Objekt Opens in the South End
Just before Thanksgiving, designer and former Winston Flowers creative director Marc Hall opened a gorgeous new 1,200-square-foot home and garden boutique on Albany Street. Objekt holds vintage and new treasures from his world travels (oryx horns from Africa, wooden vessels from Afghanistan) as well as items of his own design (coat racks made from reclaimed teak and mirrors fashioned from cathedral windows are now in the store; five-foot-tall opaque resin test tube vases are coming soon).
“I can imagine any piece in my store being an accessory to an outdoor living space or to an indoor living space,” Hall told me over the phone. “That’s pretty much my mission: Blurring the distinction between those two.”
“People who live in the Northeast have always gravitated to what was in the market — uber-hardy [items] that aren’t so design focused, including the furniture,” he continued. “Now, that’s really changing as we explore the possibility of extending our living spaces in the warmer months.”
Read on to see more photos of the verdant shop…
Hall, who’s wanted to open a store for years, says he is attached to all his wares and loves to share the stories behind them with customers. “I delayed the opening of the store for four days because I didn’t want to sell anything,” he said, with a laugh. He plans to change the look and feel of the store with each new season, and currently hosts a pop-up flower shop at Objekt on Thursdays through Sundays (though it could soon become an everyday occurrence).
Objekt, 531 Albany St., Boston, 617-391-6236, marchallobjekt.com.
Wooden vessels hold bulbs that Hall is forcing. “It’s nice to see something like that emerging in winter,” he said.
Hall said this iron scallop harvesting net could be used to divide space in a loft or restaurant: “What you’re doing is creating intimacy in a big space, but not blocking it off like walls do.” You could also attach pots to it and let vines grow up it, creating a vertical garden.
(All photos by Courtney Hollands)