Three of the cities I seem to hear about the most in the design world these days are Brooklyn, Sydney and Berlin. All three have influences on each other, and this week a new space in Brooklyn opened that combined the stylistic influences of all three. Annex is a new restaurant in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn that is one part dining and one part food-focused community and education center. Amy Bennett, owner of Fort Greene’s beloved Greene Grape Wine Store, Greene Grape Provisions and Annex Coffee Shop, decided to team up with design team The Anchor Council (Amy Morris and Olga Naiman) to create a space that would be as beautiful as it was helpful for the neighborhood around it.
Drawing heavily on the art and craft community, Annex utilized a network of artists and makers to create the final look inside the restaurant. Led by Amy and Olga, the design team combined their love of sunny Sydney cafes with Berlin’s modern use of disparate raw materials to create a restaurant that is open, airy, sleek and full of the sort of crafts-based details that Brooklyn has become known for. The space will also host a series of classes in the fall (from coffee cupping to butchering basics) and, my favorite, will offer breakfast all day long. The restaurant just opened this week, so I’m excited to swing by and check it out in person. That tie-dye wallpaper is reason enough to visit. If you’re in town, you can visit Annex at 753 Fulton (at the corner of S. Portland) in Brooklyn. I’m going to pack up my laptop and take Hope out for a nice long walk, so until Monday, I hope you all have a great weekend. (There are many more photos of Annex after the jump!) xo, grace
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Click through for more photographs and details about Annex Brooklyn after the jump!
Amy: “We found this sofa in a vintage shop in New Jersey, and though it was upholstered in cream and orange velour we knew immediately it was perfect for this sunroom. The watercolors are from an up-and-coming Crown Heights artist (who asked to remain anonymous). Who doesn’t love a fig tree, it breathes life into any room.”
Amy: “We designed the chandelier over the communal table, then worked with an artist at the Navy Yard to have it produced. We envision this table to be like the library table at the Ace Hotel – a place people can set up, be creative and collaborate. The slate down the middle will be used to suggest pairings for beers and wines. The banquette is made from admiral blue leather and cut into Mondrian-like squares then sewn together to cover the seat. The low back means it doesn’t overpower the room. Floor was also cut in Mondrian-like shapes and stained walnut and classic gray. We’ve been fans of Leah Ball’s pottery on Etsy for a long time, so we were thrilled to work with her on the window planters.”
Amy: “The room is filled with unusually large windows, so we created inviting seating around this. Here we designed a double banquette.”
Amy: “Inspired by Ft. Greene’s art beginnings (BAM, Pratt, home studios on every block), the space is dotted with artistic accents. Both Yves Klein and Robert Motherwell inspired the unfinished stripes. The mural draws the eye away from the utility of the bar.”
Amy: “Mid-century accents from the coffee cart, coat rack and the Prouve chairs anchor the space.”
Amy: “Owner Amy Bennett wanted a nod to her beginnings, The Greene Grape Wine Store. This wallpaper reminded us of wine spills, and Amy loved it.”
Amy: “We created a wine installation in the bathroom hallway with recycled bottles from the Greene Grape Wine Store.”
Amy: “The same artist that painted the watercolors in the sunroom designed a trim for a muslin curtain, hung from brass grommets. An easy and affordable DIY project.”
Amy: “These mini German beer tables will be stained gray for the opening. Annex is located at the hub of Ft. Greene so we wanted seating that allowed for chance meetings, and the ease of sitting down passing chats.”