Brooklyn Loft - Living Memories

This is my home, each piece of furniture, book, object, artwork has a story and it is a visual autobiography of my life here in New York City.  I moved here in 2009, and the first thing i built in this space was the bookshelf.  
Reclamied wood shelving - This 17ft long by 36" tall shelving is made of old heart pine structural beams ... My first job at a design build firm was a gut renovation of a old brownstone on West 4th Street and there were these beams just sitting, ready to be dumped ...  i hand picked a bunch and brought it home and it sat in my 1st apartment in Manhattan for two years before it arrived in Brooklyn, to transform into this.  You can also get wood beams like this at MFINE lumber.  
 
Baroque Gold Painted Mirror - I found this on Craigslist - if you have time, it's the best way to get a steal :)
 
Framed Burlap Bags - I found these at Brimfield and their history date back to early 19th century and was the primary way of storing food.  I had extra cedar floating around and used them to frame these beautiful bags.
Lighting in the apartment is amazing, the northern exposures are perfect and the natural diffused light makes it a perfect place to work from home.  Mio, is my friend Bitu's pup, his brown beautiful coat adds texture and a beautiful spirit to the apartment.  I have an addiction to all shades of brown, beige and everything inbetween.  
Lighting Fixture - 2 x 2 cedar with simple wood joinery is clamded to the shelving system, you can get this wood from Rozenschweig Lumber in the Bronx, it's been around for 100 + years, and the staff seem to have the same antiquated vibe .  A vintage lampshade slings from the wooden structure, and these shades can be found from at Brimfield, an amazing anitque show that happens every year in May in Mass.  
 
This Table was built as a reunion of re-purposed and salvaged parts found through the NYC Region.  The table uses a 20th century door as a table top, industrial steel flanges are used as legs, capped with a fascia of quartered stair spindles salvaged from a brownstone in Brooklyn. Chairs and benches use part of the de-constructed doors panels as setas and reclaimed wood studs re-purposed as legs.  This table was also sourced from Build It Green.  (this table was at home at An Choi, before the bar was built.  The table hosted countless birthday parties, family meals and conjures so many other memories)
 
Work/Live - working from home has it's challenge, but i'm not complaining and thankful for having an inspiring place to work.  
Scored Lines - is what i call an accidental artifact.  This piece of plywood was an old work table top surface.  I use a Festool Plunge Saw, which is designed to cut through wood, but you have to set the blade deep enough but it grazes the surface that it sits on ... the result, is MANY passes with the saw, that create overlapping traces this diagonal grid map ... The days that i'm bored or my ADD kicks in, i start infilling the voids with black ink ... 
 
Black Flat File (bottom right) - i was hired by Club Monaco to build eight jewlery boxes, i made an extra and reconfigured the dimensions to stack with the larger Plant-In City Terrariums.  
 
Plant (Monstera) - I love this plant !!!  Resilent dude and still alive and well after some neglect 
 
Brooklyn Bridge Drawing (left) - cross section drawing of the NYC most famous bridge 
 
Tool Box - Gotta have a vintage red craftsman tool box!  
Sleep!  I believe lot's of it helps the creative soul
Walnut Bedframe - It's a simple platform bed, with a life edge head board and has a reveal aka (kick) that give the frame a little lift off the ground.   i sourced this wood from Rozenschweig lumber in the Bronx... one thing about these guys, they have a an extensive showroom of wood, and they allow you to hand pick all the boards. Free deliveries for $300 + in orders :)
 
Walnut Slab - this slab!  i was gonna mill this guy down, but it so amazingl as is ... it's a reminder of the raw beauty of walnut with it's live edge intact.  My friend Megan Offerner of NYC Heartwoods harvest sustainable lumber from all over NY State and her shop is located in Kingston NY.  
 
Quilt - My mom gave this to me!  wow, what can i say, thank you!  I believe it's from Pennsylvania.  
 
Snake Plant - this guy is so easy and also purifies the air, nice to have next to the bed!
 
Bed Side Table - this brutalist table was made by Chen and Kai - truly spectular, so strange and bad ass.  
My favourite corner of the apartment is filled with the perfect light for my photo shoots.  I call this the 3D canvass ... 
Plant-In City - The most friendly size, to hold on our precious trinkets, plants, rocks, minerals and jewelry.  Here we have marble samples, legos, jawbone and plant-in MINIs in the modular mix.  
 
Flat Files - the best way to store drawings, artwork and media.  There are two stacked, with 5 shelves each with an area of 4' x 3' or 12 Square feet ... that's 10 shelves that total 120 sqft., that the size of some Hong Kong Apartments!  I salvaged these from my first boss Michael Fahey, how nice of you!
 
I am thankful, to be able to create a beautiful home ... photographs by Huy Bui
Plant-In City - stackable terrariums, they bring such a strong presence at home.
Brooklyn Loft - Living Memories
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Brooklyn Loft - Living Memories

My Brooklyn Home
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