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Emily Thompson Flowers + Best of the Web

by Maxwell Tielman

For our final weekly wrap-up of the year, we thought we’d share a little peek into one of our favorite new shops, fully decked-out in festive holiday style! Opened a little less than a year ago, Emily Thompson Flowers calls lower Manhattan’s historic South Street Seaport home. Although the Seaport has a reputation as a tourist destination, Thompson’s outpost is part of a steady new crop of artists, designers, and creative-types that have set up shop there, capitalizing on the area’s industrial, old world beauty. Trained as a sculptor and known for her wickedly morbid flair, Thompson isn’t exactly what one would call the archetypical florist. Still, it is her strongly personal aesthetic and voice that makes her work so unique and captivatingly beautiful. Drawn to unusual blooms, rich colors, and decorative pieces that tell a story, Thompson has ensured that a visit to her shop is something of an experience. Throughout the small space, one can find numerous narratives unfolding, from custom products forged from creative partnerships to epically imaginative window displays that feature her own artwork. Although the shop’s corner lot is relatively tiny, I had the feeling that I could stay forever and still have more to discover. Check out all of the photos from our visit in the slideshow! Have a wonderful weekend! xo, Max

 

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Emily Thompson Flowers, located at 142 Beekman Street in lower Manhattan.
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Elves take center-stage in the shop's holiday decorating scheme this year. On the main table sits a life-size paper elf by sculptor Mark Gagnon.
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Among the numerous items for sale in the shop are bits of collected naturalia, like this assortment of wasp nests.
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The shop's workshop features a guillotine-shaped mirror designed by Heather Rowe on its back wall.
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A view into the main shop space from the workshop.
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Emily's own illustrations act as window art on the shop's facade.
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Every item on sale at Emily Thompson flowers was created specifically for the shop. This canvas and leather apron, designed in collaboration with Brooklyn's Cold Picnic features adjustable and detachable straps (perfect for washing!).
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Works by paper sculptor Mark Gagnon fill the shop. We're a little obsessed with his papier-mâché flower vessels like this spectacular urn.
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Tiny bits of fabulously unsettling art and design can be found throughout the shop. These cast worms from Malia Jensen include bracelets, rings, and so-called "table worms."
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The shop sells a number of ornaments that are produced in-house, like this Wild Smilax Bramble ornament from their Gold Collection.
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Emily's wreathes, like this one made from magnolia and persimmons are, simply put, to die for!

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