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Haring Photos, Cubes, D.I.Y. Win Beard Design Awards

Taavo Somer wanted to design Isa, his wood-rich Brooklyn restaurant, without squabbles or mistakes, so he built almost everything himself, from the door knobs to the tables.

“This way, your vision doesn’t get lost in translation,” said Somer, a trained architect with carpentry experience who co-owns Freemans and Peels restaurants in Manhattan. “When you’re trying to communicate your idea to someone else, they might have their own agenda or different ideas.”