JoyForm : Dedicated to the research + design of joy-infused spaces.

JoyForm is a project that explores spaces + places to understand what design elements bring us joy, awaken the senses, and create presence.

The project documents each space through sketches, writing, and photography. By understanding a space beyond the quick “glance-and-swipe”, we can dig deeper into what types of spaces are actually serving us well.

Follow along as we find new places and begin building a joy-infused space encyclopedia.

…Where is your happy space?

#2 : Tiny Pastry

#2 : Tiny Pastry


Burrow, A Pastry Shop Tucked Away in Brooklyn

 

The space is subtle and humble, with delight in the details.


Burrow’s space has a likeness to the pastries they serve: delicate and lovely. The space is subtle and humble, with delight in the details.

I sit in the tiny pastry shop and ponder why I am so in love with the space… There is nothing architecturally interesting. There are no big moves grabbing your attention.

There is contrast. Simple, handmade details make the space comfortable and give an authenticity to the environment. There is an efficiency to the tiny space that I have seen evolve over a few years. And, of course, there are impeccable pastries, cookies, and cakes that own the show behind the glass cases.

The front elevation of 68 Jay Street in Brooklyn. You can see the golden light of Burrow beyond the dimly-lit building entry.

The front elevation of 68 Jay Street in Brooklyn. You can see the golden light of Burrow beyond the dimly-lit building entry.

I only know about Burrow because I worked in the office building where it is hidden. Inside the door of 68 Jay Street you are faced with a lifeless, dingy foyer which is host to two elevators, some vending machines, and a mail room. Burrow sits juxtaposed to its surroundings, a little diamond in the rough. The contrast between dismal entry and Burrow’s mellow, soft hues warms me to my core. Burrow lives behind a row of glass panels without a hint of pretension. The contrast that is created between the building’s entry and Burrow makes the softness of Burrow’s space more special and genuine.

68 Jay Street Plan Sketch.

68 Jay Street Plan Sketch.

A row of cookies, fixed to wall, spell out B-U-R-R-O-W.

A row of cookies, fixed to wall, spell out B-U-R-R-O-W.

Entering through the glass door, it is audibly quiet and a light scent of everything-that-is-good-in-this-world surrounds you. The concrete and brick walls are painted white. The line of customers (which fills the space) ends at a charming wood table, where a wooden display rack for cookies sits. Behind the table is a wall. A light shines onto it, where a line of cookies, held an inch or two off the wall, spell out “B-U-R-R-O-W”. A curtain that blocks off the view to the clean kitchen, with “Staff Only” embroidered into it. The floor is tiled until it ends to reveal painted concrete. The texture of the curtains and found objects throughout the space give the concrete box-of-a-room authentic, delightful life. The material palette is simple with touches of flair and pops of muted colors. There is a cohesive language to the materials, soft lighting, and the pastries.

Plan sketch of Burrow.

Plan sketch of Burrow.

A handmade curtain that blocks off the kitchen is embroidered with, “Staff Only”.

A handmade curtain that blocks off the kitchen is embroidered with, “Staff Only”.

Cookies.

Cookies.

Burrow Gift Cards hold the attention on a white backdrop.

Burrow Gift Cards hold the attention on a white backdrop.

A box of treats from Burrow.

A box of treats from Burrow.


Burrow is an old soul. The space is unique without being boastful, like a friend you have known forever.


 
#3 : Getaway Tent

#3 : Getaway Tent

#1 : Artist's Cabin

#1 : Artist's Cabin