Maison 10, located in the Nomad area of NYC, curates and showcases a desirable grouping of 10 categories of design every 10 weeks.
Maison 10 is obsessed with the number ten. They provide a platform for talented designers and artists focusing on selected, high-caliber products, changing their inventory every 10 weeks to keep it fresh. I recently attended the opening to their 10th rendition where they featured 10 artists and 10 categories of design.
WHAT’S ON THE SCENE
The 10 categories of design include: bags, books, candles, fragrances, gifts, homeware, jewelry, well-being, and men’s accessories—with the 10th category changing each cycle. Of particular note, the fragrances showcased here are absolutely irresistible, one more alluring than the next. For instance, Lightscape by Ulrich Lang New York is a study in freshness, composed of galbanum and Sicilian lemon with notes of violet. 801 by Bon Parfumeur leans more into the citrus zone with notes of grapefruit and lemon, but also has a powdery essense of dry wood mixed with white musks.
LIGHT UP YOUR ATMOSPHERE
Also in the scent category were some swoon-inducing candles. Le Feu De L’eau and jewelry designer Ariel Gordon joined creative forces in the making of The Lucky Charm Candle. A solid 14k gold charm lies hidden at the bottom, intended to be worn as a protective amulet once burning is done. In King Pleasure, Basquiat’s early graffiti work is honored in a candle by Ligne Blanche.
ART THAT MAKES YOU THINK
Normally, ten works from a featured artist is shown in each 10-week period. But since this was the cherished 10th cycle, they asked their nine previous artists to return with one piece, and invited Lester Sánchez to debut. Sánchez chose Radiant Child (Basquiat), his portrait of the artist, which initially appeared to be a scintillating abstract, until you pulled back a bit and could see the face. Quite mesmerizing.
Chelsea Hrynick Browne uses origami, acrylic, glue and wood and her love of mathematics to full abstract effect, as seen in her choice, Surrender. A shimmery quality was revealed as you moved to the side of the piece.
Julia Rivera chose America Was Not Built On Fear, America Was Built On Courage (America Is Fearless), a painting commenting on the state of the USA.
Artist Angel Ortiz, who once painted with Keith Haring, was on the scene, adding the final touches to Heart Attack, much to the crowd’s delight.
HANDMADE WITH CARE
Jewelry by K/iller Collection was a statement in understatement. Bags by Alice D. look like they would wear-in and last a lifetime. The spiky ceramics by MT Objects were inspired by the Mayan spiky ceiba tree, considered to be a spiritual connection with nature.
SUPPORTING PEOPLE IN NEED
All items are for sale in their location or online store. Still loving the number ten, Maison 10 donates 10% from the sale of each product to one of 10 charities. Owners Tom Blackie, Henri Myers, and Carsten Klein have certainly come up with a winning formula. I give them a 10—I think they would like that! (hahaha).
Maison 10, 4 West 29th St (betw 5th/Broadway)