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Living room set-up at In Common With's showroom

In Common With opens lighting studio and showroom in Brooklyn warehouse

Lighting brand In Common With has opened a studio, showroom and production facility inside a Brooklyn warehouse.

The 3,500-square-foot (325-square-metre) space is located in a former industrial building in Gowanus, which was recently renovated by Morris Adjmi Architects and is home to a variety of creative companies.

Dining room area
In Common With founders Nick Ozemba and Felicia Hung gave their showroom a residential feel

Bringing all of In Common With's operations under one roof, the set-up allows founders Nick Ozemba and Felicia Hung to assemble and showcase their products in a residential-style setting.

The opening of the space also coincides with the launch of In Common With's 20-piece glass lighting collection, Flora, which was created in collaboration with French-American designer Sophie Lou Jacobsen.

Pendant lamp above small table and chairs
Lighting from the brand's Flora collection join vintage and contemporary furniture

"Five years ago, Felica and I set out to create a different kind of lighting brand based on a collaborative model with other makers and centered around material exploration," said Ozemba.

"Our new space will allow us to push this approach further, grow our team and take on more ambitious projects."

Items displayed on plastered shelves
Plastered walls and custom millwork contribute earthy tones to the interior

The showroom presents new and previous lighting collections – designed with ceramicists, glassmakers and metalworkers from around the world – amongst a mix of vintage and contemporary furniture.

A Mario Bellini sofa and a Tapestry Chair by Giancarlo Valle anchor a living room area, lit by a chandelier and a floor lamp from the Flora range.

Plastered walls and custom millwork join the exposed wooden ceiling, uniting a selection warm earthy tones.

Artworks by Charlotte Hallberg, Al Svaboda and more were also commissioned for the showroom.

In Common With studio and production space
The studio and production space features custom workstations

"Highly tactile and hand-crafted details create an immersive environment while celebrating the architectural details, generous proportions, and ample light of the industrial building where they are based," said the team.

In the studio, custom work tables, oak shelving, storage and technical lighting were all installed to aid production.

Custom workstations
There's a dedicated area for prototyping new products

Components for In Common With's modular Up Down Sconce and Alien Orb Pendant are arranged by colour on the shelves. There's also a dedicated area for the team to prototype new products.

Ozemba and Hung met while studying at RISD, and founded their brand in 2017 before debuting a range of handmade clay designs a year later.

Components for Up Down Sconce
Components for In Common With's Up Down Sconce are arranged by colour on oak shelving

Brooklyn is home to a thriving creative community, with many artists and designers living and working in the New York City borough.

Other workspaces that have opened there recently include a series of historic factory buildings converted by Worrell Yeung, and retailer Radnor's studio and showroom in another former factory.

The photography is by William Jess Laird.