Record-Breaking Attendance, Happy Exhibitors & Packed Seminars Herald an Uber Successful Relaunch

(Brooklyn, NY—May 21, 2015) The results are in, and the consensus is that BKLYN DESIGNS 2015, presented by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, was a resounding success.  As soon as guests crossed the show threshold it was apparent that something was very different this year.  The move to the light-filled Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint created an appealing environment for both exhibitors and visitors. Attendance was higher than expected with over 7,000 trade, media and consumers over the three-day show, breaking records from past years in Dumbo. The intriguing mix of designers, makers, sponsors, installations, inspiring and informative programming/demos, and tasty local foods made it a must-attend event, even with an L train weekend shutdown. 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.

According to Carlo A. Scissura, President & CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, “BKLYN DESIGNS 2015 was a tremendous success! It was very exciting to bring Brooklyn’s premier design show to Greenpoint, and for it to be well received by designers, buyers, vendors and the general public who all came out in record numbers. We are very proud of the fact that the show created additional exposure for local designers, and more importantly, connected them to buyers and business opportunities. Special thanks to the Brooklyn Expo Center, Novità Communications and Broadway Stages for partnering with the Chamber to create the most amazing and successful BKLYN DESIGNS show to date!”

The show’s exhibitors were selected from design hubs across the borough and truly demonstrated the creative and collaborative design community in Brooklyn, which is recognized and admired around the world. Visitors took their time touring the space, talking with makers about their products and design process and enjoying the range of lighting, textiles, indoor and outdoor furniture and art as well as accessories, books and jewelry in the first BKLYN BUYS Market.

The show had something for everyone, including mothers and kids that made BKLYN DESIGNS their Mother’s Day Weekend destination. Guests attended seminars on subjects as varied as Brooklyn Landmark Interiors and the history and design of plating by celebrity chef Katy Sparks to creating home furnishings with scraps provided by textile powerhouse Robert Allen. They lingered and sampled Threes Brewing beers, Brooklyn Winery varieties, Njenga’s KoffeeFood-to-Eat food trucks and Red Wagon Vietnamese sandwiches while their kids frolicked in the interactive Imagination Playground, created by Rockwell Group.

The Opening Night Party, co-sponsored by Metropolis and Broadway Stages, was one for the record-books with 1,000+ trade guests gathering inside and out to enjoy the evening, getting to know the exhibitors and officially kicking off design week in NYC. An innovative, live audiovisual show created by Rote Productions punctuated the night and further underscored the fact that guests were at the coolest design event in town.

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.

There were numerous creative partnerships with Brooklyn-based firms that gave the show a dynamic and interactive appeal. The American Design Club and Token designed a shop-able media lounge; Jill Malek offered elegant wallcoverings for the Tattly ParlorSITU 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.

Dwell was a major sponsor who organized a peek inside five of the borough’s most incredible private residences during the Brooklyn Home Tours on Saturday, May 9. The brand also curated a Dwell Store pop-up shop selling a range of products from Brooklyn-based talent and presented two standing room-only sessions with leading figures from the magazine.

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 SourceBolé Road TextilesBronsen and Westkill.

BKLYN DESIGNS 2015 was sponsored by: Aptsandlofts.com, 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.