We Are Smitten With A New Home
Atelier Shop in Greenwich, Connecticut
Bringing Urban Cool to this Tony Neighborhood!
Putnam & Mason
34 E. Putnam Avenue
Greenwich, Ct. 06830
Monday-Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday 11am - 5pm
or by appointment.
We attended a breakfast today at the opening ceremony for new design shop Putnam & Mason in Greenwich, Connecticut. A perfect addition to this bucolic community and in the thick of Greenwich's burgeoning design district. Putnam & Mason is neighbors to high-end English paint company, Farrow & Ball and local favorite Lillian August.
Guests are instantly charmed when greeted in the foyer with a custom designed ombre wall covering created by Brett Designs. This sets the tone for the shop's rich color palette, and the walls are swathed in varying finishes of one of our favorite paint colors, Farrow & Ball's Hague Blue. Also a showstopper in the foyer hangs an oversized, vintage Italian Murano glass chandelier that shop co-owner interior designer Robert Passal found on a recent antique buying trip to Parma, Italy. The drama sets the stage and continues once inside with a beautiful array of spring blossoms (which Passal himself arranged), and leading to myriad modern and antique furnishings, lighting, accessories, art, wall coverings, rugs, fabric, pillows and more.
This is a design aficionado's dream enclave, and a refreshing change from the usual design aesthetic typical in Connecticut. It is inviting and gorgeous and well stocked, and they keep more inventory in the back. The owners are two design talents, Robert Passal and Kim Alessi teaming up to bring their unique vision to the area.
We head to the back of the shop to check out the materials closet boasting fabric and wall coverings from artisan brands, and a sample kitchen which showcases a realm of possibilities for custom designs. The kitchen is a collaboration with Wheelock Kitchen/Bath. I instantly spy one of my favorite modern sconces from Zia Priven which blends well with the cool vintage lighting hanging throughout the shop. The ethereal art brings something special to the space as well. There is a stunning oversized leather wrapped mirror which anchors the room, and we learn it is part of a custom mirror collection designed by co-owner Kim Alessi called Klasp Home. This mirror was customized and outfitted to double as a television with the click of a button, and this service provided by Phoenix Audio Video, who was also on hand.
Owners Passal and Alessi came together to create a one-stop bespoke design center in the heart of Greenwich, and in addition to selling their wares they offer custom pieces as well as full interior design services. It is refreshing to hear they welcome working with both the trade and the consumer. Most of the inventory will also be available online soon. Please follow their musings on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @PutnamAndMason