(Welcome to Carrie, who helped us cover Bklyn Designs this weekend!)
"What a treat to go drool at the Bklyn Designs show this weekend. With three venues filled with wonderfulness, there was a lot to feast your eyes on. My student budget couldn't handle any big-spender purchases, but a girl can dream. And, get some ideas. For those of you that missed it, here are a few of my faves...
Metal and circles: The wall-hanging of joined circles by
Traditional Wood: On the opposite end of the spectrum, there were some stunning wooden pieces that I couldn't leave out. Palo Samko's range was fantastic. The desk with speckles of wood in every shade was impressive. The bird mobile was playful. I'm not alone in my praise: AT highlighted his work at last year's BKD.
I'm sure that a few ATers out there could make use of a cute corner table like this from Balsera Woodworks.
Lastly, I kept looking for a multi-function coffee table at the show, but didn't find one. Not that I could have afforded to buy a coffee table here. But, I wanted to see what space-saving, multi-purpose coffee table folks had dreamed up. Alas, I'm still looking.
Colors!: Don't be fooled by my picks thus far. There was lots of color at BKD. But, Amy Helfand's carpets stole the show.
And, I gravitated to this slick green design by A&G Design. I wouldn't use this green in my room, but the inside detail was a great-color-combo.
Finishing Touches: The student in me gravitated to the accessories and design flourishes at the BKLYN DESIGNS+ show room. While there were few designers-of-color in the other showrooms, I found booths for haru and laidback, both run by women of color, in the Designs+ showroom. Both were super-fantasic. I'm sure I missed other designers-of-color, but so glad I didn't miss either of these.
I met Felicia Gray of haru, and I wasn't the only one oohing-and-ahhing at her jewelry. Especially her rings. And, Tina Shoulders of laidback has totally affordable pillows at about $30 a pop. In addition to the great silk-screened graphics (including the cherries! hot!), the zippers on each pillow seem quite functional."
- Carrie J.