BDWEST ANNOUNCES 2016 BEST PRODUCT DESIGN, BEST EXHIBIT WINNERS
Fourth annual West Coast trade fair and conference honors innovators in FF&E development and presentation, March 31-April 1, in Los Angeles
Seventeen manufacturers of FF&E and other design elements for hospitality interiors received Best of BDwest Product Design Awards at Boutique Design West (BDwest), held March 31-April 1 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Eight BDwest exhibitors received Best Exhibit honors.
The Best of BDwest Product Design Competition recognizes designers and manufacturers of products introduced to the hospitality design market in the past year that demonstrate functional and aesthetic progress and, above all, innovation in their respective category. Winners are selected by a jury of design professionals and featured in Boutique Design magazine.
The 2016 Best of BDwest Product Design Competition winners are:
ACCESSORIES OR SPECIALTIES
Winner: Materials Inc. for Vision
Finalist: Bliss Studio for Meron Anemone and Cora Paeonia series
APPLIED FINISHES AND MATERIALS
Winner: Sonite Innovative Surfaces for Broadway
Finalist: O’verlays for O’verlays
Winner: LIXIL for Vibrato 3-D printed faucet by DXV by American Standard
Finalist: DreamLine for Mirage-X tub door
Winner: Flitterman Collection for Afuera
Finalist: Arizona Tile for Digitalart
FURNITURE – CASEGOODS AND OCCASIONAL
Winner: Kosta Furniture for Alexander McQueen-inspired throne
FURNITURE – CASUAL/OUTDOOR
Winner: Moroso for Husk
Finalist: Giati for Sorrento lounge chair
Winner: Marset for Ginger XL 42
Finalist: Littman Brands Contract for Manhattan by Corbett Lighting
SEATING – DINING, UPHOLSTERED, TASK, BANQUET OR OTHER
Winner: Moroso for Double Zero
Finalist: Davis Furniture for A-Chair
Winner: Textillery Weavers for Sunbrella chevron bed throw
Finalist: Novel Fabrics for Yelena Gold
Winner: Tile Redi for WonderFall Trench
This year’s competition was judged by Rachel McCaslin, Interior Designer, HOK; Melissa Pyell, Associate, Gensler; Lora Spran, Senior Interior Designer, Walt Disney Imagineering – Interiors; and Jackson Thilenius, Senior Design Director, The Gettys Group.
“Participating in the product design competition, it was great to see the innovations in materials and designs,” said McCaslin. “The emphasis on technology, an ever-present hospitality trend, was reflected in the submissions—from creating lighter, thinner forms of authentic materials to pushing the barriers of construction in everyday products.”
“The caliber of entrants this year was outstanding,” said Michelle Finn, president of Hospitality Media Group, producers of the event, and SVP, ST Media Group. “We’re delighted that innovators in product design were showcased at BDwest and recognized for their accomplishments.”
Additionally, eight BDwest exhibitors received Best Exhibit honors at this year’s trade fair. Displays were judged on creativity in design, visual impact, effective and efficient use of materials and the outstanding use of space, color, texture, lighting and graphics.
The 2016 Best Exhibit at BDwest winners are:
20 x 20 DISPLAY
Winner: JLF Collections
10 x 20 DISPLAY
Winner: Ren-Wil Hospitality
Finalist: Amtrend/Sapphire Chandelier
Finalist: JVA Art Group
10 x 10 DISPLAY
Winner: John Beck Steel
Finalist: Innovative Hospitality Concepts
Exhibit judges included Andrea DeRosa, Owner/Principal Designer, Avenue Interior Design; Ashley Manhan, Principal Designer, Avenue Interior Design; and Monica Meade, Interior Design Manager, Marriott International.
More than 2,000 hospitality design professionals from the western U.S. and Mexico attended this year’s trade fair and conference, staged for the first time in Los Angeles following a three-year run in San Diego. Exhibit space grew to 41,500 square feet, with 260 participating manufacturers and marketers of furniture, fixtures, lighting, seating, wall coverings, accessories and other design elements for hospitality interiors.
The two-day event featured an expanded conference program with 37 sessions—nine with CEU accreditation—and 100+ speakers; social events presented in partnership with NEWH; a student portfolio review and cocktail reception celebrating the L.A. design community; and a Gensler-led tour of L.A.’s new The Broad museum/Otium restaurant.
Both awards programs will resume at the seventh annual Boutique Design New York (BDNY), November 13-14, 2016, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Information about exhibitors, social events, conference sessions and speakers—as well as attendee registration and exhibitor information—will be available at bdny.com as details are confirmed.