BDNY Closes Out the Year With Record Numbers

by | Dec 1, 2023 | News

Record numbers at BDNY reinforce the growth of the boutique and lifestyle hospitality industry

Event brings 15,000 hospitality and design professionals back to NYC

NEW YORK, NY (November 29, 2023)Boutique Design New York (BDNY), the leading trade fair and conference for the boutique hospitality and lifestyle industry, gathered nearly 15,000 designers, architects, brand executives, hoteliers, developers, purchasers, manufacturers, and other professionals at the Javits Center November 12-13 to experience new products, engaging conversations, and strategic networking events.

BDNY maintained the momentum from 2022, a testament to the resilience and growth of the boutique and lifestyle hospitality industry. In comparison to 2022, the show saw a 16% increase in overall attendance, a 15% increase in qualified buyers, and a 20% increase in exhibitors. More than 650 exhibiting companies participated, which included a greater international presence with more companies exhibiting from Spain and Italy, plus new pavilions from Portugal and Ukraine.

“The energy at BDNY this year was absolutely electric. Starting with an impressive turnout of more than 400 industry leaders at the Platinum Circle Gala, followed by a who’s who of the industry on the trade fair floor, and ending with a sold-out Gold Key Awards, BDNY proved to be the premier destination for inspiration. It continues to be the pivotal platform that honors and elevates the products, projects, and personalities shaping the hospitality industry,” says Keisha Byrd, Brand Leader, BDNY.

“Following the success of another year and the positive response we received from exhibitors, attendees, and our design partners, we eagerly look forward to planning for 2024 and are committed to bringing the best of boutique design to New York,” states Kevin Gaffney, Group Vice President, Emerald Design Group.

Thousands of industry professionals explored new products and learned about the latest trends, new ideas, and standout projects in hospitality from more than 30 sessions covering such top-of-mind topics as biophilia in design, what’s new in F&B, state of the industry from owners and brands, how to nurture diversity in the industry, and the impact of AI on design. The fair also featured the annual Women Leaders in Hospitality breakfast, held in conjunction with NEWH, where female executives representing all facets of the industry shared their journeys, today’s challenges and opportunities, and lessons learned.

Besides the CEU-accredited stage designed by Goodrich, which was conceived as a talk show studio sculpted through color and graphics, BDNY also featured four Designed Spaces, a signature of the show, which partners leading design and brand teams with manufacturers to create one-of-a-kind lounges and stages on the show floor. 1 Hotels crafted the Designed by Nature experience using sustainably sourced materials, layers of greenery, and neutral-hued furnishings. Imaginative Travel by Andaz, a collaboration between Hyatt and Host Hotels, designed by Otherworld Creative and Within Light Studio, delivered a luxe bar-at-sunset concept by balancing ethereal lighting and earthy textures to capture the very essence of a beachside escape. Rockwell Groupused theatrical inspiration and subtly placed lighting to highlight iridescent fabric panels in darker, jewel tones to emulate a luxurious supper club vibe in the ChromaClub. And lastly, KTGY + Simeone Deary Design Group was inspired by the Year of the Rabbit for Down the Rabbit Hole, part bunny hutch, part secret garden, with a hint of a mad tea party, to evoke conversation and build community and camaraderie. In addition to presenting impressive designs, these spaces featured pop-up talks and food and drink throughout the two days. Click here to find out more about the Designed Spaces’ design teams and sponsors.

BDNY Meet, a platform for targeted connections between exhibitors and attendees, continued to serve as an important matchmaking tool both prior to and onsite at the trade fair. More than 3,700 attendees and exhibitors engaged with the matchmaking and meeting request tool, an increase of 17% compared to 2022.

The Best of BDNY 2023 Product Design Competition and BDNY Best Exhibit Competition winners were announced during the show. Chosen by two panels of industry experts, product winners and finalists were chosen across 14 categories for their aesthetic progress, functionality, and innovation; while best exhibit honorees in four categories earned nods for creativity in design, visual impact, effective and efficient use of materials, and outstanding use of space, color, texture, lighting, and graphics in their display.

This year’s Best Exhibit Competition winners were Samuel & Sons Passementerie (Small), JACLO Industries(Medium), and Mittman Hospitality (Large). Mittman Hospitality also won the Best in Show award. Best of BDNY Product Design Competition winners included ICON, WOW Design (Architectural Materials); The Park, Light Annex (Art & Accessories); NU, Roca Bathroom Products (Bath/Spa); Bellina, Cortina Leathers (Fabric); Outlander Collection, Daltile (Flooring); Hug Armchair, Parla (Furniture); Touchless Hand Sanitizer, Vaask (Health & Wellness); PushUp Pro Cordless Lamp, Zafferano America (Lighting); Elegante Veneers, Havwoods (Other); Obi, EXPORMIM (Outdoor); Bau, InSpec (Seating); Double, Elli S.R.L. (Sustainable); Between Rivers, Arte (Wallcoverings); and Universe Drapery Sheers, Fabric Innovations (Window Treatments).

Preceding BDNY, the 34th Annual Platinum Circle Awards Gala, hosted by sister brand Hospitality Designmagazine, took place on Friday, November 10th at Gotham Hall in New York, where five hospitality leaders were honored for their lifetime achievements: 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 was also honored with the Manfred Steinfeld Humanitarian Award.

Closing out the week of events, BDNY hosted the sold-out Gold Key Awards celebration on Monday, November 13th at Cipriani 42nd Street, where 550 guests gathered to hear who took home top honors in 22 project categories, as well as the coveted Judges’ So Cool award, and fête the Design Firm and Hotelier of the Year. A complete list of winners and finalists can be found here.

Click here to view and download press images, including Best Exhibit and Best of BDNY Product award winners.

The next edition of BDNY will be held at Javits Center, November 10-11, 2024. To receive show and registration email updates, click here.

AgroSci, Artline Group, Astek Wallcoverings, Baker | McGuire Hospitality, Better Designed Lighting, Bluebird Lighting, Brand Standard Furnishings, Brintons, Buzz, C2C Designs, Chapman Hospitality Lighting, County Draperies, Couristan, Crown Creative, DAC Art Consulting, Designform Furnishings, Dometic, Durato, Durkan, Fabricut, Fairmont Designs, Farmboy Fine Arts, Garrett Leather, Image Craft, Innovations, Janus et Cie, Kevin Barry Art Advisory, Lodging Concepts Manufacturing, Lusive Décor, Lutron, Material Bank, Mity Lite, Momentum Textiles & Wallcoverings, Montague, Nemo Tile + Stone, Pioneer Professional Audio, P/Kaufmann Contract, Quiltcraft Industries, Ratana, Reid Witlin Ltd., ShawContract Hospitality, Source Direct, Stone Source, Valley Forge Fabrics


AIA NY, The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), Archiproducts, Architect, The Architect’s Newspaper, Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA), Azure, Boutique + Lifestyle Leaders Association (BLLA), Boutique Hotelier, Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo Americas, darc Magazine, Designer Pages, Floor Daily, Floor Focus, Hotel Business, Hotels, IFDM, IIDA, Inspire Design, International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC), Lodging Magazine, NEWH—The Hospitality Industry Network, Restaurant Development+Design, The Retail Observer, Sleeper, Today’s Hotelier

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 designers, architects, purchasing agents, hoteliers, owners, and developers together with inventive manufacturers for hospitality interiors 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