It may still be a chilly April in New York, but Spring has finally sprung (inside at least) for the city-dwellers: Love Adorned on New York's Elizabeth Street has just launched a display of terrariums in hand-made planters in blown glass, poured cement and thrown ceramic, containing succulents perfect for thriving indoors with us.
Love Adorned is a modern-day cabinet of curiosities in the form of a lifestyle concept store, with vintage display cases filled with interesting books, jewellery, lotions, potions and ceramics sourced by like-minded friends from all over the world. It's creator, Lori Leven of the city's famous tattoo destination, New York Adorned, has fashioned a home for pieces that address "beauty and utility" in our ever-changing and challenging lives, with all the tools a contemporary urbanite may need on her travels. The store opened in December 2010 and changes its curated selection of pieces to suit its seasonal themes. New York Adorned's tattoo artists have also set up a pop-up space inside, for visitors that want to go home wearing something a little more permanent, while their flagship store is being renovated.
Find treasures in Love Adorned like Laura Zindel's ceramics from Vermont, with her hand-drawn naturalist illustrations that are silkscreened and transferred onto her ceramic homewares. Then there are the whimsical porcelain milk bottles from Alyssa Ettinger: found originally in abandoned dumps and urban vintage flea markets, then cast in porcelain to be cared for forever after.