Again in February we began a daily column that goes inside design-targeted outlets from around the globe that includes interviews with store house owners referred to as Design Retailer(y). Plainly lots of you’re having fun with it, so we hope to proceed subsequent yr, however let’s have a look again on the nice shops we toured in 2012:
David Stark’s Wooden Store Takeover at Haus Inside Designer David Stark developed a set of seventy five wooden store-impressed house equipment and, in February 2012, Haus Inside store proprietor Nina Freudenberger emptied her cabinets, ceding her boutique in New York Metropolis’s NoLIta to Stark’s creations. Wooden Store was an occasion that pushes the boundaries of conventional retail in that it was extra “ambush,” as Stark’s coined it, than pop-up.
Object in Seattle We journey to the other coast, to the superbly spare and pure white store, Object, in Seattle. Owned and curated by native photographer Charlie Schuck, Object was born out of his love and admiration for design, composition, and the Northwest.
MoMA Design Retailer in NYC Following on the heels of David Stark’s revolutionary pop-up at Haus Inside and the stark white area of Seattle boutique Object, Design Retailer(y) delves into the downtown outpost of the MoMA Design Retailer. We visited the SoHo location, digital camera in hand, following an interview with MoMA Design Retailer president, Kathy Thornton-Bias.
Module R in Brooklyn After MoMA, we went a bit farther downtown, and throughout the bridge, to brownstone-crammed Brooklyn to tour Module R, an architect-owned and curated enterprise that makes a speciality of, you guessed it, modular artwork and design merchandise. Certainly, all of the gadgets on this purple-fronted store on the border of Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill might be reconfigured, custom-made, stacked, nested, and in any other case personalised. That’s what we name focus. We chatted with the person behind the movable items, proprietor Donald Rattner.
March in San Francisco We headed to the West Coast, touchdown in San Francisco’s Laurel Heights neighborhood to tour March. Proprietor Sam Hamilton, who labored at Ralph Lauren earlier than opening the store again in 2002, just lately relaunched her enterprise, with an entire new twist. Specializing in the kitchen, pantry, and desk, Hamilton presents hand hewn gadgets with a contemporary sensibility, along with strong classics like AGA and forged iron cookware. Hamilton derives her inspiration from the sluggish meals motion and San Francisco meals tradition. It’s a recent idea for a decor boutique, and impeccably executed.
Woonwinkel in Portland, Oregon Additionally on the West Coast is Woonwinkel, which is situated in Portland, Oregon. The store is mild and ethereal, and it’s contents equally as refreshing. Woonwinkel house owners Erica Essink and Kristin Van Buskirk label their look as “heat, inviting, tactile, quirky,” asserting it as “a departure from the exhausting, slick trendy aesthetic of the previous.” Primarily, it’s trendy with soul, and we’re loving it.
Førest London We hopped throughout the pond, and again a half century, to poke across the flawless mid-century furnishings store, Førest London, which opened this previous spring. Owned by Dutch design fanatic and London School of Style graduate, Eva Coppens, the store showcases Scandinavian and Dutch furnishings reupholstered by native craftsmen, classic lamps, and choose items of pottery. Coppens just lately launched a collaborative assortment with eco-pleasant print designer Tamasyn Gambell, whose work is stocked by MoMA and Liberty’s of London. Her Bauhaus-meets-modernist prints work completely with the classic aesthetic of Førest London’s Scandinavian finds.
Cubeshops in Toronto This can be a story of how a design-minded lady, Sakiko Ichihara, who initially moved to Toronto to attend college, translated her love of her native tradition right into a enterprise. Her boutique, Cubeshops, tucked away amid eating places in downtown Toronto, carries Japanese design objects, presents, stationary, pens, and the like. It’s an awesome mix of day by day use, sensible merchandise and enjoyable, design-y stuff you simply need. And plenty of it’s distinctive, as Cubeshops tends to be the unique North American distributor of their wares. Like its identify suggests, the store looks like a dice, with a darkish flooring that grounds the area, and shiny white, clear-lined cabinets that elevate gadgets to museum-worthy standing.
Maison 203 in Italy Though this store has a distinctly French identify, it’s truly situated within the Veneto area of Italy. Maison 203, is a glass-fronted, white slice of a store on a quaint brick road that opened in June 2010. The house owners, husband-and-spouse designers, curate covetable gadgets from a good roster of established worldwide designers and rising manufacturers. We’ve lengthy been followers of their modern net store, and have been thrilled to find they exist IRL (that’s “in actual life” for these of you not versed in txting) as properly.
Holly’s Home in London Holly Wick opened her eponymous store, Holly’s Home precisely one yr in the past, motivated by the will to convey recent, new design to West London. Wick, who additionally runs an inside design consultancy, shares heaps of implausible gadgets from established manufacturers, together with Moooi and Diamantini & Dominiconi, alongside indie expertise from the likes of Phoebe Richardson and Andy Macgregor.
Nonetheless Home in NYC Nonetheless Home, owned by Pratt graduate Urte Tylaite, is situated within the East Village. The 300-sq.-foot sliver of an area was designed by Brooklyn-based mostly agency Silva/Bradshaw, and options wooden plank flooring, a dropped wooden plank ceiling, slender wooden plank shelving alongside the partitions, and plywood show instances down the center. Tylaite featurees gadgets from native designers, plus items from Scandinavia and Japan.