|Antique apothecary staged in the shop window of Luca, Florence.
One of the many inspiring artisan shops in the Oltrarno district of Florence is the unique and fascinating design atelier of Luca (via de Serragli 16r.) I snapped these shots last May when the front of the shop was filled with the above fantastic scene from an apothecary's dream. Any time you get to Florence, please go visit Luca and see what wonderful moody stories are being played out among the furniture creations, art, and vintage treasures.
|matching containers filled with magic
Florence, as you might know, is full of wonderous speziale, historic shops specializing in remedies, spices, herbs and teas, and other ingredients like catechu or borax, medicinal elixirs, fragrances, pigments, or other esoteric powders and potions, often displayed in ancient glass-fronted cabinets.
The oldest of these, Officina Profumo Farmaceutica Santa Maria Novella which has medieval roots, and Farmacia SS Annunziata founded in 1561, now create gorgeous herbal and fragrant products. AquaFlor is a lovely fragrance shop built on this legacy and of course the amazing D'Alessandro Bizzarri truly carries on the speziale tradition with everything from tea and dried fruits to raw pigments and photography chemicals, to poisons and explosives (see my previous post about this shop.)
How would you set up your apothecary? Would you fill it with reagent bottles, tins, or perhaps colorful maiolica jars?