Caitlin Mociun Takes Us on a Tour of Red Hook’s Most Inspiring Spots

The source of designers' inspiration is often asked about, but rarely captured in the moment. Just what, exactly, do designers see in the everyday?

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Catherine Blair Pfander
The source of designers' inspiration is often asked about, but rarely captured in the moment. Just what, exactly, do designers see in the everyday? Brooklyn-based designer Caitlin Mociun is best known for her vivid prints and explosive use of color. We met the designer for a jaunt around one of her favorite neighborhoods, Red Hook, to see how she finds inspiration for her collection.
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Catherine Blair Pfander
Our first stop was Erie Basin, an unusual jewelry and antique store stocked with interesting estate finds.
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Catherine Blair Pfander
Over the course of our trip, we noticed Caitlin seemed to gravitate towards unusual color combinations and textures.
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Caitlin Mociun
"I love turquoise and coral rings," says Mociun. "I like to include Native American rings and motifs in my jewelry and print design. I pretty much like anything with turquoise in it."
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Catherine Blair Pfander
A quick stop for iced beverages at Baked also offered some sweet, colorful temptations.
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Catherine Blair Pfander
En route to our next destination, we passed the Red Hook Urban garden center, teeming with freshly-potted plants and hot pink hydrangeas.
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Catherine Blair Pfander
Caitlin, however, was less intrigued by the flowers themselves than by the color combinations she found at her own feet.
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Caitlin Mociun
Caitlin's snap of her newly pedicured piggies and a bright green hose. "I like the colors here and the line the hose creates," she explains. "I also like iced tea in the summer. It makes walking down the street feel more leisurely to me for some reason."
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Caitlin Mociun
Occasionally, the sidewalk itself provided inspiration. "I like this little plant that's growing among the cement here," says Caitlin. "It looks really out of place. And I like to deep red color next to the yellow and gray."
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Catherine Blair Pfander
A trip to Red Hook's expansive waterfront feels a bit like taking a mini-vacation. Here, Caitlin enjoys the direct view of the Statue of Liberty.
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A ferryboat docked in the harbor catches Caitlin's eye. "I grew up near shipyards and waterfront," says Caitlin, whose father she describes as "seafaring."
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"I like the colors in this too," says Caitlin. "I love to be near the water. It calms me down. I love the smell of the sea and how the water changes color with time of day and weather and what's around it."
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Catherine Blair Pfander
It turned out Caitlin had saved the best for last when we trekked over to Saipua, a flower shop-cum-bath shop.
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Catherine Blair Pfander
Caitlin catches up with owner, Sarah Ryhanen, and dog, Nea, surrounded by hand-dipped candles and fresh-cut flowers.
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The candles in particular seemed to draw Caitlin's eye. "Great colors," she says. "I love them against the gray wooden walls."
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Caitlin Mociun
Some of the rare flora and fauna at Saipua had an almost alien appearance. "The texture and color of this plant are amazing," she says.
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Caitlin Mociun
One of Caitlin's first snaps at Saipua was of the hot pink snapdragons clustered at the window. "Love these colors and I love having flowers around," she explains. "Being in Saipua is is amazing. It smells so lovely and is so beautiful."
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