Attendees of Boutique Design’s seventh annual NY trade fair/conference had a chance to roll up their sleeves and get innovative.
Forget about the notion of “attending” a trade fair. The seventh annual Boutique Design New York (BDNY) trade fair and conference, held Nov. 13 and 14 in New York’s Javits Center, was all about getting involved. That started with stepping into the sky’s-the-limit concepts for the five Designed Spaces being built out on the trade fair floor. Here’s a peek at these must-see networking lounges.
The hot spot: Darling Nikki, Booth #337
Darling Nikki. Rendering: Dariush Watercolors.
The masterminds: P3 Design Collective. Design team: Tiphanie Purkat, partner, BDNY team leader; Sarah Elena Cuellar, designer, BDNY project manager; Monika Sibert, Paula Benesch, partners
The backstory: As the name implies, the space is an homage to the genre-bending and blending that made Prince an icon. “We draw inspiration from a multitude of sources blurring the lines between the arts: fashion, art, music and dance,” says Purkat. “We felt that Prince worked in a similar way, and the controversy around this song made it a perfect expression of our views on artistic freedom and censorship.”
Darling Nikki. Rendering: Courtesy of Dariush Watercolors.
The teaching moments: Doing your homework is cool. The censorship battle that the song’s lyrics started gets a nod with a parental advisory sticker as the focal point on the bar front. Encapsulated purple drops on the bar front refer to another iconic Prince hit. And, says Cuellar, they took the artist’s broad musical scope and translated it into experiments with materiality. Converting the original vision for a central canopy into a light feature adds in an additional visual layer.
The magic touches: Cut the velvet rope. Interactive digital art invites guests to engage with the pieces, says Sibert. Pulling together different disciplines helps maintain the integrity of the space’s inspiration, says Benesch.
Feature area sponsors: Ariston; Interface Hospitality; JVA Art Group; Kravet Contract; Renaissance Contract Lighting and Furnishings Inc.; UltraGlas; Wonderly’s
The hot spot: The Bar Archipelago, Booth #519
The Bar Archipelago. Rendering: DESIGN360 unlimited
The masterminds: DESIGN360 unlimited. Design team: Dean Singer and Meg McFarland, owners/principals; Roberto Aybar-Imbert, senior designer/project manager BDNY; Zara Vardanyan, designer
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