photography by Nick Johnson
text by Caroline Biggs
The boys from Bower create beautifully functional home accessories with an unconventional edge.
After years of working together at a furniture design studio in Brooklyn, Danny Giannella and Tammer Hijazi had a creative epiphany. “Not only did we work well together in the shop, but we also had a natural ability to build upon each other’s ideas,” Giannella explains. The pair soon began collaborating on personal projects and commissions until they had enough to launch Bower—named after bowerbirds, which are known to forge colorful nests with interesting objects—in 2013. Using mixed materials, they produce one-of-a-kind pieces, such as multidimensional copper and tinted glass mirrors and marble side tables with reinforced metal stands, in a workshop in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. “We’re inspired by adventure and discovery,” Hijazi adds. “It’s all about finding intriguing characteristics in things and dreaming up unexpectedly different uses for them.”
THE BOWER BOYS ON DECORATING WITH MIRRORS
- Hang each mirror with enough room to make its statement; don’t let it get lost in too much clutter.
- Since you’re displaying not only a mirror but also what the mirror is facing, consider what will be reflected when you hang it.
- Mirrors act as sources of light, so be sure to place your mirrors in a way that best enhances both natural and artificial light in your space.
Coral tipsy, Bower
Contour side table, Bower
Maple duo server with dark marble, Bower