Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

May 11–13, 2018
Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn’s premier design event showcasing furniture, lighting, accessories and technology.

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Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce


BROOKLYN 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, BROOKLYN 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


BROOKLYN DESIGNS is held at the Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway. Located within walking distance from Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. By subway, take the 2/3 to Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum.    

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    • Friday, May 11

      VIP Preview: 3–5pm

    • Saturday, May 12

      Open to public: 11–6pm

      Reception: 3-5pm

      Keynote: 5-6pm

    • Sunday, May 13

      Open to public: 11-6pm

  • Times subject to change.

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Greenpoint, May 8–10, 2015


Saturday, May 12

  • 12-1pm
    What Makes a Renovation Worth It?
    Learn the key factors to spot potential in a new property; how to keep on time and on budget when renovating a space; and how to upgrade a home in energy-efficient, cost-effective ways to save money and the planet. Panel moderated by Justin Hohn (Con Edison) with Christina Tedder (Sweeten), Malachi Connolly (Malachi Connolly Designs), and Natalie Kraiem (NK Interiors).
  • 2-3pm
    Art, Culture and Design: An Intersectional Dialogue
    A conversation focused on the reciprocal relationships between art, culture and design and the intersectional questions of access and representation. The panel will also investigate the potential for a wider perspective that can shape and form more inclusive forms of art, design and culture in the future. Speakers include Bryan Mason and Jeanine Hays (AphroChic), Jenn Singer (Jenn Singer Gallery), Trent Preszler (Preszler Woodshop) and Fabiola Jean-Louis (Fine Artist & Photographer).
  • 5-6pm
    Brooklyn Designs Keynote:
    Jonathan Marvel

    Renowned architect Jonathan Marvel, Founding Principal of Marvel Architects, sits down with Paul Makovsky, Vice President of Design at Metropolis, to discuss his projects that continue to transform the Brooklyn skyline, from One Hotel at Brooklyn Bridge Park to New Lab and Building 77 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Sunday, May 13

  • 12-1pm
    The Brooklyn Appeal: Handcrafted Design and Custom Manufacturing
    Brooklyn has long been a hub of creativity and manufacturing but in this age of rising rents and increased accessibility, what is it that continues to attract artists and designers to the borough and interior designers and architects who specify their work? Hear from both sides in this compelling discussion led by Chad Phillips (Brooklyn Museum) with Ghislaine Viñas (Ghislaine Viñas), Thom Forsyth (Rockwell Group), Will Kavesh (Token) and Nana Spears (Fort Makers).
  • 3-5pm
    Prospect Park Tour
    Join Prospect Park Alliance and Turnstile Tours for a two-hour guided walking tour of this iconic park in the heart of Brooklyn. The tour will examine the Park’s many layers of natural and human history, from the flora and geology, to the architectural eras visible in the built environment. Prospect Park is a reflection of Brooklyn; its history traces that of the city around it, and it is today an important gathering place for many diverse communities that call the borough home. Learn about the Alliance’s historic restoration and environmental preservation work in the Park, including cultural and recreation projects currently underway. Sign up for the tour here.
  • 4-5pm
    Women in Design at the Forefront of Change
    An insightful conversation with Frances Bronet (Pratt Institute), Lora Appleton (Female Design Council & kinder MODERN), Alyse Archer-Coité (A/D/O), Jessica Iwaniec (Pembrooke & Ives) and Whitney Godfrey-Dardik (R & Company) who are successfully navigating the design industry and engaging exceptional work while motivating change. From interior design to education and cultural programming, the panel offers unique perspectives on female culture in design and highlights women who are pushing through gender challenges to further their careers while promoting the work of others.


  • Textile Arts Center
    The Textile Arts Center (TAC) will present a pop-up textile studio with live demos throughout the weekend of weaving, bobbin lace, painting with natural dyes, and suminagashi as well as a showcase of work in progress of their eight artists in residence.

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
  • 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
    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 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 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
    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

    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.

Participating brands

Ama Connection


Argosy Designs

Aurora Lampworks, Inc.


Bolé Road Textiles

Brooklyn Solar Works

Caiu Lighting

Ceramics and Theory

Daniell Hudson Jewelry + Design

Demetria Chappo Ceramics

Emiko Shinozaki Jewelry

Evan Z. Crane


Five and Six Textiles

Fort Makers


Francis Assadi Design Studio

Greenpoint Hill

Hannah Fink


Kate Taylor Design

Katherine Forst Mosaics

Leon’s Electric Trout Co.



Lights Up

Line Phono

Lucia Pearl Jewelry

LWM Woodwork

Makers Market

Mana Made Jewelry

mebl / transforming furniture

Michal Lando Jewelry

Ming's Monsters

Minimax Decor



Pratt Institute

Quiet Town, Inc.

Renee Frances Jewelry

Rina S. Young Jewelry

Shape Studio LLC

Shuya Design

Signe Yberg

Stefan Hepner Studio


Susan Steinbrock Design

Textile Arts Center

The Brooklyn Block

Think Fabricate


Zeray Studio



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2018 Advisory Board
Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of Architecture and Design and Director of R&D, MoMA
Olivia Song, Founder, Olivia Song Design
Aric Chen, Lead Curator for Design and Architecture, M+
David Stark, Founder, David Stark Design
Andrew Cogan, CEO, Knoll

2018 Jury
Andrew Hoan, President and CEO, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
Wendy Goodman, Design Editor, New York
Helene Oberman, Managing Editor, Interior Design
Paul Makovsky, VP of Design, Metropolis
Jaime Derringer, Founder and Executive Editor, Design Milk
Bryan Mason, Co-founder, AphroChic
Francesca Connolly, Co-founder, Remodelista
Bonnie Mackay, Founder, BMackay Consulting
Chad Phillips, Director of Merchandising, Brooklyn Museum
Chris Abbate, President, Novità

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