I happily stumbled upon the Rockland, Maine-based shop, Periscope, in August while browsing US retailers for the Danish brand, Hay, and even though it’s a two hour drive from Portland, I’ve already visited the shop on Main Street twice – it’s that good. The meticulously laid-out, well-lit space is filled with products and brands we enjoy in our own home – Menu spice grinders, cozy Glerup slippers, Caroline Z Hurley textiles, Fog Linen trays, and a whole host of Ferm Living accessories – but there is so much more that I’ve discovered during my two different trips up the coast to Periscope.
The shop is a pleasant mixture of Scandinavian design and the work of local artists and other design-driven small businesses. Quilts by Louise Gray hang alongside minimal wall clocks, while Hay dining tables are set with modern accessories and are lit by a variety of stunning pendant lights. (I can’t decide whether my favorite is the Menu Dancing Pendant or the Normann Bell Lamp). My favorite new find was the Pilar Lounge Chair by Asa Pingree, who works out of his Brooklyn studio, but grew up in Maine. During our second visit to the shop, we even had the chance to meet one of their featured local designers, Mark Moskovitz, who constructed a fun chest of drawers disguised as a stack of firewood. (Read the Design Milk profile on the piece here.)
If you happen to be planning a trip up to Rockland anytime soon, we hope you’ll wander down Main Street until you find the Periscope storefront, but if you aren’t lucky enough to be visiting Midcoast Maine anytime soon, be sure to check out their online shop – a lot of what they have in the store is available on the web.