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Swallow Cafe, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Our studio designed furniture for the first two Swallow Cafes in Brooklyn, and we’re thrilled that they keep thriving and spreading their wings.  The interior design for this one was a real pleasure.  For this one, we focused on artisanal concrete, paint, resin, steel, and reclaimed wood surfaces.

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Swallow Cafe – Tripoli, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

Our studio designed furniture for the first Swallow Cafe in Brooklyn, and we’re thrilled that they keep thriving and spreading their wings.  We’ve now built 3 cafes for them, the most recent being this conversion of the Tripoli space in Brooklyn, NY.  It features an empire revival storefront, with a complexly textured interior that highlights the space’s original murals.  The natural and airy space has a French window prep area, rustic raised and earthy seating to make the most of a small platform against one wall (which now feels like a perfect place to perch), and understated surfaces that seamlessly integrate marble, artisanal concrete, paint, resin, and reclaimed wood in this beautiful space.

Sweet Chick Restaurant, Williamsburg Brooklyn

Since opening, Sweet Chick has been featured everywhere, from Zagat to The New York Times. See their website for the full list. This location, on Bedford Ave. was the first (of two) we designed. The owners added the Southern flair by choosing thematic vintage wall decor.

Creating The Interiors:

A visual walk-through from Zagat:

East Wick, East Bushwick, Brooklyn

Man From The Woods did the interior design and production for East Wick restaurant. We integrated architectural remnants, fixtures, and reclaimed wood.

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East Wick Restaurant Exterior Design:

Creating the elements for East wick Restaurant’s Interior and Exterior Design:

East Wick was the first artist friendly restaurant on the South side of Graham Avenue in Brooklyn, with stunning handmade furniture design.  We scoured the Northeastern United States for beautiful antique elements to include in the restaurant’s design, and found treasures like a 5′ x 2′ French mirror, and beautiful Empire revival tin panels.

Sabra Plant Launch, Richmond, Virginia

In another grand event, conceived and produced by Papush (see their work here), we had the opportunity to build an entire world food market for Sabra Hummus, using repurposed woods for all of the booths. Spread across two large tents, each stand sold street food from the region it represented. The innovative production designer made sure that every element of the wardrobe and produce accurately displayed the flavor and culture of the region it represented.

Lula Bagel, Brooklyn

We built Lula Bagel a sage green formica cabinet / counter with reclaimed wood, and shelves to hold their bagel boxes.

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Bryant Park Cosmetics Booth, NYC

We design and build the woodwork for these winter market booths annually (5 years running).

Pops of Brooklyn

Interior furniture design and build, 2009.

Lula Bean Cafe, Bushwick

Music Studio, Ofer Tiberin Collective

For this music studio, we created an ergonomic work station from beautiful vintage materials.
We also built an intricately tuned QRD Diffuser, custom designed by Ofer Tiberin.

Stromboli Pizza, Union Square, Manhattan

We redesigned Stromboli to honor its classic New York history.

stromboli pizza woodwork by man from the woods wall panels

Existing woodwork was replaced and the walls were covered with interlocking pieces of recycled wood from around the city.

The cooler was resurfaced as part of the redesign.

12 Chairs, Manhattan

Patchwork table tops from reclaimed wood to warm up the space:

TalkSpace, 5th Avenue, NYC

For two days, two giant inflatable domes were placed on 5th Avenue, Manhattan. Passers-by were welcomed to enter the domes, sit down and dive into a session with a Talkspace therapist.  They were covered widely by USA TODAYHuffington PostGlobesYnetLayla CalcaliSignon, Mizbala, Orly & Guy and  AOL.

We were commissioned to do the woodwork and some of the structure, by our long-time collaborators, Papush, a studio known for bringing the extravagant WoW factor to high end promotions in NYC and other major cities around the world.

“Talkspace is a startup that wishes to make therapy more accessible and affordable. Via a web and mobile chat application, it connects users from all over the world with therapists, easily, anonymously and at a low price.In order to promote the startup, we teamed up with Alon Seifert, with two goals: raise the awareness to the availability of mental health services at the age of touch screens and send out the message that mental help is nothing to be ashamed of, but should be transparent.This is what led to the idea of the transparent cubicles.”
– Papush

Swallow Cafe, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY

Man From The Woods has designed and created the custom woodwork for all three of Swallow’s New York locations.

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