The design store Karkula has come home. Opened in Brooklyn in 1996 and an 18-square-meter shop name Breukelen, it made the jump to Manhattan's then emerging Meatpacking District in 1999. Priced out when the area became overrun with bars and clubs, it relocated first to TriBeCa, and now back to its original borough in Williamsburg, where owner John Erik Karkula lives.
Throughout that 17-year saga, it has supported young local designers, such as Jim Zivic and David Weeks, while introducing the wares of lesser-known European brands. Today it carried products from such renowned companies as e15, Extremis, Kettal, Oluce and Santa & Cole, as well as raw, vaguely utilitarian pieces by local office Token, and a handful of items designed by Karkula himself.