From House to Home: Four Brooklyn Design Stores Pick Their Favorite Items For The Home

 

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Photographs by Jane Bruce

After a long day at the office and the chaos at whatever restaurant or bar we schlep to after work, nothing compares to the feeling of returning home. Whether it’s a tiny studio, a big three-bedroom we share with roommates, or the place where we’ve chosen to start a family, our home represents us in ways that are both obvious (the art we choose for the walls) and subtle (the type of hand soap we use.) The more neat, unique, things we accumulate, the deeper our connection to our space grows; we asked Brooklyn’s best purveyors of beautiful things to pick their top-five essentials for any Brooklyn home. Here’s what they had to say.

 


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A&G Merch

111 N. 6th Street, Williamsburg

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT:
Lady On Fire Pillow, $89; Bullhead, $299; Myrtle Ave Sofa, $1,799; Red Toile Speakers, $479; Old-Fashioned Glass Set, $59

What distinguishes A&G from other Brooklyn home-goods stores?
A&G Merch is about unique pieces and unique customers. We strive to make sure that when our customer puts an A&G Merch piece in their home, it represents our customer’s sense of style, not ours. No one wants their furniture to scream out the name of the store where it was purchased.The items carried by A&G Merch are of limited quantity and new items are brought in every day. You will not find our products in other stores — Brooklyn or the city. Each visit to A&G Merch will show you items you have not seen before, even on back-to-back days. A&G Merch upholstery is made in the USA with hundreds of high-quality fabrics available. Our sales people are very knowledgable about all our upholstery styles. We work very closely with our customers to choose the pieces that are perfect for them. No high-stress sales tactics. We encourage our customers to take their time choosing the best piece for their home, and we support our customers well past the point of delivery. You do not stop being an important A&G Merch customer once your item is in your home.

What trends are you seeing for home design in Brooklyn?
We don’t do trends, we do awesome.

Describe an A&G customer.
Independent thinkers with a desire to create an interesting, comfortable home.


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Mociun

224 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT:
Workaday Handmade Egg Tumbler, $40; Recreation Center Dot Mug, $30; Eric Bonnin White Sylvia Stacking bowls size, $122; Doug Johnston Baby 2 Hump Vessel, $110; Morihata Lattice Bath Towel, $122

What distinguishes Mociun from other Brooklyn home goods stores?
We specialize in original, handmade ceramics by artists from all over the country. The store space is open, bright and spacious with an understated and unusual aesthetic.

What trends are you seeing for home design in Brooklyn?
People seem to love ceramics and are more aware of trying to avoid mass produced items. Therefore, anything with an organic/handmade feel seems to be popular. To invest in a handmade piece, where you can support the artist directly, seems to be of value. Also, unique shapes, etchings and playful designs are definitely gaining popularity lately!

Describe a Mociun customer.
Everything from discerning Brooklynites interested in art and design to word travelers.



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Joinery

263 S. 1st Street, Williamsburg

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT:
Mark Jacobs Handcrafted Shaker Boxes, $50-$100; Signe Yberg Vessels, $82: Riess Enamel Canisters, $58: Eagle Blanket, $170; Katsufumi Baba Tea Pot, $110

What distinguishes Joinery from other Brooklyn home-goods stores?
We try not to think about fitting our offerings into any one category so that we can find products in unexpected places and sell anything we’re drawn to. This results in an original collection of things that may not live side-by-side anywhere else in the world but that can end up making perfect sense together.

What trends are you seeing for home design in Brooklyn?
Playing with the idea of outside and inside is something we find ourselves doing more and more when styling our shoots. Using rocks, driftwood and branches to accessorize a living space might be our unconscious reaction to Brooklyn’s growing passion for camping, surfing and the great outdoors. Beyond that, we’re drawn to the same things we’ve always been drawn to—The quality and the uniqueness that results from the use of traditional production methods will never go out of style which is why we expect the products we sell to outlive trends.

Describe a Joinery customer.
It’s hard to assign one type of customer to the store, partly because the products come from all over. Some are classic, some are contemporary, and we try to find things that people can connect to personally in different ways.


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Collyer’s Mansion

368 Stratford Road, Ditmas Park

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT:
Sari Mat, $35; Dauville Gold Glazed Ceramic Coasters, $36; Hemingway Nesting Trays, $68-80; Ines Wool Throw, $135; Burl Wood Tables, low and tall, $155 each

What distinguishes Collyer’s from other Brooklyn home-goods stores?
Collyer’s Mansion has been very fortunate to develop wonderful relationships with specific artists, craftspeople and jewelers in order to be able to sell one-of-a-kind pieces that you cannot find anywhere else! One of our favorite parts of the home goods retail business is that we are able to curate our store and website (shopthemansion.com) with the special, practical and beautiful objects that we have found on our travels around Brooklyn, the country and the world. This includes blankets from Sweden, Dutch clocks, jewelry from Williamsburg, Chicago, Los Angeles and India as well as furniture from Toronto and beard brushes from Germany.

What trends are you seeing for home design in Brooklyn?
It is an interesting time in Brooklyn design right now, I think that we came out of the industrial and reclaimed rustic wood look recently and customers are now looking for much cleaner, simpler, warmer, softer textures and colors. Also keeping practicality and functionality a high priority. I think that with the slow food, localvore movement in the restaurants, this idea of being conscious about what we are eating and where it comes from has translated into a higher awareness of how we are living and what kinds of objects we are surrounding ourselves with in our homes. And so we get a lot of questions about the manufacturing process and materials used in all of our products.

Describe a Collyer’s customer.
Like Brooklyn itself, it seems like all of our customers are unique characters with specific tastes and opinions that they are very wiling to share. We love meeting our customers and hearing about their style and what fits or does not fit in their homes. Its the people and our direct customer interaction that makes owning an actual storefront so much better and more fun than just having an online shop. Whenever we find a new product, we always have specific customers that come to mind. We also keep customer requests in mind while we’re shopping, traveling, and buying!

 

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