NY – ANTHROPOLOGIE CHELSEA
75 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011
Saturday 13 October 11-1pm
LA – ANTHROPOLOGIE SANTA MONICA
1402 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Friday 19 October 12.30-2.30pm
LA – FRENCH GENERAL
2009 Riverside Drive, Los Angeles, California 90039
Saturday 20 October 5-8pm
A new player to the game, I think this was one of my favourite places. It reminded me of the kind of place I might design. Although the restaurant is not quite visible from the beach (and a bit of a rocky landing, so holler & catch the attention of the tenders to come to you – these are the little boats that retrieve you from your big boats). It’s a short walk up a wooden path but cannot be missed by the giant ‘B’ that sits proudly astride. It may be my mindset of designing an island resort at present but the sand under foot, open air, fanned interior with natural woven blinds, trestle tables & a bar that shutters, won me over.
This place is fun, and fuelled by share strawberry mojitos served with giant long straws and great food. We left after lunch around 8pm and not before dancing on tables!!
Note: Camo (as in army camoflague nets – you know the ones you toss over your tank or stealth bomber to disguise it!) is all the rage in in Ibiza. I featured snow camo in Etcetera, but just wait & see where desert camo turns up in my next interior.
I don’t know if the week on a boat might have added enthusiasm for this store, and although I had read some great reviews, the curation, size & edit of this store impressed me on so many levels.
It is on the road to St Miguel (about 30 mins from Ibiza Port) in the middle of the island, surrounded by red earth fields & not much else. It is not in a town & is set back from the road, although it is hard to miss with the earth paddocks of life size cow sculptures grazing & milling at its turn off. Oh, how I love a sense of humour in retail.
It is made up of 5-6 big rooms, both indoors & outdoors that are cleverly fit out with structures within structures. They cover all the bases from home to fashion: soft furnishings, bath, furniture, books, art, outdoor, tabletop and a leafy courtyard café/bar to lounge around in for a pick-me-up or bored partners/children.
The installations within the store are fun to discover as you peruse the space. The furniture ranges from reclaimed fishing boat wooden tables to industrial metal chairs, lighthouse lighting, leather & tarp floor cushions, giant hot pink buddhas and Moroccan daybeds & stools, all set amongst camo, giant fans, crate stages & a built-out hut.
Sluiz has a very distinct personality that is somewhat of a well-informed global nomad with some hippy chic tossed in. It is targeted at the villa dwelling gypsets with props galore for your dwellings: teepee, pool house, super yacht, villa etc.
I bought African Shibori cloth, a lantern made from an old gasoline bottle, handcarved wooden spoons, pressed aluminium spoons, hammam bowl, horn tumblers and a panama (to replace the one that went overboard whilst flying in the tender).
Amongst the many Matisse paintings in the Barnes collection, I noticed quite a few that seemed familiar from the exhibition of Matisse & his textiles, a Met production from quite a few years ago that I saw with my mum. It was one of those life altering exhibitions, that made me look at the world a little differently.
I have been asked to work on a rug range & I wanted to base it on my mum’s collection of textiles, but after seeing these it made me want to combine a double inspiration of not only my mum’s things, but also a shared experience & love of this exhibition. We spoke of it often & I look forward to starting & combining this research, as well as coming up with something new, that my mum would love too.