May 9, 2006

Fleurt is a fun place to shop. This little retail space in the Clement Street shopping dstrict is the very definition of eclectic style.

Proprietors Betta Cattaneo and Jonathan Rachman seem to specialize in the unxepected, with their mix of antique finds from France and Italy, steel industrial tables, modern light fixtures, gardening embellishments, contemporary architectural seating from Italy, nature-themed pillows, giant clothespins, incredible flowers, luxurious body care products . . . the list goes on.

And all of this works together exceedingly well, proving that a coherent aesthetic can and often does take form from a duo's far-ranging tastes, without allegiance to a single period or school of design.

What knits it all together at Fleurt is in part an organic, neutral palette that embraces both the time-weathered finishes of the antiques and the quiet colors of the modern pieces.

We'd describe Fleurt's aesthetic as simultaneously earthy and fabulous, mixing bold, out-scale items like an antique rail station lighting fixture with more delicate items like a clawfoot tub.

Fleurt seems like the kind of place you'd want to visit repeatedly in the hopes of happening on that perfect, unique detail for your home, as so many of the items are one-of-a-kind. Prices range widely depending on the size and vintage of your purchase, but seem fair considering the considerable scouting and editing that goes into assembling a collection like this.

On a recent vist we were taken with a rough-hewn table from a European country kitchen, complete with flour drawers, and the framed Cocteau sketch, an original, that was perched atop it.

The aesthetic continues to evolve, soon to include antiques from Rachman's recent trip to Asia.

MarketSquare.com says Fleurt has "an atmosphere of tranquility, taste, and indulgence."

Fleurt's web site is more calling card than e-business, but no matter: Fleurt makes you feel like you've gone traveling, so it's worth the trip.

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