3×3 with Bianca Toscano of TRUNK.

May 25, 2010 at 9:01 pm 1 comment

Bianca is b.spoke and a partner at TRUNK.  b.spoke is salvaged furniture, reinvented with a minimalist spin.  TRUNK is a boutique in Dumbo that is owned by five female designers and features fashion, furniture and accessories. All of TRUNK’s product is made locally and built well.

What do you design?
I like to give love to old furniture. In Brooklyn, I am constantly amazed at the amount of “thrift” there is to behold.  On the streets, salvage yards and at places like Build It Green NYC, there is great furniture withstanding time, waiting for renewal. I am attracted to pieces with interesting shapes and solid construction.  By witnessing the forms through a modern context, and by using all Low – No VOC paints and finishes, b.spoke gives these pieces new life, one by one.

Pillar at TRUNK; Lingerie Cabinet by b.spoke

Where do you design?
Here in Brooklyn, there is such a high level of craftsmanship with which local artists are approaching new work.  Innovation is everywhere! Whether it’s pieces with environmentally responsible materials or products manufactured locally in our neighborhoods, our city is immersed in great design. At TRUNK, we aim to connect great product to consumer, in a natural and simplified manner.  It’s like buying local produce at the Farmer’s market on the weekend, but only with furniture, fashion and accessories.

Why do you design?
A connection is made when someone finds what he or she is looking for through our work. At TRUNK it could be a dress for a wedding, a clever piece of jewelry for a friend or a unique piece of furniture for a home. People are finding, for themselves, the very thing that we are passionate about bringing to life as designers… and that’s pretty exciting.

May 25’s daily design idea is be more like Bianca: behold the thrift, seek out excellent craftsmanship, and bring life to your designs.

Buffet by b.spoke, retails for $850. Available at TRUNK, (718) 522-6488.

All photos by Marc McAndrews.

Find TRUNK at 68 Jay St.  #101 Brooklyn NY 11201, (718)522-6488.
Starting in June, open 12-8 daily.
TRUNK: made local. built well.

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  • 1. The mixed uses in DUMBO. « Daily Design Idea  |  June 18, 2010 at 11:16 am

    […] Through Neighborhoodies, you can design your own hoodie that gets made right there on Jay Street. TRUNK sells clothes, on top of furniture and accessories and sometimes art, just down the block. Loopy […]


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