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Brand-new furniture store Olga Guanabara just opened in a former art gallery in Dumbo. The space doubles as a studio for Brazil-born co-owners Richard Velloso and Renato Yoshima, who named the shop after their chocolate lab Olga. ("Guanabara" is Tupi-Guarani for "the bosom of the sea," but you knew that.) Since this is Dumbo, prices aren't cheap: Big-ticket items like hand-made dining tables go for $2,500 to $10,000. But DailyCandy reports plenty of smaller household items for impulse buyers, including spiked rings and necklaces from Kevin Morrison, alpaca throws and Brazilian textile pillows from Lulu Yang, and "cheeky art in Edwardian frames" from Mauro Baiocco.
Velloso and Yoshima seem eager to turn their store into a community for artists and artisans. On their website, they explain that while they made most of the furniture themselves, they're also stocking the "Envy Collection" to showcase other designers who "Olga has a huge admiration for and sure wishes she has thought of those ideas first!" And they're planning to use the space as a gallery to show off the work of local artists as well.
· Olga Guanabara Furniture and Art Studio Open in Dumbo Brooklyn [DumboNYC]
· Olga Guanabara Home Store Opens in Brooklyn [DailyCandy]
· Olga Guanabara [Official Site]