We can’t believe a month has passed since Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo Americas (CSI) graced the halls of the Miami Beach Convention Center. One of our favourite parts of the show is exploring the aisles, checking out the stunning booth designs on display and seeing the products and innovations CSI exhibitors are proud to present. This year’s exhibition was packed with beautifully designed booths, innovative products, exclusive new launches and collections, and many exciting demonstrations and activities to get involved in. Read on to catch everything that took place across the show floor at CSI Design Expo Americas 2024.

Beautiful booth designs

As a trade show catered exclusively to the cruise interior design industry, visitors looked forward to seeing many eye-catching designs across the show hall, and this year’s booths did not disappoint. Lighting the way was Secto Design, winner of the best booth design award. Making their CSI Americas debut, Secto Design wowed visitors with handmade Scandinavian birch wood lighting in various timeless shapes and designs that illuminated the space.

Maximalism has been filtering through from boutique hotel design to commercial hospitality spaces, and we spotted many booths that took their designs to the max at CSI. From Life Floor’s vibrant flooring to striking patterns on furnishings decorating Pilolux’s booth, visitors enjoyed the bold and brilliant at CSI Design Expo Americas 2024. Radici Marine’s booth also offered an array of bold stripes, neon animal prints and clashing graphics across their textile flooring.

American Lighting’s glowing booth lit up the hall in a spectrum of colours and patterns, displaying the potential for cruise lighting on board. Andriali Contract’s booth also made an impact, decorated with sustainable luxury textiles in a mix of naturalistic shades of coppers, earthy browns, and sea blues, mixed with striking patterns. Many delegates also took to CITA Design’s Miami beach photo backdrop to make memories and capture their time at CSI 2024.

Collaboration-led booths

As an industry driven by community, there were plenty of booth collaborations at CSI Design Expo Americas 2024, showing how products and services from the forward-thinking suppliers in attendance could be used in conjunction.

Visitors could explore the many ways the products on display could pair within cruise interior spaces. WEL International, Unlan Art Company, and Kellex, offered a collage of colour and fun at their booth. Across the hall, a booth collaboration between Cristallux, Dauerflora, Ege Carpets and more offered a timeless simplicity with verdant touches.

WEL International, Unlan Art Company, and Kellex’s booth offered a collage of colour and fun

Stylish sustainability

Sustainability is the new standard in cruise interior design. Designers are increasingly seeking more sustainable innovations to enhance cruise interiors, and this year’s exhibitors did not disappoint. Starting with the most sustainable booth winner, Dansk Wilton led the way with their recycled booth materials.

From booth design to innovations, there were many sustainable solutions on display across the CSI show floor.  Over at Continental’s booth, visitors were learning about their sustainable synthetic leather, a premium material skai® Evida Fiber made from natural and renewable raw materials. At the Innovation Lounges booth, many circular design solutions were on display, including wallPen GmbH, whose wall printing machines demonstrated their artistic capabilities throughout day one. Using eco-friendly vegan ink, these machines can create breathtaking indoor prints efficiently with a low-carbon impact. Palecek Hospitality’s booth had a beautiful simplistic design that displayed furniture made from natural, sustainable materials.

Credit: Alexander Rudolph, Marine Interior Images

New launches

The CSI Design Expo Americas show floor is the place for spotting new innovations within the cruise interiors design sector. Between catching conference sessions and making new connections, visitors could learn about the latest products, services and collections from forward-thinking exhibitors across the exhibition hall.

Alongside a wide range of furnishing textiles in many vibrant colours and patterns, Baumann Dekor were displaying a new collection of FR embroideries on their booth. My Nguyen (Holland America Line & Seabourn), director of the CSI Advisory Board even visited Baumann Dekor’s booth to explore the new collection!

Across the hall, Carnegie was showcasing Xorel Cruise, their signature high-performance woven marine-grade wallcovering solution, for the first time at their booth.

Italian rug and carpet supplier Loloey showcased their new Intreccio collection, inspired by the tactile sensations and raw beauty of nature. The new collection adorned their booth with biomorphic patterns and colours representing land and sea.

Safemark launched a new collaboration with Marshall speakers at CSI Design Expo Americas 2024. The safe and minibar provider also displayed products from its recent partnership with Indel B.

Thrills and competition

Over at the brand-new Attractions & Entertainment Technology Zone, visitors discovered the latest in cruise ship attractions and entertainment technologies. And of course, with so much focus on thrills, there was plenty of fun to be had, with many interactive games and attractions on display. Delegates got in touch with their competitive side and challenged peers to a game of laser tag at Delta Strike’s booth, or at shuffleboard games by Conductr. Visitors also set their targets on Dartsee’s dart board and Simway AB’s shooting range. Those wanting to challenge their problem solving skills took to the interactive wall games at Agri Games’ booth.

Hands-on exhibits

Over at Kvadarat’s booth, creativity flourished at hosted fabric flower making workshops. These sessions invited participants to craft fabric flowers using off-cut fabrics. Across the hall, Bolidt were hosting pour art sessions at their booth. Here, participants created pour art bears using Bolidt’s liquid cruise decking.

Throughout CSI, there were also many product demonstrations taking place. From fitness equipment by Matrix Fitness to automatic doors by Tech Marine Systems, visitors could see many products in action and test them out.

Miami vibes at the CSI+ lounge

The CSI+ lounge was one of the hottest areas of the hall at Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo Americas 2024. Designed by YSA Design and featuring products and materials supplied by the CSI+ community, this space represented the true collaborative ethos of the cruise interiors design industry. Products featured in the CSI+ lounge include disco balls supplied by Urban Art Company, a hybrid stool/end table by Kenneth Cobonpue, furnishings from Cane-line and PALECEK Hospitality, bespoke lamps from Humble Lights, and a custom sign from Marahrens reading ‘Miami Vibes’. You can read more about the design of the CSI+ lounge here.

Cross sector exploration at Hotel & Resort Design South

For a second year running, Hotel and Resort Design South (HRDS) took place alongside CSI Design Expo Americas. This niche trade show event brings together hotel and resort design professionals from across the Southern states, LATAM and Caribbean regions for two days of product sourcing, networking and knowledge sharing.

One of the main features of HRDS is the Product Showcase. Here, 46 plinths displayed cutting-edge products from hotel and resort serving suppliers across the South. Throughout the event, the Product Showcase was buzzing with activity as delegates explored the many fantastic products on display, from lighting to furniture, stone, and surface materials to scent delivery systems. The Good Plastic Company was awarded the most innovative product award for their brand-new surface material, Polygood, which debuted at HRDS.

 Thank you to all who attended Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo Americas 2024 and made it the triumph that it was. We look forward to seeing you next year on 3 – 4 June 2025. Can’t wait that long? Find out more about Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo Europe, taking place 4 – 5 December 2024, here.