New York City’s month-long celebration of art and design includes the borough of Brooklyn, which held BKLYN Designs on the inaugural weekend of NYCXDESIGN. Having become a hub for craftspeople and artisans, Brooklyn is a fitting site for a show of creativity and innovative design in furniture and home decor. Homedit perused the fair and founds lots of wood, imaginative reuse and a touch of new technology.
The first grouping of gorgeous wood pieces was by CAUV design. Artisan Joe Cauvel creates custom designs for his clients using mainly sustainable hardwoods that he sources. Even better, for every piece he sells, he makes a donation to an organization that plants trees in forests that have been damaged. This is his beautiful “Cave” Credenza made of Shou sugi ban white oak, topography black walnut and blackened steel.
Cauvel has also begun creating art pieces from the materials he uses, such as this piece that includes wood, metal and concrete.
Belgian-born and trained designer Christopher White is a classically trained woodworker who derives inspiration from natural beauty. His pieces exhibit a skill that allows the wood’s beauty to take center stage. White’s dining chair is made from several types of wood and traditional mortise and tenon joints.
Called a laptop desk, but a perfect desk for smaller spaces no matter how you use it, it features three different types of wood: walnut, birds eye maple, and zebra wood.
Live edge furniture is always cool, but White’s Tree Slice Coffee table is extra special thanks to the joinery. The sections of the salvaged slice are held together with threaded steel rods, which provide an industrial contrast to the natural wood piece.
These grand pieces by Enitan Vintage are refashioned vintage pieces upholstered in vibrant African textiles. All the pieces the company produces are inspired by founder Gbenga Akinnagbe’s heritage and travels across the globe. In the Yoruba culture of Nigeria, where his family comes from, the word Enitan means “person of story.” In fact, the company’s website says, “Sit on a Story.” He has found his passion combining the vintage frames of furniture with these unexpected fabrics.
Akinnagbe’s name will be familiar to fans of the HBO series, “The Wire,” in which he played the murderous bodyguard of a drug dealer.
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