Brooklyn Designers Show Us Their Vignettes at ‘Design on a Dime’

Yolande Milan Batteau of Callidus Guild

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    The 19 designers — most from Brooklyn — tapped by Housing Works to create vignettes using donated treasures for charity at the first “Design on a Dime” in Brooklyn had just 36 hours to realize their vision. On Wednesday, the show floor at Industry City was covered in boxes and designers were painting their booths and adjusting the lighting.

    Before the doors opened Friday, all was calm. We snapped photos and asked every designer we met to describe their creations in a few words. By Sunday afternoon, everything was gone.

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    BDDW chair at the Callidus Guild booth

    Artist Yolande Milan Batteau of Callidus Guild
    Neighborhood: Clinton Hill
    “We wanted to represent what’s happening in New York design now: Process- and material-driven handmade design. I discovered decorative arts as way to pay for my painting habit.”

    Akhira N. Ismail

    Akhira N. Ismail

    Fashion and interior designer Akhira N. Ismail
    Neighborhood: Fort Greene
    “Blue!!! I wanted a nice cozy serene kind of vibe — a sophisticated look as well as comfortable, which is hard to pull off. The dining chairs were a vintage find, and I got them reupholstered in navy.”

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    House of Julien

    Photographer, lighting and interior designer Julien Aleksandres, House of Julien
    Neighborhood: Flatbush
    “Lighting, wallpaper, photographs and textiles. I’m a photographer. I use photographs to create my own prints. I took a photo of the dishes in my kitchen. Now the wallpaper is in the kitchen.”

    Mark Stephen Experiential Agency

    Mark Stephen Experiential Agency

    Event designer Mark Stephen Testa, Mark Stephen Experiential Agency
    Neighborhood: NoHo
    “We wanted to do a Brooklyn cafe with bright colors.”

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    Jae Joo Designs

    Interior designer Jae Joo, Jae Joo Designs
    Neighborhood: Bed Stuy
    “Dramatic color in 10-by-10-foot room. Very layered. Antique paintings. I like rooms that look like someone has been living there for several years.”

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    Michael Bargo

    Furniture dealer Michael Bargo
    Neighborhood: Brooklyn Heights
    “It’s a collection of pieces I pulled from an auction I felt had a great Alvar Aalto vibe, a mid-century moment. The textiles are African.”

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    Monica Hofstadter

    Textile artist and designer Monica Hofstadter
    Neighborhood: Gowanus
    “This is the lounge in the temple of the moon. The materials are mohair and mylar from emergency blankets. On the wall is a granny square for meditation. I made it all myself. I’ve been working on it for two months.”

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    Natalie Kraiem Interiors with To The Trade at One Kings Lane

    Interior designer Natalie Kraiem, Natalie Kraiem Interiors
    Neighborhood: Midwood
    “The inspiration was the hand-painted wallpaper from Porter Teleo. Mid-century but eclectic. Cozy and layered. Like a little apartment in the city.”

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    Sheep + Stone Interiors

    Interior designer Sheena Murphy, Sheep + Stone Interiors
    Neighborhood: Boerum Hill
    “It’s representative of the people we love and work with. We try to support local furniture makers and designers. It has a very Scandinavian feel. Scandinavian design is very popular in American culture lately. We see the forms coming from Scandinavia but being made here with an American twist, which is nice.”

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    CAVdesign

    Interior designer Jennifer Levy, CAVDesign
    Neighborhood: Carroll Gardens
    “Sophisticated beach house. It’s the end of the season.”

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    Stephen Antonson by Hand

    Plaster artisan Stephen Antonson, Stephen Antonson by Hand
    Neighborhood: Gowanus
    “I wanted to create a room that was based on the period rooms in museums. I made everything for the booth. I thought it needed a funny thing. Hence the plaster pies. I pied the bust. The whole booth is about handmade. Another fun element: Plaster snowballs all over.”

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    Leyden Lewis Design Studio

    Leyden Lewis, Leyden Lewis Design Studio
    Neighborhood: Williamsburg
    “I wanted to create a very wonderful place. Nightshade. Mood. Queer. Loving. This [big photo collage] is a piece on gender positive love by Tony Whitfield. One of the things I love about design is how art impacts interiors.”

    [Photos by Susan De Vries]

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