YOUNG BROOKLYN BRANDS ON SHOW AT BKLYN DESIGNS
Hana Getachew, owner and designer of Bole Road Textiles, exhibits at the show to connect with Bklyn Designs shoppers looking for smart, local designs.
NEW YORK -- The annual edition of Bklyn Designs, a showcase of contemporary Brooklyn artisans, wrapped up its 15th edition last weekend with a trio of local area rug designers present.
Founded by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce in 2003, the fair, housed in the Brooklyn Expo Center in the Greenpoint neighborhood of that borough, serves as an incubator for emerging designers as well as a platform for established brands producing a range of creative products across furniture, lighting, tableware, art, textiles and jewelry. Not only were there three exhibitors presenting rugs, one actually showcased area rugs woven in Brooklyn.
Bklyn Designs, housed in the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint, serves as an incubator for emerging designers as well as a platform for established brands.
Andre Boos, an artist in residence at the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn, displayed three made in Brooklyn area rugs crafted of wool he hand-dyed, at the art studio and academic program's Bklyn Designs booth, which had working looms on hand for show attendees to give it a try.
"People see these woven products but don't understand the process of how things are made and don't realize you can make it yourself," said Isa Rodrigues, director of artist programs and outreach at the center.
Andrew Boos, a current artist in residence at the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn, crafted these hand-woven, hand-dyed modern wool area rugs on show at the 2017 Bklyn Designs show.
Brooklyn-based handmade textile studio Bole Road Textiles returned to the show for a second time, after a successful debut in 2016, which landed her Ethiopian crafted pillows in each guest room of the New Williamsburg Hotel.
"At this show, I sell to end-users looking for good designs that are made locally," said Hana Getachew, owner and designer of the fledgling textiles studio launched under two years ago
Brooklyn designer Aimee Wilder debuts at Bklyn Designs in 2017 to show off her offbeat fabrics, wallpapers, pillows and area rugs.
Aimee Wilder brings her bold, graphic style to the Brooklyn expo with a selection of her quirky high-end wallpapers, fabric, pillows and area rugs. The young designer had been showing at the more established International Contemporary Furniture Fair for the past several years, but this year gives the Brooklyn fair a go. Her area rugs, made in Nepal and India, are available in a stocked program for her customizable Prism and Tulip collections and by order only for her Camp and Pineapple designs.
"This is my first Bklyn Designs -- I decided to skip ICFF and do this show because it is closer to home," Wilder said.
Handmade in Brooklyn rag rugs, crafted of denim by Textile Art Center Callen Zimmerman and Marisa Prefer of non/studio, were on show at the 2017 Bklyn Designs fair.