Why Bushwick needs KERF:
1) Bushwick is home to a number of designers, artisans, and makers. Right now there is no local venue to showcase all of the furniture and other designs created in Bushwick. As a person who loves furniture I really appreciate good design and would really like other people to be exposed to it too. I’ve seen some stunning work done in Bushwick and once you’ve seen it, I think you’ll agree.
2)For better or worse a large part of the changes that have been going on in Bushwick has come in the form of bars and restaurants opening. In fact 11 bars have opened here in the last 6 months. In order for a neighborhood to really grow we need more than just bars and restaurants.
3) There is a lot of construction going on here too. Apartments are being renovated at a fast rate, and new buildings are going up all the time. More people are moving here all the time- a creative class of people that will need furniture and other housewares to decorate their new living space. Their option now? Ikea. And Ikea is well…Ikea. Not to mention the closest one is on the other side of Brooklyn.
My Story: After graduating four years ago with a degree in Furniture Design, I moved back to NY and started working in Bushwick. At the time I was honestly surprised to be working in Bushwick. The neighborhood didn’t have the best reputation. But I could quickly see a neighborhood in transition. I now live in Bushwick and in the four years I’ve been back, I have to say there are some pretty amazing changes going on here.
This is where KERF comes in. KERF will add to the neighborhood as a showcase of local culture, providing a place to buy some brilliant furniture and giving the opportunity to local designers to grow their business.
Why we need your money:
Right now KERF is moving from an esoteric idea to an actualized storefront. We’ll use the donations to secure a physical location in Bushwick. It will also allow us to get on our feet, pay for advertising, and aid with other business expenses.
The best part: THE PERKS!
One of the coolest things about donating to KERF is the awesome furniture and products we have available. Scroll down to see what we have to offer. We’ve profiled some of the local designers that will have their pieces for sale at KERF once we open. Eleonora Zorzi, Kahokia, Rutledge Radio, and SAW have been cool enough to help the campaign by offering a few of their pieces as incentives for donations to KERF. I know some of these prices seem high, but remember you are donating to a worthy cause and I want to get these designers top dollar for their participation. (Please note that international shipping rates may increase cost)
Model D by Rutledge Radio. Locally Designed and Built. Your perk for $500
The Model D is a self contained, amplified speaker unit with an 1/8" (3.5mm) auxiliary input compatible with smart phones, iPods, tablets, laptops, etc... Designed as a reaction to mass-produced plastic iPod docks and clumsy computer speakers, our speaker units are constructed of domestic walnut hardwoods with traditional box joints, bone knobs and linen speaker cloth. The emphasis is on natural materials and longevity of the product. The most sustainable design is one where the materials are renewable, the aesthetics are timeless, and the product is well made.
Andy by Kahokia. Locally Designed and Built. A perk for $200 Soon to be offered by Kerf, Andy is the 4 tier wall vanity from the Manity line by Kahokia. Andy includes an elegant side mirror and each cubby is large enough to store a "Watch Log", sunglasses (including a bulky case) or any other accessories you see fit. Andy holds up to four watch logs or four pairs of sunglasses. The elegant and simple "Watch Log" is sold separately and holds up to 3 male wrist watches. Please note contents are for illustration purposes. 16"W x 14"H x 4"D. Clear pine with a light natural stained finish.
Gatsby Table by SAW. Loacally designed and built. Yours for $1200
The Gatsby Dining table is a hand built composition repurposed wood (varies on supply) and a hand welded steel frame. It has a powder-coated finish is (shown in MINT but many colors available) and adjustable feet. Easy assembly required (ten screws). 60"L x 30"W x 30"H, overall
The No. 007 Shelf by HackettDesign. Locally Designed and Built. Your Perk for $100
Inspired by the art of Mondrian and the mystique or the golden ration, No. 007 structures FSC Certified plywood into a clean geometric composition. Ideal for books, glasses, or to bring order to whatever chaos surrounds you. Available in your choice of 3 backboard colors: daphne blue, lipstick red, or pale chartreuse. (shown in maroon).
Ponte Side Table by HackettDesign. Made of repurposed church pews. A perk for $250
Poster and tShirt design exclusively for Kerf by Eleonora Zorzi. A beautiful design inspired by Kerf and traditional playing cards, these hand screen are printed on a beautiful French Paper. 18x24
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