Gertie is an all-day restaurant located on the ground floor of a new, three-storey building in north Brooklyn. It spans 3,500 square foot (325 square metres) and accommodates 70 people as a counter-service cafe.Brooklyn studio Commoncraft has designed this eatery in the borough’s Williamsburg neighbourhood, which is intended as a playful tribute to the owner’s grandmother.
The aim was to “create a warm, joyful space that reflects his grandmother’s colourful, eccentric and playful style,” according to a project description.As part of the project, Commoncraft also designed the facade for Gertie, choosing patinated copper panels and large expanses of glazing that bring in plenty of natural light.
Inside, a key element of the eatery is a portion of the ceiling that rounds down towards the back of the space, where the long custom-made counter is located. The two elements match are completed in matching pale wood.The bar also divides the kitchen from the main dining area, and features a concrete top.
The designers chose a predominantly simple decor throughout the restaurant. This includes pale wood floors and white-painted walls that offer a minimal, bright aesthetic.Furniture comprises rustic looking chairs that feature brown upholstered backs and seats, and white tables.
A wall mural created by Lea Carey, comprising lavender, orange, and peach tones, provides a pop of colour. Other touches include potted plants, flower vases, and copper light fixtures custom designed by Danish design office Archival Studies.
Gertie also features a downstairs community and events space, and an outdoor patio decorated with a mural of ducks by local artist Sean Steed. There is also a “living room” with a record player and books to borrow.