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Annex Bar
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.

Annex Wallpaper
Annex coffee cart
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

Photographs by Adam Elstein and Jin Hyung Kim

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Click through for more photographs and details about Annex Brooklyn after the jump!

All Photographs by Adam Elstein and Jin Hyung Kim

annex sunroom
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.”

annex from bar into rm
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.”

Annex Double Banquette
Amy: “The room is filled with unusually large windows, so we created inviting seating around this. Here we designed a double banquette.

Annex Bar
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.”

Annex coffee cart
Amy: “Mid-century accents from the coffee cart, coat rack and the Prouve chairs anchor the space.”

Annex Wallpaper
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.”

Annex Hallway
Amy: “We created a wine installation in the bathroom hallway with recycled bottles from the Greene Grape Wine Store.”

Annex Bthrm Curtain
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.”

Annex Outside Benches
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.”

Nicole

Such a cool space! Do we have a source for that awesome wallpaper?

richele

I would love to know where the mini beer garden tables came from. such a great size

Louise

We were in Ft Greene last year on my second trip to Brooklyn and noticed the annex being built. We wondered what it would be like, now we know ! So pleased to see it all complete, what a great job…..looks spacious,stylish and relaxed. Can’t wait to come back to Brooklyn.

Beanie Kops

Hello Amy-
Beautiful Job! I am a floral designer in Aspen-very good friends with your mother-
I have so enjoyed seeing what you/partners have done with the space you
had to work with-
Keep on doing this-it is a gift-and you have it! hope to meet you on one of your visits to Aspen Best, Beanie Kops

suzanne kiggins

WOW!! I am blown away! I can’t believe the transformation of that space!

Adrienne

What a great space. I love the blue door and bathroom. Do you have the paint colors used?

Chelsea_Gerrard

I think they have used blue in to most perfect sense; it looks classy! Well use of space also. I wish to have such mesmerizing wallpapers, loved them :)

Susan Shapiro

I love this clean open space–it is just awesome! Great work by Anchor Council! Can’ wait to visit it in person! Keep the good work coming!

BARBARA MORRIS

WOW ! WHAT A GREAT DESIGN AND CAN’T BELIEVE THE TRANSFORMATION OF THIS SPACE. LOOKING FORWARD TO MORE WORK FROM THE ANCHOR COUNCIL

Rose McClement

As a designer that works with the hospitality interiors, I have to congratulate the interiors designers….. This restaurant totally rocks for me. The space is calming yet invigorating. The balance is perfect and nothing offends or jars the senses. The furnishings are modern yet with that hint of classic. Well done!

Lisa Law

The space is absolutely gorgeous! I was wondering where the hook is from (the mid-century looking one with ball knobs)?

Amy Shapiro Morris

Lisa – Thank you, I’m blushing at all the comments. The Mid-Century coat hook is from School House Electric and also comes in a steel finish.

Amy Shapiro Morris

Lisa – ok, I’m blushing but am so happy everyone is liking the vibe. The coat hook is from School House Electric. It also comes in a steel finish.

Natalie Avery

Whoa, that wall paper is stunning! (as is the rest of the restaurant.) Amy, could you tell me who made it?
Thanks!

Natalie Avery

Oops, just realized you already answered that question = ).

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