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May 8, 2015

From May 8–10, 2015, the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint, Brooklyn is hosting BKLYN Designs, an event that unites design, architecture, and art. For the first time, the Dwell Store is participating in the event, presenting a pop-up store installation that features the designs of Brooklyn brands and designers, alongside objects that have a decidedly Brooklyn look and feel. Check out some of our favorite products from the event here, and explore the full collection from BKLYN Designs at the Dwell Store.

Cold Brew Coffee Maker made of glass and blue silicone

The Bruer Cold Brew Coffee Maker is an innovative kitchen product that allows people to brew cold brew coffee in their own homes. The cold brew process extracts distinct compounds from the coffee, giving it a different flavor than hot or iced coffee. Constructed in durable borosilicate glass, the pitcher is a transparent vessel with blue food-grain silicone components and a stainless steel filter.

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Sophisticated adjustable pendant or table light

A part of Avandi’s Vice Versa series, the Adjustable Pendant Light is an exploration in two metal types, aluminum and copper. The innovative pendant light features an internal dimming mechanism that can be adjusted by turning the bottom shade up and down. The result is a truly customizable ceiling light source that can also be used as a table light when rested on a surface.

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Innovative bike holder that wall or floor mounts

The Clug Bike Rack is an innovative storage solution for hanging bicycles or for supporting a bike on a floor. The Clug is nearly invisible when mounted on a wall, and is designed not only for minimalists who want to avoid the clunky look of a bicycle rack as well as people with limited storage space. The Clug is available in three different sizes that accommodate road, hybrid, and mountain bicycles.

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Sculptural stool made from gmelina wood and coiled rattan

Inspired by the traditional basket-weaving techniques of the Philippines, the Coiled Stool is comprised of hand-woven threads over a rattan core. Shaped in a classic tractor seat, the Coiled Stool can be used for seating, and is sturdy enough to be used as an occasional table. The coiled seat rests on four gmelina wood legs, and can be used in formal and casual environments alike.

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Sculptural hanging planter with mixed materials

The Stem Hanging Planter presents an elegant play of materials. The planter is made from a spun aluminum bowl that rests on an interior stem—a steel rod that travels through the base of the bowl, through the plant’s soil, and above the bowl where it hangs from a waxed black cotton cord. The result is a decidedly sculptural piece that carefully balances components to create an artful hanging planter.

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playful midcentury inspired wall art of flora and fauna

The Menagerie Collection is a series of prints that depict animals and flora in a range of soft, yet vibrant colors. Although compositionally simple, each print is comprised of several parts—the graphic is screen printed on 140 lb. arches watercolor paper, after which McGinnis fills the colored print with a hand-drawn line sketch. From there, the 100 percent cotton paper is mounted and framed in an ash wood frame. 

 

Shown: Yellow Leaf, Blue Horse, Blue Fern, Red Snake, Blue Elephant.

Also pictured: Cherner Lounge Arm Chair, Nelson Bubble Lamp Criss Cross Ball Pendant, and Shapes Rug.

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Artistic hanging mobile featuring geometric shapes

From Fort Makers, this mobile is a work of kinetic sculpture that evokes the work of mechanical engineer and designer Alexander Calder. The mobile is made from apple wood, which features a prominent wood grain that varies from each component within the mobile. These geometric shapes make the mobile feel more sculptural than playful, and it can be used as a statement-making art hanging.

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Colorful and geometric area rug inspired by art

Designed by Alyson Fox in collaboration with Hawkins New York, the Shapes Dhurrie Rug is based off of Alyson’s artwork, which is largely inspired by the work of Josef Albers and the paintings of Piet Mondrian. Bold lines and geometric shapes— large rectangles embracing hexagons, pentagons, and triangles— define the piece in a colorful palette. The heathered colors of the woven rug make the hues soft and muted.

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Wall art featuring architectural buildings in Brooklyn, New York

From Sweden’s studio esinam, the Landmarks Architectural Print Series is a thoughtful collection of portraits of famous international cities. The Brooklyn Landmarks Architectural Print includes architectural drawings of three iconic places in the city including buttresses from the Brooklyn Bridge, the tower of the Williamsburg Savings Bank Tower, alongside examples of classic brownstone townhomes. This print is a limited edition of 1,000 prints.

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Refined teak toolbox made by hand in Nicaragua

The Abner Toolbox takes a necessary household accessory and makes it into a work of art. The toolbox is crafted entirely in teak, including the comb joints that hold the box together. Named after his grandfather—who taught the designer woodworking as a child—the Abner toolbox includes a bottom tool compartment, inset tray, and a self-contained lid. The box can be used to store tools, cards, jewelry, or small accessories.

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Cold Brew Coffee Maker made of glass and blue silicone

The Bruer Cold Brew Coffee Maker is an innovative kitchen product that allows people to brew cold brew coffee in their own homes. The cold brew process extracts distinct compounds from the coffee, giving it a different flavor than hot or iced coffee. Constructed in durable borosilicate glass, the pitcher is a transparent vessel with blue food-grain silicone components and a stainless steel filter.

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