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The Side Tables Have a Past

As do the pillows, chairs, and armoire.

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“This used to be our workshop,” says textile maker Nadia Yaron, standing in the Clinton Hill living room she shares with her business and life partner, woodworker Myriah Scruggs. Back in 2008, the space—within a 1,100-square-foot floor-through—was outfitted with a handsaw and at least one drill. Now it’s simply where they relax. With their business, Nightwood, the duo create what they call “reincarnated” décor out of salvaged wood and cast-off furniture. Once business began booming at their Brooklyn Flea booth and custom orders started coming in, the couple moved production to a studio nearby, allowing them to turn the virtually raw apartment into a power-tool-free sanctuary with white walls and furnishings of their own reinvention. “Pieces and spaces with a history have a romance,” Scruggs says. “And we like the simplicity of making a lot from a little.” While they’re still tweaking the place, the pair have a new project in the works: On June 11, they will debut the first permanent Nightwood store, on Grand Street in Williamsburg, where they will sell their signature wares as well as a collection of lighting done with master illuminator Doug Newton. Like their home, the shop will be purposefully layered, not crammed—giving each piece room to tell its story. Says Scruggs: “We like things airy and sparse; the negative space is important to us.”

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