BKLYN DESIGNS to Kickstart NYCxDesign in May

Brooklyn's premiere design event, BKLYN DESIGNS, is gearing up for another successful edition at the spacious and light-filled Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint from May 5-7, 2017. Presented by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and co-produced with Novità Communications, the show will kick off the first weekend of NYCxDESIGN - New York City's official citywide celebration of design - with a veritable pool of Brooklyn's finest designers, architects and artists illustrating their work in myriad ways, from exhibitor booths to a curated marketplace to bespoke installations. The Chamber is calling for the first round of exhibitors producing a range of creative products and services in the borough and offering special pricing for multiple applicants from the same neighborhood.

"We take pride in being the only show during NYCxDESIGN that is dedicated exclusively to Brooklyn talent. We were one of the first design fairs to showcase the local creative economy and continue to find new ways of supporting and highlighting our bustling design community," said Andrew Hoan, President and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.

BKLYN DESIGNS is currently accepting applications for exhibitor space and tables in the BKLYN BUYS marketplace from emerging designers and established brands across a range of categories including furniture, lighting, textiles, art, surfaces, accessories and design & architectural services. A jury of design industry experts will review the submissions on a rolling basis. In an effort to bring down the cost for participants, BKLYN DESIGNS will offer white gallery walls, at no additional charge, to accepted exhibitors to present their work.

The Chamber is also excited to announce a new neighborhood focus for this year's show, highlighting the borough's creative hubs and strong sense of community. Participants who apply in a neighborhood cluster, with four or more booths, will receive a 15% discount.

Exhibitor applications are now live at bit.ly/bkd17app.

Founded in 2003 by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, BKLYN DESIGNS was one of the first design fairs to shine a spotlight on the creative economy in Brooklyn, and helped put many Brooklyn makers and supporters on the map. Attendees include designers, architects, builders, developers, store buyers, industry influencers, educators, urban planners and design-savvy consumers, who all come together to celebrate the borough's rich design heritage, iconic style and bustling creative community. With thousands of visitors over the three-day weekend, BKLYN DESIGNS is one of the most vibrant shows in New York City. The 2017 edition is May 5-7 at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint. www.bklyndesigns.com

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