AT Boston: Vessel - Not Just Candelas

This is from our Boston finalists, Kayla and Wes. Comment away!

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We know that AT readers have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Vessel's Candela, but we thought we'd clear the air a little and talk about why Vessel (whose little lights are now guaranteed by OXO) is one of our favorite Boston design shops...

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Situated on a small back street near South Station and the new entrance park to Chinatown, Vessel straddles the line of high design and homey. The stark-white interior is warmed by translucent walls of old shipping pallets, one of which hides the working studio in the back. It's a playful collection of beautiful and practical objects and furniture with a dedicated children's and garden area. They have recently become an official "Dot Spot," one of the only places outside New York you can actually see (and sit on) Blu Dot designs.

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This tends to be the trend at Vessel – designs from companies like Droog which you may be familiar with from the web but are unlikely to have seen in person. Vessel's own designs really stand out for us. We bought the Squat Module and currently use it as a coffee table but in our new apartment we'll use it as a bench with the Flop cushion on top. We also use the ceramic flask and cups for everything from champagne to soup to espresso. If you visit during the week the studio dog, Lucy, will be wandering around the store and you can personally chat with the Vessel folks. And if you're a designer ask them for a discount (20% on Vessel products).

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What better time to visit than next Friday, April 10 from 6-9pm as Vessel welcomes Blu Dot founders to unveil the latest and greatest Blu Dot designs. We'll be there! >> Vessel

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- Wes & Kayla

(Thanks, Wes and Kayla!)

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.