Boerum is a perfect example of where simple clean design meets transparent and responsible production. Each of their sweatshirts starts on an Lubbock, Texas organic cotton farm, goes thorough one of a select few mills in NC, is sewn in Brooklyn, and ends up on your stylish self. There is a fitted style for both sexes plus an extra long cut just for the ladies.
Available from Boerum.
Materials and labor all American.
The Parallax series from Light + Ladder makes a brilliant departure from treating wall hangers less like a modified version of a hook and more like an object to bejewel your wall. It’s your choice of cube, cylinder, or hexagon extruded in brass or shaped in walnut or maple.
Available from Light + Ladder.
Materials and labor all American.
This isn’t the sexiest fucking UFO you have ever seen. That isn’t some sort of tractor beam. It’s LEDs surrounded by a spun metal shade and polished central stem made from your choice of copper, blackened nickel, or brass and powder coated white steel. Each is assembled in Brooklyn using pieces made in Texas and Pennsylvania.
Available from Souda.
Some nesting tables just nest but these two options by New York based studio Bower bring a fun interactive graphic element to it. The semi-cylindrical pieces are made from molded plywood that are lacquered. The Contour table is topped with tinted glass that the light can play with and project beautiful patterns. The Moiré tables are topped with walnut lines that when crossed make a movable lattice. Each table is produced in New York.
Available from Bower.
Do you really want 7 years bad luck hinging on that shitty plastic hand mirror underneath the sink? Maybe that mirror should look in the mirror because Good Thing NYC has made a thing of beauty. This utility mirror ain’t breaking since it is made from one piece of steel thats cut and polished in Pennsylvania. It’s then dipped in rubber at an automotive parts factory in Ohio so that you won’t lose your grip at any angle.
Available from Good Thing.
This playful piece offering both storage and seating takes its cues from the community gathering stoops of Brooklyn where it is made. Peg board drawer surfaces give an imaginative touch drawing you in with thoughts of what’s inside. Clean white surfaces provide the perfect place for decoration or for a seat.
Available from Thing Industries.
Long gone are the days of 3D printing little pieces of plastic to fill our desks. So many more materials are being used to create whatever our minds and 3D software can throw at them. Objcts out of Brooklyn has designed this series of simple shapes to bejewel your hands by using a 3D printed model to cast a mold. Each design can by cast in a number of different metals and they are all finished right down the road in Queens.
Available from Objcts.
Chair[dot]multi-ply by Daniel Moyer combines his mastery of wood joinery with a whimsical use of industrious wing nuts, screws and bolts that hold together this mash-up of materials but leave room for play. One look at this piece takes you back to school on the classic building blocks of a chair but, its details push it ahead of its class. Multi-ply hard wood planes meet powder-coated ergonomic curved cold rolled steel that sit on legs that anchor and balance. Check out how its made in Brooklyn here.
Available from Daniel Moyer Design.
NO…this is no where near an Ikea chair so get that out of your head. Instead think of the Scandinavian country side and Kentucky stables. The GÄRDESGÅRD lounge chair gets its name from a style of fencing that inspired its design. A design that has a unique sense of an earlier time in the modern day and a look of motion with stability and permanence. The metal is finished with wood reclaimed from Kentucky fencing. At the center of it all is a leather seat that makes one luxurious saddle that is made right in Brooklyn.
Available from Uhuru.
Peter Thum, founder of Liberty United, is no stranger to starting something that brings about meaningful change. He first started with a bottled water company you might of heard of. Ethos has raised more than $7 million in grants for water and sanitation programs across the globe. Thum then set his sights on reducing the impact of gun violence by taking seized assault rifles and small arms in Africa and other countries and recycling the metal into jewelry and art pieces. That was the inspiration behind bringing that same effort back home. Liberty United has partnered with a few communities which provide unused ammunition and seized firearms from the area to be remade into jewelry. Artist Philip Crangi has designed a collection of rings, bracelets, and necklaces that take inspiration from the railroad. Each piece is hand forged in his New York studio and is available in metal options from melted bullet casings, melted gunmetal, gunmetal and silver, or black gunmetal and gold. They are individually stamped with the serial numbers from the guns that they are made from. In turn part of the proceeds go back to organizations and programs that help remove illegal guns from the streets.
Available from Liberty United.