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BKLYN DESIGNS press invite

i spent all weekend browsing through the booths and galleries at this year's brooklyn designs show, held at the st. ann's warehouse in dumbo, brooklyn. it's always such a fun time of year when design season kicks off and everyone comes out of their apartments to see some beautiful, exciting new design. this post will be devoted to covering my favorites from the show, but you can also click here for a huge slideshow of photos (with links) from the show and click here for the full review. [my camera decided to break towards the end of the show, so please click here for photos of the brooklyn designs blockparty house. taken by d*s reader charlene]


my overall impression of the show was that it was a really nice showing of the artists working in brooklyn. the overarching trend was ECO-DESIGN- everyone was working with sustainable materials and trying to give a special nod to all things green. as always, woodworking and beautiful, unique wood pieces were a highlight of the show and there were definitely some standout designers for me. but i think my overall excitment for the show was slightly dulled compared to some of the people walking the show (who all seemed to really love the show). one of the perils of covering any industry (and especially a particular area within it) obsessively is that you see a lot of what's out there before it debuts. because of that, there was a large portion of the show that i'd already seen and written about. it was still beautiful work, but sometimes that dulls my excitement a bit, so i just wanted to explain any lack of enthusiasm that i normally express during a design show. that said, my favorite part of the show was two fold: it was so wonderful to meet designers face to face and get to hear about their work in person, rather than over email. and second, it was wonderful to be surprised by some pieces i'd seen before that didn't represent well in photos, but were stunning in person. so, without further adieu, my highlights from brooklyn designs 2006!



[these stools by brookyn's the design can were one of my favorites at the show. after seeing so much product, these were one of the few pieces that really stuck out in my head. i love the detailing on the seat and the fact that they seem like really fun pieces. win win in my book.]


amy 2

[meeting amy helfand was another highlight of the show for me. i've always enjoyed amy's work but her rugs are so much more beautiful in person than you can even imagine. rich, thick and full of vibrant color, amy's rugs are really works of art. amy was super nice and really fun to talk to as well]



palo 3

[the work of palo samko stuck with me the most of any other designer at the show. palo's work was emotional, beautiful and had such a loving touch to it that it was hard to shake the feeling that this was someone really, really special. palo has a young son and designed a lot of his beautiful wooden pieces with him in mind (including the adorable birds that swivel in the table above). i was just really floored by the beauty and the honesty in his work. it's really something special to see. great work, palo]




Blogger Jackie said...

I was anxiously awaiting your review. I thought the show was great. Thank you for your great website- I look forward to reading it everyday.

1:39 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

thanks jackie :)

hope you caught the rest of the post, too! i just didn't want to push out all the other posts with the photos from brooklyn designs bc it would have taken up the whole length of the main page :)


2:38 PM  
Anonymous Serge Lescouarnec said...

Good evening

Just wanted to let you know that I wrote about your site on my blog 'Serge the Concierge' today.

I also put the post on 'reddit' and 'now public'.

Enjoyed reading your notes on the Brooklyn show.

Have a good evening


6:15 PM  
Anonymous Leah said...

I thought the show was quite good as well. I was wondering what you'd have to say about it. For some reason I expected more vendors, but I was pleasantly surprised with the people that were there. I especially liked LightenUp! Designs' decal lamps. And the wooden pieces from Palo Samko. The coffee table was so beautiful and the little surprise detail of the little flippies was cute.

7:47 PM  
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5:34 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

thanks so much, soraya! i'm so glad you like the site :)



8:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Am I the only one who was slightly disappointed in bklyn designs? I thought so much of the stuff looked the same. I liked the townhouse on State Street though, for me there were more interesting things going on and it was fun to see things displayed in some unexpected ways.

9:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I felt the same disappointment. There was plenty of beautiful wood and woodworking on display, but the actual design was a letdown. Lots of heavy, clumsy, arts-and-crafts styled furniture. Huge slabs of wood. Lots of pieces styled to look as if you assembled them yourself from precut pieces. But other than a few standouts such as Desu Design's coatrack, nothing that made me go "Ooooh!" ICFF will be a lot more fun. I hate to say it, but the best design is European nowadays.

12:41 PM  

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