sneak peek: david alhadeff of the future perfect


when i first moved to brooklyn in 2003, i was fresh out of college, new to the borough and looking for a place or a group of people with whom i could connect. so during my first summer in town, i would spend my afternoons walking from my apartment in greenpoint down to williamsburg to window shop and look at manhattan from across the water. one of the first stores i went into belonged to dave alhadeff. his shop, the future perfect, was new to the city (just like me) and was full of beautiful, thought-provoking, cutting-edge products from local designers. i’d never seen work like that before and found myself walking back to the future perfect every other day just to peek in the window.

whether dave was putting on a show of incredible brooklyn ceramicists or supporting local student designers, it was clear that he was more than a champion of the brooklyn design scene, but rather one of its most important leaders. over the years dave has branched out to discover and support designers across the globe, but he’s always stayed true to brooklyn. the area may have changed and gained greater notoriety, but for me, contemporary brooklyn design will always be indebted to the support and attention it received because of dave’s shop. so needless to say, i’ve been dying to see the space that dave calls home for years. he’s a busy man so i was thrilled to finally have the chance to showcase his gorgeous home on d*s today. photographer jonny valiant took these lovely photos of dave’s home, so a big thank you goes out to him for sharing his work here. i’ll let the photos of dave’s home do the rest of the talking so many, many thanks to dave and jonny for sharing this space with us today. if you’d like to visit dave’s shop, the future perfect, or his newest store, a&g merch, just follow these links to get directions. and as always, if you’d like to see full-sized versions of these images, click here to check out dave’s set on flickr.



CLICK HERE for the rest of Dave’s incredible sneak peek after the jump!







  1. jax sol says:

    wasn’t this in the Selby??? fantastic place, regardless.

    1. grace says:


      i couldn’t find it on the selby and dave told me it hadn’t been published online before…can you find it on the selby anywhere?


  2. kim says:

    There certainly is a lot of personality in this home, which I admire a lot. For me it would be a bit too messy/loud, I couldn’t relax in that space.

  3. Kelly says:

    I don’t live anywhere near brooklyn, but i’ve been to williamsburg to visit a friend and I loved it there… i can totally appreciate the sense of identity you must feel waking up in your pink apartment with all the cozy details.

  4. Peter M says:

    This place has been getting a lot of press. But I think it looks like that store exploded and blew bric-a-brac all over this apartment. There are some jazzy objects and what-not, but there’s little dicipline or thoughtful composition. Overall, I think it’s kind of a gimick.

  5. mamababy says:

    where o where does that bedside table come from?????

  6. carolinearabellaemilylouise says:

    where is that bedside table from?

  7. grace says:


    where else has this home been? i haven’t seen it anywhere and wondered about this comment and the one about the selby- i couldn’t find dave’s house online, did a miss a magazine piece he didn’t mention?


  8. dave c says:

    i saw this in vogue living australia last month or so, but didnt buy the magazine. im so glad i can see them permanately because i love the design! too bad you dont have any photos with alhadeff

  9. Guy says:

    Hi Grace – I think it was in Australian ‘Vogue Living’ a few months back (Nov/Dec 08). Either way – it’s a great sneak peak – I’ve pinched it today!


  10. Eva says:

    Wooh! This sneak peek really shows personality! love the fact that the cables and the pipes are out in the open. and that it doesn’t look so tidied up :)

  11. kathrin says:

    where can i get this amazing carpet whit the hart on it ????

  12. libby says:

    where do the embroidered pillow cases come from?

  13. nikki says:

    i am in love with this.
    i love cosy things so i love how much stuff is around in this house.

  14. mopar says:

    This place is beautiful and original. The design is very freeing. You don’t have to have a perfect space and yet it can still be fabulous.

    It was also featured in New York Magazine about a year ago.

  15. melanie says:

    loooooooooooove the pink!

  16. Rita says:

    Just beautiful…I would love the color and maker of the paint…

  17. Meg says:

    oh man. Where in the world can i get that AWESOME BOWL thats on the dining table???? Does anyone know the artist/designer???

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  19. d. says:

    did anyone notice that one of the kitchen table chairs is actually a converted dolly?!?!!?!?
    SO BRILLIANT! i would totally make my flatmate push me around in it.

  20. Zilla-Mama says:

    In the fourth photo – where can I get/see that rug! It looks like an ostridge fighting a dragon. I just want to see more!

  21. Lou says:

    Where can I get those toys on the sofa in the fourth picture?

  22. Jamie says:

    amazing, so quintessentially williamsburg loft while still being utterly unique. i lived in williamsburg in 2006 and remember similar experiences with the future perfect and daydreaming somehow unearthing a raw gem of a loft like this one…but even in 2006, i think i was waaaaay too late.


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