Kicking off two of our favorite events of the year, New York Design Week and ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair), the 212Concept team took to the streets of Brooklyn to check out the latest creations of Brooklyn-based furnishing manufacturers and designers at BKLYN Designs 2014.

Hailing from all corners of the world as well as some of the local boroughs, the artisans of BKLYN work from Brooklyn studios creating inventive interior furnishings from blown glass lighting to hand-hewn raw wood tables. To celebrate the influence these Brooklyn designers have had on the international design community, this year the show’s sponsors featured the works of several contemporary Japanese designers at Brooklyn Roasting Company. The exhibit garnered much praise, showcasing the works of such talent collectives as Oy Objects of Japan.

Excitingly, the exhibition brought out a record 60 exhibitors showcasing their interior wares at 5 spaces including St. Ann’s Warehouse and the Mark Jupiter Showroom. Our attention was captured by quite a few cool pieces and new designer lines this year, in particular we’re loving the works of Palo Samko and Rather Well Design.

Palo Samko

Czech-born, Brooklyn-based woodworker Palo Samko handcrafts furniture and objects from sustainable reclaimed materials. Quirky and novel yet with an obvious reverence for nature, each of his pieces feature a clever human element, such as hidden drawers, while all are imbued with the raw natural character of naturally-occurring imperfections.

Palo says of his work, “I want to keep it small and make every piece have something special, some small detail, something that people can point at and tell stories about, like a sculpture or a painting. Something that is going to stick and people are going to remember.”

His organic Danish-leaning ranges boasts something for every room of the home, from massive walnut tables for the dining room to imaginative desks for a child’s room. For more information visit

Beam Bench by Palo Samko

Constellation by Palo Samko

Rosewood Credenza by Palo Samko

Rather Wall Design

Blending contemporary design with traditional craftsmanship, the artisans and designers of Rather Well Design bring the beauty of handmade simplicity to the modern home. Their handcrafted furnishing highlight the juxtaposition of nature and man—the beauty of natural materials honed into sleek modern forms.   

While Rather Well pieces may appear simplistic and uncomplicated at first glance, a second look will reveal a clever use of angles or an inventive joinery technique. For more information about Rather Well Designs, visit their website 

Felix Table by Rather Well Design

Felix Coffee Table by Rather Well Design

Enos Coat Rack by Rather Well Design


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