A 19th-Century Live/Work Factory in New York

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February 18, 2014
Whether they’re fabricating a dining chair, designing a line for West Elm, or building out a kitchen, Amy and Brandon Phillips find ways to reveal the unique histories and characteristics of the materials within their work. “We don’t believe in enshrining the past,” says Brandon, “but we don’t need to hide it either. We can respect it.” Read Full Article
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  A 19th-century New York factory houses both Brandon and Amy Phillips’s apartment and the workshop for their company, Miles & May Furniture Works.  Photo by: Ball & Albanese
    A 19th-century New York factory houses both Brandon and Amy Phillips’s apartment and the workshop for their company, Miles & May Furniture Works.

    Photo by: Ball & Albanese

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  Beneath a recycled-wood ceiling and centered by a Bokhara rug, the living area contains furniture of their own design.  Photo by: Ball & Albanese
    Beneath a recycled-wood ceiling and centered by a Bokhara rug, the living area contains furniture of their own design.

    Photo by: Ball & Albanese

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  The dining area, with a table and hickory chairs from Miles & May, opens onto a kitchen the couple created as part of a DIY gut renovation. The result, says Amy, is an “intentional raw and polished combination.” The lamp is from M&M Electrical Surplus.  Photo by: Ball & Albanese
    The dining area, with a table and hickory chairs from Miles & May, opens onto a kitchen the couple created as part of a DIY gut renovation. The result, says Amy, is an “intentional raw and polished combination.” The lamp is from M&M Electrical Surplus.

    Photo by: Ball & Albanese

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  Among the couple’s cost-saving measures was outfitting the kitchen with their own custom cabinetry. The brick and windows are original, the Garland stove was a Craigslist find, and the floor tile was found on closeout at a cost of about $1 per square foot.  Photo by: Ball & Albanese
    Among the couple’s cost-saving measures was outfitting the kitchen with their own custom cabinetry. The brick and windows are original, the Garland stove was a Craigslist find, and the floor tile was found on closeout at a cost of about $1 per square foot.

    Photo by: Ball & Albanese

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  Brandon and Amy set up different workstations in the living area.  Photo by: Ball & Albanese
    Brandon and Amy set up different workstations in the living area.

    Photo by: Ball & Albanese

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  In the guest bedroom, a painting by Monique Crine hangs on the original brick wall above a Miles & May bed and side table. The rug is from ABC Carpet & Home.  Photo by: Ball & Albanese
    In the guest bedroom, a painting by Monique Crine hangs on the original brick wall above a Miles & May bed and side table. The rug is from ABC Carpet & Home.

    Photo by: Ball & Albanese

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  The bathroom evokes the building’s industrial bones. The pendant light is from Ikea, and the towel racks are repurposed train car luggage racks. The Carrara tiles are mismatched seconds. “It works if you let yourself not try to fix it,” says Brandon.  Photo by: Ball & Albanese
    The bathroom evokes the building’s industrial bones. The pendant light is from Ikea, and the towel racks are repurposed train car luggage racks. The Carrara tiles are mismatched seconds. “It works if you let yourself not try to fix it,” says Brandon.

    Photo by: Ball & Albanese

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