Studio Bartleby

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Studio Bartleby
Brooklyn, NY

Firm Description
Studio Bartleby is an interior design, furniture and textile design studio. Two recent residential projects include a TriBeCa loft for a young couple and a family weekend home in the Connecticut countryside. The studio is also creating a combination desk/shelving unit/task lamp and designs hand-knitted area rugs.

Approach to Residential Design
Studio Bartleby focuses on making spaces and objects that respond to context. They investigate the possibilities of space, translate clients’ aspirations, and provide guidance through the sometimes lengthy process of concept to completion. Principal Mary L. Chan designs spaces that speak to clients’ aspirations. The studio's ultimate goal is to witness the pleasure derived from a perfect fit and an ideal environment. Chan considers how spaces may be created in the most functional and beautiful manner. 

Distinguishing Characteristics
Because the studio prizes the specific, they produce their own construction drawings, material samples and prototypes. They're also actively engaged in the process of making of all elements. "With equal weight, we consider how a space will look during a grand party and how it will feel when someone is fixing toast for themselves," says Chan. As designers, they relish projects that call for nuance and research, and where they may apply a steady hand and a broad mind. While they enjoy trends, they prefer more lasting designs.

Work Influences
Novelists often play a role in the Chan's work, particularly writers who leave space for visual imagination while providing a richness of ideas pertaining to the quotidian experience.  Her favorite authors include David Mitchell, Jeanette Winterson and Stefan Zweig.

Year founded: 2006
Number of employees: 2
Services: Interior architectural design, construction management, space planning; sourcing, design and fabrication of bespoke surface finishes, cabinet work, furniture and textiles

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