Last week, 4 members of Puccini Group’s design studio made the trek to sunny LA for the West Coast installment of Boutique Design’s bi-coastal conference. This year’s show was packed with opportunities from a broad agenda of intimate panel discussions to stops at Downtown LA’s most celebrated design venues. With more than 300 exhibitors and a fashion runway to slay, the team descended into the City of Angels ready to walk the walk.

While the show honors its own “Best of” in each product category within their June issue, we’ve picked a couple of show-floor favorites ourselves to kick off this TOP 5 review. Designers Seth Huxel, Jocelyn Ramos, and Jenn Sharp share their standouts:

.1 SETH HUXEL: Mirror Mirror, On the Wall

I loved these solution-oriented rotating art/mirrors from Kalisher. They provide a unique art experience in a new, yet functional way and work well in the world of restaurants, helping partition off spaces thoughtfully, without compromising aesthetics or making areas too claustrophobic.

.2 JOCELYN RAMOS: Color for Days

Renwil built an amazing booth, featuring playful patterns and colors which exemplify 2019’s focus on fun. Also joining the color craze – Coronet Lighting displayed fun matte finishes that can be matched to any Pantone color. If you look closely, they have a crackle texture that adds a beautiful depth.

3. Jenn Sharp: Ceramics x Porcelain

Five generations of industry giants are behind Italy’s Pot a Porter, a family-run ceramics collection shelling out gorgeous handmade glazed pots perfect for both indoor and outdoor use. If it’s porcelain you’re after, Arizona Tile has a new high-sheen tile that bares an unbelievable resemblance to glass. Best part, you can use it on floors.

4. Gamification Panel

Former BD 18 Honoree and current Studio Director, Nick Domitrovich participated in a riveting floor session, discussing how we can employ the pillars of marketing loyalty tactics to our design – increasing the human-focused nature of our concepts and learning from guest interaction. Seen below, the panel was produced within an intimate space, encouraging attendees to “connect,” a theme debated in depth during the conversation.

5. Hospitality Fashion Challenge

No Puccini Group-attended BDWest could be recapped without a mention of the Mockingbird herself. With a first name like Tequila, this glamazon queen took a shot at reclaiming her crown during the conference’s signature event benefiting NEWH. 15 teams took to the stage clad in haute-couture creations  crafted from materials donated by BDWest exhibitors. Strutting to the story of her origins, Tequila Mockingbird gave her final Boutique Design bow wearing a Paris-inspired working girl’s dress assembled with fabrics from Kravet, P. Kaufmann Contract, and Garrett Leather. The tearaway number (there’s always a reveal, hunny) was complimented with garment accessories crafted by tile and metals from Stone Source and Sapphire, and to complete the ensemble – a clutch by Renwill and JVA Art Group. Runway assistant, Seth Huxel, *wore* a shower-inspired costume by Delta and Brizo. She made not have claimed the throne, but for Tequila, the world remains her nest.

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