Yesterday, we checked out the Brooklyn Flea in Fort Greene. The Brooklyn Flea has always been a bit more of curated Flea endeavor. This weekend we were pleased to find that the Flea organizers decided to embrace this curated experience by asking the folks from Greenjeans to organize a furniture festival for the month of October...
Greenjeans, recently closed their Park Slope gallery space, and while they're making the transition to a new, larger space they've partnered with the Brooklyn Flea to continue their effort to highlight local craftspeople. Each Sunday, a rotating group of designers will be at the Greenjeans booth showcasing their wares. The attention is on furniture and this is great opportunity to meet and support local furniture makers many of whom are using reclaimed materials.
On our visit, we saw the work of Uhuru Design, a company in Red Hook, Brooklyn. (Watch this little video about the company.) We're suckers for anything with a story, so we fell completely for their new Küpe line, which marries bourbon whiskey barrels from Bardstown, Kentucky with used truck springs to create a comfy lounger. And check out the Stoolen Oval coffee table made from wood scraps.
One of our favorite pieces was this console table made from a floor joist by Andrew Rumpler from Nine Stories Furniture. Andrew turned one of the two grooves in the wood into a space for change and keys, while the other is a built-in vase.
At Brave Space Design the focus on modern, modular and playful furniture was evident in the pieces that they brought to Brooklyn Flea. We loved the coat rack (a.k.a the "Coat Range") they had hanging under their sign. They also brought quite a few items from the Hollow line of furniture. We thought the Hollow End Table was pretty ingenious. The thru-surface at the top is intended for magazine storage, but we'd be tempted to use as a place to stash our laptop. Either way, we love pieces with extra storage
Standard 41 showcased some of their beautiful chairs. The father and son team are part of line of six generations of furniture makers. Andrew Raible, the six generation, tried to make a career out of number of office jobs before going back to grad school to study furniture and industrial design. Together, they reinterpret mid-century Scandinavian and American designs, with a sculptural twist.
Furniture designer Jonah Zuckerman's architectural training is evident in the work of City Joinery, The furniture lines are clean and simple, and the majority of the work is executed in solid hard woods (varieties that are mostly American and sustainably harvested.)