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Camille Hempel Design
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L at Bedford Ave.; J, M, Z at Marcy Ave.
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Jewelry designer Camille Hempel worked stints designing toy models and prosthetic limbs before opening her South Williamsburg boutique in 2005, two years after her three-legged couch—buttressed by a rogue cinderblock—won Regis and Kelly’s “America’s Ugliest Couch” contest. Today, the crooked “Old Glory” loveseat has become Hempel’s unofficial logo, gracing the blackened silver pendants and screen printed tee shirts that have since become best sellers. Her incongruous corner store—an old diner where Domino Sugar factory workers used to eat—only fuels her philosophy, with linoleum siding above, stucco below, and an octagon-shaped space that houses her hand-torched range of sunny 18 karat gold, silver, and rose-gold rings, hammered studs, chains, cufflinks, and made-to-order objets d'art. Half of the goods are rings (her favorite for their unisex appeal), including custom ordered nuptial fixings made from black and Canadian diamonds. Most notable is Hempel’s signature armor ring, a dented slab of metal spanning two architectural bands, inspired by Japanese joinery and tension bridges.