I’ve got a new retail crush on Bello (140 Willis Street, Wellington). My heart skipped a beat when I spotted the beautiful display of Bollen Glass in the window – so effortlessly cool, delicate, precious and enormously collectible. From Amsterdam, the Bollen family business is renowned for its mouth blown glass vessels, using virtually the same techniques as their ancestors did 1100 years ago. All of their pieces are copied from centuries old models as depicted in paintings by Rembrandt, Jan Steen and Vermeer.
Equally eye catching are the porcelain bowls from Potomak Studio in Italy. Handmade and glazed in real gold and silver, these are unique and elegant.
And don’t even get me started on the sumptuous shot velvet cushions that Bello will have made to order for you in any one of a very sophisticated palette of fine English shot velvets. Divine!
What a wonderful addition to the retail landscape of Wellington – I’ll be back – often.