All posts in September 2011

  • tenth street retail

    A third generation family owned business, the telling of this story required a sensitive approach in the design of the showroom.  Our primary goal was to develop a plan which would firmly establish a strong presence within the local retail community, The focus of our efforts being on educating the consumer on the craft involved with the design and fabrication of traditional Asian tansu cabinetry.

    The concept developed involved a minimalist palette of ivory and pigeon gray along with  natural floor coverings, in some areas installing tatami mats to create an authentic experience.  The entrance is flanked with natural slate planters showcasing maple trees, bamboo, and climate tolerant greenery.  The skylights flood the space with natural light, augmented by strategic spotlights to highlight joinery and specific cabinet details.  Collateral signage takes a gallery like modern approach.

    The introduction of imagery throughout the showroom showcasing millwork details and craftsmen taken directly from the family’s workshop facilitated non verbal cues relating to the handcrafted beauty of the cabinetry.

    Among our responsibilities include seasonal buying for small goods to augment the shopping experience which  include the sourcing of tabletop goods from books, tea sets, jade objects,  jewelry and natural textiles.

  • The Goods: Bolon Flooring

    A flooring product that I find versatile, fun, easy to install and eye catching is Bolon Flooring from Sweden where it is widely used  in kitchens, bathrooms, and other high traffic, spill prone areas.  The product is impervious to water, and has a great look that works in both contemporary or more traditional settings.

    The flooring lays flat right from the get go, so if you are sprucing up a rental this is a great option to use which you can install yourself and not have to pull up the flooring underneath.

    Bolon allows you the flexibility of sourcing the product in rolls or in tiles.  Ideal uses for the product are really any space where you want to introduce some texture and a soft look but are concerned about durability or spills.  Commercial and retail settings are also ideal.


    Bolon Flooring at the new Capellini showroom in Paris


    Sisal like weave


    A more modern custom installation

    To see more of Bolon, visit

    Bye for now

  • Happy Labor Day

    A day of rest…
    Vintage 1956 US Postage Stamp



    Last chance to wear those summer whites…


    and a good excuse for something off the grill…

    Bye for now.