For more than a decade, BKLYN DESIGNS has showcased some of Brooklyn’s most iconic and up and coming talent, and on Friday the annual design show kicked off its weekend-long exhibit at five locations in DUMBO with the majority of the designers stationed at St. Ann’s Warehouse on Jay Street.
Unique to this year’s showcase were 10 designers visiting from Japan who presented a wide range of designs in furniture, hats, jewelry and shoes. The Japanese designers were selected through a competition and were chosen for their Brooklyn-inspired designs.
“It is a recognition that Brooklyn has become a global presence and has a cache people not only want to be associated with, but are inspired by,” said Carlo Scissura, the President and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, the organization behind the annual event. “Design is a major piece of Brooklyn’s economy, and BKLYN DESIGNS is the place for our designers to showcase their products to an international audience.”
Over 60 designers participated in this year’s event, including about a half dozen from North Brooklyn.
Greenpoint’s Cayla Ferari, the co-owner of Line Posters, on Manhattan Avenue, was one such designer.
Line Posters create artistic and futuristic maps of different cities all over the world. Ferari owns and runs the business along with her boyfriend. The duo combines their background in graphic design and mechanics, respectively, to come up with the designs.
“Originally it just started as artwork we wanted to create for our apartment,” said Ferari, who started the business in 2011. “But then our friends started asking where they could get them and we realized the work would allow us to combine our aesthetics.”
The duo began selling their work at public parks, and designed posters in addition to their full time jobs. But as business picked up over the years, Line Posters became their full-time commitment.
They have now expanded into creating t-shirts and coasters as well.
Williamsburg was represented by Coil + Drift, among other designers from the neighborhood. Created by John Sorensen-Jolink in 2012, Coil + Drift, creates furniture and homewares almost exclusively working with repurposed wood. Sorensen-Jolink uses his background in dance and choreography to inform his designs.
He is now working with other materials like leather, lacquer, and steel in conjunction with the repurposed wood.
“I’m really interested in the way these materials relate to each other and how they come together in creating a piece,” said Sorensen-Jolink. “It’s also important for me to focus on sustainability while choosing the materials I work with.”
In addition to the design expo, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce also announced the launch of its travel website, Explore Brooklyn, which highlights the best locations to eat, shop and stay at in the borough, broken down by neighborhoods.
“[Explore Brooklyn] is a one stop shop for everything Brooklyn,” said Scissura. “For everything that you ever need in Brooklyn, you would just go to our website.”
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