This weekend I checked out Assembled at Assembly Row in Somerville for the first time. Kyle and I hadn’t been back to Assembly Square since living in Medford and it was unbelievable to see how much has changed in such a short period of time. The vision of Assembly Row is an interesting one and I love that they’ve incorporated a SOWA-style market that highlights talented artisans from the area.
Each Saturday through the summer the fair has a different theme – and this past weekend was hosted by the dealer, White Barn Heirlooms who focused on “Reclaim, Repurpose, Reuse.” Their antique and upcycled pieces were just my taste and I had a great chat with WBH owner and designer Charlene. She has a full time home at the Spaulding Cooperage in Townsend, which I’ll be visiting ASAP! Multiple vendors from the Cooperage were represented at the market, including metalworkers Karen McNamaza and David Dawson.
My absolute favorite piece at Assembled was David’s handmade skull made out of reclaimed materials. It was one of the most original things I saw (and you know I can’t deny a skull). Backed on a painted wooden pallet, I liked how it was part rustic feeling and part badass. David also created the coffee table on the right – a grate welded to a rolling base. The artist is just 3 weeks out of school and I can’t wait to see what else he comes up with.
Other favorites included Sarah Wormann’s Massachusetts prints, Ioanna Tourkantonis’ photographs of Greece and Boston, and Jacqueline Lapuck’s accessories. I took home two of Jacqueline’s bracelets and immediately put on the evil eye. We also refreshed with a thai basil lemonade from Bon Me. All in all, a beautiful start to Saturday!
*Disclaimer, I received Assembled art bucks and truck bucks in an exchange for this review.