BKLYN Designs really wowed us this weekend with over 30 Brooklyn-based designers showcasing their latest work at St. Ann's Warehouse in DUMBO. Inhabitat made the rounds and we were excited to see so many sustainable options. From rustic tables made from recycled aluminium to chairs made from reclaimed wood to adjustable, magnetic lights, we're highlighting some of our favorites from this year's show. Check them all out ahead!
Maker of contemporary, sustainable furniture, Aellon’s pieces are manufactured in Indonesia. The Grace Line combines rustic steel and wood that from a 61 foot fishing boat that the team found while on a surf trip in Indonesia. Destined to be burned for firewood, Aellon purchased the boat and created their inaugural line using the salvaged materials.
Urban Chandy creates modern chandeliers using salvaged wood, old tin ceiling panels and other recycled metals. Each is lit with antique or Edison bulbs and can be customized by choosing a personalized finish and number of lights to fit your needs. Based in Clinton Hill, several businesses with locations in the neighborhood, including Etsy and BIG, have called upon founder Cassidy Brush to create lighting fixtures for special events and their office spaces.
Mark Jupiter is a 4th generation New York builder who uses mostly reclaimed and repurposed materials from local sources to create rustic, modern designs at a “restoration hardware” price point. For instance, we found him at Brooklyn Designs showing a table made from an Elm he found in Park Slope after Hurricane Sandy. Jupiter can be found working in his DUMBO workshop that doubles as a showroom so be sure to pop in and see the man in action!
Husband and wife duo, Michael Sedlacek and Connie Lam, mix the sensual properties of textiles with the industrial qualities of steel to create home furnishings that promise to be both sturdy and textured. Chunky knit woollens and felt spirals made from recycled plastic bottles line the surfaces of daybeds and chairs, offering a surprisingly plush, and easily washable surface. All production is done on-shore, particularly in Brooklyn, and they intend to keep it that way.
Bower debuted their magnet light fixtures that can be mounted in multiple ways to fit a variety of purposes and spaces. The Polaris lamps are made from wood scraps collected from places such as their Williamsburg shop and an old barn in Vermont. Each light starts out as a solid cube that is then cut into geometrical shapes and embedded with a magnet for easy adherence and reorienting along magnetic strips.
Just catching a glimpse of Dog Tag Designs‘ work, you will be left with no doubt in your mind as to why they made it on to our favorites list. The lamps are made from found objects that offer a comical take on everyday items. If you’re interested in knowing where the objects came from, each design is dog tagged with the location it was discovered, date it was transformed, and title.
Adam Frank’s Lumen LED nightlights offer both a source of light and shadow that can add new elements to any room. Fueled by an LED battery pack, the energy efficient light is programmable to fit your schedule. Beyond nightlights, Frank invented the LUCID Mirror, a unique 3D experience that places the viewer in the middle of a cloud space. Be sure to check out our article dedicated exclusively to this achievement!
Designed and built in their Red Hook, Brooklyn studio, Casa Kids specialized in kid’s furniture including lofted and bunk beds, desks, storage units and other custom furnishings. The modular and highly adaptive furniture is made from sustainably harvested wood that is sourced locally. The same woodworkers that build the pieces personally install the furnishings in the customer’s home so if you make a purchase, you will be just so lucky to meet the makers as well.
Bien Hecho makes sturdy home furnishings that are built from a variety of reclaimed woods. A mini-watertower cooler constructed from the wood of an actual one, stood at the center of the booth offering visitors a refreshing source of hydration. Looking up, we also noticed a hanging lamp that was made from old Fresno lenses.
Garrison Architects is at it again with their design for good. Last year we reported about Koby Cottage, which they designed as a retreat where parents could come to meet their children that were attending a boarding school for troubled teens. This time, we caught up with them to find out about the 35 modular lifeguard stations and bathrooms they made to replace damaged ones along Coney Island’s boardwalk. They are currently being fabricated in Pennsylvania and the first 16 are set to open over Memorial Day weekend.