The Future Perfect

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If you talk about design in Brooklyn at any length, The Future Perfect will come up. With borough bustling with design talent, it is surprising that the stores were so slow to come along, but since they have, David Alhadeff's flagship design shop (2003) has led the pack with edgy, experimental design. Call it Moss in Brooklyn or whatever, but a stop here is essential if you're checking out the scene (they've eschewed any real website, so you'll have to hoof it)...

As you might expect, the designs at The Future Perfect are contemporary, but we saw more wood and steel than resin and glossy fiberglass. Some of the pieces are pretty far out, but the diversity and whimsy of the overall feel belie the shops practicality.

We were struck by the "Scrapile Dining Table," a beautiful, minimalist rectangular construction made out of laminated scrap plywood. Also, the "AS4 Shelving System" is the best-looking and most affordable wall-mounted shelving that we have seen of late. www.thefutureperfect.com

NYMag says: "The Future Perfect is the primary showcase for Redstr, Hivemindesign, Matt Gagnon, and other Brooklyn designers like Jason Miller, Scrapile, the Design Can, Lindsay Wiesenthal, and Sarah Cihat."

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.

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