Celebrating its 11th year, the BDNY returned to New York’s Javits Center this past November 14 – 15, 2021, along with ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair), WantedDesign Manhattan, as well as HX: The Hotel Experience Powered by AAHOA.
The show featured a wide range of vendors offering products and services from textiles, design, hospitality and residential development.
IHS sent correspondent Ken Tamura to the show, and he reported back with some interesting observations:
“Although most vendors at the show were centered on textiles and other design components, there was a persistent theme throughout the floor: from companies touting anti-microbial materials, easy disinfecting and no-contact service, the effects of the pandemic were present across the board.”
Below are just a sample of some of the more innovative vendors present at the show:
Mojow, a company based in France, displayed its ability to quickly produce trendy youth-oriented designs applied to neon couches made from heavy-duty plastic. There was a definite appeal to matching modern fashion with the “Instagram” look.
Sustainability was another major topic experienced throughout the show. A favorite “green” vendor was Priority Bicycle. The company specializes in creating a “Citibike” service for hotels, allowing guests to ride their bicycles during their visit. They maintain, clean and replace bicycles as an all-in-one environmental, social and governance company.
Holo Industries is a father/son team that has developed a futuristic product – hotel check-in screens projected in the air via hologram. This was one of the most impressive technologies displayed at the show.
Openkey is a company focused on allowing guests to use their smartphone in place of a hotel key. This practical approach centered on both non-contact and environmental, social and governance.
Corsicana Hospitality is a mattress company focusing on both green and anti-microbial materials.
Vaask, offering a unique hand hygiene system, was also named a BDNY Product Design Competition winner. Per their recent press release, “the only hand sanitizer fixture purposefully designed for modern interiors, featuring all-metal construction with real finishes including bronze and brushed stainless. Inspired by the Norwegian word for ‘wash’, Vaask recognizes the world demands a higher class of clean.”
IHS will be reaching out to many of these vendors to learn more about their innovative services and products. Stay tuned for more!