BKLYN Designs Makes Me Wish I Had Money to Blow on Furniture

May 12, 2008 at 6:32 pm Leave a comment

Like 99.9% of people who live in New York and have a blog, I went to the BKLYN Designs fair in Dumbo this weekend. Natural materials, playful lamps and expensive furniture abounded, along with a pervasive emphasis on green manufacturing and sustainable sourcing. Obviously this is nothing new in the high-end design community by itself, but many of the exhibitors seemed to have gone a step further in connecting products with their origins: use of heavy wood, metal and earth elements could be seen in nearly every furniture piece, conspicuously clean-lined and uncomplicated by ornaments.

I also had the opportunity to attend a panel discussion on how design is shaping the ongoing development of Brooklyn. Unfortunately, what should have been a brilliant panel (including Rob Rogers, Veronica Hackett, Jared Della Valle, and Jonathan Butler), was something of a snoozer due to less than stellar moderation. Jared Della Valle did, however, make some fascinating points about the interplay between the architect and the developer, and showed some exciting-looking slides of the Gowanus Canal Public Park concept.

In any case, below are a few of my favorite exhibitors (based on my purely uneducated, subjective taste). –John

McCullah Design

Nicholas Furrow Design

Phosphoria Design

Vexell

City Joinery

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Entry filed under: Design, Inspiration, People, Sustainability.

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