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Required Reading: Freemans Food & Drink by Taavo Somer

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Required Reading: Freemans Food & Drink by Taavo Somer

November 17, 2016

We’ve been fans of downtown style prognosticator Taavo Somer’s aesthetic for a while now (Remember when Freemans first opened in the East Village and it was such a revelation?). His more recent culinary foray into Brooklyn, Isa, was our go-to spot (sadly, it didn’t make it). Lately, we’ve been paging through Somer’s new book, Freemans Food and Drink, and admiring his weekend place, a 19th-century farmhouse in upstate New York that he renovated from top to bottom while preserving the original look and feel. Join us for a look around.

Photography by David Prince.

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Above: The floors are made of reclaimed pine. “The house reminds me of the colonial architecture I grew up with, which was always super spartan and minimal,” Somer told GQ.

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Above: The fire-lit parlor (to re-create the look, consult Steal This Look: A Rustic Farmhouse Living Room in Upstate New York).

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Above: The kitchen, with whitewashed exterior stone wall, was added onto the existing structure.

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Above: A suite of spindle-back farmhouse Windsor chairs surrounds the rustic dining table.

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Above: On the second floor, the walls and floors are painted a uniform shade of white.

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Above: A vintage-style marble sink console.

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Above: The whitewashed stone house dates back to the 19th century.

For more ideas, see Steal This Look: A Rustic Farmhouse Living Room in Upstate New York.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the article 'Required Reading: Freeman's Food and Drink Interiors' about?

The article is a review of the book 'Freeman's Food and Drink Interiors' by James Freeman, which showcases the interior designs of Freeman's various restaurants.

Who is James Freeman?

James Freeman is a restaurateur and the owner of several successful restaurants, including Blue Bottle Coffee and Freeman's Restaurant.

What kind of content does the book cover?

The book features photographs and descriptions of the interior designs of Freeman's restaurants, along with stories and anecdotes about the creation of each space.

Are there any recipes included in the book?

No, the book primarily focuses on the interior designs of the restaurants and does not include any recipes.

Is the book only relevant to people in the restaurant industry?

No, the book can be appreciated by anyone interested in interior design or the world of restaurants. It provides inspiration and ideas for creating unique and memorable spaces.

Where can I purchase the book?

The book can be purchased on Amazon or at various bookstores.

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