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!