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Monday, January 29, 2007


Spring is an exhibition space and store promoting design and art through curated shows and highlighted product. Structured on four principal shows a year, they work with a pool of talented guest artists, designers and curators to create cohesive, informative and, above all, interesting exhibits.

1 ~ what's your name, shop name, and shop location...
Anna Cosentino and Steve Butcher
Spring in d.u.m.b.o., Brooklyn
126a Front St - Brooklyn NY 11201
We now have a shop online where we feature a selection of items available in the store.

2 ~ tell us about some of the objects in your display...
We use the space as a showcase for both contemporary art and design and sometimes I think that the listing reads like a cabinet of oddities. There is a view of our silhouette entrance {top image}. We have been obscured by months of construction and we found a way to say "we are here!". Whenever we arrange displays we like to make them feel like home. We like to give customers ideas or ‘stories’ to show how products can be used together, or how they can be used in less obvious ways.

You can see an overview of spring {second image} - on one of the central displays there is a collection of trees made of corduroy, crochet, beads and polka dots! - a forest by Molly Dilworth with a Perch! birdfeeder right above it. The other has an amazing collection of work by Elodie Blanchard - scribble table runners, rubberband vases and bowls and Eva Menz' Beautiful Bombay ceramic vases.

In the display cabinet with the tree going through is Jane D'Arensbourg's collection of glass jewelry {third image} - I particularly love the bubble pendant that she has made just for us, it hangs in such an effortless way.

The room dividers {bottom image} are by Hiroko Takeda a very talented japanese textile designer, the new kid's chairs are Michael Whitney's and the large squirrel (in tiger pajamas) sitting there is a psychopharmacreature by Eugenia Chun.

3 ~ describe the mood, what inspired you, or what you intended when creating/arranging these pieces...
We absolutely love to develop new exhibits, research new work and curate the space in a way that is new and different from the prior shows. In fact the whole space is part of the show. We have one main wall with a new mural painted by Steve with every new show. Our challenge is to keep the space in motion. I think it is important that the eye is curious and the brain is thrilled to see more. The visual of the space, its flow, the colors, the way the pieces work with each others. With of course, a sense of humor.

4 ~ what are 3 objects/pieces sold in your store that you are dying to have or... you already have and love...
This is the hardest part - it's almost impossible to narrow it down to three...
~ AlissiaMT diamond ring - a gold one!
~ Richard Saja's Memo: hero a great evolution from his toile cushions;
~ Molly Dilworth's Money Painting - a colorful rendition of imaginary money - the result of travels to far away lands and contemporary culture.
~ Angelica Bergamini's Wire Rocks.

5 ~ list three things that provide you with inspiration...
~ great photography and graphics
~ style
~ getting lost in a city you know
(and food - look, taste, smell! - we even added it to our website, in the news...)


Blogger JHAYNE said...

love the design on the entry doors. . .is that paper? or paint on glass? wish i could splurge on a print of the photogram alphabet!

8:48 AM  
Anonymous Kristina said...

I agree with Di Overton from an earlier post. Yours (together with Lena) is the best guestblog so far!!!

Great work! Very inspiring!


1:43 PM  

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