SURFACE: 50 Norman Takes Greenpoint All the Way to Japan, and Other News

A former car garage in Greenpoint can now take you all the way to Japan, courtesy of new occupant 50 Norman, a marketplace for a trio of spaces offering the best of the country’s design and cuisine. Jo Nagasaka, founder of Tokyo’s Schemata Architects, worked with that city’s TANK group of craftspeople and Brooklyn-based Japanese design and construction team BLANK to refit the garage for retail using reclaimed wood from demolished Kyoto abodes. Graphic designer Rikako Nagashima of Village conceived the sandblasted signage.

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