restoring furniture

just for fun, at the studio, Being Melissa

Shop's open...Stop by!

Well, it's been a crazy month but we've moved into our new studio space in Crown Heights!  We literally went from an empty room without electricity to a showroom and workshop space in three weeks.  And we love it.  Plenty of room, lots of color and great work and storage spaces.  

Special thanks to Taryn Christoff of Christoff Finio.  She really anticipated needs that I didn't know I had, and it makes a difference every day.  Also thanks to Sam Zeif for his drawings and visits to Home Depot, and to Andrew Zeif for sheer strength and moral support.  And finally, thanks to my apprentice, Sonja Beck Gingerich for rolling with the punches and coming to work without fail--even when we worked by daylight!

Come by and see us!

1093 Pacific Street, Brooklyn NY 11238 by appointment

Take the 2-3 / 4-5 or C train to Franklin Avenue


like minds, materials

Like Minds #4: The re-imaginings of Bouke de Vries

Everyone knows that I have a "thing" for everything Dutch...and Bouke de Vries is truly a very special Dutchman.   Like me, de Vries is focused on giving "things that are valueless a new life".  A master restorer of antique ceramics, he became fascinated by re-envisioning pieces with inherent beauty--despite their current condition.  He now uses fractured ceramic plates, broken jars and shards of statuettes as the basis for his artwork.  Check out this New York Times video to learn more about Mr. de Vries and see the beauty of his reinventions.