By Terry Trucco
As an ardent trade show enthusiast, I look forward to the annual arrival of New York’s two big hotel shows — HX: The Hotel Experience and BD Boutique and Design Fair, aka Coming Soon to a Hotel Near You.
Like anything at the fathomless, soulless Jacob Javits Center, the shows demands energy, resilience and comfortable shoes. Check, check and check. I set out early on the first day and didn’t see daylight for hours. But I saw the future, or a semblance of what you might expect to see when you next check into a hotel.
We haven’t seen the last of the tall, tufted hotel room headboard. And zip-on mattress pillow tops, developed more than five years ago by Simmons for the Westin Heavenly Bed, are still going strong. Hotels keep a stash of these easy-to-change mattress toppers, replacing them instead of the entire mattress, when the foam cushioning wears out or an “event” occurs, to use the company euphemism.
But on to the new stuff. Here’s what caught my eye. (more…)