@chelsbingham is known among friends for her attention and taste in curating those small details that make up every moment. That is, if you drop by for coffee it is not poured from the French press unless the French press itself is beautiful piece of functional design; more likely, it is first poured into the type of carafe or pot that is a pleasure for both eye and hand to behold. The cream is not poured from a carton but from a small pitcher, itself freshly filled not from the carton but from the glass bottle in which cream is kept in the fridge. And your mug—oh, the mugs!—may be of handmade ceramic, or classic diner vintage, or printed with a mosaic pattern discovered in some market in Marrakesh, but is always selected for the mood and presented on its matching saucer. And all of this will be brought to the table and presented simply on a tray of dark wood or plaster or marble.
Which is all to say I’m excited for the first pop-up of Slow Matter, her floating concept shop currently inhabiting the storefront of Sunset Stud.io, the Echo Park coworking space where I rent a desk. The sign outside advertises small housewares and flowers-by-the-stem—selections hand-picked for their strangeness—but the real sell is readily apparent in the front windows: getting in on just a tiny bit of Chelsey’s curated life.