cast bronze lamps, interlocking bronze wall panels, and elegant jacquard fabric were found throughout the show. The classic hounds tooth pattern was a popular geometric that popped up in furniture and fabrics. In wallcovering systems and flooring, the rectangular plank format was abundant.
Next up? I took my adventure to the streets to check out some of New York’s celebrated boutique hotels. Stay tuned to see what I found.