Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

May 8–10, 2015
Brooklyn Expo Center,

The Brooklyn design event for contemporary furniture, lighting, accessories and art.

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Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce


BKLYN DESIGNS is Brooklyn’s premier design event showcasing a cross section of design, architecture and art. Founded by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce in 2003, it was one of the first design fairs to shine a spotlight on the creative economy in Brooklyn and serves as an incubator for emerging designers as well as a platform for established brands producing a range of creative products across furniture, lighting, tableware, art, textiles and jewelry.

Demonstrating the collaborative spirit of design, the show features inspiring collective exhibits, pop-up lounges, installations, hands-on demos and a diverse conference program in addition to an exciting array of products, including many that have received Brooklyn-Made certification by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. The show will also include rotating food trucks and libations from Brooklyn’s beloved vendors as well as family-friendly programming throughout the weekend.

Attendees include: interior and product designers, architects, builders, developers, urban planners, educators, store buyers, industry influencers and design-savvy consumers.

They all come together to celebrate the borough’s rich design heritage, iconic style and bustling creative community. With thousands of visitors over the course of the three-day show, BKLYN DESIGNS is one of the most vibrant shows in New York City and is the official kick-off for the citywide NYCxDESIGN initiative.

Design, locally sourced since 2003


BKLYN DESIGNS 2015 is held at the Brooklyn Expo Center, located at 72 Noble Street in the creative hub of Greenpoint. Located within walking distance from Williamsburg, it’s also served by subway, ferry and bus.


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Greenpoint, May 8–10, 2015

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Friday, May 8

  • 12pm–12:45pm
    New Face of Affluence
    Dwell President Michela O’Connor Abrams explores the profile of the affluent design-centric consumer and the impact of their influence and purchasing power across all industries. The presentation takes a close look at the emerging trends, shifting attitudes, and changing purchase behaviors of this crucial customer base.
  • 1:30pm–2:15pm
    Expanding Architecture: From Buildings to Objects
    A conversation between Architectural Record Managing Editor Beth Broome and three multi-disciplinary architects: Susan Doban (President, Doban Architecture/Think Fabricate), Aaron Poritz (Founder, Aaron Poritz Furniture) and Drew Seskunas (Co-Founder, The Principals).
  • 3pm–3:45pm
    Design Propositions in New Developments
    Curbed Editor-in-Chief Kelsey Keith talks to New York’s leading design-build firms DDG, FLAnk and Alloy to learn how architecture firms are making their businesses more viable by getting into development—and how development firms are avoiding value engineering by incorporating design practices from the get-go.
  • 4:30pm–5:15pm
    Making it in NYC: New Business Models for Emerging Makers
    Design journalist Jen Renzi discusses alternative ways for emerging makers to launch products and develop brands with Kiel Mead (Founder, American Design Club), Ashira Israel (Co-Founder, IN.SEK), Julio Terra (Community Manager, Kickstarter), Scott Thrift (Creator, ThePresent), Vanessa Bertozi (Senior Manager, Etsy) and Amy Stringer-Mowat (Co-Founder, Aheirloom).
  • 6pm–7pm
    Creative Brooklyn: The Evolution from Studio to Supplier
    Metropolis Publisher/Editor in Chief Susan S. Szenasy moderates a panel discussion with Thom Forsyth (Senior Interior Designer, Rockwell Group), Charles Brill (Principal, Rich Brilliant Willing) and designer Louis Lim on elevating the business of Brooklyn design and key roles played by the interiors community. Centered around the collaborative process between Rockwell Group and two furniture designers, the discussion examines topics like being exclusively local vs. assembled locally, dealing with growth by a hands-on studio that scores a large order, the difference between advertising and marketing a small company vs an established firm, and more.
  • 7pm–9pm
    OPENING NIGHT PARTY with Metropolis
    Celebrate BKLYN DESIGNS 3.0 with drinks by Brooklyn Winery and Threes Brewing, temporary tattoos by Tattly, music by Memos, and a live audiovisual performance specially created for the show by Rote Productions.

Saturday, May 9

    • 10am–2pm
      American Design Club + Token Portfolio Review
      The American Design Club and Token host a special Product Pitch event in their lounge space at BKLYN DESIGNS. Designers are invited to make an appointment for a time slot to be reviewed. Email to set up an appointment.
    • 10am–4pm
      Dwell Brooklyn Home Tours
      Step inside the city’s most modern private homes, from a multifamily building in Bushwick, to a townhouse renovation in Williamsburg, to a Park Slope row house redesign. Set your own pace on this self-guided tour through Brooklyn’s abodes, organized by Dwell. Purchase your tickets here and pick them up from BKLYN DESIGNS starting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 9.
    • 11am–11:45am
      Brooklyn Landmark Interiors: Design & Preservation
      This year marks the 50th anniversary of New York’s landmarks law and the establishment of New York’s Landmarks Preservation Commission, and Brooklyn has some of the most interesting, and less well-known, of the 117 interior landmarks around the city. Saving them from decay, damage or destruction often involved a combination of grassroots campaigns, financial pressure and often political clout. Judith Gura, Professor at the New York School of Interior Design, presents a selection of Brooklyn’s landmark interiors and tells the fascinating stories behind their design and preservation.
    • 12:30pm–1:15pm
      BKLYN’S in the House: What’s Hot in Residential Design
      ASID’s Jennifer Quail discusses the hottest trends in residential design with Brooklyn’s leading interior designers Christopher Coleman, Audra Canfield and Leah Borkin.
    • 2pm–2:45pm
      Where Design Meets Manufacturing
      A conversation led by David Ehrenberg, President of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, with several premier design firms in the Yard, ranging from robotics and high-end metal fabrication to apparel and exhibit design. The conversation will cover the space trends in the Yard, the growing design clusters and how design businesses tap into the industrial ecosystem.
    • 3:00pm-4:00pm
      Interior Design Editor Tour
    • 3:30pm–4:15pm
      This Year’s Model: Fashion Design, Technology, and Wearables
      By using emerging technologies, Brooklyn-based designers are revolutionizing fashion, creating new materials, production processes, and wearable goods that upend traditional notions of the clothes trade. Design journalist Julie Taraska presents the borough’s trio of fashion-tech incubators and speaks to three creators who are leading the charge: Sabine Seymour, Director of the Fashionable Technology Lab at Parsons The New School for Design, Computational Fashion Co-Chair at Eyebeam and Founder of product consultancy Moondial; Francis Bitonti, Founder of Francis Bitonti Studio and the New Skins Workshop series; and Billie Whitehouse, Co-Founder of Wearable Experiments.
    • 5pm–5:45pm
      East Meets West: Japanese Designers in Brooklyn with Dwell
      Moderated by Dwell Editor in Chief Amanda Dameron with textile designer Hiroko Takeda, designer/architect Takeshi Miyakawa and metalsmith Yasushi Mishikawa.

Sunday, May 10

  • 12pm–12:45pm
    Design to Table
    Celebrity chef Katy Sparks looks at design and food, trends in plating at restaurants and how to bring design into food and plating at home. Followed by Demo/Tasting.
  • 1:30pm–2:15pm
    SCRAPS Textile Workshop
    Belgian-born, Brooklyn-based trend forecaster, stylist, blogger and textile guru, Vera Vandenbosch, leads a hands-on demonstration on DIY textiles with a strong emphasis on recycling and sustainability. As the author of Scraps – Stylish Stash Fabric Crafts to Stitch, the session will focus on projects that do not require a sewing machine – or any previous sewing/crafting experience. Session will be followed by Q&A and Scraps book signing.
  • 3pm–4pm
    The Young New Faces of Brooklyn Architecture
    The Architect’s Newspaper Executive Editor William Menking leads a rapid-format panel with eight local architecture firms changing the Brooklyn landscape. Panelists include: Emily Abruzzo, Partner, Abruzzo Bodziak Architects; Julie Torres Moskovitz, Founding Principal, FABRICA 718; Philipp von Dalwig, Partner, MANIFOLD.ArchitectureStudio; Phu Hoang, Director, MODU; Jon Lott, Principal, PARA Project; Benjamin Cadena, Founder, Studio Cadena; Bryan Young, Principal, Young Projects. Followed by a meet-and-greet with the architects in the AN / AIANY New Practices Lounge.
  • 4:30pm–5:15pm
    Designers on Film
    Architecture & Design Film Festival Director Kyle Bergman, AIA will moderate a panel on making films related to architecture and design. The conversation will look at the process of making design films, their affect on the audience and the public at large. The panel will consist of New York Design Editor Wendy Goodman and filmmakers Ultan Guilfoyle (Sketches of Frank Gehry and Making Space: 5 Women Changing the Face of Architecture) and Tom Piper (Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Reimagining Lincoln Center and the High Line and Piet Oudolf: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall).
  • 5:30pm
    Inhabitat Green Design Awards & Closing Party

Participating brands

New designers, collectives and collaborators added every day… stay tuned!




American Design Club




Artisan Design Source

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Au Retour


Bolé Road Textiles




Brooklyn Butcher Blocks


By Brooklyn

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Dwell Store

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Evan Z. Crane




From the Source


Gauge NYC

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Hadar Metal Design


High Line Shop


History + Industry


Hussar Metals


I Lost My Dog


Imagination Playground

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Leonoff Art Glass



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Lucia Pearl Jewelry


M.Spring Hardware


Matthew Ward Studio

MOR-HE Vesica Chair-002

MOR-HE Art Tectonics LLC




Noble Goods

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Peg Woodworking


Phil Gautreau Wood Design


Pickett Furniture


Pico Design



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Raunjiba Furniture

Reclaimed Home

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Renee Frances Jewelry_Net Cuff

Renée Frances Jewelry


Robert Sukrachand Furniture


Rococo Design


Rote Productions




SITU Studio

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Think Fabricate






Urban Chandy


Wax Rax


West of Noble






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Program Highlights
Dwell Home Tours and Pop Up Shop
Metropolis Exclusive Trade Sponsor Opening Night Party
AN / AIANY New Practices Lounge
Inhabitat Green Design Awards and Scavenger Hunt
ASID Best Of Awards
IFDA Selects Awards
AphroChic Remix Lounges
Architecture & Design Film Festival Pop-Up Theater
Talks and panel discussions on topics including: interiors, architecture, product design, fashion, real estate, branding, film and food
Cafes, bars and food trucks featuring local food vendors
Family-friendly programming on Mother’s Day

Stay tuned for full seminar and event schedule.

Advisory Board/Jury
Coleen Cahill, Executive Director, The Brand Union
Annie Block, Deputy Editor, Interior Design
Amanda Dameron, Editor in Chief, Dwell
Susan Doban, Principal, Doban Architecture
Melissa Feldman, Stroll Productions
Joan Inciardi, Art Consultant
William Lamb, Senior Editor, Dwell
Bonnie MacKay, B. Mackay Consulting
Paul Makovsky, Editorial and Brand Director, Metropolis
Matilda McQuaid, Deputy Director of Curatorial and Head of Textiles, Cooper Hewitt
Jen Renzi, freelance design journalist
Katy Sparks, Katy Sparks Culinary Consulting
Julie Taraska, freelance design journalist
Stephen Treffinger, freelance design journalist
Kerim Özdemir, Principal, ka studio
Phu Hoang & Rachely Rotem, MODU
Dania Ahmad, President, D Loves Design


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