Atlantic Avenue’s Newest: Bright Lyons

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Eames rockers, Danish ant chairs at Bright Lyons

ATLANTIC AVENUE LIVES. There’s been a flurry of activity recently, including the avenue’s latest store, the month-old Bright Lyons, in a sleek new storefront between Hoyt and Bond. The focus is on the  mighty mid-century furniture companies Herman Miller and Knoll — of the same general ilk as the stuff at Design Within Reach, except here it’s the real, period thing, much more varied, and at prices that rival or beat DWR’s.

Below: Paul Bright, proprietor, right, with fellow mid-century design enthusiast, George Gilpin

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Below: World’s most comfortable seating, Charles Eames’ rosewood lounge chair and ottoman in white leather, $3,700

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I had popped in there looking for a credenza for my bedroom — yes, another one, this time for office supplies and files.

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At Bright Lyons, I found the perfect piece for my purposes, above, a 7-foot-long Knoll-esque white laminate unit with tubular chrome legs and chrome handles on four sliding doors (and didn’t even mind coughing up $1,100 for it — anything to get rid of those plastic bins). It fits practically to the inch under my large bedroom window and looks smashing against the orange wall.

Meanwhile, I met the knowledgeable Paul Bright, the store’s owner, who has a long history buying and selling vintage mid-century furniture. Most recently, he had an art gallery in Toronto, and he’s brought contemporary paintings down to the Brooklyn store, where their wild colors and detailed imagery play off the pared-down simplicity of the furniture designs. Paul has big plans for the future, including an all-Alexander Girard exhibition in May — Girard being the textile designer at Herman Miller in the 1950s and ’60s, whose exuberant patterns melded folk tradition with the optimistic spirit of the times. Bright has been stockpiling Girard textiles, like the yardage below, in anticipation of May’s event.

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Check it out, by all means.

Bright Lyons is at 383 Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 718/855 5463.