Serving as the official kick-off for NYCxDESIGN, BKLYN DESIGNS, will head to Greenpoint’s Brooklyn Expo Center for a long weekend packed with fabulous design-centric programming. If you’re not familiar with the show, BKLYN DESIGNS, founded by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce in 2003, is a juried exhibition to showcase the abundance of design talent that originates from the creative hub of Brooklyn. From May 8-10 a plethora of innovative and inspiring contemporary furnishings, lighting and home accessories will be displayed at the show. Over 100 designers and architects from across the borough will be represented — from emerging designers, to well-established BKLYN DESIGNS alumni, whose contribution will be celebrated in the show’s inaugural Alumni Gallery. The 2015 edition aims to highlight the collaborative spirit of design with special programs, installations, pop-ups, panel discussions that span design, architecture and art. Below, we’ve outlined some of the exciting, inspirational features to look out for at the show – if you’d like to come, register here!
Exhibitors: You can find handcrafted furniture from Robert Sukrachand and Noble Goods; transformative furniture from Think Fabricate; contemporary fabrics from Bolé Road Textiles and Au Retour; modern heirloom furniture from Evan Z. Crane; modular children’s furniture from Casa Kids; outdoor furniture solutions from RAUNJIBA and From the Source; sustainable wood furnishings from Phil Gautreau; innovative light fixtures from Urban Chandy; laser crafted lighting Artisan Design Source; vases customized to your facial profile by fahz; vinyl record solutions from Wax Rax; hand blown and wheel carved glass objects by Leonoff Art Glass; and much more!
BKLYN BUYS: For those looking to bring a piece of Brooklyn home with them, the BKLYN BUYS marketplace will offer beautifully crafted accessories, and home objects—made or designed in Brooklyn of course. The pavilion will feature both independent designers—Bronsen, History & Industry, LESH, CARIBBEING and Pico Design among others—as well as collaborative design resources such as By Brooklyn. Other unique BKLYN BUYS offerings will include avant-garde architecture publication, CLOG, and Rote Productions’ audio recordings, graphic works and video compositions. Supplementing the wares of these innovative designers, will be the High Line Shop, a curated selection of objects from Brooklyn makers Apotheke, Boundless Brooklyn, Claudia Pearson, Cofield, Hazel Village and Monica Castiglioni, and a pop-up shop, the Dwell Store, designed in collaboration with local illustrator Mark McGinnis, highlighting well-known Brooklyn designers including Aaron Poritz, Bower, Fort Standard and The Principals.
Programming: Over all three days, a series of 15 engaging panels, led by design and architecture industry experts and connoisseurs will take place on a dedicated BKLYN DESIGNS stage, including: Creative Brooklyn: The Evolution from Studio to Supplier (May 8, 6-7pm), moderated by Metropolis Publisher/Editor in Chief Susan S. Szenasy with Rockwell Group’s Thom Forsyth, Rich Brilliant Willing’s Charles Brill and Brooklyn designer Louis Lim discussing elevating the business of Brooklyn design and key roles played by the interiors community; BKLYN’s in the House: What’s Hot in Residential Design (May 9, 11-11:45am) where ASID’s Jennifer Quail will discuss the hottest trends in residential design with Brooklyn’s leading interior designers Audra Canfield, Kathryn Scott, and Sarah Zames; Design to Table (May 10, 12-12:45pm) where Chef and Culinary Consultant Katy Sparks discusses trends in plating, followed by a tasting of a local sustainable recipe. Additionally, Dwell Home Tours will come to Brooklyn beginning at BKLYN DESIGNS, and there will be an Interior Design Editor Tour. Check out bklyndesigns.com for the full schedule.
Installations & Pop-Ups: Adding a few more creative mediums to the mix, the show will feature numerous pop-up lounges, and installations including: a temporary cinema by the Architecture & Design Film Festival, showing a series of Brooklyn-related architecture and design films; a media lounge designed by American Design Club and Token, where they will hold portfolio review and book signings; the AphroChic Remix Lounge where modern design meets culture style presented by AphroChic with help from ColorHouse, Patina, and SaatchiArt.com; a play area for kids featuring Rockwell Group’s Imagination Playground, an innovative playground with movable parts; creative aerial installations by SITU Studio; a Tattly Parlor where attendees can apply designy temporary tattoos; award programs including the Green Design Awards, awarded by Inhabitat to honor sustainability in design; an AN + AIANY New Practices Lounge highlighting seven emerging architecture firms from Brooklyn in a space designed by Abruzzo Bodziak.