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Assembly Founded by Peter Oyler and Nora Mattingly in 2010, Assembly specializes in making household objects that feel like works of art, all the while still being things that you could—and desperately want to—live with. The delicate design of a wooden chair, resting on spindly legs with a lofty back, is strengthened by the addition of wide leather straps, adding a visible security that begs to be tested. But perhaps our favorite Assembly design is...
Asher Israelow Israelow has a background in architecture, which is apparent in the precision and refinement of his individual pieces, each of which feel like the most finely balanced specimens of their form, or as if they’re blueprints to a better type of furniture. Think: a dark walnut dresser whose clean exterior lines are complemented by beautiful brass inlays in geometric shapes, with brass lines radiating toward the dresser’s edge. Or, think: a delicate ovoid...
Uhuru Based in Red Hook, this design firm has been around for just over ten years and is an exemplar in the field of sustainable furniture and interior design, with pieces in the permanent collections of both the Brooklyn Museum and the Smithsonian. Though there is no “typical” Uhuru product, it’s easy enough to recognize one of the house’s pieces: It will have clean lines that only serve to better show off the varied organic...
While it’s true that many of us have total loft envy—just think of all that openness—the reality is that with all that space comes responsibility, by which we mean potential decorating headaches. Thus, six years ago, designer Terri Chiao transformed her Bushwick loft space by building wooden cabins, making one huge room into multiple cozy spaces, full of wood and exposed brick. Now, Chiao lives there with her partner, Adam Frezza, and together the...

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