A Spec-Tacular Time at BDwest
Our West Coast trade fair's expanded offerings include five sessions on best practices for specing hospitality projects
Like virtually everything else in the business world, the trade fair is undergoing a radical rethink. So it is with Boutique Design West (BDwest), our Los Angeles-based event that’s now in its sixth year.
One of the show’s primary goals is to connect people from all sectors of the hospitality design world and offer them experiences, information, inspiration and networking opportunities that aren’t available anywhere else. We also want to make sure attendees, speakers and exhibitors have fun in the process. To both those ends, a planning team led by Boutique Design Group, ST Media Group senior vice president and Hospitality Media Group (HMG) president Michelle Finn, NEWH executive director Shelia Lohmiller and Studio Elements principal Pamela Parsons has come up with a pretty good hook this time around: a series of Smart-Specs Interiors™ educational sessions.
These seminars will feature expert panelists in five product categories who will outline the technical requirements and detailed descriptions for writing clear, supplier-ready specs for hospitality design projects. Demand for such training is coming from both designers and manufacturers, notes Mary Scoviak, BD’s executive editor and conference director for HMG. This is more than just a nice skill to have: Imprecise specs can lead to redos, cost overruns and delays. In addition, owners are getting much tougher about approving overruns if the designer makes a mistake or leaves an oversight in a spec. So, taking part in these sessions can be a real win-win for avoiding such problems.
Also new at this year’s BDwest is a real show-stopper—a conversation with five legends of hospitality design who played seminal roles in creating the industry as we know it today. I’m not going to drop the names here—that’s done in the BDwest Preview in our March edition. Trust me: when you check out this all-star roster, you’ll be wowed—and will absolutely want to be there for this session. But the preview also details several other reasons BDwest is a don’t-miss event, including gleaning best practices from more than 100 industry leaders speaking in 30-plus conference sessions; getting inspo from the four immersive Designed Spaces on the trade fair floor; perusing the latest in FF&E offered by more than 300 exhibitors; and the chance to meet the on-the-rise designers chosen as the 2018 Boutique 18 and this year’s Up-and-Coming Hotelier honorees.
While we want you at BDwest and its associated networking events, outside of those times, we think it's a good idea for you to explore how fertile a design destination LA has become. We give you three doses of that in this issue. First, on two pages in The Buzz section of the March issue, we offer a look at the must-see destinations there that will make a splash in design circles, social media and elsewhere. And in the “Eat.Play.Live” feature in that edition, we offer insights into a trio of under-the-radar venues that are setting the pace when it comes to creating innovative, experiential hospitality spaces in the city. And finally, there’s our Q+A with cover subject Gulla Jónsdóttir, a dynamic designer whose impact on LA continues to intensify—including her work on two current high-profile projects there: the Kimpton La Peer Hotel and The Mayfair Hotel.
Clearly, we love LA, and hope you do, too. See you at BDwest, April 4 and 5 at the Los Angeles Convention Center!
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