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Studio Tour with Three Brooklyn-based Designers

by Rand Niederhoffer

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(Photo: Jessica Goldfond)

Jessica Goldfond, a longtime Williamsburg resident and co-founder of the PR company Shiny Squirrel, has positioned herself as a connoisseur of all things Brooklyn-based. Through Shiny Squirrel, Jessica’s been helping stores,  magazines and consumers navigate the Brooklyn design landscape for the past five years.

“I knew all these people working from their homes and there was no way for them to get exposure. A lot of people didn’t know how to navigate the online world and they didn’t know how to get in touch with editors. I’m trying to create that platform for them.”

Thanks to a strategic partnership between International Playground and Shiny Squirrel, a host of Brooklyn-based furniture, clothing and jewelry designers will get to show their goods off to Manhattan-based buyers and editors who can peruse their selections on their side of the East River.  The event is open to the public too, so we hope to see you there enjoying an evening of sales, booze, and meeting the designers behind the brands!

This will all take place at Shiny Squirrel’s pop-up shop at New York’s Ace Hotel on Wednesday, February 23rd. from 5:00-9:00pm. 20 West 29th Street.

Designers on hand are Forestbound, Elizabeth Knight Jewelry, Symmetry Goods,  LAYERxlayer, Christian Beaujean, Species by the Thousands, Molly Rose, Post, Bhon, Georgia Varidakis, WE ARE HERE, reid.damnit and Laura Lombardi.  Here’s a sneak peek at three of those designers and some of the goods they’ll have for sale:

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(Photo: Arthur Coat Rack, via Wintercheck)

Wintercheck Factory
Kristin Wentrcek launched Wintercheck Factory in June of 2009 after sustaining a potent ‘quarter life crisis’. She now designs both furniture and accessories from her studio in Bushwick, often collaborating with like-minded craftsmen to execute her creations. ReadyMade Magazine labeled her One To Watch in her first year of business and her hanging coat rack was recently featured in its March 2011 Issue.

What we like: Arthur Coat Rack, $295

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(Photo: Dream Catcher, via Species by the Thousands)

Species by the Thousands
Erica Bradbury, the founder of Species By The Thousands, has imbued her Fall 2011 collection with her signature flair for gothic romance. A formally trained painter, Bradbury designs pieces that are a sort of function/art hybrid. Recently, she’s been designing a series of one-of-a-kind dream catchers made from reclaimed objects that are often cast in 14 carat gold.  Keep an eye on this designer – it wont be the last you’ll hear of her. Bradbury’s work will appear in Urban Outfitters stores nation wide when they unveil their collaboration this Fall.

What we like: Dream Catcher, $90

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(Photo: Claw Heart, via Elizabeth Knight)

Elizabeth Knight
Elizabeth Knight, now living in Williamsburg, takes inspiration from her home in South Carolina. Her pieces are often made from ‘up-cycled bones’ that she finds lying around her family property. The jewelry is rendered in delicate oxidized sterling and 14k gold fill.  Now in her second year of business, she currently sells her pieces at Brooklyn notables such as Catbird, Cog and Pearl and New York Adorned.

What we like: Claw Heart Necklace, $155

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