brooklyn

At Home in Brooklyn

Dinanda Nooney was a photographer from Manhattan who documented the lives of families living in Brooklyn from 1978-79. she donated the entire collection to the NYPL Digital Gallery in 1995, and i found myself looking through every single photo with my morning coffee yesterday. it amazes me that so many of these homes could in fact be the interiors of modern day Brooklyn apartments – the furniture, the plants, the bike racks (!), studios of artists & architects and designers…

Nooney initially became interested in the borough in 1976, while working as a volunteer for George McGovern’s presidential campaign. Two years later, she used the connections she had made in order to gain access to rooftops and other vantage points for a survey of the borough. She soon became more interested in the people she met and began photographing families in their homes. Many of these sitters then recommended other potentially willing subjects. The portraits that emerge are striking in their attention to the details of architecture and décor, which reveal just as much about the subjects as how they choose to pose themselves for Nooney’s camera.

At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979
At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979

Barbara Rothenberg. 135 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights

At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979

Jerry & Linda Schick. 188 Washington Ave., Fort Greene

At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979

Geoffrey & Tobi Needler. 51 Montgomery Pl., Park Slope

At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979

Ernie & Lucy Bitzer. 300 Washington Ave., Clinton Hill

At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979
At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979

Spencer & Rosalyn Depas. 227 Cumberland St., Fort Greene

At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979

Bill & Sasha Saari. 104 Prospect Pl. Park Slope

At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979

Nat Lamar. 60 Tompkins Pl., Cobble Hill

At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979

Russell McCombs. 315 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights

At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979

Suzanne & Mike Zufolo & daughters. 480 13th St., Park Slope

At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979

Fran Orans. 4715 Surf Ave., Coney Island

At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979

Tim & Carol Sullivan. 284 Clinton Ave., Clinton Hill

At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979

Joseph & Mary Merz, architects. Daughter Julie & cat. 48 Willow Place, Boerum Hill

At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979

Bill & Lucy Sikes. 231 Washington Ave., Clinton Hill

At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979

Allen Wiener & sons. 331 President St., Carroll Gardens

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Beautiful Dreamers

i could kick myself for not knowing about Brooklyn based shop Beautiful Dreamers while we were in NYC – and it was right around the corner from where we were staying, too! they stock pieces by designers Jesse Kamm, Erin Considine, Electric Feathers, Clyde (those hats!) Lauren Manoogian, Agnes Baddoo (those beautiful leather bags) and many more.

Our store was conceived to be a nexus for authentically creative designers and artists pursuing high standards of craftsmanship, sustainability, ethical practices, and consciousness. Our aim is to create a meaningful connection between supplier, maker, and consumer through beautiful dreams and beautiful objects.

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Erin Considine

okay so everyone has a few go-to stories they like to tell after they’ve been on a trip somewhere, and probably my favourite one from NYC is meeting Erin Considine on the subway on our first day in New York. Anton and i were waiting in a station somewhere in Manhattan, i forget where, we had just been out and about all day after a long flight and we were bushed and kind of in a daze. so i notice this stylish girl in a big hat walk through the turnstile and the next moment she turns to us and says, “excuse me…” i couldn’t believe it when she introduced herself, as i am of course familiar with her work and we happen to follow each other on twitter. what are the odds that i would run into someone that i kinda-sorta-know on our first day in a city full of millions of people? so as you can well imagine, i just love telling this story.

anyway, Erin lives in Brooklyn and she makes beautiful jewellery with a focus on metalwork and natural fibers. she just sent me a preview of her SS 2014 collection which comes out in March next year. you can shop her previous collections at her website. i will not hesitate to say that i would gladly wear any of these beautiful pieces, especially the Caril Burst Cuff (seen in the last spread) and those wonderful braided rope + brass mesh chain necklaces.

By marrying two such diverse materials, Erin is able to continuously experiment with technique and form. Her natural-dye baths make use of ingredients like madder root, logwood, and onion skin. She tests new textile construction methods with every collection, incorporating weaving, crocheting, and the Japanese braiding style of Kumihimo into an ever-expanding roster of creation tools. Her metal forms are mined from the dregs of industrialism – whether it by repurposing dead-stock jewelry findings or sculpting models inspired by the antique metier. Her commitment to sustainability ensures that almost every step of the production process is completed by hand in New York, primarily by Erin herself.

photography: Shawn Brackbill. model: Mari Giudicelli. clothing: Where I was From.


Erin Considine SS14
Erin Considine SS14
Erin Considine SS14
Erin Considine SS14
Erin Considine SS14
Erin Considine SS14
Erin Considine SS14
Erin Considine SS14
Erin Considine SS14
Erin Considine SS14
Erin Considine SS14
Erin Considine SS14
Erin Considine SS14
Erin Considine SS14
Erin Considine SS14
Erin Considine SS14

Erin Considine SS14

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Leah & Dylan

you will know Leah Goren from her beautiful illustrative work, her clothing & accessories line and the amazing collaboration she did with Anthropologie. i check in on her shop all the time, and love sharing her new work here whenever i can. one thing i didn’t know, and i’m surprised by this considering how much i stalk cool people on the internet, is that she has a blog with her graphic designer boyfriend Dylan called A Future Present where they share bits & pieces from their lives in Brooklyn, including snaps of gorgeous devon rex Moses, and chronicle the ongoing DIY projects that make their little home look so cool.

also read more about Leah’s work at the Etsy blog.

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Wythe Hotel

my guy and i have been planning a trip to new york for a while now, so i’m always bookmarking interesting stuff to see, things to do,  places to eat out (naturally) and, most importantly, a nice place to stay. we’d love to stay in manhattan itself, but there are so many great options in brooklyn too. one of which is the recently opened Wythe Hotel – slightly out of our budget for a 2 week stay, but DANG it’s cool.

Wythe Hotel started with the discovery of an old factory on the Brooklyn waterfront. Built in 1901 as a cooperage, we have preserved, renovated, and turned our historically industrial building into a place where people feel welcome.

one of my favourite things about the rooms (besides the decor and the views, obviously) is the audio jack that allows you to play your ipod on the surround sound system – so simple, but such a nice touch.

 

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the old brooklyn parlor

With its comforting menu of coffee, pastries, and ice cream, The Old Brooklyn Parlor is filling a void in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Objective Subject worked with the owner, Nick Haven, to establish the 1930s Brooklyn aesthetic with dense typography of classic New York geometric sans serif and custom hand-lettered script.

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