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Strawser & Smith

A new Brooklyn store makes home furnishings from industrial relics of decades past

by Doug Black in Design on 17 May 2010


Located in Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood, Strawser & Smith specialize in home furnishings repurposed from America's industrial past. The newly minted shop boasts a meticulously edited collection, primarily sourced from defunct industries of the Midwest. Many pieces date back to factories in Rust Belt cities like Detroit and Youngstown, that are refurbished in Cleveland before getting shipped to Brooklyn.

Currently, you can find a range of pieces, from authentic medical and stage lights to original maps from the 1920s and employee cubbies straight from a mid-century factory floor. Throughout the collection, you'll notice a heavy reliance on cast iron and production methods no longer employed today.

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The store's ethos lies in a they-don't-make-it-like-they-used-to-belief. Owners Fred Strawser and David Smith draw almost exclusively from the 19th and early 20th centuries, when American factories produced machinery and furniture of unparalleled craftsmanship and construction. Each piece has a history and a story of its own, evident in its unique wear after years of use.


And to celebrate ICFF, Strawser & Smith is throwing and in-store party tonight from 7 to 10pm. Expect music, drinks and the work of Pigeontail Design. See more images after the jump.

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