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 DesignsEarlier 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].

The easy-to-assemble, flat-packed Tree Table Collection, available in maple or walnut veneer, is made from FSC-certified, formaldehyde-free plywood and features soy-based glues and nontoxic finishes. Edge color choices include blue, green, white, or clear. I’m partial to the green. 

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?

 All images: April Hannah, ALS Designs.

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Tables for tots, benches for the 'rents
Two 2010 BKLYN Designs exhibitors, April Hannah and ALS Designs, impress with FSC-certified plywood furniture for kids and 'healthy' bamboo furniture for big ki