BDNY Announces Programming and New Experiences

Impactful Talks, Signature Designed Spaces, Innovative Exhibitions, and In-person Networking Take Center Stage

This fall, Boutique Design New York (BDNY), the leading trade fair and conference for boutique hospitality and lifestyle interiors, makes a much-anticipated return to Manhattan’s Javits Center. Held November 13-14, the annual gathering invites architects, interior designers, owner/operators, purchasing agents, hoteliers and restaurateurs, developers, brands, students, and creatives to experience meaningful interaction and be inspired by the latest in offerings from top-rated manufacturers and artisans. The expo of 550+ exhibitors will present a curated mix of products for hospitality, including hotels, boutique lodging, and lifestyle properties; resorts; spas and wellness; cafes, restaurants, and bars; private clubs; senior living; health and fitness; amenity spaces; and more.

“Given the impact our industry has experienced over the past 36 months, the opportunity to gather in person, view the latest products and offerings, celebrate top hospitality leaders, and hear effective business strategies has never been more critical,” says Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, Senior Vice President, Design Group, Emerald. “Our goal for BDNY is to be a source of inspiration and out-of-box thinking to help attendees navigate our ever-evolving industry.”

“BDNY remains the pinnacle experience for hospitality leaders, designers, and the industry at large. In devising informative talks, showcasing top-notch vendors, and providing opportunities to meet and mingle, we are confident BDNY participants will benefit from lasting experiences in 2022 and beyond,” said Kevin Gaffney, Group Show Director and Vice President, Emerald.

A highlight of the experience is BDNY’s unveiling of its signature Designed Spaces. Created by major interior and architecture teams, and hospitality companies, the spaces rely on products from BDNY exhibitors and sponsors as sources for inspiration, design, and concept. Designed Spaces allow attendees to see curated design elements in the context of lounges, cafes, and gathering spaces throughout the Fair.

Teams and sponsors for this year’s highly anticipated creations include:

Revive By Element (#325)
Whole living meets New York’s freshly reimagined (or emergent) West Side, connecting Element and the personality of nearby Hudson Yards. Element’s “Revive” narrative draws on the physical origins of the midtown locale with the brand’s distinctive ties to wellness and a sustainable Nordic-inspired aesthetic. With design by The Society, lighting design by Within Light Studio, and products sourced from premier BDNY manufacturers, the space is activated with panel discussions and talks, and also serves as a hub for conversations and experiential engagement.

ReWild By Westin (#524)
Appealing to our need to connect with nature, this unique space is guided by the premise of wellbeing. Westin’s design philosophy takes inspiration from this idea of connection, and highlights biophilia. Rich textural details and soft nuanced palettes are offset by a clean, modern residential aesthetic. Together, these elements create an immersive experience of renewal in hope that guests will be recharged and recentered. Designers EoA devised the concept and look of this contemplative and relaxing space for lounging and imbibing, and featuring sessions and talks related to brand touchpoints and how they impact travel.

Better-Verse by DLR Group (#2637)
In navigating the meta-universe and the physical world, our desire to feel secure and comforted is a reality. The aptly named Better-Verse space, by DLR Group, looks to a secret garden as the source of inspiration. Using different “times”, the garden at night and screen time, and contrasting digital experiences with real life, this space highlights the need to design for the way people live and want to live optimally. The team relied on natural and earthen elements, rich colors, and varied textures in a physical domain for the senses, impacted by the virtual landscape.

Posta by WorldHotels Crafted Collection (#1959)
Inspired by the mix of residential charm and distinct cosmopolitan style of Argentina and the allure of its rural Estancia, Posta celebrates the best of the country’s culture, combining modernist style, polo, and leisure. Using materials influenced by Buenos Aires and beyond, the EDG design team created a sublime and upscale space. Highlights include the Champagne bar and stable club lounge that rely on a mix of outdoor and old-world-inspired furnishings, certain to captivate visitors for formal and informal conversations.

Across sessions in Designed Spaces and in Mainstage accredited learning, BDNY programming highlights include:


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | BDNY Mainstage (#2774)
Celebrating New York: New and Notable
From Ritz-Carlton to Aman, Civilian to Cipriani, New York is showing off with world-class hospitality development. With eyes back on New York, owners, brands and teams present the city’s emerging properties in a design-centric look at what’s new and notable.
Jeffrey Beers, Founder and CEO, Jeffrey Beers International
Duk Kim, Principal, Architect, Global Hospitality Leader, Stantec
Liubasha Rose, Creative Director, Rose Ink Workshop
Jonathan Sotto, Director of Brand and Growth, Yabu Pushelberg
Katie Kervin, Senior Managing Editor, Boutique Design Magazine

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Better-Verse by DLR Group (#2637)
BD Briefing: Ask the Clients
This informed group of hospitality leaders will share details of what it takes to own, operate and manage a successful property in a post-covid setting to generate ROI. Got questions? The forum is open for business and for answers!
Michael Lindenbaum, Chief Operating Officer, Dream Hotel Group
Staci Patton, Davidson Hospitality Group
Bridget Rooks, Senior Director, Renovation + Capital Project Management, Sonesta, Sonesta Hotels
Ashley Zorilla, Concept Design Manager, citizenM Hotels

 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. | Revive by Element by Marriott International (#325)
Bridging the Gap: ESG and Hotel Sustainability
From materiality to ESG (Environmental, Social + Governance) and DEI (Diversity, Equity + Inclusion), the discussion will focus on how Element and vendor-partners forge a path toward greater sustainability.
JoAnna Abrams, Chief Executive Officer, MindClick Inc.
Sarah Enaharo, Director of Global Sustainability, Floor Covering Division, Milliken & Company
Don Haynes, Environmental/ Sustainability Manager, Florim USA
Denise Naguib, Global Vice President, Sustainability and Supplier Diversity, Marriott International 

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | BDNY Mainstage (#2774)
HDAC Talks: Navigating Inclusivity: Designing to Promote Community and Equity
Through a mix of designers, brands and thinkers, a look at how mindful design can not only be socially responsible, but also responsive to brands and pave the way to what lies ahead in hospitality.
Nina Grondin, Partner and Founder, Curioso
Janvi Jhaveri, Founder and CEO, Jack Strategy
Alana Libow, Specialist Leader, ESG Strategy and Transformation, Deloitte
Ian Rolston, Creative Strategist, Designer Leader, Creator, Decanthropy
Roger Smith, Principal, Design Director, Gensler 


9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | BDNY Hub (#300)
BD Power Players: Women Leaders in Hospitality Breakfast
A Boutique Design signature event presented in partnership with NEWH, this session brings together women thought leaders in hospitality design, operations, manufacturing, and investment for a lively, strategic discussion of the challenges, opportunities, and trends facing the industry. These forward thinkers give designers insider advice on how they can make the current hotel development and investment climate work to their advantage.
Joan Cardy, Founder and President, The Cardy Group
Danielle Fox, Principal Designer, Rodrigo Vargas Design Associates
Ashli Johnson, Executive Director, Howard University School of Business, Marriott-Sorenson Center for Hospitality Leadership
Julienne Smith, Chief Development Officer, the Americas, IHG Hotels
Miriam Torres, Principal, Parker-Torres Design Inc.
Katie Kervin, Senior Managing Editor, Boutique Design Magazine
Advance registration required 

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | BDNY Mainstage (#2774)
Brand Central: The Boutique Mindset
The forecast for the boutique market is complex and challenging. Listen to this timely talk with established and fledgling brands as to current and future trends and how to anticipate guest and client needs.
Aliya Khan, VP, Global Design Strategies, Marriott International
Ryan Kibler, Creative Director, Sage Studio | A Sage Hospitality Group Company
Rohan Thakkar, Chief Development Officer, YOTEL
Brad Wilson, Partner and CEO, Ace Hotel Group | Atelier Ace
Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, Editor in Chief, Hospitality Design Magazine

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Better-Verse by DLR Group (#2637)
Metaverse: Designing for New Realities
Explore the growing tension between physical reality and virtual landscapes, centralization and autonomy. Given the rise and potential of online and offline worlds, examine what you need to know now about metaverse and metaspace.
Jon Cochran, Director of Operations, House of Blueberry
Jennifer Drury, Co-Founder, BrandLab 360
John Duffield, Global Innovation Strategist and Lead Instructor, Metaverse for Business

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | BDNY Mainstage (#2774)
BD | ISHP Owners’ Grill: Meet the Leaders
BD and ISHP gather owners to talk candidly about the industry. Discover what is top of mind today, how they look at development wins and challenges, the state of design, supply chain issues, and what’s to come for their brands.
Fred Brandstrader, Vice President, Construction and Capital Expenditures, Hyatt
Jeanette Clarke, Senior Vice President and Chief Capital Investments Officer, Apple Hospitality REIT
Tiffany Cooper, Head of Development, Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants
Brenda Hilgers, Vice President, Renovation, Design and Construction, Park Hotels and Resorts
Carl Long, Senior Vice President, Purchasing Management International
Nicole Oren, Principal and Chief Revenue Officer, Bray Whaler
Tom Prins, President, TQP Capital Partners
Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, Editor in Chief, Hospitality Design Magazine, and Senior Vice President, Design Group, Emerald

1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. | Re-Wild by Westin by Marriott International (#524)
Nurturing Nature in Cities
The great outdoors is now an urban attraction. With hospitality and planning experts, we break down the advantages and challenges of creating natural habitats in the cityscape, and get to the heart of wellness, climate, culture, community, and connection.
Eran Chen, Founding Principal and Executive Director, ODA
Derek Gagne, Principal, EDSA
Brad Zuger, Studio Leader, Senior Associate, Rockwell Group
Katie Kervin, Senior Managing Editor, Boutique Design Magazine 

For the full agenda and conference line up, go to


Making a comeback is BDNY Meet, a platform for targeted meetings between exhibitors and attendees. Launched in 2021, the easy-to-use app offers curated suggestions for meeting the right people and products, and also provides onsite meeting scheduling for exhibitors and attendees.

New this year, BDNY Design Spotters asks influential designers to tout favorite product finds direct from the Fair floor via Instagram.

On Monday, November 14, BDNY will host its annual Gold Key Awards at Cipriani 42nd Street, where winners in 24 project categories—from fine dining restaurant and resort to suite—will be revealed. The Gold Key Awards will also present the Judges’ So Cool and its coveted Designer of the Year awards. Gold Key Awards tickets may be purchased here.

Preceding BDNY on November 11th, the 33rd Annual Platinum Circle Awards Gala, hosted by Hospitality Design magazine, will honor a handful of industry leaders for their lifetime achievements: Ronnie Bray and Elisa Whaler, Bray Whaler; Ken Fulk, Ken Fulk Inc.; Neil Jacobs, Six Senses; Sheila Johnson, Salamander Hotels & Resorts; and Barbara Parker and Miriam Torres, Parker-Torres Design Inc. Tickets for the Platinum Circle Awards Gala may be purchased here.


BDNY Fair + Conference registration for industry professionals begins with an advance rate of $300 for a two-day conference pass (until November 1), with full conference options available here.


Sunday, November 13                    10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Monday, November 14                  10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


AlphaTheta Music Americas, Ambius, Architectural Systems Inc., Architessa, Arhaus, Arte USA Inc., Astek Wallcoverings, Bernhardt Hospitality, Bloom Lighting Group, Brand Standard Furnishings, Cambria, Ceramic Technics, LTD, County Draperies, DAC Art Consulting, Daltile Corporation, Daniel Fine Art, Decolav, Encore Hospitality Carpet, Erica Shamrock, Fairmont Designs, Farmboy Fine Arts, Garden on the Wall LLC, Global Lighting, Innovative Carpets, Justin David Textiles, Kimball Hospitality, Kovet Hospitality, Light Annex, Lodging Concepts Manufacturing, Lusive Décor, Milliken, Montague, Native Trails, Naturalist, P/Kaufmann Contract, Quiltcraft Industries, Ratana, Remington Lighting, Rustbelt Reclamation, Shaw Hospitality, Source Direct, Valley Forge Fabrics, Wilsonart® Engineered Surfaces


AIA NY, The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), Archiproducts, The Architect’s Newspaper, Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA), Azure, Boutique + Lifestyle Leaders Association (BLLA), Cruise Ship Interiors Expo America, darc Magazine,, Furniture, Lighting & Décor, Hotel Association of NYC (HANYC), Hotel Business, IFDM, International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC), Lodging Magazine, NEWH—The Hospitality Industry Network, Restaurant Development+Design, 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