Where Wide-format Fits Into the Hotel Design Trends Spotted at BDNY
This November, interior designers, hoteliers, and manufacturers gathered at BDNY, a two-day show at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. BDNY describes itself as “Creativity, Curated. BDNY connects boutique hospitality brands and designers with exceptional vendors, insider experiences, and hospitality products not found anywhere else.”
Five trends that are dominating hospitality design
Designers are working natural elements into their designs, both inside and out. Additionally, they are making choices considering the impact their specified materials will have on the environment.
The pandemic has shown us more and more activities can be done from the comfort of home. Hotels are trying to combat the urge to have every business trip be a Zoom call by curating an entire experience for their guests. They want a guest’s visit to extend beyond the original purpose of a trip.
Wellness & Comfort
Wellness is not just for spas anymore. Designers want to consider people’s health in all aspects of a hotel’s design. This extends beyond the guest’s experience but also considers the staff. A hotel is only as good as its staff, and a team that feels safe and healthy in its environment is ready to deliver exceptional service.
Business and leisure travelers alike are seeking out authentic experiences when they travel. They want to feel a connection to a place and its community. Many designers accomplish this by collaborating with local artists and giving their hotels unique, Instagram-worthy accents.
New technology, such as contactless check-in and digital keys, were adapted quickly during the pandemic and expanded how people interact with technology during hotel stays. Yet, guests only want technology that is easy to use, intuitive, and doesn’t feel sterile.
Where do wide-format printers fit into these trends?
Digital printing offers interior designers a wide range of options to customize a hotel project. In particular, there are opportunities to work with local artists and designers to create graphics perfect for backgrounds. Whether a mural highlighting a location’s unique flavor or the one-of-a-kind selfie wall, these types of décor help set a hotel apart and keep people talking. Inside the rooms, there are opportunities for printing on headboards, comforters, wallcovering, and decorative pillows. Digitally printed materials can also be used in restaurants, lounges, and lobbies.
Digital printers can also highlight the environmental benefits of manufacturing in a non-inventory system. By only printing exactly as much as a project needs, there is less waste heading to landfills. Also, if possible, printers can work on projects near their manufacturing facilities, so there is a lower carbon footprint in transporting finished materials.
BDNY proved to be a fun and informative show. There was a lot of energy and excitement among exhibitors and attendees and valuable presentations and discussions. Next year’s event will take place November 12 – 13, 2023, at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City.
Kristen Dettoni is the founder and CEO of Design Pool LLC, the only pattern library created exclusively for interior designers. Since 1996, Kristen has worked for mills throughout North America, designing fabrics for automobiles, furniture, and home furnishings. She developed the first sustainable upholstery fabric for office interiors, the first sustainable upholstery fabric for automotive interiors, and was awarded a patent for automotive suspension seating. Kristen believes strongly in the power of good design to transform our environments and experiences.