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A Concept Home Where Brooklyn Design Takes Center Stage
This year at BKLYN Designs, the premier event celebrating design, art and artisanship in the borough, AphroChic, returned with an innovative pop-up experience for the show's 7,000 attendees. The Brooklyn-based design firm, headed by husband-and-wife duo Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason, sought to create a concept home focused on Brooklyn living. In just 500 square feet, the boutique design firm, specializing in pop-ups and concept spaces, highlighted how Brooklynites can live big in the smallest... of spaces. They also showed that a small space doesn't have to sacrifice design.
“This year, we are taking inspiration from Bed-Stuy to craft a concept house that truly reflects the multicultural experience in the borough,” says Bryan Mason, principal at AphroChic. “The home will showcase modern furnishings that can transform within the small spaces that are on trend with developers in Brooklyn, but also show attendees how to personalize such spaces with cultural pieces, work by local designers and original art.”Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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To bring the idea of small space, big style to life, the home features space-saving furnishings from Resource Furniture. Innovative furnishings like the Tango sectional help a home transition from day to night, starting as a cozy living room, and turning into a bedroom with just a quick pull.Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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Pattern on Pattern
To give the bedroom the couple's signature cultural vibe, the headboard is custom upholstered in AphroChic's Ndop pattern. The black and white print is a welcome addition to the patterned mix on the bed, including a blue and white striped duvet from Brooklyn bedding company, Brooklinen.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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Jeanine and Bryan believe that a home is never complete without art. The two partnered with New York-based brand, Uprise Art, to create a stunning vignette of framed pieces and sculpture. They included a variety of pieces that speak to the Bed-Stuy inspiration for the concept home.
"The art in the concept home speaks to a Black American experience. It's an important statement, as the space is inspired by Bed-Stuy, where African-American creatives continue to make important... contributions," says Hays. "We loved the Black Xseries by Britt Bass Turner. The pieces felt like an homage to Malcolm X. We also connected with Philadelphia artist Jeff Manning to include his modern portraits in the space."Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Pillows from John Robshaw and AphroChic create a colorful vignette on the sofa. They pull together the home's palette of soft pink, navy blue and black. The color choices were inspired by Pantone's striking colors of the year, mixed with a little bit of black for a modern feel.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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Small Space Solutions
The living room can comfortably seat 10 guests on the large sectional, or be a great space for overnights when the wall bed is down.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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Color In The Office
To continue with the home's color palette of pink, blue and black, a rose gold Apelle Lounge chair from Resource Furniture is the perfect pop of color in the office. For a cool contrast, black and wood lighting from Lamps Plus adds ambiance in the space. And baskets by Indego Africa, handwoven in Rwanda, featuring strong geometric patterns that add personality.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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A Dining Room With A View
The dining room is a mix of modern and natural materials. Hanging above the dining table, couture lighting from LAAF by Leah C. adds to the organic mix. The long pheasant feathers are the perfect pendants in the space. A complement to the braided jute rug from Rugs USA.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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In the dining room, the black and white color palette has been established in the seating. A bench has been upholstered in AphroChic's Ndop pattern for a cool, geometric display. To warm up the stark palette, a mix of metallics tops the table, including silverware and gold leaf glasses.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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Dining By Design
The table also includes a set of unique pieces from Brooklyn-based brand, Think Fabricate. Their Brooklyn Plate collection takes china to a whole new level, featuring images of the Brooklyn Bridge, the navy yard, waterfront and Governor's Island.