BDNY/BDwest Designed Space an Award Finalist

Stonehill & Taylor’s design of Ooh-La-La!, a Parisian-inspired lounge concept created for the Boutique Design New York (BDNY) and Boutique Design West (BDwest) trade fairs, has been named a finalist in the 2017 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards’ International and U.K. pop-up category.

BDNY 2016 Designed Space | Ooh-La-La! by Stonehill & Taylor
Ooh-La-La! at BDNY 2016. Photo: Richard Cadan

The New York-based interior design/architecture firm’s fashion-forward concept for the space, which was located on the trade fairs’ exhibit floors, takes cues French architecture. The design team for the pop-up project consisted of Michael Suomi, principal and vice president, design; Sara Duffy, senior interiors associate; and Anastasia Berestova, interior designer.

Central to the concept is the Louvre’s fusion of graceful architecture and intrusive modernism, Suomi said during an interview for Boutique Design’s April edition. That notion informs the structure’s glass profile, as well as the incursion of its triangular bar.

BDwest Designed Space | Ooh-La-La! by Stonehill & Taylor
Ooh-La-La! at BDwest 2017. Photo: Harriet Lewis Pallette Photography

Manufacturers/suppliers that sponsored the space at both BDNY 2016 and BDwest 2017 included HB Lighting, HG Arts, Montague, P/Kaufmann Contract, Signature Hospitality Carpets and Shelby Williams, with audiovisual provided by Pioneer Pro Audio. Additional sponsors for the BDNY space included Séura and Trellage-Ferrill Studio, while other sponsors for the BDwest space included Maya Romanoff, Moen and Trunk Archive.

Last year, Stonehill & Taylor won an award in the same category of the competition for Kino, a Designed Space it created for the BDNY 2015 and BDwest 2016 trade fairs.

Now in its ninth year, the 2017 competition is being judged by a panel of 33 high-profile design, hospitality and lifestyle professionals and received 943 submissions from the U.K. and 70 other countries. The shortlist includes 265 projects across 33 categories. Winners will be unveiled at an awards ceremony at London’s King’s Cross mixed-use development on Oct. 5.