Remnants and items sold at Anthropologie (image from www.anthropologie.com)
Anthropology is the study of humanity and, by a slightly different spelling, one of the leading fashion and lifestyle retailers in the U.S. Offering a specially curated collection of wares and wears, Anthropologie shares with customers sophisticated style and a creative curiosity, all set in a spectacularly well-designed and distinctly different shopping environment. Sunday afternoon, I head to the Rockefeller Center store and gallery space for a peek at the latest merchandise and the exhibit "Remnants" by husband and wife team Barbara and Richard Keal.
Strands of hand-crafted streamers hang in the Anthropologie store window inside Rockefeller Center
Simplicity never looked as ornate and extravagant as the repurposed wood and paper that adorns the interior of Rockefeller Center's Anthropologie flagship. It's an intoxication of innovation--walking through the muliti-story store--compounded by the unique aspects tucked in each cubby and cove. Whether it be hundreds of hanging teabags, wooden hangers arranged in dozens of geometric shapes, or 2-liter soda bottles cut and colored in the likeness of spring flowers, the design team never ceases to WoW.
Wall made of recycled wooden paint mixer sticks
A paper mache doe is the centerpiece of a table full of china and glassware
Walking through Anthropologie is like walking through an amazing abode exhibiting humanity at its finest. There's a hint of luxury and a bit of humility, as each room is filled with salvaged pieces re-purposed for display. This week's encounter fetches a glimpse of a grand mirror in the foyer, made from hundreds of wooden paint test sticks. A paper mâché doe peeks from between stacks of glassware atop a table in the dining area and a spiral staircase embraces an evergreen in the corner of a downstairs bedroom.
A recycled spiral staircase is tucked in the corner of the cozy room
Along with teacups and pillows--the remnants of high tea and restful slumber--Barbara and Richard Keal display their installation "Remnants of a Dream." Barbara is a feltmaker known for her animal-inspired hats made from wool local to her East Sussex home. Richard transforms bits of timber into timeless artistic creations. Together, their display presents a quirky, yet animal-friendly approach to an otherwise gruesome hunter's hideaway. Here's a quick glimpse...
Large and small hoods made from felted wool
Mini felted wool heads likening taxidermy
A hunter's hideaway!