This afternoon, Chloe & I ventured out to do some last minute shopping. I found myself gravitating towards old standbys, but was happily surprised to find a slew of small shops with really nice selections. If you had asked me 15 years ago if I'd end up in New York, the answer was a definitive No. Furthermore, BROOKLYN? Hell no. Here I am, 11 years later, loving Williamsburg as I did the first time we drove down Bedford Avenue post 9/11.
My first stop was at Mociun, where I found this amazing handcrafted dinnerware set by ceramist Robert Blue. I love the softness of his work with tasteful pops of color that flow so naturally throughout the series. The pieces are perfect gifts as singular objects or as a grouping.
I also loved the tactility of this woven bowl from Rwanda, paired with handthrown cups. Simple = Elegant.
Looking for something for your little ones? My next stop was to Allegria, located on North 3rd Street. This happy place is the perfect example of good Juju - upon entering, you just feel good. The store curates items for children young & old, & everything from pillows to puppets feels hand selected. The intention is clear, and it's working. This simple vignette highlights the care & curiosity of a child in such a simple way.
I picked up KidsonRoof's Archiville for my 3 year old. It's a urban interlocking toy that models things we New Yorkers hold dear - an amazing toy for young explorers.
On my way to the waterfront, I stopped into Nightwood, a small shop that sells custom reclaimed furniture, accessories & antiquities. I loved the hand woven tapestries which echo the language in this custom cabinet. Prices seem very reasonable for the quality of furniture Nightwood produces. In fact, while I was in the shop, a women came in just to tell the owner how much she loves her custom coffee table. Simple gratitude.
This little occasional chair is so cute, and at 389$, a steal of a deal.
Finally, I returned to Moon River Chattel, which opened on Grand Street the same year we moved to the neighborhood. In my opinion, Moon River is a huge part of influencing the "Back to Basics" design movement that has come out of Brooklyn over the last couple years. It's a lovely store which has a little something for everyone.
A perfect holiday palette:
Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking is a lovely gift for anyone interested in cooking (or history, for that matter).
I found this book by Alexander Calder to be fascinating, for a student or anyone who appreciates precision of line.
And then, my holiday shopping was complete. I can't divulge all my secrets (hey, xmas is in three days), but I will say walking through Williamsburg was a treat in itself. I lived through my twenties and into my early thirties in this pocket - evolving with my surroundings. It's been an amazing experience that has no doubt has shaped me as a designer, a wife & a parent. Happy Holidays to you all, and here's to a Happy 2014. xoEB