Park Life. Even the name is cool. Walking around one of my favorite neighborhoods this weekend, I found this fairly new (it opened last October) small independent, shop-slash-gallery on Clement Street in the Inner Richmond district. Park Life is a fantastic space. You walk in and there's this huge table full of art and design books - oooh, and they even had the Loretta Lux book, one of my favorite photographers, so they had me at hello.
The shop's got a very nice, really friendly vibe, and owner Derek Song was very welcoming. Park Life carries a great inventory of all sorts of unique home decor, accessories, art, as well as great stationary and journals. I loved the silhouette of this black chandelier hanging high above, from the stark white beamed ceiling.
Park Life also has a wonderful gallery space in the rear of the shop, and hosts art openings on a regular basis. It is currently showing the beautiful work of Michelle Blade. Based in San Francisco, they have an amazing circle of creative friends who support the gallery and in turn Park Life supports them. Park Life will also be an avenue for emerging artists to present and sell their artwork.
It's fun to see new life springing up on Clement Street, and yet seem to effortlessly blend in with its traditional Chinese heritage. I love shopping at my local Chinese fruit and vegetable stands, and picking up dim sum along my way. But now I can catch some new art, or peruse my favorite kind of books and home wares while picking up my bok choy. Living a wonderful Park Life, indeed.