Brooklynites Philipp Mohr, an architect, and John Erik Karkula, have collaborated to create a cutting-edge home decor showroom in the home decor space in an abandoned garage building in Williamsburg.
The store, “Karkula,” owned by John Erik Karkula, is on the main strip of the area’s coolest neighborhood, Southside, on Bedford Avenue.
In an effort to keep the building eco-friendly and sustainable, the bare bones of the factory on the site was used to develop the space. The simple design allowed for pre-existing materials to be used. The façade is also multi-purpose and includes a bench, planter, and a shop window that is used as the light source. In an effort to be more sustainable the lighting sources are mostly from the windows put in throughout the building.
Karkula also owned and created the design store “Breukelen” on Atlantic Avenue in 1996. This store offers a mix of high-end furniture to innovative and eclectic local artists’ work. Karkula has been featured in multiple publications, most notably in The New York TimesStyle section for his unique style and sensibility.
Mohr is a German-born architect and designer with more than 20 years experience in retail and interior design. His extensive background includes working with renowned architects like Annabelle Selldorf and in designing international flagship stores for Abercrombie, DKNY and many other quality brands. One of his biggest achievements was working as a partner on the design of the Marc Jacobs/Louis Vuitton retrospective at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs at the Louvre Museum in Paris.