December 19, 2017

December 19, 2017


The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Announces Exciting Initiatives for NYCxDESIGN 2018 and Call for BROOKLYN DESIGNS Applications

(Brooklyn, NY–December 19, 2017) In anticipation of its most successful edition to date, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that BROOKLYN DESIGNS is moving to the historic Brooklyn Museum. Beginning with a press preview on May 11, Brooklyn’s premier design event, presented by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and co-produced with Novità Communications, will have an exciting new home at the Brooklyn Museum, the borough’s encyclopedic institution, from May 12-13, 2018 while kicking off the first weekend of NYCxDESIGN – New York City’s official celebration of design. Applications are now being accepted from emerging designers and established brands throughout the borough, which will be reviewed by a distinguished panel of experts in the design field.

This year’s edition of BROOKLYN DESIGNS is a significant event on many levels. In addition to the impactful venue change, which will provide a historical and culturally significant backdrop for showcasing contemporary design in Brooklyn, the show will take place in conjunction with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s year of Centennial programming. “I can’t think of a more fitting venue to host Brooklyn’s design community, or a better time than our Centennial year,” said Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Andrew Hoan. “I am thankful to the leadership of the Brooklyn Museum and NYCEDC for partnering with us to celebrate this important milestone for our organization, and for their roles in elevating this signature event during NYCxDESIGN. I am once again grateful for the support of the New York City Council, New York State Assembly and New York State Senate.”

With roots dating back to 1823, the Brooklyn Museum is one of the oldest and largest museums in the United States, which is reflected in their decorative arts collection. Covering historical design movements from the 17th century to the present, their collection includes an impressive array of objects from 19th century ceramics made in Greenpoint and baskets by Native Americans in Canarsie to modern masters such as Gerrit Rietveld and Ettore Sottsass.

“We are honored to host Brooklyn Designs and we look forward to connecting our deep history with design and Decorative Arts to the rich design community that has developed and grown in our borough,” said David Berliner, President and Chief Operating Officer, Brooklyn Museum.

The Brooklyn Museum brings a significant cultural contribution to the citywide celebration of global design that takes place during the month of May in New York City. BROOKLYN DESIGNS is once again proud to be part of New York City’s official design week, NYCxDESIGN, by kicking off their programming during opening weekend next May.

“Brooklyn has long been a hotbed of innovative talent, and BROOKLYN DESIGNS has played a critical role in bringing that unique creativity to NYCxDESIGN,” said NYCEDC President James Patchett. “We are thrilled that the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce has made the historic Brooklyn Museum their new home for BROOKLYN DESIGNS and we look forward to working with them on next year’s NYCxDESIGN celebration.”

In another exciting initiative for 2018, BROOKLYN DESIGNS will partner with ICFF on a special design installation at the Javits Center from May 20-23, 2018. The curated space will offer exhibitors another opportunity to showcase their work on the global design stage and the show an extended presence during NYCxDESIGN.

“The 30th edition of ICFF is delighted to host the BROOKLYN DESIGNS Pavilion at the Fair. Brooklyn is a key contributor to NYCxDesign, the citywide design celebration and ICFF is thrilled to present some of Brooklyn’s emerging talents to its audience of over 35,000 design professionals,” said ICFF Event Director Kevin O’Keefe.

BROOKLYN DESIGNS is currently accepting applications for exhibitor space and tables in the BROOKLYN BUYS marketplace across a range of categories including furniture, lighting, accessories, technology, and design and architectural services. A jury of design industry experts will review the submissions and notify accepted participants in early March.

Exhibitor applications are now live at


Founded in 2003 by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, BROOKLYN 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 designers 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 course of the show, BROOKLYN DESIGNS is one of the most vibrant shows in New York City and one of the anchor fairs of NYCxDESIGN – the official citywide celebration of design. The 2018 edition is May 12-13 at the Brooklyn Museum with a press preview on May 11.

About Brooklyn Museum

The Brooklyn Museum presents important art in eye-opening ways, and has long been at the forefront of engagement with underserved and younger audiences, from its widely popular Target First Saturdays program and creative reinstallations of its permanent collection, to its pioneering online presence and inventive use of technology in reimagining the visitor experience. A driving force behind the massive growth and energy of the Borough of Brooklyn and of its diverse cultural community, the Brooklyn Museum annually welcomes more than half a million visitors who represent one of New York’s most diverse museum-going audiences.

The Brooklyn Museum’s collection represents nearly every culture, ranging from some of the most important ancient Egyptian works in the nation; to the arts of the Pacific Islands, Asia, Africa, and the Islamic world; to American and European art; to international contemporary works. The Brooklyn Museum is home to the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, the only facility of its kind in the country. Upcoming exhibitions include David Bowie is; Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985; and Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, 1963-83. For more information, visit

NYCxDESIGN, New York City’s annual celebration of design, attracts hundreds of thousands of attendees and designers from across the globe. Taking place each May—next occurring May 11–23, 2018—the event celebrates a world of design and showcases over a dozen design disciplines through exhibitions, installations, trade shows, panels, product launches, open studios, and more. And, like design itself, NYCxDESIGN is everywhere, with events taking place across the city’s five boroughs. Brought to life by New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) in conjunction with a steering committee comprised of the city’s design leaders, NYCxDESIGN highlights the unique creative, cultural, educational, and economic opportunities in New York City.

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