Brooklyn Designs Brings Creativity to the Yard for 2019

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“Design brings everybody to the yard” was the tagline for the 2019 edition of Brooklyn Designs, celebrating its move to the Brooklyn Navy Yards. If you recognized the Kelis song reference, but not the location, you’re not alone — but the Brooklyn Navy Yard is a spot to keep an eye on if you’re interested in design, making and innovation.

The city of New York has invested heavily in the area, and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s choice to move Brooklyn Designs to the former navy shipyard reflects a focus on turning it into a new hub of manufacturing and creating.

The Brooklyn Navy Yard still has one operational shipyard.

The Brooklyn Navy Yard still has one operational shipyard.

As with previous editions of the show, Brooklyn Designs has a range of exhibitors, from high end furniture to first-time exhibitors to small items for sale in the Brooklyn Buys market section. The 15th floor of Building 77 marked a big departure from last year’s space at the Brooklyn Museum, with natural light pouring in and spectacular views of New York City.

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Cooler Gallery introduced The Stoop, a tribute to the iconic Brooklyn brownstone stoop, with pieces from various local artists and designers.

Cooler Gallery introduced The Stoop, a tribute to the iconic Brooklyn brownstone stoop, with pieces from various local artists and designers.

The lovely Olga of Makers Market NYC with her beautifully screenprinted and patchworked homewares.

The lovely Olga of Makers Market NYC with her beautifully screenprinted and patchworked homewares.

Beautiful wooden spoons with resin coated handles by  Chris Han Studio  — sadly not for sale!

Beautiful wooden spoons with resin coated handles by Chris Han Studio — sadly not for sale!

Playful, curvy vases by Talbot & Yoon, shown by In the Pursuit

Playful, curvy vases by Talbot & Yoon, shown by In the Pursuit

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