Drew knew I was a devoted Instagram follower of Sean Scherer @kabinettkammer and was dying to visit his shop. So off we drove a few weeks ago (as part of a belated holiday present from Drew) to Andes, New York. An hour an a half drive from the Barn in Pine Plains, we ventured over the Kingston Bridge and headed into the Catskill Region of New York.
Kabinett & Kammer is in the tiny hamlet of Andes, New York and was established in 2007. Sean is an artist, and teaches art history at Oneonta College, among other things. The shop is art, antiques, and curiosities. Drew and I felt so welcomed into Sean’s world. It was an experience of discovery…like one of those special little shops you might stumble upon in the streets of the Marais district of Paris.
And, best of all, I actually got to meet Sean, and he was delightful. His shop is his point of view and you can see his interest in art, science, history reflected in an amazing assortment of vintage prints, taxidermy and a collection of many other interesting curated items.
After you’ve drunk in all you can of Kabinett & Kammer, you can go right across the street from Sean, to drink in some Catskill hard cider at the Wayside Cider Company. Tucked in the back of the barn is Wayside’s “cidergarten” with long tables and benches. Belly up to the bar and order a hard cider and lunch. What more could you ask for on a Sunday drive…except maybe going to Hammertown (biased proprietor says)?
So here’s my advice…venture over the bridge for a wonderful journey into the Catskill region of New York. You’ll pass humble towns, beautiful vistas and have an inspiring adventure….I promise.
Here’s what the Shopkeeper (another one of my favorite Instagram haunts @the_shopkeepers/shopkeepers.com ) had to say about Sean.
“Kabinett & Kammer is an art and antiques shop in Andes, NY. Established in 2007 by artist Sean Scherer, the name he chose for his shop is a combination of German words for a cabinet of curiosities and an art gallery. Kabinett & Kammer specializes in old school charts, 19th century natural history prints, and interesting objet d’art. Sean renovated the building, originally a post office dating from 1833, adding display units and papering some walls with old maps and prints. Sean’s approach to his shop is from the point of view of an artist, he is attracted to color, surface, and form when selecting art and objects. The assortment is mainly vintage and antiques, which he collects throughout the year and on bimonthly buying trips in the summer. One can also find locally made home goods; 100% beeswax candles, wool blankets, and old stock linens. Customers are mainly second homeowners from NYC, fellow artists and designers, photographers, models, and young couples looking for something original and authentic for their home.”
Artist Sean Scherer was inspired to become a shopkeeper by the little shops in the Marais that he would visit travelling between Paris and NYC in his early twenties. He was enchanted by the individual stores with clear personal visions that had some of the most beautiful objects and furnishings Sean had ever seen. When Kabinett & Kammer opened in Andes, a seemingly sleepy small mountain village, Sean envisioned a shop that would be equally at home in Paris, London, or New York City. Sean bought his first antique when he was sixteen, and has been training his eye ever since. Being the proprietor at Kabinett & Kammer is the perfect combination of his skills, careers, and passions as an artist, collector, stylist, and art professor. He loves the hunt to discover unfound treasures, and displaying them in his shop, creating narratives through his vignettes. Sean’s personal collections include mercury glass vases and taxidermy; he owns a flamingo that he will never sell. He loves to travel, and is interested in opportunities to do some Kabinett & Kammer pop-ups around the world.
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“I have been amazed by the response from Instagram, it has connected me to a wonderful community of like minded aesthetes from around the world. It truly has been a wonderful and inspiring way to promote not just the shop but the pursuit of beauty and discovery.”
HERE ARE SOME MORE PHOTOS OF MY ANDES ADVENTURE
(THANK YOU, DREW!)
KABINETT & KAMMER
7 MAIN STREET
ANDES, NEW YORK 13731
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“real hard cider from the Catskill Mountains
55 REDDEN LANE
ANDES, NEW YORK 13731
(845) 676 6002
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