Brooklyn Books, Arts, Photos, and Design Expo (BrooklynBAPD) returns to Greenpoint this Weekend (9/19-20)

Various books and illustrations exhibited at BrooklynBAPD
A small sample of the more than 15,000 items which will be on display and for sale. From original children’s book illustration art to first edition books to daguerreotypes, autographed photos and fine art prints.

From rare, signed books to autographed photos and fine art prints, you’ll get it all at Brooklyn Books, Art, Photos and Design Expo (BrooklynBAPD) held at The Brooklyn Expo Center (9/19-20). BrooklynBAPD is a two-day ‘feast’ for anyone who loves vintage books, art, collectible autographs, and vintage photographs. The art and design row also features dealers of mid-century and vintage jewelry. You’ll have the chance to find out details about your favorite artists, discover new ones, and better yet – you can actually buy the stuff on display. It’ll be like entering a mini museum and walking home with your favorite piece! Continue reading

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BKLYN DESIGNS comes to Greenpoint, May 8-10



BKLYN DESIGNS is Brooklyn’s premier design event showcasing a cross section of design, architecture and art.

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BKLYN DESIGNS – the internationally renowned, juried exhibition of contemporary furniture, lighting, accessories and art from Brooklyn – is coming to the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint, May 8-10.  This is BKLYN DESIGNS first event in Greenpoint, a neighborhood popular with artists and craftspeople and home to the event’s primary sponsor, Broadway Stages. It will be the first design show kicking off NYCxDESIGN, the city’s weeklong design festival.

BKLYN DESIGNS features exhibitors from design and manufacturing vendors across Brooklyn. Show producers have tapped industry leaders to develop a robust program of events and installations that celebrate design collaboration.


Exhibitions include handcrafted furniture from Robert Sukrachand and Noble Goods; multifunctional furniture from Think Fabricate; contemporary fabrics from Bolé Road Textiles and Au Retour; children’s furniture from Casa Kids; outdoor furniture solutions from Raunjiba and From the Source; sustainable wood furnishings from Phil Gautreau; innovative light fixtures from Urban Chandy and Robert Debbane Studio; and vinyl record solutions from Wax Rax.

The conference program covers topics as varied as architecture and development, interiors and product design, technology and fashion, food and film. Demonstrating the collaborative spirit of design, the show features numerous pop-up lounges, site-specific installations, and a play area featuring the Imagination Playground, designed by Rockwell Group.

Attendees can enjoy food trucks, organized by FoodToEat, bars presented by Brooklyn Winery and Threes Brewing, and a Tattly Parlor where they can model temporary tattoos in front of a feature wall designed by Trove. The BKLYN BUYS marketplace will feature Brooklyn-made accessories and design objects.


Shuttles will run throughout the weekend between BKLYN DESIGNS, the WantedDesign NYC event at Industry City, and the Brooklyn Museum. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

BKLYN DESIGNS is sponsored by Broadway Stages, host partner Brooklyn Expo Center,, Forest City Ratner, TerraCRG, FLANK and Heritage Equity Partners. Premier partners include Dwell and Metropolis.


All photos courtesy of BKLYN DESIGNS Facebook

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Petal Dreams: Ruusu Floral Design & Ceramics

Jessica Matson believes in flowers. She’s the driving force behind Ruusu, a floral design and ceramics company in Greenpoint. Picture handmade ceramics, dreamy wreaths with folklore connections, and vivid flowers in delicate-but-not-dainty bunches. You can have that little piece of beauty in your own home, with florals and ceramics starting at $20. In conversation with Jessica, I discovered the beauty of florals and her creative process all while being inspired by this entrepreneur taking North Brooklyn by storm.
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A Poster A Day with Alex Proba

Designer, illustrator & art director Alex Proba ©Evan B.

A few weeks ago, Kickstarter Art Director Alex Proba exhibited her year-long project, “A Poster A Day,” at Space Ninety 8 in Williamsburg. Originally from Lüdenscheid, Germany, the ambitious young designer, illustrator, and art director worked in architecture and product design before making the leap to the start-up world several years ago. We stopped by the exhibit to take some photos and chat with Alex about her project.

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Our Lady Libby V! Fish Eye Series

Libby VanderPloeg in her Greenpoint Apartment

I was super honored that Libby V asked me to take her portrait for a post about her on Design Sponge. Aside from being a super talented illustrator (she does our market posters) and a wonderful human, Libby has the most adorable and cozy apartment I have ever seen. I decided to kill two birds with one stone and also take her portrait as part of our new Fish Eye Series, in which we take you into the apartment of one of our talented contributors! Talk about an eye for design. You really can get to know a person by looking at what they put on their walls.

Read Design Sponge’s article about Libby V here. And check out her website for more of her design work.

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Art + Pasta Jewelry at New Franklin St Gallery Rekover Projects

Tristan Fitch & Katie Hartsough of Rekover Projects

While real estate snooping, I spotted a 2500 sq. ft. space on Franklin St, sandwiched between the newly opened People of 2Morrow and the half block of scaffolding that will soon become even more prime retail space on one of Greenpoint’s most booming blocks.

I thought to myself this spot would be perfect for an art gallery and a few weeks later POOF! – Rekover Projects (77 Franklin St) opened – just like that. The first show titled “Before Intersections” is a solo exhibition by space lessee and artist Tristan Fitch, who runs the project space with his partner and women’s accessories designer Katie Hartsough. Continue reading

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Spice Up Your Abode with Home of the Brave Today (3/6)

Weejah Platter, $350

Your home could use some lovin’. Enter the latest pop-up shop, Home of the Brave, on 67th West St, #416 (and our HQ). The new store is run by Wolves Within owners, Max and Bethany Vogel, with careful selections by Brooklyn artisans. If Wolves Within is the ultimate dream closet, then Home of the Brave would be the dream home.

The pop-up shop will officially open this Thursday, March 6th.

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Yuka’s Cute Museum: Upcycled Apple Computer Cat Beds

Upcycled Apple Cat Bed

You know Yuka! She is the adorable and wonderful person who designs and shoots our market photo booth…

Yuka Miyata : Cute Curator

She also is an unofficial curator of cuteness. Her personal Facebook page is a daily stream of baby animals and strange inventions – all are sickeningly sweet and genius.

You wonder – where does she find this stuff?

I want to hire her to professionally collect and share cute stuff for Greenpointers – for everyone’s mental health!  Continue reading

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“they don’t make bobcats pillows anymore…”


While searching for accessories on KRRB for Greenpointers’ new office, I found this bobcat pillow. I wasn’t aware that “they” ever made bobcat pillows, but apparently “they” don’t anymore, which makes this a rare item.

The best website ever made about bobcats says that, “bobcats have five toes on the forefoot, but the fifth toe does not leave a mark in the ground because it is raised high up on the foot.”


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New Nordic Cafe Budin Serves up NYC’s Most Extravagant Latte

A Budin Cappuccino

Hot on the heels of  Tørst and Konditori, the long-anticipated Budin (114 Greenpoint Avenue) has become the newest addition to Greenpoint’s burgeoning Scandinavian scene. Continue reading

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