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