New York-based designer Michael Yarinsky recently worked to convert a turn-of-the-century warehouse space outside the Brooklyn Navy Yard into an office/showroom for eco-conscious flooring company Madera and Copenhagen-based kitchen manufacturer Reform.
Madera designs their products (high quality, beautiful sustainable wood products)in their Brooklyn studio and manufactures them locally in New York, using a “forest-to-floor” approach. The building, which was run down, was appealing because of its large space and architectural charm. Yarinsky was brought on to create a more “non-commercial” experience – focusing on a boutique-meets-gallery kind of experience for their wood products.
The office, which is raised and out of view of the showroom floor, also contains a kitchen that doubles as a US showroom for Reform.
Another unique aspect of this building is that upon entering the showroom, you actually encounter a small art gallery contained within a repurposed industrial icebox. Aptly named Cooler Gallery, curated by Yarinsky, focuses on the intersections of art, design, and manufacturing through monthly exhibitions.
Photography by George Del Barrio except where noted.