The 2015 edition of BKLYN DESIGNS wraps a successful May run

Founded in 2003 by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, BKLYN DESIGNS was one of the first design fairs to shine a spotlight on the creative economy in Brooklyn. According to feedback from attendees and exhibitors, the 2015 edition was a success. 7,000 trade, media and consumers over the three-day show came to the new location in the light-filled Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint, breaking attendance records from past years in Dumbo. The show also benefitted from city support, as it was part of the NYCxDESIGN initiative organized by NYC & Co and the city to market NYC as a design destination.

Searching for the best green designs at the show, media sponsor Inhabitat recognized two exhibitors for their work as part of the 2015 Inhabitat Green Awards. The Editor’s Choice Award went to Fahz – whose personalized 3D printed vases were a huge draw at the show – while the Reader’s Choice was awarded to Phil Gautreau for his elegant wooden bowls, vases and cutting boards.

Creative partnerships with Brooklyn-based firms were numerous: The American Design Club and Token designed a shop-able media lounge; Jill Malek offered elegant wallcoverings for the Tattly Parlor; SITU Studio installed thought-provoking interventions over the theater and BKLYN BUYS market; and Maiarelli Studio provided inspiring art direction throughout the show. The AphroChic Remix Lounge – presented by AphroChic with support from ColorHouse, Rent Patina and Saatchi Art – was a hub of activity with a live graffiti art installation, DJ, designer meetings, design talks and walls covered in the artwork of 22 Brooklyn artists curated by Saatchi Art.

Another standout was the ADFF Pop-Up Cinema, where the Architecture & Design Film Festival presented a series of short films centered on the themes of architecture, design and Brooklyn. Keeping the spotlight trained on architecture and design, an innovative exhibit sponsored by The Architect’s Newspaper and AIANY New Practices Committee and designed by Abruzzo Bodziak Architects, created the perfect environment for visitors to explore the work of some of the borough’s leading young architectural talents. Attendees on Sunday afternoon were treated to a Pecha Kucha-style presentation followed by a discussion exploring the architectural richness of the borough.

On the product side, highlights included a curated alumni exhibit – the Alumni Gallery – featuring old and new pieces from some of the show’s earliest exhibitors including ASHA Carpets, Andrea Claire, Christopher Coleman, DESU Design, DYAD, furthurdesign, Iglooplay, Jill Malek, Robert Martin and Wüd. Urban Chandy debuted a new line of Edison-style LED bulbs in their light fixtures, which were displayed in an urban loft vignette with other local designers. Fahz was busy producing 3D printed vases on-site based on the facial profiles of up to four people. And a few new designers successfully launched their brands at the show including Artisan Design Source, Bolé Road Textiles, Bronsen and Westkill.

BKLYN DESIGNS 2015 was sponsored by:, Broadway Stages, Brooklyn Expo Center, Forest City Ratner, Heritage Equity Partners and TerraCRG. Premier partners included Dwell and Metropolis. Media sponsors included: AphroChic, Architonic, Design-Calendar, Designers & Books, Design-Milk, Inhabitat, Interior Design, Interior Design Camp, Interiors & Sources, Remodelista and The Architect’s Newspaper. BKLYN DESIGNS is also thankful for the generous support from its institutional partners: AIANY, AIA Brooklyn, ASID, Brooklyn Museum, IFDA, IIDA, Pratt and NYSID.