“Come meet Olga — the dog and the store.”
Just like that, Richard Velloso hit our soft spots: pups and well-designed home decor.
The even-keeled Brazilian, who left advertising to make furniture using reclaimed materials, named his newly opened Dumbo shop (a massive former art gallery) after his chocolate Lab.
Velloso crafts one-of-a-kind dining and coffee tables and light fixtures in a glass-enclosed workshop in back. One table, fashioned from a log fished from the East River, mimics the Manhattan Bridge; another is built from wide planks joined by lengths of steel. All are priced ($2,500-$10,000) for collectors.
Not made of money? Pick up a carved vintage box, industrial spiked rings and necklaces by Kevin Morrison, or Lulu Yang’s knit alpaca throws and pillows sewn from vintage Northern Brazilian textiles. Jazz up walls with cheeky art in Edwardian frames by Mauro Baiocco.
Up next: Velloso plans to open his workshop to a range of artists. Olga plans to nap.
Olga Guanabara, 63 Pearl Street, between Front and Water Streets (718-522-7100 or olgaguanabara.com).
Photo: Courtesy of Olga Guanabara