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Many Dumbo storefronts strive to look like art galleries, but Olga Guanabara pulls it off better than most; not only does the furniture here resemble works of art, but rotating exhibits also line the walls. Dinner and coffee tables are owner Richard Velloso's specialty, and he makes them in a workspace located within the store. The sleek, intricately crafted steel and wood pieces often incorporate salvaged logs, vintage bathtub feet, and even driftwood found on the waterfront near the shop, which is situated in the shadow of the Manhattan Bridge. Velloso works exclusively with reclaimed materials, though his reasons are more aesthetic then ethical: Old materials have more character, he says. And while carefully chosen vintage pieces and work from a handful of other designers round out the selection (there are handmade hammocks, embroidered linen tablecloths, and even jewelry), examples of his handiwork have a distinct look, and his personal touch is evident everywhere. This extends even to the name: Guanabara is a bay in Velloso's native Brazil, while Olga refers to the dog who calls the workshop home.
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