The steps of classic New York brownstone buildings were a major inspiration for Daughter’s seating, which mimics the feeling of being casually perched on a stoop.
They might look like stone, but the unusual furniture is actually made from plywood covered with concrete and sand – a technique that took designer Christopher Al-Jumah months to perfect.
Plants in terracotta pots also help recreate the feeling of being sat outside one of the iconic houses – plenty of which are found in the nearby Brooklyn neighbourhood.
The rest of the Brooklyn cafe flows around the seating, with a curved serving counter covered in the same faux-brownstone concrete, and exposed brick walls providing the backdrop. A bright yellow ceiling, and orb-like pendants and wall lights, all help introduce some warmth.
Daughter is intended as a community space, and plans to support the area by donating 10 per cent of its profits to Ancient Song Doula – an organisation that offers doula services to women of colour and low-income families, and also hopes to eliminate infant mortality and maternal morbidity rate with its work.
1090 St Johns Place, Brooklyn, NY