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Brooklyn: Shopping in Dumbo & Atlantic Avenue

August 2, 2009
Jay East

Jay East Store View - jam packed with items

This past week, I have been back home in New York for both work and fun.  Of course, my trip would not be complete without a visit to my old neighborhood in Brooklyn.  Here are some shopping spots that are worth checking out if you are in DUMBO or Boerum Hill on Atlantic Avenue.   In DUMBO, my first stop was Jay East, an Asian antiques importer that is a great resource for Asian furniture, figures and decorative objects.  This time I was lucky to find two gorgeous pieces of red coral.   In addition to their DUMBO location on Jay Street, Jay East also has a warehouse location in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, which I will check out next time.

Jay East

Jay East - small cabinets make great bedside chests - they provide storage and hide the lamp cord; especially practical for small spaces

Jay East 2

Jay East - colorful stools would work well in a contemporary kitchen or commercial bar

Adjacent to Jay East, is  from the source where sustainable furnishings are crafted by master artisans in Indonesia using reclaimed, vintage, salvaged and plantation-grown hardwoods.   They offer both stock and custom pieces that are handmade using raw materials from nature, so each piece is unique.   They also carry a selection of vintage and architectural items – this time I saw a few great pairs of large wood Moroccan style doors.  Similar to a  gallery, the industrial style space has soaring ceilings, is not overcrowded with merchandise and is a pleasure to browse.  They too have a warehouse/studio in Greenpoint – so another reason for a trip to Greenpoint next time!

from the source

from the source

from the source

from the source - could be great in a bathroom to store towels, toiletries & perfumes; available in other finishes as well as in a single, narrow version.

from the source

from the source - makes a statement as a desk, conference or dining table

A bit further down Jay Street is Baxter & Liebchen a source for mid-century modern and vintage furnishings.  Stocked with furniture, lighting, art and accessories, Scandinavian designs seem to be particularly well represented, at least on this visit.  A prized piece was the architectural drawing for the PH5 lamp designed by Poul Henningsen – sized approximately 24″ x 36″ , the drawing showed a section of the lamp and included all specifications.   A fantastic piece!  Sorry, I don’t have a photo of the piece but this is the lamp:

Poul Henningsen PH5 Lamp designed 1958

Poul Henningsen PH5 Lamp designed 1958

Unfortunately, I missed it this time, but if you can schedule your visit for a Saturday in Fort Greene or Sunday in DUMBO you must stop by the Brooklyn Flea an outdoor market which has 100-150 vendors of vintage furniture, clothing, collectibles and antiques, as well as new jewelry, art and crafts by local artisans.  During the winter, the DUMBO location moves inside and is held more frequently.  Definitely worth a visit.

Another good Brooklyn shopping area is Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill.  My first stop is Maleeka which is one of my favorite boutiques in NYC and my go-to resource for unique, beautiful and affordable jewelery.  Maleeka also carries a well currated selection of clothing but I am here for the jewelery, especailly the earrings!   I have been a regular customer here for over 4 years – buying for both myself and gifts – and can tell you that every single piece that I’ve picked up has received tons of compliments!   The owner, Maleeka, has exquisite taste and I highly recommend a visit on your next visit to Brooklyn.

Maleeka

Maleeka

Maleeka

Maleeka

Also on Atlantic Avenue, Greenhouse is an green home furnishings and accessories store that offers a hand-picked collection of eco-friendly, high-style options in furniture, tableware, bedding, bath products, and home accessories.  Greenhouse supports eco-friendly practices by strictly purchasing from companies that use sustainable, organic, renewable, recycled, locally manufactured, or non-toxic materials.  The store smells lovely and has an excellent selection of linens and hard woven baskets.

Greenhouse

Greenhouse - Store Interior

Greenhouse - Linens

Greenhouse - Handwoven Cotton Blanket

Greenhouse - woven baskets

Greenhouse - Handwoven Water Hyacinth Handled Basket

Rico is a showroom that carries furniture, decor, lighting, accessories and artwork.   Right off of Atlantic Avenue and a bit further toward Brooklyn Heights is a chic home decor and accessories shop called abitare.  The store interior is fresh, modern and filled with lovely objects that appeal to design savvy clientele.   Great place for gifts.

abitare

abitare

abitare

abitare

abitare - Hand Blown Blue Bird by Finnish artist Oiva Toikka

abitare - Hand Blown Blue Bird by Finnish artist Oiva Toikka

abitare - Blue Butterfly decoupage glass tray by John Derian

abitare - Blue Butterfly decoupage glass tray by John Derian

This is just a sampling of the great shopping in Brooklyn.  I will cover other areas in a future post and would love to hear about any of your favorite shopping discoveries!

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