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When John McCormick opened his first restaurant, Café Moto, back in 2002, he was a pioneer in the Williamsburg scene. Since then, he has designed neighborhood favorites like Maison Premiere, Five Leaves, St. Mazie, and now Witlof. Here, he dishes on the design process and what Brooklyn style means to him. You recently finished Witlof in Williamsburg. What was the process like, in terms of the design concept and the build process? The concept was a...
If there’s one thing you can rely on in Brooklyn, it’s that everything changes. Perhaps nowhere is this rule more absolute than when applied to our borough’s buildings. Exteriors might seem static over decades; the bones of a place stay the same, while the insides transform into something wholly different, something new, like when a church becomes a home or a loft becomes a cabin in the woods. Here, then, are five spaces whose...
We’ll just come right out and say it: We don’t believe there’s any such thing as a “Brooklyn” aesthetic, no specific look that exists only in this borough. Good design has become a global phenomenon and, frankly, that’s one of the most exciting things about it these days. But, of course, our local design scene here is busy doing some truly cutting-edge things these days, focusing on sustainably sourced materials and rejecting mass-production in...
  Ladies & Gentlemen Studio   Though founded in Seattle, L&G Studio is now firmly ensconced in Brooklyn, where designers Dylan Davis and Jean Lee approach every day objects, like pendant lamps or salt and pepper shakers, with a minimalist sensibility, thus turning even the usually banal into things of refinement, even purity. We are particularly partial to their elegant mobiles and spare pendant lamps, all of which manage to be the essence of simplicity without feeling...

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