Creating a mosaic out of broken glass turns trash into art, much like compiling a rubber-band ball or throwing rotten fruit at the television. Reuse and rearrange with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of art supplies and home décor at Sam Flax.
A multihued assortment of creativity-stoking supplies greets customers at the recently relocated Sam Flax, where journals, holiday embellishments, and home furnishings flourish under one roof. Shoppers can lavish canvases or outdated wigs with color via a six-piece assorted fiber-brush set ($9.59), back eye-popping designs with 10 sheets of 90-pound rough watercolor paper, made from 100% cold-pressed rag content ($34.83), or pick out wedding invitation suites ($1.50–$60 a set). Coffee tables welcome classic Italian art in the form of a Taschen Michelangelo art book ($9.99), and the Jesper 2000 angled moulding for bookshelves ($44) contributes to carpentry projects that can elegantly display a newly crafted magnum opus or a framed portrait of a former bookshelf on their ledges.
Sam Flax South
Sam Flax South outfits artists and designers with supplies and furniture from top industry brands such as Herman Miller, Humanscale, and Steelcase to produce masterpieces on any scale. Easels grip canvases as painters blanket them in polychromatic oils and acrylics, just as drafting tables, rulers, and protractors help architects draft the blueprint for the first home built entirely of discarded totem poles. Guests can leaf through paper products and readymade gifts including delicate cards, journals, and calendars. Treasured prints also find displayable homes in Sam Flax’s custom-framing department, where artisans design hangable enclosures that accentuate a picture with a contrasting mat color or an oversize neon arrow that points directly to the image. The in-house framing center applies acid-free matting and seals art in airtight materials to preserve pieces.