Brooklyn Slate -

Artisan:Brooklyn Slate

Brooklyn Slate Company has a way of making any cheese look like it came from an upscale French Formagerie— even that processed grocery store block you bought in a moment of desperation.

Not surprisingly, the beautiful boards are a collaboration between a Brooklyn graphic designer, Sean Tice and Parsons grad student Kristy Hadeka. After the two visited Kristy’s family slate quarry in upstate New York in 2009, they grabbed a few pieces to use as all-purpose boards back home in Brooklyn. The slate came in handy as trivets for teakettles, to coasters for beer, and serving plates for cheese and charcuterie. After a positive response from friends, they produced a line of products.

Before you get your Brooklyn Slate on your table, it goes through a process. The Slate is sourced from the quarry “graveyard, then is transported to their studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn, where they do additional cutting and cleaning, for safety. For the “rough,” unfinished look, they chip the edges with a slate cutter. Then it’s packaged up and ready for your cold beer or hot plate.

Brooklyn Slate was recently featured in Kinfolk Magazine’s City Guide, and Martha Stewart Living suggested using Brooklyn Slate to create an “Industrial Chic Table” for the DIY-ers out there.

We love Brooklyn Slate’s attention to detail, sleek design, and ability to amp up the table décor of any holiday party.

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