Bklyn Designs 2007: Faust Decorative Arts, Platform, Site Specific Design, Sinotique & Palo Samko (again)

(Welcome to bhgirl, who helped us cover Bklyn Designs last weekend!)

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"The booth put together by twin brothers Christopher and David Faust of Faust Decorative Arts consisted of a single painted mural, which was a bit intimidating to approach at first. But a flip through their book was rewarding – the pair, who have worked with Thom Felicia and Charlotte Moss, specialize in some astonishing faux paint finishes imitating everything from wood to granite..."

"Which strikes me as particularly fitting for our "meta" age – really, what's more haute than an entire library panelled in wood than an entire library painstakingly handpainted to *look* like wood? Christopher (or David - oops! didn't ask) said they take on 2 to 3 such projects a year. www.f2da.com

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Platform

Platform displayed some of the show's sleekest, most impeccable
pieces, including this china cabinet made of reclaimed Douglas fir.
Like many other designs at the show, it was unabashedly urban in its
minimalism yet gestured (deferentially or ironically?) toward
homelier, more rustic forms - in this case, an Abe Lincoln-style log
cabin or Alpine ski lodge. Retailing for $7,800. www.platformfaf.com

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Site Specific Design

Site-Specific Design's booth was the first one that caught my eye in
Smack Mellon Gallery's portion of Brooklyn Designs 2007. Their
fantastical centipede-inspired lighting was probably not to everyone's
taste, but I found something appealing about the way they were
simultaneously organic and uber-techno. Made from fiberglass and
fitted with hand-shaped metal antennae and fluorescent bulbs, the
critters are being developed for outdoor use – their natural habitat,
perhaps. www.sitespecificdesign.com

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Sinotique

Yan Lee of Sinotique's spare, regal tables and stools were all made of
reclaimed wood. The tables were repurposed Chinese doors - Yan kept
the long wooden bolts on the undersides for a bit of visual and
textual (not to mention conversational!) interest - while the stump stools were of African origin and finished in his DUMBO shop.
www.Sinotique.com

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Palo Samko

Woodworker Palo Samko, based out of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, enjoyed a
busy day at his booth on Sunday – and deservedly so, as his pieces
were truly breathtaking and one of a kind. His was definitely one of
my favorite booths at the show.

Among the polished, large-scale pieces, his rosewood credenza was a
model of streamlined contemporary simplicity yet showed just a touch
of Victorian flair in the turned legs. A coffee table retained a
sizable knotty hole original to the wood it was made from. A desk
revealed a stunning inlay of hundreds of tiny wooden squares of
different grains and colors. Palo explained that he drives around the
city reclaiming wood from demolition sites – he sands down the
exteriors and, voila, beautiful old rosewood and walnut.

It was his way with the intimate and miniature that was most touching,
though. I was absolutely entranced by the little circular compartments
of the desktop cabinet that, he told me, was the first piece he ever
made. How much is it? "Well, I haven't put a price on it yet... but
eventually it will be for sale," he said, with more than a hint of
wistful sentimentality. Same story with the mini credenza that sat on
top of the big one. www.palosamko.com

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