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.
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
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
Exclusively for our friends at ElleDecor.com, AphroChic produced a soulful dinner party event celebrating the vibe of old school Brooklyn and the launch of our new licensed home decor collection with Guildery. Tablecloths, napkins and pillows from the collection decorated the gleaming dinner table alongside black and white table settings and gold flatware. A juju hat wall installation provided a striking backdrop, punctuated by a fragrant display of fall florals. Even the guest list was curated. With a focus on highlighting the creativity and diversity of Brooklyn we invited local actors, artists, interior designers, writers and fashion designers. A modern soul food menu completed the upscale, cultural atmosphere of the night as guests listened to a live performance by Grammy-nominated R&B singer, Maiysha. View the full story on ElleDecor.com.
Photography by: Patrick Cline
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
From the very beginning, AphroChic has always been a site dedicated to fostering a diverse, culturally-focused dialogue in the world of interior design. When we launched the site eight years ago, there were very few places where you could see the home of a person of color online; very few interviews about our work as designers; and editorials and video shoots showcasing people of color in design were few and far between. It was our mission, from the very first post, to create a space online that was inclusive and representative of the incredible diversity that exists in the world of interior design. Since that first post in 2007, we have gone on to do some incredible things adding to the cultural dialogue, from writing the first interior design book from an African-American perspective in over a decade, to being the first African-American designers to design a concept home on the west coast. And now, we are honored to participate in a truly exciting event, Harvard University’s Black in Design Conference in October.
Back in 2007, Bryan and I could never have imagined that our little blog and our desire to celebrate our culture and the contributions of people of color in the world of interior design could take us to speak at one of the country’s top schools. Hosted by Harvard University’s African American Student Union and the Harvard Graduate School of Design, this conference will provide an in-depth examination of the connections between ethnicity, social politics and design. Looking at these intersections on many levels, from the individual room, to the building, to the city, this conference will offer a number of panel discussions examining the role of design in either enforcing or restructuring social hierarchies as well as introducing new concepts on what it means to be not only a designer, but a teacher or even a student of design.
We hope to see many of you at this truly important conference that will be held October 9-10 in Boston. Over two days, you will be part of conversations on race and design, and hear the important contributions of members of the African Diaspora in interior design, architecture, urban planning, and more. If you have not already, be sure to register for this groundbreaking event. We can’t wait to see you there!
Join us as we present two interior design lounges featuring our own special blend of modern design and cultural style. Designed to express a warm, authentic Brooklyn vibe, the spaces will feature vintage and handmade furnishings from Patina Rentals, colorful walls featuring eco-friendly ColorHouse paint and a curated selection of artwork from local SaatchiArt.com artists. Together with live graffiti art, designer talks and music from DJ King Leo, the AphroChic REMIX Lounges are sure to keep the cultural beat going all weekend long.
The event takes place May 8th through the 10th at the Brooklyn Expo Center. For the full schedule and tickets visit our Facebook page.