Jag blev alldeles nyss uppmärksammad om den helt nya affären BAZAZAS härborta. Först såg jag allt fint dom hade till salu, sen läste jag också att det inte var vilka saker som helst, utan att urvalet och affären var av en alldeles särskild sort. Såhär kan man läsa på deras sajt:
We are a store interested in the stories things tell.
We make and collect household items, books, and accessories that describe our lives in new, funny, sad, fast, and upside-down ways. We see improvisation everywhere, even in the most established procedures. There is a makeshift aspect to all tools. And it is here, in this awkward, taken-for-granted place, that BAZAZAS is rooted.
Jag ville veta lite mer och fick grundarna av alltet Mary Voorhees Meehan och Scarlett Boulting på emailtråden!
Ok, first question, how did you get the idea to start Bazazas? It looks like something that have been brewing for a while, or was it just an impulse decision?
Mary: Scarlett and I got to know each other while I was at the Yale School of Art, working toward my MFA in graphic design alongside her fiance. After grad school, we all happened to move to Park Slope, Brooklyn. One day last summer we were in the park, with Elizabeth and Heathcliff — my daughter, her dog. I mentioned I was going to throw a store site up. She said, ”Wait! Let’s do this!” The name storming started immediately.
We had so many ideas. We wanted to create a place for conversation about design and lifestyle. We wanted to point out funny things about being human and really highlight economies that are often taken for granted. We like awkward tools, accidentally beautiful utensils, material improvisation, and artisanal masterpieces. In general, we are excited about objects that say something new.
You obviously have more of an agenda with the store than making a fat profit. Like the fact that each year you choose a different non-profit organization to support. Which I love. Why is this important to you?
We see ourselves as part of a much larger enterprise and ‘giving back’ is an important part of our business’s ethos. We want to be in conversation with and working to support the people around us. We are culling stories and inspiration from everyone we encounter and we hope to, in return, add fuel to their fires.
Do you personally know the makers behind the products you sell or are there some people there that you sought out because you thought they would be a good fit?
We do know the faces behind all the objects we sell. We met many of them initially through their work, but it’s hard to be so intimately involved with the objects they make without getting to know them too. We’ve met an amazing bunch of people.
We have to see a story in every item. If we don’t see it, we don’t make or carry it. We’re always finding stories though and we’re super excited about collaborating with makers from other disciplines.
Could you tell me about three favorite items in your apartment(s) (piece of furniture, decoration, textiles, whatever), why it is a favorite and how it ended up in your possession?
Mary: Just three? I am a lover of things.
Dryden Mugs, from the 1950’s. I look at them and taste Shasta Cream Soda and smell Lake Hamilton and think of mile-high pine trees and my grandparents’ old red Suburban that always smelled like coffee. The Dryden family has had their ceramic shop for years. My mom and my aunt and uncles grew up going there. It’s a special place, but sadly not long for this world. If you find yourself in Hot Springs, Arkansas it’s a must see. My appreciation of ceramics starts here, but BAZAZAS has many more from Montana, North Carolina, and Kentucky. Lots of good American clay!
My collection of vintage rugs. Years ago, I became totally obsessed and befriended a guy in the business. We compare stories. I ask questions. I’ve learned a lot about them and as I learn, I am ever aware of how much more there is out there. Every rug is full of stories, many of which involve people and places I’ll never otherwise know. I’ve got a huge 1940’s Heriz in the living room; a plush Chelaberd, likely from Turkey, snapped up for a steal from an estate sale down the street, now in our bedroom; a vintage Afghan war rug at my desk from a crackpot living in a big wooden house near my in-laws in northern Connecticut; and a small Shiraz, found at a local thrift shop, that I’m currently in the process of over-dying for the kids’ room. Rug love has carried over into BAZAZAS inventory. Our war rugs — come see them at the May 3-4 pop-up — are graphic masterpieces. And our dealer might be the most knowledgeable American importer there is. Fascinating eye candy!
Scarlett: Oh, just three is hard! I guess I just really try to have my quotidian items be unique, and that doesn’t mean I want to live among tons of delicate little handmade things either. I have to say though that since we’ve started Bazazas I’ve been able to find or create a lot more of those items. For example: the cloudware bowls have become a staple in our house and yet each of them is also so distinctive and beautiful. And, when I have company the stoneware juicer from Lindsay Oesterritter that looks like it’s been dug up from 500 years ago is just totally stunning and incredibly effective at squeezing limes for Margaritas. Also, I have one of the electric blue cashmere blankets on our bed. It’s beautiful against the all white bed, and special to me because we went through the trouble to find the small farm in Nepal where they make them sustainably.
Something that I’ve carried around from apartment to apartment in NYC and even before, is my childhood dollhouse. It was made by my sister’s god-father, the artist Bob Smith and it’s over five feet tall. It’s not cute or rustic at all though. It’s more like a brightly colored surrealist dream house. I use it to store precious items.
You seem very partial to Park Slope. What would you recommend a swedish tourist that’s never been there to do for a perfect day to be won over?
It is a wonderful place.
Our favorite coffee shop — basically the BAZAZAS boardroom — Konditori, happens to be Swedish.
There are too many good things for just one day. But you must stroll up 3rd Street, probably the grandest walk, to Prospect Park. Take a picnic! If you are still up for moving, you could amble over to the Botanical Gardens The cherry blossoms are just beginning to bloom and it’s the most glorious time of year there. Head to Talde (new Asian shared plates), al di la (classic Italian), or Palo Santo (Latin) for dinner. Lavender Lake or The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club are fun for after dinner drinks.
You are having a Pop-Up store in DUMBO this weekend, may 3-4. What can we expect to find there?
Lots of fun summery wares — from socks so festive you won’t want to hide them under shoes (winking at you sandals!), to poppy over-sized Russian beach towels, to uncannily chipper Afghan war rugs. We’ve got ceramics and jewelry and artist books and cycling gear. We’ve got cashmere throws. We’ve got greeting cards. Most everything is perfect for gifting, and we’ve got Mother’s Day in mind. But we’re also coveting many things for ourselves.
Some of the designers you’ll find are:
– Annie Lee Larson’s ALL Knitwear
– Books from Rollo Press, Nieves, Études Studio and Roma Press
– Cashmere from Nepal by Bazazas
– Ceramics by Haand, Giselle Hicks
– Chen and Kai
– Hats from Études Studio
– Opus children’s wear
– Rachel Domm’s greeting cards
– Stoneware by Lindsay Oesterritter
– Tenspeed Hero
– Thomas IV
And much much more!
Thank you both so much!
Om du är i stan asså, missa inte Bazazas pop-up affär i DUMBO i helgen, 20 Jay street, Suite M09!
I recently found out about the brilliant online store Bazazas. First I was just thrilled about all the nice things they had for sale and when I read a little more I realized it was no ordinary store, that the selection of things and why they were chosen had a lot of thought behind it. I wanted to know a little more and got the founders Scarlett Boulting and Mary Vorhees Meehan on the e-line. Don’t miss their pop-up store in DUMBO this weekend, if you’re around, 20 Jay street, Suite M09.