Leaders at Dream Hotel Group, Ennismore, FRCH Design Worldwide, Gensler, Gettys Group, Hilton Worldwide, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Marriott International, SH Group, SIXTY Hotels and WATG | Wimberly Interiors among 100+ speakers for Boutique Design New York trade fair and conference, Nov. 13-14

More than 100 thought leaders from the world of hospitality design, development, purchasing and architecture will share their perspectives at the Boutique Design New York (BDNY) trade fair and conference, Nov. 13-14, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

World-renowned designer Karim Rashid, whose remake of Temptation Resort & Spa Cancun was featured in Boutique Design’s July/August issue, will kick off the BDNY conference with a keynote presentation on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 10:00 AM. A prolific, multi-disciplined designer with some 3,000 designs in production, Rashid will share his strategies for creating provocative design with a practical foundation.

Following Rashid’s presentation, Boutique Design executive editor and HMG conference director Mary Scoviak will moderate a discussion with CEOs of leading lifestyle brands on the trends, challenges and “extra skills” that will win commissions in their dynamic segment of the hospitality market. Panelists for “Living the Lifestyle: A View From the C-Suite” include Ingo Schweder, chief executive officer and founder, GOCO Hospitality; Josh Wyatt, president, Equinox Hotels; and others to be announced.

“We are so excited to present this unique opportunity for our attendees to get a master class from a designer who’s rewritten the design rule book in so many ways—just as our lifestyle leaders have done from an operations and development perspective,” said Scoviak.

The Opening Keynote is the first of 35+ panel discussions, design-firm Q&As and CEU sessions on the two-day conference agenda. Sessions are grouped into four tracks: Inspiration, Information, Interaction and a new addition for 2016, Intel, which focuses on helping designers improve their business management skills and processes.

Among the Intel sessions for 2016 is “Tru Story,” a panel discussion moderated by Alexandra Jaritz, global head, TRU by Hilton, that will give BDNY attendees a behind-the-scenes look at the process of crafting a new hotel flag, courtesy of the team that developed the midscale hotel brand targeting youthful, value-minded travelers. Panelists confirmed to date include Tom Horwitz, executive vice president, FRCH Design Worldwide, and Mitch Patel, president & chief executive officer, Vision Hospitality Group, Inc.

“The Next Resort: Beyond Sustainability,” an Intel session presented by NEWH Green Voice, explores design strategies for creating healthier hotel environments for staff and guests alike. Lorraine Francis, regional director of hospitality interiors, Gensler, will moderate; panelists include Paul Scialla, founder, chief executive officer, Delos, and others to be announced.

BDNY signature sessions include the “ISHP/Boutique Design Owners’ Grill” with leading hoteliers and investors; the ticketed “Boutique Design Power Players: Women Leaders in Hospitality Breakfast and Panel Discussion” with forward-thinking female executives; “Up-and-Coming Hoteliers” with visionaries in the lifestyle sector; and “Brand Central” with masterminds behind leading and emerging hotel brands.

The signature “New in New York” session invites attendees to learn the secrets of some of the year’s high-profile hospitality debuts, including The Beekman hotel, opening this month in Lower Manhattan’s historic Temple Court Building. Panelists include Gian Gaglione, associate, Martin Brudnizki Design Studio; Robin Mackay, project manager, Dakota Development; and Alessandro Munge, principal/interior designer, Studio Munge. Boutique Design editor Matthew Hall will moderate.

NYC Fall Arts Guide

New York City is the hands-down arts capital of the United States – and for good reason.  From the shining stars of Broadway to the more than 100 museums in Manhattan and beyond, it would take a lifetime of weekends to experience everything the city has to offer.

If you’re visiting the city for BDNY, be sure to add a day or two to either side of your trip to check out some of the hottest fall arts happenings:

The world’s most exquisite voices take the stage almost every night in November, performing classics such as La Boheme and Don Giovanni as well as new additions to the famed repertoire, that includes the debut of Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin.

The avant-garde worlds of dance, theatre, film, opera, literature and music collide during the four month Next Wave Festival at the hip Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). More than 33 exclusive performances, including several world premieres, will take place during the festival’s run from September – December.

Iconic violinist Itzhak Perlman appears on November 15 for a one-night-only show with the New York Philharmonic, as both conductor and performer. Other November highlights include appearances by Anoushka Shankar, making her Philharmonic debut in her father Ravi Shankar’s Rāgā-Mālā Sitar Concerto No. 2; and concerts from piano virtuoso Daniil Trifonov.

Fall also sees the return of several Tony award-winners, including Liev Schreiber and Nathan Lane, in an exciting line up of new productions hitting the stage on and off-Broadway.  For more theatre buzz and more, check out the official Guide to New York.


Aside from BDNY, of course, New York City is one of the most famous spots in the world for the latest and greatest in hospitality happenings. There’s certainly no shortage of world-class restaurants, buzzworthy hotels or entertainments venues outside the doors of the Javits Center, but the sheer scope of options can make your head spin after a busy day at the trade fair.

That’s why we’ve curated a list of some of the new and noteworthy hotels, eateries and even upcoming Broadway shows that you might want to add to your BDNY itinerary.

Make a point to check out some of the newest hotel properties to hit the NYC scene:

  • Whitby Hotel
  • 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Park
  • SLS Park Avenue – which will feature celebrated chef José Andres’ first dining concept in the Big Apple
  • The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel
  • The Redbury New York
  • The Bernic
  • The Williamsburg Hotel

Foodies rejoice! Some of the city’s newest restaurants opening their doors this summer are already getting rave reviews. Some of the names topping Eater NY’s list include: Ladybird, Le Coucou, Bergen Hill, Wild Son, Metrograph Commissary, Mimi NYC, Günter Seeger NY, Dizengoff and Tapestry.

If you weren’t one of the lucky few to score Hamilton tickets, there are plenty of great Broadway shows that have hit the big stage recently. Line up tickets to one of these new plays starring Josh Groban and Nathan Lane, among others: Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812; Les Liaisons Dangereuses; Falsettos; The Front Page; The Cherry Orchard; HOLIDAY INN: The New Irving Berlin Musical; and Heisenberg.

And don’t forget the BDNY social events – the most talked-about hospitality design gathering in the city!


Opening Reception and Gold Key Awards Gala among networking events to be held in conjunction with Boutique Design New York trade fair and conference, Nov. 13-14

Ticketed events begin on Saturday, Nov. 12, with the BDNY Opening Reception, 7:00 to 9:00 PM at 583 Park Avenue, a neo-Georgian style church built in 1923 that doubles as a unique event space. The reception gives trade fair registrants an opportunity to network before the exhibit floor opens on Sunday, Nov. 13.

Advance registration is required; tickets are $125 per person, at Availability is limited.

On Monday, Nov. 14, the signature Boutique Design Power Players: Women Leaders in Hospitality Breakfast & Panel Discussion, will be held at the Javits Center, 9:00 to 10:30 AM. Presented in partnership with NEWH, the discussion will feature female thought leaders from across the hospitality industry. Confirmed panelists to date include:

Anda Andrei, principal, Anda Andrei Design
Heather Balsely, senior vice president, Americas brands, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)
Frances Kiradjian, founder, Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association (BLLA)
Danette Opaczewski, director of development, Sydell Group
Negruti Panwala, president/ceo, wealth protection strategies, AAHOA secretary 2016-2017, AAHOA female director at large Eastern Region
Margie Ruddick, owner, Margie Ruddick Landscape

Boutique Design executive editor Mary Scoviak will moderate the discussion, a strategic look at the challenges, opportunities and trends facing the hospitality industry.

Advance registration is required; tickets are $100 per person, at Availability is limited.

BDNY culminates on Monday evening, Nov. 14, with the annual Gold Key Awards Gala, sponsored by Boutique Design magazine. Winners of the 36th Gold Key Award for Excellence in Hospitality Design, as well as Designer of the Year, will be announced at the gala, 6:30 to 10:00 PM at the Waldorf Astoria, New York.

Advance registration is required; tickets are $495 per person, at  Availability is limited.

“The Gold Key Awards presentation will be one of the last events held at the iconic Waldorf Astoria before it closes its doors for a three-year renovation and repositioning,” says Michelle Finn, president of Hospitality Media Group (HMG), which produces BDNY and sister trade fair BDwest. “Join us as we celebrate excellence in hospitality design, and this historic hotel.”