Last weekend, we opened Common Havemeyer, our third Brooklyn home, located in Williamsburg. We caught up with Sophie Wilkinson, our Director of Design and Construction, to learn more about the new space and the choices made around furnishings, layout, and community spaces.
What’s new about Common Havemeyer?
Sophie: Common Havemeyer is a very exciting project for us- it is our largest home to date. Keeping our typical private bedrooms, we have twelve suites within four side-by-side, connected buildings, totalling in over fifty members at the one location. These layers within the building allow for important layers of company: private space, intimate family groups, and the larger community.
The suites also share living spaces, with a large dining room table on one floor, and a couch, coffee table and TV on the floor above. We have already seen the interplay between those two suites, with members gathering in one suite for cooking dinner, and in another for Game of Thrones screenings. The suites all have dishwashers, large ovens, big cooktops and plenty of counter space, things that can be a luxury. We also enjoy four large side by side rooftops, which will be wonderful over summer.
How is the design and decor at Common Havemeyer different? What key furniture items and decisions contributed to the overall look?
S: Located in Williamsburg, the property references raw, industrial elements in the materiality. We have matched that with a clean, simple design aesthetic in the furniture selection. The selected pieces were chosen for their high quality, and great design. We partnered with our favorite suppliers again: Casper, Parachute, Snowe, and West Elm, and also were delighted to add some gorgeous pieces from Restoration Hardware, and ABC Carpet and Home. Another two wonderful partnerships we added at Common Havemeyer have been Akron Street, Interior Define, and Hugo and Hoby, both exciting furniture start-ups.
One of the lessons we learned from our first properties, was that our members’ tastes and special pieces are what really make each space a home. At Common Havemeyer, we took care to supply plenty of creature comforts, whilst leaving space for the furniture and pieces to breathe and also allow everyone to bring their own pieces into their Home. Our art was curated once again by creative agency Mayday, and framed by Framebridge. It has been a lovely experience to dive into beautiful and interesting pieces that reference American artists and iconology, beautiful minimalist art, and works that focus on places or people connected to Brooklyn.
What community spaces did you create at Common Havemeyer and why did you choose these?
S: One of the most wonderful things about shared living, is getting access to spaces and features that you could never have alone, and also sharing these spaces with others. At Common Havemeyer we have a variety of community spaces, both inside in the home, and in courtyards and on rooftops.
The Lounge is to relax or work in. It homes: a massive Restoration Hardware leather couch for equally big conversations; a library with books, preloved by our members a ready to share; and big table aside a chalkboard for brainstorming sessions. One of my favourite features is the photo wall, a project that will grow and continue to showcase the faces of the Common community.
The Wellness Studio also opened last week, furnished for yoga, pilates, meditation and other group fitness classes. It is simple, sleek, well lit and modern. Our Director of Community, Danny Robin, has curated a variety of fitness programming in the space, and we are looking forward to bringing more wellness to our member’s lives.
The screening room, to be finished later in the summer, features a monitor which can be controlled by any of the members via chrome cast, Roku or cable TV. This will be an incredible room for a Netflix marathon, film feature, or weekly screening of member favorites like Shark Tank, the Bachelor and, of course, Game of Thrones.