Editor’s obsession: Manhattan Born home decor and custom wall art

NYC design studio Manhattan Born expands from billboards and branding to home decor and Friend Head custom portraits.

  • Manhattan Born Doily acrylic place mat, $40

  • Manhattan Born leather coaster, four for $25

  • Manhattan Born Friend Head laser-cut portrait, $150

  • Manhattan Born Friend Head print portrait, $150

Manhattan Born Doily acrylic place mat, $40

In the three years since graphic designer Paul Darragh and producer Casey Steele founded Manhattan Born (336 E 5th St between First and Second Aves; 212-677-3823, bornshop.co), the East Village design studio has created billboards for Sephora and MAC, and video spots for Ray-Ban and Skittles. The firm expands upon its creative capabilities with an assortment of home decor, inspired by and made in NYC. While we’re smitten with the collection’s manhole-cover coasters and ornate laser-cut place mats, the company’s star offering is undoubtedly its Friend Head series, in which passport-style photographs are transformed into custom portraits via art prints and 3-D wall hangings.

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Editor: Marley Lynch (@marleyasinbob)


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