The co-founder of New York’s Alcove on solving puzzles, the spectrum of sobriety, and why smokeware should be its own category of home goods.
AS TOLD TO ELIZA BROOKE
Our little tagline is “Heady home goods.”
We joke that my husband, Alex, recruited me for Alcove. I had been working full-time at an art book company for 10 years, up until the fall of 2018. Earlier iterations of the idea for Alcove came from our own experience while shopping. We were looking for smokeware for our house that wasn’t boring or hideous or obtrusive. We started noticing artists and designers who were making things we were interested in, and realized that there wasn’t really a place to find them here in New York.
We wanted to create a place where people could come in and really be inspired by smokeware. We’re six months in, and that’s what we’re finding. People come in, and they just can’t believe these things exist. They’re so excited to see funky objects and strange shapes. For someone who loves smoking weed, to be able to have their experience elevated by the way that they’re doing it or the product they’re using—that’s what we want.