Tuesday, July 13, 2010

A Trip to Chelsea Market


The new Anthropologie store, with Prince Lumber across 15th Street.

I recently had the chance to go through the great Chelsea Market which is located two blocks away from us, between Ninth Avenue and Tenth Avenue, and 15th Street and 16th Street. The building was originally constructed in the 1890s and was a factory which housed the ovens of the National Biscuit Company. In the 1990s it was bought and developed and redesigned into a food concourse filled with wonderful vendors selling fresh produce, meat, fish, wine, imported Italian goods, all kinds of good things. It's an entertaining destination. If you are visiting New York, don't miss the Chelsea Market.
The developer and designers have wisely and sensitively retained the industrial character of the building with exposed pipes and beams, and at the same time made it modern and comfortable. I love that style, which is called Industrial Chic or Rough Luxe, and mixes materials like wood, metal and brick.
The front door area of Chelsea Market on Ninth Avenue has recently been redesigned. I really like the oversized industrial metal light shades crowded together. Wood signage with metal plaques of companies in the building hangs on the weathered brick wall.

This Chelsea Market sign is crafted in metal and curves perfectly to fill the space.

The shiny metal elevator doors are etched with designs. The frame that holds the doors is a dull, sculpted metal. These metals contrast with the soft look of the worn brick.

Going up.

An Anthropologie store recently opened in the Chelsea Market in a big space which was a florist that we really liked. I'm a fan of Anthropologie too – they do some clever things. For example, in the new store this metal column has been camouflaged and collaged with scraps of newspaper, burlap and floral fabric.

Fabric was draped haphazardly over the back wall; I liked the white country table in the foreground.

Back out on the concourse, I admired the light fixtures. They look like Art Deco, from Paris.

A funny photography show was mounted on the walls. I believe facial hair was the theme.

I picked up some tilapia for dinner at the good fish market.

On the way out I stopped into Anthropologie again and saw a wonderful coffee table made out of an artist's paint-splotched surface mounted on rolling wheels. Behind it was a couch covered with flower-printed linen. I think that's a great way to live.

I think the whole Chelsea Market is a great way to live.

5 comments:

Kathy said...

I am not going to make it to New York this year, so I am dependent on magazines and the blogosphere to keep me current. Thank you for your wonderful, enlightening posts. You take the shots that I would take if I were there. Thank goodness for virtual travel!

Bart Boehlert said...

Hi Kathy, Thanks for your comment, I'm glad you enjoy the posts. I've lived in New York a long time and it continues to inspire me.
BB

french-treasures said...

What a terrific building - I love the elevator!

Bart Boehlert said...

French-treasures, I thought all those different textures were great, very clever.
BB

Margery said...

I never went to the Chelsea market yet, but this makes me wanna go there! Based on the pictures you've posted, the place looks very artistic. Also, there is one thing that kept me glued to the screen, and that's the coffee table. The table totally fits well on my living room (since I already have one at the bar room) with my iron family tree and other iron home accents.