Williamsburg: A Three Hour Tour

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You are busy, and you need a loveseat. Or perhaps a desk. Or the perfect coffee table. There are many pleasant furniture-buying junkets that you can make in this town, but one of the more manageable and otherwise interesting is the trip to Williamsburg. We did it yesterday on our 1968 Raleigh bicycle. If you have three hours and are not opposed to a heavy dose of mid-century modern, grab your bike or hop the L train. What you’ll find, more or less, are nine home furnishing stores, all within striking distance of each other. We’ll be filing brief reviews of each this morning, so be prepared for the onslaught. In the meantime, here’s the laundry list, from north to south:

  • Ugly Luggage — one of the first shops on Bedford Street (#214,) a small boutique of cool found items….

  • Residence — Caner Ongun is another cool Turk in the mid-century modern racket (quality knock-offs of Knoll, Eames, Le Corusier.) Store is on Wythe off N. 8th Street.

  • The Future Perfect — ecclectic, occasionally striking collection of modern pieces from local designers. Our review….

  • Moon River Chattel — one part architectural salvage, one part furniture boutique with a “rural utility sensibility.” You’ll find rustic wood pieces, along with accessories like silver hip flasks. Extremely pleasant store and one of the first operations in Williamsburg. Two locations on Grand Street off Wythe.

  • Cosmo’s — coloful collection of vintage and contemporary furniture curated by Cosmo Prete and Lisa Purdon (once of Ugly Luggage.) The first of four shops on Wythe Street’s furniture row. Our review….
  • Two Jakes — “classic 20th century furniture for the 21st century home or office.” Steelcase desks, mid-century modern sofas. Extremely clean and well-managed operation. Stop 2 on furniture row. Here’s the last ApartmentTherapy.com review….

  • Modest Interiors – Only five weeks old, the newest addition to the Wythe street scene. Run by Sean Turunen and David Halpern, the shop has a slightly warmer take on the general mid-centruy modern theme.

  • motherload at small handsome – the final stop on Wythe street, a hybrid mid-century modern cum “chinese vernacular” store run by Dennis Weddle and Natalie Vichnevsky. NB: Weddle has a first rate upholsterer.

  • Modern Living Supplies – Innovative modern designs, some classic and some the work of owner Mark Naylon. On Berry street, just a block from the Wythe street gang.