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Before & After: Makeshift Society in Brooklyn

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Makeshift Society, an SF co-working space founded in 2012 by three entrepreneurial women creatives (Victoria Smith of SF Girl by Bay; Rena Tom , an SF-based strategist and matchmaker; and Suzanne Shade , a curator and design maven), has taken its collaborative clubhouse to Brooklyn. After crowdfunding almost $32,000 on Kickstarter, Makeshift Society Brooklyn worked with Dash Marshall Architects  to turn the ground floor and basement of a former pencil factory into a shared workplace for freelancers and small teams (including the Design Sponge staff). Inspired by a visit to the Donald Judd house in Soho, Bryan Boyer, a principal at Dash Marshall and partner at Makeshift Society, set out to inject a "sense of ambiguity and open-endedness" into the 4,000-square-foot Williamsburg space. But there was one rule: no reclaimed wood. "In Brooklyn, rusticated wood seems to be almost a nervous tic. Makeshift Society is a forward-thinking community, so we wanted the aesthetic to look ahead," Boyer says. Mission accomplished: The Dash Marshall team transformed the century-old studio into a bright and fresh communal office, custom-made desks, shelving, and door pulls included. Where should we host the next Remodelista offsite? My vote goes to Makeshift Society Brooklyn . Here's why. Photographs by Bryan Boyer  unless otherwise noted.  Before  Above: The construction took just over two months to complete, and most of the fixtures were made offsite.  Above: A custom-mixed blue from Fine Paints of Europe was applied to the concrete columns and a bit of whitewash on the walls, but otherwise the bones of the building were left largely as is.  Above: In the center of the ground floor, a cube that doubles as a conference room and workshop space was constructed from maple plywood. Above: Makeshift Society Brooklyn on paper.  After Above: A custom-made communal table anchors the entrance—and most of the time is lined with rows of people working on laptops. Members of the coworking space include a jewelry designer, illustrators, and the Design Sponge  crew.  Above: The finished cube. The tables were made for Makeshift Society and the Clutch Dining Chairs  are by Blu Dot. Above: The columns were painted to divide the downstairs into two zones: a communal eating area and a workspace where full-time members keep permanent desks.  Above: In the shared kitchen and dining space,  Salt Chairs from Design Within Reach surround a white tabletop secured on Clamp-a-Legs by Dutch furniture company De Vorm. The wood shelving system was custom built. Photograph by Kelli Anderson.  Above: Phone booths stand ready for private business calls. The leather door pulls were made by Canoe Goods for Makeshift Society—but you can create your own: Alexa shows us how in our  DIY Video: How to Make a $20 Cabinet Pull for $2 . Photograph by Kelli Anderson.  Above: Next to the phone booths is the library nook where a  Rochester Sofa from West Elm provides a place to get comfortable with a laptop or one of the office's donated design books.  Above: We're taking notes on this clutter-free arrangement. The desk was built for the space, and the chair is from  Heartwork . Photograph by Kelli Anderson. Visit Makeshift Society Brooklyn for information on memberships and upcoming classes and events. And tour Makeshift Society in SF here .  Love lofty, light-filled workspaces? Have a look at the Everlane Studio in San Francisco  and Totokaelo's Fashion-Forward Office in Seattle . For another transformation in Brooklyn, see  Before & After: A Brooklyn Townhouse with a Double-Wide Garden on Gardenista.  More Stories from Remodelista 10 Easy Pieces: Desks for Small Spaces Object Lessons: The Indispensable Desk Stapler For the Up-to-Date Office: 10 LED Suspension Lights






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