If you’ve visited us sometime over the last year, you probably noticed a lot of construction activity that is part of a multiphase transformation of the first-floor. Behind those temporary walls, directly off the Main lobby, a huge renovation project to build a new Museum Shop was taking place. Designed by award-winning architectural firm Visbeen Associates, Inc., the new Shop just opened its doors and offers a totally new shopping experience for the Museum visitor. Over a year in the making, it took a resourceful and collaborative team to make this a reality. Come help us celebrate the new space and get a chance to meet some of the designers behind our new product at our open house on Thursday, April 12th, 7-9 p.m.
With our expanded shop, we are featuring a special section dedicated to Brooklyn-designed products and we are highlighting a selection of the borough’s emerging and established designers, artisans, jewelers, authors and illustrators. We’ll also be highlighting collection-based products and have been particularly inspired by the Museum’s expansive Decorative Arts collection that has recently acquisitioned objects by Brooklyn designers, Jason Miller, Harry Allen and Paul Loebach. Among the pieces on display you will find nature inspired dinnerware by Jason Miller, the Chrome Brush Vase by Harry Allen, and Paul Loebach’s Distortion Candlesticks. In honor of Brooklyn’s bourgeoning culinary ventures and along with the new book Edible Brooklyn, we are offering Brooklyn Salsa, made with locally sourced ingredients as well as Mast Bros. Chocolate bars whose cocoa beans are selected from equatorial global regions.
Everyone on our staff has a favorite product and brought a different style to the evolution of the product selection—making it as diverse, exciting and eclectic as possible. Tracy Boni, our shop’s Associate Information Manager, will be using Pinterest to pin some of our favorites to a pinboard. Follow us on Pinterest to learn more about new products we are featuring and tell us what you think!