Shopper’s Diary: Ponytail in Charleston, SC, a Pop-Up Shop Poised to Go on the Road

We first became aware of Charleston, South Carolina-based Helen Rice’s creative agency, Fuzzco, which she cofounded with Josh Nissenboim, back in 2014 (see Fuzzco in Charleston, South Carolina). Every now and then we check in to see what Helen is up to, so we were intrigued when we discovered Ponytail, her new collection of  “curious and functional objects and art,” available online or by appointment (DM her at Ponytail).

“After more than two decades running Fuzzco, I wanted my next adventure to free me from being tethered to my screen,” she says. When asked about the shop’s name, she says, “Growing up, I wore a ponytail because I was busy being a tomboy. I wanted the shop to be an expression of a new phase in my life where I didn’t take things so seriously.”

On offer: an eclectic mix of vintage and contemporary pieces for the home, ranging from sculptural cutting boards by Edward Wohl, antique Georgian teapots, candles by London maker Moro Dabro, pieces from Copenhagen design studio Frama, and more. Stay tuned: Helen plans to take the show on the road in the coming year.

Here’s a look:

Photography courtesy of Ponytail.

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Above: Helen at her in-home shop; DM Ponytail to make an appointment.
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Above: Helen has furnished the space with a mix of vintage and contemporary pieces, including a Senate Bench from Remodelista favorite Sawkille and lamps from Barcelona company Santa & Cole.
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Above: Made from black stoneware, the Augustine candle vessel from Moro Dabron is fired in an English pottery and poured with fragranced wax
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Above: A sculptural Stoneware Vase 17 by Mexico City-based Disciplina Studio anchors the round dining table. “Artist and architect Tomás Díaz Cedeño makes experimental wood fired objects using pigmented high temperature stoneware and melted obsidian—I love that each one is so unpredictable. I think you need a balance of beautiful vs. ‘ugly’ elements in a room.”
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Above: A stack of Edward Wohl cutting boards sits on the Sawkille bench; the handmade Saguaro Glass #37 vase is from the Long Confidence, a design studio in Berkeley, California, founded by Rafi Ajl. The ca. 1800 Georgian Castleford Feldspathic Moulded Bisque Teapot is vintage, as are the ironstone platters.
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Above: Moro Dabron’s Augustine Candle is available in black, cream, or terracotta, all with a distinct fragrance.
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Above: An arrangement featuring a Number 13 from Collection 04 vase from Disciplina Studio and a Saguaro Glass #19 by The Long Confidence. The Cordless Básica Mínima Batería lamp is by Santa & Cole, and the fragrances are from Moro Dabron.

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Above: “I’m obsessed with buying used books,” Helen says. “It’s a way for me to see things off the screen. I love the sun stained pages, the feeling of time traveling design wise.” Shown above: a 1969 edition of Art Today: Introduction to the Visual Arts.

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