NY Design Week kicks off on Friday and what do you know? I’ll be out of town until the following Friday. Shucks.

However, I was around for the seventh annual BKLYN DESIGNS show in my home turf this past weekend. The event bills itself as the “hottest exhibition of designers and manufacturers of contemporary furnishings, lighting and accessories made and/or designed in Brooklyn.” Hottest? Try sweltering. I was leaking sweat out of every pore five minutes after I stepped into the event space, St. Ann’s Warehouse in DUMBO (the acronym means “Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass” in case you were wondering).

Despite the uncomfortable climes inside and outside the show, there was plenty of excellent locally grown — much of it green — talent on display. I was a tad underwhelmed by the quantity of exhibitors (love you, Inhabitat, but the week of sneak previews didn’t help) but the goods on display were of the utmost quality.

Below is some questionable photography courtesy moi from BKLYN DESIGNS. I’ll be devoting individual posts with proper photos to a few of the exhibitors that stuck out to me — Uhuru, Flavorpaper, and EcoSystems —  as the week goes on. 

Balls! Hugh Hayden's FUNature won the weird award. 
I adore these eco tables from Red Hook's Uhuru.
One of many very pretty patterns from Flavor Paper. 
Vexell had the most eye-catching, truly green exhibit. This is a table from the new Green on Green line of eco-friendly outdoor furnishings. 
A crowd-pleasing table from EcoSystems, before. 
and after. 
The Dow Jones Hanky from the lovely ladies of Design Glut.
It was much more exciting inside of St. Ann's Warehouse in DUMBO. 

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

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Hot temperatures and even hotter designers defined the seventh annual BKLYN DESIGNS show.