From Jakarta to Brazil, Brooklyn based photographer Matthew Williams has traveled the globe for Dwell. When sending the photographer out on a shoot, there is no question that he will come back with beautiful images. He brings an honesty to his photography, and has a way of truly connecting with his subjects, whether a person or house. Read our Q&A to learn a bit more about Matthew and his camera.
For Dawn Casale and Dave Crofton (and their new little addition), an ample, but budget-friendly kitchen was on top of the list before making the move from their previous residence in Cobble Hill to their 2,400-square-foot townhouse in Boerum Hill, as featured in our Modern for Less issue. By enlisting Brooklyn design-build firm MADE to renovate their aging brownstone using salvaged materials and adding in clever storage-saving methods, the trio was able to squeeze in a splurge or three, such as the Carrara marble sink, Viking chimney wall hood, and a free-standing range by Bluestar. The kitchen island and cabinets were outfitted with remilled Douglas-fir beams salvaged from upstate New York and wallet-friendly drawers from Swedish furniture company Ikea.
For a family of three in the grand old Brooklyn apartment we featured in our story Top Brass, an updated kitchen meant rich materials, a warm walnut slab, and custom woodwork by Marcus Bartenschlager all courtesy of their architects Workstead. The real masterstroke is all that brass, touches of which include a chandelier that Workstead designed, a custom range hood from Rangecraft, and a faucet by Rohl that the architects had stripped and plated in brushed brass. “The use of brass throughout the apartment was a decision that we made early on," says Workstead founder Robert Highsmith, "to both speak to the clients sensibilities, and our own desire to have a warm, bright tone in the apartment.” Bartenschlager designed the white cabinets and is responsible for the walnut counters both on the kitchen island and near the stove.
A family enlists Brooklyn design-build firm MADE to renovate a brownstone using surplus and salvaged materials for a budget-conscious patina.