Innvision Hospitality Recap from BDNY 2018Photo source: BDNY Instagram 

The annual Boutique Design New York (BDNY) conference brings the best and brightest minds from hospitality together to share their insights on the future of the industry. Held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on November 11-12, BDNY 2018 opened up an immersive design forum for all who attended.

This year, a handful of Innvision Design Studio designers and procurement specialists from Innvision Hospitality were in the mix. Here are our key takeaways.

Out of the Box Designs

FF&E is getting a contemporary update with bold, mid-century modern inspired designs:

  • Geometric design is making a splash in furniture and fixtures, with unconventional lighting options, upholstered fabric designs, and furniture shapes.
  • Bright, playful shades are the new ‘neutral’ to liven up guest rooms. Case goods are utilizing colorful detailing and adding in more fabrics for a soft, cozy appearance.
  • Metallic finishes have taken over. Stylish brushed, aged bronze or polished nickel with subtle black details are attractive accents for furniture, fixtures and equipment.

Working Spaces

The business travel market has seen massive changes in recent years, and hospitality design is evolving to meet the demands of the new business traveler. Today, guest rooms and public spaces alike must incorporate convenient, comfortable ergonomic working areas. For example, in public space design, multi-functional pieces such as activity tables are gaining popularity over traditional stand-alone desks.

Wellness for All

In his panel on the science behind health and wellbeing, Cornell University’s Alan Hedge stated “reducing repetitive movements [is] beneficial to the individual, the franchisor, the franchise itself, and consumers.”

The focus on guest wellness is a current hospitality trend, but it’s also important to consider the health and happiness of your staff. To reduce physical stress on housekeeping, rethink your guest room design within the context of cleaning, and consider placing housekeeping rooms in a more accessible location.

ID Studio team members at BDNY 2018Team members Cole Sappington, Holly Stamps, Renee Rudder and Mary Katherine Sauter at BDNY 2018.

While the unique designs, working space upgrades and ideas around designing for staff wellness were our main takeaways, these were by no means the only insights exhibited. We left BDNY 2018 with a revived vision for the future of hospitality FF&E and design.

Did you miss us at BDNY? Reach out today! Our design and procurement specialists are ready to guide you every step throughout your new construction or renovation project.