Boutique Design Events and Trade Fairs



You have a lot of pulls on your time. I’m going to add one more: Boutique Design New York (BDNY) Nov. 11-12. at the Javits Center. 

So what makes it worth investing two days to come to this event? Basically, because our ninth annual trade fair and conference is an “investment.” There are real payoffs. If you’re looking to build out your client base and get the next hot projects, the conference programming has a client track that puts you inside the heads of leading decision-makers who’ll be detailing how they plan to play the economy, how their design strategies are changing and what it takes to get work from them. From the luxury and lifestyle leaders speaking on the Investor Outlook, Owners’ Grill and CEU-certified sessions to the experts in midscale and focused service who’ll participate in the AAHOA Select Service Summit, this is your chance to get in the room with some of the industry’s most powerful and influential owners and operators. 

Given all of the hotel work available in this still healthy market, perhaps too many late nights have left your vision board a blank page. Speakers sharing the behind-the-scenes intel on hotels and restaurants that make headlines can power up your inspo engine. Do your skills need an update? BDNY has that covered, toowhether you want to learn how to write a clear specification in our SMART-SPECS INTERIORS™ or you want to pump up your practice by hearing best-practices from studio leaders offering pointers on how to work more creatively within brand standards or deliver a PIP that will tick all the boxes. 

BDNY also fills the learning gap. Everybody knows that FF&E is more like FFE&T (technology). But, keeping up with the potential of new programs and systemsboth those that stretch your blue-sky thinking and those that add efficiency and originality to your processis tough. Presentations by AVIXA (Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Assn.) can bring you up to (light) speed on how innovations in these fields are changing what’s possible for public spaces, restaurants and guestrooms. For process-oriented techies, check out our panel on Tech and Design, and find out what you canand shoulddo to use new programs and solutions to better manage the design process in the context of hotel development.

Still not convinced? Think about how there’s no way to replace the experience of being face-to-face. Yeah, you could make a proposal via FaceTime or Skypebut would that really be the preferred way to present your vision to a prospective client? BDNY, like Boutique Design magazine, is about getting personal. It’s about being able to touch and feel products from more than 750 exhibitors and actually have a conversation in a boutique-sized display where you can see, hear and talk through your “what ifs.” It’s also about hearing from those “I can’t believe that’s xxxx” just a few feet away thought leaders, whether at our Power Players: Women Leaders in Hospitality breakfast and panel co-sponsored by NEWH, at the Gold Key Award for Excellence in Hospitality Design gala or in the 3D “wish I could that” inspiration stations that are this year’s seven Designed Spaces. 

What’s made BDNY one of the fastest growing trade fairs in the United States is it’s curated attitude. For two days, everyone in the hospitality design community gets the chance to come together, sample a menu of ideas and products that fit their individual needs and rediscover why they do what they do for a living. And, it’s fun. Who wouldn’t want to check out a quick-fire art challenge, knowledge-testing Industry Feud or an interactive art wall that attendees can design? For more, check out and save the dates.