In Manhattan's West Village, Caroline and Michael Ventura have fashioned a home, workspace, homewares store, and event space in a renovated sail making factory dating from the 1800's. They named their inviting, apartment-like homewares store Calliope after the mythical Greek muse who presides over eloquence and epic poetry.
"When we got married and moved to New York, we both had studios for our respective businesses and we discussed how good it would be to work where we live and expand our businesses together. For every New Yorker, that’s the real estate holy grail, but it’s also quite difficult to find. It took us three years to find a desirable neighbourhood at a price we could afford. Once we’d found it, we moved in one fell swoop. We signed the lease on the whole building and moved in as residents, business owners, and shop owners."
"It’s not like one of us is the creative person and one of us is the business person. We both love the curatorial aspect, meeting other makers and learning how they get inspired."