T & J's Fresh and Funky Modern

T & J's Fresh and Funky Modern

Aaron Able
Mar 8, 2011

Name: T & J
Location: Greenpoint — Brooklyn, New York

Our place is very much a work in progress. But flipping through magazines and off-and-on visits to Apartment Therapy, we figured our approach might be as fresh and funky as anyone's! Our greatest challenge, like many, is as renters with limited ability to physically alter the space, and certainly limited funds at this point in our lives. The other, equally great challenge was the mixing of our two collections of stuff, accumulated over twenty years, combined.

Though we could be qualified as hardcore modernists, our individual tastes and aesthetics, while similar, didn't exactly overlap completely— not to mention our methods and rules.

I am extremely cheap and was heavily influenced by an article I'd read about keeping individual pieces under a hundred dollars — excluding mattresses and other hygiene concerns, of course. He is perhaps more willing to splurge on pedigree and buying in-the-moment. Both being designers, the line between how we approach our lives and our work is definitely a blur. I tend to keep everything and love ephemera. He, in his heart, would like to clean everything out and keep things more functional. The result is a full — but what I would consider tailored — effect.

The living room and the kitchen are in the rear of a narrow, slightly L-shaped apartment with windows offering mostly indirect light. While we appreciate provenance and can spend hours in any store, we were never fans of shopping the whole catalog. When we see pictures of peoples' homes, we can't help but notice the things that are off, or start to look like everyone else's, even though we might have/want the same. So we spend as much time not designing as we do thinking about how things will fit together — the story. We didn't start out saying this room has to be this shade or the objects have to follow this theme. But we do get a feel for whether materials, or textures, or colors need to be shifted or balanced. We love twists and "off-ness" where the disparate elements still have a good relationship to each other.

Images: T + J's friend Todd

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