BDNY Announces New Talks and Signature Designed Spaces


Two Days of Notable Programming and Inspiring Design Take Center Stage

This fall, Boutique Design New York (BDNY), the leading trade fair and conference for hospitality’s boutique and lifestyle design community, returns to Manhattan’s Javits Center with two days of lively and robust programming and the latest design-focused products. Held November 12-13, the annual gathering invites architects, interior designers, owner/operators, purchasing agents, hoteliers and restaurateurs, developers, and brands to view the latest product launches from 650 exhibitors, reach new and powerful decision-makers, be inspired by signature Designed Spaces created by influential hotel brands and designers, and glean wisdom from some of the industry’s most talented and sought-after figures.

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“Following the success of last year’s conference and trade fair, we are thrilled to again introduce exceptional content—specifically talks with today’s leaders and up-and-comers and signature Designed Spaces. As the hospitality industry, particularly boutique and lifestyle hospitality, continues to thrive, it is critical that we continue to provide a platform that celebrates the products, projects, and personalities that allow our industry to stand out,” says Keisha Byrd, Brand Leader, BDNY. “Our goal for BDNY is to continue to be a source of inspiration, strategy, networking, and immersive experiences.”

A major attraction at BDNY each year is the unveiling of its four signature Designed Spaces. These unique concepts allow attendees to experience the latest in hospitality interiors in the context of sophisticated lounges, cafés, and other gathering spaces throughout the exhibit floor. Each space is created by a leading hospitality design team using products from multiple BDNY exhibitors/sponsors with stunning results.

Imaginative Travel by Andaz | #1869
A collaboration between Hyatt and Host Hotels, designed by Otherworld Creative and Within Light Studio.
The challenge from Hyatt Hotels Corporation and Host Hotels & Resorts was clear: Highlight Hyatt’s Andaz brand, specifically its resorts, delivering a luxe bar-at-sunset concept. Yet the cavernous Javits Center demanded sleight of hand to achieve both the surreal and experiential, embracing a sunset-like effect not just overhead, but emanating from the ambiance of lighting and custom furnishings throughout the space. This balance of ethereal lighting and earthy textures captures the very essence of a beachside escape.

Rendering by Sonny+Ash

Rockwell Group: ChromaClub | #2251
Rockwell Group turned to theatrical inspiration for ChromaClub, which at its heart forms a gathering place to share inspiration and create community. Drawing on its deep hospitality expertise and many threads of connection, the Rockwell team tapped the energy of a luxurious supper club with a bar, stage, and lounge—enveloped by a sculptural, geometric frame draped in diaphanous, iridescent fabric panels done in deep blue, green, and violet hues. Meant to capture knowledge and stories, the stage is surrounded by seating along with varying levels of opacity and angled portals that lend a sense of theater to the happenings within.

KTGY | Simeone Deary Design Group: Down the Rabbit Hole | #2935
For its space aptly named Down the Rabbit Hole, KTGY | Simeone Deary Design Group based its narrative on 2023 as the Year of the Rabbit. As both design muse and inspiration, the rabbit represents longevity, peace, prosperity, and, most importantly, hope. The space evolved as part bunny hutch, part secret garden, with a hint of a mad tea party, intended to evoke conversation and build community and camaraderie—focusing on the simple joy of coming together. It was a vision of reality in what turned out to be a true Wonderland.

Rendering by Sonny+Ash

1 Hotels: Designed by Nature | #369
Nature is inextricably intertwined into everything at 1 Hotels. For BDNY, the design team brings outside elements indoors—think roughhewn wood, textured stone, handwoven palm accents, and a eucalyptus-pole trellis that caps a repurposed, overarching structure. 1 Hotels and its partners turned to airy drapery for softness, cascading greenery to filter overhead light, and a neutral color palette for furnishings. The main goal: Achieve serene surroundings using sustainably sourced materials including GREENGUARD® Certified fabrics, recycled-fiber carpet, and Cradle to Cradle® Silver Certified engineered hardwood flooring.

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Engaging talks from the hospitality industry’s rising stars, thought leaders, moguls, and mavericks, will take place on the Mainstage, in the Hub, the NEWH booth, and throughout the four Designed Spaces with highlights including:

11 a.m.–12 p.m. | BD Mainstage #2869
BD Brand Central: Evolving Boutique and Lifestyle
Explore the current zeitgeist among boutique and lifestyle brands as legacy names and up-and-comers discuss their lodestars and pillars. Then unpack how design teams can exceed expectations on brand.

Audra Tuskes, VP of Design, Marriott International
Diana Kessler, Creative Director, The Kessler Collection
Michael Bodsworth, Vice President, Design Management, Montage International
Crystal Vinisse Thomas, VP, Global Brands, Hyatt Hotels
Katie Kervin, Senior Managing Editor, Hospitality Design magazine

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11 a.m.–12 p.m. | BD Hub #100
Design for the Mind: The Value of Psychology and Neuroaesthetics in Hospitality
What is the science of environmental design psychology and neuroaesthetics, and how does it apply to hospitality design? Moreover, why should we be thinking about this now? In designing the guest experience, consider ambient belonging and the check-in/arrival experience; psychological safety; multi-sensory design, wellbeing and biophilia; and connections. For the latter, an expert panel addresses the loneliness epidemic by evaluating social spaces–specifically designing for improved productivity, communication, and cognitive function that support corporate gatherings, retreats, and off-sites in hospitality venues.

Sarah Bonsall, Regional Director, The Americas, Architecture and Design, Six Senses
Suchi Reddy, Founder, Reddymade Architecture and Design
Kamille Glenn, Founder, dsgnrswrkshp
Rebecca Fairman, Interior Design Lead, Airbnb
Stacy Morton Callighan, Co-Founder, PinPoint Collective

1–2 p.m. | BD Mainstage #2869
BD Trends: Tracking Shifts in Boutique and Beyond
A deeper knowledge of trends across typologies and industries may help futureproof your company—and your designs. Top industry leaders share market shifts they are watching, as well as what to ignore.

Siobhan Barry, Design Director, Principal, Gensler
Shida Salehi, Founder, Customs Bureau
Giancarlo Pietri, Principal and Creative Director, Urban Robot Associates
Adriana Marianella, Chief Development Officer, NeueHouse & Fotografiska

3–4 p.m. | BD Mainstage #2869
BD | ISHP Boutique Design Owners Grill
Investment. Capital costs. Design direction. Supply chain. ROI. Owners share their biggest opportunities and most pressing challenges in an everchanging development landscape.

Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, Editor in Chief, Hospitality Design, and Senior Vice President, Design Group, Emerald
Andrew Katz, Consultant, Prospect Hotel Advisors LLC.
Rebecca Weinstein, Vice President of Design, Highgate Hotels
Josh Perlman, Director, Design and Construction, DiamondRock Hospitality
Jeanette Clarke, Chief Capital Investments Officer, SVP, Apple Hospitality REIT
Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Founder and COO, Flag Luxury Group
Francis Corso, Vice President | Development, Stockdale Capital Partners
Scott Hammons, President, Ground LVL

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4–5 p.m. | Imaginative Travel by Andaz #1869
Crafting Memorable Resort Experiences
With a multi-disciplinary team, look at principles and priorities when crafting resort experiences—then go deeper on operator perspectives regarding current leisure travel and related demands, goals, and challenges. Among key areas is the critical importance of sustainable design alongside wellness trends. Finally, examine best practices and crucial aspects for programming profitable resorts.

Malcolm Berg, Principal, EoA
Sarah Klymson, Global Vice President, Product and Brand Development, Hyatt
Marisol Fisher, Regional Vice President, Timeless Brands, Hyatt
Beatrice Girelli, Director of Design, indidesign
Simon Marxer, Vice President, Spa & Wellbeing, Hyatt
Ronald Zurcher, President and Lead Architect, Zurcher Arquitectos 

8:30–9:30 a.m. | BD Hub #100
BDNY Power Players: Women Leaders in Hospitality Breakfast
A Boutique Design magazine signature event, presented in partnership with NEWH, BD Power Players convenes leaders across design, operations, investment, ownership, and purchasing for a lively, strategic discussion of industry challenges, opportunities, innovation, and development.

Helen Jorgensen, Vice President Design and Procurement, Host Hotels & Resorts
Nina Grondin, Managing Partner, Curioso LLC
Vanessa Waldner, Founder + President, The Ness Group
Melissa Banko, Founder, Banko Design
Alexis Readinger, Founder, Preen, Inc.
Katie Kervin, Senior Managing Editor, Hospitality Design magazine
Julie Frank, Vice President of Design, Aspen Hospitality
LeAnn Shelton, General Counsel, Director of Business Affairs, Rockwell Group

Advance registration required.

11 a.m.–12 p.m. | BD Mainstage #2869
BD Dines Out: What Matters Now in F+B
Check in on what’s happening in restaurant design today, in an era where creative thinking is a proven competitive advantage. We’re talking customer loyalty and preferences, as well as concepts and ideas, chef and local centricity, brand authenticity, technology, design must-haves, and more.

Matthew Goodrich, Principal, Goodrich
Maija Kreishman, Principal, Michael Hsu Office of Architecture
Cass Calder Smith, Founder, Cass Calder Smith Architecture
Preeti Sriratana, Managing Director, Partner, Modellus Novus
Vivian Bencich, Founding Principal, Square Feet Studio

12–1 p.m. | Down the Rabbit Hole #2935
The Impact of AI on Design: How Is this New Technology Shaping How We Create Now and In the Future?
AI. It is changing our daily lives and seems to be affecting us all in the design world. Given our evolving future and the lightning pace of scientific advances, we need to understand this technology quickly and decide how and where it fits in our world. How will it influence how we create and how will it impact the “human” quality we bring to design? Listen and contribute to this of-the-moment discussion.

Todd Towers, CEO, Farmboy
Carol Bentel, Architect, Partner, Bentel & Bentel Architects, and Chair, BFA Interior Design Department, School of Visual Arts
John Robison, COO, KTGY

1:30–2:30 p.m. | BD Mainstage #2869
Hospitable Thinking: The Secret Weapon Brands in Other Sectors are Adopting Now
Thinking hospitably is no longer reserved just for hospitality. Brands looking to get ahead are adopting and implementing hospitality principles to create products, experiences, and services based on memorable engagement for customers. This session taps the philosophy of “Hospitable Thinking” that integrates behavioral sciences and environmental psychology–exploring timeless core truths that surprise and delight guests and stakeholders alike.

Nick Solomon, Chief Creative Officer, AvroKO
Chyrie Sell, Senior Manager, Group Creative Director, Capital One
Joshua Powe, Director Brand Experience, Delta Air Lines
Melinda Welch, Head of Strategy, Brand Bureau 

3:30–4:30 p.m. | BD Mainstage #2869
New in New York: Innovative Ideas and Concepts
New York has earned it reputation as the epicenter of the design world, and hospitality venues are increasingly turning to immersive experiences to innovate and elevate guest experience. Hear from leading designers and owners about how they create some of the city’s freshest and most engaging concepts.

Julien Albertini, Founding Partner, Asthetique Group
Ryan Nelson, Co-Founder, INTER_IAM
Tom Parker, Co-founder and Creative Director, Fettle

 For the full agenda and conference line up, click here.

On Monday, November 13, BDNY will host its 43rd annual Gold Key Awards at Cipriani 42nd Street, where winners in 22 project categories—from fine dining and resort to luxury hotel and senior living—will be revealed. The Gold Key Awards will also present the Judges’ So Cool and its coveted Designer of the Year awards. The gala event will also honor the rising design stars of the 2023 Boutique 18 class and BD’s Up-and-Coming Hoteliers of the year. Gold Key Awards tickets may be purchased here.

The 34th annual Platinum Circle Awards Gala, hosted by Hospitality Design magazine, will take place on Friday, November 10, at Gotham Hall in New York, feting five hospitality leaders for lifetime achievement: Martin Brudnizki, Martin Brudnizki Design Studio; Ted Carroll, the Carroll Adams Group; Raul Leal, SH Hotels & Resorts; Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Flag Luxury; and Libby Sims Patrick, Sims Patrick Studio. NEWH CEO Shelia Lohmiller will be honored with the Manfred Steinfeld Humanitarian Award. Platinum Circle Awards Gala tickets may be purchased here.

Registration for industry professionals currently starts with an advance rate of $325 for a two-day conference pass (until October 28), with full conference and trade fair options available here. For the full agenda and conference lineup, visit

Members of the media may register for a complimentary press pass here.

Sunday, November 12                   10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Monday, November 13                  10 a.m.–5 p.m.

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About BDNY
Boutique Design New York (BDNY) is the leading trade fair and conference for hospitality’s boutique and lifestyle design community. This two-day event annually brings interior designers, architects, purchasing agents, hoteliers, restaurateurs, brands, owners, and developers together with inventive manufacturers of hospitality interior products for a highly curated sourcing experience. For more information, visit

About Emerald
Emerald is a leader in building dynamic, market-driven business-to-business platforms that integrate live events with a broad array of industry insights, digital tools, and data-focused solutions to create uniquely rich experiences. As true partners, we at Emerald strive to build our customers’ businesses by creating opportunities that inspire, amaze, and deliver breakthrough results. With over 140 events each year, our teams are creators and connectors who are thoroughly immersed in the industries we serve and committed to supporting the communities in which we operate.  For more information, please visit

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