Kai-Wei Hsu is back with a new collection of beautiful wood furnishings. His Vice Collection brings his expert woodworking skills to a liquor cabinet, a bar cart, cigarette tables, a vanity and a jewelry box — all the important stuff! These are Mad Men-style furnishings with a timeless edge.
Perhaps Adrienne should check out Uhuru's newest collection for her Carnivale-Inspired Dream Outdoor Space. Uhuru designers were inspired by Brooklyn's own Coney Island and used salvaged ipe — a generic term for exotic Brazilian hardwood — from the Coney Island boardwalk for these playful designs.
Eric Manigian works primarily with a few small millers who have relationships with local arborists and tree doctors. When they receive felled trees that were cut down due to construction, disease and other factors outside of commercial tree harvesting, Eric salvages these trees for his designs, and saves them from being left to rot, chopped up for firewood, or dragged to a landfill.
April Hannah's Tree Table collection for children is made from substantial one-inch, FSC-certified, formaldehyde-free plywood with non-toxic finishes. Available in grass green, sky blue, dove white, or a clear coat finish, the tables are and stools are scaled small to fit most 5-10 year olds, and clearly inspired by nature.
There were some great finds at BKLYN Designs this year. The show included all kinds of decorative items from handmade wooden furniture to wall accents to electronic installations, all from local Brooklyn-based companies.
ALS Designs believes in healthy furniture. The founder, Andrea Summerton, makes it a point to use only safe, non-toxic, and environmentally sustainable materials in her design construction. The furniture collection we saw at BKLYN Designs is constructed from formaldehyde-free bamboo and finished with tung oil, an all-natural, zero VOC, water-resistant finish.