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Once & Again Pop-Up Exhibition

November 29, 2010

What do you think of pop-up shops and pop-up exhibitions? From stores like Target to small boutiques that bring in a limited line, what do you think of the overall concept? I love it and predict that it’s going to be awhile for some time — it’s been growing all over the world for some time now and personally I think it’s a great way for people to explore new revenue streams, get in front of a new customer, explore a different city, and in general it’s a great experimental thing to try without investing enormous amounts of money. Have you heard of Once & Again, a pop-up exhibition that is being held simultaneously at the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach and online at Gretal Home? I *love* the things in this shop… I sat here this morning going through the photos positively drooling! Want to see?

Once & Again Pop-Up Exhibition

Bear Face Mirror: By All Lovely Stuff. “By referencing childhood nostalgia with their Bear Face mirror All Lovely Stuff have created a comforting yet fresh and modern piece.”Pillows: Cien Años de Soledad embroidered pillows by Ana Gonzalez (Series of six pillows, each one unique, exclusive to Gretel). “The beautiful embroidery of artist Ana Gonzalez is inspired by symbolism from classic Colombian literature. The story of revival in these pillows is completed by the vintage English fabric which Gonzalez has used as her canvas.” Bowl: Gold-plated Flawed bowl by Studiomake.

Once & Again Pop-Up Exhibition

Once & Again Pop-Up Exhibition

Splash bowls by Tim Parsons for AR Wentworth. “Pewter, an old fashioned material, has been rejuvenated by Tim Parsons and the craftspeople that hand-make the unique Splash bowls. Because the form of each bowl is determined by the ‘splash’ of the molten material, each and every piece is different.”

Once & Again Pop-Up Exhibition

Left/Center: Giant yarn rubber crocheted bowls by Rosanna Contadini for Neo. “By combining the traditional craft of crocheting with a thoroughly modern material (neoprene rubber) Contadini has created a collection that is innovative and intriguing. The giant yarn bowl (21 inches wide) uses rubber yarn that is one inch thick and is a new addition to her incredibly popular series of rubber crocheted bowls.” Right: Hand-carved wood cake pedestals by Iacoli & McAllister (special edition, exclusive to Gretel). “Seattle-based design duo Iacoli & McAllister are well known for giving new significance to ordinary vintage candlesticks. Now, in this extension of their Mini Pedestal series, and also inspired by flea-market finds, I&M has created delicately carved wood pedestals (stained with tea and coffee) topped with Corian plates.”

Once & Again Pop-Up Exhibition

Spica Light by Iacoli & McAllister. “Like many of the designers featured in Once & Again, Iacoli & McAllister proudly produce all of their work by hand. Thanks to the industrial processes they incorporate however, I&M’s designs are far from rustic. Their brand new Spica light features a sleek powder-coated steel frame wrapped with soft embroidery floss. One of the designers, Jamie Iacoli, recently inherited her mother’s collection of hundreds of skeins of thread and the incorporation of them into this modern piece is a contemporary interpretation of the needlework she did as a child.”

Once & Again Pop-Up Exhibition

Gold-plated Flawed cups and bowls by Studiomake (special edition, exclusive to Gretel).”The gold-plated drips of Studiomake’s Flawed cups and bowls are gilded by artists in Thailand. The process not only refers to traditional Thai craft but also to the craftsmen’s refusal to follow popular ceramic-ware trends of other culture.”

Once & Again Pop-Up Exhibition

Wonderland candlesticks by Stephen Johnson for Artecnica (Series of 24, including three designs; Bird, Lady and Rabbit, exclusive to Gretel). “Johnson refers to the familiar forms of ceramic figurines in the design of his whimsical Wonderland candlesticks. They have been produced in a striking matte black finish especially for Once & Again.”

What do you fancy from these lovely items above? I love the bear face mirror for a kid’s room, the Spica light for an office, the gold-plated flawed bowls for my china cabinet and the Ana Gonzalez embroidered pillows for my sofa!

Psst: This collection is only available until December 5th so if you see something you like, act fast!

(images: once & again)


  • Reply laura trevey November 29, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Those goldfish pillows are gorgeous!

  • Reply GB November 29, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Oh I just love the splash bowls–what a wonderful concept! and that fabric (?) in the background is gorgeous as well!!

  • Reply Melissa de la Fuente November 29, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    oh my….that sweet little bear mirror! LOVE it! Always love Stephen Johnson(such a nice guy) and love those gold plated vessels! gorgeous…thanks for sharing these hun!

  • Reply NYC Interior Design November 29, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Those candle holders are absolutely adorable! Such a great, original idea, thank you for posting :)

  • Reply Piper November 29, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    I’m loving all these pop ups – such a great idea – those bowls from gretel are so beautiful – thanks for the heads up on those!!

  • Reply Gabrielle November 29, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Big big fan of the gold plated bowls and cups!!

    I also love the second pillow from the top – and the big rubber crocheted bowls.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Nathalie November 30, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    I completely agree – I love pop-up shops – even pop-up shops within shops. In the UK some design shops are devoting a room entirely to pop-up shops so that they can introduce fresh ideas and designs regularly without being completely beholden to them.

  • Reply Cera December 12, 2010 at 9:13 am

    I love the crocheted rubber bowls and the stork (tablecloth?). I’d love to get some of that fabric for myself.

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