The cofounder of White Arrow teaches us how to put together an inspired space that balances classic and contemporary.
Artist and interior designer Keren Richter, who founded the Brooklyn-based studio White Arrow with her husband, Thomas, creates polished, distinctive spaces that have an element of surprise. She’s fueled by a love of vintage furniture and the indie design scene, often pairing pieces like a ’70s chrome dining table by Willy Rizzo with, say, an opalescent pendant light from Berlin’s cutting-edge NEO/CRAFT.
"We like to have an eclectic mix in all the interiors we design—combing eras, vendors, and styles keeps things fresh," she explains. "I like utilizing a mix of bespoke, contemporary, and vintage to keep things dynamic and so that each home tells a distinct and artful story."
White Arrow recently decorated five model units at Brooklyn Point, a new mixed-use condominium tower in Downtown Brooklyn by Extell Development with interior design by Katherine Newman. The duo brought their signature approach to each unit, sourcing pieces from New York–based designers such as Bower, Calico, Moving Mountains, Sun at Six, and Cold Picnic, and adding vintage furniture and lighting into the mix. "We wanted to support what is happening in Brooklyn and the greater New York area," says Keren. "This was the developer’s first foray into the borough, and we wanted to connect the interiors to the surrounding community."
On the heels of the project, we asked Keren for her advice about how to source and incorporate vintage pieces in a cohesive, compelling way.