BKLYN DESIGNS launches Friday

The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce will once again celebrate Brooklyn’s creative community at BKLYN DESIGNS, its annual showcase of the borough’s most talented artists and designers, taking place at the Brooklyn Expo Center on 72 Noble Street in Greenpoint. The internationally renowned juried exhibition of the best furniture, lighting and home accessories made or designed in Brooklyn is the official kick-off for the NYCxDESIGN initiative, and will feature three days of collective exhibits, pop-up lounges, installations, hands-on demos and a diverse conference program. 

Exhibitor highlights include new brands and products launching, including Bolé Road Textiles and Bronsen

Design tech brands like fahz (3D-printed vases based on people’s faces); an Alumni Gallery featuring 10 prominent BKLYN DESIGNS alums; Young Architect exhibit with models; and multi-brand spaces including the Urban Chandy Loft.

Special features include the ADFF Pop-Up Cinema featuring short films about architecture, design and Brooklyn; AphroChic REMIX Lounge with live graffiti art, the work of 25 Brooklyn artists, design talks and music; rotating food trucks featuring local food vendors; BKLYN BUYS market; a large pop-up store by Dwell with products by well-known Brooklyn talent; family-friendly programming including a play area (Imagination Playground), crafting with textile scraps, and temporary tattoos (Tattly Parlor); and Dwell home tours of five Brooklyn residences on Saturday, May 9, 2015.

Speaker highlights feature a keynote with Metropolis and the Rockwell Group; a Design to Table Demo and Tasting with celebrity chef Katy Sparks; fashion design, technology & wearables with Brooklyn’s trio of fashion-tech incubators; a panel on new business models for emerging makers with Etsy, Kickstarter and the American Design Club. Other topics include: residential design, landmark interiors, design-builds, Brooklyn Navy Yard, architectural product designers, design in film, and so much more.

Admission is free for trade and press all weekend; and $15 for the general public.

Free shuttle buses on Saturday, May 9th and Sunday, May 10th run between the Brooklyn Expo Center, Industry City and the Brooklyn Museum.

For more information, please visit http://bklyndesigns.com/