Uncommon Goods Headquarters at the
Brooklyn Army Terminal

7 years after completing a Phase I Tenant Improvement for Uncommon Goods, Agencie has been hired to conduct a Phase II Commercial Renovation of Uncommon Goods’ 54,000 square foot retail and warehouse headquarters. Uncommon Goods is an online marketplace offering arts and crafts merchandise sourced around the globe. The company is based at the Brooklyn Army Terminal, the sublime and historically significant behemoth perched majestically on New York Bay’s Upper Harbor.

Uncommon Goods Headquarters at the<br> Brooklyn Army Terminal Image
Uncommon Goods Headquarters at the<br> Brooklyn Army Terminal Image

Uncommon Goods is a Certified Triple B Corporation.  Triple B’s are for profit entities that meet rigorous standards of social and environmental peformance, accountability, and transparency. These core values are integral to Uncommon Goods’ culture, and reverberate in the company’s investment into the personal and professional well-being of its employees…all 700 of them.

Uncommon Goods Headquarters at the<br> Brooklyn Army Terminal Image

Our mission is to skillfully choreograph the many departments that constitute Uncommon Goods: Merchandising, Marketing, Purchasing, Human Resources, Tech, Analytics, Drop Ship and Accounting, among others.  Each department has a unique workflow that can only benefit from a tailor fitted space.  Currently we’re going deep into understanding departmental and inter-company Operational Flows, and are vetting them relative to spatial and qualitative efficiencies.

 

Uncommon Goods Headquarters at the<br> Brooklyn Army Terminal Image
Uncommon Goods Headquarters at the<br> Brooklyn Army Terminal Image

You may notice when you visit UncommonGoods.com that many of their product lines have a highly tactile, eclectic, and traveled feel.  These qualities are often associated with Wabi Sabi, a Japanese world-view of aesthetic centered on the impermanence and transience of matter. Along with the interior decorator, Tina Apostolou of Home Polish, we are exploring how the physical properties of materials used during Phase 2, might be deployed throughout Uncommon Goods as a way to organize and describe the company to employees and visitors alike.