a beautiful, beautiful space: the new saipua store…
Posted in handmade, stores August 27th, 2009 by pia


A few months ago I had the pleasure of meeting artist An Hoang and her husband Jeremy while they were here in Holland for An’s solo exhibition opening in Den Hague. I invited them over to le petit bateau one morning for tea and cookies with Riley, and the 5 of us sat around, enjoying wonderful conversation. Jeremy, who is an architect, was telling us about his current project – creating a very special space for his friend Sarah who owns Saipua, in Brooklyn, New York.  When Jeremy was describing his design, I was instantly drawn to it – from the materials he wanted to use (gorgeous silver barn wood), to the structure itself which he described to be ” two box-like rooms – one nested within the other.” Jeremy had the challenge of creating a tiny interior retail space within a warehouse opened by a garage door. He used the concept of an old  dressmaker’s sewing box:

“There is a life and beauty that exists in an old dressmakers sewing box. That life lies not in the wood and brass hinges from which the box is made, rather it is found within the multi-colored jumble of spools of thread and the assortment of pins placed at random in the pincushion. This is an arrangement that could only emerge from use – the result of an ongoing act between the dressmaker, the dressmaker’s tools, and the thing being made.” Jeremy Barbour of Tacklebox




Last weekend the space opened to the public for the first time, and it is breathtaking. It completely encompasses the Saipua aesthetic, and is the most beautiful backdrop for Sarah’s soaps and flower arrangements.  I can’t wait to see it in person. A big congratulations to Jeremy and his team, as well as Sarah and her partner Eric for such an amazing space. Enjoy your new premises, dear Saipua!


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  1. beauty comma says

    it’s really, really gorgeous. i love this type of wood that looks like it has been left untreated outdoors for ages. and combined with both delicate and colourful things it’s even more beautiful… it’s the kind of shop that you’d like to live in!

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  2. Gigi says

    Absolutely beautiful. I’ve never seen a space quite like it before. It makes me wish that someone would just finally invent teleportation so I could go there right this minute! 😉

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  3. Andi says

    If I still lived in NYC I would head over there right.this.second! Jeremy is an absolute genius of a designer. This store is utter perfection. 🙂

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  4. Christine says

    Just wow.

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  5. Shell Sherree says

    What a beautiful vision Jeremy has brought to life. Lining the space in that weathered timber and creating the nooks and crannies is inspired. All the best to Sarah and Eric ~ Saipua will be a magical little oasis in Brooklyn!

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  6. nyla says

    An old dressmaker’s sewing box! This is just pure delight. I know where I’ll be headed next time I’m in Brooklyn.

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  7. Squill says

    This is such a beautiful place– it makes me wish I was in NY. It’s magical, really.

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  8. Paris Parfait says

    He certainly made good use of the space! Absolutely lovely. xo

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  9. Debi says

    Absolutely inspired! What dreams he must dream!

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  10. Maia says

    Wow, what a stunning space! I could live in place like that.

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  11. jone says

    absolutely fantastic…..feels so like a japanese spa…wow

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