Black Chandelier Retail Stores
Black Chandelier Gateway
Such an incredible space. We had-screened and art directed every ceiling tile, and the fixtures were all powder coated in process yellow. The space was blindingly yellow inside with deep wood-tones paneling. A few cabinet elements from the Seattle store made it to the gateway store. AS soon as the store opened it was a sensation. It would hobble through the winter months, but summer made everything ok again... the store's displays were so far out at times. Christopher Larson built the plexi-glass cuckoo clocks for the opening windows. He would later construct a life-sized pink yeti for the flourescent pink christmas. The Gateway was a compelling combination of vintage materials and brand new. Rio Domingo and his father fabricated the black chandelier that hung inside, the black ceramic animals were produced by Momatella in an Ogden mom and pop ceramics shop. The guilded English lincrusta trim above the book area was donated then gold-leafed by Andy Pitts. The highlight of Bradley's re-made Deseret Industry paintings would drive people crazy, we sold them for 250.00 each. The opening day of the store featured a heavy metal Misfit Toys performance next to the shop.
Black Chandelier Trolley Square
Opened Black Friday 2007. The bedrock of the Black Chandelier brand. WE would make some items just for this store to keep people coming in. It really did revitalize the mall in a way. Faith in such a beautiful space and incredible woodwork. When the store first opened there was only an old victrola for a sound system. The poo employees had to wind it every 10 minutes to keep the store filled with scratchy ,old time crooning. We loved doing the windows at Trolley. They had the best space and people really stopped to regard the madness. Most of the furnishings and toys and props in the store were from my bedroom. The upright piano is what really started the performances at the stores...we would just terrorize people with it. We were once giving out 2" jawbreakers to any child that came to the store. There was something anarchic, yet refined about the Trolley Square location. The curiosity drew people in....then it was even stranger inside.
Black Chandelier Fashion Place
The funhouse on wheels in a suburban mall. It had a dividing effect on people. They flocked there, or walked by quickly afraid to look. Claw Machine, motorized mural, skate ramp and a wall of framed photos detailing the making and design going on back at the studio.
Black Chandelier Riverwoods
The last of the Black Chandelier stores to open. One of the most far out designs, in the strangest location.
Black Chandelier Seattle
Technically the second Black Chandelier store to open. The entire space was designed to be on wheels and fit precisely into the moving truck. We drove all night from Salt LAke City, backed up the truck, lowered the ramp and rolled the entire store into place. A brilliant piece of design by Andy Pitts, he also laboriously cut all of the screen printed cities for the tops of the cabinets. We spent weeks paining the cabinets with the help of interns and basically anyone who came by the studio that had time...Huck Finn.
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