By  on January 22, 2008

On a recent bright, bitter cold December morning, Lisa Mayock — one half, with Sophie Buhai, of the team behind Vena Cava — is showing off the pair's design studio. "Here's where we do a lot of the sketching," she says, gesturing to a room lined with windows framed by whitewashed exposed brick. Bolts of printed silks are piled high on a shelf. Mayock walks past the windows, pointing out a sleek industrial sink, part of a newly installed kitchenette, in the far corner of the back room, at the center of which is a large table. "For meetings," explains Mayock. "Or lunch." It's precisely the sort of airy, elegant space that you might find on Walker Street in TriBeCa, where Proenza Schouler's Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez work, or in west Chelsea, where Phi is based.

But Mayock and Buhai are in Brooklyn. Working in a former cannery. Next to the Gowanus Canal, to be exact.

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