When photographer Jennifer Tzar dropped in on a bookstore in Hudson, NY, one day, she didn’t know that her love of Iceland would lead to a creative and business partnership. While perusing the shelves, Jennifer, a recent transplant from New York City, met a kindred spirit in Adam Loomis, a sculptor and furniture maker.
Last August the duo transformed a former garage into ÖR Gallery and Tavern (ÖR is Icelandic for arrow), a multipurpose studio and community gathering spot, that serves as a bar, event space, gallery, storefront, and workshop. Adam makes the leather goods and other one-of-a-kind pieces designed by the duo, as well as all the furniture in the space. Jennifer, a photographer and stylist, serves as Adam’s design partner and as the general manager of the gallery and tavern.
We’re delighted to feature this fledgling brand at our upcoming NYC market at Canvas Home.
Photographs by Jennifer Tzar.
Above: Jennifer and Adam maintained the industrial charm of the former garage but made it more welcoming with the addition of a garden patio.
Above: Against a dramatic black background, the warm wooden bar, built by Adam, offers a welcoming place to gather and eat.
Above: Handmade by Adam, the trestle tables in the dining area are also available for purchase via the ÖR website. In the foreground The Abbey; $4,600. In the background The Archimedean; $3,800. The images on the wall are by Jennifer.
Above: Small goods by ÖR and other local designers rest atop another table by Adam. A similar version of this table is available through special order.
Above: ÖR goods possess a simple, elemental quality that makes them both timeless and modern. Here, the Single Strap Back Pack is one of several ÖR-designed leather bags that will be available at the New York market; $175.
Above: A Trapezoid Oak Mirror by Adam ($800); at left is a framed image by Jennifer.
Above: Tunics by independent designers Civil Study are handmade in Woodstock, NY.
Above: A custom ÖR leather cuff.
Above: The tavern’s collection of ceramic dishes from Japan.
Above: Jason Weaver’s Beaver Bow and Arrows are handmade in the Catskills; $500.
Above: Complemented by shrubby evergreens, the stony exterior conjures images of the windswept drama of the Icelandic landscape.
Above: In the warmer months, patrons can enjoy dining al fresco on the garden patio at one of Adam’s Untitled Hemlock Trestle Tables; $1,500.
Above: ÖR founders Jennifer Tzar and Adam Loomis.