Sunday, May 11, 2008

Close to Home: Brooklyn Designs

The weather people had predicted rain, but this past Saturday didn't have a drop in the air. Actually, the sun was shining and the temperature was mild. It's not to say we wouldn't have attended the Brooklyn Designs show if it had been raining ... it just would have been a lot harder to get out of bed.

That said -- sun still shining -- the show was a real treat. May being another trade show season month, we sometimes get burnt out and it takes a lot to get excited. But there were some real stars at Brooklyn Designs. Of course there was some expected superstars, like Palo Samko (who always rocks our world), but each of the four destinations had at least one designer or company that made our heart stutter. Kanibal Home likes home designs that are as functional as they are fashionable, and the following really appeals to all of our sensibilities.

We were excited to check out Lois Aronow Ceramics. Her pieces are hand thrown and have just the most amazing texture -- a rough glazing combined with a velvety smooth ceramic surface. And they are microwave and dishwasher safe (KH: Really? Lois: Yup. KH: *Silent while we contemplate how we love dishware, but hate hand washing anything*). We especially loved her new line of mugs.

Lotta Jansdotter is another designer we were excited to check out. Clean lines that show the artistry behind the design lends a special, handmade feel to each print. We really liked these bags and pencil cases for spring.

Another company definitely worth mentioning is BazzdeGrant Jewelers. Fiends for vintage treasures, their jewelry felt like home. It was as if someone took our our favorite finds and laced them into exquisite jewelry -- marrying a love for one-of-a-kind objects with an aesthetic that is driving us to obsess about owning one of their pieces.

So, all in all, we had a great time at Brooklyn Designs this weekend. It reinvigorated us for the trade show circuit and, instead of being tired, we are looking forward to ICFF next weekend. Check back soon ...

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