NEW YORK — Henri Bendel has set up Summer Space, a temporary shop on the Fifth Avenue flagship’s third floor earmarked for summer necessities such as books, T-shirts, beach bags, art, cocktails and gifts.
Summer Space has an outpost for Mixed Greens, the Chelsea gallery dedicated to up-and-coming artists. The midtown offshoot will have three exhibitions featuring the work of Leah Tinari, Coke Wisdom O’Neal, Howard Fonda, Rob Nadeau, Mark Mulroney, Rob Conger and others. Mixed Greens’ specialists will be on hand to answer questions and to participate in the gallery’s “Collecting 101” workshop, where participants will learn the ins and outs of buying art and can pick up tips on starting a personal collection.
Bendel’s is also setting up an outpost for The Future Perfect, Williamsburg’s home decor boutique, in the Summer Space. Shoppers can choose from an eclectic assortment of decorative housewares and gifts, including distinctive printed wallpapers, unusual furniture, embroidered pillows and nontraditional tableware — all selected by founder David Alhadeff.
Through an arrangement with Shakespeare & Co., which is selling books through the Summer Space, book signings and readings will be held there during the shop’s three-month run. Bonnie Fuller, author of “The Joys of Much Too Much,” and Dany Levy, co-author of “Daily Candy A to Z,” have already signed up to make appearances. Other special events will be held throughout the summer, including exhibition openings for Mixed Greens artists, musical performances and comedy, through a partnership with Williamsburg’s Galapagos Art Space.
Less artistic shoppers can kick back in the illy cafe Summer Space Lounge, where baristas will be serving complimentary cappuccino, espresso and latte drinks during select hours Wednesdays through Fridays and on weekends.