Saturday, August 20, 2011

I Spy at Anthropologie

One of my favorite vignettes above; found objects
repurposed as graphic art or retail display.


Our second Anthropologie opened in Kansas City a week ago, so I wandered through yesterday to do my usual research. 15 miles away, our first Anthropologie premiered around 2001 and I was the first customer in the door! Sometimes feel I need to create a national Anthro club because I make a point to visit one in every city I find myself in. I have seen a dozen so far and each and every one has their own unique spin and ideas abound.

This new store is really different. I felt I should forgive them a bit because they just opened but then I thought, hey wait a minute, these guys are seasoned retailers- they shouldn't have a grace period! First, I had to look long and hard to see if they were even open. The front door is heavy, solid wood with no glass. Surrounding the left side of the door is about 8 feet of painted green plaster. The display windows do not start until the end of the space. Once in, I could literally drive a bicycle around the store which I am not sure is intentional or the results of a 'soft opening'.

Raw wood was the focal point; floors and display shelves were thick and chunky. Custom made industrial fixtures were used everywhere as well as the usual $4,000 giant antique tables and counters. Despite it being a little sparse without the usual jam-packed departments, going into an Anthropologie and not leaving with ideas would be impossible- so enjoy my discoveries:

The word was TEXTURE.
Found in everything: floors, rugs, storage, and shelving.

Ornate antique mirror.

Upholsterers webbing woven as wall covering.

Pleated sculpture on the ceiling:
not sure if this was paper or fabric.


Fall clothing also had many textures with lots of poncho styling:


And great display ideas of course:

I loved the graphic shape of the garden tools but also the
burlap wallpaper and unfinished painted edge over it.

Weld (or screw) an old wheel to one leg of a table!

A cluster of derbys made into a chandelier.
Only one bulb was hanging in the center.

One of the highlights above; a natural light courtyard was made against the back wall. I can't wait to see what they do here at Christmas time.

This shadow box with deer horns makes the perfect
display to hang accessories...

...and used here as a jewelry holder.

Probably my favorite idea I'll use some day: glossy white paint stops at an unusual spot to expose wood legs. So easy to do!!!

11 comments:

  1. i really like that shadowbox with the antler...i just may have to borrow this idea. we have an anthro nearby and at times it's almost sensory overload to walk through, not that it stops me!

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  2. I will join your club!! I love what Antho does for displays, it really inspires me to think out of the box. And they have the best sales!!

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  3. Thank you so much for sharing the ideas, I hope to someday see a anthro store with my own eyes. HUGS Mary

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  4. My fav place for instant inspiration as well. Great ideas...especially love the texture overload!

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  5. Great tour - thanks for sharing! Wouldn't that upholsterer's webbing make a great headboard?

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  6. I'm collecting inspiration pictures for leather bags......I saved your photo of the bag in the shadowbox.......interesting seaming and handle attachment.
    Kathi

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  7. I'm going today!!

    I have my birthday month discount coupon... in the clever fabric pouch... LoVe Anthro

    love your photos ...

    If you are coming to junk Bonanza this year be sure to stop by... I will be the first to by you a cocktail!!

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  8. You're on for that cocktail- I have the camper hitched and ready to go. I cannot wait!

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  9. Yes, each Anthro seems different and yet similar. Great place to go for display ideas! Love the white tiered table with the brown wood legs showing. Will keep that in mind!

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  10. I went to the Anthropologie in Burlington, Mass., this summer and it, too, was sparse with wide open spaces. This was different than it had been in the past. Maybe a sign of our lean economic times? ~Lori Sellers, Lexington, MO

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