Two Jakes

By Jamie Waugh / Published by Dwell
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There are these two brothers with last name Jacobs. Once in the not-distant past they opened a furniture shop on Williamsburg's design row (Wythe Avenue, according to the street sign). It grew in popularity; one Jacob moved on. Even though he was replaced by a friendly gentleman named Alex Walsh, the shop is still called Two Jakes, and it's quite a destination if you're looking for vintage industrial office furniture or new modern living room and kitchen pieces.

There is a lot of inventory (read: most prices aren't those of museum pieces) and they aim to move this inventory quickly, flowing it from estate sales to the showroom into people's homes at a nice jiffy pace. Many of the usual suspects are represented, from Eero Saarinen for Knoll to Alvar Aalto for Artek; mix that with an amalgam of fun, industrial steel relics and you have instant Brooklyn chic.


Jamie Waugh


After starting in design journalism at House & Garden and CNN, Jamie runs the International Design Awards festival, which rewards visionary international design. One University of Southern California MFA later, she maintains a steady fiction and dramatic writing habit.

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