HAPPENINGText: Carlos J. Gómez

Brooklyn Designs 2009
Dow Jones Handkerchief by Design Glut.

The month of May could have been dubbed ‘design month’ in New York with events like Brooklyn Designs and ICFF creating a ripple effect of shows and open studios across the city.
We visited Brooklyn Designs, now into its seventh edition, in the heart of DUMBO in Brooklyn to check the pulse of local design.

Brooklyn Designs 2009
Umproject‘s Nebu Chandelier.

The show highlights the industrial, architectural and interior design that is imagined and produced in Brooklyn, New York. Considering the recession in the city and in the country, this year had a strong showing of forty-five different design studios exhibiting in the St. Anne’s Warehouse space.

Brooklyn Designs 2009
Eric Manigian’s Enso table.

A large number of designers were embracing eco-friendly or re-purposed materials in their pieces. The designers at Vexell had a new table covered in rock tiles usually destined for floor draining. Eric Manigian‘s massive Enso table used the wood of a diseased maple tree and Brave Space had elegant table designs using recycled wood blocks.

Brooklyn Designs 2009
Takeshi Miyakawa’s spiral book shelf.

Other highlights of the show included Takeshi Miyakawa‘s sculptural ascending spiral book case, as well as Levent & Romme‘s quasi-fractal pattern cut screens and lamps.
Clever design works from Pratt Institute graduates were also on display, proving that the pool of talent in Brooklyn just keeps growing every year.

Brooklyn Designs 2009
Date: May 8th – 10th, 2009
Place: St. Anne’s Warehouse
Address: 38 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Text: Carlos J. Gómez
Photos: Carlos J. Gómez, Aya Karpinska

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