One afternoon, the Lumber + Salt salvage and antique shop on Sound Avenue in Jamesport had among its wares: a six-foot-tall vintage bookbinding press, tiny porcelain doll heads displayed in wine glasses , oxidized copper door frames from the Savoy Hotel in London. , metal cutouts to create puzzles, stacked fireplace hearths of indeterminate age, a textile roller lamp, primitive carved heads and around a thousand other eclectic objects – all with a rustic patina and a mysterious past.
In the hands of people less creative than business partners John Mazur and Brooke Cantone, these esoteric discoveries can seem confusing at best. But the duo knows how to integrate their “raw and refined” aesthetic into everything they do. Their retailsourcing-architecture-design-branding business is the ultimate multi-hyphenate – a growing operation known to revamp some of the coolest interiors and exteriors in and around North Fork.
Lumber + Salt has also been busy developing its own lifestyle brand, including creative collaborations with like-minded taste makers in the region, as well as a cafe, farmer’s market and greenhouse in the works.
A highly conceptual designer, Mazur is wary of Lumber + Salt being cataloged as one thing, because the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. “What we do is creative design,” said the artist, who offers to sketch out his ideas rather than trying to put them into words. “We are introducing unique hardware solutions and the integration of objects into an overall plan,” he said. “It’s about creatively rethinking new ways of approaching spaces and how the client’s lifestyle fits into them. We don’t just sell products; we are selling a feeling.
Even the name Lumber + Salt is open to interpretation. It can represent land and sea, or a patina aged by time and forces swept by the sea. Or it could serve as a metaphor for the aesthetics and working style of the partners – a fusion of hard elements sprinkled with elegant touches like a chef’s finishing salt.
If Mazur is Wood, Cantone is Salt. “We organize our spaces and then add softer touches that evoke the emotion and vibe of the brand,” said Cantone, who left the corporate fashion world of Manhattan during the pandemic and moved to full time at North Fork to help evolve his passion project into a brand in its own right. concept.
Lumber + Salt is owned by the Mazur & Co. banner, founded by owner Mazur and Creative Director Cantone, who bring years of combined experience in retail, industrial design, fashion, art and antiques. . Mazur was previously the director and designer of an industrial and graphic design firm in Soho, specializing in branding for retail spaces. He specialized in industrial and graphic design at RIT and worked in Germany after his studies. Cantone has held leadership roles in business creation in fashion, visual merchandising, marketing and retail brand experience, with a BA in Fashion Merchandising from Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science.
The company was originally born in 2014 as Material Objects, living on the 1291 Main Road lot in Jamesport, which Mazur still owns. Today, their salvage showroom is at 5570 Sound Ave., while the Main Road campus serves as a sort of branded showcase for Lumber + Salt, Sherwood House Vineyards (which Lumber + Salt refurbished) , William Ris Gallery (run by Cantone’s mother, Mary) and a barn at the back which houses the duo’s design studio and is also used for pop-ups and collaborations.
“Over the past two years, we’ve really brought the brand’s voice to life. It’s been a refreshing and creative renaissance, ”Cantone said, mentioning a weekend fashion event they hosted in the barn with a fashion brand called, aptly, The Salting.
Mazur and Cantone are excited to take the retail space to the next level, praising their new transplanted team additions.
“Our store is now open every day, thanks to our daily manager Kenneth Montusi (and his trusted canine assistant Kali),” Cantone said, noting that Montusi has traded in the world of corporate finance for a career reinvention. on North Fork. Renowned pop artist Peter Marco (also known as Marcoart) also joins the team, she said, “adding his whimsical pop art, personality and wit to the brand’s mix. , after moving from the Lower East Side to North Fork to be part of the refreshing creative movement.
This fall, Lumber + Salt will host pop-up weekends with like-minded designers: furniture designers, artists, ceramists, craft coffee makers and juicers, chocolatiers, flower designers, organic herbalists, winegrowers and fashion brands – who “get” the aesthetics and the ambiance. The idea, Mazur and Cantone said, is to celebrate both art and community (or community, as they put it).
The duo can’t wait to bring their salvaged creativity to new projects and realms. “There are no more settings for us,” Cantone said. “We’re taking lumber + salt off limits!” “
Thanks to an influx of new team members, the Lumber + Salt showroom is now open seven days a week.
Rose Hill Vineyards
“We hired John and Brooke in 2018 to define and redesign our tasting room with essentially a blank slate. We met them on a Monday and on Friday they came back to us with a 50 page deck with inspiration and renderings that approached the project from a truly 360 point of view! Since then, I have consulted them on every project, big or small.
They designed our wine library from scratch and built a magnificent ceiling that looks like a barrel in the highest way. Not only do they have incredible vision, but they also reuse items in the most unexpected ways that add both character and history to our farm. John reused an old corn screen as a light fixture that often prompts guests to ask, “What is this?” ”
– Chelsea Frankel, Executive Director
Cave & Vineyard Terre Vite
“As lovers of Tuscany (especially Florence) we knew we wanted to replicate its old world atmosphere while creating a trendy environment, but we couldn’t express that vision. John redesigned our tasting room before our eyes with an amazing freehand sketch and Brooke came full circle in whatever we wanted, bringing the ‘old world with a new spirit’ design to life.
The focal point of our tasting room is, of course, our large bar, supported by two pieces of vintage 1940s hardware. These pieces bring a classic apothecary vibe to the room and Brooke styled them with gorgeous drawers and pieces that really balance the whole. They also bought a vintage door from which they built the skeleton of our bar and then lined it with an antique conveyor belt!
Since we have extremely high ceilings, they brought a piece of the top of a windmill and adorned it with a shade fit for a giant. It’s so cool to have a part of our tasting room and I constantly see our guests staring and marveling, trying to figure out what it is. Although I am obsessed with every square inch, I have to say that my favorite corner of the tasting room is the corner with the weathered tall tables. Brooke styled it with the most beautiful mirror that invokes the Medici Palace in Florence.
– Jacqui Goodale, co-owner
Sherwood House Wineries
“We are working with Lumber + Salt at Sherwood House Vineyards to organize the aesthetics of the tasting room, maintaining an ever-changing environment. This spring, as guests prefer to sit outside, we asked them to reinvent the courtyard space along the east side of the property to ensure that guests sitting outside have the same experience. visual than those seated in the tasting room. The result was a custom serpentine bar that transforms into two greenhouse-inspired structures that create an intimate garden environment in which to enjoy our wines, rain or shine.
– Ali Tuthill, Managing Director