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  • Deana Lenz

In Common With Collection at Quarters:

Crafting Hospitality with Elevated Materials, Detail-Oriented Design, and Unparalleled Adaptability

In Common With is a story of curiosity, materiality, and collaboration. Through our portfolio of lighting collections, we explored our way to the aesthetic we’re known for today: simple, striking, and calm. It’s with that same iterative streak that we take on custom and special projects. Guided by our creative direction, every effort is shared. When you see an In Common With object, you’re seeing many invisible hands. -

DL: Can you tell us about the ethos behind In Common / Quarters?

Quarters is more than a retail concept; it’s a platform for showcasing our unique view on domesticity and hospitality, and sharing our creative vision with a broader audience. It represents our imagination, values, and ambitions in a tangible form, and it’s an open invitation for others to find inspiration within our world.

Quarters is styled as a residence, providing a home to the entirety of In Common With’s lighting collections, which are presented alongside meticulously sourced and restored vintage furniture, our favorite specialty pantry items, rare books, artwork, and decor – all available to purchase in-store.

DL: I’m curious to hear about new lighting collections you are working on!

We’re launching a collection with designer Shane Gabier in the Fall, which will show ceramic used in a number of ways. We’re also exploring textiles, using patchwork techniques for a series of lamps. Next year, we’re releasing a lighting collection that uses various glassmaking techniques to render patterns and iconography onto sconces and surface mounts.

DL: I loved the tattoo furniture, can you share how these pieces are made and the inspiration behind them?

We worked with a handful of tattoo artists to develop the iconography seen in our new table

collection, which clients will choose from as they customize their own pieces – similar to flipping through a flash tattoo book. We then use a branding iron to make the inscribed markings on the surface, which lend an heirloom quality to each individual piece for generations to come.

DL: Tell us about the bar and how you see this working into the design community. What will the bar offer?

Hospitality is at the heart of Quarters – we want people to feel at ease when they visit and shop. The bar allows us to take retail to a different place, one that is not so serious! It gives us the opportunity to sit down with our clients and partners over a glass of wine to discuss projects – or for designers to do the same with their clients.

The bar builds on our dedication to purposeful creative connection by combining the intimacy of a private home with the theater of hospitality.

Later this year, we will open the bar for service and launch an venue rental program – stay tuned!

DL: I like the idea that you can purchase dry goods and grab a drink/ coffee. Who thought of this concept and what kind of community do you want to build here in NYC?

We have always wanted to open a physical space that centers around hospitality, so it felt natural to include these elements at Quarters. We want our community to experience the totality of our world, which includes a deep love for design history, cooking, hosting guests, and being in dialogue with each other. Anyone can find something to discover, learn, or take home with them. We hope this approach invites curiosity and builds a community of like-minded people who will return again and again.

DL: What pieces are vintage?

Our vintage selections will rotate constantly, including vintage sofas, cabinets and sideboards, and objects.

DL: Final words about the build-out and the space?

Inspired by Tribeca’s rich artistic history—and by the participatory spirit of 1960s ad hoc art

spaces—Quarters shifts between the expected and the altogether disarming, a curated space and one that’s improvisational and alive. Our intention is to regularly reimagine the space so guests have something new to explore.

To see more you can follow In Common with here.


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