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A Few Nuggets from My Annual Visit to Boutique Design New York

Glenn Hasek

I attended Boutique Design New York (BDNY) this past week. As usual, the folks behind the trade show and conference—Emerald Expositions—did a great job putting together the event. The trade show floor included about 650 exhibitors and that was the highlight for me—speaking with the exhibitors, learning about their cool products, and hearing the stories behind the products. Numerous exhibitors said the quality of the traffic to their booths was strong—a reflection of the post-pandemic strength of our industry.

The number of green or “greener” products has increased significantly in recent years and that was reflected on the show floor. I posted an article on Green Lodging News that highlights what some of the exhibitors featured. It would have taken an army of journalists to capture every sustainability story at the show. Be sure to check out my article.

Certainly one of the highlights for me was learning what Berner Air Curtains is doing in New Castle, Pa. The maker of air curtains is nearing the final stages for its new solar panel installation. It has the capacity to produce almost one gigawatt of power annually. Installation began in June, with plans for the array to be fully operational by the end of this year. The system is designed to cover all future expansion needs. Excess energy will initially be sent back to First Energy but will eventually be integral to a planned Berner facility expansion.

Circularity at a Very Micro Level

Another highlight for me was a chat with Sebastian Wiesenberg, Sales Director for HOUE USA. The company is a manufacturer of indoor and outdoor furniture. A chair at the HOUE USA booth caught my attention. It was made from recycled plastic—I know, not that uncommon these days. What is unique about the company is its circular approach to furniture making at the very micro level. Let’s say you have a company headquarters that produces a significant volume of plastic waste. Wiesenberg told me his company has the capability of taking that plastic waste to make furniture that is then sold back to you. That’s right, you can sit on a chair made from the very plastic “waste” that you produced. The name of HOUE’s unique business model: MyTrash.

Those are just two examples of the many stories that really caught my attention. I wish I could share all the stories I heard.

This was the first year that I have attended the fall New York show where the non-design part of the show was absent. That part of the show was previously called HX: The Hotel Experience and the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show. I missed seeing exhibitors hawking everything from laundry equipment to electric vehicle charging stations. It was always great to see so many hotel schools involved as well at those shows. I understand that HX was shrinking a lot in recent years. Unless you attend a brand, association or niche-specific show in the coming year, you will have to wait for next fall’s The Hospitality Show to find a more operations-focused trade fair.

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