Your 'hood, etched in wood

Finely crafted neighborhood maps of cities laser engraved in beautiful aromatic cedar. Every map is unique, just like your treasured stories from your neighborhood.

How it all started

Neighborwoods was created out of love for vintage maps by Aymie Spitzer at Hyperakt, a Brooklyn design studio. There is something magical about early hand-drawn and hand-lettered maps and Aymie has attempted to capture that magic into wood with Neighborwoods. All Neighborwoods products are designed in Brooklyn and beautifully made by craftspeople with lasers in Miami.

Process/Production

Neighborwoods products are made with Aromatic Red Cedar plywood, which comes from the Western Red Cedar tree. The species is native to western North America, and specifically, to the Pacific Northwest. Western Red Cedar trees are huge! They range in height from 213-230 ft tall and 10-13 feet wide. Dozens of 8’ X 10’ sheets of the Red Cedar arrive at our Miami production facility every month and are then trimmed down to fit in our laser engravers.

Materials & Package

The wood we use is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and harvested in the USA. FSC certification ensures that products come from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits. The rustic look of the reddish colored heartwood and its fresh natural scent help lend our products their heirloom charm.

The adhesive used to bond the Aromatic Red Cedar veneer to its' solid 1/4” core is made from all natural, soy-based ingredients. It is formaldehyde free, completely biodegradable, and 100% made in the USA.

Team

As orders come in, our community manager, Mary Dawson coordinates with John Rincon who manages all production in Miami to ensure everything runs smoothly. Dozens of canvas drawstring bags cover work tables ready to be filled with freshly cut and engraved coasters. The walls are covered with racks, labeled by city, neatly storing our stock of maps. The room is always abuzz with the sound of lasers making magic, all under John’s meticulous watch. Hundreds of units ship out every month to customers all over the world who yearn to have a memento of their favorite neighborhood, etched in wood.

Mary Dawson

Mary Dawson

Community & Operations Manager

Mary is a Philly girl. She takes fine care of our customers and retailers day in and day out, and ensures that our products make their way to loving homes. Mary also handles our social media and finances. She is the glue that holds it all together.

Deroy Peraza

Deroy Peraza

Principal & Creative Director

A Brooklynite by way of Havana and Miami, Deroy has a not so small obsession with Barcelona. He is the driving force behind Hyperakt Labs, where Neighborwoods was incubated. He handles all Neighborwoods business strategy and creative direction.

John Rincon

Production Manager

Although from Venezuela, John is as precise as a Swiss watch. His laser-beam focus and stoic attention to detail is our secret weapon. He orchestrates the production of thousands of beautifully crafted Neighborwoods products from our Miami workshop.

Marianna Fierro

Marianna Fierro

Photographer

Imported from Udine, Italy, Marianna’s default attitude in everything she does is passionate enthusiasm. As our product photographer, she won’t rest until every tasty detail of our products is captured through her lens.

Aymie Spitzer

Aymie Spitzer

Founder & Designer

Hailing from Phoenix, Aymie’s love of old world maps and hand lettering inspired her to create Neighborwoods as a lab project while she was working at Hyperakt, a Brooklyn design agency. Her lettering and design is the heart and soul of our products.