Design Guide NYC 2012: Brooklyn and beyond

In recent years, young designers have flocked to Brooklyn for more affordable work spaces and for the lively, burgeoning creative scenes. Here, we’ve listed showrooms, shops, restaurants, museums and institutions, and galleries in a few Brooklyn neighborhoods, particularly Williamsburg and Dumbo. We’ve also included a few spots in Manhattan, Queens, Long Island, and beyond, for when you find yourself outside of dense design areas.

Check out the Metropolis Design Guide for Design Week events and highlights from New York’s most design-forward neighborhoods. And look for the printed version of the Metropolis Design Guide around the city, especially in Chelsea at WantedDesign, in Midtown at the Architects & Designers Building and the Decoration & Design Building, in Flatiron at the New York Design Center, and at the newsstand at ICFF at the Javits Center.

Keep an eye out for what we “like” during NY Design Week. Around the city, you’ll see our lovely signs, produced by 3M Architectural Markets using 3M™ Crystal Glass Finishes, at all of our editors’ favorite, must-see spots. Throughout our neighborhood listings, you’ll also see a  next to our favorites.

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METROPOLIS LIKES BRIGHT LYONS
This downtown Brooklyn curiosity shop features an owner-curated mix of midcentury-modern furniture from the likes of Herman Miller, Knoll, and Laverne; contemporary artwork and prints; and vintage art, architecture, and design books.
For more information, see Bright Lyons listing below (image credit: Julienne Schaer).

Williamsburg

SHOWROOMS

DANIELMOYERDESIGN
221 McKibbin St., Ste. 16
btw. White St. and Bushwick Ave.
(917) 301-2551
danielmoyerdesign.com
Furniture and skateboards crafted by hand from local hardwoods; by appointment only.

DESU DESIGN
87 Richardson St. at Leonard St.
(718) 384-7306
desudesign.com
Designer and manufacturer of contemporary furniture; by appointment only.

THE FUTURE PERFECT M-like
115 N. 6th St. at Berry St.
(718) 599-6278
thefutureperfect.com
Furniture and objects from local and international designers.

VOOS
105 N. 3rd St., Ste. 105C
btw. Berry St. and Wythe Ave.
(718) 218-8666
voosfurniture.com
Contemporary furniture by 85 local designers.

SHOPS

A&G MERCH
111 N. 6th St. at Berry St.
(718) 388-1779
aandgmerch.com
Home store with an emphasis on urban and youthful energy; located in the heart of Williamsburg.

ASHA CARPETS
94-98 Nassau Ave., Ste. 360
at Leonard St.

(914) 645-1262
ashacarpets.com
Using the finest hand-spun wool, Asha Carpets are woven by hand in China and Nepal by skilled artisans.

RESTAURANTS & BARS

BROOKLYN WINERY
213 N. 8th St.
btw. Driggs Ave. and Roebling St.
(347) 763-1506
bkwinery.com
Urban winery and winemaking center.

DINER M-like
85 Broadway at Berry St.
(718) 486-3077
dinernyc.com
Ultra-hip dining on seasonal, simple ingredients in a 1920s Kullman diner car.

DRESSLER
149 Broadway
btw. Bedford and Driggs Aves.
(718) 384-6343
dresslernyc.com
Seasonal contemporary American dining in a compelling space accented by metal work from Brooklyn Navy Yard artisans
Ferra Designs.

FETTE SAU
354 Metropolitan Ave.
btw. Havemeyer and Roebling Sts.
(718) 963-3404
fettesaubbq.com
Dry-rubbed BBQ done right, including pulled pork and German-style sides, plus an extensive bourbon and whiskey menu.

SIGHTS

EAST RIVER STATE PARK
90 Kent Ave.
at N. 7th St.

(718) 782-2731
nysparks.state.ny.us
Nineteenth-century shipping dock converted to a grassy park with a sweeping view of Manhattan’s east side.

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SHOWROOMS

BAXTER & LIEBCHEN
33 Jay St.
at Plymouth St.

(718) 797-0630
baxterliebchen.com
Midcentury-modern and vintage Danish furnishings.

BOCONCEPT
79 Front St.
btw. Main and Washington Sts.
(718) 246-8188
boconcept.com
See Flatiron listing.

DAVID WEEKS STUDIO
68 Jay St., Ste. 612A
btw. Front and Water Sts.
(718) 596-7945
davidweeksstudio.com
Lighting, furniture, and household objects.

ERIC MANIGIAN STUDIO
61 Pearl St., Ste. 618
btw. Front and Water Sts.
(718) 855-9097
ericmanigian.com
Contemporary furniture made by hand from salvaged wood; by appointment only.

THINK FABRICATE
25 Chapel St., Ste. 900
at Jay St.
(718) 797-1041
thinkfabricate.com
Furnishings, products, and design solutions; by appointment only.

GALLERIES

GALAPAGOS ART SPACE
16 Main St. at Water St.
(718) 222-8500
galapagosartspace.com
Cultural venue with a 1,600-square-foot lake plans to be the first LEED certified in New York.

JAN LARSEN ART
57 Front St., Ste. 302
btw. Dock and Main Sts.
(718) 797-2557
janlarsenart.com
Fine-art and production studio located at the base of the Manhattan Bridge.

SHOPS

THE POWERHOUSE ARENA
37 Main St.
at Water St.

(718) 666-3049
powerhousearena.com
More than a cutting-edge bookstore, it’s a gallery, boutique, and events space, too.

RESTAURANTS & BARS

SUPERFINE
126 Front St. at Pearl St.
(718) 243-9005
Restaurant and bar with excellent design and regularly rotating artwork.

VINEGAR HILL HOUSE M-like
72 Hudson Ave.
btw. Front and Water Sts.
(718) 522-1018
vinegarhillhouse.com
Hearty, seasonal dishes in a historic, tucked-away townhouse.

SIGHTS

BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK
On the waterfront btw. the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges
brooklynbridgepark.org
Twelve-acre park along the East River offering gorgeous views, historic warehouses, art installations, summer programs, and free wireless internet.

Brooklyn: Farther afield

SHOWROOMS

ATLAS INDUSTRIES
333 Douglass St.
btw. Third and Fourth Aves. Gowanus
(718) 596-5045
atlaseast.com
Designers and manufacturers of contemporary furniture.

BRIGHT LYONS M-like
383 Atlantic Ave.
btw. Hoyt and Bond Sts.
Boerum Hill

(718) 855-5463
brightlyons.com
Curiosity shop featuring a mix of midcentury modern furniture, contemporary artwork and prints, and vintage art and design books.

BROOKLYN NAVY YARD
Main office at 63 Flushing Ave., Bldg. 292, Unit 300
btw. North Oxford and Cumberland Sts., Fort Greene
(718) 907-5900
brooklynnavyyard.org, bldg92.org
Once a shipbuilding facility and now an industrial park with furniture showrooms, metal-fabrication workshops, and tenants such as Aswoon and Evan Hughes Studio; call showrooms for appointments. Public tours available through BLDG 92.

ELASTICCO
98 9th St., Ste. 2
at Second Ave., Gowanus
(917) 676-0478
elasticco.com
Designer Elodie Blanchard’s Brooklyn-based textile studio.

FIVE STAR FURNITURE
601 Court St.
btw. Creamer and Bay Sts.
Red Hook

(718) 552-5042
5starfurniture.com
Custom booths, banquettes, sofas, chairs, ottomans, upholstered walls, and tables.

FLAVOR PAPER
216 Pacific St.
btw. Court St. and Boerum Pl.
Cobble Hill
(718) 422-0230
flavorpaper.com
Fully customizable, eco-conscious wallpaper printed and sold on site, both hand-screened and digital.

LOTTA JANSDOTTER M-like
131 8th St.
at Third Ave., Gowanus
(718) 755-9945
jansdotter.com
Independent designer selling fabric, books, paper goods, and candles. Also offers workshops and other events.

PELLE
390 Van Brunt St.
at Dikeman St., Red Hook
pelledesigns.com
Art objects, lighting, furniture, interiors, and architecture.

PICKETT FURNITURE
175 Van Dyke St., Ste. 325B
btw. Ferris and Conover Sts.
Red Hook

(347) 294-0476
pickettfurniture.com
Unique and bespoke furniture and fixtures for the entire house.

Manhattan: Farther afield

SHOWROOMS

THE CHAIR FACTORY
214 Bowery
btw. Prince and Spring Sts.
(212) 941-8700
thechairfactory.com

GRACIOUS HOME
1201 and 1220 Third Ave.
at E. 70th St.
(212) 517-6300
1992 Broadway at W. 67th St.
(212) 231-7800
gracioushome.com
See Flatiron listing.

GRANDE CENTRAL
1250 and 1254 Park Ave.
btw. E. 97th and E. 98th Sts.
(212) 722-2975; (212) 876-0100
centralplumbingspec.com
See Soho listing.

GREEN DEPOT: ENVIRONMENTAL LIVING & BUILDING
222 Bowery
btw. Prince and Spring Sts.
(212) 226-0444
greendepot.com

LIGHTING BY GREGORY
158 Bowery
btw. Broome and Delancey Sts.
(212) 226-1276
lightingbygregory.com

RESTAURANTS & BARS

BEAUTY & ESSEX
146 Essex St.
btw. Stanton and Rivington Sts.
(212) 614-0146
beautyandessex.com
Sophisticated restaurant, bar, and lounge on the Lower East Side.

EDI & THE WOLF
102 Ave. C at E. 7th St.
(212) 598-1040
ediandthewolf.com
A new downtown spot from Seasonal partners and Viennese expats Eduard Frauneder and Wolfgang Ban.

Queens

SHOWROOMS

WAINLANDS
24-60 47th St.
btw. 25th Ave. and Astoria Blvd., Astoria
(718) 626-2233
wainlands.com

Long Island

SHOWROOMS

CREATIVE EDGE
99 Powerhouse Rd., Roslyn Heights
(516) 625-1350
thecreativeedgeinc.com

FLOS
200 McKay Rd., Huntington Station
(631) 549-2745
flos.com
See Soho listing.

LOOM ITALIA
at Country Gear
2408 Main St., Bridgehampton
(631) 537-1032
loom-italia-usa.com

Upstate New York

NICHE MODERN
5 Hanna Ln., Beacon
(866) 299-7105
nichemodern.com

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