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Bklyn Designs

March 30, 2017

Design-savvy options for any budget

BKLYN DESIGNS has evolved immensely since its infancy more than 10 years ago, growing to become a powerful component of May’s annual NYCxDesign event series. Housed at the Brooklyn Expo Center from May 5-7, it encompasses dozens of exhibitors focusing on not just the home but also commercial markets in need of a residential feel. All of the following manufacturers and products can be found at this year’s show.

Wee Cosy 

Makers Market

The adorable Wee Cosy from Scotland-based Makers Market is just one of many uses for its brightly patterned, eco-friendly textiles. It is screen printed with water-based inks on 100-percent natural cotton canvas, used to keep contents of a teapot warm.
$ $45

Ot/Tra Bench 

Sleek yet warm, the OT/TRA bench is just one piece in the 2017 collection. The company is an offshoot of Zimmerman Workshop, an architecture firm. The line is entirely designed and made in Brooklyn.
$$$$ $5,500

Foundation Side Table   

CAUV Design
Looking for something that is truly one of a kind? Seek out the Foundation Side Table at CAUV Design. The charcoal monochrome concrete is
completely unique, adding a bit of sophistication to any room.
$$$ $1,745

Bryant Backpack   

Maria Castelli, LLC
Take a break from the typical work look and treat yourself with the Bryant Backpack (pictured here in Spotted Calf). It’s brought to you by Maria Castelli, LLC, a brand founded by Cecilia and Veronica—a mother-daughter team of architects, also taking a break from their day jobs to create this line of high-quality leather handbags.
$$ $ 470

Cactus Spirit   

Aimée Wilder
Aimée Wilder designs everything from pillows to rugs to fabrics, as well as playful wallpapers that offer a vintage feel, such as the oversized cactus repeat featured here. Cactus Spirit (in the color Desert) is screen printed by hand on clay-coated, FSC-certified paper. Wilder’s creations are inspired by her fashion and fine art background.
$ $180

Mid Modern Filing Cabinet   

Mark Jupiter
The Mid Modern Filing Cabinet from Mark Jupiter is an investment that can’t go wrong. Mark Jupiter constructs this piece from reclaimed American black walnut and solid brass, but it’s also available in a variety of other species and metals. Dimensions are 60-inches long x 16-inches wide x 84-inches tall.
$$$$$  $13,500

Uni Bowl by Carol Joo Lee   

Greenpoint Hill
Be sure to check out the Uni Bowl by Carol Joo Lee, on display at the Greenpoint Hill booth. This gallery and shop, curated by Kim Brown, focuses on local makers and blurs the line between contemporary, fine, functional, and decorative art. The Uni Bowl is made of porcelain with gold luster spikes and is 2.5-inches x 5-inches wide on the inside and 5-inches tall with the spiked lid.

Photography courtesy of BKLYN DESIGNS

About the Author

AnnMarie Martin | Editor-in-Chief

AnnMarie has been covering the commercial design space since 2005 and has been on the editorial staff at i+s since 2011. Her style and vision has helped the brand evolve into a thought leader in purpose-driven design and cultural movements shaping the way we live and work. She returned to the role of editor in chief at the start of 2023 and her journalism and fiction writing background have helped to craft bi-monthly issues that don’t just report the latest industry news, but tell a cohesive tale of some of the biggest topics facing designers today.

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