Boutique design show draws record crowd for 2023 event

NEW YORK — Boutique Design New York (BDNY), a 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 last month.

Compared with 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, including a greater international presence from Spain and Italy and new pavilions from Portugal and Ukraine.

“The energy at BDNY this year was absolutely electric,” said Keisha Byrd, brand leader for BDNY. “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. “

BDNY featured more than 30 sessions covering topics such as biophilia in design and the impact of A.I. on design. Special events included 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.

BDNY also featured its show-signature Designed Spaces, partnering design and brand teams with manufacturers to create one-of-a-kind lounges and stages on the show floor: the Designed by Nature experience; Imaginative Travel by Andaz delivered a luxe bar-at-sunset concept; ChromaClub used theatrical inspiration and subtly placed lighting for luxurious supper club vibe; and Down the Rabbit Hole was part bunny hutch, part secret garden, with a hint of a mad tea party, to evoke conversation and build community and camaraderie.

This year’s BDNY presented the Best of BDNY 2023 Product Design Competition with winners across 14 categories and four winners in the BDNY Best Exhibit Competition. For more on the winners, visit

“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,” said Kevin Gaffney, group vice president for show organizer Emerald Design Group.

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

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