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BDwest Unveils Best Products, Exhibits

(April 2016) posted on Thu Apr 14, 2016

Winners to be featured in BD’s May issue

Seventeen manufacturers of FF&E and other design elements for hospitality interiors received Best of BDwest product design awards at the fourth annual Boutique Design West (BDwest) trade fair/conference, held March 31-April 1 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Eight show exhibitors also received Best Exhibit honors.

The Best of BDwest Product Design Competition recognizes designers and manufacturers of products that demonstrate functional and aesthetic progress, as well as innovation in their respective category. Products must have been introduced to the hospitality design market in the past year to qualify. Winners were selected by a jury of design professionals and will be featured in Boutique Design’s May edition.

The 2016 product design winners are:

Accessories or Specialties
Winner: Materials Inc. for Vision
Finalist: Bliss Studio for Meron Anemone and Cora Paeonia series

Applied Finishes and Materials
Winner: Sonite Innovative Surfaces for Broadway
Finalist: O’verlays for O’verlays

Winner: LIXIL for Vibrato 3-D printed faucet by DXV by American Standard
Finalist: DreamLine for Mirage-X tub door

Winner: Flitterman Collection for Afuera
Finalist: Arizona Tile for Digitalart

Furniture – Casegoods and Occasional
Winner: Kosta Furniture for Alexander McQueen-inspired throne

Furniture – Casual/Outdoor
Winner: Moroso for Husk
Finalist: Giati for Sorrento lounge chair

Winner: Marset for Ginger XL 42
Finalist: Littman Brands Contract for Manhattan by Corbett Lighting

Seating – Dining, Upholstered, Task, Banquet or Other
Winner: Moroso for Double Zero
Finalist: Davis Furniture for A-Chair

Winner: Textillery Weavers for Sunbrella chevron bed throw
Finalist: Novel Fabrics for Yelena Gold

Winner: Tile Redi for WonderFall Trench

The product design competition was judged by Rachel McCaslin, interior designer, HOK; Melissa Pyell, associate, Gensler; Lora Spran, senior interior designer, Walt Disney Imagineering – Interiors; and Jackson Thilenius, senior design director, The Gettys Group.

“It was great to see the innovations in materials and designs,” says McCaslin. “The emphasis on technology, an ever-present hospitality trend, was reflected in the submissions—from creating lighter, thinner forms of authentic materials to pushing the barriers of construction in everyday products.”

“The caliber of entrants this year was outstanding,” says Michelle Finn, president of Hospitality Media Group (which produces the event) and senior vice president, ST Media Group. “We're delighted that innovators in product design were showcased at BDwest and recognized for their accomplishments.”

Additionally, eight BDwest exhibitors received Best Exhibit honors at this year’s trade fair. Displays were judged based on creativity in design, visual impact, effective and efficient use of materials and the outstanding use of space, color, texture, lighting and graphics.

The 2016 Best Exhibit at BDwest winners are:

20 x 20 Display
Winner: JLF Collections

10 x 20 Display
Winner: Ren-Wil Hospitality
Finalist: Amtrend/Sapphire Chandelier
Finalist: JVA Art Group
Finalist: Marset

10 x 10 Display
Winner: John Beck Steel
Finalist: Innovative Hospitality Concepts
Finalist: Tableaux

Exhibit judges were Andrea DeRosa, owner/principal designer, Avenue Interior Design; Ashley Manhan, principal designer, Avenue Interior Design; and Monica Meade, interior design manager, Marriott Intl.

More than 2,000 hospitality design professionals from the western U.S. and Mexico attended this year’s trade fair and conference, which was held for the first time in Los Angeles following a three-year run in San Diego. Exhibit space grew to 41,500 sq. ft., with 260 participating manufacturers and marketers of furniture, fixtures, lighting, seating, wallcoverings, accessories and other design elements for hospitality interiors.

The two-day event featured an expanded conference program with 37 sessions—nine with CEU accreditation—and 100-plus speakers; social events presented in partnership with NEWH; a student portfolio review and cocktail reception celebrating the LA design community; and a Gensler-led tour of LA’s new The Broad museum/Otium restaurant.

Both awards programs will resume at the seventh annual Boutique Design New York (BDNY), November 13-14, 2016, at New York’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Information about exhibitors, social events, conference sessions and speakers—as well as attendee registration and exhibitor information—will be available at as details develop.

BDwest is produced by HMG in association with the Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association (BLLA); the International Society of Hospitality Purchasers (ISHP); the Hospitality Industry Network (NEWH); and the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC).


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