How a Converted Brooklyn Factory Turned Into a Family Home

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The design studio Uhuru will open its first retail showroom on May 16 in Tribeca, at 74 Franklin Street, with updated versions of its current collections: leather and bronze chairs made from reclaimed horse fencing, walnut-slab tables, and powder-coated end tables in an assortment of customized colors. Uhuru will also be launching a collection of men’s and women’s jewelry made with metal, wood, and black diamonds. In addition, the showroom will be home to a bar and rotating art installations, plus a table made from Berlin Wall scraps. On the occasion of Uhuru’s new store, I visited the Red Hook home that co-founder Bill Hilgendorf shares with his wife, Maria Cristina Rueda, and two children.