Walking through the Duane Reade Pharmacy near my home the other day, I found myself thinking about how clean and shiny everything looked. To be honest, it felt much nicer than my apartment at the time. (I let things slide a little in the messy department last week.) Of course, all that "niceness" comes with a sterile, fluorescent-light sensibility, but that's sort of the appeal of the pharmacy. It's the kind of place where everything is hyper-ordered and you don't have to think too much.
The artist who has played with the idea of the pharmacy most successfully (in my book at least) is Damien Hirst, whose pharmacy installation at the Tate Modern is definitely worth a visit if you're ever in London. Hirst describes the installation as rooted in the idea that people "were believing in medicine in exactly the same way that I wanted them to believe in art." His recreation of drugstore makes you feel like you're suspended in a kind of semi-reality.
But, of course, this is a design blog and not a museum, so I've gathered some high and low references together, in case you're looking for some pharmaceutical inspiration, or you really like the clean lines and white-white-white of the pharmacy look. It can actually work pretty well in a modern home, used in moderate doses. ;)
• 1) The Pure Hotel, Frankfurt, Germany
• 2) Jonathan Adler Drugs Pillow, $165
• 3) Pharmacueticals Limited Edition Print by Damien Hirst at Other Criteria, £18,000
• 4) Pharmacy Wallpaper by Damien Hirst at Other Criteria, £675
• 5) 1920s Pharmacy Cabinet at Factory20, SOLD
• 6) Vintage Illuminated Pharmacy Sign at Factory20, $8,500
• 7) Frosted Glass Pharmacy Bottles at Restoration Hardware, $14 - $48
• 8-9) Nurse Jackie Room at the 2010 Showtime House
• 10) Kikkerland First Aid Box, $23