Brooklyn's Best Entrepreneurs

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Rob Ferra and Jeff Khan of Ferra Designs

From massive outdoor public artwork to rugged iron bar stools in a Lower Manhattan dive bar to a retail display at Barney's New York, the metalworks created at Ferra can be spotted all over New York and, increasingly, the entire northeastern United States. When founding Ferra Designs in 1989 with Jeff Khan (right), Rob Ferra (left), a blacksmith by trade, set out to infuse traditional techniques with a modern design edge. Today the firm incorporates computerized design and water-jet cutting technology, and today has branched into exotic metals, titanium, and resins, all out of a 10,000-square-foot metal shop in Brooklyn's waterfront Navy Yard.