Jane Riback, Robert Allen’s Director, Contract Fabric Design, is our guest blogger today. Camera in hand, Jane roamed the new Boutique DESIGN New York trade show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City recently to capture trends in hospitality design. She has shared some of her favorites below:
The naturals trend was everywhere at the show and it was fun to see the varied interpretations of this theme. There was a major emphasis on eco-friendly, sustainable, and recycled products. I believe the hospitality industry is one area where socially responsible design has really taken root. The photo above was taken at Asian Art Imports (www.asianartimports.com).
I loved this “stacked log” table I saw at C F Kent Hospitality.
A manufacturer of custom furnishings for hospitality and commercial spaces, C F Kent offers a high-style aesthetic (see www.cfkent.com).
I was quite taken with the Eco Armchair designed by Diane Papara, whose creations include the “designer wall stencils” shown in this shot. Diane, shown here, is very involved in socially responsible initiatives. To learn more, see www.dpstudios.com.
Filipino designer Kenneth Cobanpue is known for his nature-inspired, eco-friendly industrial designs. He showed this steel-based stool in his booth, which didn’t look particularly comfortable to me. Surprise! Rattan dowels move independently on a bed of foam and adapt to your shape. It’s SO comfortable!
Here you can see how it works. Called “Chiquita,” you can find more info about this intriguing design (and designer) at www.kennethcobanpue.com.
How inviting is this? Shimna uses sustainable wood from Pennsylvania sources for their designs, which are all made in the USA. They describe their designs as “traditional methods and materials combined with contemporary ideas.”
Shimna co-owner Michael LaMonte posed (with a little coaxing) on their “Beam Sectional” (which just happened to be upholstered in Robert Allen’s ever-popular “Orvis” design). See www.shimna.com.
By the time I reached Richard Schulz’s booth, I was as tired as his trusty friend under the table. Even so, I still found his “Wing Collection” of outdoor furniture to be original and striking. I remember his designs for Knoll and admire this latest chapter in his design career. See www.richardshultz.com.
Of course, I can't end without showing the Robert Allen Contract team hard at work at our booth at Boutique DESIGN New York. Left to right, Robert Duban, VP of Contract Sales, Robert Allen Contract; Stefan Lasek, Northeast Regional Sales Director; Bill Elliot, Director, Contract Sales Liason, Robert Allen Contract. We were very happy with our experience at this show and urge you to check out Boutique DESIGN New York in 2011.