BKLYN Designs Newsletter

November 24, 2014




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Welcome to the second edition of The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s quarterly BKLYN Designs newsletter. Check it out to see the latest happenings in Brooklyn’s robust design community…



Urban Chandy is now certified to use the ETL Mark on products signifying that its fixtures are in compliance with international safety standards.  Urban Chandy, a Brooklyn Made certified company, designs and fabricates its unique lighting fixtures in their Clinton Hill studio with reclaimed wood and other salvaged materials.
The ETL Mark is an internationally accepted alternative to UL (Underwriters Laboratory) as a proof of product safety compliance. The ability to use the safety mark comes after thorough testing by Intertek, a nationally recognized testing laboratory by OSHA.
“We have always fabricated our lighting fixtures using UL approved components following electrical code set forth by UL,” said Urban Chandy Founder and President Cassidy Brush. “But the certification of our products with the ETL Mark allows our commercial clients to pass inspection more easily. It will also insure that our products will be accepted for installation in residential and commercial sites in North America with a lot less hassle.” 
Brush further explained that by investing in the certification they hope to achieve their goal of increasing the number of commercial projects coming in.  “Our product is high quality and we want our clients’ experience to be as seamless as possible including after the product is finished and delivered,” said Brush.


Mirror, mirror on the wall… Brooklyn based manufacturers, Good Thing, launched a new product recently called the “Utility Mirror.” This industrial beauty tool is a super-polished piece of stainless steel with a rubber tool grip at the end. Check out the Utility Mirror at design events, including the American Design Club pop-up shop, Design Miami/Basel, Tictail’s Manhattan pop-up shop, and Wanted Design’s Made in Brooklyn Holiday Market.


Fashion Accelerator space comes to Brooklyn! Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator has officially opened in Williamsburg. As a fashion and design hub, not only does this space provide incubators for the design industry, but it is also equipped with some advanced manufacturing capabilities. Click here to read more!


Some of Brooklyn’s most fierce makers all in one place! Click below to check out what’s being fiercely made in Brooklyn!




Beastie Boys rapper and original Brooklyn boy, Mike D has built a killer townhouse in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. Lined with self-designed toile wall paper, you better have the skills to pay bills for this $5mil pad. Click here to read more from Gothamist. 



The Holidays are among us, and the Brooklyn flea market will be hustling and bustling with stylish, delicious and trendy Brooklyn products. Click here for more info. 





BKLYN Designs exhibitor Phil Gautreau will be featured at this year’s American Fine Craft Show at the Brooklyn Museum. His fine wood creations made from locally sourced reclaimed wood are unique furnishings, well deserving of the Inhabitat Magazine Green Design Award received at this past BKLYN Designs Show. Click here for more info on Phil Gautreau Wood Design and other featured artists at the American Fine Craft Show. And be sure to check out our Happenings section for more details on the American Fine craft Show at the Brooklyn Museum. 



Work those skills and score some cash! This year’s Task Chair Design Competition deadline is right around the corner, so be sure to check out the details and get sketching! Deadline for the competition is November 30th.
Click here for full details.




Are you a Brooklyn maker? Get certified! The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce has developed a new points-based certification intended to brand the true “Brooklyn-ness” of a product. The name of this great borough has become somewhat of a trend in brand names, but how Brooklyn are these products? Show up the Brooklyn wannabes and apply for your Brooklyn Made certification today! Learn more here.




11.22, 11.23 American Fine Craft Show
Where at? Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238
When? 12PM-6PM, 11AM-6PM
More Info.: 

December 2014 Make Impact NYC
All five boroughs will come together to celebrate what makes New York great: innovation, community, ambition — and a commitment to make the city we call home a better place for everyone in it.”
More Info.:

Fridays & Saturdays Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Where at?  165 Banker Street, Brooklyn, NY
When?  7PM-1PM
More Info.: Click Here!


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