Each year, over 8,000 hospitality designers, architects, purchasing executives, developers, owners and operators gather at the epicenter of hospitality, Boutique Design New York (BDNY). The 2-day trade show showcases the best in hospitality design each year at the Javits Center in the Big Apple.
The Best of BDNY Product Design Awards recognize 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 in 10 product categories are selected by a jury of design professionals; trade fair attendees vote on-site to determine the Best in Show Award winner.
FORMA, meaning form in Italian, was designed as a collaboration between Artone LLC and Aerie Design Services.
The hospitality wall unit takes space limitations within the guestroom to the forefront of design. Slender depths, sleek fixtures, and multifunctional attributes eliminate the need for other freestanding furniture pieces. FORMA is constructed using high-quality materials and is finished with conversion varnish to ensure a long-lasting product.
The focal point of the wall unit is the upholstered headboard. The headboard encapsulates a drop-down desk with swivel top, an adjustable backrest, and reading lights. On either side of the headboard are two floating nightstands with quartz tops – complete with wireless charging stations.
Fused into the design is a finalist in the 2017 Best of BDNY Product Design category; Artone’s Whole Threads Wardrobe (from the 2017 Sano Collection). This unique wardrobe features a forward-facing slide-out, dual-sided cabinet with closet rod and a built-in, fold-down ironing board and iron.
Today’s travelers require hotels to be mindful of health and wellness options. FORMA also integrates Artone’s Whole House Fitness Unit (from the 2017 Sano Collection). A large storage cabinet that houses a travel size weight bench and various other exercise gear.
Flanking either end of the wall unit are two luggage benches. One luggage bench is adorned with an electronic locking drawer to store valuables and personal items.
FORMA’s unique design offers a creative solution for a modern hotel guestroom while appealing to the needs of today’s travelers.
Artone’s SANO Collection (Sano, meaning “whole” in Italian) was designed by John Brandon of Aerie Design Services from Attica, NY. The custom furniture collection was designed to focused on helping travelers optimize their mental and physical wellbeing. The collection, in total, features five pieces. The Product Design Award was given to Artone for the unique closet unit (Whole Threads). Some key features of this unit are a pull-forward mirrored door, built-in ironing board with iron, and lighting that automatically turns on as the unit is opened. The overall design of the collection lends itself to the open, airy direction being featured in many upcoming hotel designs.
This Product Design Award-winning unit is an ergonomically designed, stand-up workspace that embraces the multifunctionality hotel guests demand in today’s fast-paced, digital world. It includes USB docking ports, a convenient pull-out shelf for luggage storage, a lockable drawer safe with an additional USB port, and an LED base for a night guide.