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Man Shops Globe

August 6, 2009

 

Anthropologie, curated by Keith Johnson

Anthropologie, curated by Keith Johnson

WWD reported this week that the proposed reality show called “Man Shops Globe” will premiere on the Sundance Channel on October 7 as an eight-part series. The show will star Keith Johnson, Antiques Buyer and Gallery Director for the eclectic home and fashion retail chain Anthropologie, as he hunts for the wide variety of unique items sold in over 100 stores across the country. In an interview with 1stdibs.com, Johnson clearly captures why a company like Sundance would have a special interest in someone like him, “Anthropologie is like the touch of a hand. Whether designed by us or selected at a market in South Africa, each piece possesses the craftsmanship and unique details that make it seem so personable when you bring it into your home.” Sundance is all about giving artists the opportunity to develop and expose their craft and the cable channel always finds a way to let their viewers take a closer look inside the process. 

As a regular shopper and follower of Anthropologie, I was thrilled to hear about this new show. I love when you are given the chance to see the behind-the-scenes footage of what it takes to create one’s art. In this case, how Keith Johnson sources such unordinary pieces and arranges them on a store floor or window to make your instant reaction be, “I wish my house looked just like this, I want everything.” It is a vintage yet modern style that so flawlessly lives together; you would never know which piece was directly imported from that flea market in South Africa and which was fabricated to look so.

Here are some of my favorite home items from Anthropologie’s latest collections:

Ikat Bowls

Ikat Bowls, $14 each.

 

Peacock Dinnerware, $14-$20

Peacock Dinnerware, $14-$20

 

Stockholm Flora Potholders, $12 (these are in my kitchen!)

Stockholm Flora Potholders, $12 (these are in my kitchen!)

 

Waterloo Quilt, $398 Queen

Waterloo Quilt, $398 Queen

 

Seafarer Anchor Pillow, $88

Seafarer Anchor Pillow, $88

 

Pink Ikat Wool Rug, $498 5x8

Pink Ikat Wool Rug, $498 5x8

 

Recycled Stadium Bulbs, $78-$198

Recycled Stadium Bulbs, $78-$198

They don’t sell them on Anthropologie’s website, but I also purchase my favorite candles at the store, Lumiere. Clothesline, Lilac and Green Green Grass are my signature home scents.

 

Lumiere Candles, $18

Lumiere Candles, $18

I trust that this series will be just as fascinating as some of the other programs aired on Sundance; i.e. “Iconoclasts”. If you are interested in pop culture and the arts and you enjoy a good documentary, then you too will love this show. Already 4 seasons in, each episode pairs 2 creative visionaries to discuss their work and their impact on society. Eddie Veder and Laird Hamilton, Tony Hawk and Jon Faverau, Venus Williams and Wyclef Jean, Paul Simon and Lorne Michaels, and of course Robert Redford and Paul Newman, plus many more. Watch out for repeats, they re-run them often.

Iconoclasts: Laird and Eddie

Anthropologie is owned by Philadelphia-based Urban Outfitters, Inc.; also parent company to brands Free PeopleLeifsdottir and their latest home and garden venture, Terrain.  Anthropologie factoid: Todd Thompson, husband of famed Food Network Chef Giada, is a women’s clothing designer for the brand!

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