If you’re planning a trip to New York this summer, an attractive enclave near downtown is an extremely pleasant—and aesthetically enthralling—place to visit. Boerum Hill in Brooklyn is home to a surprising number of design and fashion shops where you can find tableware, small furniture, lighting, and more—most of it concentrated in a two-block area on Atlantic Avenue.

The area is named for a farm owned in colonial times by the Boerum Family. Today, much of the area consists of tree-lined, landmarked blocks, home to rows of brownstones. Zoning prevents tall buildings, especially in the blocks directly below Atlantic Avenue, the area’s main drag.

Boerum Hill is a short taxi/Uber/Lift ride from lower Manhattan; it can also be reached by nearly every subway, including the A, F, 2, 3, 4, 5, N, R, and Q lines.

Housewares and Design Stores in Boerum Hill

An inside of Mud design shop in Boerum Hill with shelves of colored plates and a table set up in the center of the room.
Photo courtesy of Mud

Mud

402 Atlantic Avenue

The brainchild of potter Shelly Simpson, this Sydney-based business features unique and colorful porcelain tableware, lighting, and more. The large and light-filled corner shop is definitely eye candy—but you’ll also want to take everything home.

The inside of Michele Varian design shop in Boerum Hill featuring a small black table in the center and box shelves against the back wall.
Photo courtesy of Michele Varian

Michele Varian

400 Atlantic Avenue

Relocated to Boerum Hill a couple of years ago from Soho, this light-filled emporium features textiles, pillows, wallpaper, lighting, and furniture by Varian herself, as well as product by more than 100 other designers—and dozens of local jewelry designers to boot.

The inside of Assembly Line Design Shop in Boerum Hill featuring a white chair on a black display table and wood shelves with wood products in the background.
Photo courtesy of Assembly Line

Assembly Line

373 Atlantic Avenue

From architecture and design studio General Assembly comes a highly elevated general store is a one-stop shop for everything interior design: furniture, lighting, cabinet hardware—even a line of limewash in collaboration with Ressource, a French wallpaper and paint company.

The inside of Primary Essentials design shop in Boerum Hill showcasing a long table filled with objects, two shelves built into the walls in the background, and two round lamps over the table.
Photo courtesy of The Primary Essentials

The Primary Essentials

372 Atlantic

A wonderful collection of homeware and gifts, much of which is on a long, low table that stretches the length of the front of the shop. You’ll find handmade ceramics by local potters, candles, personal care items, textiles, and a lot more.

The inside of Porta design shop in Boerum Hill with a kitchen counter and shelf above the counter with various household objects on them.
Photo courtesy of Porta

Porta

360 Atlantic Avenue

The tag line “beautiful things for beautiful homes” only tells part of the story. PORTA works with designers and artisans from many countries in Europe to assemble a collection of distinctive items that straddle the traditional and the contemporary.

Fashion Shops in Boerum Hill

A bed designed from products at Layla fashion store in Boerum Hill featuring a pattern blue bed sheet and pillow plus two pink pattern pillows.
Photo courtesy of Layla

Layla

352 Atlantic Avenue

Alayne Patrick’s treasure chest of a store is a mix of bedding, jewelry, clothing and housewares, most of which is created by the owner with craftspersons in India. She also carries vintage rugs, contemporary and antique works on paper, and paintings by Aleishall Girard Maxon.

The inside of M Patmos fashion shop in Boerum Hill with a wood table of purses, a rack of clothes to the left, and an outfit hanging on the back wall.
Photo courtesy of M. Patmos

M. Patmos

358 Atlantic Avenue

Named after its owner, the shop features “modern wardrobe staples and sophisticated, textural knitwear meant to be passed down to future generations.” The focus is on low environmental impact and working with small, family-owned factories and workshops.

The outside of Clare V fashion shop in Boerum Hill with a blue outside and sign sitting in front of the building.
Photo courtesy of Clare V.

Clare V.

57 Bergen Street

Founded in 2008, Clare V. is a hybrid of California cool and European chic, offering handbags, small leather goods, clothing, jewelry, and more. The brand has ongoing relationships with charitable causes, including Every Mother Counts founded by Christy Turlington Burns.

Story by Stephen Treffinger

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