Thursday, August 4th, 2011
by Caitlin M. Ryan
photos by James Chang
Life:Curated At a Glance
Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Number of Employees: 6
Year Founded: 2006
Sells: Men’s and women’s apparel, home goods, and furniture
Interior Design: Domestic Construction
Life:Curated was designed with its neighborhood and its owners’ lifestyles in mind, a style that has been coined “easy with a bit of edge.” Sarah Meyer, owner of the South Williamsburg storefront, and creative director Ryan Thomann are best friends and graduates of Savannah College of Art and Design. Together, they work to carefully stock the Life:Curated shelves with a constantly evolving collection of fashion, accessories, and housewares. Many of the men’s and women’s clothing collections bear hard-to-find labels, including VPL, Petiole, Idol Radec, and Timo Weiland.
Inside the boutique, Meyer and Thomann believe in a high-low interior design aesthetic, which manifests through instances such as a Suki Cheema pillow thrown on a refurbished vintage chair or posh upholstered armchairs coupled with a salvaged wood-and-metal coffee table. The duo called upon Domestic Construction to transform the store’s plain white interior into a moody, masculine, industrial space with spotlighting and energetic pops of color unlike any other store in the Brooklyn neighborhood.
Appropriately dubbed a “lifestyle store,” Life:Curated offers well pruned collections in a variety of categories at accessible price points. Along with legitimately friendly service, it’s a uniquely approachable atmosphere in the otherwise frenzied New York City shopping circuit.