The most hospitable designs from BDNY 2019

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The most hospitable designs from BDNY 2019

The most hospitable designs from BDNY 2019. Pictured: Shaw Contract's geometric Forum carpet collection (Courtesy Shaw Contract)

From November 10 to 12, Boutique Design Trade Fair (BDNY) hosted a lineup of hospitality-driven designers and manufacturers at Manhattan’s Javits Center. From kitchen and bath manufacturers to textiles and furniture designers, more than 700 exhibitors showcased the newest hospitality design solutions for designers and architects alike. Be they for a hotel, restaurant, spa, or anything else, the products below will inspire.

Foscarini Plena
(Courtesy Foscarini)


Plenea provides both up and down lighting simultaneously. A rib-like panel illuminates the Pringle-shaped body, which, in turn, casts a soft, enveloping light in both directions.

Rain and Cloudy ALPI
(Courtesy ALPI)

Rain and Cloudy

Danish Studio GamFratesi collaborated with Italian wooden material purveyor ALPI on a collection of prefabricated wooden surfaces featuring a motif that resembles rain and clouds in a pixelated style. Aptly named, Rain and Cloudy are perfect for low traffic areas like residential projects, as well as high traffic areas like hotels.

WEDGE Basin x Dyson Airblade Wash+Dry/Hand Dryer

Neo-Metro’s Wedge Basin ships prefabricated, making it easy to install in a jiffy. Outfitted with Dyson’s Airblade Wash+Dry hand dryer, it makes any public bathroom more environmentally sustainable and efficient by placing both washing and drying in the same location.

Lura Collection Clodagh for Speakman
(Courtesy Speakman)

Lura Collection
Clodagh for Speakman

Industrial plumbing purveyor Speakman collaborated with New York City–based multi-disciplinary design studio, Clodagh, on a collection of ergonomic fittings. With children, elderly, and those with handicaps in mind, the design features pulls, knobs, and mechanics that are easily used by just about anyone. Featuring sinuous curves, the collection includes shower valves, faucets, and levers available in a satin gold or silver finish.

Smart Lighting x ARTIK Legrand x Samsung
(Courtesy Legrand)

Smart Lighting x ARTIK
Legrand x Samsung

Just ask, and the lights will be dimmed. Pairing Samsung’s smart building platform with Legrand’s smart dimmers and switches allows any IoT-connected device to control lighting. Installed in place of existing electric plates, the system seamlessly connects to other smart home systems via wifi.

Counterpoint Sonneman
(Courtesy Sonneman)


Aptly named, Counterpoint is a mobile-like fixture with arms of light that seemingly rotate. The arms on the ceiling-mounted fixture are adjustable and output 1070 lumens of LED wattage.

Forum Shaw Contract
(Courtesy Shaw Contract)

Shaw Contract

Like a cubist painting, this collection of contract carpet tiles is designed to initiate conversation and meeting. The overlapping lines meet to form engaging geometric shapes that add dimension and character to gathering spaces.

Ada Family Brendan Ravenhill
(Courtesy Brendan Ravenhill Studio)

Ada Family
Brendan Ravenhill Studio

When L.A.-based designer Brendan Ravenhill learned that the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) specifies that fixtures can only protrude just four inches from the wall (when hung in hallways), he based this collection of lights on the concept of constraint. The wall-washing light features adjustable pivoting shades, or bi-lateral louvers, if you will, that allow light to be cast at any desired angle.