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bklyn designs 2010: part 1

by Grace Bonney

last week amy and i headed down to dumbo to check out this year’s . the show was comfortably housed inside one building this year, which gave the event a comfortable, more manageable feel- something i always enjoy. there were a lot of people focusing on quality wooden furniture this year, which i love, and there were definitely some great- and thought-provoking- new designers on display this year. over the new few mornings i’m going to break down my favorites from the show, so i hope you’ll enjoy this little tour through this year’s bklyn designs! [image above, skateboard mobile by , priced per-skateboard]

for me, the best new-comers of the show were a design team called . colleen and eric met while studying industrial design at , and now produce beautiful furniture from their home studio on butler street in brooklyn. this year the duo released a fun shelf called “” (above) that featured a vise-like device that acts as a movable bookend. just unscrew the bottom of the vise and move it up and down the shelf to create more or less room for books. genius. it’s one of those ideas i can’t believe i haven’t seen in production before (they remind me of simplified, evolved version of rose cobb’s shelves from 2004) but am so glad it’s available now.

in addition to colleen & eric’s shelves, they also debuted a beautiful- and clever- side table called the ““. on the top of the table a series of metal circles are embedded in the wood, re-creating a constellation. but, if you push down on one of them (the circle that represents the north star) a secret drawer pops open! i love little surprises like this so the northstar table was one of my favorite pieces at the show. i think we’re going to be seeing a lot more from this talented team in the coming years, so to read more about them.

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had a nice booth with a wooden wall system that had little notches of wood dotting the surface. there was a coordinating bookshelf, but it didn’t seem to utilize the notched surface for locking, so i’d really love to see this idea expanded to feature coathooks, mirrors, lighting, or shelving that locks into the tabs.

had a major cork theme going at their booth this year- and i really liked these cork coffee table/seat pieces. they’d make adorable little desks for children…

had some really cool metal planters that provide a much-needed modern option for people looking to add greenery to their home without going the traditional route. i had a hard time with the lighting in the show so my apologies, these look a little bit more yellow/red than they are….

had a beautiful showing this year that included a mirror and antler-inspired light fixture, but the felted chair decorations were my favorite. made from recycled plastic bottles, each of the felt chair/ottomans above draped beautifully over the furniture. and the best surprise? they’re magnetized! so when you sit down or move the furniture- no sliding. it was such a simple idea, but so clever and practical.

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