What: The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce will once again celebrate Brooklyn's creative community at BKLYN DESIGNS, its annual showcase of the borough's most talented artists and designers, taking place at the Brooklyn Expo Center on 72 Noble Street in Greenpoint.  The internationally-renowned, juried exhibition of the best furniture, lighting and home accessories made or designed in Brooklyn is the official kick-off for the NYCxDESIGN initiative, and will feature three days of collective exhibits, pop-up lounges, installations, hands-on demos and a diverse conference program. 

Who: Carlo A. Scissura, President & CEO, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce 
           Gina Argento, CEO, Broadway Stages  
            Brooklyn makers, architects, artists, and interior designers

When:  BKLYN DESIGNS: Friday, May 8 - Sunday, May 10

Exhibitor Highlights:
·       New brands and products launching, including Bolé Road Textiles and Bronsen
·       Design tech brands like fahz (3D printed vases based on people's faces)
·       Alumni Gallery featuring 10 prominent BKLYN DESIGNS alums
·       Young Architect Exhibit with models
·       Multi-brand spaces including Urban Chandy Loft

Special Features:
·       ADFF Pop-Up Cinema short films about architecture, design and Brooklyn
·       AphroChic REMIX Lounge  w/ live graffiti art, work of 25 Brooklyn artists, design talks & music
·       Rotating Food Trucks feat. local food vendors
·       BKLYN BUYS market + large pop-up store by Dwell w/ products by well-known Brooklyn talent
·       Family-friendly programming: play area (Imagination Playground), crafting with textile scraps, and temporary tattoos (Tattly Parlor)
·       Dwell Home Tours of 5 Brooklyn residences on Saturday, May 9

Speaker Highlights:
·       Keynote w/ Metropolis & Rockwell Group
·       Design to Table Demo and Tasting w/ celebrity chef Katy Sparks
·       Fashion Design, Technology & Wearables w/ Brooklyn's trio of fashion-tech incubators
·       Panel on new business models for emerging makers w/ Etsy, Kickstarter & American Design Club
·       Other topics include: Residential Design, Landmark Interiors, Design-Builds, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Architect Product Designers, Design in Film...

Tickets: Free for trade and press all weekend; $15 for general public

Shuttles: Free shuttle buses on Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10 running between Brooklyn Expo Center, Industry City & Brooklyn Museum (detailed schedule on website)

BKLYN DESIGNS is sponsored by Aptsandlofts.com, Broadway Stages, Brooklyn Expo Center, Forest City Ratner, and TerraCRG. Premier partners include Dwell and Metropolis. Media sponsors include: 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, Pratt, IIDA and NYSID.