Inside Kaufmann Mercantile’s Warm Utilitarian Brooklyn Loft
Ever since we laid eyes on the exceptionally curated Kaufmann Mercantile, dare we say, we've been hooked. Founded by Sebastian Kaufmann (above), the thoughtful brand has painstakingly searched the globe for top quality sustainable goods and products. Seriously, one look at what they do and you'll understand (and appreciate) the ideology that has gone into making this covetable lifestyle.
We visited their loft in Brooklyn to spy on their space and find out what drives their aesthetic. Of their environment, Kaufmann says, "I like spaces that are comfortable and at the same time minimal. I'm not set on one style, or one time period--the individual piece needs to works and in the end everything has to work together. I like to create contrast, and balanced repetition at the same time."
Inspiration is everywhere but kept neatly arranged on cork boards. Exceptional amounts of time and effort goes into sourcing everything from their hand-forged Japanese garden clippers (less than one-hundred are made each year!), to the French crafted willow rod drawing charcoal (honestly, it's the most beautiful tiny bundle of charcoal you'll ever see), to the Turk one-piece forged iron frying pan that is exclusive to their online store. If you're anything like us, you'll probably want one of everything.
"The aesthetic is minimal and utilitarian with a touch of mid-century," says Kaufmann. He continues, "All of the furniture within our office is here out of necessity. The pieces within the space have been accumulated overtime as we've grown." Using steel racks, potential products wait to be tested and approved behind Creative Buyer, Valerie Hirsch. Wooden file holders and brass pots keep her desk space an organic minimalist's dream.
Set between four divided lofty rooms, Kaufmann Mercantile has managed to keep the industrial integrity of the building. "I am very conscious about each and every piece that has been introduced to the office to create a standard that could be replicated. I didn't want to office look like a patch-worked together after a few years," says the brand's founder.
Exposed wood floors, stark white walls and simple iron and wooden desks make for an ideal canvas to the brand that focuses on sustainable goods with top notch integrity. A favorite detail of ours has to be the copper bird feeders and potted succulents that were scattered throughout the office.
Glazed ceramics and a simple bulb light mingle well atop desks purchased from The Source in Brooklyn. A unified mid-century vibe is accented by colorful vintage Eames DDS chairs that the team sourced from eBay.
We're a little obsessed that the online store carries everything from home goods you'd use on a daily basis (glass storage jars) to desk accessories, gardening tools, wooden slingshots (yes, they're that fantastic) and outdoor sporting goods. Honestly, you're never going to find a chicer pair of snowshoes! If you ask us, they're very practical given the last two winters.
The art department occupies a room of their own, which also houses the photo studio (Kaufmann Mercantile photographs each and every product to ensure it get's their stamp of branding). Take a tip for your home and style your own wall installation using everyday goods you love.
Art Director, Dominick Volini, plays photographer in their naturally-lit studio space.
Meetings are kept small and styled at one of their simple conference tables, which avoid feeling cold thanks to molded orange chairs. It's easy to see that every turn at Kaufmann Mercantile is considered with great detail and has created one of our favorite sources for a well-lived lifestyle.
Photography by Michael Marquand