HELLO BROOKLYN! Inhabitat is reporting live today from BKLYN Designs, one of our favorite New York Design Week events. The “locally grown, internationally known” showcase of Brooklyn-made and designed furniture kicked off this morning in a massive new location with lots to see and do from design eye candy and seminars and workshops, to food trucks and a fun playground for the little ones. The Inhabitat team has been criss-crossing the floor of the Brooklyn Expo Center handpicking the coolest green offerings at the show. Step inside our gallery to see what we’ve found so far, and don’t forget to put your design detective skills to the test by joining our Inhabifinds Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win some cool prizes like a $100 gift pack from By Brooklyn and a vase based on your own face from Fahz!
Shimna’s dramatic American Black Walnut Causeway Table was one of the first things that caught our eye when we stepped inside the Expo Center. It was inspired by the hexagonal rocks of the Giant’s Causeway, a volcanic rock formation in Northern Ireland, but doesn’t it remind you a bit of the opening sequence in Game of Thrones?
Designer Raouf Sarwari from Artisan Design Source uses laser-cutting to turn repurposed cardboard into these stunning pendant lamps. We’re loving his lighting designs, if you like them as well, vote for him to win an Inhabitat Green Design Award, here >
If you’re looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift for mom, how about a vase featuring the faces of all of her loved ones? It may sound a little complicated, but look at the above gif and video, and it becomes clear how awesome Fahz vases are. Fahz has found an elegant and surprisingly simple way to 3D-print their custom face vases right at the show, from photographs taken of your profile!
BKLYN Designs veteran Urban Chandy has returned to the show once again this year to showcase their luminous light fixtures made with reclaimed barn wood and ceiling tins. They also unveiled their new line of LEDs that look just like incandescent bulbs – all of the charm without the energy expenditure.
We see so many little ones coming to BKLYN Designs with their parents each year, so having David Rockwell‘s beloved Imagination Playground on-site at the show makes SO much sense. This way kids can experience design while playing – and parents can get a little break to look around.
As space-starved New Yorkers, we’re suckers for Casa Kids’ flip-down children’s Murphy beds, so we were even more excited to see their new line of transforming beds for adults.
In addition to showcasing his gorgeous hand-turned wood bowls and reclaimed wood cutting boards, this year Phil Gautreau debuted a beautiful line of vases – including this pair made of Yew wood salvaged from the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. He’s also branching out by launching a new line of elegantly finished furniture made from reclaimed wood.
If you’ve ever thought “Gee, I wish there was a store filled with only things made in Brooklyn”, there is! It’s called By Brooklyn, and owner Gaia DiLoreto brought a mini pop-up version of her Carroll Gardens storefront to BKLYN Designs for the weekend.
The brothers behind Recycled Brooklyn scour the streets of NYC for salvageable materials like fir floor beams and recycled iron to turn into beautiful and functional furniture.
Pickett Furniture, another BKLYN alum, is back again this year with the same heirloom-quality tables, lamps, chairs and other furnishings that we’ve come to know and love.
Bringing a touch of steam punk sensibility to the Expo Center, Yiapa is illuminating up their booth with their funky light fixtures made with recycled and vintage lamp parts.
We fell in love with Noble Goods‘ unique line of wood and eco-friendly resin cutting boards and furniture when we first came across them a few years ago. Their new collection, featuring geometric tables with resin inlays are just as special.
We’ve been fans of DYAD‘s LED light sticks, so we were excited to see a few of them on display as part of the BKLYN Alumni section for designers who have showed in years past.
The Abner Teak Tool Box by Aaron Poritz (spotted in the Dwell Store) is more like a work of art than a receptacle for tools, don’t you think?