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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

Delphine Diallo

Home is a reflection of who we are. Brooklyn is home to some of the most interesting people and eclectic design styles in the world. In collaboration with Mae B. Films, we are excited to announce the launch of AphroChic TV and a new series that sets out to find Brooklyn’s Modern Soulful Style. Homes of Brooklyn is a monthly series where we’ll be talking with artists, fashion designers and tastemakers in their own spaces. Our first stop: touring the home and studio of Brooklyn-based, French-Senegalese photographer, Delphine Diallo. We fell in love with Delphine’s soulful black and white photos on Instagram and PurePhoto.com, and with her pictorial exploration of evolving femininity and global identity. Truly an artist on the cutting edge of photojournalism, we are thrilled to take you inside the space that fosters her creativity. Click play to tour Delphine’s home in Bushwick.

Homes of Brooklyn: Delphine Diallo Slideshow

Host: Jeanine Hays
Written By: Bryan Mason
Videography: Mae B. Films
Photography: Jenn Singer

Lorna Simpson: Contemporary Collage

From Black Curl to Cleopatra, Brooklyn-based artist Lorna Simpson creates thought-provoking works that explore African American women and Black hair. With original images and photos that she collects from flea markets and special Ebay finds, Simpson mixes the imagery with ink on paper to craft unique narratives that only we, the viewer, can truly fill in. Her collages integrate beautiful color relationships as well, with pieces featuring indigo and persimmon “hair”.

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Source: Artsy

New Pieces From Our Favorite Botanical Photographer Kari Herer

We are fans of Kari HereR’s beautiful botanical prints, and have written about them before on this blog. Her dark and moody portraits of peonies, ranunculus, roses and other poetic flora are absolutely striking. Just in time for the wintery days ahead, here are a few more of her beautiful flowers portraits that will add the right amount of attitude to your space.

AphroChic: Kari Herer's Moody Botanical Prints

AphroChic: Kari Herer's Moody Botanical Prints

AphroChic: Kari Herer's Moody Botanical Prints

AphroChic: Kari Herer's Moody Botanical Prints

Source: Kari Herer

Jen Wink Fathom Exhibit

This weekend, head on over to The Bowery section of Manhattan to check out Uprise Art’s pop-up exhibit, Fathom, featuring paintings by Jen Wink. Have a look at Wink’s latest works, featuring bright, geometric forms. Works will be on display at 345 Broome Street until November 18th.

The Brooklyn Flea Moves To Dean Street

This weekend the Brooklyn Flea moves into it’s new home for the winter – 1000 Dean Street. Located in Crown Heights, the Winter Flea + Holiday Market will host over 125 vendors selling cool, artisan pieces from local Brooklynites. Check out the new digs, and also make plans for brunch at Berg’n Beer Hall next door. 10am – 6pm Sat + Sun through March 2015.

Fin DAC’s Vivid Street Art Paintings Rock Our World

Vivid, evocative, arresting – that’s what we love about street art. A mural that’s painted on a building as canvas has the ability to literally stop you in your tracks. Lovers of the urban art scene, it was great to come upon the work of Fin DAC. The London-based artist describes his style as “Urban Aesthetics”. “In a relatively short urban art career, I have defined and perfected an atypical paint/stencil style that ignores the accepted visual language of street art almost completely – I call it Urban Aesthetics. A modern-day take on a 19th century art movement,” explains DAC. We call it absolutely cool.

AphroChic: Fin Dac's Vivid Street Art Paintings Rock Our World

AphroChic: Fin Dac's Vivid Street Art Paintings Rock Our World

AphroChic: Fin Dac's Vivid Street Art Paintings Rock Our World

AphroChic: Fin Dac's Vivid Street Art Paintings Rock Our World

AphroChic: Fin Dac's Vivid Street Art Paintings Rock Our World

Source: Fin DAC

Clare Elsaesser’s Colorful Oil Paintings

Romantic, flowing bouquets, pastel shades, a whimsical feminine touch – these are the things we love about Clare Elsaesser’s richly hued oil paintings. The California-based artist creates some absolutely beautiful portraits, and in such a modern way. Her use of color is what is most striking. We love the bright shades of yellow, green and lilac that form the background of these pretty paintings.

AphroChic: Clare Elsaesser’s Colorful Oil Paintings  AphroChic: Clare Elsaesser’s Colorful Oil Paintings

AphroChic: Clare Elsaesser’s Colorful Oil Paintings

AphroChic: Clare Elsaesser’s Colorful Oil Paintings

AphroChic: Clare Elsaesser’s Colorful Oil Paintings