As one of NYCxDESIGN’s anchor fairs, BKLYN DESIGNS kicks off the month-long celebration of design and architecture. The show will showcase the talents of over 50 designers at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint from May 5-7, 2017. Featuring textiles, homewares, furniture, lighting, and more, the event also includes the BKLYN BUYS marketplace, interactive installations, discussions and panels, kid-friendly programming, and even cornhole (yes, the old-school lawn game). This year’s keynote speaker is Todd Bracher, acclaimed industrial designer and founder of Todd Bracher Studio.
Founded by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce in 2003, BKLYN DESIGNS was “one of the first design shows to shine a spotlight on the borough’s creative economy and continues to serve as an incubator for emerging designers and a platform for established brands,” says the press release. Designers and exhibitors include woodworker Mark Jupiter, nylon jewelry designer Michal Lando, textile designer Hannah Getachew of Bolé Road Textiles, and WrenLab Ceramics, with new product lines from OT/TRA, Think Fabricate, and MK Workshop.
“We take pride in being the only show during NYCxDESIGN that is dedicated exclusively to Brooklyn talent. We were one of the first design fairs to showcase the local creative economy and continue to find new ways of supporting and highlighting our bustling design community,” said Andrew Hoan, President and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.
For the first year ever, BKLYN DESIGNS will also feature an original, site-specific installation as part of their new creative competition based on the “theme of connectivity…[and the] ties that bond us – creatively, socially, technologically, geographically.” For more information on the event, including featured brands, pop-ups, and installations, check out their website here.
General admission tickets are $15 at 72 Noble Street, Brooklyn. Transit: Greenpoint Ave (G) or India St. (East River Ferry).