Board Tours Building, Discusses Initiatives for November Fair
By Kelly Hushin
On St. Patrick’s Day, 2010, in the gorgeous heat of the unseasonably bright sun, boutique DESIGN publisher, Michael Schneider, and I joined our friends at GLM and the advisory board of boutique DESIGN New York (BDNY), for our first super official meeting and walk-through of Javits Center North, where the first ever BDNY show will be held this November. Though we encountered many green-clad civilians, for the most part, over on 12th Ave. we were out of the way of the commotion, and happy to be – the New York St. Patty’s Day partiers can get a little crazy.
While a few of our west coast board members couldn’t make it for the occasion (and you were sadly missed!) most of the NYC folks came out for a day of conversation, planning and – naturally – fun. Donning hard hats (only one was green, so I had to represent – my name is Kelly after all), we were guided through the space and told all about exactly how the space would function as an arena for the show. The new building is set for completion in May, and BDNY will be taking it over for two days in November (the 14th and 15th). The announcement of our show moving to Javits Center North was made one month ago, after a growing response to BDNY and changes in Javits Center’s construction and expansion planning which drove the decision.
Right now, as you can see from the photo, the building is still pretty raw, though the cement floor has been poured and is nearly ready for trade show trekkers. The new building, which connects directly to the main Javits convention center through a glass-faced corridor, will feature 40,000 square feet of column-free exhibit space with 40-foot ceilings and streaming natural light. The 95th annual International Hotel Motel & Restaurant Show which BDNY is co-located with will be moving its footprint south, so that it is directly adjacent to the BDNY connector. For those of you who attended last year’s IHM&RS, you’ll remember that the show was located at the southern end of the building, closer to 34th Street. This year, it will all move up, so that attendees to IHM&RS will have easy access to BDNY.
After a thorough walk-through of the space, we convened in a meeting room inside the Javits Center for refreshments and a discussion about the show. We talked about the special exhibit areas that BDNY will feature, some of the designers who will be involved in planning these spaces, trends that should be explored, potential seminar topics and what sorts of exhibitors both the vendors and designers on the advisory board would like to see at the show. Our two design pros present at the meeting, Mari and Winston, agreed that the kinds of seminars they'd like to attend are those focused on international efforts and hotel owner perspectives. Everyone agreed that a diverse list of exhibitors from all over the globe would be the most attractive offering our show could bring.
Michael and I, as well as Alex and Phil from GLM, took away lots of valuable information which we plan to apply to our planning as we forge ahead with the show. We'll be sure to keep you posted on its developments as we're all very excited for November!
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