[Image courtesy Anthropologie]
It's called the decorator concept: a design-focused workshop-style boutique will soon be popping up within select Anthropologie stores, and Atlanta will be among the cities receiving the expanded offerings.
[Porridge's handprinted wallpaper available at Anthro.]
Offerings like wallpaper from Cole & Son, Patch, Porridge, Tracy Kendall, Vera Neumann and Catherine Martin. (And, yes, the shops will be able to provide swatches.) Design enthusiasts will also find concentrated in one area design books and magazines, including the quarterly Anthology, along with rugs, curtains, furniture, hardware, and lighting.
[Over & Over wallpaper available at Anthro.]
I'll have more to report in the next few weeks but quickly now I'm posting the list of twelve locations where decorator shops within stores are scheduled to open March 24. Each shop will look a little different.
Beverly Hills, California
Corte Madera, California
London, United Kingdom
New York, New York
Also a note to online shoppers: Anthro will add a new feature to its site, too. “For the Decorator” will enable customers to request upholstery fabric and wallpaper swatches and will provide tools like the wallpaper calculator and a design glossary. Expected launch date
[Pillow available at Anthro.]
[Sonia Delaunay in her studio at boulevard Malesherbes, Paris, France, 1925
Photographed by Germaine Krull (German, 1897–1985)
Bibliothèque Nationale de France
© L & M SERVICES B.V. The Hague 20100623.]
The other day Emile addressed the often opaque language used in discussions of contemporary art. His blog post made me smile and think of Daniel Franks, the grounded art critic character in Steve Martin's latest novel, An Object of Beauty. As I recall, Franks grows weary of gallerists who constantly describe two juxtaposed paintings as being "in dialogue." Personally, I do love a good pairing, and I think connections are a lot of fun. Today's pairing is simplistic, really just a "then and now." The groundbreaking 1920s designs on Sonia Delaunay's drafting table (first shown in an earlier post) are, to me, precursors to the offerings we find now at Groundworks and Anthropologie.
Last image courtesy the Cooper-Hewitt in conjunction with "Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay", the first major U.S. exhibition of the abstract painter’s work in 30 years.
This just in from Anthro: the online launch of “For the Decorator” is now scheduled to happen next week.