Cult Shop: A Brooklyn Temple To Vintage Design

Spread across two light-filled floors in Williamsburg, The Somerset House – a new design mecca in Brooklyn – is not to be confused with London’s neoclassical landmark. “This is a Covid baby,” says Alan Eckstein of his temple to eclecticism. Here, Danish midcentury and modern finds and gilded 18th-century French mirrors sit comfortably with Ethiopian nesting stools ($450). Each is a prime example of Eckstein’s enthusiasm for “finite pieces of great design.” Eckstein grew up in suburban Long Island, on Somerset Street, which lends its name to the shop he launched last year. The pandemic gave the former designer at menswear brand Timo Weiland the spur to realize his retail dream at last. “With people caring more than ever about their home surroundings, it seemed like the ideal time to open a space where I could spark an interest in collecting.” Read more at Financial Times.