Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

May 6–8, 2016
Brooklyn Expo Center
72 Noble St.

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

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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.

Tourism partner:

Shuttle bus

BKLYN DESIGNS will host a VIP bus on Friday, May 6 so our friends can have an easy ride over to the show! Buses will leave from New York Design Center (200 Lex) in Manhattan to go to the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint at 9:30AM and 1:00PM. Return trips will be made at 12:00PM and 2:00PM.

Register now

If tickets run out, please contact melissa@novitapr.com and we will let you know if space opens up.

Attend

    • Friday,
      May 6, 2016


      Press conference:
      9am–10am


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

      Show opens to public:
      1pm–7pm


      Metropolis Keynote & Opening Night Party:
      6pm–9pm

    • Saturday,
      May 7, 2016


      Show open from:
      10am–7pm

    • Sunday,
      May 8, 2016


      Show open from:
      11am–6pm

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Hotel Partners

To receive special room rates, reservations MUST be made over the phone.

2016 Programming

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.

2016 Participating brands

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

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Bolé Road Textiles

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Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator

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Calator Design

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Cam Crockford Design

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Casa Kids

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Evan Z. Crane

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Garrison Architects

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Kate Taylor Design

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KRIVENS partners

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Legion Lighting

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Lisa Levy Industries

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Lucia Pearl Jewelry

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Mark Jupiter

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Michal Lando Designs

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Naula

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Orent Design / VVILK

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Peg Woodworking

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Red Bridge Studio

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Renée Frances Jewelry

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Rina S. Young Jewelry

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Robert Sukrachand

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Sam Keene Studio

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Sawkill Lumber LLC

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Signe Yberg Ceramics

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Talbot & Yoon, LLC

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2016 Installations & Pop-ups

  • American Design Club Pop-Up Shop + Media Point
  • The American Design Club pop-up shop will feature products by well-known Brooklyn designers and NYCxDESIGN Destinations: Cornhole - a usable gallery of one-of-a-kind cornhole boards designed by surprise collaborators. AmDC will also host an open portfolio review for young designers throughout the show and present a selection of premier magazines from BKLYN DESIGNS' media partners.
  • Back to the Drawing Board
  • A place where the young designers of tomorrow can take a seat at the big table (designed by Casa Kids), doodle on furniture panels and build with custom designed blocks (provided by Modify Furniture)!
  • BF+DA Showcase
  • Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator will present an exhibition of ethical and sustainable fashion, accessories and home goods showcasing the work of its Venture Fellows.
  • BKLYN DESIGNS Micro Loft
  • Sponsored by AJ Madison, Resource Furniture, Con Edison and AphroChic, the BKLYN DESIGNS Micro Loft will showcase small space solutions with Brooklyn style. Designed by AphroChic, the concept space will feature cutting edge kitchen appliances from AJ Madison and modular furnishings from Resource Furniture as well as textiles, art and accessories to bring the space to life. Giving show attendees a real experience of what can be accomplished in a small space, a variety of programming will be held over the course of the show from chef demonstrations to one-on-one consultations.
  • BKLYN DESIGNS VIP & Press Lounge
  • Brooklyn-based custom furniture manufacturer, Naula, will partner with Hadar Metal Design, Lighting by Gregory, Bolé Road Textiles, and ArtyZen Studios to create a modern lounge for press and VIP guests.
  • caribBEING House
  • The caribBEING House is a unique, mobile, and multi-purpose art and cultural space curated by caribBEING. Housed in a shipping container with floor to ceiling windows, a chic raw interior and bespoke flooring, the installation will move from Flatbush to Greenpoint for BKLYN DESIGNS with a special exhibition of Caribbean film + art + culture.
  • Coney Island Lounge by UHURU
  • Uhuru pays homage to Coney Island's iconic Cyclone rollercoaster and weathered boardwalk with their Coney Island line, featuring reclaimed, decades-old Ipe wood from the boardwalk itself. The Coney Island Line originally debuted at BKLYN DESIGNS in 2008 and features the Cyclone Lounger – a piece that was added to the permanent collection at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in the fall of 2012.
  • danielmoyerdesign + Tattly Present drINK
  • drINK is a an interactive lounge and bar area inviting visitors to ink themselves–and the furniture! Featuring a fifty three piece set by danielmoyerdesign–including tables, benchlets, and lighting–drINKers can doodle, draw, and design on the furniture with markers, or themselves, with a selection of Tattly’s temporary tattoos. Running the course of the event, the ever-developing masterpieces of art/furniture will be offered for sale at a silent auction to raise funds for Brooklyn’s own Sean Casey Animal Rescue.
  • Fat Boy
  • Created by Romanian-American, Brooklyn-based artist Leonard Ursachi, Fat Boy represents both a cherub and a bunker–Eros and Thanatos. Born in a dictatorship from which he is defected, Ursachi creates bunker sculptures that are as much about searching for home as they are about conflict.
  • 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.
  • Maker’s Lab
  • A creative workspace where local designers and organizations will host workshops and sessions ranging from textiles and 3D printing to business development and product certifications.
  • Peru Meridian Studios
  • Gowanus-based Peru Meridian Studios will present its first BKLYN DESIGNS booth featuring live 3D modeling using a range of software and 3D printing machines.
  • Pratt Exhibition
  • The School of Design at Pratt Institute will curate an exhibition of student and alumni design work.
  • Sunchaser VR Lounge
  • Sponsored by the Architecture & Design Film Festival, Sunchaser Entertainment presents a virtual reality experiences. Explore Brooklyn architecture with Tiltour or travel to Africa in "Kanju," a 2016 Tribeca Film Festival Official Selection VR documentary. Take a seat on one of Humanscale's Ballo chairs and immerse yourself in 360 degrees of new and familiar worlds.
  • TAC Pop-Up Studio
  • The Textile Arts Center will present a pop-up textile studio hosting live demos and workshops led by Artists in Residence Hannah Schultz and Jamie Israelow ranging from screen printing to tapestry weaving.
  • THINK + [TABLE]
  • Doban Architecture will lead an open conversation series designed to spur discussions about quality of space, mindful living and the meaning of objects. Take a seat at Think Fabricate's table alongside special guests and participate in the dialog.

2016 Sponsors

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2016 Advisory Board/Jury
Susan Doban, Principal, Doban Architecture
Paul Makovsky, Editorial and Brand Director, Metropolis
Wendy Goodman, Design Editor, New York
William Menking, Executive Editor, The Architect’s Newspaper
Jaime Derringer, Executive Editor, Design Milk
Caroline Williamson, Managing Editor, Design Milk
Yuka Yoneda, Managing Editor, Inhabitat NYC
Melissa Feldman, Stroll Productions
Bonnie Mackay, B. Mackay Consulting
Kerim Ozdemir, Principal, ka studio

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