BROOKLYN DESIGNS Seeks Creative Concepts + Launches New Identity

BROOKLYN DESIGNS has found a new home in the Brooklyn Navy Yard for the 2019 edition, May 10-12, and is once again looking to engage the design community in the planning process. Since 2003, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce has used BROOKLYN DESIGNS to engage local businesses and entrepreneurs to connect start-ups and established companies with opportunities to showcase their products, attract customers and grow distribution. The Chamber’s collaboration with the Brooklyn Navy Yard is a part of its longstanding support for the creative design and manufacturing industries in the borough.

Interested speakers are invited to submit concepts for talks and panel discussions on topics relevant to design and everyday life and the creative community in Brooklyn. The show team is also looking for proposals of hands-on demos, workshops, and unique installations that will activate the exhibition space and street-facing lobby of Building 77, the show hub.

The three-day program will feature a mix of inspirational talks as well as hands-on demos and design-related classes fitting for design lovers of all types and ages. All sessions will take place on the 15th floor of Building 77 alongside the BNY-curated exhibition, #madeattheyard, and the BROOKLYN BUYS market.

The installation opportunity offers another avenue for Brooklyn creatives to illustrate their work during NYCxDESIGN – the official citywide celebration of design – to a large audience of design trade professionals and design-savvy consumers. Installations can be designed for the main exhibition space and accompanying outdoor terraces on the 15th floor or for the ground-level lobby, which will welcome attendees into Building 77 and join a growing list of retail tenants including Russ and Daughters. Submissions are open to Brooklyn-based artists, designers, architects, engineers and others with demonstrated experience in the conceptualization, design and production of creative installations. Pieces can be grounded or suspended but must be able to sustain their own weight. Concepts should also take the new BROOKLYN DESIGNS venue, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, into consideration.

Program and speaker proposals as well as creative concepts are due by April 1, 2019. Submissions will be reviewed by a jury of design experts and the show team and approval will be based on space available and thematic fit with the program.

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P.S. If you visit the website, you may also notice that we have a new identity thanks to our friends at Maiarelli Studio 🙂

About the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is the largest Chamber of Commerce in New York and celebrated its 100th anniversary last year. The Chamber promotes economic development across the borough of Brooklyn and serves as an advocate for its member businesses and a resource for thousands of small businesses across every community and neighborhood in the borough. It provides programs to support the enhancement of neighborhood retail strips, direct services for marketing of key Brooklyn business sectors, and job placement services for borough businesses and residents.

About the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation

The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC) is the not-for-profit corporation that serves as the real estate developer and property manager of the Yard on behalf of its owner, the City of New York.  BNYDC’s mission is to fuel New York City’s economic vitality by creating and preserving quality jobs, growing the City’s modern industrial sector and its businesses, and connecting the local community with the economic opportunity and resources of the Yard. BNYDC’s vision is a vibrant and dense, modern manufacturing community where businesses are provided the stability needed to invest, grow, and thrive and where diverse job-seekers can come to find a high-quality, middle-class job.


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 10-22, 2019 – 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.