A Sneak Peek of Our New Digs: Makeshift Society Brooklyn

by Maxwell Tielman

If you’ve been following the site closely over the past few weeks,  you know that exciting things are afoot in Design*Sponge land, one of which is a change of scenery! Since 2011, we’ve called Greenpoint’s Pencil Factory home, but we recently made the bold, brave, crazy decision to uproot to the oh-so-fabulous Makeshift Society Brooklyn. Opened just recently by our longtime pals Rena Tom and Bryan Boyer, this communal workspace is filled with creative individuals, beautiful design and all the essentials for enjoyable productivity— a combination that is, for us, immensely energizing and endlessly inspiring. The space’s design, realized by the studio Dash Marshall, ensures that it is, as Bryan puts it, “a place that people want to spend time in.”

We wanted to be stylish without being oppressive — and to explore a new aesthetic that is not slave to the tropes of Williamsburg,” Bryan notes. “No reclaimed wood! No ‘worn-in’ look. We’d rather design a space that can be worn-in. We think the future can be brighter than the past, and designing a space that looks forward rather than backwards is one way of expressing that.” 

We are so happy to be part of Makeshift’s East Coast home and are delighted to help “wear” the space in! Along with some of our favorite highlights of the Makeshift office, we’re sharing some of our top workplace productivity tips. We would love to hear yours—please share in the comments section! —Max

*We’re going to be announcing a series of workshops we’re teaching at Makeshift in June, so stay tuned for information and sign-up details next week!

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  • I’ve always been curious about a workspace like that. So for Design Sponge, do you guys pack it in at the end of each day? There’s no ongoing bulletin boards or unfinished work left out? I’m old so I can’t quite get my mind around that! :)

  • I’m loving these peeks into Makeshift! And the tips. : ) My tips would be
    – frequent little (healthy) snacks like nuts, apples, pita and hummus… To keep you from crashing or accidentally working past lunch and forgetting to eat
    – if you get stuck creatively/ideawise step away and walk around the block

  • What a fabulous looking space – and a perfect representation of what the Design Sponge esthetic is all about. I started to vibrate a bit when I saw all the wonderful, harmonious furniture groupings here and there, but that GRAY SOFA! Ohhhh boy….. Where did that come from – if you don’t mind my asking.