If you exit the C train at Lafayette Avenue, you will see the distinctive Yú sign across from the public park in this trendy little corner of Fort Greene. Yú is downtown Manhattan-style improved and enriched to suit the mellower, warmer lifestyles of the Brooklynati...Selling a mixture of Asian, Scandinavian and Mid-Century origin vintage furniture (along with new designs by Jonathan Adler, Dwell, BOOM, Jack Spade and others) Ludlow Beckett, the owner, has created a groovy, sophisticated personal look that is hip and easy going at the same time.
While many stores only sell accessories, Yú sells the complete picture (see slideshow). At the very least, the store is an inspiration simply for their wall color -- chocolate brown and orange -- especially if you are thinking about doing something bold. For such a small store, there is a tremendous amount packed in. In addition to furniture, Yú offers bedding, lighting (new and vintage), Caldrea cleaning products, pillows and the ever present candles.
Problems? It's to be expected that when something is done up this nice, you aren't getting Craigslist prices. We always maintain, however, that if it's well made and if you love it, it's worth the price. Save up and treat your home to something really nice this year.
Originally reviewed by Maxwell on 6.21.04