Brooklyn Designs 2005 Review

Brooklyn Designs 2005 Review

Maxwell Ryan
May 9, 2005

Brooklyn Industriousness. We slipped into the Brooklyn Designs show yesterday and had a great time checking out the borough's finest. Were we impressed? So-so. Overall, Brooklyn design is warm and homespun, but it won't hit you over the head or take your breath away. However, there are plenty of bright spots.

The very fact that this show exists is a testament to the singular indentity and gaining momentum (we hope) that is being generated in the borough right now. There was a great deal of solid wood design, earthy tones and babies pushing through in strollers. It was packed.

Our only question is - if color is so popular right now and so powerful a visual force in the home, why is it so lacking in Bklyn?

Here are our some of our picks:

Best in Show

  • Niche Modern: Stunning glass pendant and table lighting
  • Bart Bettencourt: Whole hog into green furniture, Bart's designs are new and innovative and getting better. You have never seen bamboo chairs like this....

  • Aswoon - Susan Woods Studio: Stunning use of metal chain link to create a room divider

  • Semigood : Better than that! Beautiful angular oak & teak modern furniture with a lightness of form
  • December Box: Takes vintage metal castings from ScalamandrĂ© and creates 500 lb, 14ft bench. Awesome.


  • Asterisk Designs: Bright Venetian plaster wall coverings rather than painting
  • 3 Square Design: Great wood side chairs that look like Prouve
  • Gardy Bloemers: Nutty metalwork, huge hooks, funky stableware
  • RG Furniture Design: Not entirely original, but very nice raw wood tables and benches
  • Amy Helfand: Contemporary, abstract rugs... simple shapes, stunning colors
  • Argington: Emotional favorites as they sell fine children's furniture with pleasing shapes
  • Brave Space Design: Couldn't stop looking at their bookshelf/room dividers...
  • Eric Manigian: In the tradition of Nakashima, beautitful all-wood slab furniture
  • Glide Inc.: Neat finger recognition technology for the home, but even neater use of LED lights

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