How Brooklyn Designers Created a Historic Townhouse for Modern Living

by Hadley Keller

The inaugural Brooklyn Heights Designer Show House merges old and new, to striking effect

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It’s about time Brooklyn had its own designer show house. Over the past few years, the borough has proven itself as more of a creative oasis than ever, with everything from furniture to lighting to ceramics making waves throughout the design community; one room at this year’s prestigious Holiday House featured only decor from Brooklyn. And while show houses like Holiday House and Kips Bay are buzzworthy events in Manhattan, its sister borough hasn’t seen the same opportunity for showcasing its best design—until now. With the inaugural Brooklyn Heights Designer Show House, the Brooklyn Heights Association as gathered 17 of the borough’s creatives to outfit a historic townhouse on Livingston Street, with funds benefiting the association’s preservation efforts in the charming neighborhood.




Living Room by Glenn Gissler

Gissler, a Brooklyn Heights resident, worked with 1stdibs to source a collection of furnishings that would look at home under the room’s original molding and large-scale windows. “Our goal was to create a 19th-century living room for the 21st century,” Gissler quips. “Placing a rich and sophisticated selection of 20th-century furnishings, artwork, and accessories gives the room a more modern feeling reflecting more contemporary lifestyles.”