April Showers Bring May Fairs, Festivals


You know that the International Contemporary Furniture Fair takes over New York City May 17-20 and the inaugural New York Photo Festival kicks off just before that (May 14-18), and in our quest to plan your entire month of May, we bring you news of the sixth annual BKLYN DESIGNS, a juried exhibit of contemporary furnishings made in Brooklyn that this year expands to 68 exhibitors. The three-day show begins on Friday, May 9 with such events as Interior Design editor-in-chief Cindy Allen leading a panel discussion with up and coming Pratt Institute alumni and a keynote address by designer Sami Hayek. Other speakers throughout the festival include architect Rob Rogers, principal of Rogers Marvel Architect; interior designer Amy Lau; and curators for both the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Arts and Design. And if your mother is at all design-inclined, bring her along on Sunday, which will include a morning Mother’s Day crafts session led by ReadyMade magazine (four words: laundromat-inspired modular bench) and a walking tour of sustainable furniture design led by Inhabitat.com‘s Jill Fehrenbacher and Abigail Doan. Can’t make it to Brooklyn? Stay tuned to Dwell‘s website. Word is that the magazine’s online editor, Mike Cannell, will be conducting live interviews with exhibitors from an Airstream trailer for the duration of the show.