UPDATED! Andrianna Shamaris

UPDATED! Andrianna Shamaris

Maxwell Ryan
May 26, 2005

Please go to our new Andrianna Shamaris link

Still in Africa. Andrianna Shamaris's new store in SoHo is from Mars, and SoHo is lucky.

Unlike the increasingly corporate and buttoned down shops taking over the area, her "primitive home furnishings" shop feels like the totally personal project of an artist. It is both luscious and excessive at the same time.

Filled with the fruit of her itinerant life and travels to Africa and Asia, Shamaris' store is an assembly of her unique designs, lightly transformed natural objects and raw materials. There is everything from raw wood planks for $900, to large, solid carved wood screens, beautifully shaded lamps, intense candles and LOTS of picture frames. Think Martha Stewart meets Peter Beard.

At her opening last night we came away with three parting thoughts: 1. her found objects, such as huge pieces of smooth tree trunk, are amazing 2. her designs are much more tempered. Some stand out, while most are pleasing and (perhaps) more saleable, and 3. her prices weren't bad for this part of town. MGR

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