BD | WEST 2016

It was the best of times… It was the BEST of times! (No, really.)

A new venue and fresh product made for a promising BD West 2016 and this years’ show did not disappoint. 

Held at the San Diego Convention Center in years past, there was a rumbling in the industry that its move to Downtown LA would deter designers not willing to negotiate the “charms” of DTLA (think traffic, one-way streets, parking nightmares, NO sea breezes, TRAFFIC). 

Boy, were we surprised!

This year’s show marked a record turnout (we’re told) and there was an energy in the air not felt in previous shows. People were amped and aisles were literally crowded with trade members looking to make new connections. The STYLE team made their entrance on the eve of the show and took advantage of one-on-one morning meetings with exhibitors before taking on the show full force. 

Farewell to an era of dark and heavy design. 2016 welcomes a much needed breath of light and airy inspiration.
— Britni Flores

Products highlights included introductions from such exhibitors as Renwil, Artistic Tile, Tableaux, Sonneman and Materials Inc. (We could really go on and on since there was so much good product to see!)

Thursday night culminated with the outstanding NEWH OC & LA Hospitality Fashion Challenge Runway Event held at Exchange LA where STYLE was able to see, first-hand, the inner workings of a full-fledged runway show with all the nuances of Fashion Week. The night was capped off with a win for Gensler—Congrats Gensler team!

The STYLE team took Friday to “leisurely” close out the show and to close the loop on our show discoveries. Well, and to get that last sip of champagne. 

All in all, a great show! We left the show armed with great new information, products and sources from connections old and new. We look forward to an amazing BD West 2017!