Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

May 6–8, 2016
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 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

2015 Programming

2016 programming coming soon

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 Bertozzi (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
    Portfolio Review with American Design Club & Token 
    The American Design Club and Token host a special Product Pitch event in the BKLYN DESIGNS Media Lounge. 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 9:30am.
  • 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 Audra Canfield, Kathryn Scott and Sarah Zames.
  • 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 including 10xBeta (Marcel Botha), Brooklyn Blast (Evan Eisman), Ferra Designs (Rob Ferraroni), Nadia Belalia Designs (Nadia Belalia) and SITU Studio (Brad Samuels). 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
    A conversation with Dwell Editor in Chief Amanda Dameron, textile designer Hiroko Takeda, designer/architect Takeshi Miyakawa and designer Stephanie Goto exploring how Japanese design influences their practices.

Sunday, May 10

  • 11am–12pm
    Get Color! The 2015 Color Trends You’ll Want To Bring Home This Season
    Discover the hottest color trends in this presentation by ColorHouse in the AphroChic Remix Lounge.
  • 12pm–12:45pm
    Design to Table
    Brooklyn-based Chef and Culinary Consultant Katy Sparks looks at design and food, trends in plating from top Brooklyn restaurants and how to bring your own creative design sense to the food you plate at home.  Followed by a demo and tasting of a local and sustainable spring recipe designed by Katy.
  • 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, using fabrics generously donated by Robert Allen for Calico. As the author of Scraps – Stylish Stash Fabric Crafts to Stitch, the session focuses on projects that do not require a sewing machine or any previous sewing/crafting experience with a strong emphasis on recycling and sustainability. 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 seven 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
    Join Inhabitat for a celebratory toast to announce the winners of the 2015 Green Design Awards, given out to BKLYN Designers who demonstrate environmentally-sensitive practices, low-energy designs, or use eco-friendly materials in their products. Follow the green leaf to discover these inspiring designs as you walk around the show and vote for your favorite ones!

2015 Participating brands

2016 Participating Brands coming soon

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




American Design Club


Andrea Claire




Artisan Design Source


ASHA Carpets

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Au Retour


Bolé Road Textiles




Brooklyn Bowls


Brooklyn Butcher Blocks


By Brooklyn



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Christopher Coleman



Desu Design 2006

DESU Design


Doban Architecture


Dwell Store



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Evan Z. Crane






From the Source




Gauge NYC


GN Woodwork


High Line Shop


History + Industry


Hussar Metals


I Lost My Dog

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Imagination Playground


Jill Malek

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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




Noble Goods


Peg Woodworking


Phil Gautreau Wood Design


Pickett Furniture


Pico Design



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Raunjiba Furniture

Reclaimed Home

Reclaimed Home

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Recycled Brooklyn

Renee Frances Jewelry_Net Cuff

Renée Frances Jewelry


Robert Sukrachand Furniture


Rote Productions


Saatchi Art




Simple Basic


SITU Studio

Tattly Ribbon Logo-01


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Think Fabricate




Urban Chandy


Wax Rax


West of Noble



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2015 Installations & Pop-ups

2016 Installations & Pop-ups coming soon

  • ADFF Pop-up Cinema
  • The Architecture & Design Film Festival presents a series of short films curated from works submitted to the festival over the past seven years. Centered around the themes of architecture, design and Brooklyn, the films span a broad range of topics from the landscape design of Piet Oudolf, to a Brooklyn residence for James Casebere and Lorna Simpson by architect David Adaje, to a film on graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister. The 52-minute program features eight short films and will run continuously throughout the show.
  • Alumni Gallery
  • Since its founding in 2003, BKLYN DESIGNS has been a launch pad for the careers of many talented Brooklyn designers. Shining a spotlight on the show’s prominent alumni, BKLYN DESIGNS will present a curated Alumni Gallery each year. The 2015 inaugural space features the work of ASHA Carpets, Andrea Claire, Christopher Coleman, DESU Design, DYAD, furtherdesign, Igloo Play, Jill Malek, Robert Martins, and Wüd.
  • AN / AINY New Practices Lounge
  • In celebration of exemplary architecture and design in Brooklyn, The Architect’s Newspaper and AIANY New Practices Committee will showcase the work of seven local firms in the AN / AIANY New Practices Lounge. Designed by Abruzzo Bodziak Architects, the space exhibits a spectrum of projects designed in Brooklyn by new and innovative firms including Abruzzo Bodziak, FABRICA 718, MANIFOLD ArchitectureStudio, MODU, PARA Project, Studio Cadena and YOUNG PROJECTS. Meet the architects and learn about their latest projects during a panel on Sunday, May 10 from 3-4pm hosted by AN.
  • AphroChic REMIX Lounge
  • AphroChic presents two interior design lounges featuring their special blend of modern design and cultural style. Designed to express a warm, authentic Brooklyn vibe, the spaces feature vintage and handmade furnishings from Patina, colorful walls featuring eco-friendly ColorHouse paint and a curated selection of artwork from local artists. Together with live graffiti art, designer talks and music from DJ King Leo, the AphroChic REMIX Lounges are sure to keep the cultural beat going all weekend long!
  • BKLYN DESIGNS Media Lounge
  • The American Design Club and Token have come together to create a dynamic, shop-able media lounge. Furnished by Token with a selection of premier magazines from BKLYN DESIGNS’ media partners, it serves as a reading area for guests but also a shopping area with products for sale by the AmDC.
  • Dwell Store
  • The Dwell Store’s cash-and-carry pop-up shop features products from well-known Brooklyn talent such as Aaron Poritz, Bower, Rich Brilliant Willing and The Principals alongside newly launched products from international brands and designers that celebrate a decidedly Brooklyn lifestyle. Designed in collaboration with local illustrator Mark McGinnis, the space features lighting, furniture and home accessories that allow you to bring a piece of BKLYN DESIGNS home with you.
  • High Line Shop
  • The High Line Shop features a curated selection of high-quality and well-designed gifts, clothing and mementos from local designers including Areaware, Claudia Pearson, Cofield, Hazel Village, IN.SEK and Monica Castiglioni. Every purchase supports the maintenance and operation of the High Line.
  • Tattly Parlor
  • Whether you’re a design-minded kid or a kid-at-heart, get inked in the Tattly Parlor with a fun selection of designy temporary tattoos. Strike a pose or take a selfie using Jill Malek’s elegant wallpaper as a backdrop. Include #tattly in your Instagram to be automatically included in Tattly’s Instagram gallery!
  • Imagination Playground
  • Located in the outdoor space of BKLYN DESIGNS, Imagination Playground is a breakthrough playspace concept conceived and designed by architect David Rockwell to encourage child-directed, unstructured free play. Comprised of an assortment of loose parts, including foam blocks in uniquely designed shapes, Imagination Playground empowers children to constantly reconfigure the space around them and design their own course of play.
  • Situ Studio Installations
  • SITU Studio brings its vision for fabrication and material experimentation to BKLYN DESIGNS with two innovative, thought-provoking installations. “ParaFlector” is a collection of large scale parabolic mirrors suspended above the expo floor that will reflect both the light and activities of events below. A second intervention will float above event attendees creating an intimate experience that seeks to alter the Pavilion’s transparency through a progression of light-filtering layers. Entitled “IllumiNetting” the large diaphanous scrim is a play on the material itself, Aluminet®, an industrial- grade woven aluminum cloth typically used in agricultural applications to create shade.

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2015 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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