A Menswear Designer's Sophisticated, Small Brooklyn Studio

A Menswear Designer's Sophisticated, Small Brooklyn Studio

Melanie Rieders
Nov 15, 2018

Name: Thomas Finney
Location: Fort Greene — Brooklyn, NY
Size: 400 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, renting

When Thomas moved into his studio three years ago, functionality and style were his primary concerns. "This is the first place I've actually invested in. Before, I just had IKEA everything." Despite its proximity to a grade school playground (literally across the street) and shop-lined Brooklyn streets, thanks to Thomas' signature style, the space captures the coziness of a log cabin.

Rich reds and mahogany tones reflect his fashion and interior design sensibilities. Though small, the space is well-tailored to his needs; this small studio apartment is even where Thomas runs his custom menswear business.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Cozy / sophisticated / masculine

Inspiration: Color, wood tones and grain, and texture.

Favorite Element: Secretary desk

Biggest Challenge: Organizing a functional small space to live in and use as my office for my custom men's clothing business

What Friends Say: "I love your apartment!"

Biggest Embarrassment: My bathroom could use a renovation…

Proudest DIY: I am proud of the Kokedama moss ball plants hanging in my windows — I made them using moss and twine.

Biggest Indulgence: I love the antique bamboo umbrella and clothing rack near the front door… It came from Belgium and the shipping fee was very indulgent.

Best Advice: I have found when designing a small space that a variety of seating options is very important. The more seating you can offer with different angles and heights, the more functional the space will feel.

Dream Sources: I'm a big fan of 1st dibs, the online antiques dealer. I have purchased a few pieces from the site, but love to use it for inspiration.


Bed Frame — Urban Green, Brooklyn
Folding wood dressing screen (Custom made) Urban Green, Brooklyn
Leather Loveseat — West Elm
Credenza and matching side table — At 1st Sight
Secretary Desk — At 1st Sight
Desk Chair — Marcel Breuer
Lucite Table — At 1st Sight
Leather Lounge Chair — At 1st Sight
Magazine Rack — At 1st Sight
Bamboo clothing rack / umbrella stand — 1st Dibs
Burlwood table lamps — Brooklyn Flea Market
Reclaimed Barheight table — Brooklyn Flea Market
Picasso lithograph — Brooklyn Flea Market
Full Length mirror — Ikea

Thanks, Thomas!

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