These New York design creatives shape fresh spaces to explore the full potential of their practices.
What better way to express the joy of feeling at home than with a historic dwelling-turned-storefront filled with furnishing and accessories? Jenny Wolf was on a mission to formulate what a retail extension of her successful interior design practice might look like when she happened upon the centuries-old building in Pound Ridge that would become The Huntress. Fashioned like a home with thematic vignettes, the boutique serves as a holistic experience.
“The Huntress has a soul, and everything we are doing here has intention, from candles to custom upholstery,” Wolf says. Establishing this platform allowed her to create a world all her own, complete with objects found and acquired over time, as well as collections she’s developed independently or with partners. It’s also a means by which to guide others in their quest to curate abodes that truly reflect their inhabitants.
“We believe that home is a feeling and that creating that space within yourself opens you to a world of beauty,” she shares. A belief that is artfully reflected and celebrated by her expansion into retail.
In the Bronx’s Mott Haven neighborhood, a five-story building that once served as a metal factory is now home to designer J.M. Szymanski. The area’s rich industrial history was opportune given his prowess in crafting bespoke iron and steel furniture.
“Having moved into a historically marginalized yet culturally vibrant neighborhood, it’s important that we give back and make a deep commitment to the community around us,” Szymanski says. A commitment he stays true to by relying on a close-knit network of tradespeople operating nearby to help support local design initiatives. Within this space, Szymanski is able to house a gallery, gym, informal lounges and, most importantly, a sprawling workshop.
“For a small team of five people, 4,000 feet feels like luxury,” he adds. “This is not your typical New York studio. It’s open, bright and fluid.”