Gbenga Akinnagbe Launches ENITAN

Actor and activist, Gbenga Akinnagbe, enters the world of home decor with the launch of ENITAN, a vintage furniture company inspired by his Yoruba heritage.

Brooklyn Micro Loft

Join us this weekend, May 6th-8th, for our second year at BKLYN DESIGNS as we present the Brooklyn Micro Loft. The 500 square foot concept space will showcase how even the smallest spaces can have the very best in Brooklyn style. Featuring a cutting-edge kitchen with products from AJ Madison and a range of modular furnishings from Resource Furniture, the home will also provide a peek at our new textile that will launch in collaboration with Minted later this spring. Additional brands featured in the concept space include, Lamps Plus, Rugs USA, John Robshaw, Brooklinen, Uprise Art, Jeff Manning Art, Indego Africa, LAAF by Leah C., and Think Fabricate.

The Brooklyn Micro Loft will be an interactive pop-up home featuring a variety of public events hosted by AphroChic, including:

Saturday, May 7, 12-1pm, Small Space Small Bites in the Micro Loft
Chef Rashad Frazier of Pulled Together will share tips for small space entertaining, showing you how to execute a menu of small bites for that cozy cocktail party you’re planning. Reception to follow.

Chef’s Menu:
Mini Carolina Pulled Pork Sliders with Red & Green Coleslaw
Deviled Egg with Pimento Cheese and Pickled Radish
Strawberry Shortcake with Scratch Buttermilk Biscuits and Hand Whipped Cream
Bourbon Blackberry Smash Cocktail
Register Here

Sunday, May 8, 1:15-2pm, Where Art Meets Design: Starting the Perfect Collection for Any Budget and Any Space on the Main Stage
No home is complete without art. But how do you get started building a collection? AphroChic, Uprise Art and the Jenn Singer Gallery lead a discussion on how art lends personality to a space, collecting art online and off, and how to start buying the art you love in a snap.

Graphic design for AphroChic by Olivia Conradie

The AphroChic REMIX Lounge At BKLYN Designs

It’s cool to create something unexpected. Those are the projects we love the most at AphroChic. Projects that take a space from what? to wow! When we created the AphroChic REMIX Lounge at BKLYN Designs this past May it was absolutely a wow! moment. Click the slideshow above for a before and after of what is truly one of our favorite interior design projects, and our first here in Brooklyn.

The REMIX lounge was inspired by our book. We started with our favorite cultural elements – color, pattern, art and global furnishings – to create a space that visitors to BKLYN Designs could relax and chill in. And, just for some fun we decided to house all of those elements under two, 600-square-foot a-frame structures that we designed and built over two days. Yes, we’re a little bit ambitious over here, but isn’t design the most fun when you’re pushing the envelope?

Then we decided we needed some entertainment, because what lounge doesn’t?! So, we worked with our friends at Saatchi Art to not only include an art exhibit of local Brooklyn artists in the space, but a live graffiti art exhibit as well. Our friend Rodrigo Valles created a massive street art mural in the lounge. A progressive piece that took two days, and that visitors got to watch develop as they walked the show. And no AphroChic event would be complete without a DJ, so we invited DJ King Leo to come and spin some old-school hip-hop in the lounge for that authentic Brooklyn vibe.

Our partners for this space were the best. Colorhouse, our favorite paint line that has the best eco-friendly paint around, provided us with paint to create two colorful statement walls that would become our gallery walls for the space. Their colors are so pure, and we went with six gorgeous shades for the statement walls – Petal .04, Petal .05, Air .07, Wool .01, Wool .03, and Nourish .06. The mix of bright and bold shades, with neutral soft colors was stunning on the walls we built. To add a layer of art to the lounge, we worked with Saatchi Art to deck out two gallery walls featuring works by local Brooklyn artists. And then of course, for a lounge we needed lots and lots of furniture, so we worked with Patina, a vintage rental company in Bushwick to bring in some cultural furnishings, including Hmong textile-upholstered ottomans, mudcloth covered seating and some stunning Moroccan rugs for bold pops of color and pattern.

The AphroChic REMIX Lounge was fun. It was fun for us to create and we’re glad that the thousands of people who came through BKLYN Designs got to enjoy it too. Some danced, some ate, some held mini-retreats, some kicked up their feet, some enjoyed the art and took pictures of the live graffiti art, and all took in the experiential space that we designed focused on Brooklyn art and design. The only thing that could make this project any better is doing it again next year!

Photographer: Ben Sottak and some iPhone photos by AphroChic

Contrasting Home Decor At Weylandts

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Danielle Colding’s Chinoiserie-Inspired Space

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AphroChic Remixes The LIN Digital NewFront Lounges

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”flexslider_slide” interval=”0″ images=”4636,4637,4640,4638,4643,4641,4639,4642″ img_size=”full” onclick=””][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Party’s in New York are always a blast, and especially so when you get to style them yourself. Last month we styled the LIN Digital NewFront event in Chelsea. Inspired by the blog, and our book REMIX, our goal was to create culturally-inspired spaces where media editors could learn about LIN Digital’s new offerings, enjoy lunch inspired by some great food bloggers, and meet and greet one another all in a cozy environment. They were also invited to take our book home as a special gift from us.

The inspiration for the space was the event’s theme, “HELLO”. Everything was about color and making guests feel welcome, so we went with an array of bright and colorful pieces. We wanted to liven up the standard rattan sofas that you often find in outdoor furnishings and re-upholstered the seats in some beautiful vintage kantha quilts from India. To break up all the beige, we took the back cushions off of each sofa, and filled them with our own mix of AphroChic pillows. From our hand-dyed batiks made in Rwanda, to our cool Afro Silhouette pillow, the lounges were filled to the brim with inviting patterns. The final touch – rugs in variety of different shades from our favorite place for cool carpets, Malene B. We even lined the “red carpet” with a colorful array of Malene B. runners.

The final result were spaces perfect for enjoying a spring event in New York.

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BKLYN Designs REMIX Lounges

AphroChic worked to capture the perfect slice of modern Brooklyn life with two, 600-square foot public lounge spaces created for the BKLYN Designs Showcase during New York Design Week. Housed within two large, A-frame structures that we designed and built inside the Brooklyn Expo Center, the lounges were designed to be experiential, offering unique ways for the public to engage with Brooklyn-based design and the vibe of Brooklyn life. Each room featured a gallery wall art exhibit comprised of works from local artists supplied by Saatchi Art and curated by AphroChic. Meanwhile a larger, progressive art mural installation was created over the three days of the event. A live DJ supplied hip-hop music from some of Brooklyn’s most iconic musicians and AphroChic hosted panel discussions on design, art and color with notable design personalities and the head curator of Saatchi Art Online.

Photography by: Ben Sottak