In anticipation of this weekend’s big NYC design event, ICFF, here’s a final look back at some eco-friendly highlights from last weekend’s big, outer borough home furniture/accessories hoedown: BKLYN Designs. Earlier this week, I featured picture frames repurposed into ant farms, exquisite furniture made from salvaged sections of Coney Island’s famed boardwalk, and renderings for Red Hook Green, NY’s first zero-energy building.
Today’s juried exhibitors from BKLYN Designs 2010 are all about manufactured wood, grass, and eco-friendly finishes.
Although I’m usually not on the lookout for children’s furniture, this big and unruly kid adored the Tree Table Collection from April Hannah. Hannah, a mother herself and newcomer to BKLYN Deigns, created the collection in response to the “great need for a larger table and seat for children beyond the toddler years yet not quite big enough for the adult table or desk.” Hannah goes on to say: The aesthetic of the table needed to be kid-friedly while engaging parents with modern simplicity. When you are a parent in New York City you know their stuff is going to be in space.” [Insert chorus of amens from space-starved urban parents here].
Moving from the playroom to the living room, ALS Designs made quite an impression on me with four simple yet stunning, pieces of "healthy" furniture — the Angle Shelf (love, love, love), the Bella Bench, the Structure Console, the Structure Bench, and the Bella Lamp — handmade in the US from formaldehyde-free bamboo and tung oil, a zero-VOC finish. As you can see from the photos below, it's truly gorgeous stuff. What's your favorite piece?