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Modest Designs

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260 Berry St., Brooklyn, NY 11211 40.714 -73.963
at S. 1st St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
646-662-1869 Send to Phone

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  • Price Range: ($$) Mid-Range, ($$$$) Very High End
  • Products & Services: Antique/Vintage Furniture, Bedroom Furniture, Decorative Accents, Lighting, Living Room Furniture, Mirrors, Shelving/Organizers, etc.
Photo by Corinne Durand

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Tue-Sun, noon-6pm; Mon, closed

Nearby Subway Stops

L at Bedford Ave.

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Product Guide


  • Antique/Vintage Furniture
  • Decorative Accents
  • Living Room Furniture
  • Bedroom Furniture
  • Lighting
  • Mirrors
  • Shelving/Organizers
  • Rugs/Carpeting


On an otherwise nondescript block in Williamsburg, David Halpern opened Modest Designs. He shares the double-lot space with Carl Chaffee, whose similar twentieth-century furnishings occupy the adjacent storefront. Halpern’s well-edited collection of mid-century modern finds, gathered from around the world, has earned him a reputation for a discerning eye and a knack for flawless vintage repair work. Despite its name, Modest Designs are anything but: Display pieces, like the vintage Gucci picnic sac, can be decidedly over-the-top, and prices on most of these collector’s items are high enough to make you blush. Much of the unconventional seating, some of which comes in its original fabric (think Op Art velvet print) and finish, carries design heavyweight names like Arne Norell and Paul Tuttle.