Entrance, hidden underneath a mound of hay
Enter the house of hay and step into a man-cave of backlit, soft molded walls. A lone spliced bed styled in synchronized stripe showcases slippers and select special pieces. Stuffed sock dolls settle under the stern stares of a lone portrait. Commerce is secondary to a sensual introduction of spook and smell--and thus stock is segregated into the store's second section. Traverse through the black feathery curtains into a back room furnished with a dark red rug and a bright red table. Tailored tops and trousers from Bastian's Fall 2013 line are sorted in staunch sequence, under the watchful gaze of an endlessly looping catwalk.
Illuminated wax walls
Used during the Great Depression, boffo was a slang term for success. Adopting that as their namesake for creative collaboration, Faris Al-Shathir and Gregory Sparks embarked on a mission of matchmaking between artists, architects and designers alike. The result? Stunning retail partnerships and installations the likes of Simon Spurr + Collective, Richard Chai + Snarkitecture and Ohne Titel + EASTON + COMBS. Michael Bastian + Bittertang is the latest realization of BOFFO's mission to be "the conduit between the emerging and the established, the obscure and the adored, the profound and the profane" [source: BOFFO site].
Looking back, from the front
Rug + rugged wear
Michael Bastian Ouiji Board sweater, scarf and tails