asher israelow

by Grace Bonney

I’m at a point in my life where I’m doing my darnedest to clean out my closet and focus on classic pieces. I have a tendency to stock up on clothes that remind me of summers growing up in Virginia Beach (tie-dye tank tops and frayed denim shorts), but as I get older, I’m becoming more and more aware that buying fewer, nicer pieces really is the way to go. I’ve been trying to apply this rule not only to my closet but to my home, as well. And this sleek table from Brooklyn designer Asher Israelow is the furniture equivalent of a sophisticated black dress. Beautiful, functional and somehow timeless and modern at the same time. While my closet may still be full of discount-bin tank tops from American Eagle (I’m still too weak to resist $5 striped tanks), I’m taking steps toward more “grown-up” furniture and adding this to my list of possible coffee tables for our new apartment. It may take a while to save up for it, but I think that owning fewer things that are handmade and high quality will be an investment in both great, classic design and supporting independent designers. Click here to check out more of Asher’s work online. Thanks to Stefanie at Workstead for the tip! xo, grace

*Click here to see a sneak peek of Stefanie’s Brooklyn home (where these shots were taken).

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