Record-breaking attendance, a new location and revamped visual identity marked the 12th edition of BKLYN DESIGNS 2015, which moved to Greenpoint following an 11 year run in DUMBO. By the close of the three-day fair, it was clear that the re-launched show was back in a big way.
Presented by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and co-produced with Novità Communications, BKLYN DESIGNS 2015, provided a chance to explore the best design, art and architecture percolating across the borough.
Set to coincide with the start of NYCxDESIGN, the 2016 iteration of BKLYN DESIGNS returns to Franklin Street’s Brooklyn Expo Center for three days, beginning May 6, with Pratt and top design media and corporate sponsors already on board.
“BKLYN DESIGNS was the first design show dedicated exclusively to Brooklyn talent,” said Brooklyn Chamber President and CEO Carlo Scissura, “and after last year’s wildly successful re-launch, the 2016 edition will put our design scene on the map like never before.”
Founded in 2003 by the Brooklyn Chamber, BKLYN DESIGNS was one of the first design fairs to shine a spotlight on the creative economy in Brooklyn. Attendees include designers, architects, builders, developers, store buyers, industry influencers, educators, urban planners and design-savvy consumers, who come together to celebrate the borough’s rich design heritage, iconic style and bustling creative community.
Several corporate sponsors have already thrown their support behind BKLYN DESIGNS 2016, including Broadway Stages, Resource Furniture, Airbnb, Forest City Ratner Cos., TerraCRG and FJM Ferro. In addition, Dwell, Metropolis, Inhabitat, Aphrochic and The Architect’s Newspaper are confirmed media sponsors who will add to the show’s robust programming and creative site-specific installations.
BKLYN DESIGNS is currently accepting applications from emerging designers and established brands across a range of categories, including furniture, lighting, textiles, art, surfaces, accessories and design & architectural services.
Interested designers can apply for exhibitor space or a table in the BKLYN BUYS marketplace at bit.ly/bkd16app. The Brooklyn Chamber is also offering a 15 percent discount for all Pratt partners, students and alumni and a 10 percent discount for designers who are sole proprietors and have been in business for less than one year.
BKLYN Designs, May 6-8, Brooklyn Expo Center, 79 Franklin Street. For more information, visit http://bklyndesigns.com/.