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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Cobble Hill, Brooklyn couple Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler recently up-sized from their 387 square foot East Village studio to their current 850 square foot 1 bedroom apartment.  The larger space accommodates both a work space for their freelance design business - Workstead - as well as provide extra room to showcase their found pieces, purchased pieces, and passed down pieces of furniture & accessories of interesting style & design.  Attached are photos and comments on the apartment's content and detail.  For more, check out the link to Audrey Tempelsman's article - A Distinct Story Line for a Cobble Hill Apartment

"The bedroom closet is hidden behind burlap curtains (made by a seamstress for $120; the fabric was about $70). Ms. Brechbuehler (holding Kingsley, their standard schnauzer) and Mr. Highsmith sit on molded plastic chairs bought on eBay for $25 each."
"The bed was made by Asher Israelow, a classmate at the Rhode Island School of Design; the painting, done by Mr. Highsmith's grandmother, is lighted by a 1950s wall lamp from Dazor, an industrial lighting manufacturer."
 "The dining room, which doubles as an office, is a mix of furnishings Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler collected, inherited and made. Burlap ($10) was draped over plumbing hardware to make curtains. Ikea PS credenzas (about $100 each) flank the mantel; the mirror belonged to Mr. Highsmith's grandmother."
"Ms. Brechbuehler and Mr. Highsmith use the dining room as an office for Workstead, their architecture and furniture firm. Presentations are stored behind a Homasote board from Lowe's ($20) decorated with postcards."
"The sofa and Eames lounge chair belonged to Mr. Highsmith's grandparents. Folding stools ($35 each) resemble those in the Museum of Modern Art collection. Mr. Highsmith made the floor lamp from industrial lamp parts; the Jean Prouvé lamp is from Design Within Reach."
 "The oil painting of a Brooklyn landscape is by Nicholas Evans-Cato, a friend and former RISD professor; the pottery on the mantel was done by Ben Owen, a North Carolina potter."
 "A collection of driftwood sits on the piano, and the prints on the wall are in frames from yard sales. The vintage wall lamp is by O.C. White & Co., a manufacturer of industrial lighting since the late 19th century."
"Fresh flowers and a bright yellow pot by the Danish designer Jens Quistgaard distract the eye from the faux-marble Formica counter in the kitchen. The Alessi pepper shaker by Peter Zumthor rests on an Ikea Bekvam kitchen cart (about $60)."
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