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.
We have featured Eskayel's fabulous wallpapers before, but this year they have expanded their line to include both pillows and ceramics emblazoned with their colorful, original designs by artist Shanan Campanaro. The irregular patterns are mirrored in a highly precise way to create an interesting duality between handmade and computer-based design. Natives is my favorite pattern because it reminds me of that laser line drawing trend that's happening right now, but with a much softer touch.
CLUTCH BY AMYEL OLIVEROS AT PRATT
Pratt had a whole slew of talent representing, but my favorite piece takes the concept of using vertical space for storage beyond the common bookshelf. Made of layers of flexible foam, Clutch allows you to pop frequently-used items in and out of a protective hiding place, so there's no need to search around for those keys or glasses before you run out the door.
This was the most fun booth at the show by far. Madbutter does interactive LED installations, and their newest technology piece called xtraboneless was a psychedelic party that the kids went crazy over. Colors and shapes cycle through the experience according to your touch.