Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

May 5–7, 2017
72 Noble St, Brooklyn Expo Center

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

Stay tuned for 2018 dates.

Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

About

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 feature cafes and bars 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 of the anchor fairs of the citywide NYCxDESIGN initiative.

Design, locally sourced since 2003

Location

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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    • Online ticket sales have closed. Tickets available at the door for $15 by card or cash.

    • Friday,
      May 5, 2017


      Press breakfast:
      10am–11am


      VIP (Press & Trade) Preview:
      10am–1pm

      Show opens to public:
      1pm–7pm


      Opening Night Party:
      7pm–9pm

    • Saturday,
      May 6, 2017


      Show open from:
      11am–7pm

    • Sunday,
      May 7, 2017


      Show open from:
      11am–6pm

  • Times subject to change.

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Greenpoint, May 8–10, 2015

2017 Program

Friday, May 5

  • 11:00-12:00pm
    BKLYN DESIGNS Theater
    Benjamin Moore Presents 2017 Color Trends

    Learn about the concepts and inspiration behind Color Trends 2017 and the Color of the Year in this CEU-accredited course presented by Amy Figueroa of Benjamin Moore. IDCEC 0.1 LU and AIA 1.0 LU. Register for credit here.
  • 12:30-1:30pm
    The Connected Home
    A&D Lunch

    AJ Madison will host a private sushi demo and lunch for architects and designers with partners Con Edison and Homepolish in their Connected Home exhibit, designed by Brooklyn-based interior designer Gunnar Larson.
  • 1:00-2:00pm
    Maker’s Lab
    Pratt SCPS Demo: Floral Design for Restaurant Interiors  

    Floral design is an integral part of restaurant interiors. Watch Calvert H. Crary, executive director of FlowerSchool New York, compose a stunning floral arrangement and learn trade secrets along the way in this one-hour demo hosted by Pratt’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. To sign up, email Pratt SCPS Program Director Suzanne de Vegh: sdevegh@pratt.edu.
  • 2:00-3:00pm
    BKLYN DESIGNS Theater
    The Connected Home: Ways to Live Smarter and Save Money

    Panelists including Joseph Rudler (AJ Madison), Gunnar Larson (Gunnar Larson Interior Design), Zach Sussman (Con Edison) and Michael Izatt (OneButton) will discuss the latest design thinking around technology in the home and how it is changing the way we are living with an emphasis on how we can better use power to make it all come to life. Moderated by Toni Williams (Con Edison and Brooklyn Savvy).
  • 3:00-5:00pm
    Maker’s Lab
    Textile Arts Center Workshop: Indigo Dyeing

    Indigo has been used for thousands of years as a source of blue color for fibers and other materials. In this workshop led by Isa Rodrigues, students will learn the basics of creating an all-organic indigo dye vat and how to dye with it. Sign up here.
  • 6:00-7:00pm
    BKLYN DESIGNS Theater
    Todd Bracher Keynote: The Evolving Role of Designers

    Todd Bracher, acclaimed industrial designer and founder of Todd Bracher Studio, will discuss how designers’ roles have evolved, and why good design, beyond aesthetics and function, also needs to be strategic and make good business sense. Sponsored by Humanscale and introduced by Metropolis Editorial and Brand Director Paul Makovsky.
  • 7:00-9:00pm
    Opening Night Party
    The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and Metropolis Magazine host the BKLYN DESIGNS Opening Night Party with drinks, light bites, music and a cornhole tournament featuring one-of-a-kind boards from the American Design Club. Graciously sponsored by Benjamin Moore and Broadway Stages.

Saturday, May 6

  • 11:00-1:00pm
    Maker’s Lab
    Textile Arts Center Workshop: Macramé Plant Hanger

    Macramé is a textile-making craft using knotting rather than weaving or knitting. In this workshop led by Sonia Kim, students will learn some of the basic knots used in macramé, while creating a plant hanger. Sign up here.
  • 12:00-1:00pm
    BKLYN DESIGNS Theater
    Real Renovations in Brooklyn: Mixing the Old + the New

    Homeowners share their experiences of creating spaces that marry historic charm with modern style. See amazing before & afters and hear expert renovation advice in a panel moderated by Jean Brownhill, founder of free renovation matchmaker Sweeten.
  • 2:00-3:00pm
    BKLYN DESIGNS Theater
    Luxury Finishes and other Worthwhile Investments to Increase the Value of Your Home

    Glenn Gissler, President of the NY Metro Chapter of ASID, hosts a conversation with members Erin Fearins (Fearins | Welch Interior Design) and Kathryn Scott (Kathryn Scott Design Studio) about design decisions that can maximize the market value of your home.
  • 2:00-3:00pm
    Maker’s Lab
    Pratt SCPS Workshop: Fragrance Development and Sales 

    How do you brand a fragrance? Bring it to market? Identify potential customers? Explore these topics with global fragrance expert Alexandra Hegeler in this one-hour workshop hosted by Cinquieme Sens and Pratt’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. To sign up, email Pratt SCPS Program Director Suzanne de Vegh: sdevegh@pratt.edu.
  • 3:30-4:30pm
    BKLYN DESIGNS Theater
    Designing a Better World: Architecture, Interiors and Representing Social Justice in Physical Spaces

    Genevieve Gorder (Interior Designer, OXFAM Ambassador) and Clay Miller (Bergen Street Studio, Architect for Village Health Works) sit down with Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason of AphroChic to discuss how architects and designers are creating projects that transform lives globally.
  • 4:00-6:00pm
    Maker’s Lab
    Textile Arts Center Workshop: Fabric Marbling

    Marbling is a ancient printing technique that yields magical results. In this workshop led by Natalie Stopka, students will learn the basics of marbling on fabric including how to set up a marbling bath, prepare fabrics, and the best inks to use. Sign up here.
  • 5:00-6:00pm
    BKLYN DESIGNS Theater
    Brooklyn’s Emerging Architectural Scene

    Josephine Minutillo, Features Editor at Architectural Record, sits down with SO-IL, nARCHITECTS, and Young & Ayata, three innovative architecture firms that are changing the Brooklyn landscape.

Sunday, May 7

  • 11:00-1:00pm
    Maker’s Lab
    Textile Arts Center Children’s Workshop: Suminagashi (Japanese Marbling)

    This class is a fun and exciting introduction to Suminagashi, an ancient Japanese marbling technique. Children will learn the basics of Suminagashi and how to create and pull Suminagashi monoprints on paper. Additionally, they will learn simple bookbinding techniques to compile all the prints into a take away journal. Sign up here.
  • 12:00-1:00pm
    BKLYN DESIGNS Theater
    Designing for Kids

    Learn how to create a fun and functional space for children of all ages during this conversation with Aimeé Wilder (Aimeé Wilder Designs), Roberto Gil (Casa Kids) and Adam Zimmerman (OT/TRA by Zimmerman Workshop) moderated by Vanessa DeLeon (Vanessa DeLeon Associates).
  • 1:00-2:00pm
    Design Against Hate Lounge
    Products for the People: Activism and the Global Marketplace

    Actor and activist Gbenga Akinnagbe (ENITAN) and third-generation rug designer Ariel Basalely (ELIKO) discuss products at the intersection of culture and modern design that are shaping today’s most popular trends, moderated by Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason of AphroChic.
  • 2:00-3:00pm
    Maker’s Lab
    Pratt SCPS Workshop: The Technique and Language of Perfume

    Experience a voyage into the world of perfumes, test your sense of smell, and learn about how scents are classified in this one-hour workshop. Hosted by Cinquieme Sens and Pratt’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies and led by renowned perfumer Raymond Matts. To sign up, email Pratt SCPS Program Director Suzanne de Vegh: sdevegh@pratt.edu.
  • 2:00-3:00pm
    BKLYN DESIGNS Theater
    Brooklyn’s Creative Hubs and Role in Industry 4.0

    Amy Plitt, Editor of Curbed NY, sits down with Isa Rodrigues (Textile Arts Center), Daniel Kent (Pioneer Works) and Daniel Pittman (A/D/O) to discuss the borough’s role as a world-renowned incubator for art and design and its place in the next industrial revolution.
  • 3:30-5:30pm
    Maker’s Lab
    Textile Arts Center Workshop: Block Printing

    In this workshop led by Aimee Mclaughlin, students will learn the basics of block printing, including how to carve a rubber block and print their own design into a tote bag. Sign up here.
  • 4:00-5:00pm
    BKLYN DESIGNS Theater
    Taking Designs to Market

    Design industry experts including Bonnie Mackay (Bonnie Mackay Consulting), Kiel Mead (American Design Club), Annie Block (Interior Design Magazine) and Christine Abbate (Novità Communications) give advice on how to successfully take products to market from retail and licensing to PR and marketing.

Friday, May 6

  • 10am-12pm
    Kickstarter Office Hours
    Micro Loft
    Designers have used Kickstarter to produce small batches of handcrafted designs and manufacture sizable first-runs of new products. Sign-up for a 20-minute one-on-one session with Julio Terra, Director of Design and Technology Outreach at Kickstarter, to talk about your design project and how Kickstarter can help bring it to life. Come prepared with questions. Sign up here.
  • 11-11:30am
    Brooklyn-Made Certification
    Maker’s Lab
    Adriana Scotti, Vice President for Economic Development at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, presents a session on the Brooklyn-Made certification program – a market-driven, geographically-focused certification assessing and validating products manufactured in Brooklyn.
  • 11-11:45am
    Benjamin Moore Presents: Power of Color
    Resource Furniture Theater

    A CEU-accredited course presented by Amy Figueroa of Benjamin Moore that examines the emotions associated with each color with examples of color used successfully in popular culture, fashion, and retail. She will also cover how to distinguish between fads and trends. IDCEC 0.1 LU / AIA 1.0 LU. Register for credit at bit.ly/BKDCEU
  • 12-1pm
    A&D Lunch
    Micro Loft
    AJ Madison will host a private designer lunch with Interior Design editor Annie Block. Chef Katy Sparks will serve up innovative and responsibly sourced food from her new Brooklyn-based company Tulley Road.
  • 1-2pm
    Creating a Map with CartoDB
    Maker’s Lab
    Working with open data, CartoDB will guide this class through the basic steps of data visualization, using a public data set to create a map and teaching the basics of styling and geospatial queries. In the end, you will learn how to create an interactive map that can be distributed or put online.
  • 1:30-2:15pm
    Is the Kitchen the New Man Cave?
    Resource Furniture Theater
    Now that cooking has been recoded as a macho pastime, men are increasingly shaping kitchen design. Drawing from her recent piece on this trend in The Wall Street Journal, journalist Debra Jo Immergut discusses the new “manly” kitchen with James Ramsey (Principal, RAAD Studio), Philippe Meyersohn of AJ Madison, Sarah Zames (Principal, General Assembly) and Adam Zimmerman (Principal, Zimmerman Workshop Architecture and Design).
  • 2-5pm
    Kickstarter Office Hours
    Micro Loft
    Designers have used Kickstarter to produce small batches of handcrafted designs and manufacture sizable first-runs of new products. Sign-up for a 20-minute one-on-one session with Julio Terra, Director of Design and Technology Outreach at Kickstarter, to talk about your design project and how Kickstarter can help bring it to life. Come prepared with questions. Sign up here.
  • 2:45-3:30pm
    Tools of the Trade: Spotlight on Textiles
    Resource Furniture Theater
    Domino Editor Elaina Sullivan moderates a conversation on new tools and innovations in textile design and fabrication with Hana Getachew (Creative Director, Bolé Road Textiles), Elodie Blanchard (Founder, Elodie Blanchard Studio, and designer for HBF Textiles) and Stephen Fraser (Co-founder, Spoonflower).
  • 3-4pm
    Intro to 3D Printing
    Maker’s Lab
    Learn the basics of 3D printing jewelry and other design objects with Peru Meridian Studios. This two-part workshop will take you through the digital steps of 3D modeling in Rhino and the physical process of finishing your printed piece.
  • 4-4:45pm
    Dwell Takes Brooklyn
    Resource Furniture Theater
    Dwell Editor in Chief Amanda Dameron in conversation with the magazine’s recently profiled residents of Brooklyn including designer Nick Cope (Co-Founder, Calico Wallpaper) among others.
  • 5-5:30pm
    The New International Style: Brooklyn
    THINK + [TABLE]
    A discussion about Brooklyn’s true character on a local and global scale. What does ‘Brooklyn Style’ mean to its inhabitants? What is it in the eyes of the world? And with its global influence, has it become the new ‘International Style’?
  • 6-7pm
    On the Waterfront: Architecture and Design at All Scales in Brooklyn
    Resource Furniture Theater
    Metropolis Publisher and Editor in Chief Susan S. Szenasy hosts the show’s keynote presentation on the waterfront as the next frontier of public space design, and the near future of the Brooklyn waterfront with Aldo Andreoli (Principal, AA Studio), Joshua Nelson (Senior Vice President, New York Economic Development Corporation), Lee Wellington (Executive Director, Urban Manufacturing Alliance) and Dong-Ping Wong (Director of Design, + POOL).
  • 7-9pm
    Opening Night Party
    The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Metropolis, and Benjamin Moore host the Opening Night Party, sponsored by Broadway Stages, with food, drinks, music and a cornhole tournament featuring one-of-a-kind boards from American Design Club. In addition, design journalist Rita Catinella will sign copies of her new book, Objects of Desire at 7:30 in the American Design Club Pop-Up Shop.

Saturday, May 7

  • 10-11am
    Pratt Drawing Workshop
    Maker’s Lab
    Remember the enjoyment you had drawing as a kid? Sketching is fun and can also be useful in many walks of life. Pratt Institute School of Continuing and Professional Studies will provide a structured opportunity for you to reconnect with your inner artist and try your hand at creating art. Materials provided. Workshop led by Mark Leibowitz. Space is limited. Email prostudy@pratt.edu to sign up.
  • 11am-12pm
    Explore the World of Illustration
    Maker’s Lab
    In this one hour introduction from Pratt Institute School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Summer Credit Intensive program, you will create an illustration using traditional materials and discuss the ins and outs of making art at is information specific. Materials provided. Workshop led by Cheryl Gross. Space is limited. Email prostudy@pratt.edu to sign up.
  • 12-1pm
    Small Space Small Bites
    Micro Loft
    Chef Rashad Frazier of Pulled Together will share tips for small space entertaining, showing you how to execute a menu of small bites for that cozy cocktail party you’re planning. Private reception to follow; RSVP here.
  • 1-2:30pm
    Modern Macrame Make & Take
    Maker’s Lab

    Macrame is back! Join Brooklyn Craft Company to learn beginner macrame techniques in this easy workshop. You’ll create a modern macrame wall hanging (approx 12″ wide x 24″ long) as you learn several basic macrame knots. You’ll leave with a statement piece for your walls and the knowledge to tackle more macrame on your own! Register here.
  • 1-3pm
    Tapestry Weaving Workshop
    TAC Pop-Up Studio
    In this workshop led by Alicia Scardetta, you will learn the basics of tapestry weaving, how to set up a loom, and different techniques to create pattern and texture. You’ll walk away with a small tapestry wall hanging and a frame loom to continue practicing. Register here.
  •  1:15-2pm
    Adaptability and Scale in Green Architecture
    Resource Furniture Theater
    City Tech’s Team DURA (Diverse. Urban. Resilient. Adaptable) led by Professor Alexander Aptekar presents adventures and lessons from the 2016 project for Solar Decathlon and how effective adaptability in green architecture can be an integral part of a zero energy solution.
  • 2:30-3:15pm
    Design and Fabrication Methods in Interactive Architecture
    Resource Furniture Theater
    The Architect’s Newspaper Senior Editor Matt Shaw and Brooklyn-based fabricators Wes Rozen (Partner, SITU Studio), Michael Szivos (Founder, SOFTlab) and Emily Abruzzo (Partner, Abruzzo Bodziak Architects) discuss the latest in fabrication methods that integrate digital, interactive, and social media technologies.
  • 3-4pm
    Kickstarter for Designers 101
    Maker’s Lab
    Kickstarter offers designers a unique opportunity to connect with an audience and gather resources to bring their ideas to life. Julio Terra, Director of Design and Technology Outreach, will discuss best practices for crafting great campaigns and building community on Kickstarter. Talk will be followed by an open Q&A session.
  • 3:45-4:30pm
    What Defines Brooklyn Design Today?
    Resource Furniture Theater
    Brooklyn’s leading designers including Elizabeth Rogers (Principal, Ensemble Architecture), John Kole (Co-founder, Hecho), Amanda Jesse (Partner, Jesse Parris-Lamb) and Mark Jupiter discuss the trends, principles, and innovations that define the Brooklyn aesthetic in a panel hosted by Brownstoner Editor-in-Chief Cate Corcoran.
  • 4-6pm
    Tapestry Weaving Workshop
    TAC Pop-Up Studio
    In this workshop led by Alicia Scardetta, you will learn the basics of tapestry weaving, how to set up a loom, and different techniques to create pattern and texture. You’ll walk away with a small tapestry wall hanging and a frame loom to continue practicing. Register here.
  • 4:30-5pm
    Transforming Concepts of Luxury and Living Space
    THINK + [TABLE]
    A discussion about how we define luxury in Brooklyn today. With a wider range of living typologies, is efficiency a necessity or a choice?
  • 5-5:45pm
    Virtual Reality: Exploring the Built Environment in Three Dimensions
    Resource Furniture Theater
    Design journalist Michael Cannell sits down with Stephanie Riggs (Founder, Sunchaser Entertainment), Ailyn Mendoza (Director of Architecture & Client Services, IrisVR) and Kyle Bergman (Architect and Founder/Director of ADFF) to discuss the latest developments in virtual reality and its impact on the built environment.

Sunday, May 8

  • 12-12:45pm
    The Right Sized Life: Designing Around What Matters
    Resource Furniture Theater
    In a discussion moderated by Resource Furniture’s Lisa Blecker, small space experts, and husband and wife, David Friedlander (Managing Editor, LifeEdited) and Jacqueline Schmidt (Director of Design, Ollie), alongside James Garrison (Principal, Garrison Architects) talk about the global and personal reasons why everyone should consider downsizing the amount of stuff and space they have.
  • 12-2pm
    Screen Printing Workshop
    TAC Pop-Up Studio
    In this workshop led by Hannah Schultz from TachiTachi, you will learn the basics of the screen printing process and how to print your designs. You’ll walk away with a printed tote-bag with your design. Register here.
  • 1-2pm
    InstaMeet the Makers
    Coney Island Lounge by UHURU
    Join Design Milk Managing Editor Caroline Williamson for a #BKLYNDESIGNS #InstaMeet and walking tour of the show. Start at the Coney Island Lounge by UHURU and meet the creative minds behind Brooklyn’s beloved brands.
  • 1:15-2pm
    Where Art Meets Design: Starting the Perfect Collection for Any Budget and Any Space
    Resource Furniture Theater
    No home is complete without art. But how do you get started building a collection? AphroChic, Uprise Art and the Jenn Singer Gallery lead a discussion on how art lends personality to a space, collecting art online and off, and how to start buying the art you love in a snap.
  • 2-2:30pm
    Meaningful Objects
    THINK + [TABLE]

    A discussion that gets to the heart of the question: How are objects that occupy our space chosen? How do we form connections to the objects in our lives, and which of these objects are indicative of our life and its legacy?
  • 2:30-3:15pm
    True Calling: Authentic Design for Hospitality
    Resource Furniture Theater
    As Brooklyn continues to grow and be a hotbed for interesting concepts, how do designers and developers create truly authentic spaces while continuing to raise the bar—especially in hotels and restaurants? Hospitality Design magazine’s Editor in Chief Stacy Shoemaker Rauen sits down with a few of the leaders who have figured out how sense of place goes beyond what one might think of as designed in Brooklyn, including Adam Rolston (Design Director/Partner, INC Architecture & Design), Nick Liberis (Partner, Albo Liberis) and Tara Mastrelli (President, Studio Tano).
  • 3-5pm
    Screen Printing Workshop
    TAC Pop-Up Studio
    In this workshop led by Hannah Schultz from TachiTachi, you will learn the basics of the screen printing process and how to print your designs. You’ll walk away with a printed tote-bag with your design. Register here.
  • 4-5pm
    Advancing your Design Career
    Maker’s Lab
    Julia Haney, Kiel Mead, Chad Phillips and Nora Wolf from New York Creative Social Concern Ltd. will offer advice on marketing yourself as a designer, the right way to self promote and common missteps designers make.

2017 Participating brands

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

Aim​é​e Wilder Designs

AJ Madison

American Design Club

AphroChic

Avandi

beroep | tech

Bolé Road Textiles

Brooklyn Solar Works

Casa Kids

CAUV Design

Christopher White Designs

CitiBin

Conmateria

Coolshield

Copper Colored Gal Designs

CRAN Brooklyn

Daniell Hudson

Demetria Chappo Ceramics

Emogayu

Enitan Vintage

Frederick Tang Architecture

Gilding by Leah Beth Fishman

Greenery NYC

Greenpoint Hill

History+Industry

Humanscale

JMP Wood

Kahen_Design

Kate Taylor Design

Keap

Keep Furniture

leungdesigns

Lucia Pearl Jewelry

LWM Woodwork

Makers Market

Mana Made Jewelry

Marco Guglielmino Light Design

Maria Castelli

Mark Jupiter

Michal Lando Design

MK Workshop

Naula

New Market Goods

Octave Jewelry

OneButton

OT/TRA

Public-Supply

Red Bridge Studio

Refoundry

Renee Frances Jewelry

Rina S. Young Jewelry

Saatchi Art

SAFTIUK

Scosha

Sonja Fries Design

Stefan Hepner Studio

Still Alive Lights

Sweeten

Textile Arts Center

The Brooklyn Block

Think Fabricate

Wax Rax

WrenLab Ceramics

Zieba Knives

2017 Installations & Pop-ups

  • American Design Club Pop-Up Shop
  • The American Design Club presents a curated pop-up shop featuring jewelry, lighting and gifts for sale, plus Project Cornhole—a gallery of usable cornhole boards designed by local artists and designers.
  • BKLYN DESIGNS VIP & Press Lounge
  • Brooklyn-based custom furniture manufacturer, Naula, has partnered with Token Lights and Malene B to create an inviting, modern lounge for press and VIP guests. It also features artwork from ArtyZen Studios.
  • Design Against Hate Lounge
  • AphroChic presents an interactive lounge demonstrating how acts of creativity in the design industry can make a positive social impact, featuring décor and events around a new vision of an inclusive America. Enter the lounge for interior design talks, networking, and information sharing on how Brooklyn designers are working to make the world a better place.
  • Imagination Playground
  • 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.
  • Layered Fragments
  • Layered Fragments is an interactive, transient experience that challenges the notion of fragments as separation by highlighting moments of visual and tactile connections. By pairing two distinct sites—a perfect circle and layers of fragmented arcs—in dialogue, the spatial experience of approaching, inhabiting, and exiting negotiates through varying thickness of layering and distortion leading to a kaleidoscopic collage. The project is the winner of the BKLYN DESIGNS installation competition, designed by architect Jieun Yang, principal of Habitat Workshop.
  • nimee
  • nimee is a movable, colorful, touchable, interactive installation designed by Ryan Connolly and Evan Wiskup,New York based architects and finalists in the show’s installation competition. Neither solid nor void, it is a space to share, feel, and get lost in. Solid upon first glance, nimee calls visitors to enter and immerse themselves in another world of light, sound, fun, and texture. Alone or together, nimee is a site for reflection or a serendipitous gathering, a chance to step out of the expo and into something else altogether.
  • Shadow Man
  • Shadow Man is a functional, one-of-a-kind sculpture from Naula. Originally designed as seating, the 28-foot-tall, 12-foot-wide figure will be suspended from the ceiling, welcoming attendees into the show.
  • TAC Pop-Up Studio
  • The Textile Arts Center presents a pop-up textile studio hosting live demos of weaving, printing and other techniques throughout the show. Workshops led by TAC instructors will take place in the Maker’s Lab ranging from indigo dyeing to block printing and a special workshop for kids.
  • The Eco-Bike
  • The Eco-Bike is an installation designed by members of City Tech’s Sustainable Technology Association (STA). Part of an ongoing initiative to encourage community participation in environmental sustainability, the project is a “Sustainable Power Center” comprised of an outdoor/indoor green pavilion with a stationary, bicycle-powered charging station. The pavilion utilizes plastic water bottles to encourage recycling and create a stained-glass like element in the project.
  • The Connected Home
  • AJ Madison and ConEdison have partnered with Brooklyn-based interior designer Gunnar Larson to create an immersive exhibit that explores smart home design solutions—the technology and appliances at the forefront of connectivity and automation. The Connected Home offers solutions for a space that is both energy-efficient and inviting—with the design, appliances, and functionality essential for sustainable, modern living.
  • Vessel Chandelier
  • Humanscale and Todd Bracher have teamed up to present a custom version of Vessel, a chandelier that is as elegant as it is scientifically perfect. Born from challenging ideas around light quality and working to achieve a perfect throw of light, the design of this quartz crystal pendant is based on complex optical physics, offering optimal diffusion, and well-balanced, glare-free light. Vessel will be displayed at the entrance of the show in a stunning, large-scale chandelier configuration incorporating multiple sizes of pendant lights.

2017 Sponsors

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2017 Advisory Board/Jury
Susan Doban, Principal, Doban Architecture
Paul Makovsky, Editorial and Brand Director, Metropolis
Jaime Derringer, Executive Editor, Design Milk
Caroline Williamson, Managing Editor, Design Milk
Bonnie Mackay, B. Mackay Consulting
Helene Oberman, Managing Editor, Interior Design
Kiel Mead, American Design Club
Olivia Martin, Managing Editor, The Architect’s Newspaper

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